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  • Reporting Rape, and Wishing She Hadn’t

    07/13/2014 1:09:50 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 26 replies
    © 2014 The New York Times Company ^ | JULY 12, 2014 | By WALT BOGDANICH
    he was 18 years old, a freshman, and had been on campus for just two weeks when one Saturday night last September her friends grew worried because she had been drinking and suddenly disappeared. Around midnight, the missing girl texted a friend, saying she was frightened by a student she had met that evening. “Idk what to do,” she wrote. “I’m scared.” When she did not answer a call, the friend began searching for her. In the early-morning hours on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in central New York, the friend said, he found her — bent...
  • EDITORIAL: Colorblind Harry Reid continues to divide

    07/13/2014 12:53:54 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 3 replies
    Las Vegas Review ^ | July 11, 2014
    Harry Reid is the da Vinci of distraction. The moment any scandal, policy failure or political defeat crashes down on him — and there have been plenty the past few years — the Senate majority leader unleashes outrageous rhetoric that’s better suited for a sandbox than what once passed for the world’s greatest deliberative body. Worse, the Nevada Democrat has become especially fond of slinging race cards just to crank up the outrage. Last week, Sen. Reid was in rare form following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn part of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. The 5-4 ruling...
  • What Does This Announced Caliphate Mean?

    07/13/2014 10:52:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | July 13, 2014 | Michael Youssef
    The ISIS, which has conquered vast portions of Syria and Iraq, has now declared itself to be the new Islamic caliphate. There has been no caliphate (an Islamic state led by a “successor” to Muhammad) since 1916, after the end of more than 400 years of Turk-enforced rule over a resentful but helpless Arab world. Since then, most Sunni Muslims have informally recognized the legitimate successor of the prophet Muhammad to be the king of Saudi Arabia, whom they call the “Guardian of the Two Holy Places.” But in recent years, many rival factions have risen across the Islamic world,...
  • "Is The Fed Going To Attempt A Controlled Collapse?"

    07/13/2014 10:43:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | July 13, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Earlier today, reader Charles asked me what I thought about an article on ZeroHedge entitled "Is The Fed Going To Attempt A Controlled Collapse?" The question stems from lengthy (256 page PDF) from the BIS Annual Report (Bank for International Settlements) that stated among other things "The only source of lasting prosperity is a stronger supply side. It is essential to move away from debt as the main engine of growth." The BIS slammed the Fed in numerous places and in numerous ways, especially regarding the Fed's reliance on QE. The BIS slam, coupled with a recent stock market selloff,...
  • Fascinating Polling Data on Misguided Millenials, Government Corruption, and “Unattractive” Leftists

    07/13/2014 10:21:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | July 13, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I periodically share polling data. This is because public opinion research (if done honestly) provides insights on the degree to which people are either well informed, uninformed, or misinformed. And that kind of information is useful for policy wonks like me since it shows where we need to re-double our efforts to educate the American people. And some of the best polling data today comes from the periodic Reason-Rupe survey. They ask fair questions (i.e., they’re trying to discover what people actually think rather than doing “push polls” designed to produce pre-determined results) and they ask interesting questions. But that...
  • Does Obama Believe in Terrorism?

    07/13/2014 10:01:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | July 13, 2014 | Kevin McCullough
    I've been caught asking myself the same question many times this week. "Does our President believe in terrorism?" No, I'm not asking if he personally believes in the use of terrorism, or the ideology of terrorism, or the effectiveness of the weapon of terrorism. Some of my critics are already condemning me for not asking that question from the start. And as well intentioned as some are who would hold those positions, I feel a need to break things down into even more succinct pieces. Does President Obama believe in terrorism's existence and imminence in the days we live this...
  • The Border Crisis (NYT Editorial -- Major Gag Alert)

    07/13/2014 8:32:06 AM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 12, 2014 | NYT Editorial Board
    There is a reasonable way to confront the influx of Central American children at the southern border, and the White House is getting it mostly right. But instead of supporting the package, Republicans are throwing up roadblocks. And through dangerous overreaction, some are urging actions that would make the situation worse. Lawmakers who would cut legal corners to send more children back to such peril are showing appalling blindness to a humanitarian tragedy. But blindness to the unintended consequences is a hallmark of immigration politics. Decades of militarizing the border — without visa reforms to improve the legal immigrant flow...
  • Hoodwinking Voters and Empowering Politicians

