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  • Where Material Meets Supernatural

    03/11/2014 3:05:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Ricochet ^ | March 11, 2014 | Dave Carter
    "But the purpose of prayer," wrote Bill Buckley, "surely, is to stress the great divisions between the material and the supernatural condition, not to gloss over them." Indeed, though it seemed in recent days that the chasm between the material and supernatural has grown so great that not even a multi-million dollar congressionally funded bridge to nowhere and back could connect the distant shores. I'm not Catholic, (though I am doing some reading on the faith), so I'm unfamiliar with the specialties of the various saints. I know there is a patron saint for traveling, another for the military, and...
  • You must be joking: IL partners with The Onion to push Obamacare

    02/11/2014 12:29:06 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 2-11-14 | Benjamin Yount
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois is turning it’s Obamacare sales pitch into a joke. To get more people to sign up for health care, the state is bragging it will spend $150,000 on ads for the satirical news site The Onion. “We know that to effectively reach Young Invincibles – who are 53 percent of our uninsured residents in Illinois – we have to work with non-traditional, and especially digital, sources for news and entertainment. That’s where The Onion fits right into our outreach strategy,” Jennifer Koehler, executive director of Get Covered Illinois said in a news release. Neither Koehler nor...
  • 2943 year old Prophecy predicted Obama's Re-election

    11/09/2012 9:29:24 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 24 replies
    Holy Bible ^ | circa 931 BC | King Solomon
    As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
  • Bernanke's Folly

    09/25/2012 10:55:36 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/25/2012 | C. Edmund Wright
    Psst, remember this story? The one where a panicked Ben Bernanke and his cronies at the Federal Reserve -- seeing more devastation in the jobs and housing markets -- say they will continue to disguise the failure of Obama-Reid-Pelosi-Dodd-Frank socialism by flooding Wall Street with even more dollars? Well that's not exactly verbatim, but lost in the news shuffle of embassies being attacked while Marines are un-armed -- and Mitt's video of truth about 47% -- was Bernanke's latest announcement of quantitative easing by the Fed (QE 3). This was followed a couple days later by Japan's central bank announcing...
  • Even Richard Dawkins is Right Sometimes (Is the Biblical story of Adam and Eve a myth?)

    11/29/2011 12:32:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 417 replies
    Religious Dispatches ^ | 11/28/2011 | Paul Wallace
    For the last several months there has been a flurry of discussion—mostly online, of course—about the impossibility of a literal Adam & Eve (see, e.g., here and here and here). This ruling-out has been accomplished recently by the Human Genome Project, which indicates that anatomically modern humans emerged from primate ancestors about 100,000 years ago, from a population of something like 10,000. In short, science has confirmed what many of us already knew: there was not a literal first couple. So what else can we learn from this story? Plenty, it turns out. Peter Enns, a biblical scholar who blogs...
  • Rockefeller Spectrum Bill Faces Uncertain Future - GOP members decry legislation as spending bill

    06/09/2011 7:28:02 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 3 replies
    Adweek ^ | June 9, 2011 | Katy Bachman
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., calls his bill to reallocate some spectrum, which passed the Senate Commerce Committee 21-4 Wednesday, his "top priority for the year." But his work on the bill, which faces an uncertain future on the Senate floor and then a collision with Republicans in the House, may be just beginning. Rockefeller's Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act would give away a portion of the spectrum known as the D Block for public safety purposes, and take $10 billion in proceeds from an auction of other spectrum voluntarily relinquished by TV broadcasters to set up an interoperable...
  • Why Moonbats Love Trains

    03/11/2011 2:43:30 PM PST · by La Lydia · 39 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | March 10, 2011
    George Will has noticed that liberals love trains so much, they will spend our last penny on them, regardless of whether anyone rides them. Remarkably widespread derision has greeted the Obama administration's damn-the-arithmetic-full-speed-ahead proposal to spend $53 billion more (after the $8 billion in stimulus money and $2.4 billion in enticements to 23 states) in the next six years pursuant to the president's loopy goal of giving "80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail." Responsible governors like Rick Scott (R-FL), John Kasich (R-OH), and Scott Walker (R-WI) have turned down massive federal incentives to construct preposterous "high-speed" rail boondoggles....
  • What Libertarians Misunderstand

