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  • Google Facts, Tips, Tricks & Stats [Infographic]

    Eric Dye
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you dig through this enough, I am sure you’ll find plenty bits of Google facts, tips, tracks or stats that you didn’t know. I particularly like some of Google’s hidden features—both forgotten and newly discovered. Here’s an infographic for both Googlers and Nooglers. I didn’t know that you could compare foods? So cool! What’s your favorite discovery about Google? [via TechieSense] Google Facts, Tips, Tricks & Stats [Infographic] first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • Quotes of the day

    Hot Air » Top Picks
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Coalitions. In a polarized region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries, including the United States. What’s needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda is a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military […] Read this post »
  • White House Could Delay Immigration Decision Until After The Midterm Elections

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    Matt Vespa
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Immigration is becoming quite the red meat issue this year. President Obama vowed to take on this matter alone due to congressional gridlock,...
  • Tech-Powered Retail Politics at Virginia’s GOP Convention

    Patrick Ruffini
    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…
  • Overnight Open Thread (30 Aug 2014)

    Ace of Spades HQ
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Happy International Bacon Day! This week in pictures: Strategery Edition....
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    Hot Air » Top Picks

  • Quotes of the day

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Coalitions. In a polarized region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries, including the United States. What’s needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda is a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military […] Read this post »
  • Video: Sharyl Attkisson wants to know where the illegal immigrant children have gone

    Jazz Shaw
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Known unknowns If CBS thought that Sharyl Attkisson was a thorn in their side when she worked there, they should have known that things would only get worse when she was out on the loose. Her recent report for Sinclair TV was picked up on ABC’s Project Immigration series, and she’s highlighting some important questions which are […] View the video »
  • Video: Cruz presser at AFP summit

    Ed Morrissey
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    "We need a President at home who responds to the real problems we face." Senator Ted Cruz followed up his enthusiastically-received speech at the AFP Defending the Dream summit with a press conference shortly after he left the stage. The media gathered on Radio Row, including mainstream and New Media outlets. Cruz hailed the success of the conference in a brief opening statement and then took question. Politico’s Ken […] View the video »
  • Video: Pete Hegseth on VA scandal, ISIS threat at AFP’s Defending the Dream summit

    Ed Morrissey
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    "What about when every single member of your Cabinet is singing the same tune about what needs to happen, and you're still not willing to act?" Earlier today, I ran into my friend Pete Hegseth of Concerned Veterans for America at AFP’s Defending the Dream summit. I had missed his breakout session on government interference, but got a chance to discuss the panel’s topic with him shortly afterward. Pete, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and a voice for veterans […] View the video »
  • California Dem moves to outlaw some civilian body armor

    Jazz Shaw
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Stoppage Bob Owens at Bearing Arms talks about a new piece of Democrat legislation which, rather than trying to ban various types of weapons, seeks to restrict civilians from using certain classes of body armor. These anti-gun Democrats keep failing to stop us from having guns… and so they seem intent on making sure that we […] Read this post »
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • 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…
  • Big News

    16 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We have some exciting news to share with you.  Today we’re announcing a new Engage leadership team, with Nick Schaper serving as president and CEO, and Erik Rapprich assuming the role of COO and managing partner.  Together, they will be managing day-to-day operations and leading the firm into the future.  Founder Patrick Ruffini will step into the role of chairman, working closely with our team and our clients as he prepares to launch yet another innovative startup. This exciting transition is more evidence of the continued growth and diversification of Engage and its partners. While…
  • One Thousand Points (and Pixels) of Light

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:23 am
    How do you recognize someone like former President George H. W. Bush as he celebrates his 90th birthday this week? Anyone who knew me back in grade school could tell you how big of an admirer I was of President Bush. One of the things he is best remembered for is his points of light pledge from his inaugural address. President Bush called upon Americans to dedicate themselves to each other through service–the thousand points of light across our nation. For almost a quarter century, Points of Light has been working to implement and advance President Bush’s vision. Points of Light…
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • The Michael Brown Case, Update 4: The Law

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Michael Browncredit: the political insider.com Since the publication of my first three articles on the Michael Brown case (the Michael Brown archive is available here), much–and little–has happened.  The fun of rioting having lost its luster, and the looted stores having lost their merchandise, Ferguson is mostly quiet. CNN has obtained an audiotape it represents as a tape of the shooting, presenting it as extraordinarily important. That there is apparently no convincing evidence it is what it purports to be is not a bar to yet another breathless media story. On this tape,…
  • Barack Obama: A 16th Century European Royalty Work Ethic

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Even the media and the occasional democrat are beginning to notice that the President of the United States doesn’t exactly demonstrate a uniquely American work ethic. In fact, it’s a virtual certainty that America has never had a less attentive, lazier, less engaged president. Remember, gentle readers, this is the president that has almost no idea what’s happening in his own administration; he finds out about everything–particularly scandals–in the news. Lavish dining, command performances for the monarch in the White House and elsewhere by high-dollar entertainers, flying…
  • AP Testing: Social Justice And Irony For All

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    As a teacher of AP English, I’ve come to view the Advanced Placement English exam as primarily a scam. Administered by the College Board, which bills itself as “a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity,” the entire process resembles the Common Core method of controlling not only curriculum, but of economic control and enrichment. The College Board is also responsible for the SAT. Yes, that SAT. The theory of such things is not without merit, but the end result doesn’t stand up to intellectual scrutiny. Theoretically,…
  • Less Lethal = Less Life

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    credit: patdollard.com The Michael Brown Case has brought many anti-police zealots out of the woodwork, but it has attracted as many opposed to armed self-defense. These are people who, through animus or simply a lack of understanding, suggest that when rushed by a drug-fueled, 6’4” 300 pound felon that has already attacked and injured you, you should be restricted to “less-lethal” means, such as a Taser, bean bag rounds, pepper spray and similarly ineffective means to stop them without really hurting anything but their feelings. The good folks at the Truth About Guns have been kind…
  • Obama DOJ: Zoning For Me But Not For Thee

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    credit: hackerearth.com Americans that have been conscious and paying attention during the last six years have had more than sufficient reason to suspect that when President Obama has claimed to be Christian, he might not be telling the truth. In fact, there is more than sufficient reason to suspect that Mr. Obama has no idea what the truth is. First he drew a red line, then he didn’t. He got our troops out of Iraq, then someone else did. Whatever; nothing is his fault. Obamacare would save every family $2500, everyone could keep their doctors and hospitals and their insurance. Millions…
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  • On Ben Carson, 2016, and Moving On

