"Fox News Sunday" is heading to Louisville, Ky. Jack Conway, Kentucky's attorney general and the Democratic candidate for Senate , and Rand Paul, the Republican nominee and son of Representative Ron Paul, Republican of Texas, have agreed to a live debate on "Fox News Sunday" on Oct.3 at 9 a.m. (Eastern time).
Join the discussion below, or Read more at thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com.
#113430 Aug 5, 2013
The First Amendment: The Foresight of Our Founders to Protect Religious Freedom (Top)
The first provision of the First Amendment concerns freedom of religion. That guarantee reflected Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, which declared that no one should “suffer on account of his religious opinion or belief, but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion….” That assurance has never been more needed than it is today, as liberal elites try to drive religious beliefs – and religious believers – out of the public square. The Founders of the American Republic universally agree that democracy presupposes a moral people and that, in the words of George Washington’s Farewell Address,“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
The First Amendment: Speech that is Protected (Top)
The rights of citizenship do not stop at the ballot box. They include the free speech right to devote one’s resources to whatever cause or candidate one supports. We oppose any restrictions or conditions that would discourage Americans from exercising their constitutional right to enter the political fray or limit their commitment to their ideals. As a result, we support repeal of the remaining sections of McCain- Feingold, support either raising or repealing contribution limits, and oppose passage of the DISCLOSE Act or any similar legislation designed to vitiate the Supreme Court’s recent decisions protecting political speech in Wisconsin Right to Life v. Federal Election Commission and Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. We insist that there should be no regulation of political speech on the Internet. By the same token, we oppose governmental censorship of speech through the so-called Fairness Doctrine or by government enforcement of speech codes, free speech zones, or other forms of “political correctness” on campus.
#113431 Aug 5, 2013
IS THERE REAL RACISM IN AMERICA?
Exclusive: Ben Kinchlow[pssst ...A Black American - A Human Being! NOT being racist just 'stating' for the libTARD RACISTS!] reveals rhetorical tactics used by leftist media, race baiters
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/08/is-there-real-raci...
#113432 Aug 5, 2013
First of all lady, I don't give a ratsass who drinks or who doesn't as long as they stay out from behind the car steering wheel. Alcohol is legal and it brings the government tons of money to piss away just like they do everything else the people work for.
Secondly, I do not deduct any charity, so blow that out your pipe hole! And most of the donations are NOT tax deductible anyway.
There was no bragging on my part at all. I was making a point to counter your vile opinion that conservatives don't give but when we do we don't need a pat on the back like you libturds when you do a charitable thing!
I don't have to "dream", I live in a world of reality. Demoncrats are destroying the banking system in this country with their so-called give away programs, and when people can't find jobs, like 22 million of them, who the hell pays the taxes? When only a few can contribute and they run short, they steal from other programs, like Soc. Security and then declare it bankrupt.....wtf? Do you really think we are snow-balled by this BS the gov't hands out?
And furthermore, your party couldn't win an election if they didn't steal, cheat and fk up the ballets and put people in the voting room and tell them which button to push.....most not even Americans who understand the voting system. We saw ourselves and they admitted it........so go suck on your sour lemons and keep posting your crap, because it gives you a reason to exist!!!!
#113433 Aug 5, 2013
94-YEAR-OLD BILLY GRAHAM'S WARNING FOR AMERICA
International evangelists believe God turning their attention to U.S.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a seven-part series by veteran journalist Troy Anderson about major evangelists who are turning their attention toward America to help ignite what Billy Graham describes as an end-times “great spiritual awakening.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/08/94-year-old-billy-...
#113436 Aug 5, 2013
Tawana Brawley Finally Being Held To Account – 25 years later
Posted on August 4, 2013 by sundance
Meanwhile the man who organized the hoax has a full time TV show on MSNBC and continues his race-baiting enterprises…… Go look up the entire story of *how* Tawana Brawley was handled, and you’ll see how eerily similar it is to Rachel Jeantel….
New York Post - Twenty-five years after accusing an innocent man of rape, Tawana Brawley is finally paying for her lies.
MORE Great articles here:
#113437 Aug 5, 2013
Exclusive: Michael Ackley exposes attempts to control every aspect of citizens' lives
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/08/government-sucs/#d...
A FRESH PERSPECTIVE
ONE NATION UNDER FIRE
Exclusive: Albert Thompson[another GASP Black Human Being American] suggests Obama take a cue from China
Overall, the nation is doing a better job lifting its people out of poverty than Barack Obama’s United States. The gentleman from Chicago should take note.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/08/one-nation-under-f...
#113438 Aug 5, 2013
Over and out AL. I'll read your stuff tomorrow. That is if these pages aren't blown away by that crackpot who posts a newspaper in every one of her column posts.
