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    Hot Air » Top Picks
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Accommodations. Two ordained ministers have filed a federal lawsuit and are seeking a restraining order to prevent local officials from forcing them to marry same-sex couples, saying they have been threatened with fines and possible jail time over their refusal. Donald and Evelyn Knapp, owners of Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, are being represented by the […] Read this post »
  • Ouch: Americans Believe Obama Is Worse Than Bush

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    Leah Barkoukis
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Somehow, this is still Bush’s fault: Voters in battleground states think President Obama is worse at “managing the basic functions of the...
  • Have You Seen ‘Back to the Future’?

    Patrick Ruffini
    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…
  • Overnight Open Thread (10-20-2014)

    Ace of Spades HQ
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    2001 Holiday Inn Commercial Accurately Predicted Our Current Ebola Czar* * Note that there's no evidence that Rob Klain ever stayed at a Holiday Inn Express. He did work for Al Gore once though. Related: CBS Employee Snarkily Wonders When...
  • A Gun Ownership Primer: Updated Edition

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    Mike McDaniel
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Walther P22 In the past, I produced a series on the rational for gun ownership. It’s time for an update, and probably, an expansion on that series, and my friend and fellow blogger/editor at Bearing Arms, Bob Owens, has been kind enough to sponsor the series. The first installment “A Gun Ownership Primer: The Philosophy Of Gun Ownership,” is now up at Bearing Arms. I’ll follow it each week with new installments. The purpose of the series is to explore in some depth the issues relating to gun ownership, including philosophy, politics, firearm types and their advantages and…
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    Hot Air » Top Picks

  • Quotes of the day

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Accommodations. Two ordained ministers have filed a federal lawsuit and are seeking a restraining order to prevent local officials from forcing them to marry same-sex couples, saying they have been threatened with fines and possible jail time over their refusal. Donald and Evelyn Knapp, owners of Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, are being represented by the […] Read this post »
  • Video: Phoenix business owner foils bank robbery by waiting at get-away car with his gun

    Mary Katharine Ham
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Boom. One suspect is dead and one in custody after a Phoenix business owner came to the aid of a neighboring business. The Desert Schools Credit Union was being robbed by masked gunmen Wednesday when a neighboring business owner apparently heard about the fracas and decided to act. According to one witness, the business owner, who […] View the video »
  • Obama: Hey, all these red-state Democrats running away from me are strong supporters who vote with me!

    Mary Katharine Ham
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    A gift from the president. President Barack Obama appeared on Al Sharpton’s radio show today to send a campaign message seemingly calculated to drive folks like Sens. Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu to drink. “Well, look, here’s the bottom line,” said Obama, “We’ve got a tough map. A lot of the states that are contested this time are states that […] Read this post »
  • “Walking Dead” grumble thread: The ultimate gross-out

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Ew. I would never have guessed that the most memorably repulsive scene in five seasons of this endless splatter porn wouldn’t involve zombies, but it did. And it makes sense. There’s no way to keep the gross-out impact of the zombies themselves from diminishing over time. The audience, like the characters, gets used to images of […] Read this post »
  • Scary news from MoveOn: If Republicans win the Senate, they might use a dubious procedure known as “reconciliation”

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Wow. Via Dan Foster, I’m not in the habit of watching MoveOn attack ads but I’m glad I made time for this important educational piece, featuring the always likable Robert Reich. I’ve been telling myself that the election doesn’t much matter since whoever’s in the minority will still have enough votes to filibuster legislation, but it […] Read this post »
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • 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…
  • Tech-Powered Retail Politics at Virginia’s GOP Convention

    12 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Engage-built tool was Gillespie’s secret weapon at the Republican Party of Virginia’s Convention On Saturday, June 7, Virginia Republicans gathered in Roanoke to nominate their candidate for the United States Senate. With months of hard work, enthusiastic supporters, a strong ground game, and a state-of-the-art convention strategy, Ed Gillespie earned the nomination by acclamation. The Republican Party of Virginia’s State Convention is a traditional political nominating convention, where Republicans gather to hear from party leaders, elected officials, and candidates for office. The…
  • Introducing Proximity: Simple and beautiful tools to grow your movement

    26 Jun 2014 | 9:03 am
    Engage is proud to announce a partnership with The Data Trust, bringing together a leading provider of digital technology solutions for the right with the premier right-of-center voter file and data management company. The Data Trust’s rich data on more than 260 million Americans will be integrated into Engage’s industry-leading technology products, including Social Targeting and the forthcoming software-as-a-service (SaaS) political marketing platform Proximity. Proximity is a powerful data collection and automated marketing platform that helps campaigns and organizations reduce the…
  • Nikki Mandell Joins Engage

    20 Jun 2014 | 10:27 am
    Greetings from the newest member of the Engage team! Two weeks ago I came to the city as just another face in the monstrous herd that is DC summer interns. Luckily, I soon joined a place that couldn’t have been more welcoming or encouraging. Or knowledgeable. As a double major in Journalism and Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I’ve had a long love affair with writing and politics. Digital, however, would be more comparable to a summer fling that stuck. Last summer I worked at a startup where our aim was to create a working prototype and marketing plan…
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • A Gun Ownership Primer: Updated Edition

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Walther P22 In the past, I produced a series on the rational for gun ownership. It’s time for an update, and probably, an expansion on that series, and my friend and fellow blogger/editor at Bearing Arms, Bob Owens, has been kind enough to sponsor the series. The first installment “A Gun Ownership Primer: The Philosophy Of Gun Ownership,” is now up at Bearing Arms. I’ll follow it each week with new installments. The purpose of the series is to explore in some depth the issues relating to gun ownership, including philosophy, politics, firearm types and their advantages and…
  • In-Service Training And Brain Damage

    Mike McDaniel
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    More than two years ago–March 20, 2012, to be precise–I wrote an article titled “Education: Fixing Intelligence and In-Service Training.” I chanced upon that article again recently, and it struck home, so I decided to update it. credit: justsomething.co I, gentle readers, am an education seminar survivor. I won’t identify that seminar as such things are a bit of a sore spot for administrators, but suffice it to say it’s all the rage these days in Texas, and while it was not the worst brain cell abuse to which I’ve ever been subjected, it wasn’t far from the bottom,…
  • America: The Failure of Resilience? Part 2

    Mike McDaniel
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    credit: imgkid.com In America: The Failure of Resilience? Part 1, I wrote of my worries about the ability of our representative republic to recover, as it always has in the past, from the disasters that have befallen it. Without question, Barack Obama and Democrats are not solely responsible for our current state of affairs. More than enough Republicans have behaved selfishly, fecklessly and irresponsibly for decades. But never has America had a president like Barack Obama. Never has an American president so clearly hated America and Americans, capitalism, democracy, and battered our allies…
  • EPA Cockroaches v. Wyoming Welder, Part 2

