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  • The children of illegal immigrants are not born American citizens

    08/28/2015 7:44:54 AM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 22 replies
    Renew America ^ | August 28, 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    Once again, Donald Trump has managed to open up a robust national discussion about an issue that up to this point had been largely ignored by the political class. This time, the discussion is about so-called "birthright citizenship," the idea that whenever a foreign national (regardless of legal status and with a very few exceptions) has a child on American soil, this child automatically becomes an American citizen from birth. This approach to citizenship has been the de facto (though not de jure) approach to the issue of "anchor babies," the children of illegal aliens who come to the United...
  • CNN's Don Lemon Grills Ben Carson: Rethink Gun Control

    08/28/2015 7:32:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 51 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 8/27/2015 | Scott Whitlock
    CNN anchors on Wednesday night hit two Republican presidential candidates on the subject of gun control, wondering if yesterday's horrific shooting in Roanoke, Virginia has prompted them to rethink their positions. Talking to Ben Carson, Don Lemon demanded, "After you watch a crime like this, does it make you question at all the role of guns in our society?" Carson reminded, "The Second Amendment of that Constitution gives citizens the right to keep and bare arms. Therefore, anything that we're going to do has to be done with respect to the Second Amendment." The Republican mentioned the opportunity to do...
  • The Truth About Guns in Virginia

    08/28/2015 7:15:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 8/27/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Since Wednesday's horrific double murder of journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward in Roanoke, Virginia, anti-gun activists have pounced at the opportunity to call for more gun control and exploited the tragedy within hours of its occurrence. Keep in mind the following statements were made before the facts were in about how the killer obtained his firearm.
  • Bigotry in numbers: Why so many academics look down on evangelicals

    08/28/2015 6:48:58 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 21 replies
    Those who teach in higher education are relatively OK with some religious groups, according to a study based on a 2012 online national survey that drew 464 complete responses. Asked to assess religious groups on a “feeling thermometer” of 1 to 100, Jewish people, mainline Protestants and Catholics all achieved an average score of 65 or higher, researchers led by University of North Texas sociologist George Yancey reported in an online article in the journal Sociology of Religion. Next to the bottom, just slightly above fundamentalists, were Protestant evangelicals with an average score of 48. Based on the rankings and...
  • Get Out of My Class and Leave America (Prof. Mike Adams)

    08/28/2015 6:13:14 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8-28-2015 | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: The following column is comprised of excerpts taken from my first lectures on the first day of classes this semester at UNC-Wilmington. I reproduced these remarks with the hope that they would be useful to other professors teaching at public universities all across America. Feel free to use this material if you already have tenure.Welcome back to class, students! I am Mike Adams your criminology professor here at UNC-Wilmington. Before we get started with the course I need to address an issue that is causing problems here at UNCW and in higher education all across the country. I...
  • Christians at Duke U refuse to read lesbian porn novel assignment

    08/27/2015 2:23:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 27, 2015
    DURHAM, NC, August 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Christian freshmen at Duke University are refusing to read an assigned graphic novel depicting masturbation and homosexual intercourse. The university says the assignment was optional and won’t discipline the holdouts. Brian Grasso emerged as the spokesperson for the dissenters after he posted his decision on the Class of 2019’s closed Facebook page. Opponents have done their best to mock and deride the holdouts as ignoramuses who don’t belong at Duke, but Grasso has addressed all their jibes, first to Duke’s student paper and then in an op-ed in the Washington Post, intelligently...
  • Ted Cruz Is Stalking Donald Trump

    08/27/2015 1:53:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 27, 2015 | Tim Alberta
    The Texas Republican believes that when (not if) Trump falters, he'll absorb the current front-runner's followers.TUSCALOOSA, Alabama—Four days after Donald Trump drew tens of thousands of supporters to a modest, multipurpose football arena in this state, Ted Cruz stood 200 miles away inside a glass-enclosed suite overlooking the north end zone inside legendary Denny-Bryant Stadium. Here, in the home of the Alabama Crimson Tide, Cruz offered blistering critiques identical to those delivered by Trump—a nation in decline, an immigration crisis, a government corrupted by career politicians in both parties. Yet Cruz, speaking to several hundred suit-and-tie Republicans at a plated...
  • The Genesis Flood and Noah’s Ark. Fact or fiction?

