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  • Priorities: Obama admin tasks healthcare facilities with focusing more on … climate change

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    Doug Powers
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    **Written by Doug Powers “Welcome to Solyndra Memorial Hospital. We’d like to introduce you to your team of heart surgeons: Al Gore, the U.N. and Dr. Steven Chu — Good luck!” The White House wants healthcare providers to get serious about bulking up their defenses against climate change. In a best-practice guide for healthcare providers and policymakers released on Monday, the administration advises them on how to best improve their “climate readiness.” The guide is one piece of a larger initiative at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched by…
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    Allahpundit
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Blame. [T]he scene outside Woodhull Hospital wasn’t entirely supportive. “You’re a bunch of killers,” a passerby told cops standing sentry there, according to one police source. And short distance from the crime scene—where a crowd was backed up by the police tape—a few members of the crowd repeated “fuck the cops” within earshot of a Daily […] Read this post »
  • Jillian Sobeck Joins the Engage Team

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

    Ace of Spades HQ
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The universe is waiting Greetings everyone! It has been a long time since I've posted the astronomy thread, but I wasn't going to let Christmas come and go without a quick guide for you amateurs just getting your first...
  • Sex Mis-Education

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    Mike McDaniel
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
    credit: foxnews There is little question that schools are responsible for teaching more than the “three Rs.” As a high school teacher, I strive to inculcate positive habits and behaviors in my students, things like organization, cheerfulness, politeness, industry, reliability, promptness, attention to detail, kindness and altruism, appreciation for literature, democracy and the accomplishments of ancestors, and above all, appreciation for America. It will surprise no one, I suspect, that in California, they focus on rather more earthy concerns. Fox News has the story:  Students at one…
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  • Priorities: Obama admin tasks healthcare facilities with focusing more on … climate change

    Doug Powers
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    **Written by Doug Powers “Welcome to Solyndra Memorial Hospital. We’d like to introduce you to your team of heart surgeons: Al Gore, the U.N. and Dr. Steven Chu — Good luck!” The White House wants healthcare providers to get serious about bulking up their defenses against climate change. In a best-practice guide for healthcare providers and policymakers released on Monday, the administration advises them on how to best improve their “climate readiness.” The guide is one piece of a larger initiative at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched by…
  • Now how about a report about how many Dems already knew about the CIA’s interrogation techniques?

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers Dianne Feinstein should call for another in-depth study: How many Democrats already knew about the things they’re acting shocked about in the Senate’s “torture report”? The man who oversaw the controversial CIA interrogation program said Sunday that Rep. Nancy Pelosi was “fully aware,” of the methods used against militants, while former Vice President Dick Cheney continued to defend the program and reiterated that the U.S. “stopped short of torture.” Both men said the techniques used — including waterboarding — had been…
  • If you like your Slurpee, you can keep your Slurpee: Obamacare ads coming to 7-Eleven receipts

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers Obamacare ads are coming not just to 7-Eleven receipts, but other stores accepting the same payment service: ObamaCare ads will now appear on 7-Eleven receipts at more than 7,000 stores nationwide as government health officials expand their outreach in the second year of healthcare sign-ups. Information about ObamaCare sign-ups will appear on the bottom of receipts for anyone using a mobile payment company called PayNearMe, which allows bank-less customers to pay in stores like 7-Eleven and Family Dollar. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews…
  • The cop-hating cult of Larry Davis

    Michelle Malkin
    The cop-hating cult of Larry Davis by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 In Manhattan’s Union Square last week, a protester wielded a menacing sign. It didn’t make the front page of any newspaper. You didn’t see it on cable news. An appalled bystander sent me a photo of the marcher and his inciteful placard, but didn’t want to be identified in any way. You’ll know why in a moment. “Justice Please,” the top line of the poster read. “Before we see a lot of new Larry Davis[es],” the message threatened. “1986 6 cops…
  • Elizabeth Warren was against government shutdowns before she was for them

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers Last year, Elizabeth Warren referred to some in the GOP as the “Anarchy Gang” for bringing the government to the point of a shutdown: Warren telling GOPers last year that “this democracy has already rejected your views” is an overdose of retro-irony considering the results of last month’s election. But anyway, fast forward to this week: Congressional Democrats objected on Wednesday to controversial financial and political campaign provisions tucked into a $1.1 trillion U.S. spending bill, keeping the risk of a government shutdown alive.
 
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    Allahpundit
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Blame. [T]he scene outside Woodhull Hospital wasn’t entirely supportive. “You’re a bunch of killers,” a passerby told cops standing sentry there, according to one police source. And short distance from the crime scene—where a crowd was backed up by the police tape—a few members of the crowd repeated “fuck the cops” within earshot of a Daily […] Read this post »
  • Likely 2016 GOP nominee wants Joanne Chesimard returned from Cuba first thing

    Jazz Shaw
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    "an affront to every resident of our state, our country, and in particular, the men and women of the New Jersey State Police" The proposed rapprochement between the United States and Cuba put forward by President Obama this week has produced plenty of domestic tension and political conflict, but might it also lead to some opportunities? In the case of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, possibly so. While he was not the first person to bring it up, […] Read this post »
  • Rahm Emanuel’s son mugged outside of Chicago home

    Jazz Shaw
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    "What else you got?" This is one of those strange stories which may take a bit of unpacking before any clear message emerges. It begins with an event which is – all too sadly – so unremarkable in any city or sizable town in the United States today as to not merit more than a page five mention in […] Read this post »
  • Will Dems who blamed Palin for Giffords attack refuse a ‘conversation’ about NYC shootings?

    Noah Rothman
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:31 pm
    A new "conversation." Jazz already wrote the definitive take on the grisly execution-style shooting of two New York City police officers and the role that irresponsible commentary from elected leaders – particularly Mayor Bill de Blasio – might have played in that attack. Jazz is right to question the part that the mayor’s self-indulgent and unhelpful rhetoric might […] Read this post »
  • Obama has no idea how to handle North Korean attack on private citizens

    Noah Rothman
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    But off to Hawaii anyway. Outgoing CNN host Candy Crowley sat down with President Barack Obama for his final interview of the year on Friday in which she probed him over his government’s response to the North Korea-linked cyber-attack on Sony Studios. Crowley asked if the administration considered the costly and dramatic attack on the livelihoods of American citizens, complete […] Read this post »
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Jillian Sobeck Joins the Engage Team

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

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

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

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

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The universe is waiting Greetings everyone! It has been a long time since I've posted the astronomy thread, but I wasn't going to let Christmas come and go without a quick guide for you amateurs just getting your first...
  • Ted Nugent Explains How An Electric Guitar Works (CBD)

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Probably a better description than 99% of America's high school physics teachers are capable of.......
  • Food Thread: Miscellaneous Stuff [CBD]

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Hanukkah is a relatively minor Jewish holiday that has been raised to ridiculous heights because of its proximity to Christmas. But that's okay, because giving and receiving gifts is rarely a bad thing. And we get to make potato...
  • The Gaming thread (without much gaming)

