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  • Winter's Coming. And, Boy How We're Going to Wish We Still Had That Luxury Global Warming 'Problem'!

    04/20/2014 4:12:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Breitbart's London ^ | April 20, 2014 | James Delingpole
    Of all the many absurdities of the great climate change non-crisis which has been pointlessly obsessing our planet this last three or four decades, surely the most egregious is the way it has ignored one basic fact: global warming is good. No really, it is. As a few bold heretics - such as Australian geologist Ian Plimer in his book Heaven And Earth - have long been trying to tell anyone prepared to listen, the human species is designed for warmth not cold. Ice ages are something we should naturally fear; warming periods are something which for which we should...
  • Ted Cruz and Rand Paul: Opposite directions

    04/20/2014 3:29:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | April 20, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    In 2013, freshmen senators Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) seemed like two peas in a pod. Both railed at the NSA, backed the government shutdown, opposed intervention in Syria and championed the tea party faithful. But 2014 has been a different story. Cruz has become a serious, vocal proponent of a tough foreign policy and harsh critic of President Obama’s approach to Iran and Russia. He gave serious speeches on the importance of standing up to Vladimir Putin and on the folly of expecting Iran to give away its nuclear weapons program without stringent sanctions and/or the threat...
  • World through militia eyes: Domestic terrorists? Heroes? Who're the armed men who invaded Nevada?

    04/20/2014 3:17:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | April 20, 2014 | Ed Komenda
    BUNKERVILLE — A GMC pickup motors across a bridge over the Virgin River, kicking up a cloud of desert. The door swings open. This is my ticket inside the militia that’s become rancher Cliven Bundy’s fighting brigade. Brandon Rapolla, a 39-year-old concrete mixer from Oregon, steers the truck toward the militia camp that’s assembled to support Bundy’s battle with the Bureau of Land Management. There’s an assault rifle propped between Rapolla’s knees. A .338 Magnum rifle, designed to take down big game at a distance the length of three football fields or more, rests within arm’s reach on the back...
  • An Armed Standoff in Nevada Is Only the Beginning for America’s Right-Wing Militias (Barf thou wilt)

    04/20/2014 2:42:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Vice News ^ | April 17, 2014 | Grace Wyler
    For two decades the US government has tried to get Cliven Bundy to remove his cows from federal land, and for two decades the Nevada rancher has steadfastly refused, defying court orders and attempts to negotiate a settlement for the $1.1 million he owes in federal grazing fees. Finally, last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) took matters into its own hands and started seizing cattle that had been illegally grazing on government property. Things went downhill from there. What began as an arcane land dispute rapidly escalated into an armed standoff in the desert. A ragtag band of...
  • MUST SEE VIDEO: BLM Whistleblower — Reid Bunkerville LLC. Owns Land Around the Bundy Ranch

    04/20/2014 1:49:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Prepper Chimp blog ^ | April 20, 2014 | Glenn Rhee
    BUNDY RANCH | You saw his proof. (below) Now meet BLM Whistleblower Rusty Hill who uncovered the corporations and shady land deals connected to Reid Bunkerville LLC, Zion Bank Corp, and BLM lands surrounding the Bundy properties.(TWO-VIDEOS-AT-LINK)Since the Bundy Ranch story broke last week and culminated in a tense standoff with Federal agents on Saturday resulting in the release of the Bundy Ranch cattle we have been following the money. On the 10th we reported the Militia arrived in the area and cited a former BLM volunteer and Nevada Land Broker who revealed to us the true value of the...
  • The Ranch Davidians: Grazing controversy shines floodlight on growing distrust of government

    04/20/2014 12:54:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | April 19, 2014 | Editorial Staff
    We don’t know who’s right in the case of the Nevada rancher vs. the federal government. But we do know that the government is losing the public relations battle, and for good reason. When the government moved to seize Cliven Bundy’s cattle for his failure to pay grazing fees on public land, a growing group of supporters came to his defense – literally. On April 12, after a tense and heated standoff with them, heavily armed federal agents released the cattle back and retreated. The situation was eerily reminiscent of past ill-fated federal standoffs, such as Ruby Ridge and Waco,...
  • Cliven Bundy and the Origins of the American Abundance Revolution

