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  • Divide and Conquer - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s divisive

    01/29/2015 2:55:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife
    Slate ^ | January 28, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    By the somewhat tamer standards of the Midwest, Scott Walker’s speech to the Iowa Freedom Summit last Saturday was a smorgasbord of red meat. In just 20 minutes, the Wisconsin governor shed the persona that brought him to the stage—the stern but affable accountant—and re-emerged as a conservative warrior who defeated the unions, defunded the abortionists, and beat back the liberals to win three statewide elections for governor. His message, in short, was that he was effective, unwavering, and uncompromising. There was no need for outreach or a “big tent.” With the right conservative message, Republicans could win elections—and win...
  • Spare the Blogger and Lash us Instead

    01/29/2015 2:31:27 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    ON JAN. 9, the government of Saudi Arabia publicly whipped a liberal Muslim writer, Raif Badawi, flogging him 50 times outside a mosque in Jeddah. It was the first installment of the 1,000 lashes to which Badawi had been sentenced — in addition to 10 years in prison and a fine of more than $250,000 — for the crime of "insulting Islam" on his former website, the Saudi Free Liberals Forum.Two days later, following the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the Saudi ambassador to France joined in the great Paris solidarity march in defense of freedom of expression.Such hypocrisy was more than...
  • NFL Tough Guys Need Dads, Too

    01/29/2015 2:25:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Larry Elder
    "What do you think you missed not having a dad around?" Marshawn Lynch, the grumpy, often-fined National Football League star for the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, was asked that question. Lynch, raised on the mean streets of Oakland, California, by a single mother, said: "Nothing. My mama played both parts." When asked, however, why he finds it difficult to "trust" people, Lynch tells a story about his father: "I think it started earlier, when Mom would (take me over to my dad's) house. And when I get there, my dad like, 'Oh, OK, I be right back,' and...
  • Can Israel Survive?

    01/29/2015 2:18:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. Eight million Israelis are surrounded by some 400 million Muslims in more than 20 states. Almost all of Israel's neighbors are anti-Israeli dictatorships, monarchies or theocracies-- a number of them reduced to a state of terrorist chaos. Given the rise of radical Islam, the huge petrodollar wealth of the Middle East and lopsided demography, how has Israel so far survived? The Jewish state has always depended on three unspoken assumptions for its tenuous existence. First, a democratic, nuclear Israel can deter larger enemies. In the Cold War,...
  • Teacher Pensions Going To Kill Us All

    01/28/2015 5:49:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 27, 2015 | Blake Neff
    Teacher pensions are a huge and growing crisis waiting to explode without major reforms, warns a new report released Tuesday by an educational think tank.“Do the math on teacher pensions and it just doesn’t add up,” argues the National Council on Teacher Quality in its report, Doing the Math on Teacher Pensions. Total unfunded teacher pension liabilities in 2014 were a whopping $499 billion dollars, the group found. That amount is surging rapidly; in 2012, the total was just $394 billion, meaning that pension debt is growing by over $50 billion a year.Some states are in a particularly huge hole....
  • Ted Cruz 2016: Time to Channel Ronald Reagan?

    01/28/2015 4:39:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The National Interest ^ | January 29, 2015 | W. James Antle III, managing editor, The Daily Caller
    The field will be crowded. The stakes could not be any higher. So how will Ted Cruz fare in 2016? Jim Antle looks into his crystal ball...Donald Trump, Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz all went to Iowa. This is not the set-up of a joke, but the beginning of the 2016 presidential race. All three are conservative celebrities; the first two are celebrities even in the broader sense. Having any of them at your conservative gathering excites attendees and generates media attention. All three say they are mulling runs for the White House. Cruz is obviously different from Trump...
  • Maybe Freedom Should Come with a Government Warning

    01/28/2015 4:17:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is thinking about banning smoking… Everywhere. Well, at least everywhere someone might be working, so I guess that’s not as many places as you might think. (Hat tip to Obamanomics.) The CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has suggested banning all tobacco consumption at every work place in the nation… Because, ya know, the nanny-state can never be too big, right?The ban would apply to not only office buildings, restaurants, and retail stores, but it would also apply to any outdoor location (such as construction sites, landscaping work, and even...
  • Of Green Lipstick and Presidential Ham

