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  • Are You A Fool?

    04/01/2015 1:50:57 PM PDT · by kindred · 6 replies
    http://www.theignorantfishermen.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | DJP, I.F.
    Today in America we have no shortage of fools. That is an obvious no-brainer. A fool is - in the Biblical sense - a stupid, wicked (especially impious), or vile person; fool (-ish, -ish man, -ish woman). A scoffer, blockhead or reprobate, a despiser of Almighty God and all that is truly good. The secular definition of fool is: one who is deficient in judgment, sense, or understanding. In both cases we see that the fool is a sound rejecter of the Laws of Nature, and of Nature's God. n What is Foolishness to Whom? . Conservatives, conservatism, and the...
  • Cruz, the Wild Card

    04/01/2015 1:13:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Human Events ^ | April 1, 2015 | Jim Ellis
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has a chance to do very well in the 2016 presidential contest. He also could stall at the gate. His combined prospects make him the most difficult of the candidates to forecast, particularly when considering whether he will have staying power. Cruz has obvious positives. First, his ability to excite and motivate the Republican base voter is unquestioned, and is likely his most important asset toward winning an inordinately crowded 2016 nomination fight. Second, he will have a strong grassroots presence, also a critical component for doing well in the first four states of Iowa (caucus),...
  • Children’s Book about Abortion: My ‘Sister Is a Happy Ghost!’

    04/01/2015 11:22:28 AM PDT · by Baynative · 32 replies
    News Busters ^ | 3/25/15 | Katie Yoder
    A three-year-old named Lee defends the abortion of his sister in a new children’s book – by an author with her own “ghost sister.” “Sister Apple, Sister Pig” by Mary Walling Blackburn focuses on an adult topic: abortion. The story follows Lee as he (or “she,” as the author stressed) searches for his sister – who might be an apple, a pig, or somewhere in a tree. Lee later decides “Sister is a happy ghost!” and explicitly says he’s glad Sister isn’t around to inconvenience his parents.
  • Rare-Earth Clocks, Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf Dating Models 2: Radioactive Dating, Part 6

    04/01/2015 7:30:09 AM PDT · by fishtank · 14 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | April 2015 | Vernon R. Cupps, Ph.D.
    Rare-Earth Clocks, Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf Dating Models 2: Radioactive Dating, Part 6 by Vernon R. Cupps, Ph.D. * This series has summarized radioisotope dating models, their assumptions, and how those assumptions mistakenly lead to a “deep time” picture of our universe.1 Secularist scientists want us to accept their circular arguments and improbable assumptions as scientific fact, despite the fact these same scientists often push aside the scientific method itself. Using the various types of radioisotope decay as clocks does not produce consistent results, nor are those results verifiable by observational evidence. If these methods do not properly date rocks of...
  • Seven Essential Lessons from an Evangelical Scholar in the Secular Academy

    04/01/2015 5:44:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    MichaelJKruger.com ^ | 3/31/15 | Michael Kruger
    There are countless stories of evangelicals who head off to Ph.D. programs in hopes of becoming a professor and having a positive influence in the secular university environment. .many evangelicals end up abandoning the very commitments that led them towards advanced study in the first place. But even though academic study has led some evangelicals to abandon their commitments, occasionally the opposite happens.... Such is the story of Thomas Oden. Oden received his Ph.D from Yale under Richard Niebuhr and was enamored with the theology of Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, and Bultmann. He interacted with some of the greatest minds of...
  • Here's why Hillary is cheering for Ted Cruz (New month, new meme)

    04/01/2015 1:42:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Salina Journal ^ | April 1, 2015 | Andres Oppenheimer, Latin America correspondent, The Miami Herald
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s announcement that he is running for the Republican presidential nomination is great news for Democrats: He will push the other Republican hopefuls to the right on immigration, further scaring away Hispanic voters and making it more difficult for Republicans to win next year’s elections. The Canadian-born son of a Cuban father and a U.S.-born mother, Cruz — a first-term Republican senator from Texas — is one of the most rabid critics of President Barack Obama’s executive action to regularize the legal status of up to 5 million undocumented immigrants, most of them Hispanic. Cruz has called...
  • Battling the Establishment in the 21st Century

    04/01/2015 1:07:34 AM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1 April 2015 | Bruce Walker
    Fifty years ago, the angry brats of campus leftism waged called the cry of cultural jihad against "The Establishment." Our schools and colleges, our television networks and Hollywood, big corporations and large organizations, our churches, even our government and all other parts of organized America were the enemy of our happy future. "The Establishment" was to blame for everything. Even then, all this sounded silly to conservatives. Colleges had long been the hothouse of every form of totalitarianism, and even fifty years ago, conservative professors and students were hounded and mocked. Public schools were descending along the same predictable path....
  • What Makes Indiana's Religious-Freedom Law Different?

