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  • More Christians in China than the USA?

    04/19/2014 8:27:20 PM PDT · by FreedomNotSafety · 61 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/19/2014 | Tom Phillips, Liushi, Zhejiang province
    "Officially, the People's Republic of China is an atheist country but that is changing fast as many of its 1.3 billion citizens seek meaning and spiritual comfort that neither communism nor capitalism seem to have supplied. "Christian congregations in particular have skyrocketed since churches began reopening when Chairman Mao's death in 1976 signalled the end of the Cultural Revolution. "Less than four decades later, some believe China is now poised to become not just the world's number one economy but also its most numerous Christian nation."
  • A disgraceful Keystone decision delay

    04/19/2014 6:21:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 4/19/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The Obama administration signaled its shame* over a nakedly political decision to indefinitely delay the Keystone Pipeline by burying the news on Good Friday afternoon. The decision was bought and paid for by wealthy green ideologues and green energy rent-seekers, anxious to cash in on subsidies for solar panels, windmills, and other expensive projects that are guaranteed a positive return by taxpayer money.
  • Easter or Earth Day?

    04/19/2014 5:32:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    worldnetdaily.com ^ | 4/19/2014 | Patrice Lewis
    As we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord this weekend, I thought I’d pause for a moment and examine how we give honor (ahem) to Mother Earth. After all, in the eyes of some people, Earth Day (April 22) supersedes Easter (April 20) in importance, significance and even worship. I mean no disrespect, of course. But many readers are already familiar with our Christian faith. What they may be less familiar is how we (cough) honor Gaia. You see, green living has come to be associated with Gaia worship. To the annoyance of the enviro-nuts, my family lives a remarkably...
  • Top Socialist Economist Says He’s Been Working With Democrats & Obama “For A Long Time”

    04/18/2014 9:34:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 18, 2014 | Patch W. Adams
    Have you ever wondered why the Obama Administration’s plans for improving the U.S. economy always seem to fall flat? It just might have something to do with the fact that the Obama Administration has been working with someone who doesn’t like capitalism. According to an article on France24.com, a well known economist who isn’t fond of capitalism, but promotes Socialism, has been working with the Democrats and the Obama Administration “for a long time”: In his latest book, French economist Thomas Piketty warns that modern-day capitalism leads to unsustainable levels of inequality. While he is often linked to France’s Socialist...
  • Liberal Pundit Sally Kohn Sings Kumbaya to Fox News.

    04/18/2014 8:33:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | April 18, 2014 | Eric L. Wattree
    In her Article, “What I Learned As a Liberal Talking Head For Fox News,” for The Christian Science Monitor, Sally Kohn indicated that while working for Fox News, she had what can best be described as an epiphany. She said, “For a radical progressive who once harbored negative stereotypes about folks on the right, it was a turning point for me: Though Sean Hannity or Sarah Palin and I disagree profoundly on politics – they’re personable, kind, and human. If you want to persuade people, you can’t demonize them.” . She went on to say, “And no one will even...
  • TEXAS MORE RED FROM BLUE STATE EXODUS

    04/18/2014 12:19:27 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 66 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | April 17,2014 | KRISTIN TATE
    The thought of the Lone Star State slowly transforming into a blue state is frightening to many native Texans, who fear that transplants will inject their cities with the very policies they initially fled from. But not everyone buys the theory. "Most liberals from California would rather die than come here," Chuck DeVore, Vice President of Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation told Breitbart Texas. "They perceive Texas as a Bible belt, gun toting, cowboy hat-wearing state. They think, 'If you can't surf, why would you go there?'" DeVore should know--he used to live in California and served as...
  • Rachel Maddow Cautions Fox News That They Are Playing With Fire By Hyping Bundy Story

    04/18/2014 10:53:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | April 17, 2014 | Justin Baragona
    On Wednesday night’s broadcast of The Rachel Maddow Show, host Rachel Maddow discussed the recent events surrounding Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy in detail. Not only did she address the standoff between Bundy’s supporters and federal agents, she placed this incident in the context of recent history. On top of that, she reviewed all of the coverage Bundy has received from the conservative media and contended that these ‘journalists’ are ‘playing with fire.’ Below is video from the show:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Maddow began her show by contrasting the recent events surrounding Bundy and his supporters, who state that they do not recognize the...
  • Cut the Tea Party Movement from the Ground Up (Dems, Rove/GOPe & the NAACP conspire)

