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  • Boycott Fail: Chick-Fil-A Opens Slew Of New Stores Nationwide…

    03/29/2015 1:42:18 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 2 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 3/28/2015
    Chick-Fil-A Opens Slew of New Stores Nationwide Despite the occasional negative press, Chick-Fil-A’s franchises are thriving throughout the United States. Shortly after the arrival of spring, new Chick-Fil-A restaurants are cropping up in states like Florida and Pennsylvania, signaling that the chain responsible for “Eat More Chicken” ads continues to outperform competitors, such as KFC and Church’s. As reported by the Palm Beach Post, Chick-Fil-A’s newest restaurant held a grand opening in Delray Beach, Florida on March 26 to hundreds of people anxiously awaiting its debut. For more than 24 hours, customers camped outside the new restaurant hoping to be...
  • Ted Cruz wants to bring his aversion to compromise to the 2016 fight

    03/29/2015 1:24:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's The Post's View ^ | March 23, 2015 | The Editorial Board
    LET’S SEE, why does this sound familiar? A charismatic constitutional scholar, with an inspiring life story, still in his first Senate term, promising a dramatic change of direction . . . . But wait: it’s 2015, and the candidate, officially as of Monday, is Sen. Ted Cruz. Here’s one way to tell Mr. Cruz (R-Tex.) from the winning constitutional scholar of 2008: Sen. Barack Obama promised to unite the country. Mr. Cruz — not so much. In fact, the most notable characteristic of Mr. Cruz’s brief time in elected politics has been his aversion to values that are essential to democracy’s functioning: practicality, modesty...
  • Poll: Bush Still Tops List of GOP Candidates, But Cruz Rising Fast

    03/29/2015 11:18:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    NewsMax / Bloomberg News | March 29, 2015
    Link only: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/jeb-bush-ted-cruz-poll/2015/03/29/id/635137/#ixzz3VncIuLew
  • Commentary: ‘Irksome’ Ted Cruz is a stickler for process, a lightning rod for controversy

    03/29/2015 10:53:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | March 29, 2015 | Marc Fisher, The Washington Post
    The Texas Republican's devotion to principle – or an unyielding insistence on getting his way – could propel him to the front ranks of Republican contenders for president or render him unelectable.Ted Cruz looked out over a sprawling audience of Iowa farmers and agri-business leaders, people who rely on federal subsidies of ethanol, and the man who would be president stuck it to them. “I know you’d like me to say I’m for the renewable fuel standard” – that’s the subsidy of their product – “that’d be the easy thing to do,” he said. “But I’m going to tell you...
  • Atlantic City Girl Meets President Obama: 'See Ya Sparkle!'

    03/29/2015 9:32:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    NBC 10 Philadelphia ^ | March 28, 2015 | By Alison Burdo
    A New Jersey girl had a once in a lifetime thrill this week when she went to the White House to meet President Barack Obama and even had a chance to sit in his chair in the Oval Office. "I'm trying to be a community organizer," Sparkle Prevard, of Atlantic City, told Obama. Prevard visited Washington D.C. with several other young women who were all named Youth of the Year winners. The South Jersey teen, who graduated from Atlantic City High School, plans to attend Richard Stockton State College in the fall, according to the Boys & Girls Club in...
  • Potential McCain Challenger Kelli Ward: Widespread ‘Dissatisfaction’ with McCain Job Performance

    03/29/2015 9:22:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/28/15 | Michelle Moons
    Rising star in Arizona, State Senator Kelli Ward, took time out of her busy late season legislative schedule to give Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle an exclusive interview on the weekly Breitbart News Saturday radio program. Buzz over fresh political leader Ward grows daily with talk that she is the “David” considering taking on threatened political “Goliath,” U.S. Senator John McCain, in the 2016 primary election. Ward started out telling Boyle she’s “still in the consideration phase,” while she finishes out the current Arizona legislative session. She said this week she’ll be focusing her efforts on her duties in the state Senate....
  • Former intelligence official: Obama’s Middle East policy is ‘willful ignorance’

    03/29/2015 9:19:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 29, 2015 | By Josh Hicks
    The former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency on Sunday described President Obama's Middle East policy as one of "willful ignorance," saying the administration needs a clearer strategy for dealing with conflicts emerging across the region. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said during an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that recent developments in the Middle East are moving in a bad direction for the United States, with Iran "clearly on the march" to influence events in a "regional sectarian war." “At the end of the day, we have just this incredible policy confusion — never mind what our strategy is to...
  • Secret Olympia Budget Proposal To Register Your Guns With DOL – I-594

    03/29/2015 8:53:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    30calgal.com ^ | 3/27/2015 | 30calgal
    Our Anti-gun foes are sneaky. From enough public outcry Olympia has had to delay their budget proposals until Monday. The Democratic Legislature was only going to allow the public a total of 90 minutes to read through hundreds of pages of the budget document. Enough people complained and they had to delay the hearings until Monday. There happens to be a secret budget proposal that corresponds with the passing of I-594 and the Dept of Licensing. Here is the letter written to us by our local Protect Our Gun Rights group.
  • 5 things to know about Oregon's gun-control bill

    03/29/2015 8:42:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    mailtribune.com ^ | 3/28/2015 | Jonathan J. Cooper
    The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a public hearing on the measure 8 a.m. Wednesday at the state Capitol in Salem. Members of the public are invited to testify, but there's no guarantee that everyone will get a chance. Oregonians also can also email or call their senator. Contact information for all 30 senators is on the Legislature's website,www.oregonlegislature.gov .
  • Oakland Kids Get A Raise From The New Minimum Wage

    03/29/2015 8:41:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    NPR ^ | March 25, 2015 | by SAVANNAH ROBINSON
    Eighteen-year-old Alicia Donaldson works at a busy McDonald's in East Oakland. Her job is more complicated than anyone might think. "When you do the grill and the chicken by yourself, it's not easy," she admits. "You have to put down the meat on the grill, and then put chicken in the grease. People get burned a lot." That's a lot of pain for only $9 an hour. Today it's still hard work, but now Alicia is making $12.25 instead. "When I worked 56 hours my check was about $480," she remembers. This month the highest minimum wage in the nation...
  • Thrift Store Shopper Finds Loaded Gun Inside Used Golf Bag

    03/29/2015 8:22:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 60 replies
    huffingtonpost.com ^ | 3/29/2015 | unknown
    He took the weapon to Bullhead City police, who say it was not registered or reported lost or stolen.
  • Parents Of Aurora Shooting Victim Lose Ammo Lawsuit

    03/29/2015 8:17:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    The parents of a woman killed during the Aurora movie theater shooting lost their bid Friday to hold ammunition sellers liable for the attack. Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, whose daughter, Jessica Ghawi, was one of 12 people killed in the July 2012 attack, had sued four online retailers that provided bullets, gun magazines and body armor alleged to have been used in the shooting. They accused the retailers of selling the items without concern about the mental fitness of the buyer or the items’ intended use. The retailers “established and operated businesses which attracted — and catered to — dangerous...
  • A Three-Sided Minimum Wage Debate Moves into Nevada

    03/29/2015 7:54:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 3/29/2015 | Rod Kackley
    One Nevada senator wants to cut the state’s minimum wage by $2 an hour. Another wants to raise it by $8 an hour. Guess which senator is a Democrat and which is a Republican. That is an easy one. But this is tougher. Guess which party is also pushing to raise the state’s minimum wage by 75 cents. Nevada Republican Sen. Joe Hardy wants to scrap the state’s constitutional amendment that provides a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour with health insurance coverage — same amount as the federal minimum wage — and $8.25 an hour if the employer does...
  • Barney's Blithering Misunderstanding of Business: 'Your Being There Means Somebody Else' Won't Be

    03/29/2015 7:53:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Two days ago I ordered online a used copy of Milton & Rose Friedman's classic "Free to Choose," hoping a liberal loved one would be willing to read it. That doesn't look like it's going to happen, so now I'm tempted to send the book to Barney Frank—since it's apparent that, like many liberals, he doesn't understand the most basic notions of how free markets work. On Steve Kornacki's MSNBC show today, Frank described business creators as being "given privileges." Barney then added this mind-boggler: "there's only a limited amount of space, there's only a limited amount of businesses. Your...
  • Haters Of Self-Defense Face Unrelenting Defeat Everywhere

