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  • Suburban Governments Were Just Nationalized by the Federal Government

    07/21/2015 10:37:13 AM PDT · by Sopater · 54 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | July 13, 2015 | S. Noble
    For years, the cities have been robbing the suburbs but they now have a scheme that will quickly end in a takeover of the suburbs by a leftist federal government. HUD announced enforcement of its new 377-page rule called the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule which will allow them to move people from poor crime-ridden areas into “wealthy” suburbs. It was announced by leftist Julian Castro Monday. The rule has force behind it. Federal monies will be withheld and lawsuits accusing residents of racism will be filed. Any town that takes federal funds will be transformed. It is not only...
  • The New Totalitarians Are Here

    07/06/2015 3:06:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 7/6/15 | Tom Nichols
    There’s a basic difference in the traditions of political science between “authoritarians” and “totalitaritarians.” People throw both of these words around, but as is so often the case, they’re using words they may not always understand. They have real meaning, however, and the difference between them is important.Simply put, authoritarians merely want obedience, while totalitarians, whose rule is rooted in an ideology, want obedience and conversion. Authoritarians are a dime a dozen; totalitarians are rare. The authoritarians are the guys in charge who want to stay in charge, and don’t much care about you, or what you’re doing, so long...
  • California proposes historic $1.5M fine for taking water

    07/20/2015 2:10:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 20, 2015 4:48 PM EDT | Fenit Nirappil
    California regulators on Monday proposed a first-of-its-kind, $1.5 million fine for a group of Central Valley farmers accused of illegally taking water during the drought. It would be the first such fine against an individual or district with claims to water that are more than a century-old, known as senior water rights holders. The action reflects the rising severity of California’s four-year drought that has prompted the state to demand cutbacks from those historically sheltered from mandatory conservation. …
  • The Left Wants To End the Separation of Church and State

    07/08/2015 4:15:16 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 32 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 7, 2015 | Ben Domenech
    Writing at the website of Time magazine, New York Times columnist Mark Oppenheimer called for abolishing the tax exemptions for nonprofits and instead turning over those funds to government to spend in the interests of the community. “We’d have fewer church soup kitchens — but countries that truly care about poverty don’t rely on churches to run soup kitchens”, he rationalizes. Take that, Salvation Army. Oppenheimer’s view takes the idea of “government as simply a word for the things we decide to do together” to an unsustainable extreme – suggesting that if we do not do things via government, they...
  • US, Cuba to announce embassy openings Wednesday

    06/30/2015 5:37:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 30, 2015 | (Lucas Tomlinson, Kevin Corke and the Associated Press)
    President Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have reached an agreement to open embassies in Havana and Washington, an administration official confirmed to Fox News. The announcement marks a major step in ending hostilities between the longtime foes and an opportunity to re-establish formal diplomatic relations. The U.S. and Cuba have been negotiating the reestablishment of embassies in each other’s capitals following the Dec. 17 announcement that they would move to restore ties. …
  • Through Orwell's Eyes

    06/23/2015 2:54:46 PM PDT · by No One Special · 13 replies
    Diana West's Website ^ | June 22, 2015 | Diana West
    It is not too many centurions, particularly 100-year-old-plus writers, whose vision of the world is as relevant today as it was when first shared with the public over half a century ago. It is this vision of Orwell, the X-ray view through the cant, platitudes and lies to that ugliest of human drives, the lust for powers absolute, that still distinguishes the British writer, born 112 years ago this week on June 25, 1903. He was only 46 when he died on January 21, 1950. It is his frightening acuity that keeps him not only in the pantheon but even...
  • Let’s Get People Talking and Thinking

    06/09/2015 5:25:34 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 1 replies
    Religion.rantrave.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Here is a list of great quotes left by Anonymous on a major forum. Use them to start discussions at school and elsewhere. Some of these quotes are scarily appropriate to our present situation in Obama's America. Others show how our founding fathers were thinking 200 years ago. What our public schools now call Critical Thinking is usually neither critical nor thinking. It's blind acceptance of politically correct opinions. Debate. Argue. Discuss. Finally, figure out answers for yourself. --- "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that...
  • Suppose you're wealthy. Do you feel SAFER knowing most people are dopes?

