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  • Should we let 16 year olds vote?

    09/19/2014 2:56:32 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 99 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 19, 2014 | Ilya Somin
    Scotland allowed 16 and 17 year olds to vote in yesterday’s historic referendum on independence. Georgetown political theorist Jason Brennan, author of the excellent book The Ethics of Voting, makes a strong case that the United States should do the same thing: Scotland decided to trust its 16-year-olds to vote in the biggest question in its history when the country headed to the polls this week for a referendum on independence. Americans, in contrast, don’t even trust theirs to help pick the county sheriff. Who’s right? Many here might be skeptical about the idea of the United States following Scotland’s...
  • Netanyahu: “We’ve seen this before. There’s a master race; now there’s a master faith”

    09/18/2014 8:00:48 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | September 18, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Netanyahu doesn’t seem to have affirmed that the Islamic State had nothing to do with Islam, or indulged in any other politically correct nonsense. If only we had a President of the United States with this much clarity and moral courage.
  • Families of beheaded US reporters warned not to pay ransoms

    09/14/2014 2:00:47 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 22 replies
    MSN News ^ | September 14, 2014 | MSN News
    The families of two journalists beheaded by Islamic State jihadists were both warned by US government officials they could face prosecution if they raised a ransom for their release. The recent executions of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by Islamic State (IS) extremists triggered worldwide revulsion and Washington has since declared it is at war with the radicals. The United States has a policy of never paying ransoms, contending that doing so would endanger Americans all over the world. Late Friday, a spokesman for Sotloff's family said the murdered journalist's parents were told by a White House counterterrorism official last...
  • Pop Quiz: Who is Obama referring to when he said....?

    09/03/2014 4:19:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    September 3, 2014
    Who is Obama referring to when he said "the objective is clear" the mission is to "degrade and destroy" and make it "a manageable problem"? A. Mexican cartels B. The United States of America C. ISIS (L)
  • President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges

    08/30/2014 4:25:57 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2014 | Washing Post Editorial Staff
    PRESIDENT OBAMA’S acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president’s goal, to the extent he had one, seemed to be to tamp down all the assessments of gathering dangers that his own team had been issuing over the previous days. This argument with his own administration is alarming on three levels. The first has to do with simple competence. One can only imagine the whiplash that foreign leaders must...
  • Russian ’Resolution’ of a Russian-manufactured Crisis

    08/27/2014 3:05:35 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    The Finnish foreign ministry announced on Tuesday that back in June the United States and Russia held secret talks over Ukraine on Boisto Island in Finland. This startling announcement and synchronised information about the result – a ‘24-Step Plan to Resolve the Ukraine Crisis’ - were clearly timed to coincide with the meeting in Minsk between, among others Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. There were a number of crucial differences between the peace initiatives and one key similarity. Despite the Finnish report, the Boisto meeting, albeit sponsored by Finland’s foreign ministry, was between Russian and US...
  • If ISIS Attacks Again, What Will U.S. Do?

    08/26/2014 5:05:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    The Obama administration is reportedly considering airstrikes in Syria against the terrorist group ISIS. The New York Times quotes "a top national security adviser" to the president as saying the U.S. is "'not going to be restricted by borders' to protect its interests..." What about American cities? If ISIS attacks one or more U.S. cities, as it has threatened to do, what then? We can't bomb ourselves. How would we counter a nosedive in the stock market or the ensuing chaos and fear? The U.S. and Europe are vulnerable because of a false belief that we can somehow "convert" ideological...
  • Life Expectancy at Birth by Race and Sex, 1930-2010

    08/14/2014 2:17:14 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 26 replies
    Infoplease ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    All races White Black Year Both sexes Male Female Both sexes Male Female Both sexes Male Female 2010 78.7 76.2 81.1 79.0 76.5 81.3 75.1 71.8 78.0 2007 77.9 75.4 80.4 78.4 75.9 80.8 73.6 70.0 76.8 2006 77.7 75.1 80.2 78.2 75.7 80.6 73.2 69.7 76.5 2005 77.8 75.2 80.4 78.3 75.7 80.8 73.2 69.5 76.5 20041 77.8 75.2 80.4 78.3 75.7 80.8 73.1 69.8 76.3 2003 77.5 74.8 80.1 78.0 75.3 80.5 72.7 69.0 76.1 2002 77.3 74.5 79.9 77.7 75.1 80.3 72.3 68.8 75.6 2001 77.2 74.4 79.8 77.7 75.0 80.2 72.2 68.6 75.5 2000 77.0 74.3...
  • So Now We're in Iraq Again ... What?

