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  • Obama’s Dismal Record on Jobs, Explained with Common Sense

    01/17/2013 2:22:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Economists may not agree on much, but we all agree that economic output is a function of capital and labor. Ask a Keynesian, a Marxist, an Austrian, a monetarist, or any economist, and they’ll all agree that living standards are determined by the quality and quantity of these two factors of production. So it should be very worrisome that there has been a big drop in the share of the population that is employed. Here’s a chart produced from Bureau of Labor Statistics data, showing labor force participation during the 21st Century.There was a big drop during the recession. That’s...
  • Will Obama ban fast cars someday?

    01/17/2013 2:17:42 AM PST · by Askwhy5times · 18 replies
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | Thursday, January 17, 2013 | Bluegrass Pundit
    If a young male decided to suicide by driving 100 mph down the  interstate highway the wrong way and deliberately crashing head on into a school bus, killing 20 elementary school students, would Barack Obama issue 23 executive orders on vehicle safety and speeding while calling on Congress to ban fast cars and governor new vehicles to 70 mph? I find this analogy very informative and strikingly similar to the Sandy Hook massacre. I suspect we know the answer to the question I posed. Cars and speeding wouldn't be the issue. If Obama and liberals focused on anything, it would...
  • Comes A Stillness

    01/17/2013 2:16:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 175 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    They introduce themselves politely in restaurants or diners, in a movie lobby or at some civic event, even in front of the Little Rock gate in Atlanta, which has become a kind of Arkansas crossroads. ("You don't know me, but . . .") Then they thank me for remembering Robert E. Lee every January 19th with a column on his birthday. They don't tarry, and I may never see them again. Then they fade away, much like the Army of Northern Virginia (R.E. Lee, General). They have a look about them, or rather a manner. They come in different shapes...
  • Universal Background Checks and Physician Reporting Are Just Plain Frightening

    01/17/2013 2:10:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2013 | Matt Towery
    For years now, we've heard from all types, ranging from the "over-informed" to the just plain ignorant, claiming that under President Obama the nation isn't just moving towards "socialism," but rather in a direction in which liberty truly disappears quickly and tyranny creeps in and takes its place. But even for those who may have been primarily fiscal conservatives and who otherwise believed social policy should lean toward a "mind your own business" approach, several of the gun-control proposals coming from President Obama likely came as a shock. I don't even want to get into what qualifies as a military...
  • Obama's Gun Plan: Divide or Conquer

    01/17/2013 2:03:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2013 | Dabra J. Saunders
    If I were president, what would I do in the wake of the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook School shooting, which left 20 first-graders and six adults dead, if I wanted not only to advance an ambitious initiative to reduce gun violence but also to sign a law that actually worked? To punctuate what is at stake, I might launch my effort, as President Barack Obama did Wednesday, in a ceremony with children who had written to me after the school shooting. I also might invite children scarred by the daily urban shootings, which don't garner as much media attention as...
  • Standing on the Graves of Sandy Hook

    01/17/2013 1:54:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, I appeared on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." For the past few weeks, Morgan had been inviting gun rights defenders ranging from the reasonable to the nutty, and then slamming them by appealing to the memory of the children slain at Sandy Hook. And when I appeared with Morgan, that's precisely what I told him: "What you tend to do is you tend to demonize people who differ from you politically by standing on the graves of the children of Sandy Hook, saying they don't seem to care enough about the dead kids." Morgan could only stammer, "How dare...
  • An Imperial President

    01/17/2013 1:48:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    One definition of "imperial" on dictionary.com is, "of the nature or rank of an emperor or supreme ruler." At his news conference Monday, a petulant, threatening and confrontational President Obama spoke like an emperor or supreme ruler. All that was missing was a scepter, a crown and a robe trimmed in ermine. This president exceeds even Bill Clinton in his ability to evade, prevaricate and dissemble. I didn't think that possible. Not only did he supply long answers to relatively easy questions, but much of what he said bore no relation to reality. He spoke of having had the debate...
  • Obama Ignores the Rational Answer

