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  • The SPLC and the Homosexual Hate Movement

    01/30/2015 4:02:45 PM PST · by cleghornboy · 11 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | January 30, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    Just returned from a very productive evangelization project in the Monadnock area. But I'm back. In the news, Patrick Vaughn, Legal Counsel for the American Family Association, correctly observes that, "The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) calls the American Family Association (AFA) a 'hate group' because AFA promotes traditional Biblical views on homosexuality and marriage. SPLC does not have a standard for who they label as a 'hate group.' They apply the label to whomever they want to dehumanize and attack." See here. The Southern Poverty Law Center has even included Mass Resistance in its list of hate groups because...
  • Oh how Hi –lari-ous: Obama Signs Executive Order Closing Congress - more sick jokes from the left

    01/30/2015 11:54:37 AM PST · by HammerT · 21 replies
    The New Yorker | January 29, 2015
    Title only:"Obama Signs Executive Order Closing Congress" But that says enough
  • The Worst Form of Inequality

    01/30/2015 2:14:24 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 10 replies
    JihadWatch.org ^ | January 30, 2015 | Michael Devolin
    “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.” –Aristotle I believe the biggest threat to western democracies today comes not only from Islam’s traditions of intolerance and political violence and anti-Western sentiment, but also from those apologists and pluralists, both religious and political, who are making every effort to convince us that this threat—these egregious customs—were never foreign to our North American traditions of tolerance and rule of law; as though Islam, with its ever-present political and religious maelstroms, is applicable to our democratic way of life. One premise being applied vigorously is that, simply...
  • Report: United States kept secret its chemical weapons finds in Iraq

    01/29/2015 2:42:55 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 48 replies
    CNN.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | Dana Ford
    The U.S. government suppressed information about chemical weapons it found in Iraq, and several servicemembers were injured by their exposure to those weapons, The New York Times is reporting. In an article published late Tuesday, the newspaper says it found 17 American servicemembers and seven Iraqi police officers who were exposed to mustard or nerve agents after 2003. They were reportedly given inadequate care and told not to talk about what happened. "From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam...
  • American Betrayal: A Postmodern (Premodern) Guide to Shutting Down Speech and Truth

    01/29/2015 12:07:54 PM PST · by No One Special · 9 replies
    dianawest.net ^ | January 29, 2015 | Diana West
    Arthur Koestler (1905-1983)The following excerpt from American Betrayal appears today in slightly edited form at Breitbart News:In his contribution to the famous 1949 collection of essays by ex-Communists titled The God That Failed, Arthur Koestler carefully illustrates how set language binds thought to ideology at the expense of evidence. Koestler, author of the unparalleled novel of Stalin's show trials, Darkness at Noon, describes a conversation he had early in his Communist career with "Edgar," his Party contact, in which they discuss the front page of a Communist newspaper."But every word on the front page is contradicted by the facts," I...
  • Brussels must confront revival of fascism in Eastern Europe

    01/29/2015 10:28:59 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 14 replies
    i24 News ^ | January 1, 2015 | Efraim Zuroff
    CROATIA COMMEMORATES THE CREATOR OF THE AUSCHWITZ OF THE BALKANSCroatia's WWII leader Ante Pavelic received by Hitler in Berchtesgaden for a two-hour conference on June 6, 1941. Brussels must confront revival of fascism in Eastern Europe Croatia's Ante Pavelic, founder of Ustasha movement, was personally responsible for group's genocidal policies Try and imagine the following scenario. This coming spring, on the seventieth anniversary of the death of Adolf Hitler, a memorial mass is held in the center of Berlin in the one of the city's most important churches, which by chance happens to be located several hundred meters from the...
  • Greenfield: Muslims are Not a Minority

    01/29/2015 8:45:43 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 14 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Thursday, July 25, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, July 25, 2013 Muslims are Not a Minority Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog The most persistent myth of the Western Dhimmi narrative is that Muslims are a minority and must receive special protection and accommodation. But Muslims are not a minority. There are 1.5 billion Sunni Muslims worldwide, outweighing Catholics as the next largest religious faction at 1.1 billion and Hindus at 1 billion. They are still a minority of the overall population in Western countries, but a demographically trending majority. In the UK more people attend mosques than the Church of England, that makes...
  • SEAL's Improvised Right from the Start

