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  • Koch-a-geddon watch: Salon picks up slack for Harry Reid while he recovers

    Doug Powers
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:44 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Harry Reid is still functioning at some 50 percent of his normal fear-mongering, demagoguing self after a horrific Abdomenizer accident, but fortunately Salon has graciously stepped up to the Koch-derangement plate to help out: Planetary disaster! If that doesn’t do Harry Reid proud, nothing will. About the level of political spending by the Koch brothers, destroyers of worlds: Tom Steyer (a liberal) routinely outspends Charles and David Koch. This is true. pic.twitter.com/npzbfsdVn6 — Joe Perticone (@Joe_Perticone) January 28, 2015 (h/t Twitchy) **Written…
  • Mike Pence’s experiment in state-run media throttled to death in its crib

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    Noah Rothman
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Good. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s proposal to use taxpayer funds in order to establish what he later characterized as an information “clearinghouse” for members of the press and average Hoosiers alike was a terrible idea. The proposal was hopelessly redundant; the Indiana governor’s office already has a website on which it posts press releases. If it […] Read this post »
  • Lindsay Lee Joins Engage as Digital Strategy Intern

    Patrick Ruffini
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    I filled out my tax forms, learned where the K-cups are, joined the team for Chipotle Thursday (and Chipotle Friday for good measure), figured out the intricacies of the DC Metro (read as “still cannot time my commute correctly because the timing of the Metro is impossible to actually figure out”), and settled in at my new desk. I am now a Digital Strategy intern at Engage. This is the first time that I am working in my field of interest in what we college kids call “the real world” and I am beyond excited for the opportunity. So, why did I choose Engage for my first internship? I was…
  • Another Progressive Self-Excommunicates Over Political Correctness Thugsquads

    Ace of Spades HQ
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Pretty much the same deal as Saudi "morality police" clubbing women down in the street, except more gayballz. So, to state the obvious: Jon Chait is a jerk who somehow manages to be both condescending and wounded in his piece...
  • New School Shooter Defensive Technology

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    Mike McDaniel
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:19 pm
    When I first read this, I was relatively certain it was an Onion parody. The photo that headlines this article is one of my all-time favorite Onion headlines. You get the picture. Tragically, this story is deadly serious, obviously more deadly than those involved understand. ABC News reports: Modern School Killer Repellentcredit: http://www.drpulse.com An Alabama middle school principal wants to stockpile cans of corn and peas in classrooms for students to hurl at possible intruders as a last resort defense. In a letter Friday, W.F. Burns Middle School Principal Priscella Holley asked parents…
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  • Koch-a-geddon watch: Salon picks up slack for Harry Reid while he recovers

    Doug Powers
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:44 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Harry Reid is still functioning at some 50 percent of his normal fear-mongering, demagoguing self after a horrific Abdomenizer accident, but fortunately Salon has graciously stepped up to the Koch-derangement plate to help out: Planetary disaster! If that doesn’t do Harry Reid proud, nothing will. About the level of political spending by the Koch brothers, destroyers of worlds: Tom Steyer (a liberal) routinely outspends Charles and David Koch. This is true. pic.twitter.com/npzbfsdVn6 — Joe Perticone (@Joe_Perticone) January 28, 2015 (h/t Twitchy) **Written…
  • Choose to refuse: Say NO to PARCC/SBAC testing

    Michelle Malkin
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    Choose to refuse: Say NO to PARCC/SBAC testing by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2015 This is National School Choice Week, but I want to talk about parents’ school testing choice. Moms and dads, you have the inherent right and responsibility to protect your children. You can choose to refuse the top-down Common Core racket of costly standardized tests of dubious academic value, reliability and validity. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I’m reminding you of your right to choose because the spring season of testing tyranny is about to hit the fan. Do you…
  • Drunk gov’t worker exposes White House security flaw

    Doug Powers
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:57 am
    **Written by Doug Powers It wasn’t Joe Biden after all. The white House drone mystery has been solved: It was 42 degrees and raining lightly around 3 a.m. on Monday when an inebriated off-duty employee for a government intelligence agency decided it was a good time to fly his friend’s drone, a 2-foot-by-2-foot “quadcopter” that sells for hundreds of dollars and is popular among hobbyists. But officials say the plan was foiled, perhaps by wind or a tree, when the employee — who has not been named by the Secret Service or charged with a crime — lost control of the drone as he…
  • Mayor of Bridgeport thanks Al Sharpton for ‘fighting the good fight’ against snow in January (I mean ‘climate change’)

    Doug Powers
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:33 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Have you ever been stuck in heavy snow and thought to yourself, “If only Al Sharpton had more power at the federal level!” No sane person ever has, but during an interview about the “snowmageddon” that wasn’t, Bridgeport, Conn. Mayor Bill Finch thanked Sharpton for his fight against global warming, and said he’s needed in Washington. Whoever heard of such a thing as snow in January in the northeast? Only Sharpton can save us now. Mayor Finch would be better served to look at it this way: How much snow plow service could…
  • NBC News: Bergdahl to be charged with desertion; Obama admin scurries to protect narrative

    Doug Powers
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    **Written by Doug Powers The Army is charging Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, according to NBC News: Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by enemy forces in Afghanistan for five years, will be charged with desertion, a senior defense officials tell NBC News. The officials say the charges could be referred within a week. According to the officials, the desertion charges would be based on allegations that Bergdahl abandoned his remote outpost in June 2009 to avoid hazardous duty or important service, which are grounds for charges of desertion under the Uniform Military Code of Justice,…
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  • Mike Pence’s experiment in state-run media throttled to death in its crib

    Noah Rothman
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Good. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s proposal to use taxpayer funds in order to establish what he later characterized as an information “clearinghouse” for members of the press and average Hoosiers alike was a terrible idea. The proposal was hopelessly redundant; the Indiana governor’s office already has a website on which it posts press releases. If it […] Read this post »
  • It begins: Top Romney advisor jumps ship to Jeb Bush, will serve as national campaign manager

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Change. A little nudge from Team Jeb to remind the new and improved Romney that this race will be new in lots of ways, many of which he won’t like. Interesting timing. David Kochel, a Republican strategist based in Iowa who worked on both of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns, is joining Jeb Bush’s political action committee […] Read this post »
  • Scott Walker: Practitioner of ‘racially polarized politics?’

