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  • US Senator John McCain: Arm Syrian Rebels To Shoot Down Russian Planes

    10/02/2015 9:20:07 AM PDT · by Fennie · 145 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 2, 2015
    McCain reacted to Russia's announcement that it had begun launching air strikes targeting ISIS militants in Syria by calling on the White House to arm Syrian rebels with weapons to shoot down Russian planes. McCain initially responded to Fox News host Neil Cavuto's question about whether he would shoot down Russian planes by saying no, but then went on to assert that he would arm Syrian rebels to carry out that very same task. "I might do what we did in Afghanistan many years ago, to give those guys the ability to shoot down those planes, that equipment is available,"...
  • After Four Years of Failure in Syria, Obama Looks to Russia and Iran for Help

    09/28/2015 1:16:43 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 14 replies ^ | 09.28.152:10 PM ET | Christopher Dickey
    After Four Years of Failure in Syria, Obama Looks to Russia and Iran for Help Listen closely to the president, Putin, and Rouhani and you’ll hear common ground on Assad and ISIS. When President Barack Obama spoke at the United Nations today, he opened the door wide to cooperation with Iran and Russia in an effort to end the Syrian civil war that has shattered the Middle East, spawned ferocious new terrorist forces, and driven millions toward the frontiers of Europe to seek safety. In what was generally a boilerplate paean to democracy, the rule of law, and the virtues...
  • Russia Surprises U.S. With Accord on Battling ISIS

    09/28/2015 6:20:24 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 14 replies ^ | SEPT. 27, 2015 | MICHAEL R. GORDON
    Russia Surprises U.S. With Accord on Battling ISIS By MICHAEL R. GORDONSEPT. 27, 2015 UNITED NATIONS — For the second time this month, Russia moved to expand its political and military influence in the Syria conflict and left the United States scrambling, this time by reaching an understanding, announced on Sunday, with Iraq, Syria and Iran to share intelligence about the Islamic State. Like Russia’s earlier move to bolster the government of President Bashar al-Assad by deploying warplanes and tanks to a base near Latakia, Syria, the intelligence-sharing arrangement was sealed without notice to the United States. American officials knew...
  • Criticism of Glenn Beck here reminds me.

    09/27/2015 3:35:40 AM PDT · by 1raider1 · 66 replies
    Random thought | September 27, 2015 | Moi
    Reading the, maybe justified, criticism of Glenn Beck here, I'm reminded of the quote, "A prophet hath not honor in his own country."
  • Obama envoy in anti-ISIS coalition to step down

    09/24/2015 12:04:50 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 5 replies ^ | Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 1:07 AM | Karen DeYoung
    U.S. envoy in anti-ISIS coalition to step down Karen DeYoung, Washington Post Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 1:07 AM WASHINGTON - Retired Marine Gen. John Allen has told the White House he will resign later this fall as the Obama administration's envoy to the international coalition against the Islamic State, according to U.S. officials. Read more at
  • Syria says would welcome Russian army base in Latakia (fait accompli)

    09/23/2015 2:25:32 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 44 replies ^ | Wed Sep 23, 2015 3:40pm EDT | Vladimir Soldatkin, editing by Jason Bush
    World | Wed Sep 23, 2015 3:40pm EDT Related: World Syria says would welcome Russian army base in Latakia: Interfax MOSCOW The Syrian ambassador in Moscow said on Wednesday Damascus would welcome the deployment of a Russian military base in the city of Latakia (Lattakia) if Moscow decides to build one there, Interfax news agency reported.
  • Do you trust the Gravis Marketing poll which had Trump at 30.8% in July, 40% in August & now at 22%?

    09/20/2015 12:03:40 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 93 replies
    9/20./2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    No flaming others on this thread. Thanks. With the thread title in mind, which polls do you trust? Do you trust the "news" polls (as in CNN, ABC News/WaPo, NBC News/WSJ/Survey Monkey or do you trust unscientific online surveys/polls at Drudge Report and Breitbart? How about Gravis Marketing? NBC News Poll, Trump, August - 22%. NBC News poll, Trump, September 6, 2015 - 28%. Right now in the newest NBC News poll (thread at FR right now), Trump - 29%. No statistical improvement from 28%. But Trump is down in the new CNN poll (from 32% just recently to 24%...
  • Jordan’s Queen threatens Europe: Take more refugees or face more “extremism

