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  • Bristol Palin Backs Stephen A. Smith: ‘Every Black Person Should Vote Republican’

    04/24/2015 10:25:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | April 24, 2015 | Steph Bazzle
    Bristol Palin says that Stephen A. Smith has it right when he declares that for one election cycle, every black person should vote Republican. She says that when you listen to his logic, it “just makes sense.” Tricks to get large groups to swap parties, without a solid political reason, aren’t exactly uncommon, but the logic Smith and Palin are employing here is mind-boggling. Here’s Stephen A.’s idea, initially published by Breitbart. Currently, the majority of black voters vote for Democrats. He believes this demonstrates that the average black person would never vote Republican, leaving both parties’ candidates thinking they...
  • Militant Progressives Message to America: Even Gays Will Be Made To Care

    04/24/2015 9:56:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 25, 2015 | Bryan Pruitt, director, RedState
    If you thought it would end with small town pizza parlors in Indiana and Oregon cake bakers, you would be wrong. The enforcement of militant liberal orthodoxy, having claimed a few scalps from moderate-income Christian business owners, now sets its sights even higher. Our Editor Erick said over two years ago that “You Will Be Made To Care” and most people thought he was speaking just to evangelical Christians. Who would have guessed such a short time ago that the leftist thought police had much bigger plans in store. Everyone, and I mean everyone, will be brought to heel. The...
  • 'Hotline' Shows Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz Rising in Polls

    04/24/2015 8:57:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 24, 2015 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have markedly improved ratings in the National Journal's "Hotline" rankings of GOP presidential candidates after officially announcing their campaigns this spring, but Sen. Rand Paul's standings dropped slightly. Rubio, of Florida, is now tied for second place with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker behind his friend and one-time mentor, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, while Cruz comes in just behind the two, according to the publication's rankings, which were released Friday. Paul, though, dropped one place in the Hotline rankings after his campaign rollout, after questions arose about his temper. Paul clashed with popular "Today"...
  • Steny Hoyer: Same-Sex Couples Are Endowed ‘By God’ With Right to Marry

    04/24/2015 8:20:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Staff
    Citing the Declaration of Independence, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) argued on the House floor yesterday that same-sex couples are endowed by “their Creator—by God” with a right to marry. “Our Declaration of Independence, as all of us quote so often, says: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men’—of course, if Jefferson were writing today, it would be either all people or all humankind—‘are created equal, that they are endowed by’—not a Congress, not by a Constitution, not by a will of the majority—‘their Creator’—by God—‘with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and...
  • Ted Cruz is right for America

    04/24/2015 7:58:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Huntsville Item ^ | April 24, 2015 | Dr. Willard M. Oliver, guest columnist
    I am afraid. I am afraid that my rights to practice my religion openly are fast disappearing in this country and that I have become a target of hate and derision because I am a Christian. I am afraid that the very fabric of our society — the building block of every society — the family, unequivocally defined as a marriage between a man and woman for the purposes of raising children, is being grossly undermined and destroyed. I am afraid that my country has lost its rightful place on the world stage, as a shining beacon on a hill...
  • Climate models WRONG: Global-warming has slowed, recent changes are down to ‘natural variability’

    04/24/2015 7:50:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | April 23, 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Global warming hasn't happened as fast as expected, according to a new study based on 1,000 years of temperature records. The research claims that natural variability in surface temperatures over the course of a decade can account for increases and dips in warming rates. But it adds that these so-called 'climate wiggles' could also, in the future, cause our planet to warm up much faster than anticipated....
  • Gay Hoteliers Face Boycott for Holding Unapproved Opinion of Ted Cruz

