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  • Vegan MYTHS Debunked with Lierre Keith || Louder With Crowder [VIDEO]

    02/15/2015 11:54:40 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 46 replies
    GoogTube ^ | 14FEB2015 | Steven Crowder
    This week, we sat down with Lierre Keith, author of "The Vegetarian Myth" to learn about why Vegans are wrong. She can be found at
  • The Five Most Influential Anti-Catholic Books

    12/29/2014 10:35:21 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 9 replies
    Catholic Answers Magazine ^ | unknown | Robert P. Lockwood
    I’m often asked where Catholic urban legends come from. The simple answer is that many are as old as sixteenth-century Reformation propaganda, which formed the roots of nineteenth-century American nativism, which evolved into the leftist European anti-clericalism of the post-World War II period.
  • Top 10 Misconceptions About the Catholic Church

    12/29/2014 10:30:48 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 155 replies
    LISTVERSE ^ | 13 July 2009 | Jamie Frater
    I have taken ten of the most believed or written about misconceptions about Catholics or the Church and debunked them (with evidence wherever possible).
  • The Three Liberal Myths About Partisanship Busted By Pew's New Poll

    06/16/2014 9:34:52 AM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | June 16, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    A fascinating new poll out today from the Pew Research Center reports on how they've tracked Americans' beliefs on political issues over time. It's wide-ranging and deep and a fascinating look at what Americans believe. One of the most important parts is how the two coalitions - Republicans and Democrats - have changed over the last twenty years. And it takes a sledgehammer to myths that liberals have been telling themselves.
  • 8 Ridiculous Myths About Eating Meat

    02/27/2014 10:40:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/27/2014 | KRIS GUNNARS, AUTHORITY NUTRITION
    There is a lot of nonsense in nutrition. One of the worst examples is the constant propaganda against meat consumption. Here are 8 ridiculous myths about meat consumption and health. 1. Meat Rots in Your Colon Some people claim that meat doesn’t get digested properly and “rots” in your colon. This is absolute nonsense, probably invented by dishonest vegans in order to scare people away from eating meat. What happens when we eat meat, is that it gets broken down by stomach acid and digestive enzymes. In the small intestine, the proteins are broken down into amino acids and the...

    02/26/2014 4:54:39 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    E21 ^ | 02/25/2014 | E21
    A key feature of America’s ongoing oil and gas production renaissance is that the vast majority of the jobs created have not come from the “Big Oil” companies, but from small businesses. Manhattan Institute senior fellow Mark Mills shows the dramatic effect of small businesses on oil and gas production and vice versa in his new report, “Where the Jobs Are: Small Businesses Unleash Energy Employment Boom.” The five large oil companies operating in the United States (Exxon, BP, Chevron, Shell, Conoco) account for only ten percent of direct oil and gas jobs. The vast majority of jobs come from...
  • Debunking the top three myths about income inequality

    01/30/2014 7:21:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    CNBC ^ | Published: Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 | 12:11 PM ET | By: Robert Frank
    In his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama is expected to take sharp aim at wealth inequality. He'll propose a hike in the minimum wage, extended unemployment benefits, and more funding for education and skills improvement. He is also likely to contribute to several persistent myths about the increasing gap between the rich and everyone else. There is no question that income inequality in America is high compared with other countries as well as with the three decades in the U.S. after World War II. And a consensus is growing among business leaders, politicians and...
  • New Study Demolishes Almost Every Gun Control Myth

    01/05/2014 9:24:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 3, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    A study published in the latest issue of the academic journal Applied Economics Letters took on many of the claims made regularly by advocates of stricter gun laws. The study determined that nearly every claim made in support of stronger restrictions on gun ownership is not supported by an exhaustive analysis of crime statistics. The study, “An examination of the effects of concealed weapons laws and assault weapons bans on state-level murder rates,” conducted by Quinnipiac University economist Mark Gius, examined nearly 30 years of statistics and concluded that stricter gun laws do not result in a reduction in gun...
  • 5 Myths Propping Up the Obama Presidency: How many will crash by November 2014?

