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  • United in Hatred: Occupy and Ferguson

    08/28/2014 9:38:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 29, 2014 | Charlotte Hays
    A Washington Post story headlined “Not Their Grandfather’s Protest” sought to depict the Ferguson riots, triggered by the fatal shooting of a black youth by a white police officer, as a new generation of the Civil Rights movement. Not so. As much as we mourn the tragic death of Michael Brown, we can’t help noticing that the mob in Ferguson was destructive, hateful, and only too eager to liquidate small businesses that provided a livelihood for people whose only sin was doing business in Ferguson, Mo. Watching the Ferguson riots on TV, I spotted a sign that said, “Begin the...
  • U.S. Official Says 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine ["Full-Scale Invasion"!] Re-Set Button?

    08/28/2014 8:49:38 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | August 28, 2014 | Victoria Butenko, Laura Smith-Spark and Diana Magnay
    U.S. Official Says 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine By Victoria Butenko, Laura Smith-Spark and Diana Magnay, CNN August 28, 2014 Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) -- A top Ukrainian army officer said a "full-scale invasion" of his country was under way Thursday, as a U.S. official said up to 1,000 Russian troops had crossed Ukraine's southern border to fight alongside pro-Russian rebels. U.S. officials said Russian troops were directly involved in the latest fighting, despite Moscow's denials. Russian Combat Forces Inside the Territory of Ukraine Russian Combat Forces Inside the Territory of Ukraine Rebels backed by Russian tanks and armored personnel...
  • Waiting for Facts Is Racism: Jon Stewart Joins the Ferguson Mob

    08/28/2014 8:20:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | August 28, 2014 | John Nolte
    Jon Stewart has no idea what happened in Ferguson, MO, but pretends he does. And according to the Washington Post and much of the media, that's how Stewart ObliteratedDestroyedBlastedDemolishedShredded Fox News. Let his trained seals in the media clap. The bottom line to Jon Stewart's rant is that he believes that waiting for facts is racism. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Somehow… Stewart just knows Michael Brown put his hands up. Stewart just knows racism was behind the shooting of Michael Brown. Stewart just knows the shooting of Michael Brown was unjustified. Stewart just knows that Al Sharpton's symbolic summits in Chicago are enough. Stewart...
  • Why Republicans Will Take the Senate

    08/28/2014 8:16:57 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    Realclearpolitics ^ | August 28, 2014
    Netting six Senate seats is a challenge, especially since part of that equation would require Republicans to retain their own competitive seats in places like Georgia and Kentucky. But Republicans believe that the stars, moons, and planets are all aligning for just such a changing tide this November.
  • Rand Paul: Hillary's 'war hawk' policies led to Benghazi attack, rise of ISIS

    08/28/2014 7:53:52 PM PDT · by Plummz · 34 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 27 Aug 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Paul expanded on his remarks and offered a detailed rendering of his views on foreign policy that, regardless of their merits, are undoubtedly innovative for a man likely to seek the GOP's presidential nomination in 2016. … : I would say the objective evidence shows that Libya is a less safe place and less secure place, a more chaotic place with more jihadist groups—and really, we’ve had two really bad things happen because of Hillary’s push for this war. One is that our ambassador was killed as a consequence of not having adequate security and really as a consequence of...
  • Obama Administration Punishes Oklahoma for Repealing Common Core Standards

    08/28/2014 7:29:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/28/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The U.S. Department of Education (USED) has punished the state of Oklahoma for repealing the Common Core standards and reverting to its previous academic standards by rescinding the state’s waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB), making it the second state ever to lose its waiver from the law. As Caitlin Emma of Politico reports, Indiana, on the contrary, was granted a one-year extension of its waiver from NCLB because, though Gov. Mike Pence (R) declared he was the first governor to repeal the Common Core standards, his state’s replacement standards are remarkably similar to the Common Core and, as...
  • Democrat Amnesty Strategy: Shutdown!

    08/28/2014 7:13:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The Democrats have concocted a strategy to save the Senate, and that is to have Obama do his executive order on immigration and amnesty-ize five million of 'em, six million of 'em. Luis Gutierrez is now backing off just a little bit on when Obama's gonna do this and just how extensively Obama's gonna do it. We have tape. He was on with Cavuto yesterday. He's backing off just a little. But the Democrats are urging Obama to do this, because they know, they hope that it will goad the Republicans into what? Shutting down the government....
  • Pushing Back Against the Darkness of Ferguson and the Big Apple!

