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  • War is a Four-Letter Word Spelled I-R-A-N

    05/22/2015 9:22:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    House Foreign Relations Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) recently briefed members of the Israel Allies Caucus on Capitol Hill. He spoke to supporters about Iran. Leading off with a question from decades ago: "What distinguishes the United States' nuclear missile arsenal from that of the Soviet Union?" That question was asked of President John F. Kennedy. And that young President answered succinctly: Attitude. Exactly right. The attitude of the United States is not one of dominance and aggression, whereas that of the USSR was undeniably so. President Kennedy had only to point to the Berlin Wall--a ugly spike driven through the heart of...
  • Can Republican Men Criticize Hillary?

    05/22/2015 9:11:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Mona Charen
    Carly Fiorina is articulate, thoughtful and accomplished. For those who keep track of such things, she was the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 business, and she ran a credible, if unsuccessful, campaign for a U.S. senate seat from California. In the early going of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, she is receiving enthusiastic responses from Republican audiences. Though I've long been skeptical of non-politicians running for president of the United States, I'm open to the possibility that she has what it takes -- but only if the premise is that she is offering something besides estrogen....
  • A Smorgasbord of Head-shakers

    05/22/2015 9:03:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    Other than about a billion things, I'm feeling pretty upbeat about the current state of our nation under the leadership of those whose worldview and priorities I simply cannot fathom. I would prefer not to be negative -- even less so to be pessimistic and, still less, cynical -- but current trends warrant serious concern. In the end, it's not negative, pessimistic or cynical to point out egregious conditions, especially if your aim is to alert your fellow citizens to the gravity of the problems and help ignite conditions that would put in place a plan to reverse this insanity....
  • Will Accomplishment Deficit be Hillary's Undoing?

    05/22/2015 8:18:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    There are plenty of reasons to believe 2016 will be a very ugly election year. Here's one more. Bloomberg Politics convened a focus group of Iowa Democrats. Nearly all loved Hillary. "She's a bad mama-jama," said one female participant. Bad mama-jama is good, by the way. The woman explained that Clinton is "not afraid to step up" or "afraid to say, 'No. I don't want to do it that way. I'm going to do it this way.'" Another participant insisted that Clinton is a "better woman than I am" -- a great standard for selecting a president, to be sure...
  • ISIS Targets City that Inspired Washington, D.C. for Destruction

    05/22/2015 7:22:38 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 22, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    ISIS Targets City that Inspired Washington, D.C. for DestructionPosted By Daniel Greenfield On May 22, 2015 @ 12:29 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 30 Comments [1]Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.The great columns and pediments of Washington, D.C. that give it a Roman and Greek air have their origins in a lost city in the Syrian desert. After Robert Wood and James Dawkins visited the ruins of Palmyra [2] in the eighteenth century, the illustrations of the bare columns and broken arches helped inspire neoclassical...
  • Obama on Fall of Ramadi: “Hey, We’re Winning in Shiite Areas”

    05/22/2015 7:21:28 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 21, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama on Fall of Ramadi: “Hey, We’re Winning in Shiite Areas”Posted By Daniel Greenfield On May 21, 2015 @ 1:32 pm In The Point | 12 Comments [1]And you know by “we”, he means Iran.There’s a pattern to Obama’s rhetoric after a disaster. His crisis management rhetoric after the fall of Ramadi follows the predictable blueprint. Step 1. Disavow Responsibility“There’s no doubt there was a tactical setback, although Ramadi had been vulnerable for a very long time, primarily because these are not Iraqi security forces that we have trained or reinforced.” Step 2. Mention All the Parts of Iraq Not Taken Over...
  • The Attack on Self-Defense

    05/22/2015 7:17:50 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 22, 2015 | Barry Loberfeld
    The Attack on Self-DefensePosted By Barry Loberfeld On May 22, 2015 @ 12:24 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 11 Comments [1]Some years back, a public service TV ad depicted patients being told by a doctor that they had a tobacco-related illness: lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, etc. It asked, “If you’re not planning to quit smoking, then what are you planning?” So let me ask: If you’re not planning to use a firearm to defend your home against invasion, what are you planning to do?Modern liberalism has long mocked even the possibility of citizen self-defense: People imagine themselves getting the...
  • How Scott Walker and His Allies Hijacked the Wisconsin Supreme Court

