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  • Will: The tangled web of conflicting rights [time for gays to restrain bullies in their ranks]

    09/17/2012 2:26:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 14, 2012 | George Will
    Elaine Huguenin, who with her husband operates Elane Photography in New Mexico, asks only to be let alone. But instead of being allowed a reasonable zone of sovereignty in which to live her life in accordance with her beliefs, she is being bullied by people wielding government power. [SNIP of the ongoing case] New Mexico’s Supreme Court is going to sort all this out, which has been thoroughly reported and discussed by the invaluable blog the Volokh Conspiracy, where you can ponder this: In jurisdictions such as the District of Columbia and Seattle, which ban discrimination on the basis of...
  • Four US Troops Killed in Afghan Inside Attack; 8 Coalition Troops Killed in 3 Days

    09/17/2012 2:10:44 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 7 replies
    Four American service members were killed by an Afghan policeman early today, the third attack on coalition forces in three days, bringing the death toll in the recent violence to eight. The attacks -- two "green on blue" incidents and an assault on a coalition base by 15 Taliban fighters -- come as tensions flared across the Muslim world over an anti-Islam film that was produced in the United States. In the latest attack, an Afghan police officer turned his gun on NATO troops at a remote checkpoint in southern Afghanistan before dawn. Four U.S. soldiers were killed before the...
  • African-American Christians waver over vote - struggle with gay marriage and the Mormon religion

    09/17/2012 1:44:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 71 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 16, 2012
    ...[Rev. Jamal-Harrison] Bryant [of Baltimore] last month told The Washington Informer, an African-American newsweekly, "This is the first time in black church history that I'm aware of that black pastors have encouraged their parishioners not to vote." Bryant, who opposes gay marriage, said the president's position on marriage is "at the heart" of the problem. ...The circumstances of the 2012 campaign have led to complex conversations about faith, politics and voting. The Rev. George Nelson Jr., senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Baptist Church in Brenham, Texas, participated in a conference call with other African-American pastors the day after Obama's announcement...
  • Bringing Selfish Back

    09/17/2012 1:25:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | September 17, 2012 | Katie Kieffer
    Step aside, Justin Timberlake. Let’s bring selfish back, y’all! Last week, I wrote that if you are a Christian, you must embrace Ayn Rand’s economic philosophy (capitalism). Today, I will explore this further. To recap, philosophers who came before Christ (think Aristotle), philosophers who rejected Christ (think Rand) and philosophers who accepted Christ (think Thomas Aquinas) concur that human laws must stem from natural law, which stems from reason. Said differently, all rational thinkers embrace natural law. Capitalism is the most rational political system and therefore the best political expression of natural law, so rational Christians and non- Christians must...
  • The Consequences of Obama's Bungled Mideast Policy

    09/17/2012 1:17:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | September 17, 2012 | Michael Barone
    In Libya, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three colleagues were murdered Tuesday. Earlier that day, protesters in Egypt stormed the U.S. embassy and tore down the American flag. It was "the day the roof fell in," proclaimed blogger and historian Walter Russell Mead. Barack Obama's "efforts to reconcile the U.S. and moderate Islamism -- in part by distancing the U.S. from Israel -- have angered Israel without reducing Islamist bitterness against the United States." In other words, his Middle East policies are in shambles. His assumption that a president "who doesn't look like other presidents" would endear America to Arabs...
  • Chicago Strike Shows Why we Need School Choice

    09/17/2012 1:10:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | September 17, 2012 | Star Parker
    It says something about today’s public education reality that the two sides in the teachers’ union dispute in Chicago are the union and the mayor. Allegedly the point of schools is to educate children. But which side in this dispute has sole interest in children and their parents? The answer, of course, is neither side. Unions are about the economic interests of the teachers. The mayor is about his budget and the economic interests of the city. No one solely represents the interests of the kids. It’s not to say that the union or the mayor has no interest in...
  • Wall Street braced for Occupy first anniversary protest

    09/17/2012 1:07:16 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/17/2012 | Richard Blackden, in New York
    Wall Street is today braced for its first major demonstration in a year, as hundreds of people are expected to take to the streets to mark the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. A series of "sit-ins" are planned throughout New York's financial district from about 7:30am, according to the organisers' website. The New York Stock Exchange, the headquarters of bailed-out insurer AIG and the New York Federal Reserve are expected to be among the targets. Monday's action follows a series of largely peaceful marches over the weekend in New York, where more than 200 people descended on...
  • Of Mitts and Muslims

    09/17/2012 1:03:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | September 17, 2012 | Mike Adams
    Dear Mitt: Despite the fact that I really do not trust or respect you, I have decided to give you some free political advice. I do it for two reasons: First, I would rather have a president I do not really trust (you) than one I actually despise (Obama). Second, the advisors and spokesmen you are paying are doing a woefully inadequate job of directing your campaign. Let me give you a couple of examples.   After the Chick-fil-A scandal consumed the country for weeks on end, you stated that you wanted to stay out of the controversy and focus...
  • With $33.6 Billion Cash, If GM Can’t Tell the Truth They Can Give Us Our Money Back

    09/17/2012 12:57:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | September 17, 2012 | John Ransom
    Over the weekend General Motors fought back against critics who have been all over the company after published reports say that the government-subsidized car company is spending as much as $90,000 to produce the “breakthrough” electric car, the Chevy Volt. The Volt retails for only $40,000. Although the company refused to release figures regarding Volt production costs, UPI quotes the company as saying that critics have "allocated product development costs across the number of Volts sold instead of allocating across the lifetime of the program, which is how business operates."The UPI whines that the Volt has become a “political football.”...
  • Rahm to Sue Chicago Teachers

    09/17/2012 12:53:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | September 16, 2012 | Kevin Glass
    Rahm to Sue Chicago Teachers The Chicago teachers union has decided to continue their strike, depriving students of teachers for another week, entrenching an increasingly public and bitter labor dispute. Reports said that the union’s delegates would meet on Tuesday, meaning that schools in the nation’s third largest school district would be unlikely to open before Wednesday. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has now threatened to sue to force the end of the strike and force the unions back into the classrooms to teach Chicago children. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he will file a court injunction to force an end to...
  • MUST WATCH: Kamal Saleem keynote at Values Voter Summit 2012

    09/17/2012 12:48:43 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 9/14/2012 | The Right Scoop
    I’m not kidding, this was amazing. Kamal Saleem, a former Lebanese Islamist terrorist, loves Jesus with much more enthusiasm than most Americans I know and he’s not afraid to show it. Not only that, but he sees what is going on in the Middle East and in this country right now and believes we have a duty to fight for this country. He is truly a patriot and you will be more than inspired by his amazing story. Being an outsider, he has an interesting perspective on our liberty and one of my favorite lines from his speech was when...
  • Did Hillary Clinton send a gay ambassador to Libya as intentional provocation?

    09/16/2012 11:22:21 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 57 replies ^ | September 16, 2012 | Kyle Rogers
    Serbian diplomat, and friend of Christopher Stevens, says State Department knowingly sent gay ambassador to Libya. Arab media says ambassador Stevens was gang raped and then his body was put on display.
  • Inside the campaign: How Mitt Romney stumbled

    09/16/2012 10:30:19 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    Polotico ^ | 9/16/12 7:46 PM EDT | MIKE ALLEN and JIM VANDEHEI
    Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney’s top strategist, knew his candidate’s convention speech needed a memorable mix of loft and grace if he was going to bound out of Tampa with an authentic chance to win the presidency. So Stevens, bypassing the speechwriting staff at the campaign’s Boston headquarters, assigned the sensitive task of drafting it to Peter Wehner, a veteran of the last three Republican White Houses and one of the party’s smarter wordsmiths.Not a word Wehner wrote was ever spoken.
  • The Left’s Victimhood Hierarchy Explained

    09/16/2012 10:14:53 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 4 replies
    Oppose the Madness ^ | 7/8/2012 | Mr.Right
    Watching the left occupied news channels can be confusing. Why do some stories like the Trayvon/Brawley/Duke La Crosse hoaxes get so much coverage while horrid black on white crimes are covered up? To understand why these crimes are reported differently, one needs to have an understanding of the left’s hierarchy of victimhood. The hierarchy assigns greater worth to certain individuals based on their race, gender, religion, sexuality and political beliefs. A concurrent hierarchy — the hierarchy of oppressors — assigns levels of unworth based on the same criteria.
  • Gallup 7 Day Tracking Trend

    09/16/2012 10:08:57 PM PDT · by Positive · 45 replies
    Gallup ^ | 9/16/2012 | Self
    I too have been watching the polls at Real Clear Politics. I must admit that I have been concerned about what seems to have been the trend. But I haven't bothered to scrutinize the items closely. Tonight I took a close look at the Gallup Tracking Poll and realized that the data are available in greater depth than I realized. Of course we know that it is a rolling average of the last 7 days. We know that it is 3050 Registered Voters, unlike Rassmussens Likely Voters. When I clicked on the Gallup poll I realized for the first time,...
  • Attack on US embassy in Benghazi pre-planned: Libyan Prez

    09/16/2012 10:08:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Mumbai First Post ^ | September 17, 2012
    The attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi that killed American ambassador Chris Stevens was pre-planned and included foreigners, Libyan President said yesterday. President of Libya’s National Congress, Mohamed Magariaf, in an interview to the CBS news aired yesterday said his government has arrested about 50 people, some of which are foreigners and connected to al-Qaeda. “They entered Libya from different directions, and some of them definitely from Mali and Algeria,” he said. “These ugly deeds, criminal deeds were directed against them, the late ambassador, Chris Stevens, and his colleagues, does not represent in any way, in any sense, the...
  • PPP Virginia: 0bama 51% / Romney 46% (D: 35%/R: 32%/ I: 33%)

    09/16/2012 10:06:31 PM PDT · by GR_Jr. · 57 replies
    PPP ^ | 9-16-12 | PPP
    PPP's newest Virginia poll finds Barack Obama leading by 5 points, 51- 46. Obama's lead is unchanged from a month ago when we found him leading 50-45 in the state. He may not be seeing a bump from the convention in the state at this point, but he was in a pretty good position to begin with. Virginia continues to look like it may be something of a firewall state for Obama. PPP has now polled it 9 times this cycle, and President Obama has led by at least 4 points on all 9 of the polls. He's been ahead...
  • The Dangers of “Hate Chicken”

    09/16/2012 9:41:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    InsideVandy ^ | Sunday, September 16, 2012 | Stephen Siao
    It was reported recently in this paper — and opined on — that there are students upset over Chick-fil-A being served on campus. First, Chick-fil-A does not have any history of discrimination; rather, it treats its customers and employees with the utmost respect. And, contrary to what one columnist wrote, Chick-fil-A as a company has no policy regarding marriage; it was its CEO who expressed his beliefs. And for that, not only Mr. Cathy but the entire company has been demonized. (Might I point out — the belief held by Mr. Cathy on marriage is the exact same position held...
  • Pit bull owners say neighborhood ban won't make them part with dogs

    09/16/2012 9:41:03 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 23 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 9/16/12 | Kevin Rector
    Since Shelly Kizina adopted her pit bull Jada four years ago after finding the dog abused and tied to a tree in North Carolina, the Northeast Baltimore resident and her pet have been practically inseparable, she said. "I brought her here, and she's been like my best friend. She follows me everywhere," Kizina said on her porch in the Armistead Gardens neighborhood Sunday, as family members watched the Ravens game inside and Jada sat by her side. That Armistead Homes Corp., which manages the low-income housing cooperative, has demanded Kizina and other neighborhood residents with pit bulls get rid of...
  • First look at Robocop as he comes back to life as remake...

    09/16/2012 9:39:08 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 30 replies
    MailOnline ^ | September 16, 2012 | Celeste Morgan
    In his full-body fighting suit Robocop became one of the most iconic heroes of the Eighties. And now fans can get their first look at the action hero come back to life as the remake begins filming in Toronto. Actor Joel Kinnaman, better known for his work on The Killing, was spotted wearing the updated RoboCop suit on set.