    05/18/2015 5:19:51 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 16 replies
    Religion.rantrave ^ | April 27, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    More and more, I see that this is the essential question. There are definitely people at the top of this society working together so that the average person is kept illiterate and ignorant. Why? Obama talks about students being made career-ready and college-ready. This is laughable. We have millions of students who are being made welfare-ready. The statistics show that half the kids in eighth grade are not reading at a "proficient" level. In other words, they can read a McDonald's menu and that's about it. Ask yourself the obvious question. If the school system were serious about educating children,...
  • The Real Battle

    05/16/2015 6:27:24 AM PDT · by Shery · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 16 March, 2015 | Bruce Walker
    As America enters again into the pretense of political presidential battles, it is important for conservatives to grasp that the real battle is not a particular election or, indeed, any elections, but the war leftism wages on America and its Judeo-Christian values. It is a war with skirmishes and ambushes every day in every aspect of public life. The enemy is not a corps of professional politicians, but rather a cadre of tenured professors, bureaucrats protected from the merit system, executives and managers running communications and entertainment corporations, public school teachers and administrators, professional “advocates” for notionally oppressed groups, lawyers...
  • The new totalitarians: Change your religious beliefs or else

    05/12/2015 6:52:42 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 23 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/11/15 | Eric Metaxas
    May 11, 2015 (BreakPoint.org) -- In the first century, Jesus was asked whether the Jewish people, who were under pagan, Roman occupation, should pay taxes to Caesar. The Lord, of course, said we are to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s. But in 21st century America, Caesar is angling for a better deal—and he’s getting it.Our old friend Chuck Colson sounded the alarm several years ago when certain political figures on the Left—including former secretary of state Hillary Clinton—began downsizing the First Amendment’s guarantee of our God-given right to freedom of religion into a more...
  • To All Innocent Fifth Columnists: A Call to Action

    05/05/2015 11:43:33 AM PDT · by Noumenon · 9 replies
    1941 | Ayn Rand
    To All Innocent Fifth Columnists Ayn Rand - 1941 You who read this represent the greatest danger to America. No matter what the outcome of the war in Europe may be, Totalitarianism has already won a complete victory in many American minds and conquered all of our intellectual life. You have helped it to win. Perhaps it is your right to destroy civilization and bring dictatorship to America, but not unless you understand fully what you are doing. If that is what you want to do, say so openly, at least to your own conscience, and we who believe in...
  • The Totalitarianism of the Gay Rights Movement

    04/26/2015 8:04:16 PM PDT · by VinL · 20 replies
    Red State ^ | 4/26/2015 | Erick Erickson
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)supports real marriage. He is opposed by gay rights activists who are more and more showing themselves to be little despots. Cruz spoke at the home of Ian Reisner who is both gay and supports homosexual marriage. The gaystapo has decreed that Mr. Reisner’s businesses must be boycotted. He dared to associate with a conservative. Consequently, Mr. Reisner, to protect his business interests in New York, has been forced to apologize for having an untouchable in his home. The totalitarianism of the gay rights movement is on display more and more. A pizza restauranteur doesn’t want to...
  • IRS’s Koskinen: Goal Is For Taxpayers To Have Online Account at the IRS

    04/10/2015 8:21:05 AM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies
    CNS ^ | April 9, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    - 12:02 PM Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen said that a future goal of the agency is for taxpayers to have an account at the IRS and for taxpayers “to have a more complete online experience for all their transactions with the IRS.” “The IRS needs to do more and take a different approach and one that doesn’t just rely on resources,” said the commissioner, speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. “We need to be looking forward to a new, improved way of doing business,” he said. “This involves looking into the future in...
  • THE GAY RIGHTS AGENDA STOPS AT THE DOOR TO MY CHURCH–AND MY BUSINESS

    04/04/2015 7:44:40 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 86 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 4, 2015 | by ASSEMBLYMAN TIM DONNELLY
    I have a dream. I have a dream that I will wake up one day in a country where we don’t have to go to court or pass a law to protect our fundamental natural rights—from the government. I have a dream of a place where elected officials have so much regard for the Constitution that they memorize it like Scripture, in order to not sin against it. I have a dream about a country where it doesn’t matter if you are on the right or the left, because you have so much respect for the freedoms you were given...
  • Gay Totalitarianism and the Coming Persecution of Christians (Zmirak)