    01/03/2014 7:15:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/03/2013 | Tom Blumer
    As 2014 begins, President Barack Obama’s approval rating is at its lowest point in his five-year tenure. Imagine where it would be if the establishment press treated him the way it did George W. Bush.The president’s media apparatchiks are propping up what remains of the president’s popularity with five myths.1. The economy has become strong, and is getting stronger.Media reports have been calling recent job gains “robust [1].” Hardly. 2013′s estimated job growth of almost 2.4 million is still only 60 percent of what was achieved annually on a population-adjusted basis for a full six years during the 1980s. (See...
  • Myths to Ditch in 2014

    01/01/2014 5:44:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | January 1, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    The Beltway consensus seems to be that 2013 was a bad year for the same reason nearly every other recent year was bad: polarization and partisanship. Personally, I can think of plenty of more important things to worry about than partisanship. Democracy is about disagreements, and partisanship is often a sign of healthy disagreement. But polarization is a bit different. It speaks not just to a lack of basic agreement about what kind of society we should live in, but a breakdown in understanding and respect among Americans. There's a lot of them-vs.-us talk these days on the left and...
  • Five myths about the Pilgrims

    11/29/2013 10:32:19 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 50 replies
    Milwuakee Journal Sentinel ^ | 11-29-13 | Robert Tracy Mckenzie
    When it comes to historical memory, the old saying that you can't choose your relatives is just plain wrong. Americans have chosen the Pilgrims as honorary ancestors, and we tend to see their story as inseparable from the story of our nation, "land of the Pilgrims' pride." We imagine these honorary founders as model immigrants, pacifists and pioneers in the democratic experiment. We have burdened them with values they wouldn't have recognized and shrouded their story with myth. The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. If you visit Plymouth today, you'll find a distinctive rock about the size of your living-room...
  • JFK: the myth that will never die

    11/16/2013 9:48:54 PM PST · by fella · 157 replies
    the Telegraph ^ | 16 Nov 2013 | Peter Foster
    And the Cuban Missile Crisis, on some subsequent readings of history, was not a triumph of bold statesmanship as it was hailed at the time, but a piece of foolhardy grandstanding that unnecessarily humiliated the Soviets and precipitated the arms race that defined the Cold War. Even on civil rights – the subject of one of Kennedy's greatest speeches in June 1963, when he vowed that "Every American ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as he would wish to have his children treated." – the reality never matched the myth. Kennedy...
  • Myths about the 'shutdown'

    10/14/2013 4:55:50 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-10-13 | glenn garvin
    Back in the 1970s, the comedy group Firesign Theater used to perform a sketch featuring a New Age huckster named Happy Harry Cox who inveigled money from his followers by warning them that they labored under mass delusions that only he could correct. "Dogs flew spaceships!" he bellowed in his radio advertisements. "The Aztecs invented the vacation! Men and women are the same sex! Our forefathers took drugs ... Yes! That's right! Everything you know is wrong! Especially about the government shutdown!" OK, he didn't really say the part about the government shutdown. But he should have. Because, really, practically...
  • Right Wing Obamacare Myths DEBUNKED

    09/26/2013 10:07:15 AM PDT · by LUV W · 83 replies
    The Matt Walsh Blog ^ | September 25, 2013 | Matt Walsh
    Man, I hate these stupid, crazy, tea bagging right wingers. So foolish, so uncivilized. They run around screaming like crazed anarchists about how they want to stop Obamacare. Damned idiots don’t realize that the government needs to be involved in our health care decisions; we’re too helpless and feeble to handle it ourselves
  • Myth of the Day: Real Household Income Has Not Grown in the Last 20 Years

    08/28/2013 1:32:27 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 9 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 8-28-13 | Will Freeland
    One key tax myth that drives much of the desire for redistribution is the notion that real household income is not growing for any group but the wealthiest Americans. The notion of income stagnation among the middle class, along with the sister myth asserting that the income distribution is increasingly inequitable, are used to argue against an economic model characterized by people generally keeping their earnings except a small portion paid to fund the core functions of government. The truth is that during the last 20 years, the American economy has continued to generate income growth and increasing ability to...
  • 5 Myths About Libertarians