    <a href="/users/joesquire/">Joe Cunningham</a> (<a href="/diary/joesquire/">Diary</a>)
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A cult of personality, while a great song, is a dangerous thing. They can lead normally smart people to do and say some things that don’t seem so smart. Everyone jumped on board with Dr. Ben Carson when he had the audacity to criticize the president and his Affordable Care Act with the president right there in the room. Not bad, guy. Immediately, the conservative movement jumped on Carson as someone to watch out for. He had a great story – made his way from Detroit to Yale and, in the 80s, was a rock star with some big surgical procedures (included separating twins conjoined at…
  • Oil Simulation, Climate Modeling and the Scientific Method

    <a href="/users/vladimir/">Steve Maley</a> (<a href="/diary/vladimir/">Diary</a>)
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Part I concerned a WSJ essay by Robert J. Caprara, “Confessions of a Computer Modeler”. In Part II I will share what I know about computer modeling in oil and gas applications, and raise questions about climate modeling. This is a long post, offered for your reading enjoyment this holiday weekend. I’ll start with the conclusions so we can see where we’re going… Conclusions As an oil company engineer, I’ve got a life-sized picture what would have happened if I had: Put a significant dent in the corporateô budget studying and modeling a reservoir system;…
  • One hopes that the viciously-beaten George Galloway is now asking himself, “Why do they hate me?”

    <a href="/users/moe_lane/">Moe Lane</a> (<a href="/diary/moe_lane/">Diary</a>)
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Of course, one cannot condone violence. :pause: But… Outspoken MP George Galloway has left hospital with severe bruising after he was punched repeatedly in the face and called ‘Hitler’ in a west London street attack, says spokesman. The Respect MP for Bradford West was posing for pictures in Notting Hill when he was ‘leapt on’ and assaulted last night by a man yelling comments about the Holocaust. He has been receiving death threats and hate mail after calling for Bradford to be ‘declared an Israel-free zone’ three weeks ago, according to his spokesman. …I keep getting…
  • Alleged ISIS laptop had a checklist for creating bioweapons.

    <a href="/users/moe_lane/">Moe Lane</a> (<a href="/diary/moe_lane/">Diary</a>)
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Background: …well, read my friend and RedState colleague Aaron Gardner, who wrote on this subject himself (including stuff about the laptop mentioned below).  But specifically… Syrian rebels (against pretty much both Assad and ISIS these days) reportedly found a laptop and handed it off to Foreign Policy magazine.  Said laptop apparently turned out to have quite a number of alarming files in it.  How alarming?  Well, FP is calling it “The Laptop of Doom:” The laptop’s contents turn out to be a treasure trove of documents that provide ideological…
  • A Game of “Top This” With Democrat Amanda Curtis

    <a href="/users/repair_man_jack/">Repair_Man_Jack</a> (<a href="/diary/repair_man_jack/">Diary</a>)
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Unintentionally Hilarious Image Credit And That’s Why Your Single “I think she’s a lovely young lady and very courageous, and I think she [Curtis] is, you know, a fine character and all that,” said Paul Edwards, a former member of the Montana Democratic Party’s executive board. “I don’t think she has a chance in hell.” – (HT:Townhall) The Montana Democratic Party has a genuine asset* in Amanda Curtis. I mean she’s way funnier than Sarah Silverman or Amy Schumer. It’s unintentional you say? Well, darn! Here I thought I’d found the Chris Rock of Atheistkult. That’s OK.
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  • The Incredible Pace of Online Spending

    Eric Dye
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    We can talk about online spending. We can write about online spending. We can even make infographics about online spending. But until you see the dollars and cents rack-up in realtime, you haven’t fully felt the impact at the amount of online spending. Buy it now traces the realtime pace of online consumer spending and it’s pretty incredible. In just a matter of seconds, it tallies higher and higher—all across the world! The conclusion? People are more than comfortable exchanging money online. Is your church or ministry equipped to handle online giving? [Super zoomed image via…
  • Creative Illustrations of Tech Buzzwords

    Eric Dye
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    CreativeFeed designed a series of slides that define a number of tech and Internet buzzwords. Words like: Gamification Solomo Long Tail Crowdsourcing Internet of Things Big Data And others Even if you can define these buzzwords, the illustrations alone are worth a look: [Click for Larger][Click for Larger] [Click for Larger] Did you learn any new tech buzzwords? [via ONO Creates] Creative Illustrations of Tech Buzzwords first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • A Church with No Tech Volunteers [Video]

    Jeremy Smith
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    I have advocated over and over the idea of doing church technology leadership that would include not only training and encouraging volunteers and staff teams, but supporting and honoring them in many different ways. Chip Dizard has gone out of his way to do just that for several of his team members specifically and the whole team in general at his church. The best part about this, the church staff jumped on board and gave what seems authentic words of thanks and appreciation for them. Seriously, what if you were on Chip’s team? I’d feel honored beyond all measure! I’d love…
  • Church Tech Snack Pack #043

    Eric Dye
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    I just had a little nibble of chocolate, so this snack pack is full of chocolate dipped inspiration. Enjoy! 3 Ways To Deliver Sermons That Cut Through The Noise It’s a noisy world, be heard. Mastering Media Is Knowing What Each Platform Does Best Phil Cooke is such a pro! 101 Social Media Tips & Tactics For Churches You have to sign-up for Chuck’s newsletter, but it’s worth it. Don’t Return to the Stone Age: Offline Church Check-in Yes. Please, don’t. A collection of video teasers to wet your appetite Great collection! (And now you can try to stand-out in the…
  • Google Facts, Tips, Tricks & Stats [Infographic]

    Eric Dye
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you dig through this enough, I am sure you’ll find plenty bits of Google facts, tips, tracks or stats that you didn’t know. I particularly like some of Google’s hidden features—both forgotten and newly discovered. Here’s an infographic for both Googlers and Nooglers. I didn’t know that you could compare foods? So cool! What’s your favorite discovery about Google? [via TechieSense] Google Facts, Tips, Tricks & Stats [Infographic] first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • McConnell Campaign Manager Resigns Amid Investigation Into 2012 Iowa Bribery Scandal

    Doug Mataconis
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    The re-election campaign of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was sent into something of a shock yesterday thanks to the sudden and somewhat unexpected announcement that Jesse Benton, who was managing his re-election and had manged Rand Paul’s 2010 campaign and Ron Paul’s 2008 and 2012 Presidential campaign, was resigning amid questions raised by a bribery scandal still unfolding in Iowa, was stepping aside with less than nine weeks to go until Election Day: Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, will resign his post as a bribery…
  • Judge Tosses Chris McDaniel’s Challenge To GOP Senate Runoff Result

    Doug Mataconis
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Some three months after he lost the Mississippi Republican Primary runoff election, Chris McDaniel has suffered yet another setback with the dismissal of the lawsuit he filed less than two weeks ago in an effort to overturn the result of that election:  A Mississippi judge on Friday dismissed state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s challenge of longtime Sen. Thad Cochran’s June Republican primary runoff victory. The McDaniel camp had asserted that Cochran’s winning margin came from ineligible Democratic voters — evidence of which they intended to prove at a trial beginning on…
  • OTB Caption Contest Winners

