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  • American Liberty: A 5000-Year Miracle Celebrates 240 Years

    07/08/2016 8:27:38 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 7/8/16 | Susan Frickey
    “We, the People . . .” are the three most powerful words in the history of world governments. It was the promise of a new way of self-governance; a profoundly unique experiment born of America’s 13 colonies and defended with the blood of Patriots. But today, battles rage among a divided people over an array of issues. At the center of the conflict is an oversized American government no longer bound by constitutional limits and retaining only a vague recollection of the finite powers delegated to it at the time of its creation. As Americans we should honor and celebrate...
  • Have we misunderstood the Declaration of Independence? Princeton professor claims

    07/04/2016 10:27:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/4/16 | James Wilkinson
    Has America spent the last few hundred years misunderstanding the Declaration of Independence? That's what Danielle Allen, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, believes. According to Allen, the paragraph beginning 'We hold these truths to be self-evident' has been misinterpreted thanks to a rogue period that was not in the original document. And that could completely transform our understanding of how the Founding Fathers viewed the role of government, The New York Times reported.
  • Four Times the Declaration of Independence Mentions God, and Why It Matters

    07/04/2016 3:03:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 3, 2016 | Tyler O'Neil
    Many historians call the Founding Fathers "Deists," and many of them were not true Christians -- after all, Thomas Jefferson tore all the miracles out of the Gospels! But judging by the Declaration of Independence, our Founders were more religious than many think: our founding document mentions God no less than four times.This is not to say America was founded as an explicitly Christian nation -- the federal government has never had an established religion. But the Jewish and Christian understandings of God deeply influenced the founding generation, and that influence radiates from the Declaration of Independence.Here are the four...
  • America Needs to Follow Britain’s Example to Take Back Our Country

    07/04/2016 12:45:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | July 3, 2016 | Ilana Mercer
    During the Bretton Woods Conference, in 1944, Lord Halifax is said to have “whispered to Lord Keynes: ‘It’s true: they have the money bags but we have all the brains.’” By “they,” Halifax meant the Americans. His frustration with the American mind—often prosaic and anti-intellectual—during the critical Bretton-Woods negotiations seems as valid today. As odious as Britain’s elites are; boy, are they cleverer than ours. Take the impromptu interview, on June 28, which Richard Quest, CNN’s imported British broadcast journalist, conducted with Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party. Farage had emerged exhilarated from the coven that is the...
  • DAD, WHAT's UNABHÄNGIGKEITSTAG?

    07/04/2016 8:09:11 AM PDT · by nathanbedford · 18 replies
    vanity ^ | July 4, 2016 | Nathan Bedford
    DAD, WHAT's UNABHÄNGIGKEITSTAG? "Is that when the thirteen colonies broke away from England?" My ten year inquired out of nowhere at 6 AM German time this morning. "Yeah, why do you want to know, eat your breakfast," I mumbled, too sleepy to be very curious. "Because I am afraid my teacher will ask me, since I am wearing this T-shirt and I'm the only American in the class." With an effort, I adjusted my gaze upward to his white T-shirt. It was brand new. Prominent on his breast was an image of the flag and below that: OLD NAVY FREEDOM...
  • Born By Declaration: How Thirteen United Colonies Became The United States

    07/04/2016 1:04:46 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 4, 2016 | Breitbart News
    “I believe that if Breitbart were covering the Continental Congress, the Founder our readers would identify with would be John Adams,” Breitbart Senior West Coast Editor Rebecca Mansour said. Speaking to SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon for the Breitbart News Daily Fourth of July Special, Mansour explained in dramatic detail the personalities and political tensions that led the Continental Congress to declare independence from the British crown.
  • Alinsky's program: we are almost there

    06/26/2016 8:08:03 AM PDT · by dvan · 20 replies
    Email | NA | NA
    Here is the heart of Saul Alinsky's plan to convert our American Republic into a soulless Commune called Communism or Socialism ending private ownership of a home or business!!!! This in turn brings an end to self initiative to improve community conditions due to lack of self economic growth with it's rewards!! When the central government controls all elements of your life, there is no allowance left for free self expression!!! Right now the Republican Party is so completely at war internally that it may not recover in time to knock out Hillary. That would complete Alinsky's program. A real...
  • Calls For Texas Independence Surge In Wake Of Brexit Vote