    05/22/2015 6:33:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | May 22, 2015 | Pema Levy
    For three years, Wisconsin prosecutors have been investigating whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker broke campaign finance laws as he battled a 2012 recall effort sparked by his push for a law that undercut the power of public sector unions. Prosecutors allege that Walker and his aides illegally coordinated with conservative groups that were raising money and running ads to support Walker and his Republican allies. At least one group at the center of the probe, the Wisconsin Club for Growth, has gone to court to stop the investigation. Its fate now rests with the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which will rule...
  • On H1B Visas: Scott Walker Will Fight For American Workers, Senators Cruz and Rubio Not So Much.

    05/22/2015 5:42:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    Red State ^ | May 22, 2015 | Repair Man Jack
    Why Scott Walker FLip-Flopped. One of the few intelligent and worthwhile things that John Maynard Keynes contributed to society is the following quote “When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?” Governor Scott Walker’s information has recently changed. Remember that Governor Walker had the guts to back down the Progressive Establishment in The Democratic Party of Wisconsin. It thus comes as no surprise that he also has the guts to take on the increasingly progressive and less pro-American pro-immigration caucus in the GOP. Walker explains his qualms concerning this headlong rush to replace domestic American...
  • The 'Science' of Sex Education

    05/22/2015 5:03:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    There's no classroom experience the libertine supports more mightily than "sex education." They have struggled to banish even a whisper of a religious worldview from the classroom. Only the secular and "science-based" ideology is allowed. The Daily Beast website recently celebrated a San Francisco ruling: "Hero Judge Rules Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Is Illegal." Judge Donald Black ruled "access to medically and socially appropriate sexual education is an important public right," and that one district had provided "medically inaccurate information," like the notion that sexual abstinence prevents pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease. Do the guardians of "science" -- like the happy...
  • Can Hillary Clinton Reverse the Six-Year Decline in Democratic Turnout?

    05/22/2015 4:50:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Bill Clinton won the presidency in 1992 by running as a different kind of Democrat from previous nominees. Hillary Clinton, Anne Gearan of The Washington Post reports, is hoping to win the presidency in 2016 by running as the same kind of Democrat as the current incumbent. There's a certain logic in that. President Obama did win twice, while the five pre-Clinton Democratic nominees lost five of the six previous elections. But maybe it's too logical. There's also magic to presidential elections, something no arithmetic formula can capture. It's not clear that a 69-year-old Hillary Clinton in 2016 can inspire...
  • Key to Changing Hearts And Minds: Don't Lie or Bully

    05/22/2015 4:44:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | S.E Cupp
    More Americans than ever before -- a record-high of 60 percent, according to Gallup this week -- support gay marriage. But in the wake of a new scandal rocking the academic world, it's a good time to remind partisans and activists that the ends don't always justify the means. This week it was revealed that a highly publicized study -- celebrated by many in the media as "groundbreaking" -- was actually faked. UCLA grad student Michael LaCour and Columbia professor Donald Green purported to show that a 20-minute conversation with a gay person made people more supportive of gay marriage....
  • Elian Gonzalez at 21

    05/22/2015 4:38:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Mark Davis
    The recent surrender of America’s tough line against Cuban communism got me to thinking about various moments in Cuban-American history. Not long ago, I noted the 21st birthday of Elian Gonzalez, the boy returned to his father in Cuba after his mother died in a 1999 attempt to bring him to America in a small aluminum boat. The talk-show wars were furious during that winter and spring of fifteen years ago. I explained to callers that I shared their wish for Elian to grow up in America, and their lament at the prospect of returning him to the communist dictatorship...
  • Community Builders

    05/22/2015 4:33:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    In Genesis 2:18, God says, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him." Thus, he creates the woman, making mankind male and female. Whether one takes the story of Genesis literally, as I do, or as a metaphor, the essential point is clear and objectively true. Mankind is a relational being and requires community and companionship. The actions of the individual affect the community. The point was made clear in 1624 when John Donne wrote his Meditation XVII and the line "no man is an island" flowed from his...
  • How Obama Radically Transformed America's Patent System