    09/20/2015 9:02:15 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 43 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 9/19/2015 | Pamela Geller
    <p>Jordan’s Queen Rania has used a speech in Berlin today to call upon Europe to help more Syrian refugees – and not to ‘bolt the door for fear of the unknown’.”</p> <p>The threat – always the threat. It’s the Islamic way. Oppose the invasion or face the consequences. There it is. I submit that the consequences of the Muslim invasion of Europe are far greater than “the consequences of extremism.” What’s the difference?</p>
  • Polls: Fiorina even with Trump in presidential race at 22% among debate watchers

    09/17/2015 1:38:54 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 266 replies
    HotAir ^ | 09/17/2015 | Jeremy (Allahpundit)
    Even so, if I’m not mistaken, these are the first two polls anywhere since Trumpmania broke big that don’t show him on top.
  • Post-Debate Poll: Fiorina Surges to First Place, Tied With Trump (National poll for conservative OAN

    09/19/2015 7:45:59 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 82 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9/17/2015 | Staff
    A post-debate poll conducted by Gravis Marketing for One America News Network (OAN) shows Carly Fiorina jumping to first place at 22%, tied with Donald Trump. ...
  • Poll: Arizona Republicans say Carly Fiorina won this week's debate (Fiorina 46%, Trump at 16% in AZ

    09/19/2015 9:31:46 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 41 replies
    Phoenix Business Journal ^ | 9/18/2015 | Mike Sunnucks
    A new poll of Arizona Republican voters shows former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as the big winner in this week's presidential debate on CNN. Summit Consulting Group surveyed 996 likely GOP voters on who they thought won the three-hour debate this week. Forty-six percent picked Fiorina, who touts her business background, as the winner. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was second at 18.2 percent followed by GOP frontrunner Donald Trump with 16 percent. Several online, unscientific post-debate polls were dominated by Trump supporters. ...
  • Carson edges Trump as likely GOP nominee (Rasmussen Reports poll

    09/19/2015 8:30:50 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 172 replies
    WND ^ | 9/18/2015 | Staff
    A post-debate poll finds that Ben Cason has leap-frogged over businessman Donald Trump as the candidate most Republican voters believe will win the GOP nomination. Rasmussen Reports said that 59 percent of likely Republican voters believe that Carson will end up on top after the primary and caucus season is over next year. He is closely followed by Donald Trump, at 58 percent. Carly Fiorina at 40 percent and Jeb Bush at 40 percent.
  • Poll: Fiorina takes lead in New Hampshire post-debate

    09/19/2015 7:16:56 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 102 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/18/2015 | Mark Hensch
    A Voter Gravity Poll [link at URL] released Friday shows Fiorina with 22 percent support among Granite State GOP Primary voters. She has a 4-point edge over her nearest competitor, billionaire Donald Trump, who has 18 percent support. ...
  • U.S. Military Trained Top ISIS Commander

    09/19/2015 9:33:40 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 23 replies
    The New American ^ | 17 September 2015 | Alex Newman
    One of the Islamic State's top military commanders was actually trained by U.S. Special Forces in the nation of Georgia before taking up arms for ISIS in Syria, according to a variety of sources quoted in an explosive new report by the McClatchy news agency. Another member of the Obama administration’s supposed “anti-ISIS” coalition, the Wahhabi-Islamic dictatorship in Saudi Arabia, played a key role radicalizing the jihadist leader through a hard-core Islamist mosque it funded near his village. In other words, without the direct assistance of key “anti-ISIS” governments — including Washington, D.C. — the man said to be...
  • Blame Hillary, Says Obama, As He Passes the Buck

    09/18/2015 1:21:52 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 13 replies
    Eric On The Radio ^ | 9/18/2015 | Erick Erickson
    Barack Obama is the Steve Urkel of American politics. “Did I do that?” he whines. No, it is not his fault. If you have not heard, Barack Obama came up with a brilliant plan to fight ISIS. Instead of actually just blowing them up, he decided to spend the time training Syrian rebels. All sorts of people ridiculed his plan. And now, after millions and millions of dollars spent, there are only four or five trained fighters. This is the Obama government — a few million dollars per rebel trained is like an Obamacare investment. Perhaps these four or...
  • Barack Obama is a Moral Coward and Fluffer of Totalitarians

