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  • Is there definitive evidence for an expanding universe?

    08/19/2014 11:11:23 AM PDT · by fishtank · 38 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 8-19-14 | John G. Hartnett
    Is there definitive evidence for an expanding universe? by John Hartnett The spectral lines for this element still show the same distinctive pattern, but all have been shifted towards the red end of the spectrum. Expansion of the universe is fundamental to the big bang cosmology. No expansion means no big bang. By projecting cosmological expansion backwards in time, they assert, one will, hypothetically, come to a time where all points are the same. Since these points are all there is, then it logically follows that there is no space or time ‘before’ this moment. It is the singularity, and...
  • Morning Update: Two-Stars No Shows (Rush)

    08/19/2014 9:18:03 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 8-19-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    Almost two weeks ago, the Washington Post ran a story with this headline: “Obama’s Silence on Death of Major General Harold Greene Comes Under Fire.” General Greene, a two-star general, was killed during an ambush in Kabul, Afghanistan that wounded at least 15 others. He was the highest-ranking American military officer killed in a war zone since Vietnam. The Washington Post put it this way: “The shooting has been met with silence from another member of Greene’s chain of command: President Obama. The commander-in-chief has said nothing about the incident, leaving it to the Defense Department and his own press...
  • DNA Was Created as a Reservoir for the Information of Life

    08/19/2014 8:43:36 AM PDT · by fishtank · 22 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 8-19-14 | ICR staff
    DNA Was Created as a Reservoir for the Information of Life Secular scientists claimed in the 1970s that chimp genomes are 98% similar to humans, and it was apparently verified by more modern techniques. But that estimate actually used isolated segments of DNA that we already share with chimps—not the whole genomes. The latest comparison that included all of the two species’ DNA revealed a huge difference from the percentage scientists have been claiming for years.
  • Think-Tank Tweet Tells Amnesty to ‘Suck It’ Over Ferguson Dig

    08/19/2014 7:56:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 8/19/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    I have to say, think tanks in D.C. usually don’t get this exciting. But the centrist Center for Strategic and International Studies mixed it up on Twitter last night with Amnesty International — then apologized for the incident. It started when Amnesty plunged into the Ferguson debate on Monday, announcing that it sent a 13-person “human rights delegation,” to the Missouri town, “which included observers who monitored police and protester activity and sought meetings with officials. Other members of the delegation trained local activists in methods of non-violent protest.”
  • The Real Villain of Ferguson

    08/19/2014 7:52:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 8/18/2014 | Roger L. Simon
    The Great Society and similar policies screwed black people to the wall. It was racist to the core without knowing it. Nobody used the N-word. In fact, it was forbidden, unless you were Dr. Dre or somebody. But it did its job without the word and did it better for being in disguise. Those misbegotten kids running around Ferguson high on reefer and wasting their lives screaming at cops are the product of all this. Stop it already. No one has said this better than Jason Riley, author of Please Stop Helping Us. Listen to Jason if you want to...
  • The Rise of Progressive Oligarchy: Reviving the 'vigilant and manly spirit' of republicanism

    08/18/2014 6:16:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 18, 2014 | Professors David Corbin and Matt Parks
    In what might have appeared to be a minor political event a few weeks back, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) “insignificant” and “inconsequential” in a debate on the House floor. Why would the former House Speaker insult a colleague in such a manner? She didn’t count her way to this assessment; Democrats do not hold a majority of the House. Nor did she reason her way to this position, as there was nothing in Rep. Marino’s argument on the immigration issue that raised empirical red flags. Perhaps it was a momentary lapse in judgment in the midst...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    08/18/2014 2:03:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 19, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: I don't know why we are spending our hard-earned money paying taxes to support a criminal justice system, when issues of guilt and innocence are being determined on television — and even punishment is being meted out by CNN's showing the home and address of the policeman accused in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting. One of the big differences between Democrats and Republicans is that we at least know what the Democrats stand for, whether we agree with it or not. But, for Republicans, we have to guess. It is amazing how many otherwise sane...
  • Obama’s Racism for Fun and Profit

