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  • The Evil that Men Do: How Bad Governments Create Poverty

    08/18/2014 1:10:03 PM PDT · by Politically Correct · 19 replies
    Pharoah, let my people go: How did ancient Egypt become a land of slaves building fantastic monuments to dictatorial leaders? The land of Egypt was rich and fertile, a seeming paradise for egalitarian living. Stephanie Pappas writes in Live Science about how despots “evolved” in ancient societies, but that’s a misleading use of the term; it actually was a series of bad choices by free people. She writes how Simon Powers at the University of Lausanne came up with a mathematical model to explain the shift from egalitarianism to despotism. Whether it actually explains them could be disputed, but he...
  • Obama to go it alone on immigration, pleasing few

    07/01/2014 3:39:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 45 replies
    AP ^ | 7/1/2014 | JIM KUHNHENN and ERICA WERNER
    President Barack Obama's abrupt shift from seeking immigration legislation to pursuing a go-it-alone executive strategy raises expectations among immigration advocates that Obama may have trouble satisfying while setting up a clash with House Republicans who've already threatened to sue him. Limited in his powers to ease deportations and under pressure to crack down on a tide of Central American children entering the U.S. without their parents, Obama has only so many options to tackle an immigration conundrum complicated by a midterm election that could cost him Democratic control of the Senate. Obama on Monday blamed Republican resistance for the demise...
  • Opposing Lawlessness, At Home and Abroad

    03/24/2014 6:02:21 PM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 1 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Melanie Sturm
    Since Teddy Roosevelt counseled, “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” U.S. presidents have mostly followed his advice, cautioning adversaries to resolve conflicts peacefully or suffer consequences. Even President Carter brandished America's big stick upon learning that bad things happen when you're not respected, prompting him to reconsider deterrence, given “the Soviets' ultimate goals.” But today, after unilaterally “resetting” relations with repressive regimes, including Iran and Russia -- whose Ukraine incursion is “the gravest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War,” proclaimed NATO's chief -- America's posture is more akin to “speak loudly and...
  • Ted Cruz explains dad’s Fidel Castro comment

    12/05/2013 8:46:59 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/5/13 6:44 AM EST | TAL KOPAN
    Cruz’s father, Rafael, fled Cuba and the Castro regime for the U.S. as a teenager. | AP PhotoClose Sen. Ted Cruz said while there are some differences between President Barack Obama and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, Obama is displaying “dictatorial” tendencies as president.During an interview by Jorge Ramos on Fusion, the Texas Republican was asked about comments his father has made comparing Obama to Castro and whether the analogy was “fair” and if he’d like to draw a distinction between the two.“Obviously, there are enormous differences; the United States is not imprisoning and torturing political dissidents,” Cruz said...
  • North Korea 'publicly executes 80 people'

    11/11/2013 11:10:52 AM PST · by nuconvert · 26 replies
    North Korea publicly executed around 80 people earlier this month, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday. -excerpt- In the eastern port of Wonsan, the authorities gathered 10,000 people in a sports stadium to watch the execution of eight people by firing squad, the source quoted one eyewitness as saying.
  • The Drift toward Despotism (Mark Steyn)

    11/08/2013 3:03:00 PM PST · by Ken H · 19 replies
    NRO ^ | November 08, 2013 | Mark Steyn
    Too many of our rulers and their enforcers reflexively see the citizenry as a threat. At a time when over 4 million people have had their health insurance canceled, it’s good to know that some Americans can still access prompt medical treatment, even if they don’t want it. David Eckert was pulled over by police in Deming, N.M., for failing to come to a complete halt at a stop sign in the Walmart parking lot. He was asked to step out of the vehicle, and waited on the sidewalk. Officers decided that they didn’t like the tight clench of his...
  • Obama takes on climate-fueled storms (issues Executive Order)

    11/01/2013 9:25:17 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 1, 2013 | Ben Geman
    President Obama on Friday demanded “new strategies” to boost the nation’s resilience to powerful storms, drought, heat waves and other dangerous weather linked to climate change. Obama issued a wide-ranging executive order designed to support “climate resilient” infrastructure investment in states and communities. It also calls on federal agencies to change their policies and rules “to make the Nation's watersheds, natural resources, and ecosystems, and the communities and economies that depend on them, more resilient in the face of a changing climate.” The executive order, echoing Obama’s second-term climate agenda released in June, recognizes that climate change is inevitable even...
  • The despotism of our 'invisible' government

