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  • Greece: No investor interest in privatisations

    07/20/2012 1:41:51 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies
    Athens News ^ | 7/19/2012
    Democratic Left leader Fotis Kouvelis stressed on Thursday the need to attract investors in order to proceed with crucial privatisations, noting that the legal system does not facilitate the process and that there is currently no investor interest. Democratic Left leader Fotis Kouvelis exits the Maximos mansion Speaking on Skai TV on Thursday morning, Kouvelis said that privatisations are a crucial source of revenue but added that they are “a complex affair” and noted that the state should retain control of assets of strategic importance such as DEI and OSE. The Democratic Left leader also said that the risk of...
  • Ten Pieces of Bad Economic News the Media's Covering Up

    07/20/2012 1:30:36 AM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Breibart ^ | July 19, 2012 | John Nolte
    Except for number ten, all the bad economic news below came out this week -- much of it today. And this explains why the corrupt media is making all of our eyes glaze over as they enter day 11,485 of demanding Romney release his tax returns and Bain-Bain-Bain. By focusing on nonsense and on Romney, the media can protect Obama from what you see below --which is an economy and Americans in very real trouble. 1. Weekly jobless claims shot up to 386,000. 2. Foreclosures are hitting our most vulnerable citizens. 3. Factory activity contracted for a second month in...
  • Saving Jesus in Montana

    07/20/2012 12:15:13 AM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies
    Columbia Magazine ^ | 1/27/2012 | Brian Dowling
    Saving Jesus in Montana - A statue of Christ in a national forest, Knights argue, is a historic landmark, not a constitutional problem Big Mountain Jesus, a statue placed in 1954 to honor World War II veterans, has recently been challenged as unconstitutional. On an overcast day at the Whitefish Mountain Resort in northwestern Montana, a horizontal wall of clouds meets Big Mountain near the top of a chairlift, next to a life-size statue of Jesus. The statue stands with outstretched arms, blessing the Flathead Valley that spreads for miles below. A large question undergirds the debate on whether a religious...
  • BELTWAY GUNRUNNERS - Gun control: A fatal mistake

    07/20/2012 12:06:01 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 1 replies
    WND ^ | July 19, 2012 | Bradlee Dean
    Exclusive: Bradlee Dean reveals latest revelation in 'Fast and Furious' scandal As we know, Eric Holder’s “Fast and Furious” scheme has sparked outrage among the American people. The DOJ’s “Fast and Furious” operation placed guns into the hands of drug smugglers who have committed crimes through entrapment, which was directly responsible for the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Holder’s ultimate goal was to circumvent his own criminal activity by blaming gun stores in America for selling the very guns that the ATF put in the hands of smugglers. Of course, his plans were botched before he could blame...
  • Knights of Columbus Joins Legal Defense of 10th Mountain Div. War Memorial(Includes Statue of Jesus)

    07/19/2012 11:46:10 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies
    Knights of Columbus Joins Legal Defense of 10th Mountain Division War Memorial - Montana memorial on Forest Service land includes statue of Jesus It’s a war memorial that has commemorated the valor and sacrifice of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division for more than 50 years. The Knights of Columbus — represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty — has asked to intervene in a pending lawsuit to defend the memorial’s right to exist on public land in Montana.The war memorial near Whitefish, Mont., includes a large statue of Jesus. It was erected by Montana members of the Knights...
  • Couple says 'I do' in first gay union on U.S. military base

    07/19/2012 2:16:27 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies
    http://www.nydailynews.com ^ | July 19, 2012 | Erik Ortiz
    When Tech. Sgt. Erwynn Umali and civilian Will Behrens wanted to seal their commitment in a civil union in New Jersey, they chose a venue that nine months ago would have been unthinkable: a military base. The grooms said their vows on June 23 before 150 guests at the chapel at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst — the first time a civil union or gay wedding has been held in such a facility in the United States. While the couple says there’s still a larger battle to be won before they can live in true domestic bliss, they hope the significance of...
  • Alan Grayson For Congress (A Congressman Who's Nuts)

