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  • First Fire Sebelius, Now (Forcibly) Retire Who Else?

    04/18/2014 4:25:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | John Ransom
    Well I can say this much for Janet Yellen, she sure learned how to jawbone the market, a skill that was notably lacking in her predecessor Ben Bernancke. On Wednesday the market gapped open, only to follow a recent pattern of the gap gains eroding. But then Janet stepped in. In a speech to the Economic club of New York, Yellen acknowledged that while the economy has made some strides towards recovery the jobs market is at least, if not more than, two years away from healing. That means that stock market types, whatever else may be happening on...
  • Feminist Thought Police vs. Feminine Kirsten Dunst

    04/18/2014 4:16:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    The left's tyrannical suppression of opposing views would be less farcical if leftists weren't such pseudo-champions of tolerance and freedom of expression. In our leftist-dominated culture, the permitted categories of speech are becoming ever more restrictive. If, for example, you are a conservative radio talk show host, you must always remain vigilant because the left wants to resurrect the Fairness Doctrine to suppress the opposing viewpoint and re-establish its major-media monopoly. If you own a small catering company and same-sex marriage violates your religious beliefs, the left wants to force you to provide food for same-sex marriage ceremonies. If you...
  • Obama's Diplomatic Dance with Putin is a Sad Sock Hop

    04/18/2014 4:00:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    President Obama is right. He told Major Garrett of CBS this week that "Mr. Putin's decisions aren't just bad for Ukraine. Over the long term, they're going to be bad for Russia." I believe that Putin's adventures in Russia's "near abroad" are a mistake. Indeed, they are part of a whole tapestry of wrongheadedness. It's also bad for the Kremlin to crush dissent, censor the news and hobble the economy by handing it over to oligarchs and a kleptocratic bureaucracy. Putin's scapegoating and demonizing of gays isn't only morally wrong, it's not in Russia's long-term interests either. That Putin prefers...
  • 'Close Observers of History' Hate Ollie North

    04/18/2014 3:50:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Tim Graham. For its second season, the creators of the FX series "The Americans" have chosen a new source for insight into the Cold War during the Reagan years -- one Lt. Col. Oliver North. It's a dramatic reversal from the first season, and it has infuriated some hard leftists. The show began with the shocking promise from creator Joel Weisberg that the series' heroes would be KGB agents: "We're making them the sympathetic characters. I'd go so far as to say they're the heroes." It quickly became apparent that these characters could...
  • Obama Must Defend NATO's Red Lines From Putin's Aggression

    04/18/2014 3:32:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Last week, masked men in camouflage garb with no insignia, dressed and equipped like Russian special forces, started taking over police stations and other government buildings in the Donets basin in Eastern Ukraine. They appeared to be working in tandem with local militias in defying the Ukrainian government. This week, the Ukrainian government has responded by sending in military forces to counter these actions. There has been shooting and violence. But Ukraine's military doesn't seem capable of asserting control. So Vladimir Putin's Russia, with some 40,000 troops massed just outside Ukraine, seems to have taken effective control of a significant...
  • The Common Core Conundrum

    04/18/2014 3:14:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Common Core State Standards could be the under-the-radar issue of the 2014 campaign. Business leaders and politicians had their hearts in the right place. We are a highly mobile society. People are likely to move more than once for jobs. Often they move their whole families to new school districts. Sometimes families move across the country. Children, particularly children whose parents are in the military, are prone to be disadvantaged in education if they move around. A school in one part of the country may be ahead of, behind or on altogether different subjects than a former school is. Because...
  • USA Today Stealth-Edits on the Ukraine Leaflets Story

    04/17/2014 9:45:25 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 9 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | April 17, 2014 | Ace
    I quoted the story as it was written some hours ago. But they've changed it, without acknowledging the change. WAS: Pushilin acknowledged the flyers were distributed by his organization but he disavowed their content, according to the web site Jews of Kiev, Ynet reported… NOW IS: Pushilin acknowledged that fliers were distributed under his organization's name in Donetsk but denied any connection to them, Ynet reported in Hebrew. This is a major change in reporting -- from Pushilin admitting his men to handing them out, to a mere acknowledgement that he's aware of leaftlets purporting to come from his organization....
  • Putin's Plan for Overturning the European Order

