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  • The Age of Spam

    10/23/2014 1:58:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23 | Paul Greenberg
    Consider this an object lesson and fair warning for all those other states that are trying to what they can to improve education or even cut through the bureaucracy that seems to cover it everywhere -- like kudzu. Here in Arkansas, our never-give-up reformers came up with a simple way to let parents, teachers, schools boards, taxpayers and anybody else who's interested -- and we all should be -- know how good a job their neighborhood school is doing. That's right -- the school where little Johnny or Judy goes. Just give each school a grade, the kind you might...
  • In Illinois, Vote Fraud Called 'Calibration Error'

    10/23/2014 9:52:36 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 42 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 23, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Voter Fraud: As early voting begins in the Land of Lincoln, President Obama casts his ballot and a Republican state senator voting for himself finds that his ballot was counted for his opponent. Eric Holder, call your office. The day after resigning as attorney General, Eric Holder told the Congressional Black Caucus that the voter ID laws he and his Justice Department opposed were answers to a problem that "doesn't exist." Yet when President Obama left the golf course Monday to vote early in his home state of Illinois, he was asked to present his ID before casting his ballot....
  • The U.S. vs U.K. Wimpiness Contest

    10/23/2014 11:26:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    It’s time for an updated version of the U.S. vs U.K. government stupidity contest.This ongoing series has featured amazing feats of inane government, including the world’s most pointless road markings, photo-ID requirements for drain cleaner purchases, and a government so incompetent that it couldn’t give money away.Today’s contest, though, is going to focus on examples of wimpiness from both sides of the Atlantic.Here’s an excerpt from a story out of the United Kingdom. Apparently, one neurotic mother thinks her son is some sort of incompetent misfit.OMG, he’s going to become a serial killer!! A mother was left horrified after her...
  • Should We Strip Terrorists of Citizenship?

    10/23/2014 11:13:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz doesn't trust Barack Obama to protect Americans against Ebola, defeat the Islamic State, oversee the IRS or revamp the health insurance system. He decries the expansion of federal power Obama has brought about. But Cruz wants to give him another power by letting him decide that some Americans will no longer be Americans. That's the implication of the senator's Expatriate Terrorist Act, which would let the government go to court to revoke the citizenship of anyone who joins or aids a foreign terrorist group that targets Americans. Cruz thinks this step is necessary to prevent...
  • The Harvard 28 to the Rescue

    10/23/2014 10:21:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Mirabile dictu! Fully 28 profs and former profs from the Harvard Law School have taken a stand for freedom and for the rule of law. They are on the side of the Constitution and simple fairness. As Ivy Leaguers go, their stand took courage. No other Ivy League school has had the temerity to buck the bullying of federal government's Department of Education over its threat to punish universities that it adjudges as being lax on allegations of sexual assault or sexual harassment. That is right. The Department of Education says it will withhold funding if its ukase...
  • Online Abortion Class Undermines Intellectual Diversity at University of California

    10/23/2014 10:15:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Gabriella Hoffman
    The University of California (UC) system is one of the most reputed institutions of higher learning here in the United States. Boasting 10 campuses stretching from Davis in Northern California to San Diego in Southern California, the UC system is historically regarded for molding future leaders and pioneers. Unfortunately, intellectual diversity and tolerance of differing opinions are concepts largely absent in the UC system today.UC-San Francisco (UCSF)—UC’s medical school—is one of the first universities offering a free online course on abortion. The free six-week course is titled “Abortion: Quality Care and Public Health Implications.” It is taught by Dr. Jody...
  • The Islamic State Decides to Fight for Khobane

    10/23/2014 9:54:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Austin Bay
    The battle for the Syrian Kurd town of Khobane has emerged as an opportunity to deal the Islamic State a military and political defeat. Maximizing the opportunity, however, requires what has been most grievously missing from the struggle against the terrorists and their so-called caliphate: persuasive, coherent and steadfast American leadership. On Sept. 16, IS fighters attacked Khobane. Capturing the town would have given them direct control of a major Syria-Turkey border crossing. It would also weaken Syrian Kurd resistance by denying Kurd militias a major supply and recruitment center. Seizing Khobane also served propaganda purposes. From Turkish hills overlooking...
  • Florida Race for Governor Is Symbol of Everything Wrong with Politics

