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Philosophy (News/Activism)

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  • Can we bring back shame?

    07/30/2016 7:33:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 7/29/2016 | Patrice Lewis
    Out of the many dramas in the last two weeks of national political conventions, one particular moment caught my eye: when NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue took the stage and told the story of the time she aborted her first child because it was too inconvenient to become a mother. Please understand, she didn’t tell this in hushed tones of grief and sorrow. She was proud of her abortion. “I am a fourth-generation Texan,” she started, and went on to explain how “tough” Texas women are. “To succeed in life, all we need are the tools, the trust and...
  • Russia’s Answer to the AEGIS Missile Defense System Is in Big Trouble

    07/30/2016 3:25:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Russian Military Reform ^ | July 29, 2016 | Dmitry Gorenburg
    There have long been reports that the ongoing delays with the commissioning of the Admiral Gorshkov frigate have to do with defects in its air defense systems. These were thought to be primarily related to problems with integration of the Poliment Redut air defense missile system. The Poliment system was designed to be Russia’s answer to AEGIS, with four phased array antennas that are able to track 16 targets at the same time. The Redut system consists of four or eight vertical launch systems that launch three types of missiles. The 9M100 is the short-range missile, with a range of...
  • Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice

    07/29/2016 8:58:04 PM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 17 replies
    townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2016 | by Wayne Grudem
    Some of my Christian friends tell me they can’t in good conscience vote for Donald Trump because, when faced with a choice between “the lesser of two evils,” the morally right thing is to choose neither one. They recommend voting for a third-party or write-in candidate. As a professor who has taught Christian ethics for 39 years, I think their analysis is incorrect. Now that Trump has won the GOP nomination, I think voting for Trump is a morally good choice. American citizens need patience with each other in this difficult political season. Close friends are inevitably going to make...
  • Free Michelle Obama’s Slaves

    07/29/2016 10:59:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | 7/28/2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    At the DNC, Michelle Obama put on her victimhood hat one more time and declared, “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.” It’s not a new line, but an ongoing mantra. Back in 2009, Michelle whined that, “Many slaves who couldn’t enter the building worked to create the building.” But that’s too past tense. Michelle’s house continues to be built and maintained by slaves. Her lavish lifestyle of endless vacations, parties and public appearances is funded by millions and millions of slaves. Michelle Obama lives a life that is more lavish and luxurious than...
  • When Assisted Suicide Becomes Coercive

    07/29/2016 9:06:34 AM PDT · by oblomov · 29 replies
    the Daily Signal ^ | 28 Jul 2016 | Hans Spakovsky
    Even the best intentions cannot reverse the insidious effects of a wrong policy. When those who advocate for assisted suicide cite a benevolent desire to relieve suffering, the horrifying results of such a practice still lie just beneath the surface. Recently, an elderly Vermont woman found herself repeatedly pressured to commit assisted suicide. Her grave ailment? Only a broken wrist. Nevertheless, staff at her rehab center “repeatedly asked the elderly woman if she was in pain or depressed; then they would remind her that she could commit doctor-prescribed suicide under the new law.” Advocates of assisted suicide have blown off...
  • The Myth of the 'Gay Conservative'

    07/29/2016 7:17:06 AM PDT · by fwdude · 172 replies
    Scott Lively Ministries ^ | July 28, 2015 | Scott Lively
    It was with disappointment but not surprise that I read the news about the standing ovation that openly homosexual Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel received at the Republican national convention. It’s being spun by some conservatives as merely appreciation for Thiel breaking ranks with the Trump bashers of Silicon Valley, but in fact there’s a serious problem of moral compromise on the homosexual issue in the GOP and we need to face it for what it is. Ronald Reagan was not a perfect man, but he was a great man and an outstanding leader whose presidency marked the high point...
  • Democrats Hope for Boost From Gun Control Push(Sales?)

    07/28/2016 2:33:55 PM PDT · by rktman · 35 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 7/28/2016 | Mark Swanson
    After years of shying away from the fight, Democrats believe public opinion has shifted enough for them to make gun control an issue worth fighting for in November, according to a story in The New York Times. With the spate of mass shootings around the country and polls that reflect support for restrictions, Democrats appear to be emboldened to make gun control a linchpin issue without fear of reprisal.
  • Former Obama mentor: Trump's Russian hack 'jokes' could 'constitute treason'(right!?)