    04/01/2015 11:21:26 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 70 replies
    Stream.org ^ | April 1, 2015 | John Zmirak
    Hatred of the Gospel is boiling over into the vilification of Christians. State violence won't be far behind, history teaches. The full force of the federal, state and local governments will soon be turned against defenders of biblical Christianity. Will we resist or collaborate? If you have been following mass media over the past few days, you will have learned from an economist at the U.S. Department of Labor that defenders of religious freedom are “Nazis.” Take a moment to ponder that assertion. Roll it around in your head for a while. You’ll be hearing a lot more fighting words...
  • Obama Calls for Expansion of Human Rights to Combat Extremism

    02/19/2015 10:42:00 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 58 replies
    NYT ^ | February 19, 2015 | By Peter Baker
    WASHINGTON — President Obama on Thursday called on nations around the world to expand human rights, religious tolerance and peaceful dialogue as they struggle to combat a spate of terrorism that has recently struck places as far afield as Australia, Canada and Europe. In an address to world leaders on the final day of his summit on violent extremism, Mr. Obama said that poverty and political grievances fuel alienation that can lead to bursts of killing like those seen in Paris, Copenhagen, Sydney and Ottawa. In addition to building up security forces, he said nations must “put an end to...
  • The Pity Party

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

    01/19/2015 11:04:22 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 6 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM-HJT8_esM ^ | Jan 18th, 2015 | Neel Kolhatkar
    Humorous short video portrayal of the utopian society of the future. Click link to watch.
  • "Meet the Cuban Five- at the center of blockbuster announcement on Cuba"

    12/17/2014 2:35:55 PM PST · by John S Mosby · 11 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12/17/2014 | Adam Taylor
    "On Wednesday, Obama administration officials confirmed to The Post that Cuba has freed American citizen Alan Gross. Gross, who was detained in December 2009 while working as a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, had been accused of espionage and sentenced to 15 years in prison by Cuba. His imprisonment was a major problem in relations between Washington and Havana. Gross was not freed by accident. According to ABC News, his release is the culmination of more than a year of "secret back-channel talks at the highest levels of both governments." And, importantly, his release comes at the...
  • North Korea Forces Everyone Named Jong-Un to Change Their Names (Except for the Dictator)

    12/06/2014 12:11:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Media Research Center TV ^ | December 3, 2014 2:44pm ET | Dan Joseph
    Imagine living your entire life using the name that was given to you at birth and then having the government tell you that you have to change it. We’re not at that point in the United States (yet), but in North Korea, that’s exactly what everyone with the name “Jong-Un” is being forced to do. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un apparently loves his name so much that he’s decided that no one else can use it. Since Jong-un is quite a popular name in the country, it looks like a lot of people are going to have to look for...
  • Chinese-American Mom Says Common Core Is Just Like Education in Communist China

    12/01/2014 8:49:21 PM PST · by PROCON · 43 replies
    pjmedia ^ | Nov. 30, 2014 | Paula Bolyard
    "Do you just want your kids to be test machines and cheap workers for corporations?"Lily Tang Williams, a mother of three, testified before the Colorado State Board of Education that Common Core was similar to the education she received growing up in Mao’s Communist China. “Common Core, in my eyes, is the same as the Communist core I once saw in China,” Williams said. “I grew up under Mao’s regime and we had the Communist-dominated education — nationalized testing, nationalized curriculum, and nationalized indoctrination.” In a post at FreedomWorks, Williams wrote about her experience with the Chinese education system: Our...
  • Milford 5th-grader suspended for pointing imaginary gun [Massachusetts]

    11/20/2014 11:38:25 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 47 replies
    The Milford Daily News ^ | November 18, 2014 | Bill Shaner
    A Milford parent is questioning the two-day suspension of his 10-year-old son from Stacy Middle School. Nickolas Taylor, a fifth-grader, was suspended after pointing an imaginary ray gun - his finger - and mouthing laser sounds in the school’s cafeteria last Friday, said Brian Taylor, Nickolas' father. “I think this is very slanderous toward Nickolas and his character,” said Taylor. “It was non-threatening. He’s just a typical boy with an imagination.” A conduct slip, written by Assistant Principal Noah Collins, lists the offense as a threat. Collins could not be reached for comment despite numerous phone calls and emails seeking...
  • Obamacare Architect Exposes Progressive Totalitarianism (Gruber article)