    10/23/2014 9:38:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Matt Towery
    Contests for governor of Florida have recently gone from being competitive tussles between in-state partisans to no-holds-barred death matches with big national bucks flowing and network reporters presiding over televised debates. This year's battle between incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republican turned Democrat challenger Charlie Crist has become the over-the-top crowned jewel of everything bad about modern day "national" politics. The real genesis of this "nationalization" of Florida politics can be found in the 2000 presidential electoral deadlock that held the nation spellbound for months. Many Americans who are otherwise apolitical still refer to "hanging chads" as if they...
  • An American Who Vomited Near the Pentagon

    10/23/2014 9:16:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    We have now learned what can happen in this Era of Obama when an American who does not have Ebola vomits near the Pentagon. The first clue was a statement put out Friday by Arlington County, Virginia, where the Pentagon sits. "At about 9:10 a.m. today, Pentagon Police officers identified a woman in the Pentagon South Parking Lot, around lanes 17-19, who was ill and vomiting," said the statement. "Arlington County Fire Department was notified and responded immediately with both emergency medical aid and hazmat response team." "During the response," the statement said, "the individual allegedly indicated that she had...
  • The Most Boring California Election Ever

    10/23/2014 9:01:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Most years, California offers up supersize election stories -- an embarrassment of riches for the opinion columnist. This year, other states are getting all the drama while California looks as staid as a bored accountant. In 2010, the big story was Meg Whitman's millions vs. Jerry Brown's cheapskate comeback campaign. Whitman spent $140 million of her own money on her campaign for governor, only to watch attorney Gloria Allred chastise her on TV for firing a nanny because she had come to the country illegally. The previous two elections -- one a recall -- starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, the cigar-chomping movie...
  • Most Government-Sponsored Research Is Simply Wasteful, But "Truthy" Is Menacing To Boot

    10/23/2014 8:57:51 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 22, 2014 | George Leef
    The federal government has become a vast cornucopia for people who know how to play the system. If you do, you can enjoy showers of money for doing things that few if any Americans would willingly pay for. Just to point to a recent instance that made headlines, after Democrats griped that the Center for Disease Control had been crippled in its ability to deal with Ebola because of budget cuts, quite a few writers scrutinized the research that the CDC had been paying for. As Michael Tanner of Cato Institute showed in this column, CDC bureaucrats have been funding...
  • Who Needs an Ebola Czar? (We certainly don't)

    10/23/2014 8:24:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    "Rabbi, is there a proper blessing for the czar?" He thinks for a moment and responds: "May God bless and keep the czar ... far away from us!" -- "Fiddler on the Roof" Today, "czar" is a term encouraged by the media to describe one who oversees a specific government policy. According to The Atlantic.com, President Franklin Roosevelt "solidified the trend" of using the word czar to identify policy appointees. Some modern presidents appointed several czars. Ronald Reagan named just one, a drug czar. He was Carlton Turner, director of the Drug Abuse Policy Office. How well that worked can...
  • Free Speech Victory Vindicates Governor Scott Walker, Conservatives

    10/23/2014 8:07:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    A free speech courage award should go to U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa for his recent ruling blocking the enforcement of part of Wisconsin's campaign finance law that prohibits coordinated issue advocacy between outside groups and candidates. Liberal, overzealous Badger State prosecutors have tried to use a very subjective interpretation of the law as justification for their four-year, failed witch hunt to try and bring down Governor Scott Walker and his allies.Earlier this year, the same Judge Randa ordered a shut-down of the nefarious so-called John Doe investigation a secret probe launched in 2012 by partisan Democrat District Attorney...
  • Ebola Hysteria Opens Door for Government Abuse

    10/23/2014 7:51:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Bob Barr
    If the 1931 classic film Frankenstein were filmed in the United States today, the villagers storming the gates of the castle would not be carrying torches and pitchforks, but instead wearing HAZMAT suits, spraying cans of Lysol in the air, and demanding that the mayor do "whatever is necessary" to protect them against the possibility the creature might harm one of them. Of course, these marching villagers would be the few who actually dared venture outside their cottages with barred doors and shuttered windows. So here we are, not in 19th Century Transylvania, but 21st Century America. As of writing...
  • Greenpeace Founder: No Risk in Global Warming