    07/28/2016 12:50:49 PM PDT · by rktman · 59 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/28/2016 | Caroline Kelly
    For Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe, not only do Donald “Trump's "jokes" about Russia amount to "inviting an adversary to wage cyberwar against the U.S.," but they also "appear to violate the Logan Act and might even constitute treason,” he tweeted Thursday........adding that he “must have been hallucinating” at hearing Trump’s calls for Russian hackers to infiltrate Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails.
  • Paul Krugman's Bubble

    07/28/2016 7:43:17 AM PDT · by oblomov · 15 replies
    Paul Krugman is confused. He can’t figure out why Americans are so gloomy that they might vote for Donald Trump in November. From the columnist’s perch at the New York Times, things in America seem A-okay: If you want to feel good about the state of America, you could do a lot worse than what I did this morning: take a run in Riverside Park. There are people of all ages, and, yes, all races exercising, strolling hand in hand, playing with their dogs, kicking soccer balls and throwing Frisbees. There are a few homeless people, but the overall atmosphere...
  • These Are The Two Companies That Might Land Clinton’s Foundation In Big Legal Trouble

    07/28/2016 7:26:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/28/2016 | Robert Donachie
    News recently broke that Hillary Clinton’s foundation is under IRS investigation, and at least part of that investigation centers on two companies. House Republicans reported that Laureate Education and Uranium One have payed out (in the tens of millions) to the Clinton Foundation and in return have received legitimate government benefits (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: IRS Launches Investigation Of Clinton Foundation). The Russian Atomic Energy Agency, Rosatom, purchased in January 2005 a Canadian company — UrAsia — with uranium stakes stretching from Central Asia to Western America, reports the New York Times. This purchase made the Russian agency one of the largest...
  • 'Our Children Are At Risk': Sigourney Weaver Shows Eerie Video on Climate Change at DNC

    07/28/2016 6:05:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 48 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 7/27/2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    Actress Sigourney Weaver offered a dark picture of the world’s future during her speech at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night. In her remarks, Weaver warned Americans that if we don’t act to combat climate change, doom is imminent. The DNC then aired a video featuring Weaver as the narrator. “It’s happening now,” Weaver says in the video. “The droughts, the record heat waves,” etc. “This is not something we’ve seen before,” she claims. “Our children are at risk.”
  • Democrats' legacy of hatred and death

    07/28/2016 5:45:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 7/27/2016 | Eric Rush
    Appearing on Fox News on Monday, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke excoriated speakers at the Democratic National Convention, contending that the party is “embracing criminality.” While it is certainly gratifying to hear a champion of law and order (Clarke even asserted that Hillary Clinton is a “confirmed liar” who left people to die in Benghazi and who should have been criminally indicted) speak the truth, it is even more gratifying to see the play that other anti-Hillary media is getting, and the distaste members of her own party have evidenced for the first woman nominated to run for president. “Clinton...
  • Study: Climate Change Risk Threatens 18 US Military Sites

    07/27/2016 10:51:11 AM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 7/27/2016 | unknown
    Rising sea levels due to hurricanes and tidal flooding intensified by climate change will put military bases along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast at risk, according to a report released on Wednesday. Nonprofit group the Union of Concerned Scientists analyzed 18 military installations that represent more than 120 coastal bases nationwide to weigh the impact of climate change on their operations. Faster rates of sea level rises in the second half of this century could mean that tidal flooding will become a daily occurrence for some installations, pushing useable land needed for military training and testing into tidal...
  • Democrats Build Double-Wall Border Fence to Keep Out Unwanted Protesters(WHAT!)

    07/27/2016 7:30:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/26/2016 | Bob Price
    Delegates to the Democratic National Convention are now protected from unwanted protesters by a giant double-wall border fence. The border fence was doubled to make sure people without proper documentation could not illegally enter the convention area. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) pointed out the hypocrisy of the Democrats in building a wall around their convention when they refuse to build a wall to secure the American border with Mexico, Breitbart News’ Neil Munro reported in June. “It’s interesting that the Democratic National Committee will have a wall around their convention to keep unapproved people out while at the same time,...
  • Little Green Lies: Why Electric Cars Won’t Save the Environment