    05/22/2015 4:28:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Patent law is not something most Americans are passionate about or have ever contemplated -- which is exactly why the Obama White House and Congress got away with making radical changes to our time-tested traditions of protecting the fruits of entrepreneurial inventors' labor. It's yet another progressive horror story of abandoning what works in the name of what's politically trendy. For left-wing saboteurs and their Big Business GOP enablers, this means throwing our unique patent system and its constitutional underpinnings under an 18-wheeler. So-called "patent reform" proposals continue to plague Capitol Hill. But like health care "reform" and education "reform,"...
  • If Bevin win holds, Conway beware

    05/21/2015 8:15:20 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 10 replies
    WDRB ^ | May 20, 2015 | John David Dyche
    It appears that 17.3 percent of Kentucky's registered Republicans have by 83 votes nominated Matt Bevin to be the party's candidate for governor. We will not know this for certain, however, until the recanvass requested by apparent runner-up James Comer is completed, and perhaps after that if there is an actual recount. Democrats nominated Jack Conway. His opponent, a complete unknown who did not mount a serious campaign, nonetheless got more than one out of every five votes cast. Conway supposedly wanted Bevin to win. He got his wish and will soon regret it if Bevin's well-run primary campaign and...
  • Wi-Fi Sickness Sweeps the Nation

    05/21/2015 6:14:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: You ready for this one? This was the lead story, it still is the lead story at the Drudge Report. CBS News New York, Eyeball News 2. "Woman Says Her Wi-Fi Connection Is Making Her Sick." Now, this is one of those stories, see the headline, you might read the first paragraph. And you think, okay, here comes another kook. She may be, probably is, but that doesn't mean that this story's gonna go away and die. I mean, look where you cannot smoke now if you're a smoker because people claiming to be 300 feet away from you...
  • What Happens If Coffman Says No (CO Senate race)

    05/21/2015 4:02:31 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    Congressional Quarterly Politics ^ | May 20, 2015 | Alexis Levinson
    Republicans are trying to recruit Rep. Mike Coffman to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado. If he stays put in the House, that gives the GOP a crop of candidates who could have a harder time in what will be one of Republicans’ few offensive opportunities in 2016. Coffman will have breakfast Thursday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who will surely make the case to convince the four-term lawmaker to try and join him across the rotunda. Asked about recruitment efforts, Coffman quipped, “Pressure, pressure, pressure.” Coffman is taking his time. He told CQ Roll Call a decision...
  • Clueless Democrats Can't Name a Single Hillary Accomplishment --

    05/21/2015 3:41:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Bloomberg TV's John Heilemann and what's his name, Mark Halperin, put together a focus group in Iowa for their television show, With All Due Respect. It's just a bunch of people in Iowa. Not a single one of them, when asked, could name a single achievement of Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state. It was Democrat voters. It was Iowa Democrat voters. They were there in this focus group to discuss Hillary's prospects for winning the presidency in 2016. These people are asked, "What did she accomplish that you consider significant as secretary of state?" and not...
  • Have You Seen What's Happening in Ferguson and Baltimore?

    05/21/2015 3:15:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Look at this. "Michael Brown Memorial to be Replaced With Plaque." This is the Gentle Giant in Ferguson, Missouri. They had a memorial there for the guy. Look, look, wait, now. We've gotta be very, very tiptoe on this one. The Gentle Giant, who robbed a convenience store for Swisher Sweets 'cause he wanted to roll some blunts, while walking down the middle of the street, eagerly thinking about his upcoming college days, was gunned down in cold blood with his hands up running away while the cop shot him in the back. I know that's not how it...
  • Barack Obama: Comic Genius

    05/21/2015 3:09:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: And speaking of comedy -- no, no, not the Letterman show. Obama. Commencement speech, the Coast Guard. It's flat-out embarrassing. It's uproariously funny. By the way, have you heard that ISIS now controls more than half of Syria? More than half of Syria, ISIS now controls. We can add Libya to it pretty soon. We got Iraq on their way to Baghdad. And there's Obama. Greetings, my friends, great to have you, and Rush Limbaugh, behind the Golden EIB Microphone. More broadcast excellence as you've come to know, love, and expect here. 800-282-2882 if you want to be on...
  • We Made the Right Decision to Invade Iraq

