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  • Where was President Obama?

    MichelleMalkin.com
    Michelle Malkin
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Where was President Obama? by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 President Obama says he’s “shaken” by this week’s violent attacks on three soldiers in Ottawa by an Islamic jihadist. He immediately phoned Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to offer support and “solidarity.” He vowed to “remain vigilant.” Too bad Obama didn’t show the same resolve after multiple attacks and plots against our troops by Muslim terrorists on our soil. And I’m not just talking about the “workplace violence” of jihadist Nidal…
  • Dems accuse David Perdue of signing girl’s “torso.” Was signing insulin pump

    Hot Air » Top Picks
    Jazz Shaw
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Tracker Fail It’s a well known practice that both parties use “trackers” to follow around their opponents and look for juicy media scores, particularly in the closing days of an election. I’ve had to deal with a couple of them myself. But in Georgia, the Democrats have suffered a serious misfire in a “story” broken by a […] Read this post »
  • Have You Seen ‘Back to the Future’?

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

    Ace of Spades HQ
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Hot Air's Noah Rothman dropped in to chat with Ace, Gabe and John after being rigorously screened for the Ebolas. Intro/Outro: Jay Z-Empire State of Mind/Dierks Bentley-Drunk on a Plane Listen: Stitcher | MP3 Download Subscribe: RSS | iTunes Browse...
  • Holder DOJ: Black People Too Stupid To Register To Vote

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    Mike McDaniel
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:19 pm
    credit:cafeconlecherepublicans.com Black people are too stupid to register to vote before election day. They’re under-educated and aren’t smart enough to understand and follow election rules. They’re also too stupid to be able to vote in the district in which they live. Before you encourage every race hustler in America to picket the Manor, consider that I don’t share those absurd beliefs. They’re the official position of the United States Department of Justice under Eric Holder and Barack Obama. In 2011, soon to be ex-Attorney General Eric Holder, defending his decision to dismiss…
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    MichelleMalkin.com

  • Where was President Obama?

    Michelle Malkin
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Where was President Obama? by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 President Obama says he’s “shaken” by this week’s violent attacks on three soldiers in Ottawa by an Islamic jihadist. He immediately phoned Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to offer support and “solidarity.” He vowed to “remain vigilant.” Too bad Obama didn’t show the same resolve after multiple attacks and plots against our troops by Muslim terrorists on our soil. And I’m not just talking about the “workplace violence” of jihadist Nidal…
  • Number of people saying ‘do not panic’ about Ebola might be about to drop

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers A doctor who had been working with Doctors Without Borders in Africa has been diagnosed with Ebola in New York City: A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case. The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center on Thursday and placed in isolation while health care workers spread out across the city to trace anyone he might have come into contact with in recent days. A further test will be conducted by the federal Centers…
  • That look on DWS’s face when she’s asked what Dems Obama’s campaigning for

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers Gee, it’s a good thing they didn’t ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz if she voted for Obama — she might have gone full-blown “scanners” (via Twitchy): The latest awkward moment between President Obama and Democrats has arrived http://t.co/6drjZtbDli https://t.co/YfG4iPVvRH — Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) October 23, 2014 Caption away! Just to get things started: “What do you mean you can’t find my perm kit?” **Written by Doug Powers Twitter @ThePowersThatBe
  • Shocker! Somehow a voting machine in Cook County, Illinois knows just what to do

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers Who’s up for a re-run of “The Daley Show”? The “honest mistakes” with these things almost always favor Democrats — even more so when we’re talking about machines in Cook County, Illinois sporting a photo of Richard Daley Sr. giving the “thumbs-up” on the side: Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats. Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library.
  • Obama question dodge of the day: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen twists self into pretzel

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers At yesterday’s New Hampshire Senate debate, incumbent Jeanne Shaheen didn’t deny that she’s voted with Obama 99 percent of the time (I was surprised it was that low), but when asked to answer yes or no to the question of whether Obama’s done a good job, Shaheen went into full “pretzel twist” mode: The moderator should have asked her if she voted for Obama and it might have gotten really funny. Other Dems are also attempting to run out the clock on this election. **Written by Doug Powers Twitter @ThePowersThatBe
 
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    Hot Air » Top Picks

  • Dems accuse David Perdue of signing girl’s “torso.” Was signing insulin pump

    Jazz Shaw
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Tracker Fail It’s a well known practice that both parties use “trackers” to follow around their opponents and look for juicy media scores, particularly in the closing days of an election. I’ve had to deal with a couple of them myself. But in Georgia, the Democrats have suffered a serious misfire in a “story” broken by a […] Read this post »
  • Quinnipiac poll: Udall not gaining on Gardner in the home stretch

    Ed Morrissey
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Democrats' "Colorado model" doomed? It’s been a bad month for Senator Mark Udall, and it’s not getting any better. According to Quinnipiac, that is literally the case, and it’s not getting better for Colorado Democrats in general. Cory Gardner still has a six-point lead in the three-way race for the US Senate, and the gender gap is undercutting Udall […] Read this post »
  • White House: Obama didn’t really mean it when he said a vote for Nunn is a vote for a Dem majority

    Noah Rothman
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Help by not helping. Democrats in tough races in red and purple states would probably like nothing more than for Barack Obama to stop helping them. While for some aspiring Democratic members of Congress, particularly those in states with a large population of African-American voters, the president serves as a key factor motivating partisan Democrats to turn out and […] Read this post »
  • Report: As many as seven wounded in shooting at Washington school; Update: One victim dead; Update: Motive?

    Allahpundit
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Attack. That’s Marysville in Washington state, to be clear, not Washington, D.C. The gunman is reportedly dead by suicide. That’s the only confirmed death at the moment but rumors are floating around that three others have been killed. We all know the rules of early coverage of mass shootings, unfortunately: The first reports are often wrong […] Read this post »
  • Obama meets Ebola survivor Nina Pham in the Oval Office

    Allahpundit
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Plus: The "hacklash." Credit where it’s due: This is a nice move by O, not just as recognition for someone who risked her life to help a sick man but as a signal to the world that survivors needn’t be shunned. Members of Thomas Duncan’s family claim that people in Dallas’s Liberian community are running away from them […] Read this post »
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Have You Seen ‘Back to the Future’?

