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  • The case for impeaching Lois Lerner and other lawbreakers at the IRS

    08/20/2014 2:58:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 20, 2014 | BY KEN CUCCINELLI AND MARK FITZGIBBONS
    In April, the House Ways and Means Committee referred Lois Lerner to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. Nothing has come of it. Given the politicization and lawlessness of the DOJ under Attorney General Eric Holder, nothing likely will. The House should move to impeach Lerner instead, and other IRS officials who have broken the law. Federal bureaucrats need to be sent a message that lawbreaking is not part of their job descriptions, and that notwithstanding our recalcitrant Justice Department, our constitutional system provides this remedy against executive branch officials gone rogue under the law. More importantly, Americans deserve...
  • In Midterm Elections, a Miss for Obama Could Be a Hit for Clinton

    08/20/2014 2:52:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 20, 2014 | By JOHN HARWOOD
    President Obama’s international woes give his former secretary of state good reason to seek political distance. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s recent foreign policy criticisms made that clear. Domestically, their interests diverge in a different way. A Republican takeover of the Senate this fall would hurt Mr. Obama for the final two years of his presidency, but it might help Mrs. Clinton if she runs to succeed him. Republican control of both the House and Senate would provide Mrs. Clinton a clearer target to run against in courting voters fatigued by Washington dysfunction. The longer an unpopular president and his more-unpopular partisan...
  • Column defending cops in Ferguson sparks online fury

    08/20/2014 2:35:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    WXMI-TV / CNN ^ | August 20, 2014
    In a single column, a veteran police officer has catapulted himself into the national debate over the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. “I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me,” the Washington Post headline blares. The piece was written by Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. “Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you,” he wrote. Dutta...
  • Obama Weighs Broader Move on Legal Immigration

    08/20/2014 2:02:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 20, 2014 | By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ and JOSH LEDERMAN
    President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration. Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled he'd adopt after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed. Following a bevy of recent White House meetings, top officials have compiled specific recommendations from business groups and other advocates whose support could undercut GOP claims that Obama is exceeding his...
  • Ferguson 'day of rage' at White House (Tomorrow, Aug. 21st in D.C. and 40 other cities)

    08/20/2014 2:00:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | August 20, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Protesters are expected to gather Thursday evening at the White House as part of a national “Day of Rage” over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen earlier this month in Missouri. The planned rally is among dozens around the nation organized by the group Anonymous, which is demanding the “immediate arrest and prosecution” of officer Darren Wilson. Wilson has been identified as the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, touching off violent protests in the streets of Ferguson, Mo. “We call upon the citizens of the United States to collectively gather in support for...
  • Why Don't Police Shoot to Wound?

    08/20/2014 12:21:07 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 111 replies
    FindLaw Blotter ^ | August 19, 2014 8:06 AM | Brett Snider, Esq.
    Police are often harshly criticized for their lethal use of firearms, giving many reason to wonder: Why don't police shoot to wound? That was CNN's Wolf Blitzer's question to legal scholar Jeffrey Toobin when discussing the shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri, teenager Michael Brown. "Why can't they shoot a warning shot?... Why can't they shoot to injure?" Blitzer queried. To answer Blitzer's (and your) questions, here's a general overview of why police don't shoot to wound:
  • Must Conservatives Be Cop Lovers? Rand Paul Challenges Fellow Republicans to Rethink

    08/20/2014 10:21:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/20/2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Running for the U.S. Senate in 2010, Rand Paul became known as that crazy right-winger who expressed reservations about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But in the past two years, the Kentucky Republican has emerged as his party's most passionate voice on criminal justice reform, explicitly decrying the system's disproportionate impact on African Americans. You might assume that Paul, widely seen as a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is trying to redeem himself with black voters who were alienated by his criticism of the Civil Rights Act. Yet both positions spring from the same wariness of state...
  • Breaking News: President Obama is about to speak from his working vacation, at Martha's Vineyard

