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  • The Supreme Court’s Coming Paralysis

    07/24/2014 4:00:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jeff Greenfield
    Why there’s really no chance President Obama will be able to appoint another Justice to the bench, regardless of what happens in November. It’s a question that’s roiled the liberal universe for years: Why won’t 81-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg resign from the Supreme Court and give President Obama the chance to pick her successor, in case the Senate turns Republican after the mid-terms? Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, one of the left’s jurisprudential heroes, had a ready answer to that question when it was posed to him at the University of California Santa Barbara late last month....
  • O’Reilly: The ObamaCare Battle Is ‘Capitalism vs. Socialism’

    07/23/2014 11:37:03 PM PDT · by ri4dc · 16 replies
    Fox Talking Points Memo ^ | July 23, 2014 | Bill O’Reilly
    O’Reilly characterized ObamaCare as “a pure income redistribution play,” a hallmark of socialism. “President Obama and the Democratic Party want to put as much money into the hands of the poor and less affluent as they can, and health care subsidies are a great way to do just that,” he explained. As those funds for subsidies are taken from businesses and affluent Americans, O’Reilly said our country is now moving toward socialism and will suffer economically if the entitlement culture expands.
  • Feds Spending $10 Million to Build Robot Companions for Children

    07/23/2014 11:02:56 PM PDT · by Crim · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon. ^ | July 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Science Foundation has committed $10 million to build robots that will act as “personal trainers” for children, in an effort to influence their behavior and eating habits. The government has spent $2.15 million so far for the five-year project, which is being led by Yale University. The project, “Robots Helping Kids,” will ultimately “deploy” robots into homes and schools to teach English as a second language, and encourage kids to exercise.
  • NYC’s Seegerfest: Celebrating Pete Seeger and His Reprehensible Politics

    07/23/2014 9:28:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 7/21/2014 | Ron Radosh
    On Sunday, Lincoln Center Out of Doors hosted the third of five days of “New York City Honors Pete Seeger,” or Seegerfest, as the events are called. This was the festival’s main event. A concert featured artists singing songs Seeger was associated with, like “The Hammer Song,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and, of course, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” The artists included old-time folkies like Judy Collins, who opened the program, Fred Hellerman of The Weavers, the popular children’s singer Dan Zanes, banjo master Tony Trischka, Tom Chapin and the Chapin sisters, and Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. The artists...
  • NASA's Far Out Search for Life

    07/23/2014 8:21:30 AM PDT · by fishtank · 17 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 7-23-14 | Brian Thomas
    NASA's Far Out Search for Life by Brian Thomas, M.S. * With lofty words about humanity’s future, NASA promoters discussed the hope of discovering life on other planets at a recent meeting in NASA headquarters in Washington.1 Despite billions of dollars spent on the decades-long search and the fact that not one shred of distant life evidence has been found, NASA continues to suggest that life might really be out there and that its discovery is within reach. Does scientific evidence really justify this expensive search for distant life? If not, what’s the driving force behind this program? The hope...
  • This is a College Course?

    07/23/2014 7:34:09 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 22, 2014 | Ethan Gaitz
    Young people who want to spend their college years to undergoing radical intellectual transformations do so typically through the study of liberal arts. No other academic scheme is able to challenge the preconceived notions that young people have in quite the same way as the introspective, penetrating dialogues found in Plato’s Republic or in Freud’s Civilization and Its Discontents. Only within the course listings of the liberal arts infrastructure would burgeoning humanists be able to find such prime opportunities to alter how they think, feel, and live. The study of Greek philosophy and psychology are highly valued disciplines, but what...
  • Nihilism: The West's Evil Religion of Idolatry, Lies, and Hate

    07/23/2014 5:21:01 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 10 replies
    Renew America ^ | July 22, 2014 | Linda Kimball
    “The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our prevalent notions of the character of God, the great moral governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions.” (William McGuffey, d. May 4, 1873, professor at the University of Virginia, president of Ohio University, and author of McGuffey’s Readers; earstohear.net) Andre Comte-Sponville, one of France's preeminent atheist philosophers agrees. In his New York Times bestseller, "The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality," Sponville observes that even though Western and American civilization has become nonreligious it is nevertheless profoundly rooted in...
  • Palestinians Chose Hamas and the Mass-Murder of Civilians — Including Their Own

