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  • School’s Out.

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    Chris Muir
    3 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
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    Chris Muir
    4 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
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  • Quotes of the day

    Hot Air » Top Picks
    5 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    The one? What he’s got: Affability, humor, and folksy charm galore; arguably the best communication skills—on TV, on the stump, or in retail settings—of any Republican 2016er; executive experience as a two-term-plus Arkansas governor; demonstrated presidential vote-getting capacity as winner of the Iowa caucuses and overall delegate runner-up in the 2008 GOP nomination contest; high name recognition among […] Read this post »
  • Potentially Interim ONT - Devil's Own Lasagna edition [krak/t]

    Ace of Spades HQ
    5 May 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Toledo is kicking my ass, but I don't see anything else in the offing, and Maet is still living it up in some hot spring with several other sweaty men and possibly a reindeer. Most people would embrace the modern...
  • The Freddie Gray Case, Update 3: Ludicrous Speed

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    Mike McDaniel
    5 May 2015 | 8:01 pm
    credit: nypost.com The first two articles in this series are: The Freddie Gray Case: Initial Impressions  The Freddie Gray Case, Update 2  A question of some significance: If Freddie Gray were white, would any of this be happening? I’d like to think that in 2016, justice is truly blind and that the citizens of Baltimore—and the outside agitators drawn like vultures to roadkill—would be as determined to find social justice for a white man who died in police custody, but I can’t. And why not? Because social justice ”activists,” including the President of the United State and the…
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  • Quotes of the day

    5 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    The one? What he’s got: Affability, humor, and folksy charm galore; arguably the best communication skills—on TV, on the stump, or in retail settings—of any Republican 2016er; executive experience as a two-term-plus Arkansas governor; demonstrated presidential vote-getting capacity as winner of the Iowa caucuses and overall delegate runner-up in the 2008 GOP nomination contest; high name recognition among […] Read this post »
  • Oklahoma governor signs mandatory minimum reform

    Mary Katharine Ham
    5 May 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Change. Noah noted last week that unrest in America’s cities shouldn’t discourage conservatives from examining and reforming the criminal justice system where necessary and helpful. We are dedicated to the proposition that the power of the state has a tendency to become clumsy, corrupt, and damaging to the American people, if not held in check, and […] Read this post »
  • Nat’l Journal: Illinois Dems seeking African-American challenge to Duckworth

    Ed Morrissey
    5 May 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Demographics desperation. Six weeks ago, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced that she would challenge Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) in his re-election bid in 2016. Despite the Republican win in 2014’s gubernatorial election, this could be a tough seat for the GOP to hold in next year’s cycle, and Duckworth makes it even tougher. A double amputee veteran […] Read this post »
  • Bad news for Hillary: Women CEOs make more than men

    Noah Rothman
    5 May 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Irreconcilable. What happens when two cherished Democratic wedge issues, the War on Women and income inequality, collide? Hillary Clinton is about to find out. Just prior to her campaign unveiling, Clinton attempted to demonstrate her progressive bona fides by paying lip service to the left’s cause de jour; the scourge of “income inequality,” otherwise known as […] Read this post »
  • Actual WaPo headline: “Event organizer offers no apology after thwarted attack in Texas”

    5 May 2015 | 4:21 pm
    "If the contest was intended as bait, it worked." The media is so, so angry at Pam Geller for putting them in a position where they have to side with her (sort of). They already despised her. Now that she’s made them unwilling allies in defending her right to mock Mohammed, they’ll never forgive her. So they’re going to try to make her the […] Read this post »
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • The Freddie Gray Case, Update 3: Ludicrous Speed

    Mike McDaniel
    5 May 2015 | 8:01 pm
    credit: nypost.com The first two articles in this series are: The Freddie Gray Case: Initial Impressions  The Freddie Gray Case, Update 2  A question of some significance: If Freddie Gray were white, would any of this be happening? I’d like to think that in 2016, justice is truly blind and that the citizens of Baltimore—and the outside agitators drawn like vultures to roadkill—would be as determined to find social justice for a white man who died in police custody, but I can’t. And why not? Because social justice ”activists,” including the President of the United State and the…
  • Garland, TX: We Were Lucky

    Mike McDaniel
    4 May 2015 | 5:36 pm
    We very lucky, very lucky. There is little doubt that the officer, and it appears to be a single officer that shot both terrorists, was a good marksman, for he killed two rifle-armed terrorists with a handgun, but we were lucky. A Texas traffic cop saved untold lives Sunday night when he took down two heavily armed men bent on storming a building where a ‘Draw the Prophet’ Muhammad contest was taking place, killing both before they could make their way inside. The police officer, who has not been identified by Garland Police Department officials, ‘probably saved lives,’ said…
  • The Drilled And Killed Generation

    Mike McDaniel
    3 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Item: Parents of elementary school children–in the earliest grades–are discovering, to their horror, that their children are being ruthlessly drilled in passing mandatory, high stakes tests, to the point that in many places, and for much of the school year, they do little else. Item: Test-producing companies, including the leading company–Pearson–preside over a multi-billion dollar a year industry, producing not only the tests, but study materials, practice tests, and a variety of other “services” that support the tests. Profit margins are soaring, at least in part…
  • A Present For Her Inevitableness

    Mike McDaniel
    3 May 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Political campaigns pay enormous sums of money to produce logos, slogans and similar ephemera to paint candidates in the best possible, and most memorable, light. Continuing in the best tradition of SMM in being fair and scrupulously honest, I provide, at no charge, this poster for the Hillary Clinton campaign. While it is not exhaustive of Mrs. Clinton’s many memorable comments, acts and omissions, it’s certainly representative and reflective of her unique character. Filed under: Humor, Politics Tagged: enormous sums, Hillary Clinton, Political campaigns, SMM
  • Kindergarten Corruption

