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  • Stop unfairly asking what Hillary Clinton accomplished as Secretary of State

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    Jazz Shaw
    27 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    Let's not dwell on the past The unfair treatment of Hillary Clinton, brought about simply because the poor woman wants to be President, simply has to stop. All of these pestering questions, one after another, are obviously signs of hatred from people who are jealous of her many accomplishments. Or at least that’s the current line of defense being taken by […] Read this post »
  • Supreme Court to Consider Whether the Constitution Requires 'One Person, One Vote' or 'One Voter, One Vote'

    Ace of Spades HQ
    27 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Yesterday, the Supreme Court agreed to resolve a redistricting question that has been simmering for over fifty years: does the equal protection clause require that state voter districts be apportioned according to the number of residents or the number of...
  • The Gravest National Security Threat

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    Mike McDaniel
    25 May 2015 | 9:50 am
    There are, in this fallen world, enemies that are immune to logic and reasoning. There is no diplomacy, no dialogue, no discussion that can encourage them to change their minds or their ways. Reality does not matter, because they are continuously creating their own reality on the way to creating a utopia. Oh, they’ll sometimes call for an “honest dialogue” with their opponents, but what they mean is “you accept our premise from the start and shut up while we tell you what you’re going to do.” One vicious enemy of the United States, of liberty and republican democracy, is…
  • Yet Another Terrible Idea: States Consider Combining Their Failed ObamaCare Exchanges

    Seton Motley (<a href="/diary/setonmotley/">Diary</a>)
    27 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    ObamaCare is an unmitigated disaster. A total, miserable failure. Everything President Barack Obama and his Democrats promised it would do? Obama Promises ObamaCare Won’t Add ‘One Dime To The Deficit 36 Times Obama Said You Could Keep Your Health Care Plan Obama Montage: If You Like Your Doctor You Can Keep Your Doctor Obama Promises To Lower Health Insurance Premiums by $2,500 Per Year Obama: ‘Under My Plan, No Family Making Less Than $250,000 A Year Will See Any Form of Tax Increase. Not so much. Ten Broken ObamaCare Promises CBO: Cost of ObamaCare Subsidy Will Increase 8-Fold in…
  • Hillary Clinton’s Financial Disclosure Omitted a ‘Pass-Through’ Company Used by Bill Clinton to Collect Consulting Fees – and Nobody Knows How Much

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    Cassy Fiano
    27 May 2015 | 6:22 am
    Another day, another potential scandal for the Clintons. This time, it involves a shady company hidden by Hillary Clinton in her financial disclosure that Bill seems to use as a
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    Hot Air » Top Picks

  • Stop unfairly asking what Hillary Clinton accomplished as Secretary of State

    Jazz Shaw
    27 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    Let's not dwell on the past The unfair treatment of Hillary Clinton, brought about simply because the poor woman wants to be President, simply has to stop. All of these pestering questions, one after another, are obviously signs of hatred from people who are jealous of her many accomplishments. Or at least that’s the current line of defense being taken by […] Read this post »
  • Obama “strongly” urges Senate to get back to D.C. and renew surveillance powers

    Gabriel Malor
    27 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    Please? President Obama is still pounding the drum for NSA surveillance powers that have been hung up in Congress. Without legislation, key portions of the PATRIOT Act, including the section that NSA argues authorizes cellphone metadata collection, will expire at midnight on Sunday night. Obama wants a partial replacement created by the House to get a vote in the […] Read this post »
  • One person, one and a half votes?

    Jazz Shaw
    27 May 2015 | 6:21 am
    An unsolvable puzzle The Supreme Court has agreed to take on a thorny, if somewhat constitutionally wonky case which could have a huge impact on state legislatures across the nation after the 2020 census. They will be tasked with coming up with a ruling and a definition of the phrase, “one person, one vote.” As the New York […] Read this post »
  • The #GamerGate saga continues with assassins, expulsions, and bomb threats

    C.T. Rex
    27 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    "Nothing is true, everything is permitted." I mentioned #GamerGate briefly in my last post, and no doubt some readers were thinking “wait, that’s still going on?”  (For those of you saying “I still have no idea what that is”, check out this piece I wrote way back when to boil it down to the bare necessities.) Yes #GamerGate continues on unabated, […] Read this post »
  • Video: Swiss arrest FIFA officials, US corruption indictment announced

    Ed Morrissey
    27 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    "Some wild stuff going on over there." Let me get this straight. FIFA, the world governing body, awarded the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar, and now we hear that bribery may have occurred? Get. Out. Swiss officials arrested a number of high-ranking FIFA officials as both Switzerland and the US unveiled indictments for corruption and money laundering. FIFA’s top […] View the video »
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    Ace of Spades HQ

  • Supreme Court to Consider Whether the Constitution Requires 'One Person, One Vote' or 'One Voter, One Vote'

    27 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Yesterday, the Supreme Court agreed to resolve a redistricting question that has been simmering for over fifty years: does the equal protection clause require that state voter districts be apportioned according to the number of residents or the number of...
  • Wednesday Morning News Dump

    27 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    Huckabee's Anachronistic Brand Of Progressivism EPA Poised To Issue Landmark Water Regulations Clinton Criminal Empire Conveniently Omits Shell Company From Public Financial Files Adultery, Adulteration, And The Historical Married Woman Limitation How To Fix An Unfair Debate System Elected...
  • Morning Thread (5-27-2015)

    27 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    According to leading Climate Scientists™, it apparently never even rained in Texas until last weekend. Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Texas Flood" (cover of a 1958 original, FYI) now seems eerily prescient....
  • Overnight Open Thread (5-26-2015)

    26 May 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Quote of the Day I - A Fella Could Have a Pretty Good Weekend in Vegas With All This Stuff Edition An upcoming workshop scheduled to take place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison aims to teach campus radicals and socialists...
  • Rubio: Christianity Is On the Edge of Being Declared a Hate Crime

    26 May 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Depressing, dark truth for you....
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • The Gravest National Security Threat

    Mike McDaniel
    25 May 2015 | 9:50 am
    There are, in this fallen world, enemies that are immune to logic and reasoning. There is no diplomacy, no dialogue, no discussion that can encourage them to change their minds or their ways. Reality does not matter, because they are continuously creating their own reality on the way to creating a utopia. Oh, they’ll sometimes call for an “honest dialogue” with their opponents, but what they mean is “you accept our premise from the start and shut up while we tell you what you’re going to do.” One vicious enemy of the United States, of liberty and republican democracy, is…
  • The Pot Principal

    Mike McDaniel
    24 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Krista Morton There are stories that make one exclaim in dumbfounded wonder: “Good Lord! What could they have been thinking?!” This, courtesy of the Daily Mail, is such a story: A Florida principal of a high school of last resort was found smoking marijuana in her car with her shirt unbuttoned alongside a male student, police say. A “high school of last resort” is a last chance, usually self-paced school for kids that are severe discipline problems, and/or cannot fit into a normal high school environment, because–for instance–they’re far more interested in smoking pot…
  • Of White Privilege and Peanut Butter And Jelly

