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|Faith, love, and children,
By John Hayward
April 26th, 2013 - President Obama became the first sitting president
to address Planned Parenthood on Friday. Not surprisingly, he
didn’t have anything to say about Kermit Gosnell, or the wave of
medical emergencies at abortion clinics, or the sex-selection abortions
Live Action discovered at Planned Parenthood. Obama didn’t
use the word “abortion” in his speech. Abortion is so
that even the most strident abortion radical ever elected to the White
House can’t bring himself to say the...
Bell: Why My Family Came to America, Jessica
April 26, 2013 - More than any other nation in history, the United
States has made itself a new home for immigrants in search of a better
life. It embraces those who come to this country honestly—often with
nothing more than their work ethic—in search of the promises and
opportunities of the American Dream. As a second-generation American, I
think of this promise often. Each and every day, when I see my
grandfather’s Ellis Island records hanging...
the Conversation, by
Don Draper, Mad Men's master advertiser likes to say "when you don't
like what they are saying, change the conversation." When it
comes to the current economic weakness, which was confirmed again today
by the release of lower than expected GDP data, Washington would love
do just that. Fortunately for them, they consistently outdo the master
minds of Madison Avenue when it comes to misdirection. If the
government doesn't like what people are saying, they don't bother just
to change the...
as Purposeful Institution,
By Ryan T. Anderson
April 23rd, 2013 - When a baby is born, a mother always is nearby. The
question is whether a father will be involved in the life of that child
and, if so, for how long. Marriage increases the odds that a man will
be committed to both the children that he helps create and to the woman
with whom he does so. The recent oral arguments at the Supreme Court
highlighted this and other key questions about redefining marriage as
we’ve always understood it in America. That is, marriage is the union
of a man and woman as...
destructive power grabs
April 22, 2013–GANG GREEN’S SEVEN DEADLIEST, MOST DESTRUCTIVE POWER
GRABS: #7 – The “Endangered Species Act” Sold as legislation that would
protect vulnerable species, the Endangered Species Act and other
wildlife preservation laws are instead routinely abused by
environmentalists as weapons against employers. A favorite tactic is to
use junk science and strong-arm tactics to get species that are not
threatened or endangered listed as “threatened” or “endangered” to shut
Redstate…Gun Control: Treating The Symptoms,
By Breeanne Howe
As the nation struggles to understand the attack at the Boston
Marathon, the debate over background checks for gun buyers has received
more attention from gun control advocates as a result. The left argues
that stricter gun control laws might prevent tragedies such as the
Boston bombings and the Newtown shooting. The right points out that
criminals, including the Boston bombers, do not adhere to the law and
creating new gun control...
Control Poll that might finally
shut the media up
For weeks, the media pretended that poll after poll proving the
American people were moving against stricter gun control simply didn't
exist. This included a Gallup poll that showed 96% of the American
people did not consider gun control any kind of national priority. But
media propaganda isn't about reality; it is about the manufacturing of
a reality. So the media-collective glommed on to flawed polls that
showed upwards of 90% support for the tightening of background checks.
Clutching these 90% polls in a ...
Increase For Every
Home, by John Ransom
Despite President Barack Obama’s promises that he would never, ever,
ever, raise taxes on people making less than $250,000 year, a new
analysis from the Tax Policy Center -- citing a new tobacco tax that
will hit some low-income families harder than the rest -- indicates
he's breaking that oath. Upon closer examination of the budget, it's
revealed Obama raises taxes on middle and low-income families again,
and again, and again. “President Barack...
Budget Shows Middle-Class Tax Pledge
04/23/2013 - Taxes: A new study shows President Obama's budget would
significantly boost taxes on the middle class. Funny, we seem to recall
him promising voters that only the rich would pay for his grandiose
spending plans. According to the analysis from the nonpartisan but
liberal-leaning Tax Policy Center, Obama's budget would hit wealthy
families hardest, with the top 20% of income earners shouldering almost
90% of the tax hike. But families at every income level would end up
paying more if...
