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  • Platitudes, Promises, and the Failed Pro-Union Policies of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

    02/10/2013 8:08:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    I received an interesting email moments ago from John Tillman at the Illinois Policy Institute, a non-partisan watchdog of the ongoing mess in Illinois. I traced the source back to an excellent article on Illinois Review written by Ben VanMetre, a Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst at the Illinois Policy Institute. Please consider a repost of Quinn’s Illinois: regulations and cronyism crush entrepreneurship by Ben VanMetre. In Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address, he said, “In our Illinois, small business means big business. Driving economic growth for small businesses requires doing all we can to make sure...
  • LaRue Tactical Takes a Stand for Second Amendment Rights!

    02/10/2013 8:07:51 AM PST · by dervish · 16 replies
    The Second Amendment has always had fair-weather friends. LaRue Tactical, manufacturers of firearms and firearm accessories, is one company that will never be accused of being our fair-weather friend. When New York State passed its unconstitutional anti-gun law, LaRue swung into action. In a move reminiscent of Barrett Firearms banning of all sales to California law enforcement (http://www.thegunzone.com/rkba/rkba-50.html) after California banned .50BMG rifles, LaRue has stated that it will not sell anything to local law enforcement that it cant sell to you and me. In a news release dated 2-8-13, LaRue states: Effective today, in an effort to see that...
  • More Federal Mommy

    02/10/2013 7:57:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Lincoln Brown
    On Thursday, the Center for American Progress released a grand plan to provide pre-school for the Obama Administration. I’ll pause for a moment while you make the requisite jokes about the missing Obama pre-school transcripts. The plan outlines how the administration can provide free pre-school. According to an article by Phillip Elliott at CNS News, subsidies for families with younger children would increase to an average of $7200 per child and the number of students in early Head Start Programs would double. The article states: “Under the center's plan, Washington would match states' spending on these preschool programs for 3-...
  • How Influential is Conservative Talk Radio?

    02/10/2013 7:45:13 AM PST · by TeaPartyJakes · 52 replies
    Global Free Press ^ | January 31, 2013 | Alan Caruba
    In the wake of the 2012 re-election of Barack Obama, I began to wonder how influential conservative talk radio is. Serendipitously, I received a copy of Fred V. Lucas new book, The Right Frequency: The Story of Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment ($18.95, History Publishing Company). Throughout the 1980s and 90s I was a guest on television and a lot on talk radio thanks to a popular media spoof, The Boring Institute, that offered lists of The Most Boring Celebrities of the Year, the Most Boring Films, et cetera. After 9/11 I put the...
  • Britain Votes For the Beginning of the End

    02/10/2013 7:40:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Michael Youssef
    On February 5, Britains House of Commons voted in favor of legalizing gay marriage. The vote is extremely alarming. It could signal the beginning of the end for Western civilization as we know it. The idea of same-sex marriage is troubling even to some homosexuals, let alone those who hold a biblical conviction that marriage is intended by the Creator to be between a man and a woman. The vote, which was 400-175, represented a major crack in the Conservative Party. More than half of its 303 members voted against or abstained from the measure. Prime Minister David Cameron may...
  • Stalled Out on Teslas Electric Highway (Great Article)

    02/10/2013 7:40:17 AM PST · by BobL · 84 replies
    New York Times ^ | Feb 10, 2013 | John Broder
    Washington Having established a fast-charging foothold in California for its electric cars, Tesla Motors has brought its formula east, opening two ultrafast charging stations in December that would, in theory, allow a speedy electric-car road trip between here and Boston. But as I discovered on a recent test drive of the companys high-performance Model S sedan, theory can be trumped by reality, especially when Northeast temperatures plunge
  • The president is lying about Benghazi

    02/10/2013 7:37:25 AM PST · by NCjim · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 9, 2013 | Robin Osborne
    We all remember when Bill Clinton argued that it all depends on what the meaning of 'is' is. We were all disgusted that the office of the President had become so low that we were deciphering legalistic terms and arguing about sex acts. Oh for the good ole days. President Obama's disregard for the truth has made Bill Clinton seem like a novice. His statements are always riddled with inconsistency. Many could easily have been dissected with a curious media, but that hasn't happen. Very few people can lie as well. Leon Panetta testified yesterday before congress that the President...
  • Freedom of the Press-Control

    02/10/2013 7:35:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Jack Kerwick
    While teaching on Aristotle in my ethics class last week, I noted that he was a teleologist. A teleologist is simply one who thinks that everything in the world has an essential purpose that makes it the kind of thing that it is. This is what most people held up until the advent of modern science. An astute student then attempted to tie Aristotles analysis into the current debate over the Second Amendment. He observed that those who favor ever more oppressive restrictions on the Second Amendmentthe proponents of gun controlsound very much like teleologists when it comes to guns....
  • Iowa Republicans: GOP Has a Karl Rove Problem

    02/10/2013 7:34:13 AM PST · by Free Vulcan · 16 replies
    National Journal ^ | 2.8.13 | Alex Brown
    Iowa Republicans are channeling Ronald Reagan in their response to Karl Rove's Conservative Victory Project, set up to derail "unelectable" candidates like GOP Rep. Steve King before they can win primaries and spoil the party's general election chances. Rove, they say, is not the solution to the problem; Rove is the problem. Were concerned about Steve Kings Todd Akin problem," Steven Law, the group's president, told the New York Times earlier this week. Law softened his stance on King in a subsequent interview with National Review, but Iowa Republicans are still crying foul. The problem, according to Iowa GOP Chair...
  • David Brooks: The Establishment Will Eventually Win Fight Against Tea Party

    02/10/2013 7:33:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    RCP ^ | 02/11/2013
    <p>JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR: Well, bring it back home, and talking about politics, pure politics, inside the Republican Party, David, it looks like there are some -- we have seen some evidence of this, but now it looks like it's more out in the open, that some of the traditional -- folks we thought of as being traditional leaders of the Republican Party are openly challenging the Tea Party.</p>
  • Rumblings from below

    02/10/2013 7:28:16 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 5 replies
    Economist ^ | February 9, 2013 | Economist
    WITH her turquoise top, Dayglo trainers and Hello Kitty mobile phone, Jeon Geum Ju fits right in among the young latte-sippers in a Starbucks in downtown Seoul. Her dark eyes sparkle as she talksand she talks a lot. The only time that the 26-year-old hesitates, and tugs at her hair awkwardly, is when she is asked about Kim Jong Un, the young leader of North Korea who took over her country in 2011, a year after she fled to South Korea. She was, she says, so brainwashed from a very early age that she still cannot bring herself to criticise...
  • Investing In a World of Make Believe

    02/10/2013 7:27:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | John Browne
    In recent years, a high degree of economic, financial, and political uncertainty has resulted in acute volatility in stocks, real estate, commodities and precious metals. I believe that another aggravating factor has been the increasing skepticism through which the investing public views government statistics and statements. To make prudent decisions, investors need to know key economic indicators such as economic growth, inflation rates, unemployment levels and the real cost and value of money. For the past 20 years or so, the key assumptions behind the calculation of these figures have been changed, or more accurately distorted, in favor of government...
  • Hopelessly Naive Hayes: End War On Terror, Declare Ourselves 'At Peace'

    02/10/2013 7:19:06 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Suppose our enemies declared war on usand we didn't show up? In a variation on the pacifist line from the 60s, that's essentially what Chris Hayes has proposed as American policy. On his MSNBC show this morning, the hopelessly naive Hayes suggested that rather than debating "big war"boots on groundversus "small war"targeted strikeswe go for a third option "no war." In Hayes's fantasy-land, America declares the war on terror over and "declares itself at peace." View the video here.
  • Ambush at Hilton Hollow

    02/10/2013 7:12:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb 9, 2013 | Russ Vaughn
    February 9, 2013 Ambush at Hilton Hollow Russ Vaughn Wow! The commander-in-chief of the most powerful military force the world has ever seen walked right into an ambush with no cover, no concealment, and no security at the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton. Forced to sit at the dais and suck it up while a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins Medical School, Dr. Benjamin Carson, debunked the concept of Obamacare as well as pointing out the president's seeming indifference to the national debt, Obama did his best to smile but he simply could not suppress that droned-out...
  • The 100th Anniversary of U.S. Income Taxes

    02/10/2013 7:11:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Political Calculations
    This week marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 16th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which made it legal for the U.S. federal government to impose taxes upon the income earned by Americans. Since income tax season in the United States has officially begun, we thought we'd mark the occasion by revisiting our original Form 1040 tool, where you can find out how much of the money you earned last year would have been taken from you by Uncle Sam back in 1913! Back then, of course, you would only have had until the first of March to...
  • Joe Paterno family releases report

    02/10/2013 7:10:13 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 260 replies
    Espn.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Espn.com
    A report commissioned by Joe Paterno's family calls the July 2012 Freeh report that was accepted by Penn State trustees before unprecedented sanctions were levied by the NCAA against the school's football program a "total failure" that is "full of fallacies, unsupported personal opinions, false allegations and biased assertions." The Paterno family report, which targets nearly every conclusion and assertion the Freeh report made about Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, states that while former FBI director Louis J. Freeh has had an honorable past and good reputation, his investigation -- especially as it...
  • Q&A: Rev. Jerry Hancock believes gun violence can be curbed (barf alert)

    02/10/2013 7:01:23 AM PST · by rellimpank · 3 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 10 feb 2013 | STEVEN ELBOW
    Jerry Hancock isnt your typical minister. A clergy member at First Congregational Church of Christ, Hancock is one of a handful of former law enforcement officials most prominently former Madison Police Chief David Couper, who left the police to become an Episcopal priest who have entered the spiritual realm. When I was working through my transition, people would say, oh, youre just like Couper, Hancock says. And that of course, was and continues to be a compliment. David is very concerned about gun violence.
  • Why Non-Torture is More Honorable Than Assassination

    02/10/2013 6:55:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Kevin McCullough
    Astoundingly we have seen the media turn into hypocrites in recent days. Shock of shocks... how can it be? But when the President that an overwhelming majority of media members voted for, was running for President, they parroted his message of compassion, and American humility, and the need for us to talk to our enemies instead of torturing them. Being in the solid minority of media members who held that we either kill the guys who are trying to kill us, or at the very least, extract information about when they are next going to try to kill us, I...
  • EXCLUSIVE: David Petraeus was brought down after betrayal by vengeful CIA agents (clip)

    02/10/2013 6:51:53 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 103 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | February 10, 2013 | Michael Zennie
    Brandon Webb, a former Navy SEAL, and Jack Murphy, a former Green Beret, reveal the new claims in their book EXCLUSIVE: David Petraeus was brought down after betrayal by vengeful CIA agents and his own bodyguards who made sure his affair was exposed, claims new book 'Benghazi: The Definitive Report' Petraeus was humiliated after a 'palace coup' by high-level intelligence officers who did not like the way he was running the CIA, authors say The book also claims that Petraeus and Ambassador Chris Stevens were caught off guard by Benghazi consulate attack because they weren't briefed about on-going U.S. military...
  • ATF's Milwaukee 'Fearless' storefront had little to ward off burglars

    02/10/2013 6:51:40 AM PST · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 10 feb 2013 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge )
    The door had no deadbolt. The few scratches and marks told police the men had little trouble prying it open. Hard to believe it was all that stood between the burglars and a storefront full of goods belonging to federal agents running an undercover gun sting. And who would imagine the thieves would have unfettered access to the place for three days, propping open the door with a shoe and returning the next day with a moving truck to finish the job? But that's what happened as burglars hit the ATF's Fearless Distributing storefront in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood in October,...