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  • Keystone XL’s Continued Delay is Absurd (WaPo: Obama embarrassing U.S.)

    04/23/2014 6:00:51 PM PDT · by kristinn · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Editorial Board
    IF FOOT-DRAGGING were a competitive sport, President Obama and his administration would be world champions for their performance in delaying the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Last Friday afternoon, the time when officials make announcements they hope no one will notice, the State Department declared that it is putting off a decision on Keystone XL indefinitely — or at least, it seems, well past November’s midterm elections. This time, the excuse is litigation in Nebraska over the proposed route, because that might lead to a change in the project that various federal agencies will want to consider. The State...
  • Objection: BLM Agent Not Special Forces

    04/23/2014 4:11:15 PM PDT · by ponygirl · 6 replies
    Some of you may have already seen this article making its rounds on the interwebs. In it, claims are made that Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Special Agent Daniel P. Love of the recent Bundy Ranch versus BLM debacle is/was an Army Special Forces soldier (Green Beret). Special Agent Love earned a position of primary antagonist in the eyes of much of the country. This was a due to a secretly recorded conversation between reporter Pete Santilli, from Guerilla Media, and Special Agent Love, which can be heard here: For the record, anyone who has served more than a day...
  • Why Should Colleges Be Blind to Color and Nothing Else?

    04/23/2014 4:19:48 PM PDT · by kristinn · 22 replies ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Jill Lawrence
    If you don't like affirmative action, the Supreme Court has a clear signal for you: Go for it. When Michigan voters approved a ballot initiative to ban race as a consideration in admission to state schools, the high court said that they were simply exercising their privilege to bypass unresponsive public officials and make laws themselves. So what's next? Will spindly, graceless people, still smarting over being picked last for every team underwrite ballot initiatives that ban consideration of the genetic gift of athletic talent? What about the genetic windfall of alumni parents? Will courts someday be asked to decide...
  • BLM-Bundy Confrontation Ignites new “Sagebrush Rebellion”

    04/23/2014 2:15:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | April 23, 2014 | Bob Barr
    One of the biggest land grabs in American history occurred in 1976, when President Jimmy Carter signed into a law the “Federal Land Policy and Management Act.” That stroke of the pen transferred hundreds of millions of acres of land, located primarily in the western states, into the control of the federal government. In reaction, an alliance of ranchers, farmers, and other concerned citizens – the “Sagebrush Rebels” as they came to be known -- challenged the move and sought to return the land back into the hands of the states. Ronald Reagan, at the time running for president, supported...
  • The First Amendment Guide to the Second Amendment

    04/23/2014 12:44:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 21, 2014 | David Kopel
    Back in 1995, the Tennessee Law Review published a symposium issue on the Second Amendment and firearms policy. That symposium was probably the most influential law review symposium ever published on the topic. (More on that issue, below.) This year, the Tennessee Law Review is doing another Second Amendment symposium. My contribution to the forthcoming issue is The First Amendment Guide to the Second Amendment. As the article explains, post-Heller courts have frequently looked to the First Amendment for guidance on Second Amendment questions. This is sensible, because since the Supreme Court began taking the First Amendment seriously about 75...
  • The Pacific’s Salmon Are Back — Thank Human Ingenuity

    04/23/2014 10:08:06 AM PDT · by neverdem · 55 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 22, 2014 | Robert Zubrin
    Geoengineering could turn our long-barren oceans into a bounty.In 2012, the British Columbia–based Native American Haida tribe launched an effort to restore the salmon fishery that has provided much of their livelihood for centuries. Acting collectively, the Haida voted to form the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation, financed it with $2.5 million of their own savings, and used it to support the efforts of American scientist-entrepreneur Russ George to demonstrate the feasibility of open-sea mariculture — in this case, the distribution of 120 tons of iron sulfate into the northeast Pacific to stimulate a phytoplankton bloom which in turn would provide...
  • The Blueprint: James Madison’s Advice