    03/31/2015 9:02:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 30, 2015 | Garrett Epps
    No one, I think, would ever have denied that Maurice Bessinger was a man of faith. And he wasn’t particularly a “still, small voice” man either; he wanted everybody in earshot to know that slavery had been God’s will, that desegregation was Satan’s work, and the federal government was the Antichrist. God wanted only whites to eat at Bessinger’s six Piggie Park barbecue joints; so His servant Maurice took that fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 1968 decided that his religious freedom argument was “patently frivolous.” Until the day he died, however, Bessinger insisted that...
  • OPINION — White: Republicans should nominate Cruz for president

    03/31/2015 1:58:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Ted Cruz, a Republican junior senator from Texas, announced last week he would be running for the presidency of the U.S. before even forming an exploratory committee, which is a common first step in a campaign. Cruz has drawn the ire of several Republicans and Democrats alike on Capitol Hill due to his strident style, brash confidence and uncompromising political views — despite the fact he is still in his first term. With his announcement, Cruz has immediately differentiated himself from any other Republican candidate in a very deep field. Other major candidates such as Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Rick...
  • Guest Opinion: Ted Cruz embodies the American spirit

    03/31/2015 1:39:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Macomb Daily ^ | March 24, 2015 | Alan Loncar, Special to Digital First Media
    If the 19th century English philosopher George Henry Lewes heard Senator Ted Cruz speak as he did Monday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, then Senator Cruz could convincingly be said to be the inspiration for Mr. Lewes’ quote that “originality is independence, not rebellion; it is sincerity, not antagonism.” Senator Cruz announced at Liberty that he is seeking the Republican nomination for president. Our story does not end there. Cruz’s speech touched on more than campaign promises or party platform. It touched — focused — on the senator’s beliefs, deeply felt, on government’s limited role in relation to man,...
  • Inside Ted Cruz's Doomed Attempt to Start a Young Conservative Revolution

    03/31/2015 1:11:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Vice Magazine ^ | March 31, 2015 | Livia Gershon
    Speaking in New Hampshire last Friday night, Ted Cruz recalled a snarky aside written by New York Times columnist David Brooks, identifying Cruz and Karl Marx as the two people who "believe that power can be wielded directly by the masses." Being lumped in with Marx is a bit unusual for him, Cruz noted, but he's thrilled to be dismissed as a wacky populist by an Establishment shill like Brooks. Cruz, the junior Senator from Texas and first official Republican presidential candidate for 2016, was keynoting the New England Freedom Conference, put on by Young America's Foundation, a far-right group...
  • Antarctica may have set its highest temperature ever recorded Tuesday (we all gonna die!!)

    03/31/2015 6:57:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 3/27/2015 | Jason Samenow
    Need another indicator of climate warming in Antarctica? The trio of weather bloggers at Weather Underground report the temperature there likely hit a record-breaking 63.5F (17.5C) Tuesday. The balmy reading was logged at Argentina’s Esperanza Base, which lies on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • McINNES: When A Child’s Life Is Politically Incorrect

    03/31/2015 3:51:13 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Truthrevolt.org ^ | 3-30-2015 | Gavin McInnes
    As academia strays farther and farther from the truth, those of us residing here on earth are left asking, “When does it end?” Every time you think they couldn’t get more out there, they trump themselves. We’re constantly reminded how horrible segregation was unless it’s called an “Ethnic minority safe space,” in which case it’s “essential.” In college, the Social Justice Warriors have cast such a wide net when it comes to rape, you have students getting in trouble simply because they look like a rapist. However, when it comes to the real-life rape issues facing Spring Breakers in Panama...
  • Star Parker: Take responsibility

    03/30/2015 5:50:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | March 30, 2015 | Star Parker
    In 1979, the year before Republicans nominated Ronald Reagan as their presidential candidate, the Rev. Jerry Falwell and conservative activist Paul Weyrich founded the Moral Majority. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, recently announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., founded by Falwell. Although Cruz made no reference to the Moral Majority in his remarks, his thinking is clearly in line with that of Falwell and Weyrich — that getting the largely politically inactive evangelical Christians politically engaged could change America. Cruz’s detractors call him “extreme,” but he may not be so close to the...
  • Will opposition to gay marriage disappear from the GOP’s party platform?