    04/17/2014 5:32:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 47 replies
    Real Clear Wordl ^ | April 16, 2014 | Ivan Krastev
    Russia's willingness to violate Ukraine's territorial sovereignty is the gravest challenge to the European order in over half a century. The conflict pits a vast nuclear power against a state equal in size to France, an autocratic regime against a revolutionary government. The Russian intervention in Ukraine raises questions about the security guarantees that the West made to Ukraine after the country gave up its nuclear weapons in 1994, and it flies in the face of many Europeans' belief that, in recent years, a continental war has become all but impossible. The end result may be the emergence of a...
  • The tragedy of Venezuela

    04/17/2014 4:33:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    CainTV.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Dan Calabrese
    Where leftist dreams have all come true.Barack Obama and the Democratic Party insist they are not really socialists, because in socialist countries the government controls all the means of production. My rejoinder to that would be that U.S. Democrats have a goal at all times of controlling as much of the economy as they can - definitely including the means of production (what do you think "climate change" is really all about?) - and if you want to examine what the result would be if all their policy goals were realized, I present to you, the wonderful but tragically troubled...
  • Repeal of Obamacare Would Increase the Deficit—Seriously?

    04/17/2014 2:44:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Ashley Pratte
    According to Obama, repealing Obamacare would increase the deficit. You’re probably just as shocked as I am to hear this bold statement seeing as the public relations for Obamacare alone cost taxpayers millions of dollars more than anticipated and states such as Maryland are completely overhauling their websites—a huge waste of taxpayer dollars. Somehow the White House continues to spin Obamacare in a positive light—as a money saver rather than a job crushing law that has caused nothing but hardship for millions of Americans. It is important to point out that for years before Obamacare took effect, taxes had been...
  • Easter Hope---Based on Facts of History

    04/17/2014 2:37:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Jerry Newcombe
    Jesus sells. That’s why they have cover stories on Him in magazines and TV specials, even if some of them offer strange theories to try to explain away things like the original Easter. I’ll never forget the evolution of a famous TV newsman, the late Peter Jennings, the anchor ABC’s nightly news broadcasts. In 2000, Jennings hosted a special, “The Search for Jesus.” He never found Him because he relied almost entirely on liberal Bible scholars who dismissed the reliability of the Gospel accounts. The special, though well done, needlessly cast doubt on all the basics about Jesus. But in...
  • There's Austerity in Spain? Where?

    04/17/2014 2:28:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    EL Pais reports Spanish Public Debt Threatens to Exceed 100% of GDP in 2014 Via translation General government debt accumulated through February was 987.945 billion euros, an amount that represents 96.5% of gross domestic product (GDP). This represents a new record in the amount of money the state, communities, and the municipalities have to return to financial institutions and investment funds. In February alone, the government liabilities increased by 8.130 billion, up 8% from the previous month. The debt problem is not just that you have to pay, but the difficulty to stop the frenzied pace to growing-has risen from...
  • Yes, Its Safe for Conservative GOP Christians to Come to Vegas

    04/17/2014 2:11:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Heidi Harris
    I heard a rumor that some sensitive folks on the religious right are concerned about the possibility of the GOP 2016 convention being held in my beloved hometown, that den of iniquity known as Las Vegas. I have to admit, I’m puzzled. Sure, there’s sin in Vegas, but last time I checked, there was sin in Dallas, Cleveland and even (gasp) River City. Believe it or not, there are hundreds of churches and hundreds of thousands of Christians in Vegas. We can and DO live the same lives people live anywhere. We work, go to school and church, take...
  • The World According to Obama and Holder Boils Down to Race

    04/17/2014 1:38:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Crystal Wright
    Listening to Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama address Al Sharpton’s National Action Network 16th annual convention last week, one would think Americans were living in the year 1964 not 2014. Holder pulled the race card blaming Republicans for criticizing him and Obama, merely because they’re black. Speaking prior to Obama, Holder suggested to the all black crowd that both he and the president had been treated badly by Republicans because they are black. “It has nothing to do with me, forget that. What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president...
  • The Only Way to Make Money is to Take a Stand

    04/17/2014 1:30:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Bill Tatro
    I was listening to a financial guru/talking head of one of the local radio money shows recently. He was pontificating about the opportunities that were being presented in the stock market if only you knew where to look. What caught my attention, however, was his pronouncement about the problem with recent IPO offerings, most notably Ally (formerly the bankrupt GMAC). He kept warning people away from this stock which put him in my camp. However, when a caller asked him if they should short the stock he immediately went to my “Are you kidding me?” list. It wasn’t whether...
  • Will Taxpayers Be Forced to Bail Out Union Pensions?

