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  • Defense Secretary Mattis Wanted Congressional Approval Before Striking Syria. He Was Overruled.

    04/17/2018 7:14:06 PM PDT · by WisconsinRep · 39 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 17, 2018 | Helene Cooper
    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged President Trump to get congressional approval before the United States launched airstrikes against Syria last week, but was overruled by Mr. Trump, who wanted a rapid and dramatic response, military and administration officials said. Mr. Trump, the officials said, wanted to be seen as backing up a series of bellicose tweets with action, but was warned that an overly aggressive response risked igniting a wider war with Russia. Friday night’s limited strikes on three targets, which lasted under two minutes, were the compromise.
  • IFI Update: ERA Passes Illinois Senate

    04/11/2018 9:44:42 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 18 replies
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | 4/11/2018 | Laurie Higgins
    In a stunning display of ignorance, the Illinois State Senate just voted 43-12 in favor of the resolution to adopt the Equal Rights Amendment. What makes this vote even more enraging is that Republicans Pam Althoff (R-Crystal Lake), Jason Barickman (R-Pontiac), Mike Connelly (R-Wheaton), Karen McConnaughay (R-West Dundee), Chris Nybo (R-Hinsdale), Sue Rezin (R-Morris), and Tom Rooney (R-Palatine) voted with Democrats on this partisan resolution.
  • Corporate America throws weight behind gun controls

    03/03/2018 9:01:54 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/03/18 | Melanie Zanona
    Corporate America is taking the lead on gun control as Congress slides back into gridlock on the issue. Several major retailers have decided to impose new restrictions on firearm sales, while scores of companies have moved to cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA). “This is the biggest signal to me that on this issue, there has been a tipping point,” said Rich Masters, head of North America crisis and issues management for Qorvis. “Companies don’t do this unless they know they are gonna be on fairly safe ground.”
  • Atheist group files lawsuit over ‘unconstitutional’ pet blessings at animal shelter

    11/23/2017 4:57:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 44 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/23/17 | Douglas Ernst
    A New Jersey animal shelter’s annual pet blessings has prompted a federal lawsuit by a group called American Atheists Inc. of Cranford. The Bergen County Animal Shelter is accused of violating the First and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution over two events held in 2016 and 2017. Each event featured a member of the Franciscan Order of the Divine Mercy in North Arlington. Plaintiffs say that animal blessings at the facility are tantamount to an endorsement of religion. They seek an injunction to stop the annual event, and legal fees.
  • Senate Prepares to Strike a Blow for Freedom

    11/15/2017 8:08:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2017 | Terry Jeffrey
    Eight years ago, Sen. Orrin Hatch argued in a Senate Finance Committee then controlled by Democrats that Congress does not have the constitutional power to order people to buy things. The committee was discussing the incipient Obamacare bill. It's most outrageous element: The so-called "individual mandate," which would force Americans to purchase health insurance. Hatch did not believe the Constitution's Commerce Clause -- which gives Congress the power to "regulate Commerce with foreign nations, and among the states" -- could be stretched to give the federal government the power to compel individuals to do this. "Rather than regulate what people...
  • Getting the Facts Straight on the Electoral College

    11/13/2017 5:27:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2017 | Ray Haynes
    The most misunderstood institution in our constitutional government is the Electoral College. Most recently, the Chair of the Democratic National Committee claimed that “the Electoral College is not in the Constitution.” Others on the right of the political spectrum claim that the process by which the members of the Electoral College are selected is our “founders’ vision for our Republic” and constitutionally mandated. Both are dead wrong. Let’s begin with the actual words of the Constitution: “Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors equal to the whole number of Senators...
  • Watch Members of Congress Attempt to Explain Why They Won't Vote on Yemen War

    11/07/2017 10:52:42 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 17 replies
    The intercept ^ | November 7, 2017 | Lee Fang
    THE BRUTAL WAR in Yemen has intensified in recent days, with the Saudi-led coalition backed by the United States increasing its bombing campaign and blockade of ports. Meanwhile, the architect of the war, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has launched a widespread purge of the government, while using a missile launched from Yemen as a pretext to threaten war with Iran. Yet American lawmakers are still avoiding a vote on authorizing U.S. involvement in the conflict. Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the U.S. military for intelligence sharing, refueling flights for coalition warplanes, and the transfer of American-made cluster bombs,...
  • Our Destiny is in Our Hands

    09/21/2017 8:45:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2017 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    In a remarkable speech marked by fearlessness and clarity, the leader of the free world told other world leaders this week that all of them -- himself included -- need to focus on their own people. In his first address to the United Nations, President Donald Trump offered a mixture of views that provided both paradox and clarity. He focused on sovereignty but was not isolationist. He was respectful of other forms of government but pushed world leaders to focus more on people than on government. Trump reaffirmed his belief in the slogan that helped win him the nation's...
  • Happy Constitution Day!

    09/17/2017 7:51:08 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 21 replies
    Constitution Day ^ | September 17, 2017 | Staff
    Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.
  • Remembering the U. S. Constitution: The Law of the Land

    09/17/2017 8:28:36 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 15 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 17, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Republican presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George H. W. Bush have referred to U. S. Supreme Court decisions as "the law of the land." Actually, that distinction belongs to the document we celebrate today—the U. S. Constitution. If you want a good treatise on it, read The Theme Is Freedom: Religion, Politics, and the American Tradition by M. Stanton Evans. "In fact, the Constitution was the work not of a moment, an hour, or even a lifetime, but of two millennia of Western thought, political struggle and hard-won knowledge about the state," Evans wrote. "The Constitution is an almost...
  • Honest opinions on history & our Constitution [vanity]

