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The Heritage Foundation… Farm Bill: The House of Second Chances, by Amy Payne
June 28, 2013 - The farm bill died in the House—but could it live again? House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is reportedly pushing to split up the old farm bill and take food stamps out of it. The Heritage Foundation has argued that it didn’t make sense to combine the bloated food stamp program with farm-related programs in the first place. It is supposed to be the “farm” bill, after all. And with food stamp costs doubling under President Obama, it’s a program that deserves a careful look on its own... read more
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Townhall Finance… Progressive Vikings Tax, Rob and Pillage, By John Ransom
Jun 29, 2013 - While many waited for Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke to take the weight of the world markets on his Ivy League shoulders by declaring QE-4EVR-LOL!, the real economists at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco came up with a more detailed explanation for the poor, dragging, sluggish U.S. economy. What they found will astonish you. And yes, this is a true story. “[D]espite all the attention federal spending cuts and... read more
Conservative Byte…Capitol Hill Police Block Tea Party Activists from Immigration Rally
June 19, 2013 If you’ve never seen the tyrants of the capitol police in person you really should. They are relentless and pull out all the stops. Check it out: Capitol Hill police are trying to block activists attending Wednesday’s “Audit the IRS” rally from also attending a nearly day-long press conference on immigration, hosted by Reps. Steve King and Louie Gohmert. The IRS rally is on the west side of the Capitol, while the immigration event is on the east side. Organizers for the IRS event were told... read more
The Heritage Foundation...Farm Bill Uprising: No More Business as Usual, By Rob Bluey
Members of Congress are listening to you. Yesterday the U.S. House rejected a nearly trillion-dollar food stamp and farm bill — an important victory for taxpayers and a stinging rebuke for the Washington establishment. Sixty-two Republicans bucked their own party to vote against the bloated bill. Coupled with a large bloc of Democrats who wanted more spending on food stamps, the bipartisan opposition was enough to sink the measure. It’s unclear if or when House leaders will bring the bill back... read more
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Redstate… The Stories They Told, By Erick Erickson
June 25, 2013 - Republicans (and red state Democrats) used to tell voters amazing things about their opposition to amnesty. Then they got elected and supported legislation that actually weakens border security and puts people on a path not just to legalization, but to citizenship, before ever securing our borders. 1. Rubio: “I would vote against anything that grants amnesty because I think it destroys your ability to enforce the existing law and I think ... read more
The Never-Ending Story of Government Cost Overruns, By Daniel J. Mitchell
Jun 22, 2013 - Why is it that virtually everything the government does cost more than we’re initially told? In 2009, for instance, I warned that Obamacare would be much more costly than advertised, so I certainly wasn’t surprised several years later when the numbers began to climb. Heck, I narrated an entire video warning that this would happen. There are probably an infinite number of reasons why government programs wind up being needlessly expensive, but I think most of them fall into these four... read more
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Townhall Finance… Regulating Political Speech – In the Name of the First Amendment
By Michael Schaus - Jun 25, 2013 - One of the greatest threats of a growing government is the opportunity for abuse, corruption and general disregard for individual liberty. And while the IRS is reeling from their own experiment in Big-Brother-meets-Jimmy-Hoffa style of governance, the New York State Attorney General is anxious to follow suit. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has already made a career of targeting political opponents... read more
The Foundry…Kline and Rokita Unveil Rewrite of No Child Left Behind
House Education and the Workforce Committee chairman John Kline (R–MN) and Representative Todd Rokita (R–IN) have introduced the Student Success Act (SSA)—a proposal to rewrite No Child Left Behind (NCLB). While restoring excellence in education will require more than a fix to the bureaucratic NCLB, Kline’s proposal makes some improvements to existing statute. But as we wrote last week, conservatives in Congress should work to allow states to completely opt-out of NCLB while eliminating ... read more
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Townhall…Random Thoughts, By Thomas Sowell
Jun 25, 2013–Random thoughts on the passing scene: Edmund Burke said, "There is no safety for honest men, but by believing all possible evil of evil men." Evil men do not always snarl. Some smile charmingly. Those are the most dangerous. If you don't think the mainstream media slants the news, keep track of how often they tell you that the Arctic ice pack is shrinking and how seldom they tell you that the Antarctic ice pack is expanding. The latter ... read more
The Heritage Foundation… Morning Bell: Washington Is Cuckoo for Food Stamps, by Amy Payne
