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  • Lawmakers make 'hands up' gesture on House floor

    12/02/2014 4:46:35 AM PST · by mykroar · 92 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/2/14 | Lucy McCalmont
    Several lawmakers took to the House floor Monday evening to make the “Hands up, don’t shoot,” gesture to protest the police shooting of the unarmed Ferguson teen, Michael Brown. “Hands up, don’t shoot. It’s a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) said as he took the floor. “In community, after community, after community, fed up with police violence in Ferguson, in Brooklyn, in Cleveland, in Oakland, in cities and counties and rural communities all across America.” Jeffries added that people are fed up with injustice, a broken criminal...
  • Archbishop Cupich Says Yes to Communion for Pro-Abortion Politicians

    12/01/2014 10:57:40 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 38 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | 11/30/14 | Brian Williams
    "...On Sunday’s edition of Face the Nation, recently installed Archbishop Blasé Cupich demonstrated that Chicago is indeed being introduced to a new style of episcopal leadership. This was nowhere more evident than the archbishop’s response to host Norah O’Donnell’s question regarding pro-abortion politicians and the reception of Communion: O’DONNELL: So, when you say we cannot politicize the communion rail, you would give communion to politicians, for instance, who support abortion rights. CUPICH: I would not use the Eucharist or as they call it the communion rail as the place to have those discussions or way in which people would be...
  • WAR AND THE VA

    11/11/2014 11:58:12 AM PST · by Dick Bachert · 16 replies
    Vanity | 11/11/2014 | Dick Bachert
    Robert McDonald, the new head of the VA, has announced his proposed changes/improvements to the current VA system. I've been in the VA system for a number of years here in Atlanta where there have been reports of poor care. I must say that, without exception, I have experienced very good and courteous care in the Atlanta facilities. The bulk of the problems appear to be in other facilities and, to his credit, McDonald – a West Point graduate and airborne vet himself – has dug down into the situation and concluded that his list of those who need to...
  • What happens when your friend’s smartphone can tell that you’re lying

    10/31/2014 8:45:14 AM PDT · by Baynative · 17 replies
    WaPo ^ | 10/31/14 | Gary Shapiro
    We are nearing a point where our smartphones will be able to recognize a face or voice, in real life or on-screen. And identification is only the most basic of the possibilities. Many app-makers are experimenting with software that can also analyze – able to determine someone’s emotions or honesty just by a few facial cues.
  • Planned-Parenthood-Supporting Catholic Politicians: “A Pathetic Spectacle”

    10/28/2014 1:56:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | October 28, 2014 | Bishop Thomas Tobin
    The Gospel of life must be proclaimed, and human life defended in all places and all times. The arena for moral responsibility includes not only the halls of government, but the voting booth as well. (American Bishops, “Living the Gospel of Life”)by Bishop Thomas Tobin: Prior to the recent primary election I received a heartfelt letter from a member of the Diocese who had just discovered that the candidate for whom she had intended to vote was “pro-choice and for same-sex marriage.” She wrote: “Dear Bishop Tobin, for whom do I vote? Do I vote at all?”I responded to my...
  • State Legislators Take Care of Themselves - Even from the grave

    10/09/2014 10:08:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/6/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    Members of the political class here and elsewhere have a reputation for always taking care of their own. Chasers of public office may wax eloquent about their selfless “public service,” but the truth is that no one checks their self-interest at the doors of the Capitol. Elected officials maximize their own interests in a number of ways: pay, prestige, perquisites and more. Under term limits, perhaps the highest priority of the political careerists who populate the Legislature is paving the way for their next elected or appointed job when they are termed-out of their current one. Toward this end, they...
  • It has EVERYTHING to do with Islam

    09/30/2014 10:28:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/30/14 | Klaus Rohrich
    We are beginning to see the results of the silence of so-called “moderate” Muslims Last Thursday morning as Colleen Hufford arose and readied for work, her thoughts very likely were on the day ahead, things needing to be done, realizing that tomorrow would be Friday and maybe even thinking up weekend plans with her grandchildren. Little did she know that she was en route to becoming another statistic, a sticking point in the manic affirmations of America’s leaders that her death, like so many before hers, “had nothing to do with Islam.” But the truth is Ms Hufford’s grisly demise...
  • Of politicians and moral courage

