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  • Al Gore, Felipe Calderon Want to Spend $90 Trillion to Eliminate Cars

    01/28/2015 6:55:32 AM PST · by rktman · 55 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 1/27/2015 | Tom Blumer
    The $US90 trillion cities proposal came from former vice president Al Gore and former president of Mexico Felipe Calderon, and their colleagues on the The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. That group hopes to persuade the world’s leaders to do something about humanity’s suicidal effort to heat the Earth’s climate. Part of fighting climate change will mean redesigning, or building anew, towns and cities without cars, Calderon says.
  • Stalin, Muhammad and Obama

    01/27/2015 1:46:17 PM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 10 replies
    Foxnews ^ | January 23, 2015 | Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (ret.)
    Pundits agonize over President Obama’s resistance to calling Islamist terror “Islamist terror.” How can he not see the obvious? How can he ignore the overwhelming and ever-increasing evidence? How can he insist that his subordinates continue their buffoonish insistence that Islamist terror has nothing to do with Islam and that they—secularized Christians and non-observant Jews—know Islam’s character better than Muslims themselves? It’s easy. President Obama and his commissars fit the longstanding pattern of behavior (insistence, denial, castigation) that the hard left has embraced for generations. In the mid-20th century, leftists, bereft of God and desperate for a new faith, insisted...
  • Presbyterian Church USA & Arab Palestinian Group Rewriting Bible To Remove References To Israel

    01/27/2015 9:03:53 AM PST · by Salvation · 68 replies
    israelislamandendtimes.com ^ | 01-15 | not given
    Presbyterian Church USA and Arab Palestinian Group Rewriting The Bible To Remove References To Israel  HAVE you heard that there is a new version of our Bible? But this version is unlike any prior version of God’s Word. This sinister new version has all references to Israel removed.T his new version blatantly changes God’s Word. Any mention of Israel – gone. Any mention of Jesus being a Jew – gone. The movement which has brought the world a NEW bible, is called Palestinian Liberation Theology. At its heart is hatred for the Jewish people and for Israel. Of course, keeping...
  • Pope Francis Is A Leftist And Must Be Called Out

    01/27/2015 7:12:51 AM PST · by libstripper · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Jan. 26, 2015 | Mauren Mullarkey
    Don’t pick a political fight with Pope Francis? The title of Rachel Lu’s recent essay and the timidity behind it reminds me of a old Jewish joke. Max and Moishe are being escorted to the execution chamber in a Nazi prison. In a sudden gesture of defiance, Max raises his arm and gives the guards his middle finger. Horrified, Moishe pulls his arm down and blurts, “Please, Max, don’t make waves.” Just so all the reflexive excuses for Pope Francis’ dismaying behavior and increasingly obvious ideological bent. Lu forgets there exists such a thing as a loyal opposition. She cites...
  • The Pity Party

    01/27/2015 4:20:41 AM PST · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 1-27-2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Progressives will always claim that no matter how badly their plans go wrong, at least their terrible policies were well-intentioned.The regimes that shot orphans, starved entire cities into submission and committed genocide were “caring” in comparison to the heartless Dickensian capitalists who did nothing for the poor except create cheap products and jobs. They might have killed millions, but their red hearts were in the right place. They didn’t just spend all their time gobbling caviar and diving into swimming pools full of all money like the millionaires of the West. Instead they gave speeches about Marxism-Leninism, killed anyone who...
  • 5 Reasons Liberals Hate Soldiers Like Chris Kyle

    01/27/2015 2:37:50 AM PST · by servo1969 · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 1-27-2015 | John Hawkins
    American Sniper had a record-breaking debut. It’s the widest release ever for an R-rated movie, the biggest debut ever for a Best Picture Oscar nominee; it’s the highest grossing January movie in history and it’s already the second highest grossing war movie of all-time. The movie has already gone beyond “blockbuster” all the way up to “cultural phenomenon” in the space of a few weeks’ time. However, ironically, as the movie has become more popular with the public, liberals have gotten more and more upset about it. You’ve already seen the quotes from Michael Moore and Bill Maher, but...
  • Scott Walker Wows 'Em in Iowa