    07/13/2014 6:17:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | July 13, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    "Political language,” warned George Orwell, “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” Politicians understand that words matter and can be used to trick people. Which is why they can hardly be trusted to express themselves candidly in their own campaigns — or, heaven forbid, write ballot titles for important measures upon which citizens will vote. Earlier this year, citizens in Phoenix, Arizona, gathered more than 50,000 voter signatures to put an initiative on the ballot to reform their public employee pension system. The initiative moves new...
  • Disinvestment of Fossil Fuels -- Symbolism and Hypocrisy

    07/13/2014 5:46:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | July 13, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    A group called Fossil Free UC wants regents to divest the University of California's endowment fund of all fossil fuel holdings. "As one of the leading public institutions in the world, we have the privilege and the responsibility to take action where we can influence change," Fossil Free UC explains on its website. This is the global-warming movement at its most honest. Its goal is not change, which requires sacrifice in a plugged-in age; its goal is to "influence change" -- to wit, wag a finger at others and demand they do something symbolic and politically correct. What better...
  • 7 Ways Hunters Can Combat The Anti-Hunting, Death-Threatening Lunatics

    07/13/2014 4:50:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies ^ | July 13, 2014 | Doug Giles
    This past week, Facebook removed a page dedicated to the death of a Texas Tech cheerleader named Kendall Jones. The page was titled,“Kill Kendall Jones”. Charming, eh? Why did 300-400 people want to kill Kendall? Are y’all ready? Are you sitting down? It was because Miss Jones legally hunts animals that aren’t endangered, that’s why. Yep, hunting is verboten to this small pocket of crazies, and for that reason, according to them, Kendall should be killed. Anyone else see anything weird in that warped line of reasoning? From what I’ve been able to deduce in studying the anti-hunters and their...
  • Ron Paul, Obama: Different Guys, Same Foreign Policy (Long Article)

    07/13/2014 4:32:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | July 13, 2014 | John Ransom
    Flattus wrote: It's funny to watch Cons attempt to portray this disaster in Iraq as Obama's issue. Sorry, no sale. Thinking Americans know whose war this is. But it's not surprising to see you run from it. From Ron Paul's column today, referring to Necons:"They cannot admit they were wrong about the invasion being a ‘cakewalk’ that would pay for itself, so they want to blame last week's events on the 2011 US withdrawal from Iraq. But the trouble started with the 2003 invasion itself, not the 2011 troop withdrawal. Anyone who understands cause and effect should understand this."-- Welcome...
  • Killing Joy

    07/13/2014 4:23:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | July 13, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Remember when you could have fun at someone else’s expense? Not in a mean-spirited way, but in a fun way. Ribbing your friends, your enemies, and just about anyone you had a funny comment about was a time-tested way of having a little fun in life. It wasn’t personal, and nothing and no one was off limits. That day is done. The political correctness movement ruined honest political discourse, funny movies and decent sitcoms, and now it’s sucking the joy out of everyday life for people uninvolved in any of those things. It may seem like a lifetime ago, but...
  • Vietnam’s Overdue Alliance With America

    07/12/2014 10:52:16 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 11, 2014 | By TUONG LAI
    HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — OURS is a small country. We Vietnamese cannot and must not entrust our future to anyone, but we urgently need strategic allies at a moment in history when our priority is to defeat our present-day enemy: China. China’s move in May, to place an offshore oil rig on the Vietnamese continental shelf, and its arrogant statements in June, at an Asian security summit meeting known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, exposed China’s sea piracy to the world. These developments should alarm anyone in Vietnam who still clings to the myth of brotherly love between our...
  • Hamas: A culture of hate means an obstacle for peace

    07/12/2014 10:21:01 PM PDT · by Fali_G · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/13/14 | Lisa Daftari
    Golda Meir, Israel’s fourth Prime Minister, once said, “We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.” Every time I heard this, I considered it hyperbole, demonstrating not the possibility that mothers could hate their neighbors more than love their own children, but to illustrate the immense animosity they felt against the Jews. But once again, the world is reminded that this is no hyperbole. It’s literal. The hate is deep and streams from generation to generation. They teach hate; they live hate; They pass it on to their progeny.
  • Isn’t It Rich?

