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  • Ted Cruz wants to bring his aversion to compromise to the 2016 fight

    03/29/2015 1:24:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Washington Post's The Post's View ^ | March 23, 2015 | The Editorial Board
    LET’S SEE, why does this sound familiar? A charismatic constitutional scholar, with an inspiring life story, still in his first Senate term, promising a dramatic change of direction . . . . But wait: it’s 2015, and the candidate, officially as of Monday, is Sen. Ted Cruz. Here’s one way to tell Mr. Cruz (R-Tex.) from the winning constitutional scholar of 2008: Sen. Barack Obama promised to unite the country. Mr. Cruz — not so much. In fact, the most notable characteristic of Mr. Cruz’s brief time in elected politics has been his aversion to values that are essential to democracy’s functioning: practicality, modesty...
  • When the Political Door Closes and the Prophetic Door Opens

    03/29/2015 11:21:01 AM PDT · by kindred · 7 replies
    http://www.americanclarion.com ^ | 03-26-15 | Michael Bresciani
    Most of the trouble in our world takes place either when civil and ecclesiastical powers marry or merge, or when civil power takes it upon itself to completely stop religion. Not all religion is legitimately pointing to the Creator God, so it goes without saying that this statement does not include all religions in the most general sense of the word, but only those ordained by the Creator of mankind. Biblical illustration of Book of Revelation Chapter 21 (Source: Jim Padgett, courtesy of Sweet Publishing, Ft. Worth, TX, and Gospel Light, Ventura, CA) Biblical illustration of Book of Revelation Chapter...
  • Commentary: Irksome Ted Cruz is a stickler for process, a lightning rod for controversy

    03/29/2015 10:53:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | March 29, 2015 | Marc Fisher, The Washington Post
    The Texas Republican's devotion to principle or an unyielding insistence on getting his way could propel him to the front ranks of Republican contenders for president or render him unelectable.Ted Cruz looked out over a sprawling audience of Iowa farmers and agri-business leaders, people who rely on federal subsidies of ethanol, and the man who would be president stuck it to them. I know youd like me to say Im for the renewable fuel standard thats the subsidy of their product thatd be the easy thing to do, he said. But Im going to tell you...
  • Pastor Attacked by Muslims has an Important Message That Every American Should Hear

    03/28/2015 7:09:03 AM PDT · by Hatteras · 27 replies
    JewTube ^ | Tom Trento
    Pastor issues a warning to Americans. One thing Islam is doing to you is causing you to be fearful. Stand up and speak out against the invasion of Islamization which is going on in your country...
  • I am Angelina's ovary last words from a dying grey clump

    03/27/2015 9:33:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    Scroll.in ^ | 28 March 2015 | Ishrat Syed
    They say I might have turned cancerous, but there's a fair chance that other organs could go rogue too. So why me? Correction. I used to be Angelinas ovary. Now Im a grey clump drying in a steel tray, dying in a steel tray. Is that any end for a decent ovary? Clamped, cut, avulsed, evicted, tossed into a cold emptiness, I lie here leaching out my juices and turning into a sticky pebble that will soon begin to stink. Sure, Im famous. Shes famous, is Angelina. I powered her fame. I made her, though you wouldnt think that from...
  • What Gun Control Advocates Dont Understand About Mass Shootings

    03/27/2015 9:20:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 3/27/2015 | Tom McHale
    I had a really weird conversation with an old friend from High School shortly after the Naval Yard facility shooting. Its been festering in the back of my brain ever since. It went something like this. Me: These gun free zones are dangerous. Theyre encouraging exactly the sort of behavior that they claim to prevent. Old Friend: Im just thankful that other people didnt have guns in there. Can you just imagine the carnage that could have resulted from a crossfire?
  • Democrat Congresswoman Complains About Your "Well-Funded" Host

    03/24/2015 1:22:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Your host in the audio sound bites today, this morning on C-SPAN, the guest, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Democrat, Wisconsin, during a viewer call-in segment of her appearance, a caller from Maryland by the name of Richard, "Ted Cruz's candidacy is living proof that the birther movement was all based on racism. And that Democrats are silent. They just always stand back and let the Republicans bully them and run over 'em, treat 'em like dogs." MOORE: I think that a lot of us are really frustrated about our so-called messaging. It is really difficult to fight against, I think,...
  • Cruz Has Cash, but Is No Gipper (Revisionist history plus Bergdahl snark)

