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Legal Insurrection… Voter fraud: is it “significant”?
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - The left likes to argue that since there’s no significant amount of voter fraud there’s no need for voter ID laws, and that those who support them are inherently racist. But wouldn’t even one case of voter fraud be an abomination that should offend all liberty-loving people of both parties and all races? And aren’t loose voting regulations a temptation for an increase in the amount of fraud? Voter ID would appear to be a reasonable way to deal with the phenomenon, for all the
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Heritage Foundation… What No One Wants to Admit About Social Security Taxes, Amy Payne
April 14, 2014 - It’s a bummer when you see how much income tax comes out of your paycheck. But when you see that Social Security line item, do you think, “At least that’s going to pay for my retirement”? It’s not. The tax money you’re paying into Social Security today is going to fund today’s retirees. Who will pay for your benefits? The next generation of workers. And the payout gets worse with each generation
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Redstate… The Rich Man and Lazarus’s Big Gulp, By Erick Erickson
April 15th, 2014 - It is always sad when you realize someone is on the road to hell. There is a sense of foreboding in it. For Christians, we should be fearfully in prayer for others — even our enemies as the Lord tells us. There is no better time than Holy Week to be reminded of that. A great case in point is Mayor Mike Bloomberg. He is in need of a lot of prayer — prayer that he not wind up in that awful place. We have all known that for a while. With all his billions, Bloomberg not only has his
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Townhall Finance… Dirty Harry Got Richer in 2008...and You Didn't, by John Ransom
Apr 14, 2014 - Congress has inflicted frightful punishments on its members--now you know that. When they tried Mr. Fairoaks, and a cloud of witnesses proved him to be--well, you know what they proved him to be--and his own testimony and his own confessions gave him the same character, what did Congress do then?....Congress intimated plainly enough, that they considered him almost a stain upon their body; and without waiting ten days, hardly
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Sovereign Man
April 14, 2014 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Two bright white eyes looked at me inquisitively through the small hatch in the nondescript metal door. I quickly glanced around the dark, empty streets of the Palermo district in Buenos Aires and whispered the password. The door clanked open, revealing a small antechamber and a phone booth. I picked up the receiver and punched in a 4-digit code, and a second door opened. Now I could begin to see the interior of “Frank’s”. It was lit with elaborate
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Heritage Foundation… 3 Things You Should Know About the Paycheck Fairness Act, Romina Boccia - April 9, 2014 - The Senate is set to vote on the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act today. Here are three things you should know about the bill: 1. It Could Hurt Women’s Employment Prospects. What those who support the act don’t tell you is how it would burden employers with additional liability and regulations. Such increased regulation, in turn, could reduce the number of jobs available for... read more
Townhall… A Republican Vision for Health Reform, by John C. Goodman
Apr 12, 2014 - What is most missing from the Republicans is not so much the lack of an alternative to ObamaCare. It is the lack of a clear vision. Even if you can understand what their various proposals (and friends and close allies often cannot), it is almost never clear why they want to implement them. Here is the sad truth: Even though the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is a Rube Goldberg contraption that no one can explain and even though its rollout has been a complete disaster and even though the
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Two Ways to Hurt Women in the Workplace, Amy Payne
April 8, 2014 - Today is “Equal Pay Day” for those who believe that The Man is keeping women down. Convincing people that injustice is taking place is a great way to push your policy agenda—and that’s where “Equal Pay Day” comes from. It’s the left’s claim that women in America are paid only about 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. But as Foundry Senior Contributor Genevieve Wood has explained, that talking point comes from
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Red Flag… Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch...
April 11, 2014 - (by Kit Daniels, Infowars.com) -- The Bureau of Land Management, whose Director was Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) former senior adviser, has purged documents from its web site stating that the agency wants Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations. Deleted from BLM.gov but reposted for posterity by the Free Republic, the BLM document entitled “Cattle Trespass Impacts” directly
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Redstate… Illegal Immigration, Misplaced Compassion, and Healthcare Reform, By: Daniel Horowitz
April 8th, 2014 - When listening to open borders agitators like former Florida governor Jeb Bush, one would come away with the impression that we owe it to the world to accept anyone who comes here illegally and pay for their living expenses.  They speak of lofty ideals loosely connected to love and compassion, but they never consider the lack of love and compassion that our open borders policy imposes on the American consumer and taxpayer.  There is no better example than the bankrupting
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Washington Free Beacon… State Department Misplaced $6B Under Hillary Clinton, By Adam Kredo    
IG report reveals incomplete, lost contract files worth $6B - April 4, 2014 - The State Department misplaced and lost some $6 billion due to the improper filing of contracts during the past six years, mainly during the tenure of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, according to a newly released Inspector General report. The $6 billion in unaccounted funds poses a “significant financial risk and demonstrates a lack of internal control over the Department’s contract actions,” according to the report
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Forbes… Obamacare Shows America Suffers From A President Dangerously Disconnected From Reality, By Peter Ferrara - The population of the U.S. is 314 million. On the day Obamacare was passed, the estimate of the uninsured was 60 million. So in this context, the supposed 7 million Americans signed up for insurance on the Obamacare Exchanges, even if that is a valid number, and all of those have actually started paying premiums, both of which are highly dubious, does not mean any significant success... read more
The Daily Caller… Oklahoma poised to become second state to repeal Common Core
