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  • Dana Loesch's new Blaze TV show debuts; features mock dramatic reading of hate mail

    01/12/2014 2:46:04 PM PST · by eater-of-toast · 5 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/10/2014 | Erica Ritz
    Dana's new Blaze show debuted Friday, and she had a humorous segment where she read hate mail with mock dramatic flair. First up was a tweet from one @sqeptiq, a leftist turd who loves baiting conservatives in general and Christian homeschoolers in particular.
  • Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Porsha Stewart Using Food Stamps?!

    11/12/2013 2:20:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Rumor Fix ^ | November 11, 2013 | Erin Humphrey
    Rumor has it that Porsha Stewart uses food stamps to buy her food at the local market in Atlanta. A Kroger grocery store insider spills to MediaTakeOut that the Real Housewives of Atlanta star was spotted in line using an EBT card, a system that allows state welfare departments to issue benefits via a payment card. PREVIOUS: Porsha Stewart Fuels Kordell Stewart Gay Rumors The insider dishes that they believe they saw Porsha at “Krogers on Piedmont in Buckhead [Atlanta] and she used an EBT card to make her purchases. I couldn’t see exactly what she bought because she was...
  • Sarah Palin to Get Makeover

    04/27/2013 4:54:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    ShowBizSpy ^ | April 27, 2013
    SARAH Palin has been urged to get a makeover — by her own daughter! Willow Palin, 18, recently completed a hairdressing program at Penrose Academy in Scottsdale, Ariz. She’s planning on opening her own salon, says a source, and wants Mom to be her first customer. “Willow thinks Sarah’s appearance is old and tired. She wants to give her mother a fresh, new hairstyle – something that will make her look younger,” a source revealed. “Sarah’s been reluctant to change her look because it’s so identifiable. But Willow is convinced she can win her mom over.” According to Sarah, Willow...
  • Did Louis C.K. Imply Pedophiles Are Gay Men In His Latest HBO Special? (Graphic language)

    04/14/2013 4:51:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 14, 2013 | AJ Delgado
    Comedian Louis C.K.‘s new comedy special, Oh My God, premiered on HBO Saturday night. The one-hour special contained funny, often hilarious, material from the industry superstar. As a longtime fan of C.K.’s work, including his hit FX_sitcom, Louie, I eagerly tuned in, only to be profoundly disappointed by what appears to be a slur against gay men. Early in the segment, C.K.’s (admittedly_dark) humor took a turn towards the offensive. While describing his New York City apartment building, C.K. reflected on the fountain in the courtyard that features “marble boys pissing”: What is it with fountains? Like, all fountain-sculptors are...
  • 6 Ways to Make Your Articles Go Viral

    04/11/2013 6:13:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    PolicyMic ^ | April 11, 2013 | Elizabeth Plank
    Wanna go viral? I thought so. Even if your piece is the most amazing masterpiece to have ever graced our planet, if your mom is the only one who reads it, it will end up slipping through the proverbial cracks of the interwebs. If you want your articles to viral, you're going to have to master the art of social media. Thankfully, it's not that hard. Here are six surefire ways to increase views on your articles. 1. Get visual. (GRAPHS AT LINK) Source: Facebook Facts People love pictures. They will like, share and comment on them more than any...
  • Former Spice Girl Praises Margaret Thatcher, Deletes Tweet After Wave of Hate Messages

    04/08/2013 7:52:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | April 8, 2013 | Christian Toto
    So much for girl power. Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell tweeted out a positive message regarding former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who the singer once dubbed the "first Spice Girl," to honor the late leader's legacy earlier today. Liberal social media users quickly engulfed Halliwell with hateful tweets, using the kind of language normally reserved for the worst of the worst....
  • Princeton Mom to All Female Students: ‘Find a Husband’

