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  • How Dictators Come To Power In A Democracy

    04/01/2015 11:29:56 PM PDT · by annalex · 2 replies
    forbes ^ | 2/05/2013 | Jim Powell
    How Dictators Come To Power In A DemocracyJim Powell [...] Why, then, did the highly educated Germans embrace a lunatic like Adolf Hitler? The short answer is that bad policies caused economic, military and political crises – chow time for tyrants [...] We should understand that Hitler didn’t take over a small government with an effective separation of enumerated, delegated and limited powers. He took over a large welfare state. [...] Although Hitler echoed Soviet-style central economic planning with a Four Year Plan, his method was suffocating regulation rather than outright expropriation. There was nominal private ownership but government control...
  • Greenfield: This Culture War We're In

    04/01/2015 4:41:25 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 58 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    Wednesday, April 01, 2015 This Culture War We're In Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog How are wars won? To win a war you don't need to kill every soldier on the other side. What you need to do is destroy the other army as an organized force. You destroy the ability of the officers to command and the morale of the men. You destroy their perception of the worth of their side and of their own self-worth. All wars are culture wars. To win you must destroy the values of the other side. (That is one...
  • Control of southern entrance to the Red Sea the next Mid-East flashpoint

    04/01/2015 10:38:15 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 16 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | April 1, 2015 | Corky Boyd
    The Israeli intelligence blog Debka File reports that pro-Iranian Houthi troops have taken over control of the strategic straits (Bab el-Mandeb) at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. This choke point threatens all commercial and military maritime traffic from the oil rich nations bound for the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean. "Control of the Red Sea Bab el-Mandeb Straits passed Tuesday, March 31 to pro-Iranian Yemeni forces when the Yemeni Army’s 117th Brigade loyal to the former Yemeni President Ali Saleh handed positions guarding the waterway to two Houthi commando battalions trained by Iranian Revolutionary Guards. This is revealed...
  • Indiana & Sodom

    04/01/2015 9:29:46 AM PDT · by kiryandil · 29 replies
    The Book of Genesis, and recent events in Indiana & Arkansas | April 1, 2015 | me, and the Book of Genesis
    I was thinking about this recent business in Indiana, and now Arkansas, and it kind of reminds me of the scene in the Bible where the homos are gathered outside the house of Lot in Sodom, shouting for a wee bit of homo gang rape on the angels: [19:1] The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and bowed down with his face to the ground. [19:2] He said, "Please, my lords, turn aside to your servant's house and spend the...
  • Best 'April Fools' Gags of All Time:

    04/01/2015 5:13:47 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 31 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 01 April 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    'Taco Liberty Bell' (1996): Taco Bell Corp placed a full-page ad in seven major newspapers announcing it had 'bought the Liberty Bell' and was renaming it the 'Taco Liberty Bell' in-order to help pay-down the national debt. Predictably, angry (+ slightly naive and/or lacking a calendar) citizens melted the phones at the offices of the National Historic Park in Philadelphia where the bell is kept. Taco Bell executives let them stew for a few hours before revealing it was all an April Fools gag at noon.  President Clinton's quick-on-his-feet White House press secretary Mike McCurry responded when asked about the...
  • Mayor Suggests that Chicago Airports Be Renamed [semi-satire]

    03/30/2015 8:42:51 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 March 2015 | John Semmens
    In an unexpectedly difficult reelection campaign, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sought to rally support by promising to rename the City’s two airports in honor of President and Michelle Obama. The two airports are currently named in honor of World War II Navy pilot Edward “Butch” O’Hare and the 1942 Battle of Midway—an upset US victory over Japan that many historians view as the turning point of the war in the Pacific. “I don’t mean to denigrate these earlier historic events, but they pale in significance to the impact that President Obama has had on this country,” Emanuel explained. “O’Hare was...
  • MT: Governor Bullock Vetoes Constitutional Carry

    03/30/2015 4:53:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Bullock (D) of Montana vetoed constitutional carry, HB 298.   It seems that he did so on Friday the 27th of March.  He did not give a good reason for the veto; he simply applied the "we require a permit for everything else" excuse.  Perhaps we need to rethink this excessive requirement for permission from the state before we engage in our daily lives.  Five states have constitutional carry, and there is no evidence that it causes any problems.  Governor Bullock recommended that the gun muffler reform in HB 250 be improved to include all legal hunting.  It...
  • Late Night Thoughts about Chris Stevens