    08/18/2014 11:17:41 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 8-18-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Ferguson happens a few times every month. More often in the summer when tempers are hot and crowds of bored men and women fill the streets looking for something to do. Teenagers ransack stores. Small cities stretch their budgets in a bad economy to put as many cops as they can on the street. And then somewhere between the open fire hydrants, the stores that do most of their business in EBT cards and lottery tickets, the check cashing places and furniture rental outlets, something happens. And it happens a lot more often than you think. A crowd gathers. Fists...
  • ICR Featured in The Dallas Morning News

    08/18/2014 8:14:47 AM PDT · by fishtank · 4 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 8-15-14 | ICR staff report
    ICR Featured in The Dallas Morning News The Institute for Creation Research was featured on the front page of the August 15, 2014, edition of The Dallas Morning News in an article that contrasts the evolutionary story with young-earth creationism.1 The report by Morning News' Scott Farwell contained the standard evolutionary claims—that the universe is 13.8 billion years old, the earth is 4.5 billion years old, and humans split from chimpanzees and gorillas about 4 million to 7 million years ago. But as Farwell reported, "Young-earth creationists like those at ICR argue that everything in the known universe began 6,000...
  • Academic Bias Widely Acknowledged

    08/18/2014 7:49:02 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 16, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    Dissident conservatives have long bemoaned the prevalence of academic bias against them. The bias, indeed, has become so prevalent that liberal politicians are starting to notice. “Liberals, especially in universities, profess ‘diversity’ and ‘tolerance’,” Grove City College professor Paul Kengor said during an interview with the Young America’s Foundation. “In truth, they only tolerate things they agree with—which, of course, isn’t really tolerance. What liberals really practice is, at best, a selective tolerance and a selective diversity.” Kengor is the author of a number of books, the latest of which is entitled 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative. Surprisingly, similar...
  • Stop calling abortion a ‘difficult decision’

    08/18/2014 5:34:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/17/2014 | Janet Harris
    Planned Parenthood calls abortion “a difficult decision” in many of its consent forms and fact sheets. When NARAL launched a film on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 2013, the president of the pro-choice organization called abortion “a difficult decision” women and couples face. Lawmakers use the adjective, too. “It was a difficult, difficult decision, but it was the right one,” Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores said last month in defending her choice to have an abortion at age 16. In 2005, then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton described the decision to have an abortion as “one of the most fundamental,...
  • Washington is divided Because it has Abandoned Federalism

    08/18/2014 1:40:25 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 14, 2014 | Philip Klein
    It may sound pedestrian to point out, but it’s critical to restate why it’s so important that our nation is called the United States of America, and not simply America. The full name emphasizes that the Founders viewed the nation not as one monolithic entity but as a union of sovereign entities delegating limited powers to a central government. To preserve this balance, the Founders put a number of checks in the U.S. Constitution, most notably creating the Senate, which allows for equal membership from every state, thus preventing states with larger populations from running roughshod over the interests of...
  • What Is the Price of Perfect Equality?

    08/17/2014 4:50:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 17, 2014 | Shannon Chamberlain
    Some of the best analyses lie not in the field of economics, but in books like The Giver—dystopian tales sitting on shelves marked Young Adult.Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges in The Giver.The world is an increasingly unequal and unfair place, economists tell us. Every year, it becomes a little harder to picture what equal opportunity and egalitarianism even look like. As the rich attract capital like Jupiter attracts space debris and the poor fail to make any substantial gains, the gap between them comes to seem to us less surmountable, more of a force of nature than something for which...
  • Gene Simmons Wins Argument with HuffPo Host over Speaking '[expletive] English'

    08/17/2014 3:00:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | August 15, 2014 | Tony Lee
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)This week, KISS rocker Gene Simmons not only embraced assimilation and the importance of English for immigrants to succeed, he gave a textbook example of how to successfully--and forcefully--do so on hostile turf. He did so with no apologies--and plenty of compassion. In an entertaining interview on HuffPostLive, Simmons said he was "given all the advantages of native-born children" after coming to the country when he was eight years of age, which he said was "astonishing" compared to other nations. Why? Because he learned "[expletive] English" and embraced America's melting pot instead of separatism (salad bowl). "I'm actually saying the...
  • Crying Wolf Hurts Civil Rights Movement

