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Philosophy (News/Activism)

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  • Will there be a National Conversation after environmentalist shoots energy worker?

    04/18/2015 8:53:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 4/18/2015 | Noah Rothman
    A disturbing story flagged by The Washington Free Beacon’s Lachlan Markay out of West Virginia indicates that a man, enraged by the drilling taking place in his state, shot an employee of an energy exploitation company on Monday.
  • The Living Law, by Louis Brandeis

    04/18/2015 8:26:31 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    Archive.org ^ | January 3rd, 1916 | Louis D. Brandeis
    THE LIVING LAW (1) (Alt. Link) By Louis D. Brandeis (2) The history of the United States, since the adoption of the constitution, covers less than 128 years. Yet in that short period the American ideal of government has been greatly modified. At first our ideal was expressed as “A government of laws and not of men.” Then it became “A government of the people, by the people and for the people.” Now it is “Democracy and social justice.” In the last half century our democracy has deepened. Coincidentally there has been a shifting of our longing from legal justice...
  • NAACP urges 'black people' to take up arms

    04/18/2015 7:12:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 97 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 4/17/2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Arkansas black leaders are urging fellow minorities to take up arms, join gun clubs and help curb what they perceive as unjustified violence from police – the latest of many such call-to-arms among members of the black community. “Law enforcement has to understand, you cannot do what you please when you see us,” said Crittenden County NAACP chief, Shabaka Afrika, in a news conference reported by WTOC. Crittenden County Justice Commission founder Hubert Bass said locals ought to become better educated, especially about their constitutional rights, and should join gun clubs. “We’re going to study law,” he said. “What our...
  • The Party of Ideas: Applied Conservatism 101

    04/17/2015 3:03:04 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4-27-15 | Fred Barnes
    Middleburg, Va. Republicans have few built-in advantages in politics. But they do have one that’s already a factor in the 2016 presidential campaign. That advantage is ideas, especially ones affecting middle-income Americans. GOP presidential candidates were among the first to notice. Florida senator Marco Rubio, who announced for president last week, met several times with a group of conservative intellectuals last year. Now his agenda, notably on taxes, echoes their ideas. So does his new book, American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone. When Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, came to Washington in February, he made a point of...
  • Teens shocked by graphic content at anti-bullying conference (WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT)

    04/17/2015 12:04:10 PM PDT · by kingattax · 49 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Editor's note: WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT They thought the Iowa Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth was about anti-bullying. Instead, about 1,000 teenagers from more than 100 Iowa communities were treated to a profanity-laced performance by a drag queen along with graphic conversations on oral sex and a transgender tutorial on how to make fake testicles. The April 3rd conference was sponsored by Iowa Safe Schools, a non-profit group that creates “safe and supportive schools” for LGBTQ young people. Some parents were furious about some of the sexually explicit comments from paid speakers – including a comedian who told the high school...
  • Environmentalism’s Opposition To Human Flourishing

    04/17/2015 11:42:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    capitalismmagazine.com ^ | 4/17/2015 | Doug Reich
    A worldwide switch to a “more European” work schedule, which includes working fewer hours and more vacation time, could prevent as much as half of the expected global temperature rise by 2100, according to the analysis, which used a 2012 study that found shorter work hours could be associated with lower carbon emissions.
  • Jeb Bush: Legal Status for Illegals ‘Rational, Thoughtful’

    04/17/2015 8:55:26 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/17/15
    On Friday in New Hampshire, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said giving illegal immigrants a pathway to “earned legal status” is a “rational, thoughtful” way to deal with illegal immigrants in the country. Speaking at the Politics and Eggs breakfast, Bush, who said last year that illegal immigration is an “act of love,” proposed giving illegal immigrants provisional work permits after they pay taxes and fines and granting them legal status that they can “earn over an extended period of time.” Bush said that illegal immigrants should not earn citizenship, which will again bring up his waffling on the citizenship...
  • 5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Stream The Prince of Egypt on Netflix

