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Puff Ho: “Researchers Think They Know Why College-Educated People Support The Tea Party”

Really. The Huffington Post tells their readers about a ‘Study’ that was performed by Notre Dame political sociologist Rory McVeigh.

Rory McVeigh

Rory McVeigh

In his own words McVeigh came up with the idea that educated Tea Party members accepted the smaller government ideas because they hadn’t had much experience with poor people. Then he did a ‘Study’ to prove it.

Prior to the study, he posited that the tea party ideology, which advocates for limited government and low government spending, might resonate more among people who don’t interact much with low-income individuals who may benefit from government programs. As it turns out, McVeigh was on to something.

My thinking was that people who are likely to embrace [tea party ideology] are more likely to be people who have had some success and life and limited exposure to those who haven’t enjoyed the same advantages. … Education is such an important predictor of how you end up in life,” said McVeigh over the phone.”

This is what science is now. It’s devoted to proving the investigator’s pre-conceived notions. In this case McVeigh suffers from the same blindness that affects many progressives. First, he can not imagine the Tea Party members being well educated. Second, he discovered that some are plenty well educated. Being confused by that fact he came up with a theory about how that might come to pass. After all, you do have to be stupid to oppose big government and big government spending – right?

Then he gets the funding and does a ‘Study’ that shows his impulse was right. No one else can see the data. They wouldn’t understand it, I suppose. Then he gives a press release about the ‘Study’ and it gets printed in the Puff Ho. That’s all he wanted from the beginning – that and the grant money.

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Well, No Wonder Israel Rejected John Kerry’s Cease-Fire Proposal

From YNet:

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Kerry truce draft ignores Israeli demands

Ceasefire proposal presented to Israel by top US diplomat met all Hamas demands, scarcely mentioned Israel, according to Haaretz.

A ceasefire proposal presented to Israel by US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday made scarce reference to Israel’s security needs, Haaretz claimed on Sunday.

Israel quickly rejected the proposal, with some commentators questioning Kerry’s grasp of the situation in Gaza.”

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“The Government Is Cracking Down on School Bake Sales”

Of course they are. It’s all about regimentation, you know. The people may not make their own decisions about what they eat. The government must mandate not just nutrition standards but comfort food as well. Comfort food must be eliminated.

The people must not be comfortable.

States are trying to circumvent federal nutrition standards that would limit sugary foods at school fundraisers.

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Barely a month after federal regulations for school cafeterias kicked in, states are already pushing back.

Specifically, they’re fighting nutrition standards that would considerably alter one of the most sacred rituals of the American public school system: bake sales.

Twelve states have established their own policies to circumvent regulations in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that apply to “competitive snacks,” or any foods and beverages sold to students on school grounds that are not part of the Agriculture Department’s school meal programs, according to the National Association of State Boards of Education. Competitive snacks appear in vending machines, school stores, and food and beverages, including items sold at bake sales.”

From the National Journal

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Yahoo!: “Earth Is On The Cusp Of A Sixth Great Mass Extinction”

Now I know why it’s called Yahoo!.

YOU ARE EVIL! AREN’T YOU ASHAMED? BAD BOY/GIRL!

What purpose does drivel like this serve?

Dead stuff

Dead stuff

Approximately 65 million years ago, when the dinosaurs went extinct, 75% of the planet’s many species went with them. It was the world’s fifth, and most recent, mass extinction event.

Now, according to a July 25 review in the journal Science, the Earth seems to be at the cusp of a sixth mass extinction. Only this time, an asteroid is not to blame. We are.”

Read more if you want here

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Illinois’ Credit Rating Now Worst In The Nation

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Those darn Democrats are doing it again.

Gotta hand it to Second City Cop fir the line of the day:

No end in sight:

The outlook for the state of Illinois’ credit rating has turned negative, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services warned today in a report.

The credit rating agency affirmed the state’s worst-in-the-nation A- bond rating, but its outlook, which had been raised to “developing” earlier this year after enactment of pension reforms, went back to negative.

That means that the state’s credit rating could be downgraded within the next two years unless its finances improve, S and P said. A lower credit rating translates into higher borrowing costs.”