    Mike McDaniel
    23 May 2015 | 4:02 pm
    credit: dactionforchildren.org I believe in what I do. I believe in the value of the public schools, not only as a means of providing children with vital American values and socialization, but as one of the fundamental instruments of American democracy, working from the bottom up. It is therefore anguishing when I come across articles like this one from Steve Gunn at EAGnews:  The Pacific Educational Group (PEG) espouses a lot of controversial and stereotypical concepts regarding minority students in K-12 schools. For instance, the organization teaches that black kids are less likely to…
  • On This Memorial Day, Anno Domini 2015 (Updated)

    Mike McDaniel
    23 May 2015 | 3:58 pm
    A Navy Seal’s Loyal Dog Waits On His Mastercredit: buzzfeed.com They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. From For the Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon, published, 09-21-1914. On this Memorial Day, let us remember Americans that gave the last, full measure of devotion in the cause of liberty. Let us remember all those that served in that cause, yet survived, some whole in body and spirit, some not. Let us be thankful for them, and let us demonstrate our…
  • Movie Review: 2Fast 2Furious (2003)

    Mike McDaniel
    23 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Director: John Singleton Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Fary Scott Thompson (Story) Michael Brandt, Derek Hass (Screenplay) Brian O’Connor: Paul Walker Roman Pearce: Tyrese Gibson Monica Fuentes: Eva Mendes Carter Verone: Cole Hauser Tej: Ludacris Suki: Devan Aoki Agent Bilkins: Thom Barry Agent Markham: James Remar In my review of The Fast And the Furious (2001) I pointed out several highly implausible plot elements. In fact, the plot was so shot full of holes, it was hard to tell what was or was not implausible in that particular cinematic universe. 2 Fast 2 Furious follows in that…
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  • Yet Another Terrible Idea: States Consider Combining Their Failed ObamaCare Exchanges

    Seton Motley (<a href="/diary/setonmotley/">Diary</a>)
    27 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    ObamaCare is an unmitigated disaster. A total, miserable failure. Everything President Barack Obama and his Democrats promised it would do? Obama Promises ObamaCare Won’t Add ‘One Dime To The Deficit 36 Times Obama Said You Could Keep Your Health Care Plan Obama Montage: If You Like Your Doctor You Can Keep Your Doctor Obama Promises To Lower Health Insurance Premiums by $2,500 Per Year Obama: ‘Under My Plan, No Family Making Less Than $250,000 A Year Will See Any Form of Tax Increase. Not so much. Ten Broken ObamaCare Promises CBO: Cost of ObamaCare Subsidy Will Increase 8-Fold in…
  • The Ascension of Emma Sulkowicz

    <a href="/users/repair_man_jack/">Repair_Man_Jack</a> (<a href="/diary/repair_man_jack/">Diary</a>)
    27 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Sacrificed To Create Mattress Girl. Sometimes getting what you want requires you to grind another person’s name into the dirt. Emma Sulkowicz wanted her fifteen minutes of fame. She wanted to join the Post-modern Pantheon of the Symbolically Oppressed (PPSO). She did so as “Mattress Girl” – avatar of the rape victim. In order to do so, she needed a scapegoat. She needed a male aggressor to be the evil character in her fairy tale. She also needed to serve a constituency who required a symbol to give them a voice. “Mattress Girl” accomplished both of these flying colors. She will…
  • What is in a picture?

    <a href="/users/streiff/">streiff</a> (<a href="/diary/streiff/">Diary</a>)
    26 May 2015 | 3:57 pm
    What we think is unusual or touching says a lot about us as a society. Sometimes the item of attention must be taken in context to fully appreciate it. A few weeks ago, the media were abuzz with the obviously mentally unbalanced Bruce Jenner’s journey from man to mutilated-man. In a previous, more rational era, Jenner would have found gainful employment in carnival sideshow and that would have been the last we would have seen or heard of him. Now, in these immoral times which are striving to bill themselves as merely amoral, Jenner was billed as some kind of a turning point for…
  • The Beginning of a New Trail for Reporters

    <a href="/users/erick/">Erick Erickson</a> (<a href="/diary/erick/">Diary</a>)
    26 May 2015 | 1:26 pm
    A political consultant, earlier this year, told me where she thought the beginning of the end of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President would begin. She spoke of it matter of factly. She said that on more than one occasion, as a company had business before a foreign government, President Clinton would take a trip to that country, get a meeting with the leader of that country because hey! it’s Bill Clinton, then work into the conversation the issues of that company. The implication as well was that Clinton’s travel was via the Foundation. But the conversation about the…
  • Hillary Clinton and the Merchants of Death.

    <a href="/users/moe_lane/">Moe Lane</a> (<a href="/diary/moe_lane/">Diary</a>)
    26 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Oh, come ON, Hillary Clinton: “The State Department under Hillary Clinton authorized arms sales to countries that had donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, according to a new report…. State approved $165 billion worth of weapons sales to 20 foreign governments during Clinton’s tenure, the International Business Times reportsAmong the countries involved in the sales were Algeria, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.”  And the Clinton Foundation got anywhere between fifty to a hundred and fifty million in donations…
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  • The Process of Good Ideas [Infographic]

    Jeremy Smith
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Ask Eric who has way too many ideas and he may sigh and mention my name. That is where I thrive. I have had more ideas in my life than time to even consider how to expound on them, let alone make half of them into something. I am not detail oriented and I love to have no limits when I think. The tough part is when I have to come back to reality and look at what resources I have at my disposal and find myself being able to lock in. The infographic below has some great tips for not only starting to generate ideas, but make them flourish. And I endorse them all. To organize your thoughts is not…
  • Instagram Hashtag PowerUp: TextExpander

    Chris Wilson
    26 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    A quick Instagram tip. I’m sure you know that hashtags are important for Instagram (Twitter too), they are one of the very few ways that people can actually find your Instagram account and help you stand out on Instagram. Instagram is also a platform which rewards hashtags and it’s okay to use quite a few of them (as long as they are relevant). The only problem is, it can be a hassle to think up all the different hashtags to add and it can be time consuming to add all those hashtags. Well, I’ve got a little trick for you that will remove that thought process and save you time with your…
  • Do We Need a Social Media Exodus?

    Phil Schneider
    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Recently, Joss Whedon—director of both Avengers films, creator of the Buffyverse, and nerd icon—left Twitter. Despite some early erroneous reports as to why he left, Whedon was quick to clear up the record: I just thought, Wait a minute, if I’m going to start writing again, I have to go to the quiet place….And this is the least quiet place I’ve ever been in my life….It’s like taking the bar exam at Coachella. In another report on his departure, Whedon is quoted as saying: The real issue is me….Twitter is an addictive little thing, and if it’s there, I gotta check…
  • 5 Marketing Lessons from Churches Around the World

    Jared Brock
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    I recently went on a 37,000-mile prayer pilgrimage around the world. I discovered a world of prayer traditions across the Judeo-Christian faith family, including some of the weird uncles and crazy cousins. I’m fascinated by churches and marketing, so I made a point to take notes as I enjoyed the wild adventure. Here are a few marketing lessons I learned from churches around the world, and how we can apply it to our local ministries and congregations. The Biggest Church in the World I traveled to Seoul, South Korea, where I attended two Sunday services at the world’s largest church, Yoido…
  • Social Media Conflict with Jay Kranda [Podcast #55]

    Eric Dye
    24 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Twitter only allows 140 characters and places like Facebook and Google+ are not ideal places to discuss deep issues. But alas, it’s what we all do. So how do you deal with conflict that occurs on social media (because it will happen)? What happens when your church, ministry or nonprofit faces it? We have the Saddleback Church Online Campus Pastor and the Social Media Church Podcast’s very own Jay Kranda to discuss. [Subscribe via iTunes | Stitcher | RSS | Proudly Hosted on Buzzsprout] Links & Stuff Jay Kranda And the links from this episode: Jay Kranda’s Website…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Cleveland Police Department Reaches Settlement With Justice Department On Abuse Report

    Doug Mataconis
    27 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    Yesterday, the Justice Department and the Cleveland Police Department reached a wide-ranging agreement related to the report issued last year that found widespread misconduct and discrimination by Cleveland police: CLEVELAND — The Cleveland police department, which has become synonymous with the racially charged debate over police tactics, has agreed to follow some of the most exacting standards in the nation over how and when its officers can use force, and it will accept close oversight to make sure those rules are not ignored, city and federal officials said Tuesday. The agreement is…
  • Obama Administration’s Deferred Deportation Plan Suffers Another Legal Setback

    Doug Mataconis
    26 May 2015 | 1:59 pm
    The Obama Administration suffered another setback in the implementation of the deferred deportation program that the President announced last November when the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to lift a stay that had imposed on the program by a Federal District Court Judge currently presiding over a lawsuit brought by Texas and a number of other states: A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied the Obama administration’s request to lift a hold on the president’s executive actions on immigration, which would have granted protection from deportation as well as work permits to…
  • Supreme Court To Decide Meaning Of “One Person, One Vote”

    Doug Mataconis
    26 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    The Supreme Court didn’t hand down decisions in any of it’s blockbuster cases today, meaning that it will be a very eventful June at the nation’s highest court, but they did accept a case for review that could have interesting implications for elections and the political system going forward: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a case that will answer a long-contested question about a bedrock principle of the American political system: the meaning of “one person one vote.” The court has never resolved whether that means that voting…
  • Mike Huckabee v. The Constitution

    Doug Mataconis
    26 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee doubled down on his attacks on Constitutional norms that have been part of the American legal and political system for more than two centuries during an appearance this past weekend on Fox News Sunday with host Chris Wallace: The two had several spirited exchanges over such issues as entitlement reform and taxes. One of the most animated was on the role of the courts. Wallace told Huckabee that in his announcement speech, “You also seemed to indicate that as president, you wouldn’t necessarily obey court rulings, even the…
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Says Iraqis Have Lost The Will To Fight ISIS

    Doug Mataconis
    26 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Over the Memorial Day Weekend, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has some unusually blunt words for the Iraqi Army, specifically in reference to the recent loss of the city of Ramadi to the forces of ISIS: Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter warned that Iraqi troops will not be able to defeat the Islamic State until they develop a “will to fight,” reflecting the deep level of concern and frustration inside some quarters of the Obama administration in the wake of the Iraqi military’s collapse in Ramadi last week. His comments, in an interview that aired Sunday, came after…
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  • Justice Department Goes After Corrupt FIFA Officials

    David Robertson
    27 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    “The indictment alleges corruption that is rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted both abroad and here in the United States.” – Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • School Choice Finally on the Agenda in Illinois

    Warner Todd Huston
    26 May 2015 | 2:56 pm
    The move for school choice is not only growing in Illinois in general but in Chicago in particular as politicians and parents both see the downward spiral of the public education system picking up speed. With the costs of public education soaring but neither the rates of graduation nor proficiency growing accordingly, parents are desperate to find a way for their children to gain a better education. The state is pumping millions upon millions into the bottomless pit of education and taxes are edging higher every year to support the spending habit. As an example, Illinois school district U46…
  • Mike Huckabee vs. John Marshall???

    David Robertson
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    “… a law repugnant to the constitution is void; and that courts, as well as other departments, are bound by that instrument.” – SCOTUS Chief Justice John Marshall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • Why Does Liberal Rag Salon.com Hate Our Soldiers? Because They Take Money From Welfare Spending

    Warner Todd Huston
    25 May 2015 | 6:50 pm
    On this Memorial Day, the anti-American cretins at Salon.com have proclaimed our soldiers to be “dangerous” to the nation. Why? Because spending money on our military takes money away from welfare budgets. And they are serious. Before we even get to the stupidity in this Salon.com article, we should note that spending on the military is one of the few federal expenditures that is actually written right into the U.S. Constitution. Welfare spending isn’t in the Constitution. Spending on the environment isn’t there. No money is specified for roads, internal improvements, or education.
  • Memorial Day Open Thread

    David Robertson
    25 May 2015 | 4:40 am
    “They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast, and their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    Fort Hard Knox

  • Teaching Kids about Religious Persecution

    17 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    When I had kids, I knew that there would be many things that I would have to teach my children. From riding a bike and tying their shoes to how to drive and fill the car up with gas, I knew the list was long. But there was one thing that I guess I never expected to have to talk to my kids about and that is religious persecution. We should learn in our history classes about how many different religions were persecuted in the past and how it still takes place in a lesser form today. But is it really any less of an issue today. I thought so, but I am learning that that may not be the case. What…
  • Avoiding Religious Persecution

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:03 am
    How can it still be that a person cannot practice their religion freely without someone else telling them what they believe is not correct? And that is not even the extent of how badly some people are treated because of their beliefs. Certainly times have changed and things have gotten better in many ways, but it is not even close to being a safe world for every kind of religious group. There are so many different religions out there that it is hard to believe that any religion is right in what they think. Of course it is not important who is right in their beliefs, just that we all have the…
  • Christian Rights Around The World

    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

    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…
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    Drudge Retort

  • Steve Wozniak: 'Edward Snowden is a Hero to Me'

    27 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    In an interview with ArabianBusiness.Com, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak voiced his strong support for National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. "Total hero to me; total hero," he said. "Not necessarily [for] what he exposed, but the fact that he internally came from his own heart, his own belief in the United States Constitution, what democracy and freedom was about. And now a federal judge has said that NSA data collection was unconstitutional. ... So he's a hero to me, because he gave up his own life to do it. And he was a young person, to give up his life. But he did it for…
  • Nebraska Governor Vetoes Bill to Abolish Death Penalty

    27 May 2015 | 5:25 am
    Gov. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska vetoed a bill on Tuesday that would abolish the death penalty in the state, testing the strength of a bipartisan group of lawmakers who said they would try to override his decision. "This is a matter of public safety," the Republican governor said. Lawmakers quickly scheduled a vote to try to override the veto Wednesday. If the lawmakers are successful, Nebraska will become the first largely conservative state in more than 40 years to strike down the death penalty. Republican legislators who have voted in favor of abolition said they believed the death penalty…
  • LeBron Takes Cavaliers Back to NBA Finals

    26 May 2015 | 8:16 pm
    The Cleveland Cavaliers swept aside the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 Tuesday night to complete a 4-0 series win, advancing to the NBA Finals for the second time in franchise history. LeBron James had 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. He becomes the first player to reach the Finals five times in a row since Bill Russell and three teammates in the Boston Celtics dynasty of the 1960s.
  • 'The Message Is There Is No Message'

    26 May 2015 | 6:24 pm
    A notebook belonging to James Holmes, the graduate student on trial for killing 12 and wounding another 70 in a shooting massacre at a movie theater at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, contains some insights into his thinking before the attack. Holmes wrote that he considered attacking an airport but didn't want his actions to be confused with terrorism. "The message is there is no message," he wrote in a passage read aloud in court by Aurora Police Sgt. Matthew Fyles. He also wrote several pages where he repeated the question "Why? Why? Why?" and stated, "The obsession to kill, since I…
  • First Trailer Out for 'Point Break' Remake

    26 May 2015 | 6:09 pm
    "It has bank robberies, it has surfing, it has a story about two men who respect each other so much that it goes deeper than love ever could, and it has Patrick Swayze. Based on this trailer, director Ericson CoreÂ’s Point Break remake will have a few of those, at least, but itÂ’s trying to make up for what it doesnÂ’t have by throwing in as many extreme sports as possible." -- Sam Barsanti, AV Club
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    The New Republic

  • The White Protestant Roots of American Racism

    Alana Massey
    26 May 2015 | 11:59 am
    “The Apotheosis of Washington,” painted in 1865 by Constantino Brumidi, is a fresco of the first president of the United States ascending to the heavens. The goddesses of Victory and Liberty, along wit
  • Former Republican Senator Admits the Obamacare Court Challenge Is Built on Lies

    Brian Beutler
    26 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    For months, when the Affordable Care Act was still swimming upstream through the legislative process, President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats courted Senator Olympia Snowe, a Republican from Maine, thinking she would respond rationally to enticements and provide Democrats bipartisan cover to ref
  • Texas' Devastating Floods Are a Warning to Drought-Stricken California: Be Careful What You Wish For

    Rebecca Leber
    26 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    Texas waited for rain for five years. It finally saw relief for a multiyear drought this year, but it's come at a 
  • There’s Nothing Lazy About Using Emojis to Communicate

    Vyvyan Evans
    26 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    The emoji has become one of the fastest growing forms of communication in history. But those who are worried that its growth could see the death of written language are wrong—emojis are b
  • A Short History of Migration

    Jane Yeh
    26 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    We boarded a seashell to ride across the waves.The mythology of our passage involved dirt, sharks, a zeppelin, and wires.We ate the same meal seventeen days in a row (pancakes).We learned to say yes, please in four different languages.Our fur-lined hats were useless in the fine September air.The mys
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • FIFA Officials Indicted on 47 Counts of Corruption Dating Back to 1991

    27 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    The case the U.S. Department of Justice is bringing against 9 FIFA officials and five sports business executives “spans at least two generations of soccer officials who, as alleged, have abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks,” said U.S. attorney general Loretta Lynch. The statement came Wednesday after several officials were arrested at a Swiss hotel in the run up to FIFA’S annual congress. According to The Guardian: Seven of those named in the indictment were arrested at the Baur en Lac hotel on Wednesday morning. Four more…
  • The Worst of All Possible Worlds: Why Global Society Is Becoming the Un-Sweden

    27 May 2015 | 5:14 am
    By John Feffer, TomDispatch We might all be eating off of IKEA tableware, listening to Spotify and reading the latest “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” knockoff, but we are not living in a giant Sweden. Forget about the “new industrial state.” Our world is converging in a far more dystopian way. Related Entries May 18, 2015 VIDEO: John Oliver on the Terrible Mistreatment of Not Just Chickens but Also Chicken Farmers May 13, 2015 Inflategate
  • India’s Coastal Villages Map Out Disaster Strategy

    27 May 2015 | 5:04 am
    By Sharada Balasubramanian, Climate News Network The Indian Ocean can be an angry and sometimes lethal neighbor, but those who live beside it are learning to prepare for its next onslaught. Related Entries May 18, 2015 VIDEO: John Oliver on the Terrible Mistreatment of Not Just Chickens but Also Chicken Farmers May 13, 2015 Inflategate
  • Islamic State Blows Up Shiite Mosque in Saudi Arabia, Seeking Sectarian Civil War

    27 May 2015 | 4:36 am
    By Juan Cole A suicide bomber with a concealed weapon detonated his payload during Friday prayers at the Ali b. Abi Talib Mosque in Qadif, a suburb of the major Shiite city of Qatif in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Related Entries May 18, 2015 VIDEO: John Oliver on the Terrible Mistreatment of Not Just Chickens but Also Chicken Farmers May 13, 2015 Inflategate
  • VIDEO: Jon Stewart Interviews Sen. Rand Paul About the NSA Phone Surveillance Program and More

    27 May 2015 | 3:34 am
    Host Jon Stewart began Tuesday’s “Daily Show” episode by offering his condolences to the NSA metadata collection program. Related Entries May 18, 2015 VIDEO: John Oliver on the Terrible Mistreatment of Not Just Chickens but Also Chicken Farmers May 13, 2015 Inflategate
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    Power Line

  • The remarkable rise of Marie Harf

    Scott Johnson
    27 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    (Scott Johnson) We have followed the performance of Marie Harf as a spokesman for the Obama administration foreign policy at the State Department. Harf gives the catastrophic foreign policy of the Obama administration a lighter than air, Valley Girl kind of feel. She is a walking self-parody. As such, she presents a novel use of expressive form. Now comes word that Harf is being promoted to Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications to Secretary of State John Kerry. Like a helium filled balloon, Harf ascends. In her new position Harf will focus on negotiations between the U.S. and Iran on…
  • Obamacare in one state

    Scott Johnson
    27 May 2015 | 4:57 am
    (Scott Johnson) Unfortunately for the people of Minnesota, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton had a free hand adopting Obamacare in Minnesota, and Minnesota has gone all in. Courtesy of Governor Dayton and a Democratic legislature, we have bought into the Medicaid expansion and all the rest. In Minnesota the Obamacare set-up runs under the rubric of MNsure. I wonder how many voters know that Minnesota has adopted Obamacare and that MNsure, c’est ça. My guess: not many. Why does Minnesota needs its own Obamacare exchange? Minnesota Public Radio helpfully explains: “Supporters of…
  • Hillary’s old friend, Sid Vicious

    Paul Mirengoff
    26 May 2015 | 9:07 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) Hillary Clinton doesn’t talk much to reporters and when she does, she reveals as little as possible. But she revealed plenty when she described Sidney Blumenthal as “an old friend.” It’s hardly surprising Blumenthal is a friend of Hillary’s. For her, his combination of viciousness and weakness for conspiracy theories must be irresistible. What’s interesting is that Clinton admits to the friendship. I’ve heard it said that Blumenthal’s legendary viciousness was a response to attacks against the Clintons during the 1990s —…
  • The Wages of Liberalism Is Death

    John Hinderaker
    26 May 2015 | 7:49 pm
    (John Hinderaker) The Left’s ceaseless attacks on law enforcement are having the predictable effect: elevated homicide rates in the cities where policemen have come under attack. Paul wrote here about out-of-control violence in Baltimore in the wake of the anti-police protests there, and the indictment of six officers. Baltimore’s CBS outlet updated the numbers yesterday: It’s the deadliest month Baltimore has seen in more than 15 years. More than two dozen shootings over the holiday weekend alone have city police working around the clock. … From West Baltimore, to the…
  • More Thoughts on Today’s Fifth Circuit DAPA Decision

    John Hinderaker
    26 May 2015 | 6:22 pm
    (John Hinderaker) Paul has already written about the order today by a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit, declining to lift the injunction the district court in Texas v. United States of America has imposed against implementation of the administration’s DAPA program. I want to emphasize one or two points about the status and significance of this case. First, while this is not always clear from news accounts, no court has yet gotten anywhere near the merits of the case. The trial court found that the State of Texas and the other plaintiff states are likely to prevail on a single…
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    LewRockwell » LRC Blog

  • Thinking Theologically about Memorial Day

    Laurence M. Vance
    27 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    Not a perfect article, but not bad either: “Please think twice before putting on a Star Spangled gala in church this Sunday. I love to hear the national anthem and ‘God Bless America’ and ‘My Country, Tis of Thee,’ but not in church where the nations gather to worship the King of all peoples.” Thanks to W.S.
  • Uniting Church and Flag

    Laurence M. Vance
    27 May 2015 | 5:18 am
    Literally. I am not Catholic, but I resent the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception being draped with an American flag over the weekend.
  • And Christians Want to Join the Military?

    Laurence M. Vance
    27 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    A U.S. Marine was just convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse from her computer. And Christians want to join the military? Why in the world would they want to do that? Thanks to T.H.
  • Official Killing

    Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
    26 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    Writes Jon Crane: Once again, I am reaching out to you on behalf of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. Today, Gov. Ricketts is expected to veto the repeal bill.  He is holding a news conference at 3pm central time. The Nebraska legislature’s override vote could come as early as tomorrow. I wanted to make sure that you knew.
  • Upset at Uber

    Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
    26 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    Maureen Dowd of the once-influential NY Times is upset at the monopoly-destroying Uber. Customers can rate problem drivers, and drivers can rate obnoxious customers. Oops. Even worse, Uber sounds Nazi, since it’s a German word. Maureen, you are free to choose. You can take a government-approved taxicab, or your regular limo, instead of Uber. But like all well-to-do liberals, you want to deny economic choice to regular people, and to tell lies about one of the great capitalist successes of our time.
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    Republicans & Conservatives

  • Jeb Bush and the Choir

    26 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    One can argue that church architecture throughout history has been the metaphorical representation of a given society's faith, and even that society's organization. Soaring Gothic Cathedrals as splendid monuments to faith. Humble wooden churches on the great plains as bare puritan houses of worship with little intermediation between the faithful and their God. In Coral Gables, Jeb Bush attends the Church of the Little Flower, a red-tiled-roofed structure with a vaguely neo-romanesque shape. It is here that he takes the wafer of communion at mass as he has done for twenty years now since…
  • Give Josh Earnest Another Job

    20 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    As Ramadi falls to Islamic State militants - or ISIS or ISIL or whatever the next name they think up is - one hears cautious detachment and outright concern from the Pentagon. The worry is that Iranian-backed Shiite militants might pre-empt other groups in re-taking Ramadi and have Iraq finally fall under control of it's long time rival Iran. Or that fighting between anti- Islamic State groups will be as bad as the fighting against Islamic State itself. So, according to the Pentagon, the latest fall of Ramadi is merely a case of a small percentage of the city not already under IS control…
  • GOP Debates - March Madness??

    15 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The GOP is starting to worry about how to have a series of televised debates with an estimated 16 contenders having announced or expected to in the next few weeks or so. How can you squeeze all these people in during, say, a 90 minute televised debate? Some are frankly hoping that more than a few drop out before the debates even begin. But perhaps there is another solution that Republicans haven't considered: March Madness. Think about it. If the NCAA can handle 68 teams in a little over a month and keep a substantial portion of America fixated on the celebrated annual tourney, maybe they can…
  • The Glorious Core of Academic Freedom

    12 May 2015 | 12:26 pm
    While it's hard to argue against the overall success of charter schools at the elementary and high school levels, one wonders about tenure at the post-secondary level. Is academic tenure at a junior college, or university, a vital defense against those who would erode academic freedom? Or is it a nice cozy union benefit for very well paid workers? Furchtgott-Roth and Meyer's book Disinherited: How Washington is Betraying America's Young certainly takes aim at teacher unions at the first two levels of schooling and how they protect mediocre, incompetent, or outright abusive teachers who may do…
  • Federal Officials Assault Times Square!

    7 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    When you have a federal transportation bill called MAP-21, you can imagine more than a little ambition on the part of it's creators. The 2012 bill seems to be saying they're going to upgrade everything until it's as 21st century as feasibly possible. And you will comply with whatever that means. The full name is the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act - which has a nice Maoist or Stalinist tone to it. It just needs a 5-Year-Plan attached as a final amendment to make it perfect for a central planner. It's a funding and authorization bill that takes care of federal surface…
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 May 2015 | 4:14 am
    Another day, another Clinton foundation scandal. The International business Times reports on how countries donated to the Clinton Foundation and then got arms deals approved while the missus was Secretary of State.The Saudi deal was one of dozens of arms sales approved by Hillary Clinton’s State Department that placed weapons in the hands of governments that had also donated money to the Clinton family philanthropic empire, an International Business Times investigation has found.Under Clinton's leadership, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 May 2015 | 4:11 am
    This year's college graduates and their families are not very optimistic about their children's employment futures.About half of students expect to be supported financially by their parents for up to two years after graduation, according to a new survey of 500 students and 500 parents released Tuesday by Upromise, the savings division of Sallie Mae, the student lender....Parents seem to be more lenient about letting their graduate children come back home. Some 36% of parents say they expected to support their children financially for more than two years, up from just 18% last year, and only…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    25 May 2015 | 4:06 am
    Dan Balz has read the advice of Republican pollster Whit Ayers for the GOP. Ayres is now the pollster for Marco Rubio and before that had written a book of advice for Republicans on how to win future elections, 2016 and Beyond: How Republicans Can Elect a President in the New America. Ayres has meticulously studied poll data and demographics to advise Republicans that Republicans can't win in 2016 if they just capture the same percentage of the white vote that they've captured in previous elections. As Balz recapitulates,Put another way, if the 2016 nominee gets no better than Romney’s 17…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    22 May 2015 | 3:49 am
    Well, all right then. The President doesn't think we're losing in the struggle against ISIS. In fact, losing Ramadi is just a setback in what President Obama says he's always thought would be "a multiyear campaign." While Obama isn't worried, the Islamic State is moving successfully across the region. As the WSJ writes,Meanwhile, back on Planet Middle East, an opposition monitoring group estimates that after taking Palmyra Islamic State now controls about half of Syria, including most of its oil fields. The West is fretting about Palmyra because of its 2,000-year-old cultural treasures, and…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    21 May 2015 | 4:03 am
    Michael Doran of the Hudson Institute sums up what Obama's real approach to foreign policy is. In his memoirs, Duty, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates tells a story that could only have occurred in the Obama White House. In February 2011, as crowds occupying Tahrir Square in Cairo demanded the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a debate swirled over the proper American response: should the U.S. force Mubarak to abdicate, or support his plan to manage an orderly transition of power over the next seven months?On one side stood Gates and the other principal members of the…
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    The Fix

  • The Clintons’ finances are way too complex for the average person. That’s a problem.

    Chris Cillizza
    27 May 2015 | 5:13 am
    The AP reported late Monday that Bill Clinton has a limited liability corporation -- called WJC, LLC -- that serves as a "pass through" entity designed to "channel payments to the former president." If you have no idea what the heck the sentence above means, you are not alone. And therein lies the problem for Hillary Clinton as […]
  • The U.S. just indicted top world soccer officials. Here’s John Oliver’s takedown of FIFA. (video)

    Aaron Blake
    27 May 2015 | 5:04 am
    The United States has indicted 14 top world soccer officials -- including some from FIFA -- in a 47-count bribery scandal. Given this, we are re-posting this must-watch clip of John Oliver talking about the long history of corruption allegations against soccer's top governing body. This clip was from before last year's World Cup. And for more, […]
  • Why aren’t millennials running for office? It’s not because they’re turned off. It’s age.

    Philip Bump
    27 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    There's no question that young people are not terribly enamored of politics. No one is terribly excited about politics/politicians. Approval of Congress remains near all-time lows, trust in government is nearly the same -- and millennials are at the leading edge of the push to partisan independence. (An aside: If you are using Google Chrome […]
  • President Obama’s legacy is increasingly in legal jeopardy

    Amber Phillips
    26 May 2015 | 4:41 pm
    President Obama's second-term agenda, it seems, is in the hands of the courts. Same-sex marriage. Obamacare. Climate change. And now immigration. And in many cases, there is significant doubt about whether his signature initiatives will stand legal scrutiny. The latest blow to Obama's second-term plans came Tuesday when a federal appeals court in New Orleans […]
  • Here’s the U.S. map — if all congressional districts were the same size

    Hunter Schwarz
    26 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Making progress creating a hexagon-based cartogram of US CDs. Many tradeoffs, but Eastern US looks pretty good! pic.twitter.com/8TCFKE3GAE — Daniel Donner (@donnermaps) May 26, 2015 Daily Kos contributor Daniel Donner on Tuesday tweeted a map of the United State re-imagined as a series of hexagons representing congressional districts -- the catch being that each congressional district […]
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  • A. Barton Hinkle on How Virginia Lawmakers Are Harassing Short-Term Renters

    27 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    In September the city of Richmond, Virginia, will play host to the UCI world cycling championships. Hundreds of local homeowners had hoped to make a little coin on the side by renting out rooms to tourists via Airbnb. But city rules forbid rentals shorter than 30 days. Just why the city forbids short-term room rentals isn’t intuitively obvious, writes A. Barton Hinkle, unless you suspect the hotel interests put the city up to it. After all, you can rent many other things—cars, power tools, bouncy houses—for short periods, and nobody seems to mind. So why have the arbitrary requirement…
  • How Virginia Lawmakers Are Harassing Short-Term Renters

    A. Barton Hinkle
    27 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Should government agents be able to barge into your home without your permission, to make sure it’s being kept up? For three Richmond councilmen the answer may be: yes, if you’re a renter. For at least one of them the answer is: yes, even if you own the place. Last year Jonathan Baliles, Charles Samuels, and Parker Agelasto introduced a paper to start a rental-inspection program in the city. The measure has not gained much momentum, but it hasn’t died either. The council held a hearing on it last month. Now there’s a related development: A few days ago Style Weekly reported that…
  • Rand Paul: Blame ‘Hawks in Our Party’ for Creating ISIS

    Robby Soave
    27 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    On MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday, Joe Scarborough asked Sen. Rand Paul to respond to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s contention that a restrained U.S. foreign policy has aided and abetted ISIS. Paul turned the question on its head, laying the blame for ISIS at the feet of Republican and Democratic war hawks: ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS. These hawks also wanted to bomb Assad which would have made ISIS’s job even easier. They created these people. ISIS is all over Libya because the…
  • Angela Merkel Most Powerful Woman in the World Again, Hamas Tortured, Killed Palestinians, Switzerland Arrests FIFA Officials on U.S. Corruption Charges: A.M. Links

    Ed Krayewski
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Forbes named Angela Merkel the world's most powerful woman for the fifth year in a row. Hillary Clinton came in second, and Taylor Swift also made the list. Amnesty International has accused Hamas of torturing and slaughtering Palestinians in Gaza, which it controls. Israel launched airstrikes into Gaza in retaliation for a rocket attack originating from the Palestinian territory. The State Council of China released a policy document expanding the role of the navy as the country continues activity in the disputed South China Sea. The Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua says the country's…
  • Zach Weissmueller on Gun Rights as Civil Rights

    27 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    When a cop shot teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer, the death sparked protests, a militarized law enforcement response, and finally looting and destruction. But the Huey P. Newton Gun Club was ready. The Dallas-based group had formed in June 2014, writes Zach Weissmueller, more than two months before the shooting. Charles Goodson, the club's founder, started recruiting members after he learned that Dallas police officers had shot at 40 unarmed citizens over the past 12 years. View this article.
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • WHEN?

    The Outsider
    2 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    In view of the recent riots across the country—-When are the blacks going to be held responsible for their criminal behavior? When are they going to marry the women they impregnate? When are they going to pay for their children they are responsible for? When are they going to act civilized instead of living as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago? When are they going to stop killing their own and destroying our cities? And when is the mainstream news media going to cover those unreported stories? When is Al Sharpton going to stop working for the Democrat party to keep racial…
  • 2015 Something Isn’t Right

    Randy Toman
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    I have been going through my past articles in an attempt to see if I was close to getting anything right——as I looked into the future back then.  What I find is things had moved forward with a smoothness that is surprising to me—-even as the same symptoms seem to be prevailing in the culture today as they did then.  The indicators with symptoms and issues seem to be worse today than in the past but somehow things and life seem to move along with smoothness and not seem that bad.  Therefore few notice anything of a serious nature that is wrong and few seem to care one way…
  • What is to Happen?

    Randy Toman
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    What is to happen if unjust or tyrannical laws are put in place?  The question with its answer has history to look to. Thomas Aquinas said, “An unjust law is no law at all.”  The Nurenburg Trials answer that question with condemnation in following a tyrannical magistrate and America’s founders were known to say—-“Disobedience to tyrants is obedience to God”. Christianity has had a salvific effect on the culture and the forming and protecting of Western Civilization—in John Murray book “Principles of Conduct” 1957 we have this—“…biblical ethics has a…
  • Is Reason Enough?

    Randy Toman
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    I have attempted to look at this thing called “Reason” and the reasoning process.  Why do conservatives not come together with a sound force in that “Right-ness”?  Herman Dooyeweerd  in his book  “In The Twilight of Western Thought”  gives us this insight with this quote. “If all philosophical currents that pretend to choose their starting points in theoretical reason alone, had indeed , no deeper presuppositions, it should be possible to settle every philosophical argument between them in a purely theoretical way.  But the factual situation is quite different.  A debate…
  • Ignorance Plus

    Randy Toman
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    Thought you would like to see this article (Here is the link) http://www.empowerpa.org/news/ Pennsylvania Still Doesn’t Need an Extraction Tax February 18, 2015: Most know that the oil war and the glut of oil in the market is or has driven down price ——even as I think there is more to it than a simple glut in the market.  This lowering of oil price is putting a strain on the industry here in the USA and especially here in PA—and with that reduction in the price—–a strain in cash flow for that industry here in Pa. Governor Wolf (Pennsylvania) must know this…
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Hawks and Bad Historical Analogies

    Daniel Larison
    27 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    Michael Cohen is right to warn against false historical analogies, but this claim is much harder to support: It’s a problem that exists across the political spectrum—both for hawks, who view any willingness to utilize diplomacy or deal with nefarious regimes as another Munich and any reluctance to use military force as a concession to tyrants; and for doves, for whom every military intervention is Iraq War II and every alleged government cover-up is the Pentagon Papers redux. Perhaps Cohen doesn’t want his argument to seem overly one-sided, but there is simply no comparison between…
  • Four More Pointless Campaigns Are About to Begin

    Daniel Larison
    26 May 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Four more Republican presidential candidates are preparing to make their formal announcements in the next week: The field won’t likely reach capacity until July. Potential candidates standing at the edge of the pool will have to decide whether to actually jump in by the end of that month, as the first Republican debate takes place Aug. 6. The four candidates announcing their campaigns over the next two weeks are at risk of not qualifying for the first GOP debate, sponsored by Fox News. None of these four candidates has a realistic chance at becoming the nominee. None of them really has much…
  • The GOP’s Debate Conundrum (II)

    Daniel Larison
    26 May 2015 | 7:41 pm
    The requirements for the Republican primary debates are creating problems for some of the new and has-been candidates: New rules that limit the number of contenders on stage during the first Republican presidential debates are likely to alter the campaign calculations for many of the GOP candidates, forcing them to try to build national name recognition months earlier than planned. Some of the candidates likely to be excluded from the first debates are new and really are lacking in name recognition, and keeping them out of the debates does make it even less likely that they will have any…
  • Misrepresenting the War on Yemen

    Daniel Larison
    26 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    Noah Rothman makes a nonsensical claim: Perhaps the most glaring example of the undue deference Washington yielded to irresponsible actors like Iran is how the United States turned a blind eye toward Tehran while it sparked a bloody regional proxy war in Yemen. The U.S. couldn’t have “turned a blind eye toward Tehran” in this case, since Iranian involvement in Yemen is “trivial” by all informed accounts. Iran didn’t spark a “bloody regional proxy war.” This treats the Houthis as Iranian proxies, but they aren’t any such thing. It assumes…
  • A Nuclear Deal Isn’t Going to “Empower” Iran

    Daniel Larison
    26 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    One of the latest talking points from Iran hawks against any deal with Iran is that sanctions relief will enable the regime to use its new revenues to increase support for its proxies and allies. Like other hawkish objections to a deal, this is mistaken: But with the budget strained by last year’s heavy fall in oil prices, and public expectations of improved socio-economic conditions in the event of a deal, the authorities will face pressure to invest new funds at home. “The idea that Iran is going to have its pockets full of cash that it can use for discretionary purposes, I…
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    Bob McCarty

  • Educate Yourself About Memorial Day

    22 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    As an Air Force veteran, I’m convinced that what I did while wearing the uniform of my country pales in comparison to the sacrifices made by those who truly deserve recognition on Memorial Day. If you don’t get my point, please educate yourself about Memorial Day. Memorial Day is NOT just another holiday to provide business owners a collective excuse for holding a three-day extravaganza sale and offer 10 percent discounts to military veterans and their families. Memorial Day is NOT a holiday during which we should thank all veterans. Memorial Day IS a day of remembrance to honor those…
  • ‘Winning Life’s Lottery’ Requires Hard Work

    21 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico and retired corporate government relations executive whose life experience includes having served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. Even if you disagree with him, this piece will make you think long and hard. Westward view of St. Louis skyline in September 2008, 75 years after Paul Hollrah’s birth. I realize that it may be a bit uncool to dwell too much on one’s own life experiences, but I have a point to make and I hope…
  • ‘The Financial Coach’ Sentenced to 9 Years in Federal Prison

    15 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Federal Judge Ronnie L. White sentenced Bryan C. Binkholder to nine years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release during a sentencing hearing Friday at 10:30 a.m. inside a 10th-floor courtroom at the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. In addition, the judge ordered Binkholder to make full restitution of more than $3 million the court said he owes his victims . If the name rings familiar, it’s because Binkholder hosted “The Financial Coach Show” on Saturday afternoons on FM Newstalk 97.1, St. Louis’ only conservative FM radio…
  • Gone Writing, But I’ll Be Back

    11 May 2015 | 5:38 am
    I’ve done it before, and I’ll do it again. I’m taking a break from writing online in order to focus on my “bread and butter” — that is, writing more fiction and nonfiction books and more screenplays. Don’t worry, though. Just like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in the 1984 film, The Terminator, “I’ll be back.” Though I won’t be online much, I’m still open to hearing from you. If you have an idea for a book, a question about something I’ve written or something else, send an email message to me at…
  • Who’s Telling Truth About Nation’s Job Numbers?

    8 May 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Today, I ran across conflicting numbers about the nation’s employment situation. You decide who’s telling the truth. One set of claims (above) comes from Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). In a graphic on her Facebook page. She shares this: “ICYMI: The economy has added 12.3 million private sector jobs in the last 62 months.”  In case you missed it, Claire, the economy is in the toilet thanks to you and your president’s misguided and dangerous policies and actions. A second set of claims comes from the popular website, Zero Hedge, and is accompanied by the an…
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  • Fitness Advice for Men: Build Muscle With SpecForce Alpha

    9 May 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Building and keeping muscle takes a lot of time and perseverance. The quick schemes you often see online are just illusions that make people spend money. To build muscle you must be willing to change your lifestyle. Avoid eating processed food such as cheese burgers, fries, pizzas, and other deep fried and processed food. Revert to eating raw food or food that requires little to no processing to get the most nutrients without diluting them with chemicals. You can eat steamed fish or chicken, and fresh fruits and vegetables, or all sorts of nuts to get the nutrients you need. Eating foods and…
  • Republican Presidential Candidates for the 2016 Election

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:38 pm
    The primary elections start in little less than a year and speculations are rife about which individuals are likely to run as Republican presidential candidates. Let us take a look at the roster of potential candidates. Jeb Bush, Florida Governor from 1999 to 2007, seems to be getting a lot of support. Poll results in South Carolina, Iowa, and New Hampshire show Jeb Bush scoring double-digit support in all three states. Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, also shows double-digit support in all three states. Bush is considered by many to be the party’s standard bearer. He has heavyweight…
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Balanced Budget Requirements Don't Work as Well as Spending Limits

    Daniel J. Mitchell
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    When I first came to Washington back in the 1980s, there was near-universal support and enthusiasm for a balanced budget amendment among advocates of limited government. The support is still there, I’m guessing, but the enthusiasm is not nearly as intense. There are three reasons for this drop. Political reality - There is zero chance that a balanced budget amendment would get the necessary two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate. And if that happened, by some miracle, it’s highly unlikely that it would get the necessary support for ratification in three-fourths of state…
  • The Spin Cycle: Accelerating Sea Level Rise

    Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger, Patrick J. Michaels
    26 May 2015 | 2:56 pm
    The Spin Cycle is a reoccurring feature based upon just how much the latest weather or climate story, policy pronouncement, or simply poo-bah blather spins the truth. Statements are given a rating between 1-5 spin cycles, with less cycles meaning less spin. For a more in-depth description, visit the inaugural edition A popular media story of the week was that sea level rise was accelerating and that this was worse than we thought. The stories were based on a new paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change by an author team led by the University of Tasmania’s Christopher Watson.
  • Venezuela: World's Highest Inflation Rate

    Steve H. Hanke
    26 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Venezuela’s bolivar is collapsing. And as night follows day, Venezuela’s annual implied inflation rate is soaring. Last week, the annual inflation rate broke through the 500% level. It now stands at 510%. When inflation rates are elevated, standard economic theory and reliable empirical techniques allow us to produce accurate inflation estimates. With free market exchange-rate data (usually black-market data), the inflation rate can be calculated. The principle of purchasing power parity (PPP), which links changes in exchange rates and changes in prices, allows for a reliable inflation…
  • Meditations on Memorial Day

    David Boaz
    25 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    Benjamin Franklin said, “There never was a good war or a bad peace.” Given Franklin’s leadership in the struggle for American independence, we can infer that he did not think that there never was a war that was necessary, or a war that was worth its cost. But he reminds us that even necessary wars have terrible costs. I thought about Franklin when I read an eloquent column on the meaning of Memorial Day by the novelist Mark Helprin, who is also a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute. He lamented: Though if by and large we ignore the debt we owe to those who fell at Saratoga,…
  • Four Lessons to Ponder Before Going to War

    David Boaz
    24 May 2015 | 3:55 pm
    In about 30 seconds this morning on Fox News Sunday, George Will laid out the prudential case for proceeding very cautiously when contemplating a war: WALLACE: So George, with that as trailer, what’s the lesson that we should take from Iraq, and particularly as it comes to future U.S. policy? WILL: Four lessons, I think. First, the government has to choose always on the basis of imperfect information. I agree with Bob [Woodward]. There were no lies here [in the Bush administration’s incorrect claims about WMD]. It was a colossal failure to know what we didn’t know. Second, the failure…
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  • Qatar’s Controversial World Cup Committee is a Clinton Foundation Donor

    Brent Scher
    27 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    The committee created by Qatar after it won the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, responsible for preparing the nation for the tournament, donated up to $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation in 2014. The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, also known as the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, was formed in April 2011 after FIFA awarded Qatar hosting rights. It is chaired by Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar. Now Qatar could be at risk of losing the World Cup after seven FIFA officials were arrested in Switzerland and criminal investigations were launched into whether…
  • Erdogan’s War on Critical Media Heats Up Ahead of Turkish Election

    27 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    By Ayla Jean Yackley and Nick Tattersall ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A veteran U.S. journalist and author said on Wednesday President Tayyip Erdogan had blocked his honorary citizenship and declared him an enemy of the state, as the Turkish leader’s war on critical media intensifies ahead of a June election. In what opponents see as part of a campaign to muzzle dissent, Erdogan has berated news outlets including the New York Times and Turkish daily Hurriyet in recent days, while a prosecutor this month sought to shut two TV stations, seen as opposed to the government, on…
  • France: No Iran Deal Without Full Access to Military Sites

    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    PARIS (Reuters) – France’s foreign minister said on Wednesday his country would not back any nuclear deal with Iran unless it provided full access to all installations, including military sites. “France will not accept (a deal) if it is not clear that inspections can be done at all Iranian installations, including military sites,” Laurent Fabius told lawmakers . Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last week ruled out international inspection of Iran’s military sites or access to nuclear scientists under any nuclear agreement. Iran’s military…
  • Syrian Opposition to Obama: You Hurt US Reputation, Made More Enemies and Assisted Terrorism

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    27 May 2015 | 6:34 am
    Syrian opposition fighters have accused President Obama of “unwittingly assist[ing] global terrorism” through his refusal to take decisive action against the Assad regime. The rebel fighters’ comments came in a PBS Frontline documentary titled “Obama at War” that details the administration’s “struggle” to stop horrific violence in the Middle East. “I would say, Mr. President, that you are going to go down in history, if you continue like this, as somebody who has tarnished the reputation of the United States,” Syrian opposition member Murhaf Jouejati said. “You have…
  • Appeals Court Rules with States Challenging Obama’s Immigration Action

    27 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation was dealt another setback on Tuesday when a U.S. appeals court refused to lift a block put in place by 26 states that argued Obama overstepped his authority. By a 2-1 vote that could pave the way to a Supreme Court ruling, the judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that Obama’s executive action should remain on hold pending further judicial proceedings. The decision further delays Obama’s immigration order,…
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