    01/28/2015 10:13:26 AM PST · by w1n1 · 25 replies
    wsj ^ | 1/28/2015 | P O'Donnell
    In 1942, America didn’t have special-operations units. To solve that problem, the U.S. government turned to its Office of Strategic Services, or OSS. At the time, no technology for underwater combat swimming existed in a military-operational form in the American arsenal. The OSS Maritime Unit (MU) would have to develop it and the teams needed to use it, overnight — with a whopping budget of $500. The rest of the story here.
  • An Auschwitz Anniversary

    01/28/2015 8:39:12 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/28/15 | Alan Caruba
    Auschwitz is not some place that existed a long time ago. It was yesterday There was some serious irony when U.S. Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew gathered together with French President Francois Hollande and a Russian delegation led by Sergei Ivanov, Putin’s chief of staff, along with leaders from Germany and Austria to participate in the January 27 ceremony commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945 by Russian troops. I suspect that an entire generation or two born after that year, 70 years ago, may have little or no knowledge of what Auschwitz was. It was a Nazi death camp...
  • The Deadly Dangerous U.S.-Cuba Deal

    01/28/2015 7:21:52 AM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 9 replies
    The Phildelphia Trumpet ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | G. Flurry
    In December, U.S. President Barack Obama surprised the world by announcing that America would restore diplomatic ties with Cuba after 53 years of hostility. The terms of the deal completely favor Cuba. Cuba did not have to abandon communism or reform its dictatorial governance. The U.S. got nothing out of this deal. Then why did the president make this deal? Only our booklet America Under Attack fully answers that question! (Request your free copy.) What is this all about? We could write quite a bit about the president bypassing Congress and using yet another executive action to make this deal....
  • Chris Kyle and American Sniper: A Critique of a Faux Critique (small spoilers)

    01/28/2015 5:02:07 AM PST · by servo1969 · 3 replies
    Stately McDaniel Manor ^ | 1-24-2015 | Mike McDaniel
    Media Progressives are nothing if not predictable. A case in point is one Matt Taibbi, writing what purports to be a movie review of American Sniper in a January 21, 2015 edition of Rolling Stone, which rag hasn’t had a good run of journalistic integrity of late. One can expect the self-appointed cultural elite to be insultingly dismissive of and terminally snarky about anything the denizens of flyover country–you know, Americans?–like, but his article “American Sniper’ Is Almost Too Dumb To Criticize. Almost,” is a study in predictability and lazy disdain.Regular readers know that I’ve been covering Chris Kyle for...
  • Is the world reliving Churchill’s history of the run-up to WWII? 12 passages suggest we might be.

    01/27/2015 8:01:33 AM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 25 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-01-27 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Recently we marked the 50th anniversary of the January 24, 1965 passing of Winston Churchill. Churchill was not only a courageous leader but an eminent historian and lucid writer who left us with volumes of valuable insight and wisdom. We have been flipping through his, “The Gathering Storm,” which recounts among other parts of history the lead up to World War II, when Churchill stood as a lone voice against Nazi Germany — a threat he so clearly saw while the world dithered. Below are 12 passages from Churchill’s Volume I of “The Gathering Storm,” that look awfully eerie in...
  • Delta Force Soldier made a Mark on History

    01/27/2015 7:51:47 AM PST · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    wsj ^ | 1/27/2015 | T Sileo
    From an early age, Master Sgt. Robert Horrigan displayed qualities that would lead to him become one of America’s most respected battlefield warriors. “He would give you the shirt off his back,” the soldier’s twin said. “Robert would do anything for anybody. If he had a dollar in his pocket and you needed it, he’d give it to you.” Dollars were sometimes hard to come by, as the Horrigan family endured financial struggles during parts of Robert and John’s boyhood. Even though John had long since retired from military service by Sept. 11, 2001, he could see the impact the...
  • Richard Davis, Inventor of Soft Body Armor, at the Shot Show

    01/27/2015 5:32:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Richard Davis, in short sleeves, at the Shot Show, Las Vegas, 2015 At the Shot Show this year, I was working away in the media room.  Media are given a room and special access at the Shot Show, as they are most places.   A guard at the door insures that only the privileged are allowed inside.  (The management also provides free food.)  I was chatting with Destinee of FateofDestinee fame when I got the call.   Richard Davis was at the shot Show and willing to talk!  Richard Davis is legendary to gun culture people born before 1960.   He has...
  • Greenfield: The Temperature at Which Global Warming Freezes

