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  • To Those Celebrating Josh Duggar's Fall: Congratulations. You Still Lose.

    05/22/2015 11:56:44 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 43 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 5/22/15 | Steve Berman
    [caption id="attachment_1211" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Image credit: Washington Post[/caption] Many people have been hoping for this day for years.  The day when the Duggars fell.  Today they got their wish. By “the Duggars” I mean any member of the Duggar extended family—the ones “as seen on TV” in their hit show “19 Kids and Counting.”  And by “fell” I mean not just dipping below the sainted status conveyed by their television persona, but really falling in a public, humiliating and tragic way. Josh Duggar publicly confessed that accusations of his being investigated for child abuse 12 years ago are true. "Twelve...
  • Citizens Say No (NY ICE Rallies Against Obama's Illegal Amnesty)

    05/22/2015 11:09:53 AM PDT · by OddLane · 4 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 22, 2015 | Gerard Perry
    NY ICE marshaled its forces against DAPA-the President’s most recent illegal executive action-in downtown Manhattan recently. You can watch footage from the event which was uploaded to Vimeo, as well as read an account of the event by Joanna Marzullo, below. 5.19.15 New York, NY. The above videos are raw footage of the other side from NY ICE’s counter demonstration against DAPA. DAPA stands for Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, and is the illegal alien movement’s attempt to gain amnesty by using children.The illegal alien movement seems to think that Americans are willing to throw away our country at the...
  • Coach is Right, Friday Short Stories

    05/22/2015 10:41:13 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/22/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    1.) Progressive Ideology ‘Dehumanizes The Population’ Anthony Daniels, who uses the pen name, Theodore Dalrymple, says the West is “too weak-willed,” “accepts obvious untruths” and “treats people as objects.” In a 28-minute video interview with The Daily Caller, he says “the intellectual dishonesty of the West is the greatest threat – we can’t say what we really think.” Dalrymple, based on his work in British prisons, is a critic of “determinism” — the dominant progressive theory that minimizes personal responsibility and portrays people as forced, by their circumstances, to behave as they do. This theory, Dalrymple says, “dehumanizes the population.”...
  • What To Get For The Grumpy, Snarling FLOTUS Who Already Has Everything

    05/22/2015 9:23:35 AM PDT · by IChing · 14 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 5/22/15 | Donald Joy
    Michelle Robinson Obama didn’t have it too bad growing up. And her affirmative action catapult ride to Princeton and Harvard, to prestigious jobs, and to the pinnacle of vast riches and power has been fabulously smooth sailing — that is, compared to the often grim life struggles of the unsung multitudes of downtrodden, creepy-ass crackers across this land (despite all that white privilege everywhere, eh). Still, something’s wrong at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. If anyone should be over-brimming with gratitude for assorted blessings afforded to them by our society’s institutions and people,she should. So what’s with her endless racial resentment and...
  • More Bad News For Psychotropic Meds

    05/22/2015 9:01:00 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/22/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    A few years ago, this column discussed certain disturbing findings regarding psychiatry and its relationship with the pharmaceutical industry: The major psychoactive drugs are no better than placebos; the “chemical imbalance” theory of mental illness is mostly nonsense; and psychoactive drugs are being given to children as young as two. The first finding was buried in clinical trials of antidepressants, in which side effects of real drugs (such as dry mouth) could be emulated in an otherwise non-active agent (aka removing “unblinding bias”). In these cases, there was absolutely no difference in efficacy between the antidepressant and the placebo. As...
  • This Is How You "Boost" GDP: US Sells Over $4 Billion In Weapons To Israel, Iran And Saudi Arabia

    05/22/2015 8:42:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/22/2015 | Tyler Durden
    War, what's it good for? Aside from countless deaths of innocent civilians of course, it means a GDP boost for the biggest exporter of weapons on earth, the United States, and even more profits for the US military-industrial complex. Profits which mean the shareholders of America's arms manufacturers get even richer. Which is why following months of middle-eastern sabre ratling and numerous quasi-wars already raging in the region, moments ago the U.S. State Department approved the sale of 10 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to Saudi Arabia for $1.9 billion, the first step in "a major multibillion-dollar modernization of the Saudi...
  • Why compassion for illegal immigration is wrong

