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  • Obama Democrats Lose Their Big Bet on Health Exchanges

    07/25/2014 9:07:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Words mean what they say. That's the basis for the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell invalidating the Internal Revenue Service regulation approving subsidies for Obamacare consumers in states with federal health insurance exchanges. The law passed by Congress, Judge Thomas Griffith explained, provided for subsidies in states with state-created exchanges, but not in states with federal exchanges. That's factually correct, and under the Constitution, the government can't spend money not authorized by Congress. This has not prevented Democrats from calling the decision "judicial activism," which makes as much sense as...
  • The Malaysia Airlines crash is the end of Russia’s fairy tale

    07/25/2014 8:46:33 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 18, 2014 | Anne Applebaum
    Before there is any further discussion of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, it’s important that one point be made absolutely clear: This plane crash is a result of the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine, an operation deliberately designed to create legal, political and military chaos. Without this chaos, a surface-to-air missile would not have been fired at a passenger plane. From the beginning, the Russian government did not send regular soldiers to Ukraine. Instead, it sent Russian mercenaries and security service operatives such as Igor Strelkov — the commander in chief in Donetsk and a Russian secret police colonel who fought...
  • Google’s $1B purchase of Twitch confirmed — joins YouTube for new video empire

    07/25/2014 8:46:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Venture Beat ^ | 7/25/14 | Dean Takahashi
    Google has signed a deal to buy game-livestreaming firm Twitch for $1 billion, confirmed sources familiar with the matter. We don’t know everything about this deal, such as when it will be announced and the exact purchase price. We do know that...
  • Obama Administration Loves Restrictions on Law Abiding Gun Owners. Criminals? Not So Much

    07/25/2014 8:43:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | 7/25/2014 | Dan Zimmerman
    “We have this irony. The Obama administration, which is asking for more in the way of gun regulations — in terms of increased background checks for private sales and at gun shows — is actually prosecuting less of the gun laws already on the books. For a lot of people, there’s more ideological cache harassing Bubba at the gun show than getting a handle on gun crime.” That’s George Washington University’s Robert Cottrol commenting at washingtontimes.com on the fun fact that the Obama administration’s federal law enforcement operation is on pace this year to prosecute the fewest number of gun...
  • President Obama in L.A.: Fundraiser, fist bumps, trash talk in a deli

    07/25/2014 8:30:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 25, 2014 | By SEEMA MEHTA, CATHLEEN DECKER
    On his regularly scheduled visits to rake up campaign cash from the salons of Los Angeles’ upper-crust neighborhoods, President Obama just as regularly drops into locales meant to emphasize that he is more man-of-the-people than man-of-the-moneyed. On Thursday that locale was Canter’s Deli, the venerable Fairfax district eating spot, where Obama struck up conversations with diners about basketball, his failing jump shot and other regular-guy concerns. Fresh from a morning fundraiser at the Pacific Palisades home of Live Nation Chief Executive and President Michael Rapino — the bookend to a Wednesday night fundraiser at the Hancock Park home of television...
  • Gallup: Israel’s critics are younger, less educated, less informed and more Democratic

    07/25/2014 8:22:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2014 | Guy Benson
    First, the reassuring news: Americans’ pro-Israel sentiments remain near an all-time high, according to Pew’s latest numbers, and CNN measures public support for Israel’s recent actions against Hamas at a robust (57/43). Gallup’s latest nationwide survey, however, shows a much closer split on the righteousness of Israel’s defensive military campaign — although only a fractional minority is willing to defend Hamas’ terror campaign: According to Gallup’s internals, self-identifying Republicans are the primary reason Israel’s actions attract plurality support in this poll. GOP-leaners back Israel’s actions by a whopping 44-point margin; the numbers turn upside-down among independents (-10), and especially...
  • NYU Professor Wants to Make Humans Greener: Human engineering as a solution to global warming

