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  • Japan starts up offshore wind farm near Fukushima

    11/10/2013 11:22:49 PM PST · by TexGrill · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/11/2013 | AP
    ONAHAMA PORT, Japan (AP) — Japan has switched on the first turbine at a wind farm 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Fukushima, feeding electricity to the grid tethered to the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant onshore. The wind farm which started up Monday, near the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, is to eventually have a capacity of 1 gigawatt from 143 turbines. Its significance is not limited to the energy it will produce. Symbolically, the turbines will help restore the role of energy supplier to a region decimated by the multiple meltdowns that followed the March 2011 earthquake and...
  • N. Korea publicly executes 80, for watching South Korean TV shows

    11/10/2013 9:45:30 PM PST · by TexGrill · 9 replies
    New Straits Times ^ | 11/11/2013 | AFP
    SEOUL : North Korea publicly executed around 80 people earlier this month, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows, a South Korean newspaper reported. The conservative JoongAng Ilbo cited a single, unidentified source, but at least one North Korean defector group said it had heard rumours that lent credibility to the front-page report. The source, said to be “familiar” with the North’s internal affairs and recently returned from the country, said the executions were carried out in seven cities on November 3. In the eastern port of Wonsan, the authorities gathered 10,000 people in a sports stadium to watch...
  • ABC Network Picketed Over Kimmel Show’s Kill Everyone In China Joke

    11/10/2013 9:38:29 PM PST · by TexGrill · 13 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | 11/10/2013 | AP
    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — More than a thousand people picketed ABC’s Burbank headquarters over the weekend to protest a “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show in which a youngster said the United States could resolve its debt to China by killing everyone in the Asian country. The Los Angeles Times ( reports that Saturday’s demonstration was peaceful and no one was arrested. Kimmel and ABC have apologized for the Oct. 16 “Kids Table” segment and the network says it will not air again. Kimmel began by asking a panel of children how the United States should resolve its $1.3 trillion debt to...
  • China: Goodbye, GDP

    11/10/2013 9:27:05 PM PST · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | 11/11/2013 | Yang Yi
    BEIJING, Nov. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- China‘s new leadership is poised to tolerate slower growth as it tries to shake off its long-term GDP mania and put social progress and environmental welfare at the top of the nation’s agenda. Under the existing "GDP growth is the king" performance evaluation plan, local government leaders have strong incentives to push investment, without any regard for the quality of peoples' lives or environmental capacity. An encouraging message from China's leadership was President Xi Jinping's call for putting an end to the performance evaluation system based on GDP growth during a recent field trip to...
  • Jobless Growth In China? ...

    11/10/2013 9:14:08 PM PST · by TexGrill
    Forbes ^ | 11/10/2013 | Gordon G. Chang
    Li Keqiang, in a speech released last week, said a 7.2% annual increase in China’s gross domestic product creates 10 million new jobs a year. The premier, therefore, believes each percentage point of growth produces 1.4 million jobs. Morgan Stanley’s Ruchir Sharma, writing in the Wall Street Journal just before the release of Li’s speech, told us that each percentage point of growth results in 1.6 million to 1.7 million new jobs. Beijing’s National Bureau of Statistics reported that last year China’s GDP jumped 7.7%. Applying Sharma’s formula, the economy should have created 12.3 to 13.1 million new jobs in...
  • South Korean soccer star Park Eun-seon 'humiliated' by gender claims

    11/10/2013 7:12:34 PM PST · by TexGrill · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/08/2013 | CNN
    <p>In a controversy that echoes the ordeal of South African runner Caster Semenya, the 27-year-old is facing accusations about her gender.</p> <p>At 1.80 meters tall and weighing 74 kg, Park was top scorer in the South Korean women's league last season with 19 goals and she led Seoul City Hall Amazones to second place in the table.</p>
  • China's cautious land-reform tests cast doubt on big urban vision

    11/10/2013 6:18:41 PM PST · by TexGrill
    Reuters ^ | 11/10/2013 | Kevin Yao
    (Reuters) - Tan Yingyu is one of China's 200 million migrant workers and like many he is stuck: he does not want to return to his village but also cannot become a legal resident in the city of Chengdu, where he has worked for nearly 20 years. His dilemma highlights a key issue for China's reformist leaders as they look for ways to encourage more people to move to cities to help turn a credit- and investment-driven economy into a consumer-powered one. If rural Chinese are given formal rights to their land, they could cash in its value and feel...
  • China's 3rd Plenum: what the "smart money" thinks