    10/11/2010 9:55:48 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 10, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    Recently, in a piece about the dangers inherent in libertarianism, I pointed out that libertarians, by applying their live-and-let-live philosophy to the moral sphere as well as the governmental, do nothing to maintain the societal moral framework that enables people to govern themselves from within and that ensures that Big Brother won't have to do so from without. (I recommend you read the piece.) Not surprisingly, this provoked some angry responses and fallacious counter-arguments. This article is my response to them. I will start with the one thing that characterizes libertarians as much as anything else: a misunderstanding about the...
  • E-85 loses its way; Demand cools as new energy alternatives arrive

    09/12/2010 10:21:59 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 29 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-12-10 | tom webb
    Back in 2004, both a network TV crew and eager motorists were on hand when an E-85 pump opened for business at a busy SuperAmerica station in St. Paul. The excitement didn't last. Today, that pump at the station on Grand Avenue sells only unleaded gasoline, not the 85-percent ethanol blend once touted as leading a revolution in biofuels. That single St. Paul pump mirrors the struggles E-85 has had penetrating the consumer market across the state, especially in urban areas. The volume of E-85 sales has fallen about 25 percent from its 2008 peak, Minnesota statistics show. And the...
  • The word from Bill Roggio's inbox

    05/08/2010 6:11:30 AM PDT · by yoe · 201+ views
    Power Line ^ | May 8, 2010 | Scott Johnson
    In the new issue of the Weekly Standard, (Steve Hayes and Tom Joscelyn document) the lengths to which President Obama and other public officials have gone to make fools of themselves commenting on the attempted terrorist attack by Faisal Shahzad in Times Square. They note, for example, that attempted bombing is properly referred to on the White House Web site as "the Times Square incident." (Is anyone in the White House familiar with The Ox-Bow Incident? You might want to change that to "the Times Square happening" or "the Times Square event.") Hayes and Joscelyn have much more. Treating the...
  • The Lessons of the Great Depression

    04/05/2010 9:56:14 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 3 replies · 462+ views
    Five Books ^ | April 5, 2010 | Robert Barro
    Robert Barro is a professor of economics at Harvard, and a commentator for The Wall Street Journal and Business Week. His critique of the Obama stimulus package provoked a sharp attack from Paul Krugman in The New York Times, which brought a spirited response from Barro. Basing his arguments on his empirical work, Barro takes issue with some common assumptions about the Great Depression, and how America got out of it.
  • Jimmy Carter in Gaza for meeting with Hamas PM

    06/16/2009 3:04:48 AM PDT · by WorkerbeeCitizen · 8 replies · 505+ views
    Ynet ^ | 06.16.09, 10:40 | Israel News
    Jimmy Carter has arrived in Gaza ahead of his meeting with Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, during which the former US president is expected to pass on a letter from the family of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. (Ali Waked)
  • Denuclearizers' bridge jump

    05/05/2009 12:32:46 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 5 replies · 353+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 5, 2009 | Frank Gaffney Jr.
    ...a gaggle of Johnnys - notably former Clinton Defense Secretary William J. Perry and other worthies who should know better - are telling the American people that it is safe and responsible to do the national equivalent of jumping off a bridge. They contend that the United States can prudently get rid of most of our nuclear arsenal, en route to what they say is a desirable end-state: a "nuclear-free" world. For a sense of how surreal this recommendation is, consider the prospect that Pakistan's virulent Taliban may be within weeks of joining the nuclear "club" by taking over the...
  • U.S. declare truces on offshore energy

    03/17/2009 10:42:46 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 5 replies · 402+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 17, 2009 | Edward Felker
    The Interior Department and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, announced today that they would resolve a turf battle over offshore alternative energy that threatened the Obama administration's push for wind farms off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. The deal was not specific about how FERC and the Minerals Management Service, or MMS, would handle the permitting and licensing of alternative power stations on the Outer Continental Shelf. Both agencies claim authority to license the projects, and their conflict that stood in the way of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's pledge to issue federal regulations for all offshore alternative energy...
  • Modified mortgages re-defaulting at high rates: regulators

    12/22/2008 8:21:23 AM PST · by NonValueAdded · 43 replies · 1,371+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | Dec 22, 2008 | Ruth Mantell, MarketWatch
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- More than half of mortgages modified in the first quarter were at least 30 days delinquent after half a year, and it's necessary to figure out why so many modifications are not preventing re-defaults, regulators said Monday. [NVA: gee, ya think?] [snip] "One very troubling point is that, whether measured using 30-day or 60-day delinquencies, re-default rates increased each month and showed no signs of leveling off after six months and even eight months," said Comptroller of the Currency John Dugan. "This trend of increasing delinquencies underscores the need to understand why these modifications have not been...
  • Freeman Dyson Debunks Dire Forecasts on Global Warming and Other Tenets

