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  • Is Trump the real beneficiary of a "rigged" system?

    04/21/2016 7:12:52 AM PDT · by erk · 24 replies
    Based on the raw vote and delegate counts at Real Clear Politics, consider the following: Raw vote %: Trump - 40% Cruz - 29% Delegate %: Trump - 49% Cruz - 32% Bump created by the "system" (delegate % divided by raw vote%): Trump - 22% Cruz - 10% Votes per delegate (how many votes did it take on average to get one delegate): Trump - 10,322 Cruz - 11,430
  • Millennials’ responsibility: Economic inequality and the American dream

    04/16/2016 11:41:19 AM PDT · by pabianice · 7 replies
    UMass Daily Collegian ^ | 4/16/16 | Dombrowski
    From Occupy Wall Street to the Bernie Sanders campaign, Americans have embraced recent efforts to shed light on economic inequality. However, the success of economic reform lies in the hands of our generation, a generation CBS News referred to as “narcissistic praise hounds.” To millennials, the threat of terrorism always existed, the Internet always accompanied a research paper, and the Cold War was taught in history class, not lived. We are a generation ‘with the world at our fingertips,’ a generation that religiously watches “Friends” and uses social media multiple times a day. But, do we have access to the...
  • No, Ted Cruz Doesn’t Want Federal Regulation of Home Schooling

    02/11/2016 9:27:07 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 20 replies
    The Resurgent ^ | February 11, 2016 | Brian Sikma
    Contrary to what some bloggers (many of whom support Donald Trump’s presidential campaign) and the Internet rumor mill have been saying, Sen. Ted Cruz does not support federal regulation of home schooling.The source of the myth is Cruz’s co-sponsorship of S.306, a bill introduced during this session of Congress by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). Some form of the bill has been introduced since 2000, but the measure has never been controversial until presidential campaign politics intervened. What the measure does is expand who can use Coverdell education savings accounts by clarifying that for the purpose of Coverdell expenses only, the...
  • Palin Called Out For ‘Disappointing’ Attack On Cruz Campaign 'Lies'

    02/03/2016 1:32:43 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 96 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February 3, 2016 | RACHEL STOLTZFOOS
    Critics are calling former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin a "disappointing" sellout to presidential candidate Donald Trump and her Facebook post denouncing Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign's "lies" about opponent Ben Carson unfair. "Sarah you disappoint me you sold out to a liberal big Government windbag and are spreading lies about a true conservative," one apparently former fan of Palin writes in one of the top comments on her post. "Ted Cruz was just reporting what CNN reported."...
  • The Fermi Paradox Is Not Fermi's, and It Is Not a Paradox

    02/02/2016 1:30:21 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 81 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 1/29/16 | Robert H. Gray
    Two big ideas often come up in discussions about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI. One is the Drake Equation, which estimates the number of civilizations in our Galaxy whose signals we might be able to detect--potentially thousands, according to plausible estimates. The other is the so-called Fermi paradox, which claims that we should see intelligent aliens here if they exist anywhere, because they would inevitably colonize the Galaxy by star travel--and since we don't see any obvious signs of aliens here, searching for their signals is pointless. The Drake Equation is perfectly genuine: it was created by astronomer...
  • Death watch for Rand Paul campaign

    09/27/2015 11:14:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | September 26, 2015 | Sam Youngman
    LEXINGTON,Ky. — Rand Paul was right. In January 2014, the day after The Atlantic anointed Paul, Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator, as the Republican frontrunner in the 2016 presidential race, Paul told the Herald-Leader “it’s still too early probably to talk about things like that.” “That sounds unlucky to me,” he said. Less than two years later, Paul’s luck, it seems, is running out. Campaigning on Friday in New Hampshire, Paul continues to charge ahead with his struggling presidential campaign, but speculation is growing that he might be the next Republican candidate to drop out of the race. Former Texas Gov....
  • How do you square your Christian faith with hatred of Muslims? (VANITY)

    12/09/2015 10:22:15 PM PST · by hoagy62 · 206 replies
    12/9/15 | Hoagy62
    As one looks at the articles and comments found on Free Republic, you can see the complete and utter loathing, disgust, and outright hatred towards Muslims. It is viewed as a justified hatred, built on the actions Muslims have taken for decades against Americans and others. Notable attacks include the Beirut bombing of the Marine barracks, Beslan in Russia, the recent San Bernadino attack, and of course 9/11. However, I was challenged by a few friends recently as to how a professing Christian can have a deep-seated hatred for Muslims. They reminded me of Jesus' command to love one another....
  • Climate skepticism is just bad science: "There is no cohesive, consistent alternative theory.."

