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  • Chuck Todd Whines About Ted Cruz’s Office Space/Hillary Ad (VIDEO)

    02/13/2016 9:19:37 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 32 replies
    RedState ^ | February 13th, 2016 at 09:42 AM | Jay Caruso
    It has long been the conventional wisdom that Republicans and conservatives just don’t “get it” with respect to popular culture. It was actually a relatively fair critique as Republicans often railed about popular culture and attempting (incorrectly) to blame it on the downfall of society. It paid, electorally, to shun and mock mainstream pop culture rather than engage and embrace it.However, with a new generation of Republican leaders taking over positions of power across the country, that has changed. Senator Marco Rubio can comfortably talk to TMZ about hip-hop music, Republican politicians are happy to go on late night talk...
  • Beating Trump in Debate (NRO Delusional with Rage)

    02/13/2016 7:23:01 AM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 143 replies
    I have a little bit of advice for Cruz and Rubio tomorrow when it comes to defeating Trump. Some of the advice is tactical, but the more important advice is strategic. Attack Trump early, relentlessly, on everything, and never, ever stop. The tactical advice is that you should stop saying that Trump is for single-payer. That is too bloodless. Say that Trump was for a government-owned, and government-rationed, health care monopoly. Also try to work in the argument that Trump would give us the corruption of the Clintons with the huge government of Bernie Sanders. Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/postmodern-conservative/431264/easy-me-say
  • Trump’s America

    02/13/2016 6:06:05 AM PST · by Theoria · 46 replies
    WSJ ^ | 13 Feb 2016 | Charles Murray
    There's nothing irrational about Donald Trump's appeal to the white working class, writes Charles Murray: they have every reason to be angry If you are dismayed by Trumpism, don't kid yourself that it will fade away if Donald Trump fails to win the Republican nomination. Trumpism is an expression of the legitimate anger that many Americans feel about the course that the country has taken, and its appearance was predictable. It is the endgame of a process that has been going on for a half-century: America's divestment of its historic national identity. For the eminent political scientist Samuel Huntington, writing...
  • Bernie Sanders is Not a Social Democrat; He's a Marxist

    02/13/2016 5:00:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2016 | John C. Goodman
    When is the last time you were in Denmark? Or Norway? Or Sweden? If you have had the pleasure of visiting these lovely places you may have noticed something really odd. Nobody there talks the way Bernie Sanders talks. Sanders frequently points to northern European countries, especially Denmark, as examples of how he would like to remake the United States economy - by which he mainly means higher taxes and more social services. But the main difference between the tax systems of the US and Denmark is not high taxes on the rich. It's higher taxes on the middle class....
  • Why I Can’t Learn to Love Donald Trump (Ross Douthat)

    02/13/2016 3:59:44 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 45 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 12, 2016 | Ross Douthat
    [A] Trumpian four years would almost certainly involve a significant degradation of the unwritten restraints on presidential conduct, an acceleration of royalist tendencies that may be built into our system but still deserve to be slowed down, and a blurring of reality-TV and political culture that takes us several leagues further along the road to President Camacho. I don’t think that the nebulous possibility of dealmaking should tempt liberals to welcome this kind of experiment; I don’t think the hope of a more working-class-friendly G.O.P. should tempt conservative reformers to learn to love it either. And the fact that recent...
  • Bernie Asked If He's Thwarting History

    02/12/2016 7:18:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I'm convinced that these people listen to this program, 'cause it was earlier this week that I accused Hillary Clinton of racism and bigotry because not only did she try to stop the first black guy from becoming president -- that would be Barack Hussein O -- and now she's attempting to stop the first Jewish guy from becoming president. And they are asked this question last night. Bernie Sanders was asked the question. That's why I know they listen. They were worried that it worked, so Gwen Ifill had to turn it around. "Bernie, are you...
  • Grandma and Grandpa Gum It Up Again in Another Painful Democrat Debate

    02/12/2016 6:07:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I'll tell you, this is getting painful to have to watch this stuff. The Democrat debate. You know, ladies and gentlemen, after watching this thing last night, I do not understand why in the world the Democrat Party wants to let more immigrants into this country. This country sucks so bad, this country is so horrible, this country is so decrepit, why in the world would they want anybody to come here and live here? It's a mind-boggling thing to listen to these people talk about this country, and then to try to outdo each other. Here...
  • Exploiting the Poor: Hospitals and Chain Drug Stores

