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  • Muzzling the Marketplace of Ideas

    04/01/2015 3:23:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Ed Feulner
    “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.” The words of the First Amendment couldn’t be plainer. Yet more than two centuries after the Bill of Rights was written, they remain the subject of fierce debate. Actually, I should amend that (no pun intended). These words would be the subject of debate if debate were permitted. But these days, apparently, we’re all so thin-skinned that we can’t bear to hear an opinion that challenges our worldview. This is even true, ironically, at our institutions of higher learning. Some colleges are far more interested in swaddling their students in...
  • The Left wages total war and then plays victim

    04/01/2015 3:21:24 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 31, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney
    On one side is the CEO of the world's largest company, the president of the United States and a growing chunk of the Fortune 500. On the other side is a solo wedding photographer in New Mexico, a 70-year-old grandma florist in Washington and a few bakers. One side wants the state to conscript the religious businesswomen and men into participating in ceremonies that violate their beliefs. The other side wants to make it possible for religious people to live their own lives according to their consciences. Yet somehow, the Left and most of the mainstream press paint the current...
  • Satrapy Fishing in the Yemen

    04/01/2015 3:14:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Cliff May
    Three years ago, film-goers were treated to “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” which critic Kenneth Turan called a “pleasant fantasy” about the Middle East. Today, of course, Yemen is the hub of a bloody conflict, one which President Obama persists in viewing with equal unreality. Most obviously: Yemen is not, as the administration has touted, a “success” brought about by its “smart diplomacy.” Most importantly: Iran has a plan. Yemen is a vital component. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees that. So does Saudi King Salman (and no, I will not dwell on the pun). His foreign minister, Saud al-Faisal,...
  • Evaluating the Pan-Arab "Joint Army"

    04/01/2015 2:58:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Austin Bay
    A pan-Arab military coalition has begun waging war in Yemen, ostensibly on behalf of deposed Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Is this Arab League-approved "joint army" a credible combat force? That depends on who emerges as the joint army's central actor and commander. So far, Saudi Arabia has served as the coalition's most prominent public advocate and actor. The Saudis contend Iran backs the Houthi insurgents who overthrew Hadi. Strong evidence supports their contention. Yemen's war involves sectarian sympathies. Ayatollah-led Iran, the world's great Shia Muslim power, supports the Shia Houthi movement. Saudi Arabia's Wahabi-sect leaders have concluded that...
  • The Fascist Left and Same-Sex Marriage

    04/01/2015 2:50:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a law with the same name as one signed on the federal level by President Bill Clinton in 1993, which was co-sponsored by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the presumptive next Senate minority leader. Naturally, Pence found himself on the wrong end of a partisan barrage from ABC News' George Stephanopoulos for signing that law the following Sunday. It sure is nice to be a Democrat. What exactly does the law state? The Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana states that "a governmental entity may not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion, even...
  • Creating $200 Million Super Fund to End Careers of Obama & Hillary

    04/01/2015 2:05:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Loose lips sink ships. Here is how Republican donors can sink the ships of both Obama and Hillary. Democrats claim all rich people are Republicans. Not true. The super rich are actually a mixture of Democrats (mostly trial lawyers and spoiled brats who inherited their money) and sleazy sell-outs- willing to play both sides, or sell out either party to get what they want. But there are more than enough rich Republican super donors (think Koch brothers, Donald Trump, Sheldon Adelson, Steve Wynn, Vince McMahon, and don't forget Mitt Romney). Why aren't they stepping up to the plate? Put your...
  • Cruz, the Wild Card

    04/01/2015 1:13:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Human Events ^ | April 1, 2015 | Jim Ellis
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has a chance to do very well in the 2016 presidential contest. He also could stall at the gate. His combined prospects make him the most difficult of the candidates to forecast, particularly when considering whether he will have staying power. Cruz has obvious positives. First, his ability to excite and motivate the Republican base voter is unquestioned, and is likely his most important asset toward winning an inordinately crowded 2016 nomination fight. Second, he will have a strong grassroots presence, also a critical component for doing well in the first four states of Iowa (caucus),...
  • Monica Lewinsky – Consensual Adult or Victim? (Rassmussen Polling)

