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  • Hey, Snotty Bloomberg: Mind your own crumbling city!

    Michelle Malkin
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Shooting off his mouth…again Hey, Snotty Bloomberg: Mind your own crumbling city! by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 Some sore losers just don’t know when to pick up their billion-dollar marbles and go away. Far, far away. I’m looking at you, Michael Bloomberg. The former New York City mayor mouthed off about my adopted hometown of Colorado Springs and my friends in nearby Pueblo in Rolling Stone magazine this month. He snidely bashed our neighborhoods as backwater holes “where I don’t think there’s roads. It’s as far rural as you can get.” Snotty…
  • Quotes of the day

    Hot Air » Top Picks
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Crisis. The man-in-the-know nursed a late-morning beer at a bar near the Suchiate River that separates Guatemala from Mexico, and answered a question about his human smuggling business with a question: “Do you think a coyote is going to say he’s a coyote?” Dressed as a migrant in shorts and sandals but speaking like an entrepreneur, […] Read this post »
  • It’s Not Just the VA: Systemic Weaknesses Plague Government Agencies Across the Board

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    Kara Jones
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Headlines broke in April surrounding an investigative report that revealed 40 veterans had died waiting for appointments at the Pheonix...
  • Introducing Proximity: Simple and beautiful tools to grow your movement

    Patrick Ruffini
    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…
  • Overnight Open Thread (7-21-2014)

    Ace of Spades HQ
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Quote of the Day "The bear is loose!" President Obama has been saying, whenever he leaves the White House to visit Starbucks, or sandwich shops, or burger joints, or BBQ shacks, or neighborhood diners, in his increasingly rote and pathetic...
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  • Hey, Snotty Bloomberg: Mind your own crumbling city!

    Michelle Malkin
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Shooting off his mouth…again Hey, Snotty Bloomberg: Mind your own crumbling city! by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 Some sore losers just don’t know when to pick up their billion-dollar marbles and go away. Far, far away. I’m looking at you, Michael Bloomberg. The former New York City mayor mouthed off about my adopted hometown of Colorado Springs and my friends in nearby Pueblo in Rolling Stone magazine this month. He snidely bashed our neighborhoods as backwater holes “where I don’t think there’s roads. It’s as far rural as you can get.” Snotty…
  • Sen. Patty Murray authors ‘Not My Boss’s Business Act’ to exempt O-care from law she voted for in ’93

    Doug Powers
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:23 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Sen. Patty Murray has written the “Not My Boss’s Business Act” as a “fix” to get around the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision: Democrats and women’s health groups believe they have a powerful campaign weapon in pushing back on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling that Hobby Lobby and other closely held for-profit companies don’t have to comply with the health law’s contraceptive coverage requirement if it violates the owners’ religious beliefs. The bill was drafted by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a longtime women’s health…
  • Obama’s Immigration Lawyers’ Enrichment Act

    Michelle Malkin
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Obama’s Immigration Lawyers’ Enrichment Act by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 The American Dream is dying for tens of millions of unemployed, underemployed and long-term jobless citizens. But the White House has guaranteed that one sector of the U.S. economy will thrive for decades to come: Open-borders immigration lawyers. Don’t believe the fibbing D.C. flacks. While the president’s spokesman Josh Earnest promised that “most” of the illegal immigrant youths from Central America flooding across our borders will “likely” be…
  • ‘Sobby Lobby’ rides again: Forget ‘it’s the law,’ Harry Reid pledges action against Hobby Lobby ruling

    Doug Powers
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:58 am
    **Written by Doug Powers Reid should be able to focus on this in the coming weeks thanks to all the extra time freed up by not worrying about a budget combined with the fact that he’s insane: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Democrats will take up legislation in the “coming weeks” to address last month’s Supreme Court decision that allowed some employers with religious objections to opt out of Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Democrats on Capitol Hill have overwhelmingly criticized the high court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case and are working to craft a…
  • Uh huh: Costco says decision to pull Dinesh D’Souza’s book from shelves not political; Update: Costco caves

    Doug Powers
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Word is that Costco has pulled Dinesh D’Souza’s book, “America: Imagine A World Without Her,” from store shelves. Costco reportedly said the decision to yank D’Souza’s book, which takes on progressivism head-on, was based on poor sales and was not political. Excuse me for a second… Just had to get that out of my system. Poor sales? Hillary Clinton’s book is currently #91 on Amazon and D’Souza’s is currently, er, #1. I think what Costco means is now that D’Souza’s book isn’t available there,…
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    Hot Air » Top Picks

  • Quotes of the day

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Crisis. The man-in-the-know nursed a late-morning beer at a bar near the Suchiate River that separates Guatemala from Mexico, and answered a question about his human smuggling business with a question: “Do you think a coyote is going to say he’s a coyote?” Dressed as a migrant in shorts and sandals but speaking like an entrepreneur, […] Read this post »
  • Again: Exactly which elite, liberal institution does have to live up to the Left’s values?

    Mary Katharine Ham
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm
    An ongoing series. Liberal activists, politicians and institutions are never short of ideas for how they can use the government to force us to do as they say. The actions of the same activists, politicians, and institutions often reveal they may prefer the method of force because they need it themselves. Again and again, on the Left’s most […] Read this post »
  • Detroit suspends water shut-offs for 15 days

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    "Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!" More than half of Detroit’s residential accounts are either 60 days overdue or owe $150 or more. A bankrupt city needs the money. Solution: Pay up or do without water. Some people can’t, of course. They’re broke and simply can’t come up with what they owe. Some. Not all. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department […] Read this post »
  • Through the looking glass: White House that loves using anonymous sources upset at being attacked by anonymous sources

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    "You criticize anonymous sources but we have anonymous sources from you every day." Josh Earnest had himself a day, didn’t he? He’s grumpy here because of the WaPo story I posted earlier about Obama and the White House having had advance warning about the impending border crisis. Cecilia Munoz, O’s amnesty czar, is quoted by name in that one defending the administration; several law enforcement officials are quoted […] Read this post »
  • Video: The angriest atheist

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    "Democracy is mob rule!" To cleanse the palate (sort of?), this is 18 months old and apparently went viral at least once before but somehow it flew under my radar — and Ed’s, and Lachlan Markay’s, and Charles Cooke’s. Sorry to mention you, boys, but when coming late to a vid that so many others have seen, I find […] View the video »
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Introducing Proximity: Simple and beautiful tools to grow your movement

