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  • Youth need Catholic vision of sexuality, Pope tells American bishops

    03/09/2012 1:30:42 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | March 9, 2012 | David Kerr
    Pope Benedict XVI. Credit: Mazur Vatican City, Mar 9, 2012 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an address that tackled attempts to redefine marriage, Pope Benedict XVI challenged the bishops of the United States to teach young people an authentic Catholic vision of sex and love. “The richness of this vision is more sound and appealing than the permissive ideologies exalted in some quarters; these in fact constitute a powerful and destructive form of counter-catechesis for the young,” he said March 9. The Pope was addressing the bishops of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. They are currently in...
  • Talk to me...

    02/23/2012 5:31:36 PM PST · by ellenbrewster · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Popular Culture Through a Biblical Lens ^ | February 23, 2012 | Ellen Makkai
    What usually is a treasured opportunity for cross generational chit-chat became a silent car ride as a luminescent glow eerily lighted his facial features in the back seat. My grandson has mastered a hand-held electronic thinga-ma-jig which muted what had previously been a casual forum for conversations about life-in-the-now and even life-everlasting. No knock-knock jokes. No “Hey, look, a horse trailer and it has horses inside!” No seemingly insignificant queries such as, “Justin says there is no God. Is that true?” Where once we easily conversed about hurt feelings, roadside beggars, birthdays, bullies and the like, this day the unilateral...
  • Centre tells Supreme Court gay sex immoral, calls for new ban [India]

    02/23/2012 2:58:22 PM PST · by James C. Bennett
    The Times of India ^ | February 23, 2012 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday opposed the dilution of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) by the Delhi High Court, which decriminalised sexual acts, in private, between consenting adults of the same sex and urged the Supreme Court to reverse the landmark ruling. The UPA government told the Supreme Court that the HC had erred because a vast section of the Indian society still considered homosexuality immoral. The Delhi High Court on July 2, 2009, had delivered a historic judgement to amend a 149-year-old law - Section 377 of the IPC - and decriminalise private consensual sex...
  • Senate approves same-sex marriage on 28-21 vote - 2nd Story (More barfing details)

    02/02/2012 1:33:11 PM PST · by illiac · 24 replies
    SeattlePi ^ | 2/2/12 | SeattlePi
    The Washington state Senate, in an historic action, voted 28 to 21 on Wednesday night to legalize marriage between same-sex partners. "We ask for your support tonight because marriage is the way society says you are family," said state Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, chief sponsor of the legislation and a gay man in a two-decade partnership. Regardless of how his colleagues voted, Murray added, they will receive a wedding invite from him. A practicing Catholic, Murray has said he is pained that he will not be able to marry in his church. The House of Representatives is expected to approve...
  • Washington State Senate approves gay marriage

    02/02/2012 1:25:27 PM PST · by illiac · 14 replies
    SeattlePi ^ | 2/2/12 | SeattlePi
    Kara Haney, left, and her partner of 8 years Kate Wertin, right, react as a bill in the Washington State Senate passes during a viewing party at The Lobby Bar in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The Washington State Senate passed a bill that would legalize gay marriage in Washington State on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. Dozens gathered at the bar to watch the debate via TV on the senate floor. Photo: JOSHUA TRUJILLO / SEATTLEPI.COM
  • Fr. Rutler: “What Happens When a Government Tries to Chain the Conscience?”

    01/29/2012 6:32:38 AM PST · by NYer · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | January 26, 2012 | Fr. George Rutler
    Fr. George Rutler was kind enough to share his latest parish bulletin concerning the recent HHS mandate with the Cardinal Newman Society.He writes:Our many fellow Catholics now enchained for the Faith of our Fathers in such places as China, Syria, and Egypt are, as Father Faber’s hymn says, “in heart and conscience free.” But what happens when a government tries to chain the conscience itself?A few weeks ago, in a remarkably unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the attempt of the present Administration in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC to restrict religious freedom. Chief Justice Roberts...
  • The Society for the Protection of Iranian Nuclear Scientists

    01/17/2012 4:20:57 AM PST · by expat1000 · 3 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Monday, January 16, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    After having exhausted the indignant possibilities of protesting the extinction of whales, pelicans and polar bears, the left has found a new endangered species to be outraged about. Iranian nuclear scientists. It's one thing to hug a polar bear or a tree, but it's another to embrace an Iranian nuclear scientist, who may well be a jolly and colorful fellow with a family and a paint by numbers coloring kit of an atom, but also happens to be a participant in a plot to kill millions of people. The left which has all the moral sense of a squashed peanut...
  • The Multicultural Departure Lounge