    07/19/2012 11:29:39 PM PDT · by South40 · 16 replies
    AlanGrayson ^ | 7/19/2012
    This is no joke. This moron is actually running. I trust the good people of Florida's 8th congressional district will once again kick this moron to the curb where he belongs. http://congressmanwithguts.com/
  • Obama Ad Accuses Romney of 'Launching a False Attack' for Quoting Obama

    07/19/2012 11:05:29 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7-19-12 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Obama's reelection campaign accuses Mitt Romney of distorting the president's words, by showing a side by side comparison of the Obama's words and Romney's quotation of those words. "Mitt Romney is launching a false attack," the ad's text states. But the weird thing is: The Obama campaign is purposefully trying to make it sound like Romney is misquoting the president, when the official White House transcript backs up Romney's quotation. In the ad, Romney says that Obama revealed his thoughts on business when he said this, "If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that. Somebody else made...
  • Republicans Line Up to Rip Michelle Bachmann

    07/19/2012 11:04:12 PM PDT · by Windy City Conservative · 49 replies
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said merely floating the idea that Huma Abedin — a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — has family ties to the radical Middle East group is “pretty dangerous.” “I don’t know Huma, but from everything I do know of her, she has a sterling character,” Boehner told reporters Thursday. “And I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous.” Later on CNN, Boehner said he expects to speak to Bachmann soon. (PHOTOS: Michele Bachmann's controversial quotes) Bachmann’s accusation came in a handful of letters to intelligence and national security agencies raising...
  • The Dark Muslim Brotherhood World of Huma Abedin

    07/19/2012 10:58:04 PM PDT · by RedMominBlueState · 38 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | July 109, 2012 | Jamie Glazov
    Editors’ note: Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has denounced Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) for including Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, among those she has noted for having Muslim Brotherhood ties in her recent call for government agencies to investigate the Brotherhood ‘s penetration of Washington. Robert Spencer’s article in this issue crystallizes why McCain is wrong, and Bachmann is right, on this matter. On this occasion, Frontpage’s editors have deemed it important to reprint a Frontpage interview (from our June 24, 2011 issue) with Walid Shoebat about The Dark Muslim Brotherhood World of Huma Abedin. The disturbing facts that Shoebat...
  • Experts Argue Obamacare Mistake Could Doom Key Part Of Law

    07/19/2012 8:07:44 PM PDT · by Southnsoul · 14 replies
    Yahoo! News/The Ticket ^ | July 19, 2012 | Liz Goodwin
    States could dodge a key part of the health care reform law because of a little-noticed mistake in the lengthy bill, according to a white paper by conservative health care experts Michael Cannon and Jonathan Adler. A missing word in the law's definition of a health insurance exchange could prevent the federal government from doling out crucial subsidies to aid middle class and lower-income people in buying insurance in states that refuse to set up their own exchanges. (Only 14 states are close to setting up exchanges so far. The federal government will set up back-up exchanges in states that...
  • Pelosi Threatens Media: 'Maybe The People Writing These Stories' Should Release Their Tax Returns

    07/19/2012 10:06:39 PM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Breibart ^ | uly 19, 2012 | Staff
  • Did the state make you great?

    07/19/2012 9:58:37 PM PDT · by KansasGirl · 14 replies
    Washington comPost ^ | 7/19/12 | Charles Krauthammer
    “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” — Barack Obama, Roanoke, Va., July 13 And who might that somebody else be? Government, says Obama. It built the roads you drive on. It provided the teacher who inspired you. It “created the Internet.” It represents the embodiment of “we’re in this together” social solidarity that, in Obama’s view, is the essential origin of individual and national achievement. To say that all individuals are embedded in and the product of society is banal. Obama rises above banality by means of fallacy: equating society with...
  • Obama Out of Context (Cartoons)

    07/19/2012 9:54:06 PM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Tumbler ^ | July 19, 2012 | Tim Van Damme
  • Persian Gulf Tensions: U.S. Naval Vessel Fires on Fishing Boat, Killing One

    07/19/2012 9:42:48 PM PDT · by robowombat · 23 replies
    New American ^ | Thursday, 19 July 2012 10:00 | Jack Kenny
    Survivors of gunfire from a U.S. Navy vessel that killed one and wounded three others on a fishing boat off the coast of the United Arab Emirates have disputed claims that the crew had ignored warnings to stay away from the American ship, Reuters reported. "We had no warning at all from the ship. We were speeding up to try and go around them and then suddenly we got fired at," one of the wounded, Muthu Muniraj, told Reuters, speaking from a hospital after both legs had been punctured by rounds from the Navy's .50 caliber gun in the July...
  • McCain Urges War on Syria