    08/12/2014 3:30:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | Bill Murchison
    Is anybody overjoyed, rapturous, bowled over with delight at seeing the United States again involved in Iraq? No? We can move on then. The United States is involved in Iraq. Concerning which involvement we have two choices: 1) Mess it up, getting lots more people killed than have been killed already; or 2) help the locals to engineer something like a standoff between Iraqis able to pass for reasonable people and those who, on present evidence, might have earned censure from Genghis Khan for excessive devotion to human slaughter. It may be a while before President Obama figures out...
  • Israel and the US: Whose Survival Instinct Is Stronger?

    08/12/2014 11:48:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2014 | Diana West
    There’s something darkly coincidental in the fact that the latest weapon to be deployed against the survival instinct of both Israel and the United States is an alleged “heartlessness” when it comes to children. The people of Israel are castigated in news media, social media and the “international community” (read: the scoundrel United Nations, of whose budget U.S. taxpayers pay 22 percent) as lacking in “humanity” itself. Why? Because as the IDF fights to end Gaza’s endless rocket barrages against Israel, many children under the age of 18 number among the civilian dead. This London Telegraph headline is not...
  • Obama’s monsters ball: doors to some of Africa’s most evil dictators

    08/06/2014 1:29:29 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 12 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 6 August 2014 | Corey Charlton and Ted Thornhill
    "President Barack Obama drew the diplomatic line somewhere at the first ever U.S-Africa summit at the White House this week by not inviting Zimbabwe’s brutal dictator Robert Mugabe. But the guest list still included several other African leaders with only slightly better human rights records. The White House promoted the summit as the largest-ever gathering of African leaders in the United States, with more than 50 countries represented. The red carpet was rolled out for Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who shot or jailed virtually all his political opponents, Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh, who threatened to ‘cut off the head’...
  • Canada toughens requirements to become a citizen

    08/06/2014 8:20:33 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/14 | Arthur Weinreb
    Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act While it seems the way to become a citizen of the United States is to walk across the southern border, wait until President Obama gets around to signing an executive order granting amnesty, and then wait some more, Canada made another legislative change to tighten the process of becoming a Canadian citizen. While these changes are relatively minor, they are part of a larger process to make Canadian citizenship meaningful.
  • Undermining China, One Knockout at a Time

    08/03/2014 12:40:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Tensions between the United States and China over cybersecurity have risen as the two countries continue to trade barbs over hacking. But according to an essay on the website of a state newspaper that was widely republished this week, there is, in fact, a longer-running cyberwar underway between the United States and China. And the weapons employed, the essay argues, are far more sophisticated than hacking. Photo Lei Feng, the Chinese soldier revered as a model of selflessness. Lei Feng, the Chinese soldier revered as a model of selflessness.Credit Adam Dean for The New York Times “America has long used...
  • Coddling Kerry: Did mean Israelis hurt his feelings?

    07/30/2014 2:51:42 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | John Podhoretz
    John Kerry fought in Vietnam, threw his medals away, served decades in the Senate, ran for president, did some windsurfing and then became secretary of state of the most powerful country on Earth. He’s a big boy. But there are those who seem to feel otherwise, that Kerry is a fragile and tender reed in need of delicate care — people who work for and with him. Not to mention Kerry himself. Over the course of the past year, on several occasions, Kerry and other staffers have taken to whining — not sure there’s a nicer word — over how...
  • CHRIST JESUS The Roar of Salvation

    07/28/2014 1:36:15 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 10 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 7-28-14 | Jedediah
    I shall rend the heavens soon in a new way for all the Earth is about to witness and taste of My glory as I (( ( Roar ) )) out salvation over the children of My creation and Now in this Valley of Decisions I shall rise up the mountains that choose Me and have chosen Me . So watch and see for The Latter Rain is about to flourish My Lilies of The Valley I AM about to dress in My Glory Isaiah 64:1-4 64 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains...
  • Why Aren't There More Gay People?

