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Sunday
Jun152014

Rubens For US Senate - Nashua Telegraph Lauds Jim Rubens' "Well-Reasoned, Conservative Positions" 

Takes Issue with his advocacy of 2nd Amendment and armed good guys in schools

 

On Friday, June 13, 2014, the Nashua Telegraph editorial opened with:

 

"His former colleagues in the New Hampshire Legislature held former state Sen. Jim Rubens in highregard. He was known for taking the time to research issues and reaching well-reasoned, conservative position on issues. He almost never shot from the hip.

 

"He played an instrumental, if not crucial, role in some important pieces of legislation – including Senate Bill 2, which fundamentally altered the nature of town meetings, and a bill to allow charter schools."

 

The Telegraph's kind words turned critical when it came to Jim Rubens' unwavering support for 2nd Amendment rights.

 

Jim Rubens stands absolutely behind his suggestion that schools and other public places consider having trained, armed citizens on premises to defend against killing rampages. Solid research shows that 14 people die in shooting rampages where no armed good guy is present, and an average only 2 die where no such armed good guy is present. The Telegraph found fault that Rubens had cited an 18 to 2.5 ratio in an earlier version of the same research using a smaller dataset.

 

"Having an armed good guy in schools and public places saves lives. Taking guns from law-abiding citizens, as advocated by Senators Brown and Shaheen, would leave only criminals armed and do nothing to save lives," said Jim Rubens.

 

According to The Oregonian newspaper, one person was killed on June 10, 2014, in a  shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon killing one student, wounding a teacher and later took his own life after armed guards responded in less than 60 seconds.

 

On December 13, 2013, a school shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado was ended in 80 seconds when the school resource officer responded to engage the shooter.  One innocent victim -- and one too many -- died at the hands of the shooter before he took his own life when confronted by the approaching armed good guy.

 

On December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, there was no armed security and the shooter had four unimpeded minutes to kill 20 children and six adults.

Wednesday
Jan292014

American Principles In Action - How should Conservatives respond to President Obama's State of the Union attacks?

American Principles Project

Dear Fellow Conservative,

In a speech last week, Senator Chuck Schumer sent a strong message to Democrats across the country – start talking about declining wages, pinched family budgets, and the explosive cost of going to college:
“We must focus, this year, on four or five simple but compelling examples of where government can help the average family, like: raising the minimum wage, making college more affordable, renewing our commitment to revitalizing our national infrastructure, and ensuring equal pay for women.”

It looks as though President Obama got the message.

According to the Washington Post, “Democrats consider President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, a launching point for a year of sustained assault on Republicans over a populist economic agenda, part of an effort to focus more on bread-and-butter issues, including minimum wage, unemployment and access to college.”

How should Conservatives respond?
 
On the economy, Republicans need a new message.
 
The great temptation for the GOP is to go into reactionary defensive mode – to argue ‘not the minimum wage,’ for example. But on economic issues, as well as social issues, the best defense is a good offense.
 
Conservatives must respond to Obama’s and Schumer's challenge, by coming up with 4 or 5 ways in which electing the GOP will help the average struggling middle class family put food on the table, pay for college, and cope with the outrageous hit that Obamacare is taking on struggling families paychecks. 
 
The GOP’s women, youth and Hispanic gap are not about social issues, as Maggie Gallagher, Rich Danker and I pointed out in our report, “Building a Winning GOP Coalition: The Lessons of 2012”.
 
When asked “will electing a Republican or Democrat will help the economy?,” women chose the Democrats 49% to 31%; young voters choose the Democrats 51% to 27%, and Hispanics preferred the Democrats by a whopping 57% to 21%.
 
Conservative and Republican leaders must use this opportunity to connect with average working families’ present economic suffering and concern about the declining standard of living, not just jobs. When we speak of rising government spending and debt, we have to connect those costs to voters' current experience of rising prices.
 
The greatest indictment of the Obama administration is that after 5 years in office, the only demographic group experiencing increases in the standard of living are people over the age of 65.
 
