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  • why the Libertarian Party Fails

    08/21/2014 8:34:41 AM PDT · by Nelson Hultberg · 17 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | August 14, 2014 | Nelson Hultberg
    Many in America’s freedom movement still hope that the Libertarian Party will one day become a power on the political scene to challenge the Democrat-Republican monolith. But in 42 years it hasn’t happened, and it probably won’t happen. There are some very distinct reasons why the LP and all other alternative / independent parties fail. This essay will examine them. Let’s take, for example, the top independent parties out there: the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party. Even though each of them haveappeared at times to be a start toward genuine political reform, they repeatedly fail because they have structured...
  • Charlie Crist To Feds: Don’t Kick The Undocumented Off Obamacare Coverage

    08/15/2014 6:07:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/15/2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Charlie Crist, the Democratic nominee in Florida’s governor race in November, says the Obama administration shouldn’t require proof of immigration status for Obamacare sign-ups. “We need to make this law work for the people depending on it, and the President should suspend this requirement so that no American citizen loses their health insurance due to a bureaucratic requirement,” Crist spokesman Brendan Gilfillan told Politico Thursday. Over 310,000 Obamacare customers have failed to provide proper documentation on their citizenship or immigration status to the Obama administration, after the federal government contacted them between five and seven times about discrepancies in the...
  • Nancy Pelosi explains how to fix Obamacare: Single-payer (VIDEO)

    05/27/2014 7:03:49 PM PDT · by kingattax · 33 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | May 27, 2014
    Nancy Pelosi says that she’d like to see Obamacare improved by moving to a public option or a single-payer system:
  • Single-Payer Is Not Dead

    01/14/2014 10:11:01 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | 1/14/14 | Froma Harrop
    The prospects for single-payer health care -- adored by many liberals, despised by private health insurers and looking better all the time to others -- did not die in the Affordable Care Act. It was thrown a lifeline through a little-known provision tucked in the famously long legislation. Single-payer groups in several states are now lining up to make use of Section 1332. Vermont is way ahead of the pack, but Hawaii, Oregon, New York, Washington, California, Colorado and Maryland have strong single-payer movements. First, some definitions. Single-payer is a system where the government pays all medical bills. Canada has...
  • Michael Moore: The Obamacare We Deserve

    01/02/2014 7:56:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/31/2013 | Michael Moore, Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker
    <p>TODAY marks the beginning of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s new insurance exchanges, for which two million Americans have signed up. Now that the individual mandate is officially here, let me begin with an admission: Obamacare is awful.</p>
  • Report: Obamacare provision will allow 'forced' home inspections by gov't agents

    11/11/2013 2:26:36 PM PST · by sfimom · 78 replies
    The Examiner.com ^ | August 15, 2013 | Joe Newby
    Citing the Heath and Human Services website, a report posted Wednesday at the Freedom Outpost says that under Obamacare, government agents can engage in "home health visits" for those in certain “high-risk” categories. Those categories include: • Families where mom is not yet 21; • Families where someone is a tobacco user; • Families where children have low student achievement, developmental delays, or disabilities, and • Families with individuals who are serving or formerly served in the armed forces, including such families that have members of the armed forces who have had multiple deployments outside the United States.
  • Gun Control: Major Effects of Minor Inconveniences

    04/13/2013 7:40:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    fieldandstream.com ^ | 12 April, 2013 | David E. Petzal
    Two preliminary notes: First, I don’t like writing about gun control. I’d rather write about group sizes and feet per second. But these are extraordinary times, so a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. Second, I was remiss in not thanking Frank Bruni for the best laugh I’ve had since the food-poisoning scene in Bridesmaids. His humor may have been unintentional, but it brought a smile to my careworn face. And now to cases. On my post of April 9th, one reader commented that because a Congressperson supports extended background checks does not mean he/she favors the elimination...
  • Obama budget to take aim at wealthy IRAs

    04/05/2013 4:48:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 5, 2013 | Bernie Becker
    President Obama’s budget, to be released next week, will limit how much wealthy individuals – like Mitt Romney – can keep in IRAs and other retirement accounts. The proposal would save around $9 billion over a decade, a senior administration official said, while also bringing more fairness to the tax code. The senior administration official said that wealthy taxpayers can currently “accumulate many millions of dollars in these accounts, substantially more than is needed to fund reasonable levels of retirement saving.” Under the plan, a taxpayer’s tax-preferred retirement account, like an IRA, could not finance more than $205,000 per year...
  • U.S. to Expand Role in Africa