    08/28/2014 6:59:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | August 28, 2014 | James Davis
    What is occurring in communities across this nation is tragic. It is as if a dark cloud has enveloped and fallen upon this nation when it comes to homicides by whites of black youngsters and black men. Blacks in Sanford, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; New York City and now Ferguson, Missouri have had enough. The killings were all suspicious in nature and in each instance the black victim was unarmed. Many of you know the details. Trayvon Martin, a youngster of 17 years was stalked and killed by a neighborhood watchman in Sanford as he was making his way home from...
  • Judge again finds state school financing system unconstitutional (TX)

    08/28/2014 6:06:11 PM PDT · by NYTexan · 43 replies
    Star Telegram.com ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 | Morgan Smith
    AUSTIN — Nearly three years after more than 600 Texas school districts sued the state challenging the school finance system, a Travis County judge has ruled in their favor. In an almost 400-page opinion released Thursday, state District Judge John Dietz said that the state’s school finance system is unconstitutional not only because of inadequate funding and flaws in the way it distributes money to districts, but also because it imposes a de facto state property tax. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office, which had argued that the system was flawed but nonetheless constitutional, said Thursday that the state “will...
  • Ron Paul: Government Had Foreknowledge of 9/11 Terror Attacks: U.S. gov't more destructive than OBL

    08/28/2014 5:43:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 28, 2014 | Staff
    Former Rep. Ron Paul said he believes the U.S. government had prior knowledge of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and has kept this information hidden in a classified section of the 9/11 Commission report. Paul, who made the comments during a radio interview last Friday, also argued that the crimes of Osama bin Laden were “minor” compared to the harm the U.S. government has caused since the 2001 attacks. “I believe that if we ever get the full truth [about 9/11], we’ll find out that our government had it in the records exactly what the plans were, or at least...
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-08-28 : What Would Reagan Do?

    08/28/2014 4:59:07 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 23 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-08-28 | Newt Gingrich
    . August 28, 2014 Newt Gingrich : What Would Reagan Do? ===================================================== Instead of criticizing President Barack Obama's lack of an effective national security policy as the terrorist threat of the Islamic State grows in Syria and Iraq, it might be helpful to imagine the speech President Ronald Reagan would have given in response to the videotaped beheading of James Foley. There are many things a great power can do if it has leadership. This fictional speech is an effort to describe a Reagan-like grand strategy, clarity of moral purpose and emphasis on effective actions. This is not a speech...
  • Illegal Alien Disappearing Act (AUDIO)

    08/28/2014 4:53:52 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    WRKO ^ | Howie Carr
    ABC's Michele McPhee was with us to talk about the two fireman killed in a conflagration caused by two illegal alien workers illegaly welding in Back Bay. Have charges been brought against them you might ask? Not at present time because they have disappeared... (SNIP)
  • Landrieu claims parents’ home as her own, raising questions of Louisiana residency

    08/28/2014 4:27:33 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Washingon Post ^ | 8-28-14 | Philip Rucker
    NEW ORLEANS — In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill. Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu’s federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records. On a statement of candidacy Landrieu filed with the Federal Election Commission in January, she listed her Capitol Hill home as her address. But...
  • #NCSEN: A RNC-Tea Party powwow in Charlotte?

    08/28/2014 4:25:49 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    The Daily Haymaker ^ | Brant Clifton
    Sources agopvstre telling us that emissaries from the DC Republican establishment had a sit-down with NC Tea Party activists in The Queen City Tuesday evening. Roughly a dozen activists — most of whom were closely affiliated with Greg Brannon’s primary campaign for the US Senate — met with two individuals identifying themselves as Republican National Committee operatives at the Taco Mac sports bar near South Park Mall. “They wanted to know where we might find some common ground,” on Tea Party-affiliated attendee told us. “They said they understood there was some heartburn among Tea Partiers about the GOP and Thom...
  • Deafening Silence on Obama IRS Scandal Developments

