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  • A Fascist Wonders Why Gun Owners Buy 1.3M More Firearms In October

    11/26/2009 9:29:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 197 replies · 5,996+ views
    Outdoor Life ^ | November 26, 2009 | John Haughey
    According to, data released by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,233,982 NICS Checks in October 2009, a 4 percent increase from the 1,183,279 reported in October 2008. So far that is roughly 11,403,417 gun bought this year. The total is probably more as NICS background checks may cover the purchase of more than one gun at a time. "This latest jump in background checks show that Americans are solidly in-favor of keeping firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens," Ammoland reports in an no-byline article. "This clearly shows that the Obama Administration’s OK to...
  • We The People Stimulus Package.... (Buy a gun, you will need it !)

    06/10/2009 7:45:13 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 26 replies · 3,731+ views
    You Tube ^ | Bob Basso
    Subject: Have you seen this ?? This guy's video on youtube has been so popular that Obama called him personally. He said that he was very disturbed with the video and invited him to the White House.. Obama also said he wanted the White House to handle the Press and not to talk about the video or the White House visit. That's interesting. Watch it now. This may be the best six minutes invested in your future You may have to turn your Sound Control up some.
  • Time Tries to Turn Obama Into Cute, Cuddly Muppet

    06/08/2009 5:42:30 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 14 replies · 946+ views ^ | 6/08/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    You want a blatant example of the Old Media's over-the-top, gobsmacked love affair with Obama? Well, one would be hard pressed not to see Time Magazine's latest piece by Nancy Gibbs as a perfect example of the media ignoring all ills and of projecting only what is wonderful onto the dearly beloved as this piece represents. The lionization of Obama is bad enough, but the selective memory of the writer is even more appalling. Writer Gibbs begins her column trying to "place" Barack Obama in a "cultural map." Most famous people are remembered for a certain place that formed their...

    06/02/2009 10:47:35 AM PDT · by hecht · 56 replies · 2,126+ views
    OBAMA'S JUSTICE DEPT WILL ALLOW NON-CITIZENS TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN GEORGIA Any shot for Americans to take back this country from the hard left in 2010/2012 is looking increasingly dim .... Obama Justice Department Decision Will Allow Non-Citizens to Register to Vote in Georgia (hat tip Clyde) Decision Bars Georgia From Continuing Voter Verification Process Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel issued the following statement following the U.S. Department of Justice’s denial of preclearance of Georgia’s voter verification process Atlanta - “The decision by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to deny preclearance of Georgia’s already implemented citizenship verification...
  • Ethanol's Grocery Bill

    06/02/2009 3:59:42 AM PDT · by xcamel · 23 replies · 2,205+ views
    WSJ/OpinionJournal ^ | 06/02/2009 | REVIEW & OUTLOOK
    Two federal studies add up the corn fuel's exorbitant cost. The Obama Administration is pushing a big expansion in ethanol, including a mandate to increase the share of the corn-based fuel required in gasoline to 15% from 10%. Apparently no one in the Administration has read a pair of new studies, one from its own EPA, that expose ethanol as a bad deal for consumers with little environmental benefit. The biofuels industry already receives a 45 cent tax credit for every gallon of ethanol produced, or about $3 billion a year. Meanwhile, import tariffs of 54 cents a gallon and...
  • Editorial: Cooling down with global-warming data

    06/01/2009 7:33:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies · 757+ views
    If fighting global warming may cost the economy $9.6 trillion and more than 1 million lost jobs by 2035, as the Heritage Foundation forecasts, it'd be a good idea to be sure there's a sound basis before making such a massive sacrifice. We've noted before that climate change is occurring as it always has, but the claim that man-made greenhouse gases will cause catastrophic temperature increases is based on questionable science and projections. Man's contribution to greenhouse gases is minuscule. There are some theories but no convincing proof that increased emissions cause increased temperature. Before devastating the economy to fix...
  • American capitalism gone with a whimper

    05/30/2009 5:06:46 AM PDT · by School of Rational Thought · 16 replies · 625+ views
    PRAVDA ^ | May 29, 2009 | NA
    It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people. BREAKING NEWS Russia warns NATO not to rattle weapons near Russia's borders The strict traditions of Sumo wrestling More... True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll...
  • Obama in L.A.: 'You ain't seen nothing yet'

    05/28/2009 8:46:47 AM PDT · by mmanager · 37 replies · 2,109+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/28/09 | Sam Youngman
    LOS ANGELES — Even as he conceded there is still much hard work to do, President Obama was in a boastful mood Wednesday night, telling a star-studded crowd at a fundraising dinner that he "would put these first four months up against any prior administration since FDR." The president, speaking to a dinner that included Hollywood A-listers like Kiefer Sutherland, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx, Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg, lauded the legislation he has signed since taking office but added that he is "not satisfied."
  • Pelosi appeals for China's help on climate change (Pelosi Nazi Quote Inside!)

