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  • The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

    01/07/2013 4:38:51 PM PST · by SJackson · 61 replies
    RabbiPruzansky.com ^ | November 7, 2012 | Rabbi Steven Pruzansky
    The most charitable way of explaining the election results of 2012 is that Americans voted for the status quo – for the incumbent President and for a divided Congress. They must enjoy gridlock, partisanship, incompetence, economic stagnation and avoidance of responsibility. And fewer people voted. As I write, with almost all the votes counted, President Obama has won fewer votes than John McCain won in 2008, and more than ten million off his own 2008 total. (Note: this was written the day after the election. The final results indicate that Romney exceeded McCain’s total by less than one million votes,...
  • National Coalition To Stop The Gun Ban: Open Letter to Members of Congress

    01/07/2013 4:36:57 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 23 replies
    USA --(Ammoland.com)- In coming weeks, you will face pressure from the Obama administration and others to implement a ban on semi-automatic firearms and certain ammunition feeding devices, and to pass laws requiring private gun transfers to be processed via the National Instant Check System. Yet the “assault weapon” misnomer is a myth perpetuated by gun control advocates who seek to confuse the public about the difference between millions of semi-automatic firearms, which are functionally identical to hunting rifles, and military “assault rifles” which are machine guns virtually unavailable to the public since implementation of the National Firearms Act of 1934....
  • Death of Hugo Chavez could set off shock waves across region

    01/07/2013 4:33:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    telegraph uk ^ | 7:05PM GMT 05 Jan 2013 | By Philip Sherwell
    The orchestra played and loyal lawmakers erupted in adulatory applause as Hugo Chavez invoked Fidel Castro and Jesus Christ as his revolutionary role models. His right hand raised, the fiery Venezuelan leader echoed the famous call to arms of his Cuban mentor. "Fatherland, socialism or death," he proclaimed, then added with a typical flourish: "I swear by Christ, the greatest socialist in history." That was six years ago as "El Commandante" was sworn in for his third term as president and blew kisses to rose petal-tossing crowds when he returned in an open-topped car to his palace to watch a...
  • Enough is Enough: Has the Third Party’s Time Come?

    01/07/2013 4:29:17 PM PST · by upsdriver · 123 replies
    Facebook ^ | Jan. 7, 2013 | Chuck Heath Jr.
    This is an issue that I've been mulling over for quite a while. I wrote more about the way I'd set this up, but I wanted to get some of your feedback first. Let me know what you think. Enough is Enough: Has the Third Party’s Time Come? We’ve lost our way. The American political system is a mess. The divisiveness between Republicans and Democrats seems insurmountable and it’s getting worse every day. I could get into the reasons that this is happening, but I doubt that would change a thing. It is very painful for me to see this...
  • Bridge to a Higher Cliff

    01/07/2013 4:29:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1.7.13 | JED BABBIN
    The coming fight on the debt ceiling and gun control is an ideological one, one Republicans need to fight or else face oblivion. The New Year’s Eve deal to avoid the fiscal cliff isn’t just a lousy deal: it’s entirely corrupt. Obama insisted on what he called a “balanced deal,” but to him a balance is only between increased government spending and higher taxes. It allowed President Obama to pretend that the deal reduces federal spending by $732 billion over the next ten years though, in fact, it increases federal spending — by $332 billion — more than it cuts....
  • Obama's Anti-Israel Policy Continues With Hagel Pick as Secretary of Defense

    01/07/2013 4:26:58 PM PST · by raptor22 · 3 replies
    Defense: The president's selection as defense secretary has called for direct negotiations with the mortal enemies of our closest ally in the Middle East and said the administration's gutting of defense hasn't gone far enough. If personnel is policy, President Obama's selection of former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be Leon Panetta's replacement as defense secretary should put the lie to the administration's already tarnished claim to be a strong supporter of Israel. "Not only has he said you should directly negotiate with Iran, sanctions won't work, that Israel must negotiate with Hamas, an organization, terrorist group, that lobs...
  • Lovie Smith makes the most sense for the Cleveland Browns with Chip Kelly out - Bill Livingston

