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Jul 072015
[WOW!] The American Public: You Know, Hillary is Pretty Much a Liar and We’re Okay with That

[RedState.com] I found an interesting fact nestled amongst the data contained in this latest Q-Poll. Many people are focusing on the fact that it shows a 5-way tie for the GOP nomination at this point, or the fact that Hillary is easily beating everyone except Rubio and Paul in head-to-head matchups.

This is all interesting, but it is far too early in the process to draw any conclusions from head-to-head data until the race begins in earnest. Here, though, is some information that GOP candidates and pundits should take to heart.

American voters say 53 – 39 percent that Clinton is not honest and trustworthy, but say 60 – 37 percent that she has strong leadership qualities. –Read More…

Jul 072015
Conservative-Hating Southern Poverty Law Center Removed From FBI’s ‘Hate Crimes’ Resources

[Personal Liberty Digest] REPOST: The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has a long history of unfairly labeling right-of-center groups as “hate organizations,” has reportedly been removed from the FBI’s “resources” section on the agency’s Hate Crime Web page.

The FBI didn’t comment on the removal, which also included the scrubbing of a link to the Anti-Defamation League. But the timing suggests that a letter recently sent to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director James Comey by a coalition of family groups had something to do with the removal.

The family rights groups, which included the Family Research Council (FRC) and American Family Association (AFA), contended in the letter that SPLC was responsible for inspiring a domestic terror attack on FRC’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.

Personal Liberty Digest™ reported on the investigation of the attack last April: –Read More…

Jul 062015
Bob Woodward: Bush Didn't Lie About WMDs to Justify Iraq War

[Newsmax.com] Former President George W. Bush did not lie about the presence of weapons of mass destruction to justify the Iraq War, journalist Bob Woodward said Sunday.The argument has been used for years by Democrats and other detractors, but Woodward said on “Fox News Sunday” that his own 18-month investigation showed that Bush was actually skeptical that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had WMDs as Saddam claimed.

Though plenty of mistakes were made in the invasion of Iraq, Bush actually told CIA Director George Tenet, “Don’t let anyone stretch the case on WMD,” Woodward said.The reason the United States went into Iraq was “momentum,” he said.”That war plan kept getting better and easier, and finally at the end people were saying, ‘Hey, look, it’ll only take a week or two.'” –Read More…

Jul 062015
New Technology Disrupting and Upsetting Old Travel Business Model

[HumanEvents.com] There would be no rain delay on the evening of Aug. 29 because this was no normal rainstorm. Hurricane Isaac had arrived with six inches of the wet stuff in tow. The season – and our family vacation – were over.

But it wasn’t going to be too terrible. We’d thought ahead – it was no secret the storm was approaching – and we had booked a room in Meridian, Miss., about 90 miles east. We beat the storm to Meridian only to find hundreds of people sitting and waiting in the parking lot of our hotel and everywhere else in town for that matter.

When we went to the desk, we were told online reservations weren’t like actual reservations in that the hotel could give away your room under certain circumstances – and this was one of those circumstances. So, we had a 7-year-old, a 5-year-old, a storm nipping at our heels, a clock approaching 10 p.m. – and no room. –Read More…

Jul 022015
Recreational Weed Now Legal in Oregon

[Townhall.com] Today marks the first day that recreational weed is legally available (kind of) in Oregon. Oregon residents voted to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes back in November 2014. Oregonians will now be allowed to possess eight ounces of marijuana for recreational use, but they cannot legally buy or sell it just yet.

A person may grow their own weed or receive it as a gift, and are only allowed to carry around one ounce at a time. Smoking in public remains illegal.

From Huffington Post: –Read More…

Jul 022015
National Review Editor: Sorry, Donald Trump Has a Point

[Breitbart News] I was skeptical that Trump was really running, but now that the boats are burned behind him, watch out. He is set to be Herman Cain squared — an early-nominating-season phenomenon with a massive media megaphone.

As for his instantly notorious Mexico comments, they did more to insult than to illuminate, yet there was a kernel in them that hit on an important truth that typical politicians either don’t know or simply fear to speak. “When Mexico sends its people,” Trump said, “they’re not sending their best.”

This is obviously correct. We aren’t raiding the top 1 percent of Mexicans and importing them to this country. Instead, we are getting representative Mexicans, who — through no fault of their own, of course — come from a poorly educated country at a time when education is essential to success in an advanced economy. –Read More…

Jun 302015
Coulter: ‘I’m Offended’ Is Not An Argument Against Trump, Facts Back Him Up

[Breitbart.com] The pushback against Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants is emotional, knee-jerk and not fact-based, according to political commentator and author of the new book ‘Adios, America’ Ann Coulter.

Monday, NBC announced it was cutting ties with Trump following the backlash over the GOP presidential contender’s view that Mexican immigrants are bringing their problems to the U.S.

“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” Trump said during his campaign announcement earlier this month. –Read More…

Jun 302015
Networks: Bridgegate ‘Fed’ Chris Christie’s ‘Image as a Bully’; Faces 'a Long Road Ahead’

[Newsbusters.org] The “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC were out in full force on Tuesday night following New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie’s 2016 presidential announcement to attack Christie over his temper and use the Bridgegate scandal to argue that it’s “fed his image as bully” leading to “a long road ahead” for the nomination.

Covering the story for the CBS Evening News, congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes invoked Bridgegate just over halfway into her report, but promoted it as having “fed his image as a bully” before playing an undated soundbite of Christie engaging with a heckler in which he told the man shouting to “sit down and shut up” (more on that clip shortly).

–Read More…

Jun 262015
Scalia: SCOTUS Majority is A 'Threat to American Democracy'

[Newsmax.com] Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a dissenting opinion of the Supreme Court’s decision and called the majority on the high court a “threat to American democracy.”

The ruling “says that my ruler and the ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court,” Scalia said. Chief Justice John Roberts, along with Samuel Alito, Scalia and Clarence Thomas all dissented in separate opinions.

There are currently 13 state bans in place, while another state, Alabama, has contested a court ruling that lifted the ban there. Scalia’s dissent was among the strongest:

“The substance of today’s decree is not of immense personal importance to me,” he wrote. “It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me. Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. Until the courts put a stop to it, public debate over same-sex marriage displayed American democracy at its best.” –Read More…

Jun 262015
Supreme Court Says Same-Sex Marriage Is a Constitutional Right

[Breitbart.com] In a crushing defeat for traditionalists, the U.S. Supreme Court has mandated same-sex marriage as a constitutional right from sea to shining sea.

In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court has held there is a 14th amendment right for people of the same sex to marry. The U.S. becomes only the second country, after Brazil, that has arrived at same-sex marriage through judicial imposition.

Obergefell v. Hodges was a consolidation of several cases brought by same-sex couples challenging the definition of marriage in Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky. The court decided two questions:

* Whether the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex.
* Whether the 14th Amendment requires a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.

–Read More…

Jun 262015
NRA warns Obama firearms proposal ‘as much an affront to the 1st Amendment as it is to the 2nd’

[PersonalLiberty.com] REPOSTED: JUNE 26, 2015

The National Rifle Association is sounding an alarm over a new regulatory proposal from the Obama administration aimed at restricting access to technical information about firearms and “firearm-related speech.”

In a blog posting on its Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) page, the NRA warns the proposal is wrong in principle — and that it could lead to a much more expansive application of free-speech restrictions than the proposal’s arcane language rather innocuously appears to indicate.

The proposal aims to “clarify” language in regulations attached to the federal Arms Export Control Act, a law that “regulates the movement of so-called ‘defense articles’ and ‘defense services’ in and out of the United States,” according to NRA. The regulations that underpin the law’s enforcement allow the government to regulate the “technical data” related to the design and manufacture of firearms. –Read More…

Jun 252015
State Department says it can't locate 15 Hillary Clinton emails

[FoxNews.com] The State Department said Thursday that it cannot locate 15 work-related emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server released this week by the select committee probing the 2012 Benghazi attacks, a revelation that the head of the committee described as “significant and troubling.”

The emails consist of more in a series of intelligence reports passed to her by longtime political confidant Sidney Blumenthal, officials told The Associated Press.

At the least, the existence of the emails turned over by Blumenthal but not by Clinton directly contradicts Clinton’s news conference in March in which she claimed that all work emails from her personal server were turned over to the State Department. –Read More…

Jun 252015
Supreme Court upholds ObamaCare subsidies

[FoxNews.com] The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld ObamaCare subsidies nationwide, in the second major court victory for President Obama on his signature health care law.

In a 6-3 decision, the court ruled that subsidies are valid even in states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges.

A ruling against the administration would have threatened subsidies worth millions in nearly three-dozen states and imperiled the program itself. For months, though, the administration said it had no back-up plans, confident the Supreme Court would rule in its favor. –Read More…

Jun 232015
Hillary and History

[HumanEvents.com] There are no sure things in politics, but Hillary Clinton is the closest thing to a sure thing to become the Democrats’ candidate for president in 2016.

This is one of the painful but inescapable signs of our time. There is nothing in her history that would qualify her for the presidency, and much that should disqualify her. What is even more painful is that none of that matters politically. Many people simply want “a woman” to be president, and Hillary is the best-known woman in politics, though by no means the best qualified.

What is Hillary’s history? In the most important job she has ever held — Secretary of State — American foreign policy has had one setback after another, punctuated by disasters. –Read More…

Jun 222015
New Emails Again Confirm Jonathan Gruber Wasn't

[Townhall.com] When citizen journalist Rich Weinstein exposed Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber in late 2014 for defrauding the country and calling the American voter “stupid,” the White House denied he played a major role in writing the legislation and argued he was just “some advisor.”

But new emails, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, reconfirm what we already knew. Gruber played an integral, major role in developing Obamacare:

The emails show frequent consultations between Mr. Gruber and top Obama administration staffers and advisers in the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services on the Affordable Care Act. They show he informed HHS about interviews with reporters and discussions with lawmakers, and he consulted with HHS about how to publicly describe his role. –Read More…

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