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  • Ukraine crisis pushing Russia to form rare earths alliance with China

    09/22/2014 2:25:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Investor Intel ^ | September 16, 2014 | Alessandro Bruno
    In 1986, Deng Xiaoping launched the “863 program”, aimed to gain control of the rare earths market … saying: “The Arab countries have oil; China has rare earths.” […] The Ukraine crisis—and China’s rare earths industrial consolidation and reform—has given Russia an unprecedented incentive to develop a rare earths mining industry, which, in addition to its hydrocarbons, would give it further huge bargaining power on the world economy. It does not have the know-how, technology or refining plants yet, but China can offer these. …
  • Texas has become epicenter of conservative movement

    09/21/2014 9:05:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 20, 2014 | Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
    AUSTIN — Twenty years ago this November, Texas elected George P. Bush’s uncle as governor. That election cemented Republicans in power in the Lone Star State after a steady period of ascendance. Democrats haven’t won a statewide elective office since and their candidates for governor (state Sen. Wendy Davis) and lieutenant governor (state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte) are currently seen here in Texas as underdogs this fall. In the two decades since George W. Bush became governor, the Republican Party here has turned several shades redder. Texas might qualify now as the epicenter of the conservative movement across the...
  • Middle Class Must Not Fail or All is Lost

    09/21/2014 5:14:11 PM PDT · by W. · 23 replies
    1974 | Taylor Caldwell
    Middle Class Must Not Fail or All is Lost by Taylor Caldwell With the rise of the Industrial Civilization in the world, about 200 years ago, there also arose a social body which we know as the middle class. Before that, most of the world suffered under a feudal system in which the people were truly slaves of their governments in all things. There was no strong buffer between them and their despotic rulers, no assurance of freedom to pursue commerce and to live decently, to keep the fruits of their labor and hold the paying of tribute at a...
  • Bob Beckel: Get ready for an October surprise, Republicans

    09/21/2014 4:37:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | posted at 11:21 am on September 19, 2014 by Allahpundit
    Via NRO, nothing says “slow news Friday” like a lazy post devoted to half-assed speculation. On the one hand, he’s an old Democrat with friends in the Democratic establishment. He might conceivably have heard something from a friend who’s heard something from someone who’s in a position to know. On the other hand, I haven’t seen a single other liberal in media anywhere say anything about an October surprise. What’s most likely? That Bob Beckel, Fox News liberal, is somehow more tapped in to the White House than MSNBC? That lots of other lefties in media know what he’s talking...
  • How to lose a war before it begins

    09/21/2014 3:53:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    The inescapable impression that the administration is at war with itself over Obama’s strategy to combat ISIS in Iraq and Syria has grown difficult to ignore and impossible to paper over. The most recent example of this phenomenon came when President Barack Obama decided to devote a significant portion of a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on Wednesday to repeating his assurances that American troops returning to the Middle East would not “have a combat mission.” His insistence came just one day after Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told members of the Senate that he would...
  • Publisher rips New York Times for snubbing David Limbaugh’s book

    09/21/2014 3:46:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    David Limbaugh’s latest book, Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel, sounds like an entertaining and informative read even if you are not especially interested in Christian theological study. From a purely historical perspective, Limbaugh’s latest work seems like a compelling one. Ed Morrissey spoke with Limbaugh on September 9 for The Ed Morrissey Show (at about the 1:06:00 mark). The host described Limbaugh’s book as a nondenominational approach to the analysis of Biblical scripture. Limbaugh noted that this was intentional. While he said that he was not endorsing “pluralism,” he found that all schools of...
  • Clinton Labor Sec.: ‘Mostly white’ suburban county to blame for Detroit’s woes

    09/21/2014 2:24:32 PM PDT · by walford · 83 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential via EAG News ^ | September 21, 2014 | Tom Gantert
    DETROIT – In a recent Detroit Free Press op-ed, University of California-Berkeley Professor Robert Reich places the blame for the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy on the “mostly white” residents of Oakland County. Detroit-in-ruins-15“But Detroit is really a model for how wealthier and whiter Americans escape the costs of public goods they would otherwise share with poorer and darker Americans,” Reich wrote. “ … But one thing is for certain: A very large and prosperous group close by won’t sacrifice a cent — the mostly white citizens of neighboring Oakland County.” The reaction of one Oakland County official was that Reich,...
  • French Farmers Upset Over Falling Prices, Torch Tax and Insurance Offices, Dump Produce

