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  • Former Supreme Court Justice: Gutting 2nd Amendment ‘A Moderate Proposal’

    04/21/2014 9:04:39 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 50 replies
    CNSnews ^ | April 21, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, in his new book, recommends six rewrites to the U.S. Constitution. He would restrict gun ownership to militia members; ban the death penalty; and allow government to set "reasonable limits" on campaign financing, among other things. But Stevens says he's no radical: "I think every one of my proposals is a moderate proposal," Stevens told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC's "This Week." One of Steven's proposals would add five words to the Second Amendment, which would then read: "...the right of the people to keep...
  • Ukrainians Want to Arm Themselves to the Teeth

    03/07/2014 4:40:24 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 27 replies
    Vocativ ^ | March 7, 2014 | Versha Sharma and Vladi Vovchuk
    As the crisis continues, both demand and prices for weapons have gone up. We speak to their version of the NRA “Can you imagine snipers shooting people in Times Square? You must imagine that to understand how we feel.” That’s the hypothetical posed to us by George Uchaykin, the 44-year-old head of the Ukrainian Gun Owners Association. Given the current political chaos in Ukraine and the events leading up to it, Uchaykin and his cohorts are pushing for new laws on gun control that would allow citizens to carry handguns to defend themselves. “This is our main square, where it...
  • Obama Mocks GOP: ‘How Dare You Fix Things?,’ ‘You’re a Tyrant’ Using Executive Action

    03/04/2014 2:08:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | 3/03/14 | Craig Bannister
    On Friday, Pres. Obama mocked Republicans who complain about his use of executive actions to "fix" Obamacare without involving Congress. **SNIP** "The reason they don't do it, of course, is that we already took the best ideas that are out there about bringing down costs and covering more people. Yes, there have been some disruptions. Yes, we lost that first month out of the gate. And we've worked hard to fix problems that have come up without any cooperation from them; in fact, they've complained when we fix them. They say, how dare you fix the things we were complaining...
  • 2014 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize Recognizes Guelzo, Johnson and Spielberg

    02/12/2014 3:28:53 PM PST · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Gettysburg College ^ | 12 Feb 2014 | Nikki Rhoads
    The 2014 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, which includes an award of $50,000, will go to co-winners Allen C. Guelzo of Gettysburg College, for "Gettysburg: The Last Invasion," (Alfred A. Knopf) and Martin P. Johnson of Miami University Hamilton, for "Writing the Gettysburg Address" (University Press of Kansas). Steven Spielberg will also receive a Special Achievement Award for the movie "Lincoln," released in 2012, which won two Academy Awards, was nominated for twelve and grossed over $275 million worldwide.The Prize is awarded by Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The winners were chosen from 114 nominations. Guelzo...
  • Executive Order tyranny -- Obama plans to rule America with pen, phone

    02/06/2014 7:16:11 AM PST · by ZULU · 13 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 6, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Can the president legally bypass Congress and rule the government by decree? The answer to the question above is: No. But you wouldn’t know that by listening to President Obama. In the past three weeks, the president has made it clear how he plans to run the executive branch of the federal government in the next three years: with a pen and a phone.
  • WHAT IF Somebody Substituted Truth Serum for Obama's Annual Flu Shot ...?

    01/28/2014 5:36:02 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 28 January 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Now that we've got Boehner/McConnell at our feet -utterly neutered, subjugated, and blackmailed- Democrats don't need to take the Senate or make gains in the House this coming November: I'll be ruling by executive diktat and via my many czars' murky bureaucratic power channels anyway, while selectively enforcing the existing laws that do or do not fit my warped views and relentless agenda. In short, I will be doing as I damn well please over the next 2.5 years (minimum), as has been the trend since Day One -but rather than little shame or concern for the views of the...
  • Obama in State of Union speech to tell Congress to act or step aside: officials

    01/27/2014 9:25:38 AM PST · by chessplayer · 114 replies
    WASHINGTON — President Obama will tell Congress in his State of the Union address Tuesday to either act or get out of the way, White House officials said Sunday.
  • The Terrible Truth About Abraham Lincoln and the Confederate War