    01/28/2015 3:43:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Bob Barr
    There was a time, not so long ago, when interviewing the President of the United States was considered the pinnacle of a professional journalist’s career. Such an opportunity to probe the mind of the man responsible for directly or indirectly impacting the lives of virtually every person on the planet, was entrusted only to those with the qualifications and pedigree to handle such an important assignment; not to mention making the most of the president’s valuable and limited time. Not so today. Rather than a Pulitzer Prize or Peabody Award as the prerequisite for the honor of personally interviewing the...
  • Obama WH Hiding Bowe Bergdahl Charges — Treason Too?

    01/27/2015 3:49:14 PM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 27, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Transparency: The administration is said to be hiding for reasons of damage control a report on the soldier we traded five Taliban leaders for. Bowe Bergdahl's lawyers have already been given a charge sheet for desertion. Both Fox News and now NBC News have reported that Sgt. Bergdahl will be charged with desertion. "I have been told and confirmed by two other sources that his attorney has been given what we call a charge sheet," retired Army Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a respected military analyst, told Fox's Bill O'Reilly on Monday. NBC's Jim Miklaszewski quoted senior defense officials on Tuesday...
  • Our Best Option: GIVE MONEY AWAY

    01/28/2015 3:13:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | John Ransom
    Well with Super Bowl Sunday upon us, it's time to revisit Super Bowl market theory. First proposed in 1978 by sports writer Leonard Koppett of the New York Times, the theory says that if the Super Bowl is won by one of the original AFL teams the market would close down for the year, but if the Super Bowl was won by one of the old original NFL teams, then the stock market would finish up for the year. The AFL and NLF merged in 1966. This year presents a dilemma. Seattle was not an original AFL or NFL team......
  • Why should American Muslims have to assimilate?

    01/28/2015 3:07:55 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 59 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 1/28/2015 | Ananya Bhattacharyya
    Some cultures in the US have been allowed to remain distinct, so why the double standard? European no-go zones that non-Muslims may not enter have made headlines recently, despite the inconvenient fact that they don’t exist. Because of an overwhelming and unexpected reaction from France and England in particular, Fox News issued an apology for letting anchors and guests repeatedly discuss such zones. Yet there are those who refuse to back down. Case in point: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential Republican presidential candidate. In an interview with CNN, he reiterated a point that others on the right have recently...
  • The Cross Examined College Prep Course IV

    01/28/2015 2:34:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: If you’re wondering why this column begins with “#9” just go to my archive. This is Part IV of a series. Parts I, II, and III described a new College Prep Course that is being offered by Cross Examined (see http://crossexamined.org/college-prep-course/). Frank Turek, J. Warner Wallace, and I will be traveling the country offering the course starting in the summer of 2015. This column series provides an overview of my ten-step plan to help Christian kids prepare for life in college. 9. Student Fees and Viewpoint Discrimination. College administrators live off of taxes, tuition, and mandatory student fees....
  • Abortion Protesters Don't Count?

    01/28/2015 2:18:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    Hundreds of thousands of protesters descend on Washington every January to "March for Life," protesting the horror of more than a million abortions in America every year. Every year the "news" outlets report next to nothing, even when their reporters are there documenting the event as their cameras film it. This year, the turnout was among the strongest ever, with estimates as high as half a million people. The visual of wave after wave marching to the Capitol to demand action, with banners, flyers and flags; with an ocean of those supposedly disinterested millennial cheering and praying; with babies everywhere....
  • When Politics Defy Reality: The Real State of the Union Features Dishonesty and Deception

    01/28/2015 1:55:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Dr Ben Carson
    In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama was upbeat and inspiring, particularly if a listener had no prior knowledge of his many speeches that were quite similar but bore no fruit. It almost appeared that he was living in an alternate universe that bore no resemblance to present-day America and the current global stage. He boasted that the economy was doing very well and that unemployment had been cut in half since he took office. Perhaps someone should educate him about the labor force participation rate, which is at its lowest point in the past 36 years...
  • Defense Against Demagogues