    12/06/2015 1:40:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 113 replies
    Salon ^ | December 5, 2015 | Michael Shermer
    Climate skepticism is just bad science: "There is no cohesive, consistent alternative theory to human-caused global warming" At some point in the history of all scientific theories, only a minority of scientists-or even just one-supported them, before evidence accumulated to the point of general acceptance. The Copernican model, germ theory, the vaccination principle, evolutionary theory, plate tectonics and the big bang theory were all once heretical ideas that became consensus science. How did this happen? An answer may be found in what 19th-century philosopher of science William Whewell called a 'consilience of inductions." For a theory to be accepted, Whewell...
  • Fake candidate beats Jeb Bush in straw poll

    10/12/2015 2:17:06 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 17 replies
    National Sun Times ^ | 10/12/2015, 08:17am | Chad Merda
    Here’s yet another sign of how crazy the 2016 presidential race can be: A fake candidate received more votes in a straw poll than Jeb Bush. Honest. While Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won the Republican Liberty Caucus straw poll with an “approval voting” of 57.1 percent, Bush finished in 13th place with a dismal 1.2 percent. Approval voting allows voters to give the nod to more than one candidate, and a number of them gave it to “Honest” Gil Fulbright, a very fake candidate, who finished a very real 1.5 percent of the vote. We’ve seen our fair share of...
  • Gilmore challenges Trump to 'mano a mano' debate on birthright citizenship

    08/29/2015 10:40:16 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 79 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | Friday, August 28, 2015 5:00 pm | Andrew Cain
    Former Gov. Jim Gilmore, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, on Friday challenged GOP front-runner Donald Trump to a “mano a mano” debate on birthright citizenship. Gilmore has criticized Trump’s plan to overturn the birthright citizenship provision of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It guarantees citizenship to babies born in the U.S., even if their parents are in the U.S. illegally. “Donald Trump is wrong on this issue and on his views of the 14th Amendment,” Gilmore said in a statement. “I challenge Donald Trump to debate ‘mano a mano’ on this issue. His comments are irresponsible,...
  • Rome, Her Saints, & the Gospel

    05/28/2015 8:12:00 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 177 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | May 20, 2015 | Eric Davis
    This past weekend pope Francis canonized four new saints in a ceremony which received extra attention as two of the four were of Palestinian origin. One of the new Palestinian saints, Sister Mariam Baouardy (1846-1878), was a mystic and stigmatic also known as “Mary Jesus Crucified.” She was a Palestinian and foundress of the Discalced Carmelites of Bethlehem in the late 1800’s. The other new Palestinian saint, Sister Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas (1843-1927), was a co-founder of the Congregation of the Rosary Sisters, who spent much of her life in Bethlehem founding schools and orphanages.Despite the interesting politics of the situation, we...
  • Which is worse, booze or pot? A doctor weighs in

    03/20/2015 10:51:48 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 216 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 19, 2015
    Worrying about teen drinking and drug use has kept many a parent up at night. With marijuana becoming increasingly available and legal in some parts of the country, the question has taken on new urgency: If teens are going to experiment, which is safer, booze or pot? "The first answer always has to be neither," Dr. Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, told CBS News. But then he acknowledges they're not exactly equivalent -- and he considers alcohol much more dangerous. Carroll wrote a provocative piece for the New York Times exploring what's known...
  • HuffPo: Asking Black People if They Have Kids and Other Things Racist White People Do

    03/12/2015 7:06:39 AM PDT · by rightistight · 15 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/12/15 | Aurelius
    The Huffington Post, the liberal news-website, posted on their official Facebook page a link to a comic in which white people are repeatedly asking black people racist questions. Armed with the question, "Can You See It?" HuffPo linked to the article "There's racism buried in these 5 seemingly harmless questions. Can you see it?" Here's the post on Facebook: And here's the comic they linked to: I don't think any sane person can read this and think that the people on the right are not complete jerks. Honestly, is this really how liberals see the world? Who walks up to...
  • "Self Medication" is Ontological Onanism

