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  • Undocumented immigrants should be able to be licensed drivers

    03/29/2015 4:22:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | March 29, 2015 | Editorial Board
    Driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants are under discussion at the Minnesota Legislature — again. Previous attempts to allow the undocumented to drive legally have failed, but this year the measure should pass. As public safety officials have argued for years, the change would make roads safer. Opponents of the proposal say that the licenses would enable voter fraud, cause homeland security risks and reward those who have already broken immigration law. However, in this case public safety interests trump other concerns. The driver’s license dilemma is yet another result of America’s broken, outdated, schizophrenic immigration policies. The honest reality is...
  • Bill Whittle: American Deserter

    03/29/2015 1:20:13 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    TruthRevolt.org ^ | 3-29-2015 | Bill Whittle
    The first time most of us heard the name Bowe Bergdahl was when President Obama stood with his parents in the Rose Garden, announcing that after having been captured in Afghanistan in June, 2009 he was going to be released – traded, as it turns out, for five top-level terrorists being held in Guantanamo Bay. It’s funny how hindsight works. I’ve known several military families in my day, but Bergdahl’s parents – his father especially – not only did not strike me as a military dad: he struck me as man who had never put on a tie in...
  • Feldman: Obama's One Fine Mess of Potage

    03/29/2015 10:23:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 29, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    In the Bible, Esau sold his birthright for a mess of potage -- some red lentil soup, to be exact. Looking at the week’s events, it seems that this country has sold its glorious birthright of constitutional government by honest men and women for a mess of potage -- a false promise of hope and change delivered by a glib huckster and his shady friends. The deceit and lawlessness of Obama and those around him and the consequences have never been clearer than they were this week. Nothing shows better the unprincipled nature of the administration and the acquiescence of...
  • America's Cartel Problem, Part II

    03/29/2015 8:45:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Matthew Thomas
    As you begin to look closely into the actual organization of the Mexican cartels operating throughout the world, you quickly learn that they are set up and function much like any fortune 500 company. They are multi-level organizations, having everything from a CEO level down to the assembly line level worker, and everything in between. They have a strict code that they live by for the most part, which has a strong “machismo” factor, and makes their structure and practices look much like the old Italian mafia organizations. The exception being of course that today’s Mexican cartels have crossed all...
  • Earnings "Beat the Street" Manipulation Underway as Profit Warnings Mount

    03/29/2015 8:30:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    Of S&P 500 companies providing first-quarter outlooks, MarketWatch reports 84% have been negative as Profit Warnings Pile Up.Ahead of the start of earnings reporting season, which unofficially kicks off when Alcoa Inc., reports results on April 8, about 84% of the companies that have provided first-quarter outlooks gave negative outlooks. That’s above the 81% that warned Q1 2014, and the five-year average of 68%.< I believe that yellow highlight I added should say Q3. More importantly, it would have been nice for MarketWatch to actually link to FactSet because it contains some interesting charts and analysis.Earnings Insight Let's dive into...
  • More Executive Overreach, This Time from the EPA

    03/29/2015 8:10:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Ilya Shapiro
    The Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday in Michigan v. EPA, asking whether it was unreasonable for the Environmental Protection Agency to ignore costs in determining the appropriateness of regulating mercury emissions from power plants. The EPA’s proposed regulations are expected to cost the coal industry a whopping $9.6 billion, but only offer a meager $500,000 to $6 million in public health benefits. Cato filed an amicus brief in the case that focuses on why the EPA chose to ignore costs in developing these regulations. It turns out that EPA could achieve its goal of comprehensively regulating utility emissions only...
  • Did Hillary Clinton destroy evidence in 'wiping clean' her email server?