    04/17/2014 1:21:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    As a supporter of genuine capitalism, which means the right of contract and the absence of coercion, I don’t think there should be any policies that help or hinder unions. The government should simply be a neutral referee that enforces contracts and upholds the rule of law. Similarly, I also don’t have any philosophical objection to employers and employees agreeing to “defined benefit” pension plans, which basically promise workers a pre-determined amount of money after they retire based on factors such as average pay and years in the workforce. After all, my money and property aren’t involved, so it’s not...
  • The Air is Full of Sound

    04/17/2014 1:11:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Charles Payne
    On the first part of the journey I was looking at all the life There were plants and birds and rocks and things There was sand and hills and rings The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz And the sky with no clouds The heat was hot and the ground was dry But the air was full of sound.-America The year 1985 saw the beginning of a new dawn in technology, which would see the exploitation and evolution of a defense department project, develop into the worldwide web - the Internet. Building out the pipes and...
  • Krauthammer Against The Tyrants

    04/17/2014 12:58:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Last week a national treasure spoke. That would be Charles Krauthammer, syndicated columnist, television commentator and all around public sage. He also is a chess player. Krauthammer noted that two months ago a petition bearing the signatures of some 110,000 tyrants was sent to the Washington Post -- from where did it come, I would like to know -- demanding that the Post discontinue publishing articles that deny global warming or -- who knows -- take even a skeptical view of global warming. Yet Krauthammer assures us that precisely a day later his column containing the exact heresy...
  • Culture Challenge of the Week: The Good in “Good Friday"

    04/17/2014 11:48:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Darkness fell across the land and the man they thought would be their savior cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Soon after, he breathed his last. The people standing at the foot of the cross beat their breasts and stumbled away. From a distance, his mother and friends watched in silent despair. His disciples were broken in spirit—no doubt confused, hurting and angry. They had followed this man for years, left their work and their families for him. They thought he would change everything. But in the course of one day,...
  • Academic Dishonors

    04/17/2014 11:41:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Cliff May
    Remember when colleges prided themselves on the diligence and depth of their research? Frederick Lawrence, president of Brandeis University, apparently does not. He offered an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Then, at the last minute, he rescinded the offer because, he claims, he became aware of “past statements” by her “inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.” Hey Scholar-in-Chief, ever hear of Google? Ms. Hirsi Ali, of course, is an intrepid women’s rights advocate who has focused on Muslim women, raising questions, as she has phrased it, on “the role of Islam in legitimizing” female genital mutilation, “honor killings,” forced...
  • Holder calls hate crimes an 'affront to who we are'

    04/17/2014 11:37:56 AM PDT · by ncfool · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/17/2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Attorney General Eric Holder said hate crimes are an affront to what the United States stands for in comments at a memorial service Thursday for three people killed in a shooting at a Jewish community center in Kansas. “Every alleged hate crime, no matter the intended target, is an affront to who we are – and who we have always been – both as a country and as a people,”
  • Mention of Mass Stabbing Curiously Missing From Obama's Pennsylvania Speech

    04/17/2014 11:29:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Yesterday President Obama gave a speech in Oakdale, Pennsylvania with Vice President Joe Biden about skill training. Last week, just thirty miles away in Murrysville, a student went on a mass stabbing rampage at Franklin Regional High School. Twenty people were severely injured in the incident, making it one of the worst mass stabbing events in U.S. history. But despite being close to the scene of the tragic and horrifying event, Obama failed to mention the incident during his nearly 30 minute long remarks. I have a feeling if there had been a recent tragedy that involved a gun at...
  • Obama and the Appeasement Myth