    04/23/2014 9:11:01 AM PDT · by xzins · 17 replies
    The Tenth Amendment Center ^ | 7 Aug 13 | Michael Maharrey
    Madison: "Should an unwarrantable measure of the federal government be unpopular in particular States, which would seldom fail to be the case, or even a warrantable measure be so, which may sometimes be the case, the means of opposition to it are powerful and at hand. The disquietude of the people; their repugnance and, perhaps, refusal to co-operate with the officers of the Union; the frowns of the executive magistracy of the State; the embarrassments created by legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions, would oppose, in any State, difficulties not to be despised; would form, in...
  • The Bystander Presidency Still Running On Empty

    04/23/2014 8:58:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | April 23, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has officially entered the twilight zone, searching in vain for a new focus in its remaining two and a half years. President Obama has been trying to look busy in recent weeks, giving speeches to rally his dispirited party as he voices new fears that Democrats will not turn out to vote in the midterm congressional elections in November. Apparently, many of them won't. "Our voters... get excited about general elections," he said at a recent Democratic fundraiser in Houston. "They don't get excited about midterm elections." The Washington news media is worried about it,...
  • Rahm Reaches Rock Bottom; Cites 'Values'

    04/23/2014 6:20:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | April 23, 2014 | John Ransom
    The great rotation to value has commenced in the stock market. And it's likely the thing that's needed if this bull market is going to continue. A parallel rotation to value is also occurring politically. And it's likely the thing that's needed if this Republic is going to continue. “Within the broader stock market there was a large rotation, out of growth and into cheap, or ‘value,’ shares,” writes “Expensive shares had their worst performance against cheap ones since 2009. The other ‘factor’ popularised by academics Eugene Fama and Kenneth French – momentum – also had a terrible time....
  • Obama's Keystone Pipeline Trap

    04/23/2014 5:20:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | April 23, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    On Good Friday, President Obama made a bad call. The State Department announced that it would delay its decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until after the Nebraska Supreme Court rules in a case involving the route. The administration insists the decision to punt has nothing to do with politics. Pretty much everyone else thinks otherwise. Obama, who is rarely reluctant to act unilaterally when it benefits him politically, and who regularly brags about his red-tape cutting, is paralyzed by perhaps the only big shovel-ready jobs project he's been presented with. He welcomes the Keystone red tape because he's trapped...
  • For Academic Elites Evidence is Irrelevant

    04/23/2014 5:11:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | April 23, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Former UNC Dean Dan Plyler is like a lot of academics today. He forms strong opinions without taking the time to study an issue to determine whether his opinion is supported by evidence. Evidence is irrelevant for such academics who are more interested in preserving visions of how things should be - as opposed to evaluating how things are with some practical game plan for improving upon them. Plyler's disdain for evidence was on full display when he wrote a Letter to the Editor in response to my recent promotion to full professor. It is reprinted below with my usual...
  • Chelsea Clinton's Baby, Politicized

    04/23/2014 5:04:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | April 23, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Chelsea Clinton announced she's going to be a mother this year. That should elicit the same reaction reserved for the daughter of any former president: a polite "how nice." But this is a Clinton. Everything with the Clintons gets filtered through politics. It is fitting (and equally crass) that this news is met with this reaction: "Hillary (Clinton) in 2016. Does it help or hurt?" Indeed, that is precisely how pro-Hillary pundits reacted, leaping to profess this will succeed in adding warmth and humanity to Hillary's image in the years to come. But put the celebration on hold. This was...
  • Wage Discrimination

    04/23/2014 4:57:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | April 23, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    "President Obama Vows Zero Tolerance on Gender Wage Gap," read one headline. Another read, "Women Still Earned 77 Cents On Men's Dollar In 2012." It's presumed that big, greedy corporations are responsible for what is seen as wage injustice. Before discussing the "unjust" wage differences between men and women, let's acknowledge an even greater injustice -- which no one seems to care about -- age injustice. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers ages 16 to 24 earn only 54 cents on every dollar earned by workers 25 or older ( This wage gap is 43 percent greater than...
  • Privacy, Please

    04/23/2014 4:44:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | April 23, 2014 | John Stossel
    Scarlett Johansson left nude photos of herself on her computer. A hacker grabbed them and sent them to gossip websites. A Pennsylvania high school issued laptop computers to students and then remotely activated the laptops' cameras to watch the students when they were away from school. On my computer, a program called Disconnect reveals that my favorite websites spy on me and track what I like to read, what I browse, what I buy. Privacy is almost a thing of the past. As I explain on my show this week, I follow the advice of "experts." I buy anti-virus software...
  • NBC's Cognitive Dissonant Hack Syndrome