Perhaps we should amend that to say “no end in sight that doesn’t mention the word ‘Detroit’. “

WGNTV says:

A warning came Saturday morning from state treasurer Dan Rutherford (R) IL State Treasurer. The Standard and Poor’s downgrade from A to A-minus puts Illinois last on the list– and means a higher cost to borrow money.

On Wednesday, the state will issue $500 million in new bonds to pay for roads and other transportation projects. Rutherford says the credit downgrade will cost taxpayers an additional $95 million in interest.”

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Hear About The Shooting At A Pennsylvania Hospital? Oops! No More story.

The story was big news while it was happening. Potentially more fuel for the anti-gun media.

But what’s this? The shooter was stopped by a CCW holder? A doctor was carrying a gun and shot the perp?

“Bury the story.”

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Shooting At Pennsylvania Hospital Leaves One Dead, Two Wounded

PHILADELPHIA, PA– (CNN) — A shooting at a suburban Philadelphia hospital Thursday afternoon left a psychiatric caseworker dead and two wounded, including a doctor, local authorities said.

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said the shooting happened about 2:30 p.m. in a treatment room at Mercy Fitzgerald Wellness Center in Darby, Pennsylvania, according to CNN affiliate KYW-TV.

Whelan said it appears an outpatient psychiatric patient shot and killed the caseworker, and the doctor, who was carrying his own weapon, shot the patient. Authorities said they did not know why the patient opened fire.”

More at CBS12

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Beretta Pulls Out of Maryland

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Maryland is losing those jobs just like Colorado lost jobs when Magpul moved out. Beretta, though, is a much bigger deal. “Beretta U.S.A. anticipates that the Gallatin, Tennessee facility will involve $45 million of investment in building and equipment and the employment of around 300 employees during the next five years.”

Stupid politicians.

The day after gun control supporters [falsely] claimed that the passage of an “assault weapon” and “high-capacity magazine” ban and increased concealed carry requirements reduced firearms-related crime in Maryland, Italian gunmaker Beretta announced that it’s moving all of its manufacturing out of Maryland and into Tennessee. GM Jeff Cooper left no doubt that The Free State’s post-Newtown push for civilian disarmament (a.k.a., Bill SB281) triggered the move . . .

During the legislative session in Maryland that resulted in passage of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, the version of the statute that passed the Maryland Senate would have prohibited Beretta U.S.A. from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world. While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the State.”

More at TTAG

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Iowa Moonbats Want To Outlaw Cap Pistols

Iowa gun owners are raising a stink here. They have contact information for Burlington Mayor and City Council members.

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The Burlington Iowa City Council is moving to pass an ordinance that would require you to get their WRITTEN permission before your kids can play with toy guns, replica guns, BB guns, etc!
If your kids play with these toys in most outdoor situations, or if they play with toy guns in the car while you drive them around, you are looking at a fine in excess of $500 and up to a month in jail!”

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Underwear For Women Who Want To Remain A Virgin

These are designed by Eleanor Haswell. She describes the line thus: “Why are you so afraid of your own anatomy?” I would say it’s creepy – designed to ensure the wearer remains untouched.

More below the fold…

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Mrs22 Says It Should Be A Warren – Nader Ticket

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Image created by Rocco

Image created by Rocco

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The moonbats have made this delicious video in support of Lizzy.

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Jew Hater: “Yes, Gaza militants hide rockets in schools, but Israel doesn’t have to bomb them”

Why can’t we all just get along?

It must be okay for Hamas to bomb Israel with rockets. It’s not okay for Israel to try to stop it.

"Stupid Is as Stupid does"

“Stupid Is as Stupid does”

A member of Hamas displays rockets in Gaza City

A member of Hamas displays rockets in Gaza City

Only the people responsible can know for sure why Palestinian militants would use civilian buildings, but any real possibility is bad. Maybe militant groups use civilian buildings like this UN school simply because they don’t mind the danger this creates for the Palestinians they claim to protect. Maybe it’s because they are hoping that the rockets will be safer in a UN school because Israel won’t want to bomb it, which means using Palestinians kids and teachers as human shields. An argument you hear from Hamas’s harshest critics is that they are hoping Israel will target the schools, thus rallying people to their side.

None of these speaks well of militant groups or the effects of their rocket campaigns on Palestinian civilians. It is not a great secret that “resistance” campaigns by groups like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad bring far greater harm to Palestinian civilians than they do anything resembling liberation, but this incident is a small glimpse of how, and of the effects of militant groups firing hundreds of rockets into Israel from densely populated neighborhoods in Gaza.

Here’s the thing, though: while incidents like this force Israel to decide between bombing civilian structures or allowing Hamas to use those structures as rocket storage depots, it does not actually force Israel to choose to bomb civilian buildings. It is entirely within Israel’s power to not bomb civilian buildings.”

From Vox

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Elizabeth Warren Defines Utopia

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Warren spoke on Friday at Netroots Nation, a convention for liberal bloggers and activists. She was very well received. During the speech she outlined eleven tenets that Progressives believe. This is a rather interesting thing for a politician who is being considered for the Presidency to do. It will alienate many in the business world. As well as others who don’t believe that utopia is possible.

- We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.”

- “We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth.”

- “We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality.”

- “We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage.”

- “We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them.”

- “We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.”

- “We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions.”

- “We believe—I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work.”

- “We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America.”

- “We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform.”

- “And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!”

And the main tenet of conservatives’ philosophy, according to Warren? “I got mine. The rest of you are on your own.”

Read more at National Journal

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Everybody’s A Winner!

“Golf is just too haaard!

This reminds me of the time we discovered a pinball machine that let you win all the time. Two games and it was no fun any longer.

After watching this I think they may be serious.

Of course it comes from that moonbat haven, southern California.

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California State Senator Calls For Fox Host Bob Beckel’s Resignation

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He objects to ‘Xenophobic remarks’ made by Beckel. He may be right, too. Beckel is out of control. More than once he has used the ‘F word’ on air. I guess he can get away with it because Fox News is a cable channel.

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Bob Beckel

Doesn’t that also apply to words like, “Chinamen”?

Lieu must be a member of the Perpetually Outraged Club.

A California State Senator is calling for a Fox TV host to resign after using a racial slur on his show.
Senator Ted Lieu, who represents the Santa Monica area of Southern California was outraged by the comments made by Fox News Host Bob Beckel made racially disparaging comments regarding Chinese people.

“We should all be alarmed by the racist, xenophobic comments by Fox News Host Bob Beckel, Lieu said.
Lieu, a Chinese-American says this was the second time Mr. Beckel used racial slurs.

After Beckel went swimming last year once last year, he said his “eyes blew up, and it made me look Oriental.”
During a Thursday broadcast of “The Five,” Beckel said that “Chinese are the single biggest threat to the national security of the U.S.. Do you know what we just did? As usual, we bring them over here and teach a bunch of Chinamen – err, Chinese people – how to do computers, and then they go back to China and hack us.”

More at San Francisco CBS Local

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“Israel Derangement Syndrome”

Someone just trying to explain the Hamas problem in Israel to an anti-Semite:

I spoke to another person this weekend who was convinced that Israel is just using the rocket attacks perpetrated by Hamas is an “excuse” to further their “holocaust” and widen their “apartheid” against the Palestinian people.

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Just so happens, he spends his winters in Apache Junction, Arizona. So I asked him to consider something.

I spoke to him on several points, and asked him to consider this not-too-far-out-there scenario (it has actually happened before):

Imagine, for a second, that you’re in Apache Junction one day, and rockets start falling out of the sky. All told, 400 rockets are fired off over the next couple of days, and just in the area around Apache Junction, you know of 3 children who were killed by a rocket while playing in a park, and two businessmen who died in their office, victims of a direct hit. All told, the death toll in Apache Junction, Phoenix, and surrounding areas approached the death toll of the Newtown shooting.

Now, consider that such attacks occur two to three times a year, and each time it happens, another 20 to 30 people are killed.

It is discovered that a Reconquista movement has strengthened itself, and has become emboldened by what it sees as the United State’s reluctance to engage in direct conflict after Iraq and Afghanistan, and has decided to “take back” the “occupied” territories that were captured from Mexico during the Mexican/American War. Part of its game plan is a terror campaign waged against the people of the American Southwest, and a large portion of this group’s ranks are filled with people who want to see very single American citizen killed.”

How did that work out? You can read the post here

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Israeli Leftist: ‘We were incredibly stupid’

He has seen the truth. The Palestinians have made their point and he has paid attention – finally. It really is too bad that more of the world’s – and America’s – leftists can’t see also.

Shlomo Avineri

Shlomo Avineri

From Israel Matzav:

In a piece in Haaretz which is thus far only out in Hebrew, Shlomo Avineri, an icon of the Israeli Left… , tells readers, “We were incredibly stupid…. We thought they wanted a state, and a two-state solution, but it turns out that they want to destroy Israel, because they cannot/will not accept any form of Jewish national self-determination.” As my kids like to say at such times “Boker Tov Eliyahu” (Good morning Elijah).

The initiators of Oslo and the process’ supporters saw the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a conflict between two national movements, and believed – as I believed – that in direct negotiations between Israel and the PLO, a solution could be found to the territorial and strategic issues that are the source of the dispute between the two movements. It was not simple to persuade Israelis – and even the Labor party – that there was a national movement on the other side, and that although it had terrorist aspects, at heart it is entitled to fulfill its independent national self-definition, just like Zionism. The viewpoints of Golda Meir on the subject (“there is no Palestinian nation”) have not been forgotten, and the fact that the initiators of Oslo managed to overcome this tradition of denial, to which even the Labor party was a partner, was an accomplishment.

But the basis of this concept had a mistake. All of those who supported the Oslo process believed that we were talking about a dispute between two national movements, and that the other side felt the same way.

We were mistaken.

The Palestinian side does not believe that we are talking about a dispute between two national movements: It believes that we are talking about a dispute between one national movement – the Palestinian – and a colonial imperialistic entity that will eventually die off.”

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Strange: Hickenlooper New Head Of National Governors Association

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Hickenlooper, Obama soaking it up

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has become the new Chair of the NGA. That is strange for a couple of reasons. First, he is a rabidly anti-gun politician. It’s surprising that someone that far from center would get the chairmanship.

Second, he is in the middle of a campaign for his reelection that he may very well lose. His polling numbers are weak. The people of Colorado view him in a poor light after his anti-gun actions. They have already removed two state legislators for their anti-second amendment votes and a third resigned rather than be recalled. From the Washington Post:

Colorado’s John Hickenlooper is not your standard politician. He’s a former geologist turned brewpub owner turned mayor turned governor. You might have seen him this past week playing a late-evening game of pool with President Obama. “He cleaned my clock,” Hickenlooper says.

He prefers open collars to neckties and casual outfits to fitted suits. When he ran for mayor of Denver, he did an ad that showed him getting measured for clothes more appropriate to the leader of a city than someone selling beer. One clip in the ad had him wearing a dime-store cowboy costume. He likes funny ads. Those kinds of things have earned him the label “quirky.”

This weekend, he will take the reins as chair of the National Governors Association. Before his one-year term at the NGA ends, he has to get through a reelection campaign. He faces a challenge in November from Republican nominee Bob Beauprez, a former congressman who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006. Comparing this reelection campaign with his election contest four years ago, he says, “This will be much more difficult.”

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Somebody In Norfolk, Nebraska Disrespected Obama

Now Eric Holder and the Department of Justice are investigating.

They put an outhouse on the back of a truck and labeled it, ‘Obama’s Presidential Library’. Then they drove it down the street during the town’s July 4th parade.

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Holder apparently thinks this foolishness is more important than the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious gun running, and enforcement of immigration laws. From Omaha.com:

Justice Department enters fray over 4th of July parade float in Norfolk

The U.S. Department of Justice has joined the discussions over a controversial float in the Norfolk Independence Day parade.
The department sent a member of its Community Relations Service team, which gets involved in discrimination disputes, to a Thursday meeting about the issue. Also at the meeting were the NAACP, the Norfolk mayor and The Independent Order of Odd Fellows.”

This act is intimidation, pure and simple. Holder is telling everyone, “No one will speak out against Dear Leader.”

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CBS: “Report: Extremists emboldened after Nevada ranch standoff”

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CBS has used the propaganda from the Southern Poverty Law Center to make this article. The SPLC is run by Mark Potok.

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Potok’s goal is to paint non-progressives as extremists. Since CBS is using his stuff they are doing the same thing.

There may be some truth to the assertion that militia members are ‘Emboldened’ by the retreat of federal agents at the Bundy ranch.

Far right wing extremists have been emboldened by the standoff earlier this year between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the federal government, according to a study released Thursday by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The report, entitled “War in the West” examines the conflict between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and militiamen who supported Bundy, who owed more than $1 million in grazing fees and fines to the government, despite insisting that he had “preemptive rights” to let his cattle graze on the federally owned land.

The incident came as a result of a U.S. District Court ruling that he had to pay the fees just as any other rancher would. Federal agents rounded up around 400 cattle on the public land, leading to an armed standoff that lasted weeks until authorities released the cattle and withdrew. That action was seen as a victory among anti-government circles, particularly the “Patriot” movement, the study says.”

That ‘Study’ released by the SPLC is titled, “War In The West”. Their mission statement reads thus:

THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER is a nonprofit organization that combats hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation. Its Intelligence Project, which prepared this report and also produces the quarterly investigative magazine Intelligence Report, tracks the activities of hate groups and the nativist movement and monitors militia and other extremist antigovernment activity. Its Teaching Tolerance project helps foster respect and understanding in the classroom. Its litigation arm files lawsuits against hate groups for the violent acts of their members.”

You should read the SPLC ‘Study’. It’s pure pro-government propaganda.

Link to CBS story is here

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Meet Holly Fisher

Holly is, from her own description, “Christian. Wife of an Army combat-infantry vet. Mom of 3.” She posted this image of herself on her Twitter account and the leftist loons have been going ballistic.

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Of course the image of her in front of Hobby Lobby is trying enough for the perpetually butt-hurt, but the image of her carrying both a bible and an AR-15 is just too much. She is actually mocking President Obama’s comments about bitter clingers who cling to their guns and bibles. Can’t have that.

Funny, though, today we find that someone has juxtaposed her image with the image of the ‘White Widow’, a heroine of the left. She is holding a similar rifle and a copy of the Koran. Somehow there must be a difference. How can progressives approve of one but not the other? Can you explain it?

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Bloomberg Is Helping Gun Owners Rate Candidates

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The lizard has decided to create a survey for candidates. They have to answer yes or no to the ten questions on it. The survey is here. While he may think it’s a good idea that will make candidates less gun friendly, it will actually help America’s gun owners determine how pro- or anti-gun the politicians are that we are asked to vote for.

Of course politicos are normally not stupid enough to fill out something like this. He may ask them to but most will not. You don’t succeed in politics by taking strong positions and leaving behind evidence that you adopted them.

The Washington Examiner reports that leading Democrats also think this is a stupid idea.

As for politicians taking their poll, the message needs to be anyone taking it who doesn’t answer “No” on every question forfeits gun owner support. Guessing again, my bet is we’ll see plenty who won’t complete it, and the only areas where most do will be “safe” Democrat districts.

As for the rest, earlier this year, Democrats who want to win were trying to quiet the guy down, with “Bill Clinton [asking] Bloomberg to temper his enthusiasm for attacking politicians who oppose stricter gun laws if those politicians happen to be Democrats.”

When even Daily Kos posters conclude “Bloomberg is not helping” and ask “Why stir the hornet’s nest over an issue that does not bring Dems to the polls?” gun owners could do worse than calling out that which savvy leftists would rather people didn’t see.”

From the Daily Kos article linked above:

In fact, depending on the intensity of the campaign, this could cost us Georgia, Louisiana, Kentucky, Montana, North Carolina and Arkansas. I know many of you are saying that the GOP can’t be anymore motivated. I agree, but there a lot of gun loving Dems in these states. Ask Bill Clinton and the late Tom Foley! Some of our fellow Democrats will temporarily leave us over this issue. Especially coming from the former Mayor of NYC.
You know how we like to make fun of the Kochs? Well Bloomberg could easily be made their equivalent on an issue that is much easier to understand. On policy, he is on the right side. But his timing and history on this issue is horrible.”

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“Bush Lied – People Died”

The argument against invading Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was that it was all a lie. There were no ‘Weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. “Bush lied – People Died’ was the chant.

Heh.

Today it is reported that ISIS has captured a chemical weapons plant in Iraq.

The Al Mutannah chemical weapons complex (CIA)

The Al Mutannah chemical weapons complex (CIA)

Isis jihadists ‘seize Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons stockpile’ This is the headline from the UK Telegraph. Actually, the news is all over the web this morning. It’s frightening that ISIS has control of those weapons.

But no one is referring to this as proof the Bush did not lie. There were WMD’s. We knew that Hussein had used these weapons on Iraqi’s. But physical proof does not change the narrative.

When your entire position is based upon a series of lies – and you insist on perpetrating it – your intentions are evil.

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“City Of Chicago Ordered To Pay NRA’s Legal Fees – Again”

The definition of insanity is…

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Rahm Emanuel

The United States District Court in the Northern District of Illinois has ordered the City of Chicago to reimburse $940,000 in legal expenses incurred by the NRA. The NRA had challenged Chicago’s ban on gun sales within city limits in Benson v. City of Chicago. The Benson case was consolidated into Illinois Association of Firearm Retailers v. City of Chicago and that case challenged five aspects of Chicago’s law: (1) the ban on any form of carriage; (2) the ban on gun stores; (3) the ban on firing ranges; (4) the ban on self-defense in garages, porches, and yards; and (5) the ban on keeping more than one gun in an operable state.

This is the second time that the City of Chicago has been ordered to reimburse legal fees in a suit sponsored by the NRA. The first was following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in McDonald v. City of Chicago in which Chicago was ordered to reimburse the NRA more than $600,000.”

From the Daily Caller

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Salon: “Let’s nationalize Amazon and Google: Publicly funded technology built Big Tech”

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They’re getting frisky, aren’t they? This article by Richard Eskow is full-on communism.

Eskow makes a lot of allegations but nowhere in his piece does he justify the theft of property from the owners of these companies. Neither does he make a case that nationalizing them will reduce the things he complains about.

“They’re huge and ruthless and define our lives. They’re close to monopolies. Let’s make them public utilities”

How will nationalizing them make them smaller, less ruthless or cause them to define our lives?

Fool.

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Second City Cop: “77 Shot Over The Weekend”

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82 if you count the police shootings, but we usually don’t:
For 10 minutes, it seemed like the shooting was everywhere in the South Chicago neighborhood.

It started when someone shot and wounded a couple, then two people fired at the shooter, then there was a chase and shots exchanged and a man sitting on a porch was hit. Responding officers kept cutting each other off on their radios as they reported other gunfire in the area late Sunday night and early Monday morning.

Then the heavy equipment rolled in: A helicopter and SUVs packed with lockers of rifles. SWAT teams in green coveralls patrolled the streets with uniformed officers.”

But The Police Superintendent, McCarthy, is on it:

The superintendent said the weekend’s violence actually was lower than last year’s holiday weekend – until Sunday’s surge of violence. He described that turn of events as a head-scratcher for him and his staff and wondered aloud if officer fatigue played a part.

“It was yesterday that we lost it,” McCarthy told a crowd of reporters at a West Side police station. “We’re square-rooting nine ways from Sunday what is it that happened. Was it a fatigue factor? Did we give (too many) people (time) off? Because the fireworks were Friday and Saturday. That’s where we had a lot of folks deployed during those time frames.”

And, of course, The Onion has their two cents worth:

Highlighting increasingly dangerous conditions within the city, a new study published Monday by Northwestern University’s Department of Environmental Studies revealed that approximately 75 percent of the air in Chicago is now composed of bullets.

“Far exceeding the levels of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and even oxygen, bullets now constitute three-fourths of Chicago’s air supply,” said atmospheric scientist and study coauthor John Molina, stressing that the dense and widespread deposits of jacketed lead and copper in the air pose severe and potentially fatal health risks to all Chicago residents.”

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