Heart Be Troubled, By Erick Erickson
I remember it so clearly — a memory you can only remember so clearly
when it is from sadness. You can’t let it go. I was sitting in the mud
by the rear passenger side tire of my old Acura cradling my one year
old in the steady, driving rain. I was sobbing doing my best not to
fall apart in front of my little girl. But the tears ran. My throat
hurt as I tried to suppress the guttural cries I wanted to cry there in
the mud. RedState, which got up and running in 2004...
does double duty
A sweepstakes parlor, or Internet café, gives away chances to win
prizes with the use of Internet access. Ohio has more than 800 such
mini-casinos. They also are popular in the South, where their owners
have been able to amass enough money to buy political influence. In
Florida, an influence-peddling scandal involving the cafés has led to
calls for their abolition. Defenders say Internet cafés are benign
businesses that create jobs. Critics call them pernicious, claiming
they exploit old and poor people...
No Fantasy… Earth
Environmental Insanity, By Alan Caruba
Anyone who has been paying any attention to the environmental movement
has got to have concluded it is insane. • While the United States
stands poised on defaulting on its ever-growing debt—the highest in the
nation’s history; • While wars and insurrections are waged in the
Middle East, across northern Africa, and in the Ivory Coast; • While
Japan struggles to deal with a major earthquake and nuclear plant
meltdown; • While Islam wages...
Not a Miracle - It's America,
by Charles Payne
The Mughal's nature is such that they demand miracles, but if a miracle
were to be performed by some upright follower of our religion, they
would say that it had been brought about by magic and sorcery. They
would strike him down with spears or would stone him to death. Antonio
Monserrate The stock market continues to endure its toughest week of
the year with intermittent flashes of resolve, even as the economic
backdrop is proving too difficult sledding. When a rally is as hated as
this one has been...
who is Chalkman?
Notes by Bob Robinson
As always, when I get an “Email Blast” that I feel CNO readers would be
interested in, I do a little Internet research to see what pops up.
Sometimes I get “urban legends” – ie, not so. Sometimes I find that
it’s legitimate. I provide a little background information. This is the
first time I found (supposedly) two Chalk Men. For future reference,
there is another set of chalk art that I’ll be posting in the future… a
third chalk man? For these images, I...
|Redstate...Gang Plan: Perennial De Facto
By Daniel Horowitz
of the most common bromides regurgitated by Republicans in defense of
‘amnesty first, enforcement later’ proposals is that we already have de
facto amnesty with Obama not enforcing the laws. This was always a
dubious argument even before the release of the gang bill. We
should not use Obama’s malevolence as a baseline from which to craft
public policy. Instead of rewarding Obama for his insidious abuse of
power by granting him the desired outcome, we should hammer him...
Dirty Secret About The Environment,
By John Merline
The Environmental Protection Agency late last month proposed strict new
"clean fuel" standards on gasoline. The EPA said the so-called Tier 3
rule would cut emissions of smog-forming pollutants, as well as toxic
emissions like benzene. What the EPA didn't say was that levels of
these pollutants have been falling steadily for years, and would
continue to fall even without the new rule, which the oil industry says
will cost tens of billions of dollars. Indeed, a fact that won't get
much attention on Earth...
“God Don’t Make Junk”… The
Balls of Life, By Bob Robinson
In 2005 I wrote as part of the introduction to my book, “God Don’t Make
Junk, from Ramblings of an Old Man,” an adaptation to something that
was floating around the Internet. It was about golf balls and pebbles
and sand and stuff. The message was powerful; the delivery… well… so,
so. I love stealing great ideas that are presented in a boring manner
and trying to liven them up a bit. Which is exactly what I did. I
published my version in my...
|Redstate...When Will Republicans Understand
Market Healthcare? By Daniel Horowitz
April 18th, 2013–Healthcare is one of the most complex policy
issues. The lack of free market healthcare, engendered by
government interventions (and secondary interventions to fix the
original interventions), has made policy solutions even more
cumbersome. But the overarching principle of any reform must
begin with the understanding that federal intervention in the
healthcare industry has inexorably driven up the cost of healthcare and
health insurance. As such, no healthcare policy panacea...
Budget, by Larry Kudlow
No matter how you slice the Obama budget pie, the inescapable fact is
that the president wants to get rid of the roughly $1 trillion
budget-cutting sequester and substitute in a $1 trillion-plus tax hike.
