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  • U.S. Cold War Policy Was Designed by a Bigot

    New Republic
    David Greenberg
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    On a hot, dusty sunday in September 1959, George Frost Kennan welcomed to his Pennsylvania farmhouse a peculiar trio of political intellectuals. Trekking out to see the retired diplomat and renowned Sovietologist on that Labor Day weekend were the German-born psychologist Erich Fromm, the sociologis
  • CAIR urges mosques to apply for DHS security grants

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    J.P. Travis
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    CAIR urges mosques to apply for DHS security grants. The grants are “designed to assist nonprofit organizations that are vulnerable to terrorist attacks with procuring and installing security equipment to enhance safety.”
  • Great Video! Nevada Assemblywoman Faces Off With MSNBC Host Over Bundy Ranch

    <a href="/users/aglanon/">Ben Howe</a> (<a href="/diary/aglanon/">Diary</a>)
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Yesterday, MSNBC host Chris Hayes interviewed Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, and the result was a fantastic bit of back and forth about the Bundy ranch situation. As Caleb notes at The Right Scoop, Fiore doesn’t cede ground to Hayes, nor does she let him lead her onto his own talking points. Instead she stays on target and comes across strong and uncompromising. At Hot Air, Jazz Shaw highlights a really fantastic point that Fiore made that has gone unreported. How much, if anything does Bundy actually owe? Liberals have been throwing around the figure of A MILLION DOLLARS for some time…
  • Oklahoma will charge homeowners who generate their own power

    Hot Air » Top Picks
    Jazz Shaw
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Chargeback A disturbing story out of the Sooner State this week, noted by Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway. Under the terms of a recently passed bill, expected to be signed by Governor Mary Fallin, homeowners who install their own private solar or wind turbine energy resources and sell some of the juice back to energy […] Read this post »
  • New Study of Young Adults Finds Link Between Casual Marijuana Use and Brain Abnormalities

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    Leah Barkoukis
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    There are plenty of studies out there demonstrating the effects long-term marijuana use has on users, but for the first time, researchers...
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    Hot Air » Top Picks

  • Oklahoma will charge homeowners who generate their own power

    Jazz Shaw
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Chargeback A disturbing story out of the Sooner State this week, noted by Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway. Under the terms of a recently passed bill, expected to be signed by Governor Mary Fallin, homeowners who install their own private solar or wind turbine energy resources and sell some of the juice back to energy […] Read this post »
  • Modern tales of the Good Samaritan

    Jazz Shaw
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Hope Far too many of the stories we cover here, both in politics and current events, are simply sad, depressing or tragic. It’s the nature of the beast, I’m afraid. But Easter is a time of renewal and hope, and not all stories have unhappy endings. Here are a few modern day Good Samaritans from recent […] Read this post »
  • Gosnell Movie crosses the million-dollar mark

    Ed Morrissey
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Make sure the story gets told. I’m taking Easter off, but it’s still a good time for an update on the efforts by our friends Phelim McAleer and Ann McIlhenny, filmmakers of Not Evil Just Wrong and Frack Nation. They want to tell the story of Kermit Gosnell, whom they describe as “the worst serial killer in American history,” but they need to raise funds […] Read this post »
  • Open thread: Sunday morning talking heads

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Rights. War, faith, and rights are on the menu for Sunday-show brunch this Easter morning. On “Meet the Press,” it’s all about Ukraine: Prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will be on to discuss the prospects of war in the east and, maybe, to update the world on who’s really responsible for those “Jews must register” flyers in […] Read this post »
  • A blessed and happy Easter Sunday to all Hot Air readers!

    Ed Morrissey
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Reflection. “Sunday Reflection” is a regular feature, looking at the specific readings used in today’s Mass in Catholic parishes around the world. The reflection represents only my own point of view, intended to help prepare myself for the Lord’s day and perhaps spark a meaningful discussion. Previous Sunday Reflections from the main page can be found here.  For previous Green Room entries, click […] Read this post »
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • New Projects, New People

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Here at Engage our team and our practice are expanding and I’d like to give you a quick update. First, we’re honored to have worked with House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers on the redesign of one of the most prominent websites on Capitol Hill – GOP.gov.  GOP.gov has long set the standard for Congressional websites on both sides of the aisle, and this latest release continues that proud tradition. House Republicans’ new home on the web features a sleek, responsive design aimed at making it simple to browse and share the Conference’s massive library of…
  • Engage Takes Gold at the 2014 Pollie Awards

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    This weekend, the American Association of Political Consultants announced their annual Pollie Awards, which honors the best work in political campaigns and advocacy. Engage took home four awards — including gold for International Best Use of Internet and Best Use of Social Media by a candidate. Our work for the Liberal Party of Australia won a Gold Pollie for the best use of the Internet by an international campaign. Engage was brought in to redesign and rebuild the party’s web platform for the 2013 Federal election, giving the party and its leader, Tony Abbott, a fresh and modern…
  • The Secrets of 5 Standout SXSW Talks

    11 Mar 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Every year, SXSW is an incredible opportunity to learn, recharge, and connect with some of the best minds in the digital world. Our team was on the ground this year, speaking on a session about startup political strategy and co-sponsoring Innovation Policy Day with the Consumer Electronics Association, Motorola, Glen Echo Group, Yelp, and Uber. This year, SXSW Interactive featured more than 800 sessions. I thought I’d share five of the best I attended, highlighted in tweets and photos. [View the story "#SXSW2014 Highlights" on Storify]
  • Big Facebook Changes Via Small Words: How “set” & “and” will change how marketers use Facebook

    6 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    There are big changes coming to Facebook and hardly anyone has noticed, yet. We take it for granted that major social platforms change a lot. As Katie Notopoulos of BuzzFeed has documented and others have noted, Twitter and Facebook are constantly trying out new layouts and designs. Once a new way of doing things improves the site, those platforms will roll out to all users. Whether it’s the latest version of the News Feed, the addition of imagery or big acquisition news, lots of ink (mostly digital) gets spilled covering major changes to platforms that we all use. But, what about the…
  • Leveraging Your Social Network: CPAC Targeted Sharing

    10 Feb 2014 | 11:12 am
    Whether you are taking a road trip, going to the movies, or attending a conference, it’s always more fun with friends. At Engage, we understand the power of social connections and the important role they play in fostering memorable and meaningful interactions. That is why a key element in our partnership with the American Conservative Union is a targeted sharing application for CPAC 2014. The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was named by Politico as one of the top political events of this year, and it will—as it has for decades—be the premier gathering of conservative…
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Easter: The Profane And The Eternal

    Mike McDaniel
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:47 pm
    It’s Easter, and perhaps time to consider the difference between the world of men and the eternal. In a February 8, 2012 article, I wrote in part:  Perhaps the most egregious, and to Christians, the most insulting manifestation of this trend was the New York Time’s Easter 2010 image of Mr. Obama depicting him “preaching” before a brace of microphones, his hand raised in a Christ-like pose, his image superimposed over a cross, at the base of which is the White House.  When Obama sycophants address Mr. Obama as “The One,” a title coined by Oprah Winfrey, they obviously embrace the…
  • Ft. Hood: They Never Get It

    Mike McDaniel
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:52 pm
    credit: levycountysheriffsblog The good folks over at Pajamas Media have been kind enough to publish my scribblings for the last three or so years, and have fallen for it again with my latest article: “Fort Hood and Disarmament,” which was the headline article on 04-16-14, but is inevitably working its way to the bottom now. It’s about the ramifications of the latest Ft. Hood shooting, and school shootings, specifically, that our attention is focused on each new outrage, but our politicians never seem to get the message that the only thing that stops bad guys with guns is good guys…
  • Am I a God and Gun Clinger?