    Noah Rothman
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Eyes roll. How do you know Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is going to be a formidable presidential candidate? He’s already getting the racial treatment on the left. The assumptions in a Slate piece published on Wednesday by Jamelle Bouie provide some good examples of what the next GOP nominee will be up against. Bouie’s piece opens with […] Read this post »
  • Prepare to be shocked: One of the ‘Taliban Five’ is probably back on the battlefield

    Noah Rothman
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Monitor your heart rate. This week, multiple news outlets independently reported that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would be charged with desertion. It was a charge that almost everyone saw coming and one that comported with what the soldier’s former colleagues had told media outlets. Within hours of this report, the Pentagon insisted that no formal decisions had been made with […] Read this post »
  • Evil rich people can enjoy the simple life too

    Jazz Shaw
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    God, grits, gravy and good times I have not yet had time to read Mike Huckabee’s new book, but I certainly like the look and the sound of it. (Actually, I was thinking of ordering it on audio and just listening to it if he did the reading. Anyone gotten it that way?) Still, I’ve seen a number of his book […] Read this post »
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Lindsay Lee Joins Engage as Digital Strategy Intern

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    I filled out my tax forms, learned where the K-cups are, joined the team for Chipotle Thursday (and Chipotle Friday for good measure), figured out the intricacies of the DC Metro (read as “still cannot time my commute correctly because the timing of the Metro is impossible to actually figure out”), and settled in at my new desk. I am now a Digital Strategy intern at Engage. This is the first time that I am working in my field of interest in what we college kids call “the real world” and I am beyond excited for the opportunity. So, why did I choose Engage for my first internship? I was…
  • Jillian Sobeck Joins the Engage Team

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Hi everyone! As I sit at my desk that overlooks King Street in Old Town, Alexandria, I can’t help but think about my first visit to this town and Washington, D.C. ten years ago. I came here with my family for a trip to explore our nation’s capital, and was immediately mesmerized by the energy that this town and its people gave off. Fast-forward ten years later and here I am, beginning my newest journey in my career as a Client Strategist at Engage. With more than three years of social media strategy and marketing experience under my belt, I am excited to put my experience to work for our…
  • Introducing dirt: An opinionated deployment and bootstrapping tool

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    Today, we’re excited to open source something we have been working on internally for a couple of years: Dirt. Dirt, which is a backronym for “Done In Record Time,” is a command-line deployment and bootstrapping tool for rapidly creating and launching new projects. It was born out of the need for automating and standardizing common tasks such as creating a git repository, setting up a Vagrantfile, or transferring MySQL dumps between development environments. The following is an overview of some of Dirt’s features. Create Entering “dirt create” in the…
  • Have You Seen ‘Back to the Future’?

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    At trade shows, startup fairs, and other booth-style conventions, every exhibitor has the same problem: How do I get people to stop by my booth and listen to my pitch? Last Thursday, Engage participated in DC Tech Day to promote our new product, Proximity. We’re pretty jazzed about it — it lets you launch landing pages in a matter of minutes rather than days — but we knew we needed something unique to get others excited about it too. Enter Goldie Wilson, Marty McFly, and Doc Brown. (Yep, you read that right.) The inspiration for our booth came from one of our earliest designs…
  • Celebrating 125 years of the National Zoo

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    When the opportunity presented itself to design a microsite celebrating the Smithsonian National Zoo’s 125th Anniversary and the return of the American Bison, we jumped at the chance. Here in Washington—and, indeed, across the nation—the Smithsonian and the National Zoo are beloved institutions that are a source of tremendous pride. Respecting that legacy, we set out to design a microsite that would present the excitement of the occasion in a visually compelling manner that would speak to all generations. Our starting point was the background image. We wanted to evoke the Bison’s…
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • New School Shooter Defensive Technology

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:19 pm
    When I first read this, I was relatively certain it was an Onion parody. The photo that headlines this article is one of my all-time favorite Onion headlines. You get the picture. Tragically, this story is deadly serious, obviously more deadly than those involved understand. ABC News reports: Modern School Killer Repellentcredit: http://www.drpulse.com An Alabama middle school principal wants to stockpile cans of corn and peas in classrooms for students to hurl at possible intruders as a last resort defense. In a letter Friday, W.F. Burns Middle School Principal Priscella Holley asked parents…
  • Michelle Obama: Mark Your Calendar

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    That’s right, gentle readers: mark down this date. Michelle Obama has actually done something that is not obviously mean-spirited, angry, or overtly destructive to liberty, Americans or America. On the occasion of a presidential visit to Saudi Arabia due to the death of the old king and installation of the new, she did not bow to Islam and cover herself. I would like to think this a well-considered, purposeful gesture to symbolize the sovereignty of America and the equality between the sexes for which it, in part, stands, but considering that Barack Obama is carrying Islam’s water in…
  • Layers And Layers Of Editors And Fact Checkers…

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Every Friday I write a fractured headline on the board for my classes. Their task is to figure out what the copy editors meant to say, but obviously missed then they write the correct version. It’s harder than it sounds: the brain tries to make sense of what obviously doesn’t make sense. It takes awhile for the kids to allow themselves to see what’s actually there, but they eventually get it, and it also teaches an important lesson: the mainstream media isn’t infallible. One of the most recent headlines was: Cops Quiz Victim In Fatal Shooting I bet he didn’t have much to say.
  • Quick Points for January 27, 2015

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:09 pm
    COMING TO AN AMERICAN EMBASSY NEAR YOU… With “Smart Diplomacy” our primary method of interaction with our implacable enemies, I fear this iconic Saigon evacuation photo will become all too common in the very near future. At least this time there has been an evacuation of some American personnel, this time from Yemen. In Benghazi, the Obama administration (with Hillary Clinton in charge at State) left US personnel in an inadequately-secured facility for months after all of the other Western nations and agencies had fled after declaring victory over Moammar Qaddafi and…
  • A Gun Ownership Primer: All Good Things Come To An End…

    Mike McDaniel
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Walther P22 The Gun Ownership Primer series, much improved and updated over what I’ve done in the past, has grown, and completed, with 15 separate articles. The latest: A Gun Ownership Primer, Holsters and Accessories, Part 2, is now up at Bearing Arms. This final article deals not only with holsters, but flashlights, laser sights, and a variety of other issues. If you have a few minutes, I suspect you’ll find it worth your time.  Thanks for taking the time to read the previous installments!Filed under: Firearms Tagged: gun ownership, The Gun Ownership
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  • Senate support for Iran sanctions are gathering steam

    <a href="/users/streiff/">streiff</a> (<a href="/diary/streiff/">Diary</a>)
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Yesterday I posted a story covering an impending and large scale Democrat defection from the administration over its mismanagement of the nuclear negotiations with Iran. In that story, it looked like there were about 63 votes to override any Obama veto of a more aggressive sanctions bill by the Congress. Today it became obvious how fast support was slipping away from the administration: A Senate committee on Thursday easily approved legislation that would impose tougher economic sanctions on Iran if ongoing talks about its nuclear arms program remain stalled. The Banking Committee, in a…
  • Scott Walker, Presumptive 2016 Favorite

    <a href="/users/leon_h_wolf/">Leon H. Wolf</a> (<a href="/diary/leon_h_wolf/">Diary</a>)
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Forget what the polls say. Polls this far out are notoriously worthless in predicting Presidential nominees. Right now Scott Walker is sitting in the catbird’s seat for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination. Virtually everyone who is contemplating running for President in 2016 or who has ever contemplated running for President in their life went to Iowa last weekend but unless you were a regular reader of RedState you would have no idea that anyone other than Scott Walker delivered a speech. This is just one indication of how thoroughly and completely Walker has stolen the early…
  • NBC Reporter Says American Sniper Chris Kyle Was A Racist On ‘Killing Sprees’ In Middle East