    07/19/2012 9:37:34 PM PDT · by robowombat · 43 replies
    New American | Tuesday, 06 March 2012 02:00 | Charles Scaliger
    The dogs of war are straining at the leash once again. Senator John McCain, who never met a military intervention he didn’t like, is now calling for the United States to begin bombing Syria. Saying that “the time has come for a new policy in Syria,” McCain called Monday for the United States to “lead an international effort to protect key population centers in Syria, especially in the north, through airstrikes on Assad's forces.” Lest anybody mistake his intent, the Arizona senator and one-time presidential aspirant further clarified that “this will require the United States to suppress enemy air defense...
  • After U.S. Uproar, Another Syrian “Civilian Massacre” Story Falls Apart

    07/19/2012 9:33:51 PM PDT · by robowombat · 14 replies
    New American ^ | Alex Newman
    Yet another alleged "massacre" of "civilians" by the Syrian regime was in the establishment-press headlines this week, supposedly a brutal killing spree by dictator Bashar al-Assad’s forces in the village of Tremseh that left up to 250 people dead. As has become typical, Western governments and mainstream media outlets — the New York Times, the BBC, and others included — parroted anonymous “opposition activists” for the claims. But within days, after foreign powers seeking regime change had their chance to beat the war drums even louder, the carefully constructed tale was already falling apart. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,...
  • Romney Says Obama Has 'Abdicated Leadership' on Syria

    07/19/2012 9:22:53 PM PDT · by robowombat · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 05:54 PM
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney blamed President Barack Obama for a "lack of leadership" on the crisis in Syria on Thursday and accused him of abdicating the U.S. role to the United Nations. Romney turned the U.N. Security Council's failure to approve a Western-backed resolution threatening sanctions against the Syrian regime into an assault on Obama's foreign policy. Russia and China resisted U.S. pressure and vetoed the resolution. "While Russia and Iran have rushed to support (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad and thousands have been slaughtered, President Obama has abdicated leadership and subcontracted U.S. policy to Kofi Annan and the United...
  • Cyprus Preparing for Influx of Foreigners Fleeing Syria Violence

    07/19/2012 9:19:57 PM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 11:42 AM
    Cyprus is preparing to assist with the evacuation of as many as 200,000 European Union and third- country nationals in Syria if violence in the country escalates, the government said. “We have plans to enable the evacuation not only from Syria but also other countries in the area,” Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Markoulli told reporters in Nicosia today. People fleeing the upheaval will reach Cyprus “by plane or by boat and will remain in Cyprus 48 hours before they are transported to their country”. The plan is similar to the one applied in 2006, when 65,000 citizens from the EU and...
  • Boehner Blasts Bachmann's 'Dangerous' Accusations Against Clinton Aide (Gag)

    07/19/2012 9:16:44 PM PDT · by robowombat · 43 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 03:14 PM
    U.S. House Speaker John Boehner defended a senior adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after five members of his caucus claimed her relatives had ties to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. Boehner, an Ohio Republican, told reporters in Washington today that while he doesn’t know Huma Abedin personally, his impression is that she has a “sterling character.” The accusations made against her in a June 13 letter to the State Department were “pretty dangerous,” the speaker said. A day earlier Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican, criticized five House Republicans, including former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, who sent the letter...
  • Greek island wants to join Austria(running away from a bankrupt country)

    07/19/2012 9:14:52 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 07/18/12
    Greek island wants to join Austria Posted By Joshua KeatingWednesday, July 18, 2012 - 12:11 PM Share German MPs provoked outrage in Greece in 2010 with a somewhat tongue-in-cheek suggestion that the coutnry shoudl consider selling off some of its islands to settle its accounts. But it appears that some residents of the island of Ikaria is looking to leave the country unilaterally:
  • Ehud Barak: Israel Will Stop Any Flood of Syrian Refugees