04/02/2014 - Many of the 46 states that adopted all or part of the Common Core Standards Initiative with little to no democratic input from voters (and parents) are now reconsidering the decisions. Oklahoma is poised to become the second state to repeal Common Core, reports Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR. House Bill 3399 would pave for the way for Oklahoma residents to agree upon their own math and English standards. It would also bar prohibit the federal government from imposing any curriculum
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535 Artichokes, Susan Olling, Darke County Native
Hi again, My heart bleeds.  They’ve frozen federal employees pay for a few years, after essentially declaring war on federal employees.  Why should these 535 be special?   I would love to hear the Republicans take on this.  Will Mr. Boehner, or any of the others, provide a rebuttal to this Democrat’s assertions? These characters don’t need two houses. The comments in the “What do you think?” box are telling, particularly the comment about
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Townhall… Fort Hood, Gun-Free Zones and ‘Progressive’ Insanity, Matt Barber
Apr 07, 2014 - They say that lightning never strikes twice in the same place. Not true. It does if you stand high atop a cliff’s edge waving a lightning rod above your head during a thunderstorm. In fact, in the unlikely event you survive the first strike, it’ll keep right on striking until you climb down. So-called “gun-free zones” are lightning rods for mass murder. It’s time we climbed down from the cliff’s edge. America mourns yet another needless and preventable mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. When
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Heritage Foundation… Carter: ‘Inappropriate’ for U.S. to Block Member of Terrorist Group from Entering Country, Karen Jeffers - April 4, 2014 - Former President Jimmy Carter yesterday said he is supportive of letting a known member of a terrorist group, Hamid Aboutalebi, into the United States as Iran’s newest ambassador to the United Nations. Aboutalebi was a member of the Muslim student group who held 52 Americans hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran for more than a year beginning in... read more
Freedom Outpost… Fort Hood Job Posting: “Seeking Individuals To Act As Role Players… In A Mass Casualty Exercise” – by Mac Slavo - April 4, 2014 - Speculation as to the circumstances surrounding the most recent mass shooting at Fort Hood abounds. A recent posting on Craigslist is fueling the fire even more, with some suggesting that it is evidence of yet another government facilitated false flag operation. According to a March 12, 2014 snapshot of a listing on the popular classifieds web site, the government was looking for individuals to act as role ... read more
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Heritage Foundation… This CEO Made a Political Donation, Then Lost His Job Because Liberals Didn't Like It, By Rob Bluey - April 4, 2014 - The chief executive of Mozilla resigned yesterday amid protests over his $1,000 donation in support of California’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Brendan Eich’s 2008 donation was first revealed two years ago while he was serving in a senior role at Mozilla. But it was after his appointment as CEO last month that half of Mozilla’s board quit and... read more
Fox News… Did Michigan just trigger 'constitutional convention'? Bid gains steam
By Barnini Chakraborty - Published April 02, 2014 - WASHINGTON –  Momentum is building behind what would be an unprecedented effort to amend the U.S. Constitution, through a little-known provision that gives states rather than Congress the power to initiate changes. At issue is what's known as a "constitutional convention," a scenario tucked into Article V of the U.S. Constitution. At its core, Article V provides two ways for amendments to be proposed. The first – which has been
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An eagle kiss… From a CNO Reader
This is the kind of story you need when it seems like the world is spiraling out of control. Not many people get a picture of this proud bird snuggled up next to them! Freedom and Jeff - Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer.  She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings. Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery, it was broken in 4 places. She's my baby. When
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Eagle Rising… Top Democrat Calls Obama a Delusional Liar, By Onan Coca
3 April 2014 - Democrat Bob Kerrey went off on President Obama in an interview with Britain’s Daily Mail. He summed up his view of the Obama Presidency with one simple sentence, “Mr. President… you won this election because you sucked less than Romney.” We grabbed some of Kerrey’s greatest hits from the interview, but you should give the whole thing a read. Bob Kerrey says Obama is a liar. Obama, he said Wednesday in his Manhattan office, knew full well he was lying when he
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The New American… Is Alaska's Jury Nullification Bill in Line With Founders' View?
Written by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. - Saturday, 29 March 2014 12:00 - The Alaska State House of Representatives is considering a bill that would allow jurors in the Last Frontier “not to apply the law to the defendant” in select criminal cases. House Bill 315 would officially legalize jury nullification of verdicts in cases where jurors believe the “law is unjustly applied to the defendant.” One paragraph of the bill grants defendants the “right to inform the jury of the jury's power to judge the just application
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Heritage Foundation… Unions Getting Creative in Election-Year Struggle, Amy Payne
April 2, 2014 - If it seems like unions are making a fuss lately, it’s because they are. It’s an election year, and they need money. Just one in 15 private-sector workers is a union member—in 2013, union membership was at its lowest rate since 1916. That might explain why they’re grasping for new members in stunts like unionizing college athletes, especially as their influence in the workplace is being challenged
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Townhall… NSA Surveillance and the Dangers of Power, Steve Chapman
Mar 30, 2014 - Every so often, we get proof that Barack Obama, when confronted with a grievous abuse of government power by his administration, will do the right thing. Sometimes, I mean. When he can't get away with it anymore, that is. Just as soon as he's tried everything else. That's the case with his domestic phone records collection, which the president finally said he wants to put under tighter control than before. At moments like this, believe it
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Townhall… The Government We Deserve, by Derek Hunter
Mar 30, 2014 - As the media ignores the delays and waivers President Obama and his magic pen have imposed upon the country for this settled law called Obamacare, there are more troubles brewing in the fight to restore liberty. For all the enthusiasm Tea Party members bring to the political world, their biggest opponent may not be progressives on the ballot but the very groups who claim to be their champions. You’d think with this current crop of gun smuggling, kiddie-porn loving, bribe taking, family
