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  • The Democrats' Achilles' Heel

    10/31/2014 5:14:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 31, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    I read a shocking headline today: "Ex-Con: Most Black Youths See Obama As 'Deadbeat' Leader." Is this an obvious outlier, or could there be something to this? The ex-con referred to in the headline is Paul McKinley, a member of Voices of the Ex-Offender, which is described as a grass-roots group of former inmates. On the "Steve Malzberg Show" on NewsmaxTV, McKinley said: "Every time they question the president about the black community, he's apologetic or he's embarrassed. ... I would say, 97 percent of the time he (doesn't) even want to say that there even exists a black community....
  • My son with Down syndrome is not a burden to his family

    10/11/2014 6:06:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    live action ^ | Cassy Fiano
    It’s not unusual to hear people talk about aborting their baby with Down syndrome because it is the “merciful” thing to do. One woman wrote about her decision to abort her baby with Down syndrome because of the “suffering” the baby and her family would be forced to endure, and somehow still has the audacity to claim that she “loves” her son. To her, she was making some kind of noble choice because he otherwise would have had a miserable, empty, meaningless life. Richard Dawkins caused a huge controversy when he argued that it was immoral to knowingly give birth...
  • Officials too PC to ban travel

    10/19/2014 4:26:47 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 34 replies
    The Edmonton Sun ^ | October 18, 2014 | Lorne Gunter
    ***Snip**** But what have politically correct North American governments done? They’ve hemmed and hawed, and blathered out excuses about why a ban would only make things worse. I am not particularly worried about the spread of Ebola in North America – a little, not a lot. But choosing political correctness over public health – even choosing PC over health workers’ health – is asinine, ridiculous and even arrogant. The worst fumbling, mealy mouthed arguments against a travel ban to the U.S. and Canada have come from Thomas Frieden, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)....
  • NARAL: The National Association for Reproducing Activist Lesbians

    10/12/2014 9:08:18 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 10-13-2014 | Mike Adams
    Abortion is a fundamental right. Especially if you're a lesbian. If you don't believe me then just ask Amy Schlag and Katie Peel. They are the "married" couple that controls forty percent of UNCW's five-office diversity industrial complex. Amy (the husband) runs the LGBTQIA Office. Katie (the wife) runs the Women's Resource Center. I began to get the idea that these two women were really worried about getting pregnant when Amy started to use her LGBTQIA Office to advocate for abortion. Last year, she sponsored a film that defended late term abortionists as well as the gruesome practice of partial...
  • The U.S. Is Over, Get Used To It

    10/08/2014 7:31:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 115 replies
    Creative Minority Reporta ^ | October 8, 2014 | Patrick Archbold
    Many people are understandably dismayed by the the Supreme Court's refusal to hear several gay marriage cases effectively codifying gay marriage in several states. While it is certainly disappointing, it isn't really unexpected. I hate to break this news to you, especially if you are one of these people who think that this country, a country founded with limited government, separation of powers, and federalism, is still recoverable by normal means, it isn't. The U.S. as we knew it and understood it is gone and it isn't coming back, at least not by regular constitutional means. Nope. Federalism, limited government,...
  • How Christian fundamentalist homeschooling damages children (Salon)

    09/10/2014 10:27:41 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 82 replies
    Salon ^ | 9/10/14 | Kristin Rawls
    My interest in homeschooling was first sparked nearly 20 years ago, when I was a socially awkward adolescent with a chaotic family life. I became close to a conservative Christian homeschooling family that seemed perfect in every way. Through my connection to this family, I was introduced to a whole world of conservative Christian homeschoolers, some of whom we would now consider “Quiverfull” families: homeschooling conservatives who eschew any form of family planning and choose instead to “trust God” with matters related to procreation. Though I fell out of touch with my homeschooled friends as we grew older, a few...
  • Jesus, Today’s Church, and ‘Inequality’: What the Lord Really Said (and didn’t say)

    07/28/2014 8:11:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/28/2014 | Jack Kerwick
    That Jesus commanded His disciples—of which I am one—to love “the poor” is beyond dispute. Equally beyond dispute, however, is that, regardless of what growing legions of left-leaning clerics would have us believe, Jesus never—never ever—addressed the issue of “inequality.” The head of my church and the most visible religious leader on the world stage today, Pope Francis, is as guilty a culprit as is anyone on this score. The Pope made headlines on more than a few occasions since his tenure began when His Holiness condemned “inequality” generally, and the traditional American economic system in particular, with a bluntness...
  • U.S. citizens created Border Crises