    08/20/2014 10:04:27 AM PDT · by Vendome · 33 replies
    Vanity - sort of | 8/20/2014 | Vendome
    I come into the living room to take the dogs for a walk and the TV is on NBC. All of a sudden Cynthia McFadden comes on the screen and announces "We are awaiting a speech from President Obama, who will speak from a working vacation, at Martha's Vineyard". And I spit out some coffee I had just taken. So I turn the channel to ABC and listen to his speech. Fine speech. Appropriate words and then Stephanopoulos ascribes all kinds of emotion to the speech with excellent superlatives indicating a range of emotions. I don't know but, the whole...
  • Carrying A Defensive Handgun In Urban Environments

    08/20/2014 9:44:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    shootingillustrated.com ^ | 8/18/2014 | Rick Ector
    A violent crime can occur anywhere at any given moment. However, it should not be a surprise to anyone that violent crime occurs more often in urban environments than in suburban or rural communities. A person venturing into a well-populated city for business or recreation would be well advised to conduct some pre-trip planning to ensure a safe stay. Accordingly, persons who are concerned about big city crime may wish to legally carry their firearms for personal protection during their visit. Appropriate arrangements should be made to ensure a hassle-free and safe experience.
  • PDK/Gallup Poll Finds Rising Awareness, Majority Opposition to Common Core

    08/20/2014 8:53:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Education Week ^ | August 20, 2014 | By Lauren Camera
    While more people know what the Common Core State Standards are than last year, a majority of them oppose the standards, according to the 46th edition of the PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. Overall, the wide-ranging survey found, 81 percent of those polled said they had heard about the common standards, compared with 38 percent last year. However, 60 percent oppose the standards, generally because they believe the standards will limit the flexibility that teachers have to teach what they think is best. Last year's poll did not specifically ask respondents whether or not they...
  • Bible and Prayer in Schools

    08/20/2014 7:56:07 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 19, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    Imagine an ancient record—by far the most published book in humanity—quoted by Shakespeare (1,200 times) and Abraham Lincoln—a book that has inspired political movements and religious reformations and has literally changed the world time and again; imagine that book being rejected and banished from schools across America. That book is the Bible. holy bible in hotel The Bible and prayer in public schools were the topics of discussion at this week’s Family Research Council event. Dr. William Jeynes, a Senior Fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton and a Professor of Education at California State University in Long Beach, shared...
  • Congrats To Texas Dems For Turning Rosemary Lehmberg’s Drunk-Driving Conviction Into National News

    08/20/2014 7:46:09 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 38 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 8/19/14 | Jim Treacher
    Indicting Rick Perry seemed like a good idea at the time. After all, he’s a Republican who might run for president in 2016! But now he’s fighting back… with Rosemary Lehmberg’s help. Have fun, lefties. Keep defending this hostile, hypocritical, corrupt Democratic Party hack, and we’ll keep reminding everybody what this is all about.
  • Gun-grabber Bloomberg’s epic fail in Milwaukee

    08/20/2014 6:55:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 8/19/2014 | David A. Clarke Jr.
    Billionaire Michael R. Bloomberg could learn a thing or two from the biblical story about an Israelite soldier named David, who went up against Goliath, a giant of a man and a powerful foe. Using just a sling and a stone, David brought Goliath down to his knees and destroyed him. Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, made a huge political miscalculation when he sauntered into my territory of Milwaukee County, Wis. — a solid-blue county that overwhelmingly votes Democrat — expecting an easy signature win for his failing crusade to disarm law-abiding Americans.
  • Rick Perry Becomes the 2016 GOP Frontrunner (you have to watch the ad in the story!)

    08/20/2014 6:19:18 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 40 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 8/19/14 | Aaron Gardner
    Rick Perry has been on a subtle campaign since November of 2012, and he has done it well. The Texas Governor has wooed away companies from multiple states by showing off the energetic business environment, he has engaged in national political discussions through videos, social media, and op-eds, and he has kept his name, and more importantly, the record of the state he governs, in the news. But now we have the news of two criminal indictments. Leading Conservatives Gather For Republican Leadership Conference In New OrleansThis indictment is filled with the distilled essence of progressive projection. An out of...
  • McConnell’s plan to shut down Obama (after he's safely reelected of course)

    08/20/2014 6:03:52 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 36 replies
    politico.com ^ | 8/20/14 | Manu Raju
    HENDERSON, Ky. — Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration’s policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown. In an extensive interview here, the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if Republicans gain control of the chamber. The emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills that would limit Obama policies on everything from the environment to health care, consider using an arcane budget tactic to circumvent Democratic filibusters and force the president to...
  • Boehner Facing Tough GOP House As Moderate Voices Wane