    01/28/2015 1:10:59 PM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    When gasoline sold at record prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said, "I think it's time to say to these people, 'Stop ripping off the American people.'" When the average price of regular gas was close to $4 a gallon, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called for Congress to look into breaking up giant oil companies. The claim was that "Wall Street greed (was) fueling high gas prices." Today in some places, gasoline is selling for less than $2 a gallon, less than half of its peak price in 2008. The idiotic explanation that attributed high oil prices to greed might now...
  • Owning Ideas

    01/28/2015 4:28:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | John Stossel
    For most of history, people suffered in miserable poverty. Then, in a few hundred years, some new ideas made life hugely better for billions of us -- things like running water, the printing press, the steam engine, electricity, the Internet. We want people to keep coming up with new and better ideas. But there's a problem: Why would you bother to spend years inventing something if other people can just steal your idea? Who will devote years and millions of dollars to making a big movie? Or a dozen years and billions of dollars to bringing a new drug to...
  • CBO Now Says 10 Mil Will Lose Employer Health Plans Under ObamaCare

    01/28/2015 4:22:28 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 39 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/27/2015 | IBD Staff
    Health Reform: The Congressional Budget Office now says ObamaCare will push 10 million off employer-based coverage, a tenfold increase from its initial projection. The "keep your plan" lie just gets bigger and bigger.
  • Choose To Refuse: Say "No" to PARCC/SBAC Testing

    01/28/2015 4:07:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28 | Michelle Malkin
    This is National School Choice Week, but I want to talk about parents' school testing choice. Moms and dads, you have the inherent right and responsibility to protect your children. You can choose to refuse the top-down Common Core racket of costly standardized tests of dubious academic value, reliability and validity. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. I'm reminding you of your right to choose because the spring season of testing tyranny is about to hit the fan. Do you object to the time being taken away from your kids' classroom learning? Are you alarmed by the intrusive data-sharing and...
  • Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say

    01/28/2015 3:26:20 AM PST · by oblomov · 19 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | 27 Jan 2015 | Jonathan Chait
    Around 2 a.m. on December 12, four students approached the apartment of Omar Mahmood, a Muslim student at the University of Michigan, who had recently published a column in a school newspaper about his perspective as a minority on campus. The students, who were recorded on a building surveillance camera wearing baggy hooded sweatshirts to hide their identity, littered Mahmood’s doorway with copies of his column, scrawled with messages like “You scum embarrass us,” “Shut the **** up,” and “DO YOU EVEN GO HERE?! LEAVE!!” They posted a picture of a demon and splattered eggs. This might appear to be...
  • The President’s ‘Yo Mama’ Diplomacy

    01/28/2015 2:14:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 28, 2015 | Esther Goldberg
    “Yo mama” (from urbandictionary.com): A term that precedes an inventive insult to the other person’s mother. 1. “Yo mama” so fat, she have to go downstairs sideways. 2. “Yo mama” so fat when she sits on a rainbow skittles fall out. Back in the days when guys in the ‘hood actually respected their moms, these words were an invitation to fight, notes the Urban Dictionary. Presumably, the Bloods and the Crips (are these guys still around or am I dating myself?) shouted insults at each other until someone started shooting. Remember the World Cup soccer game in the summer of...
  • 2014 Was Not the ‘Hottest Year on Record’. So Why Did NASA Claim It Was?

    01/27/2015 8:10:06 PM PST · by iowamark · 26 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 1/23/2015 | James Delingpole
    “2014 was the hottest year on record.” Q: If the above statement is not true – and (see below) it isn’t – would it make it any more true were it to be uttered in an important speech at Davos by fashion designer, songwriter and hip hop producer Pharrell Williams?... It began spreading earlier this month when NASA GISS’s director Gavin Schmidt held a press conference to declare that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded. This sounded jolly impressive. But there were, it subsequently emerged, several things wrong with this headline story. The first – which, admittedly, you would...
  • Gun Control After Paris (strange anti-gun pro self defense editorial)

