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Getting the Facts Straight in the Zimmerman Case
by Jack Cashill
June 4, 2013

As the late Senator Daniel Moynihan reportedly said, "[e]veryone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts."

The commentary on the George Zimmerman case, I've noticed, gets edgy when those who know the facts argue with those who venture opinions. The facts that follow are the ones with which both the defense and the prosecutor must contend...

The Missouri 'Rat Your Kid Out or Rat Yourself Out' Act
by Timothy Birdnow
January 18, 2013

A state legislator in St. Louis County has sponsored gun legislation for the State of Missouri. Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, is sponsoring SB 124, the Rat Your Kid Out or Rat Yourself Out Act.

Among the key provisions of the Act: 1.This act creates the offense of failing to stop illegal firearm possession. A person commits the offense if he or she is the parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18, he or she knows the child possesses a firearm in violation of the law, and he or she fails to stop the possession or report it to law enforcement. 2.This act also creates the offense of negligent storage of a firearm. A parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18 commits the offense by recklessly storing or leaving a firearm in a manner that is likely to result in the child accessing the firearm if the child obtains access to the firearm and unlawfully carries it to school, kills or injures another person with it, or commits a crime with it. 3.This act requires a parent or guardian to notify a school district, or the governing body of a private or charter school, that he or she owns a firearm within 30 days of enrolling the child in school or becoming the owner of a firearm.

Fatal Attraction: US Flirts with International Speech Codes
December 9, 2012

This week, the United States meets with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in London to discuss whether speaking about religion can violate international law.

The meeting represents round three of the "Istanbul Process," an effort Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched in July 2011 in the eponymous Turkish city. The initiative's goal is to implement non-binding UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18, which itself calls for the criminalization of various forms of speech concerning religion. The OIC, an association of 56 Islamic member states and the Palestinian Authority, represents the largest voting bloc in the United Nations.

Articles: Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and American Insolvency
August 7, 2012

The Obama re-election campaign tactics are now approaching near-hysterical levels with the unleashing of the White House's pawn Harry Reid accusing Mitt Romney of not paying any taxes over the past ten years, claiming some anonymous source.

He and the other re-election mouthpieces claim that it is up to Romney to prove the charges false in an obvious ploy to force him to release 10-plus years of tax returns so their "truth squads" can rummage through to find any nugget they can demagogue into portraying Romney as a out-of-touch rich guy not paying his fair share. This and many more attempted smears are on the horizon, as Barack Obama cannot win re-election without destroying his opponent, as he has done in virtually all his previous campaigns for public office. This is particularly true this year, as the facts underlying his stewardship of the economy are devastating.

Progress report on Obamacare implementation: 13,000 pages of regs, hundreds of new bureaucrats
by Rick Moran
July 6, 2012

And they're not even done yet.

The Health and Human Services Department "was given a billion dollars implementation money," Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana said. "That money is gone already on additional bureaucrats and IT programs, computerization for the implementation."

Blog: Issa drops 'bombshell' wiretap applications letter that makes Holder out to be a liar
by Rick Moran
June 30, 2012

The Hill refers to it as a "bombshell" and it is that. It's a letter quoting from a wiretap applications that details exactly what Fast and Furious was all about.

The wiretap applications are under court seal, and releasing such information to the public would ordinarily be illegal. But Issa appears to be protected by the Speech or Debate Clause in the Constitution, which offers immunity for Congressional speech, especially on a chamber's floor. According to the letter, the wiretap applications contained a startling amount of detail about the operation, which would have tipped off anyone who read them closely about what tactics were being used.

Black Privilege
by Robin of Berkeley
July 20, 2011

One of my friends voluntarily attended an event recently, one that I wouldn't go to for a million bucks (well, maybe a million bucks). It was called Erasing White Privilege.

My friend, whom I'll call Andrea, sat in a room with other whites on one side, and people of color on the other. Then the whites sheepishly confessed any real or imagined offenses perpetuated against a person of color. After the whites tried to atone for their guilt, the people of color got involved: yelling at them, preaching, and discharging much rage. Andrea's rendition of the events reminded me of those angerfests that were popular in the '70s.

TSA Now Storming Public Places 8,000 Times a Year
by ABC Action News in Tampa showed passengers being given the signature pat downs Americans are used to watching the Transportation Security Administration screeners perform at our airports. Canine teams sniffed their bags and the buses they rode. Immigratio
June 20, 2011

Americans must to decide if, in the name of homeland security, they are willing to allow TSA operatives to storm public places in their communities with no warning, pat them down, and search their bags.

The TSA clearly intends for these out-of-nowhere swarms by its officers at community transit centers, bus stops and public events to become a routine and accepted part of American life. The TSA has conducted 8,000 of these security sweeps across the country in the past year alone, TSA chief John Pistole told a Senate committee June 14. They are part of its VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) program, which targets public transit related places. All of which is enough to make you wonder if we are watching the formation of the "civilian national security force" President Obama called for on the campaign trail "that is just as powerful, just as strong and just as well funded" as the military.

Study reveals Republicans leaving Party mainly over "lesser of two evils" argument
by Dr. Joel McDurmon
November 27, 2013

In July of this year, a research group, The Frontier Lab, released a revealing study called "Switching Behavior: Modeling Disaffiliation by Republicans from the Label 'Republican.'"

The Frontier Lab study includes both conservative and moderate Republicans, and identified four key events that prompted individuals to "disaffiliate" from the party. One was the rejection of the "lesser of two evils" argument-the argument that voters had to support a bad Republican because the Democratic candidate would invariably be worse. Both conservatives and moderates are tired of the "two evils" argument. . . . A second reason is closely related. Parting conservatives have expressed "loss of hope" in the party, but not just a general loss of hope-loss of hope specifically that by enduring the lesser of two evils tactic over time, the classic promise of that argument would materialize. That is, over time, and after many abuses, these people have lost hope that the party would change or effect change as promised. As director Anne Sorock puts it in the study, these people "often experienced an emotional exhaustion wherein they no longer felt hope that the party would deliver."

Russian correspondent Ioffe blasts MSNBC host: "did exactly the same s*** Russians did to me when I was in Russia"
by Dr. Joel McDurmon
August 8, 2013

Just how leftist is the American media? So leftist that a Russian-American journalist and former Moscow-based correspondent for Foreign Policy and The New Yorker, after enduring a shouting, "mansplaining" Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC, wrote an explanatory follow-up complaining how the host was acting like a Russian dictator! The guest, New Republic senior editor Julia Ioffe, quipped, "My main beef with O'Donnell is . . . that he did exactly the same s*** Russians did to me when I was in Russia."


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