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  • The Ranch Davidians: Grazing controversy shines floodlight on growing distrust of government

    04/20/2014 12:54:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | April 19, 2014 | Editorial Staff
    We don’t know who’s right in the case of the Nevada rancher vs. the federal government. But we do know that the government is losing the public relations battle, and for good reason. When the government moved to seize Cliven Bundy’s cattle for his failure to pay grazing fees on public land, a growing group of supporters came to his defense – literally. On April 12, after a tense and heated standoff with them, heavily armed federal agents released the cattle back and retreated. The situation was eerily reminiscent of past ill-fated federal standoffs, such as Ruby Ridge and Waco,...
  • Can We Divorce Our Elites?

    04/13/2014 6:06:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Daily Beast ^ | April 13, 2014 | James Poulos
    They say Washington, D.C. is Hollywood for ugly people. And the biggest story splashed across the political tabloids is the now very ugly divorce of Tony and Heather Podesta, lobbyists extraordinaire. It’s not ugly in the way we’re used to. This is a decoupling carried out with a conscious air of respect and admiration, tarnished only by the soulless machinations of lawyers that we have come to expect wherever nontrivial sums are involved. No, it’s ugly because of the lifestyle being revealed around these rich and famous power-brokers. And no, it’s not just a matter of the “museum-quality art” they...
  • Ann Coulter on 2016: Second look at Mitt Romney?

    04/03/2014 1:04:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 3, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Via MofoPolitics, which is responsible for the clip, and Free Republic, where the Romney 3.0 movement is, shall we say, off to a bad start in the comments. I’m 90 percent sure she’s joking but there’s no way to be sure: Any conservative willing to offer three cheers for RomneyCare qualifies, indisputably, as a true blue Mitt fan. I didn’t think they existed, but they do. Even among people who knew all along that, if nominated, he would lose. Why Romney instead of someone else, though? One big reason, she says, is immigration. He was the guy who hammered Rick...
  • Mark Levin: Ruling Class 'Should Fear' the Tea Party Movement

    03/04/2014 1:36:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 2, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Conservative talk radio host and scholar Mark Levin appeared on a taping of Breitbart News Sunday and said that the permanent political class should fear the Tea Party movement, which will only gain in strength in the years ahead. Speaking with Breitbart News Executive Chairman and host Stephen K. Bannon after he keynoted an event honoring the five-year anniversary of the movement, Levin said that the Tea Party has already rocked the political system in just five years because those in it want to clear out the crony capitalists on both sides of the aisle. "We're coming for the ruling...
  • Our Decadent Elites

    02/19/2014 6:18:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 18, 2014 | Peggy Noonan
    Watching Season 2 of “House of Cards.” Not to be a scold or humorless, but do Washington politicians understand how they make themselves look when they embrace the show and become part of its promotion by spouting its famous lines? Congressmen only work three days a week. Each shot must have taken two hours or so—the setup, the crew, the rehearsal, the learning the line. How do they have time for that? Why do they think it’s good for them? “House of Cards” very famously does nothing to enhance Washington’s reputation. It reinforces the idea that the capital has no...
  • Stossel: The Privileged People

    02/11/2014 9:41:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 12, 2014 | John Stossel
    Politicians say, "We're all equal," and pretend that they represent everyone. But, in fact, they constantly pick winners and losers. America is now like the place described in George Orwell's book "Animal Farm": "All animals are equal," but some are "more equal than others." "Animal Farm" was about Communism, but today the allegory applies to our bloated democracy, too. During the "fiscal cliff" negotiations that Congress and the media made sound so tough -- as if every last penny were pinched -- Congress still managed to slip in plenty of special deals for cronies. --NASCAR got $70 million for new...
  • Why Hillary Clinton can't drive any more and other tales of deskilling

    01/29/2014 7:52:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 28, 2014 | Leo Benedictus
    The former First Lady admits she hasn't driven a car for 18 years. But she's far from being the only privileged person to have forgotten how to do things the rest of us take for granted. "One of the regrets I have about my public life is that I can't drive any more," Hillary Clinton told a car dealers' conference on Monday. Among her most painful memories, you suspect this doesn't rank all that high. Yet the remark is a reminder of how wealth and power tend to separate people from normal life, and how they don't always like it....
  • The Trouble with Guns