    04/20/2014 12:27:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 19, 2014 | James P. Pinkerton
    Today, in the year 2064, as we look back over the last 50 years, it might seem as if the Abundance Revolution was inevitable, since so much wealth was involved. After all, it was wealth just waiting to be unleashed. Yet paradoxically, on the eve of the Abundance Revolution, many of America’s leaders, on the right as well as the left, were preaching a strict doctrine of overall austerity. Indeed, as we look back and study the events of 2014, we can see the results of the Green elite’s ideologically-driven effort to squelch even the relatively small amount of prosperity...
  • A rancher's armed battle against the US government is standard libertarian fare (Typical Guardian)

    04/20/2014 12:01:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | April 19, 2014 | Kieran Suckling
    Cliven Bundy's standoff with the BLM is over a paltry monthly grazing fee. But it's also over more - the idea of the public interest.Perhaps the most remarkable feature of American democracy is the magnificent estate of public land that it reserved from the very beginning for the use of all citizens, rich or poor. There is nothing like it in the democracies of Europe, which came into being with nations already carved up into private fiefdoms. The Great Idea that hundreds of millions of acres of forests, deserts, rivers and prairies should be owned by, and managed for, the...
  • Spike Lee on the Possibility of Trayvon Martin Film: ‘I Would Like to See It’ (Watch)

    04/20/2014 11:49:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    EURWeb ^ | April 19, 2014 | PJ
    *Famed film director Spike Lee has expressed his desire to see the Trayvon Martin story told on the big screen. During an interview with theGrio, Lee commended 27-year-old new director Ryan Coogler for bringing his acclaimed independent film, “Fruitvale Station,” the Oscar Grant story, to the big screen. He expressed his admiration for the film while stating that the film business isn’t built in favor of young directors like Coogler to succeed. “Love it…. It’s great,” Lee said of Fruitvale Station. “But it’s something that I have been doing for 15 year [sic]. I teach film. That is my job...
  • Palestinians, Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site

    04/20/2014 11:21:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | April 20, 2014
    Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians at one of Jerusalem's most revered and politically sensitive holy sites on Sunday as they dispersed protesters opposed to any Jewish attempts to pray there. A police spokesman said officers used stun grenades to disperse dozens of rioters, who threw rocks and firecrackers at them at the site revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's walled Old City. Two officers were slightly injured and treated at the scene in the brief clash, the spokesman added. Five Palestinians were also slightly hurt, a Muslim clergyman said. Police...
  • Brazen Bull: They’re from the government, and they’re here to hurt (Homeless vet roasted)

    04/20/2014 11:06:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 20, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    New York City has roasted a man to death. Jerome Murdough, like a very large share of New York City’s homeless, was mentally ill. According to his family, he suffered from both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, along with what his mother gently describes as “beer problems.” He was a former Marine who was in and out of homeless shelters, hospitals, and the occasional jail cell, with eleven misdemeanor convictions for trespassing, public drinking, drug possession, and the like. During what was an unusually bitter winter in New York, Mr. Murdough sought shelter in an unsecured stairwell in a Harlem housing...
  • Pro-gun activists hijack Bloomberg’s new anti-gun Facebook page

    04/20/2014 10:13:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Biz-Pac Review ^ | April 19, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    File this under the early bird gets the worm. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced this week that he plans to spend $50 million of his vast wealth to create a “gun safety” group that he hopes will “outmuscle” the NRA, according to The New York Times. But the new group, “Everytown for Gun Safety,” was a little too slow on the draw when it came to getting control of the group name on Facebook, with pro-gun activists acquiring the name first, BuzzFeed reported. A Facebook page has been set up under the same name as Bloomberg’s new...
  • Behind the cornucopia of higher food prices

    04/20/2014 9:50:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 19, 2014 | John W. Schoen
    Alert shoppers are accustomed to watching food prices go up and down. But a string of forces—from droughts to diseases—is raising the cost of a trip to the grocery store at a rapid clip. And it looks like it will be a while before the price pressure eases. Some of that pressure is coming from California—the source of roughly half the nation's fruits and vegetables—where a long-running drought is forcing farmers and ranchers to cut production. After the driest year on record, large sections of farmland are expected to lay fallow this year as the Golden State copes with an...
  • Expert Commentary: The Unfolding Fiscal Disaster Behind ACA Enrollment Figures

