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  • European conservatism isn't done for yet

    09/28/2012 10:09:41 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 6 replies
    Daniel Hannan/UK Telegraph ^ | September 28, 2012 | Daniel Hannan
    Conservatives, while often gloomy in their political outlook, tend to be warm and merry in their personality. I’ve just spent the weekend in Oxford with 120 young activists from around Europe, and found myself lifted by their optimism. They came from across the continent, from Iceland and the Faroe Islands to Turkey and Moldova. There were delegates, too, from our Anglosphere allies: Young Republicans from the US, Young Liberals from Australia, a Francophone Tory from Quebec. Some were libertarians, others conservatives. A few wanted to become MPs, but most were simply interested in advancing their ideas. They were fizzing with...
  • Group sues to remove Ten Commandments from Connellsville school [New Twist]

    09/28/2012 12:05:16 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 12 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh Area) ^ | 28 September 2012 | Renatta Signorini
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation, along with an anonymous parent and student on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Connellsville Area School District seeking to have a Ten Commandments monument removed from Connellsville Junior High and to block its placement at a nearby church. In a lawsuit, the plaintiffs claimed constitutional violations with the religious marker at the public school and possible further infringement on their rights if the monument is relocated near district property. . . . Though the monolith would be on private property if moved to the church, the fact that the district is aware that the...
  • Why have we failed to teach America's kids about the horrors of communism?

    09/28/2012 9:43:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/27/2012 | Paul Kengor, Grove City College
    “What do you think of this?” So began a phone call from Todd Starnes of FoxNews Radio. Starnes called me for a comment on a shocking story: A band at a high school near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania performed a halftime show titled, “St. Petersburg 1917,” a musical commemoration of the Bolshevik Revolution, replete with hammers and sickles, military uniforms, and red flags. “No way,” I responded. “Are you sure this wasn’t a joke, a parody?” It wasn’t. And parents of the students aren’t laughing. The superintendent of the school genuinely pleaded innocence. “It’s a representation of the time period in history,...
  • Obama Supporters' Dirty Tricks to Win the Catholic Vote

    09/28/2012 6:47:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    US News ^ | September 27, 2012
    Catholics are a key demographic in the upcoming election. In fact, they may be the key demographic. In most every presidential contest since the end of World War II, the candidate who carried the Catholic vote won the election. Over time they have, as a bloc, become more conservative and more Republican in their voting patterns (they were once a major component of the Democrats' presidential coalition) as concerns over settled issues like the morality of abortion overtook in importance concerns about unsettled issues like the best way to secure social justice for the poor and the downtrodden.Much has...
  • Obama Bobblehead With "Feces": Catholic League's Answer To "Piss Christ" [Article & Video]

    09/27/2012 9:09:30 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 21 replies
    gothamist ^ | 9-26-2012 | Jen Chung
    The controversial "Piss Christ" photograph by Andres Serrano that is going on view at a Midtown gallery tomorrow has really been bothering Catholic League president Bill Donohue. He told Fox News last week, "It seems like we have a protected class for Muslims as well as some other segments of our population. But when it comes to Christians, it's an all-out war." So now Donohue has created a video showing off his answer: An Obama bobblehead in a jar with feces. Okay, so the "feces" are actually just brown Play-Doh, while the piss in Serrano's photograph is actually Serrano's urine...
  • The Grim 50th Anniversary of "Silent Spring"

    09/27/2012 12:54:04 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | 27 September 2012 | Bruce Walker
    Fifty years ago, on September 27, 1962, Rachel Carson published her book Silent Spring. The book is like a bible to many environmentalists, and it is largely responsible for the ban on DDT that was first imposed by our own Environmental Protection Agency and then by the UN and the World Health Organization. The book is still reverently taught in high schools and colleges. Thirty years ago, in 1982, our Postal Service honored Rachel Carson with her own commemorative postage stamp. The real story behind Rachel Carson and Silent Spring, however, is anything but good. She had only modest background...
  • Romney: Obama Engaged in Character Assassination

    09/27/2012 6:05:03 AM PDT · by pabianice · 12 replies
    realclearpolitics ^ | 9/27/12 | Romney
    CRAWFORD: Governor Romney, a lot of your conservative supporters are getting anxious, they're imploring you, I've heard your supporters on the rope line, they're telling you, "Be ruthless, be more aggressive." Do you think you haven't been aggressive enough? Do you plan on being more aggressive? ROMNEY: This is a campaign, not about character assassination, even though that's what I think has come from the Obama camp by and large. CRAWFORD: Character assassination? Do you think the Obama camp engaged in character assassination? ROMNEY: Oh yeah, sure, they try and completely misrepresent my point of view, along with why I'm...
  • Why we win? Because the opposition lies & denigrates.

