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  • US suffering from massive equality of rich and poor(read header carefully!)

    05/23/2015 8:15:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/23/2015 | Newsmachete
    Propaganda is about telling a good story. So when the media wants to tell a story of how the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, they ignore inconvenient facts, such as the value of the various federal, state, and local transfer payments as well as the value of charitable contributions from private groups such as soup kitchens. That would interfere with the story that is needed to justify higher taxes and higher spending.
  • No Progress Since the War on Poverty Began Half a Century Ago

    05/23/2015 7:59:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/23/2015 | Christopher Carson
    Eleven days ago, President Obama took the opportunity at Georgetown University to defend the government’s 50-year experiment in anti-poverty welfare programs. The president claimed: It is a mistake for us to suggest that somehow every effort we make has failed and we are powerless to address poverty. That’s just not true. First of all, just in absolute terms, the poverty rate, when you take into account tax and transfer programs, has been reduced about 40 percent since 1967.
  • Mexican official: About 40 dead in cartel shootout

    05/23/2015 6:59:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 5/23/2015 | unknown
    About 40 people were killed in large-scale firefight Friday between law enforcement and criminal suspects in western Mexico, a Mexican official said. Almost all the dead were suspected criminals, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press. The gunbattle happened in an area between Michoacan and Jalisco states that is known as a stronghold of the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel, which has mounted several large-scale attacks on federal and state forces in recent weeks. A federal police official said the country’s top security officials were en route to...
  • Country music legend: Islamists always provoked

    05/23/2015 6:46:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 5/23/2015 | Charlie Daniels
    ....longtime country music icon and frequent political commentator Charlie Daniels said such criticisms were missing the point. “Is America to walk on egg shells in practicing our constitutional rights from now on, observing strict rules of political correctness in a fruitless effort to placate the sensibilities of people who hack the heads off Christians and kidnap children for sex slaves?” he wrote in a commentary on his band’s website. “No other group in the history of America has been granted immunity from criticism or even ridicule for that matter, and one has to look no farther than the TV shows...
  • How Barack Obama Amazed His Harvard Law Professor (not satire, surprisingly)

    05/22/2015 12:43:43 PM PDT · by pabianice · 43 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 5/22/15 | Mackey
    Constitutional law scholar Laurence Tribe, author of a comprehensive new book, Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution, says Barack Obama was an amazing law student. During a broad discussion on Tuesday with The Fiscal Times about some of the most significant cases to come before the Roberts court and how those decisions may profoundly alter American life, Tribe reflected on the president as a young man. Obama was his research assistant for two-and-a-half years at Harvard Law School where Tribe has taught for four decades. “He was amazing. I met him when he was a first year law...
  • Young students use toothbrushes to find and honor veterans

    05/22/2015 9:56:11 AM PDT · by pabianice · 5 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 5/21/15 | Bradley
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Tribune News Service) — A group of French-speaking 8th graders used toothbrushes to clean moss off old tombstones of African-American military veterans. Not something you see everyday in Kansas City. But there they were, 25 or so students from Academie Lafayette working to get Highland Cemetery, a segregated black cemetery from Kansas City’s early days, ready for Memorial Day. They planted flags on graves long forgotten in a cemetery long neglected. Seems like such goodwill deserved blue sky and sunshine. Aucune une telle chance. Uh, no such luck. It was 52 degrees, breezy and spitting rain. The...
  • True RIGHTS Can Never Depend on the Coerced Cooperation From Others

    05/21/2015 1:02:11 PM PDT · by fwdude · 49 replies
    self-published | 05/21/2015 | fwdude
    Working on a thesis for an essay. The title pretty much is the entire thing in a complete nutshell. This applies mainly to the recent actions of the HomoFascist movement, but is true across the board. Thoughts?
  • Arlington community enraged over new firearm shop opening in Cherrydale

    05/21/2015 8:47:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    wjla.com ^ | 5/21/2015 | Jay Korff
    An Arlington strip mall off Lee Highway in the Cherrydale community has everything from restaurants to salons to a frame shop.
  • UNPOPULAR OPINION: I'm a Lefty With a Gun