    07/19/2012 9:13:04 PM PDT · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 11:44 AM
    Israel will block any influx of Syrian refugees into the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Thursday as Syrian rebels pressed home a campaign to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. "They (refugees) have not chosen to come close to us, but in the event of the regime's downfall, which could happen..., (Israeli forces) here are alert and ready, and if we have to stop waves of refugees, we will stop them," Barak said while gazing across the frontier, fighting visible in the distance. An Israeli defence source noted that Barak, in his comments, spoke only about preventing a...
  • Syrian Forces Pound Rebel Hideouts After Damascus Attack

    07/19/2012 9:09:48 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 11:43 AM
    Syrian security forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad pounded rebel hideouts in Damascus today in retaliation for the blast that killed three top anti- insurgency leaders. The troops used helicopters and heavy artillery against the rebels, while snipers took up positions on rooftops on the outskirts of the city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in an e-mailed statement. “The regime has gone mad,” Rima Flaihan, spokeswoman for the Local Coordination Committees in Syria, said in a telephone interview today from Jordan. “The regime is in a horrid state of savagery, seeking revenge for the killings of the military...
  • MILLER: GOP: Get off the couch

    07/19/2012 8:57:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 19, 2012 | Emily Miller
    With the presidential campaigns entrenched in hand-to-hand fighting, Democrats are looking for a way to capture the voters’ attention. They think they’ve found the edge with new policies designed to increase government dependency. The latest gambit would relieve benefit recipients of any personal responsibility. Fortunately, the battle isn’t over. On Wednesday, a group of congressional Republicans led by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp and Senate Finance Committee ranking member Orrin G. Hatch introduced a bill to block the Obama administration from its attempt to exempt states from the work requirements for welfare recipients. Without consulting Congress, the...
  • Reid Pledges to Block Votes on Obamacare Repeal, Tax Cuts

    07/19/2012 7:49:29 PM PDT · by Bigun · 25 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12:25 PM, Jul 19, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    This morning on the Senate floor, Senate majority leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, pledged to block Republican efforts to vote on the repeal of Obamacare and tax cuts:
  • Food Stamp Nation goes international

    07/19/2012 7:25:57 PM PDT · by dragonblustar · 19 replies
    Human Events ^ | 7-19-2012 | John Hayward
    “The Mexican government has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps,” the Daily Caller reported on Thursday. This is not a new development. The cross-border outreach program has existed since 2004. What’s news is that Congress, specifically Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), is demanding information and documentation from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about the size and scope of the program, how much American taxpayer money it consumes, and its effect on illegal immigration. Thus far, Sessions’ questions have not been answered. Here’s how the program...
  • Rubio comparesObama to "3rd world leader". (TRUE DAT;)

    07/19/2012 7:00:13 PM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 9 replies
    Twitter ^ | 20120719 | Marco Rubio
    Tweets All / ... @marcorubioListening to @barackobama wage #classwarfare in #Jacksonville #Florida.Parts of it sound like speech by left-wing 3rd world leader.#sayfie
  • The Left’s Redefining and Marginalizing of the Right in America’s Last Days

    07/19/2012 6:51:51 PM PDT · by kindred · 7 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | July 19, 2012 | DJP I.F.
    Well here we are my friends. After three and a half years of nonstop conservative radio and TV commentary and rallying cries, national Tea Parties, emailing, writing and calling our U.S. representatives, protesting vehemently against socialism, optimistic appraisals and evaluations, and taking our own personal stands for conservatism the relentless leftward movement of this nation has brought to pass our greatest fears for the 2012 elections, a weak moderate/liberal Republican nominee for President. The optimistic voices that put optimistic appraisal in front of the reality of the hour are speechless. Let me ask those of you who have fought valiantly...
  • Experts argue Obamacare mistake could doom key part of law

    07/19/2012 6:48:32 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    Experts argue Obamacare mistake could doom key part of law By Liz Goodwin, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 2 hrs 31 mins ago States could dodge a key part of the health care reform law because of a little-noticed mistake in the lengthy bill, according to a white paper by conservative health care experts Michael Cannon and Jonathan Adler. A missing word in the law's definition of a health insurance exchange could prevent the federal government from doling out crucial subsidies to aid middle class and lower-income people in buying insurance in states that refuse to set up their...
  • GAO: 8 million CCWs; Feinstein spins report to oppose nat’l reciprocity

