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Tatiana Maslany and Lesser Issues

by Ronald A. Rowe July 17th, 2014 Winners & Losers
teamwork-326160_640Another week has gone by and the politicians and pundits have treated us to another hearty helping of their usual inanity.  The well-worn race card came out yet again, the Democrats (momentarily) abandoned the president, they played some soccer somewhere in South America, and it turns out that Colorado did not collapse into anarchy or disappear in a puff of marijuana smoke.  Plus whoever it is that puts together the Emmy nominations got on my bad side.  You can read about all that and more in this week’s edition of Winners and Losers.

Germany – Winner – Congratulations to the
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Borderline Nuts

by Eric M. Blake July 14th, 2014 Conservative Considerations
border-62866_640There are many lessons we can glean from the current twists in the border situation. Here’s two key points:

First — Leftist "compassion" almost invariably makes things worse.

It’s interesting that this year’s seen a new surge, not merely in illegal immigration, but in illegal immigration of children. For some strange reason, kids are crossing the southern border into America — without parents; their "adult guardians", if any, being either cruel-hearted and just-plain-evil Coyotes (Mexican mobsters, in case you’re wondering)… or our own border patrol agents.

Yes, you read correctly. Instead of doing their job and enforcing the border… our agents are reduced to glorified day care
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The N-Word in the Headline

by Ronald A. Rowe July 10th, 2014 Winners & Losers
man-96599_640By now just about everyone has heard about the column in the tiny WestView News that used the nefarious “N-word” in the headline.  When the radical Left uses a supposedly radical Right POV to disparage the Right, who wins and who loses?  Fortunately for all involved, Camp Campaign has a column devoted exclusively to sorting out the winners and losers in the world of politics.  This week, we’ll take a closer look at the infamous headline and sort through the effects on a political level in a special, single-issue edition of Winners and Losers.

The whole “the Right hates Obama
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Independent Ideas: Facebook/DoD, Congress, SCOTUS

by Jason Lightner July 4th, 2014 Independent Ideas
facebook-67361_640Seeing as my niche here on Camp Campaign is the sort of unbiased, unabashed thing one would expect from a category called "Independent Ideas," I figure this column should probably take on that exact moniker. Kudos to you, good reader, for bearing with me during this harrowing transition.

Verily.

Facebook's Psych Experiments Connected to the Department of Defense Research

As if Facebook's privacy track-record weren't dubious enough already, a report recently came out that the social network conglomerate engaged in a psychological experiment which saw users' news feeds actively manipulated by Facebook to be either mostly-positive or mostly-negative. The results indicated that users were
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Political Quotes, July 2

by Jane Wangersky July 2nd, 2014 Poli Talk

  • The failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it's bad for our economy, and it's bad for our future. -- Pres. Obama

  • If the government wants to, on its own, go around providing people with benefits, that’s not something most of the plaintiffs object to.
    -- Hobby Lobby lead counsel Mark Rienzi

  • We have seen them [ISIS] reinforce themselves around Baghdad enough to convince us more troops was the prudent thing to do.
    -- Anonymous U.S. official

  • We will attack, and we will free our country.
    -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko


 
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Political Quotes — June 18th

by Jane Wangersky June 18th, 2014 Poli Talk

  • A substantial majority of the U.S. Embassy presence in Iraq will remain in place and the Embassy will be fully equipped to carry out its national security mission.
    -- Jen Psaki, U.S. State Dept.

  • The climate change deniers suggest there's still a debate over the science. There is not.
    -- Pres. Obama

  • [W]hen you change the definition of marriage to be inclusive of same-sex couples, you have automatically said they don't need either a father or a mother. And I would ask, which one don't they need?
    -- Julaine Appling, Wisconsin Family Action

  • What you have is conservatives at the grassroots level
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The ISIS Initiative

by Eric M. Blake June 16th, 2014 Conservative Considerations
file5921342693296I’ve often wondered what the Left would honestly think would happen, were we to do what they wanted, basically just yank the troops out of Iraq — or else, pull out with a blatant, spelled-out timetable. Did they think the Iraqi government would somehow work out all its issues and sufficiently defend the country from insurgents "cold turkey"? Or did they just not really care about the plight of all the Iraqi civilians who'd cheered in gratitude at the toppling of Saddam Hussein — many of whom, of course, were women who had suffered under the boot heels of a real "oppressive patriarchy".

Whatever
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President Obama Circumventing Congress

by T Akery June 10th, 2014 Republican Reflections
obama n staff whWell, there is one Presidential promise fulfilled and clearly the only one he has actually kept during his entire term in the Presidency. He promised to go around Congress if they didn't do anything and Congress hasn't really done anything. At least, not anything that would likely fix things. But one can hardly blame Congress for all the distractions the President has been giving them lately.

After all, there's Benghazi, the IRS, the CIA, Snowden, the missing drone plane, the VA, the current scandal involving Bergdahl, and numerous other things that have led to endless Congressional inquires and demands about
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Another Week, Another Crisis

by T Akery May 27th, 2014 Republican Reflections
waiting-room-277314_640It seems the Obama administration can't stay out of the crisis mode. This time, the news is about the abysmal care and wait times at the VA clinics across the country. This crisis follows the ones in the Middle East along with the IRS scandals, the NSA and too many others. Yet, the accountability and the handling of these crises is still being fumbled. You would think that they would have had enough practice by now to at least give a semblance of competency about handling these crises. Instead, it is more speeches than anyone cares to listen to
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The Stupidity of Being Human

by Jason Lightner May 9th, 2014 Independent Ideas
foreign-trade-62743_640Why is it so difficult to understand that the world's climate is changing? Are we this deluded? Are we really this skeptical? Or are we simply this stupid?

Year after year, month after month, week after week, and day after day, we are provided with new reports — verifiable, peer-reviewed reports — which indicate that something is terribly wrong with the global climate. And what do we do about it?

We bury our heads in the sand.

We say the problem is overblown.

We say there isn't really a problem.

We say it's natural variations in temperature.

We claim that mankind can't possibly have an
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Dear Republicans, It Is Time to Get Over Benghazi

by Jessica B. May 6th, 2014 Democratic Deliberations
benghazi 2 pdAfter stamping their feet and shouting very loudly about the non-controversy that was Benghazi for most of 2013, the right wing is at it again, because well, Benghazi. And those of us on the left are still shrugging our shoulders saying "Huh? Why are you all worked up about this?”

So what exactly happened? There is still a lot of confusion about actual events due to changing and heavily politicized reports, but mostly the crux of the matter is the tragic death of a U.S. ambassador and three embassy employees in an attack against the U.S. embassy in Benghazi. Initially,
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The Dirty Lowdown, At Last

by Eric M. Blake May 5th, 2014 Conservative Considerations
benghazi pdWhen I heard the breaking news this week, my mood could best be described like so: my slumping back in my seat, looking upward and howling out, "FINALLY!!!"

By that, I mean that at last — after all the delays, all the stonewalling via redaction after redaction … a smoking gun has been found.  And this time, the serial number has not been blacked out by constant double-talk and evasion — and said number leads where we all knew it led: to the Obama Administration.

I’m referring to the e-mails wrung out by watchdog group Judicial Watch via a Freedom of
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