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  • Yes, pack the guns for your trip

    05/30/2016 6:20:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 5/30/2016 | Barbara Simpson
    Were you set for the weekend? It is Memorial Day: Another government-sanctioned three-day holiday wonder that enables Americans to forget the reason for the holiday – honoring our war dead, those who lost their lives fighting in defense of their country and for freedom and liberty for our allies – and concentrate on getting out of town for picnics, barbecues and sports. So, patriotic thoughts or not, I hope the holiday and picnic gear was packed in the van or camper, there was a full tank of gas and everyone was set to go Oh, except this year there’s something...
  • Russia Keeps Profiting from U.S. Reliance on RD-180 Rocket Engine

    05/29/2016 7:58:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 5/27/2016 | Bridget Johnson
    The outcome of dueling versions of the National Defense Authorization Act could determine how much the U.S. lines Russia's pockets before what some lawmakers hope is a speedy transition to a domestically produced rocket engine. The RD-180 engine is built by NPO Energomash, a manufacturer mostly owned by the Russian Federation. It's used in the Atlas V rocket, built by Lockheed Martin and Boeing's United Launch Alliance. The House version of the NDAA approves all of the 18 requested engines. In the Senate, where there has been a lengthy battle over buying from Russia, the NDAA authorizes nine engines. Either...
  • Gary Sinise: Join me in honoring America's greatest heroes(might as well add this)

    05/29/2016 6:15:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 5/27/2016 | Greg Corombos
    The nation will pause over the coming days to honor all Americans who have given their lives to defend the United States, and this year the National Memorial Day Concert will continue its legacy of saluting all who have worn the uniform with a special tribute to a man who still serves decades after losing a leg in Vietnam. The National Memorial Day Concert takes place Sunday, May 29 at 8 p.m. on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol. It airs on PBS. Actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna will co-host the event, which will include acts such as the...
  • Two-Year-Old Cries When She Sees Her Sister’s Ultrasound Photo: “I Love Her So Much”

    05/29/2016 4:51:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Life News ^ | May 27, 2016 | STEVEN ERTELT
    An adorable new video of a little girl watching her unborn sister move on an ultrasound screen is going viral this week. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Daily Mail reports 2-year-old Myla accompanied her mother, Carly Tansley, to her 16-week ultrasound appointment last week; but the British mom did not expect that her toddler would react so strongly to seeing her unborn sister.As Carly was filming her unborn baby’s movements with her phone, she said Myla walked up and hugged the ultrasound screen. Then Myla began crying. On the video, Myla can be heard mumbling through her tears about “missing” her...
  • Greens Blame Donald Trump for Crumbling Paris Climate Accord (^)

    05/28/2016 9:33:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 5/28/2016 | Eric Worrall
    Trump’s Climate Change Denial Is Already Complicating the Paris Climate Deal If Donald Trump wins and pulls the U.S. out of its climate change commitments, some countries wonder, why should they keep their own? Donald Trump first shared his analysis of the climate crisis in a now infamous 2012 tweet-rant: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” he claimed. The Republican presidential hopeful has since dialed back the rhetoric, calling that earlier claim a joke. But — as in other areas of critical domestic and international concern —...
  • We Need More Gary Sinises

    05/28/2016 7:38:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    lifezette.com ^ | 5/28/2016 | Ann Oldenburg
    While Sinise is fondly remembered as veteran Lt. Dan Taylor in the 1994 film classic "Forrest Gump," it's the actor's tireless work on behalf of the armed forces that continues to earn him so much praise. "There's only one Gary Sinise. He's in a class all by himself," says Brandon Millett, co-founder of the festival, adding that the actor and rocker is definitely the "Bob Hope of this generation. That's what a lot of folks have called him. And it's so completely authentic."
  • Clinton vs. Trump: The Worst Choice Ever!