    08/16/2014 11:44:33 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    IBD ^ | August 15,2014 | EDITORIAL
    Racial Politics: We didn't think today's civil-rights leaders could lose more credibility after they covered up the facts in the Trayvon Martin case. But then along came Michael Brown. In both shooting incidents, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, NAACP officials and others in the civil-rights movement-turned-grievance industry rushed to judge them as "walking-while-black" executions by racist whites, when in fact they were nothing of the kind. Martin and Brown weren't targeted because of skin color. Nor were they the innocent martyrs they were made out to be, as tragic as their deaths were. Like Martin, Brown seems to have been the...
  • 65 Outrageous Lies of Barack Obama Fired Off in Entertaining Fashion (Video)

    08/15/2014 4:44:21 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 11 replies
    LJReview ^ | 8/15/2014 | staff
    Remember all the lofty promises of Barack Obama upon assuming the office of President of the United States? Take a stroll down memory lane with this entertaining video, and let’s see how he did… https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kg9m1F8B2_c
  • Drive-By Politicians, Agitators and Media Attempting to Cash in on Narratives

    08/15/2014 11:24:16 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 8-15-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    Full Title - "The Ferguson, Missouri Story: Drive-By Politicians, Drive-By Agitators and Drive-By Media Attempting to Cash in on Narratives" RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, have I told you that there is no news in the news? And how many times have I told you that what you see on the TV news you should always be suspicious of? You should always suspect that there's something else. You should always suspect that it may be entirely wrong. You should always suspect, with major network news, that there is a political agenda attached to everything they do. I use the term here...
  • My Midnight Call From Benjamin Netanyahu

    08/15/2014 8:54:53 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 8-15-14 | David Merrick
    In 1991 – several years after my conversion to Christianity and well into my own life as a husband and father – every Saturday morning, my two youngest children would drag me out of bed to watch cartoons with them. I would quietly sit on the sofa, wiping the sleep from my eyes, while Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny did their thing. One particular Saturday morning, the cartoons were regularly interrupted with updates on the Gulf War. My oldest son, Travis, was a Marine on a big gunboat in the Persian Gulf – so we would listen carefully, wanting to...
  • Updated: Muslim Leaders Join in Condemnation of ISIS

    08/14/2014 9:47:19 PM PDT · by Technical Editor · 18 replies
    Patheos ^ | 8-13-14 | Rebecca Hamilton
    On August 8, the Oriental Bishops called on Islamic leaders to issue Fatwas against the genocide committed against Christians and Yazidis in Iraq by the group that calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ... Extensive links in rest of article at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/publiccatholic/2014/08/muslim-leaders-join-in-condemnation-of-isis/#ixzz3AQtX2EKz
  • Arizona's 'pregnant man' has right to divorce wife -court

    08/14/2014 8:03:57 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 19 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 08/13/2014 | David Schwartz
    PHOENIX (Reuters) - A transgender man who made headlines by giving birth to three children can divorce his wife of more than 10 years, an Arizona appeals court ruled on Wednesday, rejecting a lower court's decision. A three-member panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals unanimously decided that the divorce can proceed because Thomas Beatie's 2003 marriage in Hawaii was considered legal in Arizona. "As the Beaties' Hawaii marriage was lawfully entered in Hawaii and is not deemed void by Arizona law, the marriage is valid within this state," said Judge Kenton D. Jones, in the 12-page opinion. The court's...
  • Intent to Support the Kurds Against ISIS

    08/14/2014 7:33:19 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 17 replies
    Max Velocity Tactical web site ^ | 8/13/2014 | Max Velocity
    Intent to Support the Kurds Against ISIS Posted by Max Velocity in Uncategorized on August 13, 201431 Comments For wide distribution: To follow up on my previous posts on this subject, and the evolving thread on the MVT Forum, I will state the intent here: Max Velocity Tactical, under the DBA ‘Victrix,’ is seeking a security / military assistance contract with either: 1) Kurdish Organizations or 2) Aid / Relief Organizations in Kurdistan / Northern Iraq. To provide security / military training /military assistance in Kurdistan / Northern Iraq. In order to assist in the defeat of ISIS forces, and...
  • Waking up to global assault on Christians

    08/14/2014 4:58:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 8/14/2014 | Erik Rush
    Although it has not received a great deal of news coverage, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issued a statement this week deploring the upsurge in violence in Iraq. Included therein were strong words calling upon religious leaders worldwide to “exercise their influence with the authorities to end these crimes, to punish those who commit them and to reestablish the rule of law throughout the land, ensuring the return home of those who have been displaced.” Egypt’s top cleric, Grand Mufti Shawki Allam, has condemned the Islamic State (formerly ISIS), calling it a ‘bloody extremist group’ that has tarnished...
  • Are you a gullible stooge or real American?

