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  • Without voting, noncitizens could swing the election for Obama

    10/05/2012 8:07:12 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, October 5, 2012 | Leonard Steinhorn
    If President Obama wins reelection by three or four Electoral College votes next month, the reason may be simple: noncitizens, mostly immigrants, who don’t have the right to vote. No, I’m not talking about his immigration policy or his popularity with Latinos. Nor does this have anything to do with voter fraud. Rather, an Obama victory could hinge on a quirk in the Constitution that gives noncitizens, a group that includes illegal immigrants and legal permanent residents, a say in electing the president of the United States. As required by Article I and the Fourteenth Amendment, the decennial census, which...
  • The US Government Today Has More Data On The Average American Than The Stasi Did On East Germans

    10/05/2012 7:07:19 PM PDT · by RobertClark · 40 replies
    TechDirt ^ | 10/03/12 | TechDirt
    We've written plenty about how the US government has been quite aggressive in spying on Americans. It has been helped along by a court system that doesn't seem particularly concerned about the 4th Amendment and by the growing ability of private companies to have our data and to then share it with the government at will. Either way, in a radio interview, Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin (who's been one of the best at covering the surveillance state in the US) made a simple observation that puts much of this into context: the US surveillance regime has more data...
  • David exposes Goliath(Charlie Madigan, Chicago Tribune)

    10/05/2012 4:35:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    GunNews ^ | September, 2005 | John Boch
    When I was in school, I was taught that newspaper reporters and editors were wise and learned individuals to be respected. They were experts at the use of the English language and generally unbiased and unemotional in their reporting of the news. Today, thanks to the “new” media, we better understand how biased the major media is in its reporting of news. We’ve heard of the disgraceful work of Jayson Blair at the New York Times. “All the news that’s fit to print,” trumpets the Times everyday in the little box on the front page. Looking back, I guess that...
  • Judge tells transit agency to post anti-jihad message

    10/05/2012 4:09:40 PM PDT · by wesagain · 10 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Oct 5, 2012 | staff writer
    A judge in Washington, D.C., ruled today that a “heckler’s veto” of pro-Israel ads that already have appeared in San Francisco and New York cannot be used to censor the message in Washington. The judge granted a request by the American Freedom Law Center for an injunction to halt the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority censorship of a pro-Israel/anti-jihad bus advertisement. The judge ordered the agency display the ads no later than 5 p.m. on October 8, 2012. Judge Rosemary M. Collyer granted the request after AFLC co-founder and senior counsel Robert Muise presented a compelling case in which he...
  • Don't Trust a Single Number in This Jobs Report (Or Any Jobs Report)

    10/05/2012 4:05:53 PM PDT · by An Old Man · 29 replies
    Yhe Atlantic ^ | Oct 5 2012 | Derek Thompson
    It is a sad statement about either American politics or American sanity that when today's jobs report showed the unemployment falling below 8% for the first time in Obama's presidency, the reaction from some administration critics was: The numbers are cooked! ...
  • Scalia: Abortion, death penalty "easy" cases

    10/05/2012 2:37:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | 10/5/2012
    Justice Antonin Scalia says his method of interpreting the Constitution makes some of the most hotly disputed issues that come before the Supreme Court among the easiest to resolve. Scalia calls himself a "textualist" and, as he related to a few hundred people who came to buy his new book and hear him speak in Washington the other day, that means he applies the words in the Constitution as they were understood by the people who wrote and adopted them. So Scalia parts company with former colleagues who have come to believe capital punishment is unconstitutional. The framers of the...
  • Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest aboard Air Force One

    10/05/2012 1:09:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies ^ | October 5, 2012 | Josh Earnest, Jen Pstaki
    Q: The President today sort of seemed like he was running through a litany of things that he could have or would have said at the debate. Was there any sort of reset in the campaign as far as the President either taking responsibility for his debate performance or coming out with a -- promising a more aggressive tone starting today? MS. PSAKI: Well, as we learned on Wednesday night, Mitt Romney is willing to say and do anything to become President, and we've certainly taken that into account over the last two days. Q: During the debate, was he...
  • Man signs contract to take gun safety class to avoid gun charges(CO)