    04/01/2015 12:41:06 PM PDT · by drewh · 60 replies
    Rassmussen Reports ^ | April 1 2015
    Monica Lewinsky, the White House intern who left a stain on Bill Clinton’s presidency, is now using her experiences to be a campaigner against bullying. Looking back on the sex scandal that led to Clinton’s impeachment nearly 20 years ago, do Americans consider her a victim or a willing accomplice? A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 69% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe the 22-year-old White House intern’s relationship with the 49-year-old president was a consensual one between two adults. Just 22% believe Lewinsky was the victim of an older, more powerful man. (To see survey question...
  • “Don’t Sweat it” Takes On Whole New Meaning With TSA

    04/01/2015 11:34:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Bob Barr
    Careful, airline passengers! If you happen to show up to your flight late, or are nervous about forgetting to turn off the lights before your trip, you may find yourself interrogated by one of the Transportation Security Administration’s 3,000 “Behavior Detection Officers” (BDOs). These lightly trained security sleuths are employing an actual “ scoring” system to identity terrorists trying to board a commercial airliner. Even “exaggerated yawning,” a “cold penetrating stare,” or strong “body odor” are among the tell-tale signs for which the eagle eyes – and noses – of these BDOs are watching. In case you might be wondering...
  • The overblown hypocrisy of Tim Cook’s business boycott of Indiana

    04/01/2015 11:25:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    The Week ^ | April 1, 2015 | Shikha Dalmia
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) vowed on Tuesday to “clarify and fix” the state’s new Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, after major corporations threatened to boycott the state. These businesses—and many caterwauling progressives—claim that the law gives religiously inclined business owners a “license to discriminate,” especially against gay customers. But here’s the thing: It would be deeply ironic if these national and multinational companies were able to wield their right to do business with whomever they pleased (in this case, by boycotting Indiana) in a way that took away the same right of Indiana businesses. So what’s to be done?...
  • The KKK Took My Building Away

    04/01/2015 10:37:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Recently, some University of North Carolina (UNC) students went to a Board of Trustees meeting armed with signs saying “Black Lives Matter” and “Kick Out the KKK.” Who knew that the KKK was still a presence on the UNC flagship campus in Chapel Hill? Of course, the answer is that no one knew. That is because they aren’t. Since there are not any Klansmen at UNC, a group called the Real Silent Sam Coalition is focusing on a building, Saunders Hall, which was named after a former Klansman. Decades ago, UNC named its Department of History building after Saunders, not...
  • How Do 'Religious Freedom' Acts Encourage Discrimination?

    04/01/2015 9:52:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    "I could have handled that better." I don't know if the captain of the Titanic ever said that. But Mike Pence did on Tuesday. The Indiana governor has managed to step on an impressive number of parts of his own anatomy recently and in the process gravely injured what was already a long-shot ambition to run for president in 2016. Earlier this month he signed the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act in a private ceremony. In attendance were prominent opponents of gay marriage. In response, great algae plumes of righteous outrage erupted across the Internet. Gay rights groups, the...
  • The Whitewashing of Ted Kennedy

    04/01/2015 9:27:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Tim Graham. Imagine an eighth grader, presented with a portrayal of Sen. Edward Kennedy, the late patriarch of the "royal family" of American politics. The student would learn nothing but legends about "the greatest senator of all time," as Sen. Ed Markey proclaimed. On the occasion of the opening of an "Edward M. Kennedy Institute" in Boston, "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley oozed, "Another New England superstar was honored today. Politics was his game, and we'll have his story next." There was not one discouraging word -- not even the word "liberal"...
  • Education: The Future Depends on It

    04/01/2015 8:29:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Dr Ben Carson
    Over the past few months in cities throughout the country, we have seen harsh moments that have been characterized as "racial incidents." Whether it be Ferguson, Mo., New York City or Los Angeles, these events continue to occur in states regardless of which party dominates the political landscape. The three cities previously mentioned are considered Democratic strongholds, which shows us that this is a problem regardless of who is in charge. But what exactly is the problem? What are we missing, or is there something that we are not talking about enough? Can we say it is just one thing...
  • Self-Enforcing Discrimination

