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  • America's Big Choice

    09/20/2012 4:26:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | September 20, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    What happens when a free people decides it was never free to begin with? What happens when a nation decides that individual liberty is a myth, that the endless vicissitudes of life form an impenetrable wall to success, that we are all controlled by outside forces? We despair. We turn to the power of the masses. This is where almost half of America currently stands. It came out this week that Mitt Romney made this claim back in May, and he was exactly right. That doesn't mean that every American who doesn't pay federal income tax -- veterans, recipients of...
  • America’s Vanishing Economic Freedom : We are on a Slippery Slope

    09/19/2012 5:05:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/19/2012 | Michael Tanner
    The 2012 Economic Freedom of the World report was released this week by the Cato Institute and Canada's Fraser Institute, and it showed that the United States has plummeted to 18th place in the ranked list, trailing such countries as Estonia, Taiwan, and Qatar. Even such notorious welfare states as Finland and Denmark, not to mention Canada, have freer economies than we do.Actually, the decline began under President George W. Bush. For 20 years the U.S. had consistently ranked as one of the world’s three freest economies, along with Hong Kong and Singapore. By the end of the Bush...
  • The European Union and the United States Sign a Suicide Pact

    01/23/2012 10:05:15 AM PST · by bayouranger · 11 replies
    / ^ | 1-22-12 | Michael Youssef
    No, I am not talking about the impending economic doom that some are predicting will impact both continents. I am talking about the complicit support given to Muslim countries in the UN who have been on a rampage to make it an international crime to criticize Islam in any way, shape or form. In December 2011, the United States hosted what is known as the “Istanbul Process Conference” in Washington, DC. This Conference is explicitly committed to a global ban on any verbal or written criticism of any aspect of Islamic Sharia—even if it is an honest assessment. After all,...
  • Obama Wanted the 2nd Amendment - Now Aims For the 1st

    09/17/2012 7:29:30 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 9 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-17-2012 | MOTUS
    Looks like CAIR has adopted the strategy of Hope ’n Change: never let a good crisis go to waste. Arab governments are stepping up their demands for regulation of American media to ensure Islam gets more favorable coverage in the United States, while President Barack Obama used his weekend message to again condemn criticism of Islam and to reassure Americans worried war in the Arab region. Egypt’s Prime Minister Hisham Qandil said Sept. 15 that he expected changes in U.S. law and media practice following the release of a 14-minute anti-Islam YouTube video and a week of ongoing unrest in...
  • Obama’s DOJ Can’t Say Criticizing Religion Will Remain Legal (Video at Link)

    09/17/2012 6:05:16 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 61 replies
    NRO ^ | September 17, 2012 5:48 P.M.
    The exchange below, between Representative Trent Franks and Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, occurred in late July, but is particularly relevant today. Representatvie Franks tries to extract an assurance from Perez that the Obama administration will not push a proposal to criminalize speech “against any religion.” He has a tough time doing so.
  • Happy Birthday Constitution – Hope It Is Not Your Last

    09/17/2012 7:11:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | September 17, 2012 | Brian Darling
    Happy birthday, Constitution! Today marks the 225th anniversary of the signing of this unique and prescient document. Every American should take a moment to reflect on what a treasure we have in America. Our constitutional republic has survived for over two centuries. The Framers of the Constitution believed in a separation of powers, so that no government—and certainly no particular branch of government—would become so mighty, so imperial, as to threaten the God-given freedom of the People. And so they created a House of Representatives to represent the people in proportion to the population of a state. They created a...
  • Will: The tangled web of conflicting rights [time for gays to restrain bullies in their ranks]

    09/17/2012 2:26:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 14, 2012 | George Will
    Elaine Huguenin, who with her husband operates Elane Photography in New Mexico, asks only to be let alone. But instead of being allowed a reasonable zone of sovereignty in which to live her life in accordance with her beliefs, she is being bullied by people wielding government power. [SNIP of the ongoing case] New Mexico’s Supreme Court is going to sort all this out, which has been thoroughly reported and discussed by the invaluable blog the Volokh Conspiracy, where you can ponder this: In jurisdictions such as the District of Columbia and Seattle, which ban discrimination on the basis of...
  • The Dangerous Road We Must Take

    09/15/2012 6:43:37 PM PDT · by Mackaywarrior · 10 replies
    9/15/2012 | Self
    This week America saw the true colors of the Arab spring. Rioters all over the Middle East attacked and raised Islamic Radical Flags over Sovereign American Soil. These attacks have raised a number of questions in American's Hearts (like where in the world were the Embassy Guards?) but while many American's grieve and pray for the lost souls of these awful events, others are scheming on how to push their Agenda to pacify America. Many leftists will see these Embassy attacks as the rallying point they needed to turn America Against the War on Terror. However, like a bully on...
  • FIRST-PERSON: There is no right to not be offended

    09/15/2012 4:34:34 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Sept. 14, 2012 | Kelly Boggs
    "The right to free speech and the unrealistic expectation to never be offended cannot coexist," rightly observed Philip Sharp. It seems, however, that the "unrealistic expectation" cited by the retired U.S. Army Ranger and author is being viewed increasingly as a right. The belief that individuals have a "right" to not be offended seems to be gaining momentum in the United States. As this concept grows in popularity it is set to challenge one of America's first freedoms -- the freedom of speech. If the "right" against offense ever triumphs, if it is ever enshrined in law, free speech, of...
  • Obama Adviser: ‘References to Size, Power or Sexual Potency…Could be Banned From Automobile

    03/02/2012 3:11:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 3/2/12 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    John P. Holdren, the White House science adviser to President Barack Obama, wrote in a book he co-authored with population control advocates Paul and Anne Ehrlich that “ways must be found to control advertising” and that possible means for doing so would be banning utility companies from promoting the use of energy and prohibiting “references to size, power or sexual potency” in automobile advertising. “Advertising now functions in large part to keep the economy growing by creating demand for a wide variety of often useless, dangerous or environmentally destructive products,” Holdren and the Ehrlichs wrote.
  • California man linked to anti-Islam film taken in for questioning [What First Amendment?]

    09/15/2012 4:53:02 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 15, 2012 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    A California man convicted of bank fraud was taken in for questioning on Saturday by officers investigating possible probation violations stemming from the making of an anti-Islam film that triggered violent protests in the Muslim world... terms of Nakoula's prison release contain behavior stipulations that bar him from accessing the Internet or assuming aliases without the approval of his probation officer. A senior law enforcement official in Washington has indicated the probation investigation relates to whether he broke one or both of these conditions. Violations could result in him being sent back to prison, court records show.
  • US Identifies Anti-Muslim Filmmaker Blamed for Attacks

    09/13/2012 3:34:11 PM PDT · by Taggart_D · 48 replies
    CBS ^ | Sept. 13, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities have identified a Coptic Christian in southern California who is on probation after his conviction for financial crimes as the key figure behind the anti-Muslim film that ignited mob violence against U.S. embassies across the Mideast, a U.S. law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday.
  • Academics' Plan to Boycott Ariel U Revealed

    09/11/2012 3:20:10 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/9/12 | Gil Ronen
    Some of Israel's leading academic figures who identify themselves as protectors of democracy have revealed their intolerant side in an email exchange regarding Ariel University Center, which is poised to be recognized as Israel's eighth university. In a new webzine called Mida, Akiva Bigman quotes from an e-mail message board that serves Israeli lecturers on social sciences. Prof. Emanuel Sivan of Hebrew University wrote thus to his colleagues: "We can use our international connections to prevent publications by researchers from Ariel. We simply need to avoid discussing their proposals for research and publication, especially in the periodicals where we serve...
  • Home

    11/16/2001 1:21:42 PM PST · by AndrewSshi · 10 replies · 626+ views
    The New Republic ^ | November 15, 2001 | Elizabeth Rubin
    "Hurry hurry hurry. We can destroy the enemy. Advance." "Hit hit hit the Taliban." "Hit him hit him hit him. Fire, fire." "We're arriving in Khalakhan." "Take care about the troops." "The Taliban are surrendering." "Bring them to me." "One hundred of them are coming to you." "El Ham captured a pickup with their weapons." These were the voices on the radio of the Northern Alliance commanders we have been visiting for weeks. Several other journalists and I were standing with some Afghan soldiers on the roof of a command post--a mud house with a tank's turret and gun jutting ...
  • A Few Questions to Ask...(What Does It Mean to Be a Slave)