    05/28/2009 5:42:21 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 32 replies · 1,163+ views
    BEIJING (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged Beijing on Thursday to cooperate on climate change, calling a safe environment a basic human right.
  • Bank bailout: The greatest swindle ever sold

    05/27/2009 3:26:55 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies · 935+ views ^ | May 27, 2009 | Andy Kroll
    On Oct. 3, as the spreading economic meltdown threatened to topple financial behemoths like American International Group (AIG) and Bank of America and plunged global markets into free fall, the U.S. government responded with the largest bailout in American history. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, better known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), authorized the use of $700 billion to stabilize the nation's failing financial systems and restore the flow of credit in the economy. The legislation's guidelines for crafting the rescue plan were clear: The TARP should protect home values and consumer savings, help citizens keep...
  • A Closer Look at Climate Change

    05/25/2009 5:32:26 AM PDT · by libstripper · 17 replies · 1,132+ views ^ | May 25, 2009 | Mark W. Hendrickson
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is widely regarded in the media as the ultimate authority on climate change. Created by two divisions of the United Nations, and recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, its pronouncements are received as if they come down from Mount Olympus or Mount Sinai. The common presumption is that the IPCC has assembled the best scientific knowledge. Let’s take a closer look at this organization to see whether it merits such uncritical deference. The IPCC’s Feb. 2007 report stated: It is “very likely” that human activity is causing global warming. Why then, just...
  • ACORN in the crosshairs -- again . . . this time via Bill O'Reilly

    05/24/2009 6:55:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 69 replies · 3,040+ views
    Chicago Examiner ^ | May 24, 2009 | Julie Driscoll-Wanker
    Got another question for you, too, O'Reilly – why do you and Fox News spend so much time and energy worrying about ACORN anyway? Could it be because it does a great job in its work -- that is, helping disenfranchised populations become part of the political and economic process? That can't bode well for your ilk, white males who fear that blacks will rise up and take all their stuff. Seems that threatening the white male power structure strikes a nerve on Fox News, and in that whopping 23% Republican Party which Fox News is a mouthpiece for. Someone...
  • EDITORIAL: Uncertain climate (Throwing cold water on The Post's warming story)

    05/24/2009 7:48:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies · 735+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5/24/2009
    A person needn't be a buffoon or political hack to be skeptical of global warming. That would be news to The Washington Post's news desk, however. A Post article on May 19 falsely reported that there is a "consensus" among scientists and a growing portion of the American public that human carbon emissions are causing a dangerous, long-term increase in worldwide temperatures. The facts, overwhelmingly, show no such consensus. The Post's David A. Fahrenthold reported that Republican "warming skeptics" are becoming ever bolder on Capitol Hill even as "most" or a "consensus" of "scientists around the globe have rejected their...
  • If earth were warming, it would save a lot of lives

    05/24/2009 5:58:58 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 6 replies · 615+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 24 may 09 | Vin Suprynowicz
    First, if the earth was warming at a rate of about 1 or even 2 degrees per century in recent decades, there are reasons to believe that's slowed or stopped. One of those reasons is that the "global warming" fanatics have abruptly shifted their rhetoric, adopting instead the new nonsense euphemism "climate change." This is a clear attempt at inoculation: If it turns out the globe is indeed cooling again, they will merely take their same pre-set, ulterior agenda -- huge energy tax hikes to finance bigger government, cripple capitalism and destroy the freedom-giving automobile, instead forcing everyone to pile...
  • New Study: Global Temperatures to Rise 9 Degrees by 2100

    05/22/2009 7:16:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies · 1,249+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 22, 2009
    A new study, which researchers have called "the most exhaustive end-to-end analysis of climate change impacts yet performed", predicts that global warming could be twice as bad as previous estimates had suggested. Published this month in the Journal of Climate, the MIT-based research found a 90% probability that worldwide surface temperatures will rise at least 9 degrees by 2100.
  • Banning the pickup truck

    05/21/2009 3:57:09 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 238 replies · 7,159+ views
    The Tuesday headline was clear: "Obama's new rules will transform U.S. auto fleet." The Associated Press picked it up from there: "Some soccer moms will have to give up hulking SUVs. Nearly everybody else will drive smaller cars, and more of them will run on electricity. The higher mileage and emissions standards set by the Obama administration on Tuesday, which begin to take effect in 2012 and are to be achieved by 2016, will transform the American car and truck fleet. "The new rules would bring new cars and trucks sold in the United States to an average of 35.5...
  • Even-Handed Idiocy--Obama's pressure on Israel stems from deep-seated delusions about Middle East

    05/21/2009 5:31:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies · 736+ views ^ | May 21, 2009 | P. David Hornik
    Even-Handed Idiocy By: P. David Hornik | Thursday, May 21, 2009 A mist of verbiage arises from the reports on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s meetings with President Barack Obama and other officials in Washington. Stock words and phrases are used ritualistically that may have little connection to realities on the ground in Israel and the region. Among the more mindlessly repeated and least reality-linked are “two-state solution” and “regional peace.” 1. “Two-state solution.” At present, in the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, three political entities already exist. One, Israel, is sovereign except for its partial or...
  • 'Gun violence': why are other forms of violence preferable?

    05/20/2009 4:35:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies · 1,352+ views
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 May, 2009 | Kurt Hofmann
    One puzzling characteristic of citizen disarmament advocates is their bizarre apparent belief that "gun violence" is somehow "worse" than other forms of violence. One would think that being stabbed, beaten, bludgeoned, strangled, etc. to death would be just as bad as being shot to death, but apparently that's not a universally held belief. I was reminded of this peculiar attitude yesterday when reading "New York's Gun Battle," an article in the Gotham Gazette about current attempts to make gun laws in New York state even more restrictive than they are now (the Brady Campaign ranks New York the 6th most...
  • U.S. to Offer New Mileage and Emission Standards

    05/18/2009 11:00:10 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 113 replies · 5,630+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 18, 2009 | John M. Broder
    The Obama administration will issue new national requirements for the emissions and mileage of cars and light trucks in an effort to end a long-running conflict among the states, the federal government and auto manufacturers, industry officials said Monday. President Obama will announce as early as Tuesday that he will combine California’s tough new auto-emissions rules with the existing corporate average fuel economy standard to create a single new national standard, the officials said. As a result, cars and light trucks sold in the United States will be roughly 30 percent cleaner and more fuel-efficient by 2016. The White House...
  • No one prying guns yet from our cold fingers(Colorado)

    05/17/2009 6:25:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 42 replies · 1,544+ views
    Grand Junction Sentinal ^ | 15 May, 2009 | Bob Silbernagel
    During last year’s presidential campaign, gun-owners’ groups like the National Rifle Association said Barack Obama, if he were elected, would be the most anti-gun president in the history of the United States. That claim and similar statements sparked a buying spree on guns and ammunition immediately following the election, which continued well into this year. I bought some shells last week, and told I was limited to two boxes. There is nothing to indicate that this shortage is the result of Obama administration actions, however. I’m not here to proclaim that President Obama is really a great friend to gun...
  • Obama’s Competence Gap

    05/16/2009 8:40:00 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 23 replies · 1,371+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 16 | Jennifer Rubin
    We’ve heard the cliché: there is a difference between campaigning and governing. But in the last few weeks the contrast between the two could not have been more stark. And the gap between President Obama’s effectiveness at the former and shakiness at the latter is coming into focus. Guantanamo is the most vivid example. As a candidate, Obama pushed the notion that George W. Bush was a constitutional Neanderthal and destroyer of American values. Now he’s discovered that it is really hard to figure out what to do with these really bad people. And he’s even discovered the virtue of...
  • IBD/TIPP Poll: Cap-And-Trade A No-Go Once Costs Are Factored In

    05/14/2009 7:29:38 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies · 865+ views
    <p>Other polls that ask Americans how they feel about a proposed "cap and trade" system to control pollution have tended to produce positive responses. But those surveys never seem to mention what such a system might cost. The latest IBD/TIPP Poll laid it all out in a somewhat lengthy question and drew a very different response: By nearly 3-to-1, Americans oppose a cap-and-trade system that, if opponents are correct, could add $800 to $1,200 per household to energy prices.</p>
  • Obama energy options may be long wait: Technology costly, scarce

    05/13/2009 4:33:59 AM PDT · by Scanian · 30 replies · 1,731+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 13, 2009 | Amanda DeBard
    President Obama's plan to move quickly to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources relies on technology that analysts agree is neither affordable nor available on a commercial scale and won't be for many years to come. Expensive, small-scale pilot projects are under way that convert vegetation into fuel for cars and capture carbon dioxide before it is released into the air from coal-burning power plants. But these prototypes have not been proved at levels that would make even a dent in the U.S. appetite for fossil fuels, casting doubt on the viability of the president's plans. Still, the administration...
  • Semiautomatic rifles a ‘hazard'; seizures are up

    05/11/2009 7:44:26 AM PDT · by holymoly · 119 replies · 3,943+ views
    Fort Wayne News-Sentinel ^ | May. 11, 2009 | Evan Goodenow
    They can kill from more than four football fields away, shred police officers' vests, fire up to 75 bullets at a time - and they're increasingly showing up in criminals' hands. Last year, Fort Wayne Police seized 31 semiautomatic rifles, compared with two in 2003, the last year of the federal assault weapons ban that limited the sale of the rifles. The seizure increase and more reports of criminals using the rifles concerns Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York. “The fact that we have these relatively cheap, assault weapon-type firearms out there, it's not only a hazard to the public,...
  • Obama OUT OF TOUCH--->Pushing Immigration Amnesty

    05/11/2009 4:49:35 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 10 replies · 659+ views
    American Spectator/The Lid ^ | 5/11/09 | The Lid
    A major Issue where John McCain lost support of the American People was Immigration reform. The year before he ran for president, he worked with Ted Kennedy and President Bush to develop a comprehensive immigration bill that included just about everything except protecting our borders. The bill failed miserably because Americans on both sides of the aisle because Americans wanted their government to secure the US borders before they addressed any other issues. President Obama and his leftist allies that illegal immigration is a racial issue. They believe that those of us who want to protect the US boarders are...
  • Needed: a new name or better acronym for Tea Parties?? (very brief Vanity)

    05/11/2009 3:55:59 AM PDT · by NECAWA · 78 replies · 3,178+ views
    5/11/09 | self
    “TEA” in Tea Parties has been interpreted as standing for “Taxed Enough Already.” This is catchy and a clever linkage to the original Boston Tea Party. However it is such a narrow acronym that it seriously understates the scope of the current protest movement and lends credence to the left’s assertion that Tea Party protestors are just greedy rich people afraid they’ll have to pay a little more in taxes. The hundreds of thousands who are involved in today’s Tea Party movement are well informed Americans, deeply concerned about a host of issues beyond taxes: national security, socialization, corruption, voter...
  • ALert! Senate to Consider Ratifying Gun Control treaty!

    05/10/2009 5:37:26 PM PDT · by dvan · 102 replies · 4,552+ views
    CNN ^ | 5/01/2009 | Lou Dobbs
    Here is a CNN video of Lou Dobbs reporting on an international treaty that would be a back door approach to gun control in America. This treaty will allow foreign governments to access U.S. gun Registration records to view gun owners in the U.S.. Watch for more hideous details. Obama is making it a top priority to get this treaty ratified by the Senate.
  • Dollar's Purchasing Power Annihilated - The Chart They Don't Want You to See

    05/10/2009 6:39:42 AM PDT · by FromLori · 70 replies · 2,876+ views
    This is the chart they don't want you to see: the purchasing power of the dollar over the past 76 years has declined by 94%. And based on current monetary and fiscal policy, we have at least another 94% to go. The only question is whether this will be achieved in 76 months this time. (Click chart to enlarge.)
  • Armed citizen takes out tires as shoplifters flee

    05/09/2009 5:36:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 81 replies · 3,016+ views
    Azle news ^ | 7 May, 2009 | Gail Gilmore
    A citizen with a “concealed-carry” handgun license shot out a tire on a car full of fleeing shoplifters, then followed them in his own vehicle Wednesday morning, helping Azle police apprehend four people who were subsequently charged with robbery. Police officers from at least three agencies caught up with everyone in a neighborhood behind Allsup’s convenience store off Highway 199 west of Azle. Four accused shoplifters had been spotted by employees of Albertsons grocery store and were attempting a getaway with less than $50 worth of miscellaneous items when they were spotted by a citizen in the parking lot. The...
  • More confirmation that Pelosi lied

    05/09/2009 7:36:12 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 36 replies · 2,197+ views
    Hot Air ^ | May 9, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    Nancy Pelosi’s attempt to evade responsibility for her role in approving the use of waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques took another hit today in the Washington Post — and this time the fire comes from her side of the aisle. Pete Hoekstra upped the ante as well, demanding the release of precise minutes of Congressional briefings, and Leon Panetta has promised to make them available, at least to Capitol Hill:
  • Van Hollen's gun ruling ought to trigger bewilderment (barf alert)

    05/09/2009 6:29:11 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 22 replies · 1,000+ views
    Capital times ^ | 09 may 09 | Joel McNally
    Satire is a form of humor that often involves seizing upon a particularly dumb argument and exaggerating it to such a ridiculous extent that the absurdity becomes obvious to everyone. Children, do not try this at home. Back when Republicans in the Legislature were repeatedly trying to pass concealed carry laws to flood the streets of our cities with even more guns, I regularly wrote columns ridiculing the gun lobby's absurd notion that more guns equal more public safety when the exact opposite is true. Here's a quote from my column back in 2003: "If guns are supposed to deter...
  • They're after our guns

    05/09/2009 7:31:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 127 replies · 4,510+ views
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein recently said that she will pick the time, she will pick the place and she will bring back the failed Clinton gun ban. And she said President Obama will sign it. Most of the media has swept it under the rug, like always. But they can't deny it any longer and there's no doubt about it. They're coming after every law-abiding gun owner in America. They want your name and personal information in a federal database. That's right - national registration of all firearms. The Speaker of the House - Nancy Pelosi - fully admitted her gun...
  • Employers Cut 539,000 Jobs in April, Jobless Rate at 8.9%

    05/08/2009 5:36:58 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 139 replies · 6,772+ views
    Unemployment rate hits 8.9%
  • Suckers United For Change

    05/08/2009 5:26:50 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 11 replies · 843+ views
    american thinker ^ | 5/8/09 | Kyle-Anne Shiver
    Now that we're more than 100 days into the Obama presidency, the handwriting is on the wall regarding our new leader's game plan for America. Spend other people's money like a drunken sailor. Let every enemy on the planet know there's a wimp in the White House. Let every ally know the wimp in the White House will do nothing to help them when push comes to shove. Let the 50 states know there's a power coup in play that strips them of constitutionally guaranteed liberties. Let every company know that neither they nor their non-union employees are safe from...
  • China warns that the west’s quantitative easing is inflationary

    <p>Global central banks risk inflation, currency devaluation and a “big consolidation” in bond markets by pumping cash into their economies, the People’s Bank of China said in its quarterly monetary policy report.</p> <p>The Federal Reserve and the Bank of England this year started quantitative easing, or printing money to buy government bonds, a policy that the Bank of Japan pioneered to revive its economy at the start of the decade. The European Central Bank’s 22-member board, which meets tomorrow, is split on whether it should buy financial assets to tackle its recession.</p>
  • Palin still an easy target

    05/07/2009 6:14:50 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 52 replies · 1,915+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | Joan Vennochi
    EVERYONE is piling on Sarah Palin, even though she will never be president of the United States. The Alaska governor is everyone's favorite foil, from the left-wing Huffington Post to the ever-posturing Mitt Romney. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee who cynically chose her as his running mate, now snubs her with relish. They all act like she has a real chance to win the White House, when they all know the truth. When it comes to be taken seriously by the general electorate as a potential president, it's as over for her as it was for Dan Quayle. Quayle...
  • Will Obama Try to Get Israel to Declare Its Nuclear Arsenal ?

    05/06/2009 8:47:07 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 18 replies · 874+ views
    NRO ^ | May 6, 2009 | Jim Geraghty
    Eli Lake finds another scoop, this one revealing a dangerous rift in the United States' traditional alliance with Israel: President Obama's efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons threaten to expose and derail a 40-year-old secret U.S. agreement to shield Israel's nuclear weapons from international scrutiny, former and current U.S. and Israeli officials and nuclear specialists say. The issue will likely come to a head when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Mr. Obama on May 18 in Washington. Mr. Netanyahu is expected to seek assurances from Mr. Obama that he will uphold the U.S. commitment and will...
  • What A Concept, Why Don't We Do This???