    02/12/2016 5:19:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | Dan Horowitz
    Recently, a number of purportedly conservative commentators have been making the case against reform of a gaping loophole in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) "340b" program. But like the seedy snake oil salesmen of the Old West, these boisterous naysayers are not merely engaged in a game of corporate Three Card Monty. Sadly, these shills are now working - both in public and through quiet lobbying of Congress - to stop recommended improvements seeking to put a stop to wasteful and unnecessary spending. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), part of HHS, oversees the 340b...
  • Bush's Relentless Attacks Hurt Rubio In New Hampshire

    02/12/2016 5:05:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | Deroy Murdock
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — The mood at the Radisson Hotel here was restrained Tuesday night, to say the least. Voters and volunteers who backed Senator Marco Rubio (R - Florida) grew increasingly subdued as election returns showed him earning the No. 5 spot in the GOP presidential primary.  Rubio's disappointing 10.6 percent finish must have surprised observers as seasoned as New Hampshire Union Leader editorial-page editor (and Chris Christie supporter) Grant Bosse. Over lunch at the Thirsty Moose Taphouse on Elm Street, he said on Tuesday afternoon: "I don't think Marco will drop below third." No such luck.  Rubio himself acknowledged the problem. Despite the "Marcomentum" after he...
  • Pro-Growth Legislation Awaits a Republican President

    02/12/2016 4:21:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    A menacing black cloud is looming over our economy, one that should make the 2016 presidential election a slam-dunk for Republicans -- depending on who the GOP nominates this summer. The U.S. economy slowed to a crawl in the last three months of 2015, barely growing by 0.7 percent, following a sluggish third quarter. Industrial activity is anemic. Retail sales have been mediocre. The stock market is in a nose dive. And millions of Americans fear we may be headed toward another recession. Few Americans believe the unemployment rate is really at 5 percent, as millions of Americans are forced...
  • Holy Cow! Pastor offers free prayers at coffee houses

    02/12/2016 3:15:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | Todd Starnes
    Coffee is not exactly Thomas Rusert's cup of tea. Nevertheless, every Thursday morning Pastor Thomas indulges himself in a steaming cup of java at local coffee houses. "I'm a tea drinker all the other days of the week," said Thomas, the associate pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. "I'm a weirdly patterned person." It does seem a bit unusual - akin to a vegetarian ordering tofu at a barbecue joint. But it turns the pastor's weekly coffee klatch is all about prayer. Yes, prayer. Every Thursday morning, Pastor Thomas puts on a clergy collar and sets up...
  • Obama to Americans: Don't Count Your Blessings Before I Snatch Them Away!

    02/12/2016 3:02:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | Calvin Beisner
    So you thought plummeting gas prices were going to free you up to get better health care, more education, a little home improvement, or maybe some nicer clothes for your kids? Not if Barack Obama has his way. Watching oil prices fall as American ingenuity floods the market, the president figures he can't let you get too much of a good thing. So he wants to slap a $10 per barrel "fee" on oil, which, with West Texas crude (the benchmark) trading at $21 per barrel on the world market, would make the fee roughly a third of the total...
  • The Hydra-Headed Monster Stalking Hillary Clinton

    02/12/2016 1:06:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | Suzanne Fields
    Feminism is the hydra-headed monster stalking Hillary Clinton's campaign for president. She once thought her appeal to women, as the first of her "gender" to get a real crack at the presidency, was straightforward, unambiguous and unstoppable, but now she can't hear the cheers for the cacophony of squabbling female voices. The first wave of feminism, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, appealed to a new version of womanhood. But after winning the vote with the 19th Amendment, most of the "new women" retired to the hearth and nursery to look and act a lot like their grandmothers. Women...
  • Ted Cruz, Homeschooling, S.306, Dishonesty and Pig-Ignorance

    02/12/2016 12:18:29 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    Red State ^ | February 12, 2016 | streiff
    Ted Cruz, Homeschooling, S.306, Dishonesty and Pig-Ignorance ~~~you are making a clown argument, bro~~~ One day, when I am acclaimed Galactic Commander, I will mandate a civics test before allowing people to vote and test of reading comprehension skills before allowing them to access the internet. What is circulating now is a story that Ted Cruz supports the federal regulation of homeschooling. There are two underlying causes of this story: rank dishonesty and pig-ignorance. Let's set the baseline. Ted Cruz supports homeschooling. (So does Marco Rubio, btw.) His support has been full, clear, un-nuanced, and unequivocal. Not all states, however,...
  • How Republics Perish