    01/27/2015 5:18:12 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 24 replies
    the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 The Temperature at Which Global Warming Freezes Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog The sky over New York City was a falling sheet of white. Trails of footprints, work boots, paw prints, sneakers and bird claws, told their own story of how the residents of city were getting through the blizzard to their daily errands. Shoppers lugged home milk as if cows were going extinct. Miniature snowmen decorated mailboxes and garbage trucks towing orange plows clattered down empty streets. Nowhere in the city was the blizzard more pronounced than in Central Park, designed...
  • Vanity - Churchill: "Their Finest Hour" and Other Great Speeches

    01/26/2015 6:21:30 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 23 replies
    Self
    The words of this speech have resonated with me since the first time I heard them over a half-century ago. They are most relevant at this crucial time in our History, when all of the manifest Evil of totalitarianism is unleashed upon us. And look at our putative "leaders!" They are nothing more than a cadre of appeasers, Quislings, and apparatchiks! You may well differ with me – I say God bless Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Trey Gowdy and others of their ilk! They stand for America as I have stood and most here have stood! It is indeed time...
  • Have We Carefully Thought of the Consequences of Absolute Free Speech?

    01/26/2015 1:03:50 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 30 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 26 January 2015 | Enza Ferreri
    This article was published on The Occidental ObserverBy Enza Ferreri One “thought experiment” in the recent – but not yet concluded - debate on freedom of speech surrounding the Charlie Hebdo massacre particularly impressed me: Here is a thought experiment: Suppose that while the demonstrators stood solemnly at Place de la Republique the other night,… a man stepped out in front… carrying a placard with a cartoon depicting the editor of the magazine lying in a pool of blood, saying, “Well I’ll be a son of a gun!” or “You’ve really blown me away!” or some such witticism. How...
  • President Issues Statement Commemorating 42nd Anniversary of Roe vs Wade [semi-satire]

    01/26/2015 8:56:30 AM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    President Obama hailed the 42nd anniversary of 1973’s Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion at any time for any reason throughout a woman’s pregnancy. “Since 1973 over 50 million unwanted births have been prevented,” Obama pointed out. “That’s 50 million mothers spared the toils and troubles of rearing children they did not want. That’s 50 million individuals spared the indignity of being an unwanted child.” The President also took this anniversary as an opportunity to call for “continued vigilance against those who would have us backtrack on this vital human right.” Two instances of “backtracking” as the President sees it are...
  • Architects Pose With The Original Model of the World Trade Center

    01/25/2015 11:34:15 AM PST · by lbryce · 48 replies
    Google Plus ^ | January 24, 2015 | Staff
    Everyone should respond thee way they feel. IMHO this may not be the best time to post, discuss what's on your mind. My reaction to seeing it was to just look at it, ponder the terrible, unbelievable irony, tragedy of what the future, fate had in store for all those involved and beyond.
  • My challenge to Pope Francis: One which will, of course, go unanswered

    01/25/2015 11:25:21 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 12 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | January 25, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    Most of you are aware of Pope Francis' concern over the size of Catholic families. The pontiff suggested the use of Natural Family Planning while quipping that married couples do not have to "breed like rabbits." As I said on Facebook: "It's true that married people do not have to "breed like rabbits." But then, priests don't have to float around the altar like Liberace around his Steinway or resemble Judy Garland." Where is the Holy Father's concern over homosexual priests? At the onset of his pontificate, when asked about the Vatican's alleged "gay lobby" [read Lavender Mafia] the Pope...
  • Manson, Mohammed, and the Innocence of Non-Muslims

    01/25/2015 12:38:08 AM PST · by IChing · 39 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 1/23/15 | Donald Joy
    I like to refer to Islam as equivalent to the Manson Family on a global scale. Just how accurate is that? Let’s take a look. Ali Sina is a renowned ex-Muslim author, and founder of FaithFreedom.org. He writes, “I see Muhammed as a psychopath and Allah was nothing but his own alter-ego. He invented this bugaboo deity to fool people and ride them. Allah is no god and even if he was, Muhammed did not receive any revelations from him. Muhammed was a deranged man. He concocted this whole lie to fool people. He was no different than Jim Jones,...
  • Greenfield: The Hollywood Jihad Against American Sniper