    05/28/2016 6:24:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 41 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/28/2016 | Robert Morrison
    Hillary Clinton was serving as the United States Secretary of State in 2011 when word came of Muammar Kaddafi’s bloody lynching by a Libyan mob. The death followed upon the heels of Madame Secretary’s visit to Libya. That prompted her to laugh. She boasted to reporters: “We came, we saw, he died.” Trump has stirred the cauldron for every crazed conspiracy theorist in the country. He is the darling of what Theodore Roosevelt playfully labeled “the lunatic fringe.” He fails what I have called The Alamogordo Test for Presidential Candidates. Americans are too sensible to entrust such a loon with...
  • Trump on climate: He's even worse than we thought

    05/27/2016 5:13:36 AM PDT · by detective · 66 replies
    Mashable ^ | May 27, 2016 | Andrew Freedman
    No one expected Donald Trump to give a single energy speech and suddenly pivot to the left on global warming, after a record of expressing skepticism that global warming exists on several prior occasions. However, few of even the most die-hard, wary environmentalists likely expected what they got on Thursday, when Trump both effectively clinched the nomination and gave a dismissive energy speech in North Dakota. The speech amounted to a broadside against the Obama administration's climate and energy policies, as well as Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton's proposals, in addition to climate science and energy market realities.
  • Trump's Intellectuals: They’re out there—"beyond the Beltway."

    05/27/2016 1:32:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | The June 6, 2016 Issue | Fred Barnes
    Inside the Beltway and along the Washington-to-Boston corridor, #NeverTrump has won the hearts and minds of conservative intellectuals and the high-toned media. The dissenters—yes, there are some—make a lot less noise. But move away from the East Coast and it's a different story. Out there, the conservative intelligentsia isn't aligned against Donald Trump—quite the contrary. Roger L. Simon, the screenwriter, novelist, and former CEO of PJ Media, predicted last August that Trump would win the presidency. Nine months later, in May, he wrote that "it still holds true." "Like others, I want things to change .  .  . and Donald seems like...
  • DePaul Professor Offended By Milo Resigns, Calls Free Speech ‘Delusional’ Milo celebrates: 1 down..

    05/27/2016 12:21:49 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 84 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/27/2016 | Peter Hasson
    A sociology professor at DePaul University announced her resignation in a public Facebook post Friday morning in which she denounced the idea that universities should be “neutral platforms for ‘equal’ exchanges of ideas” and said that “so-called free speech” is “delusional.” ...snip... Yiannopoulos responded to news of Cheng’s resignation by declaring victory. “Splendid. I told you I was winning,” he said. “One down, the rest of the American educational establishment to go.” Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/05/27/depaul-professor-offended-by-milo-resigns-calls-free-speech-delusional/#ixzz49sxwahGp
  • Black Lives Matter’s LGBTQ Agenda

    05/27/2016 8:44:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 27, 2016 | Alex Nitzberg
    While the media cover Black Lives Matter's complaints of racism and police brutality, they largely underreport the movement's campaign to normalize all permutations of sexual proclivity. The "Guiding Principles" on blacklivesmatter.com clearly delineate the group’s pro-LGBTQ agenda. “Black Lives Matter is a radical social intervention,” their web site proclaims. Black Lives Matter is "Queer Affirming:" "When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking or, rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual unless s/he or they disclose otherwise." Another principle defines the group as "Transgender Affirming …...
  • Who Pays For “Diversity”?