June 20, 2013  - The House is debating its farm bill this week—and now Democrats are saying it doesn’t spend enough on food stamps. The “farm” bill, which isn’t how we picture farms at all, is actually 80 percent food stamps. Don’t forget that the food stamp program has doubled under the Obama Administration. In an odd turn, House Republicans like John Boehner (R-OH) have thrown support behind this bill, which would lock in the Obama era’s historically high levels of food stamp spending... read more
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Townhall… Obama Abroad, By Rich Galen
Jun 22, 2013 - Most Presidents of the United States love going on an international trip. You get to fly on Air Force One. You get to travel around in The Beast that was flown over for your benefit. You get to stay in the biggest suite in a Western-style hotel. There are about 300 staffers from the White House and various Executive Branch agencies who have traveled ahead of you or with you to make sure your every whim is appropriately dealt with. And... read more
The Heritage Foundation… Morning Bell: 3 Things You Should Know About the Supreme Court and Voter ID
By Amy Payne - June 18, 2013 - Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down one of its first major decisions of this term, striking down Arizona’s measure requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration. Media reports are already off base in interpreting this decision, says Heritage legal expert Hans von Spakovsky. Here are three things to know about the decision. 1. This is not a voter ID decision - This decision has to do with voter registration, not the act of voting. Von Spakovsky explains... read more
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Politichicks… Hillary Clinton: From “Stand By Your Man” to “Stand By Your Lies”
by Jin Ah Jin - June 18, 2013 - Once upon a time, I admired Hillary Clinton.  I respected the fact that during the trials of Monica Lewinsky and all the other “mistresses” that came out of the woodworks, Hillary chose to stand by her man and tried to make things work out for the sake of her family.  I thought she was an advocate for women and that she would not ignore the toils and troubles of the regular wife, mother, single mom, working or stay at home... read more
Townhall Finance… The 50 Rip-Off Charities: Give at Your Own Risk, By Morgan Brittany
Jun 17, 2013 - The specific kinds of charities that pay for-profit corporations to raise the majority of their donations regularly give their solicitors over two-thirds of the take.  Good charities should spend no more than 35 cents to raise a dollar. So the reality is that the “50 worst charities raised more than $1.3 billion over the past decade and paid nearly $1 billion of that to the companies that raise their donations”. Out of $1.3 billion dollars the charities received less than 4%.  Had that money gone to the... read more
Heritage Foundation…Morning Bell: Congress Is Trying to Fool You on Immigration, By Amy Payne
June 19, 2013–Congress is trying to fool you. Here’s how they do business. A piece of legislation is going to cost trillions of dollars, but Members of Congress don’t want the public to see that. Instead, they have the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) look at the bill for just the first 10 years—and they move any costly items off into the future on purpose. They did it with Obamacare—saved the budget bombshells for later. Now they’re trying to do it with immigration. Yesterday, the CBO released its score ... read more
Townhall…The Amnesty Mob vs. America, By Michelle Malkin
Jun 19, 2013–You can try to put "conservative" lipstick on the lawless amnesty mob. In the end, however, it's still a lawless mob. The big government/big business alliance to protect illegal immigration got a lot of mileage using foolish Republicans Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan as front men. But the true colors of the open-borders grievance-mongers always show through. After America said no to a pork-filled security-undermining amnesty bill in 2007, the... read more
Townhall… Progressives Blame Capitalism Instead of Obama For Patriot Coal Bankruptcy, by Tom Borelli
Jun 18, 2013 - The American coal industry is in free-fall and companies are being forced to do whatever it takes to keep from closing their doors. It’s a difficult situation for all involved, and the progressive media is eager to levy the blame on the free market. Even when the facts suggest big government picking winners and losers is at fault, a good crisis never goes to waste for progressives, and thus those details are unabashedly ignored. Case in point is a recent article published by the always fair and... read more
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Well Worth the Read!!… Tank: A Great Dog Story , Sent by a CNO Reader
They told me the big black Lab's name was Reggie, as I looked at him lying in his pen. The shelter was clean, no-kill, and the people really friendly. I'd only been in the area for six months, but everywhere I went in the small college town, people were welcoming and open. Everyone waves when you pass them on the street. But something was still missing as I attempted to settle in to my new life here, and I thought a dog couldn't... read more
Redstate… CBO’s Unicorn Cost Study on Amnesty, By Daniel Horowitz
June 18th, 2013 Repealing Obamacare will increase the deficit by $109 billion over 10 years. That was a headline from a CBO report in May when Republicans voted on full repeal of Obamacare.  Somehow, when it comes to ascertaining the costs of wrongheaded policy, CBO wants us to engage in willing suspension of disbelief.  The most costly entitlement will actually reduce the deficit, they claim.  In Washington, up is down and down is up. We are now seeing the same thing with the amnesty/immigration... read more
