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  • The Passing of George McGovern: A Liberal Who Got Mugged

    10/22/2012 3:42:44 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    New American ^ | Monday, 22 October 2012 16:11 | Bob Adelmann
    Monday, 22 October 2012 16:11 The Passing of George McGovern: A Liberal Who Got Mugged Written by Bob Adelmann George McGovern, known for his ultra-liberal stance on issues of his day, passed away on Sunday, October 21st, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at age 90. Active in promoting liberal programs almost from the first, McGovern was convinced that government could be used as an instrument to improve society, especially in providing food for the poor in America and around the world. He saw the American government and the United Nations as tools to promote sustenance for...
  • Hillary At Social Media Summit: "Anyone can be a Diplomat -- Just Hit Send!"

    10/22/2012 10:36:33 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10-22-12 | Penny Starr
    In a video address to the Social Good Summit in New York City on Sept. 22, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said technology makes it possible for “anyone” to be a diplomat. “We are living in a moment when anyone can be a diplomat,” Clinton said. “All you have to do is hit send.” The three-day summit was held during U.N. Week and was sponsored in part by the United Nations Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “The Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking...
  • Philosopher, secular humanist and religion skeptic Paul Kurtz dies at 86 in New York

    10/22/2012 10:01:05 AM PDT · by Joseph Harrolds · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct 22, 2012
    Paul Kurtz, who sought to debunk psychics, astrologers and anything related to the paranormal, has died. He was 86. The secular humanist philosopher died Saturday at his home in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst. His death was announced Monday by the Center for Inquiry, which he founded. His family isn't releasing the cause. Kurtz founded the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and The Skeptical Inquirer magazine, which advocates relying on science and reason to examine everything from alien sightings to homeopathic remedies. He also was a well-known voice for the idea that decisions and behavior should be guided by science and...
  • Argentina: How to Destroy a Rich Country

    10/22/2012 7:04:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/22/2012 | By Mike Konrad
    The next election may determine where America is headed -- to a restoration of its greatness, or to a retreat into the obsolescence of history. Before one casts a vote, an example stands before us of a country that made the wrong choice, warning us what to avoid. The country is Argentina, chiefly unknown to most Americans, apart from its creation of the tango . This ignorance on our part is inexcusable, since Argentina resembles an America that went awry. Argentina's are astounding. Argentina is a little less than half the size of continental United States, with a climate that...
  • Being pro-life doesn't make me any less of a lefty

    10/21/2012 8:22:45 PM PDT · by oneprolifewoman · 19 replies
    New Statesman ^ | Mehdi Hasan
    Listening to fellow pundits on the left react with rage and disbelief to the support by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, for halving the abortion time limit to 12 weeks, I was reminded of the late Christopher Hitchens. “[A]nyone who has ever seen a sonogram or has spent even an hour with a textbook on embryology knows that emotions are not the deciding factor [in abortions],” wrote the Hitch in his column for the Nation magazine in April 1989. “In order to terminate a pregnancy, you have to still a heartbeat, switch off a developing brain . . . break...
  • RYMB Romney you magnificent bastard, tear 'em up!(Vanity)

    10/21/2012 7:14:48 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 18 replies
    Good bottle of wine has me in a mood tonight! Let's go Ronmey, chew the fraud up!!
  • Is Obama a Marxist? (video)

    10/21/2012 2:51:18 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 15 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | Oct 20 2012 | Dave Blount
    The short answer is yes. A longer answer is this video:Is Obama Marxist? A note on the patently phony rhetoric from commies like Obama and Biden regarding the middle class: under the collectivist system they have been incrementally imposing, there will be no middle class — just government-dependent peasants and their wise, all-powerful rulers.
  • Sue Carlton: Of Muslims and protests, schools and religion, church and state

    10/21/2012 1:47:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times | October 17, 2012 | Sue Carlton
    In the latest religious battle in Hillsborough County schools — call it Eastergate -a federal magistrate says a fourth-grader should have been allowed to pass out invitations to classmates for an Easter egg hunt to "learn the true meaning of Easter."And that telling him no violated his right to free speech.I figured this news would have conservative Christian activist and current School Board candidate Terry Kemple — whose group was behind billboards that called the separation of church and state a lie—cheering.Hooray for the First Amendment!Though, actually, what he said was: "It was an accurate ruling."It got me wondering, though....
  • Victims Outraged as Feds Refuse to Call Fort Hood Attack Terrorism