    08/14/2014 4:50:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 8/14/2014 | Ted Nugent
    As the dumbing down of America races out of control at supersonic velocity down the uncharted highway to fundamental transformation hell, one does not have to look very hard to find examples of the human species plummeting into the abyss of soulless and dishonest indecency. It is heartbreaking and downright disastrous that it goes all the way to the top.
  • Here’s What Fear, Hunger and Faith Look Like

    08/13/2014 1:50:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 13, 2014 | Kelsey Harris
    Exhausted mothers. Fathers fearing for their families. Children dying of thirst and hunger. Brand new babies delivered with no medical assistance. Dehydrated elderly. These are just some of the dire circumstances the Yezidi community has faced since being forced to flee their villages for the top of Mount Sinjar, Iraq, after terrorists from the Islamic State attacked them for their religious beliefs Aug. 2.On Aug. 11, thousands of Yezidis braved the 100-degree weather and embarked across the mountain chain in hopes to find refuge in northern Iraq and Syria.Iraqi Army helicopters evacuated small groups of Yezidis and some have escaped...
  • American Bar Assoc Ups Ante on “Preventing Gun Violence”

    08/13/2014 9:31:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | 8/12/2014 | Amy Miller
    At this year’s American Bar Association annual meeting in Boston, ABA President James R. Silkenat took the opportunity to tout the ABA’s Standing Committee on Gun Violence. The Standing Committee is one of the ABA’s advocacy wings, and is affiliated closely with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
  • Brady Campaign loses lawsuit against Armslist (a gun classified ad site)

    08/13/2014 9:20:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 8/13/2014 | Eugene Volokh
    The decision is Vesely v. Armslist, LLC (7th Cir. Aug. 12, 2014). Here’s the Brady Campaign’s theory: On April 13, 2011, Jitka Vesel, a 36-year-old immigrant from the Czech Republic was shot and killed by Demetry Smirnov, a Russian immigrant residing in Canada who had met Jitka online a few years earlier. Smirnov stalked her to her workplace parking lot where he shot her 11-12 times with a .40-caliber handgun…. The complaint alleges that [Smirnov] illegally purchased from a private seller whom he located through armslist.com, an online gun auction site owned by defendant Armslist, LLC. The complaint alleges that...
  • Guns & Suicide: The Hidden Toll

    08/13/2014 9:13:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 41 replies
    hsph.harvard.edu ^ | 8/13/2014 | unknown
    Though guns are not the most common method by which people attempt suicide, they are the most lethal. About 85 percent of suicide attempts with a firearm end in death. (Drug overdose, the most widely used method in suicide attempts, is fatal in less than 3 percent of cases.) Moreover, guns are an irreversible solution to what is often a passing crisis. Suicidal individuals who take pills or inhale car exhaust or use razors have time to reconsider their actions or summon help. With a firearm, once the trigger is pulled, there’s no turning back.
  • Yes, People Believe Abortion Is Murder

    08/12/2014 6:20:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 08/12/2014 | Rachel Lu
    Writing at Mother Jones, Kevin Drum poses a great question. Actually, he has a couple of questions: Do anti-abortion activists really think abortion is murder? Or is their opposition merely an expression of their broad discomfort with modern sexual and gender mores? I appreciate Drum’s forthrightness. A lot of liberals wonder why pro-lifers rally and lobby and stand in the rain outside abortion clinics: can it really be that they care about babies? No, pro-lifers probably do these things because they have old-fashioned views about sex. They know that abortion has enabled modern women to lead a “sexually liberated”...
  • Forgetting The Christians

