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  • Six predominately black Southern churches burn within a week; arson suspected in at least three

    06/30/2015 12:10:16 AM PDT · by knarf · 64 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 29, 2015 | Lindsey Bevar
    In the week after nine people were shot dead at Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina, six churches with predominately black congregations in five Southern states have burned. Three of the fires are being investigated as arson.(excerpt)
  • S.E. Cupp tearfully begs GOP to accept marriage equality

    06/28/2015 12:56:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Salon ^ | June 26, 2015 | Jenny Kutner
    The conservative pundit tells CNN Republicans will become "relics" if they don't evolve on same-sex marriage.Conservative pundit S.E. Cupp got emotional on CNN Friday afternoon in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality, which she urged the Republican party to accept. Tears welling, lip quivering and all, Cupp — a longtime supporter of same-sex marriage, though not always for the most progressive reasons — begged the GOP to evolve on the issue, lest conservatives begin to be viewed as “relics.” “Those people there are not pariahs, they’re patriots,” Cupp said of same-sex couples. ”And wherever you stand...
  • BRISTOL PALIN OWES NO APOLOGY, INTERNET TROLLS DO

    06/27/2015 6:33:27 AM PDT · by Bratch · 127 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 26, 2015 | KEVIN SCHOLLA
    [...] Bristol Palin announced via her blog that she is pregnant. The 24-year old already has a son after choosing life in 2008 and becoming a teen mother. Now, she’s expecting again and once again she is unmarried. And? [...] Let’s call it what it really is. This is just another case of the haters waiting for someone they already hate to have a problem so they can go after them full throttle. They’re loaded for (mama grizzly) bear. [...] Others are upset about how Palin’s pregnancy could affect a potential run for office by her mother. Really? We’ve elected...
  • Obama wants KKK to be forced to name its members and supporters after Charleston church massacre

    06/26/2015 9:06:49 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 195 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15:09 EST, 26 June 2015 | Shekhar Bhatia
    President Obama is keen to introduce tough new laws which will force the KKK and other extreme right-wing groups to disclose the identities of their members, Daily Mail Online can disclose. [...] Among the ideas being looked at is legislation forcing extreme right wings groups and violent organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan to provide identities of supporters and members.
  • [NPS] Statement Regarding the Confederate Flag

    06/26/2015 7:33:13 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    The U.S. National Park Service ^ | June 25, 2015 | National Park Service
    On June 24, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis asked park superintendents to work with their partners and bookstore operators to voluntarily withdraw from sale items that solely depict a Confederate flag. The National Park Service press release can be found here. "We strive to tell the complete story of America," National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said of the agency's reputation for telling difficult parts of our history. "All sales items in parks are evaluated based on educational value and their connection to the park. Any stand-alone depictions of Confederate flags have no place in park stores."...
  • Washington Post Sees "Sign From The Heavens" In Double Rainbow Above White House (Shorten)

    06/26/2015 3:19:47 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 41 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 26, 2015 | Breitbart News
    As the mainstream media takes a boisterous victory lap over the Supreme Court’s declaration of nationwide same-sex marriage, the Washington Post took the extra step of invoking the divine. Wonkblog’s Ana Swanson wrote: Senior White House official Betsey Stevenson, a member of the Council of Economic Advisers, captured what looked like a sign from the heavens on Friday at 11 a.m. Stevenson snapped a photo of a rainbow that had appeared over the White House.
  • The Media's Vile Attacks on Conservative Assimilationists

    06/26/2015 4:59:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 26, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    I have had enough of smug liberal elites wrapped in their "Celebrate Diversity" banners tearing down minority conservatives. Look in the mirror, media and academia bigots. Your own reflexive racism and divisive rhetoric are poisoning public discourse. There's nothing "progressive" about attacking the children and grandchildren of immigrants who proudly embrace an American identity. We are not "self-hating." You just hate what we believe. The most recent grenade tossed by the jack-booted Enforcers of Ethnic Authenticity came from The Washington Post this week. The Beltway fish-wrapper hyped a 2,100-word investigation of GOP Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal with a condescending quote...
  • Actor James Morrison gets duped by fake Ted Cruz-Girl Scout cookie article