    05/21/2015 6:58:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    xojane.com ^ | 5/20/2015 | Jenna Glasser
    For years, I was what we lefties in Texas refer to as, "A bright blue dot in a big red state." I believe in recycling, social services, a woman's right to choose, and immigration. I spent a lot of time defending these things around my red friends, and bemoaning this defense around my fellow blue dots. And then I bought a gun, and everything changed. I was shamed by the blue dots and consoled by the red. I turned purple. When my fellow blue dots found out I owned a gun, they were shocked. Gape-mouthed and stunned to speechlessness, they...
  • Law Blog: All Gun Owners Should Pass a Test and Get a License (Like in Chicago

    05/21/2015 6:36:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/20/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    In the wake of the outlaw biker shootout in Waco, Texas, where nine bikers were killed, the law blog Chicago Now suggested all gun owners should have to pass a test and get a license—which is what potential gun owners are also required to do in Chicago. The license Chicago gun owners get is a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card. By the way, 49 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend.
  • Obama tells Coast Guard grads climate change threatens U.S

    05/21/2015 6:24:48 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 46 replies
    NEW LONDON, Conn. (Reuters) - Rising seas and thawing permafrost caused by warmer global temperatures threaten U.S. military bases and will change the way the U.S. armed services defend the country, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. In a commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy, Obama underscored the risks to national security posed by climate change, one of his top priorities for action in his remaining 19 months in office. "The threat of a changing climate cuts to the very core of your service," Obama told the 224 graduating cadets, who studied the impacts of global warming...
  • Moms Demand: ‘Outlaw’ Biker Gangs Wouldn’t Have Guns If We Expanded Background Checks

    05/20/2015 7:04:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 76 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 5/18/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    In the wake of the Sunday shootout between outlaw biker gangs in Waco, Texas, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is stressing that outlaw biker gangs would not have guns if legislators expanded background checks. According to The Hill, Moms Demand Action’s Texas leader, Angela Turner, said, “There is no single solution to ending gun violence, but we do know that background checks on all gun sales save lives and keep guns out of the wrong hands.”
  • Delaney visits Hagerstown to push corporate-funded infrastructure bill

    05/19/2015 11:12:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | May 6, 2015 | Don Aines
    Rep. John Delaney was in Hagerstown Wednesday to pitch his proposal for long-term funding of transportation and other infrastructure projects by repatriating the overseas earnings of American corporations. "There hasn't been anything really transformative to put a lot of money into infrastructure," Delaney, D-Md., told a small group of businesspeople at Bulls & Bears restaurant. He pointed out that the federal gas tax — the primary source of revenue for the Highway Trust Fund — has not been increased since the early 1990s, in part, because it is politically unpopular. It also is a regressive tax that hits lower-income people...
  • Dangerous liaison: Israel and fundamentalist Christians (Vomit Warning)

    05/19/2015 3:41:48 PM PDT · by robowombat · 19 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | Tuesday 19 May 2015 22:23 BST | Morgan Strong
    Four US presidential candidates identify as fundamentalist Christians and reject of the creation of a Palestinian state On 14 May, Pope Francis officially recognised Palestinian statehood in a new treaty. The Palestinians refer to this day, 14 May, as Nakba Day or the Day of the Catastrophe when nearly a million Palestinians were forced from their homes and villages into exile. Nakba Day, in the Gregorian calendar, is the day following Israel’s declaration of independence and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Pope Francis’ motive in the recognition of Palestine serves at least two purposes. Clearly and...
  • Mother of ten children by FIVE fathers now wants 50 grandchildren to keep benefits rolling

    05/19/2015 9:23:21 AM PDT · by pabianice · 74 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/19/15 | Robinson
    Mandy Cowie, 49, is given around £22,000-a-year in state handouts She wants her children to have five babies each so she can be supported She said: 'Ten kids and full of tattoos mate. So what if I'm on the effing dole mate - don't like it, eff off' On Channel 5 show her children also brag about milking benefits system A single mother with ten children from five different fathers has said she wants 50 grandchildren so they can become Britain's biggest benefits family. Mandy Cowie, 49, who is given around £22,000-a-year in state handouts, believes encouraging her own children...
  • Bloomberg To Launch Proprietary Anti-Gun Media Arm