    04/07/2013 2:25:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    New York Magazine's The Cut ^ | March 29, 2013 | Maureen O'Connor
    In the mid-seventies, Susan A. Patton was among the "200 pioneer women" to join Princeton University's previously all-male student body. As president of her alumni class, she recently attended an Anne-Marie Slaughter–endorsed "Women and Leadership" event that "allowed current undergraduate women to speak informally with older and presumably wiser alumnae." But the "girls" in attendance "glazed over" discussing careerism, she found. So today she wrote an open letter to The Daily Princetonian telling "the daughters I never had" what she wished she'd said: Forget about having it all, or not having it all, leaning in or leaning out ... Here’s...
  • Bloomberg Fronts Eco-Friendly May Issue of L’Uomo Vogue

    04/05/2013 12:33:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 5, 2013 | Misty White Sidell
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg has long campaigned for the fashion industry through organizations like Fashion’s Night Out and the CFDA. And now it seems as if all that fashion do-gooding has panned out—it’s won him the cover of the eco-friendly May edition of L’Uomo Vogue, Italian Vogue’s magazine for men. For the event, the New York City mayor and C40 Climate Leadership Group president was photographed by Italian photographer Francesco Carrozzini in a conservative though spiffy dark suit and striped tie. Of the casting choice, Italian Vogue editor in chief Franca Sozzani told the Financial Times: “I did think it might...
  • What Michelle Obama can teach us about modern womanhood

    03/29/2013 10:52:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | March 30, 2013 | Sarah Hampson
    First came the bangs. Then a comedy sketch on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Next, her unexpected presentation of the Oscar for Best Picture. Now, in April, she graces the cover of Vogue magazine, for the second time. Do we need any more confirmation of Michelle Obama’s apotheosis? Some of the intense interest in the first lady may be owing to the fact that she is now inviting it. The second term of her husband’s presidency gives her increased freedom to be herself, notes Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University in Washington, D.C....
  • Michelle Obama’s Oscar presentation raises questions about the role of a first lady

    02/25/2013 7:33:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Washington Post's Style ^ | February 25, 2013 | Krissah Thompson
    Is this what Michelle Obama looks like untethered to the pressure of a campaign? Is she free to follow her whims without worries about political backlash? The first lady became the buzz of the weekend when she beamed into the Academy Awards from the White House to present the award for best picture with Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson. Attendees and viewers were flabbergasted at the satellite image of the elegantly dressed Obama, flanked by young service members in full regalia, opening the envelope to name Ben Affleck’s “Argo” the winner. “It just seem[ed] so natural because the whole thing is...
  • Grammys 2013: Michelle Obama is Nominated for a Grammy? Plus Other Surprising Grammy Nominees

    02/06/2013 5:35:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Latinos Post Entertainment ^ | February 6. 2013 | Lindsay Lowe
    Everyone's buzzing about Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, and Mumford & Sons, but did you know that Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton are also nominated for Grammys this year. They're nominated in the often-overlooked Spoken Word category, which honors poetry, audio books, and other forms of audio storytelling. Michelle Obama, along with producers Scott Crewell and Dan Zitt, are nominated for the audio recording of her first audio book, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. "With one nomination," points out the Huffington Post's Julie Miller, "the First Lady has already out-Grammy-ied Justin Bieber...
  • Five Finger Death Punch Guitarist Blasts 'Anti-Gun' Media

    01/13/2013 6:32:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Noise Creep ^ | January 13, 2013 | Allyson B. Crawford
    Amid the media swirl surrounding possible gun control measures after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre just last month, many pro-gun advocates are speaking out. Musicians are no different. Zoltan Bathory, guitarist of Five Finger Death Punch, used his Facebook page to discuss his annoyance at the media and the concern that his guns will be confiscated by the government, despite the fact there is no evidence to back up that fear. Bathory writes: "Let's talk about 'assault' rifles for a second. Anti-gun advocates in the media placing all the emphasis on the word 'ASSAULT' for a reason. It sounds menacing...
  • Black Reality TV and the Rebirth of Fool

