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  • Mitt Romney 3.0: Republican "Low-Keying it" on 25-State Tour (Caption New Mitt)

    08/29/2010 2:40:39 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 24, 2010 11:53 AM | Brian Montopoli
    [snip] In addition, Romney is presenting a more "easygoing and accessible" image instead of again offering up "the formally dressed, perfectly coiffed, carefully rehearsed candidate" of the 2008 campaign, according to the Globe. "Mitt is doing a better job at low-keying it,'' former New Hampshire Republican Party chairman Steve Duprey told the newspaper. "He would be wise to stay with it right through a presidential primary.'' Romney has been spending the summer at his $3.5 million home on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, where he drives a Chevy Silverado truck and can be seen in jeans, not suits. (That's an image...
  • Brookings Institute Article : Five Myths About the Bush Tax Cuts

    08/04/2010 7:10:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Brookings ^ | 08/04/2010 | William g. Gale
    The tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003, known as the Bush tax cuts, are set to expire Dec. 31, and the fight over what to do is increasingly heated. Should the tax cuts expire, as some Democrats have said? Should they be extended, as most Republicans maintain? Or does the answer lie somewhere in between, as the Obama administration, led by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, has argued in recent weeks? The cuts lowered tax rates across the board on income, dividends and capital gains; eventually eliminated the estate tax; further lowered burdens on married couples, parents and the working...
  • Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege

    07/23/2010 5:50:21 AM PDT · by STONEWALLS · 9 replies
    WS Journal ^ | JULY 22, 2010 | james Webb
    "The NAACP believes the tea party is racist. The tea party believes the NAACP is racist. And Pat Buchanan got into trouble recently by pointing out that if Elena Kagan is confirmed to the Supreme Court, there will not be a single Protestant Justice, although Protestants make up half the U.S. population and dominated the court for generations. Forty years ago, as the United States experienced the civil rights movement, the supposed monolith of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant dominance served as the whipping post for almost every debate about power and status in America. After a full generation of such debate,...
  • The Massachusetts Health-Care 'Train Wreck' [The Romney-Care Clustered Fornication]

    07/07/2010 9:20:05 AM PDT · by NCBraveheart · 11 replies · 1+ views
    This article spells out why Mitt Romney is NOT a conservative and has no business running on a GOP ticket in 2012. Think hard before you cast a vote for this well coiffed socialist
  • Five myths about gun control(Barf Alert)

    06/14/2010 8:50:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies · 913+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 13 June, 2010 | Philip J. Cook and Jens Ludwig
    Gun regulation is as American as Wyatt Earp, the legendary frontier lawman who enforced Dodge City's ban on gun-carrying within town limits. But two years ago in District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court decided for the first time that the Second Amendment grants a personal right to keep and bear arms, a decision that cast doubt on the future of gun control regulations in this country. Now, the court is considering a challenge to Chicago's ban on handgun ownership -- a regulation that has been in place for nearly 30 years. Would a repeal of the ban have...
  • The Myth Of China's Manufacturing Power

    05/31/2010 6:57:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies · 1,398+ views
    Forbes ^ | 05/31/2010 | Helen Wang
    People often compare China’s urbanization to Western industrialization in the 19th century. In both cases, a large population moved from the country to the city. Society advanced from agricultural to industrial via manufacturing on a massive scale. However, there is a key misconception about China’s manufacturing power. In the United States and Europe, the manufacturing industry was created due to technology innovation. For example, railways came into existence because of the invention of the steam engine and automobiles were created because of technology breakthroughs in automobile engines. In China, the manufacturing industry is being created in response to global demand....
  • MELANIE MORGAN:A Bright Day for Team Chuck (DeVore)

    05/20/2010 11:14:16 AM PDT · by Syncro · 8 replies · 422+ views
    MelanieMorgan.Com ^ | May 20, 2010 | Melanie Morgan
    A Bright Day for Team Chuck Written by Melanie Morgan    Thursday, 20 May 2010 05:50 The latest PPIC poll is out and shows Carly Fiorina with 25%, Tom Campbell with 23%, and Chuck DeVore with 16%. The margin of error is +/-5% The previous PPIC poll showed Fiorina with 24%, Campbell with 23%, and DeVore with 8%.Here's what you need to know: Chuck DeVore has doubled his support from the last PPIC poll -- and he's within the margin of error of the front-runner.The distance from the first to third is narrowed into the single digits -- ground easily...
  • Richard Blumenthal, The Man, The Myth