    04/18/2014 10:20:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    IREHR ^ | February 12, 2014 | Leonard Zeskind, president
    Recently Sen. Charles Schumer made a groundbreaking speech outlining a Democratic Party strategy aimed at the Tea Parties. For the first time, a major figure in the liberal political universe sought to both explain the Tea Parties’ appeal to tens of millions of adult Americas and to project a strategy to break the Tea Party base away from its leaders—at least in the context of election campaigns. Mr. Schumer’s was wrong in his description of the Tea Party movement, however, and his proposed strategy was little more than a campaign statement that would do little damage to the Tea Parties....
  • Al Gore dupes 9000 people in Hawaii, insults the rest

    04/18/2014 9:20:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 4/18/2014 | Anthony Watts
    The story below is from from Honolulu Civil Beat, who covered a political rally on April 15th by Gore to 9000 people in Honolulu’s Stan Sheriff Center. It is a 12,500 seat sports auditorium where his voice was amplified by, his slideshow enabled with, and his persona illuminated by and made comfortable with air-conditioning, all made possible by the “dirty energy” electricity generated by fossil fuels that he railed against.
  • It Is Finished(Good Friday)

    04/18/2014 8:48:07 AM PDT · by This Just In · 11 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | April 18, 2014 | R.C. Sproul
    The Roman cross was a terrifying instrument of torture and execution. The sight of a cross must have filled all who saw it with fear. Yet for Christians, the cross has become a sign of hope.
  • The Zealots Win Again: The Left Uses Full Disclosure Rules to Suppress Free Expression

    04/18/2014 6:19:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/18/2014 | Charles Krauthhammer
    <p>The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit.</p> <p>On the one hand, of course money is speech. For most citizens, contributing to politicians or causes is the most effective way to augment and amplify speech with which they agree. The most disdainful dismissers of this argument are editorialists and incumbent politicians who — surprise! — already enjoy access to vast audiences and don’t particularly like their monopoly being invaded by the unwashed masses or the self-made plutocrat.</p>
  • Progressives Don't Grasp the Constitution

    04/18/2014 2:13:56 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 21 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | April 12th, 2014 | George Will
    In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. Democracy is America’s way of allocating political power. The Constitution, however, was adopted to confine that power in order to “secure the blessings of” that which simultaneously justifies and limits democratic government — natural liberty. The fundamental division in U.S. politics is between those who take their bearings from the individual’s right to a capacious, indeed indefinite, realm of freedom, and those whose fundamental value is the right of...
  • Maddow: Why Doesn't The War On Terror Fight "Right-Wing American" Terrorism?

    04/17/2014 5:13:40 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 62 replies
    RCP ^ | 4-16-2014 | RealClearPolitics
    Rachel Maddow talks to Michael Leiter, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, about how jihadist violence dominates the media in a way that home-grown, right-wing terror does not.
  • "Ownership Increasingly More Important Than The Job", says Reagan's economist

    04/17/2014 9:18:21 AM PDT · by se99tp · 7 replies
    ChristianConceptsDaily ^ | April 17th, 2014 | Dr. Norman Kurland
    The rich are not the problem, the greedy are not the problem, the crooked are not the problem - the problem is the system that brings them about. If the system is ours, the system means by the people, of the people, for the people, then now it is time to take it back. Now it is time to demand that it would be changed.
  • A Pro-Gun Group Stole Bloomberg’s Gun Safety Group’s Name On Facebook

    04/17/2014 8:52:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | 4/16/2014 | Gideon Resnick
    Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a $50 million gun-control campaign called “Everytown for Gun Safety.” But a pro-gun group took the name for its Facebook page.
  • 40 Mind-Blowing Quotes From Barack Hussein Obama On Islam And Christianity