    Rodney Dill
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    The Another Brick In The Wall Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. REUTERS/Badi Khlif ✰ THE WINNERS ✰ First: jd – “Wait! That’s no way to kill cockroaches! Second: RockThisTown – “Darn slow internet! Take this, you sorry ISP!” Third: OzarkHillbilly – Recoil: It’s a b!tch. HONORABLE MENTION charles austin – You must be this tall to fire the sniper rifle. Tillman – Man, I sure hope the Women’s Auxiliary at Trout Road Methodist won’t miss these. PAUL HOOSON – “….damned Jehovah’s…
  • A Contrarian Analysis Of The 2014 Midterms

    Doug Mataconis
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    Unlike pretty much every other polling analyst out there — ranging from Nate Silver to The New York Times’ Upworthy to more traditional analysts like Larry Sabato, Charles Cook, and Stuart Rothenberg — Sam Wang believes that the Democrats are likely to hold on to the Senate this year, indeed he currently gives them a 72% chance of holding on to the Senate. While this is certainly a contrarian point of view at the moment, it’s worth noting that Wang did accurately predict the outcome of every Senate election in 2012 and, while he hasn’t gotten the…
  • Republicans Still Have A Problem With Female Voters

    Doug Mataconis
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    A new study confirms something that we’ve known for quite some time, namely that Republicans have huge problems with female voters and it doesn’t seem like they’re doing much of anything to solve them: A detailed report commissioned by two major Republican groups — including one backed by Karl Rove — paints a dismal picture for Republicans, concluding female voters view the party as “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion” and “stuck in the past.” Women are “barely receptive” to Republicans’ policies, and the…
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  • Ferguson Fallout: School Lesson Teaches Kids To Agree With the Black Panthers’ Demands

    Warner Todd Huston
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    A new school lesson plan hopes to capitalize on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri that erupted after a police officer shot a black youth early in August. The plan urges kids to agree with the Black Panthers, a racist, hate group that urges segregation, and accept the demands they issued in the past. An activist group that calls itself Teaching for Change, one that works with schools to push the hard-core, left-wing agenda branded “social justice” rushed out its lesson plan to capitalize on the death of teenager Michael Brown. “As the new school year begins, first and foremost…
  • Obama’s FBI’s Threat Matrix Excludes Islamic Terror

    Warner Todd Huston
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    As Islam remains the biggest threat facing the world today, Obama’s feckless FBI has released a “threat assessment” report that doesn’t mention Islamic terror at all. According to Obama, it is white people who are the threat. The FBI’s internal threat report claims that white supremacists, patriot militias, anti-abortion activists, and black separatists are the real threat. But despite the Boston Marathon bombing, despite stories that some ISIS fighters in Iraq have been discovered to be American citizens, despite that the FBI itself has busted dozens of would-be…
  • OPEN THREAD: Pentagon’s Everything MUST Go Sale!

    Warner Todd Huston
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    Consider this an open thread, but I had to start out with this funny video from Reason.com… If your town has a Strawberry Festival… YOU NEED A TANK! Aaaaaaannnnd, Open Thread… GO!
  • Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s Friday, which means it’s time for the Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™. Enter your best caption for the following picture: Winners will be announced Monday morning.
  • Illinois Celebrates Loser Adlai Stevenson, Ignores Ronald Reagan

    Warner Todd Huston
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    Leave it to leftist Illinois to use a museum dedicated to celebrating Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest presidents in history, as a platform to celebrate a loser like Adlai Stevenson while at the same time ignoring Ronald Reagan, a native son, big winner, and another greatest president. If you think this isn’t just another example of why Illinois is the single worst state in the union in nearly every metric that makes up a successful state, then you are immune to logic. Illinois spent billions building the Lincoln Library near the state capital in Springfield. The place opened to
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    Drudge Retort

  • Wisconsin Once Boycotted Whites-Only LSU

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Wisconsin plays LSU today in college football, bringing back memories of the planned games between the schools in 1957-58 that never happened. Wisconsin boycotted the games because of a 1956 Louisiana law that prohibited integrated sports contests. "It was a disappointment," said Sidney Williams, Jr., Wisconsin's starting quarterback and the first black quarterback in the Big Ten. "We did the right thing, but it was disappointing because we both had such good teams." The Louisiana law had roots in the 1956 Sugar Bowl contest in New Orleans where LSU lost to a Pittsburgh team that featured…
  • Movies Have Worst Summer Since 1997

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
    American moviegoers sent a clear message to Hollywood over the summer: We are tired of more of the same. The film industry had its worst summer in North America, still the world's No. 1 movie market, since at least 1997. Three exceptions that have been big hits were Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, Disney's Malificent and the Scarlett Johannson action flick Lucy.
  • Iraq Operations Cost U.S. $7.5 Million Per Day

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:51 pm
    U.S. military operations against Islamic State in Iraq have cost an average of $7.5 million per day since they began in mid-June, the Pentagon said on Friday, a figure that means the department may have spent about $500 million since it became involved. The military so far has carried out 110 air strikes while flying about 60 reconnaissance aircraft sorties per day, defense officials said. An average cost of $7.5 million per day for 71 days would mean the department has spent roughly $532 million.
  • Granddad Douses Infant in Ice Bucket Challenge

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    A 10-month-old was doused with ice water when her grandfather did the Ice Bucket Challenge above her, and her father is angry. "I was shocked," said the girl's father, Claude Dalcour. "Everybody I know was pretty much shocked and appalled."
  • KKK Advertises for Members Near The Hamptons

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:06 pm
    The Ku Klux Klan has been advertising for new members on a few streets in Hampton Bays, New York, on the edge of The Hamptons, putting Jolly Rancher candies in plastic sandwich bags with anti-gay, anti-immigrant leaflets calling on people to protect "our unique European (White) culture" and tossing them into yards. One resident shared a leaflet with the media. It had a crude cartoon drawing of a Jew, an African-American and a Latino above the words: "We want your jobs -- We want your homes -- We want your country." The resident was Colombian-American.
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    New Republic

  • Hooters Hires Based on Looks. So Do Many Companies. And There's No Law Against It.