    05/11/2015 7:16:49 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 25 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | 5/10/15 | twitchy.com
    I've been seeing this fake Cruz "news story" making the rounds on Facebook and it's already bamboozled some of my less-sharp pals. There's a fake USATODAY website out there (usatoday.com.co), with the look of USATODAY, that claims Ted Cruz stated that U.S. Military veterans should "self-fund via sales of cookies, like the Girl Scouts."
  • New Feminist Organization Vows to Destroy "Christian Fascist Woman-Haters," US Military

    06/16/2015 4:34:23 PM PDT · by rightistight · 44 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 6/16/15 | Aurelius
    A new feminist organization calling itself "Stop Patriarchy" has vowed to destroy "Christian fascist woman-haters," as well as other things it claims oppress women, including Churches and the United States military. Writing on their website, StopPatriarchy.org, the group explains that their goal is to "FIGHT to STOP the enslavement of women." The way to do that, according to the feminist group, is to fight against and destroy oppressors. "Christian fascist woman-haters are violently hacking away at abortion rights and even birth control, slamming women backwards," they explain. Running from June 15 until June 19, the group is running a campaign...
  • The New Shut Up Culture

    06/16/2015 1:13:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2015 | Jon Schwebbe
    (Disclaimer: The author of this piece is a white, middle class, heterosexual, Christian male. Please disregard all opinions below because PRIVILEGE.) A friend texted me the other day about abortion. Previously, she was very pro-choice. However, after reading up on the horrors of abortion and how women are negatively affected, she realized that she was actually pro-life. She told me she felt convicted in her new belief, but she was afraid to speak out about it because “people are too mean.” She's right. People are mean. If she expressed her opinion publicly, there's no doubt she would be ruthlessly attacked...
  • For Leftists, It's Open Season on Christians

    06/16/2015 5:13:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    If you doubt that Christians are fair game for ridicule by the cultural left, take a look at the hit piece on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia by Jeffrey Tayler for Salon. I can't decide which is worse, the title or the subtitle. The title: "Antonin Scalia is unfit to serve: A justice who rejects science and the law for religion is of unsound mind." The subtitle: "The justice claims to be an originalist, but his real loyalty is to religion and a phony man in the sky." The writer is trying to be cute, but don't conclude that any...
  • Cruz Rejects Call To Drop Anti-Shariah Activist In Tennessee

    <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Republican Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is rejecting a call to drop an anti-Shariah activist as his state chairman for Tennessee.</p> <p>Kevin Kookogey, a former chairman of the Williamson County GOP, once criticized Republican Gov. Bill Haslam over the role of a Muslim staffer and a council that has advised two state departments on Islamic affairs.</p>
  • Clinton suggests rivals lack Christian compassion

    06/15/2015 2:42:59 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 49 replies
    10tv.com Ohio ^ | June 14, 2015
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says much of the nation's political debate lacks the compassion for the poor she learned in Sunday school. At a rally in Iowa, the Democratic presidential hopeful portrayed herself as a champion for struggling Americans, in contrast to the alleged "mean spiritedness" of others. Without naming names, Clinton asked, "Did they not go and hear the same lessons I did in Sunday school? Did they not sing the same hymns?" She said those who lack compassion make her wonder, "Did they never hear, 'there but for the grace of God go I?'"
  • Bill Maher admits he tossed his ALL-liberal audience because they were too uptight

    06/13/2015 9:51:33 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 95 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | June 13, 2015 | Tracy Connors
    As expected, Bill Maher has now weighed in on the non-troversy, that erupted this week when Jerry Seinfeld bemoaned the culture of political correctness on college campuses – and Maher went a step farther. Both Maher and his guest Comedy Central roast master Jeffrey Ross, agreed with Seinfeld, which should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with their work. The big stunner came when Maher acknowledged that liberals have become so infected by political correctness, that they have been rendered all but incapable of finding his brand of humor amusing. As a result, Maher has had to modify the...
  • The Triumph of Occupy Wall Street

    06/10/2015 8:25:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 10, 2015 | Michael Levitin
    The movement that began in Zuccotti Park didn't disappear—it just splintered and regrouped around a variety of focused causes.On her first campaign stop in Iowa in April, Hillary Clinton struck a decisively populist tone, declaring that “the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top.” Later, she sharpened her rhetoric on income inequality by comparing the salaries of America’s richest hedge fund managers with kindergarten teachers. Clinton isn’t alone. Democratic presidential challenger Bernie Sanders has spent the spring railing against the excesses of Wall Street greed while calling for a financial transactions tax and a breakup of...
  • WATCH: Jerry Seinfeld Doubles Down On Anti-Liberal, PC Comments. Jabs Seth Meyers