    04/24/2015 6:10:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 24, 2015 | John Nolte
    The Left’s fascist rampage against anyone who holds the same opinion on same sex marriage Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama did less than two years ago, marches on. Not content to steal a man’s livelihood or a near-successful attempt to destroy a small business owner, the venomous Gaystapo is now sending a chilling warning to apostates by calling for the boycott of two gay hoteliers who hold the unapproved opinion of not-hating Republican Senator Ted Cruz. Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner are two openly gay, Manhattan-based hoteliers who own a gay-oriented hotel in the city and other commercial properties in...
  • Elizabeth Warren v. Ted Cruz

    04/24/2015 5:33:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Salina Journal ^ | April 24, 2015 | John M. Crisp
    Elizabeth Warren versus Ted Cruz? Not likely. Only the most extraordinary circumstances could produce this improbable contest for the presidency in 2016. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was the first to declare his candidacy for the Republican nomination, but his hardcore ideology and abrasive manner make him unlikely to be chosen by calmer heads closer to the center of the party. And despite persistent efforts by left-wing Democrats to change her mind, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is emphatic in her refusal to run for the office. Still, consideration of the remote possibility that these two could face off for the presidency...
  • Boycott fires up after gay NYC hoteliers host Sen. Ted Cruz event

    04/24/2015 5:18:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Nicole Hensley
    LGBT activists are urging a boycott of two openly gay New York hoteliers who hosted a controversial campaign event for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. The “Boycott Fire Island Pines Establishments & Out NYC Hotel” page on Facebook, which had amassed nearly 4,000 likes by Friday, questions the conservative company that OutNYC owners Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner chose to keep. The page quotes a critical profile of Cruz written by the Human Rights Campaign. Weiderpass, the co-owner of the Hell’s Kitchen hotel, enraged LGBT activists when he posed for a photo with the Republican presidential hopeful during the Monday affair....
  • NYT Freak Out: Ermagersh! Ted Cruz Has Gay Friends—and Supporters!!!This doesn't fit the narrative

    04/24/2015 1:41:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | April 23, 2015 | Paula Bolyard
    It seems the New York Times has gotten itself all worked up because Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz attended an event in his honor at the Manhattan apartment of — gasp! — “two prominent gay hoteliers.” (Apparently one cannot simply be a ‘hotelier’ these days — a sexual identifier is required.) It’s obvious that Times reporter Maggie Haberman thought she had found the smoking gun that would tarnish Cruz’s conservative credentials forever when she reported that he’s not a hateful bigot or something. ”Mr. Cruz said he would not love his daughters any differently if one of them was gay,”...
  • The Koch brothers can't hand-pick a GOP nominee — but they don't need to

    04/23/2015 11:39:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Vox ^ | April 23, 2015 | Andrew Prokop
    The billionaire Koch brothers' plans for 2016 have dominated political headlines this week. On Monday afternoon, it looked like the brothers were endorsing Scott Walker. By Monday evening, David Koch had declared his neutrality. Twenty-four hours later, Charles Koch explained there were five GOP contenders in the mix for the brothers' backing. And on Wednesday, Politico's Ken Vogel obtained a memo outlining the brothers' spending plans for 2016. What's the upshot of all this? Overall, it's clear that the Kochs are being bolder than ever in their attempts to mold the political process to their will. They're trying to raise...
  • A 4D Printed Valve That Actuates According to Water Temperature

    04/23/2015 11:12:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    3DPrint ^ | April 23, 2015 | T.E. Edwards
    It may seem a touch misleading in name, but scientists at the University of Wollongong say they’re creating what they call 4D printing. The fourth dimension they refer to is time and shape shifting as the researchers have begun to develop 3D printed materials capable of morphing into new structures – post production – as those materials are influenced by the addition of external stimuli such as water or heat. The team at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science say these new materials are able to transform themselves from one shape into another, and they see applications for...
  • Rubio raking in big bucks from rich pro-amnesty Republicans by touting his “immigration record”