    05/18/2010 8:41:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies · 220+ views ^ | May 17, 2010 | Wyndeward
    It is always dangerous when a politician “goes off script.” Sometimes the truth comes out, like Barak Obama talking to Joe the Plumber about “spreading the wealth around. “ Sometimes, things go a little aglee, leaving the candidate with egg on their face, like every other time that Joseph Biden opens his mouth. And sometimes… sometimes things go very wrong indeed…
  • Is Science Just Another Religion? Part 1

    04/08/2010 5:51:47 PM PDT · by kathsua · 13 replies · 419+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 04/08/10 | reasonmclucus
    A common theme in science fiction involves a highly advanced society in which people no longer understand the basis of science and technology. In such societies science is often just a series of beliefs that are to be accepted without question like in a religion. The Startrek episode "Spock's Brain" dealt with a society in which the people had little understanding of anything, even though the women lived in a climate controlled environment underground with sophisticated technology that required Mr. Spock's brain to operate. Installing Spock's brain had required one of the women to put on a machine that temporarily...
  • Obama: Man, Myth, or Friggin Lunatic?

    03/25/2010 6:57:32 PM PDT · by ConservativeHideout · 23 replies · 470+ views
    Health Care is only Sleight of Hand allowing Government Takeover. To hear people discuss it you would swear that the government is concerned about human life. Get out of here. Our government could end thousands of deaths each day by eliminating tobacco sales. Now that would be controversial. Instead they tax it heavily for a nice little profit and ignore the dirty secret that they could care less about: American lives or should I say American deaths. What government cares about is more government. Governments like the ones our president wants to be like have killed millions of people. The...
  • U.S. Debunks Autism Myth

    03/14/2010 12:39:13 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 54 replies · 1,111+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 03/13/10 | Adam Winkler
    It's official: Vaccines don't cause autism, rules a special U.S. court. But will it put an end to parents’ dangerous fear of inoculating—or only make them more skeptical? On Friday a special “vaccine court” charged with adjudicating claims against vaccine makers ruled that there was no causal connection between childhood vaccines and autism. The court—formally known as the Office of Special Masters of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims—was created by Congress in the 1980s to centralize lawsuits brought for injuries resulting from vaccination. The court labored in obscurity until recently, when it began to hear cases involving autistic children...
  • The great registration myth (Guns)

    02/27/2010 6:51:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies · 733+ views
    Minneapolis-Gun-Rights-Examiner ^ | 26 February, 2010 | John Pierce
    I have just released our latest map over at It categorizes all 50 states based upon the kinds of firearms registration laws (if any) that the state has implemented. This is a resource that we should have developed long ago because registration is one of the great myths and misconceptions about firearms in America. I have been teaching firearm safety and carry permit classes for almost a decade now and this is a topic that I have to cover in every single class. And it never ceases to amaze me how gun owners who are otherwise incredibly well informed...
  • Green Jobs as Great Source of Job Destruction

    02/26/2010 8:34:48 AM PST · by TonyInOhio · 8 replies · 395+ views
    The Corner on National Review Online ^ | 02/26/10 | Veronique de Rugy
    In this morning's Washington Post, Suni Sharan, director of the Smart Grid Initiative at GE from 2008 to 2009, questions the validity of "the assumption that a 'clean-energy' economy will generate enough jobs to mitigate today's high level of unemployment." And yet, as he writes, "'green jobs' have become a central underpinning of the Obama administration's rationale to promote clean energy." He explains that "the near-term expected levels of investment in and adoption of renewable sources of energy mean that net job creation should top out in the tens of thousands, as opposed to the desired hundreds of thousands or...
  • Al Gore's Nine Lies

    02/23/2010 4:34:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies · 1,353+ views ^ | February 23, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    A lot has happened since Newsweek's Nov. 9 cover story -- mostrecently the retraction of Al Gore's rising-seas scenario. Climate Fraud: The godfather of climate hysteria is in hiding as another of his wild claims unravels — this one about global warming causing seas to swallow us up. We've not seen or heard much of the former vice president, Oscar winner and Nobel Prize recipient recently as the case for disastrous man-made climate change collapses. Perhaps he's off reading how scientists were forced to withdraw a study on a projected sea level rise due to global warming after finding two...
  • The great collapse of the global warming myth