    04/19/2014 10:38:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Mercatus Center at George Mason University ^ | April 17, 2014 | Charles Blahous
    Earlier this month there was tremendous press attention to new data indicating that enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s health insurance exchanges had surpassed 7 million. The White House took a victory lap while much of the press, desperate to write something positive after months of reporting on website glitches and insurance plan cancellations, characterized the milestone as good political news for ACA supporters. Our national discussion, however, is missing the truly significant story here; what is unfolding before our eyes is a colossal fiscal disaster, poised to haunt legislators and taxpayers for decades to come. It is quite...
  • On Second Thought, Maybe HealthCare.gov Is at Risk from Heartbleed

    04/19/2014 9:17:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | April 19, 2014 | John Hayward
    It seems like only yesterday that the federal government assured us that none of its big public websites - and especially not HealthCare.gov, the ObamaCare exchange site - were at risk from the Heartbleed security flaw, which can allow hackers to steal passwords and personal data. Actually, those assurances came last Friday, April 11, in the form of a blog post from the Department of Homeland Security. "The government's core citizen-facing websites are not exposed to risks from this cybersecurity threat," we were assured by DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center director Larry Zelvin, as quoted at Nextgov. One...
  • The Nuclear Option: Wilson and Obama--100 Years Apart but so Alike

    04/19/2014 8:22:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 19, 2014 | Charles Hurt
    When Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Revenue Act of 1913, it probably sounded like a good idea. Most people would pay less in taxes and the prices of everyday goods would drop, he promised. And the rich would — finally! — start paying their fair share. In those days, tax collection was a highly diffuse business with various states and localities collecting taxes at various rates. The federal government mostly skidded by on exorbitant and uneven tariffs, and on booze and tobacco taxes. This was always tough and disorganized business for the federal government. Those hardships became especially acute...
  • These 3D Printed Mini Apartments Could Be the Future of Mobile Homes

    04/19/2014 6:59:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Complex Art & Design ^ | April 19, 2014 | Kaitlyn Schaeffer
    The 3D printer has been revolutionizing everything from art to medicine to accessories, and its latest foray has been into the field of architecture. Peter Ebner, architect and UCLA professor, tasked his architecture students with a homework assignment for the ages: develop a 3D-printed apartment that’s easy to transport and manage. The class rose to the challenge and then some, constructing mini mobile homes that measure 50 square feet and are equipped with thermal insulation, electricity, water, heating, and sewage systems (which are also 3D printed). The living area comes with a collapsible counter, a foldaway toilet, a pullout bed,...
  • Bait, hate & switch

    04/19/2014 6:32:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | April 19, 2014 | A.J. Castellitto
    Less than a few prominent and influential organizations have been working very diligently to advance their power of persuasion. Most notable are SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) and RWW (RightWingWatch). Sure, they expose some legitimate hate groups, but lately it's been difficult to separate the haters from the baiters. Nobody would argue that there are many groups that must rightly be considered legitimate threats to society in our day (i.e. Westboro Baptists, Nazi Skinheads ). But what are we to make of the growing tendency to falsely accuse and mischaracterize those who are simply offering factual, rational and justifiable concerns...
  • Editorial: Greg Abbott takes poll position

    04/19/2014 6:16:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Amarillo Globe-News ^ | April 19, 2014
    If Texas Tech University’s numbers are any indication, the race for Texas governor won’t be all that competitive. According to a poll released last week by Tech’s Earl Survey Research Lab, GOP gubernatorial candidate and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has about lapped Democratic candidate state Sen. Wendy Davis. Granted, there is a long way to go before the Nov. 4 election, but with 54 percent of respondents saying they would vote for Abbott — and only 25 percent backing Davis — the attorney general has reason for optimism, at least according to this poll. (And before Davis supporters contend...
  • Obama signs Ted Cruz bill into law, but says he won't enforce it

    04/19/2014 5:53:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill authored by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that would bar an Iranian diplomat from entering the United States, but immediately issued a statement saying he won't enforce it. Obama decided to treat the law as mere advice. "Acts of espionage and terrorism against the United States and our allies are unquestionably problems of the utmost gravity, and I share the Congress's concern that individuals who have engaged in such activity may use the cover of diplomacy to gain access to our Nation," Obama said in his signing statement. "Nevertheless, as President...
  • Who could be the next Ted Cruz? Top 10 tea party primaries of 2014