    10/23/2014 7:10:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | John Ransom
    Even a blind squirrel finds a nut occasionally. And even a nutty organization like Greenpeace can spawn someone who talks sense. Dr. Patrick Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace—you know? the save-the-whale people who block Japanese harpooners?-- says that there is no evidence that humans are in any danger from global warming.In fact, he says that today’s temperature changes are just a blip on the radar according to the online site The Australian. “If you want to see rapid change,” says Moore, “look at the end of the glaciation period when the climate suddenly changed into this inter-glacial period we’re in...
  • Chilling Free Speech

    10/23/2014 6:52:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Earlier this week, the federal government's National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science -- encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities -- announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The NSF dubbed the project Truthy, a reference to comedian Stephen Colbert's invention and hilarious use of the word "truthiness." The reference to Colbert is cute, and he is a very funny guy, but when the feds get into the business of monitoring speech, it is surely no joke; it...
  • Iraq's WMD: The Shameless New York Times Moves the Goalposts

    10/23/2014 6:31:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Larry Elder
    Contrary to the expectations of all 16 of our U.S. intelligence agencies, the "weapons hunters" sent to Iraq by President George W. Bush found no "stockpiles" of WMD. Never mind that there was a 15-month run-up to the war, during which time Saddam was not combing his moustache. A former Iraqi general, Georges Sada, who met with members of Congress, has long claimed Saddam Hussein moved tons of WMD by land and air into Syria during the run-up to the 2003 invasion. James Clapper, the current Director of National Intelligence, has also said publicly that he, too, believes the WMD...
  • Vigilant? Obama is not even awake

    10/23/2014 6:29:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 23, 2014 | BY JENNIFER RUBIN
    In the wake of the shootings in Canada, the president said that it emphasizes the degree to which we have to remain vigilant when it comes to dealing with these kinds of acts of senseless violence or terrorism. The president has said we must be vigilant many times, but does he follow his own advice? He is among the least vigilant presidents in memory, always learning about scandals in the newspaper and surprised when aggressors act like aggressors. If he is being vigilant, hes looking out for the wrong things. He should have been paying attention to the geographic spread...
  • Dear Monica

    10/23/2014 6:16:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Monica Lewinsky re-entered public life this week. Actually, this is the first time she volunteered to enter the spotlight. Her first foray was involuntary and embarrassing. It also was her own fault. Well, hers and President Clintons. Lewinsky gave her first public speech on Monday at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit celebrating young achievers. She spoke for 25 awkward minutes, but she couldve delivered her message in half that time if she were speaking comfortably. But as stilted as the delivery was, the content was worse. Poor, sweet, innocent Monica was exploited, abused and bullied back in 1998 when...
  • Our New Missiles of October

    10/23/2014 6:02:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In October of 1962, America worried whether an untried young president, John F. Kennedy, could keep us safe from nuclear-tipped missiles from nearby communist Cuba. Today's October worries are more insidious: the Ebola virus, the macabre Islamic State, a tottering stock market, a bellicose Russia, and a crisis of confidence in our government. Much of what the Obama administration and the Centers for Disease Control initially swore about the Ebola virus proved false. The virus really did infect Americans at home, despite assurances that there was "no significant risk." There always was a danger of infected West Africans entering the...
  • The Power of Positive Beliefs

    10/23/2014 5:51:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    My mother was diagnosed with uterine cancer in the mid-1970s, when I was in grammar school. Her goal, at that time, was to stay alive to see my older sister Kathy and me graduate from high school. She neither dwelled on the disease, nor on why she was stricken with it, but instead focused on getting rid of the cancer and living for her two daughters. She watched both us of graduate from high school, from college and, in my case, from graduate school. In 2005, she was once again diagnosed with cancer. After enduring surgery and chemotherapy, her body...
  • Here's one campaign promise that Obama has (unfortunately) kept