    07/22/2014 4:41:56 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 84 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 21, 2014 | Robert Tracinski
    I have a sensitive, inconvenient, and undoubtedly politically incorrect question: Why aren’t there more gay people? I ask because there’s something confusing about our “culture war.” Given the prominence of the issue, you would expect homosexuality to be rampant in America. When asked to estimate how many gay people there are, most people guess that it’s on the order of 20% to 25% of the population. But yet another study has been released by the CDC giving a more scientific estimate, and it finds that almost 97 percent of Americans describe themselves as straight — the actual number who describes...
  • ‘We Stand With Israel’: The Overwhelming Message Around the World

    07/21/2014 10:39:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Chabad.org News ^ | July 18, 2014 | Karen Schwartz and Carin M. Smilk
    Rows of candles were set up last week at the home of Rabbi Zalman and Toba Grossbaum, co-directors of Chabad of Livingston, N.J., so community members and family could welcome in Shabbat and pray for the people of Israel.With the Sabbath approaching, Israel Defense Force troops are on the ground in Gaza, with Jews everywhere praying for their safety. Throughout the world came calls for prayer and good deeds on behalf of the Israeli soldiers, and all people threatened by ongoing missile attacks, with special emphasis on Jewish women and girls lighting Shabbat candles, and for families to join with...
  • What's the Price of Happiness in Your State? (With Chart)

    07/21/2014 12:18:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | July 21, 2014 | Eric Reed
    The price of happiness depends a lot on where you live, according to a new report by the investment group Advisor Perspectives. The analysis is based on the now-famous work by Princeton researchers Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton, who found that higher incomes only make people happier to a point. Up to about $75,000 per year, the more a household earns, the happier people are. After that benchmark, however, additional income "buys life satisfaction but not happiness." The team separated these two issues by distinguishing fun from happiness. More money still leads people to have more life experiences and greater...
  • HALF OF AMERICA: It's becoming very difficult for anyone to be president of the United States.

    07/14/2014 5:34:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Journal ^ | 07/14/2014 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN
    The unconstrained political warfare symbolized by House Speaker John Boehner's pledge to sue President Obama for allegedly abusing his executive authority pushes this presidency farther down a rocky road that Bill Clinton and George W. Bush would painfully recognize. In one key respect, each president's tenure has followed a similar arc. Each initially sought the White House promising to bridge the nation's widening partisan divide. Clinton pledged to transcend "brain-dead policies in both parties" with his "New Democrat" agenda. Bush declared himself a "compassionate conservative" who would govern as "a uniter, not a divider." Obama emerged with his stirring 2004...
  • Archaeology as a vital US strategic interest

    07/12/2014 7:04:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 8, 2014 | Sturt W. Manning
    The year 1776 saw both the U.S. Declaration of Independence and publication of Gibbon’s "The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire."Today the United States stands on the top of the podium of world powers: however, does a Roman fate await? A visit to the dramatic Pueblo ruins in the American southwest, former home to a complex civilization that abandoned its settlements in the 12th-13th centuries A.D., warns us that circumstances can change, and dramatically. Archeology offers an education in patterns, possibilities and challenges that the U.S. should value and exploit for its future. For the U.S.,...
  • Britain's Lost Freedoms: 'We're Living in a Madhouse'