    02/14/2010 1:45:23 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 67 replies · 2,942+ views
    JoNova ^ | February 13th, 2010 | Joanne
    Photo adapted from Ron Neibrugge’s beautifully crisp original at Wild Nature Images This is it: The dam wall is breached.There are defining moments in any era, and we are right now in the midst of the Great Collapse.Jan 30, 2010: the hottest hoax Open Magazine's "Hottest Hoax in the World" Cover Issue The weekend before last, a magazine cover called it Fraud.  This could have been New Scientist, Scientific American, Discover, or any of the other popular science magazines, but it wasn’t.  They were all scooped by an Indian publication, Open Magazine, that had only been running for a year....
  • Five Memes Destroyed by Scott Brown’s Victory

    01/22/2010 10:04:18 AM PST · by AJKauf · 17 replies · 1,087+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Jan 22 | John Hawkins
    1. The GOP is just a regional party that’s limited to the south. After northern Republicans were almost wiped off the map in the last two elections, many Democrats started claiming that the GOP had been reduced to nothing more than a small, regional rump party that was limited to the south. Of course, the truth was actually that moderates in blue states and marginally red districts were the weakest links and therefore were the first to be culled when the political environment became hostile to Republicans. However, as Scott Brown just proved, now that the political climate favors the...
  • A Noxious 2,400-year old lie, started by Plato, still Cripples us today.

    01/18/2010 4:32:02 PM PST · by El Gringo · 62 replies · 2,016+ views
    Thinkwright Blog ^ | JWThinkwright
    A Noxious 2,400-year old lie, originated by Plato, still cripples us today. And, once more, Karl R. Popper comes to the rescue. Popper has examined, in great detail the writings of Plato. He concludes that Plato, and later thinkers and writers that followed Plato have wreaked havoc in science politics and philosophy down through the centuries. Popper presents the following small table of word definitions. The two columns have opposite definitions .i.e., individualism is the opposite of collectivism. Egotism is the opposite of altruism. Individualism Collectivism egotism altruism To see the whole post:Click here
  • Romney: 2012 “always a possibility.” (BARF BARF BARF)

    01/06/2010 5:57:50 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 61 replies · 1,408+ views
    Fox / The Des Moines Register | 2010-01-05
    Link only, per FR copyright rules
  • John Coleman - The global warming hoax debunked

    12/20/2009 7:53:33 PM PST · by Danae · 14 replies · 1,385+ views ^ | 12-20-2009 | Dianna Cotter
    John Coleman founder of the Weather Channel shreds the AGW theory. Enjoy! Video at the link.
  • Remembering Pearl Harbor, and perhaps exploding a myth

    12/08/2009 3:59:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 55 replies · 1,502+ views
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 December, 2009 | Dave Workman
    Sixty-eight years ago today, Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941 – a date that will live in infamy – the United States was attacked by the Japanese Imperial Navy at Pearl Harbor, at the cost of more than 2,000 lives. My father, who never talked about the war because he was in it, did tell me this once: When he heard about Pearl Harbor “I couldn’t get my hands on a gun fast enough.” It was a different time then in America. It was not unusual to find a Model 94 Winchester or even a bolt-action 1903 Springfield in the average household,...
  • Should Romney's faith be an obstacle? (barf alert)

    11/30/2009 11:55:54 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 88 replies · 2,072+ views
    CNN ^ | 2009-11-30 | David Frum
    (CNN) -- Catholic, Orthodox and Evangelical Christian leaders last week issued a bold political statement. They intended to target the Obama administration. Inadvertently, they may have also hit probable Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney ought to rank atop the Republican candidates for president in 2012. He finished second in votes cast in the primaries of 2008. He is a candidate with immense private-sector economic expertise in a time of urgent economic debate. But Romney has a political problem: his Mormon religious faith. A Gallup survey in December 2007 found that 18 percent of Republicans would not vote for...
  • CNN Poll: Most Americans say Palin not qualified to serve as president (CNN pushes Romney, Huckster)

    11/16/2009 2:27:41 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 159 replies · 3,315+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Fewer than three in 10 Americans think Sarah Palin's qualified to be president, according to a new national poll - the least of any of the five potential candidates included in the survey. But another woman tops that list in the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday: two-thirds of the public thinks that Secretary of State HIllary Clinton's qualified for the Oval Office. That's more than Vice President Joe Biden, who's currently next in line for the presidency. According to the poll, 28 percent of Americans say Palin is qualified to run the White House, with seven...
  • Romney to speak at Reagan Ranch (wants to "harness" conservatives)