    04/19/2014 5:41:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    In five years, the tea party has launched some of the most charismatic and controversial Republicans in office today, including Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Who are the movement’s top candidates this cycle, and what are their prospects? Here’s a look: 1. Mississippi: Chris McDaniel vs. Thad Cochran In the early going, tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel was seen as the strongest challenger to a sitting US senator this cycle. He’s a young (early 40s), energetic trial lawyer and former talk radio host, with six years' service in the state legislature – and he...
  • Michelle Obama Should Not Be Paid As First Lady, Says Laura Bush

    04/19/2014 5:22:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | April 18, 2014
    Michelle Obama should not receive a salary as First Lady according to Laura Bush, who could definitely be said to be an expert on the subject. But these comments happen to stray into the political mine field of income inequality and the gender pay gap. In a related report by The Inquisitr, Michelle Obama’s school lunch portions have been criticized heavily by students who are actually forced to eat her school cafeteria plans. In recent times, Barack and Michelle Obama have spoken about their plans for ending income inequality in America. The White House also came under fire when it...
  • Clinton Admin Feared Internet's Ability to Democraticize News 3 Years Before Drudge Bombshell

    04/19/2014 5:05:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 19, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Three years before Matt Drudge changed the world and how news would be consumed, President Bill Clinton's White House feared that the Internet was allowing average citizens, especially conservatives, to bypass legacy gatekeepers and access information that had previously been denied to them by the mainstream press. The infamous 1995 "conspiracy commerce memo" tried to demonize and discredit alternative media outlets on the right to mainstream media organizations and D.C. establishment figures. The memo notes that the "Internet has become one of the major and most dynamic modes of communication" and "can link people, groups and organizations together instantly." "Moreover,...
  • ‘Patriot Party’ gathers at Bundy’s Nevada ranch, Reid deems them ‘domestic terrorists’

    04/19/2014 3:15:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” Thursday, turning up the rhetorical heat on the already tense situation at the Nevada cattle operation. “Those people who hold themselves out to be patriots are not. They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists,” Mr. Reid in remarks at a luncheon, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which sponsored the event. “… I repeat: What went on up there was domestic terrorism.” The Nevada Democrat was referring to the hundreds of Bundy backers — some armed, some from out of state — who congregated at the ranch last...
  • Trojan Horse Amnesty Update (Entire DREAM Act folded into "must-pass" Defense bill?)

    04/19/2014 2:57:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | April 18, 2014 | Mark Krikorian
    The Wall Street Journal reported last night that House Speaker John Boehner told donors at a fundraiser last month in Las Vegas that he was “hellbent on getting this done this year,” in reference to an amnesty/immigration bill. His spokesman did not dispute the account. In related news, President Obama is meeting with the National Commander of the American Legion this morning. Ordinarily, that would mean little, but the meeting comes just days after the Legion came out against a plan to amnesty illegal aliens who join the military. The number of people who would benefit from such an amnesty...
  • MSNBC host debates Michele Fiore on Bundy ranch. Does not fare well.

    04/19/2014 2:31:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 19, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    This story comes to us courtesy of The Right Scoop. (Which makes sense since I don’t watch any of the cable news evening lineup and haven’t seen Chris Hayes on the small screen in ages.) While people gathered at Cliven Bundy’s ranch in protest of the BLM’s handling of affairs there, the protesters were joined by Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore. This prompted MSNBC host Hayes to interview her, and the Scoop captures the video for us. Let’s just say that Fiore wasn’t about to have the conversation steered to any Left side talking points.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Hayes tries his very best to...
  • Why climate deniers are winning: The twisted psychology that overwhelms scientific consensus

    04/19/2014 2:12:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Salon ^ | April 19, 2014 | Paul Rosenberg
    There's a reason why overwhelming evidence hasn't spurred public action against global warming. In the run-up to Earth Day this year, two major reports were released by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the largest such body in the world. On March 31, Working Group II released its report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, and on April 13, Working Group III released its report, Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. Both reports cited substantially more evidence of substantially more global warming and related impacts than past reports have, and they did so more lucidly than in...
  • 37% of Voters Fear the Federal Government

    04/19/2014 1:37:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 18, 2014
    Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Likely U.S. Voters now fear the federal government, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Forty-seven percent (47%) do not, but another 17% are not sure. Perhaps in part that’s because 54% consider the federal government today a threat to individual liberty rather than a protector. Just 22% see the government as a protector of individual rights, and that’s down from 30% last November. Slightly more (24%) are now undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) As recently as December 2012, voters were evenly divided on this question: 45% said the federal government...
  • Scalia To Student: If Taxes Go Too High ‘Perhaps You Should Revolt’

    04/19/2014 12:17:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    WNEW-FM ^ | April 18, 2014
    Knoxville, Tenn. (CBS DC) – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told a crowd of law school students that if taxes in the U.S. become too high then people “should revolt.” Speaking at the University of Tennessee College of Law on Tuesday, the longest-serving justice currently on the bench was asked by a student about the constitutionality of the income tax, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Scalia responded that the government has the right to implement the tax, “but if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt.”(continued)
  • The Bundy 'militia': Who are they?

