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 ”How many black men were killed by police last year? 100. How many were killed by other black men? 5,000. That’s 50 to 1. That’s a crisis,”  Dr. Ben Carson

In truth, big government is the primary cause of the psychological scars and emotional pain so deeply rooted within the African American community today. History is clear on this point. It was big government that allowed slavery to exist in this nation until we fought a bloody war to end it. It was big government that instituted Jim Crow and literacy tests and poll taxes to prevent blacks from exercising their legitimate franchise. It was big government that concocted ‘The Great Society’ which sought to re-enslave an entire population to the plantation that is the welfare state. - Autry J. Pruitt

As a nation, we must avoid the paralysis of hypersensitivity, which prevents us from getting anything done because virtually everything offends someone. We need to distribute “big boy” pants to help the whiners learn to focus their energy in a productive way. Dr. Ben Carson

The idea that you can tell who is innocent and who is guilty by the color of their skin is a notion that was tried out for generations, back in the days of the Jim Crow South.  I thought we had finally rejected that kind of legalized lynch law. But apparently it has only been put under new management.Thomas Sowell

 

It is amazing how many people think they are doing blacks a favor by exempting them from standards that others are expected to meet. – Thomas Sowell

Sept 2 – Fundraiser for Alan Claypool for KY state rep, —  Senator Rand Paul will speak – noon at Stadium Joes Sports Cafe in Shepherdsville KY 

No nation keeps its freedoms when the regular people don’t read, think, and spend time analyzing the same things as their political officials. Every nation that leaves political details to the experts loses its freedom to a professional expert governing class. There are no exceptions in history.Oliver DeMille

If high-tech giants such as Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle and Accenture endorse President Obama’s impending executive orders giving amnesty to multitudes of illegal aliens without congressional assent, America will in essence have become the corporatocracy the Saul Alinskys of the world have always claimed they fear.Investors Business Daily

The vast majority of voiceless, powerless and poor people are concentrated in Detroit, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta, and America’s other large urban centers. All of them are run by Democrats and have been for 50 to 100 years. On the Democrats’ watch, these cities have become the equivalent of holding cells for the poor and minorities. Everything that’s wrong with America’s cities that can be affected by policy, Democrats are responsible for. John Perazzo 

Using a simple, publically-available, climate model emulator called MAGICC that was in part developed through support of the EPA, we ran the numbers as to how much future temperature rise would be averted by a complete adoption and adherence to the EPA’s new carbon dioxide restrictions*.  The answer? Less than two one-hundredths of a degree Celsius by the year 2100.  0.018°C to be exact.Cato Institute

At the end of the day, if we’re all Americans, we support peaceful protesters, we oppose rioters and looters and we think the officer who was involved should go to jail if he shot Mike Brown after he surrendered, then we agree on 95 percent of what matters. Sure, we can always find SOMETHING to disagree about, but there’s a man dead, there are parents grieving and there are good people in Ferguson who’ve had their lives turned upside down – so maybe we should emphasize where we’re on the same page instead of looking for any excuse to divide each other.John Hawkins

Progressive policies buy votes but destroy prosperity. The Senate Democratic Class of 2008 and the entire Obama program are now endangered because their program has hurt the very people it was supposed to benefit. – Phil Gramm - Democrats vs. the middle class

A president faced with a scandal created by underlings behind his back would be naturally furious at their misbehavior, and want heads to roll. This didn’t happen in any of these scandals because their point of origin was the White House itself. Promoting the culprits is a way of keeping them quiet. - David Horowitz

 

The lesson of Uber and Lyft is that industries undergoing the most technological change are the ones that should have the least regulation. Net neutrality lobbyists should not be allowed to humiliate the dynamic Internet by having it micromanaged by regulators as if it were a 19th-century railroad or a 20th-century taxi. - L. Gordon Crovitz

 The entire idea of socialism is that your reward is disconnected from your risk and your effort. … Every aspect of human nature that is unworthy of us is rewarded under socialism.  Laziness, lack of creativity, lack of initiative, bitterness, envy, jealousy, corruption are rewarded…it makes people nasty and mean and bitter.– Bill Whittle

A recent Friday sermon broadcast on Hamas-controlled Al Aqsa TV warned the people of Israel: “We will not leave a single one of you alive. Our doctrine in fighting you is that we will totally exterminate you.” And you wonder why Israel is wary of these sweethearts.  - Don Feder

President Obama and many Democrats no longer talk about “freedom of religion.” Instead, they talk about “freedom of worship.” One is no longer allowed to live and practice one’s religion in the public square. They are only permitted to worship from 11 to noon on a Sunday. — Erick Erickson

 “I’m almost in tears because I’ve just had somebody in my room whose little child was cut in half,” he said. “I baptized his child in my church in Baghdad. This little boy, they named him after me – he was called Andrew.”Canon Andrew White

 

Get ready for cheap, high-quality weed. And as prices drop and the supply side moves into the white market,cartels will get out of the game. And just as ending alcohol prohibition greatly diminished the size, influence, and brutality of organized crime, so will legalizing weed diminish the size, influence, and brutality of Mexican cartels. - Cathy Reisenwitz

As more and more Americans wise up to the fact that Wall Street values and Main Street values are not necessarily the same, the House Republican leadership’s new team is firmly planting its flag with big business against individuals and Main Street.Erick Erickson

If Democrats really thought corporate inversions were a major problem, they could easily solve it. All they would have to do is adopt a new tax code that doesn’t tax corporations at an insane 35 percent, and doesn’t tax them at all for revenue earned overseas. No other major industrial nation does that, and that’s why American corporations are looking to establish headquarters elsewhere!  But can I tell you a secret? Democrats don’t want to solve this problem, and probably don’t even really think it is a problem. For them, it’s just the latest thing for them to talk about. It’s just like Big Bird, the “war on women” or whatever other narrative allows them to win the news cycle. They can’t talk about their own governing record because it’s horrendous, so they talk about nonsense like this. Hermain Cain

In fact, enormous energy is being expended by the left in America to make Christianity and Christians unacceptable. A New York Times writer wants to stamp out those views “ruthlessly.” He describes those with orthodox Christian views on marriage as unworthy of civility. Anonymous groups expose the home addresses of mostly Christians and subject them to harassment.  - Erick Erickson

Yarmuth wants to expand the safety net, yet he advocates for continuing the policies that will bankrupt Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, preventing us from taking care of those who need a hand up in the years to come.Brandon Smith responds to John Yarmuth in The Federalist

For the first time since this poll has been conducted, more than half of Americans, 51 percent, express disapproval of their own congressman.  The Tea Party captures a groundswell of dissatisfaction with business-as-usual in how our country is being run. These emotions are as strong, and as legitimate, as ever. Star Parker

 

A productive reform agenda will require fairly wide buy-in, among elites and ordinary voters both, and such a consensus will not be able to emerge so long as the Left remains mired in the assumptions of the 1930s. — Kevin D. Williamson

The power to set immigration and naturalization policy belongs constitutionally in the hands of Congress per the express terms of Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. President Obama does not get to usurp that power just because Congress does not pass the law he prefers. — Leon Wolf 

Do Christian lives mean so little to you, Mr. President?  Do Jewish lives mean so little to you?

How do you know you are winning the war? When the other side has to change the words they use because their current brand has been exposed.Breanne Howe

The basic economic illogic of Cash for Clunkers is that you can’t create wealth by destroying serviceable assets and then force-feeding consumer spending on replacements. But the saving grace was supposed to be that at least the auto makers benefited from a government-sponsored firesale on their products. Now that illusion has collapsed too. If Cash for Clunkers was “the best possible” stimulus, maybe that helps explain why the economy is still limping along six years later. - Wall Street Journal

The bug in the system is a Washington of permanence. The Founders did not intend that to be a feature. The politicians were supposed to go home. They were not supposed to be a fixture of the swamp creating a new aristocracy. That is what they have become.Erick Erickson

It is important to remember that government interference always means either violent action or the threat of such action. The funds that a government spends for whatever purposes are levied by taxation. And taxes are paid because the taxpayers are afraid of offering resistance to the tax gatherers. They know that any disobedience or resistance is hopeless. As long as this is the state of affairs, the government is able to collect the money that it wants to spend. Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning. Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom. – Ludwig von Mises

Why not provide an option for the children at the border?  Either go home or be put up for adoption by an American citizen.  – Theresa Camoriano

The more of the nation’s capital that flows through Washington, the more you need the favor of those who control it, so you’d best behave yourself. — Herman Cain

 

To argue the Palestinian side, in this war, is to make the case for barbarism. It is to erase, in the name of humanitarianism, the moral distinctions from which the concept of humanity arises. — Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal

It is no coincidence that in terms of fundraising, Democrats are now the party of Wall Street fat cats, CEOs, and the 1% of the 1% (as noted today in Bloomberg in connection with Nancy Pelosi’s virtually bottomless well of rich people to ask for donations for Democrats). — Leon Wolf

 

Do not trust governments more than governments trust their own people — Andrei Sakharov

Barack Obama is setting out to remake the world order. That remake is premised on the United States needing to take a back seat or, to put it another way, lead from behind. How many people in this world will die because Barack Obama played golf while the world burned?  – Erick Erickson

We lived our lives in a constant state of outraged indignation. I did not want to live that way anymore. I wanted to cultivate a disposition of gratitude. I wanted to see others, not as victims or victimizers, but as potential friends, as loved creations of God. I wanted to understand the point of view of people with whom I disagreed without immediately demonizing them as enemy oppressors.–  Danusha Goska – Why I am no longer a leftist

 

The Chamber of Commerce pumped massive amounts of money into Mississippi on behalf of the execrable and race baiting pudding enthusiast Thad Cochran, helped Mitch McConnell defeat Matt Bevin, have publicly undermined Ted Cruz at every turn, and are backing Pat Roberts over Milton Wolf in Kansas. The Chamber has clearly indicated that politically, they are most interested in backing candidates who will keep the government spigots for corporate welfare turned ON.Leon H. Wolf

While they bemoan “income inequality,” DA brass have wined, dined and wooed 1-percenter plutocrats with swanky get-togethers featuring New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic Senate candidate Alison Grimes, and popular “comediennes” Stephanie Miller and Lizz Winstead. – Michelle Malkin – The Left’s Dark Money Managers

On some basic level, you forfeit your right to be called civilians when you freely elect members of a terrorist organization as statesmen, invite them to dinner with blood on their hands and allow them to set up shop in your living room as their base of operations. At that point you begin to look a lot more like conscripted soldiers than innocent civilians. And you have wittingly made yourself targets.Thane Rosenbaum

The retirement of 77 million baby boomers into Social Security and Medicare is not a theoretical projection. Demography is destiny.

While Social Security’s Old Age program faces bankruptcy in 20 years, Medicare is in even worse shape because (in addition to demographics) it must also deal with rising health-care costs. Thus, the typical couple retiring next year will have paid approximately $140,000 in lifetime Medicare taxes and premiums, yet will receive nearly $430,000 in Medicare benefits. Multiply that by 77 million retiring baby boomers, and it’s clear that Medicare is unsustainable.Sen. Rob Portman

 

Since the Civil Rights Act in 1964, black economic progress on average compared to the white population has been dismal. The gap in black household income compared to white household income has grown, average black household wealth as a percentage of average white household wealth has shrunk, and the percentage of black poverty has remained almost constant at three times greater than white poverty. These realities reflect destructive big government policies that grip these communities. Star Parker

This is a world in which the U.N. ignores humanity’s worst war criminals while incessantly condemning Israel, a state warred upon for 66 years which nonetheless goes to extraordinary lengths to avoid harming the very innocents its enemies use as shields.Charles Krauthammer

Willful ignorance is not the way to make immigration decisions or any other decisions. Yet the Obama administration is keeping secret even where they are dumping illegal immigrants by the thousands, in communities far from the border states. Looking before we leap is not racism — except in the sense that anything the Obama administration doesn’t like is subject to being called racist.  Americans who gather to protest the high-handed way this administration has sneaked illegal immigrants into their communities can expect the race card to be played against them. The time is long overdue to stop being intimidated by such cheap — and dangerous — political tactics. – Thomas Sowell

 

There is a reality on the ground that escapes the Hamas-controlled media: Israel loves life. Israel’s policy is to warn Palestinian civilians (or, as Hamas calls them, weapons in Operation Human Shield) to get out of the way before they drop bombs or conduct ground invasions. Israel sets up field hospitals to treat wounded Gazans. We know about these things because, much to the chagrin of the death-loving Hamas, they cannot control the Internet. Just as Israelis are winning the ground offensive, Israel-supporters are winning the ideological offensive through alternative news sources and, most importantly, social media.Susan L. M. Goldberg

We need an Appropriations Pledge for candidates this fall. We need to see members of all parties commit themselves to their voters to pass and send to the White House a series of Appropriations Bills. These bills will keep the government functioning. Instead of wrapping all appropriations into one of these huge, unwieldy CRs [continuing resolutions], we need to return to regular order and pass one after another of the bills required to fund various departments of our federal government. Then, we need to use a constitutionalist majority to promise voters they will get the same delays and exemptions from Obamacare’s individual mandate that this president has given to congressional staffers, to his labor union supporters, and to his pet corporate backers.Ken Blackwell

Obama isn’t worried about being sued. He isn’t afraid of any court. He isn’t even all that worried about losing the Senate. What he fears is another populist wave, like the one that created the Tea Party, swamping his agenda with mass protests and government disruption that even his media can’t ignore. -- Daniel Greenfield

“Drug cartels and associated street gang activity in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, which respectively have the world’s number one, four and five highest homicide rates, have left near-broken societies in their wake.” He notes that while he works on this problem throughout the region, these three countries, also known as the Northern Triangle, are “far and away the worst off.”What really drove the children north

I can confirm that the attack ads in Mississippi run by “All Citizens for Mississippi” were funded by Senate Republicans, including Senators Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Rob Portman, Bob Corker, and Roy Blunt. It appears our Senate Republican leaders are willing to risk losing a Senate majority so long as they can get their own re-elected.  - Erick Erickson

Why is Ted Cruz the only one with the courage to hold our own party accountable for what are glaring, terrible misdeeds? And why are other allegedly bold conservatives comfortable with their own silence and complicity?  One would think that Senator Cruz would be joined by members such as Rand Paul, who, like Cruz, defeated a heavily-funded, NRSC-backed candidate in his own primary races….Rand Paul is going out of his way to empower the Establishment, throwing his star power weight behind some of its worst offenders.Erick Erickson

It was Jonathan Swift who observed long ago, “When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.” In the same way, you can spot a true — and useful — innovation in the economy by this sign: that all the vested interests form a confederacy of monopolists against it. Which is how a dynamic system like capitalism becomes encrusted with special privileges and inefficient bottlenecks that make it anything but dynamic.Paul Greenburg

If it is OK for the government to force employers to pay for health insurance for employees in order to protect their health against disease, would it also be OK for government to force employers to provide guns to employees to protect their lives against predators? – Theresa Camoriano

The debate is whether the GOP should be the party of free enterprise and limited government or a party that delivers government favoritism to GOP-aligned special interests. Forgive grassroots supporters for not being enthusiastic about the hard work of walking precincts if the choice is the latter.Mike Needham

The Obama administration effectively is imposing a hefty energy tax on Americans at the very same time it is subsidizing fossil-fuel projects in foreign countries. Both are lousy policy. Kevin Mooney

The Left’s cherished new idea is that if someone doesn’t give you something for “free,” such as birth control, they are “denying your access” to it.  – John Hayward

The little children [at the border] in great danger, holding hands, staring blankly ahead, are pawns in a larger game. That game is run by adults. How cold do you have to be to use children in this way?Peggy Noonan

In researching our book, we discovered that the two most important policy variables influencing the prosperity of particular states are whether a state has a right-to-work law and its income tax rate (the lower the better). These two factors help explain the flow of jobs and people from the Midwest and Northeast to the South and Southeast. – Stephen Moore

Now, with the GOP opposing (some) corporate welfare [the Ex-Im bank], the Democrats’ corporatism is laid bare. Guys like Schumer and Israel probably figure that if they can’t pretend to be fighting for the little guys anymore, they may as well more aggressively fundraise from the big guys they’re subsidizing. Instead of scrambling to keep the love of Big Business, Republicans should accept Schumer’s framing: The Democrats are the party of Big Business and Big Government. Let’s see how that works on Election Day. Timothy Carney

If liberals really believe women can protect themselves, then why do they oppose a woman’s right to carry a handgun for self defense? If Hillary Clinton is the ultimate female role model, then why has she built her political career on her husband’s philandering while silencing his many female whistleblowers? If Barack Obama is the most pro-woman president in history, then why does he seek to make women completely dependent on the government?Katie Pavlich

 “I appreciate the offer to greet you at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, but a quick handshake on the tarmac will not allow for a thoughtful discussion regarding the humanitarian and national security crises enveloping the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas,” Perry wrote Monday in a letter to the president. “I would instead offer to meet with you at any time during your visit to Texas for a substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue.”  Rick Perry

 

The Democrats are not interested, fundamentally, in a free America where ideas compete for primacy in the marketplace, they are interested in using whatever levers of power they have at their disposal to actively silence – on the pain of criminal sanction – anyone who might speak against the advancement of their agenda.Leon Wolf

 Tea Party and conservative activists need to make a choice, you can choose hope or despair. You can believe that our voice matters and our votes are not a given, or you can vote for the establishment candidate in November. If you choose the latter, then Carthage has already been destroyed and you’ve already been made a slave.Aaron Gardner

“I’ve watched my chosen profession—climatology—get hijacked and exploited in service of a political agenda.”Tim Ball, Ph.D.

 

The President should reread the Constitution he used to teach. The document is designed to make change slow and difficult, which is why the Supreme Court twice this week did not accept Mr. Obama’s failure to persuade Congress to move his agenda as justification for breaking the law. “Republicans are mad at me for taking these actions,” Mr. Obama said. “They’re not doing anything, and then they’re mad that I’m doing something.”Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, Mr. Obama’s own nominees, joined this week’s High Court rebukes. Do they count as Republicans now too? – Wall Street Journal editorial

Should the Republican establishment in Washington get away with tarring its own voters as racists? Should the Republican establishment in Washington get away with comparing its own base to Klansmen?  If there is no penalty for doing so, they will keep doing it. If there is no consequence, they will attack their own base to preserve their power. They will learn no lesson. - Erick Erickson

“It wouldn’t hurt for a House committee to lay a subpoena on Sonasoft to learn more about the IRS’ dealings with that company and make certain that it doesn’t still have any IRS records.”  As we have suggested, it would also make sense to subpoena the emails received by anyone on Lerner’s contact list. The recipients would have copies of the emails they received from Lerner, incriminating emails whose destruction would be obstruction of justice to cover up a criminal conspiracy.Investors Business Daily

 

 

“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. … Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.” – Escaped slave and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass

 The great lesson from Mississippi is that Republican means, more or less, that if elected the party will reward its major donors, who are just different than the Democrats’ major donors. Policy differences are about different donors, not an actual agenda to shift the country in a different direction.Erick Erickson

The rise of “amateur” anti-cronyist, anti-war Republicans has punctured the most cherished myths of liberalism, and leftists are struggling to offer an explanation.Logan Albright (short, very interesting article about liberal views)

The Boston Braves were made over as the Redskins in 1933 to honor a head coach who belonged to the Sioux tribe, but an administrative panel concluded the name never should have been protected in 1967 and took it back. –Wall Street Journal

“Here is what all parents need to know: there is NO law requiring a nurse to have a private conversation with your child,” Duffy informs. “If a doctor asks you to step out of the exam room so she can talk with your child, please know you do not have to comply. The doctor cannot force you to leave.”  - Michael Haverluck

Here’s why I’m a charter-school fan. I simply don’t like monopolies. I think parents, not the government, should be the ones who decide where their children go to school. …Charters are schools of choice. Since students aren’t automatically assigned to them, charters have to compete to attract students. That’s a powerful dynamic, with parents empowered to select the school best suited to their individual child’s needs.- Geoff Rosenberger

 

With Medtronic‘s planned acquisition of Covidien and the announcement that the combined company will be domiciled in Ireland, U.S. tax policy has encouraged one more business to spend its money overseas.Wall Street Journal

Of all the ways in which this administration wastes money, perhaps nothing is quite as outrageous as foreign aid. Inasmuch as Sudan receives $300 million a year from us, you would think all it would take would be a phone call to get that Christian woman who faces 100 lashes and execution because of her religion released. But, as you may have noticed, we not only don’t attach any strings to our largesse, we even refuse to taint the gift by suggesting that occasionally a bit of gratitude would be appreciated. - Bert Prelutsky

When (a) government is gleefully wielding its power to harass, bully or intimidate the populace into submission, things have gone off the track somewhere. I guess this is the “Hope and Change” that America voted for in 2008: A world where the government runs extortion schemes and protection rackets while bullying industries they don’t like. Who knew that liberal utopia looked so much like Chicago?  - Michael Schaus

“I’ve said many times… I think the biggest divide we have in this country is not between Republicans and Democrats. It is between entrenched politicians in Washington, in both parties and the American people…We’ve got to get the people to rise up and demand that we get back to basic common sense principle, that we get back to living within our means, not bankrupting the country, following the Constitution, restoring America’s leadership in the world. These are basic principals of who we are. …Will Washington demagogue anyone standing up for that and call them an extremist? Yes, that’s what Washington does…Who cares? We need to focus on energizing and mobilizing the American people to bring our nation back to the first principles of liberty and the Constitution that have made America strong in the first place.”Ted Cruz on Glenn Beck show discussing Brat victory over Cantor

Cruz has introduced a pair of bills that would “eliminate the caps on direct contributions to candidates from individuals” and ensure individuals enjoy the exact same free-speech rights as media corporations.Rich Tucker

On YouTube there is a video of the punishment for adultery that will soon be meted out to Sudanese Christian Dr. Meriam Yahya Ibrahim unless the United States government intervenes on her behalf. But some disturbing information revealed by Meriam’s husband, Daniel Wani, a naturalized U.S. citizen, suggests that “not leaving behind” this wife of an American citizen may not even be contemplated by the Obama Administration without strong pressure from caring advocates. - Faith McDonnell

 

One issue that has Republicans at the grass roots tearing at each other instead of fighting Democrats is the sense that the Beltway GOP protects Beltway special interests. We can’t think of a better way for the party’s Washington leadership to show they get that message than by pulling the plug on the Export-Import Bank.Wall Street Journal Editorial

Whether it is termed public-private partnership, mercantilism, industrial policy, or crony capitalism, regrettably a great deal of economic activity that masquerades today as free enterprise is not. For the sake of our Republic, our movement had best unmask the imposters and come down clearly on the side of free enterprise. - Congressman Jeb Hensarling

 

Americans want change and the Republican Party establishment does not. This is the problem.Star Parker

Thad Cochran is an old man. Nothing inherently wrong with that, in fact, most of us aspire to that status. But where some old men have wisdom and mental acuity, Thad Cochran is manifestly not one of them. He is disinterested in politics beyond wanting to be a senator, he is unable to answer softball questions, and he can’t remember who he talked to a mere half hour after the event. Even his staff can’t deny this. He is a spent force and he needs to find something else to do with his “executive assistant” in his twilight years other than serve as a sockpuppet for pork barrel interests in Mississippi.Red State (This is the man Mitch McConnell is supporting against Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel)

Is it McDonald’s fault that you are in your mid-30s, unmarried with several children, and have not acquired the requisite skill set to improve your employment opportunities? Is it McDonald’s fault politicians have over-regulated the market, inadvertently encouraging businesses to move out of low-income neighborhoods? Are we blaming McDonald’s for the fact that technological innovation and automation continue to eliminate low-skilled, entry-level jobs?Anthony Bradley

Ironically, we are likely to see amnesty pass because so many incumbents are winning reelection.  Yet, the reason they are winning is precisely because they are campaigning against amnesty (and on other conservative positions). — Daniel Horowitz 

The daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Barack Obama’s former minister, was convicted by a federal jury Friday of laundering thousands of dollars from a $1.25 million state grant for a Chicago-based job-training program.Chicago Tribune

Evil in all its forms wants absolute power over people. The ultimate form of absolute power over another human being is murder. It is the acts that killers commit that tell us what they truly are.  If freedom is to defeat power, we have to judge evil not by its deceptive motives and manifestos, but by its bloody consequences. We have to ignore its pretense of idealism and its sense of victimhood and look at the bodies left in its wake. – Daniel Greenfield

Utah’s Mia Love, a Republican darling who could become the first conservative black woman elected to U.S. Congress, is getting a second, and likely better, chance to make history after narrowly losing to a popular incumbent Democrat in 2012.SRN news

During the campaign Senator McConnell sent every signal possible he wanted to get the nomination without owing conservatives or the Tea Party anything.  Before conservatives give their support to candidates like Mitch McConnell we must see concrete action.  We must see that McConnell will campaign as a conservative, and most importantly, lead the Senate as a conservative – anything less means that even if conservatives support him and Republicans win control of the Senate, we will have merely exchanged one set of Washington insiders for another in DC’s halls of power.Richard Viguerie

Beinart is advocating what Barack Obama does, and FDR did before him, when the Constitutional right to freedom of religion is glibly described as freedom of worship. It is a way of saying that religion is a personal matter and has no place in the public square. When this happens, you no longer have freedom of religion. -- Strieff (gaslighting on the issue of freedom of religion)

According to the White House’s own calculations, the economy would have been better off today if the government had done nothing instead of spending and borrowing $6 trillion. – Stephen Moore

You know how this works. Democrats create disaster. Democrats insist massive federal outlays are the only way to deal with disaster. Republicans object to the entire sequence of events. Democrats say this is no time for partisan bickering because we’ve got a disaster on our hands. Rinse. Repeat. Dan Calabrese

“You can’t punch people in the face, punch people in the face, punch people in the face, and ask them to have tea and crumpets with you and think it’s all good,” … “Life doesn’t work that way.” — Matt Bevin

Let’s use a bit of simple economics to analyze the contrast in Sterling’s private and public behavior. … Many people think that it takes government to eliminate racial discrimination, but economic theory predicts the opposite. Market competition imposes inescapable profit penalties on for-profit enterprises when they make employment decisions on any basis other than worker productivity. … racial discrimination is less likely in the most competitive industries, which need to hire the best workers…. The takeaway from the Sterling affair is that we should mount not a moral crusade but an economic liberty crusade. In other words, eliminate union restrictions, wage controls, occupational and business licensure, and other anti-free market restrictions. Make opportunity depend on one’s productivity.Walter Williams

 

Obama is trying to bring down governments that fight Islamic terrorism, whether in Egypt, Israel or Nigeria, and replace them with governments that appease terrorists. This shared goal creates an alliance, direct or indirect, open or covert, between Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood, Obama and the PLO and Obama and Boko Haram. — Daniel Greenfield

The failure to act is born out by the ideology of many in the elitist Left, President Obama and Secretary Clinton chief among them, who have been willfully ignorant of the continued problem of Islamic terrorism.  Boko Haram has been killing Christians, thousands of Christians, for years, but there was no outrage.Matthew Clark

Granted, he lacks the warmth of Darth Vader or the charm of Jabba the Hutt. But Mitch McConnell, I have always thought, was a principled force for good in an evil, evil place.  Which is why it is so shocking to see the Senate minority leader knee-deep in the manure of slanderous lies being flung at the most conservative, most principled, and most electable candidate running in a primary a thousand miles away from his home state of Kentucky. — Charles Hurt

 

This is no joke…. They start with the demonizing of individuals, then whole classes of individuals. Then the final, inevitable step: punishing those who have been demonized.  Virtually every country that has become a dictatorship or totalitarian regime has taken this well-trod path. Turning honest businessmen into demons is worse than McCarthyism; it’s a danger to our republic.Investors Business Daily

In our modern era, the ancient sin of covetousness primarily manifests itself in three forms: greed, theft, and arguments about inequality. The greedy selfishly desire to acquire what others have, thieves illicitly acquire what others have, and equality advocates want the government to redistribute what others have. –Joe Carter, Acton Institute

 

Scientists are not saints in white laboratory smocks. They’ve got interests like everybody else. If you want a tenured position in academia, don’t question the reigning orthodoxy on climate change. If you want money from the biggest source of direct research in this country, the federal government, don’t question its orthodoxy. If you want to get along with your peers, conform to peer pressure. This is what’s happening. – George Will

So it looks like a Mitch McConnell affiliated group has decided to soften Ben Sasse up for the Nebraska Democrats. In fact, they made the decision right about the time Ted Cruz and Mike Lee endorsed Sasse. They’d rather lose Nebraska than have a Ted Cruz ally in the Senate. They’re engaged in a purity test of their own. — Erick Erickson

The green agenda is fundamentally at odds with the agenda of the blue-collar union Democrats. The Democratic leadership has stopped caring primarily about the day-to-day struggles of the working class because the party is funded by Big Green donors who write $100 million checks. The result: no Keystone. And this is just the start. — Stephen Moore

Sterling is a jerk, an unlikeable fella, but is he guilty of a crime that demands his property be confiscated? Uh, no.  We’re told however that Obama is a likable fella –regardless of the incessant lies, deceit and abject failures. What is happening to American culture and values? — Allen West

 

Kentucky’s Legislative Research Commission estimated raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would reduce employment  in the state by 13,800 workers and create nearly $10 million in new spending by local governments and school districts once fully implemented. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projected 500,000 job losses across the U.S. with such a wage increase. - (Editor’s note:  Sad that Alison Lundergan Grimes and John Yarmuth are willing to harm so many low skill workers and taxpayers for their own political gain)

 

Obama and Castro are socialist missionaries. For that very reason, the evil they do far exceeds anything achievable by tinhorn tyrants. They are advocates of a cause that turns a blind eye toward the millions of corpses and the wrecked continents of the recent past while attacking the democratic foundations of what remains of a free-market, free-world community of nations, beginning with Israel and the United States. That is their evil and their crime: their will to do it all over again, as if the human calamities they inspired never took place.David Horowitz

A select committee on Benghazi has been thwarted by House Majority leader John Boehner (R-OH), who as recently as April 7 still insisted that the four separate committees — Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight — are sufficient to investigate the matter.  Arnold Ahlert

The establishment has pulled out all the stops. They’ve attacked Matt Bevin pretty savagely. They’ve attacked every organization supporting Bevin. They’ve run attacks in the media against the outside groups. But Matt Bevin is worth supporting. He’s a good man, a solid conservative, and would make a great Senator. – Erick Erickson

It is not easy to demonize people who have spent hundreds of millions of dollars of their own money to help educate poor children. But some members of the education establishment are taking a shot at it. — Thomas Sowell (Demonizing the helpers)

Folks, the fix is in.  If we continue down the same path and fail to install new leadership, don’t act surprised when Republicans abandon the effort to repeal Obamacare and go all in for Obama’s amnesty bill.  And frankly, if we reelect these same leaders, that is exactly what we deserve. – Daniel Horowitz

A Pew Research poll has found that Keystone is unpopular with only two demographic groups: Democrats who earn more than $100,000 and Democrats with postgraduate degrees.  But the working class in America that cares a lot more about a paycheck than about stopping the rise of the oceans is tiring of being the frontline victim of this green menace. Barack Obama won the 2012 election because he persuaded middle-class voters that he cares more about them than do the Republicans. The latest Keystone XL pipeline travesty is the most recent evidence that this is a lot of bunk.  Stephen Moore

When we give more power to the people, we see businesses sprout and living conditions improve. When we give more power to the government, children are trapped in schools based on their zip codes. When we give more power to the people, minority and women owned businesses will be able to flourish again without excessive government regulations that put them at a disadvantage. When we give more power to the government, they sell communities out for bigger businesses and larger tax payer paid stadiums relocating churches and displacing community residents. — Mark A. Smith II, Morehouse College student