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  • What Not Liking Hamilton Taught Me About Arguing on Social Media

    07/09/2020 7:41:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2020 | Gary Schneeberger
    It was a lark, really. Rhetorical misdirection. I had no agenda other than being cheeky, and hoping someone would think I was funny. So imagine my surprise when I wound up with a blueprint for how we all can most constructively engage social media when interacting with those who hold different views than we do. The occasion? The relentless barrage of posts that tsunamied my Facebook page in the days leading up to, and following, the 4th of July. What I kept reading from my friends prompted this post from me Tuesday morning: “I know I will be flamed for...
  • Why Conservatives Must Vote in the 2020 Primaries and General Election

    07/09/2020 7:22:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2020 | Lloyd Pettegrew
    Editor's note: Jim McCoy coauthored this column.  We offer you this pleading to vote in this year’s primaries and general election. The 2016 election was a squeaker and while our president lost the total vote count, he won the electoral college, count 304-277, with seven faithless electors not voting or having their vote dismissed by the respective states. The Supreme Court ruled Monday, July 6th that all states can require Electoral College members to cast their vote for the candidate to whom they were pledged to support. This decision was unanimous.Since Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election, there have been myriad...
  • A 100% American

    07/09/2020 6:53:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2020 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Washington -- Many Americans, after they have been in Washington, D.C., for a few years, become less fervent about their beliefs. President Donald Trump has become more fervent about the things he believes. After this past weekend and Donald's solemnly expressed indignation about the shredding of our shared values and beliefs, he is being excoriated by the media -- the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post -- for being divisive, racist and provocative. For some reason, Americans both on the left and the right have taken a pass on defending American values and beliefs. Trump is...
  • Little Crimes, Big Crimes

    07/09/2020 6:27:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Towhall.com ^ | July 9, 2020 | Laura Hollis
    "I can't imagine why you're bothering me when there's rioting in the streets." -- Dr. Whiteface "Ah, well ... we shall deal with that later. But Captain Vimes always told me, sir, that there are big crimes and little crimes. Sometimes the little crimes look big and the big crimes you can hardly see, but the crucial thing is to decide which is which." -- Corporal Carrot One subtheme running through Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld series of fantasy novels is the desire of some residents of the principal city, Ankh-Morpork, to overthrow the existing government and install a king. In...
  • Why Does ‘Flyover Country’ Vote GOP?

    07/09/2020 5:53:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | July 9, 2020 | Chris Talgo
    It goes without saying that regional voting preferences and patterns in American presidential elections have varied over time. To date, the United States has held 58 presidential elections. As the Electoral College results of these elections shows, swaths of states have voted red and blue back-and-forth over time. For instance, once upon a time, California, Illinois, and New York were reliable Republican strongholds. Even more mind-blowing, a few decades ago, Texas was a solid Democratic state. My, how things have changed. Obviously, gradual electoral shifts should be expected. However, in the past few years, these shifts have abated. We seem...
  • Black America: Before Y'all Sign On to BLM...

    07/09/2020 5:48:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | July 9, 2020 | Lloyd Marcus
    During the opening monologue of his show, Arsenio Hall included a running gag titled, “Things that make you say hmmm.” To my fellow blacks, here are things that should make you say “hmmm” about Black Lives Matter. BLM's mission statement says they want to destroy the nuclear family. Rejecting BLM's war on the family, black former NFL star Marcellus Wiley offered these stats. “Children from single-parent homes verses two-parent homes. Children from single-parent homes are 5 times more likely to commit suicide -- 6 times more likely to be in poverty -- 9 times more likely to drop out of...
  • The Media and 2020: Deja vu All Over Again

    07/09/2020 5:33:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | July 9, 2020 | David Keltz
    Some things never change for the mainstream media. After being blindsided by the results of the 2016 election, the New York Times and other media outlets professed that they would make a concerted effort to be more introspective. They claimed they would try to better understand Trump’s appeal that won over the hearts and minds of so many of the 63 million people who voted for him. As Michael Barboro wrote in the Times on November 9th, 2016, the morning of Trump’s historic victory, “It’s 3:30 a.m. in the newsroom, and we’re in a state of shock. Donald J. Trump,...
  • Democrats Are Making Unforced Errors. Republicans must seize the opportunities to regain the offensive in the campaign.

