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  • Leaked Documents Reveal Expansive Soros Funding to Manipulate Federal Elections

    11/08/2016 5:33:43 AM PST · by tekrat · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/7/2016 | J. CHRISTIAN ADAMS
    Leaked funding documents reveal an effort by George Soros and his foundations to manipulate election laws and process rules ahead of the federal election far more expansively than has been previously reported. The billionaire andconvicted felonmoved hundreds of millions of dollars into often-secret efforts to change election laws, fuel litigation to attack election integrity measures, push public narratives about voter fraud, and to integrate the political ground game of the left with efforts to scare racial minority groups about voting rights threats. These Soros-funded efforts moved throughdozensof 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) charitiesand involved the active compliance with civil rights groups, government...
  • Split Election Result Sends Polarized Politics Toward 2020

    11/09/2018 6:45:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | November 9, 2018 | Michael Barone
    The Republican president, considered a lightweight and an ignoramus by many in Washington, suffered a setback in the offyear elections, losing several seats and effective control in the House, while maintaining and perhaps strengthening his party in the Senate. His leverage on domestic issues is reduced, but he retains the initiative on foreign policy and judgeships. That's a fair description of this week's offyear elections -- and of those in 1982, the last time voters paired a Republican president with a Democratic House and a Republican Senate. It also resembles results in 1962, when a Democratic president's party gained...
  • Mythical Viking Sunstones Could Have Worked

    04/04/2018 8:49:40 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 26 replies
    Physicists from Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary have determined that the sunstones claimed to be used by Vikings to navigate on foggy and cloudy days could provide accurate results. Vikings living between 900 and 1200AD did not have magnetic compasses, and their ability to navigate was attributed in part to the use of calcite, cordierite or tourmaline crystals which functioned as linear polarizers to help them determine geographic north. The crystals can split sunlight into two beams, and when the crystal is turned, splitting the two beams at the same brightness, a navigator could see the polarized rings around the...
  • Polarization Over History: Reagan, Obama Beat Lincoln and Washington in List of Best Presidents

    02/19/2018 6:50:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/19/2018 | Tyler O' Neil
    Political polarization may be blotting out Americans' understanding of their own history, a new poll suggests. More Americans identified former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama as the best president in U.S. history rather than Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.When asked who was the best president in U.S. history, 16 percent of Americans selected Reagan and another 16 percent selected Obama, according to a recent YouGov survey. Lincoln took third place with 15 percent, and Washington followed with 10 percent.The grand totals miss the larger story, however. Among Republicans, 36 percent chose Reagan, while only two percent of Democrats...
  • Is America Really Coming Apart, As Charles Murray Suggests?

    06/27/2017 7:10:08 PM PDT · by Mafe · 31 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | June 27, 2017 | Jeff Deist
    A new Rasmussen poll reports that a majority of voters think so, and it certainly feels that way. Since Donald Trumps election in November, the pace and intensity of deeply divisive rhetoric has accelerated. Antifa and the Alt-Right are literally fighting in the streets. Combative talking heads on cable news, vicious social media exchanges, riots at universities, a bitter special election in Georgia, and even the shooting of a congressman have both sides rethinking the entire political process and talking about abandoning the rule of law. It is an uneasy time, a time for hard questions. Can politics really provide...
  • The Democrats Leftward March

    06/13/2017 11:55:35 AM PDT · by Mafe · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | June 13, 2017 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Both victory and defeat have been radicalizing experiences for the Democratic party during this century. Democrats moved left after losing to George W. Bush; they moved farther left after winning with Barack Obama; and now they seem to be moving farther left still under President Donald Trump. The cumulative effect of all this movement has been to put the party well to the left of where it was during Bill Clintons administration. Hillary Clintons 2016 campaign felt it necessary to disavow many of her husbands old stances, and some of her own. President Clinton signed a tough-on-crime bill; Hillary Clinton...
  • Will 2020 be Another 1972 for Democrats?