    08/20/2014 5:49:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 8/20/14
    Glenn Grothman is a fiery conservative who wants to slash welfare programs and crack down on illegal immigrants who he says will "destroy" America. And if U.S. House Speaker John Boehner wants to keep his job next year, he had better be sure Grothman and his fellow House of Representatives newcomers are happy. Grothman, the expected winner in a tight Republican primary for the right to succeed 73-year-old Representative Thomas Petri in Wisconsin, is one of more than a dozen vocal conservatives gunning to replace more moderate or pragmatic retiring House Republicans in November's midterm elections. Their arrival could mean...
  • Congressional GOP's pandering to the tea party may haunt them in 2016

    08/20/2014 5:41:46 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 24 replies
    newsnet5.com ^ | 8/19/14 | Dick Meyer
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a lackluster election year, the one story that seemed to offer decent drama was the "Tea Party versus the Republican Establishment" conflagration. I am now inclined to think that wasn’t the big story and that the tea party didn’t lose. The tea party did do poorly in elections and is losing support in the electorate. But the movement is gaining power in Congress anyway. And that is likely to hurt the Republican Party badly down the road. That's the story. snip There is one trend that legitimately scares incumbents: They are winning primaries by smaller margins...
  • Forgetting the Meaning of Freedom

    08/20/2014 5:21:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    Many people in this country were shocked when the U.S. Navy recently announced the removal of all Bibles from military hotels under their control. This was in response to pressure from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a well-known atheist group. The surprise is not the hypocritical stance of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, but rather the fact that an established bulwark of American strength and patriotism caved to a self-serving group of religious fanatics. The previous sentence may seem out of place if you don't realize that atheism is actually a religion. Like traditional religions, atheism requires strong conviction. In...
  • Tuition Pays for This

    08/20/2014 4:42:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    According to College Board, average tuition and fees for the 2013-14 school year totaled $30,094 at private colleges, $8,893 for in-state residents at public colleges and $22,203 for out-of-state residents. Many schools, such as Columbia University and George Washington University, charge yearly tuition and fees close to $50,000. Faced with the increasing costs of higher education, parents and taxpayers might like to know what they're getting for their money. Campus Reform documents outrageous behavior at some colleges. Mark Landis, a former accounting professor at San Francisco State University, frequently entertained students at this home. He now faces 15 charges...
  • Why Gun Owners Need to Be Thankful to Robin Williams, the Ferguson Protestors and ISIS

    08/20/2014 4:20:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Scottie Hughes
    I want to take advantage of the words of Rahm Emanuel when he said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste,” as we are enduring several crises here presently in the world today. It’s like a buffet of blood, riots, and death leaving gluttonous journalists never hungry for negative content. However, rather than join in the glass is half empty crowd, I decided there has to be something good coming out of all the turmoil. When Robin Williams died, friends and fans alike in Hollywood and the liberal left were quick to call for attention to mental health...
  • Race-based hate crimes spike in D.C.; whites most common victims, but underreporting feared

    08/20/2014 3:00:37 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 5 replies
    Race-based hate crimes jumped in Washington, D.C., last year even as most other types of bias crimes decreased, with analysts saying such incidents could be vastly underreported among minority groups uncomfortable coming forward to authorities. D.C. police say that of the 18 race-based hate crimes in 2013, the majority of victims were white and the majority of suspects black. The number of incidents was up from the 13 race-based bias crimes reported in 2012. The disclosure comes as a wave of protests and unrest after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in Ferguson,...
  • Do the Ferguson Protestors Really Want Justice?

