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  • The Relative Importance of Social and Economic Freedoms

    02/14/2012 1:10:24 PM PST · by WPaCon · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/14/2012 | Jim Elwell
    The sad passing of Whitney Houston has brought many mentions in the press about her battle with cocaine addiction. It is, also sadly, not a new story; many celebrities have soared to the heights of popularity, only to have their lives end tragically and entwined with drugs. Stories of stars such as Ms. Houston frequently include abuse of both illegal and legal drugs, although, as with Michael Jackson, even the legal drugs are abused in amounts common citizens could not obtain. That said, these two stars, and many others, were exercising their liberties in consuming the drugs -- they were...
  • Are Libs Smarter?

    02/14/2012 12:55:48 PM PST · by WPaCon · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/14/2012 | Jeffrey Folks
    Every teacher knows that one can make any group of kids look smart just by altering the content of the test. That is what's behind several studies purporting to show that liberals are smarter than conservatives. Using data from previous studies in Britain, researchers at Brock University in Canada claim to have discovered a relationship between IQ scores and political orientation. The study suggests that persons of lower IQ choose to be conservatives because conservatism opposes change and is thus "safer" for those who are slow to adapt. Not only that, the researchers find that conservatives, being persons of low...
  • Ohio voters support right-to-work legislation by 14 in new Q-poll

    02/14/2012 9:08:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/14/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Conventional wisdom has Ohio being vulnerable to a Democratic rollback in 2012 after a GOP sweep in 2010. Approval ratings for Governor John Kasich have been low after his reforms of public-employee unions in a state where Big Labor is thought to have a wide reach. However, a new Quinnipiac poll on a proposed right-to-work reform may indicate that their power is not as broad as first thought: Despite the overwhelming victory by organized labor and its allies in repealing SB 5 in this past election, by 54 – 40 percent Ohio voters favor the idea of passing a “right-to-work”...
  • Santorum clashes with Occupy protesters, calls them radical element

    02/14/2012 9:06:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/14/2012
    TACOMA, Wash. Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum clashed with Tacoma Occupy protesters Monday night during his first visit to a state he said would be a momentum changer heading into Super Tuesday. Minutes into Santorums speech, protesters began chanting and shouting. They rarely stopped over the next half-hour. I think its really important to understand what this radical element represents, Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, told hundreds of supporters gathered outside the Washington Historical Museum. What they represent is true intolerance. Police dragged away two protesters in the midst of Santorums speech. The event took place next to the...
  • Has the Tea Party Peaked? (What has been gained stands to be lost)

    02/14/2012 6:38:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/14/2012 | Perry Fisher
    An 800-pound gorilla in a room otherwise full of Tea Party types needs to be pointed out: people who prefer smaller government tend not to especially like government. Human nature being what it is, we tend to avoid that which we don't like. Which is okay except for the equal and opposite other gorilla: the political left actually likes government and, thereby, governing. It amounts to a built-in default, as if one football team suited up eleven players and the other just ten. If the typical Tea Party affiliate ignored a building mess as long as she could, dusted off...
  • Gay by Choice? (Or by Birth?)

    02/13/2012 6:27:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/13/2012 | Charles Colson
    For years we have been told that homosexuality is something people are born with - like the color of one's skin - and that it can't be changed. Gay-rights activists insist this is so, because, they say, if people don't choose to be gay, it would be wrong to discriminate against them in things like marriage, adoption, and legal benefits. And heaven help those who disagree. Just ask actress Cynthia Nixon, who in a recent New York Times Magazine article, had the gall to admit that she chose to be gay. Nixon, who played one of the characters on the...
  • Time for Clarity: Russia and China are not our friends

    02/13/2012 5:06:05 PM PST · by Apollo5600 · 15 replies
    Cain's Solution Revolution ^ | 2/13/2012 | Herman Cain
    Time for Clarity: Russia and China are not our friends Posted by Herman Cain on 02/13 Share By Herman Cain / February 12, 2012 There are many theories about why Russia and China last week vetoed a United Nations resolution endorsing an Arab League plan to transfer power from Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. Some say Vladimir Putin doesnt want to go against a fellow strongman because a lot of them have been losing power lately, and he doesnt want to be next. China has tended to follow Russias lead on this issue also joining in a two-party veto in...
  • American Catholicism's Pact with the Devil

