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    16 Sep 2014 | 7:41 pm
    War. The deadly Ebola outbreak sweeping across three countries in West Africa is likely to last 12 to 18 months more, much longer than anticipated, and could infect hundreds of thousands of people before it is brought under control, say scientists mapping its spread for the federal government. “We hope we’re wrong,” said Bryan Lewis, an […] Read this post »
  • Celebrating 125 years of the National Zoo

    Patrick Ruffini
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    When the opportunity presented itself to design a microsite celebrating the Smithsonian National Zoo’s 125th Anniversary and the return of the American Bison, we jumped at the chance. Here in Washington—and, indeed, across the nation—the Smithsonian and the National Zoo are beloved institutions that are a source of tremendous pride. Respecting that legacy, we set out to design a microsite that would present the excitement of the occasion in a visually compelling manner that would speak to all generations. Our starting point was the background image. We wanted to evoke the Bison’s…
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    Ace of Spades HQ
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Happy Hump Day. Joan Rivers' doctor has some explaining to do. Is Sen. Cruz the Queen of Summertime? The NFL's meltdown continues. The EPA porn-watcher who was banned from the building is still on payroll. He downloaded over 7,000 pornographic...
  • The Sleeve

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    Mike McDaniel
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    In the never-ending avoidance of the effective means of stopping school shooters–arming willing staff–a variety of new gadgets and multi-step and expensive programs are constantly being developed and marketed. One of the newest was apparently thought up by teachers in Iowa. Called “The Sleeve,” it’s a triangular piece of metal that slides over the arms of common door-closing mechanisms. Of course, such a device would be of limited usefulness on doors that don’t have such devices, or that feature windows, but these folks are apparently well intentioned. Unfortunately, good…
  • Staci Appel (D CAND, IA-03): against taking away terrorist traitors’ passports!

    <a href="/users/moe_lane/">Moe Lane</a> (<a href="/diary/moe_lane/">Diary</a>)
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    From comments to this post comes a remarkably tin-eared comment by Democratic candidate Staci Appel on whether Americans who join terror groups should be allowed to keep their passports.  I sincerely doubt that anybody here will be surprised to hear that Ms. Appel has a problem with taking away those passports: I would not be urging taking away their passports… I think we need to make sure that we work through the system and look through it on a very diligent basis. Here’s the fuller version, for those wondering if I’m just being unfair: If you watch it, two things become…
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    16 Sep 2014 | 7:41 pm
    War. The deadly Ebola outbreak sweeping across three countries in West Africa is likely to last 12 to 18 months more, much longer than anticipated, and could infect hundreds of thousands of people before it is brought under control, say scientists mapping its spread for the federal government. “We hope we’re wrong,” said Bryan Lewis, an […] Read this post »
  • Sotloff “fixer”: Americans never contacted me after his abduction

    Ed Morrissey
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    "That was one of many mistakes." The families of both American journalists murdered by ISIS have complained that the US government didn’t appear to prioritize the plight of James Foley or Steven Sotloff — and in the latter case, the man abducted along with him agrees. Yosef Abobaker has a reputation among foreign correspondents as a trustworthy “fixer,” a guide who […] Read this post »
  • David Cameron to Scotland: Baby, don’t go.

    Mary Katharine Ham
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:21 pm
    A divorce, not a trial separation. If you walk out that door, you ain’t coming back. And, you’re gonna be sorry. Everything you own in a box to the left, etc. “Head, heart, and soul, we want you to stay,” British Prime Minister David Cameron pleaded with Scottish voters, but not without offering a stark warning about exactly what leaving the […] Read this post »
  • Confirmed: You can tell someone’s politics by their body odor

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Musk. To cleanse the palate during dinnertime on the east coast, a story about sniffing strangers’ sweaty ‘pits. Turns out conservatives smell like flowers and freedom while liberals smell like oppression and ass. Or at least, they do if you’re conservative. A new study in the American Journal of Political Science from Brown’s Rose McDermott, Harvard’s […] Read this post »
  • Oh my: I think Romney’s going to run, says top Wall Street backer

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:51 pm
    “I don’t think he’s 100 percent made the decision.” Not just any Wall Street big shot, either. It’s Charles Scaramucci, finance committee co-chair for Romney’s 2012 campaign. Even if he’s exaggerating where Mitt is right now on making a decision, this means at the very least that members of his inner circle think he’s persuadable under the right circumstances. The dream is alive. Huckabee […] Read this post »
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Celebrating 125 years of the National Zoo

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

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

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

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

    Mike McDaniel
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    In the never-ending avoidance of the effective means of stopping school shooters–arming willing staff–a variety of new gadgets and multi-step and expensive programs are constantly being developed and marketed. One of the newest was apparently thought up by teachers in Iowa. Called “The Sleeve,” it’s a triangular piece of metal that slides over the arms of common door-closing mechanisms. Of course, such a device would be of limited usefulness on doors that don’t have such devices, or that feature windows, but these folks are apparently well intentioned. Unfortunately, good…
  • Education Problems and Solutions #3: The Magic Curriculum UPDATED

    Mike McDaniel
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    credit: bostononlyricopera.blogspot.com The first two articles in this, the updated version of this series, are: Education Problems and Solutions #1: The Wages Of Failure Updated  Education Problems and Solutions #2: Unaccountability Updated I update this series because the problems it addresses have not been resolved. In some ways, and in many places, they’re worse, and the consequences for failing to properly address these problems will be serious indeed for all Americans. Read on, gentle readers. This, the third in my series on education problems and eventual solutions, deals with the…
  • ChapStick Terrorism

    Mike McDaniel
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:34 pm
    School disruptor, Grace Karaffa Here’s yet another in my continuing “this makes me embarrassed to be an educator” series. This time an elementary school has banned a dangerous drug, the scourge of female lips: ChapStick. Fox News has the story:  When 11-year-old Grace Karaffa was told she couldn’t use ChapStick at her Virginia elementary school, the girl — who’d been prohibited from using it for years to treat her dry, bleeding lips — decided she’d had enough. The fifth-grader at Stuarts Draft Elementary School created a petition and presented her case…
  • Stinky Writing

    Mike McDaniel
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    credit: bigeducationape.blogspot.com Gentle readers, forgive me. I don’t like to leave any article–with a few exceptions–up for more than four to five days. I follow Ben Franklin’s aphorism: Fish and visitors stink in three days. I add blog posts to the list. Please accept my abject apologies for not maintaining my own standards of late. The beginning of school has been berserk, as always, and the choral season has begun. As a result, my music schedule for the last week: Sunday: Two church services–6 hours Monday: Evening Master Chorale (symphony chorus)…
  • The Michael Brown Case, Update 5: The Costs of Policing

    Mike McDaniel
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    credit: cncpunishment.com This edition of the continuing saga of the Michael Brown case is an update on what has happened since Update 4, published on August 30, 2014. The first four articles in this series are: The Michael Brown Case: Initial Observations  The Michael Brown Case, Update 2: Communication  The Michael Brown Case, Update 3: First Theory  The Michael Brown Case, Update 4: The Law Since the initial flurry of press attention and racial hustling, Ferguson has, for the most part, returned to the usual pace of a suburban town of about 21,000. Until a definitive announcement on the…
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  • Staci Appel (D CAND, IA-03): against taking away terrorist traitors’ passports!