    09/18/2015 1:17:12 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 24 replies
    Eric On The Radio ^ | 9/18/2015 | Erick Erickson
    President Obama has decided to greet Pope Francis with transgendered activists, the first gay Episcopal Bishop who is now already divorced, and activist Catholic nuns. The Vatican is not happy about it and is pushing back. “ On the eve of Pope Francis’s arrival in the U.S., the Vatican has taken offense at the Obama administration’s decision to invite to the pope’s welcome ceremony transgender activists, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop and an activist nun who leads a group criticized by the Vatican for its silence on abortion and euthanasia. The Obama Administration is no doubt thrilled to...
  • Profiles Update: The Race to the White House Heats Up

    09/18/2015 2:12:35 PM PDT · by Shery · 6 replies
    Conservative Review | 18 Sept, 2015 | Robert Eno
    And then there were 16. With Governor Perry out of the race, the Presidential field has narrowed and focused. Even before this week’s schoolyard taunt fest masquerading as a debate, the candidates were trying to shift the focus to issues, even as the mainstream media continued to focus on personality. This dynamic was front and center at CNN’s myopic excuse for a debate. As Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz wrote, CNN’s Jake Tapper’s focus on the mundane, while actively goading the candidates into ad-hominem attacks left some of the real consequential issues of our time on the back burner. Horowitz’s main...
  • It Begins: Russian/Syrian Air Offensive On ISIS capital: ISIS Tweets "large number of martyrs"

    09/17/2015 1:18:22 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 125 replies ^ | Sept. 17, 2015 | 4:03 p.m. EDT | AP
    Activists: Syrian warplanes carry out wave of airstrikes on IS-held city of Raqqa BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian warplanes carried out a wave of airstrikes in the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa, activists said, in rare attacks that coincided with a visit by a U.N. envoy to Damascus on Thursday.
  • Exclsuive: Syrian army starts using new weapons from Russia - military source

    09/17/2015 1:11:24 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 11 replies ^ | Thu Sep 17, 2015 3:20pm EDT | Tom Perry
    World | Thu Sep 17, 2015 3:20pm EDT Related: World, Russia, Syria Exclsuive: Syrian army starts using new weapons from Russia - military source BEIRUT | By Tom Perry The Syrian military has recently started using new types of air and ground weapons supplied by Russia, a Syrian military source told Reuters on Thursday, underlining growing Russian support to Damascus that is alarming the United States. "The weapons are highly effective and very accurate, and hit targets precisely," the source said in response to a question about Russian support. "We can say they are all types of weapons - be...
  • Russia Calls on Other Nations to Help Arm Syrian Government

    09/11/2015 9:36:35 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 12 replies ^ | Sep 11, 2015, 11:53 AM ET | nataliya vasilyeva
    Russia Calls on Other Nations to Help Arm Syrian Government By nataliya vasilyeva, associated press MOSCOW — Sep 11, 2015, 11:53 AM ET Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday called on world powers to help arm the Syrian army, describing it as the most efficient force against the Islamic State group. ...snip... You cannot defeat Islamic State with air strikes only," Lavrov said. "It's necessary to cooperate with ground troops and the Syrian army is the most efficient and powerful ground force to fight the IS." Lavrov insisted that by sending weapons to Syria, Russia is not propping up...
  • Ukraine bans 41 international journalists and bloggers

    09/17/2015 7:35:05 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 42 replies
    CPJ ^ | 9/16/2015 | Staff
    New York, September 16, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores a decree signed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today which, according to a copy viewed by CPJ, bans at least 41 international journalists and bloggers from Ukraine for one year. The journalists and bloggers were among 388 people named as representing an "actual or potential threat to national interests, national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," according to news reports. "We are dismayed by President Poroshenko's actions, including a ban on dozens of international media covering Ukraine," CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said. "While the...
  • US Rejected Offers by Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya & Syria to Surrender...and Proceeded to Wage War.

    09/16/2015 3:13:18 PM PDT · by Shery · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 16 September, 2015 | George Washington
    The Daily Mail reported last year: A self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that [Gaddafi offered to abdicate as leader of Libya.] ‘Gaddafi wasn’t a good guy, but he was being marginalized,’ [Retired Rear Admiral Chuck ] Kubic recalled. ‘Gaddafi actually offered to abdicate’ shortly after the beginning of a 2011 rebellion. ‘But the U.S. ignored his calls for a truce,’ the commission wrote, ultimately backing the horse that would later help kill a U.S. ambassador. Kubic said that...
  • Florida Jew Arrested for Posing as Online Jihadist, Encouraging Terrorism

