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  • Climate Change March Out Of Step With Facts

    09/23/2014 12:19:33 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 23, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Junk Science: Those trying to save the planet leave trash-filled streets in advance of a U.N. climate confab that's a solution in search of a problem. Even a former administration official thinks the Earth is fine. Colorfully costumed zealots marched in New York and other cities Sunday in advance of Tuesday's U.N. Climate Summit. Once again they claimed, "The science is settled," and blamed capitalism for non-existent weather change. They barely noticed, as British climate-change skeptic Lord Christopher Monckton points out at Marc Morano's Climate Depot, the "Great Pause" in global temperatures now stands at 17 years and 11 months.
  • Donít Buy the Lie That Freedom to Worship Is the Same as Religious Freedom

    09/22/2014 6:56:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | September 21, 2014 | Sarah Torre
    The right to live, work and worship according to oneís faith is a freedom foundational to the United States. Many of the first settlers, having faced religious persecution in England, sought a place where they could freely worship and live according to their conscience without interference from the government. The Founders were clear, and the Bill of Rights makes it fundamental to our constitutional order that the government should not infringe on the free exercise of religion. In recent years, however, Americans have increasingly faced attempts to water down this robust understanding of religious freedom to a mere ďfreedom to...
  • 'Not Islamic'?

    09/23/2014 10:35:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    resident Obama declared in his recent address to the nation that "ISIL is not Islamic." But how does he know? On what basis did the president of the United States declare the a group of Muslims that calls itself "Islamic State" "not Islamic"? Has he studied Islam and Islamic history and concluded that ISIL, Boko Haram, al-Qaida, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban, Jamaat-e-Islami, Lashkar-e-Taiba (the group that slaughtered 166 people in Mumbai, most especially guests at the Taj Hotel,and which tortured to death a rabbi and his wife), the various Palestinian terrorist groups (all of which have been Muslim, even though...
  • Syria Becomes the 7th Predominantly Muslim Country Bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate

    09/23/2014 9:17:16 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 24 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 23 September 2014 | Glenn Greenwald
    The U.S. today began bombing targets inside Syria, in concert with its lovely and inspiring group of five allied regimes: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Jordan. That means that Syria becomes the 7th predominantly Muslim country bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate Barack Obamaóafter Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Iraq. The utter lack of interest in what possible legal authority Obama has to bomb Syria is telling indeed: Empires bomb who they want, when they want, for whatever reason (indeed, recall that Obama bombed Libya even after Congress explicitly voted against authorization to use force, and...
  • Carter Administrationís Dilemma: Iranís Theocracy

    09/23/2014 10:06:23 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 4 replies
    FSM ^ | Slater Bakhtavar
    In November 1978 then President Carter nominated George Ball as a member of the Trilateral Commission. The commission acted under the direct control of the National Security Councilís Zbigniew Brzezinski, an ardent opponent of the Shah of Iran. This commission cultivated a clandestine Iran task force. While serving on this commission, George Ball championed cessation of United States support for the Shah and clandestine support for Rubhullah Ayatollah Khomeini who, albeit in exile, led a proletariat Islamic opposition. Pursuant to this agenda George Ball sought to garner the support of Robert Bowie, who was at that time the Deputy Director...
  • The OECDís Scheme to Raise Tax Burdens on Workers, Consumers, and Investors

    09/23/2014 10:13:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    People pay every single penny of tax that politicians impose on corporations. The investors that own companies obviously pay (more than one time!) when governments tax profits. The workers employed by companies obviously pay, both directly and indirectly, because of corporate income tax. And consumers also bear a burden thanks to business taxes that lead to higher prices and reduced output. Keep these points in mind as we discuss BEPS (ďbase erosion and profit shiftingĒ), which is a plan to increase business tax burdens being advanced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a left-leaning international bureaucracy based...
  • The enduring myth of FDR and the New Deal