    02/13/2012 2:08:32 PM PST · by schmootman · 12 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | Paul Rahe
    You have to hand it to Barack Obama. He has unmasked in the most thoroughgoing way the despotic propensities of the administrative entitlements state and of the Democratic Party. And now he has done something similar to the hierarchy of the American Catholic Church. At the prospect that institutions associated with the Catholic Church would be required to offer to their employees health insurance covering contraception and abortifacients, the bishops, priests, and nuns scream bloody murder. But they raise no objection at all to the fact that Catholic employers and corporations, large and small, owned wholly or partially by Roman...
  • About Constitution 101 [free course mentioned by Rush today]

    02/13/2012 1:05:25 PM PST · by Daffynition · 67 replies · 15+ views
    Hillsdale.edu ^ | February 13, 2012 | unknown
    Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution is a 10-week online course presented by Hillsdale College. Featuring an expanded format from the Introduction to the Constitution lecture series with Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn, Constitution 101 follows closely the one-semester course required of all Hillsdale College undergraduate students. In this course, you can: watch lectures from the same Hillsdale faculty who teach on campus; study the same readings taught in the College course; submit questions for weekly Q&A sessions with the faculty; access a course study guide; test your knowledge through weekly quizzes; and upon completion of...
  • Should It Be Illegal to Be a Catholic Health-Insurance CEO? (Bad Theology)

    02/13/2012 11:17:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | February 13, 2012 | Ryan T. Anderson
    Heres an aspect of the HHS preventive-services mandate and the compromise announced on Friday that has gone unnoticed: It will soon be impossible, because it would be illegal, to be a faithful Catholic in America running a health-insurance company. Fridays announcement that health-insurance companies will be required to provide free coverage of contraceptives, sterilization procedures, and abortifacients entails that citizens cannot operate a health-insurance company in accord with their moral values, if those moral values happen to align with historic Christianity rather than Obama.
  • Shun Knee-Jerk Reactions (guns)

    02/13/2012 9:03:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    The Firearms Coalition ^ | 13 February, 2012 | Jeff Knox
    We are all susceptible to the occasional knee-jerk reaction. We hear something and immediately jump to a position of opposition or support with little or no evidence to support the position. Sometimes such gut responses are correct and are subsequently validated by additional information, but often they are completely off base. As a Second Amendment advocate I run into a lot of jerking knees and gut feelings that can be very difficult to overcome. They usually hit me as questions like why should anyone be allowed to have a gun like that, or why should anyone be allowed to...
  • Would Abraham Lincoln Be Pro-Life? (Here's evidence that the answer is 'Yes')

    02/13/2012 7:05:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/13/2012 | Joseph A. Kohm, Jr.
    It is common knowledge that more books have been written about Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President, than any other figure except Jesus Christ. With so much archeological attention directed toward him it is unlikely that much new factual material will surface about Mr. Lincoln. When taken as a whole, the in-depth forensic examinations of his writings, relationships, lineage, marriage, religion (or supposed lack thereof), evidence a complex and brilliant identity. An interesting phenomenon of the last twenty years, however, has been to place a contemporary lens over Lincoln. In recent writings, Lincoln has been gay, depressed, and now even a...
  • On the Right Side of the Bullet

    02/13/2012 6:45:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    cato.org ^ | 9 February, 2012 | Clayton E. Cramer
    This article appeared in Washington Times on February 9, 2012. Every so often, a local news story about a victim of crime goes national. Most recently, it was Sarah McKinley, 18, home alone with her 3-month-old son, a few days after Sarahs husband had died of lung cancer. Two men apparently looking to steal pain medicine prescribed for the husband broke in. Sarah grabbed a shotgun and a pistol and killed Justin Martin as he forced entry into her home. How often do such incidents happen? While the results from studies vary, the numbers are large. The National Crime Victimization...
  • Full Speech: Daniel Hannan at CPAC 2012

    02/12/2012 10:03:13 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    The Rightscoop ^ | February 11,2012
    If you want to hear from someone who unmistakably understands the profound impact of Americas founding and believes there is still time for its citizens to take hold of its bureaucratic laden government and return it back to the will of its founding, then you must hear this speech from Daniel Hannan. Youll appreciate America all the more afterwards, I assure you.
  • Piers Morgan gets schooled on the Second Amendment [by *The Nuge*]