    <a href="/users/moe_lane/">Moe Lane</a> (<a href="/diary/moe_lane/">Diary</a>)
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    From comments to this post comes a remarkably tin-eared comment by Democratic candidate Staci Appel on whether Americans who join terror groups should be allowed to keep their passports.  I sincerely doubt that anybody here will be surprised to hear that Ms. Appel has a problem with taking away those passports: I would not be urging taking away their passports… I think we need to make sure that we work through the system and look through it on a very diligent basis. Here’s the fuller version, for those wondering if I’m just being unfair: If you watch it, two things become…
  • GAO Bombshell: ObamaCare Directly Funds Abortion

    Matthew Clark (<a href="/diary/matthewclark/">Diary</a>)
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals what we’ve been saying all along: ObamaCare funds abortion. Put more directly: you are paying for abortion with your federal tax dollars in direct violation of federal law. In fact the new report details a myriad of ways that despite promises from President Obama and his pro-abortion allies and in spite of federal laws, the language of ObamaCare itself, and an Executive order abortion is not only being subsidized with federal tax dollars, but in some instances ObamaCare participants are being forced to pay for abortion coverage.
  • IRS Has 99 Problems But the Church Ain’t One

    Matthew Clark (<a href="/diary/matthewclark/">Diary</a>)
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    The scandal plagued Obama Administration IRS admits that it has targeted 99 churches for additional scrutiny after settling a lawsuit with the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). The IRS settlement with the angry atheist group FFRF is shrouded in secrecy, but the little we do know is enough to raise significant suspicion. Last month Representative Scott Garrett (NJ-5) led a congressional letter demanding answers from the IRS about the settlement. Last week the IRS responded – well sort of.  The IRS dodged almost every one of Congress’s questions, hiding behind the Obama Justice…
  • Bill Bennett paid to pimp for Common Core

    <a href="/users/streiff/">streiff</a> (<a href="/diary/streiff/">Diary</a>)
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Last week Reagan administration Secretary of Education Bill Bennett appeared on the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal called The Conservative Case for Common Core. That’s the fundamental idea behind a core curriculum: preserving and emphasizing what’s essential, in fields like literature and math, to a worthwhile education. It is also, by the way, a conservative idea. In the op-ed, Bennett dangles a bewildering series of non-sequiturs before the reader: When I was chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities in the 1980s, I asked 250 people across the political…
  • Obama uses war on ISIS to overthrow Syria’s Assad

    <a href="/users/streiff/">streiff</a> (<a href="/diary/streiff/">Diary</a>)
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    One of the things that has intrigued me about the Obama administration’s alleged strategy to combat ISIS is the degree to which it focuses on Syria. Not only are airstrikes within Syria contemplated but another attempt will be made by the administration to arm the Syrian opposition forces. To me this seems counterintuitive. Not only is he heartland of ISIS in Iraq but expanding our efforts into Syria diffuses those efforts while making building a coalition much more difficult. For instance, Turkey, which unlike Saudi Arabia does have an extensive frontier with Iraq and Syria, is…
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  • Search vs Organization [Infographic]

    Eric Dye
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    I like to keep my files organized, but it isn’t often until I am further into a project that I realize a better way to organize. So, I re-organize them. Even with all this organization of file folders on my computer, I can still have a hard time sifting through my files to find exactly what I am looking for. I do the same with my email, and when I’ve asked others how they organize their email, they simple say: I use search. How do you organize your computer files? Desktop computers are getting better about being able to search for files—even adding the ability to tag…
  • Premium WordPress Themes by 7Theme [GIVEAWAY]

    Eric Dye
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Looking for a new premium WordPress theme, but you’ve searched through all the usual suspects and would like something new and fresh? Maybe it’s time you took a look at this new find—7Theme. 7Theme offers over 100 themes and many different basic WordPress services that may be of interest to you. There is one thing I know you’ll be interested in, and it’s the 3 7Theme premium WordPress themes we’re giving away! 7Themes Here are a few reasons you might want to consider 7Themes for your next purchase: All themes are developed in “debug mode.” All themes are…
  • Learning from the Church Tech Saints Before Us

    Eric Dye
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Technology is always moving forward. It’s always looking forward. In fact, as I write this, everyone is talking about today’s Apple event where they will announce and display the newest bit of technology. By its very nature, technology is always knocking on the future’s door. But what about old technology? Some of us call it ‘retro,’ reminisce a little and move on to the next new thing. But I am afraid we have left principles and concepts laid down by the saints before us; those early adopters of technology. We are always talking about the newest and latest trend, but…
  • Amazing Audio Illusion [Video]

    Eric Dye
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’ve always thought that optical illusions were cool, but I had no idea there was such a thing called an ‘audio illusion!’ Seriously. After watching this video, your mind will be blown… “Just like there are optical illusions, there is also “audio illusion” or “acoustical illusion”. This one is called Shepard Tone. When a number of octave notes are played at the same time, the average human ear will simply hear the one note, closest to the last pitched sound it heard, as opposed to differentiating and splitting that sound into its singular octave…
  • Hubbble — Favorite Tweets In Your Inbox

    Eric Dye
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Do you favorite tweets on Twitter? For the longest time I didn’t, but then I realized it was a great way to show others that you’re listening and paying attention, without having to retweet everything. Someone mentions you, hit the favorite star. Someone says something funny, hit the favorite star. It’s been a nice bridge between the gap of enjoying a tweet without any kind of recognition, retweeting, or replying. But what if the favorite star did a little more than that? Check out Hubbble. That’s with three b’s, so not this: Or this: No, I am talking…
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  • Texas Rangers Call Up Minor League Coach with Parkinsons So He Can Have Health Insurance

    James Joyner
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:13 am
    A heartwarming story from the Dallas Morning News: If there is a sliver of good news to emanate from the sudden and mysterious resignation of Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, it concerns minor league roving hitting instructor Brian Dayett. The Rangers on Tuesday added Dayett, 57, to their major league staff for the remaining two weeks of the season to satisfy a MLB directive to have a minimum of five coaches on the Major League Baseball pension and insurance plan. It means a lot to Dayett, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. It will allow Dayett to increase his major…
  • Israel’s ‘Secret’ Nukes