    09/23/2014 9:49:15 AM PDT · by iowamark · 70 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/19/2014 | Stephen Moore
    My seventh-grade son recently wrote a U.S. History paper extolling the virtues of President Franklin Rooseveltís New Deal. ďIt ended the Great Depression,Ē he wrote with great certainty. Heís only 12 and parroting what the history texts and his teachers told him. Thatís his excuse. Whatís Ken Burnsí? Mr. Burnsí docudrama on the Roosevelts ó for those who werenít bored to tears ó repeats nearly all the worn-out fairy tales of the FDR presidency, including what I call the most enduring myth of the 20th century, which is that FDRís avalanche of alphabet-soup government programs ended the Great Depression. Shouldnít...
  • Obama Offers Climate Change Help to Other Nations

    09/23/2014 9:16:12 AM PDT · by illiac · 10 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | 9/23/14 | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama is pledging new U.S. help for other nations struggling to address global warming, as heads of state from around the world converge for a major summit on climate change. Obama will use his speech at a U.N. summit Tuesday to announce plans to sign an executive order requiring the U.S. government to take climate change into account when it spends money overseas to help poorer countries, the White House said. The U.S. will also offer vulnerable communities abroad new tools to address the effects of climate change through science and technology. The measures join a host of...
  • Mr. President, CO2 is not Pollution, itís the Elixir of Life

    09/23/2014 7:19:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Craig Idso
    resident Obama will attend a United Nations climate summit in New York this week where he will try to gather support for an international agreement to curb emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), which he labels as carbon pollution. This could not be further from the truth. Talk with most any biologist or botanist and you will find an opposite perspective, one in which CO2 is the elixir of life. We all learned in primary school that atmospheric CO2 is the building block of plant life, the primary raw material that they utilize during the process of photosynthesis. As demonstrated in...
  • What Jack Ma Can Re-Teach America

    09/23/2014 7:09:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    In the fairy tale "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," Ali Baba, a poor woodcutter, is in the forest when he hears a group of robbers approaching on horseback. Afraid, he climbs a tree and hears one of the men say, "open sesame." A door opens in a rock and the men go in, the door shutting behind them when another says, "close sesame." When they leave, Ali Baba climbs down and approaches the rock. He says, "open sesame" and it opens for him. Inside he discovers jewels and gold, which he takes, becoming rich himself. Jack Ma is the...
  • Today's Democrat is Ideologically Obedient and Humanity Absent

    09/23/2014 6:53:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Tony Katz
    You are not going crazy. You are not delusional. You are not making things up. You are not seeing things. You are rational, decent and aware. You are a normal human being who does not work for the MSM or belong to the Democrat Party (aka the Progressives, aka the Leftists, aka the Ted Kennedy/Bill Clinton Murder/Molestation Fan Club.) Because those people are crazy, are delusional and do make things up. As well as being, unfortunately, ideologically obedient and humanity absent. We can start with foreign policy. Is anyone going to notice that John Kerry is more interested in protecting...
  • Rangel: Itís Time for a War Tax and a Reinstated Draft (yes, this again)

    09/23/2014 6:17:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | Sep, 19, 2014 | Charles Rangel
    While I am optimistic about our Commander-in-Chiefís strategy to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, I voted against the Continuing Appropriations Resolution 2015 that would grant the President the authority to provide funds to train and arm Syrian rebels against the enemy. I opposed the amendment because I strongly believe amassing additional debt to go to war should involve all of America debating the matter. That is why I have called for levying a war tax in addition to bringing back the military draft. Both the war surcharge and conscription will give everyone in America a real stake...
  • Student Bullies Trump 1st Amendment

    09/23/2014 6:16:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Well, the wild and crazy 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is at it again, this time ruling that in a conflict between bullies and the First Amendment, bullies win. The court let stand a previous ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that school officials of Live Oak High School can prohibit American students from wearing to school clothing featuring the American flag because of threats made against the American students. You read that right: not threats made by the American students but threats directed at them by others. Admittedly, it's hard to surprise sane people anymore with...
  • Why Beheading?