    03/27/2015 10:04:18 PM PDT · by MHT · 30 replies
    snopes.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | self
    It was revealed today that Hillary's server was cleaned and I started wondering more and more about 9-11-12. We still do not know where she, Obama, the CIA Director, or the Secretary of Defense were during the "riot". We still do not know who really gave the stand-down order that resulted in the deaths of Woods and Doherty. And we don't know how Chris Stevens really died and if he was sexually assaulted. Which has led me to a question--Could his family have asked to see the body?
  • Instead of 'Ridding World' of Nukes -As Pledged- Obama's Walked Us Into a Complex Arms Race

    03/27/2015 11:13:04 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 28 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 27 March 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Remember back in the Spring of '09, when a fresh-faced 'historic president' Obama told a cheering crowd one sunny day at Prague Castle that he'll work towards a world 'free of nuclear weapons'? In retrospect, it seems he meant a world just free of American nuclear weapons- as he's been slashing all our capabilities, development programs, and even defensive missile shields to appease enemies -primarily Russia- in order to free up more money for solar panels and food stamps. The Norks sure didn't get the memo... nor the Russians, or anybody else- as they've been building and testing whatever-they-damnwell-please the whole time....
  • Questions still being asked about Obama’s Social Security numbers

    03/27/2015 8:59:59 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 101 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/27/15 | George Spelvin
    President Obama’s Social Security numbers do not verify he even is a U.S. Citizen. A mismatch, two differing numbers at least, an imagined flight by a 15 year old from Hawaii to Connecticut to apply in person, and other anomalies are causing confusion yet again over the true identity of the man sitting in America’s Oval Office! A Notice of Mismatch on a Social Security Administration (SSA) Records form displays an incongruent match which was somehow sent to the President on 08/17/11. This mismatch refers to ss# 042-68-4425. The case verification number is 2011229111431GY. (1) The form contains a chilling...
  • Did the Enlightenment cause a global decline in violence?

    03/26/2015 7:34:13 PM PDT · by annalex · 8 replies
    The Week ^ | March 23, 2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    Did the Enlightenment cause a global decline in violence?Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry Has the modern age seen a widespread decline in violence due to an awakening of western thought and culture in the 17th and 18th centuries? The author and neurobiologist Steven Pinker famously argued exactly that in his celebration of the Enlightment, The Better Angels of our Nature. Last week, in The Guardian, the author John Gray published a long article arguing that Pinker is wrong.So, who's right?Here are the points I would make.1. There has not so much been a decline in violence as a rise in squeamishness.As evidence of...
  • Greenfield Greenfield: Obama’s Two State Tantrum

    03/26/2015 4:56:20 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 7 replies
    Sultan Knish blog | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, March 26, 2015 Obama’s Two State Tantrum Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog Obama’s two terms showed us that he was a sore winner. Israel’s election showed us that he is even more of sore loser. Ever since Netanyahu survived an election that he was supposed to lose, Obama has been throwing a floor-pounding, siren-shrieking and high-kicking tantrum over the Jewish State. Its latest kick and shriek had White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough sidling into the toxic atmosphere at the D.C. conference for the anti-Israel lobby J-Street to berate Netanyahu. In attendance at the...
  • Images of Jerusalem

    03/26/2015 2:00:32 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 26 March 2015 | Reaganite Republican
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  • Pope Francis: Doctrine is cold and leads to an abstract world devoid of Theological Virtues

    03/26/2015 1:55:49 PM PDT · by cleghornboy · 19 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 26, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    The assault on doctrine continues as Rome disintegrates. Vatican Radio: "It is not 'cold doctrine' that brings joy, but faith, and the hope of meeting Jesus. He who cannot rejoice is an unhappy believer: that’s what Pope Francis said in his homily at Thursday morning’s Mass in Santa Marta in the Vatican: Abraham’s joy upon hearing that as God promised, he may become a father inspired Pope Francis’ reflection Thursday. Commenting on the day’s readings, Pope Francis remarked that Abraham is old, as well as his wife Sara, but he believes and opens 'his heart to hope' and is 'full...
  • GOP Urged Not to Lose Sleep Over Possible Executive Tax Hikes [semi-satire]

    03/25/2015 10:32:32 AM PDT · by John Semmens
    Semi-New/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 March 2015 | John Semmens
    Press Secretary Josh Earnest advised Republicans “not to lose any sleep over the president using his executive power to raise taxes. First, it hasn’t happened yet. So why fret about something that may not occur?” “Second, and even more important, if the president does decide to raise taxes there’s nothing anybody can do to stop him,” Earnest added. “The Internal Revenue Service is subordinate to his authority. If he orders them to increase the government’s take from taxpayers they will unhesitatingly obey. They most certainly won’t be swayed by anything any member of Congress or the courts might say or...
  • Et Tu, GOP? The Spineless Spinning of the Gutless Old Party

    03/24/2015 11:30:05 AM PDT · by xuberalles · 3 replies
    Self | 3/24/15 | Me
    The GOP and Karl Rove may find it advantageous to label Republican defectors as Tea Party extremists, i.e., Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, and Rush Limbaugh, but they cannot escape the fact they have systematically abandoned the ideals that defined conservatism since America’s inception: liberty, faith, low taxes, private enterprise, fiscal responsibility, government transparency, separation of powers, national security, and duty. If the GOP establishment wants to wage war on anyone they should begin by indicting themselves for treason and dereliction of duty. Time and again the once proud party of Ronald Reagan has capitulated on the deficit, entitlement reform, immigration,...
  • WHAT IS OWED TO THE SERBS.

    03/24/2015 10:44:37 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 64 replies
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | Aleksandra Rebic
    WHAT IS OWED TO THE SERBS. One of those moments you never forget: Before the dawn on March 25, 1999, I stepped outside the door to find The New York Times there on the ground with the headline announcing that NATO had begun its bombing campaign against the Serbs in the former Yugoslavia on March 24, 1999. I remember looking at that front page of the paper before picking it up and thinking - "They are really doing it. It's no longer a threat. It's real. It's real. What a mistake. What a mistake." Then I picked up the paper...
  • What's With This Tripe in The Washington Times re. Ted Cruz's Father Fighting in Cuba?

    03/24/2015 6:20:04 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 75 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 24 March 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Didn't expect attacks to come from them... not on the first day.  And not sure what's up with Ralph Z. Hallow's agenda -be it lib or GOP establishment-connected- but what a bunch of intellectually-dishonest hooey: Shortly after launching his 2016 presidential bid, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz went on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News for a full hour Monday night where he told the story of how his Cuban-born father, Rafael Cruz, fought against the dictator in charge of Cuba at time, Fulgencio Bautista, more than a half century ago.  But Mr. Cruz, 44, didn’t once mention that his father...
  • Greenfield: Israel’s Leftist Losers

    03/24/2015 5:59:49 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 11 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Monday, March 23, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Monday, March 23, 2015 Israel’s Leftist Losers Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog For thousands of years the Jews dreamed of reclaiming their country. The left had another dream. It dreamed of a country run by bureaucrats that worked only three days a week. It dreamed of unions running monopolies that worked whenever they liked and charged whatever they wanted. It dreamed of children raised on collective farms without parents and of government as a Socialist café debate. Most of all it dreamed of a country without conservatives. It still hasn’t gotten that wish. Netanyahu’s victory hit...
  • All in the family: Valerie Jarrett and the Chicago communists

    03/23/2015 9:22:05 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 26, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Valerie Jarrett is the most powerful figure in the White House, rivalling President Obama in the scope of her influence over the fate of the Republic. Her personal Secret Service detail attests to the importance of her role in our government – in a position that is unelected and unconfirmed by the Senate. She has served as godmother of Barack Obama’s political and personal life, from introducing him to his future wife Michelle Robinson to integrating him into Chicago’s political machine and power structure. Professor Paul Kengor provides fascinating details about her background, and that of other key members of...
  • Does Obama hate Muslims?

    03/23/2015 7:52:54 PM PDT · by big bad easter bunny · 23 replies
    I was thinking if I wanted to make hell for Muslims would I do anything different than Obama has done? If you really look at his actions he has done major damage to innocent Muslim lives, it is almost like he hates them when viewed in historic context.
  • RE: "Scientists Are Beginning to Figure Out Why Conservatives Are…Conservative"