    04/23/2014 4:38:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | April 23, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    I've always thought entrenched left-wing journalists in Washington needed their heads examined. Much to my satisfaction, it appears the corporate media bosses of at least one Beltway anchor now agree. According to The Washington Post this week, NBC News hired a "psychological consultant" to examine why flailing "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory has been bombing in the ratings. The overpriced shrinks (NBC prefers the euphemism "brand consultants") came from the New York-based brand fixer-upper Elastic Strategy. They interviewed Gregory's wife. They interrogated his friends. They crunched their numbers. They compiled their reports. And after all that, the "experts"...
  • Obama is Bursting the Left's Bubbles

    04/23/2014 4:05:29 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4-23-2014 | J.R. Dunn
    To examine a few examples, we’ll start with the military illusion -- namely, that it is U.S. power that causes all wars. This is derived quite simply from Marxist-Leninist theory: wars are a byproduct of “capitalism.” The U.S., as the premier “capitalist” state, is ipso facto, the cause of war. This is the primum mobile of the modern American left, the driver of such people as Michael Moore, Oliver Stone, and Medea Benjamin. There is a list that circulates throughout the left, consisting of the countries “invaded” by the U.S. in the 20th century. The list includes such nations as...
  • Syria President Bashar al-Assad’s confident call for elections (WashPost)

    04/22/2014 10:16:22 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 22, 2014 | By The Editorial Board
    BASHAR AL-ASSAD is feeling confident enough to schedule an election six weeks from now that will extend his term as president by another seven years. And why not? Three years into the countryÂ’s civil war, Syrian government forces continue to make significant gains against rebels. This week they are reported to be close to recapturing the city of Homs, once considered the capital of the resistance. The regime has returned to using chemical weapons with impunity: Half a dozen attacks involving chlorine gas have been reported by opposition forces since last month. Though Mr. Assad is blockading the delivery of...
  • If The Facts Don't Fit, Change The Facts: How The Obama Administration Undercuts Public Confidence

    04/22/2014 6:51:04 PM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4-21-14 | Merrill Matthews
    If The Facts Don't Fit, Change The Facts: How The Obama Administration Undercuts Public Confidence In Government Statistics John Adams, the second president of the United States, once noted, “Facts are stubborn things.” Well, not in the Age of Obama, where “facts,” like the number of uninsured Americans, can be easily changed to suit the president and his agenda. Last week the U.S. Census Bureau announced it will use a new way to count the uninsured. The Bureau concedes the new approach is almost guaranteed to produce lower uninsured numbers—at exactly the time that President Obama wants lower uninsured numbers....
  • Obama Stumbling in Asia, Underestimating Putin, Turning the Middle East Over to the Terrorists

    04/22/2014 6:47:55 PM PDT · by SJackson · 28 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Apr 18, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama is getting a number of critical report cards about his foreign and domestic policies lately -- signs that America is tiring of his presidency. Here at home, Janet Yellen, in her first monetary policy address as the head of the Federal Reserve Board, said the labor markets were still weak, and that it will likely take two years or more before the U.S. fully recovers from its recession. Ouch. If Yellen's forecast proves right, this means it will have taken Obama's administration nearly eight years to lift our economy out of its long and painful lethargy....
  • Lessons Learned From Obama’s Middle East ‘Peace Process’

    04/22/2014 6:44:09 PM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | April 17, 2014 | John Bolton
    Barack Obama has announced a “pause” for a “reality check” in his Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, although no one is really deceived by this euphemism. His “peace process” is verging on collapse, despite a year’s investment of U.S. diplomatic time and effort. Not only will the negotiations’ impending failure leave Israelis and Palestinians even further from resolving their disputes than before but America’s worldwide prestige will be significantly diminished. Our competence and influence are again under question, Israel has been undermined and by misallocating our diplomatic priorities, we have impaired our ability to resolve international crises and problems elsewhere, such as Russia’s...
  • Bill Maher, Comedian or Bigot? (How about hateful Moron)

    04/22/2014 5:24:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | April 22, 2014 | Armstrong Williams
    Comedy has many approaches and subjects: leaders, governments, things we don't understand. In the vein of the latter, I suppose it is understandable to pick on religions. In any event, freedom of speech allows it. What is generally not condoned, however, is continuous and repeated sweeping insults to those with a differing point of view. The worst forms of prejudice and racism are bred out of this type of one-sided banter. Blacks in this country were never given the chance to defend themselves against claims of being less intelligent than whites during the time of slavery. Jews and non-Aryans were...
  • The real minimum wage!