    09/23/2014 5:56:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    ISLAMIC STATE has made the beheading of victims a key element in its campaign of terror and conquest. Most conspicuous in recent weeks have been the murders of Westerners James Foley, Steven Sotloff, and David Haines, whose severed heads and decapitated bodies have been shown in threatening videos produced by the jihadists. In the years since 9/11, other Islamist terrorist groups have circulated equally ghastly beheading videos. Among the earlier victims were journalist Daniel Pearl, businessman Nicholas Berg, and construction contractors Jack Hensley and Eugene Armstrong ‚ÄĒ all Americans beheaded by Al Qaeda.Last week, meanwhile, Australian police arrested 15 suspects...
  • SLLS: America's Modern Method of Waging War

    09/23/2014 5:32:38 AM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 3 replies
    OAF Nation ^ | Sept 18, 2014 | Grifter
    Lately thereís been a myriad of internet patriots screaming for our return to Iraq. The case is for the United states to send troops and equipment back into the same country we quietly left almost 3 years ago. The purpose of this proposal is to destroy ISIS, ISIL, ISÖwhatever you want to call them. Iíve seen so many moto pics of guys in their living rooms, dressed in full battle-rattle talking hard about signing up to go ďback over.Ē Thereís been countless memes of ďISIS hunting squadĒ and all that silliness flooding the internet. Groups of people on forums saying...
  • The Battle Over Israelís ĎEtzion Blocí-How the administration continues bullying Jewish State

    09/23/2014 5:32:19 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 22, 2014 | Morton A. Klein and Dr. Daniel Mandel
    The Battle Over Israel‚Äôs ‚ÄėEtzion Bloc‚ÄôPosted By Morton A. Klein and Dr. Daniel Mandel On September 22, 2014 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 18 Comments While the Middle East burns and tens of thousands of corpses pile up in Syria and Iraq, Jewish residence anywhere beyond the 1949 armistice lines ¬Ė¬Ė¬† in eastern Jerusalem, the West Bank, transfixes the attention of foreign governments. Just recall the Obama Administration saying nothing when, in March 2010, the Palestinian Authority (PA) named a public square in Ramallah in honor of blood-soaked terrorist Dalal Mughrabi ¬Ė¬Ė but condemned Israel for announcing a...
  • The Folly of Inviting Iran to Fight ISIS-Furthering the Mullahsí quest for regional power.

    09/23/2014 5:29:36 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 23, 2014 | Majid Rafizadeh
    There has been considerable pressure from the leftists and Democrats to include the Islamic Republic of Iran in the core coalition of Western allies that have joined to fight the Islamic State. The core coalition consists of Britain, France, Australia, Canada, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Poland and Denmark. Turkey, which is led by the Islamic Justice and Development Party of Recep Erdogan, has been notably less cooperative than expected. Some national and international outlets, along with policy analysts, are beating the drum that without the Islamic Republic defeating the Islamic State is impossible. As one pro-Iranian outlet asserted, ďIf Obama thinks...
  • Why Aren't Global Warmists Protesting Against China?

    09/23/2014 5:14:12 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 29 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/22/2014 | IBD Staff
    Climate: Amid all the hoopla over the "world's largest march against global warming," one question went unasked: Why aren't the protesters carping about the real culprits behind the recent rise in CO2? It makes no sense. America is a global warming success story, for those who believe in such things. CO2 emissions are on the downtrend in this country. [snip] China is a completely different story.
  • Why Has Immigration Shifted?