    10/23/2014 4:46:42 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/22/2014 | IBD Staff
    In early 2008, candidate Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle that "under my plan ... electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." Obama was referring to his plan to cap greenhouse-gas emissions, which would, among other things, effectively choke off coal as an energy source. He was just as fond of high gasoline prices, telling CNBC in June 2008 as gas prices shot up to $4 a gallon that he "would have preferred a gradual adjustment." Six years later, and Obama has succeeded.
  • Michael Savage Spouts Savage Nonsense

    10/23/2014 3:36:35 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 61 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 10-22-2014 | JAMIE WEINSTEIN
    The areas to which President Barack Obama is open to legitimate and scathing criticism are almost endless, but the host of the 4th most-listened to radio show in the country bypasses the obvious for the unbelievable.“What worries me, Jamie, in regards to what you just said, is that one of President Obama’s mentors was Abraham Lincoln,” Savage told The Daily Caller earlier this month in an interview about his new book, calmly named, “Stop The Coming Civil War.”“He imprisoned 20,000 political opponents, including journalists, who opposed the Civil War. People don’t know that about Lincoln. And 20,000 people in the...
  • ObamaCare Returns as an Election Albatross

    10/23/2014 2:51:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/22/14 | Karl Rove
    Democrats assumed earlier this year that ObamaCare would be a political advantage by Election Day. North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, for example, said in February she wanted to show the Affordable Care Act is something whose time is come. A month later Colorado Sen. Mark Udall said we did the right thing in passing the law and told voters he would do it again, a response echoed by incumbents Mark Pryor (Arkansas) and Mary Landrieu (Louisiana). It isnt working out that way. As the election nears, ObamaCare is re-emerging as a major liability for the Democratic Senate that passed it....
  • The Democratic Panic

    10/22/2014 1:22:30 PM PDT · by ModernDayCato · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/22/14 | The Editorial Board
    After a few days of trying to ignore the question, Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for the United States Senate in Georgia, acknowledged on Friday that she had voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. By this years standards, thats pretty forthright, especially compared with Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat running for the Senate in Kentucky, who refuses to discuss her presidential vote. Only one Democratic Senate candidate this cycle has been willing to appear with the president on the stump: Gary Peters in Michigan. The others have spent months keeping their distance from Mr. Obama and some of...
  • Libs in Panic Over Shrinking Gender Gap

    10/22/2014 1:17:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: On CNN's New Day this morning. The guest is CNN's own chief national correspondent John King. And they're talking about the women's vote and the shrinking gender gap, and they're very, very worried. They see this AP poll that shows people support Republicans, women, 42 to 40 over Democrats. They see the gender gap has gone away, and they thought they owned it. They thought they had made this so-called Republican War on Women stick. Now it's disappearing and they know it means disaster, and so they're talking about it on CNN today. KING: You have to...
  • Barack Hussein O to Reverend Al: Voter ID Laws Dont Prevent Our Folks from Voting

    10/22/2014 1:05:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Grab sound bite number six. This did not make news yesterday. But Barack Hussein O, the president of the United States, in another sound bite culled from the Al Sharpton Show, admitted that voter ID laws do not stop black people from voting. Now, that just undercuts one of the primary premises of the Democrat Party. "Oh no, we can't have voter ID laws. Why, that's racist. That's stacking the decks against black people. You can't have voter ID laws. Black people are not gonna get voter IDs 'cause they know they're just gonna be identified so...
  • Mark Cuban's Advice for the GOP

    10/22/2014 12:39:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Mark Cuban has got the answer. "Mark Cuban has some advice for the Republican Party: Drop the social issues. 'If I was going to give guidance to the Republican Party, I'd say, 'Stay completely out of social issues.'" He said it on CNBC today. I've been hearing that since 1992. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I can't tell you how many years, since 1992, that I have been hearing: "The Republican Party better get rid of the social issues or it doesn't have a prayer." And the theory, here's what Mark Cuban says. "If you stay out of social...
  • AP Poll Spin: Americans Will Vote for Republicans -- But They Hate Themselves for It

    10/22/2014 12:05:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 110 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, ladies and gentlemen, there's an AP poll out today, and this is the most amazing poll. It is an AP-GfK poll. And the headline is this: "Most Expect GOP Victory in November," but they will cringe voting for it, meaning the Republican Party. "Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation's likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the US Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, they say that's the outcome they'd like to see. But the survey suggests many will cringe when they...
  • Obama Appointee Who Told WH A Financially Doomed Solar Panels Firm "Looks...OK To Me"

