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  • Polamalu retires from football (Pittsburgh Steelers)

    04/10/2015 12:43:44 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 44 replies
    Uniontown Herald-Standard ^ | 4-10-2015 | Jim Wexall
    April 10, 2015 Polamalu retires from football Jim Wexall Troy Polamalu called Dan Rooney last night to inform him he was retiring from football. The Steelers had asked Polamalu to retire in February, but he resisted until the realization came upon him in church this week, the Holy Week of the Greek Orthodox Church. “It’s all about family,” said Polamalu in a phone interview. “I live here in Pittsburgh now, and since the end of the season I’ve had a chance to enjoy my family on a level I never had before. It was awesome.” Polamalu retires after 12 seasons,...
  • Reporters refuse Obama's dismissal from golf course, are sent to the 'shed'

    03/28/2015 8:13:56 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-28-2015 | Paul Bedard
    March 28, 2015 Reporters refuse Obama's dismissal from golf course, are sent to the 'shed' By Paul Bedard In its latest attempt to shut down media coverage, the White House Saturday dismissed reporters to their Florida hotel by declaring a news "lid" even though President Obama was just beginning his golf game — but the press pool voted to stay.After a two hour flight, Obama motorcaded to the posh Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City to play a round and also stay.At that point, the pool reporter, Byron Tau of the Wall Street Journal, wrote in his report to...
  • Durbin vs Schumer? Harry Reid not seeking re-election in 2016

    03/27/2015 7:43:02 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 19 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 3-27-2015 | Lynn Sweet
    March 27, 2015 Durbin vs Schumer? Harry Reid not seeking re-election in 2016 Lynn Sweet WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid D-Nev., on Friday announced he would not seek re-election in 2016, throwing the succession spotlight on Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill., the number two Democratic leader and Sen. Chuck Schumer D-NY, a rung down on the leadership ladder. Durbin and Schumer will now be pitted in a leadership fight – and be looking over their shoulders at other up and coming ambitious younger Democratic senators who may try to leapfrog over them. Among them: Sen. Patty Murray D-Wash. and...
  • Obama: 'Hands-Up-Don't-Shoot' is our new foreign policy

    03/23/2015 12:17:08 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 4 replies
    The Peoples Cube ^ | 3-23-2015 | Kommissar Brainiac
    March 23, 2015Obama: 'Hands-Up-Don't-Shoot' is our new foreign policy by Kommissar Brainiac The White House announced today that it is adopting an entirely new foreign policy, based on the "Hands-up-don't-shoot" movement that is gaining momentum with community organizations throughout the U.S. "If it works in the streets of America, if it is effective as our domestic strategy, it can work as foreign policy doctrine as well," President Obama said at a press conference Monday. "This may sound like a harsh measure, but we won't hesitate to use it when safety of all Americans is at stake," he added. It is...
  • SENATE DEMOCRATS VOTE TO PAY CASH BENEFITS TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

    03/19/2015 5:45:06 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 32 replies
    POWERLINE ^ | 3-19-2015 | John Hinderaker
    POSTED ON MARCH 19, 2015 BY JOHN HINDERAKER IN DEMOCRATS, IMMIGRATION SENATE DEMOCRATS VOTE TO PAY CASH BENEFITS TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS The Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration has repeatedly warned that illegal immigrants are collecting billion of dollars in refundable tax credits to which they are not legally entitled. This outrageous situation can be corrected rather easily, by requiring tax filers to supply a valid Social Security number in order to claim the Additional Child Tax Credit. Today in the Senate Budget Committee, Jeff Sessions proposed an amendment that would do exactly that, thereby saving American taxpayers billions...
  • Netanyahu warns: The Left is busing Arabs to vote, the Right is in danger

    03/17/2015 9:27:50 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 18 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-17-2015 | Lahav Harkov
    March 17, 2015 Netanyahu warns: The Left is busing Arabs to vote, the Right is in danger Lahav Harkov Funding from foreign governments to get more Israeli Arabs to vote worked, which means all right-wing people must make sure to go to the polls, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tuesday. "The right-wing government is in danger. Arab voters are going en masse to the polls. Left-wing NGOs are bringing them on busses," he said. Netanyahu's message, delivered in a video on Facebook, came shortly after the Joint List of Arab parties announced that as of 11 a.m., 10 percent of...
  • Hillary’s Email Trickery

    03/07/2015 7:43:38 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 35 replies
    the weekly Standard ^ | 3-16-2015 | Mark Hemingway
    Hillary’s Email Trickery MAR 16, 2015, VOL. 20, NO. 26 BY MARK HEMINGWAY Upon learning that Hillary Clinton used a private email account to conduct all official business during her tenure as secretary of state, CNN’s Dan Merica remarked, “GOP aides on the Benghazi committee have long said they were going to find something others hadn’t. And they did.” The New York Times broke the news, though its own report reveals the story was essentially gift-wrapped: “The existence of Mrs. Clinton’s personal email account was discovered by a House committee investigating the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi.” Michael...
  • Obama was as clueless about 9/11 as he is about ISIS

    03/01/2015 12:07:34 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 39 replies
    New York Post ^ | 2-28-2015 | Paul Sperry - Commentary
    February 18, 2015 Obama was as clueless about 9/11 as he is about ISIS Paul Sperry That President Obama won’t call it Islamic terrorism; that he believes we shouldn’t be on a “high horse” because America and Christians have done bad things; that Muslims are victims of “bigotry and prejudice”; that his State Department says it’s the lack of jobs, not religion, that fuels ISIS, should come as no surprise. After all, he said the same thing about 9/11. In 2004, Obama released an update of his 1995 memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” with a little-noticed new preface about the...
  • House Democratic campaign arm fundraises off shutdown that didn't happen

    02/28/2015 11:00:24 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 6 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2-28-2015 | Susan Ferrechio
    February 28, 2015 House Democratic campaign arm fundraises off shutdown that didn't happen by Susan Ferrechio The House Democratic fundraising arm had to retract an email sent to supporters this morning that declared the Department of Homeland Security shut down at midnight. "Here's the bad news," the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said in an email. "Republicans forced a shutdown of Homeland Security. It started at MIDNIGHT last night. Now more than ever we need to raise $200,000 to launch an effective Rapid Response campaign against obstructionist Republicans." Congress voted last night to keep the department funded for a week, averting...
  • Kerry’s Attempted Netanyahu Nuke Eviscerates Obama National Security Team

    02/25/2015 5:24:14 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2-25-2015 | Jamie Weinstein
    Fenruary 25. 2015 Kerry’s Attempted Netanyahu Nuke Eviscerates Obama National Security Team by Jamie Weinstein Secretary of State John Kerry sought to discredit Benjamin Netanyahu’s views on what needs to be done to stop Iran Wednesday — but in so doing, he set a standard that discredits the top national security officials in the Obama administration, himself included.Appearing before the House Foreign Committees hearing Wednesday, Kerry suggested that Netanyahu’s support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq invalidated his current position on what needs to be done to stop Iran’s nuclear program.“The prime minister was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the...
  • Bill De Blasio’s NYC Too Corrupt to Host DNC

    02/12/2015 12:00:38 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 30 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2-12-2015 | Brent Scher
    February 12, 2015Bill De Blasio’s NYC Too Corrupt to Host DNCBrent ScherNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s bid to play host to the Democratic National Committee’s 2016 convention was derailed by corruption scandals surrounding Democrats such as former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, the New York Post reports.Democrats announced on Thursday that they would be holding the convention in Philadelphia despite de Blasio’s full-scale campaign to bring the convention to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.The Post reports that a major reason Democrats passed on New York City was a fear that more federal corruption charges could be on the way. One national...
  • Tightrope Walker - Scott Walker impresses conservatives, but he still needs...an immigration policy.

    02/09/2015 2:47:12 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | 2-9-2015 | Andrew Johnson - Commentary
    FEBRUARY 9, 2015 4:30 PM Tightrope Walker Scott Walker impresses conservatives, but he still needs to settle on an immigration policy. By Andrew Johnson Does Scott Walker have an immigration problem? While many of the Wisconsin governor’s potential 2016 rivals have put forward concrete plans in recent years to fix what everyone now acknowledges is a broken immigration system, Walker has been conspicuously vague when asked for his own views on the issue. Governors gearing up for a presidential run often struggle to get themselves up to speed on national issues. While they can tout their executive experience, which appeals...
  • Is Texas ‘Crazy’ or Is It the Real America?

    02/08/2015 4:27:10 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 83 replies
    National Review ^ | 2-8-2015 | John Fund
    FEBRUARY 8, 2015 6:00 PM Is Texas ‘Crazy’ or Is It the Real America? Its undeniable economic success will be an issue in 2016. By John Fund Last week, everywhere I went in Washington it seemed as if the country’s cultural and ideological divisions came down to a debate over the state of Texas and whether or not it was “a crazy state” or the “place that is still most like America.” Congressman Alcee Hastings, a Florida Democrat, started the rumble during a House committee meeting by saying that Texas’s refusal to join Obamacare’s exchanges made it “a crazy state.”...
  • This must be a government building…

    02/02/2015 3:41:56 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 37 replies
    iOTWReport.com ^ | 2-2-2015 | BFH
    February 2, 2015 This must be a government building… by BFH
  • Obama On Wheel of Fortune

    01/31/2015 10:50:36 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 16 replies
    iOTWREPORT.com ^ | 1-31-2015 | BFH
    January 31, 2015Obama On Wheel of Fortuneby BFH
  • Biden Laments What The Obama Administration Has Done To America

    01/30/2015 6:23:57 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1-30-2015 | Jim Treacher
    January 30, 2015 Biden Laments What The Obama Administration Has Done To America Jim Treacher If you don’t like what you’ve seen since Election ’08, you’ve got company. Tell ‘em, Joe! BIDEN VIDEO“To state the obvious, the past six years have been really, really hard for this country.” Yep. I called it even before these idiots got elected: Biden Clarifies Earlier Remarks on His Dread of an Obama Administration.
  • IRS targeting could cost 10 years in jail under Cruz bill

    01/29/2015 5:49:45 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 1-28-2015 | Editorial Staff
    January 28, 2015 IRS targeting could cost 10 years in jail under Cruz bill Editorial Staff Ted Cruz wants IRS employees guilty of targeting to be the ones forking over their money, this time — at least.The Texas senator announced legislation this week to punish the type of alleged singling out of tea party groups under ex-official Lois Lerner with a fine, jail time, or both. And the prison sentence could be hefty — up to 10 years. Cruz quoted President Obama’s own words back to him in making the case that it was about time. “In May 2013 President...
  • Pelosi gropes for a game plan

    01/26/2015 5:25:26 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 1-26-2015 | Lauren French & Anna Palmer
    Pelosi gropes for a game plan Heading into a retreat in Philadelphia, House members say Democrats have no message and no clear strategy to retake the majority. By LAUREN FRENCH and ANNA PALMER 1/26/15 5:36 AM EST Nancy Pelosi has big problems in her ranks. The California lawmaker is facing some of the most serious unrest she’s ever seen in her dozen years as the leader of the House Democrats: Members complain that the party has no message and no clear plan to retake the majority, despite good news on the economy that should have brought rewards at the polls....
  • Ted Cruz and the Ice Giants

    01/18/2015 12:56:41 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 1-17-2015 | Josh Gelernter
    JANUARY 17, 2015 Ted Cruz and the Ice Giants Senator Ted Cruz now oversees NASA, and that’s a very good thing.By Josh Gelernter Neptune, photographed by Voyager 2 in 1989. (NASA)With the GOP in charge of the Senate, Ted Cruz has taken charge of the Science, Space, and Competitiveness subcommittee. Which means Ted Cruz now oversees NASA. On Wednesday, Cruz issued a statement saying that “Our space program marks the frontier of future technologies for defense, communications, transportation and more, and our mindset should be focused on NASA’s primary mission: exploring space and developing the wealth of new technologies that...
  • Rick Perry Rides Again

    01/15/2015 6:42:35 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | January 15, 2015 | Eliana Johnson
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE JANUARY 15, 2015 3:30 PM Rick Perry Rides Again And it looks like he’s ready.By Eliana Johnson Austin, Texas — In the fall of 2002, when Jeb Bush was running for reelection as governor of Florida, his older brother made several visits to the Sunshine State to campaign on his behalf. It was a dozen years ago, but a former aide to George W. Bush recalls the scene easily. Air Force One sat on the tarmac in Tampa. On board, the governor was sitting with presidential aides around a table in the plane’s conference room. When the...
  • Highway protests hinder transport of Easton trauma patient

    01/15/2015 12:53:12 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 43 replies
    WHDH.com ^ | January 15, 2015 | Kimberly Bookman
    <p>I hope there are laws in place that state if you willfully block traffic, and a person dies as a result, you get arrested for manslaughter.</p> <p>An ambulance carrying a person seriously injured in a car crash in Easton had to be diverted.</p>
  • AS LONG AS OBAMA BROUGHT UP THE COST OF COLLEGE ...

    01/14/2015 6:39:30 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 34 replies
    Ann Coulter ^ | 1-14-2015 | Ann Coulter
    AS LONG AS OBAMA BROUGHT UP THE COST OF COLLEGE January 14, 2015 I gather from Obama's "free" community college proposal that his plan for dealing with the Republican Congress over the next two years is to throw out ridiculously expensive ideas no one has ever heard of before, and then denounce Republicans for being naysayers. Community college is already incredibly inexpensive. The only thing that will jack up the price is making it "free." How about a big federal program to provide every American with free toilet paper? Coincidentally, that's about all most college degrees are good for these...
  • Docs: Ahead of 2012 Presidential Election Lois Lerner Begged Supervisor Not to Visit IRS Office

    01/14/2015 1:47:19 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    Townhall ^ | 1-14-2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Docs: Ahead of 2012 Presidential Election Lois Lerner Begged Supervisor Not to Visit IRS Office Katie Pavlich | Jan 14, 2015 New emails obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit show former IRS official Lois Lerner begged her supervisor not to visit the Cincinnati office or ask specific questions related to Congressional inquiries into whether the agency was improperly targeting conservative groups just ahead of the 2012 presidential election. As a reminder, it wasn't until May 2013 when Lerner admitted inappropriate targeting had occurred and plead the Fifth in front of the House Oversight Committee. “Please don’t...
  • Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s ‘Berlin Wall’

    01/11/2015 4:31:37 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 80 replies
    National Review ^ | 1-11-2015 | John Fund
    JANUARY 11, 2015 6:00 PM Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s ‘Berlin Wall’ The woman insiders describe as the president’s “real chief of staff” keeps out bad news and new ideas. By John Fund It’s high time the news media paid more attention to Valerie Jarrett. An old Chicago friend of both Barack and Michelle Obama’s, she exercises unusual influence in the White House as a “senior adviser.” Many in Washington believe that she is at the heart of the disappointment the Obama administration has become. They are unwilling to say so in public. But the evidence keeps piling up. One who is...
  • Bush Was 100% Right After 9/11

    01/09/2015 6:39:59 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 71 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 1-9-2014 | David Horowitz
    January 9, 2015 Bush Was 100% Right After 9/11 David Norowitz The Islamic terror attack on the magazine Charlie Hebdo was carried out by Muslim criminals who were apparently trained in Yemen. Meanwhile, national security officials are warning of an imminent threat to Europe and the United States from jihadi soldiers who are returning from the wars in Syria and Iraq. According to the head of the FBI and other first responders there is no way to stop their re-entry because, after all, they have American passports. Nor is there any way to stop them in Syria and Iraq since...
  • DYING FOR A CIGARETTE IN NEW YORK

    01/08/2015 12:58:08 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 26 replies
    Ann Coulter ^ | 1-7-2014 | Ann Coulter
    DYING FOR A CIGARETTE IN NEW YORKJanuary 7, 2015 If you're wondering why New York City police officers keep turning their back on Mayor Bill de Blasio, let's review parts of the mayor's recent speech on the Eric Garner case that have been removed from the "Official Website of the City of New York." De Blasio said: "I was at the White House the other day, and the president of the United States turned to me and he said that [De Blasio son] Dante reminded him of what he looked like as a teenager." Why does Obama think every black...
  • The Unspectacular NOW! - For feminists and gun-grabbers, an infantile rallying cry

    01/05/2015 12:17:41 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 1-4-2015 | Kevin D. Williamson - Commentary
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE JANUARY 4, 2015 The Unspectacular NOW! For feminists and gun-grabbers, an infantile rallying cry By Kevin D. Williamson Time is running out to do something stupid and irreversible. Act now! “Now,” especially when followed by an exclamation point, or written in all capital letters, or both — Now! — is the least conservative word in the English language. “We must act now,” proclaims a gentleman bearing the appropriately apocalyptic name of “Flood” in the letters section of the Times-Argus of Vermont. The subject is global warming: “It is unjust and immoral for us to leave a damaged...
  • Cops ignore Bratton, turn backs on de Blasio at officer’s funeral

    01/04/2015 12:39:34 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 83 replies
    New York Post ^ | 1-4-2015 | Shawn Cohen and Aaron Short
    <p>Thousands of NYPD cops turned their backs on Mayor de Blasio on Sunday outside a Brooklyn funeral home as he eulogized a murdered NYPD officer inside.</p> <p>As de Blasio addressed the loved ones of Detective Wenjian Liu in the Aievoli Funeral Home in Bensonhurst, the sea of blue watching the funeral on huge TV screens outside showed their disgust for Hizzoner by turning around as he spoke.</p>
  • Florida Republican Steps Forward as Alternative to Boehner for Speaker

    01/03/2015 8:08:30 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 55 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | Rob Bluey
    January 3, 2915 Florida Republican Steps Forward as Alternative to Boehner for Speaker By Rob Bluey In a daring move just days before the next election for House speaker, Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., today offered himself as an alternative to incumbent Speaker John Boehner, the party establishment’s choice.Boehner, who has served as speaker since 2011, will likely face his first formal challenge from a member of his own party on Tuesday when lawmakers convene for the 114th Congress. The Daily Signal has learned Yoho is one of several Republicans weighing a run for speaker.“The American people have allowed us to...
  • Obama Releases Osama bin Laden Adviser Who Vowed to Kill Bush

    01/02/2015 2:21:56 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 50 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 1-2-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    January 2, 2014 Obama Releases Osama bin Laden Adviser Who Vowed to Kill Bush by Daniel Greenfield It’s a shame that the Navy SEALS decided to disobey Obama’s orders and killed Osama, instead of taking him back for trial. If Osama were still alive, Obama would have set him loose. Since Osama is feeding the squid somewhere, Obama had to settle for the next best thing and released a veteran senior terrorist who was also one of his military advisers.After releasing a nuclear terrorist, Obama decided to give the Jihad a New Year’s present by freeing 5 more terrorists. They...
  • LIBERALS: IF THE SHOE DOESN'T FIT, MAKE EVERYONE WEAR IT

    01/01/2015 3:33:07 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 71 replies
    Ann Coulter ^ | 12-30-2014 | Ann Coulter
    LIBERALS: IF THE SHOE DOESN'T FIT, MAKE EVERYONE WEAR IT December 30, 2014 It is a common practice of the left to stage an incident and then demand enormous legal changes to respond to their hoax. Griswold v. Connecticut was a scam orchestrated by Yale law professors to challenge the state's anti-contraception law. The case was a fraud: The law had never been enforced and never would have been enforced, until the professors held a press conference announcing they were breaking the law. But we still got the new constitutional "privacy right" which, less than 10 years later, transmogrified into...
  • (I say, I say, there be a) WHOLE LOTTA RACISM GOING ON (round here!)

    12/31/2014 7:21:23 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 16 replies
    Power Line ^ | 12-31-2014 | John Hinderaker
    December 31, 2014 WHOLE LOTTA RACISM GOING ON by John Hinderaker President Obama says that race relations have improved on his watch, which seems obviously untrue. 2014 will go down in history as the year when there was a racist under every bed. Grabien has assembled these clips from the past year, in which 39 things are claimed to be racist. It would be funny if the Democrats’ stirring up of racial conflict were not having tragic consequences:
  • Planes Filled the Sky - Remembering the Battle of the Bulge

    12/28/2014 6:53:44 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 62 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 5-12, 2014 | Warren Kozak
    Planes Filled the Sky Remembering the Battle of the Bulge. Warren Kozak January 5 - January 12, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 17 Exactly seventy years ago, Allied forces in Europe experienced an all-too-common occurrence in war: a huge intelligence failure that led to a surprise attack, followed by a horrific battlefield disaster. That it was transformed into victory by the Allies  was due, in large measure, to the incredible bravery of young Americans, who were outnumbered, outgunned, and fighting in some of the worst physical conditions of World War II.Seventy years later, the Battle of the Bulge is not as...
  • KNEEPAD ALERT: FOODIE OBAMA IS HIPPEST PRESIDENT EVER!

    12/28/2014 3:02:28 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 33 replies
    Power Line ^ | 12-27-2014 | John Hinderaker
    December 27, 2014 KNEEPAD ALERT: FOODIE OBAMA IS HIPPEST PRESIDENT EVER! By John Hinderaker By any reasonable standard, the Obama administration has been a train wreck. But that doesn’t prevent our state media from fawning over him as though he were the reincarnation of George Washington. Here, it is CBS, telling us that Obama is a “foodie” who eats at the trendiest restaurants, is “far hipper” than other presidents; in particular, “so much cooler than President Bush.” Actually, if you watch to the end you will get a clue as to why President Bush generally chose not to dine out...
  • Frontpage’s 2014 Person of the Year: The American Police Officer

    12/26/2014 8:50:35 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 60 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 12-26-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    December 26, 2014 Frontpage’s 2014 Person of the Year: The American Police Officer By Daniel Greenfield As we sit here in our homes with our families and loved ones around us, tens of thousands of children wonder if their parents will come home tonight. Their fathers and mothers aren’t stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan. They’re on duty in places like Englewood in Chicago where there are 2 violent crimes for every 1,000 people in one month, Columbus Square in St. Louis or Bedford-Stuyvesant in New York City where two police officers were just murdered. The men and women of law...
  • ABOUT THAT 5% GDP GROWTH RATE…

    12/26/2014 2:41:46 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    Power Line ^ | 12-26-2014 | John Hinderaker
    December 26, 2014 by John Hinderaker About that 5% GDP Growth Rate… Just before Christmas, the Commerce Department announced that third quarter GDP growth came in at an upwardly-revised 5% annual rate. Nearly everyone hailed this as wonderful economic news. The New York Times celebrated the apparent return to rapid growth: [H]ere, for the holidays, is the festive news: The economy roared ahead at a 5 percent annual growth rate in the July through September quarter, the fastest quarterly growth since 2003. …The biggest revision that boosted G.D.P. was in personal consumption spending, the biggest engine of overall economic activity,...
  • 2 of 3 Most Admired Figures on the Right are Black

    12/23/2014 2:13:36 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 74 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 12-22-2014 | Daniel Greenfield - Commentary
    December 22, 2014 2 of 3 Most Admired Figures on the Right are Black by Daniel Greenfield The statistic is interesting. Of the most admired figures on the right in John Hawkins’ survey, two out of three are black: 1) Scott Walker (63) 1) Clarence Thomas (63) 1) Thomas Sowell (63) Race I think here is mostly an accident. What the three men have in common is that they are respected without being controversial or especially partisan.Scott Walker has kept his national presence light and is mainly known for local reforms. Clarence Thomas has been a quiet force advancing conservative...
  • The IRS Must Be Put Down Like a Rabid Dog

    12/20/2014 3:12:44 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 47 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12-17-2014 | John Linder
    ContributionThe IRS Must Be Put Down Like a Rabid Dog Dec. 17, 2014 3:25pm John Linder John Linder served in Congress for 18 years from Georgia. He and his wife, Lynne, have retired to a farm in Northeast Mississippi. Since it was first disclosed that the IRS abused the taxpayers and the law, the Democrat refrain has been, “…it is clear that there was no White House involvement…” Well, now it is clear that there was White House involvement, but it is against the law to disclose it.A watchdog group, Cause of Action, filed a Freedom of Information Act...
  • For His Own Sake, Mark Levin Should Leave the GOP

    12/20/2014 2:32:27 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 97 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 12-19-2014 | Peter Wehner - Commentary
    December 19, 2014For His Own Sake, Mark Levin Should Leave the GOP Peter Wehner Anyone who listens to the radio talk-show host Mark Levin knows he’s become a harsh, nightly critic of the Republican Party. To understand just how harsh, you should listen to his monologue from the other day...
  • OBAMA’S MOVE TO STRENGTHEN CUBA WILL ALSO HELP RUSSIA, IRAN, NORTH KOREA AND VENEZUELA

    12/18/2014 11:32:52 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    Power Line ^ | 12-18-2014 | John Hinderaker
    December 18, 2014 OBAMA’S MOVE TO STRENGTHEN CUBA WILL ALSO HELP RUSSIA, IRAN, NORTH KOREA AND VENEZUELA by John Hinderaker President Obama has chosen an odd time to begin a diplomatic and economic relationship with Cuba that undoubtedly will strengthen Cuba’s economy and thereby, in all probability, prolong the rule of the Castro brothers and make it more likely that they will be succeeded by another generation of Communist tyrants. In recent years, Cuba has aligned itself militarily with an international rogues’ gallery: Venezuela, of course, but also Russia, Iran and North Korea. As we noted here, Havana hosted a...
  • Obama Revisits the Army Base Where His Buddy Bill Ayers Tried to Kill Servicemen

    12/15/2014 6:06:43 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | 12-15-2014 | Deroy Murdock
    December 15, 2014 4:12 PM Obama Revisits the Army Base Where His Buddy Bill Ayers Tried to Kill Servicemen By Deroy Murdock Obama is speaking this afternoon at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. This mouthful is known more commonly as Fort Dix.Obama has an unusual connection to this place, which makes his appearance there eerie, to say the least.Obama began his first Illinois state senate bid with a meet-and-greet in the Chicago home of Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Obama could not have picked a harder-Left living room in America in which to stage his first campaign reception. Ayers and Dohrn were...
  • Remembering Glenn Miller

    12/15/2014 10:09:30 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 53 replies
    National Review ^ | 12-15-2014 | Spencer Case
    DECEMBER 15, 2014 4:00 AM Remembering Glenn Miller Big-band giant, down-to-earth guy, devoted patriot — and he might have some new albums on the way. By Spencer CaseOn the stormy day of December 15, 1944, a military plane transporting big-band superstar Major Glenn Miller to Paris for a Christmas broadcast disappeared over the English Channel. It’s worth taking a moment, on the 70th anniversary of that event, to consider whom America lost. What Miller accomplished in his 40-year lifetime is astonishing. During the 1930s, Miller was among a handful of innovators, along with Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, who brought...
  • COMING SOON TO A UTILITY BILL NEAR YOU? (No Mitt Romney!--NEVER AGAIN!!!)

    12/14/2014 4:57:31 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 42 replies
    Power Line ^ | 12-14-2014 | Steven Hayward
    December 14, 2014 by Steven Hayward Coming Soon to a Utility Bill Near You? The New York Times today has a long news story (“Energy Bills Send Shivers in New England”) about soaring utility bills in the Northeast, where many people are seeing 100 percent increases in their energy costs over just a few months ago: For October, [John York] had paid $376. For November, with virtually no change in his volume of work and without having turned up the thermostat in his two-room shop, his bill came to $788, a staggering increase of 110 percent. “This is insane,” he...
  • Andrew Klavan: Black Leader Al Sharpton

    12/14/2014 10:21:57 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 12-12-2014 | Andrew Klavan ~ Commentary
    December 12, 2014 Andrew Klavan: Black Leader Al Sharpton by Andrew Klavan In this special episode, our politically correct host, Andrew Klavan, takes a look at the disturbing history of the Reverend Al Sharpton – called reverend because he is revered, by Al Sharpton. See the video and transcript below. VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:I’m Andrew Klavan and this is the Revolting Truth.Everywhere you look these days, there’s Al Sharpton… it’s strange, even after you wake up screaming, he’s still there. It’s like one of those Blumhouse movies. If he’s not in some city calling for protests because a cop killed a thug...
  • What Exodus: Gods and Kings Gets Right

    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE~ DECEMBER 13, 2014 4:00 AM What Exodus: Gods and Kings Gets Right Ridley Scott offers some fresh perspectives without straying unforgivably far from Biblical orthodoxy. By Josh CraddockJoel Edgerton (left) and Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and KingsBringing familiar Bible stories to the silver screen is a risky enterprise. A director must avoid mere rehash of previous tellings (think Cecil B. DeMille’s opus The Ten Commandments) but without allowing artistic license to veer off into offensive parody. That’s a difficult task when some 3.8 billion people believe the source matter is sacred revelation from God himself. In...
  • Naked College Students Vs. Black Lives Matter protesters

    12/13/2014 11:32:33 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 53 replies
    iOTW REPORT ^ | 12-13-2014 | Cardigan
    December 13, 2014 Naked College Students Vs. Black Lives Matter protesters by Cardigan Dean of College Rakesh Khurana speaks on behalf of protesters during Primal Scream early Thursday in Harvard Yard. Dean of Student Life Stephen Lassonde stands at his side.Dean of College Rakesh Khurana attempts to gain the attention of the participants of Primal Scream by climbing onto the shoulders of a Primal Scream runner Thursday in Harvard Yard. Other students organized a protest in response to recent police brutality that attempted to delay the start of the run. A group of about 30 students attempted to hold a...
  • THE COLLEGE RAPE CLUB

    12/10/2014 9:59:01 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 40 replies
    Ann Coulter ^ | 12-10-2014 | Ann Coulter
    THE COLLEGE RAPE CLUB December 10, 2014 Sorry this column is late. I got raped again on the way home. Twice. I should clarify -- by "raped," I mean that two seductive Barry White songs came on the radio, which, according to the University of Virginia, constitutes rape. TAKE BACK THE NIGHT! Even the feminist-whipped media parted company with Rolling Stone magazine over Sabrina Rubin Erdely's story about an alleged fraternity gang-rape at the University of Virginia -- since retracted. But while dismantling every part of this preposterous rape claim by a woman Rolling Stone calls "Jackie," journalists rush to...
  • New emails show IRS' Lerner met with DOJ prosecutors before 2010 elections

    12/09/2014 9:11:23 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12-9-2014 | Mark Tapscott
    New emails show IRS' Lerner met with DOJ prosecutors before 2010 elections BY: Mark Tapscott December 9, 2014 Former IRS executive Lois Lerner met with officials from the Department of Justice election crimes staff as early as September 2010 to discuss prosecution of conservative and Tea Party nonprofit applicants, according to new emails obtained by a watchdog group. In a Sept. 29, 2010, email from an unnamed DOJ official, arrangements were made for a meeting the following month between attorneys from the election crimes unit of the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section and the IRS to "discuss 501(c)(4) issues." The...
  • DID THE KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION TRY TO DRIVE REAGAN OFF THE AIR?

    12/07/2014 6:43:03 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 26 replies
    Power Line ^ | 12-6-2014 | John Hinderaker
    DECEMBER 6, 2014 BY JOHN HINDERAKER Did the Kennedy Administration Try to Drive Reagan Off the Air? Ronald Reagan apparently detested Bobby Kennedy, another sign of Reagan’s good judgment since Kennedy was an awful human being. But this is something I hadn’t heard before: Michael Reagan says that Bobby leaned on General Electric to get Reagan off television: [A] few months after [subpoenaing Reagan before a grand jury], Kennedy tried to get him fired from General Electric Theater. Or, at least, that’s what Reagan believed. “Dad told us he had just lost his job with GE,” Reed recalls Reagan son...
  • DON’T BREATHE!

    12/05/2014 12:19:00 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 10 replies
    Power Line ^ | 12-5-2014 | Scott Johnson
    DECEMBER 5, 2014 BY SCOTT JOHNSON Don’t breathe! John observes that in Minneapolis “The liberals are revolting.” It’s a general truth but, in Minnesota, we have a bad case of it.I happened to be heading south on Highway 35W out of downtown Minneapolis at mid-afternoon yesterday when I saw the roving band of ladies and gentlemen of the idiotic left marching north. They accompanied themselves with the the mindless “I can’t breathe” chant. I found the chant inspirational. I confess: it inspired prohibited thoughts of “If only.”Can we get a counterdemonstration going? “Don’t breathe!” The traffic heading north toward downtown...