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Assassination Power & Outlawry

Feb 7, 2013 3:12 PM PT

I hear some people talking past each other on Obama's self-declared right to assemble a Kill List of Americans and order their deaths, sans any kind of external check or procedural safeguards.

Charles Krauthammer says that anyone who has taken arms against America has forfeited his right to citizenship.

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Why Do Republicans Insist on Airing Their Dirty Laundry In Public?

Feb 7, 2013 12:19 PM PT

In response to Republican Girl Fight:

This whole pi$$ing match makes both sides look bad. The letter was ridiculous, but so is the Daily Caller's catty "mean girl"  type digs at Brent Bozell:

A group of conservative leaders has signed an irate letter demanding that a Republican political consultant be fired for calling the relatively undistinguished scion of a prominent political family a “hater.”

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Republican Girl Fight

Feb 7, 2013 11:33 AM PT

The GOP industrial complex must be bored of late. Hagel, Brennan, Benghazi, gun control legislation, EPA scandals, and the sequester are just not holding their attention. 

What a perfect time to start an intra-movement war by jockeying for the official "better than you" title. 

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Paging Dr. Freud

Feb 7, 2013 10:13 AM PT

In response to Cui Bono?:

Liz, I'm beginning to suspect a lot of lefties support gun control because they simply are unable to imagine having a gun in their own hands and not going on a murderous shooting rampage. "Save me from myself," or something.

Concern Trolling Christie's Health

Feb 7, 2013 9:42 AM PT

CNN is very concerned about Chris Christie's health. They asked a former White House doctor--one who has never met or examined Christie--to comment and she suggested he could drop dead in office. This led to a calm but firm "shut up" from the Governor.

In case you've forgotten, concern trolling a candidate's health (or potential candidate in this case) is something the left has done before. In 2008, far left activist Robert Greenwald organized a group of several thousand doctors demanding Sen. John McCain release his medical records. They publicized their demand with a full page ad in the NY Times. Sen. Harry Reid also expressed concerned.

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Concerned Law Enforcement Veteran Speaks His Mind

Feb 7, 2013 9:32 AM PT

Via SooperMexican, a progressive former LAPD patrolman makes the case for gun control (naughty word alert):

"Who in there right mind needs a f***ing silencer!!! who needs a freaking SBR AR15? No one. No more Virginia Tech, Columbine HS, Wisconsin temple, Aurora theatre, Portland malls, Tucson rally, Newtown Sandy Hook. Whether by executive order or thru a bi-partisan congress an assault weapons ban needs to be re-instituted. Period!!!

Mia Farrow said it best. “Gun control is no longer debatable, it’s not a conversation, its a moral mandate.”

Sen. Feinstein, you are doing the right thing in leading the re-institution of a national AWB. Never again should any public official state that their prayers and thoughts are with the family.

... Mr. Vice President [Biden], do your due diligence when formulating a concise and permanent national AWB plan. Future generations of Americans depend on your plan and advisement to the president. I’ve always been a fan of yours and consider you one of the few genuine and charismatic politicians.

... Hillary Clinton. You’ll make one hell of a president in 2016. Much like your husband, Bill, you will be one of the greatest. Look at Castro in San Antonio as a running mate or possible secretary of state. He’s (good people) and I have faith and confidence in him.

 ...Wayne LaPierre, President of the NRA, you’re a vile and inhumane piece of s***. You never even showed 30 seconds of empathy for the children, teachers, and families of Sandy Hook.

…give Piers Morgan an indefinite resident alien and Visa card. Mr. Morgan, the problem that many American gun owners have with you and your continuous discussion of gun control is that you are not an American citizen and have an accent that is distinct and clarifies that you are a foreigner. I want you to know that I agree with you 100% on enacting stricter firearm laws.

... Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Pat Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien, Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera, Tavis Smiley, and Anderson Cooper, keep up the great work and follow Cronkite’s lead."

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Placing Women in Combat has a Secret Cost--To the American Taxpayer

Feb 7, 2013 8:46 AM PT

My fiancee, Kimber, is in the service. She recently opened my eyes to a fresh perspective on the topic.

"My concern lies with the demands of the MOS (military occupational specialty) that must be either altered or done away with completely. The military specifically identifies physical requirements for each MOS, from cook to artillery to human resources clerk. Yes, we all have to meet minimum requirements for load-bearing--for women, that's usually around 25 lbs. or more of gear. So we must be able to walk long distances carrying that weight. If you are, say, Signal (Radio/Communications), you must be able to carry your equipment for that as well. Radio equipment could go up to 20 lbs. 

That's more than 40 lbs., over rough terrain. And you cannot leave your gear under any circumstance.

It is common knowledge that a woman's hips are anatomically wider than a man's. I don't think I have to go into detail as to why that is. Over time, load-bearing over long distances can cause hip fractures. Across services, female troops are warned about our natural vulnerability to hip fractures while training. Most women in the service know a significant hip fracture as the death knell of their military career. 

If my fellow warriors deploy and sustain injury of that nature, they will have to separate from service. That is more than a loss in troops: That is a loss of the millions of dollars it took to train those troops. That is a loss of mission capability. That is a loss of vital experience that those women have. Troop turnover and replacement will increase, which again, translates to more money. If we are to place women in roles where the physical requirements are to the extreme detriment of their natural physiology, we must be willing to accept the consequences.

I'm not saying women can't fulfill Combat MOS requirements. But the risk for injury is greater than it is for male troops. This means more injuries sustained in the line of duty and increase in troop separation and turnover. This will ultimately cost the American taxpayer billions."


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