What do GOP leaders need to do?
 
Focus on the declining standard of living. The GOP needs to recognize that it’s not just jobs, and it’s not just minimum wage workers that are being affected – the sagging economy now is eating into the middle-class family budgets, big time.
 
Tie Obamacare to the shrinking paycheck of the average American worker and promise to protect young workers, who are prioritizing bread-and-butter and repaying college debt over expensive Obamacare plans.
 
Remove special protections for banks that prevent American workers from using bankruptcy laws, when they cannot afford to repay their tuition. Permit families to deduct at least the first 2 years of college tuition from their taxes. And laud the GOP Governor’s in Texas and Florida, who are challenging state schools to come up with $10,000 degree programs for high-demand majors. 
 
Support a monetary reform commission and look at how Fed policy is causing families’ budgets to shrink.
 
Propose substantial tax protections for struggling middle-class families, by doubling the child tax credit for families with children under the age of 6.
 
As Margaret Thatcher taught us – first you win the argument then you win the election. 
 
Conservatives need to win the argument over who can help rebuild the middle class in order to retake the Senate in 2014.
 
For America,
 
Frank Cannon
President
American Principles in Action
Wednesday
Oct022013

HotAir Daily Express 10/01/2013 

Hot Air Daily Express

Videos: ObamaCare rollout performance … “lower than projected”
10/1/2013 10:01:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
7 Comments
“Lower than projected” was, of course, the Orwellian description from HHS of skyrocketing premiums last week, approved for today’s rollout of ObamaCare.  It’s also a good way to describe today’s rollout of ObamaCare itself,
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DC worries: Will shutdown mean we’re finally going to feel the recession?
10/1/2013 9:21:59 AM  Ed Morrissey
39 Comments
The Washington Post ran this as a straight news story, which tells you all you need to know about irony in DC. We’ll start with the story itself.  Here’s Washington DC today: Washington, a company town unlike any other in America, was on the
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Christie: This shutdown is a failure of executive leadership
10/1/2013 8:41:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
56 Comments
Chris Christie isn’t terribly impressed with leadership on either side of the aisle on Capitol Hill in the shutdown, but he’s even less impressed with leadership on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue.  Appearing in a panel discussion at an
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Shutdown
10/1/2013 8:01:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
163 Comments
Last night, the federal government shut down for the first time in over seventeen years. At the last moment, John Boehner pushed through a conference rule, but Harry Reid rejected it, demanding a six-week clean CR before agreeing to negotiate any further
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The Fed Just Guaranteed $9 Gas and $3800 Gold