    02/12/2016 10:45:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | Pat Buchanan
    If you believed America's longest war, in Afghanistan, was coming to an end, be advised: It is not. Departing U.S. commander Gen. John Campbell says there will need to be U.S. boots on the ground "for years to come." Making good on President Obama's commitment to remove all U.S. forces by next January, said Campbell, "would put the whole mission at risk." "Afghanistan has not achieved an enduring level of security and stability that justifies a reduction of our support. ... 2016 could be no better and possibly worse than 2015." Translation: A U.S. withdrawal would risk a Taliban takeover...
  • Trumpcare a mixture of socialism and incoherence

    02/12/2016 9:54:57 AM PST · by b4its2late · 82 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/12/2016 | Philip Klein (@philipaklein)
    <p>Now that Donald Trump has won the New Hampshire primary and proved himself as a legitimate threat to win the Republican nomination, it's time to take a serious look at his policy proposals. When it comes to health care, Trump hasn't had much to say of substance, but the policy pronouncements we have gotten from him are a mix of socialism and incoherence.</p>
  • The Advice That Clinches Presidency for Donald Trump

    02/12/2016 9:57:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | Wayne Allyn Root
    I was the first in America to extol the chances of a Trump presidency way back in the Spring of 2015. By July I already saw a clear path to the Presidency for a politically-incorrect, tell-it-like-it-is, billionaire businessman with a nuclear mouth.  I was the first to compare Trump to Ronald Reagan.  While Democrats were publicly ridiculing Trump as a "racist" and clown...and major advertisers and business partners were running away from him, I was the first to understand Trump was the one candidate Democrats feared and had to stop at all costs.  Now my vision of a President Donald...
  • David Brooks and Obama's Ongoing Pant Crease

    02/12/2016 9:15:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | David Limbaugh
    If you read The New York Times "conservative" columnist David Brooks, you might better grasp the chasm between true and phony conservatives, between Reagan conservatives and establishment Republicans. In his piece "I Miss Barack Obama," Brooks unwittingly humiliates himself in his latest paean to the president, just as when he revealed his perverse attraction to Obama's "perfectly creased pant." Let me just share Brooks' words rather than trying to characterize them, for he does much more damage to his own credibility than I could. He writes, "As this primary season has gone along, a strange sensation has come over me:...
  • FIX IS IN: PBS Moderators Ignore Clinton Scandals

    02/12/2016 8:02:31 AM PST · by safetysign · 51 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 02/11/2016 | Peter Schweizer
    So let me get this straight: on the same day that the Washington Post reports that the State Department issued subpoenas to a family foundation bearing Hillary Clinton’s name as part of a federal investigation, the PBS debate moderators didn’t ask her about it.
  • Our Reversible Moral Coma

    02/12/2016 6:46:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | Mike Adams
    The problem with America is that our universities teach worldview and our churches don't. As a consequence, students usually enter college with a limited capacity to answer simple moral questions. By the time they graduate, that capacity is further impaired if not lost altogether. Such substantial moral impairment was on full display in a recent Q&A following a debate on the topic of abortion at Oregon State University (OSU). I participated in that debate and one of the questions I was asked by a student has been reproduced below: "Dr. Adams, you mentioned that dead things do not grow. But...
  • Spammers at the Gates

    02/12/2016 6:17:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    Welcome to Infomercial America, or, if you prefer, the United States of Spam. Whenever political conspiracy theories break out into the open, pundits and intellectuals name-check the brilliant but flawed essay "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" by Richard Hofstadter. Under President George W. Bush, the "9/11 Truthers" were the poster boys and girls of the paranoid style. Others hinted that the flooding of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina might have been deliberate. Under President Obama, it was the "Birthers." A related theory was that Obama is a secret Muslim. A generation before that, it was the John Birch Society...
  • New Hampshire's Rebuke

    02/12/2016 6:09:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | Michael Barone
    New Hampshire voters issued a rebuke to conventional party leaders when they voted by large margins for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in Tuesday's primaries. But Sanders is not going to win the Democratic nomination, and it's by no means certain Trump will be the Republican nominee. The results show that Hillary Clinton has a clear but clunky path to the nomination but is a problematic general election candidate. They show that the Republicans have a potential advantage in November but first must get through a problematic nomination process. Consider turnout, which is the one thing pollsters have trouble forecasting....
  • Ted Nugent Isn’t Just an Anti-Semitic Halfwit. He’s Also Bad for Guns.