    04/22/2014 5:15:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | April 22, 2014 | Bill Tatro
    I took the long Holiday weekend to do a scouting mission for a future column. What I was most interested in were the work habits of the so called minimum wage employee. I was also interested in how many of these employees carried their “smart” phone with them on the job. Prior to the advent of hand sized cell phones for an employee to spend time talking on a phone vs. doing their job was very apparent. A land line was clearly obvious to all workers, and more importantly, to management and administrators. Who was slacking by an over...
  • Obama Knows Best-A tribute to the president’s know-how and competence.

    04/22/2014 4:54:04 PM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 21, 2014 | Ronn Torossian
    - FrontPage Magazine - - Obama Knows BestPosted By Ronn Torossian On April 21, 2014 @ 12:25 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments In February, before Russian moved into Crimea, Present Barack Obama claimed, “..any violation of Ukrainian territory is destabilizing, and that’s not in Russia’s interest.” This week now that Crimea is firmly in Russia’s hands, Obama stated, “Mr. Putin’s decisions aren’t just bad for Ukraine. Over the long term, they’re going to be bad for Russia.” Despite worldwide negative attention, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s current approval ratings are above 80 percent according to independent polls by the...
  • Turning a Blind Eye to Palestinian Bloodlust

    04/22/2014 4:48:38 PM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 22, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    President Obama has described Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas as “somebody who has consistently renounced violence.” Just the opposite was on full display once again last week. An Israeli father was killed and his pregnant wife and child were injured in a Palestinian terrorist shooting attack, as the family members were on their way to a Passover Seder on April 14th. At first, Abbas was silent, as were President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. Then, after reports surfaced that Abbas had belatedly condemned the attack, his office went out of its way to deny the reports, although...
  • Should Companies Do What’s Best for Government, or Workers, Consumers, and Shareholders?

    04/22/2014 4:46:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | April 22, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m in favor of free markets. That means I’m sometimes on the same side as big business, but it also means that I’m often very critical of big business. That’s because large companies are largely amoral. Depending on the issue, they may be on the side of the angels, such as when they resist bad government policies such as higher tax rates and increased red tape. But many of those same companies will then turn around and try to manipulate the system for subsidies, protectionism, and corrupt tax loopholes. Today, I’m going to defend big business. That’s because we have...
  • The Left Renews Its Vows with Moscow-hatred of the U.S. is bringing old allies back together

    04/22/2014 4:45:27 PM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 21, 2014 | William R. Hawkins
    - FrontPage Magazine - - The Left Renews Its Vows with MoscowPosted By William R. Hawkins On April 21, 2014 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments There were many on the Left in the West who lamented the collapse of the Soviet Union as much as did Vladimir Putin. They saw the USSR as the main restraint on U.S. imperialism; helping to arm and support hostile Third World regimes and creating a zone of “peace” outside the reach of capitalism. The leftist view of the world did not change just because the Soviet empire disintegrated. Its...
  • Congress on its own can arrest and jail Lois Lerner until she testifies on IRS scandal

    04/22/2014 4:34:39 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4-22-2014 | Ernest Istook - OP/ED
    April 22, 2014 Congress on its own can arrest and jail Lois Lerner until she testifies on IRS scandal Ernest Istook On its own, Congress has clear authority to arrest and jail Lois Lerner until she testifies. That is the best way to end the stonewalling about the IRS‘ targeting of the Tea Party and other conservatives. There is no better option. Nobody expects Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute Ms. Lerner. His hyper-political Justice Department’s “investigation” of the IRS scandal is an obvious sham. ......... Expecting either the attorney general or a court to be the enforcer against Ms....
  • Paul Krugman’s Solar Delusions: Solar’s getting cheaper, but it can never be a big reducer of...