    04/23/2015 6:48:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 23, 2015 | Allahpundit
    “Marco gives the same speech with donors that he does in public,” one Rubio advisor assured BuzzFeed. I’m sure he’s right. After all, when has Marco Rubio ever said different things to different audiences about his stance on immigration? I do think it’s safe to say that Rubio’s choosing his words carefully on this subject, even among friends in private settings. All it would take to blow him up for good on the right is a hidden smartphone recorder catching him crowing about amnesty, and he knows it. He’s the safest pick in the field precisely because he’s not prone...
  • Cultural Conservatives Have Barely Begun to Fight

    04/23/2015 6:25:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 23, 2015 | David French
    A response to Rod Dreher’s “Benedict Option”An atmosphere of gloom and despair pervades some cultural-conservative circles, and, at first glance, it’s easy to understand why. There’s no question that hysterical public assaults on Christians or others who dissent from leftist sexual orthodoxy are increasing in volume and frequency. It seems as if every day there’s a new story of an attempt to silence, intimidate, or publicly shame social conservatives. It’s not enough to express disagreement with cultural conservatives — they must lose their jobs, lose their businesses, and close their schools, unless they bend the knee to the sexual revolution....
  • Cruz & Walker vs. Bush & Rubio on Amnesty and Immigration

    04/23/2015 3:26:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | April 23, 2015 | George Rasley, CHQ Editor
    The battle lines of the 2016 Republican primaries are being formed more quickly than many of the establishment media pundits seem to realize and one of the first issues to form a fissure in the field and to, surprisingly, put two candidates with different bases in the Party apparently on the same side are immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens. That Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio should end up as the leading pro-amnesty and pro-expanding legal immigration is unsurprising. During a stop in New Hampshire “gringo aplatanado” Jeb Bush arrogantly referred to his plan to grant amnesty to illegal aliens...
  • The GOP contenders

    04/23/2015 2:51:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Globe and Mail ^ | April 23, 2015 | Paul Koring in Washington
    While the Democratic nomination is so far very much about one person – Hillary Clinton – the GOP contest is anything but. As Paul Koring reports, nearly all of the likely Republican candidates are political heavyweights with a real shot at the Oval Office.The Republican field vying for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination is as crowded and wide open as the Democratic lineup is scant and predictable. With three already declared candidates, three more probables poised to enter and a pack of hopefuls, long shots and returning also-rans, the Republican race will be hard-fought, chaotic and compelling. This field includes...
  • Clinton vs. Rubio et al

    04/23/2015 10:53:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Coquille Valley Courant ^ | April 22, 2015 | David M. Shribman, executive editor of the Post-Gazette
    One responded to the Kennedy-era call for a new generation of leaders, and the other renewed that call for a new generation to lead this country in a new direction in a new century. One is an untraditional figure who personifies the slow, traditional path to leadership in American life, and the other is a untraditional political figure who wants to leap ahead in the race for American leadership. One is an old-fashioned liberal, the other a new-era conservative. In many ways the two candidates who entered the presidential race in recent days define the 2016 political contest -- and,...
  • The coming GOP demolition-derby circular firing squad

    04/23/2015 9:55:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 23, 2015 | Former Rep. John LeBoutillier (R-N.Y.)
    State of the 2016 Race A column for The Hill analyzing the current state of the 2016 presidential race. The Coming GOP demolition-derby circular firing squad: 1. With the announcement two weeks ago that four super-PACS — headed by the mysterious Robert Mercer from Long Island, N.Y. — had donated a stunning $31 million to Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) presidential campaign, a new era of GOP primary battles was launched. 2. In the past, the GOP establishment wing always handsomely funded their candidate. 3. It was always the conservatives who were underfunded. 4. And thus the primary outcome was preordained:...
  • US Presidential candidate: Ted cruises to S.C.

