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Nullification and What They're Not Telling You, by KrisAnne Hall
I am compelled to share with you a dirty little secret. This secret is one that the government doesn’t want you to know, especially your State legislators, that is if you have one like my dear senator Don Gaetz. You see, senators like Don Gaetz will tell you that if you believe in the sovereignty of the States, if you believe that the States bear the right to nullify unconstitutional federal law, well, you should be “shot and hanged”(yes, he actually said that, read here). These legislators will explain to you... read more
Townhall… Whose Welfare? by Thomas Sowell
Jan 30, 2013 - If there is ever a contest for the law with the most grossly misleading title, the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 should be a prime candidate, because the last thing this Act protects is the welfare of Indian children. The theory behind the Indian Child Welfare Act is that an American Indian child should be raised in an American Indian culture. Based on that theory, a newborn baby of American
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Townhall Finance… Welfare Competition Among Nations, by Daniel J. Mitchell
The welfare state creates some amazingly pathetic and disgusting individuals. In the battle of the bums, we’ve had the spectacle of “Diaper Man” vs “Footless Hans.” In the contest for most despicable moocher, we have the “Florida Pedophiles” vs the “Gimme Babymaker.” And the fight for most pathetic victim of dependency features the “Connecticut Kid” vs the “English Loafer.” But I’ve never found a match for Olga, a Greek woman who thinks it is government’s job to take care of her from cradle to... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Vanishing Vote: Rural Influence Dwindles, by Salena Zito
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack warns that rural America is becoming less relevant to the politics of this country, and he urges people to push lawmakers to do something about that. In rural areas, "there just isn‘t as much political juice as there used to be, and I think we have to address that," said Vilsack, a former Iowa governor who grew up in Pittsburgh. Many voters in this state with more than 7.7 million acres of farmland might agree... read more
Redstate… Obama losing his gun control campaign, By Dan Spencer
January 24th, 2013 - New polling from Washington Post-ABC News and Pew find that President Obama’s campaign to repress the Second Amendment right “keep and bear arms” is faltering. On January 22, 2013, Pew released polling results that found the public followed news about Obama’s gun control proposals closely and the reaction is mixed. Only 39 percent think Obama’s proposals are about right, while 31 percent think the proposals go too far. Or, as Politico put it, “39 percent back Obama gun plan... read more
Gun Laws and the Fools of Chelm, By David Mamet
The individual is not only best qualified to provide his own personal defense, he is the only one qualified to do so - Jan 29, 2013 - Karl Marx summed up Communism as “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This is a good, pithy saying, which, in practice, has succeeded in bringing, upon those under its sway, misery, poverty, rape, torture, slavery, and death. ‘In announcing his gun control proposals, President... read more
Mail Magazine 24… County Sheriff: Power To Protect, by Chuck Baldwin
The local FOX affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah, has reported that the Utah Sheriff’s Association has written a strongly worded letter to President Barack Obama regarding any potential federal laws that would restrict the citizens of the State of Utah from practicing their Second Amendment rights. The letter was signed by every sheriff in the State of Utah except one. The letter reads in part: “With the number of mass shootings America has endured, it is easy to demonize firearms; it is also... read more
Heritage Foundation… Morning Bell: Marching for Life, Sarah Torre
January 25, 2013 - Later today, hundreds of thousands of people will descend on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life. Crowds are expected to exceed last year’s 400,000 participants, to walk a now-familiar route to the steps of the Supreme Court to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that, along with an accompanying ruling... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Obamacare Starts Crippling Hospitals, by Gailon Totheroh
Perhaps Obamacare should be titled PenaltyCare. With Medicare now rolling over into Obamacare, many hospitals are taking a hit and losing payments. Particularly hard hit, strangely enough, was well-to-do Connecticut–as reported by Hearst Media Group. Eighty-six percent of the state’s acute-care hospitals were penalized, that is, are losing lots of money under a new Medicare program put in place by Obamacare requirements. One reason for the penalties was readmission. If a person... read more
Heritage Foundation… Morning Bell: The Urgent Danger in the Senate, By Amy Payne
January 24, 2013 - Think your state has equal representation in the Senate? Well, that could be eliminated soon. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid—a Democrat from Nevada—is trying to ensure that he personally has the final say on all legislation. And under one plan being considered, only three other Senators would be allowed any meaningful contributions. Reid has been talking with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) about an agreement on this nefarious plan. But whether it passes... read more