    09/21/2014 12:52:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    As a direct result of sanctions on Russia, there is an overabundance of fruits and vegetables in France, Spain, Poland, and elsewhere in Europe. Basic law of supply and demand dictates prices of crops would fall. And they did. While most foolishly want to stick it to Russia, few actually are willing to pay the price if it affects them. Here is another case in point: French Farmers Torch Tax Office in Brittany Protest. French vegetable farmers protesting against falling living standards have set fire to tax and insurance offices in town of Morlaix, in Brittany. The farmers used tractors...
  • A New Fed Playbook for the New Normal

    09/21/2014 12:01:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Peter Schiff
    While many economists and market watchers have failed to notice, we have entered a new chapter in the short and checkered history of central banking. This paradigm shift, as yet unaddressed in the textbooks, changes the basic policy tools that have traditionally defined the sphere of macroeconomic decision-making. The job of a central banker is supposed to be the calibration of interest rates to achieve the optimal rate of growth for any particular economic environment. It is hoped that successful decisions, which involve perfectly timed moves to raise rates when the economy overheats and lower them when it cools, would...
  • The Laffer Curve and Limits to Class Warfare Tax Policy

    09/21/2014 11:29:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    IÂ’m a big advocate of the Laffer Curve. Simply stated, itÂ’s absurdly inaccurate to think that taxpayers and the economy are insensitive to changes in tax policy.Yet bureaucracies such as the Joint Committee on Taxation basically assume that the economy will be unaffected and that tax revenues will jump dramatically if tax rates are boosted by, say, 100 percent.In the real world, however, big changes in tax policy can and will lead to changes in taxable income. In other words, incentives matter. If the government punishes you more for earning more income, you will figure out ways to reduce the...
  • Why the Growth of Regulation Means Pain for You and American Business

    09/21/2014 11:19:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Chris Versace
    There has been a lot of talk about regulations, more specifically about how the number of regulations have grown during the last several years. Sad to say, if you take a longer-term view and look again at the regulatory environment, you’ll find it has been what an investor would call a growth industry, with the number of restrictions in the Code of Federal Regulations growing 28% since 1997 – that’s nearly 2% per year. If page count is an indicator, then hang on to your collective hats — in 1975, the Code of Federal Regulations had 71,224 pages. By 2013,...
  • Funding A Fool’s Errand In Syria

    09/21/2014 11:05:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Jeff Crouere
    This week, both the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation to train, arm and fund the elusive “moderate” Muslim rebels fighting to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria. The plan calls for the U.S. to start supporting between 3,000 and 5,000 rebels in the Free Syrian Army. It is part of a $500 million aid package that will authorize U.S. support through December 11, 2014. While the bill passed both houses with ease, it received more support from Republicans than Democrats. Yes, it is a truly sad day for the country when Democrats sound more reasonable than Republicans. According to...
  • The Return of King Dollar

    09/21/2014 9:20:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Larry Kudlow
    Co-written by Stephen Moore Maybe the U.S. economy, a weakling for the last six years, is finally starting to flex some muscle. We're referring to the return of King Dollar For those who haven't been paying attention, the greenback is in the midst of a rally not seen since the 1990s. It's racing past the euro, the yen and other currencies. Investors worldwide are buying the equivalent of stock in America, Inc. If the rise in the dollar's valuation is sustainable, it's welcome news for the stock market, for fighting inflation and for U.S. growth prospects. Ronald Reagan said it...
  • Do Biden's gaffes matter anymore? (LAUGH ALERT)

    09/21/2014 9:15:27 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 20, 2014 | Clarence the Crosseyed Page cpage@tribune.com
    Our famously gaffe-prone vice president, Joe Biden, has outdone himself. He stumbled through not one, not two, but three gaffes in less than 24 hours. For him, that's a personal best or, more accurately, a personal worst.. Yet if it is better to be criticized than ignored in politics, he can take little comfort from the way that hardly anyone outside of the Republican National Committee, whose website called it "Gaffetastic," seemed to care.
  • Limbaugh’s ‘Jesus on Trial:’ The Verdict is in

    09/21/2014 9:04:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Matt Barber
    Attorney, author and columnist David Limbaugh is a man after my own heart. He’s also a man after my own mind. That is to say, as both a fellow member of the bar and follower of Christ, I tremendously appreciate how David approaches the hot button issues of the day. He carefully probes them within the framework of an objective, lawyerly and evidential analysis. He is a master communicator and never fails, in any case, to deliver deeply persuasive closing arguments in the court of public opinion. With his latest book, “Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of...
  • What Drives Anti-Fracking Zealots?