The Scary Truth Behind Washington Budget Fights

Obamacare Projected to Spike Gold Prices


Entitled federal workers tell Washington Post they’re totally essential
9/30/2013 10:41:16 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
53 Comments
In an impressive display of Beltway mentality, the Washington Post invited federal workers to sing the blues about their possible furloughs, should the government shut down. These federal workers already have better pay and benefits than most of the
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Federal judge to DOJ: No, you may not dismiss this Fast & Furious case just because you feel like it
9/30/2013 10:01:16 PM  Erika Johnsen
37 Comments
The last time we checked in on Operation Fast and Furious, the bloody and not-”botched” gunrunning scandal in which the ATF pressed American gun dealers into funneling at least 2,000 weapons to cartels across the Mexican border with no
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Maryland ringing up record gun sales as deadline approaches
9/30/2013 9:21:13 PM  Ed Morrissey
33 Comments
ObamaCare isn’t the only deadline that arrives tomorrow.  Maryland residents face new restrictions on the purchase — but not ownership — of firearms starting tomorrow, thanks to Governor Martin O’Malley’s push on gun control
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China cracking down on newsy mobile apps for impeding progress, or something
9/30/2013 8:41:49 PM  Erika Johnsen
8 Comments
If the the prospect of a potential government shutdown later this evening has got you feeling down, or if perhaps you find yourself lamenting the degree of so-called “dysfunction” that the present budgetary climate has inspired on Capitol
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Game over: After CNN documentary on Hillary is canceled, NBC drops Hillary miniseries
9/30/2013 8:01:14 PM  Allahpundit
36 Comments
Too bad. There were rich dramatic possibilities in the story of a wronged spouse who became a passable U.S. senator and then a subpar presidential candidate before rising above it all to achieve mediocrity as secretary of state. They can always revisit
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Open thread: The obligatory “late-night shutdown drama in the House” post
9/30/2013 7:06:25 PM  Allahpundit
1168 Comments
A traditional “Quotes of the Day” post won’t cut it today with a shutdown looming at midnight and Boehner trying to find a way between the RINO/tea party Scylla and Charybdis, so here’s your evening thread to banter about
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House re-couples, staggers “farm bill” as the clock winds down
9/30/2013 6:41:01 PM  Erika Johnsen
17 Comments
Not unpredictably, it looks like the mid-summer drama that was the House’s legislative divorce of the traditional omnibus “farm bill” into its two parent issues of food stamps and ‘agricultural’ policy was all for naught, at
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Video: Reason’s Nanny of the Month is …
9/30/2013 6:01:55 PM  Ed Morrissey
15 Comments
It’s the fourth birthday for Reason TV’s Nanny of the Month, and they have an interesting range of choices today.  Banning paparazzi and curtailing party buses take a back seat (groan) to the latest effort to watch for zero-tolerance
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Jindal to Obama admin: By all means, come tell Louisiana parents why their children should be stuck in failing schools
9/30/2013 5:21:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
28 Comments
About a month ago, the Department of Justice made the bizarre and by almost all accounts counterproductive decision to sue the state of Louisiana for working to turn around the state’s low-performing public school system and allowing low-income
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Open thread: Obama to make undoubtedly helpful statement about shutdown at 4:45 p.m. ET; Update: “You don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job”
9/30/2013 4:30:01 PM  Allahpundit
313 Comments
Two ways he could go with this. One: Something conciliatory designed to make it easier for Boehner to agree to an eleventh-hour face-saving compromise. Two: Tough talk designed to show Republicans he intends to use the bully pulpit every day during a
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House Dems to Boehner: If you drop the ObamaCare demands and pass a clean CR, we’ll accept sequestration spending levels; Update: Could next House CR fail?
9/30/2013 4:01:51 PM  Allahpundit
92 Comments
I’m surprised they’d even offer. A little while ago, I tweeted out a question: Since there are surely more than 30 Republicans who’d vote for Reid’s clean CR, why doesn’t Pelosi bring a discharge petition forcing Boehner to
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Video: CNN anchor not handling this shutdown thing very well
9/30/2013 3:21:34 PM  Allahpundit
56 Comments
You know the coverage is likely to be especially fragrant, shall we say, when they’re warning you in advance to hold your nose. A vignette from “Morning Joe” via Newsbusters: WILLIE GEIST: Mark, at this point then, what is President
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The Ed Morrissey Show: Jim Geraghty, Kevin McCullough
9/30/2013 2:51:26 PM  Ed Morrissey
1 Comments
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Jim Geraghty returns to discuss the impending shutdown showdown in Washington DC. Kevin McCullough joins us again to discuss the intersection of faith and politics. Kevin and I will talk about the Steelers and
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Mitch McConnell offers Plan C: How about funding the government for one week while we continue negotiating?
9/30/2013 2:41:12 PM  Allahpundit
92 Comments
As expected, in the past hour Reid and the Senate Democrats killed the House’s Plan B bill calling for a one-year delay in ObamaCare. And so, inevitably, the one-week stopgap option appears. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell is floating a
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AP fact check: No, you can’t keep your plan, and other things we should have already reported
9/30/2013 2:01:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
122 Comments
With just one day left to go before the federal government makes health insurance mandatory through its glitchy and unsecured exchanges, the Associated Press decided to do a fact check on recent claims by politicians on both sides of the issue. Among the
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Hollywood, women’s magazines pulling hard for ObamaCare
9/30/2013 1:21:02 PM  Erika Johnsen
154 Comments
ObamaCare and its exchanges finally open for business tomorrow, and the ensuing six-month enrollment period is going to mean a concerted effort from the Obama administration and its many progressive allies to persuade the young and healthy people they
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Boehner: If this shutdown standoff is an emergency, why didn’t the Senate meet yesterday?
9/30/2013 12:41:31 PM  Allahpundit
94 Comments
Via the Corner, something to keep you occupied while we wait for shutdown fee-vah to resume at 2 p.m. ET. That’s when Reid will — finally — call the Senate into session to reject the House’s new CR demanding a one-year delay to
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CNN poll: Republicans will get more blame than Democrats in a shutdown, you know
9/30/2013 12:01:34 PM  Ed Morrissey
137 Comments
Color me shocked, shocked by this finding from CNN’s latest poll on the possible shutdown.  Also, color me shocked by the rather strange questions in the poll itself: If the federal government shuts down starting Tuesday because of a bitter
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U.S. intel: Official’s leak to media about Al Qaeda’s terror plot may have hurt us more than Snowden’s leaks
9/30/2013 11:21:49 AM  Allahpundit
24 Comments
To refresh your memory, the terror threat that forced the closing of 19 U.S. diplomatic outposts abroad in early August was treated as unusually dire by U.S. counterterrorism because of the people involved in the communications about it. They
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Producer of CNN’s Hillary documentary throws in the towel
9/30/2013 10:41:26 AM  Ed Morrissey
70 Comments
The last word on the two attempts to make Hillary Clinton into broadcast-network entertainment had NBC rethinking its determination to make a Diane Lane-starring miniseries, but CNN on track to make a documentary in time for a 2016 release.  Now,
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Wednesday
Oct022013

