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  • Ex-CIA Chief Hayden: 5,000 Covert 'Boots on Ground' in Syria by Year's End

    09/14/2014 11:09:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 9/14/2014 | Greg Richter
    Despite pledges from the White House that no American ground troops will be sent to fight the Islamic State (ISIS), Gen. Michael Hayden, former head of the CIA and NSA, thinks that up to 5,000 Americans will be on the ground by the end of the year. "It might be through covert action rather than more overt activity," Hayden said on "Fox News Sunday." Hayden said those won't be regular combat troops, but intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, logistics, advice, command and control assistance and tactical air control parties. He said that even if America is successful, it can expect a three-...
  • Assault Weapons Revisited

    09/14/2014 9:21:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    americanprogress.org ^ | 9/12/2014 | Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons
    Twenty years after the successful passage of the federal assault weapons ban and 10 years after its expiration, the push for a federal ban on these guns seems stuck in neutral. But much more can be done to strengthen regulation of particularly dangerous guns and to ensure that laws regulating handguns and long guns make sense in today’s context.
  • Wind Turbines but no Power

    09/14/2014 8:44:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 9/13/2014 | Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser
    The highly touted, government-subsidized, unreliable, intermittent and expensive "alternative power" schemes currently in vogue are nothing but a phenomenal waste of money
  • Gabby Giffords: Gun Control for Women's Sake Now

    09/14/2014 8:17:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 71 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/13/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On September 12, TIME magazine ran a column by gun control proponent Gabby Giffords, in which she argued that gun control must be expanded for women's sake. Giffords' starts the column by revisiting the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) under Bill Clinton. She says that law has been good--"annual rates of domestic violence have dropped by more than half" since its passage--but she does not think it goes far enough. She wants a more stringent VAWA, one that expands gun control beyond marriage and into dating relationships. This would include new gun control laws for boyfriends, "partners,"...
  • The Assault Weapon Myth

    09/13/2014 11:43:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 9/12/2014 | LOIS BECKETT
    OVER the past two decades, the majority of Americans in a country deeply divided over gun control have coalesced behind a single proposition: The sale of assault weapons should be banned. That idea was one of the pillars of the Obama administration’s plan to curb gun violence, and it remains popular with the public. In a poll last December, 59 percent of likely voters said they favor a ban. But in the 10 years since the previous ban lapsed, even gun control advocates acknowledge a larger truth: The law that barred the sale of assault weapons from 1994 to 2004...
  • Panera + 13 other brands that have a 'No guns' policy

    09/13/2014 9:58:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 55 replies
    hlntv.com ^ | 9/11/2014 | Amanda Sloane
    Panera has just added itself to the growing list of companies who are asking customers to keep their weapons at home. The soup, sandwich and salad chain released the following statement this week: "We ask that guns not be brought into this environment unless carried by an authorized law enforcement officer. Panera respects the rights of gun owners, but asks our customers to help preserve the environment we are working to create for our guests and associates." Here are just a handful of other companies to ask the same:
  • PANTS ARE ON FIRE: Moms Demand Action making fudge with “facts

    09/13/2014 9:48:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    gunssavelife.com ^ | 9/12/2014 | unknown
    Miguel at Gun Free Zone has a great post about how Moms Demand Action are busy making fudge. Fudge as in fudging the truth into some bastardized “facts” to promote their flawed message. What flavor of fudge are the Mommies making up in the kitchen? They’re trying to claim that most every mass shooting incident has not occurred in a gun-free zone. How are they coming up with that? They aren’t relying on the FBI’s definition of a mass shooting, but instead counting crime scenes in private homes.
  • After 30 Years Of Lies, NY Times Admits “Assault Weapons Are A Myth”

    09/13/2014 9:27:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 76 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 9/13/2014 | Bob Owens
    In a stunning op-ed released Friday, the NY Times finally admitted that “assault weapons” are a made-up political term fabricated by anti-gun Democrats. Op-ed writer Lois Beckett also admitted that once the term was manufactured and used to outlaw a class of weapons that dishonest anti-gun Democrats had used to con an entire nation, nothing happened.
  • Susan Rice on ISIS: There’s a difference between a war and a counterterrorism operation, you know