    12/26/2011 11:08:59 PM PST · by zippythepinhead · 8 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 12/18/2011 | Mark Steyn
    I've been critical of Newt Gingrich in recent days, so let me say that one thing I agree with him on is that, ultimately, culture trumps economics. That's why these "war on Christmas" stories aren't small things. When you decide you need to give equal space to a cruicified skeleton Santa (as in this weekend's Christmas column) you're calling the cops to bust up a performance of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" (as in my 2006 column below), you're on a slippery slope from societal decadence to dementia: I passed through Shannon Airport in Ireland the other day. They've got...
  • Awkward Christmas family photos (Part II

    12/25/2011 11:18:46 AM PST · by illiac · 3 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 12/25/11 | MailOnline
    It's the most wonderful time of the year, so the song goes. But it can also be oddest, when families find themselves suddenly jammed into close proximity - with the pubs shut and nowhere to go. As a result, it can lead to some pretty embarrassing moments, particularly when the time comes for the inevitable family photos.
  • Women on Top, Men at the Bottom

    12/13/2011 3:01:50 AM PST · by Mad Dawg · 75 replies · 1+ views
    Real Clear Books ^ | 12/11/11 | Philip Brand
    Sit on a bench on the Thompson Hall lawn -- the "green" at the University of New Hampshire -- and watch the students walk past. Scattered among legions of women you may sight the occasional male. Observe his attire, and you will likely see a discordant trifecta: Timberland work boots, sweatpants and a backpack. Is he headed to the field and manual labor, to his dorm room for a Donkey Kong marathon, or is he shooting towards a professional career? We're told to dress for the job we want. If their dress is any indication, these young men reply firmly,...
  • Republicans vs. Democrats TV survey results: Lefties want comedy, right wingers like work

    12/06/2011 1:33:23 PM PST · by Feline_AIDS · 18 replies · 1+ views
    EW ^ | 12-6-2011 | James Hibberd
    Republicans don’t watch MTV’s Jersey Shore. But they dig ABC’s Castle. Democrats don’t like Discovery’s Deadliest Catch. But they swoon for NBC’s Parks and Recreation. ... In the findings, “sarcastic” media-savvy comedies and morally murky antiheroes tend to draw Dems. While serious work-centered shows (both reality shows and stylized scripted procedurals), along with reality competitions, tend to draw conservatives... LIBERAL-DEMOCRAT FAVORITES: – The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report (Comedy Central): As you might expect. – 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation (NBC): Literate media-savvy comedies score high among Dems in general, notes Experian-Simmons senior marketing manager...
  • Searching for Christmas…

    12/02/2011 9:49:51 AM PST · by thesaleboat · 2 replies
    TFP Student Action ^ | 2 Dec 2011 | TFP Student Action
    One Christmas night, Our Lord came down into a modern city to see what people were doing. Every­one was celebrating “Happy Holidays!” Christ met a policeman directing traffic and asked: “What does ‘Happy Holidays’ mean?” The policeman eyed Him suspiciously. “Where are you from?” “From Bethlehem.” “Where?” “Bethlehem,” Our Lord repeated. “Oh…Don’t you know it’s a holiday for kids?” “What is the origin of the holiday?” Our Lord asked. “Look, you ask too many questions. Can’t you see I’m busy? At the RestaurantNext, Christ paused by a restaurant advertising “Christmas Party—$50.00.” Ladies and gentlemen in elegant attire were entering. He...
  • Russian anchor fired over middle finger - flipping the bird about U.S. President Barack Obama

    11/24/2011 1:29:39 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 63 replies · 1+ views
    upi ^ | Nov. 24, 2011
    MOSCOW, - A Russian TV station said it has dismissed a news anchor for flipping the bird while reading an item about U.S. President Barack Obama. REN TV said it dismissed anchor Tatiana Limanova after she made the obscene gesture while saying the president's name during a Nov. 14 story about the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, RIA Novosti reported Thursday. However, officials with the TV station said Limanova's gesture was not aimed at Obama but rather at "editorial staff" colleagues who were attempting to distract her from off-camera. "This does not diminish her guilt and cannot be considered an...
  • Wilderness Society cuts staff, citing weak economy

    11/21/2011 7:08:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 11/19/11 | Bettina Boxall
    Wilderness Society cuts staff, citing weak economyBy Bettina Boxall - Los Angeles Times Updated: 11/19/2011 05:48:14 PM PST The weak economy has taken a big bite out of the Wilderness Society, which last week laid off 17 percent of its staff. Headquartered in Washington, the organization is one of the nation's most venerable land preservation groups and has been a major force behind the creation and expansion of the federal wilderness system. After increasing its staff and spending in recent years, the group is retrenching. "The Wilderness Society, like so many other organizations, has been feeling the effects of a...
  • Gingrich would invite Darwin to hypothetical dinner party (Newt after Jesus, before Lennon on list)

    11/18/2011 4:27:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 17, 2011 | Justin Sink
    Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich would invite mostly scientists and entrepreneurs — including Charles Darwin, father of the theory of evolution — to a hypothetical dinner party in which he could select the guest list from historical figures, living or dead, he told the Bio channel. "He was the most influential scientist in the modern world, and an extraordinary observer of nature," Gingrich said of the evolutionary scientist. The topic of evolution has become a hot-button issue in the Republican field, after Rick Perry said that it was "a theory that is out there — and it's got some gaps...
  • Jerry Sandusky book ‘Touched’ riles Amazon customers

    11/11/2011 12:16:31 PM PST · by illiac · 6 replies
    seattlepi ^ | 11/11/11 | seattlepi
    A decade before Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of sexually assaulting young boys, he wrote a book about his life. The book, oddly titled “Touched,” is listed (but not currently available) via, and its sales page is fast becoming a gathering place for those angry at Sandusky for what appears to be a long history of sexual abuse. “Jerry Sandusky’s book is appropriately titled,” wrote one Amazon customer. “It shows the deeper evil that he lives with everyday. We just found out what type of person he really is: a low life animal! He has brought...
  • Baristas: We weren't 'hot' enough, so laid off (you be the judge)

    11/04/2011 1:43:49 PM PDT · by illiac · 51 replies · 1+ views
    KENT, Wash. - Business has been bad at a coffee stand in Kent lately, but are wrinkles the reason? Former baristas Shirley Stagner and Tina Holcombe say they were laid off, and losing their jobs didn't just hurt their incomes, it hurt their pride. "I'm not a sexy young thing," Holcombe said. Stanger, 47, and Holcombe, 48, believe they're not "hot" enough anymore to work at the "Hot Java Hunnies" coffee stand. "I have to lay you off and I have have to younger girls in here," Holcome said she was told by her boss. The baristas claim their boss...
  • Corporatism is not Capitalism, or "Why can't I find a decent job"?

    11/02/2011 1:23:28 PM PDT · by andy58-in-nh · 8 replies
    Is it just me? | 11/2/11 | andy 58-in-nh
    Many corporations today are merely extensions of government. They devote much of their time and capital not to innovation or maximizing shareholder value or to efficiency, but to serving government mandates. It's a relationship far less symbiotic than parasitic, but in time the hosts seem to get used to it... Instead of finding and rewarding the best available talent - American companies hire the perfectly calibrated, Human Relations (does that name creep you out, too?) Department-approved number of Accredited Victims... ignoring experienced, older white males in favor of inexperienced non-white females. After all: white, traditional heterosexual men are surely guilty...
  • State suspends surgical assistant accused of playing with patient's nipple

    10/28/2011 12:13:04 PM PDT · by illiac · 12 replies ^ | 10/28/11 | Vanessa Ho
    State medical authorities have suspended the license of a Snohomish County surgical assistant accused of playing with the nipple of an unconscious female patient during a breast reconstruction surgery. Stanley Romes, a surgical technologist, was assisting on a surgery at a Swedish Medical Center outpatient clinic in April of 2010. The patient was undergoing reconstructive surgery of one of her breasts, after having a mastectomy. During the procedure, the surgeon saw Romes touching the woman's nipple and asked what he was doing, according to state officials. "After being questioned by the surgeon, (Romes) laughed and continued playing with the patient's...
  • Will Obama be Remembered as the Zombie President?