    11/10/2009 3:27:09 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 89 replies · 2,183+ views
    Mitt Romney is heading to Reagan country. The former Massachusetts governor is scheduled to speak this Friday to the Young America's Foundation at the Ronald Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California. Romney is expected to be the dinner banquet speaker for the foundation's West Coast Leadership Conference, which consists of young conservatives from 44 colleges and universities across 12 states. "Young people provide much of the energy in the conservative movement, and if we are going to be successful as a party we need to harness that energy and put it work on behalf of the principles we all...
  • Romney builds political capital while biding time on 2012 run (defends Romneycare, Obama) (BARF)

    11/10/2009 1:04:08 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 53 replies · 1,720+ views
    CNN ^ | 2009-11-09 | Kevin Bohn
    (snip) Although some in the party believe that it should be tilting right in whom to support in future elections, he said, "I will be by and large supporting conservative Republicans" but would not rule out backing some moderates, referencing former President Reagan. "He was the one who coined the term 'the big tent.' He also said that you don't build something by subtraction. So we welcome people who agree with us on most issues. Some will be very conservative on some issues. Some will be less so on others. We welcome you into the party." (snip) "We have a...
  • Grants to help change how we generate, consume energy (your tax dollars down a hole)

    11/07/2009 2:56:00 PM PST · by libh8er · 6 replies · 366+ views
    ASU News ^ | 11.2.09 | Skip Derra, Joe Kullman
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Arizona State University two grants for alternative energy research that are part of a special DOE program to pursue high-risk, high-reward advances with the potential to change the way the nation generates and consumes energy. ASU’s grants, totaling more than $10 million, are among 37 new DOE grants totaling $151 million to support the program. ASU’s grants are for work on a new class of high-performance metal-air batteries and the use of photosynthetic bacteria to produce automotive fuel from a combination of sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. “ASU is the only university...
  • The Myth of ’08, Demolished

    11/06/2009 5:04:04 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 6 replies · 621+ views
    NationalReviewOnline ^ | 11/6/2009 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>Sure, Election Day 2009 will scare moderate Democrats and make passage of Obamacare more difficult. Sure, it makes it easier for resurgent Republicans to raise money and recruit candidates for 2010. But the most important effect of Tuesday’s elections is historical. It demolishes the great realignment myth of 2008.</p>
  • Science

    10/27/2009 3:52:58 AM PDT · by Eotvos · 4 replies · 425+ views ^ | 2007 | Gerhard & Tscheuschner
    Two physicists who debunk global warming as a result of man - made carbon emissions.
  • Infant-mortality myths

    09/10/2009 4:22:52 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 10 replies · 1,702+ views
    OC Register ^ | March 16th 2005 | Michael Arnold Glueckand Robert J. Cihak
    Statistics, even at their best, don't tell a whole story. A variety of people employ medical statistics dubiously to push pet causes. A perfect example: infant mortality statistics. The officially reported U.S. infant mortality rate has been indisputably high compared with similarly industrialized countries since at least the 1920s. That fact has led to public health officials in the U.S. to conclude the rates are "caused" by poorly distributed health care resources and can be "solved" with a socialized, government-run health care system. However, there's a basic problem with the numbers: Different countries count differently. According to the World Health...
  • Even Fox news falls for the myth of "infant mortality rates"

    09/09/2009 4:25:41 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 17 replies · 1,131+ views
    Fox ^ | August 20th
    From Fox: Though the United States has by far the highest level of health care spending per capita in the world, we have one of the lowest life expectancies among developed nations Everybody else skews their data. It's not a reflection on our system. Here: "Doctors told me it was against the rules to save my premature baby" Instead, doctors told her to treat the labour as a miscarriage, not a birth, and to expect her baby to be born with serious deformities or even to be still-born. The doctor didn't just come up with that out of thin air,...
  • Economists Worry POTUS Making Same Mistakes as FDR, Could Lead to Depression

    09/07/2009 4:07:42 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 16 replies · 848+ views
    UK Telegraph/The Lid ^ | 9/7/09 | The Lid
    One of the biggest myths about the great depression is that FDR's NEW Deal and the related government intervention and public works projects got us out of the Great Depression. The truth is that the New Deal did not work. Instead of creating growth in the private sector, it created government growth that squeezed out the private sector. Of course, the number one public golf course in the country Bethpage Black (where the US Open played this year) was a was a New Deal Federal works project, but that only cures MY depression, it did little for the country. As...
  • Deadly attack is personal for S.C. author