    05/19/2015 8:14:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/18/2015 | NRA ILA
    The ceaseless torrent of anti-gun commentary from the New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, and other “mainstream” media outlets, apparently isn’t enough for billionaire firearm prohibitionist Michael Bloomberg. On May 8, Capital reported that the ex-mayor of New York is developing a “news operation” to work alongside his Everytown for Gun Safety organization in furtherance of his megalomaniacal gun control agenda.
  • Trigger warning: 10 shocking truths about gun violence

    05/19/2015 7:52:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 5/18/2015 | Iain Overton
    This weekend’s shootout between rival biker gangs in Waco, Texas has reopened the debate about gun control in the US. But experience shows this is the only country in the world that reacts to mass shootings by relaxing gun laws
  • Clever Construction in Rorqual Whales

    05/19/2015 7:22:15 AM PDT · by fishtank · 5 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 5-14-2015 | Brian Thomas
    Clever Construction in Rorqual Whales by Brian Thomas, M.S. * A few years ago, scientists discovered a unique sensory organ in the jaw of a rorqual whale—the world's largest creature. Rorqual whales, which include the blue whale and fin whale, feed by ballooning out folds of tissue that bag gobs of krill from fertile ocean waters. Some of those researchers recently described the unique bungee-cord-like nerve construction that illustrates clever and intentional design.
  • Stop It, Liberals: Bush Didn’t Lie About Iraq Having WMDs

    05/19/2015 6:51:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/19/2015 | Jamie Weinstein
    Liberals, please stop it with the Iraq war lies. There is plenty of criticism that can be leveled against George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003, but he didn’t deliberately mislead the country about Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction (WMD). With the new cool question for 2016 Republican contenders being “knowing what we know now, would you have invaded Iraq,” the debate about pre-Iraq war intelligence has once again come to the forefront. Predictably, some liberals have used the occasion to again trot out the wholly dishonest spin that the Bush administration concocted evidence and pressured the...
  • Further Racial Rancor from the FLOTUS

    05/19/2015 5:43:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/19/2015 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    In addition to great biceps, Michelle ‘Black Girls Rock’ Obama also has thin skin. Seems Mrs. Obama has given up food monitoring and instead is on the speaking circuit, where she is attempting to groom African-Americans to be as unforgiving and hypersensitive as she is.
  • Probing the Libertarian Mind

    05/18/2015 11:48:57 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 19, 2015 | John Horvat II
    "..........Indeed, The Libertarian Mind is a mixture of “whatever” the individual deems to be his interest. “Whatever” can consist of the reasonable libertarian outcry against big government and abusive regulations, or its excellent affirmation of free markets, rule of law and property rights. But “whatever” also consists of the throwing off of moral restraints that inhibit gratification and self-interest. Thus, the author obsesses about the urgent need for same-sex “marriage,” the end to pornography restrictions, and the right to legal drug use.Throughout his explanation,...(h)abits like drug abuse, for example, are only seen from the individual’s perspective of happiness and not...
  • A Dark Vision: ISIS War Front on American Soil?

    05/18/2015 3:17:57 PM PDT · by robowombat · 19 replies
    CBN News ^ | May 18, 2015 | Erick Stakelbeck
    A Dark Vision: ISIS War Front on American Soil? By Erick Stakelbeck CBN News Correspondent Monday, May 18, 2015 WASHINGTON -- U.S.-led airstrikes may have slowed ISIS's advance in the Middle East, but the brutal terrorist movement continues to attract followers around the world. ISIS has made no secret of its desire to attack America and it's putting foot soldiers in place to make that dark vision a reality. After two ISIS supporters attempted to storm a Mohammed cartoon drawing contest and murder everyone inside earlier this month in Garland, Texas, the Islamic State was quick to claim responsibility for...
  • The Popular Vote vs. the Electoral College (video)