    06/27/2013 10:20:01 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    WND ^ | June 26, 2013 | Robert Ringer
    Millions of Americans are frustrated and perplexed watching bureaucrats party it up on their tax dollars, even those who work for the very agency that takes their money in the first place. More and more people are at a loss to understand “why somebody doesn’t do something about it.” Day in and day out, they watch thieves flaunting their ill-gotten gains on television, while at the same time using their power to try to punish those who would question their authority. How did America evolve from a constitutional republic to a dictatorial nation where the ruling class is far more...
  • ‘Smoking’ gun nets 60G fine

    05/02/2013 6:46:57 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/2/13 | By JULIA MARSH
    ‘Smoking’ gun nets 60G fine 60G fine for cig lighter By JULIA MARSH Last Updated: 3:42 AM, May 2, 2013 Posted: 3:16 AM, May 2, 2013 The owner of a Midtown tourist shop is firing back at Mayor Bloomberg’s crusade against toy guns, filing papers to block a $60,000 fine from the city for selling lighters shaped like small pistols. “We don’t have the money,” said Fred Shayes, 49, who owns US Camera & Computer Inc. near Penn Station. “I would have to take a loan out from the bank to pay that.” Shayes filed a petition in Manhattan Supreme...
  • Mayor Bloomberg Expected To Sign E-Bike Ban

    04/27/2013 5:07:25 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 30 replies
    CBS ^ | 4/27/13 | CBS
    Mayor Bloomberg Expected To Sign E-Bike Ban Dirt Bikes Also To Be Banned From NYC Streets April 26, 2013 10:54 AM NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to sign a new law banning the e-bike, which some say is fastand dangerous. The City Council passed the legislation on Thursday. The bikes are often used by delivery people and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the new law plugs loopholes and totally bans electric bikes from the streets of New York.
  • Why President Obama keeps the press away

    02/18/2013 6:06:16 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 18th, 2013 | Nile Gardiner
    Barack Obama has kept the press well away this President’s Day (Washington's Birthday) weekend (hat tip: Drudge Report) as he golfs with Tiger Woods in Florida. As Politico’s Dylan Byers writes: Ed Henry, the Fox News correspondent and president of the White House Correspondents Association, released a statement Sunday evening in which he said the press corps had been given no access to the president, who was joined on his outing by star golfer Tiger Woods, and that the WHCA would fight for greater transparency in the days ahead. "Speaking on behalf of the White House Correspondents Association, I can...
  • Obama's Amerika: 1984 or Brave New World???

    02/07/2013 9:56:37 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 9 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-7-2013 | MOTUS
    “There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.” Aldous Huxley, Berkeley, March 20, 1962 Given the current debate over whether our world lists more towards...
  • Despotism in America Exclusive: Rick Santorum lists President Obama's constitutional violations

    01/20/2013 4:35:22 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 25 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 1-20-13 | Rick Santorum
    President Obama’s announcement last week on his plans to make sweeping changes to our nation’s gun laws by presidential executive order is yet another example of his continual disregard for the United States Constitution and the separation of powers it set forth to protect the American people from government by fiat. Putting aside for a moment the misdirected emphasis on gun ownership, as opposed to mental illness and cultural glorification of violence to curb gun crime, President Obama’s actions represent another attempt to circumvent Congress – a Congress elected by the people but controlled by Republicans – to establish public...
  • Muslim Brotherhood warns Egypt's generals (Arab Spring continues)

    06/19/2012 1:13:59 PM PDT · by Signalman · 6 replies
    Guardian ^ | 6/18/2012 | Jack Shenker
    The Muslim Brotherhood has vowed to face down Egypt's ruling generals in a "life or death" struggle over the country's political future, after declaring that its candidate had won the presidential election and would refuse to accept the junta's last-ditch attempts to engineer a constitutional coup. As final ballot results trickled in and unofficial tallies suggested that Mohamed Morsi had secured approximately 52% of the popular vote, the Brotherhood deployed its harshest language yet against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf), promising to bring millions of Egyptians back on to the streets if attempts to rebuild the old...
  • How to reduce the tax burden and increase taxes too

    05/25/2012 9:36:08 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 3 replies
    . . . We have devised a foolproof means of guaranteeing that tax increases will be approved on the ballot. Here’s how . . . Only allow people to vote who are willing to pay the tax, and of course they must vote “Yes.” In other words, a new tax or a higher tax can be approved, but only if those voting Yes are the only ones to pay it. If you want higher taxes, you can vote Yes and pay the higher taxes. . .
  • The Pakistani-Peruvian Axis

