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Mail Magazine 24… Joe Biden on Gun Control: ‘Let Me Say This as Clearly as I Can, This Is Just the Beginning’
by Jason Howerton - Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday the expected upcoming Senate votes on gun control are only the beginning of the White House’s fight strengthen gun laws. During a conference call organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Biden assured supporters that the push gun control would not end with the current proposed bill, saying, “Let me say this... read more
Mail Magazine 24...Paul, Cruz, Lee to Block Gun Control Legislation, by Mike Flynn
Sens. Paul, Cruz and Lee have signaled that they will block the Senate from moving to any consideration of gun control legislation. On Monday, the three Senators sent a letter to Majority Leader Reid which read in part, “We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions.” It is further confirmation that the three are providing the only opposition to Obama's big-government agenda. Majority Leader Reid has orchestrated the gun legislation to... read more
The Independent Institute… The Anatomy of Climate Science Hype, by S. Fred Singer
A NY Times science story (by Justin Gillis, March 1) illustrates some interesting points about science journalism–especially in the contentious and politically charged issue of climate change. A scientific journal, in this case the renowned Science magazine, wants to gain publicity for its journal among the non-scientific readers of the NY Times. So it sends out a press release about a scientific paper it plans to publish. Of course, it has been “peer-reviewed” to the satisfaction of the Science editor, but it... read more
Heritage Foundation… Morning Bell: The Marriage Debate Through a Child’s Eyes
by Jennifer Marshall - March 25, 2013 - Earlier this month, 11-year-old Grace Evans appeared before a panel of Minnesota lawmakers considering a redefinition of marriage in that state. She testified to the significance of her mother and father and the different contributions each makes to her life. Then she ended with a simple question: “Which parent do I not need, my mom, or my dad?” It’s a question proponents of same-sex .... read more
The New American… Under ObamaCare, It’s Quit Smoking or Pay the Price — Literally, by Michael Tennant
Smokers who thought they were getting a sweet deal from ObamaCare may want to think twice before lighting up again. According to the Associated Press, one of the many well-concealed provisions of the bill that then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Congress had to pass “so that you can find out what’s in it” could make health insurance cost up to 50 percent more for Americans with cigarette habits — especially longstanding ones. The law, known as the Patient Protection and... read more
Youngstown News… DeWine takes evidence in Steubenville case to next level
Wed, March 20, 2013 - The state attorney general’s office would not normally become involved in prosecuting a rape case in juvenile court. But the case involving the assault of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl by two Steubenville football players stopped being a normal case within hours of the crime. An image of an apparently unconscious girl being carried hand-and-foot by the boys accused of raping her became an electronic trading card. A sickening video... read more
Townhall Finance… Endangered: The Constitution, by Mark Baisley
This article is the first in a series on the Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution.  My purpose in posting this exposé is to do my part in calling Americans back to their spawning grounds of liberty.  Based on recent trends, I fear that if we don’t frequent our founding principles then Ronald Reagan’s warning could be realized, that “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." The primary motivation for constructing a Bill of Rights was citizen apprehension over the formation of a... read more
Redstate… The Most Important Week in Human History, By Erick Erickson
March 25th, 2013 - There are many candidates for most important day and most important week in human history. This week we remember what is arguably the very top of the top of the list. As secularism increases in the western world, more and more are dismissive of the reality of Jesus Christ. Consequently, they may choose to dismiss the importance of this week. That’s narrow minded Christophobic thinking from some seriously self-centered individuals... read more
Redstate… The Marketplace Fairness Act is More Unfair Than Status Quo, By Daniel Horowitz
March 18th, 2013 - The advent of the internet has simplified life for millions of consumers in this country.  But for state governments, many of which are hungry for more tax revenue to purvey their rapacious welfare states, e-commerce has complicated their ability to collect all sales taxes owed to the state – at least without directly taxing the consumer, something the statists are too scared to do. Most states have been collecting sales taxes for over 50 years – long before the internet was invented.  The tax was... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Rand Paul Unveils Amnesty/Non-Amnesty Plan, by Daniel Greenfield
