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  • Kwanzaa's roots stretch from York [PA] to Africa

    12/28/2014 6:14:26 PM PST · by lightman · 57 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | 28 December AD 2014 | Rebecca Hanlon
    Kwanzaa's roots stretch from York to Africa Kwanzaa's roots from York to Africa By Rebecca Hanlon For the Daily Record/Sunday News Updated: 12/28/2014 04:02:22 PM EST Maulana Ron Karenga, a 1958 William Penn Senior High School graduate, created Kwanzaa in 1966 as a way for those of African descent to explore their culture and bring good into the world. As an Afrocentric scholar, Karenga has said he hoped Kwanzaa would give people a deeper African-American consciousness and a sense of community within ancient African culture. The holiday kicked off Friday and will run through Jan. 1, with different celebrations and...
  • With Two Years Left, the Inflection Point of the Obama Presidency (Read this)

    12/28/2014 5:43:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 26, 2014 | Michael Walsh
    The Revenge President The men behind Obama took a calculated gamble in 2008 that the nation was ready for the first post-American president, a man with no meaningful cultural roots in the nation he would profess to lead. They relied on the intrinsic good-heartedness of the electorate to show their lack of prejudice in voting for a man with an exotic Arabic/Muslim name only seven years after the atrocity of Sept. 11. They counted on the innate good will of the American people, judged that the time was right for a black president, and then went out and found the...
  • In Danger of Closing, Channel 10 Goes Dark Overnight

    12/28/2014 3:28:17 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/14 | Elad Benari
    Channel 10 went dark on Sunday night at about 10:30 p.m. Israel time, at the instruction of the channel’s employees union. Instead of regular programming, the channel displayed a picture of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, alongside the words, "In three days, Channel 10 will close. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who serves as Minister of Communications, refuses to find a solution. Due to this the employees union has decided to cease Channel 10’s broadcast for the night. We will resume broadcasting at 6:00 a.m." The channel has been facing financial difficulties for several years. In December of 2012, the Knesset held...
  • Cops assassinated: the result of allowing an evil lie to grow

    12/28/2014 7:17:28 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 12/28/2014 | Lloyd Marcus
    It has been extremely troubling, watching the left's narrative/lie – that blacks are routinely murdered by cops – allowed to grow and gain momentum. Not only has this deplorable, divisive narrative/lie gone unchallenged, but it has been insidiously nurtured by the mainstream media, Al Sharpton, the DOJ's Eric Holder, and President Obama.
  • In LA, CBS Station Pretends There Was a Real Kwanzaa Parade Yesterday

    12/28/2014 7:04:22 AM PST · by rktman · 52 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 12/27/2014 | Tom Blumer
    What follows is an object lesson in why year-end best, worst and other lists shouldn't be published until the year actually ends. A Kwanzaa "parade" was held in Los Angeles yesterday. In reporting on the event, CBS Los Angeles published a work of fiction which absolutely belongs on any 2014 list of most embarrassing moments in journalism (HT Twitchy; bolds are mine):
  • Stop blaming mental health for gun violence. The problem is guns

    12/27/2014 8:26:03 AM PST · by rktman · 136 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 12/26/2014 | Kimberly Yonkers
    After the mass shooting at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Mel Robbins, writing for CNN, argued that blame lay not with the National Rifle Association, but with “the shooter and the mental health services he did or didn’t get.”
  • ‘Best Xmas party of the year': #BlackLivesMatter Trashes Oakland

    12/26/2014 7:03:25 AM PST · by rktman · 45 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/26/2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    Demonstrators participating in a Christmas Day “Black Lives Matter” protest in Oakland against police smashed store windows, injured a journalist, and vandalized the city’s main Christmas tree in Jack London Square in the latest violence associated with the movement.
  • Protesters' next stop: Fox News, New York Post

    12/26/2014 6:26:47 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 12/26/2014 | Aaron Klein
    The Occupy movement and other leftist groups are attempting to use the anti-cop furor for a “die-in” and “shutdown” protest targeting Fox News and the New York Post. The demonstration is scheduled for Jan. 2 at New Corporation’s Midtown Manhattan headquarters, with invitations posted at Occupy-affiliated Facebook pages. The invitation reads: “As many already know The NY POST is a newspaper that is owned and controlled by the Right Winger Rupert Murdoch, who in essence is a corporate racist that continually supports and disseminates racist, classist, sexist and all forms of pro 1% misinformation through his NY POST newspaper as...
  • National Review Online SR-71 Blackbird slide show