    21 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Not gaming related but this is cool Comic book fan, cosplay aficionado, and 15-year veteran deputy sheriff Michael Wilson (@knightmage) brought cheer to countless families on December 18 when he strolled into his local Ohio TOYS R US dressed as...
  • What Happened to "Reasonable People Can Disagree?" [Y-not]

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Recent events have led me to a troubling realization about the state of the GOP (to which I have belonged since 1980 and to which I still belong, but perhaps not for long) -- it is currently dominated by factions...
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Sex Mis-Education

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
    credit: foxnews There is little question that schools are responsible for teaching more than the “three Rs.” As a high school teacher, I strive to inculcate positive habits and behaviors in my students, things like organization, cheerfulness, politeness, industry, reliability, promptness, attention to detail, kindness and altruism, appreciation for literature, democracy and the accomplishments of ancestors, and above all, appreciation for America. It will surprise no one, I suspect, that in California, they focus on rather more earthy concerns. Fox News has the story:  Students at one…
  • The Porn Paradox

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm
    credit: britannica.com In Jacobellis v. Ohio in 1964, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart explained the difficulty in defining obscenity: I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description [‘hard-core pornography’], and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that. credit; fox news.com Cultural standards change significantly over time. What was shocking and most would consider obscene is surely not so shocking and…
  • Educational Happy Endings: 1960 v. 2013

    Mike McDaniel
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:21 pm
    credit; pinterest.com As part of a larger series of articles, my favorite Bookworm—Bookworm—provided this charming story: When I was in 2nd grade, one of the reading books we had at school (which probably dated back to the 1940s) included an absolutely wonderful story about the way in which a teacher changed an entire neighborhood.  As I remember it, the teacher had a little girl in her class who always smelled stale and dirty.  For Christmas, the teacher gave the little girl a small perfumed soap.  The next day, the little girl showed up at school wearing her ragged clothes, but…
  • Following In Barack Obama’s Invisible Legal Footsteps

    Mike McDaniel
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:16 pm
    At First, I thought this was a parody from the old days of The National Lampoon, or perhaps a contemporary send up from The Onion. Then I realized it was the genuine article. I don’t usually pick on the prima facie, to use a legal term, disadvantaged–it’s just too easy–but this time I couldn’t resist. You’ll see what I mean. William DesmondVia: Linkedin The backdrop of this article is the intense backlash against the supposed psychic trauma of law students caused by the grand jury no bill decisions in the Brown (Ferguson, MO) and Garner (Staten Island) cases. The author of…
  • Solving The Gun Control Equation

    Mike McDaniel
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:54 pm
    credit; washingtontimes.com At The Truth About Guns, the good folks have been kind enough to publish my latest firearm-related missive titled: Americans Can Solve This Equation: Armed + Prepared = Smart. It’s a reflection on the latest Pew poll that reflects the changing political dynamic of the gun control debate solidly in favor of individual liberty. However, those that want to control guns–and every facet of the lives of Americans–will never give up. If they can’t pass a given gun control measure now, they’ll merely store if in a safe place until they can trick people…
 
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  • RedState Weekly Briefing: Exclusive No Holds Barred Interview with Charles C. Johnson #RSWB

    <a href="/users/aarongardner/">Aaron Gardner</a> (<a href="/diary/aarongardner/">Diary</a>)
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:45 pm
    This week on the RedState Weekly Briefing Thomas LaDuke, Joe Cunningham, and I will be joined by Jeff – @EstotericCD from Ace of Spades – to have a no holds barred interview with the controversial activist and independent journalist, Charles C. Johnson. We’ll be live at 7 pm Eastern. If you would like to join in the discussion, ask questions, or get to the links we mention in the show, you can do so at the Hangouts Event page for RSWB. We will also be answering questions from our twitter audience live in our last segment tonight. Submit your question on twitter using the…
  • Obama very concerned about murder of NYC cops

    <a href="/users/streiff/">streiff</a> (<a href="/diary/streiff/">Diary</a>)
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Via the Twitter timeline of some guy at BuzzFeed Obama briefed on shooting of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn, per WH poorer. pic.twitter.com/VyCrcUwyBF — Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) December 21, 2014 From his first days in office, Barack Obama has made it one of his objectives to use race relations as a wedge for political purposes. It started with the beer summit and it has metastasized in the worst possible way in the wake of the shooting in Ferguson and the choking in Staten Island. Personally, I think that out of control law enforcement is more of a danger to our civil liberties…
  • Obama’s foreign policy enters 12-step program

    <a href="/users/streiff/">streiff</a> (<a href="/diary/streiff/">Diary</a>)
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    One of the axioms for anyone entering a twelve-step program such as that pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous is that first the participant must have hit rock bottom The concept of rock bottom is important in the 12 steps and treatment in general because it serves as a touch stone and a reminder. Addicts and alcoholics are very good at altering the world they see to match up with what they wish it were. Without an end-of-the line in clear view, it’s very easy to pretend things are better than they are – or that they won’t continue to get worse if left to themselves. Ladies and gentlemen we…
  • Sarah Palin & Ted Cruz: The Two Most Powerful People on Earth

    <a href="/users/erick/">Erick Erickson</a> (<a href="/diary/erick/">Diary</a>)
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    When Gabby Giffords was shot in Arizona, the left went into a frenzy blaming Sarah Palin. In fact, when I was on CNN, I went on TV with Cornell Belcher and he was livid when I suggested leftwing rhetoric could be as hostile and divisive as rightwing rhetoric, if not more so. John King was apologetic for using war metaphors for politics and promised to stop. Wolf Blitzer, at one point, did a profile of Democratic congress critters who’d had death threats against them. Mind you, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Eric CantorHouse Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard48%,…
  • More ISIS Barbarism: This Time it’s Church Desecration

    <a href="/users/ironchapman/">Jake</a> (<a href="/diary/ironchapman/">Diary</a>)
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    A few days ago, I wrote about ISIS slaughtering women for refusing to have sex with them and the group’s extremely brutal penal code. However, their inhumanity does not stop there. Yesterday, Fox News reported on even more of their heinous deeds. This time it’s about ISIS selling Christian artifacts and turning churches into torture chambers. Here’s what they say: The Islamic State is turning Christian churches in Iraq and Syria into dungeons and torture chambers after stripping them of priceless artifacts to sell on the black market, according to reports. Ancient relics and…
 
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  • Why “Mele Kalikimaka” Means “Merry Christmas” in Hawaiian [Video]

    Eric Dye
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Everyone knows the famous song with Bing Crosby singing “Mele Kalikimaka” as the Hawaiian way to say, ‘Christmas.’ But do you know why they say it this way? Here’s why: Who knew!?! Now you can interject this at the next Christmas party you attend, thus furthering the general stereotype that because you use computers, you must be a genius. Why “Mele Kalikimaka” Means “Merry Christmas” in Hawaiian [Video] first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • 12 Days of ChurchMag Christmas: Favorite Mobile App