    03/29/2015 8:10:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 56 replies
    Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo ^ | 3/28/15 | Brad Knickerbocker
    Behind the saga of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal email account and the messages said to no longer exist is the implication that she has something to hide. None of her critics – at least those among congressional Republicans pushing her to reveal more – have come right out and said she purposely destroyed politically-damaging evidence that could hamper any plans to run for president next year. **SNIP** “The Benghazi panel has already said it will bring Clinton in to testify at least twice – once privately about her email use while at State and at another public hearing on the...
  • What Investing Icon Jack Bogle Gets Wrong about ETFs

    03/29/2015 7:47:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Doug Fabian
    John “Jack” Bogle is an icon in the investing industry. The founder of Vanguard and the “father” of index mutual fund investing has had a lot of good ideas over the years. Unfortunately, the ideas in his recent editorial in the Financial Times are not among those good ideas. According to Mr. Bogle, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are something that investors should “beware” of. As Bogle writes, “Mark me as a member of a small group of cohorts who are dubious about the utility of ETFs for long-term investors.” Bogle goes on to express some rather bad views about ETFs as...
  • Afghan Gratitude, American Folly

    03/29/2015 7:30:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    If you're looking for gratitude from the Afghans, President Ashraf Ghani is your man. When he appeared before Congress Wednesday, he expressed thanks to American troops, their families, Congress, Barack Obama and "ordinary Americans whose hard-earned taxes have over the years built the partnership" between the United States and Afghanistan. He couldn't have laid it on any thicker if he'd been using a trowel. Americans in uniform, he attested, "have come to know our snowcapped mountains, our verdant valleys, our windswept deserts, our parched fields, our unharnessed, flowing rivers, and our plains of waving wheat." He said, "Veterans will always...
  • Let's Not Be All Wet About Water

    03/29/2015 7:16:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Which is worse, paying for stuff you use . . . or being constantly harassed for using it? There is talk of drought, these days, in several states of our union. And governments, local and state, are becoming draconian. Further, the moralistic crowd is out, telling us to conserve water as if it were a moral imperative on the order of Do No Murder or Thou Shalt Not Steal. This is the world of hyper-regulation of hydro-usage, the penalizing — even criminalizing — of consuming “too much” H2O. To deal with its drought, California now regards it as criminal to...
  • Mandatory Voting: Let’s Do It (The Author Can't Be Serious)

    03/29/2015 6:51:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    resident Obama has tried to make many things mandatory like health insurance, but he has finally come upon a proposal that warrants adopting – mandatory voting. It is truly an idea whose time has come. And I suggest you get behind this idea or you will find yourself on the wrong side of history. We live in the greatest democracy in the world. We are the cornerstone of the movement to people having freedom on this planet. If we do not set an example by having our citizens turn out for elections then we will cede our heritage to other...
  • The H-1B Visa

    03/29/2015 6:40:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    The libertarian-leaning me believes an American employer should be able to hire pretty much anyone he or she wants to hire. But the taxpaying me believes that if the federal government limits immigration yet creates a special visa program for highly skilled foreign workers with the assurance that the program will not cut into the wages or jobs of American workers, then Washington ought to keep its promise. This month, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, held a congressional hearing on the H-1B visa program that eliminated any doubt that some corporations are gaming the system to the severe...
  • A Jew Walks Into A Nazi Bakery….

    03/29/2015 6:32:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Lawrence Meyers
    Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law is not anti-gay. It is not anti-Black. It is not anti-Semitic. It is, however, pro-religion and pro-freedom and that’s why Leftists hate it. Let’s read the actual bill and interpret it, then figure out how the crazy Leftists have managed to spin this into the worst thing since New Coke. The law is explicit. The government cannot substantially burden anyone from exercising one’s religion. If it does so, it must “further a compelling government interest and be the least restrictive means of furthering that interest.” This is no different than the laws in 19 other states,...
  • Extending the Lie

    03/29/2015 6:22:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Almost seven months after the fateful, fatal encounter between Michael Brown and former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, Attorney General Eric Holder officially announced a truth he had been holding close for months – that the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” mantra that had been used since August was based on a lie. The lie was widely embraced by the media, public officials, and some with celebrity status. We witnessed not only protesters in the streets, but Rams players, members of Congress, and CNN ‘journalists’ in ‘hands up’ poses. The lie of ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ concealed deeper truths, truths all...
  • Why I converted to Islam