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

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

    16 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We have some exciting news to share with you.  Today we’re announcing a new Engage leadership team, with Nick Schaper serving as president and CEO, and Erik Rapprich assuming the role of COO and managing partner.  Together, they will be managing day-to-day operations and leading the firm into the future.  Founder Patrick Ruffini will step into the role of chairman, working closely with our team and our clients as he prepares to launch yet another innovative startup. This exciting transition is more evidence of the continued growth and diversification of Engage and its partners. While…
  • One Thousand Points (and Pixels) of Light

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:23 am
    How do you recognize someone like former President George H. W. Bush as he celebrates his 90th birthday this week? Anyone who knew me back in grade school could tell you how big of an admirer I was of President Bush. One of the things he is best remembered for is his points of light pledge from his inaugural address. President Bush called upon Americans to dedicate themselves to each other through service–the thousand points of light across our nation. For almost a quarter century, Points of Light has been working to implement and advance President Bush’s vision. Points of Light…
  • Ensuring Transparency and Control in Digital Video Advertising

    6 May 2014 | 11:53 am
    Over the weekend, the New York Times published a piece that caught our attention and should should certain spark further discussion within the online video ad industry. Titled “The Great Unwatched,” the piece took on the issue of video ad viewability, with 57 percent of video ads in one study deemed “unviewable.” In too many cases, the middlemen in the space aren’t transparent about the nature of the buys or where ads are actually running: It was mid-December, and Blue Chip was in the middle of a campaign — for a client that doesn’t want to be named — selling what the agency…
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Barack Obama: He’s Just Too Darned Rational And Honest

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    On September 24, 2012, I posted “Saving the Republic; Why Barack Obama Must Be Defeated: Reason 35It was subtitled “Delusions of Grandeur.” It’s an article I’ve reprised several times over the years, but now, as Russian backed-“separatists” shoot civilian airliners out of the sky and bodies rain down on Ukranian villages, as Iran once again pulls the wool over John Kerry’s eyes (OK, I admit that’s no real trick), As Mr. Obama offers praise for the terrorists of Hamas and nothing but scorn for Israel, as Mr. Obama fundraises rather than deal with deadly foreign provocations,…
  • I’m A Little Distracted These Days…

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Photo Credit: chichsavvyreviews.net Gentle readers, please forgive me. I’m not keeping up with my usual posting tempo because I’m putting the finishing touches on a book, whipping out an average of 3-4 chapters a day. I plan to be done with the rough draft by the end of the month. Thanks for your forbearance, and when I have something to say about that endeavor–it must, alas, remain under wraps for the time being–you’ll be the first to know! In the meantime, I’ll do my best to come up with some interesting things as often as I can.Filed under: Culture
  • Holder DOJ To The Rescue In Nebraska

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:48 pm
    credit: eurweb.com It seems that even though Vice President Biden thinks hope and change something of a failure, the fruits of this way of thinking–and the danger–is far from extinct. Via Hot Air: The U.S. Department of Justice has joined the discussions over a controversial float in the Norfolk Independence Day parade. ‘The department sent a member of its Community Relations Service team, which gets involved in discrimination disputes, to a Thursday meeting about the issue. Also at the meeting were the NAACP, the Norfolk mayor and The Independent Order of Odd Fellows.’ The…
  • Goodbye To A Faithful Friend

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:44 pm
    K.C. Johnson is a professor of history at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center. But in 2006, he began writing about the Duke Lacrosse case, which expanded into his blog, Durham-In Wonderland, a blog that has been dealing with that case, its aftermath and fallout, since. Johnson also wrote the indispensable book on that sorry mess: Until Proven Innocent. If you want to understand how political correctness, abetted by much of the faculty of a famous American university–and of course, the New York Times and other usual suspects– nearly sent innocent men to prison for a very…
  • You’re On Your Own

    Mike McDaniel
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Many Contemporary Cars Aren’t Much Better… I have, on several past occasions over the years, and for a variety of outlets, written about the realities of police response and its implications. Not only are there very few police officers patrolling at any time of the day or night virtually everywhere in America, they are generally so busy they can’t respond to emergency calls because they’re already handling emergency calls. Obamaconomy realities have caused many law enforcement agencies to cut deeply, and because personnel costs are always most of any agency budget, it’s…
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  • Netroots Nation and Mark Ruffalo protest for water to be a human right

    <a href="/users/california_yankee/">Dan Spencer</a> (<a href="/diary/california_yankee/">Diary</a>)
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Nutroots Water Rights Protest, Detroit June !8, 2014 The Left-wing Liberal Netroots Nation protested for “water rights” in Detroit yesterday. Mark Ruffalo provided a little celebrity to the demonstration as he kicked off the Water March. You can see Ruffalo start the march at the 1:45 mark in the followimging video: “You built this nation, okay? And what’s happening in Detroit is a model for what could be happening in this nation. Instead of a nation for the .001 percent, it’s a nation for all.” Ruffalo marched with the demonstrators for about 20 minutes…
  • Fracking Rift Threatens to Sink Udall, Hickenlooper

    <a href="/users/leon_h_wolf/">Leon H. Wolf</a> (<a href="/diary/leon_h_wolf/">Diary</a>)
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    Fracking has been good for the State of Colorado and its economy, and therefore a large majority of Coloradans support fracking. However, the Democrat base, particularly in Colorado, is not so much with the whole science thing, and therefore they are vehemently opposed to fracking. Uber environmentalist wacko Jared Polis (D-CO), has decided to score an own goal on two vulnerable Democrats who are up for election in a non-Presidential election year and therefore are heavily depending on turnout from their base – by forcing Udall and Hickenlooper to take a stand on fracking. By opposing…
  • #TheBearIsLoose and Obama abdication of responsibility

    <a href="/users/streiff/">streiff</a> (<a href="/diary/streiff/">Diary</a>)
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    In an administration that is intellectually adrift and morally bereft, the hashtag has become substitute for policy. When Vladimir Putin began his attempt to dismantle Ukraine, the utter feckless Jen Psaki and our State Department resorted to: When Boko Haram kidnapped several hundred Christian children we got the odious First Linebacker: As the clock runs out on the most inept administration in living memory, and maybe the most inept since that of James Buchanan, we hear stories about how Obama is bored, how he’s focused on having fun and planning his post-presidential grifting. The…
  • The Watercooler ~ The Awesomeness of Salvation

    westcoastpatriette (<a href="/diary/westcoastpatriette/">Diary</a>)
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    Our pseudo-Christian president, as well as the Democrat Party whose base is now primarily comprised of progressives, hate God. They would vehemently deny such statements, but those of us who know and love Him can say it boldly because we feel and witness daily how their deeds and their belief system betray His true nature. After suffering now for nearly six years under the leadership of an administration whose hostility and contempt toward God has never been more glaring, it seems like the very rocks are crying out for the truth to be told. Satan is a real entity. He hates God and God’s…
  • Obama moves deadline for Iran nuke deal past midterm elections