    08/28/2014 4:07:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | August 28, 2014 | By Ken Oliver-Méndez
    The nation’s top television news broadcasts - in both English and Spanish - have been entirely mum on the latest revelations related to alleged obstruction of justice and politically-directed abuse of power at the Obama administration’s Internal Revenue Service. Whether at ABC, CBS and NBC, or Univision, Telemundo and Mundo Fox, these networks to date have essentially censored the admission by a U.S. Justice Department official –revealed by government watchdog group Judicial Watch – that allegedly lost e-mails of Obama IRS official Lois Lerner are in fact accessible, through the federal government’s computer back-up system. As Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton...
  • Census figures show more than one-third of Americans receiving welfare benefits

    08/28/2014 4:00:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 28, 2014 | By Mike Emanuel
    Fifty years after the “war on poverty” was first waged, there are signs a new offensive is needed. Newly released Census data reveals nearly 110 million Americans – more than one-third of the country – are receiving government assistance of some kind. The number counts people receiving what are known as “means-tested” federal benefits, or subsidies based on income. This includes welfare programs ranging from food stamps to subsidized housing to the program most commonly referred to as “welfare,” Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. At the end of 2012, according to the stats, 51.5 million were on food stamps, while...
  • Simple Solution To Corporate Inversions: Cut Tax Rates

    08/28/2014 3:59:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    The Obama administration is highly exercised about "inversion," the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from lower tax rates abroad. Not fair, says Barack Obama. It's taking advantage of an "unpatriotic tax loophole" that hardworking American families have to make up for by the sweat of their brow. His treasury secretary calls such behavior a violation of "economic patriotism." Nice touch. Democrats used to wax indignant about having one's patriotism questioned. Now they throw around the charge with abandon, tossing it at corporations that refuse to...
  • Brown nominee to California's high court wins approval

    08/28/2014 3:35:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 28, 2014 | by Bob Egelko
    Stanford law Prof. Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar won a unanimous vote from a state commission Thursday for his nomination to the California Supreme Court, moving Gov. Jerry Brown a step closer to reshaping the Republican-dominated court. The three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments approved Brown's nomination of Cuéllar, a 41-year-old scholar, to succeed conservative Justice Marvin Baxter on the court. Baxter is retiring in January and Cuéllar will take office for a 12-year term if approved by state voters in November. The seating of the governor's two appointees will likely form "a new majority," moving the court somewhat to the left, said Gerald...
  • Politically Drowning on Immigration, Democrats Seek 'Government Shutdown'Lifesaver

    08/28/2014 3:27:24 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    breitbart ^ | august 27, 2014 | matthew boyle
    Democratic National Committee chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) seized on remarks by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in an interview with Breitbart News, citing his desire to address immigration in a government spending bill to argue he's thirsting for a government shutdown. Wasserman Schultz's remarks, made on a conference call with reporters convened with the purpose of bashing Rubio, come as White House press secretary Josh Earnest used similar rhetoric in a briefing with reporters Wednesday. In the interview, Rubio said Congress may seek to address a unilateral amnesty by Obama in an upcoming spending bill. “There will have to be...
  • Prospect of Another DC Shutdown Looms Over Immigration Showdown

    08/28/2014 3:25:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 28, 2014 | By ARLETTE SAENZ
    The prospect of another economically and politically crippling government shutdown looms over President Obama’s talk of taking executive action on immigration next month and Republican threats to thwart him by blocking certain funding measures. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, told the Des Moines Register “all bets are off” for passing a continuing resolution if President Obama decides to take executive action on immigration. “If the president wields his pen and commits that unconstitutional act to legalize millions, I think that becomes something that is nearly political nuclear,” King said. “I think the public would be mobilized and galvanized and that changes...
  • Finding Al Franken

    08/28/2014 3:13:46 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 28, 2014
    The comedian-turned-senator is running an unusually low-key reelection campaign, trying to avoid scrutiny. Will Republicans get the last laugh?In reality, polls from both parties show Franken with only a tenuous advantage over his challenger, Republican businessman Mike McFadden. President Obama's job-approval numbers are weak in Minnesota, with a Suffolk University poll conducted in April revealing a 43 percent rating. The same survey shows Franken polling at 44 percent against McFadden, with his net favorability at 46 percent/41 percent. (A robo-poll, conducted this week by SurveyUSA, showed Franken up 51 percent to 42 percent, with a 56 percent approval rating.) But...
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Recalls ‘Porky’ Crack By Male Colleague