    02/12/2012 9:17:58 AM PST · by Daffynition · 34 replies · 1+ views
    2nd Amendment TV ^ | AWR Hawkins
    While I don't know whether the show raised Morgan's ratings or not, I do know one thing: Nugent put on a clinic for anyone wondering how best to take down a weak-minded, egalitarian European who doesn't know Natural Law from Natural Light. In all honesty folks, as I watched the interview I almost felt sorry for Morgan a couple times: Nugent was at his best and Morgan was at his usual. [Video at source] contains typical Nuge language
  • Progressive Obsolescence

    02/12/2012 8:16:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10 February, 2012 | Arnold Ahlert
    Few things make this conservative happier than when progressives drop their holier-than-thou facade and reveal their true intentions. A column written by NY Times columnist Adam Liptak entitled We the People Loses Appeal With People Around the World is a textbook example. Essentially Mr. Liptak, and no doubt many of his progressive soul-mates, are ready to kick the Constitution of the United States to the curb because they consider it an obsolete document. Yet in explaining why, Liptak inadvertently reveals something else along the way: progressivism is an utterly bankrupt ideology. Why is the Constitution obsolete? There are lots of...
  • Sarah Palin Wows CPAC 2012; Proved Her Conservative Relevancy

    02/11/2012 3:53:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | February 11, 2012 | John Talty
    Washington, DC -- It wasn't speeches by Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich that generated the most enthusiasm at CPAC 2012. That honor would go to former Alaska governor and Republican vice president nominee Sarah Palin, who stole the conservative summit with a rousing speech on Saturday. Palin mania was palpable throughout the Marriott Wardman Park hotel. Earlier in the day hundreds of attendees swarmed Palin for photographs and an opportunity to get a glimpse at one of the most famous conservative women in the United States. Elsewhere thousands of CPACers waited in line to try...
  • Bishops concerned over reworded mandate; other Catholic leaders slam as insult to injury

    02/10/2012 2:47:01 PM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 10, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan WASHINGTON, February 10, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Responses from Catholic leaders ranged from concerned to outraged following the Obama administration’s latest rewording of the birth control mandate in an effort to stem criticism over its impact on religious freedom. U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops president Timothy Dolan gave a cautious response in a statement Friday, saying that the conference “sees initial opportunities” in preserving religious freedom after the announcement, but “continues to express concerns.” “Today’s decision to revise how individuals obtain services that are morally objectionable to religious entities and people of faith is a first step in...
  • Santorum at CPAC: If the idea of government-granted rights wins out, government will own you

    02/10/2012 11:15:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/10/2012 | Tina Korbe
    Rick Santorums is a familiar face at CPAC. Hes been here in years when he was little more than a sidenote in the programming, and hes been here in years, like this one, when his is the face attendees crowd to see. But, year in and year out, what he has stood for has not changed. That consistency was especially evident in his speech today, in which he expounded on his and, indeed, Americans long-held conviction that men are endowed with rights by their Creator not given those rights by the government. We know theres a lot...
  • Public Likes XL Pipeline and Birth-Control Requirements (2 lopsided results in latest Fox News poll)

    02/10/2012 10:45:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/10/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    Two other lopsided results in the latest Fox News poll: By a 67-25 percent margin, voters support building the Keystone XL pipeline. That includes: 87 percent of Republicans, 69 percent of independents and 50 percent of Democrats say build it.Fox News PollShould Keystone XL Pipeline Be Built?Yes      67%No       25% February 6-9, 2012 Registered Voters ± 3%–The poll asked about the Obama administration requiring all employer health plans to provide birth control coverage as part of preventative services for women. (This includes Catholic and other religious-affiliated hospitals and universities that oppose doing so because it violates their religious rights.) A majority...
  • To Stop the Multiplication of the Unfit (abortion & birth control is rooted in race & hatred)

    02/10/2012 7:12:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 02/10/2012 | Michelle Malkin
    If you arent creeped out by the No Birth Control Left Behind rhetoric of the White House and Planned Parenthood, you arent listening closely enough. The anesthetic of progressive benevolence always dulls the senses. Wake up. When a bunch of wealthy white women and elite Washington bureaucrats defend the trampling of religious liberties in the name of increased access to reproductive services for poor women, the ghost of Margaret Sanger is cackling. As she wrote in her autobiography, Sanger founded Planned Parenthood in 1916 to stop the multiplication of the unfit. This, she boasted, would be the most important and...
  • Keystone Calamity

