Common Sense Junction

Common Sense Junction
Political Reports
  1. Excerpts from David Horowitz’s ‘Take No Prisoners’

    FrontPage Magazine | 19 Aug 2014 | 10:57 pm MDT

    Unveiling the battle plan for defeating the Left.

  2. Edward Said: Oppressed Fraud

    FrontPage Magazine | 19 Aug 2014 | 10:55 pm MDT

    The hoax of the world’s second most famous Palestinian.

  3. The Great Racial Disconnect on Police

    FrontPage Magazine | 19 Aug 2014 | 10:54 pm MDT

    The black community's distorted view of Ferguson — and how to fix it.

  4. The End of the “Michael Brown Shot From Behind” Myth

    FrontPage Magazine | 19 Aug 2014 | 10:49 pm MDT

    Dr. Baden's autopsy makes impossible a racist Left's narrative.

  5. Beaten to Death at McDonald’s

    FrontPage Magazine | 19 Aug 2014 | 10:46 pm MDT

    A racial attack the media chose to ignore.

  6. Pro-Israel Hollywood Speaks Out

    FrontPage Magazine | 19 Aug 2014 | 10:45 pm MDT

    Hollywood conservatives get bolder.

  7. Mark Christian’s Journey From Islam to Jesus Christ — on The Glazov Gang

    FrontPage Magazine | 19 Aug 2014 | 10:43 pm MDT

    A former Muslim from Egypt shares his brave and precarious journey out of a totalitarian ideology -- and the dire threats he has suffered since.

  8. Poor Regulations

    FrontPage Magazine | 19 Aug 2014 | 10:40 pm MDT

    Paul Ryan shines a light on the biggest victims of federal bureaucracy.

  9. UN Says Reconstruct Hamas-Controlled Gaza Now and Investigate Israel

    FrontPage Magazine | 19 Aug 2014 | 10:35 pm MDT

    Jew-Haters in suits.

  10. Sharks and Islamists: Equally Misunderstood?

    FrontPage Magazine | 19 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm MDT

    How deeply entrenched the Left's mentality is.

  11. Americans Wary of Federal Influence on Public Schools

    All Gallup Headlines | 19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm MDT

    The majority of Americans think local agencies should be the chief influencers over what is taught in public schools.

  12. MSNBC Reporter: Ferguson 'Almost Like an Apartheid State'

    National Review Online - The Corner | 19 Aug 2014 | 9:41 pm MDT

    Pulitzer Prize–winning MSNBC reporter Trymaine Lee, who has been on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., for most of the unrest, said on Tuesday the city’s governmental structure is similar to apartheid. 

    Referring to remarks by the town’s mayor that the community didn’t have a racial divide, Lee said, “It’s one thing to say there’s no racial undertone here, but then in practice it’s almost like an apartheid state.”

    Making the comments during an appearance on PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton, Lee pointed to the small number of black officers on the city’s police force and the zero black members on the school board in the 70 percent black community. Lee also pointed out that Ferguson’s schools perofrm poorly and that he believes white St. Louis residents blame the community of Ferguson for its own problems.

    Via Weasel Zippers.

  13. Spike Lee: 'There Is a War on the Black Male'

    National Review Online - The Corner | 19 Aug 2014 | 9:25 pm MDT

    Filmmaker Spike Lee weighed in on the death of Michael Brown and said the “uprising” in Ferguson, Mo., is in response to years of racial tension and mistreatment towards the black community in the United States. “When people get to a point — to that tipping point — they can’t take it anymore,” Lee said on CNN on Tuesday, listing the tragedies involving Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Rodney King, and others.

    While he seemed to disapprove of looting and burning property, Lee also said that he “just hope[s] that things will really blow up if people aren’t happy with the verdict of this upcoming trial.”

    The deaths of Brown, Martin, Garner, and others are extreme examples of a growing trend in America, he continued.

    “I just think there is a war on the black male, and it’s tearing the country apart, in my opinion,” Lee said. “It’s not just killing us — it’s educational system, it’s the prison system, it’s these young black men growing up with no hope. It’s systematic.”

    Earlier in the interview, Lee also questioned the validity of the account of a friend of Officer Darren Wilson, who killed Brown, which was substantially more favorable to the officer than other witnesses’ accounts. Lee said the timing of the friend’s statement was orchestrated and said she’d been reading from a script.