    04/19/2014 12:46:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    KLAS-TV ^ | April 18, 2014 | Vanessa Murphy, Reporter
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)BUNKERVILLE, Nev. -- Armed civilians continue to guard the Cliven Bundy ranch. They have traveled from afar, are camped out, and remain at their posts for hours in an effort to provide security for the cattle rancher. Bundy supporters drove to Bunkerville from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and other states to show they believe in Bundy's cause. The rancher has been in a battle with the federal government over the illegal grazing of his cattle for the past two decades. "I'm just here to help them sleep easy and rest at night," said Booda Cavalier, who says he is providing security...
  • When the Circus Descends (Leave Common Core Alone!)

    04/18/2014 11:23:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 17, 2014 | David Brooks
    We are pretty familiar with this story: A perfectly sensible if slightly boring idea is walking down the street. Suddenly, the ideological circus descends, burying the sensible idea in hysterical claims and fevered accusations. The idea’s political backers beat a craven retreat. The idea dies. This is what seems to be happening to the Common Core education standards, which are being attacked on the right because they are common and on the left because they are core. About seven years ago, it was widely acknowledged that state education standards were a complete mess. Huge numbers of students were graduating from...
  • Poll says Ted Cruz is the most popular Texas politician

    04/18/2014 11:12:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    KXAN-TV ^ | April 18, 2014 | Monica Ayala-Talavera
    Ted Cruz is the most popular politician in Texas, according to a Public Policy Polling Texas poll. Cruz has a 47 percent approval rating – better than both Rick Perry and John Cornyn, with only 35 percent who disapprove of him. He also continues to lead the Republican primary field for presidential candidates in Texas with 25 percent willing to support his campaign compared to Jeb Bush at 14 percent and Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and Rick Perry each at 10 percent. Chris Christie and Paul Ryan received support for a potential presidential campaign from 5 percent of Texans polled,...
  • A Bit More on the Speech Police

    04/18/2014 10:30:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 18, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    When I wrote about Adam Weinstein of Gawker and his proposal to literally imprison people for their political views, most of the pushback from the left and from David Frum, America’s Hall Monitor™, consisted of hand-waving, e.g. “You can’t generalize from the position of one crank with a blog, etc.” And while I am sympathetic to the emerging bipartisan consensus that no sentient being could possibly take Adam Weinstein seriously, the fact is that Gawker has a larger readership than The Nation and The New Republic combined. Sure, it’s 99.44 percent pure riff-raff, but the damnable thing about democracy is...
  • Top Socialist Economist Says He’s Been Working With Democrats & Obama “For A Long Time”

    04/18/2014 9:34:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 18, 2014 | Patch W. Adams
    Have you ever wondered why the Obama Administration’s plans for improving the U.S. economy always seem to fall flat? It just might have something to do with the fact that the Obama Administration has been working with someone who doesn’t like capitalism. According to an article on France24.com, a well known economist who isn’t fond of capitalism, but promotes Socialism, has been working with the Democrats and the Obama Administration “for a long time”: In his latest book, French economist Thomas Piketty warns that modern-day capitalism leads to unsustainable levels of inequality. While he is often linked to France’s Socialist...
  • Success Of Obamacare Might Translate Into Political Success

    04/18/2014 9:15:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | April 18, 2014 | Dr. Ron Chusid
    The number of people signing up for private insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act has now reached eight million. While primarily symbolic, it does represent a victory after initial projections of seven million were reduced to six million due to the problems when the exchanges opened. We know that if they failed to meet these projections, Republicans would be making a big deal of them. In addition, late enrollees included a high percentage of young people. Good news means more positive head lines, such as National Journal writing that Obamacare is on a Winning Streak. The political climate is...
  • Liberal Pundit Sally Kohn Sings Kumbaya to Fox News.