    03/29/2015 7:15:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/29/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Opponents of the Second Amendment and haters of self-defense are facing a relentless barrage of pro-Second Amendment and pro-self-defense legislation in state legislatures across the country. It is as if the GOP took a page out of the Democrats’ book–improved, then applied it–so that just as the Democrats flooded legislatures with gun control measures in early 2013, Republicans are now flooding legislatures with bills broadening the exercise of Second Amendment rights and protecting the use of firearms for self-defense.
  • Analysis: Indiana Religious Freedom Law Is Not 'Anti-Gay'

    03/29/2015 7:04:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/28/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    A religious freedom bill signed into law by Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence Thursday is being characterized by major media outlets as a codification of anti-gay discrimination. They are wrong. Here is why. Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act is a state-level version of the federal RFRA. To understand what RFRA does, it helps to first understand how the law came about. History of RFRA In 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling, Employment Division v. Smith, that was a radical departure from previous interpretations of the religious freedom clauses of the First Amendment. A member of the Native American...
  • Arab League agrees to create joint military force

    03/29/2015 6:51:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 29, 2015
    The heads of Arab League countries meeting in Egypt have agreed to create a joint Arab military force. The League has been meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh amid a crisis in Yemen and the threat of jihadists who have made major gains in Iraq, Syria and Libya. However, establishing the make-up and remit of the force could take months, analysts say. A 10-nation, Saudi-led coalition is currently carrying out air strikes against rebels in Yemen.
  • Angie's List nixes $40M project over Indiana bill

    03/29/2015 6:27:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 3/29/2015 | unknown
    “Angie’s List is open to all and discriminates against none,” Oesterle said, “and we are hugely disappointed in what this bill represents.”
  • Watchdog group questions Cruz appearance at Liberty University

    03/29/2015 5:28:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Lynchburg News and Advance ^ | March 29, 2015 | by Alicia Petska
    The watchdog group Americans United for Separation of Church and State is calling foul on Sen. Ted Cruz’s appearance at Liberty University last week and pointing to it as an example of the need for renewed IRS enforcement. In a letter to the IRS, Americans United said Cruz’s speech at an LU convocation on March 23 amounted to a campaign rally that students had to attend or risk being fined. This is “precisely the sort of activity that should warrant an investigation into the school’s tax status,” reads the letter signed by Americans United Executive Director Barry Lynn. “It sure...
  • Why Ted Cruz Is More Electable Than You Think

    03/28/2015 9:56:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    Townhall ^ | March 29, 2015 | Carl Jackson
    Ted Cruz is the candidate most likely to take our country from where it's arrived under the leadership of President Obama to where it should be - in the hands of "We the People." His authenticity and consistency are just two of the advantages he has over the rest of the field-in-waiting. He says what he means, he means what he says, and Washington knows it. Expectedly, the knives are out against Sen. Cruz, and they're coming from both sides of the aisle. There's no doubt in my mind however, many of those knives will be dulled once the presidential...
  • Dan Stein and Grover Norquist Debate (on amnesty)

    03/28/2015 7:46:11 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 2 replies
    Federation for American Immigration Reform President Dan Stein and Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform debated immigration policy at the Capitol Hill Club on March 26, 2015.
  • In the Hunt to Be the 2016 GOP Pick, Top Contenders Agree on 1 Thing: Guns

    03/28/2015 6:54:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    By David A. Fahrenthold March 28 at 9:37 PM There are 15 noteworthy contenders for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Together, they own at least 40 guns. Some of them have been building their collections since childhood. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) is up to 12 now, including an AR-15 assault weapon that he has talked about using if law and order ever breaks down in his neighborhood. Former Texas governor Rick Perry is so well-armed, he has a gun for jogging. Others were city kids who didn’t own guns until later in life. Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) bought a...
  • Illinois Public Schools Can Demand Students’ Social Networking Accounts and Passwords at Will

    03/28/2015 5:58:02 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 65 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3-28-2015 | Jim Hoft
    O’Fallon Superintendent Dr. Darcy G. Benway recently sent this letter out to parents. Dear Parents and Guardians:Pursuant to Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 75/15), OTHS is required to notify parents/guardians that we may request or require a student to provide a password or other related account information in order to gain access to the student’s account or profile on a social networking website if the district has reasonable cause to believe that the student’s account on a social networking website contains evidence that the student has violated a disciplinary rule or policy.This email serves as that notification.Thank you.Dr. Darcy G....
  • Anti- Amnesty Activists Shout Down Dem Rep. Gutiérrez with 'USA!' Chant

    03/28/2015 4:59:01 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 24 replies
    Tensions ran high over the weekend when anti-”amnesty” activists showed up to a Spanish-language town hall event featuring Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) and proceeded to shout him down. The event at the University of Southern California was billed as “Keeping Families Together: An Immigration Town Hall” featuring Gutiérrez and fellow Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), and was delivered in Spanish with the option for attendees to wear headphones for English translations. The event focused on President Barack Obama‘s recent executive action on immigration, and featured materials assisting undocumented immigrants with signing up deportation deferrals under the new policy.
  • Old Crimson Interview Reveals A More Radical John Kerry

    03/28/2015 4:41:52 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 22 replies
    Harvard Crimson ^ | February 11, 2004 | ZACHARY M. SEWARD
    “I’m an internationalist,” Kerry told The Crimson in 1970. “I’d like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations.”
  • James Carville: Ted Cruz "the most talented and fearless Republican politician" since Reagan-5/2013

    03/28/2015 4:22:39 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 45 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 5, 2013 | James Carville
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQA4ww_AnQw
  • Is Ted Cruz Eligible for the Presidency?

    03/28/2015 4:05:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 129 replies
    The Daily Signal (Heritage Foundation) ^ | March 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Slattery
    Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s announcement Monday that he will run for president has Donald Trump, the ladies on “The View,” and others in the birther crowd questioning Cruz’s eligibility to be president.Born in Alberta, Canada in 1970, Cruz is the son of an American mother and Cuban father. Anticipating these questions, Cruz released his birth certificate in 2013 and officially renounced his dual Canadian citizenship in 2014.This isn’t the first time a candidate’s eligibility has been questioned—the issue dogged President Obama in 2008, George Romney in 1967, and President Chester Arthur in 1880. But is there any merit in...
  • The Return of the Jolly Roger (Hillary's Private Intel Network)

    03/28/2015 11:52:20 AM PDT · by mojito · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3/27/2015 | Richard Fernandez
    ...Hillary’s private email server acted as portal to a private intelligence network that included retired members of special operations, former CIA clandestine personnel and foreign informers. Acting in some indeterminate capacity over it was Sidney Blumenthal, former aide to president Bill Clinton and now apparently a retainer to the family dynasty. It was the compromise of Blumenthal’s emails by the Romanian hacker Guccifer that in part led to journalists to discover Hillary’s private email account. Publicly available sources describe Guccifer as a taxi driver who penetrated the email accounts of the Bush family, Colin Powell and of course Sidney Blumenthal...
  • Ted Cruz doesn’t have a prayer: Why the Texas senator will never sniff the White House

    03/28/2015 11:18:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 130 replies
    Salon ^ | March 28, 2015 | Matthew Rozsa, Ph.D. candidate, Lehigh University
    Despite what he wants you to think, Ted Cruz is not the great anti-politician of our time. In fact, he may be our most potent symbol of everything that is wrong with modern politics. This would be hard to believe if you’ve been listening to him, of course. He desperately wants to be thought of as the one principled man in Washington—at least if your values hew closely to those of the Tea Party—but that posturing has alienated much of the party establishment. Ted Cruz attributes that development to them being “squishes,” while the rest of the world suspects it’s...
  • Give Me Your Tired Arguments, Your Poor Reasoning: Another one-sided piece on immigration