    01/12/2014 1:44:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    PJ Media's Klavan On Culture ^ | January 12, 2014 | Andrew Klavan
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) “A gun is just a tool. No better and no worse than any other tool, a shovel or an axe or a saddle or a stove or anything. Think of it always that way. A gun is as good — and as bad — as the man who carries it.” Shane, by Jack Schaefer, 1949. No one could call me a gun nut. I go shooting with friends at most once or twice a year and, while I enjoy it, it doesn’t inspire the sort of obsession that grips me whenever I manage to get my hands on a...
  • Examiner Editorial: Only Republicans can prevent a conservative renaissance

    12/23/2013 3:22:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 22, 2013 | The Editors
    As 2013 heads for the exits, it is clear the Obamacare debacle has shattered the rose-colored lenses through which many Americans have viewed President Obama ever since his dramatic address to the 2004 Democratic National Convention. The vaunted Obama charm can no longer obscure the fact that the president mislead the nation by promising people that Obamacare would let them keep the insurance plans and doctors they like and save thousands of dollars on health care costs. As a result, a growing number of opinion surveys point to the emergence of a new public consensus that Washington spends too much,...
  • Is the Tea Party just a pressure release valve?

    12/15/2013 4:06:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Nolan Chart ^ | December 15, 2013 | Mark Vogl
    "Who’s on first?" "I don't know!" "Third base." It was a great Abbot and Costello skit, maybe their signature moment that younger generations may never have heard of. It was a skit about the players on a baseball team, and their unusual names. It was really funny. (America needs an Abbot and Costello now, a duo who can bring some humor from day to day life to a nation filled with disappointment.) Well I ran into the same kind of skit when I tried to find out if there was a Tea Party organization in my local area. When I...
  • For Congress, healthcare plans remain a notch above: They're getting better service & benefits

    12/02/2013 2:00:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 1, 2013 | Michael A. Memoli
    Trying to align lawmakers with the people they represent, Congress three years ago decided that when the new healthcare plan took effect, members would give up their platinum health benefits and enroll in the online marketplaces created for millions of other Americans. In typical congressional fashion, however, things have not worked out exactly as advertised. While many members of Congress are indeed signing up for health coverage through the District of Columbia exchange — which was designated as the provider for all members — their experiences have been significantly better than those of average consumers in several respects, including more...
  • Masking Totalitarianism

    11/26/2013 9:29:00 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11-27-13 | Walter Williams
    One of the oldest notions in the history of mankind is that some people are to give orders and others are to obey. The powerful elite believe that they have wisdom superior to the masses and that they've been ordained to forcibly impose that wisdom on the rest of us. Their agenda calls for an attack on the free market and what it implies — voluntary exchange. Tyrants do not trust that people acting voluntarily will do what the tyrant thinks they should do. Therefore, free markets are replaced with economic planning and regulation that is nothing less than the...
  • Beautiful. London Traffic Warden Writes Hillary Parking Ticket While Secret Service Goes Nuts

    10/15/2013 6:11:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 15, 2013 | Andrea Ryan
    Argument: Hillary Clinton’s security staff get into a row with a traffic warden whilst waiting for her in London. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended an event in London on Saturday. Parking her car in a bay on St. James’ Square, Clinton was required to pay the same Ł3.30 per hour fee that everyone else is required to pay for the privilege to park there. She did not. When the traffic warden tried to issue a parking ticket the Secret Service agents went nuts. But, waving their arms and flashing their badges didn’t impress the traffic marshal. He...
  • Study looks at nonprofit groups with millionaire CEOs

    10/15/2013 9:00:13 AM PDT · by Liz · 5 replies
    NY POST ^ | 10/14/13 | Jeane MacIntosh
    <p>CEOs are on an elite list of 11 tax-exempt charity chiefs who command a staggering seven-figure salary, according to the 2013 “Charity CEO Compensation Study,” which analyzed the 2011 IRS returns of 3,929 US-based charities that rely on public support.Charity Navigator noted that the country’s highest-paid CEOs oversee multi-million dollar operations, with the largest nonprofits having expenses of more than $13.5 million. But it termed some of the salaries “excessive” and “outrageously high.”</p>
  • Squirrels relish White House kitchen garden as shutdown sidelines staff