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

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

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

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

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

  • AoSHQ Podcast: Guest, Noah Rothman

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Hot Air's Noah Rothman dropped in to chat with Ace, Gabe and John after being rigorously screened for the Ebolas. Intro/Outro: Jay Z-Empire State of Mind/Dierks Bentley-Drunk on a Plane Listen: Stitcher | MP3 Download Subscribe: RSS | iTunes Browse...
  • 7 Shot in Another School Shooting

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Alas. Corrected: Seven were wounded, not killed. Some are saying two were killed. Hooky Note: As some of you probably know, I am currently being sued. I hate to even mention this on the blog, but when you notice I'm...
  • Watch and Laugh

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    For your afternoon viewing pleasure, behold DWS in all her stumbling, incoherent glory....
  • Open Thread: "The Hot Zone" Author Recaps The Current Ebola Epidemic

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Interesting reading, courtesy of @comradearthur....
  • Open Thread

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Frederic Edwin Church, "Meteor of 1860" (1861)...
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Holder DOJ: Black People Too Stupid To Register To Vote

    Mike McDaniel
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:19 pm
    credit:cafeconlecherepublicans.com Black people are too stupid to register to vote before election day. They’re under-educated and aren’t smart enough to understand and follow election rules. They’re also too stupid to be able to vote in the district in which they live. Before you encourage every race hustler in America to picket the Manor, consider that I don’t share those absurd beliefs. They’re the official position of the United States Department of Justice under Eric Holder and Barack Obama. In 2011, soon to be ex-Attorney General Eric Holder, defending his decision to dismiss…
  • The Michael Brown Case, Update 4.2: The Media, at TTAG

    Mike McDaniel
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    credit: clashdaily.com As bits of pieces of information trickle out in the Michal Brown case, I’m compiling information for a new addition to the articles in that archive. The next article will be posted in the near future. In the meantime, you might want to visit The Truth About Guns, where my weekly contribution this week is something of a primer on the Brown case, the law, and the way the media makes self-defense more difficult for us all. The article is titled “Practicing the Art of Self Defense–From the Media.”  By the way, please keep in mind that when one contributes…
  • I’m OK; You’re Audited

    Mike McDaniel
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    President Obama displaying dignity at a state funeral.credit: NYPost As much as I despise the harm Barack Obama is doing to America and Americans, I’m never entirely comfortable calling the President of the United States a pathological liar and narcissist. Like most Americans, I want every President to be a capable, honest, honorable person. I want him–or her–to succeed on behalf of all Americans, and the world, because America’s strength and influence are vital to world peace and prosperity. In “America: The Failure of Resilience? Part 2” I spoke of Mr. Obama’s serial…
  • A Gun Ownership Primer: Updated Edition

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Walther P22 In the past, I produced a series on the rationale for gun ownership. It’s time for an update, and probably, an expansion on that series, and my friend and fellow blogger/editor at Bearing Arms, Bob Owens, has been kind enough to sponsor the series. The first installment “A Gun Ownership Primer: The Philosophy Of Gun Ownership,” is now up at Bearing Arms. I’ll follow it each week with new installments. The purpose of the series is to explore in some depth the issues relating to gun ownership, including philosophy, politics, firearm types and their advantages and…
  • In-Service Training And Brain Damage

    Mike McDaniel
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    More than two years ago–March 20, 2012, to be precise–I wrote an article titled “Education: Fixing Intelligence and In-Service Training.” I chanced upon that article again recently, and it struck home, so I decided to update it. credit: justsomething.co I, gentle readers, am an education seminar survivor. I won’t identify that seminar as such things are a bit of a sore spot for administrators, but suffice it to say it’s all the rage these days in Texas, and while it was not the worst brain cell abuse to which I’ve ever been subjected, it wasn’t far from the bottom,…
 
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    RedState

  • The Ferguson powder keg

    <a href="/users/jhayward13/">John Hayward</a>
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    “Tensions are rising in Ferguson as new details about the fatal shooting of Michael Brown emerge,” reports CBS News in St. Louis.  That would seem odd to the proverbial man from Mars, hopping out of his flying saucer and getting up to speed on the crisis, because the new details reveal that what they were protesting over didn’t happen.  Rejoice, good people of Ferguson!  Michael Brown was not a “gentle giant” executed on the street by a racist white cop for no reason. The New York Times reported Friday evening that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson…
  • OK, let us address Vincent Sheheen calling Nikki Haley a ‘wh*re.’

    <a href="/users/moe_lane/">Moe Lane</a> (<a href="/diary/moe_lane/">Diary</a>)
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    See, this is why we can’t have nice things. Background: Vincent Sheheen, the slowly-drowning Democratic nominee for South Carolina governor, had this to say yesterday about Governor Nikki Haley. “…and we’re gonna escort wh*re out the door.” Sheheen immediately repeated that as ‘we’re gonna escort her out the door’ (which is not in fact offensive, unless you consider ‘obvious and stupid lies’ to be offensive).  The question is, did Sheheen mean it? My opinion is: yes, and no.  On the ‘no’ side: the man would be an…
  • Politically, I am Through with Sarah Palin

    <a href="/users/ironchapman/">Jake</a> (<a href="/diary/ironchapman/">Diary</a>)
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It’s time for a break up. If you haven’t already seen, Sarah Palin has endorsed Bill Walker and Byron Mallott’s Independent-Democrat “Unity” ticket in the Alaska gubernatorial race over Republican incumbent Sean Parnell. She endorses the Independent-Democrat ticket over the man who was her own lieutenant governor. Because of this, as far as Republican politics are concerned, I’m finished with Sarah Palin. I have nothing but respect for her has a wife, mother, and grandmother. I pray that, should I ever be faced with the prospect of having to raise a child…
  • Federal Court Puts Road Block in the Way of Justice for Conservatives Targeted by the IRS

    Matthew Clark (<a href="/diary/matthewclark/">Diary</a>)
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    The fight for justice is never the easy road, and it doesn’t always win the first round. Yesterday a federal district court dismissed two lawsuits (at least a majority of the claims) brought on behalf of conservative groups who were targeted by the IRS. Unfortunately, the court’s ruling is based on what we believe is a mistaken interpretation of the law that would allow corruption to continue unfettered at the highest levels of federal government and deny justice to those who had their constitutional rights violated. At the ACLJ, we represent 41 conservative and pro-life groups from 22…
  • Is Islam Compatible with Free Speech?