    04/01/2015 7:54:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    Black politicians, civil rights organizations and others who say they are concerned with the welfare of poor black people often support harmful measures. One of the most effective tools for disadvantaged people is to be able to charge a lower price for what they sell and pay a higher price for what they buy. Let's look at this principle first using a couple of nonracial examples. How does chuck steak compete with a more preferred cut such as filet mignon? Everyone knows the answer. It sells for a lower price, say $7 a pound compared to filet mignon's $20. Suppose...
  • When Foreign Policy and National Security Are Based Upon Campaign Promises

    04/01/2015 7:42:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Allen West
    I am truly honored to be presenting my very first piece for the readers of Townhall.com as a contributor. I started as a Townhall.com reader myself while on assignment as a civilian-military advisor to the Afghanistan National Army, 2005-2007, after having spent 22 years on active duty service to our Republic in the U.S. It is against that background that I wish to share my thoughts. America finds itself in what may perhaps be the worst global security situation since the prelude to World War II – and that is not hyperbole. We are at a point where our allies...
  • The Next Bubble

    04/01/2015 7:35:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | John Stossel
    They're doing it again! When the last housing bubble burst, politicians blamed "greedy banks." They said mortgage companies lent money recklessly, making loans to people with dubious credit, for down payments as low as 3 percent. "It will work out," said the optimistic bankers. Regulators didn't disagree. Everyone said, "Home prices will keep going up." And home prices did -- until they didn't. The bubble popped in 2007. Lots of people were hurt, and politicians took more of your tax money to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac along with reckless banks. They also gave the Federal Housing Administration...
  • Uniting the Right - The Power of a Unifying Idea

    04/01/2015 6:12:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The National Review ^ | November 4, 2013 | David Horowitz
    Internal dissension not only blunts the Republican attack; it hands Democrats a convenient stick with which to beat them. No one on the right, whether conservative or Republican, thinks this is a healthy situation. Why, then, is it the case? What is it that unites Democrats that Republicans lack? Anyone who pays attention to politics can see that when Democrats attack, they speak from the same text, and when they vote, they march in lockstep. If one Democrat says the wealthy must pay their “fair share,” all Democrats do — regardless of the merits of the charge. If their leaders...
  • The Mullahs’ Expanding Empire

    04/01/2015 5:10:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 1, 2015 | Majid Rafizadeh
    President Obama has spent a great extent of political capital on the nuclear talks, attempting to protect his superficial Middle East and nuclear “legacy” after leaving office. Nevertheless, he has also failed to act on several other crucial platforms, including the recent expansion of the Ayatollah’s military presence in the region and their heightened repressiveness domestically. First, when it comes to Iran’s performance on human rights issues, does President Obama not consider Iran’s legacy on human rights violations? Is he not indirectly legitimizing these human rights abuses by totally turning a blind eye on the ruling clerics’ actions? By concentrating...
  • Agents of the Enemy-Is John Kerry representing America or Iran?

    04/01/2015 5:08:04 AM PDT · by SJackson · 26 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 31, 2015 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Agents of the EnemyPosted By Kenneth R. Timmerman On March 31, 2015 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments If any further evidence was needed to show that the nuclear talks with Iran were a tragic farce, choreographed and orchestrated by Iran, the startling revelations from a former top aide to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ought to do the trick.“The US negotiating team are mainly [in Lausanne] to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,” he told an opposition television network in London.Amir Hossein Motaghi was Rouhani’s image-maker...
  • The Green-Card Racket for Beltway Cronies

    04/01/2015 5:00:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Can we stop putting America up for sale to the most politically connected bidders yet? Where is our self-respect? Since 2001, I've warned about the systemic and bipartisan corruption of America's EB-5 immigrant investor visa program. The latest report from the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general -- which outlines the meddling and pandering of No. 2 DHS official Alejandro Mayorkas, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, Democratic bagman Terry McAuliffe, Hillary Clinton's brother Tony Rodham, former Pennsylvania. Gov. Ed Rendell and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, to name a few -- provides yet more sordid evidence that the green cards-for-sale scheme...
  • President Obama Must Not Complete a Disastrous Deal With Iran (Blistering Piece)