    04/23/2015 9:27:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Georgia Regents University Bellringer ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jessica Sager
    2016 presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R) spoke to a sold-out Newberry Hall during an Aiken Republican Club luncheon April 4. After the luncheon, The Bell Ringer interviewed Cruz about his views on education, including his wish to shut down the Department of Education. “It is because education is so important that it shouldn’t be governed by unelected bureaucrats in Washington, that it should be instead at the state or local level,” Cruz said. “And what we’ve seen right now is the Department of Education has grown into a bloated bureaucracy where what’s happening is they’re putting red tape, they’re...
  • A field guide to 2016: How to tell the A-listers from the publicity seekers

    04/23/2015 9:11:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Economist ^ | The April 25, 2015 Issue
    “RUNNING for office is real simple,” Ted Cruz told supporters in New Hampshire recently, within earshot of a Politico reporter. “You just surgically disconnect your shame sensor. Because you spend every day asking people for money. You walk up and say, ‘How are you doing, sir? Can I have money? Great to see you, lovely shirt, please give me money’.” This year should be a good one for shame surgeons: the Republican field for 2016 so far consists of 20 men and one woman who have either declared their candidacy for president, set up the machinery for a run or...
  • More blacks see guns as lifesaver: Obama-Bloomberg agenda now rejected even by liberals

    04/23/2015 8:50:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 20, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Two years after the Newton, Connecticut, school massacre, Americans are coming to appreciate their gun rights more than ever. And despite the billions of dollars spent to convince people otherwise, the idea of more gun control is anathema to most Americans. Even women and black Americans are less likely to see guns as a safety risk and more likely to view them as protection against crime, according to a Pew Research Center poll. And for the first time in 25 years, more Americans say that protecting gun rights is more important than controlling gun ownership, 52 percent to 46...
  • Cruz is the First Top-Tier Movement Conservative Candidate Since Reagan

    04/22/2015 11:36:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | March 23, 2015 | Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
    Today’s official announcement that Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is running for president changes everything in the 2016 presidential campaign. Ted Cruz isn’t running for Vice President or Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Jeb Bush administration. Every Republican candidate for president will have to move to significantly to the right, starting with Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, and define their position on amnesty for illegal aliens, on fighting and winning the war radical Islam has declared on America, on spending, the deficit and the debt, and on repealing Obamacare, against the positions Ted Cruz will talk about...
  • Hotline's GOP Presidential Power Rankings: Rubio on the Rise

    04/22/2015 11:27:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 23, 2015 | Staff
    Cruz and Rubio climb, and Paul slides, after their official campaign launches.Three Republicans have officially announced they're running for president—but only two of them improved their standing since Hotline's previous edition of its GOP Presidential Power Rankings. Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio kicked off their campaigns in early spring, with Cruz and Rubio in particular demonstrating unexpected financial might and taking advantage of the moment. Meanwhile the most memorable moment from Paul's rollout was a clash with the press. Still, as we mentioned last time, if you're going to make mistakes in the presidential race, it's better...
  • An Earth Day call to ban fracking across this land

    04/22/2015 10:54:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | April 22, 2015 | Mark Ruffalo, actor and director
    Just say no, Obama. Flaming water, poisoned air and destroyed lives — that’s what I found when I traveled to Dimock, Pa., in 2009 to see the impacts of fracking firsthand. Six years later, this tragic story is one shared by countless Americans, too many of them with no choice in the matter. Ten years after the Bush-Cheney administration exempted fracking from key parts of some of our nation’s most important environmental and public health laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, the science is finally catching up to the process — and...
  • Has Scott Walker’s immigration flip-flop cost him the Koch primary?