    05/18/2015 10:22:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    PragerUniversity.com ^ | 5-18-2015 | Tara Ross
    Right now, there's a well-organized, below-the-radar effort to render the Electoral College effectively useless. It's called the National Popular Vote, and it would turn our presidential elections into a majority-rule affair. Would this be good or bad? Author, lawyer, and Electoral College expert Tara Ross explains. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXnjGD7j2B0TranscriptIn every presidential election, only one question matters: which candidate will get the 270 votes needed to win the Electoral College? Our Founders so deeply feared a tyranny of the majority that they rejected the idea of a direct vote for President. That's why they created the Electoral College. For more than two centuries...
  • Bill Nye talks climate change, racial conflict at Rutgers graduation

    Graduation day at Rutgers University is a chance for students to relax after four years of college and celebrate with family and friends before entering the real world. Or, when Bill Nye is the keynote speaker, it's a reminder that the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere is rising and its future may be a "no-way-out overheated globe." Nye, the bow-tied host of "Bill Nye The Science Guy," used his speech at Rutgers' commencement Sunday as a platform to tell students they must find a way to stop climate change.
  • Push to court-martial general for thanking God

    05/18/2015 6:40:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 35 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 5/18/2015 | unknown
    A civil-liberties group is demanding a two-star Air Force general be court-martialed for mentioning God at a National Day of Prayer Task Force speech on May 7. Despite the religious nature of the event, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has called for Olson to be “aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions,” adding that any other service members who helped him should be investigated and punished “to the full extent of military law.”
  • I Don't Need No Daddy

    05/18/2015 6:30:41 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 62 replies
    Americanthinker.com ^ | 5-18-2015 | Eileen F. Toplansky
    It's been a troubling semester, but not because many of my students passively and/or actively resist the knowledge that I try to pass on to them.  It's been frustrating not merely because government regulations and mandates have made me into a secretary filling out a myriad of online forms.  It's been disheartening not only because leftist propaganda surrounds me and I am but one small voice in the academic desert trying to teach true American core values. No, it's been a sad and sometimes heartbreaking semester because many college students' assorted troubles are related to the fact that they are...
  • Jay Z, Beyonce bail out Baltimore rioters

    05/18/2015 6:21:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 5/19/2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Rap star Jay Z has quietly sent thousands of dollars to help bail out protesters from Baltimore’s jail system, a writer who worked with him on his 2010 memoir said. Dream Hampton, who helped Jay Z author “Decoded,” revealed the rapper’s cash infusions via Twitter. The messages were shortly after deleted – but not before the hip-hop magazine Complex picked them up and reported them, Agence France-Presse said. Among the tweets: “When we needed money for bail for Baltimore protesters, I … hit Jay up, as I had for Ferguson [and he] wired tens of thousands [of dollars].”
  • American Jews: The Last Leftist Jews in the World

    05/18/2015 4:26:21 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 63 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 5-18-2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.Clip on a nametag, pick up a paper cup of lukewarm water and you can sit down in the audience at a thousand liberal Jewish establishment panels where the likes of Peter Beinart or Jeffrey Goldberg will sanctimoniously lecture their bored audience on the growing gap between American Jews and Israel.Yawn through the usual references to “settlements”, “democratic character” and “one state solution.” Wake up just in time for the sales pitch for J Street and tough love BDS for...
  • A Reply to Professor Bruce McKinney

    05/18/2015 2:30:11 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 5-18-2015 | Mike Adams
    A recent letter to the editor written by Professor Bruce McKinney shows why we cannot trust most college professors and administrators to defend free speech. In just four short paragraphs, McKinney misrepresents key facts, misapplies relevant law, and attempts to project his own hypocrisy upon those who are committed to defending the free exchange of ideas. His letter is presented in full with my commentary interspersed between each paragraph:A recent letter cited "UNCW's administration attempt to stop freedom of speech" in which very large graphic images of aborted fetuses were shown on campus.If Professor McKinneyÂ’s letter stopped here, he would...
  • Everytown Not Telling the Whole Story on NC Background Checks

    05/17/2015 9:34:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    triangletactical.ne ^ | 5/17/2015 | unknown
    The trouble with the ad is that they aren’t being completely honest about background checks. The ad makes it seem that if HB562 were to pass, there would no longer be any background checks for handgun purchases in NC. Unfortunately for Everytown, background checks for purchasing a handgun from a dealer is a federal law, which isn’t affected by the North Carolina HB562.
  • UKRAINE: A Ukrainian soldier's thoughts: "What is War?"

