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As we reported, President Obama scored a victory tonight as the Senate passed his “fast-track” Trade Promotion Authority bill by a vote of 62-37.
Matt Drudge, however, is not happy with Republican support of this “classified” trade deal:
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Can’t make this up: Michelle Malkin is informed she’s ignorant by Grace from Memphis during a call-in discussion of her latest book ‘Who Built That’.
Mugshots: Texas biker shootout 172 photos
A fight broke out among rival biker gangs in Waco, Texas, on Sunday, May 17, leaving at least nine people dead. At least 170 people were arrested, and they all face charges of engaging in organized crime. McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said that bond was being set at $1 million for each of them….
Here’s a few peckerwoods I saved for my personal collection. Visit the gallery and pick your favorites, too!
Courtesans, Geisha, and Samurai: Felice Beato’s Beautiful Color Photos Depicting Life In 19th Century Edo-Era JapanPosted: May 22, 2015
Originally posted on Universal Journal Review:
Daily Mail — A courtesan washing her hair, fearsome samurai warriors and a mother tenderly watching her sleeping child are among the characters to feature in rare photographs of Edo-era Japan set to go on display in London for the first time this weekend.
The pictures, which date from between 1863 and 1877, were taken by Felice Beato and are among the earliest examples of coloured photography ever produced.
Beato, who is widely considered to be one of the world’s first photojournalists, was living in Yokohama at the time and used his stint in Japan to photograph a wide range of subjects, among them courtesans, geisha and simple scenes documenting everyday life…
Originally posted on CBS DC:
WASHINGTON — A man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy is expected to get a new trial after government attorneys withdrew their opposition to one.
On Friday, after more than a year of sporadic hearings and legal wrangling, government attorneys withdrew their opposition to a new trial for Ingmar Guandique in a four-page motion. They said they were preparing for a new trial.
Attorneys for Guandique had asked a judge to grant him a new trial because they said a key witness in the case, Guandique’s one-time cellmate, gave false or misleading testimony during his 2010 trial. Guandique’s attorneys said prosecutors knew or should have known the testimony was problematic and investigated further.
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REWIND: One Year Ago Today, May 22, 2014: Hillary Clinton Has Made $5 MILLION in Speaking Fees Since Leaving OfficePosted: May 22, 2015
Hillary Clinton has raked in nearly $5 million for her various appearances and speeches since leaving the State Department in February 2013, even though many of her more than 90 appearances have been unpaid. Her usual speaking fee is approximately $200,000 per appearance.
“This is a great way for a company to get access to her, to hear what she’s thinking, to be remembered if and when she does run for office, and to help her grow that nice little nest egg that she and her husband have been intent on building.”
Ronald Reagan’s 1984 Memorial Day speech at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of Vietnam
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Today the State Department released 296 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private email account she used while serving as secretary of state. The Friday document dump shows that Clinton received information on her personal email account(s) on a privately run server that was later classified:
Some of the emails make it clear how quickly the “blame the video” talking points began to circulate:
At the time, Hillary Clinton was being advised by Sidney Blumenthal, who was not a State Department employee. The email was a link to an article on Blumenthal’s website which somebody (possibly Blumenthal) sent to Hillary, who forwarded it to another State employee advising that person to “please…
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Tribute to the United States Navy in honor for all that have served, and as a tribute to all those currently serving, and those who will soon serve duty in the United States Navy..
THE HORROR: Majority of Democrats–and an Increasing Percentage of Republicans–Support Criminalizing Free SpeechPosted: May 22, 2015
John Sexton reports: A new poll shows that a majority of Democrats want to limit free speech with laws that would prohibit so-called “hate speech.”
A clear example of this desire to limit speech can be found in the New York Times editorial board’s reaction to the attack in Garland. In a piece titled, “Free Speech vs. Hate Speech,” the Times criticizes Pam Geller, the organizer of the cartoon contest and the intended victim of the attack. Speaking of Geller, the Times wrote, “she achieved her provocative goal in Garland — the event was attacked by two Muslims.”
The Times goes on to argue that no amount of violence—not the Charlie Hebdo attacks, not the theatrical brutality of ISIS, not even 9/11—can justify “provocations” (i.e. cartoons) of Islam. This is the severely limited view of the 1st amendment the left-leaning NYT has already embraced.
In contrast, the opposing view, held by most Republicans and independents according to this YouGov poll, is probably best exemplified by a piece Eugene Volokh published at the Washington Post:
Eugene Volokh writes:
I keep hearing about a supposed “hate speech” exception to the First Amendment, or statements such as, “This isn’t free speech, it’s hate speech,” or “When does free speech stop and hate speech begin?” But there is no hate speech exception to the First Amendment. Hateful ideas (whatever exactly that might mean) are just as protected under the First Amendment as other ideas. One is as free to condemn Islam — or Muslims, or Jews, or blacks, or whites, or illegal aliens, or native-born citizens — as one is to condemn capitalism or Socialism or Democrats or Republicans….(read more at Washington Post)
The 1st Amendment protects all speech, but there is no doubt the left is increasingly comfortable with limiting this…
Unmentioned in John Sexton‘s analysis however, is that Republicans and Independents, not Democrats, are increasingly warming to the idea of free speech bans, while Democrat support is relatively unchanged. For example:
Democratic support for banning hate speech hasn’t increased at all; on the contrary, Dems are a bit more likely to oppose a ban than they were seven months ago, a rational reaction to the creepy spectacle of western media outlets self-censoring images of Mohammed cartoons after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. It’s Republicans and independents who are slowly warming to hate-speech bans. Indie opposition has dropped 12 points, with an increase of eight points in support. GOPers are now 12 points more likely to support hate-speech bans than they were last year.