    04/22/2015 10:32:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 21, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    What began as a banner day for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in his quest to secure his party’s presidential nomination on Monday ended as a unique disaster. According to Nicholas Confessore’s reporting in the New York Times on Monday, the libertarian billionaire David Koch told a crowd at a Manhattan fundraiser that Walker had all but secured his endorsement and the support of his and his brother’s donor network. “When the primaries are over and Scott Walker gets the nomination,” Koch is reported to have told the crowd. “We will support whoever the candidate is,” Koch supposedly added in a...
  • Walker is now toast: Crazy move right that cost him the Koch brothers & probably the nomination

    04/22/2015 10:08:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Salon ^ | April 22, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    First he had the Koch endorsement. Then he didn't. Why? A Glenn Beck interview where Walker moved wackier than Cruz. According to a number of well-respected journalists, the Koch brothers are putting their heft and muscle behind Scott Walker for president. Or maybe not. It depends on whom you ask. First, let’s acknowledge once again that the Great Whitebread Hope from Wisconsin seems to have everyone in the political establishment mesmerized by his alleged strategic and tactical brilliance. Sure, he makes epic gaffes over and over again, but that cannot take anything away from the fact that he barely won...
  • Donations to Ted Cruz come in chunks big and small, but much is murky ("Murky" compared to Hillary?)

    04/22/2015 9:37:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 22, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman, Washington Bureau
    The money fueling Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign for president comes in both trickles and torrents. And the sources of much of it are murky. A hedge fund billionaire is reported to have poured $30 million into the cause isn’t talking. So it’s unclear why he picked Cruz and how much he’s willing to spend to keep the Texas Republican’s hopes alive as the race plays out. Nor will Cruz identify supporters who’ve agreed to raise up to $500,000 from their networks of friends and associates — bundlers who’ll be rewarded with special access to the candidate in coming months. “Some...
  • Civil lawsuit to be filed Thursday in Michael Brown's death

    04/22/2015 9:19:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lawyers for the parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb, announced Wednesday night that they planned to file a civil lawsuit the following day against the city of Ferguson. Attorneys for the family said in a statement Wednesday night that the wrongful death lawsuit would be filed Thursday....
  • More Than Jewish Votes, GOP Presidential Candidates Need Jewish Donors

    04/22/2015 4:39:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | April 22, 2015 | Ronn Torossian
    Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby has written that “liberalism has superseded Judaism as the religion of most American Jews.” While President Barack Obama has consistently been hostile towards Israel, one wonders if this election cycle may finally see Jews swing to the Republican Party. Jacoby rightfully previously noted, “This liberalism isn’t rational. It isn’t sensible. It certainly isn’t good for the Jews.” While the Jewish community overwhelmingly votes Democrat, what Republicans need more than Jewish votes is the support of Jewish donors. The New York Times recently noted in a front-page feature story, “G.O.P.’s Israel Support Deepens as Political Contributions...
  • What’s Marco Rubio’s secret? (Another love letter from the faux conserva-gives)

    04/22/2015 2:03:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | April 22, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the Neocons
    More than other 2016 presidential entrants Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) seems to have positively affected, even excited, Republicans. Ross Douthat writes, “Rubio more than most candidates fits the way most Republicans want to think about their party and ideology and cause.” There is much to that, and certainly Republicans want to get away from the dig that they are “grumpy,” “angry” or downright “mean.” So how does Rubio do it? Arthur Brooks, head of the American Enterprise Institute and arguably the godfather of reform conservatism, likes to say: “My movement shouldn’t be fighting against things. My movement should be fighting...
  • Creating social justice spaces in high schools (Shows you how far we've fallen)

    04/22/2015 1:55:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Daily Targum of Rutgers University ^ | April 14, 2015 | Kenya O'Neill
    As a first year, I came into the University knowing I was passionate about social justice, but I did not necessarily have the vocabulary and resources to articulate my beliefs. I knew that there were practices in place that exploit marginalized people economically, but I did not know that the driving force behind this was called unregulated capitalism. I knew that there was a difference between the way half of my family lived versus the other half, but I did not know the driving force behind these differences was due to institutionalized racism. I knew that there were more than...
  • Ted Cruz Showed Eloquence, and Limits, as Debater at Princeton

    04/22/2015 1:33:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 22, 2015 | Jason Horowitz
    PRINCETON, N.J. — By the time he was a senior at Princeton University in 1992, Ted Cruz had developed an arsenal of rhetorical skills and theatrical gestures that made him one of the most polished performers on the college debate circuit. So when he reached the quarterfinals of the national championships at M.I.T., with the title that had eluded him so far now in sight, he decided to try to knock his Harvard opponents off balance with one of his favorite tricks. Instead of the regular practice of defending his proposed topic — the merits of mind-reading — Mr. Cruz...
  • Which presidential hopeful will get social media right in 2016?