    07/12/2014 9:01:55 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 72 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 12, 2014 | Maureen Dowd
    CHELSEA CLINTON never acted out during the eight years she came of age as America’s first daughter. No ditching of her Secret Service detail. No fake IDs for underage tippling. No drug scandal. No court appearance in tank top and toe ring. Not even any dirty dancing. Despite a tough role as the go-between in the highly public and embarrassing marital contretemps of her parents, Chelsea stayed classy. So it’s strange to see her acting out in a sense now, joining her parents in cashing in to help feed the rapacious, gaping maw of Clinton Inc. With her 1 percenter...
  • Piketty’s Class-Warfare Tome: Bad Numbers, Bad Analysis

    07/12/2014 4:29:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | July 12, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Why do statists make so many mistakes with data? Paul Krugman, for instance, has butchered numbers when writing about fiscal policy in nations such asFrance, Estonia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. But Krugman isn’t alone. We also have Thomas Piketty, who was lionized by the left after publication of Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Ever since his book was published, various experts have called into question the veracity of Piketty’s numbers. Most recently, here’s some of what Alan Reynolds, my colleague at the Cato Institute, wrote about his data for the Wall Street Journal. Thomas Piketty…remains a hero on the...
  • All Is Not Well in Novorossiya

    07/12/2014 2:08:38 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies ^ | July 11, 2014 | MICHAEL WEISS
    "Who lost Slavyansk?" has become the question on the lips of every proponent of the revanchist project to establish and expand "Novorossiya," the once Russian-conquered lands of the Black Sea region, of which east and southeast Ukraine are crucial constituents. Accusations of betrayal and cowardice leveled against the separatists have been met by counter-accusations that Russian President Vladimir Putin egged on a movement he did not sufficiently support militarily and now seeks to abandon. But the merry-go-round of recriminations is exposing interesting disclosures and hypotheses for what the Kremlin is now playing at in eastern Ukraine. Most of the furor...
  • Does the Fed Really Believe What it Says?

    07/12/2014 2:24:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | July 12, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    In response to BIS Slams the Fed; Ridiculous Question of the Day: "Is The Fed Going To Attempt A Controlled Collapse?" a number of people commented the Fed cannot be so stupid as to think there is no asset bubble. Here are some examples: Gordon says " The Fed is not stupid and yet many think they are. They know there is a bubble but what good will it do if they announce it and the bubble bursts?"JFHogan says "Nobody could be stupid enough to believe that money printing will create wealth."R2bzjudge says "If I can understand there is an...
  • The Latino Child Eric Holder Booted Back Home

    07/12/2014 1:24:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | July 12, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Attorney General Eric Holder can hardly contain his tears when explaining his program titled “Justice AmeriCorps,” to provide emergency legal representation for the tens of thousands of Central American minors crashing our southern border. “How we treat those in need, particularly young people who must appear in immigration proceedings, many of whom are fleeing violence, persecution, abuse or trafficking – goes to the core of who we are as a nation,” Holder said while detailing his program to provide 100 lawyers and paralegals for the minors. And yet it was (then) Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder who concocted the “legal”...
  • Quit Playing Politics with Kids

    07/12/2014 1:18:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | July 12, 2014 | Linda Chavez
    Some 50,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed our borders in recent months, and those capable of helping resolve the crisis won't even talk to each other much less come up with a decent plan. This week, President Obama asked Congress for supplemental appropriations to deal with processing the minors and to discourage more from coming, but House Republicans so far have balked at considering the request. "We are not giving the president a blank check," House Speaker John Boehner declared. Republicans want the administration to do more to stop the flow of kids into the U.S., which is reasonable. So why...
  • Investment Bears Warn of Fed Policy Fallout

    07/12/2014 12:54:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | July 12, 2014 | Paul Dykewicz
    LAS VEGAS--Easy-money Fed policies should steer investors away from equities and the U.S. dollar and toward buying the euro, the British pound sterling and gold, money manager Alex Merk told attendees at FreedomFest here. Central bank policies are a key reason for investors to consider currency investing as a way to avoid the risk of equity markets, especially in the United States, said Merk, who is president and chief investment officer of Merk Investments LLC., of Palo Alto, Calif. With the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank’s policies artificially lifting the economy, inflation is starting to rise along with the risk...
  • Meet the Republican Who Could Take Hawaii Away From Democrats