    Deborah L. Rhode
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Beauty may be only skin deep, but the costs of its pursuit go far deeper. We all know that looks matter, but few of us realize how much. Seldom do we recognize the price we pay in time, money, and psychological well-being, or the extend to which our beauty biases compromise meritocratic principles.
  • I Didn't Realize How Addicted My Kids Were to Sugar—Until I Took It Away

    Tracey Thorn
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I’m so obedient it’s tragic, really. I am a government campaign’s model audience. Give me a command, see how I run. A few weeks ago, the news was full of how sugar was killing us all. I approached the newspaper articles with some complacency, taking for granted that we were a virtuous househol
  • How Scientists Captured the Brains of Amis and McEwan

    Leo Robson
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Children ActIan McEwanJonathan Cape, 224pp, £16.99The Zone of InterestMartin AmisJonathan Cape, 311pp, £18.99An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.Flaubert’s prescription, set down in
  • What Your Choice of Cafe Says About You

    Oliver Farry
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There is a down-at-heel café a few doors up from me in the working-class neighbourhood of Paris where I live that has, over the past eighteen months or so, done everything it could to attract a new, presumably younger, clientele. First there was a hand-written sign announcing the arrival of table-f
  • The Great Architect Rebellion of 2014

    Sarah Williams Goldhagen
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Venice Biennale, which opened in 
June and runs until late November, is probably in terms of floor-area coverage, and probably also in dollars expended, the largest architecture show on Earth. Indeed, maybe the greatest too. Every other year, this exhibition takes over most of this legendary c
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Truthdigger of the Week: Patrick Cockburn

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:14 pm
    By Alexander Reed Kelly The Irish reporter has written the definitive primer on the most ferocious and ambitious new pretenders to power in the Middle East: the Islamic State. Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences August 30, 2014 Is Breaking Bad Over?
  • NRA Logic

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
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    30 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
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  • Social Networks Diminish Personal Well-Being, Researchers Say

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    A two-year survey of 50,000 people determined that a lack of face-to-face contact in interactions online—especially on social networks like Facebook and Twitter—reduced feelings of personal well-being. Reduced well-being can be interpreted to mean reduced mental health. Fabio Sabatini at Sapienza University of Rome in Italy and Francesco Sarracino at STATEC in Luxembourg reviewed answers from residents of 24,000 Italian households recorded annually by the Italian National Institute of Statistics. MIT Technology Review described the study, which drew data from 2010 and 2011, as…
  • Barrett Brown Guilty Plea Could Chill Reporting

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    Hacktivist journalist Barrett Brown pleaded guilty to three charges stemming from his reporting on a high-profile hack by the group Anonymous and his long-standing conflict with the FBI. Instead of the 105 years in prison he once faced, Brown could see a maximum eight and a half years behind bars, with a chance of serving less time. Douglas Lucas reports at The Daily Dot: For most of the year and a half that he awaited trial, Brown was charged with threatening an FBI agent, conspiring to hide his potentially evidence-bearing laptops, and sharing a link to credit card data publicized during…
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  • “COPS” TV Show Crew Member Dies After Being Shot

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The show “COPS” has been must see TV for millions of people in the U.S., and I’m sure many, like me, have wondered if anyone involved in the production of the reality TV show has ever been hurt, or has somehow become the story rather than the storyteller. It happened last night. A crew member with the “Cops” television show was fatally struck by police gunfire as Omaha officers confronted a robber — who also was fatally wounded — at a midtown restaurant, law enforcement sources said Wednesday. The World-Herald has learned that at least 30 shots were fired at the Wendy’s near…
  • Ebola: Is It Getting Worse?

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Depending on who you pay attention to, you may hear that the Ebola outbreak in Africa is either no big deal, because it’s really hard to catch, or, it’s much worse and that the severity is being under reported. The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention remarked on Wednesday that he believes things are much worse than anyone is willing to report. “It’s even worse than I’d feared,” Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday of the Ebola outbreak rampaging through West Africa. “Every day this outbreak…
  • Brown Shooting Audio Might Be a Hoax

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    If you’ve been watching CNN at all over the last 24-hours, you’ve no doubt heard the audio clip purporting to be the exact moment Michael Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. This morning, CNN had two former law enforcement officials on the program to comment on the validity of the audio. They were skeptical. “I’ve told your producers that for all I know this is one of Howard Stern’s punk people,” former LAPD officer David Klinger said. “It came out, what, two weeks after the event, and so I don’t have a high degree of confidence in it.” “But, it could…
  • Tony Blair: Let’s Restore Gaza!

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    As details on the long-term truce in the Israel / Palestinian conflict continue to flow out to the public, some are rushing to put measures in place to rebuild after the destruction from the thousands of bombs that were dropped over seven weeks. The rebuilding wouldn’t necessarily be an area wide endeavor. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, now Middle East Quartet Envoy, wants to immediately focus on opening the Gaza Strip to the world. He wants nations to join in the rebuilding effort, but it should be controlled by the Palestinian Authority. “Such a plan can allow Gaza residents…
  • That Homeless Guy Who Accepted Miley Cyrus’ MTV Award? He’s Wanted in Oregon

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Oops. It was strange enough when Miley Cyrus sent 22-year-old homeless man Jesse Helt onstage at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards to accept her statue for Video of the Year and issue a PSA about the plight of runaway teens in America. Now, two days later, we’re learning that police have a warrant out for Helt in Oregon. According to The Oregonian, Helt was arrested in 2010 for criminal mischief, criminal trespass and burglary after breaking into the home of a man who he believed sold him bad marijuana. He ended up pleading guilty and serving 30 days in jail for the misdemeanor charges plus…
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  • The College Board: marching the U.S. to the left one history lesson at a time

    Paul Mirengoff
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:32 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) In this post, I discussed the left-wing ideology behind the College Board’s development of new curriculum for the teaching of AP U.S. History. Here, I want to discuss how left-wing ideology is manifested in the College Board’s “Framework” for the AP U.S. History exam, which you can find here. One manifestation is, as you would expect from a leftist project, is the downplaying of our Founding. If you read the document quickly, you might miss our constitutional moment altogether. If you happen to come across it, amidst the constant enumeration of mistreatment of…
  • Why Renewable Energy Is Hopeless

    John Hinderaker
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    (John Hinderaker) At Watts Up With That?, Ed Hoskins spotlights the intractable problem with solar and wind power: much of the time, the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing. This means that in practice, solar and wind facilities can produce only a small fraction of their nominal capacities. This chart requires a bit of study; for three countries, the U.S., Germany and the U.K., it contrasts the nominal (“nameplate”) capacity of wind and solar facilities with their actual production of energy: In each case, the actual energy produced is only a small fraction of…
  • Obama’s (G)Rand Strategy?