    03/25/2015 4:57:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    US News & World Report's Washington Whispers ^ | March 25, 2015 | Joseph P. Williams, news editor
    Social media metrics measure success for Cruz, and the decision to charge Sgt. Bergdahl is more complex than you think.Cruzonomics: That sound you hear is dropped jaws all across the political landscape:US News Dave Catanese reports that Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican and Senate bomb-thrower who announced hes running for president, smashed his own goal of raising $1 million during the first week of his presidential campaign by hitting that mark in 24 hours. He got there, though, with help from a team of data analysts who helped Cruz make it rain through carefully scripted small donors of $250...
  • 'Without my gun I am not an American' - PennLive readers respond to columnist Jamar Thrasher

    03/25/2015 10:32:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    pennlive.com ^ | 3/25/2015 | John L. Micek
    PennLive columnist Jamar Thrasher provoked one of our most intense discussions to date with his column Monday suggesting revising the Second Amendment to ban civilian gun ownership. At more than 1,000 comments, readers on both sides of the issue had plenty to say. In case you missed it, here's what Thrasher wrote:
  • Budget Could Delay Local Highway Projects

    03/25/2015 6:44:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Urban Milwaukee ^ | March 16, 2015 | Steven Walters
    It seemed to be a classic case of firemen first, a theory first put forth in 1976 by legendary Washington, D.C., journalist Charles Peters. Any bureaucrat, when asked to list what services or jobs would be cut because of a looming budget crisis, identifies the most painful losses in public services firemen, police officers, EMTs, workers who fill potholes, etc. Bureaucrats use it to try and pressure elected officials, afraid of voter backlash, to soften the budget cuts. It played out in the Capitol on March 3, when state Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb was asked what major state highways...
  • Bataan Death March survivor, 97, finishes 8.5-mile memorial march

    03/25/2015 6:13:37 AM PDT · by pabianice · 11 replies
    For the eighth time, Bataan Death March survivor Col. Ben Skardon finished his 8.5-mile memorial trek through a course at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Skardon, 97, was flanked by more than thirty supporters from "Ben's Brigade," a group of friends and family who have marched with him in past memorial marches. They wore Clemson University orange in honor of Skardon's alma mater. At one point, Skardon showed off his class ring from 1938, which he kept hidden from his Japanese captors. The infamous march saw tens of thousands American and Filipino soldiers taken as prisoners of war by Japanese...
  • Moms Demand Gun Action wants stricter gun laws to reduce violence against women

    03/24/2015 10:18:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    http://michiganradio.org ^ | 3/19/2015 | unknown
    Kristen Moore of the Michigan Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America wanted to continue the conversation by exploring the role that firearms play in violence against women. According to Moore, the presence of a gun in domestic violence situations increase the risk of homicide of women by 500%.
  • The Peace-Loving, Anti-Gun Groups

    03/24/2015 9:29:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    usconcealedcarry.com ^ | 3/24/2015 | Beth Alcazare
    Does anyone else find it disturbing and completely unacceptable that many women who have guns for self-defense or recreation are receiving death threats from people who do not support gun ownership? These allegedly peace-loving folks are so hostile (about things that are none of their business, mind you) that theyve taken to social media to publish threats to harm, debase, and even kill gun owners and their families.
  • To Battle 'Inner Emptiness,' Mom Goes on a Two-Year Trek Around the World

    03/24/2015 8:55:40 AM PDT · by qam1 · 85 replies
    Yahoo Parenting ^ | 3/24/2015 | Erin Zammett Ruddy
    In her breathtaking new memoir, Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurers Search for Wonder in the Natural World published Tuesday, Leigh Ann Henion, 37, writes of the birth of her 5-year-old son Archer: I love and marvel over him as if he were my own heart pushed into the world and, still beating, set on top of my chest. Yet I cannot help but mourn the loss of something I cant quite place. I have an inner emptinessliteral and figurativethat Ive never felt before. What follows is a raw, sometimes gut-wrenching account of the dark and lonely place Henion finds herself in...
  • A guide to the dark side (video only)

    03/24/2015 8:47:17 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | 3-24-2015 | Pat Condell
    How to be "Progressive."
  • Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard: The Verdict after Fifty Years