    04/17/2015 2:39:27 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-17-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Dear Dave, Yesterday evening you suggested I watch The Prince of Egypt, in your opinion the best movie inspired by the book of Exodus. Although I didn’t have time then, I got to it this morning. It impressed me mightily. The top 5 reasons why I loved it – and why everybody who reads this article should watch it if they haven’t already – are: 1. Moses never doubts God, only himself. This is a vital lesson for believers of all kinds; you can doubt your own abilities, but never doubt the most high God, who created everything, and without...
  • Sandy Hook Promise Not Anti-Gun? Let’s Check

    04/16/2015 10:59:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    shotgunnews.com ^ | 4/15/2015 | Robert W. Hunnicutt
    Yesterday’s report on country singer Tim McGraw’s pending appearance in a benefit concert for Sandy Hook Promise drew more response than anything that’s ever appeared on shotgunnews.com. By quite a measure. Clearly, this struck a nerve.
  • Pro Tip: Don’t ask for a Christian cake [The bakery business has become a cultural battleground]

    04/16/2015 7:24:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/16/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Really? Another story about bakeries and cakes and who will or won’t bake what without the feds crashing your business? Apparently so. At Right Wing News, Warner Todd Huston has been tracking the story of an Arizona pastor, Joshua Feuerstein, who has been concerned over trends where Christians seem to be exclusively targeted for action if they assert their rights to Freedom of Religion, specifically in the case of so called “gay wedding cakes.” To prove his point, he contacted a “gay bakery” (though how this is defined is a bit hazy) owned by Sharon Haller and asked them...
  • Is Race Following Gender in Becoming a ‘Fluid’ Identity Construct?

    04/16/2015 7:14:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/16/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Not long ago, the New York Times uncovered the artifact that Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush had once listed himself as “Hispanic” on a Florida voter-registration form. Bush is married to a Mexican American. He lived for a number of years in South America and speaks Spanish fluently. Maybe he has consciously assumed a Hispanic identity. Or perhaps he did not think there was much of a difference between “white” and “Hispanic.” Or, as he said, he simply checked the wrong box by accident. Vijay Chokal-Ingam, whose family immigrated from India, and who is the brother of sitcom-actress Mindy Kaling,...
  • Black man helps white woman, black mob 'retaliates'

    04/16/2015 7:04:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 4/15/2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Customer Mary Fuller was so scared by the unruly teens flashing gang signs and raising a “ruckus” in the parking lot of the BP gas station in Memphis, Tennessee, that she expressed her fears to a complete stranger, who offered to walk the elderly white woman outside to her car. “I said, ‘I don’t know if I ought to walk out of here or not, because they’re still fighting,’” Fuller told WMC-TV. “He said, ‘It’s not a problem. I’ll take care of this.’” The man she confided in was Orrden Williams, who had gone to the gas station to use...
  • Hillary’s Ungainly Glide

    04/15/2015 11:31:34 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 14, 2015 | Peggy Noonan
    [SNIP]...Republican candidates get grilled, sometimes impertinently, and pressed, sometimes brusquely. And it isn’t true that they’re only questioned in this way once they announce, Scott Walker has been treated like this also, and he has yet to announce. Republicans see this, and then they see that Mrs. Clinton isn’t grilled, is never forced to submit to anyone’s morning-show impertinence, is never the object of the snotty question or the sharp demand for information. She gets the glide. She waves at the crowds and the press and glides by. No one pushes. No one shouts the rude question or rolls out...
  • What does gun violence cost? Methodology

    04/15/2015 8:48:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    motherjones.com ^ | 4/15/2015 | ted miller
    This is an estimate of the money that police departments spend to respond to and investigate gun-related crimes. It includes police salaries, benefits, and equipment, as well as overhead costs to the police department. Miller based this calculation on the amount of time police spent on initial response and follow-up (based on this sample survey) and the amount of money police departments spend on average per officer (including fringe benefits, equipment, supervision, etc.) using data from the 2006 Census of Governments
  • The Real Helicopter Parents (how the top 0.1% live)

    04/15/2015 7:55:14 AM PDT · by pabianice · 18 replies
    Air and Space Magazine ^ | 5/2015 | Bahnsen
    Becoming a “den leader” to kids in choppers is not how Mark Robinson foresaw his career, but that’s what the chief pilot of Revolution Aviation has been since opening his helicopter flight school in 2013. The school operates at John Wayne Airport, which caters to the wealthy in Orange County, California—where super-yachts dominate the harbor, Ferraris and Bentleys tool up the Pacific Coast Highway, and parents wanting helicopter lessons for their kids can easily front up to $1,000 an hour. Robinson, who was raised in a mud hut by missionary parents in the African country of Cameroon, finds the new...
  • Barbra Streisand Thinks Obama Economy Is Great. What She’s Missing.