    09/13/2015 5:03:29 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 18 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | September 11, 2015 | TOI Staff
    Florida Jew arrested for posing as online jihadist, encouraging terrorism Joshua Ryne Goldberg faces 20 years in jail; same man reported to have posted foul, hoax blog on Times of Israel in April The FBI arrested a 20-year-old American Jewish man for posing as an Islamic State extremist, calling for terrorist attacks, claiming to be planning attacks in Australia and the United States, and providing information on bomb construction to a second party. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the same man, who it named as Florida resident Joshua Ryne Goldberg, also posed as a respected Australian lawyer in April...
  • Russia FM Lavrov Calls Out US For Protecting ISIS; Says US Has ‘Ulterior Motives’ In Syria

    09/15/2015 2:13:49 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 53 replies
    Activist Post ^ | 9/14/2015 | Brandon Turbeville
    What has been well-known amongst informed observers for quite some time is now becoming so obvious that it is almost impossible to hide except from the most gullible members of the general public – that fact the United States is not only not interested in fighting ISIS, but they are actively protecting and shielding it. In truth, the US relationship with ISIS goes much deeper since the US created, armed, and trained the terrorist organization from its inception for the purpose of destroying the secular government of Bashar al-Assad and providing a bogeyman for the fearful masses back home...
  • Federal Government Making Up Law & Refusing to Enforce Law is Tyranny

    09/12/2015 7:22:18 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 8 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 9/11/2015 | Tony Elliot
    The United States is a nation of laws, we have federal laws, state laws, and local laws. One would think all of them are to be followed, yet it depends on the political climate at the time which ones are followed and ignored. Apparently, it also depends on what Federal judge at the time decides what can and cannot be done lawfully. Case and point, we have Rowan County Kentucky clerk Kim Davis recently released from jail after refusing to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples. Davis spent 5 nights behind bars because she allegedly broke the law, according...
  • Obama warns Russia on military moves in Syria

    09/11/2015 8:57:38 PM PDT · by Mariner · 44 replies
    AFP ^ | September 11th, 2015 | Unattributed
    Fort Meade (United States) (AFP) - US President Barack Obama said Friday that Russia's decision to send military advisors and equipment to Syria extended a strategy "doomed to failure," and could kill off already stagnant peace efforts. Obama said that Russia's decision to ramp up its military presence in war-torn Syria represented a "doubling-down" of Moscow's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. US officials say Russia has sent ships, armored personnel carriers and naval infantry to the country in recent weeks, a move which Obama said showed Assad was worried his grip on power is slipping. "The strategy that they...
  • Russia tells Washington: talk to us over Syria or risk 'unintended incidents'

    09/11/2015 8:34:40 AM PDT · by Mariner · 97 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 11th, 2015 | By Christian Lowe
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia called on Friday for Washington to restart direct military-to-military cooperation to avert "unintended incidents" near Syria, at a time when U.S. officials say Moscow is building up forces to protect President Bashar al-Assad's government. The United States is leading a campaign of air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syrian air space, and a greater Russian presence would raise the prospect of the Cold War superpower foes encountering each other on the battlefield. Both Moscow and Washington say their enemy is Islamic State. But Russia supports the government of Assad, while the United States says his...
  • Russian led Syrian jets pound Islamic State-held areas for second day

    09/18/2015 8:49:57 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 36 replies ^ | Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:37am EDT | Tom Perry; Writing by Sylvia Westall and John Davison; Additional reporting by Phil Stewart in Washi
    World | Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:37am EDT Related: World, Russia, Syria Syrian jets pound Islamic State-held areas for second day BEIRUT Syrian army jets carried out at least 25 air strikes on the Islamic State-held city of Palmyra on Friday, a group monitoring the war said, the second intense bombardment in two days of territory held by the militants. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was one of the most sustained government bombardments of Palmyra. On Thursday, Syrian jets had carried out at least 12 air strikes on Raqqa, Islamic State’s de facto capital in the north....
  • Warnings of jihadists among Syria’s rebels came early, were ignored (Obama lied on Syria)

    09/17/2015 10:38:15 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 9 replies ^ | August 15, 2015 | Hannah Allam
    Warnings of jihadists among Syria’s rebels came early, were ignored Obama administration’s picture of Syrian moderates either dangerous naivete or an outright lie, according to government’s internal assessmentsIntelligence revealed extremists were recruiting or routing mainstream fighters, Free Syrian Army no match for better-armed jihadists Read more here:
  • The Secret Arms Deal Behind America’s Syria Fiasco (An American was killed. Shades of Benghazi?)