    Steven Hayward
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    (Steven Hayward) There is a decent case to be made that the United States is overextended in the world, or that the United States should not be, as the simpleminded phrase has it, the “world’s policeman.” Even short of that view, we often overestimate our capacities for intervening and controlling events in chaotic places like Libya. I thought Obama was actually correct to stay out of Syria, though if so he should have kept his mouth shut about “red lines,” and a couple of well-placed MOABs on Bashir Assad’s favorite palaces were certainly in order. Our current and recent…
  • Rams cut Michael Sam

    Paul Mirengoff
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) The St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam today, as they trimmed their roster to the limit of 53 players. Sam is bidding to become the first man to play in the NFL while openly gay. Despite being cut, Sam’s chances to play in the NFL remain decent, I think. Sam showed plenty of ability during the pre-season. In one game, he sacked Johnny Manziel (known, for some reason, as “Johnny Football”) twice. This was nothing new for Sam. He sacked Manziel as a junior and as a senior in college. Why didn’t Sam make the team? Not, as far as I can tell, because of…
  • Coming Soon to Climate Change: The “Rewind” Button?

    Steven Hayward
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    (Steven Hayward) As is well known—except to readers of the major media, which means most of the public—someone hit the “pause” button on global warming about 15 years back. We’ve covered some of the theories behind the pause several times here on Power Line (this post is the most recent, with links to the previous installments), including the leading theory that the “missing heat” is not missing at all, but is going into the deep ocean. Never mind that climate orthodoxy told us incessantly that it was the atmosphere we could expect to warm up rapidly (settled? did you say…
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  • Will Kerry Ask Novorussiyans to Join Anti-ISIS Coalition?

    Michael S. Rozeff
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:19 pm
    I’m kidding, of course. But evidently some persons in eastern Ukraine that are of Russian extraction and know Russian war methods know how to wage a war. The Americans put a 2-star air force general in charge (Major General Randy Allen Kee), brought in the CIA, brought in mercenaries, supplied leadership and presumably some intelligence, had a numerical advantage of 2-1, had a weapons advantage, and lost. The American-Ukrainian side seems to have applied the standard American tactic of brute force and firepower on cities, but it proved fruitless. If a coalition led by American…
  • Infamous Solider Found Dead

    Laurence M. Vance
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:29 pm
    A Marine Corps combat veteran and scout sniper with multiple deployments to Afghanistan and multiple injuries to show for it was recently found dead at his home. He was 28. He gained fame when he and three other Marines made a video of themselves urinating on Taliban corpses. He was prosecuted for his actions. Too bad the military cares more about what its personnel do with dead bodies than the fact that they kill people. (And no, I am not excusing what the Marine did. And neither am I excusing him for urinating on dead bodies.)
  • Brainwashed

    Charles Burris
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
  • Back in the USSR

    Charles Burris
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
  • American Statolatry

    Charles Burris
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:25 pm
    American Statolatry
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  • resigned

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    I've been equally as worried about Spencer transitioning into sleeping alone in his bedroom once Cate left for school, as I had been worried about Cate leaving for school.  I've talked before about my boy and his unending desire to "be with people", so this change for him had been much anticipated and long in coming.Spencer has always been a people person.  Since his first moments of being cradled in his big sister's arms, my boy has always thrived on simply being in the presence of other people.  He gains energy, strength, passion and interest from being around others.
  • Q & A -- about dropping Cate off for college

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    (on the road!)We just got home from a whirlwind trip to Utah, wherein we spent some much needed time visiting with Wes' family (my kids hadn't seen their grandparents for two years prior) and dropping Cate off for college.  The trip was exhaustive, fun, jam-packed and emotional and I've had lots of questions about it, so here goes...Did Cate take a car down to school?No!  First of all, we still need our kid car here.  Emma is going to be a licensed driver before we know it and we need a vehicle for her to drive.  Secondly, the drivers in Utah are crazy with a capital C.
  • There she goes...

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Our oldest is officially leaving the nest today, and our lives will never be the same.But, she'd ready.  A thousand times more ready than either her father or I were at her age.  A grand adventure is awaiting her.
  • Wes to the rescue

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    (you can see the tip of the bolt on the top left of the tire)As Emma and I drove home from the grocery store, I did a number on my rear left tire and got a flat.  For some reason, a massive metal bolt was perfectly placed on the roadway, just waiting for me and my van to make a serious connection with it.  Immediately after running over it, I knew something had happened and I pulled off the busy street onto a small side road and looked at the damage.  I could hear the air hissing out of my tire and I watched it go flat within minutes.My first thought was Wes and my need for him…
  • I spare no expense when it comes to...

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Small kitchen appliances.  I've told Wes that the minute my KitchenAid stand mixer dies (and cannot be resuscitated by him), I will high-tail it over to Costco and drop a few hundred bucks to buy a new one.  I cannot, will not entertain the idea of functioning as a full-time household cook/baker without one.  I feel the same way about vacuums and kitchen utensils.  My thing is this: items I use every single day in my home must be of sound quality and usefulness because I use them every. single. day.Jeans.  My "daily uniform" often consists of jeans and a top with a…
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    Gosh, Obama sure makes it look like amateur hour, doesn't he? All those aides who had to scramble to try to say that Obama really does have a strategy for going after ISIS and didn't mean to say what he actually said must be wondering why they let him go out there without a teleprompter. So he finally decided to be the most transparent president ever and tell everyone in the world that, despite all that ISIS has been doing all summer, he doesn't have a strategy yet. But maybe he'll get one soon right after the fundraisers that he has for this weekend. Who would expect him to have made sure…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:23 am
    Congratulations to the school where I teach which was ranked 15th in the South and 20th nationally by the Daily Beast based on data from the Department of Education. I have felt very lucky to teach at a school with such a thoughtful and caring administration and faculty. And the students are just lovely. I still look forward to every day at work even though it's exhausting.And this is no surprise: "Charter schools spend less than public schools, but achieve better results." I can certainly testify that this is true of my school:Why are charters so cost-effective and productive? “It appears…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    Professors at my alma mater, GWU, staged a rebellion for the right to tell kids that they could buy textbooks cheaper online.Here's a cool invention from NC State researchers to help women identify drinks laced with the date rape drug. But, for some reason, several liberals are against it. They don't want males to market something to prevent date. Figure that one out.Well, of course the media have a double standard in how they approach telling the stories of victims killed by the police. Without double standards, they'd have no standards at all.Can a New Hampshire politician survive if she…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    Oh, what a surprise - the DOJ is now saying, oops, those Lois Lerner emails haven't disappeared after all. Just as so many people said must be true, there is a back-up system so those emails all exist. But the Justice Department is whining about how inconvenient it will be to access those emails. So what's the use of a back-up system if the government can't access the emails it has backed up?Michael Barone reaches back to Elihu Root for some good advice.“About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists in telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and should stop.” So…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:18 am
    It would be nice if the administration would get its story straight. First we have the President's regrettable expression of insouciance about how ISIS is the JV team. Now with that quote being resurrected along with his non-stop golf-playing while ISIS has made progress in Syria and Iraq, his Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes acknowledged that the killing of James Foley "represents a terrorist attack against our country and against an American citizen." He went on to say that the administration regards that execution as "an attack on our country." And now the chairman of the Joint…
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  • Summer is almost over. Here’s what you should read to get ready for the elections this fall.

    Jaime Fuller
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Labor Day is almost here, which means the 2014 midterms are only slightly more than two months away. Unfortunately, political consultants have not found a way to make summer not precede fall, so it is likely that you and many of your fellow voters haven't paid much attention to politics or polls since the solstice. Fortunately […]
  • Who had the worst week in Washington?

    Chris Cillizza
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    When is a house a home? That’s the question Sen. Mary Landrieu (La.) confronted this past week when The Washington Post’s Phil Rucker reported that the Democratic incumbent’s listed address in New Orleans is in fact her parents’ home. Landrieu lives, primarily, in Washington — in a $2.5 million house she and her husband, Frank […]
  • Today is the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

    Jaime Fuller
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Today marks the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina striking the Louisiana coast. It was the costliest natural disaster in American history, and left more than 1,800 people dead. Here was The Washington Post's front page on Aug. 30, the day when the country began to realize how much damage had been done by the storm.  New Orleans […]
  • Hillary Clinton was surprisingly bold on Ferguson

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Progressives really, really, really wanted to hear from Hillary Clinton on the events in Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9, sparking days of unrest in that small city outside St. Louis and elsewhere. Al Sharpton said he wanted to smoke Clinton out […]
  • Twitter Nation distracted by president’s tan suit

    Elahe Izadi
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    [Update: Aug. 29, 12:05 p.m.] White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest just said, "The president stands squarely behind the decision he made yesterday to wear his summer suit." [Original post] President Obama wore a tan suit on Thursday while talking about Ukraine and the Islamic State, and political Twitter promptly went nuts. Over the suit. You see, […]
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  • Google Tests Drones in Australia

    Paul Feine
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Australian farmer Neil Parfitt recently became the first person in the world to receive a delivery from a Google drone. The candy bar that was delivered to Parfitt foreshadows a future in which small and medium sized items will be delivered in minutes. Reason TV took a look at the "drone boom" last year. "Drone Boom: Why Drones Aren't Just for Dropping Bombs Anymore," produced by Paul Detrick. Approximately 7 minutes. Original release date was August 20, 2013. The original writeup is below. When you hear the word drone you may immediately think of bombs being dropped in the Middle East or the…
  • Arizona Cops Seize $455,000 from Medical Marijuana Patient

    Tracy Oppenheimer
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    "Over $455,000 Seized from Medical Marijuana Patient Slapped with Civil Forfeiture," produced by Tracy Oppenheimer. Approximately 6 minutes. Original release date was August 25, 2014. The original writeup is below. In March 2013, Steve Oates' home in Goodyear, Ariz. was stormed by police, SWAT, and DEA agents because of a marijuana grow room in the guest house. "It was like something you see in the movies. It was 6:30 in the morning, and basically you hear 'bang! bang! bang!' on the door, and next thing you know you hear the crash of a battering ram," says Oates. Oates' doctor had recommended…
  • Zach Weissmueller and Emily Ekins on What Millennials Think About Politics

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Millennials: Who are they? What do they believe? Why do we care? Armed with data from Emily Ekin's recent Reason-Rupe poll on the same subject, Zach Weissmueller explored these questions on the campus of University of California, Irvine by asking students in the 18-29 age group to talk about their political philosophies, their attitudes towards Democrats and Republicans, their reactions to the word socialism, and their perspectives on entrepreneurship. View this article.
  • Hillary Clinton's Millennial Problem (and the Democrats')

    Nick Gillespie
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    After easily winning the youth vote in 2004, 2008, and 2012, Democrats are taking millennials for granted. And polls taken earlier this year show that Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Dem standard-bearer, will easily trounce either Gov. Chirs Christie or Sen. Rand Paul Paul in 2016. But such triumphalism about Clinton and the Democratic stranglehold on younger voters is premature, to say the least. While there’s no question that the GOP has managed to alienate millennials, there’s every reason to believe that top Democrats are doing just about everything they can to squander their…
  • Are Low-Skilled Immigrants Good for the Economy?

    Paul Feine
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted in mid-July, 70 percent of Americans (including 86 percent of Republicans) believe that undocumented immigrants threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs, and across the country voters are expressing their frustration with current immigration policies at town hall meetings. Advocates of open borders and people who want to immigrate to the U.S., of course, are calling for a very different set of reforms. Would making it easier for immigrants to gain legal status in the U.S. be a step in the right direction? Allowing more high-skilled immigrants…
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    The Outsider
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    We hear this word being used much lately, especially in describing some of the ISIS terrorists that are apparently from the U.S. I notice that they are blacks that have accepted the perverted Islamic beliefs and have changed their names to names that are common in the Muslim world. The Black Panther groups have done the same thing. Does anyone remember the Black Panther thugs that made their presence known at some of the voting precincts in Philadelphia a few years back? They should have been arrested for disrupting the people’s voting rights, a violation of the voters 1st amendment but…
  • What is Liberty?

    Randy Toman
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The American problems have festered and ballooned into something that will shortly become uncontrollable agitation of the culture—-causing much civil unrest. This frustration of the public is manifesting itself in a fashion that has not been seen here in the USA in any times of past history. Once “Liberty”—-as it is thought of today—– became the end rather than merely a means to an end, a fundamental change in the very definition of Christianity occurred. Christianity with its Calvinism of the founding father’s era was changed into an Arminian self-rule and we no…
  • Nobody Saw it Coming

    Randy Toman
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    I have been saying and writing for years things are bad, the combination of the signs add up to major problems within the culture—with things getting worse. A must read article—-the link: http://blog.milesfranklin.com/need-or-want-demand-is-dying Andy Hoffman articles have continually focus on the gold and silver of the Precious Metal (PM) market and the fact those prices have been manipulated for years. This type of news you can’t and will not get anywhere but in these few newsletters that do cover the PM markets and the few of us who happen to think the price of PM’s can really…
  • VA Crisis Solution

    The Outsider
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    I don’t know what is so difficult about solving the VA crisis. Me, the Outsider, has a simple solution. Just give the Veterans the same health care that the worthless politicians give themselves at the tax payers expense! The Veterans deserve it and the politicians really don’t since the politicians are addicted to living off the taxpayers like over glorified welfare junkies. Maybe welfare junkies is too harsh a term! Political parasites would be better!
  • I have Been Searching

    Randy Toman
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:13 am
    I have been searching for sometime—–for the answer to this question. Could it be said that America is founded as a Christian nation? The wording of the “Constitution” or founding documents do not come out stating——We were founded as a Christian nation. It states nothing like that anywhere I could locate. Oh yes—-it does say—– “One nation under God…” but the Atheist will say God with a small “g” or say it is not the God of the Bible or the one that has a son Jesus Christ that save HIS people——they would say or use it as…
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  • Obama: Bush-Cheney 'Security Apparatus' Makes Us 'Pretty Safe'

    Daniel Halper
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    President Barack Obama said last night at a Democratic fundraiser in Rhode Island that the terrorism from ISIS "doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland." The reason? The security measures taken by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to Obama. First the president said the situation in the Middle East is "scary," according to a transcript of the event released by the White House.  "I don’t have to tell you, anybody who has been watching TV this summer, it seems like it is just wave after…
  • Obama: ISIS 'Doesn’t Immediately Threaten the Homeland'

    Daniel Halper
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:50 am
    At a fundraiser last night in Newport, Rhode Island, President Obama played down the threat from the terrorist army ISIS. "We have to be vigilant," he told the group of donors, "but this doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland." Obama also claimed to be "seeing a change in the order in the Middle East." He called it "scary." The comments come after American journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS. "[I]nternationally, we’re going through a tumultuous time.  And I don’t have to tell you, anybody who has been watching TV this summer, it…
  • Cronyism, and the Ex-Im Bank

    Irwin M. Stelzer
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Free trade is a huge benefit if you are a Walmart shopper. All those microwave ovens, lamps, sneakers, and other stuff available for a relative pittance. It’s a tragedy if you are a domestic manufacturer or worker attempting to compete with cheap labor and subsidized Chinese manufacturers pouring those goods onto supermarket shelves. Consumers are dispersed and unaware of their interest in free trade; workers and manufacturers know their interest in protection. So freer trade is always a difficult political proposition. More so now than ever here in the U.S. For one thing, President Obama…
  • Happy Hour Links: America, Heck Yeah

    Michael Warren
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Continetti: Remilitarize the world police. The tide of non-interventionism is receding. Constitutional chutzpah. Abuse of students by teachers is America's silent crisis. Is control of the Senate up to—Kansas? The Villages, America's rowdiest retirement community. The college football grid of shame.
  • Bad Sign for the Economy

    Geoffrey Norman
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Even after yesterday’s promising first time claims and GDP numbers, the state of the economy – especially on the jobs, employment, wages side – remains uncertain and troubling as we enter the Labor Day weekend.  As Mark Gimein of Bloomberg reports: While the headline unemployment rate is indeed falling, we keep finding that other indicators of the job market don’t look great.  And one lagging sector of the labor market is reason for special concern.  That would be self-employment.  While one might intuitively suspect that self-employment would be on the rise during bad times –…
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  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    The case for restraint. William Ruger reviews Barry Posen’s Restraint for the current issue of TAC. Keeping the threat from ISIS in perspective. Paul Pillar urges Americans not to exaggerate the threat. Iraq, Obama, and the future of war powers. Robert Golan-Vilella explains why Congress needs to vote on a new authorization for ongoing military action in Iraq. “Smart power” set Libya on fire. Michael Brendan Dougherty counts the costs of the Libyan war. Who cares about Ukraine? Thomas Graham reminds us that Ukraine has always mattered far more to Russia than it does to the…
  • Breaking the Bad Habit of Interventionism

    Daniel Larison
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Thomas Donnelly writes a very weird response to a recent Sean Kay argument: Both Sean Kay and Barack Obama would like to see America repudiate its traditional strategic culture, to stop intervening and to end our involvement in “other people’s” conflicts. At least Realists make no pretense about being attuned to others’ cries of “Liberta! Liberta!” But those cries still resonate in most American ears, and it’s the president’s tone-deafness that is souring his supporters [bold mine-DL]. Donnelly’s proof for this “traditional strategic…
  • Paul’s Syria Op-Ed and the “Brain-Dead” DNC Response

    Daniel Larison
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Ezra Klein derides the DNC’s response to a recent Rand Paul op-ed as “brain-dead”: This is the brain-dead patriotism-baiting that Democrats used to loathe. Now they’re turning it on Paul. Paul was making a few related arguments in his op-ed. The first was that supporters of regime change in Syria have inadvertently aided the rise of jihadist groups including ISIS and would have further empowered such groups if they had gotten their way in toppling the regime. The other was that interventionists typically have a “shoot first, ask questions later” approach to…
  • Public Opinion and Foreign Policy

    Daniel Larison
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Constant fear-mongering and threat inflation do eventually have an effect on public opinion: As we can see from these results, the increase among those saying that the U.S. does “too little” comes mostly from Republicans, and even among Republicans most say that the U.S. does too much or does the right amount. There is more demand for greater activism than there was nine months ago, but the vast majority of Americans still doesn’t want a more activist foreign policy.  Despite the steady drumbeat for more aggressive U.S. measures in various foreign conflicts, more than…
  • Warren and Democratic Hawks

    Daniel Larison
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    Dave Weigel comments on Elizabeth Warren’s utterly conventional “pro-Israel” views: A few weeks ago, when Warren announced a post-midterms trip to Israel, it was covered as a box-checking exercise for a possible 2016 run. What if it’s not that? What if Warren has the foreign policy views you might expect from a baby boomer who was a registered Republican during much of the Clinton presidency? [bold mine-DL] In that case, she’s not well positioned at all to build a left-wing political coalition against the Clintons, as she keeps saying she won’t do. Whenever…
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    Bob McCarty

  • Today Marks Fourth Anniversary of Bogus Trial, Sentencing

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    Four years ago today, Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart was sentenced to eight years behind bars at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. The sentence came one day after the highly-decorated combat veteran was found guilty of sexual assault charges during a military trial that lasted less than 48 hours and produced results that were anything but just. Click image above to order book. Incredibly, no physical evidence or eyewitnesses to the alleged crime was presented during the trial. Instead, based almost solely on the testimony of a German woman,…
  • FBI Officials Accused of Telling Key Witness to Take Vacation to Avoid Testifying During New Oklahoma City Bombing Trial

    10 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Those familiar with my five years of reporting on Jesse Trentadue and his efforts to force the FBI to provide him copies of surveillance camera footage recorded in downtown Oklahoma City prior to the bombing at 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995, will appreciate this update from the Oklahoma City Bombing trial that began July 28 in Salt Lake City. Click image above to download Trentadue motion (pdf). The text below is one of several filings made by Trentadue during the weeks following the four-day trial about which a federal judge is expected to issue his ruling within six months.  Though the text of…
  • MEDIA ALERT: I’ll Be On America’s Forum Wednesday

    5 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    I’ll appear as a guest on the NewsmaxTV‘s America’s Forum, Wednesday at 9:10 a.m. Eastern to discuss the latest “Green-on-Blue” attack in Afghanistan and how it relates to my four-year investigation of the federal government’s use of so-called “credibility assessment” technologies, including the polygraph. Click image above to order book. Specifically, I’ll discuss the flawed vetting process that cost Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, his life as the highest-ranking American military officer killed in a combat zone since the Vietnam War,…
  • Welcome