Hey, have a glass of wine. I'm hitting the sack, LOL...OMG...alcohol!!!! We must be drunks or something, lmao!!!
Miller Lite maybe?
#113439 Aug 5, 2013
Got to get some
Good Night *Patriots*...
#113443 Aug 5, 2013
I thought your Bush said Mission Accomplished a long time ago Stupid.
Since: May 12
#113445 Aug 5, 2013
“No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.”
Congressional recess, now is upon us; so we can, for a few weeks, let down our guard and open a cold one.
When next September Congress returns, refreshed, all Hell will (appear to) break loose. There are only 9 legislative days in September, with the end of the fiscal year looming. So … expect it to begin with a portentous swell and staccato rhythm. Cue the 1812 Overture. Forewarned is forearmed so…. consider this post on Topix your "Secret Decoder Ring" for what’s actually going to happen.
Politics, that’s what. There are two political theaters (theaters in both senses of the word) slated for this Fall. One is the debt ceiling fight. The other is repealing Obamacare. The debt ceiling fight will be front and center.
Except… the debt ceiling fight is not really about the debt ceiling.
It’s about the Democrats’ attempt to make the Republicans look bad enough that the Democrats can regain control of the House in 2014.(Statistically, there is little chance of this. But the dreamers at the top of the Democratic Party have a special relationship with reality.)
And the fight over repealing Obamacare is only secondarily about repealing Obamacare.
It’s about the Republicans attempt to wrap that albatross around the Democrats’ necks, making them look bad enough that the Republicans can take control of the Senate in 2014.(The GOP actually has a pretty good chance at this… better even then appeared earlier. Unless, that is, it fumbles the opportunity by failing to execute the elegant strategy mapped out by the shrewd Mitch McConnell. With the GOP’s chronic ineptitude a fumble cannot be ruled out.)
Maybe Rand Paul will have just enough star power to influence the old men is suits to get some real work done...maybe (fingers crossed).
Since: May 12
#113446 Aug 5, 2013
Obama's political ideology is an equivalent of the Brezhnev Doctrine,“what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is up for grabs.”(Didn’t work out particularly well for the Soviet Union), Not likely to work out particularly well for the Democratic Party. Remember the last mid tem elections? Dems lost some Senate Seats...and the balance in Congress was shifted! Look for many more gains this time.
#113447 Aug 5, 2013
Bible PROOF 1.5 BIL MUSLIMS to die ---
Since: Nov 12
#113452 Aug 5, 2013
Not "tore up" at all sweetheart. Actually, it takes a great deal to get me "tore up". Just pointing out her continued malicious comments to people which are not necessary.
One of the first things I learned when working in government is tolerance. People do not agree on many issues and you MUST be tolerant of their views. That doesn't mean you let others walk all over you, but you present your views and opinions tactfully. It worked successfully for me for over 30 years. It also assisted me greatly in gaining respect from my employees, peers, and supervisors. Berating and belittling people over their views and opinions indicates no tolerance and garners no level of respect from others.
#113453 Aug 5, 2013
After 35 years of being tolerant, I DON'T HAVE TOO be anymore. You obviously condone the Bible verses one minute and the threats or death wishes of your buddies, as well as the filth that comes out of their fake wtf Glasgow Speakup. None of my name calling comes anywhere near the foul bs they spew. You are as bad as them if you condone it while sitting back feeling all superior and self-righteous. I have NO LEVEL OF RESPECT for those you condone and I have none for you as well. You were probably one of those types I had to constantly school for the gov't for violating AR's, labor laws, and worker's rights. You sound just like them. It was okay to do it if they could get away with it or as long as it wasn't done to them. Typical repuke qualities. Quite reading my posts and hang on to every word the Queen Loon spits out. If you can't handle the truth that DEMS are the MAJORITY, the President is a two-termed President trying to make things right the Bush administration left us, and basically by himself then get out and campaign for the GRANDrand or your teabagger of choice. I could careless. I will post and post just as I did when he ran exposing what your two parties you support do to suppress the 99% of Americans. Don't like it, don't read it. GOT THAT!!!
#113454 Aug 5, 2013
Inform a Republican: Under Obama, we’re off to our best Private-Sector Job Growth since 1999
Here’s a fact most Republicans won’t want to hear—yet they can’t dispute (just ask Politifact): In the first half of 2013, we’re off to our best private-sector job growth since 1999.
Which is funny, considering all Republicans have told Americans since Obama became President was how awful he’s been for jobs. But then again, as I’ve said plenty of times,“fact” and “Republican” aren’t two words that often go together.
And despite the fact we’ve had this 14-year high in job growth for the first half of the year, Republicans continue to perpetuate this myth that President Obama has been terrible for job growth and “Obamacare” is a “jobs destroyer.”
#113455 Aug 5, 2013
CORP GREED at it's best. Where is turtleman and GRANDrand protecting Kentucky's land.
Defiant nuns and monks refuse to give up Kentucky land for gas pipeline
Two Kentucky Catholic religious orders that collectively own more than 3,000 acres of historic farmland are refusing to give up portions of their lands for a proposed natural-gas pipeline that would channel millions of gallons of pressurized, highly flammable natural-gas liquids through the area. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the nuns of the Sisters of Loretto and the monks of the Abbey of Gethsemani have denied surveyors permission to survey the land ahead of the pipeline project and say that they have no interest in helping it along.
“We’ve been on this property since 1824,” said Sister Maria Visse, service coordinator for the Sisters of Loretto.“We feel entrusted with this (land). It’s a gift. It’s not a commodity.”
The energy company that hopes to build the pipeline — Williams Co. of Tulsa, Oklahoma — has repeatedly sent representatives and made requests for permission to survey the land, all of which have been summarily denied. The proposed pipeline would run from gas-drilling facilities in Pennsylvania to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, impacting 18 counties in Kentucky.
Visse told the Courier that she turned down the Williams Co.’s proposal to use the sisters’ and the monks’ land on the spot and without a second thought.
“This is just short-term money that has very dangerous potential long-term consequences,” Visse said. She worries about the impact of water pollution on the porous limestone bedrock upon which the community resides.
Brother Aaron Schulte of the Abbey of Gethsemani confirmed to the Courier that the abbey had been approached by the pipeline company, but declined to give an interview to the paper. The Trappist monks own about 2,500 acres of property, including the grounds of the monastery, a guest house and hundreds of acres of pristine woods.
Sister Claire McGowan, a Dominican nun and director of the New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future in Springfield, KY, said the project “would risk much of what makes Central Kentucky dear to us: the beauty of our landscape, the abundance of good water, the health of our air, the peaceful quietness of our rural areas, and the general sense of security from unexpected disasters.”
Williams Co. spokesperson Tom Droege told the Courier that he couldn’t talk about his dealings with specific landowners along the pipeline’s proposed route. He said the company plans to hold a series of open houses in communities that would be affected by the pipeline.
“With each landowner we approach,” he said,“we pledge to be a respectful guest on their land and ensure they are well informed about what activities are taking place.”
Williams Co. is currently struggling to bring one of its Gulf coast ethylene plants back online after a deadly explosion on June 13. The Geismar Olefins plant in Louisiana had been plagued with safety violations prior to the propylene explosion that killed two workers and injured 77 others.
Six months before the incident, inspectors had noted the propylene leak that caused the explosion at Geismar Olefins, but plant managers failed to take any action. The company said that it hopes to have the damage repaired and the plant back online by April of 2014.
WOMAN POWER, even the NUNS. Love the comments from out of staters, be sure and read them.
These nuns and monks are far from liberal. You don't have to be a "liberal" to care about the environment. Christianity calls for us to be protectors of the earth as it was entrusted to us by God. It isn't "liberal" values that are the reason they make a stand. It's their Christian ones.
Enter : Sen. Rand Paul & Mitch McConnell on behalf of dirty oil corporations.
#113456 Aug 5, 2013
"In addition to his prostitute scandal which far outdid anything Anthony Weiner or any other member of Congress has been involved in since, he had the unmitigated gall to vote against bills like requiring TRICARE to expand coverage for autism.
He’s also voted against keeping student loan rates from going up, for an amendment to defund the Affordable Care Act, etc. One look at his overall voting record will show you how he is morally bankrupt not just personally, but politically as well."
Morally bankrupt Sen. David Vitter tries to deny funds to Detroit which haven’t even been requested
It’s no secret that as a former Republican there is little love lost between me and the party. Some are just greedy, union-busting corporate puppets like Chris Christie or Scott Walker, others are just religious-right driven nuts like Rick Perry or Rick Santorum.
And then there’s Louisiana’s own Senator David Vitter.
Let me tell you what kind of scumbucket this guy is. In addition to his prostitute scandal which far outdid anything Anthony Weiner or any other member of Congress has been involved in since, he had the unmitigated gall to vote against bills like requiring TRICARE to expand coverage for autism. He’s also voted against keeping student loan rates from going up, for an amendment to defund the Affordable Care Act, etc. One look at his overall voting record will show you how he is morally bankrupt not just personally, but politically as well.
Thursday, David Vitter once again proved what a partisan sleazebag he really is by attempting to introduce a bill that would have prohibited the Federal bailout of any state or local government that was in financial distress, like Detroit currently is. Detroit has not asked for a bailout, but that didn’t stop the guy who represents a state that pays far less into the Federal government in taxes than it receives, from trying to preemptively score some political points with the tea party wing of the GOP.
“When you look at situations like Detroit – the largest ever municipal bankruptcy – and when you look at our fiscal situation in Washington at the federal level, it’s clear that this bar against bailing out state and local government is very, very much needed,” Senator Vitter explained.
This is the same Senator who begged Washington for help after Katrina and requests Federal money every chance he gets for Louisiana projects, yet he has the nerve to try to deny money that hasn’t even been requested yet and may not even be requested at all?
For those of you who don’t have to face the embarrassment of having this moral and fiscal hypocrite represent your state, consider yourself lucky. Barring some scandal or other event that forces him from office, we are stuck with David Vitter until at least 2016.
AMERICANS don't want to let an entire city die, apparently Congress does. RIP GOP
“Heaven doesn't want me.”
Since: Jul 13
Hell's afraid I'll take over.
#113457 Aug 5, 2013
I wasn't berating or belittling your views, RH. Actually, although I seldom agree with them, your posts are well written and I can appreciate that. I just noticed that you'd posted the same thing three times - I found it funny, you did not. Fair enough.
I'm glad you're around, because I wanted to point out a couple of discrepancies in the Forbes article you posted about the Gini Index. There are huge spikes in the Index during the Reagan years, as well as Bush the Elder's administration. The stats can be found on the Census Bureau's website, and there are illustrative graphs as well.
#113459 Aug 5, 2013
Southern Liberals, Don’t Despair — It’s Always Darkest Just Before the Dawn
It’s been a long, hard road for liberals and progressives in the Bible Belt and the rest of the red states. Year after year, we’ve watched our family and neighbors slap GOP stickers on their vehicles and head to the polls to vote against their self interests like mindless, racist drones.
For those of you who have followed my page “Whiskey and the Morning After,” you’re familiar with the fact that I have lived in the South all of my life and that I am also an ex-Republican.
Being a moderate left progressive here isn’t easy. I’ve had to endure vandalism to my vehicle for having an anti-Bush sticker on it and even threats of physical violence simply for not being a conservative. As much as I’ve dreamed of picking up and moving to the friendlier atmosphere of a city like San Francisco, Seattle or another bastion of liberalism, it hasn’t worked out that way.
But here’s the good news for everyone else who has had to deal with the reality of being a liberal in the South - it’s going to get better. Almost every medium to large city here already votes blue in major elections and the tide is slowly turning against conservatism nationwide. Much of the demographic that turns out to vote every year for the Republican Party is slowly dying off. The younger generations may have been born into and indoctrinated with conservative ideology like I was, but with access to the Internet and ideas outside of the small towns we grew up in, that ideology can be traded for something new.
Even many of those people who have clung to the idea that Reagan was a monument of conservatism have begun to accept basic liberal ideas such as equal rights for the LGBT community, or have simply decided to mind their own business. Others have signed up for military service and gone off to Afghanistan and Iraq, only to find that watching their friends get wounded or die wasn’t worth the price in blood and money that funded the military-industrial complex.
#113460 Aug 5, 2013
Myself and others saw our friends come back from Iraq and Afghanistan as shells of the men and women who enlisted in response to the Al-Qaeda attacks on 9/11. I remember one friend who we had to repeatedly keep from attacking random people he thought were carrying suicide vests and would only calm down after blacking out from too much alcohol. Another one came home as a shattered alcoholic and hung himself in his mother’s closet on Thanksgiving Day in 2005.
Trust me, the South is slowly starting to grasp the big picture. The process seems slow - many still have not come to the realization that trickle-down economics doesn’t work or that shopping at Wal-Mart only encourages the overall degradation of their communities – but progress is being made. As future generations are born, immigrants arrive and the angry old Dixiecrats die off, the South will turn from red to purple – and eventually blue. We can look at Florida, Colorado, Virginia and North Carolina as examples of states that are about to flip to solidly blue within another decade. Georgia, Arizona and Texas will be there within about 20 years and the rest will follow suit. Look at the “Moral Mondays” movement in North Carolina and the rise of liberal Christianity. The tide is turning – now is not the time to write off the South as forever doomed to being the dead weight that holds us back as a nation.
Know the recent news of the incredibly backwards laws passed by Texas and other states to suppress women’s reproductive rights and voting access makes it seem like the Republican Party still has a stranglehold on power throughout the South.
However, these are the acts of a desperate bunch to hold on to control for just a little while longer. They wouldn’t be trying to keep people from voting if their ideas were that great for their constituents.
So, Southern liberals, don’t despair. As the saying goes,“it’s always darkest just before the dawn.”
The big WAKEUP has begun. Turning red states to BLUE states with each election. Stay tuned. RIP GOP
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