    07/25/2014 8:19:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/25/2014 | Molly Wharton
    A New York University professor has a revolutionary idea for combating global warming: making ourselves greener.Matthew Liao, director of NYU’s bioethics program, thinks that human engineering is a possible solution to global warming, and he lays out his ideas in a new paper. While previous environmental efforts have been focused on reducing the carbon emissions that are said to be causing global warming, Liao says we should look to changing ourselves.“We tried to think outside the box,” Liao told BBC News. “What hasn’t been suggested with respect to addressing climate change?” One of his ideas is to artificially induce...
  • Another House of Horrors in Philadelphia? Abortion Clinic Injures Woman, Ignores Health Laws

    07/25/2014 8:16:02 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 4 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/25/14 | Eric Scheidler
    After the macabre findings from notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia charnel house were made public in 2011, lawmakers in Pennsylvania enacted legislation that ensures, among other things, that state inspectors will regularly visit abortion facilities in the state.Recently the results of inspections [PDF] conducted recently at the Philadelphia Women’s Center (PWC) abortion facility were released — and, like so many other abortion clinic inspections, they really throw a spanner in the works of the “pro-choice” movement’s claims that heightened oversight of abortion clinics is “onerous” and “unnecessary.”Photocopies of Doctor’s Signature on Consent Forms On October 9, 2013, state officials investigated...
  • ObamaCare architect explained in 2012 video why only state exchanges pay subsidies

    07/25/2014 8:10:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    This week, Jonathan Gruber appeared on MSNBC to assert that the DC Circuit appellate court got the ObamaCare statute all wrong in its Halbig decision. Gruber, one of the key architects of the ACA and of the Massachusetts “RomneyCare” law that preceded it, insisted that the state exchange requirement for subsidy payment was purely accidental. “It is unambiguous this is a typo,” Gruber told Chris Matthews. “Literally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it`s a typo, that they had no intention of excluding the federal states.” Two years ago, though, Gruber gave...
  • Meditation on President Obama’s Portrait [BARF]

    07/25/2014 8:08:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 25, 2014 | By MAURICE BERGER
    Dawoud Bey’s photograph of the man who would soon be president was taken on a Sunday afternoon in early 2007, at Barack and Michelle Obama’s Hyde Park home in Chicago. The portrait is at once stately and informal. Mr. Obama’s hands are folded gracefully in his lap. He wears an elegant suit and white shirt, but no tie. He stares intensely into the camera. The photographer and his subject were comfortable with each other. Mr. Bey recalls that he asked Mr. Obama, who intended to be photographed in shirt sleeves, to put on a jacket. The photograph depicts its famously...
  • Dick Durbin Uses Glenn Beck's Soccer Balls And Teddy Bears To Scold Gop

    07/25/2014 7:47:56 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 19 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | 25 Jul 2014, 7:19 AM PDT | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) alluded to Glenn Beck's flamboyant campaign to bring soccer balls and teddy bears to tens of thousands of illegal alien children streaming across the U.S. border while urging Republicans to stow their objections to billions in border crisis funding requested by the president and pass the bill anyway. “Even some of the most conservative political commentators have said first, America, show your heart, that you care for these children. And that’s what the president is asking us to do. So let us take care when we consider the supplemental appropriations bill that we don’t...
  • A town that blocked child immigrants reflects, with and without regrets

    07/25/2014 7:34:03 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 25, 2014 | Tina Griego
    LAWRENCEVILLE, Va. – It’s been five weeks since the meeting. The townspeople don’t need you to specify which meeting. There can only be one in which an outsider would be interested. The meeting during which the town of Lawrenceville in the county of Brunswick in the tobacco country of southern Virginia unequivocally rejected temporary housing for 500 Central American children seeking refuge. * In this largely African American community that prides itself on its hospitality, something was revealed that night: a full-throated, bared-teeth rage with which not everyone is comfortable or proud. “It made me think of the Civil Rights...
  • Who Is Most To Blame For Climate Change?