    04/22/2015 1:20:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | April 22, 2015 | Ryan Hagemann
    The next generation of social media use in political electioneering is about to take off as the 2016 presidential hopefuls start lining up for media attention to vie for the nomination of their respective parties. Hillary Clinton recently came out swinging for the Democratic nomination, thus far the only Democrat to announce her candidacy, with a short video released a week ago. While the Clinton machine is already gearing up to take social media by storm, the Republican landscape looks to be where most of the early online fisticuffs will be playing out. So how do the contenders stack up...
  • Ted Cruz: Without Energized Conservative Voters, 'We Lose' in 2016

    04/22/2015 12:56:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 22, 2015 | Sean Piccoli
    Picking another establishment GOP presidential nominee in the mold of Mitt Romney, John McCain or Bob Dole to run against Democrats in 2016 will guarantee that Hillary Clinton wins the White House, GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz told Newsmax TV on Wednesday. "It will in effect be a third term for Barack Obama," the Texas Republican said in an exclusive interview with "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) As president, said Cruz, he would put an end to the domestic and foreign policies of President Barack Obama, both of which he said have been a "disaster." As a primary candidate,...
  • US presidential hopeful Marco Rubio reaches out to gay Republicans

    04/22/2015 12:46:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Asia One / Reuters ^ | April 22, 2015
    NEW YORK - Marco Rubio, the youthful Republican presidential hopeful who touts himself as the candidate of his party's future, has been making moves to court a socially liberal faction of his party that represents gay conservatives. The Florida senator's staff have held quarterly meetings with the Log Cabin Republicans "going back some time", their executive director, Gregory Angelo, told Reuters. The meetings with the advocacy group were to discuss legislation, issues and opportunities to "partner on," Angelo said. Rubio's office declined to comment on the meetings. The discussions highlight the tricky electoral math for Republican presidential aspirants like Rubio....
  • 2016 Elections: Why This Year is the Time To Focus on Asian American Voter Power

    04/21/2015 10:59:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Asian Fortune ^ | April 21, 2015 | Jennie Ilustre
    Next year, the country will elect a new president. But next year is already here. Notice how candidates are already positioning themselves for the primaries and caucuses? It is urgent that now–not next year–is when all candidates must realize that American voters of Asian and Pacific heritage will play a major role in the 2016 elections. Republican Jeb Bush was first at the gate, albeit unofficially, in next year’s presidential elections. Bush is of course, former Florida governor and son and brother of two former presidents. In a crowded Republican field, Senator Ted Cruz was the first to officially launch...
  • Rep. Mo Brooks rips Rubio on open borders

    04/21/2015 10:37:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | Tim Constantine
    A Republican congressman ripped congressional leadership for their inaction on President Obama’s executive amnesty plan for illegals and pointed a finger at Sen. Marco Rubio for U.S. problems with open borders. Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks was a guest on Tim Constantine’s “Capitol Hill Show” on Tuesday and the conversation was dominated by the topic of illegal immigration and the effort by the Obama administration to circumvent existing law and grant amnesty to millions. “What I am very disappointed in is the House and Senate leadership,” Mr. Brooks explained....
  • The Old War Becomes the New War

    04/21/2015 10:24:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Daily Pundit ^ | April 20, 2015 | Bill Quick
    In a comment about a report of what confusingly appears to be support for attacks on Hillary Clinton coming from Democrat Party mainstays like WaPo and NYT, I posted the following: Most don’t seem to have a clue about what is really going on here. The beliefs at the heart of the GOP are free market, individual liberty conservatism. Those at the heart of the Democrats are statist, collectivist Marxism. Both philosophies are currently making strong plays to permanently take over their respective parties and their political and financial apparats. Both are backed and, to some extent, controlled by massively...
  • Michelle Obama: The Candidate?