    07/19/2012 6:43:11 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 July, 2012 | Dave Workman
    The Government Accountability Office has just issued a report on concealed carry in the United States that says there are at least 8 million active concealed carry permits, and anti-gun California Senator Dianne Feinstein immediately said the report is proof that national CCW reciprocity would endanger the lives of police and private citizens. Gun Rights Examiner obtained a copy of the 90-page GAO document, which details differences in state requirements to obtain a concealed carry permit or, as they are called in Washington State, a concealed pistol license (CPL). Late Thursday afternoon, the Department of Licensing told this column that...
  • Syria on the Verge of Collapse

    07/19/2012 6:41:08 PM PDT · by robowombat · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 09:04 AM | By Judith Miller
    The Syrian regime seems on the verge of collapse. The killing of several key officials — the defense minister and the president's brother-in-law — suggests that the regime that has already killed 17,000 could crumble far more quickly than most experts anticipated even a few weeks ago. The next 36 hours are critical, Syria watchers say. "Will the regime choose to massacre its way out of the crisis?" Andrew Tabler, an expert on Syria at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and author of "In the Lion's Den," a book about life under Bashar al-Assad's regime, said. "And if...
  • Syrian Rebels Seize Control of Turkish, Iraqi Borders

    07/19/2012 6:35:11 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 04:08 PM
    Rebels attacked Syrian forces Thursday on two spots along the nation's porus border with Iraq, killing 21 soldiers and seizing control of one of the four major border posts, a senior Iraqi army official said. The assaults against Syria's government unfolded throughout the day, putting the Iraqi army on high alert to prevent any violence from spilling across the border. "We have security concerns because the border crossing now is out of the Syria government's control, and nobody can anticipate what will happen," said Iraqi Army Brig. General Qassim al-Dulaimi. Al-Duliami said about a half-dozen rebels stormed the Syrian border...
  • Brzezinski : War With Iran Could Last Years, Devastate Global Economy

    07/19/2012 6:31:17 PM PDT · by robowombat · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 05:30 PM | By Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter
    Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski warns Newsmax.TV that a confrontation with Iran would be disastrous for the United States, lasting for years and possibly devastating America's economy. “A war in the Middle East, in the present context, may last for years,” Brzezinski, who served in the Carter White House, tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview. “And the economic consequences of it are going to be devastating for the average American. “High inflation. Instability. Insecurity. Probably significant isolation for the United States in the world scene,” Brzezinski says. “Can you name me any significant country that’s going to be in...
  • Halting Syrian Chaos

    07/19/2012 6:24:16 PM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Stratfor ^ | July 4, 2012 | 1102 GMT | Robert D. Kaplan and Kamran Bokhari
    What if Syrian President Bashar al Assad really goes? There is an assumption in the West that the way to win a strategic victory over Iran and improve the human rights situation inside Syria is to remove the Syrian leader. ...... Chaos in Syria benefits nobody. The Turks do not want a long-running refugee problem on their border. The Lebanese are afraid of their own state becoming a battlefront in an intensifying Syrian civil war. The Jordanian regime, already unpopular at home, is also afraid of regional upheaval. The Saudis, even more so than the Jordanians, are terrified of the...
  • Dayton apologizes for comparing NFL players to war veterans

    07/19/2012 6:01:16 PM PDT · by DManA · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 19, 2012 | Associated Press report
    <p>ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he's sorry he compared NFL players in trouble with the law to returning war veterans.</p> <p>The first-term Democrat apologized Thursday in a statement, saying he made a poor analogy when he used the comparison in an interview Tuesday with Minnesota Public Radio.</p>
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Opens First-Ever Satellite Office in Detroit, Michigan

    07/19/2012 5:39:02 PM PDT · by fishtank · 17 replies
    US Patent Office ^ | July 13, 2012 | US Patent Office
    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Opens First-Ever Satellite Office in Detroit, Michigan Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Blank and Patent Office Director Kappos Participated in Ribbon-Cutting for Facility to Help Speed Up Patent Process and Create Local Jobs DETROIT – Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos, along with elected officials, today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Elijah J. McCoy USPTO in Detroit, Michigan – the first-ever Patent and Trademark Office outside of Washington, DC. The new office...
  • Hey, Obama: We Built That Stuff Too!

