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  • SENATOR BOOKER’S TALES COULD MAKE HIM VULNERABLE

    04/16/2014 12:01:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Human Events ^ | April 14, 2014 | Mark Impomeni
    Newark, April 10–New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (D) may be headed for a more difficult reelection campaign this fall than many political professionals seem to think. The reason: the mainstream press, which has been his biggest booster, is now beginning to question not only his veracity but his competence as Newark mayor, which recently took a hit from a report issued by the state comptroller. When he announced his intention to seek a Senate seat, Booker was considered a shoo-in. But the Senate campaign turned out to be no coronation. Although polls in early August had Booker with a 35-point...
  • Republicans try to address ‘war on women’ with an army of young volunteers

    04/15/2014 2:56:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 14, 2014 | Nia-Malika Henderson
    In the Obama era, Democrats usually have had two big advantages over Republicans: women and volunteers. This year, Republicans are trying to change that, seeking to amass an army of young female volunteers who can carry the GOP message and counter the “war on women” rhetoric that has been so effective for Democrats. Fresh off a week in which Democrats made it clear that a key part of their midterm message will be equal pay, Republicans are set to begin their own efforts to woo women to the polls, focusing on counties that went blue in 2012 and could tip...
  • New York Officials Argue for Flexibility with Gun Law Violators… As Long as They're on the City's...

    04/15/2014 12:50:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | April 11, 2014 | NA
    New York Officials Argue for Flexibility with Gun Law Violators… As Long as They're on the City's PayrollSome of New York's most strident gun control advocates have rushed to the defense of an unwitting traveler who was arrested at an airport for a technical violation of a draconian gun law. Has a new era of sanity arrived in the Big Apple? Not really. This defendant happens to be an NYPD officer who is alleged to have violated India's strict firearm regulations. On March 10th, NYPD Officer Manny Encarnacion was arrested when officials at the airport in New Delhi discovered three...
  • As Many As One Million Armed New Yorkers Are About To Break The Law

    04/15/2014 12:24:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 51 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/13/2014 | Frank Miniter
    This year April 15 is more than the tax deadline for an estimated one million New York State residents. It’s also the deadline to register “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines. If they don’t, they’ll begin living outside the law. A lot of them have decided to do just that. They’ve decided to practice civil disobedience even though failure to register an “assault weapon” by the deadline is punishable as a “class A misdemeanor,” which means a maximum sentence of one year in prison. I put “assault weapon” and “high-capacity” in quotes because their definitions vary by state—they’re political terms. In...
  • Regaining Middle America - Republicans must stop putting moneyed interests ahead of the American...

    04/14/2014 7:06:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 49 replies
    National Review Online ^ | APRIL 14, 2014 | Robert W. Patterson
    Republicans must stop putting moneyed interests ahead of the American family.Now taking his third shot at the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate from New Jersey, Jeffrey Bell has spent his career warning of the risks of kicking the cultural leg out from under Ronald Reagan’s coalition of defense, economic, and social conservatives. Indeed, his 2012 magnum opus, The Case for Polarized Politics, argues that social conservatism, rooted in the moderate Enlightenment that informed the Founders, is indispensable to American exceptionalism and to any Republican resurgence in our time. But the political theorist overstates the ability of even the most...
  • Book review: ‘Why Science Does Not Disprove God’ by Amir D. Aczel

    04/14/2014 3:39:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 10, 2014 | Alan Lightman
    In “Einstein, God, and the Big Bang,” a colorful chapter of his new book, Amir D. Aczel maintains that Albert Einstein truly believed in God. He points out that Einstein attended synagogue during his year in Prague (1913). He repeats several famous Einstein utterances mentioning the Deity: “Subtle is the Lord, but malicious he is not” and “I want to know God’s thoughts — the rest are details.” And he quotes from a letter the great physicist wrote to a little girl in January 1936: “Everyone who is seriously interested in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that some spirit...
  • Carney's Red Art

    04/13/2014 1:28:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 79 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 13, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Now that we know that Presidential spokesman Jay Carney and his wife, ABC correspondent Claire Shipman decorate their house with Soviet art, it is time to take a look at exactly which messages the DC power couple choose to surround themselves and their children with. First, take a look at the photograph provided by the Washingtonian Magazine, and annotated by The Week: Now, let’s focus on the poster on the right...
  • National School Lunch Program Embarrassment Continues

    04/13/2014 1:03:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    Reason ^ | April 12, 2014 | Baylen Linnekin
    The USDA has managed to make school lunches stink even more. So why does the government continue?>School lunches still stink. But now unprecedented numbers of students are refusing to eat them.Last month I noted that a GAO report had found that last school year's disastrous rollout of the updated USDA National School Lunch Program helped drive 1.6 million paying students from the lunch rolls. The new rules led some schools to abandon the program, as I reported in 2012. What's more, the new rules, championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, have also resulted in unprecedented mountains of food waste.As I...
  • The Civilianization of War

    04/11/2014 11:34:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    National Interest ^ | April 11, 2014 | Robert Haddick
    On April 8, Ukrainian Interior Ministry troops recaptured a government administration building in the eastern city of Kharkiv from pro-Russian demonstrators. Over the previous weekend those demonstrators had stormed the building, along with government buildings in the neighboring cities of Donetsk and Lugansk. After taking the building, the protesters had called for intervention from the Russian army, which lurked just over the border with some fifty thousand troops, presumably ready for action after more than a month of training exercises. Ukraine’s acting interior minister Arsen Avakov announced that the building in Kharkiv had been retaken without violence. This news was...
  • Preet Bharara won't rule out ethics probe into Gov. Cuomo

    04/11/2014 3:41:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | April 10, 2014 | Ken Lovett
    <p>US Attorney Preet Bharara of the southern district Thursday did not rule out investigating whether Gov. Cuomo and his aides improperly intervened with the investigations undertaken by the governor's anti-corruption commission.</p> <p>"We're going to look at the documents, we're going to see what the facts are, and if there are questions that are appropriate to ask, as I think the public knows by now, there are strong-willed and aggressive--but fair--people in my office who will ask those questions," Bharara said during an appearance Thursday morning on WNYC public radio's "The Brian Lehrer Show."</p>
  • Obama Budget Lays Groundwork for Universal Gun Registry

    04/10/2014 4:20:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | 10 April 2014 | Gun Owners
    Last Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder testified before a House appropriations subcommittee on behalf of his department's proposed budget for FY2015. Apparently, Holder didn't think anyone would read his written submission, because he all-but-admitted that Obama intends to implement a Universal Gun Registry by executive fiat.He also asked Congress to help fund so-called “smart gun” technology, which would prevent a gun from firing unless the shooter is wearing an accompanying bracelet or ring.“Smart guns” are a dumb ideaGiven that “smart gun” technology only works about 80 percent of the time -- according to the New Jersey Institute of Technology --...
  • Smart Guns Are Dumb - And Eric Holder is not exactly brilliant either.

    04/10/2014 9:23:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 9, 2014 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Addressing the assembled congressmen in his inimitable style last Friday, Attorney General Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that he wished to “explore” the opportunities that might arise were he to be given millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money and a copy of the movie Skyfall: I think that one of the things that we learned when we were trying to get passed those common sense reforms last year, Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a group of technology people and we talked about how guns can be made more safe. By making them either through fingerprint...
  • Holder blames gun lobby for contempt of Congress vote

    04/09/2014 3:49:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 8, 2014 | Kelly Riddell
    Attorney General Eric Holder blamed “the gun lobby” for being behind his 2012 contempt vote in Congress, in one of many heated exchanges with House Republicans Tuesday. The Republican-led House voted in 2012 to hold Mr. Holder in contempt of Congress — the first time ever for a sitting Cabinet member — for failing to provide key information about the “Operation Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal. In an oversight hearing Tuesday of the House Committee on the Judiciary, Mr. Holder said his contempt vote was “all about the gun lobby,” during a heated exchange with Rep. Louie Gohmert, Texas Republican....
  • Conservative media is unintentionally protecting Obama

    04/08/2014 1:48:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 5, 2014 | John Podhoretz
    When it comes to Obama-era scandals, the American Right’s predominant emotion is frustration — a frustration that causes hypertension levels usually seen only in Cubs fans and the unfortunates hired to do PR for Lindsay Lohan and Shia LeBoeuf... --snip-- Why is this happening? Ironically, the mainstream media heavyweights may feel liberated from the responsibility of covering Obama administration malfeasances because of the existence of the alternative conservative media that have arisen over the past 20 years — talk radio, Fox News, and multiple websites...
  • The game is up for climate change believers

    04/08/2014 1:17:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 50 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 06 Apr 2014 | Charles Moore
    Most of us pay some attention to the weather forecast. If it says it will rain in your area tomorrow, it probably will. But if it says the same for a month, let alone a year, later, it is much less likely to be right. There are too many imponderables. The theory of global warming is a gigantic weather forecast for a century or more. However interesting the scientific inquiries involved, therefore, it can have almost no value as a prediction. Yet it is as a prediction that global warming (or, as we are now ordered to call it in...
  • New Yorkers Rally For Gun Rights, Against Cuomo Regime

    04/07/2014 9:29:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    Human Events ^ | April 6, 2014 | Raquel Okyay
    (Photo courtesy of Carl R. Gottstein Jr.) By: Raquel Okyay4/6/2014 03:20 PMRESIZE: AAA Print More than a year after the New York governor’s landmark gun control law was enacted, thousands of New Yorkers poured into the state house in Albany to protest his governance and leadership.“There is nothing about the SAFE Act that makes us safer,” said Robert P. “Rob” Astorino (R-Mount Pleasant), executive of Westchester County and candidate for governor 2014. Astorino, who spoke to the crowd state police estimate at 3500, said the people were energized and enthusiastic about the Second Amendment. “It’s an issue that deals with...
  • Celebrate Conformity! (Mark Steyn)

    04/07/2014 3:35:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies
    steynonline.com ^ | April 4, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    On Wednesday, I wrote about the Mozilla CEO in trouble for a five-year-old donation to Proposition Eight, the successful California ballot measure that banned gay marriage - if only until America's robed rulers declared the will of the people to be "unconstitutional". Brandon Eich is a tech genius: Aside from co-founding Mozilla and creating Firefox, he also invented JavaScript. Apparently, the disgusting homophobic hatey-hatey-hateful belief that marriage is a sacrament between a man and a woman is not incompatible with knowing your way around a computer...
  • Gun advocates expect few registrations for April 15 SAFE deadline

    04/07/2014 9:55:45 AM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    Many New York gun owners expect the April 15 deadline to register assault weapons under the state’s strict new law to be largely ignored. “People are pretty much convinced once they get on this registration, the next time they’ll say they’ve got to turn them in,” said Stephen Aldstadt, president of the Shooters Committee on Political Education, who helped organize a protest at the Capitol this past week against the law. The state’s SAFE Act, spearheaded by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and passed in the wake of the 2012 school shooting in neighboring Connecticut, bans New York sales of semi-automatic...
  • Here’s How to Think About Russia and the Ukraine Crisis

    04/06/2014 9:45:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | March 27, 2014 | DANIEL LARISON
    Answering the key questions about NATO, Putin’s intentions, and what George Kennan would do.The Obama administration has imposed economic sanctions on Russian officials, and Russia has been suspended from the G-8. Some in the U.S. are calling for stronger punitive measures. Is this a bad idea?Some punitive measures, including the targeted sanctions that have already been applied, may serve a limited purpose in expressing U.S. and European disapproval of the seizure and annexation of Crimea. Stronger measures, such as sector-wide sanctions on Russian finance, have the potential to be very damaging to Europe, Russia, and the global economy as a...
  • Soft power meets hard fact - The failings of a soft power approach to Russia

    04/06/2014 5:25:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    The New Criterion ^ | April 2014 | Masthead Editorial
    In February, noting events in Ukraine, we wrote in this space that history seemed to be stirring once again (if it had ever really slept). In Ukraine, at least, the observation “It’s about Russia” is not only accurate but thorough. When The New Criterion began publication, in September 1982, the Soviet colossus still cast its dismal, blighting shadow over Eastern Europe and the countries girdling the Black and Caspian Seas. The sudden disintegration of what Ronald Reagan aptly called “the evil empire” caught most pundits, and most Western politicians, entirely off guard. That eventuality was not part of the script...
  • Why did the National Republican Congressional Committee Young Gun Program just endorse a RINO in...?

    04/05/2014 4:31:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    RedState ^ | April 1st, 2014 | NA
    Why did the National Republican Congressional Committee Young Gun Program just endorse a RINO in New Jersey?TEA Party conservative Steve Lonegan is fighting RINO unknown Tom MacArthur for the soul of the GOP in New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district.Liberal Republican Mayor Tom MacArthur of Randolph has a lot of money but not a lot of support. And so, like any former insurance company CEO with ties to AIG, he’s trying to buy it by bribing the local GOP county clubs in New Jersey’s third congressional district. MacArthur gave over $25,000 to the Ocean GOP County to buy the powerful organization’s...
  • Gay-Rights McCarthyism Takes Brendan Eich Scalp

    04/05/2014 3:06:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    American Conservative ^ | April 3, 2014 | Rod Dreher
    Are you now or have you ever been against gay marriage? Shoot one Brendan Eich, teach 1,000: Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves. We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better. Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this...
  • Dems’ Voter-Fraud Denial - How do you address a problem they insist doesn’t exist?

    04/05/2014 9:20:07 AM PDT · by neverdem · 39 replies
    National Review Online ^ | APRIL 3, 2014 | John Fund
    The spin doctors who deny the existence of voter fraud have no boundaries. “Plans to fight voter fraud are based on nightmares, tall tales, and paranoid fears,” says Scott Keyes of the liberal Center for American Progress. Voter fraud is so rare “you’re more likely to get hit by lightning than find a case of prosecutorial voter fraud,” asserts Judith Browne-Dianis, co-director of the liberal Advancement Project. Kim Strach, the new director of North Carolina’s Board of Elections, disagrees. She just searched a database that comprises about half the registered voters in the U.S. and found 35,750 voters in her...
  • N.C. State Board Finds More than 35K Incidents of ‘Double Voting’ in 2012

    04/03/2014 11:59:02 AM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 2, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    North Carolina’s Board of Elections found that tens of thousands of registered voters from the state have personal information matching that of registered voters in other states, and appear to have voted in states other than North Carolina in 2012. In some cases, votes were cast under names of individuals who had passed away before Election Day. The review searched databases in 27 other states and 101 million voter records for information such as matching names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers. The review found that 35,570 North Carolina voters from 2012 shared the same first names, last names,...
  • Johnny, Get Your Gun-Free Zone (Mark Steyn)

    04/03/2014 10:09:42 AM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    steynonline.com ^ | Apr 3, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    I have written for years about America's absurd paramilitarized bureaucracy: the federal Secretary of Education who employs not a single teacher but is the only education minister in the western world with his own SWAT team; Virginia's beverage regulators with their crack sparkling waterboarding team; USDA's Bunny Team Six; Wisconsin's Deer Team Six; the IRS agents ready to take out your W2 with an AR-15... Apparently the only government department without a military force at its disposal is the military. So when a lone shooter opens up at an army base, Fort Shock'n'Awe has to call 911 and "shelter in...
  • California's Anti-GMO Hysteria

    04/01/2014 4:02:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 64 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 31, 2014 | Henry Miller
    A new bill to mandate labeling of genetically altered food gets history and science all wrong.Last week, in a victory for California’s radical anti-technology minority, S.B. 131 passed the state’s senate Health Committee by a vote of five to two. This misguided piece of legislation, introduced by state senator Noreen Evans, would require that “any food, except as provided, offered for retail sale in the state be considered misbranded if it is entirely or partially genetically engineered, as defined, and that fact is not disclosed in a specified manner.” In other words, it would require a label to inform consumers...
  • U.S. Supreme Court Gives Broad Reading to Federal Firearm Prohibition for "Domestic Violence"

    03/31/2014 2:54:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 65 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | March 28, 2014 | NA
    Since 1996, the so-called "Lautenberg Amendment" (named for its sponsor, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)), has banned the acquisition or possession of firearms by anyone convicted of a "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence." Applicable crimes are limited to those that have "as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon" and that are committed by persons with a specified relationship to the victim, such as a current or former spouse or a parent. The prohibition applies no matter when the offense occurred and can include convictions that predated the 1996 law....
  • The Key to the Next Energy Revolution?

    03/31/2014 12:26:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 13 March 2014 | Robert F. Service
    The Scripps Energy and Materials Center (SEMC)Transformer. A catalyst made with thallium (orange) readily converts methane (gray and white molecule) into liquid methanol, a starting point for producing commodity chemicals and fuels. Natural gas is great at heating our houses, but it’s not so good at fueling our cars—at least not yet. Researchers in the United States have discovered a new and more efficient method for converting the main components in natural gas into liquids that can be further refined into either common commodity chemicals or fuels. The work opens the door to displacing oil with abundant natural gas—and reducing...
  • Gunshot victims to be suspended between life and death

    03/28/2014 7:48:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 56 replies
    New Scientist ^ | Helen Thomson | 26 March 2014
    Doctors will try to save the lives of 10 patients with knife or gunshot wounds by placing them in suspended animation, buying time to fix their injuriesNEITHER dead or alive, knife-wound or gunshot victims will be cooled down and placed in suspended animation later this month, as a groundbreaking emergency technique is tested out for the first time.Surgeons are now on call at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to perform the operation, which will buy doctors time to fix injuries that would otherwise be lethal."We are suspending life, but we don't like to call it suspended animation because...
  • Preserving the Mary Rose

    03/28/2014 1:01:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 21 March 2014 | Jon Evans
    The Tudor battleship has been stabilised and is now on display in a new museum. Jon Evans explores the chemistry stopping those timbers shivering To avoid potentially damaging shrinkage, the hull was sprayed with water for about 12 years, then with PEG for 19 years © Peter Phipp / Travelshots.com / Alamy In many ways, the sea has not been particularly kind to the Mary Rose, the flagship of Henry VIII’s navy when it faced an invading French fleet at the mouth of Portsmouth Harbour in July 1545. For a start, it engulfed the ship, with the loss of over 350...
  • The NRA Wins Again

    03/28/2014 12:06:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | MAR 28 2014 | CONOR FRIEDERSDORF
    The Newtown shooting led gun-control advocates to try the same failed strategies again. And once again, they didn't work. After the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, many in the American media insisted that the tragedy should prompt a "conversation about gun control." These articles were written as if there had never been such a conversation. In fact, the issue had been debated for decades. Given the results, I argued, there was no reason to presume that a new conversation would end in more gun control. That conversation has now come and gone. The result? "Perverse as it may sound, the...
  • The Plan for Police Nullification

    03/28/2014 9:43:51 AM PDT · by neverdem · 51 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 26, 2014 | Selwyn Duke
    “I [sic] give my left n** to bang down your door and come for your gun,” said the cop. This statement, made by Branford, Ct., police officer Joseph Peterson in a Facebook conversation earlier this month, created quite a news-cycle firestorm. Internet commenters from Sacramento to Saratoga struck a note of defiance and e-shouted the ancient words of Spartan King Leonidas, “Molon labe!” On the other side there’s Ct. governor Dannel Malloy (D), who said to a gun owner at a March 13 town-hall meeting that the anti-Second Amendment set won and “you lost.” But it occurs to me that...
  • Climate Alarm - Climate science moves in one direction, the AAAS moves in the other.

    03/28/2014 9:28:42 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 27, 2014 | Paul C. Knappenberger
    In its new report on the risks from human-caused climate change, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) sets climate science back rather than “advancing” it. The report, counterfactually titled “What We Know,” is more an account of what the scientific community thought it knew about a decade ago than an up-to-date telling of current understanding. Not surprisingly, the group ignores the fact that climate science is moving in a direction that increasingly suggests that the risk of extreme climate change is lower than has been previously assessed. Instead, the AAAS continues to play up the chance of...
  • 25 pharmaceutical companies will phase out animal antibiotics

    03/27/2014 6:42:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 26, 2014 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration says 25 pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat. Citing a potential threat to public health, the agency in December asked 26 companies to voluntarily stop labeling drugs important for treating human infection as acceptable for use in animal production. The FDA did not name the one company that has not agreed to withdraw or revise its drugs...
  • Attention Connecticut Gun Owners and Sportsmen - Next Round of Anti-Gun Law Provisions Take...

    03/27/2014 4:53:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | March 27, 2014 | NA
    Next Round of Anti-Gun Law Provisions Take Effect on April 1The last major round of provisions in Senate Bill 1160(PDF) (now Public Act 13-3), passed in the Connecticut General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Dan Malloy (D) last year, take effect on Tuesday, April 1.EFFECTIVE ON APRIL 1, 2014: Individuals must apply for a “long gun eligibility certificate” through the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (“DESPP”) to purchase any rifle or shotgun. You are exempt from this requirement if you have a Connecticut permit to carry a pistol or revolver; a pistol or revolver retail sales...
  • Obamacare Faces Judgment - This week, the courts are weighing it. (John Fund)

    03/27/2014 10:26:04 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 27, 2014 | John Fund
    Obamacare was under assault from two directions this week in the courts. The Supreme Court heard the Hobby Lobby religious-liberty case, a dispute over whether corporations could be forced to supply contraceptives as part of their health plans. But a far more serious threat to the heart of Obamacare — a challenge to the state exchanges through which subsidies to buy insurance are issued — played out in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals courtroom a few blocks away. That threat has the administration very, very afraid. Now we know why Democrats were so eager to use the “nuclear option”...
  • State Sen. Leland Yee indicted on arms trafficking, corruption charges

    03/27/2014 8:54:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 42 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 03/27/2014 | Howard Mintz, Josh Richman and Jessica Calefati
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Known for navigating the state Capitol's backrooms and this city's complicated political landscape, state Sen. Leland Yee now is accused of consorting with notorious felons, accepting money for his cash-strapped political campaigns in exchange for favors and promising undercover FBI agents he could deliver connections to international gun runners. In a stunning development that almost certainly torpedoes Yee's quest for statewide office, the San Francisco Democrat wound up glum and disoriented in a federal courtroom Wednesday. The politician who introduced anti-gun-violence legislation is now charged with trafficking in firearms and public corruption in an FBI undercover operation...
  • Loud + Weak = War (Victor Davis Hanson)

    03/25/2014 2:58:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 25, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    China and Russia are no more impressed with empty bluster today than Japan was in 1941. The Roosevelt administration once talked loudly of pivoting to Asia to thwart a rising Japan. As a token of its seriousness, in May 1940 it moved the home port of the Seventh Fleet from San Diego to Pearl Harbor — but without beefing up the fleet’s strength... --snip-- Being weak is sometimes dangerous. Being loud, self-righteous, and weak is always very dangerous indeed.
  • THE CARBON DIOXIDE LEVEL IS DANGEROUSLY LOW

    03/25/2014 7:21:07 AM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    Human Events ^ | 3/24/2014 | David Archibald
    The following as been excerpted from Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century will be Nasty, Brutish, and Short by David Archibald:The United States is needlessly penalizing itself and squandering its resource endowment, all because of the big lie that carbon dioxide is causing dangerous global warming. The Chinese, in contrast, merely pay lip service to that big lie. The only reason they are making a token effort on the “global warming” front is to encourage Western countries to continue hobbling their own economies. One can be forgiven for thinking that there must be some truth in the...
  • NRA: Federal surveillance policies could lead to gun registry

    03/24/2014 7:39:22 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 16, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    The National Rifle Association has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a case in federal court in New York challenging the federal government’s data surveillance techniques, arguing the data collection violates the First Amendment and could undermine federal privacy laws that prohibit the formation of a registry of firearms or gun owners. The gun rights group is supporting a request by the American Civil Liberties Union to reverse a ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that upheld the surveillance policies. The brief filed this month comes as privacy issues and government spying has once...
  • Transnational Transgressions: In Kosovo and Honduras, Obama-ite foreign policy gave Putin...

    03/22/2014 1:45:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | MARCH 22, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    In Kosovo and Honduras, Obama-ite foreign policy gave Putin effective precedent.‘Your independence is irreversible, absolutely irreversible.” So declared Vice President Joe Biden, thrilling a parliamentary assembly in Pristina, Kosovo. These were still the early months of the Obama administration, and the vice president was touring the Balkans to take a victory lap in the breakaway Serbian territory whose independence he’d done so much to champion as an influential senator. As Vladimir Putin tucks away Crimea, just as he clawed South Ossetia and Abkhazia back from Georgia five years ago, Kosovo is worth remembering. So is President Obama’s staunch support of...
  • Republican Teatime: The Tea Party Isn't Dead—And It's Far Bigger Than Just Primary Challengers.

    03/22/2014 9:24:45 AM PDT · by neverdem · 48 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 3.21.14 | Matt Purple
    Several writers are clattering around with wooden carts and shouting for Tea Partiers to bring out their dead. “I see a Tea Party whose influence is gradually declining, not increasing,” writes Molly Ball. “The Tea Party’s Over,” editorializes Josh Kraushaar. “Talk of a tea party takeover of American politics – or the Republican Party – has faded of late,” observes Chris Cillizza. Commentary on the Tea Party has revolved between relieved notices of its death and apocalyptic warnings of its Gríma-like power over the catatonic GOP. And while it’s tempting to think we’ve merely swung back to the death notice...
  • SCOTT WAGNER BEATS THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT - CAP and a Pennsylvania write-in revolt.

    03/20/2014 11:24:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3.20.14 | Jeffrey Lord
    First, it was a Florida congressional race. Now? A Pennsylvania special election for the state Senate. The Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania scores a major win — and yes, the winner says he heard about Obamacare. Scott Wagner is a Pennsylvania state Senator this morning. It wasn’t supposed to happen. In a stunning upset, the York County businessman, taking a stand against the state’s political establishment of both parties, made state history by winning a special election for the Pennsylvania state Senate — in a write-in landslide, defeating both the Republican and Democrat nominees. Wagner captured 48 percent of the vote....
  • Nuclear lessons in Ukraine: Russia's weapons expose Washington's weakness.

    03/20/2014 2:12:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    USA TODAY | March 19, 2014 | James S. Robbins
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  • Putin: The Mask Comes Off, But Will Anybody Care?

    03/20/2014 1:28:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies
    The American Interest ^ | March 15, 2014 | Walter Russell Mead
    Russia appears to be deliberately fomenting more violence in Ukraine, possibly in advance of an invasion. Putin is no Hitler, but Hitler would recognize his moves. Violence is spreading throughout Ukraine on a course that looks exactly like conscious and deliberate Russian preparation for a wider war. Without telepathic powers it is impossible to know what is going on in the mind of the one man who can control developments in Ukraine, but overnight the chances of additional Russian military action against its helpless neighbor appeared to grow. On Friday in Donetsk conflict between pro-and anti-Russia groups left one man...
  • Gestational diabetes may raise risk for future heart disease

    03/16/2014 12:21:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Science Recorder ^ | March 14, 2014 | James Fluere
    History of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus and Future Risk of Atherosclerosis in Mid‐life: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study Gestational diabetes can be controlled with meal planning, activity and occasionally insulin or other types of medications. Science Recorder | James Fluere | Friday, March 14, 2014 According to a statement from the American Heart Association, gestational diabetes — a condition characterized by high blood sugar levels that is first recognized during pregnancy — may increase risk for heart disease in midlife. Fortunately, the condition can be controlled with meal planning, activity and occasionally insulin or other types of...
  • The Blue Steel Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

    03/15/2014 6:18:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 17th, 2014 | Michael Walsh
    Every American should rejoice over last week’s stunning 2-1 Second Amendment decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which invalidated San Diego’s unconstitutionally restrictive infringements regarding the right to bear arms. The irony will be lost on no one, especially on the Left. Per the Los Angeles Times: In a significant victory for gun owners, a divided federal appeals court Thursday struck down California rules that permit counties to restrict as they see fit the right to carry a concealed weapon in public. The 2-1 ruling by a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel would overturn restrictions on...
  • Are the Millennials Reliably Leftist?

    03/15/2014 12:01:10 AM PDT · by neverdem · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Marck 15, 2014 | Janice Shaw Crouse
    According to exit polling data, in both the 2008 and 2012 elections, Millennials (young adults 18 to 33) were a reliably leftist demographic, both in their voting and their views. Now, it appears that – even though they remain decidedly liberal on political and social issues – this influential group of Americans is up for grabs in the 2014 and 2016 elections. That is to say that no specific politician or ideology can count on their support. The Pew Research Center’s just-released survey reveals that as they move into adulthood, the Millennial generation is “at or near the highest levels...
  • IS THE LEFT LOSING ON ABORTION?

    03/14/2014 8:15:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 3.11.14 | Natalie deMacedo
    It looks like the Democrats are steadily losing the war on women. The state of West Virginia, which votes for Republican presidents but has a Democratic governor and state legislature, passed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks because babies are viable outside the womb and can feel pain. West Virginia is the first Democrat-ruled state to do so, and the vote was not even close: The state’s Democrat-led House the House passed the bill 85-15, according to the Associated Press. The Senate had previously passed the bill 25 to 9, according to the Herald Dispatch. The outstanding support for...
  • WHEN BLACKS VOTED 80 PERCENT DEM, MALCOLM X CALLED THEM ‘CHUMPS’

    03/14/2014 3:40:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies
    Human Events ^ | March 13, 2014 | Larry Elder
    When blacks gave 80 percent of their vote to the Democratic Party in 1964, black activist Malcolm X called them “political chumps.” White voters, X said, “are so evenly divided that every time they vote, the race is so close they have to go back and count the votes all over again. Which means that any bloc, any minority that has a bloc that sticks together is in a strategic position. Either way you go, that’s who gets it.” Yet Democrats, said Malcolm X, failed to deliver on a promised and much anticipated new civil rights bill, knowing the party...