    04/22/2014 3:01:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 22, 2014 | Robert Bryce
    Solar’s getting cheaper, but it can never be a big reducer of carbon emissions.Solar energy can solve global warming. That’s what Paul Krugman claims in his April 18 column in the New York Times, “Salvation Gets Cheap.” Krugman extolled “the incredible recent decline in the cost of renewable energy, solar power in particular.” He used to dismiss the claim that renewable energy would be a major source of global energy “as hippie-dippy wishful thinking.” But now, he says, thanks to the falling price of renewable energy, the process of decarbonization can be accelerated and “drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions...
  • Eros and Estrogen on the Front Line (no successful military in history has put women in combat)

    04/22/2014 11:10:38 AM PDT · by xzins · 86 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 22, 2014 | Michael R. Shannon
    Instead woman already in the military ... will find themselves assigned to combat arms to meet a quota designed by a wide–load Member of Congress whose most strenuous activity is the Pilates class she makes once a month. Still, they won’t be seeing the elephant overnight. Right now only a handful of the 203,000 women currently in the military can pass the physical for combat infantry or Marines. When faced with the reality that women can’t pass the test, Congress and Pentagon paper–pushers will change the test until they can pass. Unfortunately, when you lower standards by definition you get...
  • The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

    04/22/2014 10:49:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 22, 2014 | David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy
    The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades. After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.
  • An open letter to the students of Azusa Pacific University

    04/22/2014 10:50:47 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 19 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | April 22, 2014 | Charles Murray
    I was scheduled to speak to you tomorrow. I was going to talk about my new book, “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead,” and was looking forward to it. But it has been “postponed.” Why? An email from your president, Jon Wallace, to my employer, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), said “Given the lateness of the semester and the full record of Dr. Murray’s scholarship, I realized we needed more time to prepare for a visit and postponed Wednesday’s conversation.” This, about an appearance that has been planned for months. I also understand from another faculty member that he and...
  • Close Call: Obama Successfully Avoids Another Presidential Moment

    04/22/2014 10:23:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | April 22, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    It’s beginning to look like President Obama has developed a chronic aversion to anything that might be mistaken for “leadership” in his second term. The Keystone XL pipeline was, again, delayed until after the 2014 elections. Of course, then again, maybe this wasn’t political. Maybe the White House just likes watching oil company stocks take a hit every once in a while. TransCanada stock took a beating after it was announced that Obama would once again push the no-brainer decision on the Keystone pipeline until after the 2014 elections. And, while it literally figuratively kills me to write the following...
  • Chicago Teachers Union President Jokes About the Rash of Shootings in Her Hometown

    04/22/2014 7:44:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | April 22, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    We like to believe that the people in charge of our public schools – administrators and labor leaders – care about students and what’s happening in their community. In Chicago, what’s happening in the community is not good. The city has been plagued in recent years with a frightening increase in shootings, including many incidents that involve school-aged children. Somehow Karen Lewis, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union, finds that funny. Lewis appeared at the recent conference of Labor Notes, which bills itself as a “Troublemakers Union.” It’s essentially a Big Labor agitators’ convention, and there’s no more appropriate...
  • Nationalism, Not NATO, Is Our Great Ally

    04/22/2014 7:00:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | April 22, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    With Vladimir Putin having bloodlessly annexed Crimea and hinting that his army might cross the border to protect the Russians of East Ukraine, Washington is abuzz with talk of dispatching U.S. troops to Eastern Europe. But unless we have lost our minds, we are not going to fight Russia over territory no president ever regarded as vital to us. Indeed, should Putin annex Eastern and Southern Ukraine all the way to Odessa, he would simply be restoring to Russian rule what had belonged to her from Washington's inaugural in 1789 to George H. W. Bush's inaugural in 1989. This is...
  • Bernardine Dohrn's Nomination For The First Circuit Court of Appeals

    04/22/2014 6:51:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | April 22, 2014 | Hank Adler
    What are the chances that Bernardine Dohrn, the wife of Bill Ayres, and a principal signatory on the Weather Underground's "Declaration of a State of War" in May 1970 could be appointed as a judge in a Federal Court? Dohrn graduated with honors with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and subsequently graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. Until August 2013, she was a clinical Associate Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law. Bernardine Dohrn's resume is almost as appealing as the President's resume when he was elected to the presidency. Bernardine's...
  • From Greatness to Whiteness

