Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

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Chris Hughes – Just the Man to Resuscitate The New Republic

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, December 12, 2014:

Chris Hughes at Hacking Education event

Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes is so smart that he once was caught reading the French author Honoré de Balzac, in the original French. He led a pampered life, first attending and graduating from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and then moving on to get a BA degree at Harvard University.

His roommates at Harvard were Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, and Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg was fooling around with a computer program that would link Harvard students together online when Hughes suggested that the program be extended to other schools.

When Facebook was officially launched, Hughes became Zuckerberg’s spokesman, making himself wealthy in the process. In 2008, he helped a virtually unknown senator from Illinois get elected president by running a social network website for him called

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The New Republic Magazine: New Format, Same Old Socialism

English: Chris Hughes Website

Chris Hughes, The New Republic’s new owner

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 9, 2014: 

 

The announcement late last week by top staffers at The New Republic (TNR) magazine that they were resigning to protest its “new direction” was met with rejoicing on the Right and consternation and anger on the Left.

In his subscription newsletter, Gary North called it “great news,” noting that the magazine had “always been a mouthpiece of the American left.” Wrote North:

The disappearance of The New Republic is part of a trend. Part of the trend is the shift from printed to digital communications. The Left has not made the transition. The other part is the shift away from traditional American liberalism.

On the Left, establishment journalist Dana Milbank, a graduate of Yale University (where he was a member of Skull and Bones), and later the author of a polemic biography of Glenn Beck, took it personally. He attacked TNR’s new owner, Chris Hughes, calling him “a dilettante and a fraud.” He explained the reason for the mass exodus: 

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Senator Wyden warns against the Surveillance State

In a remarkable speech to the left-wing progressive Center for American Progress on Tuesday, hard-core liberal Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden (Freedom Index Rating of 17) tore into the surveillance state, exposing its capabilities, its secret rules, its secret court and its failed efforts to protect itself from exposure.  He also noted the barest beginnings of a congressional effort to

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DOMA decision could have been worse

On the surface, the Supreme Court’s ruling in U.S. v. Windsor was a simple case of discrimination: Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer, a same-sex couple were lawfully married in New York. When Thea died, she left her sizeable estate to Edith who tried to claim the federal estate tax exemption for married couples. But under Section 3 of DOMA, the term “spouse” only applies to a marriage between a man and a woman. So her exemption was denied and she had to pay some $360,000 in federal estate taxes. The court ruled that section to be unconstitutional “as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.”

Here’s the Fifth Amendment:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

The ruling means now that legally married gay couples will be treated the same was as opposite-sex married couples when it comes to federal laws like estate taxes, Social Security survivor benefits, military and health payments, and filing status for federal income taxes.

What the supremes didn’t do was redefine marriage for the whole country, thankfully. Jim DeMint, now president of the Heritage Foundation, said:

The court didn’t redefine marriage for  the nation. We will work to restore clear marriage policy at the national level  and get our laws defended at every level. But in the meantime, today’s decision  from the court means that our national  debate about marriage will continue.

The court also didn’t asset a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, nor did it add the term “sexual orientation” to the types of cases that must be given “heightened scrutiny” by courts.

This is not, I repeat, not a cataclysmic disaster for those of us who take Genesis as the infallible word of God.

Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.
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