    Mike McDaniel
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:49 pm
    I find myself in the odd position of commenting on one of my own articles. Regular readers know that SMM is not a confessional blog dripping daily with my existential angst. I’ll be frank (who would you like to be?): I generally consider that sort of thing to be far too self-absorbed and doubt that readers are much interested in that sort of navel-gazing. After all, I’m not a big-busted starlet, and I assume, gentle readers, that you have lives that occupy you sufficiently that trying to live vicariously through me is not only unnecessary, but tiring. This little bit of navel-gazing is…
  • Women And The Nevada Taliban

    Mike McDaniel
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:42 pm
    credit: http://www.military-history.us Oh dear. Every now and again I run across an apparently rational person that really, really misses the point, or at least part of one. There is a great deal of continuing fallout relating to the BLM/Bundy Ranch standoff. This is a small part of it. In an article titled: “Bundy Ranch and the Political Powerlessness of Rural America” by David French at National Review online, French argues, reasonably, for limiting the power of the federal government to its constitutional boundaries. But at the end of the article, he writes: Final note: Even if one…
  • The SAT: New And Improved?

    Mike McDaniel
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:40 pm
    credit: englishcoachny.com The Scholastic Aptitude Test has been a fixture in American education for decades, but the once mighty test, lauded as a brilliant predictive instrument, is losing its luster, in fact, it is being fundamentally revised, even “dumbed down.”  More and more colleges and universities, even elite schools, no longer require it. But the testing industry, scores of educators who make a good living teaching SAT test preparation, and supporters of standardized testing are fighting this trend. Regular readers know that I am not in any way a fan of standardized…
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  • Resurrection Sunday: Easter 2014

    <a href="/users/erick/">Erick Erickson</a> (<a href="/diary/erick/">Diary</a>)
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of…
  • Great Video! Nevada Assemblywoman Faces Off With MSNBC Host Over Bundy Ranch

    <a href="/users/aglanon/">Ben Howe</a> (<a href="/diary/aglanon/">Diary</a>)
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Yesterday, MSNBC host Chris Hayes interviewed Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, and the result was a fantastic bit of back and forth about the Bundy ranch situation. As Caleb notes at The Right Scoop, Fiore doesn’t cede ground to Hayes, nor does she let him lead her onto his own talking points. Instead she stays on target and comes across strong and uncompromising. At Hot Air, Jazz Shaw highlights a really fantastic point that Fiore made that has gone unreported. How much, if anything does Bundy actually owe? Liberals have been throwing around the figure of A MILLION DOLLARS for some time…
  • Holy Saturday and The Harrowing Of Hell

    <a href="/users/streiff/">streiff</a> (<a href="/diary/streiff/">Diary</a>)
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
      Holy Saturday. The third day of the Paschal Triduum, following the Last Supper and The Crucifixion, represents the Harrowing of Hell, the day that Christ brought final salvation to the righteous who had died since the beginning of time. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth;  and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord,  Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;  He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth…
  • Lunatic Lord

    <a href="/users/erick/">Erick Erickson</a> (<a href="/diary/erick/">Diary</a>)
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    We accept that Socrates existed, though Socrates did not leave writings behind. A few people so intent on believing Jesus is imaginary have decided Socrates was too. These are largely weak minded fools. Socrates may have no writings on his own, but Plato, Xenophon and Aristophanes — all of whom we know existed — wrote about Socrates. We derive knowledge of Socrates from those who did know him and wrote about him. The same is true of Jesus. Though modern scholarship has spent a good bit of time trying to disprove Biblical writings — again, if you start from the premise that they are…
  • Ecce Homo: Good Friday 2014

    <a href="/users/erick/">Erick Erickson</a> (<a href="/diary/erick/">Diary</a>)
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.And sitting down they watched him there;And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?Some of them that stood there, when they…
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  • LiveScience blames Everest avalanche Global Warming

    J.P. Travis
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    LiveScience blames Mount Everest avalanche deaths on Global Warming. Because, as we all know, dying on Mount Everest is very unlikely normally, so something weird must be happening to the world’s climate.
  • CAIR urges mosques to apply for DHS security grants

    J.P. Travis
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    CAIR urges mosques to apply for DHS security grants. The grants are “designed to assist nonprofit organizations that are vulnerable to terrorist attacks with procuring and installing security equipment to enhance safety.”
  • Cherokee women want to meet Elizabeth Warren on book tour

    Bonfire of the Absurdities
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Cherokee women want to meet Elizabeth Warren on book tour. “To get Warren to understand why they are hurt and angry that she assumed, then discarded, Native American identity.” To paraphrase Dorothy Parker, Warren’s is not a book to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
  • Illinois House Committee wants taxpayers to spend $100 Million on Barack Obama Library

    Bonfire of the Absurdities
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Illinois House Committee wants taxpayers to spend $100 Million on Barack Obama Library. “Somehow, House Speaker Michael Madigan thinks this is an appropriate use of funds despite the state’s more than $100 billion pension crisis and $6.6 billion in unpaid bills.” The audacity of dopes.
  • Train nearly takes out U.S. Senator

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Train nearly takes out U.S. Senator. Yet another example of how those Democrats are all geniuses.
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  • The Power of a Selfie [Video]

    Eric Dye
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The #BeautyIs campaign by Dove certainly puts their product line front and center, but they have started a wonderful conversation about real beauty and the power of self portraiture, also know as: Selfies. In this video, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Cynthia Wade follows the journey of several high school girls and their mothers as they explore a new kind of selfie that celebrates their own special beauty. Behold, the power of a selfie: Selfie Can't see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! [YouTube] “I am going to ask you to take a risk that change how people…
  • How Much of Your Life Is Spent Watching TV? Find Out.

    Eric Dye
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The concept is simple. Type-in and submit all your favorite TV shows. You don’t even need to include them all to get the point of this little exercise, either. However, to get the full impact, you might want to. Give it a try. What was your conclusion? My only hope is that I like to do other things while watching TV, so I can’t count every — ahem — week against me. None the less, it does make you think about what you could have been doing instead, doesn’t it? Tell me what you think. The post How Much of Your Life Is Spent Watching TV? Find Out. appeared first on…
  • Internet Easter Eggs [Infographic]

    Eric Dye
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    While little kids search for Easter eggs, today, how about going on an Easter egg hunt yourself? On the Internet! Here’s a fairly comprehensive list of Internet Easter eggs hidden across the web — check these out: Easter Eggs: Hidden Gems on the Internet [Click for Larger] Do you know of any Internet Easter eggs that are not mention in this infographic? Tell us about them! [via Top Web Design Schools | Image via Ѕolo via Compfight cc] The post Internet Easter Eggs [Infographic] appeared first on ChurchMag.
  • Iconic Pop Culture Transformers [Images]

    Eric Dye
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Transformers are awesome, but when you mix the Transformers universe with iconic pop culture cars, things begin to turn #EPIC. Take a look at these artful, 1980′s cartoon renditions: You can see more of Darren Rawlings work, including the old Batmobile and Wayne’s World Pacer, on his website. I’d give him a follow, he has some great stuff! What would you like to see transformed into a Transformer? The post Iconic Pop Culture Transformers [Images] appeared first on ChurchMag.
  • Career Savvy Social Media Tips [Infographic]