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Heritage Foundation… Where You Can Buy Health Insurance After Today, Amy Payne
March 31, 2014 - Today is kinda-sorta the deadline to sign up for Obamacare, though if you want to say you’re “in line” for coverage, the administration is okay with that. (If your state is running its own Obamacare exchange, it may be keeping its deadline firm, so check with your state.) When we wrote about the Obamacare deadline and penalty recently, a reader brought up a great question: Can
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Townhall Finance… Bureaucracy, Boondoggles, and Bad Behavior, by Chris Edwards
Mar 30, 2014 - In catching up on news about the federal government today, I noticed that articles fit into three categories: bureaucracy, boondoggles, and bad behavior. On any given day, it seems, the Washington Post and other outlets have new tales of BB&BB to report. No wonder most Americans want to cut federal spending. Let’s look at the latest on BB&BB: Regarding bureaucracy, you can’t find a better illustration that David Fahrenthold’s article in the Washington Post last Sunda
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Heritage Foundation Exclusive… Days After Supreme Court Challenge, Hobby Lobby President Speaks Out, By Rob Bluey - March 27, 2014 - NEW ORLEANS — Hobby Lobby President Steve Green set the record straight about his company’s fight against the government over the controversial Obamacare mandate. In an exclusive on-camera interview with The Foundry, Green said Hobby Lobby drew the line when the government required the company to provide life-ending drugs, free of charge, under the health law’s mandate... read more
Heritage Foundation… 3 Things That Don't Make Sense in Putin's World, Amy Payne
March 28, 2014 - Russia’s Vladimir Putin took part of a country. So what kind of world does that mean we’re living in? It’s a world where we can’t act like we did yesterday. Here are three things that simply don’t make sense for America to keep doing. 1. Leaving Europe high and dry - The Obama administration canceled a missile defense site in Europe several years ago and has recently canceled military training with European allies as well. These are bad moves. It’s no wonder that, as Heritage
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Heritage Foundation… Obama Administration: We Never Mean a Word We Say, Amy Payne
March 26, 2014 - No, it cannot happen. It will not happen. The Obama administration absolutely, positively will NOT extend the deadline to sign up for Obamacare. This isn’t even a laugh line anymore. It’s just an eye roller. And how silly these guys look now: “We have no plans to extend the open enrollment period. In fact, we don’t actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014
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Townhall Finance… Energy's Role in the Path to Peace, by Dr. Ben Carson
Mar 26, 2014 - While the media have been focused on the missing Malaysian aircraft, massive alterations of the world's geopolitical terrain are underway simultaneously. The annexation of Crimea by Russia should not have been a surprise for anyone who suspects that President Vladimir Putin is trying to re-establish a powerful Soviet-style empire. When he aggressively attacked Georgia in 2008 after both Georgia and Ukraine failed to obtain NATO admission at the Bucharest Summit, we should have realized
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Redstate… Faith and Work, By: Erick Erickson
March 26th, 2014 - There are moments when I am reminded that there are two Americas. Increasingly those Americas are divided by faith and lack of faith — or at least ignorance of faith. Yesterday was one of those days when a friend emailed me this tweet by Brian Beutler of the left-wing trolling site Salon (though soon to be at the credible left-wing site The New Republic). Beutler asked, in his tweet, “For what practical reasons might a corporation adopt
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Politichicks… World Vision Side-Steps the Biblical Definition of Marriage, by Julie Klose
March 26, 2014 - The evangelical relief organization World Vision (U.S branch) has made a policy change to now permit gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages to be employed in their organization. In an interview for Christianity Today the World Vision U.S. president Richard Stearns explained the reasoning for this recent policy change. “Changing the employee conduct policy to allow someone in a same-sex marriage who is a professed believer in Jesus Christ to work for us makes our policy
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Townhall Finance… United Nations Says It’s All Your Fault, John Ransom
Mar 26, 2014 - A new prayer from the United Nations disguised as a four-color .pdf says that the weather is all your fault. ‘We now have a better understanding of human-induced climate change,” chants Michel Jarraud, the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization,“and climate scientists can increasingly determine how large scale pressure and temperature patterns influence the
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Townhall… The Tea Party Isn't Dying – The GOP Establishment Is, Kurt Schlichter
Mar 17, 2014 - If the conservative insurgency has been crushed, why was Mitch McConnell walking around onstage at CPAC with a musket? He couldn’t have sucked up to the right any harder if he wore a tri-corner hat and had the Gadsden flag tattooed on his rear. The death of the conservative revolution, the Tea Party, or whatever you call it, has not merely been greatly exaggerated. It’s been flat-out lied about. It isn’t dead. It just changed, from a shoestring operation to one with real clout. And it’s
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Heritage Foundation… Does the Obamacare Deadline Apply to Me? By Amy Payne
March 18, 2014 - In two weeks, Obamacare’s centerpiece—the individual mandate to purchase government-approved health insurance—kicks in. Are you “covered,” as the White House keeps asking in its endless advertising? Because if you don’t have health insurance by March 31, you will have to pay a penalty on your income tax form next year. For 2014, the penalty for not purchasing
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Heritage Foundation… Does the Obamacare Deadline Apply to Me? By Amy Payne
March 18, 2014 - In two weeks, Obamacare’s centerpiece—the individual mandate to purchase government-approved health insurance—kicks in. Are you “covered,” as the White House keeps asking in its endless advertising? Because if you don’t have health insurance by March 31, you will have to pay a penalty on your income tax form next year. For 2014, the penalty for not purchasing insurance will be either $95 or 1 percent of your annual income
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The Blaze… Oklahoma Sheriffs Visiting State Capitol Building Ordered to Disarm — How Do You Suppose They Responded? Dave Urbanski - Mar. 16, 2014 - Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert traveled to Oklahoma City, the state’s capitol, earlier this week with 40 other sheriffs from around the state like they do every year — to meet with politicians and lobby. Everything was going fine in the state capitol building on Tuesday. More than that, “everybody in that building knew who we were,” Colbert told KTUL-TV in Tulsa. “One... read more