    09/23/2014 4:56:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Michael Barone
    What should we do about immigration policy? It's a question many are asking, and some useful perspective comes from an article in Foreign Affairs by British-born, California-based historian Gregory Clark, unhelpfully titled, "The American Dream Is an Illusion. The dream to which Clark refers is the idea, promoted by Emma Lazarus's poem at the Statue of Liberty, that this is "a country of opportunity for all, a country that invites in the world's tired, its poor and its huddled masses." The problem, says Clark, is that upward mobility is something of a myth, in America and elsewhere. In his recent...
  • 6 Reasons Barack Obama Is A Failed President

    09/23/2014 4:16:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | John Hawkins
    It's easy to just chalk up Barack Obama's terrible performance as President to "liberalism" or "incompetence," but it goes so much further than that. Obama is a ballerina running a steel mill, a fight fan working as a bouncer, a go cart aficionado racing in NASCAR. Barack Obama was elected because Americans were frustrated with the Republican Party, because he did a good job of reading uplifting speeches, and because Americans thought that if they elected the first black President, it would be a seminal moment for race relations in America. Unfortunately, GOP awfulness didn't translate into Democratic goodness, those...
  • Even Libs Say No to Hillary in 2016

    09/23/2014 3:56:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    Last week, Hillary Clinton returned to Iowa for the first time since her 2008 presidential campaign loss, saying, "I'm back." She continued: "It's true. I've been thinking about it," referring to another run in 2016. But the truth is that even many of her esteemed liberal cronies think it's a bad idea. I know that billionaire buddies such as Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton, philanthropist Jon Stryker and progressive globalist George Soros were among 32 other wealthy elites who helped the former first lady raise over $4 million last year for the "Ready for Hillary" super PAC. However, outside of her...
  • What's with Kerry and Climate Change?

    09/23/2014 3:18:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/23/2014 | Doris O'Brien
    Itís not enough that John Kerry's diplomatic plate is overcrowded with unpalatable menaces like ISIS/ISIL and an epidemic of Ebola that could mushroom to pandemic proportions. As busy as Kerry is, flying around the globe and assembling a coalition of supporters to push back against a terrorist group more vicious and well-funded than any in recent history, he still manages to get his licks in about global warming. In a recent speech before an assemblage of foreign ministers, he urged that the threat of climate change must be addressed with the same ĒimmediacyĒ as terrorism and Ebola. The same immediacy?...
  • To Save the Planet, Donít Plant Trees (causes global warming)

    09/23/2014 2:36:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/19/14 | NADINE UNGER
    **SNIP** Of course, this is counterintuitive. We all learn in school how trees effortlessly perform the marvel of photosynthesis: They take up carbon dioxide from the air and make oxygen. This process provides us with life, food, water, shelter, fiber and soil. The earthís forests generously mop up about a quarter of the worldís fossil-fuel carbon emissions every year. So itís understandable that weíd expect trees to save us from rising temperatures, but climate science tells a different story. Besides the amount of greenhouse gases in the air, another important switch on the planetary thermostat is how much of the...
  • The American Middle Class Hasnít Gotten A Raise In 15 Years

    09/22/2014 8:29:16 PM PDT · by Theoria · 29 replies
    Five Thirty Eight ^ | 22 Sept 2014 | Ben Casselman
    In 1988, the typical American adult was 40 years old, white and married, with a high school diploma. If he was a man, he probably worked full time. If she was a woman, she probably didnít.Twenty-five years later, Americans are older, more diverse and more educated. We are less likely to be married and more likely to live alone. Work is divided more evenly between the sexes. One thing that hasnít changed? The income of the median U.S. household is still just under $52,000.The governmentís release last week of income and poverty data for 2013 brought renewed attention to the...
  • 500 Days After IRS Scandal Broke, Reporter Still Refuses To Pay His Taxes

    09/22/2014 7:04:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/22/2014 | Patrick Howley
    This week the IRS conservative targeting scandal turned 500 days old. Itís been 500 days since we learned that Lois Lernerís former agency targeted right-leaning groups applying for nonprofit status and audited ones that already exist. And it has been 500 days since I righteously decided to stop paying my taxes.500 days later, the IRS still hasnít produced emails from Lerner and the more than 20 other IRS employees whose computers allegedly crashed, whose Blackberries were thrown away and ďupgraded,Ē and, in Lernerís case, whose hard drive was ďscratchedĒ and destroyed. But we know that Lerner exchanged confidential taxpayer information...
  • The ISIS MANIFESTO: What Every American Needs To Know About ISIS Plan To Kill ĎTen Million...