    Jeremy Smith
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is the ninth day of the 12 Days of ChurchMag Christmas series. To catch the rest of the articles, check out the landing page here. Whether you are Android or Apple, a device without apps really is not worth much. And if you are like me, you are always looking for that latest and greatest application to make you more effective with time and tech. Below is a list of our favorites, though we do not guarantee availability on all platforms. On my iPad, my favorite app is definitely the Kindle app, which allows me to read my Kindle books on my iPad as well. On my phone, it’s the very, very…
  • ‘An Advent Journey Of Hope’ by Louie Giglio [Saturday Morning Review]

    Michael Ernest
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    My admiration for Pastor Louie Giglio is deeply rooted in his involvement with the musical arm of his ministry, and of course the Word, which he proclaims to the world. Every year thousands of young people gather to celebrate Jesus at the Passion Conference, which I talked about HERE. Besides being the visionary architect and director of the Passion Movement, Louie Giglio is also the author of “The Air I Breathe” and “I Am Not But I Know I AM.” Louie is widely known for the Passion Talk Series DVD messages “Indescribable” and “How Great Is Our God.” As a…
  • 12 Days of ChurchMag Christmas: Favorite Online Storage

    Jeremy Smith
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is the eighth day of the 12 Days of ChurchMag Christmas series. To catch the rest of the articles, check out the landing page here. With technology moving away from desktop computing that I remember it to be over ten years ago when I was in college to what it has become today and mobile devices, online storage is constantly being put into the middle of the scene. It is not necessary to have a terabyte of data for your phone or tablet because you can download it from the cloud somewhere. In this article, we show off some of our favorite online storage platforms. Enjoy! Dropbox.
  • Hanukkah Sweaters for the Holidays [Images]

    Eric Dye
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Jesus is the reason for the season? Not for everyone. That got the creative genius juices flowing for Carin Agiman, so she decided to start her own line of stylish Hanukkah sweaters. And they’re pretty awesome: Awesome designs! She started Geltfiend as a Kickstarter back in 2012 and now has all sorts of cool products. I’d rather wear one of these sweaters than one of reindeer or santa! Do you have any holiday sweaters? While this isn’t a holiday sweater, I’m still jonesing for this one. Hanukkah Sweaters for the Holidays [Images] first appeared on ChurchMag and is…
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  • US Ground Troops Fighting ISIL

    James Joyner
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    The ground troops that United States has not sent into Iraq to fight ISIL are reportedly in Iraq fighting ISIL. BloombergBusinessweek (“U.S. Soldiers Fight Islamic State in Iraq, Kurds Advance“): U.S. soldiers clashed with Islamic State militants, helping the Iraqi army repel attacks against the town of al-Baghdadi in the western Anbar province, Al Jazeera TV reported, as Kurdish forces advanced in the north. The U.S. troops were from al-Assad military base, the biggest in Anbar, First Lieutenant Muneer al-Qoud from the Iraqi police said by phone. Meanwhile, a U.S. senior military…
  • In Responding To North Korea’s Cyber Attacks, The U.S. Has Limited Options

    Doug Mataconis
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    Although careful not to call it an act of war, President Obama has made clear that he does intend for their to be some sort of response by the United States to the hacking attack against Sony Pictures and the related threats of unspecified acts of terror if Sony released the move ‘The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and which the F.B.I. has specifically tied to North Korea. As The Atlantic’s Adam Chandler notes, though, our options may be quite limited: As Reuters points out, Washington may not have a lot of options.
  • Kevin Drum’s Lympho-Somethings Way Down

    James Joyner
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    Great news on the Kevin Drum front: I’m 8 weeks through my 16-week regimen of chemotherapy, and last week my doctor ordered up sort of a halftime report on how I’m doing. This is an extended set of lab tests, and today she called to tell me the results. Apparently they came out great. Unfortunately, I don’t actually remember the names of the protein markers and other things we were looking for, so I have to be a little vague here. Immunoglobulins? Lympho-somethings? In any case, the levels were way, way down, and that’s what we were hoping for. This means the chemo is…
  • Only One Person Has ‘Blood On His Hands’ In The Deaths Of Officers Ramos And Liu, And He’s Already Dead

    Doug Mataconis
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    Yesterday afternoon, two New York City Police officers were shot and killed while sitting in their patrol car by a man who who apparently had traveled to New York for express purpose of killing police in revenge for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown: Two police officers sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn were shot at point-blank range and killed on Saturday afternoon by a man who, officials said, had traveled to the city from Baltimore vowing to kill officers. The suspect then committed suicide with the same gun, the authorities said. The officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos,…
  • Russia Invades Ukraine, Hookers Raise Prices

    James Joyner
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:40 am
    The Moscow Times has a headline you don’t see every day: “Falling Ruble Hits Russians Where it Hurts Most as Condom Prices Soar.” (The story’s a few days old; I just saw it via their Twitter feed this morning.) The economic crisis has hit Russians in their most sensitive spot as condom prices in the country have risen by 15 percent and are likely to continue swelling, a news report said. The ruble has depreciated 44 percent against the U.S. dollar since the start of the year and the currency continues…
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  • Liberals Lose: FCC Rules That ‘Redskins’ Isn’t Profanity

    Warner Todd Huston
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    Left-wing pushers of political correctness have been trying to find any legal thread to force the NFL’s Washington DC-based football team to stop using the name “Redskins,” a word that activists claim is “racist.” The left’s most recent attempt was to get the FCC to rule that “Redskins” was “profane” and so cannot be used on the air because it breaks profanity rules. But the FCC just ruled against the liberal’s effort to redefine the team name as a profanity. Last week the FCC ruled against the liberal activist’s claims…
  • OPEN THREAD: Texas Plumber Gets Threats After Video Shows ISIS Using His Old Truck

    Warner Todd Huston
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Consider this an Open Thread. But first…. Some very, very bad luck has rocked a Texas plumber who’s used truck somehow ended up on video and seen being used in Syria by ISIS terrorists. The Plumber’s name and phone number are right there as big as life on the door and now he is getting all sorts of threats. Texas City plumber Mark Oberholtzer sold his old truck a while ago, but was dismayed to see it being used as a gun platform by ISIS. Once the truck started showing up on video–with his phone number still prominently displayed on
  • A Peaceful Muslim Speaks Out

    David Robertson
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:12 am
    For the sake of fairness to peaceful Muslims, the following commentary by a peaceful Muslim is republished below: “Teaching tolerance through Islam” - Dr. Yameen Khalil, Tulsa World, Friday, December 19, 2014, p. A 17. Each time I see a news headline with a link between Islam and terrorism my heart sinks. As I watched and read about the hostage situation in Sydney, I had the same sinking feeling as I saw yet another shocking story of possible terrorism. These acts of terrorism are becoming more and more prevalent with many of the perpetrators claiming to be Muslims. However, these
  • Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™

    Kevin
    19 Dec 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 for last week’s contest and this week’s will be announced Monday morning.
  • See what North Korea doesn’t want you to see.

