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  • Dear Baltimore Family and Friends: Y'all Bein' Played!

    05/03/2015 2:55:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 3, 2015 | Lloyd Marcus
    Dear Family and Friends, Though you have not confronted me or organized an intervention, I know many of you do not understand why I dislike Obama, vote Republican, and joined the Tea Party. Y'all think, Obama is black, we're black -- so, what is my problem? Dad told me that grandmother, 101 years old when she passed, cried when Obama was elected. I get that and totally understand. Still, I could not go brain-dead and hop on the elect-the-first-black-president bandwagon. As a matter of fact, I was stunned by how alone I was in considering who Obama was as a...
  • Construction Spending "Once Again Defies Expectations" Much Weaker Than Expected;

    05/03/2015 12:09:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    Economists have been overly optimistic on the majority of economic reports for going on six months. Today the Bloomberg Consensus estimate for construction spending was for a 0.4% gain. The actual result was a decline of 0.6%. Construction spending once again defied expectations. March construction spending dropped 0.6 percent against expectations of an increase of 0.4 percent. On the year, construction spending was up 2.0 percent, down from February's annual increase of 2.7 percent. Both residential and public building declined. While weather can still be blamed for some of the decline, a basic weakness in the building sector was apparent....
  • A Prayer for Marriage

    05/03/2015 11:42:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2015 | Matt Barber
    Abba, Father. Come now, Holy Spirit, and speak through Your humble servant. Let this prayer be Your prayer – truth in love, salt and light. And war. Lord Jesus, ours is a nation in rebellion. Evil is good and good evil. We are as drunkards, teetering at cliff’s edge – haughty, prideful, defiant and soft. We plead Your return, but tarry as told. We lament, like Lot, that a once great nation has been given over to a reprobate mind. Sodom crumbles about as we gaze palmward, distracted and glassy-eyed, at shimmering digital confections. They pound at our temple doors,...
  • False Fears About Free Trade

    05/03/2015 7:14:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Political debates often pit fear against hope, and when it comes to international trade agreements, many Democrats prefer to scare. It's a durable strategy that they can't relinquish -- even though it usually fails. If you're going to make a horror movie, you need a villain who can make your blood run cold. Despite endless efforts to pump this one up, the audience mostly yawns. Americans have gotten too used to the obvious benefits of trade to be terrified by German cars, Canadian oil or Chinese toys. The Obama administration is currently negotiating with 11 other nations on a Trans-Pacific...
  • Her Majesty Hillary’s Speech Police

    05/03/2015 7:05:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    U. S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont “independent” who caucuses with the Democrats and calls himself a “democratic socialist,” announced this week that he is seeking the Democratic Socialist Party’s nomination — er, I mean the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. One of the Vermonter’s most visceral claims to left-wing fame is his maintenance of a more ferocious hatred of the billionaire Koch brothers, David and his elder brother Charles, than any other progressive on the planet.Sanders is kompletely, krazily Koch-phobic. Back in 2013, when the scandal broke of veterans dying due to a lack of care from the VA,...
  • There Is Something Tawdry About It

    05/03/2015 6:36:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    It just is unseemly. It is not just the Clintons, but the Clintons are the most visible purveyors of the activities. No one wants our ex-presidents or vice-presidents living in poverty, but we provide a nice pension and some really capable staff. Trading on your elected position after being in national office just seems so – tawdry. Tawdry is much a term out of fashion, but befitting the situation. It is defined as “showy but cheap and of poor quality.” Unseemly, which is defined as “not proper or inappropriate” can also be used here. But neither term seems to fit...
  • Clinton Changes on Crime

    05/03/2015 6:19:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    "It's time to end the era of mass incarceration," Hillary Clinton proclaimed in a scheduled criminal-justice speech Wednesday that gave her the opportunity to address sentencing reform in the context of the troubles in Baltimore. It was a lukewarm effort in keeping with Hillaryland rules. Say as little as possible. Offend no interest group. Let handlers alert the media that the candidate is engaging in a big policy shift that is bound to attract young voters, even if the big policy shift leaves out specific positions on, say, marijuana legalization or the death penalty. I don't think it was smart...
  • Dear White Devils In Obamaland: You Can’t Call Black Rioters 'Thugs' Any Longer