    01/12/2013 9:42:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Root ^ | January 12, 2013 | Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D.
    It's official. Reality-television executives have lost their minds. The reality-TV shows featuring mostly black casts debuting in 2013 are setting back images of black folks in television at least 60 years. While critics are obsessed with the controversial film Django Unchained, there is a movement taking place in reality television that has elevated black buffoonery to the highest level possible while diminishing black culture to the lowest level in recent memory. The images of blacks on TLC's reality shows Best Funeral Ever and The Sisterhood and Oxygen's All My Babies' Mamas are appalling. They are also reminiscent more of images...
  • President Obama, First Lady Dine At Nobu Waikiki With Friends

    01/06/2013 2:27:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Obama Foodorama ^ | January 5, 2013 | Eddie Gehman Kohan
    Threepeat: President visits same restaurants on this year's vacation as last year's... After a day of golf, President Obama on Friday night had a long, late dinner in Waikiki, spending more than 3 1/2 hours at Nobu restaurant. Joined by First Lady Obama and an unidentified group of friends, the President arrived at the "perennially hip" Waikiki Parc Hotel at 8:35 PM, home to Nobu, which bills itself as "yet another canvas for Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to display his legendary dishes." The closed-off streets around the hotel filled with excited crowds as word of the President's presence spread through Waikiki....
  • Wikihouse demonstrated how const. system can be used to easily print & build affordable shelter

    01/05/2013 5:09:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    PSFK ^ | May 17, 2012 | Emma Hutchings
    Open source house design community WikiHouse demonstrated their construction system at Milan Design Week, providing a visual update on the project. Their goal is to make it possible for anyone to download and print a timber structure using a CNC milling machine, and then fit the pieces together to build an affordable house ready for cladding, wiring, insulation and plumbing...
  • Avon Announces 1,500 Layoffs

    12/12/2012 8:19:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | December 12, 2012 | Rich Smith
    Avon Products on Tuesday announced plans to lay off 1,500 workers globally. That's about 3.7 percent of its work force. The layoffs, which Avon described as part of a previously announced initiative to cut $400 million in annual costs by the end of 2015, are expected to initially cost the company money. In conjunction with moves to exit the South Korea and Vietnam markets, Avon says it will be taking $50 million to $60 million in pre-tax charges in Q4 2012, followed by an additional $30 million in charges as the changes progress. However, Avon believes it will see immediate...
  • Bill & Hillary Forever [Double-Bagger]

    10/16/2012 10:57:04 AM PDT · by lentulusgracchus · 4 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Oct. 14, 2012 | John Heilemann
    The Barack-and-Bill double act on display this fall marks a new and intriguing phase in a psychological entanglement so rich that if Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung were alive, they would surely be squabbling over it instead of Sabina Spielrein’s hysteria. No one close to Obama or Clinton even bothers with the pretense that there is any real affection between them. But most concur with the assessment of a Democratic operative with tentacles deep in both worlds: that “the relationship today is totally transactional—and highly functional.”
  • The Empty Chair President (vanity)

    09/02/2012 2:36:54 PM PDT · by BlueJ7 · 13 replies
    9/02/2012 | me
    The empty chair president
  • Area Man Joins Organization Where Nothing Much Ever Happens (Welcome to the 'Dull Men's Club')

    07/21/2012 11:39:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/19/2012 | JENNIFER LEVITZ
    PEMBROKE, Mass.—Hugh Crossen found himself well into retirement and a little adrift. The former salesman missed meeting new people. As a hobby, he maintains a collection of 7,000 restaurant menus, but he says his wife, Joyce, "isn't as tickled with it as I am." "It takes up a lot of space in the cellar!" says his spouse. Fortunately, Mr. Crossen, who is 77 years old, found a new audience in the "Dull Men's Club," a regular gathering in this town south of Boston. There is no agenda other than to salute the quiet eccentricities of everyday life. The club started...
  • Massive mural memorializing slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin is going up in East New York

    07/06/2012 11:34:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 2, 2012 | Simone Weichselbaum
    The city’s first known Trayvon Martin mural is going up on a wall of an East New York laundromat - adding to a brewing campaign to make sure history doesn’t snub the slain teen’s image. Teenage boys will start painting the 100-foot picture July 16 on New Lots Laundromat’s wall underneath the elevated tracks of the IRT No. 3 train. The East New York mural will join a growing list of similar street art popping up in black neighborhoods across the country. “We want him to become a martyr, and it’s sad that we even have to say that,” said...
  • Plug in, Hit the Road: Toyota Prius Camper (What we'll all be living in soon?)