    08/11/2013 7:05:20 AM PDT · by Bratch · 91 replies ^ | August 10, 2013 | Nick Gillespie
    The specter of libertarianism is haunting America. Advocates of sharply reducing the government’s size, scope and spending are raising big bucks from GOP donors, trying to steal the mantle of populism, being blamed for the demise of Detroit and even getting caught in the middle of a battle for the Republican Party. Yet libertarians are among the most misunderstood forces in today’s politics. Let’s clear up some of the biggest misconceptions.1. Libertarians are a fringe band of “hippies of the right.”In 1971, the controversial and influential author Ayn Rand denounced right-wing anarchists as “hippies of the right,” a charge...
  • Now Locking Your Car Doors Is Racist

    07/24/2013 8:53:45 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 49 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | July 24, 2013 | Larry Walker Jr
    “There are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator.” ~ Potus 44Don’t Patronize Me Bro- By: Larry Walker, II -Whatever you do, don’t listen to anything Potus 44 says, period. The truth is that there are very few Black men who haven’t experienced an auto theft, or attempted carjacking. Both have happened to me, twice in my early 20’s and again in my late 30’s.This past week, diving headlong into Bizarro World,...
  • Myths About Precious Metals

    06/22/2013 1:01:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Townhall ^ | 06/22/2013 | Brett Bogus
    Often in reading articles and economic research, I find a number of different repeating myths and misunderstandings that seem to perpetuate an unfortunate outlook on investing in precious metals and rare coins. Some of these are based in partial truths while others are based in complete fiction or a gross misunderstanding of where gold, silver, platinum, and palladium belong within a diversified portfolio. While I don't expect to be able to discuss all of them, I can touch on a few of them that I've seen just today. 1) "People buying gold are waiting for society to fall apart so...
  • Five IRS Scandal Myths: Rogue agents," apolitical targeting, and a limited time frame? Not so fast.

    06/10/2013 5:15:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/10/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    The Obama administration and its defenders have done their best to downplay the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, and to distance the president from the scandal. But in doing so they have made numerous claims that have that turned out to be grossly misleading — at best. 1. It was a few rogue agents in Cincinnati This claim has crumbled in recent weeks. Lois Lerner, the IRS’s director of Exempt Organizations, who has refused to testify before Congress, was the first to blame “our line people in Cincinnati” for initiating the targeting. Former IRS commissioner Steven Miller said two “rogue”...
  • Ponce De Leon Never Searched for the Fountain of Youth

    05/25/2013 5:47:56 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Smithsonian magazine ^ | June 2013 | Matthew Shaer
    The real story goes something like this: In 1511, messy political squabbling forced Ponce to surrender the governorship of Puerto Rico, an appointment he had held since 1509. As a consolation prize, King Ferdinand offered him Bimini, assuming the stalwart conquistador could finance an expedition and actually find it. J. Michael Francis, a historian at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg who has spent decades studying the Spanish colonies in the Americas , says no mention of a Fountain of Youth occurs in any known documents from Ponce’s lifetime, including contracts and other official correspondence with the Crown. In...
  • Seven Myths About “Women in Combat"

    03/19/2013 9:23:52 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Michael Yon ^ | 17 March 2013 | G.S. Newbold, Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.)
    Seven Myths About “Women in Combat" Written by G.S. Newbold, Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.) 17 March 2013 Published here with permission from the author. Written By: G.S. Newbold, Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.) Marine photo / Cpl. Jennifer Pirante Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Michelle Berglin trains for an upcoming deployment at Camp Pendleton in January. Myth #1 – “It’s about women in combat.” No, it’s not. Women are already in combat, and are serving well and professionally. The issue should be more clearly entitled, “Women in the infantry.” And this is a decidedly different proposition. Myth #2 – “Combat has changed”...
  • Ten Neo-Confederate Myths

    03/10/2013 8:19:44 AM PDT · by BroJoeK · 902 replies
    March 9, 2013 | vanity
    Ten Neo-Confederate Myths (+one) "Secession was not all about slavery." In fact, a study of the earliest secessionists documents shows, when they bother to give reasons at all, their only major concern was to protect the institution of slavery. For example, four seceding states issued "Declarations of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify Secession from the Federal Union". These documents use words like "slavery" and "institution" over 100 times, words like "tax" and "tariff" only once (re: a tax on slaves), "usurpation" once (re: slavery in territories), "oppression" once (re: potential future restrictions on slavery). So secession wasn't just...
  • Op-Ed: Note To Kerry: Kyrzakhstan & Palestine Are Both Myths

    03/03/2013 5:48:04 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/3/13 | Moshe Phillips
    On John Kerry’s first international trip as U.S. Secretary of State he made a gaffe worthy of Joe Biden. The headline of London’s Telegraph read “John Kerry invents country of Kyrzakhstan”and the Daily Mail asked “Where’s that exactly, Mr Secretary of State? John Kerry makes up new country ‘Kyrzakhstan.” But more than just fodder for the British press, Kerry’s blunder exposes the truth that he is not the expert on international affairs that the mainstream media, Obama Administration and J Street all vehemently claimed. And at this time, when Kerry created Kyrzakhstan out of thin air, there is no time...
  • Lies & Clever Myths

    01/19/2013 8:53:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | January 19, 2013 | Steve Deace
    The best thing about math is that it’s a constant. The numbers are what they are. That’s why I’m a data guy, because as a person that believes in absolute truth I have a tendency to like things cut and dried. Leading up to the 2012 election several lies and clever myths were postulated by the ruling class know-it-alls and the charlatans who act on their behalf, and you can bet they will continue peddling their wares this year in light of the results. But the beauty of real numbers is they cut through all the horse puckey right to...
  • 6 Ridiculous Myths About the Middle Ages Everyone Believes (contains offensive language)

    01/13/2013 12:37:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 65 replies
    Cracked ^ | January 13, 2013 | Steve Kolenberg
    When you think of the Middle Ages, chances are you picture gallant knights sitting astride brilliant destriers galloping through a sea of plagues, ignorance, and filth. And you can hardly be blamed for that, when everything from the movies you watch to your high school history teacher (who was mainly the football coach) has told you that ...
  • Beliefs about immigrants may be false

    11/25/2012 12:19:04 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 37 replies
    Hickory Daily Record ^ | Nov 23, 2012 | Skip Marsden
    Many of us hold assumptions about things for which we don’t have all the facts. I hear something from a trusted source, and I assume it is fact. That seems to be true about our local immigrant community. I decided to check into some beliefs about immigrants that get bantered about, and borrowed an information sheet I received from Centro Latino, a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to respond to critical needs of Latinos and to bridge the cultural gap between Spanish-speaking and non-Spanish-speaking members of our community I addressed issues with more current data I found online. Undocumented...
  • 5 Myths About America's Tax System That You Probably Believe

    09/25/2012 10:44:57 AM PDT · by bthockey · 15 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 9/25/12 | Bryan Thomas
    Most mainstream media outlets aide in the proliferation of myths about our tax system and our economy. Here are 5 myths about the US tax system that you probably thought were true. 1. Once A Millionaire, Always A Millionaire As you can see by the graph below, this shows how many consecutive years millionaires file their taxes as millionaires. Half of the people who become millionaires are only at that status for one year.​ 2. Tax Credits Only Help The Rich This graph shows the effective tax rates since 1980. As you can see, because of tax credits and deductions,...
  • BenSmithing Paul Ryan: BuzzFeed Story Undermines Its Own Headline (more media tall tales)

    09/14/2012 7:16:26 AM PDT · by bronxville · 7 replies ^ | 09-14-2012 | John Nolte
    This morning as the Middle East burned while Obama fundraised in Vegas and our genius president told the world he had lost Egypt as an ally (whoops!), BenSmithing BenSmither John Stanton over at BuzzFeed Politics wrote an hysterically desperate hit-job against Paul Ryan and House Republicans. The BenSmithing troll-tastic goal here is obviously to manufacture the idea that there's some kind animosity brewing between Ryan and his House colleagues. Not because Ben Smith or BuzzFeed or Stanton actually believe there's bad blood. What this is is just another shiny distraction fabricated to keep everyone's eyes off the fact that there...
  • Controversial new movie (Fahrenheit 9/11) repeats old and false allegations about Unocal

    07/05/2004 12:31:01 PM PDT · by Shermy · 21 replies · 1,058+ views ^ | June 30, 2004
    In his new movie, Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore reviews the Bush administration’s publicly stated rationale for the war against terrorism in Afghanistan – it was part of the U.S. response to the attacks of September 11, 2001 – and then suggests that the real reason for the war was, at least in part, to enable Unocal to proceed with a natural gas pipeline project in Afghanistan and for other U.S. energy and oil-service companies to participate in various projects in that country. Unocal has absolutely no intention of participating in an Afghanistan pipeline project nor are we in discussions with...
  • Osama bin Laden was US Operator Destabilising Benazir: Zardari

    05/11/2009 4:58:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1,394+ views
    Sindh Today ^ | 5/11/09
    Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has alleged that elusive Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was a US operator who had tried to destabilise his late wife Benazir Bhutto’s government back in 1989. In fact, as premier Bhutto had “warned America about Osama bin Laden in 1989 with a call to then US president George H. Bush”, Zardari said on NBC’s Meet the Press programme Sunday. “She rang senior Bush and asked of him: ‘Are you destabilizing my government?’ because he (apparently referring to bin Laden) paid the then opposition $10 million to overthrow the first woman elected (prime minister)...
  • Officials Return From Western Gas Fields ‘Invigorated’

    02/04/2012 8:58:39 PM PST · by greenwill · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Rocket-Courier ^ | 01/19/2012 | RICK HIDUK
    Participants in a recent shale gas energy conference held in Hobbs, New Mexico, referred to a whirlwind trip to Lea County, NM, as “exhausting” but “enlightening.” Bradford County Commissioners Doug McLinko, Mark Smith, and Daryl Miller, Susquehanna County Commissioner Mary Ann Warren and Pennsylvania state Rep. Tina Pickett were among local elected officials to partake in discussions and serve as guests on informative panels.
  • Oil, gas members hear about 'fracking' myths (Expert: Oil, gas deposits far below water table)

    02/11/2012 10:35:14 AM PST · by Dysart · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Fort Morgan Times ^ | 2-11-2012 | DAN BARKER
    Debunking myths about the use of hydraulic fracturing to access oil and natural gas deposits was a big part of a presentation during the Northeast Colorado Chapter of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association banquet at the Country Steak-Out Thursday. Hydraulic fracturing -- sometimes called "fracking" -- is a process of pumping a water, sand and chemical mixture into shale formations under high pressure to break up rock and get oil and natural gas flowing more readily, said Dale Larsen, a sales representative for CALFRAC, who spent most of his career since 1978 as a petroleum engineer in fracking. He...
  • Jesse Ventura denies fight ever happened with Navy Seal

    01/08/2012 4:47:17 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 69 replies
    Conspiracy Theories ^ | 01/08/2012 | Jesse Ventura
    Jesse’s Statement: The event this man spoke of never happened. I have been to Mc P’s many times since leaving the Navy. I was never there alone. I was always accompanied by other people. If this happened 6 years ago, someone would have known of it before now. Certainly in the UDT/SEAL community it would have been known. This has to be news to all of us. I have always opposed the war in Iraq but I have never spoken or wished any ill will towards the soldiers. My heart aches that soldiers have died or been wounded because this...
  • The Truth About Mormon Myths [Mormon Bigfoot, White Horse Prophesy, & Nephites alive 2,000+ years]

    12/30/2011 3:56:31 PM PST · by Colofornian · 64 replies ^ | May 11, 2011 | Kate Ensign-Lewis
    It has been said that Mormons have an “exceedingly fine sense of rumor.” We certainly love a good story—after all, can’t we all admit to telling a tale we thought was good, even if we admitted we weren’t 100 percent sure it was true? In the spirit of acting under (more) perfect knowledge, and still appreciating the quality of a good story, the following is an exploration of the truth behind some of the more common or interesting Mormon legends. *The following is an excerpt of "The Truth About Mormon Myths." To read the full article, see the LDS Living...
  • Five Myths About Ron Paul

    12/13/2011 10:58:28 AM PST · by BatMite · 121 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/9/11 | Nick Gillespie
    Ron Paul is the Rodney Dangerfield of Republican presidential candidates.... Why, despite a small but devoted set of supporters, does this 76-year-old obstetrician turned politician routinely get no respect from the media and GOP operatives?... 1. Ron Paul is not a "top-tier" candidate. ...Paul is doing increasingly well in national and state-level polls.... And now that Cain has dropped out, Paul's stock is likely to keep climbing. The congressman is no less a top-tier candidate than anyone else in the race. 2. Ron Paul is a doctrinaire libertarian. ...Paul parts company with many libertarians on many issues. These include immigration,...
  • Debating Gay Myths, Africa, and AIDS ~ not God

    11/20/2011 12:57:04 AM PST · by SeanG200 · 9 replies
    Religio-Poltical Talk (RPT) ^ | 11-19-2011 | Papa Giorgio
    An in-depth debate on subjects I am afraid conservatives are too lax in. In this back-and-forth you will learn stats and responses to many of the common misunderstandings about AIDS being just as much a heterosexual plague as a gay on. The response I give in regards to the PORNO industry is devastating!
  • Five myths about millionaires : Challenging everything you think you know.