    06/25/2016 10:10:24 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 80 replies
    Vocativ ^ | Jun 24, 2016 | Jacob Steinblatt
    After residents of the UK voted today to leave the European Union, the movement for an independent Texas may be gaining serious momentum, with thousands online calling for a “Texit.” The largest group agitating for secession is the Texas Nationalist Movement, which has been promoting its own version of Brexit, called Texit, over the past several weeks. The group has taken inspiration from the pro-exit campaign in Britain, noting that the two movements share many of the same principles. Daniel Miller, president of the TNM, told Australian website news.com.au, “The vast majority of the laws, rules and regulations that affect...
  • Brexit: The Shot Heard ‘Round The World!

    06/24/2016 8:48:38 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/24/16 | Dave Merrick
    Now another shot heard 'round the world has been fired, this time by the British. Hopefully, America and others will get wise and follow her lead “The party is over. Everybody out of the pool - at least for the moment.” Britain, by only a very small margin, elected to leave the European Union. This, most probably the Brit’s last stand for independence, is an object lesson that absolutely should not go unheeded by the United States that is aspiring, tooth and nail, to be the next Finland. It was Finland’s former prime minister, Alexander Stubb, who last night tweeted...
  • Britain Votes with Trump, against Hillary, Obama

    06/24/2016 5:59:22 AM PDT · by scpolitician · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 24, 2016 | Joel Pollack
    Obama’s advice may have pushed some voters to “leave.” In April, he warned British voters they would be at the “back of the queue” in trade with the U.S. if they left the EU.
  • State Representatives Attack Declaration of Independence on Louisiana House Floor

    05/28/2016 5:36:19 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 27 2016 | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    Democrat Louisiana state representatives launched an attack against the phrase “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence Wednesday in response to the state House’s consideration of an education bill. State Rep. Barbara Norton (D) led the charge against HB 1035, a measure that would require local school boards of education to have students in grades four to six recite a specified section of the Declaration of Independence after the current daily period of silent prayer or meditation and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The bill, introduced by state Rep. Valarie Hodges (R), would require students...
  • Taiwan's Nationalists elect their 1st female leader

    03/26/2016 11:09:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 27, 2016 12:17 AM EDT
    Taiwan’s China-friendly Nationalist Party has elected its first female leader after ousting her as its presidential candidate ahead of January elections that were won by pro-independence rivals. The Kuomintang had ditched Hung Hsiu-chu as her abrasive style and strongly pro-China positions were seen as alienating voters. The veteran legislator and former teacher was elected as leader over three other candidates Saturday and likely faces a difficult time rebuilding the party after its January electoral defeat. […] Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Hung from Beijing, saying he hoped the two parties would continue to oppose “Taiwan independence,” according to the official...
  • Scot leader: UK vote to quit EU would fuel independence push

    03/13/2016 9:25:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 13, 2016 12:18 PM EDT
    Scotland’s leader says she doesn’t want to use a possible British vote to leave the European Union as leverage to achieve independence. But First Minister Nicola Sturgeon concedes that Scots’ secessionist spirits would be inflamed if English voters forced them out of the EU. Sturgeon spoke Sunday on the second day of her Scottish National Party’s spring conference, which is focused on strengthening nationalist control of Scotland’s Parliament in a May 5 election. […] Sunday’s published poll data suggested that Scottish voters appear much more enthusiastic than their English neighbors about staying inside the 28-nation bloc, with 50 percent planning...
  • Happy Texas Independence Day

    03/02/2016 4:48:57 AM PST · by GregoTX · 11 replies
    Texas State Library ^ | March 2 1836 | Texas State Library
    When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted, and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression. When the Federal Republican Constitution of their country, which they have sworn to support, no longer has a substantial existence, and the whole nature of their government has been forcibly changed, without their consent, from a restricted federative republic, composed...
  • China’s PLA forces carry out landing drills near Taiwan outpost days after elections

