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Dick Morris: NFL, Flake Forced Brewer’s Hand.


Image: Dick Morris: NFL, Flake Forced Brewer's HandArizona Gov. Jan Brewer and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during a Super Bowl host committee handover ceremony in New York.

By Todd Beamon

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a religious protection bill concerning gay rights because she was pressured by the state’s business community and the National Football League, which is scheduled to hold the Super Bowl in the state next year, political analyst Dick Morris told Newsmax late Wednesday.

“I think she vetoed the bill because of pressure from the Arizona business community,” Morris, who served as an aide to President Bill Clinton, told Newsmax in an email. “When Sen. Jeff Flake, a tea party conservative from Arizona, joined his colleague John McCain in urging a veto, it gave her political cover on the right to veto the bill,” Morris said.

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“I think the [National Football League] had a lot to do with it also,” he said. “By threatening to move the Super Bowl, they epitomized the harm that would flow to Arizona had she signed the bill.

“I don’t think she realistically had any choice. It became a jobs issue — and she had to veto the bill.”

In vetoing the legislation, Brewer said the controversial measure could “create more problems than it purports to solve.”

State Senate Bill 1062 would have allowed business owners to cite their religious beliefs as legal grounds for refusing to serve same-sex couples or any other prospective customer. It was passed by the Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature last week.

“Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific or present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona,” Brewer said in a brief statement from her office as she announced her decision. “I have not heard one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated.”

She then attacked the bill as a broadly worded proposal that “could result in unintended and negative consequences.”

Brewer had come under mounting pressure to veto the measure after both McCain and Flake, both Republicans, opposed it. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate, also spoke against the bill.

Three state Republicans who voted for the bill last week also reversed course and urged Brewer to veto it.

“I appreciate the decision made by Gov. Brewer to veto this legislation,” McCain said in a statement posted on his website. “I hope that we can now move on from this controversy and assure the American people that everyone is welcome to live, work and enjoy our beautiful State of Arizona.”

Flake said on Twitter:

He added in a later post:

The legislation was backed by the Center for Arizona Policy, a socially conservative group that opposes abortion and gay marriage.

Cathi Herrod, the group’s president, said Brewer’s veto marked “a sad day for Arizonans who cherish and understand religious liberty.”

The bill, she said, “passed the legislature for one reason only: to guarantee that all Arizonans would be free to live and work according to their faith.”

“Opponents were desperate to distort this bill rather than debate the merits,” Herrod said. “Essentially, they succeeded in getting a veto of a bill that does not even exist.”

Perhaps the strongest opposition to the legislation came from business leaders. Some who had opposed it threatened to boycott Arizona if Brewer approved it, similar to what many groups did after the state passed a tough anti-illegal immigration law in 2010.

That possibility worried some companies and business organizations, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Among the companies opposing the bill were Apple, American Airlines, Marriott International, and Delta Air Lines.

The Arizona Super Bowl Committee also voiced its opposition to the bill, contending that it would “deal a significant blow” to the state’s economy, the Times reports.

The 2015 Super Bowl is scheduled to be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, just outside Phoenix.

In addition, the Hispanic National Bar Association said on Wednesday that it would move its 40th annual convention, scheduled for September 2015 in Phoenix, to another city because of the legislation, the Times reported.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Coke’s Multilingual ‘America the Beautiful’ Ad Draws Fire.


Coca-Cola bought more than a Super Bowl ad when it aired a commercial featuring “America the Beautiful” sung in various languages – it also got a lot of controversy for its $8 million.

“If we cannot be proud enough as a country to sing ‘America the Beautiful’ in English in a commercial during the Super Bowl, by a company as American as they come — doggone we are on the road to perdition,” wrote former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., on his website.

West called the 60-second ad “truly disturbing” and included a lengthy quote by former President Teddy Roosevelt, which ended, “We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, liked the ad, tweeting:

Twitter lit up with people on both sides of the debate, some praising the ad for inclusiveness and others saying a patriotic American song should not be sung in other languages.

One Twitter photo showed someone pouring a can of Coke down the toilet.

“Apparently singing a song about America in any language other than English is totally unacceptable to a whole lot of TV viewers out there,” read a post on SuperBowlCommercials.org. “And for the record, people… this is not the National Anthem, so stop calling it that.

Coke also aired the first Super Bowl ad featuring a gay couple Sunday night, but it sparked no noticeable controversy.

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By Greg Richter

Obama to O’Reilly: Fox News Reason for My Problems.


President Barack Obama twice blamed Fox News Channel for misinforming the public on issues that have bedeviled his presidency in the past year during a pre-Super Bowl interview with the network’s Bill O’Reilly.