    06/10/2015 7:37:02 AM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 32 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 06/10/2015 | Steven Crowder
    Jerry Seinfeld is on the micro aggressive trail lately. Like when he lashed out at liberal, PC culture, or when he may the ludicrous claim that your race or gender isn't as important in comedy as whether you're funny or not. But his comments here about gay French kings have really crossed the line. They deserved a voice too. Even better is his jab at Late Night host, Seth Meyers. VIDEO AT LINK Seinfeld even called out Seth Myers for saying he would never make fun of Caitlyn Jenner, which Meyers specified that he only meant on that day... "As...
  • Rush Limbaugh, you are not normal

    06/09/2015 4:25:02 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 53 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9 june 2015 | Leonard Pitts
    I am not normal. This, I learned from a news story 35 years ago. The details have faded with the passage of time, but the gist of it remains clear. Some expert had crunched a bunch of numbers in search of the “average” human being, the planetary norm, and found that she was an 8-year-old Japanese girl, living in Tokyo. I don’t fit that profile; I’m willing to bet you don’t, either. So as a matter of statistical fact, I’m not “normal” and neither are you. I went to church with Bruce Jenner. Here's what Caitlyn Jenner taught me about...
  • Rev. Michael Pfleger: NRA ‘Will Pay for the Murder’ of Chicago Children

    06/08/2015 10:21:01 PM PDT · by RC one · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06Jun 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On June 6, Reverend Michael Pfleger listed recent shootings in heavily gun-controlled Chicago then said the NRA “will pay pay for the murder of our children.” He was joined by Reverend Jesse Jackson and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence president Dan Gross.Pleger began his speech at the rally by pointing out that ten persons were shot and three were killed on the night of June 5 alone. He then said, “I’m not a gun grabber, I’m a life lover,” after which he pointed to Chuck’s Gun Shop and said, “And I love life more than the death that...
  • The GOP circus is no laughing matter: One of these clowns could actually win it all

    06/08/2015 4:14:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Salon ^ | June 8, 2015 | Bob Cesca
    A lot can happen between now and Election Day -- and with no GOP adult in the room, that's a frightening thought.There was a time when the well-worn “clown car” description of the Republican presidential primary field wasn’t so on-the-nose. But as of right now, not even a few months into the process, it’s impossible to avoid daily news items in which one GOP candidate or another is self-immolating with ludicrous remarks or unforced errors. Frankly, it’d be really fun to observe if it weren’t for a nagging sense of danger. We’ll circle back to that. Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio,...
  • Dear America: Please Get Your Head Out of Your [expletive] About Bernie Sanders

    06/08/2015 3:08:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | June 8, 2015 | Emil Mella, writer, musician, proud Dominican, proud progressive.
    Okay, sorry, America. That title was a bit rude. And crass. And uncalled for. I'll admit it. But please just do the entire world a favor now, and just gently pull with your neck, softly now, easy does it, so that perhaps your collective head is not as far inside of your rectum as it currently is, and kindly make sure that said head is on top of your shoulders, where it belongs, you know, thinking, and stuff. Thanks. This is an open letter to the American people. In the race to decide the next President of your arguably great...
  • Gutiérrez: I Assume God Speaks Spanish Because He Named His Only Son Jesus

    06/05/2015 8:52:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 62 replies
    Brietbart ^ | June 4, 2015 | Pam Key
    Wednesday on the House floor, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) criticized Texas for its conspiracy theories and then said God must understand Spanish because he named his son Jesus.
  • E Mails Link Walker to Secret E Mail System

    <p>People line up Wednesday morning at the clerk’s office of the Court of Appeals’ in Madison for the release of thousands of emails and other records that have been under court seal. The records open a new window into the years-long John Doe probe run by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm. John Doe proceedings are often conducted in secret and give prosecutors the power to compel people to produce documents and testify.</p>
  • Why the GOP's 2016 bloodbath is going to be great fun — and instructive

    06/03/2015 3:42:07 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 11 replies
    The Week ^ | June 3, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    With a remarkable 15 announced or soon-to-announce candidates, including such dynamos as Lindsey Graham and George Pataki, there's still one thing we haven't seen yet: the Republican candidates attacking each other. There's been a vague insinuation here and an implied criticism there, but no real verbal fisticuffs to speak of. But worry not: The negativity is coming, and when it does, it will come fast and hard. http://theweek.com/articles/558405/why-gops-2016-bloodbathis-going-great-fun--instructive
  • America's Worst President Ever