    09/21/2014 8:47:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Recent news stories underscore the tremendous benefits brought by America’s fracking revolution. * The shale oil production boom could boost US crude production to 9.5 million barrels of oil per day (bopd) next year, reducing America’s crude oil imports to 21% of domestic demand, the lowest level since 1968. Output from fracked wells represents 43% of all US oil production and 67% of natural gas production; its oil could reach 10 million bopd by 2016, the Energy Information Administration says. * The global economy saves $4.9 billion per day in oil spending because of the shale oil boom. Without it...
  • The Biden Standard of Media Bias

    09/21/2014 8:18:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Brandon Howell
    I’ll be the first to admit I get a kick out of Joe Biden. Let’s just be frank – very few American politicians can make a swearing in ceremony for 100 senators actually entertaining. That’s a talent, to be sure, but the media’s double standard on Bidenisms is appalling and has to stop. Biden’s trip to Iowa this week was meant to be a reminder that he’s thinking about running for president in 2016. Coming days after Hillary echoed The Terminator, South Park, and Independence Day in the Hawkeye State, it was natural that the veep trekked there himself. Massive...
  • Kicking the Can Down Crony Lane

    09/21/2014 7:27:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend the legal ability for the Export-Import Bank to run … for another nine months. The people’s legislature passed the “stop-gap” measure, 319-108, with both bipartisan support and bipartisan opposition. Just last month, President Obama expressed dismay that Republicans could possibly be against it. “For some reason,” he intoned, “right now the House Republicans have decided that we shouldn’t do this….” He pretended incredulity and puzzlement. He gave the usual reasoning for the subsidized financial guarantees, and insisted that “every country does this.” “When,” he inquired, “did that become something that...
  • Castro Valley Winery to Government: Crush Grapes, Not Vintners

    09/21/2014 6:06:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    "You'll never meet anyone who says, 'I want to be a millionaire. I think I'll start a winery,'" owner Bill Smyth tells me from his small office over the tasting room of Westover Vineyards, nestled in Palomares Canyon. Smyth has worked in a number of fields. He made some money. He bought the vineyard property when he was young. His ex-wife bought him a kit to make wine, and his labor of love turned into a small business. Now, thanks to heavy-handed California regulators, he's selling off his ports and boutique wines and turning his winery back into a home....
  • Hollywood Honors Military Veterans In New Film

    09/21/2014 5:15:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | John Hanlon
    Since military operations began in Afghanistan in late 2001, few movies have focused predominantly on the sacrifices that military families make each and every day. Even fewer of them— and I can’t think of one offhand— focus on female soldiers who are torn between their important work overseas and their responsibilities to their own families at home. Fort Bliss is a film that does just that. Michelle Monaghan, who stars as the main character and previously co-starred on the successful HBO drama True Detective, recently visited D.C. to talk about her performance in the film and how the role opened...
  • Beheadings: Brought To You By “The Religion Of Peace”

    09/21/2014 4:55:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Doug Giles
    Thanks to Islam, "beheading" has been re-introduced into our daily discussions. Indeed, Islam has made vogue several murderous and torturous terms that, heretofore, have never been a part of our vernacular; or definitely not used in many, many moons. So what, pray tell, do I speak of? Well, it’s crap like: crucifixions, female genital mutilation, goat rape, Sharia Law, child slavery, burkas and, as said, the beheading of us bacon eaters. Ah, Islam … always elevating the human experience, eh? Yes, I said it: It’s Islam’s fault that we have to even mention the aforementioned and watch that smack roll...
  • Democrats Are Poised To Hold The Senate, And It’s Conservative’s Fault

    09/21/2014 4:48:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 477 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    I know a lot of people are giddy at the prospect of Republicans taking the Senate this November, but that’s becoming less and less likely. It’s not because Democrats are rallying around a particular mission or set of candidates; it’s because Republicans and conservatives aren’t. It seems like I’m always writing on issues no one wants to hear are mistakes, such as messaging or social issues. But I don’t care. These things have to be said. If these columns are received like a gaseous cousin on a long car trip through the desert, so be it. Crack a window… If...
  • Pitiful Community Racism