    01/29/2013 6:44:52 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Updated January 29, 2013, 6:58 a.m. ET | ADAM ENTOUS and SIOBHAN GORMAN
    Military Pact With Niger Brings American Forces Closer to Conflict in Mali. The U.S. signed an agreement Monday with the West African country of Niger that clears the way for a stepped-up American military presence on the edges of the conflict in neighboring Mali. The U.S. and France are moving to create an intelligence hub in Niger that could include a base, near Mali's border, for American drones that could monitor al Qaeda-linked militants in Mali's vast desert north, U.S. officials said. The moves show the extent to which the U.S. and France are girding for what could be an...
  • Senate to introduce gun control bill without assault weapons ban

    02/04/2013 2:49:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 130 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 4, 2013 | Rick Moran
    If a ban can't pass the Senate, it certainly won't pass in the House. Consider the assault weapons ban a dead issue, while the ammunition limit is alive and well. Wall Street Journal: Senate Democratic leaders expect a gun bill to move to the Senate floor that includes most of the proposals backed by President Barack Obama, with the notable exception of a ban on military-style, semiautomatic weapons, a top aide to Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said.The bill would likely seek to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines; expand background checks to include sales at gun shows and...
  • Natural gas a clean transition to renewables

    02/02/2013 8:19:36 PM PST · by Bratch · 18 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Mark Brownstein
    <p>Seven years ago, I was hired by the Environmental Defense Fund to fight against more than 100 new coal-fired power plants proposed across the United States. Today, these plants are dead. New coal construction has ground to a halt, and our focus has shifted from fighting new coal plants to pressuring existing coal plants to close.</p>
  • At Toronto Film Fest, Nick Cassavetes on Incest: ‘Who Gives a Damn? Love Who You Want’

    09/10/2012 9:23:02 PM PDT · by Bratch · 11 replies
    The Wrap ^ | September 09, 2012 | Sharon Waxman
    Writer-director Nick Cassavetes unveiled his new movie “Yellow” at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend and found himself defending the main character’s incestuous love affair with her own brother. [....] Cassavetes – a maverick filmmaker whose parents are the legendary actress Gena Rowlands and actor-director John Cassavetes -- confessed he could not condemn it. “I have no experience with incest,” he told TheWrap in an interview on Sunday. “We started thinking about that. We had heard a few stories where brothers and sisters were completely, absolutely in love with one another. You know what? This whole movie is about judgment,...
  • Boiled Like a Frog

    07/26/2012 11:24:28 PM PDT · by AMP1 · 6 replies
    AmpersanArchist ^ | 2012-04-30 | Amp1
    Q. How do you boil a frog? A. Put it in a pot of cold water and turn on the heat. HaHa. LOL. Yeah, not so funny when it happens to you and me. And I have news for you, it’s happening ALL THE TIME. The heat is being turned up so slowly you don’t even realize it and soon it may be too late. This is a silly metaphor with very serious real world implications. Incrementalism is the process of making very small, but steady changes over time, chipping away at tasks, ideas, theories or beliefs. Over time, perceptions,...
  • Obama Chief of Staff: Time to Get Over Debate

    07/01/2012 9:50:52 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 62 replies
    fox8.com/CNN ^ | July 1, 2012 | Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) — Jack Lew, the White House chief of staff, said Sunday the Supreme Court decision upholding President Barack Obama’s health care measure should put to rest the national debate over the law’s practicality. Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Lew said the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in 2010, needs to be fully implemented before Americans assess its merit, and that detractors of the law, including Obama’s opponent in the 2012 presidential election, were using it to divide the country. “This was a plan that Gov. Romney supported,” Lew said, “and it’s something that I...
  • Stock market tanks on Supreme Court Decision (going vertical)

    06/28/2012 7:42:52 AM PDT · by quesney · 50 replies
    http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=%5EGSPC+Basic+Chart&t=1d http://chart.finance.yahoo.com/z?s=%5eGSPC&t=1d&q=&l=&z=l&a=v&p=s&lang=en-US&region=US
  • The Islamist Plan for Victory: "Gradualism"

    01/17/2012 6:26:59 PM PST · by CaptainKrunch · 9 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | January 17, 2012 | Ryan Mauro
      One of the mistakes that the West makes is that it doesn’t listen to what the Islamists are saying. If only we listened, we could hear their strategy. On November 20, Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, the top Muslim Brotherhood theologian and arguably the most influential Sunni cleric in the world, called on Muslims to embrace “gradualism.”    The doctrine of gradualism is successful because we fail to appreciate the ability of the Islamists to be skillful political strategists. Gradualism is an intelligent form of jihad based on pragmatism, patience, long-term planning and self-evaluation. The Islamists evaluate their performance and recalibrate...
  • Déjà Vu, All Over Again?

