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The lessons of Michael Brown’s death

A Heapin' Plate of Conservative Politics & Religion

By Tom Quiner

This advice is politically incorrect.

It comes from Rich Lowry, editor of the prestigious National Review.

He shocked a panel of liberals on Meet the Press with these common sense lessons from Ferguson:

“If you look at the most credible evidence [of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a Ferguson, Mo., police officer], the lessons are really basic:”

1. Don’t rob a convenience store.

2. Don’t fight with a policeman when he stops you and try to take his gun.

3.And when he yells at you to stop, just stop.”

The liberal panel was aghast at such level-headed thinking. Watch the clip above to experience their collective angst.

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NAACP gives black Senator an “F”

if the NAACP (that’s Colored People, folks) doesn’t like him, he’s gotta be good…

A Heapin' Plate of Conservative Politics & Religion

By Tom Quiner

Tim Scott is the first African-American to be elected to both the House AND the Senate.

Impressive.

Senator Scott is a Republican representing the great state of South Carolina. The NAACP gives him a flunking grade.

In an interview on the left-wing MSNBC, Senator Scott was confronted with the NAACP’s revulsion for his conservative approach to lifting Blacks out of poverty:

MSNBC: “You say you’re concerned about kids that are growing up in the wrong zip code and, like yourself, had a tough start on the way out. But if we look at agencies that are following some of your voting records, they have concern. And the NAACP has given you an ‘F’ on their annual scorecard…”

Senator Scott took it all in stride:

Let’s just ask ourselves, if we look back over the history when Congress was controlled by the Democrats for 40 consecutive years, if…

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Democrats pay a price for a failure of the “3 C’s”

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By Tom Quiner

People buy from people they like and trust.

That’s been my experience in the marketing business the past four decades.

I think it applies to politics to a large extent.

Barack Obama won in 2008 because voters liked and trusted him.

He won reelection in 2012 because voters liked and trusted Republicans less than Mr. Obama.

By 2014, the reality of the Obama con game was no longer able to be ignored, and the Democratic Party suffered a stunning repudiation by the voters.

Author and Wall Street Journal pundit, Peggy Noonan, characterized the Dems’ defeat as a failure of the “3 C’s:”

Competence: The administration has shown little

talent for or focused interest in running the federal government well, and has managed the executive agencies very poorly.

Coherence: The administration has been unable to explain persuasively the reasoning behind its current priorities (global warming? really?) or its decisions…

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Hallelujah.

A Heapin' Plate of Conservative Politics & Religion

By Tom Quiner

This is a beautiful Christmas version of Leonard Cohen’s iconic song, “Hallelujah.”

It is performed in the video above by the Christian band, Cloverton. The new lyrics were written by Ross Wooten:

I’ve heard about this baby boy
Who’s come to earth to bring us joy
And I just want to sing this song to you
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
With every breath I’m singing Hallelujah
Hallelujah

A couple came to Bethlehem
Expecting child, they searched the inn
To find a place for You were coming soon
There was no room for them to stay
So in a manger filled with hay
God’s only Son was born, oh Hallelujah
Hallelujah

The shepherds left their flocks by night
To see this baby wrapped in light
A host of angels led them all to You
It was just as…

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Chris Martin Says Coldplay’s Next Album Will Be Last

TIME

Though they’re still at the top of their game – and just scored more Grammy nominations Friday – Coldplay may be bowing out with their next album.

The group is in the midst of recording their seventh studio record, tentatively called A Head Full of Dreams, and according to frontman Chris Martin, it may be their last.

“It’s our seventh thing, and the way we look at it, it’s like the last Harry Potter book or something like that,” Martin said on BBC Radio 1.

“Not to say that there might not be another thing one day, but this is the completion of something … Now we are making things that sound different. It’s just a very fun time to be in our band.”

He added that, unlike their promotion efforts for their current album, Ghost Stories, they will tour for the seventh record.

“I have…

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Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah Talk Racial Inequality in America

self inflicted and self serving…

TIME

Trevor Noah had a memorable arrival as a new correspondent on The Daily Show Thursday night. The South African comedian and actor had an extended riff with Jon Stewart about how race relations in the U.S. differ from those in his home country. Noah cracked a corny joke about his arms being tired from the flight from South Africa, but then flipped the cliche by noting that he’d actually had his hands up on the entire trip to avoid being harassed by police.

“I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa,” Noah said. “It kind of makes me a little nostalgic for the old days back home.”

The duo had more direct commentary later, noting that the wealth gap in the U.S. now is greater than it was during apartheid-era South Africa. Later they played a classic game of “Spot the Africa,” in…

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