    08/27/2015 1:17:18 PM PDT · by fishtank · 103 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 8-27-2015 | Tas Walker
    The Genesis Flood and Noah’s Ark. Fact or fiction? by Tas Walker Published: 27 August 2015 (GMT+10) Many doubt the biblical story of Noah’s Flood. To many the story seems a gross exaggeration or a work of fiction. And if Noah’s Flood is not believable, why trust any historical account in the Bible? People have posed many objections to a factual interpretation of this event and this article (and the articles linked to it) answers many of the key questions people have about the Flood and the Ark.
  • Va. Gunman May Have Worked as a Male Escort and Other Strange Findings From the WDBJ Shooting

    08/27/2015 8:36:52 AM PDT · by MuttTheHoople · 26 replies
    The Root ^ | Aug. 27 2015 8:12 AM | STEPHEN A. CROCKETT JR.
    Early Wednesday morning, Vester Lee Flanagan II, reportedly upset over being fired from Virginia news station WDBJ7 in 2013 as well as the June church massacre in Charleston, S.C., targeted two of his former colleagues and fatally shot them during a live broadcast.
  • Hillary Clinton: Citizens and Police Alike Are ‘Much Too Eager’ to Use a Gun

    08/26/2015 10:43:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 66 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/25/2015 | AER Hawkins
    What we’ve seen too much of in the last few years is a spate of people who have reached for a gun before they really figured out what was going on. They’ve been much too eager to use that gun—we’ve seen it with policing and we’ve seen it with civilians.
  • Gun Violence in America vs. the World: Mass Shootings and Police Killings: The Facts

    08/26/2015 10:31:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    ringoffireradio.com ^ | 8/24/2015 | KJ McElrath
    It’s no secret that the U.S. has far more gun-related deaths on an annual basis than any comparable industrialized nation on earth. Those statistics go way beyond drug-related violence and incidents involving family members or acquaintances. When it comes to public mass shootings, America is definitely Number One. This information comes as a result of a study carried out at the University of Alabama. Professor Adam Lankford, who teaches criminal justice, recently completed an analysis of public mass shootings across the globe over a 46-year period. Between 1966 and 2012, the US averaged five mass shootings a year for a...
  • Bloomberg Spends $764,232.35 Buying Oregon Background Check Bill

    08/26/2015 10:05:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 8/24/2015 | unknown
    It was the Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund that spent $764,232.35 in the reporting period covered, eclipsing even the Oregon teachers lobbying arm by $484,055. How much did ALL the pro-Second Amendment groups spend? Ready? It was a grand total of $88,000.
  • New Sheriff Overseeing Burning Man to Crack Down on Naked Rule-Breakers(and drug use!)

    08/26/2015 8:58:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    time.com ^ | 8/25/2015 | Jack Linshi
    The weeklong event in Nevada draws thousands of people — and their drugs A new Nevada sheriff tasked with overseeing the upcoming Burning Man festival plans to crack down on the annual desert debauchery. Jerry Allen, 39, who was elected Pershing County Sheriff in January, said he plans to tighten law enforcement for the tens of thousands of festival-goers journeying to the remote Black Rock Desert next week for the annual event, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported on Tuesday.
  • Why Cruz could make some noise in the GOP primary

    08/26/2015 1:23:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | August 25, 2015 | Gilbert Garcia
    For the first time in 40 years, a Republican presidential primary in Texas will be something more than an afterthought. The 2016 Texas primary will be the grand prize in a Super Tuesday sweepstakes that should define several presidential campaigns — none more than Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Back in March, when Cruz announced his candidacy, I discounted the possibility that his culture-warrior rhetoric would play outside this state, and wrote him off as a colorful source of bulletin-board material for Democrats. Five months later, I still consider Cruz an unlikely GOP nominee, but it’s now possible to detect a...
  • Roger Ailes Defends Megyn Kelly’s Debate Performance …Donald Trump Responds

    08/25/2015 1:47:36 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 63 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/25/15 | Jim Hoft
    Last night Donald Trump welcomed Megyn Kelly back from vacation with this tweet: ""@PatrickStinard: @megynkelly Kelly File was much better without Megyn Kelly. Her replacement while she was out on vacation was much better!" Today Roger Ailes accused Donald Trump of “verbal assault” and defended controversial Megyn Kelly’s debate performance. Fox News CEO released a statement on the attacks by Trump Tuesday: “Donald Trump’s surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last night is as unacceptable as it is disturbing. Megyn Kelly represents the very best of American journalism and all of us at Fox News Channel...
  • Good Families are Unfair?