    05/26/2016 8:53:32 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 26, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    While The Donald hits the hustings talking, yea, bellowing, about the jobs America has lost, academia has actually added to its payrolls, but kept mum about who is picking up the tab. "The number of jobs in higher education expanded in 2016 at the highest growth rate for the first quarter in three years," according to Higher Ed Jobs.com. Two emerging professions servicing the academic community are Title IX advisers and diversity consultants. The former show university employees how not to run afoul of the federal law which was originally intended to bar discrimination by gender that has morphed into...
  • A Crisis of Political Vision for Millennials

    05/26/2016 8:47:05 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 25, 2016 | Kallina Crompton
    Most college graduate millennials will change jobs four times before they reach the age of 32. U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), overt leader of the #nevertrump movement, addressed this unprecedented issue to demonstrate the great problem that both political parties face -- a lack of vision for the millennials. "We don't have much of a vision for young people. We don’t have much to offer that’s optimistic and persuasive about where we’re headed." Senator Sasse said that the biggest issue among millennials is political disengagement. After talking with many college students, he discovered that most care about issues that political...
  • WHY CPAC NIXED FACEBOOK CONFAB

    05/26/2016 8:04:37 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 24, 2016 | Deborah Lambert
    CPAC chairman Matt Schlapp turned down the chance to visit Facebook last month, telling Greta von Susteren at “On the Record" that he thought the conservative confab over political bias allegations was merely a political PR stunt after they got caught. Schlapp noted during the CPAC 2016 conference that the most important conservative message for millennials was one that stressed American exceptionalism, and an excellent vehicle for transmitting that message was the annual CPAC event with over 10,000 attendees. However, Facebook’s refusal to publicize CPAC's message to its millions of millennial users spoke volumes, and led Schlapp to nix the...
  • 'Daily Show' Dedicates Entire Episode To Gun Control

    05/26/2016 7:17:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    gothamist.com ^ | 5/25/2016 | Rebecca Fishbein
    This election season has truly suffered without Jon Stewart behind The Daily Show desk, and Trevor Noah's tenure thus far has been tepid at best. But Noah & Co. did good last night, dedicating an entire episode to gun control thanks to the NRA's recent endorsement of Donald Trump and general stranglehold over any gun control policy proposed, no matter how small. Noah dug into Trump's hypocrisy when it comes to sucking up to the gun-clutching masses, considering he's voiced support of gun control in the past—even pointing out how at the NRA meeting last week, Trump said he gets...
  • Arizona joins challenge to schools' transgender directive

    PHOENIX — Arizona joined with Texas today to challenge a directive by the Obama administration that schools must let transgender students use restrooms that match their self-proclaimed sexual identity. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Texas contends Congress never gave the administration the power to enact such sweeping rules when it enacting laws prohibiting sex discrimination by schools receiving federal dollars. In fact, the attorneys cite comments by congressmen when the measure was approved in 1972 saying it was never the intent to sexually integrate same-­sex facilities. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is taking the lead, is arguing...
  • Hanging Hillary with her own ugly words

    05/26/2016 5:49:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/26/2016 | Russ Vaughn
    Donald Trump would do himself and this country a huge favor if he would do to Hillary what the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth did to John Kerry in the 2004 election: bring together the people from her past who know the off-stage, off-camera, hard-focus Hillary, and let them share with America their experiences with this woman who would be queen. Those people are the state troopers in Arkansas and the U.S. Secret Service agents who once served on her protective details. Like those brave sailors who served with John Kerry when his true lack of character was on full...
  • A De-Sexed Society is a De-Humanized Society

    05/26/2016 3:06:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    The Public Discourse ^ | 5/25/16 | Stella Morabito
    ....Obama’s transgender directive isn’t about civil rights or bathroom use. It’s about state control over personal relationships. As usual, tyranny comes disguised as “civil rights.” The transgender movement has never been about “gender.” It’s all about sex. Sex is the real target. “Gender” is merely the politicized linguistic vehicle... It will serve to outlaw speech that identifies males as males and females as females... ...All such denials of reality require heavy-handed censorship. We have already seen the governors of South Dakota and Georgia fold.... ...Every single cell of you has either “male” or “female” written into its DNA, but the...
  • Paul Craig Roberts: "Americans Are A Conquered People"

