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  • Happy Union Goon Day

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    Thomas DiLorenzo
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    According to the Web site of the U.S. Dept. of Labor, “Labor Day” became a national holiday in 1894 in order to celebrate “the union movement.”  Not workers, or the work that they have done, or the wealth and prosperity they helped American capitalists to create.  By “the movement” is meant, specifically, union bosses, the political impetus behind the creation of labor day in the first place.  They sought and got a national holiday to celebrate themselves.  So, in the spirit of American unionism, go ahead out and celebrate by setting off a “nail…
  • Rick Perry makes a Twitter ‘oops’

    The Fix
    Chris Cillizza
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    On Sunday night, Texas Gov. Rick Perry tweeted this image out from his personal @governorperry Twitter account accompanied by the text "A2": That tweet was deleted and @governorperry then tweeted this: A tweet just went out from my account that was unauthorized. I do not condone the tweet and I have taken it down. — […]
  • Quotes of the day

    Hot Air » Top Picks
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Unilateral. White House officials are locked in an intense debate over whether President Barack Obama should announce a plan to defer deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants before Election Day — mindful that whichever choice they make could be tagged as the reason that Democrats lost the Senate… [I]t could hurt Democrats in the four most […] Read this post »
  • Tech-Powered Retail Politics at Virginia’s GOP Convention

    Patrick Ruffini
    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…
  • Overnight Open Thread (9-1-2014)

    Ace of Spades HQ
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Donna Brazile: Obama Doesn't Have Time to Deal With All You Dumb Hillbillies Because if you want the president of the US to have an actual strategy to deal with the spread of IS, you just might be a redneck....
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  • Quotes of the day

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Unilateral. White House officials are locked in an intense debate over whether President Barack Obama should announce a plan to defer deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants before Election Day — mindful that whichever choice they make could be tagged as the reason that Democrats lost the Senate… [I]t could hurt Democrats in the four most […] Read this post »
  • Hensarling: It’s time to end the Ex-Im Bank

    Ed Morrissey
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    "Barack Obama is chasing business enterprises -- and jobs -- away." In my final interview from AFP’s Defending the Dream summit in Dallas, I spoke for a few minutes with Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chair of the House Financial Services Committee, about two pressing issues for Congress when it returns to work this week. With the FY2015 budget on the table, a decision has to be […] Read this post »
  • Got room for one more crisis? In Pakistan, protesters threaten government’s stability

    Noah Rothman
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Crisis fatigue. With international crises boiling on three continents, it is easy to think that things could not possibly get any worse. But, of course, they can, and that proposition is being tested presently in Pakistan where anti-government protests area growing more aggressive. 300 were injured in overnight battles with government forces on Saturday night into Sunday […] Read this post »
  • Engel: Military officials “apoplectic” over Obama’s “no-strategy” comment

    Ed Morrissey
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Vacuums. Well, golly, I can’t imagine why. What military force wouldn’t appreciate a little confidence-shattering announcement from its Commander in Chief in the face of a looming threat against the nation and its allies? AP included this clip from yesterday’s Meet the Press in his QOTD roundup last night, but it’s worth its own post: NBC’s Richard […] Read this post »
  • The Democratic revolt continues: Key senator calls for Obama to arm Ukraine

    Noah Rothman
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    Mutiny. The revolt among key Democrats in the Senate’s foreign policy establishment expanded to another front on Sunday as members of the president’s party grow ever more anxious about Barack Obama’s confused and rudderless approach to crises overseas. On Sunday, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told Meet the Press host Andrea […] Read this post »
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Tech-Powered Retail Politics at Virginia’s GOP Convention

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

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

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

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

  • Overnight Open Thread (9-1-2014)

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Donna Brazile: Obama Doesn't Have Time to Deal With All You Dumb Hillbillies Because if you want the president of the US to have an actual strategy to deal with the spread of IS, you just might be a redneck....
  • Spaced-Out Challenge: Finding Uranus

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Uranus as imaged by Don Banfield/Cornell University/Palomar Observatory Welcome again to the Spaced-Out Challenge! Whether you have a question about equipment, a new astronomical discovery you want to expand on, or just want to kick back and enjoy the...
  • Caillebotte

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
  • Emergency Content Thread: Just the (wrong) punchline [WeirdDave]

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Sometimes when Gingy and I aren't busy overseeing our vast empire of syphilitic weasels, we play a game we call "That's now how any of this works". Well, that's not quite true. I like to play the game, Gingy mostly...
  • State Department Hikes Fee To Renounce Citizenship Amid Record Number Of Renunciations

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:34 pm
    The State Department's new fee schedule will become effective on September 12. It includes a five-fold increase in the cost to renounce citizenship. The fee for individuals to renounce U.S. citizenship is jumping to $2,350 as of Sept. 12—more than...
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  • Rube Goldberg Lives!

    Mike McDaniel
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    The G8 Pro V2credit: guardian 8 Rube Goldberg lives indeed. For those of a younger generation, a Rube Goldberg device is a ridiculously complex mechanism that requires unnecessary steps to accomplish a single, simple task. You’ve seen them: a ball rolls down a ramp, which falls into a cup, which tips over to knock down a row of dominos, which…etc. Now there is a marvelously technological Rube Goldberg device that is designed, at great cost, to replace firearms, pepper spray, and perhaps even cell phones. It is as unwieldy and comical as a real Rube Goldberg device. Unfortunately, some…
  • Education Problems And Solutions, #1: The Wages of Failure UPDATED

    Mike McDaniel
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    credit: gridworks.net In 2011, I wrote a seven-part series on the problems of contemporary education, and proposed solutions for them.  It’s time to revisit and update that series.  Much has changed in the age of Obama. Seizing control of the educational apparatus is always a primary goal of good communists everywhere, because molding the minds of the young is the vanguard of the revolution.  Or in Obama-speak, the fundamental transformation of America.  Let’s go forward to the past: NOTE:  This is the first of a multi-part series on the problems facing public education.  I…
  • The Real Thing

    Mike McDaniel
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:34 pm
    This, gentle readers, is how it’s done. There is nothing as feckless as a gun free school zone sign, nothing as unlikely to actually deter murderers bent on killing children. But letting a bad guy know he’ll be facing armed adults deadly serous about protecting kids, and not letting him know how many or where? Ah. Isn’t that obvious? Isn’t that rational? Isn’t that actual school safety as opposed to feeling safe? It’s in Texas. You don’t suppose that has anything to do with it, do you?Filed under: Education, Firearms Tagged: gun free school zone
  • The Michael Brown Case, Update 4: The Law

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Michael Browncredit: the political insider.com Since the publication of my first three articles on the Michael Brown case (the Michael Brown archive is available here), much–and little–has happened.  The fun of rioting having lost its luster, and the looted stores having lost their merchandise, Ferguson is mostly quiet. CNN has obtained an audiotape it represents as a tape of the shooting, presenting it as extraordinarily important. That there is apparently no convincing evidence it is what it purports to be is not a bar to yet another breathless media story. On this tape,…
  • Barack Obama: A 16th Century European Royalty Work Ethic