    04/15/2015 7:39:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 4/14/2015 | Stephen Moore
    Poor Barbra Streisand. Just last month the renowned economist (who also describes herself as a “singer,” “actress,” and “activist”) penned an opinion piece titled “Have You Heard the Good News?” about how well the economy is performing under Barack Obama. It was a pep rally of sorts, and all that was missing were the pom-poms. “President Obama’s administration, with only opposition from the Republicans,” she gushed, “has steadily helped put more than 11 million Americans back to work in the private sector.”
  • Denzel Washington: The Bible is 'The Answer People Are Looking For ... Give It a Shot'

    04/15/2015 7:31:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 4/14/2015 | Michael W. Chapman
    In explaining why the Bible is a best seller year after year, Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington said there is something "tugging" inside of us, "telling us to believe in something," which is God, and that the Bible provides "the answer people are looking for" even if they do not realize it at first.
  • Shouldn't Christians Just Obey the Law?

    04/14/2015 3:49:30 PM PDT · by fwdude · 70 replies
    If there’s one thing today’s secular progressive enjoys, it’s telling Christians how to be Christians. It feels funny when it happens. A bit like getting combat training from Jane Fonda or Cindy Sheehan. But they mean well. And they know a verse. Their favorite verse is Matthew 7:1, which says “judge not lest ye also be judged.” They quote it every time a Christian expresses an opinion because their years of deep theological study have shown them that Matthew 7:1 means it’s wrong to have an opinion. About anything. After all, an opinion is a judgment and you can’t do...
  • Things You Can’t Wear to a Music Festival, According to Social Justice Internet(no joke!)

    04/14/2015 10:11:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 43 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 4/13/2014 | Katherine Tempf
    Music-festival season is underway, and it’s important to make sure to dress appropriately — not just for the weather, but for cultural sensitivity as well. If you’re not sure what I mean, that’s okay! I spent some time on Social Justice Internet today finding some helpful tips so that you can understand what I mean and why it’s so important: Aside from obvious no-nos like Native-American headdresses or Indian bindis, you also need to make sure that the patterns on your clothes aren’t offensive. That’s right — it’s not enough to simply make sure your shirt is clean and doesn’t...
  • Moms Demand Action Stamp Their Little Feet at Kroger. Again.

    04/14/2015 9:12:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | 4/14/2015 | Dan Zimmerman
    Nothing – and we mean nothing – chaps Shannon Watts’ backside more than being ignored. As recently as last month, Kroger, the Cincinnati-based food giant, once again told MDA to go peddle their anti-2A papers somewhere else.
  • Saturn's Enceladus Looks Younger than Ever

    04/14/2015 8:26:16 AM PDT · by fishtank · 11 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 4-9-15 | Brian Thomas
    Saturn's Enceladus Looks Younger than Ever by Brian Thomas, M.S. * The more we learn about Enceladus, the younger it looks. Stated another way, the more that our space probes discover about this fascinating little moon that inhabits Saturn's tenuous E ring, the more challenging it becomes for conventional origins to explain. A new discovery adds to the list of young-looking Enceladus features. The most stunning feature of Saturn's sixth largest moon is undoubtedly its water-ice plumes. The Cassini spacecraft passed by Enceladus several times in 2005 and captured amazing images of these continuous jets. They discharge material and send...
  • Police: Man killed wife at Dunkin Donuts in Md.