    08/28/2014 2:54:05 PM PDT · by mikrofon · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Arlette Saenz
    In her upcoming book “Off the Sidelines,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., reveals she was the subject of insensitive comments about her weight from male colleagues in the House and Senate. According to an excerpt posted by PEOPLE magazine, Gillibrand details an incident in her book where a male colleague  saw her in the gym said, “Good thing you’re working out, because you wouldn’t want to get porky!” According to the Huffington Post, Gillibrand responded, “”Thanks, a–hole.”
  • Jewish Home Isn't Leaving Government

    08/28/2014 2:49:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/8/14 | Gil Ronen
    Minister of Construction and Housing, Uri Ariel of the Jewish Home, estimated Thursday that his party will not leave the government anytime soon. Regarding the differences of opinion within the Security Cabinet in the course of the war, Ariel told IDF Radio: “I do not think our criticism was illegitimate. Every minister has his opinions and his points of interest and I think that after we voiced our support for the operation, if there are opinions, they should be stated.” "There are so many things that we still have to do, that I believe we will not leave the government,”...
  • Florida court won't delay same-sex marriage appeals

    08/28/2014 2:33:57 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    A Miami-based appeals court has rejected Attorney General Pam Bondi's request that two gay marriage cases be delayed until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the issue nationally. The Third District Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that the cases from Miami-Dade and Monroe counties will move forward.
  • (Hillary) Clinton breaks Ferguson silence

    08/28/2014 2:05:39 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 28, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    Hillary Clinton addressed the events in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday for the first time since the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, calling for a "thorough and speedy investigation." "We don't want to see our streets look like a war zone. Not in America. We are better than that," she said at a technology conference in San Francisco, responding to images broadcast across the country of police in helmets and armored vehicles deploying tear gas. She also praised "decent and respectful law enforcement officers, who showed what quality law enforcement looked like." "We cannot ignore...
  • Pew: Obama not 'tough enough'

    08/28/2014 1:54:49 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 28, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    A majority of Americans, 54 percent, don’t believe that President Obama is tough enough with foreign foes, feeding their concerns that the world has become a far more dangerous place under the Democratic administration, according to the Pew Research Center. Pew found that 65 percent believe that the world is more dangerous than it was several years ago. And they put ISIS near the top of U.S. threats. The Middle East terrorist group without borders ranks second to al Qaeda in the poll. The poll of 1,501 was taken August 20-24, as Obama was on vacation and under attack for...
  • Gallup: Obama's "Strong Disapproval" Double His "Strong Approval"

    08/28/2014 1:31:55 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Gallup Politics ^ | August 28, 2014 | Justin McCarthy
    Americans are more than twice as likely to say they "strongly disapprove" (39%) of President Barack Obama's job performance as they are to say they "strongly approve" (17%). The percentage of Americans who strongly disapprove of Obama has increased over time, while the percentage who strongly approve has dropped by almost half.
  • The comedian-turned-senator is running an unusually low-key reelection campaign...

    08/28/2014 1:15:01 PM PDT · by upchuck · 21 replies
    National Journal ^ | Josh Kraushaar
    Full title: Finding Al Franken The comedian-turned-senator is running an unusually low-key reelection campaign, trying to avoid scrutiny. Will Republicans get the last laugh? ST. PAUL, Minn.—I flew to Minnesota with high hopes of talking with Sen. Al Franken, and his staff said I'd get my chance during a "media availability" following a speech on the 50th anniversary of the Job Corps. But when I arrived at the Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Center, I discovered I was the only reporter there, and Franken's deputy communications director—one of three of his staffers working the event—said that the senator was in...
  • Holder’s Bank of America Heist Funds Left’s Community-Organizer Shock Troops

    08/28/2014 12:59:06 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Government coercion of the financial sector to make irresponsible loans was the primary driver of the 2007-08 financial meltdown. Now we learn that Eric Holder, the Tom Hagen of this racketeering enterprise of an administration, is using the vig that DOJ muscle is extorting from the banks to pour tens of millions of dollars into the coffers of the radical Left’s top rabble-rousers – in addition to diverting what should be public funds to pay off delinquent debts in cities that Democrats have destroyed.
  • Arrest Rate in California Senate Higher Than Rate in All of State' Cities

    08/28/2014 12:26:15 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 5 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | August 26, 2014 | Phillip Reese
    Three of the 40 members of the California State Senate have been arrested this year, more than double the statewide arrest rate and higher than the rate in any of California's 25 largest cities. State Senator Ron Calderon was arrested in February for allegedly taking bribes. State Senator Leland Yee was arrested in March for allegedly trafficking in firearms and taking bribes. State Senator Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunk driving charges. A fourth senator, Roderick Wright, was convicted of perjury and voter fraud charges in January but was arrested prior to this year. [SNIP]
  • Al Franken Dodges Tough Press Questions With Sweet Corn Filibuster

    08/28/2014 12:24:20 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 28, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    So, Senator, will you agree to debate your opponent during the campaign? Hey, let me tell you about this sweet corn. It is so delicious that you can't eat just one ear. So sweet and tasty that I eat them by the dozen. And since I still have to run out the clock until election day, let's switch gears to ponder on the issue of chocolate chip cookies. You can buy them by the bucket and float them in bottomless glasses of ice cold milk...
  • I need you [another whining, begging email from nobama hisself]

    08/28/2014 11:56:50 AM PDT · by upchuck · 12 replies
    email | August 28, 2014 | b. h. o.
    You are receiving this message as an Obama for America supporter.The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is solely responsible for the content of this message. Mike — I'm emailing you again because the Senate is at stake. If the GOP gains just six seats, the same Republicans who just voted to sue me will control both houses of Congress. Republicans will control everything in Congress from Medicare to education. I don't need to tell you how devastating the consequences would be. That's why the DSCC is building an enormous voter mobilization program to win. But I know first hand: Launching field...
  • Who really took more vacation days: Bush or Obama?

    08/28/2014 11:49:15 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 64 replies
    Q: Is it true that George W. Bush took more vacation days than Barack Obama? A: Yes. Before his two-week trip to Martha’s Vineyard in August, Obama’s count was 125 full or partial days and Bush’s total at the same point in his presidency was 407. FULL ANSWER Our inbox is chock full of questions about who took more vacation days, Obama or Bush. (The short answer: Bush. The long answer: There’s no such thing as a true non-working vacation for the president.) MORE COVERAGE Featherman: Bash Obama, just not his vacations The recent barrage from our readers coincides with...
  • Stagnation: CBO Revises 2014 GDP Growth Projection Down to 1.5 Percent

    08/28/2014 10:47:15 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Guy Benson
    When the economy shrinks substantially over the course of an economic quarter, tepid recoveries tend to look, well, tepid. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has slashed its predictions for US economic growth in 2014: The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year. The new assessment was considerably more pessimistic than the Obama administration's, which predicted last month that the economy would expand by 2.6 percent this year even though it contracted by an annual rate of...
  • Are you paying attention? Apparently this just JV talk to the White House

    08/28/2014 10:21:57 AM PDT · by Baynative · 13 replies
    MemriTV ^ | 6/7/14 | unknown
    This is a YouTube link to a middle east news forum. The attitude of the "guest" is identical to Islamic radicals here in America. He is stating nothing different than what we hear from CAIR or Representative Keith Ellison. Yet we carry on and our President says there's no reason for alarm
  • RNC to spend $100m to get out vote

    08/28/2014 10:15:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 57 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 8-28-14 | David M. Drucker
    The Republican National Committee is on track to spend more than $100 million in the midterm campaign, with virtually every dime plowed into the party’s new digital voter-turnout program. If the program is effective, Republican campaigns will have access to a modern get-out-the-vote operation that has been the hallmark of the Democrats’ success in recent election cycles. But if it fails to deliver as advertised, Republican candidates will be stuck with another subpar voter turnout program and without the resources the GOP traditionally sent to their campaigns in midterm years. The RNC is set this week to announce the deployment...
  • ISIS: Surprisingly Sophisticated, Extremely Well-Funded ($2 billion in the bank)

    08/28/2014 9:49:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    onepeterfive ^ | August 26, 2014 | STEVE SKOJEC
    In a very interesting infographic on Medium, Matter Magazine offers us a paint by numbers assessment of the ISIS threat. Among other things, the Islamic State has a shocking amount of money — $2 BILLION dollars — four times as much as the Taliban. And their wealth is growing, with $3 million dollars a day in oil and gas revenue from captured facilities. (If you’re wondering who is buying, it’s all black market.)And they have other sources of income besides:The statistics go on, and they’re surprising. 80,000 fighters control 470,000 square miles and 6,000,000 people.And of course, they have vowed...
  • Please Don't Shoot the Pollster

    08/28/2014 9:49:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Matt Towery
    If memory serves me, I have to write some variation of this column every election cycle. Just 10 years ago, public opinion surveys for elections were a mysterious mix of science and technology. It held little interest except to the political campaigns that lived and breathed by its numbers. But in the last decade, political polling has become a sport. Make that a blood sport. Some readers will recall the late TV sportscaster Howard Cosell. He was brilliant, but as he put it in the title of his own autobiography, "I Never Played the Game." These days, for every one...
  • Republicans sound alarm as White House prepares go-it-alone immigration measures

    08/28/2014 9:44:50 AM PDT · by upchuck · 28 replies
    fox ^ | Aug 28, 2014
    Lawmakers are sounding the alarm over the possibility that President Obama will take sweeping executive actions on immigration in a matter of days – with some Republicans warning of a renewed budget brawl if he takes that step. “For all intents and purposes, America no longer has an immigration system. Instead, we have unsettling chaos,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wrote in a letter earlier this week to Obama, urging him not to go forward with unilateral action. In comments that have received widespread attention, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, told the Des Moines Register that “all bets are off” on a...
  • Breaking: Gottlieb challenges Gates to debate gun control measure

    08/28/2014 9:31:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 8/27/2014 | Dave Workman
    Two days after the Seattle Times announced that Bill and Melinda Gates have donated $1 million to the Initiative 594 campaign, Bellevue gun rights advocate Alan Gottlieb, who opposes the measure, has today publicly challenged the billionaire Microsoft founder to a public debate. Gottlieb issued his challenge Wednesday morning, demanding that Gates “Put his mouth where his money is!” “It’s one thing to be for background checks,” said Gottlieb, who is chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and a leading spokesman for Initiative 591. “But, I-594 is poorly written bad law, and all...
  • Out of state group threatens to sue Utah cities and counties over gun laws

    08/28/2014 9:23:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    good4utah.com ^ | 8/27/2014 | Glen Mills
    SANDY, Utah- (ABC 4 Utah) – Municipalities across Utah are taking a second look at their gun ordinances to make sure they are in line with state law. Sandy City Council amended ordinances to make it legal to carry a gun at city parks and other recreational facilities. The changes were already in the works, but a letter from a national group threatening to sue the city sped up the process. The Second Amendment Foundation is taking aim at local gun laws state by state. "We go in and do some research on city and county codes and figure out...
  • Obama coming to Milwaukee for Laborfest

    08/28/2014 9:03:06 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | Aug 27, 2014 | Bill Glauber
    Obama coming to Milwaukee for Laborfest By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel Aug. 27, 2014 A spokeswoman for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Wednesday that President Barack Obama will be in Milwaukee on Labor Day. No further details were available for Monday's visit, but multiple media sources said that Obama will be attending Laborfest at Maier Festival Park. A White House official later confirmed the president would visit the city for an event Monday. Obama was a frequent visitor to Milwaukee and Madison during the 2012 campaign, and was here in 2010 for Laborfest, speaking to a crowd of...
  • It's coming: Romney for president redux

    08/28/2014 8:55:04 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 70 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8/28/14 | Rick Moran
    The last two Republican candidates for president have been among the weakest GOP candidates in 50 years. Barack Obama presented Mitt Romney with a gift in 2012: A struggling economy, sluggish growth, a paucity of jobs, and a health care law that was extremely unpopular. In what should have been a landslide rejection of Obama's policies, Romney flubbed it big time and allowed his opponent to define him - and Republicans - in the most unlfattering way imaginable. You would have hoped that Romney would have retired from the public arena and kept a low profile as other losers have...
  • McConnell says he wouldn’t allow a government shutdown