    07/12/2014 11:12:36 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 26 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 9, 2014 | Emily Schultheis
    The Republican nominee for governor of Hawaii stepped to the podium at a fundraiser for the state GOP, greeted by cheers and a standing ovation. Duke Aiona is the man who "will win, can win," a state senator insisted as he introduced the nominee. And the 200 donors and supporters in the audience apparently agreed. "I feel so confident right now," Aiona said in a pavilion lit by tiki torches, nestled in a valley on Oahu's North Shore. "This is a statement in and of itself, to have so many people here supporting the Republican Party." It's an odd sentiment...
  • Obama Muslim Support Logical Expression of Identity Politics

    07/12/2014 10:02:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | July 12, 2014 | John Ransom
    Just in time for his Lame Duckness to become even lamer than previously thought, a new poll shows that Obama has wrapped up a solid three-quarters of the all-important Muslim on the street vote. “Seventy-two percent of U.S. Muslims approved of the job President Barack Obama was doing as president during the first six months of 2014,” says Gallup, “higher than any other U.S. religious group Gallup tracks.” So there’s that. If you’re Muslim, what’s not to like? Oil prices are keeping the petrodollars rolling into a multitude of mostly Muslim but uniformly corrupt states not starting with “United” that...
  • Supply Side Contraceptives

    07/12/2014 8:08:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | July 12, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Paul Krugman and others on the left routinely sneer at the idea that you can actually increase government revenues by cutting tax rates. (Turns out most of the time you can’t, but in some cases you can.) But there is a similar myth on the left. It’s the idea that by spending more money on health you can reduce overall health care costs. According to The New York Times, President Obama is using that idea to support free contraceptives for women: The Obama administration says the cost of providing contraceptives will be offset by savings that result from greater use...
  • 5 Reasons Liberal Attacks On The Redskins Are Dumb

    07/12/2014 7:50:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | July 12, 2014 | John Hawkins
    There was a time when you could afford to ignore insane ideas in America, but these days you can barely manage to blurt out, "Nobody can be that stupid," before some liberal starts calling for them to be made into laws on MSNBC. So it is with the demands that the Redskins change their name, but this time 50 Democrat senators and bureaucrats at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are tagging along with the Left-Wing loon patrol. That really shouldn't surprise anyone because it has become the standard modus operandi for liberals. Pick a group of people (In this...
  • And the 2014 Woman of the Year Award Goes to….

    07/12/2014 7:42:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | July 12, 2014 | Rachel Williams
    Yesterday, the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute honored News Editor Katie Pavlich as the 2014 Woman of the Year. The Institute was founded in 1993 to help organize and prepare conservative women for leadership. They hold close to their mission of promoting and instilling the importance of moral values, strength of character, personal integrity and a strong work ethic. Just as Pavlich similarly works tirelessly to communicate the value of hard work, conservative values, free-market principles and mentoring young women. As Ann Coulter explains, “Without organizations like the Luce Policy Institute sending speakers like me out to campuses, those...
  • Hey, let’s give the EPA unrestrained power to garnish wages (w/o court order) (Action Required)

    07/12/2014 7:40:27 AM PDT · by Innovative · 24 replies
    Human Events ^ | July 11, 2014 | John Hayward
    The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly floated a rule claiming authority to bypass the courts and unilaterally garnish paychecks of those accused of violating its rules, a power currently used by agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service. “The EPA has a history of overreaching its authority. It seems like once again the EPA is trying to take power it doesn’t have away from American citizens,” Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican, said when he learned of the EPA’s wage garnishment scheme.
  • MILITARY UPDATE: TRICARE to restore coverage for up to 40 generic lab tests

    07/12/2014 7:33:08 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    The Defense Health Agency, relying on medical laboratory experts and existing authority to conduct medical “demonstrations,” will restore TRICARE coverage this month for up to 40 genetic tests used in patient care. Many of these laboratory-developed tests — also called molecular pathology tests — are viewed as medically necessary. But TRICARE had stopped reimbursing for more than 100 such tests in January 2013, believing it lacked authority to pay for them when such tests are ordered by civilian physicians delivering care through TRICARE provider networks Military treatment facilities have continued to order and pay for such tests routinely, which created...
  • Illegals Walk In

    07/12/2014 7:24:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | July 12, 2014 | Scottie Hughes
    Wouldn’t $3.7 Billion better be used to build a concrete wall across the border of the United States? The fence that the American people were promised when President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act of 2006 saying “This bill will help protect the American people. This bill will make our borders more secure. It is an important step toward immigration reform." The Fence Act passed the Senate 80-19 and approved $1.2 billion to be used to build a physical barrier more then 700 miles along the Mexico-United States border. Therefore, with 3x the budget being spent to...
  • President Obama: Muslim Hero

    07/12/2014 7:02:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 7/11/2014 | JEFF CROUERE
    According to a six month Gallup survey, President Obama is very popular with only one group of Americans, Muslims, registering an astounding 72 percent approval rating. It is a much different story among all Americans as the President scores a weak 43 percent approval rating. This new data is from a survey of Americans with religious affiliations that compiled information from 88,000 interviews over the January 1-June 30, 2014 time period. Among all Americans, even Muslims, the President's approval rating has dropped between five and seven percentage points in the past six months compared to his five year average. Whereas...
  • Are Beck and Company Funding Lawlessness in the Name of Jesus

    07/12/2014 6:23:34 AM PDT · by opentalk · 273 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 12, 2014 | M. Catharine Evans
    Glenn Beck has set up Mercury One Children and Family Border Relief Fund to help illegals coming into the United States. He’s already raised $600,000. Beck stated that Obama would not have to step in and ask for $3.7 billion if private charities would pick up the slack and give to the swarm of illegals crossing the border.Is he kidding?  Do we really need more churches and non-profits enabling this blatant attack on America? Rich people and liberal elite billionaires have no skin in the game when it comes to the consequences of illegal immigration so what do they care?It’s the working...
  • The Political Left Is Deconstructing The Middle Class

    07/12/2014 5:07:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/12/2014 | Jack Curtis
    A lasting legend from Russia’s Communist Revolution illustrates the attitude of the Progressive Left toward the middle class: the examination of rounded up citizens by the revolutionaries.  If a captive’s hands weren’t calloused, he was executed.  That doesn’t fit America; better to enlist the citizens in the deconstruction.  Though slower than the Russian approach, that hasn’t proven difficult; the left's programs are popular with voters.America’s middle class is a historical anomaly, a result of combining British government and jurisprudence; classical liberalism; a disparate stream of immigrants and an entire new, unexploited; and a lightly governed continent where the prior occupants...
  • The ‘Independent’ Counsel Mirage [Don’t hand the IRS investigation over to a special prosecutor]

    07/12/2014 5:03:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/12/2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    I confess to being amazed that President Obama and his trusty attorney general, Eric Holder, have not mollified their detractors by appointing an “independent counsel” to investigate the IRS scandal. “Why,” you ask, “would Obama sic a prosecutor with independence from Holder’s Justice Department on a component of the Obama administration?” The real question is: Why hasn’t he? The disconnect here lies in the public’s perception — and, perhaps, the perception of some congressional Republicans who ought to know better — of what an “independent counsel” really is. Independence is a mirage: Obama’s critics crave an evenhanded investigation of executive...
  • The Latest Threat to Evangelical Support for Israel

    07/12/2014 4:31:39 AM PDT · by rhema · 13 replies
    The Tower Magazine ^ | July 2014 | Luke Moon
    Conservative Christians have generally been known for their enthusiastic support for the Jewish state. But a new movement of young activists is seeking to change that.In 2010, a film was released that perfectly encapsulated the erosion of Evangelical Christian support for Israel. The film, With God on Our Side, featured a young man learning about the Palestinian struggle and coming to see Israel not as evidence of God’s faithfulness, but as a mean and heartless nation enabled by American Evangelicals who have embraced Zionist ideology. The film’s narrative of peace-loving Palestinians mistreated by heartless Israelis and their Christian Zionist supporters...
  • Obama: Dancing Barefoot on the Embers

    07/12/2014 3:41:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/12/2014 | James Lewis
    I can remember several times when Obama just started to laugh in public at various disasters triggered by his policies. Happy laughter now seems to be the official White House reaction to domestic and international chaos and human suffering. You could call it leading with Obama’s big strength --  a great smile on TV -- while avoiding the worst of his weaknesses -- his inability to actually solve anything. About a year ago when painfully high black unemployment figures were mentioned, especially among young black men, Obama gave a happy smile in response. Then when “NATO” (i.e., the U.S.) started...
  • Elian Gonzalez, Call Your Office

    07/11/2014 6:12:10 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 28 replies
    Investor's Business Dauily ^ | July 11, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Border: Democrats and our attorney general once favored the forcible return of alien minors to their country of origin, but that was when the country was Castro's Cuba and the horrible condition they fled was communism. Eric Holder made a very emotional plea the other day when he announced the Obama administration program "Justice AmeriCorps," intended to provide emergency legal representation to the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors flooding across our open southern border from Central America. "How we treat those in need, particularly young people who must appear in immigration proceedings, many of whom are fleeing violence, persecution,...
  • Obama Isn't Laughing, He's Mocking

    07/11/2014 5:34:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Rush ^ | July 11, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Last night I must admit, and I sometimes worry about this, but I don't watch cable news much anymore. There are a lot of reasons for it. I remember I used to be habitually -- well, not addicted, but I made appointments every Sunday to watch the Sunday morning shows. And after a while I stopped, I lost interest. And the reason I lost interest is I stopped learning things. It didn't matter who the guests were, what they were going to say was predictable. So there was no anticipation for what might be said, what might...
  • We Could Close Everything During the Gov't Shutdown, But We Can't Close the Border?

    07/11/2014 5:25:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush ^ | July 11, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: You remember, ladies and gentlemen, the fuss over the sequester? Real but very small budget cuts, not reductions in the rate of growth, but actual budget cuts. I mean, they were infinitesimal and they outraged Obama. It was his idea, and the Republicans called his bluff, and there was a sequester, and it ticked him off. But do you remember, during the sequester Obama was able to close down the Washington National Mall. He was able to stop veterans ceremonies. He was able to shut down the Blue Ridge Parkway. He was even able to shut down...
  • Keystone southern leg pumped billions; what's Obama waiting for?

    07/11/2014 3:50:17 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 11, 2014 | By Mark Tapscott
    President Obama has delayed making a decision on whether to approve construction of the northern leg of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline for nearly six years. Meanwhile, the recently completed southern leg of the pipeline, which connects the huge pipeline storage hub in Cushing, Okla., with Gulf Coast refineries in Texas and Louisiana, has pumped billions of dollars into the regional economy. That flow of investment has also sparked creation of thousands of new jobs, especially in Oklahoma and Texas, according to an economic impact study. The study by the Consumer Energy Alliance found completion of the southern leg of...
  • Yes, the Mexican Government is Facilitating the Immigrant Influx from Central America

    07/11/2014 1:58:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Rush ^ | July 11, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: You see where the first lady of Guatemala went to visit the US-Mexico border. Well, she went to the Rio Grande river. That's where the US border used to be. She's not afraid of doing photo-ops. She's not afraid of doing theater. She showed up. Oh, speaking of that, we ended the program yesterday, we had a woman call and wanted to know how in the world all of these kids from El Salvador and Guatemala and Ecuador made it through the Southern Mexico border with no problem whatsoever. And of course her theory was that there...
  • After Five and a Half Years, "I Hope He Fails"

    07/11/2014 1:40:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Rush ^ | July 11, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Your host once again maligned and misrepresented. And, by the way, I need to give you a heads-up on something here, folks, before we head to the phones on Open Line Friday. This so-called lawsuit that Boehner is threatening to file against Obama for behaving outside the Constitution, for basically breaking the law, for doing things presidents are not constitutionally permitted to do, I think you should know that certain news organizations are now associating my statement in January of 2009, "I hope he fails," with the Boehner lawsuit. There is an effort to conflate the two, and in...
  • Nobody Wants to Believe Their President Would Intentionally Harm the Country

    07/11/2014 1:28:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Rush ^ | July 11 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Open Line Friday and to the phones, St. Petersburg, Florida, this is Lawrence. Thank you for calling, sir. Hi. CALLER: Hi, Rush. It's a real thrill to speak with you. RUSH: Appreciate that. CALLER: Rush, I believe it has never been more obvious that Democrats are putting party before country. In this border issue with the criminals breaking the law to become future Democrats, union recruiting effort, Democrats-in-waiting, Democrats-in-transit, baby Democrats, that's what's going on there, and it's about their party being more important than the rest of the country. Do you not agree? RUSH: Yes. However,...
  • Better off by every measure? Not by these, Mr. President . . .

    07/11/2014 12:51:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Cain ^ | July 11, 2014 | Herman Cain
    Facts are stubborn things.I guess you have to give President Obama this: No fact will throw him off of his talking points. If you're impressed by politicians who know how to "stay on message," then I guess Obama is your kind of guy. I prefer people who do their jobs well to those who don't but continue to insist they do, however, and I suspect you do too. Obama was in rare form the other day when speaking in Colorado. He actually insisted: "By almost every measure, we're better off than we were when I took office. By almost every...
  • 2,000 days of Obama: How have stocks done?