    01/24/2015 10:58:08 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 23 replies
    the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Saturday, January 24, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Saturday, January 24, 2015 The Hollywood Jihad Against American Sniper Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog American Sniper is the movie that should not have existed. Even though the book was a bestseller, nobody in Hollywood wanted the rights.  And why would they? The Iraq War already had an official narrative in Hollywood. It was bad and wrong. Its veterans were crippled, dysfunctional and dangerous. Before American Sniper, Warner Brothers had gone with anti-war flicks like Body of Lies and In the Valley of Elah. It had lost a fortune on Body of Lies; but losing money...
  • American Sniper: What do veterans say about the movie? (+video)

    01/24/2015 7:22:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor | January 24, 2015 | Samantha Laine
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Since the film opened earlier this month, "American Sniper" has stirred up passionate responses from critics and supporters alike. What began as a surprise box-office hit, raking in $105 million its opening weekend, is now a flashpoint for conservative and liberal views of the Iraq war. The movie follows the life of Chris Kyle – one of the deadliest snipers and a US Navy SEAL – and his deployment on four tours to Iraq. During this time, he was credited with 160 kills before he was honorably discharged in 2009 after 10 years of service. His 2012 memoir, also...
  • Misreading Robert E. Lee - A Video Review of Elizabeth Brown Pryor's "Reading the Man"

    01/24/2015 2:25:41 PM PST · by Davy Buck · 39 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 1/23/2015 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    Dr. Bryon McClanahan reviews Pryor's work on Lee. He is quite critical and discusses major problems with the book as well as the "trendy" practice by modern historians of "humanizing" (tearing down) American heroes . . .
  • POW Flag from WWII Testament to Men's Bravery

    01/23/2015 6:47:07 AM PST · by w1n1
    wsj ^ | 1/23/2015 | M Burke
    Although Petty Officer 1st Class Denny Landrum died in 1980, the Navy electrician’s mate lives on through vibrant strokes of colored pigment. Between beatings, mock executions and torture at the Omori Prison Camp during World War II, Landrum and fellow POWs Raymond Jakubielski, Lorenzo Miriszio and Norman Albertsen painstakingly sewed bed sheets together and pilfered colored pencils from their Japanese guards. They created an American flag even though they faced execution if caught and had been threatened with court martial by their superiors, who feared all the prisoners might be punished for the act of defiance. Read the POW story...
  • The Diocese of Baton Rouge and the attack on the priest-penitent privilege

    01/22/2015 1:27:39 PM PST · by cleghornboy · 5 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | January 22, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    Washington D.C., Jan 21, 2015 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition from a Louisiana Catholic diocese that fears a civil lawsuit could force a priest to violate the seal of confession or go to jail. The Diocese of Baton Rouge and diocesan priest Father Jeff Bayhi were disappointed by the decision, which the diocese said has “significant ramifications for religious freedom in Louisiana and beyond.” “The diocese and Fr. Bayhi will continue their efforts to protect the guarantees of religious freedom set forth in our state and federal constitutions, and are...
  • Greenfield: Why the Left Refuses to Talk About Muslim Anti-Semitism

    01/22/2015 11:51:00 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 13 replies
    the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Thursday, January 22, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, January 22, 2015 Why the Left Refuses to Talk About Muslim Anti-Semitism Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog Even articles about Muslim Anti-Semitism rarely want to talk about Muslim Anti-Semitism. In the aftermath of the Kosher supermarket massacre in France, articles about the Muslim persecution of Jews in Europe nervously hover around the subject before swerving away to discuss the European far-right. An article about Muslim anti-Semitism in France inevitably becomes an article about the National Front, which is not actually shooting Jews in supermarkets. Broader European pieces obsessively focus on the Jobbik party in Hungary...
  • On the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade…..

    01/21/2015 4:48:13 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/21/15 | William Kevin Stoos
    Unborn Baby Eagles “Don’t fail to rescue those who are doomed to die. Don’t say, “I didn’t know it!” God can read your mind. He watches each of us and knows our thoughts. And God will pay us back for what we do.” (Proverbs 24:11-12—Contemporary English Version) Since 1973 when two women, prompted (some might say, used) by their activist radical women’s rights attorneys, challenged laws prohibiting abortions and won[1], nearly 50 million unborn and nearly born babies have been killed. That is nearly 16% of the current population of the United States. Fifty million babies who had no choice...
  • The truth about Islam and the Western world

