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  • Abortion 'coercion' would carry criminal penalties under Michigan proposal

    12/10/2014 2:22:17 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    M Live ^ | December 09, 2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Coercing a pregnant woman to have an abortion could result in criminal penalties under Michigan bills debated Tuesday. Supporters say the legislation would add teeth to abortion regulations approved two years ago, but critics argue a “vague” definition of coercion could cause unintended consequences. “This is a very, very important issue to discuss and a very, very important issue to act upon,” Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, who sponsored one of the measures, said during committee testimony on Tuesday. “(There’s) a lot of trauma for individuals who are forced to do anything, but certainly great trauma for someone...
  • How Obama Is Turning Liberalism Into an Instrument of Coercion

    07/18/2014 4:27:30 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 2 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 16, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Liberals just aren't very liberal these days. The word “liberal” comes from the Latin word meaning freedom, and in the 19th century liberals in this country and abroad stood for free speech, free exercise of religion, free markets, free trade -- for minimal state interference in people's lives. In the 20th century New Dealers revised this definition, by arguing that people had a right not only to free speech and freedom of religion, but also, as Franklin Roosevelt said in his 1941 Four Freedoms speech, freedom from fear and from want. Freedom from want meant, for Roosevelt, government provision of...
  • Death Panels? Obama Admin May Pay Doctors to Conduct “End of Life” Discussions With Patients

    07/17/2014 6:40:22 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/16/14 | Jennifer Popik, JD
    In a recent Politico Magazine article titled, “Let’s Talk About Death Panels,” Harold Pollack urges reviving one of the most notorious proposals that did not make it into the Obama Health Car Law – “advance planning consultations.”During the debate over Obamacare’s enactment, there was considerable controversy over a provision in an early version under which health care providers would have been paid by Medicare to discuss with their patients whether they would want life-saving medical treatment.After former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin dubbed the planning sessions “death panels,” the provision was dropped from the law ultimately enacted.As Pollack...
  • Celebrate Gay Marriage—or Else: Why is Government Coercion Necessary?

    02/28/2014 6:57:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/28/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Future historians will likely be flummoxed by the moment we’re living in. In what amounts to less than a blink of an eye in the history of Western civilization, homosexuality has gone from a diagnosed mental disorder to something to be celebrated — or else. Indeed, the rush to mandatory celebration is so intense, refusal is now considered tantamount to a crime. And, in some rare instances, an actual crime if the right constable or bureaucrat concludes that you have uttered “hate speech.” Or, if you refuse to bake a gay couple a cake for their wedding. That was...
  • Homosexual legal group in MA... to force Catholic school to hire man who's "married" to another man

    02/05/2014 12:24:42 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 21 replies
    Mass Resistance ^ | January 31, 2014 | Mass Resistance
    The next step of the "gay marriage" agenda is about to begin here in Massachusetts. It's the push to use the legal system to force religious organizations to include homosexuality and transgenderism. Fontbonne Academy in Milton, MA, a Catholic girls' high school, is under attack by the homosexual movement. Across the country whenever a "gay marriage" battle heats up pro-family people are always told, "It's all about civil rights. It won't affect your religious institutions." And the politicians and judges believe them. That's about to change. This week the powerful Boston homosexual legal group, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders...
  • Court Weighs Police Role in Coercing Confessions[NY]

    01/15/2014 10:48:52 AM PST · by Theoria · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 14 Jan 2014 | JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.
    New York State’s highest court heard arguments in two murder cases on Tuesday that plumbed the question of how far the police can go in lying to suspects during interrogations — even to the point of telling suspects a dead victim is still alive, but might survive if they confess to precise details of the crime. The question being considered by the Court of Appeals focused on when a police officer’s lies in an interview room cross a line and become coercion. It is a question that has gained attention in legal circles recently, as more false convictions based on...
  • Supreme Court to Take Up Challenges to Union Practices

    11/10/2013 3:39:10 PM PST · by lbryce · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 10, 2013 | STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    Labor leaders and businesses are closely watching a Supreme Court case to be argued this Wednesday that involves a popular strategy used by unions to successfully organize hundreds of thousands of workers. That strategy — widely deployed by the Service Employees International Union and the Unite Here hotel workers union — involves pressuring an employer into signing a so-called neutrality agreement in which the employer promises not to oppose a unionization drive. By some estimates, more than half of the recent successful unionization campaigns involve such agreements, which sometimes allow union organizers onto company property to talk with workers. Benjamin...
  • U.S. Bishops Urge Congress: Use CR to Save Catholics from Coercion by Obama Administration

    09/29/2013 10:18:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 29, 2013 - 10:19 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Catholic bishops of the United States have sent a last-ditch letter to members of the House and Senate asking them to protect the religious liberty of American Catholics, which is under attack by the Obama administration. Specifically, the bishops are asking Congress to use the continuing resolution that must be enacted to keep the federal government funded after midnight on Monday—or otherwise use the bill that will be needed by mid-October to increase the legal limit on the federal debt—to prohibit the effects of an Obamacare regulation that force Catholics to act against their faith. Under this regulation, many...
  • India forces companies to start charitable giving

    09/21/2013 2:12:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    India's government still struggles to provide reliable basic services to a majority of its citizens, trapping hundreds of millions of them in poverty. Now the country's richest firms have been told they must help. Under the new amended Companies Act passed last month by parliament, large businesses have been asked to spend 2.0 percent of their profits each year on "Corporate Social Responsibility" (CSR). "The idea is that if we could divert some corporate energy and the corporate way of doing business into our development sector, for a country like India it could help enormously," the head of the Indian...
  • Bipartisan attempt to control your doctor

    07/24/2013 2:19:26 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Who will control your doctor? Yesterday the U.S. Energy and Commerce House health subcommittee voted to pass a version of the bipartisan 70-page draft "SGR repeal" bill that will change the way Medicare pays your doctor and other clinicians. The bill repeals a longstanding contentious system of yearly payment cuts under a law called the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) -- but then it puts government in charge of doctors. Congress has regularly passed annual "doc fix" bills to stop the SGR pay cuts. Thus, if the SGR cuts were finally allowed to take effect next year, Medicare payments to doctors...
  • Are Catholics to be Unwelcome in the Editorial Offices of Major Newspapers? [Card. Francis George]

    06/11/2013 6:30:36 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 29 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 11, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey / Card. Francis George
    (CNSNews.com) - Cardinal Francis George, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Chicago, asked in a column published Sunday whether faithful Catholics are now to be excluded from working in the newspaper industry because of their beliefs. "Are Catholics to be unwelcome in the editorial offices of major newspapers?" he asked. In the same column, Cardinal George said that President John F. Kennedy started the problem of Catholics who act according to their faith being shunted out of the public life of the nation when he told a group of ministers during his 1960 presidential campaign that they did not need "to...
  • REPORT: Obama Camp. Threatens NAACP Official

    10/05/2012 8:56:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Breitbart: Big Government ^ | 10-5-12 | Tony Lee
    The Illinois political director of President Barack Obama’s campaign allegedly threatened a Chicago NAACP official because he did not support Obama’s reelection campaign.David Lowery, the president of the South Suburban Branch of the NAACP, alleged to CBS Chicago that Louis Raymond, the Obama official, threatened him during a phone call because Lowery did not support Obama. Lowery felt Obama did not adequately address the concerns and issues of the black community. “You know what? I know everything about you,” Raymond allegedly said, according Lowery. “We’ve been watching you, and since you don’t support Obama, we’ll deal with you.” Lowery filed...
  • Shelby County Commission seeks identities of newspaper commenters

    07/29/2012 12:35:45 AM PDT · by ebshumidors · 8 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 7/29/12 | Michael Lollar
    The Shelby County Commission has filed a subpoena in federal court asking for the identities of all online commenters in The Commercial Appeal's stories about suburban plans to create their own school districts. (snip) On June 26, the County Commission attorneys filed a federal court motion to block the Aug. 2 referendums to start school districts in Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington. They argued that the people who arranged the referendums are trying to discriminate against African-Americans by carving out majority white suburban districts from the new unified school district. (snip) But, Levy said, "Let's hypothesize that people...
  • Bennett Backs Off Birther Threat, Apologizes To Arizona

    05/22/2012 4:29:57 PM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 158 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | May 22, 2012 | Nick R. Martin
    After days of ridicule for launching a conspiracy theory-fueled investigation into Barack Obama’s birth certificate, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett on Tuesday backed off his threat to keep the president off the ballot in November and apologized to his state. “If I embarrassed the state, I apologize, but that certainly wasn’t my intent,” Bennett said in an interview with Phoenix radio station KTAR. “He’ll be on the ballot as long as he fills out the same paperwork and does the same things that everybody else has.” Bennett said he still intends to keep asking Hawaii for verification that Obama’s...
  • House approves offshore wind bill 88-47, administration accused of coercion

    04/01/2012 1:07:14 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Maryland Reporter ^ | March 31, 2012 | Daniel Menefee
    The House passed the administration’s offshore wind power bill Friday amid accusations Gov. Martin O’Malley secured votes on the House Economic Matters Committee with disparity grants to committee members’ districts. “Those of you who have been here longer than two weeks know there’s a lot of complicated pressures that go into making a bill pass or fail,” said House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell. “Sometimes it takes a little nudge, sometimes it takes a carrot, and sometimes it takes a stick.” The disparity grant program in Maryland provides subsidies to jurisdictions with income tax receipts that fall below 75% of the...
  • Congresswoman Clarifies Who Is Entitled to Impose Values on Others

    02/18/2012 11:05:37 AM PST · by John Semmens · 48 replies · 2+ views
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Feb 2012 | John Semmens
    The recent flap over the Obama Administration’s edict that all employers must provide birth control, including abortifacients, as part of heath insurance benefits for employees has given us a “teaching moment,” says representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.). “We have established the fundamental principle that employers may not force their views on employees by refusing to cover the costs of birth control measures,” Wasserman-Schultz crowed. “The days of employer oppression of employees are over. The government has stepped in to defend the working class.” The Congresswoman dismissed complaints that the Obama Administration’s move wrongfully violates individuals’ rights to act in accord with...
  • Japanese Commentator Chalks Up Rick's 3 Wins In Part to Obama/HHS Declaration of War on Christians

    02/09/2012 6:24:40 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 22 replies
    Newsweek Japan (in Japanese) My Translation ^ | 10 February 2012 | Akihiko Reizei, Japanese journalist/writer
    "Reizei's [Princeton U.] Blog from America"(My Translation/Summary): "There were three reasons for the stunning Rick Santorum three-state victory which shook the GOP establishment and dented the crown of the presumed frontrunner Mr. Mitt Romney....(snip)........(The) Third explanation is bound up in a very interesting religious development as we speak. At the end of January, the Obama Administration made the following mandate: "Catholic related schools, institutions, and hospitals must be forced to provide birth control (pill), etc. under the health plan of the United States, even to those who are not Catholic believers, otherwise they are in violation."The Obama Administration was...
  • Truth and untruth about the GOP 'Establishment'

    01/04/2012 6:57:44 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies · 1+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 1-3-12 | Noemie Emery
    No, it's not true that the Establishment (such as it is) is responsible for the sorry state of the non-Romneys in the current Republican field. It's not the Establishment's fault that Jeb Bush, John Thune, Paul Ryan, Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie and others stayed out of it, while an ex-pizza salesman, a political crank, a congresswoman who served five years in the House, an eccentric former House speaker whose foibles proved too much for even his caucus, and a shrill and divisive hard-line culture warrior who lost his last race five years ago by a 17-point margin, decided that this...
  • How I Learned to Love the State

    11/09/2011 7:38:59 AM PST · by Vintage Freeper · 8 replies
    Mises.org ^ | 11/07/2011 | Justin Hayes
    While we were students of the state education apparatus, how many of us had to write research papers where we were asked to "change the world"?I'm sure we can all remember a writing prompt similar to this: "If I could change one thing about the world, it would be …" or "How I can make the world a better place."Often, these writing prompts were given to us when we were not even old enough to think about abstract concepts like war and politics.Were these assignments teaching us to think critically? In some cases, this is possible. For the most part,...
  • ‘Gay Marriage,’ Libertarians, and Civil Rights

    06/27/2011 8:51:44 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 21 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 27, 2011 | George Weigel
    “Gay marriage” in fact represents a vast expansion of state power: In this instance, the state of New York is declaring that it has the competence to redefine a basic human institution in order to satisfy the demands of an interest group looking for the kind of social acceptance that putatively comes from legal recognition. But as Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York and others argued during the days before the fateful vote on June 24, the state of New York does not have such competence, and the assertion that it does casts an ominous shadow over the future. *****...
  • The Means of Coercion The privileged are revolting in Wisconsin

    02/23/2011 12:03:47 PM PST · by bigbob · 17 replies
    WSJ Best of the Web ^ | 2-23-11 | JAMES TARANTO
    To make sense of what's going on in Wisconsin, it helps to understand that the left in America lives in an ideological fantasy world. The dispute between the state government and the unions representing its employees is "about power," Paul Krugman of the New York Times observes accurately, before going off the rails: What [Gov. Scott] Walker and his backers are trying to do is to make Wisconsin--and eventually, America--less of a functioning democracy and more of a third-world-style oligarchy. And that's why anyone who believes that we need some counterweight to the political power of big money should be...
  • Obama: Corporate profits must be 'shared with workers'

    02/08/2011 2:36:30 AM PST · by Scanian · 78 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | February 08, 2011 | Rick Moran
    Nothing wrong with profit sharing - as long as it's a private transaction either between an employee and the company or the union and the industry. But Obama's not concerned about that kind of setup. In fact, he makes it sound as if government would have a role in enforcing such profit sharing (video at RealClearPolitics link) "'If we're fighting to reform the tax code and increase exports, the benefits cannot just translate into greater profits and bonuses for those at the top. They have to be shared by American workers, who need to know that opening markets will lift...
  • The Coming Political Upheaval

    01/03/2011 3:33:48 AM PST · by Scanian · 22 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 03, 2011 | Monty Pelerin
    The late Murray Rothbard, famous Austrian economist and libertarian, published a collection of essays under the title Making Economic Sense. One subsection was entitled "Politics as Economic Violence." That phrase described, in Rothbard's view, politics' contribution to society. Rothbard's reasoning was simple: Economics is the interaction of people freely making choices while subject to minimal restriction (no theft, coercion, fraud, etc.). Politics is coercion to force outcomes that otherwise would not occur. Thus, politics is violence against economics, or people, because it precludes freedom's running its natural course. A couple of centuries earlier, Thomas Jefferson expressed the same sentiment: "Rightful...
  • VIDEO: Reagan Vs. Dems In Their Own Words

    08/17/2010 2:12:08 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Hope for America ^ | August 17, 2010 | Republican Study Committee
    VIDEO HERE.
  • ObamaCare Created Military-style "Draft" for Healthcare Workers!

    04/23/2010 3:47:14 PM PDT · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 24 replies · 922+ views
    ConservativeAmerican.org ^ | 4/23/2010 | Peter Andrew, author "Legacy of Lies - The 2009 Obama Administration"
    You can always count on the Obama Administration to prevent major news from breaking until Friday afternoon! Today we learn the ObamaCare Nightmare Law created what is called a "Ready Reserve Corps." What does it do? The law (it's too late folks, this is already law) allows the President to force healthcare workers from each state into national service without their consent ... ...and without the consent of their Governor! The five pages of the 2,700 page ObamaCare Nightmare that deal with this are short on details. The Ready Reserve Corps is some kind of para-military-like group that can force...
  • Democrat Insists New Healthcare Law Doesn’t Force People to Buy Insurance

    04/10/2010 3:37:48 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 33 replies · 871+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 10 April 2010 | John Semmens
    Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) insists that the recently enacted Obamacare law “does not require anyone to purchase health insurance. Republicans who say the law forces people to buy insurance are lying for political gain.” “The law gives people several options,” Schultz pointed out. “First, and of course, most recommended, is that they may buy insurance coverage. A second option is that they may pay a fine. And the third option is that they may go to prison. So, those who maintain that we have eliminated choice are just plain wrong.”
  • NYC Mayor Proposes Blocking Consumer Access to Salt

    01/18/2010 10:21:00 AM PST · by John Semmens · 32 replies · 783+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 16 January 2010 | John Semmens
    Arguing that “a loving parent wouldn’t allow her child to eat asbestos or smoke cigarettes, so why should she allow him to eat salt?” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing banning consumer access to salt in restaurants. “Doctors all agree that salt is bad for us,” Bloomberg contended. “Yet, like disobedient children, too many of us can’t resist reaching for the salt shaker. For our own good, this has to be stopped.” Admitting that “control over household use of salt is beyond our grasp given current technology,” Bloomberg said his plan is to “focus on food consumed in...
  • Tennessee Peterbilt plant closes doors for good (Union Plant, on strike since June of 2008)

    12/02/2009 2:36:47 AM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 36 replies · 2,090+ views
    WKRN Nashville, TN. ^ | 12/02/2009 | WKRN Nashville, TN.
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Peterbilt plant in Madison is shutting down for good on Tuesday. The truck manufacturer is consolidating production with its other plant in north Texas, leaving about 390 Tennessee workers out of a job. The plan temporary shut down in February, when Plant manager Larry Vessels told News 2 the plant would not resume production until the economy improves. Hourly workers at the plant had been locked out since June 2008 because of a labor dispute.
  • Warden Pelosi

    11/09/2009 5:16:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 1,655+ views
    Investors.com ^ | November 9, 2009
    Health Care Reform: Failure to buy health insurance in the just-passed health care bill could get you five years in jail with a $250,000 fine. How can violating a law that's unconstitutional be a felony? The passage last Saturday night of the House health care measure by a fragile 220-215 margin may well prove to be a Pyrrhic victory. In polls, townhall meetings and tea parties, Americans have shown they don't want a "reform" that costs a staggering $1.2 trillion yet fails to meet the left's desire of insuring all the uninsured. And they certainly don't want a bill that...
  • Buy What Democrats Say to Buy or GO TO JAIL

    11/07/2009 10:48:59 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 45 replies · 1,752+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 11/07/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    It has come to this, America. Democrats have decided that if you don't agree with their policies, you are to be fined. And if you don't pay the fine, you are a criminal and will be sentenced to jail. That's right, Democrats are criminalizing dissent. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has decided to leave language in her heatlhcare bill that criminalizes and prescribes jail time for any American that does not want to buy private healthcare insurance. Think of this, America. I am telling you that the U.S. Congress has decided to force you to buy the product of...
  • Jindal to GOP: Work with Obama

    10/01/2009 5:03:52 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 210 replies · 5,303+ views
    Politico ^ | 0-30-2009 | JONATHAN MARTIN
    Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal urged his party Tuesday to shift to offering health care solutions instead of just rejecting what [Alleged] President Barack Obama and the Democratic majority in Congress are proposing. “I think now is the perfect time to pivot and to say, not only here’s what we’re against, and not only here’s how we’re going to contrast ourselves, but here’s what we’re for,” Jindal said in an interview with POLITICO. Jindal acknowledged that the Republican Party for years had been too slow to stake out positions on the health care debate “to our peril and the nation’s...
  • Rasmussen: America to Congress--> Don't Fine Us For Not Buying Health Insurance

    10/07/2009 8:14:26 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 31 replies · 604+ views
    Rasmussen/ The Lid ^ | 10/7/09 | The Lid
    American Voters believe in the US Constitution, even if the liberals in Congress act as if they never read it. The Obamacare bill working its way through the U.S. Senate includes a provision that requires all Americans to either buy health insurance or pay a $750 annual penalty. From their point of view it makes sense, because by enrolling relatively healthy younger people who might not usually purchase insurance in the plan, it helps to pay for the older people who generally need more services from health insurance. Of course there is absolutely NOTHING in the constitution giving the federal...
  • Baucus (I have an even worse plan) Zero Dollar available - keep fighting Obamacare!

    09/29/2009 10:15:42 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 7 replies · 494+ views
    self | 9/29/09 | Secret Agent Man
    Senator Baucus. What can we say about him, other than he's another Biden, being put up to shovel an even worse plan than HR3200, in order to make people rather have THAT piece of crap. These bills are great to use to mail to people, to keep all the various issues and aspects of why this is so terrible, on hand and in your mind. Mail them to your lawmakers with a note about how we're watching them, we know the score, and we will kick their asses out of there at the next opportunity when we have the chance...
  • Obamacare Jail Zero dollar bill available - use in your fight against Obamacare!

    09/26/2009 2:32:20 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 5 replies · 734+ views
    self | 9/26/09 | Secret Agent Man
    The great thing about fixing healthcare is not missing the opportunity to turn a bunch of regular people into criminals. You don't want healthcare, too damn bad. You're now a criminal. You don't have a choice. You are going to forcibly be made to enter a legal contract against your will. (This is against the law by the way). All contract law is void unless both parties entered into the contract voluntarily. There's little terms like "COERCION" and "AGAINST THEIR WILL" and stuff like that. How about someone gives you an abortion against your will? Didn't want it? Too bad....
  • HealthCare Reform Will Ruin Your Insurance And Your Job

    08/13/2009 11:36:36 AM PDT · by RebelYell1990 · 14 replies · 1,058+ views
    24THSTATE.COM ^ | July, 22, 2009 | Jim Durbin
    HealthCare Reform Will Ruin Your Insurance And Your Job The healthcare reform that is being pushed by the President and Democrats in Congress is a terrible bill. It's purpose is very clearly designed to end private insurance and move everyone in the country towards the public option, socializing healthcare in effect, while pretending that choice is still an option. It would be one thing if Obama and Reid and Pelosi came out and said they liked socialist healthcare, and thought the country should move in that direction. If they admitted the expense, and the likely destruction of private insurance, you...
  • Doing the Obama Hustle

    08/07/2009 2:49:14 AM PDT · by Scanian · 1 replies · 316+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 07, 2009 | J. Robert Smith
    It's becoming clearer day by day. The President and Democrat leaders have been doing the Hustle. Not only hustling voters from the get-go, but hustling all year to push their statist legislative agenda through Congress. And, most often, they're attempting to do so in the still of the night. Why? Because undemocratic Democrats understand better than they're given credit that a solid majority of Americans occupy the center-right. Democrats, especially party liberals, well appreciate that last November's election wasn't a resounding mandate, but, rather, a small window through which to squeeze massive leftwing measures. Wasn't it the lighthearted Rahm Emanuel...
  • Caption this! Joe Biden & Seals

    05/18/2009 11:02:17 AM PDT · by NY.SS-Bar9 · 87 replies · 2,453+ views
    DoD ^ | 5/18/09 | DoD
  • Specter’s Proposed Compromise Pleases Neither Side

    05/17/2009 5:12:00 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies · 385+ views
    In an effort to avoid totally selling out his previous position in opposition to the so-called “card-check” bill (Employee Free Choice Act) that would authorize unions to represent workers without first having a secret ballot vote, Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) has suggested a compromise that both proponents and opponents find unpalatable. While Specter’s proposed amendment would not change the no-ballot provision of the bill, it would restrict a union’s persuasion efforts. Under the Specter amendment, threats against property would continue to be permitted, but threats against persons would be criminalized. “We don’t want to totally inhibit the union’s opportunity to...
  • Kilroy letter may have influenced AIG company's decision (Ohio 'Rat Congresswoman)

    04/23/2009 2:03:33 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 18 replies · 449+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | April 23, 2009 | Jonathan Riskind
    Kilroy letter may have influenced AIG company's decision Thursday, April 23, 2009 3:00 PM By Jonathan Riskind THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH WASHINGTON -- Did an inquiry by Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy on behalf of a desperate constituent facing foreclosure persuade a giant AIG-owned mortgage company to take part in an Obama administration-crafted loan modification program? In a back and forth exchange between Indiana-based American General Finance and Kilroy, D-Columbus, the mortgage company doesn't acknowledge a cause and effect in its reversal. And AIG indicated that the chain of events leading up to the change of heart predates Kilroy's involvement. But the...
  • Serve America Lets Congress Take Another Bow

    04/07/2009 1:41:28 PM PDT · by keep your powder dry · 8 replies · 569+ views
    Passed the House, Passed the Senate, and outlawed Religion for those in 'volunteer' programs: last week, the House passed the Serve America Act (SAA), which will triple the number of federally funded "volunteer" positions, create a "Clean Energy Corps" to weatherize homes, and make September 11th a "National Day of Service." Like many federal assaults on the taxpayer, the SAA is a bipartisan offense: It passed by huge margins in both houses. Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-MA, the primary sponsor, got a standing ovation after the vote was in, and co-sponsor Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican, gushed that "the whole Kennedy...
  • BREAKING SCANDAL: Missouri Governor Accuses Obama of Conspiring to Violate Civil Rights

    09/27/2008 4:06:19 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 513 replies · 20,657+ views
    Please copy, paste, and circulate this press release from the Governor of Missouri. Note the Web domain of the press release, governor.mo.gov. This is not "someone's blog," a "rumor," or a "smear." It is the official Web site of Missouri's state government. The Governor of Missouri says openly that Barack Obama conspired to misuse his state's law enforcement resources to "threaten and intimidate his critics."We cannot overemphasize the gravity of Governor Blunt's accusation. While we are not attorneys and cannot give legal advice, "Conspiracy against rights" is a felony under the U.S. Code, Title 18 (Crimes). At present, Governor Blunt's...
  • Across China, Security Instead Of Celebration

    07/20/2008 1:15:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 121+ views
    WP via Phayul ^ | 07/19/08 | Edward Cody
    Across China, Security Instead Of Celebration Washington Post[Saturday, July 19, 2008 11:54] Police Crack Down on 'Hostile Forces,' Apply New Safety Measures By Edward Cody Washington Post Foreign Service YENGISHAHAR, China July 19 - Shortly after dawn on July 9, the local government here bused several thousand students and office workers into a public square and lined them up in front of a vocational school. As the spectators watched, witnesses said, three prisoners were brought out. Then, an execution squad fired rifles at the three point-blank, killing them on the spot. The young men had been convicted of having connections...
  • In defense of waterboarding

    12/31/2007 1:59:29 PM PST · by Libertarianize the GOP · 110 replies · 490+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Dec. 23, 2007 | Mark Bowden
    The Point | In defense of waterboarding By Mark Bowden No one should be prosecuted for waterboarding Abu Zubaydah. > Several investigations are under way to find out who ordered the destruction of CIA interrogation videotapes, apparently an effort to cover up evidence of torture. Leaving aside for a moment the wisdom of destroying the tapes, I'd like to take a look at what was allegedly done to Zubaydah, and why. > When captured in Pakistan in 2002, Zubaydah was one of the world's most notorious terrorists. The 31-year-old Saudi had compiled in his young life 37 different aliases and...
  • Top Scholar Predicts “Slow Motion Humanitarian Tragedy” in China

    09/23/2007 8:06:11 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 26 replies · 434+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | September 21, 2007 | Samantha Singson
    Top Scholar Predicts “Slow Motion Humanitarian Tragedy” in China Stinging rebuke delivered during address to World Economic Forum in Dalian, China By Samantha Singson NEW YORK, September 21, 2007 (CFAM.org) - Likening the Chinese one-child policy to a “slow-motion humanitarian tragedy,” prominent demographer Nicholas Eberstadt urged the Chinese government to “immediately and without reservation” scrap the coercive population control program that has been “a tragic and historic mistake.” Eberstadt delivered the stinging rebuke during an address to the World Economic Forum held in Dalian, China earlier this month. Eberstadt told officials that while the population control program has achieved its...
  • Late-Term Abortionist's Patient Drops Bombshell Testimony Of Illegal, Coerced Abortion

    09/13/2007 4:35:59 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 30 replies · 1,248+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | September 10, 2007
    Late-Term Abortionist's Patient Drops Bombshell Testimony Of Illegal, Coerced Abortion TOPEKA, Kansas, September 10, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A former patient of abortionist George R. Tiller gave jaw-dropping testimony before a joint interim legislative committee Friday, telling the detailed story of her late-term abortion experience that, as described, violated the Kansas ban on such abortions at nearly every turn. "This is perhaps the most explosive testimony that has every been heard at the Capitol. Based on this testimony alone, Tiller's medical license should not survive to the end of the day," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "We demand that the...
  • New Zealand Pro-Life Group Wants Parliament to Ban Forced Abortions

    09/01/2007 8:07:16 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 243+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | August 31, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    by Steven ErteltLifeNews.com EditorAugust 31, 2007Wellington, New Zealand (LifeNews.com) -- The leading pro-life group in New Zealand is calling on that nation's parliament to draft legislation to make it illegal for people or groups to pressure or coerce a woman into having an abortion. The measure is similar to legislation some states in the United States have considered.Right to Life New Zealand cites the bill the Michigan legislature approved as evidence that this kind of legislation is not without precedent.The group says it is "trying to establish procedures to make sure that a woman is not intimidated into an abortion...
  • UN to Award Global PR Firm for Indian Population Control Condom Campaign

    08/23/2007 11:57:27 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 244+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | August 22, 2007 | Hilary White
    UN to Award Global PR Firm for Indian Population Control Condom Campaign Program was joint project of USAID and health ministry of Indian governmen By Hilary White NEW DELHI, August 22, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The United Nations has offered its "Grand Award" for achievement in public relations to a US-funded campaign to boost condom sales in India. The campaign, called "Condom Bindaas Bol" (Say Condom Freely), was a joint project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the health ministry of the Indian government. The campaign was meant to convince Indians that the word "condom" was not...
  • Board may decide that logos on apparel are Election Day no-nos

    07/22/2007 11:29:42 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 18 replies · 694+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | July 21, 2007 | Lynn Hulsey
    Board may decide that logos on apparel are Election Day no-nos Dayton Right to Life planned to put its name on workers, bringing about the debate of fairness with all decals. The Montgomery County Board of Elections may ban poll workers from wearing clothing with any names or logos after members heard of Dayton Right to Life's plan to put its name on poll workers' shirts.The plan, approved by a top board official, caught board members by surprise. Possible backlash They hope it won't discourage companies and organizations from helping the county find the 2,200 poll workers needed to staff...
  • McCain: Exploiting immigration for politics makes problem worse

    06/03/2007 2:56:43 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 56 replies · 1,134+ views
    kvoa.com ^ | 06/03/07 | AP
    CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Sen. John McCain will deliver a message Monday to the other Republican presidential candidates: opposing an immigration bill for political gain will only make worse the problems of undocumented immigrants and an unsecured border. McCain plans to talk about the bill at an event here Monday, and excerpts of his prepared remarks take aim at other Republicans in the race. "I would hope they wouldn't play politics for their own interests if the cost of their ambition was to make this problem even harder to solve," McCain said in the prepared remarks obtained by The Associated...
  • Britain buckles before Saudi threats

    12/20/2006 6:28:38 AM PST · by Paul Ross · 15 replies · 833+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 12/19/2006 | Phillip Stevens
    Britain buckles before Saudi threats Financial Times 12/19/2006 Author: Philip Stephens Consider the dry explanation of Britain's most senior law officer: "It has been necessary to balance the need to maintain the rule of law against the wider public interest." Now translate: "Faced with serious threats to the nation's security from the rulers of Saudi Arabia, I have decided to put aside the fundamental principles at the heart of our democratic system of government." Little wonder that Lord Goldsmith, the attorney-general, sounded almost contrite when he called a halt to the long-running criminal investigation into whether a British defence company...