    Mike McDaniel
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    On August 24, 2014, I posted an article titled “EPA Cockroaches v. Wyoming Welder,” the story of Wyoming welder Andy Johnson who, owning a modest eight acre ranch, had a dream. Johnson and his wife Katie wanted to build a small stock pond (depicted above–notice his palatial mansion in the background) to stock with fish, water their horses, attract livestock, and serve as an educational resource for their three daughters. Vicious environmental criminal and scofflaw that he is, Johnson met every requirement of Wyoming authorities for building the stock pond, and has the paperwork to…
  • Education Problems And Solutions #7: Everyone Is Entitled To My Opinion UPDATED

    Mike McDaniel
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    credit: patheos.com In the first six articles of this series I’ve outlined a number of the problems facing public education, but not by any means all of them.  Those articles are: Education Problems And Solutions, #1: The Wages Of Failure UPDATED  Education Problems And Solutions, #2: Unaccountability UPDATED  Education Problems And Solutions, #3: The Magic Curriculum UPDATED  Education Problems And Solutions, #4: Mission And Responsibility Creep UPDATED  Education Problems And Solutions, #5: The Higher Education Bubble (And The Soap Scum It Leaves Behind)  UPDATED Education Problems…
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  • Jason Carter, Jimmy’s Grandson, Thinks Our Rights Come From the Government

    <a href="/users/erick/">Erick Erickson</a> (<a href="/diary/erick/">Diary</a>)
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Jason Carter is who the Democrats have chosen to lose in the gubernatorial race this year in Georgia. Carter is History’s Greatest Monster’s grandson. He’s a Duke grad. He’s a practicing attorney. He is in the Georgia State Senate. Over the weekend, Carter participated in a gubernatorial debate and all but admitted he supports gay marriage. You can hear what he said for yourself. But I give you his biography — emphasis on being a lawyer — for how he says he is for gay marriage. Carter, in his own words, believes the government “doles out” our rights.
  • Tech at Night: The real motivation of the Net Neutrality gang

    <a href="/users/neil_stevens/">Neil Stevens</a> (<a href="/diary/neil_stevens/">Diary</a>)
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I like to point out how the Net Neutrality / Title II Reclassification gang makes inconsistent arguments, for example complaining about ‘fast lanes’ even as it pushes for Title II which would allow ‘fast lanes’. Well, it turns out if you scratch beneath that inconsistent surface, you get the real motivation: “to hobble corporations”. They think that’s the job of the FCC. The end result of what they want would be to stagnate us, and create a culture that hinders innovation, like Europe. China, the country Edward Snowden first ran to, is also spying.
  • You Will Be Made to Care

    <a href="/users/erick/">Erick Erickson</a> (<a href="/diary/erick/">Diary</a>)
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Every want to know how campaigns target precincts and work on vote totals? In tonight’s show I explained how campaigns work behind the scenes. Then I did a pivot. From Houston to Idaho, gay rights activists are going to make you care. I dive deep tonight. The post You Will Be Made to Care appeared first on RedState.
  • “Abortion Barbie” Wendy Davis is a Truly Horrible Person. But We Already Knew That.

    <a href="/users/erick/">Erick Erickson</a> (<a href="/diary/erick/">Diary</a>)
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Wendy Davis rose to fame championing the ability to rip children’s skulls open, vacuum out their brains, then rip them apart. But she did it in pink sneakers, so the media loves her. That is the only reason Wendy Davis is the Texas Democrats’ nominee. She got a Vogue profile referencing her “Barbie like good looks,” a Maria Shriver hagiography for NBC, and a lot of liberal dollars from around the country for her one public position. That is why I termed her “Abortion Barbie.” She promptly tried to run away from abortion as her defining issue. But she owns…
  • Joe Biden As Reverend DIMmesdale

    <a href="/users/repair_man_jack/">Repair_Man_Jack</a> (<a href="/diary/repair_man_jack/">Diary</a>)
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Joe Biden on The Drug War Biden has sponsored more damaging drug war legislation than any Democrat in Congress. Hate the way federal prosecutors use RICO laws to take aim at drug offenders? Thank Biden. How about the abomination that is federal asset forfeiture laws? Thank Biden. Think federal prosecutors have too much power in drug cases? Thank Biden. Think the title of a “Drug Czar” is sanctimonious and silly? Thank Biden, – Radley Balko via Rare So Vice-President Joe Biden’s youngest son will no longer be “serving” in The United States Navy. Or a more accurate description…
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  • To-Do List Tips

    Eric Dye
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    My to-do list and project management came crashing down last week. I thought I had a great system, when I realized that I not only was letting stuff ‘fall through the cracks,’ but that my to-do list made me feel heavy. Before, it made me feel light. I didn’t have to fret or worry about missing something, because I would find it in my to-do list. For some reason, however, this wasn’t working anymore. Did I need a new app? Get A New App That was my first plan of action. I needed a new app. So, that’s what I did. I transfered all my to-do’s from Asana to…
  • Do You Need a New Logo? [Flowchart]

    Eric Dye
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Please excuse the resolution of this flowchart. It’s the best I could find. Normally I might forgo it completely, but considering how helpful this is, I had to share it. Do you need a new logo? Find out: Again, sorry about the quality of this image. :-/ Do you need a new logo? [via Visual.ly | Minecraft looking Apple logo image via albyantoniazzi via Compfight cc] Do You Need a New Logo? [Flowchart] first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say About Technology

    Daniel Faris
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Technology and religion seem almost to exist in separate planes of existence. Fact and faith. Science and superstition. They’re not wholly incompatible, mind you—just difficult to reconcile sometimes. But if we were to turn to the Bible for guidance about the place that technology should occupy in a God-fearing civilization, what would we find? The answer is: not a lot. Prophetic though it may be, the Bible remains relatively silent on the subject of mankind’s technological progress. That is, if you’re looking for a strictly literal commentary. In a more metaphorical sense, we can…
  • The Caffeine Causality Loop

    Eric Dye
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    So I am back on caffeine. After going a full month without having my usual daily dose of morning and afternoon coffee, I am back in ‘the loop.’ And while it can be a productivity killer, I am drinking it with far more moderation and mindfulness than before; so I am considering my month long stint away from coffee as a success. In an effort to avoid the pitfall pictured below, I will probably be doing this again if I find myself trapped in this vicious circle: Thank you, Wrong Hands. Thank you. Have you been trapped in the ‘caffeine causality loop?’ How did you get…
  • Generation Z: Marketing’s Next Big Audience [Infographic]