    <a href="/users/streiff/">streiff</a> (<a href="/diary/streiff/">Diary</a>)
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    We wrote last week about how the Iran nuclear negotiations seemed at an impasse despite (or because of)  airdropping secretary of State John Kerry into the negotiations. Iran has successfully split the nominal alliance seeking to thwart its nuclear ambitions, peeling off both Russia and China. Iran and Russia are allied militarily in Syria and Iraq making it very unlikely that the Russians are going to press the Iranians very hard. With the Russians and Chinese out of the picture, Iran could very well make the calculation that it can withstand any sanctions imposed by the remaining nations…
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  • Echo: iPhone Prayer App

    Eric Dye
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Another prayer app? There’s always room for improvement for mobile prayer apps and that’s what you’ll find with Echo. Echo isn’t just a prayer list app. It’s a prayer manager app. Let’s take a closer look: Echo (((ECHO — Echo — echo — e c h o ))) Sorry. I couldn’t resist. ^_^ Echo helps “integrate prayer into your daily routine.” You can keep track of all your prayers, organize them into groups, delete them, and my favorite feature on all awesome prayer apps: Mark prayers answered! Echo also: Reminds you to pray using push notifications…
  • The Art of Mixing Google Font Typefaces [Infographic]

    Eric Dye
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Google Fonts is a great place to find fonts for websites and even print projects; but with so many fonts to choose from, how do you pick? And to add to the confusion, what about font combination!?! I recently ran into this very problem while working on a website design. While I was able to pinpoint one of the fonts, finding a good font to accompany it took me a while. If only I had found this chart sooner… Taking inspiration from a 1992 handout created by the International Journal of Typography, Shawn Pagin created this handy infographic that offers 400 different typeface combinations.
  • The Cost of Technology and Time in Ten Years

    Eric Dye
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    A popular restaurant in New York City has been in business for many years, and while they still serve the same number of customers, their service has seemed to slow down. They’ve done several obvious things to try and fix the slower service: hired more employees and have gone as far to removed items from their menu. But, to no avail, they continue to receive negative reviews and complaints from patrons complaining of slow service and having to wait too long for a table. Upon further review, this popular restaurant notice that many other restaurants in the area had received the same…
  • X-Rayed Toys [Images]

    Eric Dye
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    What happens when you x-ray toys? Well, mostly awesome things. Check it out: These remind me of when lots of electronics and toys came in various colors of clear plastic to see the internal workings. Also, Crystal Pepsi. [via Colossal]   The post X-Rayed Toys [Images] appeared first on ChurchMag.
  • Homeless Fonts

    Eric Dye
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I absolutely love, love, love Homeless Fonts. There’s so many bits of awesome going on with this project, it’s hard to know where to start! They are helping people who have found themselves homeless earn money, gain dignity, and express themselves creatively. Here’s how it all works: Homeless Fonts Homeless Fonts are just that: Fonts designed by the homeless. I can guarantee that you’ll look at another homeless sign the same way again. Some of the fonts created by these people are truly beautiful: From the Homeless Fonts website: “The idea that individuals and…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Russians Are Getting A Very Different Version Of The Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Story

    Doug Mataconis
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Over at The New Republic, Julia Ioffe notes that the Russian public is getting a far different view of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 than the rest of the world: Did you know Malaysia Air Flight 17 was full of corpses when it took off from Amsterdam? Did you know that, for some darkly inexplicable reason, on July 17, MH17 moved off the standard flight path that it had taken every time before, and moved north, toward rebel-held areas outside Donetsk? Or that the dispatchers summoned the plane lower just before the crash? Or that the plane had…
  • Voters Not Too Impressed With Hillary Clinton’s Time At Foggy Bottom

    Doug Mataconis
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    A new poll from Politico suggests that Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State may not be as much of an electoral enhancer as her supporters might believe: A majority of voters are unimpressed with Hillary Clinton’s performance as secretary of state, according to a new POLITICO poll. Just 14 percent described her time at State — she served four years ending in February 2013 — as “excellent,” while 28 percent defined it as “good.” Twenty-one percent called it “fair,” and 32 percent rated her performance…
  • Despite A Plethora Of World Crises, Americans Oppose Greater Foreign Intervention

    Doug Mataconis
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    There’s been much discussion over the past several days about the fact that this seems to be a particularly bad, or at the very least active, time in international affairs. The war, and there doesn’t seem to be any better word for it at this point, in Iraq between the Iraqi government and the ISIS insurgency continues apace. Although it did not receive much attention in the United States, the situation in Libya seems to be unraveling, with militias battling government forces for control of the Tripoli airport. The conflict in Ukraine, which was already starting to heat up before…
  • Obama To Bar Discrimination Against Gays By Federal Contractors, With No Religious Exemption

    Doug Mataconis
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Later this morning, President Obama will sign an Executive Order barring companies doing business with the Federal Government from discriminating on the bases of sexual orientation in employment: WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to sign an executive order on Monday that protects gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees from discrimination by companies that do federal government work, fulfilling a promise to a crucial Democratic constituency, White House officials said on Friday. But the directive will not exempt religious groups, as many of them had sought. The order will…
  • OTB Caption Contest

    Rodney Dill
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (Photo: Jewel Samad, AFP/Getty Images) Winners will be announced next weekend.
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  • Obama Cancels Obamacare in the US Territories and Protectorates

    Warner Todd Huston
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Obamacare is the best thing for everybody. Right? I mean, isn’t that what Democrats keep saying? So, why did Obama just take Obamacare away from all our protectorates and territories? Well, the answer to that is because Obamacare doesn’t work, that’s why. When Obama first strongarmed his law through Congress in the dead of night […]
  • VIDEO: Actor Paul Rodriguez Shocks CNN by Saying We Need to Deport Illegals

    Warner Todd Huston
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Actor and comedian Paul Rodriguez appeared on CNN and shocked those on the panel with his patriotic, American ideals and said that the USA has no reason whatsoever to keep all these hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who are streaming across our border for Obama’s free handouts and his promise of amnesty. He directly […]
  • OPEN THREAD: Netroots Nametags Ask for ‘Preferred Gender Pronoun’