    James Joyner
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    Everyone knows that Israel has had nuclear weapons for decades. Don’t tell anyone—it’s a secret. The Atlantic (“Israel’s Worst-Kept Secret“): Israel has a substantial arsenal of nuclear weapons. Former CIA Director Robert Gates said so during his 2006 Senate confirmation hearings for secretary of defense, when he noted—while serving as a university president—that Iran is surrounded by “powers with nuclear weapons,” including “the Israelis to the west.” Former President Jimmy Carter said so in 2008 and again this year, in…
  • Reading is Apparently Good For You

    James Joyner
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    Dedicated reading improves our brains and our health—unless it’s on a computer screen. WSJ (“Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress“): Slow reading advocates seek a return to the focused reading habits of years gone by, before Google, smartphones and social media started fracturing our time and attention spans. Many of its advocates say they embraced the concept after realizing they couldn’t make it through a book anymore. Slow readers list numerous benefits to a regular reading habit, saying it improves their ability to concentrate, reduces stress…
  • We May Not Know Who Controls The Senate Until January

    Doug Mataconis
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    As we watch the battle for control of the Senate, which is really the only interesting part of the 2014 elections at this point, there are a number of factors that seem to be in play that could guarantee that we won’t actually know who controls the Senate until sometime in January after Congress has actually reconvened. First on the list is the fact that so many of the races are close enough right now that they are considered toss-ups, which generally means that the polling is so close to even or within the margin of error that it’s impossible to say who might actually be ahead.
  • Kansas Supreme Court Appears Prepared To Allow Democrat Chad Taylor To Get Off Ballot

    Doug Mataconis
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The Kansas Supreme Court heard arguments today in the case brought by Democratic Senate nominee Chad Taylor to have his name removed from the ballot and, at least based on the initial reports, it appears that Taylor may end up succeeding and thereby cause Republicans to have something to worry about in the Sunflower State: Kansas Supreme Court justices grilled Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s attorney at a special court hearing Tuesday about whether Democrat Chad Taylor should remain on ballot as a candidate for U.S. Senate. Taylor’s suit to remove his name from the ballot is…
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  • A Growing Number of Teen Girls in West Volunteering for Islamist Terror Group ISIS

    Warner Todd Huston
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Personal note: this one is up so late because I had to leave town for the funeral of my Niece’s 28-year-old husband. He passed of liver failure. I only note this because I most likely won’t be posting something on Wednesday. Officials in Austria have gone public with fears that the terror group ISIS may be finding a new wave of recruits among its teenaged girls after a number of girls have run away from home intending to join ISIS forces in Iraq or Syria. Unfortunately, Austria isn’t alone teens are fleeing countries all across the west to join jihadis.
  • Populist Hillary To Award Clinton Foundation Honors to Leo DiCaprio at Gala

    Warner Todd Huston
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Later this month, the Clinton Foundation is throwing a big gala to honor its 2014 Global Citizen Award winner, actor Leonardo DiCaprio. But with this hoity-toity gala, so much for Hillary being the “populist” woman of the people. As Hillary and her surrogates attempt to recast the former First Lady and Secretary of State as a populist woman of the people, her Clinton Foundation is set to celebrate with a dozen famous and high powered citizens of the world during its September 21 soirée. Famed actor DiCaprio is being honored for his work around the world with his Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was massive, botox-filled success. The assignment this week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (Mjolnir) – “The *Brilliant* John Kerry is puzzled by the dead silence following his greeting everybody with a ‘Shalom.’” 2) (RestlessLegs) – “Kerry helps process unaccompanied minors near the Mexican border.” 3) (fustian24) – “The good news is that they can behead him and Kerry can go on working.” 4) (yetanotherjohn) – “There but for the…
  • Last Weekend’s Caption Contest™ Winners

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Last week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another monster success. The assignment last week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (guido81_MA) – “To tell you the truth, I only came here because I thought Mount Pleasant was the name of a golf course.” 2) (Rodney Dill) – “Mount Pleasant? Well I guess we’re not talkin’ ’bout Michelle then, huh?” 3) (Joe_Miller) – “Still not the smartest man in the room.” 4) (sarahconnor2) – “Another good reason to home school your…
  • Still a Slavish Flack: Carney Blames TV Networks for Fewer Obama Speeches

    Warner Todd Huston
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    By joining CNN as an on-air commentator, former Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney has passed through the revolving door between the Obama administration and the media, but he is still Obama’s man and in an interview with his new employer he noted that the TV networks are to blame for Obama not being allowed to make more TV speeches. It is lain that Carney will continue to be a bind flack for Obama even on CNN. Carney stepped down from his post as White House press secretary in June and by September it was announced he was joining CNN as
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    Fort Hard Knox

  • The Horrors of Recent Christian Persecution By ISIS

    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?

    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

    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

    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…
  • What About Christian Rights?

    22 Nov 2013 | 1:59 pm
    It would seem that everywhere you turn these days there are cries for equal rights and freedom of speech. Some of the loudest speakers are the ones that speak out in favor of gay rights, women’s rights, immigrant rights, and so on. Let me be clear. Every group of people just mentioned deserves to have equal rights in the United States. There is no reason that a group should be maligned simply because they are different. However, the biggest issue in this drama is not the lack of rights given to a minority but the lack of rights given to a large majority. Who has the biggest target on their…
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    Drudge Retort

  • Mob Throws Politician in the Trash in Ukraine

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    To protest a bill banning protesting outside Parliament, angry Ukrainian protesters today threw its main advocate, lawmaker Vitaly Zhuravsky, into a dumpster conveniently placed outside the Parliament building in Kiev.
  • U.S. Military Will Combat Ebola in Africa

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
    The Pentagon is sending 3,000 people to West Africa -- more than twice the number currently stationed in Iraq -- to expand U.S. efforts to help fight the deadly Ebola virus, President Obama plans to announce today. Military personnel will not directly provide health care to the thousands of patients, but they will help coordinate efforts of the U.S. government and various international relief organizations to contain the epidemic, according to a statement from the White House.
  • Suspect Named in Pennsylvania Trooper Ambush

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside a rural barracks is a survivalist, state police said Tuesday. Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pennsylvania, is still armed with the .308-caliber rifle that he allegedly used to open fire on the barracks late Friday, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. "He has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also to commit mass acts of murder," Noonan said. "What his reasons are, we don't know."
  • Florida Man Shoots Sister in 'Tombstone' Trick

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    A Florida woman was shot and killed over the weekend when her brother unsuccessfully attempted to re-enact some fancy gunplay from the movie Tombstone. In the 1993 classic western, actor Michael Biehn, as Johnny Ringo, elaborately twirls his pistol during a barroom showdown with Val Kilmer, as Doc Holliday. Eric Stayton attempted the same stunt Saturday night at his home in Chaires, where about a dozen friends and relatives were celebrating the birthdays of his sister, 39-year-old Renee Chaires, and her 23-year-old daughter, reported the Tallahassee Democrat.
  • Bill Clinton: Netanyahu 'Not the Guy' for Peace

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    In a conversation with a citizen caught on C-SPAN, former President Bill Clinton said he agrees that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "not the guy" for a peace deal. The video shows the 42nd president at Sen. Tom Harkin's Iowa steak fry Sunday speaking with an individual along a rope line. "Netanyahu himself said that he does not want peace. If we don't force him to make peace, we will not have peace," the man told Clinton. "First of all, I agree with that," Clinton responded.
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    New Republic

  • College Rankings Are Destroying Financial Aid

    Stephen Burd
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In the summer of 2008, Baylor University made an enticing offer to incoming freshmen. The Baptist university in Texas, which is now led by one-time Clinton prosecutor Kenneth Starr, said it would offer admitted students a $300 credit for the campus bookstore if they agreed to retake the SAT. Student
  • Does Corporal Punishment Really Cause Long-Term Damage? An Expert Weighs In

    Danny Vinik
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    When Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson was arrested Saturday morning for hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch, the reaction was mixed. Some were appalled by his actions. Many others expressed solidarity with Peterson. “Whippingwe do that all the time,” former N
  • California Won't Eliminate Campus Rape by Over-Legislating Sex

    Batya Ungar-Sargon
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Laws governing sexual conduct are about to change for the worse. With 20 percent of female students reporting sexual-assault incidents, California's State Senate recently passed legislation to target the crime on campuses. Bill 967, which passed unanimously and is also known as the "yes means yes" l
  • Rand Paul's Scattershot Foreign Policy Is Starting to Make Sense

    Jason Zengerle
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When it comes to foreign policy, Rand Paul contains multitudes. He was for ending foreign aid to Israel before he was
  • How I Fell Out of Love with Space Tourism

    Chuck Thompson
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This week, a newly formed private American space concern called Space Development Ventures (a group that includes two former NASA astronauts) announced the launch of a global contest called Spaceship Earth Grant brought to you by Star Harbor Space Training Academy. The group promises the winner of t
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  • Should U.S. Policy Toward Islamic State Be Containment?

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:48 am
    By Juan Cole President Obama’s speech last Wednesday was a strange mixture of counter-terrorism and warmaking. Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences September 16, 2014 U.S. Coalition Excludes Countries Already Fighting Islamic State
  • Family Alleges Racism Compelled Utah Police to Shoot Darrien Hunt

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
      The names of the officers from the Saratoga Springs Police Department who were involved in the shooting of Darrien Hunt (pictured) last week have not yet been released. Screen shot from CNN Darrien Hunt was a 22-year-old African-American who was shot and killed by police officers from the Saratoga Springs Police Department in Utah on Wednesday. Officers say they responded to a report of a “suspicious individual” walking around with a “samurai-type sword,” and after they made initial contact with Hunt, he lunged at them while brandishing the sword. Hunt’s family believes…
  • U.S. Coalition Excludes Countries Already Fighting Islamic State

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    By William Pfaff A hollow laugh might be permitted at the alliance now announced as the result of Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest journey through the Middle East. Related Entries September 16, 2014 Study: Turmoil in the Middle East Threatens Global Food Security September 16, 2014 Egypt Offered Palestinians 1,600 Square Kilometers Near Gaza
  • L.A.’s Elite ‘Anti-Vaxxers’ Bringing Whooping Cough, Measles Back

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Shutterstock Spurred by their shared concern that vaccinating their children will do more harm than good, parents in Los Angeles who have taken an anti-vaccination stance—“anti-vaxxers,” as those among their ranks are called—could be putting more than their own kids’ health at risk. According to an article posted last week by The Hollywood Reporter, children from some of the more affluent parts of L.A. are recycling a trend that nobody wants to revisit: whooping cough. THR’s investigation found that 72 cases of pertussis (whooping cough’s official…
  • Implication

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    By Clay Bennett Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences September 17, 2014 Should U.S. Policy Toward Islamic State Be Containment?
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  • Seahawk Distress

    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”

    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

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

    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…
  • Obama Concedes to 2014 Dems; Won’t Force Immigration Action

    6 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Everything is political. From going to war, to recognizing holidays and religious traditions, to pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey. No decision is made without politics being the most important issue. This is true for Democrats and Republicans alike. No one is pure here. It just seems as though the political angles of things are becoming more obvious than in the past, and the media now doesn’t even pretend to hide the implications. President Barack Obama will not take any executive actions on immigration until after November’s elections, a White House official confirmed to CNN on…
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  • The left prepares to cash in on Ray Rice

    Paul Mirengoff
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:52 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) The Washington Post claims that “women are pro football’s most important demographic” and wonders whether women “will forgive the NFL” for its handling of Ray Rice who punched out his girl friend (now his wife). But the Post’s article proves that women are not the NFL’s most important demographic, and it is unlikely that female pro football fans are upset with the League over the Rice affair. According to the Post, women make up 45 percent of NFL fans. But the Nielsen survey it cites shows that women make up only about one-third of the…
  • Bobby Jindal looks like a solid 2016 contender to me

    Paul Mirengoff
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) It has long been clear that you need to get up very early in the morning to beat Scott Johnson to a story. Now it appears that you need to get up even earlier to scoop Scott’s daughter Eliana. Today, Bobby Jindal delivered an address on energy policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. I attended not as much to hear about energy policy as to figure out what I think about Jindal as a presidential possibility. But when I surfed the internet as we waited for Jindal’s talk, I found that Eliana, in anticipation of the address, had already assessed…
  • Our Whiny President, on the Radio

    John Hinderaker
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    (John Hinderaker) Seth Leibsohn was formerly Bill Bennett’s producer and now has his own radio show in Phoenix. He enjoyed my post Our Whiny President and asked me to come on the radio to talk about it. As it turned out, we discussed some other things too, like country music and the Minnesota Senate race. It was a fun couple of segments; here it is: http://www.powerlineblog.com/admin/ed-assets/2014/09/September-15-2014-John-Hinderaker.mp3
  • Is John Kerry a GOP Double-Agent? [With Comment by John]

    Steven Hayward
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    (Steven Hayward) Never mind the idea that Nancy Pelosi may be a GOP deep-cover double-agent.*  I think I’ve figured out who is operating in even deeper cover: Secretary of State John Kerry. Today in Jakarta Kerry spoke about the causes of climate change.  Here are some highlights of Kerry’s keen grasp of science: The science of climate change is leaping out at us like a scene from a 3D movie. . . In fact, this is not really a complicated equation. I know sometimes I can remember from when I was in high school and college, some aspects of science or physics can be tough –…
  • Give Code Pink Credit for Consistency

    John Hinderaker
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    (John Hinderaker) It is hard not to enjoy the spectacle of the Obama administration making the case for pre-emptive war in Iraq, and relying on the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq, which President Obama wanted to revoke just a few weeks ago, as its legal authority for the war. It is also interesting to see the reaction on the Left. For the most part, liberals are remaining mute, as though they haven’t noticed that Obama has reversed himself on the signature issue that brought him the Democratic nomination, and the presidency. A few on the Left are consistent,…
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  • “Fair and Balanced” Reporting Epitomized

    Thomas DiLorenzo
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:19 pm
    The logo of FOX News is “Fair and Balanced Reporting.”  This was certainly on display this evening when the topic of bombing all the Muslim countries of the Middle East into the stone age was the topic of discussion.  On one side of the “debate” was Senator Lindsey Graham.  On the other side was John Bolton.   The bone of contention during the debate was whether or not the U.S. government should carpet bomb the entire country of Iran now, or wait until after doing the same to Syria first.  Fair and Balanced: You Decide.
  • The New MREs

    Laurence M. Vance
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Regarding the military’s new Meals Ready-to-Eat (MRE), I was just informed by someone who was given some to eat, comes with “a pack of “Patriot Cookies” instead of animal cookies. Instead of lions and tigers, you get to enjoy a flag cookie. Instead of elephants, you enjoy busts of Uncle Sam. And instead of camels and hippos, the treat is a liberty torch, or the letters US.” This should come as no surprise since the U.S. government is the greatest propaganda machine in the history of the world. Just look at the billboard ads for the Marines: “For Our Nation,…
  • “Son, men don’t get raped”

    Laurence M. Vance
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Unless they are in the military. In the CQ article on male victims of sexual assault in the military that I mentioned previously when I referenced a Slate piece about it, there are many statements from former male members of the military who were sexually assaulted. The one that stands out the most to me is this one: “There’s nothing I could have done, except never have joined the military.” Well said. Don’t enlist in the first place. You may not go to Afghanistan or Iraq and get your legs or your genitals blown off, but you may stay in the United States and be killed…
  • U.S. Can’t Keep Up With Arab Divisions and Shifting Alliances

    Michael S. Rozeff
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    A headline says “Congress forges ahead with Obama’s request to arm Syrian rebels,” the “moderate rebels”. Meanwhile a top Syrian official (Speaker of its Parliament) “calls on the United States to refrain from arming and training so-called moderate Syrian rebels and from entering into a coalition with countries whose religious ideologies, the Speaker says, has fueled the growth of ISIS. Speaker Jihad al-Lahham also writes that one of the two American journalists beheaded by ISIS was sold to the militant group by the moderate forces.” In addition, the…
  • No God for the NFL But the State

    Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Redskins QB not allowed to wear “Know Jesus, Know Peace” shirt for a press conference. (Thanks to Travis Holte)
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  • Brave: the word that is being misused

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Okay, I'm putting on my rant pants today and complaining about a huge pet peeve of mine.  It has to do with the word brave, and the massive abuse of its definition running rampant around the internets of late.  I'm mostly referencing the overuse of it on blogs, and in comment sections of blogs, and instagram.No, it is not brave to take your oldest kid to kindergarten for the first time.  No, it is not brave to hike a small mountain.  No, it is not brave to tell people you have changed your mind about part of your life.  No, it is not brave to run a marathon.  No,…
  • How has Cate adjusted?

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    It's been just over two weeks since we said our goodbye's to Cate and headed back home to resume "normal life" without our college student.  I'm not going to lie, it was really tough to drive off and leave her there.  Many tears were shed (by Spencer and I), as we hit the lonely road home and thought about how much we love and adore that girl and how our lives would never be the same from that moment on.And, it's true.  Our lives are not the same.  Things seem quieter here.  One less person at home feels significant.  For the first week or so, Wes kept asking me…
  • Letting my hair down: {day one}

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    (The super moon)20 random facts about myself1.  I keep my toenails painted year round.2.  I once dry heaved when my Grandma Genie guilted me into eating a cooked prune.3.  I need eight hours of sleep to function.  I need nine hours to be happy and seven to survive.4.  I can see through people within 3 minutes of meeting them.  It is a blessing and a curse.5.  I don't cry at normal crying moments- tear jerker movies, sentimental life experiences, terrible news.6.  My children go to their dad if they want something out of the ordinary.7.  If I ever…
  • 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.
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:53 am
    Nancy Pelosi has a very short memory as she claims that the Democrats "never treated President Bush the way they treat President Obama."Could this be the time to restore powers to the states? We've gone so far from the original idea of power divided between the federal and state governments, that it seems impossible to put that genie back in the bottle.Now, however, states increasingly are complaining and pushing back or ignoring federal laws and mandates they say are out of touch, excessively burdensome, or unconstitutional.And with Washington immobilized by partisan gridlock, states find…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:51 am
    President Obama sure does sound whiny about how tough his job is and how unfair it is that people criticize him. John Hinderaker comments on a NYT story on Obama's decision-making on attacking ISIS,Obama is “reluctant to decide” because “deciding often forces you into a more one-sided position than you’re comfortable with.” Of course it does! Before you decide, you can ponder the pros and cons, the one hand and the other hand, the various shades of gray, and leave it at that.But when you decide, you have to choose: to go to war; to bomb; to take a side; to incur casualties; to face…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    A president should want a vote from Congress to give him authorization for his efforts against ISIS. That would give him a legal support and would limit opponents for criticism from all who would vote for such an authorization. The administration is claiming that they don't need anything beyond the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) from 2001 to give the president power to go after anyone who attacked us on 9/11 or aided those who attacked us. Just last year Obama asked Congress to limit the AUMF because he said that all wars end and he had ended that war. Paul Mirengoff…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    Too little, too late seems the general conclusion about the President's decision to bow to low poll ratings by announcing the US will be leading efforts to destroy the Islamic State. And of course, there was no acknowledgement that what he announced last night was the opposite of what he'd been saying just a few weeks ago about arming the supposedly moderate Syrian rebels to be the ground troops he refuses to send in from America. Just a month ago he was saying that it wasn't worth it to arm an army made up of doctors, lawyers, and pharmacists. And there was no acknowledgment that if Obama…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    The best aspect of the Republicans taking over the Senate would be seeing and hearing less of Harry Reid. This is his most humorous complaint. He has decided to waste a whole lot of Senate time on debating a proposed amendment that has no chance of passing out of Congress since it would need two-thirds of both houses. He wanted the symbolism of the proposal, but didn't really want to go any further. But it ended up that Republicans voted for advancing the proposed amendment to the floor for debate. And now Reid is annoyed that the Republicans voted for his purely symbolic time-waster.After…
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    The Fix

  • We ran 10,000 simulations through our Senate model. They came back tied.

    Aaron Blake
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    On Tuesday, The Fix looked at the latest numbers from the Post's Election Lab. It showed that Democrats, for the first time this year, were now favored to hold the Senate. Well, we're a few hours past that, and we can now say this: The battle for control of the Senate is a pure toss-up. Not just […]
  • 9 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    1. Today marks the anniversary of the shooting at Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.. Aaron C. Davis talks to those in the Navy who miss one of the shipbuilders who died that day. 2. Marin Cogan writes about the friendship between Grover Norquist and Ralph Nader for National Journal. "And I had a French Legionnaire's hat […]
  • How America will look in 2060, in 1 amazing GIF

    Chris Cillizza
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    A few months back I dedicated a column to a project by Paul Taylor at Pew called "The Next America" that details what the U.S. will look like in 2060 as compared to what it looks like today and what it looked like in 1960.  It's an absolutely amazing look at how the long-term demographic […]
  • President Obama is going to a fundraiser every five days this year

    Philip Bump
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    As part of his push to keep money flowing into Democratic campaign accounts before the midterms, President Obama has appeared at 49 fundraisers so far this year -- 46 of which were for party committees or PACs that will spend the money on political campaigns this fall. When we looked at Obama's fundraising in May, […]
  • 10 ways Democratic Senate candidates are exactly like President Obama

    Jaime Fuller
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    One of the main arguments many Senate Republicans are relying on to win over midterm voters -- who trend conservative and aren't happy with the Obama administration -- is that their opponents are Barack Obama. This would seem to be an easy thing to disprove, but accusing your opponent of being a body double or clone seems to […]
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  • Obama's Dumb, Rash, and Unilateral War

    Jacob Sullum
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    A few years ago, when President Obama unilaterally decided to get involved in Libya's civil war, he argued that he did not need approval from Congress because bombing military targets did not constitute "hostilities" under the War Powers Resolution. That argument was so laughable that it was rejected even by the war's supporters in Congress and the press, not to mention Obama's own Office of Legal Counsel. For a while last week, it seemed the Obama administration was trying out a variation on that claim as an excuse for the newly expanded military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq…
  • Jacob Sullum on Obama's Lame Excuses for Going to War Without Congressional Approval

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    A few years ago, when President Obama unilaterally decided to get involved in Libya's civil war, he argued that he did not need approval from Congress because bombing military targets did not constitute "hostilities" under the War Powers Resolution. That argument was so laughable, Jacob Sullum writes, that it was rejected even by the war's supporters in Congress and the press, not to mention Obama's own Office of Legal Counsel. For a while last week, Sullum says, it seemed the Obama administration was trying out a variation on that claim as an excuse for the newly expanded military campaign…
  • Eat Less Chikkin

    Charles Oliver
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    In California, Ventura High School Principal Val Wyatt barred the football booster club from selling meals donated by Chick-fil-A at back-to-school nigh to raise money. Wyatt cited company President Dan Cathy's opposition to gay marriage as the reason for the ban. Superintendent Trudy Tuttle Arriaga backed up Wyatt. "We value inclusivity and diversity on our campus and all of our events and activities are going to adhere to our mission," she said.
  • Brickbat: Eat Less Chikkin

    Charles Oliver
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    In California, Ventura High School Principal Val Wyatt barred the football booster club from selling meals donated by Chick-fil-A at back-to-school nigh to raise money. Wyatt cited company President Dan Cathy's opposition to gay marriage as the reason for the ban. Superintendent Trudy Tuttle Arriaga backed up Wyatt. "We value inclusivity and diversity on our campus and all of our events and activities are going to adhere to our mission," she said.
  • Tonight on The Independents: ‘Boots on the Ground’ and Other Linguistic Evasions, the ISIS Non-Strategy, the War on Ebola, Smoking in New York, Obamacare Bummers, Benghazi Update, and Aftershow

    Matt Welch
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Tonight's live episode of The Independents (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, with re-airs three hours later) begins with America's newest boots-on-the-ground affair in Iraq, and the hopelessly zig-zagged way in which this administration is characterizing its latest war. Joining to discuss are Party Panelists Michael Malice (commie-hating he-imp) and Brian Morgenstern (Republican comedian), who will also assess the panic level we should gin up about the Islamics pouring across our southern border, while licking up the delicious tears of New York's anti-smoking regulators. Continuing…
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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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  • Kerry: We Must 'Put Real Islam Out There'

    Jeryl Bier
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that to counter the ideology of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its claim of a "religious foundation" for its actions, part of the strategy of the international coalition he is attempting to assemble must be to "begin to put real Islam out there." Kerry, in Paris for talks with various world leaders to build that coalition, further said that all of the Arab leaders he had spoken with earlier concurred about their focus on "real Islam and how important the Friday sermons are." The secretary of state…
  • Liz Warren: 'Fair' to Compare Israel’s Actions in Gaza to Holocaust

    Daniel Halper
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    At an event today at Tufts University in Massachusetts, Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren said it was "fair" when an activist compared Israel’s actions in Gaza to the Holocaust.  Here's video:  “Eva Moseley, I’m not a student, I’m not an alumnae, but was in faculty life. I was also a Holocaust refugee and I’m extremely concerned that Jews don’t do to another people what was done to them,” said the activist. “I think that’s fair,” Senator Warren responded. “You recently said that you believe that Israel has the right to self-defense," the activist…
  • NFL: Bad Games & Bad News

    Geoffrey Norman
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Last night’s contest between the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers, in that team’s brand new stadium, was hijacked by the zebras. More penalties than plays, it sometimes seemed. And the ratings were off a little but still good enough to beat the Miss America contest. But if a ratings slide were the worst news possible for the NFL, then the league would happily take that. Following the week in which the Ray Rice video became public and another star (Adrian Peterson) was charged with endangering a child through excessive discipline, the NFL finds itself in Washington’s crosshairs.
  • Wasting Time

    Thomas Donnelly
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    The Obama administration is behaving like a prisoner under interrogation: eventually, if unintentionally, it ends up talking most about the subjects it least wishes to discuss. Over the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry reversed what he’d said a few days previously, acknowledging on CBS’s Face the Nation that “we are at war” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.  But he hated to admit that obvious truth, telling the ever-avuncular Bob Schieffer that “it was a waste of time to focus on that.” The president finds the question even more irritating.  As Walter Russell Mead…
  • National Mall to Get a Facelift

    Jim Swift
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Years after the National Mall was torn up and blocked off to re-grow grass as part of the stimulus package, the bulldozers are back to clear a ten by six acre parcel, located adjacent to the reflection pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the World War Two Memorial. The parcel of land will be used as a “canvas” for Cuban-born American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, who is using sand and dirt to create a “facescape” or face landscape on the park land. Rodriguez-Gerada took pictures of 18-25 year old men on the mall this summer, and plans to blend different attributes from the photos…
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Is Scottish Independence Bad for America?

    Daniel Larison
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    David Frum makes a thoroughly unpersuasive case that the U.S. has much to lose from Scottish independence. He concludes with a preposterous attempt to pin some of the blame on the Obama administration in the event of a ‘yes’ vote: In February 1995, Bill Clinton traveled to Ottawa to speak in favor of Canadian unity. “In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect,” Clinton told the Canadian Parliament. The U.S. president was a more…
  • Scotland and Illegal Wars

    Daniel Larison
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Gideon Rachman is opposed to the breakup of the U.K., which is fair enough. However, he uses some strange and irrelevant arguments to make his case: Yet the Scottish referendum campaign has been conducted as if the rest of the world stops at London. There has been almost no discussion of foreign affairs – apart from the nationalists’ inane refrain that a morally superior Scotland will not have to join in “illegal wars” [bold mine-DL]. The nationalists also insist that an independent Scotland will get rid of nuclear weapons. (Ukraine did just that, when it became independent, and now…
  • Is the Idea of Scottish Independence Baffling?

    Daniel Larison
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    Niall Ferguson is predictably against Scottish independence, which isn’t particularly interesting. However, there was something he said about American views of the referendum that deserved a short comment: Even to the millions of Americans whose surnames testify to their Scottish or Scotch-Irish ancestry, the idea that Scotland might be about to become an independent country is baffling [bold mine-DL]. I am part Scots-Irish on my mother’s side, and I don’t find it the least bit baffling. It isn’t up to me or any other Americans what happens later this week, but it…
  • Israel and Public Opinion

    Daniel Larison
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    Dan Drezner draws attention to some of the more remarkable results from a new survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He was surprised by how limited the public’s support for Israel was, and cites the results: 64 percent of Americans say they prefer not to take sides in the Israel-Palestinian conflict. 53 percent of Americans oppose sending U.S. troops to defend Israel if it is attacked by one of its neighbors. More Americans prefer cutting economic and military aid to Israel than increasing it (although the plurality is fine with the status quo). As the survey report notes,…
  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    What Scottish independence would (and wouldn’t) mean. Angus Roxburgh reflects on what it means to be Scottish and why he will vote for independence next week. How do you kill an idea? Alex Massie comments on why unionists have done such a poor job of persuading Scots to vote against independence. Being Scottish and British. Massie also explains why he’ll still be voting ‘no’ next week. The effects of Scottish independence on the rest of Britain. Adam Taylor considers the many things that would or could change after the September 18th referendum. Obama’s…
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    Bob McCarty

  • My How Things Have Changed in Places like Iraq

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    My how things have changed in places like Iraq. Election of the Ethically Dead by David Donar – http://politicalgraffiti.wordpress.com It’s 2014, President Barack Obama is in charge of U.S. efforts in Iraq, and things have gotten exponentially worse than they were four years ago. According to a BBC World News America/Harris Poll conducted Aug. 19 and 23, 2010, more than half of Americans — 57 percent to be precise — believed Iraq was better off than it was before the U.S. invasion seven years earlier. Conversely, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll…
  • Special Forces Soldier Recalls Unusual Experience With TSA

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    In a previous post, I shared details about what Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart experienced upon his arrival at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  In this post, I share the former Green Beret’s recollections about an experience he had with Transportation Security Administration officials during a trip he took as a prisoner traveling under heavy security escort on a commercial passenger jet from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City. Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart Around 10 o’clock that morning, Stewart’s handlers asked if he was hungry.  He told…
  • Special Forces Soldier Treated as ‘Double-Max’ Prisoner

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    After his conviction and sentencing, Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart was sent to the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  Below is an excerpt from the book, Three Days In August, about his arrival at the Kansas prison: “The Green Mile” During the in-processing experience, Stewart received shorts, t-shirts, shoes and socks, shower shoes, toiletry items, toothbrush—“everything I need,” he said.  After that, his real prison experience began. “Then I’m walking down the long hall,” Stewart explained.  “There’s this huge hall…
  • Was It ‘Sudden Jihad Syndrome’ or Something Else? Suspect in Bus Station Murder Still Not Prosecuted After Three Years

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Three years ago this week, Mohamed Dawod found himself charged with the murder of Justin Hall, 32, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, at a Greyhound bus station in Springfield, Mo. As of today, he has not been prosecuted for his alleged role in the deadly shooting that took place less than 48 hours before the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Mohamed H. Dawod Whether or not terrorism was involved, however, remains up in the air to this day, thanks in part to officials in the Southwest Missouri community who were quick to say the shooting by the 25-year-old from Scottsdale, Ariz., appeared…
  • Court-Martial Verdict Changes SF Soldier’s Life Forever

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:50 am
    After enduring two long days as the defendant in a high-profile court-martial, Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart walked out of an Army courtroom in Germany, knowing his life would never be the same. In the excerpt (below) from the book, Three Days In August, I describe some of what Stewart, a highly-decorated Special Forces combat veteran and member of the elite Green Beret fraternity, was thinking at the time: Kelly Stewart on gun truck. “So, they find me guilty. It’s late at night. In an instant, my whole life got flushed right down the toilet,” said Stewart, recalling the verdict that…
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Decrying "Wishful Science" on NPR(!)

    Patrick J. Michaels
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Patrick J. Michaels Global Science Report is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science, where we highlight one or two important new items in the scientific literature or the popular media. For broader and more technical perspectives, consult our monthly “Current Wisdom.” — First, a disclaimer. I don’t listen to NPR. “State radio” bugs me. But I have friends who do, and I was bowled over when one sent me a seemingly innocuous story about the search for a pharmaceutical treatment for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis [ALS], the horrific ailment also known as Lou Gehrig’s…
  • German Uber Ban Lifted

    Matthew Feeney
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Matthew Feeney Today, a court in Frankfurt lifted the temporary ban on Uber’s ride-sharing service imposed at the beginning of this month. Judges were reportedly sympathetic to the claim brought by Taxi Deutschland, an association of taxi dispatchers. However, Judge Frowin Kurth ruled that Taxi Deutschland had waited too long to file for an injunction. A spokesman for the court said that the case must have been filed within two months of Uber’s ride-sharing service launching in Germany. Taxi Deutschland claimed that Uber’s ride-sharing service was in violation of legislation…
  • Grenade Launchers: The Newest Must-Have School Supply

    Jason Bedrick
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Jason Bedrick The Wall Street Journal reports [$] today that government-run schools are stocking up on military surplus equipment—including M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, and even multi-ton armored vehicles—through a controversial federal program.  In the wake of school shootings in Sandy Hook, Conn., and elsewhere, some school security departments developed SWAT teams, added weapons to deal with any contingency and called on the federal government to help supply the gear. But now the program is facing renewed scrutiny from both outside observers and police using the…
  • The Disappointing Continuing Resolution

    Nicole Kaeding
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    Nicole Kaeding The House of Representatives is set to vote on a continuing resolution (CR) tomorrow to fund the federal government until December 11, 2014. A CR is stop-gap measure often used when the parties and chambers cannot agree on a full-year budget. The CR package, as presented in draft form, is disappointing. It fails to institute much-needed fiscal reforms. Spending Levels: The CR keeps the level of discretionary spending constant at $1.012 trillion. Not growing the size of government is a positive step for Congress, but there are plenty of ways to cut and reform spending. As I…
  • Share Better Coalition Takes Aim at Airbnb

    Matthew Feeney
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Matthew Feeney Airbnb, which allows for homeowners to temporarily rent some or all of their property, is the target of “Share Better,” a New York City-based campaign group launched last Friday which claims that the company worsens the affordable housing crisis, allows for tenants to violate lease agreements, and poses a safety risk to property owners and guests. Share Better is a coalition of predictable groups: New York state and NYC elected officials, activists, and hotel industry representatives. The Share Better campaign is a notable example of established market participants (hotels)…
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    The Right Commentary

  • Why Is Obama Waiting?

    David Weldy
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:38 am
    Members of Obama's own party are questioning his hesitancy of making massive air strikes to destroy the most notorious terror group of the 21st century ISIS or ISIL as President Obama refers to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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    PowerTrip - Politics, Power & PR

  • Political Collapse: The Three Issues President Obama Owns Outright

    Mark V. Serrano
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    If we are witnessing the unraveling of the Obama agenda over the past several months, then it is arguably happening based on three major public policy issues: healthcare, immigration, and foreign policy/fighting terrorism. Considering that this slate comprises the most […]
  • America Needs to Be More Like Joan Rivers

    Mark V. Serrano
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    She was vulgar, crass, and irreverent, but she was also witty, and very, very relatable. In fact, it is what was most endearing about Joan Rivers – almost everyone could relate to her simple, candid barbs attacking individuals who reflected […]
  • Lowe’s to the Rescue! VA Fails Disabled War Vet

    Mark V. Serrano
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    War is hell – no one knows that better than a disabled American veteran – but life after war may be the greater curse, at least until a team of red-vested angels comes along. One of the countless vets who have been ignored by […]
  • T-Mobile Accused of Bilking Customers – 3 Steps to Prevent More Brand Damage

    Mark V. Serrano
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    T-Mobile is renowned for its revolution against cellular phone contracts, a customer loyalty trap made possible by required two-year agreements we all have with our mobile carriers. In fact, T-Mobile’s growth can largely be attributed to this market disruption model […]
  • Why We Should All Celebrate the Clintons’ Wealth

    Mark V. Serrano
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Much attention has been given in recent weeks to the wealth of the Clinton family, including daughter Chelsea and her husband Marc Mezvinsky (see: Chelsea Clinton’s wealth can’t buy her class). The attention was triggered by Hillary Clinton herself, who […]
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    Washington Free Beacon

  • Iranian Military Agents Infiltrate New Iraqi Government

    Adam Kredo
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Two agents of the Iranian regime’s Quds Force have been appointed to leading roles in the newly formed Iraqi government, prompting concerns that Tehran is attempting to clandestinely exert control on Iraqi policies from within the government, according to documents furnished by Iranian dissidents close to the ruling regime. The newly appointed Iraqi ministers of communications and municipalities are both said to be active and paid members of Iran’s Quds Force, a paramilitary group implicated in terrorist activities throughout the region, according to information provided by the Ashraf…
  • Jewish Group Condemns Biden’s ‘Offensive’ Reference To ‘Shylocks’

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Vice President Joe Biden’s casual use of an expression deemed anti-Semitic by many has drawn sharp condemnation from the Anti-Defamation League. Biden referred to bankers who take advantage of military men and women serving overseas as “Shylocks.” The term comes from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, in which the villain Shylock is a greedy Jewish moneylender who infamously asks for a “pound of flesh” as payment. “Shylock represents the medieval stereotype about Jews and remains an offensive characterization to this day. The Vice President should have…
  • Bolton: Assad Is A ‘Sideshow’, Iranian Regime Is The Real Problem

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton told Greta Van Susteren that the United States should leave Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in place, since he’s “a sideshow.” “The real problem is the regime in Iran,” said Bolton. “The only solution is going to be regime change in Tehran,” Bolton continued. “First we’ve got to deal with ISIS because it’s the threat in the near term. The long-term threat is a nuclear Iran, the world’s central bank of international terrorism.” Bolton criticized President Obama’s lack of…
  • Maine Democrat Would Allow Illegal Immigrants to Continue to Receive Government Assistance

    Elizabeth Harrington
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud supports the position of allowing illegal immigrants to continue to receive welfare in Maine. Michaud, a U.S. congressman who has represented Maine’s 2nd district since 2003, is in line with state Senator Eloise Vitelli, who recently said illegal aliens are entitled to taxpayer-funded benefits. In June, Republican Governor of Maine Paul LePage issued a directive for local governments to stop providing welfare to illegal immigrants, or face having their state funding withdrawn. At the time Rep. Michaud said he agreed with cities like Portland,…
  • Udall: Fracking ‘Keeps Us Locked Into the Old System’

    Elizabeth Harrington
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall (D., Colo.) struggled during a debate with Rep. Cory Gardner (R., Colo.) when he was confronted with his remark that fracking “keeps us locked into the old system.” During the first debate last week in the close senate race, Rep. Gardner challenged Udall on hydraulic fracturing, the innovative natural gas extraction technique commonly known as fracking. “You told a constituent recently in Alamosa that fracking keeps us locked into the old system,” Gardner said. “What did you mean by that?” After a long eight second pause Udall responded by…
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