    10/20/2012 8:52:24 PM PDT · by robowombat · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 19 Oct 2012 04:50 PM | Todd Beamon
    Victims of the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood in Texas that killed 13 people and wounded dozens more are outraged that the U.S. government refuses to classify it as an act of terrorism. About 160 victims and their families released a video on Thursday describing the shooting — in which Army Maj. Nidal Hasan allegedly opened fire on a room full of soldiers — and arguing why it should be classified as a terrorist attack. ...... The U.S. Department of Defense has ruled the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting a case of workplace violence. ...... Hasan consulted by email with top...
  • Soviet propaganda posters show importance of religious freedom

    10/20/2012 7:19:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    cna ^ | October 19, 2012 | Carl Bunderson
    A woman throws icons away in a propaganda poster which states, "The Bright Light of Science Has Proven That There Is No God." Denver, Colo., Oct 19, 2012 / 05:43 pm (CNA).- Some 40 Soviet propaganda posters against Christianity will soon be displayed at Denver’s Catholic cathedral as part of an exhibit dedicated to religious liberty. “These posters remind us that societies can turn very deadly when you have a kind of radical secularism which manifests in an anti-Christian attitude … you see it in all its ugliness through the lens of these posters,” Father Doug Grandon told CNA...
  • What do we actually know about Mohammed?

    10/19/2012 2:05:47 PM PDT · by robowombat · 35 replies
    Open Democracy ^ | 10 June 2008 | PATRICIA CRONE
    About the author Patricia Crone is professor of Islamic history at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. It is notoriously difficult to know anything for sure about the founder of a world religion. Just as one shrine after the other obliterates the contours of the localities in which he was active, so one doctrine after another reshapes him as a figure for veneration and imitation for a vast number of people in times and places that he never knew. In the case of Mohammed, Muslim literary sources for his life only begin around 750-800 CE (common era), some four to...
  • The Kissing Sailor, or “The Selective Blindness of Rape Culture” (Lefty Lunatic Alert)

    10/19/2012 1:01:18 PM PDT · by pabianice · 25 replies
    Crates and Ribbons ^ | 10/10/12 | Leopard
    In pursuit of gender equality The kissing sailor, Greta Zimmer Friedman, George Mendonsa Most of us are familiar with this picture. Captured in Times Square on V-J Day, 1945, it has become one of the most iconic photographs of American history, symbolizing the jubilation and exuberance felt throughout the country at the end of World War II. For a long time, the identity of the pair remained a mystery. It certainly looks passionate and romantic enough, with many speculating that they were a couple – a sailor and a nurse, celebrating and sharing their joy. This year, however, historians...
  • Criminals and the Guns They Carry

    10/19/2012 12:39:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 18 October, 2012 | Greg Ellifritz
    "If you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss." Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu said this over 2000 years ago in his book The Art of War. It's hardly new advice. Yet it is just as useful now as it was so many centuries ago. Armed citizens spend countless hours trying to find the perfect weapon system, combining the best size, accuracy, reliability, and stopping power into one easy-to-carry package. They try friends' guns. They read gun magazines. They study every gun website on the Internet. They are truly taking Sun Tzu's...
  • Fidel Castro suffered a stroke, Venezuelan doctor says

    10/19/2012 11:19:05 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 29 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | October 18, 2012 | Juan Carlos Chavez
    A Naples doctor said former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is near ‘a neurovegetative state’ after suffering a stroke. Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and his state of health is so precarious that he has trouble feeding, speaking and recognizing people, said a Venezuelan physician who assured El Nuevo Herald that he has access to firsthand sources and information. “He suffered an embolic stroke and recognizes absolutely no one,” said José Marquina, a respected doctor who in the past has claimed to have direct information about the illness affecting President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.
  • Eating with Tax Collectors