    03/17/2012 12:22:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Gas2 ^ | January 16, 2012 | Jo Borras
    There are little Prii, big Prii, plug-in Prii, racing Prii, and now – just revealed at this weekend’s Tokyo Auto Salon – there are full-fledged, fully-equipped, and very Real Toyota Prius camper vans. Starting with a new, 3rd-gen Prius, the conversion company adds a streamlined, fiber-reinforced plastic shell that expands the Prius’ interior into something that’s, well, livable! The “living area” has room for a small coffee table with booth-type seating and underseat storage which can be converted to a queen-size bed (as shown, below), with an additional “permanent” bed in the forward section (above the cockpit). At the rear...
  • Popular Packers jerseys may soon be hard to find

    12/29/2011 7:36:43 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 12-29-11
    A new supplier combined with the Packers popularity might make favored jerseys like Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews scarce over the next three months and then more expensive. In April, Nike and several other new vendors will take over from Reebok. Retailers say Reebok ordered conservatively going into the season. Their plans also were also affected by the NFL lockout, which still was in effect when buying decisions were made. Brian Swallow, with online retailer Fanatics, says sales of their Packers items are up 170 percent. He says retailers have to predict sometimes a year in advance. Mike Walters, manager...
  • You too can own the wristwatches worn by Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Gov Chris Christie

    12/18/2011 12:44:09 PM PST · by newjerseynewsroom · 18 replies
    Chicago Now ^ | 12/18/2011 | Celebritymagnet
    Tom Murro shares his celebrity inspired gift giving ideas for the holiday's on FOX CT. You too can own artwork owned by Snooki and the watches worn by notables like Buzz Aldrin, Gov Chris Christie, David Paterson, Angelina Jolie, 1st Lady Michelle Obama and even President Obama.
  • China donates bus fleet to Macedonia, sparking anger at home

    12/02/2011 5:47:50 AM PST · by Cardhu · 1 replies
    France 24 ^ | December 1st 2011 | Staff
    The commute to and from school can be a harrowing experience in many parts of China. As rush hour begins, children are piled into makeshift buses with complete disregard for safety regulations. The controversy began in Macedonia’s capital Skopje on Friday, November 25 after China’s ambassador gifted the country a fleet of 23 sleek, double-decker school buses. Built by the Chinese manufacturer Yutong, the buses hold 35 and are fitted with automatic doors, fire extinguishers and seatbelts. They will be used primarily for transporting students in Macedonia’s rural areas. The gesture might have been favourably viewed were it not for...
  • Popping the question

    11/30/2011 1:43:18 PM PST · by Cardhu · 4 replies
    China Daily ^ | November 25th 2011 | Charlie Custer
    Marriage isn't a joking matter. Before a man proposes in China, he must carefully choose his words In China, much of the older generation still recalls arranged marriage; there isn't a long tradition of creative marriage proposals like there is in the West. Traditions vary from region to region and family to family, but often the process involves a formal meeting between the boy (and, if possible, his family) and the girl's family. Depending on how traditional the families are, and the local expectations, dowry payments may be arranged and an official wedding date will be agreed upon, generally no...
  • Widow Dies After Muggers Take Husband's Ashes