    05/25/2016 10:38:02 PM PDT · by vannrox · 26 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/24/2016 22:30 -0400 | Paul Craig Roberts
    Authored by Paul Craig Roberts, As readers know, I have seen some optimism in voters support for Trump and Sanders as neither are members of the corrupt Republican and Democratic political establishments. Members of both political establishments enrich themselves by betraying the American people and serving only the interest of the One Percent. The American people are being driven into the ground purely for the sake of more mega-billions for a handful of super-rich people. Neither political party is capable of doing anything whatsoever about it, and neither will. The optimism that I see is that the public’s support of...
  • Anti-Gun Film(katie BS)

    05/25/2016 8:13:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 5/24/2016 | Bob Owens
    Producer Katie Couric and Director Stephanie Soechtig stand accused of doctoring the responses of a group of participants in their anti-gun propaganda film, Under the Gun. If substantiated, the claim will destroy Couric’s reputation as a journalist and Soechtig’s reputation as a director. It appears that the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) participants have the evidence in the form of audio from the interview that substantiates their claims.
  • EPA is reminded that Power Plan enforcement violates SCOTUS order

    05/25/2016 8:01:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 5/24/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Back in January, 26 states asked the Supreme Court to put a halt to the EPA’s new “Clean Power” Plan based on the extraordinary cost it imposed on states, stress to the power grid and a variety of other factors. The Court agreed to that request, instructing the involved parties to put on the brakes until ongoing litigation made its way through the court system. Unfortunately, EPA chief Gina McCarthy never seemed to get the memo and the agency has continued work on the program, drafting plans to reward states which exceed the mandated targets in carbon emissions and punishing...
  • ‘It’s Not Fair’ Obama Apologizes For Western Civilization’s Contributions To Climate Change

    05/25/2016 7:29:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 49 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/25/2016 | Charlie Spiering
    “To some degree this is not fair, I think it’s important to note,” Obama said. “Because if you think about Western industrial development before we knew anything about climate change, they used enormous amounts of carbon energy.”
  • It’s Too Late Hillary -- We Already Have Had a Female President.

    05/25/2016 6:39:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/24/2016 | James Longstreet
    In her “60 Minutes” interview, Valerie Jarrett partially reveals the sway and power she possesses in the Obama White House. The full disclosure of her power must wait for another time, perhaps in a “tell all” book, post Obama administration. It is clear she is very proud of her effect on the Obama presidency, its decisions, its attitudes, and its resultant force upon Constitutional boundaries and the racial injustices she perceives in America. In a surprisingly blunt “60 Minutes” interview, CBS’s ‘This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell took Ms. Jarrett to task on several issues. Much was revealed, much unspoken yet...
  • DePaul College Republicans: Response Of Campus Security ‘Utterly Shameful’

    05/25/2016 6:13:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/24/2016 | Allum Bokhari
    What happened tonight at our Milo Yiannopoulos event is a sad verdict on the American campus today. We wanted to put on a good event; bring some new perspectives to the modern issues of our day and have some fun. Regrettably, militant protestors decided to hijack the event. Loud whistles, threats of violence and straight up suppression of speech. There was no discourse, no Q&A, just fascism. Additionally, DePaul security’s response to the thuggery was utterly shameful. We spent thousands of dollars and countless hours to get the proper security and put this event on, but when security was actually...
  • What’s with Yahoo’s cryptic response to Variety’s Marissa Mayer crucifixion cover?

    05/25/2016 5:01:51 AM PDT · by upchuck · 9 replies
    Fast Company ^ | May 24, 2016
    Variety has new cover story about Yahoo, and the cover image is quite a doozy! The front and center image is a drawing of Marissa Mayer holding up a large wooden "Y," that looks disturbingly like a cross. So Mayer is Jesus, I guess? The headline reads "The end is nigh." If that isn't weird enough, Yahoo issued a similarly cryptic response to the headline. The company said "Running that cover illustration is Variety's own burden to bear." What the hey does that mean? Is it a cry for help? A promise? A threat? Perhaps, and just perhaps, this message...
  • Tommy Chong slams Bernie Sanders campaign for rally snub: ‘It was an insult’