    12/25/2014 2:55:39 PM PST · by rktman · 65 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 12/23/2014 | unknown
    This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the SR-71 Blackbird, the Air Force’s sleek, high-flying Cold War reconnaissance workhorse that still holds several world air-speed records. Here’s a look back at the amazing aircraft.
  • No Longer a Republican

    12/25/2014 8:36:57 AM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 116 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 22, 2014 | Matt Barber
    I am no longer a Republican. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and their Democrat-lite, RINO Republican establishment have seen to that. They have betrayed their own constituents. They have actively turned against the American people – the very voters who granted them power to do good. Even before the gavel has sounded on the Republican-led 114th Congress, these treacherous cowards shamelessly, eagerly, it seems, squandered perhaps the one opportunity they had to stop, in his tracks, America’s first cultural Marxist, anti-American, palpably evil president.
  • Unratified by the US, Controversial UN Arms Treaty Enters Into Force

    12/25/2014 6:52:00 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 12/23/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    As United Nations officials welcome the Christmas Eve entry into force of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), its progress in the U.S. remains hampered by significant Senate opposition and funding prohibitions included in appropriations legislation. Most recently, the omnibus government funding bill passed by the Congress earlier this month contained new prohibitions on the administration using any funds to implement the conventional arms treaty. Under U.N. procedures the U.S. would be liable for 22 percent of the budget for the ATT secretariat, the body that will oversee its implementation.
  • The Prince of Peace — Jesus of Nazareth

    12/25/2014 3:46:00 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 3 replies
    The New American ^ | 12/24/2014 | James J. Drummey
    Jesus Christ, whose birthday is celebrated throughout the world on Christmas, has had a greater impact on human history than any person who ever lived. Though he died at the age of 33, the year in which we live is dated from his birth. Though he lived in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire 2,000 years ago, more than one billion people today call themselves followers of Christ. Though he never wrote a book, tens of thousands of books have been written about his life and teachings. Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, a town in Roman-occupied Palestine. After...
  • Salon: “No proof that Jesus even existed”; Muhammad’s “established beyond the shadow of a doubt”

    12/24/2014 8:12:24 PM PST · by OneLoyalAmerican · 95 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | December 24, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    In October, Jeffrey Tayler wrote in Salon that the Qur’an “backs up jihad, suicide attacks (“martyrdom”), beheadings, even taking captive women as sex slaves.” This was singular for Salon, which usually whitewashes the truth about Islam and jihad and excoriates those who expose it as “racists” and “bigots,” but now it is clear why Tayler was able to get away with it: he is supremely hostile to Christianity. Here, he gives a characteristic Salon Christmas greeting: Jesus likely never existed, but Muhammad’s existence is well established. “Let’s make Bill O’Reilly’s head explode: We desperately need a war on Christmas lies,”...
  • When Moms Demand followers call them on a lie…

    12/24/2014 10:25:07 AM PST · by rktman · 2 replies
    gunfreezone.net ^ | 12/23/2014 | Miguel
    In a very well crafted post, Moms makes you believe that anybody in Georgia can go through a security checkpoint carrying a weapon. Unfortunately for Moms, the law in Georgia is not quite incendiary as they want to make-believe.
  • New Liberal Christmas Tradition: Mary Was Raped

    12/24/2014 8:01:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/24/2014 | Drew Belsky
    Valerie Tarico wrote an article at Alternet, republished at Salon, that should get her a lot of invites to ironically themed liberal Christmas parties.  The title: "Why rape is so intrinsic to religion." Tarico lays out a series of myths from pagan traditions, mostly Greek and Roman, in which women are abducted, violated, and coerced.  We have Danae, Europa, Rea Silvia...and, what do you know, the Virgin Mary. Notably, Tarico avoids using the same dire language for the Blessed Mother that she uses for the pagan myths: "[I]n the Gospel of Luke, the Virgin Mary gets pregnant when the...
  • Don’t Be a Scrooge This Christmas