    08/12/2014 3:31:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    First Things ^ | August 12, 2014 | Mark Movsesian
    This past weekend, the United States began to intervene in the humanitarian crisis unfolding in northern Iraq. The Islamist group ISIS has made a lightning conquest of much of the region, persecuting religious minorities, and even some Sunni Muslims, everywhere it goes. In response, the U.S. has begun air drops of food and water to up to 40,000 Yazidi refugees stranded on Mt. Sinjar, where ISIS militants have them surrounded. And the U.S. undertook airstrikes against ISIS positions threatening the Kurdish city of Erbil, where hundreds of American advisers are stationed. Other Western nations are getting involved as well. The...
  • Woody Allen's Bleak Vision

    08/12/2014 1:43:48 PM PDT · by cornelis · 36 replies
    NRO ^ | 8/12/14 | Robert Barron
    I was chagrined, but not entirely surprised, when I read Woody Allen’s recent ruminations on ultimate things. To state it bluntly, Woody could not be any bleaker in regard to the issue of meaning in the universe. We live, he said, in a godless and purposeless world. The earth came into existence through mere chance and one day it, along with every work of art and cultural accomplishment, will be incinerated. The universe as a whole will expand and cool until there is nothing left but the void. Every hundred years or so, he continued, a coterie of human beings...
  • The Limits of Variability (Gregor Mendel)

    08/12/2014 9:45:32 AM PDT · by fishtank · 11 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Aug. 2014 | John D. Morris, Ph.D.
    The Limits of Variability by John D. Morris, Ph.D. * One of the “heroes” of evolutionists is Gregor Mendel, a European monk who experimented with plant breeding in the latter half of the 1800s. While his contemporary Charles Darwin specifically tried to replace belief in creation, Mendel claimed he was trying to understand God’s creation. Evolutionists like to quote Mendel’s findings as proof for their beliefs, but in reality he demonstrated the strict limitations of biological change. Mendel was a good experimentalist, working with plants in his monastery’s garden. He bred varieties of garden peas to enhance certain features and...
  • 'As President, I Will Defend Americans Against the Moral Bullies'

    08/12/2014 5:28:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/12/2014 | Christopher Chantrill
    Back when Al Gore was running for president in 2000 he had a line about “fighting for the people against the powerful.” It's the standard line of the activist. No doubt it's what the marginalized and dependent classes are looking for in a president. But if you are a responsible individual like me you find that sort of thing insulting. People of the Responsible Self don't want some community organizer drilling them in a street protest; we just want a government that defends us from enemies foreign and domestic. Defending against enemies foreign and domestic is what governments are actually...
  • Study finds Dems pay minorities less than white counterparts

    08/11/2014 3:06:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/11/2014 | Noah Rothman
    Earlier this year, the press was shocked to learn that President Barack Obama’s rhetorical opposition to divisive gender-based discrimination in the workplace was not matched by his administration’s actions. After months of pushing the misleading and inaccurate statistic that women are paid just 70 cents for every dollar a man makes in similar occupations, the political media learned that the same calculation implicates the White House in that very same discrimination. As recently as July, reporters noted that the administration has been slow to correct their own pay discrimination problem. “The average male White House employee currently earns about...
  • Altruistic Infanticide

    08/11/2014 11:55:26 AM PDT · by Edmunds mom · 30 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | 8/11/2014 | Scott Walter
    “Earnestness is stupidity sent to college,” quoth the wise and well-traveled wit P.J. O’Rourke. The line would seem to fit many adherents of the Effective Altruism movement, a trendy subset of the philanthropy world.... The movement’s intellectual guru, Peter Singer [is] best known for his support of infanticide, bestiality (and other forms of “animal liberation”), and necrophilia (as long as it’s consensual).... [There is a] near-perfect parallel between (1) a passage in Singer’s Practical Ethics that justifies killing a disabled infant in hopes of someday having another child “with better prospects of a happy life,” and (2) a historical account...
  • Chomsky & Chomsky: Apple & Tree

    08/11/2014 11:45:11 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 21 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 8, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The old adage that the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree seems to be playing out with a vengeance in the family of legendary left-wing academic Noam Chomsky. We’ve devoted considerable ink to the sage of MIT over the years and his affection for movements revolutionary and governments totalitarian. His daughter Aviva, an historian, is following in his footsteps at Salem State University. “My recent work has been in three main areas: the Cuban revolution, northern Colombia’s coal industry, and immigration and undocumentedness in the United States,” her university page proclaims. “Thematically, I incorporate the issues of economic...
  • Solar System Geysers—Each a Fountain of Youth