    05/17/2015 7:16:55 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    Ukraineian Soldier ^ | 13 May 2015 | Sergy Yakovenko
    What is the war: It when the wife of your 'sworn brother' has a Birthday, and all platoon gathers money so that he could buy her a gold chain and a pendent. - it when you have tea in the morning with a friend, and at lunchtime you learned that he died. - it when faithless people cross themselves and thank God after each mine bows up and did not get them. - it is when the church questions is it right or wrong to help a soldier who fights with weapons in hand, while sinful people are selling their...
  • A Catholic Perspective on Climate Change

    05/17/2015 7:11:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/17/2015 | Bruce Colbert
    Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said, “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years since the Industrial Revolution.” For the U.N., it does not matter that the report by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change shows that human activity is not causing climate change. Climate change is actually about changing capitalism.
  • Schools now tasked with creating 'green' citizens

    05/17/2015 6:27:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 5/17/2015 | unknown
    Common Core is not a benign set of federals standards meant to make your children smarter, warns an educator who says it looks more like an indoctrination program to push students toward “green” jobs for a “green economy.” Alex Newman, coauthor of “Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children,” pointed to speeches by Education Secretary Arne Duncan. “He gave one to UNESCO in 2012, for example, and he bragged that he was using these standards and our government schools to create green citizens to take their place in the green world order with...
  • Will Future Generations Even Remember the Holocaust?

    05/16/2015 8:46:23 PM PDT · by robowombat · 20 replies
    Charisma ^ | 6:00AM EDT 5/11/2015 | YORI YALON
    Will Future Generations Even Remember the Holocaust? 6:00AM EDT 5/11/2015 YORI YALON/ISRAEL HAYOM The Yad Vashem Memorial Sculpture, was erected in memory of the victims of the Nazi concentration camps. Avner Shalev, chairman of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, is most often associated with the commemoration of the millions of Jews who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. Shalev, who was born in 1939 in Jerusalem, has devoted more than two decades of his life to memorializing the Holocaust. Throughout the years, his work has turned the institution that he heads into an international educational institute of the...
  • The Office Actor Ed Helms BLASTS Rolling Stone At UVA Commencement

    05/16/2015 12:51:37 PM PDT · by absentee · 5 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 5/16/2015 | Caleb Howe
    Comedian and actor Ed Helms delivered the commencement address at the University of Virginia on Friday, and took part of his speech to tear Rolling Stone a new one for their fake campus rape story, a story which they later retracted and apologized for. Now I know the UVA community has some experience with being defined by outsiders. It has been said that a rolling stone gathers no moss. I would add that sometimes a rolling stone also gathers no verifiable facts or even the tiniest morsels journalistic integrity. Rolling Stone tried ... And either way, the story has served...
  • Conservative Ted Cruz Goes After Progressive Jeb Bush for His Support for Common Core

    05/16/2015 11:36:00 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 46 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05-16-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    It’s clear that Jeb isn’t a conservative, but it’s mightily kind of him to be honest about it. He could also do what the Mitch McConnells of this world like to do: lie about it until they get elected after which they ‘suddenly’ become as progressive as Nancy Pelosi. That’s what Senator Ted Cruz recently said on Megyn Kelly’s show on Fox News. Well, OK, I admit I added the last part about Mitch McConnell myself, but I’m sure you get my drift. "I’m a fan of Jeb Bush. I’ll give him credit for candor and consistency. He is running...
  • For Isla Vista victim's father, advocating stricter gun laws 'not a choice'