    07/25/2014 7:29:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    NPR ^ | July 24, 2014 | by BARBARA J. KING
    Here in southeastern Virginia, our biggest city, Norfolk, is saddled with an unwanted claim to fame. Norfolk is the place "where normal tides have risen 1.5 feet over the past century and the sea is rising faster than anywhere else on the East Coast." NPR notes that the Norfolk area "is particularly vulnerable because the land is sinking as sea levels are rising." As we frequently discuss here at 13.7, human-caused (anthropogenic) climate change is a global problem. Surprisingly, at least to me, the evidence points to a narrative of universal blame, instead of one in which the "big countries"...
  • Mark Cuban:If Your Company Is Moving For Tax Reasons, I'm Selling Your Stock

    07/25/2014 6:53:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/25/2014 | Myles Udland
    Mark Cuban isn't a fan of tax inversions, either. Last night, President Obama spoke with CNBC's Steve Liesman, and their first topic of conversation was the issue of tax inversions, or mergers where U.S.-based companies acquire foreign companies and move their tax base overseas to enjoy lower rates. Obama said this strategy, among other things, "undermines people's confidence in how companies are thinking about their responsibilities to the country as a whole." Cuban took his rhetoric a step further: he said he's selling stock in companies that move for tax reasons. On Twitter this morning, Cuban fired off a series...
  • Poll: One-third say impeach Obama

    07/25/2014 6:46:01 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/25/14 | y JONATHAN TOPAZ
    One third of Americans think President Barack Obama should be impeached, a new poll says.
  • How to stop companies from deserting America before it’s too late

    07/25/2014 6:09:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Fortune ^ | 07/24/2014 | Allan Sloan
    Sometimes even journalists get it right. My essay about companies incorporating overseas to dodge taxes, “Positively Un-American,” featured in our last issue, clearly struck a nerve. Since its publication, these corporate “inversions”—a euphemism for “desertions”—have taken on a life of their own. Barely a day seems to pass without a corporation announcing that it plans to leave the U.S. to save taxes but wants to continue having its business, its employees, its directors, and especially its top executives benefit from our rule of law, democratic system, and the other great things that make America America. It just doesn’t want to...
  • Tacoma casino cancels Nugent shows, citing racism (WA)

    07/25/2014 6:08:30 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 29 replies
    KGW ^ | 07/24/2014 | King 5 News
    Emerald Queen Casino will cancel two Ted Nugent concerts that were scheduled August 2 and 3 over allegations of racist remarks by the singer. Puyallup Tribe officials said the decision came after learning that Nugent has said racist remarks. The tribal council said they also received threats from community members wanting the casino to cancel his shows. The cancellation comes days after the Coeur d'Alene Tribe cancelled Nugent’s August 4 shows at its Idaho casino because of what it called the rocker's "racist and hate-filled remarks."
  • Here Come the Indian Mascot Killers

    07/25/2014 6:05:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Anyone who thinks the cultural left is going to stop its political correctness with the Washington Redskins isn't reading USA Today. On the top of their Sports front page on July 22, the paper reported on activists taking a stand against "redface," championing a group called Eradicating Offensive Indian Mascotry. The thought police have turned on the sirens. The group's creator, Jacqueline Keeler, now equates "redface" with "blackface," and wants all headdresses and other "culturally insensitive" costumes and makeup banned, followed by banning all Indian team names, since they allow fans to "play Indian" with war paint and headdresses...
  • The last Christians flee Mosul in Iraq

    07/25/2014 6:05:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | 7/24/14 | Alex McClintock and Scott Spark
    In Mosul, ISIS fighters have daubed the letter ‘N’ for Nazarene, or Christian, on the walls of Christian-owned houses before rounding up the residents and stripping them of their money, jewellery and even mobile phones. ‘It's a very difficult time, Mosul is empty of Christians,’ says Father Andrzej Halemba, Middle East coordinator for Aid to the Church in Need. ‘Two thousand years of beautiful history, where the Christians and Muslims for centuries had helped each other, but now it’s the end of Christianity in Mosul. It's dreadful news.’
  • Moral Clarity at the Border

    07/25/2014 5:49:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Dr. Russell D. Moore of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and Ronnie Floyd, the current president of the Southern Baptist Convention, have added some much needed moral clarity to the crisis at the border. They have gone to our southern border and seen what is not just a national security problem, but a humanitarian crisis. Ronnie Floyd notes that the Southern Baptist National Disaster Relief Ministry is no longer permitted to assist those who have come over the border. The Department of Health and Human Services is now only letting federal contractors come into...
  • Let Students Discharge College Debts In Bankruptcy? Yes, But...