    09/17/2015 9:31:40 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 25 replies ^ | Sept. 17, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. | Aram Roston
    The Secret Arms Deal Behind America’s Syria Fiasco A multimillion-dollar deal with a minuscule arms dealer led to the death of a US citizen, delays in arming Syrian rebels, and the purchase of weapons from a pro-Russia dictatorship — all for a pile of defective 30-year-old weapons. posted on Sept. 17, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. Aram Roston BuzzFeed News Reporter At the heart of the high-stakes U.S. program to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight ISIS is a multimillion-dollar arms deal that the Pentagon farmed out to a tiny, little-known private company called Purple Shovel LLC. A BuzzFeed News...
  • U.S. training helped mold top Islamic State military commander

    09/16/2015 6:26:05 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 72 replies ^ | September 15, 2015 | Mitchell Prothero
    September 15, 2015 U.S. training helped mold top Islamic State military commander “More than anything else, Batirashvili has legitimized ISIS in the Caucasus by the power of his exploits, which is amplified by slick ISIS propaganda,” said Michael Cecire, an analyst of extremism for the Philadelphia-based Foreign Policy Research Institute. ...snip Those seeking an explanation for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s insistence on sending military supplies and manpower to Syria to bolster the government of President Bashar Assad would do well to consider Batirashvili. Putin not only personally oversaw the Russian push into Georgia, but he has twice waged war against...
  • Donald Trump, When is Enough Enough? (Vanity)

    09/07/2015 2:18:27 PM PDT · by z taxman · 187 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 9/7/2015 | Me
    A few days ago when asked about the couragous stand of Kim Davis, Trump essentially came out in support of gay marriage. "Its the law of the land," he said. “I hate to see her being put in jail." Well, isn't that swell Trumpy, but he added “I understand what they’re doing. It would be certainly nice if she didn’t do it." Lets get this straight, while bold leaders like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee are coming out in support of Kim Davis and her religious stand of conscious, Trump is busy kowtowing to the gay mafia, turning...
  • Rand Paul defends Donald Trump’s response to ‘gotcha’ interview

    09/04/2015 7:48:27 PM PDT · by z taxman · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/4/15 | Davie Weigel
    From the moment he walked onto the Republican debate stage in Cleveland, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been Donald Trump's most relentless critic. He has called him a "fake conservative," a "chameleon," a man who "buys and sells politicians." Long before former Florida Jeb Bush hit Trump with a video of his most liberal statements, Paul had his campaign team on the case. Yet in a Friday interview with Michael Smerconish, first spotlighted by Mediaite's Matt Wilstein, Paul got a chance to mock Trump's stumbling "commander in chief interview" with Hugh Hewitt. He did not take it. Instead, he defended...
  • Donald Trump on Kentucky clerk: Same-sex marriage the 'law of the land'

    09/04/2015 1:44:26 PM PDT · by z taxman · 215 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 4, 2015 | Tom LoBianco
    <p>Washington (CNN)Republican front-runner Donald Trump said Friday that he wished a Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, was not jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but he added that the Supreme Court has ruled and it is "the law of the land."</p>
  • Syria: Bashar al-Assad ready to share power, says Vladimir Putin

    09/04/2015 6:33:37 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 72 replies ^ | September 4, 2015 14:05 BST | Tom Porter
    Syria: Bashar al-Assad ready to share power, says Vladimir Putin By Tom Porter September 4, 2015 14:05 BST Russian President Vladimir Putin said Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad is ready to share power and even could hold snap parliamentary elections. Russia has been Assad's main international ally during the four-year civil war that has caused millions to flee the country and cost more than 200,000 lives. Moscow has repeatedly resisted calls for Assad to step aside, and Putin said the West should work with Assad's regime to combat jihadist organisation Islamic State, which now controls more than half of Syria. "We...
  • Rand Paul: Kentucky Clerk Should Not Have to Approve Gay Marriage Licenses

    09/03/2015 2:41:49 PM PDT · by z taxman · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 9/3/15 | Sandy Fitzgerals
    Rand Paul said he supports a county clerk from his home state for standing her ground against granting marriage licenses for same-sex couples, saying there should be room "for people to exercise their religious beliefs and not be told they have to do something they find morally objectionable." "I have never been opposed to contracts between consenting adults," Paul told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" co-host Bill Hemmer. "But I am very much sympathetic to the idea that an individual shouldn't have to sign or give their stamp of approval that they object to." There is an easy way out for...
  • Rand Paul: 'It's Absurd' That Kentucky Clerk Was Taken Into Federal Custody