    11/13/2014 6:23:34 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 21 replies
    Front Page Magazine.com ^ | 13NOV2014 | Bruce Thornton
    Professor Jonathan Gruber of MIT, who designed the Affordable Care Act, used to be the symbol of the Democrats’ technocratic bona fides, and an example of how big government with its “scientific” experts can solve social and economic problems from health care to a warming planet. Yet a recently publicized video of remarks he made at a panel in 2013, along with 2 other videos in the same vein, has now made him the poster child of the elitist progressives’ contempt for the American people, and their sacrifice of prudence and reason to raw political power. In the video Gruber...
  • UK rejects ‘appalling’ EU demand for more money

    10/24/2014 9:08:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 24, 2014 12:01 PM EDT | Raf Casert and Mike Corder
    British Prime Minister David Cameron insisted Friday he would not pay a European Union bill for an additional €2.1 billion ($2.65 billion) contribution to the EU coffers at a time of increasing pressure at home for the country to leave the bloc. Thumping his fist in frustration, Cameron said “people should be in no doubt: as an important contributor to this organization, we are not suddenly going to get out our checkbook and write a check for €2 billion. It is not happening.” Cameron said asking Britain for a top-up of some 20 percent in its contributions on short notice...
  • Military to deploy Ebola response team within U.S. [Martial Law Precursor?]

    10/20/2014 5:38:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    KFOX-TV ^ | 10/19/14 | Meghan Lopez
    In response to fears of Ebola spreading within the U.S., the Pentagon is forming a “quick strike team” consisting of 30 people. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Sunday that the medical support team will feature 20 critical care nurses, five doctors and five trainers who specialize in infectious disease protocols. The team is composed of civilian health care providers though no names have been released at this point. The team was created in response.....
  • US report: China’s human rights record worsening

    10/09/2014 6:03:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 9, 2014 8:19 PM EDT
    A U.S. report released Thursday says China’s human rights record has worsened in key areas over the past year and that limits on free speech and assembly are growing. The annual report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China said the country has tightened restrictions on civil society, rights advocates, journalists and religious organizations. It added that President Xi Jinping has adhered “to the authoritarian model of his predecessors” since taking power last year. That model “poses a serious challenge to U.S.-China relations and China’s own development,” the report said. It recommended that the U.S. press for more freedoms in China,...
  • Psychologists Are Learning How to Convince Conservatives to Take Climate Change Seriously

    10/01/2014 2:54:52 PM PDT · by oblomov · 140 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | 1 October 2014 | Jesse Singal
    Last week’s People's Climate March drew 400,000 people onto the streets of Manhattan and a great deal of international attention to a subject of dire urgency. But some were skeptical about the event’s overall significance. “The march slogan was, ‘to change everything, we need everyone,’ which is telling, because it won’t change everything, because it didn’t include everyone,” wrote David Roberts of Grist. “Specifically, it won’t change American politics because it didn’t include conservatives.” True enough. If there weren’t such a stark divide between American conservatives and almost everyone else on the question of the existence and importance of climate...
  • The Democracy Deficit in the EU: Euro Commission blithely dismisses 2 million pro-life signatures

    08/01/2014 10:10:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/01/2014 | Josh Craddock
    In May, the European Commission summarily rejected the largest democratic initiative in European Union history. The decision left many wondering: Is participatory democracy dead in the European Union? Self-governance is essential to any democratic regime, but that’s merely an inconvenient truth to the bureaucrats in Brussels. The European Union continues to wrestle with criticism of its ever-deepening democracy deficit — the failure of the EU system to involve citizens in the decision-making process. The only EU body elected by the citizenry is the European Parliament. Yet this body is almost perfunctory. The redoubtable European Commission retains total power of initiating...
  • Orban wants to build ‘illiberal state’ (Hungary)

    07/31/2014 2:02:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 28.07.14 @ 17:57 | Honor Mahony
    Hungary leader Viktor Orban has said he wants to build an illiberal state based on national foundations, citing Russia and China as examples.Speaking at a retreat of ethnic Hungarian leaders in Baile Tusnad, Romania, on Saturday (26 July) the right wing leader said that the 2008 financial crisis triggered changes as significant as the two world wars and as those in 1990, the year of transition in Eastern and Central Europe. The experience of the financial crisis showed that “liberal democratic states cannot remain globally competitive.” […] "Today, the world tries to understand systems which are not Western, not liberal,...
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton says 'you don't have a right to know' what's going on in government