According to all the headlines, Rand Paul’s speech was supposed to unveil a “path to citizenship”. The actual speech is vague on that, emphasizing work visas, but also using phrasing like “12 million more people assimilating into society” that suggests something more permanent is on the table. (UPDATE: Yes, there is a path to citizenship/Amnesty but it takes longer.) Click link below. Paul’s people are claiming that he doesn’t actually mean a path to... read more Won't Answer Congress On Billion Bullet Purchase
Bullet Buys: Fifteen members of Congress have written a letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding to know why the federal agency is buying so many rounds of ammunition. We'd like to know too. Freshman California Republican Doug LaMalfa and 14 of his House colleagues, who signed on to his March 5 letter, are asking the Department of Homeland Security to explain why it is buying 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition of various calibers. They aren't happy with explanations provided so far in the... read more
Columbus Dispatch… Tax reform under attack; Special interests unite to preserve their unjustified exemptions
Friday March 22, 2013 - The parade of interest groups predicting dire consequences from Gov. John Kasich’s proposed sales-tax changes is to be expected, but that doesn’t make the critics right. The proposed reforms, part of the budget bill Kasich has submitted, are sound tax policy: moving toward taxing consumption rather than income, thereby encouraging savings and investment. Because a separate tax proposal in the budget would lower state income taxes, the combined effect would... read more
Townhall...A Health Care Solution, By Mona Charen
Mar 22, 2013 - In my last column, I argued that for all the undeniable woes of the Republican Party, the unfurling of Obamacare represents a huge vulnerability for Democrats. The Democratic health reform bill is economically nonsensical and politically unpopular. A recent Rasmussen poll found that 54 percent believe the law will damage the U.S. health care system. Even among Democrats, support for the law is ebbing. In February, a Kaiser... read more Democrat Control Came Via Welfare State Voters, By John F. Gaski
03/20/2013 - One other pillar of the liberal Democrats' systematic takeover genuinely was a conscious conspiracy — no conspiracy theory — and has even received belated recognition recently. If you are old enough, you can remember Democrats such as Ted Kennedy, in their rare candid moments, rhapsodizing that someday, when they could get 50% of the U.S. population plus one receiving a government check of some kind, they would never again lose a national election! The notorious but true... read more
Washington Post...Steubenville, the media and ‘rape, essentially’, Posted by Melinda Henneberger
March 18, 2013 - Without social media — and irrefutable video evidence helpfully provided by the proud young perps themselves — it’s fair to wonder whether the two Steubenville high school football players found guilty Sunday of raping an unconscious 16-year-old would ever have even been charged. Twitter and YouTube were weapons turned against the victim when a 12-minute party video of her — showing her passed out and naked, being violated and urinated on — was widely shared and, judging from the... read more
Common Dreams...No More Steubenvilles: How To Raise Boys to be Kind Men, by Kim Simon
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by YES! Magazine - What can we do to help young men respect women, recognize consent, and have healthy sexual relationships? Teach them kindness to others—and the courage to go against the crowd. When Max was just a few months old, I sat cross-legged on the floor with him in a circle of other mothers.  The facilitator for our “Mommy and Me” playgroup would throw a question out to the group, and we would each volley back... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Conservative leader says GOP must broaden appeal, by Ken Thomas
As the GOP struggles to broaden its appeal, the head of the American Conservative Union declared Thursday that the Republican Party is not a home for everyone, as prominent voices in Republican politics gather with thousands of conservatives and tea party activists outside Washington. The Conservative Political Action Conference offers Republican leaders — past and potential presidential contenders among them — a high-profile stage to court their party’s most passionate voters. The... read more
Townhall… Gifted Hands, By Thomas Sowell
Mar 19, 2013 - A remarkable book titled Gifted Hands tells the personal story of Benjamin Carson, a black kid from the Detroit ghetto who went on to become a renowned neurosurgeon. At one time young Ben Carson had the lowest grades in his middle school class, and was the butt of teasing by his white classmates. Worse yet, he himself believed that he was just not smart enough to do the work. Fortunately for him, his mother, whose own education went no... read more
Mail Magazine 24… House vs. Senate Budget: What a Balanced Budget Looks Like, by Romina Boccia
This week, the budget committees of both chambers of Congress released their budgets ahead of President Obama’s budget—marking the first time in 92 years that Congress kicked off the budget process instead of the President. The House budget, under the helm of Chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI), delivers a balanced budget in 10 years by slowing the annual growth in federal spending from a projected 5 percent to 3.4 percent. The budget focuses on reducing spending by addressing the... read more