Townhall… Obama Inaugural: Full of Audacity, but Little Hope, By Michael Barone
Jan 24, 2013 - Commentators both left and right agree that Barack Obama's second inaugural speech Monday was highly partisan, with shout outs to his constituencies on the left and defiance of his critics on the right. Obama quoted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and made brief reference to Abraham Lincoln's sublime Second Inaugural ("blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword"). But there was not much in the way of... read more… What Obama really said in that inaugural speech (And what he left out)
By Andrew Malcolm - 1/22/13 - Not many inaugural addresses go down in history books as memorable, especially second inaugural addresses. Lincoln aside. With few exceptions, inaugurals are mere aspirational tone poems, providing a generally warm, good feeling about where the new or renewed leader wants to take the country although, truth be told, events usually begin reshaping those goals within days. And coming very soon after Inauguration Day is the chief executive's annual State of the Union address... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Hillary on Libya: 'What Difference Does It Make?', by John Nolte
After being pressed today by Republican Senator Ron Johnson to explain how it was that over the course of weeks, the Obama Administration stood by an absurd story claiming that four Americans we're murdered in Libya due to a spontaneous protest gone bad, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played the indignation card. Because she obviously had no answer to justify the ongoing White House deception, Secretary Clinton chose... read more
Heritage Foundation… Morning Bell: Obama’s Second Inaugural Address, Translated
By Amy Payne - January 22, 2013 - Members of Congress—who are about to debate raising the debt ceiling tomorrow—should have paid attention yesterday. The President was very clear that he sees no urgency about reducing the debt and cutting the deficit. In fact, in his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama was honest about his intentions to grow government in order to remake our country along his progressive vision. To sell his agenda, the President borrowed imagery and... read more
Townhall… Beware of Those Advising GOP To Unilaterally Disarm, by David Limbaugh
Jan 22, 2013 - Isn't it ironic that Republicans keep receiving advice to be more conciliatory and work with President Obama while President Obama not only is receiving the opposite advice but fully intends to be even more divisive in his second term? On "Meet the Press" last week, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said: "There's also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the (Republican) party. What do... read more
Mail Magazine 24… How Washington D.C.’s Gun Ban Led to a Crime Wave in the 80s, by Daniel Greenfield
If there’s any place in America where everything must go smoothly, it’s Washington D.C., the city that runs the country. And that’s true of gun control, which went as smoothly in Washington D.C. as it has everywhere else. The formula is simple. Ban guns. Encourage criminals. As a former prosecutor in Washington, D.C., who enforced firearms and ammunition cases while a severe local gun ban was still in effect, I am skeptical of the benefits that many imagine will result from additional gun-control... read more
Townhall Finance… Federal Court Upholds Wisconsin Law on Unions, By Mike Shedlock
Those looking for excellent news in the midst of a clearly-souring global economy can find it in Wisconsin. I am pleased to report Federal appeals court upholds Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s restrictions on public unions. A federal appeals court on Friday upheld Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all of their collective bargaining rights in a decision hailed by Republicans but not undoing a state court ruling... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Who’s Afraid of Fracking? by Deroy Murdock
If frackophobes are to be believed, natural gas fracking is the most frightful environmental nightmare since Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant melted down after an earthquake and tsunami. In "Promised Land," Matt Damon's new anti-fracking movie -- funded in part by the United Arab Emirates -- one character demonstrates this production technique's "dangers" by drenching a toy farm with household chemicals and then setting it ablaze... read more
Townhall… The War on Pot: Not a Safe Bet, by Steve Chapman
Jan 20, 2013 - As recreational drugs go, marijuana is relatively benign. Unlike alcohol, it doesn't stimulate violence or destroy livers. Unlike tobacco, it doesn't cause lung cancer and heart disease. The worst you can say is that it produces intense, unreasoning panic. Not in users, but in critics. Those critics have less influence all the time. Some 18 states permit medical use of marijuana, and in November, Colorado and Washington voted to allow recreational... read more… Obama's Social Security Games Make Case For Private Pensions