    01/20/2014 1:42:16 PM PST · by mhutcheson · 443 replies
    Snap Out of it, America! ^ | 1/20/14 | Michael Hutcheson
    President Lincoln has been all but deified in America, with a god-like giant statue at a Parthenon-like memorial in Washington. Generations of school children have been indoctrinated with the story that “Honest Abe” Lincoln is a national hero who saved the Union and fought a noble war to end slavery, and that the “evil” Southern states seceded from the Union to protect slavery. This is the Yankee myth of history, written and promulgated by Northerners, and it is a complete falsity. It was produced and entrenched in the culture in large part to gloss over the terrible war crimes...
  • Ted Cruz: President Obama runs America like a “corrupt dictator” not bound by the law

    01/10/2014 12:18:29 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | January 10, 2014 | Wayne Slater
    [SNIP] .....Cruz, who is considered a potential candidate for president in 2016, was introduced by former Sen. Phil Gramm. Gramm compared Cruz’s effort to derail Obamacare — against the wishes of some in his own party — to the siege of the Alamo. Gramm acknowledged Republicans were hurt politically by the government shutdown, according to polls. Gramm noted that when Col. Travis drew a line in the sand, some volunteers crossed it and some did not. “The ones who didn’t cross the line died too. But no one remembered their names,” he said.......
  • Local deputies detain wrong guy; man wants apology

    12/29/2013 8:08:04 AM PST · by FBD · 92 replies
    KREM.com ^ | December 18, 2013 at 7:03 PM | by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com
    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- A recent college graduate is waiting to hear the words “I’m sorry” from two Spokane County Sheriff's deputies. Conner Guerrero said the deputies were sneaking around his house, forced him on his knees on his lawn, and handcuffed him in front of his neighbors. But deputies had the wrong house and the wrong guy. "Just trying to enjoy my evening.  All the sudden, I see a flashlight shining through my doors…” said Guerrero.  “I'm thinking this could be a dangerous situation for me.” Guerrero said he assumed the two men outside his house were burglars.“I come...
  • CONNECTICUT GUN OWNERS WAIT IN LINE TO DO SOMETHING MANY GUN OWNERS HOPE THEY NEVER HAVE TO

    12/27/2013 8:56:16 AM PST · by papertyger · 309 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 26, 2013
    Connecticut residents waited in long lines on Thursday to register their firearms and high-capacity magazines before the state’s new gun laws go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. WFSB-TV reports that a “long-line of people” stood outside the Public Safety Building in Middletown, Conn., all day to register semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines. Several residents were upset with the “unconstitutional” requirement, while at least one person didn’t appear to mind. “I understand why they’re doing it, but I don’t think it’s constitutional,” resident Scott Boccio told WFSB-TV as he was registering his guns. Charles Gillette, who was registering magazines, told...
  • Obama Is The Danger Constitution Was Designed To Avoid

    12/07/2013 3:55:57 PM PST · by raptor22 · 29 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 7, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Executive Orders: A liberal constitutional scholar warns of the concentration of power not only in the hands of one branch of government but in a single man who ignores the Constitution and acts of Congress on a whim. As the story goes, Benjamin Franklin emerged from Independence Hall at the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on Sept. 18, 1787, when a woman asked, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" Franklin is said to have replied, "A republic, madam — if you can keep it." The Founders designed a system of checks and balances...
  • Obama: If I Could Bypass Congress on Immigration, ‘I Would Do So’

    11/26/2013 6:02:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/26/2013 | Andrew Johnson
    During remarks on immigration, President Obama was confronted onstage by a protester calling on him to use executive power to bypass Congress on the issue. The protester, standing behind the president during a speech in San Francisco, was joined by others who began to chant “Stop deportation!” “If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing them through Congress, I would do so,” President Obama responded. “But we’re also a nation of laws.” During his remarks, the president praised supporters of the Senate bill, including activists fasting on the National Mall, and encouraged House Speaker John Boehner, whom...
  • The Civil War in COLOR for the first time: Painstakingly remastered images of a divided America

    11/13/2013 2:36:14 PM PST · by Renfield · 61 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10-13-2013 | Alex Greig
    Two professional colorists have combined their skills with photographs and fascination with the American Civil War to create a remarkable series of color photographs from the era. British colorist Jordan Lloyd, 27, met fellow colorist Mads Madsen, 19, from Denmark when he started posting on Madsen's subreddit 'Colorized History'. Initially it was Madsen who was colorizing images from the Civil War era, but Lloyd eventually got interested and now the two work together restoring the images, improving their technique by giving each other critiques. Madsen has been interested in the Civil War since he was 12, and was especially fascinated...
  • Van Jones: Obama Detractors Have ‘Obama Derangement Syndrome’ (nice try, Van)