    10/05/2012 12:20:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 4 October, 2012 | AP
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Mesa County District Attorney's Office is deferring prosecution after a 65-year-old man signed a contract promising to take a gun safety class after causing a panic at Grand Junction High School while carrying a gun on his hip.
  • NRA endorses Romney as ‘only hope’ for firearms freedom

    10/05/2012 12:13:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 4, 2012 | Jonathan Easley
    The National Rifle Association (NRA) endorsed Mitt Romney for president late Thursday. NRA Executive vice president Wayne LaPierre and NRA Political Victory Fund chairman Chris Cox will formally announce the endorsement at a Romney rally in Virginia later Thursday evening. Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will also be on hand. “In this election, there is no debate,” LaPierre said in a statement. “There is only one choice – only one hope – to save our firearms freedom and our way of life.” The endorsement is not surprising — the NRA has a history of supporting conservative candidates, who traditionally support...
  • Microsoft Polls Xbox Gamers About First Debate: Romney Wins [Video]

    10/05/2012 11:15:26 AM PDT · by South40 · 12 replies
    Scientific American (Yahoo) ^ | 10/5/2012 | Larry Greenemeier
    CLick here to view the video Xbox Live gamers paused from their usual Wednesday night online multiplayer battles against interstellar invaders and zombies to weigh in on the first presidential debate. Xbox users, jacked in through their Internet-connected consoles, are in a better position than most people to answer a quick poll, and Microsoft, which delivers gaming and other entertainment via the Internet through its Xbox Live service, took advantage of its captive audience to conduct some political research. Microsoft acknowledges the limited scope of the poll, says it is still analyzing the data, and hasn't widely publicized the survey...
  • Legal group comes to aid of Army instructor ousted over Muslim groups' complaints

    10/05/2012 9:11:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 5, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    An Army lieutenant colonel who was on the fast track until Muslim groups complained about a course he taught on radical Islam has a legal foundation in his foxhole. Attorneys for Lt. Col Matthew Dooley, a West Point graduate and highly-decorated combat veteran, was an instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College at the National Defense University, where by most accounts he won praise from students and faculty alike. But when Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey excoriated Dooley during a Pentagon press conference in May, characterizing his course, “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism” as objectionable,...
  • Obama Campaign Shifts Into Extreme Attack Mode

    10/05/2012 10:53:09 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 21 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 5 Oct 12 | Keith Koffler
    With its candidate having been swamped in the debate by an aggressive and articulate Gov. Mitt Romney, the Obama campaign is switching fully into attack mode, moving beyond earlier assaults on Romney’s business record and wealth toward a new drive to destroy his character. Casting completely aside the Obama 2008 brand of a hopeful unifier, Obama’s operatives Thursday dived straight the jugular, working on multiple fronts to brand Romney a liar. The campaign, Obama aides made clear, would henceforth be conducted exclusively Chicago style. In a vicious and personal assault rarely conducted at the highest level of U.S. politics, White...
  • NRA's Keene: Americans Approve of Guns More Than Ever

    10/05/2012 10:42:29 AM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 04 Oct 2012 | Henry J. Reske and John Bachman
    The greatest accomplishment of supporters of the Second Amendment is the belief that “guns are cool,” National Rifle Association President David Keene tells Newsmax.TV. Keene, speaking to Newsmax at CPAC Colorado, said that Americans oppose gun laws and it’s not just the work of the NRA or of the Supreme Court ruling that the Second Amendment right to bear arms extends to individual Americans. “The greatest accomplishment of the believers of the Second Amendment today over a decade ago or more is that guns are cool,” he said. “That wasn’t the case before.” He noted that after a recent breakfast...
  • Scalia says abortion, gay rights are easy cases

    10/05/2012 10:06:19 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 5, 2012 | MARK SHERMAN
    Justice Antonin Scalia says his method of interpreting the Constitution makes some of the most hotly disputed issues that come before the Supreme Court among the easiest to resolve. Scalia calls himself a ‘‘textualist’’ and, as he related to a few hundred people who came to buy his new book and hear him speak in Washington the other day, that means he applies the words in the Constitution as they were understood by the people who wrote and adopted them. So Scalia parts company with former colleagues who have come to believe capital punishment is unconstitutional. The framers of the...
  • Test of Fire: Election 2012 (Official HD Version - Catholic)