    11/19/2008 9:46:42 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 12 replies · 810+ views
    http://www.towntopics.com ^ | 11/19/2008 | Ellen Gilbert
    In the absence of audience interruptions Mr. Dyson had and argument anyway with the scores of people like Al Gore who weren`t present to defend their belief in the dire consequence of global warming . ("There`s no accounting for human folly", Mr .Dyson said when asked of Mr.Gore`s Nobel prize.) Saying on a recent trip he and his wife found Greenlanders to be delighted with their warmer climate and increased tourism, Mr.Dyson suggested that representing "local warming by a global average is misleading." In his comments to both the Nassua Club and Labyrinth, he decried the use of computer modeling...
  • Golden girl: solid gold sculpture of Kate Moss unveiled ($2.8 Million Statue of Model)

    08/29/2008 3:19:08 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 332+ views
    AFP ^ | 8/28/08
    LONDON (AFP) — A solid gold sculpture of British supermodel Kate Moss worth 1.5 million pounds (2.8 million dollars, 1.9 million euros) was unveiled in London on Thursday The 50 kilogramme (110-pound) work is by artist Marc Quinn, previously famous for a controversial sculpture installed in London's Trafalgar Square of a pregnant woman with no arms due to a medical condition. "I thought the next thing to do would be to make a sculpture of the person who's the ideal beauty of the moment. But even Kate Moss doesn't live up to the image," he said. SNIP The golden sculpture,...
  • The Fraud at the Core of Cap and Trade

    05/27/2008 5:25:19 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 6 replies · 141+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 27 May 2008 | Conn Carroll
    The ability of European companies to buy carbon offsets on the world “market” is a key reason why the EU cap and trade system has been a complete failure. The Warner-Lieberman cap and trade bill, set for debate next week, also allows US companies to buy as much as 15% of their needed carbon credits from the world “market.” Since virtually all economic activity produces some carbon, any effective cap and trade system would require legions of skilled technicians to monitor carbon reductions. These technicians simply do not currently exist. Without the monitoring necessary to make sure carbon credit benefits...
  • Gains limit Democrats' use of war in '08 races

    09/02/2007 4:37:39 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 17 replies · 594+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 2, 2007 | Donald Lambro
    Cracks have appeared in the Democrats' once-unified opposition to the Iraq war, dimming their chances of using the issue to their advantage in the 2008 elections, Republicans say. Four months before the first primaries, Republican leaders say positive reports — including some from Democrats — about President Bush's troop surge are convincing voters that the strategy should be given more time to succeed. Security gains in Iraq not only divided the Democrats, but also put them on the defensive about an issue they thought would help them win back the White House, Republican leaders and party strategists say. "Left-wing activists...
  • 2 MORE TO SNUB STATES

    09/02/2007 4:29:37 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 52 replies · 944+ views
    The New York Post ^ | September 2, 2007
    Barack Obama and John Edwards yesterday joined three other Democrats planning to skip states that break party rules by holding early primaries. Their pledge leaves Hillary Rodham Clinton alone in planning to compete in Florida and Michigan. "It's become clear that Gov. [Howard] Dean and the Democratic National Committee have put together a presidential nomination process that's in the best interests of our party and our nation," Obama said. The two men, along with Chris Dodd, Bill Richardson and Joe Biden, have signed a pledge circulated by Democratic leaders of the four states that have party approval to hold early...
  • Arnold’s Folly (disastrous new health-care plan another step toward single-payer system)

    01/22/2007 6:20:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 459+ views
    National Review ^ | 1/22/07 | Sally C. Pipes
    “Everyone in California must have health insurance," declared Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as he rolled out a Massachusetts-style scheme to blanket the state in health insurance. The politician who came to power attacking an employer-health-insurance mandate, and vetoed a single-payer bill once in office, is now proposing a health-care plan that relies on the former and will almost certainly result in the latter. Arnold’s health-care program, designed with the loving care of the folks at the New America Foundation, requires everyone to purchase at least a $5,000 deductible health-care policy. It boosts Medicaid roles, opening the taxpayer-supported program to illegal immigrants,...
  • The (Dreaded) Mark Foley Limericks

    10/04/2006 4:00:29 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 33 replies · 1,009+ views
    10/04/06 | vanity
    The Mark Foley Saga A gay Congressman named Mark Foley Sent out some Emails unholy : Sent suggestions outrageous To handsome young Pages – His motives, it seems Were quite lowly. With Elections just short weeks away Leading Democrats shouted : “Hooray !” They grew almost violent, But Barney Frank remained silent: For a change he had Nothing to say ! House Republicans all sang the blues: As the Media tightened the screws: CNN was restrained – (The reporters looked pained) ABC was as bad As Fox News !
  • Olmert's folly