    02/10/2012 6:44:22 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 3 replies · 1+ views
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  • What Obama Learned from Alinsky (Crush the Opposition)

    02/10/2012 6:16:32 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    CF News ^ | February 8, 2012 | John Vennari
    Catholic author Russell Shaw warned in November that the persecution of religion in the United States “will be a tight-lipped campaign of secularist inspiration in which the coercive power of the state is brought to bear on church-related institutions to act against conscience or go out of business.”[1] Shaw’s prediction quickly came to pass with the Contraception Mandate now threatened by the Obama Administration. In late January, Obama signed off on a Health and Human Services ruling that is a direct affront to Catholics. Under his new Health Care program, Catholic institutions – including charities, hospitals and schools – will...
  • Democratic Senators Hold Tampa Hearing on State's Voting Law

    02/09/2012 6:04:29 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | January 28, 2012 | Mike Salinero
    TAMPA -- Two Democratic U.S. senators on Friday accused Florida's Republican-led Legislature of plotting to deny citizens their most basic and inalienable right: the right to vote. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin rendered that verdict after listening to two hours of testimony at Tampa's George E. Edgecomb Courthouse. Durbin came to town as chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights to investigate whether the state law denies voters their constitutional rights. Republican legislators passed the law last year, saying it would prevent voter fraud and save county election supervisors...
  • Raise the Crime Rate

    02/09/2012 4:24:43 PM PST · by JerseyHighlander · 28 replies
    http://nplusonemag.com ^ | 26 January 2012 | Christopher Glazek
    From 1980 to 2007, the number of prisoners held in the United States quadrupled to 2.3 million, with an additional 5 million on probation or parole. What Ayn Rand once called the freest, noblest country in the history of the world is now the most incarcerated, and the second-most incarcerated country in history, just barely edged out by Stalins Soviet Union. Were used to hearing about the widening chasm between the haves and have-nots; were less accustomed to contemplating a more fundamental gap: the abyss that separates the fortunate majority, who control their own bodies, from the luckless minority, whose...
  • Stanley Cup winning goaltender: I stand with Catholics against birth control mandate

    02/09/2012 3:34:32 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 9, 2012 | THADDEUS BAKLINSKI
    Tim Thomas BOSTON, February 9, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Boston Bruins star goalie Tim Thomas sent waves through the sports world Wednesday when he announced through his Facebook page that he supports Catholics in their fight against the Obama administration’s mandate that forces coverage of contraception, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs. “I Stand with the Catholics in the fight for Religious Freedom,” wrote Thomas, who won last year’s Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup MVP. To date over 170 Catholic bishops heading U.S. dioceses have spoken up against the mandate after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced last month...
  • The HHS Mandate: Anti-Catholic and Un-American

    02/09/2012 2:49:43 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | February 8, 2012 | Rev. Robert Barron
    Decades ago, priests, religious brothers and religious sisters were colorfully visible features of Catholic hospitals, serving as nurses, chaplains, business officers, and chief administrators. With the decline in vocations, this obviously religious leadership largely disappeared, but Catholic values, for the most part, still animated these institutions. What has begun to concern a number of observers is that, as today’s medical personnel, staffers, and administrators at Catholic hospitals have accommodated themselves more and more to secularist assumptions, even those values are in danger of disappearing.But now the slow and steady creep of secularization has been given a massive push by the...
  • Leopard kills fifth girl in Nepal

    02/09/2012 12:46:06 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph - UK ^ | February 9, 2012
    A man-eating leopard has claimed its fifth victim in just two months after dragging away and devouring a 14-year-old girl in Nepal. ...In the latest attack, the unnamed teenager was cutting grass in the forest near her home in Baitadi district, on the border with India, when she was attacked by the animal, said Bishnu Bahadur Karki, a local deputy superintendent of police. "The locals found the body torn into pieces and eaten below the neck at the forest area yesterday," he told AFP. Karki said three young girls and a 35-year-old pregnant woman had been killed in the weeks...
  • Nihilism: Why America and the West are Committing Suicide

    02/09/2012 12:23:01 PM PST · by spirited irish · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Renew America ^ | Feb.9, 2012 | Linda Kimball
    "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Genesis 1:27, KJB For fifteen hundred years, Christendom and then later Protestant America, had followed St. Augustine (AD 354-430) in affirming that as all men are the spiritual image-bearers of the transcendent Triune God then it logically follows that each person is a trinity of being of soul, spirit, and body: "The essence of the human is not the body, but the soul. It is the soul alone that God made in his own image and the...
  • Is there a libertarian case for Rick Santorum?

