John’s boralogue kicks off the program with a Middle East intelligence summary which leads right into our first guest.
Much has been made of the recent negotiations with Iran about its nuclear weapons aspirations but, surprise surprise, it seems Iran is plowing ahead with its nuclear program regardless of discussions. Dr. Andrew Bostom (www.andrewbostom.org/blog) is author of Iran’s final Solution for Israel: The Legacy of Jihad and Shi’ite Islamic Jew-Hatred in Iran.
Much happening in the skies during the next week, including a blood moon total lunar eclipse on Passover. Listeners have asked us to revisit the tetrad of (four) blood moons in 2015 and 2015, so Pastor Mark Biltz (www.elshaddaiministies.us) rejoins the show for a discussion of his book Blood Moons.
Do businesses have moral obligations and/or rights and how well will Christians deal with new healthcare mandates that may go contrary to their religious belief systems? We’ll examine that issue in a conversation with Dr. Joseph Capizzi, author of A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching.
Finally, a key issue in the healthcare debate involves the right of women to have various types of contraceptives which may be abortifacient provided under healthcare plans. Similar to physical abortion, these drugs can significantly raise a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Karen Malec from the Coalition on Abortion and Breast Cancer (www.abortionbreastcancer.com) joins us.
We’ll spend the program today examining geopolitical issues and finding perspectives you might not have obtained elsewhere.
Quite frequently our politicians are busy running around the world in pursuit of negotiations with rogue regimes or difficult situations. The Iranian situation, the Israel-Palestinian Peace Process, Syria, and the Crimea are key examples. Why do we so often engage in such failing talks and are they ever successful? Michael Rubin (www.aei.org) is author of Dancing with the Devil, the Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes.
Amid the fury of debate rotating in western media around Russia’s Crimean goals, it might be interesting to know how the Russian people view the same geopolitical questions. This subject is especially important when events are place in an historic setting. Jennifer Eremeeva (www.russialite.com) has lived in Russia for the last two decades and she joins the program from Moscow for a spirited conversation on today’s Russia plus a review of the historic events which have led that country to where it is today.
John’s boralogue describes how Germany’s foolish pursuit of knee-jerk environmentalism, based on politically-correct and questionable ideas, can make one’s country extremely vulnerable geopolitics.
140013 03/29/2014 The Collision of Rights Plays Out in the Supreme Court
This week the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in the Hobby Lobby case regarding Department of Health and Human Services requirements that abortifacient contraception be covered by healthcare plans provided by Christian businesses to their employees. Attorney Erin Mersino is the Thomas More Law Center (www.thomasmore.org) Senior Trial Counsel who attended arguments this week.
Then on to a spirited conversation with Benjamin Ryberg from the Lawfare Project (www.thelawfareproject.org) to see how well freedom of speech is doing in its battle with political correctness.
Finally, it’s time to re-examine why hard questions must be asked about the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 (questions the media were reluctant to tackle), especially given the international terrorism situation. Jeffrey Lord (www.spectator.org) joins us.
In the light of recent claims during congressional hearings that preservation of our rights should be based on trust of bureaucrats to execute a “balance” between rights and security, John’s boralogue demonstrates why the protection of rights can’t be based on trust but rather on firm restraints placed on authority.
Amid much speculation about Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 and the tragedy for family members of the passengers, John’s boralogue analyzes the hard truth about the potential of using a hijacked airliner for transporting an EMP device or other WMD device.
Then we’ll move to an interview with airline pilot Keith Thompson, who has spent many years piloting Boeing aircraft across the Atlantic. How exactly is such a journey accomplished safely, and how does air traffic control (ATC) keep informed of the plane’s position and activities?
In the midst of geopolitical tensions, it seemed like a small story this week, but it might have huge consequences. President Obama announced the U.S. would be giving giving up control over certain operations on the internet to international bodies. What might the long-term implications be, especially in the area of censorship and net equality? Journalist James Simpson (www.examiner.com) returns to the program.
The security situation throughout Latin America is rapidly deteriorating, which means the security of the United States is changing as well, especially dealing with narco-traffickers and terrorists. Dr. Luis Fleischman, Ph.D., (www.postchavez.com) is author of Latin America in the Post-Chávez Era.
For a long time the subject of things “New Age” was in great vogue. A lot of books were issues on the subject. So was it just a passing fad or did all of those ideas originating in Eastern mysticism and the occult go somewhere? Yes they did: Into mainstream thinking and into Christianity. Let’s find out how and where.
Today’s round table participants are Caryl Matrisciana (www.caryltv.com), author of “Wide is the Gate,” Warren Smith (www.warrenbsmith.com), author of “Another Jesus Calling“, and Sarah Leslie (www.herescope.net) host of the Herescope Blog.
The media have been swamped with reporting from the Ukraine and the latest crisis, but much of it seemed to lack insight. John’s extended boralogue attempts to isolate the geopolitical issues revolving around Russia’s intrusion into that country.
Then we’ll examine, of all places, ongoing violence in the Sudan and South Sudan. Why in the midst of everything is this important? Because the United States pushed the creation of South Sudan but has turned its back now that its attention has been drawn elsewhere. The parallels to the rhetoric of the Israel/Palestine peace process are obvious, especially when “international guarantees” are brought into the mix. Seems countries get busy and don’t want to enforce their guarantees. Simon Deng guests.
Then we’ll do the last of a thread on bitcoins, examining how they are subject to criminal activity. Peter Leeds (www.peterleeds.com), is author of Penny Stocks for Dummies in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Finally an interesting showdown seems to be developing between conservative Catholics, but it has yet to break the public surface. Professor Patrick Deneen from Notre Dame University guests.
