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To answer Hillary Clinton's infamous question, it will make a huge difference in finding out just what happened. WISN's Dan O'Donnell has a preview:
Chief Executive Magazine has ranked the 50 states in order of those most conducive to doing business:
In its ninth annual survey of CEO opinion about the best and worst states in which to do business, 736 CEOs—the highest response on record—rendered their verdict. Business leaders were asked to grade states with which they are familiar on a variety of competitive metrics that CEOs themselves regard as critical. These include: 1) taxation and regulation; 2) quality of workforce; and 3) living environment. The tax and regulatory grade includes a measure of how CEOs grade a state’s attitude toward business, a key indicator.
Wisconsin, by the way, ranked 17th, and Chief Executive cites Governor Scott Walker's "pro-growth thinking" for helping the state become more business-friendly.
Oh, and the worst states for business? This shouldn't be too surprising:
Only three Republicans govern in the bottom 10 states – Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey (ranked 46th), Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan (ranked 44th), and Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania (ranked 42nd).
California is ranked at 50, the worst state for business in America.
Now, of course, liberals will invariably attack this survey of CEOs precisely it is a survey of CEOs, but that misses the point. The people responsible for making decisions about the direction of their businesses almost universally view liberal Democratic leaders and policies as hostile to those businesses' interests.
Because of the ease with which companies can now relocate and the way in which technology has made telecommuting from far-away places much more effective, states are now effectually in competition with one another for these businesses and the massive amounts of tax revenue they bring in.
When a CEO sees a state as friendly to his or her operation, then he or she is far more likely to move there or expand there. When that happens, more business is done in that particular state, and the taxes it collects on that business increase, thereby broadening the base from which government can operate.
What exactly about this do Democrats fail to understand? And, more significantly, wouldn't you rather live in a state with a governor who does understand how business works?
A 7 year-old boy has been suspended from his elementary school after he pointed his pencil at his little friend and pretended that it was a gun.
Yes, we really are that certifiably insane about guns in this country.
The Weekly Standard has noted that the name of Democratic Congressional candidate Elizabeth Colbert-Busch appears not one, but twice on the ballot in today's special election fo the seat vacated by new Senator Tim Scott.
This is what voters are seeing today:
Yes, Ms. Colbert-Busch is the nominee of both the Democratic Party and the Working Families Party. As The Weekly Standard reports:
"She's been nominated by both parties. There's no prohibition in South Carolina against that," explains Chris Whitmire, director of public information and training at the South Carolina State Election Commission.
All votes for Colbert-Busch "go to Colbert-Busch," regardless of whether the voter selects the Democratic Busch or the Working Families Busch. But tonight, when the votes are counted, Busch's votes will be separated by party, even if it's the cumulative vote count that matters.
Nope, there's nothing illegal about appearing twice on the same ballot. Nothing unethichal, either. Nothing at all.
New York Daily News columnist Ryan T. Anderson has written a provocative piece concluding that even the most prominent LGBT scholars and activists admit that their argument is based on what Anderson calls "a big lie."
He cites in particular this speech by lesbian scholar Marsha Gessen:
As Anderson writes:
What an amazing claim: Radical advocates of same-sex marriage don’t think marriage should exist, at least not as a state-sponsored institution. They think marriage is simply an intense emotional union — whatever sort of interpersonal relationship consenting adults want it to be.
Their victory would leave marriage with no essential features, no fixed core as a social reality. And if marriage has no form and serves no essential purpose, how would society protect the needs of children — the prime victims of our nonmarital sexual culture — without government growing more intrusive and more expensive?
Same-sex marriage rejects the anthropological truth that men and women are different and complementary, the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman and the social reality that children need both a mother and a father.
In the end, the truth about marriage will win out.
Unfortunately, Anderson is wrong on this point. The truth about marriage is being intentionally ignored or obfuscated as much as the lies gay marriage proponents tell.
Quite simply, every politician who has suddenly had an epiphany and "evolved" on the gay marriage issue, every movie or television show whose creator readily admits that he is attempting to influence culture through his portrayal of gay couples, and every Facebook friend with a pink equal sign as their profile picture is working toward the same end: to shame defenders of traditional marriage into simply giving up.