    11/26/2011 12:41:30 PM PST · by Cardhu · 12 replies
    Sky News ^ | November 26th 2011 | Staff
    An elderly widow has died after muggers stole her handbag containing her husband's ashes - which she had carried for 17 years. Nellie Geraghty, 79, suffered fatal head injuries as she desperately tried to cling onto the bag during the robbery in Oldham, Greater Manchester. Police have launched a murder inquiry after she died in Royal Oldham Hospital at around midnight on Friday. Two youths, aged 14 and 17, have been arrested on suspicion of robbery. Mrs Geraghty was found collapsed in an alleyway near her home in Shaw just before noon on Thursday. Inside her handbag was a blue...
  • The culture of masculinity costs all too much to ignore

    11/25/2011 9:32:12 AM PST · by Cardhu · 38 replies
    Guardian ^ | November 25th 2011 | Cynthia Cockburn and Ann Oakley
    Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The phrase "violence against women" calls for comment. It names the victims but not the perpetrators. The fact that men are mainly responsible for violent and health-harming behaviours, not only against women and children but also against each other, is so taken for granted that it slips beneath the radar of commentators and policymakers. Take the riots of August this year. As the suspects were charged, considerable detail was published by the Ministry of Justice. The press focused on the age, ethnicity, neighbourhood and employment status of offenders....
  • 'Places of Isolation' Artist Explores Street View's Loneliest Lanes

    11/24/2011 12:24:25 PM PST · by Cardhu · 3 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | November 24th 2011 | Frank Patalong/Aaron Hobson
    Google is everywhere, including places one might least suspect. Photographer Aaron Hobson has created a series of breathtaking panoramas highlighting some of the most remote places documented by Google Street View. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, he discusses his virtual journeys. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Mr. Hobson, you didn't photograph your latest series of photos yourself -- they came from Google's Street View service. How did that come about? Hobson: I began working on a film I was asked to direct by a producer in Los Angeles. I am unfamiliar with Los Angeles. Since that is where we are going to...
  • My neighbour, the Prime Minister (Portugal)

    11/17/2011 9:29:14 AM PST · by Cardhu
    Press Europe/Expresso ^ | November 17th 2011 | Bernardo Mendonça
    In the suburban street in Lisbon that is home to Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, the crisis has come knocking. Expresso reports on the manner in which austerity measures imposed by their high-profile neighbour have affected the lives of middle-class Portuguese who live in the area. Pedro Passos Coelho were to leave his building by the main entrance (and not via the discreet garage exit to the rear, which he has been using since he became Prime Minister), he would see the real impact of the crisis in the street where he lives in Massamá. The country is angry. So...
  • Royal Agricultural Winter Fair starts in Toronto

    11/04/2011 10:05:11 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 4 replies
    English xinhuanet News ^ | November 5th 2011 | Tang Danlu
    Six beautiful photos with captions of the show. Fruits and vegetables planted in Canada are displayed during the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair at Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, Canada, on Nov. 4, 2011. The ten-day 2011 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair that opened here on Friday is one of the largest combined indoor agricultural fair in the world.(Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Tweet your mother’s name to show love and pride for her

    11/04/2011 9:37:06 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 11 replies
    Arab News ^ | October 31st 2011 | RIMA AL-MUKHTAR
    JEDDAH: Saudi tweeters have created a hashtag called IsmOmi (Arabic for “my mother’s name”) in an attempt to break a longstanding taboo that prevents Saudi men from mentioning the name of their mothers. The hashtag enables them to say their mother’s name and allows them to bypass a critical society. Hashtags are created by adding # to a “tweet” on Twitter. They are terms invented to add to tweets on a given subject and build a community of tweets or build toward a “trending topic.” Saudi tweeters see this as a way to express their love and gratitude for their...
  • School odds stacked against summer babies, says IFS

    11/01/2011 3:58:51 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | November 1st 2011 | Sean Coughlan
    Children born in the summer in England are at an academic disadvantage throughout school, says a report from the IFS. The study says that among seven-year-olds, August-born children are more than three times as likely to be "below average" as September-born children. August children are also 20% less likely to attend a top university. The IFS says the economic consequences facing summer babies will last "throughout their working lives". The report from the independent financial researchers shows the sharp difference in outcomes between the youngest children in a year group - those born in August - and the oldest, born...
  • Fashion Week: Tsai Meiyue Wedding Dress show