    09/27/2012 3:46:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 26 September, 2011 | Miguel
    The Cult to Stop Gun Rights Violence (CSGV) is all giddy this morning by an article in Mother Jones regarding mass shootings. Note that they are very specific about mass shootings instead of mass killings because it would derail their whole argument. It is the typical drivel we are used to read from such rags, but what really ticked me was More broadly, attempts by armed civilians to stop shooting rampages are rare—and successful ones even rarer. And one wonders why is that civilian attempts to stop mass shooters are rare. Maybe because Mass shootings are also rare? And because...
  • Christians, The Second Amendment And The Duty Of Self Defense

    09/27/2012 3:22:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 25 September, 2012 | Herschel Smith
    Christians are redeemed, but they can be hypocritical and self serving. They aren’t perfect. Furthermore, while Christians can be (though they are not always) sweet and loving, they have always impressed me as perhaps the most pitiful, naive, stolid simpletons on the planet. Sheep is a perfect description. I can say those things because I am a Christian, and not in the sense of ”God is love let’s all hold hands and sing kumbaya while we sway and dance ourselves into ethereal bliss,” but in the orthodox sense (e.g., belief in the trinity, the vicarious atonement, the deity of Christ,...
  • Did you receive this phone call?

    09/26/2012 7:13:58 PM PDT · by pabianice · 8 replies
    We need your help -- Last night, we received word that supporters across Massachusetts had received a robocall from Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS. We’re told that the robocall attacks Elizabeth and blatantly lies about President Obama’s health care reforms. If you receive this phone call, or any other phone calls attacking Elizabeth, please notify the campaign immediately at Under-the-radar phone calls aren't the only way our opponents are trying to secretly attack Elizabeth. We’ve also received word that Americans for Tax Reform -- Grover Norquist’s ultra right wing organization -- recently spent $200,000 on letters and mail pieces here...
  • 'America’s Dumbest War, Ever', a Doubtful Document. FREEPER Input Needed

    09/26/2012 12:37:34 PM PDT · by robowombat · 15 replies
    Michael Yon ^ | 26 September 2012
    America’s Dumbest War, Ever 26 September 2012 Yesterday a concerned father forwarded to me a letter from his son in Afghanistan. I confirmed authenticity, and republish with permission: Dad, I am fed up. I cannot believe the lack of attention the recent changes in this war is receiving by the media or the country. I think I saw one thing on CNN about the following subject, but I had to dig extensively to find it. The purpose of this letter is to let you know of the garbage that our soldiers are going through right now. With this knowledge, I...
  • The lesson Obama was sent to teach us (...'08 win was God's 'elections have consequences' message)

    09/26/2012 6:31:46 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 3 replies ^ | September 25, 2012 | Burt Prelutsky
    The way that people carried on in 2008, you would have thought we had elected a messiah and not merely a president. Some people who felt that way can be excused because that’s the way Obama was sold to us. After all, he vowed to lower the oceans, heal the planet and unite all Americans, whatever their class, race, gender or nation of origin. That’s pretty big talk for someone whose singular accomplishment as a member of the Illinois Legislature was to vote in favor of partial-birth abortions, and whose most noteworthy achievement during his two years in Washington was...
  • Do Americans truly understand 'redistribution of wealth'?

