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  • Decoding Obama’s Mandatory Voting Fantasy

    03/23/2015 9:47:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 23, 2015 | J. Christian Adams
    There’s nothing that excites someone to vote like being forced to do it. But federal force is one of President Obama’s favorite things, so his recent announcement that mandatory voting might be a good idea is hardly a surprise. Normally, Americans have an aversion to being told what to do. Imagine if a president had proposed mandatory prayer for all Americans. Most previous presidents thought prayer was a good idea, so why not prayer for everybody — by mandate? Mandatory voting is just as unappealing. After all, part of the right to vote we hear so much about also includes...
  • “You want to rumble Rove?” Glenn pens open letter to Karl Rove

    03/22/2015 11:00:54 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 79 replies
    Glenn Beck ^ | Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 10:06 AM EDT | Glenn Beck
    You want to rumble Rove? Come on to my show and let’s have it out. Bring it on. I would love to take you on WITH YOUR RECORD AND THE RECORD OF THE GOP. I could do it with my eyes closed and in a coma. You hung yourself on O’Reilly. By using my words to mock me, the audience heard my words. I would bet a good portion agreed with me. I was right at CPAC in 2011 and never invited back. What a shock!!! If you don’t think that the Republicans are progressive light then you don’t know...
  • Fascist Al Gore Wants to ‘Punish’ Climate Change Deniers

    03/20/2015 2:41:01 PM PDT · by TBP · 41 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | March 17, 2015 | Gary DeMar
    Everywhere we turn the Democrats are sounding more like Benito Mussolini every day. They’ve become the fascist party. Fascism is a system of government where the party in power forcibly suppresses opposition and criticism. We’re seeing over the issue of same-sex sexuality, ‘gay rights,’ homosexuality, whatever you want to call it. Any opposition will be shut down, fined, and put out of business. The call for toleration is the foot in the door to political, economic, and social repression, and once the objective has been achieved, toleration discarded. The ideological door is now shut. No more debates, and you will...
  • Hamas Terrorist Promised To Teach Little Boys Jihad, Raped Them Instead

    03/20/2015 7:36:12 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 38 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | March 20, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    A senior Hamas terrorist decided he wanted 72 virgins without killing himself. Instead he picked some of the terrorist group’s little human shields for the honor. According to Al Bawabh News, Hamas is trying to hush up a major sex scandal involving young boys in a Gaza mosque. A prominent Hamas member is accused of engaging in sex acts with young boys after enticing them with promises of teaching them Jihad and the Quran. According to the story, he pretended to be teaching the boys martial arts. He evaluated their “performance” and if he felt that they wouldn’t resist,...
  • Obama’s Treason Is the New Patriotism

    03/15/2015 3:05:22 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 14 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | March 13, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Highlights: "Having aligned with everyone from Castro to the Supreme Leader of Iran (a country which rapes teenage girls so that they don’t die as virgins, and stones teenage rape victims), Obama has to make it seem as if it’s the Republicans who are the traitors." "During his original campaign, Obama said, “We cannot allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon." Bill Clinton said during his first term in office, 'North Korea cannot be allowed to develop a nuclear bomb.' North Korea could and did. Bill Clinton knew all along that it could and would." "Clinton and Obama didn’t accidentally...
  • Democrats: Palpatine Was Right to Dissolve the Senate

    03/14/2015 9:09:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 12, 2015 | Robert Tracinski
    A while back I observed the contrast between the modern leftists’ self-image and the actual political reality of the policies they support. [T]he media and Hollywood types have always convinced themselves, as George Lucas did, that their villains were metaphors for George W. Bush or a cautionary tale about the evils of the right. But here we are, the Old Republic is being dissolved, and it’s their hero who is doing it. They find themselves on the side of the Empire. In effect, they have become the Party of Palpatine. You never thought that a fictional dictator, such as the...
  • OPINION: Gun violence is a health crisis

    03/12/2015 6:01:13 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | 03/12/2015 | William D. Bezdek , M.D.
    The American College of Physicians, combined with the American Bar Association and eight other professional organizations, has issued a call for action to stem the national crisis in firearm deaths and injuries. In a white paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, they point out that more than 32,000 deaths a year are the result of gun violence. The United States has the most gun deaths of any industrialized nation. In addition, the number of injuries caused by guns is more than double the death number. The Children's Safety Network estimated that in 2010, gun violence cost $174 billion....
  • California Stupid

    03/12/2015 5:37:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    I’ve been writing this column for a while now – I can’t even remember how long. And I’ve really enjoyed it. Townhall gives me the freedom to write about whatever I want in whatever way I want, and never has rejected or complained about any of it (some of the commenters have, but that’s the beauty of the comment section). I am grateful for that. Two columns per week for a few years adds up to a lot of columns, a lot of words. And I tend to run long because, well, I can. But I’ve written every one of...
  • Progressives, It’s Time to Start Panicking about Hillary

    03/06/2015 2:57:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 5, 2015 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    There is no Plan B for 2016. I’ll say it, happily: Democrats should be worried about Hillary Clinton, and moderately panicked about the immediate future of both their party and their cause. This is not, of course, because Hillary’s latest scandale du jour is in any practical way going to “disqualify” her; and nor is it because leftward-leaning voters are likely to recall anything more from this rather awkward period in time than that the Clintons are as perennially sleazy as they ever were. Rather, it is because the last few days have underscored just how tenuous the Left’s grip...
  • The 13 Reasons I Owe Democrats an Apology

    03/03/2015 7:50:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 3, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    I owe Democrats an apology. Flipping through some of my hate mail (I lead a tremendously exciting life, as you can see) it dawned on me that it’s quite possible conservatives are a little too hard on our liberal friends. (Also: I’m trolling for more hate mail.) And so, with reserved humility, I sat down with a drink (less than 32 ounces) and a pen, and made a list of things for which we conservatives ought to apologize. It’s the least I can do:I am sorry about labeling Net Neutrality “broadband-socialism”. Clearly my distrust in the folks who brought us...
  • FCC Approves Socialism for Broadband

    02/27/2015 11:59:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 96 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    How predictable… The Federal Communications Commission voted on strict party lines to adopt Obama’s 332 page “Net Neutrality” proposal. Given that everything the government touches ends up as a rousing success-story, I’m sure you’ll be able to keep your internet if you like your internet. According to Fox News:The commission, following a contentious meeting, voted 3-2 to adopt its so-called net neutrality plan -- a proposal that remained secret in the run-up to the final vote. On its surface, the plan is aimed at barring service providers from creating paid "fast lanes" on the Internet, which consumer advocates and Internet companies...
  • Jesse Helms Still Makes The Short List

    Let's see: You're creating the "official trailer" for this year's Conservative Political Action Conference. CPAC is more than forty years old now, so you want to begin your trailer with a tribute to prominent right-wingers of the past. There are quite a few names to choose from; of these, you pick seven. Do you think it should have been possible to pull this off without putting an unvarnished racist in the #2 slot, right after Ronald Reagan? Apparently not:
  • European Colonialism is the Only Thing That Modernized Islam (Greenfield)

    02/19/2015 11:45:28 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 24 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, February 19, 2015 European Colonialism is the Only Thing That Modernized Islam Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog Like math and the Midwest, ISIS confuses progressives. It’s not hard to confuse a group of people who never figured out that if you borrow 18 trillion dollars, you’re going to have to pay it back. But ISIS is especially confusing to a demographic whose entire ideology is being on the right side of history. Raised to believe that history inevitably trended toward diversity in catalog models, fusion restaurants and gay marriage, the Arab Spring led them...
  • "What ISIS Really Wants"

    02/16/2015 10:22:09 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 84 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 2015 | Graeme Wood
    "What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. “We have not defeated the idea,” he said. “We do not even understand the idea.” In the past year, President Obama has referred to the Islamic State, variously, as...
  • Democrats Using Dependency to Proselytize Young People

    02/16/2015 8:50:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Charlie Kirk
    The late science fiction writer and founder of the Scientology-belief system, L. Ron Hubbard, has been loosely quoted or paraphrased as having said “If you want to gain control over people and get rich, give them a religion.” Decade’s later public debate still rages over the “religiousness” of Scientology, but no one can argue that it hasn’t successfully gained control over a large number of people and generated incredible amounts of dollars along the way. If votes are a democracy’s “cigarette currency” it would appear that “progressive” politicians from FDR to Barack Obama have found a way to tap into...
  • The income tax started as a conservative political stunt