    04/27/2017 5:42:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies ^ | April 27, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Forty-nine years ago, Vice President Hubert Humphrey was the Democratic candidate for president. The year 1968 was a tumultuous one that saw the assassinations of rival candidate Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. Lyndon Johnson's unpopular lame-duck Democratic administration imploded due to massive protests against the Vietnam War. Yet Humphrey almost defeated Republican nominee Richard Nixon, losing the election by just over 500,000 votes (43.4 percent to 42.7 percent). Infighting Democrats could have defeated the unpopular Nixon if not for a few unforeseen developments. Their convention in Chicago turned into a creepy carnival of...
  • What The Confederate Stranger and A Small Town in Maine Can Teach Us About Human Decency

    06/21/2016 8:34:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies ^ | June 21, 2016 | Christine Rousselle
    In 1862, a man named Lt. Charles H. Colley of Gray, ME was killed during the Battle of Cedar Mountain. When his grieving family opened up the casket that was supposed to contain their son, they were stunned to discover that a fully uniformed Confederate soldier had been shipped to them instead. Having no way to identify the soldier, and also lacking the means to ship him back to Virginia, Lt. Colley's family decided to bury him in Gray Village Cemetery alongside the Union soldiers who had been killed in the war. They figured that this unknown Confederate's family would...
  • Breitbart Spokesman Quits over Trump Incident

    03/11/2016 2:13:35 PM PST · by KansasGirl · 94 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/11/16 | Harper Neidig
    Kurt Bardella, a spokesman for Breitbart, has quit the company following an incident where one of its reporters accused GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trumps campaign manager of violently grabbing her. "When you reach a point where you can't give 100% to people you represent, it's not tenable to continue representing them, Bardella said in a statement to The Hill. Bardella, a former spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), also implied that Breitbarts handling of the incident at the Trump event was his main reason for leaving. My own personal observation is that there is a cycle of behavior that is...
  • Obama: Polarization 'gnaws on me' in final year (Barf)

    01/24/2016 10:51:37 AM PST · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2016 | Keith Laing
    Video ay link. President Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday morning that his inability to reduce polarization between the political parties in Washington "gnaws" on him as he settles into his final year in office. "The one thing that gnaws on me-- is the degree of-- continued polarization," he said during an interview broadcast on "CBS Sunday Morning." "It's gotten worse-- over the last several years," Obama continued. "And I think that in those early months my expectation was is that-- we could pull-- the parties together a little more effectively." Obama campaigned in 2008 on a platform of...
  • America Isn't Growing More Liberal; It's Growing More Polarized

    12/29/2015 5:48:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/29/2015 | David French
    Writing in The Atlantic, Peter Beinart has launched yet another debate about America's ideological direction. Asserting that the country is becoming more liberal, Beinart argues that Occupy and Black Lives Matter activists have commandeered the national debate far more effectively than the radicals of the past, to the point that the next Democratic president is likely to be more liberal than Barack Obama and the next Republican president more liberal than George W. Bush. I think not. All evidence suggests that America is growing both more liberal and more conservative. The Left is moving Left, and the Right is moving...
  • The growth of partyism and the decline of the antiwar movement

    09/30/2014 10:48:20 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 16 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 29, 2014 | Ilya Somin
    In a recent op ed, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein points out that partyism prejudice against supporters of the opposing political party is on the rise in America: If you are a Democrat, would you marry a Republican? Would you be upset if your sister did? Researchers have long asked such questions about race, and have found that along important dimensions, racial prejudice is decreasing. At the same time, party prejudice in the U.S. has jumped, infecting not only politics but also decisions about dating, marriage and hiring. By some measures, partyism now exceeds racial prejudice which...
  • Rob Schneider Tells Chris Stigall: We Are Sliding Very Fast Towards Fascism

    05/03/2014 12:16:28 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 68 replies
    CBS News Philly ^ | May 2, 2014 10:20 AM | Chris Stigall
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) Chris Stigall spoke with comedian Rob Schneider on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT about the struggle comedians face in todays current political environment. Schneider struck on ominous tone when discussing the path he sees the country on. Democracies dont end well. We are sliding very fast towards fascism. Its an ugly kind of thing. Theres this kind of mob mentality that we have to be careful of, he said. He believes comedians are pressured toward one side of the political spectrum. Theres a polarization thats happeningI do think you look can look at government and go, Wow, it...
  • Swirls in the Afterglow of the Big Bang Could Set Stage for Major Discovery

