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  • The Shutdown Is Bringing Pain to Thousands – But Perhaps Silver Lining for Swamp Opponents

    01/19/2019 10:38:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/19/2019 | Dustin Siggins
    The last major partial government shutdown took place in 2013. It was reviled by many and supported by few. Conservatives who forced the shutdown over the Affordable Care Act had neither the power nor the support to get their way. Their poor strategy gained little and lost some (including possibly the Virginia governor’s race).In the end, it didn’t stop the ACA. It also didn’t matter to voters in the 2014 midterm elections. Contrary to political pundits’ predictions, Republicans took control of Congress.President Donald Trump may likewise lose the current shutdown fight. He says he owns the shutdown stories percolate about...
  • The party of perverts? Yet another bigfoot Democrat donor arrested

    01/19/2019 10:25:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/19/2019 | Monica Showalter
    Do Democrats have a #MeToo problem?  Or more to the point, a pervert problem? Yet another prominent Democratic Party donor got arrested for sex with a 16-year-old.  Oregon Public Broadcasting reports: A prominent Democratic Party donor and gay rights activist has been charged with sex crimes involving a child younger than 16. Real estate developer Terry Bean pleaded not guilty to two counts of sodomy and one count of sexual abuse Thursday in Lane County court.  Prosecutors say the charges stem from an incident in September 2013.  A grand jury voted to indict Bean earlier this month, but the indictment was secret until his arraignment. His arrest...
  • Impeachment Will Be Good for Trump ( And Bad for Democrats )

    01/19/2019 10:22:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/19/2019 | William Gensert
    Since Trump's election, the dream uniting all Democrats is to impeach the president. Having won the House and with a mere majority necessary to initiate Articles of Impeachment, that dream will finally come true – never mind that chances of conviction in the Senate are near nil, with 67 votes required to sustain and Republicans still in the majority. They will impeach because, as with the scorpion, it's their nature. It doesn't matter that after more than two years of investigation, President Trump has not been found to have committed any crime. Impeachment is not a criminal proceeding; it is...
  • How Pro-Life Is Your State? Here Are the Top — and Bottom — Ten

    01/19/2019 10:18:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01/19/2019 | Tyler O'Neil
    On the eve of the 2019 March for Life, Americans United for Life (AUL) released a comprehensive report on how pro-life issues fared in 2018. Their report, released Monday, detailed the ten best and ten worst states for pro-life protections. "At no point in the last four decades have we been closer to building a national consensus about the radical overreach of Roe v. Wade and the perils of a culture that allows and celebrates on-demand abortion for any reason," Catherine Glenn Foster, AUL's president and CEO, said in a statement. "Science is on our side. The law is on...
  • Sebastian Gorka Calls Jim Acosta a 'Di—head' After Mean-Girl Taunt at White House

    01/19/2019 10:13:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01/19/2019 | Debra Heine
    CNN’s Jim Acosta took a mean-girlish swipe at Sebastian Gorka at the White House Thursday, prompting the former Trump adviser to loudly call him a "di—head" in a room full of reporters.According to Gorka, who recently debuted his Salem Radio Network show “America First,” the dust-up happened while he was waiting to meet with President Donald Trump.“I was waiting inside the entrance of the Briefing Room for a private meeting with the president,” Gorka told The Daily Caller.When Acosta saw him, according to Gorka, he walked over, touched his arm, and sneered, “Why are you here? This place is for...
  • The Gillette Effect: What a Single Ad Reveals About American Men Conservatives

    01/19/2019 9:35:14 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 43 replies ^ | 1/18/19 | Jessica Valenti’s a bit baffling to see the controversy over a single, fairly benign commercial for Gillette razors that focuses on masculinity. The ad, playing off its longtime tagline of “the best a man can get,” is part of a new campaign from the company acknowledging that “brands, like ours, play a role in influencing culture… we have a responsibility to make sure we are promoting positive, attainable, inclusive and healthy versions of what it means to be a man.” ...the sentiment was enough to set off a firestorm of mockery, consumer boycott threats, and one man even throwing his Gillette...
  • Trump's State of the Union Options