    11/14/2011 8:50:17 PM PST · by Noumenon · 59 replies
    Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time | 1966 | Carroll Quigley
    Carroll Quigley, in the course of his examination of the failure of most Latin American / South American nations-states, delivered an astonishing analysis of what he believed to be the root cause of these failures in the first edition (1966) of his renowned Tragedy and Hope. Here, in almost an aside, he defines what he calls the "Pakistani-Peruvian axis" - a combination of Asian despotism and Arabic outlook (key word, that - outlook), both of which have their roots in Bronze Age antiquity, that pervade what Quigley calls the shattered cultures that dwell on its axis from Pakistan to the...
  • Despotism Made Easy

    11/29/2010 8:13:13 AM PST · by Chickensoup · 6 replies
    blogspot ^ | 11.29.10 | Brad Lena
    interesting and comprehensive
  • A Long Train of Abuses and Usurpations (Declaration of Independence).

    11/21/2009 2:04:39 PM PST · by broken_arrow1 · 5 replies · 486+ views
    U.S. Government Archives ^ | 04-07-1776 | Thomas Jefferson
    Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--
  • ObamaCare as a Continually-Growing Benevolent Despotism

    09/02/2009 7:13:07 PM PDT · by BigKahuna · 13 replies · 517+ views
    Entitlement Syndrome ^ | 09/02/2009 | Scott Michaels
    Is it just me, or is the way this whole cult of personality thing going on with our current President beginning to really take on the characteristics of a type of benevolent despotism on the part of our federal government? ObamaCare -- and this creepy new gag, where Barack Obama will be beamed September 8th into the classrooms of all our children -- seems to be the latest manifestation of this phenomenon. First, there was a 787 billion dollar stimulus that doesn't seem to be stimulating much other than a ton of equally-creepy "Your Obama Stimulus Dollars at Work" road...
  • Flag@WhiteHouse.Gov Enemies List Protest - Write

    08/08/2009 5:00:22 AM PDT · by Jumper · 42 replies · 1,588+ views
    Self | 08/08/2009 | jumper
    It is incredible that in American an Administration has created a Public Enemies List. Please write your representatives, the Whitehouse and the MSM showing your distrust of this government the Media that is silent.
  • Truth is The New Hate Speech

    04/28/2009 10:55:37 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 18 replies · 938+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | By Janet Porter
    April 28, 2009 Truth is the new hate speech. And homosexual activists are laying the groundwork for their own demise. No kidding. The "hate crimes" bill, H.R. 1913, which passed out of the House Judiciary Committee last week, is aimed at silencing speech. This thought crimes bill is scheduled for a vote on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives tomorrow, and when you pair it with existing law (found in Title 18 of the U.S. Criminal Code), it will unmistakably criminalize speech. It specifically targets anyone who dissents to the homosexual agenda as aiding in the commission of...
  • Terrific Video: Are We Sliding from a Republic into Despotism?

    04/19/2009 2:28:59 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 16 replies · 579+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | April 19, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    It gives a nice little overview of Communism, Fascism, Anarchy, and Democracy and why our Founding Fathers tried as hard as they could to avoid all of them, including, most importantly, Democracy, when setting up our Republic. By the end, the slippery slope of Dictatorship of the Elite, on which we stand, seems to be getting steeper and more slippery. H/T to FReeper wombtotomb
  • Barack Obama's America; A timeless critique from TOCQUEVILLE.

    03/05/2009 1:01:56 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 14 replies · 889+ views
    www.weeklystandard.com ^ | March 9, 2009 issue | Alexis de Tocqueville
    Barack Obama's America A timeless critique from Tocqueville. by Alexis de Tocqueville 03/09/2009, Volume 014, Issue 24 It seems that if despotism came to be established in the democratic nations of our day, it would have other characteristics: it would be more extensive and milder, and it would degrade men without tormenting them. .  .  . When I think of the small passions of men of our day, the softness of their mores, the extent of their enlightenment, the purity of their religion, the mildness of their morality, their laborious and steady habits, the restraint that almost all preserve in vice...
  • Barack Obama's America

    03/02/2009 9:05:37 AM PST · by SolidWood · 12 replies · 807+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 03/09/2009 | Alexis de Tocqueville
    It seems that if despotism came to be established in the democratic nations of our day, it would have other characteristics: it would be more extensive and milder, and it would degrade men without tormenting them. When I think of the small passions of men of our day, the softness of their mores, the extent of their enlightenment, the purity of their religion, the mildness of their morality, their laborious and steady habits, the restraint that almost all preserve in vice as in virtue, I do not fear that in their chiefs they will find tyrants, but rather schoolmasters. I...
  • Freedom imperilled - On democratic despotism.