    10/22/2014 8:13:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - When the then-spreading Ebola virus threatened our nation last week, President Obama put one man in charge of coordinating the government's response who had zero experience in handling infectious diseases. While it appears the Ebola threat may be receding here at home, the longtime Democratic political fixer he chose to oversee the government's handling of a deadly disease is an outrageous example of the kind of people he has put into key positions in his administration. This was a high-level job for a prominent, experienced take-charge, medical expert with both administrative and executive credentials. But the president chose...
  • Ebola is an Economic Catastrophe

    10/22/2014 7:31:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Everyone has it wrong. Americans are frightened to death of the medical implications of Ebola- as well they should be. I’ve never in my lifetime seen a disease that has infected and killed so many healthcare professionals.Unfortunately I might have also been the first American to experience damage from Ebola to my “personal economy” 2 weeks ago. As a branding expert, I speak at business conventions and conferences all over the world. I had already been booked for weeks as the keynote speaker for an event in Dallas in early November. Then came the announcement that Thomas Duncan was being...
  • It's War and Peace, Stupid

    10/22/2014 7:13:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | John Ransom
    If the polls are accurate, the United States can expect a much friendlier government in Kiev after the Ukraine parliamentary elections on October 26th. Out will go the bodyguards and mistresses, reports VOA News, in are likely to come the street activists and war veterans: Ukraine's next parliament will be pro-Western and strongly nationalist, and it won't be to Russia's liking. But that doesnt mean much if the Obama administration wont do anything to help Ukraine helps itself. But there is one compelling reason for pro-Western forces in Kiev to hope for a change of tone from Obama: Just a...
  • Bonkers: Constitutional experts reply to Obamas belief that the Constitution protects gay marriag

    10/22/2014 7:06:45 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/21/14 | Kirsten Andersen
    As one state after another sees their marriage protection laws fall to activist judges citing the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment as justification for redefining marriage, President Barack Obama has gone further than the Supreme Court, insisting there is a constitutional “right” to same-sex “marriage” in an interview with The New Yorker. “Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all 50 states,” Obama told the magazine. But he said he respects the Supreme Court for avoiding a final ruling on the issue, saying he sees their procrastination as a “strategic” move to allow...
  • The Good News About Offshore Oil Rigs

    10/22/2014 7:03:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Never let it be said that Mother Nature doesn't appreciate irony. A new study led by researchers at Occidental College and the University of California at Santa Barbara has found that the oil platforms dotting the California coast are fantastic for sea life. In a 15-year study, researchers found that the ecosystems that build up around artificial rigs host 1,000 percent more fish and other sea life than natural habitats such as reefs and estuaries. The California rigs outstripped even famously rich ecosystems such as the coral reefs of French Polynesia. Now, as a big fan of artificial reefs, I...
  • Lowry: The self-indulgent triviality of the Ferguson protests

    10/22/2014 6:41:48 AM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 12 replies
    sltrib ^ | Oct 20 2014 | Rich Lowry
    It wasnt so long ago that Ferguson, Mo., was supposed to be an American morality tale of racism, the militarization of police and all manner of other evil. For a few weeks in August, the attention of the national media focused on the suburb of St. Louis, and MSNBC practically broadcast nothing else. President Barack Obama even mentioned Ferguson at a U.N. speech in the context of terror groups that behead people and sectarian conflicts that kill hundreds of thousands of people. While the media long ago moved on, the protests have persisted, entering their late, decadent phase of self-indulgent...
  • Paul Krugman's Late Obama Valentine

    10/22/2014 6:16:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Knowing the way our political press works, it's easy to predict that Barack Obama's presidency is just about over. Journalists will soon treat him as the lamest of lame ducks, and suggest nothing consequential will happen in the last two years of his presidency. Instead, they'll obsess over who will come next. So the timing is perfect for Rolling Stone magazine to reassert itself as Obama's most shameless house organ. They've published a 4,000-word tribute by liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman insisting that "Obama has emerged as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American...
  • Houston's First Amendment Problem