    10/14/2013 7:59:08 PM PDT · by machogirl · 136 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 14, 2013 | Roberta Rampton
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the famous White House kitchen garden, tomatoes are rotting on the vine. Herbs have gone to seed. And the sweet potatoes - a favorite of President Barack Obama - have become worm food. It's another impact of the government shutdown, one that only the fox and the many squirrels that live on the White House grounds could love. A foodie blog called Obamafoodarama that obsessively covers the White House "food ephemera" and the administration's food policy has posted photos of the normally immaculate garden looking more like what most gardeners' plots appear at this time of...
  • Medieval Times - Column: ‘Vanity Fair’ and the New Feudalism

    10/11/2013 11:29:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 11, 2013 | Matthew Continetti
    Looking for a distraction from the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate? I urge you to read Vanity Fair’s latest advertisement for “The New Establishment,” a list of “50 Titans Disrupting Media, Technology, and Culture,” the century-old magazine’s annual mash-note to the rich and powerful and self-satisfied. These disrupters innovate technologies, set the trends, define the limits of acceptable conversation in culture and politics and society, and pour money into the network of liberal foundations and Democratic campaigns around which our world is increasingly organized. They are the winners in the cognitive lottery that is the New Economy, the men...
  • EXCLUSIVE--Palin Rips 'GOP High Roller Machine': 'Their Money Can’t Buy Elections Anymore'

    10/05/2013 9:08:33 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 102 replies
    breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 10-5-2013 | Stephen K. Bannon & Tony Lee
    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin blasted the Republican establishment's contempt for and destructive behavior toward the Tea Party during the current budget showdown with the Obama administration. Palin told Breitbart News that these establishment financiers cannot relate to the average American worker and are throwing a "fit" because Wall Street knows they are in a whole new ballgame where their influence is diminishing. Palin was responding to an article by David Freilander in Thursday's Daily Beast in which prominent Republican establishment financiers showed disdain for the conservative grassroots while being unable to identify...
  • Sarah Palin is Right

    09/23/2013 8:12:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 23, 2013 | Tommy Christopher
    This is not some sort of bait-and-switch where the Palin-hating liberal swoops in with a zinger, this is for real: Sarah Palin is actually right about something. Furthermore, she’s not just a little bit right, she doesn’t just have a point, the former Alaska Governor is absolutely, 100% right. While you arrange your lambs in snuggly positions with your lions, let me explain. Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace revealed, yesterday, that “top Republicans” had sent him unsolicited oppo research and questions for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Former Governor Palin (R-AK) tweeted, on Sunday, that Wallace ought to reveal which...
  • David Frum Blasts Gun Rights Advocates During Navy Yard Shootings

    09/16/2013 12:05:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | September 16, 2013
    As Americans ran from gunfire at the Navy Yard in Washington DC, commentator David Frum took to Twitter to talk gun control and suggest that gun control opponents were to blame for the shooting:
  • A Third Tea Party: Possible, Realistic, and Easier Than You Think

    09/15/2013 4:50:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | September 15, 2013 | Daniel R. Quintiliani
    During the pre-Palin days of the Tea Party Movement, the idea of a conservative third party was often discussed. Since the Tampa Purge of 2012, many have revisited this idea, most recently Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation. A third party dedicated only to freedom and limited government has been attempted several times, and we do have the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party, though like the Green Party, they have been restricted to local politics, and often lack ballot access. This period of American history is marked by a large, oppressive, and violent federal government. We have many factions...
  • Stop Picking on the D.C. Elite! This Town is No Worse Than Your Town (Must read)

    09/15/2013 12:32:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New Republic ^ | September 14, 2013 | Nicholas Lemann
    've been having an argument with a friend of mine, a veteran Washington journalist, about whether it can really be true that where I live (an apartment building on the Upper West Side of New York, all of whose residents are Columbia faculty members), people arenÂ’t talking about This Town. My friend thinks IÂ’m playing the country bumpkin, but I swear it! This Town has a powerful infinity-of-mirrors quality: itÂ’s proudly, defiantly obsessed with a particular Washington subculture, which it persuasively portrays as being self-obsessed, and the subculture obsesses over This Town right back, because the book plays into the...
  • Raising McCain: Episode 1 (Meghan McCain gets a painful new "reality" show)

    09/13/2013 9:11:28 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 43 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sep 8, 2013 | Pivot
    Raising McCain: Episode 1 - YouTube
  • Should Sarah Palin Call Out John McCain On Syria? The Tale of Two Rinos (Updated with a New Poll)