In other words, more spending, more taxing. Growth-busting. The GOP
should just say no. And let me provide some counsel to my Republican
friends in Washington, in particular in the House. Balanced budgets
don’t create growth. This mantra is wrong. It’s...
Border Crossings Could Change Immigration Debate,
Apr 16, 2013 - There's a confrontation coming between the Obama
administration and Republicans in Congress over the most basic question
of immigration reform: How secure is the U.S. border with Mexico?
Not only does the administration not know -- and perhaps doesn't want
to know -- but there are signs the border is less secure than some of
the most skeptical Republicans thought.
Last year the Border Patrol began experimenting with a new drone-based
surveillance system that had been developed for
Standing with Boston, By James Carafano
16, 2013 - America is at its best when it faces adversity with courage,
confidence, and determination. That recipe of “what makes us who we
are” holds for hurricanes, disasters, and tragedies like the one that
occurred during yesterday’s Boston Marathon.
A security professional knows what to do first: Take care of the
injured, protect the responders and bystanders who are racing to the
scene to help (who can often be the target of...
Founders vs. the IRS, by Chuck Norris
Apr 16, 2013 - Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act
request revealed that agents for the Internal Revenue Service are
bypassing warrants and sifting through the email and other electronic
communications of American citizens.
Those documents disclosed that "agents were told they didn't need a
warrant to root through emails, texts or Facebook pages of people (the
IRS) is investigating," according to Fox News. Despite the fact that
IRS email surveillance is a clear affront...
Budget Ends Funding for D.C. School Choice Program
By Lindsey Burke - April 12, 2013 - Yesterday, Education Secretary Arne
Duncan testified before the House Appropriations Committee about
Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget request for the Department of
Education. Congressman Andy Harris (R–MD) took the opportunity to
question Duncan about a glaring omission from the budget: funding for
the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP)...
Magazine 24… Small
business owners criticize Obamacare
roll out, by Betsi Fores
More business owners are upset about the Affordable Care Act, now that
the Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the
small-business health care marketplace exchange will be delayed until
2015 because of “operational challenges.” Employees of small businesses
will still have access to insurance, but due to the delay they will be
limited to one choice during the first year, rather than all the
options promised under the full-fledged small-business exchange...
Planet Goodies, From a CNO Reader, Notes by
It’s fascinating what comes through your email these days. Most of it
is discarded, often without bothering to look. Some of it deserves a
second glance. And an unusually high number recently were too good not
to share with our readers. Seniors especially will delight in these
photos from a CNO reader. Well… I think they will. I’m a senior and I
got a big chuckle out of them. Well… most of them. Especially humorous
to me was the older gentleman...
Plain Dealer… The
dangers of test-score worship,
By Sharon Broussard
April 12, 2013 - A major academic cheating scandal involving the
Atlanta Public Schools just might jolt states out of their
lackadaisical oversight of school officials trying to game standardized
tests as the results become more and more important in determining
educators' prestige and pay. That is the takeaway from last week's
stories about one of the nation's former rock-star school
superintendents being forced to show up like a common criminal to get
her bail reduced to $200,000 from...
the Government Goes Bankrupt,
by Andrew P. Napolitano
What happens when the government goes bankrupt? This question is one
that sounds like a hypothetical exercise in a law school classroom from
just a few years ago, where it might have been met with some derision.
But today, it is a realistic and terrifying inquiry that many who have
financial relationships with governments in America will need to make,
and it will be answered with the gnashing of teeth. Earlier this week,
a federal judge accepted the bankruptcy petition of Stockton, Calif., a
city of about...