    04/17/2014 11:10:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    Hawks in the wild tend to be solitary creatures. But those in Washington, D.C., often appear in noisy flocks. As Russian President Vladimir Putin continues his predatory activities in Ukraine, conservatives here are unanimous on how the Obama administration should respond: by emulating the Bush administration. A favorite demand is reviving the European missile defense that George W. Bush began during his final months in office. "We could go back and reinstate the ballistic missile defense program that was taken out," Dick Cheney said. "Obama took it out to appease Putin." Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., agreed that "we should definitely...
  • Deception: Christian Publisher Sells Soul for Mammon

    04/17/2014 10:58:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Matt Barber
    WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group is planning to release, through its liberal sister imprint Convergent Books, a manuscript paradoxically titled God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. Is the Christian world about to suffer through another World Vision moment? The book’s author, Matthew Vines, is a homosexual activist and Bible revisionist known for manipulating Christian terminology to advance the counter-Christian homosexualist agenda. Despite his frequent use of a Christian-like lexicon, Vines surprisingly admits to running an apostate enterprise that he calls The Reformation Project. An unabashed denier of Biblical teaching on sexual morality, Vines has...
  • Brandeis Caves In To The 'No Platform For Our Opponents!' Crowd

    04/17/2014 10:32:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 14, 2014 | Geroge Leef
    There is a growing trend on American college campuses, a trend that augurs badly for free speech and robust debate. I refer to the way various groups of people use expressions of hurt feelings to trump speakers they disagree with. The most recent manifestation of this was at Brandeis University. Brandeis had invited the Somalia-born Ayann Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary doctorate and speak at the university’s commencement exercises. Her remarkable story is certainly worth honoring. She fled her native Africa to avoid one of those “arranged marriages,” finding asylum in The Netherlands. While living there, she was elected...
  • In Playing the Race Card, Obama Pulls a Joker

    04/17/2014 9:55:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | John Kass
    It was disappointing the other day to see President Barack Obama embracing the vulgar race hustler Al Sharpton. President Obama once eloquently confronted race in a memorable speech in Philadelphia in 2008. That speech was remarkable and honest and, to borrow a favorite word of the political left that still fawns over him, it was nuanced. But there was nothing particularly remarkable about Obama standing next to the preening Sharpton, speaking in New York to his National Action Network. Except that Obama expertly used a message of victimization to begin energizing black voters, who provide the electoral foundation for the...
  • NRA vs. Michael Bloomberg Smackdown!

    04/17/2014 9:20:44 AM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Real Clear Policy ^ | April 16, 2014 | Robert VerBruggen
    The former New York City mayor is dedicating himself to a new group that will organize voters who support gun control; called Everytown for Gun Safety, it will subsume his existing groups (Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense), and it will focus specifically on expanding background checks. His previous approach was to fund ad campaigns in races where gun control was an issue. Here's how he matches up with his arch-rival. Money Bloomberg says he'll be putting at least $50 million into the project this year -- and according to the New York Times, he...
  • And They Call It ... Success!

    04/17/2014 9:04:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    There are times when the master politician has to be a master illusionist. And there are too many times when he doesn't fool anybody, perhaps not even himself, and some little Toto reveals the Great and Powerful Oz as just another little man behind the curtain. And the illusion can no longer fool even the long illusioned. Despite a beautiful stage setting like the Rose Garden at the White House, the perfect if artificial lighting, and the usual supporting cast of intellectual munchkins in the merry old land of Washington, singing, dancing, prancing and applauding all around. For no matter...
  • More "Ammunition" for Obama Administration

    04/17/2014 8:36:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Matt Towery
    Increasingly, Americans fear their government. They fear its power, its might and its ability to ruin their lives. The recent showdown in Nevada between federal agents and a cattle rancher and a group of his supporters is a symbol of the kind of abuse of power and executive sleight-of-hand that are becoming the hallmark of the Obama administration. (The federal agents in Nevada even wore brown shirts.) And this is just one of many unnerving examples of increasingly bold government intrusion. We all know the IRS targeted conservative groups. When we learn of IRS offices covered with pro-Obama campaign...
  • District of Compensation, Just and Otherwise