    David Robertson
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:43 pm
    The government of North Korea doesn’t want us to see it, but we can anyway. From New York Daily News: Moviegoers might not be able to watch “The Interview” in theaters, but fans can still see its most controversial scene. A scene depicting the death of Kim Jong Un has leaked online after Sony announced it was pulling the comedy, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, from theatrical release. Click the above link to see the movie scene that North Korea tried to prevent us from seeing.
 
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  • Christian Rights Around The World

    admin
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    We live in a day where the average religious person is required to follow a certain standard. What I mean by that is that the religious people of the world, especially the United States, are asked to keep their faith quiet and their ideas to themselves. In the United States the rights of Christians are typically left alone. However the past few years have seen a huge spike in the number of religious liberties that are being denied. However the bigger issues that we find in the United States have to deal with the Islamic faith. In the United States it is a problem for many folks if you share…
  • The Horrors of Recent Christian Persecution By ISIS

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    This ISIS thing is out of control and we as Christians need to do something about it. The Christian persecution by ISIS is bad and is getting worse. The Pentagon has issued a statement warning of the severity of this issue and the danger that ISIS poses. This group by the name ISIS is much more than a terrorist group and they are letting everyone around them know that. They are beheading Christians, men, women and children. No one is off limits to this group of horrible people. I hope that they will be stopped before it is too late. I have heard rumors that ISIS members are crossing American…
  • Why Is Christian Persecution Ignored?

    admin
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You hear all sorts of things on the news these days but none of them have anything to do with Christian persecution. You may wonder why this is true and so do I. The fact is that the world seem to care more about what gadget is hot and who is dating whom than who is being killed for their religious beliefs. It’s sad but true that neither the media nor anyone else these days cares about you, but it’s time to shed some light on things. The fact is things like a seven year old slave boy in Sudan being crucified on a board and left for dead by his owner simply because he snuck out to go to a…
  • Switching to South Beach Smokes to Help my Husband’s Career

    admin
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    I never gave much thought to what people thought when they learned I was a smoker. I tried to make sure I only smoked in places where I was confident that my secondhand smoke wouldn’t phase anyone, and figured that it was my life and my body and no one had the right to tell me what I should and shouldn’t do. To a certain extent, I still think that way. But, when my brand new husband came home and announced that he’d decided to become an ordained preacher and help people better understand their chosen religion, I realized that my smoking wasn’t just my problem any longer. At every…
  • Keep the Energy in Your Home Positive

    admin
    20 Jan 2014 | 4:36 am
    You work hard to keep your home as clean as you possibly can. In a constant war with the dust, you sweep, vacuum, and dust every single day. Sometimes you even pull everything out of a room and scrub the place from the top to bottom. What might not have occurred to you at this point is that you should also focus on trying to free your home of any negative energy that might be clogging things up. This negative energy might be the reason everyone has been feeling frustrated and irritated all the time. It can also be one of the reasons you might be currently struggling to communicate with your…
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    Drudge Retort

  • Muhammad Ali Hospitalized with Pneumonia

    rcade
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized with pneumonia and is expected to recover because the illness was caught early, a spokesman said Saturday. Ali, 72, was admitted to a hospital in an undisclosed location Saturday morning and is being treated by a team of doctors and remains in stable condition, spokesman Bob Gunnell said.
  • Jordan Ends Moratorium on Executions, Hangs 11

    rcade
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Jordan ended an eight-year moratorium on executions on Sunday when 11 men were hanged at dawn. The men had been convicted of murder charges from 2002 to 2004, according to a statement released by the Interior Ministry. On Thursday, a record number of countries threw their weight behind a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for a moratorium on executions: 117 of the 193 member states voted in favor of the resolution, 38 voted against it, and 34 abstained.
  • Ohio Moves to Make Elections More Competitive

    rcade
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Of 435 House races in November, only a few dozen were considered competitive — a result of decades of drawing district lines for partisan advantage, generally by state legislatures. But in an era of hyperpartisan gerrymandering, which many blame for the polarization of state and national politics, Ohio took a step in the opposite direction last week. With the support of both parties, the Ohio House gave final approval Wednesday to a plan to draw voting districts for the General Assembly using a bipartisan process, intended to make elections more competitive.
  • Krugman: Putin's Bubble Bursts

    rcade
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    Paul Krugman: If you're the type who finds macho posturing impressive, Vladimir Putin is your kind of guy. Sure enough, many American conservatives seem to have an embarrassing crush on the swaggering strongman. "That is what you call a leader," enthused Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, after Putin invaded Ukraine without debate or deliberation. But Putin never had the resources to back his swagger. Russia has an economy roughly the same size as Brazil's.
  • Poll: Clinton 61, Biden 14, Warren 13

    rcade
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    Hillary Clinton is off her peak but still overwhelmingly strong in support for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, while Elizabeth Warren has inched up in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. Clinton's backed by 61 percent of Democratic and Democratic leaning independents who are registered to vote, giving her a vast advantage over potential rivals Joe Biden, at 14 percent, and Warren, the freshman U.S. senator from Massachusetts, at 13 percent.
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    The New Republic

  • Can Potential Terrorists Be "Rehabilitated"?

    Jesse Singal
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Syria’s civil war is causing problems in the European Union. As the fighting has grown more and more brutal, and as reports of human-rights atrocities committed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime have spread, the war has become an attractive destination for a certain subset of young, frustrated Europea
  • The World Is Experiencing the Worst Refugee Crisis Since World War II

    Daniel Trilling
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hoppers Way in Singleton, Kent, is a quiet suburban cul-de-sac of red-brick detached houses, each with its own garage and driveway. Parked outside No 8, there is often a large white-and-grey camper van—a luxury Swift Kon-tiki 679 model, with a double bed in the back and another over the cab. Singl
  • EPA Is Finally Regulating Coal Ash Disposal—But Letting the Industry Police Itself

    Rebecca Leber
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:09 pm
    When power plants burn coal, they’re left with a coal ash residue containing arsenic, mercury, lead, and selenium. Until Friday, there were no federal standards for utilities to dispose of it. Utilities produce more than 100 million tons of the stuff annually, and what’s not recycled into concre
  • British Conservatives Have Been at War With the BBC for Decades—and This Time They Might Win

    John Simpson
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    They never seem to learn. If you’re a top politician, attacking the BBC’s reporting is the most obvious way of showing that you’re worried about the way that people will react to what you’re doing.The first reactions to George Osborne’s Autumn Statement had mostly been rather good. The nex
  • Obama's Right: Belgium Really Does Need a Politico