Townhall Daily - October 02 - Michelle Malkin, Hugh Hewitt, John Stossel, Walter E. Williams, John Ransom and More

Townhall Daily Newsletter

Seedco: Obamacare's Fraud-Stained Navigators
Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin
"I Shouldn't Have To Offer Anything": The GOP's Secret Weapons --President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi
Hugh Hewitt
Hugh Hewitt
Escaping 'Government' Schools
John Stossel
John Stossel
Are Guns the Problem?
Walter E. Williams
Walter E. Williams
On Obamacare (and Guns), We Won't Comply
John Ransom
John Ransom
The Old Media and the New Sheriffs
Brent Bozell
Brent Bozell
The Irony of Michelle Obama's Water Campaign
Jonah Goldberg
Jonah Goldberg
Texting Bans -- A New-found Source of Government Revenue
Bob Barr
Bob Barr
The Obama Style Shutdown
Michael Schaus
Michael Schaus
Elderly Veterans Banned from WW II Memorial
Todd Starnes
Todd Starnes
Obamacare Exchange Launch Date: "Oops! Internal Error"
Ransom Notes Radio
Ransom Notes Radio
What if We Had a Government Shutdown and Nobody Noticed or Cared?
Daniel J. Mitchell
Daniel J. Mitchell
Everything You Need to Know About the (Meaningless) Partial Government Shutdown
Mike Shedlock
Mike Shedlock
Obama Prohibits Practice of Catholicism in US
Terry Jeffrey
Terry Jeffrey
Don’t Forget About the Terrorists
Night Watch
Night Watch
The National Security Threat of Big Debt
Austin Bay
Austin Bay
Half a Loaf, Anyone?
Paul Greenberg
Paul Greenberg
Reuters: "Today gold is king of conservative economic thinking."
Ralph Benko
Ralph Benko
One Writer, Indivisible
Paul Greenberg
Paul Greenberg
Putin's Power Play in Syria is Win-Win
Rachel Marsden
Rachel Marsden
WhiteHouse Plays Politics With WWII Heroes
Carol Platt Liebau
Carol Platt Liebau
Feminists in Canada Want to Change ‘Sexist’ National Anthem
Cortney O'Brien
Cortney O'Brien
Planned Parenthood Prez: We're Benefiting from "Birth Control" in O'care--It's "Most Popular Part"
Greg Hengler
Greg Hengler
CNN 'Actively Looking' to Replace Piers Morgan?
Leah Barkoukis
Leah Barkoukis
Booming Business: An Interview with Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison
Elisabeth Meinecke
Elisabeth Meinecke
Tuesday
Oct012013