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Even the media and the occasional democrat are beginning to notice that the President of the United States doesn’t exactly demonstrate a uniquely American work ethic. In fact, it’s a virtual certainty that America has never had a less attentive, lazier, less engaged president. Remember, gentle readers, this is the president that has almost no idea what’s happening in his own administration; he finds out about everything–particularly scandals–in the news. Lavish dining, command performances for the monarch in the White House and elsewhere by high-dollar entertainers, flying…
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  • The Clinton Machine

    <a href="/users/erick/">Erick Erickson</a> (<a href="/diary/erick/">Diary</a>)
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Ben Domenech, one of our illustrious founders, has a great piece at Commentary about the Clinton machine being alive. It is worth reading for a number of reasons, but most especially may be this. History may ultimately consider Obama’s 2008 nomination as a representation not of progressivism’s resurgent appeal, but as its death rattle—a speed bump along the way to the Democratic Party’s becoming a fully corporatist, Clinton-owned entity. In practice, the party now resembles a protection racket with an army of volunteers, with friends who never suffer and enemies who never relax. Go…
  • Barack Obama, Mary Burke (D-CAND, Wisconsin-GOV) indignantly object to news report that latter is hiding from former.

    <a href="/users/moe_lane/">Moe Lane</a> (<a href="/diary/moe_lane/">Diary</a>)
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Watch national and Wisconsin Democrats backpedal, backpedal, backpedal… In addition to a Milwaukee visit on Monday, President Barack Obama will return to Wisconsin before Nov. 4 to campaign for Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke, a party spokesman said Thursday. The announcement made to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel came swiftly after Republicans criticized Burke for saying she couldn’t appear with Obama during his Labor Day visit to Milwaukee because it was an official stop, not a campaign event. Burke’s campaign had strenuously objected to the GOP claims she was…
  • RedState Weekly Briefing: August 31 No Strategy For ISIS, Colorado Governor Plays Politics with Death Penalty, & More!! #RSWB

    <a href="/users/aarongardner/">Aaron Gardner</a> (<a href="/diary/aarongardner/">Diary</a>)
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Join us this week on the RedState Weekly Briefing as we discuss the growing threat of ISIS and the Democratic Governor of Colorado playing politics with the death penalty. As always we have Joe Cunningham, Caleb Howe, and Thomas LaDuke joining us, along with this week’s special guest, Kelly Maher. We should be live at about 7:15 Eastern. Enjoy! The post RedState Weekly Briefing: August 31 No Strategy For ISIS, Colorado Governor Plays Politics with Death Penalty, & More!! #RSWB appeared first on RedState.
  • At-Risk Senate Seats, 08/31/2014 edition (Includes DOOM calls).

    <a href="/users/moe_lane/">Moe Lane</a> (<a href="/diary/moe_lane/">Diary</a>)
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Here is my latest At-Risk races… and there are DOOM calls. Hey, it’s Labor Day Weekend. Time to start in on that. Alaska Mark Begich High Risk Arkansas Mark Pryor High Risk Colorado Mark Udall Serious Risk Iowa Retiring High Risk Louisiana Mary Landrieu High Risk Michigan Retiring Some Risk Minnesota Al Franken Low Risk Montana Retiring DOOM New Hampshire Jeanne Shaheen Some Risk New Mexico Tom Udall Off list North Carolina Kay Hagan High Risk Oregon Jeff Merkley Low Risk South Dakota Retiring DOOM Virginia Mark Warner Low Risk West Virginia Retiring DOOM In order: Alaska:…
  • Tech at Night: Don’t Break the Net

    <a href="/users/neil_stevens/">Neil Stevens</a> (<a href="/diary/neil_stevens/">Diary</a>)
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Don’t break the net by imposing a new, radical regulatory scheme. Internet access should not be a public utility. It has nothing to do with Net Neutrality. It would kill investment and expansion of high speed services to more people. More regulations hurt the little guy more than the big guy. Regulations hinder competition. Fast lanes become more likely. Netflix is just playing games to get a competitive advantage just like every other lobbying business. And once this gets in, FCC will go all out, the same way it always does. This is a good site, covering a number of myths about the…
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  • The ISIS map of the world

    J.P. Travis
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    The ISIS map of the world. The black is their caliphate, all Christian and Jewish countries eliminated. It would be funny if we didn’t all suspect that Obama has a similar map in his head.
  • German forests full of radioactive wild boar

    J.P. Travis
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    German forests full of radioactive wild boar. If we can teach these nasty critters to parachute and then push them out of a plane over ISIS territory… Hey, it’s a better idea than anything Obama has so far.

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    GERALDO RIVERA: SECOND AMENDMENT IS ‘BLIND AND STUPID.’ Was Jerry was looking in the mirror taking another selfie when he came up with that line?
  • VP Joe Biden speaks in Detroit on Labor Day

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    VP Joe Biden speaks in Detroit on Labor Day. There’s a lot wrong with this picture. Fox says: “Several hundred people, mostly union workers, crowded old Tiger Stadium to hear vice president Joe Biden speak Monday morning ahead of the organized labor’s annual parade. ” It’s comedy gold that in a union town like Detroit that Joe could only get “several hundred” people to turn out. Tiger Stadium’s capacity is 52,416. We fail to see how “several hundred people” could be “crowded.” You gotta love Biden saying “The…
  • The Empire Strikes Back: Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Files Appeal To Force Crappy Teachers On Poor Kids

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    The Empire Strikes Back: Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Files Appeal To Force Crappy Teachers On Poor Kids. Jerry returns the BJ the teacher’s union gave him during the last election.
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  • The Summer of Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Eric Dye
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Summer was awesome. Especially when you had an ice cream sandwich in your face! Remember this video from earlier this past summer? Yeah, a little freaky. Check out this fun photo project called The Summer of Ice Cream Sandwiches. Considering the previous video and now this, perhaps it was the summer of ice cream sandwiches! You can see more of these fun photos (and the entertaining captions) on The Summer of Ice Cream Sandwiches. Enjoy! The Summer of Ice Cream Sandwiches first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • Noir Superhero Series Art [Images]

    Eric Dye
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This noir superhero art series by Marko Manev is pretty amazing. While they are somewhat simple and minimal in nature, the black and white and bold outlines draws your attention to each superheroes superpowers. I particularly like the Superman piece. Absolutely amazing. Which one is your favorite? [via Marko Manev] Noir Superhero Series Art [Images] first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • Every Word Has Impact [Video]

    Eric Dye
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every word and action has an impact. This YouTube video is a profound reminder that the kind of television, film and online videos we consume makes an impact on us individually as well as those watching them with us. Do you disagree? I believe this goes for “christian” entertainment as well. [via YouTube] Every Word Has Impact [Video] first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • Honey Bees Love Coffee, Too! [Infographic]

    Eric Dye
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I love coffee. I love honey. It turns out, honey bees love them both, too! Check this out—as well as some other curious facts about coffee: Note to Self: Keep drinking coffee. Do not drink 100 cups of coffee. [via I Love Coffee | Yummy cup of coffee image via Robert S. Donovan via Compfight cc] Honey Bees Love Coffee, Too! [Infographic] first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • The Incredible Pace of Online Spending