    04/01/2015 2:48:08 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 14 replies
    The Observer ^ | 31 March 15 | The Editors
    With the US on the brink of signing an agreement that will lift the crippling economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for alleged guarantees that Iran will limit its nuclear ambitions to peaceful means, the Observer urges President Obama not to place his personal hunger for a legacy issue ahead of his most solemn duty – protecting America’s national security. Barack Obama has been compared to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain , who concluded the ill-fated Munich Pact with Hitler in 1938. But Chamberlain acted out of a sincere belief that he was avoiding a greater evil. Chamberlain was...
  • What Makes Indiana's Religious-Freedom Law Different?

    03/31/2015 9:02:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 30, 2015 | Garrett Epps
    No one, I think, would ever have denied that Maurice Bessinger was a man of faith. And he wasn’t particularly a “still, small voice” man either; he wanted everybody in earshot to know that slavery had been God’s will, that desegregation was Satan’s work, and the federal government was the Antichrist. God wanted only whites to eat at Bessinger’s six Piggie Park barbecue joints; so His servant Maurice took that fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 1968 decided that his religious freedom argument was “patently frivolous.” Until the day he died, however, Bessinger insisted that...
  • Obama, like Pharaoh, could use a change of heart

    03/31/2015 6:17:33 PM PDT · by SJackson · 25 replies
    NJ Jewish News ^ | March 30, 2015 | Laura Fein
    As a mother of five, I’m something of an expert on temper tantrums. (You should see me when they miss the bus!) So it is hard not to notice that the term has been used repeatedly to describe the President’s outsize reaction to the reelection of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, including his repeated threats to overhaul the US-Israel bond. Throughout the Jewish and secular media, commentators including John McCain and the Wall Street Journal editorial board have referred to the President’s post-election threats as a “tantrum” from which he should calm down and regain controlled restraint. I wish I could...
  • An amusing struggle as the press tries to explain why

    03/31/2015 3:20:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 31 | JAZZ SHAW
    While it’s certainly a serious topic which merits the debate going on around the country, there has been one exceptionally funny aspect to the entire RFRA discussion this week. It took some prodding from conservative outlets, but the media has at long last begun to grudgingly admit that virtually identical laws are on the books in nearly two dozen other states and on the federal level, many bearing the signatures of Democrats. This has left liberal opponents sputtering and side stepping in their attempts to say, well yeah, but this is way worse because… Republicans! Given a bit of time,...
  • Liberal Hate Tweets: Obama Regime Economist and New Daily Show Host

    03/31/2015 1:45:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: An economist at the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics -- this is an Obama administration official -- is undergoing a review after she apparently sent out a tweet claiming that Christians vote for Nazis. Economist Elizabeth Ashack's Twitter account, sometime over the weekend, appeared to tweet out, "People in the red states vote for Nazis to govern and then call themselves Christian. It will not end well for them." And then she includes the hashtag #BoycottIndiana. They captured the screen shot of the tweet. It was captured by somebody called SooperMexican.com, S-o-o-p-e-r. Now, the tweet obviously is a...
  • Mike Pence Can't Put Out the Fire Now

    03/31/2015 1:35:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, I have a question. I don't know that anybody has an answer. I might have the answer, I have most of the answers. That still doesn't eliminate my desire to ask the question. Why are gays and lesbians and Democrats so anti-religion? Why are they so intolerant of religious people? I mean, isn't that kind of what's going on here in Indiana? Some might say, "No, Rush, it's chicken and egg. I mean, who started this? I don't know." All I know is that back in 1993, Bill Clinton signed a religious protection act, freedom from...
  • NBC's Ann Curry Compares Iranian "Hardliners" to American Conservatives

    03/31/2015 1:31:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: This is last night on NBC Nightly News, grab sound bite number five. This is just more of the same here, more this left wing hate for conservatives. Like this Bureau of Labor Statistics babe, Ashack, is out there saying that Christians vote for Christians and end up being Nazis and so forth on her Twitter account. She claims she was hacked. Last night on the NBC Nightly News, Lester Holt filling in for the paragon of truth, Brian Williams, had Ann Curry in there to talk about the Iran nuclear talks. He said, "What's the latest on the...
  • Obama Doesn't Want to Stop Iran