    06/02/2015 8:49:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The National Interest ^ | May 31, 2015 | Robert W. Merry
    Woodrow Wilson. Here's Why. If you wanted to identify, with confidence, the very worst president in American history, how would you go about it? One approach would be to consult the various academic polls on presidential rankings that have been conducted from time to time since Harvard’s Arthur M. Schlesinger Sr. pioneered this particular survey scholarship in 1948. Bad idea. Most of those surveys identify Warren G. Harding of Ohio as the worst ever. This is ridiculous. Harding presided over very robust economic times. Not only that, but he inherited a devastating economic recession when he was elected in 1920...
  • Feminists Start "GiveYourMoneytoWomen" Campaign, Demand Men Give Free Money to Women for No Reason

    06/02/2015 9:33:55 AM PDT · by rightistight · 67 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/2/15 | Aurelius
    Feminists on social media have started a campaign called "give your money to women," or "Giveyourmoneytowomen" on Twitter. The point of the campaign is that, according to its creators, men benefit from numerous privileges, including the patriarchy and earning more money than females. For that reason, men should literally give money to women for no other reason than that they are female. Here are just some of the tweets being bandied about on social media:
  • Why We’re Suspending the “Run Warren Run” Campaign (But we’re still declaring victory.) (Barf Alert)

    06/02/2015 8:26:57 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 6-2-2015 | ILYA SHEYMAN and CHARLES CHAMBERLAIN
    Today we announce the suspension of our campaign to draft Elizabeth Warren into the presidential race. There’s no sugar-coating it: We didn’t achieve our central goal. But there’s a bigger story that gives us tremendous hope: as one headline put it, “Elizabeth Warren may not be running, but she’s in the 2016 race anyway.” In the six months since we launched the Run Warren Run effort, Senator Warren’s agenda and message have transformed the American political landscape. Echoing Warren’s famous adage that “the game is rigged,” Hillary Clinton declared in her campaign announcement that “the deck is still stacked in...
  • 6 Ways Ted Cruz Is A Threat To America And The American Way Of Life

    06/01/2015 7:04:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Liberals Unite Magazine ^ | June 1, 2015 | Samuel Warde
    While as a writer I appreciate Ted Cruz and his near-endless stream of insane bull****, as a political reality – Ted Cruz is quite frightening in a Joe McCarthy, Rush Limbaugh, Pat Robertson kind of way. Quickly scanning our own recent coverage of Ted Cruz, it quickly becomes appallingly clear that Cruz poses a real and present danger to Americans. Here are but 6 examples: Ted Cruz Only Cares About Ted Cruz. Well, that and Texas. As Richard pointed out in an article last week, “back in 2013 when New York and New Jersey were under water and completely devastated...
  • How Timothy McVeigh's Ideals Entered the Mainstream (Yeah, they went there)

    06/01/2015 6:28:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Newsweek ^ | June 1, 2015 | Nina Burleigh
    Republican presidential candidates gathered last month at the Oklahoma City Cox Conference Center, just a few blocks from the site of what was the Alfred R. Murrah Federal Building. Two decades ago, anti-government militia sympathizer Timothy McVeigh blew it up in what he called an act of war against the U.S. government. It was the worst crime of domestically bred terrorism in American history. McVeigh was executed in 2001, but since then, some of his militia ideals have gone mainstream and even been introduced as laws in many states, including Oklahoma. Legislators in dozens of states have submitted proposals to...
  • David Brooks: 'Obama Has Run An Amazingly Scandal-Free Administration' [mentions my blog]

    05/31/2015 4:47:12 PM PDT · by grundle · 52 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 31, 2015 | Tom Blumer
    <p>Despite 6-1/2 years of horrid governance and dozens of acknowledged scandals, several of which a few of the credible remaining outposts of liberal thought have actually agreed are scandals, David Brooks, the New York Times's resident fake conservative, asserted on Friday's PBS NewsHour, as if it's an indisputable fact, that "President Obama has run an amazingly scandal-free administration, not only he himself, but the people around him."</p>
  • Diversity Officer Who Called for Murder of White Men to Retain Position