    01/27/2015 7:15:02 PM PST · by SJackson · 36 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 1-27-15 | Jeremy Rosen
    For a long time, I have believed that the gun culture of the United States is dangerous and frankly stupid. So many people are killed by firearms going off accidentally or because they fall into the hands of children or madmen. Their easy availability is not just because they are a transportable and smugglable commodity, but also because there is a myth in American culture that claims that only by possessing guns were the American rebels able to defeat the British and gain independence. Even if that were so, and it is not, what might have been true 300 years...
  • The Deficits Republicans Don't Want to Talk About

    01/27/2015 6:18:02 PM PST · by presidio9 · 24 replies
    Truth Out ^ | Tuesday, 27 January 2015
    I agree with Republicans - the United States has a deficit problem. It's just not the same deficit problem Republicans are freaking out about. Shortly after sweeping the November midterms, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, outlining their plans for the upcoming Congress. In that op-ed, they wrote that Republicans would work to address, "a national debt that has Americans stealing from their children and grandchildren, robbing them of benefits that they will never see and leaving them with burdens that will be nearly impossible to...
  • Snowstorm Snowjob Is a Teachable Moment

    01/27/2015 3:32:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    Here we are alive to tell the tale. Nobody perished, nobody died despite Mayor de Blasio's warning that few would survive this historic snowfall. I told you yesterday. You know, and, by the way, I hope everybody listens to the way I'm gonna analyze this today, because this is a key thing people are going to have to realize. They're going to have to learn why this happened. Why was this presented, this forecast -- and, even at its worst, it was gonna be 24 inches, which New York has survived countless times. Yet this was presented as a life-threatening...
  • Obama Visits Saudi King After Curbing Oil Expansion

    01/27/2015 9:59:25 AM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Dailt ^ | January 27, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy: While taking credit for increased oil and gas production on private and state lands, the president moves to put 12 million acres of the oil-rich Arctic National Wildlife Refuge off limits. OPEC and the Saudis are smiling. Whoever's in charge of presidential optics these days fits the classic definition of the blind leading the blind. It's bad enough that President Obama doesn't have time to get to Paris for a global protest against terrorism after the Charlie Hebdo attack but can meet and greet the San Antonio Spurs. But then he privately slams an invitation by Congress to Israeli...
  • Global Warming News in Dead of Winter

    01/27/2015 2:05:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I have a couple global warming stories that are gonna blow your mind. Let me say what both of them are. The State Department now wants to use Disney's Frozen series to teach kids about global warming. The State Department. It's a hoax! Man-made global warming is a fraud. There isn't any. The second story involves, we're back to polar bears, and this time the polar bears are threatened, but in a very unique and, well, shall we say tertiary way. In the old days the polar bears were threatened when Algore was running around talking to everybody. The...
  • Switzerland and Syriza

    01/27/2015 11:45:59 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 5 replies
    Restate ^ | January 27 2015 | Repair_Man_Jack
    credit the world’s various political leftists for being brilliant at one thing. They have managed to assemble a coalition of interest groups whose vested interests should probably cause them to chase each other around in the street armed with shotguns. Nowhere is that awesome class divide among the left on greater display than in Europe where the Parlor Pinks infest Davos and the Street Marxians have taken electoral power in Greece. If you were to ask both Jeffrey Greene and newly-minted Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras whether they felt society should be unfettered by larger government or directed for its...
  • If the President Couldn't Tell a Lie

    01/27/2015 10:59:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2015 | Dennis Prager
    In the famous 1997 movie comedy "Liar Liar," actor Jim Carrey plays a lawyer who, as a result of his young son's birthday wish being magically fulfilled, cannot tell a lie -- he can only tell the truth -- for 24 hours. Let's imagine that such a wish forced President Obama to do the same, not for 24 hours, but only during his State of the Union address. Here is what he said followed by what he would have said if he could only tell the truth. President Obama (PO): "Six years ago, nearly 180,000 American troops served in Iraq...
  • GOP Abortion Bill: Right Ends, Wrong Means

    01/27/2015 10:46:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    As thousands descended on Washington last week for the annual "March for Life," the Republican House of Representatives was busy watering down an antiabortion bill that restricted abortions after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape or incest, with exemptions allowed only after a police report had been filed. This after a small group of moderate Republican female lawmakers challenged the bill and lobbied for a less restrictive measure. Politics wins. Life loses. It seems these moderate Republicans, fearing the bill could revive the Democrats' phony "War on Women" mantra, erred on the side of expedience so as not to,...
  • Progressive Want to Track (and Tax) Your Cars Too...Really