    08/23/2009 10:38:01 PM PDT · by Dubya · 44 replies · 2,623+ views
    The State ^ | JASON RYAN
    Israel’s deadly 1967 attack on U.S. spy ship is personal for S.C. author The inexplicable attack by a U.S. ally — and subsequent efforts to sweep the incident under the rug by U.S. and Israeli officials alike — is the subject of Charleston author James Scott’s book, “The Attack on the Liberty: The Untold Story of Israel’s Deadly 1967 Assault on a U.S. Spy Ship.” In compiling his book, Scott, 34, a former reporter for The (Charleston) Post & Courier and The (Rock Hill) Herald, makes use of interviews with survivors, sailors’ correspondence with loved ones, ship records and declassified...
  • Richard Whitney's portrait of Mitt Romney unveiled (Caption please)

    07/27/2009 7:17:22 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 52 replies · 2,355+ views ^ | July 27,2009 | Darla Dixon
  • Palin shows what happens to party highjacked by zealots (Anti-Christian PDS Screed)

    07/19/2009 12:55:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies · 1,403+ views
    The Schenectady Daily Gazette ^ | July 12, 2009 | Dan DiNicola
    Who knows how the Sarah Palin story will play out? It seems as if every political pundit in America has a take on PalinÂ’s resignation as AlaskaÂ’s governor. They can be mean-spirited (SheÂ’s hiding a scandal!), or cynical (Since she can rake in $60 grand and up for a simple speaking engagement, sheÂ’s taking the money and running like hell.) Some wonder whether this is her way of tuning up for a presidential run in 2012, or is the resignation a case of a hometown girl unable to stand the heat in her kitchen? We will get more information, but...
  • Is There Some Truth to Dragon Myths?

    07/02/2009 9:21:03 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 134 replies · 5,388+ views
    ICR ^ | July 2, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Harry Potter fans are looking forward to the boy wizard’s next screen adventure, when Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens this month. Pottermania broke loose when J. K. Rowling’s first book appeared on bookstands in 1997, prompting the creation of films, fan websites, and dozens of similarly themed books. Rowling’s world of wizardry has even inspired the name of a dinosaur fossil, Dracorex hogwartsia. But serious researchers are seeing evidence that dragons were more than just fantastical creatures...
  • 5 Myths Concerning the Rapture: A Critique of Premillenial Dispensationalism

    06/25/2009 1:58:34 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 114 replies · 2,918+ views
    Skadi Forum ^ | 11/3/08 | Carl E. Olson
    Three years ago I mentioned to a Catholic friend that I was starting to work on a book critiquing the Left Behind novels. I explained that it would thoroughly examine premillennial dispensationalism, the unique apocalyptic belief system presented, in fictional format, within those books. Premillennial dispensationalism teaches that the “Rapture” and the Second Coming are two events separated by a time of tribulation and that there will be a future millennial reign of Christ on earth. “Why?” she asked, obviously bewildered. “No one really takes that stuff seriously.” That revealing remark merely reinforced my desire to write Will Catholics...
  • The Deadly Myth of Gun Control in Electoral Politics (Mega barf!)

    05/09/2009 2:01:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,030+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 9, 2009 | DOROTHY SAMUELS
    In politics, conventional wisdom can be slow to die, even when the so-called wisdom is neither true nor wise. So I was reminded on a recent visit to Capitol Hill, when I asked several lawmakers and senior members of their staffs to explain the Democrats’ timidity about standing up to the National Rifle Association by pressing needed measures to curb gun violence. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Obama tossed cold water a few weeks back on Attorney General Eric Holder’s well-founded enthusiasm for reviving the assault weapons ban that Congress and the Bush White House let expire in 2004....
  • Busting the "Gun Control Equals Less Crime" Myth

    04/08/2009 4:18:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies · 822+ views
    1. Fact: The murder rates in many nations (such as England) were ALREADY LOW BEFORE enacting gun control. Thus, their restrictive laws cannot be credited with lowering their crime rates.(1) 2. Fact: Gun control has done nothing to keep crime rates from rising in many of the nations that have imposed severe firearms restrictions. * Australia: Readers of the USA Today newspaper discovered in 2002 that, "Since Australia's 1996 laws banning most guns and making it a crime to use a gun defensively, armed robberies rose by 51%, unarmed robberies by 37%, assaults by 24% and kidnappings by 43%. While...
  • ‘But the New Testament does not make a big deal out of the Age of the Earth …’