    04/22/2014 6:28:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | April 22, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    When Americans over the age of, let us say, 45, look at any of the iconic paintings of America's Founders -- the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the signing of the Constitution, George Washington crossing the Delaware, any of the individual portraits the Founders -- what do they see? They see great men founding a great country. If you ask recent graduates of almost any American university what they see when they look at these paintings, chances are that they see something entirely different. They are apt to see rich, white males who are not great and who...
  • Faith in Obamacare, or Government, is Misplaced

    04/22/2014 6:22:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | April 22, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    One of the reasons our political structure has become dysfunctional no matter which party is in power is that too many of us are living in the moment. The closest we get to history is the instant replay. It is as if there is nothing the past can teach us; no wisdom that might be culled from those who have gone before. We buy guidebooks, or go online for information about countries or cities we plan to visit, trusting those who have been there to tell us the best places to stay, see and eat. When it comes to more...
  • UAW to Try U.S. Senate 'Fix' for Survival

    04/22/2014 5:47:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | April 22, 2014 | John Ransom
    Bob King and the United Auto Workers have decided to pull their objections to the results of the Volkswagen union vote at the Tennessee plant. “The United Auto Workers union on Monday said it was withdrawing its objection claiming undue outside political interference in the result of a February election it lost among workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in Tennessee,” reports Reuters. “UAW President Bob King, in a statement issued by the union on Monday, said the process of objecting to the National Labor Relations Board could have dragged on for months if not years.” But don't celebrate...
  • A Note To The Jews: Be Prepared To Fight Back

    04/22/2014 5:39:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | April 22, 2014 | Tony Katz
    Last week in Ukraine, leaflets were being disseminated saying Jews were required to register with the government or face being thrown out of the country and their possessions seized. More and more, they have been debunked as a hoax. Jews in America, and worldwide, should nonetheless take this seriously, and recognize that - when the time comes - if they don't fight back, they will die. US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoff Pyatt, confirmed that the leaflets were real, according to Jake Tapper of CNN: ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as...
  • Memo to: Republican Candidates, Answer War on Women

    04/22/2014 5:08:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | April 22, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Just because your opponent is hurling baseless or even ridiculous charges does not mean that you are free to disregard them. You may think it's absurd to argue that you are engaged in a "war on women." But contempt for the accusation is not enough. Some strategists suggest (they have for years) the key for Republican candidates is to downplay social issues in favor of economic arguments. Pocketbook appeals are great, but the premise -- that social issues damage Republican candidates -- is shaky at best. When Pew asked women voters to rank a list of issues in order...
  • Declaring the Obamacare Debate Over Won't Save Democrats

    04/22/2014 5:02:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | April 22, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Apart from gutting America's military, our standing in the world, our fiscal stability, the economy, the office of the presidency, conventional energy sources, the free market and religious liberty, Obama has little to boast about other than Obamacare, so let him go for it. Yes, let him gloat, because the more he bloviates in defense of the indefensible -- the more he spins the unspinnable -- the more damage he'll do to the cause he's trying to promote: the election of Democratic congressmen in November. Obama wasn't content with having just one news conference to tout the "success" of his...
  • Political Competition, Not Racism, Changes Voter Alignments

    04/22/2014 4:34:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | April 22, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Have the Republicans become the white man's party? Are the depth and bitterness of Republicans' opposition to Barack Obama and his administration the product of racism? Those are questions you hear in the clash of political argument, and you will hear plenty of answers in the affirmative if you click onto MSNBC or with any regularity. You can find a more nuanced and thoughtful analysis in Jonathan Chait's recent New York magazine article, "The Color of His Presidency." Chait, a liberal, starts off by noting that the post-racial America that Obama seemed to promise in his 2004 national convention...
  • 5 Ways Obama Has Destroyed The Rule Of Law In America (At Least)

    04/22/2014 4:22:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | April 22, 2014 | John Hawkins
    When you allow unlawful acts to go unpunished, you're moving toward a government of men rather than a government of law; you're moving toward anarchy. And that's exactly what we're doing. -- John Wayne All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. -- George Orwell Tell me why any American should respect the law? Because it's moral? Not necessarily. Slavery was once the law of the land. Abortion is the law of the land today. Even in a nation like America, it's not unusual for laws to be unfair, unjust, and even immoral. Is it...
  • Government-Forced Retirement at 57?