    01/07/2013 4:26:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | January 07, 2013 at 6:50 PM | Bill Livingston,
    . Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden are too comfortable in their television jobs, and, despite the nice spin Banner and Haslam put on the appeal of the franchise, a generation of losing does not make this franchise a free-agent magnet. Why not Lovie Smith, unjustly fired after a 10-6 season in Chicago? Cutler missed one game behind a porous line. Not only is Smith a former head coach in a cold-weather city, but he has a Super Bowl appearance (with Rex Grossman as his quarterback) on his resume. Ken Whisenhunt went to a Super Bowl in Arizona too, but he...
  • Hagel must address 'Jewish lobby' comment

    01/07/2013 4:17:51 PM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/07/13 | Lanny J. Davis
    I believe a president — Republican or Democrat — almost always deserves to have the Cabinet that he wishes, with the bar very, very high to oppose his choice. Thus, there should be heavy presumption that President Obama’s reported nominee for secretary of Defense, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, should be confirmed by the Senate. Whether senators agree or disagree with Hagel’s past positions — on the Iraq war (against), declaring the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a “terrorist organization” (against), engaging with Iran in negotiations more aggressively (for), engaging with Hamas in seeking a peace agreement in the Middle East...
  • Another Reason Liberals Make Me Laugh

    01/07/2013 4:16:55 PM PST · by SJackson · 13 replies
    BernardGoldberg.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Bernard Goldberg
    Neither side has cornered the market on hypocrisy. The conservative kind embarrasses me, because that’s my team and I can’t defend it. The liberal variety, on the other hand, makes me laugh — at them, not with them. Remember the suburban New York newspaper, the Journal News – the paper that printed the names and addresses of area residents with gun permits? Well, the Journal News got a lot of flak for their anti-gun stunt, a lot of phone calls and emails that the paper found threatening. So what did the Journal News do in the face of so much...
  • Shut it Down

    01/07/2013 4:15:49 PM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    BernardGoldberg.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Michael Porfido
    The Republicans need a new strategy for their upcoming negotiations with President Obama. The last round, they had a distinct disadvantage where doing nothing would have led to a terrible consequence, namely everyone’s taxes going up. With these negotiations behind us, we no longer have the sun setting on good policy, which requires action for it to continue. We now have 3 events that are coming in the first quarter of 2013 which will allow for more reasonable negotiations. The “sequester” (automatic cuts in defense and other departments), the “debt ceiling” (increasing borrowing authority for the government), and the end...
  • The Homeless & The Clueless

    01/07/2013 4:14:25 PM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Bernardgoldberg.com ^ | January 5, 2013 | Burt Prelutsky
    Far too many people are up in arms over the dreadful economy we are leaving for our kids and grandkids. I used to be one of them. But ever since the youth of America helped saddle us with Obama, not once, but twice, I say it serves them right. These young shmoes are not only convinced there’s a free lunch, but a free breakfast, a free dinner and free healthcare. And, yet, I’m willing to bet, they were just the sort of smug eight-year-olds who delighted in telling their younger siblings that Santa Claus didn’t exist. Here in California, the...
  • Providence and Suffering [Habakkuk Faced what the People of God are facing in the USA]

    01/07/2013 4:14:19 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Ligonier ^ | R.C. Sproul
    http://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/providence_god_in_control/providence The Psalmist asked, “Why do the wicked prosper, while the righteous suffer?” The prophet Habakkuk asked virtually the same question in his day as he witnessed his homeland overrun with the invading armies of the Chaldeans. Initially, from Habakkuk’s perspective, he did not see God’s hand in the suffering of his people. Where was the Judge of all the earth during this time of injustice, he wondered. Here Dr. Sproul explains how God’s providence and suffering go hand and hand.
  • Democrats Want a Woman on the 2016 Ticket

    01/07/2013 4:12:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | January 7, 2013 | Kat Stoeffel
    Democratic strategists will not let Hillary Clinton or her blood clot stop them from getting a woman on the 2016 presidential ticket, Politico reports. Even if Clinton sticks to her word and does not run for president — something no one seemed to believe until her recent health scare — activists are still hoping to leverage the 2012 gender gap into a female nominee. “After the roles Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin played in the 2008 campaign,” Politico writes, “it would be hard for many to accept another cycle like the 2012 presidential race, which featured two all-male national tickets.”...
  • But why do YOU go to Mass? critical importance of rendering personal testimony in evangelization