    03/30/2015 2:30:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/30/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Only the most vicious partisans on either side of the aisle care a whit for the party platform. The outdated practice of defining a political party’s ideals in writing so that they can be ignored by the institution’s elected officials serves only the opposition’s purposes. For Republicans, the platform’s codification of the GOP’s support for banning of all legal abortion practices and legally defining marriage as an institution that exists only between a man and a woman have provided their Democratic opponents ample opportunity to frame the party as “extreme.” The Democrats, too, stumbled into a public relations nightmare...
  • Feds Financing System to ‘Automatically Detect’ Cyberbullying

    03/28/2015 12:13:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    The project was awarded this month to Rutgers University, which has received $117,102 so far. The real-time, automatic detection of hurtful online speech is necessary, according to the NSF grant, because cyberbullying is a “critical social problem.” The grant said 40 percent of American teenagers have reported being cyberbullied. ... Vivek K. Singh, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, is leading the project. “I have worked on multiple projects including designing a novel media sharing application, detecting patterns in large scale Twitter feeds, and analyzing community behavior in social media to design...
  • Ted Cruz’s favorite Thomas Jefferson quote and the message it sends

    03/30/2015 10:26:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Post's Morning Mix ^ | March 30, 2015 | Fred Barbash
    In questions of powers, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. — Thomas JeffersonDon’t be embarrassed if you don’t instantly recognize those words from Thomas Jefferson. They’re not etched in marble on his memorial in Washington. While they express a common sentiment of the founding generation — that since men are no “angels,” the Constitution is necessary to control their baser acts — the occasion for Jefferson’s “chains” was anything but common. The words come from Jefferson’s draft of the Kentucky Resolutions, in which he...
  • Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters

    03/30/2015 10:08:37 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/20/15
    - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in...
  • Dinosaur Moth: An Evolutionary Enigma

    03/30/2015 9:00:25 AM PDT · by fishtank · 17 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 3-30-15 | Jake Hebert, PhD
    Dinosaur Moth: An Evolutionary Enigma by Jake Hebert, Ph.D. * Scientists discovered a tiny moth on Australia's Kangaroo Island and gave it the name Enigmatinea glatzella. The name is quite descriptive, as Enigmatinea means "enigma moth" in Latin.1,2 But why is this moth an enigma to evolutionary scientists? Today's living representatives of this moth have "basically the same features" as their ancestors, which evolutionists claim lived forty to fifty million years ago.3 Hence, virtually no evolution has occurred in all that supposed time! Ted Edwards, one of the scientists tasked with describing the new moth family said, "It's really quite...
  • Do We Have Free Will? (video)

    03/30/2015 7:24:14 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 28 replies
    PragerUniversity.com ^ | 3-30-2015 | Frank Pastore
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDkLUBdvOkwIn the external, or physical, world, we're all aware of standard cause and effect. You know, "Object A acts upon Object B with Force X." We all get that, because it applies to just about everything -- from electrons to athletes. But now consider events in your internal, or mental, world. What causes your thoughts? Some of our thoughts have external causes, like when we touch something and suddenly realize it's hot. We don't deliberate whether or not to pull our hand away. Our brain has already fired the instruction to do so -- involuntarily. In some strange sense, "we"...
  • USDA Promotes Terrifying Body Exhibit to Fight Childhood Obesity

    03/29/2015 7:46:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 27, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is promoting a giant full-body exhibit for kids to walk through to promote healthy eating habits.While encouraging schools to apply for nearly $6 million in grants to help them comply with the First Lady Michelle Obama-promoted Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act new lunch standards, the USDA highlighted efforts by the Kansas State Department of Education.“Body Venture, a traveling health education exhibit sponsored by Kansas State Department of Education travels to schools to teach students about nutrition and physical activity,” the USDA said in a blog post Friday.Body Venture is a 45-foot by 50-foot exhibit that starts...
  • Ted Cruz wants to bring his aversion to compromise to the 2016 fight

