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  • Who Pays What in Taxes?

    10/18/2017 7:10:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | October 18, 2017 | Walter E. Williams
    Politicians exploit public ignorance. Few areas of public ignorance provide as many opportunities for political demagoguery as taxation. Today some politicians argue that the rich must pay their fair share and label the proposed changes in tax law as tax cuts for the rich. Let's look at who pays what, with an eye toward attempting to answer this question: Are the rich paying their fair share?According to the latest IRS data, the payment of income taxes is as follows. The top 1 percent of income earners, those having an adjusted annual gross income of $480,930 or higher, pay about...
  • A CNN Smear

    10/18/2017 6:34:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | October 18, 2017 | John Stossel
    Did you happen to catch CNN's latest smear? Anderson Cooper's show recently featured a "two-part exclusive" that claims Donald Trump's EPA director had conspired with the CEO of a mining company to "withdraw environmental restrictions" so the company could dig "the largest open pit mine in the world in an extremely sensitive watershed in wild Alaska." The report was enough to horrify any caring person. CNN showed beautiful pictures of colorful salmon swimming in Bristol Bay, and the reporter intoned dramatically, "EPA staffers were shocked to receive this email obtained exclusively by CNN which says 'we have been directed by...
  • Beware the Rape Allegation Bandwagon

    10/18/2017 6:14:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | October 18, 2017 | Michelle Malkin
    "#MeToo" is the social media meme of the moment. In a 24-hour period, the phrase was tweeted nearly a half million times and posted on Facebook 12 million times. Spearheaded by actress Alyssa Milano in the wake of Hollyweird's Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, women have flooded social media with their own long-buried accounts of being pestered, groped or assaulted by rapacious male predators in the workplace. Count me out. It's one thing to break down cultural stigmas constructively, but the #MeToo movement is collectivist virtue signaling of a very perilous sort. The New York Times heralded the phenomenon with...
  • Can Islam Help Us Prevent More Sexual Abuse Scandals?-Or has The Independent departed from reality?

    10/18/2017 5:32:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 19 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | October 18, 2017 | Robert Spencer
    The UK’s Independent, hitherto generally regarded as not run by insane people, on Sunday ran a piece entitled: “How the teachings of Islam could help us prevent more sexual abuse scandals.” Now on the question of the Independent’s sanity, the jury is decidedly out. The article is written by Qasim Rashid, which explains a great deal. Rashid is a professional liar, a one-man cottage industry of deception and hypocrisy. He has whitewashed Muhammad’s support for torture and the reality of jihad violence and Sharia oppression; dissembled about the Qur’an’s sanction of deception of unbelievers; lied about the presence of violent...
  • 'Raising Awareness' Isn't Helping Much

    10/18/2017 5:02:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | October 18, 2017 | Ben Shapiro
    "Awareness must be raised." "A spotlight must be brought to this crucial issue." "We must all think about our own culpability." These tired nostrums are repeatedly deployed in our politics to explain why someone complains about a broad problem or tells a specific story of victimization without accompanying evidence that would allow us to act. Accusations of institutional racism rarely come along with specific allegations regarding specific police officers. If allegations and names were included, we could all look at the evidence and determine whether or not to call for consequences. Stories of sexual assault and harassment at work are...
  • Alan Dershowitz: Free speech for NFL players but not the president?

    10/18/2017 4:54:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Fox News. com ^ | October 17, 2017 | Alan Dershowitz Fox News
    Football players kneel. Owners support them. President threatens owners with tax consequences. What does the First Amendment say about all this? This is not an easy question, though some of President Trump’s critics seem to think it is. The ACLU has said it is ready to defend the First Amendment rights of players and to challenge the president’s “unconstitutional efforts to bully the NFL into complying with his view of what is politically correct.” But are President Trump’s efforts “unconstitutional,” or are they constitutionally protected expression? Some Trump critics allege that the presidential threats constitute state action and chill the...
  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Donald

    10/18/2017 4:28:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    American ^ | October 18, 2017 | Pennel Bird
    It is an article of faith among many that some of the most patriotic Americans are immigrants. Leaving one's country and culture in search of a better life has a way of clarifying the reasons for making such a consequential choice. The freedoms and opportunities we enjoy as native-born citizens, but can sometimes take for granted, are often even more deeply cherished by new Americans in their adopted homeland. Trading up carries with it a reminder of what one has lived down – and can be all the more meaningful for it. In a similar way, it may also be...
  • The Left's Last Spasm