    07/27/2016 6:48:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 54 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/27/2016 | Larry Alton
    Things don’t look good for electric cars these days -- but did they ever? Tesla experienced a series of recalls, even before the recent crash in Florida that put the company’s autopilot system in the spotlight. Apparently, watching a Harry Potter movie and letting your car drive isn’t exactly a safe practice. But the real problem with electric cars is actually the problem they’re marketed to solve: pollution. While the left insists that electric cars are the only way to protect the environment, they’re actually damaging the oil industry while shifting money to liberal interests. Meanwhile, electric cars have proven...
  • Constitutional Scripturalism (Cruz and Beck)

    07/27/2016 6:45:36 AM PDT · by NRx · 14 replies
    TheZMan ^ | 07-27-2016 | TheZMan
    Ted Cruz setting himself on fire at the GOP convention is a good example of how things are not always what they seem. The Wuss Right cheered because they hoped it would hurt Trump. They never cared for Cruz, which is why they refused to back him until the last days of the primary. Even those who were willing to back Cruz early on were muted in their enthusiasm. Once there was nothing to lose and he was throwing one last rock at Trump, they could let loose with full-throated cheers for Lion Ted.The Wuss Right’s reticence with regards to Cruz...
  • BREITBART NEWS CANCELS MILO YIANNOPOULOS APPEARANCE AT SWEDISH GAY PRIDE MARCH

    07/26/2016 3:16:49 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 12 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 25 JULY 2016 | BREITBART TECH
    Yiannopoulos was scheduled to lead a gay pride march through one of Sweden’s Muslim ghettos, however following an intensive security review and threat assessment by Breitbart’s security team, comprised of former Navy SEALs and intelligence community operatives, Breitbart has been forced to cancel the trip. The security analysis found significant potential threats against Milo, especially in light of the recent wave of Muslim terror attacks across Europe. “After a briefing by our security team and a review of the situation in Sweden, Breitbart News has cancelled Milo’s appearance at the Pride Järva parade on Wednesday, July 27. Despite Milo’s request...
  • Defend Milo Yiannopoulos Even If You Don't Want To

    07/26/2016 3:14:59 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 68 replies
    I don't like Milo Yiannopoulos. The "alt-right" bad boy's menagerie of outrageous and often toxic sentiments reveal a careless attention-seeker rather than thoughtful provocateur, one seemingly not concerned with the damages caused, smugly delighted to push biased buttons and stoke hate as long as he sounds cool while doing it. Ya, I don't like Milo Yiannopoulos. All the more reason to be very careful about shutting him down. x This week Milo, or @Nero, was permanently kicked off Twitter after a barrage of racist and misogynist hate-tweets were sent to Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones. She is black, she is a...
  • Dr. Dre cited on gun charge following driveway encounter

    07/26/2016 8:17:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 7/26/2016 | unkinown
    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Dr. Dre has been cited after a man says the rapper pointed a handgun at him. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says the man told them he was parked outside a Malibu, California, home when Dre ordered him to leave and showed a gun. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, told sheriff's deputies he didn't have a gun and that the man was blocking his driveway. He says the man moved his car but parked nearby. He says the man drove off after Dre recorded video of him.
  • Big Labor Makes The Case For Hillary Over Trump

    07/26/2016 7:35:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/26/2016 | Connor D. Wolf
    National union leaders made the case Monday for why Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton is a better choice over Republican nominee Donald Trump. National unions have overwhelmingly endorsed Clinton with many warning Trump would be disastrous for worker rights. The AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the National Education Association, AFSCME, among others within the labor movement voiced their support for her at the the Democratic National Convention. “We need a president that wants to raise wages instead of one that thinks wages are too high and doesn’t even think there should be a federal minimum wage,” SEIU International...
  • Police Department Survey: Violent Crime Up in Major Cities (Ruh Roh!)