    10/05/2012 9:25:08 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 2 replies
    Test of Fire: Election 2012 (Official HD Version - Catholic)
  • Hope Is the Thing With Feathers (Desperate Democrats Hide Behind Big Bird)

    10/05/2012 7:01:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/05/2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Mitt Romney sure ruffled a lot of feathers over his proposal to eliminate taxpayer funding for government-sponsored TV. As soon as the GOP presidential candidate singled out PBS for cuts during the presidential debate in Denver, the hysterical squawking commenced. Left-leaning celebrities immediately erupted on Twitter. “WOW!!! No PBS!! WTF how about cutting congress’s stuff leave big bird alone,” Whoopi Goldberg fumed. “Mitt is smirky, sweaty, indignant and smug with an unsettling hint of hysteria. And he wants to kill BIG BIRD,” actress Olivia Wilde despaired. “Who picks on Big Bird!!! #bulliesthatswho,” actress Taraji Henson chimed in. Social-media activists called...
  • Debunking Obama’s Flawed Assertions on Tax Deductions and Corporate Welfare

    10/05/2012 5:38:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | October 5, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    In a violation of the 8th Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, my brutal overseers at the Cato Institute required me to watch last night’s debate (you can see what Cato scholars said by clicking here). But I will admit that it was good to see Obama finally put on the defensive, something that almost never happens since the press protects him (with one key exception, as shown in this cartoon).This doesn’t mean I like Romney, who would probably be another Bush if he got to the White House.On the specifics, I obviously didn’t like Obama’s predictable push for...
  • Interview Dr. Jerome Corsi- The Great Oil Conspiracy- The Conscience of Kansas radio program

    10/05/2012 5:07:54 AM PDT · by 1pitech · 6 replies
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 10-04-12 | Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson
    Interview Dr. Jerome Corsi- The Great Oil Conspiracy- The Conscience of Kansas radio program on KRMR The Patriot 105.7FM with host Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson.
  • Obama Sends Bizarre Fundraising E-mail After Debate Loss

    10/05/2012 4:37:32 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 18 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 10/4/2012 | Staff
    Waking up this morning, I had a ton of e-mail in my inbox, but one really stood out. It was a fundraising e-mail for Barack Obama. Yes, even after his dismal debate performance against Mitt Romney, Obama was back to fundraising. But his e-mail message was one of the strangest I've seen. First, let's start with the subject line. Again... this was an e-mail from Barack Obama's campaign. Supposedly, these are not a bunch of amateurs. Yet the subject line was simply: Hey. That's it. Just "Hey." They might have well just said Yo! Then, we have the e-mail itself....
  • Obama's Mask Slips [Romney wins over another skeptic]

    10/05/2012 12:56:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 5, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    Much is being made of the devastating blow that Mitt Romney administered to President Obama in the first presidential debate Wednesday night. Romney was masterful; Obama was incomprehensible. Romney was presidential; Obama was incoherent. Romney schooled Obama; Obama responded by doing the hand motions to "The Wheels On the Bus Go Round and Round." Republicans and conservatives alike were cheering. Even Romney skeptics like me happily conceded that Romney was the right guy all along. There will be an October surprise from the Obama camp, but they got one themselves Wednesday night. Obama was rambling, fumbling, stuttering. He was terrible....
  • Poll: Should the federal government cut its funding of PBS?