    01/21/2015 1:18:52 PM PST · by mystery-ak · 5 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | Jan. 21, 2015 | Earl Carter
    Reflecting A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine that America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves. Pause a moment, reflect back. These events are actual events from history. They really happened!!
  • Nationalism Has Indeed Caused Wars

    01/21/2015 1:04:21 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 9 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 21 January 2015 | Enza Ferreri
    I want to answer this Facebook comment by Diane Granger to my article Imagine No Heaven and Lots of War: I disagree.Nationalism does not cause wars.Money and power cause wars.Those who profit from wars cause wars.Manipulate and blackmail the traitor politicians into wars. Every war has generally many causes, but it's impossible to deny the evident historical truth that nationalism has been a predominant cause of war. Right now I'm reading respected historian JM Roberts' History of the World where he describes events in the 1930s' Middle East: Unfortunately, the Syrian situation soon also showed the disintegrating power of...
  • Paris, a Symbol of Our Western Civilization

    01/21/2015 9:25:14 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/21/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Paris, the City of Lights: What will happen to all the art, icons, sculptures, statues, old Basilicas, archeological ruins, when Muslims become the majority in Paris and Europe On my third trip to Paris, it was ten days of drizzly and bone-chilling December. We stayed in a cozy but insufficiently heated hotel, just narrow and winding streets away from the magnificent Basilica of Sacré-Cśur in Montmartre. The stark white dome of Sacré-Cśur situated on top of the hill was visible on a sunny day from most points in Paris. Winding down the cozy village-like streets from the Basilica was Place...
  • Imagine No Heaven and Lots of War

    01/20/2015 1:05:46 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 1 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 20 January 2015 | Enza Ferreri
    It's a common, but misconceived, idea that Western people have grown disillusioned with religion because of religious wars in the distant or - in the almost unique case of Northern Ireland - recent past. People on the Left have taken this view with a bit more consistency than those on the Right. Think of John Lennon's song Imagine. He saw world peace and unification in the abolition of what he considered as all causes of division and conflict: religion, class, nation. Lennon was, to put it in euphemistically-correct language, "cognitively challenged", but at least one can't deny his consistency...
  • Obama aide takes blame for Paris absence

    01/20/2015 5:56:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 20, 2015 | Justin Sink
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Tuesday it was his fault the White House didn’t send the president or another senior member of the administration to a unity rally in Paris earlier this month following the terror attack on a satirical newspaper. “We’ve said we regret we didn’t send someone more senior than out ambassador,” McDonough said in an interview with NBC’s “The Today Show. “That rests on me, that’s my job.” McDonough said he regretted the decision in particular because “the melee that ensued after that has covered up and obfuscated the very good progress that our...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Next Speech Hosted by Foreign Bank Accused of Aiding Enron Fraud

    01/20/2015 5:38:40 AM PST · by lbryce · 1 replies
    Editor's Blog-Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 19, 2015 | Andrew Stiles
    On Wednesday, for example, Clinton will continue quest to become more relatable by speaking at an event hosted by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, a Toronto-based institution that has been the subject of multiple U.S. investigations into fraud and other financial transgressions, including helping the notorious Enron energy company to mislead investors. McClatchy reports: In 2003, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce settled a case with the Securities and Exchange Commission for $80 million for allegedly helping the Enron energy company mislead investors through a series of transactions over a period of several years, according to the SEC....
  • Greenfield: Suppose Islam Had a Holocaust and No One Noticed

    01/19/2015 11:27:49 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 31 replies
    the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Monday, January 19, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Monday, January 19, 2015 Suppose Islam Had a Holocaust and No One Noticed Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog While Western newspapers were debating whether or not to reprint the Mohammed cartoons, in Nigeria as many as 2,000 people were massacred by the Islamic State in Nigeria, also known as Boko Haram, in what is being called the deadliest attack by the Muslim group to date. Survivors described the Islamic State setting up efficient killing teams and massacring everyone while shouting “Allahu Akbar”. "For five kilometers (three miles), I kept stepping on dead bodies until I reached...
  • Thoughts on the Anniversary of General Robert E. Lee's Birth

    01/19/2015 10:47:15 AM PST · by DanMiller · 23 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 19, 2015 | Dan Miller
    This is a re-post of an article I wrote last year to celebrate the anniversary of General Lee's birth on January 19, 1807. My concerns for the future remain about the same, although the current threats to freedom of speech and of religion from Islam and its advocates are now higher. We have changed as a nation, often not for the better.We, as a nation, seem to have done with heroes of his type. Yet he inspired a fledgling nation, the Confederate States of America -- young, old, rich and poor alike. Those who reminisce about him do so mainly because of his devotion to...
  • American Sniper: Aiming For The Heart!