    Brian Beutler
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    In 2009, when I was a bright-green congressional reporter for TPM, and Josh Marshall and David Kurtz told me I’d be covering the health care reform debate full time, it felt like trial by fire. In hindsight, it was the opportunity of a lifetime, but one of the things that made it such a daunting a
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Truthdiggers of the Week: Pardiss Kebriaei and the Center for Constitutional Rights

    editor@truthdig.com
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    By Alexander Reed Kelly The senior attorney at the celebrated civil liberties group is pushing for the prosecution of U.S. officials who tortured detainees and terrorism suspects—an issue the Senate’s report on the subject was conspicuously silent about. Related Entries December 21, 2014 Cheney Xmas Ghost December 20, 2014 Unmasked: The CIA’s ‘Unidentified Queen of Torture’
  • Hopes, Fears and Doubts About Cuba’s Oil Future

    editor@truthdig.com
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Photo by L.C. Nottaasen (CC BY 2.0) One of the most plentiful oil and gas basins on the planet sits just off Cuba’s northwest coast, but experts say low oil prices and better opportunities elsewhere mean a Cuban oil boon is unlikely in the near future—even if U.S. business restrictions are relaxed. AP reports: It’s a prospect welcomed by Cubans desperate for economic growth yet deeply concerning for environmentalists and the tourism industry in the region. … “(Cuba) is not going to be the place where operators come rolling in,” says Bob Fryklund, chief…
  • Head of Police Union Declares War on Protesters After NYPD Cops ‘Assassinated’

    editor@truthdig.com
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
        Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, speaks during a news conference at Woodhull Medical Center on Saturday. AP/John Minchillo Two NYPD officers were killed Saturday in what a tearful New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio described as “execution style” as they sat in a patrol car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. The man identified as the gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, shot and killed himself after shooting officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. The Guardian quoted NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, whose voice cracked with…
  • Sony Pictures

    editor@truthdig.com
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    By Clay Bennett Related Entries December 21, 2014 Sony December 19, 2014 Vladimir Putin Invites Kim Jong Un to Moscow
  • Cheney Xmas Ghost

    editor@truthdig.com
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:26 am
    By Steve Sack, Cagle Cartoons, The Minneapolis Star Tribune Related Entries December 21, 2014 Truthdiggers of the Week: Pardiss Kebriaei and the Center for Constitutional Rights December 20, 2014 Unmasked: The CIA’s ‘Unidentified Queen of Torture’
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    PunditGuy

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    PunditGuy
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
  • Seahawk Distress

    PunditGuy
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Mayday. My Seahawks looked mortal today. The were beaten by the San Diego Chargers 30 to 21. They didn’t perform like the same team. The defense was clearly shocked by the heat (it was 97 degrees) and the ferociousness of the Charger offense. They didn’t let up. It seems like the Seattle offense barely got a chance to play, and I don’t think Marshawn Lynch had a dozen carries. It wasn’t our day. Worried? Maybe. It’s hard to have two championship seasons back to back. Not many teams are capable of it. Playoffs? For sure. I won’t say today that I expect the Seahawks to be back in…
  • U2 – “Songs of Innocence”

    PunditGuy
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    At first I thought the album sucked. I listened again. I was wrong. It’s a masterpiece. I’ve never been “into” U2 for their politics, or social commentary. I could really do without Bono’s preaching in-between songs during shows. Sure, he does more than just talk, he goes out there and gets stuff done, stays informed, etc., but so do millions of other smart people. Big deal. What I like about U2 is the music. It’s always been about the music. And for that I thank The Edge. I’m convinced it’s all him. Adam Clayton is a great bass player, and he’s getting better with each…
  • 9/11

    PunditGuy
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    Never forget.
  • I Don’t Want An Apple Watch, and You Shouldn’t Either

    PunditGuy
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I could easily point to this article on Engadget and be done. Go ahead an read it, because many of the arguments made there resonate with me. My honest thoughts are these: Apple Watch needs a separate charging plug. That’s just another I need to carry with me. The device requires an iPhone. Do you have to have it in your pocket? In proximity? Why wouldn’t I just pull out my phone instead of looking at my wrist? Aside from my wife, why would I want to send my heartbeat to anyone? And even with my wife, wouldn’t that get old after awhile? “Yeah, honey, love you…
 
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    Power Line

  • Earth’s Climate Shows 2,000-Year Cooling Trend

    John Hinderaker
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:51 pm
    (John Hinderaker) People who swallow global warming alarmism almost never know anything about the Earth’s climatic history. Next time one of your friends or relatives starts giving you the global warming routine, ask him or her to graph the temperature history of the last 500,000 years. Or 20,000 years. Or 2,000. Trust me: the supposed climate expert won’t be able to do it. Yet putting the modest temperature increase of the latter half of the 20th century into historical context is the first prerequisite of any intelligent evaluation. From Watts Up With That? comes a report on a…
  • Media Alert

    John Hinderaker
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:37 pm
    (John Hinderaker) I will be guest hosting Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow and Tuesday. Please tune in if you can; the show runs from 9 to 12 Eastern time, 8 to 11 Central. If Laura isn’t on the air where you live, or you don’t know where to find her show on the dial, you can listen online. Or you can use Laura’s radio station finder, or wait until later and listen to the podcast. We have a great lineup of guests, and it should be a lot of fun.
  • The Collapse of the Democratic Party In South Dakota: What Happened?

    John Hinderaker
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:13 pm
    (John Hinderaker) 2014 was a terrible year for the Democrats nationally, but in South Dakota it was a catastrophe: Democrats hold only 20 out of 105 seats in the state’s legislature, all 13 officers and representatives elected statewide are Republicans, and in the race for Governor, the Democrats suffered the worst margin of defeat in the state’s history. This marked the nadir for a party that as recently as 1978 was riding high, with more registered voters than the GOP. Last month, the University of South Dakota sponsored a panel discussion on the Democrats’ decline as part…
  • Dr. Evil Versus the Norks

    Steven Hayward
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    (Steven Hayward) I suppose it shouldn’t surprise us that Saturday Night Live had a better response to North Korea than President Obama did, starring Mike Myers as “Dr. Evil.”  I especially like the predictable “There’s already a GOP,” because—what took so long?
  • Oil, Oil, Toil and Trouble (Update 4)

    Steven Hayward
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    (Steven Hayward) There’s a mountain of economic research that suggests predatory pricing, the alleged sin of Standard Oil way back in the Rockefeller “robber baron” days more than a century ago, really doesn’t work, as the predator won’t recoup monopoly gains to make up the loss of profit during the period of predation—the more so the longer the period of price cutting takes. The Saudis likely know this, which suggests their decision to maintain production and let oil prices fall is being done for different motives (though if it squeezes and retards the American oil boom, that…
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    LewRockwell » LRC Blog

  • Capital Punishment and Murders by Police

    Michael S. Rozeff
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:56 am
    I am against capital punishment. I am also against police murdering innocent people. Being against the killing of a person convicted of a capital crime implies that one even more strongly and clearly must be against police murdering innocent people. It means that police procedures and weapons should never be employed in a wide range of instances where they are now standard operating procedure. If Americans were against capital punishment, then they would not allow police to be running wild and getting away with it as they are doing today in so many instances. The first time I stated my…
  • Cuba and Guantánamo

    Laurence M. Vance
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    I suspect that many Americans don’t realize that America’s Guantánamo Bay prison is in Cuba. One part of normalizing relations with Cuba should be not only closing this prison, but getting the U.S. military out of Cuba–where it has been for a hundred years, as I pointed out here.
  • The “Do Nothing” Congress

    Laurence M. Vance
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:56 am
    The current Congress (the 112th) has been called the “Do Nothing” Congress and the least productive since World War II. But is not that what we need? The less Congress does the fewer programs, laws, regulations, and agencies we will have. As bad as the 112th Congress has been, to be unproductive can only be good for liberty and property. Just imagine how much worse this Congress would have been if it had been more productive. Dan Mitchell agrees.
  • Did North Korea Hack Sony?

    Laurence M. Vance
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:46 am
    Did North Korea hack Sony? The criminal gang that is the government of North Korea says no. The equally criminal gang that is the government of the United States says yes. I see no reason to believe one over the other.
  • Great Christmas Movies?

    Butler Shaffer
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    How could such a list not include the film, “Joyeaux Noel”? Based upon actual happenings during World War I, when the war-time slaughter was put on hold on Christmas eve, and soldiers from German, French, and British trenches came out to peacefully socialize with one another, exchange meager gifts, perform Christmas music, and even play a game of soccer, this movie makes the kind of clear contrast that even the gang at CNN and Faux News might grasp. After this brief respite from the murderous purposes of the state, military officials were quick to reassign the soldiers who…
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    The Washington Post explains pretty clearly what was wrong with the President's gift to the Castro regime.Mr. Obama argued that his sweeping change of policy was overdue because the strategy of isolating the Communist regime “has had little effect.” In fact, Cuba has been marginalized in the Americas for decades, and the regime has been deprived of financial resources it could have used to spread its malignant influence in the region, as Venezuela has done. That the embargo has not succeeded in destroying communism does not explain why all sanctions should be lifted without any meaningful…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:11 am
    Is there any tyrant around whom Obama won't appease without getting anything in return? He started off by giving Russia what it wanted by backing out of a deal to put a missile defense system in Poland. And we got nothing in return. He's made a deal with Syria to ignore his supposed "red line" and got only empty prisons. The administration continues its negotiations in Iran without achieving anything except extending Iran's opportunity to continue building its weapons program. It's not so much that recognizing Cuba and ending the embargo is the wrong thing to do, but that Obama gave Cuba what…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:53 am
    This is what mush sounds like. Secretary Kerry was asked about why he was holding discussions about the Palestinians' move to introduce a draft UN resolution to end Israeli occupation instead of just vetoing the resolution as the U.S. has always done in the past. See if you can parse what Kerry said in his answer.Now, coming back to the first part of the questions, right now, what we’re trying to do is have a constructive conversation with everybody to find the best way to go forward in order to create the climate; the atmosphere; the political space, if you will, to be able to go back to…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    Patrick Poole writes that the Iranian cleric who took the Sydney cafe hostage was more than a "lone wolf." He was a "known wolf." He was someone who was well-known to Australian authorities from his prior actions. orn Manteghi Bourjerdi, Monis fled Iran for Australia in 1996 and thereafter had multiple run-ins with the law. He was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman while working as a “spiritual healer” in 2002, and was also charged as an accessory when his ex-wife was stabbed to death by his girlfriend last year.He had written despicable letters to families of Australian soldiers…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:10 am
    The unfolding hostage crisis in Sydney is a horrific story. We can all imagine how this could be any of us or our friends who happened to stop in a bakery for a cup of coffee. I've long thought that the most efficient way for terrorists to paralyze western economies would be to have small attacks on ordinary life so that people would fear to go out shopping or gathering. Good luck to the Australians in dealing with these terrorists.Ross Douthat notes two separate reports on the differences between the college-educated and the struggling working class. One notes that divorce is declining among…
 
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    The Fix

  • ‘Serial’ takes on Santa

    Chris Cillizza
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    "Serial", the true crime podcast narrated by Sarah Koenig, has become a cultural phenomenon. (It is the single most downloaded podcast in history; I am one of the millions now listening.) Now, "Serial" is taking on another case that has baffled people for ages: Is Kris Kringle really delivering presents to all of the children […]
  • Hillary Clinton *drops* to a 49-point lead for the Democrats’ 2016 nomination

    Scott Clement
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    The year 2014 brought a mixed bag for Hillary Clinton's presidential hopes. Her popularity continued to decline, her book tour drew mixed reviews (along with her book), and some in the liberal wing of the part are urging Elizabeth Warren to challenge her for the Democratic presidential nomination. But her status as most prohibitive Democratic front-runner […]
  • Obama as culture warrior

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    President Obama has just concluded the most active six weeks of his presidency, in which he has racked up a list of legacy-level actions. And it is a grab bag of moves -- both substantive and symbolic -- that should make most progressives swoon. Executive order on immigration reform. Check. Reversing 50 years of Cuba […]
  • 8 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    1. Because it's Friday: Slate created a widget that imagines how President Obama would mispronounce your name. Also, here is a video of retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann rapping. 2. Jason Horowitz writes about Hillary Clinton and her history with Israel. 3. Todd C. Frankel investigates the questions surrounding the death of a young black man […]
  • Fact-checking Obama’s press conference jobs claims

    Philip Bump
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    In his end-of-the-year press conference, President Obama started out by doing a sort of good-news-from-2014 recap. He highlighted successes on the policy and economic front, and catastrophes avoided internationally -- and domestically, on Ebola. He also made three easily check-able claims about the economy, which we decided to check. Claim 1: 2014 was the strongest year for […]
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  • Jingle Budget: Did Uncle Santa Bring You a Present?

    Nick Gillespie
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    "Congress Makes Christmas Come Early" was originally released on Dec. 18, 2014. The original text is below.  Merry cromnibus Christmas, Everybody! The $1.1 trillion budget passed by congress sure can buy lots of gifts and presents for everyone. Are you on Uncle Santa’s list? These lucky bastards are. Approximately 1:30 minutes. Written by Nick Gillespie. Produced by Meredith Bragg View this article.
  • Video: Chess Champion Garry Kasparov Slams Putin

    Reason.com
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    "I think we've forgotten many important lessons of the Cold war," says former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov. Especially when it comes to dealing with Russian leader Vladimir Putin: "You cannot project weakness....Putin's game is [not chess but] poker. And he knows how to bluff." Kasparov sat down recently with Reason's Nick Gillespie on the anniversary of the Berlin's Wall's Collapse and of Kasparov's world championship. Kasparov, now a human rights activist, discussed communism, lessons from the Cold War, and the rise of Vladimir Putin as a new threat to freedom and peace. View this…
  • In the Rush to Blame Everyone for the Shooting of NYPD Cops, Don't Forget to Include the Actual Shooter

    Nick Gillespie
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    In the wake of the horrific and unjustifiable shooting of two NYPD officers who were sitting in a patrol car in Brooklyn, the mad rush is now on to indict a wide range of co-conspirators and "real killers." This is a tired and worn-out gambit and its high point (that is, low point) has already probably been reached in the Twitter feed of deluxe troll Charles C. Johnson: Expect slightly more sophisticated versions of this argument to emanate throughout the blogosphere and cable-news-a-verse like the Blob over the next couple of weeks. Just as Sarah Palin's defense of gun rights has zero…
  • What Obama's Cuba Deal Means for the Future of Cuban Cigars