    10/30/2011 6:12:36 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Xinhuanet ^ | October 30th 2011
    Some nice wedding dresses for the ladies to consider if you like red.
  • Obama appease Qccupy Wall Streets Professional Protestors to Boost Reelection Chances

    10/07/2011 7:38:03 PM PDT · by Trueblackman · 17 replies
    biggovernment.com ^ | 7 October 2011 | Trueblackman
    President Obama and liberal Democrats are almost orgasmic at the thought they have finally found a movement to counter the Tea Party in the Occupy Wall Street astroturf. While the President, liberal Democrats, union leaders and some in the media have tried to convince Americans that this is a grassroots movement that is raging against corporate greed on Wall Street and is being led by disenfranchised Americans, the truth of the matter is that this is the usual bunch of suspects on the far left such as International ANSWER, Code Pink, the Communist Party USA, and the Workers World Party,...
  • Forget Multiculturalism: Restore The Vision Of The Founding Fathers

    09/29/2011 7:36:53 PM PDT · by billflax · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/29/2011 | Bill Flax
    A history professor once postulated that the most pivotal battle shaping America’s destiny was not Yorktown or Gettysburg, but Quebec in 1759. There General Wolfe demolished French claims to Canada, which confirmed that America would develop decisively within the Anglo-protestant mold. The latest Economic Freedom of the World rankings (for 2009) highlight the good fortune that resulted from Wolfe’s win. Many commentators will rightly deplore America’s precipitous descent over the past decade – down to tenth, yet another startling detail leaps from the page. Eight of the ten freest lands were once owned by Britain. The nations enjoying limited government,...
  • President Obama Should Rule The World

    09/15/2011 8:19:38 PM PDT · by newjerseynewsroom · 9 replies
    Chicago Now ^ | 09/15/2011 | Celebritymagnet
    While hanging front row for the Samantha Black Runway Show at this years New York Fashion Week, Darryl 'DMC' Mc Daniels shared his deep love for President Obama in this video with 'Celebrity Magnet' Tom Murro.
  • 'SPENDITALL' Commercial. Need Link.

    07/21/2011 2:17:17 PM PDT · by Main Street · 5 replies
    Unknown ^ | 7-21-2011 | Self
    I saw a clever political commercial/ad played like a drug commercial. Where a mother is talking about a new 'drug' out of Washington called 'Speditall'. But I can't find a link. Anyone know where it can be found?
  • A Politically Incorrect Perspective On American History

    07/11/2011 5:02:08 AM PDT · by billflax · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/30/2011 | Bill Flax
    Freedom wasn’t perfect here, but unlike the preponderance of world history, freedom abounded. America has seemingly forgotten what made her a beacon to the world. We downplay this bold experiment in favor of overblown tales of oppression. In the revision, America wasn’t unique because of its unprecedented liberty and resultant prosperity. According to cultural elitists, America was singularly vile for exploiting workers, enslaving blacks, robbing Indians and oppressing women. This reflects blatant cultural Marxism. Historically, few Americans found class antagonisms convincing. The Left substituted race, sex and other factors for the class conflict of orthodox Marxism. Under the guise of...
  • The Essential Ingredients of Capitalism

    07/02/2011 5:05:36 AM PDT · by billflax · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/27/2011 | Bill Flax
    Economics essentially studies the transformation of scarce resources through time and space into the products that best meet the unlimited wants and needs of market participants. Broadly speaking, a robust economy requires respect for property and the profit motive, impartial application of the law, a people of substance and sound money. Thus free, the market unveils a natural canvas allowing its participants to create masterpieces enriching and beautifying life. Ludwig von Mises highlighted property as the cornerstone of sound economics. Property, the accumulated capital of those who produce, represents the basis for a functioning market. Surely producers should enjoy the...
  • Red Eye Has Best Ratings Quarter Ever In Demo; Greg Gutfeld Explains Success To Mediaite

    06/29/2011 6:57:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 29, 2011 | Frances Martel
    Fox News’ 3 AM news/comedy show Red Eye just capped it’s best quarter ever in the 18-34 demographic– celebrating its 1,000th program with its highest ratings ever, and beating CNN primetime according to Nielsen. Mediaite caught up with host Greg Gutfeld to chat about this achievement, what it means for the competition, and how to keep viewers glued to the screens (and their Twitter pages) for another 1,000 episodes. Congratulations on both your 1,000th episode and your best quarter ever in terms of ratings. How do you think the show distinguished itself after so many years on air that it’s...
  • Not Just Another Article Espousing The Gold Standard

    06/25/2011 5:07:25 PM PDT · by billflax · 14 replies · 2+ views
    Forbes ^ | 02/03/2011 | Bill Flax
    A gold standard provides more than mere sound monetary policy. The Left hates the gold standard for the same reason they think our Constitution is evolving, belittle Biblical certainty and denigrate tradition. The Left despises anything true, anything defined, anything rooted upon a solid firmament which limits their sophistic meddling. Gold is a constraint on government and a protector of property rights. Fiat money affords government the power to manipulate, hence the Left hates gold. The article - Not Just Another Article Espousing The Gold Standard Tabletalk, a daily devotional my wife and I enjoy, once had a cover depicting...
  • We Need To Put Our Regulators On A Diet

    06/24/2011 7:30:47 PM PDT · by billflax · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/17/2011 | Bill Flax
    The late Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman once said, “Given our monstrous, overgrown government structure, any three letters chosen at random would probably designate an agency or part of a department that could be profitably abolished.” Friedman’s comment in mind, in this column we’re going to discuss nutrition from a regulatory perspective. No, this isn’t me advocating Michelle Obama‘s Nutritional Nanny State; although, much can be gleaned from obesity as the primary dietary problem plaguing our “under-privileged.” Our poor eat plenty of cake and this Marie Antoinette would like it to stop. Gluttonous do-gooder statism spawned the electoral avalanche last November....
  • Now You Can Own the Taliban Chess Set

    06/21/2011 11:58:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Gawker ^ | June 21, 2011 | Jeff Neumann
    It's too late for Father's Day, but surely you can find a reason to give someone the Taliban chess set, from Canadian toy company Hedwig & Sergeant Major. Fight the "Good War" from the comfort of your own home! For just $250, you can choose a set, such as America vs. Taliban, or Britain vs. Iraqi insurgents and more. You're given a choice between two different kings for the American side depending on who you feel was/is a better Commander in Chief, George W. Bush or Barack Obama. The queen is the Statue of Liberty, the rook is the World...
  • Obama Isn't "Change" He's Acceleration

    06/20/2011 3:15:43 AM PDT · by billflax · 10 replies
    RealClearMarkets ^ | 03/26/2010 | Bill Flax
    Our Entitled Descent Began Long Before Obamacare RealClearMarkets By Bill Flax March 26, 2010 Many decry Obamacare as the death of our republic. Such esteemed thinkers as Thomas Sowell pronounced it a turning point in our dismantlement. Dr. Sowell is a hero and inspiration. With sincere respect, what turned? Surely it can't be the attitude of entitlement. It can't be wealth redistribution achieved through confiscatory taxation. It's not the overhaul of our Constitution from a protector of natural rights to an enforcer of positive rights. It wasn't the hypocrisy of mimicking the Selma March complete with apparently false accusations of...
  • With Obamacare Back In The News