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Townhall… The Loss of Trust, By Thomas Sowell
Jun 18, 2013 - Amid all the heated cross-currents of debate about the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program, there is a growing distrust of the Obama administration that makes weighing the costs and benefits of the NSA program itself hard to assess. The belated recognition of this administration's contempt for the truth, for the American people and for the Constitution of the United States, has been long overdue. But what if the NSA program... read more

Canada Free Press…DHS insider: It’s about to get very ugly, By Doug Hagmann
Monday, June 10, 2013–Originally Published June 7, 2013 - Washington, D.C.—Something quite unexpected happened just hours ago, in the dark of night, during a two-day layover in Washington, DC. My son and I are scheduled to take part in a seminar outside of Raleigh, North Carolina this weekend, so we combined our travels to include a side-trip to DC for a business meeting we had previously arranged. It was during this layover that something seemingly ripped from the pages of a spy novel took... read more

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Simple Truths…How Your Life Matters
In a perfect world we hear something once, record it in our brains, and never need to hear it again. Well, I don't know where you live, but my world is far from perfect. I have doubts, fears, and disappointments in my life and occasionally need a "shot of inspiration." That's what this beautiful 3-minute movie is all about! The words with the beautiful photographs will bring simple, but life-changing ideas to life. So relax, turn up your speakers... read more
Political Outcast… Fed Up Citizens Taking Action Across America, by Bradlee Dean
June 14, 2013 - Someone once said, the Declaration of Independence “doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.” There is no doubt America is being assaulted by an administration that is tyrannical, attempting to rule through personal policy initiatives – not law – only because the American people have become rebels against their own foundational principles and have eaten the fruit of their own ways. But all is not lost. Let’s take a look at what took place just last... read more
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God… Guts… and Glory… From a CNO Reader
These may very well be the most important words I have ever written.  They are inspired by a very close friend of mine.  One who is always there for me. God… Guts… and Glory… Sounds great.  Even a bit patriotic… doesn’t it? Millions and millions of people live in an everyday world of God, Guts and Glory. The ones I want to talk about are the ones who humbly do so. Men and women who make a difference. People who wake up each... read more
NetRightDaily… Virginia Republicans fail to protect tax-hiking incumbents, By Willie Deutsch
On Feb. 23, 2013 Gov. Bob McDonnell cheered while the Virginia House of Delegates approved a massive tax hike which the state senate had just approved. As Americans for Limited Government noted at the time, it was a “quadruple insult to the tea party: 1) a tremendous tax increase to fund a 2) huge spending increase bought for with the 3) implementation of Obamacare in Virginia in a manner that 4) unconstitutionally outsources Medicaid expansion to a supercommittee.” This was legislation that... read more
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Townhall… Dumb and Dumber Tax Hikes, by Mike Shedlock
Jun 16, 2013 - One of the dumbest things a country can do in a recession is raise taxes. Yet, after pronouncing the end of austerity, Italy's "grand coalition" government, led by Enrico Letta, is going to hike the VAT. Why? It seems they need to hike the VAT to pay for a decrease in property taxes. Recall that Silvio Berlusconi was only willing to take part in Letta's grand coalition on condition property tax hikes were rolled back. Letta agreed to do that, but... read more
Heritage Foundation… Morning Bell: The Government vs. YOU, By Josh Shepherd
June 14, 2013 - Every day, more Americans get trapped by big government. In addition to groups targeted by the IRS, upstanding citizens going about their normal lives are suddenly targeted by law enforcement authorities and charged as criminals. Just a few examples: A young girl was fined $535… for rescuing a wounded woodpecker. A businessman was jailed for years… for shipping lobsters in plastic bags rather than cardboard boxes. A Maryland father and building engineer faced... read more
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Townhall… Barack Obama's "Social Innovation" Slush Fund, By Michelle Malkin
Jun 14, 2013 - We all know now what the vengeful Obama IRS has been doing to conservative nonprofits the past four years: strangling them in the crib. But do you know how much pampering and largesse far-left welfare-state charities have received while limited-government groups suffered? You don't know the half of it. Before President Obama took office, I warned that Democrats planned to steer untold amounts of taxpayer dollars to his shady... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer…Revelations about NSA demand a close look by Congress: editorial, By The Plain Dealer Editorial Board