    08/25/2015 1:18:32 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    Christian Headlines Today ^ | August 21, 2015 | John Stonestreet
    Good Families are Unfair? John Stonestreet | BreakPoint | Friday, August 21, 2015 Equality” is one of the watchwords of our time. It's invoked in nearly every political, ethical, and increasingly, social discussion. And lately, it's gone completely off the rails. Once upon a time, “equality” was the rallying cry of patriots and abolitionists—the good and true belief that “all men are created equal” in the sight of God, are equal in dignity and deserve equal rights before the law. But today, “equality” means something very different: It means sameness. And two philosophers recently profiled by Australia's ABC network have...
  • Graham: Trump's immigration plan is 'stupid' and 'illegal'

    08/25/2015 12:34:08 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 81 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/25/15 | Nick Gass
    Lindsey Graham excoriated Republican presidential rival Donald Trump on Tuesday morning for his immigration plan, calling it both “stupid” and “illegal.” In an interview with “Fox & Friends,” Graham addressed Trump’s immigration proposal, which would call for the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, revoke birthright citizenship from the children of immigrants who came to the United States illegally and call for the construction of a wall along the United States’ 1,900-mile long border with Mexico. “Well, Donald Trump’s plan on immigration is stupid,” the South Carolina senator said. “It’s illegal.” If you try to deport American-born children of immigrants who...
  • Charlie Daniels' Open Letter to Congress: 'You've Betrayed Your Country'

    08/25/2015 10:47:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 8/25/2015 | Charlie Daniels
    The history of this nation is written in the blood and courage of men who stood in the face of overwhelming odds – politicians, soldiers, statesmen and ordinary citizens who sought to do the right thing regardless of the cost or the consequences. Well, ladies and gentlemen of the United States Congress, it seems that that particular pen has run out of ink. The courageous politicians that once championed this nation have been replaced, for the most part, by a breed of milksop, politically correct, scared of their own shadow, pushover, pathetic excuses for public servants who are supposed to...
  • Scott Walker falls flat on his face

    08/25/2015 10:31:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 24, 2015 | Dana Milbank
    This is what happens when you try to trump the Donald. Scott Walker has for two decades won primary elections by refusing to allow any Republican to outmaneuver him on the right. So when Donald Trump, father of the Central Park ice rink, began skating circles around the Republican presidential field with his perfect execution of hard-line conservative positions, the Wisconsin governor tried to keep up by attempting more daring ideological leaps. But in recent days, Walker has spun himself into a triple axel — and landed on his face. First, asked by NBC’s Kasie Hunt whether he supported ending...
  • Abortion and Down Syndrome [Zot!]

    08/25/2015 10:31:30 AM PDT · by Bluewater2015 · 51 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/25/15 | Editorial Board
    It is tempting to dismiss the latest anti-choice salvo from Ohio lawmakers, which would criminalize abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome, as a blatantly unconstitutional ploy that would never be enforced. That would be a mistake. The bill stands a disturbingly good chance of approval this fall by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature A similar bill passed in North Dakota in 2013 bans abortions on the grounds of fetal genetic anomalies, including Down syndrome. The law has not yet been enforced — under existing Supreme Court precedent it is hard to see how it could be — but...
  • It’s a U.N. ‘Gun Grab’ — Reach for Your Wallets!

    08/25/2015 9:29:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies
    thetrace.org ^ | 8/24/2015 | Adam Weinstein
    Obama and the United Nations are coming for your guns. For real this time. What’s that? You hadn’t heard? Monday’s global summit of “states parties to the Arms Trade Treaty” in Cancun was not already marked on your calendar, the August 24 start date circled in blood-red ink? It must have something to do with where you’re getting your news from. In 2013, after nearly a decade of effort (and opposition from the Bush administration), the U.N. adopted an Arms Trade Treaty to curtail illicit sales of war weapons, including tanks, fighter jets, warships, missiles, artillery, and small arms, chiefly...
  • Feds Tell Teachers To Push Renewable Energy in Class -- Kids Can ‘Save the Planet’

    08/25/2015 9:03:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 8/24/2015 | Penny Starr
    Teachers heading back to the classroom will be adding renewable energy to the curriculum to mold future “energy leaders to save the planet,” thanks to a summer training program run by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers. “By teaching the teacher, events like this one make a powerful impact on public understanding of America’s energy needs,” states a back-to-school announcement [1]posted on the DOE website earlier this month. “This year’s academy has just graduated a pool of motivated teachers, ready to arm the next generation of energy leaders to save the planet!” said...
  • Woman in Viral Black Lives Matter Video Is Asked What She’d Say to Critics. She Answers...

