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  • What Does it Mean to Be a Democrat?

    08/08/2015 4:50:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies ^ | August 8, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Matthew Dowd identified four factions that make up the Republican Party: the Tea Party, libertarians, social conservatives and establishment Republicans. Note that three of these groups are identified almost exclusively by how they think. Arguably the fourth is as well. The Republican Party definitely attracts people who take ideas seriously.What about the Democratic Party? It’s tempting to say that Democrats are liberal. But did you know that the base of the party – those that are the most reliable supporters of Democratic candidates – are not particularly liberal at all?According to Pew research,...
  • What Congress is About to Pass Could Shut Down My Website

    07/28/2015 10:53:01 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 21 replies
    LTC Allen West ^ | 7/28/15 | LTC Allen West
    Weve recently brought to your attention two instances of nebulous language: the comments of retired General Wesley Clark about putting extremists in internment camps, and the new order making parts of our immigration naturalization oath optional for certain religious groups. Words have meaning, and when theyre not specific, theyre left to interpretation. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has demonstrated such by redefining the taxing authority of the Congress, as well as what a State means when it comes to the Affordable Care Act. And now we have yet another example of dangerously nebulous language emanating from Capitol...
  • The Most Idiotic Comment in Presidential History

    07/07/2015 2:34:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 8, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, President Obama spoke about his new strategy to take on the terrorist entity Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In doing so, he explained that the battle against that terrorist group a group he had once termed "JV" would amount to a "generational struggle." Why would defeating a ragtag army of primitives take generations? Because, Obama explained, "This is not simply a military effort. Ideologies are not defeated by guns. They're defeated with better ideas." To cap off this airsickness bag of gobbledygook, Obama then concluded, "We will never be at war with Islam." So let's...
  • Going with the Flow ... Mark Steyn

    07/02/2015 12:28:33 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 38 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 2 July 2015 | Mark Steyn
    I started the day on Bill Bennett's radio show, which is always fun. Jonah Goldberg was on before me, and advanced the proposition, after the Supreme Court's almighty constitutional bender last week, that it wasn't so bad; conservatives who just pottered around in their own world and tended to their families would still be able to lead lives largely unbattered by the forces of "progress". A few minutes later, one of Bill's listeners, Claudine, came on and said that's what Germans reckoned in the 1930s: just keep your head down and the storm will pass. How'd that work out? Claudine...
  • A Confederate flag does not divide us; leftist ideology does

    06/24/2015 4:29:29 PM PDT · by Taxman · 22 replies ^ | 06/24/15 | Sylvia Thompson
    If Governor Nikki Haley thinks that removing a flag from a capitol building will do anything to alleviate the racial hatred fomented by Barack Obama over the past several years, and the Left throughout the country's history, she is sadly mistaken. Not only Governor Haley, but every conservative thinker who follows her lead have fallen into the web of deceit that the Left always uses to entrap the gullible. I recall over the years having seen white supremacists with American flags flying. Their position is that America is being taken away from them by foreigners and people who had no...
  • A necessary debate long overdue - Walker asks why profs at State U. get a guaranteed lifetime job

    06/10/2015 1:06:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 10, 2015
    Scott Walker, in hot pursuit of the Republican nomination for president, knows no fear of sacred cows. He is attempting to reform the concept of permanent faculty appointments at Wisconsins publicly financed universities. The governor wants to repeat his earlier surprising victory in which a conservative chief executive in a very blue state took on the increasingly powerful and increasingly political teachers unions, and trimmed their empty sails. Mr. Walkers successful campaign to put a rein on the teachers unions to eliminate the obvious corruption of unions contributing to politicians campaigns and getting in return raises in salaries ...
  • Who will free us like in Operation Jericho: Languages of Militarization and Federalization

    05/21/2015 10:34:13 PM PDT · by lavaroise · 3 replies
    Newsninja2012 ^ | 05/21/2015 | Marcel Casteloni
    This month, Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force News magazine, celebrates the daring role of Operation Jericho by its valiant air force personnel during WWII. Mosquito aircrafts were dispatched despite bad weather in order to breach walls of a Nazi prison allowing French resistance to escape. Compromised British Intelligence officers were amongst the prisoners urging accordingly. On their return home, several pilots were shot down by the Luftwaffe, while many of those escaping were killed. These are the histories of bravery clashing with ideologies the like of Hitler. Nowadays liberation theologies competing for recognition against historical record for political...
  • Britain to announce new laws on Islamic extremism (to combat "poisonous Islamist ideology" )