    09/22/2014 5:00:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 51 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 9/22/2014 | Walid Shoebat
    An Isis spokesman has posted a call to arms for Muslims around the world to kill American, Canadian and European citizens for their governments’ role in a coalition against ISIS. But what the average American is unaware of are the ISIS more shocking Islamic injunctions that permit Muslims everywhere to carry out killings by ordering them to cause as much as ten million American casualties which we included training videos that circulates the social media for use by the Muslim community under the nose of the FBI which they refuse to do anything about. And while the average American got...
  • In the 50-Year War on Poverty, Bureaucrats Have Won while Both Taxpayers and Poor People Have Lost

    09/22/2014 12:05:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    We know the welfare state is good news for people inside government. Lots of bureaucrats are required, after all, to oversee a plethora of redistribution programs. Walter Williams refers to these paper pushers as poverty pimps, and there’s even a ranking showing which states have the greatest number of these folks who profit by creating dependency.But does anybody else benefit from welfare programs?Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation explains in the Washington Times that the War on Poverty certainly hasn’t been a success for taxpayers or poor people. Instead, it’s created a costly web of dependency. This year marks the...
  • Sowell: Who Wants War?

    09/22/2014 11:53:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 23, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Some pundits are saying that President Obama has been floundering in his response to the ISIS crisis because public opinion polls show most Americans don't want another war. In all my 84 years, I cannot recall a time when most Americans wanted war. That is something we should be proud of. But wars are not always optional. Even World War II ó which some have called "the good war" ó was not something that most Americans wanted. But the Japanese took that decision out of our hands when they bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. And Hitler removed any...
  • Sarkozy the Self-Appointed Savior Must "Reconquer" Voters to Save France

    09/22/2014 11:40:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Arrogance cost former French president Nicolas Sarkozy the election in 2012. Judging from statements he made today, he's just as arrogant, if not more so today. He even brags of a bigger Facebook audience than Francois Hollande and his UMP party opponents, ignoring the fact that 60% of the electorate does not want him to run again. Self-Appointed Savior Has "No Choice" The Financial Times reports Sarkozy Pledges to Win Voters Back from French Far-Right. In a television interview, the former centre-right president who failed to get re-elected in 2012, said: ďI am going to reconquer those French people,Ē referring...
  • John Kerry: Threat From Climate Change is Just Like ISIS

    09/22/2014 11:28:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Secretary of State John Kerry, the world's top diplomat, is warning that global warming climate change poses as much of a threat to the world as ISIS. More from The Hill: Secretary of State John Kerry said the threats posed by climate change should be addressed with as much "immediacy" as confronting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the Ebola outbreak. During a meeting with foreign ministers on Sunday, Kerry said global warming is creating "climate refugees." "We see people fighting over water in some places. There are huge challenges to food security and challenges to the...
  • IRS Official Who Called Conseratives ******** Says She "Isn't a Political Person,"

    09/22/2014 10:32:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    ¬ďRegardless of whatever else happens, I know I did the best I could under the circumstances and am not sorry for anything I did,¬Ē former IRS official Lois Lerner told POLITICO in an exclusive interview released today. In the piece, Lerner portrays herself as being unfairly attacked by the very groups she spent years inappropriately targeting.¬†Lerner, for her part, assumes she is at the center of the storm because ¬ďI was the person who announced it. I assume the other part of it is because I declined to talk, and once I declined to talk, they could say anything they...
  • Sam Brownbackís failed Ďexperimentí puts state on path to penury