    07/25/2014 5:20:11 PM PDT · by BAW · 64 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 25, 2014 | Sean Higgins
    Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting congressional delegate for the District of Columbia, angrily sputtered during a congressional hearing Friday that the White House should not be held up to scrutiny, saying that there was no right to know what it was doing behind closed doors. "You don't have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government," Norton said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. It was, to put mildly, a significant departure from the more traditional liberal stance that openness and transparency...
  • Quick, Hide the Past

    07/23/2014 6:23:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    "Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past." --Party slogan, "1984" It is an essential part of the totalitarian mentality -- excuse me, not mentality, but to use today's neo-non-word, mindset. As if approved ideas could simply be poured into the mind to set, the way concrete is. And any trace of what was once there will be covered, effaced, smoothed over. For the past must not only be hidden but, to the well-trained mindset, it never existed at all. It's an approach as old as the French Revolution, which was not only...
  • WH: We've ‘Substantially Improved the Tranquility of the Global Community’

    07/15/2014 8:52:22 AM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 49 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 14, 2014 - 9:22 PM | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday the Obama administration’s foreign policies in a number of areas have enhanced the world’s “tranquility” – a word that raised eyebrows as reporters pointed to situations in Gaza, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine and the South China Sea. More than one reporter during Monday’s press briefing referred to a front-page Wall Street Journal article highlighting some of those crises, and citing security strategists as saying “the breadth of global instability now unfolding hasn’t been seen since the late 1970s.”
  • Piketty – The Greatest Justification to Just Rob Anyone Who Has more Than You

    06/02/2014 4:12:32 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | 30 May 2014 | Martin Armstrong
    We are seeing the most dangerous trend ever. There is an agenda behind the curtain and that is to sustain government at all costs and that includes everything you own. I have warned that either government will move toward a totalitarian state or to real democracy – real Athens style without the career politicians. The latter is possible with civil unrest as we saw in Ukraine. This agenda requires no secret group of sinister corporations, Rockefellers, Rothschilds, or Bildebergs. This is plain old Adam Smith where those in government will never admit they are wrong so the reason they are...
  • Soft Pink Eloi on the Outside, Ravenous Morlocks in their Hearts

    05/25/2014 7:40:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 5/24/2014 | Ed Driscoll
    Get in their face and punch back twice as hard, a legendary community organizer demanded of his constituents, before becoming America’s most passive chief effective, feigning discovery of scandal after scandal only after being informed by the media. Back in April, Princeton freshman Tal Fortgang punched back twice as hard at one of the latest cliches the left uses to avoid having argument — “Check your privilege,” a disguised form of racism, as the privilege implied is based on skin color. As Kurt Schlichter wrote a couple of weeks ago in his epic deconstruction of the phrase at Townhall.com:
  • New World Order: “In your face, peasants!”

    05/15/2014 2:24:02 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 10 replies
    Rantrave.com ^ | April 28, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Or as Marie Antoinette said: "Let them eat cake." For most people, the field of education is now a big swamp of claims and counterclaims that never seem to be resolved. People give up trying to make sense of it all. It's a safe bet that the Education Establishment likes this surrender just fine. A baffled public will be a passive public that pays taxes but otherwise shuts up. If the public is confused, they can't possibly mount a resistance to the foolishness in public schools. If people want reform, they have to understand the basic issues. This is not...
  • Leftist Thought Police Emboldened and on a Tear

    05/13/2014 10:35:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 13, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Before I begin, I want to pose a question to the powers that control our society today: Am I allowed to comment on issues that pertain to homosexuality if I don't echo the views of our masters? Will people who read this column willingly twist what I say to justify condemnation of anyone who disagrees with them? They certainly do it to many other people. Note to those waiting for an excuse to pretend to be offended so they can cram their views down our throats with McCarthyite tactics: Please read precisely what I say and don't draw unwarranted inferences,...
  • McAuliffe explores whether he can expand Medicaid coverage without legislature’s okay (Virginia)