    03/23/2015 5:18:29 PM PDT · by walford · 16 replies
    Facebook ^ | 03/23/2015 | walford
    “...the conservative ideology, and especially one of its major facets — centered on a strong military, tough law enforcement, resistance to immigration, widespread availability of guns — would seem well tailored for an underlying, threat-oriented biology.” Of course reasonable, intelligent, well-informed, sane people cannot possibly disagree with the Left. “Strong military” defined as what and as opposed to what? A weak military? Conservatives recognize that we live in a dangerous world in which there are people and entire countries in word and deed make it clear that they are hoping and planning to wipe us out and replace our way...
  • Let's Ban Political Parties From the Political Process

    03/23/2015 9:39:45 AM PDT · by HammerT · 15 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 3/20/2015 | Karl Marx Treatment Center
    “Universal voting would counteract money more than anything,” makes as much sense as anything else Obama has said. The idea that people utilizing their freedom of association to pool resources in order to influence politics is somehow corruptive of the political process stems from the unspoken idea that the country is one big commons owned collectively by us all and the government's purpose is to decide how to fairly allocate the commons. In an actual free country there is no such problem. The country isn't one big socialized commons. But in a socialized country where the presumption is that everything...
  • Elegant Black Girls of the 80s Make Graceless Hip-Hop Generation Look Like Complete Slobs

    03/23/2015 9:37:38 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 59 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 22 March 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    No tats/angst/mutant posterior/glorification of stupidity-  and the music was better, too: And note Whitney, Sade, et. al. sporting cross necklaces... what a difference 30 yrs can make for an imploding culture: [gallery/video] ______________________________________________ Frompo   mTV   Wikipedia Commons   VanessaWilliams.com
  • Obama Is No Harry Truman

    03/23/2015 3:51:36 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 20 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 3/22/15 | Steve Berman
    One of Harry Truman’s most treasured possessions was a small Torah given to him by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, Israel’s first president.  The gift was given in appreciation of a singular act of courage in a postwar world filled with deprivation and starvation in Europe, and an economic boom in America.  Hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees lived in the same camps constructed to efficiently kill and dispose of them. At the stroke of midnight, May 14, 1948, the British mandate over Palestine ended, and they struck the Union Jack for the last time in Jerusalem.  The blue and white Star...
  • Now That Ted Cruz has Declared His Candidacy- You Ever Seen the Guy's Resume?

    03/23/2015 3:41:11 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 104 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 23 March 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Pretty damn impressive... Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 - May 2008, Cruz was the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas, the youngest Solicitor General in the entire country, not to mention the longest tenure in Texas history.  Partner at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he led the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national appellate litigation practice.  Cruz has authored 80+ SCOTUS briefs and presented 40+ oral arguments before The Court Cruz served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Cruz was the first Hispanic ever to clerk for a Chief Justice of the United States Described as a 'superb' constitutional lawyer, the man's considerable skills and laser-like focus were...
  • Obama and his Legacy

    03/22/2015 7:08:17 AM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 30 replies
    March 21, 2015 | self
    I keep hearing Obama is pushing this Iranian nuclear deal for his legacy. He pushed Obamacare for his legacy. The great majority of the American people did not want Obamacare. The great majority of the American people and most of the countries of the world do not want this Iranian nuclear deal. In fact, the great majority of Americans do not like Obama's decisions and the direction the country is going. Obama is so worried about his legacy. So far his legacy is that of the worst president ever. His planned disasters are too numerous to list here. (See my...
  • Looks Like Germany May Have To Pay Up

    03/21/2015 6:58:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    Automatic Earth ^ | 22 March 2015 | Raúl Ilargi Meijer
    German magazine Der Spiegel digs deep(er) into the ‘Greece question’ this weekend, and does so with a few noteworthy reports. First, its German paper issue has Angela Merkel on the cover, inserted on a 1940′s photograph that shows Nazi commanders against the backdrop of the Acropolis in Athens. The headline is ‘The German Supremacy: How Europeans see (the) Germans’. The editorial staff has already come under a lot of fire for the cover, and I’ve seen little that could be labeled a valid defense for further antagonizing both Germans AND Greeks (and other Europeans) this way. Oh, and it’s also...
  • An Obama Miscellany: Eligibility, Racism, Education, Etc.