    07/27/2014 7:41:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | July 27, 2014 | By Jeff Darcy
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The flood of Central American women and children crossing the border into the U.S. is not a refugee crisis, or a border crisis, it's an humanitarian crisis, created by the actions of U.S. citizens and inaction of their elected leaders. While children have walked hundreds of miles, risking violence along the way as they try to escape it, Congress has hardly moved a foot on U.S. immigration reform and not at all on gun control. How many of the politicians ranting about the children crossing the border have ever lifted a finger to restrict the free-low of...
  • It’s Time for Conservatives to Stop Defending Police

    07/23/2014 2:59:04 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | July 21, 2014 | A. J. Delgado
    Imagine if I were to tell you there is a large group of government employees, with generous salaries and ridiculously cushy retirement pensions covered by the taxpayer, who enjoy incredible job security and are rarely held accountable even for activities that would almost certainly earn the rest of us prison time. When there is proven misconduct, these government employees are merely reassigned and are rarely dismissed. The bill for any legal settlements concerning their errors? It, too, is covered by the taxpayers. Their unions are among the strongest in the country. No, I’m not talking about public-school teachers. I’m talking...
  • Billings (Montana) Gazette Reverses Op-Ed Obama Endorsement: Obama Earned the Low Ratings ...

    07/08/2014 7:47:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | June 27, 2014 | Billings Gazette
    Gazette opinion: Obama earned the low ratings Sometimes, you have to admit you're wrong. And, we were wrong. We said that things couldn't get much worse after the sub par presidency of George W. Bush. But, President Barack Obama's administration has us yearning for the good ol' days when we were at least winning battles in Iraq. The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal polls show that Americans are giving Obama lower marks than in 2006 when Iraq was going poorly for Bush and a tepid response to Hurricane Katrina sunk Bush's ratings. It's not that popularity polling should be the final...
  • To liberal Democrats masquerading as Catholics nothing too low; too dirty to say or do

    06/22/2014 9:37:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/22/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    To the loathsome, liberal Democrat it is never important what he/she says; it is only THAT he/she says. They are the experts at dog whistle messages to their anti-American donors and the theme is always the same: “You hate America and/or the Catholic Church. I hate them as well so send me money so I can keep on attacking them.” Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi is one of the best at crafting messages to the hating crowd that makes up the Democrat Party. She knows how to tap into their wallets. She has carved out a special niche for herself as the...
  • Charting a Course Between Principle and Pragmatism

    05/21/2014 4:16:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    I recently was asked how I could possibly endorse the U.S. Senate candidacy of Dr. Monica Wehby, who is running as a Republican from Oregon. She is pro-choice, which in the opinion of many makes her unacceptable as a conservative. I called her to query her about her stance on this issue. She stated that personally, she is very pro-life, but she feels the government has no business interfering with the relationship between the mother, the baby, the doctor and God. I feel differently, because if abolitionists had taken a similar hands-off approach, I might not have been free...
  • The Great Douchebag Mystery

    04/11/2014 8:51:07 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 19 replies
    Vice.com has a piece up titled How Sad Young Douchebags Took Over Modern Britain (H/T Captain Capitalism). In the piece the author struggles to identify why the culture of young men has changed in recent years: But while it’s easy to scorn the banality—and the vanity—of the modern British douchebag, they’re only products of their environment. An environment that has very little to offer them anymore, other than gym memberships, intentionally ripped clothes, alcohol, and creatine. The institutions that gave British men a sense of well-being have been ripped apart. Nobody trusts the police any more; nobody wants to join...
  • Yes He Can, on Immigration

    04/07/2014 8:58:14 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04-05-2014 | The Editorial Board
    If President Obama means what he says about wanting an immigration system that reflects American values, helps the economy and taps the yearnings of millions of Americans-in-waiting, he is going to have to do something about it — soon and on his own. It has been frustrating to watch his yes-we-can promises on immigration reform fade to protestations of impotence and the blaming of others. All Mr. Obama has been saying lately is: No, in fact, we can’t, because Republicans and the law won’t let me. Mr. Obama is correct when he complains that long-term immigration repairs have been throttled...
  • Appalling: NY Times editorial distorts, misleads, and lies to readers on HHS Mandate