    Jeremy Smith
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have spent the better part of the past decade dedicating my life towards understanding how generations interact with each other. First I wanted to understand the differences between myself and teenagers as a youth ministry volunteer and then later how generations interact as a paid youth worker that would interact with parents and teens. Nowadays, I am a counselor that seens people struggle regularly with psychosocial development which has huge implications with people needing to grow. The psychology of this is extremely important for anyone that works in marketing. While I do not at all…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Gun Rights, Mental Health, And A Denial Of Due Process

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    In the wake of the mass shooting incidents that grabbed headlines in 2012, especially the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado and the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, many states reacted by passing laws to restrict gun ownership or otherwise close perceived loopholes in their gun control laws. One of the most prominent examples of that came in New York State where, under the strong support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the state passed a law called the Safe Act which, among other things, included provisions that make it easier for the state to deny a permit to own a…
  • Obama’s Diminished Standing Among Women Is Hurting Democrats In The Midterms

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Democrats have long had an electoral advantage among women, particularly among single and suburban professional women, that has helped propel them to victory in elections both in Presidential and non-Presidential years. In 2008, for example, exit polling showed that President Obama won women by 56% to 49%, and in 2012 the breakdown was 55% to 44%.  The reasons for the disparity in these elections, and in many others at the national, state, and local level have been the subject of speculation for decades ever since the so-called “gender gap” was first noticed. Among the…
  • Idaho Ministers Threatened With Jail For Refusing To Perform Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Donald and Eveyln Knapp, a married couple who also happen to be ordained Christian ministers, have operated The Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho since 1989, although the business itself appears to date further back in the history of the city. The chapel, which just happens to be located across the street from the County Courthouse where couples can go to get marriage licenses is, according to the Knapp’s part of their ministry as Christians and has provided only Christian wedding ceremonies to anyone willing to pay the fees that the chapel charges.
  • People Walking Out on Obama Campaign Speeches?

    James Joyner
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Yahoo has given a click-bait headline to a Reuters report, “Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early.” The lede: President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity. There’s no more information in the piece about the departures. How many left out of how many? Is there evidence that Obama’s speech was what drove them away and not, say, the Ravens game? No…
  • Nearly $100 Million Spent On North Carolina Senate Race, And It’s Not Over Yet

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    The North Carolina Senate race between Senator Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis is expected to break records for the amount of money spent on a single Senate race: From the Koch brothers and Art Pope to George Soros and Michael Bloomberg, wealthy donors are making North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race one of America’s first $100 million contests. Outside groups continue to flood the state with ads and accusations, forcing Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis to keep scrambling for dollars in the campaign’s final two weeks. Money spent or committed in the…
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  • Criticism Mounts for CDC Director Thomas Frieden

    Warner Todd Huston
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    As the Ebola crises worsens and it becomes clear that the Obama administration and the Centers for Disease Control are operating on incomplete or even false information, Obama’s appointed CDC director is finding mounting criticism of his handling of the crisis. CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden was appointed to his position by President Obama in 2009 and now, as the face of the Obama administration’s flawed response to this developing Ebola situation, he faces the toughest task in his long, administrative career. It is a career that began in New York City in 2002 when Frieden was…
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:55 pm
    This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another smashing success. There were way too many excellent captions to honor, so go read the rest of the entries. The assignment this week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (fustian24) – “We’re all agreed then. It’s Bush’s fault.” 2) (Rodney Dill) – “First order of business…. how do we rearrange the deck chairs.” 3) (GarandFan) – “Okay, it’s settled. Susan Rice will go on the Sunday talk circuit and will blame ROGUE NURSES for…
  • Last Weekend’s Caption Contest™ Winners

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Last week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another smash hit. The assignment last week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (David Robertson) – “Normally, Wizbang gives us the breast-case scenario for Oktoberfest. This year, Wizbang has given us the wurst-case scenario.” 2) (cathymv) – “The four whoresmen of the Oktoberfest.” 3) (iwogisdead) – “The San Francisco City Council is seen leaving this month’s meeting.” 4) (fustian24) – “Oktoberfest hasn’t been the same since the…
  • Former RNC Chairman Calls NRCC Ad “Racist”

    David Robertson
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is criticizing a political advertisement that the National Republican Congressional Committee is running in support of Republican Congressman Lee Terry of Nebraska. Appearing on The Round Up with Steve Kornacki, Mr. Steele said the following about the ad: You say to yourself, what is the point of this ad? I mean, in the context of the case or the situation, yeah, okay, the member of the house supported the law. But then to put it in this frame, says something very racist in my view. To watch the YouTube copy of Mr. Steele’s
  • Deadspin Pushes False Story Saying Colorado GOP Sen. Candidate Cory Gardner Lied About School Football Career

    Warner Todd Huston
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The left was super, super excited to find out that Deaspin.com discovered that Cory Gardner, the Republican candidate for senate in Colorado, lied about playing football for his high school football team in the 1980s. The left went wild pushing the Deadspin.com story until… well, until the Deadspin story turned out to be false in every way. Gardner is currently a Congressman in the Centennial State but he decided to run against incumbent Colorado Senator Mark Udall–a Democrat. At first the left didn’t worry over much about Gardner because they assumed he couldn’t beat…
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    Drudge Retort

  • Gas Prices Hit New Low for Year, Going Lower

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Gas prices are hitting a new low for the year, and the downward trend is expected to continue, according to AAA. The average price on a gallon of gas in the L.A.-Long Beach area on Monday was $3.52, down from $3.75 last month. In Orange County, the average price was $3.50, down from $3.72 last month. In the Riverside-San Bernardino area, the average was $3.48, and in Ventura, the average was $3.50. California has the highest gas prices in the continental U.S. According to Gas Buddy, the national average is $3.12, the lowest since Jan. 18, 2011.
  • Congress Candidate Calls Gay Couples 'Gremlins'

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Rep. James Clyburn's (D-S.C.) Republican challenger referred to same-sex couples as "gremlins" and "bullies" in a Facebook post urging supporters to oppose gay marriage at the polls this fall. Anthony Culler, the GOP nominee for Clyburn's seat, wrote a Facebook post on Oct. 14 decrying same-sex marriage as "a pestilence that has descended on our society, against our will, by those in the courts and government that do not value the traditional family."
  • GOP Blocks Surgeon Gen, Blames Obama for Vacancy

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    On Meet the Press yesterday, host Chuck Todd asked Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) about the vacancy in the Surgeon General's office. "This seems to be politics," Todd said. "The NRA said they were going to score the vote, and suddenly everybody's frozen. That seems a little petty in hindsight, does it not?" Blunt replied, "Well, you know, if the president really ought to nominate people that can be confirmed to these jobs, and frankly, then we should confirm them."
  • Scientists Prepare for Change of Epoch

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Scientists from around the world met this week to decide whether to call time on the Holocene epoch after 11,700 years and begin a new geological age called the Anthropocene -- to reflect humankind's deep impact on the planet. For decades, researchers have asked whether humanity's impact on the Earth's surface and atmosphere mean we have entered the Anthropocene (new human era). "What we see is the urban phenomenon and the boom of China has a direct marking in the forms of the strata," said John Palmesino, an architect who has worked with the scientists to capture on film the impact of humans…
  • Putin Used Ukraine to Consolidate Dictatorship

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Ben Judah, Politico: How the Russian leader used the Ukraine crisis to consolidate his dictatorship. The war in Ukraine is no longer only about Ukraine. The conflict has transformed Russia. This increasingly is what European leaders and diplomats believe: that Vladimir Putin and his security establishment have used the fog of war in Ukraine to shroud the final establishment of his brittle imperialist dictatorship in Moscow.
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    New Republic

  • These Two World Leaders Are Laughing While the Planet Burns Up

    Rebecca Leber
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Canada once had a shot at being the world's leader on climate change. Back in 2002, our northern neighbors had ratified the Kyoto Protocol, the world's first treaty that required nations to cut their emissions or face penalties. In 2005,
  • Study: Putting Women in Charge Makes Companies More Successful

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Gender equity has been a challenge in the corporate world for as long as there has been a corporate world. But progress towards a more gender-diverse work environment has continued throughout the years with government quotas and company-specific initiatives. And guess what? According to a groundbrea
  • My Solution to the Brunch Wars: Eggs for Dinner

    Bee Wilson
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The further you get through life, the more forcefully you may be struck by the poignant realization of how few meals remain. Working on the basis of three a day (snacks don’t count), there are just over a thousand opportunities a year to play with. Which brings us to brunch. In a recent New Y
  • I'm a Black Journalist. I'm Quitting Because I'm Tired of Newsroom Racism.

    Rebecca Carroll
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    My first job in media was as a television producer. I was 28 years old, eager and brimming with ideas, some of which I’m sure were good and others of which I’m sure were not. Not long after starting the job, I asked to produce a segment with a well-known black actor whose work I had long followe
  • America's Most Elusive Military Hero Finally Gets His Due

    Michael Kimmage
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Military heroes acquire cultural resonance by being larger than life. They upset empires and found republics, as did George Washington. After vanquishing their foes, they become presidents, as did Ulysses Grant and Dwight Eisenhower. They succumb to enormous character flaws, as did Douglas MacArthur
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Elizabeth Warren Is the Star of This Show

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    By Eugene Robinson Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn’t running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to. Related Entries October 20, 2014 The Blue-Collar Imperative October 9, 2014 A Tar Heel Rebellion Against Conservatism
  • Paralyzed Man Can Now Walk Thanks to the Cells in His Nose

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Shutterstock A knife attack put Darek Fidyka on his back for two years, but an amazing medical procedure appears to have partially mended his spinal cord. The BBC reports that researchers and doctors in the U.K. and Poland figured out how to transplant cells from Fidyka’s nose to his spine, along with a bit of nervous tissue from his ankle. The olfactory ensheathing cells taken from the nose are key, because they’re the only cells in the nervous system that regenerate as we age through adulthood. According to the Beeb, Fidyka has a long way to go, but he can now walk with some…
  • The Blue-Collar Imperative

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    By E.J. Dionne, Jr. Democrats in Kentucky and Georgia are pushing hard to win back the white working-class vote from Republicans. Related Entries October 19, 2014 The Imperative of Revolt October 14, 2014 How Taxpayers Unknowingly Fund Elite Private Universities as Public School Subsidies Shrink
  • ‘Paul Krugman’s Sloppy, Wet Kiss’ for Barack Obama

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
        Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman. Photo by commonwealth.club (CC BY 2.0) Historic Obama critic Paul Krugman made an about-face in his opinion of the president’s performance in a much-discussed Rolling Stone essay on Oct. 8 that Salon columnist Thomas Frank, who believes Krugman’s “relentless, one-man war on austerity… should have earned him a second Nobel Prize,” finds incredible. In the Rolling Stone essay, the economist and New York Times columnist declared Obama “one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American…
  • John Oliver on How America Is Turning Its Back on Middle Eastern Translators Who Risked Their Lives

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    In a moving (but of course, still funny) episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver sheds light on the plight of Iraqi and Afghani translators who worked for U.S. forces and contractors, a position that jeopardized the well-being of their families as well as themselves. Related Entries October 17, 2014 On Ebola, Candor Needed October 15, 2014 Chris Hedges Takes On the ‘Global Culture of Violence’
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    Power Line

  • The Kobani conundrum

    Paul Mirengoff
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:06 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) Turkey has finally agreed to allow Iraqi Kurdish forces to cross its border with Syria to help fight ISIS and thereby relieve the besieged town of Kobani. For weeks, Turkey had refused to allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters or weapons to cross its border in support of the Kurdish fighters defending Kobani. Why the change? The New York Times cites “international pressure.” But the pressure has been there all along. More to the point, it seems to me, is the fact that (in the words of the Times) “as the United States-led coalition has increased its airstrikes as well…
  • Bottomly’s bottom line

    Paul Mirengoff
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) What happens when “women become men” at Wellesley College, which has always been, and purports to remain, an all women’s school? The New York Times Magazine took up the question this week in its Sunday magazine. It’s a question the Wellesley administration could reasonably be expected to have answered already. After all, the existence of transgendered students at women’s colleges is no secret. For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, the transgendered are the “T” in GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered) —…
  • Separated at Birth?

    Steven Hayward
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:04 pm
    (Steven Hayward) Now maybe this is just the dinner wine talking, but ponder the photos below and keep in mind that you’ve never seen Bill DeBlasio and Spiro Agnew together now, have you?  Draw your own conclusions and parallels.  (I know what you’re thinking: Step awaaaay from the pinot. . .  Probably good advice.)
  • Udall Describes Himself as “Brain Dead.” Who Can Argue?

    John Hinderaker
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    (John Hinderaker) If you haven’t yet seen it, you really must watch this interview of Senator Mark Udall by a Denver television station. Asked whether Common Core is good or bad, he answers “Yes.” The interviewer doesn’t seem to notice. It’s downhill from there; asked to name three books that have influenced him, Udall is stumped and suggests they come back and re-tape another time. Remarkable: The Udalls have been something of a political dynasty. Which is odd: normally, in order to have a family dynasty, someone along the way has to be a good politician. But…
  • Dems Blast the “Tricky, Little-Known Maneuver” That Passed Obamacare

    John Hinderaker
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    (John Hinderaker) Former Secretary of Labor Bob Reich, on behalf of MoveOn, warns Democrats what will happen if Republicans take control of the Senate: they may use a “tricky, little-known maneuver” to “ram through” their “right-wing policies” with only 51 votes, instead of the 60 votes “usually required” in the Senate. Here he is: So the “tricky, little-known maneuver” that the Republicans may use is reconciliation. Reconciliation dates to the 1974 Budget Act and has been used many times since to enact spending and tax legislation.
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  • How Much Do Federal Regulations Cost the Economy?

    Laurence M. Vance
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    According to a study by the National Association of Manufacturers, federal regulations cost the economy more than $2 trillion every year. And that is only through the year 2012. The cost is certainly higher now. Don’t make the mistake of blaming all of this on Obama. When the Republicans had absolute control of the government for over four years under George W. Bush, did they repeal a single federal regulation? Can you name even one? Of course not. They did the opposite–they added more regulations. Voting Republican next month will not change anything.
  • Progressives Wish, Rather Than Think or Analyze

    Michael S. Rozeff
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Greta Christina is a progressive who opens an article of hers with these words: “I don’t approve of threats of physical violence”. Yet she approves of the state and government. She doesn’t recognize its threats of physical violence or its actual acts of physical violence. How is she thinking? I’ll get to that. She writes “Nobody should be dehumanizing people — and progressives especially are supposed to be fighting for the dignity, equality, and humanity of everyone. It is hypocritical for us to claim to be doing that, while treating hundreds of…
  • The Right Way to Implement Wi-Fi Filtering

    Laurence M. Vance
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    There is a campaign supported by Southern Baptists requesting that McDonald’s and Starbucks implement pornography filters in conjunction with their free Wi-Fi service at U.S. locations. This is the right way to influence a company to do something. The wrong way is to get the government to pass a law or make a regulation. Unfortunately, many of those who support this campaign would probably also support the government taking action. But at least that is not the case now.
  • “The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same”

    Charles Burris
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    The old cliché still remains true as these two brief videos below of education reformer John Holt demonstrate. While decades old they still forcefully address concerns educators such as myself face every day with our administrators and students. I met Holt about 1973 when he gave a lecture at the University of Tulsa. After his presentation I had the opportunity to discuss with him for some time many of his ideas and concepts regarding schooling and education (not at all synonymous) and to sign my copy of his latest book, Freedom and Beyond Over the years I’ve met and discussed these…
  • Germany Knows Who Shot Down Flight MH-17?

    Daniel McAdams
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Supposedly a secret investigation by German intelligence reached conclusions about the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 over eastern Ukraine. After head of the BND held a secret briefing to inform the parliamentary control committee of the German Bundestag of his agency’s supposed findings, German magazine Der Spiegel got the leak and reported on it over the weekend. The reported German findings were in sharp contrast to the preliminary report released by the official investigative group recently, which drew few conclusions. Perhaps the Germans got it right? It is certainly…
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  • What I'm watching on t.v. these days...

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Yesterday I almost wrote a massive post about people who complain.  Which is ironic seeing as I am a huge complainer, and I would have simply been complaining about complainers.  I need to stop having a beef with everyone.  Jeez.  So, today I thought I'd write about something less Debbie Downer like t.v.!Lately, I've been watching more television than normal.  It's fun.  I'm mean, I barely watched anything over the summer, and now that fall is in full-swing my t.v. viewing habits have ramped up and I'm really enjoying it.  I know y'all might be pooh-poohing…
  • Revere Pewter

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
     I always get wildly inspired to do an indoor project once the school year begins and I have a bit of quiet time in the house again.  But, since Wes and I are still in the process of remodeling our kitchen (concrete countertops, new back splash, painting cabinets white, etc...) I needed to do something that was easy, cheap and could be done by me alone.  So, I chose to paint my entire family room, nook, hallway and kitchen last week. Ten years ago I had painted the majority of my house in my then favorite color, Peanut, by Devine Paint.  And, it had been great.
  • Waluga

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I attended Waluga Jr. High in 1985 and 1986.  It's no longer called Waluga, it's now called Lakeridge Jr. High and has expanded to include the neighboring elementary school as part of it's campus (going from a 7th and 8th grade school to a 6th, 7th and 8th grade school).  Alice had a volleyball game last Saturday at Waluga, so I took some pictures of the old school while we waited for her game to start.Our family drives by this school every Sunday as we head to Grannie and Papa's house for dinner.  I love point it out and tell my kids silly stories from my days there.  The…
  • high school: a metaphor {part 2}

    6 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Whoa.  Life took over at the end of last week and I had to leave you all hanging with only posting the first part of this story and not getting to the good stuff until now.  So, sorry.  Unfortunately, I got all swirled up with my need to completely repaint my entire downstairs, help a friend whom I adore, and battle crazy mean menstrual cramps all at once, so time just got away from me.Okay, back to the story.  I'm thinking that maybe my metaphor is totally lame (although I did run it by one of my bestest friends who was in high school with me, and she "got it") but, maybe…
  • high school: a metaphor {part 1}

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    (Cate and some of her roommates Monday night)The last six weeks of my oldest child's life have been, undoubtedly, the best six weeks of her life.  Her voice is happier, her smile is wider, her attitude is unbelievably positive and her joy-o-meter is off the charts.  It's almost as if she has literally broken out of a childhood cocoon, spread her fresh, wet and unbelievably gorgeous butterfly wings and taken flight.  A new lease on life, a fresh start, a clean palette- whatever you want to call it, she's embraced it with a vigor and love that makes me, and those who love her,…
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    Well, it's been an interesting few days as the public has gotten to see the curtain pulled back on how the government behaves. And, contrary to the progressive ideals, the people who work in the government are no more infallible than ordinary blokes. Just as the public has learned from the VA scandal, the IRS scandal, Benghazi, Obamacare, the stimulus, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Katrina, and on and on. You think that it would eventually sink in that the government is composed of ordinary people with no real incentives to get things right. Why they should be trusted with more and more…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Tom Bevan does my work for me. I'd just been talking with my husband about all the controversial decisions and actions that the Democrats have put off for after the election: Obamacare rate increases, Keystone Pipeline, immigration action, the report on Bowe Bergdahl's desertion, etc. I couldn't even remember all of them. Well, now Tom Bevan posits that the "Democrats' Kick-the-can strategy" is backfiring. His list adds to mine.The number of significant issues they have attempted to kick down the road and dodge until after the midterms is substantial -- and growing by the day.The Keystone XL…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    So does this CBS report give you any confidence in the CDC? They gave the second nurse to have come down with Ebola, Amber Vinson, permission to fly on an airplane even though she had a fever.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Vinson called the agency several times before flying, saying that she had a fever with a temperature of 99.5 degrees. But because her fever wasn't 100.4 degrees or higher, she didn't officially fall into the group of "high risk" and was allowed to fly.Really They thought that a nurse who took care of Thomas Duncan and had a fever even if it wasn't…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Did you realize this? We actually do have someone who is basically our Ebola Czar, Dr. Nicole Lurie. Her job is, in her own words, to help our country prepare for, respond to and recover from public health threats.” She says her major priority is to help the country prepare for emergencies and to “have the countermeasures—the medicines or vaccines that people might need to use in a public health emergency. So a large part of my office also is responsible for developing those countermeasures.”But she has been invisible during the whole crisis about Ebola. So why has the top official…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    So this is how the Democrats are seeking to politicize Ebola. A liberal group is running an ad blaming the GOP for not funding research. The NIH director Dr. Francis Collins >/a>is also blaming not getting enough support for research into a vaccine. Liberals are jumping all over this seeming opportunity to blame Republicans. The only problem is that a) NIH funding has doubled since 2000 and the funding for the US National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases went from $1.8 billion in 2000 to $4.3 billion in 2004. And cuts that have happened over the past few years are due to…
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  • Obama giftwraps another sound bite for Republicans

    Aaron Blake
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:08 pm
    A couple weeks ago, President Obama declared that, while he wasn't on the Nov. 4 ballot, his policies were. And just about every GOP candidate in a red or swing state soon launched an ad using that comment to tie his or her Democratic opponent to Obama. Well, Obama appears to have just handed Republicans some more […]
  • 9 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    1. New York Times reporter Helene Cooper used to live in Liberia. Revisiting the country in the middle of an epidemic reminded her of the resiliency of the place and its people. I couldn’t believe he had just gone up to a body on the side of the road. “It could have been an ambush!” […]
  • John Kasich just broke from his party on Obamacare. Update: Or did he?

    Philip Bump
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    This post has been updated. "The opposition to [Obamacare] was really either political or ideological," Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) told the Associated Press earlier this month. "I don't think that holds water against real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people's lives." He also summarily dismissed the idea that a Republican-controlled Senate would […]
  • The Ebola travel ban is really politically popular. Here’s why it’s not happening.

    Jaime Fuller
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    When White House press secretary Josh Earnest was asked about the possibility of an Ebola-related travel ban to the United States on Thursday, this was how he responded. "Now, if we were to put in place a travel ban or a visa ban, it would provide a direct incentive for individuals seeking to travel to the United States to […]
  • How Monica Lewinsky changed politics

    Chris Cillizza
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Monica Lewinsky is back. She opened a Twitter account Monday morning.  And then she delivered a speech at the first-ever Forbes "30 under 30" event in Philadelphia, in which she declared: "I was Patient Zero. The first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet.” That quote got me thinking about Lewinsky, her affair […]
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  • Ron Paul and Rand Paul Disagree on Ebola Travel Ban Proposal

    Zenon Evans
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and his son Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), both doctors, disagree on whether or not the U.S. should institute a travel ban on countries affected by Ebola. The younger Paul, who has criticized the Obama administration for "downplaying how transmittable" Ebola is, last week said that "a temporary hiatus on flights … ought to be considered" and that it's "only reasonable." In another media appearance he reiterated, "A temporary suspension of flights should be definitely considered." His father doesn't agree. "Right now I would say a travel ban is politically motivated…
  • Tonight on The Independents: Ebola Politics, Jacob Sullum on Guns and Mental Health, LP Senate Candidate Chad Grimm, U.S. Aid to ISIS, Gay-Marry-Me-or-Else!, Keene = Ferguson?, and After-show

    Matt Welch
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    On tonight's episode of The Independents (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, with re-airs three hours later) beloved Reason Senior Editor Jacob Sullum will explain how, in New York and California, if you want to keep your gun rights, you'd better stay away from any kind of mental health professional. Party Panelists Guy Benson (Townhall Political Editor) and Rick Ungar (Forbes columnist) will talk about President Barack Obama's semi-private seething over his administration's handling of Ebola, plus the seemingly scant amount of training that U.S. military personnel are receiving…
  • Judge Rules Against Led Zeppelin, Says Pennsylvania a Fine Venue to Decide Whether "Stairway to Heaven" Opening Was a Spirit Rip Off

    Ed Krayewski
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    The relatives of the founding members of Spirit, a 60s/70s psychedelic/prog-rock band, are suing Led Zeppelin, alleging that the opening riff to "Stairway to Heaven" was lifted from Spirit's song "Taurus." Led Zeppelin apparently have a history of being inspired by music that came before them (and what musical act hasn't?) Mic.com provides some background: This is not from the first time that Led Zeppelin has gone to court for failing to credit borrowed riffs and melodies. Page has previously blamed Robert Plant, the band's singer and lyricist, for most of the earlier instances, as in…
  • U.K. Government Threatens to Shut Down Religious Schools For Not Promoting Tolerance Aggressively Enough

    Patrick Hannaford
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    The government body responsible for school inspections in the U.K. (Ofsted) has warned an independent Christian school that it risks being downgraded, and ultimately closed, for failing to meet new “British values” requirements. The new requirements were introduced in June, following a “Trojan Horse scandal” involving the alleged infiltration of Islamic extremists in a number of Birmingham schools. The requirements attempt to combat extremism by promoting “British values” such as individual liberty, tolerance, and diversity. However, it now appears they are being used to interfere…
  • Stuff White People Riot About

    Scott Shackford
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    When the St. Louis-area police brought out all its military equipment and camouflage to bear against its own citizens protesting the shooting of Michael Brown this summer, they finally drew some national attention to the serious problem of overmilitarized local law enforcement agencies. On Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the titular host mocked the town of Keene, New Hampshire, for requesting a BearCat military vehicle. They defended the addition because town's annual pumpkin festival could be a target for terrorist attacks. How silly! This weekend, Keene's annual pumpkin festival was…
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  • Truth and How You Get to it

    Randy Toman
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) wrote: “If God does not exist, everything is permitted.” The truth of the statement cannot be questioned—-at least I don’t think so. If God does exist then compromise with a branding of some sort of Conservative leaning cannot in fact be the way to a truth because God allows anyone to attempt to identify truth, which must be the starting point. Anything said, should be considered as what is the truth rather than some position of a compromising agenda. It is this truth of the matter that should be hinged to a higher authority if that truth or…
  • Is it easy to fall?

    Randy Toman
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    Is it easy to fall from the rule of good men with intelligence, having religious convictions? To a group of few men trying to do good—–all the while those few good men think they are doing good as they cannot stopping the drift——nor can they focus on the complex issues of religious doctrine, with its connections, that makes a citizen and government righteous and work correctly. There is that drift away from religious connections for its citizens and government—that makes government not function, and from there, but an easy step into tyranny. From that drift toward…
  • Obama…whose side is he on?

    The Outsider
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    The Mideast is in turmoil with ISIS threatening to kill everyone who does not convert to their convoluted religion. This is happening primarily because Obama ordered out our military and left a vacuum just as G.W. Bush warned it would. Many of Obama’s staunch appointees gave the same warning including the military and Pentagon leaders. Obama refused to listen and refused to act on the advice of his experts! All of his appointees to every government agency are involved in scandals and none are fired or held accountable, in fact they are either promoted or continue to receive a salary and…
  • Romans 13

    Randy Toman
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    In Paul’s letter to the Romans— Chapter 13 verses 1-7 we have his instructions as to conduct we should hold fast to in the arena of politics. It is the conduct as it pertains to these verses that has been distorted and perverted and because these verses have a direct bearing on what God demands of us in having proper conduct for that of governing by and for the people—it becomes critical that we understand the teaching in those few verses. We have over the years, drifted into a mode were the interpretation and dictates of these verses have come to mean—-all power is in the…
  • How Deep is the Problem?

    Randy Toman
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    French philosopher Auguste Comte (1798-1857) held that the great theological dogma of the “Fall of Man” was the prime source of error of man’s thinking. The abandonment of religion and philosophy was a must for him and then society could be turned to a purely scientific approach with experimental challenges. Such an approach was able to place the state above good and evil all the while it could experiment in Mythology—framing right and wrong as they adjusted the values & gauges of life and never be accused of sin against the social fabric or its culture. We can now see how…
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  • The Endless Folly of the Cuba Embargo

    Daniel Larison
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Post defends the useless status quo on Cuba policy: Fully lifting the embargo now would reward and ratify their intransigence. A concession such as ending the trade embargo should not be exchanged for nothing. It should be made when Cuba grants genuine freedom to its people, the goal cherished by Mr. Payá. This is misguided for many reasons, not least of which is that there is no realistic chance that refusing to end the embargo will result in greater freedom for people in Cuba. It is likely that Cuba will continue to be an authoritarian and illiberal country for a long time after the…
  • Americans Aren’t “Hard-Wired” for American Exceptionalism

    Daniel Larison
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Roger Cohen shows why invoking American exceptionalism is frequently a crutch for extremely weak arguments. Here he attempts to use it to account for differences between China and America: The core problem is two forms of exceptionalism, the American and the Chinese. The United States is an idea as well as a nation. Americans, even in a battle-scarred inward-looking moment such as the present, are hard-wired to the notion of their country as a beacon to humanity. President Obama’s foreign policy is unpopular in part because he has interpreted a popular desire to regroup as license to be…
  • Gelb’s “Only Way” to Defeat ISIS Is a Terrible Idea

    Daniel Larison
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Leslie Gelb recycles a bad argument that he was making months ago: Now is not the time for false virtue or moral absolutism. The working principle now has to be first threats first. And the first threat to American interests today is ISIS and its cohorts. One doesn’t need to indulge in “moral absolutism” to be able to identify the serious flaws with what Gelb is proposing. Gelb wants the U.S. to team up with Syria and Iran to fight ISIS, but somehow thinks that the Syrian regime can be persuaded to behave less atrociously along the way. He says that “the first…
  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The secret casualties of Iraq’s chemical weapons. C.J. Chivers reports on the exposure of Americans and Iraqis to chemical agents and the ensuing efforts by the U.S. government to cover up what happened. Uncle Sucker to the rescue. Stephen Walt catalogues the many mistakes that the U.S. is repeating in its newest war. Why India doesn’t involve itself in the Near East. Shashank Joshi reviews the reasons why India doesn’t intervene in or try to mediate the region’s conflicts. The varnish of Vietnam. Gordon Adams laments America’s habit of waging unwinnable wars.
  • The Perils of Threat Inflation

    Daniel Larison
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Stephen Walt sees the U.S. repeating past mistakes in its war on ISIS. The first mistake he identifies is the tendency to exaggerate foreign threats: Why is threat inflation a problem? When we exaggerate dangers in order to sell a military [action], we are more likely to do the wrong thing instead of taking the time to figure out if a) action is really necessary and b) what the best course of action might be. It’s fair to say that U.S. officials wouldn’t have to exaggerate foreign threats so often if military action were clearly necessary. The U.S. is an extraordinarily secure…
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    Bob McCarty

  • Six Years Later, Terrorists Still Don’t Care Who They Hurt

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    “Terrorists Don’t Care Who They Hurt.”  That was the overarching message of a direct mail piece (below) from the Republican National Committee that arrived in my mailbox six years ago today. Sadly, little has changed since then, except that we have more terrorists and are doing less to fight them. Hope we don’t fight Ebola with the same lack of fortitude. Oh wait, we already are. Click on image above to order Bob’s books.
  • Family Members of Fallen Marine File Lawsuit Against DoD

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Members of the family left behind by Marine LCpl. Greg Buckley Jr. have filed suit against several Department of Defense entities and individuals, alleging they were systematically misled about the death of their loved one at the hands of an Afghan “ally.” LCpl. Greg Buckley Jr., USMC The complaint, according to a Washington Post report Thursday, was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New York, and names the Department of Defense, the Navy Department and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service as defendants. In addition, it names Gen. James F. Amos, the soon-to-retire commandant…
  • Three Days In August Turns Three Years Old Sunday

    18 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Sunday marks the third anniversary of the launch of Three Days In August, my first nonfiction book in which I chronicle the life story and wrongful prosecution of Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart. Three years ago today, I shared the photo below which shows country music star Toby Keith, right, shaking hands with Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart at an undisclosed location in Iraq. Learn more about the book at ThreeDaysInAugust.com. To order a copy of the book, click here. See also: Other posts related to the book and Amazon customer reviews of the book. Click on…
  • Second Dallas Hospital Receives Possible Ebola Patient!

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas received its first possible Ebola patient Thursday night, a hospital spokesperson confirmed today. Baylor spokesperson Craig Civale confirmed during a phone conversation at 8:21 a.m. Central, that a patient arrived at the hospital around 8:30 p.m. Central Thursday. After being brought into the facility through a private entrance and put into isolation, the patient was monitored for a few hours before being transferred to Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas. Careful not to reveal anything about the patient’s identity, Civale emphasized the patient…
  • INSIDER: Ebola Fears Drive Patients From Dallas Hospital

    10 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    UPDATE 10/18/2014 at 5:59 a.m. Central:  In an article this morning, ABC News expanded on the news I shared eight days ago. UPDATE 10/16/2014 at 8:32 a.m. Central:  My friend in Dallas tells me he observed a CDC representative at his place of employment (i.e., a major medical center in Dallas) “observing an in-service on one of the ICU units,” a possible indication they could be getting a patient soon. Same person said he’s “heard rumblings from Presby that nurses are threatening to walk out” after “being thrown under the bus” by CDC director and…
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  • Accuracy of Macroeconomic Forecasts

    Chris Edwards
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Chris Edwards One of my first professional jobs 25 years ago was with the economic forecasting firm DRI/McGraw-Hill. It was fun work, but I noticed that the firm’s gross domestic product forecasts with models hundreds of equations long were no better than simple forecasts based on the interest rate yield curve I’m sure that macroeconomic models have grown more sophisticated today, but they still can’t predict very well. Former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Edward Lazear, has a terrific piece today describing the inaccuracy of government forecasting models: My…
  • Backyard Birds Spreading as Climate Changes

    Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger Global Science Report is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science, where we highlight one or two important new items in the scientific literature or the popular media. For broader and more technical perspectives, consult our monthly “Current Wisdom.” ———- In a recent Global Science Report, we posted some good news coming out of California’s Sierra Nevada, where climate change (from whatever cause), has been partially responsible for a greening of the organo state. Technically, the biomass in the…
  • Updates on President Obama’s Immigration Enforcement Record

    Alex Nowrasteh
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Alex Nowrasteh Last May I wrote a blog post about President Obama’s immigration enforcement record. In that post I made some assumptions about the percentage of all “interior removals” (that is, deportations of illegal immigrants who were living in the United States) for the years 2001—2007, because of a lack of data. A recent report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) fills in those data gaps, except for the first two years of the Bush administration. Here are the updated data: The total number of internal removals over the last six years of the Bush…
  • Now More Than Ever, Courts Should Police Administrative Agencies

    Ilya Shapiro
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Ilya Shapiro Under the Bush administration, the Labor Department interpreted a piece of the Fair Labor Standards Act as exempting mortgage-loan officers from eligibility for overtime pay. The Obama Labor Department didn’t see the law the same way, however, and issued a re-interpretation. This was a worrying development for the Mortgage Bankers Association, which represents banks that relied on the original interpretation and whose interests were greatly affected by the re-interpretation, but were given neither notice nor the chance to comment on the change. The MBA thus sued the Labor…
  • How to Stop Wasting Money on Science

    Patrick J. Michaels
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Patrick J. Michaels In Thursday’s Wall Street Journal, former Energy Secretary (and Stanford professor) Steven Chu and his colleague Thomas R. Cech penned an opinion piece entitled How to Stop Winning Nobel Prizes in Science, in which they argue for better long-term planning and consistency in the public funding of science. Cato adjunct scholar Dr. Terence Kealey agrees, suggesting the right amount would be consistently $0. In August, 2013, Kealey wrote precisely about this in that month’s edition of Cato Unbound. Since then, he has stepped down after a long and successful…
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    Mark Serrano

  • ISIS using Grand Auto Theft V

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
  • Illegal Immigration

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
  • John Kerry Yawning

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
  • Biz Blitz: iPhone 6 Plus worries and Cutting Calories

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
  • Obama’s War – It Takes One to Know One

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    “It takes one to know one” might be a key campaign message used against President Obama and Democrats running for office in the midterm elections in November and again in 2016. President Obama ran for years against the policies of his predecessor George W. Bush – while he first ran for office in 2008, throughout his first term, and well past his reelection in 2012 – most especially regarding Bush’s economic policies and the War on Terror fought in Afghanistan and Iraq for over a decade. Six years into his own administration, there is nowhere for Obama to hide, as he has to own the…
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  • Pro-Israel Protesters Disrupt Anti-Semitic Met Opera

    Adam Kredo
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Pro-Israel protesters disrupted the opening performance of the New York City Metropolitan Opera’s production of “The Death of Klinghoffer,” a controversial opera that critics say condones anti-Semitism and terrorism against Jews. The Met’s production of the opera, which begun its run on Monday evening, has been engulfed in controversy for months, with pro-Israel leaders and members of the Jewish community accusing the prominent theater company of staging an offensive and anti-Semitic production. “The Death of Klinghoffer,” written by Alice Goodman and set…
  • Dem Candidate Admits Obamacare Drove Up Her Healthcare Costs

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Democratic Senate candidate Amanda Curtis confessed that Obamacare has driven up her healthcare costs during a debate with incumbent Steve Daines (R., Mont.) on Monday. “I know that the ACA is not perfect,” Curtis said. “I have traveled over 8,000 miles across the state listening to Montanans who are experiencing problems with delay of care and the costs of their insurance.” Curtis, who trails Daines by a margin of 19 points in the Montana Senate race, said she hopes to reach “across the aisle” to reform Obamacare and make it work. “I actually have…
  • WFB’s Ellison Barber on GOP Surge Before Midterms

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Washington Free Beacon staff writer Ellison Barber appeared on Fox’s Special Report with Bret Baier on Monday to discuss the GOP ground game in battleground states as polls from early voting began to trickle in ahead of the midterm elections. Barber said despite Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s assertion that President Obama is “not on the ballot,” his approval rating is creating an uphill battle for Democrats. “From July to October, his average approval rating was 41.5 percent,” Barber said. “It is difficult Democrats to possibly combat an approval…
  • Obama Tells Sharpton 2014 Dems ‘Are All Folks Who Vote With Me,’ ‘Have Supported My Agenda’

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:03 pm
    President Obama dealt another blow to red state Democrats on Al Sharpton’s radio show Monday, insisting that despite their political posturing, they “are all folks who vote with me” and “have supported my agenda.” Obama reiterated his devastating statement from October 2, when he told a crowd at Northwestern University: “I’m not on the ballot this fall…but make no mistake, these policies are on the ballot, every single one of them.” “A lot of the states that are contested this time are states that I didn’t win,” Obama…
  • Top Dem Super PAC Gets Big Boost from Soros, Spielberg, Democracy Alliance

    Lachlan Markay
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    The Democratic Party’s top super PAC disclosed more than $9.2 million in September contributions on Monday, listing a who’s who of wealthy liberal donors, many associated with the secretive Democracy Alliance donor network. New York City businessman Ian Cumming—who “was awarded the largest bonus for any CEO of a publicly traded company in New York” in 2012, according to Crain’s—and a company called HFNWA LLC donated $1 million each. It is not entirely clear what that company does, but it appears to be affiliated with Franklin Haney, a Democratic mega-donor who was accused of…
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