    03/21/2015 6:33:35 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 13 replies
    http://educationimproved.blogspot.com ^ | March 21,, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Here are four lively short articles about our president: ------------------------------------------- "Obama and the Ineligibility Circus." Some of the cleverest trolls on the Internet devote their time to spreading confusion about the requirements for being president. You have to be a citizen. You have to be 35. And you have to have two parents who are themselves Americans. That last requirement is called the "natural born" requirement. Because of that requirement, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are not eligible to be president. My hope is that one of them drops out of the race and tells the country why. http://www.examiner.com/article/obama-and-the-ineligibility-circus?cid=db_articles --------------------------------------------...
  • Pope Francis: Contradicting the Depositum Fidei

    03/21/2015 10:39:37 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 7 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 21, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    (Vatican Radio) "Capital punishment is cruel, inhuman and an offense to the dignity of human life. In today's world, the death penalty is "inadmissible, however serious the crime" that has been committed. That was Pope Francis’ unequivocal message to members of the International Commission against the death penalty who met with him on Friday morning in the Vatican." See here. God's Holy Word tells us: "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is...
  • Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day, 2015

    03/21/2015 9:05:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Illinois Gun Owners Lobby day was held yesterday, the 18th of March 2015.  The idea of a gun owners lobby day has spread among the many grass roots organizations across the nation.  Over a thousand gun owners showed up at the Illinois capitol in Springfield on Wednesday.  This is not in response to a crisis involving the defense of the right.  The principle of that was won in 2013.     A shall issue law was passed in 2013, against the strong opposition of the Chicago Democrat machine, and a veto by Democrat Governor Pat Quinn.   The legislature overrode Quinn's...
  • Senator Bob Corker: Iran bill will beat Obama veto

    03/20/2015 3:11:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 20, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Legislation requiring congressional review of any Iran nuclear deal will get the 67 Senate votes needed to overcome a presidential veto, Sen. Bob Corker predicted Friday. The Tennessee Republican said despite “drama” around the issue in recent weeks, he believes his legislation will be successful. “I believe ultimately we will have a veto-proof majority to make that happen,” Corker said during a speech at the Republican National Lawyers Association’s 2015 National Policy Conference. The Foreign Relations Committee is expected to mark up Corker's bill next month, after a deadline for negotiators to reach a framework for a final deal. The...
  • History Museum cancels Ferguson-Palestine discussion

    03/20/2015 10:03:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | March 19, 2015 | David Hunn
    ST. LOUIS • The Missouri History Museum canceled a speakers panel set for Thursday evening that intended, in part, to compare “state violence” in Ferguson and Palestine. Sourik Beltran, an anthropology student at Washington University and president of the student group AltaVoz, proposed the event early in February. He originally called it “From Ayotzinapa to Ferguson: A Dialogue on Solidarity and Inter-Movement Collaboration.” He said the goals were to connect activists, foster collaboration among social justice groups and “draw parallels between state violence here and in Mexico.” A week or two later, Beltran added a third comparison. The panel would...
  • Berkeley Radicals Want to Honor Cop-Killing Communist

    03/20/2015 7:06:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/20/15 | Matthew Vadum
    Cuban collaborator Assata Shakur, formerly Joanne Chesimard, is a leftist role model Disgruntled black students at the University of California at Berkeley are demanding a campus building be named after convicted cop-killing terrorist and fugitive from justice, Assata Shakur. The reason for the demand? In the stated opinion of the school’s Black Student Union, blacks are disrespected on campus. BSU member Cori McGowens told reporters that “trying to excel academically is immensely difficult while coping with the issue of antiblackness on campus.” “It troubles me that I have already been told countless times that antiblackness is not an issue to...
  • Greenfield: The Technophobic Democrats

    03/19/2015 10:02:09 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 21 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Thursday, March 19, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, March 19, 2015 The Technophobic Democrats Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog If you believe Hillary Clinton, her email scandal happened because she couldn’t figure out how to do what every American of working age knows how to do; juggle a work and personal email account. The Clinton vaporware bridge to the 21st century turned out to be a private email server that kept out the media, but not foreign spy agencies. When Hillary finally had to turn over some emails, she printed out tens of thousands of pages of them as if this were still...
  • WV: Governor Tomblin has until 20 March Veto, Approve, or Ignore Constitutional Carry

    03/19/2015 11:47:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    SB 347 is a gun law reform bill that removes restrictions on carrying weapons from people who can legally own guns.  It does *not* eliminate the West Virginia concealed carry permit.  It makes the permit optional while in West Virginia.  It has become the focus of national attention, as phone banks paid for with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's money vie with grass roots activists in West Virginia for Governor Tomblin's attention. From wsaz.com: CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A bill that would abolish West Virginia's conceal carry permit law has passed through the House and Senate, and now...
  • American Minute for March 19th