    <a href="/users/leon_h_wolf/">Leon H. Wolf</a> (<a href="/diary/leon_h_wolf/">Diary</a>)
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Via Eugene Volokh comes some welcome news for watchers of First Amendment jurisprudence, as the Sixth Circuit has decided to rehear a “heckler’s veto” case concerning an incident that happened a couple years ago in Michigan. Briefly summarized, the city of Dearborn, MI, which has a large Arab American population, annually holds an Arab International Festival that is free and open to the public. As such, in First Amendment terms, it is a “traditional public forum” and thus speakers there are entitled to the highest levels of First Amendment protections. Into this…
 
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    ChurchCrunch

  • Codebox: One IDE for All Platforms

    Eric Dye
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    When I first rolled-up on Codebox I sighed. Honestly. I did. With so many solid IDE’s out there, why would you need to create a new one? Codebox Upon further review, I found that Codebox is set apart from your usual IDE choices. Codebox works on all platforms, including multiple OS platforms—interestingly enough—the Chromebook, which would also then double as your Windows version of Codebox since it runs in Google Chrome. This is all fine and good, but that still isn’t what really sets Codebox apart from the pack. Codebox is an open source project that lets you…
  • Church Tech Snack Pack #051

    Eric Dye
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Some weeks the Church Tech Snack Pack feels like one of those little bite-sized Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups you get from trick-or-treating; and sometimes it feels like a whole bag of those bite-sized wonders! This is one of the weeks it feels like the entire bag. Enjoy! Airmail 2.0 — The Best Mac Email Client [Giveaway] Giveaway? Yes, please! We pick someone today, so jump on it! Is Your Church Getting the Most out of Trunk or Treat? Well? Is it? Remember, it’s not about the candy. Why You Should Update Your Church Website: Five Financial Incentives Steve rocks it, again. 12…
  • Free Online Church History and Literature Resources

    Sean Nolan
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I love the fact that the Internet has made it so much quicker and easier for information and ideas to spread. It’s something we take for granted all the time. For example, just fifty years ago Christians would’ve had to use one of those big concordance books if they wanted to know how many times the word “love” appeared in the Bible. Yuck! How cumbersome. A task that would’ve taken them three hours or more, I can now do in just thirty seconds with the help of the web. The Spread of Information Last week I wrote a little bit about how the Internet’s role for the existing Church is…
  • Bacon Philadelphia Cream Cheese is Here!

    Eric Dye
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Philadelphia Cream Cheese has announced a new flavor to their delicious spread of extra awesome flavored products. It’s only available in ‘select’ cities in the United States, but hopefully, will be available to everyone soon! This may very well be the most important thing you read all day. Because bacon. Also, you’re welcome. [via @LoveMyPhilly] Bacon Philadelphia Cream Cheese is Here! first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • Becoming a Better Writer Series: Purpose Driven Writing

    Rachel Blom
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    [This is part of an ongoing ChurchMag series, A Dutch-Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer.] There are many forms and sorts of writing: short stories, fiction books, newspaper stories, articles for magazines, blogs, you name it. And within those forms, the styles vary widely as well. It’s interesting to see for instance how much the Dutch newspaper style varies from the American approach. No matter the form or style however, the best writers have one thing in common: they are purpose driven. Purpose Driven Writing They have a single point to make, a focused message. Every story they…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Two Dead, Three Injured In Shooting At Seattle Area High School

    Doug Mataconis
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    At least two people, including the alleged shooter, are dead and three others are injured after a shooting at a High School outside of Seattle, Washington: A student with a “blank stare” opened fire in the cafeteria of a high school north of Seattle on Friday, killing one person and wounding at least two others before killing himself, police and witnesses said. Officials said the gunman was dead and provided no other details on casualties. A hospital official said three patients were in “very critical condition” after the 10:30 a.m. PDT shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck…
  • Dallas Nurse Nina Pham Is Ebola Free

    Doug Mataconis
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Nina Pham, the first of two nurses who treated Thomas Eric Duncan to be diagnosed with Ebola has been declared virus free: Nina Pham, the first nurse diagnosed with Ebola in the United States after caring for an infected patient in Dallas, has been declared “virus free,” officials at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., said Friday morning. Pham, 26, was treated at the facility, which has a special unit for patients who need advanced isolation and extended stays. Officials scheduled a news conference for 11:30 a.m. Friday and she is expected to be discharged. Pham,…
  • Federal Court Dismisses Tea Party Groups’ Lawsuits Over IRS Targeting

    Doug Mataconis
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    The Internal Revenue Service scored a legal victory yesterday in two lawsuits related to the scandal that erupted in 2013 over the alleged targeting of conservative organizations who had applied for 501(c)(4) status when a Republican-appointed Federal Judge dismissed lawsuits filed by two of those organizations based on the fact that the approvals for their applications were delayed: The IRS may have inadvertently figured out how to win its legal battles against aggrieved tea party groups: Give them what they wanted in the first place — tax-exempt status. That was a major reason a…
  • Martha Coakley Seems To Be Blowing Another Big Election In Massachusetts

    Doug Mataconis
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    Back in 2010, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley was seen as the almost inevitable next Senator from Massachusetts. She was, of course, running to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who had died in the summer of 2009, and she had the support of key members of the Kennedy family and, of course, the top names in Massachusetts Democratic politics. In the end, though, she ended up losing the race to Scott Brown, then a Republican State Senator, who used a combination of an unconventional campaign style and public disappointment with the young Obama Administration to become the first…
  • Are Book Publishers Useless?

    James Joyner
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    Matthew Yglesias argues that “Amazon is doing the world a favor by crushing book publishers.” His essay is a response to the “Is Amazon a monopoly?” debate triggered by New Republic editor Franklin Foer and rests on the premise that publishers add “almost no value.” He has three supporting arguments: 1. The industry is “dominated by a Big Four of publishers, who are themselves subsidiaries of much larger conglomerates” and therefore well able to compete with the likes of Amazon. 2. The rise of the e-book has taken away the primary value…
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    Wizbang

  • Denial: NY Police Say Hatchet Wielding Islamic Terrorist was ‘Just An Angry Guy’

    Warner Todd Huston
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Yesterday we had yet another Islamist trying to kill people in the name of Islam and yet another public agency dismissed the man’s ties to Islam saying he was “just an angry guy.” When are our public officials going to wake up and jettison this PC nonsense? Zale Thompson seen attacking police in this surveillance footage. A radical Islamist named Zale Thompson took to the streets of New York City wielding a hatchet last night. He attacked four New York City police officers. Fortunately they soon shot him to death. So, what did one of the early reports say? Only
  • OPEN THREAD–And a Video Showing How Stupid MSNBC is

    Warner Todd Huston
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Here is the weekend’s Open Thread, but first… Now, I don’t usually write a whole lot about the morons at MSNBC. Mostly because it simply isn’t a credible news source in any way, shape, matter, or form. If you tune in to MSNBC you get leftist clowns spouting lies. And you get that by their admission and by design. So,t that being the facts, there is no real reason to write much about the network because it is a given that “news” is not their focus. Partisan lies are. However, the folks at the Washington Free Beacon put together a
  • James O’Keefe Goes Fraud Fishing, Makes Small Catch

    David Robertson
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Fishermen are notorious for telling whoppers when describing the size of the fish that they caught. Guerrilla filmmaker James O’Keefe appears to be continuing that fishermen’s tradition. In a column published by National Review Online, John Fund writes the following about O’Keefe: When he raised the issue of filling out some of the unused ballots that are mailed to every household in the state this month, he was told by Meredith Hicks, the director of Work for Progress, a liberal group funded by Democratic Super PACS.: “That is not even like lying or something, if…
  • Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™

    Kevin
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s Friday, which means it’s time for the Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™. Enter your best caption for the following picture: Winners will be announced Monday morning.
  • ‘The Week’ Reveals a Typical Left-Wing Bias in a Science Article

    Warner Todd Huston
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    The media is drowning in major cases of left-wing bias, we all know. But small examples of left-wingery pop up all the time in articles and a recent piece in the The Week gives us a perfect example of how the media slips in small digs at the right even in articles that are essentially supposed to be non-political. On October 20, Nicholas Warino posted a piece in The Week that was supposed to be about the new scientific discoveries that might lead to 1,000-year life spans for we mere mortals. But while trying to lighten the mood in an
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Michael Savage: Vets with PTSD Are Crybabies

    danni
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    "I am so sick and tired of everyone with their complaints about PTSD, depression. Everyone wants their hand held and a check, a government check. What, are you the only generation that had PTSD? The only generation that's depressed? I'm sick of it! I can't take the celebration of weakness and depression." -- conservative talk show host Michael Savage
  • Dallas Nurse Declared Free of Ebola

    rcade
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Nina Pham was the first person to catch Ebola on U.S. soil, and now, 13 days after testing positive, she has been declared free of the deadly disease. Later Friday, President Barack Obama met Pham in the Oval Office and gave her a big hug. "I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today," she said. "Throughout this ordeal, I have put my faith in God and my medical team."
  • The Great Kansas Tea Party Disaster

    rcade
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Mark Binelli, Rolling Stone: In 2012, [Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R)] enacted the largest package of tax cuts in Kansas history, essentially transforming his state into a lab experiment for extreme free-market ideology. The results (disastrous) have reduced the governor to making appearances at grim strip malls like this one in a desperate attempt to salvage his re-election bid. ... Brownback himself went around the country telling anyone who'd listen that Kansas could be seen as a sort of test case, in which unfettered libertarian economic policy could be held up and compared right alongside…
  • Shooting at High School Near Seattle

    gracieamazed
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Investigators are responding Friday to a reported school shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington, just north of Seattle, said Inci Yarkut, a spokeswoman for the Washington State Patrol. A student at the school posted on Twitter, "one of the kids in the lunchroom started shooting and everyone booked it ... i can't believe i just saw that." The shooter has reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
  • 6-Pound Gold Nugget Found in California

    rcade
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    One of the biggest gold nuggets found in modern times in Northern California's historic Gold Country is going up for sale. Weighing in at 6.07 pounds, the Butte Nugget is expected to carry a price tag of $350,000. A gold hunter found it in July on public land in the Butte County mountains. Prospecting for gold is legal on most public lands in the state. The finder told colleagues he initially thought he had come across a pipe or some other "big piece of trash" underground, prospector Bob Van Camp told the Chico Enterprise-Record.
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Student Dead After Opening Fire at Washington School

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
        Students walk as emergency personnel respond after reports of a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. Photo by AP/KOMO Police report that two people are dead and three are in critical condition after a gunman opened fire in a cafeteria at a high school north of Seattle, Wash. on Friday. The Guardian reports that authorities locked down Marysville-Pilchuck high school in Marysville, where the shooting occurred, at 11 AM on Friday. Police confirmed that the shooter was one of the dead. Doctors say the injured are in critical condition at a local hospital with…
  • Tinted Pope

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
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  • Julian Assange: Google’s Basic Business Model ‘Same as the NSA’s’

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    In a conversation with “Imaginary Lines” host Chris Spannos, WikiLeaks founder and Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange discussed his new book, “When Google Met WikiLeaks,” which is based on a conversation Assange had with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. Related Entries October 23, 2014 Stranger Than Fiction: ‘Citizenfour’ Is a Dire Parable of Whistle-Blowers and Government Spying October 23, 2014 Quantum Computers Are Coming, and Here’s How to Process That Information
  • Lone Wolf

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    By Nick Anderson Related Entries October 24, 2014 Tinted Pope October 24, 2014 Airbags
  • A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    By Ron Charles You either let this innovative novel, written in an impressionistic style reflecting a fragmented and damaged psyche, teach you how to read it, or you suffer through what could feel like a migraine in print. Related Entries September 28, 2014 War on Extremism September 5, 2014 The Narrow Road to the Deep North
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  • Something happening here? An update

    Scott Johnson
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    (Scott Johnson) We have yet to hear from the White House press office in response to our request for a comment on our reader’s report that a major network problem has hit the computers used by staff in the Executive Office of the President. Our source, however, updated us with the latest on the issue overnight. He believes it is expected that news of the problem (whatever it is) will soon break publicly, if not today. Describing the problem as a “major data loss,” he believes that repair is expected to take weeks. From what he understands, this is a serious problem. He asserts:…
  • A Lefty Explains What the Election Is All About

    John Hinderaker
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    (John Hinderaker) Rob Stein is the founder of the Democracy Alliance, an umbrella a group that organizes the funding of left-wing causes by rich liberals and interest groups. In The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado by Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer, at page 7, Stein explains candidly what politics is all about for the Left: “The reason it is so important to control government is because government is the source of enormous power,” Stein continued. “One president in this country, when he or she takes office, appoints…5,000 people to run a bureaucracy, nonmilitary…
  • Why Climate Negotiations Are Like Arms Contol

    Steven Hayward
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    (Steven Hayward) News out of Europe yesterday is that the EU has adopted an ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction target, calling for a 40 percent reduction in GHG emissions by the year 2030. But the announcement was larded with lots of talk of “flexibility” and contains so many contradictory elements that it is clear this is not serious. My favorite condition is this one: A 27% renewable energy target that is binding at an aggregate European level but voluntary for individual member states. In practice what this means is: Let Germany do it. They’re dumb and rich enough to keep…
  • It’s The Economy, Stupid

    Steven Hayward
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    (Steven Hayward) As Peggy Noonan points out in her weekend WSJ column, the “war on women” theme isn’t working so splendidly for Democrats: “This one is old and mined out.”  Even more cutting is this line: The advertisement that most captures the 2014 cycle is from Kentucky’s Alison Lundergan Grimes : “I’m not Barack Obama.” She looked for all the world like Christine O’Donnell, who uttered the most famous words of her 2010 cycle: “I’m not a witch.” Ouch!  Meanwhile, poll analyst extraordinaire Karlyn Bowman notes that “people are really feeling beat down by…
  • The Age of QE

    Scott Johnson
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    (Scott Johnson) We are approaching the end of year six of the regime of Quantitative Easing (QE) engineered by the Federal Reserve under Fed chairmen Ben Bernanke and now Janet Yellen. In place of responsible economic policy to revive economic growth and employment, we have had QE and the explosive growth of job-killing regulations (including Obamacare). In a recent look back at QE, New York Post columnist John Crudele credits QE with some good effects, but adds this inarguable observation, consistent with the avowed goals of QE: There’s one more thing that QE accomplished: it has made the…
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  • Resistance is Futile, and Grounds for Summary Execution

    William Norman Grigg
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    A drone sent to assimilate technology and living victims on behalf of Star Trek’s Borg Collective: A Borg starter kit available to human predator drones sent to deal with people who resist the demands of the state Collective, as displayed at the recent “Urban Shield” SWAT expo in Oakland. (See the terrific, and terrifying, report in Mother Jones.)
  • Why Wait Until Veterans Day to Worship Veterans?

    Laurence M. Vance
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Gen. Frank Grass, who serves on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was on hand for the 36th annual Salute to the Military in Biloxi, Mississippi, a few days ago. Salute the military for what? Fighting unjust and immoral wars? Using deceived young men as cannon fodder? Invading countries? Occupying countries? Bombing countries? I just got a hamburger at a local fast-food chain. I salute the fast food workers who prepared it. They do more real good for America than the military.
  • Good for the Anchorage School District

    Laurence M. Vance
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    The district has banned military recruiters after the Alaska Army National Guard’s recruiting staff allegedly made inappropriate advances toward high school students and offered them alcohol. Too bad it was not because the high school students who join the military will be cannon fodder and pawns to be abused by the government.
  • Why ‘Good Cops’ Stay Silent, Continued

    William Norman Grigg
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    When confronted with an allegation of official misconduct or corruption, a journalist will investigate the complaint. In the same situation, a state-licensed apologist will investigate the complainant, in order to vindicate power in the eyes of the public. Thus it is probably significant that when Yakima NBC affiliate KNDO decided to follow up on my story about former Yakima PD Officer Adam Basford, the headline it chose was: “I-Team Investigates Blog Claiming Yakima Police Abandoned Officer in Struggle.” Mr. Basford was shot in the leg while arresting a suspect in a previous shooting.
  • Corrals, Cowboys and Spontaneous Combustion

    Becky Akers
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Michael Adam in Texas had kindly offered to host me on his radio show last Thursday evening. Then, at the last minute, he postponed our interview: I have a cow down with an injury and infection that I have to get out of the brush and get into the corral, and am currently searching for her calf today as well, which seems to be well, but is not with her. The cowboy I have coming to help me will not be done with his regular job until 3:30PM today and … I really don’t see us being done in time to run the show. Yep, this ranks as my all-time favorite reason for a host’s rescheduling me.
 
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  • good hair

    Stephanie
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    When Emma was born she was bald as a cupie doll.  Literally, no hair.  And honestly, I expected as much.  Most blond-headed, blue eyed kiddos have little-to-no hair at birth.  Cate had been similar, except for a decent patch of growth on the lower head/upper neck area that she rubbed off with time.So, when Alice was born, and I saw that sweet baby head covered with curly blond hair I knew we were in for a bit of a change.  And, by golly, I was right.As a toddler, her hair was delightful.  I could put it in adorable piggy tails that would curl so sweetly and frame…
  • What I'm watching on t.v. these days...

    Stephanie
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Yesterday I almost wrote a massive post about people who complain.  Which is ironic seeing as I am a huge complainer, and I would have simply been complaining about complainers.  I need to stop having a beef with everyone.  Jeez.  So, today I thought I'd write about something less Debbie Downer like t.v.!Lately, I've been watching more television than normal.  It's fun.  I'm mean, I barely watched anything over the summer, and now that fall is in full-swing my t.v. viewing habits have ramped up and I'm really enjoying it.  I know y'all might be pooh-poohing…
  • Revere Pewter

    Stephanie
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
     I always get wildly inspired to do an indoor project once the school year begins and I have a bit of quiet time in the house again.  But, since Wes and I are still in the process of remodeling our kitchen (concrete countertops, new back splash, painting cabinets white, etc...) I needed to do something that was easy, cheap and could be done by me alone.  So, I chose to paint my entire family room, nook, hallway and kitchen last week. Ten years ago I had painted the majority of my house in my then favorite color, Peanut, by Devine Paint.  And, it had been great.
  • Waluga

    Stephanie
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I attended Waluga Jr. High in 1985 and 1986.  It's no longer called Waluga, it's now called Lakeridge Jr. High and has expanded to include the neighboring elementary school as part of it's campus (going from a 7th and 8th grade school to a 6th, 7th and 8th grade school).  Alice had a volleyball game last Saturday at Waluga, so I took some pictures of the old school while we waited for her game to start.Our family drives by this school every Sunday as we head to Grannie and Papa's house for dinner.  I love point it out and tell my kids silly stories from my days there.  The…
  • high school: a metaphor {part 2}

    Stephanie
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Whoa.  Life took over at the end of last week and I had to leave you all hanging with only posting the first part of this story and not getting to the good stuff until now.  So, sorry.  Unfortunately, I got all swirled up with my need to completely repaint my entire downstairs, help a friend whom I adore, and battle crazy mean menstrual cramps all at once, so time just got away from me.Okay, back to the story.  I'm thinking that maybe my metaphor is totally lame (although I did run it by one of my bestest friends who was in high school with me, and she "got it") but, maybe…
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    So learning that the newest Ebola victim passed through the enhanced screening at the airport and still was admitted when he arrived and then rode the NY subway make the administration rethink their policies on allowing people into the country from areas of Africa with high infection rates? The lie that the Obama administration told the country about releasing illegal immigrants with dangerous criminal backgrounds should be the modern equivalent of the Willie Horton story. USA Today reports, The records, obtained by USA TODAY, show immigration officials released some undocumented immigrants…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    Well, at least Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn't pussyfoot around with calling terrorism what it is.Oh, dear. Kay Hagan seems to have lost Rachel Maddow's respect.Usually, it's the GOP setting up a circular firing squad, but this year, the Democrats are the ones firing at each other. The Senate Democrats are criticizing the Obama administration while the White House is blaming the Democratic candidates for their own increasingly bleak prospects this election.John Fund explains why early voting is not the great idea so many people seem to think it is.How is early voting changing…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    When you hear Democrats claim that Obamacare has expanded health coverage, think again.What we’ve learned is that the Obamacare gains in coverage were largely a result of the Medicaid expansion and that most of the gain in private coverage through the government exchanges was offset by a decline in employer-based coverage. In other words, it is likely that most of the people who got coverage through the exchanges were already insured.Claiming to expand Medicaid while leading millions to lose their employer-provided insurance wouldn't have had the same appeal as pretending that the law would…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    Don't buy the Democratic accusations that it is the Republicans' fault that there is no Surgeon General. Remember that Harry Reid changed the rules in the Senate so that the Democrats could push through any nominee they wanted. The reason Reid hasn't brought Obama's nominee up for a vote is because there are Democratic senators who don't want to vote for him. So blame Obama for putting up a nominee even members of his own party don't want to vote for.How lame has Wendy Davis's candidacy for Texas governor gotten? Now she and her supporters are suggesting that Greg Abbott would defend a ban on…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    Well, it's been an interesting few days as the public has gotten to see the curtain pulled back on how the government behaves. And, contrary to the progressive ideals, the people who work in the government are no more infallible than ordinary blokes. Just as the public has learned from the VA scandal, the IRS scandal, Benghazi, Obamacare, the stimulus, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Katrina, and on and on. You think that it would eventually sink in that the government is composed of ordinary people with no real incentives to get things right. Why they should be trusted with more and more…
 
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    The Fix

  • With Martha Coakley, deep-blue Massachusetts continues to be a headache for Democrats

    Aaron Blake
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    The big news Thursday night was that a new Boston Globe poll in the Massachusetts governor's race showed Republican Charlie Baker leading Democrat Martha Coakley by 9 points. Coakley, it bears mentioning, previously lost that big 2010 Massachusetts special election that sent Scott Brown to the Senate. So the idea that she could lose another race she […]
  • Joni Ernst skipped an editorial board meeting. That was probably smart.

    Chris Cillizza
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    To go or not to go, that is the question. I am talking, of course, about newspaper editorial boards and the ever-increasing frequency with which candidates skip the chance to sit down with the opinion-makers in their respective city or state.  Just this week state Sen. Joni Ernst, The Republican nominee for Senate in Iowa, […]
  • Why watching grass grow might actually be a good investment of federal money

    Philip Bump
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    No. 11 in Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) 2014 "Wastebook" — a catalog of 100 ways in which the government squandered taxpayer money — does an effective job of demonstrating why the exercise on the whole is worthy of skepticism. And, perhaps, illustrates its hidden dangers. What is No. 11? "Watching Grass Grow." This is one of Coburn's […]
  • QUIZ: Which Senate race are you?

    Jaime Fuller
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    If you're anything like us on the Fix, you probably grew up daydreaming about the midterms, and how you wished you could spend every minute of your life thinking about them. No, not only thinking about them. Being them. Life is too short to just fantasize about becoming a midterm Senate race. Take the quiz below […]
  • Five myths about black voters

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Over the next few days, you are going to hear a whole lot about black voters. This happens every two to four years around this time, as pundits and political writers trot out conventional wisdom about the state of the black vote. But it has been an even-more-intense process of temperature-taking because of President Obama […]
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  • Ready for Cops to Check You for Explosives, Chicago CTA Riders?

    Zenon Evans
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The Chicago Police Department (CPD) today announced that next month it will start conducting random baggage screenings before passengers are allowed on the city's public rail system, which is operated by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). First of all, why? "No known terrorist threat" led to the policy, admits the CPD's Nancy Lipman. However, the "procedure is being fully funded with part of a $3.5 million federal grant for anti-terrorism efforts but officials could not give a total dollar amount," reports Redeye. Says Lipman: If the customer is willing to take part in the screening, the…
  • How Many New Yorkers Flip the Bird to Cuomo's Gun Registration Requirements? Officials May Have to Fess Up

    J.D. Tuccille
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Ever since the passage of New York's SAFE Act imposing tighter restrictions on firearms and gun owners—a law so poorly drafted that parts of it proved unworkable and were thrown out by the courts—officials have been coy about just how many people are complying with a requirement that "assault weapons" be registered. Amidst an organized campaign urging gun owners to defy the law that was championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state police insist that releasing aggregate numbers of registered firearms would somehow violate the privacy rights of individual owners. Uh huh. If that sounds…
  • Obama Hugs Ebola-Free Nurse, Does ISIS Have Chemical Weapons?, Conan O'Brien's Halloween Costume Is 'Slutty Madeleine Albright': P.M. Links

    Zenon Evans
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Dallas nurse Nina Pham was declared Ebola-free today, and promptly flew to the White House where President Barack Obama gave her a hug. Since a doctor in New York City came down with the virus, health officials remind us again: WHATEVER DO, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DON'T PANIC! Because of this new case, some lawmakers want to require a 21-day quarantine for any doctors returning to the U.S. from Ebola-stricken nations. Meanwhile, this savvy dude just sold "Ebola.com" for $200,000. Is the Islamic State using chemical weapons in Iraq? We're going to find out, says Secretary of State John Kerry.
  • Lets Not Import Canada's Sex Work Bill

    Noah Berlatsky
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Though it has received little coverage in American media, Canada has spent the past 10 months in an intense debate about its prostitution laws. Last December, the nation's Supreme Court struck down basically all anti-prostitution laws on the grounds that they violated Canada's Constitutional Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The elimination of prostitution laws will go into effect this December, and the Conservative Canadian government has been rushing to get a replacement in place that will satisfy the Supreme Court.  Both anti-trafficking groups and sex-worker rights proponents opposed…
  • Noah Berlatsky Solicits Sex Workers' Thoughts on Canada's New Prostitution Proposals

    Reason.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Though it has received little coverage in American media, Canada has spent the past 10 months in an intense debate about its prostitution laws. Last December, the nation's Supreme Court struck down basically all anti-prostitution laws on the grounds that they violated Canada's Constitutional Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The government's new proposal, Bill C-36, is similar in many ways to what's called the Nordic model: it criminalizes johns, while decriminalizing those engaged in sex work. Would a similar law immunizing sex workers from prosecution while criminalizing client demand be…
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  • The FED is killing us

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

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

    Randy Toman
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) wrote: “If God does not exist, everything is permitted.” The truth of the statement cannot be questioned—-at least I don’t think so. If God does exist then compromise with a branding of some sort of Conservative leaning cannot in fact be the way to a truth because God allows anyone to attempt to identify truth, which must be the starting point. Anything said, should be considered as what is the truth rather than some position of a compromising agenda. It is this truth of the matter that should be hinged to a higher authority if that truth or…
  • Is it easy to fall?

    Randy Toman
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    Is it easy to fall from the rule of good men with intelligence, having religious convictions? To a group of few men trying to do good—–all the while those few good men think they are doing good as they cannot stopping the drift——nor can they focus on the complex issues of religious doctrine, with its connections, that makes a citizen and government righteous and work correctly. There is that drift away from religious connections for its citizens and government—that makes government not function, and from there, but an easy step into tyranny. From that drift toward…
  • Obama…whose side is he on?

    The Outsider
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    The Mideast is in turmoil with ISIS threatening to kill everyone who does not convert to their convoluted religion. This is happening primarily because Obama ordered out our military and left a vacuum just as G.W. Bush warned it would. Many of Obama’s staunch appointees gave the same warning including the military and Pentagon leaders. Obama refused to listen and refused to act on the advice of his experts! All of his appointees to every government agency are involved in scandals and none are fired or held accountable, in fact they are either promoted or continue to receive a salary and…
 
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  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When Congress should assert itself and when it shouldn’t. Paul Pillar compares Congressional abdication on war powers with its desire to meddle in Iran negotiations. The futility of sanctions, Ukraine edition. Liam Halligan details the costs that sanctioning Russia has had on major European economies. The case for conservative realism. Sen. Rand Paul speaks to the Center for the National Interest about his foreign policy views. Updating Weinberger’s principles for the present. Steven Metz considers how it might be done. The UKIP-Tory pact that wasn’t. Malcolm Pearson…
  • The Hunt for Warren’s Missing Foreign Policy

    Daniel Larison
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Danny Vinik tries to figure out what Elizabeth Warren’s foreign policy views are, but he has almost nothing to work with: Even her one clear foreign policy position, on Israel, doesn’t shed much light on her broader worldview. Some liberals may be dismayed that her moderate stance, but as Paul Waldman points out at The American Prospect, her position is similar to that of almost every other politician on Capitol Hill. It’s boilerplate language from a senator who doesn’t spend much time thinking about foreign policy [bold mine-DL]. If Warren were running for president, this…
  • Updating the Weinberger Doctrine

    Daniel Larison
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    Steven Metz proposes reviving and updating Caspar Weinberger’s principles on the use of force, but he concludes this will succeed only on two conditions: First, there would have to be at least an informal agreement between both major parties to tone down the partisanship that hinders and even paralyzes American security policy. Whoever is in the White House, be it a Democrat or Republican, must be able to walk away from security commitments without a shrill barrage of indignant criticism. It may be too much to ask that politics stop at the water’s edge, but it is reasonable to expect…
  • The Pluses and Minuses of Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy

    Daniel Larison
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Rand Paul delivered his anticipated foreign policy speech tonight, which you can read in its entirety here. It was a better speech than those he had given before, and its arguments mostly hung together. I’ll highlight a few of the best parts of the speech before moving on to the problems with it. Let me say first off that I very much appreciated his emphasis on the Libyan war as a terrible mistake. Even though it cost the U.S. relatively little directly, the Libyan war was a serious blunder that has had enormous and negative consequences for the country and its neighbors, and it is not…
  • Paul’s Foreign Policy Speech

    Daniel Larison
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Rand Paul is scheduled to deliver a foreign policy address in New York tonight. Conor Friedersdorf offers a preview: His remarks (quoted as prepared for delivery at New York City gathering of the Center for the National Interest), were seemingly pitched to Republican voters: the Kentucky Republican dubbed his approach “conservative realism,” criticized President Obama and Hillary Clinton, and invoked Presidents Reagan and Eisenhower. But the substance of his speech seems likely to appeal to anyone who believes that U.S. foreign policy has gone astray since 9/11, due largely to…
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    Bob McCarty

  • Polygraph Examiner’s Tactics Cost Taxpayers Millions

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    How much does it cost American taxpayers when polygraph is used in a criminal investigation? Members of a federal court jury in Putnam County, N.Y., decided Thursday it would cost them millions. Click image above to learn more about Jeff Deskovic at The Innocence Project. Jurors awarded Jeffrey Deskovic $40 million, according to one news report, after finding that ex-Putnam Sheriff’s Investigator Daniel Stephens fabricated evidence and coerced Deskovic’s false confession to the 1989 murder and rape of a Peekskill High School classmate. A pre-trial agreement, however, will limit…
  • Green Beret Holds No Grudge Against His German Accuser

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Few people would blame Kelly A. Stewart for harboring bad feelings toward the German woman whose accusations led to his court-martial, his conviction and time behind bars at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  But the former Army Green Beret holds no grudge. Kelly A. Stewart on a mission in Iraq. “I won’t even go there, because… you can’t be mad at somebody like that,” said Stewart, the Soldier whose life is chronicled in my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice. Stewart’s…
  • Six Years Later, Terrorists Still Don’t Care Who They Hurt

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    “Terrorists Don’t Care Who They Hurt.”  That was the overarching message of a direct mail piece (below) from the Republican National Committee that arrived in my mailbox six years ago today. Sadly, little has changed since then, except that we have more terrorists and are doing less to fight them. Hope we don’t fight Ebola with the same lack of fortitude. Oh wait, we already are. Click on image above to order Bob’s books.
  • Family Members of Fallen Marine File Lawsuit Against DoD

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Members of the family left behind by Marine LCpl. Greg Buckley Jr. have filed suit against several Department of Defense entities and individuals, alleging they were systematically misled about the death of their loved one at the hands of an Afghan “ally.” LCpl. Greg Buckley Jr., USMC The complaint, according to a Washington Post report Thursday, was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New York, and names the Department of Defense, the Navy Department and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service as defendants. In addition, it names Gen. James F. Amos, the soon-to-retire commandant…
  • Three Days In August Turns Three Years Old Sunday

    admin
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Sunday marks the third anniversary of the launch of Three Days In August, my first nonfiction book in which I chronicle the life story and wrongful prosecution of Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart. Three years ago today, I shared the photo below which shows country music star Toby Keith, right, shaking hands with Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart at an undisclosed location in Iraq. Learn more about the book at ThreeDaysInAugust.com. To order a copy of the book, click here. See also: Other posts related to the book and Amazon customer reviews of the book. Click on…
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  • Tropical Cyclones: Is Global Warming Making Them Worse?

    Craig D. Idso
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Craig D. Idso Severe hurricanes, or tropical cyclones as they are known by those living outside the United States, are the most intense storms on the planet. Given the amount of damage they can inflict, it’s no wonder that they often are the poster children for the global warming movement—think Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, and Sandy. Whenever and wherever they occur, you can count on some climate lobbyist telling us that storm was caused, or made worse, by global warming. Indeed, it is a green legend that carbon-induced global warming will cause more frequent or more severe tropical…
  • Send The International Nanny Packing

    Walter Olson
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    Walter Olson As many of us have noted lately, the federal Centers for Disease Control, known originally for their work against infectious and communicable diseases, have shifted focus in recent years to supposed public health menaces like beltless driving, gun ownership, social drinking, and suburban land use patterns. CDC director Thomas Frieden came recommended to President Obama because of his national fame as Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s health commissioner, in which capacity he oversaw portion sizes and donut recipes, restaurant smoking policies and anti-salt campaigns, as well…
  • U.S. Is Losing (Has Lost?) the War on Drugs in Afghanistan

    Christopher A. Preble
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    Christopher A. Preble After a decade of reconstruction and over $7 billion spent on counternarcotic operations, the results are in: the United States has lost the “war on drugs” in Afghanistan, although few U.S. officials are willing to admit it. According to this report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), poppy cultivation is actually at an all-time high, over 8 percent higher in 2013 than the previous peak in 2007. And, with the United States slated to reduce its presence in Afghanistan, the problem is likely to get worse. According to the report,…
  • Fragility of Tunisia’s Transition

    Dalibor Rohac
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Dalibor Rohac The upcoming parliamentary election in Tunisia comes at a critical time. For a while, Tunisia was seen as a poster child for a successful transition away from authoritarianism. In Egypt, a widespread disappointment with an Islamic government resulted in a military coup last year. In contrast, when Tunisia could not get through a political impasse, the Islamic Ennahda party negotiated a handover to a caretaker government earlier this year, which has led the country to an early election. Regardless of whether Ennahda can repeat its electoral success from three years ago or whether…
  • Philadelphia Teachers Disrupt School Board Meeting

    Andrew J. Coulson
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Andrew J. Coulson Teachers Union at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission In poll after poll, parents tell us that they care about academic achievement, but that they also want schools to help instill good values. And since children are adept at drawing lessons from adults’ behavior as well as from their words, it’s always nice when teachers conduct themselves with decorum and sensitivity. Which begs the question, how many parents would want their children to emulate the teachers who disrupted last week’s meeting of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission—the…
 
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  • Hillary Clinton: Corporations and Businesses Don’t Create Jobs

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
  • Pentagon Introduces ‘Germ Zapping Robot’ to Fight Ebola

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The Department of Defense announced Friday that it has deployed a “germ-zapping robot” to kill the Ebola virus—and other types of highly communicable diseases—with “high intensity flashes” of light. The Pentagon reported on its in-house news network and distributed to reporters a short film showing how “Saul, the germ-zapping robot” is able to sanitize surfaces. “Ebola is just one of the many diseases that could be targeted by a new germ zapper that’s using cutting-edge tech,” the Defense Department said in its short film. Sault the robot was shown in use at the Langley…
  • Truthy Removes Part of Website That Monitored Conservative Hashtags

    Elizabeth Harrington
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) project designed to track “misinformation” on Twitter has removed portions of its website that monitored political users, including conservatives who used the “tcot” hashtag. “Truthy,” the nearly $1 million research project being conducted by the University of Indiana, has redesigned its website following the Washington Free Beacon’s initial report on the study. The service is intended to monitor “suspicious memes” and “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online. Truthy has received increased media…
  • John Bolton PAC Set to Spend Another $500,000

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    The John Bolton PAC announced a 6-figure, 11-state expansion of its ongoing ad campaign in support of Republican nominees for the U.S. House and Senate this morning. The PAC headed by the former ambassador to the United Nations plans to spend in excess of $300,000 in statewide Direct TV ad buys, split between Arkansas and North Carolina in support of Republican nominees Tom Cotton and Thom Tillis, respectively. The Bolton PAC’s ad campaign will be supplemented with a $200,000 digital ad buy targeting major media markets in 14 states holding other competitive elections. “We’re…
  • Udall Screws Up Introducing First Lady: ‘We Judge People By The Content Of Their Color’

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    While introducing Michelle Obama at a campaign event on Friday, Sen. Mark Udall (D., Colo.) invoked the words of the late great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to add some gravitas to the First Lady’s appearance. Unfortunately, they were the wrong words. “I’m so proud of our country. In 2008 and 2012, we showed that Dr. Martin Luther King had it right,” Udall said. “Which is that in America, at our best, we judge people by the content of their color–” Udall’s crowd began to groan, and the embattled Democratic senator quickly corrected himself on…
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