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  • The Paradox of Abundance

    11/23/2017 11:52:37 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom
    Townhall.com ^ | Nov 24, 2017 | Armstrong Williams
    Life is funny. As suckling babes, the most luxurious thing we could ever imagine is the nurturing warmth of our mothers. But as we age, a whole host of desires and ambitions begin to take shape in our minds. For the most part, whether we want to admit it or not, those ambitions generally center around wealth and social status. These things replace the womb as the object of our desires, and give rise to an almost insatiable desire for more. As we sit down with our families this Thanksgiving, perhaps it is time for us to put things into...
  • The US-Saudi Starvation Blockade

    11/23/2017 10:42:55 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Nov 24, 2017 | Pat Buchanan
    Our aim is to "starve the whole population -- men, women, and children, old and young, wounded and sound -- into submission," said First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill. He was speaking of Germany at the outset of the Great War of 1914-1918. Americans denounced as inhumane this starvation blockade that would eventually take the lives of a million German civilians. Yet when we went to war in 1917, a U.S. admiral told British Prime Minister Lloyd George, "You will find that it will take us only two months to become as great criminals as you are." After the...
  • Merkel - and Davos - Rebuked in Germany

    11/23/2017 10:37:54 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Nov 24, 2017 | Michael Barone
    It's been a tough era for Davos Man, the personification of the great and the good who meet in the World Economic Forum in that Swiss ski resort every January. The rebukes just keep coming. The European debt crisis. Brexit. Donald Trump. And now, and once again unexpectedly, Angela Merkel's failure to form a German government. For a dozen years, European elites who have recoiled from George W. Bush and swooned over Barack Obama have regarded Merkel as a rock-solid firmament of good sense. Her considerable internal political skills, her seeming unflappability and her upholding of conventional wisdoms, both well-...
  • Thanksgiving Update: Mitch McConnell Losing the War Against Republican Base

    11/23/2017 9:36:02 PM PST · by EliRoom8 · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 23, 2017 | Matthew Boyle
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is badly losing the war he is waging against his own party’s voters this Thanksgiving, a sign of the failed GOP leader’s waning power in the era of President Donald J. Trump. Just over a couple weeks from now, conservative Judge Roy Moore is expected to defeat radical Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama’s special election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by now Attorney General Jeff Sessions—and that is just the beginning of a larger wave brewing against McConnell. . . .
  • (VANITY) H.R.732 - Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017

    11/23/2017 8:36:50 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 8 replies
    H. R. 732 IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES October 25, 2017 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary AN ACT To limit donations made pursuant to settlement agreements to which the United States is a party, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the “Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017”. SEC. 2. LIMITATION ON DONATIONS MADE PURSUANT TO SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS TO WHICH THE UNITED STATES IS A...
  • Fish die as Lower Santa Cruz is diverted for Ina bridge construction

    11/23/2017 8:16:31 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Tucson.com ^ | November 13/20, 2017 | Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
    Up to 1,000 non-native fish died in the Lower Santa Cruz River, a retired fish biologist says, because a state contractor diverted river water for an Ina Road bridge construction project. The diversion moved the river’s treated sewage effluent from the west bank to the east bank, away from the towering, shady willow trees along the west bank. It ended Friday, a little more than a week after it started, when the contractor dug a new channel near the bridge site to reverse the effluent’s course back to the west bank. The diversion “was a necessary part of the construction,”...
  • Republicans Raising Taxes?

    11/23/2017 7:51:57 PM PST · by Bratch · 30 replies
    Sarah Palin News ^ | November 19, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    Dear GOP Politicians Controlling Congress and the White House: You’re arguing that reducing the corporate tax rate ultimately creates jobs. I agree wholeheartedly; been preaching it forever! But, see, the same applies overall to Main St. Once small business and individual’s income taxes are reduced proportionate to your proposed corporate tax reductions, WE can expand our small busineeses and personal buying power… thus more jobs created. See? Just like that obfuscating Obamacare rollout, this tax reform rollout buffalos the people with distractions in what you call “tremendous tax cuts for the middle class.” (For example, eliminating common deductions that average...
  • My Brother Kevin’s Not Tired of Winning

    11/23/2017 6:58:28 PM PST · by CaptainK · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/23/2017 | MAUREEN DOWD
    WASHINGTON — Wherever I go, people ask me the same question: “How can he?” How can Kevin support President Trump? Why isn’t he bothered by all the things others find appalling and frightening? Thanksgiving is here, so it’s time for my Republican brother to share his bounteous harvest of thoughts: Every time I hear Neil Gorsuch’s name, I smile. It has been a year since Donald Trump was elected, and his thrill-a-minute White House is still causing acid reflux for half the country and all of the mainstream media. There is always a lot of background noise buzzing around the...
  • Israel and Saudi Arabia: What's shaping the covert 'alliance'

    11/23/2017 6:08:07 PM PST · by Postman Pat · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 24/11/2017 | Jonathan Marcus
    To all intents and purposes, Saudi Arabia and Israel are de facto allies in the struggle against Iran's rising influence in the region. It's a developing, but highly sensitive relationship, but every so often there is a hint of what may be going on beneath the surface. Last week Israel's Chief of Staff, General Gadi Eisenkot, said in an interview with UK-based Saudi newspaper Elaph, that Israel was ready to exchange intelligence with the Saudis in order to confront Iran. "There are shared interests and as far as the Iranian axis is concerned we are in full accord with the...
  • Baltimore Detective Sean Suiter killed day before testimony in police corruption case

    11/23/2017 5:50:47 PM PST · by JP1201 · 13 replies
    A Baltimore detective was fatally shot with his own gun just one day before he was set to testify before a federal grand jury in a case involving other officers, the city’s police commissioner said Wednesday. “Detective Suiter was going to offer federal grand jury testimony about an incident that occurred several years ago that included officers who are now federally indicted back in March,” Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said of Sean Suiter. “He was scheduled to offer grand jury testimony the day after he was murdered,” he added.
  • Federal judge strikes down Texas abortion ban

    11/23/2017 2:15:33 PM PST · by Blue House Sue · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/23/17 | Meg Wagner
    (CNN)A federal judge has struck down Texas' ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure. On Wednesday, US District Judge Lee Yeakel overturned Texas Senate Bill 8 -- which was passed earlier this year and banned doctors from performing dilation and evacuation abortions.
  • Lock Up Lois Lerner

    11/23/2017 12:59:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | November 23, 2017 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Well, isn’t that rich? Lois Lerner, who almost singlehandedly weaponized the IRS, turning into a bludgeon to be used against Tea Party and other groups in the 2012 reelection campaign of Barack Obama, now wants to be protected against threats and intimidation from the groups and people she helped threaten and intimidate: Former IRS official Lois Lerner and her deputy are asking a federal court to keep their testimonies in the Tea Party targeting case private forever, over fear of death threats and potential harm to their families if the documents go public. Lerner and her deputy Holly Paz filed...
  • Tapper Mocks Filmmaker for Awful Tweet About Sexual Harassment (tr)

    11/23/2017 12:39:08 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Nov 23, 2017 | Cortney O'Brien
    Emily Lindin, described as a documentary filmmaker, author and Teen Vogue columnist on her Twitter page, thought she'd share her "unpopular opinion" this week on the flurry of sexual assault allegations against men in Hollywood, Capitol Hill, and wherever else power can be found. Here's an unpopular opinion: I'm actually not at all concerned about innocent men losing their jobs over false sexual assault/harassment allegations. — Emily Lindin (@EmilyLindin) November 21, 2017 The unpopular thread just got worse. Sorry. If some innocent men's reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price...
  • Bridgeport cops tangle over letter of the law

    11/23/2017 12:28:45 PM PST · by DJ Taylor · 13 replies
    CT Post ^ | November 20, 2017 | Brian Lockhart
    BRIDGEPORT — Six letters emblazoned on the back of a jacket could be a matter of life and death for the men and women who safeguard Connecticut’s largest city. That is how Sgt. Chris Robinson feels about having “POLICE” printed on outerwear worn by Bridgeport’s Finest. Robinson was suspended with pay last week for publicly criticizing Police Chief Armando “A.J.” Perez’s Nov. 13 memorandum forbidding cops from advertising their profession on their clothing. “We are the police, are we not? Yet then why are we now attempting to disguise or even go to such measures and means to hide it...
  • Roy Moore Campaign: ‘The Washington Post Is a Worthless Piece of Crap’

    11/23/2017 11:40:24 AM PST · by davikkm · 39 replies
    breitbart ^ | JEFF POOR
    n a statement given to The Washington Post that appeared in an article by Michael Scherer published online Wednesday, Brett Doster, a strategist for Roy Moore’s U.S. Senate campaign, ripped the Post and told Scherer not to bother seeking out the campaign again. Scherer contacted the campaign seeking documentation to support a claim the campaign had made a day earlier at a press event on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. At the event, Moore campaign aide Ben DuPré called into question the address of Leigh Corfman, the woman who had alleged Moore tried to engage in...
  • Conyers' Attorney Hints At 'Allegations' Against 'Many Members' Of The House And Senate

    11/23/2017 10:33:45 AM PST · by Zakeet · 85 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 22, 2017 | Peter Hasson
    The attorney for Democratic Michigan Rep. John Conyers, who is accused of continuously sexually harassing his female staffers, defended Conyers by indicating that there are allegations against "many members" of the House and Senate. [Snip] "[Conyers' attorney] acknowledged that while these allegations are serious, they are simply allegations," the statement said. "If people were required to resign over allegations, a lot of people would be out of work in this country including many members of the House, Senate and even the president." The statement said that Conyers has "no plans to resign" despite calls for him to do so.
  • Atheism is unconstitutional, says Malaysian deputy minister

    11/23/2017 9:55:36 AM PST · by Simon Green · 9 replies
    Today ^ | 11/23/17
    KUALA LUMPUR ― A Malaysian deputy minister on Thursday (Nov 23) claimed that atheism is a “very dangerous” ideology that goes against the country’s Federal Constitution. Mr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said the ideology also goes against Malaysia’s Rukunegara that prescribes “Believe in God” as one of its tenets. The Rukunegara is a set of national principles formulated after the May 13 racial riots in 1969 to uphold Malaysia’s diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds. Mr Asyraf alleged that the freedom of religion in the Federal Constitution — which guarantees the freedom to worship...
  • Media disdain for Sarah Sanders gets personal

    11/23/2017 9:52:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 49 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/23/17 | Eddie Scarry
    The national media’s relationship with White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has taken on a new tension over the last month, as journalists and news commentators have grown more and more personal in their hostility toward the Trump administration’s top spokeswoman.Several high-profile columnists and writers have torn into Sanders over the last few weeks to mock her appearance, the way she talks, and most recently, an alleged disdain she showed the press by asking them at a briefing this week to say why they are thankful this holiday season. “Sanders’s sudden shift from press secretary to minister’s daughter a few...
  • Americans, Property Rights and the Supreme Court

    11/23/2017 9:03:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 23, 2017 | Ken Blackwell
    Kelo v. City of New London stands as the apogee of Supreme Court cases regarding property rights, especially for conservatives. A narrow 5-4 decision recklessly expanded the scope of eminent domain, allowing private developers and the government to collude and forcibly take private property away from citizens for “public use” under the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Now the Court is faced with another landmark case on property rights that will once again be a defining moment for conservatives.Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC (Oil States for short) asks the court to decide the scope...
  • Thanksgiving in the military brings us together -- as it should for all of America

    11/23/2017 8:16:48 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 23, 2017 | By Jeremy Hunt
    In the Army, where I have the privilege of serving, there’s an unspoken rule that no service member celebrates Thanksgiving alone. If word gets out that a soldier doesn’t have a place to go for the holiday, other soldiers will invite him or her to share a meal and celebrate. Our creed to never leave a fallen comrade isn’t just meant for times of war; it’s a way of life. All soldiers are reminded that they are members of a tight-knit community – a bond that’s becoming increasingly rare in today’s society. While it’s nearly impossible to duplicate the closeness...