    08/20/2014 12:22:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 20, 2014 | Robert Weissberg
    African-Americans in Ferguson, MO are demanding justice over the shooting of Michael Brown. But, a clear-eyed observer might conclude differently: what they really want is vengeance, a public lynching, hauling out Officer Darren Wilson in chains, watching as he pleads for mercy, then asking the crowd to shout out its judgment and guilty verdict announced, dispatching him as gruesomely as possible while the crowd roars its approval. This is hardly a new idea -- recall the festive public guillotining during the French Reign of Terror or mob chants of “to the Wall” in Castro’s Cuba. And, truth be told, I...
  • Texas Special Prosecutor Accused of Witness Tampering

    08/19/2014 5:52:24 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 34 replies
    http://mediatrackers.org/ ^ | August 19, 2014 | Brian Sikma
    The man behind the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) was accused of witness tampering earlier this year by a Texas District Attorney. Mike McCrum, a special prosecutor in Texas, secured a two-count grand jury indictment of Perry last week alleging the long-time governor had abused his office. But McCrum’s past, which includes extensive work as a defense attorney, cast shadows over his current crusade against alleged abuses of power. In March of this year, Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed asked the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to allow a complaint she filed against McCrum in a lower...
  • Adams church vandalized with graffiti, swastikas

    08/19/2014 4:17:37 PM PDT · by yoe · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 18, 2014 | Rachel Yonkunas
    ADAMS, Mass. – Vandals struck an Adams church Saturday painting graffiti on the walls, including swastikas. A door at First Baptist Church in Adams, Mass. would always be left open for the organist, Larry Bishop. But Saturday night Bishop realized he wasn't alone. Bishop has been the organist at First Baptist for 15 years. He said he went to the church late Saturday night to practice when he heard two people talking upstairs. “I heard one of the voices say to the other, ‘Wow, there's a lot of good stuff here,'” he described. “And I'm thinking, well, that doesn't sound...
  • Georgia County Won't Pay Medical Bills for Toddler injured in drug raid (shortened)

    08/19/2014 3:11:59 PM PDT · by Little Ray · 23 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | Aug. 19, 2014 9:14 am | Ed Krayewski
    Politicians like Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) who have supported the militarization of police but have found it politically unfeasible to do so now have been looking for a way to square their support with a little bit of politically-motivated outrage. Clay, whose district includes Ferguson, the town that helped catapult the issue of police militarization into the national news cycle, defended his vote, saying he only disapproved of the use of such police forces for crowd control in his district. But while their presence at protests may be the most prominent manifestation of militarized police, the problem is endemic. Perhaps...
  • AFBF pushing for EPA to stop privacy abuse

    08/19/2014 1:02:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s public release of farmers’ and ranchers’ personal information violates basic tenets of federal law, the American Farm Bureau Federation told a Minnesota federal court late Friday. The EPA surprised the farming and ranching community in early 2013 when it publicly released a massive database of personal information about tens of thousands of livestock and poultry farmers, ranchers and their families in 29 states. The information was distributed to three environmental groups that had filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act. The database included the names of farmers, ranchers and sometimes other family members, home addresses,...
  • EPA’s air quality measures would hammer Nevada

    08/19/2014 12:54:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | August 19, 2014 | By ANASTASIA SWEARINGEN
    In 2011, President Barack Obama famously called for “shared sacrifice” in America. Three years later, his wish might just become the Environmental Protection Agency’s command. In the coming months, Obama’s EPA will decide whether to further tighten air quality requirements, known as the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. If the EPA gets its way (to which it is accustomed), the vast majority of the country, including Las Vegas and nearly all of Nevada, would fall into so-called “non-attainment” — when the EPA deems air pollution levels “persistently exceed” limits. This is up from a few isolated regions just five years...
  • Schlafly: Faulty Ideas About Marriage

    08/19/2014 11:10:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 19, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Political junkies will remember how former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was being groomed to run for president in 2012 before he made his foolish statement that the next president should "call a truce on the so-called social issues." Americans do not want a leader who is unable or unwilling to articulate and lead on important social issues. Four years after the Daniels misstep, many have failed to learn that lesson. The New York Times has proclaimed the "libertarian moment" has arrived, by which they seem to mean libertarian ideas about marriage and the family. We hear people say the libertarian...
  • The Hell That Is the Obama White House

    08/19/2014 9:58:11 AM PDT · by dvan · 41 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | August 19, 2014 | David Horowityz
    Let me begin by acknowledging that this inspirational title is lifted from a tweet by screen actor James Woods. And now I will explicate his tweet. Every sentient human being whose brain isn’t stuffed with ideological fairy dust can see that Obama is behind every major scandal of his administration from Benghazi to the I.R.S. disgrace. How can one know this? Because the culprits haven’t been fired. Moreover, if they are serial liars like Susan Rice, they’ve actually been promoted to posts where their loyalty to the criminal-in-chief can do America and its citizens even more damage, if that is...
  • Ben Carson to Al Sharpton: So, when do we debate?