    07/26/2016 7:18:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/26/2016 | Caroline May
    The number of homicides committed in major cities during the first half of this year is up by more than 15 percent, and overall violent crime is up more than two percent compared to the first half of 2015, according to data from the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA). A midyear comparison of violent crime in major cities between 2015 and 2016, compiled via a survey of police departments, reveals increases in several categories of violent crimes. According to the MCCA survey, the police departments of major cities reported a total of 2,308 homicides during the first half of 2016...
  • CNN Applauds Michelle’s Dem Convention Speech, Van Jones ‘Crying

    07/26/2016 6:39:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 60 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 7/26/2016 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    Following the highly anticipated DNC speech by First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday, CNN’s Anderson Cooper called out Political Commentator Van Jones for crying during the speech. “Well I mean, first of all, if you weren't moved by that, go see the doctor,” he responded. Jones continued by speaking glowingly about the speech, “She gave a clinic on how to connect to the American people,” and “It was her speaking as a mother.” The rest of the panelists did much of the same, they all praised her speech for different reasons. CNN’s Senior Political Reporter Nia-Malika Henderson praised Hillary Clinton’s...
  • The Latest: Hollywood stars hold climate rally ahead of DNC

    07/25/2016 8:41:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 7/24/2016 | unknown
    The Latest on demonstrations around Philadelphia ahead of the Democratic National Convention (all times local): 9:40 p.m. More than 1,000 people have joined Hollywood stars including Shailene Woodley, Susan Sarandon and Danny Glover in Philadelphia for a climate rally on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. They vowed Sunday night to keep fighting for climate and environmental justice issues, even though their preferred presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, would not be driving the party's agenda. Many in the crowd wore Sanders shirts, buttons or lanyards. Some carried signs like, "Bernie would end fracking," and the now defunct "Bernie for...
  • In Like (General) Flynn?

    07/25/2016 7:47:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/25/2016 | G. Murphy Donovan
    There is a small coterie of senior soldiers who do have a clue, one of which may be Michael Flynn, a member Donald Trump’s kitchen cabinet or national security brain trust. Flynn originally caught the spotlight as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency where he stepped on one of those political correctness landmines. Flynn believes the Islamist menace, as a priority, is more significant than the Russian, Chinese, or Korean threats. Indeed, Flynn is one of the few professional intelligence officers to cut through the fog of Obama era apologetics and tighten the focus on the war we are fighting,...
  • Dish Network Loses Record-Setting 281,000 Subscribers

    07/24/2016 9:55:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 59 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 7/23/2016 | unknown
    Dish Network Corp. lost a record number of TV subscribers in the second quarter as programming blackouts and price increases drove customers to seek cheaper online alternatives, reviving industrywide concerns about “cord-cutting.” Dish shed 281,000 pay-TV customers in the quarter, compared with a loss of 81,000 a year earlier, according to a statement from the Englewood, Colorado-based company Thursday. That marks the biggest loss of TV subscribers in any quarter. The rate of monthly customer defections, or churn, rose to 1.96 percent from 1.71 percent a year earlier, Dish said in a separate filing.
  • Board approves creation of Diversity & Inclusion Administrative Committee

    07/24/2016 6:56:29 AM PDT · by pabianice · 9 replies
    Community Advocate ^ | 7/24/16 | Petrucci
    Westborough, MA – At the July 19 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager Jim Malloy requested the formation of a Diversity & Inclusion Administrative Committee. Department heads have had multiple discussions on changing demographics in the community and are seeking ways to better provide services and be more inclusive of all of its residents. Malloy suggested an internal working group to “review current services and develop creative ways to reach out to members of the community that may not be served as well as we would prefer.” Further, he said, “I am seeking to make this a more...
  • Iran Destroys 100,000 ‘Morally Damaging’ Satellite Dishes

    07/24/2016 6:54:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/24/2016 | unknown
    Iran destroyed 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers on Sunday as part of a widespread crackdown against the illegal devices that authorities say are morally damaging, a news website reported. The destruction ceremony took place in Tehran in the presence of General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, head of Iran’s Basij militia, who warned of the impact that satellite television was having in the conservative country.
  • Germany proposes stricter gun laws in wake of Munich shooting

    07/24/2016 6:33:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/24/2016 | Rick Moran
    German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel told the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain that the country "must continue to do all we can to limit and strictly control access to deadly weapons" while Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper in a separate interview that "we have to evaluate very carefully if and where further legal changes are needed." Ali David Sonboly, 18, the dual German-Iranian national behind Friday's attack outside a shopping mall in which nine people died, obtained his Glock firearm illegally and he did not have a license, investigators said Saturday. But he would have...
  • Vermont doctors push back against assisted-suicide requirement