    07/19/2012 4:35:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2012 | Neal Boortz
    Dear Ruler: First, let me say how thrilled I am that you went off-teleprompter last week. This “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen” thing was just wonderful. Now I know how Chris Matthews felt. Oh .. I know. Your handlers weren’t all that thrilled with your amazing screw-up, and, frankly, they have been worried this day was coming for a long time. They know how you feel about the private sector. They know of your antipathy toward free enterprise and those evil small-business men out there who are not likely to support...
  • The Rule of Law

    07/19/2012 4:18:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2012 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    The greatest distinguishing factor between countries in which there is some freedom and those where authoritarian governments manage personal behavior is the Rule of Law. The idea that the very laws that the government is charged with enforcing could restrain the government itself is uniquely Western and was accepted with near unanimity at the time of the creation of the American Republic. Without that concept underlying the exercise of governmental power, there is little hope for freedom. The Rule of Law is a three-legged stool on which freedom sits. The first leg requires that all laws be enacted in advance...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Thursday, July-19-2012

    07/19/2012 4:11:06 PM PDT · by Fudd Fan · 46 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Making Sense Of The LIBOR Mess, A Free Market Perspective

    07/19/2012 3:57:29 PM PDT · by billflax · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/18/2012 | Bill Flax
    America has a serious problem. The integrity of interest rates has been compromised. Free enterprise requires fidelity and trust. A banking cabal regularly conspires to rig rates benefiting large banks and their political allies. These actions almost certainly harm others. Collusion and market manipulation are reprehensible, but enough about Ben Bernanke and his merry price fixing elves at the Federal Reserve, let’s delve into the LIBOR scandal. For disclosure, I’m a bank underwriter. My employer has not been implicated (and almost certainly won’t be) and my department doesn’t use LIBOR. Nonetheless, note, the following observations are mine alone. We can...
  • 2012 The Battle to Take Back America Starts Now. Special Operations for America

    07/19/2012 3:55:12 PM PDT · by SLB · 8 replies
    http://soforamerica.org/ ^ | July 19, 2012 | Ryan Zinke
    Whitefish, Montana - State Senator and Former Commander at SEAL TEAM SIX; Ryan Zinke, has announced the formation of Special Operations for America (SOFA). SOFA will advocate for the election of Mitt Romney and like-minded candidates who want to bring true leadership back to Washington and who believe in permanent and enduring American Exceptionalism. Leadership that does not apologize and bow to the world for America’s greatness or politicize military operations for political gain. SOFA stands against the core threats to National Security created and unchecked by the Obama administration. SOFA will strike to ensure that veterans and our families...
  • The Moral Imperative of Free Markets

    07/19/2012 3:46:02 PM PDT · by billflax · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/12/2012 | Bill Flax
    President Obama’s campaign trumpets compassion while portraying Mitt Romney’s business acumen as immoral. Obama presumes righteous superiority, but how is exploiting the poor for political props presidential? Why must Romney justify success? How, two decades after communism collapsed, does antagonistic class rhetoric retain credibility? Liberals paint free markets as morally lacking by bemoaning that capitalism plunders workers and pillages the environment. Progressives compare real world capitalism – distorted by fallen man and political intrusion as it inevitably exists – against theoretical ideals never attained anywhere, leastwise in socialist systems prone to oppression and ecological calamity. Progressives exaggerate the excesses and...
  • When Bankers Behave Badly

    07/19/2012 3:42:27 PM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 16 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 23July 2012 | Irwin M. Stelzer
    Where’s the outrage? No, not at President Obama’s performance, foreign and domestic, or his airbrushing the past three years of his failed economic policies out of the history books. That particular outrage Mitt Romney is taking good care to express as part of his strategy of concentrating on Obama’s failures rather than risk proposing policies to return morning to America. But where is the Republican candidate’s outrage at some of those who might be considered his own friends and allies? Just because Obama attacks “fat cat” bankers in one of his egalitarian rants doesn’t mean that Romney should refuse to...
  • Homeland Security deletes immigration enforcement success stories from website