    01/26/2015 1:23:10 PM PST · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 1-26-2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Scott Walker wowed them in Iowa at whatever this thing was, this Republican, slash, conservative, just wowed them. And you know me, folks, if you have spent any time listening to this program in the last two years, you know that I believe Scott Walker is the blueprint for the Republican Party if they are serious about beating the left. Scott Walker has shown how to do it. And apparently he showed up and he made a speech on Saturday that had people telling them it reminded them of the speech I gave at CPAC. Now, if that's true,...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    01/26/2015 1:13:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 27, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: Who says President Obama doesn't promote bipartisanship? His complicity in Iran's moving toward nuclear bombs has alarmed some top Senate Democrats enough to get them to join Republicans in opposition to the Obama administration's potentially suicidal foreign policy. Before the current measles outbreak, measles was once almost wiped out in the United States. But an article in a medical journal more than a decade ago had many parents afraid to have their children vaccinated, for fear that the vaccine causes autism. After scientific studies refuted that claim, the medical journal repudiated the article, and...
  • Occupy the syllabus (More Berkley lunacy)

    01/26/2015 10:55:18 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 31 replies
    The Daily Californian ^ | 1/20/2015 | Rodrigo Kazuo and Meg Perret
    We are calling for an occupation of syllabi in the social sciences and humanities. This call to action was instigated by our experience last semester as students in an upper-division course on classical social theory. Grades were based primarily on multiple-choice quizzes on assigned readings. The course syllabus employed a standardized canon of theory that began with Plato and Aristotle, then jumped to modern philosophers: Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Weber and Foucault, all of whom are white men. The syllabus did not include a single woman or person of color. We have major concerns about social theory courses in which...
  • Half of all Londoners will be foreign-born by 2031

    01/26/2015 10:23:26 AM PST · by pabianice · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/26/15 | Robinson
    Foreigners living in London set to outnumber native Britons in 16 years Capital's immigrant population will hit five million for the first time in 2031 They will overtake number of British-born residents, which's on the decline In 1971 it was more than 6m but this will sink below 5m in coming decades Total population, currently at 8.7m, will hit 10m in 2031 and 11m in 2041 The number of foreign-born people living in London will outnumber native Britons by 2031, it was revealed today. The immigrant population of the capital will reach at least five million in 16 years -...
  • Obama, the Comic Book Villain

    01/26/2015 9:40:48 AM PST · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    Americanthinker.com ^ | 1-26-2015 | Cindy Simpson
    Encouraged by the Democrat Media complex to write his own narrative, President Obama has apparently decided to deliver it in the form of a comic book supervillain monologue. Obama’s “swagger” has led us beyond the realm of “laughingstock” status and straight into comic book adventure territory. The classic elements are there: the villain with his faithful yet bumbling sidekicks, his plan to “transform” the world, monologues where he lectures and justifies. The superhero, however, has yet to make his entrance. In this series, the Democrat Media complex edits the script, and try as they might to cast Obama as the...
  • Toward a Future Less Marred by Gun Violence

    01/26/2015 9:38:59 AM PST · by rktman · 24 replies
    thecrimson.com ^ | 1/26/2015 | The Crimson Staff
    Last week, President Obama omitted mention of gun control in a State of the Union address for the first time since 2012. Politically, that decision might make sense. In the past year, the United States suffered fewer widely-covered massacres involving firearms, and politicians may have been less inclined to pursue gun control for this reason. The recent shooting at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the recent increase in Boston's gun homicide rate the homicide rate, however, highlight the fact that restricting access to firearms remains a significant public safety issue both locally and nationwide
  • Encore Presentation of Patterns of Evidence: Exodus

    01/26/2015 9:24:04 AM PST · by fishtank · 7 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 1-26-15 | Jake Hebert
    Encore Presentation of Patterns of Evidence: Exodus by Jake Hebert, Ph.D. * The Exodus is one of the best-known narratives in the Bible. It details the Israelites' escape from Egypt after centuries of slavery, Moses' rise to leadership, the devastating plagues on Egypt, and the miraculous Red Sea crossing. Yet many, maybe even the majority, of archaeologists and historians insist there is no evidence that the biblical Exodus ever occurred. This debate is the subject of the award-winning documentary Patterns of Evidence: Exodus that has an encore presentation this Thursday.1 "Absence of evidence," however, does not necessarily indicate "evidence of...
  • Top Communist Admits: Communist Party 'Utilizes' the Democratic Party

    01/26/2015 4:35:25 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 30 replies
    TrevorLoudon.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Trevor Loudon
    Top Communist Admits: Communist Party ‘Utilizes’ the Democratic Party – a Lesson for Constitutionalistshttp://www.trevorloudon.com/2015/01/top-communist-admits-communist-party-utilizes-the-democratic-party-a-lesson-for-constitutionalistss/#sthash.q0d0WQAY.dpuf A radical third party? I agree!http://peoplesworld.org/a-radical-third-party-i-agree/ In an article titled, “A radical third party? I agree!” CPUSA chairman John Batchell wrote, “At this stage we are about building the broad people’s movement led by labor that utilizes the vehicle of the Democratic Party to advance its agenda.” Batchell said that, while he would rather work within the CPUSA to achieve change, for whatever reason, the idea of Soviet-style America just hasn’t caught on with the American public. Therefore, since “the Democratic Party is also home to...
  • Obama Takes on His Own Party

    01/26/2015 4:03:26 AM PST · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 1-26-2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The theme of Obama’s last campaign was “Forward.” Having thoroughly alienated Republicans in Congress, he is boldly moving forward on his final mission of also alienating the Democrats. It’s no secret that Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader, now loathes Obama. But the conflict between Senate Democrats and Obama is approaching explosive temperatures. Senator Menendez accused Obama of parroting talking points out of Tehran as the Senate approaches a sanctions vote. Obama has threatened to veto bills on Iran and Keystone, along with others, leading to a showdown in which Democrats will have to choose between Obama and electability....
  • The Fifth Branch of Government.

    01/26/2015 1:39:48 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 9 replies
    For several decades, conservatives have lamented the growth of the administrative state, aka the fourth branch of government. Created by congress, directed by the president, and armed with semi-despotic powers, these administrative agencies, by the number of regulations they issue, are the real lawmakers in the once American republic. On paper, the fourth branch is accountable to the reps of the people, the House and Senate of the United States. Liberals love them, for while these agencies are subject to congressional oversight, they are for practical purposes, extensions of the will of the president and are unaccountable to congress. Consider...
  • Federal gas tax increase needed for roads, bridges and highways

    01/25/2015 11:12:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    The Contra Costa Times ^ | January 24, 2015 | Contra Costa Times
    The president was a conservative's conservative. He had campaigned on reducing taxes and made it his legacy. But when a gas tax increase was proposed, it was a different story. In his weekly radio address, he said, "We simply cannot allow this magnificent (highway) system to deteriorate beyond repair." That was 1982. The president was Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately, the disrepair Reagan feared has come to pass. The federal gas tax of 18.4 cents hasn't been raised since 1993, and the Highway Trust Fund is severely underfunded. A 10- to 15-cent a gallon increase would provide enough money to meet the...
  • NAACP: Cop Who Shot Armed Black Suspect Pointing Gun at Him Should Have ‘Asked Questions’ First

    01/25/2015 6:49:39 PM PST · by servo1969 · 48 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 1-25-2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    Anti-police activists are getting their wish fulfilled as more police departments are outfitting officers with body cameras that record sight and sound from the officers’ perspective.So far the results of three recently released videos of police encounters that ended in fatal shootings show the dangers officers face on patrol.Warning: Video shows deadly violence.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCrQyUQCJS0A video from Selma, Alabama shows a Black officer fatally shooting a Black man, Ananias Shaw, as he charged the officer while wielding an ax.A second video from Arizona shows the fatal shooting of Flagstaff Officer Tyler Stewart who used the gentle technique demanded by cop-hating agitators. A...
  • What Bibi's 'Surprise' Visit Really Means

    01/25/2015 9:34:35 AM PST · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1-25-2015 | Ayal Feinberg
    The reporting on the latest Obama-Netanyahu tiff has failed to explore a decisive geopolitical likelihood: Israel has calculated that Iran absolutely will not develop nuclear weapons during the remainder of the Obama administration. For those who closely follow the relationship between Israel and the United States, specifically the tumultuous rapport between Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and President Barack Obama, it was assumed that the “chickensh*t” fiasco this past October was the climax of the Obama administration’s frustrations with Netanyahu. This assumption was obliterated however when Netanyahu accepted an invitation this week from Speaker John Boehner to address a joint session...
  • You're probably a 'racist' and here are six more reasons why

    01/25/2015 8:37:54 AM PST · by rktman · 41 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/25/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    It never fails to amuse me when people who make their living peddling racial indignation work hard to associate negative characteristics with black people, blissfully unaware of how racist they are. The latest example comes from a black-oriented newspaper in Atlanta, called The Atlanta Blackstar (hat tip: Top Right News), which claims they are just alternative forms of the N-word. No kidding! The piece is titled, “The N-Word, Updated: 6 Code Words or Terms That Often Mean the Same Thing” A favorite tactic is to claim that “code words” or else “dog whistles” are being used when negative words are...
  • 7 Reasons Why Liberals Are Incapable of Understanding The World

    01/24/2015 7:47:49 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8-23-11 | John Hawkins
    To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil. — Charles Krauthammer Even liberals who've accomplished a lot in their lives and have high IQs often say things on a regular basis that are stunningly, profoundly stupid and at odds with the way the world works. Modern liberalism has become so bereft of common sense and instinctually suicidal that America can only survive over the long haul by thwarting the liberal agenda. In fact, liberalism has become such a toxic and poisonous philosophy that most...
  • Tom Brady And The Liberal War On Success

    01/24/2015 4:38:38 PM PST · by servo1969 · 81 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1-24-2015 | W. James Antle III
    Can we be honest for a minute about the latest liberal crusade gripping the country like a deflated football?If you are sincerely concerned about fair play in sports and waiting patiently for the NFL to conclude its investigation of “Deflategate,” this column is not directed at you. Maybe you’re a New England Patriots fan or just a neutral observer. Maybe you don’t care about football at all. But for the rest of you, the mob salivating over the prospect of finding something to diminish the Patriots’ 2014 achievements, let’s face it.You hated Tom Brady before the national media lost its...
  • Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea

    01/23/2015 7:13:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 292 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 23, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana was a bad idea, the state’s governor said Friday. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the 2012 decision by voters to make pot legal, said the state still doesn’t fully know what the unintended consequences of the move will be. If I could've waved a wand the day after the election, I would've reversed the election and said, 'This was a bad idea,’” Hickenlooper said Friday on CNBC's “Squawk Box.” “You don't want to be the first person to do something like this,” he said. He said that he tells other governors to “wait...
  • The Psychodynamics of the Radical Liberal Mind

    01/24/2015 1:00:48 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 2-11-2007 | Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr, MD
    The first step toward an in-depth understanding of adult behavior is to comprehend its origins in childhood. Whether adaptive or maladaptive, the enduring patterns of thinking, emoting, behaving and relating that define adult personality begin in the early years of life. In fact, our earliest experiences with caretakers and others, acting on inherited temperament factors, strongly determine our later personality traits, including those expressed in political values and beliefs. The dispositions of the liberal mind are no exception: his hopes and fears, beliefs and passions, values and morals are in great measure the legacy of his childhood from birth through...
  • Radical Liberal Themes

    01/24/2015 12:53:09 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 2-4-2007 | Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr, MD
    Certain neurotic themes are dominant in the radical liberal mind’s perceptions of the world. All of them portray the citizen as a suffering child who is victimized, helpless and in need of rescue. All are evident in various liberal platforms. They represent the liberal mind’s transference of childhood dynamics into the world of adult relationships. As expressed in his most passionate political pronouncements, the radical liberal mind believes that: A very large portion of the population is suffering; they are suffering because they are deprived, neglected, exploited or abused. They are suffering because of certain injustices inflicted upon them. They...
  • The Psychopathology of the Liberal Mind [pseudo-idealism]

    01/24/2015 12:13:43 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12-2-12 | Damon Isherwood
    (snip) Pseudo-idealism is a term coined by the Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith to describe apparently charitable behavior that on scrutiny is revealed as selfish, because the giver is engaging in it only so that he or she can feel good about him- or herself. It is a characteristic commonly found among the left, and it constitutes what the author Geoffrey Wheatcroft recognized as the left's inherent dishonesty. (snip)
  • The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness

    01/24/2015 11:55:10 AM PST · by DeweyCA · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-4-2006 | Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr, MD
    Dr. Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr.,a forensic psychiatrist, explains the madness of liberalism in his new book The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness. You can read an excerpt below, and read more at his website libertymind.com. Like all other human beings, the modern liberal reveals his true character, including his madness, in what he values and devalues, in what he articulates with passion. Of special interest, however, are the many values about which the modern liberal mind is not passionate: his agenda does not insist that the individual is the ultimate economic, social and political unit; it does...
  • EPA Putting Electricity Grid At Risk

    01/23/2015 11:58:15 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 22, 2015 | Mike Duncan
    When the temperature dips below freezing, reliable electricity becomes more than a matter of convenience but a matter of life and death. Unfortunately, the reliability of our electric grid is at-risk due to EPA regulations that are shutting down America’s coal plants.Existing EPA regulations already have led to the scheduled shutdown of nearly 20 percent of the U.S. coal fleet. EPA’s newest carbon regulations being finalized this summer will lead to even more shutdowns. With coal responsible for generating nearly 40 percent of America’s electricity, these shutdowns will further strain our nation’s electricity grid and could leave many Americans in...
  • Harvard prof embroiled in Chinese food bill flap wants retraction from Globe site

    01/23/2015 11:17:07 AM PST · by pabianice · 19 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 1/23/15 | Boss
    The Harvard professor accused by the Boston Globe’s Boston.com of sending a racist email to a Chinese restaurant in a dispute over a food bill says “good journalistic practices” dictate that the website should officially retract the story. Harvard Business School professor Ben Edelman said then-deputy editor Hilary Sargent, demoted after the website said it could not verify that Edelman had written the racist email, never contacted him before posting the story. “My sense is that good journalistic practices would call for both a retraction and an admission that they didn’t follow the procedures understood to be appropriate — for...
  • Idea of the Day: How Gun Violence Affects Women in Nevada

    01/23/2015 9:31:15 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies
    americanprogress.org ^ | 1/23/2015 | unknown
    Because of his criminal past, Gipson was prohibited from gun ownership under both federal and Nevada state law. However, he had no problem purchasing a .25 caliber handgun from a friend for $50 in cash and $50 in marijuana. He then used the handgun to murder Lavoll. Because Nevada does not require background checks for this type of private gun sale, Gipson’s friend had no obligation to conduct a background check to ensure that Gipson was eligible to possess a firearm.
  • Is the teenager who killed his teacher a product of evolutionary brainwashing?

    01/23/2015 8:39:28 AM PST · by fishtank · 32 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 1-22-15 | Warren Nunn
    The boy who’s proud to be a killer Will Cornick murders teacher in front of classmates in Leeds, England by Warren Nunn The horrendous stabbing murder of an English high school teacher and the comments the perpetrator made afterwards are a potent reminder of the possible effects of evolutionary thinking on impressionable minds. Some of the sickening comments the teenage student made after the killing included: “I wasn’t in shock, I was happy. I had a sense of pride. I still do. “I know it’s uncivilised but I know it’s incredibly instinctual and human. Past generations of life, killing is...
  • Conservative Group So Terrified of Gay Republicans They’re Endorsing Democrats (Treason Magazine)

    01/22/2015 4:13:30 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 9 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | Oct. 31, 2014 | Scott Shackford
    Democratic partisans are probably concerned at what might happen if the Republicans get over and get past their anti-gay history (though they'll never actually admit it). (SNIP) Actually, the message from NOM is that—given the Republican control of the House of Representative (and there's no chance of that changing in this election)—voting DeMaio and Tisei into office rather than pro-gay heterosexual Democrats is worse because the Republicans actually will have power. Here's what NOM is saying when it encourages voters to select traditional progressive Moulton over business-friendly moderate Republican Tisei: The Republican party states clearly in its platform that marriage...
  • Moms Against Gun Control Have A Message For Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action

    01/22/2015 9:48:14 AM PST · by rktman · 5 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/21/2015 | Heather Marchese,
    It must come as a surprise to Shannon Watts who runs Michael Bloomberg’s “Moms Demand Action” but gun owners really do have the law on their side. We have, however, become targets through social media bullying tactics. Ms. Watts should get used to legal gun owners prevailing, after all we have the Second Amendment on our side.
  • 'Selma' snub vs. Eastwood eclipse

    01/22/2015 8:18:47 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 1/22/2015 | Larry Elder
    For the second time since 1998, we are told, the academy named no “nominees of color” in the five important individual categories. We also learned that the 7,000 academy members, according to a 2013 Los Angeles Times report, are 93 percent white and 76 percent male. Obviously, racial insensitivity-if not racism. Are these the same bigoted folk who last year awarded “12 Years A Slave” best picture, with best supporting actress going to Lupita Nyong’o? And what about the major Oscar nominations for films like “The Help” and other awards garnered by films like “The Butler”? And never mind that...
  • MSNBC’s Maddow Now Rewriting Instant Replays

    01/22/2015 5:09:06 AM PST · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1-21-2015 | Ann Coulter
    That MSNBC routinely, almost compulsively, mischaracterizes what conservatives say is nothing new. It’s what makes the network so adorable. But in a recent trend, anchor Rachel Maddow has been upping the ante, altering quotes we just heard her play on tape.On Monday night, for example, Rachel ran a news clip from President Reagan’s 1983 Martin Luther King Day signing ceremony: “Chris Wallace, NBC Reporter (by miraculous coincidence, currently a Fox News anchor): ‘There was an air of celebration in the Rose Garden and an underlying tension. White House officials wrestled for days how to usher in a holiday the president...
  • The Slander of ‘Blowback’ - Yes, Ron Paul et al. are blaming the victims

    01/22/2015 3:57:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 22, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Ron Paul is feeling some blowback of his own. He was roundly criticized — notably by a number of high-profile libertarians normally inclined to sympathize with many of the views he has helped to popularize — for arguing that the Charlie Hebdo murders were the result of “blowback,” i.e., that French jihadists murdered the staff of a satirical magazine in Paris infamous for its cartoons of Islamic figures in retaliation for U.S. and French foreign policy, rather than in retaliation for the contents of the publication. His argument is absurd on its face — the editors of Charlie Hebdo are...
  • Hamas Forms [teen] "Liberation Army" in Gaza, Thanks to EU Support

    01/21/2015 11:54:54 AM PST · by pabianice · 9 replies
    Gatestone ^ | 1/21/15 | Abu Toameh
    The Palestinian Islamist movement in the Gaza Strip, Hamas, has intensified its efforts to achieve the destruction of Israel. Hamas has obviously interpreted these two decisions -- by the EU court (to remove Hamas from the list of terror organizations) and the International Criminal Court -- as a green light to proceed with its plans to eliminate Israel. The main goal of Hamas's "Liberation Army" is, of course, to prepare for war against Israel, according to Hamas spokesman, Mushir al-Masri. "The main purpose of these training camps is to prepare an army for the liberation of Palestine and its holy...
  • The Hubble 'Pillars of Creation' Revisited

    01/21/2015 8:18:29 AM PST · by fishtank · 21 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 1-19-15 | Jake Hebert
    The Hubble 'Pillars of Creation' Revisited by Jake Hebert, Ph.D. * In 1995 the Hubble Telescope photographed spectacular columns of gas, illuminated by nearby stars, in a section of the Eagle Nebula.1 The enormous columns of gas in this famous photo have been nicknamed "pillars of creation" since secular scientists insist that new stars are being "born" within them. In celebration of the Hubble Telescope's 25th anniversary, a new photograph was taken of the same region in the Eagle Nebula, but this time the image was captured in both visible and infrared light, in order to reveal more detail.2 As...
  • “American Sniper” — a Rorschach test separating the wheat from the chaff

    01/21/2015 5:16:09 AM PST · by servo1969 · 24 replies
    bookwormroom.com ^ | 1-21-2015 | Bookworm
    I haven’t yet seen the movie American Sniper, but I have read Chris Kyle’s autobiography, on which it is based. I therefore believe that I am qualified to write on the topic.Although, come to think of it, I’m not really going to write about American Sniper at all. Instead, I’m going to write about some of the reactions to American Sniper, which function as a Rorschach test of American (and, dare I say, un-American?) values.I have to begin with the fundamental premise, one that drives the Left nuts, which is that Clint Eastwood, with help from a superb Bradley Cooper,...
  • The Last Taboo

    01/21/2015 2:36:48 AM PST · by servo1969 · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 1-21-2015 | Ben Shapiro
    What happens when we run out of taboos? The question arises thanks to a column in Salon.com from one Jenny Kutner, an assistant editor "focusing on sex, gender and feminism." This particular column focuses on an 18-year-old woman who is currently dating. That wouldn't be odd, except that she is dating her biological father. Apparently, this woman's father left her family when she was 4; when he came back into her life, she was 16. "It was so weird and confusing," she said. "I was seeing my dad for the first time in forever but it was also like, He's...
  • Why Didn't the Media-Proclaimed Experts Predict the Oil Price Plunge?

    01/20/2015 6:38:02 PM PST · by servo1969 · 32 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 1-20-2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: This is a good point here. A story by Alex Pollock at Real Clear Markets: "Why Did No One Predict the Oil-Price Collapse?" This interests me. "We have just had a free fall in one of the most important prices in the world-the price of oil. Looking back, we are keenly aware that it dropped about 60% from its 2014 high to its recent low. Although some people thought the price of oil would go down, nobody (at least nobody that I can find) publicly predicted anything like this big a drop. Why? Oil prices went from $108 a...
  • How Muslims view Charlie Hebdo’s new version (Has to be read to be believed)

    01/20/2015 12:58:52 PM PST · by robowombat · 6 replies
    ARA News ^ | January 20, 2015 | Dilshad Muhammed
    How Muslims view Charlie Hebdo’s new version January 20, 2015 How Muslims view Charlie Hebdo’s new version ARA News Qamishli, Syria – The International Union of Muslim Clerics denounced the French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, which republished drawings embodying the prophet Muhammad, and warned of dire consequences. The Union called on Islamic governments to intervene with the United Nations to issue an international law criminalizing contempt of religions and the prophets of God. The Union issued a statement (of which ARA News received a copy) saying: “Thousands of laws in the world criminalize abuse of some figures and agencies, while stand...
  • Father of Isla Vista shooting victim is on a gun-control mission

    01/20/2015 10:25:24 AM PST · by rktman · 8 replies
    latimes.com ^ | 1/20/2015 | Ryan Menezes
    By the time he stepped off a plane in Washington, D.C., on Monday evening, Martinez was exhausted but still looking forward. On Tuesday, he will attend the State of the Union address as a guest of the congresswoman who represents the area where his son, Christopher Ross Michael-Martinez, 20, was killed in May.
  • Former Facebook president donates to Nevada gun-control ballot measure

    01/20/2015 9:47:28 AM PST · by rktman · 5 replies
    lasvegassun.com ^ | 1/20/2015 | Kyle Roerink
    Tech tycoon Sean Parker forayed into Nevada politics by donating $250,000 to a controversial gun control initiative being debated in Nevada. Parker, a co-founder of music downloading site Napster and Facebook’s first president, gave the sum to Nevadans for Background Checks, an arm of a nationwide movement campaigning for tighter background check laws on all gun purchases in the state.
  • Did the 1960s Really Happen? (Part Two)

    01/20/2015 8:56:58 AM PST · by rktman · 56 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 1/19/2015 | Kathy Shaidle
    As last week’s epically embarrassing “James Taylor” fiasco demonstrated, the Western establishment acts like the Sixties never ended. But as I’ve been insisting for some time, in many respects, that “Sixties” never really happened. All that “peace and love,” “soixant-huitard” stuff comprised but a slender slice of the 1960s, and much of that was bogus, a cynical scam that ruined millions of lives. “OK,” some of you have said in the comments, “but at least that decade had a hell of a soundtrack!” Yeah, about that…
  • Media Hype Davos Climate Change Focus as 1,700 Private Jets Fly In

    01/20/2015 7:53:21 AM PST · by rktman · 7 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 1/19/2015 | Mike Ciandella
    Roughly 1,700 private planes will head to Davos, Switzerland for the 2015 World Economic Forum. That doesn’t include commercial air travel or any other method of transit to the conference. Ironically, the top article featured on the “Agenda” section of the World Economic Forum website on Jan. 19, boldly stated that “[d]ecarbonising the global economy in a matter of decades is the number one priority.” According to Newsweek, former vice president Al Gore will be speaking at Davos “to stress the importance of tackling climate change.”
  • Personhood-winked: "Animal rights" are anti-human

    01/19/2015 6:45:06 PM PST · by Daniel Clark · 3 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | January 19, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    Personhood-winked: “Animal rights” are anti-human by Daniel Clark When is a person not a human? Why, when it’s a “non-human person,” of course. If that’s the unfunniest riddle you’ve ever heard, there’s good reason, because its answer has potentially deadly consequences. In Argentina, an appellate court has bestowed legal personhood on an orangutan named Sandra. Meanwhile, here in the States, proposed “personhood laws” that would recognize every human being as a person are regarded as controversial. These two stories are undoubtedly related, as the terminology of the anti-human animal rights movement makes clear. The Argentine court declared Sandra to be...
  • 'Designer babies' debate should start, scientists say

    01/19/2015 4:56:26 PM PST · by garjog · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18 January 2015 | By James Gallagher
    Dr Tony Perry, a pioneer in cloning, has announced precise DNA editing at the moment of conception in mice. He said huge advances in the past two years meant "designer babies" were no longer HG Wells territory. Other leading scientists and bioethicists argue it is time for a serious public debate on the issue. Designer babies - genetically modified for beauty, intelligence or to be free of disease - have long been a topic of science fiction.
  • ‘AMERICAN SNIPER': SAME LEFTISTS DEFAMING CHRIS KYLE AS ‘KILLER’ WANTED EVERY IRAQI DEAD

    01/19/2015 1:19:36 PM PST · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    breitbart.com/big-hollywood ^ | 1-19-2015 | John Nolte
    While Kyle was risking his life over four tours of duty to protect his country and innocent Iraqi civilians from evil, savage terrorists, the American Left, and most especially the Hollywood Left, were using every weapon at their disposal to ensure untold millions of innocent Iraqis were fed into a terrorist/death squad meat grinder. The Left made no secret of this. At the height of the Iraq War, Democrats, the mainstream media, and Hollywood fought tooth and nail for America to pull prematurely out of Iraq. The very same people lying about Chris Kyle today are the very same people...
  • American Sniper: Everything Hollywood Hates

    01/19/2015 12:47:08 PM PST · by servo1969 · 75 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 1-19-2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: The primary criticism of American Sniper ran in the New Republic, and it's what's feeding all the other criticism. The criticism in the New Republic is written by a guy named... What's his name? Dennis Jett. He admits he's not even seen it. He hasn't even seen it. The criticism of American Sniper is that Clint Eastwood has written and directed a movie that's celebrating a murderer -- a racist, bigoted murderer -- Chris Kyle who murders innocent Iraqi brown people. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99k3u9ay1gs We in America, by going to see this movie, are celebrating barbarism. We are celebrating murder. We...