    05/05/2009 7:31:34 AM PDT · by ignorancerunsrampant · 16 replies · 983+ views
    Michael Savage is banned from the UK. That is not important, the reason why is compelling ... "I think it's important that people understand the sorts of values and sorts of standards that we have here, the fact that it's a privilege to come and the sort of things that mean you won't be welcome in this country," Ms Smith told GMTV. "Coming to this country is a privilege. If you can't live by the rules that we live by, the standards and the values that we live by, we should exclude you from this country and, what's more, now...
  • Full list of UK's 'least wanted' (Michael Savage included)

    05/05/2009 7:34:35 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies · 2,447+ views
    Channel 4 News ^ | May 5, 2009 | Lewis Hannam
    Sixteen people banned from entering the UK are "named and shamed" by the Home Office. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said she decided to make public the names of 16 people banned since October last year so others could better understand what sort of behaviour Britain was not prepared to tolerate. The list includes hate preachers, anti-gay protesters and a far- right US talk show host.
  • Obama misreads his Iraq war

    05/03/2009 12:58:30 PM PDT · by givemELL · 9 replies · 764+ views ^ | March 30, 2009 | Ben Lando
    "Perhaps no one explains the ongoing political developments in Iraq better than author and scholar Reidar Visser who in a recent article writes: ”It can be useful to discuss the emerging landscape on the basis of two different ways of looking at Iraqi politics. One is to emphacise ethno-sectarian divisions between Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis (which in turn are seen as internally unified monolithic blocs), and to interpret the Iraqi parliament as a tripartite construction where an alliance of Kurds and Shiites dominate. For a long time this sort of paradigm prevailed in US policy-making circles, where it gave rise...
  • Cap and Trade a ‘Declaration of War,’ Say Republicans

    05/01/2009 6:24:53 AM PDT · by Delacon · 28 replies · 1,554+ views ^ | Friday, May 01, 2009 | Josiah Ryan
    The congressional Democrats’ cap-and-trade plan  to tax carbon emissions could cost every American family as much as $3,100 a year and is equivalent to a “declaration of war on the Midwest,”  Republican lawmakers told this week.  But Democrats disputed the Republicans’ cost figure and said the plan can be accomplished without imposing a net cost on the American people.  In general, under cap and trade, the amount of carbon that energy producers emit is capped. They can exceed that cap through the purchase, i.e., “trade,” of carbon permits. The money for those permits would be collected by the government...
  • Obama To "Manage" The Firearms And Ammunition Business Next?

    05/01/2009 5:51:28 AM PDT · by Sasparilla · 23 replies · 1,309+ views
    We keep waiting everyday to see stories that the Obama induced run on buying guns, magazines, and ammunition has stopped, or even slowed down. It hasn't. It doesn't even seem to be on the foreseeable horizon. When is that article coming? Apparently no time soon. I find 3 or 4 stories every day lamenting the lack of merchandise and continuing runs on it. If you visit your local shooting range you will even probably see that there are a lot fewer target shooters. They are holding on to what they have. Its getting to expensive to shoot like we used...
  • Steele Republicans: Like overage whores (Alan Keyes)

    05/01/2009 12:04:00 AM PDT · by Syncro · 38 replies · 3,098+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | May 1, 2009 | Alan Keyes
    Steele Republicans: Like overage whores Posted: May 01, 20091:00 am Eastern © 2009  I chuckled ruefully when I read a fundraising e-mail from GOP Chairman Michael Steele overflowing with outrage about Arlen Specter's switch to the Democratic Party. In it Steele says that "Arlen Specter committed a purely political and self-serving act. He simply believes he has a better chance of saving his political hide and his job as a Democrat. … Arlen Specter has put his loyalty to his own political career above his duty to his state and nation." I couldn't help but think of Michael Steele's with...
  • 'Microstamping' keeps track of handguns (NY)

    04/30/2009 1:33:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 63 replies · 3,929+ views
    Albany Times Union ^ | April 30, 2009 | RICK KARLIN
    Bill awaits Senate action to help trace pistols; opponents question cost, effectiveness ALBANY — As the state Assembly passes a number of gun control measures, members of the newly Democratic state Senate joined gun control advocates to push for a proposal to mandate "microstamping" on semiautomatic pistols sold in the state. "This is a tough-on-crime, smart-on-crime proposal," said Sen. Eric Schneiderman, D-New York City, who is shepherding the measure through the Senate. The plan, originally put forth by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, D-Great Neck, already passed in the lower house, where Democrats hold a 109-to-41 majority. But with the Senate this...
  • Specter Calls for ‘Revolution’ and ‘Uprising’ Against Republicans 'Far to the Right'

    04/30/2009 6:09:16 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 140 replies · 3,388+ views
    Specter Calls for ‘Revolution’ and ‘Uprising’ Against Republicans 'Far to the Right' Thursday, April 30, 2009 By Josiah Ryan, Staff Writer ( - There ought to be a “rebellion” and an “uprising” against right-wing elements that are trying to purify the Republican Party, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania said Tuesday, shortly after he announced he would leave the Grand Old Party to become a Democrat. Specter said Republicans "far to the right" in the party, who are more worried about ideology than winning elections, have brought about one costly defeat after another for the GOP, including the tabling of 34...
  • Lawmakers vote to force SC gov to take stimulus [oink oink]

    04/30/2009 8:03:49 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 613+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-04-29 | Jim Davenport
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina legislators on Wednesday voted to force the governor to take $350 million in federal stimulus cash that he has refused to request unless it is used to pare down state debt. Republican Gov. Mark Sanford has been railing loudly against the $787 billion stimulus package since before President Barack Obama signed it in February. He has been airing ads for weeks paid for by Carolinians for Reform that explain his philosophy of not taking the cash unless it goes toward debt, an idea twice rejected by the White House. South Carolina agencies and programs...
  • GOP in desperate need of libertarian infusion

    04/30/2009 7:33:36 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 171 replies · 4,010+ views
    The Nashua Telegraph, Nashua, NH ^ | 2009-04-30 | Ed Lopez
    Over a year ago, Mitt Romney was losing primaries to John McCain, and conservative pundits from Ann Coulter to Rush Limbaugh predicted the end of the GOP – Coulter went as far as promising she would campaign for Hillary Rodham Clinton if McCain became the party's nominee. By November 2008, the GOP had embraced a nominee who had considered switching parties twice, had opposed tax cuts, and had failed to advance an aggressive shift in a foreign policy that left the GOP discredited in an area it had always trumped in. It's not that McCain's willingness to reach across the...
  • Boehner says Obama's bills makes him 'want to throw up'

    04/29/2009 6:08:18 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 21 replies · 1,931+ views
    Boehner says Obama's bills makes him 'want to throw up' Kara Rowland (Contact) The top House Republican said Tuesday that the liberal bills being pushed by President Obama and congressional Democrats make him "want to throw up" and that Mr. Obama's first 100 days in office have shown he has "no plan for keeping America safe." Minority Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio said in an interview that decisions such as closing Guantanamo Bay prison and releasing classified memos on CIA interrogation techniques reflect a dangerous, "piecemeal approach" to national security. "I'm just looking at some of these tactical moves...
  • The Little Red Wagon That Can...What I saw at the Tea Party

    04/29/2009 5:53:15 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 2 replies · 771+ views
    City Journal ^ | April 17, 2009 | Andrew Klavan
    I’m not sure—I’m no prophet—but I think I just saw something genuinely profound, genuinely amazing, and cool that could be the tidal wave of the future. Here’s the setup. It was Tax Day. Thousands of self-organized protesters had gathered around the nation to protest the irresponsible, incredibly rapid expansion of government under the current administration. The Democratic Party and the elite media had done everything in their power to first ignore, then discourage, ridicule, and belittle this grassroots movement. Theoretically respectable journalists were reduced to making double-entendre sexual jokes about tea bags. These are the same people who rushed en...
  • Watchdogs are heeling for Obama

    04/28/2009 4:54:33 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 12 replies · 735+ views
    Politico ^ | April 28, 2009 | RICHARD BENEDETTO
    Last week, I asked my journalism and political science students at American University to grade the news media covering the Obama administration for the first 100 days. The consensus fell between a C+ and a B-. However, if I asked President Barack Obama’s media strategists to grade the press corps covering their boss, I bet they would mark their cards with an A. Why? With few exceptions, the mainstream news media have been dutifully pushing the Obama message, burnishing his carefully crafted image and offering few challenges when he makes questionable or misleading pronouncements, gestures or policy statements. In short,...