    Mike McDaniel
    2 May 2015 | 8:08 pm
    photo credit: she knows.com A substantial element of any teacher’s rationale for being worthy of the public trust is that they, due to their education and experience, their humanity and their common sense, know what is and is not appropriate for their students—of any age. When teachers prove that the public’s trust is misplaced, they lose the argument against privatizing education, to say nothing of any claim to professional integrity. As education, at the mandate of legislatures and the federal government becomes more and more a money making windfall for Pearson and other…
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  • Mike Huckabee Enters The Contest

    <a href="/users/erick/">Erick Erickson</a> (<a href="/diary/erick/">Diary</a>)
    6 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee yesterday declared his intention to seek the Presidency of the United States. The media immediately seized on Huckabee as the “Christian” in the race — editorially pigeonholing Huckabee. They have done so at their own peril. Huckabee will prove himself far deeper and more expansive on issues than the media wants to believe. To be sure, Huckabee is a former minister, but then all the candidates for the GOP nomination are Christians. Huckabee, however, does not intend to be the “Jesus Freak” in the race. He intends to be the…
  • Smart Policy and Smart Politics From Gov. Rick Perry on Ex-Im Bank

    <a href="/users/aarongardner/">Aaron Gardner</a> (<a href="/diary/aarongardner/">Diary</a>)
    5 May 2015 | 6:36 pm
    I don’t have much time to get my thoughts down on this because I am about to read Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims to my kids before I head out to my night job, but Gov. Rick Perry, who is expected to his announce his intention to run for the GOP nomination by June 1, has penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal explaining why he has changed his position and now believes it is time to end the Export Import Bank. After a bit of background on what he was able to accomplish during his 14 years as Governor of Texas, a bit of well deserved bragging, and a reiteration of his philosophy of…
  • A Candidate Willing to Change His Mind

    <a href="/users/erick/">Erick Erickson</a> (<a href="/diary/erick/">Diary</a>)
    5 May 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Isn’t that what the media wants? A candidate who is bold enough to admit he has changed his mind? Well, we have a mind change and it is a really significant one. Governor Rick Perry has decided to oppose the Export-Import Bank, which is up for renewal in Congress. For those who don’t know, the Ex-Im is a cess pool of waste, fraud, and abuse that some American companies with the right connections use to subsidize their businesses. It is not at all popular with every American business and some see it as a threat. But many of the richest businesses in the country are subsidized by…
  • Kent State: May 4, 1970

    <a href="/users/streiff/">streiff</a> (<a href="/diary/streiff/">Diary</a>)
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    If you weren’t around, or old enough to know what was going on, during the period from, say, 1965 to 1970, it is near impossible to explain the turmoil the nation experienced caused by a perfect storm of events: the Civil Rights struggle, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the non-stop series of anti-war protests. The Democrat convention in Chicago had experienced a political version of the China Syndrome, revealing to America the moral bankruptcy of the Democrat party. (A lesson that has sadly been lost.) In the aftermath of 1968, in particular, it seemed as though…
  • Arrested for being Black on a Wednesday Night

    <a href="/users/leon_h_wolf/">Leon H. Wolf</a> (<a href="/diary/leon_h_wolf/">Diary</a>)
    5 May 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Here we go again. Via the Denver Post, here comes video out of Colorado Springs of a stop between police and two black men. It appears not to be in controversy at this point that ultimately, the police pulled these two individuals over for a cracked windshield. You watch yourself and see if you can justify why it had to be that, for demanding to know why they were pulled over, these two men were pulled out of the car at taser-point, handcuffed, forced face down into the snow, and ultimately placed in the backseat of a cruiser. Again, over a cracked windshield. Obviously, we don’t see…
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    John Hawkins' Right Wing News

  • What Assata Taught Me

    Michelle Malkin
    5 May 2015 | 9:11 pm
    “What Assata taught me” is the new “Hands up, don’t shoot.” For $35, you, too, can sport a politically correct black hoodie emblazoned with a fugitive convicted murderer’s name. Assata’s
  • Hillary’s Armor

    John Stossel
    5 May 2015 | 9:10 pm
    “This vast right-wing conspiracy,” Hillary Clinton said, “has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced.” That was the “feminist” first lady’s response when her husband was accused
  • Huck Can Beat Hillary

    Dick Morris
    5 May 2015 | 9:07 pm
    I was there in 1993 when Mike Huckabee beat the vaunted Clinton machine in their Arkansas backyard, even as the president pulled all the strings he could to defeat the
  • Can Women Take the Heat?

    Betsy McCaughey
    5 May 2015 | 9:04 pm
    If you’re ever trapped in a burning building, just pray the firefighter climbing up to rescue you isn’t Rebecca Wax, or someone like her who’s been given an EZ pass
  • Fanatical Hulk (Cartoon)

    Rick McKee
    5 May 2015 | 9:04 pm
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  • 6 Ways a Project Manager Can Maximize Your Impact

    KC Procter
    5 May 2015 | 4:18 pm
    I don’t really know where it started. I guess somewhere along the line I had more to do than time to do it so I decided I had to get myself in gear. Over the last few years, I’ve used countless apps, ideas, software, and programs to try to manage the projects and contexts that I work in. I’ve learned a few things over that time. One of the biggest things I’ve learned about productivity is that you’ll never get anything done if you spend all of your time backtracking because you forgot what you were doing in the first place. Here are 6 ways a project manager can help us all get more…
  • HuffDuffer for You and Your Church

    Chris Wilson
    5 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Huffduffer is an interesting website that’s been around for a while. The basic ideas is you can create your own podcast feed and add audio from over the web to it. This isn’t private and anyone with your Huffduffer RSS feed can then subscribe to it. There are a few obvious applications for this site. Creating a feed of one off podcast episodes you’d like to listen to [a way to try out podcasts or listen to one off episodes without having a tidal wave of episodes on your podcast app of choice] Creating a feed of curated audio from different sources to share with an audience As a method…
  • The RPG Productivity Player’s Guide: Small Changes that Impact Productivity [Series]

    Rachel Blom
    5 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    [This is part 3 in the RPG Productivity Player’s Guide series.] Min-maxing is a well-known strategy in RPG’s. It means creating the most effective character for the particular game you’re playing by minimizing unwanted traits or characteristics and maximizing the wanted skills. The interesting thing is that little changes can have a big impact on the game—which is why min-maxing requires a perfect understanding of how the game works. A small increase in physical strength may make a world of difference for instance, whereas a lower IQ doesn’t negatively influence the…
  • 4 Tips to Read More This Year

    Eric Dye
    4 May 2015 | 12:39 pm
    A study by the Pew Research Center found that about a quarter of adults in the U.S. had not read a book in the past year. Finding the time and motivation to read can be tricky but the benefits prove it’s a worthy investment. There are advantages to giving the mind an exercise: reading even burns more calories than watching TV, The New York Times reported. If you’ve been falling behind on your reading, now’s the time to pick up your book habit again. So what is the secret to those Americans who still find the time to read? 1. Start a ritual Psychologists say it takes 21 days to form a…
  • Luke Skywalker Reads ChurchMag

    Eric Dye
    4 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    The rumors are true. It was going to come out eventually—and makes complete sense when you think about it. Today, Star Wars Day, seems like the best day to reveal this kind of information: Twitter 13,500 Followers Facebook 1,692 Follower Google+ 493 Followers RSS 1,300 Follower   Click these (above) to follow along—just like Luke Skywalker. And the click these (below) to tell your friends to do the same. Luke Skywalker Reads ChurchMag first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • There Is No Distinction Between “Freedom Of Speech” And “Hate Speech”

    Doug Mataconis
    5 May 2015 | 2:53 pm
    As I noted in my initial post about the attempted attack on a community center in Texas by two men with apparent Islamic Jihadist sympathies, at least some members of the media felt the need to respond to the attack not by talking about the attackers, but by questioning the motives of the people holding the event they wanted to attack. The main argument appears to be that Pamela Gellar and those who took part in the event were not holding a free speech event, they were holding an anti-Islam event that was designed to mock the Muslim faith. Along those lines, Lindsay Wise and Jonathan Landay…
  • Democrats Set Six Presidential Debates, Republicans Search For A Big Enough Debate Stage

    Doug Mataconis
    5 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    Hillary Clinton will meet Bernie Sanders and whomever else decides to enter the Presidential race on the Democratic side in debates six times, at least that’s what the Democratic National Committee is saying: Democrats will announce Tuesday six presidential primary debates, giving long shots a potential opportunity to share the debate stage with frontrunner Hillary Clinton, CNN has learned. The Democratic National Committee has plans for debates to occur in the early-contest states of Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina. The two other locations will be decided at a later…
  • Mike Huckabee Enters Presidential Race, But He’s Weaker Than He Was In 2008

    Doug Mataconis
    5 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    Following closely on the heels of Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who ran for President in 2008 but passed up a chance to run in 2012, announced in a rally in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas that he was running for President: HOPE, Ark. — Mike Huckabee, who excited evangelical voters in his first presidential race in 2008 and retains much of their good will, announced on Tuesday that he would again seek the Republican nomination, despite a crowded field of rivals for his natural base in the party. A former Southern Baptist pastor and Arkansas…
  • The Most Important Person In British Politics May Be Someone Who Isn’t On The Ballot

    Doug Mataconis
    5 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    The most powerful party in determining at least the short-term political future of the United Kingdom may be someone who isn’t even standing for election on Thursday: ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Nicola Sturgeon was late for her burgundy helicopter. It had taken her 45 minutes to traverse the 50 yards between the medieval church and the high street — and not just because of her perilous-looking designer heels. Ms. Sturgeon, the leader of Scotland’s semiautonomous government, was campaigning for her Scottish National Party before Britain’s election on Thursday, and the…
  • Poll: Majority Of Americans Would Support SCOTUS Decision Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

    Doug Mataconis
    5 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that a majority of Americans believe the Supreme Court should legalize same-sex marriage nationwide: Nearly three in five Americans want to see the Supreme Court legalize gay marriage throughout the United States, according to a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll. A total of 58 percent of Americans said that they favor a high court decision to eliminate bans against same sex marriage, with 44 percent of those saying they strongly favor such a result. Thirty-seven percent of respondents said they oppose a court ruling in favor of the…
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    Drudge Retort

  • Facebook Exec's Husband Died in Treadmill Accident

    5 May 2015 | 7:06 pm
    The death of Dave Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, was caused by severe head trauma and blood loss after he slipped and fell off a treadmill, Mexican authorities said today. Goldberg, 47, died last Friday in the Hospital of San Javier, near the Four Seasons Hotel he and his family were staying at in Punta Mita. Goldberg died in the hospital after suffering severe head trauma and hypovolemic shock, a condition that occurs when someone experiences severe blood loss, causing the heart to be unable to pump blood.
  • March Trade Deficit $51.4 Billion, 6-Year High

    5 May 2015 | 5:33 pm
    The U.S. trade deficit in March swelled to the highest level in more than six years, propelled by a flood of imports that may have sapped the U.S. economy of any growth in the first quarter. The deficit rose to $51.4 billion, the largest trade gap since October 2008 and more than 43 percent higher than in February, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Exports were up 0.9 percent to $187.8 billion, while imports increased 7.7 percent to $239.2 billion.
  • Garland Mayor No Fan of Islam Hater Pamela Gellar

    5 May 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Garland Mayor Douglas Athas thanked his city's police publicly Monday night and said he wishes Pamela Geller had not chosen Garland for her American Freedom Defense Initiative event. "Certainly in hindsight, we as a community would be better off if she hadn't," he said. "It was an event not for Garlandites or Texans. Her actions put my police officers, my citizens and others at risk. Her program invited an incendiary reaction. She picked my community which does not support in any shape, passion or form, her ideology."
  • Pizza Driver Carjacked, Stabbed, But Still Makes Delivery

    5 May 2015 | 4:21 pm
    A Spinelli's pizza delivery driver is in stable condition Monday after he was carjacked, robbed and seriously stabbed — but still managed to make his delivery. Josh Lewis, 19, was delivering the pizza to the Norton Hospital emergency room in Louisville, Kentucky, Sunday afternoon when he was attacked. "He just walked in there, said 'Hi, I'm from Spinelli's. I have a pizza delivery,' and then just collapsed," Spinelli's regional manager Willow Rouben said. "That's dedication." Lewis is hospitalized and recovering from a collapsed lung.
  • Democrats Will Have 6 Presidential Debates

    5 May 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Democrats will announce Tuesday six presidential primary debates, four of which take place in the early-contest states of Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina. The two other locations will be decided at later. Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent, have announced they seek the Democratic nomination, while former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb are all considering runs.
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Techno-Art of the Moment, Featuring Edward Snowden, Ai Weiwei and the Mona Lisa

    5 May 2015 | 9:58 pm
    “Seven on Seven: Empathy and Disgust,” a New York event, couples artists with technologists or activists and gives them 24 hours to produce something. And those “somethings” turn out to be most interesting. Related Entries May 5, 2015 For 10 Years, NSA Software Has Made Phone Calls Searchable by Keyword May 1, 2015 Congressional Republicans and Democrats Unite on Two Bills to Check Surveillance and Patriot Act
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Brad Sherman Team Up to Break Up America’s Biggest Banks

    5 May 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Shutterstock Building off the momentum from his 2016 campaign launch Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking aim at America’s banking behemoths with an aggressively named new bill he drew up with Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., called the “Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Exist Act.” The congressional tag team will introduce their measure on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. A preemptive announcement released Tuesday about the unveiling, slated to be held in the Senate Radio and TV Gallery at 11:30 a.m. EST, said the aim of the effort is “to break up the nation’s biggest…
  • VIDEO: Mike Huckabee Kicks Off 2016 Campaign: ‘We Were Promised Hope, but It Was Just Talk’

    5 May 2015 | 1:21 pm
    And then there were six: Former Arkansas governor and Fox News talking head Mike Huckabee brought the official tally of Republican candidates for the 2016 presidential contest to a half-dozen Tuesday, and he blasted his ex-rival, President Obama, while he was at it. Related Entries May 5, 2015 For 10 Years, NSA Software Has Made Phone Calls Searchable by Keyword May 1, 2015 Congressional Republicans and Democrats Unite on Two Bills to Check Surveillance and Patriot Act
  • So Much for Liberté: France May Beef Up Domestic Spying Program

    5 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Shutterstock The shootings at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris last January drew comparisons to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S., and now the French government appears to be responding in a similar manner to its American counterpart by doubling down on surveillance. The New York Times brought word Tuesday of an intelligence bill making its way through legislative channels that would make for some significant changes if it passes in the upper house of the French Parliament: The measure would give French intelligence services the right to gather potentially unlimited…
  • VIDEO: William Binney on the NSA: ‘They’re Scrapping Our Constitution’

    5 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Find out how the National Security Agency harvests data on you, your family and everyone you know. Related Entries May 5, 2015 For 10 Years, NSA Software Has Made Phone Calls Searchable by Keyword May 1, 2015 Congressional Republicans and Democrats Unite on Two Bills to Check Surveillance and Patriot Act
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    Power Line

  • The war on standards makes major headway in New York City

    Paul Mirengoff
    5 May 2015 | 8:32 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) Bob McManus of the New York Post wonders whether Demetrius Blackwell, who shot NYPD officer Brian Moore dead, would have been on the street with his gun had the old stop-and-frisk policies, which Mayor de Blasio eliminated, been in effect. Chances are that Blackwell, a reckless hard core thug, would have been, but we will never know for sure. More broadly, McManus wonders about the consequences of what he calls “the astonishing shift, both in tone and in content, of New York’s public-safety ­debate.” Whereas a decade ago there was a deep appreciation of what…
  • Mike Huckabee enters four years late

    Paul Mirengoff
    5 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) Mike Huckabee announced today that he is entering the race for president. He’s considered by most a second-tier candidate for the Republican nomination. However, Huckabee proved in his last outing that he’s an excellent campaigner/debater and capable of outperforming expectations. Even so, I can’t help but think that Huckabee missed his best chance for the nomination by not entering the 2012 race. In his absence, Rick Santorum became the favorite of evangelical voters and gave Mitt Romney a good run for his money. We shouldn’t assume that Huckabee…
  • The Telos of Liberalism: Your Children’s Bedtime Stories

    Steven Hayward
    5 May 2015 | 5:18 pm
    (Steven Hayward) The largest source of inequality today is the family, so it is not surprising that liberals obsessed with inequality have to control family life eventually, either by nationalizing children (Plato’s idea, only he was kidding), or by extending regulation to family matters. Think this is far-fetched? The Australian Broadcasting Company has found a philosopher named Adam Swift who thinks parents reading to their children helps increase inequality, and therefore we might have to think about regulating the reading of bedtime stories. Swift in particular has been conflicted for…
  • NOAA Caught Rewriting US Temperature History (Again)

    John Hinderaker
    5 May 2015 | 4:10 pm
    (John Hinderaker) We have written a number of times about how government agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration here in the U.S., have systematically adjusted temperature history to make the past look colder. They apparently do this, usually surreptitiously and without explanation, in order to stoke global warming hysteria. See, for example, He Who Controls the Present Controls the Past and Inside the Global Warming Scandal. Now Mike Brakey, an engineering physicist and heat transfer specialist, has caught NOAA revising historic temperature data for…
  • A sign of things to come in the Democratic party

    Paul Mirengoff
    5 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) Last night at a public hearing on the budget in Prince George’s County, Maryland, a flyer with the following headline was circulated: From Baltimore to Jerusalem It’s the Same Game. In 10 years Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin sent 1.2 billion dollars of Maryland Federal taxpayer money to the Apartheid state of Israel to build schools, roads and other infrastructure while saying Maryland doesn’t have the money to help develop our communities. The flyer goes on to attack the “Israel lobby,” which allegedly is using Black politicians to split the…
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    LewRockwell » LRC Blog

  • Re: ISIS in Texas?

    Butler Shaffer
    5 May 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Daniel: This entire “event” in Texas raises, in my mind, the possibility of this being an act of provocateuring, a practice long-established and well-known to Europeans, but about which most Americans are hopelessly naïve.
  • ISIS in Texas?

    Daniel McAdams
    5 May 2015 | 12:45 pm
    The media has panicked many Americans by claiming that ISIS has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s strange incident in Garland, TX. But, as usual, there is much more to the story. The source for this “claim” is none other than the very controversial Rita Katz and her SITE Intelligence Group. Might this be a propaganda exercise in the interest of the neocons? Dr. Paul and I have a look in today’s Liberty Report:
  • Another Republican Warmonger Announces He Is Running for President

    Laurence M. Vance
    5 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    This time it is Mike Huckabee. I guess I could have just said Republican or warmonger. Sorry for being redundant.
  • Be All that You Can Be

    Laurence M. Vance
    5 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    Even if it means being a thief in the Army. Surprise, surprise—”U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have stolen tens of millions through bribery, theft, and rigged contracts.” It turns out that “troops were selling the U.S. military’s fuel to Afghan locals on the side, and pocketing the proceeds.”
  • Kent State Plus 45

    Laurence M. Vance
    5 May 2015 | 6:03 am
    Yesterday was the 45th anniversary of the Kent State massacre. Cursed be the Vietnam War.
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    Betsy's Page

  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    5 May 2015 | 4:06 am
    Now that Peter Schweizer's book, Clinton Cash, is out, the Clintons are stepping up their response. So Bill, the master, answered some questions with NBC News. What is surprising is how lame his answers are."There is no doubt in my mind that we have never done anything knowingly inappropriate in terms of taking money to influence any kind of American government policy," he said. "That just hasn't happened."As always, we have to parse the Clinton's words very carefully. They've never "knowingly" done something wrong. And don't worry about any appearance that money flowing into the Clinton…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    4 May 2015 | 4:15 am
    Does a story like this give you confidence in any guarantee Iran might give us in a nuclear deal?Britain has informed a United Nations sanctions panel of an active Iranian nuclear procurement network linked to two blacklisted firms, according to a confidential report by the panel seen by Reuters.The existence of such a network could add to Western concerns over whether Tehran can be trusted to adhere to a nuclear deal due by June 30 in which it would agree to restrict sensitive nuclear work in exchange for sanctions relief.They've been cheating all along and the IEAE has said publicly that…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    1 May 2015 | 3:54 am
    Now that Bernie Sanders has entered the race, he has become, as Byron York writes, he has become the "new Elizabeth Warren."A new Iowa survey by the Democratic polling firm PPP finds Clinton with an overwhelming lead over the Democratic pack — no news there. But PPP also found that, while the former secretary of state is the choice of 62 percent of Democrats surveyed, Sanders is now in double digits, with 14 percent saying they support him. (Martin O'Malley is at 6 percent, Jim Webb at 3 percent, and Lincoln Chafee at two percent, while 13 percent say they are not sure who they…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    Daniel Henninger describes what Al Sharpton's approach to civil unrest has wrought.‘No justice, no peace.”In Baltimore now, they’ve got both.When Al Sharpton popularized the chant, “No justice, no peace,” it was unmistakably clear that “no peace” was an implicit threat of civil unrest.Not civil disobedience, as practiced by Martin Luther King Jr. Civil unrest.Civil unrest can come in degrees. It might be a brief fight between protesters and the cops. It might be someone throwing rocks through store windows. Or it might be more than that.Whenever groups gathered in large numbers…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Apr 2015 | 3:50 am
    Bret Stephens knows that the Clintons are just assuming that the American people will no more care about how they sold themselves to any business or foreign entity that wanted to purchase access. He writes, that "the Clintons are counting on America to digest their ethical lapses the way a python swallows a goat." Perhaps swallowing is not a fortuitous word to be using when talking about Bill Clinton's behavior, but Stephens is exactly right.All of which means that Mrs. Clinton’s presidential bid is an exercise in—and a referendum on—cynicism, partly hers but mainly ours. Democrats who…
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  • ‘Everyday Americans’ don’t actually use the phrase ‘everyday Americans’

    Hunter Schwarz
    5 May 2015 | 4:11 pm
    What a welcome from Rancho HS! Can't believe they made this @HillaryClinton sign. Theyre excited! #Hillary2016 pic.twitter.com/ne8zrp5Nv6 — Christopher Mendoza (@CMendoz_a) May 5, 2015 Students at Rancho High School in Las Vegas made a banner to welcome Hillary Clinton Tuesday. On it, a quote from her video announcing her presidential candidacy: "Everyday, Americans need a champion, […]
  • Why will Republicans win New York’s special election? Because Staten Island is New Jersey.

    Philip Bump
    5 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    If you were going to divvy up the counties in and around New York City, separating them out into New York state or New Jersey, a rational person would divvy them up like this: But they were not divvied up rationally. And so the actual map looks more like this: That little chunk that hugs […]
  • The ‘Late Show’s’ top 10 political Top Ten lists

    Hunter Schwarz
    5 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    David Letterman is retiring from the "Late Show" this month, and he had President Obama on for the last time Monday. And obviously, it wouldn't have been a proper political "Late Show" without a political Top Ten category. [Obama assures Letterman he has no plans to "president" another country] The category Monday was the "top ten questions dumb […]
  • The Democratic presidential debates are great news for Hillary Clinton

    Chris Cillizza
    5 May 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Hillary Clinton got some much-needed good news on Tuesday when the Democratic National Committee announced that it would hold six presidential primary debates starting this fall. What?! you say. How can it be a good thing for Clinton to be in a bunch of debates (okay, six) with candidates who will see these skirmishes as […]
  • Your online guide to Mike Huckabee

    Philip Bump
    5 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    Part eight (!) in a series: Your online guide to the presidential candidates. Each time someone decides to run, we'll do something similar, helping you navigate the online world around each candidate. (Part 1: Ted Cruz. Part 2: Rand Paul. Part 3: Hillary Clinton. Part 4: Marco Rubio. Part 5: Bernie Sanders. Part 6: Carly […]
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  • The Clintons Are Immune to Scandal

    John Stossel
    5 May 2015 | 9:05 pm
    "This vast right-wing conspiracy," Hillary Clinton said, "has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced." That was the "feminist" first lady's response when her husband was accused of having sex with a 21-year-old.  Bill was more lawyerly. He said things like, "It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is."  The Wall Street Journal's Kim Strassel suggests that the Clintons must have a Scandal Manual: "The standard operating procedure never changes."  Forty years ago, Hillary would have us believe that she wasn't just the wife of a man running for…
  • Baltimore Has a History of Illegal Arrests. No Wonder Freddie Gray Ran from the Cops.

    Jacob Sullum
    5 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    When the cops chasing Freddie Gray caught up with him, they had a problem: He had not done anything illegal. They solved that problem the way cops often do: They picked a charge after the fact. According to Marilyn Mosby, the state's attorney for Baltimore, that charge, carrying a switchblade, was legally unfounded. Gray's death, due to a spinal injury he suffered in the back of a police van, thus has shined a light on the way police officers abuse their arrest powers to impose arbitrary punishment, a practice that helps explain the anger on display in Baltimore last week. Of the various…
  • Rand Paul's Early Fundraising: Small Town Appeal, More Than 10 Percent of His Givers Gave to Ron Paul

    Brian Doherty
    5 May 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Some number crunching from The New York Times regarding the first wave of Rand Paul online fundraising: After starting his campaign on April 7 with a “Stand With Rand” online appeal, his campaign brought in its first $1 million in less than 30 hours, from more than 15,500 donations..... The initial flurry for Rand Paul faded quickly. It took an additional 16 days for the figure to double. ....a disproportionate number [of Rand donors] have come from donors in smaller cities and towns. More than a quarter of Rand Paul’s online donors list addresses in communities with populations of…
  • Why Cinco de Mayo is Every Bit as Great and Fake an AMERICAN Holiday as St. Patrick's Day and Columbus Day

    Nick Gillespie
    5 May 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Today is Cinco de Mayo, in which Mexican Americans—and increasingly, all Americans—celebrate...something having to do with Mexico. Anti-immigrationists routinely say the holiday is "Mexican Independence Day" and yet one more sign that Mexican Americans—just like Jews, Irish, Catholics, Italians, Germans, Outer Slobovians, et al.—are the last true "unmeltable ethnics" who simply can't or won't jump into the glorious Melting Pot of the Shining City on a Hill that is the United States of America. But of course Cinco de Mayo isn't Mexican Independence Day. As USA Today helpfully explains…
  • French Lawmakers Want Their Own Surveillance State, Huckabee Wants the Presidency, Everybody Wants to Know More About the TPP: P.M. Links

    J.D. Tuccille
    5 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Join in your security state? We've already got one! Oh yes, it's very nice. French lawmakers move to adopt a sweeping, oversight-free surveillance bill of their very own. Mike Huckabee launches his second try for the GOP presidential nomination with a populist campaign that downplays his social intolerance while emphasizing economic imbecility. On the other side of the aisle, likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a thumping in the polls after a flurry of interesting revelations about her in the press. You'll have to pass it to learn what's in it? Neither Congress nor…
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  • 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 U.S. Should Stop Indulging Its Whining Clients

    Daniel Larison
    5 May 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Paul Pillar comments on the whining of clients and Washington’s need to “reassure” them: Expressions of fear and anxiety will continue, and so will the presumed need for the United States to respond to them, for two basic reasons. One is that ostensibly fearful states have every reason to milk those emotions for all the arms sales, security guarantees, economic aid, and superpower attention they can get. Why wouldn’t they, regardless of how sincere or insincere the emotions may be? The other reason is that displeased allies constitute a convenient theme that domestic…
  • The U.S.-U.K. Relationship and the General Election

    Daniel Larison
    5 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Britain’s general election is on Thursday, but the Post is already starting the handwringing about the U.S.-U.K. relationship: For the United States, however, the overarching result is already clear: A stalwart U.S. ally is growing weaker, more inwardly focused and less willing or able to join in common endeavors. As I’ve said before, rumors of British “retreat” are greatly exaggerated when they are not flat-out lies, but to the extent that there is any truth to these claims it is important to put this change in perspective. Britain spent much of the last twenty-five…
  • Huckabee the Would-Be Conqueror

    Daniel Larison
    5 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    As expected, Huckabee offered nothing new on foreign policy in his announcement speech earlier today, but he did make a few absurd statements that jumped out at me. At one point during that section of the speech, he said: As president, I promise you that we will no longer merely try to contain jihadism. We will conquer it! This is in keeping with Republican hawks’ allergy to the concept of containment in any contemporary context, but it is more dangerous than that. If the U.S. is actively opposing and combating a threat overseas, hawks are always going to find a way to portray the…
  • Three More Hawks Join the 2016 Race

    Daniel Larison
    5 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    Michael Brendan Dougherty is underwhelmed by the entry of three more candidates to the presidential race this week: So has the addition of this week’s candidates added to the ferment of ideas? No, not really. Besides the sheer number of candidates, the lack of new or creative thinking may be the most remarkable aspect of the ever-growing Republican field. One might think that in a wide-open contest after eight years since the last, failed Republican president, there would be more candidates proposing to take the party in at least a slightly different direction. As it is, there might be…
  • Why the GOP Won’t Benefit from a Foreign Policy Election

    Daniel Larison
    5 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    Dan Drezner concludes that a foreign policy election in 2016 likely won’t benefit Republicans very much: So if the status quo persists — and I’ll get back to that “if” in a second — then it seems as if the GOP will not benefit as much from a foreign policy campaign as is commonly believed. GOP voters will eat up the hawkish rhetoric that the Republican candidates will dish out. The rest of the electorate, however, seems less interested in foreign policy and less receptive to the GOP’s message. Drezner points out that most voters don’t consider foreign policy and…
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    Bob McCarty

  • Imprisoned Soldier’s Family Needs Your Help Now

    5 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    Recently, I communicated with Brett Lawrence, a man whose son, David, is serving a 10-year prison sentence at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., after pleading guilty to one charge of premeditated murder. Before you turn away, read the message below — to which I added a few hyperlinks — from Lawrence and his wife, Wendy: David Lawrence Our son, U.S. Army Private First Class David Lawrence, pleaded guilty to one charge of premeditated murder, essentially admitting he fired the shot Oct. 16, 2010, that killed Mullah Mohebullah, a senior Taliban…
  • Update Offered About Opportunity to Boost My ‘Cool Factor’

    5 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    Today, I can finally share an update about the long-awaited opportunity my three sons believe will increase my “cool factor” exponentially among young adults under 30. Click image above to order a copy of The Clapper Memo. In my weekly recap Nov. 15, I shared exciting news. I had been informed that a film crew from Los Angeles would be visiting my St. Louis-area home soon to interview me as part of a documentary project. At the time, I could not divulge many details, but I did tell my readers two things about the opportunity:  The findings I share inside my second nonfiction…
  • Celebrate Cinco De Mustard Instead!

    4 May 2015 | 5:38 am
    Instead of celebrating Cinco De Mayo, a holiday focused on Mexican culture, I urge my fellow Americans to celebrate Cinco De Mustard! After all, what’s more American than going to a baseball game and eating a hot dog or a hamburger topped with mustard? Nothing! To anyone who takes offense at this post, be advised that no offense is intended. Instead, I’m simply being pro-mustard instead of mayo. LOL For links to other articles of interest as well as photos and commentary, join me on Facebook and Twitter.  Please show your support by buying my books and encouraging your friends…
  • ‘SUDDEN JIHAD’ SYNDROME? Missouri Bust Station Murder Shares Much in Common with Boston Marathon Bombing

    22 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    The Boston Marathon Bombing trial garnered a lot of media attention in recent days, in part, because the men suspected of committing the attack were Muslims and the attack itself bore earmarks of Islamic terrorism.  Conversely, a deadly shooting that took place in Missouri almost four years ago involved a Muslim man as the alleged shooter but has received little news coverage beyond the Show-Me State. Mohamed H. Dawod Less than 48 hours before the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, witnesses say then-25-year-old Mohamed H. Dawod shot to death Justin Hall, 32, of Mt. Vernon,…
  • National News Media Outlets Ignore Current Oklahoma City Bombing Trial During Week of 20th Anniversary Milestone

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    Thanks to our nation’s news media paying scant attention to the case, few Americans are aware that a second Oklahoma City Bombing trial has been taking place in federal court in Salt Lake City for several years. Even during the week leading up to the 20th anniversary of the deadly man-made disaster, I could find only three minor media outlets mentioned the plaintiff attorney in their coverage. Only three. In this trial exhibit, two Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building surveillance cameras are shown, circled in red. Despite the fact Judge Clark Waddoups, the federal judge handling the case,…
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  • Retaliation and Intimidation within the VA

    Nicole Kaeding
    5 May 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Mismanagement within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is chronic. The agency mismanages its projects and its patients. Last year’s scandal at the Phoenix VA centered on allegations that veterans waited months for treatment while never being added to the official waiting lists. The VA Secretary resigned and the agency focused on changing course. New reports suggest that agency reforms still have a long way to go. A congresswoman at a recent congressional hearing described the VA as having a “culture of retaliation and intimidation.” Employees who raise concerns about agency…
  • Do Baltimore Schools Need More Money?

    Jason Bedrick
    5 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    Is the problem with Baltimore’s district schools a lack of funds? The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart argued as much during a recent interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos: “If we are spending a trillion dollars to rebuild Afghanistan’s schools, we can’t, you know, put a little taste Baltimore’s way. It’s crazy.” However, under even cursory scrutiny, Stewart’s claim falls apart like a Lego Super Star Destroyer dropped from ten feet. As economist Alex Tabarrok explained: Let’s forget the off-the-cuff comparison to Afghanistan, however, and focus on a more relevant…
  • Roger Milliken's Company Joins the Global Economy

    David Boaz
    5 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    Roger Milliken, head of the South Carolina textile firm Milliken & Co. for more than 50 years, was one of the most important benefactors of modern conservatism. He was active in the Goldwater campaign, and was a founder and funder of National Review and the Heritage Foundation. He dabbled in libertarianism, too. He was a board member of the Foundation for Economic Education and supported the legendary anarchist-libertarian speaker Robert LeFevre, sending his executives to LeFevre’s classes. But he parted company with his free-market friends on one issue: free trade. Starting in the 1980s,…
  • The OECD's "Perspective" on Swedish Education

    Andrew J. Coulson
    5 May 2015 | 10:11 am
    The OECD has just released a report offering “its perspective” on Sweden’s academic decline. Its perspective is too narrow. In launching the new report, OECD education head Andres Schleicher declared that “It was in the early 2000s that the Swedish school system somehow seems to have lost its soul.” The OECD administers the international PISA test, which began in the year 2000. Certainly Sweden’s academic performance has fallen since the early 2000s, but its decline was substantially faster in the preceding decade. PISA cannot shed light on this, but TIMSS—an alternative…
  • David Simon on Baltimore's Policing Nightmare

    Walter Olson
    5 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    If you happened to miss it last week, go catch Bill Keller’s extraordinary Marshall Project interview with David Simon, former Baltimore Sun reporter, creator of the crime drama “The Wire,” and longtime Drug War critic. A few highlights: I guess there’s an awful lot to understand and I’m not sure I understand all of it. The part that seems systemic and connected is that the drug war — which Baltimore waged as aggressively as any American city — was transforming in terms of police/community relations, in terms of trust, particularly between the black community and the police…
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    Mark Serrano

  • Republicans in the 2016 Race

    Mark Serrano
    4 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    “These are eminently qualified, successful people.”
  • A Business Leader for President? Don’t Dismiss Fiorina or Trump

    Mark Serrano
    3 May 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Despite the presence of establishment favorites such as Jeb Bush, next year’s GOP presidential nomination is more likely to go to a Washington outsider than in elections past. After eight years of Barack Obama’s extreme and detrimental policies, the grassroots of the GOP in the early primary and caucus states will seek an agent of change (see: Republicans for Hillary 2016). Eventually, a renegade Republican will emerge in this race to challenge the political elite who have driven the country into fiscal disaster, especially as Republicans will likely be opposing an establishment Democrat…
  • If the economy is growing, why are more on food stamps?

    Mark Serrano
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:33 am
    “We need to turn into an incentive society. We need to reduce taxes. We need to reduce regulations so that everybody can enjoy prosperous times.”  
  • Neil’s Spiel: Government spending increasing and prices rising

    Mark Serrano
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:59 am
    “We have to reform the system and you can’t do it lightly.”
  • Rand Paul in 2016?

    Mark Serrano
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    “Any candidate who easily dismisses Rand Paul as an opponent, does so at his or her peril.”
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  • Hillary Directs Awkward Photo Shoot

    Daniel Bassali
    5 May 2015 | 5:14 pm
  • Sen. Toomey Speaks Up for Law Enforcement after Baltimore Riots

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    5 May 2015 | 4:29 pm
  • Naked Woman Forces Man to Drive Her to Sonic

    Stephen Gutowski
    5 May 2015 | 2:44 pm
    A naked woman jumped into a New Mexico man’s car and demanded he drive her to Sonic last month, the Daily Times reports. A 30-year-old naked woman armed with an ax and a knife allegedly took a man hostage last week on U.S. Highway 64. James Sides told police that Jennifer Lee Brown jumped into his vehicle, and, at knife-point, forced him to drive to a Sonic Drive-In in Bloomfield. Sides said it was hard not to laugh looking back on what happened to him and his experience was out of the ordinary for life in Albuquerque. Sides said he lived in Albuquerque for several years before moving…
  • Somali Pirate Advocate to Speak at Clinton Foundation Event

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    5 May 2015 | 2:23 pm
    This week’s Clinton Global Initiative conference in Morocco will feature a speech by K’naan Warsame, a prominent hip-hop artist and Somali pirate advocate. K’naan, whose hit songs include “Wavin’ Flag (Coca-Cola Celebration Remix)” and “Wavin’ Flag (Coca-Cola Spanish Celebration Remix),” has expressed support in the past for the pirates wreaking havoc off the coast of Somalia, where he was born. “A lot of people don’t like me for saying this but I’m in support of the pirates,” K’naan said in a 2009 radio interview, arguing that piracy had…
  • Veterans Affairs Employee Stole $150,000, Spent it on Strippers and Prostitutes

    Brent Scher
    5 May 2015 | 1:51 pm
    A former Veterans Affairs employee who managed one of the department’s retail stores admitted that he stole $150,000 from the store and spent it on strippers, prostitutes, and gambling, according to the Justice Department. Glenn Alan Bates, who managed the Ann Arbor, Mich., store from 2006-2013, admitted to spending the stolen cash to bring strippers back to his hotel room for sex, according to the Detroit News. Bates, who was released on $10,000 unsecured bond Tuesday, told investigators he spent some of the cash on a stripper named “Ashley” at an Ohio strip club, according to…
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