    04/14/2015 7:57:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    myfoxdc.com ^ | 4/13/2015 | Sherri Ly
    Police say Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel savagely murdered his wife inside the store near Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover late Sunday night. The body of 21-year-old Palak Bhadreshkumar Patel was found in the kitchen. A customer who was suspicious after seeing no workers inside alerted police around 10:50 p.m. An Anne Arundel County Police officer went in and found the victim. Police say she had been struck multiple times with what one source described as a type of sword or machete.
  • Our Shameless World

    04/14/2015 2:03:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | April 2015 | Andrew Davis
    The first mention of shame in Scripture actually celebrates the absence of it: Adam and Eve were naked and felt no shame (Gen. 2:25). The final destination of Scripture is the New Jerusalem, where nothing shameful will ever enter (Rev. 21:27), a place where the redeemed from every nation will celebrate their eternal cleansing from shame by the blood of Christ. In between, however, a tragic and sordid history unfolds in which the descendants of Adam probe with ever-increasing boldness the depths of the shame to which our race can plunge. Here we will highlight three ways that our...
  • Hillary Is Not a Woman: She’s a Liberal

    04/14/2015 1:54:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 14, 2015 | Jeffery Lord
    <p>“I suppose it’s fair to say:don’t you someday want to see a woman president?”Thus asks Hillary Clinton,newly declared for the presidency.Or is that re-declared?</p> <p>The problem? Hillary Clinton isn’t a woman. And any Republican who is running for president who thinks she is will deserve the loss coming their way.</p>
  • Pace Quickens as Pansexuality Pushes to Fast Track Realignment

    04/13/2015 5:00:10 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 27 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | April 11, 2015 | David W. Virtue
    It is becoming increasingly clear that realignment in the Anglican Communion is reaching new levels of intensity and speed as concern for the inroads of pansexual behavior by western pan Anglicanism provinces increases with greater stridency. Consider the following. In Melbourne, recently, the chairman of GAFCON, the Most Rev. Eliud Wabukala of Kenya, launched a new chapter of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans and ripped the "cultural captivity" of North American Anglican Churches. He went on to say that a crisis is developing in the Church of England, which you can be sure Archbishop Justin Welby does not want to...
  • The Skewed View of America Inside the Progressive Bubble

    04/13/2015 1:27:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 13, 2015 | Jim Geraghty
    A yawning cultural gap begets clueless reporting on the GOP field.Nashville — The cultural gap between those who vote in the Republican presidential primaries and those who cover the candidates in those primaries is now a chasm. One by one, the media covering the Republican presidential candidates attach some quickly assembled defining flaw to each candidate: “Rand Paul has a temper problem with the media”; “Ted Cruz is an unelectable extremist”; “Scott Walker’s lack of a completed college degree is likely to be a major problem.” All of these flaws are in the eye of the media beholder. Ordinary Americans...
  • Researchers: Gun owners face much higher murder risks

    04/13/2015 8:03:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 77 replies
    witn.com ^ | 4/13/2015 | unknown
    “The most common reason that people have a gun is because they have it for home protection,” he says. “Unfortunately, the data indicates that having a gun is associated with both an increased risk of homicide, but even more importantly, an increased risk of suicide. We know that, for example, if there’s a gun in the home, the risk of suicide among adolescents and young adults increases tenfold.”
  • When Gun Owners Get Angry

    04/13/2015 7:27:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies
    psmag.com ^ | 4/13/2015 | Kate Wheeling
    Tens of thousands of gun-loving Americans gathered in Nashville, Tennessee, this past weekend for the National Rifle Association’s annual convention. Despite early headlines that claimed attendees would have to leave their guns at home, convention goers were able to bear arms in the conference center—and almost in the city’s public parks. In a nation with nearly as many privately owned guns as there are citizens, even NRA members support laws that block patients with histories of psychiatric commitments from owning guns. But a new study shows that curbing gun violence will require more comprehensive policies than just keeping firearms out...
  • I challenge climate fascists with $500,000 bet

    04/13/2015 6:07:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 4/13/2015 | Lord Monckton
    The climate scare parroted by bed-wetting eco-freako useful idiots worldwide began when the pseudo-scientific profiteers of doom on U.N.’s fraudulent and corrupt climate panel, the IPCC (known universally in diplomatic circles as IPeCaC after the well-known emetic) predicted with “substantial confidence” 25 years ago that its useless but gratifyingly expensive climate models had captured the essential features of the climate.
  • Totally Eye-Popping [Cruz's fundraising]