    04/17/2014 8:30:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Pete Stark's name didn't come up Tuesday night at the Castro Valley Library candidates forum for the congressional district Stark represented from 1972 to 2012. The fact that nobody seemed to miss the California Democrat should serve as a warning to politicians who think they own their seats. So thought Stark, until fellow Democrat Eric Swalwell knocked him off his perch in 2012, thanks in part to California's top-two primary election. This go-round, Swalwell is the incumbent. Termed-out state Sen. Ellen Corbett is his Democratic challenger. Against the odds, Alameda County GOP Central Committee Vice Chairman Hugh Bussell joined the...
  • Is Israel Really Isolated?

    04/17/2014 8:08:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | April 6, 2014
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that “if we do not resolve the issues between Palestinians and Israelis, if we do not find a way to find peace, there will be an increasing isolation of Israel.” However, a thorough examination of Israel’s international standing reveals an increasingly splendid integration of the Jewish state — economically, technologically and scientifically — irrespective of the Palestinian issue. Contrary to the Kerry school of thought, and based on areality check, the Palestinian issue has never been a core cause shaping the Middle East, a crown jewel of Arab policymakers and the crux of...
  • New emails show IRS coordinated Tea Party targeting with DOJ, FEC and liberal political activists

    04/17/2014 7:57:37 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 15 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 4-17-2014 | Mark Tapscott
    OPINION: MORNING EXAMINER New emails show IRS coordinated Tea Party targeting with Justice Department, FEC and liberal political activists BY MARK TAPSCOTT | APRIL 17, 2014 AT 9:10 AM Congressional and media attention in the IRS scandal thus far has focused mainly on the federal tax agency and its former exempt organizations director, Lois Lerner. But Judicial Watch, the non-profit government watchdog, has obtained email correspondence between Lerner and key U.S. Department of Justice officials about criminal prosecution of conservative and Tea Party nonprofits illegally targeted for harassment. That would be the same Justice Department run by Attorney General Eric...
  • Chicken Little 'Science'

    04/17/2014 7:54:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    The cult centered on "global warming" alarmism is getting hot under the collar. People seem to have stopped paying attention and polls show "climate change" barely registers on a list of voters' concerns. This can only mean, as losing politicians like to say, that their message isn't getting through. What to do? Why shout louder, of course. A recent story in The New York Times sought to help alarmists raise the decibel level: "The countries of the world have dragged their feet so long on global warming that the situation is now critical, experts appointed by the United Nations reported...
  • No Mere Hate Crime

    04/17/2014 7:24:04 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 17, 2014 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - No Mere Hate CrimePosted By Matthew Vadum On April 17, 2014 @ 12:49 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Former KKK leader Frazier Glenn Cross’s Sunday shooting spree that left three dead outside a Jewish retirement home and a Jewish community center in the Kansas City, Mo., suburbs was a heinous atrocity, and the reflexive “hate crime” label being applied to it diminishes the true scope of the evil at its core. Calling Miller’s acts hate crimes trivializes anti-Semitism, the evil that was Nazism and the monstrosity that was the Holocaust. The “hate crime”...
  • The IRS Scandal Blows Wide Open

    04/17/2014 7:22:33 AM PDT · by SJackson · 24 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 17, 2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - The IRS Scandal Blows Wide OpenPosted By Arnold Ahlert On April 17, 2014 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments A bombshell revelation has brought the IRS scandal to a new level. Judicial Watch has released internal IRS communications revealing that former Tax Exempt Organizations director Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding whether it was possible to criminally prosecute tax-exempt groups she believed had “lied” about their political activity. Judicial Watch obtained the documents by successfully filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the IRS in October 2013,...
  • Don't Dump Pennsylvania's Governor

    04/17/2014 7:02:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Michael Reagan
    Be careful, Pennsylvania people. You can't afford to blow it this fall. Your great state is, I'm sorry to say, already not so great when it comes to fiscal solvency. Don't make it worse by dumping your Republican governor, Tom Corbett. Despite the Marcellus Shale boom that's turned Pennsylvania into the Saudi Arabia of natural gas, the Keystone State's current fiscal condition is almost as dire as New Jersey's. According to a recent Mercatus Center study of every state's ability to balance its budgets and still pay for health care and pension costs, Pennsylvania is ranked No. 42. Jersey (50),...
  • The Recovery is Dead