    02/03/2015 7:24:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 3, 2015 | Christina Sterbenz
    The US officially adopted the federal income tax 102 years ago today. The Supreme Court had ruled in 1895 that the income tax violated Article I of the Constitution, so the amendment was necessary to empower the federal government to impose the income tax. But the story of the income tax goes back much further than 1913, culminating in some sneaky political maneuvering. Conservatives — who aren't the biggest fans of the income tax — actually introduced the 16th amendment. They figured it would never pass hoped its introduction would stop liberals from pushing for an income tax as part...
  • Sociologists Warn of 'Christianophobia' Among Progressive Activists

    A recent study by two sociologists at the University of North Texas found that strong hostility toward Christians is held by a “small, but elite group” of Americans with considerable political and cultural influence, particularly in higher education. After noting evidence of anti-Christian hostility among cultural progressive activists, sociology professors David Williamson and George Yancey took a “systematic look” at the qualitative data from an extensive national survey, the American National Election Survey, and conducted interviews with members of liberal advocacy organizations. They published their findings in their recent book, So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is there Christianophobia in...
  • Progressive Calls For Immigration Controls

    01/30/2015 7:42:27 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 29, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Yes you read that right, and an academic one, no less, much to the consternation of the circles he travels in. “I’m a philosophy professor specializing in ethics and political philosophy, and like many of my fellow academics, I’m a political progressive,” Philip Cafaro writes in The Chronicle Review. “I value economic security for workers and their families, and support a much more equal distribution of wealth, strong and well-enforced environmental-protection laws, and an end to racial discrimination in the United States. I want to maximize the political power of common citizens and limit the influence of large corporations. My...
  • Liberal Infighting: Elizabeth Warren-Supporting Group Attacks Rahm Emanuel

    01/27/2015 6:09:46 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 27 Jan 2015 | Caroline May
    One of the left-wing groups pushing for an Elizabeth Warren presidency is no fan of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Democracy for America (DFA) announced this week that it will be supporting seven progressive Chicago Aldermen that the group says Emanuel, President Obama’s former White House chief of staff, has attacked. The DFA’s effort highlights the ever-more apparent rift in the Democratic Party between the progressive so-called Warren-wing of the party and more establishment Democrats.
  • The Pity Party

    01/27/2015 4:20:41 AM PST · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 1-27-2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Progressives will always claim that no matter how badly their plans go wrong, at least their terrible policies were well-intentioned.The regimes that shot orphans, starved entire cities into submission and committed genocide were “caring” in comparison to the heartless Dickensian capitalists who did nothing for the poor except create cheap products and jobs. They might have killed millions, but their red hearts were in the right place. They didn’t just spend all their time gobbling caviar and diving into swimming pools full of all money like the millionaires of the West. Instead they gave speeches about Marxism-Leninism, killed anyone who...
  • Progressive Want to Track (and Tax) Your Cars Too...Really

    01/27/2015 6:21:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2015 | John Ransom
    In the race for more tax money-- and government solutions-- the Feds and the states are invading your privacy with increasing regularity. Several states, including Colorado, Oregon and California are studying proposals today to equip cars with GPS tracking devices so that they can tax drivers by the mile they drive. In part this is happening as gas tax revenues are going down because the government insists on: 1) raising the gas tax to discourage driving and 2) establishing fuel efficiency standards that have people using less gasoline. So states, which use gas tax money to build roads, now claim...
  • This Is “Forward”?

    01/25/2015 10:50:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    Progressive politicians and activists, from President Obama to NBC News, love to talk about “moving America forward.” But what does that mean? Forward into what? They never have an answer to that. Or, more accurately, they are never asked that question. But given how things are going in this country in terms of the economy, national security, race relations, etc., it’s a question worth exploring. On the issue of the economy, President Obama spent a good bit of time in Tuesday’s State Of The Union address telling us how well it’s going. The facts, on the other hand, tell a...
  • Progressive Journalism and the History of Narratives in the News

    01/18/2015 10:59:46 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 30 replies
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    I have completed a study paper on the roots of progressive journalism. I did not do this for any of my classes, I did this on my own because I wanted to and because I truely think it needed to be studied in a more formal fashion. I have been looking around at a handful of peer-reviewed journals that deal with history, but I do not trust them. Plus, there is the issue of copyright and I do not want what I wrote to fall into the trap of being locked away on some journal's pages on the month of...
  • Clinton's Walmart connection fueling Left's doubts