    01/27/2015 6:21:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2015 | John Ransom
    In the race for more tax money-- and government solutions-- the Feds and the states are invading your privacy with increasing regularity. Several states, including Colorado, Oregon and California are studying proposals today to equip cars with GPS tracking devices so that they can tax drivers by the mile they drive. In part this is happening as gas tax revenues are going down because the government insists on: 1) raising the gas tax to discourage driving and 2) establishing fuel efficiency standards that have people using less gasoline. So states, which use gas tax money to build roads, now claim...
  • Kudos to Congress and Netanyahu

    01/27/2015 5:17:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    Kudos to Congress for inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at a joint session on the issue of imposing tough sanctions on Iran and to Netanyahu for accepting. President Obama has continually snubbed Israel and Netanyahu -- whom he refuses to meet with in March, allegedly because he doesn't want to interfere with the upcoming elections in Israel. Obama has been alarmingly lax in his dealings with Iran in its ambitions to acquire nuclear weapons and delivery systems. Some Obama defenders are chastising Congress for breaching protocol in inviting Netanyahu, saying, "There appear to be no rules anymore."...
  • Tesla Is No Free Market Champion

    01/27/2015 5:09:39 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/26/2014 | John Merline
    Some conservative types have been extolling the electric car company Tesla's fight against archaic and anti-consumer laws that prevent direct-to-consumer car sales. But Phil Kerpen, writing in National Review Online, cautions that Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) is hardly a model of free-market capitalism. In fact, he says, the company wouldn't last long without massive government subsidies.
  • Are Today's Millennials a New Victorian Generation?

    01/27/2015 4:45:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Public policymakers and political pundits tend to focus on problems -- understandably, because if things are going right they aren't thought to need attention. Yet positive developments can teach us things as well, when, for reasons not necessarily clear, great masses of people start to behave more constructively. One such trend is the better behavior of the young Americans of today compared to those 25 years ago. Almost no one anticipated it, the exception being William Strauss and Neil Howe in their 1991 book, "Generations," who named Americans born after 1981 the Millennial generation and predicted that "the tiny boys...
  • Youth Vote Is Key to 2016 and Saving America

    01/27/2015 4:29:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2015 | Chuck Norris
    Barack Obama was ushered into the Oval Office by a wave of young supporters and first-time voters in 2008. However, they are now among those most disillusioned with Obama and his regime, and they are the ticket to winning the 2016 presidential election and preserving the heart and soul of our republic. Politico recently posted a story that started with the words, "Coming soon to a battleground state near you: White House campaigns combining census reports with Instagram and Twitter posts to target teenagers who aren't yet 18 but will be by Election Day 2016." With more than 8 million...
  • Education is Too Important Not to Leave to the Marketplace

    01/27/2015 4:23:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Ron Paul
    This week, events around the country will highlight the importance of parental control of education as part of National School Choice Week. This year's events should attract more attention than prior years because of the growing rebellion against centralized education sparked by the federal Common Core curriculum. The movement against Common Core has the potential to change American education. However, anti-Common Core activists must not be misled by politicians promoting "reforms" of the federal education bureaucracy, or legislation ending Common Core while leaving all other federal education programs intact. The only way to protect American children from future Common Core-like...
  • 5 Reasons Liberals Hate Soldiers Like Chris Kyle

    01/27/2015 2:37:50 AM PST · by servo1969 · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 1-27-2015 | John Hawkins
    American Sniper had a record-breaking debut. It’s the widest release ever for an R-rated movie, the biggest debut ever for a Best Picture Oscar nominee; it’s the highest grossing January movie in history and it’s already the second highest grossing war movie of all-time. The movie has already gone beyond “blockbuster” all the way up to “cultural phenomenon” in the space of a few weeks’ time. However, ironically, as the movie has become more popular with the public, liberals have gotten more and more upset about it. You’ve already seen the quotes from Michael Moore and Bill Maher, but...
  • Pentagon To Scrap Warplane The Islamic State Fears

