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  • Ayn Rand on the 'Good'

    01/19/2019 1:59:31 PM PST · by huckfillary · 45 replies
    The Daily Dose of Reason ^ | January 19, 2019 | Ayn Rand
    “For centuries, the battle of morality was fought between those who claimed that your life belongs to God and those who claimed that it belongs to your neighbors—between those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of ghosts in heaven and those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of incompetents on earth. And no one came to say that your life belongs to you and that the good is to live it.” — Ayn Rand
  • Climate Hysterics Skyrocket

    01/19/2019 9:24:56 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/19/2019 | Paul Driessen
    Call it climate one-upmanship. It seems everyone has to outdo previous climate chaos rhetoric. The “climate crisis” is the “existential threat of our time,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her House colleagues. We must “end the inaction and denial of science that threaten the planet and the future.” Former California Governor Jerry Brown solemnly intoned that America has “an enemy, though different, but perhaps very much devastating in a similar way” as the Nazis in World War II. Not to be outdone, two PhDs writing in Psychology Today declared that “the human race faces extinction” if we don’t stop burning fossil...
  • Will Elites Ever Respect Voters' Decisions on Brexit and Trump?

    01/19/2019 9:15:25 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/19/2019 | M Barone
    It was no coincidence that Donald Trump scheduled a trip to Britain to promote one of his golf courses in Scotland, on June 23, 2016. That was the day of the Brexit referendum in which 52 percent of the electorate --17.4 million voters, more than any party has ever won in a general election -- voted for the UK to leave the European Union. Candidate Trump's earlier endorsement of Brexit was criticized by elevated opinion as an unfriendly interference in another nation's internal affairs, although few, if any, had similarly criticized then-President Barack Obama for having urged Britons to vote...
  • Why Ex-Churchgoers Flocked to Trump

    01/18/2019 10:40:40 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 34 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 1-17-19 | Timothy Carney
    (Skip) The best way to describe Trump’s support in the Republican primaries—when he was running against the likes of Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich—would be: white evangelicals who do not go to church. Geoffrey Layman, a political science professor at the University of Notre Dame, noticed this during the primaries, writing: “Trump does best among evangelicals with one key trait: They don’t really go to church.” While writing my forthcoming book, Alienated America, my research assistant Nick Saffran and I crunched some numbers provided by Emily Ekins of the Voter Study Group. We broke down Republican primary...
  • WOOLERY: Democrats Need To Learn Facts Matter More Than Feelings

    01/18/2019 12:59:52 PM PST · by rktman · 24 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/17/2019 | Chuck Wollery
    Democrats are finally acknowledging what we’ve always known about them: emotion is the basis of their whole ideology, and facts are just inconvenient obstacles to their extremist ambitions. Within just a few days of each other, leading Democrats representing both the establishment and progressive wings of the party separately revealed that they and their liberal colleagues have no interest in letting facts or figures get in the way of their moral certitude. First, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly interrupted a briefing on border security by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, declaring, “I reject your facts” as Nielsen related...
  • US Oil Boom Is Defying Expectations, Experts Say

    01/18/2019 12:51:59 PM PST · by rktman · 33 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/18/2019 | Jason Hopkins
    The United States is expected to churn out far more oil in 2019 than what international analysts originally forecasted. The International Energy Agency, a Paris-based organization that helps coordinate energy policies for industrial countries, released its latest oil market report Friday, noting exceptional numbers for the U.S. fossil fuel industry. The agency reported U.S. oil production is expected to rise by 1.3 million barrels a day in 2019. While this number is lower than the record-smashing 2.1 million increase producers enjoyed in 2018, it’s more than double what the IEA initially expected to see in 2019. The forecast illustrates the...
  • Brzezinski on Pelosi: ‘Nothing Trump Does Will Make Her Afraid or Rattled’

    01/18/2019 10:28:25 AM PST · by rktman · 102 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/18/2019 | trent baker
    Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Mika Brzezinski weighed in on the feud between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) amid the ongoing partial government shutdown. According to Brzezinski, Trump has only feared his base and FBI special counsel. But now, she said the president fears Pelosi because she, like Mueller, is fearless and experienced. “Nothing Trump does will make her afraid or rattled. Also like Mueller, she knows more than she is saying publicly. She’s gotten inside Trump’s head.
  • Credit Card Companies Have No Business Playing Second Amendment Censors