    09/26/2012 6:14:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/26/2012 | Virginia Prodan
    The recently uncovered tape of Obama addressing students at Loyola University in 1998 has produced an uproar. In the tape, Obama expressed his admiration for redistributive government programs: "I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution, because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody's got a shot. How do we pool resources at the same time as we decentralize delivery systems in ways that foster competition, can work in the marketplace, and can foster innovation at the local...
  • My Day with Elizabeth Warren

    09/25/2012 3:01:42 PM PDT · by pabianice · 38 replies
    Warren for Senate ^ | 9/25/12 | Kerry
    Dear Friend, Yesterday I enjoyed a busy day in Massachusetts on the campaign trail with Elizabeth Warren -- and the enthusiasm for her is palpable -- and building. Let me underscore two things very quickly: one -- Elizabeth's campaign needs to keep growing its people-powered energy and that means we need your help, and two -- I want you to know why I'm so committed to this race. Donate to Elizabeth's campaign today. As I said in Somerville yesterday morning, I'm not making a case against anyone. I'm making a case for someone -- and that someone is Elizabeth Warren....
  • Reid: Romney 'not the face of Mormonism'.

    09/25/2012 10:09:12 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 14 replies
    Fox News Website ^ | Published September 25, 2012 |
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lashed out at Mitt Romney’s faith during a conference call with reporters, saying he is “not the face of Mormonism” and suggesting he has tarnished the religion. Reid, a Democrat and the highest-ranking Mormon in U.S. elected office, also said he agrees with claims that Romney has “sullied” the Latter-day Saints faith. The Nevada senator made the comments during a call Friday, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. "He’s coming to a state where there are a lot of members of the LDS Church," Reid also said ahead of Romney’s arrival Friday. "They understand that...
  • One Demographic, Unsurprisingly, Persistently Immune to Obama's Sales Pitches

    09/25/2012 7:01:26 AM PDT · by pabianice · 5 replies
    NRO Morning Jolt ^ | 9/25/12 | Geraghty
    <p>July: Obama to U.S. Veterans: 'I've Got Your Back'</p> <p>Even as Obama leads in Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Virginia, Mitt Romney is up by double digits among veterans in those states. Nationwide, he's got a commanding 20-percentage-point lead over Obama and has overtaken the president with younger veterans.</p>
  • Demagogues, Debt, and Atlas Shrugging

    09/25/2012 5:37:05 AM PDT · by Alex Baker · 1 replies
    RealityBatsLast ^ | September 23, 2012 | Bryce Buchanan
    Obama’s pre-election story is that taxing the rich is the key to funding the government and reducing the debt. Even his greatly expanded government will be financed by the rich paying their fair share. This story is for people who do not understand anything at all about current government spending and the staggering size of our debt. Obama’s story is for uninformed voters. The question is, do the uninformed represent a majority yet? Read more here:
  • Alabama Adopts First Official State Ban on UN Agenda 21

    Alabama became the first state to adopt a tough law protecting private property and due process by prohibiting any government involvement with or participation in a controversial United Nations scheme known as Agenda 21. Activists from across the political spectrum celebrated the measure’s approval as a significant victory against the UN “sustainability” plot, expressing hope that similar sovereignty-preserving measures would be adopted in other states as the nationwide battle heats up. The Alabama Senate Bill (SB) 477 legislation, known unofficially among some supporters as the “Due Process for Property Rights” Act, was approved unanimously by both the state House and...
  • The 2012 election and the Obama/Romney divide

    09/24/2012 11:56:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Burlington County Times ^ | September 24, 2012 | Diana E. Sheets
    In Bill Clinton’s 21st-century rendering of the American Dream presented at the 2012 Democratic Convention, prosperity comes by means of “a nation of shared opportunities, shared responsibilities, shared prosperity, a shared sense of community.” That’s the Democratic narrative. Since the Civil Rights era, the essential question underlying Democratic Party governance has been the following: Is it the party of America and, by implication, that broad-based constituency we refer to as the middle class or is it the party of the disenfranchised? The catastrophe of Barack Obama’s administration is that he has forced the locus of the Democratic Party from the...
  • Judgment Everyday - Why Judging Is Good

    09/24/2012 1:28:34 PM PDT · by guyshomenet · 10 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 9/24/2012 | Guy Smith
    “Don’t judge me!” shouted to obese mother of what I estimated to be a dozen ill-mannered proto juvenile delinquents. Her charming tats aside, she otherwise was a model of incivility, bordering disheveled as she stashed a poorly covered ’40 into a bag while fishing for her EBT card. Had she been talking to me I would have politely informed her that, yes, I’ll judge her and everyone else. I damn well hope people judge me as well. This modern disinclination to judge is as antithetical to normal social functioning as is socialism, and perhaps as evil. Relying on quaint tools,...