    05/22/2015 8:37:21 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/22/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    America is for the Free. The rest of the world already caters to the captives of tyrants Unchecked immigration is destroying our nation by undermining and overrunning the very institution that was built to harbor immigrants through the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution… Don’t call it compassion when the president, elected officials or a candidate takes a stand that illegal immigrants deserve a pass to stay in this country and receive citizenship, let alone resident status. It is approval of America’s demise; an uncontrolled decimation of what the Founders established in the new world expressly to provide free exercise...
  • Pro-life feminist group mocks pro-choice abortion mantra

    05/22/2015 7:31:09 AM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    saynsumthn's blog ^ | May 20, 2015 | saynsumthn
    Although there are many, one of the pro-choice mantras for abortion supporters which you commonly hear is something like “keep your laws out of my vagina.” Like some we saw in Texas during the debate on HB2, where abortion advocates even used children to support killing children. Now the pro-life feminist group, New Wave Feminists has put together a little video to help educate the pro-choice masses about carrying such “stupid looking” messages: VIDEO ON LINK!!!! After all, Knowledge is power !!
  • Canadian Jeweler Imbues Wedding Ring with Gay Hate Cooties

    05/22/2015 6:24:17 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 20 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 5/22/15 | Steve Berman
    It appears that Sauron is living in Toronto, where he eeks out a meager living as a jeweler.  Making rings of power has always been his speciality, and imbuing them with subtle yet powerful evil is his passion. So when a lesbian couple entered his store and ordered custom wedding rings, they had no idea they were dealing with the Lord of Darkness. Nicole White and Pam Renouf liked dealing with Today’s Jewelers because the store custom-makes rings, CBC reported. "They were great to work with. They seemed to have no issues. They knew the two of us were a...
  • Move to attach Campus Carry to the Texas Open Carry Bill

    05/22/2015 5:25:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
     The group "Students for Concealed Carry on Campus" is organizing a call to have campus carry added to the open carry bill, HB 910 now being debated in the Texas Senate.    Their proposal would attach the Senate version of campus carry, SB11 to the bill.  They have 20 Senators that they are asking people to email.  From their facebook page: Please send an email to these twenty members of the Texas Senate, telling them you want to see House Bill 910 (open carry) amended to include Senator Birdwell’s campus carry language. You don’t have to email each member individually;...
  • TGIF 'Toons

    05/22/2015 3:08:33 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 6 replies
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  • Stupid Show Tricks

    05/21/2015 9:08:58 PM PDT · by OddLane · 17 replies
    Anthony Bialy ^ | May 22, 2015 | Anthony Bialy
    Last night was David Letterman’s last night, if you wonder why there are suddenly more articles about him than he had viewers. It’s going to be weird without having his show to skip. Television will be a bit less joyless when night owls start their shifts with the aging baby retiring, although many insomniacs won’t even notice. The Late Show’s cultural impact is minimal enough that Chevy Chase wonders what he did wrong. The past makes the present disappointing: it’s hard to explain to people born after Letterman began manning this slot that he created a most inventive approach to...
  • ISIS and other matters

    05/21/2015 7:06:49 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 4 replies
    The View from Chaos Manor ^ | Thursday, May 21, 2015 | Jerry Pournelle
    [snip]I understand what you are saying, but fortunately the corruption of leadership does not go as deep as you fear. It remains something to worry about, but it is not the immediate problem. The immediate objective is not to establish a democratic republic in Iraq, or even to rule Iraq; it is to eradicate the Caliphate. ISIS is a self-proclaimed mortal enemy of the West in general and the United States in particular. If they survive we will have to fight them. They will not choose to fight until they believe they are strong enough to work the Will...
  • Clarke: Police Task Force Just ‘Lapdog Bureaucrats’ and ‘Academic Elitists’

    05/21/2015 6:01:39 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 10 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 5-21-2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (D) argued the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing was just “lapdog bureaucrats” and “academic elitists” on Wednesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel. Clarke said the police task force “had a couple of lapdog bureaucrats on there, and then the rest of them were academic elitists. At ground level it’s a lot different. … And what I witnessed on the left was just distraction…distraction against what the real problem is in the American ghetto and it is not the American police officer. It is modern liberalism that has been a wrecking ball on...
  • Ted Cruz and Amnesty: The Telltale Video