    03/29/2015 6:04:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 104 replies
    Al Jazeera America ^ | March 29, 2015 | by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    I was born Lew Alcindor. Now I’m Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The transition from Lew to Kareem was not merely a change in celebrity brand name — like Sean Combs to Puff Daddy to Diddy to P. Diddy — but a transformation of heart, mind and soul. I used to be Lew Alcindor, the pale reflection of what white America expected of me. Now I’m Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the manifestation of my African history, culture and beliefs. For most people, converting from one religion to another is a private matter requiring intense scrutiny of one’s conscience. But when you’re famous, it becomes a...
  • Obama's Hypocritical Attack on Netanyahu

    03/29/2015 5:01:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    It took Bibi Netanyahu nearly a week to apologize properly for his inflammatory comment on Israel's election day warning that Arab voters were "heading to the polls in droves." On Monday, speaking at his Jerusalem residence to a group of Israeli Arab community leaders, the newly reelected prime minister expressed his regret: "I know the things I said a few days ago wounded Israel's Arab citizens. That was not in any way my intention, and I am sorry." But even after four and a half years, there has been no apology from Barack Obama for his inflammatory remarks just before...
  • Ist-A-Phobes

    03/29/2015 4:48:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    Republicans are the party of hate. I know this because the media tells me so. You didnÂ’t know? Did you miss a meeting or something? ReThuglicans are trying to destroy the countryÂ’s economy, oppress minorities, drive gay people into the sea and literally destroy the planet. That is, after all, why Ronald Reagan created crack cocaine and AIDS and why the Koch brothers exist, right? Those are all incredibly stupid statements, but theyÂ’re also perhaps exaggerated versions of statements various factions within the Democratic PartyÂ’s coalition believe and Democratic leaders espouse. If ignorance truly was bliss, youÂ’d think progressives and...
  • Remembrance of Clintons Past - "They have no capacity for embarrassment."

    03/29/2015 1:01:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 29, 2015 | George Will
    <p>An abscess of anger seems to gnaw at Hillary Clinton, but the reasons for her resentments remain unclear. The world’s oldest party, which governed the nation during two world wars and is the primary architect of America’s regulatory and redistributive state, is eager to give her its presidential nomination, in recognition of . . . what?</p>
  • Is Ted Cruz Eligible for the Presidency?

    03/28/2015 4:05:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 137 replies
    The Daily Signal (Heritage Foundation) ^ | March 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Slattery
    Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s announcement Monday that he will run for president has Donald Trump, the ladies on “The View,” and others in the birther crowd questioning Cruz’s eligibility to be president.Born in Alberta, Canada in 1970, Cruz is the son of an American mother and Cuban father. Anticipating these questions, Cruz released his birth certificate in 2013 and officially renounced his dual Canadian citizenship in 2014.This isn’t the first time a candidate’s eligibility has been questioned—the issue dogged President Obama in 2008, George Romney in 1967, and President Chester Arthur in 1880. But is there any merit in...
  • 19 states that have ‘religious freedom’ laws like Indiana’s that no one is boycotting

    03/28/2015 3:29:15 PM PDT · by Salman · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 27, 3015 | Hunter Schwarz
    Indiana has come under fire for a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence (R) that would allow businesses to refuse service for religious reasons. The NCAA has voiced its concern ahead of Final Four in Indianapolis next week, there are calls to boycott the state, and Miley Cyrus has even weighed in, calling Pence a name that we can't reprint on this family Web site in an Instagram post. But Indiana is actually soon to be just one of 20 states with a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, according to the National Conference of State...
  • Democrats’ Identity Crisis Is Spilling Into Their Senate Races

    03/28/2015 12:43:25 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 26, 2015 | Josh Kraushaar
    Congressional races often serve as a leading indicator of what the future holds at the top of the ticket. And already, there are several primaries that would pit the Democratic Party's pragmatic liberal wing against the true-blue progressives. Democrats may not end up with significantly more contested primaries than in the past, but the ideological stakes will be higher. The battles are shaping up to be over core issues splitting the party: entitlements, support for Israel, national security, and others. The intraparty divisions that President Obama has suppressed and Hillary Clinton has avoided will be litigated down the ballot, and...
  • The Return of the Jolly Roger (Hillary's Private Intel Network)

    03/28/2015 11:52:20 AM PDT · by mojito · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3/27/2015 | Richard Fernandez
    ...Hillary’s private email server acted as portal to a private intelligence network that included retired members of special operations, former CIA clandestine personnel and foreign informers. Acting in some indeterminate capacity over it was Sidney Blumenthal, former aide to president Bill Clinton and now apparently a retainer to the family dynasty. It was the compromise of Blumenthal’s emails by the Romanian hacker Guccifer that in part led to journalists to discover Hillary’s private email account. Publicly available sources describe Guccifer as a taxi driver who penetrated the email accounts of the Bush family, Colin Powell and of course Sidney Blumenthal...
  • The Next Big Obamacare Case?