    09/25/2011 6:52:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/25/2011 | John Steele Gordon
    This past week, President Obama tried to sell his new “millionaires’ tax” to the Rust Belt. “What’s great about this country is our belief that anyone can make it,” he said in Cincinnati on Thursday, praising “the idea that any one of us can open a business or have an idea that could make us millionaires.” But who are the millionaires Obama is talking about? And will a tax on them help the economy? Let’s examine a few presumptions about the man with the monocle on the Monopoly board. 1. Millionaires are rich. Being rich has gotten more expensive. A...
  • Five Myths about Mormonism

    08/06/2011 4:01:34 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug. 5, 2011 | Joanna Brooks
    The campaigns by Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. for the GOP presidential nomination, along with the popular and profane Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon,” are putting Mormons in the public eye. SNIP 1. Mormons practice polygamy. Mainstream Mormons do not practice polygamy today, but it remains part of our history and theology. Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion, married at least 33 women (often without the consent of his first wife, Emma) and preached that polygamy was divinely sanctioned... Polygamy remains a source of tension for mainstream Mormons. Mormon public figures routinely play down our polygamous...
  • Documentary ~Inside Job~ Critiqued

    05/31/2011 10:45:15 AM PDT · by SeanG200 · 6 replies
    Religio-Political Talk (RPT) ^ | 5-31-2011 | Papa Giorgio
    Claim: “Derivatives have no value of their own, yet are a $50 trillion market. Using derivatives, traders can bet on anything.” Inside Job argues that derivatives have no value of its own because its value is derived from another asset. On the other hand: A Reuters special report on derivatives has a good argument: Big companies regularly use derivatives as a form of insurance to guard against jumps in the price of everything from cocoa to interest rates. An airline will buy jet fuel derivatives so that if prices spike, the contract helps to make up the difference in price,...
  • Ten Myths of Ryan’s House Budget Plan

    05/26/2011 6:10:38 PM PDT · by Ken in Eastman · 2 replies
    The Moral Liberal ^ | May 26, 2011 | Brian Riedl, Robert Moffit, PhD, Rominia Boccia
    Runaway spending and deficits continue to grow unabated in part because any attempts to rein them in are relentlessly demagogued by defenders of big government. The latest example is the budget recently authored by House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI) and passed by the House of Representatives. Most critics have failed to provide any credible alternative to the House budget. Yet that has not stopped them from relentlessly misrepresenting the House budget with the following myths. Myth #1: The House budget recklessly cuts taxes by $4 trillion. Fact: It cancels a future tax increase. Critics charge that the House...
  • Government Shutdown Myths. A shutdown isn't the catastrophe some think it is.

    04/07/2011 6:49:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    RealClearMarkets ^ | 04/07/2011 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    My first thought on hearing about the possible government shutdown at the end of this week, when spending authority is scheduled to run out, was relief. Perhaps I won't have to pay my taxes by April 18. A friend who works in a government agency told me that his co-workers want the government to be shut down. They hope for a few days of "unpaid" furlough because they are confident that when Congress does approve new spending legislation it will vote, as it did in 1995 and in the mid 1980s, to pay them for their time off. SNIP SNIP...
  • El Chupacabra Mystery Definitively Solved, Expert Claims

    03/28/2011 4:31:50 AM PDT · by Oratam · 25 replies ^ | March 25, 2011 | Bjorn Carey
    Benjamin Radford, author of several books on monsters and paranormal phenomena, managing editor of the journal The Skeptical Inquirer and LiveScience columnist, has released what he says to be definitive proof that El Chupacabra is not real; it's not even a hoax, he said, but rather a leftover memory of a science-fiction film.
  • In the Midst of the Egyptian Upheaval: The Elephants in the Room