    09/07/2013 6:11:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | September 7, 2012 | Isabel Matos
    What are we going to do with John McCain who is helping Obama “save-face” by supporting his phony war on Syria? It is clear Americans do not want to get involved. Like Sarah Palin says, “Mr. President, please give America justification before you spend blood and treasure to intervene.” Sarah Palin and John McCain don’t have much in common, except being on the same ticket in 2008. They don’t agree on much politically, especially Syria. The Governor does what the Senator is supposed to do, but that is as far as it goes. John McCain’s transgressions seem to be getting...
  • Dead is dead; let Allah sort it out

    08/31/2013 3:24:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 31, 2013 | Ethel C. Fenig
    The usual war on women liberals who mocked vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (R) for not attending a prestigious college were baffled that she made it on her own, not with inherited wealth or her husband's influence. And so they laughed when she predicted death panels under Obamacare; they're not laughing now. And they continued their laughter and their mockery over the past few years including more than two months ago, pre President Barack Hussein Obama's (D) allegedly broken "red line" in Syria, when she bluntly stated, "Militarily, where is our commander in chief? We're talking now more new interventions....
  • Eugene Robinson: GOP in Fantasyland

    08/22/2013 5:19:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 22, 2013 | by Eugene Robinson
    The make-believe crusade by publicity-hound Republicans to somehow stop Obamacare is one of the most cynical political exercises we’ve seen in many years. And that, my friends, is saying something. Charlatans are peddling the fantasy that somehow they can prevent the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act from becoming what it already is: the law of the land. Congress passed it, President Obama signed it, the Supreme Court upheld it, many of its provisions are already in force, and others will soon take effect. The Republican majority in the House, though, is . . . what’s the word? Unpredictable? Uncontrollable? Unhinged? They...
  • Bill Kristol Doesn't Want Any More Credit for Sarah Palin's Career (Elspeth, again)

    08/20/2013 6:12:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | August 20, 2013 | Elspeth Reeve
    When Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol suggested on Sunday that Sarah Palin restart her political career by running for Senate, people noticed, because more than anyone else —more than John McCain, the candidate who picked her as his running mate, more than Steve Schmidt, the adviser who urged McCain to do it — Kristol is credited with launching Palin's career. On Tuesday, Kristol made it clear he does not want all that credit (or blame). On MSNBC's Morning Joe, Nicolle Wallace, who was Palin's aide during the 2008 campaign, asked Kristol, "How did you feel as sort of being branded...
  • Don't Know Much About Geography

    08/15/2013 7:41:03 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | 8/15/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Over a half-century after Cooke wrote that lighthearted song, such ignorance is now all too real. Even our best and brightest -- or rather our elites especially -- are not too familiar with history or geography. Both disciplines are the building blocks of learning. Without awareness of natural and human geography, we are reduced to a sort of self-contained void without accurate awareness of the space around us. An ignorance of history also creates the same sort of self-imposed exile, leaving us ignorant of both what came before us and what is likely to follow. In the case of geography,...
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. Congress wins relief on Obamacare health plan subsidies

    08/07/2013 9:56:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 7, 2013
    Congress has won some partial relief for lawmakers and their staffs from the "Obamacare" health reforms that it passed and subjected itself to three years ago. In a ruling issued on Wednesday, U.S. lawmakers and their staffs will continue to receive a federal contribution toward the health insurance that they must purchase through soon-to-open exchanges created by President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. The decision by the Office of Personnel Management, with Obama's blessing, will prevent the largely unintended loss of healthcare benefits for 535 members of the Senate and House of Representatives and thousands of Capitol Hill staff. When...
  • Northeastern Liberal Elites in an Uproar After New York Times Magazine Discovers Women Driving

    07/17/2013 3:45:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 7/17/13 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: There was something in the New York Times Magazine over the weekend. This has, within its own universe, created a firestorm. It's about hooking up in college. I have the headline right here. Let me see the second page here. "Sex on Campus: She Can Play That Game, Too." This is a long piece. It's like 4,000 words, this New York Times Magazine piece. It's a long piece on how there isn't any dating anymore, as you and I understand it. It's just no-emotion sexual hookups, and they are perfunctory at that. Not any attachment whatsoever. It's...
  • Liberal Apartheid

    07/02/2013 4:34:13 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/2/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The elite mostly lead a reactionary existence of talking one way and living another. One of the strangest things about the modern progression in liberal thought is its increasing comfort with elitism and high style. Over the last 30 years, the enjoyment of refined tastes, both material and psychological, has become a hallmark of liberalism — hand in glove with the art of professional altruism, so necessary to the guilt-free enjoyment of the good life. Take most any contemporary issue, and the theme of elite progressivism predominates. Higher education? A visitor from Mars would note that the current system of...
  • Billionaires Want to End Capitalism As We Know It (Richard Branson's new non-profit)

