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  • Democrats: From Temper Tantrum to Self-Delusion

    12/08/2016 7:27:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | December 8, 2016 | Larry Elder
    Hard to believe, but Hillary Clinton's campaign team thinks they lost because Donald Trump ignited America's inner bigot, which caused the KKK and Aryan Brotherhood members and sympathizers to show up in droves and vote Trump. Following Mitt Romney's 2012 defeat, Democrats and pundits predicted GOP defeats as far as the eye could see, because there aren't enough white voters for Republicans to win. But now the narrative is, "Trump won by appealing to white voters." Could they please pick one and stick to it? That's the takeaway from the Harvard quadrennial postmortem in which the two campaign camps...
  • Real Fake News

    12/08/2016 7:16:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | December 8, 2016 | Derek Hunter
    Mainstream media is on a jihad against “fake news,” stories made up or conspiracy theories formulated by people either to push an agenda or simply mess with people. But not all “fake news” is created equally. The media has a point: Fake news is a problem, as evidenced by the guy who shot up a DC pizza place because he wanted to “investigate” whether top Democrats were running a child sex ring out of the basement. The theory came from rumors online strung together out of the emails hacked from Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta and involved code words...
  • Assessing the Obama Legacy -- Against his own Mileposts

    12/08/2016 6:57:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | December 8, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In his 2016 State of the Union address, President Obama summarized his achievements. That same night, the White House issued a press release touting Obama's accomplishments. Now that he will be leaving, how well did these initiatives listed in the press release actually work out? "Securing the historic Paris climate agreement." The accord was never submitted to Congress as a treaty. It will be ignored by President-elect Trump. "Achieving the Iran nuclear deal." That "deal" was another effort to circumvent the treaty-ratifying authority of Congress. It has green-lighted Iranian aggression, and it probably ensured nuclear proliferation. Iran's violations will cause...
  • What the Journal Sentinel left out of its ‘hit job’ on Sheriff Clarke

    12/08/2016 6:33:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | December 8, 2016 | M.D Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has turned its wrath again on Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.The newspaper, in what Clarke has described as a “political hit job,” has made the sheriff out to be some heartless warden of a county jail that recorded four deaths over the course of six months.Clarke says he’s in the Journal Sentinel’s crosshairs because of his support for President-elect Donald Trump and because the sheriff, according to reports, is in the running for a position in the Trump administration.Reading the Journal Sentinel, it’s hard to say who it likes least, Trump...
  • What A Stupid Time To Be Alive For Liberals

    12/08/2016 6:05:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | December 8, 2016 | Kurt Schlichter
    Pity the poor liberals in the aftermath of November’s humiliationathon – as we’ve discussed before, they thought they were headed for the penthouse but they found themselves in the outhouse, and there’s no Charmin left to squeeze. Yet that hasn’t stopped them from stupiding all over the place ever since, as if they accepted a dare to see how completely they can compound their failure. For example, it’s game on for Joe Biden. He has wandered aimlessly back into the spotlight with vague hints that he might stagger for president in 2020, assuming he can find his way back to...
  • A Goal for Trump: End Disproportionate DC Affluence

    12/08/2016 5:52:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 8, 2016 | J. Robert Smith
    A friend is fond of saying, “But for the federal government, Washington would be Richmond.” He’s not dissing Richmond. He’s making the common sense observation that behemoth government is the reason DC metro thrives. After all, as of late 2014, five of the nine richest counties in the U.S. were commuting distance from Washington. A Trumpian government reform project would reduce the federal government as an engine of DC metro’s wealth. That wealth has created legions of affluent professionals, in and out of government, who reside in DC’s ever-sprawling reach. These government-dependent pros are about protecting their turf and growing...
  • Israel's Golan Heights Policies and the Future of Nagorno-Karabakh

    12/08/2016 5:41:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 8, 2016 | David Davidian
    The Azerbaijani leadership and its Baku-controlled media have remained completely silent on multiple declarations, beginning this past April, regarding the state of Israel's intent to officially annex the Golan Heights and surrounding areas. Baku should be deeply concerned because the arguments Israel uses to support such annexation pale in contrast with those already in place on the ground in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian-inhabited region that lies between the Republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Golan HeightsIsrael claims Greater Golan was part of ancient Israel, repeats refrains of “we will never give it bac,” “the world must get used to the new...
  • Understanding Fake News

    12/08/2016 5:03:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 8, 2016 | Paul Murphy
    Leon Festinger's theory of cognitive dissonance has been detested and denigrated by the social sciences community since its first formal description in 1956. As a result, a lot of what people have been taught about it is wrong -- specifically, the theory is mainly about the consequences of emotional disequalibria caused by conflicts between beliefs and reality, and only tangentially about the intellectual discomfort (cognitive dissonance) felt by those holding two opposing views at the same time. The question Festinger was interested in was how the overwhelming majority of Germans, people who worked hard, paid their bills, and went to...
  • China and Donald Trump

    12/08/2016 4:58:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 8, 2016 | Michael Curtis
    Rarely in history has a ten-minute phone call, like that on Friday December 2, 2016, been credited with raising fears of new tensions in international politics. According to the New York Times on December 4, 2016, the “protocol shattering” phone call between president-elect Donald Trump and the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, leader of the Democratic Progressive party, is “rattling Asia.” Irrespective of whether the telephone call was well planned for tactical reasons, orchestrated by former Senator Bob Dole, or a diplomatic gaffe on the part of Trump, or a clever political overture by Tsai Ing-wen to strengthen relations with...
  • President Obama Should Free Officer Slager