    10/19/2012 8:11:37 AM PDT · by Father Gillen · 6 replies
    Dominican Friars ^ | October 19, 2012 | Father Gillen, O.P.
    Last night I was invited to dinner by Al Smith IV, the great-grandson of Al Smith, who was a former New York governor and the first Catholic nominated for president. Al shared some jokes while introducing Obama and Romney. He also poked fun at Cardinal Timothy Dolan, a man of considerable girth, who sat between the two candidates. Al joked that they were separated by a “vast expanse.” The banter throughout the night reminded me of another man of great girth, namely G.K. Chesterton. Standing 6 feet 4 inches and weighing around 290 pounds, Chesterton’s size gave rise to a...
  • UK: Guardian 'seriously discussing' end to print edition

    10/17/2012 5:11:57 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/17/2012 | Katherine Rushton,
    The publisher of the Guardian and Observer newspapers is close to axing the print editions of the newspapers, despite the hopes of its editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger to keep them running for several years. Senior figures at Guardian News & Media are seriously discussing the move to an entirely online operation, it has been claimed, leaving Mr Rusbridger increasingly isolated. The longstanding Guardian chief wants to develop the Guardian’s digital-only US operation before pulling the plug on the print edition, in the hope that it will provide a useful blueprint for the online business in Britain. However, trustees of the Scott...
  • The Al Smith Dinner and Our Pro-Abortion President

    10/17/2012 11:52:59 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 3 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 16, 2012 | Jack Fowler
    Turns out that many board members (former NBC boss Robert Wright, developer John Zuccotti, moneyman Peter Kiernan III) of the Smith Foundation are well-heeled, big-time supporters of pro-abortion Democratic lawmakers. This includes good old Al Smith IV, the foundation’s chairman. Records at the Federal Election Commission and OpenSecrets.org show that over the years he has rained campaign cash on every Schumer, Rodham, Clinton, Kerry, Dodd, and Kennedy he could find. My favorite: On June 28, 2007, Smith contributed $500 to the PAC run by ultra pro-abortion Democratic congressman Jerry Nadler, listing on the FEC donation record that his occupation was...
  • Good Catholics can not be Democrats argues Kansas Irish American politician

    10/16/2012 12:36:42 PM PDT · by batmast · 9 replies
    Irish Central ^ | October 16, 2012 | JAMES O'SHEA
    http://www.irishcentral.com/news/-Good-Catholics-can-not-be-Democrats-argues-Kansas-Irish-American-politician-174354601.html?showAll=y Good Catholics can not be Democrats argues Kansas Irish American politician Says Democratic platform on gay marriage is counter to Christ’s teaching ByJAMES O'SHEA,IrishCentral Staff Writer Published Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7:11 AMUpdated Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 9:16 AM Larger TextPrintE-mail50 Comments Steve Fitzgerald, an Irish American Republican candidate for the Kansas State Senate has stated that Catholics should not be Democrats because the party supports gay marriage. "My main point is that the Democratic platform and policies nationally are an attempt to redefine marriage in effect to say what Christ has said about marriage is a lie," Fitzgerald...
  • Knowing What You Know Now, Would You Have Backed Romney From The Primary?

    10/16/2012 10:52:22 AM PDT · by SarahPalin2012 · 146 replies
    Or would you have still backed Cain/Gingrich/Santorum/Christie/Palin (whoever your choice was from before or during the primary). I think it's an interesting question. Mitt wasn't my first choice, but am glad that he is doing so well. Would you now prefer Mitt over another who may or may not have done as well? Of course, I myself am a completely committed supporter of Mitt Romney since the primary was decided.
  • University of CA spends $80k on socialism project

    10/16/2012 7:58:28 AM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 7 replies
    The University of California -- Merced (UCM) spent $80,000 in a self-described attempt to advance ideas of “economic justice.” According to the school’s official website, UCM aims to create a “society in which the distribution of resources is equitable” and promote “cultural awareness.” To bring these goals to term, the university created a special “Social Justice” department which hosts annual events such as the “National Coming Out Awareness” week and a “Multicultural Odyssey in San Francisco.”