    05/21/2015 4:30:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    KausFiles ^ | 05/21/2015 | Mickey Kaus
    Do You Have Amnesty in that Basket? Did Ted Cruz support an immigration solution that involved legalizing the 11 million or so illegals now in the U.S.? When we last left this dispute, Cruz staffers were denying it. True, a New York Times article had asserted that Cruz was carving out a “middle ground” on immigration, offering illegals legalization (work permits that would allow them to stay here) but making stopping short of the citizenship offered in the Senate’s “Gang of 8″ bill:Asked about what to do with the people here illegally, however, he stressed that he had never tried...
  • ‘Hard Truths’ From The Left About Texas Bikers and Black Thugs

    05/21/2015 1:05:22 PM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 7 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 5/21/15 | Steve Berman
    Washington Post writer Jannell Ross tried to hang racism, white supremacy, biker culture, and gun rights around Texas Republican necks in a literary lynching so stuffed full of wrong presumptions that if words were mathematical, Ross’ article would prove that gravity makes things fall up. Here’s the key takeaway from the article.  Whites are free to be either law-abiding citizens or dangerous Harley-riding savages, while blacks are slaves to the white man, whether he’s the cop in uniform or the gun-wielding biker.  And #blacklivesmatter when one black man dies at the hands of police and the rioters are called “thugs,” but nine...
  • World’s Largest Indoor Farm In Japan Produces 100 Times More Food Than Other Farms [Video]

    05/21/2015 12:41:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | January 27, 2015 | Jan Omega
    When it comes to farming, there is no better time than now to get into the field. Thanks to technological advances ushered in by the green movement, farming has evolved from a traditional means to sustain a personal living to a science with the potential to feed millions. The Inquisitr previously reported on how technology-assisted farming has become a blessing to others. Former NFL football player, Jason Brown, watched DIY videos on Youtube to learn how to grow 46,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and 10,000 pounds of cucumbers, which he donated to pantries and kitchens. In Irvine, California, an entire...
  • A Few Thoughts on the Waco Biker Shootout

    05/21/2015 11:35:16 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 33 replies
    chrishernandezauthor ^ | 21 May 15 | Chris Hernandez
    So this Waco thing has caught my interest, mostly because of all the dumb things being said about it. I’m no expert and have no direct connection to the Waco Biker shootout, nor do I have access to anything more than media reports. However, based on my experience as a patrolman, assistant active shooter instructor and soldier I’ve made a few observations and educated guesses about what happened. 1) I predict we’ll soon learn most or all of the dead bikers were shot by police officers I base this on a couple things, but the biggest one is a...
  • Tom Fleming Retires

    05/21/2015 10:57:49 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 10 replies
    Front Porch Republic ^ | May 21, 2015 | Katherine Dalton
    Rockford, Illinois. After thirty-one years at Chronicles Magazine—thirty of them as editor—classicist, poet and polemicist Tom Fleming has retired. During his tenure at this small but influential magazine of the paleoconservative right, which was founded by Polish emigre Leopold Tyrmand but turned into a real magazine by Tom, he published political and social commentators that varied from the Agrarian-minded Mel Bradford to the analyst of power that was Sam Francis, to the more humorous libertarian Bill Kauffman. He also published many men of letters: Wendell Berry, John Lukacs, George Garrett, Jorge Luis Borges, Andrew Lytle, Walker Percy, and Russell Kirk,...
  • French feminists demand rewording of 1789 'rights of man' declaration

    05/21/2015 9:42:44 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 21 May 2015 | Kim Willsher in Paris
    Droits Humains launches petition calling for ‘human rights for everyone’, but critics say capitalised ‘Homme’ means mankind A group of French feminists are saying non to the declaration of the rights of man, which they say is sexist and an outdated example of the French exception culturelle. The Droits Humains collective is calling on France to stop leaving women out of the idea of universal liberties. The declaration of the rights of man and of the citizen was approved by the national assembly in 1789 at the time of the French revolution. The collective wants the French government to immediately...
  • When will Audie Murphy at last receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama?