    03/01/2015 3:09:11 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 27 replies
    http://www.google.com/search ^ | 3/1/15 | Sacra Pizza Man
    Calling substance abuse anything other than what it is--self induced mental illness--is just more of the same excuse making.
  • Obama on immigration: ‘Nativist trend’ in parts of the Republican Party

    12/29/2014 11:55:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    President Obama says his recent executive actions granting millions of illegal immigrants temporary amnesty could spur Republicans to work together with Democrats on the issue, but if they solidify what he called a “nativist trend” in parts of the Republican Party, there probably won’t be much progress. “If your view is that immigrants are either fundamentally bad to the country or that we actually have the option of deporting 11 million immigrants, regardless of the disruptions, regardless of the cost, and that that is who we are as Americans, I reject that,” Mr. Obama told NPR. On the other hand,...
  • Yes, the Republican Obamacare Strategy Will Kill People

    11/11/2014 6:12:16 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | November 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Chait
    There is a famous thought experiment called the trolley problem, and it goes like this: A runaway trolley is headed toward five people bound on the tracks. You are standing before the switch that could divert it onto another track, where it would kill only one person. Do you pull the switch? The trolley problem is the most flattering possible way to think about the conservative movement’s fanatical commitment to repealing Obamacare. If they pull the switch and repeal Obamacare, or if they persuade five Republican Supreme Court justices to cripple it, they will spare America from the evils of...
  • Year after lanes closed, Christie back to normal (NY/NJ “bridgegate”)

    09/07/2014 2:54:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 7, 2014 2:19 PM EDT | Jill Colvin
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears to have largely moved past the lane-closing scandal that rocked his administration and threatened to derail his political career one year later. But many outside his tight inner circle are still waiting for investigations to conclude before making up their minds. What happens next will depend largely on the outcome of the investigation by the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey into the lane realignments that started a year ago Tuesday on the George Washington Bridge and were apparently hatched by the Republican governor’s aides as political payback. That includes how close they cut to...
  • Obama on Ferguson: Time to listen, not just shout

    08/18/2014 2:11:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 18, 2014 4:54 PM EDT
    Calling for understanding in the face of racially charged anger, President Barack Obama said Monday that the vast majority of protesters in a St. Louis suburb were peaceful, but warned that a small minority was undermining justice for the unarmed black man shot and killed by police. During a brief pause in his summer vacation, Obama expressed sympathy for the “passions and anger” sparked by the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, but said giving in to that anger through looting and attacks on police only stirs tensions and leads to further chaos. …
  • Obama's War on Straw Men

    06/12/2014 2:07:00 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 1 replies
    IJReview ^ | Washington Free Beacon
    http://www.ijreview.com/2014/06/146835-obama-declares-war-straw-men-celebrates-triumphant-victory/
  • Obama Says He Wants To “Go Off” On Climate Deniers

    06/08/2014 10:33:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/8/14 | Jim Hoft
    It would seem President Obama is losing patience with those who excercise their free speech rights to express concerns about his (bogus) Climate Change agenda. As a matter of fact, according to an interview published in The New York Times, President Obama would love to “Go Off” on Climate Deniers in Congress: Do you ever want to just go off on the climate deniers in Congress? “Yeah, absolutely,” the president said with a laugh. “Look, it’s frustrating when the science is in front of us. … We can argue about how. But let’s not argue about what’s going on. The...
  • Netanyahu 'Desperate to Block Rivlin Presidency'

    05/12/2014 3:53:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/5/14 | Gil Ronen
    Political analysts say Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyhau is making desperate maneuvers to try and prevent MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud-Beytenu) from being elected president in the coming weeks. The Knesset began its summer session Monday, a session that will focus on the process of electing a president, as Shimon Peres's term nears its end. Peres's term ends in July, and a successor is to be elected by the Knesset between 30 and 90 days before then. Netanyahu reportedly is still trying to bring about a six-month postponement of the election, after failing to do so until now. Sources close to him...
  • More Republican Crumbs for the Middle Class

    02/01/2014 3:17:02 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 29 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 1-31-14 | Michael Tomasky
    Do you know the old joke about the politician who sees a mob of people marching down and street and cries: “There go my people! I must find out where they are going so I can lead them!” I’m put in mind of it by the news that the Republican Party is super-keen now to figure out ways to help the middle class. The Democrats have begun embracing economic populism. Polls show strong public support for many of the ideas that make up this populism. The people are marching. And now the party that’s been the enemy of the middle...
  • Time Travel Impossible,Say Scientists(So Forget The Stakeouts in Early 1960's Kenya)