01/15/2013 - Politics: President Obama threatened Social Security checks would be delayed if Congress didn't play ball on the debt ceiling. Once again, he turned pensions into a political football. There are ways to stop this. Americans should know: Social Security payments won't be affected by debt-ceiling talks, and Obama knows it. Still, it's not as if the Social Security system is healthy. In a Page 1 story Monday, IBD's Jed Graham reported that 2013 marks the first year new Social... read more
Townhall Finance… Without Deep Spending Cuts, the Republicans Lose the House in 2014
by Larry Kudlow - Okay, it’s official. According to the Treasury Department, the U.S. debt jumped to $16.1 trillion in 2012 from $14.8 trillion in 2011. That’s a $1.3 trillion deficit for the last year. Remarkable. During President Obama’s first term, the federal debt rose by roughly $6 trillion. Now, if they are bold, House Republicans will take advantage of these dismal numbers. Bold means bold spending cuts... read more… President Obama's Cat-Food Future For Retirees
01/16/2013 - The Obama Economy: Americans are drawing down their 401(k)s for nonretirement needs in record numbers, just as Social Security goes bust. This portends poverty for millions as the White House fiddles. Cat food, anyone? One out of four U.S. workers with 401(k) retirement savings accounts has been forced to cash them out or borrow from them at high costs just to stay solvent. The Washington Post, citing a report from financial advisory firm HelloWallet, said the withdrawals have... read more
Canada Free Press… Why are we pretending? By EK Robinson
Sunday, January 13, 2013 - Why are we pretending? Pretending that elections in 2014 might change things, that elections in 2016 could too? Even now the Republicans and their talk show supporters are flailing about as if there is some future in electoral politics for them. They discuss strategy as if it mattered, not seeming to get that they have been marginalized. It is over. It is part of the plan. The template for stealing elections in America at the national level has been set in the 2012 election... read more
Redstate… Spending at Gun Point, By Breeanne Howe
January 17th, 2013 - In the days leading up to President Obama announcing his gun control plans, and now that he has, the focus of Republicans and Conservatives has been squarely on his ever-encroaching attack on the Second Amendment.  As Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus stated on the President’s move, “He paid lip service to our fundamental constitutional rights, but took... read more
Townhall… The Government Giveth, by Marita Noon
Or, do they take and then give? It appears to be a vicious cycle with no beginning or end. For the last four years, President Obama and his EPA have waged a war on coal. Though they deny it, their regulations have cost thousands of miners their jobs, and hundreds of coal-fueled power plants are scheduled to be closed within the next few years. On January 7, Georgia Power announced that it will “shut down 15 coal and oil-fired units, cutting nearly ... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Facts Anti-Gun Advocates Don’t Want You to Know, by Giacomo
After last summer’s shooting in Aurora, Colorado and last month’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, anti-gun advocates want you to believe that America is a nation infected with violent crimes and murders. They want you to believe that we are one, if not the, most violent nation in the world and that we have to rid the nation of guns to solve the problem.But what are the real facts? Amidst the Noise released a video on You Tube (you can watch the video on the right) that... read more
Townhall… How I Spent My Sick Days, by Steve Chapman
Jan 13, 2013 - Recently, after a couple of days of feeling a bit run down, I groused to my wife that I didn't feel bad enough to miss work, just bad enough to make work a lot harder than usual. "It might be nice to feel bad enough to have to stay home," I said sardonically. Scratch that thought. The microbes have ears. A couple of days later, I had gotten my rash wish -- complete with cough, sneezing, scratchy throat... read more
Townhall… You Can't Call a Pretty Girl Pretty; What Kind of Country Are We Becoming?
by Mark Davis - Jan 11, 2013 - Before examining the ridiculous controversy stemming from Monday night’s college football championship broadcast, let us stipulate that there are more urgent and scary ways to describe the current changes in America. We are becoming a culture of dependency. We are becoming a neo-socialist experiment. We are becoming a dumbed-down nation unappreciative of its founders. We are losing touch with the Constitution and the very concept of liberty... read more
Townhall Finance… 24 Million Martyrs, by John Ransom
I wish Obama and the Democrats could be as passionate about jobs as they are about, say, the contents of Happy Meals. Or the dust from cement factories. Or the habitat of the red-cockaded woodpecker. While the wizard of DC remains a master of illusion and delusion, focusing everyone’s attention on the man behind the curtain- and his 20 Little Martyrs- the jobless recovery now enters its fifth year with no signs that hiring will be picking up soon... read more
Townhall Finance… America’s Future? Look to Illinois, by Fritz Pfister
Somewhere along the line I remember a song about how you can take the kid out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the kid. Guess one could write a song, you can take the kid out of Chicago but you can’t take Chicago out of the kid. In October of 2008 my warnings went unheeded regarding candidate Barack Obama. All one needed do to see America in four years was to look at Blagojevich’s Illinois. It turned out worse than imagined. Blagojevich’s Illinois was reeling in corruption... read more
2012 Darwin Awards, Sent by a CNO Reader
Nominee No. 1: [San Jose Mercury News]: An unidentified man, using a shotgun like a club to break a former girl friend's windshield, accidentally shot himself to death when the gun discharged, blowing a hole in his gut. Nominee No. 2: [Kalamazoo Gazette]: James Burns, 34, (a mechanic) of Alamo MI, was killed in March as he was trying to repair what police describe as a "farm-type truck." Burns... read more
Mail Magazine 24… IRS Watchdog Says Tax Code Too Complex, Recommends Romney’s Tax Plan
by Duane Lester - In her annual report to Congress, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson told them what most Americans already know: the tax code is too complex. It’s so complex, she said, it actually hurts revenue: The report said Congress should approach tax reform in a manner similar to zero-based budgeting — encouraging Congress to examine the entire tax code with the idea of scrapping all tax breaks except those with the greatest public benefit. That’s the rub, isn’t it? After all, who... read more
Huffington Post… The Soul of America, By Bernie Sanders
Despite such terminology as "fiscal cliff" and "debt ceiling," the great debate taking place in Washington now has relatively little to do with financial issues. It is all about ideology. It is all about economic winners and losers in American society. It is all about the power of Big Money. It is all about the soul of America. In America today, we have the most unequal distribution of wealth and income of any major country on earth, and more inequality than at any... read more
Redstate… Fact-Checking Matt Damon’s ‘Promised Land’, By: Steve Maley
Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kentucky any more. ... Kentucky, Kansas, whatever. January 8th, 2013 - I wasted $7.75 on Hollywood’s latest anti-fracking agitprop “Promised Land” (1) so you won’t have to. You can read movie reviews elsewhere. From what I’ve seen, they’ve been rather lukewarm. And in its first weekend of nationwide distribution, audience response was tepid at best. In the words of lead actor/screenwriter Matt Damon, “Who ****ing wants to go see an anti-fracking... read more
Townhall… The Role of 'Educators', by Thomas Sowell
Jan 08, 2013 - Many years ago, as a young man, I read a very interesting book about the rise of the Communists to power in China. In the last chapter, the author tried to explain why and how this had happened. Among the factors he cited were the country's educators. That struck me as odd, and not very plausible, at the time. But the passing years have made that seem less and less odd, and more and more... read more
Heritage Foundation… Morning Bell: 13 Tax Increases in 2013, By Curtis Dubay
January 8, 2013 New Year’s Day was tough for taxpayers. Thirteen tax increases kicked in. The deal that Congress and President Obama struck that finally—but only partially—avoided the fiscal cliff resulted in seven tax increases. Those hikes combined with six tax increases from Obamacare that also began on New Year’s Day. 13 Tax Increases That Started January 1, 2013 Tax increases the fiscal cliff deal allowed: 1. Payroll tax: increase in the Social Security portion of the payroll tax from 4.2 percent... read more
Heritage Foundation… Morning Bell: The Slow Dismantling of Obamacare, By Amy Payne
January 7, 2013 - Things aren’t going so well for Obamacare. Even Democrats in Congress aren’t huge fans any more. It seems after passing the law and finding out what’s in it, the allure has faded—so much so that Congress actually repealed part of Obamacare in the fiscal cliff deal last week. That’s right—part of Obamacare has been completely undone. It was the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, essentially a new entitlement program for... read more
Townhall… Five Good Men, by Katie Kieffer
Jan 07, 2013 - There are a few good men. And by “a few,” I mean five. Certainly there are far more than five good men in America. But in the U.S. Senate, there are just five moral Republicans. Who am I referring to? Let me introduce you to the five men in the Senate who stood their ground while their Republican peers (save two abstainers) voted for a fiscal cliff deal that essentially codifies theft: Sen. Rand Paul... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Obama's 'Cash For Clunkers' Unleashed 'Environmental Nightmare'
by Wynton Hall - In a classic tale illustrating the “law of unintended consequences,” a new report concludes that President Barack Obama’s $3 billion “Cash for Clunkers” taxpayer-funded boondoggle artificially drove car prices up, not down, and unleashed an “environmental nightmare” through shredding, not recycling, many of the 690,000 cars people traded in for an up to $4,500 car credit. In 2009, Mr. Obama proudly declared that his Cash for Clunkers program, officially known as the Car... read more
Redstate… The Trouble For Conservatives, By Erick Erickson
January 7th, 2013 - Jim Bridenstine may get a primary challenge. You may not know who he is, but Jim Bridenstine is a brand new member of Congress, a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserves, a fighter pilot from the Iraq and Afghan Wars, and a strong fiscal conservative. He should be a hero to any and all Republicans. He’s a genuine bad ass. And on Day 1, he decided not to vote for John... read more