    05/02/2014 11:54:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post's Virginia Politics ^ | May 1, 2014 | Laura Vozzella
    RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is considering expanding health coverage for the poor without the approval of the state legislature, a move that would muscle his top priority past Republican opponents but also throw his young administration into a partisan firestorm and uncertain legal territory. McAuliffe and his top advisers have consulted lawyers, health-care experts and legislators on how to bypass the GOP-dominated House of Delegates, according to three people familiar with the discussions. A fourth, who like the others spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to reveal private strategy, said the office of...
  • Here Are The Two Soviet Propaganda Posters Hanging In The White House Press Secretary's Home

    04/14/2014 7:42:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 58 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 11, 2014 | Hunter Walker
    Here Are The Two Soviet Propaganda Posters Hanging In The White House Press Secretary's Home Washingtonian MOM magazine's spring issue has a profile of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's wife, ABC News contributor Claire Shipman, that features a picture taken inside their home. In the background of the photo, you can see two framed Soviet-era propaganda posters. One of Carney's posters is a version of this iconic design by artist Dmitry Moor with a soldier pointing his finger alongside text that says "Have YOU Enlisted?" in Russian: The other poster features a female factory worker. According to this eBay...
  • HUFFINGTON POST: OBAMACARE VICTIMS ARE REAL

    04/11/2014 10:55:24 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 11, 2014 | By Wynton Hall
    A Thursday Huffington Post article highlighting Obamacare victims is causing quite a stir on the left. The piece, titled "How Obamacare Leaves Some People Without Doctors," breaks from the Huffington Post's usual embrace of Obamacare and features the voices of Covered California customers who are already dissatisfied with the health insurance they bought through the Covered California exchange. "My insurance is pretty useless," 35-year-old new Los Angeles mother Ruth Iorio told HuffPo. "I don't know what to do. I may just drop it for myself and keep my son on it. It's really depressing." Iorio says her Obamacare plan is...
  • Sweden’s Totalitarian Face

    04/11/2014 3:01:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 4/11/2014
    On April 4 2014, in Malmö District Court in Sweden, the provocative artist Dan Park was sentenced to three months in jail for hate speech (“hets mot folkgrupp”) for his works of art. The prosecutor even wanted the artist examined for mental illness, similar to the way Communist dictatorships have treated dissidents. The court did not support this suggestion, however. Park and his defense lawyer have indicated that they will appeal the verdict.Ingrid Carlqvist, the editor of the newspaper Dispatch International, commented that the verdict essentially amounts to a ban on satire in Sweden, at least if the satire involves ideologically protected immigrant...
  • The Rise of American Totalitarianism

    04/09/2014 3:02:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 4/9/2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Last Thursday, Mozilla, the company that’s home to the web browser Firefox, forced the resignation of CEO Brendan Eich. What, precisely, had Eich done wrong? Back in 2008, Eich had donated $1,000 to the Proposition 8 effort backing traditional marriage in California. Dating website OKCupid posted a ban on Firefox traffic, issuing a message to Firefox users instead: “Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.” That ban reportedly prompted the action at Mozilla.Of course, it was the people pushing for Eich’s ouster who were...
  • Why Breitbart News Looks Different

    04/09/2014 9:57:03 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/9/14 | Ben Shapiro
    Are you visiting Breitbart News and wondering just why our website looks so odd? Here’s the answer: today, Breitbart News has decided to create a visual presentation. This visual presentation is designed to show Americans just what it would mean for those with control of the internet browsers we all use to censor our content the way they now censor those who work for them. Our website for the next several hours will depict just what Breitbart.com would look if a browser like Firefox decided to block parts from you. Using JavaScript we've blacked out random words throughout the website...
  • Far left set for big gains in European Parliament elections

    03/24/2014 10:05:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 24.03.14 @ 11:44 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    Europe’s far left is set to almost double its deputies in the upcoming European Parliament elections in May. Poll predictions indicate that the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) group is set to become the parliament’s third or fourth largest group, with the number of deputies rising from the current 35 to around 60. At third place, it would replace the liberals (ALDE), behind the center-left S&D and center-right EPP. […] The parties are against what they describe as neo-liberal policy-making at the EU level, want more funding for social programs, and want to create what they describe as “another...
  • Anti-Science: Those Who Wish to Debate Climate Threatened with Death or Jail