    01/21/2016 5:16:44 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    SCMP ^ | 21 January, 2016 | Minnie Chan and Reuters
    China's PLA forces carry out landing drills near Taiwan outpost days after elections PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 January, 2016, 8:22pm UPDATED : Thursday, 21 January, 2016, 8:28pm The People's Liberation Army based in the Fujian provincial city of Xiamen - 10km opposite one of self-ruled Taiwan's outposts - has carried out live-fire exercises and landing drills just days after the pro-independence opposition party won elections in Taiwan. Military experts said the drills were aimed at sending a "political warning" to Taiwan's president-elect Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of Democratic Progressive Party, that Beijing would never give up using "non-peaceful means" to solve...
  • Scott Walker gets back to conservative basics in State of State (WI)

    01/20/2016 10:16:08 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 1-19-16 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. - While the left and the right staked out their positions on the Badger State's condition, Gov. Scott Walker's 2016 edition of the State of the State address was replete with the kind of core conservative ideas that had gotten lost in the din of his failed presidential campaign. "For too long, government programs have entrapped individuals...into extended dependency," the Republican governor said Tuesday in laying out his executive blueprint, which promises to be somewhat muted by election-year inertia. "Our reforms help people get the training they need to get back up on their feet." While the diminishing...
  • Syrian refugees being foisted on a remote Scottish island

    12/20/2015 4:25:40 PM PST · by Ray76 · 44 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Dec 18, 2015 | Sue Reid
    15 families have arrived on the tiny island of Bute, off the West of Scotland Scottish minister Humza Yousaf said their arrival was a 'proud day', adding: 'I would like to extend the warmest of welcomes on behalf of the people of Scotland, and wish them all the best as they start their new lives here.' For her part, Home Secretary Theresa May tried to reassure locals by saying all arrivals would be screened to ensure they did not pose a security threat, amid fears that some would-be terrorists who have travelled to Britain posing as refugees. Indeed, in September,...
  • Independence Day: Resurgence | Official Trailer [HD] |

    12/14/2015 3:42:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    20th Century Fox ^ | December 13, 2015 | Staff
    We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
  • Trump owes nothing to anyone

    12/13/2015 7:46:01 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 154 replies
    Twitter ^ | 12/13/2015 | Donald J. Trump
    Trump did not need 2acquire wealth & power, owes nothing to anyone. Candidates owe their backers"
  • Poles burn EU flags as thousands rally for independence

    11/12/2015 7:43:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/12/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Depending  on whom you believe, 25,000 or 50,000 Poles rallied in Warsaw on the anniversary of Polish independence, denouncing the EU.  AFP, via the  UK Telegraph, reports: Tens of thousands of protesters poured into Warsaw's streets on Wednesday for a demonstration organised by the far right, marching under the slogan "Poland for the Polish" and burning an EU flag. which marked the anniversary of Poland's return to independence after the First World War, while organisers put the numbers at 50,000. "God, honour, homeland," chanted the protesters as they marched under a sea of red-and-white Polish flags. Demonstrators trampled and...
  • Hispanic Contributions to American Independence

    10/19/2015 8:32:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 23 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 17, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As Hispanic Heritage Month draws to a close, it is worth remembering the contributions that Hispanics have made to American independence. “Many Americans of Hispanic origin have received deserved praise,” Alejandro Chafuen of the Atlas Society writes in Forbes. “A major public Washington, D.C. square and statue is dedicated to David G. Farragut (1801-1870), a Hispanic American.” “Farragut was the son of Jordi Farragut (1755-1817), born in Minorca, Spain. David Farragut became the first U.S. admiral. He is remembered for a great many things, including his call of ‘Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead’ at the Battle of Mobile Bay,...
  • Come and Take It- The 180th Anniversary of the original flag and the Battle of Gonzales

    10/02/2015 10:06:29 AM PDT · by The Bat Ladys Husband · 11 replies
    Vanity | 10/02/2015 | The Bat Ladys Husband
    src="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Come_And_Take_It_Mural.jpg" Sara Seely DeWitt and her daughter Evaline made the flag, back then referred to as the Old Cannon Flag, now called the Come and Take It flag. Depicted on a white cloth was a cannon with a lone star above it, and the words "come and take it" beneath the cannon. It was Texas' first battle flag, and first lone star flag and was flown at the Battle of Gonzales called the Lexington of Texas. The Battle of Gonzales was the first military engagement of the Texas Revolution. It was fought near Gonzales, Texas, on October 2, 1835, between...
  • The Troubling Decline of Financial Independence in America

    08/28/2015 10:16:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 08/28/2015 | Charles Hugh-Smith
    If you can't work for yourself and afford health insurance, something is seriously messed up. By financial independence, I don't mean an inherited trust fund--I mean earning an independent living as a self-employed person. Sure, it's nice if you chose the right parents and inherited a fortune. But even without the inherited fortune, financial independence via self-employment has always been an integral part of the American Dream. Indeed, it could be argued that financial independence is the American Dream because it gives us the freedom to say Take This Job And Shove It (Johnny Paycheck). This chart shows the self-employed as a percentage of those with jobs (all nonfarm...
  • India has stood as beacon for the world since 1947, says John Kerry

    08/14/2015 11:39:40 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 41 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Friday, August 14, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    Commemorating the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel ahead of India's 69th Independence Day, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said India has stood as a beacon for the world. - John Kerry AFP photo Washington - Commemorating the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel ahead of India's 69th Independence Day, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said India has stood as a beacon for the world. "Since 1947, India has stood as a beacon for the world, as an economic power that prides innovation, as a resilient...
  • Al Jazeera Video that Mocks Americans as Fat, Gun-Toting Racists (Independence Day)

    07/05/2015 7:27:11 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 07/05/15 | Sharona Schwartz
    Al Jazeera’s digital media platform AJ+ posted a Fourth of July-themed video mocking Americans as fat, cheese-eating, gun-toting, pill-popping, racist porn watchers. While some on social media applauded the creation, others slammed the Qatar-owned network for using the holiday “to dump” on America. Social media users got particularly riled up by the criticism coming from the channel owned by Qatar — a country where stoning is a legal punishment under Shariah law, women have second class legal status, writers can be imprisoned for criticizing the emir and abuse of foreign laborers has been repeatedly criticized by human rights groups. The...
  • Obama Leaves Out ‘God’ From 4th of July Weekly Address (VIDEO)

    07/05/2015 5:54:51 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/04/15 | Jim Hoft
    As Obama’s term as President is slowly nearing its end, more and more of who the man is, and what he truly stands for, is beginning to seep out. For instance, President Obama released his 4th of July weekly address for 2015 with one key ingredient missing: God. Unlike his weekly addresses during the previous two years, where the President concluded his speeches with “God Bless You All” (2014) and “So, God bless You All. And may God bless The United States of America” (2013), Obama left out any mention of God in his recent address. Instead, this year, he...
  • A pet peeve of mine on today

    07/04/2015 9:27:41 AM PDT · by wastedyears · 33 replies
    My crazy brain | 7/4/2015 | Me
    Okay My pet peeve of mine on this day is everybody I know on Facebook, including those that are Conservative (very few of them), say "Happy 4th of July." To me, in the simple sense, 'July 4th' is merely another day on the calender: the fourth day of the month of July. It is what happened on this day 239 years ago that I celebrate. Some very brave men drafted an article declaring their independence from the largest military power in the world in 1776. The Founders of this nation had the idea that a government should be comprised of...
  • This Independence Day is a time to mourn, and rekindle righteous indignation toward tyrants [Vanity]

    07/03/2015 7:51:54 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 76 replies
    July 3, 2015 | Tom Hoefling
    'When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn." -- Proverbs 29:2 Don't get me wrong. We'll be barbecuing tomorrow and greatly enjoying the fellowship of family and friends. We'll be lighting off a few celebratory firecrackers, as John Adams suggested we should do. We'll go to the local fireworks display and commemorate our national liberty and independence with our fellow citizens. But, on this particular Independence Day, something important is missing. I can't help but mourn, as traitors, cowards, wicked men, and oath-breakers run amok in American halls of power....
  • Complete 6-part Revolutionary War series free on YouTube

    07/03/2015 3:15:41 PM PDT · by ETL · 33 replies
    YouTube (individual link to each episode provided)
    LIBERTY! The American Revolution is a dramatic documentary about the birth of the American Republic and the struggle of a loosely connected group of states to become a nation. The George Foster Peabody award-winning series brings the people, events and ideas of the revolution to life through military reenactments and dramatic recreations performed by a distinguished cast. _________________________ EPISODE 1: "The Reluctant Revolutionaries" 1763-1774In 1763, the capitol city of America is London, George Washington is lobbying for a post in the British army, and no one thinks of Boston harbor when they hear talk of tea parties. In a dozen...
  • July 4th is about Independence (and IMMIGRATION?!?)

    07/03/2015 9:36:21 AM PDT · by Talkwire · 2 replies
    Immigration Law Blog ^ | July 3, 2015 | Some lawyer
    "The Fourth of July celebrates that monumental moment when a new nation was announced to the world, calling for immigrants. The new nation promised a new system of government based on a Constitution, and the land a resources to prosper in that new found freedom. The population of the Colonies was about 2.5 million in 1776. The call of freedom was heard worldwide and people arrived from all over." the full article is here
  • I'm glad to be an American. But I won't really celebrate the Fourth of July.

    07/03/2015 7:06:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    The Week ^ | July 3, 2015 | Bonnie Kristian
    This weekend we celebrate the Fourth of July, high holiday of American civic religion and universal occasion for cookouts, stars-and-stripes bikinis, and raucous displays of unbridled patriotism. More than 200 years ago, however, there was no such unanimity on the subject of the American Revolution. Though our popular history tends to avoid such off-message details, about 15 percent of white American colonists during the Revolutionary War were loyalists, and perhaps more surprisingly, close to half were effectively neutral.
  • HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, and GOD BLESS AMERICA

    07/02/2015 8:00:42 PM PDT · by carlo3b · 25 replies
    Cooking With Chef Carlo ^ | July 2 2015 | carlo3b
    HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, and GOD BLESS AMERICAIT'S NOT JUST THE 4th OF JULY, IT IS OUR DAY OF INDEPENDENCEAs Americans, today we set aside the trivialities of everyday life to remember why we enjoy what few in the history of the world have ever experienced, a totally Free Country.. But for the courage of a few, who bravely, at the sacrifice of all they possessed, laid down a marker that the world had never seen, ALL OR NOTHING, FOR FREEDOM..Without their tenacity, and vision, we would be under the boot of some tyrant, struggling to survive at their whim.. Instead...
  • Meet 7 of the Most Interesting Founding Fathers You’ve Never Heard Of

    07/02/2015 5:42:55 PM PDT · by gwjack · 29 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 7/2/2015 | Michael Sabo
    When reading the Declaration of Independence over the holiday weekend, it’s easy to skip over the names of the signers and focus instead on the sweeping language of the second paragraph. This overlooks the fact that the signers pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor in order to found a country upon self-evident truths rooted in the nature of man.
  • FAIL - Americans Don't Know Why We Celebrate 4th of July!

    07/01/2015 7:06:04 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    Youtube ^ | 07/01/15 | Mark Dice
    Media analyst Mark Dice asks beachgoers in San Diego, California some basic questions about America's 4th of July Independence Day celebration and their answers are quite disturbing.
  • When I Was a Kid, We Were All 'Free Range'

    06/14/2015 7:34:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 97 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/14/2015 | Claire Hawks
    I'm not sure who came up with the name "free range children." The only thing I ever knew that was "free range" until recently was chicken, not children. Now it's the term used for children who are allowed to have a degree of independence by their parents. When I was a child, we were all "free range." Our parents allowed us more and more independence the older we got based on how well we handled the responsibility. I was "free range" by the time I was three years old – not exactly my parents' choice, though.
  • High-speed chase along I-70 ends under a mattress

    02/24/2015 7:02:50 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    KCTV 5 News ^ | February 24, 2015 | By DeAnn Smith, et al.
    INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) - A high-speed police chase wound through Independence and Kansas City, and the suspect driver hit at least one innocent motorist before he ditched the car and hid underneath a mattress. Police were then able to arrest the man. Independence police began to pursue the vehicle about 3:30 p.m. Monday. The light-colored Cadillac was reported stolen in the northwest part of Independence. The driver weaved dangerously through traffic at high-speed on a crowded I-70. Independence police were joined by Kansas City officers. The man drove from Independence into Kansas City where he hit an innocent motorist driving...
  • Where Are You, Country?

    02/14/2015 7:49:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 14, 2015 | Gary Horne
    Where are you, country? Why can’t I find you? Why have you gone away? Adapting Cindy Lou’s song about the loss of Christmas spirit in Whoville expresses the sadness for what as been lost in my country. When I was a young boy in the small town of Piedmont, Missouri, the local physician, Doc Jones, would come to your house if you were sick. People paid him in cash, or perhaps some other goods. No one imagined they had a “right” to have someone else pay Doc Jones. It was their solemn duty, part of leading a responsible and moral...
  • Hawaiian Independence Movement Attracts Chinese Interest

    02/10/2015 6:29:57 AM PST · by shove_it · 16 replies
    FreeBeacon ^ | 10 Feb 2015 | Bill Gertz
    HONOLULU—China has suggested arming Hawaii’s independence activists in retaliation for U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and recently threatened to challenge American sovereignty by making legal claims to the Pacific islands as its territory. Chinese threats to back several groups of Hawaiian independence activists who want to restore the islands’ constitutional monarchy, ousted in a U.S.-backed coup over a century ago, has raised concerns that military facilities on the strategic central Pacific archipelago are threatened at a time when the Obama administration is engaged in a major shift toward Asia as part of its military and diplomatic rebalance. Michael Pillsbury, a...
  • [Dem] Fla. lawmaker: Texas is a 'crazy state'

    02/03/2015 2:57:33 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 2, 2015 | Cristina Marcos
    Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) unequivocally declared Monday that Texas is a "crazy state" he never wants to live in, infuriating a Texas lawmaker. Tensions flared between Hastings and Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) during a House Rules Committee meeting to prepare a bill slated for a floor vote Tuesday to repeal ObamaCare. Hastings showed disdain for Texas during a discussion about states' implementation of the 2010 healthcare overhaul and decisions over whether or not to participate in the exchanges. "I don't know about in your state, which I think is a crazy state to begin with," Hastings told Burgess. Burgess immediately...
  • Sons of Liberty

    01/19/2015 12:53:10 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    Channel Guide ^ | 1-19-15
    Sons of Liberty Three-Night Event Begins Jan 25 at 9/8c on the History Channel. Video at source link. Topics will include Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere, and more.
  • Poll: Americans Reject Obama's Unlimited Government

    01/11/2015 12:33:51 PM PST · by PapaNew · 26 replies
    investors.com ^ | 1/5/15 | IBD Editorial
    For the first time since Gallup has conducted polling, people say that the "biggest problem" in America is "the government." It topped all other categories, including terrorism. "2014 was the first year ever in Gallup records that dissatisfaction with government topped the list," the 80-year-old firm said. "Government includes dissatisfaction with President Obama." And angst over government has been climbing each year since 2009, when Obama took office, breaking a long period of relative satisfaction with government. Beyond Obama, Americans are rejecting what the Left is selling — the idea that government should determine our fate. No, they're saying that...
  • Common Sense and the Glorious Cause Reflections on the great pamphlet's anniversary

    01/10/2015 4:08:57 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 10, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Historians, political scientists, and philosophers alike often look at revolutions and ask the question "Was it a simple coup d'etat, or a real popular revolution? And if a real popular revolution, just how 'popular' was it, really?" It's often not that easy to tell. We can easily look at the Russian Revolution, for example, and see how there was first a large popular revolution, one that was then taken over by a much smaller communist contingent that was nowhere near as popular, but was brutal enough to win over the nascent White Russian government. One can do the math easily,...
  • EU calls euro membership ‘irrevocable’ but renegotiable

    01/05/2015 7:28:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 5, 2015 10:25 AM EST | Raf Casert
    The European Union’s executive Commission said Monday that membership in the euro bloc is “irrevocable” but left it open to what extent Greece could renegotiate the terms after elections on Jan. 25. Greece’s left-wing Syriza party leads the polls ahead of the elections and is in favor of changing the conditions of the country’s international bailout deal. That would likely anger the rest of the eurozone, which has given Athens the bulk of the rescue loans. […] EU spokeswoman Annika Breidthardt said Monday that if the Greek elections call for a need to reconsider the conditions of Athens’ membership within...
  • Can It Happen Here?