    12/12/2008 9:36:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies · 699+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | December 2008 | Staff Editorial
    “It is seldom,” David Hume wrote, “that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.” That admonitory sentence furnishes one of the epigraphs for Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, first published in 1943. How is freedom faring in the United States today? Peter Robinson, a scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, provided a melancholy précis in “The Loss of Individual Liberty,” a column that appeared in Forbes last month. Mr. Robinson recalled a dinner he shared with Milton Friedman several years ago. He complimented the venerable economist on his role in transforming the intellectual landscape, especially in...
  • Fla. Girl, 12, Called Racist For Wearing Palin T-Shirt

    10/17/2008 12:34:10 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 61 replies · 3,742+ views
    MyFOX Orlando (CHannel 35) ^ | Friday, 17 Oct 2008, 9:45 AM EDT | MyFox Orlando writers
    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. -- She's only 12 years old, but Ashleigh Jones is feeling the heat of this election year. That’s because the seventh grader at New Smyrna Beach Middle School was called a racist by classmates (Video: MyFoxOrlando) for wearing a T-shirt in support of VP candidate Sarah Palin, Orlando FOX affiliate WOFL reported. Jones is volunteering at the Republican Headquarters in New Smyrna Beach. The Palin t-shirt was a gift from her fellow volunteers. But when she wore it to school she learned just how tough politics can be. "Some of the students were calling me racist because...
  • How the Left Works (Attacking "Joe the Plumber" for blasphemy)

    10/16/2008 5:44:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 748+ views
    The New Editor ^ | October 16. 2008 | Tom Elia
    By now everyone who follows politics has heard of Joe Wurzelbacher, a guy from Toledo known now as 'Joe the Plumber,' who asked a question of Barack Obama in a campaign rope line, and was referenced numerous times in last night's debate. Like many of us, Mr. Wurzelbacher has questions about Barack Obama's tax policy, among other things. So what happens to Mr. Wurzelbacher for expressing his views? Reports in the mainstream media appear claiming that he is unlicensed (even though he doesn't need one as an employee of a business or as a contractor working on a residence), and...
  • Media's Savaging of Joe the Plumber Causes Witness to Ayers-Obama Relationship to Get Cold Feet

    10/16/2008 5:45:22 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 1,065+ views
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | October 16, 2008 | Ace
    <p>The problem in this story is twofold. Without wanting to provide details, the story really needs a second source.</p> <p>Tom Maguire? Buddy? Please answer my emails.</p> <p>The second problem is that anonymity -- no names, no pictures-- is requested. He fears retaliation and harassment. And who knows -- perhaps more.</p>
  • McCain signs go missing around York area (Pennsylvania) (Obamashirts intimidation)

    10/15/2008 6:42:37 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 36 replies · 2,388+ views
    York Dispatch ^ | 10/14/08 | Elizabeth Evans
    Janine Giambalvo wants people to know she supports John McCain as this country's next president, so she placed a McCain sign in her yard. But someone who apparently thinks McCain should lose has taken matter into his own hands. Giambalvo's sign was stolen sometime last Wednesday from her home in York Township's Marlborough West neighborhood. And police said hers is not the only one. Police from three local departments said residents have reported a number of McCain sign thefts from the York area, numbering about 17 at this point. Giambalvo said she is disgusted that someone would stifle her rights...
  • The Scandal of the Local Newsroom (you won't believe...never mind..you will)

    10/14/2008 3:37:19 PM PDT · by SE Mom · 59 replies · 3,137+ views
    Ace ^ | 15 October 2008
    I have a BA in journalism, and over time have kept in touch with a number of people who are still working in that profession. So when one of them emailed me the following about the atmosphere in today's newsrooms, I wasn't surprised at all. This person does offer some hints at the end on how to push for more fairness in your local coverage: .... It's unbelievable here. I've been through a few election cycles and have gotten pretty used to the open sneering every time a Republican candidate appears on the television, but this year is unlike anything...
  • Govt defends Corsi's deportation

    10/09/2008 8:44:53 AM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 39 replies · 1,362+ views
    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation ^ | October 9, 2008 | Lilian Mwendo
    Jerome Corsi, author of the anti-Obama book titled The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality was deported back to America not because of a hitch in his travel documents as reported earlier but due to the nature of his mission in the country. According to Foreign affairs minister Moses Wetangula, Corsi displayed inconsistent conduct with the expected norms of good behaviour in the country. Corsi was on Tuesday night deported back to America after he attempted to launch the book blasting White House hopeful Barrack Obama at a Nairobi hotel. The initial explanation offered by the authorities...
  • Obama supporter favors "deprogramming right-wingnuts"

    10/09/2008 6:27:59 AM PDT · by dascallie · 81 replies · 2,923+ views
    From Hillary Clinton Forum Yesterday, 09:44 PM Maddie Kaddison New Member = <100 Posts Join Date: Sep 2008 Posts: 99 Poster Rank: #454 Obama's supporters scare me. Here is a comment I just read from this story (the story that Dean Reynolds of CBS wrote about Obama's "stinky" plane etc): Quote: I support Obama, but I disagree on some major issues. One is that we need to use major authoritarian measures against wingnuts and theocrats to save this country. That in particular includes deprogramming institutions and a Gitmo like camp to deal with the worst wingnuts. These people should be...
  • 'Perfect storm' could give Dems 'magic 60' in Senate (They're already celebrating...ugh!)

    10/08/2008 1:53:49 PM PDT · by Braak · 70 replies · 2,148+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 10/08/2008 | Emily Sherman
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In the face of an economy in crisis and a deeply unpopular president, some analysts believe the situation is ripe to give Democrats a 60-seat filibuster-proof majority in the Senate in November. Analysts say Democrats may control the Senate after the November election. Analysts say Democrats may control the Senate after the November election. It's "the perfect storm," said Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report.
  • War On Terror Hits New Front – The First Amendment

    10/02/2008 6:49:19 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 16 replies · 430+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 10-02-08 | Robert Spencer
    British authorities arrested three Muslims in London on Saturday after fires broke out in the offices of the publishing house Gibson Square and at the home of the publisher, Martin Rynja. Gibson Square had been planning to publish The Jewel of Medina by Sherry Jones, a trashy novel sensationalizing the marriage of the Islamic prophet Muhammad to the child Aisha (Muhammad was in his fifties, and Aisha was nine, when the happy union was consummated).
  • Obama Threatening Critics with Fines and Jail

    09/27/2008 2:29:40 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 118 replies · 4,400+ views
    Federal Review ^ | Saturday, September 27, 2008
    Reports continue to come in that Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign is threatening legal action against his critics. On Tuesday (September 23), CBS affiliate KMOV reported that Obama had enlisted a number of Missouri law enforcement officials, including local sheriffs and prosecutors, “to target anyone who lies or runs a misleading television ad [against Obama] during the presidential campaign." The CBS report is the latest of several incidents where the Obama campaign has threatened critics with civil or criminal prosecution. According to World Net Daily, his campaign “also sent ‘threatening’ letters to several news agencies in Pennsylvania and Ohio demanding they...
  • Bill Maher's Anti-Religion Movie

    09/25/2008 7:58:38 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 82 replies · 2,483+ views
    Fox News ^ | Friday, August 22, 2008 | Roger Friedman
    Bill Maher's Anti-Religion Movie “Religion is detrimental to the progress of society.” That’s my favorite quote from Bill Maher’s often brilliant, but often unfocused “documentary,” called “Religulous.” It opens in early October right after its debut at the Toronto Film Festival. The articulate, quick-witted comedian sets out in this film — which was supposed to have been released last Easter — to prove that line is true. Directed by Larry Charles, the man who put "Borat" together so skillfully, "Religulous" is blatant about Maher’s feelings: religion is bad. All religions are bad. They are ruining everything. If you go for...
  • Hackers to Attack Bill O'Reilly? (and Fox News)

    09/19/2008 1:28:47 PM PDT · by kristinn · 59 replies · 395+ views
    G4TV ^ | Friday, September 19, 2008 | Stephen Johnson
    We hear on the internet underground that hackers and/or script-kiddies have declared an internet war against Fox News and columnist Bill O'Reilly and plan a cyber-assault for later today. Reportedly, parts of O'Reilly's site have already been compromised. This is serious business, no doubt. To get to the bottom of the issue, we spoke to an insider, a frequent poster on a certain well known online support group for young-adult agoraphobics where these things are planned and executed. He prefers to remain anonymous. (We starred-out the names of internet sites because, apparently, they don't like to be noticed.) G4: What...
  • Fatwa Furor Over TV 'Kill' Order - Arabs Denounce Cleric's Edict to Kill Satellite TV Station Owners

    09/19/2008 11:07:43 AM PDT · by Ancient Drive · 21 replies · 1,190+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 9-19-08 | AP
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Arabs across the ideological spectrum, from secular-minded liberals to Muslim hard-liners, are denouncing a top Saudi cleric's edict that it was permissible to kill the owners of satellite TV stations that show "immoral" content. Many expressed worry the recent comments by Sheik Saleh al-Lihedan — chief of the kingdom's highest tribunal, the Supreme Judiciary Council — would fuel terrorism, encouraging attacks on station employees and owners.
  • Obama mobilizes rapid response on Web..........(Hello MoonBats, meet the enemy..FREEPERS !!)

    09/17/2008 9:30:37 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 80 replies · 670+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 17, 2008 | John McCormick
    Much of Barack Obama's political success can be traced to a database listing contact information for millions of people, a tool that has proved invaluable in raising record sums of money and organizing a national volunteer network. Now Obama's presidential campaign is increasingly using the list to beat back media messages it does not like, calling on supporters to flood radio and television stations when those opposed to him run anti-Obama ads or appear on talk shows. It did so as recently as Monday night, when it orchestrated a massive stream of complaints on the phone lines of Tribune Co.-owned...
  • JimRob & John Robinson - GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER - or the Nut Roots will take down Free Republic

    09/17/2008 10:28:43 AM PDT · by KayEyeDoubleDee · 354 replies · 1,787+ views
    <p>Chicago radio station WGN-AM is again coming under attack from the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama for offering airtime to a controversial author. It is the second time in recent weeks the station has been the target of an "Obama Action Wire" alert to supporters of the Illinois Democrat.</p>
  • Rain Washes out Car Free Day in Seattle

    08/25/2008 6:26:10 AM PDT · by NavyCanDo · 12 replies · 134+ views
    King 5 news ^ | 8-25-08 | Bernard Choi
    SEATTLE - Only in Seattle could an event touted as a way to help the environment get washed out during what is supposed to be the driest time of the year. 'By order of the Mayor' - One neighborhood is closed off to car traffic during selected weekends this summer. On Sunday it was the area around 14th and Republican on Capitol Hill, a residential area that's normally quiet anyway. "I think it promotes awareness of whatever we're promoting awareness of," said resident Thomas Hubbard. "A car passes by every once in a while, just people trying to get home....
  • Clinton Campaign: Obama Campaign Intimidated Voters in Nevada

    08/21/2008 2:05:39 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 11 replies · 139+ views
    The Husaria: For Our Freedom and Yours ^ | 8/21/08 | Winged Hussar 1683
    “Voter suppression, intimidation and harassment systematically engaged in by the Obama campaign, its allies and supporters.” It is obvious that Hillary Clinton endorsed Obama only because she would probably have been excommunicated from the Democratic Party for failure to do so. The truth is that her campaign accused, and credibly so, the Obama campaign of serious misconduct during the Nevada Caucuses. This misconduct included intimidation of voters and what sounds a lot like Chicago-style machine politics at their worst. We encourage our readers to circulate the following PDF file, and/or the optical character transcription of it, as widely as possible...
  • The Compleat Ithacan

    08/21/2008 8:30:52 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 14 replies · 188+ views
    Ithaca Times ^ | 08/20/08 | By: Charley Githler
    [A]s a public service, the Surrounded by Reality Welcome Team has put together a very brief supplement to last week's Newcomers Guide. No guarantees that you'll be able to pass as a bona fide Ithacan, but it might spare you some small measure of embarrassment: **** Politics - When I voted downtown in February for the primary, the line for the Democratic booth snaked out of the building and it took over an hour to vote. During that time, a single Republican skulked in, looking like he'd just punched out the home team mascot. The concern in Ithaca is that...
  • Union Thugs Beat Member for Disagreeing With Party Line

    08/21/2008 7:42:13 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 23 replies · 123+ views
    publiusforum.com ^ | 08/21/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    Members of the carpenters union in New York City have ruined any chance that authorities there will take their union out of government oversight by beating unconscious William Davenport, a union dissident running for office in the union. After an August 5 candidates forum, the candidate was beaten by members of the carpenters union audience outside a church. Outside a CHURCH! This thuggery along with continued Mob involvement, indictments and convictions on corruption of union members convinced Judge Charles S. Haight, Jr. not to release the union from government oversight.... Read the rest at Publiusforum.com...
  • Infamous radical lying 'Media matters' connection to death threats

    08/17/2008 11:56:51 AM PDT · by Righting · 178+ views
    It seems that 'Media matters' is OK with murder in its name August 15, 2008 'Media matters' is basically a radical group that poses as "fighting inaccuracy", in it's fanatical goal it even cows to Islamic militants' actvists such as "CAIR" and those that dare criticize militant Islamic terrorism against the entire world in the name of Islam and its attempts of conquest (otherwise known as Islamo-fascism) as "islamophobes" their "charge" against Michael Savage (for speaking out against this danger) who just (15 August, 2008) stopped his valid case against CAIR for defamation.. only because of advisors advising him that CAIR's tactics might...
  • California state senator's profanity stuns pastor at hearing

    08/12/2008 12:18:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies · 283+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/12/8 | Shane Goldmacher
    The Rev. Robert Jones went to the Capitol last Wednesday hoping to make his voice heard. What he got instead was a swear-word laden rebuke from Democratic Sen. Pat Wiggins, who interrupted Jones' testimony to say: "Excuse me, but I think your arguments are bull----." The exchange left Jones, the senior pastor at Oak Park United Methodist Church, stunned and offended. "It is a slap in the face," he said in an interview. The outburst occurred as Jones, 46, testified at an informational hearing on how California will cut global warming emissions. Jones, who is African American, said he went...
  • BARACK OBAMA PUBLISHES ENEMIES LIST, CONSPIRACY WEB

    07/09/2008 10:09:20 AM PDT · by kristinn · 100 replies · 367+ views
    Wednesday, July 8, 2008 | Kristinn
    Barack Obama has published an enemies list and conspiracy web on his presidential campaign website, Fight the Smears.The site lists conservative activists David Bossie, Floyd Brown, Bob Perry, Craig Shirley, Bruce Hawkins and James Lacy.The Obama campaign posted an accompanying graphic that lays out a web of connections between the conservatives, groups they represent and their efforts opposing liberals, including "Swift Boat", "Clinton Impeachment" and "Willie Horton Ad".The text never connects any of those listed to 'smears' against Obama, but instead lists their politcal sins such as working with the Minutemen, Ann Coulter, Gary Aldrich, donating to the Swift Boat...
  • Academic diversity: Moving to the Center [U of Chicago profs' hissy fit over Friedman Institute]

    06/25/2008 10:12:32 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 18 replies · 450+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 06/30/2008
    There's a splendid controversy brewing at the University of Chicago--at least we'll consider it splendid so long as it has a happy ending, which now seems likely. The U of C may be best known these days as home to the law school where Barack Obama used to lecture on constitutional law (twice a week!), but in simpler times it was most famous as the academic perch of the great free-market economist Milton Friedman, who died in 2006. So when a prestigious university wants to name a research center after its most celebrated (Nobel prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, etc.,...
  • Blogger arrests hit record high

    06/18/2008 12:47:12 PM PDT · by GauchoUSA · 17 replies · 155+ views
    bbc ^ | June 16, 2008
    More bloggers than ever face arrest for exposing human rights abuses or criticising governments, says a report. Since 2003, 64 people have been arrested for publishing their views on a blog, says the University of Washington annual report.
  • Enduring TeleSUR - Venezuela's Leftist Propaganda Channel

    06/11/2008 1:04:46 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 6 replies · 387+ views
    As I was 'channel surfing' at my grandmother's house in San Juan this past weekend, I came upon TeleSUR, the new Hugo Chavez T.V. venture, live from Caracas. The programming I saw -- after enduring a cooking show featuring how to make 'arepas', the equivalent in Venezuela of 'pancakes' -- started with anti-U.S., anti-'Imperialists', anti-Bush, et.al. from their news proogramming dept. and then, in the entertainment dept., a segment featuring a musician named Rene Calle 13, who basically told the audience: "F*ck George Bush, he's the worse president ever". Here in the U.S. we have Al Jazeera and other international...