    04/17/2014 8:43:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    When someone shows you who they are, believe themSince 2009, NOW THE END BEGINS has brought you story after story in detailed accounts of exactly how Obama feels about Islam, and how he views Christianity and the Bible. So today, in light of recent events in Washington, we feel it important that you know exactly where your president stands in regards to his faith and his god. Below are 20 quotes he has made about Islam, and 20 quotes he has made about Christianity. Nothing edited or mashed up, just exactly in the context he originally spoke them in with...
  • Income Inequality for Thee, But Not for Me: The Hypocrisy of Nobel Prize Winner, Paul Krugman

    04/17/2014 7:06:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/17/2014 | Brian C Joondeph, MD
    Paul Krugman is a distinguished economist, Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University, a NY Times columnist, and a Nobel Laureate. As a frequent commentator on cable news shows, he speaks passionately about income inequality and politics. From his book, The Conscience of a Liberal, he notes that, “Impersonal forces such as technological change and globalization caused America’s income distribution to become increasingly unequal, with an elite minority pulling away from the rest of the population.”How ironic that Dr. Krugman will provide a first hand as a member of this “elite minority” benefiting from income inequality. The City...
  • What Putin is rebuilding

    04/16/2014 9:08:34 PM PDT · by dangus · 95 replies
    4-17-14 | Dangus
    No, Putin isn't re-building the third Reich: Chamberlain isn't a historic villain because he did nothing after Hitler seized neighboring German-speaking territories. He's a historic villain because he did nothing after Hitler blamed Christianity for poisoning Europe with weakness, swore to destroy the Jews, build a master race, set fire to the Reichstag, seized all police powers, built concentration camps and THEN invaded German-speaking lands. No, Putin isn't re-building the Soviet Union: He has implemented a flat, low tax rate, struck the authority of local commissars to impose taxes, decriminalized tax disputes, decentralized agriculture and industry, seen the numbers of...
  • The Environmentalist Eugenics of the Left

    04/16/2014 4:18:09 PM PDT · by fwdude · 8 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | March 13, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The idea that the way to protect insects, fish and animals is by preventing human beings from having children is part of an approach known as Population, Health and Environment (PHE) which integrates population control into environmentalist initiatives. PHE dates back to the 1980s and is practiced by mainstream organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund. The Smithsonian’s Woodrow Wilson Center, which is funded partly by the US government, aggressively champions PHE eugenics and USAID funds PHE programs and distributes PHE training manuals derived in part from Wilson Center materials.
  • Is the Start-up Site, Kickstarter kicking out pro-life projects?

    04/16/2014 12:39:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/16/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    For the second time, producers of a planned pro-life film effort have had to switch from Kickstarter to IndieGoGo for their crowdfunding efforts. Filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McIlhenny took their Gosnell Movie project to IndieGoGo after Kickstarter insisted that they could shut down the effort at any time if they didn’t like the language used to promote it, and another pro-life project called Stolen Moments has gotten a rejection letter from Kickstarter as well. The rejection, nearly two weeks ago, was on the basis of the campaign being, er … “self help” (via Katie Pavlich): For the life of...
  • Al Sharpton: The True Meaning of Easter Is Revealed Through the Political Crucifixion of Obama

    04/16/2014 11:34:19 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 58 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 16 Apr 2014, 10:23 AM PDT | Pamela Key
    Wednesday on the "Tom Joyner Morning Show," Al Sharpton offered a curious explanation involving President Barack Obama for the meaning of Easter: "I think that the message is, no matter what the world may do to unfairly, no matter how your crucified, nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job that you can rise if you don't lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges. The story of Jesus on the cross. no matter what they humiliated him with. no matter how they mocked him he took it, because he knew he...
  • Run on gun licenses: Police need help as gun applications pile up

    04/16/2014 5:18:08 AM PDT · by pabianice · 17 replies
    Andover Townsman ^ | 4/10/14 | Luca
    Run on gun licenses: Police need help as gun applications pile up Police seek help with applications By Dustin Luca dluca@andovertownsman.com Andover residents are going gun-crazy. That’s the word from the Police Department, which this week won approval from the Board of Selectmen to create a full-time position to handle the rise in gun permit applications. “In 2009, we processed 82 firearm licenses,” police Commander Charles Heseltine said. “That includes renewals and requests for new ones. In 2013, we had 456.” The town now has about 1,600 residents who are officially licensed to carry guns, Heseltine said. The rising interest...
  • One year later, gun bill praised