    01/26/2015 10:13:33 AM PST · by raptor22 · 58 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 26, 2016 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense Spending: The venerable A-10 Warthog, designed to stop Soviet tanks, and the perfect weapon to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State, as President Obama promised, faces a budgetary chopping block. We have noted the irony of how Obama was going to war against the Islamic State with weapons systems he had scrapped, ending the production runs of the F-22 Raptor and Tomahawk cruise missiles. They were dismissed by the administration as relics of the Cold War even as Russia was rearming and trying to reassemble the old Soviet Union. We've also mentioned the phasing out of the A-10 Thunderbolt,...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    01/26/2015 1:13:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 27, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: Who says President Obama doesn't promote bipartisanship? His complicity in Iran's moving toward nuclear bombs has alarmed some top Senate Democrats enough to get them to join Republicans in opposition to the Obama administration's potentially suicidal foreign policy. Before the current measles outbreak, measles was once almost wiped out in the United States. But an article in a medical journal more than a decade ago had many parents afraid to have their children vaccinated, for fear that the vaccine causes autism. After scientific studies refuted that claim, the medical journal repudiated the article, and...
  • Media take the distraction bait again

    01/26/2015 12:24:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Cain TV.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Herman Cain
    But we won't.Today, we are not going to talk about "Deflategate", the green lipstick woman that most normal people have never heard of, the unfounded controversy about an American hero portrayed in a movie, the administration being ticked off that Speaker John Boehner actually did something constructive to maintain our relationship with Israel, or a State of the Union speech that was so out of touch with reality that even liberal Obama stalwart Chris Matthews said so.None of those distractions will do a thing to stimulate the economy, increase the income of working Americans, create jobs, reduce the national debt,...
  • Don’t Run, Mitt. Don’t Run

    01/26/2015 12:18:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Shawn Mitchell
    Mitt Romney, you're an honorable and accomplished man. You would have been a good president and infinitely better than Obama as a steward of the economy and national security. But, Mitt, we need to talk. You don't get it. You don't really get the basic proposition that freedom works better than government by experts. Sure you believe the concept generally, but there are all those details and exceptions. You hired Jonathan Gruber to guide your health plan. You believe global schemes to reduce carbon will help the climate rather than enrich and empower global elites. You endorsed raising the minimum...
  • Occupy the syllabus (More Berkley lunacy)

    01/26/2015 10:55:18 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 31 replies
    The Daily Californian ^ | 1/20/2015 | Rodrigo Kazuo and Meg Perret
    We are calling for an occupation of syllabi in the social sciences and humanities. This call to action was instigated by our experience last semester as students in an upper-division course on classical social theory. Grades were based primarily on multiple-choice quizzes on assigned readings. The course syllabus employed a standardized canon of theory that began with Plato and Aristotle, then jumped to modern philosophers: Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Weber and Foucault, all of whom are white men. The syllabus did not include a single woman or person of color. We have major concerns about social theory courses in which...
  • Syriza Trounces New Democracy; Greeks Stop Paying Taxes; Run on Greek Banks Escalates; Get Out!

    01/26/2015 8:11:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    As late as yesterday I read numerous mainstream media reports that Syriza would win by three to five percent and would need to form an unstable coalition to rule. In contrast, here was my January 19 prediction (and rationale): Expect a Blowout Win by Syriza in Greece. Syriza Trounces New Democracy The final votes are not counted, but exit polls show a blowout, with incumbent party New Democracy going down in flames. The Wall Street Journal reports GreeceÂ’s Radical Leftist Syriza Party Poised to Win Election, Exit Polls Say. Syriza appeared set to win between 35.5% and 39.5% of the...
  • Why ‘Gay Marriage’ is Evil

    01/26/2015 8:02:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Matt Barber
    Logic is the cognitive pathway to truth. While to err is human, when we objectively apply logic to the question at hand, we at least endeavor, if done so in good faith, to arrive at the truth of the matter. Jesus is the spiritual, and the very narrow, pathway to Truth, which is Himself. He invented logic. It’s a tool that helps us to observe, study and to otherwise uncover the many mysteries veiled beneath His awesome natural order. Truth is universal. It applies to everyone, including to the relativist who might prefer wandering aimless and far removed from logic’s...
  • I.O.W.A.

