Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen. -George Orwell

Thursday, October 30, 2014


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Greg welcomes guests Gov. Gary Johnson and Liz MacDonald.

Obama Says He's "Frustrated" By People Who Dare To Criticize His Ebola Response
A visibly agitated President Obama on Wednesday ripped into critics of the U.S. response to the Ebola virus, insisting that his administration was leading the charge to "snuff out" the deadly disease.
"When I hear people talking about American leadership and then are promoting policies that would avoid leadership … [and have us] hiding under the covers, it makes me a little frustrated," the president said, joined by healthcare workers who treated the disease in West Africa, including American Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly.
With less than a week to the midterms, the president is making public remarks almost daily in an attempt to fend off charges that his administration was caught flat-footed by a virus that has traveled from West Africa to the United States.
Governors implementing Ebola policies that contradict the president's blueprint, however, are undermining the White House's message.
Also read: Democrats Walk Out on Another Obama Campaign Stump Speech

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Could First Lady Michelle Obama make a run for U.S. Senate in California? Plus, U.C. Berkeley students say no to Bill Maher and a tiny house revolution is underway!

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EWTN News Nightly's Brian Patrick presents the headline news of the day.

Additional news and views from around the Catholic world:

Pope Francis Offers Vigorous Defense of Sacramental Marriage

The Pope's Latest "Revolutionary" Bombshell

Life is cheaper than salt: a Nigerian bishop facing Boko Haram

Sex and the Synod: What Women Want

A Millennial's Perspective on Pope Francis and the Church

Does the Church Favor Capitalism and Democracy?

On God's Responsibility for Atheism

Are an atheist journalist's papal interviews reliable?

What is Culture War?

Who's Afraid of All Hallows' Eve?

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National Review's Andrew Johnson joins Greg Corombos. Today's topics: Millennials sour on Obama and the Dems, the State Department wants to bring Ebola-infected doctors to the U.S., and a ridiculous NARAL ad attacks Colorado GOP Senate hopeful Cory Gardner.

The unintentionally funny "Cory Gardner's going to cause a condom shortage" NARAL attack ad
An instant classic via the Federalist and a concise demonstration of what the Denver Post had in mind when it endorsed Gardner a few weeks ago, dismissing Mark "Uterus" Udall's incessant war-on-women messaging in Colorado as an "obnoxious one-issue campaign [and] an insult to those he seeks to convince." Here's NARAL backing Udall up with the stupidest ad of the campaign, in which a guy who — famously — backs making birth control available over the counter somehow becomes the grim reaper of prophylactics, singlehandedly banning the pill and triggering a run on condoms coast to coast.
I'm surprised that NARAL thinks he'd leave condoms alone; if the GOP's goal, as more excitable feminists assure themselves, is to keep women pregnant and out of the work force, it makes no sense to leave condoms on the shelves after the pill has disappeared. Maybe NARAL figured that a simple double-standard critique was more effective. Sure, Cory will allow birth control for men, but not for women. Apart from the freely available OTC birth control for women that he supports, I mean.
Listening to the ad, John McCormack had an image of Gardner as the Hamburglar, going house to house to pilfer women's pills when they weren't looking. What really cinches this as a classic, though, is this line, the funniest inadvertent self-parody of progressive attitudes since Pajama Boy:
Climate change that everyone knows is weirding our weather, Cory flat-out denies it. Sweet Pea, Cory denies science!
Mentioning "science" to flatter progressives that they're the last bulwark against a new Dark Age along with the vague, ridiculous term "weirding the weather" feels like a goof on the sort of lefty who gushes loudly and regularly about science to advertise his intellect but isn't real hung up on the details. (See, e.g., the Neil deGrasse Tyson fanboys.) Why can't Cory see the weirding, Sweet Pea? Does he hate books 'n stuff?
Exit question: Odd that a group that's all about "empowering" women would feature a man explaining politics and current events to his ignorant girlfriend, no?
Also read:

Harvard Millennial Poll Spells Doom for Democrats

If you thought the NARAL 'Sweet Pea' radio ad on Cory Gardner was bad, wait until you see the TV version!

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Scott Walker, in Dead Heat, Faces Third Election in Four Years

How Wendy Davis became the Todd Akin of the 2014 midterms

Putting the 'Emerging Democrat Majority' Theory to the Test

Is the Left Losing Its Iron Grip on the Black Vote?

FEC Republicans Vow to Fight Regulations on Online Political Speech

Sally Kohn Shows How the 'Liberals' Got So Illiberal

Between Magisterium and Magistrate: Notre Dame's Choice on Marriage's Meaning

What's Bad for America Is Good for Democrats

Big Labor's Servants

Eco-Weenie Zealots Are Ruining Everything, Including Halloween

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'Brutal' 2014 midterm election polls show voters 'mad as hell'; 53% disapprove of Obama

Bastion of free speech, Cal Berkeley, petitioning to ban Bill Maher from speaking at graduation

'I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. Stewart!' Wendy Davis descends further into madness

'Tweet wins the day'! Don't miss this absolutely brutal swipe at Wendy Davis

'Shut up. That didn't happen'! Oh, it did; See what a shameful Dem state rep said at Wendy Davis event

Do we 'need more signs like this'? This anti-Obama truth-snark billboard will make you fist pump

Heart-wrenching scenes from Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's funeral #CanadaStrong

Everyone has a crush on Kennedy in her panda onesie

'Yay, feminism?' Congrats, Cosmo, on your 'hypocrites of the year award'!

Cosmo's Jill Filipovic unimpressed with right-wing dude's law degree from Twitter — that is, Yale

Empty bleachers, 'exit' poll! Obama campaigns for Burke; Wisconsin Dems flee early

'Y'all are amazing'! Sadie Robertson wows — again — on 'Dancing With The Stars'

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014


EWTN News Nightly's Brian Patrick presents the headline news of the day.

Additional news and views from around the Catholic world:

Syrian Christians, building cemeteries instead of schools

Asia Bibi to Pope Francis: Pray for me, your daughter

Governors Who Properly Use or Misuse Executive Power

A Pope, a Jesuit and an Archbishop Create a Teachable Moment on Same-Sex "Marriage"

Will NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade Allow Pro-Life Groups to March?

Divorce, Remarriage and the Prodigal Son

40 Years Fighting Abortion, Building a Pro-Life Culture

The Powerful Faith and Intercession of St. Jude

Why I'm Actually Saving Sex for Marriage

Fit to a Fault? Seeking the Perfect Body Can Endanger Our Spiritual Health

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National Review's Jim Geraghty joins host Greg Corombos to discuss the day's political news. Today: Dems run away from Obama and Harry Reid, the White House makes up its Ebola policy as it goes along, and a South Dakota Dem nominee for Senate accuses national Democrats of trying to sink his campaign.

Landrieu: Come to think of it, I can't quite say whether I'd support Harry Reid again
I realize we just checked in on the Louisiana Senate race yesterday, but this video juxtaposition is too fun to pass up. Mary Landrieu, on Harry Reid, last night:
"Harry Reid presents some problems…I'm going to make my decision based on what is before me and who is running…I am going to wait to see what the leadership looks like…"
Mary Landrieu, on Harry Reid, in May:
Reporter: "You won't say one way or the other whether you'll back Harry Reid?"
Landrieu: "Well if he runs, I will."
And thus Mary Landrieu unconvincingly joins the swollen ranks of frightened Democrats who are seeking shelter behind awkward equivocations over their own party's leadership, many of whom are trying to deflect attention from long voting records of marching in lockstep when it counts. A vote for Landrieu is a vote for Barack Obama and Harry Reid; the president said so himself.  Crossroads GPS is up with a new ad using Obama's infamous interview with Al Sharpton to deny Landrieu the opportunity to open up daylight between herself and the unpopular president she supports 97 percent of the time...
Also read:

Senate Ethics Committee Conveniently 'Misplaces' Ethics Complaint Against Harry Reid

Toxic: Obama Visits Maryland; Democrat Drops 9 Points?

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Wave Watch 2014: New Polling Points to Decisive GOP Victory

Prepare for Scott Walker 2016

Gov. Susana Martinez is cruising to an easy win in New Mexico

Desperate Dems Are Turning to Racial Attacks

The Politics of Victimhood

Why the GOP must pass a real ObamaCare replacement after it wins the Senate

What It's Like to Face the LGBT Inquisition

Fighting Back against LGBT Fascism: What You Can Do

The 'Rage' of Ross Douthat? More Like the Hypocrisy of Andrew Sullivan...

CNN media reporter: Costello deserves all the criticism she's getting

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'Nice try': David Axelrod offers 'striking non-sequitur' about Ebola and 'gun violence'

Ha! Charlie Crist stars in #FLGOV race's 'best-meanest campaign sign'

Media Matters' Eric Boehlert: Instapundit's all-caps intros paranoia-inducing?

'Bring it on!!' Sean Hannity faces off with Bill Hemmer in push-up contest

'#YesWeDid make Jimmy Carter look competent': UniteBlue hashtag hijacked by reality

'The Alinsky is strong with this one': Donna Brazile tells critics of president to 'stop the hate'

'Very true': What does CNN's inaction on Carol Costello say about their 'standards'?

'Please': Brit Hume won't let journo sweep 'businesses don't create jobs' under the rug

'Too late, Grandma': Hillary Clinton flip-flops, now says that entrepreneurs create jobs

In which we examine the many and diverse #LiberalHalloweenTraditions

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Monday, October 27, 2014


British comedian Russell Brand believes in 9/11 conspiracies, Ebola arrives in New York City thanks to an infected doctor, and why a teen is calling for a boycott of Forever 21.

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EWTN News Nightly's Brian Patrick presents the headline news of the day.

Additional news and views from around the Catholic world:

'Bludgeoned' by all sides, family needs church for help, Pope says

Watch the Media Ignore What Pope Francis Just Said About Marriage

God news? Pope Francis gets earthy talking about 'family;' mainstream press ignores him

Cardinal Burke Did Not Slam Pope Francis, Says Group That Set Up Interview With BuzzFeed

CRUX's "spirituality columnist" slanders orthodox Catholics as "bigots"

Distinctly Defamatory

Are We Losing the Apologetics War with Islam?

Cardinal Parolin: Without its Christian roots, Europe won't help the world

Blood on the Red Star: The Martyrdom of Grand Duchess Elizabeth

R U texting in church? Put the phone down!

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Jim Geraghty and Greg Corombos discuss [listen here]: Hillary Clinton joining the "businesses don't create jobs" bandwagon, a devastating profile of the "bumbling" Obama national security team, and some odd noise about Jeb 2016.

Hillarynomics: Businesses don't create jobs
It's actually a total non-sequitur. "Trickle-down economics" has to do with expanding investment, which actually worked spectacularly in the 1980s, but it's not a theory on which the entire concept of job creation relies. One can criticize "trickle-down economics" without offering the entirely vapid argument that corporations and businesses don't create jobs. They don't get created by book tours, after all. The tens of millions that Hillary Clinton collects from publishers and speeches pay for a handful of staff jobs at the Clinton Foundation, perhaps, but that same cash turned into investment would create jobs that actually produce goods and services in a market, which then create secondary jobs, and so on.
Besides, Hillary's argument here is entirely divorced from reality and actual data. The miminum-wage bill for which Hillary Clinton voted passed in 2007 and took effect in stages, beginning that summer. In June 2007, the Household Survey of the BLS showed that the US economy had 146.063 million jobs in June 2007, just before the increase took place. Last month's data showed that the US economy had 146.6 million jobs — an increase of less than 500,000 in over 7 years, not "millions of jobs" as Hillary claims here. In fact, the 146.6 million is the highest it's ever gotten since the passage of that law. In the same period, the civilian workforce participation rate has gone from 66% to 62.7%. On a population basis, there are a lot fewer people working after the last minimum wage hike, not more, and wages are actually down, not up.
Compare this to the "trickle-down" era of the Reagan presidency. When Reagan took office in January 1981, the US economy had 99.995 million jobs and the participation rate was 63.9%. By the end of his presidency in January 1989, the US economy had grown more than 16 million jobs (116.708 million total) and the participation rate had leaped to 66.5%. That covers nearly the same length of time since the last minimum wage hike (96 months vs 89 months), but both include about five years of technical economic recovery.
Obviously there were other factors in play here, so lets focus on something more directly affected by minimum-wage hikes — teen unemployment, which is where minimum-wage hikes have the most impact. When Reagan took office, teen unemployment was 19.1%, but it dropped to 16.4% by the end of his presidency. In June 2007, it was at a similar level, 16.3%. Today it's 20%, and has been bouncing in 2014 between 19% and 21%. Don't forget that these figures are more than five years into a supposed recovery...
Also read:

Hillary Clinton would kinda-sorta like to amend her comments about businesses and jobs

'Too late, Grandma': Hillary Clinton flip-flops, now says that entrepreneurs create jobs

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