    03/24/2015 8:25:29 AM PDT · by Nelson Hultberg · 28 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | March 12, 2015 | Nelson Hultberg
    Speech given to Freedom Fest, Las Vegas, NV Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. What I will be discussing in my talk today is the crucial role that the ideas of Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard have played in the defense of liberty and Western civilization. All Americans, well read in political affairs, know of these famous thinkers. They were two of the most powerful and revolutionary intellectuals in the 20th century, contributing many valuable insights to our knowledge of philosophy, politics, and economics. As with most intellectual rebels, their major ideas about freedom and government were highly controversial. What I...
  • William Cruz (No matter who you back, read this)

    03/24/2015 2:44:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | March 24, 2015 | Richard Fernandez
    Michael Van Der Galien has tried to understand why the Ted Cruz presidential candidacy announcement has set social media on its ear and advances a tentative theory. But why are leftists heads exploding as well? Ive got no doubt I know the answer: they fear him. Tremendously even. He is everything they oppose: a true, small-government conservative. If that were all Cruz were guilty of it wouldnt be half bad. Its far worse. His Imagine speech seemed calculated to ridicule every Leftist shibboleth with predictable effect. The Left lost no time characterizing him as a Christian bigot, a patriarchal supremacist,...
  • The Lefts Ted Cruz Freakout: Cruzs enemies line up against him just the way he likes it.

    03/23/2015 11:51:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | March 24, 2015 | Matthew Vadum
    Much of the political world went into full freakout mode yesterday as crusading conservative Ted Cruz became the first candidate from either of the major parties to formally announce he is running for president in 2016. The ritual denunciations of Cruz, the junior Republican senator representing Texas, from all across the fruited plain quickly piled up. Since he assumed office in January 2013, Cruz has come under intense fire from the Left and from a few corners in the GOP. Some of the criticism is well thought out but much of it doesnt rise above the level of schoolyard taunts....
  • Beware of Single Issue-ism, Folks

    03/23/2015 2:05:41 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 45 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 3-23-2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Here's what I worry about on the Republican side. I told this to Ted Cruz. He asked. Don't sweat it. I wasn't volunteering things. He asked. One of the things I've noticed over the 25-plus years of doing this program, every Republican primary, doesn't matter, every Republican presidential primary, there's a series of candidates. Some are conservative, some are okay, some are bad, but they're conservatives. Some have been really good. And we take 'em out one by one because they're not perfect. I'll give you an example. One of the first days -- well, recent first days. One...
  • How to Save the Constitution with One Word

    03/23/2015 11:33:59 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | 03/23/2013 | Mark Fitzgibbons
    There is a fierce and sometimes bitter debate among conservatives over an Article V convention of the states to amend the Constitution. Both sides have worthy arguments. Opponents of a convention say that the Constitution need not be amended, but simply enforced. They fear that a convention will produce amendments that detract from the Constitution, leaving our constitutional protections of liberty worse than they are now. The fear is justified. Proponents of such a convention accurately note that the Constitution has been effectively amended by the legislative, executive and judicial branches, but not through the amendment process set forth in...
  • Navy veteran takes on Saipan's restriction on handguns

    03/23/2015 8:08:45 AM PDT · by pabianice · 29 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 3/23/15 | Olson
    A Navy veteran and his wife are challenging a ban on handguns in Saipan, arguing in federal court that the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands is bound by the U.S. Constitutions Second Amendment. Ive always been a firm believer in our constitutional rights, whether thats freedom of speech, religion or the right to keep and bear arms or right to privacy, and Im pretty sure that what Im doing in this case is in defense of those convictions, said David J. Radich, 44, a former petty officer third class. His wife, Li-Rong Radich, was severely beaten by an intruder in...
  • Enough Fighting: Time for Libertarians and Conservatives to Unite [retread zot]

    03/23/2015 7:54:24 AM PDT · by Kaled · 143 replies
    Raging Against The Rhetoric ^ | 03-18-2015 | Jackie Wellfonder
    Conservatives often find themselves at odds with the libertarian crowd. However, is that anger really warranted? As President Reagan once said, If you analyze it, I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. True conservatives and libertarians, lets not pretend there arent fakers on both side, all agree on the fundamentals: limited government, personal responsibility, and economic freedom. Neither group wants the government interfering in our daily lives and telling us what we can and cannot do. Now there may be slight disagreements on how that plays out in the policy arena, but we should not allow...
  • Spiders Have Always Been Spiders