    <a href="/users/absentee/">Caleb Howe</a> (<a href="/diary/absentee/">Diary</a>)
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Keep in mind that this is MSNBC, but the reporter, Ayman Mohyeldin, is supposedly a straight news correspondent – the foreign affairs correspondent mind you – for NBC News. A lot of stories about when he was back home in Texas. A lot of his own personal opinions about what he was doing in Iraq, how he viewed Iraqis, what some people described as his racist tendencies toward Iraqis and Muslims as he was going on some of these, you know, killing sprees in Iraq on assignment. I think there are issues.” Unbelievably, Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist did not let this…
  • School Choice Week: America’s teachers have better options than the NEA or AFT

    <a href="/users/laborunionreport/">LaborUnionReport</a> (<a href="/diary/laborunionreport/">Diary</a>)
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    In case you missed it, this week is National School Choice Week. While this post is slightly off the topic of school choice, as most know, many of America’s teachers think they have no choice when it comes to unions–when, in fact, they do. Unaware that they have alternatives like the Association of American Educators to purchase liability insurance, many teachers across the nation become members of unions like the NEA or AFT because they are tricked into believing there are no other alternatives. Once in, both the NEA and AFT spend much of their dues pushing ideological agendas…
  • Josh Zerkle Talks Super Bowl XLIX

    <a href="/users/tex_whitley/">Brad Jackson</a> (<a href="/diary/tex_whitley/">Diary</a>)
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    http://www.coffeeandmarkets.com/CoffeeandMarkets012915.mp3 Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Josh Zerkle to discuss the Super Bowl, Deflategate, and look at the key match-ups for Sunday’s big game. Related Links: Super Bowl XLIX: Wings, Dips and 10 Best Party Foods with Top Chef Richard Blais Deflate-gate Is The Dumbest Sports Controversy Ever Listen to Josh Zerkle on Bleacher Report Radio on SiriusXM Follow Brad on Twitter Follow Josh on Twitter Subscribe to The Transom The hosts and guests of Coffee and…
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  • 7 Offline and Online Tools for Easy Church Promotion

    Katherine Halek
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    If your church has some great outreaches planned, but you’re wondering how to let people know, remember that you have many avenues available to you for getting the word out. This article will provide you with event advertising ideas far beyond just a sign on the church lawn. Many of these strategies are applicable to weekly services as well as one-time events. Create an Advertising Budget. An advertising fund doesn’t have to be massive, due to all of the low-cost and free options available. Involve the whole church in the decision-making process — most of the money in the budget is,…
  • Has Your Church Entered the New Millennium?

    Eric Dye
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    [This is a sponsored post from DialMyCalls.com.] It is not surprising that religious institutions have been the most reluctant in entering this new technological age. With tried and true methods that have been used for decades, many church leaders did not really see the need to change. Now what they have realized is that by not conforming to some of the technology they are losing members in their religious community. As people become attached to their technological devices, they are becoming detached from their faith. If you have not yet starting catching up with technology to get your…
  • Becoming a Better Writer Series: Writing More Effective Sentences

    Rachel Blom
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    In this Dutchgirl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer, we’ve looked at many issues already. Today, we’re focusing on the very foundation of writing: sentences. Let’s start by defining what I mean by effective sentences: An effective sentence has rhythm, communicates the message you want to get across and invites the reader to read further. Three goals to achieve then, in order to make a sentence effective. How to go about this? Four things matter: One key thought per sentence, also known as purpose driven writing. Rhythm. I’ve covered this in depth in a previous post as well.
  • 4 Myths About Online Giving

    Kent Woodyard
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    As the Director of Business Development for a faith-based online and mobile giving provider, I spend most of my days talking with pastors and church leaders about the ways in which technology can transform the “giving culture” at their churches. During these conversations, I am often struck by how hesitant many church leaders are to engage with digital giving tools. Despite the fact that less than 7% of transactions in the United States are conducted via cash and check, many thousands of churches continue to count on cash and check donations for 100% of their annual budget. Even more…
  • Win A Free Membership Account from PixelKit!

    Eric Dye
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    We’ve searched high and low, and we’ve finally found the perfect solution for designers, developers, bloggers, and anyone else who needs or wants a great UI kit for their site or app. Let us introduce you to PixelKit. This amazing fundamental library is full of high-quality UI kits and all kinds of resources for you and your online project. What You Get 3 of our readers will be lucky enough to win a full year’s PixelKit membership account. What does a membership account get you? Here are just a couple of the benefits included in your subscription: Access to over 5000 premium graphics…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Congress Is Making The U.S.-Israeli Relationship Even More Partisan

    Doug Mataconis
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahyu’s decision to accept an invitation to address a Joint Session of Congress in March, just two weeks before Israel’s upcoming elections, has led to a rather open wound both between the White House and Congress and between the Obama Administration and Israel itself. When the speech was first announced last week, the White House criticized Congress for not consulting with the Administration prior to issuing the invitation, which is typically how these maters are handled, especially given the fact that such an appearance by Netenyahu so close…
  • Hillary Clinton May Wait Until Summer To Enter Presidential Race

    Doug Mataconis
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    While the race for the Republican nomination for President appears to be beginning in earnest, prompted in no small part by early maneuvering by Jeb Bush and the increasing likelihood that Mitt Romney is indeed going to throw his hat in the ring for a third run at the White House, things have been fairly quiet on the Democratic side of the aisle. At most the past several months have seen some talk of potential candidacies on the part of people such as former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, as well as some…
  • Andrew Sullivan Calling it Quits

    James Joyner
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:25 am
    Andrew Sullivan has “decided to stop blogging in the near future.” Why? Two reasons. The first is one I hope anyone can understand: although it has been the most rewarding experience in my writing career, I’ve now been blogging daily for fifteen years straight (well kinda straight). That’s long enough to do any single job. In some ways, it’s as simple as that. There comes a time when you have to move on to new things, shake your world up, or recognize before you crash that burn-out does happen. The second is that I am saturated in digital life and I want to…
  • Conservative Pundits Finally Seeing Sarah Palin For What She Is

    Doug Mataconis
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:21 pm
    This past weekend, Congressman Steve King hosted a forum in Iowa that essentially served as the first real opportunity for Iowa Republicans to see many of the potential Republican candidates for President in one place, as well as speeches from other well-known conservatives who may or may not run for office in 2016. Among those who spoke on Saturday were Senator Ted Cruz, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Dr. Ben Carson. Joining them was Sarah Palin, who was quoted telling reporters just the day…
  • Boehner Says House Republicans Likely To Sue Obama Over Immigration

    Doug Mataconis
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    House Speaker John Boehner is telling his fellow Republicans that the Leadership is working on a resolution to authorize another lawsuit against the Obama Administration, this time over the President’s executive action on immigration that was announced in November: Speaker John Boehner is finalizing a plan to sue President Obama again, this time over the administration’s decision to grant work visas to millions of undocumented immigrants. Boehner told his conference at a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning that he has a team exploring the best options to challenge last…
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  • Obama AG Nominee Insists Illegals Have a ‘Right To Work’ In The USA