    01/19/2015 1:33:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 18, 2015 | Sean Higgins
    .........For many on the Left, the Arkansas company is emblematic of all that is wrong with corporate America. It is particularly detested by organized labor — a key Democratic constituency — because the company has doggedly fought all efforts to organize its workers. Clinton's ties to Walmart go back to 1986, when she joined the company's board of directors. She remained there until 1992, when husband Bill Clinton ran for the White House. For years afterwards they both maintained close ties to the retail giant. More recently, Clinton has distanced herself from the company and criticized some of its business...
  • California Senate takes 'ethics refresher course' Wednesday (because of shoulder-fired missiles)

    04/24/2014 1:56:42 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 4/23/14 | Elex Michaelson
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The California State Senate held an "ethics refresher course" for its members after federal indictments were issued against two senators and a third was convicted. Senate leaders are hoping to regain the public's trust. The purpose of the course is to teach members and their staffs to avoid potentially compromising situations. It's the latest in a series of moves by senate leaders aimed at putting political distance between them and their colleagues facing criminal charges. The leader of California's state senate stopped all regular business on Wednesday so everyone could go "back to school" in a...
  • Canceled this year over scandals, Pro Tem Cup is reinstated for 2015 (shoulder fired missiles)

    12/14/2014 3:56:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12/12/14 | Patrick McGreevy
    State Senate Democrats have decided to resume the annual Pro Tem Cup golf fundraiser in 2015, a year after the event was canceled in the wake of criminal charges filed against three Democratic Senators. The event at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego is the Senate Democrats' largest political fundraiser for the state party and has been criticized for allowing special interests to mingle with lawmakers in exchange for tickets costing between $15,000 and $65,000 per person. The indictment of Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) on public corruption charges a week before this year's event was to be held...
  • Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist

    11/08/2014 8:17:44 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 75 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 05 Nov 2014 | Danusha V. Goska
    How far left was I? So far left my beloved uncle was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party in a Communist country. When I returned to his Slovak village to buy him a mass card, the priest refused to sell me one. So far left that a self-identified terrorist proposed marriage to me. So far left I was a two-time Peace Corps volunteer and I have a degree from UC Berkeley. So far left that my Teamster mother used to tell anyone who would listen that she voted for Gus Hall, Communist Party chairman, for president. I wore a...
  • ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN AMERICA

    01/09/2015 7:04:44 AM PST · by shortstop · 9 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 01/09/15 | Bob Lonsberry
    In the wake of the Muslim terror attack in Paris, in which three jihadis murdered journalists and police in cold blood, President Obama said it was an assault on the freedom of expression. He said that as a free people, we must stand against such efforts to silence people’s views. I agree. But I’m surprised he does. Because American progressives, of whom Barack Obama is the nominal leader, have sought to suppress freedom of expression for years. I am certainly not comparing the techniques of terrorists and progressives, but I am contrasting the results. And I would suggest that that...
  • What Happens When Progressives Tax (and Spend)

    01/08/2015 3:42:06 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/08/15 | Dr. Robert Owens
    To solve the problem of greedy people making more than others, envious people created a system to take what the greedy had earned. As Rush Limbaugh so rightly pointed out, “No nation has ever taxed itself into prosperity.” So many people have accepted the argument that progressive taxation is just, necessary, and fair, so I know this article will offend many. Hopefully it will also make a few people reconsider their acceptance of policy. Many who are vehemently opposed to socialism, collectivism, and all the other trappings of the centralized corporate state believe that any injustice that might result from...
  • Progressives and Disorder The next two years may be the most dangerous since the Cold War ended.

    01/02/2015 5:01:07 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2 Jan 2015 | Anon
    As the calendar turns toward the final two years of the Obama Presidency, this is a moment to consider the world it has produced. There is no formal Obama Doctrine that serves as the 44th President’s blueprint for America’s engagement with the world. But it is fair to say that Barack Obama brought into office a set of ideas associated with the progressive, or left-leaning, wing of the Democratic foreign-policy establishment. “Leading from behind” was the phrase coined in 2011 by an Obama foreign-policy adviser to describe the President’s approach to the insurrection in Libya against Moammar Gaddafi. That phrase...
  • Progressives and Disorder

    01/01/2015 4:35:33 PM PST · by Pontiac · 19 replies
    WSJ On-line ^ | Dec. 30, 2014 | Staff
    As the calendar turns toward the final two years of the Obama Presidency, this is a moment to consider the world it has produced. There is no formal Obama Doctrine that serves as the 44th President’s blueprint for America’s engagement with the world. But it is fair to say that Barack Obama brought into office a set of ideas associated with the progressive, or left-leaning, wing of the Democratic foreign-policy establishment. “Leading from behind” was the phrase coined in 2011 by an Obama foreign-policy adviser to describe the President’s approach to the insurrection in Libya against Moammar Gaddafi. That phrase...
  • Greenfield: December 31, 1912

    01/01/2015 6:52:15 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 8 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Wednesday, December 31, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Wednesday, December 31, 2014 December 31, 1912 Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog (The posting of this article has become an annual tradition of historical proportion at this blog.) The next year  sweeps around the earth like the hand of a clock, from Australia to Europe and across the great stretch of the Atlantic it rides the darkness to America. And then around and around again, each passing day marking another sweep of the hours. In Times Square crowds of tourists gather in clumps behind police barricades, clutching their corporate swag beneath video billboards shifting and humming...
  • I Kissed the Girl at School (Memories of an Octogenarian)

    01/02/2015 10:07:07 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 17 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/2/14 | Jerry Todd
    Today’s little girls still want to be princesses and little boys will naturally gravitate to playing war and competitive games and sports – often to impress a girl – “loving pure and chaste from afar.” I still remember picking a fight with a kid in order to impress Carol McGovern who I had a crush on in 6th grade – got the hell beat out of me as she walked by. Life lesson learned as Ken and I became friends. At least kissing Donna Hoffman in 1st Grade didn’t get me expelled, but surely chastised by Sister Mary Bernice! That’s...
  • Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB?

    12/31/2014 10:41:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 12/31/2014 | Adam Thierer and Christopher Koopman
    There’s just no way regulation can keep pace with innovation, and pols who think it can are living in a land of paleo-fantasy. Ridesharing giant Uber has come under heavy fire recently with a string of revelations about its safety record, collection of private data, and relationship with the media. If Uber did actually mislead its customers, it should certainly be held responsible. But Uber’s stature looms so large that its unique controversies also threaten to cast a shadow over the “sharing economy” as a whole. The rapid rise of the sharing economy is changing the way people around the...
  • The Age of Capitalism is Over?

    12/30/2014 10:46:18 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 26 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/30/14 | Steve Berman
      Rebecca Solnit wrote in Salon.com that “The Age of Capitalism is over”.  Oh my, where to start? At the beginning seems a good place as any.  Solnit was thrilled to hold a land auction notice from post-Jacobin France—Thermidorian France for the historically-minded.  Thermidorian France was no more compassionate to live (mostly, to die) in than the Jacobin version which oversaw the execution of tens of thousand civilians, and the wanton destruction of anything associated with Christianity.  This short period in France’s mottled past, from 1795 to 1799, abolished everything other than the whims of its leaders.  And this sent...
  • To progressive politicians the Blue Line is the enemy

    12/23/2014 8:22:14 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/23/14 | Judi McLeod
    Politicians, like de Blasio and Obama, doing the “dividing us” with the help of a complicit mainstream media painting the ongoing racial divide claiming cop lives as coming from only “a few bad actors” among the protesters No one—least of all the 72 percent of the popular vote who voted him in—should be the least bit surprised that the first two police officers have been slain, “execution style” on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s watch. Socialists/Marxists, fomenting for racial unrest in North American cities for decades, merely filled the gap in New York City as they have elsewhere with...
  • Hypothetically Speaking and Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (The Progressives Call it Torture)

    12/21/2014 8:11:30 AM PST · by 7thson · 3 replies
    While reading some of my Twitter email yesterday I saw a story on how the FBI used 'torture' against anti civil rights people back in the sixties. That got me thinking on the hypotheticals the talking heads keep yapping about. You know - what if you have a terrorist that knows where a nuke is going to explode in D.C. or NYC, what would you do to get the information from said terrorist. Than I thought of something else that I will use against a Progressive if they bring this subject up in conversation. Hypothetical - someone kidnaps the family...
  • If Elizabeth Warren Says No, What Is Progressives' Backup Plan?

    12/18/2014 7:26:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/18/2014 | EMILY SCHULTHEIS
    Elizabeth Warren's fans refuse to take no for an answer, but soon enough they'll almost certainly have to. Pining for a Warren presidential run in 2016, progressive groups have gathered more than 100,000 signatures, recruited Obama campaign alums to back her, and pledged to raise $1 million. And on Wednesday, they're holding a kickoff event in the key early state of Iowa. But despite the infrastructure being built all around her, Warren continues to say no—and no, and no again—to the prospect of a presidential run. So unless the Massachusetts Democrat is preparing a massive reversal, progressives will need a...
  • Dems push to revive failed gun control legislation

    12/10/2014 9:51:19 AM PST · by HammerT · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/09/14 | Tim Devaney
    Gun control advocates in Congress are looking to revive failed legislation strengthening background check regulations. A handful of Democratic lawmakers said Tuesday they plan to push once again for universal background checks on all gun sales in the new Congress, even though they recognize it will be an uphill battle with Republicans taking majority control. Background check legislation failed to gain traction in the outgoing Congress despite a string of high-profile school shootings that gun control advocates had hoped would turn the political tide in their favor. They say it’s only a matter of time. “When you don’t pass background...
  • Propagandist Jon Gruber also Shilled for Mike Bloomberg

    12/09/2014 11:44:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Jonathan Gruber seems to be giving the propagandists of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia a run for their money. In addition to bragging about hoodwinking the American public into believing that healthcare reform was actually about reforming healthcare, he has also called abortion a “social good” because it kills “marginal children” in poor communities. This gem of a human being, unsurprisingly, was also a vocal advocate for former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s cigarette tax… Ya know, the $5.85 tax on each pack of smokes (which inevitably drives tobacco sales to the criminal, tax-evading, entrepreneurs like Eric Garner)? According to Breitbart.com:Michael Bloomberg, who is...
  • Lying for the Cause

    12/09/2014 6:40:16 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/9/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Well aside from “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor,” or blanket amnesty that is and is not lawful for a president to grant, there is a special category of progressive mythology. Or rather a particular cast of “truth tellers,” victims, supposed whistle blowers, and popular liberal icons who spin tales for a supposedly higher good, on the premise that untruth for a cause makes it sort of true. From the details of Rigoberta Menchú’s memoir, to Tawana Brawley’s supposed rape, to the O. J. “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit” myth, to the open-and-shut case...
  • The Cost to “Affordable Care” of Progressives’ Anti-Democratic Urge

    12/08/2014 7:43:12 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 4 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man blog ^ | 12/8/2014 | Sacra Pizza Man
    Although [Jonathan] Gruber has sought to play down his remarks, the danger to the law from the unclear language is still very real: The section in question mentions exchanges "established by the state," but not the federal government. One former staffer involved in drafting the legislation attributes the vague wording to a rushed process in the Senate: "When there'’s a rapid process, sometimes things aren't worded as precisely as you might like when you have more time. … I see it more as, you didn't find all your cross-references." That explanation, however, makes Michael Carvin laugh out loud. "That’s another...
  • Rolling Stone’s Jackie Story Is Patently Ridiculous

    12/05/2014 5:34:47 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 3 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | December 5, 2014 | Leo McNeil
    A couple weeks ago Rolling Stone published an article about a 2012 gang rape that allegedly took place at a frat house at the University of Virginia. The article has come under scrutiny, largely because the writer never bothered to interview any of the alleged gang rapists or anyone else associated with the events of that night. It appears the writer only spoke with the alleged victim “Jackie.” Both conservative and liberal media members have questioned the article and its authenticity. The feminists are crying “rape denial” over a rape that was never reported to the police and likely didn’t...
  • Five threats to the EPA’s climate rule

    11/30/2014 3:10:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 30, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    Supporters and opponents of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon regulations for power plants talk about the benefits and costs as if enactment of the new standards is inevitable. But there are still many steps that have to be taken at the federal and state level to meet the Obama administration’s goal of slashing power plants’ carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. And the path ahead is fraught with potential obstacles, as critics strive to weaken the regulations or scrap them entirely. Here is a closer look at five of the greatest threats to President Obama’s landmark rule...
  • Southern Democrats trying to recover lost ground

    11/27/2014 11:42:46 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 79 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 27, 2014 | BILL BARROW
    <p>ATLANTA(AP)—To rebuild in the conservative South, Democratic leaders say their party must become more aggressive advocates for the middle class in an effort to energize African-Americans and attract whites.</p> <p>After the Republicans' success in the midterm elections, many say the Democratic Party should openly embrace government as a tool for lifting people out of economic hardship. They are advocating a return to party roots by emphasizing education and public works spending, stronger voting rights laws, tighter bank regulation and labor-friendly policies such as a higher minimum wage.</p>
  • The Democracy Alliance: How a secretive group of donors helps set the progressive agenda

    11/24/2014 9:43:02 PM PST · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Vox ^ | November 24, 2014 | Andrew Prokop
    In mid-November, some of the wealthiest liberals and most important left-leaning interest groups in the country came to Washington, DC to talk strategy. They came to attend the meeting of the Democracy Alliance — the closest thing that exists to a "left-wing conspiracy" in the US. The Alliance was founded a decade ago, after progressive donors became convinced they needed to more aggressively fund and build liberal institutions to match conservative ones. Since then, the Alliance has steered hundreds of millions of dollars to certain progressive groups. But it's faced some criticism for its secrecy and lack of transparency, and...
  • Ivy League School Holds Funeral For Michael Brown And Non-White People Killed By Racism

    11/23/2014 12:37:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 22, 2014 | Emma Colton
    Preparing for the soon expected grand jury verdict in Ferguson, Missouri, students at the University of Pennsylvania held a ceremonial funeral on Friday afternoon for “black and brown bodies” oppressed by the evils of capitalism and the racism of police officers. Known as the Students Organizing for Unity and Liberation (SOUL), the multicultural student group founded in 2012 has held a litany of stunts on the Philadelphia campus to “create a more conscious and active community at UPenn and in Philadelphia,” according to the group’s Facebook page. Since the beginning of the school year, SOUL has deemed Friday “#FergusonFriday,” a...
  • Lumbersexuals: Your Beard Doesn’t Make You Masculine

    11/17/2014 4:43:47 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 97 replies
    Have you noticed men wearing extremely long Civil War style beards lately? The so-called lumbersexual is essentially engaging in a pop-culture extreme overreaction to the metrosexual. You’ll recall the metrosexuals are generally straight men who spend an excessive amount of time on grooming and their clothes. In some ways the metrosexual mirrors certain aspects of the homosexual culture in this regard. The lumbersexual, in extreme overreaction to the metrosexual, has decided that the beard is the height of masculinity and demonstrate that masculinity in extreme manner. Both the metrosexual and the lumbersexual are just following the crowd, very few of...
  • the election of 1948 and why politics hasn’t changed all that much

    11/16/2014 4:23:51 PM PST · by statestreet · 5 replies
    medium.com ^ | November 16, 2014 | political book review
    It’s hard to get too far into reading a newspaper these days without hearing about how nasty the political game has become. At first glance, it’s an easy assertion to buy into: between the government shutdown, Congress’ inability to pass any meaningful legislation, the vitriolic opposition to compromise coming from both sides of the aisle, etc., etc., things do seem to have changed. The media plays a role in selling the idea, too. Magazine covers and op-eds all trumpet the same message: America just doesn’t seem to work any more. Our collective memory is startlingly short. Anyone who has read...
  • Massachusetts Town Mulls Nation's First Total Tobacco Ban

    11/16/2014 2:48:56 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 50 replies
    PBS News Hour ^ | November 16, 2014 | William Brangham
    TRANSCRIPT: WILLIAM BRANGHAM: The town of Westminster, Massachusetts — population 7,300 — is a small, quiet community about an hour west of Boston. When the local health board holds meetings, it usually happens here in this room, where you can get advice about things like septic tanks and mosquito control. But not on this day. This meeting Wednesday night had to be moved to the local elementary school because the town is up in arms. MAN: You people make me sick! WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Why so mad? That Board of Health is proposing to make Westminster the first town in the...