    05/21/2015 2:56:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Mark Nuckols
    The U.S. was absolutely right to invade and conquer Iraq in 2003. It suddenly has become a stock question to ask candidates for the Republican Presidential nomination a seemingly simple question: would you have invaded Iraq in 2003, knowing then what we know now? And most of them have fumbled badly. And the usual liberal suspects are jabbering away about how the war was based on a bunch of lies and utterly unjustified. Let me explain the proper and most sensible answer to this question. I have always been surprised that nobody seems to see the crucial importance of...
  • Our Crazy Treatment of the Mentally Ill

    05/21/2015 2:47:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    A Bronx man died in police custody last week after police responded to a 911 call. An Iraq combat veteran in El Paso, Texas, serving a two-day DWI sentence died after being subdued by guards. A woman died after being Tasered by sheriff's deputies in a Fairfax, Va., cell. What they had in common, besides expiring abruptly while in the hands of law enforcement officers, is mental illness. Denis Reyes was afflicted by bipolar disorder. James Brown reported being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Natasha McKenna had a history of schizophrenia. We used to warehouse the mentally ill in overcrowded,...
  • Prince Charles' Defense of the Patagonian Toothfish and More

    05/21/2015 2:40:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Last week, Prince Charles, in all likelihood the next monarch of Great Britain, suffered a defeat. For 10 years he and his aides have resisted a concerted effort to make public certain letters written by him and sent to Prime Minister Tony Blair and several of his ministers. The British newspaper, The Guardian, had sought the letters -- 27 written in 2004 and 2005 -- under a Freedom of Information Act inquiry. Now Britain's Supreme Court has ordered that the letters be released to the public. So this is one the royals lost and the anti-monarchists at The...
  • Minimum Wage? How About a Maximum Wage?

    05/21/2015 2:19:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | May 21, 2015 | by Jack Rothman
    I see that unions, led by the Service Employees International Union, are out in full force championing the $15 an hour minimum wage. Business leaders scoff at this. The average CEO earns just over 350 times as much as the work force below. Those executives need to come down from the stratosphere and breathe real air. If we truly want to make that happen, how about joining the new $15 minimum wage with a $15 million maximum income? Could CEOs somehow manage to subsist on that? I think so. And then all of us could live pretty comfortably and in...
  • The False God of Politics

    05/21/2015 11:57:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    If you visit Mount Olympus, you will see scores of crumbling statues to false gods once worshipped by ancient Greeks. The same is true in Rome, where statues of political gods, notably those named Caesar, lay in ruins. We are more sophisticated today. Moderns don't bow to Zeus. Many of us, though, put our faith in the false god of politics, despite its track record of not being able to achieve all of the things we project upon it. The late comedian George Carlin may have put the blame for this where it belongs: "Never underestimate the power of stupid...
  • Black Racism Fatigue Will Hurt Democrats in 2016

    05/21/2015 11:07:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Carl Jackson
    Conservatives say "you can be somebody." Liberals say "you should hate somebody." The latter mentality is exactly what we've seen play out in Ferguson and Baltimore. Black riots, dead cops at the hands of black youths, thugs memorialized as heroes and our first lady who's grown up privileged, gives a speech at Tuskegee University in front of more privileged blacks as if she just dried off after being hosed down by Democrat Bull Connor. Give me a break! Students who are inheriting a post-civil rights America have been conditioned to believe they're getting a pre-civil rights America thanks to our...
  • What If We Didn't Have a Constitution?

    05/21/2015 11:03:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    What if we didn't have a Constitution? What if the government were elected by custom and tradition, but not by law? What if election procedures and official titles and government responsibilities merely followed those that preceded them, and not because any of this was compelled by law, but because that's what folks came to expect? What if those elected to office, and those appointed to it, as well, took oaths to uphold the Constitution? What if those who took the oaths promised fidelity to the Constitution? What if the Constitution declares itself to be the supreme law of the land?...
  • Iraq and the White House Time Machine

    05/21/2015 10:57:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    EVERYONE HAD a field day with Jeb Bush's mishandling of the Iraq question Megyn Kelly posed during a TV interview last week: "Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?" Over the course of several days, Bush's answer switched from a firm yes ("I would have") to a firm no ("I would not have gone into Iraq"). Other GOP presidential hopefuls, quick to exploit Bush's fumble, quickly declared that in hindsight they wouldn't have gone to war. Obviously there will be no do-over of the Iraq war authorization; the next president can't hop a time machine back...
  • George Clintonopoulos!