    09/03/2015 1:05:31 PM PDT · by z taxman · 42 replies
    Talking points Memo ^ | Sept. 3, 2015 | Caitlin Cruz
    Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) said on Thursday it was "absurd" that Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis had been jailed for contempt after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. "I think it’s absurd to put someone in jail for exercising their religious liberties," the GOP presidential candidate and outspoken advocate of states' rights told CNN on Thursday, shortly after Davis' fate was decided by a U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning. "This is really the problem when from on high we decide to get involved on a federal level with something that has always been a local issue," Paul...
  • Embattled KY clerk who opposes gay marriage unwittingly gave marriage license to transgender couple

    09/02/2015 1:52:32 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 22 replies
    New YHork Dailey News ^ | 09/02/2015 | BY Deborah Hastings
    FULL TITLE: Embattled Kentucky clerk who opposes gay marriage unwittingly gave marriage license to transgender couple: report Kentucky's Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, who's defying the U.S. Supreme Court by refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, unwittingly granted one to a transgender couple, according to a report. Camryn Colen, who is transgender, and his wife Alexis, said they obtained a marriage license in February from Davis' office, without being asked to present a birth certificate for Colen, who is identified as a female on the document, the couple told The Courier-Journal.
  • Abortion and Down Syndrome [Zot!]

    08/25/2015 10:31:30 AM PDT · by Bluewater2015 · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/25/15 | Editorial Board
    It is tempting to dismiss the latest anti-choice salvo from Ohio lawmakers, which would criminalize abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome, as a blatantly unconstitutional ploy that would never be enforced. That would be a mistake. The bill stands a disturbingly good chance of approval this fall by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature A similar bill passed in North Dakota in 2013 bans abortions on the grounds of fetal genetic anomalies, including Down syndrome. The law has not yet been enforced — under existing Supreme Court precedent it is hard to see how it could be — but...
  • Trump has supported nearly all of Obama’s economic policy agenda

    08/27/2015 11:39:41 PM PDT · by z taxman · 279 replies
    Redstate Diaries ^ | Aug. 27 2015 | Southernconstitutionalist
    <p>“I identify with some things as a Democrat…I was never a Bush fan. [When] the economy crashed so horribly under George Bush, because of mistakes they made having to do with banking and lots of other things, I don’t think the Democrats would have done that.”</p>
  • Ted Cruz is just another smarmy politician

    08/26/2015 6:26:21 AM PDT · by libertarian neocon · 170 replies
    Libertarian Neocon ^ | libertarian neocon
    I've always liked Ted Cruz, he is the Republican who I agree with most on the issues.  He's free market, pro-life and for a measured foreign policy (less aggressive than Marco Rubio but more aggressive than Rand Paul).  Most importantly, he would stick to his ideals despite pressure from the establishment.  He may have made some tactical errors because of that but I couldn't help but admire him for his idealism.  He has been the candidate that I would have voted for if I didn't care at all about electability.  Unfortunately, his interview last night with Megyn Kelly unmasked him...
  • Is Trumps movement fascist rather than conservative?

    08/25/2015 1:58:59 PM PDT · by dschapin · 225 replies
    self | dschapin
    I am honestly getting a little scared of what I see happening in politics at the moment. Trump seems to be creating a personality cult where his supporters don’t seem to care what they are supporting provided he attacks the people they don’t like. I am starting to feel a little bit like a German citizen in the early 1930’s watching normally rational conservatives start to cultishly follow a strong leader who they thought would fight back and stop the communists. Seriously if I had to pick a political philosophy for the Trump movement I would say that it is...
  • Did Religious Fanaticism Cause the Civil War?