    Warner Todd Huston
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Because I forgot to post an Open Thread, here it is. But first… The nitwits at Nutroots nation added a special little section to the nametags where attendees can inform others about what their “preferred gender pronoun” is. These people are WAY over the bend. Talk about a first world problem! While most of the […]
  • Muslims in Philly Try to Carry Out Sharia Sentence to Chop Man’s Hand Off

    Warner Todd Huston
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    This is what happens when you allow Muslims to think they can impose their own laws on members of their community. In Philadelphia a local Muslim leader tried to carry out Sharia law and chop off a man’s hand after he was accused of stealing money from the Mosque. As Reuters reports, ” Two men […]
  • Hey, Chicago: Detroit Police Chief Says More Guns is Good

    Warner Todd Huston
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Chicago, Illinois is losing at least 3 to 4 citizens every weekend to violence with upwards to 25 shot. EVERY weekend. Chicago pols, the city’s police superintendent, and state Democrats say we need to ban guns to “fix” the problem. But the Detroit Chief of Police says an armed citizenry is making HIS city safer. […]
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    Fort Hard Knox

  • Why Is Christian Persecution Ignored?

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

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

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

    27 Nov 2013 | 8:38 pm
    If you live on the lake then you should totally have a boat dock if you don’t already. You might like to know that by adding a boat dock to your home you are increasing the value of it. This is especially important to know if you are ever going to consider selling your home. A potential buyer will look right past your home if the neighbors house for sale has a boat dock and yours does not. Keep this in mind and perhaps build your own boat dock before you sell. If you don’t plan to sell your home right now but you are interesting in adding value to your home, you should still considering…
  • What About Christian Rights?

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

  • Forget Red vs. Blue, It's Tight vs. Loose

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Jesse Harrington, Michele Gelfand, TPM: States vary in the degree to which they are tight (have strong norms and little tolerance for deviance), or loose (have weak norms and greater tolerance for deviance). ... Tightness-looseness gets at the issues that tend to result in cultural divisions in the United States -- the fulcrum around which the modern-day "culture war" in America rotates. ... Tighter states are found primarily in the South and the Midwest, while looser states are generally found in the Northeast, the West Coast, and some of the Mountain States.
  • SodaStream Fires 60 Palestinian Employees

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:32 pm
    The Israeli soda device maker SodaStream, often touted for its harmonious workforce of Israelis and Palestinians, has fired 60 Palestinians after a dispute over the food provided to them after 16 hours of fasting for Ramadan. SodaStream forbids workers to bring food from home because of Jewish dietary laws. Palestinian night shift employees complained one night, stating that without adequate breakfast they couldn't safely operate large machinery, and a supervisor cancelled their shift. "The next day every single one of the night shift workers received a notice that stated the management had…
  • Great White Sightings Send Tourists TO Beach

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    In Jaws, Mayor Vaughn tried to protect the summer tourism season by keeping a lid on reports of the man-eater lurking offshore. "You yell shark, we've got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July," he told police chief Brody. But as sightings of great white sharks mount off Cape Cod in real life, businesses in the Massachusetts town of Chatham are embracing the frenzy. Shark sightings have soared from generally fewer than two annually before 2004 to more than 20 in each of the last few years off Cape Cod. "You have to make sure people understand," said Wendy Northcross of the Cape Cod…
  • Friendly Bullet-Proof Vest Test Goes Awry

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    While under the influence of alcohol and drugs, a Baltimore man and his friend of 15 years were making an online video Wednesday where one tested a bullet-proof vest by shooting the other. Mark Ramiro, 30, missed the vest when he shot, killing his friend Darnell Mitchell, and is charged with first degree murder, second degree murder and two gun charges. "This in no way was my client ... trying to do anything but a stupid, ridiculous prank," said Ramiro's attorney Christopher Flohr.
  • Netanyahu Refers to 'Telegenically Dead Palestinians'

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    During a CNN interview on Sunday, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed worldwide sympathy for the hundreds of Palestinian civilians killed in Gaza bombing by saying, "All civilian casualties are unintended by us, but intended by Hamas. They want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can ... it's gruesome," Netanyahu said. "They use telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause."
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  • How to Save Iraq

    Zalmay Khalilzad
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The most important thing to understand about Iraq today is also the hardest. The country has fallen once more into civil war, a recurrence of the civil war of 2006-2008. In 2007-2008, the United States committed tremendous military and economic resources to pull Iraq out of that first instance of ci
  • Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League

    William Deresiewicz
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the spring of 2008, I did a daylong stint on the Yale admissions committee. We that is, three admissions staff, a member of the college dean’s office, and me, the faculty representative—were going through submissions from eastern Pennsylvania. The applicants had been assigned a score from one
  • Hold the Applause on Elizabeth Warren's Netroots Speech

    Danny Vinik
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    On Friday, Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered an animated speech at Netroots Nation, urging the raucous crowd to fight for progressive priorities. “This is the future of America,”
  • 'Harriet the Spy' Predicted Our Surveillance State

    Perri Klass
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Harriet the Spy turns 50 this year—the book, that is; the child was eleven in Louise Fitzhugh’s novel in 1964, and she remains eleven, eternally stalking the streets around her home on East 87th Street in Manhattan. Louise Fitzhugh grew up in Tennessee, but found her adult home in New Y
  • Bridging The Partisan Gap By Befriending The Other Side

    TNR Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    On CNN's Crossfire, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones are known for their opinionated and often heated disagreements about politics and policy. But, in real life, they are close friends who often celebrate the other's views and policy ideas. Is their friendship a model for the rest of Washington, D.C.?&n
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  • The Downside of Giving Weapons

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    By Eugene Robinson The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors. Related Entries July 21, 2014 Will Flight 17 Sober Us Up? July 19, 2014 Falluja and Gaza: Why Counterterrorism Fails When the Problem Is Political
  • Rick Perry Says He’ll Send National Guard to Secure Border

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
      A Texas National Guardsman keeps watch in Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessi Ann McCormick The Texas governor says he is calling up 1,000 troops to help police the border with Mexico. CBS News reports the deployment will cost the cash-strapped state $12 million a month. Perry says he expects the feds to reimburse him. The U.S. Border Patrol already has 18,611 agents deployed in the Southwest sector. An influx of refugee children fleeing violence in Central America has taxed the government’s ability to cope, but Perry says his planned deployment has more to do with drug…
  • Just One Hedge Fund Dodged $6 Billion in Taxes, Senate Committee Finds

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Shutterstock Sen. Carl Levin’s Subcommittee on Investigations looked into some shady banking practices and reported that a hedge fund of Renaissance Technologies LLC found a clever way of cheating the IRS. With the help of two banks, Barclays and Deutsche Bank, Renaissance was allegedly able to make short-term profits look like long-term profits. The difference, which Levin, a Democrat, calls fictitious, is in the tax bill. According to Bloomberg, “Under current law, profits from short-term capital gains are taxed at marginal federal rates of as much as 44.4 percent, compared with…
  • Gaza Conflict: Hospitals Shelled, Death Toll Soars and Peace Protesters Attacked (Videos)

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    The tone of the White House and some of Israel’s other Western allies shifted slightly Monday from unequivocal support to “concern for the growing number of casualties” and calls for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hamas as the Palestinian death toll in the now two-week operation by the Netanyahu administration climbed to 548. “Democracy Now” reports that more than 100 Palestinians were killed in a 24-hour period between Saturday and Sunday nights. The dead include 72 residents of Gaza’s poorest and most densely populated neighborhoods.
  • Will Flight 17 Sober Us Up?

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    By E.J. Dionne, Jr. American politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high. Related Entries July 21, 2014 The Downside of Giving Weapons July 19, 2014 Falluja and Gaza: Why Counterterrorism Fails When the Problem Is Political
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    Power Line

  • The Nutroots Are Worried, And We Have the Answer

    Steven Hayward
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:50 pm
    (Steven Hayward) The Washington Post noticed a couple days ago that a lot of liberals are growing increasingly uncomfortable with the prospect of Hillary as their candidate.  (And don’t miss this poll that Politico says will make Democrats panic about Hillary’s prospects.)  Anyway, the Post: Even as Hillary Rodham Clinton looms as the overwhelming favorite for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, the party’s base is stirring for a primary fight. There’s a pining for someone else, and a medley of ambitious Democrats are making moves — many of them previously…
  • Should We Feel Sorry for Obama?

    Steven Hayward
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:32 pm
    (Steven Hayward) Whenever a Democratic president gets into trouble, the predictable chorus starts up: The job of President of the United States is just too difficult for anyone to master. Today’s winner is Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, who phones in the following: It’s Virtually Impossible to Be a Successful Modern President Being president is the most powerful job in the world. At which you will almost certainly fail. . . . . . it’s hard to see how Obama could be considered “successful” even if he hadn’t made the various mistakes — in governance and…
  • Israel seems ready to tune John Kerry out

    Paul Mirengoff
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:50 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) In his recent “hot mic” moment, John Kerry responded to news of civilian deaths in Gaza with these words: It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation. Hell of a pinpoint operation. We’ve got to get over there. I think we ought to go tonight. The truth is that Kerry’s desire to “get over” to the Middle East has nothing to do with any lack of precision in Israel’s military operations. Kerry lives to inject himself into international disputes. The civilian deaths are just an excuse; a disabled dog would have served just as nicely. Unfortunately…
  • On Gaza, Obama Contradicts Himself

    John Hinderaker
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    (John Hinderaker) This morning President Obama commented on both Gaza and the shooting down of the Malaysian airplane; you can read his remarks here. On Gaza, the President began with this: I want to note that Secretary Kerry has departed for the Middle East. As I’ve said many times, Israel has a right to defend itself against rocket and tunnel attacks from Hamas. And as a result of its operations, Israel has already done significant damage to Hamas’s terrorist infrastructure in Gaza. That is correct. And in order to do more damage to Hamas’s terrorist infrastructure in Gaza, Israel…
  • George Will and the narcissistic view of American foreign policy

    Paul Mirengoff
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) Scott did an excellent job of responding to George Will’s defense of diplomacy as the proper response to Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. Scott is particularly persuasive in answering Will’s claim that “United States policy has taught certain regimes the importance of having nuclear weapons.” It would be interesting to know just how pacific U.S. policy would have to be in order to unteach the importance of having nukes. Will has fallen, quite uncharacteristically, into the narcissistic view of American foreign relations. This approach deems…
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  • Cold War Ancient History: The Shooting Down of KAL007

    Charles Burris
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:53 pm
    As the director of worldwide television and film service for the U.S. Information Agency, Alvin A. Snyder was a top official propagandist for the American State during the Cold War. He speaks with authoritative insider knowledge concerning the Reagan regime response to the downing of Korean Airlines Flight 007, with its 269 passengers and crew, by Major Gennady Osipovich, in his Sukhoi-15 fighter. He was directed by State Department officials to prepare a video document for the U.N. Security Council showing that the Soviets engaged in deliberate, pre-meditated aggression against the plane. He…
  • Why Won’t the NSA Tell Us?

    Butler Shaffer
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Why the big mystery about who was responsible for shooting down the Malaysian airliner? The NSA collects trillions of pieces of information – so that they can “protect” us from “terrorists,” of course – so shouldn’t this agency have ALL the phone calls, e-mails, Internet communications, videos, picture post-cards, stained-glass windows, etc., etc. that [a] should have forewarned of this attack and, failing in this alleged purpose, [b] identify the culprits and the transactions that brought all of this about? President Obama, Wolf Blitzer, the gangs at…
  • Ancient History

    Charles Burris
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski’s covert anti-Soviet Afghanistan policy in the Carter administration was to create the USSR’s own Vietnam-like quagmire, leading to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. It was followed up and expanded by Ronald Reagan and William Casey. It was all part of the “arc of crisis” strategy conceived decades earlier and aggressively followed through by Brzezinski. This strategy, particularly after 9/11, continues to be implemented today. Two seminal books which focused upon this background are Robert Dreyfuss, Devil’s Game: How…
  • ‘Mises U. in My Living Room’

    Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Writes Andreatta Geerdes: here is a photo that my husband snapped last night which you may enjoy. My 10-year-old and 4-year-old (both of whom I homeschool)  joined me for Tom Woods’s opening lecture on Sunday. They recognized him from The Tom Woods Show, which I listen to. This week I plan to watch the evening with Judge Napolitano and the lectures on the robber barons and the Great Depression, and bring the kids along.
  • Happy Birthday to a Heroine

    Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Today is Bettina Bien Greaves’s 97th birthday. She was Mises’s personal assistant, and she’s still working to teach Austrian economics to new generations. The Mises Institute is honored by her support, as we are all honored to know her. What a great lady. (Thanks to Judy Thommesen)
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  • Personal Declaration of Independence

    19 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    While rummaging through boxes of Cate's personal effects, we came across this gem.  Enjoy!2010Preamble  We The People of America declare our independence from The Emma Hall.  This child invades our privacy and personal space.  She also destroys our property and blackmails us.  The utterly worst part is, she gets away with it all without proper punishment, and therefore, she repeats her actions!Declaration of Nature Rights  We, us in America, would like the right to get revenge on The Emma Hall.  We would not exactly do what she has done to us; we only want…
  • hold me...

    2 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    When my babies were still babies I'd often struggle with feeling "touched out".  Meaning, I would get physically and mentally tired of being physically smothered by my children all day long.  Picture this:  I'm sitting on the couch nursing one child, while my pre-schooler and toddler were snuggled up to or strewn about the rest of my body, rubbing my face or playing with my hair as they watched another episode of Little Bear.  Or, we'd all be sitting on a pew at church and I'd have a child on my lap, another on one side of me, another on the other side and one pulling on…
  • The summer of fulfilling realistic dreams

    26 Jun 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Every summer my kids seem to compile a list of dreams they want to fulfill during the summer.  And, more often than not, those dreams include things like- walk on The Great Wall of China, adopt a miniature horse, or go on tour with One Direction (still loving that group, sigh.).  And, it's frustrating for me to constantly shoot down their dreams because of practicality and cost and everything else.  So, this year I proclaimed our 2014 summer theme to be: "The summer to fulfill realistic dreams!", and every Monday night we set out to do so.The first dream fulfilling night…
  • On pressing the pause button...

    17 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am
    I've had a number of family members ask me why I haven't posted anything on my blog for several weeks now.  I don't know, or maybe I do know, but am not sure how to put it into words.  I'm feeling extra private right now.  I've always struggled with how much to share publicly, and how much to keep off the internet.  You see, the constant over-sharing I see on facebook makes me cringe, so I regularly re-evaluate what I'm doing here, and if I should even be doing anything here.Life is exciting right now for our family.  So many of my little baby birds are flapping their…
  • Your puzzle is not their puzzle

    28 May 2014 | 6:30 am
    Isn't it beautiful this time of year?  The sun is shining, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and the grass is greener (as green as mine is ever going to be for the rest of the year.  I should take a picture so I can remember it's beauty because, come late August it's going to look like it's on deaths door).  It's that time of year again when people start spending more time outside of their houses, in their yards and on their porches.  It's that time of year when the kids want to play outside until 9 pm because darkness hasn't fallen yet and once you do get them…
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    We knew this: "Obama aides were warned of brewing border crisis." They either didn't care or wanted the crisis to come. THe health and safety of the children were secondary.Ah, true diversity. It means something special at the University of Wisconsin.That framework includes eight essential “working definitions,” among them the already-discussed diversity, as well as others: “compositional diversity,” “critical mass,” “inclusion,” “equity mindedness,” “deficit-mindedness,” “representational equity,” and “excellence.” Let us take a closer look at one of these…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    This seems to be a time of perverse incentives leading to unintended consequences. Time after time, we've witnessed a policy choice by this administration that seems to be based more on wishful thinking than on a clear-eyed vision of what the results would be. And when the policy choices contain incentives for people to act a certain way, the administration has ignored that people will indeed respond to incentives even if that leads them to take actions that weren't the intent of the initial policy. We're seeing that now with the crisis on the border. President Obama's motives for announcing…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    Thomas Edsall finds some intriguing differences between young and old Democrats in recent Pew poll and a Reason Foundation survey of millennials.John Podhoretz lays out the real differences between Gaza and Israel.It was nine years ago that Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza. It was seven years ago that Hamas took control of Gaza following an election in which the terrorist group routed the Palestinian Authority (which controls the West Bank).The area has been entirely under Palestinian dominion.Since 2005, Israel’s overall econ­omy has grown almost 60 percent larger, with an annual…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    Mona Charen fights back against the accusations of heartlessness being leveled at Republicans over the crisis on the border.E. J. Dionne, like the president, thinks Republicans are cruel, but as he acknowledged, unless you are prepared to permit unlimited immigration, you must make “agonizing choices about whom to let in and whom to turn away.” Yes, the circumstances from which these unaccompanied children fled are terrible. But so are the home situations for many of the 4.5 million people worldwide currently waiting, legally, for visas to enter the United States. And while Central…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Mayor de Blasio just handed off a present to New York City's teachers by relieving them of a negotiated requirement that they tutor students. Back in 2005, when New York City was pre-crash flush, Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered the United Federation of Teachers a raise in return for 150 extra minutes of classroom work per week. The mayor’s idea was to spend that extra time tutoring the kids who needed the most help–the bottom third of each class. UFT president Randi Weingarten agreed that the group sessions would be small, no more than 10 students per class. Schools chancellor Joel Klein…
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    The Fix

  • Can Rand Paul win support from both Republicans and Redditors?

    Philip Bump
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Russia Today and Russia's permanent mission to NATO no doubt couldn't believe their luck. As the United States and its allies increased criticism of Russia's links to the separatists that their evidence showed shot down Malaysia Airlines flight 17, here was a still-popular former member of Congress willing to say that his government was moving […]
  • Vermont is the best covered state in the country. California is the worst.

    Chris Cillizza
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    For every 500,000 residents in Vermont, there are 10 full-time reporters covering the state's statehouse -- the best margin of people-to-reporters of any state in the country, according to a newly released study from the Pew Research Center. Other small population states -- Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota etc. -- have somewhere between three and five […]
  • It’s virtually impossible to be a successful modern president

    Chris Cillizza
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Being president is the most powerful job in the world. At which you will almost certainly fail. Why? For lots of reasons up to and including: * The decline of the bully pulpit as a persuasion mechanism * The deep partisanship present not only in Congress but also in the electorate more broadly * The […]
  • Americans hate Congress. They will totally teach it a lesson by not voting.

    Aaron Blake
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    Americans are angry at Congress -- more so than basically ever before. So it's time to throw the bums out, right? Well, not really. In fact, Americans appear prepared to deal with their historic unhappiness using perhaps the least-productive response: Staying home. A new study shows that Americans are on-track to set a new low for turnout […]
  • The food stamp wave may have crested

    Philip Bump
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    In January 2012, Newt Gingrich made headlines by calling President Obama the "food stamp president." By the most obvious metric, the line was accurate: During the first Obama term, enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (the official name of the food stamp program), climbed dramatically. As we noted at the time, that was mostly […]
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  • Tonight on The Independents: MH-17, Israel-Hamas, Immigration Kids, Ending the Fed, Cigarette Chokeholds, Net Roots Comedy, Nanny-State Shopping Carts, John Bolton, Aftershow and More!

    Matt Welch
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Tonight's live episode of The Independents (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, with re-airs three hours later) features yours truly in the hosting chair (Mary Katharine Ham will fill in for Kennedy), so this blog post will be bullet-pointy. * Michael Weiss of The Interpreter will talk all things MH-17. * Patrick Byrne of Overstock.com will trash the Federal Reserve. * Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton will assess U.S. diplomatic efforts in the Israel-Hamas fight. * The co-hosts will talk about the role that cigarette taxation had in the police choking-death of…
  • Biden to Putin: 'I Don't Think You Have a Soul'

    Zenon Evans
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Vice President Joe Biden once got, like, this close ("a few inches from his nose") to Russian strongman-in-chief Vladimir Putin and do you know what he did? "I said, 'Mr. Prime Minister, I'm looking into your eyes, and I don't think you have a soul,'" Biden assures he said in 2011. He recalled the encounter for The New Yorker's Evan Osnos, who today published 13,000 words on the vice president, with a focus on his role in the Obama "administration's handling of the most vexing national-security problems," like Ukraine and Iraq. Reuters picked up the story and deems "Biden's assessment [to…
  • Stay Indoors, Kids! Baltimore's Crazy Curfew Will Cost Parents $500 a Pop

    Robby Soave
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Be warned, Baltimore-area kids: If you venture outside at night, you will be picked up by police—and your parents will have to choose between paying a $500 fine or attending parental guidance classes administered by the city. It's all part of the city's new curfew law, the strictest in the nation, which takes effect next month, according to CBS Baltimore: With the new law, teens under 14 years old have to be off the streets by 9 p.m. Those 14 to 16 years of age can stay out no later than 10 during the week and no later than 11 on the weekends and during the summer. The law has the support…
  • Robert Kennedy Jr. Fights On Against a Phantom Vaccine Menace

    Ronald Bailey
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Back in 2005, Rolling Stone and Salon jointly published a lurid story, "Deadly Immunity," by Robert Kennedy Jr. in which he claimed that the mercury-based vaccine perservative thimerosal was creating an epidemic of autism and other neurological disorders among children in the United States. In 2011, Salon deleted the error-filled story. In Sunday's Washington Post Magazine, Keith Kloor does a profile of Kennedy who is still insisting that thimerosal is causing neurological havoc in vaccinated kids. Numerous scientific and medical organizations have reviewed the data and have concluded that…
  • More Evidence Uber Keeps People From Drunk Driving

    Paul Best
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Ever since innovative ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft started gaining popularity, people have made the intuitive assertion that these services could cut down on drinking and driving. People will choose an affordable, safe alternative to drunk driving if that alternative is readily available.  Just a few weeks ago, Pittsburgh resident Nate Good published a quick study that offered the first hard evidence that DUI rates may be decreasing in cities where Uber is popular. An analysis of Philadelphia's data showed an 11.1 percent decrease in the rate of DUIs since ridesharing services…
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Non-Combatants and Gaza

    Daniel Larison
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Thane Rosenbaum unintentionally endorses the logic of every terrorist group in history: On some basic level, you forfeit your right to be called civilians when you freely elect members of a terrorist organization as statesmen, invite them to dinner with blood on their hands and allow them to set up shop in your living room as their base of operations. At that point you begin to look a lot more like conscripted soldiers than innocent civilians. And you have wittingly made yourself targets. This is perverse and absolutely wrong, but it’s the sort of argument that one will end up making in…
  • Grassroots Republicans and Foreign Policy Reform

    Daniel Larison
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Jim Antle considers the prospects for Republican foreign policy reform. He writes that hawkish arguments still have greater emotional appeal with rank-and-file Republicans: But it is equally true that even today the arguments marshaled by reflexive hawks hit the right emotional buttons for the Republican grassroots in a way that more dovish conservatives’ appeals for caution, prudence, and restraint frequently do not. Based on what I’ve seen, that depends heavily on what the issue under debate happens to be. Proposed interventions and other policies that have little or nothing…
  • How the U.S. Keeps Enabling Reckless Clients

    Daniel Larison
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Shashank Joshi criticizes the slow U.S. response to the conflict in Gaza: Eleven days ago, discussing the paucity of possible mediators, I warned that “unless someone steps up, Israel and Hamas could find themselves hurtling into a wider war that neither truly wants”. This is precisely what has happened. Those with leverage over the combatants [bold mine-DL] have shown themselves to be every bit as useless as I feared. Although US President Barack Obama has called for an “immediate ceasefire”, and US Secretary of State John Kerry was caught on tape sarcastically criticising…
  • The MH17 Disaster

    Daniel Larison
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    Last Thursday’s downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was an inexcusable crime. It fully deserves to be condemned, as the U.S. and other governments have already done, and there seems little doubt as to who the responsible parties are. Available evidence tells us that rebels opposed to the Ukrainian government and supported by Russia shot down the plane, and they did so with weapons that they would almost certainly not have had if Russia were not providing them with arms and support. Russia appears to bear significant responsibility for what has happened in two ways: by encouraging…
  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The war for the “Greater Middle East.” Andrew Bacevich summarizes the reasons for America’s entanglements in the affairs of the region over the last thirty years. Oakeshott’s idealism. John Gray reviews Michael Oakeshott’s notebooks. Iraq and longing for Vietnam. Gregory Daddis explains why hawkish Iraq revisionists want to liken the current situation in Iraq to the end of the war in Vietnam. Britain’s Cabinet reshuffle as it happened. The Spectator reports on Cameron’s major changes to his government. Reform conservatism’s blind spot. Justin…
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    Bob McCarty

  • Welcome

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    For years, I’ve toiled online, using my journalism training — and, sometimes, my sense of humor — to report news most of the major media outlets ignored.  As I approach the eighth anniversary of my online presence, I’ve decided to change directions in a substantial way. Above: Butters shows his keyboarding skills. After experiencing site-killing disruptions which some would have suggested might be the work of  James R. Clapper Jr., FBI officials or others about whom I’ve written words that were less than flattering, but true, I’m moving away from writing…
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Halbig v. Burwell Winners Outnumber Losers by More than Ten to One

    Michael F. Cannon
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Michael F. Cannon Today at DarwinsFool.com, I released estimates of the impact of a potential ruling for the plaintiffs in Halbig v. Burwell, one of four cases currently before federal courts claiming that the subsidies and taxes the IRS is implementing in the 36 states with health-insurance Exchanges established by the federal government are illegal. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act repeatedly says those taxes and subsidies are authorized only “through an Exchange established by the State.” Left-leaning groups and media outlets that defend the IRS are attempting to portray…
  • U.S. Should Test China’s Disenchantment with North Korea

    Ted Galen Carpenter
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Ted Galen Carpenter Evidence mounts that the Chinese government is mightily annoyed with its volatile North Korean ally.  Long gone are the days when Chinese officials invariably described the relationship between their country and North Korea as being “as close as lips and teeth.”   In a new article in China-U.S. Focus, I show how the chill in the bilateral relationship has been growing for years and has now reached unprecedented levels.  A stark indication was Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent state visit to South Korea, which became a blatant snub to…
  • The Dangers of Waging War by Proxy

    Christopher A. Preble
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    Christopher A. Preble The shocking destruction of Malyasian Airlines MH17 is merely the latest in a string of cases in which irresponsible and unaccountable proxies have brought shame and international condemnation down upon the heads of their foreign sponsors. The precise details of how a passenger airliner carrying 298 souls fell from the sky still aren’t known, but, as Jon Lee Anderson notes in the New Yorker, ”however it played out, this sort of tragedy is a natural consequence of giving weapons to violent men who feel that their powerful sponsor allows them to commit crimes…
  • Is Fiscal Constraint a Bug or a Feature?

    David Boaz
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    David Boaz A Washington Post profile of Art Pope, political donor and now budget director of North Carolina, finds a flaw in his fiscal management: For all of his pull, the revolution Pope helped set in motion is not going quite as planned. The tax overhaul, styled in part off ideas promoted by Pope-backed groups, has contributed to tight finances in North Carolina at a time when other states are flush with cash. Is that bad? Fiscal conservatives such as Pope just might think that budgetary constraints are a good thing, perhaps especially when revenues would otherwise be rising,…
  • Foreign Policy Hawks Ignore Data

    Stephanie Rugolo
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Stephanie Rugolo As 2016 presidential contender Rand Paul catches flack for his so-called foreign policy “isolationism,” the neocons go on frightening the public. According to the hawks, the world is getting more dangerous. In a Politico interview last Monday, Dick Cheney said, “The world’s not getting safer, it’s getting far more dangerous.” On the same day, Newt Gingrich said on CNN: After 9/11, the United States is not safer … in an increasingly dangerous world… If you look at what’s happening around the world today, it’s almost impossible to say that we’re safer……
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    The Right Commentary

  • The Impeachment of President Obama

    David Weldy
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    I've been all over the spectrum on the possible impeachment of President Obama.  A case could be made for abuse of power.  Now, it may be true he has not had as many executive orders issued as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Border Crisis - USA in Peril

    David Weldy
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    I think Texas governor Rick Perry said it best, in regard to the ongoing illegal alien surge on our southern border.  "He's either inept or has an ulterior motive," Governor Perry was quoted as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Back!

    David Weldy
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    As most should know, President Obama overstepped his authority when he appointed members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) when he assumed Congress was in recess.  But, Congress was only... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Detroit - UN May Have To Help City

    David Weldy
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:38 am
    In what has become an unimaginable scenario, in a major U.S. city, the city of Detroit has half its population unable to pay its water bill!  You read that correctly, half the Detroit residents can't... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Iraq - Another Obama Failure

    David Weldy
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:38 am
    This will be short and sweet today.  I don't feel really well.  But, I had to comment on the deteriorating status of the Iraqi government to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS),  an offshoot of Al... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Daniel Halper on New Clinton Expose ‘Clinton, Inc.’

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Weekly Standard online editor Daniel Halper discussed his new book, Clinton, Inc., with Megyn Kelly on Fox News Monday. “This book is about how the Clintons arose from scandal and impeachment to where they are today, getting ready for the 2016 election,” Halper told Kelly. “So Hillary Clinton is embarrassed on the national stage, and she essentially then says, okay, screw it. I’m going to go and take care of my own career, and I’m going to run for Senate. And she does so, she’s liberated.” “I tried to understand who Bill and Hillary Clinton…
  • Democrats to Spend Week Living on Minimum Wage Budget

    Bill McMorris
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    A slew of prominent Democrats will spend the next week on a minimum wage budget as part of the Live the Wage campaign that is being orchestrated by cash-heavy astroturf groups. Live the Wage is sponsored by more than 60 liberal organizations, labor unions, and other Democratic interest groups. Participants are asked to live on $77 for one week, claiming that is the average budget for someone earning the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Brad Woodhouse, president of labor-funded front group Americans United for Change, called on Congress specifically to take the challenge before debating…
  • Bruce Braley Missed More than 75% of Full Veterans’ Affairs committee Hearings

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Rep. Bruce Braley (D., Iowa), the Democratic Senate candidate in Iowa, is drawing fire from Republicans for missing more than three-fourths of full Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearings. The Cedar Rapids Gazette completed a fact check of the Iowa GOP’s claim: We found Braley attended four of 19 hearings of the full Veterans’ Affairs Committee, which has about 25 members. This means he missed 78 percent of those full committee meetings in 2011 and 2012. However, Braley missed only two of 17 hearings of the Veterans’ Affairs Economic Opportunities Subcommittee, of which he was…
  • Texas Governor to Deploy 1,000 National Guard Troops to Border

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry said on Monday he planned to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border to boost security during a surge in illegal immigration by children, a move that could increase pressure on President Barack Obama. Perry, seen as a possible Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential race, said the guard troops were needed because the flood of children crossing from Mexico had pushed federal border protection to its limits. “The price of inaction is too high for Texas to pay,” Perry told a news…
  • Obama Donor Fights to Keep Riff-Raff Away From Private Beach

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    A wealthy venture capitalist and major Obama donor is fighting tooth-and-nail to prevent others from accessing his private Northern California beach, according to Bloomberg News. Vinod Khosla’s support for Obama has paid off in the form of millions in taxpayer subsidies for green energy companies in which he has invested. A prominent environmentalist, Khosla nevertheless cherishes his control over a private beach alongside his 56-acre property near San Francisco—which he bought for $32.5 million—Bloomberg reported on Monday. Khosla, who started his own venture capital firm a decade ago,…
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