    01/17/2013 1:39:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2013 | Michael Reagan
    What do Al Hunt of Bloomberg News, David Gregory of “Meet the Press” and President Obama have in common -- besides their liberal politics? They all send their kids to Sidwell Friends School. With campuses in Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, Md., the highly selective private school is where the Clintons and the Gores sent their kids, along with Joe Biden’s grandchildren. It’s also where the local 1 Percenters and the government-media elites who can afford to shell out about $32 grand a year send their children to be indoctrinated -- excuse me, educated -- and to be safe. Unlike parents...
  • It's a Christie Thing

    01/17/2013 1:33:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2013 | John Ransom
    Let me say on the record that I don’t really care about New Jersey. I know very little about it. But, I know this much: I don’t want to live there and I don’t want the rest of the United States to resemble New Jersey. For me New Jersey is the Joe Piscopo character asking anyone and everyone “Are you from Jersey? I’m from Jersey.”Also, I’ve never seen the TV show “Jersey Shore,” but still I don’t like it. And know that I don’t want the rest of the country to resemble it, either.It’s the state that elected Jon Corzine...
  • “The Terrorists Released 150 Algerian Hostages”

    01/17/2013 1:31:24 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/1/13
    Al Qaeda terrorists have seized a gas field in Algeria and have taken 40 Western hostages. 3 have been executed. The terrorists successfully thwarted a military raid Wednesday night. The hostage nationalities are US, Britain, Norway, France and Japan. 150 Algerian hostages were released...
  • Ivory-tower Obama Can't Abide Views He Doesn't Share

    01/17/2013 1:23:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2013 | Michael Barone
    To judge from his surly demeanor and defiant words at his press conference on Monday, Barack Obama begins his second term with a strategy to defeat and humiliate Republicans rather than a strategy to govern. His point blank refusal to negotiate over the debt ceiling was clearly designed to make the House Republicans look bad. But Obama knows very well that negotiations usually accompany legislation to increase the government's debt limit. As Gordon Gray of the conservative American Action Network points out, most of the 17 increases in the debt ceiling over the last 20 years have been part of...
  • 'Gun Culture' -- What About the 'Fatherless Culture'?

    01/17/2013 1:15:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2013 | Larry Elder
    The face of gun violence is not Sandy Hook. It is Chicago. In 2012, President Barack Obama's adopted hometown had 506 murders, including more than 60 children. Philadelphia, a city that local television newscasters frequently call 'Killadelphia," saw 331 killed last year. In Detroit, 386 people were murdered. Since 1966, there have been 90 school shootings in the U.S., with 231 fatalities. Yes, Sandy Hook shocked us. But the odds of a child being killed at a school shooting are longer than the odds of being struck by lightning. Of the 11,000 to 12,000 gun murders each year, more than...
  • The War Between the Amendments

    01/17/2013 1:09:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The horrific Newtown, Conn., mass shooting has unleashed a frenzy to pass new gun-control legislation. But the war over restricting firearms is not just between liberals and conservatives; it also pits the first two amendments to the U.S. Constitution against each other. Apparently, in the sequential thinking of James Madison and the Founding Fathers, the right to free expression and the guarantee to own arms were the two most important personal liberties. But now these two cherished rights seem to be at odds with each other and have caused bitter exchanges between interpreters of the Constitution. Many liberals believe there...
  • Guns Don't Kill People, the Mentally Ill Do

    01/17/2013 1:04:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Januay 15, 2013 | Ann Coulter
    Seung-Hui Cho, who committed the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, had been diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder as a child and placed under treatment. But Virginia Tech was prohibited from being told about Cho's mental health problems because of federal privacy laws. At college, Cho engaged in behavior even more bizarre than the average college student. He stalked three women and, at one point, went totally silent, refusing to speak even to his roommates. He was involuntarily committed to a mental institution for one night and then unaccountably unleashed on the public, whereupon he proceeded to engage in the...
  • Jakarta floods leave hundreds of thousands homeless