    11/04/2013 11:41:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 4, 2013 - 12:00 PM | Melanie Hunter
    Former green jobs czar Van Jones, during a roundtable discussion over the rollout of Obamacare on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous,” said President Barack Obama’s detractors have “Obama Derangement Syndrome.” “It’s silly season. Literally, they have this sort of Obama Derangement Syndrome where Obama is this absent, weak, ineffectual dictator and tyrant who’s destroying America,” Jones said. …
  • CNN’s Anderson Cooper Reveals Team Obama Threatens Insurance Providers

    10/31/2013 7:48:00 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    LibertyNews.com ^ | 10/31/2013 | Joe Calandra Jr.
    Today, Team Obama isn’t getting any support from its normally active cheering section at CNN. Bob Laszewski, an executive who provides consulting services to many major American insurance companies, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper: “The White House is exerting massive pressure on the industry, including the trade associations, to keep quiet.” Here’s what’s Bob is talking about: Insurers who expose Obamacare’s most sinister effects are told they can’t become authorized Obamacare insurance providers – that means they’d be denied access to the largest market in the country just for telling the truth about how many people are being forced off their...
  • Is The Obama Administration The Cause Of Gun Ammunition Shortages?

    10/20/2013 9:06:14 AM PDT · by Innovative · 64 replies
    Forbes ^ | Oct 20, 2013 | Frank Miniter
    As gun sales break records—partly because of fear of coming gun control from the Obama administration—supplies of ammo ran so low that gun stores and ranges have to ration ammunition. Meanwhile, rumors of mass purchases of ammunition made by government entities began to fly around the Internet. Making all this even worse is that fact that it hasn’t been a short-term supply problem. Now well over a year since the shortages of popular types of ammo began there are still empty shelves and rationing here and there around the United States.
  • Fox News Alert at 0842: Barricades Are Back Up

    10/14/2013 5:44:34 AM PDT · by OwenKellogg · 140 replies
    Fox News on Air ^ | 10/14/2013 | Fox News On Air
    FOX NEWS ALERT! The barricades are back up!
  • Obama demands quick House vote on shutdown

    10/07/2013 11:52:15 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 100 replies
    wash times ^ | 10/7/13 | d boyer
    On the seventh day of the shutdown, President Obama called on House Republican leaders Monday to allow a vote immediately on a short-term measure to reopen government operations. Mr. Obama said he strongly suspects “there are enough votes” in the House to reopen the government today. “The truth of the matter is, there are enough Republican and Democratic votes in the House of Representatives right now to end this shutdown immediately with no partisan strings attached,” Mr. Obama said during a surprise visit to FEMA headquarters in the district. “The House should hold that vote today.” The president said he...
  • President Obama: Tear Down These Shutdown Walls!

    10/07/2013 4:52:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Investors.com ^ | October 7, 2013 | IBD Editorial
    Leadership: From the closing of national cemeteries to the blocking of public roads to deny access to scenic overlooks of Mount Rushmore, the list of federal shutdowns shows a president whose pettiness knows no bounds. We have witnessed the shameful spectacle of the administration placing barricades — "Barackades" and "Barrycades," as they've come to be called — around the World War II Memorial to prevent those who stormed the beaches of Normandy and Ronald Reagan's honored "boys of Pointe du Hoc" from seeing the monument built with public funds to honor their service and sacrifice. As the Associated Press reports,...
  • Violators visiting closed National Parks could be fined $50

    10/06/2013 6:06:28 PM PDT · by don-o · 81 replies
    myfoxdc5 ^ | October 6, 2013 | Karen Gray Houston
    WASHINGTON, DC - So far, the National Park Police don't seem to be targeting visitors jumping over barricades to see the monuments or use federal parks. But violators could technically be ticketed and fined $50. Fox 5 found many out-of-town tourists ignoring signs that say parks and attractions are closed. Dozens of locals who normally play beach volleyball in a section of West Potomac Park were there enjoying the weather and some games this afternoon. Some didn't realize the park was closed. Others aware of the government shutdown thought a $50 fine was too steep. We called the Park Police...
  • Obama will Close the interstate Highways next!

    10/05/2013 2:38:28 PM PDT · by MaxMax · 83 replies
    Freepers | 10/05/2013 | MaxMax
    Obama has had the Highways partially closed so you cannot stop and look out the windows to see Rushmore. Will it stop there? Nope! Rushmore blockage stirs anger in S.D. The whole Highways system will not be shut down, but to make it painful he will have the Highways cordoned off to single lanes to bring the Economy to it's knees. You can bet your ass this is in the works. What happens then? You guessed it, a national Emergency from his own creation. Obama will have his Economic Shutdown as predicted by Mark Levin on 10/3/13. If the Republicans...
  • Rushmore blockage stirs anger in S.D.

    10/05/2013 1:28:47 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 49 replies
    Argus-Leader | October 5, 2013 | Jonathan Ellis
    A Gannett company newspaper. Title and link only allowed on FR:http://www.argusleader.com/article/20131004/UPDATES/310040047/Rushmore-blockage-stirs-anger-in-S-D-
  • Protest today Oct 5, 2013 Pisgah Inn NC

    10/05/2013 4:25:17 AM PDT · by DEPcom · 90 replies
    The Pisgah Inn is closed compliments of the federal government. It's a private business that is located on government property. One of many businesses that are shutdown across the country. Some totally privately owned and operated. This will not stand. The order to close came from US Park Service National Director, Mr. John Jarvis. He has been contacted. As citizens of these United States, we will exercise our freedom to assemble. We are assembling at noon Saturday, 10/4. Please be at Pisgah Inn.
  • Feds Try to Close Ocean Because of Shutdown

    10/05/2013 8:57:53 AM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 7 replies
    Breitbart: Big Government Dot Com ^ | Oct 05, 2103 | Mike Flynn
    Just before the weekend, the National Park Service informed charter boat captains in Florida that the Florida Bay was "closed" due to the shutdown. Until government funding is restored, the fishing boats are prohibited from taking anglers into 1,100 square-miles of open ocean. Fishing is also prohibited at Biscayne National Park during the shutdown.
  • S&P calls federal lawsuit 'retaliation' for U.S. downgrade

    09/03/2013 5:01:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 3, 2013 | By Jonathan Stempel
    Standard & Poor's said on Tuesday the U.S. government filed a $5 billion fraud lawsuit against it in "retaliation" for its 2011 decision to strip the country of its "AAA" credit rating. In a filing with the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California, S&P said the lawsuit filed on February 4 attempts to punish it for exercising its First Amendment free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution, but also seeks "excessive fines" in violation of the Eighth Amendment. It said the government's "impermissibly selective, punitive and meritless" lawsuit was brought "in retaliation for defendants' exercise of their free speech...
  • HERE COMES THE WHITE HOUSE’S BEHAVIORAL ‘NUDGE SQUAD’

    07/30/2013 3:44:47 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 25 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 30, 2013 | Becket Adams
    The U.S. government is looking to recruit members for what some are calling a “Behavioral Insights Team,” a panel of experts that will study human behavior so as to “design public policies that work better, cost less, and help people to achieve their goals,” according to a document describing the program...
  • Lincoln on the Defensive

    06/23/2013 5:55:07 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 418 replies
    http://spectator.org ^ | June 20 2013 | By CHRISTOPHER ORLET
    From the time Abraham Lincoln entered the White House nearly a century and a half ago, there has been an anti-Lincoln tradition in American life. President John Tyler’s son, writing in 1932, seemed to speak for a silent minority: “I think he was a bad man,” wrote Lyon Gardiner Tyler, “a man who forced the country into an unnecessary war and conducted it with great inhumanity.” Throughout his presidency Lincoln was surrounded by rivals, even among his own cabinet. Outside the White House, his many enemies included conservative Whigs, Democrats, northern copperheads and New England abolitionists. Wisconsin editor, Marcus M....
  • Ted Cruz: Let’s not rush to judgment on NSA surveillance

    06/17/2013 12:57:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 174 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/17/2013 | AllahPundit
    Via the Examiner, a short but noteworthy clip insofar as it exposes a potential fault line between Cruz and Rand Paul. McCain lumps them together as “wacko birds” but I’m not so sure that’s true of Cruz on national-security issues. His alliance with Paul interests me because it strikes me as a personification of the uneasy libertarian/tea-party alliance. The groups overlap heavily on spending issues, and both are deeply suspicious of Obama’s expansion of government. The master stroke of Paul’s drone filibuster was that he found a sweet spot for both, making the philosophical case for due process while humiliating...
  • Thousands and Thousands of Associated Press Phone Calls Monitored by DOJ

    05/29/2013 3:03:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 5/29/13 | Katie Pavlich
    The Associated Press scandal just keeps getting worse, and we haven't even started yet. AP CEO Gary Pruitt informed staffers Wednesday that the Department of Justice monitored, not one, not twenty, but "thousands and thousands" of phone calls made by reporters and editors. Associated Press president and chief executive Gary Pruitt told staff at a Wednesday town hall meeting that the phone records obtained by the government included "thousands and thousands" of calls in and out of the news organization, according to a staffer who attended. Pruitt said Wednesday that the Obama administration acted as "judge, jury and executioner" in...
  • [Obama Stooge] Lew asks Congress for debt increase, says it’s 'not open to debate'

    05/18/2013 12:07:17 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/17/13 | Peter Schroeder
    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Friday urged congressional leaders to raise the debt limit and insisted that the White House is not going to negotiate over the increase because lawmakers have "no choice." "We will not negotiate over the debt limit," Lew wrote. "The creditworthiness of the United States is non-negotiable. The question of whether the country must pay obligations it has already incurred is not open to debate." Lew said that while President Obama is willing to discuss plans to reduce the nation's deficit with Congress, those talks must be kept separate from any effort to raise the nation's...
  • (Pontifex Maximus ... NOT!) Kim Jong Un Building 'Mini World' with Replica Big Ben & Eiffel Tower

    04/29/2013 6:53:49 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 29, 2013 | THE SUN
    Kim Jong Un building 'mini world' with replica Big Ben and Eiffel Tower Chubby tyrant Kim Jong Un is building a “miniature world” in North Korea – with a replica of London's Big Ben at its heart. The dictator is set to open the theme park in capital Pyongyang – and has included the iconic clock tower. The new attraction, which opens this year, will also boast a copy of Paris’ Eiffel Tower. The secretive state famously doesn’t allow its citizens to leave the country – so it appears Jong Un has decided to bring the world to his people....
  • Tyranny is a very real threat to Liberty and we are now staring it right in the eye!

    04/27/2013 10:53:42 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 128 replies
    April 27, 2013 | Jim Robinson
    <p>The Democrats scoff when we remind them that the second amendment was intended by the founders for the people to defend against government tyranny.</p> <p>"What? Are we tyrannical?," They innocently exclaim.</p> <p>And the answer is yes.</p> <p>When you elect an admitted Marxist to the presidency who claims the constitution (that he is supposed to uphold) is a flawed document and pledges to "transform America" by importing European spread-the-wealth around Marxism to ensure "economic justice," that is tyranny!</p>
  • Suspected tomb of Chinese tyrant discovered

    04/20/2013 8:51:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    China Daily ^ | Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | Xinhua
    Chinese archaeologists said that a tomb unearthed in east Jiangsu Province might be the final resting place of an emperor known for his tyrannous reign about 1,500 years ago. The 20-square-meter tomb in Yangzhou City might belong to Yang Guang, or Emperor Yang of Sui, the second and last monarch of the short-lived Sui Dynasty (AD 581-618), according to the city's cultural heritage bureau. A gravestone excavated from the tomb confirmed the emperor's identity, while an inscription about the year of his death concurred with historical accounts, said Shu Jiaping, head of Yangzhou's institute of archaeology. "But we're still not...
  • Biden: 'The President Is Already Lining Up Some Additional Executive Actions' for Guns

    04/18/2013 12:33:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 109 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 4/18/13 | Daniel Halper
    Joe Biden says the president of the United States is preparing to take "executive actions" to deal with guns. BuzzFeed reports: Vice President Biden told White House allies in the gun control fight Thursday that President Obama will be announcing new executive actions on gun violence in the days after the Senate voted down a gun violence bill. On a conference call with "stakeholders," Biden told gun control advocates that the fight is not over and that eventual action on gun control will come. Press were not invited to the conference call; a participant provided BuzzFeed with access. "Look I...
  • Obama to sign order creating election reform commission

    03/28/2013 11:03:42 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 98 replies
    The executive order will direct the commission to produce a report for Obama within six months of its first public meeting, principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said. The panel will be tasked with considering "a variety of ways to shorten lines and promote the efficient conduct of elections" and its findings will be "intended to serve as a best practices guide for state and local election officials to improve voters' experience at the polls under their existing election laws."
  • That Dirty, Rotten Racist...Abraham Lincoln

    03/18/2013 8:35:17 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    In Stalin's Russia, genetics and cybernetics were treated as the cat's paw of imperialism and officially branded as "whores." But it was another branch of Soviet science, history, that was a far more deserving candidate to bear that not exactly honorific moniker. Russian historians loyally served the regime, meeting its propaganda needs in full compliance with a thesis propounded by the titular head of the Soviet school of history, Mikhail Pokrovsky: "History is the present telescoped into the past." Some American liberals have been faithfully following Pokrovsky's precept, reinventing the past in keeping with the progressive view of the world....
  • Robert Mugabe has Gold Coins Minted to Celebrate his 89th Birthday in Poverty-Stricken Zimbabwe

    03/02/2013 1:50:45 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 2 March 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A 22-carat dictator: Robert Mugabe has gold coins minted to celebrate his 89th birthday in poverty-stricken Zimbabwe • Four-tier cake made in his honour at Zimbabwe's state house party • Opposition accuses his party supporters of killing 12-year-old boy Zimbabwe is one of the poorest country's on Earth, but clearly despot Robert Mugabe doesn't seem to care on his 89th birthday. The president celebrated it by immortalising himself in freshly minted gold coins and held a lavish party with a giant cake. Guests, including his wife, first lady Grace, tucked into the four-tier treat made in his honour at the...
  • What Sort of Leader Was Lincoln?

    02/14/2013 3:42:23 AM PST · by iowamark · 16 replies
    NY Times Disunion ^ | 2/13/2013 | Steven B. Smith
    ...Did he exert features of moral grandeur and heroism necessary to steer the country through its deepest political crisis? Or was he an aspiring tyrant, especially in his use of executive power? A recent example of how not to think about Lincoln’s leadership comes from the historian and television commentator Doris Goodwin. Goodwin wrote a book called “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” showing how Lincoln drew his cabinet from his personal and political competitors. In a subsequent discussion of Lincoln’s leadership titled “The 10 Qualities That Made Lincoln Great... If all of these sound a little...
  • Lincoln and the Copperheads

    02/02/2013 5:07:52 AM PST · by iowamark · 27 replies
    NY Times Disunion ^ | January 28, 2013 | JENNIFER L. WEBER
    In January 1863, Abraham Lincoln made a remarkable confession. He was, he told a senator, more worried about “the fire in the rear” than he was about the Confederates to his front... Disgusted Republicans termed them “Copperheads,” after the poisonous snake... By January 1863, their assaults on Lincoln, combined with the poor performance of the armies, were taking a toll on civilian morale. Midwesterners spoke openly about seceding and establishing another new country or aligning with the Confederate States of America. Lincoln’s critics were harsh, uncompromising and relentless. They said Lincoln was a tyrant, bent on amassing power and ruining...
  • Revealed: Obama's likely executive orders on guns

    01/16/2013 12:19:34 AM PST · by Red Steel · 42 replies
    wnd ^ | Jan 15, 2013 | Aaron Klein
    Group with enormous influence on White House issues specific plans A progressive group with enormous influence on White House policy has issued specific recommendations to the Obama administration on how to push sweeping gun control, including suggestions for executive orders. The Center for American Progress released an 11-page proposal, reviewed by WND, calling for a full ban on the sale of assault weapons and magazines with a capacity for more than 10 bullets. CAP suggests legislation to require licensing and transfer restrictions on new and existing assault rifles. The CAP paper, delivered to the White House last week, recommends that...
  • Top Two Reasons to Own a Gun

    01/05/2013 6:28:04 AM PST · by Taxman · 66 replies
    clashdaily.com ^ | 01/04/13 | John Kirkwood
    Top Two Reasons to Own a Gun: Thank God and Sam Colt … My right to own a gun, to stroke it, to use it, and to pass it on to my children is not a matter of pragmatism, so I’m not going to argue statistics or polls, even though they’d be in my favor. And this list is in no particular order because, after the top two reasons, it really doesn’t matter how you order the rest. It’s like the top musical acts of the twentieth century; there’s Elvis and the Beatles and where you rank The Stones, The...
  • U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens (Big Brother lives)