    12/04/2010 1:57:38 AM PST · by Scanian · 19 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 04, 2010 | David Coughlin
    I don't know about you, but I voted in November to send a message to stop run-away spending, stop government expansion, and defend our country from our enemies. I voted against incumbents, both Republican and Democrats, who voted against my wishes. Yes, I celebrated with my compatriots across the country who voted the same way I did. Unfortunately I am sensing that this new class of politicians may disappoint just like the last one! Already I am getting a sinking feeling in my gut that this new crop of politicians may fall prey to the same inside the beltway disease....
  • COMMUNIST PARTY USA OFFICIALLY SUPPORTS LARGE TURNOUT AGAINST GOP AND FOR OBAMA (Their Website)

    10/18/2010 9:52:32 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 39 replies
    People's World Newspaper, Official Organ of Communist Party USA ^ | 13 October 2010 | Sam Webb, American Communist
    Title: "Sitting Out The Elections? Think Again"
  • Over Time, a Gay Marriage Groundswell (NYT Uses Its Crystal Ball)

    08/27/2010 8:57:30 AM PDT · by zort · 62 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/21/10 | Andrew Gelman, Jeffrey Lax, & Justin Philips
    Gay marriage is not going away as a highly emotional, contested issue. Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that bans same-sex marriage, has seen to that, as it winds its way through the federal courts. But perhaps the public has reached a turning point. A CNN poll this month found that a narrow majority of Americans supported same-sex marriage--the first poll to find majority support. Other poll results did not go that far, but still, on average, showed that support for gay marriage had risen to 45 percent or more (with the rest either opposed or undecided). That’s a big...
  • RONALD REAGAN SPEAKS OUT ON SOCIALIZED MEDICINE

    02/25/2010 10:46:37 AM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 8 replies · 292+ views
    Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRdLpem-AAs
  • Scott Brown: 'People Aren't Stupid' [a chat with WSJ's John Fund]

    01/30/2010 11:18:04 AM PST · by the invisib1e hand · 66 replies · 1,329+ views
    When I arrived at his cramped state senate offices, Scott Brown had just opened one of the many packages he's received since his stunning U.S. Senate victory 11 days ago. A local artist has done up a version of the iconic red, white and blue collage from the 2008 presidential campaign that shows Barack Obama with the word "Hope." This one features a smiling Mr. Brown instead, but the word below is different. It reads "Change."
  • White House to Harry Reid: Cut deal with Joe Lieberman

    12/14/2009 10:50:04 AM PST · by kcvl · 80 replies · 3,876+ views
    The White House is encouraging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to cut a deal with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and eliminate the proposed Medicare expansion in the health reform bill, according to an official close to the negotiations. But Reid is described as so frustrated with Lieberman that he is not ready to sacrifice a key element of the health care bill, and first wants to see the Congressional Budget Office cost analysis of the Medicare buy-in. The analysis is expected early this week. "There is a weariness and a lot of frustration that one person is holding up...
  • Senate GOP Does “Masterful” Job in Derailing ObamaCare!

    12/14/2009 6:25:48 AM PST · by Starman417 · 12 replies · 1,588+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-13-09 | Mike's America
    As a panelist on Fox News Sunday, Liz Cheney, a potential bright future star of the conservative movement, declared that the job Senate republicans have been doing to derail ObamaCare was "masterful." I agree. I realize there are some conservatives out there who are disappointed that our GOP Senators aren't initiating legislative Armageddon to stop this latest Obamination. They don't want the Senate GOP to be the "party of no" they want the GOP to be the party of HELL NO! I have a great deal of sympathy with that point of view and did have the chance to express...
  • Pelosi Signals Support for Senate Medicare Deal