Allahpundit‘s exit question:
I can understand why progressives would want a legal cudgel to silence their enemies but I can’t understand why conservatives increasingly would. Even if you don’t value free speech enough to abhor that sort of cudgel on principle, surely you understand that the “politically incorrect” will be the main target of prosecutions. Why on earth would you enable this?
…Hillary Clinton has said that overturning Citizens United is a priority for her if elected President. Read the rest of this entry »
Originally posted on Twitchy:
In spite of ISIS seizing the Iraqi city of Ramadi and the growing amount of territory they control in Syria, President Obama said “I don’t think we’re losing” against ISIS.
Josh Earnest, who previously said the White House’s strategy against ISIS is an “overall” success, followed up that denial with even more denial today:
No worries! The White House is all over it.
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“Cruz’s haul is eye-popping, one that instantly raises the stakes in the Republican fundraising contest.”
The PAC is led by prominent Democrats including President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, Jim Messina. Read the rest of this entry »
The ABC News star, host to “Good Morning America (GMA)” and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” is seen in a piece of street art tweaking him for a series of donations totaling $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Stephanopoulos appears next to Hillary Clinton, her arm draped over him, and the image caption dubs him her “Pay Pal.”
Stephanopoulos, who used to work in Bill Clinton’s White House, did not disclose his donations to the Clinton Foundation when discussing that very subject during a hostile interview with Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer.
Schweizer’s book Clinton Cash alleges that during Hillary’s time as Secretary of State, the Clintons accepted sizable donations to the Clinton Foundation seemingly in exchange for favorable U.S. deals with foreign governments…(read more)
[PHOTO] White House: ‘After the Tantrum, Obama Went Ahead Decided it was OK to Let the Kid Have Nuclear Weapons.’Posted: May 21, 2015
What..like doing what he did instead doesn’t expose him to the same risk OF GOING TO JAIL? Makes no sense.
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Cost-benefit analysis that whistleblowers must consider before leaking information
by INVESTMENT WATCH | MAY 21, 2015
Edward Snowden, former NSA infrastructure analyst turned whistleblower, spoke on May 15 to Cubberley Auditorium to discuss the philosophical tensions of whistleblowing and government surveillance. The 2015 Symbolic Systems Distinguished Speaker, Snowden spoke via video conference from Moscow.
Professors of philosophy John Perry and Kenneth Taylor moderated the discussion, part of which also served as a recording of “Philosophy Talk,” a nationally-syndicated radio program which grapples with problems in philosophy and how philosophy relates to our everyday lives.
After brief introductions by Perry and Taylor, Snowden addressed the dilemmas in whistleblowing and his thoughts on his situation. Taylor asked whether he sees himself as a hero or a traitor, considering the various depictions presented by the government and media.
“This is a really common question that’s asked a lot,” he said. “I think it’s…
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When asked by Oprah Winfrey why he apologized for his lewd sex joke targeting Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter, David Letterman explained candidly that “I felt like Sarah Palin was somebody I wanted to continue to be able to make fun of and I felt like if I don’t apologize, if I don’t sincerely express my regret, I will not be able to go forward making fun of her.”
Is retiring late night host David Letterman a liberal? That anecdote might provide some sort of clue, but according to The Fix, it’s surprisingly hard to say.
For just about everyone else, though, it’s surprisingly easy to say.
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Bin Laden’s Right-Wing Reading List Goes Viral
The list includes an archive of radical right wing books, history books, humor texts, and conservative philosophy belonging to the former al-Qaeda chief, some of which are still being withheld by the U.S. government, but leaked online this afternoon.
Among the volumes of books on law and military strategy that were publicly released this week, are a not-yet-declassified list of books by popular conservative authors such as Ann Coulter, Jonah Goldberg, and Andrew Breitbart, as well as scholarly texts by Ludwig von Mises, Milton Friedman, and Friedrich von Hayek. The collection includes:
The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome by Kevin D. Williamson
Ideas Have Consequences by Richard M. Weaver
Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama by Ann Coulter
The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich von Hayek
Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman
God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of ‘Academic Freedom‘ by William F. Buckley, Jr.
Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World! by Andrew Breitbart
On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
Human Action, The Scholar’s Edition by Ludwig von Mises
The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 by George Nash
Witness by Whittaker Chambers
The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot by Russell Kirk
Ethnic America: A History by Thomas Sowell
Natural Right and History by Leo Strauss
The leak comes shortly after the fourth anniversary of Bin Laden’s death at the hands of US special forces…