    09/21/2014 4:41:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | John Ransom
    ericynot1 wrote: As is so often the case, Ransom, in an effort to tarnish Democrats, has twisted things and left out much of the interesting stuff about this story. The special prosecutor, Michael McCrum, who investigated this case against Perry, and took it to a grand jury, is anything but a political hack. He's an ex-cop (four years in Dallas and Arlington, TX) turned lawyer/ federal prosecutor who's known to be non-partisan (donates money to candidates from both parties, though more to Republicans), and was appointed by Bert Richardson, a Republican judge appointed by GW Bush. Brian Wice, Tom DeLay's attorney...
  • The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race

    08/17/2014 5:18:21 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 199 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 16 Aug 14 | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Ferguson is not just about systemic racism—it's about class warfare, and how America's poor are held back ill the recent rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, be a tipping point in the struggle against racial injustice, or will it be a minor footnote in some future grad student’s thesis on Civil Unrest in the Early Twenty-First Century? More Feds Will Perform Another Autopsy on Michael Brown NBC NewsHungry Heroes: 25 Percent of Military Families Seek Food Aid NBC News'We Have Had Enough': Ferguson Rally Remembers Michael Brown NBC NewsFerguson Protesters Guard Stores From Looters Huffington PostWestboro Baptist Church's Plan To Protest Robin...
  • Remove the Stigma of Bad Black Behavior that Hurts our Race

    09/21/2014 1:05:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | September 19, 2014 | Derryck Green
    Rather than waiting until specifics about the Michael Brown case are known — such as autopsy results, detailed officer reports, toxicology or other details regarding his death — some Ferguson residents, Brown supporters and various hangers-on decided to act. Learning nothing from the Trayvon Martin case, people took to the street with demands for “justice” and homemade protest signs. They were aided by a media seemingly excited about exploiting the narrative that Brown’s death was at the hands of a brutal and possibly racist cop in a militarized police force that cares little about black residents. Ensuing nights after the...
  • Your To Do List to Save America

    09/20/2014 12:41:26 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 47 replies
    AnnCoulter.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Ann Coulter
    The most important words printed in The New York Times since "REAGAN EASILY BEATS CARTER" were from a front-page article last Sunday about how, after six years of Obama, the federal judiciary is now dominated by Democratic appointees. Edward Whelan, head of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, responded to this by saying: "The best way for conservative voters to prevent further damage to the courts is to swing the Senate to Republican control in the elections this November." He's absolutely right. Turn that into a mnemonic, sew it on needlepoint pillows, include it in your wedding vows, right-wingers. For...
  • Will ISIS Bring About the Demise of Western Civilization?

    09/20/2014 8:27:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Michael Youssef
    Most baby boomers will remember the summer of 1967 as the Summer of Love, with huge gatherings in cities across the United States and Canada. Years later, Time magazine said that the overriding theme of the Summer of Love was “trust your feelings.”Ten years later, the message was blasted into our collective consciousness with the release of George Lucas’s movie, Star Wars. In the film, the wise mentor Obi Wan Kenobi instructs young Luke Skywalker to “trust your feelings.”Baby boomers then taught that “trust your feelings” message to their children and grandchildren. So now, young people are even more divorced from...
  • 10 Questions for Secretary of State John Kerry

    09/20/2014 8:19:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Steve Deace
    During a roundtable with the media this week, Secretary of State (say that without shuddering) John Kerry said the following: “(The U.S.) has to start major efforts to delegitimize ISIS’s claim to some religious foundation for what its doing and begin to put real Islam out there and draw lines throughout the region. And I think this is a wake-up call with respect to that because every Arab leader there today was talking about this, about real Islam and how important the Friday sermons are and where they need to go.” Finally. Instead of perpetuating this post-9/11, politically-correct charade that...
  • Opponents of Internet Regulation Carry the Day