    01/19/2019 9:32:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | January 19, 2019 | Cal Thomas
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi has given President Trump an opportunity to change the dynamic of the State of the Union address, an event that has become predictable and often boring. It has featured members of Congress popping up and down like whack-a-moles, interrupting the president with applause if they agree with him, or stone silence if they don't. Pelosi claims that because of the partial government shutdown, the security of the U.S. Capitol cannot be guaranteed. The Department of Homeland Security debunked her claim, saying that the Secret Service and Capitol Police will perform their duties whether or not they are...
  • Climate Hysterics Skyrocket

    01/19/2019 9:24:56 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 1/19/2019 | Paul Driessen
    Call it climate one-upmanship. It seems everyone has to outdo previous climate chaos rhetoric. The “climate crisis” is the “existential threat of our time,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her House colleagues. We must “end the inaction and denial of science that threaten the planet and the future.” Former California Governor Jerry Brown solemnly intoned that America has “an enemy, though different, but perhaps very much devastating in a similar way” as the Nazis in World War II. Not to be outdone, two PhDs writing in Psychology Today declared that “the human race faces extinction” if we don’t stop burning fossil...
  • Will Elites Ever Respect Voters' Decisions on Brexit and Trump?

    01/19/2019 9:15:25 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies ^ | 1/19/2019 | M Barone
    It was no coincidence that Donald Trump scheduled a trip to Britain to promote one of his golf courses in Scotland, on June 23, 2016. That was the day of the Brexit referendum in which 52 percent of the electorate --17.4 million voters, more than any party has ever won in a general election -- voted for the UK to leave the European Union. Candidate Trump's earlier endorsement of Brexit was criticized by elevated opinion as an unfriendly interference in another nation's internal affairs, although few, if any, had similarly criticized then-President Barack Obama for having urged Britons to vote...
  • Avoiding the Shutdown - for Fun and Laughs

    01/19/2019 8:35:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | January 19, 2019 | Michael Reagan
    No matter where you look, you can't escape it. "Government Shutdown - Day 27..." "Government Shutdown - Day 28..." The partial government shutdown - and who's to blame for it, who's being hurt most by it and who's going to blink first - is the top topic on television, cable, talk radio, the internet and in the papers. It's so pervasive in all the news media it feels like you're watching a daily "Groundhog Day" movie about partisan politics and biased journalism. Everyone who is interviewed about the shutdown on Fox, CNN, NBC and elsewhere says the same predictable things...
  • District Court Fines Austin, TX, $9,000 for Refusing Carry of Handguns at City Hal

    01/19/2019 8:08:53 AM PST · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 17, 2019 | AWR Hawkins
    On Thursday, the Travis County District Court ruled that the City of Austin, Texas, violated the law by barring handguns in City Hall and assessed a nine thousand dollar penalty against the city for the violation. The concealed carry of handguns has been legal in Texas for decades and open carry for Texas’ concealed handgun license holders became legal on January 1, 2016. In the January 17, 2019, ruling, Judge Lora J. Livingston explained that the Plaintiff was able to show that open carry was refused on April 4, 2016, April 6, 2016, April 12, 2016, July 1, 2016, July 29,...
  • The $15 Minimum Wage Is Here. Why We Need $33 an Hour.

    01/19/2019 6:57:46 AM PST · by lowbridge · 141 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 4, 2019 | Ginia Bellafante
    On Jan. 1, the new minimum wage, set at $15 an hour, went into effect in New York City, and most companies employing more than 10 people have to pay it. The increase, considered a crucial step in the fight against poverty, is the result of a hard-fought grass-roots organizing effort begun seven years ago and championed as a great victory by liberal politicians, even those who were initially not liberal enough to embrace it. But how much will the new standard do to alleviate some of the most punishing aspects of the city’s affordability crisis? Last year, San Francisco and...
  • LAPD detective speaks out about her explicit photos being shared within department.

    01/18/2019 11:46:44 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 55 replies
    ABC7 ^ | 1/15/19 | David Ono
    Los Angeles Police Department Detective Ysabel Villegas used to investigate cases of sexual assault and domestic violence. Now, the tables are turned, and she is the alleged victim in a revenge porn scandal that's rocked the LAPD. "I did not want to be here," said Villegas outside court Tuesday. "This is the last place or the last thing I ever wanted to do and I'm just so sad it's come to this." Villegas says LAPD Senior Lead Officer Danny Reedy began to threaten and extort her near the end of their five-year extramarital affair. She says he sexually assaulted her,...
  • Families squeezed by both LA teachers' strike and government shutdown struggle to make ends meet.

    01/18/2019 10:55:22 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | 1/16/19 | Soo Youn
    For 26 days, furloughed U.S. government workers have been wondering when they will be able to work and get paid. For three days, Los Angeles public school teachers have been wondering the same. For a number of families, both uncertainties are a reality. In families in which one partner works for the Los Angeles Unified School District and the other works for the federal government, the new year has started with two missing paychecks. Xochilt Valdivia-Ford was well prepared to strike, she thought. The second-grade teacher at Montara Avenue Elementary School in South Gate, like the 30,000 other teachers currently...
  • Why Ex-Churchgoers Flocked to Trump

    01/18/2019 10:40:40 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 21 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 1-17-19 | Timothy Carney
    (Skip) The best way to describe Trump’s support in the Republican primaries—when he was running against the likes of Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich—would be: white evangelicals who do not go to church. Geoffrey Layman, a political science professor at the University of Notre Dame, noticed this during the primaries, writing: “Trump does best among evangelicals with one key trait: They don’t really go to church.” While writing my forthcoming book, Alienated America, my research assistant Nick Saffran and I crunched some numbers provided by Emily Ekins of the Voter Study Group. We broke down Republican primary...
  • Ben Shapiro at March For Life rally: 'No pro-life person would kill baby Hitler

    01/18/2019 8:25:20 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 18, 2019 | Joe Concha
    Conservative radio host Ben Shapiro said Friday at the annual March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., that "no pro-life person would kill baby Hitler" because "baby Hitler was a baby," with the comments quickly going viral on social media. “The argument, I guess here, is that would you kill baby Hitler?” Shapiro said in answering a question that appeared to be submitted online during a live broadcast at the anti-abortion rally. “And the truth is that no pro-life person on earth would kill baby Hitler, because baby Hitler wasn’t Hitler, adult Hitler was Hitler. Baby Hitler was a baby,"...
  • Solidarity With the Weakest and Most Vulnerable

    01/18/2019 7:55:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | January 18, 2019 | Congressman Chris Smith
    Editor's note: The following are excerpts from the remarks Congressman Smith delivered at the 46th annual March for Life. Thank you, President Trump, for making it absolutely clear today that you will veto any piece of legislation that undermines or nullifies any pro-life policy, regulation, or rule.Your extraordinary announcement—your bold solidarity with the weakest and most vulnerable—couldn’t come at a better time.The new Democratic majority in the House has made it clear that they want to eviscerate all pro-life protections including the Hyde taxpayer abortion funding ban which alone has saved over 2 million people from death by abortion.Mr. President, be assured...
  • It’s Time for a ‘People’s State of the Union’

    01/18/2019 7:36:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | January 18, 2019 | Mark Davis
    Two questions lead straight to an answer on the State of the Union standoff: First, does a House Speaker have the right to ban a president from the House gallery? It would seem so. Second, what has been the setting for some of President Trump’s most rousing and riveting connective moments? That would be at large rallies. Boom. Problem solved. State of the Union addresses have become predictable yawners for most except the political junkie community. It may be that the government shutdown has helped us realize that we’ll manage just fine with a written report, as was the...
  • Airline AeroMexico offering discounts to Americans with Mexican DNA

    01/18/2019 6:58:57 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 31 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 17, 2019 | Chris Perez
    In an attempt to boost tourism from the US, Mexico’s national airline carrier has a “DNA Discounts” program — which offers flights at lower rates for Americans with Mexican DNA. The promotion was unveiled in an ad last year by AeroMexico, the company offering it, but it’s only just now going viral.
  • Protect Dreamers and build the wall, and we can all win

    01/18/2019 6:50:08 PM PST · by vikingrinn · 45 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 1/17/2019 | Editorial
    'the president would agree to a sweeping deal to protect young people who were brought to this country without authorization at ages when they had no say over what happened to them.'