Today’s program continues the geopolitical thread we began a few weeks ago. John’s extended boralogue frames the show by explaining why socialism is a warm-weather political sport where climate change drives human activity, not the other way around.
The Obama administration has telegraphed to the world that it has little intention of being the world’s policeman any more and — surprise surprise — all the world’s bullies are lining up to claim turf. Bill Gertz (www.gertzfile.com) returns to the program for a survey of the chaos that has happened since the current administration began to display weakness.
Shifting definitions are being used by government bureaucrats to end-run veterans’ constitutional rights. Attorney Michael Connelly (www.usjf.net) returns for a report on this disturbing trend which will invariably grow if not contained.
Two weeks ago we explained to listeners how bitcoins work. Now we’ll look at what’s already going wrong with bitcoins, not to mention international money laundering. Bill Frezza (www.realclearworld.com) explains why bitcoins won’t last in their present form but will probably reform itself and continue onward.
Finally a new series of old history books has appeared from New Leaf Publishing, which may be of interest to home and private schoolers. Craig Froman is an editor with New Leaf Publishing Group (www.nlpg.com).
Here we are 100 years since the beginning of World War I, the great paradigm shift that created the modern Middle East. This is a thread we’re pursuing for an extended period this year on the show.
John’s extended boralogue starts with an in-depth analysis how the Middle East arrived where it is today beginning with World War I, and the explaining the new paradigm shift we seem to be passing through. The contrasting similarities between then and now are striking.
We hear frequently that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are an impediment to peace and in violation of international law. But what law and who owns the territory according to that law? It’s an issue much more complex than the media portray. Avi Lipkin (www.vicmord.com) joins the show from Jerusalem as we attempt to unravel this complicated question. We’ll start with a history of the territory going back over a century.
Finally, it’s time to skate over to the edge and peer into the future with Spanish TV host Daniel Estulin (www.danielestulin.com) in Madrid, Spain. Daniel is a futurist tracking trends which will be affecting us in coming decades. His TV program is “Desde la Sombra” (“From the Shadow”).
There has been so much disillusioned commentary about the recent Ken Ham/Bill Nye evolution-versus-creation debate that it’s time to set things straight.
First, John’s boralogue frames the issue by explaining how a debate is supposed to work, and reminds listeners that one debate does not definitively settle a controversy. A successful debate relies on good participants and proper framing of issues.
Then we’ll target specific areas where neo-Darwinism is in serious trouble, namely in the the origin of information contained in living cells. These problems are acknowledged at the theoretical level but denied at the pop science level and in high school classes. Dr. Stephen Meyer, Ph.D., author of Darwin’s Doubt (www.darwinsdoubt.org), returns to the program for incisive commentary on this problem.
Russ Miller from Creation Ministries (www.creationministries.org) guests again for a point-by-point rebuttal of many issues raised by Bill Nye during the debate with Ken Ham.
John’s boralogue begins the program by examining various methods by which words become weapons in the political arena, which are geared to achieve political outcomes rather than to do what is right or arrive at the best option in an issue. Truth simply isn’t the issue.
Then Dr. Timothy Daughtry, Ph.D., author of Waking the Sleeping Giant, joins the program for an in-depth conversation about how hard-core progressives use language as a weapon and how these linguistic assaults can be defused.
Finally, a number of listeners have asked us to examine the new phenomenon of bitcoins, so today we’re starting a bitcoin thread. In this first part we offer a primer on how bitcoins work. Kris Rivenburgh is author of Bitcoin Made Easy: The Easiest Guide to Bitcoin You Will Ever Read.
We’ve often discussed the potential danger of EMP attacks, but what if terrorists could get the same result more easily by using a cyber attacks to collapse our economic institutions or power grid instead? Kevin Freeman (www.secretweapon.org) is author of Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself from the Coming Cyber-economic Attack.
Secularists have been very busy trying to push religion and unfavorable worldviews out of the marketplace of ideas, simply by shifting definitions and putting arbitrary walls up between disciplines. Sadly, reality can’t be divided that way. Professor Mary Poplin is author of Is Reality Secular? She demonstrates that reality can’t be divided up the elites are telling us to do, and doing this often keeps us from seeing the truth about things.
Finally, we’ll pick up the conversation we began last week with Dr. Tim Ball, Ph.D., (www.drtimball.com), on the necessity of teaching young people how to live, think and work effectively.
Creationist Ken Ham and evolutionist Bill Nye will debate each other February 4 in what may well become the evolution vs. creation debate of the century. But already secularist and atheist voices are saying this debate shouldn’t even take place. This is in reality a logical fallacy called “begging the question.” Why is it secularists, who claim to be following logic compared to religionists, are so willing to reason erroneously just to prevent a free exchange of ideas? John’s boralogue analyzes this dangerous phenomenon in the secular academic world.
We’ll spend a large part of the program asking the hard constitutional questions about NSA surveillance of Americans that President Obama’s speech didn’t answer. His speech didn’t really answer anything and kept people on both sides of this issue unsatisfied. Jeremy Rabkin is professor of law from George Mason University. He joins John to ask all the hard questions about NSA wiretapping which President Obama dodged.
Then Dr. Tim Ball, Ph.D., (www.drtimball.com) returns to the program again this week but, surprise, surprise, it’s not to discuss global warming. Rather it’s to discuss his concerns about the deteriorating education students receive in public education and what we can do to educate students as public education continues to implode.