    03/23/2015 7:21:04 AM PDT · by fishtank · 21 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 3-19-2015 | Frank Sherwin
    Spiders Have Always Been Spiders by Frank Sherwin, M.A. * A University of California Berkley graduate student has discovered two beautiful new species of peacock spiders in southeast Queensland, Australia.1 The student, Madeline Girard, named the two colorful creatures "Sparklemuffin" and "Skeletorus," both of the genus Maratus. They are noted for their ornate mating dances that many viewers find amusing. Are these splendid specimens highly evolved species or have spiders always been spiders?
  • Us Against Them: Russia's Frightening New Cult

    03/23/2015 6:06:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Mar. 22 2015 | Gleb Kuznetsov
    If you believe that the U.S. aggressors were preparing to land in Crimea in the winter of 2014 in order to help the Ukrainians kill all the Orthodox Russians there, and that only the pre-emptive military operation under the command of President Vladimir Putin saved them, then you are "one of us" that is, a true-blue adherent of the state's cult. However, if you think that the United States was not planning a military operation in Crimea last year, that it did not "have its eye on" the peninsula and that NATO never did and still has no plans...
  • What history says about Ted Cruz' chances (First Joe McCarthy, now Barry Goldwater)

    03/22/2015 11:44:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | March 22, 2015 | Julian Zelizer
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will announce Monday that he is launching his campaign to become the 2016 Republican nominee for president. Cruz has been positioning for this nomination almost since he entered the upper chamber in 2012. His announcement takes place at a bastion of conservatism, Liberty University, the institution founded by evangelical leader Jerry Falwell. Cruz is going to run from the right. He has spent much of his short career in Washington blasting the "mushy middle" of his party (which might be news to most Democrats) which he dismisses as a "failed electoral strategy." During a recent visit...
  • And so 2016 begins: Ted Cruz critics arrive like clockwork

    03/22/2015 7:58:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 22, 2015 | Jennifer Harper
    When Republican presidential posturing turns into definitive action, the critics come out like clockwork. It happened last week when Donald Trump announced he had formed a presidential exploratory committee and was immediately met with accusations he was disingenuous, unqualified or seeking publicity. Something similar is now underway against Sen. Ted Cruz, who will step before a Liberty University student convocation at precisely 10 a.m. on Monday and reveal hes running for the White House in 2016. The Texas Republican is skipping the exploratory phase. Caustic headlines have arrived before he even gets to the microphone, these from the last 48...
  • EPA showers the people with unwanted regulations

    03/22/2015 7:00:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2015 | Ernest Istook
    If you like your shower, you probably cant keep it once the Obama administration bureaucrats are done. Nobody can altogether escape regulations, not even when bathing in the altogether. The Environmental Protection Agency denies wanting to compel us to shorten our showers, but thats like President Obama denying you will lose your current doctor under Obamacare. EPA is funding research to create hotel guest monitoring systems so the front desk can track your shower time and water usage. Its the scariest thing since Hitchcock staged the deadly shower scene in Psycho. The next step could be a water-use surcharge on...
  • How Ted Cruz Plans to Disrupt the GOP Presidential Primary

    03/22/2015 6:58:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | March 22, 2015 | Alex Altman
    Once again, the firebrand senator is betting that his best shot to win is breaking the old rules.Ted Cruzs decision to launch his presidential campaign on Monday breaks all the customs of a typical candidate announcement. Presidential hopefuls tend to kick off the quest for the White House on home turf, after forming an exploratory committee and at the beginning of a new fundraising period, which allows them to maximize the amount of time they can spend raising money before filing their first report. In contrast, the Texas Senator will declare his intentions during a convocation speech at Liberty University...
  • Presbyterian group votes to allow gay marriage

    03/22/2015 8:14:00 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 24 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | March 18, 2015 | Peter Smith
    The nation's largest Presbyterian denomination has rewritten its definition of marriage and has authorized same-sex weddings nationwide. By Tuesday evening, a majority of presbyteries or regional governing bodies had voted to ratify an amendment to the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), allowing but not requiring its pastors to perform same-sex weddings and its churches to host such rites.
  • The prescience of Pat Moynihan