    05/24/2016 2:01:40 PM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 5/24/2016 | Jessica Chasmar
    Tommy Chong said he was insulted after the campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Bernard Sanders disinvited him to speak just hours before a rally Sunday in East Los Angeles. The “Cheech & Chong” actor and outspoken marijuana activist told The Hollywood Reporter that the Sanders campaign was happy to have his endorsement earlier this year, but got “cold feet” when it came time to fully embrace his pro-legalization stance.
  • Prager: A Response to My Conservative #NeverTrump Friends

    05/24/2016 7:37:22 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 62 replies
    Truthrevolt.org ^ | 5-24-2016 | Dennis Prager
    Nine reasons why a conservative should prefer a Trump presidency to a Democrat presidency. When you differ from people you admire, you have to question yourself. After all, what is the purpose of admiring people if they aren't capable of influencing you? So, I have had to challenge my position -- stated since the outset of the Republican presidential debates -- that if Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination, I will vote for him over Hillary Clinton, or any Democrat for that matter. I devoted many hours of radio and many columns to criticizing Trump. His virtually assured nomination has...
  • Baltimore Blames ‘White People’ After Cop Found Not Guilty In Freddie Gray Case

    05/24/2016 7:32:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 59 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/24/2016 | Connor D Wolf
    Baltimore city residents expressed disappointment in response to the city circuit court Monday finding a police officer not guilty in connection to the death of Freddie Gray. Officer Edward Nero was charged with several misdemeanor offenses after Gray died April, 2015, in his custody. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams found Nero not guilty of all charges just over a year later. Residents were not surprised given what they saw as racial bias in the criminal justice system. “White people are turning a blind eye,” resident Mumin Soweto told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “We’re not the ones stirring up the...
  • TBS’s ‘The Detour’: Guns Endanger Kids, Constitution in Need of ‘Update’

    05/24/2016 6:21:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 5/23/2016 | Dylan Gwinn
    True to its name, TBS’s comedy The Detour, detoured from an otherwise hilarious episode and instead derailed completely, in a ridiculous attempt to smear gun owners, the 2nd Amendment, and the U.S. Constitution. While at a theme park in Salvation, Florida, which celebrates Christmas 364 days a year (they’re closed on Christmas), husband and wife team Nate and Robin (Jason Jones and Natalie Zea) alienate a Christmas reveler by acting in a decidedly non-Holiday kind of spirit. But before the well-intentioned guy can get away, Robin notices something under his shirt:
  • Pittsburgh police refusing to work security at Beyonce’ concert over anti-police message

    05/23/2016 8:46:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 5/23/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    This would likely be an easier column to write if I were more familiar with the life and work of Beyonce’, but even I know that she’s a very popular singer with significant music sales and well attended concerts. In terms of the latter revenue stream, events of that magnitude always require security staff on hand to keep the rowdy fans under control and that’s a thriving business in America. What’s less often discussed is the fact that off duty police officers frequently take such jobs and do their moonlighting work with the full blessing of their bosses. It’s not...
  • WH Drug Czar: ‘Abuser and Addict’ Terms Stigmatize Drug Users

    05/23/2016 8:37:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 5/20/2016 | Melanie Hunter
    White House drug czar Michael Botticelli said Thursday that using “terms like abuser and addict” to describe people with drug addictions makes it less likely that they will get treatment. “Funding isn’t our only barrier to expanding treatment. We also have an enormous hurdle to overcome, and that’s shame and stigma,” Botticelli said.
  • SOCIAL JUSTICE VS. AMERICA’S FOUNDING PRINCIPLES