    03/31/2015 1:25:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Yeah. In the Stack of Things That Are Totally Made-up and Cannot Possibly Be True Today, there's a Washington Post poll, and do you know what it says? The vast majority of you support Obama's nuke deal with Iran. That's what it says. The vast majority of the American people are ready to go, ready to help Obama get the nuke deal done with Iran. Except they're not told the truth about what the deal is. The primary question in the poll is, "Would you support an Iranian nuclear deal which lifted sanctions on Iran for a pledge from...
  • Liberals Target Majorities

    03/31/2015 1:20:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 31, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Here's another example of how this defamation continues and the lies and the distortions. Chris Cuomo, who is the host on CNN's Special Report, this is last night, he interviewed the lieutenant governor of Indiana, Sue Ellspermann. He said, "Lieutenant governor, why did you make this law? What is the reason behind this law?" Why did you stinking Nazis do it? He didn't say that, but based on the tweet from the babe at the National Bureau of Labor statistics, this is what they think. So here's what she said. ELLSPERMANN: It has a lot to do with the...
  • Many Religious Freedom Law Opponents Would Force Participation in Abortion

    03/31/2015 12:55:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Matt Bowman
    There’s a secret underneath Boycott Indiana’s false rhetoric about that state’s new religious freedom law: some of those involved also want to force you to help purchase and perform abortions. Opponents of Indiana’s law (known as “RFRA”) say it discriminates, but neither it nor any of the nation’s 20 other RFRA laws mentions sexual orientation. They just create a general standard where religious claims sometimes win and sometimes lose. To justify calling RFRA “anti-gay,” its opponents radically redefine discrimination without saying so. The ACLU campaigns to “end the use of religion to discriminate.” But read the fine print, and you’ll...
  • Cruz'n for a bruisin' The GOP religious right vs. the GOP establishment. (Cruz v. Bush he says)

    03/31/2015 12:33:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 31, 2015 | Roger Simon, chief political columnist
    The blood is in the water. The game is afoot. And the Republicans are brawling. While Democrats are usually viewed as the undisciplined, fractious party, it is Republicans who sharpen their knives and slice each other up when the White House is at stake. The struggle is between two groups within the GOP. The establishment finally recognizes that the party must broaden its base. If the party appeals to only white, Christian conservatives, it will wind up as a regional party, capable of winning Senate and House seats but incapable of winning a national election. We must nominate a presidential...
  • The Poverty of Identity Politics

    03/31/2015 12:17:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2015 | Armstrong Williams
    Imagine if the current President were a Republican, and if during the second half of his second term, after having been elected both times with record turnout by blacks, the black unemployment rate remained stagnant at 11 percent while the black poverty rate hit a record high of 27 percent. What would black politicians be saying about that Republican President? We don’t really need to answer that question, do we? But for arguments sake, let’s imagine that almost seven years after the great recession the country was basically back to work, with an official unemployment rate haven fallen from almost...
  • Five Things About Hillary Clinton You Probably Didn’t Know (Safe for Work)

    03/31/2015 12:05:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    1 – She’s actually a Bond villain. While this specific fact has not yet been verified by independent sources, it is becoming a more widely-accepted belief in wake of recent events. From her private email server to her use of unofficial clandestine spy rings in Libya, Hillary has repeatedly proven that she has a penchant for scheming that would make Ernst Stavro Blofeld blush. As soon as someone tracks down her secret underground lair, I’ll bring you more details.2 – She is the world’s most gifted commodity trader. In fact, it’s a little stunning this prodigy of Wall Street decided...
  • Wishful Thinking: "Strong Growth" to Propel Housing Read

    03/31/2015 11:59:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    CoreLogic chief economist Dr. Frank Nothaft says Strong Economic Growth To Propel US Housing Market in 2015. The U.S. economy is poised to grow by close to 3 percent in 2015, generating a 3- to 3.5-million-person gain in employment. This job growth, coupled with very low mortgage interest rates and some easing in credit access, is expected to propel both owner-occupant and rental housing activity this year. This heightened level of housing demand should translate to the best home sales market in eight years, a projected rise of about 5-6 percent in the national CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) and...
  • Who Reads International Liberty?

    03/31/2015 11:16:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    This is the 6th Anniversary of my first post on International Liberty. In honor of this moment (or at least to recognize a modest amount of endurance), let’s review some data on readership. According to WordPress, there have been more than 8.7 million page views in that six-year period. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, so let’s look at some data that’s more interesting. There’s a site called Flag Counter that monitors the location of readers. I didn’t add it until the end of 2010, and it counts daily viewers rather than total page views, but that’s still...
  • Editorial: Gov. Pence, fix 'religious freedom' law now (Indiana - Indy Star)

    03/31/2015 10:49:25 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    The Indianapolis Star | March 31, 2015 | Editorial
    Link only, per agreement with Gannett
  • Dividends Provide a Safe Haven in Volatile Markets

    03/31/2015 10:40:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Brian Perry
    Downbeat U.S. data has weighed on cyclical stocks during the past week. With the exception of the labor market data, most data has been consistently soft. U.S. economic data have been falling short of expectations by the largest margin since 2009. The latest reports to disappoint were Durable Goods for February, down 1.4% versus a consensus projected gain of 0.4%. And the Commerce Department reduced its third and final revision for fourth quarter gross domestic product (GDP) to 2.2%, worse than consensus expectations of 2.4%. Since energy prices were sharply lower in Q4, it seems clear that the domestic economy...
  • Hey, Kick Those Christians Again!

    03/31/2015 10:31:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    In the political game -- humanity's reward for forbidden fruit chomping in the Garden of Eden -- all disagreements concern power: Who's No. 1 around here; who gets the final say-so. The ludicrous, and disheartening, dust-up over Indiana's new law on religious freedom shows where growing numbers of Americans think power has shifted with respect to society's fundamental and most important institution, marriage. Critics of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law only last week by Gov. Mike Pence, accuse Indiana of providing citizens legal cover to discriminate against gays -- to deny them jobs or services on "religious"...
  • Need to FREEP Gov Pence 1-317-232-4567 & House Speaker Bosma 1-800-382-9467 fight the smear campaign

    03/31/2015 10:27:15 AM PDT · by Steelers6 · 8 replies
    Indiana General Assembly ^ | March 31, 2015 | Steelers6
    Governor Pence needs to stand up for 1st Amendment, more important than money and definitely don't allow smear merchants to get what they want
  • Schlafly: What's Happening on College Campuses?

    03/31/2015 10:07:16 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 31, 2015 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Who would have thought, only a few years ago, that our basic First Amendment right of free speech would be under attack on college campuses (of all places!)? But those are now ordinary campus events. Progressives want to shield college students from what are called "scary ideas." They are not referring to Halloween pranks or costumes, or to historic wartime episodes of bitter fighting; the new buzzwords are "trigger warnings," "outgrowths of fragility" or "sexual paranoia." Professors talk about the need to overturn the "privilege theory." Anyone who can't claim to belong to an oppressed group must be unfairly advantaged...
  • Mike Pence is too cowardly to defend his anti-gay law. He should be that ashamed

    03/31/2015 10:02:48 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Jeb Lund
    The pathetic thing about Indiana Governor Mike Pence and his water carriers at the Weekly Standard and historically pro-segregationist rag National Review is that none of them will ever have the stones of someone like George Wallace and stand for the modern segregation of LGBT people and pledge never to get out-queered again. The optics are too bad and too unambiguous for their political ambitions to survive.But you only sign a law like Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act – which radically expands private businesses’ ability to discriminate against against LGBT citizens by preserving bigoted business ownersfrom private litigation –...
  • Sowell: Who Trashes Liberal Arts?