    09/20/2014 8:09:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Phil Kerpen
    An incredible thing happened in the recent reply-comment period regarding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal to regulate the Internet like old-fashioned monopoly telephone service: the side telling the agency not to regulate carried the day. The radical left, demanding federal regulatory control of the building blocks of Internet, brought all the usual hype and hoopla and had free-spending corporate backers in Google and Netflix, who want regulators to force you to pay the costs of their downstream bandwidth, so they won’t have to. This campaign by liberal special interests like MoveOn and the Sierra Club converted forty thousand websites...
  • Even its Creators Want to Shut Down the Government’s Asset-Forfeiture Racket

    09/20/2014 7:40:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    If you ask me about the most wasteful department in the federal government, IÂ’ll state that there are lots of good choices, but if forced to identify the best candidate for elimination, IÂ’ll go with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.If you ask me about the entitlement program most in need of reform, IÂ’m tempted to say all of them, but ultimately IÂ’ll argue that we should first fix Medicaid by devolving it to the states, accompanied by block grants as a transitional funding mechanism.But if you ask me to identify the most evil and despicable thing that government...
  • LA’s Brilliant Plan to Boost Voter Turnout: Bribery

    09/20/2014 6:54:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The Los Angeles Ethics Commission (the term “ethics” is used rather loosely in this case) has a plan to get more voters to turn out on Election Day. Basically, they think the city should bribe people to show up at the polls. According to LA Times:Alarmed that fewer than one-fourth of voters are showing up for municipal elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the City Council look at using cash prizes to lure a greater number of people to the polls. On a 3-0 vote, the panel said it wanted City Council President Herb Wesson's Rules,...
  • Why We Shouldn't Impeach Barack Obama

    09/20/2014 6:41:54 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 58 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/20/14 | Elise Cooper
    In his latest book, The People vs. Barack Obama, Ben Shapiro charges the president with counts of espionage, involuntary manslaughter, violation of internal revenue laws, bribery, and obstruction of justice, not to mention the recent charge of child endangerment. Benghazi, ObamaCare, Fast & Furious, the IRS scandal, the NSA, Solyndra, appointed czars, the James Rosen affair, and the illegal children’s exodus into the U.S. are just some the issues that show how Obama has become an imperial president. The president has decided when to enforce immigration laws, advantageously delayed ObamaCare, and micromanaged the economy, as well as attack the Supreme...
  • Idiotic Proposals for Fed to Give Away Money

    09/20/2014 6:14:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    A Fiscal Times, Yahoo Finance article by by John Grgurich claims that Instead of QE, Fed Could Have Given $56,000 to Every Household in America . Grgurich formulated his article after reading "an intriguing piece just published in Foreign Affairs, Brown University political economist Mark Blyth and London-based hedge fund manager Eric Lonergan argue the Fed could have done better by pursuing a far different type of grand policy experiment." The "intriguing piece" is Print Less but Transfer More, Why Central Banks Should Give Money Directly to the People. Sheer Idiocy First, the Fed cannot give away money, it can...
  • The HRC Is Inciting Fear and Hate

    09/20/2014 5:32:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Michael Brown
    The pictures are dark and ominous, the charges chilling: “There exists a network of extremists . . . [who] spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science.” Just who are these evil people and what are they doing? According to the Human Rights Campaign, the world’s largest gay activist organization, this “network” consists of American, conservative Christian leaders “who are working tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn.”I have made it onto this list – unfortunately, only with a “dishonorable mention” – adding to my already impressive résumé of being marked by groups like GLAAD, which...
  • Sorry Kerry, ISIS IS Islam

    09/20/2014 5:15:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 9/19/2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    John Kerry, like Obama, went out of his way to defend Islam by saying that ISIS does not represent Islam: So I wouldnÂ’t compound the crime by calling them a state whatsoeverÂ… TheyÂ’re the enemy of Islam. ThatÂ’s what they are, and as the 21 clerics yesterday said in Saudi Arabia, they are in fact the order of Satan. Â…ThereÂ’s nothing in Islam that condones or suggests people should go out and rape women and sell off young girls or give them as gifts to jihadists and cut peopleÂ’s heads off and tie peopleÂ’s hands behind their backs and put...
  • Love Should be on Parade

    09/20/2014 4:51:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Kathryn Lopez
    March may be a bit far off, but a St. Patrick's Day brawl has come early. No one seems happy by the recent decision to include OUT@NBCUniversal, an LGBT activist group to participate in New York's St. Patrick's Day parade. For the sake of clarity: St. Patrick is the patron saint of the archdiocese of New York, and though Catholics have always been a big part of the parade, the parade is not run by the Church. And while the NBC group's position on LGBT issues does not gibe with Catholic teaching, it's somewhat consistent with the parade's history to...
  • What the Non-Fox Media Wrought

    09/20/2014 4:43:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    In wistful moods, I often wonder what Cuba (a nation with a higher per-capita income than Austria and Japan in 1958) might look like today if media such as Townhall, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, etc. had been around to mount a counterattack against Castro's U.S. media and State Department propagandists. Please note, Cuba fell to Castro and Che Guevara under a Republican, (Eisenhower) administration, but the State Department officials in charge of the looming disaster were classic Democratic pinkos, in thrall and in cahoots with their mainstream media (especially New York Times) soulmates. Regarding foreign policy, Ike was preoccupied with Europe...
  • Meriam Ibrahim and Faith McDonnell

    09/20/2014 4:24:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    The “War on Women” theme has become a campaign perennial in the U.S.We hear it charged that anyone who does not support sex selection abortions is somehow engaged in a war against women. No matter that the vast majority of those “selected” for death in these horrific procedures are female, that is, little women. In a similar vein, many of us who speak out for women shockingly abused in Muslim lands are accused of being Islamophobes and culturally insensitive. The simple fact is that the fate of women in these lands is grim. In not one of the Muslim majority lands are...
  • Here America: Have Some More Filth to Go with that Government

    09/20/2014 4:18:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | John Ransom
    Yes, the Democrats are that desperate. Smacked with the guy who has made his business to lead the loyal opposition to policies that hurt the country, the Democrats did something so foul, so mind numbingly stupid and so desperate that it out Nixoned Nixon in his worst of days. And in doing so, theyÂ’ve completed the transformation from political party to caricature. Does Rick Perry's indictment disqualify him for 2016?!!! asks CNN, while fronting for the Dems. No, the indictment probably does not disqualify him. But Marco RubioÂ’s sip of water during a televised address should, right? RubioÂ’s problem...
  • THE CARPENTER'S SHOP: Persecution of Christians affects millions worldwide

    09/20/2014 3:31:56 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    The Destin Log ^ | Friday, September 19, 2014 | Dr. Barry K. Carpenter
    THE CARPENTER'S SHOP: Persecution of Christians affects millions worldwide By Dr. Barry K. Carpenter Published: Friday, September 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM. Christians around the world are experiencing unprecedented persecution. Reporter and news analyst Kirsten Powers, interviewed in the Daily Beast, said, “Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity. The silence has been nearly deafening.” It seems open season on Christians. It is more pronounced, more bold, more contagious, and in more numbers than at any other time in history. It may appear to...
  • DOMINIC SANDBROOK fears Europe is returning to the crude nationalism that caused such misery

    09/20/2014 3:04:41 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 20 September 2014 | Dominic Sandbrook
    To wake yesterday morning, not yet knowing whether Great Britain was alive or dead, was a strange and sad sensation. Like most English observers, I greeted the news with unbridled delight. A victory for Britain, albeit by nine percentage points, means we ought to raise a toast this weekend to the good sense of the Scottish people. Yet when I reflected on the result, my delight slowly turned to disquiet. For the truth is that the campaign has been a terrible warning about the future of the United Kingdom, the curse of nationalism and the dreadful dangers of a new...
  • We must tell the truth about ISIS because President Obama won’t

    09/19/2014 4:57:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Jay Sekulow
    In his address to the nation last week, President Obama declared to the nation — to the world — that ISIS (also known as ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) was not Islamic. Across the globe, jaws dropped. It’s not my purpose today to cite chapter and verse why President Obama is wrong. Pundits have been doing that for days. Instead, I want to focus on the deeper question: Why is ISIS’ Islamic identity critical to its appeal to the Muslim world?
  • Harry Reid’s Court-Packing Scheme Pays Off In Halbig Case

    09/19/2014 3:25:18 PM PDT · by SteveH · 3 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Sept. 5, 2014 | Ross Kaminsky
    But because the current administration recognized this court as critical in future legal challenges to Obamacare, they wanted to – and hypocritically did – shift the balance of the court in a decidedly Progressive way – which is to say in a way which recognizes almost no limits on government power nor on the appropriate behavior of judges in expanding that power. On Thursday, those malign efforts paid off for Obama and Reid as the DC Circuit agreed to an en banc review (all of the judges rehearing the case after it is initially decided by a three-judge panel) of...
  • ECB Debuts Another Policy Failure

    09/19/2014 1:27:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Following on the "success" of the ECB's LTRO (Long Term Refinance Operation) which did nothing to spur lending and everything to create the biggest sovereign bond bubble the world has ever seen, ECB president Mario Draghi announced a TLTRO or Targeted LTRO on September 4. The ECB's intent is to spur lending. Lending Spree Short of Expectations Today the Financial Times reports ECB’s Lending Spree Short of Expectations. The European Central Bank’s first offer of cheap four-year loans has fallen short of expectations, dealing a blow to president Mario Draghi’s hope of sustaining the eurozone’s ailing economy by expanding the...
  • Washington DC Maintains Its Prohibition on the Second Amendment

    09/19/2014 1:19:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Washington DC has been ordered to allow concealed handguns… But, c’mon, let’s not get carried away. I mean, why on Earth would we rush to allow such American freedoms in America’s capitol, right? Following in the footsteps of liberal enclaves like Boston, New York, and the People’s Republic of California, Washington DC is paying lip service to the Second Amendment by crafting a “May Issue” concealed carry rule.Essentially, the rule amounts to an arbitrary case-by-case determination of concealed carry applications, where applicants will be asked to provide a “legitimate” reason for carrying a gun. According to WJLA:The District is seeking to...
  • Subsidies and Third-Party Payer = Inefficiency and Higher Prices

    09/19/2014 1:04:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    People sometimes think I’m strange for being so focused on the economic harm that results from third-party payer. But bear with me and we’ll see why it’s a very important issue.If you’re not already familiar with the term, third-party payer exists when someone other than the consumer is paying for something. And it’s a problem because people aren’t careful shoppers when they have (proverbially) someone else’s credit card.Moreover, sellers have ample incentive to jack up prices, waste resources on featherbedding, and engage in inefficient practices when they know consumers are insensitive to price.I’ve specifically addressed the problem of third-party payer...
  • ‘I Will Not Settle'

    09/19/2014 12:41:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Marvin Olasky
    One hundred years ago, on Sept. 21, 1914, Louis Olasky signed a Declaration of Intention “to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, and particularly to Nicholas II, Emperor of All the Russias.”He also declared in writing, “I am not an anarchist; I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the practice of polygamy; and it is my intention in good faith to become a citizen of the United States of America and to permanently reside therein SO HELP ME GOD.” Five years later, as soon as he legally could, Louis Olasky...
  • Rick Scott's Toll Lanes Definitely Newsworthy ... but an Exposé?

    09/19/2014 12:41:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | September 17, 2014 | Nancy Smith
    In August 2011 Gov. Rick Scott first made it plain he likes toll lanes on major highways and wants more of them. They speed up traffic, he said. In October 2011, PolitiFact Florida checked out his assessment, rated it "mostly true." So it was a little surprising to see the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR), whose stated purpose is "to expose corruption, waste and miscarriages of justice," expose Scott's commitment to toll lanes. Don't get me wrong, I think it's great this news is well and truly in front of the public again. And shame on all of us...
  • Obama's No Good, Terrible, Bad Week With Democrats, The Fed, Biden's Mouth, and Polls

    09/19/2014 11:25:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Here are the dreary details on what's been happening in our nation's capital this week, but be forewarned, it isn't a pretty picture. The House has passed President Obama's unspecified plan to arm and train the moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State terrorists. But no sooner had the clerk of the House tallied the vote, Senate critics on both sides of the aisle were complaining that he doesn't have a battle plan or any strategy. And there were new, growing suggestions within his own administration that his pledge not to send ground troops back into Iraq is...
  • Paul Greenberg: Barack Hussein Obama

    09/19/2014 11:17:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    No, it's not the full moon, that's an election rising on the horizon. Lock your doors. As the witching hour approaches, the paranoids start coming out of the woods on the lookout for easy prey, so we can all be afraid, be terribly afraid, together. In uncertain times -- but I repeat myself, for when have the times ever been certain? -- a new crop of true believers is waiting to be cultivated by the kind of demagogues who always have the simplest explanation for any and all of the uncertainties out there: It's a conspiracy! Election time is when...