    08/20/2015 7:31:23 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | August 20, 2015 | Stephen Klugewicz
    The title of this engaging analysis of the cause of the American Civil War comes from James Buchanan’s reaction to John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, which the president claimed stemmed from “an incurable disease in the public mind.” Historian Thomas Fleming agrees with Buchanan that it was hysteria over the issue of slavery, generated by wild-eyed, intolerant, and impractical Yankee abolitionists, that sparked the tragic conflict between North and South. Pointing to the peaceful end of slavery in the British West Indies, Cuba, and Brazil, Mr. Fleming seeks to explain why America did not find a more reasonable way...
  • Documentary "A Dangerous Game" exposes the evil Donald Trump

    08/16/2015 9:03:19 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 44 replies
    Vancitybuzz ^ | June 25,2015 | BY TREVOR DUECK
    A Dangerous Game is a follow up documentary to 2011’s You’ve Been Trumped directed by Anthony Baxter. Once again, the documentary takes aim at “arrogant, ill-informed billionaires” who want to build golf courses on some of Earth’s most precious locations, no matter the environmental cost. “Whenever you see large scale environmental injury, you’ll also see the subversion of democracy. The two things go hand in hand. They always do.” — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Just when you thought there was no way Donald Trump could look any dumber, A Dangerous Game shows a rich mad man who bullies people to...
  • 4 Simple Questions

    08/13/2015 9:59:41 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 263 replies ^ | RICHARD R. SILVERLIEB Attorney at Law
    4 Simple Questions ..... 1. Back in 1961 people of color were called 'Negroes. So how can the Obama 'birth certificate' state he is "African-American" when the term wasn't even used at that time ? 2. The birth certificate that the White House released lists Obama's birth as August 4, 1961 and Lists Barack Hussein Obama as his father. No big deal, Right? At the time of Obama's birth, it also shows that his father is aged 25 years old, and that Obama's father was born in "Kenya, East Africa". This wouldn't seem like anything of concern, except the fact...
  • Rand Paul Rails Against ‘Chameleon’ Donald Trump

    08/08/2015 2:04:59 PM PDT · by z taxman · 110 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Aug. 8, 2015 | Alex Pappas
    Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul lashed out at Donald Trump during a campaign event Saturday in South Carolina, arguing conservatives can’t trust the New York businessman because he has “been on both sides of every issue.” “My goodness,” Paul said in Goose Creek to the Berkeley County GOP. “He’s been on both sides of every issue. Where is our sense? Where is our common sense?” Added the Kentucky senator: “This is a guy who has been pro-choice before he was pro-life. This is a guy who was liberal before he was conservative. This is a guy who was a Democrat...
  • Trump is a Liberal (Vanity)

    08/03/2015 9:23:24 AM PDT · by demshateGod · 222 replies
    I won't take a lot of time on this. Trump's liberalism is well documented: gun control, abortion, Sodomite rights, illegal immigration, giving to the Clinton Foundation, taxes, single-payer, not a sincere Christian, and whatever else you got. He's a liberal. I will not vote for a liberal. People on FR are being duped by the media into nominating someone who turns off a huge chunk of the base. Even if Trump can pull in enough Low Information Votes to become president, the conservatives still lose.
  • Staged ISIS Execution Video Leaked By Hackers

    07/13/2015 7:48:14 AM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 21 replies ^ | July 12, 2015 | Sean Adl-Tabatabai
    A group of Russian hackers called Cyber Berkut have released a video showing a staged ISIS beheading, hacked from an electronic device from one of the staff of U.S. Senator John McCain. The fake ISIS execution appears to take place inside a film studio and shows a ‘prisoner’ (played by an actor) going through the motions of being ‘executed’ in front of several video cameras. Another actor is dressed as an ISIS executioner who puts a knife to the throat of the prisoner and goes through the motions of cutting him.Recall that since August 2014, the terrorists of the Islamic...
  • Gay Confederates: What's the Left to Do?

    07/06/2015 3:58:29 PM PDT · by Bobby Blog · 15 replies
    7/6/15 | Robert W Hamilton Jr.
    The Supreme Court’s extra-constitutional decision to make same-sex marriage legal across all 50 states is not without its unintended consequences. Take for example this interesting conundrum: There was a rally to be held over the July 4th holiday weekend in the parking lot of a Walmart in a small town in South Carolina, home of the now-nationally-despised Confederate flag, a rally to show support for said item. In a small parade of vehicles carrying the flag, some were hoisting a second. One of these other flags just happened to be Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition flag. You know the one, the...
  • Declaration of non-compliance.

    06/29/2015 5:34:22 PM PDT · by Wayne Long · 25 replies
    White House Web Site ^ | 06/28/15 | Wayne Long
    I'm tying to get my protest petition on Pharaohs official White House web site. But, I must get 150 signatures to get this petition on the public index listing on the web site. I hope you guys will consider signing my declaration of non-compliance.