    Lee infamously involved himself in the media frenzy surrounding the 2012 Trayvon Martin case, at one point distributing to his hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers what he thought was the address to the house of Martin’s killer. (The address ended up belonging to an elderly Florida couple, who received a series of death threats in the subsequent months.)

    Via Breitbart.

  14. From Ferguson: Armored Trucks at a Car Wash

    National Review Online - The Corner | 19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm MDT

    As daylight fades in Ferguson, police have moved armored vehicles down West Florissant Street and stationed them at a car wash. Police are preventing people from walking in the street but are still allowing them to walk past the car wash where the vehicles are stationed. The car wash is located directly across from the QuikMart, a destroyed convenience store, that has been fenced off and guarded by police.

  15. Americans Are Taking Less Vacation

    National Review Online - The Corner | 19 Aug 2014 | 7:42 pm MDT

    My wife just got back from a wedding in England, and while there she chatted up a friend about Americans and vacation. Her friend worked for a few years in London, and recently moved to Boston. He is shocked by how little vacation time Americans have relative to the Brits.

    I thought of this while reading a fascinating back-of-the-envelope calculation by Evan Soltas.

    Nine million Americans took a week off in July 1976, the peak month each year for summer travel. Yet in July 2014, just seven million did. Keeping in mind that 60 million more Americans have jobs today than in 1976, that adds up to a huge decline in the share of workers taking vacations.

    Some rough calculations show, in fact, that about 80 percent of workers once took an annual weeklong vacation — and now, just 56 percent do.

    There’s lots more in the whole post, which you can find here.

    — Michael R. Strain is a resident scholar in economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. You can write to him on Twitter at

  16. Protesters in Ferguson Are Registering Voters

    National Review Online - The Corner | 19 Aug 2014 | 5:14 pm MDT

    A man walking down West Florissant Street is carrying water bottles in a wheelbarrow with a sign that reads “Voter Forms and Water.” Elad Gross, president of the Education Exchange Corps, a nonprofit that works with at-risk youth, is soliciting protesters and other residents walking down the road. “The idea is empowerment, but also to make sure that no one passes out today,” he says.

    On Sunday, a woman with a clipboard was registering voters in the aisles of a church before a rally led by Al Sharpton.

  17. SEE: Rick Perry's Mug Shot

    National Review Online - The Corner | 19 Aug 2014 | 4:59 pm MDT

    While prominent liberals including ThinkProgress, the New York Times editorial board, Jonathan Chait, David Axelrod, Timothy Noah, and others have all joined in giving a thumbs-down to the indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry, the Travis County District Attorney’s office seems determined to continue its pursuit of Perry. As a result, Perry turned himself in Tuesday and got photographed. 

    The good news is that the 2012 presidential candidate and 2016 hopeful remembered a simple but rarely observed rule for preserving one’s dignity while in the clink: ALWAYS SMILE FOR YOUR MUG SHOT!

    Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, has overseen an unusually robust era of prosperity and progress in the Lone Star State, but he has been indicted on abuse of power charges for withholding funds from the Travis County office after District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign after video surfaced of her going on a rampage against deputies and being restrained during a drunk-driving arrest. Lehmberg, to put it mildly, does not believe in putting her best face forward while in police custody:

  18. Perry booked, gets mug shot

    News | 19 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm MDT

     Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) was booked at a courthouse in Austin on Tuesday, getting his fingerprints taken and a mug shot, following his indictment by a grand jury on abuse of power charges."I'm here today because I believe in the rule of law,...

  19. CNN Besieged by Ferguson Protesters

    National Review Online - The Corner | 19 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm MDT

    More than 1,000 protesters rallied outside of CNN’s Atlanta headquarters on Monday to voice their frustration with the news network’s coverage of the Ferguson, Mo., protests and the killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, and protest police brutality generally.

    Today! MT @RLGethers: Atlanta! Come out and march in the #ITSBIGGERTHANYOU peaceful protest. 6:30pm at the CNN Center

    — run dasein (@rundaseinrun) August 18, 2014

    Protesters outside of CNN’s headquarters upset a/b the smearing of Mike Brown. #Ferguson

    — LeSean Thomas (@LeSeanThomas) August 19, 2014

    1000+ protesters against police brutality outside of CNN Center in #Atlanta this evening. #Ferguson

    — Austin Gates GBE (@ausgates) August 19, 2014

    Protesters said they took issue with CNN’s “smearing” of Brown, including the network’s airing of footage released by the police of a robbery Brown was allegedly involved in on the day he was killed.

    CNN also aired an interview from a friend of Wilson, sharing the officer’s account of the events that led to Brown’s death, which contradicts the accounts of other eyewitnesses. According to the friend, Wilson says Brown tried to grab his gun from him and later “bum-rushed” the officer before he was shot and killed.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that protesters chanted “No justice, no peace” and “I am Mike Brown” throughout the event.

  20. ISIS Beheads American Journalist James Foley

    National Review Online - The Corner | 19 Aug 2014 | 4:41 pm MDT

    James Foley, an American journalist, was beheaded by the Islamic State recently, according to a video released by the jihadist group. Foley went missing in Syria in 2012. In the video, the Islamic State explains that the killing is in retaliation for American air strikes against the group in Iraq. They also appeared to show another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, on the video, claiming that if American operations continue he will be killed too.

    One of the jihadists in the video appears to be a native English speaker and have a British accent — hundreds of holders of Western passports have reportedly joined the group in Iraq and Syria. (The U.S. intelligence community is still trying to verify the video itself.)

    Foley in Syria in 2012.

    Foley worked for the U.S. military newspaper, Stars and Stripes, in Afghanistan in 2011. When he was reporting from Libya, also in 2011, Foley was held captive by Qaddafi-loyalist militias for 44 days. He later wrote a series for the Global Post about the experience. Clare Gillis, another American journalist covering the Middle East, wrote an essay about her friendship with Foley for Syria Deeply in 2013.

  21. Mo. Lt. Governor Blasts Governor for Mishandling of Ferguson Curfew

    National Review Online - The Corner | 19 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm MDT

    Nearly everything Missouri governor Jay Nixon did regarding a curfew in Ferguson was wrong, according to the state’s lieutenant governor.

    Peter Kinder, a Republican, said Nixon, a Democrat, not only waited too long after the unrest began to implement the curfew, only to cancel it days later, but he also should have made it from dusk to dawn rather than from midnight to 5 a.m. He argued that dusk-to-dawn curfews are more effective in restoring peace, than are curfews that allow demonstrations to go late into the night, which can lead to rising tensions and misconduct.

    “You’ve announced to bad actors that they’ve got four hours of darkness in which they can do their looting, and their throwing of Molotov cocktails, and their storming of convenience stores, and breaking into retail stores before the curfew begins,” Kinder told MSNBC. Nonetheless, he urged Nixon to issue another curfew, even if it’s not necessarily from dusk to dawn.

    “I don’t understand an argument for not reinstating it,” Kinder said. “I’m not trying to be overtly political — I am saying the people of Ferguson, the people of the state of Missouri are crying out for leadership.”

    Via Breitbart.

  22. Rapper Assumes Taylor Swift’s New Video Must Make Racial Assumptions

    National Review Online - The Corner | 19 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm MDT

    A rapper tweeted that he didn’t have to watch Taylor Swift’s new music video to know it was offensive and promoted racial stereotypes — apparently not realizing that making assumptions about her video without watching it could also be considered stereotyping.

    “Havent watched the taylor swift video and I don’t need to watch it to tell you that it’s inherently offensive and ultimately harmful,” Earl Sweatshirt tweeted on Monday, the day of the “Shake It Off” video release.

    “Perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture,” he continued.

    “For instance, those of you who are afraid of black people but love that in 2014 it’s ok for you to be trill or twerk or say n—a.”

    Swift has been accused of racism by others on Twitter over the use of twerking and other hip-hop dancing in the video.

    Some said it is is racist that mainly black dancers perform the hip-hop moves in the video because that is stereotyping. Conversely, others have said it is racist that she performs hip-hop moves in the video because those are “black” moves and she is white.

  23. Report: St. Louis police shoot, kill knife-wielding suspect

    News | 19 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm MDT

    Police on Tuesday reportedly shot and killed a man wielding a knife in north St. Louis, not far from where racially charged riots that have broken out in the suburb of Ferguson over a separate police killing.The shooting took place after a suspect...

  24. Details on shooting may be withheld for weeks

    News | 19 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm MDT

     St. Louis County investigators will not release details about the shooting of Michael Brown until the information is presented to a grand jury, a process that could take months, the U.S. Attorney on the case said Tuesday.FBI agents are sharing...

  25. U.S. Economic Confidence Stable at -16 in Mid-August

    All Gallup Headlines | 19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am MDT

    In the U.S., Gallup's Economic Confidence Index remained stable at -16 after reading -17 the week prior. Americans were slightly more optimistic about current economic conditions than they were the previous week.

  26. Dozens arrested in Ferguson

    News | 19 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am MDT

     Dozens of people were arrested overnight in Ferguson, Mo., on the first night National Guard troops were deployed to stem two weeks of violence after an unarmed black teen was shot and killed by a police officer.Protesters fired shots and...

  27. Latin America Scores Lowest on Security

    All Gallup Headlines | 19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am MDT

    Latin America and the Caribbean's score of 56 on Gallup's Law and Order Index in 2013 is the lowest in the world and no better than the region's score five years ago.

  28. Obama dines with chef

    News | 18 Aug 2014 | 5:15 pm MDT

    President Obama stopped by for an unscheduled dinner on Monday night at the home of Sam Kass, a White House chef and adviser to first lady Michelle Obama. A White House pool report said his deputy chief of staff, Anita Decker Breckenridge, also...

  29. Missouri senator to Obama: Don't let Holder take over in Ferguson

    News | 18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm MDT

      Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) on Monday urged President Obama to ensure that Attorney General Eric Holder does not take the investigation into Michael Brown’s death away from Missouri officials.The shooting of the unarmed black teenager by a...

  30. Fewer Workers in the U.S. Are Worried About Job Setbacks

    All Gallup Headlines | 18 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm MDT

    Fewer Americans employed full or part time are worried about their job security or compensation than has been true since the financial collapse of late 2008. Their concerns are still higher now than before the collapse.

  31. Wearable camera petition tops 100K signatures on WH site

    News | 18 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm MDT

    A petition posted on the White House website in the wake of the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., has received enough signatures to warrant an official response.Johnlee Coe Jr., who created the petition, said there would be no...

  32. Mo. governor lifts Ferguson curfew

    News | 18 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm MDT

    The governor of Missouri has lifted a two-day curfew that failed to quell violent protests in a St. Louis suburb following the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.), who early Monday deployed...

  33. Michael Brown shot at least six times

    News | 18 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am MDT

    Unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot at least six times, four times in the right arm and twice in the head, with all bullets hitting the front of the 18-year-old, according to a private autopsy report for the family first obtained by The...

  34. National Guard deployed to Ferguson

    News | 18 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am MDT

    brightcove.createExperiences(); Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.) early Monday signed an executive order deploying the Missouri National Guard to “help restore peace and order...

  35. Congressional Re-Elect Measure Remains Near All-Time Low

    All Gallup Headlines | 18 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am MDT

    Nineteen percent of U.S. voters agree that most members of Congress deserve re-election, near January's all-time low, while 50% say their own representative deserves re-election, roughly equal to 1994 and 2010.

  36. Gallup Week-in-Review

    All Gallup Headlines | 16 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am MDT

    Read about U.S. parents' concern about their children's safety in schools, the link between community service and high well-being, employment around the world, and more in this week's review.

  37. U.S. Satisfaction Generally Stable at 22%

    All Gallup Headlines | 15 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm MDT

    Americans' satisfaction with the way things are going in the U.S., currently 22%, has been remarkably stable this year. If it persists into the fall, it would tie as the lowest satisfaction reading at the time of a midterm election.

  38. U.S. Investors Opt for Human Over Online Financial Advice

    All Gallup Headlines | 15 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am MDT

    U.S. investors -- adults with $10,000 or more in investments -- are more likely to have a dedicated financial adviser (44%) than to use a financial website for getting advice on investing or planning for their retirement (20%).

  39. Of Americans, 45% Say They're Spending More Than Year Ago

    All Gallup Headlines | 15 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am MDT

    In the U.S., millennials are the generational group most likely to say they are spending more money today than they were a year ago. Members of Generation X are least likely to say this.

  40. Africans Weigh Cost, Benefits of Secondary Education

    All Gallup Headlines | 15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am MDT

    Most Africans across 31 countries say secondary schools in their area prepare people for work (60%), but half (52%) say such schools are too expensive. The balance between perceived cost and benefits varies widely by country.