June 12, 2013–Revelations that the National Security Agency has for seven years quietly monitored U.S. telephone and Internet traffic with the permission of a secret federal court should be of concern to every American. For more than 200 years -- with few governmental incursions except in times of war -- every American's freedom from unreasonable searches has been ... read more
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Heritage Foundation…Morning Bell: Ask John Boehner WHY, By Amy Payne
June 13, 2013–Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) said yesterday that he will support the bloated farm bill. But as Heritage has been highlighting, this bill does not do what most people think it does. The nearly trillion-dollar bill actually doles out money to some surprising sources and frankly, it’s not very farm-related. As the House prepares to debate the bill next week, here are a few questions for Boehner and other Members of Congress ... read more
Townhall Finance… Only a Modest Illegal Search by Government, by Bill Tatro
Jun 12, 2013 Now that I’ve been made fully aware — thanks to The Guardian and The Washington Post — that the National Security Agency (NSA) knows all the details of my historical cell phone usage, I can rest assured that it’s no big deal. Why? That’s because the president told me so. Let’s not forget, this is the very same president who determined how much money that I should have in my retirement accounts since he knows my exact comfort level. And this is also the same president who ... read more
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Redstate… Over Criminalization and the NSA, By Erick Erickson
June 11th, 2013 - One of the sites I routinely read, Kottke.org, linked to a new book out I have not read. It is called Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent. This is an issue I care deeply about from my days as an indigent criminal defense attorney to my present study and review of prosecutorial overreach in the United States. The issue of over criminalization fits well with the issue of government overreach these days. There is a maxim... read more
The White House… Join the conversation
Hi, all -- A couple weeks ago, I was in a meeting with a group of community leaders and President Obama here at the White House. Before the discussion kicked off, one of the women in attendance handed me a letter. It was written by her dad, a 90 year old college professor from Cleveland. He was born in China in 1923, and he came to the United States with $24 in his pocket. Two years later, he'd earned a masters in electrical engineering. Five years after that, he had completed his PhD. In 55 years of... read more
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Townhall Finance… As Obama Gets More Unstable, the Economy Stabilizes, Just as Planned
By John Ransom - Jun 11, 2013 - Following slight budget cuts and a stalemate on taxes, Standard and Poors has upgraded the outlook for United States debt from negative to stable. Thank goodness for gridlock. “The U.S. has a less than one-in-three likelihood of a downgrade in the ‘near term’ with the revision,” reports Bloomberg. “The New York-based company said it sees ‘tentative improvements,’ such as the deal politicians reached to resolve what... read more
San Jose Mercury News… President is California Dreamin' about Obamacare, By Kevin McCarthy and Fred Upton
Special to the Mercury News - 06/07/2013 - California Dreamin', an iconic anthem from the '60s, has stood the test of time. But Friday, with the president scheduled to visit San Jose, it's also a fitting refrain for the White House's perception of Obamacare. California has become the latest battleground over its effects. The sad truth about Obamacare's broken promises has been revealed, coupled with revelations of the rate shock that is on the horizon for millions of Americans... read more
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Townhall… Modest Snooping? Debra J. Saunders
Jun 09, 2013 - SAN JOSE, Calif. -- "Nobody's listening to your phone calls," President Obama proclaimed at a Friday event that was supposed to be about California's implementation of the Affordable Care Act. But that morning, the New York Times had reported that surveillance programs begun under President George W. Bush had been clearly "embraced and even expanded under the Obama administration." The Guardian had reported that the... read more
Akron Beacon Journal…Fraud detector
June 6, 2013–Medicare, the health program for seniors, is a vast enterprise. Total spending in 2012 is estimated at $551 billion, accounting for roughly 16 percent of the federal budget. The program currently covers about 50 million beneficiaries and pays more than 4 million claims a day to some 1 million care providers and suppliers. Enrollment and spending are projected to grow rapidly as baby boomers become eligible. With a system of such expense and complexity, it is not surprising that much ... read more
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Townhall…Working Moms and Unemployed Dads, By Suzanne Fields
Jun 07, 2013–Between the baby boomers on one hand and Generations X, Y and Z on the other, cultural and economic changes have transformed the landscape of our culture. It's difficult to wrap a description around what sociologists call a "cohort." "I'm not a real person yet," says a 27-year-old college graduate in the movie "Frances Ha," the latest and hippest of the contemporary coming-of-age scenarios. She has no credit card and explains that ... read more
Redstate… The Real Danger of Liberal Bias; It's That the Powerful Keep Winning and the Weak Keep Losing