    10/04/2012 10:24:08 PM PDT · by South40 · 30 replies ^ | 10/4/2012
    Poll down the page on right
  • Pa. lawmaker refuses Pledge of Allegiance at House meeting

    10/04/2012 8:11:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    WHTM, ABC Channel 27, Harrisburg PA ^ | Oct 03, 2012 7:48 PM | Dennis Owens
    Politicians are often criticized for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time that's taken the wrong way. But state Representative Babette Josephs (D-Philadelphia) is being criticized for what she refused to say. The drama unfolded at what was billed as a non-controversial House State Government Committee meeting Wednesday morning. Republican Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) asked Josephs to lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance; a rather routine request that became anything but when Josephs refused. "Based on my First Amendment rights and based on the fact that I really think it's a prayer. I don't pray in public,"...
  • USDA diversity training session included 'illegal immigrants' chant, group claims

    10/04/2012 8:03:09 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 6 replies ^ | October 04, 2012 | unattributed
    The U.S. government paid a Chicago consultant hundreds of thousands of dollars to put on diversity training workshops that, according to one watchdog, included an exercise in which employees were told to chant "our forefathers were illegal immigrants." Conservative group Judicial Watch made the claim this week as it released a handful of documents pertaining to the program -- and alleged that the sessions held by the Department of Agriculture ended up enforcing political views more than promoting tolerance. "Instead of being diversity-oriented or tolerance-oriented, it's more about adopting a mindset," said Lisette Garcia, a senior investigator with the group....
  • Rand Paul "Governor Romney Didn't Need Me Last Night... I'm Pretty Impressed With His Performance"

    10/04/2012 6:58:20 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 15 replies
  • Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 10/2/12

    10/04/2012 5:15:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer ^ | October 2, 2012 | Jay Carney, Jen Psaki
    Q: Could I ask Jen because the first debate is three segments on the economy, one on health care, one on the role of government - is there a danger of some issues that President Obama wants to talk about in this debate not coming up? MS. PSAKI: Sure. Look, I think obviously the moderator has a very powerful role in any of these debates to steer the conversation. While this is a huge audience and the President recognizes it as one of the biggest audiences he'll have between now and November - obviously, the convention night was a huge...
  • Presidential Debate Drew More Than 70 Million Viewers

    10/04/2012 5:00:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    New York Times (blog) ^ | October 4, 2012 | By BRIAN STELTER
    The first of three presidential debates between President Obama and Mitt Romney reached more than 70 million viewers on Wednesday night. Nielsen, a television measurement company, said 67.2 million viewers watched on television at home — the highest number for a first debate since 1980. Nielsen’s total for Wednesday’s debate did not count people who watched outside the home (in offices, bars or airports) or who watched in other countries. Nor did not count any of the millions of people who had access to the debate on computers, tablets or phones., for instance, said it recorded 1.2 million live...
  • The presidential debate: Mr. Disengaged vs. the Energizer Bunny

    10/04/2012 4:52:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | October 4, 2012 | by Lynne K. Varner
    Anyone remember what President Obama said during Wednesday’s less-than exciting debate? Me neither. But do you remember how he said the things we no longer remember? Yep, me too. I remember every verbal inflection and soothing cadence, tones better left to National Public Radio. Cool and collected is what got Obama elected. His ability to stay above the fray was attractive to an America on the verge of panic. But Mr. Cool turned into Mr. Remote and had a lot of America reaching for one. Mitt Romney was the Energizer Bunny. He was aggressive and quick with Reaganesque rejoinders. One...
  • Al Gore Blames Altitude For Obama’s Debate Skills

    10/04/2012 3:39:48 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 67 replies ^ | Amanda Crum
    Al Gore has said some things which have been lampooned over the years, but his speculation on why Mitt Romney seemed to dominate the debate last night has garnered more critics than usual. “I’m going to say something controversial here,” Gore said. “Obama arrived in Denver at 2 pm today, just a few hours before the debate started. Romney did his debate prep in Denver. When you go to 5,000 feet and you only have a few hours to adjust, I don’t know.” Of course, people have been having a field day with it, and Twitter is all aflutter.
  • Nov. 6: A historic opportunity for La. voters to protect their gun rights

    10/04/2012 3:24:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies ^ | 10.02.12 | Chris W. Cox
    With just one vote on November 6th, you can build an iron wall around your Second Amendment freedoms and protect them from anti-gun, activist judges. That’s because on your ballot this year is an amendment to Louisiana’s state constitution that would provide the most rock-solid state-level legal protection for the right to keep and bear arms in the nation.  The language of the amendment reads: The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms is fundamental and shall not be infringed. Any restriction on this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny. The key words here are “strict...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Thursday, October-4-2012

    10/04/2012 3:02:50 PM PDT · by Fudd Fan · 45 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
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  • Romney's Missed Debate Opportunities [vanity] (Fellow FReepers, please share what you saw...)