    06/18/2013 4:33:09 PM PDT · by Thoreauaway · 57 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 17, 2013 | Mike Ciandella
    Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington and a group of other CEOs and former world leaders have formed a group whose goal is to end capitalism as we know it. The nonprofit, known as “The B Team,” was created to help promote a “better version of capitalism, one that prioritizes people and planet over profit.” This ignores the fact that capitalism is, by definition, motivated by profit. The team, led by Branson and German businessman Jochen Zeitz, calls for drastic changes in how the economy works. These include “new rules and models for the future of business – not incremental ‘change as...
  • Michelle Obama Gives Speech At Fundraiser In Tory Burch’s Apartment

    05/30/2013 8:55:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | May 29, 2013 | Hunter Walker
    First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at a DNC Fundraiser at the Manhattan home of fashion designer Tory Burch Wednesday evening. TPM was in attendance to provide press pool coverage. Our unedited pool report is below: "Your pooler is currently composing this report in a Starbucks a few blocks from Manhattan's Hotel Pierre where First Lady Michelle Obama just gave a speech at a DNC fundraiser in the home of fashion designer Tory Burch. In her speech, Obama encouraged the crowd to remain politically engaged and active though "the excitement that comes with the presidential campaign has faded." Pool was led...
  • Why Having More Christians Won't Necessarily Change Our Culture

    05/28/2013 6:58:35 AM PDT · by xzins · 132 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 5/27/2013 | Os Hillman
    For centuries, Christians thought culture would change if we just had a majority of Christians in the culture. That has proven to be a false assumption. Culture is defined by a relatively small number of change agents who operate at the top of cultural spheres or societal mountains. It takes less than 3-5 percent of those operating at the top of a cultural mountain to actually shift the values represented on that mountain.For example, this is exactly what advocates in the gay rights movement has done through the "mountains" of media and arts and entertainment. They have strategically used these...
  • Ukip sees surge in interest after Tory brands activists swivel-eyed loons

    05/19/2013 10:31:26 AM PDT · by granada
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 19 May 2013 | Rowena Mason
    Given the battering President Obama took this past week on a trio of political scandals, any public opinion survey results that aren’t dreadful probably are viewed with some relief at the White House. That may be the clearest message from a CNN/ORC poll released Sunday morning. According to the survey, which was conducted Friday and Saturday, 53 percent of Americans say they approve of the job the president is doing, with 45 percent saying they disapprove, CNN reports. That’s actually a tick better than the 51 percent approval rating Obama had in early April – but not enough to break...
  • LA Times: Sarah Palin's vulgar tweets: Not funny or effective (w/Poll to FReep)

    04/29/2013 3:22:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Los Angeles Times' LA Now ^ | April 29, 2013 | Robin Abcarian
    Sarah Palin reared her head in American airspace this weekend. As the country’s media, entertainment and political elite gathered in Washington, D.C., for the annual roast that is the White House Correspondents Dinner, Palin could not resist lobbing darts from afar. “Yuk it up media and pols,” she tweeted. “While America is buried in taxes and a fight for our rights, the permanent political class in DC dresses up and has a prom to make fun of themselves. No need for that, we get the real joke.” She panned the event again in a second tweet: “That #WHCD was pathetic....
  • PALIN SLAMS DC 'ASSCLOWNS' FOR THROWING 'PATHETIC' '#NERDPROM

    04/27/2013 10:27:48 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 331 replies
    Brietbart ^ | Sunday April 28, 2013
    Former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who has fiercely fought crony capitalism and the permanent political class, absolutely blistered the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday, tweeting that the dinner was "pathetic" and that "DC assclowns" were throwing "themselves a #nerdprom" while "the rest of America is out there working our assess off." @SarahPalinUSA: That #WHCD was pathetic. The rest of America is out there working our asses off while these DC assclowns throw themselves a #nerdprom In recent years, Washington veterans have expressed similar concerns. Tom Brokaw has compared Washington to "Versailles," Ron Fournier has said...
  • “You can have an education, I guess, but not one as good as mine…”

    04/26/2013 6:19:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Anchoress ^ | April 26, 2013 | Elizabeth Scalia
    Here is Yale alum Leah Libresco responding with vigor to Keli Goff’s recent article entitled “Female Ivy League graduates have a duty to stay in the workforce”: Goff assumes that women who leave the workforce will cease to use the education that they paid for, but there’s nowhere you can go that learning about beauty and citizenship and character and tradition aren’t relevant. The liberal arts are supposed to have taken up philosophy’s mantle as preparation for death — the study of how we should live.[...] The college grad starting out as a junior staffer or an administrative assistant may...
  • Washington Exempts Itself From Obamacare and Airport "Sequester" Delays

    04/25/2013 8:41:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/25/2013 | Tyler Durden
    The uncomfortable effects of government actions are being felt everywhere. Obamacare concerns are, anecdotally, delaying hiring, causing firms to change benefits for the people, and increasing taxes on the great majority. On the other hand, in the context of the "sequester", which is merely a slowdown in the breakneck rate of government spending, anyone who has traveled by plane in the last month knows the full court press efforts under way to ensure the American public knows just how 'devastating' the sequester cuts are - with delays rising exponentially with every dollar removed from the FAA budget. But there...
  • Princeton Mom to All Female Students: ‘Find a Husband’

    04/07/2013 2:25:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    New York Magazine's The Cut ^ | March 29, 2013 | Maureen O'Connor
    In the mid-seventies, Susan A. Patton was among the "200 pioneer women" to join Princeton University's previously all-male student body. As president of her alumni class, she recently attended an Anne-Marie Slaughter–endorsed "Women and Leadership" event that "allowed current undergraduate women to speak informally with older and presumably wiser alumnae." But the "girls" in attendance "glazed over" discussing careerism, she found. So today she wrote an open letter to The Daily Princetonian telling "the daughters I never had" what she wished she'd said: Forget about having it all, or not having it all, leaning in or leaning out ... Here’s...
  • Fmr Bush Chief Strategist Compares Conservatives to the Flinstones, Sarah Palin to the Kardashians

    03/17/2013 6:35:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 17, 2013 | Mytheos Holt
    Matthew Dowd, former chief strategist for the 2004 George W. Bush campaign, apparently doesn’t have much of a soft spot for CPAC or for Sarah Palin. Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Dowd likened CPAC to no less than two prehistoric children’s cartoons, and not so subtly compared former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to Kim Kardashian. National Review captured the one-minute statement from Dowd: “Matt, you’re just shaking your head. The whole thing, it makes you nervous, what do you say?” ABC host Martha Raddatz asked. “To me, imagery and who’s there [at CPAC] and what you say is...
  • Former Bush aide slams Sarah Palin as not ‘competent enough’ for Fox News

    03/06/2013 3:54:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | March 6, 2013 | Tom Tillison
    While participating in a panel discussion Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” President George W. Bush’s former chief strategist Matthew Dowd continued the senseless attacks on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin by political elitists on the right . Dowd was critiquing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for not inviting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), while welcoming Palin, who he said “wasn’t competent enough to keep a Fox News contract,” according to The Raw Story. “CPAC, to me, has totally diminished its credibility as an organization,” Dowd said. “And you invite Sarah Palin, who wasn’t competent enough to keep a...
  • America’s New Mandarins: Paths to power & success are narrowing So's the worldview of the powerful

    02/22/2013 10:14:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 21, 2013 | Megan McArdle
    Yesterday, I wrote about the silliness of requiring a file clerk to have a college degree. This morning, a friend sent me the following note about the narrowing of opportunity in modern America: Random thought inspired by the NYT article re: requiring BAs for everything and your post, especially the note about your IT team and their varied backgrounds, which is far less likely to be true today. It seems to me that a similar version of that narrowing-entry option is occurring in many fields You've written in the past about how the top banks have steadily narrowed the pool...
  • The Tea Party can survive Karl Rove's wrath, but being purged from Fox News could help kill it

    02/07/2013 11:34:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The London Daily Telegraph ^ | February 7, 2013 | Dr. Tim Stanley
    According to Politico, “a political colonoscopy is going on before our eyes.” Yuck. Karl Rove has set up a Super PAC to keep controversial conservatives from winning Republican primaries and the Senate leadership has established a “buddy system” to keep Tea Party congressmen in line (“buddy” as in “you should probably vote the way we tell you to, buddy…”). But the most important changes are taking place at Fox where heavyweights Sarah Palin and Dick Morris are out as contributors. A lot of this is post-election house clearing (CNN has moved staff around, too) but it also suggests that the...
  • Elite Linguistics - Propaganda, Economics and Violence