    07/08/2014 4:49:41 AM PDT · by xzins · 28 replies
    CBN ^ | Tuesday, July 08, 2014 | Dale Hurd
    LONDON - America owes much of its freedom to its British heritage. But today, Britain is losing its freedom. Many Americans were stunned when British authorities arrested Liberty Great Britain party leader Paul Weston in April for publicly reciting Winston Churchill's criticism of Islam. The calendar might say it's 2014, but in Britain it's starting to feel like George Orwell's "1984" because "Big Brother" has decided that certain things can no longer be said. Arrested over Churchill Weston quoted from Winston Churchill's book, The River War, in which he wrote: "How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its...
  • Putin Wishes Obama a Happy July 4 ‘Despite Differences’

    07/04/2014 4:13:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin congratulated US counterpart Barack Obama on America’s Independence Day Friday and expressed hope that bilateral relations would “successfully develop” despite their disagreements. Putin predicted that relations between Russia and the United States “will successfully develop on a pragmatic and equal foundation despite the difficulties and differences,” the Kremlin said. The two former Cold War adversaries “carry special responsibility for ensuring international stability and security” and “must cooperate in the interests of not just their own people, but the entire world,” Putin said.
  • Conservatives say the U.S. has done enough to create equality for blacks. Young liberals agree.

    07/02/2014 9:06:14 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 1, 2014 | Emily Badger
    One last dip into a big Pew survey we've been discussing about on the politics and policy views of Americans. Pew surveyed more than 10,000 adults earlier this year on topics ranging from their views of Hillary Rodham Clinton to taking the bus, and the report divides their responses along a set of political typologies that group respondents into generally coherent categories across the range of policy issues: i.e., the "business conservative," the "solid liberal," the young "next generation left." Across that spectrum, there is not surprisingly wide disagreement on racial progress in America and the steps government still must...
  • Economic Freedom

    07/02/2014 6:21:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    A couple of years ago, President Barack Obama, speaking on the economy, told an audience in Osawatomie, Kansas: "'The market will take care of everything,' they tell us. ... But here's the problem: It doesn't work. It has never worked. ... I mean, understand, it's not as if we haven't tried this theory." To believe what the president and many others say about the market's not working requires that one be grossly uninformed or dishonest. The key features of a free market system are private property rights and private ownership of the means of production. In addition, there's a large...
  • Soccer Critics Are Right, But it’s Time to Zip it and Cheer

    06/27/2014 8:16:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 239 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2014 | Mark Davis
    I think the points have been made: — Soccer is largely a tedious game featuring long stretches of uneventful play punctuated by the all-too-rare moment of scoring; — The clock concept is infuriating. We love the 45-minute halves with no commercials, but then the arbitrary one or three or six minutes of “extra time” violate every concept of precision that a clocked sport should have; — Soccer has its fan base, and it is not small; but the pressure on America to embrace it to some far larger degree is absurd. We simply never will as long as we...
  • Israel is Not America

    06/10/2014 10:06:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Defenders of President Obama's release of five Taliban terrorists from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl cite as justification Israel's history of swapping hundreds of Palestinian prisoners for one or two Israel soldiers. As strong an ally and example of democracy as Israel is, especially in a region sorely lacking in either, Israel is not the United States. Israel has its own interests and purpose for its actions. The world looks to the United States for leadership and in this president and his administration it has found little. There are important...
  • U.S. Men’s National Team Coach: ‘We Cannot Win The World Cup’

    06/05/2014 10:44:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    CBS New York ^ | June 5, 2014
    Klinsmann Offers Brutally Honest Assessment Before Team Even Arrives In BrazilThe United States men’s soccer team has its work cut out for it at the upcoming World Cup. The United States is in what has been dubbed this year’s “Group of Death,” containing Germany, Portugal and Ghana. It will be very difficult for the U.S. to get out of Group G, and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann isn’t expecting a miracle in Brazil. In fact, he’s being brutally honest and realistic about his club’s chances. “We cannot win the World Cup because we are not at that level yet,” Klinsmann said,...
  • America's Linguistic Melting Pot

    05/29/2014 2:21:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/20/2014
    Here at GPS, we love deep data dives. We also revel in the fact that America continues to be the melting pot that it has always been. So we were interested to see a piece on Slate.com last week analyzing the most common languages spoken in each state using U.S. census data. This first map is predictable – other than English, Spanish is the most spoken language in almost all U.S. states. But watch what happens when you remove Spanish from the equation. Now there is the melting pot. In Michigan, Arabic clocks in as the third most commonly spoken...
  • U.S. Marine in Mexican Jail Fires Attorney