    04/21/2015 8:44:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Root ^ | April 14, 2015 | Mary C. Curtis
    Too soon, too soon, of course. After observing close-up the kind of headwinds her husband has met in Washington, D.C., and beyond, there is absolutely no indication that first lady Michelle Obama is looking to place her own name on any ballot. She has, in fact, said the opposite, although in his just-released book, Michelle Obama: A Life, veteran journalist Peter Slevin reports that she has always been a full partner in her husband’s political career. But it is significant that former first lady, U.S. Sen. and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has hired Michelle Obama’s former communications chief as...
  • Koch Brothers Reveal List of 5 Potential GOP Candidates to Support

    04/21/2015 7:35:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 21, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    On Monday, The New York Times — and, in turn, Mediaite — reported that billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch had settled on Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) as their preferred Republican candidate to back in the 2016 presidential election. “We will support whoever the candidate is,” David Koch reportedly said at a fundraising event. “But it should be Scott Walker.” Now, however, in an interview with USA Today, Charles Koch has said that their field of potential endorsees is larger than just one. He confirmed that they are actually looking at five candidates who they believe have “a good chance...
  • Here’s Something Every Conservative Activist Can Do (Which They Don’t, So Libs Win By Default)

    04/21/2015 6:56:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | April 21, 2015 | Grant Noble
    Run for precinct committeeman (below). Take over the party apparatus of their choice and get to know how to build winning coalitions. Liberals do this in both parties, which is why they rule despite being outnumbered by conservatives 2 to 1. And yes, you can publish this under your own name for all I care! Funny how all the “big names” in the conservative media never want to tell anyone how to become really effectivein politics (and there by lose their clout to deliver for the political Insiders!) Grant Noble The Most Powerful Office in the World is Not the...
  • Operation Choke Point Strikes Again: Banks Shut Down Business Accounts of Co. Owned by Fmr Marine

    04/21/2015 6:15:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 21, 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Operation Choke Point, the Obama administration’s under-the-radar project involving the Department of Justice, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) whose goal is to shut down industries it does not like by “choking off” their banking relationships, is taking aim at another business. Brian Lynn, CEO of a Jacksonville, Florida based payday lending company that operates 26 stores in Florida, Georgia and Alabama under the Speedy Cash and Lending Bear brands, has been in business for more than 20 years. He confirms to Breitbart News that two major banks closed his company’s accounts with...
  • 'Marriage Was God's Idea, and He Will Preserve It, With or Without Us;' Ted Cruz Asks Pastors...

    04/21/2015 5:47:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | April 21, 2015 | Leonardo Blair
    As the U.S. Supreme Court readies to hear arguments in favor of same-sex marriage on Tuesday, April 28, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, urged pastors across America to preach and pray against it because "marriage was God's idea, and He will preserve it, with or without us." "We know that marriage is intended to be sacred, beautiful, and nourishing. If you do not influence your congregation's understanding of marriage, who will fill the void? Hollywood? Divorce courts?" asked Cruz in a letter sent to tens of thousands of pastors highlighted by CBN News. "Prayer moves our God to...
  • An epic struggle between generations in the US

    04/21/2015 2:33:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Gulf Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | David Lightman
    The 2016 presidential race is shaping up as an epic struggle between generations. On one side are the ageing baby boomers who came of age in the 1960s and whose generation now is heading toward retirement - Democrat Hillary Clinton, who would be 69 on Election Day and the second oldest president ever, and Republican Jeb Bush, who would turn 64 soon after becoming president. On the other is a wave of younger faces who came of age in the 1980s, including Republicans Marco Rubio, 43; Ted Cruz, 44; Scott Walker, 47; Chris Christie and Rand Paul, each 52. It’s...
  • Tea Party will never understand the Constitution: What the right misses about its favorite document