    08/11/2014 8:07:05 AM PDT · by fishtank · 19 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 8-8-14 | Brian THomas
    Solar System Geysers—Each a Fountain of Youth by Brian Thomas, M.S. * A sticky problem for nature-only origins just got 100 times worse. When discovered about ten years ago, a remarkable plume of water ice ejected from Enceladus, an icy moon in Saturn’s E ring, left secular notions of the moon’s origin up in the air. Detailed inspection of Enceladus now shows not just one, but 101 geysers shooting ice particles into space through four fissures that cut across a basin in its south-pole region.1 If these geysers formed billions of years ago as secular origins models insist, then small...
  • What Democrats Fear Most Is A Black Conservative

    08/11/2014 5:46:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/11/2013 | By Patricia L. Dickson
    Black leftwing writer Chris L Robinson over at the Daily Kos recently took me to task for my article "Why Black Americans Should Vote Republican" published here at American Thinker. He began his article by first disparaging the American Thinker and Honorable Colonel Allen West. Recently, I responded to a tweet from disgraced LTC Allen West asking who benefitted more under President Obama, blacks or gays? The tweet contained a link to an article on right-wing dumpster fire, American Thinker, by Patricia L. Dickson, a black Republican.  After reading his article, I noticed that he had not included a link...
  • The American Left: Friends of Our Country’s Enemies

    08/10/2014 7:38:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 8/9/2014 | Ron Radosh
    The American Left used to be patriotic. In its heyday, Eugene V. Debs never attacked America, and the socialist vision he advocated was in his eyes a way to realize the promise of America. As for the American Communist Party, in reality the tool of Stalin’s USSR, it pretended in the 1940s to be pro-American, and its chairman, Earl Browder, coined the slogan “Communism is 20th century Americanism.” This pretense came to an end during the Cold War, when the Left supported the Soviet bloc and all of its policies, and argued that America was in the process of becoming...
  • Inside the Global Warming Skeptics Conference

    08/09/2014 9:22:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/9/2014 | Norman Rogers
    The Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC9) was held on July 7th to July 9th, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay hotel and conference center in Las Vegas. Of the nine conferences, I’ve been to eight, in various locations, missing only the one held in London. I live in Las Vegas so I didn’t have to go far this time. The International Climate Conferences are sponsored by the Heartland Institute, a libertarian-leaning think tank headquartered in Chicago. The conferences are a place for global warming skeptics to gather and exchange ideas.
  • A Christian on Ann Coulter’s Ebola Comments: Don't miss the important point in the sassy rhetoric.

    08/08/2014 9:47:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/08/2014 | Walter Hudson
    The always provocative Ann Coulter raised a lot of eyebrows this week with her Wednesday column calling a Christian missionary who contracted ebola in Liberia “idiotic.” Headlines making the rounds on social media do a fair job of highlighting her pointed rhetoric without addressing her thesis. Coulter wrote: Whatever good Dr. Kent Brantly did in Liberia has now been overwhelmed by the more than $2 million already paid by the Christian charities Samaritan’s Purse and SIM USA just to fly him and his nurse home in separate Gulfstream jets, specially equipped with medical tents, and to care for them...
  • Pope Urges Protection for Iraqi Christians

    08/08/2014 8:44:26 AM PDT · by scouter · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8/7/2014 | Associated Press
    In a statement, Francis appealed to the international community to "put an end to the humanitarian drama underway, adopt measures to protect those who are threatened by violence and assure them necessary aid, especially urgent for those who are homeless and depend on the solidarity of others."
  • Professor Warns That Climate Change Will Now Destroy Us All With Tornadoes

    08/08/2014 8:23:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 77 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 8/8/2014 | Eric Owens
    A geography professor at Florida State University has co-authored a new study claiming to show that climate change is likely causing more severe tornadoes in the United States even though there are far fewer actual tornadoes.
  • Patrick Henry on Kings and Presidents