    10/22/2014 5:57:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    The recent questionably unconstitutional moves by the Houston city council to subpoena the sermons of five area ministers, as well as internal correspondence dealing with social issues, should have the American Civil Liberties Union and everyone else who believes in free speech and religious freedom up in arms. We as Americans must guard every aspect of our Constitution and recognize when it is being threatened. One of the great dangers in America today is extreme intolerance in the name of tolerance. For example, in this Houston case, it is presupposed that the pastors in question may have said something that...
  • Federal Persecutors

    10/22/2014 5:49:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | John Stossel
    A group of Washington overlords -- federal prosecutors -- sometimes break rules and wreck people's lives. President Obama may soon appoint one of them to be America's next Attorney General. The prosecutorial bullying is detailed in a new book by Sidney Powell, "Licensed to Lie." She reports that the Department of Justice's narcissistic and dishonest prosecutors destroy people by doing things like deliberately withholding evidence. Remember the Arthur Andersen accounting firm? It was killed off by ambitious prosecutors who claimed the company helped Enron commit accounting fraud and then shredded the evidence. But instead of charging people who allegedly ordered...
  • Kochs next dastardly deed: Creating good public defenders for low-income accused

    10/22/2014 5:32:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    They’re the worst: Koch Industries, in partnership with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, is financing a program to provide scholarships and training for public defenders. The grant will also pay for a review of indigent defense programs to see what works in providing legal representation to those who can’t afford it.Charles G. Koch, the chairman of Koch Industries, said in a statement that the grant was a way “to make the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of an individual’s right to counsel a reality for all Americans, especially those who are the most disadvantaged in our society.”The company’s interest grew...
  • Embarrassing Economists

    10/22/2014 5:24:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    So as to give some perspective, I'm going to ask readers for their guesses about human behavior before explaining my embarrassment by some of my fellow economists. Suppose the prices of ladies jewelry rose by 100 percent. What would you predict would happen to sales? What about a 25 or 50 percent price increase? I'm going to guess that the average person would predict that sales would fall. Would you make the same prediction about auto sales if cars' prices rose by 100 percent or 25 or 50 percent? Suppose that you're the CEO of General Motors and your sales...
  • Liberals attack First Amendment in Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas and Idaho

    10/22/2014 5:16:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Cain TV.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Dan Calabrese
    Speech isn't free if politicians don't like it.The Wall Street Journal has lately been performing a real public service by chronicling the efforts of Wisconsin lawmakers, prosecutors and some judges to basically obliterate the First Amendment as it pertains to political speech. No one has passed a law saying you can be arrested for what you say. The usurpation of liberty never works like that. Rather, a complicated web of bureaucracies and legal authorities have established regulations in the name of "fairness" or "good goverment" or "transparency" or what-have-you.The real-life impact is set traps for advocacy groups who aren't trying...
  • Why aren't more African Americans supporting Israel?

    10/22/2014 4:53:54 AM PDT · by SJackson · 29 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 10-22-14 | Jason Nichols
    have recently had several spirited conversations with an old friend from high school over the Israel and Hamas conflict and the larger questions surrounding Israeli settlements, the Palestinian Intifadas and a dual state solution. My friend, a self-proclaimed Zionist and American Israel Public Affairs Committee member, often lamented that Israel was misunderstood and could not figure out why more African Americans were not vocal supporters of Jews (which he often conflated with the Israeli state). He brought up typical talking points: "Dr. King was a Zionist and a supporter of Israel" and "Jews sacrificed during the Civil Rights Movement for...
  • Wendy Davis vs. Principle

    10/22/2014 2:26:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 22, 2014 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    That a doyenne of the midafternoon MSNBC crowd is losing a gubernatorial race in deep-red Texas should come as a surprise to nobody. That she has been reduced to her present antics, however, was a little less expected. There is losing in politics, and then there is losing, and of late Davis has become sorely adept at the latter. In the space of a year, Joan of Arc has been transmogrified into Elmer Fudd, replete with ill-fitting hunting rifle, cartoonish faux-accent, and, now, a good deal of hapless frustration to boot. Among Daviss recent offerings have been an attack ad...
  • Why Republicans Don't Get It