House acts to curb Obama’s imperial presidency; Plans would draw line in sand for White House executive actions
Published: 03/07/2014 - Critics say Barack Obama’s forays outside the Constitution are well known: His Obamacare and his arbitrary changes to the law, waiving work requirements under welfare reform, “recess” appointments, refusing to defend federal law (DOMA) and ignoring states that set up their own laws in direct conflict with federal law. The Heritage Foundation has issued a report of the details, describing the “Top 10 Abusive Executive Actions,” including “inventing labor law ‘exemptions’ in violation
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Redstate… Operating Engineers Union Shovels $165,000 to Ohio Republicans, By: Jason Hart
Anti-workplace freedom smear campaign: Check. Buy off GOP squishes: Check. March 13th, 2014 - Last year Ohio Republicans received $165,450 from International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 18, whose campaign against Right to Work has demonized workplace freedom as poisonous and communist. IUOE Local 18 gave $12,000 — the union’s largest campaign contribution all year — to Governor John Kasich. Unlike Ohio’s other big labor unions, IUOE Local 18
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Heritage Foundation… How Harry Reid Is Trying to End Debate in the Senate, by Hans von Spakovsky
March 13, 2014 - The latest salvo in the Senate’s procedural war was fired yesterday when Senator Chuck Grassley (R—Iowa) introduced a resolution to limit abuse of the cloture rule—a practice frequently employed by Sen. Harry Reid (D–Nev.). Grassley was joined by at least 25 other GOP senators in sponsoring the “Stop Cloture Abuse Resolution.” Most Americans have a limited understanding about the use of cloture in the Senate. Indeed, any familiarity with cloture comes from the claim
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Heritage Foundation… Delaying Obamacare's Individual Mandate Due to 'Hardship' -- Caused by Obamacare - By Amy Payne - March 13, 2014 - It’s getting difficult to take any part of Obamacare seriously. The Obama administration has altered or delayed it so many times—who can be sure what the law is at this point? The individual mandate stating that every American has to purchase government-approved health coverage or pay a fine is supposed to kick in on March 31. That’s the deadline to sign up for coverage, supposedly to avoid this... read more
Heritage Foundation… The Obama Administration's About-Face on Medicare, Amy Payne
March 12, 2014 - The Obama administration seems determined not to rock the boat before the midterm congressional election this fall. It’s already delayed Obamacare mandates that could cause outrage. Now it has stopped proposed Medicare changes that weren’t even part of Obamacare—and with good reason. The administration had proposed new rules for seniors’ prescription drug plans in Medicare Part D. This is significant because Part D is unusual for a government program
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Human Events… Regulations: the tax you don't see, By: Lawson Bader and Ryan Young  
3/10/2014 - Government spending—everybody’s talking about it. But unlike the weather, everyone wants to do something about it. Last week, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) released a comprehensive tax reform plan. This week Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) made headlines by questioning the government’s efforts to tackle poverty, and the following day, President Obama introduced his $3.9 trillion budget proposal. There is another area where government grows in the
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Heritage Foundation… Congress’ Real Problem: They’re Letting Regulators Become Legislators, Rich Tucker - March 3, 2014 - Washington D.C. won’t have John Dingell to push around much longer. The venerable Democrat, who’s been in the House of Representatives since 1955, is preparing to retire and hand his family’s seat (his father held it before him, having been elected in 1932) to his wife. But he’s not doing her any favors. In recent years the problem isn’t that lawmakers have... read more
Politically True… Channeling Jeff Foxworthy In A Country Founded By Geniuses And Run By Idiots, by Fritz Edmunds - EDITORS NOTE: Some have passed my list below around on the Internet, dressing it up as if it were actually Jeff Foxworthy’s words. They’re not. Notice the headline is “Channeling” Jeff Foxworthy, because I borrowed a similar style. But I’m not upset they stole my idea. In fact, I think it’s flattering (next time, how about an attribution?). Snopes even did a piece on my post that’s been pawned off as if it were Jeff’s. Interestingly, in some cases, those who have “borrowed” my list chose to... read more
Townhall… Liberal Students Have a Funny Definition of 'Diversity', Jonah Goldberg
Feb 21, 2014 - Cancel the philosophy courses, people. Oh, and we're going to be shuttering the political science, religion and pre-law departments too. We'll keep some of the English and history folks on for a while longer, but they should probably keep their resumes handy. Because, you see, they are of no use anymore. We have the answers to the big questions, so why keep pretending there's anything left to discuss? At least that's where Erin Ching, a student at Swarthmore College, seems to be coming
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Townhall… Obama's Mistaken Belief That Others See the World as He Sees It, By Michael Barone
Mar 07, 2014 - Solipsism. It's a fancy word that means that the self is the only existing reality and that the external world, including other people, are representations of one's own self and can have no independent existence. A person who follows this philosophy may believe that others see the world as he does and will behave as he would. It's a quality often found in narcissists, people who greatly admire themselves -- such as a presidential candidate confident
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Heritage Foundation… The Sneaky Way Three States Are Getting Around a New Food Stamp Reform, Rachel Sheffield - March 7, 2014 - Three states are trying to get around a new minor reform Congress made to the food stamp program. In the farm bill it passed earlier this month, Congress tightened a loophole dubbed “Heat and Eat” that has made it possible for states to artificially boost the amount of food stamp benefits a household receives. Here’s how it works: Some food stamp households that receive Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) benefits are automatically... read more
WND Exclusive… 'You can't do this!' Parents revolt against 'Obamacore'
'It's truly a grassroots effort. It is extraordinary' - Published: 2 days ago - The battle over Common Core is far from over. More and more people are joining the fight against it, even in states where it is considered a done deal. Parents and concerned citizens now realize what’s at stake is the complete makeover of America’s schools in the image of Common Core. And in all likelihood, homeschools and private schools will eventually be required to follow the national standards, too. “There are a