    Eric Dye
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    We can talk about online spending. We can write about online spending. We can even make infographics about online spending. But until you see the dollars and cents rack-up in realtime, you haven’t fully felt the impact at the amount of online spending. Buy it now traces the realtime pace of online consumer spending and it’s pretty incredible. In just a matter of seconds, it tallies higher and higher—all across the world! The conclusion? People are more than comfortable exchanging money online. Is your church or ministry equipped to handle online giving? [Super zoomed image via…
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  • Baby Boomers Shocked They’re Getting Old

    James Joyner
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Michele Willens wonders, “When Did We Get So Old?” Yes, my generation, born between 1946 and 1964, has physical concerns: Friends are dying, joints are aching, and memories are failing. There are financial issues, with forced retirement and unemployment, children needing money and possibly a bed, and dependent parents. But for many of us, it is a psychological quandary that is causing the most unpleasantness: looking around and suddenly being the oldest. Every generation gets old, but for those who were told we’d be forever young, it just seems more painful.
  • US Airstrikes Weaken ISIS, Strengthen Militias

    James Joyner
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    Massive US intervention has for now liberated Amerli, averting humanitarian disaster. Another crisis looms. WaPo (“U.S. airstrikes help Iraqi forces break Islamic State’s siege“): Iraqi troops and militias aided by U.S. airstrikes broke through a two-month siege of the town of Amerli on Sunday, opening up a humanitarian corridor to thousands of Shiite Turkmen who had been trapped by Sunni militants and deprived of food, water, and medicine. “Amerli has been liberated,” said Mahdi Taqi, a local official who spoke by phone from inside the town after the army had…
  • OTB Caption Contest Winners

    Rodney Dill
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    The Life’s A Beach Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. REUTERS/Badi Khlif ✰ THE WINNERS ✰ First: JWH – Looking ahead to 2016, Hillary ponders whether she got the right dog neutered. Second: Tillman – Politics: it turns out its effects are indistinguishable from spending a long time in Florida. Third: Robert W. Armijo – Hillary, hot on the Benghazi trail. HONORABLE MENTION OldSouth – She Who Must Be Obeyed, strolling the beach with her toy poodle and her lapdog. jd – Is that a kielbasa in his pocket or is he just happy to be in a caption…
  • White House May Hold Off On Immigration Action Until After Election

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    At the beginning of the summer, President Obama said that he was directing his administration to come up with steps that he could take as President to deal with immigration issues in light of the fact that the House of Representatives had made it clear that it would not be acting on either the bill that the Senate passed last year or any other bill before the midterm elections. Almost immediately, the President’s announcement was cited by many on the right as another sign of the executive overreach that they have accused him of for several years now, and which is also the basis for the…
  • Denmark’s Bestiality Brothels?!

    James Joyner
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    Bestiality and prostitution are legal in Denmark. And not just separately. A regular correspondent with a longstanding interest in the region stumbled upon this story from 2008 and passed it along. Ice News (“Animal brothels legal in Denmark“): Laws in both Denmark and Norway are fairly open when it comes to a person’s legal right to engage in sexual activity with an animal. The law states that doing so is perfectly legal, so long as the animal involved does not suffer. According to the Danish newspaper 24timer, this interesting gap in the law has led to a flourishing…
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  • “Weighing Our Options.”

    Shawn Mallow
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    From The Hill: “Addressing reporters at the White House, Obama vowed Congress would not be “left in the dark” as officials draft plans to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama said. (YIKES!–Ed.) Noting media reports suggesting the president was weighing expanding airstrikes into Syria, Obama said “folks are getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are.” “We need to make sure that we’ve got…
  • Thanks Democrats: Future US Workforce to be LESS Literate

    Warner Todd Huston
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    In conjunction with allowing the poorest, least educated foreigners to flood into this country by the millions, our failed education system is creating a permanent underclass that every year is giving the USA a less educated work force. Add to that a culture in at least one segment of our society that devalues education in the first place and we have a recipe for the downfall of our country. Dave Frum, the purported “conservative” columnist at The Atlantic brought up a report from 2007 that I had not seen before, a survey that is quite alarming for the health of
  • Massive Leak Of Stolen Celebrity Nudes Of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton And Others Consumes The Internet

    Doug Johnson
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Late Sunday, Reddit and 4Chan exploded with one or more hackers dumping a large collection of stolen nude images from a long list of Hollywood celebrities. Among the celebrities affected are Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton, Kaley Cuoco, Aubrey Plaza, Victoria Justice, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Becca Tobin, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Teresa Palmer. The list of celebrities posted Sunday at 4Chan was much longer (totaling over 100 female stars and athletes) so it is possible that more stolen photos are forthcoming. Several of the stars representatives have confirmed the leaks of the…
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another massive success. There were so many good entries it’s probably best that you go read them all… Anyway, the assignment this week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (yetanotherjohn) – “Inaction figure” 2) (sarahconnor2) – “Forget ISIS. Hillary is going to be pissed when she finds out he took her favorite pantsuit.” 3) (Bird666) – “Panama Jack-off” 4) (Retired military) – “Yes we tan” 5) (Joe_Miller) –…
  • Rotherham

    Michael Laprarie
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Maybe I need some help here. You see, I’m writing a piece about Rotherham, a mid-size city in Yorkshire, UK. Over 1400 underage girls, mostly British, have been systematically abused there since 1997, mostly at the hands of Pakistani nationals who are a part of the city’s large immigrant community. The story exploded in the UK press this week as allegations that Rotherham authorities were fully aware of the abuse, yet declined to prosecute suspects for fear of being labeled “racists,” were splashed across front pages. So here’s my problem. I go to the MSNBC…
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    Drudge Retort

  • Man Beats Woman, Child, Throws Toddler from Car

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:07 pm
    A 46-year-old Chicago man is in custody after beating a woman, hitting her seven-year-old son when he tried to intervene and throwing an 18-month-old girl out a vehicle window early this morning, according to police. The girl was struck by the car as the man fled. Both children are hospitalized in stable condition.
  • Tony Stewart Returns to Nascar Racing

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Nascar driver Tony Stewart returned to racing Sunday after a three-week hiatus that followed the accident in which Stewart struck and killed fellow sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. after the 20-year-old racer got out of his crashed vehicle and yelled at Stewart. "This has been one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with, both professionally and personally. This will affect my life forever," Stewart said Friday. Ward's father Kevin Ward Sr. criticized Stewart for his role in his son's death in an interview with the Syracuse Post-Standard. "Apparently, Tony Stewart was the only one…
  • NYPD Investigated for Another Restraint Death

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    The New York Police Department is under investigation for a second restraint-related death, this one involving a drugged, emotionally disturbed man four days before a fatal videotaped chokehold that fueled community outcry and led the department to overhaul its use-of-force training. The medical examiner's office cited "physical restrain by police" as a factor in the July 13 death of Ronald Singleton, who went into cardiac arrest in an ambulance and died on the way to a hospital. It ruled his death a homicide.
  • NASA Approves Ginormous Mars Rocket

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    NASA's newest rocket will be the largest rocket ever constructed, standing 400 feet tall -- 40 feet taller than the massive Saturn V rockets that carried men to the moon. The new Space Launch System is designed to send astronauts to asteroids or even Mars. "After rigorous review, we're committing today to a funding level and readiness date that will keep us on track to sending humans to Mars in the 2030s -- and we're going to stand behind that commitment," NASA associate administrator Robert Lightfoot said.
  • Leonard: Why Uber Must Be Stopped