HotAir Daily Express 09/30/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Popes John XXIII, John Paul II to be canonized April 27th
9/30/2013 10:01:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
2 Comments
Two of the great figures of the Second Vatican Council will be canonized on the same day next year.  The Vatican announced that they will add Popes John Paul II and John XXIII to the list of saints on April 27th next year.  That falls on Divine Mercy
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Holder to sue North Carolina over voter-ID law
9/30/2013 9:21:14 AM  Ed Morrissey
34 Comments
It’s not just Texas where Attorney General Eric Holder wants to get around the Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby County. The Department of Justice will announce this morning that they will file a lawsuit to block North Carolina’s
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Obama, Netanyahu to meet as Israel announces arrest of Iranian spy
9/30/2013 8:41:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
9 Comments
Today’s summit meeting between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu promised a renewed focus on the Israeli-Palestinian peace effort, but a phone call last week changed the calculus.  With the US talking about normalization of relations with Iran
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Poll shows plurality of small-business owners supporting gov’t shutdown
9/30/2013 8:01:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
45 Comments
Democrats and the White House warn that a government shutdown over the budget impasse and the fight over ObamaCare will damage the economy. Those on the front lines of the economy seem ready to make that sacrifice, at least for a while.  According to a
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The Fed Just Guaranteed $9 Gas and $3800 Gold

The Scary Truth Behind Washington Budget Fights

Obamacare Projected to Spike Gold Prices


Quotes of the day
9/29/2013 8:01:31 PM  Allahpundit
258 Comments
McCarthy, the third-ranking House Republican, said his chamber will send the continuing resolution back to the Senate with “another provision” attached, and said there are “few other options” for those provisions… Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
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Film review: Rush
9/29/2013 6:31:33 PM  Ed Morrissey
31 Comments
The rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt captured the attention of the Formula 1 racing world in 1976, but it started years earlier — and was more than just a clash of personalities.  The rivalry drove both men to excel and perhaps take too
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To aid their finally, barely positive economic growth, France decides to… raise taxes. Again.
9/29/2013 5:01:07 PM  Erika Johnsen
50 Comments
It almost seems like it was only a short time ago that France’s Socialist-with-a-capital-S government was finally starting to come to grips with the fact that the tax burden they’ve taken to imposing on their citizens has been so huge as to
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On the eve of destruction, a government spending spree
9/29/2013 3:31:07 PM  Jazz Shaw
50 Comments
Dr. Joyner points us to an example of what is, sadly, an all too common practice in Washington, but perhaps one which is coming with the worst timing and optics possible. As Congress battles back and forth over spending and whether or not we’ll
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Video: SNL zings ObamaCare in cold open
9/29/2013 2:01:57 PM  Ed Morrissey
90 Comments
I saw a lot about this on Twitter last night before hitting the sack, but didn’t see it until this morning. It’s a Mulligan stew of references and zingers, including one about Ted Cruz (meh), and another about how we could save $5 billion a
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NFL Week 4 open thread
9/29/2013 12:31:29 PM  Ed Morrissey
40 Comments
So far, this season has been less than successful for either my Pittsburgh Steelers or my own picks.  The Steelers are 0-3, having lost to the Bears last week in a particularly ugly manner.  Today they’re in Jolly Old London to play the equally
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Dewhurst: Texas could turn blue if you get complacent
9/29/2013 11:01:05 AM  Jazz Shaw
146 Comments
I haven’t heard much from (or about) Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst since he came in second in his Senate primary race with Ted Cruz. But he’s still on the job in the Lone Star state and taking an active role in state politics. He probably
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