    03/19/2015 11:02:07 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 3 replies
    News arrived in Europe in 1571 that Muslim Turks, under the command of Lala Kara Mustafa Pasha, surrounded the Christians in Famagusta, Cyprus. Muslims promised the defenders of Cypus that if they surrendered, they would be allowed to leave. Unfortunately, Lala Kara Mustafa Pasha broke his promise, flayed the Venetian commander, killed all 6,000 Christians prisoners, and turned the beautiful St. Nicholas Church into the Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque.
  • Diversity has been given a bad name by “progressives” and their minions in Academia

    03/19/2015 8:04:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 19 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/19/15 | Jerry Todd
    “You Still Have ‘White Privilege’ Even if you ‘Survived a Nazi Concentration Camp’ ” This extraordinary claim, that “it doesn’t matter what hardships you’ve had to face, you still have white privilege,” was directed to husband and wife survivors of Nazi tyranny by Robin DiAngelo, Professor of Multicultural Education at Westfield State University. With a scholarship in Social Justice Education and Whiteness Studies, DiAngelo teaches courses in Multicultural Teaching, Inter-group Dialogue Facilitation, and Cultural Diversity & Social Justice. It is to progressive thinkers and holders of powerful educational credentials like Professor DiAngelo that Jerry Todd has directed his response today....
  • As 'Peace-thru-Strength' Type, Guess I'm the Sort Jeb is Aiming to Charm w/Tough Talk re. Russians-

    03/19/2015 5:34:51 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 19 March 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    I'll even admit he's on the exact same page as me, re. Ukraine/Kremlin...  Trouble is: 1) I DO NOT trust him to do anything he says- there's something about the Jebster that seems shiftier and less genuine -at least to me- than Dubya. And there appears to be more of a sense of entitlement politically. 2) Jeb Bush is no conservative- he's denounced Ronald Reagan's legacy of practical common sense and towering achievement as somehow irrelevant, an unforgivable sin. 3) The Jebster is about as popular as a fart in an elevator... even within the Republican Party. 4) Others with actual conservative credentials/achievements/principlesoffer the same...
  • TX: Open Carry Passes the Texas Senate

    03/18/2015 10:21:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Texas Senate passed an open carry bill on Tuesday, 17 March, 2015.  The bill removes restrictions on the open carry of weapons that dates back to reconstruction, when radical Republicans changed the Texas Constitution to disarm former confederates, and which Democrats kept in place to disarm freed slaves and Hispanics.   The bill passed on partisan lines, with 20 Republicans voting for it and 11 Democrats voting against it.  A minimum of 19 votes was required for the bill to make it out of the Senate.  From woai.com: The vote was 20-11, right along party lines, for a measure...
  • It’s Official: Americans R Stupid

    03/17/2015 10:25:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    TEC ^ | 03/17/2015 | Michael Snyder
    As Americans, we tend to be pretty full of ourselves, and this is especially true of our young people. But do we really have reason for such pride? According to a shocking new report from the Educational Testing Service, Americans between the ages of 20 and 34 are way behind young adults in other industrialized nations when it comes to literacy, mathematics and technological proficiency. Even though more Americans than ever are going to college, we continue to fall farther and farther behind intellectually. So what does this say about us? Sadly, the truth is that Americans are stupid. Our...
  • The end of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the beginning of “Irish Day”

    03/17/2015 8:33:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/17/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In 1762 Irish Catholic soldiers, who were serving in the British Army stationed in New York City, organized the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the City. They wanted to celebrate the life of St. Patrick and show their gratitude for his having brought the Catholic Faith to Ireland. From its very beginning, the parade was a religious celebration that included attendance at mass receiving Holy Communion and prayerful contemplation of the gift St. Patrick had given the Irish. Over the centuries since 1762 the parade has become a major event in the lives of many people. Those who are...
  • Greenfield: Obama's Treason is the New Patriotism

    03/16/2015 11:04:25 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 6 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Monday, March 16, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Monday, March 16, 2015 Obama's Treason is the New Patriotism Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog When Republicans complained that Obama refused to talk about Islamic terrorism, he accused them of playing into the hands of ISIS by demanding that he identify the enemy we’re fighting.  When they spoke out against his Iranian nuclear sellout, he accused them of “wanting to make common cause with the hardliners in Iran”. Those hardliners would presumably toe a harder line than Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who responded to Obama’s outreach in his first term by saying, “The Islamic peoples...
  • Found at the Gun Show: Western Super X #7, Chilled 12 Guage