    07/28/2013 9:51:58 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies ^ | 7/25/13 | Adrian Cho
    Scientists have spotted swirling patterns in the radiation lingering from the big bang, the so-called cosmic microwave background (CMB). The observation itself isn't Earth-shaking, as researchers know that these particular swirls or "B-modes" originated in conventional astrophysics, but the result suggests that scientists are closing in on a much bigger prize: B-modes spawned by gravity waves that rippled through the infant universe. That observation would give them a direct peek into the cosmos' first fraction of a second and possibly shed light on how it all began."I see it as a big step forward," says Charles Bennett, a cosmologist...
  • Two Americas : the country is no longer culturally cohesive.

    11/07/2012 9:10:56 AM PST · by teflon9 · 67 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 7, 2012 | Michael Barone
    But whether Barack Obama is elected to a second term or Mitt Romney is elected the 45th president, the contours of their support during this fiercely fought campaign show that we live in two Americas. The culturally cohesive America of the 1950s that some of us remember, usually glossing over racial segregation and the civil-rights movement, is no longer with us and hasnt been for some time. Niche media has replaced universal media. One America listens to Rush Limbaugh, the other to NPR. Each America has its favorite cable news channel. As for entertainment, Americans have 100-plus cable channels to...
  • In Praise of Polarization

    06/07/2012 7:57:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | June 7, 2012 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Frankly, I wish the Pew Research Center would occasionally keep its thoughts to itself. Sometimes those thoughts are merely insipid and beneath the attention of serious minds. Sometimes they are alarming and capable of stirring up an already excitable populace. There is talk of cannibalism being practiced by the criminal element. There is Lady Gaga. These are worrisome times. Yet the Pew Research Center has gone and done it again. The Center released a study Monday that employed exhaustive polling and ingenious charts to render my fellow Americans restive, or so it seems. The Pew Research Center's overall...
  • What Has Made Congress More Polarized?

    05/11/2012 7:28:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 11, 2012 | Sean Trende
    Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein ignited a bit of a firestorm with their column describing Republicans as main drivers behind Washington's problems. The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza has made some excellent points with regard to Mann and Ornstein's qualitative arguments, and other thorough responses abound. Rather than revisiting these points, I would like to focus my attention on the quantitative arguments made at the end of the article. Mann and Ornstein note that: [P]olitical scientists Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal, who have long tracked historical trends in political polarization, said their studies of congressional votes found that Republicans are now...
  • Obama Ratings Historically Polarized Job approval 80% among Democrats, 12% among Republicans

    01/27/2012 10:47:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Gallup ^ | January 27, 2012 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    he historically high gap between partisans' job approval ratings of Barack Obama continued during Obama's third year in office, with an average of 80% of Democrats and 12% of Republicans approving of the job he was doing. In fact, Obama's Year Three average 68-percentage-point partisan gap is tied for the fourth highest in Gallup records dating back to the Eisenhower administration. Only George W. Bush's fourth, fifth, and sixth years in office showed higher degrees of political polarization. Together, Bush and Obama account for the 7 most polarized years, and 8 of the top 10.
  • Walter Mondale laments American polarization, in address to booksellers in St. Paul

    10/02/2010 7:20:26 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 23 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-2-10 | mary ann grossman
    Former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale says this country is politically "paralyzed and polarized by gridlock, but we can change this." Mondale, who grew up in small Minnesota towns, was warmly received by independent booksellers Friday when he introduced his new political autobiography, "The Good Fight: A Life in Liberal Politics" (Simon & Schuster, $28). His breakfast talk was part of the Midwest Booksellers Association's annual trade show at RiverCentre in St. Paul. "What we need in America is an open, just, accountable society. We must hold all government responsible," Mondale said. He lamented that Americans' trust in government is...
  • NRA Endorses Embattled Dem Carney

    09/20/2010 12:10:34 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 56 replies
    The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund has endorsed on-the-ropes incumbent Democrat Chris Carney in Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District over Republican challenger Tom Marino, who is also a staunch defender of the 2nd Amendment and who, unlike Carney, has never voted for Nancy Pelosi to lead the House of Representatives.