    01/29/2014 11:10:03 AM PST · by lbryce · 115 replies
    Discovery News ^ | July 24, 2011 | Staff
    By proving a single photon can't travel faster than light, scientists say they have proven time travel is impossible. THE GIST Hong Kong physicists say they have proven a single photon cannot travel faster than the speed of light. This demonstrates that time travel is impossible, they say. Hong Kong physicists say they have proved that a single photon obeys Einstein's theory that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light — demonstrating that outside science fiction, time travel is impossible. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology research team led by Du Shengwang said they had...
  • Senate intelligence report takes GOP tirades about Benghazi head-on (Dems view, barf alert)

    01/28/2014 2:24:48 PM PST · by Republicanprofessor · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 17, 2014 | David Ignatius
    Driving the Republican jihad was a claim, first reported in October 2012 by Fox News, that CIA personnel had wanted to respond more quickly to the Benghazi attack but were ordered to “stand down,” perhaps by political higher-ups. Although this claim was promptly rebutted by CIA officials, it was repeated by Fox News at least 85 times, according to a review by the liberal advocacy group Media Matters. This barrage fueled Republican charges that the Democrats were engaging in a coverup. The Senate intelligence report addressed this inflammatory charge head-on. “The committee explored claims that there was a ‘stand down’...
  • Bill Nye, Ken Ham Creationism Debate Tickets Sell Out in Minutes; Streaming Info Released

    01/07/2014 1:56:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/07/2014 | Stoyan zaimov
    Tickets for the upcoming debate on the viability of creationism between "The Science Guy" Bill Nye and Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham sold out within minutes, but information has been released for how people can still watch it via live streaming. "Sorry, all tickets for the debate with Bill Nye sold out within minutes!" Ham posted on Facebook on Monday, when the $25 tickets for the Feb. 4 debate at The Creation Museum's 900-seat Legacy Hall in Petersburg, Ky., went on sale. The debate will center around the question: "Is creation a viable model of origins in today's...
  • Are True Conservatives A Minority In America?

    12/13/2013 3:37:52 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 75 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 12/13/13 | LD Jackson
    In the past few days, much has been written and said about the budget deal worked out between Paul Ryan and Patty Murray. That budget deal passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 332-94. The vote came after a fairly harsh push-back against outside conservative groups like Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans for Prosperity, and Freedom Works. Speaker John Boehner made his displeasure for these groups plain for all to see and hear, saying they had lost all credibility, that he didn't care what they did.  Clearly, he is tired of the thorn in his flesh and...
  • MYTH: A ship could be build from the "relics" of the True Cross

    09/14/2013 4:03:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    The New Theological Movement ^ | 9/14/2013 | Father Ryan Erlenbush
    September 14th, Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross “There is no abbey so poor as not to have a specimen. In some places there are large fragments, as at the Holy Chapel in Paris, at Poitiers, and at Rome, where a good-sized crucifix is said to have been made of it. In brief, if all the pieces that could be found were collected together, they would make a big ship-load. Yet the Gospel testifies that a single man was able to carry it.” John Clavin, Traité Des Reliques Protestants, rationalists, modernists, and other enemies of Christ and his Church...
  • The Presidential eligibility of Ted Cruz

    08/29/2013 6:32:41 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 222 replies
    8/29/13 | Lakeshark
    The Presidential Eligibility of Ted Cruz Got your attention yet? I have a modest proposal for ALL FReepers concerning this issue, but let me explain why there is a proposal at all. The last couple of weeks our venerable and sainted media (peace be unto them) has decided to, after all these years of silence, bring up the issue of Presidential eligibility. The strange appearance of article after article would make you think they were about to expose the birth certificate of messiah Bambi from a Kenyan hospital and show proof of a renouncement of his citizenship while in Indonesia...
  • Yes, Ted Cruz Can be President

    08/26/2013 1:51:55 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 326 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | August 26, 2013 | Ilya Shapiro
    This article appeared on Daily Caller on August 26, 2013. As we head into a potential government shutdown over the funding of Obamacare, the iconoclastic junior senator from Texas — love him or hate him — continues to stride across the national stage. With his presidential aspirations as big as everything in his home state, by now many know what has never been a secret: Ted Cruz was born in Canada. (Full disclosure: I’m Canadian myself, with a green card. Also, Cruz has been a friend since his days representing Texas before the Supreme Court.) But does that mean that...
  • Granite Can Form Quickly