    07/22/2016 2:51:26 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Megynkelly.org ^ | July 21, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Vermont doctors and health care professionals are pushing back against an interpretation of state law that they say requires them to help kill patients who wish to die. Members of two medical groups, the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare and Christian Medical & Dental Associations, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against officials in two state medical agencies responsible for the interpretation. The lawsuit says these agencies have interpreted a 2013 physician-assisted suicide law, Act 39, in a way that would require health care professionals to counsel terminally ill patients about the option to commit suicide. Additionally, under such an interpretation...
  • Networks on Trump: A ‘Dark Speech’ From a ‘Vengeful’ ‘Demagogue’

    07/22/2016 8:50:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 43 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 7/22/2016 | Scott Whitlock
    The three networks on Thursday night immediately derided Donald Trump’s “dark speech” as one coming from a “vengeful” “demagogue.” On NBC, Tom Brokaw allowed that “some” will see Trump as on a “white horse who will lead them to some kind of sanctuary and then pull the drawbridge up.” But he sneered, “Others looking in are going to see someone they will only think as a demagogue of some kind.” Chuck Todd labeled, “I thought it was an extraordinarily dark speech.” Republican operative Nicolle Wallace lamented, “We are now represented as a party by a man who believes in protectionism,...
  • Congressman Steve King Defends Old White People

    07/22/2016 8:41:37 AM PDT · by pinochet · 29 replies
    Congressman Steve King of Iowa violated the greatest taboo in mainstream American politics. He defended White people, and said their contributions to civilization were greater than other groups. His remarks were in response to a leftist political commentator, Charlie Pierce, who said that Republicans should stop being the party of old White people. Here is a story on the controversy: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rep-steve-king-clarifies-remarks-white-people-civilization/story?id=40687050
  • WATCH: CNN Hack Ambushes Elderly Trump Fan, Realizes He’s Made a MASSIVE Mistake

    07/22/2016 8:38:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 79 replies
    conservativetribune.com ^ | 7/21/2016 | unknown
    When a young and dumb CNN reporter covering events in Cleveland this week chose to ask an elderly black supporter of GOP nominee Donald Trump a race-baiting question about the candidate’s alleged racism, the supporter unleashed a rapid-fire torrent of truth. “I’m sick of this race and divide!” the supporter exclaimed. “It’s always divide and conquer! It’s a scam! And I know it’s not going to get on CNN!” Indeed. The hacks at CNN would never in a million years willingly expose their mainly brainwashed audience to the existence of a black man who supports Trump.
  • This Korean-American Really Doesn’t Want Hillary Clinton To Be President

    07/22/2016 7:52:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 7/21/2016 | Matt Vespa
    If there’s one demographic that Republicans should win in national elections, it’s Asian Americans. They’re hard working, church going, family-oriented, and one of the most entrepreneurial people living in the country. Yet, the last time the GOP won this bloc of voters was back in 1992. Since then, it’s been a precipitous decline in voter support for the GOP to the point where it’s just as bad, if not worse, than the party’s performance with Hispanics. Yet, there were some signs that Asians had swung to the right. In the 2014 midterms, a poll showed a massive swing to the...
  • Thiel urges Republicans to back off 'culture wars

    07/21/2016 8:25:51 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 260 replies
    politico.com ^ | July 21, 2016 | Tony Romm
    Technology investor Peter Thiel implored Republicans from the convention stage on Thursday against waging "culture wars" on lesbian, gay and transgender communities, mere days after the GOP approved a national platform that defines marriage as between “one man and one woman.” Thiel, who himself is gay, stressed that "every American has a unique identity." He said attempts to require transgender Americans to use particular bathrooms is a "distraction from our real problem." And in a first for a GOP convention, the Facebook board member and PayPal co-founder drew attention to his own sexuality: "I am proud to be gay, I...
  • Should Students Learn About Black Lives Matter in School?

    07/21/2016 12:44:10 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 21, 2016 | Haley Glatter
    If the Chicago social-studies teacher Gregory Michie waits for a textbook to teach his students about the Black Lives Matter movement, the first seventh-graders to hear the lesson won’t be born for another seven years. Despite the historical implications of that movement, bureaucratic timelines all but quash any possibility that students might learn about today’s events from an actual history textbook in the near future. According to Anthony Pellegrino, an assistant professor of education at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, many school districts receive new books on a seven-year cycle. However, in some states, schools don’t receive new books for 10...
  • Saul Alinsky's 1972 interview with Playboy Magazine

    07/21/2016 11:13:16 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 47 replies
    1972
    Originally published in The Progress Report in 13 pieces, here it is in full, easy access. Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9Part 10Part 11Part 12Part 13 Due to probable copyright issues, I probably should not simply cut and paste from the archive.(That's what I would prefer most to do) But I thought many of you would find this to be a useful resource.
  • MAKING OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER (Anti 2nd playbook)

    07/21/2016 9:30:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    A Guide to Understanding and Engaging Americans on the Need for Stronger Gun Laws
  • Second Hand Time: The Last of the Soviets (An Oral History)

    07/21/2016 8:46:41 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 7 replies
    Random House ^ | 2016 (as Translated) | Svetlana Alexievich
    In Secondhand Time, Alexievich chronicles the demise of communism. Everyday Russian citizens recount the past thirty years, showing us what life was like during the fall of the Soviet Union and what it’s like to live in the new Russia left in its wake. Through interviews spanning 1991 to 2012, Alexievich takes us behind the propaganda and contrived media accounts, giving us a panoramic portrait of contemporary Russia and Russians who still carry memories of oppression, terror, famine, massacres—but also of pride in their country, hope for the future, and a belief that everyone was working and fighting together to...
  • Philadelphia police union slams Hillary Clinton over choice of speakers at convention

    07/21/2016 7:51:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 7/21/2016 | Dave Boyer
    Philadelphia’s police union is blasting Hillary Clinton for inviting relatives of victims of police shootings to speak at the Democratic National Convention next week, but failing to include relatives of slain police officers. John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, said the union was “shocked and saddened” by the planned choice of speakers at the convention, which opens Monday in Philadelphia.
  • NBC Touts GOP Campaigns Hitting 'Sour Note' For Using Liberals' Music

    07/21/2016 7:41:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 50 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 7/20/2016 | Matthew Balan
    Wednesday's NBC Nightly News followed the example of CBS the previous evening in spotlighting the latest Republican presidential candidate to get in trouble with a liberal musician for using their music at a campaign event. Peter Alexander zeroed in on how "just hours after [Donald] Trump tried to cast himself as a winner, Queen complained the billionaire used the song 'against our wishes.'" He also cited how "George W. Bush had to 'back down,' after receiving a cease and desist letter from Tom Petty." [video below] Anchor Lester Holt led into Alexander's report by noting that "sometimes, a song fits...
  • Hillary Clinton blasts Donald Trump in NAACP address

    07/20/2016 10:33:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 7/18/2016 | Ben Wolfgang
    At the same time, Mr. Trump is touting himself as the “law and order candidate,” and the GOP is making its own case to voters that the businessman is the country’s best shot at getting a seemingly endless stream of violence under control. “Hillary Clinton’s platitudes on gun control and public safety will not ensure an America in which both civilians and law enforcement can feel safe in their own neighborhoods,” said Telly Lovelace, the Republican National Committee’s national director of African-American initiatives and media. “Donald Trump wants to restore law and order to our communities and make America safe...
  • Global Warming Expedition Stopped In Its Tracks By Arctic Sea Ice(DOH!)

    07/20/2016 8:19:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/20/2016 | Craig Boudreau
    A group of adventurers, sailors, pilots and climate scientists that recently started a journey around the North Pole in an effort to show the lack of ice, has been blocked from further travels by ice. The Polar Ocean Challenge is taking a two month journey that will see them go from Bristol, Alaska, to Norway, then to Russia through the North East passage, back to Alaska through the North West passage, to Greenland and then ultimately back to Bristol. Their objective, as laid out by their website, was to demonstrate “that the Arctic sea ice coverage shrinks back so far...
  • No **** Sherlock: Renewable Energy is a Disaster, New York Times Reveals

    07/20/2016 8:14:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/20/2016 | James Delingpole
    Today’s “No Shit Sherlock” award goes to the New York Times‘s environment pages for their belated discovery that renewable energy is a lame duck. Is the global effort to combat climate change, painstakingly agreed to in Paris seven months ago, already going off the rails? Germany, Europe’s champion for renewable energy, seems to be having second thoughts about its ambitious push to ramp up its use of renewable fuels for power generation. Hoping to slow the burst of new renewable energy on its grid, the country eliminated an open-ended subsidy for solar and wind power and put a ceiling on...
  • Neandertal-Human Hybrids: Old earth apologetics gone real bad

    07/20/2016 7:57:38 AM PDT · by fishtank · 53 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 7-19-16 | Fred Butler
    Neandertal-Human Hybrids: Old earth apologetics gone real bad by Fred Butler Published: 19 July 2016 (GMT+10) Recently on Twitter, I had a back and forth with a Reasons to Believe apologist. Our exchange began after I tweeted the following comment in response to another apologetic tweet, “Let’s talk about Hugh Ross & his pre-Adamic man theory. You apologetic folks ignore its problems.” The next day, the Reasons to Believe apologist tweeted to me the following response, “Brother at RTB we do not believe in PreAdamic humans. Adam was the 1st human & specially created.” Now in fairness, he is absolutely...
  • ‘Never Trump’ Leader Wears All Black ‘In Mourning’ After Movement’s Death

    07/19/2016 5:35:21 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/19/16
    9:35: Poor thing. “Never Trump” leader Kendal Unruh tells MSNBC that she is wearing black today because she is “mourning.”
  • The Sierra Club Is Hilariously Terrified Of Donald Trump(WOO HOO!)

    07/19/2016 9:01:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/19/2016 | Andrew Follett
    The Sierra Club attacked presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump three times in the last few days with increasingly outlandish rhetoric. The green group’s Tuesday press release attacked Trumps’ “extreme policies which undermine environmental protection and climate action.” The Sierra Club even claimed that if Trump becomes president, the entire planet may be at risk. “If this extremist platform were ever actually implemented, it would imperil clean air and clean water for all Americans,” Khalid Pitts, the political director of The Sierra Club, wrote in the Tuesday press statement. “Donald Trump has vowed to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency, and now...
  • Cows Worse Than Cars for Climate Change, Environmentalists Admit(?)

    07/19/2016 7:52:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 80 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/18/2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In a surprising turn of events, climate change doomsayers have turned their attention to cattle, as environmentalists have been compelled to acknowledge that “livestock emissions” are more dangerous for the environment than automobiles. A recent article at EcoWatch says that greenhouse gas emissions from livestock actually account for a higher percentage of total global emissions than the world’s 1.2 billion automobiles. Whereas the transportation sector accounts for only some 14 percent of global emissions, cows produce a remarkable 14.5 to 18 percent of the global total, the article confesses.
  • Matt Lauer Demands Trump Tell Convention Speakers to ‘Tone Down the Rhetoric

    07/19/2016 6:02:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 116 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 7/19/2016 | Kyle Drennen
    As presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump arrived in Cleveland Monday afternoon, he was greeted by NBC Today co-host Matt Lauer hectoring him about the “tone” of the GOP convention, which had barely started: “There’s been so much violence in the country in the last couple of weeks. People are on edge, they’re tense. You add to that the passion that comes with political debate and there are people who are truly afraid that things could boil over here in Cleveland.” In the interview, aired on Tuesday morning, Lauer demanded Trump promise to keep convention speakers in line: “Would you be...
  • Coming in 2017: Obama's house of horrors

    07/19/2016 5:37:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 7/19/2016 | Burt Perlutsky
    . Apologists for Obama are forever claiming that any attack on his policies or character is the result of bigotry, but they are never required to explain why that bigotry is never extended to include people like Clarence Thomas, Tim Scott, Herman Cain, Condoleezza Rice, Tom Sowell, Walter Williams or Jason Riley. My guess is that liberals would dismiss these people of accomplishment as a bunch of Uncle Toms and Aunt Jemimas, which would merely highlight their own bigotry. The liberals also fail to explain how it is that Obama was twice elected to the highest office in the land...
  • Clarence Thomas: Standing Up For What’s Right

    07/18/2016 10:29:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 7/18/2016 | Ed Feulner
    “It’s not my Constitution to play around with.” I’ve read many quotations from Clarence Thomas over the years, especially now, as he marks 25 years as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. But this particular one, drawn from something he said to The Wall Street Journal a few years ago, really struck home with me. It cuts to the heart of why he’s been such an outstanding member of the high court during the last quarter century. Simply put, he gets it. Unlike other justices, past and present, with a lamentable skill for discovering all kinds of unexpected...