    01/18/2019 10:13:02 AM PST · by rktman · 20 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/18/2019 | Frank Miniter
    Just before Christmas, The New York Times ran an article titled "How Credit Cards Are Used to Finance Mass Shootings." This followed an op-ed the NYT ran last spring calling for credit card companies to track and block some gun sales, such as stopping someone from buying a certain number of guns or from purchasing politically incorrect types of firearms.
  • Do We Need Our Country Anymore?

    01/17/2019 5:18:08 PM PST · by Track9 · 25 replies
    Imprimis ^ | 12/18 | Katy Arnn
    As we reach the end of this turbulent year, the uproar of the hour is against the nation-state, and not for the first time. “World leaders” are now accustomed to call for the subordination of the nation to the good of the globe. This call is amplified by the media and intellectual elites, who march in lockstep. If the call is right, the peoples of the world will enter a new age of global peace, prosperity, and cooperation. If it is wrong, the free nations of the world will lose the remnants of democratic accountability that have kept them free....
  • "Buy Guns, Drink Beer, Eat Ribs" - We Need To Retoxify Masculinity

    01/17/2019 4:25:09 PM PST · by vannrox · 63 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 17JAN19 | Authored by Kurt Schlichter, op-ed via Townhall.com,
    Let’s be clear: My pronouns are “he,” “his,” and “stop being creepy weirdos.”Okay, maybe the last one isn’t a pronoun, but then again, I’m a man and if I want an insulting string of words directed at the nattering nabobs of gender neutrality to be a pronoun, it is a pronoun. And if you don’t like it, fight me.We need more masculinity, and the more toxic the social justice warriors think it is, the better.Bizarrely, now shaving companies are allying with the SJWs in an Axis of Irritants. Gillette is channeling campus gender studies dorks to try to sell you...
  • Racism On a Bun: ESPN Says President Served It Up to Clemson Football Champs

    01/17/2019 9:11:49 AM PST · by rktman · 47 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 1/17/2019 | Jay Maxson
    With a charge of racism Wednesday, ESPN TV's First Take talk program unofficially launched its third season of Trump Derangement Syndrome. All three members of the leftist-heavy program took potshots at President Donald Trump after he fed fast food to the national championship Clemson football team in Monday's White House reception. First Take has been battering Trump (see here, here and here) ever since he became president two years ago. Molly Qerim, the facilitator on First Take, alleged it's racist to serve fast food to a mostly African-American football team: "I don't know. I guess I took it very differently...
  • Are There AR-15-Owning Democrats Defying Boulder Assault Weapons Ban?

    01/17/2019 9:01:45 AM PST · by rktman · 29 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/17/2019 | Matt Vespa
    Last year, after the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Boulder, Colorado decided to ban AR-15 rifles. Current residents who owned these firearms were subject to a grandfather clause. They also had until July 18, 2018 to get rid of, or sell, so-called high-capacity magazines and bump stocks. Those who were grandfathered in had until December 27, 2018 to certify their rifles with the local sheriff’s department. There is no paper trail. No records are kept, but it sure sounds like a test run for a gun registry. Only 342 people have certified their rifles. You know there...
  • Multiple Obama State Dept Officials Must Answer Judicial Watch's Questions About (T)

    01/17/2019 8:54:52 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/17/2019 | Beth Baumann
    Full header: "Multiple Obama State Dept Officials Must Answer Judicial Watch's Questions About Clinton Emails, Benghazi" United States District Judge Royce Lamberth on Tuesday ordered multiple senior State Department officials under the Obama administration to answer Judicial Watch’s questions related to Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi. “In a major victory for accountability, Judge Lamberth today authorized Judicial Watch to take discovery on whether the Clinton email system evaded FOIA and whether the Benghazi scandal was one reason for keeping Mrs. Clinton’s email secret,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “Today,...
  • New poll shows millennials will change position on Roe when given the facts