    03/23/2014 7:37:53 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 46 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 03/23/2014 - 19:19 | Posted by : George Washington ( User Nmare?)
    Preface:  The scientific method requires allowing a free-for-all of hypotheses, which then rise or fall based upon the results of actual experiments.  In other words, science means that you throw out theories - no matter how good they look on paper - that are disproven by experimental results, and adopt those confirmed by the results. [Economics is supposed to do that, too ... but hasn't.]For example, putting Galileo to death because he didn’t agree with the “accepted” consensus that the Sun revolved around the Earth was not a great example of the scientific method. Instead of conducting experiments to see...
  • EU officials seek new powers to protect rule of law

    03/12/2014 12:18:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12.03.14 @ 09:29 (Mar. 12) | Nikolaj Nielsen
    The European Commission on Tuesday (11 March) announced a new measure to challenge member states in breach of EU rule of law. The proposal would allow the European Union to intervene at an early stage in case of “serious and systemic threats” to the rule of law in member states. Isolated cases of breaches of fundamental rights or miscarriages of justice are excluded from its scope. […] The plan is described as a missing element between a standard infringement procedure and the “nuclear option” of Article 7, which withdraws a member state’s voting rights at the EU level. Article 7...
  • Marco Rubio's Warped Worldview [Lib angry because he doesn't buy Global Warming]

    03/12/2014 2:44:38 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 3/10/14 | PETER BEINART
    ...After a laudable, but politically disastrous, bid last year to convince his fellow Republicans to support citizenship for illegal immigrants, he’s now trying a new route to 2016: Foreign policy.... Rubio simply has no idea what “totalitarian” means. “Totalitarian” is not a synonym for “dictatorship.” Dictatorial regimes seek to stamp out behavior that actively challenges the state. Totalitarian regimes seek to stamp out behavior that does not actively support the state. A totalitarian regime, explained Irving Howe, “tries to give the state total power over all areas of human life, to destroy civil society entirely, and to extend state ownership...
  • The Great Disappointment of 2013

    02/25/2014 11:20:22 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 8 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 2/25/2014 | JAMES W. CEASER
    And what of the Great Disappointment of 2013? In the promiscuous blending of politics and culture that characterizes our age, the launch of the Obama campaign in 2007 marked the beginning of a politico-spiritual movement that promised a new beginning and a transformation of the nation. It was to be the “moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal [when we] restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth.” Faith in the leader knew no bounds. Obamaism spilled out from the college campuses and tony enclaves of Manhattan and San...
  • Left-wing Totalitarianism in America

    02/17/2014 6:59:20 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2-17-14 | Richard Winchester
    New York's Democrat governor Andrew Cuomo recently told listeners of WCNY radio that "extreme conservatives" who are "pro-life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay" have "no place" in New York State because "that's not who New Yorkers are." Cuomo later tried to cushion the impact of his words by claiming they were aimed solely at "extreme conservatives" among state politicians, and not at New York's mass public. Even if true -- and WCNY's transcript of Cuomo's blast makes that claim dubious -- one wonders what New Yorkers with the "wrong" policy opinions are supposed to do when they have no politicians to support....
  • Europe or Democracy? What German Court Ruling Means for the Euro

    02/11/2014 9:44:05 PM PST · by managusta · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | February 10, 2014 | SPIEGEL Staff
    Germany's Constitutional Court ruling last Friday marks a significant escalation in efforts to rein in the European Central Bank. The ruling's message? Either the European Court of Justice has to stop bond purchases or German justices will. It is also a clear indication that Germany's highest court is extremely skeptical of the ECB. Draghi's 2012 announcement that the ECB would embark on unlimited sovereign bond purchases from ailing euro-zone member states, the court found, is incompatible with European law. The ruling notes that OMT "exceeds the mandate" of the ECB and "encroaches on the responsibility of the member states for...
  • Justice Department to give married same-sex couples equal protection

    02/08/2014 2:10:00 PM PST · by little jeremiah · 61 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, February 8, | By Sari Horwitz
    The Justice Department on Monday will instruct all of its employees across the country, for the first time, to give lawful same-sex marriages sweeping equal protection under the law in every program it administers, from courthouse proceedings to prison visits to the compensation of surviving spouses of public safety officers. In a new policy memo, the department will spell out the rights of same-sex couples, including the right to decline to give testimony that might incriminate their spouses, even if their marriages are not recognized in the state where the couple lives. ... “This means that, in every courthouse, in...