    03/28/2015 10:57:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/28/2015 | by STEVEN CAMAROTA
    In a very one-sided recent article for the New York Times Magazine, Adam Davidson tries to make the case for massive increases in immigration. He starts out by dicussing the racial prejudice of an older relative who always thought that Hispanics “were stealing jobs.” Davidson believes this man’s story is illustrative of the current debate over immigration. Nothing delegitimizes someone in modern America more than the suggestion, or even the hint, that they hold unenlightened attitudes about race. It is not surprising that an advocate of high immigration would suggest that those with whom he disagree are racists. But...
  • Ted Cruz makes first campaign appearance as presidential candidate in New Hampshire

    03/28/2015 10:54:44 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 28 at 9:23 AM | Katie Zezima
    MERRIMACK, N.H. — Sen. Ted Cruz hit the campaign trail as a presidential candidate for the first time Friday, proclaiming himself an optimistic, maverick outsider who will shake up Washington.Cruz (R-Tex.), speaking at a rally at a VFW hall here and later at a dinner of young conservatives in Nashua, reprised one of the themes of his speech announcing his run Monday -- "reigniting the promise of America" -- and said the way to do that is by bringing back jobs after six years of stagnation."I am amazingly, powerfully, profoundly optimistic," he said. "I'm optimistic because of each of you,...
  • Cruz: GOP leaders pressured PACs to cut off his funds after Obamacare fight

    03/28/2015 10:47:46 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 30 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | March 28, 2015 10:31 am | Todd J. Gillman
    GREENLAND, N.H. – Sen. Ted Cruz continued his two-day presidential campaign swing through New Hampshire on Saturday morning with a speech to the Seacoast Republican Women.. . .Before entering the room, Cruz expanded on an allegation he aired Friday, that GOP leaders had cut off his access to campaign donations as retribution for his role in the 16-day government shutdown in October 2013.“In 2013 we got quite a bit of money from DC PACs, and when the defund fight happened that dropped to almost zero,” Cruz said, asked to clarify the allegation he aired Friday.Who does he blame?“It was leadership,”...
  • Oregon Universal Background Check Bill Hearing Schedule for April Fools Day

    03/28/2015 10:34:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | 3/27/2015 | Dan Zimmerman
    Well, Oregonians, are you ready to lose your ability to privately transfer guns? A senate bill under consideration would require you to appear before a gun dealer and go through a background check. How fun would that be? It probably won’t be cheap and it certainly won’t be private. Here’s an email blast we received from the Oregon Firearms Federation:
  • Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly are Harvard Law School’s 2015 Class Day Speakers

    03/28/2015 10:23:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    today.law.harvard.edu ^ | 3/24/2015 | unknown
    Gabrielle Giffords, former U.S. Representative from Arizona, and her husband Mark Kelly, a Navy pilot and NASA astronaut, will be this year’s speakers for the Class Day ceremonies at Harvard Law School. Class Day will take place on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Giffords served as U.S. Representative from Arizona’s 8th Congressional District from 2007 to 2012. She survived an assassination attempt in Tucson in 2011 while meeting with her constituents. The gun attack killed six people and injured 13 others, including Giffords, who sustained a gunshot wound to the head. Despite her massive injuries and subsequent neurosurgeries, Giffords returned to...
  • ‘NRA Madness’ bracket shows 16 states trying to allow guns at college(PUKE alert!)

    03/28/2015 10:15:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 3/27/2015 | Michele Richinick
    Using the “March Madness” model from the annual NCAA basketball tournament, the pro-gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety released its “NRA Madness” bracket to highlight 16 states where the National Rifle Association (NRA) is advocating for legislation that would allow guns to be carried on college campuses.
  • Washington state florist fined for refusing to service gay wedding

    03/28/2015 9:12:06 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 61 replies
    Ottawa Sun ^ | 03/28/2015 | REUTERS
    A judge in Washington state on Friday fined a florist $1,000 after she refused to sell flower arrangements for a gay couple's wedding, officials said. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who along with the couple - Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed - sued florist Barronelle Stutzman in 2013, applauded the ruling in a statement.
  • Some People Just Want to Be Ruled, and Some Just Don’t