    04/21/2015 1:28:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 160 replies
    Salon ^ | April 21, 2015 | Elias Isquith
    GOP candidates constantly invoke the Constitution. A Yale Law professor reveals what they all fail to understand. With the 2016 election cycle having kicked into first-gear already, any American who hasn’t inured themselves to the monotonous (and often ultimately meaningless) repetition of the word “Constitution” is advised to get to self-desensitizing — and quick. Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have already made a fetishized version of the U.S.’s supreme governing document central to their campaign rhetoric; and even politicians less beloved by the supposedly Constitution-crazy Tea Party, like Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton, are likely to soon follow suit....
  • Scott Walker camp denies ‘Olympics-quality flip-flop’ on immigration

    04/21/2015 12:58:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 21, 2015 | Kendall Breitman
    Scott Walker is under fire for what a former aide calls an “Olympics-quality flip-flop” on immigration. Walker has already moved away from his past positions on allowing undocumented immigrants a clear pathway to legal status — what many conservatives deride as “amnesty” for immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally. On Monday, the Wisconsin governor appeared to go a step further, telling radio host Glenn Beck that he supports limits on legal immigration. “The next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and...
  • HILLARY'S RUNNING... (Will Monica Lewinsky vote for Hillary Clinton?)

    04/21/2015 12:41:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Here’s the thing—the Tea Party, and the GOP horrify me. I might not know all the details about their campaigns, and I might not know what exactly HRC is planning, but one thing is for sure: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Jeb Bush are absolutely bad news. Many feminists including myself are “excited” about the idea of a woman holding office in the White House. But it is a very dull excitement, muffled by the fact that this racist police state will have nothing to offer us, regardless of who is sitting in The Oval Office. Just as Obama’s election...
  • Huckabee Is Ted Cruz’s Nightmare: How the former governor’s populism could upend the GOP field.

    04/21/2015 12:20:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 21, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis
    The Upshot’’s Nate Cohn is making the contrarian case for Mike Huckabee. I give him credit for seeing things that others might not, but—despite the optimistic headline: “Mike Huckabee Would Be a More Important Candidate Than You Might Think,” he actually underestimates Huck’s potential as a disruptive factor in this campaign. It’s unclear what’s in the water in Hope, Arkansas, but that Bill Clinton and Huck are both from the same hamlet is nothing short of miraculous. Put aside the snake oil salesman stuff, and the numerous ridiculous things Huckabee has said to get attention, and you’re left with a...
  • Scott Walker Tacks Far Right On Immigration

    04/20/2015 10:49:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics Blog ^ | April 20, 2015 | Igor Bobic
    Republicans often rail about undocumented immigrants. But Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, an expected GOP presidential candidate, took it a step further Monday by sounding some critical notes about the number of those who immigrate to the U.S. legally. "In terms of legal immigration, how we need to approach that going forward is saying -- the next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages. Because the more I’ve talked to folks, I’ve talked to [Alabama Sen. Jeff] Sessions and others out...
  • The truth about ‘America’s project’

    04/20/2015 10:40:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | April 16, 2015 | Eyad Abu Shakra
    With every day that passes, Operation Decisive Storm proves just how necessary, and hence, justifiable it is. The conspirators inside Yemen have made huge investments over the past few years in funding sectarian infrastructures, organizations, logistics, as well as tribal and interest-based relations woven with ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s “family-run militia.” The militia that has fought under his banner defends his interests and the interests of those he chooses to befriend today, only to turn on them tomorrow. These investments have been huge and long term. The investors are now well known and for a time this looked like nothing...