    12/11/2009 10:24:59 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 18 replies · 871+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/11/2009 | Wall Street Journal
    WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed support Thursday for a Senate Democratic proposal to expand Medicare, raising prospects that the two chambers of Congress can work out differences on health-care legislation. The proposal would open Medicare to some people ages 55 to 64, and is a key feature of a deal among senior Senate Democrats that would abandon efforts to enact a big government-run health-insurance program. The deal would also empower the government's Office of Personnel Management to contract with private insurers to offer new low-cost insurance plans. The deal is a key difference between the Senate bill and...
  • Medicare expansion could morph into single payer health care

    12/09/2009 7:26:15 PM PST · by paltz · 1 replies · 223+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 12/9/09 | Kerry Picket
    Senate Democrats looking to find a way to pass health care legislation have proposed a a Medicare "buy-in" proposal as part of the health care legislation. A major aspect of the proposal would be that individuals between the ages of 55 and 64 would be able to enroll in the medicare program. The Federation of American Hospitals opposes it as does the Mayo Clinic. Senator Lamar Alexander (R - Tenn.) told reporters Republicans were not being allowed into the discussions on the Medicare proposal, but he gave his concerns.
  • Senate Dems seek expansion of Medicare, Medicaid (in exchange will drop public option)

    12/07/2009 5:06:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 1,258+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/7/09 | David Espo - ap
    WASHINGTON – Senate Democratic liberals are seeking expansion of two large federal programs, Medicare and Medicaid, in exchange for dropping a government-sold insurance option from health care legislation sought by President Barack Obama, several lawmakers said Monday. Under the potential trade-off with party moderates, near-retirees beginning at age 55 or 60 who lack affordable insurance would be permitted to purchase coverage under Medicare, which generally provides medical care beginning at 65. Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor, would be open to all comers under 300 percent of poverty, or slightly over $66,000 for a family of four....
  • Why Obama Won't 'Hit the Reset Button' on Health Care

    09/11/2009 5:49:31 PM PDT · by Scanian · 11 replies · 716+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 11, 2009 | Monte Kuligowski
    In spite of unexpected public opposition, President Barack Obama continues to unflinchingly "guarantee" that he will "reform" healthcare this year. Recently, he said the Democrats will get it "done one way or another," hinting of the nuclear option. By invoking arcane rules in the Senate, the President could force through a bill with only 51 votes, instead of the required 60. Such a partisan, bully-move would eliminate the need for dissenting Democrats -- not Republicans, as the administration frames it and the media dutifully reports. Although Obama has ample Democrat majorities, he can't even secure the necessary Democrat votes --...
  • Marxist Mel's Martyrs

    07/07/2009 11:49:07 PM PDT · by FromLori · 1 replies · 339+ views
    Front Page ^ | 7/7/09
    During the 1970s and 1980s, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), then based in the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill, vigorously lobbied for Nicaragua's Sandinista regime, the Cuban-style Marxist regime that shot its way to power in 1979. Today, WOLA pretends it is concerned about the rule of law in Honduras after the Honduran Congress and Supreme Court supported removing the leftist president for defying its constitution. WOLA and Jim Wallis' publication Sojourners have teamed up to spin Honduras' defense of its democracy as another example of a U.S.-supported, imperialist military coup. The constitutional coup in Honduras was...
  • Obama Officials Says Americans Use Too Much Health Care

    04/27/2009 8:26:48 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 73 replies · 3,382+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 27th, 2009 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    “If you got health insurance, then you can keep it . . . and we won’t do anything about that,” at least that was what President Obama promised during the campaign last year. Well, add that to a very long list of broken campaign promises, including: cutting government spending, reducing the deficit, and “no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.” Just as bad, on Friday it was revealed that Obama and the Democrats have no problem pushing through Senate votes on these radical health care changes that strip away normal procedural protections...
  • Study: How newspapers have shifted public opinion toward gay marriage

    04/22/2009 3:12:19 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 48 replies · 1,576+ views
    On the media ^ | April 10th | Bob Garfield
    Two states have legalized same-sex marriage in the past two weeks, but when it comes to public opinion, supporters of gay marriage are still a minority. That minority is on an upward trajectory though and Scott Barclay, political scientist at the State University of New York at Albany, explains why: newspapers. In the last two weeks, two states have legalized same-sex marriage. First, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a law banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Then Vermont became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through its legislature. When it comes to public opinion, supporters of gay marriage are...
  • Rasmussen Poll: Just 53% of Americans Say Capitalism Better Than Socialism