    10/18/2017 4:22:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    American ^ | October 18, 2017 | J.R. Dunn
    As far as anybody knows, the November 4th revolution/tantrum/jamboree planned by Antifa and its associate organizations remains on schedule. The “Opposition” – Antifa, the John Brown Clubs, Refuse Fascism, and assorted other scraps have announced that on that date the revolution will begin with a mass nationwide uprising that will continue until the Trump/Pence regime is overcome. Dozens of hundreds of the people’s vanguard will hit the streets, squatting at intersections and holding their breaths until the fascists are exorcised and the new epoch of light is fully underway. (Further details can be found here.) Conservatives, as is all too...
  • The uses and abuses of hate

    10/17/2017 8:44:26 PM PDT · by ReformationFan
    One News Now ^ | 10-17-17 | Robert Knight
    Falsely accusing opponents with hate is a devilish tool of the anti-Christian crew. Given its prominence in current public discourse, one would think that hate, not love, is a many-splendored thing. The perfectly good word, which oozes out of every media pore, is now so overused that it means next to nothing. Every time you turn around, someone is accused of "hate" merely for expressing disagreement. This is not just a matter of semantics. It's serious. When you cheapen a word, it discourages honest discussion and leads to more confusion and conflict, which is how the devil likes it. We...
  • Nolte — #MeToo: Hollywood Remains Harveywood Until Names Are Named

    10/17/2017 8:31:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Big Hollywood (Breitbart) ^ | October 17, 2017 | John Nolte
    There is a Big Story in Monday’s New York Times: “Harvey Weinstein’s Fall Opens Floodgates In Hollywood.” Except for the fact that not a single floodgate is open, that headline is deadly accurate. There is a Big Story in Monday’s Hollywood Reporter: “‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Showrunner on Harassment in Hollywood: ‘It’s Not Just Harvey.’” Except for the fact that it is “just Harvey,” that headline is deadly accurate. There is a Big Story in Monday’s Daily Mail: “Oscar-Winning Actor Accused of Assaulting a Broadcaster’s Loved One.” Except for the fact that not a single Oscar-winning actor is accused, that headline is...
  • Alt-Left Insanity: Gender Fluidity and the ‘Oppressive Shadow of Marriage'

    10/17/2017 6:08:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/17/17 | Dan Gainor
    Note: Normal people might find some of this offensive. (We hope. Dear Lord, please!)One of the reasons we call liberals the alt-left is their opposition to anything traditional or normal – like free speech, patriotism or marriage.Marriage has been a particular target of the left for many years. Forget the campaign for gay marriage. The left hates the institution, but it’s easier to wreck it from within than without. As The Establishment puts it, “marriage sits at the red-hot heart of our, ahem, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy.”Stop laughing. They actually believe this garbage. Katie Tandy, the co-founding editor (or is...
  • English bishop: you cannot be Catholic and support abortion

    10/17/2017 3:54:02 PM PDT · by iowamark · 19 replies
    Bishop Michael Campbell said it was a 'foundational issue' for the faith and there is 'no getting around it.' Catholics cannot claim to be true to their faith if they do not support Church teaching on abortion, a bishop has said. Bishop Michael Campbell of Lancaster said abortion was a “foundational issue”, quoting Pope Francis who said: “We are called to defend and safeguard human life, especially in the mother’s womb, in infancy, old age and physical or mental disability.” “Sadly,” Bishop Campbell added, “The price of admission into mainstream British life has meant that we somehow keep the Catholic...
  • Opinion: Trump's Evangelical Fans Preach the Gospel of Greed, Not Grace

    10/17/2017 1:51:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | October 17, 2017 | by Rev. Dr. William Barber
    The Christian nationalists Trump has emboldened pray in public and prey on the people in private. On Friday, President Donald Trump went before the annual Values Voter Summit and declared America "a country that never forgets that we are all, everyone one of us, by the very same God in heaven." Trump invoked the name of Jesus just a day after he announced his executive order to stop the federal government's Cost Sharing Reduction payments, which subsidize health care for lower-income families under the Affordable Care Act. The Christian nationalists Trump has emboldened do not follow the Jesus I know...
  • CNN: Trump Is 'Jealous' of Obama Because He’ll Never Be 'Classy' 'Smart' or 'Kind'

    10/17/2017 1:26:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 70 replies ^ | October 17, 2017 | Kristine Marsh
    Monday evening on the final hour of CNN Tonight, host Don Lemon psychoanalyzed President Trump’s flailing answer to a reporter earlier that day about past presidents record of contacting fallen soldiers’ families. Lemon claimed Trump was “obsessed” with Obama because he could never be as “classy” “smart” or “kind” as our former president, while guest analysts Douglas Brinkley and Charles Blow repeatedly claimed Trump was racist and that was why he was “obsessed” with Obama. That hyper-partisan analysis was in response to Monday’s press briefing, where Trump came out to the Rose Garden to answer reporters’ questions, unannounced. When asked...
  • Team Trump is about to let Iraq fall into Iran’s hands

    10/17/2017 1:19:13 PM PDT · by TBP · 34 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 16, 2017 | Benny Avni
    If President Trump wants to stop Iran from making the entire country of Iraq a subsidiary of the Revolutionary Guard, he’ll need to intervene in the burgeoning crisis in Kurdistan — and fast. On Monday, Iraqi forces trounced Kurdish fighters and emerged victorious in a short fight for control of the oil-rich northern Iraqi town of Kirkuk. And they couldn’t have done it without us. When ISIS stormed Iraq in 2014, the demoralized Iraqi army collapsed, its troops deserted and fled. Baghdad was utterly humiliated. Then Kurdish fighters, known as Peshmerga, entered Kirkuk, secured the key city and kept it...
  • Single Payer Health Care Is Anything But

    10/17/2017 11:54:17 AM PDT · by TBP · 12 replies
    The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) ^ | October 17, 2017 | Adam Barsouk
    As the American health care system continues to spend more and get ranked lower than other developed countries, many progressives have suggested a shift to single-payer health care as a solution. Such attitudes have been exacerbated by recent Republican attempts to reign in government health care spending, prompting 52% of Democrats to say that they support a government takeover of health care (this is up from 33% in March 2014). The shortcomings of the US status quo (and any potential Republican reforms) are greatly exaggerated, and adopting a single-payer system is likely to only worsen our quality of care. Who...
  • Trump’s 1948 moment: Time to act decisively and support Kurdistan

    10/17/2017 11:04:32 AM PDT · by TBP · 45 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | September 26, 2017 | Jordan Schachtel
    If President Trump continues to remain silent on the Kurdistan referendum, he risks botching the most consequential moment for American national interests in the Middle East this century. Should the Kurds of northern Iraq succeed in their independence ambitions, it would create the possibility for the rise of the first secular, liberal nation in the Middle East since Israel’s 1948 declaration of statehood. Now is the time for President Trump to act decisively and back this movement before it’s too late and a momentous opportunity falls by the wayside. This weekend, the Kurdish people started voting on whether to secede...
  • Trump’s tax plan will benefit everyone

    10/17/2017 10:40:51 AM PDT · by TBP · 31 replies
    The Hillsdale Collegian ^ | October5, 2017 | Nicole Ault
    Trying to advocate his tax-reform proposal, President Trump insisted: “It’s not good for me. Believe me.” He shouldn’t have said that. His statement offered an easy target for the plan’s opponents, who promptly howled that his nine-page framework is a handout to the rich. “Trump’s tax plan benefits wealthy, including Trump,” cried a New York Times headline. The president missed the point. His plan is good for him. But it’s good for the rest of America, too. Trump’s framework will improve life for everyone: It offers direct benefits to the middle-class, encourages economic activity, and reduces the time citizens will...
  • Sharyl Attkisson Pulls Back the Curtain

    10/17/2017 8:47:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    American ^ | October 17, 2017 | John Dietrich
    Sharyl Attkisson’s The Smear gives insight to how news is made today. It goes a long way in convincing readers that they should believe only a small portion of what is released by the government and reported by the press. This leads to a very cynical view of the news and confirms Otto von Bismarck’s claim that "Nothing is proven until it is officially denied." Attkinsson gives an account of how massive the smear industry is. My only criticism of the book is her contention that, “the organized political smear entered the contemporary marketplace circe 1987.” Some of these smear...
  • No, We're Not All the Same

    10/17/2017 7:46:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | October 17, 2017 | Bill Murchison
    "Liberty, equality, fraternity" was the watchword of the French revolutionaries. They'd never heard of the Boy Scouts of America (obviously), but if they had, they would be tossing their liberty caps in the air at last week's news of the Scouts' decision to admit girls. Ah, citoyen, a wonderful thing, no? Well, we'll see how wonderful it all is as we get farther down the road. It might not make as much difference in practice as in theory. (Though the millions who have sat around Boy Scout campfires, reveling in male companionship, are entitled to wonder.) The inevitability and expectedness...