    07/09/2020 5:25:47 AM PDT · by karpov · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 8, 2020 | Karl Rove
    As the mainstream media all but declares the 2020 election for Joe Biden, Democrats are making mistakes. They’re saying and doing things that could cause problems—if Republicans step up their game. Consider the congressional logjam over police reform. After George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, the nation was angry and aghast. Then Rayshard Brooks was killed in Atlanta, and the demand for change grew even stronger. Yet when the Senate moved to take up the comprehensive police reform bill introduced by Tim Scott (R., S.C.), Democrats blocked its consideration, despite the bill’s many similarities with the Democratic House’s measure. Sen. Scott...
  • Let's Talk about Black Privilege

    07/09/2020 5:22:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | July 9, 2020 | Rich Logis
    There are approximately 250 million Americans aged 20 and over. How many don't believe that black lives matter? I want a number, backed up by evidence — not a dissertation, pontification, polemic, manifesto, or Socratic dialogue. A number. Not having to provide a fact-based number: black privilege — yes or no? Take NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, who imagined a noose the way the narrator in Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart imagined a droning beating heart. A hysterical black American creates unnecessary panic over a noose found in his garage; draws 15 FBI agents to investigate, at a total of...
  • Confederate Monuments: The Problem With Politically Correct History

    07/09/2020 5:13:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2020 | Larry Elder
    Malcolm X, as a member of the Nation of Islam, preached anti-Semitism and called the white man a "devil." After the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X dismissed the murder as a case of "the chickens coming home to roost." In Spike Lee's biographical drama, "Malcolm X," a white teenage girl approaches the angry activist and says, "Excuse me, Mr. X. Hi. I've read some of your speeches, and I honestly believe that a lot of what you have to say is true. And I'm a good person, in spite of what my ancestors did, and I just --...
  • The Fragility of the Woke

    07/09/2020 4:52:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2020 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A TikTok video that recently went viral on social media showed a recent Harvard graduate threatening to stab anyone who said "all lives matter." In her melodrama, she tried to sound intimidating with her histrionics. She won a huge audience as she intended. But her video also came to the attention of the company that was going to give her an internship later this summer, Deloitte, which decided it didn't want to add an intern who threatened to kill strangers who said something she didn't like. She fought back tears while complaining how unfair the world had been to her....
  • Racism Is Racist (And Other Liberal Bumper Stickers)

    07/09/2020 4:35:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2020 | Derek Hunter
    As I write this, I am sitting in a chair, writing on a laptop, enveloped in my cocoon of white privilege. I’m a monster, I know it. I have used my privilege to my advantage every chance I got, especially when I didn’t know I was supposedly doing it. Did I mention I’m a monster, perhaps history’s greatest? In spite of my horrendous behavior of not having done anything but be born, I can honestly say I don’t give a damn, and nothing I’ve written in the opening paragraph is to be taken seriously (though I am sitting in a...
  • This Is A Great Opportunity To Destroy Academia

    07/09/2020 4:20:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2020 | Kurt Schlichter
    Never let a good crisis go to waste, which in the current crisis means we must use the fact that our universities have shown themselves to be petri dishes swimming with anti-American ideologies, combined with pre-existing trends, to lance this particular cultural boil. Let’s be clear: Academia today is a pack of rabid reds, and we need to put it down like Old Yeller. And academia itself has loaded up the 12 gauge. They will say that we oppose academia because we are stupid Neanderthals, just like Trump is (That’s Lie #2 in my new book!). No. We would be...
  • An Open Letter On Canceling Cancel Culture From The Greatest Living American Writer