And there is no way that the American left will ever be honest about what the radical gay marriage movement really believes.
What does the arrest of a would-be domestic terrorist tell us about the Boston Marathon bombing investigation? Quite a bit, actually, says WISN's Dan O'Donnell.
The Akron Beacon Journal caught up with Weather Underground terrorist/guy from President Obama's neighborhood Bill Ayers and guess what? He still hates America and still doesn't believe that he ever did anything wrong:
"The United States is the most violent country that has ever been created," Ayers said.
U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., committed daily war crimes in Vietnam "and I get asked about violence when what I did was some destruction of property to issue a scream and cry against an illegal war in which 6,000 people a week are being killed," Ayers said. "Six thousand a week being killed and I destroyed some property. Show me the equivalence. You should ask John McCain that question … I’m against violence."
"To conflate a group of fundamentalist people [in Boston] who are nihilistic in some way with a group of people who spent their lives trying to oppose the murder of 6,000 people a week … and still the killing went on. And still the killing went on. What would you have done?" Ayers said. "There’s no equivalence [with Boston]. Property damage. That’s what we did."
Property damage. That's what he did, alright:
One would think Ayers' old Weathermen friends Ted Gold, Terry Robbins, and Diana Oughton would disagree...that is, if they weren't killed in this horrific explosion in 1970.
A group of Occupy Portland protesters belly-danced around a golden calf for some reason, and only The Blaze had the will, the stomach, the intestinal fortitude to capture it on video.
WARNING: This cannot ever be unseen:
This may actually be the funniest thing we've seen in the last month!
As FOX News first noted, recently out NBA basketball player Jason Collins is already being used by the Obama Administration to raise money.
According to the invitation available at MyDemocrats.org, he will appear with First Lady Michelle Obama at a gala dinner in New York City:
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE DNC 2013 LGBT GALA RECEPTION WITH FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA
We have made so much progress towards equality.
Help us continue to move our country forward.
DNC 2013 LGBT Gala Reception with First Lady Michelle Obama hosted by Andy Cohen, featuring Jason Collins
May 29, 2013
Guest Arrival Time - 5:00 PM
583 Park Avenue
At 63rd Street and Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
x $32,400.00 Chairper couple - includes photo + two dinner seats in the preferred viewing section + recognition as event co-chair
x $15,000.00 Host
per couple - includes photo + two dinner seats in the preferred viewing section + recognition as member of the host committee
x $7,500.00 Photo Opportunityper couple - includes photo + two dinner seats in the preferred viewing section
x $2,500.00 Preferred Dinner Seating
per person - includes one dinner seat in the preferred viewing section
x $1,250.00 Dinner Guests
per person - includes one dinner seat in the general viewing section
This is what conservatives have found so nauseating about the Collins story since it first broke a week ago: that it is and has been an entirely political concoction, not a trailblazing journey of self-discovery.
For Collins, a fading 34 year-old on his way out of the league after appearing in just six games last year, it was a chance at immortality with absolutely no chance of widespread public backlash. He knew society would ever remember Jason Collins, the basketball player, but could never possibly forget Jason Collins, the first openly gay athlete in a major American team sport.
For the Democrats, always on the lookout for any story that will help them demonize the Republican party, it was a chance further splinter its opposition along the lines of its perceived intolerance.
However, the reaction to his announcement among nearly every conservative (and, truth be told, nearly every American) was at first mild surprise, then general indifference. Yet the Democratic Party has seized on Collins' announcement to help fund its war against a wholly manufactured Republican intolerance.
Did any politician--of any political background--dare to do anything but lavish praise on Collins? Did any prominent Republican condemn him? Heck, did anyone except some random ESPN analyst or Miami Dolphins wide receiver say anthing even remotely negative about Collins or his announcement?
Of course not, but that isn't stopping the Democratic Party from using Jason Collins as a symbol of conservative bigotry so as to "continue to move our country forward" from their supposed hate.
And this invitation is the proof.