    11/10/2013 5:57:23 PM PST · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/10/2013 | Bill Fischer
    For most of the thirty-five or so years that I’ve been in the China-watching business, the easiest question of all to answer has always been: “Tell us what will happen next?” Easy because the best answer has consistently been: “Pick a point sufficiently high on the chart, ten years out, and China will reach that.” It might not have followed a straight path in actuality, but at the end of the ten years, the extrapolation – which was always somewhere between 8-10% — was pretty nearly always essentially right. True, some years, 1989, for example, were more challenging than others,...
  • China extends graft investigations to shipping industry

    11/10/2013 5:47:03 PM PST · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/08/2013 | Lee Yi-mou
    (Reuters) - China's investigations aimed at rooting out corruption have now extended to the shipping industry, with China COSCO Holdings (1919.HK)(601919.SS) saying that one of its top executives is the subject of government inquiries. COSCO, China's largest bulk shipping company, announced on Friday that its vice president, Xu Minjie, had resigned - a day after it said he was "under investigation by the relevant authorities", phrasing used in China to describe corruption investigations. The company's brief statement to the Shanghai stock exchange on Friday said that there were no disagreements between Xu and the board but gave no further details....
  • Reality of Canadian health care

    11/10/2013 4:09:15 PM PST · by Peter ODonnell · 29 replies
    exclusive to FR | Nov 10, 2013 | Peter O'Donnell
    With the flubbed registration website for Obamacare front and center, I've been reading many discussions about health care and in some of those, the subject of Canadian health care often comes up. So I thought it might be helpful to review how Canadian health care actually works and what it's like compared to American health care. First of all, it's important to realize that health care in Canada is a provincial matter, the federal government plays only a minor role (in sharing funding of research, mostly). The enabling legislation for subsidized health care was passed by the federal government in...
  • Obama worst enemies are small business creators

    11/10/2013 1:14:20 PM PST · by usalady · 8 replies
    Examiner ^ | Nov. 10, 2013 | Martha
    Remember when Obama told Americans “You didn’t build that”?
  • Leviathan: 1651-2013

    11/10/2013 8:04:10 AM PST · by Conservative Beacon · 8 replies
    The Conservative Beacon ^ | November 10, 2013 | Ellis Washington
    Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) lived in exceedingly tumultuous times. Leviathan was written after the protracted Thirty Years’ War (1618-48) and during the brutal English Civil War (1642-1651) a war, like the Civil War was to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, a traumatic event that completely changed his worldview from theism to atheism, and perverted his political thinking and writings making Hobbles value peace and constancy above God, truth and liberty. Leviathan argues for a “social contract” and rule by an absolute sovereign (as pictured on the original frontispiece above). Hobbes, being the de facto secretary to Sir Francis Bacon followed Bacon’s utopian...
  • CA:AP Pushes Gun "Panic" at LAX

    11/10/2013 5:05:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    When criminals with a long history of burglary are caught in the act, the AP is very careful to call them "alleged" burglars.  When a gun owner is spotted by a hoplophobe and denounced to the local authorities, the "alleged" adjective is nowhere to be seen. "Man pulls out unloaded gun, causes panic at LAX" In spite of ambiguity in the police report: Airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said the man either took out the gun or a gun carrying case around 9 p.m. Friday.the headline leaves no doubt about the illegitimacy of the act of being a gun owner. ...
  • Reaganite's SUNDAY FUNNIES

    11/10/2013 4:24:53 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 1 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 10 November 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    More at Reaganite Republican...
  • Review: Ozark Trail 500 lumen flashlight, model 20047

    11/09/2013 3:57:20 PM PST · by marktwain · 62 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Ozark Trail is a lower end brand marketed at Walmart.  Just because something is inexpensive does not mean that it cannot work well.   Value for the time spent is an important consideration.  Flashlight technology has advanced so rapidly with light emitting diodes (led) that inexpensive lights of today can easily outperform expensive lights of a few years ago. I have been looking for a light that is very bright, so it could temporarily blind an assailant at  night, yet be tough enough to use as a makeshift  blunt instrument if necessary. My brother recommended this light to me, as...
  • If We Don’t Like Our Criminal President, We Don’t Have To Keep Him–Period