    05/21/2015 9:10:49 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 27 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/21/15 | Doug Book
    Nearly 2 years ago, Coach is Right published this piece about Audie Leon Murphy, one of the true American heroes. Though he had at last been awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor by Governor Rick Perry, President Obama had not–has not–honored Murphy with the nation’s highest civilian recognition, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. CiR has included the link to a petition that Audie Murphy be so honored. Few have been more deserving for their contributions during war and peace. Please join those signatories who have already chosen to make the duty of an American president clear to Barack Obama....
  • The media cannot shield Hillary from Judicial Watch tenacious digging into her lies

    05/21/2015 8:58:35 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 22 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/21/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    It comes as no surprise that Hillary Clinton is a liar; everything about her is fake. What is new about her is that she has filled the public arena with so many lies that they can no longer be covered up by the sycophantic media. Through the tenacious work of Judicialwatch.com over 100 pages of documents that were heretofore classified as “secret” by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the State Department have been forced into the light of day and none of them is helpful to Hillary. Here are some of her lies that have been unmasked by Judicial...
  • TX: Popular Knife Rights bills Bottled up by Democrat

    05/21/2015 7:28:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Two popular bills that would reform antiquated knife laws in Texas are being bottled up by a Democrat legislator.   Both bills have bipartisan support, and passed the House unanimously.  One bill adds knives to the preemption law for the state, so that localities cannot pass insane knife laws that turn a person carrying a pocket knife into a criminal by walking from one side of a street to another, without any notice.  These bills are enforced very selectively to "get" people that the police cannot arrest for other crimes. One correspondent from Texas, reported a conversation with a San...
  • Thinking About China

    05/21/2015 6:39:18 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/21/15 | Al Caruba
    China’s economic clout is real and growing rapidly, especially since the 2008 financial crisis. China has been the main engine of growth for the world’s economy since that time and, by some measures, has become the world’s number one trading state Napoleon Bonaparte purportedly said “Let China sleep, for when China wakes, she will shake the world.” As Thomas J. Christensen, the author of his recently published “The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power”, reminds us, “For millennia China was arguably the greatest civilization on the planet and for many previous centuries its most powerful empire.” China...
  • 5 Year Old Boy with a Lesson for the Entire World -- And a Lingering Question

    05/21/2015 6:37:32 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/21/15 | Rev. Michael Bresciani
    Why, since 1973, have we aborted 55 million unborn children? And how many Josiah Duncans' might there have been among them? The news is rife with sad stories, tragedies and other matters not just hard to ingest, but hard just to watch. Like a shooting star or a beautiful sighting of the occasional firefly on a summer night, a story or clip will flash across the waves of the worst behaviors of mankind. It is these kinds of stories that spark the depths of the human heart, where, although deeply buried and desensitized, hope, kindness and the better nature of...
  • The Rise of Democracy, and the Fall of the Electoral College

    05/21/2015 6:34:48 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/21/15 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    The progressive era, fueled by the Fabians, worked to take away more of the voice of the States, and move America towards pure democracy James Madison wrote five times in his essays of the Federalist Papers that we are a republic, and then explained what a republic is. He believed this to be necessary not only so that the Constitution may be properly understood, but because in their argument against the Constitution, the statists of the era were trying to convince the people that a republic, and a democracy, are the same thing. Democracy, in reality, is a transitional form...
  • RI: Supreme Court Enforces Shall Issue law

    05/21/2015 6:04:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Rhode Island is generally thought of as a "shall issue" concealed carry state.  That perception has been reinforced by a ruling of the Rhode Island Supreme Court from April 24, 2015.  From providencejournal.com:  In early 2012, Norman T. Gadomski Jr. applied to Joseph H. Tavares, then the chief of the East Providence Police Department, for a permit to carry a concealed handgun as provided under Rhode Island General Law 11-41-11. This law says a municipality’s issuing authority “shall issue” a permit if specified requirements are met.  It is well known among members of the gun-owning community that certain chiefs...
  • Why Boston Must Be Evangelized

    05/21/2015 6:01:25 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 4 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 2/21/15 | Steve Berman
    If Samuel Adams were to time-travel and suddenly appear on Purchase Street in Boston, a block or two from South Station, he wouldn’t recognize much of his old city.  His church however, is still there (the Old South Congregational Church, now known as the Old South Meeting House, one of the birthplaces of the American Revolution). When Adams was in Boston, it was a Christian city.  His alma mater, Harvard College, trained mainly ministers of the Gospel—but also quite a few politicians like himself.  Adams would not recognize Boston in any sense as a spiritual place these days.  The shells...
  • What If Everybody Didn't Have to Work to Get Paid?

    05/20/2015 8:27:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 18, 2015 | David R. Wheeler
    Scott Santens has been thinking a lot about fish lately. Specifically, he’s been reflecting on the aphorism, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he eats for life.” What Santens wants to know is this: “If you build a robot to fish, do all men starve, or do all men eat?” Santens is 37 years old, and he’s a leader in the basic income movement—a worldwide network of thousands of advocates (26,000 on Reddit alone) who believe that governments should provide every citizen with a monthly stipend big...
  • Video: Moms Demand Someone Tell Them What to Think (Texas Committee Testimony)

    05/20/2015 1:54:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
     Link to video This is what astroturf looks like in action.  Imagine what the Senators are thinking.  It goes on for ten minutes, with the "activists" reading from the same script, over and over.   It is quite humorous to watch.  There is a good sum up at the end by Open Carry Texas. Dean Weingarten:Link to Gun Watch
  • Why Conservatives Need to Focus on the 4th Amendment

    05/20/2015 1:38:23 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 10 replies
    ConservativeHQ ^ | May 19, 2015 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Esq.
    The Fourth Amendment is getting attention that it's not gotten before, and by popular will, it will be defined in how it is interpreted and implemented. Unless conservatives participate and act to define it, it will be defined by liberals and/or libertarians. From NSA spying to publicized abuses by armed federal agents and even some local police, people are afraid and are speaking out. That's good. The debate is leading to federal legislation and even constitutional amendments in states to rein in lawless government investigations. The Fourth Amendment is one of the most important arrows in the quiver against bullying...
  • I Am a Conservative, not a Republican

    05/20/2015 10:13:51 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 35 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/20/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    Has anyone figured out what the 2014 election results really meant? I was under the impression that Americans had grown ever more disheartened with what our nation has become. Turnout at the polls made it seem that voters wanted to rebuild the nation given us by the Founders. Historic gains were made by Republican candidates, promises were made and the excessive actions of the Democrat Party would be blunted as the citizenry exclaimed “No More!” I have been a proud card carrying Republican since I first voted. Based on what I learned in school, their platform made sense. I have...
  • Today’s “micro-aggression” is the 1940’s “no soap radio;” it’s all a put on of weak minded people

    05/20/2015 8:52:59 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/20/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Way too many college campuses are turning out people who spend their time trying to draw some meaning from their poor education. They believed Obama’s lies and thought that just attending college would be their ticket to a career. Now that graduation time is here again this year’s crop of under educated dimwits is learning how wrong they were. They have spent their college years studying things like Peruvian folk dancing and now they are shocked that no one wants to hire them because their degree is useless. Some of these misguided children have turned to a new type of...
  • The Vortex—The End of Civilization

    05/20/2015 7:26:16 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/20/15 | Church Militant
    After hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars poured into the Irish nation by pagan Americans, homosexuality will win a national referendum When the barbarian hordes descended on Europe in the fourth and fifth centuries, crushing underfoot what was left of cultural antiquity, it looked as if civilization was at an end. Irish monks, in their monasteries and scriptoriums, preserved the writings from antiquity by transcribing them for posterity. They kept the classics alive, safe in their isolation, keeping a secure touchstone to the civilization their faith had transformed. For this reason, the Irish are largely credited by historians with saving...
  • About that rape scene in 'Game of Thrones'

    05/20/2015 6:08:29 AM PDT · by Marcus · 66 replies
    Houston TV Examiner ^ | May 19, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    “Game of Thrones” rarely fails to shock, filled as it is with atrocity porn. However, the brutal rape of Sansa Stark at the hands of the psychotic Ramsey Bolton at the end of Sunday’s episode seems to have crossed the line for many people. It is not like people haven’t been raped and worse before. Remember the Red Wedding, the beheading of Eddard Stark, and the castration and torture of Theon Greyjoy. But, Sansa is an innocent girl, though she has been getting progressively less naďve as the series has proceeded.
  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott favors wet rub barbecue, outrage ensues

    05/20/2015 6:04:50 AM PDT · by Marcus · 45 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | May 15, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    Texans argue about a lot of things, including political issues such as education, healthcare and, of course, illegal immigration. But nothing gets the denizens of the Lone Star State exercised more, with the possible exception of football, than barbecue, more specifically the wet rub vs. dry rub question. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently came down on the wet rub side of the controversy. The San Antonio Current pretty much proposed revoking the governor’s Texas citizenship for this heresy. “Everyone knows” that real barbecue does not need sauce. It is all in the smoking technique.
  • CA: How many unsolved Homicides are Self Defense?

    05/20/2015 4:27:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Benjamin Jasper Carter In a previous essay, I mentioned that we do not know what proportion of unsolved homicides are justified homicides.  The reason is that most homicides are violent criminals killing other violent criminals, and that because a person is a criminal, they are reluctant to report a self defense shooting to police.  From the previous essay: In the United States, about 37.5% of the homicides are unsolved.   In Chicago in 2013, the number was 75% unsolved.   Most homicides involve criminals killing other criminals.  How many of those would be justifiable if solved is unknowable; but clearly some...
  • Hump-Day Humor

    05/20/2015 2:23:56 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies
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  • Citizens of Ireland: Vote 'No' on Friday's Marriage Referendum

    05/19/2015 9:17:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Christian News Wire ^ | May 19, 2015 | Fran Griffin - press release
    WASHINGTON, May 19, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- This following op-ed by columnist, Craig Turner, is being issued by the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation. Mr. Turner, a widely-published writer, is the author of "Words of Faith" and "Words of Hope."On Friday, May 22, Ireland will vote upon an issue that has vexed both the United States and Europe: same-sex "marriage." While many Irish may believe that following the path already taken by some countries would be correct, the logic behind same-sex marriage is lacking. For example, proponents of same-sex marriage have labeled those who adhere to traditional marriage as bigots and haters....
  • Stupefying Generations of Americans

    05/19/2015 8:53:44 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/19/15 | Al Caruba
    Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children I used the verb “stupefying” to describe a long process in our nation’s schools that has produced several generations of Americans, dumbed down and resulting in more than half who are functionally illiterate, nor can do math, and, as a recent headline reported “Student’s Results in Social Studies Stagnate.” “U.S. middle-school students’ performance on social studies didn’t improve much between 2010 and 2014, federal test scores released Wednesday (April 29) show, underscoring concerns about the uniformed citizenry and workforce.” When it comes to U.S. history, the...
  • Hypocrite John Kerry owns millions in oil and gas stocks but the media and the Uniparty protect him

    05/19/2015 8:16:43 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/19/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Is there anything, anything at all that is genuine about John Kerry? When it comes to John Kerry it’s hard to decide which is more revolting, his hypocrisy or that he believes he is fooling us. From his days as a “scruffy” vet just trying to get someone to surrender in Vietnam, to his gigolo marriages, to his hypocritical claims to be a practicing Catholic, Lurch rings as true as a wooden bell. The duplicitous qualities that make him so offensive are excellent traits for membership in Barack Obama’s cabinet. As Secretary of State Kerry has a perfect record of...
  • Unfortunate Drudge Headline

    05/19/2015 5:45:00 AM PDT · by Auslander154 · 24 replies
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | May 19,2015 | Sarah Knapton
    Drudge Headline Gives one pause. STUDY: Smoking marijuana causes early puberty, stunts growth... Boys 'four inches shorter'... That's a lot to give up for a bud or blunt. Good headline for dads to show their teen age boys. From the Telegraph: "Boys who smoke cannabis 'are four inches shorter'"
  • “Brain Dead” Teenager Awakens From Coma After a Family Friend Prays for Her

    05/18/2015 11:46:53 PM PDT · by kathsua · 22 replies
    Life News ^ | May 18, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    LifeNews has repeatedly chronicled cases of people who were prematurely declared dead or said to be in supposedly persistent vegetative states who ultimately recovered. We have also covered miraculous cases where an act of God appears to be the only reason or only answer as to why a patient has recovered. File this story under “act of God” or “answered prayers.” Taylor Hale, then 14, suffered traumatic brain injury when she fell off hood of car while horsing around with friends in 2011. She spent a week in medically induced coma to help her brain heal, but she suffered a...
  • Hillary to Visit Home of Iowa Gay Married Couple

