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  • Report: Rising Democratic Star Megan Barry to Resign as Mayor of Nashville Due to Sex Scanda

    03/06/2018 8:09:03 AM PST · by rktman · 56 replies ^ | 3/6/2018 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Rising Democratic star Megan Barry is expected to resign as Mayor of Nashville at a hastily scheduled press conference that will be held at Nashville City Hall at 10 a.m. central on Tuesday, according to The Tennessean and other local media outlets. Barry admitted on January 31 that she had a two-year-long affair with her bodyguard, former Metro Nashville Police Department Sgt. Rob Forrest, as Breitbart News reported:
  • Tomorrow's grim global Green dictatorship

    03/06/2018 8:00:06 AM PST · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 3/6/2018 | Viv Forbes
    Greens hate foresters and grass-farmers. They want every tree protected, even woody weeds taking over ancient treeless grasslands. Red meat and forest timber are "unsustainable." Apparently, they want us to live in houses made of recycled cardboard and plastic and eating fake steak and protein powder made from methane generated from rubbish dumps. Greens despise the suburbs with their SUVs, lawns, pools, manicured parks, ponies, and golf courses. They prefer concentrated accommodation with people stacked and packed in high-rise cubic apartments, with state-controlled kindergartens in the basement and with ring-roads of electric trams and driverless cars connecting apartments, schools, offices,...
  • Why the left can't win on gun control

    03/06/2018 7:54:18 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies ^ | 3/6/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    David French, the one-time hope of the NeverTrump faction, has summed up the reasons why the left cannot win in its anti-Second Amendment crusade. Owing to his status as an enemy of Trump, French has access to prominent organs of the left. In National Review, he explains how he is trying to persuade the left to give up its gun-grabbing dreams (and presumably become more effective in their opposition to Trump):
  • The outrageous sliming of gun enthusiasts

    03/06/2018 7:33:07 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies ^ | 3/6/2018 | Mychal Massie
    Politicians and the media as a whole are engaging in homiletic jeremiads and theatrical displays of pontification during which they cry “we must do something!” The plaintive cry that “something must be done” is a draconian sobriquet for “do away with the Second Amendment and take the weapons of the law abiding.” The idea that “something must be done” falls under the misguided notion that morality can be legislated and the dismissal of the fact that evil exists and that evil people do evil things. The most obvious things to do to at least balance the field regarding the threat...
  • Gang Shootings At Funerals Are Getting So Bad Chicago Might Launch A Special Task Force

    03/05/2018 9:24:30 AM PST · by rktman · 64 replies ^ | 3/5/2018 | Amber Randall
    A Illinois county might create a special task force to protect cemeteries as gangs have taken to opening fire on each other during funerals. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart proposed creating a special task force Thursday to combat rival gangs trying to shoot each other during funeral services, reported FOX 32. During a talk with various political leaders, religious members and funeral directors, Dart called for a task force made up of the three groups that would try to fix the problem. “This has been something that has been escalating I’d say over the last ten to 15 years from...
  • NRA Memberships Surge in Wake of Anti-NRA Protests, ‘Media Bias’

    03/05/2018 9:11:01 AM PST · by rktman · 43 replies ^ | 3/5/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    National Rifle Association memberships surged in the wake of the anti-NRA protests and “media bias” that followed the February 14 Florida school shooting. The Daily Mail reports that Google searches for “NRA membership” rose “4,900 percent” since the Florida attack. That rise occurred at a time when many Democrats, media personalities, and Hollywood celebrities were denouncing the NRA as causal in the shooting that took 17 lives in a gun-free zone. The Hollywood attitude was epitomized by writer-director Judd Apatow, actress Mia Farrow, and comedian Chelsea Handler, all of whom responded to the Florida school attack by calling out the...
  • The Impossibility of Life's Evolutionary Beginnings

    03/05/2018 8:28:40 AM PST · by fishtank · 87 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 2-28-18 | Jeffrey P. Tompkins, PhD
    The Impossibility of Life's Evolutionary Beginnings BY JEFFREY P. TOMKINS, PH.D. * | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2018 The hypothetical naturalistic origin of life and its most basic biomolecules from non-living matter is called abiogenesis. This paradigm lies at the very foundation of biological evolution, but the immensity of its naturalistic improbability is often brushed aside by evolutionists, who prefer to focus on other facets of evolution that seem less daunting.
  • Obama Pressures Facebook to Censor News; Zuckerberg Complies and Crushes Trump on Facebook

    03/05/2018 8:09:54 AM PST · by rktman · 51 replies ^ | 3/5/2018 | Karin McQuillan
    Facebook has caved to Democrat political pressure and is censoring newsfeeds on users’ pages, as Mark Zuckerberg explains, for their own good. The progressives at Facebook have gone nuclear. We built Facebook to help people stay connected and bring us closer together with the people that matter to us. That's why we've always put friends and family at the core of the experience. Research shows that strengthening our relationships improves our well-being and happiness. But recently we've gotten feedback from our community that public content -- posts from businesses, brands and media -- is crowding out the personal moments that...
  • Ben Shapiro Torches New York Times For Nonsense AR-15 Article

    03/05/2018 7:55:54 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies ^ | 3/4/2018 | Ben Shapiro
    Okay—so I guess we should give The New York Times credit for writing a piece about the AR-15 that distinguishes it from its military cousin—the M16—which has the ability to fire more than one round per trigger pull. It has the ability for automatic fire (selective fire), which the civilian AR-15 does not. A civilian can own an automatic firearm if they go through and pass a background check, pay the National Firearms Act tax stamp, and have their firearm catalogued into a federal database through the ATF. The process can take up to a year or longer—and the firearm...
  • John Hancock: What prevents 'iron grasp of tyranny'?

    03/05/2018 6:56:20 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 3/4/2018 | Bill Federer
    The French and Indian War ended in 1763 with the French losing Canada and all their land east of the Mississippi River. King George III decided to leave troops in the American colonies in case of future French incursions or native uprisings. British troops were to be paid with taxes collected from the colonies: the Sugar Tax of 1764 the Stamp Tax of 1765 the Townshend Acts of 1767, taxing glass, paint and paper As the Colonies had no representative in Parliament, the cry arose, “No taxation without representation.” The king imposed Writs of Assistance in 1765 allowing British authorities...
  • John Kasich tells Congress 'don't ask permission' on gun control or Dreamers bills

    03/05/2018 6:37:45 AM PST · by rktman · 44 replies ^ | 3/4/2018 | Laura Barrón-López
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich advised lawmakers in Congress to pass legislation on gun control and relief for so-called Dreamers and then ask permission from President Trump once the bills have reached his desk. The Republican bemoaned the pace at which Congress is working and how Republicans continually seek the president’s approval before bringing bills to the floor. “I think the president will sign something, and if he doesn’t, send it to him anyway,” Kasich said of the gun control measures floating around Congress. “Don’t ask permission.” Kasich said he’s been pressured by millennials frustrated by how long it takes to...
  • Portland State University Panel Discussion: ‘Is Intersectionality A Religion?’

    03/04/2018 4:03:09 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 10 replies ^ | 3-4-18 | John Sexton
    “I hope the irony is not being lost on anyone that three liberal atheists are being sponsored, their event is being sponsored, by the most conservative groups on campus,” Dr. Peter Boghossian said. That statement kicked off an hour-long discussion (plus an hour of Q & A) on the question “Is Intersectionality a Religion?” The discussion took place at Portland State University a couple weeks ago, just days after another group hosted a talk with former Google engineer James Damore. Almost exactly a year ago I pointed out a piece by Andrew Sullivan (yes, that Andrew Sullivan) on the same...
  • Segregation at Comic Con: No Straight, White Males Allowed at Parties

    03/04/2018 8:29:35 AM PST · by rktman · 66 replies ^ | 3/2/2018 | Megan Fox
    The comics industry seems to be doubling down on their policy of completely excluding anyone who is straight, white, male, or conservative. This year's Emerald City Comic Con released its schedule of events on its app recently. Anyone who is male, white and identifies as heterosexual found himself excluded from industry mixers and professional mixers.
  • Overwhelming Majority Of Studies Find That Gun Control Policies Don’t Work

    03/04/2018 8:10:20 AM PST · by rktman · 16 replies ^ | 3/4/2018 | Anders Hagstrom
    An analysis of thousands of gun control studies claims that just 63 of those studies found connections between more stringent gun control laws violent crime and suicide reductions. The non-profit RAND corporation spent two years and $1 million on the analysis, searching for evidence of benefit from gun control policies. RAND’s analysis looked to establish connections between gun policies and rates of homicide, suicide, self-defense gun use, hunting, and other categories. The vast majority of those categories went unaffected by legislation, however, according to NPR. “Most of the effects that we were looking for evidence on, we didn’t find any...
  • A Nation of Children Wants a Nation of Gun Control

    03/04/2018 6:48:28 AM PST · by rktman · 44 replies ^ | 3/4/2018 | Jeremy Egerer
    In the history of protests, there is probably nothing less inspiring than a high-schooler refusing to go to school. It's as if the children threatened not to eat their vegetables; or as if a bad Catholic, upset with the bedrock teachings of the Church, refused to go to Mass. You can refuse any number of things, but you can't refuse in the most fun way possible, and if you refuse your food, the response of your "oppressors" should be then don't eat your food. It's your life, and should you choose to ruin it by getting skinny or playing hookey,...
  • The spoiled brats of Parkland persuade us only of their own boorishness

    03/04/2018 6:39:00 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 3/4/2018 | Monica Showalter
    A lot of attention has been focused on the Parkland shooting victims, out of which have emerged a few gun control activists. That's understandable, and for many, a matter of interest, given the students' firsthand experience with the worst experience anyone can possibly have with a gun. All the same, the sympathy factor started to congeal early when news emerged that these right-on-the-spot activists were just dupes in the hands of professional gun control lobbyists looking to capitalize on a tragedy, well financed and organized even before the bodies of their classmates were cold. It all started to look questionable,...
  • ABC Desperately Tries to Get Dolly Parton to Call Trump the Face of Modern Sexism

    03/03/2018 7:04:02 AM PST · by rktman · 47 replies ^ | 3/2/2018 | Scott Whitlock
    Nightline correspondent David Wright on Thursday night desperately attempted to get actress and singer Dolly Parton to label Donald Trump as the face of 21st century sexism. Talking to the entertainer about her role in the iconic film 9 to 5, Wright played a clip of Jane Fonda deriding her character’s boss as a “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.” Wright sneered, “The sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical portrayed so effectively in that movie by actor Dabney Coleman hasn’t exactly disappeared from the culture. We have a president of the United States who said the things on that bus.” Accusations of sexual...
  • This Town: Democrats Consider Torpedoing Gun Control Bill Because...It Could Pass

    03/03/2018 6:57:27 AM PST · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 3/2/2018 | Matt Vespa
    Even though one of their own is co-sponsoring the Fix NICS Act, which would punish federal agencies that don't submit criminal records to the national criminal background check system for firearms, Senate Democrats have spent their first few days back in Congress this week dissing the bill. “What will prevent future tragedy? Comprehensive background checks will. The Fix NICS bill will not,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday on the Senate floor. “Let’s not set our sights too narrow or squander this moment.”
  • NRA: We Talked Some Sense Into Trump On Gun Control

    03/03/2018 6:05:03 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies ^ | 3/2/2018 | Matt Vespa
    If I were the NRA, I would be nervous—and apparently they met with President Trump last night, where it seems Trump could back off some the pro-gun control proposals he signaled supporting just a couple days prior. The good news is that there’s a lot of time to drag the president away from his gun-grabby moment since Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is not rushing to get this legislation a full vote. Oh, and during that Wednesday meeting, Trump totally shot down the idea that national concealed carry reciprocity can be attached to the bill, saying it wouldn’t pass if...
  • The Coadjuvancy of Church and State

    03/02/2018 8:51:03 AM PST · by fwdude · 1 replies
    The Daily Trumpeter ^ | March 3, 2018 | Scott Lively
    The Coadjuvancy of Church and State Separation Does Not Equal Opposition or Exclusion As a constitutional law attorney with a doctorate in theology and thirty years experience as a Christian social reformer, I have a special interest and expertise in the so-called "separation of church and state" that I would like to share. Coadjuvancy is a little-used but precise legal term meaning the cooperation or mutual effort of independent entities with authority to govern, such as the separate but equal sovereign powers of church and state. America’s founders considered church and state to be coadjuvants with the duty to closely...