    09/22/2014 11:16:01 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 21, 2014 | Editorial Board
    GOV. SAM BROWNBACK of Kansas says he has come to regret characterizing his policy agenda as a ďreal live experimentĒ that would test the efficacy of deep tax cuts to spur jobs and economic growth. In fact, Mr. Brownbackís choice of words was apt. Few if any governors have undertaken such an extreme trial-by-revenue-deprivation in a state so clearly lacking the economic means to withstand it. Now, as the damaging social and budgetary impacts of his slash-and-burn fiscal measures have become apparent, Mr. Brownback, a conservative Republican seeking reelection this fall in a state where every statewide elected official is...
  • Former Head of Marine Corps: Obama's ISIS Strategy Doesn't Have a Snowball's Chance in Hell

    09/22/2014 9:50:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    As President Obama continues to openly state U.S. ground troops on Iraq to combat terror army ISIS are not an option, a number of top military commanders have openly criticized or questioned his strategy, both in the press and in congressional testimony. Now we can add former head of the Marine Corps, General James Conway, to a long and growing list.†Speaking at the Maverick PAC Conference in Washington D.C. last week, Conway didn't hold back or mince words about how he views current strategy against ISIS. The Daily Caller has the story:†ďI donít think the presidentís plan has a snowballís...
  • The Oil ďMarket:Ē Time to Get off This Rollercoaster

    09/22/2014 9:55:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    One look at todayís headlines will tell you that events around the world seem more unpredictable and chaotic than ever. Russia is showing no sign of backing down in Ukraine, even under increasing sanctions. The terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continues to wreak havoc in the Middle East, energized by up to $2 million a day in captured oil revenues. And political violence from Iraq to Libya continues to escalate. Americans are stuck wondering what, if anything, we can and should be doing. In the midst of all this chaos, oil prices were expected...
  • USPS: Where The Customer Is Always Last

    09/22/2014 4:42:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 100 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    Bang! Lee looked up from addressing a package while she waited in line for service at the post office. Despite a lobby packed with customersówithout noticeóa postal worker slammed down the service window gate and went to lunch, leaving Lee and the other patrons to fend for themselves. The U.S. Postal Service excels at treating customers poorly. My friend Leeís story is but one of many nightmares of churlish postal workers and deficient USPS customer service. Many government workers get away with behavior that would get them fired if they worked at a private company like McDonaldís or Apple. There...
  • Obama is Roosting America's Chickens

    09/22/2014 4:36:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/22/2014 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    In the words of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, ďAmericaís chickens are coming home to roostĒ Ė but not for the reasons Wright was referring to. Instead, these chickens are the result of Barack Obamaís policies, which are so detrimental to the health, safety, and wellbeing of the American people that now the most innocent and helpless among us are suffering the ramifications of a social experiment run amok. Itís not bad enough that itís only a matter of time before unknown numbers of people are murdered by a terrorist attack everyone agrees is inevitable. Nor is it horrifying enough that ISIS...
  • The Drum Circle Beats for ďAmEriKaNĒ Climate Change

    09/22/2014 4:30:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | John Ransom
    Liberal publications around the globe celebrated climate change on Sunday by gushing over a reconvening of the same drum circle that took over Wall Street in the misshaped Occupy movement in 2011óand failed to do anything but offend ordinary Americans. ďMore than 400,000 people turned out for the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday,Ē says the HuffPo, ďjust days before many of the world's leaders are expected to debate environmental action at the United Nations climate summit.Ē Coincidence? No. Claiming that the Sunday marchers were part of big tent that represents all of America, the New York...
  • Republicans Shouldnít Pander to Hispanic Voters

    09/22/2014 4:20:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Star Parker
    Our national debate on immigration policy centers on a paradox. We must become aware of it and deal with it. The United States needs an immigration policy because a lot of people want to come here. If that werenít the case, we wouldnít need an immigration policy. Why do they want to come? For freedom. And because there is freedom, there is opportunity. The immigration issue is now a political football because of the political baggage it carries. Both parties want the votes of the Hispanic population, the most rapidly growing demographic in the country. And this is the same...
  • Liberalsí Refusal To Secure Our Borders Invites Ebola . . . And Worse

    09/22/2014 4:16:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    ¬ďAre you sick, se√Īor?¬Ē the coyote asked, eyeing his customer. ¬ďYou look sick.¬Ē Michael Nbume wiped the sweat from his face with his sleeve and leaned on the tailgate of the battered truck. Inside its sweltering back, a dozen Latin Americans waited to head north, staring at the African. ¬ďNo, it is just the heat. It is drier than in Liberia. I am not used to it,¬Ē Mbune lied in fluent English. He knew he was sick; he had seen so many die around him as the epidemic swept through the packed slums of Monrovia. When he first felt the...
  • Ukraine crisis pushing Russia to form rare earths alliance with China

    09/22/2014 2:25:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Investor Intel ^ | September 16, 2014 | Alessandro Bruno
    In 1986, Deng Xiaoping launched the ď863 programĒ, aimed to gain control of the rare earths market Ö saying: ďThe Arab countries have oil; China has rare earths.Ē [Ö] The Ukraine crisisóand Chinaís rare earths industrial consolidation and reformóhas given Russia an unprecedented incentive to develop a rare earths mining industry, which, in addition to its hydrocarbons, would give it further huge bargaining power on the world economy. It does not have the know-how, technology or refining plants yet, but China can offer these. Ö
  • Texas has become epicenter of conservative movement

    09/21/2014 9:05:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 20, 2014 | Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
    AUSTIN ó Twenty years ago this November, Texas elected George P. Bushís uncle as governor. That election cemented Republicans in power in the Lone Star State after a steady period of ascendance. Democrats havenít won a statewide elective office since and their candidates for governor (state Sen. Wendy Davis) and lieutenant governor (state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte) are currently seen here in Texas as underdogs this fall. In the two decades since George W. Bush became governor, the Republican Party here has turned several shades redder. Texas might qualify now as the epicenter of the conservative movement across the...
  • Middle Class Must Not Fail or All is Lost

    09/21/2014 5:14:11 PM PDT · by W. · 23 replies
    1974 | Taylor Caldwell
    Middle Class Must Not Fail or All is Lost by Taylor Caldwell With the rise of the Industrial Civilization in the world, about 200 years ago, there also arose a social body which we know as the middle class. Before that, most of the world suffered under a feudal system in which the people were truly slaves of their governments in all things. There was no strong buffer between them and their despotic rulers, no assurance of freedom to pursue commerce and to live decently, to keep the fruits of their labor and hold the paying of tribute at a...
  • Bob Beckel: Get ready for an October surprise, Republicans

    09/21/2014 4:37:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | posted at 11:21 am on September 19, 2014 by Allahpundit
    Via NRO, nothing says ‚Äúslow news Friday‚ÄĚ like a lazy post devoted to half-assed speculation. On the one hand, he‚Äôs an old Democrat with friends in the Democratic establishment. He might conceivably have heard something from a friend who‚Äôs heard something from someone who‚Äôs in a position to know. On the other hand, I haven‚Äôt seen a single other liberal in media anywhere say anything about an October surprise. What‚Äôs most likely? That Bob Beckel, Fox News liberal, is somehow more tapped in to the White House than MSNBC? That lots of other lefties in media know what he‚Äôs talking...
  • How to lose a war before it begins

    09/21/2014 3:53:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    The inescapable impression that the administration is at war with itself over Obama¬ís strategy to combat ISIS in Iraq and Syria has grown difficult to ignore and impossible to paper over. The most recent example of this phenomenon came when President Barack Obama decided to devote a significant portion of a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on Wednesday to repeating his assurances that American troops returning to the Middle East would not ¬ďhave a combat mission.¬Ē His insistence came just one day after Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told members of the Senate that he would...
  • Publisher rips New York Times for snubbing David Limbaughís book

    09/21/2014 3:46:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    David Limbaughís latest book, Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel, sounds like an entertaining and informative read even if you are not especially interested in Christian theological study. From a purely historical perspective, Limbaughís latest work seems like a compelling one. Ed Morrissey spoke with Limbaugh on September 9 for The Ed Morrissey Show (at about the 1:06:00 mark). The host described Limbaughís book as a nondenominational approach to the analysis of Biblical scripture. Limbaugh noted that this was intentional. While he said that he was not endorsing ďpluralism,Ē he found that all schools of...
  • Clinton Labor Sec.: ĎMostly whiteí suburban county to blame for Detroitís woes

    09/21/2014 2:24:32 PM PDT · by walford · 87 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential via EAG News ^ | September 21, 2014 | Tom Gantert
    DETROIT Ė In a recent Detroit Free Press op-ed, University of California-Berkeley Professor Robert Reich places the blame for the city of Detroitís bankruptcy on the ďmostly whiteĒ residents of Oakland County. Detroit-in-ruins-15ďBut Detroit is really a model for how wealthier and whiter Americans escape the costs of public goods they would otherwise share with poorer and darker Americans,Ē Reich wrote. ď Ö But one thing is for certain: A very large and prosperous group close by wonít sacrifice a cent ó the mostly white citizens of neighboring Oakland County.Ē The reaction of one Oakland County official was that Reich,...
  • French Farmers Upset Over Falling Prices, Torch Tax and Insurance Offices, Dump Produce

    09/21/2014 12:52:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    As a direct result of sanctions on Russia, there is an overabundance of fruits and vegetables in France, Spain, Poland, and elsewhere in Europe. Basic law of supply and demand dictates prices of crops would fall. And they did. While most foolishly want to stick it to Russia, few actually are willing to pay the price if it affects them. Here is another case in point: French Farmers Torch Tax Office in Brittany Protest. French vegetable farmers protesting against falling living standards have set fire to tax and insurance offices in town of Morlaix, in Brittany. The farmers used tractors...
  • A New Fed Playbook for the New Normal

    09/21/2014 12:01:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Peter Schiff
    While many economists and market watchers have failed to notice, we have entered a new chapter in the short and checkered history of central banking. This paradigm shift, as yet unaddressed in the textbooks, changes the basic policy tools that have traditionally defined the sphere of macroeconomic decision-making. The job of a central banker is supposed to be the calibration of interest rates to achieve the optimal rate of growth for any particular economic environment. It is hoped that successful decisions, which involve perfectly timed moves to raise rates when the economy overheats and lower them when it cools, would...
  • The Laffer Curve and Limits to Class Warfare Tax Policy

    09/21/2014 11:29:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m a big advocate of the Laffer Curve. Simply stated, it’s absurdly inaccurate to think that taxpayers and the economy are insensitive to changes in tax policy.Yet bureaucracies such as the Joint Committee on Taxation basically assume that the economy will be unaffected and that tax revenues will jump dramatically if tax rates are boosted by, say, 100 percent.In the real world, however, big changes in tax policy can and will lead to changes in taxable income. In other words, incentives matter. If the government punishes you more for earning more income, you will figure out ways to reduce the...
  • Why the Growth of Regulation Means Pain for You and American Business

    09/21/2014 11:19:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Chris Versace
    There has been a lot of talk about regulations, more specifically about how the number of regulations have grown during the last several years. Sad to say, if you take a longer-term view and look again at the regulatory environment, you¬íll find it has been what an investor would call a growth industry, with the number of restrictions in the Code of Federal Regulations growing 28% since 1997 ¬Ė that¬ís nearly 2% per year. If page count is an indicator, then hang on to your collective hats ‚ÄĒ in 1975, the Code of Federal Regulations had 71,224 pages. By 2013,...