    12/24/2014 7:23:30 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 12/24/14 | RC Sproul
    EVERY GENERATION HAS ITS ABUNDANCE OF SCROOGES. THE CHURCH IS FULL OF THEM. —R.C. SPROUL Bah! Humbug!” These two words are instantly associated with Charles Dickens’ immortal fictional anti-hero, Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge was the prototype of the Grinch who stole Christmas, the paradigm of all men cynical.We all recognize that Ebenezer Scrooge was a mean person - stingy, insensitive, selfish, and unkind. What we often miss in our understanding of his character is that he was preeminently profane. “Bah! Humbug!” was his Victorian use of profanity.Not that any modern editor would feel the need to delete Scrooge’s expletives. His language is not the standard...
  • WH Science Adviser: Make CO2 Emissions 'Close to Zero'

    12/24/2014 6:53:05 AM PST · by rktman · 49 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 12/23/2014 | Eric Scheiner
    White House Science Adviser John Holdren says the global goal is to have world-wide carbon dioxide emissions “close to zero by 2100.” He admitted, "That will not be easy."
  • Blame Game in New York Cop Killings Shows a Demonization Double Standard

    12/24/2014 2:46:45 AM PST · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-24-2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Going by objective standards of reason and fairness, Al Sharpton is not to blame for the assassination of two New York City cops over the weekend. Nor are New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, President Obama or any of the protesters and activists they supported, encouraged and allied themselves with. Going by what we know, the only person to blame is the man police identified as the killer, Ismaaiyl Brinsley. This is the standard I've upheld in this space for years, when one madman after another has killed and maimed in the name of one...
  • Who’s the ‘extremist’ around here anyway

    12/23/2014 2:39:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Citizen ^ | December 23, 2014 | William Murchison
    Among the journalistic takeaways from the late Congress’ death frenzies is the equivocal plight of the two parties — the grown-up deal makers in both cases squeezed by hardcore, do-it-our-way extremists. On the Republican side John Boehner beset by Ted Cruz, in the Democratic camp the pragmatic Hillary Clinton wing forced to contend with the true-believing fans of Elizabeth Warren. It is the strategy some of our friends in the liberal media may have seized on to take away the bitter taste of defeat at the polls. In this telling, the left-left MoveOn.org/Daily Kos faction, anti-military and pro-big government, has...
  • Salon: Have a rapey Christmas, you religious dinosaurs

    12/23/2014 8:52:34 AM PST · by servo1969 · 49 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 12-22-2014 | ED MORRISSEY
    Ah, Christmas — the season for joy, tolerance, and goodwill amongst all. Usually in these days, media outlets queue up the glurge — the sappy stories, the tearjerker videos, and the essays about finding meaning in a season defined by religion and its observance. Everyone likes to tap into the happy memories and high ideals of the Christmas season.Well, almost everyone. For some reason, Salon chose this week to offer two dyspeptic and nonsensical takes on religion, the most outrageous of which argues that one has to support rape in order to be Christian. God raped the Virgin Mary, so...
  • You Won’t Believe What These Anti Gun Folks Are Openly Saying… (videos)

    12/23/2014 7:03:50 AM PST · by servo1969 · 37 replies
    progressivestoday.com ^ | 12-21-2014 | Michael Strickland
    “Gabby Giffords came to Oregon on October 21st, 2014. The event was private, but media was allowed in. YouTuber Daylight Disinfectant made his way in and filmed the entire thing…Obama appointed D.A. Amanda Marshall makes fun of “2nd Amendment enthusiasts”, then they start to talk about removing the privacy of folks who have been through the current background check system and turning the records over to the federal government. Multnomah County Commissioner Judy Shiprack then talks about having the state legislature address the “administrative rule” that the Oregon State Police have in effect where they destroy most background check records...
  • Valerie Plame proves she is a big phony

    12/23/2014 6:48:01 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 12/23/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Remember when Valerie Plame was the poster girl for Bush and Cheney-haters? A desk jockey at the CIA with some flowing blonde hair claim to glamour (in terms of image exploitation, a Wendy Davis-like figure), Plame was supposedly endangered when her name was supposedly leaked by someone in the Bush administration, supposedly in retaliation for her husband Joe Wilson’s criticism of Iraq War policy.
  • Jonah Goldberg: Protecting the Protesters vs. Trashing the Tea Party