    03/20/2015 2:58:11 PM PDT · by TBP · 23 replies
    The New York Post ^ | March 15, 2015 | 7:57pm | George F. Will
    Perhaps the decisive factors in combating poverty and enabling upward mobility were not economic but cultural the habits, mores and dispositions that equip individuals to take advantage of opportunities. This was dismaying because governments know how to alter incentives and remove barriers but not how to manipulate culture. The assumption that the condition of the poor must improve as macroeconomic conditions improve was to be refuted by a deepened understanding of the crucial role of the family as the primary transmitter of the social capital essential for self-reliance and betterment. Family structure is the primary predictor of social outcomes,...
  • Anti-Gun Group Worries What Your Drunk College-Age Daughter Might Do with a Gun

    03/20/2015 10:19:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 3/20/2015 | Liz Sheld
    The link goes to an opinion piece with a title similar to the the tweet: You think your drunk college-age daughters are bad with their iPhones? Imagine them with guns. Author Anne Skomorowsky writes about her fears concerning her college-aged daughter, who left for college last year at age 17. Specifically, she is worried her daughter will be raped in college.
  • Marie Harf Complains About Critics Of Her ISIS Remarks: They Were Crazy [VIDEO]

    03/20/2015 10:13:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 41 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/20/2015 | Chuck Ross
    Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf complained recently about the crazy responses she received after she said that one way to fight ISIS is to ensure job opportunities for would-be terrorists. During a Q&A period at an HBCU foreign policy conference Harf was asked what she considers her biggest professional gaffe or mistake. I did a cable interview on Hardball with Chris Matthews a few weeks ago where I said something that, to me, was totally uncontroversial, Harf began. She was referencing a Feb. 16 show in which she said of the bloodthirsty ISIS: We cannot win this war by...
  • Over-priced coffee and a side of white guilt

    03/20/2015 8:04:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 88 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 3/20/2015 | Lloyd Marcus
    Starbucks admits that the initiative was birthed out of a company forum in which employees discussed racial tensions across America due to police killing unarmed black men in Ferguson.
  • Cogs in the Gay Marriage Machine: Homosexuals who openly defend the traditional family

    03/20/2015 6:41:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/20/2015 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    There is so much bad news, fallacious rhetoric, bad faith, and general unscrupulousness coming from the ligbitists (my name for LGBT activists) that it might be tempting, at times, to write off everyone queer as a bunch of incorrigible homofascists.  When sterling exceptions remind us that no constituency has a monopoly on human dignity, we ought to stand up and give proper credit where it is due. Openly gay Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the Italian geniuses in evening wear and accessories, came forward and stated their defense of the traditional family of mother-father-child.  The Daily Mail among many...
  • People Who Don't Want Women to See Ultrasounds What Are They Thinking?

    03/20/2015 5:40:26 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 12 replies
    Presentation Right 2 Life ^ | 3/20/15 | Presentation Right to Life
     People Who Don't Want Women to See Ultrasounds of their Babies – What Are They Thinking?   He's a really nice guy. George Leventhal, Montgomery County Maryland Council President, likes puppies. Presumably he loves babies…born ones, that is. What motivates a nice guy like George, to want to impede women seeing their babies' ultrasounds? Ultrasounds aren't exactly cute, but people do get excited about them. We can't presume to know George's thinking, but it's still important to try to understand what people who take his position have in mind.  It may be true, not necessarily in George's case, but on average, that...
  • McConnell Urges States to Help Thwart Obamas War on Coal

    03/19/2015 7:46:25 PM PDT · by PROCON · 59 replies
    nytimes ^ | March 19, 2015 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has begun an aggressive campaign to block President Obamas climate change agenda in statehouses and courtrooms across the country, arenas far beyond Mr. McConnells official reach and authority. The campaign of Mr. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is aimed at stopping a set of Environmental Protection Agency regulations requiring states to reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants, the nations largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Once enacted, the rules could shutter hundreds of coal-fired plants in what Mr. Obama has promoted as a transformation of the nations energy economy away from fossil...
  • Will grassroots support be enough for Sen. Ted Cruz in 2016?