    01/17/2013 12:46:59 AM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    australia news network ^ | 1/17/2013 | ann
    Indonesian disaster authorities have lost count of the number of people who have been left homeless in widespread flooding, but say it could reach the hundreds of thousands. The centre of Jakarta, including the Presidential Palace, is awash and parts of the Indonesian capital that have never seen flooding before are now underwater. Yesterday 10,000 people had to flee their homes but hours of heavy downpours overnight and rivers bursting their banks, have added to the problem. Audio: Australia Network's Indonesia correspondent, Helen Brown, speaks to News Radio (ABC News) Three people have been killed so far in the seasonal...
  • Saudi cleric favours one-eye veil

    01/17/2013 12:45:30 AM PST · by Cronos · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 Oct 2008 | BBC
    A Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia has called on women to wear a full veil, or niqab, that reveals only one eye. Sheikh Muhammad al-Habadan said showing both eyes encouraged women to use eye make-up to look seductive. The question of how much of her face a woman should cover is a controversial topic in many Muslim societies. The niqab is more common in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, but women in much of the Muslim Middle East wear a headscarf which covers only their hair. Sheikh Habadan, an ultra-conservative cleric who is said to have wide influence among religious...
  • Belgian twins euthanized over fear of going blind

    01/17/2013 12:40:15 AM PST · by Cronos · 21 replies
    Live Action News ^ | 16 Jan 2013 | Cassy Fiano
    Sad news out of Belgium: two twins, deaf from birth, were euthanized after discovering they were going blind. The brothers worked and lived together, and they were productive members of society. They weren’t suffering, in extreme pain, or terminally ill. Belgium’s euthanasia law requires that a person be suffering from extreme pain or a terminal illness. The twins, despite not meeting the requirements to be eligible for euthanasia, were still put to death by lethal injection. The pair were euthanised by lethal injection by doctors at Brussels University Hospital on December 14. “They were very happy. It was a relief...
  • Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa?

    01/17/2013 12:38:00 AM PST · by Cronos · 55 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 16 Jan 2013 | Joanna Blytheman
    Not long ago, quinoa was just an obscure Peruvian grain you could only buy in wholefood shops. We struggled to pronounce it (it's keen-wa, not qui-no-a), yet it was feted by food lovers as a novel addition to the familiar ranks of couscous and rice. Dieticians clucked over quinoa approvingly because it ticked the low-fat box and fitted in with government healthy eating advice to "base your meals on starchy foods". Adventurous eaters liked its slightly bitter taste and the little white curls that formed around the grains. Vegans embraced quinoa as a credibly nutritious substitute for meat. Unusual among...
  • Video: NRA's 'Stand and Fight,' targets Malia and Sasha Obama (Uh, no it doesn't)

    01/17/2013 12:00:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | January 16, 2013 | JohnThomas Didymus
    The NRA released on Tuesday an ad that accuses Obama of being an "elitist hypocrite," because he provides armed protection for his children but insists that the nation's schools remain "gun-free zones." The video is part of the NRA's offensive dubbed "Stand and fight," in response to its anticipation of Obama's announcement of stricter gun control measures. According to Boston.com, the 35-second video posted to YouTube by user HotWeirdNews, also appeared on the NRA's website on Tuesday. However, the video was removed from the NRA's website by Wednesday morning. The ad begins with a shot of a school, the American...
  • Senator Rand Paul on Obama: 'I'm against having a king'

    01/16/2013 11:33:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | January 16, 2013
    "I'm against having a king," Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said of U.S. President Barack Obama in an interview to the Christian Broadcasting Network. Paul expressed his apprehension on the president's threats to impose gun control through executive orders. "I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over, and someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress, that's someone who wants to act like a king or monarch," Paul said. "Suffering rule," wherein the people of a nation suffer through a decision made unilaterally by the ruler - whether he is elected, or not, was a...