    04/11/2015 10:11:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 12, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Is it a good thing or a bad thing that a presidential candidate demonstrates an ability to raise enough money to effectively reach the “inhabitants of America” with his political message? On Friday, National Public Radio’s The Diane Rehm Show took a further drag on our tax dollars to take incredulous note of the fact that four Super PACs supportive of Republican Ted Cruz’s campaign for president declared having collected, collectively, $31 million. One of Diane’s guests, Neal King, Jr., with the Wall Street Journal, explained that all four PACs associated with the Cruz effort sport the “Keep the Promise”...
  • I.S.S. Gives Way to New League for Democracy

    04/11/2015 11:10:09 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 4 replies
    The New York Call | November 19, 1921
    I.S.S. Gives Way to New League for Democracy The New York Call - November 19, 1921. Organization's Birth Celebrated at Dinner in Yorkville Casino - Will take in Non-Collegians.With the avowed purpose of "mobilizing the brains of the middle-class in the service of the labor movement," the League for Industrial Democracy has come into being on the framework of the Intercollegiate Socialist Society. The new organization's birth was celebrated by a dinner at Yorkville Casino last night, addressed by Robert Morss Lovett, president of the League; Scott Nearing, Norman Thomas and Roger N. Baldwin. The league, according to Mr. Thomas,...
  • Hilarious White House tweet aims for the 'My Little Pony' demographic

    04/11/2015 9:11:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 44 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 4/11/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Perhaps it is nostalgia for the heady days of the past, when the media could be counted upon to publish photos of Barack Obama with a halo surrounding his head (Google Obama+Halo for countless examples), and journalists called him a “lightworker” and “like a god.”
  • Hedge-Fund Magnate Robert Mercer Emerges as a Generous Backer of Cruz

    04/10/2015 7:55:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 10, 2015 | Eric Lichtblau and Alexandra Stevenson
    The two men share a passion for unbridled markets, concerns about the Internal Revenue Service and a skeptical view of climate change. Now the two — Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, and Robert Mercer, a Wall Street hedge-fund magnate — share another bond that could link them through November 2016: Both want to see Mr. Cruz elected president. Mr. Mercer, a reclusive Long Islander who started at I.B.M. and made his fortune using computer patterns to outsmart the stock market, emerged this week as a key early bankroller of Mr. Cruz’s surprisingly fast campaign start. He is believed to...
  • Ted Cruz Takes on Hillary Clinton in N.R.A. Speech

    04/10/2015 5:15:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | April 10, 2015 | Nick Corasaniti
    Nearly every potential Republican presidential contender will be speaking Friday on a single issue: gun rights. As First Draft considered how best to parse their speeches at the National Rifle Association’s Leadership Forum in Nashville, we hit on a bullet-point approach. And yes, that sent us down a gun-pun rabbit hole. (Or was it into a foxhole?) Senator Ted Cruz of Texas addressed the forum. NRA Rating: A+ Guns Owned: Two Bull’s-Eye: Mr. Cruz recalled sending a letter to Harry Reid following the Sandy Hook tragedy promising to “filibuster any legislation that undermines the Second Amendment right to keep and...
  • Why the Confederacy Lives

    04/10/2015 5:03:22 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 532 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | April 08, 2015 | EUAN HAGUE
    One hundred-fifty years after Appomattox, many Southerners still won’t give up. One hundred fifty years ago, on April 9th, 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House and the Union triumphed in the Civil War. Yet the passage of a century and a half has not dimmed the passion for the Confederacy among many Americans. Just three weeks ago, the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) appeared before the Supreme Court arguing for the right to put a Confederate flag on vanity license plates in Texas. Just why would someone in 2015 want a Confederate flag on their license...
  • In South Florida, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are forcing locals to pick sides

    04/10/2015 4:51:10 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/10/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    Never before in modern political history have two presidential candidates claimed the same hometown at the same time. But now Miami — better known for its beaches, its sports teams and as a hub of Latin American commerce and culture — is poised to become a major center of national Republican presidential politics. Geographically and otherwise, Rubio and Bush represent different parts of Miami. The senator is a product of the city’s powerful and tight-knit Cuban American community, which Rubio supporters believe will get behind his bid. Bush, the transplant, has moved a few times across the city, but now...
  • The world burns as Obama calls for banning 'gay conversion' therapy