    03/19/2015 11:32:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 19, 2015 | Jake Miller
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, doesn't have a lot of friends in Washington, and he's proud of it. "Politics, it ain't beanbag," the freshman firebrand told ABC in 2013, after sustaining heavy criticism from fellow Republicans for his starring role in that year's government shutdown. "I'm not serving in office because I desperately needed 99 new friends in the U.S. Senate." The shutdown episode, which saw Cruz successfully urge conservatives in both chambers to defy GOP leadership by refusing to back any government spending bill that funded Obamacare, became emblematic of Cruz's time on Capitol Hill. From the moment the conservative...
  • Nine-Year-Old Declares Transgender Identity

    03/19/2015 10:18:29 AM PDT · by redreno · 103 replies
    http://www.kolotv.com ^ | Jul 27, 2014 | unknown
    RENO, Nev. -- Hundreds of LGBT supporters marched through downtown Reno Saturday afternoon for northern Nevada's Pride Parade, where for one nine-year-old, it was a place to express who she really is. "I really like sleepovers and make up parties and tea parties," Cee Cee Ott, 9, said. It wasn't always like that for Ott. Cee Cee was born Conrad. "We didn't see the transgender come out until she was about three. It didn't really start hitting that she wanted to wear her sister's clothes, she wanted to wear wigs," said Shanna Ott, her parent. It became a struggle for...
  • University of Minnesota Duluth offers minor in LGBTQ studies to prepare students for life

    03/19/2015 8:19:41 AM PDT · by redreno · 26 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com ^ | 03/19/2015 | By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times
    The University of Minnesota Duluth will begin offering a minor in LGBTQ studies so that students can be better prepared for life in an increasingly diverse society. To complete the minor, students will have to take classes such as An Introduction to LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer), Queer Theory, Queer Media, Queer Cinema in International Perspective and History of the Homosexual Rights, Campus Reform reported. This minor will prepare students for life, Gesa Zinn, head of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, told Campus Reform. The job the LGBTQ minor prepares students for is to understand and...
  • National Geographic claims creationists are at war with science

    03/19/2015 7:32:13 AM PDT · by fishtank · 60 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | March 19, 2015 | Lita Cosner and Keaton Halley
    National Geographic claims creationists are at war with science by Lita Cosner and Keaton Halley Published: 19 March 2015 (GMT+10) National Geographic (NG) is a respected popular science magazine with millions of subscribers. So it is unfortunate when they use that platform to promote anti-creation propaganda under the guise of science. The cover of the March 2015 issue is The War on Science, and the featured article by science writer Joel Achenbach, The age of disbelief, intends to explain why so many people doubt the scientific establishment on a range of issuesfrom global warming to vaccines to the Apollo moon...
  • Netanyahus Victory Is A Disaster For The Peace Process (Schadenfreude Alert)

    03/18/2015 2:50:32 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 61 replies
    Vox ^ | 03/18/2015 | Zack Beauchamp
    "More specifically, Netanyahu's Likud Party won by siphoning voters away from the other right parties who will become its coalition partners. Mainstream Israeli opinion has shifted to the right: to win, Likud didn't need to win over a swath of centrist voters. It needed to jazz up the Right with nasty rhetoric about Palestinians and Arabs." "Meanwhile, Likud is going through a process that some observers have referred to as Tea Party-ization. Younger Israelis tend to be more conservative, increasingly empowering the more right-wing factions inside Likud. That causes center-right voters to defect to centrist parties, pushing the party ever...
  • Being White Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry (gag!)

    03/18/2015 1:07:50 PM PDT · by pabianice · 50 replies
    New Republic ^ | 3/18/15 | Angyal
    Protests against racist policing practices in Ferguson, Missouri and all throughout this country have largely been peaceful. Yet the shooting of two Ferguson police officers last weeka shooting that has not been clearly associated with the protestshas been used to discredit an entire movement, to cast a whole wave of social justice activism as violent and sinister. A few states away, in Oklahoma, a video showing a white American fraternity chapter singing with reportedly drunken glee about how excluding and enacting violence on black men has laid bare anew a core truth about race in America: being white means never...
  • The Lee-Rubio tax blueprint

    03/18/2015 12:48:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 17, 2015 | Allen West
    Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida have released a blueprint for federal tax reform called The Economic Growth and Family Fairness Tax Plan. First, we should not embrace the language of progressive socialism in believing tax reform should have as a goal to advance family fairness. The plan should simply be entitled The American Growth and Opportunity Plan. That said, the Lee-Rubio plan is a great improvement over the current system. For the individual tax structure, the plan introduces a two-tier system to replace the current seven tax brackets. This plan moves America from a...
  • DESPERATION: Gun Control Group Lies To Gun Buyers In An Attempt To Sell Fear.