    10/26/2011 7:51:52 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 10 replies
    Graewoulf | October 26, 2011 | Graewoulf
    All of Obama's efforts to turn America into a Nation of Zombies, (NOZ), have been wildly successful. Youths on the streets in over 140 cities in this country alone, proclaim that THEIR zombieness represents 99 % of America! Obama has kept 9.1 % of America's working population as the permanent zombie-unemployed class. Following the 2008 Federally-Regulated Bankruptcy of the Federal Housing Authority, (FHA), Obama has made sure that over a million home loan owners are still held in foreclosure-zombieland. Not satisfied with his obvious skill at turning voters into zombies, Obama has turned non-voting children and grandchildren into National-Debt-Zombies for...
  • Courtney Stodden and her tiny shorts kicked off farm

    10/24/2011 12:22:28 PM PDT · by illiac · 52 replies
    seattlePI ^ | 10/24/11 | seattlePI
    Oh, Courtney Stodden. If you’re going to be a reality TV star, you’re going to have to… never mind. You’re doing just fine for reality TV. The Ocean Shores child bride, who married 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchison earlier this year, is in the news again. This time, it’s for dressing and acting inappropriately at a Santa Clarita Valley pumpkin patch. RadarOnline reports 17-year-old Stodden showed up with Hutchison and started acting amorous — a bit too amorous for a farm that caters to families. Stodden was wearing shorts and a plaid shirt tied up to reveal her belly.
  • Is America Disenigrating?

    10/21/2011 6:27:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 90 replies ^ | October 21, 2011 | Pat Buchanan
    In Federalist 2, John Jay looks out at a nation of a common blood, faith, language, history, customs and culture. "Providence," he writes, "has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people -- a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion ... very similar in their manners and customs ..." Are we still that "one united people" today? Or has America become what Klemens von Metternich called Italy: "a mere geographical expression"? In "Suicide of a Superpower," out this week, I argue that the America we grew up in...
  • A Modest Proposal

    10/17/2011 4:08:48 PM PDT · by Man With A Gun · 15 replies
    VANITY ^ | 10/17/11 | Man With A Gun
    It shouldn't come to anyone's surprise when I state that the most attractive members of our society seem to attract the most attractive members of the opposite sex. Unfortunately, those less fortunate... those stuck with dumpy bodies or faces that could look like they "got hit with the ugly stick" a few times... are doomed to spend their lives with those much like themselves. After looking at this situation, I've decided that it just isn't fair that only those men who take the time to work on their social skills, spend hours at the gym, and adopt careful grooming and...
  • The 7 Most Annoying People on Social Networking Sites

    10/12/2011 9:05:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies · 1+ views
    PJ Lifetyle ^ | October 12, 2011 | John Hawkins
    7) The Fan Boys.I have no idea why some guys think they can show up on Facebook, find some attractive woman they’ve never met, talk about how pretty she is in every photo, compliment her excessively, and somehow turn that into a relationship. Does this work for anyone, ever? You never hear any woman say, “Oh, I met my boyfriend on Facebook! He just showed up every day, kissed my ass relentlessly, and then of course, it all ended in hot monkey sex!” What you do hear, however, are attractive women privately referring to people like that as “creepers,” as...
  • How Sweden aided Nazi-Germany

    10/05/2011 9:21:38 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 19 replies · 1+ views
    2011/10/05 | WesternCulture
    The matter of Nazi-German troop transfer through Finland and Sweden during World War II remains one of the most controversial issues of Scandinavian history beside Finland's co-belligerence with Nazi Germany in the Continuation War, and the export of Swedish iron ore during World War II. The Swedish concession to German demands during and after the German invasion of Norway in April–June, 1940, is often viewed as a significant breach with prior neutrality-policies, that were held in high regard in many smaller European nations. After they were publicly acknowledged, the Soviet Union immediately requested a similar but more far-reaching concession from...
  • Occupy Wall Street is a tea party with brains

    10/04/2011 6:42:00 AM PDT · by illiac · 36 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 10/4/11 | By David Weidner
    More than two weeks after a band of young people began camping out in the shadow of the New York Stock Exchange, the movement to remake America’s inequitable financial system is growing It’s been called the Woodstock of Wall Street, but that’s hardly an apt comparison. The gathering at Max Yasgur’s farm 42 years ago was built on a generation looking for peace, love, some drugs and acid rock. The kids today are looking for real, tangible change of the capitalist sort. They’re organized, lucid and motivated.
  • Saudi Arabia gives women the vote... but not until 2015