    Warner Todd Huston
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    On Wednesday Obama’s Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch said that all illegals should be allowed to work in the USA despite the fact that they are breaking our immigration laws and are essentially criminals in this country. Senator Jeff Sessions (R, AL), Chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, questioned Obama’s Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch at the Judiciary hearing to consider her nomination. Sessions asked Lynch about the President’s decision to bypass Congress to order an amnesty, and how this action undermined the rights of disadvantaged American…
  • ‘Politico’ Lies About Mike Huckabee Quote

    Warner Todd Huston
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    For some reason, Politico felt it had to commit an outright lie about something Mike Huckabee said recently. In fact, they didn’t just invent the quote, Politico even invented the context in which he said it! Talk about media bias. First of all let me say that I am not a supporter of Mike Huckabee. It isn’t likely that I would vote for him in a primary, though I would vote for him over a Democrat in the unlikely case that he should become the GOP nominee. So, I don’t come to this as an outrageously, outraged Huckabee supporter. That
  • Chris Christie’s Appeal to Centrists is Failing to Catch Fire

    Warner Todd Huston
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    It is plain that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie thinks that his path to the White House lies in plying the middle ground between conservatives and moderates and presenting himself as the man who can appeal to all political factions. But, so far at least, it seems he is failing to excite much interest in the idea. Christie already suffers among conservatives. He is knocked by many on the right side of the political equation for not being conservative enough and Christie understands this criticism all too well. In fact, he felt the need to address this perception during his
  • Creepy Howard Dean Says Fans of ‘American Sniper’ Are Mean, Nasty, ‘Very Angry’ Tea Party Members

    Warner Todd Huston
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    The Clint Eastwood directed film American Sniper has been setting records all across the nation. But the longer it sits in theaters, the more that liberals come to hate the movie–and by extension our soldiers–and the film is exposing quite a split between Americans and the left. The latest to attack the film, our soldiers, and the film’s fans is former DNC chief Howard Dean. A week ago one of Hollyweird’s greatest douchebags, Michael Moore, came out to slam the man American Sniper was based on calling him a “murderer.” On January 18, Moore took to his…
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    25 Jan 2015 | 9:39 pm
    This week’s edition of the Weekend Caption Contest™ was a bit of a departure. It certainly brought out the punsters. I highly recommend that you go view all of the entries as there were far too many good ones to honor them all. The assignment was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (fustian24) – “Looks like nobody is in the crease!” 1) (Rodney Dill) – “Putting the Ho in hockey.” 1) (Bird666) – “Two minutes for hooking” 1) (David Robertson) – “Someone tell Michael Mann that this is what…
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    Drudge Retort

  • Russian Credit Grade Cut to Junk Status

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Russia has seen its credit grade cut to "junk" status for the first time in over a decade, a big blow for a country that wants to be a world economic power. The downgrade by Standard and Poor's reflects the country's growing economic problems, such as the collapse in the value of its oil exports and the impact of Western sanctions. But it is also rare for a country with such low debt levels.
  • GoDaddy Pulls Super Bowl Puppy Ad

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    On the same day it released its 2015 Super Bowl ad online, GoDaddy quickly responded to a wave of criticism from dog advocates and said it would not air the spot on the game. The 30-second ad featured a golden retriever puppy finding its way home after falling out of a truck, only to find its owner has used GoDaddy to set up a website that lets her promptly sell the dog to a new owner. The ad seemed to be an attempt at satirizing Budweiser's highly anticipated "Lost Dog," a follow-up to 2014 Super Bowl favorite "Puppy Love." But many in the animal rescue community swiftly pointed out that…
  • French Police Question 8-Year-Old Over Comment

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Police in France questioned an eight-year-old schoolboy after he refused to take part in a minute of silence in honor of the Charlie Hebdo shooting victims and made a comment heard by his teacher expressing solidarity with the gunmen. "In the current context, the school principal decided to report to police what had happened," said Marcel Authier, in charge of the region's public security.
  • After Crimea, Sweden Flirts with Joining NATO

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    It's a good time to have friends in Eastern Europe. Leaders in the region, who have reacted to Russia's occupation of Crimea by expressing fears that they could be next, are now taking solace in their alliances. "Thanks be to God, we are NATO members," exclaimed Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite last week. This month, Norway is hosting 16,000 NATO soldiers for previously planned cold-weather training exercises on the Russian border, much to the Russians' displeasure. Among those participating in Operation Cold Response are 1,400 Swedish troops under the Nordic nation's limited…
  • Pope Francis Wants All Annulments to Be Free

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    Pope Francis on Friday warned the Vatican's top marriage judges that they should not "lock the salvation of persons within the straits of legalism" and indicated he wants the church to no longer charge for the sometimes onerous and expensive annulment process. "This is a point I want to emphasize: the sacraments are free," Francis told jurists of the Roman Rota, the church's final court of appeals for annulments. "The sacraments give us grace," he said. "And a marriage proceeding" -- like an annulment -- "touches on the sacrament of marriage." "How I wish all marriage proceedings were free of…
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    The New Republic

  • Why Won't Liberals Say What They'll Do If the Supreme Court Guts Obamacare?

    Brian Beutler
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    A Supreme Court ruling for plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, the case that threatens Affordable Care Act subsidies in three dozen states, would unleash terrible chaos and create a tremendous amount of uncertainty in the U.S. political system.Anyone who claims to know how that uncertainty would
  • Now That It's Budget Time, Republicans Are Pretending to Care About the Deficit Again

    Danny Vinik
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    On Monday, President Barack Obama will release his budget for the 2016 fiscal year. It will call for a full replacement of the sequester. “The President’s budget will fully reverse those cuts for domestic priorities, and match those investments dollar-for-dollar with the resources our troops nee
  • Why Do Evangelicals Like James Inhofe Believe That Only God Can Cause Climate Change?

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    “Climate is changing and climate has always changed and always will,” Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said in a 
  • Americans Support Scientists—They Just Don't Want to Listen to Them

    Sarah Kollmorgen
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    Last May, comedian and late-night talk show host John Oliver tore apart media coverage of human-induced climate change on his show “Last Week Tonight,” bringing a statistical representation of scientists who do and don’t subscribe to the theory in for
  • The New Republic's Legacy on Race

    Jeet Heer
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Legacies are never simple; they create victims as well as beneficiaries. The more substantial the legacy, the more heated the disputes are over who has title of ownership, who gets to enjoy an inheritance, and who is left out in the cold.One of the most dangerous ways to treat a legacy is to bask in
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Drilling

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    By Nick Anderson Related Entries January 29, 2015 Deflategate January 29, 2015 Palin Smarts
  • What Happened to Narendra Modi’s Childhood Bride?

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:47 am
    The Indian prime minister concealed his somewhat mysterious marriage throughout most of his political career; Pope Francis is now suffering rightwing backlash for some of his more progressive views; meanwhile, two children have been banned for life from discussing fracking. These discoveries and more below. Syriza’s Win Is the Beginning of the End for the Eurozone’s Long Nightmare Everyone seems to agree that Syriza’s big victory in Greece is a milestone for Europe, which has been plagued by mass unemployment and a failure to really recover from the financial crisis and world recession…
  • Deflategate

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    By Clay Bennett Related Entries January 29, 2015 Deflategate January 29, 2015 Palin Smarts
  • U.S. Plan to Track Drivers Bigger Than Previously Thought

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    fontplaydotcom (CC BY 2.0) New documents released by the ACLU reveal that federal agencies proposed that license plate readers be used to monitor the travel patterns of Americans who attended certain public meetings. The documents showed for the first time the potential scale of a massive database containing information from millions of drivers, logged from automatic license plate readers around the country. The Guardian reports: Further documents released by the ACLU on Wednesday show that Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials in Phoenix planned on “working closely” with the…
  • Trojan Hearse: Greek Elections and the Euro Leper Colony

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    By Greg Palast, To Xoni Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Syriza, would like to pretend that austerity and the euro are two different things. Apparently, he’s blissfully ignorant of the history of the euro. The horror of austerity is not the consequence of Greek profligacy: It was designed into the euro’s plan from the beginning. Related Entries January 29, 2015 Deflategate January 29, 2015 Palin Smarts
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    Power Line

  • John McCain Speaks For Me On CodePink

    John Hinderaker
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    (John Hinderaker) This morning the Senate Armed Services Committee conducted a hearing at which Henry Kissinger was a witness. When Kissinger entered the committee chamber, a ragtag group of ten or so CodePink members stood up, holding signs and chanting “Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes.” One of them dangled a pair of handcuffs. The demonstrators were virtually standing over Kissinger, as for some reason the Capitol Police were absent or were slow to act. John McCain was presiding over the hearing. When the disturbance died down, he let the CodePink miscreants have it with…
  • Thank you for that non-answer, nominee

    Paul Mirengoff
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    (Paul Mirengoff) As I watched Loretta Lynch’s testimony yesterday, I had the feeling I had seen this act before. Her approach to answering questions, her tone, and some of her word choices left me with a strong sense of deja vu. Only in the evening did I realize where I had seen Lynch’s act. It was during the confirmation hearing of Cornelia Pillard, now a judge on the D.C. Circuit. Like Pillard, when a Republican Senator asked a question, Lynch typically began her answer with “Thank you, Senator.” If the question was at all pointed, both Pillard and Lynch said…
  • The Bergdahl decision

    Scott Johnson
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:56 am
    (Scott Johnson) Apart from the interest of the Obama administration in preserving appearances, it’s hard to understand how Bowe Bergdahl might not be charged with desertion. President Obama staged a Rose Garden celebration to announce the swap of Bergdahl for hardened terrorist prisoners last year. Susan Rice stepped forward to praise Bergdahl’s service despite the circumstances of his capture and the disgust of his fellow soldiers, but the powerful comments of those fellow soldiers cast dark shadows on the affair. What now? Lt. Col. (ret.) Ralph Peters reviews the relevant facts…
  • Civil War on the Left, Part 15

    Steven Hayward
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    (Steven Hayward) While the ruckus over Jon Chait’s critique of PC grinds on (he’s getting a lot more blowback form the Left than from me), I note with amusement another act of Leftist cannibalism taking place over in the UK. Germaine Greer, no longer germane? When I was coming of age back in the 1970s, one of the leading feminist intelletuals was Germaine Greer, author of The Female Eunuch. I recall her appearing on Buckley’s Firing Line, and thinking the title of her most famous book was somehow fitting. Turns out Greer is too old-timey for today’s identity politics Left. A group of…
  • Johnson’s short course on Iran

    Scott Johnson
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:57 am
    (Scott Johnson) In the January 21 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on our ongoing negotiations with Iran, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken appeared as the principal witness. Treasury Under Secretary David Cohen also appeared in his last time around before he assumes responsibilities as CIA deputy director. Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson questioned Blinken and Cohen over seven and a half minutes toward the end of the hearing. In the preface to his questions, Senator Johnson provides a short course on the problematic concessions on which our negotiations with Iran are founded…
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    LewRockwell » LRC Blog

  • Good Health Is Hot

    Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    Better sleep, a robust immune system, and a desire to be physically and mentally strong are priorites for LRCers. Here’s a sample of very popular health products you’ve been buying on Amazon: Lypo-Spheric Lipsomal Vitamin C, 1000 mg. 30 packets; Doctor’s Best Suntheanine L-Theanine (150mg) Vegetable Capsules, 90-Count; Nutrex Hawaii Bioastin Hawaiin Astaxanthin – 12 mg – 50 Gel Caps; Melatonin NutraSpray 1.5mg Source Naturals, Inc. 2 oz Spray; Doctor’s Best Brain Magnesium Vegetarian Capsules, 75 mg, 60 Count; Swanson Tumeric 720 mg. 240 caps; SilverSol…
  • Re: The Meaning of Secession

    Butler Shaffer
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    Lew: A speaker at Doug Casey’s “Eris Society” conference in Aspen a number of years ago, proposed that the United States be subdivided into fifty self-governing sovereignties. During the Q and A session following his presentation, I suggested that he was on the right track, but that his numbers required adjustment. “Instead of 50 self-governing bodies, what about 250,000,000?” He was not supportive of the idea.
  • Good News From Our Rulers, For a Change

    Becky Akers
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    “…[T]he federal government continued its offensive against default consumer encryption enabled by Apple and Google and anonymity tools like Tor, saying that greater privacy and security has created a ‘zone of lawlessness’ that law enforcement is having trouble cracking.” Yay!!!!!!!! Remember that what these cretins call “lawlessness” is heroism to the rest of us, as Ross Ulbricht and Silk Road exemplify. (Thanks to Mark Luedtke for the link.)
  • The Inconvenient History of World War Two

    Charles Burris
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Regarding the non-invitation of Vladimir Putin to the 70th anniversary Auschwitz liberation commemoration: treating Putin and the present day Russian Federation as equivalent to Joseph Stalin and the USSR in the 1930s and 1940s is egregious. But nevertheless there will indeed be many such efforts throughout this year to truly sweep much of the inconvenient history of that era into the Orwellian dust bin of history. My World History students are finishing viewing The Soviet Story tomorrow and will begin viewing the six part BBC/PBS series, World War Two Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis,…
  • American Intervention in Ukraine War Is Significant

    Michael S. Rozeff
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The guesswork in this blog has been clarified. The armed man in Mariupol who spoke English is a man from London named Leon Swampy. In his words, he has gone to Ukraine to do what he thinks is right. A social page on him mentions the Azov special purpose regiment. That group is discussed a bit here. It is slated to be folded into the National Guard of Ukraine. It is a battle-hardened group. I find this very interesting because the announcement by American General Hodges, which is discussed here, says “American soldiers will deploy to Ukraine this spring to begin training four companies…
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    Betsy's Page

  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    being a White House press secretary is a thankless job. I can't imagine wanting the job of basically lying or spinning every single day. A new low was reached yesterday by Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz as he tried to perform the gymnastics to explain why the trade of five Gitmo prisoners to the Taliban to get back Bowe Berghdahl to the Jordanians trading for the release of prisoners held by ISIS. First Schultz tried to explain that such exchange of prisoners were typically done when a war was ending and then he differentiated between the Taliban and ISIS by saying that ISIS are…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:49 am
    It's always about him. I used to think that Bill Clinton was our most solipsistic president, but Obama has far out-classed him. The folks at Grabien note how many times that Obama talked about himself in his speech in India this week.Today in New Delhi, the president of the United States delivered an address to the people of India. Topics ranged from Obama's pride in being the first U.S. president to visit India twice, to the historic nature of his attendance at India's Republic Day Parade, to his grandfather's occupation as a chef, to his graying hair, to his daughters ... to his struggles…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:56 am
    Philip Bump writes in the Washington Post that Hillary has no strategy to get people excited about voting for her.No, commenters and people on Twitter, the best president is not the one who has the best ability to invigorate voters. But this is, you may have noticed, a key component of how we pick presidents in an age so thoroughly saturated with marketing. And Clinton, although not without vocal supporters, seems continuously unlikely to be the most energizing candidate. "Ready for Hillary" often seemed less like a grass-roots push born of uncontainable excitement than a sharp strategy from…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:42 am
    John Fund examines the winners and losers from this past weekend's Iowa Freedom Summit. And Byron York finds 12 keys to the 2016 race. He points out that those who have run before, including Mitt Romney, aren't as in as strong a position as they might think they are. The same might be true for Jeb Bush.The Washington Post wonders if Rand Paul will be hurt by the wackiness of his father. Ron Paul spent the weekend talking about secession - not exactly a winning message for a potential presidential candidate.Rand, 52, is contemplating a presidential run — at its heart, an act of optimism. He…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    I must confess that I've been much more interested in Deflategate and Coach K's hunt for his 1000th victory this week than public affairs. As a Patriots fan, I'd been hoping that there would emerge some information clearing the team of malfeasance. Nothing that has happened yet has removed that suspicion. My response from Brady's press conference is the same as Andrew McCarthy's - the NFL doesn't want to find out what happened. It was amazing to hear that they hadn't spoken to Tom Brady yet. What does it mean to say they're conducting an investigation if they haven't talked to him?This is…
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    The Fix

  • It could be a very long time before Democrats are in the House majority again

    Chris Cillizza
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    House Democrats are gathering in Philadelphia Thursday and Friday to talk about that most compelling and complex of topics: the future. High on that agenda will be how -- and when -- they can hope to retake the majority they lost in the 2010 election. The short answer to that question is: It's going to be a […]
  • 7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    1. The Washington Post White House team has the latest on President Obama's budget proposal. 2. The presidential campaign isn't the only 2016 race already in gear -- conservatives are getting ready to primary a few vulnerable Republicans in Congress. 3. That time Bill Belichick and Jeb Bush went to high school together. 4. The […]
  • The most generous counties in presidential politics, 1980 to 2012

    Philip Bump
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    Since 1980, there are two ZIP codes that have been among the most generous in the country for the presidential candidate of each party every four years. You might be able to guess where they are. If not, we'll give it away: New York City. According to data from the Federal Election Commission, individual donors […]
  • States that are more opposed to abortion rights have fewer abortions — but not fewer unintended pregnancies

    Aaron Blake
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    Abortion in America is an extremely divisive issue, splitting Republicans and Democrats with often very strong feelings. It also divides the states. In 2010, according to a new study from the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights group, an estimated 11 percent of all unintended pregnancies in South Dakota were aborted. In New York, it was 54 percent. […]
  • In which we try to solve a Senate ‘whodunit’

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    UPDATE 2:45 pm: We got a note from Sen. Shaheen's office and they say "was not us." Our colleague Colby Itkowitz offers another theory: There was also the Judiciary Committee hearing featuring former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson. The only senator who serves on both Judiciary and Appropriations is Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). And in […]
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    Reason.com Full Feed

  • LIVESTREAM: The Impact of Vergara v. California on the Future of Education - A National School Choice Week Event - 10pm ET/7pm PT

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Tune in tonight for a livestream straight from Reason's L.A. headquarters at 10pm ET/7pm PT. Last year, a landmark education case took aim at laws protecting bad teachers--and the students won. Vergara v. California reaffirmed the fundamental right of every student to learn from effective teachers and have an equal opportunity to succeed in school, paving the way for teacher accountability and greater choice. In his ruling on the case, The Honorable Judge Rolf M. Treu noted that “All sides to this litigation agree that competent teachers are a critical, if not the most important, component…
  • Man Shoots Himself, Cops Return Fire, Unclear If They Hit His Vehicle

    Ed Krayewski
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Paul Walls, a man known to Madison, Alabama, police and involved in a domestic dispute police were investigating, was shot at by cops after shooting himself in the head near his estranged wife's home Tuesday night. AL.com reports: As Madison police exited their vehicle, officers heard the shotgun blast and saw the driver side window blown out. Officers then returned fire, operating under the belief that Walls was firing at them. Police had been advised that Walls possibly had a shotgun in his possession, [police spokesperson Brian] Chaffin said, that had been taken from the complainant's…
  • Idaho Bill Seeks to Make Executions Even Less Transparent

    Anthony L. Fisher
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Last week, the Idaho Senate Judiciary and Rules committee decided to move ahead with legislation propsed by the state's Department of Correction, broadening its already existing death penalty confidentiality policy (designed to protect the identities of the executioner, the on-site physician, and anyone else directly involved with the execution) into state law.  But a slyly-worded kicker buried in the middle of the text might be the most significant aspect of the bill. Newly added to the list of confidential information is "the source of any lethal substances." The lack of transparency…
  • As U.S. Officials Fret Over Encryption, German Firms Market Secure Calls

    J.D. Tuccille
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    FBI Director James Comey complains about the availability of encrypted products from Apple and Google. Justice Department officials fret that protecting customers' privacy creates a "zone of lawlessness" by keeping government snoops out. But German companies are actually competing to make end-to-end secured connections a regular offering. At least for their business customers, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom now offer encrypted communications. How encrypted is an open question. According to the Wall Street Journal: Vodafone said Wednesday it had begun offering its corporate customers in Germany…
  • How to Justify Continued Federal Meddling in Internet Service? Just Keep Changing the Goals!

    Scott Shackford
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Barack Obama and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have been flogging continued federal involvement in the providing of private broadband Internet service with the argument that some citizens’ Internet speeds just aren’t fast enough. It manifested recently in a call for local governments to get into the business of competing with private service providers and offering municipal broadband (oblivious to the reality that typically local governments have been the barrier to better Internet service, not the solution). The news today is that, in order to flesh out the assertion that…
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • Progressives Don’t Care

    Randy Toman
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    Not much for statistics any more—-not because they don’t matter but they will not make a hill of beans difference in the making of one’s point or argument against the progressive ——the argument is set and the hard core “Progressive” will not concede their error or change their twisted logic—-to them it is a belief system as is—– what the terrorist believe—to both—-it is “Religion”.   Look at this you gun nuts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pELwCqz2JfE Now go argue with the folks that want to take your…
  • Amateur or Enemy

    The Outsider
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    If I were a manager of a professional baseball team, would I put in an amateur pitcher with the game on the line? Suppose that pitcher had a chip on his shoulder against his team and the manager? Isn’t that what the voters did when they elected Obama as our leader? He dislikes America and the American way of life and has no experience in managing anything. In fact, he never held a real job. He has always lived off the taxpayers. The people are the manager and Obama despises almost half of them and also despises our ally, Israel. He is soft on our enemies and then cuts our military…

    The Outsider
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    Most Americans believe we are heading in the wrong direction. What direction is that? Is it domestic policy or foreign policy? Is it the economy and jobs or the lack of our moral values that are changing America? A bit of all I suspect! The black protests in Ferguson Mo and all across the country happened not because the police officer shot an innocent man but because Michael Brown’s followers didn’t want black criminals to be held accountable for their actions. On the foreign policy front, the America friendly King of Saudi Arabia died and we are not sure of what the…
  • Almost off Balance

    Randy Toman
    4 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    The emotion of human nature revolts against the supposition of a state so saturated in false doctrine and contrary to the basic beliefs and the social make-up of the people’s in Western Civilization.  When this happens, as we see happening today, the valued rights will erode causing a break down in righteousness.  This break down continues until it reaches a critical point where there is correction, if not, the culture slides by this point and will then free fall into a state of self-destruction which does not allow things to turn around nor bring itself back into a line of saneness of…
  • Second Amendment

    Randy Toman
    25 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    If any of the following are false you can go to step two in discussing—–not having a gun, nor allowing me to have a conceal carry permit.  If they (Below bold) are true then stay away from me and my 2nd amendment rights.  The second point below (Bold) particularly bothers me because I know —–a large percentage were Armenian Christians, I would guess in all categories below there was a high percentage of “Christians” in those statistics. author unknown  (but obviously brilliant) A LITTLE GUN HISTORY In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to…
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Senate Hard-liners Press Ahead with New Iran Sanctions

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Josh Rogin reports that Iran hawks continue to press ahead with new sanctions legislation in spite of Obama’s veto threat: Illinois Republican Mark Kirk told me in an interview today that even if the Senate delays until late March on voting on the new sanctions bill he crafted with Democrat Robert Menendez, his party’s leadership is committed to moving forward and he is confident the Senate will pass it. There has never been much doubt that a GOP-controlled Senate would pass a new sanctions bill at some point. Even if Flake and Paul don’t support the bill, Republicans have…
  • Netanyahu’s Stunt and Public Opinion

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:06 pm
    In the last post I said I doubted that most Americans would side with Netanyahu. YouGov has released the results of a new poll that suggest I was on the right track: 43% answering that it is inappropriate is a bit lower than I would have expected, but it still shows that there is significant public opposition to this sort of behavior from Congress. There is certainly no majority in favor of it. Barely a third of Americans approves of bringing in a foreign leader to undermine U.S. policy. Since the respondents are aware of the controversy over Netanyahu’s speech, the partisan divide…
  • The Folly of Siding with Netanyahu

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    Bill Kristol comments on a new report about the administration’s anger towards Netanyahu and his ambassador, Ron Dermer: So we have an angry president, increasingly desperate for vindication of his failed foreign policy, accelerating both his appeasement of Iran and his attacks on Israel. The good news is that the Republican party and the conservative movement—and most of the American people—stand with Israel and against President Obama. Kristol’s remarks are worth noting because they make plain that Iran hawks see it as entirely appropriate to side with the head of a client…
  • The GOP’s Foreign Policy Ignorance Problem

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    It appears that the 2016 Republican field will be getting its comedy relief after all: Sen. Lindsey Graham launched the Security Through Strength committee that will underwrite his political activities as he travels the country to gauge support for a presidential campaign. The odd thing is that Graham thinks that he has a place in the contest because of his supposed foreign policy “expertise.” As Michael Cohen points out in a recent column, Graham has distinguished himself for being consistently wrong on every major foreign policy issue for at least the last fifteen years. Of…
  • When Democratists Blame America

    Daniel Larison
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Elliott Abrams makes an extremely simplistic link between U.S. foreign policy and the newest Freedom House rankings: What is the relationship between these unhappy trends and American foreign policy? Complex question, to be sure, but the regression in freedom and the decline in perceived American power overlap. Moreover, the decline in freedom and the decline in perceived U.S. government interest in advancing freedom also overlap. Hard to believe all this is coincidence. Having admitted that the question is complex, Abrams then gives the most predictable and convenient answer possible. One…
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    Bob McCarty

  • FLASHBACK 2009: Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals’ Reviewed

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Six years ago today, I shared news about a liberal political strategy that endangers our nation. Today, because many in the conservative universe seem to forget these details as often as they remember them, I’m sharing the news again, pulled from what remains of the BobMcCarty.com archives, and updated as necessary. “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done,” said President Barack Obama, directing his comments at Republican leaders in Congress early during the week of Jan. 26, 2009.  During a 15-minute segment on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends program…
  • Former Blogger Offers Sarcastic ‘Thank You’ to Sullivan

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:43 pm
    After reading today about Andrew Sullivan informing his readers about his decision “to stop blogging in the near future,” I feel obligated to offer him a belated “thank you” for the sarcastic honor he conferred upon me a few years back. Why? Because I can relate to Sullivan on at least one level. You see, a few months after my blog had climbed to #82 on the February 2010 list of Top 100 Conservative Blogs, I gave up blogging full-time. Perhaps, it was the stress of living in a non-stop news cycle, but I decided to focus my time and attention on writing books —…
  • Challenger Disaster Recalled 29 Years Later

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Twenty-nine years ago today, I was a young Air Force second lieutenant attending the Public Affairs Officer Course at the Defense Information School, then located at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis. During a break from morning classes, I gathered with a dozen or so of my classmates from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps in front of a breakroom television to watch the Space Shuttle Challenger launch. Back then, shuttle launches were still big events. None of us imagined what would happen before our eyes. The Challenger crew takes a break during countdown training Jan. 9, 1986, at…
  • 29th Anniversary of Challenger Disaster Wednesday

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:25 am
    In this space tomorrow, I’ll share my recollections of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster that took place 29 years ago, on Jan. 28, 1986. Be sure to check it out! This photograph of the space shuttle Challenger accident Jan. 28, 1986, was taken by a 70mm tracking camera at UCS 15 south of Pad 39B, at 11:39:16.795 EST. (NASA photo) For links to other articles of interest as well as photos and commentary, join me on Facebook and Twitter.  Please show your support by buying my books and encouraging your friends and loved ones to do the same.  To learn how to order signed copies, click…
  • Why Innocent People Confess to Crimes; Scientific Study Supports Findings of Nonfiction Book, The Clapper Memo