    03/18/2015 10:51:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 3/18/2015 | Bob Owens
    It s a simple statement of fact to note that gun control groupswithout exceptiondeal in the currency of lies, deception, and emotional manipulation. Mom Demand Action/Everytown has been excoriated numerous times by the press for lying about the number of school shootings in the United States. The Violence Policy Center has been laughed out of the room over their demonstrably false claims about the threat of concealed carriers. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) has cried wolf so many times about gun owners being insurrectionists that theyve lost all credibility.
  • Dick Cheney accused Obama of 'playing the race card' in a Playboy interview

    03/18/2015 9:52:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 51 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 3/18/2015 | Colin Campbell
    "I look at Barack Obama and I see the worst president of my lifetime, without question," Cheney told journalist James Rosen. "I used to have significant criticism of Jimmy Carter, but compared to Barack Obama and the damage he is doing to the nationits a tragedy."
  • Why Progressives Favor the State Over Society

    03/18/2015 6:14:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 18, 2015 | JOHN M. GRONDELSKI
    The New York Times was abuzz March 5. The board of trustees of South Carolina’s Erskine College—a small, liberal arts college historically associated with the Presbyterian church—had issued a statement declaring that the school considered “all sexual activity outside the covenant of marriage [as] sinful and therefore ultimately destructive of the parties involved.” Not only did the trustees affirm what has been standard Christian belief and practice since … well, the beginning of Christianity, but they even stated: “As a Christian academic community, and in light of our institutional mission, members of the Erskine community are expected to follow the...
  • Coming millennial bubble could spell trouble

    03/17/2015 7:37:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 16, 2015 | Steve Deace
    An older generation complaining that an emerging one will be the death of civilization as we know it is a cliche and constant as the North Star. However, based on some rather troubling data regarding todays millennials, it could turn out to be true this time. In his first inaugural address as governor of California 47 years ago, Ronald Reagan warned us that freedom is a fragile thing, and is never more than one generation away from extinction. He also reminded us that freedom is not ours by inheritance but must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation,...
  • Irish Finance Minister Dumps Stocks - Buys Gold

    03/17/2015 8:27:58 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 16 replies
    (Excerpt) The Minister for Finance in Ireland, Michael Noonan, sold his shares in funds that track European and US stocks and diversified his portfolio including allocating some of his personal wealth into a gold exchange traded fund (ETF) in 2014. Noonan sold out of his positions in the Lyxor Eurostoxx 50 ETF and SPDR DJIA ETF in 2014 and opted to invest in the SPDR gold shares ETF and Portuguese government bonds. He maintained his holdings in SPDR KBW Banks ETF, Ishares FTSE 100 ETF, Market Vectors Agri Business ETF, ETFS Agricultural Commodities ETF. ... Noonan is believed to...
  • Twitter perpetuates 'hands up, don't shoot' myth

    03/17/2015 5:36:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 3/17/2015 | John Rocker
    Imagine my surprise when I went to sign-in to Twitter today and one of the pictures rotating before I was able to login showed a bunch of people with their hands up in front of the St. Louis Gateway Arch. Hands Up, Dont Shoot Hadnt the Department of Justices largely ignored report exonerating Officer Darren Wilson basically shown the whole Ferguson narrative of the Gentle Giant Michael Browns final moments on earth to be a huge lie? Why yes, yes it did.
  • Why UC Students Voted to Remove American Flag

    03/17/2015 4:05:12 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 3-17-2015 | Dennis Prager
    Two weeks ago, a group of students at the University of California at Irvine removed a U.S. flag from a common area of the student-government suite. Shortly afterwards, six undergraduate members of the Legislative Council of the Associated Students of UCI (ASUCI) passed a resolution banning the display of the flags of any nation in the office lobby. The resolution was authored by student Matthew Guevara of the School of Social Ecology. Among the reasons the legislative council objected to the American flag were: The American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism. A common ideological understanding...