    03/26/2009 7:20:22 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 249 replies · 3,849+ views
    CMI ^ | March 26, 2009 | Peter Milford
    ‘But the New Testament does not make a big deal out of the Age of the Earth…’ by Peter Milford ... The issue of the age of the earth parallels circumcision. In my experience, the first response from Christians who do not accept the age of the earth that the Scriptures indicate, is to say something like “The New Testament does not make a big deal out of the age of the earth” or “It is not the purpose of the Bible to give the age of the earth”. Their point is that (1) the issue of the age of...
  • Papal preacher says intelligent design is truth of faith, not science (Catholic Caucus)

    03/16/2009 12:17:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies · 826+ views
    cns ^ | 03.13.09 | cindy wooden
    Affirming the reality of an intelligent design for the creation and development of the universe is not a scientific theory, but a statement of faith, said the preacher of the papal household. Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, offering a Lenten meditation to Pope Benedict XVI and top Vatican officials March 13, said the controversy that has arisen between scientists supporting evolution and religious believers promoting creationism or intelligent design is due mainly to a confusion between scientific theory and the truths of faith. The intelligent-design theory asserts that the development and evolution of life is such a hugely complex process that...
  • Permian Extinction: The Origin of Specious Geological Events

    03/09/2009 9:09:11 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 42 replies · 1,312+ views
    CEH ^ | March 9, 2009
    March 9, 2009 — The Permian extinction – one of the most dramatic events in the history of life on Earth, in which some 90% of species went now being interpreted as a “nonevent” by four geologists. ... Robert Gastaldo and two geology colleagues from Colby College in Maine, and geologist Johann Neveling from Pretoria, studied the Permian-Triassic boundary in the Karoo Basin of South Africa and published a paper in Geology this month,1 titled, “The terrestrial Permian-Triassic boundary event bed is a nonevent.” ... Well, isn’t this an upset.  How much lag time will it take to change...

    03/06/2009 4:35:47 PM PST · by yongin · 55 replies · 1,687+ views
    New Majority ^ | February 27, 2009 | David Frum
    It's CPAC weekend - the grand rallying of the conservative clan here in Washington. It's a season where conservatives from across the country meet to compare notes, share stories, and seek political consensus. The consensus forming this year however is an ominously dangerous one - ominously dangerous to conservatives themselves that is. Conservatives live in thrall to a historical myth, and this myth may soon cost us dearly. The myth is the myth of the Goldwater triumph of 1964. It goes approximately as follows: In 1964, after years of watered down politics, Republicans turned to a true conservative, Arizona Senator...
  • Terrible lizards trapped by terrible Flood

    03/05/2009 6:57:01 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 127 replies · 3,465+ views
    Terrible lizards trapped by terrible Flood Tas Walker A trail of fossilized claw marks found in northern Spain reveals the desperation of animals struggling to escape drowning in the Genesis Flood. ... That the footprints were preserved at all indicates the dinosaurs were engulfed by abnormal conditions. Today footprints are quickly obliterated, especially on a beach or in a strong current. But in the sandstone in Spain even the delicate features of the scratches were preserved, which means that sediment covered the tracks (and the ripple marks) soon after the dinosaur struggled past...
  • Confronting Evolution's Racists Roots

    02/26/2009 8:31:37 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 50 replies · 2,149+ views ^ | February 27, 2009 | Paul Strand - CROSSROADS BIBLE COLLEGE, Ind. - Darwin's book on human evolution, The Descent of Man, revealed him as what John West calls "a virulent racist." "He did write extensively about how evolution by natural selection creates unequal races, and that in the evolutionary scheme of things, blacks are the closest to apes," he explained. West is the author of Darwin Day in America. "It's not just residual racism," he added. "He's using his scientific theory as a justification for racism and countless scientists after Darwin latched on to that." Hosea Baxter directs reconciliation ministries at Crossroads Bible College. He...
  • Inukpasuit, Inuit and Viking contact in ancient times