    08/25/2015 8:19:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 8/24/2015 | Oliver Darcy
    The St. Louis woman who posted what has now become a viral video aimed at Black Lives Matter protesters appeared on CNN and directed a two-word message to critics who have leveled derogatory attacks against her: “bite me.”
  • Mankind threatened by global cooling, not warming

    08/25/2015 7:54:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 37 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 8/25/2015 | Bob Unruh
    As the Obama administration creates policy based on the premise that the planet is warming, more and more scientists are concluding the real danger is global cooling. One recently painted this scenario: Food shortages from crop failures brought on by cold weather during the summers will produce civil unrest, as in “huge civil unrest.” “There’s no question of will it occur … but exactly when,” said David Dilley, a former NOAA meteorologist and the current senior research scientist at Global Weather Oscillations. He gave a presentation recently on “Mind Your Own Business TV” with Debi Davis.
  • Paul The Brain Dead Krugman's Nobel Prize Winning Idea to spur Economic Growth

    08/24/2015 1:50:39 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Youtube ^ | 08/24/15 | Paul Krugman
    Paul Krugman is so frustrated by the lack of support for another round of stimulus spending that he's now calling for a fake alien invasion of the United States to spur a World War II-style defense buildup.
  • DONALD TRUMP Weighs in on Market Crisis: “I’ve Been Telling Everybody… China Could Bring Us Down”

    08/24/2015 12:21:48 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 71 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/24/15 | Jim Hoft
    Donald Trump weighed in on the market crisis today. He even dropped the “d” word. "Depression- be careful of China! https://instagram.com/p/6xT08ZGhQc/" Donald Trump warned Americans on Instagram: “I’ve been telling everybody for a long time China is taking our jobs and taking our money. Be careful they’ll bring us down. You have to know what you’re doing. We have nobody that has a clue.” Donald also posted about the crisis on Twitter: "@ZephyrusMatrix: Will you finally get respect for predicting U.S. concerns even weeks before disaster strikes.The country needs a visionary"
  • Home Ownership Rate Falls to 50 Year Low Ownership rate has since fallen to 63.4%

    08/24/2015 12:14:08 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 33 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 08/22/15 | IRWIN M. STELZER
    There are times when excessive attention to monthly data reporting what’s up, what’s down, can be allowed to obscure underlying structural changes in an economy. With the game of what-will-Yellen-do-next in full flow, this is one of those times. No, the proverbial tectonic plates are not shifting, whatever that phrase might mean when applied to an economy other than one in the throes of an irreversible Margaret Thatcher-style revolution. But there are significant trends underway, trends that are unlikely to be reversed and which, as they play out, will result in an American economy considerably different from the one we...
  • Rupert Murdoch (Fox News Chief): Michael Bloomberg should run for president

    08/24/2015 12:03:15 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/24/15 | Jesse Byrnes
    Murdoch followed up with a pair of tweets a couple of hours later, saying, "I did not say I would vote for him! Just a friend I admire," and, "Far away from world's troubles here on Great Barrier Reef swimming and reading. Seems irresponsible." Murdoch is the head of News Corp., which owns newspapers including the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal, and until recently oversaw Fox News and other networks as CEO of 21st Century Fox. The Australian billionaire's apparent desire to draft Bloomberg — the Democrat-turned-independent who left office in 2013 and has sent no signals...
  • Formula One Champion Ordered To Remove Instagram Post with AR-15

    08/24/2015 8:14:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/23/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton removed a video and photographs of him shooting an AR-15 from Instagram after his race boss—Niki Lauda—ordered him to take them down. The video showed Hamilton wearing ear and eye protection while shooting an AR-15 at a target down range, but some Formula One fans reacted negatively because the video appeared “just hours after a gunman” illegally used a different kind of gun to carry out an attack on a train in France.
  • America's Sanctuary City Nightmare

    08/24/2015 8:08:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    nationalinterest.org ^ | 8/24/2015 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    A litigation battle is raging between the states and President Barack Obama over his attempt to impose a nationwide “sanctuary” policy for illegal aliens. Yet, there is no question that existing sanctuary policies implemented by numerous towns and cities have victimized innocent Americans. Those sanctuary policies have enabled illegal aliens to commit thousands of crimes –crimes that would not have occurred had their perpetrators been deported in keeping with existing law. In 2011, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released [4] a study on approximately 250,000 illegal aliens locked up in our federal, state, and local prisons. They represent more than...
  • Why Jeb’s Not Catching Fire — And Probably Never Will

    08/23/2015 6:52:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Center For Individual Freedom ^ | August 20, 2015 | Troy Senik
    The good news for Jeb Bush is that he’s the perfect candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. The bad news is that he’s the perfect candidate in the year 2000. That’s the counterfactual scenario that most Bush-watchers have spun over the years. Had Jeb won the 1994 race in which he first pursued Florida’s governorship, the theory goes, it would have been him rather than his older brother who became the GOP’s standard-bearer in 2000. Instead, Jeb narrowly lost the ’94 race to Democrat Lawton Chiles, George W. won his contest in Texas in the same year and the younger...
  • America the Place vs. America the Idea [What kind of country do immigrants want America to become?]

    08/23/2015 5:57:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/23/2015 | Dan Joppich
    On NPR news last week there were two reports coming out of Greece that I had trouble reconciling. The first was Greece’s $85 billion bailout resulting in the Greek PM stepping down. Greece isn’t just broke, it’s broken. And yet, the second story was about immigrants risking death on the seas to leave Turkey and other places to come to Greece. Obviously they are leaving broken countries where they risk death and injury at the hands of their government on a daily basis, to take a boat ride risking death and injury on the high seas, to go to another...
  • Russian media: U.S. 'economic apocalypse' in September Alignment of 'ominous events' prompts frenzy

    08/23/2015 5:04:19 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 49 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | August 23, 2015
    Friday’s American stock market provided further evidence of instability in the nation’s economy, and even as financiers fear a possible fiscal disaster in September, there has been little coverage among U.S. media. But the state-run media of Russia is warning of what it calls America’s “economic apocalypse.” The Russian news service Sputnik, an agency launched by Russia’s state-owned Rossiya Segodnya in 2014 to “target global audiences with its non-mainstream take on world events,” predicts doom for the American economy next month. In a recent article, Sputnik cites several economists warning of catastrophe. It continues: “Most of the experts agree...
  • Baltimore marks 211 homicides; mayor takes aim at gun control

    08/22/2015 5:51:21 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 59 replies
    BALTIMORE —Amid an unrelenting streak of violence, Baltimore's mayor said current gun laws miss the mark. The number of homicides in Baltimore reached 211 on Wednesday, matching the number for all of last year. The 211th homicide was recorded when police found the body of a man who was shot in a vacant house in the Penn-North neighborhood of west Baltimore, the same area hit by riots in April. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's political career may depend on getting the violence under control. She gave credit Wednesday to city police officers because arrests are back up to a normal pace. She...
  • CERN Experiment Confirms Matter-Antimatter CPT Symmetry For Light Nuclei, Antinuclei

    08/23/2015 4:04:06 PM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 40 replies
    New measurements show that CPT symmetry holds true for light nuclei such as deuterons -- a hydrogen nucleus with an additional neutron -- and antideuterons, as well as for helium-3 nuclei -- two protons plus a neutron -- and antihelium-3 nuclei. Pictured: The ALICE detector on CERN's Large Hadron Collider. A Saba/CERN Days after scientists at CERN’s Baryon-Antibaryon Symmetry Experiment (BASE) measured the mass-to-charge ratio of a proton and its antimatter particle, the antiproton, the ALICE experiment at the European organization reported similar measurements for light nuclei and antinuclei. The measurements, made with unprecedented precision, add to growing scientific...
  • Ranking the GOP Candidates by their Ability to Win the General Election

    08/23/2015 1:03:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 141 replies
    RedState ^ | August 23, 2015 | J.D. Rucker
    If you look on the surface, one might think that the polls indicate that Donald Trump is the best candidate to go up against the Democrats in the general election. As history has shown, the ability to get support within one’s own party is not always an indicator of ability to win in the general election. In fact, one can argue that either Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich were more likely to defeat President Obama in 2012, though we’ll never know. Before we get into the list of candidates, let’s look at general election “winning attributes” that work in...
  • Crown Princesses Victoria of Sweden and Mette-Marit of Norway promote climate change campaign(T)