    08/26/2017 7:03:27 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 15 replies
    08/26/2017 | self
    Doing a bit of research and looking for honest opinion without searching the internet for the answer first. I realize the answers here may differ from those I've received elsewhere. To be clear: I'm not asking to be judgmental. Rather, I would just like honest answers based on individual awareness of the noted aspect of history and our own Constitution, without regard for its origin. Questions: 1. Does your memory serve that the terms describing "concentration camp" and "death camp" are interchangeable and pertain to the Nazi Jew-murdering era? 2. Are you aware that there was a German Constitution in...
  • The Answer to Charlottesville Is the Answer to Everything

    08/18/2017 3:40:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 18,2017 | Avner Zarmi
    Now that we’ve had a few days to cool down over the riot last Saturday in Charlottesville, we can look at the matter a little more dispassionately and discern a pattern working its way out. The people who organized the so-called “Unite the Right” rally are members of a fringe group that, for better or worse, has come to be called the “alt-right.” Their core ideology appear­s to be that “white men,” that is, those of northwest European heritage, are the bearers of civilization and all that is noble, and are presently under assault by the Left. When President Trump...
  • Yes, Trump Has The Power To Launch A Nuclear Attack On His Own

    08/11/2017 2:58:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | August 11, 2017 | Sam Levine
    If President Donald Trump decided to authorize the use of nuclear weapons in a military conflict with North Korea, a possibility he has left open amid escalating tensions, it appears there’s little that could stop him. The prospect of a nuclear flashpoint comes after a war of words between Trump and the North Korean government, with the president warning this week of “fire and fury” against Pyongyang if it continued making threats, and North Korea subsequently threatening an attack on the U.S. territory of Guam. Trump on Thursday suggested that his initial statement may not have been tough enough, and...
  • Dismantling the 9th Circuit

    04/28/2017 11:43:22 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/28/17 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    All of these rulings by the court against Trump's executive orders are an overstepping of their judicial authorities. The judges are acting illegally. In Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution the text states that Congress has the authority to “constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court.” In Article III of the U.S. Constitution, when referring to the inferior federal courts, it states that it is Congress who may from “time to time ordain and establish.”
  • Rand Paul: Trump needs Congress to authorize military action in Syria

    04/06/2017 9:43:53 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4-6-17 | Brooke Seipel
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) asserted Thursday night that President Trump needs congressional authorization for military action in Syria after Trump ordered an airstrike in the country following a deadly chemical attack earlier this week. "While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked," Paul said in a statement shortly after reports that the U.S. had launched more than 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles against an airfield in Syria. "The President needs congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution, and I call on him to come to Congress for a proper debate," Paul said....
  • Is Islam incompatible with U.S. Constitution?

    11/21/2016 9:45:50 AM PST · by stars & stripes forever · 57 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 11/21/2016 | William Federer
    President Barack Obama stated in Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009: “When the first Muslim American was recently elected to Congress, he took the oath to defend our Constitution using the … Holy Quran.” The question is: Can one swear to defend a man-made Constitution of laws upon a book that claims to be filled with superior divine laws, and which instructs faithful followers to subversively lie to make it superior? Dr. Irwin Lutzer reported in his book “The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent” (2013) of a Muslim demonstrator in Dearborn, Michigan, holding a sign stating: “We will use...
  • Proposed Strategy for Trump Even If the Ironies Will Go Over People’s Heads

    10/21/2016 9:31:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/21/16 | Ron A. Y. Rich
    Trump’s policies in favor of free enterprise and freedom of speech and in favor of all the Amendments to and protections of the U.S. Constitution and Trump’s positions against terrorists and criminals and repressions of freedom of thought Trump may have inadvertently hurt his cause by saying too much, from time to time, and not always in a politically incorrect way (deemed politically correct by most people), but one 4-letter word he has hardly ever used is “even” followed by the 2-letter word “if.” If used properly, and in enough contexts, these two words, “even if,” have the potential to...
  • This Year’s Must See Film: EWTN’s ‘A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing’

    10/02/2016 6:43:46 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies
    Inside EWTN ^ | 09.30.16 | Michelle Laque Johnson
    Why is political discourse so bad right now? How have Christian beliefs, particularly Catholic beliefs, and those who hold them come to be reviled by so many in the secular culture? Where did political correctness, gender conflict, gender confusion — and so many other aspects of the Culture of Death — come from?The answer to these, and many other questions, can be found in the EWTN Original Documentary “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing,” a chilling look at the impact of Community Activist Saul Alinsky, whose “Rules for Radicals” still wields a huge influence on American culture – and the...
  • The U. S. Constitution: The Ultimate Endangered Species

    09/19/2016 8:10:10 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 17, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Back during the 1972 campaign, satirist Mort Sahl, long thought to be a man of the Left but actually quite independent-minded, said something like this: "In less than 200 years we’ve gone from Madison, Adams, Franklin and Washington to Nixon and McGovern. What can we conclude from this? Darwin was wrong!" The reference, of course, is to Charles Darwin’s thesis that man evolved into a higher species. Nevertheless, roughly the same could be said of the grand old document that quartet crafted: The United States Constitution. At a Constitution Day conference at the Cato Institute on September 15, 2016, Elizabeth...
  • The Constitution of the United States - Broken down into its sentences and proofread.

    09/16/2016 10:07:20 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 22 replies
    September 16, 2016 | re_tail20
    The Constitution of the United States - Broken down into its sentences and proofread. Several years ago, I posted the Declaration of Independence broken down into its sentences and proofread. (Jefferson, for all his praises and faults, was a great writer, and little proofreading was needed.) Earlier this year, I posted George WashingtonÂ’s Rules of Civility broken down into its sentences and proofread. Washington copied these from a book written earlier by someone else, and it required a lot of proofreading. Grammar of 270 years ago had capital letters in words in different parts of a sentence, at random it...