    05/18/2015 8:42:30 PM PDT · by lbryce · 18 replies
    HRC Blog ^ | May 18, 2015 | Hayley Miller,
    Original Title:Hillary Clinton to Visit Home of Iowa Gay Married Couple Today, Hillary Clinton visited two longtime HRC members in Iowa. Clinton will visit Dean Genth and Gary Swenson, who were one of the first same-sex couples to marry in Iowa, at their home in Mason City with other Democratic activists, Last month, Hillary Clinton made history when her presidential campaign launched with a video featuring same-sex couples and marriage equality. A few days later, a Clinton spokesperson announced that the presidential candidate urges the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor marriage equality, citing the constitution's clear guarantee of...
  • Judge Scullin Issues Preliminary Injunciton; D.C. Permits to be Shall Issue

    05/18/2015 8:26:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In two opinions issued today, 18 May, 2015, Judge Scullin essentially ended the Palmer v. D.C. case by refusing to issue a contempt citation against the D.C. government.  But, in another ruling on the new D.C. law, Judge Scullin issued a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of particular sections of the D.C. permit to carry law.   Those sections of the law are the ones that allow the police chief to turn down permits if they do not have "good reason" for them.  Here are the last paragraphs of the opinion: ORDERS that Defendants, their officers, agents, servants, employees,...
  • Making Sense of Today's World

    05/18/2015 7:56:41 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 10 replies
    5/18/15 | Yomin Postelnik
    Maybe someone can explain this. Making sense of this can't be easy. The question is whether or not it can be done and even greater, whether it should. How did society come to a point in which a person can sue for forced abortions on minority children and be lauded as an advocate? Isn't this something that anyone on the most basic of levels, and I'm talking real basic over here, should find loathsome and disgusting? At the same time, a person who says that the life of a potential or developing baby is worth more than that of a...
  • Rand Paul: ‘I Call For The President to Obey the Law,’ End NSA’s Unlawful Spying on Americans

    05/18/2015 5:47:57 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 18, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    “Here in front of Independence Hall, I call for the president to obey the law,” Paul said when he took the microphone, as hundreds of his supporters shouted “President Paul! President Paul! President Paul!” outside Independence Hall after a separate event inside the Constitution Center across the street. The crowd went wild. “The court said last week that it is illegal to collect all of your phone records all of the time without a warrant with your name on it,” Paul said. “I call on the president today to immediately end the bulk collection of our phone records.”
  • TX: Open Carry Passed out of Senate Committee, Amended

    05/18/2015 5:12:33 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Early reports from observers at the Senate State Affairs committee in Texas have written that HB 910, the licensed open carry bill, has been passed and sent to the whole Senate.  From Texasguntalk.com: Texas Gun Legislation - 2015 84th Session Game on, they're back. Substitute approved.  It appears that the Dutton Amendment, which would prohibit police from stopping open carriers without probable cause, has been stripped out They removed the cop stop amendment. That's why they called it HB 910 Substitute.  The Senate might be able to pass an amendment returning HB 910 to the form passed by the...
  • Solving the ‘Problem’ of ‘Transgender’ Inmates

    05/18/2015 3:47:56 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 26 replies
    World News Bureau ^ | May 18, 2015 | Gina Miller
    Not to be Captain Obvious here, but actions and choices have consequences. Here in the United States, we have barely begun to see the consequences that will result from the embrace of mass-lunacy surrounding the "transgender" movement. For instance, on Friday our local newspaper published a front-page article about the "problem" of housing "transgender" criminals in jails and prisons. In what is meant to be a serious news story, the writer jumps aboard the insane train of the "transgender" movement by participating in the charade that the man featured in the article is a "woman." The writer submissively and...
  • Would Obama Ever Call Successful Jihadists "Life's Lotto Winners"?

    05/18/2015 3:10:06 PM PDT · by RobaWho · 1 replies
    Rob Cunningham USA ^ | May 18, 2015 | Rob Cunningham
    I'd like to ask an illogical question, one constructed upon the same imbedded, faulty "logic" used so frequently by Barack Obama. Question: If an ISIS jihadist, or an al-Qaeda terrorist like Osama bin Laden, reaches the pinnacle of success in their chosen career field, would Obama ever state their hard work, disciplined planning and "success" was based on them simply being "winners of life's genetic lottery"? Or, does his derisive, condescending snark only apply to Americans who have successfully built their own businesses?