    11/09/2013 11:17:33 AM PST · by IChing · 52 replies ^ | 11/9/13 | Donald Joy
    What’s it going to take? I just finished reading Andrew C. McCarthy’s excellent article appearing in today’s National Review Online, titled “Obama’s Massive Fraud.” McCarthy points out that Martha Stewart was sent to federal prison for doing essentially the same thing Obama has done on a vastly larger scale, with his fraudulent sales pitch of Obamacare–intentionally misrepresenting a situation, knowing that the lie would harm others financially. McCarthy also describes how CEOs of various firms are routinely dragged into court, sued and prosecuted, even jailed for decades, by Obama’s own administration, for frauds based on omissions of information that utterly...
  • A New Conservative Strategy for the Culture Wars

    11/09/2013 10:30:13 AM PST · by Drew McKissick · 11 replies ^ | 11/9/13 | Drew McKissick
    There’s an old saying that you can’t control what other people do or don’t do, but only what you do. It’s true in politics as with most other things in life. For decades conservatives have lost ground in the fight over religious liberty, primarily via our nation’s courts. But you can’t blame liberals for fighting in venues that play to their strengths (liberal judges), and avoids their weaknesses (public opinion). How conservatives “feel” about it however won’t change anything. Only raw political power does that. For opinion to become political power it must be focused and organized, and currently for...
  • U.S. Labor Force Declines by 720K

    11/09/2013 7:20:54 AM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 5 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | November 9, 2013 | Larry Walker Jr
    October Unemployment Manipulation- By: Larry Walker II -The big story out of the October household survey was the decline by 720,000 in the headline labor force, which largely reflected the loss of longer-term unemployed into the broader U-6 unemployment measure. In fact, since January 2009, the U.S. Labor Force has only grown by 607,000. Yet, over the same period, 11,034,000 persons have been removed from the labor force (see chart above). Once removed, such are neither counted as employed nor unemployed, each amounting to the equivalent of zero-fifths of a person in terms of modern governmental accounting.In Manipulation 101: The...
  • Tom Cruise says his job is as hard as fighting in Afghanistan

    11/09/2013 5:42:37 AM PST · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 11/8/2013 | Elisha Krauss
    TMZ reports that during a deposition for a lawsuit against a magazine, Cruise claims he works harder than the US military or Olympic athletes. Asked if he accepted the assertion of his team that his work making movies is as difficult as fighting overseas, the actor responded: That's what it feels like... it was brutal, it was brutal. Later in the deposition, Cruise compared himself to an Olympic sprinter. Gold Star Widow Jane Horton, whose husband Sniper SPC Christopher Horton was KIA in Afghanistan on September 9, 2011, told TruthRevolt: The closestf Tom Cruise has ever gotten to fighting in...
  • Strange Diagnosis

    11/09/2013 5:07:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    These events occurred very recently. No names are given so that no one need fear approbation or lawsuit. I stand behind the facts given, but will not reveal sources. An elderly woman was examined by her doctor of many years. Her family has a deep split in how they believe that care should be delivered. Half believe she should be cared for at home, and that her wishes about pain medication should be followed. The other half has expressed a desire for her to be in a nursing home, and believe that she should be given stronger (narcotic) pain medication,...
  • Why is socialism winning?

    11/09/2013 1:32:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    Nolan Chart Blog ^ | November 8, 2013 | Mark Vogl
    How are they doing it? How are the Liberals winning, forcing their social agenda on America and winning elections despite an economy that employs only 60 million of more than 300 million and has 48 million on food stamps? How do they keep winning when the nation is 17 trillion in debt and their policies are destroying the health care system? It is almost more generally accepted than global warming that the American economy is default. The most recent article on Nolan Chart asks the question "Do you want to boost our economy?" Though extremely brief in substance, the article...
  • Milton Friedman, Bad Laws and Tax Evasion

    11/08/2013 6:44:22 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 8 November 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    In the video that you can see by clicking on the "Enza Ferreri Blog" link above, entitled "Incentives for Immoral Behavior", the American economist Professor Milton Friedman explains how there are fundamentally two types of law: those that are regarded as moral and just by the vast majority of people, and those which are not. The former group of laws are generally obeyed because they speak to the inner moral sense of the population, the latter have a high rate of violations. Obviously, the greater the number of laws and regulations, the higher the number of them that will be...
  • How Can We Possibly Trust Obama on Iran?

    11/08/2013 2:21:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 7, 2013 | Roger L. Simon
    The Roman legal maxim Falsus in Uno, Falsus in Ominibus, meaning one who testifies falsely on one thing cannot be trusted on anything, may be a bit of an exaggeration. But what about Falsus repeatedly, as Barack Obama has been?How can we let a president who has lied dozens of times about our healthcare negotiate something as cataclysmic as nuclear weaponry with Iran? How can we possibly trust him?And yet that is happening before our eyes. The Wall Street Journal is reporting: Iran and world powers expect to announce an initial deal as early as Friday to curb Iran’s nuclear...
  • Report: Pre-launch test showed could only handle 2 percent of projected users

    11/08/2013 10:23:10 AM PST · by CapitolCityProject · 10 replies
    Capitol City Project ^ | 11/8/13 | Joe Schoffstall
    On September 30, just one day before went live, a pre-launch test was underway. Despite the Obama administration’s projections of 50,000-60,000 users at a time, it was found the website could only handle a mere 1,100 simultaneous visitors– or about 2 percent of projections.
  • OH: Followup to Guns in Public, Oh my!

    11/08/2013 10:22:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Discussion about the recent panic by bank tellers in Adelphi Ohio,  where they saw some people trade a couple of firearms from the bank window, raised questions about where the traders parked.   Some readers envisioned a mall parking lot.  Some imagined the parking lot of a stand alone bank. With a little research, there appears to be only one Kingston National Bank in Adelphi, at 11811 Main Street.  With a Google search we can see how the street is arranged.   The bank building is in the middle of the block that is west of the large building with...
  • Rep. Issa jolts probe of IRS targeting with new subpoena

    11/08/2013 3:11:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 8, 2013 | Bernie Becker
    House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is giving a jolt to the congressional probe of the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party groups with a new subpoena that was issued late Thursday night. Issa and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) have for months sought documents from the Treasury Department that they say would detail a wide range of interactions with the IRS well before the public learned that conservative groups were singled out for extra scrutiny. The subpoena, the second that Issa has issued since the controversy broke, came as House Republicans are struggling to find any officials outside of the IRS...
  • We need a war on poverty, not teachers

    11/08/2013 2:36:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Salon ^ | November 7, 2013 | David Sirota
    The right loves to demonize unions, but economic factors are much more important to success in the classroom Google the phrase “education crisis” and you’ll be hit with a glut of articles, blog posts and think tank reports claiming the entire American school system is facing an emergency. Much of this agitprop additionally asserts that teachers unions are the primary cause of the alleged problem. Not surprisingly, the fabulists pushing these narratives are often backed by anti-public school conservatives and anti-union plutocrats. But a little-noticed study released last week provides yet more confirmation that neither the “education crisis” meme nor...
  • Pick of the week: Rick Santorum, unlikely hero [liberal rages against conservatives]

    11/08/2013 2:10:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Salon ^ | November 7, 2013 | Andrew O'Hehir
    I suppose the danger of AJ Schnack’s immensely entertaining documentary “Caucus” is that it retells all the hair-raising twists and turns of the 2012 Republican caucus in Iowa as human drama, with the things we’re supposed to care about – the ideology, the “politics” – stripped away. We know for sure that none of these clowns will ever be elected president, so we’re free to view them as flawed, interesting, crazy and sometimes even sympathetic characters in a larger narrative that’s beyond their control. I would argue, in fact, that this gripping and grotesque portrait of retail politics in the...
  • Wendy Davis’s Thin Skin

    11/08/2013 1:08:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | November 7, 2013 | By Andrew Stiles
    Democrats pulling for Wendy Davis to turn Texas blue in 2014 should hope she has developed a thicker skin since her first run for public office nearly two decades ago, which ended in a bizarre lawsuit against a local newspaper. Following an unsuccessful bid for a seat on the Fort Worth city council in 1996, Davis sued the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, along with parent companies ABC and Disney, for libel, alleging that the paper’s coverage of her campaign had been biased and “demonizing,” caused harm to her physical and mental health, and infringed on her “right to pursue public offices...
  • Support for Christianity Should Not Alienate People

    11/07/2013 4:24:45 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 8 November 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    This article is the first part of a reply to the comments on my speech What is Uniquely Good about Western Civilisation Derives from Christianity. Most of them have been positive, in agreement with what I said. This is something we should take more notice of. Militant atheists and anti-Christian people are very vocal, but they only represent a minority of ordinary people's views. Very few persons have disagreed with my speech. One commenter, though, has sent me observations that, as well as highly critical of the position I take there - even to the point of suggesting that...
  • Can science explain Tea Party rage? [another "study"]

    11/07/2013 12:38:04 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 72 replies
    Salon ^ | November 7, 2013 | Joshua Holland,
    A growing body of research suggests that we are a nation divided not only by partisanship or how we view various issues, but also by dramatically different cognitive styles. Sociologists and psychologists are getting a better understanding about the ways that deep seated emotional responses effect our ideological viewpoints. Last week, Moyers & Company caught up with Mother Jones science writer Chris Mooney, host of the Inquiring Minds podcast and author of The Republican Brain: the Science of Why They Deny Science – and Reality, to talk about what this research may tell us about the attitudes of those involved...
  • Calif. Gov. Brown: A Great Power Has To Find Some Unity [single party rule = progress]

    11/07/2013 10:55:46 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | November 6, 2013 | AUDIE CORNISH interviews Gov. Jerry Brown
    Excerpts: "CORNISH: Now, one of the criticisms that people level about this turnaround is that it's left people behind, that the poverty rate in California is higher than the national average, currently 23 percent. And while the unemployment rate is down, for instance, the percentage of people who are looking for work, who want full-time jobs, is still quite high - 19 percent - one of the worst rates in the country. BROWN: Well, that's true because California is a magnet. People come here from all over the world - close by from Mexico and Central America and further out...
  • Liberal Delusions

    11/07/2013 9:48:00 AM PST · by WXRGina · 19 replies
    World News Bureau ^ | November 7, 2013 | Scooter Van Neuter
    Exit polling just published shows that 30 percent of Virginians who voted for Democrat Terry McAuliffe classify themselves as pro-life. The fact anyone has to make the following point speaks volumes of the level of ignorance and delusion of these individuals: If you vote Democrat, you are undeniably pro-death. Abortion is the unholy centerpiece and altar of the Democratic Party, and their mountain of aborted fetuses is the only hill this party has been unwaveringly willing to die on. These "pro-life" Democrat voters are like atheists who profess a belief in Christ - obviously too stupid to even know what...
  • Raise your hand if you believe Chris Christie’s victory over Barbara Buono was on the level

    11/07/2013 9:05:13 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 23 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/7/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Okay let’s get this right out: I don’t believe New Jersey Democrat Barbara Buono was a serious candidate. I believe she took one for her team. I believe she was a kamikaze who was supposed to get destroyed by Chris Christie as she did 60/40. I believe the New Jersey Democrats took a look at the landscape in the Garden State and decided even if they brought Franklin Roosevelt back to life and ran him against Christie even he would lose. Once they came to that realization they also recognized that it made little difference whether they lost to him...
  • Found at a Small Gun Shop

    11/07/2013 8:46:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 31 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    I travel a good bit, and I like to stop at small gun shops along the way.   Most people can buy long arms in most of the U.S. without a problem, and if a handgun is worth the effort, it can be transferred to a dealer in most home states. You never know what you will find, and often, there are interesting items. I recently visited RCH Firearms in Hayward, Wisconsin, a good ways from the beaten track.   I must have driven by this shop a dozen times before the sign in the window proved of enough interest...
  • Control [Erick Erickson on letting go]

    11/07/2013 1:57:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    RedState ^ | November 7, 2013 | Erick Erickson
    ".......[snip]........ But still I must be. And so must you. Your impatience cannot be made patient unless you are still. I speak from personal experience. You cannot control what you do not control, but you can be still and know that God controls. Friends, I realize this is an esoteric topic to start your Thursday. But I have friends demanding strategies for this, that, and the other, I have things I myself want to move forward and can’t, some of you have similar things in life and are frustrated, and all of us just need to stop. We will not...
  • Bush and Saakashvili: A Case Study in What Not to Do

    11/06/2013 8:30:20 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 23 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | Octiber 30, 2013 | Daniel Larison
    Thomas de Waal reviews Saakashvili’s presidency in Foreign Affairs. He recounts how his American cheerleaders enabled some of his most reckless behavior, including the August 2008 war: American support served to insulate him from some of the domestic criticism — but eventually it proved to be his undoing. Although Americans and Georgians had adopted the habit of using the word “ally” to refer to each other, there was never a formal alliance between the two countries. Saakashvili allowed his judgment to be skewed by his glowing testimonials from the Bush White House. Saakashvili’s miscalculations were tragically exposed in August 2008,...
  • KY: Armed Citizen Applies Tourniquet to Bleeding Repeat Offender, Sheriff Approves

    11/06/2013 7:47:54 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    This is the type of restraint that is expected of armed citizens.   From The Advocate Messenger of Kentucky: A self-described “gun advocate,” Smith never had to fire on Collins. He said he didn’t want to harm the man but had determined he was not going to be a victim. “People have asked why I didn’t shoot him. I didn’t feel threatened,” Smith said. A county sheriff then gives this appropriate by not  commonly published comment: Smith “acted appropriately by arming himself, met the gentleman and told him to stay where he was until officers arrived,” Elliott said.  The perpetrator escaped...
  • Republican lawmakers vote for workplace discrimination

    11/06/2013 6:21:30 PM PST · by yongin · 23 replies
    WaPo Right Turn ^ | November 5, 2013 | Jennifer Rubin
    The cloture vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) Monday drew the support of seven GOP senators. Eight other Republicans did not vote. Ken Cuccinelli II (Steve Helber / Associated Press) It is remarkable that so few Republicans would agree with the overwhelming number of Americans who disapprove of workplace discrimination. In September, a poll showed 68 percent of voters supported a law like ENDA. Among Republicans, 56 did. Those numbers go to 88/84 percent approval for this statement: “Companies should hire and fire based solely on a person’s qualifications not quotas — gay and transgender employees should have an...
  • Obamacare: Charity or Marxism? I

    11/06/2013 2:09:05 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Chroniclenews ^ | November 6, 2013 | Thomas Fleming
    Part I: What it IsObamacare's enrollment fiasco has provided endless opportunities for pointless blather from the unwashed masses of the American "right." Talkshow celebrities and the delicate young men who blog for magazine websites cannot contain their outrage. One of them yesterday, the editor of an actual print magazine of moderately large circulation, trumpeted his revelations to the world. The President has lied to us! The more prudent John Boehner, who unlike the pundits and columnists, has a job involving political responsibility, was content with suggesting merely that the President had misled us.The great misleaders, alas, are the political leaders...
  • As Georgia's President Leaves, What Is Left Of the West's Victory In the Cold War

    11/06/2013 10:16:20 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 3 replies
    Why does it matter to the rest of us what happens in Georgia and environs? Answer: if the West cannot help an aspiring ally with dreams of joining Nato and the EU, cannot even protect it from Russian hegemony, what are we doing meddling in the Middle East or anywhere else? And if we can’t help Georgia, then what is left of the West’s victory in the Cold War? I reported on the national elections in Tbilisi, Georgia, last October. On one occasion, I was shown a text from a politician of the party that won the election to a...
  • Innocent man subjected to enema’s, X-Rays and colonoscopy in search for drugs

    11/06/2013 10:11:12 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 71 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/6/13 | Doug Book
    Rogue police officers and sheriff’s deputies in a Southern New Mexico county are guilty of the sort of malevolent abuse of authority which has come to typify the lust for power exhibited by far too many police officials and departments across the nation. Officers Bobby Orosco, Robert Chavez and Officer Hernandez subjected law abiding resident David Eckert to 14 hours of accusation and physical abuse as the “suspect” was forced to undergo X-Rays, 2 anal cavity searches, 3 enemas and a colonoscopy, all performed at the Gila Regional Medical Center without Eckert’s consent. The officers claim of probable cause for...
  • Flacks, Lies and Videotape

    11/06/2013 6:02:07 AM PST · by andy58-in-nh · 6 replies
    andy58-in-nh | 11/6/2013 | andy58-in-nh
    “We will keep this promise to the American people… if you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan, period,”   - Barack Hussein Obama, June 23, 2009. “What we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed,” - Barack Hussein Obama, November 4, 2013 "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is,"...
  • Upcoming Speech At USC By Ann Coulter Sparks Vitriol, Protest Plans

    11/06/2013 5:41:43 AM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 11-5-2013 | Jennifer Kabbany - Associate Editor
    Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter is slated to speak at the University of Southern California this Sunday, an event that has prompted talk of a protest and a firestorm of online controversy on Facebook, where many USC students called the best-selling author and political pundit an anti-Muslim xenophobic demagogue. “I’m gonna be really surprised if this women makes it out of USC alive lol,” wrote one student on the event’s evite on Facebook. “Based upon her ignorance and the amount of hate she’s brought, I expect a riot this Sunday. Not advocating such a thing of course but if it were...
  • Door to Door Gun Confiscation Survivor

    11/06/2013 4:42:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    You meet some interesting people when you hand out cards announcing that you are a member of the new media.   My new friend, Limmuel, above, caught my attention when he cautioned me against believing that "It could never happen here." Limmuel was only a young boy when it happened to him and his family in the Philippines in 1972.  His father told him the details for years afterward.  Limmuel's father was a security guard at a high school in the Philippines when Ferdinand Marcos issued this order pursuant to Proclamation No. 1081 dated September 21, 1972. "NOW, THEREFORE, I,...
  • Who Said? "If everyone is on record denying it, you've got no problem."

    11/06/2013 4:32:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    November 6, 2013 | Various
    Linda R. Tripp laid out her story in a series of 23 interviews with the FBI between February and June. The excerpts show how Tripp became involved with Monica S. Lewinsky and the two began to share confidences about the White House and Lewinsky's relationship with President Clinton. Oct 3, 1998:..........Q: Did Kathleen Willey relate to you anything she told the President along the lines of "What if anybody interrupts us?"A: That was one of the main questions she said to him. She said, "What if Hillary comes in? What if someone sees?" And she repeated the Hillary question because...
  • Hump-Day Humor:

    11/06/2013 3:54:02 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 06 November 2013 | Reaganite Republican
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  • Teacher Calls (Jewish) Parent ‘Neo-Nazi’ for Criticizing Eighth-Grade Project

    11/05/2013 7:34:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | November 5, 2013 | Robert Stacy McCain
    A Pennsylvania father objected when his daughter’s middle-school history teacher assigned a project about a New York Times article blaming Republicans for the government shutdown. His complaint apparently made him the target of an orchestrated response by faculty at Camp Hill Middle School, and an English teacher named Cydnee Cohen left a voicemail message for one of the parent’s Facebook friends: “We’re having some problems with a parent in our school district and on his page you are one of his friends…but I would like to know, some of it seems like he is a neo-nazi…call me…” Bonus absurdity: The...
  • Did We Surrender?

    11/05/2013 7:01:38 PM PST · by writer33 · 28 replies
    The Right Elective Decisions ^ | 11/5/13 | Chris Davis
    If you haven’t paid enough attention, you would likely assume that there are only two elections in the entire country. The first, involving that often seen rhinoceros species Governor Chris Christie – who has been in bed with more Democrats than Ted Kennedy, and the second, involving the gubernatorial race pitting Ken Cuccinelli – a real conservative and Terry McAuliffe – an old Clinton retread whom Rush Limbaugh lovingly refers to as “the punk.” Many conservatives are holding their breath – rightfully so in Virginia – and hoping for a victory for Cuccinelli. I couldn’t agree more. He has solid...
  • Hack GOPe pollster: “The Republican Party needs to throw in the towel on the immigration issue.”

    11/05/2013 12:02:44 PM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/5/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In a recent wishful thinking propaganda piece the New York Times hit some themes that we’ve seen before, but broke some new ground with quotes from a Republican pollster and a “friendly” Democrat pollster. After pounding away with the usual tired lies about how racist Whites are, it quoted a useful idiot Republican pollster named Fred Steeper saying, “The Republican Party needs to throw in the towel on the immigration issue.” How much wrong can you pack into one stupid head? In spite of solid statistical evidence that had Mitt Romney won even 70% of the Hispanic vote he would...