    09/13/2014 9:05:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 53 replies
    hitair.com ^ | 9/12/2014 | Allahpundit
    Via Breitbart, another dim attempt by the White House to keep this new Iraq intervention in Americans’ rhetorical comfort zone. “Wars” are long, involve vast numbers of fighters on both sides, and absorb much blood and treasure; our “victories” in war lately tend to be unsatisfying and ephemeral too. “Counterterrorism,” though, is lightning fast, typically involves a small number of military assets, and is usually decisive. (It also conveniently doesn’t require a new AUMF.) The Bin Laden raid is the supreme example. By the White House’s own reckoning, rolling back ISIS will take three years at least, already involves a...
  • House passes bill to limit EPA overreach on ditch water

    09/13/2014 8:59:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 9/13/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    People like to say that the Do Nothing Congress generally lives up to its name, but this week the House of Representatives actually managed to get together and pass something. H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, somehow got to the floor for a vote and even garnered the support of 35 Democrats in addition to nearly all the Republicans. The subject at hand is the perennial thorn in the side of regulatory hawks, the Clean Water Act (CWA).
  • EU Dismantles Its Climate Commission Amid Economic Struggles

    09/13/2014 8:30:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 9/12/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    European Union leaders announced they will be consolidating energy and environmental goals under a new commissioner, effectively axing the intergovernmental groups’ climate arm as green policies are making it harder for citizens to pay their power bills. Former Spanish agriculture and environment minister Miguel Arias Canete was tapped by the EU Commission to take over a consolidated energy and climate office. Canete will be replacing Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard and Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger in what is seen as a huge blow to Europe’s global warming efforts.
  • The Army’s New Handgun: A Weapon for Criminals?

    09/13/2014 7:59:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 67 replies
    thefiscaltimes.com ^ | 7/29/2014 | Maureen Mackey
    There’s a new semi-automatic handgun on the horizon for the Army that U.S. consumers may have access to almost immediately. When that happens, America’s emergency rooms better be prepared for the carnage that’s likely to follow. Today, during a so-called “industry day,” the U.S. Army is briefing arms manufacturers on its requirements for a new handgun, The Atlantic reported yesterday. “Several gun makers will compete for the lucrative contract.”
  • Somebody get these guys in the White House a map

    09/13/2014 7:15:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/13/2014 | Ed Lasky
    So called “smart power” strikes again - and shows itself to be embarrassingly dumb. There is a great deal of focus on the Middle Easy and has been for years. One would hope our leadership would have at least the basics down. Not true.
  • Feminism has slain our protectors

    09/13/2014 6:31:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 44 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/13/2014 | Patrice Lewis
    Specifically, I admire men who are controlled, confident and who fulfill their biological destiny as protectors and providers. Men are essential for training boys to tame the testosterone and channel their natural strengths and aggressiveness in appropriate ways. Trained men are, in the words of columnist Dennis Prager, the glory of civilization. (It goes without saying that untrained men are its scourge, but that’s another column.
  • Climate-Change PAC in Crist’s Corner, Raining Millions Into Scott Race

    09/12/2014 6:51:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 9/11/2014 | Rod Kackley
    Part of those activities is a new organization and political action committee, NextGen Climate, launched in 2013 by Steyer. He is using it to campaign against politicians, mostly Republicans, whom he sees as climate-change deniers. Florida Gov. Rick Scott is at the top of the list.
  • A Hole in the Ozone, or a Hole in the Political Science?

    09/12/2014 6:41:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 9/11/2014 | Anthony Watts
    On September 10, an article written by Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press trumpeted a claim of good news with the headline: “Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering.” The basis for Borenstein’s headline is a statistical analysis: For the first time in 35 years, scientists were able to confirm a statistically significant and sustained increase in stratospheric ozone, which shields the planet from solar radiation that causes skin cancer, crop damage and other problems.
  • One-Percenters' Gun Control Would Mean 'Handgun Registration' for Washington State

    09/12/2014 6:11:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/11/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Initiative-594, the universal background check initiative being bankrolled by millionaires and billionaires in Washington state, will lead to "universal handgun registration" if passed. Page 2 of the 18-page initiative opens the door to such registration by "extending the requirement for a background check to apply to all gun sales and transfers within the state." This means record keeping, and record keeping means the formation of a database to compile the location of all known guns and the names of all known gun owners.
  • Living in a Sharia Enclave in America

    09/11/2014 8:56:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | 9/11/2014 | Y. Kerry Sara
    Many Americans believe that the effort by Islamic militants to recruit young men and women from the United States and Western Europe to fight on behalf of fundamentalist Islam is a recent phenomenon. However, I have personally watched many troubled people be targeted by Islamic radicals since I was a child. My experience has given me an up-close and personal look at Americans who, whether they realize it or not, are offering aid and comfort to the enemy in cities and towns all across our country.
  • Free Speech (If No One Objects)

    09/11/2014 8:38:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 9/10/2014 | Editors
    When, this spring, Brandeis University reneged on its commencement invitation to human-rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, it revealed the cravenness that characterizes many of America’s leading institutions of higher education. The decision of Yale’s William F. Buckley Jr. Program to invite Hirsi Ali to New Haven as part of its speaker series has exposed the same quality in many of that school’s students.
  • D.C. Gun control funding restored to Congressional spending bill

    09/11/2014 7:47:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    guns.com ^ | 9/11/2014 | Chris Eger
    The U.S. House this week removed a provision approved earlier this year that would have blocked funding for Washington, D.C.’s strict gun laws.
  • Missouri Senate Votes to Override Gov. Nixon's Veto of Armed Teachers Bill

    09/11/2014 6:53:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/11/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On September 10, the Missouri Senate voted to override Governor Jay Nixon's (D) veto of SB 656--the legislation to allow schools to train teachers to become "School Protection Officers" and carry guns with which to protect children on campus. SB 656 also allows people who possess a concealed carry permit (CCW) to openly carry firearms, and it lowers the legal age for a CCW from 21 to 19. The override passed by a margin of 23 to 8. A house vote is set for September 11, where the veto is expected to be overturned.
  • Global Warming and the Feynman test

    09/11/2014 6:24:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/11/2014 | Tom Trinko
    Modern climate fear-mongering is the latest example of the prostitution of science in the service of liberal ideology. Were polymath Nobel laureate physicist Richard Feynman alive today I suspect he’d be condemning the whole climate conspiracy as a gross abuse of the good name of science. Here’s how Feynman described real science:
  • 'Giant magnetic explosion on sun' racing to Earth

    09/11/2014 5:47:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 74 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/11/2014 | unknown
    Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say an “extreme” solar flare has been detected and while Earth appears to be in the bull’s-eye, exactly which part of the planet will see the biggest impact isn’t yet known. Such phenomenon can disrupt power grids, radio transmissions and other electronics, and in a worst-case scenario could actually take such systems down, perhaps for extended periods. Officials with the federal agency said the flare is near the center of the sun and happened at 1:45 EDT Wednesday.
  • If only Muslim states thought climate change was the “greatest challenge”

    09/10/2014 6:57:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 9/10/2014 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Secretary of State John Kerry has an interesting worldview if he believes that addressing “Muslim-majority” nations with the concept that climate change is the prevalent challenge for this generation. He probably wouldn’t get much agreement among the very people he thinks we should be protecting. Frankly, if Muslims were more worried about climate change perhaps there wouldn’t be such a surge in jihad, that is, if they believed that the so-called perpetrators of every evil, the West, weren’t the main reason for “global warming.” Trouble is, infidels are infidels as far as Islam is concerned and it would make no...
  • 'How does it feel to know you're killing innocent women and children?'

    09/10/2014 5:47:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/10/2014 | Dan Gordon
    That was the question that the major network correspondent of a major network morning show popped as her first query out of the box, to a soldier in a 155 MM howitzer artillery battery, during the opening days of the Second Lebanon War, against Hezb’allah terrorists in 2006. I was the reporter in question’s military escort officer. It was her first day in the war zone, in the first days of the war. Mind you there would indeed be incidents, later in the war, of inadvertent deaths of innocent civilians by Israeli artillery fire. Collateral damage, a euphemism for deaths...
  • Hot lunch debate as Bay Area schools go meatless on Mondays

    09/10/2014 5:11:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 9/9/2014 | Jill Tucker
    South San Francisco Unified joined the Meatless Monday movement this year, joining Oakland, West Contra Costa and several other districts that have adopted the campaign within the last few years. There are billions of animals slaughtered for food production each year, said Kristie Middleton, food policy manager for the Humane Society of the United States. "By going meat free just one day a week we can prevent some of this animal suffering," she said. "And we tell them a little about the Humane Society and animals," she said. "I like how they talk about compassionate eating. I think the kids...
  • Pastor tries to get guns off Chicago streets and the NRA calls him a terrorist

    09/09/2014 11:04:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 61 replies
    yourblackworld.net ^ | 9/9/2014 | Dr Boyce Watkins
    One of the great champions of the black community is Father Michael Pfleger, head pastor at the Saint Sabina Church on the southside of Chicago. Father Pfleger often works with another man for whom I have tremendous respect: Min. Louis Farrakhan of The Nation of Islam. Together, these two men provide beacons of hope for black families everywhere, while much of the Chicago elite simply tap dance around the most persistent problems in the African American community. One matter that Pfleger has addressed consistently is the need to get guns off the streets that are being used to murder so...
  • 'Where There's Smoke There's Fire,' So Somebody's Lying

    09/09/2014 10:25:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 9/9/2014 | Charlie Daniels
    Hidden things have a habit of coming to light after a while. This is especially true when the hidden thing is an exposed lie, propagated by more lies and cover ups, and involves the lives of four Americans, Ambassador Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Manager Sean Smith and two former Navy SEALs, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who were left alone to die at the hands of Islamic fanatics with no attempt at rescue on September 11, 2012. The issue was supposedly laid to rest by a congressional hearing, but only to the satisfaction of partisan politicians, lapdog journalists and...
  • Democratic Congresswoman Wants To Make Kindergarten Kids Learn About Global Warming

    09/09/2014 8:43:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 9/9/2014 | Eric Owens
    If you have been busy enjoying this summer’s unseasonably cool weather across much of the nation, you may have missed the National Clean Energy Summit last week. Sponsors of the one-day summit, held at the swanky Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in beautiful Las Vegas, Nev., included Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Center for American Progress, a leading liberal think tank. One of the summit speakers, Nevada Rep. Dina Titus, equated global warming skeptics with members of the Flat Earth Society, EAGnews.org reports.
  • Armed Citizen Stops Attempted Burglary Outside Kroger in Moms Demand Action's Backyard

    09/09/2014 7:52:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/8/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On September 8 an armed citizen shot and killed a man he claimed was trying to rob him outside an Indianapolis Kroger store. The allegedly robbery took place at the corner of West Michigan Street and North Holmes Avenue "just before 6:20 a.m." According to FOX 59, the suspect was armed and "was found next to an ATM" when police arrived. Indianapolis Metropolitan police West District Headquarters are located across the street, and officers ran toward the shooting when they heard sound of gunfire outside the headquarters.
  • University of California Students Had Better Wise Up and Learn Their Constitutional Rights

    09/09/2014 7:35:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/9/2014 | Velma Montoya
    Recent events on University of California campuses reveal a growing need for education about students’ constitutionally-guaranteed rights. Disgregard for Constitutional Rights On UC Campuses In one instance, University of California, Santa Barbara students allowed feminist studies associate professor Mireille Miller-Young (whose 2013 salary was $77,100) to steal and destroy an anti-abortion poster that constituted speech protected by the First Amendment and displayed in the Campus’ designated “free speech zone,” and to assault the young woman holding the poster.
  • Are the Orcs Winning?

    09/08/2014 8:10:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 9/7/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Fantasy versus reality. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings [1] was sometimes faulted by literary critics for caricaturing the evil orcs [2] as uniformly bad. All of them were as unpleasant to look as they were deadly to encounter. There is not a single good orc or even a reformed orc in the trilogy. The apparent one-dimensional assumption of men, hobbits, dwarves, and elves is that the only good orc is a dead orc. So the absolutist Tolkien tried to teach us about the enduring nature of absolute good and evil. Apparently he did not think that anything from...
  • The Generosity Of Gander

    09/08/2014 7:51:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 9/8/2014 | JImmy Reed
    On September 11, 2001, Delta Flight 15 received a terse directive: “All airways over the Continental United States are closed to commercial air traffic. Land ASAP at the nearest airport. Advise your destination.” Far out over the Atlantic on a flight from Germany to America, the captain adjusted his heading to land at Gander, Newfoundland. Those aboard noticed that the airport was cluttered with commercial aircraft, and knew something was terribly wrong. Once on the ground, the captain told them that terrorists had hijacked three domestic flights. They were horrified when he described events involving the World Trade Center and...
  • Senate Dems seek to rewrite First Amendment

    09/08/2014 7:26:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/8/2014 | Rick Moran
    The Democrat's attack on political speech will come to a point this week when the Senate votes on a measure that would overturn the Citizens United decision and give federal authorities the power to regulate all manner of political speech including books and pamphlets.
  • Seven Months Later, Orange County Concealed Carry Permits Have Doubled

    09/08/2014 6:53:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 9/7/2014 | Matt Vespa
    Last February, the Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over most of the Western United States, ruled that California’s concealed carry law was unconstitutional. The provision in the law stating that one must give “good cause” for a concealed carry permit was deemed too burdensome–and they’re right! After the ruling, Orange County saw a spike in concealed carry permits. It got to the point where the county had to spend an additional $1.6 million–and hire 14 part-time staffers–to process all the applications.
  • Poverty-stricken men and 70 virgins

    09/08/2014 6:30:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/8/2014 | Ben Kinchlow
    I hate to sound like a recording glitch, but on several occasions I have attempted to point out that the people with whom we are in conflict in the Middle East don’t think like we think. The most dramatic evidence of this was the recent beheading of two journalists by ISIS, or ISIL, (whatever the current label) terrorists. Make no mistake, these are not patriots, freedom fighters or defenders of liberty; they are terrorists, pure and simple.
  • Climate consensus plummets to 7.5%

    09/08/2014 6:22:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/8/2014 | Lord Monckton
    At the U.N. climate gabfest in Doha, exactly 21 months ago, world “leaders” decided they would extend the failed Kyoto Protocol from 2012 to 2020, with nations outbidding each other in their commitments to shut down their economies for no good reason at all. Technically, the Protocol had already lapsed, but world “leaders” do not pay much attention to the law. However, a show of hands at the lamentably disorganized Doha climate yadayadathon was not enough. Individual nations were required, under the usual rules for treaties, to lodge an instrument of accession to the amendment with the U.N. as the...
  • Something is rotten in America

    09/07/2014 6:25:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/7/2014 | David Lawrence
    Obama is rotten in America. He has caused the country to go from the class of Audrey Hepburn to the clumsiness of Anna Nicole Smith. He needs a triple-E bra to contain his ego. He was supposed to unite red and blue, white and black. Instead he has made divisiveness his specialty. There is no coordination between his speeches and their pragmatic realities. People rioted in Ferguson, Missouri over criminal Michael Brown’s death. Obama did not defuse the rampant hatred.
  • Obama administration pressured Fox News to back off Benghazi reporting

    09/07/2014 6:15:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 59 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/7/2014 | Carol Brown
    This past Friday, Greta Van Susteren reported on numerous ways the Obama administration has made it difficult for reporters to investigate Benghazi. Van Susteren said that it’s been “like pulling teeth” trying to get answers and that “the Obama administration’s behavior post-Benghazi has been weird; like they’re hiding something.” She went on to say that as Fox News continued to investigate and press for answers, the administration’s behavior got “even weirder. She noted two major press conferences – one with the State Department and one with the CIA – when Fox News was not invited.
  • Latino Leaders: Obama Betrayed Us With Immigration Flip-Flop

    09/06/2014 7:28:49 PM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 9/6/2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    President Barack Obama's decision to back down from his promises to take executive action on immigration reform until after the November midterm election could backfire on him, said Latino leaders Saturday, who vowed they won't forget the president and Democrats' "attempts to fool them" when the elections roll around. Early Saturday, Obama bowed to Democratic Party pressure and reversed course on taking executive action on immigration reform until after the November midterm elections, after leaders voiced concerns that his rulings could cost Democrats their control of the Senate.
  • I-594 campaign for universal background checks releases its first TV ad

    09/06/2014 9:32:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    inlander.com ^ | 9/5/2014 | Deanna Pan
    The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility launched its TV advertising campaign yesterday to promote Initiative 594, a statewide ballot measure to broaden background checks on all gun purchases. The ad, titled "Prevent," features former Bellingham Chief of Police Don Pierce. Citing FBI data, in the ad, Pierce credits current background check laws with stopping more than 40,000 people — "felons, domestic abusers, you name it" — from purchasing guns in Washington state.
  • Tesla's Nevada Bait and Switch

    09/06/2014 6:24:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/6/2014 | Chriss Street
    While continuing to collect massive corporate welfare from the Golden State, Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk can look forward to a business environment in Nevada with zero corporate income tax, zero individual income tax, plus lower sales and property taxes. Nevada is ranked 3rd best in the Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index. The Index compares the states in five areas of taxation that impact business: corporate taxes, individual income taxes, sales taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, and taxes on property, including residential and commercial property.
  • NY Climate Conference? Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That!

    09/06/2014 5:40:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 9/6/2014 | Megan Toombs
    Read the news. The. World. Is. A. Disaster. But, according to President Obama, “the world’s always been messy … we’re just noticing now in part because of social media.” #what? I guess, since Facebook and Twitter weren’t around, the folks who lived through World War I, World War II, and the Cold War never noticed those messy events. Be that as it may, even with all of the “messes” going on in the world, many leaders are taking a day to catch up in New York City at the UN Climate Summit, scheduled for September 23. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon...
  • Mandatory 'smartgun' 'would make every gun illegal'

    09/06/2014 5:25:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/6/2014 | Greg Corombos
    “We’re starting to see electronics embedded into guns. The smart gun controversy is out there, where a gun can actually recognize a user and then not work for someone who’s not authorized through that gun to use it,” Miniter said. “The anti-gun movement wants to make that mandatory. By making it mandatory, it would make every gun available now illegal.”
  • Happy 18th Birthday No Global Warming! After Nearly Two Decades, We're Still Waiting

    09/05/2014 7:55:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/5/2014 | James Delingpole
    All right, so we're slightly premature. By one measure - according to Bishop Hill - we're still a month away before "no global warming" achieves its coming of age. But by other measurements, as Matt Ridley notes in the Wall Street Journal, we're already as much as 19 or even 26 years into "no global warming" "depending on whether you choose the surface temperature record or one of two satellite records of the lower atmosphere."
  • Benghazi truth coming out, contradicting Obama administration story

    09/05/2014 7:35:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 73 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/5/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The rest of the media continues to ignore the revelations on Benghazi being uncovered by Fox News, but the scandal will not die. The official narrative has been a pack of lies from the start, beginning with the cooked-up video excuse. Now, thanks to CIA contractors who were there, we know that they were indeed instructed to stand-down, despite official denials, and that as a result Ambassador Stevens and 3 others were denied potential life-saving assistance. Fox News will broadcast a special today at 7 PM and 10 PM EDT, but here is brief summary from Fox:
  • Andrea Tantaros on DWS: "I Wish She Were A Man, I'm So Embarrassed!

    09/05/2014 6:56:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 9/4/2014 | Greg Hengler
    Could this actually be a new low for the hyphenated huckster?
  • Billionaire Liberal Donor Shifts Midterm Election Strategy

    09/05/2014 6:50:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 9/4/2014 | kevin glass
    "Our strategy is to do direct voter contact," Steyer said in a recent interview. "Particularly in an off-year election, which depends more on turnout, actually having people going out and directly speaking with voters face to face is actually the thing that changes elections."
  • Kids, Guns, and a Shooting Range

    09/04/2014 8:02:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 9/3/2014 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    To drive home a point in a conversation with me about guns, someone showed me a video where Penn Jillette of the famous “Penn and Teller Magic Team,” in an attempt to show you that violent video games don’t cause violence, or do not make kids violent, brought the reality of the firearm to a young man at a shooting range. The kid, who is an efficient violent killer on a video game system, had the chance to fire a rifle with all of the big scary cosmetics added to it that make gun control addicts scream and yell that...
  • Michael Bloomberg Returns to Private Business as Gun Control Push Is Failing

    09/04/2014 7:34:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/4/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    With gun control failing nationally, The New York Times reports that Michael Bloomberg is heading back to private business at Bloomberg L.P. This comes after he dumped $150,000 into the August 12th Milwaukee County Sheriff's race in an attempt to beat Sheriff David Clarke's "conservative pro-gun policies." Clarke won. Bloomberg lost. It also comes after his gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety aired a video meant to justify firearm confiscation for women's safety, but which inadvertently made the case for women to own guns to protect themselves. Breitbart News reported that after a female panel reviewed the commercial on...