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Philosophy (News/Activism)

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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ( - 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...