    07/19/2012 3:39:35 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 19, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is not a fan of a big part of the 287(g) program, which allows state and local police to enforce federal immigration laws — but until Thursday her department’s website didn’t get that message. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the part of her agency that handles the 287(g) agreements with states and localities, had a Web page dedicated to success stories from the program, pointing to many of the dangerous criminal aliens who had been taken off the streets after local authorities nabbed them for another offense. But after Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, pointed...
  • Feinstein: Concealed Carry Gun Bills ‘Dangerous’(uberbarf alert)

    07/19/2012 3:32:58 PM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    feinstein.senate.gov ^ | 17 July, 2012 | Feinstein press release
    New GAO report demonstrates reciprocity gun legislation would endanger lives of citizens, law enforcement Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the results of a new GAO study she requested on concealed carry legislation that underscores the dangers of gun reciprocity legislation introduced in the Senate. The bills require states to recognize gun permits issued by other states, including those with weaker gun control policies. The two concealed carry reciprocity bills (S. 2188, S. 2213) require nearly every state to accept the concealed carry gun permits issued by other states—regardless of the permit standards in either state. Senator Feinstein has placed...
  • French vs American Revolutions -- Vive La Différence!

    07/19/2012 3:29:55 PM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 28 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | July 19,2012 | Melanie Sturm
    The French celebrated Bastille Day last week, 219 years after beheading Marie Antoinette in the French Revolution's Reign of Terror. To this day, she's the poster child for upper-class excess, entitlement and insensitivity — the ultimate “1 percenter.” However, Think Again before believing every demonization you hear. In fact, though a privileged aristocrat, Marie Antoinette was not only a faithful Good Samaritan, she actually never uttered the notorious catchphrase “Let them eat cake.” Never mind — social justice was at stake! French revolutionaries declaring “liberty, equality and fraternity” ushered in an anti-democratic period of unlimited governmental power, civil strife and...
  • Napolitano Doesn’t Know How Many Work Permits Could Be Issued Under ‘Deferred Action’ Policy

    07/19/2012 3:24:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 19, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that President Obama was “as a general matter correct,” when he said on March 28, 2011 that his administration cannot suspend deportation of illegal aliens without approval from Congress. She also did not know how many illegal aliens benefiting from the “deferred action” on deportation would be eligible for work permits at a time when Americans are facing an 8.2 percent unemployment rate. Napolitano testified Thursday to the House Judiciary Committee. It was her first testimony since announcing the “deferred action” policy to allow illegal aliens under the age of 30 who have not...
  • Hill and Huma and Bill and Anthony and ... the Muslim Brotherhood and ... Alger Hiss

    07/19/2012 3:20:34 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 6 replies
    DianeWest.net ^ | 16JUL12 | Diane West
    While my esteemed colleague Andy McCarthy analyzes the substance of Hillary Clinton's address in Alexandria, Egypt here, I confess to remaining stuck on the description of the Egyptian crowd chanting, "Monica! Monica!" as Hill's motorcade made its way through the city. Must be the call of my wild old beat covering Impeachment Issues ("Monica! Monica!") for the Washington Times editorial page years ago. It's hard to imagine any barb razor-sharp enough to penetrate the thick skin that allows the thoroughly disgraced Clinton couple to remain in the public X-ray eye, but if one such barb could break through their armor...
  • Trial begins for N.M. gun dealer family charged with illegal sales

    07/19/2012 3:18:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 18 July, 2012 | David Codrea
    A jury was selected and the prosecution and one defense attorney have given opening statements yesterday in the trial of the Reese family, gun store owners charged in an indictment with conspiracy, aiding and abetting smuggling of firearms, money laundering and making false statements to investigators. Reconvening today at 9 a.m. in the U.S. District Court in Las Cruces, N.M., a family spokesperson told Gun Rights Examiner that the other three defense attorneys for family members required to retain separate representation are making their opening statements today. “Testimony is expected to begin” in today’s session, the Las Cruces Sun-News added....
  • Gun-Smuggling Trial Begins(NM)

    07/19/2012 3:11:05 PM PDT · by marktwain
    abqjournal.com ^ | 18 July, 2012 | Rene Romo
    LAS CRUCES — The federal gun-smuggling trial of four members of a Deming area family began Tuesday with a defense attorney asserting that the mother of the Reese clan herself launched the investigation that ended up snaring her family....