    05/12/2015 6:48:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/12/15 | AFP
    London (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron was to announce new laws to combat "poisonous Islamist ideology" Wednesday in his first major policy announcement since winning last week's general election. His centre-right Conservative government is to include a new law to "defeat extremism" in its legislative programme which will be announced to parliament by Queen Elizabeth II on May 27. Britain's strategy on Islamist extremism has been in the spotlight for months since Islamic State (IS) executioner "Jihadi John" was identified as Mohammed Emwazi from London and a string of young people left Britain to fight for the IS...
  • Why Politicians Need Science (Science as an ideology)

    04/06/2015 9:37:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | April 4, 2015 | Michael Shermer
    Sen. Ted Cruz, who recently announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential ticket, thinks, like many conservatives, global warming isnt happening. As he said on Seth Meyers talk show on March 16, Satellite data demonstrate for the last 17 years theres been zero warming, none whatsoever. Its no surprise that Cruz picked that figure: 17 years ago was 1998, an El Nino year, when global temperatures were artificially elevated after which they returned to their normal gradually increasing rate. When you look at all the data published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (not just the cherry-picked data that...
  • Why I am Conservative, was never Leftist and am no longer Libertarian

    04/04/2015 10:59:53 AM PDT · by walford · 43 replies
    Facebook ^ | 04/05/2015 | walford
    Leftism [including all forms of collectivism] is a juvenile mentality in which the adherents want what they want and cannot be troubled with limitations and consequences. They think that their unworkable ideas will work if everyone believes in them. Given that it is essentially a belief system that is not amenable to logic, reason or evidence, it is necessarily dogmatic. Those who disagree are a threat; the mere existence of contrary thoughts cannot be tolerated and must be quashed at all costs. And, oddly enough, is a closely related cadre of religious dogmatists who, in their infantile mentality, blasphemously posits...
  • Greenfield: This Culture War We're In

    04/01/2015 4:41:25 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 112 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...
  • Is Libertarianism Compatible With Christianity?

    03/22/2015 7:55:18 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 149 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 22, 2015 | JP
    A friend sent me a link to a newspaper column celebrating the supposed ascendance of libertarianism among the hoi polloi. It is clear, the author wrote, that there are certain areas where an increasing portion of Americans are adapting more libertarian views and simply want the government to leave them alone and allow them to freely live their lives. He cited as examples same-sex marriage and drug legalization. People have generally come to the conclusion, he asserted, that they dont really care to whom one is attracted or what consenting adults do behind closed doors. He also predicted that the...
  • How Bad Ideology Destroys Good TV: Why the hit TV show 'Glee' Crashed and Burned

    02/25/2015 7:11:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/25/2015 | Spencer Klavan
    So I was watching Glee the other day (yes I watch Glee, okay?!), and man has that show jumped the shark. Its frustrating, because Glee went down in flames the way a lot of good shows do: it got too busy constructing a leftist fantasyland to tell a decent story. Its another victim of what I like to call liberal backslide.Bear with me here for a second. I realize Glee was never an elegant allegory of fiscal conservatism. And no one could claim that it ever had an ironclad grip on reality. The show takes place in an underfunded Ohio...
  • I Am No Longer a Republican

    12/22/2014 11:20:17 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 135 replies ^ | 12/21/14 | Matt Berber
    I am no longer a Republican. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and their Democrat-lite, RINO Republican establishment have seen to that. They have betrayed their own constituents. They have actively turned against the American people the very voters who granted them power to do good. Even before the gavel has sounded on the Republican-led 114th Congress, these treacherous cowards shamelessly, eagerly, it seems, squandered perhaps the one opportunity they had to stop, in his tracks, America's first cultural Marxist, anti-American, palpably evil president. If ever there were, there can no longer be any doubt. Barack Obama is bent on turning...
  • Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist

    11/08/2014 8:17:44 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 75 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 05 Nov 2014 | Danusha V. Goska
    How far left was I? So far left my beloved uncle was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party in a Communist country. When I returned to his Slovak village to buy him a mass card, the priest refused to sell me one. So far left that a self-identified terrorist proposed marriage to me. So far left I was a two-time Peace Corps volunteer and I have a degree from UC Berkeley. So far left that my Teamster mother used to tell anyone who would listen that she voted for Gus Hall, Communist Party chairman, for president. I wore a...
  • War of Ideas

    01/13/2015 6:10:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | January 13, 2015 | Mona Charen
    By savagely attacking and murdering writers and cartoonists as well as Jewish shoppers, French Islamists clarified something that many in the West have deceived themselves about: that the war we are engaged in is a war of ideas. Islamists have once again reminded us that freedom itself is their target. This discomfits the left. They prefer to pretend that Islamist violence (when they acknowledge it at all) springs from unemployment, poverty or, most frequently, colonial oppression. Most leftists, and some on the libertarian right, believe that American responses to Islamists' attacks -- ranging from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan...
  • Is Liberalism Intellectually Bankrupt?

    12/20/2014 4:27:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | December 20, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Howard Dean, who is thought to represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party, told reporters the other day that he supports our policy of using drones to kill people (and all those who happen to be near them) without warning. He also has no objection to the National Security Agency listening to his phone calls and monitoring his email.Donny Deutsch, the reliable voice of the left on "Morning Joe," told TV viewers that he supports the CIA’s torture activities – recently revealed in a Senate committee report.These views are very different from what one typically finds in the unsigned...
  • The incestuous Government-Media-Business farce

    12/13/2014 11:12:12 AM PST · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 13, 2014 | Dan Miller
    All the news that fits the desired narrative, and none other, shall bereported by the legitimate "news" media.On February 11, 2013 Vice President Biden said that he and Obama are "counting on...legitimate news media" to help in their gun control efforts. He said he knew people would continue to "misrepresent" the positions taken by himself and Obama, but that "legitimate news media" would cover them in a way that's helpful to the administration. In this post, I use the term "legitimate 'news' media" in the same sense that Biden apparently did. I have beenreadingSharyl Attkisson's November 2014 bookStonewalled. Its thesis...
  • Wrong Ideological Choice has Cost Obama Dearly

    10/03/2014 5:32:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | October 3, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Barack Obama had a choice between liberalism and the Democratic Party. He chose the latter and it cost him dearly. Liberalism, as an ideology, insists that government can do good and great things for the people and the world, if the people running the government are smart liberals. The Democratic Party says the exact same thing. But liberalism is an ideal, while the Democratic Party is that ideal's representative here in the real world, and in the real world political parties disappoint. Just to be clear -- and to avoid a lot of "Oh, yeah? What about Republicans?!" responses --...
  • Professors are feeling hopeless. Good.

    09/12/2014 2:13:42 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 40 replies ^ | August 15, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Lauren Squires, a sociolinguistic professor at OSU, is distressed by the success of the "Word Crimes" parody from Weird Al Yankovic. Professor Squires tut-tutted, Many linguists are shaking their heads and feeling a little hopeless about what the public enthusiasm about it represents: a society where largely trivial, largely arbitrary standards of linguistic correctness are heavily privileged, and people feel justified in attacking those who dont do things the correct way. In his highly entertaining video, Weird Al does not hesitate to insult people who use bad grammar. The professor thinks that Weird Als attitude raises deep and long-standing questions...
  • Jordanian-Palestinian Politician: There is no ISIS Ideology -- It's Islam

    09/06/2014 4:11:37 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 27 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 8-31-14 | ANB TV (Jordan)
    Palestinian-Jordanian politician Muhammad Bayoudh Al-Tamimi recently defended ISIS, saying that its doctrine "stems from the Quran and the Sunna." The Syrian soldiers recently killed at the Tabqa airbase "deserved to be slaughtered 100,000 times over," said Al-Tamimi, a member of the Jordanian Umma movement. According to Internet reports, the show was not broadcast by the Jordanian ANB TV channel that had produced it, but it was posted on the Internet by ANB TV on August 31, 2014. Interviewer: What is our position, here in Jordan, with regard to ISIS and the ISIS ideology? [...] Muhammad Bayoudh Al-Tamimi: I reject the...
  • Leftist Elitism and the Divine Right of Kings

    09/02/2014 10:08:33 AM PDT · by walford · 10 replies
    Facebook ^ | 09/02/2014 | walford
    There are some aspects of Modern Leftism that have evolved from the Divine Right of Kings -- particularly amongst the elites. Divine Right holds that one is born into a class of the wealthy and powerful due to the Will of the Almighty. Aristocrats-by-birth in agrarian medievalist Europe justified their relative wealth in those terms. So those who have economic success and political influence are so because they have been Chosen while the rest are by definition inferior in Divine blessing in their earthly poverty. Left to their own devices, those born poor would destroy themselves and thus need to...
  • The Best Worst President Ever (Suicide-prevention meds required!)

    07/12/2014 12:11:11 PM PDT · by SuperLuminal · 40 replies
    Hearst Connecticut Media Group - Newstimes ^ | July 12, 2014 | Mark Morford
    Obama is the worst thing to ever happen to this country, declares the wealthy, rakish, silver-haired Newport Beach white guy to his small group of perfectly tanned 50-something females sitting just a few feet away from us at a stunning restaurant patio overlooking the sun-kissed California coastline, just off of Highway 1, as he sipped his pinot and adjusted his wraparound Ray Bans, flush from the economys spectacular recovery that has benefitted his exact demographic most of all, stroking his purebred dog and taking various selfies with their $500 phones, oblivious to the furious swirls of irony and hypocrisy fluttering...
  • Forget Democrats and Republicans, Americans Actually Have 8 Distinct Political Ideologies

    06/30/2014 5:12:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    In The Capital ^ | June 30, 2014 | Tess VandenDolder
    In the hyper-partisan world of Washington, it's too easy to fall into the trap of being either 100 percent Democrat or an all in Republican. But many Americans struggle to neatly define themselves on this two party spectrum, instead believing in a healthy mix of both liberal and conservative ideological truths to varying degrees. The Pew Research Center recently conducted a typological study, in which they discovered that most Americans fell within eight distinct political ideologies, outside of the standard two party system our government runs on. There groups are as follows: the Strong Liberals, who are pretty much what...
  • Liberals: Exempt from Scrutiny - as long as you say the right things

    05/06/2014 2:00:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | May 6, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    It doesnt matter if you belong to the 0.1 percent as long as you say the right things. The qualifications of a Tommy Dude Vietor or Ben Rhodes that placed them in the Situation Room during Obama-administration crises were not years of distinguished public service, military service, prior elected office, a string of impressive publications, an academic career, previous diplomatic postings, or any of the usual criteria that have placed others at the nerve center of America in times of crisis. Their trajectory was based on yeoman partisan PR work, and largely on being young, hip, and well connected politically....
  • Novak memoir written from crass superficial thinking

    02/10/2014 8:29:02 PM PST · by Epistolizer · 3 replies
    Memoirs have always been a favorite literary genre. Some, like Winston Churchill's war memoirs, track important events from a single, and commanding, vantage point, yielding an insight into the contingencies of history. Others, like St. Augustine's Confessions or John Henry Newman's Apologia pro Vita Sua, detail a person's intellectual and spiritual development over time. Some, like Katharine Graham's Personal History, are just fun. Michael Novak's Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative is more Forrest Gump than Churchill. It evidences none of the brutal self-inquiry displayed by Augustine or Newman, and, unlike Graham's memoir, it is...
  • New evidence on the political views of mixed-race adopted and step-families

    02/03/2014 8:28:09 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 31, 2014 | Jim Lindgren
    Not surprisingly, there is no statistically significant left-right political differences in the proportion of adopted or step-families that are in mixed race households. Indeed, among families with step-children or adopted children, 11 percent of conservatives were living in mixed race households compared to 10 percent of liberals living in mixed-race households. Similarly, 9.4 percent of Republicans living in step- or adopted families were in mixed-race households, compared to only 8.8 percent of Democrats in such families. (Again, this small advantage for Republicans is not large enough to be statistically significant). If one breaks things down further by both party and...
  • What Your Healthcare Professional Doesn't Know About Abortion Breast Cancer Link