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    For years, I’ve toiled online, using my journalism training — and, sometimes, my sense of humor — to report news most of the major media outlets ignored.  As I approach the eighth anniversary of my online presence, I’ve decided to change directions in a substantial way. Above: Butters shows his keyboarding skills. After experiencing site-killing disruptions which some have suggested might be the work of  James R. Clapper Jr., FBI officials or others about whom I’ve written words that were less than flattering, but true, I’m moving away from writing on a…
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  • Ensuring Safe Food in a Free Market: A Lesson from China

    K. William Watson
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    K. William Watson Many Americans view the dissemination and enforcement of food safety standards as a basic function of government, and it’s difficult for them to imagine a world where food is both safe and unregulated. Libertarians can point out that the safety of a product is, just like quality and price, something that consumers directly care about and as such will be most effectively preserved in a competitive free market.  But it’s one thing to make abstract economic arguments and quite another to have real life examples. Well, here’s an interesting story from China, as…
  • Why Tax Credits Survive Legal Challenges But Vouchers Often Don't

    Jason Bedrick
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    Jason Bedrick Yesterday, on the same day that the New Hampshire Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the state’s scholarship tax credit law, a district court judge struck down Oklahoma’s special-needs voucher law. Both vouchers and scholarship tax credit laws are constitutional under the U.S. Constitution, but vouchers laws have often run afoul of states’ historically anti-Catholic Blaine Amendments, which prohibit public funds from being expended at religiously affiliated schools. By contrast, scholarship tax credit laws have a perfect record at both the federal…
  • They're Not Making Jeff Smiths Like They Used To

    David Boaz
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    David Boaz For generations of Americans, “Jefferson Smith” was the archetype of the honest, hard-working man of the people who gets into politics to serve the public interest and stands up to powerful interests. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is the quintessential movie about a corrupt system that can be toppled by a single man of integrity. So maybe it’s no surprise that there seem to be a lot of Jeff Smiths getting into politics. What better name to inspire confidence? Unfortunately, Sen. Jeff Smith of some unnamed Western state would be mighty embarrassed by some of the Jeff…
  • Another "Winn" for Educational Freedom in New Hampshire

    Andrew J. Coulson
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    Andrew J. Coulson In ACSTO v. Winn (2011), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s scholarship donation tax credit program on the grounds that plaintiffs did not have standing to sue in the first place, because they could not show any specific injury to themselves caused by the voluntary program. Today, the New Hampshire Supreme Court reached the same conclusion in a case involving that state’s new scholarship program. Importantly, this preserves the perfect legal record of modern education tax credit school choice programs. Under these programs, individuals or businesses can…
  • Live Free and Learn: NH Supreme Court Upholds School Choice

    Jason Bedrick
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    Jason Bedrick Low- and middle-income children in New Hampshire will now be able to use tax-credit scholarships at any school they choose, whether secular or religious. This morning, the New Hampshire Supreme Court (NHSC) followed the precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court in unanimously ruling that the petitioners challenging the “Live Free or Die” state’s scholarship tax credit law lack standing because they could not demonstrate any harm. The law grants tax credits to corporations worth 85 percent of their donations to nonprofit scholarship organizations that help low- and middle-income…
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  • The Angry Liberal

    David Weldy
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:38 am
    These are truly the golden days, the era of "enlightenment and enchantment" if you are a liberal (liberal/progressive/socialist is more appropriate, but for the sake of brevity....). Liberals, as I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Vacation Time!

    David Weldy
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    Taking it easy1 It is August by the time you read this.  We at The Right Commentary are taking time off for some rest and relaxation just as our beloved Congress does and how our beloved... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Nation In Chaos

    David Weldy
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    I've lived a long time.  I'll be 63 years old in September.  I've seen the United States of America reel from the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fatal Blow For Obamacare?

    David Weldy
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    A federal appeals court delivered a serious blow to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, potentially denying billions of dollars in subsidies for many low and middle-income people who... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Impeachment of President Obama

    David Weldy
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    I've been all over the spectrum on the possible impeachment of President Obama.  A case could be made for abuse of power.  Now, it may be true he has not had as many executive orders issued as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • European Disunion

    Tom Rogan
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Examining the rise and (possible) fall of the European Union and the Euro, John Peet and Anton La Guardia tell a damning tale. Europe specialists at the Economist, the authors are free marketers. They’re also believers in a United States of Europe. They begin by assessing the economic and socio-political rationales for the Euro. They outline the free trade and prosperity that a mutually dependent economic union was seen to proffer. Nevertheless, they examine how the desire for an expansive Eurozone displaced scrutiny of national economic weaknesses. As the authors succinctly explain,…
  • Review: Season of Saturdays

    Robert Charette
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Only when it comes to college football do we believe that the deaths of a girlfriend and grandmother will spur a 21-year-old to lead his team to victory, and accept that a 22-year-old sprained his ankles from leaping off a three-story balcony to rescue a drowning nephew. The NFL may be played on Sundays, but college football is religion, with each team steeped in its own obscure mores, traditions, and believers. College football is a confounding sport with an arcane history at the intersection of higher education, the twilight of adolescence, and semi-professional football, all institutions…
  • Obama: We’re Just Noticing The World is ‘Messy’ Because of Social Media

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    The excuses continue to flow from President Obama. Obama blamed social media and the nightly news for creating the sense that “the world is falling apart” during a Friday evening fundraiser. The Hill reports: Acknowledging “the barbarity” of Islamist militants and Russia “reasserting the notion that might means right,” Obama, though, dismissed the notion that he was facing unprecedented challenges. “The world’s always been messy … we’re just noticing now in part because of social media,” he said, according to a White House pool report. “If you watch…
  • Twitter: ISIL Sends Mixed Signals on Fate of American Captive

    Bill Gertz
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) sent mixed signals on Twitter this week regarding the fate of captive American journalist Steven Sotloff. On Thursday, the Twitter account @ISPressOffice, which claims to be an official English-language ISIL account, reported that Sotloff’s disposition would be decided soon. A message supposedly sent from Sotloff on the ISIL account, apparently forced under duress of being held captive, denounced the U.S. bombing of ISIL targets in Iraq. Two messages that were later removed read: “Breaking: A message from Steven Sotloff: USA…
  • Feds Still Studying Why Lesbians Are Obese

    Elizabeth Harrington
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The federal government is still seeking answers as to why the majority of lesbians are obese and U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill, which now totals $2.87 million. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) study is now in its fourth year, receiving an additional $670,567 for fiscal year 2014. The project seeks to determine why “nearly three-quarters of adult lesbians overweight or obese,” and why gay males are not. In just two years the project’s budget has nearly doubled, growing from $1.5 million to nearly $3 million today, despite fears that sequestration could jeopardize the project…
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