    04/17/2014 5:45:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | John Ransom
    There’s a damning number regarding our economy that Obama doesn’t want to talk about. It’s a number, but for him, would be lower. And, lower, in this case would be a good thing for the economy. “Although estimates vary,” says Joel Kurtzman, a senior fellow at the Milliken Institute, “American companies have between $4 and $5 trillion in liquid assets, a sum greater than the size of the German economy.” How is it that companies can now have more cash than anytime in history, while unemployment remains so high, inflation in many goods so low, and national income grows so...
  • Why is US Senator Harry Reid so concerned with a local Nevada rancher?

    04/17/2014 5:37:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Wayne Allyn Root
    concerned with a local Nevada rancher? By Wayne Allyn Root Published April 16, 2014 FoxNews.com Facebook787 Twitter123 Gplus26 I live in Las Vegas. I live and breath Nevada politics. Something is very wrong. Something smells rotten in the Nevada desert. And Senator Harry Reid’s fingerprints are all over it. I am of course referring to the Bundy Ranch siege. This was a dispute between a Nevada ranching family with rights to the land in question for 140 years and the BLM (Bureayu of Land Management). The government claims they haven’t paid grazing fees for 20 years. The result was a...
  • Snitchgate -- Sharpton Is Still Lying

    04/17/2014 5:26:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Larry Elder
    <p>If the Rev. Al Sharpton, the bigoted, anti-Semitic, non-tax paying race-hustling poverty pimp, had any credibility left, it just vanished.</p> <p>The beneficiary of a lifetime of passes from our race-conscious mainscream media, Sharpton ran into an outlet not afraid of him -- The Smoking Gun. They obtained material that exposed Sharpton as an FBI "informant." Sharpton, of course, denies that this constitutes "snitching." No, he says he "volunteered" to "cooperate" with the FBI -- and for the most honorable of motives.</p>
  • We Are A Nation Of Narcissists

    04/17/2014 4:43:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    People have been saying the country is “going to hell in a handbasket” for decades. It’s sort of a rite of passage for every current generation to look at the next one and think it will screw up things so badly everything will be ruined. But the handbasket this current generation is creating may well be the one that sinks us. Every generation is the product of the previous one – its culture, morals, priorities, everything. In the 20th century, that meant passing on a work ethic, the importance of family and the American Dream that each generation will do...
  • Who Are the Real Saboteurs of Immigration Reform?

    04/17/2014 4:34:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Solving the illegal immigration problem should not be hard. No one knows how many foreign nationals are residing illegally in the United States -- estimates range from 11 million to 20 million. But everyone understands that it is an untenable situation that must be addressed. The two extreme positions of the Left and Right probably have little public support -- on the one hand, blanket amnesties and open borders, and on the other, deportation of all foreign nationals who reside here without legal authorization. Polls show that most Americans want something in between. Close the border. Allow entry only to...
  • Sunrise Service

    04/17/2014 4:20:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Growing up in rural Georgia, Easter meant not only the resurrection of Jesus, but also a new Sunday dress, a hat, gloves and more chocolate than I could eat, at least at one time. My sister Kathy and I would wake up before dawn, rush to our Easter baskets, eat a few bites of chocolate, get dressed in our brand new Easter dresses and head out for the sunrise service, with candy stashed in our purses. It seemed as though the services were more bearable since we were able to unwrap the candy during the service and pop it...
  • Obamacare Must Go Regardless of Who is Obama’s Next HHS Nominee

    04/17/2014 4:11:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Tim Scott
    At the end of the day, we all want Americans to have access to affordable, quality healthcare, but Obamacare is the wrong path to get to that goal. As we begin to review the qualifications and record of President Obama’s new nominee to become HHS Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, current director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), will have to answer a number of very important questions during her upcoming confirmation hearings before both the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. And while Ms. Burwell was unanimously confirmed to become OMB director,...
  • The IRS Scandal's Smoking Gun?