    01/07/2013 4:07:39 PM PST · by NYer · 59 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 6, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some decades ago the argument from authority was often invoked as we answered some question about the faith. It was often considered sufficient merely invoke the existence of a rule. And thus, to my nagging question, “Why should I have to go to mass?” my parents would often answer, “Because it’s a rule!” Other variations of the answer would be, “Because the Church says so,” or, “Because it’s in the Ten Commandments.”Never mind that there might actually be reasons that there was a rule, or a commandment. It was considered enough in those old days simply to say, “It is...
  • Mysterious “Beam” Interrupts Radar in Illinois, Puzzles Experts

    01/07/2013 4:03:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 51 replies
    whofortedblog.com ^ | January 3, 2013 1:40 pm | Greg Newkirk
    Since the 16th of November, the National Weather Service has been reporting that a mysterious “beam of interruption” in Lincoln, Illinois has been screwing with it’s radar. A quick glance at one of their Doppler images and it’s easy to see that something is shooting through the state, but as of now the meteorologists can only guess at the cause. Is it visual evidence of some kind of HAARP mind control? A targeting beam from an intergalactic destroyer? Maybe, but there could also be a much more mundane explanation. “We’re not sure what it is yet,” meteorologist Llyle Barker, told...
  • How the Fiscal Cliff Deal Hurt a Recovering Economy

    01/07/2013 4:03:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Kevin Glass
    The deal that Congress came to on the fiscal cliff last week was a combination of half-measures, compromise, and kicking-the-can that nobody seemed to like but was overwhelmingly approved. Most of the meaures that constituted the cliff stood poised to harm the economy over the next two years - and Congress' failure to offset the cost of averting the cliff will result in a worse economy in the long run. As Americans everywhere found out with their first paychecks of the new year, Congress failed to reauthorize the temporary payroll tax cut that expired. This could result in between 300,000...
  • Bill Kristol starting “reformist” nonprofit to “recraft Republican fiscal policies”?

    01/07/2013 3:57:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 7, 2013 | Allahpundi
    Just a rumor for now, but worth flagging given his pull with establishment Republicans and the fact that it jibes with Friday’s news about the Beltway GOP trying to exert more influence on the party after November’s Senate debacle. Plus, Kristol and his allies have been talking about starting a “reformist” organization to recraft Republican fiscal policies and champion a rising generation of Republicans, such as Kristol favorites Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. The hypothetical group, modeled on the defunct Democratic Leadership Council, would join an expanding network of media platforms and...
  • Paintings from a conservative artist.

    01/07/2013 3:52:30 PM PST · by freemike · 30 replies
    Art Blog ^ | 1/7/13 | freemike
    Just sharing recent updates from my art blog. Hope you enjoy them. Here's the link. ArtBlog
  • The Silence Of Electric Cars: Our National Nightmare Is Almost Over

    01/07/2013 3:48:43 PM PST · by PilotDave · 60 replies
    WSJ blogs ^ | 7 Jan 2013 | Tom Gara
    They’re so quiet, in fact, that it can be a problem — a problem big enough that federal regulators have stepped in with a plan (PDF) to make the cars play a sound of their own. Pedestrians — visually impaired ones especially, but also those blessed with fine eyesight — often hear an oncoming vehicle without seeing it. By being so eerily quiet, electric cars pose a safety risk, so the logic goes. That’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published this list of proposed sounds that electric vehicles should make. Have a listen — it’s what the...
  • Corbett Backtracks On Comments About Restricting Gun Sales On State Property

    01/07/2013 3:47:58 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 8 replies
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Governor Tom Corbett is backtracking from comments made during a radio interview suggesting that he might consider banning the sale of guns on state property. The comment came during an appearance on Harrisburg public station WITF’s “Radio Smart Talk” program. Governor Corbett was asked about why the state allows gun sales at its massive Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, and whether that policy should be changed.