The two sat down in the White House on Sunday for a live pregame interview that started about 4:35 p.m. and aired for about 10 minutes.

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O’Reilly first noted that Obama’s detractors believe he did not initially say the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead was terrorism because it happened in the heat of an election.

Obama had just weeks earlier said al-Qaida was on the run after U.S. Navy SEALs assassinated its leader, Osama bin Laden.

“That’s what they believe,” O’Reilly said of Obama’s detractors.

“And they believe it because folks like you are telling them that,” Obama said in the often testy interview.

“No, I’m not telling them that. I’m asking you whether you were told it was a terror attack,” O’Reilly countered.

Obama said it was “inaccurate” to say that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told him the attack was terrorism when he first gave him the news. O’Reilly noted that Gen. Carter Ham, head of operations in Libya, has testified he immediately told Panetta the attack was terrorism, and not the result of a spontaneous demonstration over an anti-Muslim video.

“But it’s more than that because of Susan Rice,” O’Reilly said, noting that Rice, who was then U.N. ambassador, used the video explanation days later on the Sunday talk shows.

“Just as an American, I’m just confused,” he said.

“Bill, I’m trying to explain it to you if you want to listen,” Obama countered.

The president also turned on Fox News when questioned about the IRS scandal, in which conservative groups were scrutinized more heavily when seeking tax-exempt status.

“These kinds of things keep on surfacing, in part, because you and your TV station will promote them,” Obama said.

O’Reilly asked if Obama was saying there was no corruption in the IRS scandal.

“No,” Obama said.

“There was some boneheaded decisions out of a local office,” adding that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption.”

O’Reilly also asked why Obama didn’t fire Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over the botched rollout of the Obamacare website in October.

Obama argued that while glitches had been anticipated, no one expected a complete failure of the site. He said everything had been fixed, and the site is now running as it should.

O’Reilly noted that only 8 percent of Americans agree with Obama, and again pressed about firing Sebelius.

“I’m sure that the intent is noble,” O’Reilly said, “But I’m a taxpayer, and I’m paying Kathleen Sebelius’ salary, and she screwed up. And you’re not holding her accountable.”

“Well, I promise you that we hold everybody up and down the line accountable,” Obama said. “But when we’re midstream, Bill, we want to make sure that our main focus is, how do we make this think work so that people are able to sign up, and that’s what we’ve done.”

O’Reilly asked if Obama considered the biggest mistake of his presidency telling “the nation over and over, if you like your insurance you can keep your insurance?”

“Oh, Bill, you’ve got a long list of my mistakes in my presidency,” Obama said.

But he did admit he regretted that the “grandfather clause” written into the Affordable Care Act didn’t cover everyone.

“That’s why we changed it,” he said.

“You gave your enemies a lot of fodder for it,” O’Reilly said.

The interview was scheduled to continue after the live broadcast. The recorded interview is set to air Monday night on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

“I know you think maybe we haven’t been fair,” O’Reilly noted near the end of the live interview, “but I think your heart is in the right place.”

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By Greg Richter

What’s the Scouting Report on You?.


Does the enemy have a scouting report about your weaknesses?
Does the enemy have a scouting report about your weaknesses? (Ralph D. Freso/Reuters)

Going into the NBA Finals, World Series, Super Bowl or any other sports finale, both teams “study film” and look for chinks in the armor of the other team. It got me thinking about the “scouting report” the enemy has on me, and on God’s man.

If I were the enemy, how would I seek to destabilize or destroy my life? Answering this question, can help God’s man see life through a different set of lenses and be prepared.

Here’s a game plan for God’s man, outlining the enemy’s scouting report on you, with a strategy to win the battle for God.

Notice in 1 Peter 5:8-9 that the enemy of God’s man is seeking someone to devour, like a lion. Interesting that even a lion does a scouting report on its victim, sizing it up, planning an approach and pouncing at the victim’s moment of weakness. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith …”

Now notice the verse tells God’s man to resist the enemy and stand firm. So how do we do that?

First, take an honest assessment of your weaknesses and vulnerabilities. For example:

Sobriety: God warns us to be alert and of “sober mind.” If you use alcohol or drugs to handle problems, you are weakening your defenses and making you a sitting duck.

Past Hurts: Emotional scars that go unhealed with God’s love, can be opened up and used against you. The enemy likes to pile on when you are down.

Pride: The enemy loves when God’s man ego gets in the way of his spiritual relationship with Christ. It’s almost too easy to pump up a man, and let him fall in the very pit he dug for himself.

Women: An unhealthy focus on women can become an idol, replacing God, and giving the enemy ammunition to keep you distracted from God’s plan.

Anger: Lack of self-control in the area of anger can lead to behavior that can derail your life almost instantly. The enemy will attack here to spur anger in many ways and hope for violent outbursts that hurt you and your loved ones.

Greed: Man cannot serve God and money, the Bible says. So the enemy will do what he  can to make you feel like you need more, so you do whatever it takes to earn more and take your eyes of serving Jesus.

Power: God calls God’s man to be a “servant,” yet the enemy uses the quest for power to give men a false sense of security, then strip it away and leave God’s man devastated at the worst times.

Lies: The enemy is the author of lies, so he uses lies to get us to believe lies, and share them which is contrary to knowing and following the Truth.

These are a few examples, but I encourage you to make a list and consider your weaknesses, and establish a trigger so you know when you are at risk.

The game plan includes two simple steps. Be prepared by:

  • Putting on the “armor of God.” Read Ephesians 6: 10-18 and do what it says.
  • Surround yourself with other men who you can confess to and work through issues together, including praying together.
  • Resist the enemy using the name of “Jesus.”

If you are feeling weak, and feel like the scouting report on you is working, then find Godly men to hang out with, call on the name of Jesus and pray. There is a better way. God’s way.

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ NEW MAN.

Kenny Luck, founder of Every Man Ministries and men’s pastor at Saddleback Church, provides biblically-oriented teaching and leadership for men and pastors seeking relevant, timely material that battle cultural, worldly concepts threatening men and God’s men. Follow Kenny and Every Man Ministries now on FacebookTwitter (@everyMM) and YouTube.

Tim Tebow Finds Encouraging Words From Tony Dungy, Chuck Norris.


 

Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow (Facebook)

Tony Dungy and Chuck Norris are the latest celebrities to encourage Tim Tebow, who was recently let go from the New York Jets.

Dungy, a former Super Bowl-winning football coach, posted a video Friday on the All-Pro Dad website.

“I know Tim Tebow must be frustrated that he hasn’t found the right team yet and is still searching,” Dungy wrote in an introduction to the video. “Here’s the advice I would give to Tim as he waits for his new team.”

Dungy said in the video, “Tim Tebow, really, I know, is disappointed that he hasn’t gotten going on a team and in a direction, knowing what locker room he’s gonna be in right now. But the advice I’d have for Tim is just to be patient and be faithful. The Lord has a good spot for you; He’s going to give you the right situation.

“Tim’s a winner, and he’s a guy that lifts his teammates. He lifts the spirits of any team that he’s with. So he’s gonna find a place to go to work, and he’ll find the right spot and give those guys some encouragement and be a chance to be a winner. So my advice would be just be patient, wait for the Lord to show you that right team, and be ready to go.”

Meanwhile, Norris wrote in his syndicated online column that he thinks the Christian football player could be an NFL superstar.

“I have been following Tim since he became a QB for the University of Florida Gators, and I never have seen a more determined or inspiring athlete to play the game of football. And I’m not alone in that sports assessment,” Norris wrote last week.

“I’ve heard the critics say Tebow has poor technical skills, but the truth is that Tim is a natural leader, an amazingly gifted football player, an inspiration to his team and the possessor of intense determination and strategy to bring any team to victory—no matter what the odds. One can improve technique, but leadership is innate. That is why I believe that Tebow could be a superstar and legend in the NFL.”

Norris even said the former Florida Gators quarterback reminds him of himself.

“Tebow is a player who rises to the occasion and delivers big in critical moments,” Norris said. “He reminds me of myself when I used to compete in martial arts. I would spar with my black belts in class, and sometimes they would outscore me. Yet in the tournaments, I would defeat them. My students used to ask me, ‘Why is it that we can contend equally against you in class but can’t beat you in the tournaments?’ My answer was always the same: ‘When it counts, I rise to the occasion.’

“The same is true of the former Heisman Trophy winner: When pressure mounts and the game is on the line, Tim’s turbo turns on. It has been said, ‘If a quarterback came through with a clutch, final-minute victory, he pulled a Tebow.’ And that is why he is the ultimate clutch player.”

Norris went on to say he believes the Jacksonville Jaguars should give Tebow “the opportunity to excel as a quarterback and usher it to Super Bowl status.

“Why? To put it simply, it’s because Tim could help turn that mediocre team into a championship one. Tebow works miracles on the field, and his inclusion would embolden the spirit of the Jaguars’ players and fans.”

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

GINA MEEKS

GOP Pulls Funds from Sanford Election Bid.


MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — The National Republican Congressional Committee says it’s not spending any additional money to support Mark Sanford‘s bid for a congressional seat in South Carolina.