    02/09/2012 9:52:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/09/2012 | John Samples
    Rick Santorum had a somewhat super Tuesday on February 7th. He won all three Republican presidential primaries, thereby reviving a campaign that had failed to follow up on his victory in Iowa. Santorum could become the sole alternative to Romney for the Republican nomination. If that happens, he could become the GOP nominee in 2012. Should libertarians vote for him? Heres my (broad) definition of a libertarian. A libertarian cares about individual liberty and thus limited government. Those concerns lead to further commitments to free markets in economics, moral pluralism in culture, and realism and restraint in foreign policy. Government...
  • MUST READ:: HENNINGER: Transformers WSJ

    02/09/2012 8:34:51 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 4 replies
    Pope John Paul II, surveying from his seat in the eternal hereafter the battle between the American Catholic Church and the Obama administration over mandated contraception services, must be permitting himself a sad smile. The pope knew more than most about the innate tensions between the state and its citizens. The Obamaites will object that it is unfair to liken their government to the Communist Party of Poland. That is not the point. What the former Karol Wojtyla knew is that any state will claim benevolence on behalf of doing whatever it thinks it needs to do in pursuit of...
  • Right to bear arms: in defense of our students

    02/09/2012 6:56:44 AM PST · by marktwain
    campustimes.org ^ | 9 February, 2012 | Adam Ondo
    In 1991, University of Iowa student Gang Lu shot five university employees. In 1996, San Diego State University student Frederick Martin Davidson killed three professors. However, the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre is the most memorable shooting on a college campus, as it left 32 innocent students dead after they were picked off by a crazed gunman. On Dec. 8, 2011, another shooting occurred on the Virginia Tech campus, leaving a police officer dead. Apparently the schools ban on guns failed yet again, considering that the perpetrator of this incident did not obey it. But how many people actually believe that...
  • Take Someone Shooting What Are You Waiting For?

    02/09/2012 6:38:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 8 February, 2012 | Eric
    A friends son recently got married and moved out on his own. Hes 20 years old and ready to take on the world. He recently mentioned that hed never shot anything other than a shotgun and the occasional airsoft gun. This was a situation that was crying out to be remedied. Fortunately I know just the person to do it. So we spent some time at home with an airsoft pistol going through some basic gunhandling and safety fundamentals then headed to the range. . . I put an Advantage Arms .22 conversion slide on a G17, showed...
  • Facing Anti-Fracking hysteria (Pennsylvania drilling is cleaner than ever)

    02/09/2012 6:29:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    New York Post ^ | 02/09/2012 | Kevin Williamson
    Learning how to exploit the rich vein of natural gas buried in the Marcellus Shale beneath Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York has been a boon to the nation, but another remarkable discoverys gone along with it. The Keystone State has devised a system of environmental-protection regulations that actually works. Exploiting shale gas to its full capability has the potential to radically alter some fundamental economic and national-security equations. After all, oil imports account for about half of the total US trade deficit, and US policymakers suffer insomnia every time some random ayatollah starts making scary noises about the Strait of...
  • Path to Brokered GOP Convention Emerges (one can only hope)

    02/09/2012 6:28:49 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 29 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 9, 2012 | Sean Trende
    For many conservative Republicans, the dream outcome of the primary season is a brokered convention. Disappointed in the four remaining choices, they hope to change horses in August, and draft their preferred candidate, be it Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, or Paul Ryan. I've been adamant that such an outcome is extremely unlikely. For a brokered convention to occur, there has to be an almost perfect storm of events; the GOP elites cant just declare shenanigans on the primary season and select a new nominee. Instead, something has to prevent any of the current candidates from clinching a majority...
  • PETA sues SeaWorld for enslaving killer whales (Whales now have constitutional rights?)

    02/08/2012 2:46:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/08/2012 | Tina Korbe
    If you've ever wanted to watch killer whales perform for your benefit, book your trip to SeaWorld now! If the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has its way, those poor whale slaves won't entertain tourists much longer ...This story serves up too many fantastic quotes to ignore. Like one commenter on the case, I’m not surprised; it is PETA we’re talking about, after all. Yet, somehow, they always manage to be more over-the-top than before. The organization sincerely claims that SeaWorld is in violation of the 13th amendment’s ban on slavery because it holds five orcas – Tilikum,...
  • Simply abandon the norm against killing to solve organ transplant problem: leading US bioethicists

    02/08/2012 1:15:20 PM PST · by NYer · 42 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 8, 2012 | Hilary White
    February 8, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) The conundrum faced by the organ transplant industry, that the removal of vital organs kills the donor, can be easily obviated by abandoning the norm against killing, two leading U.S. bioethicists have said. In an article titled, What Makes Killing Wrong? appearing in last months Journal of Medical Ethics, the authors have moved the argument forward by admitting that the practice of vital organ donation ignores traditional medical ethics. Traditional medical ethics embraces the norm that doctors must not kill their patients. This norm is often seen as absolute and universal. In contrast, we...
  • Recoil Therapy: the Art of Relaxing at the Range

    02/08/2012 7:05:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies · 1+ views
    guns.com ^ | 6 February, 2012 | Jim Downey
    Whatsamatter, buddy? Winter blahs got you down? Having a hard time focusing on work? Cant quite clear your head after those interminable PowerPoint presentations? Sick & tired of being sick & tired? What you need, my friend, is a little Recoil Therapy because nothing chases away the blues like a .44 magnum. Wouldnt You Like to Get Away? When I was a full-time care provider for a family member with Alzheimers, it used to surprise people when I would make use of my relatively rare respite care breaks (when someone else would come care of my charge) to go out...
  • A Post-American World? (Nope, The reports of America's demise are greatly exaggerated)

    02/08/2012 6:11:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/08/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In a scathing denunciation of Mitt Romney last week, Fareed Zakaria praised Barack Obama for his nuanced understanding of what Zakaria has called the “Post-American World”: This is a new world, very different from the America-centric one we got used to over the last generation. Obama has succeeded in preserving and even enhancing U.S. influence in this world precisely because he has recognized these new forces at work. He has traveled to the emerging nations and spoken admiringly of their rise. He replaced the old Western club and made the Group of 20 the central decision-making forum for global...
  • US Supreme Court Justice Ginsberg: South Africa has a better Constitution model than US.

    02/04/2012 2:17:13 PM PST · by antidemoncrat · 126 replies
    Patroit Action Network ^ | 2/4/2012 | Darla Dawald
    US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg tells Egyptians: Dont look to the OLD US Constitution for guidance in drafting a new constitution. Justice Ginsburg holds in high esteem the constitution of South Africa and Canada.
  • Morning Bell: Obamacare Awakens a Sleeping Giant

    02/07/2012 3:21:16 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | February 7, 2012 | Mike Brownfield
    It is a rare moment indeed when faith denominations of all stripes unite together in common cause, and it is rarer still when that cause is a political one, with a sole piece of legislation as its principal target. But when that law eviscerates the very foundation of religious liberty in America as protected under the First Amendment, it should not be surprising that Catholics and Jews, evangelical Christians, and mainline Lutherans alike find common cause in defense of their liberties.Such is the case with the firestorm of opposition to Obamacare and the Obama Administration’s attack on religious liberty. Under...
  • The Fallout from Christian Legal Society (Vanderbilt launches offensive against religious freedom)

    02/07/2012 1:53:55 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    NRO ^ | February 6, 2012 | Robert Shibley
    Richard C. McCarty, Vanderbilt provost and vice chancellor (Vanderbilt University) Since the Supreme Court’s sharply divided and startlingly wrongheaded decision two years ago in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, those concerned about religious liberty on campus have known that the fallout was on its way. At Vanderbilt University, it has arrived — and it’s as bad as anticipated.In Martinez, the Court determined that public institutions like the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law could require all student groups — even those based on shared belief, such as religious and political organizations — to admit members and even leaders...
  • Slavery protections for animals? Judge to decide (Do animals have constitutional protection?)

    02/07/2012 12:05:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 02/07/2012 | Julie Watson
    A federal judge for the first time in U.S. history heard arguments Monday in a case that could determine whether animals enjoy the same constitutional protection against slavery as human beings. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller called the hearing in San Diego after Sea World asked the court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that names five orcas as plaintiffs in the case. PETA claims the captured killer whales are treated like slaves for being forced to live in tanks and perform daily at its parks in San Diego and Orlando, Fla. "This...
  • The Tea Party is dead. Long live the Tea Party.

    02/07/2012 12:00:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/07/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    It's been at least ten minutes since our last Breaking News Story about the imminent (or already past) demise of the Tea Party, so we may as well trot out another one. Excuses for holding this particular wake vary from a general sense of dissatisfaction with the current crop of presidential candidates to perceived failures by the freshman GOP class of 2010 to consistently live up to their promises. The liberal leaning Daily Beast offers up the latest dissection of the Tea Party's corpse this week, with the following bits of “insight.” But after months of wondering how the Tea...
  • In Defense of the Catholic Church

    02/07/2012 8:17:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Ammoland ^ | 6 February, 2012 | Rabbi Dovid Bendory, JPFO
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Bill of Rights, Article 1 Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- Im not a scholar of the United States Constitution, though like most citizens, I certainly have a basic understanding of the meaning and intentions of the Constitution and its Amendments. And like...
  • Library right not to ban porn: Once a ban starts, it's hard to stop(WA)

    02/07/2012 7:56:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    seattletimes.nwsource.com ^ | 4 February, 2012 | Danny Westneat
    When the right-wing Second Amendment Foundation teamed up with the left-wing First Amendment foundation to sue the Eastern Washington library system for filtering out gun websites, it serves as a case study as to why the Seattle Public Library was right last week when it said it wasn't going to do anything about Internet porn. There's not much titillating about Women & Guns magazine. About as racy as it gets is a recent photo spread on "practical leather" gun holsters and casual carry handbags for the lady who packs heat. With articles like "Taming Shotgun Recoil" and "Ammunition on...
  • Black Americans & The Gun Rights Argument

    02/07/2012 5:39:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 6 February, 2012 | Kenn Blanchard
    Upper Marlboro, MD --(Ammoland.com)- The month of February 2012, I plan to provide a little black history knowledge here on the Urban shooter podcast. Actually its a series on American history sub-categorized as black history. Knowledge alone is not power. It is what we do with knowledge that gives us power. Gun control is based on Racism. American patriots know and fight against it, usually with those that should be our allies. The black person in America has always been a part of the gun rights argument. like it or not, it is, what it is. I have discovered that...
  • The Real America (conservatives still outnumber liberals in America with breathtaking consistency)

    02/07/2012 4:52:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/07/2012 | Bruce Walker
    I have been writing for a long time about the real news in the Battleground Poll results over the last decade. These bipartisan polls predict election results with remarkable accuracy and which also reveal the answers to all the questions respondents provided -- including, critically, how people describe themselves ideologically. In the last twenty consecutive Battleground Poll reports over the last ten years, the overwhelming majority of Americans have described themselves as "very conservative" or "somewhat conservative," although the poll provides six other possible responses: "moderate," "somewhat liberal," "very liberal," or "don't know/unsure." On average, about 60% of Americans in...
  • Thoughts on Fair Taxation

    02/06/2012 8:19:14 PM PST · by bthockey · 11 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 1/6/12 | Bryan Thomas
    President Obama is now campaigning all of the country in the name of fairness especially how it relates to the US Tax Code. According to President Obama, fair means a progressive tax (where as one makes more money, they pay a higher percentage in taxes). What hes trying to do through his fairness campaign is make the progressive tax more progressive by increasing tax rates on those that have higher incomes. According to the Obama administration, it is more fair, to raise taxes on the rich. Im here to tell you that this isnt true. Of course all of that...
  • Santorum the Good Son? Not So Much.

    02/06/2012 7:59:52 PM PST · by County Agent Hank Kimball · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 6, 2012 | C. Edmund Wright
    Much like the good son in the biblical parable, thin-skinned Rick Santorum has shown a fair amount of open resentment over the embrace conservatives have given prodigal Newt Gingrich upon the latter's return to the conservative scene..... Consider: the main reason Santorum and his supporters put forth to support Rick is because he is "the true conservative" in the race. Along these same lines, he defines his massive eighteen-point loss in his last Senate race as one where he at least went down swinging and fighting for the right things. He uses this to chide Mitt and Newt for their...