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  • Why Batman's "The Dark Knight Rises" Is An Instant Conservative Classic

    07/27/2012 9:41:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/27/2012 | Jerry Boyer
    The third film in the Batman series is a direct polemical assault on the French Revolution and its political heirs, which includes Occupy Wall Street and perhaps Barack Obama. I would say that it is the exact opposite of so many revolutionary-wannabe films from Fight Club to V for Vendetta (which has provided the tell-tale Guy Fawkes masks to the Occupy movement), except that in order to be opposite, they must in some sense be comparable and DKR is far superior to the others artistically, commercially and philosophically. The crazed theater shooter, if he turns out to be as much...
  • Vanity: How do we know the judges we vote for?

    07/25/2012 6:57:50 AM PDT · by spacejunkie2001 · 24 replies
    7/25/2012 | me
    Does anyone have a good source that allows you to scrutinize the judges that we'll be voting for? This, to me, seems like the most sinister way to destroy our nation, as judges wield so much power, and we have no real way to vett them. This is the liberal's ultimate tool! Help in any way you can, particularly for Florida, but elsewhere is good too.
  • Mitt Romney is Too Far to the Right . . .

    07/24/2012 5:51:16 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 87 replies
    Red State ^ | 7/24/2012 | Erick Erickson
    The casual consumer of news hears it all the time and not just from Democratic pundits. Reporters, pundits, and concern trolls in the media fret that Romney has had to move too far right. He’s just too conservative. These same people never stop to examine Barack Obama. Between the two, Barack Obama has repeatedly surrounded himself with people who actually don’t much care for the United States. Writing that may anger people, but it is actual, factual, fact. Instead of considering if Mitt Romney is too far to the right, perhaps we should consider if Barack Obama is too far...
  • Debunking the “ObamaCare is Conservative” Myth, Part 2

    07/23/2012 4:12:23 PM PDT · by Sark · 1 replies
    Principles & Policy ^ | July 23, 2012
    There are hundreds, if not thousands of myths floating around the media and the Internet regarding ObamaCare. Considering that the final bill weighed in at a staggering 2,801 pages, perhaps it isn’t surprising that there’s so much confusion regarding its provisions and potential impact. I would argue that the prevailing myth amongst liberals is that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a conservative law. Much of this myth relies on equating conservatives to Republicans, which I’ve argued can’t be honestly done. For convenience’s sake, here is the myth in its entirety: “ObamaCare” is a conservative health care law...
  • The Top 150 Conservative Websites - July 2012 WOO HOO FR #8

    07/22/2012 11:26:58 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 101 replies
    Doug Ross ^ | July 22, 2012
    Rank Alexa Ranking Website 1 188 foxnews.com 2 217 wsj.com 3 255 telegraph.co.uk 4 591 dailycaller.com 5 736 townhall.com 6 948 nationalreview.com 7 1063 nypost.com 8 1151 freerepublic.com 9 1342 theblaze.com 10 1491 realclearpolitics.com 11 1572 military.com 12 1759 zerohedge.com 13 1811 breitbart.com 14 2046 reason.com 15 2105 rasmussenreports.com 16 2576 washingtontimes.com 17 2962 freebeacon.com 18 3419 michellemalkin.com 19 3542 hotair.com 20 3935 westernjournalism.com 21 4160 weeklystandard.com 22 4639 pajamasmedia.com 23 4639 pjmedia.com 24 4694 myway.com 25 5252 thehill.com 26 5281 investors.com 27 5328 washingtonexaminer.com 28 6528 althouse.blogspot.com 29 6785 newsbusters.org 30 7078 rushlimbaugh.com 31 7101 freedomworks.org 32 9194...
  • DeMint: Give Palin Major Speaking Role at Convention