    05/03/2015 5:41:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2015 | Doug Giles
    You know who hated the Baltimore riots this past week more than anyone else? Bruce Jenner, that’s who. I guarantee he was ticked after all the orchestrated Diane Sawyer hullabaloo of how he loves to strut around in Donna Karan evening wear on Friday nights with just his “close friends” got drowned out by Baltimore snappin’, cracklin’ and poppin’. Yep, Jenner was so ticked I heard he had to have an emergency mani-pedi spa day and a little Lane Bryant retail therapy just to chillax. Which is completely normal according to they and them, so don’t laugh and definitely don’t...
  • George W. Bush Bikes 100K With Wounded Vets

    05/03/2015 5:34:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Former President George W. Bush doesn’t like to complain. How can he when he’s riding through sunny trails alongside some of our nation’s heroes? Number 43 kicked off the 5th annual Warrior 100K in Crawford, Texas, a three-day bike event held to recognize wounded warriors.Fox News’s Dr. Marc Spiegel caught up with the former president before he hit the trails Thursday. President Bush explained what made this group of bikers so special.President George W. Bush's 2015 W100k bike ride (Video) “We’re here riding with people that got hurt. Yet they’re refusing to let their injury consign them to a dull,...
  • The New Dictionary

    05/03/2015 5:06:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2015 | Doug Giles
    In the 1980s there was a TV show called “Not Necessarily The News” on HBO that featured something called “sniglets.” Although it’s probably a hate-crime to say the word “sniglet” out loud now and will get you accused of homophone-a-phobia, a sniglet is a word that should appear in the dictionary but doesn’t. Sniglets have all but disappeared, but the dictionary itself might as well be thrown out too. Words that had unambiguous meanings for decades or even centuries have seen those definitions changed by progressives in the name of political correctness.To make sure you are up to date on...
  • Hawaii Raises Smoking Age to 21

    05/02/2015 2:31:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Dr Mark Skousen
    “The triumph of persuasion over force is a sign of a civilized society.” – Mark and Jo Ann Skousen, “Persuasion vs. Force” pamphlet The governor and the legislature of the state of Hawaii could learn a thing or two from the views my wife Jo Ann and I shared in our pamphlet, “Persuasion vs Force.” Read it here.Last week, Hawaii became the first state to raise the smoking age to 21. Let’s see, now, you can vote and go to war for your country but you can’t pick up a cigarette? What’s going wrong in this country when we...
  • IMF Proposes to Sabotage China’s Economy

    05/02/2015 1:40:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    For the people of China, thereÂ’s good news and bad news. The good news, as illustrated by the chart, is that economic freedom has increased dramatically since 1980. This liberalization has lifted hundreds of millions from abject poverty. The bad news is that China still has a long way to go if it wants to become a rich, market-oriented nation. Notwithstanding big gains since 1980, it still ranks in the lower-third of nations for economic freedom. Yes, thereÂ’s been impressive growth, but it started from a very low level. As a result, per-capita economic output is still just a fraction...
  • Dionne's Bad Advice for California GOP (Why would any one listen to a liberal?)

    05/02/2015 1:34:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    In his latest column, Washington Post commentator EJ Dionne advises National Republicans to learn from California's mistakes, or face declining voter support in election cycles to come.His first point of contact on this matter? The current Chairman of the California GOP, Jim Brulte:“California is the leading edge of the country’s demographic changes,” Brulte said in an interview. “Frankly, Republicans in California did not react quickly enough to them, and we have paid a horrible price.”That is true. Up to the early 1980s and the 1990s, California was a majority white state, Republicans did very well working the entire state. Other...
  • The Fallout of a Bad Deal with Iran

    05/02/2015 1:12:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Ed Feulner
    Ever since 9/11, whenever Americans seem especially polarized over a controversial issue, you’ll hear pundits recall how united we’d became in the aftermath of that vicious attack. Why, they ask, can’t we be like that again?A big part of the reason, frankly, is a lack of leadership at the top level. The tone set by President Obama and his team as they deal with world affairs hardly inspires confidence, either at home or abroad. And left unchecked, their lack of true resolve can lead to some very serious repercussions.Take our situation with Iran. Some of The Heritage Foundation’s top experts...
  • Silencing Skeptics, Conservatives and Free Speech

    05/02/2015 12:38:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Our scientific method and traditions of free speech and open debate are under assault as never before, by intolerant inquisitors in our media, universities, government agencies, and even Congress and the Vatican. They threaten our most basic rights and freedoms, our political and scientific processes – and ultimately our continued innovation and invention, energy reliability and affordability, job creation and economic growth, and modern living standards, health and welfare. Congressman Grijalva and Senators Markey, Boxer and Whitehouse sent letters to universities, think tanks and companies, demanding detailed information on skeptics’ funding and activities – in an attempt to destroy their...
  • The Lying Game

    05/02/2015 10:57:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Will the next presidential election be won by a lie? Truth has long since been replaced by “narratives” on the American left. Rather than discuss genuine issues and objective facts, progressives prefer to make up a politically effective story. It doesn’t matter whether the story is false, as long as it sways the public’s emotions and wins the day. The ends justify the means. This “lying game” strategy often shows up in politically sensitive scientific debates. In honor of Earth Week, let’s look at one of the patron saints of environmentalism, Rachel Carson. Carson wanted to eliminate DDT, the most...
  • Is There a Dime’s Worth of Difference between the Two Major Parties?

    05/02/2015 8:09:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    At last count there were about three dozen potential candidates for president on the Republican side. Although Hillary Clinton is the expected Democratic nominee, should she falter, there are probably about a half dozen people ready to take her place. Without knowing who the candidates will be and without knowing who will win the election, can we say today with some confidence what difference a Republican or a Democratic victory would mean in 2016? Paul Krugman asked this question the other day in The New York Times. His answer: parties matter a lot more than candidates, and if a Democrat...
  • Exclusive: Conservative Leaders Blast CBS News over Anti-Christian Bigotry

    05/02/2015 5:08:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 112 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    <p>Last week, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins was invited to be on "Face the Nation." What was supposed to be a cordial conversation about the Supreme Court and same-sex marriage turned out to be a professional ambush.</p> <p>Host Bob Schieffer pounced on the Family Research Council, calling them an anti-gay hate group. He was using discredited intelligence from the Southern Poverty Law Center. It was an ugly interview.</p>
  • The Reverend Sharpton Calls for the Nationalization of Police --

    05/01/2015 5:43:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: We obviously start in Baltimore today with the Baltimore state attorney, Marilyn Mosby, a press conference a little over an hour ago, announcing that six officers are going to be charged with varying degrees of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the transportation death -- ah, ah, ah -- in the death of Freddie Gray. Now, many people are wondering what is really going on here. I would like to explain to you. I would like for somebody else to explain to you in one sound bite what is going on here. This is yesterday and the National Action Network...
  • A Thug by Any Other Name

    05/01/2015 3:38:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Linda Chavez
    For most Americans, including President Barack Obama, the term "thug" seemed an appropriate appellation for the rioters who destroyed businesses, homes and other property in Baltimore this week. Now liberals are crying foul. The Baltimore Sun has editorialized, "Having city leaders apply it to the high school students and others who rioted throughout Baltimore tells the offenders that they weren't just wrong in what they did, but that they're also worthless because of it -- something too many people already believe." Baltimore's mayor, after initially using the term, apologized on Twitter: "That night we saw misguided young people who need...
  • Russian Reporter Assaulted and Robbed in Baltimore (Boo-Hoo)

    05/01/2015 3:27:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    “Give it BACK! …GEEVE EET BACK!” shrieked Russian reporter Paulina Leonovich as black thugs ran off with her purse in Baltimore last week. This reporter works for Vladimir Putin’s RT (Russia Today) TV network, which specializes in featuring the “terrible oppression” of “innocent blacks in racist America.” Am I the only person who laughed at the poor woman’s brief discomfiture? (Turns out she wasn’t hurt and the cops quickly ran down the thugs and retrieved her purse.) “Just desserts” some might say. “Mugged by reality,” say others. But her desserts are much juster than some think. It’s not Paulina Leonovich’s...
  • Bruce Jenner: Sensationalized Sex Icon of our Confusing Times

    05/01/2015 3:17:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Suzanne Fields
    In the age of the selfie, Bruce Jenner may be the icon of our time. He sustains two images of himself to mediate the feuding feminist and chauvinist attitudes at the center of today's battle of the sexes (should that be the "grind of the genders"?). At the age of 65, reflecting on his life as the athletic hunk who married three times and sired six children, he says he can now liberate a laidback distaff self that is the "soul of a woman." In an interview with Diane Sawyer of ABC News, the man most recently famous as the...
  • A Matter of Trust

    05/01/2015 3:10:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Reince Priebus
    For weeks now, we've been reading headline after headline about questionable practices at the Clinton Foundation. By now, you’ve likely heard troubling accounts about the Clintons’ secret foreign donors, their relentless profiteering, and support for troubling business deals that affect our national security. There’s a lot to digest, but why should Americans care about the Clintons’ finances and their foundation’s donor? The answer: it’s a matter of trust. Can Americans really trust Hillary Clinton? It’s a question all Americans will have to answer for themselves. (We already know from recent polls that a majority of Americans do not believe she...
  • Hillary Blames the Cops

    05/01/2015 3:05:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    Had Freddie Gray been robbed, beaten and left to die in the streets of his Baltimore neighborhood, no one would be mourning him today. No one would be marching for Freddie. No one would be using Freddie as the new poster child of "Black Lives Matter!" No one would care, three weeks later, but his family and friends. It was the manner of his death, suffering a fractured spine in police custody, that makes Freddie matter. For he can now be credibly cast in the victim's role in the great new narrative against America -- that ours is a society...
  • The Marshall Island's Cautionary Tale

    05/01/2015 3:01:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    On Tuesday, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps forcibly commandeered the Maersk Tigris as navigated its way through the Straits of Hormuz. Iran controls the strategic waterway through which 40 percent of seaborne oil and a quarter of seaborne gas transits to global markets. The Maersk Tigris is flagged to the Marshall Islands. The South Pacific archipelago gained its independence from the US in 1986 after signing a treaty conceding its right to self-defense in exchange for US protection. According to the treaty, the US has “full authority and responsibility for security and defense of the Marshall Islands.” Given the US’s...
  • Brace Yourself for More Baltimores

    05/01/2015 8:30:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 82 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen
    The sad scenes playing out in Baltimore are made sadder by the fact that more such incidents are likely over the coming years. That's because the problems in Baltimore did not begin with the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Tensions have been building for a very long time. Other cities from coast to coast have similar tensions ready to boil over. Some tensions are common to all cities -- pockets of economic devastation, laws that are enforced more strictly in some parts of town than others, bad apples among the police, thugs in the community and more. Some are...
  • Liberals Do Themselves No Favor by Denying Their Ideology

    05/01/2015 7:08:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    For the last 20 years, give or take another 50, one of the most cherished baubles of Beltway conventional wisdom has been that the Republican Party has moved too far to the right. We'll come back to that in a moment. Another beloved trinket in the nest of notions that make up elite groupthink is that liberals not only haven't moved left, but they aren't even liberals at all. A week doesn't go by without Barack Obama insisting that he's merely a pragmatist and problem-solver, with nary an ideological ax to grind. Shortly after he was re-elected, Obama told David...
  • America's Politics Is Polarized, But Britain's Is Fragmented

    05/01/2015 6:53:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Next week, Britain votes in its first general election in five years. Some aspects of its politics will be familiar to Americans. Polls show voters are dissatisfied with politicians of both parties, cynical about whether they will keep their promises and closely divided between two major parties, which have been in existence for more than 100 years. But there are differences as well, in contrast to decades when British and American politics seemed to move in tandem -- the 1980s of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, the 1990s of Bill Clinton's New Democrats and Tony Blair's New Labour. The most...
  • The 'Upgrading' of Bruce Jenner

    05/01/2015 5:55:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    The last year could be described as The Year of Transgender Propaganda. The Hollywood and news media push on the latest frontier of "gender fluidity" demonstrates the libertine left's absolute arrogance that the LGBT revolution is an unstoppable juggernaut. Time placed Laverne Cox on a "Transgender Tipping Point" cover last June, and the aggressive culture tipping took off. Amazon created a series around a retiree and father of three deciding he was a woman in "Transparent," and won Golden Globes. Fox's "Glee" had their female football coach grow a beard and be celebrated by a "historic" 200-member transgender choir. The...
  • Bernie Sanders: Don't Laugh

    05/01/2015 5:49:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Mark Davis
    Happy International Workers Day, the perfect occasion to write about Bernie Sanders, an actual Socialist running for President. The jokes fairly assemble themselves, mostly along the lines of: Sanders is far from the first Socialist presidential candidate, he’s just the first to admit it. You may assemble your own snarky rejoinders as the cranky 73-year-old gears up a challenge to Ms. Inevitability, Hillary Clinton. But once the chuckles fade, it is worth noting that Sanders brings some wild cards to the table. None of them suggest strongly that he will be the nominee, but they do suggest that he could...
  • Let's Not Spend Money

    05/01/2015 5:40:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    The Maryland Alliance for the Poor released a 2014 poverty profile for Maryland. The Catholic Charities of Maryland hosts a copy on its website. According to the report, the 2012 median income in Baltimore was $39,788. The U.S. Census notes that from 2009 to 2013, the median income was roughly $41,385. For comparison, the State of Maryland as a whole has a median income of $73,538. Baltimore is No. 1 in the child poverty rate. In 2012, "36.5 percent of children in Baltimore city lie below the poverty line -- $23,492 for a family of four," the Alliance for the...
  • Dems Milk Baltimore for All It's Worth

    04/30/2015 7:08:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now, I want to say some things here about Freddie Gray, but you run a risk in doing so. Some people might interpret as attacking victim, and I want to assure everybody it's not the case, and I want to remind everybody what I do here. You know, I'm a harmless, lovable, little fuzzball. I do not have an attack mentality. I'm not even offering this in any kind of a defensive posture. I just want people to understand what happens here. I go through the day, every day, and I consume news. It's one of my hobbies. It's...
  • Fox: Mayor Ordered Cops to Stand Down

    04/30/2015 6:56:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Remember after Toya Graham went out there and now, as they're saying, "beat" her son upside the head when she saw him rioting? Remember the police commissioner, Anthony Batts said, "More mothers should be like Toya Graham." In fact, do you remember on Monday? I made a big deal here out of telling you -- and I played the sound bites for you -- of all the people that are focusing on the children and how parents need to get better control of their kids, it's up to the parents. You had the police chief saying so, the mayor...
  • Will the Freddie Gray Story Go the Way of the Gentle Giant Meme?

    04/30/2015 6:37:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: There is a front-page story on the Washington Post today. Let me repeat this. A front-page story on the Washington Post, and it looks like the Freddie Gray story is gonna go the same way as the Gentle Giant's. The original Gentle Giant story was this: "The Gentle Giant was walking around town on a beautiful Saturday and he stopped into a convenience store to pick up some things that he wanted. "He left the convenience store with a friend, and he was very excited, the Gentle Giant was, about his upcoming first year at college! Yes, he was...
  • As Predicted, Left Attacks Toya Graham

    04/30/2015 6:22:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Another bit of evidence here demonstrating how you listen to this program regularly, and you will be on the cutting edge of societal evolution, and you will know in advance what is going to happen in the world of liberalism. On Tuesday on this program... This is the day, remember, that we had the mom. Toya Graham was inside her house. She's the mother of six kids in Baltimore. Does not have a job, does not have a husband, relies on the Democrat Party for everything, and she doesn't have anything. She watching television, and all of a sudden...
  • Can a One-Percenter Lead the Democrats?

    04/30/2015 4:42:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Does it strike you as an indication of a political party's robust vitality that in a country of more than 300 million people that party has just one likely nominee for president? Notwithstanding the fact that she has at her disposal nearly a billion dollars, she is 67 years old and stands accused of committing at least one felony. What country are we talking about, the old USSR? No, we are talking about the contemporary U.S. of A. This is the condition in which the Democratic Party now finds itself, and it calls itself the party of youthful...
  • One Mom at a Time

    04/30/2015 4:36:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Rich Galen
    Baltimore is only about 40 miles from Washington, DC. For decades Baltimore was where we went to watch Major League Baseball. There was a stadium in the middle of a neighborhood on 33rd Street. We commiserated with the city when the owners of the Baltimore Colts NFL team snuck out of town, literally, in the dead of night and surfaced in Indianapolis. The Inner Harbor has been a showplace for the revitalization of a downtown area since it was substantially completed in 1965. The Orioles and the Baltimore Ravens have stadiums that share a parking lot adjacent to the area....
  • DC's "Hardest Working Man" Is Model for GOP Success in 2016

    04/30/2015 4:22:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Matt Towery
    ATLANTA -- The late soul singer James Brown used to call himself the hardest-working man in showbiz. Now another Georgian, a U.S. senator, is proving to be the hardest-working man in his line of work. Many Americans likely don't know the name Johnny Isakson. He's not the type to ever push his name into the limelight. But insiders on Capitol Hill know him, and it's no secret that Georgia's senior senator is everyone's "go-to" person when it comes to producing concrete results and to promoting the conservative agenda in a businesslike and respectable manner. Isakson, who was sworn into office...
  • The Known and Unknown of the Ex-Im Bank

    04/30/2015 3:52:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    Editor's Note: The following column is by Veronique de Rugy. Have you noticed that everyone in the top tier of Republican presidential candidates -- Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Scott Walker and Jeb Bush -- has gone on record against a small New Deal-era crony agency called the Export-Import Bank of the United States? In fact, Sen. Rubio recently came out with all guns blazing against the bank, arguing that it picks winners and losers and shouldn't be reauthorized once its charter expires June 30. Maybe their commitment to end Ex-Im cronyism and corruption will rub off on their...
  • Until The Court Do Us Part?

    04/30/2015 3:34:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    In 2-1/2 hours of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, Justice Anthony Kennedy asked the right question: whether it is appropriate for the Court to discard a definition of marriage that "has been with us for millennia," adding, "it's very difficult for the court to say, 'Oh, well, we know better.' " Kennedy, who is regarded as the swing vote on this and many other controversial issues, may not answer his own question the way proponents of traditional marriage wish, but the question is not rhetorical. Should this court, or any court, re-define and force the states to...
  • The Tyranny of One Man's Opinion

    04/30/2015 1:39:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Thomas Cromwell was the principal behind-the-scenes fixer for much of the reign of King Henry VIII. He engineered the interrogations, convictions and executions of many whom Henry needed out of the way, including his two predecessors as fixer and even the king's second wife, Queen Anne. When Cromwell's son, Gregory, who became sickened as he watched his father devolving from counselor to monster, learned that an executioner for the queen had been sent for from France a week before her conviction, he asked his father what the purpose of her trial was if the king had preordained the queen's guilt...
  • Strawberry Field Hands Forever?

    04/30/2015 1:07:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    Immigration restrictionists often claim that there are no "jobs Americans won't do," if only US borders would be secured against economic migrants who are willing to work hard for low pay and few benefits. If the fruit-and-vegetable industry couldn't rely on seasonal farmhands from Mexico and Central America, for example, growers would perforce offer the higher wages necessary to attract American citizens to pick the country's fresh produce. What alternative would they have? Let crops rot in the field? Field workers pick strawberries in Oxnard, Calif. In reality, agriculture is no more of a zero-sum industry than any other, and...
  • Tell People They're Victims -- They'll Act Like Victims

    04/30/2015 1:00:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Larry Elder
    In watching Baltimore burn, "progressives" run out of scapegoats. Over a week ago, a black man named Freddie Gray died after being arrested by police. Videotape shows Gray being dragged into a police van. Within a less than half an hour, his spine was somehow severed and he died seven days later. Did an officer or the officers intentionally or inadvertently cause the injury? Did the vehicle suddenly stop, causing a possibly untethered or poorly tethered suspect/passenger to break his neck? Why was Gray stopped in the first place? Given that he ran from the police, did this provide a...
  • The Real Lesson From The Life And Death Of Freddie Gray

    04/30/2015 7:55:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    Having lived in Baltimore for 13 years and working now as host of a daily radio show on WBAL, the biggest station in the state, I’ve seen first hand the destruction of the past week, and the past few years. Having grown up in Detroit, I’ve seen what lies further down the road my city is traveling, and it’s not pretty. A who’s who of Maryland Democratic Party politics turned out for the funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old Baltimore man who died from a severed spinal cord injury that apparently occurred while in police custody. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake...
  • An Ironic Drought In California (It's Their Own Fault)

    04/30/2015 5:45:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The present four-year California drought is not novel -- even if President Barack Obama and California Gov. Jerry Brown have blamed it on man-made climate change. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California droughts are both age-old and common. Predictable California dry spells -- like those of 1929-34, 1976-77 and 1987-92 -- more likely result from poorly understood but temporary changes in atmospheric pressures and ocean temperatures. What is new is that the state has never had 40 million residents during a drought -- well over 10 million more than during the last dry spell in the early...
  • Beliefs and Outcomes

    04/30/2015 5:34:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    According to C.S. Lewis, "We are what we believe we are." If he is correct, then it raises this question: Do our beliefs on where we fit in among the economic classes create a self-fulfilling prophecy, and, if so, can downgrading our beliefs change our economic outcomes? We all know from experience that beliefs and outcomes can be mutually reinforcing, in positive and negative ways. The trainer who helped me get into the best shape of my life about eight years ago had a mantra that he drilled into my head: "You can do it; you can do it --...
  • Black Caller: I Was Told I Had to Be a Democrat or I'd Be a Traitor to My Race

    04/29/2015 2:16:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | April 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Bethie? Welcome to the program. Where are you in Texas -- or Connecticut. I'm sorry. Where are you? CALLER: Glastonbury. RUSH: What's that? CALLER: I'm in Glastonbury, Connecticut. RUSH: Glastonbury? CALLER: Yes. It's right just outside of Hartford, Connecticut. RUSH: Okay. Okay, Glastonbury. CALLER: Anyway, you asked the question earlier: Why are our people Democrats? Well, I was born in 1966. I was told I was a Democrat. I wasn't even given the option. RUSH: Right. CALLER: I was told I was Democrat because I'm Christian, black, poor, low-quality education, parents were on welfare. RUSH: Right. CALLER:...
  • Court Debates New View of Marriage

    04/29/2015 2:05:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | April 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    >RUSH: Samuel Alito, a justice, United States Supreme Court, during oral arguments, had a question yesterday. He said, "Why not let four lawyers marry one another?" This did not sit well with the same-sex marriage crowd. "If we're gonna change the definition," he said, "why not let four lawyers marry one another?" It's fascinating. It's almost identical to a question I had. Now, I'm not accusing him of anything. I'm thinking like minds think alike. Once you change the definition of marriage, where does it stop? It doesn't just stop with people of the same sex getting married. People in...
  • Baltimore Mom Trapped by Liberalism

    04/29/2015 1:58:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | April 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now, let's go to the audio sound bites for a minute. Toya Graham, CBS This Morning. She's the mom who was seen smacking her son who she found rioting in the street while watching the riots on TV. Gayle King said, "Tell us when you first saw your son. Take us back to that moment, Toya. Relive it with us." GRAHAM: To see my son come across the street with a rock in his hand... I think at that point I just lost it. I actually went to view Freddie Gray's body, and if he wanted to do that,...
  • What Democrats Have Wrought

    04/29/2015 1:47:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | April 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: The city of Baltimore and its government can be characterized in three words -- and I might add, much of the country can be characterized in three words. This is literally incredible what is going to happen today in Baltimore. You'll recall there was a Sunday Night Football game in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Eagles were hosting somebody, doesn't matter who, and there was a forecast the day before game of something like eight inches of snow. The mayor of Philadelphia canceled the Sunday night NBC telecast, canceled the football game because of the snow and all of the problems...