    03/23/2014 1:07:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/23/2013 | Dustin Siggins
    With many political debates, I try to give opponents the benefit of the doubt on intentions. Sure, raising taxes is a bad thing, but some politicians and pundits believe higher taxes will benefit society. Some people think we need to spend more, and others really fear climate change.When it comes to the HHS abortifacient/contraception/sterilization mandate, however, I’ve almost stopped being that generous with the left’s media and thought leaders. This New York Times Magazine editorial is a prime example as to why. Almost from start to finish, the piece misleads and misdirects readers about the mandate, its opponents, and religious...
  • 'Non-Stop' Review: Liam Neeson Thriller Hits New Left-Wing Low

    03/01/2014 6:25:51 PM PST · by Perdogg · 72 replies
    **SPOILER ALERT** Most of the suspense and therefore enjoyment of Liam Neeson's new action thriller "Non Stop" comes from trying to figure out who the villain is and why this person is doing what he or she is doing. If you read the rest of this article, it will spoil the entire movie for you. Period. You have been warned.
  • Squeegee People

    03/03/2014 2:32:03 AM PST · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 3-3-2014 | Mike Adams
    My readers may or may not have heard of squeegee people. Those of you who haven't need to hear about them. This is especially true if you spend much time traveling by car, particularly in big cities. Squeegee people will approach your car in traffic in some major cities holding a squeegee in one hand and a cup in the other hand. They will start cleaning your windshield without securing your permission. When they are done, they hold out their cup expecting to be compensated for their "work." But paying them isn't optional. It's required. Anyone who refuses gets the...
  • Feds’ shutdown of a California farm threatens all farmers’ rights

    02/14/2014 11:46:05 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 9 replies
    Capital Press ^ | Feb 6 2014 | Tony Francois
    Every Spring, farmers plant; every Fall, they harvest. In so doing, they make their land productive and feed the nation. So important is the bedrock role of farming in our culture that even Congress, when it established the onerous wetland permitting requirements of the federal Clean Water Act, expressly and clearly exempted farming. The reason is clear: a nation that would require its farmers to spend, on average, two years and $270,000 to get a federal permit to plant and harvest crops would not long be able to feed itself. But despite that clear exemption, and without a hearing, the...
  • Federal rules leave drought-stricken California high and dry

    02/14/2014 11:28:12 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Feb 14 2014 | Damien Schiff and Julie MacDonald
    In this present crisis, government isn’t the solution. Government is the problem.” With that famous phrase at his 1981 inauguration, Ronald Reagan called out the federal government for overregulation that helped drive the economy into a ditch. For Californians today experiencing a severe drought, Reagan’s words should once again hit home. Of course, the weather is the prime culprit. Until a desperately needed storm moved in this past weekend, it had been a dry winter, — and the storm hasn’t compensated for the months without rainfall. However, the damaging effects have been magnified by destructive regulations. Federal policies under the...
  • Teaching to the Ten (Mike Adams)

    01/15/2014 2:04:53 AM PST · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 1-15-2014 | Mike Adams
    Dear CRM 381 Students: Welcome back! I just wanted to write and let you know that the syllabus is up and running on the departmental web page. I have been instructed to direct you to the link rather than distribute individual copies. The university needs to save money on paper so the LGBTQIA Office can continue to offer orgasm awareness seminars and so the Women's Resource Center can continue to promote abortion. Remember kids, the more trees we save, the more babies we can kill! In addition to going over the syllabus on day one, I plan to introduce each...
  • Greenfield: Liberal Hypocrisy in Iraq and Syria

    08/26/2013 11:32:46 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 8 replies
    Daniel Greenfield @ Front Page Magazine ^ | August 26, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    FPM Archives Liberal Hypocrisy in Iraq and Syria August 26, 2013 By Daniel Greenfield 47  Print This Post In a response with clear echoes to the beginnings of the Iraq War, Obama has refused Syria’s offer to open its chemical weapons sites to United Nations inspectors as coming too late to be credible.For the worst half of a decade, liberals were either urging us to give the UN inspectors more time in Iraq or demanding to know “Where are the WMDs?” once the war had begun. The common consensus was Syria; a fellow Baathist regime that also served as the...
  • Independence Day dawned amid some disquieting actions