    05/28/2015 9:29:07 AM PDT · by rightistight · 52 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/28/15 | Aurelius
    Bahar Mustafa, a diversity officer at Goldsmiths University, will retain her position at the school despite a number of inflammatory statements. Ms. Mustafa was first embroiled in controversy after she banned white men from a campus event: In response to criticisms of her racist acts, Mustafa responded that she cannot be racist, saying, “There have been charges laid against me that I am racist and sexist towards white men. I, an ethnic minority woman, cannot be racist or sexist towards white men, because racism and sexism describe structures of privilege based on race and gender, and therefore women of color...
  • GOP debate rules could reignite questions about Cruz birthplace

    05/23/2015 9:28:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 111 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 23, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman
    Not surprisingly, the GOP presidential debates announced last week will be open only to candidates who can legally serve as president. That will make Fox News and CNN the first arbiters of Canada-born Ted Cruz’s eligibility. By putting him on stage, they will implicitly be granting a seal of approval to the only contender born outside the U.S. The U.S. Constitution says a president has to be a natural-born citizen. Fox and CNN both listed Article II, Section 1 among the requirements for would-be debaters. It’s inconceivable that either network would invoke that requirement to shut out the Texas senator....
  • Hillary Clinton spotted at Chipotle in Ohio 'trying to be incognito'...

    04/13/2015 4:29:59 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 119 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 4-13-15 | Celeste Katz
    Today, a burrito bowl ... tomorrow, the Oval Office? Hillary Clinton made a Chipotle pitstop in Maumee, Ohio, on her way from New York to Iowa Monday, with security video showing her and longtime aide Huma Abedin sporting shades as they put in their orders. General Manager Charles Wright told the Daily News Clinton was in his restaurant at about 1:20 p.m. Monday, ordering a chicken bowl with guacamole, a chicken salad, and a blackberry Izze. Wright said Clinton did nothing to attract attention to herself — and it worked. "She wasn't, like, obvious and no one made a scene,"...
  • Marshall University RA Shames Heterosexual Christian Students for Their ‘Privilege’

    04/12/2015 10:19:54 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/9/2015
    A resident advisor (RA) at Marshall University in West Virginia has placed a poster in a freshman dorm that attacks heterosexual Christian students by defining them as “privileged.” Senior RA Jessie Swiger hung her poster in Freshman North, a co-ed dorm. Campus Reform reported the story and presents screenshots of the poster, as well as Swiger’s Facebook post defending her poster and a tweet in which Swiger justifies, “It’s not shaming. It’s educating. Privilege exists as a result of racism, sexism, ablism, & classism engrained in society.” The poster itself, which is handwritten, equates privilege as “not being asked ‘how...
  • GOP Strategist: I Don’t Need Hillary to ‘Drown Me In Estrogen Every Time She Opens Her Mouth’

    04/12/2015 10:35:10 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 47 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2015-04-12 | Andrew Desiderio
    In anticipation of Hillary Clinton‘s presidential announcement later today, Republican strategist Ana Navarro criticized the former secretary of state for supposedly embracing the idea of a woman president too much. “I don’t need her to drown me in estrogen every time she opens her mouth,” Navarro said on CNN. “Listen, every time she opens her mouth it’s about the granddaughter, and Chelsea’s wedding, and the yoga routines.”Navarro ultimately insisted Clinton “needs to stop being focus-grouped to death.”Watch the video below, via CNN:
  • Billionaire Activist Tom Steyer Escalates His War On Science, Truth And Western Civilisation

    04/07/2015 8:07:41 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 04/07/2015 | Danny Lee Weston
    FULL TITLE: Green Billionaire Activist Tom Steyer Escalates His War On Science, Truth And Western Industrial Civilisation Billionaire activist Tom Steyer, a household name here at Breitbart, has created a “war room” targeting Republican political candidates who are sceptical of climate change. Aiming to swing the results in 2016, Steyer’s campaign will ‘put candidates in the hot seat for their climate denial’ and attempt to link the GOP to “Big Oil” and the Koch brothers wherever possible. Steyer said he would spend “what it takes” for this campaign rather than committing to a specific figure beforehand.
  • Hey, Christian Business Owners: The Government Isn’t ‘Forcing’ You To Do Anything