    09/12/2014 9:16:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/12/14 | Caroline Glick
    Obama cannot successfully lead the war because, as we saw once again on Wednesday night, he is not a leader. He is a politician Leaders are not elected. Politicians are elected. Their election in turn provides politicians with the opportunity to become leaders. You don’t become a leader by telling people what they want to hear, although doing so certainly helps to you get elected. A politician becomes a leader by telling people what they don’t want to hear.
  • Sowell: Cheap Politicians

    09/09/2014 11:49:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 9, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The recent bribery convictions of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife are only the latest in a seemingly never-ending series of convictions of government officials. A little item on the Internet featured government officials in prison, either currently or in recent times. Among them were a mayor of New Orleans, a mayor of Detroit and a mayor of Washington; a governor of Connecticut, a governor of Louisiana, two governors of Illinois and four members of Congress. However much these and other government officials may have richly deserved being behind bars, the country does not deserve to have its...
  • Keeping Calm and Carrying On This Winter

    09/02/2014 9:43:10 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/02/14 | Judi McLeod
    Don’t wait for any politician or news media talking head to save you and your family from any barbarians who would make good on their threats With a thousand and one predicted disasters calling the attention of the average citizen, we live in confusing, turbulent times. If Ebola, terrorists or living in a country without borders doesn’t get you, something else will. It’s as if the leaders of some countries want the countries they were elected to serve wiped off the map, leaving the world’s largest bureaucracy called the United Nations to get on with their convenient One World Government....
  • Egalitarianism Is Not What Leftist Politicians Make You Think

    08/25/2014 2:53:17 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 1 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 25 August 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    "Egalitarianism" sounds so good, progressive, enlightened and compassionate. And above all, of course, caring. But in reality the opposite of all those adjectives is closer to the truth of egalitarianism. For the only way to make all the individuals of a society equal is to reduce everyone to the lowest common denominator. Recently it was the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Three years later, in 1917, the Russian Revolution took place. This should remind us that in the past almost 100 years during which attempts at equalisation were repeatedly made, everybody - except...
  • Mainstream Media Romanticizing Foley beheader as ‘Black Beatle John’

    08/21/2014 9:53:10 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/21/14 | Judi McLeod
    Terrorists advancing a smothering worldwide Caliphate with the help of do-nothing, yakety-yak political leaders The British mainstream media, in another era called the scribes of the ‘Penny Dreadfuls’ continue to go to great lengths to romanticize brutal terrorists who slaughter and maim innocents in their demented mission for world takeover through Caliphate. First came “White Widow, 30-year-old Samantha Lewthwaite, who is believed to have fled Kenya to Somalia after the Nairobi shopping mall massacre in September of 2013. The British mainstream media created for the seriously depraved Lewthwaite, a folklore image of a woman “fleeing on a camel to an...
  • To Party or Not to Party...

    07/20/2014 10:17:09 AM PDT · by mononymous
    Mononymous1/Wordpress ^ | 7/20/2014 | Mononymous1
    The term “paramountcy of the party” is often touted by totalitarian regimes in which the government and its bureaucrats are solely comprised of members of a single party. The ruling class is comprised entirely of party members, the elites are party members, the military is a wholly owned subsidiary of the party, in every facet of life the favored are members of the party; the party is the state. Whatever other options there are, they are there simply for show and few of the members ever dare to oppose their oppressive regimes. One needs to only look at the history...
  • Fifteen Things You Probably Do Not Know about Psychopaths

    06/27/2014 7:54:19 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 27, 2014 | Greg G. Long
    5. Control – Psychopaths want to control you – physically, emotionally, sexually, financially, and politically. Psychopaths want to control your soft drinks, your ability to defend yourself, your health care, and your life. Snip The rarest of psychopathic types is the intellectual psychopath.Karl Marx, Saul Alinsky, and Cloward-Piven come to mind. Both Marx and Alinsky displayed psychopathic traits and inspired other psychopaths to infiltrate and sometimes forcibly seize governments, followed by characteristic psychopathic inefficiency, incompetence, and corruption in the administration of the state.
  • 16 year old programmer made something awesome that has politicians terrified