    03/29/2015 1:24:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Washington Post's The Post's View ^ | March 23, 2015 | The Editorial Board
    LET’S SEE, why does this sound familiar? A charismatic constitutional scholar, with an inspiring life story, still in his first Senate term, promising a dramatic change of direction . . . . But wait: it’s 2015, and the candidate, officially as of Monday, is Sen. Ted Cruz. Here’s one way to tell Mr. Cruz (R-Tex.) from the winning constitutional scholar of 2008: Sen. Barack Obama promised to unite the country. Mr. Cruz — not so much. In fact, the most notable characteristic of Mr. Cruz’s brief time in elected politics has been his aversion to values that are essential to democracy’s functioning: practicality, modesty...
  • When the Political Door Closes and the Prophetic Door Opens

    03/29/2015 11:21:01 AM PDT · by kindred · 7 replies
    http://www.americanclarion.com ^ | 03-26-15 | Michael Bresciani
    Most of the trouble in our world takes place either when civil and ecclesiastical powers marry or merge, or when civil power takes it upon itself to completely stop religion. Not all religion is legitimately pointing to the Creator God, so it goes without saying that this statement does not include all religions in the most general sense of the word, but only those ordained by the Creator of mankind. Biblical illustration of Book of Revelation Chapter 21 (Source: Jim Padgett, courtesy of Sweet Publishing, Ft. Worth, TX, and Gospel Light, Ventura, CA) Biblical illustration of Book of Revelation Chapter...
  • Commentary: ‘Irksome’ Ted Cruz is a stickler for process, a lightning rod for controversy

    03/29/2015 10:53:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | March 29, 2015 | Marc Fisher, The Washington Post
    The Texas Republican's devotion to principle – or an unyielding insistence on getting his way – could propel him to the front ranks of Republican contenders for president or render him unelectable.Ted Cruz looked out over a sprawling audience of Iowa farmers and agri-business leaders, people who rely on federal subsidies of ethanol, and the man who would be president stuck it to them. “I know you’d like me to say I’m for the renewable fuel standard” – that’s the subsidy of their product – “that’d be the easy thing to do,” he said. “But I’m going to tell you...
  • Pastor Attacked by Muslims has an Important Message That Every American Should Hear

    03/28/2015 7:09:03 AM PDT · by Hatteras · 27 replies
    JewTube ^ | Tom Trento
    Pastor issues a warning to Americans. One thing Islam is doing to you is causing you to be fearful. Stand up and speak out against the invasion of Islamization which is going on in your country...
  • I am Angelina's ovary – last words from a dying grey clump

    03/27/2015 9:33:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    Scroll.in ^ | 28 March 2015 | Ishrat Syed
    They say I might have turned cancerous, but there's a fair chance that other organs could go rogue too. So why me? Correction. I used to be Angelina’s ovary. Now I’m a grey clump drying in a steel tray, dying in a steel tray. Is that any end for a decent ovary? Clamped, cut, avulsed, evicted, tossed into a cold emptiness, I lie here leaching out my juices and turning into a sticky pebble that will soon begin to stink. Sure, I’m famous. She’s famous, is Angelina. I powered her fame. I made her, though you wouldn’t think that from...
  • What Gun Control Advocates Don’t Understand About Mass Shootings

    03/27/2015 9:20:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 3/27/2015 | Tom McHale
    I had a really weird conversation with an old friend from High School shortly after the Naval Yard facility shooting. It’s been festering in the back of my brain ever since. It went something like this. Me: These gun free zones are dangerous. They’re encouraging exactly the sort of behavior that they claim to prevent. Old Friend: I’m just thankful that other people didn’t have guns in there. Can you just imagine the carnage that could have resulted from a crossfire?
  • Democrat Congresswoman Complains About Your "Well-Funded" Host

    03/24/2015 1:22:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Your host in the audio sound bites today, this morning on C-SPAN, the guest, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Democrat, Wisconsin, during a viewer call-in segment of her appearance, a caller from Maryland by the name of Richard, "Ted Cruz's candidacy is living proof that the birther movement was all based on racism. And that Democrats are silent. They just always stand back and let the Republicans bully them and run over 'em, treat 'em like dogs." MOORE: I think that a lot of us are really frustrated about our so-called messaging. It is really difficult to fight against, I think,...
  • Cruz Has Cash, but Is No Gipper (Revisionist history plus Bergdahl snark)