    07/08/2020 6:00:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 8, 2020 | Neal Pollack
    For those of you unfamiliar with cancel culture, it’s speech that speaks out against other speech that may be speaking speakings that other speakers find offensive. The organizers of the recent Harper’s Magazine letter against cancel culture didn’t ask me to participate in their project, despite the fact that my Uncle, T. Gore Pollack III, was that magazine’s founding editor. They neglected to include me because they’re afraid of my ideas. Also, I’ve either divorced, broken up with, or participated in a conscious friendship uncoupling with at least a dozen of the signatories. Such is the price of profligacy and...
  • SCOTUS Decision Allowing Religious Exemptions On Birth Control Is A Big Win For Religious Liberty

    07/08/2020 5:37:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 8, 2020 | Paulina Enk
    In a major win for religious liberty, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 on Wednesday that employers with moral or religious objections would be exempt from the federal mandate that requires company health insurance to cover birth control. The case was a consolidation of The Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania and Trump v. Pennsylvania, both of which sought to alter the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). While the bill itself had no requirements for contraceptive access being guaranteed, this became mandatory through interim final rules (IFRs). While Churches have always been exempt...
  • Media Lies About Trump Mount Rushmore Speech An Ugly Preview Of What’s To Come

    07/08/2020 10:08:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 8, 2020 | Tristan Justice
    What happens if COVID death rates plummet to the point of no longer being a pandemic threat? The media will turn it on Trump.> Legacy media became predictably hysterical after President Donald Trump’s speech Friday defending American exceptionalism at one of the nation’s most iconic monuments, Mount Rushmore. “We will state the truth in full, without apology: We declare that the United States of America is the most just and exceptional nation ever to exist on Earth,” Trump proclaimed from the South Dakota Black Hills. “We are proud of the face that our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and...
  • Stop Misquoting The Great Abolitionist Frederick Douglass To Slander America

    07/08/2020 8:08:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 8, 2020 | Jimmy Sengenberger
    Black Lives Matter activists cite Douglass’s 1852 speech ‘What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?’ as proof America is evil. They utterly miss his point. Last week on CNN, as contributor Angela Rye accused White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnaney and President Trump of failing to understand the history of black America, she referred to the legendary Frederick Douglass. “Frederick Douglass said about Independence Day in this country, what to the slave is the Fourth of July?” she said. “And I would invite them to even start there, as a reading principle, to see how different we see...
  • Military Members Are Losing Their Religious Freedom While Trying To Protect Yours

    07/08/2020 7:46:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 8, 2020 | Anominous
    https://thefederalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Screen-Shot-2020-07-07-at-5.03.12-PM-998x665.png> The Navy last week asked my husband to sign his name to a new restriction broadly “prohibiting,” in bold letters, a multitude of activities “to include indoor religious services” and even to discourage “in-person use” of “drive-in spiritual services.” While we maintain a faint hope that the military doesn’t really mean to restrict religious practices, the latest restrictions preclude nearly all indoor religious services — even those adhering to COVID-19 guidelines. The Catholic Masses my husband and I attend are vastly better spaced than the grocery or liquor stores where he can shop, or even the authorized Chick-fil-A drive-through...
  • Qualified Immunity is a Test for Conservatives

    07/08/2020 7:24:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 77 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2020 | Jacob Sullum
    Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin faces murder and manslaughter charges for kneeling on George Floyd's neck until he stopped breathing. But even if Chauvin is convicted, Floyd's family may not be able to pursue claims under a federal statute that authorizes lawsuits against government officials who violate people's constitutional rights. The uncertain prospects for the lawsuit Floyd's relatives plan to file underlines the unjust and irrational consequences of qualified immunity, a doctrine that shields police from liability for outrageous conduct when the rights they violated were not "clearly established" at the time. Congress should seize the opportunity created by...
  • If America Is So Racist, Why Are There So Many Race Hoaxes?

    07/08/2020 6:57:47 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 42 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 7/7/20 | Dennis Prager
    As I wrote nearly three years ago: "Perhaps the second greatest libel — and certainly the most widespread — is that America is a racist country that oppresses its minorities and women. We can call it the American Libel." (The greatest libel was the infamous blood libel, the fabricated charge spread in Europe for hundreds of years by Christian anti-Semites that Jews kill Christian children to use their blood to bake matzos — unleavened bread — for Passover.) But if America is so racist, why are there so many race hoaxes? Virtually every time we read about a swastika painted...