    05/23/2016 8:31:52 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 22, 2016 | Deborah Lambert
    The eloquent Justice Clarence Thomas recently warned the class of 2016 in a commencement address at Hillsdale College that since "the rising tide of social justice demands run afoul of this nation's founding principles," this year’s grads should "prioritize hard work, civic duty and personal responsibility." "As you go through life, try to be that person that teaches others how to be better people and better citizens," Thomas said. "Do not hide your faith and your beliefs under a bushel basket, especially in this world that seems to have gone bad with political correctness." Thomas also honored his former colleague...
  • Sheriff David Clarke: ‘The Only Person Safe in a Gun-Free Zone Is the Criminal’

    05/23/2016 8:05:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/22/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    During his May 20 speech to the NRA Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, Sheriff David Clarke Jr. said, “The only person safe in a gun free zone … is the criminal.” He made this comment while referencing the horrendous May 12, 2006, sexual attack suffered by Kimberly Corban in her room on a college campus. Clarke said: This brave woman voluntarily shares the story of her horrific event so that other women do not have to experience what she did. She found out when seconds mattered, the police were not a 911 call away. She also learned that the only...
  • Economist Mark Skousen Explains Gross Output

    05/23/2016 8:00:47 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 23, 2016 | Alex Nitzberg
    Despite the theory purveyed by the media, consumer spending is not the strongest catalyst of economic expansion, according to economist Mark Skousen, author of The Structure of Production. "...Because consumer spending represents...two thirds basically of GDP you get the media constantly making, creating a myth. It’s one of the most common myths in economics…you get it from all the publications," Skousen explained at a CATO Institute forum titled "GO Beyond GDP: What Really Drives the Economy?" Contrary to the economic assumption that spending spurs growth, Skousen asserts that businesses, which account for a mere 16% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP),...
  • Lavender Graduation

    05/23/2016 7:52:55 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 17 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 21, 2016 | Deborah Lambert
    Lavender Graduation is all the rage in some circles these days, especially at the U. of Maryland where event sponsors at the LGBT Equity Center note that "each LGBTQA+ graduate will receive a rainbow tassel and a certificate of achievement. This event also provides an opportunity for our community to come together and honor those among us who have worked to make College Park a better place for LGBTQ+ people," according to the website. Students and Lavender grads also receive occasional invites to a Queer Lunch from the LGBT Equity Center, which advises guests that "We'll bring the board games,...
  • Thanks, Bernie!

    05/23/2016 7:10:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/23/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Bernie Sanders has just contributed a sound bite to the Trump campaign that will be played over and over again as the election approaches. Speaking with John Dickerson on CBS’s Face the Nation yesterday, Sanders confirmed Donald Trump’s critique of the corrupt political system that includes both parties. With the release of the movie Clinton Cash, documenting the obscene amounts of money collected by both Clintons from wealthy interests with business before the federal government, the pattern of corruption that would return to the White House with the Clintons is certain to be the major issue of the Trump campaign....
  • Military PC Roundup: It’s Getting Thick Out There(barf alert)

    05/22/2016 8:31:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    weaponsman.com ^ | 5/20/2016 | Hognose.
    When military commanders complain about resources, they often are complaining about something completely different. History abounds in examples where seemingly inferior resources still delivered a win. The problem is less one of absolute resources, than of resource allocation; of priorities. American officers are complaining about being resource constrained right now. The Air Force complains to Fox News that they are short both parts and people, and can’t keep their jets flying. The Marine Commandant’s parallel whinging surfaced at the Washington Free Beacon. We’ll stipulate that the other services have similar complaints. Is it resources, or is it priorities?
  • 9 Vintage Ads That Are So Ridiculously Racist and Sexist They'd Be Banned Today

    05/22/2016 7:06:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 81 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 5/22/2016 | Julie Prince
    The PC police are out of control these days. It seems freedom of speech is under attack over the slightest things. But these ads are not that. Let's just say they more than push the envelope! Here are my top picks for ads from over the years that would never fly today and may just leave you with your jaw on the floor in disbelief.
  • Union Hammers CEO Wage Gap, But Analysis Shows Union Chiefs Make MORE Than Average CEO

    05/22/2016 7:01:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/21/2016 | Connor D. Wolf
    The Center for Union Facts found in its own analysis Friday that many union presidents hammer the corporate wage gap, but still make more money than the average CEO. The AFL-CIO found the average CEO of a S&P 500 company Tuesday made 335 times more money than the average worker in 2015. Union Facts countered the analysis, highlighting that S&P 500 companies tend to be among the largest. Instead, when all CEOs are taken into account, union presidents often get paid more. “Dozens of union bosses rake in cushy six-figure salaries on the workers’ dime,” Union Facts Executive Director Richard...
  • Orwellian Global Warming Dreams

    05/22/2016 6:06:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 5/22/2016 | James Wanliss
    In March a group of Democratic attorneys general formed “AG’s United for Clean Power.” It sounds nice enough, doesn’t it? New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, standing beside a grinning Al Gore, announced that the gang was going after any energy providers and distributors who may have committed thought crimes such as questioning the human cause of the 0.8oC global warming since 1880. MIT atmospheric scientist Richard Lindzen said the appropriate response to this tiny warming is to shrug and say, “So what?” It is a tiny fraction of the daily temperature change in most places, and a smaller fraction...
  • 8 ARGUMENTS FOR WHY YOU SHOULD BE ANXIOUS TODAY (AND HOW THE BIBLE RESPONDS)

    05/22/2016 5:14:52 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 5/17/16 | Justin Taylor
    An important lesson of the Christian life is that the heart of the battle is a fight not between abstract commands (do this! don’t do that!) but rather arguments... 1. ANXIETY IS WORTH IT BECAUSE GOD IS TOO FAR AWAY TO HEAR MY NEEDS... 2...GOD DOES NOT CARE FOR ME AND I NEED TO GET MYSELF OUT OF THIS HUMILIATING STAGE OF LIFE... 3...IF MY PROBLEMS AREN’T SOLVED I COULD DIE.... 4...I HAVE NO PRACTICAL EVIDENCE IN THE WORLD THAT GOD VALUES ME OR WILL TAKE CARE OF ME.... 5. ANXIETY IS WORTH IT BECAUSE OF HOW MUCH IT HELPS...
  • Muslim Boils Bride Alive When He Finds What She Didn’t Bring On Wedding Day

    05/21/2016 7:56:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    Mad World News ^ | May 19, 2016 | Dom the Conservative
    A Muslim man held a festering grudge against his young bride since the day of their wedding, prompting him to take gruesome revenge. Finally fed up, he took a large pot of boiling water from the stove and poured it over his wife’s head, literally melting her face and body. When police arrived, they were told that the horrific scene was all because of what the woman still hadn’t given to her husband since the day of their wedding. The barbarity of Islamic culture has not only survived 1,400 years of the rest of the world’s progress, but it is...
  • Doctors Without Borders Suspends Work In Parts Of Central African Republic

    05/21/2016 12:44:51 PM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    npr.org ^ | 5/20/2016 | Merritt Kennedy
    Doctors Without Borders says it is suspending its work in areas the Central African Republic after gunmen ambushed a convoy and killed one of the aid group's drivers. The attack near the border with Chad is one of many recent attacks on the group's staff members, highlighting the risks they are exposed to while treating patients in many of the world's most dangerous conflict zones. The ambush happened Wednesday, when armed men stopped a two-car convoy carrying doctors and patients. "The team was forced out of the cars and onto the ground," the group said in a statement. "They were...
  • Does Hillary Clinton Know How to Attack Donald Trump?