    04/09/2009 5:19:59 AM PDT · by cdchik123 · 48 replies · 2,413+ views
    Rasmussen Poll: Just 53% of Americans Say Capitalism Better Than Socialism... Developing...
  • Abortion Advocates May Try Low-Key Piecemeal Strategy for Approving FOCA

    02/03/2009 9:03:03 AM PST · by GonzoII · 15 replies · 396+ views
    LifeNews ^ | February 2, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Abortion Advocates May Try Low-Key Piecemeal Strategy for Approving FOCA by Steven ErteltLifeNews.com Editor February 2, 2009 Email RSSPrint Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Since pro-abortion presidential candidate Barack Obama became the president, the number one warning from pro-life groups has concerned the radical Freedom of Choice Act. To counter the outpouring of opposition and make it more palatable for members of Congress, it appears abortion advocates may try to split up the FOCA bill into pieces to make it easier to pass.That's the concern of Charmaine Yoest , the president of Americans United for Life.Yoest writes that abortion advocates...
  • Top Dem: No comprehensive health reform this year

    01/26/2009 1:43:15 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 12 replies · 520+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 25, 2009 | Bob Cusack
    A prominent House Democrat said he doesn't expect a comprehensive healthcare reform bill to pass Congress in 2009, saying an incremental approach to covering the uninsured would be better "than to go out and just bite something you can't chew." House Majority Whip James Clyburn's (D-S.C.) timeline on tackling healthcare is at odds with the timetable proposed by Senate Democrats and could represent a major shift in the House Democrats' strategy of dealing with the uninsured.During an interview on C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" program that aired on Sunday, Clyburn said he doesn't anticipate that comprehensive healthcare legislation will be approved in 2009....
  • The Other Election (Mark Steyn: Leftism Now The American Exception Alert)

    10/14/2008 10:38:44 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 14 replies · 1,084+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/14/2008 | Mark Steyn
    Conservatism may be a busted flush south of the border (as the experts assure us), but up north Stephen Harper has survived as Prime Minister and modestly improved his position by some 20 or so seats. He was on course for a Tory majority government until the global financial Armageddon hijacked the news cycle halfway through the campaign. Still, he's an incrementalist and he'll be reasonably satisfied not just with the Conservative gains but also with the vote-splitting among the opposition. After all, one unstated goal of his campaign was to weaken Canadians' assumption that the Liberals are the country's...
  • Thre Golden Compass: Dusted (MTV Movie Review: clutter, confusion, and strangely lacks magic)

    12/07/2007 10:43:59 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 57 replies · 288+ views
    MTV Movie News ^ | December 7, 2007 | Kurt Loder
    Where are Harry and Frodo when you really need them? Here is a magical-mystery movie with everything money can eagerly buy: big-name stars, boffo effects, a story pre-sold in a mass-cult fantasy novel. The only thing "The Golden Compass" lacks, alas, is magic. And its mystery is a little too mysterious. The picture looks great — director Chris Weitz and his town-size team of digital technicians have created a fantasy world of misty cities, gleaming dirigibles and intricate steampunk gadgetry that really pops. But in attempting to cram as much as possible of Philip Pullman's 400-page novel into a two-hour...
  • Golden Compass Getting Bad Reviews

    12/06/2007 8:55:37 AM PST · by icwhatudo · 125 replies · 338+ views
    rottentomatoes ^ | 12-6-07 | self
    Christians staying away from a movie that wants to "Kill God in the minds of children" isn't the only challenge facing the new film Golden Compass. The critics just don't like it.
  • Golden Compass promoters trying to advertise in Catholic press (using USCCB positive review)

    12/04/2007 7:39:35 AM PST · by NYer · 22 replies · 102+ views
    CNA ^ | December 3, 2007
    CNA STAFF, Dec 3, 2007 / 05:44 pm (CNA).- The promoters of the controversial movie, The Golden Compass, are making an effort to diminish the boycott being threatened by Catholics and other Christian groups. The advertising agency for the movie has sent an email to the top 50 weekly Catholic newspapers asking that they consider running an ad promoting the movie. Advertising Media Plus, the agency promoting The Golden Compass, is trying to use a review by Harry Forbes, the director of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference Office for Film & Broadcasting, as leverage against the boycott being called for by Catholics...
  • The Golden Compass Brings Nietzsche to Narnia: The Philosophical Underpinnings of His Dark Materials