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WND.com… 25 years murder-free in 'Gun Town USA'; Crime rate plummeted after law required firearms for residents
04/19/2007 - As the nation debates whether more guns or fewer can prevent tragedies like the Virginia Tech Massacre, a notable anniversary passed last month in a Georgia town that witnessed a dramatic plunge in crime and violence after mandating residents to own firearms. In March 1982, 25 years ago, the small town of Kennesaw – responding to a handgun ban in Morton Grove, Ill. – unanimously passed an ordinance requiring each head of household to own and maintain a gun. Since then, despite
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Heritage Foundation… Gov. Bobby Jindal: America, We Can Do Better, Bobby Jindal
March 3, 2014 - In Washington, facts can sometimes be stubborn things. I guess that’s why some media pundits thought my comments at a governors’ association meeting last Monday—which highlighted the slow growth and failed economic policies of our President—impolitic or impolite. But let’s look at the facts. According to Federal Reserve data, our current economic “recovery” is the slowest since World War II. After the deep recession of the 1980s, economic growth exceeded 4 percent
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The Examiner.com… Vladimir Putin's Admiral Yamamoto moment, by Timothy Whiteman
March 1, 2014 - Much like the Japanese admiral who planned the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, the Russian president realizes he only has a certain amount of time to "run wild" until someone stands up to him, especially with the 2016 American presidential election literally right around the corner, as reported on by both The New York Sun and The Telegraph (of London, UK) on Mar. 1, 2014. As cited, the de facto Russian invasion of the Ukraine is already underway with 2,000 troops already occupying
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Ohio Citizens PAC… A TEA Party Rebuttal to the misguided attacks by the Republican Establishment and Conservative Media on Ted Cruz and the TEA Party, By Tom Zawistowski, President - March 1, 2014 - In recent weeks a coordinated attack has been launched by the Republican Establishment on Senator Ted Cruz and any Congressman associated with the TEA Party, to belittle their efforts to do what is necessary to reign in an out-of-control government that even liberal law professor Jonathan Turley describes as being at a... read more
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Heritage Foundation… She Dreamed Obamacare Was Harmless, Amy Payne
February 19, 2014 - Obamacare is working, and it’s not costing any jobs. Shhh…keep quiet, or you’ll wake Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius from her dream. “There is absolutely no evidence, and every economist will tell you this, that there is any job loss related to the Affordable Care Act,” she said on Monday. In the land of the waking, Heritage’s James Sherk—an economist who
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Heritage Foundation… 3 Ways to Make April 15 Less Painful
02/27/2014 - Yesterday you told us what you think Washington should be doing—and more than a few of you said dealing with our horrendous taxes. Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) rolled out a plan for tax reform yesterday that we hope will shift the conversation to something that would benefit all Americans. As Heritage chief economist Stephen Moore said, “The tax code stables in Washington haven’t been cleaned out since 1986.” And it shows. Here are three things Congress should be including
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Slow Food, From a CNO reader
'Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?' 'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him. 'All the food was slow.' 'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?' 'It was a place called Home,' I explained. 'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it
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Heritage Foundation… 'I Know My Rights': Woman Jailed After Filming Traffic Stop, Evan Bernick
February 22, 2014 - Brandy Berning spent the night behind bars. And it’s all because she knew her rights, and insisted that they be respected. Her “crime”?  Using a cell phone to film a traffic stop. According to the Florida Sun-Sentinel, Lieutenant William O’Brien, a deputy with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, pulled Brandy over after she allegedly drove in the HOV lane at the wrong time.  She began filming the traffic stop. Lieutenant O’Brien then told Brandy that she had just committed a felony and
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Redstate… Why This Fight, By Erick Erickson
February 19th, 2014 - I was once an elected Republican. I started the College Republicans at my school. I served as the state chair of the College Republicans in Georgia. I have worked for more than two decades to get Republicans elected. But more and more I cannot tell you what it means to be a Republican other than opposition to Barack Obama. I want to be for something, not just against someone. And I surely
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The Hill… Efforts to cap CO2 emissions are adverse to human health and welfare, By Craig D. Idso, Ph.D.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama advocated an energy policy aimed at reducing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), which he claims are causing catastrophic changes to the earth’s climate and “harming western communities.”  In his policy prescription, the president advocates a combination of increased regulation of the energy and transportation industries and more government spending on research designed to bring low-carbon-emitting sources of energy, i.e., so-called renewables
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Townhall… A Comma Dean of Errors, Mike Adams
Feb 17, 2014 - Editor’s Note: For anyone still not convinced we need to be careful where we send our kids to college, this is a must read. Author's Note: The fight for student’s rights continues. The series is stretching out longer than anticipated but you will want to keep reading. There's some good news at the end of the road. Dear Chancellor Miller; After laying the groundwork in my previous correspondence, I finally have an opportunity to respond to
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Heritage Foundation… 7 Times Obama Ignored the Law to Impose His Executive Will
by Amy Payne - February 14, 2014 - President Obama—the imperial President, the “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone” President who can’t wait to show us his “year of action”—once vowed to do exactly the opposite. The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend
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US1.me… Lupus and MS - bumps in the Obamacare road
ObamaCare patients with serious pre-existing diseases could face expensive drug costs - by Jim Angle, Fox News. People with serious pre-existing diseases, precisely those the president aimed to help with ObamaCare, could find themselves paying for expensive drug treatments with no help from the health care exchanges. Those with expensive diseases such as lupus or multiple sclerosis face something called a "closed drug formulary." Dr. Scott Gottlieb of the American Enterprise Institute