    03/25/2015 4:57:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    US News & World Report's Washington Whispers ^ | March 25, 2015 | Joseph P. Williams, news editor
    Social media metrics measure success for Cruz, and the decision to charge Sgt. Bergdahl is more complex than you think.Cruzonomics: That sound you hear is dropped jaws all across the political landscape:US News’ Dave Catanese reports that Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican and Senate bomb-thrower who announced he’s running for president, smashed his own goal of raising $1 million during the first week of his presidential campaign by hitting that mark in 24 hours. He got there, though, with help from a team of data analysts who helped Cruz make it rain through carefully scripted small donors of $250...
  • 'Without my gun I am not an American' - PennLive readers respond to columnist Jamar Thrasher

    03/25/2015 10:32:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    pennlive.com ^ | 3/25/2015 | John L. Micek
    PennLive columnist Jamar Thrasher provoked one of our most intense discussions to date with his column Monday suggesting revising the Second Amendment to ban civilian gun ownership. At more than 1,000 comments, readers on both sides of the issue had plenty to say. In case you missed it, here's what Thrasher wrote:
  • Budget Could Delay Local Highway Projects

    03/25/2015 6:44:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Urban Milwaukee ^ | March 16, 2015 | Steven Walters
    It seemed to be a classic case of “firemen first,” a theory first put forth in 1976 by legendary Washington, D.C., journalist Charles Peters. Any bureaucrat, when asked to list what services or jobs would be cut because of a looming budget crisis, identifies the most painful losses in public services – firemen, police officers, EMTs, workers who fill potholes, etc. Bureaucrats use it to try and pressure elected officials, afraid of voter backlash, to soften the budget cuts. It played out in the Capitol on March 3, when state Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb was asked what major state highways...
  • Bataan Death March survivor, 97, finishes 8.5-mile memorial march

    03/25/2015 6:13:37 AM PDT · by pabianice · 11 replies
    For the eighth time, Bataan Death March survivor Col. Ben Skardon finished his 8.5-mile memorial trek through a course at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Skardon, 97, was flanked by more than thirty supporters from "Ben's Brigade," a group of friends and family who have marched with him in past memorial marches. They wore Clemson University orange in honor of Skardon's alma mater. At one point, Skardon showed off his class ring from 1938, which he kept hidden from his Japanese captors. The infamous march saw tens of thousands American and Filipino soldiers taken as prisoners of war by Japanese...
  • Moms Demand Gun Action wants stricter gun laws to reduce violence against women

    03/24/2015 10:18:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    http://michiganradio.org ^ | 3/19/2015 | unknown
    Kristen Moore of the Michigan Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America wanted to continue the conversation by exploring the role that firearms play in violence against women. According to Moore, the presence of a gun in domestic violence situations increase the risk of homicide of women by 500%.
  • The “Peace-Loving,” Anti-Gun Groups

    03/24/2015 9:29:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    usconcealedcarry.com ^ | 3/24/2015 | Beth Alcazare
    Does anyone else find it disturbing and completely unacceptable that many women who have guns for self-defense or recreation are receiving death threats from people who do not support gun ownership? These allegedly “peace-loving” folks are so hostile (about things that are none of their business, mind you) that they’ve taken to social media to publish threats to harm, debase, and even kill gun owners and their families.
  • To Battle 'Inner Emptiness,' Mom Goes on a Two-Year Trek Around the World

    03/24/2015 8:55:40 AM PDT · by qam1 · 85 replies
    Yahoo Parenting ^ | 3/24/2015 | Erin Zammett Ruddy
    In her breathtaking new memoir, Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World published Tuesday, Leigh Ann Henion, 37, writes of the birth of her 5-year-old son Archer: “I love and marvel over him as if he were my own heart pushed into the world and, still beating, set on top of my chest. Yet I cannot help but mourn the loss of something I can’t quite place. I have an inner emptiness—literal and figurative—that I’ve never felt before.” What follows is a raw, sometimes gut-wrenching account of the dark and lonely place Henion finds herself in...
  • A guide to the dark side (video only)

    03/24/2015 8:47:17 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | 3-24-2015 | Pat Condell
    How to be "Progressive."
  • Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard: The Verdict after Fifty Years