    07/21/2012 3:57:00 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 235 replies
    NewsMax ^ | July 20, 2012 | By NewsMax Wires
    Powerful conservative Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., thinks former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin deserves a prime speaking position at the Republican convention. "I'd love to see Sarah Palin have a big slot — as far as speaking — because there's no one still in America that excites the base of conservatives and even libertarians as she does,” he told Fox News Thursday. “She can draw a crowd more than any other Republican, and I think has more influence in primaries than any other endorsement right now, so I think she'd be good."
  • Debunking the “ObamaCare is Conservative” Myth, Part 1

    07/21/2012 3:31:32 PM PDT · by Sark
    Principles & Policy ^ | July 21st, 2012
    One myth has been prevalent, if not pervasive, throughout the entire debate over health care reform, from President Barack Obama’s first overtures for universal coverage to this very moment. When the left is thrown on the defensive over a point of principle or policy, they almost always resort to invoking this singular myth. What’s the myth? Let me summarize it: “'ObamaCare' is a conservative health care law whose main tenet (the individual mandate) was originally created by the conservative Heritage Foundation and proposed as a bill by conservatives in 1993. Now, a conservative-appointed Chief Justice leading a conservative Supreme Court...
  • Young Conservative Starts Patriotic Business

    07/19/2012 2:22:46 PM PDT · by bthockey · 6 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 7/19/12 | Todd Starnes
    A Pennsylvania teenager has figured out a way to not only promote conservative values, but also pay his college tuition – he’s creating his own business. Bryan Thomas, from Mars, Penn., is the founder of “Patriot Type,” a graphic design business that specializes in patriotic typography. And he did it without any help from the federal government. “I’m trying to promote patriotism and conservative ideas through graphic design,” the 18-year-old told Fox News. Thomas said he draws inspiration for his artwork from the Founding Fathers. Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/patriot-type/2012/07/19/young-conservative-launches-patriotic-business#ixzz216C7ovDl
  • A Simple Question: Is it Possible for a Successful Business Person to be a Socialist?

    07/18/2012 11:10:31 AM PDT · by jda · 51 replies
    The Community Organizer-in-Chief's latest evidence of his extreme, left-wing, socialist religion suggest two questions.
  • Analysts Give Cruz The Edge For Tonight's Debate

    07/17/2012 1:37:13 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    88.7 KUHF-FM ^ | July 17, 2012 | Laurie Johnson
    The run-off election between Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst is July 31st. Conventional wisdom says whoever wins that race will also win in November and be the state's next U.S. Senator. Joe Householder, with Purple Strategies, is quick to point out he's a Democrat. But as a political strategist he says this run-off is working in Cruz's favor. "Run-offs, especially on the Republican side, are the elections that usually draw people, the kind of folks who I like to say drive by the school every Saturday to make sure there's not an election. And those are the folks that Ted...
  • Marriage & the growing class divide in America (Religious social conservatives are right)

    07/17/2012 12:15:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/17/2012 | DUSTIN SIGGINS
    On Saturday, The New York Times published a lengthy essay on the differences between the lives of those who get married before having children and those who don’t. It also focused on a marital trend that is steadily becoming reality in the U.S.: the emergence of a divided society, separated along the lines of marriage and education. While college-educated Americans continue the traditional path of first comes marriage followed by the baby, among low-income communities and spreading into "middle America" communities is the norm of unwed births with its myriad of ills.One angle the article didn’t touch much on was...
  • A Letter to Young Voters (Why do people become more conservative as they grow older?)

    07/17/2012 6:52:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/17/2012 | Dennis Prager
    According to conventional wisdom, the older the person, the less young people are inclined to listen to him or her. This is probably true for some of you. But I do not believe that it is true for most of you. Most young people have tremendous respect for older people’s views. I saw this firsthand in my own life. I began lecturing publicly at the age of 21, and I give you my word that young people (and certainly older people) are far more respectful of my views today than when I was their age. All things being equal, it...
  • Monica’s Manifesto

    07/14/2012 3:24:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 13, 2012 | KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ interviews MONICA CROWLEY
    ...........LOPEZ: How do you defend a statement like “Regular Americans are his targets,” writing about the president of the United States? CROWLEY: I am referring to Obama’s attitude toward tax revenue and how to squeeze it out of the American people. One of the hallmarks of his presidency has been the epic class warfare in which he’s been relentlessly engaged. He has constantly pounded “millionaires and billionaires,” the “1 percent,” “private-jet owners,” and “the wealthiest” as a way to stir populist resentments and a clamor for more socialist (er, “equalizing”) policies. (Set aside the hypocrisy in the fact that he’s...
  • Twilight Creeps Too Slowly

    07/09/2012 3:10:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 8, 2012 | Michael Auslin
    ............ur collapse is real, but in a vast country of 300 million people, the long, agonizing shuffle up to Lover’s Leap is hard to grasp. It happens in drips and drabs, and while all of us instinctively know that we’ll soon walk hand-in-hand to the Tipping Point of No Return, daily life offers us myraid opportunities to just adapt and acquiesce ever so slightly. So what if Pepco, after not having been able to turn my power back on for five days, wants to jack up my monthly electricity bill by $5.50? It’s only another $66 per year. I can...
  • Herman Cain (President)Allen West (Vice President)THIS ticket I woud vote for!(Vanity)

    07/08/2012 6:41:45 PM PDT · by yorkie · 45 replies
    7/8/12 | Vanity (me)
    If we had these two men on the ticket, I would be able to get rid of my fear of driving (since the accident in January), and put the "Petal to the Metal" to get to the voting booth in November!
  • Voters No Longer Seeking Mr. Fix-It

    07/07/2012 7:38:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    ABC News Blogs ^ | July 6, 2012 | Matthew Dowd
    The addition of around 80,000 new jobs in the latest monthly report is another lackluster number that’s on the same mediocre economic trajectory as the last few months – or, really, the last decade or so. Analysts on the right will use it to criticize President Obama, and analysts on the left will say it’s on the right path while criticizing Republicans for the Bush years and a lack of leadership in Congress. But maybe it all means something more about America. .................................................... From this trip, and from looking at things over the last six months, I am beginning to...
  • Judge Posner: GOP has gone 'goofy' (another republican is slamming us conservatives)

    07/06/2012 7:33:45 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 63 replies
    Politico ^ | July 6th | By WILLIAM BERGSTROM
    A conservative federal judge appointed by Ronald Reagan said in an interview published Thursday that the Republican Party has gone “goofy” and that “these right-wingers who are blasting [Chief Justice John] Roberts are making a very serious mistake.” “I mean, what would you do if you were Roberts?” Judge Richard Posner, of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, told NPR. “All of a sudden you find out that the people that you thought were your friends have turned against you, they despise you, they mistreat you, they leak to the press, what do you do? Do you become more...
  • Conservative Wonderboy Grows Up, Embraces Obamacare and Philosophy

    07/03/2012 7:44:46 AM PDT · by edpc · 47 replies
    Atlantic Wire via Yahoo News ^ | 3 July 2012 | Elspeth Reeve
    Like so many teenagers, Jonathan Krohn says he cringes when he thinks of some of the deeply uncool things he said when he was 13. Unlike most teenagers, Krohn said those things on camera in a speech at the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference, making him a YouTube sensation. Now? Krohn tells Politico's Patrick Gavin he's not a conservative anymore. He likes gay marriage and Obamacare. He's going to New York University in the fall. He name drops German philosophers. But his old fans can't accept that he's changed. "Come on, I was thirteen," he told Politico. "I was thirteen."
  • I'm An American, AND PROUD AS HELL!

    07/01/2012 3:48:13 PM PDT · by carlo3b · 76 replies
    cookingwithchefcarlo.com ^ | July 1, 2012 | Carlo3b, Dad, Dad, Author
    I'm An American, AND PROUD AS HELL!Thankfully I was born an American. Born in the greatest nation in the history of the world. But I became an American, slowly and decisively over my entire life, and these were but a few of my moments of decision; When my 92 year old great Grandfather, an immigrant for the bowels of depravity in Italy stood in a crowded church basement and took the pledge of allegiance to his beloved country to finally become a citizen, after struggling to overcome illiteracy and poverty, and raise a fine and honorable family. He had to...
  • Conservative Anger Growing Over Obamacare Decision

    07/01/2012 8:48:06 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 70 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 30, 2012 | Byron York
    I ran into a prominent conservative member of Congress Friday night just before the huge storms moved through Washington. He was, he said, far angrier on the day after the Supreme Court Obamacare decision than he had been the moment he learned Chief Justice John Roberts had joined the Court’s liberal bloc to uphold the individual mandate at the heart of Obamacare. He didn’t resort to histrionics or profanity, but he was spitting mad — and his anger was growing, not diminishing. A short time later, I saw another conservative lawmaker who said much the same thing. And yet another...
  • LIBERTY (Quotation: Rush Limbaugh Contrasts Conservatism from Liberalism)

    06/30/2012 3:33:46 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 4 replies
    Rush Limbaugh | Rush Limbaugh
    LIBERTY “[I]t’s hideous what liberalism does to the human spirit, it attempts to destroy it, even to the point of making enemies out of people who have achieved something, out of people who have become successful... Conservatism, on the other hand, doesn’t seek to control anybody. Conservatism seeks to liberate. Conservatism believes that the human being, the United States of America citizen, is capable of anything he or she wants. Conservatism believes in the goodness and the greatness and the potential... in every human being and wants to get as much out of the way in terms of obstacles as...
  • School Sunscreen Ban Leaves Student Severely Sunburned

    06/26/2012 5:27:26 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 55 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 24, 2012 | Tanya Rivero
    Severely sunburned at school, Violet and Zoe Michener came home from field day so burned that their mother rushed them to the hospital. It was scorching pain that could have been avoided. Violet and Zoe Michener came home from field day so burned that their mother rushed them to the hospital. The sisters aren't just fair-skinned. Zoe has a form of albinism that makes her particularly sun-sensitive. "Yeah, I was crying about my sunburn," Zoe said. Mother Jesse Michener of Tacoma, Wash. said she regrets not putting sunscreen on them that morning since it was raining. Even so, doctors...
  • Ariz. Gov Brewer: Ruling a 'Victory' for All Americans

    06/25/2012 11:07:00 AM PDT · by OPS4 · 20 replies
    NewsMAX ^ | 6/25/12 | NewsMax
    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold part of the state's illegal immigration law is a victory for all Americans. Despite the court striking down key provisions of the statute Monday, Brewer says the heart of the law can now be enacted. The court ruled that one part of the law requiring police to check the status of someone they suspect is not in the U.S. legally could go forward. However, the court ruled against provisions, including arresting people on minor immigration charges. Brewer says law enforcement that use the law to violate a person's...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EDT,WABC AM, June 25, 2012

    06/25/2012 8:33:59 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 36 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | June 25, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Wake Up, Religious Conservatives: A Summons to Outrage

    06/24/2012 2:08:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 24, 2012 | Fay Voshell
    [SNIP........] You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.It was the moral indignation of British evangelicals like William Carey and William Wilberforce who demanded not dialogue and endless discussion, but the total elimination of the hideous practice of sati. Even more pertinently, conservative Christians should take a page of instruction from...
  • The Conservative Case For Single Payer Health Care (Its the Competitiveness, Stupid)

    06/16/2012 7:50:50 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 57 replies
    Harry's Place ^ | 06/16/2012 | Andrew McMurphy
    On the surface, the title of this article seems paradoxical. How can any conservative in the USA even contemplate the concept of the government creating a single-payer health insurance system covering all Americans and, in effect, ending private major medical health insurance? In this post I hope to make the conservative case for a single payer incontrovertible for those occupying the centre-right politically. Conservatives are supposed to be the defenders of business. Yet our current health care system works as an albatross around the neck of American business. Likewise, the piecemeal reforms of ObamaCare seem only to make some problems...
  • Walker aims to direct attention to Wisconsin

    06/15/2012 1:48:09 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    JS Online ^ | 6-15-12 | Craig Gilbert
    Washington - On his first trip to D.C. since his recall victory, Gov. Scott Walker said he won't be shy about putting his growing political celebrity to use. But Walker, derided by Democrats during the campaign as a traveling "right-wing rock star," said it's his state he'll be promoting, not himself. "You got all this attention. My sense is, why not use it? Not for me as much as why not get out and tell the story about Wisconsin and maybe attract some companies to come and grow here?" Walker said in an interview. Walker's two-day Washington swing featured an...
  • Cultural Implosion: Do We Need Another Great Awakening?

    06/11/2012 9:27:44 PM PDT · by OneVike · 22 replies
    Doug Beaumont.org ^ | 6/11/2012 | Doug Beaumont
    Author Joel Rosenberg is promoting his book by lamenting recent news of cannibalism, mommy porn, and gay marriage. He says that what we need is another Great Awakening. While he only mentions the first two, Rosenberg describes these movements as, “massive, widespread, game-changing eras of spiritual revival in which millions of people became deeply devout and passionately evangelistic followers of Jesus Christ. In 1770, for example, there were fewer than two dozen Methodist churches in America. By 1860, there were nearly 20,000. In roughly the same time frame, the number of Baptists went from under 200,000 to more than...
  • Reading Romney [Scott Walker effect]

    06/07/2012 4:40:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 6, 2012 | William Kristol
    Mitt Romney's statement last night was more interesting than the normal formulaic election night press releases of the genre. Here it is: “I congratulate Scott Walker on his victory in Wisconsin. Governor Walker has demonstrated over the past year what sound fiscal policies can do to turn an economy around, and I believe that in November voters across the country will demonstrate that they want the same in Washington, D.C. Tonight’s results will echo beyond the borders of Wisconsin. Governor Walker has shown that citizens and taxpayers can fight back – and prevail – against the runaway government costs imposed...
  • Ray Bradbury Loved Reagan, Called Clinton a 'Sh*thead' (Ray Bradbury, Tea Partier, RIP)

    06/06/2012 3:21:57 PM PDT · by montag813 · 55 replies
    USNews ^ | 06-06-2012 | Elizabeth Flock
    Science fiction author Ray Bradbury sits in front of a photo of Mars, presented to him during an 83rd birthday party in his honor on Aug. 23, 2003. Ray Bradbury, master of the sci-fi fantasy and author of Fahrenheit 451, died Tuesday at 91.The man who chronicled dystopian societies had strong political beliefs and spoke as darkly about contemporary politics as he did about burning books. "I think our country is in need of a revolution," the Los Angeles Times quoted him as saying in 2010. "There is too much government today. We've got to remember the government should be...
  • White House Wisconsin Spin Won’t Wash

    06/06/2012 3:24:50 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 4 replies
    Commentary ^ | June 6, 2012 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Given the decisive nature of Scott Walker’s recall victory, it’s not likely that Democrats who were prepared to cry foul if they lost in a squeaker will be talking about a “stolen election” after he won with 54 percent of the vote. Instead the main Democratic talking point in the days after their recall debacle will be to claim that not only is it not a harbinger of more defeats in November but that it may not even have an impact on how Wisconsin will vote for president. Democrats were encouraged by exit polls that showed President Obama holding a...
  • Twenty Things this Conservative Believes

    05/31/2012 10:21:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2012 | John Hawkins
    1) Any illegal alien caught in this country should be forever barred from legally visiting this country, working here, or becoming an American citizen. 2) If you take welfare or food stamps or if your kids have to get free meals at school, you should be ashamed. Your kids should feel ashamed by your failure, too. 3) There is no such thing as a conflict between Christianity and science or a reason for any Christian to have his religious beliefs override any conclusions that he'd reach by simply following the science. Any and all apparent conflicts between science and God...
  • Michelle Obama refers to daughters in explaining support of same-sex marriage (teaches them values)

    06/01/2012 9:22:17 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 1, 2012 | Alicia M. Cohn
    First lady Michelle Obama, adding her support to her husband’s endorsement of same-sex marriage, said this week she supports marriage equality because she believes in the “basic values” of fairness and equality she taught her daughters. “In a country where we teach our children that everyone is equal under the law, discriminating against same-sex couples just isn't right,” she said in a video posted by the White House on Thursday night. “It's as simple as that.” The video featured Michelle Obama answering a series of questions asked through Twitter. In the video, Obama doubled as a campaign surrogate for...
  • Gallup: Social conservatism bounces up, economic conservatism steady

    05/26/2012 7:46:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/26/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Interestingly, Gallup didn’t lead with the finding on social conservatism from its latest survey, but that may be because the bounce upward followed two straight declines in the same series. The focus on economic conservatism is a little more dramatic, if consistent: Americans are more than twice as likely to identify themselves as conservative rather than liberal on economic issues, 46% to 20%. The gap is narrower on social issues, but conservatives still outnumber liberals, 38% to 28%. …In the same poll, on Gallup’s standard measure of ideology — not asked in reference to any set of issues — 41%...
  • TEXAS: Amnesty, race become issues in U.S. Senate campaign

    05/26/2012 6:06:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The Austin-American Statesman ^ | May 25, 2012 | Kate Alexander
    The Republican U.S. Senate race on Friday devolved into dueling recriminations and accusations of race-baiting in a last-ditch effort to sway voters before they tuned out for the holiday weekend. With Tuesday's GOP primary fast approaching, Ted Cruz pushed back against a radio ad released Thursday by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst that portrayed Cruz as a supporter of amnesty for illegal immigrants. Cruz, a tea party favorite, denied that he had backed amnesty when he served in two Hispanic leadership groups that were open to immigration reform. In turn, he said Dewhurst, who presides over the Texas Senate, had failed...
  • Leo Strauss and the Conservatives

    05/24/2012 3:21:17 AM PDT · by se99tp · 4 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | May 24th, 2012 | Jeff Nyquist
    The illusion of supposed conservatism, for scholars like Strauss and for politicians like George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, is that the political spectrum in America has shifted so far to the Left that yesterday’s liberals are today’s conservatives says Author and Speaker Jeff Nyquist... Consider the state of America: marriage is no longer an enforceable contract in most states (i.e., no fault divorce); even more telling, homosexual marriage is increasingly acceptentage of the population attending religious services has been falling steadily for years, along with honesty and our nation’s work ethic.....It would seem that conservatives have nothing left to...
  • Free speech blogburst: Show solidarity for targeted conservative bloggers

    05/23/2012 7:56:26 PM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 9 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 5/23/12 | Michelle Malkin
    Over the past eight years that I’ve been blogging and operating Internet media companies, I’ve witnessed or experienced firsthand some of the most unhinged behavior against conservatives — from individual harassment and intimidation, to e-mail bombs and e-mail hackings, to troll infestations, distributed denial of service attacks, coordinated spam block attacks, and death threats. Over the past twenty years that I’ve worked in daily opinion journalism, written books, and traveled across the country speaking in every type of venue, I’ve always believed that the most effective response to attempted censorship of conservatives is more speech, not less.
  • The Age of Innocence

    05/18/2012 7:13:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 18, 2012 | David Brooks
    The people who pioneered democracy in Europe and the United States had a low but pretty accurate view of human nature. They knew that if we get the chance, most of us will try to get something for nothing. They knew that people generally prize short-term goodies over long-term prosperity. So, in centuries past, the democratic pioneers built a series of checks to make sure their nations wouldn’t be ruined by their own frailties.
  • Muslim Conservatives Mad About Lady Gaga (MEGA BARF!)

    05/17/2012 6:20:57 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 21 replies
    WSJDigitalNetwork ^ | May 9th | Deborah Kan
    First Christians in Korea, now Muslims in Indonesia: Lady Gaga's Asian tour is stirring up controversy. The WSJ's Deborah Kan speaks to reporter Eric Bellman.
  • Happy Birthday Salvador Dali

    05/14/2012 9:37:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Artlyst ^ | 11 MAY 2012
    One of the most well-known artists in history, Salvador Dali, was born on 11 May 1904 in the town of Figueres in the Catalonian province of Spain. Equally celebrated and reviled, this mustachioed Spaniard has become an icon of the art historical canon remembered both for his bizarre art and bizarre personality. At 18 the young Salvador moved to Madrid to study at the Academia de San Fernando. Through his residence he became friends with Pepin Bello, Luis Bunuel, and Federico Garcia Lorca who were all to become well-known in the Spanish art and literature. Dali was soon expelled from...
  • How Conservatism and Liberalism Evolved in the State of Nature

    05/11/2012 2:50:00 PM PDT · by AnonymousConservative · 10 replies
    Anonymous Conservative Website ^ | 4/27/2012 | Anonymous Conservative
    This article is a modified version of the main page at http://www.anonymousconservative.com. On the site, we are also promoting a book, examining how our two political ideologies evolved, and all of the science supporting this mechanism. Here on FR, I wanted this post to provide the relevant information from the site, so that Freepers might look it over, and these concepts might begin to enter the realm of political science. I have deleted all the references to the book here, so as to not seem as if I am spamming. In truth, if you pull the free paper that is...
  • Politics of Trek: “A Taste of Armageddon”

    05/10/2012 1:56:30 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 36 replies
    Commentarama Films ^ | 5-8-2012 | Andrew Price
    Politics of Trek: “A Taste of Armageddon” Today’s episode is my favorite conservative episode. In addition to a bunch of other conservative ideas, this episode cuts to THE key difference between how liberals and conservatives view human nature. Let’s talk about episode No. 24, A Taste of Armageddon. The PlotAs the episode begins, the Enterprise is en route to star cluster NGC 321 to open relations with the locals. The Federation wants a space port in this sector because the lack of facilities has cost thousands of lives over the years. As the Enterprise approaches, it is warned away...
  • Conservatives and Gays: Where Do We Stand? (We can oppose same-sex marriage without being anti-gay)

    05/09/2012 4:30:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/09/2012 | Dennis Prager
    In addition to labeling conservatives and Republicans “anti-woman” (for opposing government-mandated free contraception), “anti-black” and “anti-Hispanic” (for advocating photo identification for voting), and “anti-science” (for skepticism regarding the belief that man-made carbon emissions will destroy much of the planet), Democrats now regularly label Republicans “anti-gay” (for opposing same-sex marriage). All these charges are demagogic. But when it comes to the “anti-gay” charge, conservatives need to clarify to ourselves as much as to the general public where we stand. As an opponent of the most radical redefinition of marriage in history (more radical than outlawing polygamy), I have argued for the...
  • Conservative-GOP marriage over?

    05/07/2012 8:59:54 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 172 replies
    politico ^ | Monday May 7, 2012 | Craig Shirley
    It should come as no surprise that the Republican National Committee has been “covertly” supporting Mitt Romney throughout the primaries, as POLITICO recently “revealed.” It was the worst-kept secret in Washington Reagan, the über outsider, called for a “new Republican Party” back in 1977. Reagan wanted the GOP to shed its country club, corporate boardroom image and become a genuine conservative movement, focused on the individual. Reagan’s words threatened the status quo of the scions and heiresses of the country club and corporate boardroom set. The former California governor and his conservative followers were never accepted by these insiders [...]...
  • In Search of Americanism [Republicanism has proved insufficient as a guidepost for Am values]

    05/07/2012 7:13:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | May | Ned Ryun
    ..............IT'S TIME TO FIGHT for the survival of Americanism,............................ Americanism is freedom founded on the power of the individual, and his ability to achieve without undue government interference. It’s the idea that the state exists to serve man, to protect God-given rights, and to allow the greatest amount of political freedom within the bounds of ordered liberty. It’s the idea that people truly own their property and are not merely renting it, and that they are free to use their talents, initiative, and “can do” spirit to make the lives they dream for themselves a reality. It is indisputable that...
  • Mitt Romney Will Do Just Fine, Thank-You [insulting the intelligence of the base is madness]

    05/07/2012 3:20:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 110 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 7, 2012 | J.R. Dunn, is consulting editor of American Thinker
    The upcoming election will be one of the simplest of our lifetimes. It is defined by one axiom: Obama must be defeated. [HUGE SNIP of must-read article] So let us put away all thoughts of strife and disagreement. All wishful thinking and illusions. The real world beckons. There is no place for the ideal in this conflict. We will have other and better opportunities. For good or ill, Romney is the man of the hour. The only thing of importance is to defeat Obama and everything he stands for. The polls, the shifting attitudes of the country as a whole,...
  • Are Hannity, Rush, and the big talkers playing us for $$$? (vanity)

    05/01/2012 8:41:51 PM PDT · by teg_76 · 131 replies
    Do you ever get the feeling that Rush and Hannity don't really care who wins, just as long as their dollars keep rolling in from us tea party saps. Besides Mark Levin, what prominent talker has gone out on a limb and endorsed true conservative candidates? Everyday we have to here Hannity interview the John McCains of the world. If he truly believed in the conservative movement, wouldn't he be out there trumpeting Richard Mourdock and Don Stenberg like Levin is? As for Rush, he is more interested in commercializing the tea party movement with his "Two if by tea"...
  • The Moral Case for Conservatism

    05/02/2012 5:44:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    Commentary ^ | 05.02.2012 | Peter Wehner
    William McGurn of the Wall Street Journal and George Weigel, my colleague at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, have intelligent columns (here and here) about Representative Paul Ryan's address at Georgetown University last week. There are two elements to the speech worth drawing attention to. The first is a commendable modesty in Ryan's remarks. While Ryan, a committed Catholic, provided a robust defense of his budget, he readily admits there is plenty of room for differences over the prudential application of Christian principles to matters of public policy. Too often people on both the left and the right insist the New Testament and...
  • Conservative Think Tank: Mess Is the GOP's Fault (Gingrich "extremism must be punished and ignored")

    04/30/2012 3:42:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    Newser ^ | April 30, 2012 | Mark Russell
    Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist slammed for radicalizing Washington Washington is more dysfunctional than it has been in 40 years, and while Democrats have deserved their share of the blame over the years, today "the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party," write Thomas E. Mann and Norman Ornstein in the Washington Post. What makes their column particularly interesting is that Ornstein is not liberal, but a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, and Mann is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Together, they call the GOP an "insurgent outlier in American politics" because of the...
  • Liberal Arguments (Talking Points) Rebutted

    04/27/2012 11:10:12 AM PDT · by evilrooster · 2 replies
    From television, radio, to general discussion with our liberal friends, we tend to hear the same arguments/talking points over and over. In this article, we've taken several of their most common arguments and provided a conservative response.Enjoy, and please feel free to chime in with your comments.Reagan and Bush raised the national debt more than any Democrat:Let’s be clear – Obama now claims that title and with his current policies he will only add to his spending record.I'll give you your due regarding Bush…to a point. He certainly was a “big spending” Republican and many within the Party resented his...