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Stuff you didn't know you didn't know! From a CNO reader
Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better. --- Coca-Cola was originally green. --- It is impossible to lick your elbow. --- The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska --- The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...) ---  The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%  ---  The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $16,400 ---  The average number of... read more
Heritage Foundation… The Real 'War on the Poor' Is Being Waged by Obama, Stephen Moore
February 17, 2014 - Republicans in Congress are being accused of fighting a “war on the war on poverty,” in part because of a tiny cut in the food stamps program last week. Democrats charge that these “cuts” will take food from the mouths of hungry children, and they claim this is an example of how Congress has shred the safety net for the poor. Never mind that this is the food aid program that has tripled in cost and doubled in participation in just the last decade. Even during the economic recovery, the
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 NetRight Daily… Obama’s big freeze for America, By Rick Manning
An Obama Department of Energy official told the House Energy and Commerce Committee today that Administration policies aimed at coal fired electric generation would increase the wholesale cost of electricity by 70 to 80 percent. The admission that Obama environmental policy proscriptions targeting the coal fired utility industry would dramatically increase the cost of turning on the lights, as well as heating and cooling homes is news. But this Administration’s gross disregard for the least... read more
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EAG News… Common Core math question for sixth graders: Was the 2000 election ‘fair’? Renee Nal - February 4, 2014 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Would you ever consider the question ‘Whom do you want to be president?’ to be asked of your third grader during a math class (or any class)? Would you expect your fourth grader to be asked to create a chart of presidents along with their political persuasions? Or, how about a discussion on whether the 2000 presidential election resulted in a “fair” outcome? Or, what if the teacher for your sixth grader was advised to “be prepared” to discuss the... read more
Famous Presidential Lies, Adapted from To The Point News; From a CNO reader
LBJ: We were attacked (in the Gulf of Tonkin). Nixon: I am not a crook. GHW Bush: Read my lips - No New Taxes. Clinton: I did not have sex with that woman... Miss Lewinski. GW Bush: Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. Obama: I will have the most transparent administration in history; The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs; I am focused like a laser on creating jobs; The IRS is not targeting anyone; It was a spontaneous riot about a movie; If I had a son; I will put an end to the type of politics
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Heritage Foundation… Jordan at Policy Summit: Let’s Encourage Work, by Ken McIntyre
February 10, 2014 - Legislation to hold increases in total welfare spending to inflation and to require able-bodied adults on food stamps to get a job or seek one will refocus attention on the dignity of work, Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) said today. When government policies “disincentivize work,” Jordan said, “we are robbing people of skills, lessons, and principles.” Administration officials and other defenders of Obamacare stepped
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Eagles Rising… Sarah Palin was Right - Socialized Healthcare Demands Death Panels
By Onan Coca - 14 February 2014 - For years conservatives have been desperately trying to warn the country about the logical outcomes of embracing socialized healthcare. One of the first and most important trumpet calls of warning came from former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on
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Eagle Rising… Woman Protects Home with Shotgun, By Onan Coca
11 February 2014 - You don’t expect stories of armed citizens defending their homes to come from California – but this time that’s exactly what we’re getting. A California woman woke up to the sound of her dog barking early Sunday morning at around 3 am. When she looked outside to see what had gotten her pet so agitated, she saw a man in her backyard and another man waiting by a car. Knowing what was about to happen, she quickly grabbed her shotgun and made her way outside
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Washington Post… The annual Washington Post Mensa invitational
The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are the winners: 1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time. 2. Ignoranus : A person who's both stupid and an asshole. 3. Intaxicaton : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts
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Heritage Foundation… A Tank on Every Corner? Why Police Departments Are Acquiring Armored Vehicles—and What to Do About It, Evan Bernick - February 10, 2014 - Most Americans aren’t used to seeing anything that looks like a tank in their neighborhoods. Yet with police departments from California to Texas to Ohio State University acquiring armored vehicles from the federal government, that may soon change. These armored vehicles, designed to fend off insurgent attacks and capable of withstanding .50-caliber rounds, are impressive pieces of machinery. But they’re also... read more
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Townhall… The Myth of 'Traditional Marriage', Steve Chapman
Feb 09, 2014 - In the battle over same-sex marriage, opponents are strongly in favor of deferring to the wisdom of our ancestors. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence uses the prevailing formula when he says, "I support traditional marriage." The Christian Coalition of America urges its friends to "Say 'I Do' to Traditional Marriage." They have friends on the Supreme Court. In arguments over a California ban on gay
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Heritage Foundation… Leno's Goodbye: The Worst Part Is "I'll Have To Sign Up for Obamacare"
Ericka Andersen - February 7, 2014 - After 22 years, Jay Leno hosted his last episode of “The Tonight Show” on Thursday evening with a monologue that included a jab at Obamacare. Leno said the worst part about leaving NBC was that he would no longer be covered under their health insurance plan and would now have to sign up for Obamacare. The comedian has been known to poke fun at the health care law, which has had significant issues since rolling out an online marketplace
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Godfather Politics… Sheila Jackson Lee: Obama's a Liberal Dictator So Executive Orders are OK
Posted on February 8, 2014 by Gary DeMar. Getting back to the Constitution is no longer an option for most politicians. They use it as a prop. Sure, they take an oath before God to uphold it and vote and terms of its limitations, but for them, God is a myth. Sheila Jackson Lee is the worst offender, but at least she’s honest. She has absolutely no regard for the Constitution. All she cares about is raw power, but only when her guy is in charge: “Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said that the new
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Heritage Foundation… What Congress Did While You Were Talking About the State of the Union, by Amy Payne - January 30, 2014 - Congress is very fond of two things: throwing a bunch of stuff into one bill and rushing bills through while Americans are focused on other news. While people were talking about the State of the Union, they’ve done it again with the $1 trillion farm bill. The “farm bill” passed by the House yesterday has projected costs that are even greater than those of the Obama stimulus... read more
WND… Hear Bill Ayers say again, “I wrote Obama bio” By Art Moore
Bill Ayers, the unrepentant former leader of the radical 1960s Weather Underground group, has been asked on several occasions over the past five years if he wrote “Dreams from My Father,” the book offered as evidence that Barack Obama is an intellectual heavyweight worthy of the Oval Office despite his relatively thin resume. Aware of WND columnist and author Jack Cashill’s extensive literary analysis and independent corroboration by a friendly Obama biographer, Ayers has obscured his
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The Hill… Efforts to cap CO2 emissions are adverse to human health and welfare, By Craig D. Idso, Ph.D.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama advocated an energy policy aimed at reducing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), which he claims are causing catastrophic changes to the earth’s climate and “harming western communities.”  In his policy prescription, the president advocates a combination of increased regulation of the energy and transportation industries and more government spending on research designed to bring low-carbon-emitting sources of energy, i.e., so-called renewables
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Heritage Foundation… 7 Things It's Not Too Late For, Amy Payne
January 28, 2014 - Presidents offer pie-in-the-sky visions in their State of the Union addresses. But if President Obama—and Congress—were willing to “roll up their sleeves” (another common State of the Union phrase) and work on some tangible good for Americans, Heritage experts have a few ideas. The President is calling this his “year of action,” after all. Here are seven things he should work with Congress to do. 1. Save Americans from
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The Atlantic… Why the Cory Remsburg Tribute Will Be Seen as a Sign of Our Times, and a Bad One, Many Years From Now - Taking The Long View of events one day in the past - Barack Obama has always been said to take The Long View. It's a point he made several times in last night's speech, most explicitly here: Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did. That's the answer the president "wants" to give his grandchildren... read more
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Townhall… 5 Horrific Examples of Cultural Decay in America, John Hawkins
Jan 25, 2014 - Human beings are marvelously adaptive creatures, but that can sometimes work again us. That's because we tend to be so focused on adjusting to our present circumstances that we often forget to ask the bigger questions. How did we get to where we are now? Would we be in a stronger position today if we had made some better decisions upstream? What lessons from the past can we use in the future
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Townhall Finance… Not Even Trying Anymore: White House Blames Bush for Weak Economic Data in 2014, Michael Schaus - Jan 27, 2014 - When asked about the poor economic conditions in America ahead of the President’s State of the Union speech, Senior White House Advisor, Dan Pfeiffer, petulantly passed the buck to George W. Bush. The comedic excuse is as pathetic as it is baseless. But don’t let that stop the White House from trying to cast blame for today’s economic failures on an economic crises that came to life in the closing days of their predecessor’s administration. On... read more
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Santorum Responds to State of the Union Address
Dallas, TX - Former U.S. Senator, former Republican presidential candidate and Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum issued the following statement at the conclusion of President Obama's State of the Union address tonight: "The state of our union is indeed strong, but it is because of the resilience of hardworking Americans, not because of the heavy-handed policies of this administration. "President
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Townhall… Fact-Free Liberals: Part III, Thomas Sowell
Jan 23, 2014 - Since this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the "war on poverty," we can expect many comments and commemorations of this landmark legislation in the development of the American welfare state. The actual signing of the "war on poverty" legislation took place in August 1964, so the 50th anniversary is some months away. But there have already been statements in the
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WND… I agree with Valerie Jarrett
Star Parker: A woman's health decisions 'should be in her own hands' -- not Obama's! The senior adviser to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, wrote for the White House blog and the Huffington Post that, “A Woman’s Health Care Decisions Should Be in Her Own Hands, Not Her Boss’.” I couldn’t agree more. Odd, then, that the administration is trying to insert bosses, many of them against their deeply held religious beliefs, into the private health-care decisions of women. Ms. Jarrett writes
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Heritage Foundation… These Words from Obama Are Frightening -- and Revealing, Steven Bucci
January 21, 2014 - It’s less than comforting to hear the President make light of terrorist threats. In a recent interview with The New Yorker, President Obama referred to today’s al-Qaeda fighters as the “jayvee” team. “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” he said. This shows that the Administration’s wishful thinking about al-Qaeda isn’t over. Obama and his fellow
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Heritage Foundation… Guess What Group is Getting Food Stamps at an Alarming Rate,
Rachel Sheffield - January 16, 2014 - Food stamp rolls have been growing rapidly. But what many may not realize is that participation among able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) has been skyrocketing compared to the total number of participants. That’s just one reason Congress should reform the food stamp program in the farm bill now under consideration. In just four years, the number of able-bodied adults without dependents
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Redstate… New Gallup numbers pour cold water all over one of the Democrats’ remaining defenses of ObamaCare, By Dan Spencer - January 23rd, 2014 - According to Gallup, which has been measuring the percentage of uninsured Americans monthly since 2008, the current rate of uninsured Americans is stuck at 16.1%. A quick look at the trends will show you that percentage is almost the same as what it was when President Obama took office in January 2009, and nearly identical to the rate of uninsured in March 2010, when the Democrats jammed ObamaCare through Congress... read more
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Heritage Foundation… Why They Marched, in Their Own Words, Amy Payne
January 23, 2014 - Despite temperatures in the teens and wind chills below zero, people from across the country marched in Washington, D.C., yesterday, to speak up for life. They had different backgrounds—from the 15-year-old who said he “would do anything to support this cause” to the man who was conceived when his mother was raped: “I’m here today to make sure all life is protected like I was.” Why did
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Simple Truth… First Thing Every Morning; Turn Your Life Around One Day at a Time
by Lewis Timberlake with Elinor Griffith - If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400—with no balance carried from day to day—what would you do? Well, you do have such a bank...time. Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as "lost" whatever you have failed to use toward good purposes. It carries over no balances and allows no overdrafts. You can't hoard it, save it
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Cash for Clunkers, From a CNO reader
Editor’s note: The person who calculated this is supposedly a college professor. That has not been verified. The numbers have not been verified. But we thought you’d get a kick out of it anyway. The professor says a clunker that travels 12,000 miles a year at 15 mpg uses 800 gallons of gas a year.  A new vehicle that travels 12,000 miles a year at 25 mpg uses 480 gallons of gas a year.  So, the average Cash for Clunkers transaction reduced gasoline consumption by 320 gallons per year. The
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Townhall… Lessons for Shove Guv Andrew Cuomo, by Michelle Malkin
Jan 22, 2014 - Not so fast, Andrew Cuomo. We see what you did there. After publicly bashing conservative New Yorkers as "extreme" people who have no place in his state, the intolerant Democratic governor wants to blame the media for his unmistakable contempt for those who oppose abortion, support gun rights and defend traditional marriage. Newsflash: Crapweasel politicians can backtrack and scapegoat
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Heritage Foundation… How MLK's Faith Influenced His Public Life, by Rich Tucker
January 20, 2014 - Across the country today, speakers will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. They will likely quote the resounding “I Have a Dream” speech and the stirring “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” But what made it possible for King to accomplish so much? Let’s go deeper into the origins of his belief that men and women of all races are born to the same rights and freedoms. King explained that “just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the
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What Love means to a 4-8 year old, From a CNO reader
Slow down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it. Touching words from the mouth of babes. A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds… 'What does love mean?' The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think: 'When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her
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  Money Morning… Schiff: Destroy This Monster That Threatens Us All
It's fair to say Peter Schiff despises Obamacare. "If current trends continue, the rollout [of Obamacare] may go down as the worst major product launch in history," Schiff writes in his latest Euro Pacific Capital newsletter. Schiff believes that even if the Obamacare website starts working, it won't fix Obamacare. "Given the government's enormous resources, it's safe to say that the site itself will ultimately be fixed," says Schiff. "But when it is finally up and running, the plan's many deeper
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ViralNova… To be opened by Taylor Smith on April 13, 2023 only
January 16, 2014 - This 12 Year Old Girl Just Died. The Letter Her Parents Discovered Afterwards Is Heart Shattering. On January 5th, 12 year old Taylor Smith passed away from complications with pneumonia. It left her parents, family, and friends absolutely devastated. She was a joyful child just like any other, full of life. But it was after some time had passed that they made a discovery they’d never
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Heritage Foundation… Why Did the Benghazi Story Change? Amy Payne
January 17, 2014 - The truth about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, is finally coming out. An explosive intelligence report made public this week revealed that officials knew it was a terrorist attack that killed four Americans on September 11, 2012—and they knew right away. It also revealed that the lapse in security was preventable, based on intelligence the U.S. already had about the area. These new
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Townhall… If You Hate Your Kids, Send Them to Public School, by Doug Giles
Jan 19, 2014 - Y’know, when I was a wee lad growing up in West Texas, public schools weren’t all that bad. We started our day off with the pledge of allegiance, said prayers during football games, actually studied our nation’s founding docs, sang patriotic songs, and we celebrated the true meaning of both Christmas and Easter. In addition to that pro-American bliss, nearly everyone and their dog graduated. It’s true. Dogs were actually graduating from school back then. I know. Weird, eh
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Santorum Condemns New Obama Carbon Emission Proposal
VERONA, PA - Former presidential candidate, former U.S. Senator, and Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum issued the following statement condemning the Obama Administration's new carbon emission proposal. Rick Santorum said, "The regulations proposed by the Obama Administration's EPA to regulate carbon emissions of new coal-fired power plants is yet another attempt by this Administration to stop the expansion of good-paying
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Townhall, Poverty Won After 50 Year War, by Jeff Crouere
Jan 11, 2014 - On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson made his famous call for a national “war on poverty.” Eventually, this “war” would total over $20 trillion in spending and include a myriad of both harmful and ill-advised government programs. As with all liberal initiatives, these policies were created with supposedly good intentions, to help improve the plight of our impoverished Americans. Instead of solving the poverty crisis, we created generations of poor Americans who are
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Places you can live, Sent by a CNO Reader
You can live in Phoenix, Arizona where... 1. You are willing to park three blocks away because you found shade. 2. You've experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl. 3. You can drive for four hours in one direction and never leave town. 4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food. 5. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open the oven
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