    07/11/2014 12:39:17 PM PDT · by illiac · 30 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 7/11/14 | Russ Britt
    LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — It’s been almost 2,000 days since President Barack Obama entered the Oval Office, and MarketWatch felt it would be fitting to measure the stock market’s performance during the president’s tenure to this point with its performance through the 2,000-day mark of other recent presidential administrations. Obama was sworn in amid extreme financial turmoil in January 2009, roughly six weeks before the stock markets hit bottom in the depths of the Great Recession. Pretty much the only direction for stocks to go was up. How far up, though? More important, how do gains under Obama compare with...
  • Bowling, Beer and Pool with President Irrelevant and Governor Irrelevant

    07/11/2014 12:36:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | July 11, 2014 | John Ransom
    Big news out of the White House this week is that the General Service Administration was finally getting around to tackling the all-important bowling alley renovations for White House staffers. Just more shovel-ready, infrastructure jobs to improve the economy. This from The bowling alley was recently photographed by POLITICO, which described “chipped lanes and worn-out shoes” in the basement getaway. “It has been fifteen years since these lanes have had any professional, industry standard maintenance, modifications, repairs or attention,” the GSA wrote in the posting. “They are now irreparable. So it was proposed by the GSA that they...
  • EPA Fast Becoming The Green IRS

    07/10/2014 4:31:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies ^ | July 10, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Big Government: The EPA is now claiming the authority to bypass courts and, on its own, garnish the paychecks and attach the assets of those it accuses of violating its rules. And, as with the IRS, its hard drives also crash. The Environmental Protection Agency's insatiable lust for power has now gone beyond being the pen and the phone for President Obama's climate change, bypassing both the Constitution and the Congress in enacting rules and regulations that the American people and their representatives did not enact or even support. Through an announcement in the Federal Register, the agency is claiming...
  • Mississippi Needs Election Investigation, Real Reform

    07/11/2014 9:33:49 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 10 replies
    Jackson Free Press ^ | Wednesday, July 9, 2014 3:43 p.m. CDT 0 | Editorial Board
    No doubt, Haley Barbour and his political machine do not want to lose their foothold in the state of Mississippi. And, no doubt, state Sen. Chris McDaniel and many of his Tea Party supporters can do, say and believe distasteful, disturbing things. Not to mention, if Sen. Thad Cochran were to lose his seat, Mississippi could lose a lot of federal money. #None of that makes the disturbing ways elections are often run in Mississippi above scrutiny. It's almost as if tradition—that's the way it's always been done—is an excuse for turning our heads away from shadowy PACs and the...
  • The Truth About Iraq (And why it matters)

    07/11/2014 9:26:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 21, 2014 | Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney
    As the jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) capture territory and establish a caliphate stretching across the now-eradicated Syria-Iraq border, hard-won gains secured with American blood and treasure are being lost. We are watching the rise of potentially the gravest threat to our national security in a generation, one that surpasses even the threat we faced on 9/11. Against this backdrop, as we debate what our response should be, it has become fashionable in some quarters to say, “Let’s not relitigate Iraq.” It’s not politically expedient, this line of argument goes, to discuss why we invaded...
  • EDITORIAL: Sage-grouse politics

    07/10/2014 8:32:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    The fate of a chicken-size bird carries huge economic and political stakes across the West. The sage grouse, long a threat to the thriving energy sector, is also a threat to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The ground-dwelling bird, which has habitat across Nevada and 10 other states, could be listed as a threatened or endangered species as soon as next year. Such a designation would place burdensome restrictions on the use of tens of millions of acres by ranchers, farmers, and oil and natural gas producers. Environmental organizations that want a halt to ranching and fossil fuel development are...
  • The Palestinian Rocket and Propaganda Offensive

    07/11/2014 5:41:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 11, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    The Palestinian Rocket and Propaganda OffensivePosted By Joseph Klein On July 11, 2014 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments Since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, Hamas and its co-jihadists have fired more than 8,000 rockets into Israel.  They have been conducting an unrelenting Nazi-style rocket blitz for years, except during cease-fires that are hastily negotiated after Israel strikes back. Hamas’s rocket blitz has intensified massively in recent days to new heights. Over the past several days, Hamas and Islamic Jihad have fired more than 550 rockets and mortars from Gaza into Israel, with...