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The FAA Will Not Regulate Your Moon Base…Yet

By on 2.3.15 | 12:44PM

With all this talk of Mars exploration, the US government clearly has spacefaring commercialism on its mind. 

In clear pursuit of Newt Gingrich's sweeping vision, a company called Bigelow Aerospace is considering putting some sort of inflatable base on the moon, and in the process of completing their plans, contacted the Federal Aviation Administration to find out whether their biodome would fall under American authority. In a letter obtained by Reuters, the FAA noted, to the great relief of all parties involved, that no, the FAA does not have authority to govern your moonbase. Yet.

According to documents obtained by Reuters, U.S. companies can stake claims to lunar territory through an existing licensing process for space launches.

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Ashley Judd Thinks Hillary Clinton is Best Candidate Since Jefferson

By on 2.3.15 | 12:14PM

Oh, thank heavens. I thought, when Ashley Judd was run out of Kentucky's Senate race on a rail after a series of unfortunate events that completely took the mystery out of why she'd never been called upon to be a serious candidate for anything her whole life, that we'd lost the B-movie actress from politics completely.  Fortunately, she seems to have recovered from her ill-fated attempt to turn a state-focused attempt to defeat Mitch McConnell into a national issue by feigning interest in running against him, and has begun openly endorsing 2016 Presidential candidates.

According to Ashley, who has been a long-time fan of Hillary Clinton for no reason I can immediately identify, the former Secretary of State is easily the most qualified of any person in the field, currently, if not the most overqualified candidate for President since Thomas Jefferson.

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Seahawks Lost the Super Bowl Because of Racism, Obviously

By on 2.3.15 | 11:43AM

Leave it to The Nation to uncover the real reason that the Seattle Seahawks lost the Super Bowl in a crushing, heart-breaking, emotionally devastating last-minute decision that allowed the New England Patriots to intercept the ball and end the game: everyone, including Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, is a racist.

Apparently, a disgruntled anonymous source in the Seahawks locker room told The Nation's reporter (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) that the Seahawks were more interested in allowing Russell Wilson to come out of the game a hero than actually winning the game, a theory that doesn't quite add up for reasons I'll get to in a minute.

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Conor Friedersdorf’s Naive Foreign Policy Beliefs

By on 2.3.15 | 11:38AM

Scott Walker has got The Left spooked again. He has been in their gunsights as long as he has been Governor of Wisconsin and now that he has made a positive impression among conservatives on a national level, that target has become much bigger.

In response to Walker's interview with Martha Raddatz of ABC News last Sunday in which he suggested he would not rule out boots on the ground in Syria, The Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf has written an article assailing Walker's foreign policy naivete. Friedersdorf, full of snark, writes, "It's as if Walker learned about foreign policy by watching The West Wing or reading Bill Kristol columns."  But alas, Friedersdorf only succeeds his exposing his own foreign policy naivete:

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Three French Soldiers Stabbed Protecting Jewish Community Center in Nice

By on 2.3.15 | 11:37AM

Three French soldiers have been stabbed protecting a Jewish community center in Nice.

Fortunately, their injuries do not appear to be life threatening and the man responsible for the stabbing is in custody.

The man has not been identified and authorities have not disclosed a motive. Somehow methinks the man in question isn't an angry Quaker.

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Where is Hamas More Welcome? Egypt or UC Davis?

By on 2.2.15 | 9:59PM

Egypt has deemed Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Meanwhile, there were chants of "Allahu Akbar!" by Muslim students at UC-Davis last week after a resolution passed in support of divesting the university's investments with Israel.

So at the moment Hamas has begun to wear out its welcome in the Arab world, they are finding a home in America. 

God help us.

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Would Rand Paul Appoint Jenny McCarthy as Surgeon General?

By on 2.2.15 | 9:08PM

So Rand Paul says, "I’ve heard of many tragic cases of walking talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.”

Gee, I didn't know Paul studied pediatrics in his spare time. As it stands, he's barely qualified to be an opthalmologist.

Sorry, vaccines don't cause autism or any other mental disorder. I'm far more inclined to take the word of The Mayo Clinic on the question of autism and vaccines than I am of Kentucky's junior Senator. 

Yeah, I know that Chris Christie injected himself into the so-called vaccine debates too. But Rand Paul went much further than Christie.

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Lindsay Graham Launches Presidential Campaign, Possible Ground War in Asia

By on 2.2.15 | 1:03PM

Mitt Romney may have bowed out of Presidential contention (though a few hardcore pundits are still predicting a last-minute re-entry when no one effectively fulfills the "unappealing moderate" role), but Lindsay Graham is ensuring that there is still a Presidential contender present who no one asked for and no one wanted. Graham's candidacy, which is predicated on "Safety Through Security" focuses primarily on foreign policy, an area where other Presidential candidates are already faltering, but which Graham is most famous for. 

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Obama’s Nonsensical Claim That 99.9% of Muslims Reject Radical Islam

By on 2.2.15 | 12:05PM

In an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, President Obama claimed that 99.9% of Muslims reject radical Islam. (H/T Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard):

But it is absolutely true that I reject a notion that somehow that creates a religious war because the overwhelming majority of Muslims reject that interpretation of Islam. They don't even recognize it as being Islam, and I think that for us to be successful in fighting this scourge, it's very important for us to align ourselves with the 99.9 percent of Muslims who are looking for the same thing we're looking for--order, peace, prosperity.

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Did Japan Create Terrorists?

By on 2.2.15 | 10:10AM

Over the weekend, ISIS beheaded Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. His execution came a week after ISIS beheaded his fellow countryman Haruna Yukawa.

How often have we heard The Left (as well as the Ron Pauls of the world) argue that the War in Iraq, Gitmo or U.S. foreign policy is responsible for creating terrorists?

Indeed, Ron Paul blamed French foreign policy for last month's Charlie Hebdo attacks. But as I pointed out, the French opposed the War in Iraq. Yet this did not prevent Cherif Kouachi from recruiting his countrymen to fight in Iraq on behalf of the insurgency.

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