    04/18/2014 8:33:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | April 18, 2014 | Eric L. Wattree
    In her Article, “What I Learned As a Liberal Talking Head For Fox News,” for The Christian Science Monitor, Sally Kohn indicated that while working for Fox News, she had what can best be described as an epiphany. She said, “For a radical progressive who once harbored negative stereotypes about folks on the right, it was a turning point for me: Though Sean Hannity or Sarah Palin and I disagree profoundly on politics – they’re personable, kind, and human. If you want to persuade people, you can’t demonize them.” . She went on to say, “And no one will even...
  • Google: the unelected superpower

    04/18/2014 8:09:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | April 17, 2014 | Katherine Rushton
    Researchers at Princeton and Northwestern universities have pored over 1,800 US policies and concluded that America is an oligarchy. Instead of looking out for the majority of the country’s citizens, the US government is ruled by the interests of the rich and the powerful, they found. No great surprises there, then. But the government is not the only American power whose motivations need to be rigourously examined. Some 2,400 miles away from Washington, in Silicon Valley, Google is aggressively gaining power with little to keep it in check. It has cosied up to governments around the world so effectively that...
  • Martinez and the War on GOP Women

    04/18/2014 7:42:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | April 18, 2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    One of the Obama administration’s favorite themes is the idea that Republicans have been waging a “war on women.” Though Democrats may overestimate the appeal of this canard, the notion that troglodyte conservatives seek to send American women back to the 19th century has become a form of conventional wisdom, especially in the liberal mainstream media. But though that war is a piece of fakery rooted in the confusion between political liberalism and gender equality, there is little doubt about the reality of another war on women: the one that is being waged by left-wing ideologues against any female Republican...
  • Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt Romney for President’ chant again

    04/18/2014 3:49:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.”Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only...
  • Mitt Romney returns to political stage as Republicans prepare for midterms

    04/18/2014 2:49:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2014 | Robert Costa and Philip Rucker
    One rainy morning this month, the man who thought he would be president boarded a train near his beach house in San Diego. He stepped off in Burbank, Calif., and caught a ride to a sound stage, where his on-again, off-again political consigliere, Mike Murphy, was waiting to shoot a commercial on a set that bore more than a passing resemblance to the Oval Office. Looking and sounding like a president out of central casting, he nailed his lines. The crew called him “one-take Romney,” and before he departed, they swarmed, extending arms around his shoulders and angling their iPhones...
  • How the Pope Is Remaking the GOP

    04/18/2014 2:32:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Daily Beast ^ | April 18, 2014 | Michelle Cottle
    When Jeb Bush stepped up this month to declare illegal immigration “an act of love,” he provoked precisely the conservative pile-on you’d expect. The right’s favorite crabby uncle, Charles Krauthammer, dourly pronounced the comments “bizarre.”. Rep. Raul Labrador accused Jebbie of pandering. Noted intellectual Donald Trump declared Bush’s thinking “ridiculous” and “dangerous.” And God help anyone who ventured onto sites like RedState.com. Most perfectly, fake-winger Stephen Colbert eulogized, “He will be missed.” In the midst of all the huffing and grumping, it was easy to miss the smaller, quieter sounds of satisfaction emanating from some of Bush’s fellow Catholics, particularly...
  • Obama strips our military while building own militia

    04/18/2014 2:19:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Lowell Sun ^ | April 17, 2014 | Blossom Stiefel
    It is the responsibility of the federal government to protect the United States from "invasion." How is it possible that top administration officials have directed 21,000 border patrol officers to retreat or distance themselves and seek cover in response to thrown or hurled projectiles from illegal aliens or drug smugglers? They are directed to keep their weapons holstered when drug smugglers drive by, and agents can't use guns against a fleeing vehicle. Instructions also indicate that officers will be penalized if they don't step back. The new rules were issued this March by Michael Fisher, chief of U.S. Border Patrol....
  • After Nevada ranch stand-off, emboldened militias ask: where next?