Townhall...Object Lesson: "Temporary"
Dies, By Michelle Malkin
Apr 12, 2013–Does America lack "compassion" and "humanity" for
uninvited foreigners? Quite the contrary. While open-borders activists
rail against "injustice" and demand new "pathways to citizenship,"
official U.S. policy rewards countless line-jumpers with permanent
residency and taxpayer-subsidized benefits. Case in point: the massive
"Temporary Protected Status" (TPS) program run by the Department of
Homeland Security. In theory...
and Chuck Schumer as GOP Leader,
By Daniel Horowitz
April 10th, 2013 - Until recently, taxes and guns were the two issues
that served as the glue to bind together Republicans of all
stripes. They were the two issues that even feckless
elected-Republicans could be counted on to hold the line and stand with
conservatives. But over the past few years, Obama and the
Democrats have gotten Republicans to break their impervious opposition
to tax increases by supporting “increased revenue” and closing
“loopholes.” Now they are doing the same...
testament to faith… Groom,
Texas, Edited by Bob
I’d never heard of Groom, Texas. When I got the usual “blast” email
with some fantastic photos of statues depicting the various events in
Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, my first thought was, “if true,
maybe this is a Sunday offering.” True. A Google search turned up
dozens if not hundreds of links about this amazing offering near a
small town of a little under 600 people about 50 miles from Amarillo.
It is located on Interstate 40 (what used...
Bell: 5 Things to Know About the
Obama Budget, By Amy Payne
April 11, 2013 – President Obama finally released his budget
yesterday—more than two months late. Heritage experts immediately went
to work analyzing the mounds of new spending on education,
manufacturing, “clean energy,” infrastructure, and small business.
But the President didn’t stop at more of the same failed stimulus and
Solyndra-type policies. He also piled on the tax increases —including
on seniors, the poor, and the middle class.Five key things to know
about President Obama’s budget: 1. It ...
PolitiChicks...Bye, Bye Sheriffs: Colorado
Police State, By Elizabeth Hermesch
April 9, 2013–According to the book They Fired the First Shot,
“Sheriffs across our nation are standing up against tyranny and are
winning their battles without violence, without protests, without
lawsuits. How? Because constitutional power is clear as to who holds
the final authority in local areas. Not the President of the United
States, not Congress, not the Supreme Court, but the local Sheriff
holds the authority and he is fast becoming the hero of the ...
non-recovery, Now in
his second term, president can’t dodge responsibility
Wednesday April 10, 2013 - Last week’s worse-than-expected U.S. jobs
report gave even supporters of Barack Obama pause.
Could it finally be that those who gave him a pass on the economy
throughout his entire first term, arguing that he had inherited an
unprecedented challenge, are beginning to see that it’s time to start
holding this second-term president responsible for an economy that
keeps shedding workers and hope?
Four years and four months into the Obama administration, he clearly
Plays Favorites, By
Apr 10, 2013 - People say government must "help the little guy, promote
equality, level the playing field."
People often go into government to do that. But even when people mean
well, it's natural for them to help out their cronies.
David Stockman, who ran the Office of Management and Budget under
Ronald Reagan, was criticized for saying the government's budget
numbers didn't add up. But he was right.
Now, in his book "The Great Deformation,"...
There’s a Backlash against Common Core, By
Lindsey M. Burke
Decisions about standards should be made at the state and local level.
April 8, 2013 - The federal government has spent billions to move
Common Core forward, and it has put billions more on the line.
Unfortunately, parents, teachers, tea-party activists, and governors
have every reason to believe Common Core represents major,
unprecedented federal intervention into education. In a speech to the
National Governor’s Association in 2010, President Obama stated...
Choice Blooming this Spring, By Rachel
April 2, 2013 - School choice is making headlines in multiple states
this spring. Several have approved or are considering proposals to
expand educational opportunity for families. Texas is going bold by
introducing multiple school choice proposals. Heritage’s Lindsey Burke
explains that these include: an elimination of the cap on charter
schools (only 215 are currently allowed to operate), creation of
special needs scholarships to allow...
Numbers Demystified, By
Apr 05, 2013 - Editor's note: This piece was co-authored by Michael
Talent. Trying to figure out what the “official” unemployment rate
means can be very frustrating. Much of what we hear is complex and
counter intuitive. The numbers seem inconsistent with what people are
experiencing and many people are simply losing interest. We hear about
growth in the non-institutional population, a decline in the labor
participation rate, people who are unemployed and want a job not being
counted as unemployed...
Has Happened to Liberal Education?