    04/07/2015 7:09:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 110 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 04/07/2015 | Sally Kohn
    You may have heard that the government is forcing businesses not to discriminate. It isn’t. If you chose to run a business, you have to follow the laws. If you don’t, that’s a choice—and you choose to suffer the consequences. Still, in the wake of the controversy surrounding Indiana’s law, conservatives don’t see it that way. Even potential Republican presidential candidates are getting in on the assertions. Rick Santorum recently said: If you’re a print shop and you are a gay man, should you be forced to print ‘God Hates Fags’ for the Westboro Baptist Church because they hold those...
  • Why Liberals Are More Intelligent Than Conservatives (Kitten Chow, have at it folks)

    04/07/2015 6:19:47 AM PDT · by MayorKoch · 224 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | 3/22/10 | Satoshi Kanazawa
    It is difficult to define a whole school of political ideology precisely, but one may reasonably define liberalism (as opposed to conservatism) in the contemporary United States as the genuine concern for the welfare of genetically unrelated others and the willingness to contribute larger proportions of private resources for the welfare of such others. In the modern political and economic context, this willingness usually translates into paying higher proportions of individual incomes in taxes toward the government and its social welfare programs. Liberals usually support such social welfare programs and higher taxes to finance them, and conservatives usually oppose them....
  • Ted Cruz is dangerous: Why liberals scoff at his campaign at their peril

    04/07/2015 2:50:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    Salon ^ | April 7, 2015 | Sophia A. McClennen
    No, the Texas senator isn't likely to capture the GOP ticket. But his brand of conservatism poses its own threat. Since Ted Cruz first announced his candidacy, much has been made of his chances of winning, his arrogance and his extreme conservative views. But most of the controversy over his candidacy centers on his lying. It is no surprise to any of us that politicians lie. We generally assume they stretch the truth to get elected, to denigrate their political foes, and to bolster their images. But Cruz may just represent one of the biggest liars in recent history. In...
  • Next for Steyer: put GOP candidates on climate change hot seat

    04/06/2015 2:52:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle's SF Gate Blog ^ | April 6, 2015 | Carla Marinucci
    San Francisco activist Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate Super PAC Monday announced the billionaire Democrat will wage a campaign to put Republicans on the “hot seat” about climate change and spend “what it takes” for an aggressive new high-tech “war room” to track — and attack — GOP candidates in 2016. The program, based at the NextGen headquarters in the Financial District — with satellite offices in Washington, D.C., and other cities — aims to make climate change a “top tier” issue next year. It will focus its firepower on turning environmental concerns into a “wedge issue,” especially with young voters,...
  • Judge dismisses suit by conservative video maker relating to telephone charade at Landrieu's office

    04/06/2015 2:31:27 PM PDT · by BBell · 2 replies
    Full Title: Judge dismisses libel suit by conservative video maker relating to telephone charade at Mary Landrieu's officeWASHINGTON -- A New Jersey federal judge has dismissed a libel case filed by a conservative video maker James O'Keefe, who disputed a news account of his misdemeanor conviction for trying to gain access to then Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office in 2010. New Jersey Federal Judge Claire Cecchi ruled last week that the coverage by Main Justice, which covers the Department of Justice, and the online publication's founder, Mary Jacoby, was protected under the First Amendment because "as a whole," it...
  • Joe Biden to Authoritarian Chinese President: U.S. Only Supports Human Rights As ‘Political

    04/06/2015 8:49:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/2/15 | Daniel Wiser
    Vice President Joe Biden once told Chinese President Xi Jinping that U.S. leaders only support human rights as a matter of political optics, and that this makes the United States no better than China, according to a new New Yorker profile of Jinping. The New Yorker relates encounters between Biden and Jinping in 2011 and 2012, when both were vice presidents of their respective nations: Biden told me that Xi asked him why the U.S. put “so much emphasis on human rights.” Biden replied to Xi, “No President of the United States could represent the United States were he not...
  • Jeb Bush’s Deep Ties to Hispanics Show Even in Voter Form

    04/06/2015 4:58:58 AM PDT · by don-o · 49 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 6, 2015 | Alan Rappeport
    Mr. Bush, a former Florida governor and likely presidential candidate, was born in Texas and hails from one of America’s most prominent political dynasties. But on at least one occasion, it appears he got carried away with his appeal to Spanish-speaking voters and claimed he actually was Hispanic. In a 2009 voter-registration application, obtained from the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, Mr. Bush marked Hispanic in the field labeled “race/ethnicity.” A Bush spokeswoman could offer no explanation for the characterization.
  • GOP’s bizarro foreign policy: Alienate America’s closest allies on “day one”