    08/19/2014 9:08:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/19/2014 | AllahPundit
    To cleanse the palate, via the Corner, a debate between a conservative who’s a world-renowned neurosurgeon and a liberal who often appears to speak English as a second language is a debate conservatives should welcome. Plus, the moment seems propitious. As usual, Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have followed the media to the scene of a new racial flashpoint, but this time it hasn’t turned out for them as they’d like. Jackson allegedly got booed when he asked a crowd in Ferguson for donations while Sharpton’s taken criticism in highly visible outlets — some of it polite, some less so...
  • Should there be a limit to the amount of ammunition you can own?

    08/19/2014 8:55:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 107 replies
    nj1015.com ^ | 8/18/2014 | Jim Gearhart Show
    This question is being posed after a large amount of weapons were found in domestic dispute case in Saddle Brook. A man was stabbed by his wife, and she was charged. The police found the husband’s gun collection and confiscated it in accordance with protocol. He may be charged for the massive amount of gunpowder in his possession.
  • Think-Tank Tweet Tells Amnesty to ‘Suck It’ Over Ferguson Dig

    08/19/2014 7:56:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 8/19/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    I have to say, think tanks in D.C. usually don’t get this exciting. But the centrist Center for Strategic and International Studies mixed it up on Twitter last night with Amnesty International — then apologized for the incident. It started when Amnesty plunged into the Ferguson debate on Monday, announcing that it sent a 13-person “human rights delegation,” to the Missouri town, “which included observers who monitored police and protester activity and sought meetings with officials. Other members of the delegation trained local activists in methods of non-violent protest.”
  • The Real Villain of Ferguson

    08/19/2014 7:52:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 8/18/2014 | Roger L. Simon
    The Great Society and similar policies screwed black people to the wall. It was racist to the core without knowing it. Nobody used the N-word. In fact, it was forbidden, unless you were Dr. Dre or somebody. But it did its job without the word and did it better for being in disguise. Those misbegotten kids running around Ferguson high on reefer and wasting their lives screaming at cops are the product of all this. Stop it already. No one has said this better than Jason Riley, author of Please Stop Helping Us. Listen to Jason if you want to...
  • Moms Demand Action Loses Again: Fred Meyer Supermarket Will Not Ban Guns

    08/19/2014 7:13:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/18/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On August 18 Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launched its latest shame campaign to pressure Kroger – which owns Fred Meyer Grocery and QFC – to ban open carry of guns in its stores.
  • Will Closed-Door Benghazi Hearings Keep the Circus Away?

    08/19/2014 6:44:56 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 12, 2014 | Jeff Zeleny
    Rep. Trey Gowdy was bombarded with requests from fellow Republicans, eager to take part in the latest congressional investigation of the Benghazi attack. But when it became clear that he intended to lead the inquiry behind closed doors, far from the spotlight, the requests soon fell silent. “If you want to get on the news, then go rob a bank,” Gowdy, R-S.C., said, recounting his message to several Republicans on both sides of Capitol Hill, dashing their hopes of being featured in what they assumed would be high-profile televised hearings. SNIP “I can get more information in a five-hour deposition...
  • Heavy Metal: Why Ferguson has conservatives challenging military-style police

    08/19/2014 5:28:07 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 92 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 19, 2014 | Howard Kurtz
    The images of police in riot gear armed with heavy weaponry and tanks has at times become the alarming backdrop for the Ferguson story, with pictures that television can’t resist.
  • 100+ ‘moderate’ Republicans back pro-abort Democrat over pro-life stalwart in Kansas gov. race

    08/19/2014 5:16:21 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 8/18/14 | Dustin Siggins
    One of the nation's most pro-life governors is facing growing opposition from his own party -- and some of that opposition has backed a pro-abortion candidate to replace him. More than 100 self-described “moderate Republicans” have thrown their support behind a pro-abortion Democrat against an embattled pro-life Republican Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas, saying economic matters are of greater importance than abortion. The 100 Republicans have endorsed Paul Davis, a supporter of abortion and the top Democrat in the state House. Critics have focused their ire on what they say is an irresponsible approach to the state budget -- Brownback's...
  • The Republican Establishment’s 20-Year War On Conservatives

    08/19/2014 5:13:39 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    It began on a snowy night in New Hampshire. The first-in-the-nation primary. February 20, 1996. The story’s origins, though, began exactly four years earlier in that same frigid state.pat In 1992, Patrick J. Buchanan, a popular conservative television commentator who had served as a longtime aide to Richard Nixon, took on the sitting President of the United States in the primaries that year. Party insiders considered his candidacy little more than a joke. But his 38 percent showing in the ’92 New Hampshire primary stunned the political world, and although he won no contests that primary season, he did garner...
  • Alaska GOP primary: A lot at stake for 3 candidates and former Gov. Palin on Tuesday

    08/19/2014 5:11:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 8/18/14 | Edward Rollins
    One of the last important primaries before the November midterms will be held Tuesday in Alaska. Voters will pick the Republican candidate to oppose Democratic Senator Mark Begich. There are three very credible candidates who are locked in a tough battle: Alaska politician Dan Sullivan, current Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Tea Party favorite Joe Miller. Dan Sullivan, the former attorney general and natural resources commissioner has led for months and is backed by the GOP political establishment including by Fox News contributor and former George W. Bush senior advisor Karl Rove. Four years ago, Sarah Palin's endorsement of Miller,...
  • Primary Threat in Alaska has GOP Establishment Shuddering

    08/19/2014 5:10:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    opensecrets.org ^ | 8/18/14 | Lalita Clozel
    In Alaska’s Senate primary race, the Republican establishment has downplayed threats to its top candidate, Dan Sullivan. Yet his challengers, Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell, have triggered a frenzy of last-minute spending to ensure Sullivan wins the Tuesday election. Dan Sullivan, the frontrunner in the Senate Republican primary in Alaska, is facing stiff competition from opponents Joe Miller and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell. (Facebook.com) Dan Sullivan, the frontrunner in the Senate Republican primary in Alaska, is facing stiff competition from opponents Joe Miller and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell. (Facebook.com) As of late July, Sullivan had about $4.1 million in the...
  • Time Magazine Derides Marine General Smedley Darlington Butler

    08/19/2014 4:46:04 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 5 replies
    Hawthorn Books ^ | January 1, 1973 | Jules Archer
    December 3, 1934, Time Magazine, Plot Without Plotters, From Straight Dope One frosty dawn in November 1935, 500,000 War veterans rolled out of their blankets in the pine barrens around the CCC camp at Elkridge, Md. The brassy bugle notes of "Assembly" hurried them to the camp's parade ground, where, mounted on a white horse and surrounded by his staff, they found their leader, Major General Smedley Darlington ("Old Gimlet Eye") Butler, U. S. M. C., retired. "Men," cried General Butler, "Washington is but 30 miles away! Will you follow me?" The answer was a mighty shout: "We will!" Squad...
  • Time Magazine Derides Marine General Smedley Darlington Butler

    08/19/2014 4:38:16 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 5 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | March 17, 2014 | Steven Welch
    December 3, 1934, Time Magazine, Plot Without Plotters, From Straight Dope One frosty dawn in November 1935, 500,000 War veterans rolled out of their blankets in the pine barrens around the CCC camp at Elkridge, Md. The brassy bugle notes of "Assembly" hurried them to the camp's parade ground, where, mounted on a white horse and surrounded by his staff, they found their leader, Major General Smedley Darlington ("Old Gimlet Eye") Butler, U. S. M. C., retired. "Men," cried General Butler, "Washington is but 30 miles away! Will you follow me?" The answer was a mighty shout: "We will!" Squad...
  • The Dirty Little Secret About The Difference Between White And Black Americans On Ferguson

    08/19/2014 12:07:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 19, 2014 | John Hawkins
    If you say that we should have an "honest" discussion about what's going on in Ferguson, it makes people think that hard truths are going to be spoken and we're all going to deeply disagree. But, what if the dirty little secret is that MOST people, black and white, liberal and conservative, are actually on pretty much the same page about the shooting of Mike Brown? If Mike Brown surrendered to that officer and the policeman shot him anyway, like every conservative I know, I want that cop to do hard time for it. However, I do think we should...
  • Impeachable Alleged Clinton Immigration Offenses Squashed by GOP Senate Leadership

    08/18/2014 10:19:41 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 8 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | October 2000 | David Schippers
    Injustice for All: An Excerpt from Sellout: The Inside Story of President Clinton's Impeachment By David Schippers October 2000 In October 1996, in one of the first public accounts of this matter, former Center Senior Fellow Rosemary Jenks testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration about many of the abuses surrounding the Citizenship USA program. Ms. Jenks concluded that due to pressure from the White House, and in particular the Vice President’s office, the Immigration and Naturalization Service disregarded many of the requirements of the naturalization process that ensure that only qualified immigrants with no significant criminal history may...
  • Media fueling absurdity in Ferguson

    08/18/2014 8:20:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Hutchinson News ^ | August 18, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    It was in a college theater class that I learned about a genre called “Theater of the Absurd.” These were plays written mostly by European playwrights between the 1940s and 1960s, as well as a certain style that flowed from their work. What reminded me of this is now “playing” in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was – select one – a) innocently walking down the street when a police officer shot him to death without provocation, or, b) walking with a friend in the street and told by a police officer to get...
  • The Rise of Progressive Oligarchy: Reviving the 'vigilant and manly spirit' of republicanism

    08/18/2014 6:16:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 18, 2014 | Professors David Corbin and Matt Parks
    In what might have appeared to be a minor political event a few weeks back, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) “insignificant” and “inconsequential” in a debate on the House floor. Why would the former House Speaker insult a colleague in such a manner? She didn’t count her way to this assessment; Democrats do not hold a majority of the House. Nor did she reason her way to this position, as there was nothing in Rep. Marino’s argument on the immigration issue that raised empirical red flags. Perhaps it was a momentary lapse in judgment in the midst...
  • Free Shaneen Allen From New Jersey’s Gun Laws

    08/18/2014 5:35:48 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 18, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Second Amendment: An African-American single mom on her way to a birthday party for one of her kids faces 10 years in prison for straying into the Garden State carrying a firearm in her purse licensed in Pennsylvania. Shaneen Allen is less well-known than Michael Brown, the man shot by police in Ferguson, Mo., and it's doubtful Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton will pay her a visit anytime soon. They're busy elsewhere. A mother exercising her Second Amendment right not only to keep but to bear arms to protect her family is of little interest to them. Allen is a...
  • NY Fed: Firms 'widely' see Obamacare boosting health costs

    08/18/2014 4:38:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    CNBC ^ | August 18, 2014 | by Dan Mangan
    Many businesses said Obamacare is jacking up their employee health coverage costs, and they expect it to do so even more next year, two new surveys of businesses by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York have found. Not all firms surveyed said the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to blame for those cost increases to date. But a majority did. About 20 percent of respondents to both surveys said they were reducing their number of workers and/or raising the share of part-time workers as a result of the ACA. "A similar proportion said they were paying less compensation per...
  • Obama prepares schools for migrant kids

    08/18/2014 4:29:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 14, 2014 | By Mario Trujillo
    The Obama administration is preparing the nation’s schools to accept thousands of new students who illegally crossed the southwest border and are now awaiting trials on their possible deportations. A fact sheet from the Department of Education sent to states and schools on Monday highlights the children’s right to attend public school. It says all children in the United States “are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents’ actual or perceived national origin, citizenship, or immigration status.” The prospect of tens of thousands of children mostly from Central American countries...
  • Riding the Tiger

    08/18/2014 3:34:35 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 6 replies
    Given my druthers, being on the receiving end of a policeman’s sidearm is not the way that I would prefer to shuffle off this mortal coil. However, there is a profound difference in suffering that indignity as an innocent, or in the malicious act of attempting to wrestle an officer’s instrument of mortal judgment from his determined hand. As of yet, we are not quite privy to the catalogue of facts that would tell us conclusively whether Michael Brown is Al Sharpton’s latest checkered martyr, or just another in a long line of aspiring thugs whose criminal reach exceeded their...