    09/10/2012 7:38:39 AM PDT · by all the best · 11 replies ^ | Sept. 7, 2012 | Eric Peters
    ebating the merits of a particular government policy or proposal with authoritarian-minded political opponents is pointless – if you’re hoping to persuade, at any rate. Far better to ask them a few apparently simple questions – and force them to confront the disquieting answers about the authoritarian nature of the political and social system they support. For instance, you might ask what their view of slavery is. Is it morally wrong to own another human being? Probably, they will say it is wrong. Now ask: What does it mean to be a slave? Usually, they will tell you it means...
  • The Hispanics That Democrats Love to Hate [they have not politically assimilated]

    09/10/2012 1:34:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | September 10, 2012 | Humberto Fontova
    “My Hispanic can beat up your Hispanic!” pretty much captured the convention kick-offs. “Republicans chose Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a Cuban-American, to introduce Mitt Romney,” reported the AP. “Democrats picked Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, a Mexican American, as keynote speaker. Both are considered rising stars.” Ah! But what fun the Republicans missed. Given the era’s political correctness, politics in the U.S. get pretty boring nowadays. No present-day politician or their slick consultants could possibly publicize what’s forthcoming in this article. So please stick around, because I belong to neither profession. Most immigrants arrive in America poor (especially...
  • The Tyrant

    09/09/2012 11:12:03 AM PDT · by SumProVita · 13 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | Tuesday, 07 February 2012 | James V. Schall, S. J.
    The tyrant is always among the most important to understand. ...snip.... What else strikes us as odd is that the tyrant almost invariably arises out of a democracy. Democracy breeds tyrants. We are loath to hear it. But we are also reluctant to examine the guiding spirit of the actual regimes we designate as “democratic.” A democracy is a regime in which “freedom” rules. Here “freedom” is defined, not as allowing us to follow what is virtuous, but the relativist permission to do whatever we will. The democratic regime makes no judgment about right or wrong. As a result, right...
  • SARAH PALIN: Sarah Palin: Voters must choose freedom OR free stuff (VIDEO) Interview 9/7/12

    09/07/2012 11:54:29 PM PDT · by onyx · 40 replies
    SARAH NET ^ | Friday, September 07, 2012 | Sarah Palin/Sean Hannity
    Direct Link to Hannity Interview Video Gov. Palin made an appearance on Fox News' "Hannity" Friday night to discuss the 2012 election. She told host Sean Hannity that voters must ensure that freedom doesn't get replaced with "free stuff" as a result of the 2012 election. "You can't have both," she added. -Josh Painter
  • Are you in? On Obama as Weber's charismatic leader, and the decline in constitutional governance.

    09/07/2012 3:23:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    The New Criterion ^ | September 2012 | Frank Buckley
    Of Étienne de La Boétie we remember, at most, two things. First, he was the friend of Michel de la Montaigne. When La Boétie died, Montaigne wrote “if you ask me why I loved him, all I can say is, because it was him, because it was I.” La Boétie is less well known for his principal work, a rambling essay on political allegiance entitled Discours de la servitude volontaire, ou le Contr’un: the Discourse on Voluntary Servitude, or the Anti-One. The “One” was the King, tyrant or dictator who ruled the many, and why the many permitted that to...
  • Op-Ed: A Strategy for Making Peace with the Palestinian Arabs

    09/05/2012 2:45:56 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/9/12 | Dr. Max Singer
    Israel will not attain peace with the PA Arabs until that community gives up its goal of destroying Israel. They will abandon this goal only when they are convinced that there is no way they can succeed. The most important ways to work towards peace are: resettling the Palestinian “refugees” outside of Israel; encouraging reform in the Palestinian education system and speaking the truth regarding the Jews’ ancient roots in the land; reducing the ability of PA leaders to personally benefit from the conflict; and encouraging free debate in PA society. ..... What Can Be Done for the Sake of...