    08/08/2014 2:22:27 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    Sometime this summer, Obama is expected to violate federal statutes, usurp congressional authority, and grant some form of legal residency to millions of illegal aliens. As our once republic holds its breath waiting for Obama to assume more despotic power, I thought a short read from June 5th, 1788 might be of interest to fellow patriots. At the Virginia Ratifying Convention, Patrick Henry expressed concern with a new office of the proposed constitution, that of executive powers in a President of the United States. The purpose of this post is not to revisit the worn out Federalist/Anti-Federalist debate at FR....
  • (NY Mayor) De Blasio’s Prekindergarten Expansion Collides With Church-State Divide

    08/07/2014 2:52:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 4, 2014 | SHARON OTTERMAN
    Children at St. Lucy’s School in the Bronx attended a summer program in July. St. Lucy’s will offer six publicly funded pre-k classes in the fall. Credit Ángel Franco/The New York Times The biblical story of Noah’s Ark will be taught, without mention of who told Noah to build it. Challah, the Jewish bread eaten on the Sabbath, will be baked, but no blessings said over it. Some crucifixes will be removed, but others left hanging.These are the kinds of church-state gymnastics that New York City and some religious schools are performing as Mayor Bill de Blasio expands government-funded prekindergarten....
  • Historic fail? Greatest Americans missing from proposed curriculum

    08/07/2014 2:18:37 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 7,2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    New history curriculum standards proposed for top high school students leave out such American icons as Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King, Jr., paint colonists as bigots and gloss over the Greatest Generation's fight to save the world from Nazi Germany, according to conservative education activists who want the framework delayed — and perhaps scrapped altogether. “And you’re not going to find Thomas Jefferson and the House of Burgesses and the cradle of democracy either,” said Larry Krieger, who retired in 2005 after more than three decades in the classroom. “And finally, you’re not going to find Benjamin Franklin and...
  • Video: Pat Condell on “Hypocrisy over Gaza”

    08/07/2014 1:34:38 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 8-7-2014 | Frontpagemag.com
    Why Israel doesn’t owe a biased world any explanation for defending itself against murderers.
  • Libertarian Folly: Why Everybody is a Social-issues Voter

    08/07/2014 7:54:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 242 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/07/2014 | Selwyn Duke
    There is this notion, one we hear more and more, that the Republican Party has to shed the social issues to seize the future. “Social issues are not the business of government!” says thoroughly modern millennial. It’s a seductive cry, one repeated this past Tuesday in an article about how some young libertarians dubbed the “Liberty Kids” are taking over the moribund Los Angeles GOP. Oh, wouldn’t the political landscape be simple if we could just boil things down to fiscal responsibility? But life is seldom simple.If you would claim to be purely fiscal, or assert that “social issues” should...
  • ISIS Actively ‘Recruits’ Girls And Women Online

    08/06/2014 2:34:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | August 6, 2014 | ELISE HILTON
    In an ugly twist on the world of online dating scams, ISIS (the Islamic terrorist group responsible for much evil in places like Syria and Iraq) is now actively recruiting girls and women in the West to join their cause. Jamie Detmer reports that ISIS is now using social media to seek out females who want to join the cause, mainly by stressing the domestic life that supports it. The propaganda usually eschews the gore and barbaric images often included in the general fare of jihadist online posts, such as the beheadings last month of dozens of Syrian army soldiers...
  • Pro-Gun Pushback Makes Moms Demand Action Ditch Illinois Event

    08/06/2014 7:56:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/5/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has pulled out of an Arlington Heights, Illinois, event "after the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) rallied its members to attend and protest the event."
  • One Bankruptcy, Many Adversaries

    08/06/2014 7:48:12 AM PDT · by fishtank · 1 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Aug. 2014 | James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D.
    One Bankruptcy, Many Adversaries by James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. * Theistic evolution is like a mega-bankruptcy case containing an almost countless number of adversaries and contests, like piecemeal mini-lawsuits that in aggregate address smaller conflicts within a large-scale mess.1 Within this big picture it’s important to keep in mind that every small-scale “contested matter” and every “adversary” conflict is an important opportunity to advocate for truth.2 Imagine the component problems involved in these famous bankruptcies: Texaco, Chrysler, Enron, CIT Group, Worldcom, General Motors, Washington Mutual, and Lehman Brothers.1 Let’s quickly review some federal bankruptcy law.