    02/02/2014 11:42:13 PM PST · by Pharmer1 · 13 replies
    Down on the Pharm ^ | 2/2/2014 | Pharmer1
    Under normal circumstances, a competent educator would conclude that there is a possible link, but that so far the analysis of data is conflicting or inconclusive. Further study is warranted. If an educator were not invested in the ideology that at least one abortion is a necessary female rite of passage into the Pentagonal Order of the Gaia Green Sisterhood, health professionals would be advised to be alert to the possibility of abortion breast cancer linkage and await further results. Well, a new meta analysis from China is out now, showing a stronger link between abortion and breast cancer......
  • Education Ministry Lets Teachers Peddle Politics

    01/23/2014 1:51:41 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/1/14 | Ari Yashar
    The Ministry of Education will reportedly allow teachers to express their political opinions in the classroom, as part of the "Israel moves up a grade" program being pushed forward by Education Minister Shai Piron (Yesh Atid). Under the new guidelines teachers will be given a freer hand in their class of impressionable young students, and will be able to determine the topics of their instruction in 25% of the hours of their annual educational curriculum, reports Channel 2. The new move, which allows teachers to hold discussions in class on political topics and express their opinions, follows closely on the...
  • Hail to The Panderer in Chief

    11/27/2013 7:53:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | November 27, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    "I'm not a particularly ideological person," President Obama told an audience of donors in Seattle over the weekend. He added (in Reuters' words) that "pragmatism was necessary to advance the values that were important to him." This is an old refrain of Obama's. As he said in his first inaugural, "The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works." "What works" is a cruel standard for the author of Obamacare, which may be one reason the White House has taken to scrubbing the sobriquet from its website and the...
  • The only reaction to give when Barack Obama says he's "not a particularly ideological person"

    11/25/2013 1:18:03 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 21 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-25-13 | The Looking Spoon
    No joke, he actually said this...How ridiculous is this?This ridiculous...(If you know your Star Trek then you'll know an emotionless android, above, when you see one)

    11/24/2013 2:30:43 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 128 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11-19-13 | Teresa Mull
    I went to a lecture recently presented by the Smithsonian. The subject of the talk was Jack Kerouacs Francophone roots, and I was expecting lots of intellectual wanna-be Beatniks. Instead I was surrounded by a roomful of typical old lib academics. It felt as though I were living inside of NPR. You know the type: the women are skeletal from not eating meat and from biking too much and have salt and pepper hair which they cut when they decided they hated men and also decided to look like one. They prefer the unkempt, natural look to actually bothering to...
  • Was Kennedy a Conservative?

    11/23/2013 11:07:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies ^ | November 23, 2013 | John C. Good man
    The idea that John F. Kennedy was really a conservative, rather than the liberal icon he is so often depicted as, is the thesis of a new book by Ira Stoll. The idea is seconded by George Will in a column in The Washington Post. Are they correct? Before examining the case, let me make an important distinction. I seem to be one of the few writers who sees conservatism and liberalism as sociologies, not ideologies. What's the difference? As I explained in a post at my blog: An ideology is a set of ideas that cohere. Socialism is an...
  • To Understand Obama and the Democrats, You Must Understand Liberal Ideology

    10/30/2013 1:26:20 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | October 30, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    (excerpt) All Obama cares about is that every day the general direction of the country is toward where he wants to go. The day-to-day minutia and the problems and the apparent failures of what he's trying to do, irrelevant. Because the chaos and the dismantling is the success. And when you're gonna start dismantling something as big as the health care system, of course it's gonna be a mess. These guys don't know what they're doing. They don't really have an alternative and they don't care right now. All they care about is that it gets so bad that there...
  • Thomas Sowell: Liberal Ideologys Price

    09/03/2013 5:52:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/02/2013 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the many unintended consequences of the political crusade for increased homeownership among minorities, and low-income people in general, has been a housing boom and bust that left many foreclosed homes that had to be rented because there were no longer enough qualified buyers. The repercussions did not stop there. Many homeowners have discovered that when renters replace homeowners as their neighbors, the neighborhood as a whole can suffer. The physical upkeep of the neighborhood, on which everyones home values depend, tends to decline. Whos going to paint the outside of a rented house? one resident was quoted as...
  • Does President Obama Have a "Foreign Policy?"