    08/28/2014 8:03:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 28, 2014
    Read his lips: No shutdown. Pushing back against a report to the contrary, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he won’t let the government shut down if he becomes the chamber’s majority leader next year. “Of course not,” the Kentucky Republican told CNN in an interview. “Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns,” he said. Government shutdowns like last October’s are a “failed policy,” McConnell added.
  • Sheboygan Press: money, talk radio to blame for Leibham’s GOP primary loss

    08/28/2014 7:23:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 8-28-14 | Kyle Maichle
    On Tuesday, the Sheboygan Press reported that according to two veteran GOP consultants that talk radio and campaign cash were to blame for State Senator Joe Leibham’s narrow defeat in the 6th Congressional District Republican primary. Jason Smathers, the author of the article, said: “But with two other state legislators running to his right, those advantages disappeared. Leibham played defense most of the race. He was blasted in attack ads and press releases and lost to his main opponents in all but two counties – Manitowoc and his home of Sheboygan.” Smathers interviewed veteran GOP consultant Mark Graul of Arena...
  • Rob Ford gains ground in Toronto mayoral race, is a close second to John Tory: poll

    08/28/2014 7:03:22 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 13 replies
    National Post ^ | August 28, 2014 | Josh Visser
    Don’t call it comeback yet, but Mayor Rob Ford is on the rise in a new poll on the Toronto mayoral race, closely trailing John Tory as once frontrunner Olivia Chow continues to bleed support. While most observers have pontificated on the campaign as a two-horse race between Chow and Tory, with Ford on the outside with a solid but underwhelming minority, the mayor’s polling gains since his return from rehab is sure to turn heads. In the latest Forum Poll, an automated phone survey conducted Monday and Tuesday of 1,945 Torontonians, Tory leads with 34% support, followed by Ford...
  • Can Anybody Find the GOP Campaign?

    08/28/2014 6:47:19 AM PDT · by iowamark · 39 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: There was a story -- I intended to already be into my media Stack here 'cause it's great, but something just struck me. I didn't go into detail on it yesterday. I intended to, I just didn't get to it. There's another thing I didn't get to yesterday. There's a bunch of polling data out, and I saved it for today, that American people and African-Americans think race relations are worse today than since Obama was elected, and even an Obama pollster is admitting this, and I've got the sound bites. But there was another story yesterday that I...
  • Mark Udall’s Wife Partners with Leonardo DiCaprio to Call for Carbon Tax

    08/28/2014 6:29:14 AM PDT · by lbryce · 33 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Auggust 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall’s (Colo.) wife called for a carbon tax while appearing in a new anti-oil video produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. “People are ready for conversation,” says Maggie Fox, Udall’s wife and former president of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, in the Green World Rising video, entitled, “Carbon.” “They’re ready to understand that carbon pollution is causing this challenge and that there is a simple solution: put a price on carbon pollution,” she says. DiCaprio is releasing a series of environmentalist videos on climate change, the first focusing on gathering support for a cap and trade system. A...
  • OBAMA WANTS NEW ISIS WAR PLAN ASAP

    08/28/2014 6:39:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 8/27/14 | Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
    ....Obama wants to decide by the end of the week whether or not his war in Iraq against the Islamic State will expand to the group’s haven in eastern Syria. But nearly everything about the potential military campaign is still in flux, administration officials tell The Daily Beast—from the goals of the effort to the intelligence needed to carry it out.....
  • Who are the Americans Fighting in Syria?

    08/28/2014 6:27:50 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 4 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 08/27/2014 | Jordan Long
    The shocking and disturbing videotaped execution of American journalist James Foley had, besides the most gruesome and obvious, another jarring element: the composed British voice of his murderer, repeating fanatical Islamist propaganda and making terroristic threats in impeccable English. Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, an up-and-coming rapper who abandoned making music in London to make war in Syria in 2012, is far from the first UK national to embrace the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Great Britain’s Foreign Office estimates that at least 400 British citizens have gone to join the carnage in Syria. One member of Parliament thinks Merry...