    05/21/2016 11:43:43 AM PDT · by pabianice · 66 replies
    New Republic ^ | 5/21/16 | Reston
    She'll rely on an outside group to pummel him, while keeping her distance. New research says it'll work. ...This year, in her coming face-off with Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton needs to do what George W. Bush did back then (with the swiftboaters): Find a way to take the opponent down, hard, but without voters connecting her to the attacks. Meanwhile, the candidate who benefited from the “swiftboating,” President George W. Bush, suffered no real blowback from ads that smeared a decorated war veteran on his behalf. Voters—other than angry Kerry supporters—didn’t hold Bush responsible for the sketchy commercial that did...
  • Carlson: Beck Acted Like He Wanted to be Zuckerberg's 'Manservant'

    05/21/2016 9:20:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 48 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 5/21/2016 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Tucker Carlson said Friday he expected Glenn Beck to "cry [and] rend his garments while quoting James Madison" during a meeting this week between conservatives and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, not "suck up" to him. "He began the most extended assiduous suck-up I think I've ever seen a grown man commit," Carlson, editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller and a Fox News contributor, said in an interview, reports Politico. "He acted like he was auditioning to be Mark Zuckerberg's manservant — it was awe-inspiring."
  • NRA is now almost entirely a pro-Republican group, spending more money than ever(T)

    05/21/2016 8:56:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 45 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 5/19/2016 | Mike Spies Sarah Ryley
    For four decades, the National Rifle Association has pumped millions of dollars into federal elections, supporting both Republican and Democratic candidates who voted in accordance with the gun group’s strict view of the Second Amendment. That era is over. During the last federal election cycle, in 2014, the gun group’s spending on behalf of Democrats dwindled to virtually nothing, even as its overall election-related spending soared to more than $32 million, an analysis by the Daily News and The Trace found.
  • Senators link higher TRICARE fees to health care gains

    05/21/2016 7:22:42 AM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies
    The Senate Armed Services Committee is embracing some TRICARE fee increases proposed by the Obama administration, particularly for working age retirees and their families. But it links those fee hikes to some surprising and long overdue improvements in patient access and quality of care. This is a far different and seemingly less strained approach than adopted by the House, which would delay most TRICARE fee increases for a generation so they impact only persons who enter the military after 2017 and begin to retire after 20 years or more. On TRICARE fees alone, military beneficiaries almost certainly would prefer that...
  • 10 Years Later, Al Gore Says His Film ‘Underestimated’ Global Warming

    05/21/2016 6:53:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 72 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/21/2016 | Michael Bastasch
    Former Vice President Al Gore told The Hollywood Reporter his 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth” actually underestimated how serious global warming would be — despite all the patently false predictions he made in the film. “I wish the film had over-estimated the seriousness of the crisis, but unfortunately it actually underestimated how serious it is,” Gore told THR in an interview Thursday, just days before the 10th anniversary of his film. [dcquiz] “But on the positive side, solutions are now being developed so quickly that there is real cause for hope and optimism,” Gore said. Gore’s 2006 film claimed global...
  • When A Third Becomes 97 Percent: A Con That Changed the Western World(RUH ROH!)

    05/21/2016 6:39:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 71 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/21/2016 | Steven Capozzola
    But the “97 percent of scientists believe in global warming” mantra became gospel on May 16, 2013, when President Obama tweeted “Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made, and dangerous.” What the president was referring to was a 2013 paper by the University of Queensland’s John Cook. In his research, Cook studied 11,994 papers published between 1991 and 2011 that mentioned the search words “global warming” and “global climate change.” Guess what Cook actually found? Only 32.6 percent of the papers endorsed the view of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming. But of that group, 97 percent said that...
  • Climate Feedback site allows scientists to correct media errors(Censor deniers?)

    05/21/2016 6:31:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 5/20/2016 | Kerry Sheridan
    Founder Emmanuel Vincent, 31, said the project is about communication, not activism. "We see it as a scientific endeavor," said Vincent, who is from the southern French village of Lignan sur Orb, near Montpellier, and works as a project scientist at the University of California, Merced. "We try to be neutral and explain the science and why some people get it wrong in the media." Vincent said the site is aimed at the general public, but particularly journalists, editors, and those who influence public opinion. He is currently raising money to do even more by launching a "Scientific Trust Tracker"...