By Thomas Crown - June 5th, 2013 - I’m going to tell you what media bias is really all about. It’s about a dying, 10 year-old girl and a sexagenarian, politically connected trial lawyer. It’s about official malfeasance treated as human error when a Democrat is President. It’s about power and systemic corruption that is unremarkable to people offended that George W. Bush didn’t call his advisers liars to their face. It is about Fred Baron and Sarah Murnaghan. Fred Baron was a plaintiff’s asbestos lawyer, a prolific... read more
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Townhall Finance… Repetitive Stupidity, By Mike Shedlock
Jun 07, 2013 - No one wins a trade war. Ever. Not countries, not companies, and certainly not consumers. Yet, here we go again. People's Daily says China has more cards to play in EU trade dispute. China still has plenty more cards to play in an increasingly ugly trade dispute with the European Union, the official People's Daily newspaper said on Thursday, accusing Europe of not realizing that its global power was waning. The EU will impose duties... read more
Heritage Foundation… Harry Reid’s Ploy to Plow Through the Farm Bill, By Rachael Slobodien
June 6, 2013 - The U.S. Senate is expected to vote this morning on a measure that will effectively end debate on the misnamed “farm” bill, cutting off opportunities to fix the deeply flawed legislation. At a cost of a nearly $1 trillion — 80 percent of which goes to the food-stamp program — American taxpayers deserve a robust debate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) won’t let that happen. This isn’t the first time Reid has pulled this stunt. His iron-fisted approach to running the Senate is one reason... read more
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Townhall… Tips for Right-Wingers on the IRS Scandal, By Ann Coulter
Jun 05, 2013 - Instead of showing endless loops of IRS employees wasting taxpayer dollars line-dancing -- Breaking news: Government employees waste millions of your dollars every single day! -- I think it would be more useful for the public to hear a few crucial facts about the exploding scandal at the Internal Revenue Service. At Tuesday's congressional hearings on the IRS, witnesses provided shocking details about the agency's abuse of... read more
Akron Beacon Journal…Paying for education
June 4, 2013–Richard Ross, Ohio’s superintendent of schools, once described school-funding debates in Ohio as the education version of Groundhog Day: Every two years, there is a big to-do about how we pay for public education and then we go to sleep without solving anything, he wrote. A former superintendent of a suburban district, Ross understands better than most lawmakers the uncertainties local school officials confront, badgered, on the one hand, to be frugal and innovative, yet stuck with a... read more
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Townhall…The Most Transparent Administration Ever, LOL, By Michelle Malkin
Jun 05, 2013–Sun, sun, sun, here it comes. Welcome to the Summer of Belated Epiphanies. Media lapdogs are finally, finally arriving at the conclusion that maybe this isn't the most transparent administration in world history, after all. On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported on the Obama administration's use of secret email accounts, stonewalling on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and attempted shakedown of reporters seeking ... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer… Assessing the politics of JobsOhio: Analysis
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Democratic furor over JobsOhio can be summed up in two words: wishful thinking. The party's only announced candidate for governor, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, is running on an anti-corruption image. That strategy works best if it addresses a weakness in his opponent. And as Nixonian as he and his allies make Gov. John Kasich out to be, there has been nothing criminally scandalous in the Republican incumbent's first term... read more
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Simple Truths… To a Child, Love is Spelled T-I-M-E; What a Child Really Needs From You
In the faint light of the attic, an old man, tall and stooped, bent his great frame and made his way to a stack of boxes that sat near one of the little half-windows. Brushing aside a wisp of cobwebs, he tilted the top box toward the light and began to carefully lift out one old photograph album after another. Eyes once bright but now dim searched longingly for the source that had drawn him here. It began with the fond recollection of the love of his life, long gone... read more
Townhall… Teacher Punished for Telling Students About Constitutional Rights, By Todd Starnes
May 30, 2013 - An Illinois high school teacher was punished by a local school district after he warned students about their Constitutional rights before answering a school-mandated survey about emotional and at-risk behavior. John Dryden, a social studies teacher at Batavia High School, was issued a formal reprimand and docked a day’s pay. The punishment was doled out during a closed-door school board meeting. The controversy started when the school district directed students to complete a... read more
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Redstate… The Judgment of Future Generations, By Mike Adams
May 31, 2013 - Everyone must be judged from time to time. It's a fact of life. Nonetheless, I'm getting tired of judgmental statements directed toward me for my unwavering defense of marriage. I'm talking about real marriage between one man and one woman, which is the only kind of marriage that really exists. People often try to call something a marriage when it isn't. Calling a union between two men or between two women a marriage... read more