    07/25/2014 5:42:54 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 24, 2014 | George Leef
    Ever since the obstreperous Occupy Wall Street protests of 2011, Americans have been getting an earful about the alleged crisis of student loan debt. Sensing a chance to appear both compassionate and pro-education, many lawmakers want to do something to ease the plight of indebted students. Senator Elizabeth Warren, for example, is pushing her populist plan of allowing students to refinance their loans at absurdly low interest rates. President Obama recently expanded the touchy-feely repayment system so that students would never have to pay more than ten percent of their discretionary income for 20 years before the rest of the...
  • Obama Plans to Slow Number of Central American Migrants… by Importing More Central American Migrants

    07/25/2014 5:40:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 07/25/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sure the boat may look like it’s sinking. But that’s because we haven’t drilled enough holes yet. The Obama administration is considering creating a pilot program giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday. I would like to unveil my plan to slow down the rate of Obama’s lies by paying him a silver dollar for every lie he tells.Obama doesn’t want to slow down the rate. He wants to speed it up. So his solution to the...
  • Still Fighting: The Delphi Workers Obama Robbed

    07/25/2014 5:39:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    The White House pretended to champion American workers this week with gimmicky initiatives on federal job training and "workplace innovation." But far from the Beltway dog-and-pony show, a group of American workers ruthlessly shafted by the Obama administration was finally getting some real support -- and inching toward justice. It was five years ago this summer that 20,000 white-collar nonunion workers from Delphi (a leading auto parts company spun off from GM in 1999) had their pensions sabotaged as part of a rotten White House deal with Big Labor. Two court rulings this summer have given the victims hope. Their...
  • Desperate Hunt for Contagious Homeless Man in California Who Refused to Have Tuberculosis Treatment

    07/25/2014 5:26:09 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 9 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | July 25, 2014 | Associated Press
    A desperate hunt is underway in Northern California for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk. County health officials asked prosecutors to seek the warrant, in part, because Rosas Cruz comes from a part of Mexico known for its drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis. Taylor, who did not know the status of Rosas Cruz's residency, said he is not interested in punishing him through the criminal court system. Rather, Taylor said he is using the courts to protect the public's health. By law, health officials can't force a patient to be...
  • More than $30K in electronics stolen from Miami Gardens business

    07/25/2014 5:22:30 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 7/23/14 | Andrew Perez
    Surveillance cameras were rolling as thieves made off with $30,000-$40,000 worth of smartphones and tablets from a Miami Gardens business in 30 seconds flat.... "It's very frustrating because we're a small business," said [owner Gilberto] Maakaroun. "We're trying to grow the business, grow the company."
  • California couple may be charged $500 for not watering lawn, or $500 for watering it

    07/25/2014 4:43:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2014 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Ahh, government: In this week’s “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t” file: A Southern California couple received a letter from Glendora city officials threatening to fine them $500 if they don’t get their sun-scorched brown lawn green again, reports AP. Which Laura Whitney and Michael Korte would gladly do, except for one thing: They could also be fined $500 if they water their lawn too much; they’re currently only watering twice a week. With more than 80% of California in an extreme drought, according to the Los Angeles Times, the state water board voted this week to...
  • Army officials on ‘pink slip’ controversy: We don’t have a choice

    07/25/2014 4:25:46 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | Dan Lamothe
    For weeks, the Army has been taking a verbal beating for sending “pink slips” to officers while they were deployed. It was no joke or Internet rumor, either: About 1,100 captains received notice last month that they would be required to leave active duty within a year as the service shrinks, and some of them were in Afghanistan and other volatile areas. Reaction was swift. It was a “stunning display of callousness,” one Army veteran wrote earlier this month in the New York Daily News. It was an “outrageous and and heartless way to ‘thank’ combat veterans,” responded one writer...
  • Army: Of 1,100 captains pink-slipped, 48 were in Afghanistan

    07/25/2014 4:21:14 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 25 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | July 23, 2014 | Chris Carroll
    Of the more than 1,100 Army captains notified last month their military careers would soon end, 87 were deployed worldwide and 48 were serving in Afghanistan at the time, Army officials said Wednesday. The Army has been talking for months about the need to separate the captains as well as more than 500 majors this summer as part of the broad Army drawdown, but it’s the first time details have emerged about the sobering business of delivering pink slips to troops in harm’s way.
  • UCR: Researchers find key component of autistic behavior