    04/10/2015 12:11:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/10/2015 | Rick Moran
    The world is blowing up, the U.S. economy is still in the pits, and the administration is demonstrating an incompetence rare even for Washington.  So, naturally, the president has turned his attention to the pressing issue of transgender rights.  It is vital that transgender people get to use the bathroom of their choice and that nobody rag on them, or make fun of them, or ignore them.  Valerie Jarrett wrote the press release: In a statement that was posted on Wednesday evening alongside a WhiteHouse.gov petition begun in honor of Ms. Alcorn, Mr. Obama condemned the practice, sometimes called...
  • Academic Freedom, Conservatively Speaking

    04/10/2015 11:29:46 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 9, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Believe it or not, it is possible to make a conservative case for academic freedom without mixing opposites. In fact, one of the conservative movement’s sages, Russell Kirk, made the case quite eloquently more than half a century ago. “The principal importance of academic freedom is the opportunity it affords for the highest development of private reason and imagination, the improvement of mind and heart by the apprehension of Truth, whether or not that development is of any immediate use to [society],” Kirk wrote. This put him somewhat at odds with one of the movement’s other great “thought leaders” William...
  • ACLU Sues to Force Catholic Bishops to Push Abortions on Children of Illegal Immigrants

    04/09/2015 3:10:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | April 9, 2015 | SARAH ZAGORSKI
    The pro-abortion American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing the Obama administration for documents it says will show that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is restricting access to abortions for unaccompanied immigrant children.In February 2014, the USCCB objected to a new regulation proposed by the Obama administration that would require contractors to provide access to contraception and abortion for unaccompanied immigrant children who have been raped.  In an official letter, the USCCB as well as World Relief, the National Association of Evangelicals and Catholic Relief Services, explained that the new regulation violates religious liberty, specifically the federal...
  • Principles of constitutionalism: negative rights versus positive rights

    04/09/2015 1:32:40 PM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 20 replies
    Renew America ^ | April 9, 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    It has previously been shown that constitutionalism, by which is meant the general proposition that government should be restrained by well-defined principles and structures under which it operates (whether written or unwritten), depends up a recognition of the rule of law as reflecting natural law. From this natural law arises the recognition, in turn, of the natural rights of individual citizens, which ought to be acknowledged and protected by just government, but which are not granted by any government. These principles, perhaps, find their purest distillation in the American Constitution, a short and simple document which provides a succinct summation...
  • Bill Buckley Was Right: America in the Grip of the Liberal Mania

    04/09/2015 12:20:26 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    american Spectator ^ | April 9, 2015 | Jeffrey Lord
    "...Mr. Buckley would surely not be surprised at the Rolling Stone episode. He described it effectively a full fifty-five years before the story was published, not to mention long before the central participants targeted in the story were even born. Indeed he predicted this kind of story almost a full decade before Rolling Stone — founded in 1967 — existed. What Buckley knew in 1959 was this: >>> I shall be assuming that in most respects the liberal ideologists are, like Don Quixote, wholly normal, with fully developed powers of thought, that they see things as they are, and live...
  • Latest White House feature: Gender-neutral restroom

    04/09/2015 9:25:34 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 49 replies
    Politico ^ | 4-8-15 | Sarah Wheaton
    President Barack Obama’s staff and visitors now have the option of using a gender-neutral restroom, a White House spokesman said Wednesday — the latest in a series of symbolic steps the Obama administration has taken to work the priorities of the LGBT community into its broader themes of inclusiveness and tolerance. The newly designated restroom is an example of how the administration has been advancing the discussion by raising the profile of transgender issues, an area of debate that is especially hotly contested right now. The restroom will be located in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, where much of the...
  • The Closing of the Campus Mind