    Jacob Grier
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    This week's announcement of more normal diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba is welcome news for many reasons. Americans will now have somewhat fewer restrictions on travel, business, and banking on the island, and they will be allowed to send higher remittances to family living there. In Cuba, the deal includes the release of political prisoners and a promise of expanded Internet access. Yet the one benefit that captures the imagination of many is the possibility that Cuba's most famous export, cigars, may finally become legally available in the United States. If only it…
  • Jacob Grier on What Obama’s Cuba Deal Means for the Future of Cuban Cigars

    Reason.com
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    This week's announcement of more normal diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba is welcome news for many reasons. Americans will now have somewhat fewer restrictions on travel, business, and banking on the island, and they will be allowed to send higher remittances to family living there. In Cuba, the deal includes the release of political prisoners and a promise of expanded Internet access. Yet the one benefit that captures the imagination of many is the possibility that Cuba's most famous export, cigars, may finally become legally available in the United States. If only it…
 
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • Getting Out

    Randy Toman
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Having big problems within the social fabric cannot be denied, and the attempted solutions of these individual issues will not correct the larger problems.  I have stated this to a number of people——the problem is much larger——in that “We the People” have been placed on the wrong path going in the wrong direction and many do not understand the correcting of this problem—–the one or two or three issues we might correct in the scope of things—-mean nothing, especially if we cannot bring these two concerns into play. (A)  Understanding the root of…
  • Confused

    Randy Toman
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    In Otto Scott’s book “Robespierre” copyright 1974— on page 169—–it has this sentence: “Like many young men they subconsciously confuse education with character.” Scott is obviously talking about the young men in late 1700’s France with Robespierre and the French Revolution.  This same confusion I think is ramped in today’s culture.  We have in today’s Colleges and Universities a twisting of what is to make-up the young man’s character in that education as if the educational process will turn out fine upright citizen even as they are filling their…
  • The FED is killing us

    Randy Toman
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    “The real cause of the disaster is the very financial structure that was fashioned by legislators and guided by regulators; they together created a cartel that, like all other monopolistic concoctions is playing mischief with its victims.” Quoted from; “The Great Banking Scandal” (1990) Hans Sennholz You will note I was quoting something written in 1990—almost 25 years ago. And we all know that was well before the sophistication of today’s Wall Street—with its high power computerized buying and selling. It is troubling to know, debt was there (1990) but small and…
  • Words to the Pastor

    Randy Toman
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Charles G. Finney (1792-1875) was an effective teacher at Oberlin theological department for 40 years. (1835- 1875) Robert Fletcher’s article “The Pastor Theology of Charles G. Finney” nails the problems of today as he tells what Finney taught his young preachers. Fletcher writes of Finney; “The pastor and his flock had reciprocal duties, according to Finney. The pastor must demean himself so as to deserve the confidence of the people, giving himself wholly to the work and avoid every irrelevant engagement, feeding the flock with truth well digested, warning them publicly and…
  • 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…
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Obama’s Cuba opportunity. Philip Peters made the case for a change in Cuba policy. Neoconservatism’s theory gap. Leon Hadar reviews Bret Stephens’ America in Retreat and finds it thoroughly lacking. Ending the stupidest part of U.S. foreign policy. James Fallows celebrates the decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. A welcome blow against posturing in foreign policy. Paul Pillar applauds the opening to Cuba. Did the U.S.-Cuba deal help promote peace in Colombia? Richard McColl speculates on the connection between the resumptions of U.S.-Cuban relations and…
  • The Paul-Rubio Fight over Cuba

    Daniel Larison
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    Rand Paul said recently that he thought normalization with Cuba was “probably a good idea” and that the embargo “hasn’t worked.” That prompted Rubio to declare that Paul “has no idea hat he’s talking about.” Weigel reports on Paul’s response: That got Paul thinking, and he took to social media today to pummel Rubio. In a two-paragraph post on Facebook, Paul asked why Rubio didn’t want a “new approach” instead of the continuance of an obvious debacle. “Senator Rubio is acting like an isolationist who wants to retreat…
  • Why Hard-liners Rely on Stale Cliches

    Daniel Larison
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Robert Golan-Vilella points out that the statement John McCain and Lindsey Graham released on Cuba was nothing more than generic hard-liner rhetoric: But look again at McCain and Graham’s words. Notice how none of them actually have anything to do with Cuba. There is not a single fact or analytical conclusion about Cuba that explains their opposition to having diplomatic relations with that country. Rather, the two senators provide a familiar litany of clichés and buzzwords: “Retreat,” “decline,” “appeasement,” “diminishing America’s influence.” It reads more like a game…
  • Obama Hasn’t Given Rubio a “Gift” on Cuba

    Daniel Larison
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    One of the odder arguments in the Cuba debate this week is that Obama has provided a “gift” to Marco Rubio. Seth Mandel offers one version of this claim: Republicans should not underestimate how much this helps Rubio maintain a high profile in opposition to Obama. The president has two years left, and for those two years Rubio will be the most important figure standing between Obama and a yet another of his capitulations to foreign dictators. Even if Rubio doesn’t run for president, he will establish his power base in the Senate and put himself in line to set the GOP’s…
  • The Politics of Normalization with Cuba

    Daniel Larison
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Peter Harris argues that Obama’s foreign policy decisions are usually driven by domestic political considerations, but he curiously concludes that the decision to resume relations with Cuba doesn’t fit this pattern: Far from hewing to domestic opinion on the matter, then, pursuing rapprochement with Cuba might well end up hurting President Obama’s domestic standing. Harris is right that Obama’s decision isn’t going to make relations with Congress any easier, but it doesn’t follow that this is going to hurt Obama’s political standing at home. It could be…
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    Bob McCarty

  • Was Justice Served on Russian Roadway?

    admin
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Only on rare occasions do I share videos minus any direct connection to something in my books or politics. Today, however, I make an exception by showing a dashcam video from Russia. Purportedly, it shows a car involved in a high-speed chase exploding into pieces after being struck by lightning. And did I mention the vehicle’s occupants had allegedly robbed a church moments earlier? According to the article that accompanied the video above, witnesses to the event insist the vehicle was hit by lightning. Though it’s difficult to tell with certainty that lightning was involved in…
  • Bob McCarty’s Weekly Recap: Dec. 14-20

    admin
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    After sharing my weekly recap one week ago today, another piece of news arrived unexpected via my Facebook page. I shared it under the headline, The National Bet ‘Thoroughly Engrossing Crime Thriller’. Then I went about covering a plethora of news, ranging from the arrest of an FBI agent to agreeing with a slick-talking Democrat. Below is recap of the past seven days at BobMcCarty.com: Click on image above to order a copy of The National Bet. Sunday, Dec. 14 — While spending most of the day working on my next book, I did find time to read a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article…
  • Which United States Senator Sent This Message?