    07/25/2014 2:28:23 AM PDT · by blueplum · 24 replies
    Press Enterprise ^ | July 24, 2014 11:09pm PST | MARK MUCKENFUSS
    A UC Riverside-led team of researchers says it has found conclusive evidence that a naturally produced enzyme in the body is responsible for autism and other neurological disorders in people with Fragile X syndrome. Fragile X is a mutation of the X chromosome associated with obsessive-compulsive and repetitive behaviors as well as learning deficits. People affected by Fragile X have been shown to have structural differences in brain cells, such as underdeveloped neural receptors. :snip: The study is the cover story for the latest edition of the Journal of Neuroscience. :snip: Often, such discoveries are the first step in a...
  • WATCH: Concealed Carry Hero Nabs Five Fugitives Who Eluded Police (Amazing Video)

    07/24/2014 8:02:42 PM PDT · by montag813 · 4 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-25-2014 | Gina Cassini
     by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsIt's not a good year for anti-gun nuts to make their case against concealed-carry handguns.First of course we have the businesses who stupidly banned such guns from their establishments, from Jack In The Box to Target to local restaurants -- and immediately were victimized by armed criminals who knew they would face no resistance. Then we saw the bar owner who openly welcomed customers packing guns, and saw a huge boost in her business. Now comes the incredible story of a concealed carry permit holder in Iowa who helped police nab five men who led officers on...
  • The Lost Sounds of Summer

    07/24/2014 7:52:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Tom Purcell
    I long for the sounds of summer I knew as a kid. In the '60s and '70s, you see, most of our neighbors kept their windows open day and night, allowing the outside sounds to come in and the inside sounds to go out. I woke every morning to the birds chirping outside my window screen, a dewy chill in the air. I'd smell my father's pipe, which he smoked while he read the paper downstairs. I'd go down to greet him. Sometimes he'd make scrambled eggs and toast covered with butter, and we'd eat while the birds kept...
  • “Modern Family” Star Says he Refused to Pose for a Picture With Rick Santorum

    07/24/2014 7:49:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Salon ^ | THURSDAY, JUL 24, 2014 | DANIEL D'ADDARIO
    Eric Stonestreet told the antigay former senator: "I can't do it"“Modern Family” is a show whose depiction of a gay married couple is so uncontroversial that Democrats and Republicans alike can enjoy it (as evidenced by the show’s getting praised by both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in 2012). But one of the show’s stars was uncomfortable when approached by one GOP fan. Eric Stonestreet, the Emmy-winner who plays gay former football player Cameron, told HuffPost Live that he had been approached by Rick Santorum at a recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The former Pennsylvania senator and once (and future?)...
  • The Great Escape

    07/24/2014 7:34:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Marvin Olasky
    Seventy years ago—July 23, 1944—signs suddenly appeared at prisoner of war camps in Germany: “ESCAPE FROM PRISON CAMPS IS NO LONGER A SPORT.” Those signs meant the Gestapo had murdered 50 escapees from Stalag Luft III. A terrific film you might watch this summer, “The Great Escape” (1963), commemorates that heroic-turned-tragic adventure. Let’s review the reality, the movie, and the metaphor. The reality: A 33-year-old British air force squadron leader, Roger Bushell, organized the great escape. As “Big X” of the camp escape committee, he proposed that the prisoners dig not one but three tunnels—Tom, Dick, and Harry—so if...
  • I Hate Ayn Rand — But Here's Why my Fellow Conservatives Love Her

    07/24/2014 7:25:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 81 replies
    The Week ^ | July 23, 2014 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    And no, liberals: It's not because they're greedy jerks who loathe the poor By Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry | Many of my fellow conservatives love Ayn Rand. And many of my liberal friends love to hate her. You can understand why progressives enjoy blasting Rand's presumably nefarious influence on the conservative movement. She makes for a convenient punching bag for progressives, because she embodies the caricatured version of what progressives imagine conservatives really think: that egotism and greed are good and that the parasitic weak deserve to be trod upon by the capitalistic powerful. And then there are people like me: Conservatives...
  • Doctor Seemingly Defies Hospital’s Policy Barring Him From Carrying a Gun Police Say .....

    07/24/2014 6:59:15 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 36 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 24, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    DARBY, Pa. (TheBlaze/AP) — A psychiatrist who was grazed by gunfire from a patient at a suburban Philadelphia hospital Thursday helped stop the gunman by apparently using his own weapon to shoot and wound him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said. A patient opened fire after entering the doctor’s office at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital with the caseworker, District Attorney Jack Whelan said. Witnesses reported hearing yelling before the gunshots. A spokeswoman for Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital said the facility has a policy prohibiting anyone except on-duty law enforcement officers from carrying a weapon anywhere on its campus. It...
  • The Economic Future of China and Hong Kong

    07/24/2014 6:57:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m currently in Asia, where I just finished a series of speeches about economic policy in China and Hong Kong. These two jurisdictions offer very powerful lessons about the importance of economic policy. Hong Kong is supposed to be Nirvana for libertarians. It holds the top spot in the Economic Freedom of the World rankings. It has an optional flat tax. It has a private retirement system. And based on IMF data, government spending “only” consumes 18.4 percent of GDP (compared to 38.6 percent of economic output in the United States and 54.4 percent of GDP in France). In reality,...
  • WILL DOCTORS BE FORCED TO KILL?

    07/24/2014 6:51:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    First Things ^ | 7/24/2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    The wailing and gnashing of teeth in some quarters over the modest Hobby Lobby decision has me worried. Apparently, many on the political port side of the country believe that once a favored public policy has been enacted, it immediately becomes a “right” that can never be altered or denied. More, once such a “right” is established for the individual, others should have the duty to ensure access—even at the cost of violating their own religious consciences.If such thinking prevails, medical professionals could be forced to participate in the taking of human life, for example in abortion, assisted suicide, and...
  • Liberals Go Crazy After a “Straight White Guy” Festival is Planned

    07/24/2014 6:38:04 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 21 replies
    Liberals seem to think on a different wavelength than the rest of humanity, especially when it comes to the hypocrisy in their “rage” over social issues, gay marriage in particular. “Gay Pride” protests are held on a weekly, possibly daily, basis all around the country, in celebration of someone’s activities that should largely be a private matter behind closed doors. These rallies encourage homosexuals to be proud of their sexual orientation, to flaunt it out in the open, and otherwise revel in it as the fullness of their identity, which seems demeaning as these individuals are certainly more than just...
  • Obama’s Anti-Energy Policies Help Russia, Not America

    07/24/2014 6:29:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Christopher Prandoni
    When president Obama announced last week that he would be imposing of a new round of sanctions on Russia, he made sure to stress that the package was designed to inflict “maximum” damage on Russia, “while limiting any spillover effects on American companies.” Left unmentioned: the fact that, earlier that same day, officials from the European Union called to inform our State Dept. that they wouldn’t be able to follow suit. If the administration wanted to go forward, they said, it would need to do so unilaterally. Less than a week before, a State Dept. official testified before the Senate...
  • Rick Perry Surges with New National Platform

    07/24/2014 6:11:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Matt Wackowiak
    Over the past three weeks, one Republican has gained more national attention than any other: Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX). He has been everywhere - calling up the Texas National Guard, appearing on network interviews, headlining Sunday shows, touring the southern border with Fox News' Sean Hannity, appearing on The Blaze with Glenn Beck. Perry has penned national op-eds on border security in The Wall Street Journal and The USA Today. Gov. Perry greeted President Obama on the tarmac, met with him in Dallas, and spent the next day on the southern border--a marked contrast with President Obama who spent the...
  • U.S. Considering Refugee Status For Hondurans

    07/24/2014 6:02:40 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 24 Jul 2014 | FRANCES ROBLES and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal. If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House...
  • Yellen’s Denial of Rising Inflation

    07/24/2014 5:56:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Peter Morici
    Testifying before Congress last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen cherry-picked data on inflation by noting prices are up, on a year-over-year basis, less than the Federal Reserve's target of 2 percent. The Labor Department's Consumer Price Index has accelerated recently and averaged 3.5 percent for the three months ending in June. Once inflation gets out of control, history has shown it is difficult to contain without a steep and painful recession. Recognizing these dangers, Ms. Yellen's cognitive dissonance will add new life to proposals in Congress to rein in the Fed's independence. A bill under consideration would require...
  • Progressives learn the hard way that the Constitution is obstructionist

    07/24/2014 5:54:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | Charles Lane
    President Obama’s plan to transform the U.S. health-care market is once again in trouble. This time, two Republican-appointed judges on a federal appeals court have invalidated a key portion of the program. In other words, the U.S. constitutional system is functioning normally. That’s not to say that the majority of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit correctly struck down the issuance of tax credits through the federal health insurance exchanges in 36 states — though it is true, as the judges said, that the law only speaks of “Exchanges established by the State.”...
  • Guess Who's Being Fired?

    07/24/2014 5:12:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Bob Goldman
    Is everything copasetic at your job? Are you feeling happy, content and secure? If so, I have some advice for you -- DON'T! Know it or not, like it or not, you could be whisking down the road to termination. In the slightly altered words of "The Music Man," that's Termination with a capital "T," and that rhymes with "Thee," and that stands for "Canned." If you're not worried now, take a quick peek at a recent column by Joann S. Lublin in The Wall Street Journal. Titled "Six Subtle Signs You're About to Lose Your Job," Lublin lays out...
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    07/24/2014 5:07:21 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 21 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 24 Jul 2014
    DARBY, Pa. – A doctor who was grazed by gunfire from a patient in his office at a suburban hospital on Thursday helped stop him by apparently returning fire with his own weapon and severely injuring him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said. The patient opened fire after entering the office with the caseworker, District Attorney Jack Whelan said. Witnesses reported hearing yelling before the gunshots. Several hours after the shooting, investigators had only limited information on what happened inside the closed office but believe the doctor, a psychiatrist, "from all accounts, would have acted in self-defense,"...
  • Favorite Songs about Clothing,Tell us your Favorites.Freeper Canteen 7~25~14

    07/24/2014 5:00:19 PM PDT · by fatima · 306 replies
    ~Favorite Clothing Song's~ Gene Wilder - Young Frankenstein (1974) - Puttin' on the Ritz *Video* Del Shannon - Hats Off to Larry *Video*
  • In the Middle East, a New Alignment Being Born?

    07/24/2014 4:56:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- It did not take all that long, when you think about it, for America's Nobel Prize-winning statesman to bring the world to a boil. Perhaps our Nobel Prize-wining president was only a community organizer all along. He has brought the world to a boil not by his use of force but by his inattentiveness. He has been playing golf or lecturing the world from a higher plain. He has been picking fights with the Republicans or devising new ways to thwart the Constitution. He has not reacted to provocations around the world that threaten peace and our allies....
  • Culture Challenge of the Week: No Time for the Family?

    07/24/2014 4:42:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Do you know your family? You may think that’s a silly question. “Of course we know each other,” many parents would reply. “We live under the same roof. We see each other daily. We go on vacations together. How could we not know each other?” Yet, in an important sense, many parents and their children are almost strangers. The time many families spend together is crammed with wall-to-wall activities. Mothers and fathers ferry their kids feverishly about—a play date here, a practice there, not a moment to spare—tethered by cell phones and sustained by meals on the run. You can’t...
  • Going Home

    07/24/2014 4:34:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    SHREVEPORT, La. -- "Goin' Home." It keeps going around and around in my head as we drive around my old home town -- the slow, sweet musical theme Dvorak used for the largo in his New World symphony. By writing lyrics for it, a gifted pupil of his turned it into a kind of modern Negro spiritual, putting into words the plaintive, elegiac spirit of the music -- and the longing felt by anyone homesick for an irretrievable past: Goin' home, goin' home, I'm a-goin' home; Quiet-like, some still day, I'm jes' goin' home. It's not far, jes' close...
  • Big Insurance was supposed to be "punished" by Obamacare; Big Insurance was behind it all the time

    07/24/2014 4:18:12 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 17 replies
    American Chesterton Society Blog ^ | 2-20-2012 | Dale Ahlquist
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