Akron Beacon Journal… Defining ‘college ready’
January 3, 2013 - Slowly, Ohio’s public colleges and universities are raising the expectations bar, spelling out more precisely the minimum preparation they require for incoming students. This week, the college presidents unveiled a uniform set of standards to serve as a measure of the ability of freshmen to handle postsecondary coursework. The step is a critical part of a sharper focus on performance and accountability in higher education. If anything has become clear in recent decades, it is that personal... read more
Townhall… Getting Dirty Getting bin Laden, by Debra J. Saunders
Jan 06, 2013 - During George W. Bush's presidency, it was a matter of liberal faith that the use of enhanced interrogation techniques on al-Qaida members "undermine our moral authority and do not make us safer," as Barack Obama once put it. According to Obama, "enhanced interrogation techniques" are wrong, and -- no matter what common sense tells you -- they never work. Asking nicely works best with terrorists. "Zero Dark Thirty"... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Middle-earners Hit Hardest By Fiscal Deal, by Hayley Peterson
Middle-class workers will take a bigger hit to their income proportionately than those earning between $200,000 and $500,000 under the new fiscal cliff deal, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Earners in the latter group will pay an average 1.3 percent more - or an additional $2,711 - in taxes this year, while workers making between $30,000 and $200,000 will see their paychecks shrink by as much as 1.7 percent - or up to $1,784 - the D.C.-based think tank reported... read more
Townhall… Sweet Reason, by Ken Blackwell
Jan 04, 2013 - Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison. Much of the Internet exploded in wrath over Pope Benedict XVI’s Christmas greetings to the Roman curia. Delivered in those historic halls painted by Renaissance artists, the Pope’s address was given to those tasked with administering the Vatican State and serving the Catholic faithful worldwide. “Rant!” “Hateful!” “Outrageous!” These were some of the milder expletives cast at the... read more
Townhall… Ten Ways to Start the New Year Fresh, by Jackie Gingrich Cushman
Jan 03, 2013 - It's the beginning of a new year and a great chance to start over -- but how? Here are 10 ways to gain a fresh start in 2013. 1) What's past is past. Wipe all the disappointments of 2012 from your mind. They cannot be changed, and any amount of dwelling and wallowing will not help. Pretend you have amnesia and that it never happened, while retaining the lessons learned from the experience. Then do this again every month, every week, every... read more
Townhall… If Demography Is Destiny, Good News for Texas, D.C., by Michael Barone
Jan 03, 2013 - Demographics buffs get a special Christmas present every year courtesy of the Census Bureau: its annual estimates of the populations of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. This gives demographers a chance to see where the nation is growing and where it is not, and to get an idea of the destination of immigrants and of the flow of people into one set of states and out of another. Nationally, the Census Bureau estimates that the United... read more
Kim Komando… Historical newspapers
In today's digital age, newspapers have to compete with plenty of other formats. But that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy a good read - especially newspapers with historical value. The Library of Congress has collected thousands of newspapers from all over the U.S. since 1836 in its Chronicling America section. You can browse more than 100 newspapers printed from 1836 to 1922 online. They are perfect for use in research projects, or just... read more
Townhall… Obama's Tax Evaders of the Year, by Michelle Malkin
Jan 02, 2013 - President Obama will kick off the new year the same way that he kicked off the old year: by demanding that the wealthy pay their "fair share" in taxes. But while millions of small-business owners, struggling entrepreneurs, inventors and investors brace for a double whammy of fiscal cliff tax hikes and new Obamacare taxes, the class-warrior in chief's richest pals are getting a pass. It's a Golden Pass for liberal millionaires and billionaires who... read more
Townhall Finance… Putting the Spending Genie Back in the Bottle, By Bob Beauprez
As the following chart (click link below) from Investor's Business Daily demonstrates, The Bush Tax Cuts didn't starve the federal treasury – revenue flooded in as the economy expanded from the pro-growth policies implemented in 2003 and continued until the sub-prime mortgage market collapse. Even with the anemic Obama economic recovery, revenues are again nearly equal to the level required to fund the... read more
A Year of Time… Steven B. Cloud
Pulpit Helps, Vol. 14, # 2 …Though even thinking on the subject of time may prove discomforting, it is not a bad idea—especially at the beginning of a new year. As we look into <year> we look at a block of time. We see 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds. And all is a gift from God. We have done nothing to deserve it, earn it, or purchased it. Like the air... read more

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