    04/15/2014 11:01:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    yaledailynews.com ^ | 4/11/2014 | Marek Ramilo
    Connecticut lawmakers are touting comprehensive firearm restrictions passed one year ago as instrumental to a continuing decline in gun violence. In April 2013, a bill reached Gov. Dannel Malloy’s desk that required, among other provisions, universal background checks for all gun purchases and a thorough registration process for all existing firearms. Malloy quickly signed SB1160 into law. The bill’s final leg — widening the sweep of restrictions to shotguns and rifles — was phased in this month, marking a 12-month push to fight crime by ensuring weapons do not fall into the wrong hands. The Dec. 2012 shootings at Sandy...
  • Mourning Their Idiot: Liberals Are Seriously Exaggerating the Loss of Colbert 'The Character'

    04/15/2014 8:36:57 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 32 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 15, 2014 | 07:12 | Tim Graham
    One of the tender mercies of Stephen Colbert's ascension to the "Late Show" set at CBS is his shedding of the faux-conservative "high-status idiot" character. To conservatives, this "Colbert" has never seemed authentic or sustained cleverness -- how many times can you say you don't read or even like books? It mostly marks the deep ruts of liberal arrogance in their own mental superiority. Colbert has perpetually had trouble staying inside this character, always winking at and mocking it more than inhabiting it. To liberals, abandoning this thin charade is far too much sincerity for an ironic age. They love...
  • High Road to Serfdom

    04/15/2014 8:30:30 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 23 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 15, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The startling thing about the books academics typically dismiss as relics of the past is the uncanny manner in which they anticipate the present. “Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom,” Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in 1848. “Democracy attaches all possible value to each man while socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number.” “Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” The de Tocqueville quote was resurrected nearly a century later by Friedrich A. Hayek in The...
  • The Conservatives’ Big Tent

    04/15/2014 7:08:57 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 14, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Mallory Factor recently presented parts of his newest book, Big Tent: The Story of the Conservative Revolution – As Told by the Thinkers and Doers Who Made It Happen, to an audience at the Heritage Foundation. Factor is the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government at The Citadel, a military academy in South Carolina. He is also a Fox News contributor and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He brought the constitutional challenge, Free Enterprise Fund vs. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, to the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation on business accounting before the Supreme Court. In...
  • What the Left Did Last Week

    04/15/2014 2:12:49 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 4-15-2014 | Dennis Prager
    In his column last week, Charles Krauthammer crossed a line. He declared the American left totalitarian. He is correct. Totalitarianism is written into the left's DNA. Krauthammer wrote about a left-wing petition "bearing more than 110,000 signatures delivered to the [Washington] Post demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming." He concluded: "I was gratified by the show of intolerance because it perfectly illustrated my argument that the left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation -- no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition. The proper...
  • Liberals are winning the language war

    04/14/2014 8:35:19 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 89 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/11/2014 | Keith Koffler
    Are conservatives linguistically challenged? Or are they just naďve enough to think they can win the battle of ideas with — ideas? Okay, and money. Conservatives, like liberals, will spend huge amounts of money this year to get their ideas across to voters. But what they fail to do is bundle their thoughts into a bright, shiny linguistic package that explodes in the face of their enemies when opened. The left has assembled a rich lexicon of phrases that serve either as stilettos that can be turned again and again in the guts of their opponents, or shields that obscure...
  • The “Assault Weapon” Rebellion

    04/14/2014 7:09:32 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12 April, 2014 | Bob Owens
    Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) signed what the Hartford Courant called “the toughest assault weapons legislation in the nation” last year. It required owners of semi-automatic firearms to register all firearms designated as “assault weapons” with the state government, along with any “high capacity” magazines they may own, by December 31, 2013. The Malloy regime expected Connecticut residents to register somewhere between 372,000-400,000 firearms, and roughly 2 million firearm magazines that held more than 10 rounds before January 1. What they got instead was defiance.
  • Conservatism: The Best Choice a Gay Person Can Make

    04/13/2014 11:51:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/12/2014 | Chad Felix Greene
    According to a an article by CNN Money on a 2012 survey conducted in consensus with studies by the Census Bureau and Experian (2012, 2013), gays make more money than their straight counterparts.  They also have less debt, higher education, and more equity in their homes.  Gays also have a slightly lower unemployment rate in comparison to the nation as a whole.  According to liberal standards, with an average of $61,500 for gays against the straight average income of $50,054, straight persons makes $0.81 per every dollar a gay person makes. Gallup, however, found that when interviewed, gays report having...
  • Breathe Deep, America, While Liberty Is in the Air

    04/13/2014 7:53:00 AM PDT · by Noumenon · 6 replies
    Citizens for a Sound Economy, Washington, D. C | 1998 | Arthur P. Hall, II
    Breathe Deep, America, While Liberty Is in the Air   By Arthur P. Hall, IIMr. Hall is director of research, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Washington, D. C "By liberty, I understand the power which every man has over his own actions, and his right to enjoy the fruit of his labor, art, and industry, as far as by it he hurts not the society, or any member of it, by taking from any member, or by hindering him from enjoying what he himself enjoys. The fruits of a man's honest industry are the just rewards of it, ascertained to...
  • IPCC recommends 'massive shift' to green energy to avoid catastrophe

    04/13/2014 5:20:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/13/2014 | Rick Moran
    What's even more dubious than claims of catastrophic warming? Claims that scientists know what to do about it. USA Today: A rapid shift to less-polluting energy will be needed to avoid catastrophic global warming because global emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases have accelerated to unprecedented levels, the United Nations reports today.
  • Conservative University of North Carolina professor wins promotion and 50k in discrimination case

    04/12/2014 11:07:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/12/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    A federal court has let the world of American academia know that it is not OK to deny a promotion to a professor just because he or she is a conservative. A door has been opened to a nightmare for progressive academics who believe that conservatives are beyond the pale and deserve to be shunned, much as racists a generation or two ago believed that blacks could not possibly merit inclusion in the upper ranks of society. Valerie Richardson of The Washington Times reports:A federal court Wednesday ordered the University of North Carolina-Wilmington to promote and give $50,000 in back pay...
  • Judge Promotes Conservative Professor

    04/11/2014 12:17:03 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 11, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    While Americans fume about the sidelining of Mozilla’s Brendan Eich, another conservative is getting some long-awaited payback. It took eight years, but Dr. Mike Adams, associate professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, finally won the promotion he deserved — thanks to a federal court’s intervention. Almost a month earlier, a jury had sided with Dr. Adams, agreeing that the university was retaliating against the criminology professor for his conservative views. This week, a U.S. District judge followed up on that verdict, ordering UNCW to promote Adams and provide $50,000 in back pay in what many are calling a “landmark...
  • The Communist States of America

    04/11/2014 11:08:44 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 14 replies
    Patriot Update ^ | Tuesday, April 1, 2014 | J. Matt Barber
    A preferred ploy of left-wing change agents is to ridicule critics when they point out the undeniable parallels between the goals of today’s “progressive” movement, to include the Democratic Party in general, and the goals of the early, and very much still alive, communist movement.If, for instance, one mentions the historical fact that nearly every adult who, at any time, was in any position of influence over a young, soon-to-be-radicalized Barry Soetoro was an avowed communist, to include his own parents, then one is immediately mocked and dismissed as a neo-McCarthyite hack pining for the bygone days of the Red...
  • Sharyl Attkisson: I was called a troublemaker for pursuing Obama administration scandals

    04/11/2014 8:19:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s been a month since Sharyl Attkisson left CBS News, a departure which many assumed related to editorial interference with her reporting on stories that focused on Obama administration scandals. Attkisson appeared last night on Fox’s O’Reilly Factor and confirmed those assumptions. Attkisson tells Bill O’Reilly that CBS News labeled her a “troublemaker” for her insistence on sticking with stories such as the Fast & Furious scandal. CBS wanted her to drop the Fast & Furious story over “a lack of interest,” and Attkisson says that the “interest” issue was editorial rather than audience related.Newsbusters has the full transcript: ATTKISSON:...
  • I Hate to Say I Told You So (But I predicted this gay revolution)

    04/11/2014 8:03:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/10/2014 | Michael Brown
    For years I’ve been sounding the alarm about an impending social, cultural, and spiritual crisis, and for years critics have compared me to Chicken Little, discounting my warnings as the ravings of a hysterical, religious fundamentalist. Well, it’s a little late for that now. Ten years ago, I charted this progression and made this prediction: · First, gay activists came out of the closet · Second, they demanded their “rights” · Third, they demanded that everyone recognize those “rights” · Fourth, they want to strip away the rights of those who oppose them · Fifth, they want to put those...
  • Progressives Deconstructed

    04/11/2014 5:55:56 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 10, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    And about time. “I’d rather talk about Luddite liberals and insufferable progressives,” Pepperdine historian Gordon Lloyd said at the Philadelphia Society’s annual meeting. For its part, the Philadelphia Society provided a receptive audience for the topic. The Society was founded in 1964 by conservative intellectuals in the wake of the Goldwater defeat. Thus, the word Philadelphia in the title is a reference to the spirit of 1776 and many of its annual meetings take place outside the City of Brotherly Love. Lloyd, at this year’s meeting in Chicago, dismissed the “libertarian Left” as “a perverse Libertarianism.” Born in the West...
  • The New Inquisition - The Left is trampling free speech for the sake of orthodoxy

    04/11/2014 3:06:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | April 10, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    "....Hounding out people with different views is seen by the Left as a necessary means to achieve its supposedly noble goals — just like the Spanish Inquisitioners who claimed God was on their side as they went after religiously “incorrect” Jews, Muslims, and heretics. Unfortunately, the Obama administration has been part of the problem, not part of the solution. Its appointees used the once-impartial IRS against conservatives. They monitored Associated Press reporters. They denied that the NSA was eavesdropping on average citizens. They arbitrarily chose not to enforce laws they didn’t like. The president bragged of using “a pen and...
  • Lena Dunham: A 'Huge Disappointment' to Like Men, not Women

    04/10/2014 10:22:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Lena Dunham feels a very strong connection to the gay community. So strong, in fact, that when she realized she was attracted to men it came as a "huge disappointment." Dunham shared her views on her lesbian sister and sexual attraction during an appearance at the Point Honors Gala at the New York Public Library Monday....
  • Pro-Choice: Defending the Right NOT to be Gay

    04/10/2014 8:02:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/10/2014 | Chad Felix Greene
    In an article I wrote recently, Gay Rights: An Unnecessary Battle, I argued that there are no specifically anti-gay laws, only laws distinguishing between single individuals and married couples. There is one law that I missed.  California law SB-1172 Sexual orientation change efforts actually does intentionally and specifically discriminate against people based solely on their sexual orientation.  The law states: “This bill would prohibit a mental health provider, as defined, from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts, as defined, with a patient under 18 years of age.  The bill would provide that any sexual orientation change efforts attempted on a...
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali responds to Brandeis snub

    04/10/2014 7:38:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/10/2014 | Rick Moran
    Former Muslim and human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali has issued a statement in response to the action by Brandeis University in withdrawing an honorary degree they were going to present to her at the 2014 commencement ceremony. Ali called out the school's administration who would "so deeply betray its own founding principles."
  • An army of liberal trolls: Elmore warns we mustn't discount 'tidal wave of hate' presented online

    04/10/2014 2:04:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 9, 2014 | Phil Elmore
    There’s a reason popular culture matters. It’s because it is not what politicians say that changes minds. The opinions of your fellow human beings are formed through their interactions with technology. From the moment you first get your news from Twitter to the hours you while away looking at shared opinions and entertainment on Facebook, from the stories that are carefully selected for your television news to the radio commercials you listen to, from the pop-up “surveys” you see on your monitor to the lyrics in the pop songs you play on Pandora, your default opinions are formed in this...
  • The Great Grad-School Experiment in Utopian Socialism

    04/10/2014 1:54:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Slate ^ | April 8, 2014 | Rebecca Schuman
    The Student Union of Michigan ran an interview last week about a gutsy move by six Duke graduate students: For the past two years, they have collectivized wages. That is, they take their “stipends” (university-speak for “paychecks,” a sleight of verbiage that gets universities out of all sorts of labor laws) and put them into one big bank account. This way, for example, if you have an engineering student who makes a whopping $25,000 a year because he’s got summer funding, he or she subsidizes the medieval historian with two kids who gets only a swift kick in the groin...
  • Pink Brick Award [Homo-fascist smear campaign]

    04/08/2014 7:45:17 AM PDT · by fwdude · 14 replies
    Scott Lively Ministries ^ | April 7, 2014 | Dr. Scott Lively
    Pink Brick Award Posted on April 7, 2014 by Pastor Scott Tonight I was informed by a writer at the Bay Area Reporter that I have been “awarded” the Pink Brick Award by the San Francisco LGBT Pride organization.From their website: “The Pink Brick is a symbol of the first brick hurled at the Stonewall Riots in 1969. This faux award is an opportunity to highlight an individual or organization that has done significant harm to the LGBT community. It is also an opportunity to educate the community and the Pink Brick recipient about relevant issues.” http://www.sfpride.org/pink-brick/Here is his...
  • Health Premiums Skyrocketing Under Obamacare

    04/08/2014 7:40:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 4/8/2014 | Melanie Batley
    The United States has seen the sharpest increase in health insurance premiums in the last year than possibly ever, a new survey has found, and analysts have concluded the "increases are largely due to changes under the Affordable Care Act." According to Forbes Magazine, a quarterly survey by investment bank Morgan Stanley of 148 brokers who sell insurance showed that premiums accelerated in the last quarter more than of any of the 12 prior quarterly periods, a peak which has coincided with the run-up to the Obamacare deadline.
  • Did Google’s $1 Billion Force Mozilla to Dump Brendan Eich?

    04/08/2014 7:31:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/08/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    This is highly speculative, but considering that some people are moving from Firefox to Chrome, it may be worth thinking about. Over the years, Mozilla’s reliance on Google has continued to grow. Indeed, in its report on Brendan Eich’s promotion to CEO of Mozilla, the WSJ noted that “Google accounted for nearly 90% of Mozilla’s $311 million in revenue.”So, with its Sugar Daddy having also gone on record as being virulently opposed to Proposition 8, to think that that Google’s support didn’t enter into discussions of whether Prop 8 backer Eich should stay or go seems, well, pretty much unthinkable.“It...
  • Insight Into the Mind of an Anti-gunner

    04/08/2014 7:13:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    bangswitch.com ^ | 4/7/2014 | Matt
    A little anecdotal anti-gun hysteria I found quite funny, and very telling at the same time. My wife, who is a nurse, was at work the other day and was showing one of her coworkers (a gun guy) pictures of our new safe. One of the photos is with the door open and many of our guns are visible in that photo. Another coworker leaned over her shoulder and gasped when she saw the photo. She followed the gasp with this statement to my wife: “I’ve met your husband before. I didn’t know he was so violent!” To which my...
  • Gay Rights: An Unnecessary Battle

    04/08/2014 7:04:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/08/2014 | Chad Felix Greene
    As a gay American I am repeatedly warned throughout the media that my status as a citizen and my constitutionally held rights are at the very mercy of an angry, bigoted and unreasonable mob of Christian authoritarians controlling the country. This is evidenced by the opposition to same-sex marriage and states like Arizona and Mississippi (among others) passing “anti-gay” segregation laws. Liberal articles declare that even my ability to receive HIV treatment is at risk, as did the Huffington Post in an article stating: "...restaurants could turn away same-sex couples celebrating an anniversary, and pharmacists could refuse HIV... drugs.” Allow...
  • America the not so religiously diverse? We're essentially, still a Christian nation

    04/07/2014 7:17:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/07/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s one of the enduring traits of the United States and a source of understandable pride. Americans are, in part, defined by the freedoms they enjoy under the Constitution in general, and in our freedom of religion in particular. And this open environment has led us to be one of the most religiously diverse nations on the planet, right? As Dr. Joyner explores the topic, perhaps not so much. This comes from a new Pew Research study which breaks down the religious affiliation of Americans in one convenient graph.Looking at this graph, it’s easy to see that we’re considerably more...