    12/13/2012 6:45:08 AM PST · by TonyInOhio · 62 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/12/12 | Julia Angwin
    Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room in March to debate a controversial proposal. Counterterrorism officials wanted to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime. ~ snip ~ The rules now allow the little-known National Counterterrorism Center to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them. That is a departure from past practice, which barred the agency from storing information about ordinary Americans unless a person was a terror suspect or related to an...
  • Feds to landowner: don't touch that trash [Obama admin grabs private property in NM]

    12/12/2012 10:16:51 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 24 replies
    WND ^ | Dec 12 2012 | Bob Unruh
    A New Mexico couple has been warned by the federal government not to touch trash – tin cans, broken glass and the like – that has accumulated over the years on the 20 acres of desert land they bought for their retirement home near Santa Fe because it could hurt the Rio Grande River, 25 miles away. Huh? The dispute over the Obama administration’s claim to jurisdiction over desert land belonging to Peter and Francoise Smith is heading to court now. Their lawsuit alleges Washington is over-reaching in its claim that their land, which does not contain any “relatively permanent,...
  • Election over, administration unleashes new rules

    12/13/2012 1:38:52 AM PST · by STARWISE · 38 replies
    Newsday/AP ^ | 12-13-12 | Matthew Daly
    For months, federal agencies and the White House have sidetracked dozens of major regulations that cover everything from power plant pollution to workplace safety to a crackdown on Wall Street. The rules had been largely put on hold during the presidential campaign as the White House sought to quiet Republican charges that President Barack Obama was an overzealous regulator who is killing U.S. jobs. But since the election, the Obama administration has quietly reopened the regulations pipeline. In recent weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed rules to update water quality guidelines for beaches and other recreational waters and deal...
  • Movie Review: The Lincoln Movie is Propaganda

    11/18/2012 11:43:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    The Examiner ^ | November 17, 2012 | Davi Barker
    With only a limited theatrical release last week, Steven Spielberg’s latest work of imaginative fiction is scheduled for wide release today. I know Hollywood plays fast and loose with history, but when they go out of their way to get the wallpaper in Lincoln’s office exactly right, and use a recording of his actual watch as the sound effect for his movie watch, but pay little deference to his actual statements or opinions… something must be said. People are seriously calling the Lincoln movie a “much needed civics lesson.” In reality it’s essentially a 2.5 hour courtroom drama about slavery...
  • Lincoln (Vanity)

    11/17/2012 5:36:12 PM PST · by camerongood210 · 58 replies
    Have any fellow FReepers seen this movie yet? If so, what did you think and would you recommend it?
  • Spielberg's Lincoln Movie

    11/16/2012 7:27:33 AM PST · by BobNative · 118 replies
    Personal writing | November 16, 2012 | Garland Favorito
    New Movie Propagates Lincoln Historical Myths If you are planning to see the new, Steven Spielberg directed, Lincoln movie you might want to invest in an accurate history book instead. While it is successfully dramatic, the movie rehashes several 150 year old myths about the Lincoln presidency and America’s most horrible war. First, to the movie’s credit, the script avoids a key, blatant lie that is currently being taught throughout American public schools today. The script focuses correctly on explaining how slaves were freed by the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, not the Emancipation Proclamation. Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation did...
  • After Obama win, U.S. backs new U.N. arms treaty talks

    11/07/2012 4:50:07 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 134 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 7, 2012 6:48pm EST | Louis Charbonnea
    (Reuters) - Hours after U.S. President Barack Obama was re-elected, the United States backed a U.N. committee's call on Wednesday to renew debate over a draft international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade. U.N. delegates and gun control activists have complained that talks collapsed in July largely because Obama feared attacks from Republican rival Mitt Romney if his administration was seen as supporting the pact, a charge Washington denies. The month-long talks at U.N. headquarters broke off after the United States - along with Russia and other major arms producers - said it had problems with...
  • 5 August 1861 - Lincoln imposes first federal income tax

    08/05/2012 10:44:19 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 19 replies
    On this day in 1861, Lincoln imposes the first federal income tax by signing the Revenue Act. Strapped for cash with which to pursue the Civil War, Lincoln and Congress agreed to impose a 3 percent tax on annual incomes over $800.