Townhall… Smoke Gets in Your Rights, By Debra J. Saunders
Mar 17, 2013 - California Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, has introduced a bill to make it illegal for people to smoke in their own homes -- if they live in an apartment or a condo or a multifamily home. When last I wrote about Levine, he was pushing a statewide law to require grocers to charge for bags. Now he's after cigarettes -- but only the legal kind. With his new AB 746, Levine is following a trail blazed by New York Mayor Michael... read more
Heritage Foundation… Morning Bell: What We Still Don’t Know About Benghazi, by Amy Payne
March 14, 2013 - Yesterday, President Obama nominated a new ambassador to Libya to succeed Christopher Stevens, who was killed in the terrorist attack in Benghazi last September 11. Six months after that attack—and two federal investigations later—we still have an alarmingly small amount of information about it. The Obama Administration made quite a mess in the media with its conflicting accounts of the attack, originally blaming a controversial YouTube video for sparking protests abroad... read more
Better Roads… Getting the Job Done Right, By Kirk Landers, Editor Emeritus
Some people just know how to sell. In mid-December, Ohio governor John R. Kasich and the leaders of Ohio’s Department of Transportation and Turnpike Authority announced that the state would raise $3 billion for roads without leasing the Ohio Turnpike to a private vendor and without laying off Turnpike employees. Hailed as the Ohio Jobs and Transportation Plan, the new initiative called for raising $1.5 billion through bonds issued by the... read more Order From Obama Puts Another Boot On The Economy
Anti-Industry: The president reportedly will tell federal agencies they can't approve major projects until their impact on global warming has been weighed. Why halt commerce in an economy in dire need of more? According to Bloomberg media, "President Barack Obama is preparing to tell all federal agencies for the first time that they should consider the impact on global warming before approving major projects, from pipelines to highways." Bloomberg says Obama plans to "expand the scope of a... read more
Redstate… Obamacare Will Not Crumble Without a Government Shutdown; Republicans Must Move Beyond Rhetorical Maginot Lines, By Erick Erickson
March 14th, 2013 - There are many naive fools who think Obamacare will crumble under its own weight.History shows us that government entitlements never crumble under their own weight. Rather, countries crumble under the weight of those entitlements.“[Republicans] speak against Obamacare building rhetorical Maginot lines that they... read more
Washington Times… An open letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, By Norb Ryan Jr.
The truth about military personnel costs - Monday, March 11, 2013 - Dear Secretary Hagel, As a former soldier and senator, you are well-prepared for what you might encounter as you begin your new job. It won’t be easy, and the hardest part will be separating fact from fiction to make the best decisions. Here is some advice. The most important thing you can do is challenge the “experts” who use misleading rhetoric and statistics to sway you toward their conclusions... read more
Online MBA… The Business of Guns; Guns a huge economic industry in the country, By Amy Clark
It may not surprise you to hear that the U.S. is the number one country in the world when it comes to gun ownership. But regardless of your politics, between the manufacture and sale of firearms, guns are one of the biggest economic industries in the country. In fact, the gun industry makes about $32 billion a year and employs approximately 98,000 people. This is five times as many employees as Google, and $10 billion more in revenue than Ford... read more
Akron Beacon Journal... Why Kasich is right on Medicaid, by Laura Ofobike
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - John Kasich may or may not prevail in what is becoming internecine warfare in the Ohio Republican camp regarding health insurance. The governor decided, after much studying and thinking, that it would be in the state’s best interest to extend Medicaid so that Ohioans who are not insured can benefit from federal funding offered through the Affordable Care Act. To make that happen, Kasich will need the Ohio General Assembly, which is dominated in both chambers by his... read more
Townhall... Abusing Due Process, by Mike Adams
Mar 11, 2013 - Totalitarianism is brewing in the heartland. An Indiana inmate is now serving two years for voicing his online opinions against a judge who took away his child-custody rights during a divorce case. I know the custody case pretty well having written about it in 2009. But I'm convinced that the free speech case that is brewing in its aftermath heaps an even greater injustice upon an existing one. And I'm convinced it is showing the darker side of
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Columbus Dispatch… Support the fracking tax
Severance-tax plan would help all without harming competitiveness - Wednesday March 13, 2013 - For all the work Ohio leaders are doing to attract economic development to the state, one of the biggest opportunities for job creation already is here, underfoot. Members of the legislature should work with Gov. John Kasich to implement a reasonable and fair tax on oil and natural-gas extraction to help ensure that development of the state’s natural resources benefits all Ohioans rather than simply... read more
Townhall… Frack to the Future, by John Stossel
Celebrities are now upset about fracking, the injection of chemicals into the ground to crack rocks to release oil and gas. With everyone saying they want alternatives to foreign oil, I'd think celebrities would love fracking. I'd be wrong. Lady Gaga, Yoko Ono and their group, Artists Against Fracking, don't feel the love. Yoko sang, "Don't frack me!" on TV. Stopping fracking is the latest cause of the silly people. They succeeded in getting scientifically ignorant... read more
Pew Research Center… Twitter Reaction to Events Often at Odds with Overall Public Opinion
The reaction on Twitter to major political events and policy decisions often differs a great deal from public opinion as measured by surveys. This is the conclusion of a year-long Pew Research Center study that compared the results of national polls to the tone of tweets in response to eight major news events, including the outcome of the presidential election, the first presidential debate and major speeches by Barack Obama. At times the Twitter conversation is more liberal than survey responses... read more
Townhall… Deaf Dialogue on Drones, by Steve Chapman
Mar 10, 2013 - A famous book on negotiation is called "Getting to Yes." Sometimes, though, the better achievement is arriving at "no." That's what Eric Holder and Rand Paul did the other day. It came in a letter from the attorney general to the Republican senator from Kentucky, which said: "It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: 'Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not... read more
Verities & Balderdash...Words of Wisdom, From a CNO Reader
I remember receiving this years ago… checked out a couple of them, but not all. In my opinion, it really makes no difference who gets the credit for saying it. They are “Real Truths”… real “Words of Wisdom.” You might want to take note of the comment by the CNO Reader when he sent it. He said… “This is more information than a person’s mind can absorb in one reading…” REAL TRUTHS 1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Prof forces students to lobby government to ban soda
by Robby Soave - If students want to pass John Banzhaf’s law class, they’ll have to fight for increased government regulation in the food and beverages industry. Banzhaf, a law professor at George Washington University, will require his students to lobby state and local governments to ban sugary beverages, according to a press release. The release was put out by Banzhaf himself, who summarized the objective as “Undergrads Required to Lobby for Obama Policy.” “Some 200 undergrads... read more
Mail Magazine 24… What’s Scary: Federal Spending Per Household
by Emily Goff
- On this Halloween, ghastly, ghoulish garb and haunted houses aren’t the only sources of spookiness in Washington. Americans across the country have cause for alarm, because the federal government spent a spine-chilling $29,691 per household in 2012. As The Heritage Foundation’s “Federal Spending by the Numbers—2012” shows, federal spending per household has grown 29 percent since 2002, when it stood at $23,010. Put another way, $29,691 is about two-thirds of the more
Mail Magazine 24… Republican Congressman From Virginia Joins Democrats In Calling for Gun Control
By Eric Odom - The nation is quickly beginning to find out what Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is all about. McDonnell campaigned on promises to hold strong on taxes, only to turn around and provoke the largest tax hike in Virginia history. Now McDonnell is seeking an internet tax as well, adding salt to a deep wound across his home state. The betrayal doesn’t stop at the Governor’s office, though. In fact, Virginia Beach area Congressman Scott Rigell is in on the game as well. Here’s a... read more
Heritage Foundation… Morning Bell: Busting 5 Myths About the Minimum Wage
By Amy Payne - March 5, 2013 - When someone says “minimum wage,” what comes to mind? Do you think of teenagers flipping burgers? Or a single parent trying to feed several kids? While President Obama and other proponents of a higher minimum wage want you to visualize that single parent, the truth is that a burger-flipping teenager or college student with a part-time job paints a much more accurate picture of the minimum wage in America. In his State of the Union address, President... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Oil and Gas Production Decline on Federal Lands . . . Again
“I’m proud of the fact that under my administration, oil production is higher than it has been in a decade or more. President Obama, February 20, 2013 - When President Obama claims responsibility for the increase in oil and natural gas production in the United States, it is important to know that he is referencing the energy miracle that is occurring on private and state lands, where his Administration has little or no say over what happens.  In fact, the United States is the largest natural gas producer... read more
Redstate… Today, House Conservatives Will Prove They Are the Problem, By Erick Erickson
March 6th, 2013 - Yesterday, the White House announced it would stop White House tours in response to sequestration. Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas responded by offering an amendment to the pending continuing resolution that would prohibit federal dollars spent to cover the costs of President Obama’s golf games. Speaker John Boehner and the Republican Leaders ruled that Congressman Gohmert’s amendment was not relevant to the continuing... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Chicago public schools will start sex education in kindergarten, by Eric Owens
The dismally low graduation rate for students who attend Chicago Public Schools is barely over 60 percent – substantially lower than the national rate of roughly 75 percent. Nevertheless, citizens of the Second City will surely take heart, because the Chicago Board of Education just passed a new policy that requires sex education to begin in kindergarten. The new policy, which was passed on Wednesday, according to ABC News, is part of a broader makeover of the school district’s sexual health program... read more
Townhall Finance… America's Fiscal Stupidity Mirrors Detroit, by John Ransom
It’s fitting that on the day Washington, DC is cutting the budget by an agreement that they really didn’t mean, that the city of Detroit will finally get what it has needed for a long time: declaration of fiscal disaster. Michigan’s Rick Snyder has appointed an emergency city manager to do for Detroit what Obama, Biden, the UAW, GM, Chrysler, the city’s council and mayor have not been able to even do with a $80 billion bailout of the automotive industry... read more
Stand Up for America; If They Come for Your Guns… Dean Garrison
January 15, 2013 - In case you have not seen it, a blogger named Dean Garrison wrote a terrific article on what responsibilities we have as patriotic Americans who actually support and defend the Constitution upon which we are founded. His article has gone viral and we hope it goes further. In addition to the article, we want to add some understanding to further bolster his well written and clear thinking piece. The addition concerns wording in the second amendment that most people today do not fully.... read more
Mail Magazine 24…Three steps: How the Dems plan to make Texas a battleground state by 2016
By Christopher Bedford - On Tuesday morning, the Democrats launched an independent group called Battleground Texas, which is capable of making the Lone Star state a battleground by 2016 and a lean-Democrat state by 2024, effectively breaking the back of the national GOP and blocking a Republican path to the White House. Yes — that Texas: The state that has not elected a single statewide.
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Mail Magazine 24… Is Leftist School Indoctrination Unstoppable? by Bruce Thornton
Rush Limbaugh weighed in recently on the Republicans’ on-going debate about what went wrong in November. Elaborating on his earlier comment that he was “ashamed of America,” Limbaugh said, “The Left has beaten us. They have created far more low-information, unaware, uneducated people than we’ve been able to keep up with . . . I’ve always had a Civics 101 view of the country: People get what they want, they vote what they want, and they get the way they vote.” He added... read more
The Heritage Foundation… Morning Bell: Obama’s Sequester Smokescreen, By Jim DeMint
March 1, 2013 at 5:30 am- Suppose you desperately needed to lose weight but had a Big Mac with fries and a Coke staring you in the face. You could take your need to diet seriously and say, “No thanks, I’ll have a salad.” Or you could decide to reduce the Big Mac meal by 2 percent—pushing aside a couple French fries and gobbling up the rest. If you took Option B, how do you think that “diet” would work out for you? Well, that, my friends, is the tale of the sequester that hit us this morning... read more
Verities & Balderdash… How do you Decide Who to Marry? (Written by kids), From a Reader
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. -- Alan, age 10. No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with. -- Kristen, age 10 WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED... read more… VA Unconstitutionally Tries To Disarm Veterans
Guns: Veterans who bore arms to defend their country are receiving letters that they may be declared mentally incompetent and have their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms stripped from them. Welcome home. The contempt by the Obama administration for our Constitution and our rights has reached a new low with news the Veterans Administration has begun sending letters to veterans telling them they will be declared mentally incompetent and stripped of the Second Amendment... read more
PEW Charitable Trusts… Supreme Court to Weigh States’ Rights vs. Voting Rights, By Jake Grovum
When the Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday (February 27) in a direct challenge to a central part of the Voting Rights Act, it will once again wade into a decades-old dispute over voting rights that has its roots in the country’s long history of racism. But in asking whether a key part of the federal law is constitutional, the court also will reopen a debate that long predates the measure’s enactment in 1965. It’s an argument that was at the heart of the U.S. Civil War, and one that has seen resurgence... read more

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