    07/05/2013 1:44:40 PM PDT · by Cunning8
    The Sentinel ^ | July 4, 2013
    Prayer for Religious Liberty O GOD OUR CREATOR, from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ. Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society. We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for...
  • My Apology to Mormon Readers

    06/05/2013 2:21:55 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 229 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 6-5-2013 | Mike Adams
    Dear Stacey: You have written demanding an apology for my recent characterization of the Mormon religion as "non-Christian." I am happy to write a public letter of apology to you and to the countless Mormon readers who responded negatively to my characterization. I am sorry that so many of my Mormon readers have brazenly accused me of ignorance of their religion and suggested that I read the Book of Mormon. I am sorry that they were unaware that I read the Book of Mormon back in 2006. I am sorry that the science of genetics has refuted claims made in...
  • Playing politics with tax records (WashPost)

    05/11/2013 1:16:15 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 11, 2012 | Post Editorial Board
    A BEDROCK principle of U.S. democracy is that the coercive powers of government are never used for partisan purpose. The law is blind to political viewpoint, and so are its enforcers, most especially the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service. Any violation of this principle threatens the trust and the voluntary cooperation of citizens upon which this democracy depends. So it was appalling to learn Friday that the IRS had improperly targeted conservative groups for scrutiny. It was almost as disturbing that President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew have not personally apologized to the American people and promised a...
  • Dave Says She Stole His Identity

    04/30/2013 6:51:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2013 | Dave Ramsey
    Dear Dave, I’m following your plan, and currently I have $14,000 in my emergency fund. What are essentials for three to six months of expenses? Brian Dear Brian, Basically, you should ask yourself this question: What would it take to operate my household for a month? There are several different things that could be classified as “essentials,” but if you take those things and multiply the number by three, four, five or six, you’ll see how much money you need to have a fully loaded emergency fundof three to six months of expenses. This is Baby Step 3 in my...
  • Doug McIntyre: There's Nothing Civil About Censorship (Immigration)

    04/14/2013 12:41:18 PM PDT · by Mark · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 4/14/13 | Doug McIntyre
    Doug McIntyre: There's nothing civil about censorship Illegal immigration debate seeps into language By Doug McIntyre Censorship is not civility. Yet that's the argument made in this newspaper last Sunday by columnist Tim Rutten. (Killing 'illegal' is about civility, not politics.) Rutten made a spirited defense of The Associated Press' decision to prohibit their reporters from using the phrase "illegal immigrant" when referring to an individual. I couldn't disagree more. The last people on earth who should be telling journalists what words they can and can't use are fellow journalists. That's exactly what the AP has chosen to do. "Illegal...
  • Our View [Sierra Vista Herald]: A place like nowhere else

    04/14/2013 8:19:21 AM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Sierra Vista Herald
    Understanding what happened on Friday at Fort Huachuca is key to appreciating how well the community presented its case to representatives of the Pentagon. Charged with listening to fort and local civilian leaders as part of an assessment process that will result in a congressionally directed force reduction of 80,000 soldiers, the Washington, D.C. visitors heard first-hand that water is not an issue and the military installation has inextricable ties to the community. Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller said it best, noting Fort Huachuca and the city are really “one community separated by a fence.” The truth of that statement...
  • ‘This Hagel hearing is a disaster’

    01/31/2013 12:58:32 PM PST · by illiac · 38 replies
    Washington Bree Beacon ^ | 1/31/13 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Distraught by his poor performance in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, liberals viciously turned on secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel on social media. hagel’s making biden look rhetorically sure-footed — Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) January 31, 2013 this hearing is beginning to remind me of the 1st Obama-Romney debate — Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) January 31, 2013 This Hagel hearing is a disaster. — Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) January 31, 2013
  • You Know You Live in a Country Run by Idiots if....

    01/28/2013 9:36:56 AM PST · by illiac · 10 replies
    personal email | Unknown | personal email
    You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... You can get arrested for expired tags on your car but not for being in the country illegally. You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... You have to have your parents signature to go on a school field trip but not to get an abortion. You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... An 80 year old woman can be stripped searched by the TSA but a Muslim woman in a burka is only subject to having her neck and head searched....
  • Obama policies are pro-Islam

    01/18/2013 2:34:06 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 9 replies
    TribStar.com, Terre Haute ^ | December 12, 2012 | Ramachandra B. Abhyankar
    President Obama has an anti-colonial, pro-Islam policy. He maintains deafening silence about Islamic imperialism (manifested as jihad and sharia doctrines of Islam, which have always caused and continue to cause havoc across the world), but apologizes at every opportunity for Western colonialism. Whereas the Nazis killed six million Jews, Islamic Jihad has killed 120 million Africans, 60 million Christians, 80 million Hindus and 10 million Buddhists, according to the Center for the Study of Political Islam. Whereas Colonialism brought science and technology to many parts of the world, Islamic Imperialism brought no benefits to those it oppressed. President Obama maintains...
  • NY Times Opinion Writer: ‘Give Up’ On The ‘Archaic, Idiosyncratic’ And ‘Evil’ Constitution

    12/31/2012 7:28:28 AM PST · by Nachum · 104 replies
    Mediate ^ | 12/31/12 | Noah Rothman
    Georgetown University constitutional law professor Louis Michael Seidman has just about had it with the focus of his 40 years of academic study. As he writes in the New York Times on Monday, it is the Constitution itself which has allowed for the series of legislative follies that finally resulted in the “fiscal cliff.” Seidman says that it is time for Americans to realize what lawmakers have known since the constitution’s inception – it is okay to ignore it. “As the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government...
  • Christmas joins communities

    12/27/2012 12:57:52 PM PST · by CharlesWayneCT
    The Manassas Journal/Messenger ^ | 12/19/2012 | Charles Reichley
    ... Another thing that brings the community together is the Christmas holiday. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and my family has adopted many different traditions over the years. ... Many of these traditions show how Christmas fosters a sense of community, bringing together people who have little else in common to share in the magic and promise of the season. For a little while, we can put aside our political, cultural, and social differences and just watch trains go around a track, sing Christmas carols, watch dancers and musicians marching down the street, or just admire the lights and decorations...
  • If You Eat Something, Say Something: DHS Sounds The Alarm

    11/16/2012 8:55:22 AM PST · by Theoria · 10 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | 12 Nov 2012 | Tim Cushing
    It's interesting (or maybe just kind of sad) that various government agencies see possible terrorists everywhere but rarely, if ever, catch one. Despite the large number of personnel being thrown at the problem (along with lots of money), actual terrorists seem to be in limited supply. But these agencies haven't let their lack of success temper their vision of a nation under constant imminent attack. Public Intelligence recently posted a Powerpoint presentation from the NYC fire department (FDNY) discussing the unique safety issues mobile food trucks present. Along with some actual concerns (many food trucks use propane and/or gasoline-powered generators...
  • Why Was There No October Surprise? Because ... (Excellent resource for bookmarking alert)

    11/03/2012 3:22:00 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 73 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 2, 2012 | Zombie
    Complete Headline: Why Was There No October Surprise? Because Every Freakin’ Day for the Last Four Years Has Been an October SurpriseWhere was the October Surprise? Almost everyone anticipated this year’s “October Surprise” — some last-minute, unexpected, shocking scandal to rock the presidential election and derail one of the candidates. But it never appeared. In an era of everything-but-the-kitchen-sink gutterball politics, this mysterious absence of any major scandal was itself noteworthy. How could nothing have happened? Sure, there was Hurricane Sandy. But that doesn’t count. Sandy was a natural disaster that dominated the headlines for a few days, but it...
  • Response to the Los Angeles Times Editor's Endorsement of Barack Obama

    10/21/2012 11:10:17 PM PDT · by DoughtyOne · 26 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/21/2012 | Doughtyone
    DoughtyOne at 10:48 PM October 21, 2012
  • Join The Debate

    10/08/2012 5:41:30 PM PDT · by Morris70 · 18 replies
    Politico.com ^ | Oct. 08, 2012 | Erika Lovley
    Join The Debate Could Biden hit Ryan too hard?
  • Presidential busts: The worst of all: Barack Obama (2009-?)

    07/24/2012 6:40:55 AM PDT · by NCjim · 15 replies
    Editor's note: It's a presidential election year, so we thought we'd weigh in with our list of the five worst presidents. We start with, yes, the current incumbent. See our other choices at U-T Opinion online. He took office at a time when the U.S. economy was on its worst slide in 75 years, but pushed policies using borrowed money that were more meant to preserve government jobs than broadly help the private sector where the great majority of Americans work, ensuring the jobs crisis continued. He railed against the heavy spending and big deficits of his predecessor, but blithely...
  • You are the Free Republic—Enhancement and Initiative Announcement

    05/08/2012 3:35:15 PM PDT · by Admin Moderator · 210 replies
    We can’t rely on the media, even the alternative media. Free Republic is announcing a new initiative that gives you a platform. We want to leverage the most powerful minds on the right to make a difference. To do this, we want to bring a new level of activism, the citizen investigator. In the spirit of 1750’s The Pennsylvania Gazette published by Ben Franklin and of Andrew Breitbart. For the longest time, our primary focus has been on looking at what the media presents and investigating it or discussing it. We have been missing something, YOU! Jim has created a...
  • Why College Football Should Be Banned

    05/04/2012 4:02:16 PM PDT · by Theoria · 82 replies
    WSJ ^ | 04 May 2012 | BUZZ BISSINGER
    In more than 20 years I've spent studying the issue, I have yet to hear a convincing argument that college football has anything do with what is presumably the primary purpose of higher education: academics. That's because college football has no academic purpose. Which is why it needs to be banned. A radical solution, yes. But necessary in today's times. Football only provides the thickest layer of distraction in an atmosphere in which colleges and universities these days are all about distraction, nursing an obsession with the social well-being of students as opposed to the obsession that they are there...
  • Why Jewish Voters Might Like Mitt Romney: His Religion

    04/08/2012 9:51:40 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 39 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 7, 2012 | Michael Medved
    Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith, so often described as an impediment to his political prospects, might work to his advantage with one crucial segment of the electorate: Jewish voters. The very fact that his Mormonism makes him less popular among evangelical Christians almost certainly makes him more popular among American Jews. Academic analysis of the intersection of religion and politics suggests that Jews maintain a distinctly—and surprisingly—favorable view of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ When comparing these figures with the exit polls from major primaries, Romney fares much better among Republican Jews than he does among any...
  • Heather Wilson Has GOP Confident in New Mexico

    04/05/2012 12:56:57 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 3 replies
    Roll Call ^ | April 5, 2012 | Kyle Trygstad
    New Mexico insiders from both parties describe Wilson, an Air Force Academy graduate, as a tough and disciplined campaigner, a strong fundraiser and someone whose broad support, including among Hispanics, is in the mold of former Sen. Pete Domenici (R). There’s also no better wingman in the state than Gov. Susana Martinez, a likely surrogate whom Wilson has known for about 20 years. “I think New Mexico is always going to be a swing state on races like this,” said Jay McCleskey, a GOP media strategist in the state and former regional political director at the Republican National Committee. “But...
  • Celebrating 20 Years of the Media Memory Hole

    03/07/2012 8:22:12 AM PST · by quickquiver · 21 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 02/29/2012 | Jack Cashill
    If I had to pick a date when the mainstream media became fully vested in protecting Democratic interests, it would be March 11, 1992, the day Bill Clinton swept the Super Tuesday primaries and established himself as the party’s standard bearer. With a Republican in the White House for the previous twelve years, the media had been, if anything, overly inquisitive. Even during the Jimmy Carter years, the media had done their job well enough to make his life uncomfortable. Over the last twenty years, however, our media have descended from the merely partisan to the fully Orwellian. To commemorate...
  • How America made its children crazy

    01/30/2012 8:26:15 PM PST · by Theoria · 26 replies
    Asia Times Online ^ | 31 Jan 2012 | Spengler
    Now we know that computers don't help children learn and that drugs don't help them concentrate, because the establishment mandarins who sold us the computers and drugs have conceded failure. In the January 29 New York Times, [1] a prominent professor of child development shows that attention-deficit-disorder drugs only harm the three million children who take them. One out of 10 American children have been diagnosed with so-called Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and most of them have been medicated. [2] Some months ago, the Times reported that test scores lagged in school districts that invested massively in digital education. [3] It...
  • A year without murders unlikely to last(AZ, Flagstaff, barf alert)

    12/31/2011 7:23:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    azdailysun.com ^ | 30 December, 2011 | Staff
    It is, of course, reason to celebrate that Flagstaff is on track to finish 2011 without a single murder inside the city. Flagstaff is hardly Mayberry, RFD, but violent crimes of all types have plummeted in recent years, thanks to more community policing and better use of neighborhood-level police reports. We'd like to think that the absence of a murder so far this year is due, in part, to those initiatives by the police and community leaders. But we are also realistic enough to know that lethal violence in a state with lax gun laws is hard to keep at...
  • Mercury News editorial: Let's not politicize Solyndra collapse