    03/28/2015 10:59:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Ilya Shapiro
    Medicaid, the entitlement program for low-income Americans jointly funded by the state and federal government, represents about 25 percent of state budgets. Federal funding represents more than half (57 percent) of that amount, and that funding is now being threatened by Obamacare. In what seems like déjŕ-vu all over again, Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is pursuing a lawsuit to prevent this sort of federal coercion. Here’s the scoop: In 2009, the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) offered states stimulus funds if they agreed to a maintenance-of-effort (“MOE”) provision that required them to maintain Medicaid-eligibility standards...
  • Los Angeles' City Council Cannot Understand Why Its Nanny State Zoning Change Miserably Failed

    03/28/2015 10:47:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Michael Hausam
    Celebrate with me the recent lesson learned by the city council of Los Angeles after a 7-years-long experiment in nanny statism that ended in utter failure. A public health report released in early 2007 showed that South Los Angeles residents were significantly more obese than those in the remainder of the city, including adults and children, and the data showed a dramatic increase from a similar report from a decade earlier. Furthermore, occurrence of obesity-related illness, such as diabetes, was more present in the area and also showed an increase. The city council decided that something needed to be done....
  • Restoring the Old-Fashioned Budget Virtue of…FDR and Truman?!?

    03/28/2015 10:00:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    This is a column I never expected to write. That’s because I’m going to applaud Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. This won’t be unconstrained applause, to be sure. Roosevelt, after all, pursued awful policies that lengthened and deepened the economic misery of the 1930s. can see from this video, the “economic bill of rights” that he wanted after WWII was downright malicious. Truman, meanwhile, was a less consequential figure, but it’s worth noting that he wanted a restoration of the New Deal after WWII, which almost certainlywould have hindered and perhaps even sabotaged the recovery. But just as very...
  • Curb Your Economic Pessimism

    03/28/2015 9:29:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Larry Kudlow
    The economy has been in a tepid, soft, slow recovery for the past five-and-a-half years. It’s the weakest rebound in generations. The Commerce Department’s revision of fourth-quarter GDP shows that nothing much has changed. Over the past year, real economic growth registered 2.4 percent, slightly higher than the recovery average. It ain’t much. Meanwhile, winter economic reports for retail sales, manufacturing, and capital investment point to a weaker first quarter, perhaps around 1 percent. And Wall Street is talking about a possible profits recession, with expectations of a 2 or 3 percent drop in corporate earnings for the first half...
  • America's Cartel Problem, Part I

    03/28/2015 9:23:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Matthew Thomas
    I know many people do not understand the very real battle happening in the United States. More specifically, here in the Southwest U.S. we have been involved in an extended battle with a foreign criminal element. These organized criminals, known as Mexican cartels, have been discussed plenty but mainly in a general sense. Many times, the intricate details of this battle cannot be fully disclosed, as it can compromise the safety of those involved in the fight against these criminals. However, what can be shared is some general knowledge and information to help educate those who do not understand the...
  • The Data Proves Marriage Matters

    03/28/2015 9:09:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Back before self-esteem spirit animals and pre-nup voodoo dominated the contents of free-form wedding vows, we had simple yet robust odes like ‘in sickness and in health’ and ‘for richer or poorer.’ The true magic of those words lies in their claim that the deepest reserves of sacrificial love can still be tapped when life’s trials are the most daunting. But there is another angle to consider when ‘for richer or poorer’ is weighed and measured in light of modern data. When it comes to viewing marriage as a kind of lottery ticket, richer stands out as a safe bet....
  • The Tip of the Climate Spending Iceberg

    03/28/2015 8:08:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Lockheed Martin, a recent Washington Post article notes, is getting into renewable energy, nuclear fusion, “sustainability” and even fish farming projects, to augment its reduced defense profits. The company plans to forge new ties with Defense Department and other Obama initiatives, based on a shared belief in manmade climate change as a critical security and planetary threat. It is charging ahead where other defense contractors have failed, confident that its expertise, lobbying skills and “socially responsible” commitment to preventing climate chaos will land it plentiful contracts and subsidies. As with its polar counterparts, 90% of the titanic climate funding iceberg...
  • Obama’s Immigration “Legacy:” Lower Wages, Less Security for Americans

    03/28/2015 6:48:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    “All we're saying is we're not going to deport you," was the big lie President Barack Obama used when he announced his executive action on immigration. Despite being repeated time and again by politicians and the media during the DHS funding debate to describe the president’s action, it’s still a lie. To quote an analysis of the President’s speech published by Associated Press within hours, “THE FACTS: He's saying, and doing, more than that. The changes also will make those covered eligible for work permits, allowing them to be employed in the country legally and compete with citizens and legal...
  • Stop Bashing! Because Here’s A List Of Obama’s Accomplishments Haters! *Barf Alert*

    03/28/2015 5:08:26 AM PDT · by LUV W · 46 replies
    Patriot Newswire ^ | February 28, 2015 | Timothy Tuttle
    Obama has actually accomplished quite a bit, and here’s a long list of his accomplishments, so stop bashing, haters! First President to be photographed smoking a joint. First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner. First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in. First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States. First President to violate the War Powers Act. First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of...
  • What Was Really at Stake in the Israeli Election: Free Enterprise

    03/28/2015 5:07:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    In terms of skills and education, Israel probably has the highest level of human capital per person in the whole world. Yet it’s per capita output is mediocre – in the middle of the developed country pack. Why is that? Because Israel has been slow to adopt capitalism. How do I know that? Because Bibi Netanyahu told me that in an interview in Dallas, several years before he became prime minister. Once he became Israel’s leader, he was been able to do something about it. In recent years Israel has become a center for entrepreneurship, innovation and capitalist spirit. But...
  • Stop the Madness!

    03/28/2015 4:56:14 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 11 replies
    TFP ^ | 3/25/2015 | Michael Whitcraft
    While waiting at the airport for a recent flight, I observed a bright-eyed little girl who came running over into the gate area. She was full of the exuberance you would expect from a six or seven-year-old. Rushing over to the window, she gazed in amazement as the planes took off and landed. I could not suppress a smile as I saw her bright eyes and cheerful face. However, my smile faded as two women came over to grab her hand and lead her back to the seating area. Both women were wearing wedding rings and there were visible signs...
  • Christians in America Need To Stop Being Such Wussies

    03/28/2015 4:45:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | John Hawkins
    Given all the bad press Islam has gotten over the last few years, it might seem surprising at first glance that Islam is still such a vibrant, fast-growing religion. Even setting aside the fact that Muhammad was a bad guy and Allah doesn’t exist, the press about Islam over the last few years has been almost universally negative. If you’re not hearing about terrorist attacks, suicide bombers or sanctioned wife beating, you’re reading about ISIS taking slaves or Iranian morality police beating women with sticks for showing their ankles. If all of that is so, then why was Muhammad the...
  • Conservatives, Get Serious

    03/28/2015 4:39:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | S.E Cupp
    Although only one Republican has officially announced his candidacy for president so far, it looks like a formidable, diverse field of conservatives will be contending in the primaries. One prospect, however — and a popular one at that — has me utterly nonplussed, and questioning whether conservatives actually want to win the White House ever again. Allow me to paint a picture for you. Ignoring a major conservative critique of candidate Barack Obama — his lack of experience requisite to the presidency — this would-be candidate believes that “political experience doesn’t seem to help a whole lot and perhaps may...
  • Senator Ted Cruz's Contradictory Position on Illegal

    03/28/2015 1:04:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 28, 2015 | Allan J. Favish
    [BIG SNIP] ".....Sen. Cruz is America’s last hope for a credible border. By that I mean a border that is controlled by the citizens of America, not the citizens of other countries. I mean a border that is controlled primarily for the benefit of citizens of America, not the citizens of other countries. I mean a border that is controlled by an American population that appreciates and welcomes immigrants, but only when they come here legally, and in numbers that are conducive to their assimilation into the American value system that is based on the principles expressed in our Declaration...
  • Scott Walker suggests being an Eagle Scout has prepared him to be commander in chief

    03/27/2015 11:23:46 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Capital Times - Your Progressive Voice ^ | March 27. 2015 | Jessie Opoien
    The Boy Scout Motto is "Be Prepared." Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as a teen, has taken that motto seriously. His Eagle Scout status has him so prepared, he indicated this week, he's ready to serve as commander in chief of the U.S. military. The Republican governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate spoke on Wednesday at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Phoenix, Arizona. The event was closed to press, but video of Walker's conversation with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt was recorded by the opposition research group American Bridge and released by the...
  • Community Control Is Destroying America’s Cities

    03/27/2015 9:37:41 PM PDT · by FreeReign · 23 replies
    YIMBY ^ | MARCH 27TH 2015 | STEPHEN SMITH
    Much of urban America, and New York City in particular, is in crisis. Cities are becoming desirable again, but planning is still stuck in the post-war mentality of decline. Rents are skyrocketing as new housing supply pales against incoming demand, and while politicians and planners might see what’s going on, they are powerless to stand up to the NIMBY forces and stop it. From Palo Alto to Williamsburg back to Santa Monica, our wealthiest and most in-demand neighborhoods remain in their stunted states, walled off to growth, radiating everything from gentrification to global inequality. Our inner suburbs don’t densify, and...
  • The Atheist and His Metal Detector

    03/27/2015 4:56:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Frank Turek
    I grew up on the Jersey shore. (No, it wasn’t like the TV show.) Every summer morning I’d see several men combing the beach with metal detectors looking for jewelry and change lost the day before. One lost diamond earring or ring could pay for the metal detector several times over. But as useful and successful as metal detectors are, they can’t be used to find everything. Metal detectors won’t help you find wood, plastic, rubber, or other nonmetallic objects. Now, suppose metal-detector man, after just combing the beach, says to you, “I know there’s no plastic or rubber on...
  • Critics? Or Traitors?

    03/27/2015 4:38:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Ed Feulner
    “Traitors.” That’s a strong term, obviously. It should never be used lightly. Yet there it was, flying around like confetti in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. And why? Because 47 GOP senators who are understandably concerned about the prospects of a nuclear-armed Iran sent a letter to that country’s leaders about the deal now being struck with the United States and other countries. Their message: The next U.S. president can overturn “with the stroke of a pen” any deal Congress doesn’t approve. “Judas got thirty pieces of silver. What did you get?” one New Jersey resident tweeted. Others, sparked...
  • Student Paper Claims Concealed Carry Reinforces Rape Culture

    03/27/2015 4:23:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    The self-proclaimed champions of women’s rights, the political left, is once again insisting that a woman’s right to protect herself from sexual attackers should be regulated, restricted, and in some cases banned. After all, only American Liberals would believe that a woman being raped is morally superior to a rapist being shot. Arguing that concealed carry on college campuses would actually “reinforce rape culture” on campus, an editorial in the University of North Carolina’s student’s newspaper argued against arming young (law abiding) women.Concealed weapons would not significantly reduce sexual assault and would create inadvertent risks within other forms of interpersonal violence…...
  • Cheap Laughs: A Weekly Review of the NY Times

    03/27/2015 4:06:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Mark Nuckols
    Facts and logic are two things notable for their absence in the op-ed pages of the New York Times. The Times has to pander to its ultra-liberal readership, and facts and logic are just two things these people can’t grasp, that’s why they’re liberals. And the flip side of this is an appalling combination of dishonesty and unbearable smugness. In Governor Jindal’s Implosion, Charles Blow wants us to believe Louisiana’s Republican governor political career is doomed. Blow gloats over a poll showing Jindal with negligible support among Republican primary voters. For someone who originally was billed as an expert in...
  • Hunting Season Opens on Ted Cruz

    03/27/2015 3:52:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    As if Ted Cruz didn’t already have enough against him media-wise (i.e. he’s a principled, brilliant and credentialed conservative both fiscally-- and even more odiously--socially)–on top of these offenses, he’s also half Cuban. Forget the liberal love chants to “ethnic diversity.” The Cuban ethnic brand has long flapped like a matador’s cape in front of the Democrat-Media complex. Granted, some of those insufferable Cubans love to flap it. Ted Cruz-Derangement-Syndrome went viral in the media this week. From Chris Matthews to David Muir and from Joe Scarborough to David Brooks-- they were all over Cruz like a cheap suit. The...
  • Sgt. Bergdahl

    03/27/2015 3:26:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Rich Galen
    From the Army Times: “The Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, officials announced Wednesday.” · You know the case. As a PFC Bergdahl disappeared from his unit's outpost in Afghanistan, on June 30, 2009. He was captured by the Taliban and spent the next five years in captivity. · He was released on May 31, 2014 as the result of swapping five prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay for his freedom. · President Barack, with Bergdahl's parents flanking him, took a bow in the Rose Garden announcing the deal. Susan Rice, the President's National...
  • Guernica All Over Again

    03/27/2015 2:35:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    It was one of the most searing paintings of the modernist era: Pablo Picasso's scream of a masterpiece inspired by the fascist bombing of Guernica in the Spanish Civil War, a horror that would prove but a prelude to the Second World War that began a couple of years later. The same evil empires that conspired to crush republican Spain in the 1930s -- Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia -- would unite again to invade Poland at the end of that decade, and set off worldwide calamity. Spain was only an early victim. While the West continued to dither,...
  • Nothing Inevitable About Clinton Nomination

    03/27/2015 2:26:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Linda Chavez
    A new CBS poll on Hillary Clinton this week suggests that the former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state faces a steeper road to the White House than her supporters might think. Only 26 percent in the poll of the adult population had a favorable view of Clinton, while 37 percent had an unfavorable opinion, and an astonishing 36 percent said they hadn't heard enough to form an opinion or were undecided. Because the poll sampled all adults, not just registered voters, the poll's political significance is limited. Much of the general public pays little attention to...
  • Hillary and Monica, Together Again in 'Shame and Survival'

    03/27/2015 1:52:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Suzanne Fields
    Monica Lewinsky is back, and playing offense. The woman in the little blue dress is giving a Ted talk about the "culture of humiliation," scolding cyber bullies who wound innocents and reclaiming a personal narrative in her own voice. She's burning the beret and the blue dress with a telltale stain, "giving purpose to my past" in the name of a softer feminism that she says begins with a "little f." Hillary Clinton, who never left, is playing defense, angry and aggressive, asserting her "rights" to remain private in a high public office. She asserts such "rights" by deleting 30,000...
  • The Enemy of My Enemy

    03/27/2015 1:21:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    The forces that do not want a U.S. nuclear deal with Iran, nor any U.S. detente with Iran, are impressive. Among them are the Israelis and their powerful lobby AIPAC, the Saudis and their Sunni allies on the Persian Gulf, a near unanimity of Republicans and a plurality of Democrats in Congress. Is there a case to be made for a truce in the venomous conflict that has gone on between us since the taking of U.S. hostages in 1979? Is there any common ground? To both questions, President Obama and John Kerry believe the answer is yes. And they...
  • Jeb and Walker’s Immigration Double-Talk

    03/27/2015 12:25:52 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 27. 2015 | Ruben Navarrette Jr.
    Scott Walker and Jeb Bush were bound to collide sooner or later. It turned out to be sooner. As the son of a Baptist minister, and the son of the 41st president of the United States, these two were destined to be the odd couple of the 2016 election. Walker is running against the establishment and the Washington elites. Bush embodies both. Walker will need at least $100 million to compete in the GOP primary, and more if he makes it to the general. Most of the Republican donors who write those kinds of checks are on Bush’s speed dial....
  • Snake Oil Sociology

    03/27/2015 9:42:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    The American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Sociological Association (ASA) submitted friend of the Court briefs in the Windsor case. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. If the Windsor Court majority relied on those briefs, it was reliant on snake oil, not science. The APA and the ASA should be the guardians of good science. Instead, they have joined the ranks of the pink panzers of political correctness. Most studies we have seen that claim that children raised by same-sex parents suffer no disadvantages are so seriously flawed that in...