    05/21/2015 5:35:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Larry Elder
    What took so long? The question isn't whether George Stephanopoulos compromised his credentials as a "journalist" by failing to reveal his donations to the Clinton Foundation. The question is why, immediately after Stephanopoulos left the Clinton administration, ABC hired this partisan in the first place. In 1996, when ABC hired him, the initial press release said he would "serve both as a political analyst and as a correspondent." The "correspondent" role caused such an uproar -- even in liberal mainstream media -- that a few days later ABC quickly retreated: "I don't know how that got into the press release,"...
  • The Interconnection Disconnect

    05/21/2015 5:13:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    I had difficulty deciding what to write about for today’s column. It’s kind of been a slow news week, which means there are going to be a million columns about the fact Hillary Clinton took five questions from reporters. It’s sad when just the fact that a candidate for president took questions is more newsworthy than anything she actually said, but I figured everyone else would have that one covered by now. Then it hit me. Well, actually, tragedy hit. While doing show prep on Monday morning, I saw some sad news on Facebook: Two guys I graduated high school...
  • Think Like a Liberal -- or Else

    05/21/2015 5:00:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    What happens when the public does not wish to live out the utopian dreams of its elite leaders? Usually, the answer for those leaders is to seek more coercion and less liberty to force people to think progressively. Here at home, President Barack Obama came into power in 2009 with a Democratic Congress, a sympathetic press, and allies in Hollywood, academia, unions, and philanthropic and activist foundations. Yet all that support was not sufficient to ensure "correct" public attitudes about Obama's agenda on health care, entitlements, taxes, guns, abortion and cultural issues. In the 2010 midterm elections, the Democrats...
  • The Cost of a Free Republic

    05/21/2015 4:55:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    It's Memorial Day week. You can tell as you flip through the local paper; Memorial Day notices appear as sales headlines and attention grabbers. "Memorial Day Sale" and "Pre-Memorial Day Sale." Pretty soon, we'll see post-Memorial Day sale advertisements. Sales and barbecue are the two things that many people think about when Memorial Day is mentioned. What else? Well, for many Americans, it's the weekend that the pool opens and summer begins. But it means more than that. Memorial Day began soon after the Civil War as Decoration Day. It was the day the graves of the fallen members of...
  • Groundbreaking Study on Shifting Attitudes Toward Gays Used Faked Data

    05/20/2015 11:13:37 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Slate ^ | May 20, 2015 | Mark Joseph Stern
    In December, I wrote a post about a groundbreaking new study published in Science,which had profound implications for the gay rights movement. The study’s researchers claimed that a mere 20-minute conversation about the importance of marriage equality could convince same-sex marriage opponents to support gay rights. People who spoke with straight canvassers demonstrated a slight boost in tolerance;those who spoke with gay canvassers demonstrated—and retained—an even more significant boost in support for gay rights.Does that sound too good to be true? It was. The study was co-authored by Donald Green, a professor of political science at Columbia University,and Michael J....
  • After Stephanopoulos, I am Boycotting All the Talking Heads

    05/20/2015 5:12:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | John Kass
    Some of you are probably done with ABC News over the George Stephanopoulos embarrassment. Of course, you wouldn't be wrong to boycott ABC News. You might be a fool not to. If you have any pretension to intellectual honesty, you either boycott ABC News over this Stephanopoulos mess, or you take a pair of hairy donkey ears and pin them to your temples. It's possible that you wish to keep on watching the ethically challenged ABC News but you'd really like to skip the hassle of searching for authentic hairy donkey ears. In that case just wear a kilt, a...
  • Some Choice Waco Dishonesty in the Washington Post