    05/23/2006 7:43:07 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 12 replies · 295+ views
    www.jewishworldreview.com ^ | May 23, 2006 /26 Iyar, 5766 | Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
    May 23, 2006 /26 Iyar, 5766 Olmert's folly By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. The Bush administration should tell visiting Israeli prime minister: "Friends don't let friends commit suicide!" http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is in Washington this week on a sales campaign. He hopes to secure the United States' approval and financing (perhaps as much as $10 billion) for his controversial plan to withdraw unilaterally Israeli civilians and troops from nearly all of the West Bank and even parts of Jerusalem. He would settle, however, for American acquiescence — which he could then use to suppress debate at...
  • Celebs commit $3.1M to women's radio

    03/21/2006 2:13:02 AM PST · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 28 replies · 700+ views
    Washington Business Journal ^ | March 17, 2006 | Ben Hammer
    GreenStone Media has lined up backing from a high-profile group of women to syndicate talk shows for women on FM radio. The D.C.-based company (www.greenstonemedia.net) has secured $3.1 million in venture capital as part of its first-round of funding from investors such as Billie Jean King, Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem and Rosie O'Donnell. Former Federal Communications Commissioner Susan Ness co-founded GreenStone Media last year to create radio programming aimed at women between 25 and 54. Other investors include Marta Kauffman, the creator of "Friends"; Jamie McCourt, president of the Los Angeles Dodgers; and Wallis Annenberg, vice president of the Annenberg...
  • Harsh lessons in a hard world

    11/22/2005 8:04:09 PM PST · by ketelone · 3 replies · 271+ views
    Dawn ^ | 19 Nov | Irfain Hussain
    By Irfan Husain I THINK it was President Teddy Roosevelt of the United States who coined the maxim “Speak softly and carry a big stick” nearly a century ago. Alas, Third World leaders are prone to do the very opposite. Take the late Idi Amin of Uganda as a classic example. This ex-sergeant who promoted himself as field marshal was fond of issuing challenges and threats to all and sundry. All this while, his relatively prosperous country slipped into chaos and anarchy. And now we have Mr Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, threatening to “wipe Israel...
  • Free to take exceptions to 'free trade'

    06/29/2005 7:25:15 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 131 replies · 1,041+ views
    The Japan Times ^ | Wednesday, June 15, 2005 | GREGORY CLARK
    The harsh treatment handed out to European Union ideals by French and Dutch voters this month was in part a reaction to excessive EU bureaucracy and expansionism. But it was also a gut rejection of so-called globalization -- the foolish effort to deny economic and social differences between nations. The idea, for example, that EU governments could be fined for not submitting to EU-imposed fiscal and free-trade policies was absurd from the start. Some nations need to protect economies and industries; some don't. Ironically, the same EU now threatens anti-free trade, protectionist fines to keep Chinese textiles at bay. Conventional...
  • CA: Solar-power subsidies a costly folly

    06/16/2005 9:28:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 630+ views
    OC Register ^ | 6/16/05 | Chuck Devore
    Gov. Schwarzenegger is fighting the good fight, so we can forgive him when he occasionally misfires. His "Million Solar Roofs Initiative" to subsidize photovoltaic (PV) systems is one such error. PV systems convert sunlight into electricity. This is great but for a few problems: the systems are costly; they rarely produce the electricity claimed; and, even with subsidies, PV does not pay for itself. Senate Bill 1 is the legislative vehicle for the governor's initiative. It passed the state Senate on a 30-5 vote with only Republican opposition. The next stop is the Assembly, then the governor's desk. California has...
  • The Folly of Our Age. The space shuttle.