    06/23/2014 8:12:03 AM PDT · by Library Lady · 37 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | Josh Riddle
    Now when you hear babbling on about the Koch Brothers, you can see the hypocrisy and look at who he is bankrolled by. From Engadget: The murky world of lobby groups bankrolling politicians is garnering more attention, but is there a way to find out which representatives are in the pocket without a lot of tedious research? A 16-year-old programmer has developed a browser plugin that, when you mouse-over the name of a US lawmaker, will serve up a list of which parties have donated to their campaign funds, and the quantities. Greenhouse (geddit?) is currently available for Chrome, Firefox...
  • Angry Syrian Opponents Fight Over A Table (Video)

    05/07/2014 9:59:48 AM PDT · by lbryce
  • Legislators Are Digging Their Own Grave, Taking Us Down with Them

    05/05/2014 7:31:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    PJMedia.com ^ | 4/4/2014 | Janine Turner
    The number one threat to our republic is not the debt, is not the entitlements, is not invasion from another country. The number one threat to our country is lust. It is not a sexual lust. It is a lust for power. Since time began, the lust for power and its ruthlessness has ruined liberty, derailed democracy, wrecked republicanism, crippled nations and killed millions. The paths have been many but the goal singular — lust, lust for power. Our founders knew firsthand how the lust for power corrupted human rights. They knew that, to quote James Madison, “men are not...
  • Why Are Politicians’ Books So Terrible?

    04/11/2014 4:59:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | April 9, 2014 | Casey N. Cep
    It was the best of hugs; it was the worst of hugs. Or so the description might have gone had Charlie Crist labored a bit longer on his new memoir, in which the erstwhile governor of Florida—who is now campaigning for the job again—relives the fateful embrace with President Obama that he claims sunk his political fortunes in 2009. Rather than try for style, Crist renders the moment with the racy, staccato gusto that one might expect from a pulpy romance. ................................................. But fiction is yours to write if you’re an aspiring politician with a book deal. Crist’s The Party’s...
  • Real Change In DC Requires Campaign Finance Reform

    The left’s hypocrisy concerning campaign finances and billionaires in politics has been on full display recently. Since 2010 we’ve heard them whine about the Citizens United case, now we can hear them whine about McCutcheon v FEC. McCutcheon ruled the cap on total campaign donations unconstitutional, though it left in place the cap on donations to one candidate. The left is outraged that billionaires will be allowed to exercise free speech in the form of donating money. Meanwhile, have you noticed Harry Reid can’t stop talking about the libertarian Koch Brothers. They’ve become the boogeyman for everything wrong in the...
  • Corrupt Politicians, Organized Crime, and Citizen Disarmament

    03/31/2014 6:58:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Comrades Hand Over Your Weapons Corrupt politicians are much more of a factor in large urban centers than in rural communities and small towns.    The same applies to organized crime.  it is associated with urban areas.   It is much harder for significant corruption to exist when the amounts are small, the people involved mostly know the politicians personally, and there are no large public works to play favorites with.   A significant exception might be planning and zoning, where local elites have great power, little accountability, and where significant money is at stake. Corrupt politicians and organized crime figures hate...
  • ‘Prime act of pastoral charity’ to deny pro-abortion politicians Communion: Cardinal Burke

    03/21/2014 8:15:56 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3//20/14 | Peter Baklinski
    ROME, March 20, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – “The priest’s refusal to give Holy Communion is a prime act of pastoral charity, helping the person in question to avoid sacrilege and safeguarding the other faithful from scandal,” said American Cardinal Raymond Burke in an interview published exclusively in English today by LifeSiteNews. Burke was responding to the question of how a priest should proceed when he encounters a Catholic politician presenting him or herself for Communion while at the same time publicly supporting abortion or homosexual “marriage.” “The exclusion of those who persist in manifest and grave sin, after having been duly...
  • Spring Clean Government

    03/19/2014 5:01:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | John Stossel
    Spring cleaning is a healthy tradition. If only politicians did it! They don't. When Barack Obama ran for president, he promised to clean house, "I'm not a Democrat who believes that we can or should defend every government program just because it's there. There are some that don't work." I cheered when I heard that! But politicians always say they'll get rid of waste. Then, once in power, they spend more . Obama sure has. "We just need to cut back!" said Obama, the candidate. He promised to end "waste at the Economic Development Agency and the Export-Import Bank that's...
  • Spring Clean Government

    03/19/2014 5:00:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | John Stossel
    Spring cleaning is a healthy tradition. If only politicians did it! They don't. When Barack Obama ran for president, he promised to clean house, "I'm not a Democrat who believes that we can or should defend every government program just because it's there. There are some that don't work." I cheered when I heard that! But politicians always say they'll get rid of waste. Then, once in power, they spend more . Obama sure has. "We just need to cut back!" said Obama, the candidate. He promised to end "waste at the Economic Development Agency and the Export-Import Bank that's...
  • What’s behind Illinois’ employment collapse?

    03/02/2014 11:42:15 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    Illinois Policy.org ^ | 2/24/2014 | Michael Lucci
    A smaller and smaller percentage of adults are working to support the entire state population. Why does this matter? Because a booming economy provides the benefits of opportunity and upward mobility. But not only that. Growing the number of taxpayers is essential for funding core government services and pension bills. The only other tools legislators have are tax hikes, which have done more to chase away taxpayers than to fund the government. The percentage of the working-age population that is employed fell by 5.6 percentage points, from 65 percent in January 2008 to 59.4 percent in December 2013. This percentage,...
  • A Trust Deficit

    02/11/2014 8:56:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Most people accept the notion that politicians don't always tell the truth. Some lies are harmless enough; others more consequential. Lyndon Johnson skirted the truth when he promised during the 1964 presidential campaign not to send any more American troops to fight a land war in Southeast Asia. He knew then that American intervention would eventually be necessary, but the lie helped him win the election. After the election, Johnson sent additional troops, more American lives were lost and the war escalated. Richard Nixon claimed he knew nothing about Watergate. "I am not a crook," he said. Lies. In 1976,...
  • ARRIVING IN GOMORRAH!

    01/29/2014 10:12:00 AM PST · by Dick Bachert · 27 replies
    Vanity | 1/29/2014 | Dick Bachert
    The late Judge Robert Bork wrote a controversial book in 1996 called “Slouching Toward Gomorrah” Modern Liberalism and American Decline” He was pilloried in the mainstream media for being a negative conservative alarmist. That same year, former Reagan cabinet member, Dr. William Bennett published his “The Book of Virtues.” In it he attempted to call our attention to a process he termed the “coarsening of the culture.” He was likewise raked over the coals for attempting to point out what, in retrospect, anyone with half a brain would recognize as early attempts to prevent the slide that has brought us...
  • Famous exorcist: 'The devil loves to take over those who hold political office' [Ecumenic]

    06/06/2008 1:59:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 60 replies · 702+ views
    CNA ^ | June 6, 2008
    Fr. Gabriele Amorth Rome, Jun 6, 2008 / 11:10 am (CNA).- In an interview with the magazine “Maria Mensajera,” famous Italian exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth said, “Everybody is vulnerable to the work of Satan” and that “the devil loves to take over those who hold political office.”The Spanish daily “La Razon” published the interview in an article by Alexander Smoltczyk in which the 82 year-old priest describes what happens in an exorcism.  He said he has performed more than 70,000.“Evil exists in politics, quite often in fact,” Father Amorth said.  “The devil loves to take over business leaders and...
  • Greenfield: Rise of the Mediacracy

    12/25/2013 5:41:21 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 34 replies
    Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Rise of the Mediacracy Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog A nation where governments are elected by the people is most vulnerable at the interface between the politicians and the people. The interface is where the people learn what the politicians stand for and where the politicians learn what the people want. The bigger a country gets, the harder it is to pick up on that consensus by stopping by a coffee shop or an auto repair store. That's where the Mediacracy steps in to control the consensus. The media is no longer...
  • Why Americans Are So Angry

    12/08/2013 3:22:24 PM PST · by blam · 50 replies
    BI - Economist ^ | 12-8-2013 | Economist
    Why Americans Are So Angry The Economist Dec. 8, 2013, 4:07 PM Flag Burning Obama protestFlickr/Kevin Skahan A protester burns an American flag during a rally against President Obama in Oakland July 23, 2012.    BELIEVE the polls, and Americans have decided that they live in Italy: hobbled by dishonest leaders and such endemic corruption that only fools would trust strangers. Grim findings have been coming thick and fast. Most Americans no longer see President Barack Obama as honest. Half think that he “knowingly lied” to pass his Obamacare health law. Fewer than one in five trust the...
  • Obama Hates Black Politicians, Black Politicians Hate Obama

    11/10/2013 3:03:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 11/07/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    It’s an interesting dynamic. And apparently it goes both ways. It’s not news that black politicians, particularly of the older sort, hate Obama. The Congressional Black Caucus nearly went all in for Hillary. Jesse Jackson talked about cutting off Obama’s nuts. No doubt much worse was said in private. Some of this may be a personality clash between the old corrupt generation of black pols, the Charlie Rangel era, and the younger savvier Cory Bookers, like the one that played out in Newark. The Charlie Rangels think the Obamas and Bookers are too slick and too phony, that they don’t...
  • Republicans, You Need Women to Attack Women

    10/31/2013 10:00:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Slate ^ | October 31, 2013 | Amanda Marcotte
    Earlier this week, ABC and Fusion published the results of a poll commissioned to dig a little more deeply into the "almost unfathomable gap" that divides public attitudes on "gender, race, religion and politics in America." The results were predictable to anyone who has bothered to switch back and forth between MSNBC and Fox News—Republicans think religion should play a role in government, liberals think racism is real—but the findings on women in leadership were actually a bit surprising. Forty-three percent of Americans say it would be a good thing if more women were elected to Congress—but the range here...
  • Sowell: Throw the Rascals Out?

    10/28/2013 1:10:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 29, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Polls indicate that the public is so disgusted with Washington politicians of both parties that a surprisingly large proportion of the people would like to get rid of the whole lot of them. It is certainly understandable that the voters would like to "throw the rascals out." But there is no point in throwing the rascals out, if we are just going to get a new set of rascals to replace them. In other words, we need to think about what there is about current political practices that repeatedly bring to power such a counterproductive set of people. Those we...
  • Sowell: Throw the Rascals Out?: Part II

    10/28/2013 1:10:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 29, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    The public's opinion of politicians of both parties seems to have reached a new low. But no matter how much the voters detest Congress — or how justifiably — that does not mean that there will be radical changes at the next election. For one thing, "Congress" is not on the ballot. Only individual members of Congress are. Most voters like their own Senator or Representative, often because of special favors that these incumbents have done for their own constituency — at the taxpayers' expense. Add to this the so-called "campaign reform" laws that restrict the raising of money that...
  • D.C.'s 'Corrupt Bastards Club'

    10/20/2013 8:06:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/20/13 | Sarah Palin
    In Alaska we had a group of politicos who chuckled as they dubbed themselves the “CBC,” which stands for “Corrupt Bastards Club.” But it was no laughing matter. I, and many others, took them on. We won. When I served as chairman of our state’s Oil and Gas Commission, I reported on the cronyism of the chair of my own Party, who had been appointed by our governor to that same energy regulating commission. (Click here to see a reporter’s reaction to a short Newt Gingrich interview on the matter.) The whistle blowing resulted in him receiving the largest ethics...
  • Show FR: Congress Buddies

    10/18/2013 7:31:31 PM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 5 replies
    Congress Buddies ^ | 10/18/2013 | Self
    Cool tool comparing voting records.
  • How to Become a Member of the new Nobility*

    10/12/2013 6:02:00 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 October, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    If you want to become part of the new nobility that is emerging in the American population, the good news is that it is possible.  The bad news is that it is not without cost in time, energy, money and effort. Here are ways to become a member in the new nobility: 1.  Become a police officer.   A street level police officer is at the low end of the noble class spectrum.    The lower end of a noble class always have greater numbers than the highest ends.   Police are treated with deference and have special privileges and immunities that the...
  • Rebel Without a Caste

    09/28/2013 6:06:33 AM PDT · by keats5 · 7 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | September 27, 2013 | Matthew Continetti
    How fitting that Senator Ted Cruz’s 21-hour anti-Obamacare speech on the Senate floor in Washington, D.C., happened to coincide with the opening of the U.N. General Assembly and the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City. Rarely is the distance separating the caste that rules our world from its few, heavily despised critics so literal.
  • Nancy Pelosi quietly raises popularity rating; poll respondents are not so sweet on politicians