    10/04/2012 2:44:06 PM PDT · by TXnMA · 51 replies
    Last night's debate transcript - ^ | 04 OCTOBER 2012 | TXnMA / Debaters
    In his wrap-up, Øbama said, "But I also promised that I'd fight every single day on behalf of the American people, the middle class, and all those who were striving to get into the middle class. I've kept that promise and if you'll vote for me, then I promise I'll fight just as hard in a second term." At that point, Romney should have silently stepped out from behind his podium and -- executed a clumsy golf swing... Read more:
  • Help Repeal Handgun Registration in Michigan

    10/04/2012 2:31:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | October 3, 2012 | NA
    Contact Your State Senator TodayHouse Bill 5225, legislation that would eliminate the state handgun “permit-to-purchase” and registration requirements, is currently stalled in the Michigan Senate. The reason for this delay stems from opposition by the Michigan State Police, as well as Governor Rick Snyder’s office, asking Senate leadership to "hold" HB 5225. The Michigan State Police, never friendly to pro-gun reforms, including the current state Right-to-Carry law, has even proposed a number of crippling amendments to HB 5225 that would perpetuate Michigan’s antiquated registration system in the event that they are unable to stop its passage.The Michigan State Police (MSP)...

    10/04/2012 1:23:48 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 24 replies
    This is a huge gaffe on Vice President Joe Biden's part. Instead of using the dishonest language of "letting the Bush tax cuts expire," Biden finally comes straight out and tells the truth:
  • Orphan Obama: Has anyone ever seen such chutzpah?

    10/04/2012 12:40:23 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10.2.12 | Ben Stein
    There is an old Jewish joke about a boy who murders his parents, then throws himself on the mercy of the court as an orphan. It is a great joke and applies in a huge way to Mr. Obama, Mr. Axelrod, and their posse. This morning, as I was battling the invasion of ants that is tormenting all of Southern California as we go through by far the worst heat wave I have seen in my 36 years here, I picked up and read the front page of my beloved former employer, the Wall Street Journal. Sho' 'nuff, there was...
  • It's A Drag

    10/04/2012 12:32:01 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10.4.12 | George Neumayr
    Obama performs lamely against an energetic and effective Romney. "It's a drag," Barack Obama said earlier this week about his debate prep. "They're making me do my homework." This foreshadowed his lackluster debate performance on Wednesday night. He seemed disengaged and defensive. He didn't look at his watch, à la George Bush Sr., but he was probably doodling (under the guise of taking copious notes) as an energetic Mitt Romney offered a detailed brief against his failed presidency. Romney conveyed the command of a hands-on CEO while Obama looked like a tired demagogue. His summation was pathetic, dribbling out some...
  • Why was President Obama so bad?

    10/04/2012 12:11:48 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 159 replies
    The Barack Obama who stood on the debate stage in Denver Wednesday night was virtually unrecognizable to the person who swept to victory in 2008 or even the man who had built a narrow-but-clear edge in the 2012 race. In the wake of the debate, Democrats conceded that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney had dominated the proceedings and quickly moved on to a deeper — and harder to answer — question: What the hell was wrong with the president? Theories abound — up to an including that Obama, who had done debate prep in Las Vegas, struggled to adjust to...
  • Help Me Howard: 666 Plot [Lawyer: "...Constitution... says, church and state must be separate...]

    10/04/2012 11:50:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    WSVN ^ | 9/25/12
    Three numbers 666 many people believe its the sign of the devil. So how would you feel burying a loved one in a plot numbered 666.... "The courts recognize religions and religious holidays, but they don't recognize religious beliefs. That sound contradictory but it comes from the U.S Constitution's First Amendment that says, church and state must be separate. If it sounds confusing its because it is."
  • 'Later' has finally arrived

    10/04/2012 10:15:47 AM PDT · by Perseverando ^ | October 01, 2012 | John Rocker
    Exclusive: John Rocker says sunset of America is upon us based on electoral results Snip: From the implementation of the first broad-ranging social entitlement programs, which were introduced through Johnson’s Great Society back in the ’60s, little by little the American populace has become more and more comfortable suckling at the government teat over the passing decades. No one can argue that the concept of expansive socialism and far-reaching entitlement were ever a component of the founding doctrine of these United States. Yet as with many things which at first are taboo, slowly they become tolerated, then accepted, then expected....
  • How to Tell if Someone Is a Statist

    10/04/2012 10:12:40 AM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 21 replies
    Renew America ^ | 04 Oct 2012 | Tim Dunkin
    Everybody knows that there is a great divide in the American political system. However, many in this nation are incorrect in their understanding of what constitutes this divide. If asked, many would try to point to race or class, even though these would not generally be satisfactory answers to the question. Others would point to the division between the major political parties. Yet others, perhaps a little more accurately, would draw lines between the conventional Left/Right, liberal/conservative dichotomy that dominates the thinking of most observers. However, even this division is not completely accurate, because there are many who would profess...
  • Foreign aid has become 'real money'($20+ Billion)

    10/04/2012 10:08:48 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 1 replies ^ | October 03, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    Exclusive: Joseph Farah compares billions given away to what's spent on border security It may be an apocryphal quote attributed to the late Sen. Everett Dirksen: “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.” There’s really no credible citation one can find that suggests he actually ever said those famous words – though I swear I can still hear him saying them when I was a child. Those words were reverberating in my mind again this week as it was revealed that Barack Obama has increased spending on foreign aid by 80 percent through last...
  • Blind Justice

    10/04/2012 8:18:43 AM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | OCTOBER 4, 2012 | Conrad Black
    America is victimized by a rapacious prosecutocracy. An article in the Wall Street Journal last week having pointed out that 97 percent of U.S. criminal prosecutions are now guilty-plea bargains, and that 85 percent of the remaining 3 percent are trials that return guilty verdicts, I return to the spavined bête noire of the justice system. These are totalitarian percentages. I have referred here before to an American “prosecutocracy.” The United States has 5 percent of the world’s population, 25 percent of its incarcerated people, and almost 50 percent of the world’s lawyers. These figures hold, even if it is...
  • Why Seniors Should Prefer Ryan’s Medicare Plan to Obama’s

    10/04/2012 7:44:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/04/2012 | PETER FERRARA
    DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz described the Medicare reforms proposed by GOP Vice-Presidential nominee and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as "literally a death trap for seniors." White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that Ryan's reforms would "change Medicare as we know it." But it was Obamacare that already changed Medicare as we know it, transforming it literally into a death trap for seniors. Obamacare cut Medicare by $716 billion over the next 10 years alone, mostly by slashing Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals. And that is just a down-payment on what is to come. Ryan...
  • Obamacare and Romneycare Are Not Identical

    10/04/2012 7:42:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/04/2012 | Debra Saunders
    There are a lot of differences between Obamacare and Romneycare, even though President Barack Obama said that the two plans were based on an "identical model" during the first presidential debate in Denver on Wednesday night. "We've seen this model work very well," Obama said, "in Massachusetts." Wrong, countered Mitt Romney. As Massachusetts governor, he passed a health care plan "on a bipartisan basis." President Obama, said Romney, "instead of bringing America together," rammed through a bill that garnered no support across the aisle. "Something this big, this important," Romney concluded, "has to be done on a bipartisan basis." Note...
  • The boundless dishonesty of Barack Obama

    10/04/2012 7:35:09 AM PDT · by yoe · 5 replies
    Power Line ^ | October 3, 2012 | Paul Mirengoff
    I noted yesterday that in his 2007 speech in Hampton, Virginia, Barack Obama falsely claimed that the Stafford Act had not been waived for relief money appropriated to help New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Stafford Act requires that, absent a waiver, localities match a percentage of the money they receive in federal assistance. Obama’s claim was false. A few weeks before Obama gave his Hampton speech, Congress had waived the Stafford Act in connection with $6.9 billion in federal aid for New Orleans. But it gets worse for Obama. (Neo-neocon) points out that Obama was one...
  • DAILY DOOM ANTIDOTE: Ten Things to Know About Denver Debate Last Night

    10/04/2012 7:32:26 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 59 replies
    HIllbuzz ^ | 10/4/2012 | Kevin Dujan
    10. Obama was injected with amphetamines or something before the debate and they wore off about 20 minutes in. Here in Chicago, word on the street for the last month has been that Valerie Jarrett was specifically tasked with getting Obama off coke and other drugs before the debates so that he would not embarrass himself on stage for an hour and a half. So, word is that Obama’s been detoxing since at least September. This explains how haggard he’s looked and how prickly he’s acted for a while now…it’s what addicts look and act like when they’re cut off...
  • Obama Faulted for Flat Debate as Many Praise Romney

    10/04/2012 7:00:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 4, 2012 | By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    The immediate reaction to Wednesday night’s presidential debate was a torrent of criticism directed at President Obama, with Republicans, and as well as many Democrats, accusing Mr. Obama of delivering a flat, uninspired and defensive performance. At this point, it remains unclear whether these snap assessments and others made immediately after the debate will be matched by the more sober judgments of voters in the upcoming days. Voters sometimes surprise the pundits by coming to different conclusions about the outcome of a presidential debate. Mr. Obama has been very aggressive of late on the stump, and his scheduled events on...
  • Intelligence effort named citizens, not terrorists

    10/04/2012 5:24:32 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 3 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 10/3/2012 | Matt Apuzzo and Eileen Sullivan
    A multibillion-dollar information-sharing program created in the aftermath of 9/11 has improperly collected information about innocent Americans and produced little valuable intelligence on terrorism, a Senate report concludes. It portrays an effort that ballooned far beyond anyone's ability to control. What began as an attempt to put local, state and federal officials in the same room analyzing the same intelligence has instead cost huge amounts of money for data-mining software, flat screen televisions and, in Arizona, two fully equipped Chevrolet Tahoes that are used for commuting, investigators found. The lengthy, bipartisan report is a scathing evaluation of what the Department...
  • High-School Teacher Threatens To Assault Student For Wearing Romney T-Shirt, Likens It To KKK Sheet

    10/04/2012 5:00:24 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 55 replies
    Red State ^ | Staff
    Apparently, in the City of Brotherly Love, geometry teachers easily confuse this… With this:Racism has again raised its ugly head in this presidential election and it has filtered all the way down to the classroom level where, in Philadelphia, a high school student was threatened with assault by her geometry teacher last Friday for wearing a Mitt Romney t-shirt. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, last Friday was dress-down day for students at Charles Carroll High School in Port Richmond. One female student decided that she would show her support for Republican presidential candidate a Mitt Romney by wearing a Romney...
  • Left Wants Multiculturalism to Trump Free Speech

    10/04/2012 4:06:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | October 4, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The American Left used to champion free expression. We were lectured -- correctly -- that the price of being repulsed by occasional crude talk and art was worth paying. Only that way could Americans ensure our daily right to criticize those with greater power and influence whom we found wrong and objectionable. When 1950s comedian Lenny Bruce titillated his audiences with the F-word and crude sex talk, liberals came to his defense. They reminded us that vulgar speech is not a crime: The First Amendment was not just designed to protect uplifting expression, but also rarer blasphemous and indecent speech....
  • 'Superb' (Army) officer rebranded 'objectionable' after Muslims complain

    10/03/2012 10:35:07 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 11 replies ^ | October 03, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    Law firm defending instructor after Islam material purged The plaudits in the military records regarding the performance of one Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley, a 1994 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, are startling: “Exceptionally superb performance from a professional, innovative and enthusiastic officer” “He is clearly the best of our new instructors … already cited by his students as an outstanding instructor. … A must select for battalion command. … Dooley possesses unlimited potential to serve in positions of much higher authority.” “Unquestionably among the most dedicated and hard working officers I have ever known. … He...