    04/09/2015 9:11:12 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4-6-15 | Devorah Goldman
    "I can’t have you participate in class anymore.” I was on my way out of class when my social welfare and policy professor casually called me over to tell me this. The friendliness of her tone did not match her words, and I attempted a shocked, confused apology. It was my first semester at the Hunter College School of Social Work, and I was as yet unfamiliar with the consistent, underlying threat that characterized much of the school’s policy and atmosphere. This professor was simply more open and direct than most. I asked if I had said or done anything...
  • As Tourist-In-Chief, Obama Visits Bob Marley Museum in Jamaica

    04/09/2015 8:54:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/9/2015 | Charlie Spiering
    What’s the first thing you think about when you think about Jamaica? Bob Marley. President Obama didn’t disappoint, choosing to visit the Bob Marley museum less than an hour after Air Force One touched down on the island.
  • Denying 'climate change'

    04/09/2015 8:39:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 4/9/2015 | Richard Butrick
    Here is Dana Milbank of WaPo celebrating the “retreat” of climate change deniers: “There is no denying it: Climate-change deniers are in retreat.” He concludes his op-ed by noting “that corporations are becoming reluctant to bankroll crazy theories,” and “the surrender of climate-change deniers will follow.” For Milbank, this marks the historic turning point marking the collapse of flat-Earth science “crazies.”
  • The Surgeon General Wants to Talk to You About...Climate Change

    04/09/2015 8:08:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 64 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 4/9/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    President Obama's newly minted Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, wants to have a talk with the country about climate change. From a White House email sent out last night: Hi, everyone -- I'm the Surgeon General of the United States -- which means it's my job to keep America healthy by providing you with the best scientific information available about your health. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet with President Obama, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and health care professionals to discuss climate change. We talked about the impact of climate change on public health and the importance of prevention.
  • Poll: Rand Paul does best with independents against Hillary Clinton

    04/09/2015 12:42:59 AM PDT · by Plummz · 36 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 7 Apr 2015 | Sarah Rumpf
    The latest poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) fares the best among the presumed 2016 Republican presidential candidates against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with independent voters, and is one of the top three contenders overall against her. The poll was conducted from March 26th through March 31st of 989 registered voters, 80 percent by telephone, and 20 percent over the internet to reach respondents without landline phones. The margin of error was +/- 3.1 percent. Clinton still leads the entire Republican field by 3 to 9 points, but has dropped from the...
  • Here’s How The Embattled Owners Of Memories Pizza Plan To Share Their Newfound Fortune

    04/08/2015 6:39:48 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 34 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 8, 2015 | Norville Rose
    In a recent post about the small Indiana pizza shop that came under fire for the owners’ stand against catering a hypothetical gay wedding, Western Journalism told you about the amazing amount of money supporters donated to provide financial relief after bitter controversy and threats forced the family-owned restaurant to close. Memories Pizza, run by Kevin O’Connor and his daughter Crystal in the tiny town of Walkerton, Ind., plans to re-open on Wednesday. The O’Connors say they’re incredibly grateful for all the encouragement from friends and customers, and for the more than $842,000 that some 30,000 well-wishers donated through a...
  • Conservatives target McCain's re-election bid

    04/08/2015 6:16:10 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 8, 2015 | Rick Moran
    John McCain will be an 80-year-old senator if he wins re-election to a sixth term. But the octogenarian senator has far more to deal with than questions about his age. Several conservative PACs have already targeted McCain for defeat, notably the Senate Conservative Fund and the Club for Growth. With the right sharpening its knives to bring him down, the question of his survival in a Republican primary can't be dismissed. The Hill: “There are few Republicans who have betrayed our conservative principles more than John McCain,” SCF President Ken Cuccinelli said in an email to supporters Tuesday of the...
  • Why would Rand Paul say that?

    04/08/2015 6:04:24 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 104 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 8, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    I really want to like Rand Paul, but he keeps saying things that give me pause. I like that he wants to fight the GOP establishment. I like that he wants to roll back big government. And I like that he wants to expand the base to include more young people and minorities. (There are some very worrisome things he’s said about foreign policy, but we’ll put that aside, as those views seem to be “evolving.”) I didn’t listen to his Louisville campaign announcement speech yesterday, but Paul Mirengoff of Powerline did, and he noticed something that has really got...