Committee spokeswoman says Sanford has proven he knows what it takes to win elections. She says the group won’t be engaged in the contest.

The decision was first reported by Politico.

The NRCC made its move hours after The Associated Press reported that Jenny Sanford had filed a court complaint accusing the former governor of trespassing at her home on Sullivans Island.

Republicans were blindsided by the news and made the decision not to spend more money on his race after concluding that it would be difficult for Sanford to make inroads with women voters and win.

Sanford said he went to his wife’s home while she was out to watch the Super Bowl with his 14-year-old son.

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Kurt Warner: ‘It’s Never Too Late to Realize Your Dream’.


 

Kurt Warner
Football legend Kurt Warner hosts a new reality show called ‘The Moment.’

Do you feel like your dreams have passed you by? Do you ever feel like it’s too late? Football legend Kurt Warner says it’s never too late and he’s back on television to prove it with a new reality show calledThe Moment.

The program is about giving people who thought their dream had passed them by a second chance. It’s a message the football star says hits very close to home.

Warner is taking nine hopefuls on the adventure of a lifetime. The journey involves giving each contender a second chance to fulfill their biggest dream.

“I’m here to give you a second chance to become a professional photographer for Sports Illustrated!” Warner says in the The Moment.

“No way!” Tracie Marcum, one of the nine hopefuls, exclaims with eyes as big as saucers.

The dreams are as diverse as the people: from a professional sport photographer, to a symphony conductor and a race car driver. Nine people will be put to the test to see if they have what it takes—and it won’t be easy.

“Just got to toughen up and do it!” The sports photographer wannabe cries.

“This is my biggest fear,” another hopeful exclaims.

Kurt Warner’s Testimony
Warner knows all about second chances. He went from stocking grocery store shelves in Iowa to leading the St. Louis Rams to a Super Bowl victory just a few short years later.

In the mid-90s Warner went to camp with the Green Bay Packers, confident his NFL career was about to take off. But just five weeks later he was cut. He tried other teams, even other leagues.

“Basically everybody said, ‘We’re not interested,'” Warner recalled. “I didn’t want to give up on my dream, but I knew I had to take a job. I had to pay some bills, so I took a job at a grocery store.

“So I’m working all night long and when I got off, I might get a couple hours of sleep, go work out and make sure I’m still chasing my dream,” he continued. “Then, my future wife, Brenda, who had two kids, I would help take care of those kids while she went to nursing school.”

While making just $5.50 an hour in that grocery store, Warner got the opportunity to play Arena Football in Iowa.

“So I did that for three years, the whole time trying to find a way to open a door to get back into the NFL,” Warner recalled.  “I was 27 years old and I still had the dream, but everyone around me was saying, ‘At some point, you have to give this up. At some point you have to realize they don’t give 27-year-old individuals a chance to play in the NFL. It just doesn’t happen, especially at the quarterback position.'”

But apparently Coach Dick Vermeil of the St. Louis Rams didn’t agree and gave Warner a second chance at his dream of playing in the NFL.

“He said there was something different about me, something he noticed that he wanted to give me a chance,” Warner continued. “So here I am, 27 years old, I’m a rookie in the National Football League and I guess, as they say, the rest is history.”

Warner would go on to be one of the best undrafted players of all time, following a 12-year career that’s regarded as one of the greatest stories in NFL history.

“When you’re going through it, you’re like, ‘Why can’t I be the No. 1 draft pick?  Why can’t I get my opportunity? Why can’t everything play out like I had always hoped it would?'” he remembered. “But now, after things have played out and I’ve seen how God has used this story, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Warner says the fact that he was blessed to get a second chance makes him the perfect host for The Moment.

“Everybody needs someone to step in and give them a chance to chase their dream, or in some cases, a second chance because life takes them in a different direction,” he said.

God of Second Chances
Warner says the whole theme of “second chances” is something those who serve a God of second chances can identify with.

“When I pick up the Bible, that’s everybody’s story in the Bible,” Warner said. “It’s God taking people that everybody says, ‘No way, can’t happen, no chance’ and doing amazing things with them.”

That’s the hope of each person featured in The Moment. Each one will have a chance to train with an expert mentor in his or her “dream career,” prepare for an interview and hopefully, land the job of a lifetime.

“Kurt, what do you hope people will take away from The Moment?” CBN News‘s Wendy Griffith asked Warner.

“I hope and pray that the show is that knock on everybody’s door,” he replied. “That as they watch that show, their eyes are opened to what life could be and no longer are they going to allow things to hold them back—that they’re truly going to chase after it, whatever it is they want in life.”

The Moment debuts Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on the USA Network. For more show information, check out their website.

Click below to watch Warner talk about his new show.

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