    03/24/2015 8:25:29 AM PDT · by Nelson Hultberg · 28 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | March 12, 2015 | Nelson Hultberg
    Speech given to Freedom Fest, Las Vegas, NV Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. What I will be discussing in my talk today is the crucial role that the ideas of Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard have played in the defense of liberty and Western civilization. All Americans, well read in political affairs, know of these famous thinkers. They were two of the most powerful and revolutionary intellectuals in the 20th century, contributing many valuable insights to our knowledge of philosophy, politics, and economics. As with most intellectual rebels, their major ideas about freedom and government were highly controversial. What I...
  • William Cruz (No matter who you back, read this)

    03/24/2015 2:44:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | March 24, 2015 | Richard Fernandez
    Michael Van Der Galien has tried to understand why the Ted Cruz presidential candidacy announcement has set social media on its ear and advances a tentative theory. “But why are leftists’ heads exploding as well? I’ve got no doubt I know the answer: they fear him. Tremendously even. He is everything they oppose: a true, small-government conservative.” If that were all Cruz were guilty of it wouldn’t be half bad. It’s far worse. His “Imagine” speech seemed calculated to ridicule every Leftist shibboleth with predictable effect. The Left lost no time characterizing him as a Christian bigot, a patriarchal supremacist,...
  • The Left’s Ted Cruz Freakout: Cruz’s enemies line up against him — just the way he likes it.

    03/23/2015 11:51:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | March 24, 2015 | Matthew Vadum
    Much of the political world went into full freakout mode yesterday as crusading conservative Ted Cruz became the first candidate from either of the major parties to formally announce he is running for president in 2016. The ritual denunciations of Cruz, the junior Republican senator representing Texas, from all across the fruited plain quickly piled up. Since he assumed office in January 2013, Cruz has come under intense fire from the Left and from a few corners in the GOP. Some of the criticism is well thought out but much of it doesn’t rise above the level of schoolyard taunts....
  • Beware of Single Issue-ism, Folks

    03/23/2015 2:05:41 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 45 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 3-23-2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Here's what I worry about on the Republican side. I told this to Ted Cruz. He asked. Don't sweat it. I wasn't volunteering things. He asked. One of the things I've noticed over the 25-plus years of doing this program, every Republican primary, doesn't matter, every Republican presidential primary, there's a series of candidates. Some are conservative, some are okay, some are bad, but they're conservatives. Some have been really good. And we take 'em out one by one because they're not perfect. I'll give you an example. One of the first days -- well, recent first days. One...
  • How to Save the Constitution with One Word

    03/23/2015 11:33:59 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | 03/23/2013 | Mark Fitzgibbons
    There is a fierce and sometimes bitter debate among conservatives over an Article V convention of the states to amend the Constitution. Both sides have worthy arguments. Opponents of a convention say that the Constitution need not be amended, but simply enforced. They fear that a convention will produce amendments that detract from the Constitution, leaving our constitutional protections of liberty worse than they are now. The fear is justified. Proponents of such a convention accurately note that the Constitution has been effectively amended by the legislative, executive and judicial branches, but not through the amendment process set forth in...
  • Navy veteran takes on Saipan's restriction on handguns

    03/23/2015 8:08:45 AM PDT · by pabianice · 29 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 3/23/15 | Olson
    A Navy veteran and his wife are challenging a ban on handguns in Saipan, arguing in federal court that the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands is bound by the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. “I’ve always been a firm believer in our constitutional rights, whether that’s freedom of speech, religion or the right to keep and bear arms or right to privacy, and I’m pretty sure that what I’m doing in this case is in defense of those convictions,” said David J. Radich, 44, a former petty officer third class. His wife, Li-Rong Radich, was severely beaten by an intruder in...
  • Enough Fighting: Time for Libertarians and Conservatives to Unite [retread zot]

    03/23/2015 7:54:24 AM PDT · by Kaled · 143 replies
    Raging Against The Rhetoric ^ | 03-18-2015 | Jackie Wellfonder
    Conservatives often find themselves at odds with the libertarian crowd. However, is that anger really warranted? As President Reagan once said, “If you analyze it, I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.” True conservatives and libertarians, let’s not pretend there aren’t fakers on both side, all agree on the fundamentals: limited government, personal responsibility, and economic freedom. Neither group wants the government interfering in our daily lives and telling us what we can and cannot do. Now there may be slight disagreements on how that plays out in the policy arena, but we should not allow...
  • Spiders Have Always Been Spiders

    03/23/2015 7:21:04 AM PDT · by fishtank · 21 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 3-19-2015 | Frank Sherwin
    Spiders Have Always Been Spiders by Frank Sherwin, M.A. * A University of California Berkley graduate student has discovered two beautiful new species of peacock spiders in southeast Queensland, Australia.1 The student, Madeline Girard, named the two colorful creatures "Sparklemuffin" and "Skeletorus," both of the genus Maratus. They are noted for their ornate mating dances that many viewers find amusing. Are these splendid specimens highly evolved species or have spiders always been spiders?
  • Us Against Them: Russia's Frightening New Cult

    03/23/2015 6:06:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Mar. 22 2015 | Gleb Kuznetsov
    If you believe that the U.S. aggressors were preparing to land in Crimea in the winter of 2014 in order to help the Ukrainians kill all the Orthodox Russians there, and that only the pre-emptive military operation under the command of President Vladimir Putin saved them, then you are "one of us" — that is, a true-blue adherent of the state's cult. However, if you think that the United States was not planning a military operation in Crimea last year, that it did not "have its eye on" the peninsula and that NATO never did and still has no plans...
  • What history says about Ted Cruz' chances (First Joe McCarthy, now Barry Goldwater)

    03/22/2015 11:44:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | March 22, 2015 | Julian Zelizer
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will announce Monday that he is launching his campaign to become the 2016 Republican nominee for president. Cruz has been positioning for this nomination almost since he entered the upper chamber in 2012. His announcement takes place at a bastion of conservatism, Liberty University, the institution founded by evangelical leader Jerry Falwell. Cruz is going to run from the right. He has spent much of his short career in Washington blasting the "mushy middle" of his party (which might be news to most Democrats) which he dismisses as a "failed electoral strategy." During a recent visit...
  • And so 2016 begins: Ted Cruz critics arrive like clockwork

    03/22/2015 7:58:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 22, 2015 | Jennifer Harper
    When Republican presidential posturing turns into definitive action, the critics come out like clockwork. It happened last week when Donald Trump announced he had formed a presidential exploratory committee and was immediately met with accusations he was disingenuous, unqualified or seeking publicity. Something similar is now underway against Sen. Ted Cruz, who will step before a Liberty University student convocation at precisely 10 a.m. on Monday and reveal he’s running for the White House in 2016. The Texas Republican is skipping the exploratory phase. Caustic headlines have arrived before he even gets to the microphone, these from the last 48...
  • EPA ‘showers’ the people with unwanted regulations

    03/22/2015 7:00:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2015 | Ernest Istook
    If you like your shower, you probably can’t keep it once the Obama administration bureaucrats are done. Nobody can altogether escape regulations, not even when bathing in the altogether. The Environmental Protection Agency denies wanting to compel us to shorten our showers, but that’s like President Obama denying you will lose your current doctor under Obamacare. EPA is funding research to create hotel guest monitoring systems so the front desk can track your shower time and water usage. It’s the scariest thing since Hitchcock staged the deadly shower scene in “Psycho.” The next step could be a water-use surcharge on...
  • How Ted Cruz Plans to Disrupt the GOP Presidential Primary

    03/22/2015 6:58:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | March 22, 2015 | Alex Altman
    Once again, the firebrand senator is betting that his best shot to win is breaking the old rules.Ted Cruz’s decision to launch his presidential campaign on Monday breaks all the customs of a typical candidate announcement. Presidential hopefuls tend to kick off the quest for the White House on home turf, after forming an exploratory committee and at the beginning of a new fundraising period, which allows them to maximize the amount of time they can spend raising money before filing their first report. In contrast, the Texas Senator will declare his intentions during a convocation speech at Liberty University...
  • Presbyterian group votes to allow gay marriage

    03/22/2015 8:14:00 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 24 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | March 18, 2015 | Peter Smith
    The nation's largest Presbyterian denomination has rewritten its definition of marriage and has authorized same-sex weddings nationwide. By Tuesday evening, a majority of presbyteries or regional governing bodies had voted to ratify an amendment to the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), allowing but not requiring its pastors to perform same-sex weddings and its churches to host such rites.