    04/22/2014 4:10:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | April 22, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    These words of Thomas Jefferson's are etched under the dome of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington: "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." Imagine if Jefferson had finished that thought with these words: "Unless, of course, you're 57 years old and a U.S. federal law enforcement officer." In the beginning of our republic, our Founding Fathers fought for freedom from governing tyranny, including for those who worked in government. And if a man's work ethic, health and passions allowed him to labor until his dying breath, he...
  • Will Obamacare's Losers Outvote its Winners This November?

    04/22/2014 4:00:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | April 22, 2014 | Byron York
    When it comes to the politics of Obamacare, there's really only one question that matters: How many Americans are benefiting from the new health care system, and how many are hurting? Problem is, we know more about the first part of the question than the second. Obamacare's advocates have pushed hard against Republican attempts to highlight Americans who have been particularly hard hit by the new law. "There's plenty of horror stories being told," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in February. "All of them are untrue." Those advocates have hit back so hard that it appears they are...
  • Happy Earth Day! Mark Steyn

    04/22/2014 1:32:04 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 29 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 22 Apr 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Happy Earth Day! April 22nd is the day when President Obama and the rest of the gang demonstrate their commitment to saving the planet by flying in to plant a tree somewhere. And say what you like but, when you're looking for fellows who know how to dig a huge hole, Obama and Harry Reid are pretty much at the top of the list. My township in New Hampshire is 90 per cent forested, but you can never have too many trees, so on Earth Day I always like to plant a couple more, get the tree cover in my...
  • Insidious political cliché alert: Stop saying it’s all about the kids

    04/21/2014 11:59:01 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Salon ^ | April 21, 2014 | Kathleen Rooney
    "........At best, this for-the-children rhetoric is passive, saying, “Well, somehow, things — the environment, racism, civil rights, the pay gap — will get better down the line.” It leaves hard-to-combat problems up in the air where some mysterious and benevolent force — the Time Fairy, essentially — will bring about progress for us. This lets us, the people existing in America right now, off way too easily. At worst, this for-the-children rhetoric is an active pawning off of responsibility, saying, “Well, our unborn generations will work hard to figure all this out after we’ve been unable to.” It shrugs the...
  • Ethanol Impact on Feed Prices

    04/21/2014 6:37:22 PM PDT · by Walt Griffith · 18 replies
    American Cattleman ^ | Renewable Fuels Association
    Ethanol Impact on Feed Prices Written By: Renewable Fuels Association Fueled by its desire for conflict, and a well-funded and organized public relations blitz by food and livestock industries, the media has spent a great deal of time in the past two years trying to portray an epic battle between America’s need for renewable alternatives to gasoline and its role as breadbasket to world. Despite unsupported and hysterical claims, the battle between ethanol production and food and feed resources is not a battle at all. In fact, it is a symbiotic relationship that promises to provide long term financial gain...
  • Whoops! Half of Georgia’s Insurance Enrollees Haven’t Paid Yet.

    04/21/2014 4:41:06 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | April 21, 2014 | By Jim Geraghty
    Georgia insurers received more than 220,000 applications for health coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s exchange as of the official federal deadline of March 31, state officials said Wednesday. Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, though, said premiums have been received for only 107,581 of those policies, which cover 149,465 people. “Many Georgians completed the application process by the deadline, but have yet to pay for the coverage,” Hudgens said in a statement Wednesday. Half? Half? Sure, the nonpayment rates will be a lot lower in other places. But this indicates how much skepticism is warranted for the administration’s much-touted enrollment figures....
  • Government funded, peer-reviewed study concludes biofuels worse than gasoline for the...

    04/21/2014 3:41:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 21, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Government funded, peer-reviewed study concludes biofuels worse than gasoline for the environmentThe $30 billion or so wasted each year on the federal government’s biofuels mandates and subsidies needs to end now. The program is a complete disaster, and now has been shown to harm the environment, something anti-warmist skeptics (aka, deniers) have warned about for many years.  Even the left wing UK Guardian reports via AP: Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a new study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil...