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  • Ted Cruz, evil genius: How he’s wreaking havoc & positioning himself as the GOP dark horse

    10/08/2015 5:43:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Salon ^ | October 8, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    Cruz is jockeying to win Trump & Carson backers when they crash. Even if he fails, his influence will be inordinate.After several months of political shock and awe, the contours of the coming GOP primary race are starting to come a little bit into focus. We have a Florida smackdown between Jeb! and Marco! as the establishment choices and the two frontrunners, Carson and Trump, will continue to one-up each other daily with obnoxious, indecent and mind-bogglingly ignorant statements until, it is assumed, even their yahoo followers will decide that they’ve gone too far. Whether that’s going to actually happen...
  • Father destroys his firearm after Oregon mass shooting [Truncated]

    10/08/2015 12:15:43 PM PDT · by Talisker · 64 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8 October 2015 | THOMAS BURROWS
    A gun lover who has lost two members of his family to shootings has destroyed his own weapon after the deadly rampage carried out by Chris Harper-Mercer, which left nine dead. Steve Elliott, from Merced in California, posted an emotional blog post on Facebook about how he had used an angle grinder to break up his handgun and admitted that he was left 'ashamed' it took this latest gun atrocity for him to act. Elliot, who is in his 50s and who has owned a gun since he was 12-years old, had previously been by his own admission a vocal...
  • Patriotism, si. Nationalism, no.

    10/08/2015 11:50:26 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 8, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A well-informed scholar recently made an important distinction between patriotism and nationalism. “Nationalism is an ideology that implies that there should be no political differences between inhabitants of a nation,” Dr. Steven Grosby of Clemson University said last weekend at the regional meeting of the Philadelphia Society in Indianapolis. “The founding fathers had different views and visions,” he reminded the audience. “To be patriotic is not to be equated with an intolerant nationalism,” he argued. “An individual’s patriotism does not preclude other attachments, to one’s religion, for example.” “Nationalism seeks to suppress these.” Perhaps this is why liberals love the...
  • Why We’re Never Moving Away from Income Inequality: A few thoughts on a futile project

    10/08/2015 7:25:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/08/2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    One of the weird little facts of life that we don’t think about or talk about very much — and really should when we’re talking about taxes, the minimum wage, welfare spending, and other things related to inequality of income and wealth (and go ahead and picture me here manfully resisting the urge to put sneer quotes around “inequality,” as if a uniform distribution of material resources were the natural state of things and not some daft dorm-room fantasy) — is that we pay for everything (really, everything) collectively. Let me show you what I mean. Housing is famously expensive...
  • CNN's Cabrera Schooled by Israeli Mayor on Self-Defense Value of Guns

    10/08/2015 6:17:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies ^ | 10/7/2015 | Brad Wilmouth |
    On Wednesday's CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, in a pre-recorded interview with Jerusalem Mayor Mir Barkat that aired around 9:20 a.m. about a recent spate of Palestinians attacking Israelis with knives in public places, substitute anchor Ana Cabrera brought up her guest's tendency to carry a gun in public and absurdly asked him, "Does that not incite more violence?" The Jerusalem mayor incredulously asked, "Well, how could that incite more violence?" and then went on to praise the tendency of many Israelis who are trained ex-soldiers to carry their guns in public and use them to defend themselves and others...
  • There's No Correlation Between Gun Laws and Homicide Rates

    10/08/2015 6:04:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies ^ | 10/7/2015 | Christine Rousselle
    In the wake of the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, there's been a lot of talk about America's gun laws and ways to prevent mass shootings. As my colleague Matt Vespa wrote on Friday, there's a lot of misinformation on the topic being spread around. One law professor, Eugene Volokh, decided to do the math and see if gun laws were actually effective in reducing crime. Volokh drew up a graph
  • The problem isn't guns or white men

    10/08/2015 6:00:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 10/8/2015 | Ann Coulter
    The media act as if they’re performing a public service by refusing to release details about the perpetrator of the recent mass shooting at a community college in Oregon. But we were given plenty of information about Dylann Roof, Adam Lanza, James Holmes and Jared Loughner. Now, quick: Name the mass shooters at the Chattanooga military recruitment center; the Washington Navy Yard; the high school in Washington state; Fort Hood (the second time) and the Christian college in California. All those shootings also occurred during the last three years.
  • Evil Genius (Repost)

    10/07/2015 6:51:43 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 21 replies
    The Artful Dilettante ^ | October 7, 2015 | Robert J. Seyko
    The following has been re-posted due to a critical error noted by an observant Freeper. We’ve all heard the term “evil genius,” maybe even used it a few times. This moniker is generally used to refer to infamous political figures in history who were able to amass great personal power, acquire or expand empires, or fundamentally alter the course of history while callously and cynically disregarding the incalculable pain, suffering, dislocation, economic destruction, and myriad forms of devastation left in the wake of their pursuit of glory or some utopian dream. Adolph Hitler is the person most often characterized as...
  • Evil Genius

    10/07/2015 6:11:46 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 3 replies
    The Artful Dilettante ^ | October 7, 2015 | Robert J. Seyko
    We’ve all heard the term “evil genius,” maybe even used it a few times. This moniker is generally used to refer to infamous political figures in history who were able to amass great personal power, acquire or expand empires, or fundamentally alter the course of history while callously and cynically disregarding the incalculable pain, suffering, dislocation, economic destruction, and myriad forms of devastation left in the wake of their pursuit of glory or some utopian dream. Adolph Hitler is the person most often characterized as an evil genius, with Josef Stalin a distant second. There are still German and Russian...
  • Vatican official who 'came out' may influence Synod in a way he didn't expect or want

    10/07/2015 2:50:25 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 19 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 10/5/2015 | Phil Lawler
     Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa evidently thought that he was advancing the homosexual cause by coming out as gay on the eve of the Synod of Bishops. I think he miscalculated badly.  The Vatican quickly dismissed Msgr. Charamsa from his post at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). He had anticipated that, and said he was willing to accept it for the good of the cause. "I’m prepared to pay the consequences, but it’s time the Church opened its eyes, and realized that offering gay believers total abstinence from a life of love is inhuman." Sure, the Polish priest captured...
  • Does foreign aid really do good?

    10/07/2015 12:48:59 PM PDT · by robowombat · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/27/15 12:01 AM | JONATHAN FOREMAN
    Does foreign aid really do good? By JONATHAN FOREMAN • 9/27/15 12:01 AM About a decade ago, a five-car convoy of Toyota Land Cruisers pulled up in a cloud of dust at a remote village on the edge of a South Asian mountain range. The passengers, all of them Westerners apart from an interpreter, walked over to where a canopy had been set up by an advance team the previous day. About 25 villagers were already there, enticed by free cookies and snacks. One of the new arrivals gave a quick talk that was translated into a local language and...
  • ‘Demon’ of Gender Theory

    10/07/2015 12:33:29 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 7, 2015 | Paul Kengor
    Editor’s note: A shorter version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. This post can also be read at Vision and Values’ website. Pope Francis has returned to Rome after a historic trip to the United States. It was a fascinating endeavor. There have been many papal visits to America in my lifetime—in fact, nearly all have been in my lifetime, the first occurring in 1965, the year before I was born. None of these, however, were so heavily marked by political-ideological battle lines among liberals and conservatives. Really, those lines have been drawn boldly on the left,...
  • Watch Mika Brzezinski explain how AR 15s can “blow up animals”

    10/07/2015 9:27:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 68 replies ^ | 10/6/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Mika: I don’t understand why we need these weapons… Can’t the government say that it’s inappropriate to have these massively powerful weapons? I mean, I would like to have an elephant in my house. I don’t think I’d be allowed. Would I? Would I be allowed to go to Africa and get a giraffe and bring it? There are rules against these things. I know it sounds ridiculous. But there are things we’re not allowed to have. Why are we allowed to have these weapons that blow up… literally blow up animals if you were hunting with them?
  • Kerry: 'We Have Climate Refugees Today

    10/07/2015 8:45:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 10/6/2015 | Susan Jones
    Speaking Monday in Valparaiso, Chile, Secretary of State John Kerry was asked why the term "climate refugees" does not exist in international law. Kerry said the question was "right on point," and although the term is a new one, he expects it's "just a matter of time" before it is incorporated into international policy. "We have climate refugees today," Kerry told a town hall meeting on the sidelines of an Oceans conference.
  • Decision America Tour 2016 with Franklin Graham [All 50 States Visited: Prayer Team Recruitment]

    10/07/2015 5:43:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies ^ | 10/7/15 | Franklin Graham
    “America is at a crossroads, and I believe we should take every opportunity to stand up for the things of God and His Word.” –Franklin Graham Franklin Graham is traveling to all 50 states in 2016 to hold prayer rallies, to preach the Gospel, and to challenge believers to take a stand and take action. He’ll be urging Christians to vote, to live out their faith in every part of their lives, and to pray for our nation just as Nehemiah cried out to God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and restore hope to His people.It Starts With Prayer....
  • Prison debate team victorious over Harvard champs

    10/07/2015 5:13:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    the week ^ | 10/7/15 | Catherine Garcia
    The debate team from New York's Eastern Correctional Facility has major bragging rights, after beating the national debate championship team from Harvard. In September, the inmates invited the Harvard team to the Napanoch prison for a friendly match. The Eastern Correctional Facility team was formed two years ago, and the men take debate classes taught by faculty at Bard College; about 15 percent of the inmates are enrolled in different courses through the Bard Prison Initiative. "Students in the prison are held to the exact same standards, levels of rigor, and expectation as students on Bard's main campus," Max Kenner,...
  • The Hard Untruths of Ta-Nehisi Coates

    10/06/2015 4:02:37 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    Commentary ^ | SEPT. 24, 2015 | KYLE SMITH
    The Hard Untruths of Ta-Nehisi Coates A bestselling polemic riven with hatred thrills the liberal elite KYLE SMITH / SEPT. 24, 2015 Suppose you were a white person with a deep-seated dislike for black people, and you were intent on training your son to feel the same way. Suppose that, day after day, week after week, you instructed him to study the details of every instance of black-on-white crime. Say you advised your son to extrapolate from these incidents the notion that black people are generally dangerous, and that your zeal to present him with disturbing anecdotes along these lines...
  • The Cold Anger of Republicans

    10/06/2015 3:55:16 PM PDT · by robowombat · 57 replies
    Commentary ^ | OCT. 6, 2015 | PETER WEHNER
    The Cold Anger of Republicans PETER WEHNER / OCT. 6, 2015 In a recent exchange with a family friend, I was told what I already knew: Many Republicans today feel “a sense of deep betrayal.” This person went on to convey what she hears from her friends: “This Congress keeps rolling over and giving Obama everything that he wants.” My correspondent added, “This feeling has now translated into despising most of the GOP’s establishment candidates … there is a cold anger which I’ve never before witnessed.” The topic then turned, as it seemingly must turn these days, to Donald Trump....

    10/06/2015 1:45:58 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies ^ | 10-6-2015 | BRANDON DARBY
    Border Patrol agents and others operating under the umbrella of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) must now consider not only the sex of the criminal they are detaining, but the “gender identity” of the individual and how they feel and identify. The terms “illegal alien” or even “illegal immigrant” do not appear at all in a new 31-page instruction document. The new rules were published by CBP and according to the agency, “includes language on gender identity, which was not previously included in the individual component policies. Specifically, whenever feasible, officers and agents who conduct a search or are present...
  • Farrakhan’s Fiery Rant on Obama and Jews: ‘I Am That Man That Represents the Messiah [Trunc]

    10/06/2015 10:53:38 AM PDT · by amorphous · 16 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 6 Oct 2015 | Billy Hallowell
    The Minister Louis Farrakhan said that he “represents the messiah that has come to end this civilization” and accused the Jews of having mass control over Hollywood, the media and the banking system during a recent, hour-long appearance on “The Rock Newman Show. Farrakhan also discussed President Barack Obama’s public rejection of some of his past statements during the 2008 presidential campaign, saying that Obama’s denunciation didn’t hurt him and that he was willing to simply look past it for the greater good. “There’s alway’s a bigger picture … Barack Obama was the bigger picture,” Farrakhan said during the September...
  • Differences between the Right and the Left on Gun Control

    10/06/2015 10:37:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 10/6/2015 | Dennis Prager
    Assuming that there are good and bad people on both the right and the left and that everyone is horrified by mass shootings, how is one to explain the great divide between the Right and the Left on the gun issue as it relates to mass murders, such as the one recently committed at Umpqua Community College? Why does the Left focus on more gun-control laws, and why doesn’t the Right? One reason the Right doesn’t focus on gun-control laws is quintessentially American. Many Americans believe that it is their right — and even their duty — to own guns...
  • Islamic halal economy set to grow

    "Dubai (AFP) - The halal economy is set to grow as the world's Muslim population expands and more products are certified to comply with Islamic sharia law, experts said on Tuesday. The range of halal products, from goods not containing pork or alcohol to financial and tourism services, is rising as the global Muslim population grows."
  • Suppressing Free Speech: The Orwellian mindset of professors at even "moderate" universities.

    10/06/2015 7:50:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/06/2015 | Prof. Walter Williams
    I receive loads of mail in response to my weekly nationally syndicated column. Some recent mail has been quite disturbing. Here's a sample: "Given your support of freedom on a great many issues, I wish to bring to your attention the following George Mason University staff who have formally called on the President to use RICO statutes to punish organizations and individuals who dispute the 'consensus' of the" Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The writer goes on to say, "I am appalled that anyone associated with George Mason would so misuse the power of the Federal government." The writer names...
  • Why Is Bernie Sanders so Popular?

    10/06/2015 7:44:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/06/2015 | Ron Radosh
    Bernie Sanders must be smiling. Right now, the RCP average of polls [1] shows that in the upcoming New Hampshire primary, he is besting Hillary Clinton by 41.0 to 29.7. And in the Iowa caucus polls [2], Hillary Clinton sees Sanders closing in quickly as she wins by a slim 37.3 to SandersÂ’ 31.0.On Morning Joe today, Kristen Soltis Anderson and Mark Halperin attributed SandersÂ’ growing strength to his consistent message and his authenticity. They are correct that his message is both authentic and consistent, but it is new and fresh only to the thousands of college students who pack...
  • Trio Of Academics Travel 8,426 Miles For ONE-HOUR Climate Change Meeting

    10/06/2015 7:17:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 10/6/2015 | Eric Owens
    Two taxpayer-funded college presidents and the president of America’s largest university-based climate alliance traveled a combined 8,426 miles this week to meet for slightly over an hour to discuss strategies for carbon reduction. The “climate leadership meeting” occurred on Monday at Agnes Scott College, a private, all-female bastion of about 1,000 students in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur. The meeting lasted one hour, seven minutes and 21 seconds, according to the YouTube video which captured it for posterity. Speakers at the meeting included Ball State University president Paul Ferguson, Portland State University president Wim Wiewel and Tim Carter, the president...
  • Sharyl Attkisson: Democrats and African-Americans Tell Me They’re Voting for Trump (Video)

    10/06/2015 7:16:42 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 75 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/05/15 | Jim Hoft
    Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson told Sean Hannity tonight that several Democratic friends are voting for Donald Trump this year. Some of those people – People aren’t really talking much about this, are actually interested in Donald Trump. Again, I’ve had friends who normally vote Democrat, including women Democrats and African-Americans tell me that they’re crossing over to vote for Trump this year. So, I think anything is possible. Via Hannity:
  • Prime Minister Netanyahu adopts a rescue dog and the left goes ballistic

    10/06/2015 6:18:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 62 replies ^ | 10/6/2015 | Carol Brown
    Prime Minister Netanyahu adopted a 10-year-old rescue dog this summer. Apparently his son urged him to do so after hearing that the dog was about to be put down. The left being the left could not allow this to go without comment. I mean, it is outrageous when you think about it! Adopting an elderly dog from a rescue organization. Who does Prime Minister Netanyahu think he is? And so the left weighed in as only they can – with a level of hate and certifiable madness that truly boggles the mind. Israel National News reports:
  • UN releases draft agreement on climate change

    10/06/2015 5:56:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies ^ | 10/5/2015 | unknown
    The United Nations on Monday released a first draft of the negotiating text for the major conference on climate taking place in Paris in December. The document is a step forward for the talks, slimming down the text from more than 90 pages earlier this year to just 20. Negotiators from 195 countries are to gather for a new session of talks Oct. 19-23 in Bonn, Germany.
  • The Palestinian connection - From the very beginning

    10/06/2015 12:12:19 AM PDT · by 100American · 17 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 04/24/2001 | ANTHONY C. LOBAIDO
    “In 600 B.C., when Babylon invaded Israel, thousands of Israelis were moved to Babylon (today’s Iraq) and the Edomites were moved into Israel. The Edomites even helped the Babylonians destroy Jerusalem and the temple (Psalm 137). When a remnant of Israel returned after the Babylonian captivity, the Edomites were there to wage war against them while the city and the temple were being rebuilt. “While the scriptures are silent for the 400 years between the book of Malachi and the birth of Jesus, Josephus records the struggle between the Edomeans and the Israelites. This racial division and strife in the...
  • Back to hardcore socialism (Great Britain and America)

    10/05/2015 8:22:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Gulf News' Thinkers ^ | October 5, 2015 | Professor Ian Buruma, Bard College
    The remarkable thing about Jeremy Corbyn, the hard-left outsider who stunned the British establishment by capturing the leadership of the Labour Party, is not his alleged lack of patriotism. Whether he wishes to sing God Save the Queen at public events seems a rather trivial matter. The remarkable thing about his brand of leftism is how reactionary it is. Corbyn is an old-fashioned socialist who would like to soak the rich and put transport and utilities back under state control. His rhetoric of class war suggests a complete break with mainstream social democracy. Postwar European social democracy was always a...
  • Sowell: Charlatans and Sheep

    10/05/2015 2:20:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 6, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the many painful signs of the mindlessness of our times was a recent section of the Wall Street Journal, built around the theme "What's Holding Women Back in the Workplace?" Whenever some group is not equally represented in some institution or activity, the automatic response in some quarters is to assume that someone has prevented equality of outcomes. This preconception of equal outcomes requires not one speck of evidence, and defies mountains of evidence to the contrary. Even in activities where individual performances are what determine outcomes, and those performances are easily measured objectively, there is seldom anything...
  • Sowell: Charlatans and Sheep: Part II

    10/05/2015 2:18:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 6, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the secrets of successful magicians on stage is directing the audience's attention to something that is attractive or distracting, but irrelevant to what is actually being done. That is also the secret of successful political charlatans. Consider the message directed at business owners by Senator Elizabeth Warren and President Barack Obama — "You didn't build that!" Assuming for the sake of argument that a man who owns a business simply inherited it from his father, what follows? That politicians can use the inherited resources better than the heir? Such a sweeping assumption has neither logic nor evidence behind...
  • Charlatans and Sheep: Part III

    10/05/2015 2:18:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 6, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The prevailing social dogma of our time — that economic and other disparities among groups are strange, if not sinister — has set off bitter disputes between those who blame genetic differences and those who blame discrimination. Both sides ignore the possibility that groups themselves may differ in their orientations, their priorities and in what they are prepared to sacrifice for the sake of other things. Back in the early 19th century, an official of the Russian Empire reported that even the poorest Jews saw to it that their daughters could read, and their homes had at least ten books....
  • The Left's Most Beloved Boogeyman: The NRA

    10/05/2015 8:24:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies ^ | 10/2/2015 | Dan Joseph
    The NRA is probably the far-left's most beloved boogeyman. Any time there is a tragedy involving a firearm, liberals from the top down are quick to blame the NRA and even insinuate that the organization is gleeful that people have died. Unsurprisingly, the left seems completely flummoxed as to why the NRA and other Second Amendment supporters oppose some gun laws that have been floated by liberals in the past few years, despite these laws having the support of a majority of Americans.
  • Justice Randy J. Holland to speak on Magna Carta [Delaware and Area Interest]

    10/05/2015 8:23:22 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 4 replies
    Delaware Public Archives ^ | October 2015 | Delaware Public Archives
    October 7, 2015 – 6:30 p.m. Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland will speak at the Delaware Public Archives on Wednesday evening, Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m., on the topic of the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta, the so-called Great Charter of 1215, which serves as the foundation for both the British and American systems of government. Justice Holland is the editor of the book, Magna Carta, Muse and Mentor, published in 2014 by the Library of Congress and Thomson Reuters to commemorate the anniversary. Among the book’s authors are Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., Justice Sandra Day O’Connor...
  • Chick-fil-A Arrives in New York, Gays, Animal-Rights Nuts Hardest Hit

    10/05/2015 7:42:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/05/2015 | Michael Walsh
    Can you imagine this happening even ten years ago? This is the pace of “social change” in the seventh year of the reign of the Emperor Hussein: A highly adored and highly controversial fast food chain satisfied cravings and ruffled a few feathers Saturday with the grand opening of its first official Manhattan outpost. Chick-Fil-A, the massively popular Southern staple owned by a conservative Christian family known for their anti-gay marriage views, hatched a 5,000-square-foot store in Herald Square to mixed reviews from fervent devotees and activists.“This is the best chicken in the world, in my opinion.” said Dana...
  • High school students engage in mass disobedience after principal cancels 'America Pride Day'

    10/05/2015 7:16:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies ^ | 10/5/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Jackson Hole High principal Scott Crisp blamed the results of a student survey and his concerns that some students may feel excluded if they see an American flag for the administration’s decision to cancel “America Pride Day.”
  • Even Vox Says That Mass Shootings Are ‘A Small Portion Of All Gun Violence

    10/05/2015 6:48:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 10/4/2015 | Matt Vespa
    In the aftermath of the horrific Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, the reaction from the pro-gun control crowd was as expected–the NRA is a terrorist organization, and we should have a nationwide gun control campaign. The former point is just plain absurdity. The latter is already happening, albeit with zero success. Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), is already spewing the false “40 percent of gun sales are conducted without background check” talking point. Yet, while the data crunchers keep doling out information about mass shootings, even the left-leaning Vox admitted that mass shootings represents...
  • Hampshire College: Diversity without Depth?

    10/05/2015 6:23:55 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 2, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As we noted in a previous post, when Hampshire College became the first institution of higher learning in the United States to shun SAT scores as an admissions requirement, the school’s president waxed rhapsodic about the diversity the change engendered. As it happens, Hampshire’s course catalogue is also rather diverse. Here is a sampling: • The emergence of literacy; • Philosophy of Education; • Intro to Tabletop Game Design; • Apprenticeship in Animal Communication Research; • The Social Psychology of Building Peace in the Context of Violent Intergroup Conflict; • Women in Game Programming; • Animal Behavior Theory; • Critical...
  • We Will Have Prepared a Holocaust for the Immigrants

    10/03/2015 7:05:25 PM PDT · by pierrem15 · 34 replies
    Rzeczpospolita ^ | 10/02/2015 | Piotr Nowak
    Article (in Polish) about the immigration of Muslims into Europe. Polish philosophy professor tells Muslims not to come, because, in the end, the Europeans will kill them all: "If you do not want Muslims in Europe if the horror refer to their presence on the Old Continent, I do so with concern about their fate; not for fear of them, but for them. Indeed history repeats itself, and it is by no means a farce. In short, they're going to die here, will be eliminated, trodden, dents in the European land, because the conditions of possibility of the Holocaust -...
  • The un-Christian immorality of socialist Pope Francis

    10/03/2015 1:11:49 PM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 11 replies
    Renew America ^ | Oct. 3, 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    There was a time when even if you were not Catholic, and even if you strenuously disagreed with Roman Catholic doctrine and practice, you could still expect the pontiffs to be on the right side of world events. Yet, we've come a long way from John Paul II joining with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher to oppose the Soviet Union and worldwide Communism. Those who believed that Communism "fell" with the Berlin Wall were premature, and didn't realize that it was merely going underground, taking on new forms and putting forward new faces to the public at large. One of...
  • Islam's Effects on Germany

    10/03/2015 11:06:55 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 17 replies
    Vanity ^ | 10 3 2015 | Dick Bachert
    At risk of being tagged a one trick pony, I submit for your consideration a 30 minute video dealing with the impact of virtually unrestrained muslim immigration on Germany. It's in German with subtitles so you'll need to give it your full attention. In it you'll see what happens to the culture of a nation when the formerly relatively homogeneous population and their leaders fail to REQUIRE that immigrants -- even those who speak the language -- ASSIMILATE at a deeper CULTURAL LEVEL. The destructive process is called "balkanization" (a pejorative geopolitical term, originally used to describe the process of...
  • 4 Pro-Gun Arguments We're Sick of Hearing

    10/03/2015 10:07:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 51 replies ^ | 10/1/2015 | Amanda Marcotte
    Another day, another horrible mass shooting. This one was in the small town of Roseburg, Oregon, on the Umpqua Community College campus. More than two dozen people were reportedly hit with gunfire. While victims are being rushed to the hospital, many right-wing pundits and politicians are no doubt readying their talking points to explain why the 264th mass shooting of the year does not mean the United States should tighten up access to deadly firearms.
  • Before There Was ISIS, There Was the Weather Underground

    10/03/2015 6:38:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies ^ | 10/3/2015 | Matthew Vadum
    Like the radical left-wing domestic terrorists befriended two decades ago by Barack Hussein Obama, the totalitarian mass murderers of the Islamic State are reportedly determined to kill millions of Americans. Slaughtering Americans by the millions was a key objective of the Weather Underground Organization (WUO), which was led during the Vietnam War era by Obama's close Chicagoland friend and Hyde Park neighbor Bill Ayers, among other individuals. Ayers described the Weatherman philosophy as "Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that's where it's really at." He was delighted in...
  • Last Men Standing: When Trump, Carson & Fiorina fade, Cruz and Rubio might be the GOP's finalists.

    10/02/2015 11:32:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | October 2, 2015 | Robert Schlesinger
    It's possible, just possible, that the final battle to become the 2016 GOP standard-bearer will come down to a pair of first-generation Cuban-American, first-term senators. Yes, I'm talking about the same Republican Party that has proven so incompetent in reaching out to Hispanic voters that it followed up its 2012 post-mortem determination to get better at it by, arguably, getting worse. Not that a final showdown between Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida will necessarily help on that score, but more on that later. How does this scenario play out? It starts with the assumption that...
  • Our Long National Nightmare… ... just got a little worse. A Nobel Peace Prize?

    10/02/2015 8:48:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies ^ | 10/2/2015 | Michael Walsh
    It’s bad enough the President Obama, now in his seventh year as a ferocious war-maker, was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize for absolutely no reason whatsoever. Now we get this news: Growing speculation that John Kerry will receive a Nobel Peace Prize for finalizing the Iranian nuclear deal is generating renewed criticism of his close relationship with the Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, a key public face for the theocratic regime who is rumored to be a probable co-recipient with Kerry.
  • Oil Trade Group Challenges Environmentalists: Enough Talk, Try Actually Living Without Fossil Fuels

    10/02/2015 8:43:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies ^ | 10/2/2015 | Patrick Richardson
    One of the more prominent among the manifold idiocies of the environmental left is the idea that oil is evil. Recently, according to a press release from the Western Energy Alliance, a non-profit trade association representing more than 450 companies engaged in exploration and production of oil and natural gas in the West, more than 400 groups converged on the White House to demand we keep fossil fuels in the ground. They did this, of course, while waving signs made of plastic and having driven or flown in fossil fuel-powered vehicles to Washington. And probably while drinking from plastic or...
  • Celebrities Blame NRA, Capitalism And ‘Gun Nuts’ For The Shooting In Oregon

    10/02/2015 8:20:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 58 replies ^ | 10/1/2015 | David Hookstead
    Before the details of the horrific shooting at an Oregon community college had even been released, celebrities took to Twitter to blame the NRA, capitalism, and gun owners for the carnage. "What we're seeing with gun violence in America is the logical conclusion of unrestricted capitalism." chris kluwe
  • 'The more people you kill, the more you're in the limelight'

    10/02/2015 7:59:41 AM PDT · by pabianice · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/2/15 | Farberov et al
    Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, has been identified as the gunman at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon Killer with British father died in gunfight with police and had four guns - three pistols and one rifle and body armor He killed nine and wounded at least nine, and just three days prior he had downloaded This World Surviving Sandy Hook BBC Documentary 2015 according to his profile on a website community Harper-Mercer said he was 'mixed race,' a 'conservative Republican,' 'not religious,' and 'living with parents' He celebrated Nazis and IRA online In August he praised TV station shooter Vester Flanagan...
  • Christians targeted at college massacre

    10/02/2015 7:09:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies ^ | 10/2/2015 | Douglas Ernst
    Gunman ID'd: 'You are going to see God in just about 1 second' Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, has been identified by law-enforcement officials as the gunman who shot and killed at least 10 people and injured 20 at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, according to the New York Times. “He appears to be an angry young man who was very filled with hate,” one law-enforcement official said. Officials said Mercer lived in the area but was not a student at the college. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said the gunman was killed during a confrontation with officers shortly after they...