    07/23/2014 5:10:44 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7-22-2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    I argued in Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy that the illusionÂ’s signature feature is a fantasy: By holding free elections, a people is choosing freedom: joining modernity, adopting pluralism and tolerance, rejecting revolutionary violence and totalitarianism.Today, we are yet again being inundated with tales of Palestinian woe after HamasÂ’s familiar barbarism has provoked an Israeli military response. It thus bears remembering that the Palestinian people chose Hamas. What ever happened to all those Democracy Project paeans to self-determination? Hamas is Palestinian self-determination. Hamas was not forced on Palestinians. Hamas did not militarily conquer Gaza. No, Hamas swept parliamentary...
  • Obama and Kerry Don't Think the US Has the Moral Authority to Confront the World's Bad Guys

    07/21/2014 1:11:14 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 24 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 7-21-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Well, President Obama just -- well, what did he do? He told Putin he better let in the investigators. He better let in these international investigators, or else. He said, let 'em in there. Same thing he said on Friday. He said this is unacceptable, it's intolerable, what happened here, and called for other nations to ratchet up sanctions against Putin. I don't know, folks. It's hard not to be cynical here, but I don't know how else to react to this. I could not, in good conscience, open this program today by saying to you, "Well, I'll tell...
  • College Indoctrination Hits a Wall

    07/21/2014 9:01:59 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 19, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    College faculties may be further to the political left than they have ever been but students aren’t necessarily following in the same direction. “In 1971 National Review published the results of a poll of undergraduates at twelve American campuses in 1969-1970,” George H. Nash wrote in his book The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945. “The results were deeply disheartening to conservatives.” The NR poll found that: “Three-fifths [of the respondents] call themselves political liberals, fully 17 % are self-proclaimed radicals.” “Almost half favor the socialization of all basic industries” “Just over half believe that organized religion is harmful...
  • Jean-Henri Fabre: Anti-Evolutionist French Scientist

    07/21/2014 7:47:37 AM PDT · by fishtank · 4 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | July 2014 | Jerry Bergman PhD
    Jean-Henri Fabre: Anti-Evolutionist French Scientist by Jerry Bergman, Ph.D. * Eminent French scientist Jean-Henri Fabre (1823-1915) devoted his life to a field of research called entomology—the study of insects.1 His pioneering research laid the groundwork for this field to the extent that he is “generally considered the father of modern entomology.”2 Though his achievements were great, Fabre pointed to God as his inspiration. He refused to accept the evolutionary doctrine of his day and allowed God to take the credit for creating such a beautiful world. Fabre Begins His Lifelong Passion Born in Saint Leons, France, Fabre spent his early...
  • Another Take On Why Jews Vote Democrat (Evan Sayet)

    07/21/2014 6:10:57 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 97 replies
    EvanSayet.com ^ | 7-18-2014 | Evan Sayet
    American Jews overwhelmingly tend to vote Democrat for one simple reason: they see the choice as being between 1) the Democrats and their belief in nothing versus 2) the Republicans and their beliefs based on their Christian faith and heritage. Given that choice, then, rather than side with people of faith – which they see as a different and potentially antagonistic belief system – they feel safer in the party that is devoid of any values or convictions. The “thinking” behind this is that, if people believe in things then they might fight for those things. They might even commit...
  • Gut Check: The Sleeping Policeman

    07/21/2014 4:15:47 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Peace ^ | 7-20-2014 | Greg Gutfeld
    It's Sunday morning, and I'm reading the reports on the Malaysia Airline mass murder, and it's beyond depressing. Imagine if it were a son or a daughter, a sister or a brother, a mom or a dad—rotting in that field. And surrounding that field are a band of mystery men, preventing recovery. And think to yourself, that these fellows are picking through your loved ones' things—not only destroying a crime scene but possibly helping themselves to whatever’s around them. It’s revolting. How does this world let this happen? Because we let it happen. Amidst the clamoring for action and demands...
  • Islamic State marks Christian homes in Mosul

    07/20/2014 9:46:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | July 19, 2014
    They are marking the Christians’ homes with ن, a nūn, for Nasara, which is the Qur’an’s word for Christians: Nazarenes. Probably they are doing this so that they can know from which houses to demand the jizya, the tax that the Qur’an demands that the subjugated People of the Book pay in the Islamic state: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya...
  • Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist

    07/20/2014 1:45:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 20, 2014 | Danusha V. Goska
    How far left was I? So far left my beloved uncle was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party in a Communist country. When I returned to his Slovak village to buy him a mass card, the priest refused to sell me one. So far left that a self-identified terrorist proposed marriage to me. So far left I was a two-time Peace Corps volunteer and I have a degree from UC Berkeley. So far left that my Teamster mother used to tell anyone who would listen that she voted for Gus Hall, Communist Party chairman, for president. I wore a...
  • Second Look Causes Scientist to Reverse Dino-Bird Claim

    07/18/2014 8:44:16 AM PDT · by fishtank · 35 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 7-18-2014 | Brian Thomas
    Second Look Causes Scientist to Reverse Dino-Bird Claim by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Stephen Czerkas digs dinosaurs. His early advocacy for feathered dinosaurs makes his recent reversal that much more remarkable. His reexamination of a fossil—one that had been known as a feathered dinosaur—reveals the fruits of taking a closer look at spectacular claims. Recently working with University of North Carolina's fossil bird expert Alan Feduccia, Czerkas imaged a Scansoriopteryx with advanced 3-D microscopy and high-resolution photography, visualizing features in the wrist bones, feathers and hind limbs. This year they published their results in the Journal of Ornithology.1 Back in...
  • The ever verbose and ridiculous Bill Clinton

    07/18/2014 7:37:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/18/2014 | Carol Brown
    The headline reads: Bill Clinton warns Israel on 'isolating itself from world opinion' New Delhi (AFP) - Former US president Bill Clinton has warned Israel about "isolating itself from world opinion" due to repeated conflicts in Gaza after four children were killed on a beach in the latest violence.
  • Duck Dynasty’s Missy Robertson: 'We're Not Going to Be Bullied’

    07/17/2014 8:29:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 7/16/2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    Duck Dynasty’s Missy Robertson said there “definitely” is spiritual warfare at play in some of the criticism and attacks made against the popular, pro-family program and its Bible-Christian patriarch Phil Robertson, remarking that “a lot of people want to keep us quiet” but “we’re not going to be quiet” and “we’re not going to be bullied.”
  • Checkmating History

    07/17/2014 7:43:14 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 16, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Perhaps chess champions who escaped from the old Soviet Union can give us better history lessons than academic historians. “Sometimes I joke that if guys like Barack Obama and David Cameron had been in power in the 1980s, I would still be playing chess for the Soviet Union,” Garry Kasparov said at a Cato Institute dinner in May. garry kasparov By way of contrast, Kasparov observed that “Ronald Reagan had two things more recent free world leaders lack: principles and the credibility only principles can provide.” At the Cato Institute dinner, he took note of some recent trends in this...
  • The Gender Confusion Challenge to Army Recruitment

    07/17/2014 4:48:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 17, 2014 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    One thing that you can say for ISIS, the Middle-East terrorist army, is that it doesn’t have a recruitment problem. Young men are streaming to Syria and Iraq from all over the world to join the cause. And they come not just from the Muslim world, but also from England, France, Sweden, Australia, and the U.S.Perhaps hoping to put a dent in the appeal of ISIS, some Western newspapers have made much of the expensive stolen watch visible on the wrist of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during his first public appearance at the Grand Mosque in Mosul. According to...
  • Do We Always Believe What Scientists Say?

    07/16/2014 9:54:13 AM PDT · by fishtank · 34 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 7-16-2014 | Brian Thomas
    Do We Always Believe What Scientists Say? by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Many Americans are convinced that mainstream narratives are true—like humans descended from ape-like ancestors or that burning fossil fuels causes global warming. But many times large contingents totally disagree with these popular ideas. How can equally intelligent and educated people arrive at such opposing conclusions? Conventional thinkers often assume that those who diverge from mainstream narratives simply need more science education. However, a new study shows why some other factor must be to blame. Kan Kahan, a professor at Yale Law School, studied the way people reason as...
  • How The Ruinous "Living Constitution" Idea Took Root

    07/16/2014 8:55:06 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 15, 2014 | George Leef
    The “living Constitution” theory amounts to saying that Supreme Court justices should be allowed to rewrite the foundation of our government as they see fit, sometimes adding ideas that weren’t included, sometimes ignoring ideas that were. Mostly, “living Constitution” decisions entail the latter, turning a blind eye to the document’s clear limits on governmental power. From their experience with the British crown, the Founders had a deep fear of government and sought to keep its authority strictly limited. But their philosophy on the proper scope of government conflicts with the views of Americans who believe that ever-expanding state power is...
  • Ohio University Considers MANDATORY Re-Education Classes For Smokers