    01/19/2015 8:12:44 AM PST · by xuberalles · 4 replies
    Self | 1/19/15 | Me
    Anti-war leftists will freely wave the white flag of capitulation, acceptable apathy, as tyrants and Islamacists murder countless innocents, but they’re infuriated beyond measure by a cinematic adaptation that chronicles both the inevitable ravages of war and the indelible spirit of a man who routinely risked his life to defend his brethren. Ironically the same foaming progressives who are desperate to discredit the unprecedented success and cultural impact of American Sniper – a supposed Right Wing celebration of individual mass murder and unabashed jingoism – were somehow unmoved when 12 unarmed workers at Charlie Hebdo, civilians not at war mind...
  • Need a good civil rights documentary for my young homeschooled kids (Vanity)

    01/18/2015 8:12:08 PM PST · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 57 replies
    Jan. 18, 2015 | moi
    Our kids are in second grade (homeschooled with me and my husband) and while they probably know more about the Civil War than most seven-year-olds, we haven't gotten into civil rights issues from the 1950's and 60's yet. However, our kids are old enough now to pick up on things from the radio and newspaper, so I think it's time to start to cover that. I'm looking for a relatively short documentary (or recordings of particular speeches, etc.) that presents Jim Crow, civil rights, MLK, etc. fairly factually and without a heapin' helping of white self-hate added in. (I also...
  • MLK Day, 2015: We Have Come a Long Way

    01/18/2015 12:08:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 74 replies
    The State of the Union ^ | January 16, 2015 | Arthur Christopher Schaper
    On this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, instead of listening to irreverent race-baiters like “Reverends” Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson, let us imagine what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his colleague Rosa Parks might say about race relations in America. First, Dr. King would remind us that in previous decades, white people were never indicted, let alone convicted and incarcerated for willfully killing black people. White lynch mobs would preen for cameras following their savage murders of black people, brazenly smiling because they knew that no white jury would convict them. King would retell the trial of the...
  • General Robert E. Lee should be a Role Model for American youth

    01/18/2015 11:26:40 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 115 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/18/15 | James King
    Lee possessed every virtue of other great commanders without their vices. He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a victor without oppression, and a victim without murmuring. U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower believed that Confederate General Robert E. Lee should be a Role Model for American youth and they should emulate his qualities. Robert Edward Lee was born January 19, 1807 to Revolutionary War hero Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee III and Anne Carter Lee at Stratford Hall in Westmoreland County Virginia. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated 2nd in...
  • The Moral Basis for Economic Liberty

    01/18/2015 9:54:46 AM PST · by Ray76 · 2 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | July 13, 2010 | Rev. Robert A. Sirico
    Today, those who defend free markets and capitalism often do so solely on managerial or technical grounds, but economic liberty needs a moral defense as well. Defense of economic liberty without reference to morality will ultimately prove injurious to liberty itself. Rightly understood, capitalism is simply the name for the economic component of the natural order of liberty. It means expansive ownership of property, fair and equal rules for all, economic security through prosperity, strict adherence to the boundaries of ownership, opportunity for charity, wise resource use, creativity, growth, development, prosperity, abundance. Most of all, it means the economic application...
  • Attorney General Eric Holder wants the "Supreme Court" to oppose the Author of marriage

    01/17/2015 6:43:49 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 32 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | January 17, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    High court to hear gay marriage cases in April Associated Press WASHINGTON (January 16, 2015) — Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution. The justices will take up gay-rights cases that ask them to overturn bans in four states and declare for the entire nation that people can marry the partners of their choice, regardless of gender. The cases will be argued in April, and a decision is expected by late June. Proponents of same-sex marriage said...
  • The Essence of Conservatism

    01/16/2015 5:10:41 PM PST · by donaldo · 7 replies
    The Russell Kirk Center | Russell Kirk
    http://www.kirkcenter.org/index.php/detail/essence-1957/ A very good list of the essentials of conservatism. Russell Kirk - “Conservatism is something more than mere solicitude for tidy incomes.”
  • New Evidence For Anthropic Theory That Fundamental Physics Constants Underlie Life-Enabling Universe