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    As an author who traveled to Orlando recently to speak to law enforcement investigators from around the world about my book on credibility assessment technologies, I was intrigued by the findings of a recent scientific study about why innocent people confess to crimes. The findings, highlighted in the Discovery News video below, seem to support what I uncovered during the exhaustive four-year investigation upon which my book is based. The study, published Jan. 15 under the title, “Constructing Rich False Memories of Committing Crime,” was conducted by researchers Julia Shaw of the…
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Senate Passes Bill to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

    Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger Today, in a 62-38 vote, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The House passed a similar measure a few weeks ago. These actions come more than 6 years after TransCanada Corp originally submitted its application to the State Department to build a pipeline linking the Alberta oil sands to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Did I say State Department? Yep, in matters involving the crossing of an international border (in this case the one with Canada) the State Department must make a determination as to whether or not the project is in…
  • The Oil Price Plunge Won’t Cause Russia or Iran to Capitulate

    Ted Galen Carpenter
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Ted Galen Carpenter The recent dramatic drop in global oil prices has significant geopolitical as well as economic implications.  Consumers in the United States and other countries enjoy substantial savings, while marginal producers, both here and abroad, find their profit margins severely squeezed.  As I discuss in an article at Aspenia Online, some of the oil-producing states that have been especially hard hit include Russia, Venezuela, and Iran.  All of those countries are governed by regimes that are on bad terms with the United States, so there is a temptation among…
  • International Economics and Development

    Chelsea German
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Chelsea German Journalists know that alarmism attracts readers. Just yesterday, an article in the British newspaper The Independent titled, “Have we reached ‘peak food’? Shortages loom as global production rates slow” claimed humanity will soon face mass starvation. Just as Paul Ehrlich’s 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb  predicted that millions would die due to food shortages in the 1970s and 1980s, the article from yesterday tried to capture readers’ interest through unfounded fear. Let’s take a look at the actual state of global food production. The alarmists cite…
  • Pentagon Spending and Bureaucratic Bloat

    Chris Edwards
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Chris Edwards There are major spending battles on the Washington agenda this year, including over the defense budget. Congress needs to decide whether to stick with capped spending levels agreed to in 2011, or allow its past restraint efforts to unravel. Republican defense hawks want to bust the spending caps, while the small-government wing of the party wants to hold the line. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) told the Wall Street Journal, “We’ve been spending too much on defense for years because we have a lot of waste within the Department of Defense … There’s room to cut, and I think we…
  • Live Free and Learn: Scholarship Tax Credits in New Hampshire

    Caleb O. Brown
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:51 am
    Caleb O. Brown For School Choice Week, Austin Bragg and I produced a short documentary that details the struggle to adopt and implement a scholarship tax credit program in New Hampshire. The program had to overcome a governor’s veto, a repeal fight and a lawsuit that went to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. We talked with three families that have benefitted from the scholarship program and people working to keep the program. Live Free and Learn: Scholarship Tax Credits in New Hampshire Cato’s Jason Bedrick has detailed the history of this program at length. He also played a key role in…
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    Mark Serrano

  • The Shirtless, Cornered Russian Bear

    Mark Serrano
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:11 am
    Is Russia’s Vladimir Putin losing his shirt? In more ways than one! Consider this: the ruble has lost half its value in the past year, oil exports – critical to the Russian economy – have plummeted since the slump in oil prices, and now S & P has cut Russia’s credit rating to junk status (see: Russia Rating Slips to Junk, and the Ruble Takes a Beating). At the same time, the economic sanctions by the west against Russia over its surreptitious incursion into Ukraine last year, which are being tightened even further, have reportedly begun to have an impact on the quality of life for…
  • Biz Blitz: Russian economy, KFC doubling down, and drones

    Mark Serrano
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    “Don’t drink and drone.”
  • New York Governor Cuomo blames Climate Change

    Mark Serrano
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    “Scientists who even support climate change theories say there is no casual relationship between any single storm and their climate change theories.”
  • New tax policy for 2015

    Mark Serrano
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:17 am
    “These proposals would restrain investments, restrain innovation and entrepreneurialism in America.”
  • US Needs to Get in the Cyber Security Game Fast

    Mark Serrano
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:06 pm
    The ironies abound in Washington as usual. Just as news reports were surfacing that online marauders from ISIS had infiltrated the Twitter and YouTube accounts of US Central Command, or centcom (why exactly do they have social media accounts?), President Obama was unveiling a milquetoast plan to harden the cyber defenses of the US and its major corporations, including hacking victims such as Sony, Home Depot, and Target. Among other bureaucratic measures, his plan calls for stiffer penalties on hackers – as if we can find them in North Korea (see: White House Aims to Harden Cyberattack…
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  • Feds’ Price War on Housing Puts Taxpayers at Risk

    Daniel Wiser
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Government housing agencies seeking to entice more low-income homebuyers to purchase mortgages are engaged in a price war that could leave taxpayers on the hook if another housing meltdown occurs, according to experts. Both the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, housing giants known as government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), have announced programs in recent weeks that reduce lending standards and mortgage costs to attract low-income buyers. President Barack Obama touted the FHA’s plan, which lowers annual insurance premiums on government-backed mortgages,…
  • Gun Rights Groups Not Satisfied By DC Issuing Carry Permits

    Stephen Gutowski
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Leading gun rights groups say Washington, D.C.’s issuance of a limited number of gun carry permits has not lessened their objections to the city’s law. Though the Metropolitan Police Department has approved a handful of applicants to carry firearms in the city, gun rights organizations continue to argue that the permitting process is too restrictive. The groups slammed the District of Columbia’s actions as defying a federal judge’s order as well as the Constitution. “Eight whole permits!” Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) president Philip Van Cleave…
  • CNN: US Intel: Taliban Man Released From Gitmo in Bergdahl Deal is Back to Militant Activity

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
  • The Worst of Ayman Mohyeldin

    David Rutz
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:47 pm
    NBC foreign affairs reporter Ayman Mohyeldin tipped his hand again Thursday morning when he sounded off on “American Sniper” Chris Kyle for having alleged “racist” tendencies as he went on “killing sprees in Iraq on assignment.” Comparing an American soldier to an indiscriminate mass murderer did not go over very well. But the former Al Jazeera English correspondent has displayed biases before in his Middle East reporting, particularly in the conflict between Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas. In July, Mohyeldin rushed to judgment and falsely…
  • Wife of Flogged Saudi Blogger Says His Health is Worsening

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:06 pm
    By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) – The wife of a Saudi rights activist, sentenced last year to 1,000 lashes for criticizing the Kingdom’s clerics in his blog, said on Thursday her husband’s health had worsened after the first round of flogging and that he could not survive the full punishment. Raif Badawi, 31, a blogger and founder of the “Free Saudi Liberals” website, received 50 lashes on Jan 9. The second of 20 rounds in total has twice been postponed on medical grounds. “Raif’s health condition is bad and it’s getting worse and…
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