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  • LBJ’s 1964 attack ad ‘Daisy’ leaves a legacy for modern campaigns

    09/07/2014 5:48:00 PM PDT · by TBP · 69 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 5 | Drew Babb
    Fifty years ago, on Sept. 7, 1964, a political ad called “Daisy” aired on behalf of President Lyndon Johnson. The commercial opened with a little girl in a meadow, then a horrific nuclear blast filled the screen. We’ve been feeling the fallout ever since. It was only a minute long. The paid ad ran on national television only once, and only on one network, NBC. But that’s all it took.
  • Obama Goes to the Bank

    09/06/2014 7:13:12 PM PDT · by TBP · 6 replies
    Facebook ^ | ??? | Adrain Cronauer?
    President Obama walks into a local bank in Chicago to cash a check. He is surrounded by Secret Service agents. As he approaches the cashier he says, "Good morning Ma'am, could you please cash this check for me?" Cashier: "It would be my pleasure sir. Could you please show me your ID?" Obama: "Truthfully, I did not bring my ID with me as I didn't think there was any need to. I am President Barack Obama, the President of the United States of AMERICA !!!!" Cashier: "Yes sir, I know who you are, but with all the regulations and monitoring...
  • Three Reasons

    09/01/2014 8:42:33 PM PDT · by TBP · 3 replies
    TBP | Now | TBP
    Three reasons why you should not put a golfer in public office: 1. They're always looking for a good lie. 2. They think being subpar is a good thing. 3. Aren't we in the hole enough already?
  • Thoughts About Differences Between Conservatives and Liberals

    09/01/2014 9:58:59 AM PDT · by TBP · 18 replies
    My Practical Philosophy.com ^ | Recently | Unknown
    There are many liberals who view conservatives as bad selfish stupid people and many conservatives who have a similar view of liberals Bad motivations can come into play but since there are also good people on both sides of the political spectrum I will start by addressing the differing assumptions that leads good people to differ. There are two opposing ways to approach making the world a better place. One way is to focus on promoting freedom and individual rights. The other is to promote benevolent control for the benefit of the group. Although there are exceptions to the rule,...
  • Five Civil Questions to Pose to Your Liberal Friends

    09/01/2014 9:37:59 AM PDT · by TBP · 35 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | August 30, 2014 | David Bahnsen
    If I were being totally honest, I would say that it has not been my experience that very many left-leaning folks in this country want to have an honest dialogue on the key issues that separate left from right. This is particularly true amongst the academically credentialed leftists I have encountered who presumably know they have nothing to gain by exposing their worldview or ability to defend it.
  • Keys to staying young: Bucks woman, 91, plays piano on Saturday nights

    08/30/2014 4:22:22 PM PDT · by TBP · 5 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | August 30, 2014 | Jennifer Sheehan
    ta Bieber doesn't need sheet music. She just sits at a lovingly restored piano at McCoole's at the Historic Red Lion Inn in downtown Quakertown and lets her fingers fly. "I have about 120 songs in my head," the Kintnersville resident says. Bieber has fans that come to see nearly every one of her Saturday night performances. She very rarely misses a week at McCoole's piano. Little will stop her, not illness, surgeries or unrelenting snow. Pretty amazing when you consider she's 91 years old.
  • The Giver — Love, Choice, and the Limits of Perfection

    08/30/2014 2:54:46 PM PDT · by TBP · 22 replies
    Celebration Center ^ | August 30, 2014 | Tim Phares, RScP
    “If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be,” as Yogi Berra once said. If you want to understand what this means, go see The Giver. The Giver is in the great dystopian tradition of Animal Farm and 1984, Brave New World, Atlas Shrugged, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, and so many more. (It also evoked for me memories of the Ring cycle and Lord of the Rings.) It takes place in a “perfect” society that has eliminated war, pain, suffering, differences and choice. They have created a society where everyone is equal (except those who are “more equal,” of...
  • [Vanity]Dystopia and Freedom

    08/23/2014 7:45:59 PM PDT · by TBP · 22 replies
    My Facebook Page | Yesterday | TBP
    It occurs to me that dystopian literature is essentially conservative/libertarian. Dystopian literature and film are essentially a pro-liberty art form. They remind us how Big Government abuses citizens and how much better things operate in an environment of freedom.
  • Ferguson Witness: Government is Planting Provocateurs in Neighborhoods

    08/22/2014 2:31:29 PM PDT · by TBP · 32 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | August 20, 2014 | Tim Brown
    "The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves." -- ― Vladimir Lenin A video has surfaced in which a man in the Saint Louis area, who has been involved in the protests in Missouri tells viewers that agent provocateurs are infiltrating legitimate protests in Missouri, all for the sake of the government growing its militarized presence in the area. The videographer wrote in the description of the video: "I debated with myself over an hour about whether I should post this or not. Earlier, while on the 2nd shift of our U. City protest, a guy...
  • Below-Average Temperatures Leave Some With Summertime Sadness

    08/04/2014 9:20:53 PM PDT · by TBP · 42 replies
    CBS New York ^ | August 1, 2014 6:38 PM | Cindy Hsu
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The area is on track for our coolest summer since 2009, but that’s leaving some people with seasonal depression, CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu reported. Staten Island high school seniors Gabriell Vinci and Antoinette DiStefano said summer is going by way too fast. “It’s very depressing,” Vinci said. Even though summer is only halfway over, Donna Barnes said she is feeling the frantic rush. “I have to admit, I’ve got a little bit of a panic of like there’s so many things that I wanted to do that I haven’t done yet,” Barnes said. Barnes said she...
  • Savage: Why should we care who wins in Iraq?

    06/18/2014 9:14:01 AM PDT · by TBP · 29 replies
    email | June 16, 2014 | Michael Savage
    "Obama's vision of Iraq is out of control," Michael Savage said to his listeners, adding: I call it "John McCain's War," because many of the elements of the invading army coming out of the north of Iraq are identical to, if not a part of, the so-called "rebels" in Syria who've been fighting Assad. So which side should we be on? How about no side? Does it make sense for us to take a side in the Shia/Sunni battle that's been going on [14 centuries] now? The fight between Islam's Shias and Sunnis goes back to the death of Muhammad...
  • Enough is enough: Bring them home, period.

    06/17/2014 10:46:42 PM PDT · by TBP · 50 replies
    I want to the start in a different place. The media keeps saying we are a nation that is being torn apart at the seams. In some ways, I agree with them, only because we are not looking for the things that bring us together. The left and right, we can’t agree on anything, right? The only place we can find common ground is in the hatred of one another. That’s the narrative that everybody is giving you. Unfortunately, there is some truth to that, unless we decide to look for more. We have been greatly divided. When the President...
  • There's a Pony in There Somewhere!

    05/30/2014 10:19:01 PM PDT · by TBP · 5 replies
    Pony Expressions ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    Once there were five-year-old twin boys, one a pessimist and the other an optimist. Wondering how two boys who seemed so alike could be so different, their parents took them to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist took the pessimist to a room piled high with new toys, expecting the boy to be thrilled. But instead he burst into tears. Puzzled, the psychiatrist asked, "don't you want to play with these toys?" "Yes," the little boy bawled, "but if I did I'd only break them." Next the psychiatrist took the optimist to a room piled high with horse manure. The boy yelped...
  • Shock: All But 2 Public Mass Shootings Since 1950 Have Occurred in “Gun-Free Zones”

    05/30/2014 9:21:04 PM PDT · by TBP · 17 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | Apr 5, 2014 | Philip Hodges
    Put yourself in a criminal’s position. You feel like shooting and killing a bunch of people, and you want to be met with as little opposition as possible. If you go to a place that allows concealed carry, there’s a risk that someone could take you out before you start shooting, and that’s a risk you don’t want to take. Naturally, you’d go to a place that has heavy restrictions on gun-carriers. That’ll pretty much guarantee that no one will be able to fight back, and you’d be able to shoot and kill as many as you want. And then...
  • Release Sgt. Tahmooressi

    05/30/2014 9:00:11 PM PDT · by TBP · 16 replies
    BillO'Reilly.com ^ | Recenlty | Bill O'Reilly
    His Excellency Eduardo Medina Mora Mexican Embassy 1911 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20006 May 28, 2014 Dear Excellency: We, the undersigned, are becoming increasingly concerned over the detention by Mexican authorities of Andrew Tahmooressi, a citizen of the United States, who has been held in jail in your country for the past two months. Mr. Tahmooressi, a Marine reservist who has served his nation honorably in two wars, was arrested in Mexico after he mistakenly crossed a border point near Tijuana on March 31st . Since then, in spite of all evidence that he entered Mexico by mistake, the...
  • Russell Kirk and The Making of The Conservative Mind

    05/27/2014 7:14:34 PM PDT · by TBP · 14 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | May 2014 | Henry Regnery
    The critic of his time must accept the risk of being accused of negativism, but he can console himself with the knowledge that serious criticism has its source in a definite position with its own standards, values and objectives. By the 1950′s, with the work of such men as Albert J. Nock, T. S. Eliot, Richard Weaver and Eliseo Vivas, among many others, the criticism of liberalism had grown into a substantial literature; what was lacking was a point of view, or attitude, movement together and give it coherence and identity. It was the great achievement, one can say historic...
  • [Vanity] Great Speech, General

    05/25/2014 7:30:30 PM PDT · by TBP · 10 replies
    Me | Now | Me
    I must say, I'm no big fan of General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but that speech he made at the National Memorial Day Concert was great!
  • Keep A True Lent

    03/13/2014 8:41:23 PM PDT · by TBP · 7 replies
    New Thought Library ^ | Charles Fillmore
    THE CHRISTIAN world is once again observing the Lenten season; the season of prayer and fasting that precedes the joyous festivity of Easter. It is commonly believed that the Lenten period has to do with the events of the forty days preceding the Resurrection. This is an erroneous idea. Lent is a church institution, and there is no authorization for it anywhere in the New Testament. The idea, however, has a sound spiritual basis; Moses, Elijah, and Jesus Himself set a precedent for it. Each observed a forty-day period of prayer and fasting as a preparation for spiritual work. Moses...
  • GOP can make 2014 elections a referendum on corporate welfare

    03/12/2014 9:44:54 AM PDT · by TBP · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MARCH 7, 2014 AT 6:33 PM | TIMOTHY P. CARNEY
    “Whose side are you on?” That's the Democratic mantra for the 2014 elections. It's the same “people versus the powerful” line that Democrats trot out every two years, because it works. But this year Republicans can turn this narrative on its head and make the midterm elections a referendum. Are you on the side of the Republicans, taxpayers and free enterprise? Or are you on the side of President Obama, K Street and corporate welfare? Two high-stakes corporate welfare issues could be on the table this year: taxpayer-backed subsidies for big exporters and Obamacare's insurer bailouts. Democrats are shackled to...
  • Democrats talk about climate, rake in billionaire bucks

    03/12/2014 9:40:11 AM PDT · by TBP · 13 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | MARCH 11, 2014 AT 2:36 PM | TIMOTHY P. CARNEY
    The liberal climate cause is easier to understand if you think of it as a religion. Monday’s talkathon sounded at times like a religious revival. Senators spoke about the faithful who “believe in wind” and “believe in renewable” energy. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said climate for him is “a faith issue.”
  • WhatsApp founder’s journey from food stamps to fortune

    02/23/2014 3:42:43 PM PST · by TBP · 20 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 21, 2014 | 1:42am | Kaja Whitehouse and Leonard Greene
    The nation’s newest billionaire is a rags-to-riches success story who escaped communist Ukraine as a teen and lived on food stamps in the United States before hitting it big with a messaging app that has become the hottest thing in social media. Meet Jan Koum, the 37-year-old college dropout who, with his partner and mentor, Brian Acton, just sold their startup, WhatsApp, to Facebook for $19 billion in cash and stock. Koum is now worth $6.8 billion. It’s a long way from the government-assisted, two-bedroom apartment in Mountain View, Calif., where he came of age with his mom, and even...
  • [Vanity] Anyone Get "The Gamut"?

    02/23/2014 1:42:09 PM PST · by TBP · 2 replies
    It's a vanity | Me
    Just a question: Does anyone get "The Gamut", which is on 820 AM and an FM frequency I forget? (Also on HD radio.) Can someone check and see if it picked up Footlight Parade: Sounds of the American Musical? Thank you.
  • NORAD’s Santa-tracking began with a wrong number

    12/23/2013 8:14:49 PM PST · by TBP · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 22, 2013 | Michael Gartland
    NORAD’s tradition of tracking Santa’s sleigh began with a wrong number. Right before Christmas in 1955, Sears ran an ad offering millions of toy-hungry girls and boys the chance to talk to the big man himself. In Colorado Springs, the retailer published the local phone number to the North Pole as ME 2-6681. Modal TriggerCol. Harry Shoup There was only one problem: The number was one digit off. And that wrong number rang on the desk of a high-ranking officer in a bunker at the Continental Air Defense Command — the predecessor of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which has...
  • [Vanity] Pop Quiz

    11/08/2013 12:09:26 PM PST · by TBP · 21 replies
    Me! | Yesterday | ME!
    Pop quiz: If nominated in 2016, Chris Christie will be another: a) Bob Dole b) John McCain c) Mitt Romney D) All of the above
  • [Vanity] Please Jog My Memory

    11/08/2013 11:37:07 AM PST · by TBP · 12 replies
    My memory | Today | TBP
    Please help me jog my memory and find a link (or several). I seem to recall a Republican National Committee chairman several years ago saying that there is no place in the GOP for limited government people. I can't seem to find that, however, no matter how I do the search. Can anyone help me with this?
  • Senators Up for Re-Election in 2014

    11/07/2013 4:03:00 PM PST · by TBP · 61 replies
    wrhammons.com ^ | ? | W.R. Hammons
    Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander (R) Montana Senator Max Baucus (D) Alaska Senator Mark Begich (D) Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran (R) Maine Senator Susan Collins (R) Texas Senator John Cornyn (R) Massachusetts Senator William "Mo" Cowan (D) Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D) Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi (R) Minnesota Senator Al Franken (DFL) South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R) North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan (D) Iowa Senator Tom Harkin (D) Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe (R) Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns (R) South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson (D) Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu (D) Michigan Senator Carl Levin (D) Kentucky...
  • Top Eleven reasons to ignore liberal whining about GOP loss in Virginia

    11/06/2013 11:28:45 AM PST · by TBP · 14 replies
    Freedom Leadership Conference ^ | November 6, 2013 | Glenn Ryt
    One of the Democratic Party’s most accomplished operatives and ally of Hillary Clinton beat conservative Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia, ushering in two new post-election certainties. First, we will hear from Democrats how this means the repudiation of the anti-Obamacare efforts by Republicans and the endorsement of the President’s “stay the course” message. Second, the victory of Democrat Terry McAuliffe means that Republicans had better nominate candidates far more moderate in the 2014 election season, now begun. To be more specific. We conservatives – and this writer is certainly one – made two major mistakes and we had better learn our...
  • Is Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Robert Sarvis a Libertarian-In-Name-Only?

    10/25/2013 2:10:07 PM PDT · by TBP · 39 replies
    The Federalist ^ | OCTOBER 25, 2013 | Ben Domenech
    While I’m closer to Sarvis’s viewpoint than Cuccinelli’s on marriage, marijuana, and I am sure other policy issues as well, there have been a number of concerning red flags about Sarvis’s positions. Take tax policy, for instance, where Sarvis just doesn’t sound like a libertarian at all to me. Virginia is around the middle of the pack when it comes to tax climate, and could desperately use additional reforms in a time when the state economy is doing so well to lighten the burden on workers. Yet Sarvis told Chuck Todd he didn’t actually favor more tax cuts, but finding...
  • Listen as Man Cancels DirecTV Service Because It Doesn’t Carry TheBlaze – and Wait Until You Hear...

    08/30/2013 2:25:33 PM PDT · by TBP · 39 replies
    The Balze ^ | Jason Howerton
    A now-former DirecTV customer recently called the company to cancel his service because it has refused so far to offer TheBlaze in its channel lineup. Better yet, he recorded the entire interaction and posted the audio on YouTube. Scott, presumably a big fan of TheBlaze, showed incredible discipline as he turned down special offer after special offer, choosing instead to stand by his principles. He even turned down NFL Sunday Ticket, which provides viewers access to every single NFL game. He admits that one was hard to turn down — but he did anyway.
  • Ever-greater Good - The Tempest

    08/30/2013 2:13:54 PM PDT · by TBP · 1 replies
    Celebration Center ^ | November 10, 2012 | Tim Phares, RScP
    Today we saw another Met Live in HD opera presentation. It was Thomas Ades's The Tempest, based on the Shakespeare play of the same name. The music is very modernist and the libretto has been modernized, with but a few of The Bard's most famous lines surviving. ("Those are pearls that were his eyes.") One character observes that "fortune, 'tis said, favors the bold." Certainly, as tomorrow is Veterans Day, we honor the boldest among us, a boldness motivated by love. The Tempest is an odd story of revenge, forgiveness and release. Prospero, a magician of fading powers, was Duke...
  • Time for Action - The Great Gatsby

    08/30/2013 2:10:05 PM PDT · by TBP · 3 replies
    Celebration Center ^ | May 10, 2013 | Tim Phares, RScP
    Today we saw The Great Gatsby. It’s an excellent adaptation of the classic Fitzgerald novel. The Great Gatsby is about striving, dreaming, and trying to restore what was. Jay Gatsby is a man who has remade himself from a penniless war veteran into a millionaire, all in pursuit of his lost love, Daisy, who is now married to Tom Buchanan. Tom is old money. The green light at the Buchanans’ residence across the harbor represents the dream that is just out of reach for Gatsby. At one point, he’s talking to his friend Nick, the narrator (and most likely Fitzgerald’s...
  • A hundred million miracles are happ'ning ev'ry day

    08/30/2013 2:07:47 PM PDT · by TBP · 4 replies
    Celebration Center ^ | Tim Phares, RScP
    A hundred million miracles are happ'ning ev'ry day, And those who say they don't agree Are those who do not hear or see.– Oscar Hammerstein III,"A Hundred Million Miracles", from Flower Drum Song What are you doing right now? Silly question, of course: You're reading this article. But have you contemplated the miraculous chain of events that enables you to read these words? I am sitting here at my keyboard, typing these words. A few clicks send them out and a few more clicks post them on this site. Then, with just a few clicks, you are able to read...
  • CHRISTENDOM’S GREATEST CATHEDRAL TO BECOME A MOSQUE

    08/30/2013 1:59:45 PM PDT · by TBP · 27 replies
    Human Events ^ | 6/20/2013 | Raymond Ibrahim
    While unrest in Turkey continues to capture attention, more subtle and more telling events concerning the Islamification of Turkey—and not just at the hands of Prime Minister Erdogan but majorities of Turks—are quietly transpiring. These include the fact that Turkey’s Hagia Sophia museum is on its way to becoming a mosque.
  • COMPARING CROWDS: WHO DREW MORE PEOPLE TO THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL, OBAMA OR BECK?

    08/30/2013 1:56:06 PM PDT · by TBP · 10 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Aug. 29, 2013 11:11am | Mike Opelka
    Wednesday was a big day in Washington, D.C. Huge crowds swarmed the area beneath the Lincoln Memorial and along the Reflecting Pool as three American presidents — Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter (George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush could not attend due to health reasons) — a host of congressional representatives and dignitaries gathered to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech. NBC News initially described the crowd in a rather nebulous manner, reporting that “throngs of people” were there. The post was amended to...
  • [VAnity] Rush's Jeep Contest

    07/16/2013 3:42:40 PM PDT · by TBP · 16 replies
    A Friend | NOW! | ME!
    A friend of mine was interested in knowing if anyone has heard who won the Jeep from Two if By Tea. Has it been announced yet?
  • THE QUESTIONS ON PRAYER ASKED OF LT. COL. OLIVER NORTH WHEN LOIS LERNER WAS AT THE FEC

    05/23/2013 3:29:11 PM PDT · by TBP · 5 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May. 23, 2013 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    Story highlights: Lois Lerner, the embattled director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS, served as head of the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) enforcement division from 1986 until 2001. While there, the FEC sued the Christian Coalition for allegedly conspiring with political candidates. During the case, representatives for the FEC asked intrusive questions on religion of several people involved, including Lt. Col. Oliver North. At one point, a representative demanded to know details regarding Pat Roberstson praying for North after reading a letter from North to Robertson indicating as much. The group’s attorney also noted that during the investigation third parties...
  • Why we should mistrust the government

    05/16/2013 3:14:21 PM PDT · by TBP · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 14, 2013 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    mistrust of government is as old as America itself. America was born out of mistrust of government. The revolution that was fought in the 1770s and 1780s was won in the minds of Colonists in the mid-1760s when the British imposed the Stamp Act and used writs of assistance to enforce it. The Stamp Act required all people in the Colonies to have government-sold stamps on all documents in their possession, and writs of assistance permitted search warrants written by British troops in which they authorized themselves to enter private homes ostensibly to look for the stamps. These two pieces...
  • Hating America

    05/16/2013 3:07:27 PM PDT · by TBP · 11 replies
    Town Hall ^ | May 15, 2013 | Dr. Walter E. Williams
    "The enemy is the United States of America and everyone who supports it." That's taught to University of Hawaii students by Professor Haunani-Kay Trask. Richard Falk, professor emeritus at Princeton University and the U.N. Human Rights Council's Palestine monitor, explained the Boston bombings by saying, "The American global domination project is bound to generate all kinds of resistance in the post-colonial world." Professor Falk has also stated that President George W. Bush ordered the destruction of the twin towers. University of Southern California professor Darry Sragow preaches hate to his students in his regulation of elections and political finance class,...
  • Why the left really, really hates us

    05/16/2013 3:00:41 PM PDT · by TBP · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 14, 2013 | R. Emmett Tyrrell
    hey do not like conservatives very much. In fact, they come to an immediate boil when we enter their admittedly limited range of perception. It all began back in the 1960s when radical thought gained a footing with American liberals. By 2012, the left, led by their leader, the improbable president Barack Obama, completely took over the Democratic Party. These people are not like the liberals, who, while condescending to conservatives, did not hate us. These left-wingers really do hate us. That is why not much in the way of compromise can be achieved in Congress. I know we are...
  • Steny Hoyer can’t keep his scandals straight

    05/16/2013 2:47:04 PM PDT · by TBP · 12 replies
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | May 15, 2013 10:10 AM | Doug Powers
    Keeping straight all the scandals, cover-ups, obfuscations and excuses for massive DOJ document seizures that are occurring during the watch of the administration that replaced the Bush era with unprecedented levels of transparency and rule of law does tend to be confusing. However, if these guys aren’t careful, at some point they might accidentally start talking about a scandal that the public doesn’t yet know about: At Rep. Steny Hoyer’s weekly meeting with reporters on Tuesday, the Maryland Democrat was asked if he was concerned about the DOJ seizing phone records from Associated Press journalists working in the House press...
  • Iraq had weapons of mass destruction

    05/16/2013 2:42:39 PM PDT · by TBP · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 14, 2013 | JEFFREY DISSELL
    In 2003, American soldiers stepped into a bunker in Iraq that was filled with drums, each of which was labeled with a chemical warning in Arabic, along with the international chemical-warning symbol. In May 2004, American soldiers in Iraq, as publicly reported by multiple news agencies, including NBC, were attacked using an improvised explosive device that contained the nerve agent sarin. Artillery shells containing a mustard agent were also found in Iraq in 2004. These are easily discoverable facts, not fantasy. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both define the sarin nerve agent as...
  • Religion and Public Life in America

    05/12/2013 6:06:29 PM PDT · by TBP · 10 replies
    Imprimis ^ | April 2013 | R.R. Reno
    RELIGIOUS LIBERTY is being redefined in America, or at least many would like it to be. Our secular establishment wants to reduce the autonomy of religious institutions and limit the influence of faith in the public square. The reason is not hard to grasp. In America, “religion” largely means Christianity, and today our secular culture views orthodox Christian churches as troublesome, retrograde, and reactionary forces. They’re seen as anti-science, anti-gay, and anti-women—which is to say anti-progress as the Left defines progress. Not surprisingly, then, the Left believes society will be best served if Christians are limited in their influence on...
  • Jonah Goldberg: Eliminate Automatic Tax Withholding

    05/06/2013 7:52:38 PM PDT · by TBP · 46 replies
    AEI ^ | Jonah Goldberg
    During World War II, the U.S. government needed to raise cash — and fast. A team of experts that included an obscure young economist named Milton Friedman came up with income tax withholding. It was, as one senator put it, the best way to “get the greatest amount of money with the least amount of squawks.” Friedman, who would go on to become the high priest of the free market and small government, eventually appreciated the irony of that statement. He didn’t regret suggesting withholding as a wartime measure, but he spent the rest of his life lamenting its longevity...
  • Rush Limbaugh may leave Cumulus

    05/06/2013 7:43:24 PM PDT · by TBP · 51 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/5/13 8:42 PM EDT | DYLAN BYERS
    The Rush Limbaugh Program is considering ending its affiliation agreement with Cumulus Media at the end of this year, a move that would bring about one of the biggest shakeups in talk radio history, a source close to the show tells POLITICO. Should the move take place, 40 Cumulus-owned radio stations would lose the rights to the most popular talk radio program in the country. In addition, the show might be picked up by competing regional radio stations in Washington, New York, Chicago, Dallas and other major markets. According to the source, Limbaugh is considering the move because Cumulus CEO...
  • Abdurahman Alamoudi, the Boston bombers, Grover Norquist, and the GOP

    04/24/2013 7:37:18 PM PDT · by TBP · 54 replies
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | April 24, 2013 12:54 PM | Michelle Malkin
    For years, I’ve warned about the GOP’s Grover Norquist problem. Just last week, he was front and center at the Gang of 8′s amnesty press conference — despite longtime concerns expressed on this blog and by national security advocates and activists about his dangerous Islamist alliances and progressive proclivities. Now we learn that Norquist’s convicted terrorist pal and former funder, Abdurahman Alamoudi, was the first president of the radical mosque attended by the Boston bomber brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Alamoudi, as I’ve documented repeatedly here, provided seed money to Norquist’s Muslim outreach effort during the Bush years.
  • Patirotism and Pride (print title)

    04/21/2013 3:19:16 PM PDT · by TBP · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 21, 2013 | Mike Vaccaro
    The first time? I remember that as if it were yesterday, even if it’s now 33 years’ worth of yesterdays ago. That was the evening of Friday, Feb. 22, 1980, and I was 13 years old, in the seventh grade, and I was working the scoreboard at West Hempstead High School for an evening filled with CYO basketball games. You could hear the buzz first, and it moved slowly around the old gym on Nassau Boulevard, because there was no texting and no tweeting and no email and no cell phones, just old-fashioned word of mouth, person to person, row...
  • The Golden Rule: A list of two dozen versions

    04/20/2013 8:39:09 PM PDT · by TBP · 15 replies
    The Hipster Monk ^ | OCTOBER 6, 2012 | TODD HEBERT
    World religions differ greatly in their individual beliefs, practices and traditions. But the one thing that they all share is the Ethic of Reciprocity, or the Golden rule as it is commonly known. Here is a list of several religious traditions’ version of the universal rule. Bahá’í Faith: "Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not." "Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself." Baha’u'llah "And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself." Epistle...
  • Americans and religion increasingly parting ways, new survey shows

    03/15/2013 10:01:46 PM PDT · by TBP · 29 replies
    UC Berkeley ^ | March 12, 2013 | Yasmin Anwar
    Religious affiliation in the United States is at its lowest point since it began to be tracked in the 1930s, according to analysis of newly released survey data by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Duke University. Last year, one in five Americans claimed they had no religious preference, more than double the number reported in 1990. Fewer Americans affiliated with an organized religion, survey shows UC Berkeley sociologists Mike Hout and Claude Fischer , along with Mark Chaves of Duke University, analyzed data on religious attitudes as part of the General Social Survey, a highly cited biannual...
  • [Vanity]Looking for Old WMD ARticle

    03/15/2013 8:51:46 PM PDT · by TBP · 23 replies
    Memory | Currently | Me
    I remember that early in the Iraq war, the New York Times tried to embarrass the Bush Administration by publishing an article saying that our troops had lost some WMDs they were guarding. I've been looking for that article and several searches have not located it. Does anyone else remember that? Why can't I find it? Has the Times stricken it? Does anyone know where I might locate it?
  • Koch Responds to Rumors of Tribune Company Purchase

    03/14/2013 9:15:02 PM PDT · by TBP · 11 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 12, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    LA Weekly on Tuesday published a story about a rumored purchase of the Tribune Company by the Koch Brothers. As you might imagine, this has gotten great attention in the media world: The latest rumor about the next owner of the L.A. Times, which is for sale, is a doozy. A bombshell. It's a doozy wrapped in a bombshell exploding inside a Drudge siren. Multiple sources tell L.A. Weekly that Charles and David Koch -- the infamous right-wing billionaire brothers -- are considering an offer on either the Tribune Co. newspaper group, which includes the L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune...