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  • When can you legally use a gun against an unarmed person?

    08/31/2014 9:19:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | August 31, 2014 | Andrew Branca
    Legally, it doesn’t matter that both Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin were “unarmed” when shot to death.One of the most common laments to come out of Ferguson these last days has been that surely it was outrageous for Office Darren Wilson to use his service pistol to shoot an “unarmed” Mike Brown. (Earlier iterations of this narrative went further in their misinformation, describing the 18-year-old 6’4″ 292 pound Brown as a “kid” or “child,” as well as falsely claiming that Wilson shot Brown in the back, but such misinformation falls outside the scope of this post.) Similar arguments were made...
  • US Judge Blocks Enforcement of New La Abortion Law [Government by Judiciary!]

    08/31/2014 8:25:52 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | August 31, 2014 | JANET McCONNAUGHEY
    US Judge Blocks Enforcement of New La Abortion Law August 31 2014 JANET McCONNAUGHEY ABATON ROUGE, La. A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of Louisiana's restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers disagree about whether his order covers doctors at all five of the state's clinics or only two doctors and three clinics. District Judge John deGravelles says the law can still take effect Monday. But he says officials cannot penalize the doctors and clinics that sued for breaking it until after a hearing on a broader pretrial order
  • Lee School Board's opt-out vote "sparking a discussion"

    08/31/2014 6:31:44 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 4 replies
    WINK News ^ | Aug 29, 2014
    FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Lee County School Board's vote to opt out of state-mandated testing has sparked a statewide conversation. And, some education leaders in Tallahassee are concerned about the potential fallout. Dr. Wayne Blanton, the Executive Director of the Florida School Boards Association tells WINK News he agrees there is a tremendous problem with over testing. He says this vote is sending a strong message to state lawmakers. But, he's concerned. "I believe it could become a movement," Blanton said. "It is sparking a discussion." He says school districts, board members, parents have been calling him and asking...
  • Feds May Reimburse Medicare 'End-of-Life Discussions' After Mocking Palin's 'Death Panels'

    08/31/2014 2:36:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 31, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Years after former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was mocked for being concerned about "death panels," the federal government may reimburse Medicare doctors for end-of-life consultations that critics say would only encourage sick patients to reject costly treatments to prolong life. The New York Times reports that "Medicare may begin covering end-of-life discussions next year if it approves a recent request from the American Medical Association," which is "the countrys largest association of physicians and medical students" and creates "billing codes for medical services, codes used by doctors, hospitals and insurers." According to the Times, the group "recently created codes for...
  • What kind of men are we?

    08/31/2014 1:08:38 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8/31/2014
    One of the strangest periods of Roman history was the period right before the republic collapsed and became an empire. The Romans weren't known for losing, but during this period, they lost nearly everything they put their hands to. Catiline nearly overthrew the republic by rallying profligates, whoremongers, and drunken hipsters under the flag of rapacity. A Numidian king named Jugurtha practically walked into the Senate, bribed a bunch of senators, and caused them to overlook his hostile foreign policy which cost a friendly kingdom its ruin. Pirates practically owned the seas, so that all sea trade had practically...
  • The 1814 burning of Washington, D.C.

    08/31/2014 12:25:10 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8-31-14
    Moving from the Capitol, British Navy Rear Admiral George Cockburn, Army Major General Robert Ross, and 150 redcoats marched to the White House. Rocca asked Allman what the Britons' impression of the White House would have been as they walked in the door: "I think that it was a pretty good-sized house, but not a palatial one. No Buckingham Palace. No Versailles. That it was, you know, reasonably well decorated." The biggest surprise? A dinner set for 40. So the British feasted in the White House dining room before burning the mansion down. Here, too, the walls survived. But little...
  • Presidential Proclamation -- National Preparedness Month, 2014 (original document)

    08/31/2014 11:37:30 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | August 29, 2014 | President Zero Hussein Obama
    NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH, 2014 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION In times of emergency, our Nation pulls together --neighbors support each other, communities react with compassion, and afterward, our country emerges stronger and more resilient. But before emergencies occur, we must make sure we are ready to respond, and it is every American's responsibility to be prepared. There are simple but important steps we can all take to ensure we know what to do and have what we need in the event of a crisis. National Preparedness Month...
  • Interview with George P. Bush on Environmental Policy

    08/31/2014 7:34:42 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 39 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 08/31/2014 | Neena Satija
    Here's a transcript edited for length and clarity of The Texas Tribune's in-depth interview with land commissioner candidate George P. Bush, in which he lays out his positions on environmental policy. Texas Tribune: Commissioner [Jerry] Patterson has talked about, as part of his legacy, promoting the development of renewable energy on some of [the] land [managed by the General Land Office, or GLO] thats a way of diversification, and you never know whats going to happen to the price of natural gas or with the shale boom. Is that something that youre interested in and plan to...
  • Obama turns 'prepper,' warns of coming 'crisis' 'Families should assemble a disaster supplies kit'

    08/30/2014 8:58:57 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 119 replies
    WND ^ | August 29, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    President Obama on Friday turned prepper, with a proclamation regarding National Preparedness Month that warned emergencies, from hurricanes and wildfires to cyber and terrorist attacks, can strike anywhere at any time. In his proclamation, he said each household should have its own plan. Before emergencies occur, we must make sure we are ready to respond, and it is every Americans responsibility to be prepared. There are simple but important steps we can all take to ensure we know what to do and have what we need in the event of a crisis. National Preparedness Month is an opportunity to talk...
  • Ben Carson on How He Will Overcome Lack of Political Experience If He Runs for President

    08/30/2014 7:03:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/30/2014 | BY SAMUEL SMITH
    Ever since Ben Carson famously criticized President Barack Obama's health care policies during a speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, many conservatives have rallied behind the retired neurosurgeon's conservative, anti-big government rhetorics and urged him to run for president in 2016. But despite passionate support among his fans, how will he overcome the fact that he has no political experience? Carson has not officially announced his candidacy and plans to wait and see how November's midterm Congressional elections pan out, but he has already won a straw poll in Iowa and his book sales have beaten that of Hillary...
  • Ted Cruz Invites Obama to Border, Calls for Bombing ISIS Back to the Stone Age

    08/30/2014 6:50:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/30/2014 | Chris Good
    Sen. Ted Cruz today invited President Obama to accompany him to a golf course on the Texas-Mexico border, telling conservatives at an Americans for Prosperity summit in Dallas he thought that was the only way there is a chance in heaven that he might come to the region. The Texas Republican and potential 2016 presidential contender also heavily criticized the presidents foreign policies and suggested that the U.S. should bomb ISIS back to the stone age. Tonight I am officially extending an invitation for Barack Obama to come join me at the border in Texas, Cruz said. I figured the...
  • U.S. to ease some deportations to Mexico under settlement

    08/30/2014 5:43:02 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | August 27, 2014 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    U.S. authorities have agreed to stop pressuring undocumented immigrants in Southern California to sign off on their own deportations under a legal settlement that may later allow some deportees to return from Mexico to seek U.S. legal residency, advocacy groups said on Wednesday. The deal reached between the American Civil Liberties Union and federal officials stems from a lawsuit brought last year on behalf of other immigration rights groups and about 10 immigrants who accepted so-called "voluntary returns" to Mexico. snip The settlement is limited in scope as most of reforms agreed to by U.S. immigration officials apply only in...
  • Gods Gift of Unalienable Rights:The Sword & Shield To Stop The Islamization Of America

    08/30/2014 2:37:33 PM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Sons of Liberty ^ | August 30, 2014 | Staff
    Full Title:Gods Gift of Unalienable Rights & Article VI Of The Constitution: The Sword & Shield To Stop The Islamization Of America. This is an encouraging paper, because it explains the moral and constitutional justifications to stop the Islamization of our country. We face a grave threat the Muslims are infiltrating our country and taking over. We seem powerless to resist: Our governments wont acknowledge the threat; we are told Muslims have constitutional rights to come here, proselytize everywhere, build mosques, and implement shariah in their communities and in the public square; and our governments are letting them do...
  • In Praise of John Boehner

    08/30/2014 3:13:23 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 30 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | 08/29/2014 | Jonathan Bernstein
    <p>So I asked the next five Americanists I ran into and received a bit more confirmation: three gave solid endorsements of the speaker, one gave a lukewarm endorsement and one was much less enthusiastic.</p> <p>I figure its worth reporting because I dont think this largely positive view among political scientists is reflected in the speaker's image in the media, where he comes off as ineffective, not particularly good at the job, and probably doomed.</p>
  • Cruz serves up red meat to conservatives

    08/30/2014 2:28:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 30, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    Less than 70 days away from the midterm election, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday urged conservatives to do everything they can to give Republicans control of the U.S. Senate. In a fiery speech delivered at Americans For Prosperitys Defending the American Dream Summit in Dallas, the prospective 2016 presidential hopeful vowed that the GOP would "retake the United States Senate and retire Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) The November election would also hinge on four issues, he said, with immigration being chief among them. Number one, no amnesty, Cruz said to thunderous applause, noting that President Obama is...
  • Do You Want to Know Why Theres No ISIS Strategy?

    08/30/2014 12:10:34 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    The White House Dossier ^ | 8-30-14 | Keith Koffler
    If you want to get some idea about why President Obama has not formulated a strategy for defeating ISIS, take a look at . . . Thursday. Yes, Thursday. On Wednesday night, reporters were given Obamas Thursday schedule. It did not mention a meeting between Obama and his national security advisors. Just before 10:00 am, we received word that he would convene a meeting with the National Security Council at 4:00 pm sharp. It sounded portentous. Such meetings arent normally scheduled so hastily or announced to reporters. Then, at about 1:45 pm, 45 minutes after the daily briefing was supposed...
  • New Yorks new gun laws returning unexpected results

    08/30/2014 11:19:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/30/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Genevieve Wood of the Heritage Foundation reports on a piece of news about the Empire State which came as a surprise even to me. (And it’s a subject near and dear to my heart, particularly in recent months, but more on that below.) If you had to guess which state in the US has the largest single chapter membership for the National Rifle Association and it’s associated groups, what would you say? Texas? Georgia? Good guesses, but actually it’s New York. (See update below) In just one year, the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association saw its membership...
  • Bloomberg group donates $1M to gun initiative

    08/30/2014 10:05:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    koin.com ^ | 8/29/2014 | unknown
    Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen also recently donated to Initiative 594 campaign
  • What Could Terrorists Do to Vegas?

    08/30/2014 8:55:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 68 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 8/29/2014 | James Jay Carafano
    Indeed, since 9/11, the U.S. has never been out of the crosshairs of Islamist terrorists. At least 60 of their plots against the U.S. homeland have been thwarted over the last 13 years. ISIS has at least as much resources as al-Qaeda did at the height of its powers in 2001. Its closer to the West. ISIS also has three decades of transnational terrorism operations and expertise to draw on. Finally, according to a forthcoming report from the Countering Terrorism Center at West Point, the organization has been growing and planning for four yearsplenty of time to put a successful...
  • Cedar Falls Conversion Ban Passes

    08/30/2014 8:07:47 AM PDT · by campg · 21 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | 8/18/2014 | Mike Anderson
    Cedar Falls conversion ban passes August 18, 2014 10:00 pm • By Mike Anderson(1) Comments Cedar Falls rental moratorium faces fight CEDAR FALLS | City staff have finished writing a resolution to impose a six-month moratorium on new rental permits in parts of the city, but t… Read more Councilman applies for permit to turn his home into rental CEDAR FALLS | At-large councilman Nick Taiber has no plans to rent out his home in the Overman Park neighborhood, but on Aug. 15 he went to Ci… Read more Cedar Falls rental housing task force looks for focus CEDAR FALLS...
  • Maryland Shines Spotlight on War of 1812

    08/30/2014 5:56:17 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 58 replies
    The Wall St Journal (free) ^ | Aug. 29, 2014 | SCOTT CALVERT CONNECT
    State Has Awarded $5.5 Million in Grants for Celebrations, Research and Education A historian gives cutlass lessons to children at Fort McHenry in Baltimore on Thursday. Melissa Golden for The Wall Street Journal BALTIMOREMaryland officials are on a campaign to elevate the profile of the War of 1812, a historically unpopular conflict that ended in a draw with Britain and has long been overshadowed by the Revolutionary and Civil wars. The state is planning a weeklong festival next month to mark the 200th anniversary of the city's defense in 1814, which inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the poem that...
  • Washington Post Covers Voter Fraud Inaccurately and Incompletely

    08/30/2014 4:18:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | 8-29-14 | J. Christian Adams
    Sometimes voter-fraud deniers are forced to discuss the truth of voter fraud. This happened today at the Washington Post (Fairfax officials say some people may have crossed Va.-Md. line to vote twice in 2012). While the Post deserves credit from emerging from its cocoon of voter-fraud denial, it deserves scorn for bungling the emergence. Reporter Susan Svrluga notes that tens of thousands of voters were registered to cast ballots in both Virginia and Maryland. Thats true, and it is a big problem nationwide. Hundreds of thousands of people are registered to vote in multiple states, and many of them have...
  • Don Surber: Ferguson shows Democrats problem

    08/30/2014 2:08:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Charleston Daily Mail ^ | August 27, 2014 | Don Surber
    For years, liberals have pointed to demographic projections with glee.White people seem headed to becoming less than a majority in America. Liberals say this poses a problem for the Republican Party as most white people now vote Republican, providing the partys base. But the scenes of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, pose a similar problem for the Democratic Party.In recent years, Republicans have diversified without becoming Democratic Lite. Democrats havent. Republicans have three Hispanic senators (Democrats have one) a black senator (Democrats have one), two Hispanic governors (Democrats have none) and two governors whose parents were born in India (Democrats have...
  • Gun Rights Activist Back On Nashville Streets

    08/29/2014 11:37:26 PM PDT · by kwikrnu · 5 replies
    News Channel 5 ^ | 8-29-2014 | Laken Bowles
    A few days after a judge dropped charges against him, a vocal gun rights activist was back out on the streets on Nashville. On Tuesday, a judge dismissed weapons charges against, Leonard Embody, the so-called "Radnor Lake Rambo. Embody was back out of the streets on Nashville Friday, wearing a bullet-proof vest and openly carrying his guns as he handed out flyers.
  • Libertarian ideology is the natural enemy of science

    08/29/2014 7:10:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 29, 2014 | David Robert Grimes
    Whether the issue is climate change, healthcare or gun control, libertarians are on a permanent collision course with evidence.The observation that science and politics make uneasy and often treacherous bedfellows is hardly revelatory. In science, all hypotheses must withstand the trial-by-fire of experiment; its methodology is self-correcting and objective, unconcerned with petty prejudices or personal conviction. Politics, by contrast, is deeply entangled with ideology it is not bound to respect reality as science is, and thinks nothing of substituting convincing evidence for emotive rhetoric. And yet, when science and politics clash, it is all too often science that loses....
  • U.N. urges U.S. to stop police brutality after Missouri shooting

    08/29/2014 6:38:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 29, 2014 | Stephanie Nebehay
    The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record. "Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing," Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing. Teenager Michael...
  • Judge tosses McDaniel lawsuit over Cochran win

    08/29/2014 4:35:31 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 34 replies
    News Channel 3 Memphis ^ | August 29, 2014 | George Brown
    JACKSON, Miss. Special Judge Hollis McGehee has dismissed an election challenge filed by Chris McDaniel according to WDAM-TV. The decision ends a battle between the two since McDaniels June special election loss. Cochrans attorneys asserted McDaniel should have filed his challenge within 20 days but waited until August 4. McDaniel alleged voter fraud in the election.
  • No One Voted

    08/29/2014 3:13:35 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 22 replies
    Everyone has wondered if his vote would be the one that put a candidate president, senator, . . . county commissioner over the top. We vote more out of habit and tradition, rather than a conviction that our guy will work toward restoration of the American republic. Can the November election reverse Obamas law making, treaty making, his control over spending, and oppression of conservative groups? Who can name the powers Obama does not have? Of course, my title implies something that could never happen. Not a chance. But what if wide swaths of the American people become so disgusted...
  • Reparations Could Prevent the Next Ferguson

    08/29/2014 3:10:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 119 replies
    TIME ^ | August 29, 2014 | by Belinda Cooper
    The U.S. government and society need to recognize the direct connections between continuing racial disparities in this country and the wrongs that gave rise to them. ... One of the most important aspects of successful transitional justice, therefore, lies in illuminating not only the victims suffering, but the ways in which an entire society continues to bear the burdens of history. This helps elevate an important point: correcting injustice may require affirmative steps. The U.S. government and society need to recognize and educate citizens on the direct connections between continuing racial disparities in this country and the wrongs...
  • Hobby Lobby decision does not deny access to contraceptives

    08/29/2014 2:44:28 PM PDT · by shepardspie33 · 5 replies
    The decision issued in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby did not change the access to free contraceptives; it merely shifted the cost burden. In their majority opinion, the Supreme Court stated that a less restrictive means of providing these services was already in placean accommodation issued by Health and Human Services (HHS) for non-profit corporations with religious objections. The Court recommended that such a program be implemented for closely held for-profit corporations who object to providing these contraceptives for religious reasons. Instead of a for-profit companys insurance premiums footing the bill for such access, the cost will be absorbed by the...
  • Town Passes Recording Ordinance After Cop Caught Dissing Obama

    08/29/2014 2:38:54 PM PDT · by Reno89519 · 11 replies
    Fox9NJ ^ | 08/29/2014 | Meg Baker
    Helmetta, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Steven Wronko is a Helmetta, New Jersey resident who recently taped local police officer, Richard Recine, saying that he doesn't have to follow the U.S. Constitution because President Obama doesn't. .... Well now, the Helmetta town council met last night to discuss an ordinance that would ban the unauthorized taping of a public official in a public municipal building, such as the recording Wronko uncovered of officer Recine. .... Wronko went to city hall to file an OPRA request related to the animal shelter because he suspected neglect. That is when and where officer Recine...
  • Obama Said to Weigh Delaying Action on Immigration

    08/29/2014 2:16:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 29, 2014 | By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Under pressure from nervous Democratic Senate candidates in tight races, President Obama is rethinking the timing of his pledge to act on his own to reshape the nations immigration system by summers end, and could instead delay some or all of his most controversial proposals until after the midterm elections in November, according to people familiar with White House deliberations. Inside the White House, the timing of an announcement has become the subject of a fierce debate. Some of Mr. Obamas advisers are urging him to postpone it, fearful of the political ramifications of a sweeping action to protect millions...
  • MS judge throws out Chris McDaniel's lawsuit against election result, says he missed deadline

    08/29/2014 1:08:00 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 83 replies
    The Week ^ | 08/29/2014 | Eric Kleefeld
    A Mississippi judge on Friday dismissed Tea Party-backed Senate candidate Chris McDaniel's lawsuit, in which McDaniel has been attempting to overturn his narrow defeat in the Republican primary against incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran on the grounds that McDaniel missed the deadline to even file his challenge.Judge Hollis McGehee agreed with the Cochran campaign's contention that under a 1959 state Supreme Court ruling, there is a 20-day deadline to file an election challenge. By contrast, McDaniel filed his challenge 41 days after after the June 24 Republican primary runoff, which Cochran won by about 7,000 votes.McDaniel's lawyer told the Jackson...
  • Paul Ryan: Big government has U.S. at tipping point

    08/29/2014 8:43:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 8-26-14 | Ben Yount
    It is no longer a question of how much government Americans want. The only question is how much government Americanscan afford. And the former Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the answer is becoming clear. I talk about this in the book, Ryan told Watchdog Radio Monday. About very progressive policies. About the outcomes they produce, and how they bankrupt governments. Ryan writes in his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea, that the federal government has expanded entitlement programs, Medicare, Social Security and now Obamacare, to the point where they cost far more...
  • Gallup: Twice as many Americans show 'strong disapproval' of Obama than 'strong approval

    08/29/2014 8:01:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/29/2014 | Rick Moran
    The intensity of disapproval of the president has been climbing steadily for 5 years to where now, more than twice as many Americans say they "strongly disapprove" of him than "strongly approve." Gallup: Americans are more than twice as likely to say they "strongly disapprove" (39%) of President Barack Obama's job performance as they are to say they "strongly approve" (17%). The percentage of Americans who strongly disapprove of Obama has increased over time, while the percentage who strongly approve has dropped by almost half.
  • SCF Video Highlights Mary Landrieu's Residency Problem

    08/29/2014 7:37:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    Washington Post says Senator Landrieu "does not have a home of her own" in Louisiana Alexandria, VA -- Today, the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) released a new web video highlighting incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu's residency problems. A new investigative report published by the Washington Post today says: Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieus federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records. On...
  • Journalism Association Demands Apology for...Anti-ISIS Comments

    08/29/2014 7:27:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 8/28/2014 | Guy Benson
    Fox News host Andrea Tantaros is drawing fire for these comments, made on Outnumbered: [This has been happening] "for hundreds and hundreds of years. If you study the history of Islamthis isn't a surprise. You can't solve it with a dialogue. You can't solve it with a summit. You solve it with a bullet to the head. It's the only thing these people understand."
  • Ted Cruz feeds 2016 buzz with hires

    08/29/2014 7:24:39 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/28/14 8:57 PM EDT | BURGESS EVERETT and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Ted Cruz is beefing up his political staff as speculation heats up that the Texas senator may run for president in 2016.The Republican firebrand is adding muscle to his campaign and political operations to help Cruz and his staff keep up with the growing political demands on Cruz since he arrived in the Senate in 2013 and achieved fame — or notoriety, depending on one’s view.Joel Mowbray, a consultant for a foreign policy think tank, has been volunteering for the political operation and “will end up playing a role” on the paid political staff, the adviser said. Nick Muzin, a...
  • GOP Surrender Caucus Sounds Horn of Aggressive Retreat

    08/29/2014 7:16:37 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    americanclarion.com ^ | 8/28/14 | Bob Ellis
    You know its bad when the so-called leaders of a party harbor such pure contempt for their base that they are willing to drag the good name of their own party through the mud in an attempt to undermine that base. From Politico: A detailed report commissioned by two major Republican groups including one backed by Karl Rove paints a dismal picture for Republicans, concluding female voters view the party as intolerant, lacking in compassion and stuck in the past. Women are barely receptive to Republicans policies, and the party does especially poorly with women in the Northeast...
  • Analysis: Why Won't Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Answer These Two Questions?

    08/29/2014 7:07:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 98/28/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    While supporters of traditional marriage are often presented as driven by emotion and religiosity and supporters of same-sex marriage are often presented as voices of rationality and reason, the reality is quite different. Traditional marriage supporters have presented a view, complete with foundational principles, for state recognition of conjugal marriage while same-sex marriage supporters have failed to answer two questions that are central to the issue.Traditional marriage (TM) supporters have explained their view of what marriage is, why it matters for society and why government should recognize traditional marriage, for example, here, here, and here.Same-sex marriage (SSM) supporters, on the...
  • Small Vermont Town Latest Sad Example of Oversensitivity Epidemic

    08/29/2014 5:52:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Mark Davis
    Here is a snapshot of a series of truly ridiculous things that happened in a small New England town this week, followed by an extended examination of how it represents a deep societal pathology. In Winooski, Vermont, a small town northeast of Burlington, a restaurant was awarded a sign placement for its participation in a beautification project. Proud of its bacon (among other things, Im sure), Sneakers Bistro chose a sign that said Yield for Sneakers Bacon. A Muslim woman, fond of neither pork nor free speech, complained online, garnering a sufficient contingent of busybodies to pressure the restaurant...
  • Rick Perry: Flip Senate control to GOP to solve problems

    08/29/2014 4:22:18 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    CBS ^ | 8-28-14
    COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Republican Party must control Congress in order to solve national problems like immigration, Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, said Wednesday during a fundraiser for the South Carolina Republican Party. Despite recently being indicted on two felony counts of abuse of power, Perry visited the Palmetto State - the first Southern state to hold a primary during presidential elections - right after spending a few days in New Hampshire, which holds the second nominating contest in the country. In addition to the fundraiser, Perry had time to watch Texas A&M, his alma mater, take on the University of...
  • Democrats Wary of Benghazi Inquiry Stretching Into 16 Election Season

    08/29/2014 4:17:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8-28-14 | JONATHAN WEISMAN and JENNIFER STEINHAUERAUG
    WASHINGTON A House Republican-led investigation of the 2012 terrorist attack on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, will extend well into next year, and possibly beyond, raising concerns among Democrats that Republicans are trying to damage Hillary Rodham Clintons presidential prospects. Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina and the chairman of the House select committee on Benghazi, said his go-slow investigation was not motivated by politics. He said that he had gone out of his way to maintain good relations with Democrats on the committee, asking Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the panels ranking Democrat, to join...
  • Rising (Maxine) Waters

    08/29/2014 4:10:57 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 8-29-14 | MJ LEE and ZACHARY WARMBRODT
    Maxine Waters the fiery liberal from Los Angeles known for calling House Republican leadership demons and threatening to nationalize oil companies has gone from the scourge of Big Business to a sympathetic ally for corporate America. Its no accident. Waters is executing this transformation by seizing on the growing divide between conservative Republicans and Big Business and leveraging her position as the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, where in the coming weeks she will play a role in the battles over extending a terrorism insurance program and the Export-Import Bank. A large part of her...
  • 2 california counties ask to form separate state

    08/29/2014 3:07:12 AM PDT · by lbryce · 71 replies
    AP The Big Story ^ | August 28, 2014 | Juliet Williams
    Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Thursday for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal. Modoc and Siskiyou counties, which share a border with Oregon and have a combined population of about 53,000, submitted petitions from their county governments to the secretaries of the state Assembly and Senate after filing a petition complaining about a lack of representation to the secretary of state. "
  • Significant increase in terror chatter as haunting anniversary of 9/11 nears

    08/28/2014 7:23:35 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8-28-14 | Douglas Ernst
    The U.S. intelligence community has observed a significant increase in chatter among terrorist organizations as the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks nears. Weve noticed a significant increase in chatter among Islamic terrorist organizations overseas both on the Internet and phone lines, a U.S. government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Blaze. While the intelligence community can not pinpoint whether or not an attack is planned, the official said that agencies did see this kind of increase in chatter before the September 11 attacks. Deciphering chatter is more difficult than in previous years because of...
  • 1984 in 2014? Fed Govt Funds Truthy Database to Monitor Hate Speech, Suspicious Memes

    08/28/2014 7:04:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 9:46 AM
    The federal government is spending close to $1 million of your money on an online tracking program that will supposedly search for so-called hate speech or misinformation on Twitter. On Fox and Friends, Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. brought us more details on the Truthy database, which intends to monitor suspicious Internet memes as well as false or misleading ideas spreading around social media. [] The Indiana professor who is leading the project, Filippo Menczer, had previously identified a list of hashtags that he believed fell under the categories of far right and polarizing. Among those that he...
  • Charges dismissed for gun rights advocate

    08/28/2014 6:39:19 PM PDT · by kwikrnu · 5 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 8-28-2014 | travis loller
    "A Nashville judge has dismissed charges against a man who walked around downtown last year wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying an assault rifle with a silencer."
  • The We Cant Wait Clause

    08/28/2014 6:21:46 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 8-28-14 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Unlike most American presidents, Barack Obama took his inaugural oath of office twice, the latter affirmation serving as a private belt-and-braces remedy to a verbal mistake, the former as the usual public spectacle. Four years later, he repeated the trick, promising fealty first during an exclusive White House ceremony, and then, a day later, before the nation at large. Thus did our 44th president bring to a remarkable four the number of times that he had solemnly sworn to faithfully execute the Office, and, to the best of his ability, to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United...
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-08-28 : What Would Reagan Do?

    08/28/2014 4:59:07 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 24 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-08-28 | Newt Gingrich
    . August 28, 2014 Newt Gingrich : What Would Reagan Do? ===================================================== Instead of criticizing President Barack Obama's lack of an effective national security policy as the terrorist threat of the Islamic State grows in Syria and Iraq, it might be helpful to imagine the speech President Ronald Reagan would have given in response to the videotaped beheading of James Foley. There are many things a great power can do if it has leadership. This fictional speech is an effort to describe a Reagan-like grand strategy, clarity of moral purpose and emphasis on effective actions. This is not a speech...