    05/28/2014 5:24:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | Christina London, Brian Hamacher and Wendy Fry
    Andrew Tahmooressi, 22, was arrested for driving into Mexico with firearms A U.S. Marine Corps reservist who had been living in San Diego will remain in a Mexican jail after firing his attorney. Andrew Tahmooressi, 22, was expected to testify before a Mexican judge during a court hearing Wednesday. Instead, he fired his attorney. Now the case is up in the air. On Monday, Tahmooressi's mother Jill told NBC 7 that her son said his attorney had instructed him to lie under oath. Tahmooressi was arrested April 1 after driving his black Ford pickup over the border at San Ysidro...
  • Moscow to suspend American GPS sites on Russian territory from June

    05/13/2014 3:31:27 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 20 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 05-13-2014
    Russia is going to suspend the operation of all American GPS sites on its territory, starting from June 1, said Russia’s deputy PM, Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of space and defense industries. "Starting June 1, we will halt the work of those stations on Russian territory,” Rogozin said. Rogozin pointed out that American GPS ground stations are located in Russia under an agreement that dates back to 1993 and 2001. “Under this agreement there are 11 GPS stations on the territories of 10 [Russian federal] subjects,” he said.
  • Will Radical Muslims Use Harvard's Black Mass Act as Propaganda against the United States?

    05/11/2014 12:34:32 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 13 replies
    Corporate Stepsister's Brain Files | May 11 2014 | Corporate Stepsister
    Do you guys think that Muslims will use Harvard's decision to perform a Black Mass as propaganda to prove that the United States is indeed the Great Satan we are always accused us of being? I do think so, this will be a ripe chance for Jihadis to justify their attacks on us, as a righteous and genuinely holy war. Americans openly worhsiping the Devil in a Satanic ritual and this might very well be plastered all over the Muslim media in the Middle East.
  • United States Fueling Instability in Syria

    05/03/2014 2:16:03 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05-02-2014 | Katie Gorka
    A growing number of Syrian Christian leaders are traveling to the United States to plead with lawmakers to stop sending arms to the rebels. The most recent visitor is the Patriarch of the Church of Antioch, His Beatitude Gregorios III, who is based in Damascus. For the first three years of the civil war, Syria’s Christian leaders have not been frequent visitors to the U.S., in part fearing reprisals when they return to Syria, but also because they have been reluctant to engage in what they see as political issues. But with the civil war now in its fourth year,...
  • North Korea releases list of U.S. ‘human rights abuses’: ‘The U.S. is a living hell’

    05/02/2014 2:37:47 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/1/2014 | Washington Post
    In February, the United Nations released a remarkably comprehensive report on North Korea's human rights abuses. The report interviewed 320 people, including a number of survivors from the notorious secret political system, and concluded that the country was committing human rights violations “without any parallel in the contemporary world.” So how did North Korea respond? With indignant anger. For weeks now, North Korean state media have been offering various retorts to the United Nations. In April, a North Korean spokesman argued that the United States and its allies were running a "human rights racket." Then, a few weeks later, the...
  • Who Really Won the Cold War?

    04/05/2014 8:49:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2014 | Diana West
    Whether the Cold War is back, it's an apt moment to strike up a wider conversation about a couple of central questions from my book "American Betrayal." Why did the West fail to claim an ideological or moral victory at the apparent end of the Cold War? Did the West really even win the Cold War? If we go back in time and listen, we hear no consensus click over signs that an unalloyed U.S.-led triumph over communist ideology had taken place; nor do we find a sense of national thanksgiving for the forces of good -- or, at...
  • Is Soccer in the United States Really Growing?