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    18 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    After telling my Facebook friends how strange it felt to receive an email message from one of my U.S. senators — with whom I disagree on almost everything — about the recent passage of a $1.1 trillion cromnibus spending package, I decided to share the opening paragraphs of that message (see screenshot below) and see if you could guess who sent it before I revealed the sender’s name. Click on image above to see who sent it. After clicking on the image above, you’re probably as disappointed as I am that the U.S. senator from Missouri who should have sent the message…
  • Note to Megyn Kelly: No Need For So Much Hype

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    One week ago today, I shared a Vice.com video interview of Dr. James Mitchell (a.k.a., “The Architect” of enhanced interrogation techniques) about his role in interrogating terrorists, terror suspects and other detainees in U.S. custody. Today, I share another interview of the man that reveals as much about the interviewer as it does about the guest. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com One thing that stands out to me in the video is that Dr. Mitchell seems humble and content to avoid the spotlight. On the flip side, I was disappointed by something I heard come out of the…
  • TALK RADIO ALERT: Listen to The Scott Horton Show Today

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    17 Dec 2014 | 8:22 am
    TALK RADIO ALERT:  Tune in to The Scott Horton Show! I’ll be making a guest appearance at 12:30 p.m. Eastern TODAY to discuss my latest reports about the Oklahoma City Bombing trial going on now in Salt Lake City. You can stream the show directly from any of the following sites:  Liberty Radio Network; APS Radio News; or Anomaly Radio. If you didn’t know an Oklahoma City Bombing trial was taking place, you’re not alone. Thanks to me, however, you can catch up on things by reading these articles. UPDATE 12/17/14 at 12:05 p.m. Central:  Just finished the interview and, although I…
 
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  • Worst Congress Ever? You Must Be Kidding

    David Boaz
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    David Boaz The Establishment media really love laws and government. NPR, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Pew Research, NBC, Politico – they’re all lamenting the “least productive Congress” ever. Or more precisely noting that the just-concluded 113th Congress was the second least productive Congress ever, second only to the 2011-12 112th Congress. But what’s the definition of a “productive Congress”? One that passes laws, of course, lots of laws. Congress passed only 286 laws in the past two years, exceeded in slackerdom only by the 283 passed in the previous…
  • You Ought to Have A Look: Poor Climate Models, Ethics and Climate Policy, New White House Guidelines

    Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger You Ought to Have a Look is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science posted by Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. (“Chip”) Knappenberger. While this section will feature all of the areas of interest that we are emphasizing, the prominence of the climate issue is driving a tremendous amount of web traffic. Here we post a few of the best in recent days, along with our color commentary. — Here are a couple of items from around the web that caught our eye this week: The first is an analysis of recent climate model performance…
  • Nebraska and Oklahoma Sue Colorado

    Tim Lynch
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Tim Lynch Yesterday, the attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a complaint asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado’s Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for adults, unconstitutional. The gist of the complaint is that federal law prohibits possession of marijuana and that Colorado law “conflicts with and stands as an obstacle to the full purposes and objectives of” the federal government. Thus, the argument runs, Colorado’s Amendment 64 violates the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution and should be declared invalid. Unlike, say, Maine or Hawaii,…
  • Bandying "Terrorism"

    Jim Harper
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    Jim Harper George Clooney has now joined North Korea’s United Nations ambassador Ja Song Nam in bandying charges of “terrorism” against a foe. North Korea’s emissary in New York complained in July that the production of Sony’s film, The Interview, was “the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war.” So, too, according to Clooney, was the threat leveled by unknown persons against theaters that might show the film: “Then, to turn around and threaten to blow people up and kill people, and just by that threat alone we change what we do for a…
  • A Practical (and Semi-Optimistic) Plan to Tame the Federal Leviathan

    Daniel J. Mitchell
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Daniel J. Mitchell Like a lot of libertarians and small-government conservatives, I’m prone to pessimism. How can you be cheerful, after all, when you look at what’s been happening in our lifetimes. New entitlement programs, adopted by politicians from all parties, are further adding to the long-run spending crisis. The federal budget has become much bigger, luring millions of additional people into government dependency. The tax code has become even more corrupt and complex, with more than 4,600 changes just between 2001 and 2012 according to a withering report from outgoing…
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  • President George W. Bush Plays Santa at Children’s Hospital in Dallas

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Former President George W. Bush dressed in a Santa suit to visit a Dallas children’s hospital and hand out toys to patients who have to spend Christmas in the hospital, the Daily Mail reports. One family, who lost one of their twin daughters to a heart disease, posted pictures on Facebook. ‘Guess who just came and gave Emily a Christmas present dressed in a Santa suit with Secret Service and all?!?!?………. Pres. George Bush,’ mom Natalie Smith posted to Facebookon December 16. Her daughter, Shayde, died in January. Her surviving daughter, Emily, has undergone a…
  • Knife Wielding Man Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ Shot Dead by Police in France

    Reuters
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:05 pm
    PARIS (Reuters) – French police on Saturday shot dead a man shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is the greatest”) who stabbed and wounded three officers in a police station, authorities said. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who rushed to the scene, said the man was killed after he attacked the policemen with a knife in a station in Joue-les-Tours, a suburb of the city of Tours in central France. Cazeneuve confirmed the attacker had shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack, which he said was “extremely violent”. The counter-terrorism section…
  • Rubio Slams Obama’s Cuba Policy

    Ellison Barber
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    On Sunday, President Obama defended his latest effort to work with Cuba as a calculated diplomatic effort and responded to critics who say the policy is yet another example of the president being too quick to appease bad actors. “We have been very firm with respect to those countries that we think are violating international law, or are acting against our interests,” he said. “For 50 years we’ve tried to see if we can overthrow the regime through isolation, it hasn’t worked. If we engage, we have the opportunity to influence the course of events at the time when…
  • Two NYPD Officers Slain in Apparent Retribution Attack

    Reuters
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A gunman shot dead two New York City police officers in what officials called an “assassination”, hours after warning on social media that he planned an attack in retribution for recent U.S. police killings of unarmed black men. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday ordered flags flown at half staff around the city, hours after the city’s main police union harshly criticized the city’s first Democratic mayor in two decades for being insufficiently supportive of the department during recent waves of anti-police violence. The shooter, 28-year-old…
  • Hillary ’08 Backer Now Ready for Warren: ‘Clinton Is More of a 20th Century Candidate’

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    Former Hillary Clinton supporter and Connecticut attorney Audrey Blondin has thrown her support behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) to challenge Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. During a ‘Face the State’ broadcast on Connecticut’s WFSB Sunday, Blondin explained why she soured on the idea of a Clinton candidacy. “I would like to say that Elizabeth, Senator Warren, is a 21st century candidate. Senator Clinton, Secretary Clinton, is more of a 20th century candidate,” Blondin said. Blondin noted that in past Democratic primaries, both Hillary and Bill…
 
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