    03/28/2015 8:50:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 3/28/2015 | Nick Sorrentino
    The truth is some (many) people just want someone to make decisions for them. I am unsure if it is a genetic disposition or whether it is socialization or whether it is both. All I know is some people do not want to control their own lives. They are more comfortable with someone at the helm. They are comforted by a horizon which is limited and defined by others. Strangely these same people also want to limit the lives of those who prefer to be free.
  • Mitch McConnell Praises Harry Reid: Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party Takes Care of its Own

    03/28/2015 7:15:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 3/27/15
    Don’t you wish that once – just once — someone would actually stand up and say something that everybody knows to be true: that Harry Reid, who apparently has been talked into retirement by a couple of thugs — excuse me! an exercise machine! — is a no-account, corrupt, nasty, petty, lying scumbag who enabled Barry Hussein to impose his anti-constitutional agenda on a big-hearted but soft-headed American public? But no: The Senate majority leader had kind words for his Democratic counterpart, who announced Friday he would be retiring in 2016. ”Nothing has ever come easily to this son of...
  • Conservatives' worst nightmare is next at bat

    03/28/2015 7:00:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 51 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/28/15 | Michael Filozof
    One unfortunate day in the future, America will again have a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate. And when that day happens, conservatives had better start digging foxholes, because their worst nightmare will be the majority leader. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, the former hyper-partisan majority leader (and present minority leader) announced yesterday that he will retire at the end of his term in 2017. He named Chuck Schumer, D-New York, as his heir apparent. As a Westerner from a blue state that could flip to red at any time, Reid was forced to take account of libertarian views. Nevada is,...
  • We Still Have Paris (great article!)

    03/28/2015 6:48:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/28/15 | Richard F. Miniter
    You won’t hear the song about the decline of the nation’s power and influence overseas along American rivers out on its farms or in its factories, nor in its offices and homes, but only among the self-obsessed chattering class in Manhattan, Washington, and in self-important academic enclave after enclave where it’s an award winning soundtrack. America’s best days as a power in the world, as a force for good, are over, is how its words go. More than that -- that such days should be over because it was never really a force for good, not really. Instead, America is...
  • Gay Activists, Corporations Rip Indiana Law for Extending Religious Protections

    03/28/2015 4:22:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 27, 2015 | MARK STRICHERZ
    Gay activists and corporate leaders assailed a new Indiana allows that extends legal protections to religious business owners and individuals and vowed to boycott the state, according to CNBC. The law, signed by Pence on Thursday, allows businesses to use an owner's faith as a reason to refuse service to customers, including same-sex married couples. The law risks setting off a business chill in the state, with money-making conferences and major corporations threatening to pull out. Big corporations were among the loudest critics. Columbus, Indiana-based Cummins, the world's largest diesel engine maker, opposed the new law in strong terms. "Cummins believes...
  • Cruz Control: A heartfelt missive to the liberally biased reporters in my town.

    03/28/2015 2:06:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 27, 2015 | Patrick O'Hannigan
    Dear journalists: May I have a public word with you, especially if you edit the Raleigh News and Observer? You probably take a dim view of unsolicited advice from a junior member of the guild, but I think I can save you some grief in the run-up to next year’s presidential election, with an assist from the first official candidate for the Republican nomination. That candidate would, of course, be Senator Ted Cruz. Many of the stories about him are written with the same “Get a load of this guy!” tone regardless of where they come from, but I thought...
  • Maine Has the Chance to Lead on Gun Rights

    03/28/2015 12:35:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Red207 ^ | Jim Fossel
    In the coming days, as many Mainers scramble to finalize their tax returns, the Legislature will begin debating what has already become one of the most bipartisan bills of the session. Sponsored by freshman Republican Sen. Eric Brakey of Auburn, this legislation seeks to bring constitutional carry (already the law in Vermont) to Maine. Currently, if one wishes to carry a concealed firearm in Maine, one needs to apply for a permit to do so, through either the Maine State Police or your local police department. This bill would repeal that requirement, allowing anyone who can legally purchase a firearm...
  • Quebec is not allowed to preserve gun registry data, will create its own