    03/16/2015 7:00:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    This box of unfired Western Super X shotgun shells was found at the last gun show in Yuma.  A friend had it on his table, someone had bought it 50 years or more ago, set it aside, and never used it.  The box has some wear around the edges, but all the printing and color is clear.  The cartridges are just like new.  Just look at the roll crimp.  These cartridges were never loaded into a magazine. Number 7 shot is not common any more.  It is a useful size shot for everything from ducks to dove, but now...
  • Alexis de Tocqueville called it 100% right on Islam...175 years ago!

    03/16/2015 6:01:30 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 12 replies
    one man's opinion...
    No doubt every FReeper is familiar with the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville. The French political scientist and historian is best known for his monumental work "Democracy in America." In his later years, De Tocqueville broadened the scope of his studies and observations. Who knew that way back then he brilliantly recognized Islam for exactly what it was, and the dangers it posed to the world.....
  • Switzerland, America and New Zealand: The Kiwi is low-hanging fruit

    03/16/2015 5:12:56 AM PDT · by Travis McGee · 36 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | March 15, 2015 | Matthew Bracken
    New Zealand is frequently mentioned as an emigration destination by American freedomistas* fearful of being trapped between our burgeoning federal police state, and the intertwining forces of social disintegration. Locations from the Bahamas to Patagonia are named, but I hear New Zealand in everybody’s top three. And in the present era, New Zealand does indeed have many desirable qualities. But what will keep New Zealand both safe and free when global conditions turn Macro Mad Max, or World War Three breaks out? Certainly not its own military forces, which independent of outside help, could not repel an invasion from Liechtenstein....
  • Obama’s Treason Is the New Patriotism

    03/15/2015 3:05:22 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 14 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | March 13, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Highlights: "Having aligned with everyone from Castro to the Supreme Leader of Iran (a country which rapes teenage girls so that they don’t die as virgins, and stones teenage rape victims), Obama has to make it seem as if it’s the Republicans who are the traitors." "During his original campaign, Obama said, “We cannot allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon." Bill Clinton said during his first term in office, 'North Korea cannot be allowed to develop a nuclear bomb.' North Korea could and did. Bill Clinton knew all along that it could and would." "Clinton and Obama didn’t accidentally...
  • A map of all the underwater cables that connect the internet

    03/15/2015 5:09:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies
    Vox ^ | March 13, 2015
    Cables lying on the seafloor bring the internet to the world. They transmit 99 percent of international data, make transoceanic communication possible in an instant, and serve as a loose proxy for the international trade that connects advanced economies.Their importance and proliferation inspired Telegeography to make this vintage-inspired map of the cables that connect the internet. It depicts the 299 cables that are active, under construction, or will be funded by the end of this year. In addition to seeing the cables, you'll find information about "latency" at the bottom of the map (how long it takes for information...
  • ISIS (Sunni) vs Iraq(Iran)Shiite in Tikrit

    03/15/2015 3:07:49 AM PDT · by lbryce · 2 replies
    All this, ISIS (Sunni) vs Iraq (Iran-Shiite) mortal enemies from Islam's earliest days have fought this same battle for centuries. The enmity for each other is so intense, they consider each other more abominable than Jews. As an illustration, Iran announced that the first order of business once their nuclear aspirations have been realized was to nuke Saudi Arabia's oil fields, their number one Sunni arch enemy. Notice, Israel is not their first target. The 'Law of Unintended Consequences' is an unforgiving maiden .George Bush was warned of the genocidal miasma to come if he dared remove Saddam from power....
  • Greenfield: It's Either Hillary or Biden

    03/13/2015 1:53:32 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 22 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Friday, March 13, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Friday, March 13, 2015 It's Either Hillary or Biden Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog Hillary will survive her email woes, but scandals serve as tests that show the strengths and weaknesses of politicians. What the email scandal showed is that Hillary lacks her husband’s breezy ability to weather political outrage. Instead her paranoia and resentment combine to make her scandals worse. Democrats are looking for inspiration, but Hillary couldn’t whip up inspiration on a very special episode of Oprah. The petty resentment that Obama camouflages under a likeable exterior is out in the open. That’s why...