    Jeremy Smith
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    This infographic is a little creepy to me. Let me give you a glimpse into my own world. I am personally finishing up my Masters in Mental Health Counseling this May and looking to make a big switch in careers this summer from youth ministry and social media through Youth for Christ/USA into some kind of counseling career. I know where I want to work, but have no idea where to start with the application process. Everything I have known to this point has been through contacts in the ministry I was going into. Now I am venturing into the unknown and so the infographic below is extremely helpful.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • General Mills Reverses Position On Right To Sue

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Late last week, I wrote about a change of policy by General Mills that seemed to say that consumers who interact with the company online would abandon their right to sue the company in court and would instead be forced to send their disputes to arbitration. After pretty much universally negative reactions, the company has announced that it is reversing course and will not be adopting the new policy: General Mills, one of the country’s largest food companies, on Saturday night announced in a stunning about-face that it was withdrawing its controversial plans to make consumers give up…
  • Elizabeth Warren Once Again Says She’s Not Running For President

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is once again telling supporters that she has no plans to run for President in 2016: (CNN) - Days before the release of her new book, Sen. Elizabeth Warren reiterated that she’s not angling for a White House bid. “I’m not running for president,” the Massachusetts Democrat said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’s “Sunday Morning.” Pressed again, she stood firm: “I’m not running for president. You can ask it lots of different ways.” (…) Warren, who was elected to the Senate…
  • Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Boxer Once Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder, Dies At 76

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, a boxer whose career was cut short in the mid 1960s after he was accused and wrongfully convicted of murder in New Jersey, died today at the age of 76:  Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, a star prizefighter whose career was cut short by a murder conviction in New Jersey and who became an international cause célèbre while imprisoned for 19 years before the charges against him were dismissed, died on Sunday morning at his home in Toronto. He was 76. The cause of death was prostate cancer, his friend and onetime co-defendant, John Artis, said. Mr.
  • Should We Eliminate “Hate” Crimes?

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    Last weekend, Fraizer Glenn Miller, a man who we later learned had long ties to the Ku Klux Klan,opened fire at a Jewish Community Center and adult care facility in Overland Park, Kansas, killing three people. According to reports, he was heard to yell “Heil Hitler!” when he was arrested. Since that incident, Miller sits in jail and has been charged with capital murder in the deaths while prosecutors consider whether or not to also charge Miller with hate crimes given his history and the apparent motivation for the attacks. This has promoted Michael McGough of the L.A. Times…
  • Bryan Cranston: Prom Broker

    Steven L. Taylor
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    Via the BBC:  Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston helps fan win prom date
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  • Clinton Papers: Bill and Hillary Feared the Internet

    Warner Todd Huston
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The Clinton Library has released over 7,000 pages of documents from Bill’s presidency, likely hoping that what ever is in them will be “old news” by the time Hillary announces her bid for president. But one of the documents is very interesting and shows that Bill and Hillary really feared and hated the free flow […]
  • Chicago Math: Three is Only Two

    Warner Todd Huston
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    -By Warner Todd Huston On WLS AM 89 radio in Chicago political reporter Bill Cameron featured an interview with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel that shows just why math is soooooo darn hard for politicians. The interview was about Rahm trying to get hundreds of millions of our tax dollars to be set aside and wasted–er, […]
  • Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest&trade

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s Friday, which means it’s time for the Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™. Sorry about the lack of a contest last weekend, it was an unfortunate oversight. Back on track for this weekend. Enter your best caption for the following picture: Winners will be announced Monday morning.
  • Eating Their Own: Union Wants to Unionize Extremist, Left-Wing Media Matters, Website Owners Furious

    Warner Todd Huston
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Started in 2004, the left-wing propaganda website Media Matters for America has been spreading lies about Republicans and conservatives for a decade, now. Naturally the site has always claimed the center-right coalition is “anti-worker” for opposing unions, but this organization itself has never been unionized. Now the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) is agitating to […]
  • POLICE STATE: Feds Still Buying Tons of Ammunition

    Warner Todd Huston
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    “Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.”–John Basil Barnhill, 1914 If liberals want to get rid of guns in society, apparently the first place they should start is the federal government. For some unexplainable reason, nearly every federal agency has its own armed, para-military […]
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    Fort Hard Knox

  • 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…
  • A Christian Perspective on the Syria Situation

    8 Sep 2013 | 10:21 am
    We are just days away from watching the United States Congress take a vote on whether or not to take military action in Syria. Our president is adamant that this is the best decision, but the vast majority of Americans vehemently disagree. I have spent a lot of time studying the situation in Syria and I thought I would share my thoughts on it from a Christian perspective. First of all, let’s look at what’s happening in Syria right now. The Assad regime is undeniably cruel and no one doubts that this leader is not good for either Syria as a nation or for relations in the Middle East.
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    Drudge Retort

  • 3-Year-Old Shoots 2-Year-Old Sister

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    A 2-year-old College Ward, Utah, boy has died after being accidentally shot by his 3-year-old sister. Police said the boy was shot in the stomach with a .22-caliber rifle Friday evening in the family's home. "The gun had been used earlier in the day by the victim's father and was set down after returning home," said Cache County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Peterson. "The gun was in an unloaded state but did have live rounds in the magazine. We believe the three-year-old had to manipulate the action enough to chamber a live round prior to the incident occurring."
  • New Jersey Rejects '8THEIST' License Plate

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    A New Jersey woman who says she was denied a license plate referencing atheism filed suit this week, claiming her online application was rejected because it was deemed potentially offensive. Shannon Morgan, of Maurice Township, said in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the Motor Vehicle Commission violated her First Amendment rights when its website rejected the plate reading "8THEIST." She said she received a message stating that her vanity plate request was ineligible as it "may carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency." Morgan then filled out the online application using…
  • Easter Egg Hunt Reveals Dead Body

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    A mother having an Easter egg hunt for her four-year-old child in the back yard of her Knoxville, Tenn., home on Wednesday night found a decomposing body under the deck. The woman told police she had smelled a foul odor outside her home for several days. Authorities said it was Joshua Wayne Grubb, 29, a homeless man from Knoxville.
  • Family Dollar Closing 370 Stores

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    A company that grew quickly during the U.S. downturn, Family Dollar is closing 370 stores across the country, which may be another sign of a strengthening U.S. economy. After a half-decade of economic headwinds, Americans are feeling richer as household worth has hit 5.1 percent annual growth, the Christian Science Monitor reports. That, in turn, means more Americans may be eschewing the cut-rate merchandisers in favor of Walmart or even the mall. Family Dollar blamed the harsh winter for its disappointing returns, with profits down by 14 percent. But analysts said competition from other…
  • Widow of Man Killed by Swan Sues

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    The wife of a Villa Park, Ill., man who drowned two years ago after a swan attacked him is suing his employer and the condo complex where he tended a pair of swans for 10 years. Anthony Hensley, 37, was knocked out of a kayak and drowned in April 2012. The swan continued to attack as he struggled to get to shore and he sank below the water in the 50-foot deep pond. The lawsuit claims that the defendants "knew or should have known that mute swans are strongly territorial with a dangerous propensity to attack."
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    New Republic

  • Why Do Our Offices Make Us So Miserable?

    Juliet Lapidos
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Five days a week I commute to a skyscraper in the main business district of a large city and sit at a desk within whispering distance of another desk. Whatever the word “work” used to conjure, my version is now quite standard. About 40 million Americans make a living in some sort of cubicle. Ar
  • U.S. Cold War Policy Was Designed by a Bigot

    David Greenberg
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    On a hot, dusty sunday in September 1959, George Frost Kennan welcomed to his Pennsylvania farmhouse a peculiar trio of political intellectuals. Trekking out to see the retired diplomat and renowned Sovietologist on that Labor Day weekend were the German-born psychologist Erich Fromm, the sociologis
  • Edward Snowden Is Russia's Puppet Now

    Benjamin Wittes
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    I have maintained a certain agnosticism about Edward Snowden’s relationship with the Russian intelligence services up until now. I noted with interest, but unconvinced, statements by congressional intelligence committee leaders that suggested he was a spy. And I 
  • Everybody Is Anxious, and Nobody Wants to Talk About It

    Sophie McBain
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
  • David Axelrod Might Win the Next British Election for Labour

    Marcus Roberts
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    David Axelrod's alliance with Ed Miliband is the perfect match of message and messenger. Labour gains a comms guru with soundbite skill and strategic insight whilst Axelro
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • American Muslims: Ostracized and Isolated

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    News agency Inter Press Service offers an eerie report on the treatment of Muslims imprisoned for alleged involvement in “terror-related activity.” The article tells the story of Tarek Mehanna, a Pittsburgh-born Muslim currently serving a 17-year jail sentence 436 miles away in Terre Haute, Ind. After enduring pressure to become an informant for the FBI, Mahenna was arrested on suspicion of giving false testimony to an agency official. He was released on bail and arrested a second time on accusations that he conspired to shoot up a shopping mall. According to the IPS article, no…
  • Big Investors

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    By Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons Related Entries April 19, 2014 Fox News Asks Rand Paul If Harry Reid Is Right to ‘Call Americans Domestic Terrorists’ April 17, 2014 George W. Bush’s Art of Legacy
  • Heed the Warnings of the Butter Battle

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    This Easter Sunday, as Cold War drums beat softly but surely, we look for sanity and wisdom in the humane literature of Dr. Seuss. Related Entries April 19, 2014 Fox News Asks Rand Paul If Harry Reid Is Right to ‘Call Americans Domestic Terrorists’ April 17, 2014 George W. Bush’s Art of Legacy
  • Gabriel García Márquez

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    By Dario Castillejos, Cagle Cartoons, El Imparcial de México Related Entries April 19, 2014 Fox News Asks Rand Paul If Harry Reid Is Right to ‘Call Americans Domestic Terrorists’ April 17, 2014 George W. Bush’s Art of Legacy
  • First Solar Bread Oven Takes a Bow

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    By Paul Brown, Climate News Network A new kind of solar oven can provide heat over 24 hours and offers the prospect of emission-free baking to remote communities. Related Entries April 19, 2014 Fox News Asks Rand Paul If Harry Reid Is Right to ‘Call Americans Domestic Terrorists’ April 17, 2014 George W. Bush’s Art of Legacy
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    Power Line

  • Dems playing defense in the House of Representives

    Paul Mirengoff
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) If there is anyone left who believes the Democrats have a decent shot at winning control of the House this year, he or she should check out the ad reservations made by House Majority PAC, the leading super-PAC backing Democrats in House races. The group’s name reflects optimism, but its buys don’t. Three quarters of the districts for which the PAC has reserved air time are presently held by Democrats. According to the Washington Post: Among the Democrats House Majority PAC is trying to safeguard are three in Arizona, Reps. Ron Barber, Ann Kirkpatrick and Kyrsten…
  • Green Weenie of the Week: Back to Nature Indeed

    Steven Hayward
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    (Steven Hayward) Power Line’s Green Weenie Award Committee has been on sabbatical for much of this academic year, but emergency meetings can be convened for extraordinary circumstances.  And one of those circumstances arises today with the New York Times Magazine feature, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It . . . And He Feels Fine.” The feature explores the world and worldview of Paul Kingsnorth, a Brit who represents the revival of deep ecology lifestyles that feature living in yurts and using composting toilets, among other self-imposed deprivations.  Kingsworth’s manifesto…
  • Happy Easter!

    John Hinderaker
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    (John Hinderaker) Happy Easter, and Happy Passover too, to our Christian and Jewish friends and readers. I will be offline for a while–heading to church in a few minutes–but later in the day, we will have a post on a prominent Democrat that you will not want to miss. So check back frequently! And enjoy the day.
  • Can the spirit of 2012 save the Democrats in 2014?

    Paul Mirengoff
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:37 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) Democrats are quite nervous about this year’s mid-term election, and understandably so. But they have a strategy for survival — replicate the turnout that propelled President Obama to victory two years ago. According to the Washington Post: Democrats are banking on the belief that they can better identify potential supporters, motivate them and get them to the polls — in essence, reshape the midterm electorate to make it look more like the electorate in a presidential year. To try to do so, they will for the first time fully employ the sophisticated tools and…
  • The Hinderaker-Ward Experience, Episode 69: Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most

    John Hinderaker
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    (John Hinderaker) I probably would have titled this episode “Rocky Mountain High,” as Steve Hayward joined Brian Ward and me for the entire show. We talked about how Colorado’s pot legalization is working out–the “Mile High City” has a whole new meaning–and about Steve’s tenure as the University of Colorado’s conservative professor. There was lots more, including the Bundy Ranch standoff and the question of the hour: why don’t the western states control their own territory? Harry Reid repeated as Loon of the Week, and a college…
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    LewRockwell » LRC Blog

  • Walter Block on the Bundy Ranch: How Would The American People Feel About Putin if…

    Walter E. Block
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    “How would people in the United States feel if Vladimir Putin issued a warning against the BLM for violating the homesteading rights of Cliven Bundy? How would people in the United States feel if Vladimir Putin boycotted Nevada Senator Harry Reid for castigating as ‘terrorists’ those who rose to the defense of Cliven Bundy? How would people in the United States feel if Vladimir Putin placed a few Russian warships off the coast of California in case their help was needed in defending Cliven Bundy’s land rights? How would people in the United States feel if Vladimir Putin…
  • How Neocons Celebrate Easter

    Thomas DiLorenzo
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    As demonstrated by Dick Cheney.
  • Poles Apart?

    Butler Shaffer
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    Let me see if I’m following the script.  Hitler sending troops into Poland in 1939 has generally been regarded as the start of World War II.  The Obama administration will be sending troops into Poland in 2014, but this invasion journey will be for peace-keeping purposes.  Might the troops be accompanied by Strategic Air Command bombers with their “Peace is Our Profession” motto?
  • A Medical Maniac Wants to Be Governor of Massachusetts

    Scott Lazarowitz
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    A loony-tunes Obama “doctor” is running for governor of Massachusetts on the Democrat side. Donald Berwick, former Obama Medicare Administrator, wants to impose “single payer” health insurance on Massachusetts victims. Berwick is not only a quack, but a dangerous collectivist who doesn’t get it when it comes to the individual’s right to control one’s own health matters and keep them private. According to ObamaCare critic Betsy McCoughey, “Instead of doctors making decisions autonomously in the interest of their own patients, (Berwick) wants a nationwide plan allocating…
  • Venetian Freedom

    Butler Shaffer
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Lew:   The Venetians are tired of being stolen blind by a lot of shady schemes!
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  • tattered and torn

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:43 pm
    (Family Home Evening Selfie)Although my words have been spare lately, my thoughts have been swimming.  Particularly about blogging, and what it means- to me, and to others.Blogging is a weird thing.  It's a relatively new platform in the grand scheme of things.  And, with it's newness, I struggle with a desire to continue writing unabashed and sort-of uncensored, and my desire to crawl in my cave and deliver soliloquies to my bedroom wall instead.  I've been known to do that before.I've been spending time this week reading a lot of critiques of popular bloggers (and I am…
  • dinner simplified: fancy grilled cheese sandwiches

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Goodness friends, I'm sorry I've been such a spotty blogger lately.  We are at the height of busyness in our house at this very moment (ramping up to a high school graduation + another high schooler + middle school + track practices + my son + a bunch, bunch more).  I often stop myself during the whirlwind evening marathon and think about how this could possibly be the peak of our wild family-life roller coaster- these final six months of having all four of our kids still living under our roof.  So, instead of borrowing precious time to blog, I am simply enjoying the ride,…
  • San Francisco road trip 2014

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    If you follow me, or my girls, on Instagram then you are well aware of our Spring Break road trip to San Francisco.  My mom and I had been itching to take my girls on a trip there for a while, so the last week in March seemed like the perfect time to make that happen.All three of my girls had never been to S.F., so they really had no idea what to expect.  We were staying in Concord, so each morning we drove into the city, and it wasn't until we drove them down Lombard St. did they really start to "see" what was in store.I had read up a bunch on where to eat while we were in the…
  • recess: an exercise in ridiculousness

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Every day after school Spencer spends 10-15 minutes with me, sitting on the couch, telling me about every single injustice of his day.  It's like a daily police blotter wherein he covers all the wrongdoing of his elementary school life.  And, usually it's full of gripes about his teacher taking away part of their recess, or the obscenely short amount of time they get for lunch (10-15 min!) or how his friend got a "think sheet" for no good reason and so on.  I patiently listen, with intermittent head nods and "oh dear"'s given at appropriate moments.  Finally, when his…
  • Your kid needs a boss who is a turkey {part 3}

    21 Mar 2014 | 5:37 pm
    "Do you contribute or do you consume?"As I think about my kids, and how much I love and adore them, this question has kept swirling through my head for the past 7 or 8 months.  It's the great divider.  It's the benchmark to me as I watch them grow, learn and develop more into givers, and less into takers.  It's what I, as their mother, am striving to teach them. Life  is not about what they get.  What people give to them.  What they desire.  It is about what they give.  What they do.  Who they help.This is a tough one, because most of society does…
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    So the President had another victory-lap press conference yesterday to announce that Obamacare is a success and the debate is over, done with, kaput. Has anyone ever had so many victory laps trying to convince the public what a success something has been? Of course, he had to mislead people right from the beginning was to say that 35% of the sign-ups were under 35. That might have been a truly meaningful statistic since it represents a big jump from previous estimates of how many young people were signing up, but, as Guy Benson points out, that number also includes children who are not paying…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    James Taranto ponders why the Democrats have intensified their demagoguery on race.Joe Biden does it again as he told Bostonians at a memorial for last years marathon bombing that "it was worth it."let me say to those 'quote survivors,' my God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it. I mean this sincerely - just to hear each of you speak. You're truly, truly inspiring."Does the man have no monitor on what comes out of his mouth and how it sounds? Can you just imagine if a Republican had been similarly inept in his remarks?IBD explains why you shouldn't have much faith in the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    John Podhoretz explains why liberals' victory lap over Obamacare is quite premature. And any politicians who pretend to be excited about the CBO's projections of lower federal deficits this year are also quite premature in their celebration.But CBO also expects things to get worse in a hurry. In just the next two years, with no more federal budget sequester to limit spending, annual outlays will grow by almost $500 billion, driving federal spending above $4 trillion for the first time. In that fiscal year of 2016, federal deficits will resume their upward march. By 2023 we will be back to the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    The Social Security Administration backs down from the program that was seizing tax refunds of people who might have been overpaid when they were in children or whose parents might have been overpaid. The Washington Post had written about this last week and it just took the outrage that that story engendered for the Social Security Administration to rethink its policy. What I found funny from the original Post story was that this change in the law to allow the SSA to go after people decades later had been inserted into a farm bill in 2008 and no one will fess up that they were responsible for…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:52 am
    Ross Douthat gets to the heart of what is so despicable about the stories of Brendan Eich's resignation from Mozilla and Brandeis University's disinviting of Ayaan Hirsi Ali.What both cases illustrate, with their fuzzy rhetoric masking ideological pressure, is a serious moral defect at the heart of elite culture in America.The defect, crucially, is not this culture’s bias against social conservatives, or its discomfort with stinging attacks on non-Western religions. Rather, it’s the refusal to admit — to others, and to itself — that these biases fundamentally trump the commitment to…
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    The Fix

  • Missed the Sunday shows? We have you covered.

    Katie Zezima
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Missed the Sunday talk shows? Never fear. As always, we have you covered. Here are the highlights: 1. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk spoke from Kiev with David Gregory on NBC's "Meet the Press." Yatsenyuk said Russia is a "threat to the globe," and that Russian President Vladimir Putin has "a dream" to restore the […]
  • How the marathon bombings changed everything in Boston politics

    Wesley Lowery
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    The City of Boston has two great loves: Sports and politics. And, a year removed from the Boston Marathon bombings, the influence of that tragedy on the Boston sports community remain apparent.The marathon is, after all, a race. And several Boston sports teams, including the Red Sox and Boston Bruins, have adopted the "Boston Strong" […]
  • The taxonomy of the political book hatchet job

    Jaime Fuller
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Earlier this year, when Buzzfeed announced they were killing scathing book reviews in an effort to create LOL nirvana, literary types watched the funeral, aghast. Why would you dispose with one of the most fun and underrated weapons left to a writer, they asked? In truth, many feared that the American critic had already been […]
  • The picture that sums up what everyone in D.C. is thinking this Friday

    Jaime Fuller
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Senator Al Franken (D.-Minn.) tweeted out a Throwback Thursday photo yesterday that pretty much sums up how many people in D.C. -- and likely around the United States -- feel today. In D.C., things have been incredibly slow because of the congressional recess. Add to that the fact that many people are on the road […]
  • The top 11 Senate races of 2014

    Sean Sullivan
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    With under three weeks remaining until the Republican primary, the battle to define state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) is on in North Carolina. Just this week, a Democratic super PAC, the campaign of Sen. Kay Hagan (D) and Tillis's campaign went up with commercials trying to define the Republican for voters. Why? Because, like […]
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  • VID: Texas Model of Low Taxes & Low Regulations May Lure Sriracha Maker East

    Alexis Garcia
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    After the Irwindale City Council voted last week that the spicy smell of sriracha hot sauce was a public nuisance, Huy Fong founder David Tran is now entertaining offers to move his business to Texas.  Tran has reportedly invited state representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) to take a tour of the facility to assess any potential issues before the company considers moving to the Lone Star State.  The sriracha maker's experience illustrates how Texas is becoming an attractive alternative to businesses that are tired of dealing with crushing regulations in their home states. …
  • Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Wrongfully Convicted of Murder, Dies at 76

    Ed Krayewski
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    The boxer Rubin Carter died this weekend at age 76. Carter was convicted twice of a 1966 murder in Paterson, New Jersey, before the second conviction was overturned in 1985 by a district judge, That judge, Haddon Sarokin, found that the prosecution appealed to racial prejudice and bias in their attempt to get the jury to a guilty decision, something he wrote “should never be permitted to sway a jury or provide the basis of a conviction.” Sarokin further found that: The prosecution has resources unavailable to the average criminal defendant. Therefore, it is imperative that information…
  • VID: National Geographic Joins Debate on Exotic Pet Ownership

    Tracy Oppenheimer
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    This month, National Geographic explores the debate over exotic animal ownership in the wake of the Zanesville tragedy in Ohio that saw over 50 animals cut loose on city streets after their owner committed suicide.   The incident brought renewed attention to the issue of exotic pet ownership. In March, Reason TV’s Tracy Oppenheimer traveled to Ohio to investigate rigid regulations on exotic animal owners in the wake of the Zanesville tragedy. Original release date was March 26, 2014 and original writeup below.  In 2011, Ohio exotic animal owner Terry Thompson committed suicide…
  • Todd Krainin Interviews Sen. Ted Cruz About Education and Choice

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    When it comes to education policy, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) is adamantly pro-choice. In an interview at the National School Choice Week conference in Houston, the first-term senator spoke with Reason TV's Todd Krainin about failing schools, helping kids, and why both Democrats and Republicans are blowing it on education reform. View this article.
  • Choose Your Own Education

    Todd Krainin
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    When it comes to education policy, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) is adamantly pro-choice. In an interview at the National School Choice Week conference in Houston, the first-term senator spoke with Reason TV's Todd Krainin about failing schools, helping kids, and why both Democrats and Republicans are blowing it on education reform (click here for the video, or see it below). Q: Where is the school choice movement now? A: One of the great strengths of the movement is that it's no longer theoretical. We are seeing school choice programs bloom all over the country, seeing actual evidence that school…
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • What is This Thing?—-Separation of church and State

    Randy Toman
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:46 am
    All cultures with advanced intellect will have attraction to some authority and the only questions that need be ask are: What will be it’s religious authority?—-and/or—-What will be its Philosophy and Worldview? These types of questions are not being ask today—-as if the Constitution of old and this era of time did not hinge on any consideration of—or—formulation by a fixed thought process with a “Worldview” that guided the individual citizens and it’s culture. Was the United States formed with it’s “Constitution” as a Christian nation…
  • What did Happen?

    Randy Toman
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    “Where there is no Justice there is no State” St. Augustine Bishop of Hippo “City of God” With no justice—no state—and I say—there can be no social compact without that—–nor is there social justice within the culture. And because of none of the above we have no “liberty” but rather a self rule with little respect for anything or anybody. There is nothing but “Might” makes right—–through some kind of government and with a deception of what should be and is called “Liberty”. So what did happen to Liberty and the Constitution we once…
  • Will Reason Work?

    Randy Toman
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:04 am
    Have we reached a point in governing were “Reason” or the art of reasoning in guiding the government process is not working. If that is true we must ask—–Why is that? Reasonable men have differ in the past—-yet governed—-what is making these times so different that I can ask—-Is the reasoning process working? Has it never been that men have ask—–What reason is? Has reason and the use of it drifted past the simplicity of being able to solve problems—-will the art of reasoning be restored to its proper place? I do not believe the saying…
  • Is It time To Resist (Part 3)

    Randy Toman
    20 Feb 2014 | 6:41 am
    In the the first article: http://www.lehighvalleyconservative.com/is-it-time-to-resist/ I begin my case: “This Slavish doctrine of Non-Resistance now exhibits itself here in America and must be looked at with great concern and as one of the great Biblical errors of the time.” I set the tone of the inquiry, with back ground, saying there will be no security in the land. “The citizen has no security against a magistrate who wishes to do evil to his people.” Because the citizen has been: “We have today a citizen that is dumb down not understanding what is or has happened to him and his…
  • Is it time to Resist? (Part 2)

    Randy Toman
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:50 am
    We have as our text Roman13:1-6 and with that we find it difficult to recognize how the Christians here in America do not understand their duty to the “Higher Authority”. Note what the apostle Paul says: “… the power that be are ordained of God.” Romans 13:1 (KJV 1611). Those powers that are to be used by the the magistrate are put in place by God’s authority to have a government—–placing Biblical law over us for our good. Nowhere does it say the magistrate has the “Authority” to do what be wants—-to his subjects—especially if that what the…
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  • Obama Goes to Church for Easter

    Daniel Halper
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Via the White House pool report: ...Easter worship at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, DC First family arrived at church through tented entrance at 10:05 am, and sat in second pew in mostly, but not completely filled church. POOL estimates about 250 people celebrating Easter here. President, wearing a light khaki suit, is rocking his head back and forth to the fabulous choir and chewing something. Malia is wearing spring yellow dress, and Sasha, her hand to her chin, appears to be in pale gray or pale blue. … Pastor Dr. Derrick Harkins of Nineteenth Street Baptist Church welcomed newcomers…
  • The Big Stall

    Geoffrey Norman
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    The news that the administration would like kept quiet, and which it therefore announced in the afternoon, on Good Friday is that it has: ... further delayed its decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project ... This means, as Patrick Rucker of Reuters reports: The legal process will likely continue past November and might stretch into next year, meaning more delays for the politically-charged issue that has been on the drawing board for more than five years. If the administration wanted the pipeline built, construction would have long since been underway.  We aren’t…
  • 'The Economy Is Often Not So Compliant'

    Irwin M. Stelzer
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A few weeks ago I suggested that we now know when Federal Reserve Board chair Janet Yellen will raise interest rates: never. Her first formal monetary policy speech can be read to support that view, or at least that “normal” interest rates are what the Economist describes as “a distant prospect.” It will take more than the recent spate of good news to stay Yellen from her course. The Beige Book, a survey of the 12 Federal Reserve districts, was released on the same day as Yellen addressed the New York Economic Club. “Economic activity increased in most [ten] regions of the country…
  • Don’t You Dare Say the ‘R’ Word

    Geoffrey Norman
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Politicians looking for work and calling themselves “Democrats” are being advised to avoid using the word “recovery.”  As the AP reports: Election-year memo to Democratic candidates … Stan Greenberg, James Carville and others wrote that in head-to-head polling tests the mere mention of the word "recovery" is trumped by a Republican assertion that the Obama administration has had six years to get the economy moving and its policies haven't worked So you talk about how well the Affordable Care Act has worked.  And about the War on Women.  Whatever …Didn’t…
  • Maine Poll: Republican LePage Leads Democrat Michaud

    Michael Warren
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    Republican governor Paul LePage of Maine has a slight lead over his Democratic challenger, House member Mike Michaud, according to a new poll of the race. Here's more from the Portland Press-Herald: The poll of 400 Maine residents by the Portland-based Pan Atlantic SMS Group shows LePage with a 1.3 percentage-point lead over Michaud, 38.6 percent to 37.3 percent, and independent Eliot Cutler trailing with 20.3 percent. The poll’s margin of error is 4.9 percentage points, meaning it shows LePage and Michaud in a virtual tie about seven months before the election. LePage is clearly…
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Christ Is Risen!

    Daniel Larison
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    CHRIST IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD, TRAMPLING DOWN DEATH BY DEATH, AND UPON THOSE IN THE TOMBS BESTOWING LIFE! CHRISTOS VOSKRESE IZ MERTVIKH, SMERTIYU SMERT POPRAV I SUSCHIM VO GROBEKH ZHIVOT DAROVAV! CHRISTOS ANESTI EK NEKRON THANATO THANATON PATISAS, KAI TOIS EN TOIS MNEMASI ZOEN KARISAMENOS! Let God arise, and his enemies be scattered: and let those that hate him flee before his face. A sacred Pascha has been revealed to us today, a new and holy Pascha, a mystic Pascha, an all-venerable Pascha, a Pascha that is Christ the Redeemer, an unblemished Pascha, a great Pascha, a Pascha of the…
  • Holy Saturday

    Daniel Larison
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    When Thou didst descend to death 0 Life Immortal, Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead! And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, all the powers of heaven cried out: O Giver of Life! Christ our God! Glory to Thee! The angel standing by the grave cried out to the women: Myrrh is proper for the dead, but Christ has shown Himself a stranger to corruption.
  • He Who Hung the Earth Upon the Waters Is Hung Upon the Cross

    Daniel Larison
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Why Holy Thursday matters to Christians. Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry explains. The role of drink in Russian history. Helen Rittelmeyer reviews Mark Lawrence Schrad’s Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State. Obstacles for Rand Paul. Michael Brendan Dougherty identifies a hostile donor class as the major problem for his likely candidacy. Excessive use of force in Albuquerque. Radley Balko reviews the findings of the Department of Justice report on APD abuses. Ukraine is in no condition to fight. Simon Shuster reports on the poor state of Ukraine’s…
  • Confrontation Can’t Be Avoided By Actively Seeking It

    Daniel Larison
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    The Economist wants to confront Russia now: The West has seen Russia brush off its threats and warnings. It looks feeble and divided. Yet, after the destabilisation of eastern Ukraine, even doves should grasp that the best chance of stability lies in standing up to Mr Putin, because firmness today is the way to avoid confrontation later. It sounds superficially plausible that “firmness” now will help avoid confrontation later, but it’s not true. All that this is saying is that they would prefer that Western governments escalate the crisis sooner rather than later. There is…
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    Bill Starr's Blog

  • Sharpening the saw for liberty

    Bill Starr
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    In recent discussions, the questions has been raised as to the best actions a person living in the United States can take to improve our society.For those with a bent to liberty, it is important to remember that sharpening the saw is as important as using it. (Thanks to Stephen Covey).One of the advocates for freedom whose writings have been influential on me is Leonard Read, and in particular, his book "Elements of Libertarian Leadership". I highly recommend this book to any who would make themselves more effective in the cause of liberty in this world. In his closing remarks, Read…
  • Some thoughts on the Jim Irsay arrest

    Bill Starr
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:15 pm
    I read an Associated Press article in the paper today that says police found multiple prescription drugs in the vehicle of Indianapolis Colts owner, Jim Irsay, during a Sunday night traffic stop.The AP also reports that Irsay acknowledged a painkiller dependency more than a decade ago.I know little about Mr. Irsay, but I have trouble understanding why either of these things amounts to a case for government action against Mr. Irsay.The article gives no indication that the prescription medicines were not legally obtained, nor whether Mr. Irsay caused any injury or property damage while driving,…
  • Two Hours Before the Sun, Jim Burdsall

    Bill Starr
    17 Mar 2013 | 5:49 pm
    A shorten version of the following was published in today's Sunday Indianapolis Star newspaper.Two Hours Before the SunWhat are Senate President Pro Tempore David Long and House Speaker Brian Bosma afraid of? Why won’t they permit a summer study to review Indiana’s time zone? Is it because there is no social, commercial, or geographical reason for any portion of Indiana to be in the Eastern Time Zone? In 2005, the leadership of the General Assembly killed a proposal for a time zone referendum to be placed on the 2006 ballot. It is obvious that Big Brother believes Big Brother knows what…
  • Tragic accident related to Indiana's time zone

    Bill Starr
    12 Mar 2013 | 5:34 am
    From: Bill StarrTo: Tom Jekel <tjekel at therepublic.com>Cc: Susannah H. Dillon <shdillon at indy.rr.com>; Dr. John B. Quick <bcscsupt at bcsc.k12.in.us>; Barry Wright -- WCSI News <news at wcsiradio.com>Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 8:24 AMSubject: Fw: News releaseHello, Mr. Jekel.This is not a letter to the editor for publication, but I encourage you to run the attached letter from my friend, Sue Dillon, as a guest column. Sue is president of the Central Time Coalition, an organization of Hoosiers, including myself, who would like to see Indiana restored to the…
  • My two cents on Indiana's quirky time zone

    Bill Starr
    9 Mar 2013 | 12:52 pm
    Wow. A year since my last blog post, and this one is the same subject as the last one.Indiana's quirky time zone
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  • Why Can’t Elected Officials Force DIA to Comply With the Law?

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    I stand amazed at how much the responses I've received from Sen. Roy Blunt, Sen. Claire McCaskill and U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner have varied since Jan. 13 when I contacted the offices of these people who purport to represent me and my fellow citizens in the Show-Me State in the U.S. Congress and asked for help in dealing with officials at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Continue reading →
  • DIA Continues to Stonewall Freedom of Information Act Request — 639 Days (So Far)

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Unless something unexpected happens during the next two days, a Freedom of Information Act request I submitted to the Defense Intelligence Agency will turn 639 days old Wednesday, and a citizen's access to unclassified details about government purchases of polygraph machines will continue to be squelched. Continue reading →
  • WE’RE CLUCKED: Obama’s ‘Chickens’ Have Come Home

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Since the first day that Barack Obama occupied the White House, he has extended the hand of friendship to the most brutal and intolerant people on the face of the Earth, writes guest writer Paul R. Hollrah. In doing so, he has denied the Judeo-Christian origins of our great nation. He has caused the gloom of a declining culture to fall across the face of America; his chickens have come home to roost. Continue reading →
  • Third Book Nears Finish Line

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Three weeks ago, I began editing the 400-plus pages of the final draft of my still-untitled first fiction novel (a.k.a., "book #3). Today, I finished the process! I think you'll like it when it's released this summer. Continue reading →
  • House Intelligence Committee Chairman’s Conflict of Interest Slows Benghazi Investigation

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Like so many people, I've wondered why members of the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives have dragged their feet so long on investigating the Benghazi debacle. Now Dick Morris offers the answer: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) is to blame! Continue reading →
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    About.com Immigration Issues

  • Jeb Bush Defends His Comments About Unauthorized Immigrants

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:45 am
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is feeling the heat from his comment earlier this month that unauthorized immigrants are not committing a felony but rather, an "act of love." "I think we need to kind of get beyond the harsh political rhetoric to a better place," Bush told Fox News on April 6. "The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn't come legally ... and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work, to be able to provide for their family, yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love, it's an act of commitment to…
  • Immigrant Baseball Players Will Contribute Mightily to MLB

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:02 am
    The Major League Baseball season is underway and once again, with 223 foreign-born players on opening-day rosters, immigrants will have a lot to say about deciding who wins the World Series....Read Full Post
  • Supreme Court's Inaction Is Victory For Immigrant Rights Advocates

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:53 am
    The U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule on two much-anticipated cases involving local immigration enforcement in March, and the justices' inaction was good news for advocates for immigrant rights. The high court decided against hearing the appeals of cases involving Farmers Branch, Texas, and Hazleton, Pa....Read Full Post
  • USCIS To Start Accepting Petitions For H-1B Visa Program on April 1

    30 Mar 2014 | 1:22 am
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is ready to begin accepting petitions for H-1B visas beginning Tuesday, April 1, for the 2015 fiscal cap. The government restricts the number of H-1B visas to 65,000 per year, with an exemption for the first 20,000 petitioners who have earned master's degrees or higher in the United States....Read Full Post
  • Pew Study: Federal Immigration Prosecutions Show Dramatic Rise

    23 Mar 2014 | 10:37 pm
    The Pew Research Center has released an analysis of federal prosecutions and convictions that shows the dramatic impact immigration policy has had on the courts. According to the researchers, between 1992 and 2012, the number of offenders sentenced in the federal courts more than doubled, and that increase was caused largely by a 28-fold rise in the number of convictions for unlawful re-entry. During the Obama administration's first term, deportations soared to record levels....Read Full Post
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • TV Broadcasters Should Have Same Rights As Everyone Else

    Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    Ilya Shapiro and Trevor Burrus Remember broadcast television? Amid the avalanche of new streaming services, DVRs, and Rokus, not to mention cable TV, some people may have forgotten—or, if they’re under 25, never known—that there are TV shows in the air that can be captured with an antenna. The Supreme Court certainly hasn’t forgotten, given that it maintains an outdated rule that broadcast TV gets less First Amendment protection than cable, video-on-demand, or almost anything else–a rule dating to the 1969 case of Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. FCC. That lower standard of…
  • Copyright on the (Cato) Docket May 7th

    Jim Harper
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Jim Harper This week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced four upcoming hearings on issues raised in the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force’s July 2013 paper, “Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy.” The hearings will be held in or near Nashville, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in May, June, and July. Cato will host its own hearing early next month on Tom W. Bell’s new book Intellectual Privilege. That event will occur May 7th at the Cato Institute…
  • Judge Rebukes Labor Department Over Shoddy Case

    Walter Olson
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Walter Olson It seems every week or two another federal agency gets smacked down in court for trampling the rights of regulated parties in enforcement litigation. This week it’s the Labor Department’s turn: The U.S. Department of Labor must pay more than $565,000 in attorney fees to an oilfield services company it accused of wage-and-hour violations totaling more than $6 million, a federal judge has ruled…. Officials, who opened their investigation in 2010, alleged the business [Texas-based Gate Guard Services, LLC] improperly classified 400 gate attendants as independent…
  • Making an International Deal: Iran Should Stop Persecuting Religious Minorities

    Doug Bandow
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Doug Bandow Nuclear negotiations with Iran continue in Vienna.  Skeptics remain many:  everything depends on whether the ruling elite, and not just President Hassan Rouhani, is serious about reform.  Iran should demonstrate its commitment by respecting religious liberty. The most celebrated case of persecution today is Saeed Abedini, an American citizen born in Iran and sentenced to eight years in prison last year for “undermining national security” by the Iranian government. A Muslim convert to Christianity, his “crime” in Tehran’s view apparently was aiding house…
  • The Zombie National ID

    Jim Harper
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    Jim Harper Like some sort of zombie from a 1950s B-movie, the REAL ID Act shambles forward, awaiting the day when some national emergency can bring it back to life. In the District of Columbia, the city government has announced that they will begin to issue REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses from May 1, 2014 onwards. The city’s “REAL ID Credential” page sings every note in the pro-national-ID song book. It says that REAL ID is “not a national identification card,” a claim debunked on this blog long ago. It also says that REAL ID will help “inhibit terrorists’ ability to…
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    The Right Commentary

  • Jeb Bush: An Act of Love

    David Weldy
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:38 am
      Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Sunday that many who illegally come to the United States do so out of an "act of love" for their families and should be treated differently than people who... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Cesar Chavez Resolution

    David Weldy
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:38 am
    Senate Republicans blocked a resolution honoring Cesar Chavez on his birthday (March 31) due to language that Democrats refused to allow to be added to the resolution.  Chavez formed the United Farm... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Will Hillary Run?

    David Weldy
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:38 am
    As a rule, when the President in power has low approval ratings, the party he represents has presidential candidates who poll likewise.  This is not the case with former Secretary of State Hillary... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obamacare Follies - Part V

    David Weldy
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:38 am
    I was hesitant to call this story "Obamacare Follies" for the simple fact it makes it appear light-hearted and/or funny.  There is nothing funny about the following story.  Pastor Angran was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Political War

    David Weldy
    12 Mar 2014 | 4:38 am
    It seems that both Republican and Democratic parties are all about protecting their turf, their respective parties.  The never ending battles between the virulent flame throwers, such as Nevada... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Washington Free Beacon

  • Iran Says Plane at Airport Leased to Ghana After U.S.-Flagged Plane Sighting

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran says that a plane which landed in Tehran airport flying the American flag was leased to Ghana’s presidential office and carrying a business delegation from the West African nation. The New York Times reported on Thursday that a plane owned by the Bank of Utah was parked in Mehrabad Airport in Tehran on Tuesday. Its presence was noteworthy as the United States and Iran have been at loggerheads for decades and the Islamic Republic is subject to economic sanctions. A State Department spokeswoman said on Friday these sanctions “generally prohibit”…
  • Iran Says U.S. Attitude to Choice of U.N. Envoy ‘Unacceptable’

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran on Wednesday dismissed as “unacceptable” U.S. government reservations about Tehran’s choice of Hamid Abutalebi as its new U.N. ambassador, the official IRNA news agency reported. Some members of the U.S. Congress have expressed outrage at the selection of the veteran Iranian diplomat, who they accuse of playing a role in the 1979-81 hostage crisis in Iran when U.S. embassy workers were held for 444 days. The White House made clear on Tuesday it did not welcome Abutalebi, saying officials had told Tehran that the selection was “not…
  • Mike Allen: House Dems Fear Midterm Elections

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    House Democrats are suffering from a “bad political environment” and are trying to “cut their losses” in order to avoid Republicans adding to their 17-seat edge, Politico’s Mike Allen explained on Morning Joe Friday. Politico reports: House Democrats, battered by Koch brothers ads and facing a grim outlook for the midterms, are providing the clearest indication yet of how they plan to respond: By shoring up imperiled incumbents and only the most promising challengers, but most likely leaving some of the party’s upstart hopefuls to fend for themselves.
  • I Feel The Need For Speed!

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    No word if Maverick was flying the jet.
  • Roadblock to Health Care Reform

    Andrew Evans
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Despite the Obama administration’s declaration of victory in the Obamacare Wars, Republicans still vehemently oppose the law. House Republicans have voted to repeal the law scores of times, top Republican leaders are calling the law a “disaster” and a “catastrophic failure,” and Republicans are expected to campaign heavily on the law’s flaws in this fall’s midterm elections. However, the GOP has yet to unify behind a replacement to the law, despite calls from Republican lawmakers for the party to put forward a viable alternative. An analysis of the last significant proposal by…
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