Townhall Finance…IRS, State and DOJ: The Three Stooges, By Mark Baisley
Jun 02, 2013–The recent testimonies before Congress have been reminding me of something for weeks and I just figured out what that is. I call it 90-degree humor; the kind of joke that starts out in one direction, then takes a sudden left turn, leaving you fallen-over laughing. For instance: “If you were to line up every fish from every body of water in a straight line, head-to-tail, head-to-tail, you would never get that smell off your hands.” I greatly appreciate the use of audio, visual, and broadcast technologies that ... read more
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Redstate…The Truth May Hurt, But Is Not Mean, By Erick Erickson
May 30th, 2013–I feel the need to add to this post as it is obvious a lot of people take up this topic with some heavily preconceived notions and biases. I am shocked to learn I think women cannot be breadwinners. That is what the left says, but it is not so. Even now I am getting beaten up for suggesting women should stay home with their kids. While I think it is preferable, I also know it is often impossible. I know from first hand experience. Prior to having... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer… Overheated climate rhetoric hurts the economy, By Lamar Smith
May 30, 2013 - Climate change is an issue that needs to be discussed thoughtfully and objectively. Unfortunately, claims that distort the facts hinder the legitimate evaluation of policy options. The rhetoric has driven some policymakers toward costly regulations and policies that will harm hardworking American families and do little to decrease global carbon emissions. The Obama administration's decision to delay, and possibly deny, the Keystone XL pipeline is a prime example... read more
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Townhall Finance… The IRS Scandal: Just Another Day at the Office, By Michael Schaus
May 31, 2013 - We should be crystal clear on the IRS scandal: while the targeting of conservative groups is grotesquely reminiscent of a banana republic technocracy, the larger problem is the inherent authoritarian nature of America’s Internal Revenue Service. There are certainly specific chapters of this growing scandal that promise to highlight the thuggish nature of our current Administration, and even more chapters that promise to... read more
Townhall Finance… Teaching How to Sell Women into Slavery, by John Ransom
May 30, 2013 - Every time our culture passes gas sideways, liberals love to trot out the theory of “income inequality” as the culprit behind it. From the modern theory of “bullying,” to global warming, to breast cancer, to riots in Sweden, France, or the disappearance of the arctic ice shelf, income inequality looms large in liberal cosmology. At a time when more people in the history of world have become upwardly-mobile, solid members of the middle-class, liberals believe that they must stop the natural process... read more
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Redstate… Go Big or Go Home, By Erick Erickson
May 29th, 2013 - In 1960, Barry Goldwater published The Conscience of a Conservative. In it, he noted: Conservatism is not an economic theory, though it has economic implications. The shoe is precisely on the other foot: it is Socialism that subordinates all other considerations to man’s material well-being. It is Conservatism that puts material things in their proper place — that has a structured view of the human being and of human society, in which economics... read more
Political Outcast… “Common Core”: The ObamaCare of Education
May 29, 2013 - It sends shivers down the spines of freedom loving individuals. It is the Obamacare of education with its national standards and testing and its one-size-fits-all government model. While the implementation of the Common Core curriculum is new, the passion for and the idea of national education has been burning in the hearts of progressives for more than a century. Many people blame George W. Bush for Common Core. After all Common Core is just the natural extension of Bush’s... read more
Townhall Finance…Corporate Tax Avoidance: Where’s the Harm? by Chris Edwards
May 27, 2013 Politicians are having fun slapping around big corporations for supposedly not paying enough taxes. In this country, Apple is the current target, while in Europe it’s Google, Amazon, and Starbucks, according to the Washington Post today. But there is an elephant in the room that the many reporters and politicians blustering over the issue have been too ideologically blind to see: There is no obvious harm being done by today’s corporate tax avoidance. The first thing to note is that when... read more
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Townhall…Obama Uses 1917 Espionage Act to Go After Reporters, by Michael Barone
May 27, 2013 There is one problem with the entirely justified if self-interested media squawking about the Justice Department snooping into the phone records of multiple Associated Press reporters and Fox News's James Rosen. The problem is that what the AP reporters and Rosen did arguably violates the letter of the law. The search warrant in the Rosen case cites Section 793(d) of Title 18 of the U.S. Code. Section 793(d) says that a person lawfully... read more

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