    01/17/2019 7:45:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/17/2019 | Julie Roys
    Pro-choice advocates consistently forward the narrative that the majority of the American public does not want to overturn Roe v. Wade. And to some degree, surveys and polls agree. For example, a 2018 poll reported in Vox found that 67-percent of Americans would not like to see Roe overturned, and only 29-percent would. However, a survey released Monday shows that support for Roe v. Wade is based largely on ignorance. When educated about the realities of abortion, opposition to the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion rises sharply. The survey conducted by Students for Life of America’s Institute for Pro-Life...
  • Church attacks Trump: 'White supremacy is the real crisis

    01/17/2019 7:20:14 AM PST · by rktman · 40 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 1/17/2019 | Joe Kovacs
    A Methodist church is causing controversy this week with a message targeting President Trump, suggesting his push for a border wall is racist against people who are not white. The sign in front of the Allendale United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, states: “White supremacy is the real crisis.” “We really wanted to respond to our president who is taking this opportunity to manufacture a crisis at the border,” Rev. Andy Oliver at the church told WFLA-TV. He told the station he sought to extend a message of love and acceptance to those who see the placard. “Targeting people...
  • Teach kids about climate change? This state might require it

    01/17/2019 7:02:55 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    apnews.com ^ | 1/16/2019 | MICHAEL MELIA
    A legislative proposal in Connecticut would mandate instruction on climate change in public schools statewide, beginning in elementary school. Connecticut already has adopted science standards that call for teaching of climate change, but if the bill passes it is believed that it would be the country’s first to write such a requirement into law. “A lot of schools make the study of climate change an elective, and I don’t believe it should be an elective,” said state Rep. Christine Palm, a Democrat from Chester who proposed the bill. “I think it should be mandatory, and I think it should be...
  • California set to seize 1,100 miles of coastline

    01/16/2019 9:27:01 AM PST · by rktman · 24 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/16/2019 | Chriss Street
    The California Coastal Commission is set to empower local government to take thousands of properties through eminent domain along 1,100-miles of coastline to prepare for sea-level rise. Despite California being battered by 4-8 inches of torrential rain and flooding from an El Nińo weather cycle, E&E News reported that the State of California in late January will authorize eminent domain authority for local jurisdictions to implement a “managed retreat” policy that will allow taking and demolishing coastal homes and businesses. The California Coastal Commission circulated an 87-page ‘Draft Residential Adaptation Guidance’ in March regarding how communities could pro-actively address sea...
  • House Democrats Readying Multi-Pronged Attack on Second Amendment

    01/16/2019 6:11:26 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/16/2019 | Bob Barr
    While most observers’ eyes initially focused on the drama surrounding freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s long shot bid for a seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, veteran Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was quietly installed as Chair of the Financial Services Committee. For gun owners and businesses, this is a worst-case scenario. To many of those outside observers, it might seem as if the Judiciary Committee — with primary jurisdiction in the House over firearms laws and regulations — would be the key battleground for firearms-related attacks. However, for those of us who bear the battle scars earned through years...
  • Which Celebrity Just Told Pelosi to Fund the Border Wall!?

    01/16/2019 6:03:18 AM PST · by rktman · 10 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/16/2019 | Courtney O'Brien
    Cher is usually Republicans' worst nightmare on Twitter. Second perhaps only to Bette Midler, the "Do You Believe in Love" singer is relentless in her campaign against the president. With a generous use of caps lock, she has called him a misogynist, a racist, and worse. That's why her recent Twitter thread is so surprising. On Thursday, the singer implored Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to end the government shutdown and fund President Trump's border wall already.
  • Government shutdown is no 'crisis'

    01/16/2019 5:54:20 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 1/16/2019 | John Stossel
    This government shutdown is now longer than any in history. The media keep using the word “crisis.” “Shutdown sows chaos, confusion and anxiety!” says the Washington Post. “Pain spreads widely.” The New York Times headlined, it’s all “just too much!” But wait. Looking around America, I see people going about their business – families eating in restaurants, employees going to work, children playing in playgrounds, etc. I have to ask: Where’s the crisis? Pundits talk as if government is the most important part of America, but it isn’t. We need some government, limited government. But most of life, the best...