    08/24/2013 10:47:00 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 16 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | August 24, 2012 | Dan Miller
    Yes, He does. Lead from behind in whatever direction His ideology points and don't get held accountable for anything bad that results. President Obama's "foreign policy," like his domestic policy, has become clear and "transparent." His policy in both areas, largely implemented by His administration to keep His hands as clean as possible, is substantially the same and has four basic elements: ♦ Do whatever seems politically expedient, ♥ Encourage His admirers to continue admiring Him, ♠ Distort the "news" to make it as favorable as possible and ♣ Disconnect Him, and Distract attention, from any "bad" news that slips by. President Obama's proclivity...
  • Presidents and Political Ideologies

    08/20/2013 5:57:58 PM PDT · by LD Jackson
    Political Realities ^ | 08/20/13 | Jason Bradley
    This is a subject Ive taken a few days to look into. It interested me for a couple of reasons: To highlight the president as a national leader; and, to show how they articulate and carry out their political values. For this I chose Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan. Johnson because he reinforced the Roosevelt paradigm and cemented modern liberalism with the Great Society program. Reagan, because he led a reactionary conservative revolution against that paradigm. A revolution in the making since the time of Johnson. This isnt to offer any critiques but is more along the lines of...
  • US Supreme Court losing respect and trust of American citizens?

    07/14/2013 4:31:25 PM PDT · by usalady · 49 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 13, 2013 | M
    Over the last four years the negative attitude of Americans toward the US Supreme Court indicates it is less respected and trusted each year.
  • Obama Wings it in Egypt

    07/10/2013 8:05:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | July 10, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Who says President Obama isn't a unifier? Last week, Edmund Sanders of the Los Angeles Times reported from Cairo: "As rival camps of Egyptians protest for and against the toppling of President Mohamed Morsi, there is a rare point of agreement: America is to blame." Both the Muslim Brotherhood and the coalition arrayed against it believe that the United States is against them. And, amazingly, both sides have a point. Obama supported Hosni Mubarak, our geriatric dictator-client, right up until the moment Mubarak needed us most. But when events, or just the news cycle, made that support difficult, Obama abandoned...
  • When Labels Don't Fit: Hispanics and Their Views of Identity

    04/24/2013 11:01:37 AM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 9 replies
    Pew Research Hispanic Center ^ | April 4, 2012 | Paul Taylor, Mark Hugo Lopez, Jessica Hamar Martinez & Gabriel Velasco
    When it comes to the size of government, Hispanics are more likely than the general public to say they would rather have a bigger government providing more services than a smaller government with fewer services. Some 75% of Hispanics say this, while 19% say they would rather have a smaller government with fewer services. By contrast, just 41% of the general U.S. public say they want a bigger government, while nearly half (48%) say they want a smaller government.
  • The Libruls are Winning. How Can We Win Instead?

    02/26/2013 8:26:51 AM PST · by DanMiller · 20 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 25, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Offer free reverse-lobotomies? Probably not. This is a rant. So sue me. A Hell of a Lot!The problemsAn article at American Thinker is titled Three Reasons Conservatives are Losing the Battle for America. Although it struck me as excessively repetitive it's probably correct for the most part and well worth reading. The "legitimate media"(AKA Department of Information) are substantially dominated by libruls and present all of the news that fits their world view. Libruls want nothing to do with anything, or anybody, conservative and shut their ears, eyes and therefore minds accordingly. Political correctness is running amok, which limits not...
  • Liberal/Conservative Divide Explained - Paranoia

    02/17/2013 9:22:01 AM PST · by DeprogramLiberalism · 33 replies
    Deprogramming Liberalism ^ | February 17, 2013 | Jim Autio
    Professor George Lakoff describes himself as a cognitive scientist. In his book, Moral Politics How Liberals and Conservatives Think, Professor Lakoff illustrates the problem of accurately describing the dichotomy between contemporary liberalism and contemporary conservatism in America. From the section, The Worldview Problem for Cognitive Science in chapter two:~The job of the cognitive scientist in this instance is to characterize the largely unconscious liberal and conservative worldviews accurately enough so that an analyst can see just why the puzzles for liberals are not puzzles for conservatives, and conversely. Any cognitive scientist who seeks to describe the conservative and liberal worldviews...
  • The Myth of an Impure GOP (Ideologically sound, but not always effective)