    01/26/2015 7:56:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Rich Galen
    The best thing about Iowa's self-promoted position as the opening act of the primary season is: It's only four letters long. Thank God the center of the political universe isn't located in a place called Chickasawhatchee, Georgia. I didn't go to the big rollout in Des Moines over the weekend, even though I knew I would pine for that unique feeling of the wind, having started on the eastern slopes of the Rockies, raced across the flat, Central Plains with nothing in its way until it slammed into my butt on Grand Avenue. Next January in Des Moines will be...
  • The State of the Republic

    01/26/2015 7:09:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Terry Paulson
    resident Obama’s State of the Union was a bridge to nowhere. His job-killing tax-and-spend proposals would just increase the deficit and prevent a robust recovery. His definition of bipartisanship remains—join me in doing it my way, or I’ll do it myself! Here’s one citizen’s alternative “State of the Republic.” Contrary to our president’s glowing assessment, the state of the American republic and the principles that sustain liberty and the American dream are deteriorating. Domestically, the economy is improving, but it’s the most anemic recovery in decades. Under his leadership, the middle class he promises to help has been hit hardest....
  • No Lame Duck, but a Lame Dove!

    01/26/2015 6:57:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. President ObamaÂ’s State of the Union Address made it clear he is no Lame Duck. Despite his midterm election drubbing, the President came out swinging. The economy has come off the mat. Ironically enough, he is benefiting from crash of oil prices. But in his case, he did everything he could do to prevent the surge in domestic oil and natural gas production. It reminds us of what Adlai Stevenson once said about Richard Nixon: HeÂ’s the kind of man who would chop down a redwood, then mount the stump to...
  • Physician, Heal Thyself! With Gunpowder

    01/26/2015 6:13:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    Gunpowder is bullet-proof preventative medicine for American physicians. Every doctor should have the option to carry concealed in clinics and hospitals. A 55-year-old man named Stephen Pasceri walked into Boston’s Brigham and Woman’s Hospital last Tuesday and asked for renowned cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Michael Davidson. When the surgeon appeared, Pasceri pulled out a .40-caliber pistol and hit the surgeon twice before turning the gun on himself. Dr. Davidson was rushed to the emergency room and operated on but the gunshot wounds proved fatal. His pregnant wife – also a surgeon – was left to mourn the death of her loving...
  • Economic Death Spiral: More American Businesses Dying Than Starting

    01/14/2015 6:57:05 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 14 Jan 2015 | Wynton Hall
    “for the first time in 35 years, American business deaths now outnumber business births.” Clifton says for the past six years since 2008, employer business startups have fallen below the business failure rate, spurring what he calls “an underground earthquake” that only stands to worsen as lagging U.S. Census data becomes available. “Let’s get one thing clear: This economy is never truly coming back unless we reverse the birth and death trends of American businesses. ... the numbers paint an ominous portrait of America in a dire state of decline. “I don’t want to sound like a doomsayer, but when...
  • Obama Wants to Tax Your Savings...Really

    01/26/2015 4:44:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | John Ransom
    As I have noted previously bond yields continue to go lower, and Investment News reports that it has some bond managers worried that it means that the country will suffer a bout of deflation this year, which mean that the economy, might be, could be, holy cow, a little weaker than expected. Wow. You donÂ’t say? Investment News reports that bond yields are a pretty accurate predictor of which way consumer prices will be going. And in this case the yields are saying consumer prices will be going down. ThatÂ’s good news for those of us who still buy things...
  • Government Housing is a Bad Idea

    01/26/2015 4:32:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Star Parker
    This past week, following the nation’s celebration of the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the U.S. Supreme Court heard an important case related to landmark law enacted during the civil rights era – the Fair Housing Law of 1968. This case highlights how some policies that followed civil rights era legislation – in this case government low-income housing projects – actually have hurt the very communities they were supposed to help. The Court heard arguments in the case Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v The Inclusive Communities Project, a non-profit defining itself as...