    08/06/2013 5:25:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/05/13 | Stephen Dinan
    What’s Nancy Pelosi doing right? While the other top congressional leaders are fading, the House minority leader and former speaker is on the rise, according to the latest Quinnipiac University Thermometer poll, which shows the California Democrat is gaining popularity as one of the nation’s top political figures. **SNIP** While Democrats give her a 64.2 percent warmth rating, the best among the four leaders, self-identified Republicans score her at 19.8, the lowest of the group.
  • No Joke: Proposal to Open Museum of Political Corruption in New York

    08/01/2013 9:13:42 AM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 8 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | Corruption,New York,Museum,Albany
    Capture No Joke: Proposal to Open Museum of Political Corruption in New York August 1, 2013 // By: Rusty Weiss // Corruption, Crime, Culture, New York, Scandal // 1 comment 2 inShare Share via email inShare Submit to reddit Whether it’s bilking taxpayers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, funneling money into non-profits so that pet poodles can get spa treatments, trying to rig the New York City mayor’s race, serially harassing women and then covering it up, perpetually sexting one’s junk, or committing extensive and persistent voter fraud, the Empire State has certainly had more than its fair...
  • Vernon's nervy ex-manager suing city after defrauding it: Editorial(CA)

    07/30/2013 12:29:28 PM PDT · by Mark · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 7/30/2013 | Editorial,Daily News
    There's a new face of chutzpah to join that of the former Bell city manager: Bruce Malkenhorst. Malkenhorst is a former city manager of Vernon who was paid an obscene salary of more than $900,000 a year. He is now suing that city because he doesn't think his CalPERS pension is generous enough. His pension is $115,000, but he's not satisfied with that -- though the median household income for the Los Angeles County city of Vernon is $38,625, according to the 2010 Census. That's because the California Public Employees Retirement System originally granted Malkenhorst a pension of $545,000 a...
  • The Private Lives of Scandalous Politicians

    07/27/2013 5:56:12 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    American Vision ^ | 7-25-13 | Rob Slane
    So the Twitter pervert Anthony Weiner has been caught with his internet pants round his ankles yet again. There he was, ahead amongst Democrats vying to become New York Mayor, and with the worst timing possible, a young woman reveals that Mr Weiner – or Carlos Danger as he prefers – was sending her dirty pictures and dirty messages less than a year after he resigned from Congress for sending dirty pictures and dirty messages. Oh and for serially lying about it as well. In an attempt to rescue his political ambitions yet again, his long-suffering wife stood by him...
  • Spitzer's Feeble Defense: Hey, Politicians Lie All The Time About All Sorts Of Stuff!

    07/09/2013 7:28:41 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 11 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As defenses go to the charge of having lied to the people of New York about illegal activities, Eliot Spitzer's might not have been the best. Hey, politicans lie all the time about all sorts of stuff, was the essence of Client #9-turned-Comptroller-candidate's response. Spitzer's lame defense [he literally said: "I think we all know that politicians dissemble all the time about negotiations, on substantive issues and probably on personal issues as well"] came in response to some serious grilling by Mark Halperin on today's Morning Joe. The Spitzer segment was set up to feature Mika Brzezinski as chief inquisitor,...
  • Laurel given to writer for measuring Supreme Court

    Laurel given to writer for measuring Supreme Court July 4, 2013 Lewistown Sentinel To the editor: I want to compliment Mr. Clyde Bailey for his well presented letter, "Supreme Court seems to disregard Constitution" of July 2. The Supreme Court has definitely turned political and is a far cry from what the founding fathers had in mind. The bad thing about the Supreme Court's decisions is that they are deciding on moral issues, issues that should be debated and voted on by the citizenry. An example of the moral issues decision was the Supreme Court abortion vote which was presented...
  • With Its Roots in the Nuclear Family, the Nation Evolves Into America 3.0