    05/16/2015 10:26:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    latimes.com ^ | 5/15/2015 | Robin Abcarian
    You may not know the name Richard Martinez, but you certainly remember his howl of pain after his only child, Christopher Michaels-Martinez, was slain during a horrific night of violence in Isla Vista nearly a year ago. Martinez, with his distinctive gray beard and dark hair, spoke in public the day after a mentally ill young man killed six people and injured 14 others before killing himself. His rage and grief were hard to watch, but impossible to ignore.
  • Cashing in: Retailers, ranges take aim at female gun owners

    05/16/2015 9:45:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    reviewjournal.com ^ | 5/13/2015 | JAN HOGAN
    “I became a single mom, and I had a little boy,” she said, “and there are crazy things happening in the world. I felt it was up to me to protect myself (and him) in some of those situations you hear about in the media all the time. I’m no superhero. I appreciate people who are — who run to the gunshots and not away — and I don’t know if that’s necessarily my (method of operation), but I do feel empowered that if my son or I were in a situation that threatened our safety, that I could defend...
  • University to Give Honorary Degree to Anti-Semitic 9/11 Truther Who Said Republicans are Terrorists

    05/16/2015 9:12:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/15/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    [1]Anyone can get an honorary degree these days. Cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal has one of those from a California law school. Kermit the Frog got one. So did brutal dictator Robert Mugabe from Michigan State University.Now Sut Jhally is joining [2]their ranks (with apologies to Kermit, who doesn’t really deserve to be classed with Mumia, Mugabe and Jhally) as Simon Fraser University is giving him an honorary degree.Jhally is a nasty clown of the sort that usually finds a sinecure in academia, who has ranted that “The New Republican Party – American Terrorists.” Jhally also tweeted in 2013...
  • Stars Pledge To Wear Orange For National Gun Violence Awareness Day(Hurl alert!)

    05/16/2015 9:00:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 48 replies
    looktothestars.org ^ | 5/15/2015 | unknown
    Today a broad coalition of leading organizations, cultural influencers, community members and activists unveiled “Wear Orange” (www.wearorange.org), a new campaign that will amplify existing efforts to reduce gun violence in America. To help honor the 88 Americans whose lives are cut short by gun violence every day — and the countless survivors whose lives are forever altered by shootings each year — the coalition has designated June 2, 2015 as the first annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day. On this day, campaign partners invite everyone who agrees we can do more to save American lives from gun violence to do...
  • Former Clinton HUD Sec: Hillary Seriously Considering Julian Castro As VP Choice

    In a pre-taped interview to air Sunday on Univision’s Public Affairs program “Al Punto,” Henry Cisneros says former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro is at the top of Clinton’s list of running mates. Castro is currently secretary of HUD. According to a transcript of the show, obtained by The Miami Herald, Cisneros says, “What I am hearing in Washington, including from people in Hillary Clinton’s campaign, is that the first person on their lists is Julián Castro.” He also says the Clinton’s campaign “… don’t have a second option.” Cisneros then said, “He is the superior candidate considering his record,...
  • CLIMATE: There's no denying this label packs a political punch

    05/16/2015 8:18:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    eenews.net ^ | 5/15/2015 | Jean Chemnick
    The word "denial" -- meaning refusal or withholding -- entered the English language from Old French hundreds of years ago, but it gained linguistic muscle with A.A. Brill's translation of the Austrian father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, in the early 20th century. Denial, or Verneinung in Freud's German, came to mean refusing to acknowledge a painful or uncomfortable truth, despite overwhelming evidence. In politics, there was "Holocaust denial," "moon-landing denial" and "evolution denial" -- all flowing from Freud, with its implications not only of untruth but of mental illness.
  • Judge Brilliantly Defends Keeping 'Under God' in Pledge

    05/16/2015 6:39:58 AM PDT · by Twotone · 28 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | May 15, 2015 | Trey Sanchez
    New Jersey Judge David F. Bauman recently dismissed a case orchestrated by a student, his parents, and the American Humanist Association and ruled that hearing the words "under God" during the Pledge of Allegiance does not violate the constitutional rights of atheist students. In his decision released Monday, Bauman brilliantly laid to rest the notion that the phrase can, or should, be erased from America's history.
  • Former medics find themselves on bottom rung in civilian field