    07/16/2014 6:51:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/16/2014 | Eric Owens
    Officials at Ohio University are considering mandatory classes for students who get caught smoking on campus as part of a draconian ban on smoking for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year. The ban will outlaw every use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes on any part of the 1,850-acre public university campus, reports The Athens News, the local newspaper.
  • UKRAINE: "Not a more deceitful system than Russian, in the history of mankind, "Georgy Mirsky

    More deceitful system than Russia, was not in the history of mankind "Georgy Mirsky, a historian, Honored Scientist of Russia. + - Posted Jazzuit, March 18, 2014 at 05.31 at the ukraine. I was thirteen years old when Stalin started the war with Finland. Red Army crossed the border, and the next day the Soviet people heard on the radio: "In the city Terjoki insurgent workers and soldiers formed the Provisional People's Government of the Finnish Democratic Republic." The father said: "You see, no one country can not fight with us, immediately will be a revolution." I'm not lazy, took...
  • Resident of One of Most Liberal States Explains How She’d Fight the War on Terror

    07/15/2014 5:10:35 PM PDT · by GilGil · 97 replies
    Theblaze.com ^ | 7/14/2014 | Jason Howerton
    “How would you fight the war on terror?” Watters asked. “Let’s be friends, let’s work together,” she replied. “You want to be friends with al Qaeda?” Watters said. “I want the entire world to know that we are all connected,” the woman added.
  • The GOP self-destruction is complete: millennials officially hate conservatives (Ultra Barf Alert)

    07/15/2014 3:19:53 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 45 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 14 July 2014 | Ana marie Cox
    Conservatives are stuck in a perpetual outrage loop. The reappearance of Todd Akin, the horror-movie villain immortality of Sarah Palin, the unseemly celebration of the Hobby Lobby decision – these all speak to a chorus of "la-la-la-can't-hear-you" loud enough to drown out the voice of an entire generation. Late last week, the Reason Foundation released the results of a poll about that generation, the millennials; its signature finding was the confirmation of a mass abandonment of social conservatism and the GOP. This comes at a time when the conservative movement is increasingly synonymous with mean-spirited, prank-like and combative activism and...
  • This is Obama's War on the Suburbs

    07/15/2014 10:59:37 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 7-15-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, as an adjunct, or a continuation of the discussion just now on the polling data, the Washington Post/ABC News showing how bad it is for the Republicans, the way they're handling the immigration crisis on the Southern border. I had a sound bite yesterday from the governor of Nebraska and I did not get to it, and I could shoot myself for not getting to it. I don't need it now, too late now. It's my bad. But I can tell you what it was about. The governor of Nebraska was livid when he found out...
  • John Kerry: “I Get a Little Uptight” When I Hear About How Exceptional We Are

    07/15/2014 9:59:08 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 39 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-15-2014 | Jim Hoft
    John Kerry made a name for himself by attacking the military and the United States. [video] So it should come as no surprise that Kerry is still bashing America. The Secretary of State recently told a crowd, “I get always a little uptight when I hear politicians say how exceptional we are.” The State Department reported, via Weekly Standard: "I was privileged to speak to the graduating class of Yale this year, and it was particularly a pleasure because it happened to turn out to be, literally, I hate to say it, 48 years to the day that I was...
  • 10 things John Walsh said about gun control, the NRA and more

    07/15/2014 8:31:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    aubrurnpub.com ^ | 7/15/2014 | David Wilcox
    In my interview with Auburn native John Walsh Friday about his new CNN show, "The Hunt with John Walsh," I asked him about the public reaction to his comments about gun control and the NRA. What followed was a lengthy conversation on the subject, one whose entire contents I couldn't even begin to fit into my original story. Here's more of what he had to say:
  • Creating Chaos to Foment Frustration (The Community Organizer in the Oval Office)

    07/14/2014 6:06:50 PM PDT · by yoe · 5 replies
    Learn USA ^ | Saul Alinsky
    One of the primary tools of communism, in destroying the existing governance structure of a nation, is to create and take advantage of chaos.Saul Alinsky, who, in the prologue to his book, Rules for Radicals, wrote ...Few of us survived the Joe McCarthy holocaust of the early 1950s and of those there were even fewer whose understanding and insights had developed beyond the dialectical materialism of orthodox Marxism ...also wrote, in that same prologue ...Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so...
  • Europe’s Jews: Unwanted, Dead or Alive

    07/14/2014 5:56:19 PM PDT · by robowombat · 9 replies
    Commentary ^ | 07.14.2014 - 11:50 AM | Seth Mandel
    When the historian and founding president of Brandeis Abram Sachar wrote a history of the Jewish journey from the death camps to the establishment of the State of Israel, he called it The Redemption of the Unwanted. I’ve always found the term to be depressingly appropriate, both as a profound statement on the flipside of the Jews being the “chosen people” and as an insight into postwar Jewry. Though the Holocaust was over, anti-Semitism was not. And while some Jews bravely chose to rebuild from the rubble–they were rebuilding not just European Jewry but Europe itself, though their European brethren...
  • Did Adam Really Live 930 Years?

    07/14/2014 8:10:13 AM PDT · by fishtank · 80 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 7-14-14 | Brian Thomas
    Did Adam Really Live 930 Years? by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Genesis 5:5 says Adam lived for 930 years. Judging by today’s standards, this sounds impossible. Many contemporary readers of Genesis balk at such numbers and some end up rejecting the whole Bible. But a few researchers have found reasons to believe it. Plant geneticist Dr. John Sanford and his colleagues plotted the ages of the biblical patriarchs listed in Genesis. The result shows a systematic drop-off in lifespans after 950-year-old Noah, “in a way that could never happen by chance,” according to an online post showing their results.1
  • Movie Review: ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Takes On Gun Control

    07/14/2014 8:06:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/13/2014 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    The Gun can turn seemingly sane people into crazy maniacal lunatics. The Gun corrupts bonds of peace and consistently ruins surprising and infinitely touching moments of inter-species bonding that bridge time and genetic space. The Gun causes war.
  • Conservative Supreme Court Victories

    07/14/2014 6:43:36 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 11, 2014 | Gabrielle Okun
    The Heritage Foundation’s annual Scholar’s and Scribes event held on July 8th discussed the Supreme Court’s 2013 – 2014 term. The discussion about the cases focused around women’s health, the First Amendment, and racial discrimination. hobby lobby scotus protest A member of the scholars’ panel, John Malcom, Director of Legal and Judicial Studies at Heritage, remarked that this was an exceptionally good year for conservatives, although the positive results were achieved through narrow victories. The most recent case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, was the topic of an in-depth discussion. Due to the political backlash and misreporting about the decision from...
  • Video: Do You Pass the Israel Test?

    07/14/2014 5:35:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 2 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 7-14-2014 | Prager University
    The best litmus test of any society’s success or failure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfN2IvnIA4M
  • Bill Ayers, the ‘Critical Pedagogy’ movement and ‘Cultural Marxism’

    07/13/2014 8:16:38 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 21 replies
    Verum Serum ^ | December 15, 2009 | Geoffrey
    [Morgen: Geoffrey is a regular commenter who we invited to post on occasion, based on his depth of analysis and clear writing ability. The ground war over the future of our nation's values is being waged in our school systems, and people like Bill Ayers are generals in this war. As they are wont to do, they mask their philosophies and strategies under the cloak of academic research and arcane terminology. Geoffrey's piece is a great primer on the core of liberal (socialist) strategy to subvert the education of our children.] The motivational and foundational philosophical theorems of the American...
  • Netanyahu finally speaks his mind

    07/13/2014 2:17:28 PM PDT · by robowombat · 21 replies
    Israel Pundit ^ | July 13, 2014, | DAVID HOROVITZ
    Netanyahu finally speaks his mind At his Friday press conference, the prime minister ruled out full Palestinian sovereignty, derided the US approach to Israeli security, and set out his Middle East overview with unprecedented candor. His remarks were not widely reported; they should be BY DAVID HOROVITZ TOI July 13, 2014, These are fundamental questions — questions you’d think Israelis and the watching world would long since have been able to answer, especially given that Netanyahu is Israel’s second-longest serving prime minister ever. In fact, though, while many pundits claim to have definitive answers, most Israelis would acknowledge that they’ve...
  • When smart technology is dumb

    07/13/2014 5:45:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 7/11/2014 | Patrice Lewis
    OK, I confess: I’m a Luddite. What’s a Luddite? For those who have smartphones, you can look it up. For those who don’t, I’ll tell you. Luddites (purportedly named after a Mr. Ludd) were a loosely organized English saboteur group in the early 1800s who objected to the increasing use of manufacturing machinery on the grounds that it would put many artisans out of work. They went around smashing the offensive machines in hopes that people would understand the economic impact of mechanization on cottage industries. In modern parlance, Luddites are those who resist embracing the latest whiz-bang technology and...
  • Conservative Dallas Pastor Stands By His Remarks About Jesus, Border Fence

    07/12/2014 8:42:23 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 18 replies
    CBSDFW.COM ^ | 11 JULY 2014 | CBSDFW.COM
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The leader of one of Dallas’ largest congregations is facing some criticism, based on statements he made on a national newscast. After Pastor Robert Jeffress offered an assessment on the border crisis involving unaccompanied minors, some accused him of invoking scripture in an inappropriate manner. Dr. Jeffress told CBS 11’s Steve Pickett while Jesus loved children, he also respected the law. In that context, Jeffress believes a complete act of compassion for these children starts with tightening the border they’re allowed to cross.
  • Britain's Lost Freedoms: 'We're Living in a Madhouse'

    07/11/2014 3:49:21 PM PDT · by robowombat · 21 replies
    CBN News I ^ | Tuesday, July 08, 2014 | Dale Hurd
    Britain's Lost Freedoms: 'We're Living in a Madhouse' By Dale Hurd CBN News Sr. Reporter Tuesday, July 08, 2014 LONDON - America owes much of its freedom to its British heritage. But today, Britain is losing its freedom. Many Americans were stunned when British authorities arrested Liberty Great Britain party leader Paul Weston in April for publicly reciting Winston Churchill's criticism of Islam. The calendar might say it's 2014, but in Britain it's starting to feel like George Orwell's "1984" because "Big Brother" has decided that certain things can no longer be said. Arrested over Churchill Weston quoted from Winston...
  • Opinion: World Condemns Israel for Protecting Its People

    07/11/2014 3:41:09 PM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies
    CBN News I ^ | Thursday, July 10, 2014 | Tzippe Barrow
    Opinion: World Condemns Israel for Protecting Its People By Tzippe Barrow CBN News Internet Producer - Jerusalem Thursday, July 10, 2014 JERUSALEM, Israel -- As Israel fights back against Hamas -- the Palestinian terror group that openly declares its intention to wipe the Jewish state off the map -- it faces condemnation from the Arab world. The spokesman for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan called for an immediate halt to Israel's "barbaric aggression." The Islamic Republic of Iran, responsible in large part for funding, training and arming Hamas and other Islamist terror groups, called on the West to condemn the...
  • Center for American Progress wants mileage-based highway fee

    07/11/2014 2:51:20 PM PDT · by robowombat · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/11/14 12:08 PM EDT | Keith Laing
    Center for American Progress wants mileage-based highway fee By Keith Laing - 07/11/14 12:08 PM EDT The Center for American Progress is calling for Congress to ditch the federal gas tax in lieu of a system where drivers pay fees for road construction based on how many miles they travel. The proposed mileage-based system has been controversial in previous transportation funding debates because critics question how government would monitor the traveling habits of drivers without infringing upon their privacy. ADVERTISEMENT But the Center for American Progress said Friday that taxing drivers based on how far they drive is a much...
  • Is Religion 'Old-Fashioned' and 'Out of Date'?

    07/11/2014 12:27:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | JUL 10 2014 | Emma Green
    The downsides of using poll data to understand the arc of historyIn one of the most ambiguous poll questions ever, Gallup has asked Americans to once again act as a tenuous bellwether for the impending death of religion. In a May survey, more than 1,000 people were asked to pick between two vague sense impressions of faith: "Do you believe that religion can answer all of today's problems, or that religion is largely old fashioned and out of date?" Shockingly, only 13 percent of people took the out of answering "no opinion" or "other," which is one way of saying...
  • Vasectomy can increase risk of developing lethal prostate cancer

    07/11/2014 10:17:40 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10 Jul 2014 | Laura Donnelly, and Claire Carter
    Vasectomy can increase risk of developing lethal prostate cancer Scientists have identified a link between having a vasectomy and developing lethal forms of prostate cancer Laura Donnelly, and Claire Carter 10:00PM BST 10 Jul 2014 Men who have a vasectomy face an increased chance of developing prostate cancer and a higher risk of contracting the most aggressive form of the disease, a study has found. The Harvard research on 50,000 men, the largest study to examine the link between sterilisation and cancer, found that those who had the procedure had a 10 per cent greater chance of developing the disease....
  • Obama: treacherous or incompetent?

    07/10/2014 7:34:09 PM PDT · by robowombat · 27 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | July 7, 2014 | LAWRENCE SELLIN
    Obama: treacherous or incompetent? by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD July 7, 2014 For many, it is difficult to decide whether Barack Obama is intentionally trying to destroy the United States or that he is doing so as a consequence of some type of ideology-induced stupidity. The damage wrought through the implementation of his absurd and impractical liberal "solutions" to national problems is readily evident. When Barack Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009 the national debt of the United States was $10,626,877,048,913. As of Jun 26, 2014, the debt was $17,512,592,730,102. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2007...
  • The Moral Crisis on Our Southern Border

    07/10/2014 7:11:36 PM PDT · by robowombat · 13 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | July 10, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Moral Crisis on Our Southern Border A perfect storm of special interests have hijacked U.S. immigration law. By Victor Davis Hanson No one knows just how many tens of thousands of Central American nationals — most of them desperate, unescorted children and teens — are streaming across America’s southern border. Yet this phenomenon offers us a proverbial teachable moment about the paradoxes and hypocrisies of Latin American immigration to the U.S. For all the pop romance in Latin America associated with Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba, few Latinos prefer to immigrate to such communist utopias or to socialist spin-offs like...
  • Chase bank surveys workers to see if they’re ‘ally of the LGBT community’

    07/10/2014 12:45:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 07/10/2014 | By Cheryl K. Chumley
    A JP Morgan Chase bank employee says he’s not only puzzled by an internal company survey that asked workers if they considered themselves friend of the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community — he’s fearful of losing his job. The unnamed employee reported to Professor Robert George of Princeton, who runs a law blog, that this year’s company survey — which is distributed to employees annually as a means of gauging work satisfaction — asked respondents to note if they were disabled, had children or spouses and domestic spouses with disabilities and were members of the LGBT community, Breitbart reported. But the last question...
  • Darwin's 'Special Difficulty' Solved?

    07/10/2014 8:44:39 AM PDT · by fishtank · 85 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 7-7-14 | Nathaniel T. Jeanson, Ph.D.
    Darwin's 'Special Difficulty' Solved? by Nathaniel T. Jeanson, Ph.D. * Darwin's hypothesis of evolution faced enormous scientific challenges from the very outset of its publication. Recently, a group of evolutionists, publishing in the journal Science, claimed to have simplified one of those challenges. Have they? In Darwin's seminal work On the Origin of Species he identified numerous examples of biological structures that, at first pass, seem very difficult to evolve. He even wrote a chapter titled "Difficulties on Theory" which he began with this wry comment: "Long before having arrived at this part of my work, a crowd of difficulties...
  • UKRAINE: "This war...perhaps the beginning of our recent human history" Anatoly Kalyuzhniy

    07/10/2014 6:19:24 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    http://risu.org.ua/ua/index/expert_thought/interview/57007/ ^ | July 10, 2014, 10:54 | Tatiana MUHOMOROVA
    Anatoly Kalyuzhniy: "This war - it is not only the beginning of the end of Putin, and perhaps the beginning of our recent human history" Interviewed by Tatiana MUHOMOROVA Kaliuzhnyj.jpgPodiyi Square and risky negotiations with the government leaders of the Church have been left behind, giving way to an armed conflict in the East. However, the mission of the Church is only compounded, since religious organizations are trying to help the people during such hardships that have befallen the country. On the prospects of service on the current situation in Russia, the war in the east and on the spiritual...
  • New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’ (Tricky Joos Alert)

    07/09/2014 1:07:59 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | JULY 3, 2014 10:08 | Deborah Fineblum
    New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’ JULY 3, 2014 10:08 AM Deborah Fineblum JNS.org - Omelet sandwich: 5 shekels. Iced coffee: 5 shekels. Tuna sandwich: 5 shekels. Fresh-squeezed orange juice: 5 shekels. Cheese bureka: 5 shekels. There’s plenty more on the Cofizz menu, but you get the idea. Dani Mizrahi and Amir Amshalm, two Israeli men in their early 30s, asked themselves: Why not launch a take-out food joint in busy neighborhoods around Jerusalem where everything—and that means everything—goes for five shekels, or about $1.50. They’d seen the concept take off in Tel Aviv, where...