    03/01/2014 3:53:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    US Soccer Players ^ | Charles Boehm | February 26
    It's a common question: Is soccer in the United States really growing, beyond the mere literal sense of the word? Answer: Yes and no – though even some instances of “no” actually point to “yes.” Let me try to explain, starting with a brief flyover of central Virginia youth soccer. A few months ago the Richmond Strikers and Richmond Kickers youth clubs, fierce rivals and longtime members of the US Soccer Development Academy, announced that they were merging their Developmental Academy programs into a new entity called “Richmond United". This new joint venture would pool both clubs' talent and coaching...
  • Ariz. Bill Decried As License to Discriminate

    02/20/2014 9:16:54 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 26 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 20, 2014 | MSN
    PHOENIX — The Arizona Legislature gave final approval Thursday to legislation that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays and others, drawing backlash from Democrats who called the proposal "state-sanctioned discrimination" and an embarrassment.
  • Why China Replaces U.S. As Dominant World Superpower In Three Pictures

    02/03/2014 7:47:40 AM PST · by joeclarke · 25 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 02/03/2014 | JoeClarke.Net
  • Report: US Abortion Rate Lowest Since 1973

    02/02/2014 2:23:05 PM PST · by srmorton · 32 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | February 2, 2014 | David Carey
    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. abortion rate declined to its lowest level since 1973, and the number of abortions fell by 13 percent between 2008 and 2011, according the latest national survey of abortion providers conducted by a prominent research institute. The Guttmacher Institute, which supports legal access to abortion, said in a report being issued Monday that there were about 1.06 million abortions in 2011 — down from about 1.2 million in 2008. Guttmacher's figures are of interest
  • Canada more business-friendly than the United States now

    01/23/2014 1:57:04 PM PST · by MarkBsnr · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/22/2014 | Breanna Deutsch
    Canada, best known for its maple syrup and hockey teams, has now become a serious player on the international business stage. According to a study conducted by Bloomberg, our neighbors up north have now surpassed the United States and claimed the number two spot for the most business-friendly country. Not bad, eh? Canada’s rise to economic-stardom comes after a two year slump brought on by weak exports. The jump to the number two spot is mainly a consequence of reforms that cut the corporate income tax and the decreasing value of the dollar. “Those are two big factors,” John Manley,...
  • Which of the 11 American nations do you live in?

    11/10/2013 2:07:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 93 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/08/13 | Reid Wilson
    Red states and blue states? Flyover country and the coasts? How simplistic. Colin Woodard, a reporter at the Portland Press Herald and author of several books, says North America can be broken neatly into 11 separate nation-states, where dominant cultures explain our voting behaviors and attitudes toward everything from social issues to the role of government. “The borders of my eleven American nations are reflected in many different types of maps — including maps showing the distribution of linguistic dialects, the spread of cultural artifacts, the prevalence of different religious denominations, and the county-by-county breakdown of voting in virtually every...
  • 4 Things The US Government Accomplished In Less Time Than A Working Obamacare Website

    11/10/2013 3:30:55 PM PST · by madhatter10 · 13 replies
    CamHarris.us ^ | Cam Harris
    From the day that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act went into effect to the morning that the federal healthcare exchange went live, 1288 days passed. 3 years, 6 months, and 8 days. In all that time, our federal government could not construct a website that actually worked, and we are still waiting for a final product. Here are 4 things the United States government accomplished in less time than it has taken to build a working website: (Number 2 is pretty amazing) http://www.camharris.us/2013/11/4-things-the-us-government-accomplished-in-less-time-than-it-took-to-build-a-working-obamacare-website/
  • IRGC and the Spiritual Vacuum of Latin American Leftists

    IRGC and the spiritual vacuum of Latin American leftists The following is a glimpse of the kind of thing I often see while researching the activities of the IRGC (writ large) in Latin America. Communism fails to provide for the spiritual needs of leftwing political activists, and the Islamic Republic of Iran seems to have done a pretty good job of inserting themselves and the Khomeinist version of Shiism into that void. (Either that or the IRI is throwing lots of money around and the leftists are whores, which is certainly possible, but for the moment I'll take the more...
  • Genesis 25 - First Wrestling Match in Recorded History

    10/15/2013 9:54:39 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 17 replies
    Wrestlers of Faith ^ | 15 October 2013 | J. Northrup
    Genesis 25 - The First Wrestling Match in Recorded History In Biblical History, which is arguably the most accurate history in the world, a woman named Rebekah was pregnant with two boys; Jacob and Esau. While in the womb the two boys moved and kicked very often, almost seeming to wrestle with each other. Like many historical stories in the Bible, all of us are like one of these two little wrestlers. Rebekah prayed and asked God why this was happening. The Lord answered her and said that she was pregnant with two great nations. The older would serve the...
  • State-Level Secession Movements in the United States: Northern Colorado and Jefferson

    10/10/2013 12:37:13 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 22 replies
    GeoCurrents ^ | 10-9-13 | Martin W Lewis
    The intense political polarization of the United States is most clearly reflected by the dysfunctional nature of the federal government. At a more local scale, it is seen as well in the growing movement to create new states by splitting existing ones. Most of these cases involve the desire of people in rural, conservative counties to secede from the more liberal states in which they are currently located. A front-page story in the October 7 edition of the New York Times, for example, highlights a drive to devise a new state of “Northern Colorado.” Eleven Colorado counties will vote on...
  • Is the United States Splitting Apart?

    09/25/2013 10:24:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/25/2013 | Ben Shapiro
    In September, the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted to secede from the State of California. "Many proposed laws are unconstitutional and deny us our God-given rights," said one attendee at the council meeting. "We need our own state so we can make laws that fit our way of life." A few weeks later, the Modoc County Board of Supervisors voted to join Siskiyou in the new state of Jefferson, voting 4-0 to leave California. The board votes didn't mean much legally -- the federal government and state government of California would have to recognize the new proposed state of...
  • HEY CONSITUTIONAL SCHOLAR....WE'RE A CONSITUTIONAL REPUBLIC

    09/10/2013 6:36:29 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 56 replies
    09-10-13 | vanity
    Hey Mr. Constitutuional Scholar....THE UNITED STATES IS A CONSITUTIONAL REPUBLIC!!!
  • A tribute to the Gipper

    09/08/2013 11:07:30 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/8/13 | Doug Book
    This is a great, 4 minute tribute to the man we could sure use in the White House today. It’s well worth your time to remember the United States under the adult leadership of a patriot.
  • 15 Canadian things that Ted Cruz should also renounce

    08/21/2013 3:07:47 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 21, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas made headlines Monday after he indicated that he would renounce his Canadian citizenship. “Nothing against Canada, but I’m an American by birth and as a U.S. senator, I believe I should be only an American,” Cruz said in a statement. But if Cruz truly wants to prove himself a real American, he should renounce the following Canadian things. 1. Justin Bieber
  • The Rise Of The Bear: 18 Signs That Russia Is Rapidly Catching Up To The United States

    08/09/2013 11:40:13 AM PDT · by lbryce · 33 replies
    The Ecnomic Collapse ^ | August 7, 2013 | Michael Snyder
    The Russian Bear is stronger and more powerful than it has ever been before. Sadly, most Americans don't understand this. They still think of Russia as an "ex-superpower" that was rendered almost irrelevant when the Cold War ended. And yes, when the Cold War ended Russia was in rough shape. I got the chance to go over there in the early nineties, and at the time Russia was an economic disaster zone. Russian currency was so worthless that I joked that I could go exchange a 20 dollar bill and buy the Kremlin. But since that time Russia has roared...
  • Obama's United States of Pick Pocketing

    08/02/2013 8:25:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2013 | Charlotte Hays
    When the G8 summit met in Belfast earlier in the summer, one overriding ambition drove the grand panjandrums of international order: the imperative of squeezing more money out of people and corporations. Sure, these international Fagins—that’s the famed “receiver of stolen goods” in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist—didn't quite frame the issue that way. Instead, these officials, high-living if not entirely high-minded, spoke in more mundane terms of going after “tax havens” or the need to target “aggressive tax planning.” But the real theme of the meeting was best summed up by the lyrics of Joel Gray’s famous song in Cabaret:...