    10/02/2014 8:34:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Can it happen here? It is happening in Europe where French polls show that the National Front's Marine Le Pen would win the election for president if elections were held tomorrow. Something like it has happened in Italy where an anarchist comedian, the happily named Beppe Grillo, garnered 25 percent of the vote last year. Most spectacularly, it almost happened in the United Kingdom last month. What am I talking about? An election in which the lowly voters overcome the professional pols and vote their minds. Now there is evidence that it can happen here. In the United...
  • Catalonia's Scottish dreams on hold as top court postpones independence vote

    09/29/2014 8:05:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    CS Monitor ^ | 09/29/2014 | By Andrés Cala
    MADRID — At first glance, Catalonia's face-off with Madrid over independence looks like it has much in common with the recent Scottish secessionist crisis, which panicked countries and markets alike. But the upcoming vote, which Spain’s highest court unanimously suspended after the Spanish government officially challenged it on Monday, shares little with Scotland's, other than the ultimate goal. The regional leader of Catalonia, Artur Mas, signed a decree Saturday setting Nov. 9 for the referendum. But, whenever the referendum might take place, the fundamental difference is that Catalonians are not being asked to decide whether to break away from Spain,...
  • Scots Vote Against Independence, but Controversy Continues in Britain

    09/26/2014 1:32:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Last week, the voters of Scotland, in a heavy turnout and from age 16 up, decided not to disunite what has been arguably one of the most successful and beneficial nations over the last 307 years, the necessarily clunkily named United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It was a relatively close-run thing: 45 percent voted for an independent Scotland, just 383,000 fewer than voted for Scotland to remain part of the now-not-necessary-to-be-renamed UK. Had Queen Elizabeth II not allowed herself to be overheard telling a churchside crowd that Scottish voters should "think very carefully" about the issue, the...
  • Scottish Independence Referendum

    09/25/2014 4:57:37 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 11 replies
    Self ^ | September 26, 2014 | Huckfillary
    American secessionists and states' rights advocates are rightly disappointed by the outcome of the September 18 Scottish Independence Referendum.  Given the decisiveness of the outcome, the result was probably never in doubt. The Queen didn't even have to break a sweat, in keeping with her lifelong abstinence from productive labor.  I'll bet she's never even broken a fingernail polishing the royal silverware.  But I digress. Americans of every political persuasion have every reason to be troubled by the Scottish plebiscite. Not because of the outcome, but because we do not have the same right to secede from our Union by...
  • Calls for Ending Unfairness to the English

    09/19/2014 1:01:55 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 19 September 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Before the referendum on Scottish independence and in order to keep the United Kingdom from disintegrating, the leaders of the three main British parties - David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband - made generous promises in return for the Scottish people to vote No to breaking away from the Union. They promised more powers and money for Scotland. Some say that these promises have come dangerously close to Maximum devolution (Devo Max for short), which means that, except in defence and foreign affairs, the Scottish Parliament gets power over everything. A source of concern is that these promises...
  • Scottish independence: First referendum results declared

    09/18/2014 6:04:31 PM PDT · by blueyon · 264 replies
    BBC.com ^ | 9/18/14 | ?
    The first results are coming in for the referendum to decide whether Scotland should stay in the UK or become an independent country.
  • Scottish independence: Latest YouGov poll predicts No win (54-46)

    09/18/2014 3:34:02 PM PDT · by mojito · 41 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 9/18/2014 | Unattributed
    THE last YouGov poll of the Scottish independence referendum has suggested the No campaign has edged ahead with 54% of the vote compared to 46% of Scots voting Yes. YouGov bases its prediction on the responses of 1,828 people after they voted today, together with those of 800 people who had already voted by post. Today’s respondents had previously given their voting intention earlier this week. By recontacting them, we could assess any last-minute shift in views.