    12/04/2007 8:49:42 AM PST · by NYer · 112 replies · 444+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | December 4, 2007 | Marc T. Newman, Ph.D.
    When parents look at the beautiful covers adorning the gift-boxed sets of Philip Pullman's fantasy series, His Dark Materials, they might be forgiven for believing that these books follow in the tradition of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings or C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia. In fact, the publishers are counting on it. The display tables have arrived just in time for Christmas and the release of the screen adaptation of the first volume: The Golden Compass.What Pullman's promoters desperately hope is that parents will not get beyond the colorful covers, which appear to depict nothing more than an...
  • "The Golden Compass" Goes South - Way South (Chuck Norris Slams Secularist Apologia Alert)

    12/02/2007 10:59:24 PM PST · by goldstategop · 64 replies · 402+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 12/03/2007 | Chuck Norris
    "The Golden Compass" is more than enough proof to demonstrate the Christmas culture wars are alive and well. We've drifted so far way from the innocence of Christmas movies like Jimmy Stewart's "It's a Wonderful Life." We've shifted from celebrating a savior to crying out for more secularism. I respect artistic ability and one's right to freedom of speech, religion and creativity, but that does not mean I or millions of others have to agree with or tolerate it. It is also my American right to say, "My name is Chuck Norris, and I disapprove of this movie." And it's...
  • A New Push to Roll Back 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (The Reason For the CNN Debate Plant)

    11/30/2007 5:15:19 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 83 replies · 167+ views
    NY Times ^ | 11/30/2007 | Thom Shanker and Patrick Healy
    Marking the 14th anniversary of legislation that allowed gay men and lesbians to serve in the military but only if they kept their orientation secret, 28 retired generals and admirals plan to release a letter on Friday urging Congress to repeal the law. We respectfully urge Congress to repeal the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy,” the letter says. “Those of us signing this letter have dedicated our lives to defending the rights of our citizens to believe whatever they wish.” The retired officers offer data showing that 65,000 gay men and lesbians now serve in the American armed forces and...
  • Palestinian Authority TV visualizes a World Without Israel:

    10/17/2007 10:31:47 AM PDT · by america4vr · 14 replies · 76+ views
    Palestine Media Watch ^ | October 17, 2007 | Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
    As preparations for the American peace conference continue, the leaders of the Palestinian Authority have announced their demands for a future Palestinian state with an area of 6205 square kilometers. This would include the Gaza strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. However, the message they have conveyed to their people for years, and continue to convey on the eve of the conference, is that "Palestine" exists and it replaces all of Israel. A clip broadcast by Fatah-controlled Palestinian television this week shows a map in which Israel is painted in the colors of the Palestinian flag, symbolizing Israel turned...
  • The immigration counterattack begins

    08/09/2007 10:20:24 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies · 1,782+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2007 | William Rusher
    When the American people rose up in wrath a couple of months ago and stopped dead in its tracks a bipartisan effort to ram a phony immigration "reform" bill through the Senate, I warned that our triumph was inspiring but very probably short-lived. It is extremely difficult to focus the attention of the people at large on any policy, however bad, that is wanted eagerly by an influential minority. The policy in question -- namely, to legalize the status of the 10 or 15 million illegal aliens in this country, keep them working here for peanuts, put them on track...
  • Funny Money

    08/06/2007 8:29:30 AM PDT · by strikebackusa.com · 50 replies · 1,336+ views
    www.strikebackusa.com ^ | 08/06/07 | strikebackusa.com
    I just received this via email. There is no "In God We Trust" motto on these new coins. This is the underhanded incremenatalism I have mentioned before. I am urging everyone to boycott this FUNNY MONEY. We are "One nation under God."
  • Mark Steyn: The vanishing jihad exposés

    08/05/2007 6:03:34 AM PDT · by joonbug · 39 replies · 1,931+ views
    OC Register ^ | 8/5/07 | Mark Steyn
    How will we lose the war against "radical Islam"? Well, it won't be in a tank battle. Or in the Sunni Triangle or the caves of Bora Bora. It won't be because terrorists fly three jets into the Oval Office, Buckingham Palace and the Basilica of St Peter's on the same Tuesday morning. The war will be lost incrementally because we are unable to reverse the ongoing radicalization of Muslim populations in South Asia, Indonesia, the Balkans, Western Europe and, yes, North America. And who's behind that radicalization? Who funds the mosques and Islamic centers that in the past 30...
  • Slow demand for trans fat seminar