    06/16/2005 6:28:37 AM PDT · by Rodney King · 177 replies · 2,392+ views
    National Review Online ^ | today | John Derbyshire
    Like the monster in some ghastly horror movie rising from the dead for the umpteenth time, the space shuttle is back on the launch pad. This grotesque, lethal white elephant — 14 deaths in 113 flights — is the grandest, grossest technological folly of our age. If the shuttle has any reason for existing, it is as an exceptionally clear symbol of our corrupt, sentimental, and dysfunctional political system. Its flights accomplish nothing and cost half a billion per. That, at least, is what a flight costs when the vehicle survives. If a shuttle blows up — which, depending on...
  • THE LEFT'S FOLLY

    10/26/2004 7:58:34 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 351+ views
    FAITHFREEDOM.ORG ^ | OCTOBER 26, 2004 | ALI SINA
    The Left’s Folly By Ali Sina Some left-wingers in the forum of FFI accused me of being ‘caught up in the American elections’, catching ‘the election fever’ and becoming ‘disoriented’ from the mission of Faith Freedom International, which is fighting Islam! Not so! I see this election as the core of our battle against Islamic Terrorism. If Kerry wins the presidency we all lose. Mankind will lose. It is as simple as that. I think I have made this point very clear. But leftism is an ideology, it is a belief system. Just as it is hard to reason with...
  • Shared folly

    12/17/2003 7:25:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 114+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 12/17/03 | Op/Ed
    <p>It's always nice when the denizens of the state Capitol, divided by partisanship and handicapped as they are by two-thirds vote requirements, can find a way to act. So we won't begrudge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislators the victory cigars they smoked last week after passing measures to place $15 billion worth of pass-the-buck bonds and a budget reform measure on the March 2 ballot.</p>
  • Bustamante's folly

    08/30/2003 11:53:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 367+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 8/30/03 | Bee Editorial Staff
    <p>In a gubernatorial election contest with 135 candidates on the ballot, the competition for who can come up with the dumbest idea is bound to be fierce. But Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante's call Thursday for state price controls on gasoline makes him the clear front-runner.</p>
  • Liberia Folly: NO US TROOPS!!

    07/07/2003 7:54:52 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 63 replies · 288+ views
    National Review ^ | 7/7/03 | Ted Carpenter
    During the 2000 campaign, George W. Bush emphasized that a vital national interest ought to be at stake before the United States launches a military intervention. Unfortunately, the president is about to violate his own standard by sending American troops to Liberia at the head of an international peacekeeping force. There is not even a peripheral, much less a vital, U.S. interest at stake in Liberia. It might be possible to find a country that is less relevant than Liberia to America's security and well-being, but it would take a major effort. Writer Irving Kristol had it right more than...
  • CA: Legislators haven't learned about folly of ignorant decision

    06/06/2003 12:04:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 224+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 6/6/03 | Dan Walters
    <p>The California Legislature, as noted in this space before, has a penchant for making policy decisions that backfire with unintended, sometimes very damaging consequences -- largely because lawmakers don't take the time to fully explore the potential ramifications of what they decree.</p>
  • Burk Fights the Battle She's Given (Ny Times yak-fest)

    04/11/2003 10:41:55 AM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 16 replies · 181+ views
    The New York Daily Worker ^ | April 11, 2003 | KATE ZERNIKE
    So many times, Martha Burk thought it would be over. She thought it would be over - and forgotten - when she received a three-sentence letter last July signed "Hootie Johnson" informing her that he would not, as her organization had requested, open Augusta National Golf Club's membership to women before this year's Masters Tournament. She thought it would be over - and her battle won - when the club announced six weeks later that it was dropping the sponsors she had pressed to pull out of the Masters. When two prominent members publicly supported her. When the former chairman...
  • The guns are in Britain despite gun control

    01/28/2003 9:24:37 AM PST · by 45Auto · 11 replies · 256+ views
    National Post ^ | 28 January 2003 | Theodore Dalrymple
    It is an article of our modern faith that for every social problem there must be appropriate and curative legislation waiting to be enacted. If only the laws were right, all problems would go away, and we should henceforth live in perfect peace and harmony. When, therefore, a crazed gunman in Scotland massacred 15 children and their teacher at the junior school in Dunblane in 1996, the British government enacted gun control legislation in response to the natural public emotion and revulsion against this terrible act. Well, the evidence concerning gun control is unequivocal and conclusive: It hasn't worked, just...
  • GOOD INTENTIONS GONE AWRY - THE CASE AGAINST RACIAL PREFERENCES

    01/14/2003 3:07:11 PM PST · by BurkesLaw · 11 replies · 223+ views
    Washington Dispatch ^ | January 14, 2003 | Murray Soupcoff
    The biggest battle in the cultural wars in America will likely occur when the case for and against affirmative action (read racial preferences) in college and university admissions is argued before the Supreme Court later this year, regarding the constitutionality of admission programs that gave black and Hispanic students an edge when applying to the University of Michigan and its law school. And certainly, the case against racial preferences is always a difficult issue for foes of affirmative action to debate with “fairness” advocates without being branded racist, uncaring or championing the preservation of systemic social inequities. For example, when...