    05/20/2015 3:53:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/20/15 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Here’s an impressively dishonest headline in the Washington Post: White bikers, black thugs: Why Texas looked to relax gun laws after biker shootout. The supporting evidence? While the rest of America tried to make sense Monday of the weekend shootout at the Waco Twin Peaks — and learned of a whole biker subculture featuring sometimes-violent turf wars — the Texas legislature debated a bill that would expand the rights of licensed gun owners to openly carry weapons in public. To be fair, this wasn’t the first time the Texas state Senate took up the matter of expanded gun rights. At...
  • I Apologize for Yesterday's 3rd Hour

    05/20/2015 3:35:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, before we get going here today, I really, really need to offer you a sincere apology for the last hour of the program yesterday. I mean, it was an absolute bomb, and it was because for the first time in I don't know how many years, I abandoned totally my professionalism, and I allowed myself to be totally distracted by a bunch of stuff that was happening that had nothing to do with the program, off the air stuff. I even alluded to it a couple of times during the program, but the bottom line is...
  • Bin Laden's Reading List Exposes a Hardcore Leftist

    05/20/2015 3:26:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Well, look at this. So they declassified the documents found in bin Laden's compound when we went in there and killed him. And of course the Drive-Bys are focusing on the documents that showed he continued to hate America and was continuing to plan acts of terror against us, but there's other stuff in this treasure trove that interests me. Greetings, folks, and welcome. Great to have you back with us. Rush Limbaugh at 800-282-2882 if you want to be on the program. The e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com. The National Intelligence Director has declassified some of these documents, and there...
  • Liberals at Odds Over the Republican Party's Demographics

    05/20/2015 3:14:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    >RUSH: Mr. Snerdley went out and found this piece I referred to earlier that is in Salon.com. I'm sorry, Slate. Well, Slate, Salon, what the hell is the difference? Okay, it's at Slate.com, and it's written by a guy named Jamelle Bouie, who is a Slate staff writer covering politics, policy, and race. He's African-American. What he's actually doing is reacting to a piece that he ran into on Politico. And the title of his piece here is: "Republicans Are Not on the Edge of Extinction. He says: "The GOP is an aging party, but it isn’t about to die...
  • More Boring News on Hillary Clinton Corruption, (Shortened title)

    05/20/2015 3:03:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Okay, we have more boring news from Hillary Clinton today. And The Politico, by the way, Politico has an interesting story about this that I think puts a lot of this in perspective. I do not have The Politico story right in front of me. I didn't bother to print it out because once you know it's in The Politico you know what it's gonna say. I saw it referenced on another show on TV, and it said whoever was talking about The Politico story was quoting from it and said Hillary is not running for president. (interruption) You've...
  • Nurse Ratched's Strategy: Hillary Will Act Like She's Already President,

    05/20/2015 2:47:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I still say keep an eye on O'Malley. I have never said that Hillary is a guaranteed lock on anything. I've never thought it. I've been proven wrong. There were times I didn't even think she would run that she did. I very seldom, I have to admit, when it comes to Hillary, Hillary's the biggest drag on my accuracy, my opinion audit, Hillary Clinton's the biggest drag because I always get her wrong. And I'm still. And I get her wrong because I just can't believe what I'm told about her. I just can't believe any of it....
  • Rice to Iraq War vets: Hey, we “ended two wars responsibly,” y’know

    05/20/2015 2:40:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    This claim from national security adviser Susan Rice stands in such contrast to reality that Foreign Policy’s Paul McCleary gave it the subheadline, “Really? Really?” Speaking to a group of Iraq War veterans who began the day wondering how the US and Iraq could possibly have lost Ramadi, a city for which Americans bled to pacify, Rice tried a novel approach to the question — complete and utter denial of reality. McCleary notes, “Susan Rice whiffs” in the main headline: Even before National Security Advisor Susan Rice started speaking Tuesday night, at a poignant German Embassy photography exhibit of soldiers...
  • A Snapshot of the Sizzlers in the Republican Field

    05/20/2015 1:47:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I should have printed this out. It was right before the program started, and it was time-crunch time and I didn't have time to print it out. It's a story about a black Republican who thinks that the Republican Party is going to save itself and is going to triumph once again by doing two things: accepting the welfare state and immigration. And if the Republican Party does that, by 2024, by 2028, if the Republican Party hasn't come to grips with those two things, it will not exist. And this African-American, I don't even know if he's a...
  • Media Gotcha Distorts National Security Challenges