    06/20/2007 8:27:24 AM PDT · by Millee · 52 replies · 479+ views
    UPI ^ | 6/19/07 | Staff
    - New York City officials report that only 20 people signed up for a free seminar on complying with the upcoming ban on trans fats in restaurants. Half of those who did work for the city, the New York Post reported. At most only 10 people from the city's thousands of restaurants have responded even though 33,000 invitations were mailed. "This is the first time we are doing this. It may be people don't want or need this kind of assistance," said Sarah Markt of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The ban takes effect July 1. Trans fats,...
  • Gays take Connecticut to court

    05/15/2007 1:41:09 PM PDT · by Baladas · 21 replies · 464+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 15, 2007 | AP staff
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- An attorney for eight homosexual couples told the Connecticut Supreme Court yesterday that their constitutional rights have been violated by the state's refusal to grant them marriage licenses. Connecticut was the first state to allow civil unions without court pressure, but the couples say that's not enough. They want the court to rule that the state's marriage law is unconstitutional because it applies only to heterosexual couples, effectively denying homosexual couples the financial, social and emotional benefits of marriage. "What is denied to these families is something that goes to the heart of equal protection, which...
  • Marching orders- Retired general revered for leadership fires salvo against antigay discrimination

    01/08/2007 11:02:44 AM PST · by weegee · 24 replies · 1,087+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 7, 2007, 7:27PM | Houston Chronicle editorial board
    Marching orders Retired general revered for his leadership fires salvo against antigay discrimination. In the last six years, U.S. service members have been barraged with poor decisions made in Washington. They were fed false pretexts, left understaffed and shipped into a conflict with no endgame. Yet at least one unnecessary burden — the "don't ask, don't tell" policy about gay orientation — is a relic of the Clinton administration. Now one of the original defenders of that policy is leading the charge to end the policy and the damage it does to the military. Retired Gen. John Shalikashvili, chairman of...
  • A Growing Split in the Pro-life Movement

    12/15/2006 7:27:11 AM PST · by Lesforlife · 33 replies · 1,317+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | December 15, 2006 | Ed Hanks
    Friday, December 15, 2006 A growing split in the pro-life community Posted: December 15, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern By Ed Hanks © 2006 In the wake of last week's U.S. House vote on the Fetal Pain bill, several magazines, blogs and pro-life websites have begun to discuss a growing split in the pro-life community over bills like this that attempt to slow or regulate abortions, but not stop them. Some such divisions can be detrimental to a cause. Others can finally crystallize the issue and energize the movement. The debate over incremental anti-abortion laws, versus working toward the goal of...
  • Up in Smoke - ...Houston once again threatens the right to light up in bars

    09/08/2006 11:26:23 AM PDT · by weegee · 18 replies · 788+ views
    Houston Press ^ | Article Published Sep 7, 2006 | By John Nova Lomax
    Up in Smoke City Hall and the Greater Houston Restaurant Association once again threaten the right to light up in bars Health nuts are gonna feel pretty stupid someday, lying in hospitals, dyin' o' nothin'. -- Redd Foxx Here we go again...City Hall is a-rumble once more with talk of a smoking ban in bars. And no, they aren't responding to a groundswell of popular support -- they are acting at the behest of the Greater Houston Restaurant Association, which has now officially flip-flopped from its partial-ban position from last year. You'll recall that sensible, live-and-let-live legislation -- it banned...
  • (Houston Mayor) White further defines Prop 2 changes (changing what people voted for again)

    08/09/2006 6:54:56 AM PDT · by weegee · 26 replies · 555+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 9, 2006, 8:38AM | By MATT STILES
    White further defines Prop 2 changes He wants to exempt funds for public safety from the revenue cap Mayor Bill White released new details Tuesday about his proposed changes to a 2004 charter provision that capped all city revenue, saying he would amend it to exempt funds for public safety. White has already said he wanted to generally limit the cap, known as Proposition 2, to apply only to revenues collected into the city's general fund. That fund gets most of its money from property and sales taxes, and it supports basic city services like police, firefighting, parks and libraries....