    02/18/2009 6:45:35 AM PST · by BGHater · 16 replies · 814+ views
    The Arctic Sounder ^ | 12 Feb 2009 | Ronald Brower
    There are many stories of ‘Qavlunaat,’ white-skinned strangers who were encountered in Inuit-occupied lands in times of old. Stories of contact between these foreign people and Inuit were passed down the generations and used mostly to scare children to behave “or the Qavlunaat will get them.” This sparked my curiosity to explore both sides of the encounters from written records and Inuit oral legends to see if some of these events can be correlated. One must recall that these legends were passed down orally in the Inupiaq language. Inuit myths and legends of contact with other people were passed from...
  • "Valkyrie" and the Myth of the "Good German"

    01/08/2009 9:26:42 AM PST · by AJKauf · 107 replies · 3,414+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 8 | John Rosenthal
    “Many Saw Evil,” the posters for the new Tom Cruise film Valkyrie proclaim, “But They Dared to Stop It.” Or tried, at any rate. The members of what is known in Germany as the “July 20th” plot failed, of course, to kill Hitler and were unable to seize power. If this slight exaggeration amounts to wishful thinking, however, the suggestion that the would-be assassin, Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, and his co-conspirators “saw evil” in the Nazi regime amounts to an outright distortion of the historical record. In fact, Stauffenberg served the Nazi regime loyally almost to the very end...
  • Russians Claim Their Drinking Prowess is a 'Myth'

    01/04/2009 6:42:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 900+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 03 Jan 2009 | Miriam Elder
    "Today, Russia doesn't look better or worse than the rest of the world," Evgeny Bryun, Moscow's chief physician, said this week. Despite statistics that prove otherwise, Bryun said the image of the average Russian man as a vodka-swilling beer lover was simply a myth. Russians only seriously began drinking after the end of the Second World War – and the party just lasted too long, he said. "Soldiers got used to drinking at the front, they celebrated the victory, and this celebration lasted for a very long time," Bryun said. Bryun's flippant comments stand in stark contrast to a state...
  • Obama & Celebs Reprimanded for Bad Science

    12/27/2008 8:53:17 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 8 replies · 586+ views
    Live Science ^ | 27 December 2008 | Robert Roy Britt
    When during a pre-election debate Barack Obama and John McCain both said that an apparent rise in autism cases might be connected to vaccines, those who knew better squirmed at the lack of scientific knowledge of the two remaining presidential candidates on this topic. In fact, studies have found no link between autism and vaccines. But televised statements by such high-profile people have a way of perpetuating myths. In it's third annual report, the UK group Sense about Science calls the two candidates out on the inaccurate statements, along with a long list of celebrities' scientifically inaccurate claims.
  • Myths of Organized Labor

    12/14/2008 10:44:32 AM PST · by AJKauf · 16 replies · 1,078+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 14 | Ronnie Schreiber
    Do we really need to "thank" unions for the 40 hour week, paid vacation, and health benefits? The labor movement had little success organizing U.S. industries, particularly the auto industry, until the 1930s. The CIO was founded in 1935,in response to the AFL’s emphasis on skilled craft unionists. While attempts to organize autoworkers date to the industry’s birth, the auto companies were not fully organized until the late 1930s. The legendary UAW Flint sit-down strike and the “Battle of the Rouge Overpass” both took place in 1937. Meanwhile, labor and auto industry historians say that wages, benefits, and working conditions...
  • What They Gave

    12/01/2008 8:23:50 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 10 replies · 839+ views
    email | CNN
    Ford, Chrysler and GM's contributions after 9/11 An interesting commentary...You might find this of interest: 'CNN Headline News did a short news listing regarding Ford and GM's contributions to the relief and recovery efforts in New York and Washington.
  • Barack Obama and the FDR-Great Depression Myth

    11/27/2008 11:17:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies · 1,763+ views
    Human Events ^ | Nov. 26, 2008 | Michael Fumento
    Barack Obama and the FDR-Great Depression Mythby Michael Fumento (more by this author) Posted 11/26/2008 ET The cover of Time magazine has Barack Obama photoshopped into Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s famous convertible, complete with oval-shaped glasses and cigarette holder held between the teeth. “The NEW New Deal,” The cover reads. Surely many who voted for Obama saw him as potentially the new FDR, the man to lead us out of hard economic times. But they’ve been misled, for even FDR wasn’t FDR. He is a quasi-mythical creature who not only didn’t end the Great Depression but probably greatly prolonged the...