    04/16/2014 7:50:49 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | 4-16-2014 | Peter Roff
    April 16, 2014 The IRS Scandal's Smoking Gun? A suspicious email could confirm Lois Lerner's culpability in recent IRS abuses. Peter Roff The so-called “smoking gun” proving the Internal Revenue Service played politics with conservative groups seeking official non-profit, social welfare status over the last several years may finally have been found. In a rash of documents provided under the Freedom of Information Act to Judicial Watch, a non-partisan public interest law group, is an April 2013 email written by David Fish, acting manager of IRS Exempt Organizations Technical Guidance and Quality Assurance and sent to, among others, former IRS...
  • The Rule of the Lawless

    04/16/2014 5:24:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    NRO ^ | April 16, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Deserts always feel like my natural habitat, and I am very fond of them. That being said, I have, for my sins, spent a fair amount of time in Clark County, Nev., and it is not the loveliest stretch of desert in these United States, or even in the top twelve. Protecting the pristine beauty of the sun-baked and dust-caked outskirts of Las Vegas and its charismatic fauna from grazing cattle — which the Bureau of Land Management seems to regard as an Old Testament plague — seems to me to be something less than a critical national priority. At...
  • Climate change cult has to shout louder to be heard amid public skepticism

    04/16/2014 5:13:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 16, 2014 | by Cal Thomas
    The cult centered on “global warming” alarmism is getting hot under the collar. People seem to have stopped paying attention, and polls show “climate change” barely registers on a list of voters' concerns. This can only mean, as losing politicians like to say, that their message isn’t getting through. What to do? Why, shout louder, of course. A recent story in the New York Times sought to help alarmists raise the decibel level: “The countries of the world have dragged their feet so long on global warming that the situation is now critical, experts appointed by the United Nations reported...
  • Slogging forward on climate change

    04/16/2014 5:09:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | April 16, 2014 | By Scot Lehigh
    THE WORLD now has a rough deadline for action on climate change. Nations need to take aggressive action in the next 15 years to cut carbon emissions, in order to forestall the worst effects of global warming, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Expect a certain part of our political class to insist that man-made climate change is not consensus science, and that until it is, nothing should be done. The problem there is obvious: By the time all the skeptics are persuaded, it will be too late for an effective response. In that regard, climate change poses a...
  • Federal Land Retention and the Constitution’s Property Clause: (Univ of Colo Law Review)

    04/16/2014 3:12:56 PM PDT · by xzins · 108 replies
    Federal Land Retention and the Constitution’s Property Clause: The Original Understanding (Conclusion) Robert G. Natelson* Conclusion Considered from the vantage point of original meaning, both the conservative and liberal interpretations of the “other Property” portion of the Property Clause are partly correct. The liberals are correct in that the Constitution – not just arguably, but clearly – authorizes permanent property ownership outside the Enclave Clause. The clarity of this result flows both from the text of the document and from comments made during ratification. Moreover, the liberals are correct in suggesting that those lands are subject to a public trust...
  • Sally Kohn Offers Lessons From Her Fox News Stint: Those People Are Kind and Human!

    04/16/2014 1:01:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | April 16, 2014 | Tim Graham
    Liberal pundit Sally Kohn is on Yahoo! this morning with an article titled "What I learned as a liberal talking head on Fox News." She learned conservatives were personable and human. What? Yes, she says that would amaze "fellow liberals who had not watched much Fox News but had seen the most outlandish clips of Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity that had made it to 'The Daily Show' or YouTube. They perhaps imagined that walking down the hallway outside makeup, Mr. O'Reilly might yell then, too, instead of just saying hello. That's a funny notion, but it couldn't be further...
  • Has Rush Limbaugh Finally Reached the End Of The Road?

    04/16/2014 12:00:15 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 98 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 15, 2014 | Rick Ungar
    (Snip) At long last, it appears that Rush Limbaugh has run out of steam. I have to acknowledge that I have sensed Rush getting by on fumes for some time now (yes, I tune into his show from time to time to enjoy his broadcasting skills if not his message). However, it was only recently that the world of Limbaugh crossed that thin red line from partially serious to total self-parody and audience deception—a line crossed from which there is often no return. It happened on the occasion of Stephen Colbert’s appointment to fill David Letterman’s soon to be vacated...