    12/23/2014 6:32:20 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 12/22/2014 | Rich Noyes
    Nearly four years ago, the media establishment swiftly and baselessly linked the Tea Party to the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. But after this weekend’s murder of two New York City police officers, by a gunman who used the hashtag #ShootThePolice, there was no rush at ABC, CBS or NBC to condemn anti-police protesters who have employed the chant: “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want them? Now.” National Review’s Jonah Goldberg highlighted the outrageous double standard on Sunday’s MediaBuzz on the Fox News Channel:
  • This Is What Our Hellish World Will Look Like

    12/23/2014 5:57:52 AM PST · by pabianice · 32 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 12/23/14 | Leber
    This Is What Our Hellish World Will Look Like After We Hit the Global Warming Tipping Point The de facto assumption of climate change policy is that the world must limit the increase in global temperatures to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) above pre-Industrial levels, or risk hitting a tipping point where the impact becomes irreversible. The figure dates back to 1975, when economist William Nordhaus suggested that more than 3.6 degrees of warming would “take the climate outside of the range of observations which have been made over the last several hundred thousand years.” By the 1990s, 3.6...
  • 2 of 3 Most Admired Figures on the Right are Black

    12/23/2014 2:13:36 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 74 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 12-22-2014 | Daniel Greenfield - Commentary
    December 22, 2014 2 of 3 Most Admired Figures on the Right are Black by Daniel Greenfield The statistic is interesting. Of the most admired figures on the right in John Hawkins’ survey, two out of three are black: 1) Scott Walker (63) 1) Clarence Thomas (63) 1) Thomas Sowell (63) Race I think here is mostly an accident. What the three men have in common is that they are respected without being controversial or especially partisan.Scott Walker has kept his national presence light and is mainly known for local reforms. Clarence Thomas has been a quiet force advancing conservative...
  • Failure Against North Korea: Bill Whittle's Fiery Take on Sony’s Hack

    12/22/2014 12:12:46 PM PST · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 12-22-2014 | Bill Whittle/PJ Media
    Watch a rare peak into PJTV’s Member series, Hot Seat w/ Bill Whittle. Is freedom of speech a thing of the past, now that N. Korea shut down Sony’s movie?
  • Birds Inspire Flight Sensor Inventions

    12/22/2014 9:16:46 AM PST · by fishtank · 12 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 12-22-14 | Brian Thomas
    Birds Inspire Flight Sensor Inventions by Brian Thomas, M.S. * The Wright brothers studied wing structures of seabirds before building their first airplane, and the first helicopter is said to have been inspired by dragonfly flight. Today, inventors continue this tradition, focusing on bio-inspired flight sensors. A series of telling admissions in a recent summary of state-of-the-art research leave no doubt about the origins of flight-ready sensors. Gusts of wind tend to blow small, man-made flying machines called Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) off course—or knock them out of the sky altogether. But insects and birds fare much better. What keeps...
  • Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats

    12/21/2014 8:15:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 12/21/2014 | Joel Kotkin
    Democrats are pushing race and environmental issues when they should be embracing the lunch-bucket themes that once built party dominance. Meanwhile, voters flee. Once giants walked this earth, and some of them were Democrats. In sharp contrast to the thin gruel that passes for leadership today, the old party of the people, with all its flaws, shaped much of the modern world, and usually for the better. Think of Franklin Roosevelt or Harry Truman, John Kennedy, or California’s Pat Brown, politicians who believed in American greatness, economic growth, and upward mobility. For more than 40 years, the Democratic Party has...
  • Bill Maher Speech at UC Berkeley Unaffected by Small Protests

    12/21/2014 7:16:04 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 12/20/2014 | Zombie
    Comedian and pundit Bill Maher is this year’s commencement speaker at the University of California-Berkeley’s winter graduation ceremony. While Maher’s original invitation to address today’s event was uncontroversial, after an on-air argument he subsequently had with Ben Affleck about the nature of Islam, campus Muslim groups at Berkeley demanded that Chancellor Nicholas Dirks retract Maher’s invitation to speak.
  • After we marched: Distractions, distortions and bold-faced lies (Report from a Sharpton employee)