    06/16/2011 4:15:53 AM PDT · by billflax · 8 replies
    RealClearMarkets ^ | 03/03/2010 | Bill Flax
    Modern Medical Care is a Blessing Not a Right As last year’s health reform bill again permeates our public discourse many pundits have highlighted how socializing medicine will exacerbate our already precarious budget concerns. Much was also written regarding the evasion of public sentiment when Congress employed especially repugnant procedural tactics. While these aspects ridicule the hypocrisy of our elected representatives, they are secondary. Healthcare is not a right. It's a blessing. Medical treatment or more specifically how we finance it, cannot be considered an unalienable right. It’s a form of consumption. Your right to own a car does not...
  • There's No Iniquity In Income Inequality

    06/15/2011 3:22:41 AM PDT · by billflax · 9 replies
    RealClearMarkets ^ | 01/22/2010 | Bill Flax
    Demagogues in Washington are thrilled to ply their vote-buying wiles promising to punish greedy rich villains, but the wealthy are not the evil caricatures of popular imagination. Riches are not generated by depriving others. Some actions grow the proverbial pie. Others shrink it. Those prospering society through work, innovation or investing their capital deserve to be rewarded accordingly. Greed has been prominently blamed for the current downturn and it certainly contributed, but not entirely in the manner depicted by the intelligentsia. In the Marxist conception of economics as a zero sum game, one's profits must correspond to another's losses. Businesses...
  • We Picked The Wrong Roman Dictator

    06/14/2011 2:22:06 AM PDT · by billflax · 31 replies
    RealClearMarkets ^ | 02/13/2010 | Bill Flax
    America has lost its way. My hometown was named for the Society of the Cincinnati. In ancient Rome, citizen-general Cincinnatus put down his plow to save his nation. When the battle was won, he declined a crown and returned to his farm. His self-restraint in the face of overwhelming temptation bequeathed to Rome several centuries of limited, republican government. George Washington exhibited similar virtue after our independence. He too could have been king, but his self-denial enabled the rule of law to triumph over the rule of men. Our revolution was largely fought to settle the timeless question of whether...
  • The Problem With Supply Side Economics

    06/12/2011 6:20:17 PM PDT · by billflax · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/10/2011 | Bill Flax
    Supply side economics invokes the most basic element of human nature: self-interest. We all seek to improve our material circumstances. The tinier the tax man’s bite, the greater is our incentive to produce. As tax burdens lighten, motivation heightens, sparking a robust economy. Allowing producers to enjoy their hard earned gains is both just and effective. Contrasted with demand side economics it’s a no-brainer. It is neither just nor effective to funnel public money to political favorites hoping they will spend lavishly and thus stimulate production. Paying people not to produce inspires little effort. Depriving producers of needed capital so...
  • Rand Paul on Slavery. Wrong Analogy. Right Problem.

    06/05/2011 4:41:59 AM PDT · by billflax · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/19/2011 | Bill Flax
    “The real destroyer of the Liberties of any people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and largesses.” – Plutarch Rand Paul, the freshman senator from Kentucky, can’t seem to avoid controversy. Last year, then-candidate Paul questioned certain clauses of the Civil Rights Act on principled libertarian grounds. He quickly came under fire from across the political spectrum. The son of libertarian standard bearer Ron Paul recently generated headlines again for comparing free health care to slavery. As several commentators observed, no one can “conscript” doctors to practice medicine. He freely quit the profession. However, this isn’t the primary...
  • Why the Tea Party is Essential: Liberty, Prosperity and Justice

    06/03/2011 6:29:08 PM PDT · by billflax · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/06/11 | Bill Flax
    America has forgotten her roots and the limited government which produced the greatest mixture of freedom and prosperity in history. Like their modern counterparts, the first tea partiers sensed this. They rejected a government that betrayed its ideals. Today’s Tea Party primarily focuses on the economic aspects of government expansion, but even as prosperity is a profound blessing, it is freedom we must defend. When King George demanded we buy his tea, colonists objected. Astonished at their outrage, Parliament authored tax subsidies to contrive consent. It became a test of wills over sovereignty. Was the king supreme or did justice...