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Andrew Leonard, Salon: There's little doubt that Uber is the closest thing we've got today to the living, breathing essence of unrestrained capitalism. This is like watching Andrew Carnegie or John D. Rockefeller in action. This is how robber barons play. ... What happens when a company with the DNA of Uber ends up winning it all? What happens when the local taxi companies are destroyed and Lyft is crushed? When Uber has dominant market position in every major city on the globe?
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    New Republic

  • What ISIS's Leader Really Wants

    Graeme Wood
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    On June 29, 2014—or the first of Ramadan, 1435, for those who prefer the Islamic calendar to the Gregorian—the leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) publicly uttered for the first time a word that means little to the average Westerner, but everything to some pious Muslims. The wor
  • The Ten Worst-Paying Jobs in America

    Naomi Shavin
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    It’s easy to forget now, but the original purpose of Labor Day wasn't to invite your friends over for a cookout, some beers, and one last chance to celebrate the summer. It was to recognize the contributions of American workers, at a time of
  • Happy Labor Day. Are Unions Dead?

    Jonathan Cohn
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Editor's Note: Rich Yeselson worked in the labor movement as a strategist and researcher for contract and organizing campaigns for over 20 years.  "Fortress
  • Science Does Not Support the 'Rule of Seven' for Relationships

    Alice Robb
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Bloggers and busybodies are divided over whether or not the age difference between actress Jennifer Lawrence, 24, and musician Chris Martin, 37, automatically renders their relationship inappropriate. Daily Mail “relationship expert” Tracey Cox
  • Miami Is the #1 Airport in America for Shipping Dead Foreigners. Here's What It Costs to Fly a Corpse Home.

    Jan Nijman and Michael Shin
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In October 2012 a raft carrying twenty-three Cuban refugees on its way to Miami capsized and a reported fourteen people drowned. It had happened to hundreds more before them, and they surely will not be the last. Every year more than 1,000 Central Americans die trying to illegally cross the U.S. bor
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • U.N. Forecasts From the Future Predict Climate Hell

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    A series of year 2050 weather forecasts imagined by well-known television presenters warns of “floods, storms and searing heat from Arizona to Zambia” in support of this year’s United Nations climate summit. Related Entries September 1, 2014 Top 5 Reasons ‘Labor Day’ Isn’t for Laborers Anymore August 31, 2014 The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals
  • Obama Sends Word to Congress About New Iraq Airstrikes

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    whitehouse.gov President Obama carried out some official business on Labor Day, giving Congress a heads-up Monday about a new round of airstrikes in Iraq he had previously approved. More specifically, Obama’s latest War Powers Resolution update included details about what he couched as an international effort to assist a town south of Kirkuk called Amirli, according to McClatchy (via the Miami Herald): In his latest War Powers Resolution sent to Congress, President Barack Obama said he had authorized U.S. Armed Forces to conduct targeted airstrikes in support of an operation to deliver…
  • All NFL Teams Pass on Michael Sam

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    The openly gay NFL hopeful and recipient of this site’s Truthdigger of the Week distinction was cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday. No team picked him up during the league’s waiver period. Sam played with the Rams during the preseason. Coach Jeff Fisher said the outcome was “a football decision” that had nothing to do with Sam’s sexual orientation. “We mentioned when we signed Michael that it was going to be a tough road,” Fisher told NFL.com. “Those four defensive ends we have on the roster are good, they’re very productive. It’s a strength of our…
  • Ukraine Spurns Russia’s Request for Cease-Fire Against Rebels

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    Shutterstock From Russia’s perspective, the roiling conflict in Ukraine between pro-government troops and rebels looks like a country at war with itself, but according to officials in Kiev, the ongoing fight is about resisting Russia’s encroachment onto their soil—on behalf of Europe. As The Washington Post reported Monday, the opposing sides’ inability to agree about the meaning, scale or nature of the clash made Moscow’s call for a cease-fire go unheeded. Also read: Shades of Gaza in Ukraine? Meanwhile, Ukraine’s minister of defense considers the moment…
  • The New York Times Speaks in Defense of Labor

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    On the eve of Labor Day, the editors of The New York Times called for a federal “full-employment agenda that regards labor, not corporations, as the center of the economy.” Wages, salaries, and the number and quality of jobs remain in a state of neglect five years into a recovery that has taken spectacular care of corporations. As a share of the economy, for example, after-tax profits for corporations in 2013 were as large as they ever have been, while the share of compensation for labor dropped to its lowest point since 1948. “Worse,” the editors continue, “the…
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  • iCloud Celeb Photo Leak: Absurd Narcissim

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    This is the world we live in. Ukraine, Syria, Ebola, ISIS, Terrorism, our President without a strategy, and what are we talking about? Hackers who got into iCloud accounts storing naked pictures of celebrities; naked pictures the celebrities took OF THEMSELVES!  Stupid. Vacant. Self-serving. Vanity. When we should be focused on REAL ISSUES that will have a serious impact on our future, our security, and our children, we’re worried about how Jennifer Lawrence is “coping” with this. We’re worried about how Kate Upton will ever recover.  There are women posting naked pictures of…
  • Militants Swimming in US Embassy Pool

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The Obama administration at work. According to Ambassador Deborah Jones, “The U.S. Embassy Tripoli chancery & compound is now being safeguarded and has not been ransacked,” and “those who have actually visited the embassy know the truth.” The video shows the truth. We’ve lost Tripoli. Obama lost Tripoli.
  • Apple Employee, Dr. Dre, Questioned for Suge Knight Shooting

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Probably false, but, a delicious report nonetheless. Billionaire to be Beats headphones founder Dr. Dre was questioned earlier today after a man apprehended for shooting Suge Knight says the former Deathrow artist paid him $100,000 carry out the hit. “He gave me $50k upfront and promised me another $50k and lifetime supply of Beats headphone once Suge was dead,” said the man accused of shooting Mr. Knight at a party with singer Chris Brown and many other celebrities in attendance. As of right now Dr. Dre has only been brought in for questioning to prove he’s innocent, but if sufficient…
  • Obama: No Strategy Yet for Combating ISIS

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    No plan. Nothing. Clueless. President Obama acknowledged Thursday he doesn’t have a plan for defeating Islamist militants in Syria and backed away from imminent military action, while he also downplayed reports of a new Russian invasion in Ukraine. “We don’t have a strategy yet,” Mr. Obama said of his plans for defeating the Islamic State in Syria. “We need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans. As our strategy develops, we will consult with Congress.” See the video here. This can’t be good news for the family of journalist Steven Sotloff, whose mother pleaded with the…
  • “COPS” TV Show Crew Member Dies After Being Shot

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The show “COPS” has been must see TV for millions of people in the U.S., and I’m sure many, like me, have wondered if anyone involved in the production of the reality TV show has ever been hurt, or has somehow become the story rather than the storyteller. It happened last night. A crew member with the “Cops” television show was fatally struck by police gunfire as Omaha officers confronted a robber — who also was fatally wounded — at a midtown restaurant, law enforcement sources said Wednesday. The World-Herald has learned that at least 30 shots were fired at the Wendy’s near…
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    Power Line

  • “Immigration Rights”–What Are They?

    John Hinderaker
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:43 pm
    (John Hinderaker) While Joe Biden was exhorting Detroiters to “take back America,” presumably from Barack Obama and himself, the president also expounded on the meaning of Labor Day. His themes were tiresomely familiar–we are the good guys, Republicans are the bad guys–but one interesting feature was his reference to “immigration rights.” This passage laid the groundwork: When unions and CEOs, when law enforcement and the evangelical community, when folks who usually don’t agree on anything agree that we should be fixing our broken immigration system, but…
  • Joe Biden: Take Back America–From Me! [Updated]

    John Hinderaker
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    (John Hinderaker) Today, giving a Labor Day speech in Detroit, Joe Biden went full Democrat, unleashing a rant about the middle class. His theme was that America’s middle class is getting a raw deal, and at one point he yelled, “So folks, it’s time to take back America!” I agree that the middle class is, in important respects, getting a bad deal. But then, I haven’t been the vice-president for the last five and a half years. It is extremely odd for a sitting vice-president (and a career politician who was a Senator for 36 years) to bemoan the condition of the country…
  • Dems Say: Only “Hillbillies” Want a Strategy

    John Hinderaker
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    (John Hinderaker) Donna Brazile, Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, sometimes appears to be one of the more responsible leaders of the Democratic Party. But look what she retweeted this morning: I am just outraged that Obama hasn't pasted together an #ISIS "strategy" to satisfy the craven political ravings of hillbillies yet. — Shoq (@Shoq) September 1, 2014 That’s dumb, obviously, an expression of the mindless hate that is pretty much all that is left of modern liberalism. But it also reflects, I think, the frustration that Democrats feel at…
  • Cheap Grace, Expensive Suits

    Steven Hayward
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    (Steven Hayward) There are certain TV preachers who shall go unnamed who peddle an updated version of the “prosperity gospel” in which faith leads to riches and happiness—just like that! To be fair, there’s a secular version of this coming from the academic pulpit as well, in the guise of “happiness research.” But in both cases, I wonder why the preachers need such expensive suits to promote what Bonhoeffer rightly called “cheap grace,” or maybe they’re just trying to prove that even an expensive suit can still be empty. It’s as though the Book of Job went missing from…
  • The situation “remains very fluid”

    Scott Johnson
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    (Scott Johnson) FOX News is touting the video below this morning as “jihadis gone wild.” They assert that it depicts Libyan jihadis disporting themselves at what is described as the CIA annex to our embassy in Tripoli. If this is the CIA annex, this must be the double secret pool outside it. CNN reports on the video in “Libyan militia uses vacated U.S. embassy in Libya as swim club.” In the CNN report, the (vacated) US Ambassador to Libya sounds a little like Baghdad Bob. She conforms that the video depicts an annex to the embassy compound but assures us that all is…
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    LewRockwell » LRC Blog

  • When Mommy Goes to War

    William Norman Grigg
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    “Please be in prayer for our daughter,” urged a message sent to members of the church I attend with my family here in the Treasure Valley. The young woman “is in the Army deploying to Kuwait this month in support of operations against ISIS. She also warned us she may actually see some action inside Iraq as well. She is also recently divorced with 2 girls, who will be staying with their Dad during her deployment. Would you join us in prayer for reconciliation to God and to each other?” ISIS, as has been amply documented, is a creation of the same government that is now…
  • The State Owns Children

    Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    As British parents discover, after they refuse State “care” for their sick little boy. UPDATE on this “authoritarian disgrace.”
  • ‘Why the Silence Over the Assault on George Galloway?’

    Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    “Had an MP been attacked by some pro-Palestinian fanatic for his support of Israel, I guess there would have been a national outcry and rightly so. Why then the silence from the mainstream establishment following this latest outrageous assault on a British politician?” asks Peter Oborne in the Telegraph. Read his blog.
  • Happy Union Goon Day

    Thomas DiLorenzo
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    According to the Web site of the U.S. Dept. of Labor, “Labor Day” became a national holiday in 1894 in order to celebrate “the union movement.”  Not workers, or the work that they have done, or the wealth and prosperity they helped American capitalists to create.  By “the movement” is meant, specifically, union bosses, the political impetus behind the creation of labor day in the first place.  They sought and got a national holiday to celebrate themselves.  So, in the spirit of American unionism, go ahead out and celebrate by setting off a “nail…
  • The State’s House Organ

    Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    Thanks to Dan Sanchez for this reminder that the NY Times has gotten less significant intellectually since 1971,  at least as far as its treatment of libertarianism goes.
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    town hall

  • resigned

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    I've been equally as worried about Spencer transitioning into sleeping alone in his bedroom once Cate left for school, as I had been worried about Cate leaving for school.  I've talked before about my boy and his unending desire to "be with people", so this change for him had been much anticipated and long in coming.Spencer has always been a people person.  Since his first moments of being cradled in his big sister's arms, my boy has always thrived on simply being in the presence of other people.  He gains energy, strength, passion and interest from being around others.
  • Q & A -- about dropping Cate off for college

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    (on the road!)We just got home from a whirlwind trip to Utah, wherein we spent some much needed time visiting with Wes' family (my kids hadn't seen their grandparents for two years prior) and dropping Cate off for college.  The trip was exhaustive, fun, jam-packed and emotional and I've had lots of questions about it, so here goes...Did Cate take a car down to school?No!  First of all, we still need our kid car here.  Emma is going to be a licensed driver before we know it and we need a vehicle for her to drive.  Secondly, the drivers in Utah are crazy with a capital C.
  • There she goes...

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Our oldest is officially leaving the nest today, and our lives will never be the same.But, she'd ready.  A thousand times more ready than either her father or I were at her age.  A grand adventure is awaiting her.
  • Wes to the rescue

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    (you can see the tip of the bolt on the top left of the tire)As Emma and I drove home from the grocery store, I did a number on my rear left tire and got a flat.  For some reason, a massive metal bolt was perfectly placed on the roadway, just waiting for me and my van to make a serious connection with it.  Immediately after running over it, I knew something had happened and I pulled off the busy street onto a small side road and looked at the damage.  I could hear the air hissing out of my tire and I watched it go flat within minutes.My first thought was Wes and my need for him…
  • I spare no expense when it comes to...

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Small kitchen appliances.  I've told Wes that the minute my KitchenAid stand mixer dies (and cannot be resuscitated by him), I will high-tail it over to Costco and drop a few hundred bucks to buy a new one.  I cannot, will not entertain the idea of functioning as a full-time household cook/baker without one.  I feel the same way about vacuums and kitchen utensils.  My thing is this: items I use every single day in my home must be of sound quality and usefulness because I use them every. single. day.Jeans.  My "daily uniform" often consists of jeans and a top with a…
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    Victor Davis Hanson details Obama's weak knowledge of history. He just doesn't seem to know very much and keeps getting details wrong. But that doesn't matter to him since he has a progressive view of historic forces leading inexorably towards better, more civilized times. That's why he keeps saying that those he disapproves of are "on the wrong side of history," or that Putin or ISIS are not behaving as one should in the 21st century and that is why they are doomed to failure.A Pollyannaish belief in historical predetermination seems to substitute for action. If Obama believes that evil…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    Gosh, Obama sure makes it look like amateur hour, doesn't he? All those aides who had to scramble to try to say that Obama really does have a strategy for going after ISIS and didn't mean to say what he actually said must be wondering why they let him go out there without a teleprompter. So he finally decided to be the most transparent president ever and tell everyone in the world that, despite all that ISIS has been doing all summer, he doesn't have a strategy yet. But maybe he'll get one soon right after the fundraisers that he has for this weekend. Who would expect him to have made sure…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:23 am
    Congratulations to the school where I teach which was ranked 15th in the South and 20th nationally by the Daily Beast based on data from the Department of Education. I have felt very lucky to teach at a school with such a thoughtful and caring administration and faculty. And the students are just lovely. I still look forward to every day at work even though it's exhausting.And this is no surprise: "Charter schools spend less than public schools, but achieve better results." I can certainly testify that this is true of my school:Why are charters so cost-effective and productive? “It appears…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    Professors at my alma mater, GWU, staged a rebellion for the right to tell kids that they could buy textbooks cheaper online.Here's a cool invention from NC State researchers to help women identify drinks laced with the date rape drug. But, for some reason, several liberals are against it. They don't want males to market something to prevent date. Figure that one out.Well, of course the media have a double standard in how they approach telling the stories of victims killed by the police. Without double standards, they'd have no standards at all.Can a New Hampshire politician survive if she…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    Oh, what a surprise - the DOJ is now saying, oops, those Lois Lerner emails haven't disappeared after all. Just as so many people said must be true, there is a back-up system so those emails all exist. But the Justice Department is whining about how inconvenient it will be to access those emails. So what's the use of a back-up system if the government can't access the emails it has backed up?Michael Barone reaches back to Elihu Root for some good advice.“About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists in telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and should stop.” So…
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    The Fix

  • Rick Perry makes a Twitter ‘oops’

    Chris Cillizza
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    On Sunday night, Texas Gov. Rick Perry tweeted this image out from his personal @governorperry Twitter account accompanied by the text "A2": That tweet was deleted and @governorperry then tweeted this: A tweet just went out from my account that was unauthorized. I do not condone the tweet and I have taken it down. — […]
  • Summer is almost over. Here’s what you should read to get ready for the elections this fall.

    Jaime Fuller
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Labor Day is almost here, which means the 2014 midterms are only slightly more than two months away. Unfortunately, political consultants have not found a way to make summer not precede fall, so it is likely that you and many of your fellow voters haven't paid much attention to politics or polls since the solstice. Fortunately […]
  • Who had the worst week in Washington?

    Chris Cillizza
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    When is a house a home? That’s the question Sen. Mary Landrieu (La.) confronted this past week when The Washington Post’s Phil Rucker reported that the Democratic incumbent’s listed address in New Orleans is in fact her parents’ home. Landrieu lives, primarily, in Washington — in a $2.5 million house she and her husband, Frank […]
  • Today is the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

    Jaime Fuller
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Today marks the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina striking the Louisiana coast. It was the costliest natural disaster in American history, and left more than 1,800 people dead. Here was The Washington Post's front page on Aug. 30, the day when the country began to realize how much damage had been done by the storm.  New Orleans […]
  • Hillary Clinton was surprisingly bold on Ferguson

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Progressives really, really, really wanted to hear from Hillary Clinton on the events in Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9, sparking days of unrest in that small city outside St. Louis and elsewhere. Al Sharpton said he wanted to smoke Clinton out […]
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  • Cop Forced 8 Women to Have Sex With Him Under Threat of Arrest

    Robby Soave
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    An Oklahoma City cop was arrested for forcing eight different women to have sex with him. The officer, 27-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw, allegedly told his victims that he would arrest them if they did not engage in various sexual acts with him. The Detroit Free Press—which covered the case because Holtzclaw is a former Eastern Michigan University football player—reports: Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, 27, was charged with two counts of first-degree rape, four counts of sexual battery, four counts of forcible oral sodomy, four counts of indecent exposure, one count of first-degree burglary and one…
  • Ira Stoll on Labor Day and Big Government

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    If there’s a day of the year to notice the paradox of organized labor, writes Ira Stoll, Labor Day is it. The paradox is this: even as private sector unionism has declined, public sector unionism is in some ways more influential than ever. Indeed, public sector unions are so important that it’s impossible to tell the story of the big city and state governments without accounting for their influence. View this article.
  • In Government, Every Day Is Labor Day

    Ira Stoll
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    If there’s a day of the year to notice the paradox of organized labor, Labor Day is it. The paradox is this: even as private sector unionism has declined, public sector unionism is in some ways more influential than ever. The numbers tell the story. Among private sector employees — the ones who work for for-profit companies or non-profit organizations that are not part of the government — the percentage who belong to labor unions plummeted to a mere 7.5 percent last year, from 23.3 percent in 1977, according to UnionStats.com. By the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ more…
  • World War II Started 75 Years Ago Today, Still Shaping Foreign Policy

    Ed Krayewski
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Seventy-five years ago today, Nazi Germany invaded Poland, kicking off World War II in Europe. Two weeks later, the Soviet Union would join and invade Poland too. In 1941, Adolf Hitler would turn on the Soviet Union, driving that country to the Allied powers. Today, Russia, the successor state to the Soviet Union, still uses its role in the latter part of World War II to frame its wider foreign policy. Putin once said World War II gave Russia a "great moral right" to a "security strengthening" foreign policy because of the Soviet Union's role in defeating Nazi Germany. In the United States,…
  • If Democrats Seek to "Rally Blacks" Against Police Militarization, They Might Start with the Congressional Black Caucus

    Nick Gillespie
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    The New York Times reports that, "At Risk in Senate, Democrats Seek to Rally Blacks." Specifically, the Times says Democrats are trying to mobilize African-Americans outraged by the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., to help them retain control of at least one chamber of Congress for President Obama’s final two years in office.... “Ferguson has made it crystal clear to the African-American community and others that we’ve got to go to the polls,” said Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia and a civil-rights leader. “You participate and vote, and you can have some control over what…
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    The Outsider
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    We hear this word being used much lately, especially in describing some of the ISIS terrorists that are apparently from the U.S. I notice that they are blacks that have accepted the perverted Islamic beliefs and have changed their names to names that are common in the Muslim world. The Black Panther groups have done the same thing. Does anyone remember the Black Panther thugs that made their presence known at some of the voting precincts in Philadelphia a few years back? They should have been arrested for disrupting the people’s voting rights, a violation of the voters 1st amendment but…
  • What is Liberty?

    Randy Toman
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The American problems have festered and ballooned into something that will shortly become uncontrollable agitation of the culture—-causing much civil unrest. This frustration of the public is manifesting itself in a fashion that has not been seen here in the USA in any times of past history. Once “Liberty”—-as it is thought of today—– became the end rather than merely a means to an end, a fundamental change in the very definition of Christianity occurred. Christianity with its Calvinism of the founding father’s era was changed into an Arminian self-rule and we no…
  • Nobody Saw it Coming

    Randy Toman
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    I have been saying and writing for years things are bad, the combination of the signs add up to major problems within the culture—with things getting worse. A must read article—-the link: http://blog.milesfranklin.com/need-or-want-demand-is-dying Andy Hoffman articles have continually focus on the gold and silver of the Precious Metal (PM) market and the fact those prices have been manipulated for years. This type of news you can’t and will not get anywhere but in these few newsletters that do cover the PM markets and the few of us who happen to think the price of PM’s can really…
  • VA Crisis Solution

    The Outsider
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    I don’t know what is so difficult about solving the VA crisis. Me, the Outsider, has a simple solution. Just give the Veterans the same health care that the worthless politicians give themselves at the tax payers expense! The Veterans deserve it and the politicians really don’t since the politicians are addicted to living off the taxpayers like over glorified welfare junkies. Maybe welfare junkies is too harsh a term! Political parasites would be better!
  • I have Been Searching

    Randy Toman
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:13 am
    I have been searching for sometime—–for the answer to this question. Could it be said that America is founded as a Christian nation? The wording of the “Constitution” or founding documents do not come out stating——We were founded as a Christian nation. It states nothing like that anywhere I could locate. Oh yes—-it does say—– “One nation under God…” but the Atheist will say God with a small “g” or say it is not the God of the Bible or the one that has a son Jesus Christ that save HIS people——they would say or use it as…
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    The Weekly Standard Blog

  • CNN to Islamist Cleric: 'I Respect That You Try to Get Your Message Out However You Can'

    Daniel Halper
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    CNN host Brian Stelter told terror-supporting cleric Anjem Choudary that he "respect[s] that you try to get your message out however you can." He made the comments after Choudary said sharia was coming to America: Stelter made the comments after Choudary said, "I believe that the sharia is the best way of life. I believe one day it will come to America and the rest of the world." "When I hear you say that, as an American, I know you've said that in the last few days, it reads to me as something that's propesterous," said Stelter. "But I respect…
  • Supporter to Obama: 'Announce a State of Emergency' To Get Around GOP Congress

    Jeryl Bier
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    In 2014, President Obama has made much of his pen-and-a-phone strategy to accomplish his goals in the face of what he calls an "unprecedented pattern of obstruction" from Republicans in Congress. Apparently the president's supporters are on board with the idea of unilateral executive action. At a meeting last Friday, a supporter of the president asked about the possibility of "a state of emergency." The president relayed the story to another groups of supporters at a Democratic National Committee event later in the day at a private residence in Purchase, New…
  • Video: Libyan Rebels Swim, Belly-Flop in U.S. Embassy Pool in Tripoli?

    Daniel Halper
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    Here's video reportedly of Libyan rebels swimming (and doing a belly-flop) in the U.S. embassy pool in Tripoli: And here's the raw video from the embassy: "Libyans have overrun a residential compound abandoned by the American Embassy when it pulled out of Tripoli in July, according to a video circulated online Sunday. Dozens of gleeful trespassers could be seen gathered around a swimming pool inside the compound, and a few dived in from the second-floor balcony, all fully clothed," the New York Times reports. Like most foreign governments, the United States withdrew its…
  • Obama: Bush-Cheney 'Security Apparatus' Makes Us 'Pretty Safe'

    Daniel Halper
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    President Barack Obama said last night at a Democratic fundraiser in Rhode Island that the terrorism from ISIS "doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland." The reason? The security measures taken by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to Obama. First the president said the situation in the Middle East is "scary," according to a transcript of the event released by the White House.  "I don’t have to tell you, anybody who has been watching TV this summer, it seems like it is just wave after…
  • Obama: ISIS 'Doesn’t Immediately Threaten the Homeland'

    Daniel Halper
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:50 am
    At a fundraiser last night in Newport, Rhode Island, President Obama played down the threat from the terrorist army ISIS. "We have to be vigilant," he told the group of donors, "but this doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland." Obama also claimed to be "seeing a change in the order in the Middle East." He called it "scary." The comments come after American journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS. "[I]nternationally, we’re going through a tumultuous time.  And I don’t have to tell you, anybody who has been watching TV this summer, it…
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Don’t Arm Ukraine

    Daniel Larison
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Ben Judah proposes a thoroughly crazy idea: If we believe that Ukraine will one day become a member of the European Union and NATO, then we should be ready to arm it. We must face the fact that the costs of unlimited European Union and NATO expansion have meant war with Russia by proxy — and then fight the war. Having reignited the hottest moments of the Cold War, we must deal with the consequences of encouraging democratization in Eastern Europe. This logic demands that we send Western military advisers to Kiev, and give the Ukrainians full intelligence and satellite support. And we must…
  • Beware of Threat Inflators Offering “Solutions”

    Daniel Larison
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Michael Cohen offers a useful reminder that the world is still mostly much more secure and peaceful than it used to be: Worst of all, the constant calls for a quick and usually muscular response to perceived national security threats gives Americans a false sense of insecurity. The fact is, while people may be relentlessly, breathlessly trying to make us believe that we’re on the cusp of World War III, the world is actually pretty safe. From Latin America and Europe to the Far East and broad swathes of sub-Saharan Africa, most of the world is at peace. While 2014 has been a particularly…
  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    The case for restraint. William Ruger reviews Barry Posen’s Restraint for the current issue of TAC. Keeping the threat from ISIS in perspective. Paul Pillar urges Americans not to exaggerate the threat. Iraq, Obama, and the future of war powers. Robert Golan-Vilella explains why Congress needs to vote on a new authorization for ongoing military action in Iraq. “Smart power” set Libya on fire. Michael Brendan Dougherty counts the costs of the Libyan war. Who cares about Ukraine? Thomas Graham reminds us that Ukraine has always mattered far more to Russia than it does to the…
  • Breaking the Bad Habit of Interventionism

    Daniel Larison
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Thomas Donnelly writes a very weird response to a recent Sean Kay argument: Both Sean Kay and Barack Obama would like to see America repudiate its traditional strategic culture, to stop intervening and to end our involvement in “other people’s” conflicts. At least Realists make no pretense about being attuned to others’ cries of “Liberta! Liberta!” But those cries still resonate in most American ears, and it’s the president’s tone-deafness that is souring his supporters [bold mine-DL]. Donnelly’s proof for this “traditional strategic…
  • Paul’s Syria Op-Ed and the “Brain-Dead” DNC Response

    Daniel Larison
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Ezra Klein derides the DNC’s response to a recent Rand Paul op-ed as “brain-dead”: This is the brain-dead patriotism-baiting that Democrats used to loathe. Now they’re turning it on Paul. Paul was making a few related arguments in his op-ed. The first was that supporters of regime change in Syria have inadvertently aided the rise of jihadist groups including ISIS and would have further empowered such groups if they had gotten their way in toppling the regime. The other was that interventionists typically have a “shoot first, ask questions later” approach to…
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    Bob McCarty

  • Today Marks Fourth Anniversary of Bogus Trial, Sentencing

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    Four years ago today, Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart was sentenced to eight years behind bars at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. The sentence came one day after the highly-decorated combat veteran was found guilty of sexual assault charges during a military trial that lasted less than 48 hours and produced results that were anything but just. Click image above to order book. Incredibly, no physical evidence or eyewitnesses to the alleged crime was presented during the trial. Instead, based almost solely on the testimony of a German woman,…
  • FBI Officials Accused of Telling Key Witness to Take Vacation to Avoid Testifying During New Oklahoma City Bombing Trial

    10 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Those familiar with my five years of reporting on Jesse Trentadue and his efforts to force the FBI to provide him copies of surveillance camera footage recorded in downtown Oklahoma City prior to the bombing at 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995, will appreciate this update from the Oklahoma City Bombing trial that began July 28 in Salt Lake City. Click image above to download Trentadue motion (pdf). The text below is one of several filings made by Trentadue during the weeks following the four-day trial about which a federal judge is expected to issue his ruling within six months.  Though the text of…
  • MEDIA ALERT: I’ll Be On America’s Forum Wednesday

    5 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    I’ll appear as a guest on the NewsmaxTV‘s America’s Forum, Wednesday at 9:10 a.m. Eastern to discuss the latest “Green-on-Blue” attack in Afghanistan and how it relates to my four-year investigation of the federal government’s use of so-called “credibility assessment” technologies, including the polygraph. Click image above to order book. Specifically, I’ll discuss the flawed vetting process that cost Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, his life as the highest-ranking American military officer killed in a combat zone since the Vietnam War,…
  • 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 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 on a…
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Ensuring Safe Food in a Free Market: A Lesson from China

    K. William Watson
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    K. William Watson Many Americans view the dissemination and enforcement of food safety standards as a basic function of government, and it’s difficult for them to imagine a world where food is both safe and unregulated. Libertarians can point out that the safety of a product is, just like quality and price, something that consumers directly care about and as such will be most effectively preserved in a competitive free market.  But it’s one thing to make abstract economic arguments and quite another to have real life examples. Well, here’s an interesting story from China, as…
  • Why Tax Credits Survive Legal Challenges But Vouchers Often Don't

    Jason Bedrick
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    Jason Bedrick Yesterday, on the same day that the New Hampshire Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the state’s scholarship tax credit law, a district court judge struck down Oklahoma’s special-needs voucher law. Both vouchers and scholarship tax credit laws are constitutional under the U.S. Constitution, but vouchers laws have often run afoul of states’ historically anti-Catholic Blaine Amendments, which prohibit public funds from being expended at religiously affiliated schools. By contrast, scholarship tax credit laws have a perfect record at both the federal…
  • They're Not Making Jeff Smiths Like They Used To

    David Boaz
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    David Boaz For generations of Americans, “Jefferson Smith” was the archetype of the honest, hard-working man of the people who gets into politics to serve the public interest and stands up to powerful interests. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is the quintessential movie about a corrupt system that can be toppled by a single man of integrity. So maybe it’s no surprise that there seem to be a lot of Jeff Smiths getting into politics. What better name to inspire confidence? Unfortunately, Sen. Jeff Smith of some unnamed Western state would be mighty embarrassed by some of the Jeff…
  • Another "Winn" for Educational Freedom in New Hampshire

    Andrew J. Coulson
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    Andrew J. Coulson In ACSTO v. Winn (2011), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s scholarship donation tax credit program on the grounds that plaintiffs did not have standing to sue in the first place, because they could not show any specific injury to themselves caused by the voluntary program. Today, the New Hampshire Supreme Court reached the same conclusion in a case involving that state’s new scholarship program. Importantly, this preserves the perfect legal record of modern education tax credit school choice programs. Under these programs, individuals or businesses can…
  • Live Free and Learn: NH Supreme Court Upholds School Choice

    Jason Bedrick
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    Jason Bedrick Low- and middle-income children in New Hampshire will now be able to use tax-credit scholarships at any school they choose, whether secular or religious. This morning, the New Hampshire Supreme Court (NHSC) followed the precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court in unanimously ruling that the petitioners challenging the “Live Free or Die” state’s scholarship tax credit law lack standing because they could not demonstrate any harm. The law grants tax credits to corporations worth 85 percent of their donations to nonprofit scholarship organizations that help low- and middle-income…
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    The Right Commentary

  • The Angry Liberal

    David Weldy
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:38 am
    These are truly the golden days, the era of "enlightenment and enchantment" if you are a liberal (liberal/progressive/socialist is more appropriate, but for the sake of brevity....). Liberals, as I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Vacation Time!

    David Weldy
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    Taking it easy1 It is August by the time you read this.  We at The Right Commentary are taking time off for some rest and relaxation just as our beloved Congress does and how our beloved... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Nation In Chaos

    David Weldy
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    I've lived a long time.  I'll be 63 years old in September.  I've seen the United States of America reel from the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fatal Blow For Obamacare?

    David Weldy
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    A federal appeals court delivered a serious blow to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, potentially denying billions of dollars in subsidies for many low and middle-income people who... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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    Washington Free Beacon

  • The First Citizen

    Ted Lawrence
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Augustus is the greatest ancient Roman leader. He ended decades of civil strife, brought order to a vast empire stretching from the coast of Normandy to the Nile Delta, and created the quasi-monarchy that lasted two centuries and gave Rome its most successful and stable years. And yet, Augustus remains something of an enigma. The general public realizes he is important, but knows little about his motivations or personality, beyond caricatures in literature (the ruthless and dishonest Octavian of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra) and television (the well meaning, but doddering old man of…
  • Happy Labor Day

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Washington Free Beacon wishes all our readers a happy Labor Day. We will return to normal coverage Tuesday.
  • China Quashes Democracy in Hong Kong

    Daniel Wiser
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    China’s legislature on Sunday denied fully democratic elections to Hong Kong in a move that could spark mass protests in the city’s streets. The National People’s Congress Standing Committee ruled that nominees for Hong Kong’s chief executive in 2017 would still have to obtain approval from 50 percent of a mostly pro-Beijing committee. The financial center’s pro-democracy movement had pushed for minimal involvement from China in both the nomination and election process. One pro-democracy legislator in Hong Kong told the New York Times that the city’s residents feel “betrayed.”…
  • Engel: Growth of ISIL Was ‘Incredibly Predictable’

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    NBC’s Richard Engel told Andrea Mitchell on Meet the Press that the growth of ISIL in Iraq and Syria was “incredibly predictable.” “We reported about it. Reporters risked their lives going into Syria to talk about this buildup of extremists in the country, yet nothing seems to have been done. And now we have a very serious situation,” said Engel. Engel also reported that military commanders are “apoplectic” over the president’s inaction in Syria: “I speak to military commanders, I speak to former officials, and they are apoplectic. They…
  • Sen. Menendez: Russia Is Invading Ukraine

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said it is clear that Russia is invading Ukraine Sunday morning. Menendez has been in Kiev this weekend and found that the Russian army’s presence is noticeable enough that they can no longer be mistaken for pro-Russian separatists. MENENDEZ: Well, I think that was his initial assessment. There are those in Europe and elsewhere who says we don’t want to provoke Putin. Well Putin doesn’t need provocation. In this case weakness is a greater provocation for Putin to strike. Putin understands two…
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