    05/16/2015 6:34:15 AM PDT · by pabianice · 43 replies
    Stars and Stripes | 5/14/15 | Druzin
    NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. — In four deployments as an Army combat medic to some of the most dangerous corners of Iraq and Afghanistan, Joe Carney had seen the worst of war — bullet wounds, severed limbs, shrapnel. He saved lives amid bombs and gunfire, his emergency room often a patch of dirt in the desert or a rocky mountainside. None of that mattered when he left the Army three years ago. “I think the services should do a better job because at the end of the day, your last day in the Army, the last day in the Navy, you’re...
  • Vatican to Sign First Treaty With “State of Palestine” -

    05/16/2015 4:50:30 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 53 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 5/11/2015 | Pamela Geller
    This is a massive betrayal of Israel and all free people, and an endorsement of the genocidal “Palestinian” jihad against the Jews. A “State of Palestine” will no more bring peace than did the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza: just as with Gaza, a “State of Palestine” will just become another jihad base. The Vatican has every reason to know that. The “Palestinians” on their official media outlets make no secret of their goal of wiping out Israel and killing Jews wholesale. Now the Vatican has signed on to that. —The Vatican said it would soon sign its first treaty with...
  • Trans-Species Organ Farming: The Good, the Bad, and the Creepy

    05/15/2015 3:12:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 15, 2015 | CONNIE MARSHNER
    There is a shortage of organs available for transplantation. Estimates are that 123,000 people in the U.S. are in need of a transplant, and about 21 people die each day waiting for one. The art and science of transplantation is so advanced as to be routine. Science sees the shortage of organs as a problem to be solved. However, the obtaining of organs from human donors is fraught with difficulties—moral, practical, and legal. There is a shortage of organs available for transplantation.Estimates are that 123,000 people in the U.S. are in need of a transplant, and about 21 people...
  • Why New York Women Wish They Lived in the ‘Mad Men’ Era

    05/15/2015 1:04:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 85 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 14, 2015 | Heather Robinson
    The final episode of AMC’s “Mad Men” this Sunday heralds the end of a TV era. The show’s seven seasons covered the turbulent decade from 1960 until 1970, dramatizing changing styles and social mores in the lives of “Mad Men” and women, or professionals in the Madison Avenue advertising industry. For those who aren’t regular watchers: A lot of the show’s male characters spent their time chasing young women around the office and a lot of the female characters spent their time trying to land or keep a husband. Critics have consistently lauded the series, not just for its entertainment...
  • The Illusion of Neutrality

    05/15/2015 12:46:32 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Citadel Foundation | 05-12-2015 | Mark Citadel
    A principle case formulated by Anthony Esolen of the Witherspoon Institute is called the 'Nude Beach Principle'. The principle works by describing a town in which there is a beach, and a small minority of beach-goers who wish to be naked. Suppose the town's civic authorities take up the matter, and are deciding on which course of action to pursue. The nudists may claim that they wish to stake out a totally neutral position, the tolerant, reasonable, pragmatic center. Nobody will be forced to strip bare whilst at the beach, but it is an option for those who wish to...
  • Hitlerland: a book review

    05/15/2015 10:14:49 AM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 30 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 15 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    There have been two times in our history in which Americans have been firsthand witnesses to the destruction of a republican government and its replacement with a fascist system. The first of these was in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s; the second we are seeing here and now. As you read Hitlerland, by journalist Andrew Nagorski, the parallels between the two sets of events can appear to be quite uncanny. Indeed, today's American Left, the progressives and the social justice warriors and the rest, bear an eerie resemblance to the Nazis who came to power out of the decaying...
  • Hump day hilarity: WUWT’s new policy on hate mail – your hate mail will be published

    05/15/2015 10:11:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 5/13/2015 | Anthony Watts
    There comes a time when you just have to decide not take the abuse silently anymore, but instead, to laugh at it. As many of you know, this is the world’s most read website about climate – by both sides. As a result, my email is like a firehose. I get a lot of legitimate email, but I also get a lot of abuse from people that think I’m not allowed to have a different opinion on all things climate; some people think I shouldn’t even be allowed to have a website or a voice. You know who you are,...