    09/25/2011 6:57:49 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8:25 PM on 25th September 2011 | By Mail Foreign Service
    Women are to be allowed to vote in Saudi Arabia. K ing Abdullah bin Abdulaziz announced the change yesterday and also said women would be allowed to run in elections. However, the new law will not come into force until 2015. In a speech, the king said the move was in accordance with sharia law.
  • Raising "Right and Wrong" Kids in a "Whatever" World

    09/23/2011 2:41:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    NC Register ^ | September 23, 2011 | Matthew Archbold
    A sociologist from the University of Notre Dame published a study gauging the moral thinking of 18-23 year olds. The results are depressing and for this father of five, they’re scary. David Brooks of the New York Times summarized the study, saying that moral thinking to a large extent was considered a relative matter or not considered at all, even regarding issues such as cheating on a partner or drunken driving. Brooks writes that “when asked to describe a moral dilemma they had faced, two-thirds of the young people either couldn’t answer the question or described problems that are not...
  • Scandinavia, the Crown of Civilization ("the most successful society the World has ever known")

    09/11/2011 4:06:55 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 59 replies
    09/12/2011 | WesternCulture
    According to American Liberals, publications like the Economist, the Guardian et al and various studies, Scandinavia is the most successful society on Earth. Despite Breivik and Malmö. Whether it actually is true or not, let's say the average Scandinavian enjoys a higher standard of living than the average German, Dutch, Briton or American. What could be learned from it? Should other countries try and copy our concept of society? Does the Scandinavian model of taxation explain Scandinavian prosperity? Hardly. The way in which Scandinavian wealth is taxed and redistributed says absolutely nothing about how it was created in the first...
  • Thoughts on 9/11

    09/10/2011 3:54:54 PM PDT · by andy58-in-nh · 16 replies
    andy58-in-nh | 9/10/11 | andy58-in-nh
    I have thought about it for days now. I knew it was coming, the same as all of you. In the span of our lives there are few events that serve as markers; birthdays and wedding anniversaries and dates of death. But far fewer in number are those that serve as common cultural mileposts, markers that forever freeze in place a singular moment and each of us, in it. On September 11, 2001, our lives changed. It is by now a commonplace to say so, but the fact remains: all of us, every American, one way or the other was...
  • Worst Decade Ever?

    09/03/2011 8:20:02 AM PDT · by MontaniSemperLiberi · 70 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 3, 2011 | National Journal
    It’s a timely question as the nation approaches the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. This grueling decade surely stands among the nation’s most challenging. For this exercise, I’m not confining the assessment to chronological decades—the 1850s, say, or the 1960s. Instead, I’m looking at any consecutive 120-month period and asking: Which of those 10-year interludes have been the most difficult for America? Most historians would look first at the Civil War. And a good place to begin there is on May 30, 1854, when Franklin Pierce signed the misguided Kansas-Nebraska Act. That statute lit the fuse for the...
  • Why the Gun is Civilization (vanity)

    08/15/2011 3:59:48 PM PDT · by SlaveNoMore · 19 replies
    Marko Kloos
    Why The Gun Is Civilization Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it. In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is...
  • Bad Schools Bad Society

    08/15/2011 6:36:56 AM PDT · by Illinois Rep · 7 replies
    Great little read by C.B. Picco a conservative public school teacher discussing the failure of American Public Schools and Society--how they are interconnected. Great read, places the blame on political correctness, a failing system of tenure, lack of discipline in the school, parents, says, "If it takes a village to raise a child then it also takes a village to raise an idiot!" and we are raising a lot of idiots. Really great read. I enjoyed it!
  • Mark Steyn: U.S. has to pick between Swedish-style welfare system or a strong military

    08/05/2011 11:06:56 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 12 replies
    TheDC ^ | August 5, 2011 | Jeff Poor
    One of the strengths of the United States of America is its military power, with a global reach unlike any other country in the world. But could that power wane to fulfill a vision of what President Barack Obama and other countries have for the country? On Hugh Hewitt’s Thursday radio program, National Review columnist Mark Steyn, who has a forthcoming book called “After America,” explained the United States won’t be able to maintain its military prowess and create a social welfare system on par with Sweden at the same time. And he suggested Americans get used to the latter....
  • 'Planet of the Apes' rises again

    08/05/2011 9:45:20 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 82 replies
    Newsday ^ | July 29, 2011 | Lewis Beale
    They're not just talking apes -- they're metaphors. Of science run amok, an underclass shrugging off its chains, and how humans treat beings that are lower on the evolutionary scale.
  • Snapshot of a Sick Society

    08/04/2011 5:51:39 PM PDT · by JudyM · 28 replies
    Quite often a brief news story sums up the collective pathologies of postmodern American society. Here is a recent tragic news item from my local paper, followed by some commentary: Police call slaying of Hanford woman a random act Posted at 6:04 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2011 By Paula Lloyd / The Fresno Bee A woman found slain at a Hanford car wash this week was killed randomly when a 17-year-old gang member happened to see her while taking a walk, Hanford police said Thursday. Denise McVay was washing her car — something she did several times a week...
  • Vatican Cardinal Burke: In today’s society ‘morality has ceased to exist’

    08/04/2011 3:37:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 4, 2011 | JOHN-HENRY WESTEN
    DENVER, August 4, 2011 ( – Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican’s highest court, delivered a dire yet hopeful message about the current state of society in an address at the 129th Knights of Columbus Convention Tuesday.  “We are witnesses of a society in which, in many respects, morality has ceased to exist,” said Burke. “We are called ever more urgently to the new evangelization of our culture.” Cardinal Burke pinpointed the problem as “moral relativism,” which he said “has even entered into the thinking of some theologians in the Church and which has provided an ideological foundation...
  • Is pornography driving men crazy?

    07/30/2011 7:13:52 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 127 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/30/11 | Naomi Wolf
    It is hard to ignore how many highly visible men in recent years (indeed, months) have behaved in sexually self-destructive ways. Some powerful men have long been sexually voracious; unlike today, though, they were far more discreet and generally used much better judgment in order to cover their tracks. Of course, the heightened technological ability nowadays to expose private behavior is part of the reason for this change. But that is precisely the point: so many of the men caught up in sex-tinged scandals of late have exposed themselves – sometimes literally – through their own willing embrace of text...
  • The Federalist from Texas

    07/30/2011 2:15:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | July 30, 2011 | James V. Capua
    ......A presidential campaign exhibiting real devotion to federalism can, if properly articulated and consistently applied, enlist the support of sufficient numbers of those....Americans who just want their shot at a job and what used to be called the American Dream. A devotion to limited government as Perry has articulated it is the bridge that can carry both the ideological and the non-ideological self-described "independents" over to the Republican's side. ......independents, just because they hate the "stale choice" that partisan politics has become, are not necessarily moderate -- most particularly in their aversion to the rent-seeking, cronyism, tyranny, waste, and, most...
  • Written statement regarding the Consular Notification Compliance Act of 2011

    07/28/2011 12:52:09 PM PDT · by american_steve · 10 replies ^ | 07/28/2011 | David B. Rivkin Jr.
    Background The past two years have witnessed a profound resurgence in public interest in constitutional federalism. While a number of States have been involved in this undertaking, the State of Texas, through the bold efforts of Governor Rick Perry, Attorney General Greg Abbot, and former Solicitor Generals Ted Cruz and Jim Ho, has been at the forefront of this movement. Texas has led the Nation in enacting environmental policies that clean the air and water without imposing undue burdens on businesses and citizens. It has had a light touch in business regulation, and now leads the Nation in employment growth....
  • Changing our Internal Thermostat

    07/25/2011 8:19:03 AM PDT · by Tvrm · 32 replies
    7-25-2011 | Michael Sullivan
    Changing our internal thermostat How is it that we as a society view our environment as something that needs to be air conditioned? As this year’s outside air temperatures soar to record levels we continue to maintain our facilities and homes at temperatures that beg us to remain inside. Most of our homes, many of our work environments and nearly all of our cars are air conditioned. We move from one to the other as quickly as possible so we don’t get exposed to the harsh conditions outside. What is driving all of this might have something to do with...
  • No Red Lines for the Left

    07/16/2011 9:32:18 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 14 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    Every society has its red lines. Areas that are off limits. Behaviors that are unacceptable. Lines that should not be crossed. And the left has progressively dismantled the red lines that constrain it, while seizing control of the infrastructure that marks out a society's red lines. By controlling that cultural infrastructure, the left can insure that all of a society's remaining standards are double standards. The inability to hold the left accountable for its actions is traceable back to this lack of standards. How does one call for accountability when there is no objective standard to measure the wrongness of...
  • What Will Replace the Welfare State?

    07/12/2011 6:52:50 AM PDT · by MNDude · 25 replies
    Regardless of what our current government passes at this time, it seems that a much larger crisis is on the not so distant future. With the baby-boomers retiring, the population increase from the descendents of the illegal immigrants, and the increased debt interest payments coming up, it is pretty obvious that there will be little money to redistribute to the unproductive class in within a decade. Yes, there will be screaming, rioting, and looting in the streets of New Orleans and Los Angeles, but those will eventually come to an end. So what do you all think will replace this...
  • AK inebriate service van taken on drunken joyride

    07/10/2011 9:06:12 AM PDT · by illiac · 5 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 7/9/11 | Seattle PI
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police say a city van used to pick up drunken people was taken on a joyride by a man suspected of drunken driving. The Anchorage Daily News reports that 35-year-old Donny H. Weston was arrested late Thursday after police say he got into a Community Service Patrol van parked with the keys in the engine. Police say social workers were attending inebriated people when Weston got into the van.
  • Who will survive? The country vs the city.

    07/09/2011 12:02:14 AM PDT · by Lowell1775 · 40 replies
    Open Source Survival ^ | July 8, 2011 | Open Source Survival
    The Country Mouse vs The City Mouse I have seen several debates on various websites and blogs as of late, sometimes quite heated. The topic of these opinions and debates were what is better urban or rural from a survival standpoint. Some are adamant that no one can survive a TEOTWAWKI event if they are East of the big muddy and in particular if they are not on a very remote retreat.. others are of the opinion that remote rural retreats invite gangs of home invading thugs, and that resources are easier found in a urban situation given any situation...
  • The REAL War - How To Be a Front Line Patriot and Make a REAL Difference

    07/01/2011 10:38:22 AM PDT · by RobRoy · 32 replies
    Vanity | 7/1/2011 | Robroy
    As I’ve watched the social culture and economy of my country (and civilization in general) go down around me, I’ve felt a terrible despair in my lack of ability to do anything tangible to stop it. Frankly, I went into a little of a “hunker down and try to survive the storm” mentality that all was lost and there was nothing to do but hope you are part of the Phoenix that rose from the ashes. The problem was that to rise from the ashes, there must be ashes. And “going McVeigh” beforehand is clearly not the answer. The challenge...
  • How a society girl left her glamorous life to become one of America's first women in Iraq

    06/20/2011 7:58:39 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9:40 AM on 20th June 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    The daughter of a prominent New York lawyer has told of her amazing transformation from sheltered, society girl to seasoned combat veteran. Former Manhattan jetsetter Jane Blair swapped her pampered life in New York to become one of the first women on the frontline in Iraq. In her new memoir Hesitation Kills, Mrs Blair, now a 38-year-old captain in the Marine Reserves, recalls the moment that changed her life. She said: 'I grew up in this environment where I never had to work for a living. My dad told me, "I will always take care of you".' She was in...
  • Walter E. Williams on welfare: As gov’t plays ‘father,’ ‘black males have become dispensable’

    06/04/2011 7:04:49 PM PDT · by NCjim · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 4, 2011 | Jeff Poor
    It’s perhaps not the most politically correct take on welfare in America’s black community, but an interesting one nonetheless. Walter E. Williams, a George Mason economist and author of “Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?” is not a fan of the welfare state that exists in the country. In an appearance on Thursday night’s “Stossel” on the Fox Business Network, Williams argued that welfare has done more damage to black society than slavery or Jim Crow. “[T]he welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery could not have done, the harshest Jim Crow laws and...
  • Will Rogers was quite the cowboy, with all the wisdom of simple, honest folk(Humor)

    05/18/2011 11:13:36 AM PDT · by illiac · 20 replies
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    He died in a 1935 plane crash in Alaska with his best friend Wylie Post. Rogers was probably the greatest political sage this country ever has known. ~~~~~ His words still ring with common sense today. Simple but Brilliant and full of truths!
  • Pleasure me – now!

    04/23/2011 8:44:37 PM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 3 replies
    WND ^ | April 23,2011 | Ilana Mercer
    Our society revolves around the pleasure principle. Unless something is pleasurable, it excites suspicion and is deemed unworthy of pursuit. This is one reason so many American youngsters entering the job market are dumb, difficult and will be, ultimately, dispensable. They've been taught, by parents and pedagogues – falsely – that learning and work must be jolly fun all the time. If your field of endeavor is no fun, quit it. Anyone who has studied seriously, or worked to master a craft, knows that nothing worth learning or mastering is easy or enjoyable, at first – unless you're a genius,...