    03/31/2015 9:47:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 31, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    An op-ed piece titled "Conservatives, Please Stop Trashing the Liberal Arts" appeared last week in the Wall Street Journal. But it is not conservatives who trashed the liberal arts. Liberal professors have trashed the liberal arts, by converting so many liberal arts courses into indoctrination centers for left-wing causes and fads, instead of courses where students learn how to weigh conflicting views of the world for themselves. Now a professor of English, one of the most fad-ridden of the liberal arts today, blames conservative critics for the low esteem in which liberal arts are held. Surely a professor of English...
  • Onward, Christian Florists

    03/31/2015 9:26:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    "There's something very dangerous happening in states across the country," Apple chief executive Tim Cook warned Monday in a Washington Post opinion piece against Indiana's newly passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It matters not to the corporate big shot that President Bill Clinton signed a federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1993 (which current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi supported) or that then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama voted for a similar law in 1998. It was one thing for Democrats to support religious freedom when there was no downside to standing up for the devout. Today there could be a...
  • Federal Income Tax Reporting - A Political Non-Issue?

    03/31/2015 8:49:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Hank Adler
    The Internal Revenue Code is a mess. In this, most agree. Marco Rubio has announced his plan to reform the Internal Revenue Code and each Republican candidate will undoubtedly follow quickly with their own particular plan. As a former tax practitioner and a current tax professor, while I will like some plans more than others, unless the FairTax makes an untimely reappearance, I will believe that each plan is far better than the current Internal Revenue Code. (I co-authored a book entitled The FairTax Fantasy that in retrospect deems the FairTax flawed in ways so similar to Obamacare that it...
  • Time to Kill the Death Tax

    03/31/2015 8:31:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2015 | Grover Norquist
    For the first time in a decade, the U.S. House of Representatives may soon vote to kill the death tax. The death tax in the United States was born in the North and South as a way to pay for the Civil War. When the war ended, the tax lingered until 1870. It sprang back to life to fund World War I. The war ended and the tax shrank. It then grew to full fury during World War II. The tax has been cut back, then expanded. It even disappeared for one full year in 2010 before returning. But even...
  • Life Lessons from the German Air Disaster

    03/31/2015 8:22:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Dennis Prager
    It is far easier for an individual to do great evil than to do great good. That the world isn't fair is known to every human being who thinks. It may be our first insight into life. What child who ever complained, "That's not fair," wasn't told by some adult, "Life isn't fair"?One sad example of how unfair life is concerns how much harder it is to do massive good than massive evil. One psychopath, in one hour, killed 149 innocent people aboard a Germanwings airliner. How many people will ever be able to do nearly as much good for...
  • Expert: Billions in Chicago Bonds Pay for Literally Nothing

    03/31/2015 7:40:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | John Ransom
    In masterful article by Kristi Culpepper, a muni-bond expert who works for the state of Kentucky, Chicago’s bond financing scheme is exposed as a house of cards that postpone debt payments in return for higher interest payments over time. Amongst the questionable strategies exposed by Culpepper include using long-term financing to cover day-to-day expenses, using bonds to pay pension obligations and misappropriating returns from the interest rate swap portfolio as an “ATM” for the city. And the winners are: Chicago city employees—union employees, for whose paychecks and benefit the scheme of providing short term-cash in return for high interest payments...
  • Hillary Using Racism Template to Weaponize Sexism?

    03/31/2015 5:34:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    If Hillary Clinton survives her myriad real scandals and becomes the Democratic presidential candidate for 2016, are we going to be bludgeoned with sexism the same way Barack Obama's supporters have exploited "racism"? If recent rumblings from Clinton supporters are any indication, I'm afraid this could be the case. New York Times reporter Amy Chozick recently received an email from a Clinton-supporting group, called HRC Super Volunteers, warning her, "We will be watching, reading, listening and protesting coded sexism." How feminist of that group. You know, that sure sends a signal that its gal can fend for herself without any...
  • Where the Red Line Came From -- Before it Was Crossed

    03/31/2015 5:26:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Michael Barone
    There are still nearly two years left in Barack Obama's presidency, but historians looking back on his record in foreign policy will surely identify one costly error: his refusal to follow through on the implied threat in stating that the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons would be a "red line." That statement was made in a press conference on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. The president was not scheduled to appear; press secretary Jay Carney said, "Looks like there's a surprise guest here." After fielding questions on other topics (Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, Mitt Romney's attack ads and tax...