    10/18/2011 10:44:03 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 10/18/11 | Editorial
    Americans need to know why the Energy Department approved a loan guarantee for Solyndra when the company was so clearly troubled. But politicizing this mess to smear the entire renewable energy industry won't help the country or the jobless. This industry is estimated to have doubled its number of American jobs in the past two years. Demonizing it could cripple its job-creating potential. San Jose's SunPower is the latest victim. Fox News has made a series of outrageous claims about it, calling its $1.2 billion federal loan guarantee a scandal "bigger than Solyndra." This is utterly baseless. Fox, without a...
  • A Dictator's Handbook for the President

    09/15/2011 6:59:36 AM PDT · by Palter · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | 14 Sept 2011 | BRUCE BUENO DE MESQUITA, ALASTAIR SMITH
    To win in 2012, Obama's going to have to act a bit more like the tyrants he's so proud of toppling. Barack Obama can't get away from talking about dictators. Four years ago, candidate Obama controversially asserted that his administration would be open to negotiations with autocratic governments like Syria, Iran, and North Korea. Today, responding to Republican criticisms that he has been weak or hesitant on foreign policy, the U.S. president's supporters are more likely to trot out the fact that three longtime dictatorships have fallen under his watch. How much credit the president deserves for this is certainly...
  • Is Homeland Security spending paying off?

    08/30/2011 11:16:43 AM PDT · by Palter · 4 replies
    LA Times ^ | 28 Aug 2011 | Kim Murphy
    Reporting from Ogallala, Neb.— On the edge of the Nebraska sand hills is Lake McConaughy, a 22-mile-long reservoir that in summer becomes a magnet for Winnebagos, fishermen and kite sailors. But officials here in Keith County, population 8,370, imagined this scene: an Al Qaeda sleeper cell hitching explosives onto a ski boat and plowing into the dam at the head of the lake. The federal Department of Homeland Security gave the county $42,000 to buy state-of-the-art dive gear, including full-face masks, underwater lights and radios, and a Zodiac boat with side-scan sonar capable of mapping wide areas of the lake...
  • Terrorism in the U.S. Since 9/11

    08/28/2011 11:43:19 AM PDT · by Palter · 7 replies
    Schneier on Security ^ | 26 Aug 2011 | Bruce Schneier
    John Mueller and his students analyze the 33 cases of attempted [EDITED TO ADD: Islamic extremist] terrorism in the U.S. since 9/11. So few of them are actually real, and so many of them were created or otherwise facilitated by law enforcement. The death toll of all these is fourteen: thirteen at Ft. Hood and one in Little Rock. I think it's fair to add to this the 2002 incident at Los Angeles Airport where a lone gunman killed two people at the El Al ticket counter, so that's sixteen deaths in the U.S. to terrorism in the past ten...
  • The collapse of America's middle class

    08/02/2011 9:15:46 AM PDT · by Palter · 13 replies
    Asia Times Online ^ | 01 Aug 2011 | Spengler
    People seem to act irrationally when they have nothing to lose. Often we observe in wars that the losing side expends more blood and treasure after its position becomes hopeless. The American South sustained most of its casualties in the Civil War after July 1863, when the dual defeats at Gettysburg and Vicksburg made its position untenable. Athens suffered its worst casualties in the Sicilian gamble at the end of the Peloponnesian War. The Spanish ruined their empire and depopulated their core provinces during the second half of the Thirty Years War of 1618-1648 rather than cede dominance to France....
  • Mercury News editorial: Thank California for new U.S. fuel standards

    07/31/2011 10:08:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 7/31/11 | Editorial
    When President Barack Obama announced an agreement to double fuel-economy requirements Friday, standing with him were industry executives and environmental, public health and labor leaders, all of whom, remarkably, had signed off on the deal. But the real credit for this historic achievement, which is expected to cut oil consumption by 1.5 million barrels per day and eliminate half of all carbon pollution nationwide, doesn't go to the White House. Instead, thank California. For decades the state has set the nation's clean-energy agenda; it's been the tip of the spear in the fight for higher fuel standards. Its huge automobile...