    02/12/2016 5:31:41 AM PST · by SJackson · 106 replies
    Tablet ^ | 2-12-16 | Liel Leibovitz
    The rocker’s latest vile campaign targets Jews, but it hurts Second Amendment supporters most Mark Twain, who knew a thing or two about idiots, famously warned his readers not to argue with fools; do that, he quipped, and onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. So it's with much trepidation that I'm addressing Ted Nugent's latest outrage: having previously written a song that advocated handcuffing and raping underage girls, and having allegedly put his passion for prepubescence into practice by engaging in sexual conduct with a twelve-year-old--illegal, immoral, inconceivable to any conscientious human being--the degenerate rocker posted anti-Semitic...
  • A Cold One With Donald

    02/12/2016 2:24:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Slate ^ | February 11, 2016 | Seth Stevenson
    ".....Of course,Trump doesn't drink. Neither did W. The want-to-have-a-beer-with metric is metaphorical in nature.It's more a measure of the voter's own id and imagination than of the candidate's likely behavior if thrown into a prolonged,casual social interaction with an unknown citizen.(A 2005 story in the Onion was titled "Long-Awaited Beer With Bush Really Awkward,Voter Reports."Noting the poll numbers on the beer question,the story envisions W. tippling an O'Doul's with a blue-collar Pennsylvanian and failing to connect on any level.)Still,knocking one back with a candidate appears to be an activity voters like to ponder.Consider this January message thread on the conservative...
  • Tennessee legislation cracks down on welfare fraud

    02/11/2016 7:46:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | KRISTINA RIBALI
    Two key legislators and a broad coalition of representatives in Tennessee are fed up with the rampant welfare fraud in the Volunteer state. They’ve submitted legislation to protect those who truly need the support from the thieves and fraudsters that seek to take from the most vulnerable. Senators Kerry Roberts and Representative Dan Howell, have filed the “Act to Restore Hope, Opportunity and Prosperity for Everyone,” which aims to save the state more than $123 million each year by cracking down on waste, fraud and abuse in the state’s welfare programs. "We want to make sure that money is available...
  • Cruz - and Rubio - back Mike Lee's bill to make sure Congress,

    02/11/2016 7:29:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    This is a no-brainer for Cruz, who came out hard against drafting women last week, but it’s interesting coming from Rubio after he declared himself in favor at the last debate. You can read his motives here as charitably or uncharitably as you like. Charitably: He’s striking a blow for legislative power at the executive’s and judiciary’s expense, a welcome corrective in an age of growing presidential power and judicial social engineering. Uncharitably: He realized belatedly that “let’s draft your daughters” isn’t a sentiment that’ll play well in a Republican primary, especially among the social conservatives he’s trying to win,...
  • Surprise: Trump goes positive, yanks ad attacking Cruz in South Carolina

    02/11/2016 6:37:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 113 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    From now on, if you want to hear how Cruz is an unlikable illegal immigrant from Canada with a nasty disposition who cheated Ben Carson, has run wild like a “maniac” in the Senate, is on the take from Goldman Sachs, and, by the way, is a “pussy,” you’ll have to settle for watching Trump’s rallies or one of his 35 interviews a day on cable news. When it comes to ads, he’s all about positivity. On Tuesday, Donald J. Trump's campaign started running a negative ad in South Carolina against Senator Ted Cruz that was searing, describing the winner...
  • Bernie Madoff and America's Selective Outrage

    02/11/2016 6:21:42 PM PST · by huckfillary · 5 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | February 11, 2016 | Artful Dilettante
    Like seven million other Americans last week, I watched Madoff, the ABC miniseries chronicling the life and financial crimes of the infamous Bernie Madoff. Madoff, chairman of Madoff Investment Securities from its start-up in 1960 until his arrest on December 11, 2008, operated the largest corporate Ponzi scheme and financial fraud in U.S. history. The film, which starred Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner as Madoff and his wife Ruth, aired for four hours over two evenings. The film had the highest viewership of its time-slot, but earned only modest reviews. After the film, ABC aired Madoff: After the Fall, a...
  • Trump’s Eminent Disdain Donald is wrong about the Keystone Pipeline and property rights.

    02/11/2016 6:15:22 PM PST · by House Atreides · 38 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 10, 2016 | Unknown
    You can't build a real estate empire unless government helps you snatch private property, or so says Donald Trump, who routinely defends eminent domain as an inevitable business reality. Maybe he needs broader business experience. In Saturday's Republican debate, Mr. Trump fielded a question about eminent domain and had a ready answer. "You need eminent domain," Mr. Trump said. "A lot of the big conservatives that tell me how conservative they are," they "all want the Keystone Pipeline. The Keystone Pipeline, without eminent domain, it wouldn't go 10 feet, OK?" Not OK, or accurate. In the decade since TransCanada proposed...
  • Bad News: Millennials, America's Largest Generation, Prefer Socialism Over Capitalism

    02/11/2016 1:41:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 109 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    When socialist Bernie Sanders beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in a landslide Tuesday in New Hampshire, he crushed her among young voters by a whopping 83 percent.Tuesday night in New Hampshire, 83% of voters aged 18-29 chose Sanders, according to exit polls. And those voters were a full one-fifth of the electorate. Sander's message of "income inequality" (Hillary has one too, but her Wall Street ties and personal wealth make it transparent) is popular with young people drowning in student loan debt (thanks to liberals proclaiming college is for everyone and by promoting the purchase of worthless degrees without the prospect...
  • From a Black Conservative: Dr. Ben Carson It's Time to Leave the Race

    02/11/2016 12:29:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Carl Jackson
    It's been hard to sit back and watch the first bi-racial president systematically dismantle our constitution over the last seven years. It's only natural for a black conservative like myself to want to see the first black Republican president reverse the course. This is why it pains me to say what I'm about to say: it's time for Dr. Carson to get out of the race if we stand any chance of nominating a constitutionalist to stop the Democrat's reign in November. Dr. Ben Carson is a successful, honorable, intelligent and godly man. Having said all of that, he will...
  • What War With China Would Look Like

    02/10/2016 8:25:44 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 60 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11:11 AM 01/28/2016 | David Archibald
    It will be a small-scale rerun of the island hopping of the Pacific campaign of World War 2. This campaign will start with the air base on Mischief Reef, 250 km west of Palawan. This puts it in range of ATACMS missiles with a range of 300 km. The United States has possibly some 2,000 of these in stock. The amphibious attack on Mischief Reef will be associated with the suppression of the airfields on Subi Reef and Fiery Cross Reef. From Mischief Reef, it is then on to the airfield on Subi Reef and then all the other island...
  • Political Establishments Getting Kicked Where it Hurts

    02/11/2016 11:19:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | John Kass
    There's nothing like the warm, satisfying sound coming out of American presidential politics these days: The sound of Democratic and Republican establishments -- what I call the Combine -- being kicked by voters where it hurts. Right in the metaphors. Or, if that's too vague, let's just say the political establishments are getting it right in their peculiar vulnerabilities. In New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders trounced Hillary Clinton among Democrats. And Donald Trump scored a huuuge victory among Republicans, although Sen. Ted Cruz's third-place showing puts him in a good spot as the campaigns move South and West. Hillary Clinton has...
  • 14 Months and Counting, I'm Still Right About Trump

    02/11/2016 10:55:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Matt Towery
    I know, I should quit saying, "I told you so." But I was right in December 2014 in this column and I'm still right more than a year later, after the New Hampshire primary. Donald Trump gets it when it comes to how so many frustrated Americans feel. He has tapped into a populist revulsion to a national political tableau of political correctness, indecisiveness, weakness and expanded government power and spending. And it's not that I'm in the bag for Trump. My son's Opinion Savvy polling firm, which I use for my analysis, was about the only pollster to...
  • TED CRUZ, SLEAZY LIAR: Compare Cruz's claims on Fox News to what Trump actually said

    02/11/2016 10:24:19 AM PST · by dynoman · 463 replies
    Ann Coulter ^ | 2-11-16 | Ann Coulter
    Proof in debate transcripts at link.
  • Shame on the Pastors Who Anointed Hillary Clinton as President.

    02/11/2016 9:59:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Michael Brown
    Hillary Clinton is white. The pastors who declared her to be the next president of the United States, surrounded by the favor of the Lord, were black. Hillary Clinton is a woman. Most of the pastors were men. So, this is not a color issue and this is not a gender issue. This is a righteousness issue, and it is shameful for ministers of the gospel to bless a candidate who stands for a woman's "right" to shed innocent blood in the womb (through all 9 months of pregnancy), who aggressively supports the redefinition of marriage, and who calls for...
  • Liberalism's Legacy: Debt and Dependency

    02/11/2016 9:38:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Terry Jeffrey
    How will history remember the presidency of Barack Obama? In the budget message he sent Congress this week, Obama portrays himself as a president who led America back to economic good times. "When I took office, our nation was in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression," Obama wrote. "The economy was shedding 800,000 jobs a month. The auto industry was on the brink of collapse and our manufacturing sector was in decline. Many families were struggling to pay their bills and make ends meet. Millions more saw their savings evaporate, even as retirement neared. "But...
  • Gov. Kasich Extols the Tortoise Lane

    02/11/2016 8:42:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    "There are too many people in America who don't feel connected. They've got victories that no one celebrates with them. And they've got defeats, and pain sometimes, that they have to absorb themselves," Ohio Gov. John Kasich said in a speech that celebrated his second-place showing in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday. It was a breakthrough moment. In early GOP debates, Kasich talked too much about his working-class roots and his mailman dad. "I care about poor people," he crowed in a November debate -- as if no one else did. Tuesday night, however, Kasich moved from boasting that...
  • What Does the Constitution Say About Federal Land Ownership? (Prof Rob Natelson on Oregon Standoff)

    02/11/2016 8:31:18 AM PST · by xzins · 49 replies
    Our American Constitution ^ | February 6, 2016 | Rob Natelson
    The "Bundy stand-off" in Oregon at a federal wildlife refuge has triggered (or, rather, re-triggered) questions about the constitutionality of federal land ownership. Westerners in particular question why the federal government should own nearly 30% of the country. In the West, the issue is particularly important. The federal government has title to about half the territory of the eight Rocky Mountain states, the west coast states, and Alaska. The share of ownership in each of those states ranges from about 30% to about 88%. (Exact figures vary according to the mode of calculation.) Westerners who work with the land tend...
  • The Middle Sprint

    02/11/2016 7:46:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    The long-awaited, first-in-the-nation caucus (Iowa) and primary (New Hampshire) are over. There have been a few surprises -- Donald Trump did not win Iowa, Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton by more than 20 points in New Hampshire, and outperformed her with women voters by 11 points. Ted Cruz had a surprise win in Iowa, with Rubio performing strongly with a close third-place finish. John Kasich came in a strong second to Trump in New Hampshire, breathing life into his campaign. The field has narrowed, down to two viable candidates on the Democratic side -- Clinton and Sanders -- and...
  • Sanders And Trump Are The Same Totalitarian Candidate

    02/11/2016 7:35:47 AM PST · by newgeezer · 90 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | February 10, 2016 | Ben Shapiro
    On the surface, there's not much in common between New Hampshire GOP primary winner Donald Trump and Democratic primary winner Bernie Sanders. Trump is a billionaire businessman; Sanders is a career politician. Trump's personal favorability is the lowest of all candidates on either side; Sanders' is the highest. But the impulse that drove New Hampshire voters to the polls for Sanders is the same as the impulse that drove them to the polls for Trump: the desire for a powerful authority figure to fix everything using the power of government. In fact, before the New Hampshire primary, CNN reported, "Because...
  • That 'Controversial' Doritos Commercial

    02/11/2016 7:33:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    In a day when the most innocuous thing can quickly become political, a Doritos Super Bowl commercial has upset some people who want abortion to be an unrestricted right. For those taking a bathroom break or watching "Downton Abbey" instead of the football game, here's the scenario. A pregnant woman is receiving a sonogram in her hospital bed. The screen shows the baby. The father is snacking on Doritos and he notices the child's arms moving in the direction of the chip, as dad takes it from the bag and puts it in his mouth. Finally, the baby can stand...
  • Fast Facts for Conservatives on Net Neutrality

    02/11/2016 7:29:32 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 59 replies
    cc.org ^ | 2015 | Roberta Combs
    Fast Facts for Conservatives on Net Neutrality Since its birth, the Internet has existed on phone lines which were covered under what are known as "common carrier" regulations, (or "Net Neutrality"), which prevented discrimination by network providers based on content or where a call originated. This principle carried over to the Internet and helped make it a dynamic engine for free expression and economic growth. In recent months, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) lifted "net neutrality" regulations off of the Internet, leaving the issue up to Congress to decide. It is currently being debated as part of pending telecommunications legislation....
  • Day of the Demagogues

    02/11/2016 7:20:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Mona Charen
    As the results of New Hampshire's primary were coming in Tuesday night, some commentators on Twitter were jubilant about the "disruption": that is, the victories of an inane socialist demagogue and a foul-mouthed nationalist demagogue and what they represented to the "establishment." Yes, mobs are disruptive. Madame Defarge enjoyed a good shakeup herself. Sen. Bernie Sanders believes that eight years of the most leftist president in American history have left the plutocrats in total control. Channeling the late Hugo Chavez, he promises to lift the minimum wage to $15 per hour, provide free college educations for all and deliver universal...
  • Saudi Singer on Egyptian TV Criticizes Radical Islam, Defends the West

    02/11/2016 7:09:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Larry Elder
    This fight against radical Islam is also a fight within Islam. Where, we constantly ask, are the voices of "moderation" who question the barbarity committed in the name of Islam? Consider Shams Bandar. Born in Saudi Arabia, this popular singer renounced her Saudi citizenship, lives in Europe and intends to become a citizen of a European country. On an Egyptian channel called Dream TV, Bandar said to the astonished host, "We have been fighting and shedding blood for 1,400 years, and now we are blaming America and Britain?" Provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute, here is a translated...
  • Feeling the Bern

    02/11/2016 6:57:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Derek Hunter
    Well, that was interesting. The New Hampshire primary is over and the results were…sort of what was expected. Beyond the headlines, however… On the Democratic side, and according the Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright, there are a lot of young women chasing boys straight to Hell. Hillary Clinton not only lost the youth vote by an amazing margin, she lost young women by so much it has to be a shock to a candidate who considers her gender among the top reasons to support her candidacy. She lost every demographic except people making more than $200,000 and older than 65....
  • In Search of Fixes for a Fossilized Economy

    02/11/2016 6:06:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>The U.S. economy grew at an anemic rate of less than 1 percent in the last quarter of 2015.</p> <p>While the unemployment rate has dipped below 5 percent, the all-important labor force participation rate is at a historic low of just 62.7 percent. More than 90 million able-bodied adults are either not currently in the labor force or have stopped looking for work altogether.</p>
  • San Diego declares war on our Founding Fathers and men, too

    02/11/2016 5:45:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 10, 2016 | Todd Starnes
    It appears San Diego City Hall has been overrun by a wild pack of militant, man-hating feminists who are hell-bent on neutering the King's English. To quote "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy," Great Odin's raven! City Hall recently published an edict on bias-free language - part of a larger correspondence manual for city workers. "Our goal is to encourage bias-free language - language that does not create or perpetuate real or perceived prejudice - in our written and spoken communication," the city explained in its manual. So in the spirit of inclusion and neutrality the city directed employees...
  • Obama EPA "Clean Power" Rule Dealt Devastating Blow At SCOTUS

    02/11/2016 5:30:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Kevin Glass
    The Environmental Protection Agency's "Clean Power Plan," an enormous regulatory monster unilaterally cooked up by federal bureaucrats and attempted to be foisted on states, utility companies and consumers, was dealt a huge blow at the Supreme Court this week when the regulations were put on hold pending the numerous legal challenges that have been percolating through the court system. The importance of this stay cannot be overstated. In the past, some EPA regulations that have been overturned in the court system were not put on hold and their damage was already done while other states and groups were challenging their...
  • Will they Cruzify Ted?

    02/11/2016 4:42:57 AM PST · by TBBT · 262 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 2/11/16 | David Flint
    The progressive elites will try to do to Cruz what they did to Abbott The American mainstream media, the Republican Party establishment and the Democratic Party are determined that Ted Cruz not be sworn in as the 45th president. Anyone with that opposition must be formidable. That he is. Campaigning against Federal ethanol subsidies in Iowa, a major corn producing state, and against all poll predictions, Cruz defeated the media's favourite, Donald Trump, receiving more votes than any Republican candidate ever had. Cruz is the candidate most motivated by his attachment to traditional American principles. For his opponents, these are...