    01/16/2015 10:58:49 AM PST · by lbryce · 17 replies
    From Quarks to Quasars ^ | January 16, 2015 | FQIQ
    Full Title:New Evidence For Anthropic Theory That Fundamental Physics Constants Underlie Life-Enabling Universe For nearly half a century, theoretical physicists have made a series of discoveries that certain constants in fundamental physics seem extraordinarily fine-tuned to allow for the emergence of a life-enabling universe. Constants that crisscross the Standard Model of Particle Physics guided the formation of hydrogen nuclei during the Big Bang, along with the carbon and oxygen atoms initially fused at the center of massive first-generation stars that exploded as supernovae; these processes in turn set the stage for solar systems and planets capable of supporting carbon-based life...
  • French Prime Minister: 'I Refuse to Use This Term Islamophobia'

    01/16/2015 8:02:55 AM PST · by lbryce · 42 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 16, 2015 | Jeffrey Goldberg
    The prime minister of France, Manuel Valls, has emerged over the past tumultuous week as one of the West’s most vocal foes of Islamism, though he’s actually been talking about the threat it poses for a long while. During the course of an interview conducted before the Charlie Hebdo attacks, he told me—he went out of his way to tell me, in fact—that he refuses to use the term “Islamophobia” to describe the phenomenon of anti-Muslim prejudice, because, he says, the accusation of Islamophobia is often used as a weapon by Islamism's apologists to silence their critics. Most of my...
  • Pope Francis: This is why authentic dialogue with Islam is impossible

    01/16/2015 5:39:36 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 3 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | January 16, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    In his Encyclical Letter Ecclesiam Suam, Pope Paul VI told us that, "The Church must enter into dialogue with the world in which it lives. It has something to say, a message to give, a communication to make." (No. 65). The Holy Father goes on to say that, "Dialogue, therefore, is a recognized method of the apostolate. It is a way of making spiritual contact. It should however have the following characteristics: 1) Clarity before all else; the dialogue demands that what is said should be intelligible. We can think of it as a kind of thought transfusion. It is...
  • Greenfield: The Importance of Blasphemy

    01/15/2015 8:04:38 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 15 replies
    the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Thursday, January 15, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, January 15, 2015 The Importance of Blasphemy Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog  As a deeply religious person, I have no fondness for blasphemy. My religion and its holy books are sacred to me. And I understand perfectly well why a Muslim would not relish a cartoon of a naked Mohammed.But the debates over freedom of speech and the sensitivity of religious feelings also miss the point.Blasphemy is the price we pay for not having a theocracy. Muslims are not only outraged but baffled by the Mohammed cartoons because they come from a world in which...
  • Talking About Climate Change in 1827

    01/15/2015 2:52:41 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Two Nerdy History Girls ^ | January 15, 2015 | Loretta Chase
    Mail Coach in snow Talking about climate change in the early 1800s?  This was something of a surprise to me at first.  Then I realized that this piece was written only a decade after the Year Without a Summer, during what is known as the Little Ice Age.  In that context, the theories become quite interesting. In the discussion of cold weather in North America and Europe, you’ll notice no mention of a volcanic eruption.  And can you imagine 19th century naval vessels trying to move glaciers?*  Climate change Climate change 15 January entry from William Hone, The Every-day...
  • Under Sky or Minaret, Everything Old Is New Again

    01/15/2015 1:40:24 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 15, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on the War on Terror, a century into it... - There are as many truisms in war as there are in peace. Favorites include “The generals are always fighting the last war,” “There is nothing new under the sun,” “An army marches on its stomach.” All are true, to an extent, and can be applied to the study of any war, including the current one. But it’s also worth considering one of the great lies of all time, always cited, rarely true: “But This Time Is Different!” We say it to our parents when we hope for an exception...
  • Christianity Saved Europe from Islam: Je Suis Charlie Martel

    01/15/2015 1:17:00 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 15 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 15 January 2015 | Enza Ferreri
    Fantastic video that you can see by clicking on the "Enza Ferreri Blog" link above, from ramzpaul. It has been the Christian cross and Christian Church that has defeated the invading Islamic armies again and again, throughout the history of Europe, let's never forget that. Now Europe is losing Christianity, and is losing to Islam: can that be only a coincidence? Wake up, people! The attacks on Christianity have come from various sources, but none of these sources have had European interests at heart. Sometimes these attacks are repeated by naďve, unaware, possibly well-meaning "useful idiots", but mostly they are...