    08/26/2013 7:11:10 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 62 replies
    American Clarion ^ | August 22, 2013 | Bob Ellis
    Evolutionists need the “magic” of millions and billions of years to have a hope of convincing us that what is normally impossible according to the laws of science just might be possible if we allow unfathomable years for it to happen. So it is that they want us to believe that it took millions or even billions of years for the geological features we see to have formed. Well, not only is the “science” upon which assumptions rest based on an unproven and unprovable house of cards, we are learning that many of the things scientists once claimed had to...
  • How can Obama take us to war in Syria without asking congress?

    08/24/2013 11:01:51 PM PDT · by d_focil · 44 replies
    AND Magazine ^ | 8/24/2013 | David Focil
    Beyond troubling considerations in regards to the rebels, there are serious questions on the constitutionality and appropriateness of President Obama's military options. While mainstream media outlets are busy getting all worked up for the potential ratings bonanza a new war will bring, dolling out all the typical military analysts to give us tantalizing speculations on how cruise missile and drone strikes on Assad's forces could play out, no one seems to be asking if President Obama even has the authority to launch a strike in the first place. How far have we fallen into the abyss of an unchecked executive...
  • Kerry Admits: ‘Many Al Qaeda Leaders Now Operating in Syria’

    08/18/2013 2:30:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 16, 2013 - 2:04 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Speaking Thursday at a joint appearance with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that there were “many al Qaeda leaders now operating in Syria”—where President Barack Obama decided two months ago to provide military support to rebel forces fighting alongside al Qaeda to overthrow the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Asad. Asad is a member of the Alawite sect, which is a derivative of Shiite Islam; the Syrian rebels are predominantly Sunni, and al Qaeda is Sunni. … In June, six months after his administration designated the Nusra Front an al Qaeda alias and terrorist...
  • 101 Years Later, Milton Friedman is Still Wrong

    08/06/2013 10:21:57 AM PDT · by DannyTN · 109 replies
    Policymic.com ^ | 8/1/13 | Sean McElwee
    Wednesday was the 101st anniversary of Milton Friedman’s birth, and it will be widely celebrated among the vast number of Americans who march in Tea Parties and wear tricorner hats in public. He will be hailed by the vast number of “libertarian populists” now burgeoning within the Republican ranks. But the new “libertarian populism” is increasingly at odds with the possibility of a shared future. Libertarian populists love markets. One of their favorite proposals is privatization: If there is a problem, they look to markets to solve it. Milton Friedman wrote, “The most important single central fact about a free...
  • Michelle Obama Decries "Slander" That Educated Blacks Are "Trying To Act White"

    05/20/2013 3:26:50 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 82 replies
    CBSNews.com ^ | May 20,2013 | CBSNews.com
    During a commencement address at Bowie State University on Friday, first lady Michelle Obama urged the graduates of the historically black university to "please stand up and reject the slander that says a black child with a book is trying to act white," instructing them to "be an example of excellence for the next generation."
  • Eugene Robinson: Republicans lead a witch hunt on Benghazi

    05/10/2013 1:44:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/10/2013 | Eugene Robinson
    Those who are trying to make the Benghazi tragedy into a scandal for the Obama administration really ought to decide what story line they want to sell. Actually, by “those” I mean Republicans, and by “the Obama administration” I mean Hillary Clinton. The only coherent purpose I can discern in all of this is to sully Clinton’s record as secretary of state in case she runs for president in 2016. That’s not a particularly noble way to use the deaths of four American public servants, but at least it’s understandable. Attempts to concoct some kind of sinister Whitewater-style conspiracy, however,...
  • Rejected: Gun Store Cancels AR-15 Purchase by Gabby Giffords’ Husband

    03/26/2013 3:08:34 PM PDT · by yoe · 46 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 26, 2013 | Mike Opelka
    An Arizona gun store cancelled a purchase made by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’s husband Mark Kelly. On March 5th, Kelly visited Diamondback Police Supply in Tucson, selected an AR-15 style rifle, a .45 caliber handgun, and some high capacity magazines, completed a background check and paid for his purchases. Within days, the story (broke nationally) and Kelly claimed that his purchases were made to highlight how easy it is to get a gun. He also added that he intended to turn the AR-15 into the Tucson Police. The story sparked almost 4,000 comments to Mark Kelly’s public Facebook page, many...
  • Why does America have so many guns?

    12/19/2012 7:34:08 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 104 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 19 December 2012 | Harold Meyerson
    Compare the rate of murder by gun in the United States to the rate in any other advanced industrial nation, and you’re forced to draw one of two conclusions: Either there are far more homicidal people in this country than just about anyplace else on Earth, or far more guns. We must either be home to more people who succumb to murderous rage or who kill out of the coldest of calculations, or it’s easier to pick up a gun and start shooting here than in any comparable country. And yet, I’ve never heard even the staunchest gun advocate make...
  • Clackamas Mall Shooting: Shooter Jacob Tyler Roberts Trained Using Video Games

    12/15/2012 1:51:23 PM PST · by drewh · 49 replies
    Policy Mic.com ^ | 12/14/12 | Tom McKay
    Remember the Virginia tech shooting? Video games. The Beltway sniper attacks? Video games. And now the Clackamas mall shooting? Also video games, according to nationally recognized former attorney and anti-video game crusader Jack Thompson. On Tuesday afternoon, shooter Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, armed himself with a semi-automatic AR-15 and went on a rampage at the Clackamas Town Center in Portland, Oregon. He killed two and wounded another before committing suicide. Thompson said in an interview that “Given this guy's method, his age group and the randomness of it, it's more likely than not that he rehearsed for this on games.”...
  • Junk DNA Myth Continues Its Demise (article)

    11/07/2012 12:26:44 PM PST · by fishtank · 7 replies
    Junk DNA Myth Continues Its Demise by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * Secular biology, intelligent design, and creationist communities are abuzz with the recently reported data from 30 simultaneously published high-profile research papers in the field of human genomics, proclaiming that the human genome is irreducibly complex and intelligently designed.1 From an evolutionary perspective, this is a massive blow to the myth of “junk DNA.” A large-scale international research effort, ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements), began in 2003 as an outgrowth of the Human Genome Project. Although the human genome had been largely finished in its final draft form in 2004,...
  • Leaked Photo Of Romney Preparing To Debate Obama

    09/27/2012 10:41:12 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 13 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-27-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • Blue Stars Confirm Recent Creation

    09/01/2012 7:28:34 PM PDT · by lasereye · 102 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | September 2012 | Jason Lisle, Ph.D.
    Orion is one of the most well-known and easily recognized constellations of the winter sky. The three bright blue stars in Orion’s belt seem to draw our attention instantly.1 Such stars are a strong confirmation of the biblical timescale. Most stars generate energy by the process of nuclear fusion of hydrogen into helium in the stellar core. This is a very efficient power source. Theoretically, a star like the sun has enough hydrogen in its core to keep it burning for ten billion years. But that’s not the case with blue stars. Blue stars are always more massive than the...
  • Third female lawmaker introduces bill to limit men’s Viagra access

    03/12/2012 5:04:58 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 59 replies
    Third female lawmaker introduces bill to limit men’s Viagra access By Liz Goodwin | The Lookout – 3 hrs ago Democratic Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner is the third female lawmaker to introduce a bill that would limit men's access to Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs to make a statement about the dozens of anti-abortion bills that have passed statehouses around the country over the last year. Turner is opposed to a proposed bill that would prohibit abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The Dayton Daily News...
  • Americans reject Tea Party ideas - Obama

    09/12/2011 2:23:14 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 89 replies
    Americans reject Tea Party ideas - Obama AFP September 13, 2011 1:22AM PRESIDENT Barack Obama says the "vast majority" of Americans reject the ideas of the archconservative Tea Party movement. "We've always had a anti-federal government bent in a chunk of our population. That's nothing new," Obama has told NBC News, referring to the anti-federal nature of the Tea Party, whose fervour swept in dozens of new Republican House of Representatives members in the 2010 mid-term elections. Many of Obama's probable opponents in the next White House election, in 2012, also subscribe to that outlook, with frontrunner Texas Governor Rick...
  • French launch bid to rewrite history books w/claim that Lindbergh was NOT first to fly/the Atlantic

