Campus sexual assaults: My guidelines for parents with kids of college age

College freshmen are completing their first month on campus. According to the website The Other Freshman 15, “The first 15 weeks of college can be the riskiest for sexual assault. … One out of five students experience rape or sexual assault while they are in college, and in the great majority of cases (75-80 percent), the victim knows the attacker.” …read more

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Five forces that will shape the 21st Century

President Obama recently proclaimed that climate change, more than any issue, will define the contours of the 21st century. Powerful men searching for legacy often evoke grand challenges and personal solutions, but climate change is only one of several forces that will make civilization different 100 years from now. …read more

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Oklahoma workplace beheading: Is radical Islam a psychiatric epidemic?

Alton Nolen, the 30-year-old convert to Islam who is accused of beheading one woman and stabbing another multiple times in Oklahoma last week, may test the boundaries between our definitions of religion and insanity. That’s because Nolen’s alleged acts may have been committed in the name of radical Islam, with no regard for the rights or suffering of others and, quite possibly, also something he felt utterly compelled to do. …read more

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Dogs Don’t Like Leashes: Some South Carolina pols don’t like Nikki Haley’s reforms (like accountibility to voters)

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At the RedState Gathering in August, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley ticked off a rapid-fire list of accomplishments that have occurred since she has taken office. Among those many accomplishments was the signing of a bill to make state legislators more accountable to their constituents through the use of roll-call votes.

It should come as no shock to anyone that, for some politicians, accountability to their constituents is not all that popular.

According to the Greenville News, a couple of South Carolina politicians (both Democrat and Republican) are grumbling that roll call votes makes them feel like fenced-in dogs.

The Legislature passed a law to require more roll-call voting in 2011, although both bodies also addressed the issue with rules changes. While lawmakers in both chambers previously could request a roll-call vote, they weren’t always required. Gov. Nikki Haley made it a campaign issue in 2010.

Both Democratic State Senator Glenn Reese and Republican State Senator Danny Verdin, however, are publicly grousing about being tied to roll-call voting.

“We’re like dogs in a fence,” Democrat Reese told the Greenville News.

“I was one of the few who said ‘no’ on the whole nonsense and had my head handed to me on a platter by all the folks,” Republican Verdin said.

Other senators said while they sometimes are frustrated by the roll-call rules, they feel the roll calls are necessary.

Sen. Larry Martin, a Pickens Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and supported the rule changes that makes roll calls mandatory, said he has heard “grumblings” about it from other senators.

What we’re after is a recorded vote so the public knows how we voted,” Martin said. “It’s not a matter of calling the roll per se.”

It appears, though, if Democrat Reese and Republican Verdin had their way, like the (figurative) “dogs” that Reese compared he and his co-horts to, they would rather be unleashed.

It’s not surprising that some politicians don’t like their votes exposed to public scrutiny. Afterall, we’ve become accustomed to politicians (of both parties) saying one thing whilst doing another behind the dark curtain of anonymity.

It is, however, rather amusing to see just which politicians (e.g., Messrs. Reese and Verdin) hold their constituents in such low regard that they have no problem exposing themselves in public.

Hat-Tip: Mikki Haley on Facebook.

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Why I’m glad the NFL called an audible on Muslim prayer

You might understand my surprise when I discovered that a professional football player got slapped with a penalty for praying. It happened Monday night during Kansas City’s 41-14 blowout win over New England. …read more

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Greg Orman – The Cipher For Senate

The Only Man Less Open Than Greg Orman

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Senator Pat Roberts leaves a lot to be desired. He represents McLean, VA quite efficiently. Unfortunately, he runs for office as a Senator from the Great State of Kansas. Although he was forthright and honest enough to announce to the world that he could be found in Kansas “anytime he had an opponent.” So if there were ever a candidate for the costly and difficult incumbent removal surgery, Pat Roberts could quite possibly be it. Regrettably, the eager assassins of the status quo have to take into account just what Senator Roberts would be replaced with. This won’t be easy as Moe Lane very capably pointed out yesterday. Roberts’ opponent, Greg Orman is oleaginous and opaque to the point of being a political cipher. Perhaps only the guy in the Guy Fawkes mask who symbolizes Anonymous reveals less about his true identity to the general public.

Here’s what we do know about Greg Orman.

Orman, 45, is a political enigma. Over the years, he’s donated money to both liberal Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and the National Republican Congressional Committee. He says he voted for President Obama in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012. And he won’t reveal which side he would choose in the Senate. But national Democrats have been mum about Taylor’s sudden departure, fueling speculation the party believes there is a very good chance Orman would side with them.

When it comes to any issue, he manages to squirm his way onto both sides like a blob from a 50’s era Monster Flick. He holds both sides accountable for partisan gridlock. He wants to secure the border, but still would have supported the last comprehensive amnesty reform bill that would have given lawbreakers citizenship ahead of people who waited in line and followed the procedures. After several years of giving money to Barack Obama, he favored Romney in 2012 because Obama was too partisan in how he approached healthcare. Oh, and if he is elected senator, he will caucus with whichever party has the majority, and then talk to both sides if he is the deciding vote. He’s a true Rock of Jello-GelatinGibralter.

His refusal to say anything that would suggest a partisan set of beliefs is almost impressive. When asked if he would greenlight The Keystone Pipeline, he says he needs to study the issue. Does he favor gun control? Yes, but he won’t say the deplorable words “Assault-Weapons Ban.”

Then we encounter the issue of who funds this guy. Rajat Gupta, of Goldman Sachs infamy, is Orman’s Wall Street money connection. Yet despite his ties to the Corzine Money Factory, his history of donating to Barack Obama and Al Franken, he claims to approve of former Republican Bob Dole’s collaborative legislative style.

I think the clearest indication yet of what we can expect from …read more

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ISIS threat: Why we need American boots on the ground in Syria and Iraq

To defeat ISIS with airstrikes the problem is twofold. First, knowing with certainty the strike has killed its target. Second, survivors of the strike will scatter and disappear. Troops on the ground could capture or kill those survivors, and that job is currently given to local Arab forces. …read more

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Time for a wake up call: Secret Service cannot keep first family safe with luck alone

President Obama is our president. So we should all be horrified by the latest stories of Secret Service incompetence. The chief job of this organization is to protect the president and his family and it seems they have mostly done so by luck and divine intervention. …read more

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