By Linda Chavez
Apr 05, 2013 - Liberal education once stood for something grand and
good: the study of the arts, humanities and sciences with the aim of
improving the mind through the acquisition of knowledge and the pursuit
of truth. But some of America's most elite colleges and universities
have all but abandoned this goal. Instead, many selective schools favor
the faddish, the politically correct and the dogmatic, all the while
proclaiming their devotion to promoting "critical...
|Another Subprime Idea from Obama,
by Diane Katz
The Obama Administration is reportedly pushing banks to increase
mortgage lending to people with relatively weak credit in hopes of
boosting home sales. But the very same policy under Presidents Clinton
and Bush contributed mightily to the housing bubble that ultimately
devastated millions of families in mortgage default. Credit is indeed
tight—a predicament that’s exacerbated by the President’s tax and
regulatory policies. Reforms to those policies are needed to prompt
Cities in Small Counties,
by Rich Galen
Apr 05, 2013 - From Marietta, Ohio 45750 - The Washington County GOP
Lincoln Day Dinner - I love county-level political events. Unlike major
Washington, DC-based events or national political conventions, the
people who come to Lincoln Day (on the GOP side) or Jefferson-Jackson
Day (for the Dems) dinners, or county picnics during the summer, or
participate in parades are the people who are truly the backbone of
of Three Shale
States, By Mark Green
Apr. 4, 2013 - Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. Three states blessed
with vast shale resources, three stories: Pennsylvania The shale
natural gas revolution has revolutionized the state’s economy. A recent
IHS report: The adoption of hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania was
the main driver of double digit job growth in Pennsylvania in 2010 and
2011, providing a bulwark against deep recession at a time when many
other sectors of the state economy were struggling. In terms of jobs:
The economic ...
Immigration Reform Must Do,
By Amy Payne
Immigration is a difficult issue—there’s no getting around that. How do
we encourage and improve lawful immigration, while deterring unlawful
immigration? David Addington, head of Heritage’s Edwin Meese III Center
for Legal and Judicial Studies, takes on this question just as the
Senate’s “Gang of Eight” nears a deal on a new bill. He writes: The
U.S. should reform its immigration system through a careful,
step-by-step process that welcomes lawful...
in Trouble? Exchange
delayed, as lawmakers push to repeal another, By Jim Angle
April 03, 2013 - Parts of ObamaCare are starting to fray, even before
full implementation. The Obama administration now says a special system
of exchanges designed to make it easier for small businesses to provide
insurance will be delayed an entire year -- to 2015. "Lots of small
businesses struggle with providing insurance for their workers so this
was supposed to facilitate it and make it easier for small business to
do this," said Jim Capretta of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. "It
was a huge portion...
& Their Pets… Kids…
You gotta love it! From
a CNO Reader
If you have been around kids for any length of time, you have come to
understand that there is very little they do that will or can surprise
you. Their imagination, ingenuity and ability to move you in various
ways seems limitless. Consequently, their creativity when it comes to
playing with their best friends… the family pet… should also come as no
surprise. The photos you see will be a special treat not only for folks
who love kids, but for those...
Fund up to 45,000 Years of White House Tours,
A study from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC)
shows the federal government's needless spending and costly regulations
waste over $42 billion dollars–enough to fund up to 45,000 years of
White House tours. After the White House announced that its public
tours would be one of the first government functions to be shut down
due to the budget sequester's slowdown of spending increases,
conservatives have highlighted government spending on inconsequential
DeMint: My First Day as Heritage's
Today is my first full day as president of The Heritage Foundation, and
the first thing I want to do is thank my predecessor Ed Feulner for the
institution he has built over the past 36 years. The second thing I
will do is tell you that we will not change the boundless optimism and
pride in our country you’ve come to expect from Heritage—or our
commitment to make sure America remains a beacon of freedom to the
world. Heritage has always believed the values that...
Magazine 24… Obama
Ignores 85,933 Ideas to Save Money,
by T. Elliot Gaiser
President Obama asked federal workers to suggest ways for the federal
government to save money, and American citizens responded – with 86,000
But his administration picked only 67 of those ideas, most of which are
either minute or simply take credit for savings that have already been
implemented, according to Washington Post reporter David A.
The Obama administration created the online comment box in 2009.