    04/18/2014 1:34:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 17, 2014 | Jonathan Allen
    Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd below stood its ground against U.S. federal agents in the Nevada desert. He was part of a 1,000-strong coalition of armed militia-men, cowboys on horseback, gun rights activists and others who rallied to Cliven Bundy's Bunkerville ranch, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, in a stand-off with about a dozen agents from the federal Bureau of Land Management. The rangers had rounded up hundreds of Bundy's...
  • Putin Isn’t a Genius — We Are Complete Idiots

    04/18/2014 12:30:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 17, 2014 | David P. Goldman
    Vladimir Putin happily allowed the Kiev authorities to shoot a few pro-Russian demonstrators while keeping his military forces on ice across the border. I predicted (and am sticking to my story) that Russia will not seize more territory in Eastern Ukraine–not for the time being, in any case. Russia will stand back and watch Ukraine implode, the way Egypt did during the two years following the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. Before the Maidan coup, Putin was willing to sit on $15 billion in arrears to Gazprom and put up $18 billion in new money. Now he wants $35 billion in...
  • The Once and Future Peasants

    04/18/2014 11:54:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 18, 2014 | Michael L. Grable
    Here's why you should worry about living in a country where increasing numbers of people can live without working. Filing our tax returns last week, I deplored government having confiscated 29.7% (effective rate) of my and my wife's joint 2013 income (Federal, 21.7%; state and local, 8%). That seemed scarcely worse than medieval lords confiscating one-third of peasants' crops. Speaking of lords, both the President of the United States and the Mayor of New York (et uxores) paid 2013 income taxes at lower effective rates than mine and my wife's (20.4% for the President and a measly 8.3% for the...
  • Rachel Maddow Cautions Fox News That They Are Playing With Fire By Hyping Bundy Story

    04/18/2014 10:53:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | April 17, 2014 | Justin Baragona
    On Wednesday night’s broadcast of The Rachel Maddow Show, host Rachel Maddow discussed the recent events surrounding Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy in detail. Not only did she address the standoff between Bundy’s supporters and federal agents, she placed this incident in the context of recent history. On top of that, she reviewed all of the coverage Bundy has received from the conservative media and contended that these ‘journalists’ are ‘playing with fire.’ Below is video from the show:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Maddow began her show by contrasting the recent events surrounding Bundy and his supporters, who state that they do not recognize the...
  • Cut the Tea Party Movement from the Ground Up (Dems, Rove/GOPe & the NAACP conspire)

    04/18/2014 10:20:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    IREHR ^ | February 12, 2014 | Leonard Zeskind, president
    Recently Sen. Charles Schumer made a groundbreaking speech outlining a Democratic Party strategy aimed at the Tea Parties. For the first time, a major figure in the liberal political universe sought to both explain the Tea Parties’ appeal to tens of millions of adult Americas and to project a strategy to break the Tea Party base away from its leaders—at least in the context of election campaigns. Mr. Schumer’s was wrong in his description of the Tea Party movement, however, and his proposed strategy was little more than a campaign statement that would do little damage to the Tea Parties....
  • New Americans turn to goats to address food demand

    04/18/2014 9:52:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) -- A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock. The half dozen kids - that is, baby goats - that arrived last week at Pine Island Farm were the latest additions to the Vermont Goat Collaborative, a project that brings together new Americans hungry for goat meat with dairy goat farmers who have no need for young male animals. Some dairy farmers who otherwise would discard bucklings at birth or spend valuable time finding homes...
  • Is Cattlemen Armed Insurrection the New Form of American Protest? (Amazing!)

    04/17/2014 10:07:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The cattle-ranch protest in Nevada was an armed insurrection by the Tea Party. One thousand Tea Party, so-called “patriots,” came to Bunkerville, NV, brandished weapons and the government backed down. Other mass protests in America have either ended in arrests or violent clashes between authorities and protesters. There is an obvious double standard here because the government relented and turned away. Why did the government do this? The main difference between many other mass protests and the cattle-ranch protest is that the cattle-ranch protesters were armed with handguns and assault rifles. Is American in such a state where the new...
  • Activists to UMich: Admit unqualified students, if they are black

    04/17/2014 9:11:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 16, 2014 | Robby Soave
    Activists with the radical pro-affirmative action group, By Any Means Necessary, staged a protest on Tuesday featuring a black Detroit high school student who was denied admission to the University of Michigan. The student, Brooke Kimbrough, claimed UM rejected her because of her “morals,” and not her below-average ACT score of 23. (The average U-M student has a score between 28 and 32.) “I believe that I have been rejected because of the morals that I stand for,” said Kimbrough, according to Fox 2 news. “I will take back my freedom as a tool to help others. I have...