    11/13/2010 5:17:28 AM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 70 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11-13=10 | "reporter"
    Charles Lindbergh is renowned as the first person to fly across the Atlantic, but according to new research, he was beaten to the achievement ten days earlier. According to French aviation enthusiast Bernard Decré, Lindbergh was only the first to complete the crossing and survive, with two French pilots believed to have reached the coast of Canada ten days before Lindbergh's Spirit of St Louis touched down in Paris in May 1927. New documentary evidence found in the U.S. national archives may prove that Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli completed a transatlantic crossing and were the first men to do...
  • Village Voice Writer Trapped In White Derangement Feedback Loop

    09/30/2010 12:09:40 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies
    Reason ^ | September 29, 2010 | Armin Rosen
    I don't think I ever want to meet Steven Thrasher in person. Aside from the fact that the NPR and Village Voice contributor has an ominously violent last name, this dude is p!ssed. Despite this, I'll admit that while reading his recent Voice cover essay on the insanity of white America, I occasionally pictured myself giving Mr. Thrasher a hug. Don't worry, Steven, I'd whisper: Christine O'Donnell is down 15 percent in Delaware. The Islamic community center near Ground Zero will soon be a reality. A single tweet from Sarah Palin doesn't signal the end of white American sanity. (In fact, there is...
  • Bill White to filmmakers: Zoom in on Perry (casting look Perry-alike for webpisode advertising)

    08/03/2010 11:54:06 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 11 replies · 6+ views
    AP Via Houston Chronicle ^ | July 29, 2010, 5:28PM | KELLEY SHANNON
    Democrat Bill White's campaign is encouraging Texas' arts crowd to focus on Republican Gov. Rick Perry. A supporter of the former Houston mayor is organizing independent filmmakers to show the short films they are making on behalf of his campaign, White spokesman Katy Bacon said Thursday. The films will premiere at an as-yet unscheduled White campaign event in Austin. The initiative came into the spotlight after Perry's campaign noted that a filmmaker advertised on an actors' website for a look-alike for Perry, the state's longest-serving governor who is known for his thick mane of hair. The impersonator would be cast...
  • 'The truth sets this graduate free' By LEONARD PITTS Jr. (barf alert over Beck U.)

    07/13/2010 2:50:04 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 12, 2010, 8:23PM | LEONARD PITTS Jr.
    ...the near future: Augustus Merryweather IV glanced up at the tapping on his office door. Harvey Carbunkle stood there... "You're firing me?" "I have no choice. Your work, ...it hasn't been up to the standard we expect for an editor at Merryweather Publishing. Frankly, I'm surprised. When I saw that you were a graduate of BU, I couldn't wait to hire you..." A proud smile. "Yes, sir. That's Beck University." Augustus was confused. "I've never heard of..." ..."You know, Glenn Beck? ...He founded an online university back in 2010 so people could learn the real truth they don't get in...
  • Sarah Palin likes government too

    07/12/2010 7:34:53 AM PDT · by maggief · 32 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | July 12, 2010 | Julian E. Zelizer
    (CNN) -- During a speech at an event called "Freedom Fest," former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin warned Tea Party activists that while government spending was a bad thing, conservatives should not go too far and start calling for reductions in the military budget. While Palin told the crowd in Norfolk, Virginia, "Something has to be done urgently to stop the out-of-control Obama-Reid-Pelosi spending machine," she also told them, "We must make sure, however, that we do nothing to undermine the effectiveness of our military." Palin's speech touched on a historic problem for the conservative movement. Ever since conservatives embraced a...
  • Why So Few Gospels? Inquiring Muslims Want To Know!

    06/13/2010 6:41:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 72 replies · 1,348+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | 6/12/2010 | Jimmy Akin
    A correspondent writes: I’m just in need of a helping hand from you, because I’m in the middle of a debate with a muslim friend. While we’re in the middle of discussion, he happen to addressed me with a question that blew me away, because I don’t have any idea on how I could tackle his question. This is what he said, “Could you also tell me that there are hundreds of Gospels, then how come only four made it through the New Testament?” I know that the “Books or Gospels” contained in the New Testament are all inspired by...
  • Desperately Defending Obamacare

    03/13/2010 8:33:58 AM PST · by CaroleL · 16 replies · 341+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 03/13/10 | CaroleL
    Joel Benenson, the lead pollster for President Obama, wrote an op-ed piece in today's Washington Post that (surprise) speaks in favor of the president's version of health care reform. He not only extols what he believes are the virtues of Obamacare, he attempts to prove that the American people have been mislead by Republicans and it is the Republicans who will suffer politically if the bill is pushed through the legislative process by the Democrats. Here are some of the lowlights: