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Ron Paul's conditional love for the military

Feb 4, 2013 11:58 AM PT

Ron Paul's bizarre insult against murdered Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle today is causing outrage everywhere. And deservedly so.

I've heard for years from Ron Paul supporters about how he is supported by the troops, and that he's been the only Republican presidential candidate with military experience (the Hagel defense). But Paul's love for the troops has often seemed somewhat conditional--i.e. conditioned on their willingness to oppose the wars they're in. It's not quite the same as the Obamas' "support" for the troops, when "support" doesn't mean victory but withdrawal. But it's a near relative.

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A little something else for Rand Paul to distance himself from

Feb 4, 2013 11:57 AM PT

Perhaps having read our earlier discussion about Rand Paul's prospects for higher office, and his need to distance himself from his father's eccentricities, the elder Paul decided to give his son something else to sprint away from.

"Chris Kyle's death seems to confirm that 'he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.' Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn't make sense," said Ron, via Twitter, in reference to the murdered SEAL sniper.

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Sen. Menendez 'Hooks' Fish In the Dominican Republic?

Feb 4, 2013 6:27 AM PT

So what's the big deal with paying for a hooker in the Dominican Republican? Senator Menendez is under serious scrutiny over allegations that he paid for underage hookers while on vacation in the Dominican Republican. But how far could this investigation go? If Menendez really had 'relations' with these 'ladies of the night,' was he alone?

Did Menendez bring along other friends on these trips to the Carribbean? If he did, do any of them wear the same nifty lapel pin that he does?

Today Is Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Birthday

Feb 4, 2013 5:43 AM PT

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran pastor and German patriot hanged by the Nazis for his involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler, would be 107 years old today. Bonhoeffer's extraordinary story of open defiance to Hitler out of loyalty to Christ, is told brilliantly by Eric Metaxas in "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy." This moving biography is not only the story of a man who went joyfully to his death, honored that God chose him to suffer as the Jews suffered, but also a chilling look at the slow creep of anti-Christian fascism at the hands of the state.

Today, Metaxas wonders what Bonhoeffer would think of our own government's attacks on religious freedom, which is well worth a read:

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Obama Wields Big Gun, Not Really

Feb 3, 2013 12:43 PM PT

In response to My First Gun Show: The Bitter Clinger Interview Edition :

Hard to believe that this is Jerome's very first gun show. But then again, he doesn't strike me as the 'rough and tough' side-arm-toting gun enthusiast that usually frequents these gun shows. Well the girl in the video is correct, this is all about fear. But gun manufacturers and dealers are loving the short-term sales bonanza they are experiencing due to the proposed gun control measures Obama and his peeps want to implement. Obama is bad for the overall economy, but at gunshows, the Skeet Shooter-in-Chief brings in the big bucks for gun dealers

Now We Know Why Obama's So Bullish on Birth Control

Feb 3, 2013 11:33 AM PT

This story didn't get a lot of play yesterday, but it can't be repeated enough. Job growth per month over the past four years averaged a whopping 25,000—100k shy of conservative estimates of how many jobs we need to create per month just to keep up with population growth.

And we can see Obama's logic clearly: can't keep up with population growth? Stunt population growth! Free NuvaRings for all!

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