    07/05/2013 1:26:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 5, 2013 | Michael Barone
    The Fourth of July is always an occasion to think about what the United States of America has been, is and will be. A good way to reflect on that is to pick up a copy of "America 3.0" by James Bennett and Michael Lotus and ponder its lessons. As the title suggests, Bennett and Lotus see the nation as having evolved from an agricultural America 1.0 to an industrial America 2.0 and struggling now to evolve again into an information age America 3.0. That's a familiar framework. Where they differ from other analyses is that they see the roots...
  • How to Spell Success

    06/04/2013 7:08:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    The annual ritual known as the Scripps National Spelling Bee came and went last week with kids spelling words that, I suspect, many with graduate degrees couldn't spell. The winner was Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Bayside Hills, N.Y. Mahankali is the first boy to win the title since 2008. There is a lesson to be learned from the success of these young people, including the ones who came close to winning but didn't. It is the value of persistence. Mahankali won this year by spelling the German word "knaidel." He lost the bee three times before and was...
  • (Smörgåsbord - Rat Eating Snakes Invade US Capitol) It’s Raining Snakes in Washington, DC

    05/30/2013 7:45:52 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    The Daily caller ^ | 05/30/2013 | Sarah Hofmann
    It’s raining snakes in Washington, DC Police reports in the Adams Morgan area of our nation’s capital detail recent occurrences of snakes falling out of trees and onto children. Police believe the intimidating inhabitants of Walter Pierce park to be black rat snakes, WTOP reports. The snakes fell out of trees in a playground near the National Zoo, which caused panic among the children. Black rat snakes are not poisonous, but they do constrict their small prey to kill it. The responding officer was able to capture a small one in a water bottle. Officials at the zoo said there...
  • Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish: Put Not Your Trust in Politicians

    05/13/2013 10:09:30 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 9 replies
    Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish ^ | Sunday, May 12, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sunday, May 12, 2013 Put Not Your Trust in Politicians Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog 4 Comments The most obvious lessons of the defeat of gun control and the push for illegal alien amnesty is that politicians don't matter. People do. The Tea Party invested its energy into electing the right people, but as Rick Scott and Marco Rubio showed us, there may be no such thing as the right people. Politicians are in the business of selling out. The difference between Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist was that Rubio hadn't really been tested. But that...
  • Today in 2007: Pope Benedict XVI: Pro-Abortion Pols Excommunicated, No Communion

    05/09/2013 9:44:58 AM PDT · by onyx · 16 replies
    Life News.com ^ | May 9, 2007 | Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor
    The Vatican (LifeNews.com) The Catholic Church has made it clear in the past that it strongly opposes abortion and wants pro-abortion politicians to rethink their views or consider refraining from taking communion. Pope Benedict XVI stepped up those warnings Wednesday saying pro-abortion politicians have excommunicated themselves. He also said he elected officials who support abortion would be prevented from receiving communion. The pontiff was asked about the topics in reference to a threat from the Catholic bishops in Mexico to excommunicate members of the Mexico City legislative assembly who recently voted to legalize abortion in the nation’s capital. “Yes, this...
  • Gangs and Politicians in Chicago: An Unholy Alliance

    04/25/2013 6:32:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Chicago Magazine ^ | January 2012 | David Bernstein and Noah Isackson
    LAWBREAKERS, LAWMAKERS: In some parts of Chicago, violent street gangs and pols quietly trade money and favors for mutual gain. The thugs flourish, the elected officials thrive—and you lose. ... both law enforcement and gang sources say, is that some politicians ignore the gangs’ criminal activities. Some go so far as to protect gangs from the police, tipping them off to impending raids or to surveillance activities—in effect, creating safe havens in their political districts. And often they chafe at backing tough measures to stem gang activities, advocating instead for superficial solutions that may garner good press but have little...
  • When Politicians Lie Until They're Blue in the Face

    04/03/2013 4:29:30 PM PDT · by RightBlackChick · 4 replies
    TPNN - Tea Party News Network ^ | 4/3/13 | Ray Muccio
    We have to start somewhere and this is where it starts. I have attended Tea Party meetings at the same location the Queens GOP calls home. However, we were never included in anything that the GOP was doing. We were never invited to any rallies, never had any of the Queens GOP leaders stop in and speak, and now I see why. In a time where American citizens are struggling to even put food on the table, my own party is willing to give up their seat for Mayor for a couple of dollars. Politics has become about money and...