    01/16/2013 7:24:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/15/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Its hard for a lot of people, particularly on the right, to recognize that the conservative movements problems are mostly problems of success. But the Republican partys problems are much more recognizable as the problems of failure, including the failure to recognize the limits of that movements success. American conservatism began as a kind of intellectual hobbyists group with little hope of changing the broader society. Albert Jay Nock, the cape-wearing libertarian intellectual he called himself a philosophical anarchist who inspired a very young William F. Buckley Jr., argued that political change was impossible because the masses were...
  • Key to benevolence: Experiencing divine love may be gift that keeps on giving

    01/07/2013 9:55:09 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 4 replies
    Spending quality time with God appears to make benevolent love possible for many Americans, new research indicates. The Godly Love National Survey, led by researchers at the University of Akron and the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, found people who most often reported feeling Gods love were more than twice as likely as the average American to give time to those in need more than once a week. More than four in five respondents said they experience Gods love at least once in a while; a similar number said they felt Gods love increasing their compassion for others. The...
  • Statistical correlations

    11/03/2012 4:14:28 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 6 replies ^ | 8/21/2012 | Daniel1212
    Statistical correlations This is a compilation of how states rank according to their voting record, faith, beliefs, etc., from polls and records, and their possible relations to each other. Also, demographical map below More national stats on the spiritual, etc. State of the Union here. Rankings (1,2,3...) mostly by this author (could have slight errors). Click on the word "rank" to go to the sources. Duplicate percentages = same rank, thus highest rank less than 50. Press F11 key on most browsers for full screen viewing. PDF download here. Political rank determined by average margins of victory in last...

    10/25/2012 10:53:36 AM PDT · by Stayfree · 7 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | Oct. 25, 2012 | Jeffrey Lord
    Is Hillary Clinton's insistence yesterday that the leaked State Department e-mails were "not evidence" yet more evidence that indicates the Obama White House not only knew what was going on but deliberately turned a blind eye to Benghazi because of that ideology? Specifically, did an ideological soft spot for Sharia -- Obama's name is being used by his step-grandmother to raise funds to educate kids in Sharia -- blind the U.S. government to the threat posed by Ansar Al-Sharia? A group whose objective, says its Libyan leader, is to "impose Sharia" on Libya.
  • It will be the hot "arab summer" in Israel and the Gaza strip . Thanks to Qatar and Obama

    10/24/2012 3:02:08 PM PDT · by Ulysse · 2 replies
    As a straight consequence of the "arab spring" , we have heard 2 days ago that the Emir of Qatar went to the Gaza strip through the new Egypt to fund the islamlists of Hamas..... Mr Obama is a dangerous ideologue , Mr Romney ! Could be time to say something....
  • Columnist may have planted a dangerous seed for anti-gunners

    08/14/2012 5:03:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 14 August, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Conservative columnist Jacob Sullum may have planted a dangerous seed the other day when he suggested one can only hope tongue-in-cheek that in addition to criminal and mental health background check requirements, ones ideology must also be determined before that citizen is allowed to buy a gun. Sullum offered the suggestion in a column originally published by Town Hall on Aug. 8 and more recently in the Desert Dispatch on Tuesday. He notes that the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is now lobbying Congress and the two mainstream presidential contenders to do something about guns. Writing about...
  • The case against reelection

    08/10/2012 10:27:27 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/9/12 | Charles Krauthammer
    There are two ways to run against Barack Obama: stewardship or ideology. You can run against his record or you can run against his ideas.The stewardship case is pretty straightforward: the worst recovery in U.S. history, 42 consecutive months of 8-plus percent unemployment, declining economic growth all achieved at a price of an additional $5 trillion of accumulated debt.The ideological case is also simple. Just play in toto (and therefore in context) Obamas Roanoke riff telling small-business owners: You didnt build that. Real credit for your success belongs not to you you think you did well because of...
  • Allen West slams Palm Beach Post:'Self-appointed elitists blinded by ideology'

    07/05/2012 1:17:23 PM PDT · by T.O.K. · 9 replies ^ | July 5, 2012 | michele Kirk
    Congressman Allen West blasted Robert Crowder, his Republican opponent in the upcoming 18th Congressional District race. He also took a few swipes at the Palm Beach Post in a scathing letter that the Post chose to publish on July 3rd. In the letter, West said he would not accept requests by Crowder to debate him. "I refuse to waste the voters time by dignifying Crowders cynical political maneuvering." West also explained why he refused to interview with the Palm Beach Post editorial board