Atheists to Clemson Coach: Get God Off the Gridiron

AP

AP

Call it the tyranny of the minority: The growing trend of atheist groups intent on evangelizing their non-belief to the majority of believers in America in an effort to wipe any mention of God from our society.

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The Dark Knight Party? Or The Winter Soldier Party?

The GOP split through the lens of 'The Dark Knight' and
'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'
Dark Knight Winter Soldier

Last week I had an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on the left-libertarian aspects of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I contrasted it briefly to The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece and one of the few great films to evoke America’s post-9/11 mindset. Today, I’d like to dive a little deeper into the differences between these two films and discuss how they represent the current split on the right broadly, and within the GOP specifically. (Spoilers for both below.)

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Ellison’s Election Tip Sheet

Ellison Barber election tip sheet

SENATE: LOUSIANA

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D.) stirred up a lot of controversy for re-enacting a congressional hearing in her latest campaign ad.

It’s not the worst thing we’ve ever seen, but that doesn’t make it acceptable.

If Landrieu wanted to recreate the hearing, and couldn’t use the real footage, as her campaign argues, she could simply place a small disclaimer at the bottom of the screen that says: “this is a reenactment of events that occurred on X date.” It’s really an easy thing to do, and not doing it is dishonest.

Locked Up Abroad does it in every single episode—if National Geographic does it, Landrieu should be doing it too.

Without it, this is a spurious ad that consequently makes Landrieu seem inauthentic.

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Reid: Bundy Standoff ‘Domestic Terrorism’

Harry Reid

AP

Sen. Harry Reid amped up the rhetoric in the war of words over rancher Cliven Bundy’s stand-off with the Buerau of Land Management over cattle grazing rights.

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

Ellison must read

My must read of the day is “Bruce Braley’s Poll Numbers Fall Following Farmer Comments,” in the Washington Free Beacon.

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VP Biden to Attend ‘Creativity Conference’ with Alleged Child Abuser

AP

AP

Vice President and selfie-taker Joe Biden is scheduled to appear at a “Creativity Conference” next month with Bryan Singer, the acclaimed Hollywood director who is being sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor. The event, which is hosted by Microsoft, ABC News, and the Motion Picture Association of America, is part of the festivities surrounding the White House Correspondent’s Association Dinner.

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Nina Agdal Is Good at Basketball

Nina Agdal Instagram

Nina Agdal Instagram

My favorite anecdote from the 1992 Dream Team:  Just after curb-stomping the Cuban national team 136-57, the Cubans asked Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, etc. to pose for photos. No matter how international basketball has become, America still knows how to play it best. While countries like Argentina and Germany have pumped out some solid players, we’ve never seen Denmark produce a top-class roundball rocker. Until now.

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Courting the Truther Vote, Ctd.

Criticism of these folks is silly PC claptrap (via flickr user  abiodork)

Criticism of these folks is silly PC claptrap (via flickr user abiodork)

I ruffled some feathers last week when I noted that Rand Paul’s conspiracy theory regarding Dick Cheney, Halliburton, and the Iraq War is strikingly similar to theories promulgated by a certain segment of 9/11 Truthers. As I said at the time, repeated the following day, and will reiterate today, I don’t believe that Rand Paul believes that Dick Cheney and George W. Bush allowed the 9/11 attacks to proceed in order to create a pretext to invade Iran. However, I do believe that it is worth drawing attention to the fact that a great many citizens of Paul World are, in fact, 9/11 Truthers and that neither Rand Paul nor his father Ron have been particularly vociferous in distancing themselves from these crackpots. Why? Well, every vote counts!

As I said at the time: “dog whistles and such.”

I bring this up again because the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity recently chose to republish a screed by Paul Craig Roberts that concludes “the US government blew up three New York skyscrapers in order to destroy Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah.”* Ron Paul, when asked why the institute that bears his name was giving credence to such insanity, shrugged it off, saying it’s “political correctness” to suggest that 9/11 Truthers should be dismissed.

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IRS Continues to Push New Restrictions on Political Activity Despite Bipartisan Opposition

AP

AP

The Washington Post reports that the IRS is “forging ahead” with its plan to impose new restrictions on political activity by tax-exempt organizations, “despite pressure from conservatives to abandon the effort.” Per the Post:

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Charles Koch Leads Harry Reid in Potential 2016 Matchup

Harry Reid (millionaire) and Charles Koch (billionaire)

Harry Reid (millionaire) and Charles Koch (billionaire)

Iowa voters would back libertarian philanthropist Charles Koch by a hefty margin over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) in a hypothetical 2016 presidential race, according to a new Washington Free Beacon poll:

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Bolton: Obama ‘Blinded By Ideology, Doesn’t Think Islamic Extremism Exists’

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama / AP

Former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton critiqued President Barack Obama’s anti-terrorism policies in light of yesterday’s reports of a large meeting of senior Al Qaeda leadership in South Yemen.

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The Obama-Biden #SELFIE

The best Joe Biden #SELFIE

The best Joe Biden #SELFIE

The White House finally allowed Joe Biden to join Instagram yesterday. The media found this newsworthy somehow.

Obama let another set of sanctions expire by honoring his VP’s first #SELFIE with his presence. The White House’s official account captioned the #SELFIE, “Pals.”

A better caption would have been “Livin’ with my bitches #LIVE”

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Evaluating ESPN’s Class of 2015 College Football Recruiting Rankings

big10tens Instagram

big10tens Instagram

ESPN updated their 2015 college football recruiting rankings today now that spring games and practices are in the rearview mirror. Let’s see what we can filter out from the early positioning:

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Edward Snowden Conducts Softball Interview with Fellow Spy

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American fugitive spy Edward Snowden was granted permission to ask his adopted president, Vladimir Putin, a question on Russian television on Thursday.

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

Ellison must read

My must read of the day is “Defend ‘Obamacare’ Unabashedly, Some Democrats Say,” on ABC News.

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