    01/21/2013 11:53:41 AM PST · by guyshomenet · 5 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 1/21/2013 | Guy Smith
    What is the difference between Barack Obama and Ignatius Loyola? Not a hell of a lot. I’m thumbing through a copy of The Ten Commandments of Propaganda, a book by my academic buddy Brian Patrick. Aside from being a well-rounded review of the dark art, Brain illustrates historical cornerstones of propaganda, which includes Ignatius. The Roman church originated modern techniques for thought control with their Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, known in Latin as “Congregatio de Propaganda Fide” and hence the modern perversion of the word ‘propaganda’.  In its purest form, ‘propaganda’ means to propagate information. It took...
  • The New Power Class Who Will Profit From Obama’s Second Term

    01/20/2013 8:39:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    New Geography ^ | January 18, 2013 | Joel Kotkin
    When President Obama takes the oath of office for the second time, he will also usher in a new era in American power politics. Whereas the old left-wing definition of “who rules” focused on large corporations, banks, energy companies and agribusinesses, the Obama-era power structure represents a major transformation. This shift stems, in large part, from the movement from a predominately resource and tangible goods-based economy to an information-based one. In the past, political struggles were largely fought over how to divide up the spoils generated by the basic productive economy; labor, investors and management all shared a belief in...
  • Elites Sneer at You

    01/09/2013 8:16:45 AM PST · by Edmunds mom · 15 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | 1/8/2013 | Scott Walter
    One lone trustee objected to the institution’s betrayal of Andrew Carnegie. As Lagemann reports, a Cornell professor presented to the board a proposal that it focus, not on building libraries, but on spreading library science, which would lead to “advancing popular intellectual progress” (read: “smartening up the slack-jawed yokels”). The lonely dissenter, trustee James Bertram, argued that if the board consented to this recommendation, it "would contravene Carnegie’s clear and known wish 'to give libraries to communities and [to] leave the communities absolutely free to manage them any way they might see fit.'” Because Bertram spoke the truth, the trustees...
  • School Obama's Daughters Attend Has 11 Armed Guards [school employees - not secret service]

    12/26/2012 12:51:40 PM PST · by grundle · 24 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | AWR Hawkins
    Some interesting news has broken in the wake of the latest push for gun control by President Obama and Senate Democrats: Obama sends his kids to a school where armed guards are used as a matter of fact. The school, Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, has 11 security officers and is seeking to hire a new police officer as we speak. If you dismiss this by saying, "Of course they have armed guards -- they get Secret Service protection," then you've missed the larger point. The larger point is that this is standard operating procedure for the school, period....
  • Alan Keyes Nails It

    09/26/2012 12:27:18 AM PDT · by plsjr · 24 replies
    barnhardt.biz ^ | 25 September 2012 | Alan Keyes & Ann Barnhardt
    There is a bizarre, sophomoric "rah-rah yay team" dynamic in our culture whereby if the guy presented as being on "Team D" with the donkey mascot holds a position the "Team R" fans boo, while if the guy presented as being on "Team R" with the elephant mascot does exactly the same thing, the "Team R" people cheer. My theory is that this is all a byproduct of the sports culture. People are trained to root for "their team", no matter who the men are that are playing on the team. So, saying "I'm a Cowboys fan" or "I'm a...
  • Why Our Elites Stink

    07/13/2012 5:07:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 12, 2012 | David Brooks
    Through most of the 19th and 20th centuries, the Protestant Establishment sat atop the American power structure. A relatively small network of white Protestant men dominated the universities, the world of finance, the local country clubs and even high government service. Over the past half–century, a more diverse and meritocratic elite has replaced the Protestant Establishment. People are more likely to rise on the basis of grades, test scores, effort and performance.
  • The Worst Marriage in Georgetown

    07/07/2012 3:50:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    NY Times Magazine ^ | 7-6-12 | Franklin Foer
    Dinners were served in the basement. Ambassadors, generals with many stars, senior White House officials and closely read columnists — all would walk past the yellowing kitchen, which looked as if it hadn’t been updated since the Ford administration, and down a narrow flight of stairs into the dimly lighted dining room. Guests were arrayed around the table according to rank, with the most important ones squeezed in the center. Although the Old World meals could be quite elaborate — venison paté, duck in bitter orange — they were prepared and served entirely by the host, a stickler for protocol...