    12/20/2014 10:31:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New Pittsburgh Courier ^ | December 20, 2014 | Janaye Ingram, National Action Network
    Participants in the Justice For All March on Dec. 13, 2014 in Washington, DC.A week ago, the NAN offices were busy with activity. We were planning for the Justice For All March that took place on December 13. The march was successful and turned out exponentially more people than we anticipated – some estimates say approximately 40,000. But more importantly, we had the families of Eric Garner, Mike Brown, John Crawford, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, Trayvon Martin and Amadou Diallo present. These families know the unfortunate realities of a justice system that may be blindfolded, but seems to always peek...
  • Obamacare’s Christmas surprise

    12/20/2014 8:00:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2014 | Rep. Mark Meadows
    If you like your health care plan, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a Christmas surprise for you! When will this new present arrive? December 25th. In an ongoing effort to keep Obamacare numbers elevated, CMS has embarked on the next step of its government takeover of healthcare. It seems CMS is taking a page from Jonathan Gruber’s book; rather than allowing the “stupid” masses to make a decision on their own health plan, CMS has proposed a new rule that includes an overly reaching provision allowing CMS to re-enroll anyone who has not made the annual...
  • Two NYPD cops executed in Brooklyn, suspect suicides Officers and killer identified

    12/20/2014 7:18:32 PM PST · by rktman · 35 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 12/20/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    UPDATE: (Jazz) Police Commissioner William J. Bratton identified the slain officers as Wenjian Liu, a seven-year veteran of the force, and Rafael Ramos, who has been an officer since 2012. UPDATE: (Jazz) As is so often the case, the readers here at Hot Air had identified the killer at least an hour before the media put it out, but they have now confirmed what you already knew.
  • Coming Egg Shortage Will Tax Family Budgets

    12/20/2014 6:50:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 108 replies
    The New American ^ | December 19, 2014 | William F. Jasper
    If eggs are a staple in your family’s diet and you’d like to keep it that way, now would be a good time to get a few laying hens. Next month, beginning January 1, 2015, the chicken-and-egg production in the United States is in for a big shock. That’s when California’s new regulations on egg-laying hens goes into effect. And the effects of those regs on eggs will be felt nationally, even globally. The incredible, edible, prolate spheroid-shaped poultry product, which has long been one of the most affordable sources of high-quality protein, is certain to become significantly more expensive.In...
  • Is Liberalism Intellectually Bankrupt?

    12/20/2014 4:27:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Howard Dean, who is thought to represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party, told reporters the other day that he supports our policy of using drones to kill people (and all those who happen to be near them) without warning. He also has no objection to the National Security Agency listening to his phone calls and monitoring his email.Donny Deutsch, the reliable voice of the left on "Morning Joe," told TV viewers that he supports the CIA’s torture activities – recently revealed in a Senate committee report.These views are very different from what one typically finds in the unsigned...
  • For His Own Sake, Mark Levin Should Leave the GOP

    12/20/2014 2:32:27 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 97 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 12-19-2014 | Peter Wehner - Commentary
    December 19, 2014For His Own Sake, Mark Levin Should Leave the GOP Peter Wehner Anyone who listens to the radio talk-show host Mark Levin knows he’s become a harsh, nightly critic of the Republican Party. To understand just how harsh, you should listen to his monologue from the other day...
  • Elliot Fineman: America’s Most Dangerous Gun Control Zealot?

    12/19/2014 10:34:58 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies
    thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | 12/18/2014 | Robert Farago
    No doubt Elliot Fineman will consider this post an honor. The founder and head of the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) has positioned himself as the de facto champion of anti-gun extremists. This he’s done through the CSGV Facebook page, where Fineman’s endless stream of incendiary posts unleash a flood of anti-ballistic bile; comments so full of hatred they remind of nothing so much as the rabid racism that poisoned this country for generations. Which make the example above all the more ironic . . . Clearly, Fineman is inviting his 100k+ followers to regard participants at a Washington...
  • Street Artist Sabo: Young People 'Indoctrinated to Be Leftists'

    12/19/2014 10:06:10 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 12/18/2014 | Michael Morris
    Controversial street artist Sabo, for the first time ever, publicly revealed his face on television on the One American News Networks Rick Amato Show last night. Sabo, is his work art, or is it another form of vandalism? You be the judge. Known for his unique and in-your-face pieces, Sabo attempts to point “out the hypocrisy of liberal ideology and liberals on the left in general,” says Rick Amato. And until yesterday, Sabo had kept his face, at least on television, anonymous. But why did he choose to reveal himself now?
  • Poll: Jewish New Yorkers Like Christie, Prefer Cruz & Rubio For President

    12/19/2014 8:51:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Jewish Political News & Updates ^ | December 19, 2014 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Potential Democratic presidential candidates and the Hawkish Republican hopeful were fare better among the Jewish electorate in the State of New York, then the sort of moderate Republicans, according to new poll conducted by the Siena Research. While in general, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren on the Democratic side, and Chris Christie, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush on the Republican side, are seen as the best choices for President, among Jewish voters, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are the most preferred candidates for president. According to the poll, if the elections were to be held today, 51 percent of registered...
  • Rockslides on Ararat

    12/19/2014 6:30:14 AM PST · by fishtank · 4 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Dec. 2014 | John D. Morris, Ph.D.
    Rockslides on Ararat by John D. Morris, Ph.D. * Mt. Ararat is a volcano, erupting numerous times since the Flood. Its ice cap continually erodes the hardened basaltic rock underneath. As the ice sheets move along, they push the loosened rock over the edges of the mountain, causing high-speed avalanches. On my first expedition I was warned about the “crumbly rock” but was not prepared for the enormity of the dangers. Thursday, August 3, 1972 I heard a noise up above us on the slope. I looked up just in time to see a rock bigger than my head hurtling...
  • Do Black Lives Really Matter to Liberals?

    12/19/2014 5:54:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/19/2014 | Tom Trinko
    If black lives matter, and we all know they do, we need to work to end the unnecessary and early deaths of black people.  It’s not enough to look at one minor source of black mortality – shootings by law enforcement officers – and ignore the reasons for the vast majority of black deaths. While hard numbers are not readily available, the best estimates available put the total number of people killed by the police across the country in any given year at significantly less than 1,000.  For example, the best estimate for 2011 shows that the police killed...
  • Ted Cruz’s 2016 plan is somehow both smart and really dumb

    12/18/2014 2:13:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | December 18, 2014 | James Downie
    Earlier this week, National Review’s Eliana Johnson reported on how Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) plans to approach the 2016 presidential campaign: “His strategists aren’t planning to make a big play for so-called independent voters in the general election if Cruz wins the Republican nomination,” writes Johnson. “According to several of the senator’s top advisers, Cruz sees a path to victory that relies instead on increasing conservative turnout; attracting votes from groups — including Jews, Hispanics, and Millennials — that have tended to favor Democrats; and, in the words of one Cruz strategist, ‘not getting killed with independents.’” The plan has...
  • GOP establishment should fear a Cruz run (Must read)

    12/18/2014 4:34:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Washington Jewish Week ^ | December 17, 2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Senator Ted Cruz just gave a major foreign-policy speech at the Heritage Foundation critiquing the disastrous nature of what he labeled as the “Obama-Clinton” approach to the subject. His desire to lay out his foreign-policy views in detail at such a venue as well as his focus on Clinton was a clear indication of something that is not exactly a secret: he’s planning on running for president in 2016. Members of his party’s establishment, which generally despises him as much as his fellow senators and the liberal media, do not take Cruz’s ambition too seriously. But as much as it...
  • Did Ted Cruz really bungle the lame-duck session for Republicans?

    12/17/2014 8:02:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | December 17, 2014 | Byron York
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There's no doubt that many Republican senators, and plenty of conservative commentators, were angry at GOP Sen. Ted Cruz for raising a time-consuming objection to passage of the "Cromnibus" spending bill in an effort to oppose President Obama's unilateral executive action on immigration. It's not that fellow Republicans don't oppose the president's move; they do. It's just that 1) Cruz's gambit had no hope of succeeding, and 2) the maneuver set off a series of parliamentary events that allowed Majority Leader Harry Reid to get a head start on his other remaining business, which was the confirmation of a number...
  • Elizabeth Warren is not the left’s Ted Cruz. She is the left’s Jim DeMint.

    12/17/2014 5:37:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 16, 2014 | Dana Milbank
    After Elizabeth Warren and Ted Cruz attacked the 2015 spending agreement in the Senate last week from opposite ends of the political spectrum, Washington engaged in a little parlor game: Is Warren the Cruz of the left? Though there are superficial similarities between the Massachusetts Democrat and the Texas Republican, the question is actually easy to answer. Elizabeth Warren is not Ted Cruz. She cannot possibly be Ted Cruz — because she is Jim DeMint. DeMint, the former Republican senator from South Carolina who now runs the conservative Heritage Foundation, is widely seen as the godfather of the tea-party movement....
  • Socialize Uber [Collectivism Barf Alert]

    12/17/2014 1:50:58 PM PST · by oblomov · 9 replies
    The Nation ^ | 29 December 2014 | Mike Konczal and Bryce Covert
    In response to a wave of bad behavior by the popular ride-sharing service Uber—with one executive suggesting digging up dirt on journalists who write negative articles about the company—many advocated a switch to Uber’s competitor, Lyft. But this approach ignores the fact that Uber’s abuses are baked into how “sharing” companies operate, a way of doing business that is shared by its competitors. More important, it misses a way to transform these companies that is right there in front of us: by socializing ownership among their workers. Cutting through the marketing BS of Silicon Valley is a good goal for...
  • Harvard’s Conservative Cabal Takes Congress

    12/17/2014 12:10:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 17, 2014 | Patricia Murphy
    From Tom Cotton to Ted Cruz, many of the biggest new names in the GOP are graduates of Harvard -- the school the right loves to hate. Mocking the arrogance of “liberals from Harvard” is a foolproof applause line for any Republican looking to rev up a conservative audience. But when the 114th Congress gavels into session in January, GOP speechwriters are going to need some new material. That’s because many of fastest rising stars in the Republican Party, including Senators-elect Tom Cotton (Ark.), Ben Sasse (Neb.), Dan Sullivan (Ak.) and Rep.-elect Elise Stefanik, all graduated from Harvard. Along with...
  • Methane on Mars Spikes Frequently, but Source Still Unknown

    12/17/2014 10:47:12 AM PST · by rktman · 29 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 12/16/2014 | unknown
    Methane, a gas that on Earth comes mainly from living organisms, spikes regularly on Mars but scientists have not been able to pinpoint the source, according to new research out Tuesday.
  • Establishment Looks to Jeb to Stop Tea Party

    12/17/2014 6:09:08 AM PST · by servo1969 · 36 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 12-16-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I just got a note. "Hey, you know, this is a good thing that you're talking about here, the loss of honest media, targeting anything conservative. Do you do you take any hope in people seeing what you're talking about more and more?" Yeah, I do. Look at the last two midterm elections. I think the American people see clearly what's happening here and they don't like it. I think the American people are totally -- those voting, anyway -- are very aware of all of this. And they're voting to stop all of this stuff. All of this...
  • The bothersome clarity of Senator Ted Cruz

    12/16/2014 3:23:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | December 16, 2014 | Stephen Z. Nemo
    As an unapologetic Tea Partier, an unreformed right-winger, I resent being lumped into the same column with the moral and intellectual geldings of the establishment GOP. Many of my fellow Republicans are either too lazy – or intellectually dishonest – to differentiate a conservative from a Republican. Sometimes, depending on the individual, the two are one and the same. Most of the time, unfortunately, the two are mutually exclusive. Take GOP House Speaker John Boehner… please. The recent budget battle added clarity to the political war being fought in America. And that war is raging on the fringes of our...
  • Unlocking the Origins of Snake Venom

    12/16/2014 5:52:03 AM PST · by fishtank · 43 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 12-15-14 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    Unlocking the Origins of Snake Venom by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * The origin of snake venom has been a long-time mystery to both creationists and evolutionists. Interestingly, new research confirms that the same genes that encode snake venom proteins are active in many other tissues.1 According to the biblical record, God’s creation was originally void of death, disease, and violence. Because of Adam and Eve’s rebellion, the whole of creation became subject to a curse that resulted in snakes with venom, stinging arthropods, and countless diseases. One of the chief questions facing creation biologists and geneticists is how venom was...