    04/06/2015 5:38:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Salon ^ | April 6, 2015 | Simon Maloy, political writer
    When Republicans criticize Barack Obama’s foreign policy, their critiques usually break down into two broad themes: America’s enemies no longer fear us, and America’s allies no longer trust us. The part about our enemies fearing us is usually a reference to Russia – conservatives believe quite earnestly that Russia’s military expansionism over the last few years is a consequence of Vladimir Putin sizing up the president and determining that he’s a weakling. No less an authority than Peggy Noonan made this very argument just last Friday, lamenting “a Russian president who took the American’s measure and made a move, upsetting...
  • Indiana pizza shop refuses to cater gay weddings, instantly has internet presence destroyed

    04/01/2015 2:36:25 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 110 replies
    A pizza parlour that said it will use Indiana's heavily-criticized new religious freedom law to deny services to same-sex couples provoked a massive backlash across the Internet on Tuesday and Wednesday. Indiana's Republican governor Mike Pence responded Tuesday to national outrage over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, by saying he'll "fix" the bill to ensure businesses cannot use the law to deny services to the LGBTQ community. But, not before Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, chimed in. "If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no," owner Crystal...
  • Criticize Senator Ted Cruz’s bid for Republican nomination

    03/30/2015 11:09:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz set off a media firestorm last week by becoming the first to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination in 2016. The media has generally described Cruz as a passionate, hard-line conservative and a polarizing figure. Writing for Fox News, Michael Goodwin argued that Cruz has a chance at becoming our next president, calling him “a brilliant man of clear conservative convictions, not muddled by the politics of calculation.” It’s a nice sentiment, but it also effectively illustrates the underlying problem with candidates like Cruz and with our political system in general: being “muddled” by a...
  • Can Ted Cruz Play Well With Others?

    03/30/2015 3:12:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Slate ^ | March 30, 2015 | John Dickerson
    Ted Cruz defended his lack of executive experience this weekend saying that he is not a “community organizer.” The Texas senator explained that unlike Barack Obama, who also ran for president after one term in the Senate, he had accomplished more before becoming a legislator. Cruz pointed to his period as solicitor general of Texas—an answer that was itself a display of the debating talents his supporters say qualify him to be president. Cruz wasn’t answering the question as much as redefining the criteria. A lack of executive experience cannot be overcome by simply not having the attributes of the...
  • Fact Check.org Rushes to Defend Federal Fracking Regulations, Steps on a Rake

    03/30/2015 1:26:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Energy in Depth ^ | March 27, 2015 | Katie Brown
    This afternoon, Fact Check.org produced a fact-check that ostensibly criticizes U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for his contention that there has never been an instance of ground water contamination caused by hydraulic fracturing. Of course, this piece isn’t really about Inhofe at all; but before we get into that, we can’t help but wonder why they are fact-checking Inhofe and not former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson … or Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz … or Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell — all of whom have said exactly the same thing. Rather than a “fact-check,” it reads more like an advocacy...
  • ESTHER CEPEDA: Written all over his face (Already grasping at straws to attack him)

    03/30/2015 12:21:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | March 30, 2015 | Esther J. Cepeda
    Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz, native of Canada, junior senator of Texas and lover of Wagner, has thrown his hat into the ring to be the Republican nominee for the 2016 presidential election. But it's not his hat that many recoil from so much as it is the head beneath it. Let's talk about the elephant in Ted Cruz's presidential campaign: his face. OK, it's symmetrical in its composition, not too pudgy or gaunt -- all in all, a fine face, really. Some might even say he has the face of an angel. Not me, mind you, but some. Like the...
  • Conservative darling is not electable

    03/29/2015 9:55:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Bucks County Courier-Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | The Editors
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wasn’t taking any chances the other day when he announced he will seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Cruz launched his bid at what for him was the friendliest of venues: Liberty University in Virginia, a Christian school founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell. It would have been difficult for Cruz to pick a more receptive crowd for his announcement. And he didn’t disappoint. He asked Christian conservatives in the audience and across the nation to imagine a United States without the IRS, without Obamacare and without abortion rights. Said Cruz: “I believe...
  • Well looky here! New Yorker shamelessly scrubs racist ‘uppity’ term from Ted Cruz article

    03/25/2015 9:22:19 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 03/25/2015 | Twitchy Staff
    Yep. The power of Twitter has been shown time and time again. What sparked that comment this time? Well, this happened: