Friday, April 11, 2014

Islamists are rising in America while we sleep

Islamists are rising in America while we sleep - Allen B. West - AllenBWest.com:

"It’s simple, we have become so damn politically correct that a vile organization that was an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest Islamic terrorist funding case in America can thumb its nose and by intimidation and coercion deny free speech and freedom of expression in our country. We have fallen under the spell of the bumper sticker “coexist” and have failed to heed the lessons of history.

What is even worse, we have failed to even take this enemy — yep, I mean it –enemy to heart for what they have openly stated their objective to be. Just read the Strategic Memorandum discovered in 1991 if you still have any doubts.

However, most importantly, we have seen a class of political cowards who castigate those of us who recognize this enemy as “Islamophobes” and “extremists.”

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IRS Issued $4 Billion in Fraudulent Tax Refunds Last Year

IRS Issued $4 Billion in Fraudulent Tax Refunds Last Year:

"How much did the IRS mistakenly give to tax scam artists who cashed in on fraudulent tax returns last year? Would you believe almost $4 billion?
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HT Breitbart



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Obamacare Manager Sebelius Leaves In Disgrace

Obamacare Manager Sebelius Leaves In Disgrace - The American Interest:

"The usual cheerleaders have been waving the pompoms over the grand success of Obamacare ever since the law passed the seven million enrollment mark, though that milestone may not be all it’s cracked up to be. And if things are going so well, why isn’t Secretary Sibelius leaving on a high note? She presided over Obamacare’s glittering success, after all. The fact is, the White House is so exuberant over the dramatic success of its signature health care law that the woman who managed the process is being driven out of her job. That should tell you all you need to know about what the White House really thinks about how Obamacare is doing.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Heck of a first paragraph

Heck of a first paragraph:

Great job. Kevin D. Williamson, "The Liberal Gulag":

The word “liberal” has taken a beating over the last few days: A Mozilla executive was hounded out of his position at the firm he co-founded by a coalition of IRS criminals and left-wing campaigners resolved to punish him for having made a donation to a successful California ballot initiative that defined marriage in traditional terms; Adam Weinstein, whose downwardly mobile credibility has taken him from ABC to Gawker, called for literally imprisoning people with the wrong views about global warming, writing, “Those malcontents must be punished and stopped”; Mr. Weinstein himself was simply forwarding a dumbed-down-enough-for-Gawker version of the arguments of philosophy professor Lawrence Torcello; Katherine Timpf, a reporter for Campus Reform, faced a human barricade to keep her from asking questions of those attending a feminist leadership conference, whose organizers informed her that the group was “inclusive” and therefore she was “not welcome here”; Charles Murray, one of the most important social scientists of his generation, was denounced as a “known white supremacist” by Texas Democrats for holding heterodox views about education policy; national Democrats spent the week arguing for the anti-free-speech side of a landmark First Amendment case and the anti-religious-freedom side of a case involving the Religious Freedom Restoration Act; Lois Lerner, the Left’s best friend at the IRS, faces contempt charges related to her role in the Democrats’ coopting the IRS as a weapon against their political enemies; Harry Reid, a liberal champion of campaign-finance reform, was caught channeling tens of thousands of dollars to his granddaughter while conspicuously omitting her surname, which is also his surname, from official documents, cloaking the transaction, while one of his California colleagues, a liberal champion of gun control, was indicted on charges of running guns to an organized-crime syndicate.

HT Newmark's Door




The Market For Common Sense

Belmont Club » The Market For Common Sense:



How come Kerry couldn’t see this coming? The real shocker is that, after everything that had gone before, the Obama administration actually expected this to work, just as Nicolas Maduro thinks that fingerprinting Venezuelan supermarket buyers will put food on the shelves. Pardon my skepticism, but it probably won’t. However, that’s beside the point. The real head scratcher is why they thought it would work at all?
One possible answer is that once a ruling elite buys into a paradigm then all solutions have to be found within the paradigm space.  It’s useless to argue ‘why doesn’t Venezuela leave the producers alone’ because that option is not on the table within the terms of their mental system. The only levers Venezuela actually has are the ones they allow themselves to consider. They have hired millions of bureaucrats to implement their price control system and that’s all they can do. To accept price controls are a failure is to accept they and all their useless functionaries are failures and to dismantle themselves.
That’s never going to happen while a single Venzuelan Boliver remains left to debase. Similarly the Obama administration’s foreign policy model cannot be fixed except within its own terms of reference. They know — like the Chavistas — that they’re always going to be re-elected, perhaps not only in spite of their failures but in some sense because of them. So this is not the end of the Mideast Peace Process. Rather, it can only the beginning.  Abbas and Putin know this for a dead cert: that Kerry will be back, so they’re going to bilk old JFK for all he’s worth.
Which only goes to show that perhaps Chavez was right after all. Perhaps there is no Law of Supply and Demand. If there were a homo economicus, if the rational actor of market theory really existed, then neither Obama nor Chavez would even be elected. Those who criticize president Obama’s lack of belief in American exceptionalism should look at the counterargument from his point of view. ‘If America is so exceptional then how come I am president?’ The real problem with believing in the Law of Supply and Demand is accounting for the existence of an apparently endless market for stupidity.



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The Fascist States of America

The Z Blog › The Fascist States of America:

"I’ve mentioned a few times that the Obama administration has been doing, with reckless abandon, what Nixon was merely accused of doing, in the articles of impeachment drawn up by Congress. If you want to measure how far down the pit of fascism we have fallen, ponder that for a second. Nixon was forced out because he contemplated doing that which we associated with authoritarianism. Today, the mass media celebrates a President using the IRS as a political weapon, conducting political prosecutions, spying on the citizens and refusing to enforce the people’s laws.

Williamson is one guy so I’m not getting my hopes up about the Right. The only way to dig out the fanatics from the culture is through the rough methods of revolution. I don’t see that happening in my lifetime. Instead, we will stagger on toward a soft, feminine fascism. Heretics will be exiled to the fringes of life, but not thrown into camps. A sort or weird and semi-violent Shakerism amongst whites will eventually give way to a Latin authoritarianism as the white population is over run my Hispanic peasants from the south.

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Unless and until the Right comes to terms with what they are facing,

Unless and until the Right comes to terms with what they are facing,: America is doomed. These are not people with whom you can reason or compromise.

They are fanatics. To quote myself, “The Liberal is out there! They can’t be bargained with. They can’t be reasoned with. They don’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And they absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.” - - The Z Blog › The Fascist States of America
HT Side-lines

Here’s What Happened to Crime in Chicago After Illinois Finally Passed Concealed Carry Law

Here’s What Happened to Crime in Chicago After Illinois Finally Passed Concealed Carry Law | TheBlaze.com:

"All crime is down 25 percent from 2013 and police say they have confiscated over 1,300 illegal guns in the last three months.

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Oppressed by the Ivy League

Oppressed by the Ivy League - WSJ.com:

"Dartmouth and any other school in this position should tell the students they have an hour to leave the premises, and if they don't they will be arrested for trespassing and expelled. Since Mr. Hanlon missed that chance, he and the school's trustees should now tell the students that if they are so unhappy they should transfer. Surely the occupiers would be welcomed by at least one of the other 4,431 universities or colleges in the U.S. But they may discover the problem is their own sense of privilege, not Dartmouth's.

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Government Power and Evil

Sultan Knish: Government Power and Evil:

"Evil finds heavy firepower appealing, but the firepower works both ways.

A world where the peasants have assault rifles is a world where peasant no longer means a man without any rights. And while it may also mean the occasional brutal shooting spree, those sprees tend to happen in the outposts of utopia, the gun-free zones with zero tolerance for firearms. An occasional peasant may go on a killing spree, but a society where the peasants are all armed is also far more able to stop such a thing without waiting for the men-at-arms to be dispatched from the castle.

An armed society spends more time stopping evil than contemplating it. It is the disarmed society that is always contemplating it as a thing beyond its control.

Helpless people must find something to think about while waiting for their kings and princes to do something about the killing. Instead of doing something about it themselves, they blame the freedom that left the killer free to kill, instead of the lack of freedom that prevented them from being able to stop him.
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The Liberal Gulag

The Liberal Gulag: Yep.



Definitely Soviet style. 



And by the way, it's not about gay marriage at all. That's just the current demand of the mob. There is no appeasing the mob.



That's why civility to one's enemies is overrated. "They" will never be "won over".



HT End of Your Arm

Saturday, April 5, 2014

We Need a New Name for Liberals

We Need a New Name for Liberals — Jon Gabriel | Ricochet:

"Every week it becomes more obvious that liberals are not liberal in any way shape or form."


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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: A Toxic Workplace Begets Toxic Policies For Consumers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: A Toxic Workplace Begets Toxic Policies For Consumers:

"Each of these stories, whether seemingly mundane self-dealing or regulatory imperialisA recent report conducted through internal investigation at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found multiple instances of employee discrimination and harassment. Investigator Misty Raucci claimed, “I found that the general environment in Consumer Response is one of exclusion, retaliation, discrimination, nepotism, demoralization, devaluation, and other offensive working conditions which constitute a toxic workplace for many of its employees.”
Oh if a toxic workplace was the extent of the problem with the CFPB. But apparently this just shows things are as bad on the inside as the “toxic” policies being thrust upon the market on the outside. Be it a shrinking mortgage market, reduced access to credit card services, or the forced removal of much of the auto lending trade, the CFPB has certainly made its mark in waging war on consumers.
So just how did this agency become capable of spewing toxic policies from an apparently toxic work environment? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was established as part of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform legislation. Premised on the notion that undue influence by Wall Street corrupted public officials in the years preceding the crash, the agency is vested with unprecedented power and independence from public oversight by Congress, the President, or anyone else. Virtually all of the typical levers of control over governmental bureaucracies are absent. It is structured as a bureau within the Federal Reserve, but its rulemaking and litigation are not accountable in anyway to the Federal Reserve Board.
Furthermore, rather than being headed by a bipartisan commission (as is the Federal Trade Commission), the CFPB is headed by a single director. And while it is not uncommon for federal departments to be headed by a single person, such as a cabinet secretary, the director of the CFPB cannot be fired by the President, but serves a five-year term and is removable only for cause, such as malfeasance or dereliction of duty. At the same time, the bureau has the power to regulate virtually every term of every consumer credit product in America.m and dismissing the costs of its regulations, point to a common denominator: an out-of-control agency, drunk on its own power and insufficiently attentive to the impact its mandates are having on the consumers that it claims to represent. It seems that it is the interests of the agency itself, not the consumers it claims to represent, that is animating its toxic decisions.

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HT Forbes



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The Propaganda is Blatantly Obvious for Those Willing to Look

The Propaganda is Blatantly Obvious for Those Willing to Look : Freedom Outpost:

"The truth is that both political parties have strayed so far from what this nation was intended to be that as long as we continue to keep our debate enclosed within the realm of these two parties, we lose. You will have to forgive me but once again I am going to put on the tinfoil hat on and refer you to the 45 declared of the communist party. Goal number fifteen actually calls for the capturing of both political parties in the United States while goal number seventeen stresses the importance of controlling schools and putting the communist party line in the text books.

In my opinion folks, this is the only viable explanation for what we are witnessing in this nation. We have reached a point where there is no room for any honest discussion about anything as an air of mistrust keeps people on edge, and opposition to the Left's "definitive morality" equates to nothing less than hatred and bigotry. Even though nothing the left is doing has produced any positive results not propped up by lies and deliberate misinformation campaigns.

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Why I Want to Break Up the Big Banks

Why I Want to Break Up the Big Banks | askblog:

"Using the lowest estimates, the big banks can attribute almost a fourth of last year’s profits to taxpayer largess. Higher estimates suggest that almost all of the big banks’ earnings in 2013 were due to subsidies rather than productive activity. The IMF notes that even “these dollar values likely underestimate the true TITF subsidy values” because, among other things, the calculations are based on the assumption that shareholders in bailed-out banks would lose everything, which isn’t usually what happens.

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Prosecutor Presents Evidence on How Muslim Pathologist Knowingly Funded Jihad

Prosecutor Presents Evidence on How Muslim Pathologist Knowingly Funded Jihad : Freedom Outpost:

"Another upstanding member of the Muslim community: educated, affluent, Western, moderate — until he’s not. Here again, evidence that gives the lie to the popular fiction that illiteracy and poverty fuel terrorism.

The fact is, it’s a poorly kept secret that while most Muslims don’t strap one on, a substantial number of Muslims support jihad and sharia. That includes the moderates among us.

And this is the gravest threat that we face. Until cultural and political elites face the reality of Islam and the jihadic doctrine, instead of those destroying those of us who do, we are …… sitting ducks.

How many other moderates are funding the slaughter, oppression and subjugation that Islam mandates? The Holy Land Foundation trial in the US showed us that nearly all high-profile Muslim groups in the US were funding terror groups.

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Sweden Sinking Into the Abyss

FOUSESQUAWK: Sweden Sinking Into the Abyss:

"We have posted a lot of articles on Sweden on this site, from the riots in Husby (Stockholm), to the riots in Rosengaard (Malmo), and the persecution of Jews in Malmo. Sweden has allowed its immigration policy to evolve into an outright invasion by hostile forces. There is no thought of assimilation either by the Swedes or the immigrants.
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Multiculturalism: “Cult of Ignorance”

iOwnTheWorld.com » Blog Archive » Multiculturalism: “Cult of Ignorance”:

"Mark Steyn is always funny. But behind the wit is a dark truth: on the slippery slope where multiculturalists live and move and have their being, your facts are merely opinions. Their opinions — the multiculturalists’ ruling dogmas — are incontrovertible facts, they are the credos which every thinking sensitive, feeling person accepts as gospel truths and can recite by heart. They include the enthronement of worthy victims and the promulgation of chronic aggrievement as a constitutional right.

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Crime and Moral Imbecility

Crime and Moral Imbecility:  

ALAN writes: The absence of moral outrage in response to murders like the one in Indianapolis is one example of the moral rot in today’s culture.  It is a result of hatred of responsibility:   The responsibility to make moral judgments and act firmly on the basis of those judgments.  Americans were once quite able […]
HT Thinking Housewife

Friday, April 4, 2014

Common Core is the common whore of education

Common Core is the common whore of education | Right Wing News:

"The pimps, lowlifes, and Johns of the teacher’s unions along with the radical progressive Communists of the Obama Administration are destroying our education system and the intelligence of our children in the process.  These diabolical new standards will be sure to create a lot more window washers and gas station attendants to service the well educated Chinese and Indian Immigrants who no doubt will run our businesses and create all of our jobs. If Common Core is not stopped soon the next generation will be less prepared and less educated and as a result have less opportunity and initiative than other generations.

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Culture of Left only satisfied in destroying, marginalizing people who oppose them

Krauthammer on Mozilla CEO: Culture of Left only satisfied in destroying, marginalizing people who oppose them » The Right Scoop -:

"Talking about the Mozilla CEO being pressured out of his job because of his position against gay marriage, Krauthammer said tonight that this is the culture of the Left, doing the same thing with gay marriage that they are doing with Climate Change – destroying and marginalizing people who oppose them:

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Kerry Finally Realizes He Wasted Over A Year On Palestinian Fantasies

Kerry Finally Realizes He Wasted Over A Year On Palestinian Fantasies - Investors.com:

"Running for president, Barack Obama claimed his personal magnetism could solve the Israeli-Palestinian impasse. But now, five years later, his secretary of state is calling for a "reality check."

Solving the problems in the Middle East was going to be a piece of cake for candidate Obama. "Changing the dynamic in Iraq will allow us to focus our attention and influence on resolving the festering conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians — a task that the Bush administration neglected for years," he asserted in 2007."


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More Negligent Gubmint Waste

IRS Wasted $11.6 Million of Computer Software | Washington Free Beacon:

"The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) bought $11.6 million worth of computer software the agency never used, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

TIGTA attributed the error to poor management and a lack of inventory of more than $200 million in software purchased by the IRS, according to an audit released Thursday.

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State Department Misplaced $6B Under Hillary Clinton

State Department Misplaced $6B Under Hillary Clinton | Washington Free Beacon:

"The report centered on State Department contracts worth “more than $6 billion in which contract files were incomplete or could not be located at all,” according to the alert.

“The failure to maintain contract files adequately creates significant financial risk and demonstrates a lack of internal control over the Department’s contract actions,” the alert states.

The situation “creates conditions conducive to fraud, as corrupt individuals may attempt to conceal evidence of illicit behavior by omitting key documents from the contract file,” the report concluded.

The State Department’s inability to properly file its paperwork is causing most of the losses, according to the report.

The IG “found repeated examples of poor contract file administration” over the years, the report said.

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More gubmint waste.  Out of control bureaucracies.  We need smaller government.



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Thursday, April 3, 2014

In A Culture Of Corruption And Lies With No Accountability - What Message Are We Sending

In A Culture Of Corruption And Lies With No Accountability - What Message Are We Sending To Our Children? : Freedom Outpost:

"What kind of message are we sending to our children here? That it's OK to do whatever you want, and even if you do get caught, you can just lie your way out of it , because there will be absolutely no consequences for your actions ?  I know that Christianity has been all but outlawed, but isn't there a story in the Bible about two cities; one called Sodom and the other Gomorrah, and in that story God ultimately punished those who were wicked and unrepentant? Isn't that what morality is all about, telling the truth and taking responsibility for your actions and learning from your mistakes?

I realize that concepts like truth, justice and the American way are a bit old fashioned, but have we, as a people, strayed so far, that we don't even bother to try to act responsibly anymore? Given those examples, I wonder what will happen to us. A society that has no morals has no future.

If things right now are allowed to continue unabated, what will be our future as a people and a nation?

I shudder even to think about it.

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Charles Koch: I'm Fighting to Restore a Free Society

Charles Koch: I'm Fighting to Restore a Free Society: A truly free society is based on a vision of respect for people and what they value.

In a truly free society, any business that disrespects its customers will fail, and deserves to do so. The same should be true of any government that disrespects its citizens. The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you. This is the essence of big government and collectivism. - - WSJ.com

The ultimate campaign finance reform is smaller government

The ultimate campaign finance reform is smaller government | AEIdeas:

"If you are genuinely worried about the influence of Big Money on Big Government, the free-enterprise solution is to shrink the influence of Big Government. A government able to pick winners and losers through regulation, spending, or the tax code is a government worth influencing, whether through campaign donations or lobbying activities. Numerous studies and analyses have calculated a massive “return on investment” from lobbying. For instance: a 2013 Boston Globe series found that by forking over a mere $2 million over two years to Washington lobbyists, Whirlpool secured the renewal of an energy tax credit worth a combined $120 million over two years.

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Catholics Like Nancy Pelosi Shouldn’t Receive Communion

Pelosi’s Archbishop in San Francisco: Catholics Like Nancy Pelosi Shouldn’t Receive Communion… | Right Wing News:

"The archdiocese of San Francisco has put Nancy Pelosi on probation from communion in the Catholic church."


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Allen West

Allen West: “I believe the election and reelection of Obama were among the most conspicuous acts of denial in recent years. Voters just stopped paying attention.

They accepted consistently bad behavior and rewarded it. They they wonder why they get more bad behavior. Of course many in opposition dare not challenge the behavior because they’re too obsessed with race and political correctness. In Obama’s case we’ve enabled affirmative action to find a home in the nation’s highest office. -- from Allen West’s new book

Doctor Deficit Will Devastate US Health Care

Doctor Deficit Will Devastate US Health Care - The American Interest:

"The doctor shortage is one of those seemingly small, pesky details Obamacare largely ignored (or even made worse). But it is becoming the next big challenge for serious reformers.

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Try debating a liberal about anything and you find a dismissive self righteous thug

Commonsense & Wonder: Fighting for freedom. Try debating a liberal about anything and you find a dismissive self righteous thug:

"INSTEAD OF WELCOMING FREE DEBATE, COLLECTIVISTS ENGAGE IN CHARACTER ASSASSINATION.

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Stinkburgers and meanwiches, Media Complicity, A Divisive President

Stinkburgers and meanwiches | Human Events:



Never mind the field day they would have had, mocking someone like George Bush for regressing to third-grade insults; they’d have blown their stacks if he used sophisticated insults.  Obama’s not engaging with the ideas of his opponents – he no more understands those ideas than a small child understands how an internal combustion engine works.  He doesn’t want you to understand them, either.  You’re supposed to obey him, and the decaying, insolvent, lollipops-for-everyone system he represents, without question… until the day it all comes crashing down, violence spills into the streets, and you look around to find no trace of Barack Obama or his pals.  All you need to know, the President is saying, is that he weally weally wuvs you, but those mean old Wepubwicans with their cruel spreadsheets want you to suffer.  They’re not making proposals in good faith, based on what they believe is best for America; only Barack Obama does that.  They say dignity requires freedom, and freedom demands responsibility, but that’s all just a ruse to keep you from the free money you deserve, so they can have a good laugh while they watch you starve.
But the media’s not going to say anything about how divisive Obama is being here, or how divisive he was when he said on Tuesday that the only reason for opposing ObamaCare is a heartless desire to take away peoples’ health insurance.  Instead, media Praetorian Guards closed ranks around Obama, demanding that everyone instantly forget his childish outburst… except, of course, for those lapdogs seeking extra credit by trying to help him spread his “stinkburgers and meanwiches” slander.
The bottom line is that Obama must be given a free hand to say whatever vile thing he needs, to get his audience worked up, without any fallout or hit to his credibility whatsoever.  The same people who order you to forget about his stinkburgers today will gladly write editorials next Tuesday praising him for his bipartisan outreach, and wondering why crabby old obstructionist Republicans refuse to work with the man who keeps describing them as inhuman monsters.  Meanwhile, any Republican who voices the slightest suspicion about whatever dark motivations might lurk in Obama’s heart – let alone openly insulting him as a callous, greedy political opportunist who cares more about accumulating power than doing what’s right for the country – will be instantly denounced as a wild-eyed extremist.  Nice rules of engagement, if you happen to be on the right side of them.



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The Real War On Women

The Real War On Women | Transterrestrial Musings:

"It’s being waged by Islam, not Republicans and conservatives, and to point that out is not “Islamaphobic.”"


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Obama’s Dumbed Down Public Rhetoric

Obama’s Dumbed Down Public Rhetoric « Commentary Magazine:

"It’s not easy to lower the level of public discourse in America today. But President Obama, God bless him, is doing his part. It’s one thing to be, as Obama is, hyper-partisan and ad hominem. But couldn’t he at least be a bit clever about it?

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How We Lost Marriage

How We Lost Marriage | American Clarion:

"In truth, the care of children and the examples and expectations we set for upcoming generations are of VITAL importance.  But that case requires too much heavy lifting for those, including self-styled conservatives, who would rather show how open and enlightened and forward-thinking they are.  Just note the tepid support for Arizona’s Religious Freedom bill when it came under massive public assault recently.

In our defense, I can only cite the massive, seemingly insurmountable inertia of art & entertainment and a judiciary and political culture that leans overwhelmingly to the left.  Most traditional-minded Americans are too busy living their lives and simply lack the means to save western civilization that leftists have in destroying it.  Our immunity to lewdness and depravity has evaporated, and many certainly respond to pollsters with “If I tell you I support gay marriage, will you shut up about it?”

Thus the deterioration of Judeo-Christian America continues with only marginal opposition.  Our epitaph will be the same, whether the official cause of death is crimes of commission or crimes of negligent disregard.
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Moral Corruption at the OECD: Using Dishonesty to Advance the Statist Agenda

Moral Corruption at the OECD: Using Dishonesty to Advance the Statist Agenda | International Liberty:

"James Madison famously observed that “if men were angels, no government would be necessary.” But he also understood that men do not become angels once they win elections, become police, or are appointed to positions of power. Our constitutional order strikes an elegant balance between policing the non-angels outside of government and constraining the non-angels within government, setting the ambitions of the three branches against one another and subdividing the legislative branch against itself. …Adam Smith’s formula for prosperity — “peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice” — is the very modest ambition that conservatives aim for. Limited government is the tool by which government can be made to do good without necessarily being good, or being composed of good men. …The corruptibility of the political classes is fenced in by limiting the power of the political classes per se. You cannot expand the scope and scale of government without expanding in parallel the scope and scale of government corruption.

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Los Angeles Public School Food Waste: $100,000 per Day

Los Angeles Public School Food Waste: $100,000 per Day | VDARE.com:

"The massive amount of food dumped into the trash shows that the diverse students aren’t starving to death in poverty, as liberals argue, but are spoiled kids who regard free-to-them meals as an entitlement, an attitude they likely got from their parents.

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Americans Believe Most Politicians Abuse Their Power

Americans Believe Most Politicians Abuse Their Power: Reason-Rupe Poll April 2014 - Reason.com:

"The poll found that Americans believe that one out of seven politicians uses his or her power to help friends and hurt enemies. Furthermore, respondents believed that 75 percent of politicians are corrupted by lobbyists and campaign donations.

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Ancient Greeks Sounded A Lot Like Modern Christians On Homosexuality

Ancient Greeks Sounded A Lot Like Modern Christians: Excerpts From 'Eros—The Myth of Ancient Greek Sexuality' (Part 3) | BarbWire.com:

"Plato sees homosexuality as a historical phenomenon, and “enormity” arising out of the “inability to control a pleasure” defined as “against nature” because it is its own end rather than serving the goal of procreation. … Plato’s distaste for homosexuality is shared by his contemporary Xenophon, a great admirer of the Spartans who is anxious to absolve them of their traditional responsibility for legitimizing homosexuality. The mythical lawgiver of Sparta, Lycurgus, Xenophon tells us, forbade physical intimacy between the boy and his admirer, categorizing homosexuality with other crimes like incest. Like Plato, Xenophon considers sexual relations between men a depravity that all right-thinking men should abhor as much as they would incest.

And all this time you thought it was only “repressed” Christians that weren’t enlightened enough to see the supposed harmlessness of homosexuality."


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Millions Trampled in Obamacare’s ‘Success’

Millions Trampled in Obamacare’s ‘Success’ | BarbWire.com:

"But, as we now know, as many as two-thirds of those buying coverage in the exchanges were driven out of their private plans because they didn’t comply with the mountain of Obamacare mandates.

At least 6 million people lost their individual private plans — and the doctors and hospitals they liked — because of Obamacare, and the exchange plans they are enrolling in now cost on average 41 percent more.

Yes, the policies cover more benefits (many of which people say they don’t want or need). But those in the Bronze and Silver plans are facing narrower provider networks and deductibles of several thousand dollars that can dramatically increase their out-of-pocket costs.

And yes, an estimated 80 percent now are receiving taxpayer subsidies in the exchanges. But the subsidies aren’t free.

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Aussie Court Rules Against Biology – and Redefines Reality

Aussie Court Rules Against Biology – and Redefines Reality | BarbWire.com:

"So the courts can now determine whether reality exists or not. Those are certainly some sweeping powers. Of course these activist judges have been playing God for quite some time now. So nothing all that surprising here. When men reject God, they foolishly and vainly think that they are God.

That is why they think they can ride roughshod over biology, sexuality, and even fundamental reality. It is about creating a Brave New World where anything and everything goes, with no ultimate truth, no fixed morality, and no boundaries or parameters whatsoever.

As G. K. Chesterton is said to have written, “When a man ceases to believe in God, he doesn’t believe in nothing. He believes in anything.” What was that about “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make crazy?”

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The Biblical Worldview and Western Civilization

The Biblical Worldview and Western Civilization | BarbWire.com:

"I encourage you to read the entire article. But this is just one more offering from mainstream scholarship showing the overwhelmingly vital and necessary place of Christianity in the transformation of the world and the development of the West.

No one here is arguing that Christianity is solely responsible for the rise of the West, but it is a major, if not the major, factor in it. That is no small achievement, and something which all the detractors of Christianity should start owning up to and acknowledging."


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When Character Counted

When Character Counted | The American Spectator:

"My personal, semi-fearful observation is that we don’t worry half as much as we once did about the teaching of character in all possible forums and outlets — schools, homes, churches, sports, business, books, movies. I could be wrong; but if I am right, it wouldn't hurt a thing for When Hell Was in Session, duly reprinted, to come pouring anew from the presses: a beneficent tide of knowledge and moral encouragement.

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House of Cads

Hating Politics, Loving Government : The Freeman : Foundation for Economic Education:

"Although the American government has not yet reached the scope of collectivist central planning that F. A. Hayek targeted in The Road to Serfdom, much of what he writes there is applicable to it, mutatis mutandis. I specifically have in mind his famous chapter 10, “Why the Worst Get on Top,” the central point of which is that the more detailed the plan the State seeks to impose on its citizens, the more ruthless and expedient its executioners must be if it is to succeed. This is why the most ruthless and unprincipled have the advantage in the struggle for political power. What separates President Obama, or any other recent American president, from someone like President Vladimir Putin of Russia is a matter of degree, not of kind. To paraphrase Lord Acton, not only does power tend to corrupt, but absolute power tends to attract the absolutely corrupt. Frank Underwood, the protagonist of the television drama House of Cards, is an excellent, though of course fictional, illustration of exactly that tendency.
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