Sixteen ideas have been given a presidential SAVE award
Children’s Bible… Judas
Asparagus, From a CNO
This is amazing and should bring tears of laughter to your eyes. I
wonder how often we take for granted that children understand what we
are teaching? A child was asked to write a book report on the entire
Bible. Here is what was written:
The Children's Bible in A Nutshell
In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but
God, darkness, and some gas. The Bible Says,'The Lord thy God is one,'
but I think He must be a lot older...
Arms Trade Treaty, Week Two: As the U.N. Talks, the Senate Acts
by Ted R. Bromund, Ph.D. - March 26, 2013 - At the United Nations,
review continues of the latest draft of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)
that was unveiled on Friday. The temperature of the conference is
notably lower now, and there is a renewed sense that Thursday is likely
to bring agreement on a treaty. True, the Arabs and others continue to
issue demands, and the U.S. is still locked in a struggle with a group
of over 100 nations that want a perfect treaty, but this week’s
speeches seem less strident...
Misses Another Layup, by John Ransom
First the bad news: In a basketball shoot around witnessed by reporters
Obama missed 20 of 22 shots including a layup. On the brighter side,
North Korea is restarting its shuttered nuclear facility in order to
process weapons grade nuclear material to target the US; the Cyprus
contagion has not abated, but seems to be spreading; factory orders
fell in the US and Europe; and unemployment remains little changed--
except for all those people who stopped looking...
Street Journal… Laffer
and Moore: The Red-State Path to
high taxes are struggling to compete for businesses and workers.
- By Arthur B. Laffer & Stephen Moore - You can tell a lot
prosperity in America by observing the places people are moving to and
where they are packing up and moving from. New Census Bureau data on
metropolitan areas indicate that the South and the Sunbelt regions
continue to grow, while the Northeast and Midwest continue to shrink.
Among the 10 fastest-growing metro areas last year were Raleigh,
Austin, Las Vegas...
knowingly sends Billions in Fraudulent
Refunds to Illegal Immigrants
by Bob Beauprez - A WTHR-TV Indianapolis investigative report exposes a
fraudulent scheme wherein the IRS is sending $4.2 billion per year to
illegal immigrants as an "additional child tax credit" for children who
don't even live in the U.S. Further, the IRS and Congress have been
ignoring the scheme for years. The Inspector General's office
repeatedly identified the problem in audit after audit. The
Russell George says, "The magnitude of...
Victory for Good Fiscal Policy,
by Dan Mitchell
March 29, 2013 - Because I’ve been sharing good news recently
which definitely is not my normal style, I joked the other day I must
be on coke, in love, or rolling in money. For example: The fiscal cliff
was a smaller loss than I expected. The sequester was a real victory.
We have good evidence that the Tea Party has made a positive
difference. The Democratic-controlled Senate rejected a permanent
expansion of funds for the IMF. The burden of government fiscal policy
has been reduced since the 2010...
Ain't Beanbag, by
Mar 29, 2013 - Among the many very nice comments I got for Wednesday's
MULLINGS (Our Talking Points Society) was a reader who asked (in
essence) "If Fox News Channel is so far ahead of MSNBC and CNN why did
the GOP lose the Presidential election last Fall?" The answer is: The
number of people who watch cable news is a tiny percentage of the
voting population. According to TVNewser.com the total number of people
who tuned into any of the...
financial debacle holds lessons,
by Star Parker
We are now hearing the usual voices of protest in Detroit in the wake
of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appointing an outside expert to take over
financial management of the near-bankrupt city. Detroit is the largest
city in American history to be seized in this fashion and turned over
to an outside manager. The city's reported deficit is $327 million and
long-term liabilities are in the range of $14 billion. But no matter to
the unions, politicians and bureaucrats...
Bell: Revealing What States Are
Hiding, By Amy Payne
March 26, 2013 - How much are we spending on education? Actually, far
more than we know—because as it turns out, states are hiding some of
the teachers’ benefits. In a new paper, Heritage expert Jason Richwine
reveals that “Proper accounting would reveal tens of billions of
dollars in extra teacher pension costs, equivalent to somewhere around
$1,000 in unreported spending per student.”
That’s right—the real cost of education is far higher than we’ve been
told, but it’s not because of extra classroom...
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