    02/04/2011 3:00:24 AM PST · by Scanian · 6 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 04, 2011 | Dan Gordon
    As the Middle East is engulfed in a series of often violent pro-democracy demonstrations and counter-demonstrations that have shattered the myth of stability in that region, there are a number of other myths which have been shattered as well -- about which no one has said a word. These myths are the elephants in the room, and try as hard as some would to turn a blind eye to them, they are now more self-evident than ever. Borrowing from the Letterman Show, here is my own Top Five List, together with a few conclusions. 1.Israel is an apartheid state -...
  • Addressing the "Outsourcing" Myths (Democrats launch an all-out attack on outsourcing to win votes)

    11/02/2010 7:19:53 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 11 replies
    Trade: In the 2004 election, with the economy in full recovery mode, Democrats launched an all-out attack on outsourcing to win votes. It didn't work. This year, in a much weaker economy, they're trying again. When Democrats made outsourcing a big issue in 2004, the economy was growing at a 3.6% annual rate, thanks to the Bush tax cuts the year before, and unemployment had fallen to 5.5% - on its way to below 4% two years later. The arguments about outsourcing costing Americans their jobs just didn't resonate. The GOP not only added seats in the House and Senate,...
  • VIDEO: Black Tea Partiers Destroying Libs

    08/30/2010 1:55:46 PM PDT · by SeanG200 · 23 replies
    FireAndreaMitchell h/t ^ | 8-30-2010 | Papa Giorgio
    . Good video of some outspoken brothers (black Republicans) challenging black rednecks and white liberals (Thomas Sowell reference) at the Glenn Beck Rally on the steps of the Capital.
  • 7 Millionaire Myths

    08/15/2010 2:55:20 PM PDT · by prisoner6 · 55 replies ^ | August 15, 2010 | Claire Bradley
    We all have are preconceptions about millionaires: they're tax evaders who just inherited their money from rich Aunt Flo, and they hang around the golf course all day with their snobby, elitist friends. So what's the average millionaire really like? Here are seven millionaire myths, and the real facts about the ones who seem to have it all.
  • Sociologist Debunks Myths on U.S. Christianity (Things are actually going well)

    07/27/2010 10:44:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 3+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 07/26/2010 | Lillian Kwon
    Things aren't as bad in American Christianity as many say it is, according to one sociologist. Christianity isn't on the brink of extinction, divorce rates of Christians aren't equal to that of non-Christians and churches are not losing young people – at least not to the extent that some fear. That isn't to say there aren't any problems in the church. But Bradley R. E. Wright wants all the facts to be laid out before any judgment calls are made. In his newly released book Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites ... and Other Lies You've Been Told, Wright reveals that many...
  • 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...
  • A question for birthers: why Mombassa?

    05/12/2010 8:47:16 AM PDT · by curiosity · 784 replies · 9,331+ views
    Vanity | Me
    The origin of modern myths and legends is a side interest of mine, the birther myths among them. Now I understand why Obama being born in Kenya made it into your belief system, despite it being physically impluasible (requiring around 5 days and five flights, most on propeller planes) and financially impossible (it would have cost about a year of her parents' combined salaries) for Stanley Ann & Obama Sr. to travel there for her to give birth. After all, Obama's Father was from Kenya, so if you are going to make up a myth about Obama being born abroad,...
  • The Media's Top 10 Worst Economic Myths of 2009 (Great Article)

    12/14/2009 2:39:03 AM PST · by mgist · 11 replies · 1,182+ views
    Business and Media Institute ^ | 12/9/09 | By Julia A. Seymour
    The Media's Top 10 Worst Economic Myths of 2009 From jobs 'saved or created,' to stimulus saving the economy, to 'deficit neutral' health care reform; here are ten biggest stories the media got wrong this year. By Julia A. Seymour Business & Media Institute 12/9/2009 12:18:20 PM Each year the Business & Media Institute looks back on the year's news and selects the top 10 worst economic myths. Here is our 2009 list: 10. CBS, NY Times Support Ecuadorian Shakedown of U.S. oil company 9. Media Fail to Scrutinize Obama’s Job Claims 8. Government Stimulus is the Answer to Our...