    03/27/2015 10:19:52 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 13 replies
    CTV Montreal ^ | March 27, 2015 | staff reporter
    The Supreme Court has ruled the federal government is allowed to destroy the long-gun registry data pertaining to Quebec, so the province is going to spend tens of millions of dollars to create its own from scratch. Quebec Public Security Minister Lise Theriault reacted with dismay on Friday to the Supreme Court's decision that the federal government can flush the data it has on long gun owners in the province. She says Quebec had no choice but to create its own database to keep track of weapons.
  • Bar on Swipe Fee Is Unconstitutional

    03/27/2015 9:11:34 PM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 32 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | March 27, 2015 | ELIZABETH WARMERDAM
    SACRAMENTO (CN) - A California law prohibiting a swipe fee surcharge for credit card purchases is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Court Morrison England found that the law "is an unconstitutional restriction on plaintiffs' freedom of speech and is void for vagueness."
  • He's Done It Before: How Ted Cruz can repeat history — and win the GOP nomination

    03/27/2015 8:57:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Fusion ^ | March 23, 2015 | Brett LoGiurato
    It’s early 2011, and an unheard-of candidate for Senate is deciding to enter a race 22 months down the line to replace one of Texas’ most revered senators. He has no money, no prospective sources of donors. He has no establishment credibility. He has chosen to battle perhaps the most establishment of the establishment — the state’s lieutenant governor. Now, it’s early 2015, and a still relatively unheard-of candidate for president is deciding to enter a race 20 months down the line. He faces questions about whether he can raise a consistent amount of money. He has no establishment credibility....
  • Is There a Realistic Ted Cruz Scenario?

    03/27/2015 8:35:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 23, 2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    A broad cross-section of Republican officeholders, major donors and conservative pundits are agreed on one thing: Ted Cruz has no chance to be elected president. The junior senator from Texas marked the fifth anniversary of the signing of ObamaCare by announcing his candidacy for the presidency today at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and no one in the chattering classes thinks he has a prayer of being sworn into office as commander-in-chief in January 2017. Just about everyone thinks his positions on the issues are too extreme and that his advocacy of the 2013 government shutdown and the complete antipathy...
  • George Takei Asks Twitter Followers to #BoycottIndiana Over Religious Objections Law

    03/27/2015 8:26:55 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 46 replies
    TIME ^ | March 26, 2015 | Eliana Dockterman
    Critics say the Religious Freedom Restoration Act legalizes discrimination Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Thursday that allows business owners to deny same-sex couples service on religious grounds, then quickly defended it. Within hours, Star Trek actor and LGBT activist George Takei took his outrage to Twitter using the hashtag #BoycottIndiana, which began trending. Democratic lawmakers, LGBT rights activists and civil liberties groups have argued that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act legalizes discrimination.
  • Ted Cruz’s campaign: He hasn’t ruled out legal status for illegals

    03/27/2015 7:15:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2015 | AllahPundit
    I’m tempted to accuse Team Walker of feeding this bit of oppo to MSNBC to take some heat off of their own rolling clusterfark on immigration. But I’m sure author Benjy Sarlin, a smart guy who follows this issue for the network, hit on it himself. (Wouldn’t Walker’s team have leaked it to Fox to maximize Cruz’s embarrassment among conservatives?) To a lefty, the tangle of GOP primary politics on amnesty must be irresistible: Why is Scott Walker taking a beating on the right for supporting legalization when Ted Cruz, Mr. Conservative, also supported legalization in the form of...
  • The real costs of foolish plans to 'secure' the border

    03/27/2015 7:10:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Week ^ | March 27, 2015 | Shikha Dalmia
    Sen. Ted Cruz launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination this week by promising to "finally, finally, finally secure the borders" and put an end to unauthorized immigration. This will warm the hearts of restrictionists, no doubt. But it should scare Americans who love their pocketbooks and liberties more than they hate undocumented Latino immigrants. Restrictionists accuse many of these immigrants of being welfare queens who come to America illegally and live off taxpayers. Cruz has contributed to the hysteria by proposing bills barring undocumented workers from ever receiving any means-tested benefits, presumably even after they become legal. Accusations...