    10/22/2014 2:21:52 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 10-22-2014 | Ben Shapiro
    The Republican Party simply doesn't get it. A new poll this week shows 2012 presidential nominee and 2008 primary candidate Mitt Romney leading the field of potential 2016 Republican candidates. According to ABC News/Washington Post, 21 percent of Republican voters would vote for Romney in the primaries; Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee tie at 10 percent, followed by Rand Paul, Chris Christie and Paul Ryan. Altogether, some 44 percent of Republican primary voters want an "establishment" candidate -- by which we mean a candidate for whom social issues are secondary, immigration reform is primary and economics dominates. The establishment donors...
  • For struggling Democrats, Hillary Clinton is a bright spot

    10/22/2014 1:41:50 AM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    MSN ^ | 10/21/14
    SAN FRANCISCO In this midterm election season, it may not be good to be a Democrat but it is very good to be Hillary Rodham Clinton. The presumptive Democratic front-runner for 2016 is among her partys best assets to raise money and energize voters amid a gloomy election landscape for Democrats this fall, and she is campaigning hard even on behalf of apparent lost causes. As a pair of events this week in California illustrated, Clintons efforts to raise money and get out the vote for Democratic congressional and gubernatorial candidates often dovetail with her own political agenda....
  • Joni Ernst: Congress, Obama Administration Failing on Ebola

    10/22/2014 1:02:21 AM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 10/20/2014 | Joni Ernst
    Like all Americans, I welcome the news that Dallas is reportedly Ebola-free weeks after a Liberian man infected with the virus came to Texas. The fact that the disease did not spread further is a testament to good luck and hard work by brave health care workers. But the fact that it spread at all is a stain on this Administrations record and should concern every American. With Ebola still out of control in West Africa, this remains an urgent international health threat. Congress and the Administration must get serious before we have another outbreak in the U.S. The Ebola...
  • EDITORIAL: Green cards on the table

    10/21/2014 5:21:20 PM PDT · by knak · 27 replies
    The White House intended to remain silent about its plans for immigration. Revealing a scheme to open the floodgates of amnesty would be disastrous on the eve of the critical midterm elections. But this is the gang that cant shoot straight. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Friday threw open the door to as many as 100,000 Haitians, who will now move into the United States without a visa. Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, rightly and accurately denounced enabling Haitians awaiting a U.S. visa to enter the country and legally apply for work permits as an irresponsible overreach of...
  • Stanley: Shame on Monica Lewinsky

    10/21/2014 8:01:19 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 68 replies
    CNN ^ | October 21, 2014 | Timothy Stanley
    Shameless. There's no other word to describe Monica Lewinsky. Sixteen years after her affair with President Bill Clinton became public knowledge, she's returned to the limelight with a campaign against cyberbullying -- of which she claims to have been "patient zero." Ignore the fact that she was patently not the primary victim in the Zippergate affair (poor Hillary Clinton was) or that any comparison with someone suffering a disease, especially at a time when people are dropping dead from Ebola, is tasteless in the extreme. What's most depressing is that when she rejoined the public stage, she said she was...
  • The NYTimes is Worried About Orthodox Jewish Beggars

    10/21/2014 7:30:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | Tuesday, October 21, 2014 9:09 PM | Ronn Torossian
    Recently, The New York Times Magazine had an article entitled The Beggars Of Lakewood, which I found to be a distorted depiction of the Hareidi-religious Jewish community of Lakewood, New Jersey. The article describes how the people of Lakewood do not turn anyone vetted as needy away. It couldand shouldhave been called The Generous Givers of Lakewood. Because this is a community of Torah scholars who, barring a few, are far from wealthy. Instead, it focuses on those asking for funds. The piece uses the hackneyed stereotype of Jews as money-grubbing beggarsreplete with a picture of a black hat surrounded...
  • Malkin: The Hunter Biden Chronicles

    10/21/2014 6:06:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 22, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Everything you need to know about Beltway nepotism, corporate cronyism and corruption can be found in the biography of Robert Hunter Biden. Where are the Occupy Wall Street rabble-rousers and enemies of elitist privilege when you need them? Straining their neck muscles to look the other way. The youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden made news last week after The Wall Street Journal revealed he had been booted from the Navy Reserve for cocaine use. His drug abuse was certainly no surprise to the Navy, which issued him a waiver for a previous drug offense before commissioning him as...