    08/23/2015 7:38:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 8/23/2015 | Maybelle Morgan
    Princess Victoria, 38, and Princess Mette-Marit, 42, spent the day together Both visited a woodlands in Norway and then a church service in Sweden Took part in UN climate change initiative to highlight environmental issues
  • Defending Planned Parenthood, LA Times Relays 'Abortion Is 3 Pct. of Its Services' Myth

    08/23/2015 7:21:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 8/22/2015 | Tom Blumer
    Earlier today, I noted that Los Angeles Times reporter Maria L. La Ganga compared the heroic undercover work done by investigators at the Center for Medical Progress to the 2004 efforts of the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth. She meant it as a negative, claiming that the Swift Vets' assertions about Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's service in Vietnam and his antiwar activities after he returned home are "considered by many one of the ugliest, most unfair attacks in recent political memory." She even claimed — knowingly engaging in falsehood, in my opinion — that "the Swift boat claims...
  • A Party Maverick Like Cruz Or Paul Will Trump An Outsider Like Trump

    08/22/2015 4:36:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 22, 2015 | Ralph Benko
    The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky, one of the shrewdest political observers on the center left, recently laid out the key clue by which to solve the biggest riddle of the 2016 race: “The Republican Party has unleashed furies it can no longer remotely control. … The Tasmanian Devil candidate [Donald Trump] who’s obviously tapping into deep right-wing anti-establishment anger and the two other most extreme candidates [Ted Cruz and Ben Carson] combine for 47 percent. The two who in my view you can reasonably call quasi- or comparatively moderate, Kasich and Bush, combine to hit 9 percent. Add Rand Paul’s...
  • Washington Marijuana-Related Traffic Fatalities Double After Pot Legalized

    08/22/2015 7:56:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 45 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/22/2015 | William Bigelow
    According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, an exponential increase in the number of deaths involving marijuana-impaired drivers occurred between 2013 and 2014, reports KOIN. Marijuana was legalized in the state of Washington in 2014; between 2010 and 2013 the number of marijuana-impaired drivers involved in fatal crashes ranged from 32 to 38 per year. But in 2014, after pot became legal, that number skyrocketed to 75. In half of the 2014 cases, the drug-addled drivers tested above the state’s legal limit for being under the influence of the drug while driving. Many of the heavily-drugged drivers also tested positive...
  • Bad News For Climate Alarmists: Deadly Methane Isn’t Going To Kill Us All(ban baked beans?)

    08/22/2015 7:45:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/22/2015 | James Delingpole
    More bad news for climate alarmists: methane released by the thawing permafrost just isn’t looking like the deadly threat it was supposed to be. For years it has been an article of faith among climate doommongers that methane is the ‘you ain’t seen nothin’ yet’ of greenhouse gases. Man-made CO2 is a big enough problem on its own, the theory runs. But just wait till you see what happens when rising temperatures lead to the melting of the Arctic permafrost. That’s when your real troubles begin because then all that trapped methane will be released – and methane is around...
  • Neo-communists in Kremlin. Moscow acts according its ideology, it is non-ideological

    08/21/2015 4:50:14 PM PDT · by se99tp · 4 replies
    CCDReport ^ | August 19th, 2015 | CCDReport
    "The East West conflict continues as long as there is general acceptance of the unspoken but nevertheless operational assumption that the there isn't any underlying ideology of the post Cold War Kremlin and that hardly anybody - even among the Russian ruling elite - believes in anything. This assumption leads to subsequent assumption that Kremlin rulers and their entourage had thereby changed to such an extent that it no longer subscribes to any attributes of communist system."
  • Micromanaging Free Speech

    08/21/2015 11:12:08 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 21, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Back in the day, when bosses and CEOs got a little too attentive to detail, we would wryly note that they were “micromanaging.” Today, students actually want university administrators to micromanage free speech, putting the First Amendment at risk. “Two terms have risen quickly from obscurity into common campus parlance,” Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt write in the latest issue of The Atlantic. “Microaggressions are small actions or word choices that seem on their face to have no malicious intent but that are thought of as a kind of violence nonetheless. For example, by some campus guidelines, it is a...
  • Jeb Bush Comes Out Against Encryption (Big Brother Alert)

    08/21/2015 11:07:39 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 33 replies
    The Intecept ^ | 08/19/15 | Jenna McLaughlin
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday that encryption makes it harder for law enforcement to track down “evildoers” — and called for a “much better, more cooperative relationship” with Apple, Google, and other tech companies that are building uncrackable private communication apps into their new products. “If you create encryption, it makes it harder for the American government to do its job — while protecting civil liberties — to make sure that evildoers aren’t in our midst,” Bush said in South Carolina at an event sponsored by Americans for Peace, Prosperity, and Security, a group with close ties to...
  • Don’t Let Agenda-Driven Bureaucrats Set Policy on Guns and Mental Health

    08/21/2015 8:34:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 8/21/2015 | Liz Sheld
    John Feinblatt, president and gun-grabbing propagandist extraordinaire for Everytown for Gun Safety, has published an adorable little fable in the The Hill about Senator Cornyn’s (R-TX) bill known as the “Mental Health and Safe Communities Act.” The op-ed is titled “Don’t let the NRA set policy on guns and mental health.” Mr. Feinblatt opens with the question: “Do we really want to make it easier for people with dangerous mental illness to get guns?” He goes on to claim that the Cornyn bill “backed by the NRA” will do just that. (The bill is also backed by American Jail Association,...
  • Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly: We’re for ‘Gun Responsibility’ Not ‘Gun Control’

    08/21/2015 7:51:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 50 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/20/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On August 20, the Essex News Daily ran a story in which Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords claimed they “actually do not support ‘gun control’ in the traditional sense of the phrase,” but “gun responsibility.” This comes after they have spent nearly three years supporting new gun trafficking laws, new laws on gun show sales, new laws on internet sales, limits on ammunition magazine capacity, expanded background checks, and gun control ubiquitously under the guise of domestic violence prevention. Yet they say they are not for gun control.
  • Hillary's email scandal will head for the bone yard, right there with the others

    08/21/2015 7:18:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/21/2015 | James Longstreet
    The investigations and the scrutiny will have their effect. A resignation here, a candidate choosing not to run there. But no one will go to jail or be punished in the legal sense for the violations of law in Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server for official State Department business. Washington DC, just like Wall Street, seems immune to punishment for the violation of law. Once a perpetrator has been nailed to the political wall, the issue decided, the political power shifts and the political maneuvers result. Political capital is acquired by one group, lost by another. But do...
  • Hundreds expected at St. Paul Planned Parenthood protest

    08/20/2015 7:36:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    GANNET KARE ^ | 8/20/15
    Hundreds of people are expected to participate in a protest at a St. Paul Planned Parenthood this weekend.Pro-Life Action Ministries, as well as other pro-life organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens will protest at the St. Paul Planned Parenthood, 671 Vandalia St., Saturday, from 9-11 a.m. The protest is part of a day of protests at Planned Parenthood offices across the country.The planned demonstrations follow the recent release of undercover videos that abortion opponents claim show the trafficking of body parts harvested from aborted children. Last month, hundreds protested outside the St. Paul facility, calling for the government to cut...
  • With all attention on Trump, Ted Cruz rises in GOP race

    08/20/2015 6:00:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/20/15 | Byron York
    Ted Cruz got a big boost in Iowa this week when the influential social conservative activist and radio host Steve Deace endorsed him. To call it a sought-after endorsement would be an understatement. Deace says prospective 2016 GOP campaigns began contacting him well before the 2012 election. (All just assumed that Mitt Romney was going to lose.) The recruitment efforts picked up in 2013 and 2014. When few people were paying any attention to the still-forming Republican race, Deace was hard at work. "For me, this vetting process has been going on for a couple of years," he says. "In...
  • Mexico condemns Donald Trump's 'racist' and 'absurd' immigration plan

    08/20/2015 4:09:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 19, 2015 | Reuters
    ‘These comments reflect prejudice, racism or plain ignorance,’ Mexico’s foreign ministry says of Trump’s plan to make Mexico pay for a border wall.Mexico’s government on Wednesday slammed US presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s proposals to deport undocumented immigrants en masse and make Mexicans pay for a wall separating the two countries as absurd, racist and ignorant. Launching his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in New York in June, Trump accused Mexico of sending “rapists and drug runners” across the United States’ southern border and pledged to build a wall to keep illegal immigrants out. Over the weekend, Trump said he...