    05/20/2015 12:38:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Austin Bay
    Determining actionable intelligence, assessing threats (current and emerging), implementing lines of operation to counter threats and forestalling damaging surprise (a process that includes accounting for enemy deception operations) are persistent national security challenges every presidential administration, from George Washington's to Barack Obama's, has confronted. Some administrations have confronted them more effectively than others. Effectively addressing these challenges demands many things from a commander in chief, but steady leadership is foremost. Steady leadership eludes checklist definition, but its key traits are sound judgment, morale-sustaining presence in crisis and the ability to focus on essential goals. Abraham Lincoln is a case study...
  • The Obama-Boehner-McConnell 'Fast Track' to a Poorer America

    05/20/2015 12:28:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    President Barack Obama is negotiating a multilateral trade agreement with the governments of 11 nations. These include Malaysia and Vietnam -- as well as Japan, Brunei, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru. This so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership would govern most of the commercial relations between the nations that sign it. "With over 20 chapters under negotiation," explains a Congressional Research Service report published in March, "the TPP partners envision the agreement to be 'comprehensive and high-standard,' in that they seek to eliminate tariffs and nontariff barriers to trade in goods, services, and agriculture, and to establish or expand...
  • Barack Obama's 'Lottery Winners'

    05/20/2015 12:06:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, President Obama held a summit on poverty at Georgetown University. There, he explained that unrest in major American cities could be traced not to lack of values, but to simple lack of cash -- and that lack of cash, he suggested, could be attributed to simple lack of luck. "The top 25 hedge fund managers made more than all of the kindergarten teachers in the country," Obama stated. "You pretty much have more than you'll ever be able to use or anyone in your family will ever be able to use. There's a fairness issue involved here." He...
  • White America’s Waco insanity: The shocking realities it ignores about racism & violence

    05/20/2015 12:04:29 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 97 replies
    Salon ^ | May 20, 2015 | Brittney Cooper, teaches Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers
    Malcolm X, the famed Civil Rights leader and minister of the Nation of Islam, would have turned 90 years old this week. While America annually marks the significance of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is only in Black communities nationally, and locally in Harlem, that we mark and celebrate the birth of King’s most formidable racial adversary. Undoubtedly this has something to do with the very forthright and unflinching manner in which Malcolm X talked about race in the 1960s. El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, as Malcolm X was otherwise known, did not have any hope that white...
  • Platinum Pay in Ivory Towers (NYT op-ed)

    05/20/2015 11:46:08 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 20, 2015 | By Frank Bruni
    Gregory Fenves recently got a big promotion, from provost to president of the University of Texas at Austin. A raise came with it. Instead of his current base of about $425,000, he was offered $1 million. And he rejected it — as too much. “With many issues and concerns about administrative costs, affordability and tuition, such a salary will affect the ability of the president to work with the Texas Legislature,” Fenves wrote to a university official, in an email obtained by The Austin American-Statesman and published last week. He suggested, and agreed to, $750,000. That’s hardly chump change. But...
  • Abolishing the IRS: Is 99% Good Enough?

    05/20/2015 11:40:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Barney Brenner
    The Republican presidential field is talking tax reform. (Beware the deceitful cries from the left of “tax cuts for the rich.”) Several candidates favor some kind of flat tax on income and at least one, Mike Huckabee, likes the “Fair Tax,” a proposed levy on consumption, which seeks to do away with most or all other federal taxes. The former is often portrayed as a system where the poor are disproportionally burdened and the latter as one where a federal monitoring agency, such as the IRS, is no longer needed. Neither portrayal is accurate. The debate boils down to whether...
  • Time for Congress to Stop D.C.’s Anti-Gun Shenanigans

    05/20/2015 11:21:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Bob Barr
    Since the landmark 2008 Heller v. District of Columbia case, which Second-Amendment lawyer Alan Gura argued before the Supreme Court, anti-gun officials in the nation’s capital have spent every waking hour trying to avoid doing what the high Court ordered be done: allow District residents to exercise their right to keep and bear arms. Gura has been fighting them every step of the way; and on Monday, was victorious once again, as a United States District Court granted his injunction to stop the city from requiring concealed carry permit applicants to demonstrate a “good reason to fear injury to his...