    12/08/2016 4:44:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 8, 2016 | Jack Cashill
    As a kid, when I got up in the morning, there was no more welcome a sight than a box of donuts on the kitchen table. Of course, I liked to eat donuts, but that was not the reason I welcomed their arrival. No, what the donuts told me was that while I was sleeping, my father had arrived home safely. My father was a police officer in Newark, New Jersey, a city in which bad things routinely happen to good cops. As South Carolina police officer Michael Slager has learned the hard way, today, bad things can happen to...
  • Understanding Trump’s Air Force One Political Theater

    12/08/2016 4:08:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 8, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Using the same skill set he employed during the presidential campaign, President-Elect Trump has crafted another public drama around a storyline of his choosing. A highly predictable story arc – a series of subplots that unfold as time passes – is in store for the public. Trump has done this sort of thing before. And unlike any previous president, he is an incredibly successful impresario/performer in episodic reality television. A substantial fraction of the electorate follows politics at the level of reality television, and Trump knows how to reach them. His early-morning tweet of December 6 was an attention-grabbing opening...
  • Hacksaw Ridge and the Deplorable Desmond Doss

    12/07/2016 7:28:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 7, 2016 | Jon Brown
    This month, Mel Gibson nabbed a nomination for best director from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The last we saw Gibson directing, a Mayan priest was tossing heads down the pyramid steps in Apocalypto. In the decade since, he has lost his own head a few times, suffering tequila-induced tirades and effectively achieving for himself excommunication from the Church of Hollywood. Such is perhaps for the best, as it provides for him the freedom to make films that rise above the swirling box office toilet bowl of superhero spandex, toy trolls, and incomprehensible Harry Potter spin-offs. Gibson's latest, Hacksaw Ridge,...
  • The Lessons of Pearl Harbor

    12/07/2016 7:14:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 7, 2016 | Bruce Walker
    Seventy-five years ago, on December 7, 1941, the American Navy suffered the worst defeat in its history when a force led by six Japanese fleet carriers launched a surprise attack at the battleships at Pearl Harbor. Two of the eight battleships, Arizona and Oklahoma, were destroyed, and the other six were knocked out of action for many months. The Army Air Corps fields were attacked with great loss, and other smaller naval vessels were attacked as well. The American carriers were at sea. Had those carriers been at Pearl Harbor, the whole course of the Pacific War would have been...
  • Reflections on the Oakland Warehouse Fire

    12/07/2016 6:53:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 7, 2016 | Joseph Nicolello
    As the nation mourns the tragedy of the dozens who perished in the Oakland Warehouse Fire, it is time logic is addressed as well. When I was in my early twenties, I went to several such parties. Not raves, but more like shows and readings from books, have a couple of beers. There was no thought involved, for the cities and the parties I attended, the people I met, were the main thing. To an extent it was well worth throwing caution to the wind, far away from a stagnant hometown, in order to meet a fellow artist. Then one...
  • Work without Men

    12/07/2016 6:29:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 7, 2016 | John Horvat II
    Now that the elections are over, there is much talk of trade and jobs. Predictably, the highest priorities are being given to negotiating new trade arrangements and tax policies that will bring back jobs to America. It is true that businesses in America are overtaxed and overregulated. Anything that can be done to alleviate these burdens will be most welcome and stimulate the business climate. Such measures will indeed create jobs and open up opportunities, but they alone will not make America great. America faces a grave moral crisis that needs to be addressed. As Charles Murray and so many...
  • The Election's Ominous Results

    12/07/2016 5:54:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 7, 2016 | Sha'i ben-Tekoa
    Yes, it is good that Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, especially in light of revelations of her private email security breaches and pay-for-play administration of the State Department. If true, she belongs in prison. However, what is ominous is the number of voters who, despite all that was known of her crimes, still voted for her. This is not a sign of a healthy American electorate. It seems the same citizens who voted for Barack Obama in 2012 after his disastrous first four years voted for her. Many people who go the polls in our generation are simply not thinking....
  • The Left’s Retreat into Fantasy

    12/07/2016 5:45:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 7, 2016 | Taylor Lewis
    The Left, it seems, has lost its grip on reality, and is dead-set on creating its own actuality. And the election of Donald Trump seems to have been the catalyst for the breakdown of the liberal mind. Weeks after Trump’s unexpected victory, Hillary boosters are still trying to wrap their heads around the fact that the would-be first woman president was beat by a gauche pussy-grabber. Instead of going through the five stages of grief, they’ve taken to creating an alternative universe where their ideology is still unquestioned orthodoxy. So what do losers do when confronted with their own impotence?...
  • Letter from Pennsylvania: Allegheny County’s Shale Gas Reserves are Huge

    12/06/2016 2:32:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | December 6, 2016 | Colin McNickle
    Simply put, the numbers are stunning: In Allegheny County, Pa., alone, estimates of “totally technically recoverable reserves” of shale natural gas exceed 150 trillion cubic feet. “This is nearly five times the minimum required for classification as a super-giant gas field and enough natural gas to provide all of America’s needs for more than five years,” recently wrote Gregory Wrightstone and Justin Skaggs in Oil and Gas Investor. Wrightstone, a petroleum geologist/consultant at Wrightstone Energy Consulting in Allison Park, Pa., and Skaggs, a geologist with Pin Oak Energy Partners in Akron, Ohio, say at today’s depressed market prices, “the...
  • Trump Lands Huge Deal with Japanese Company, $50 Billion Investment and 50,000

    12/06/2016 2:11:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 76 replies ^ | December 6, 2016 | Justin Holcomb
    President-elect Donald Trump announced on Monday that Japan's SoftBank has agreed to invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 more jobs for Americans. He announced the deal after meeting with SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, a Japanese billionaire and technology investor. WATCH: Donald Trump Meets With SoftBank Chairman Masayoshi Son
  • Ending Multicultural Madness

    12/06/2016 5:40:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 6, 2016 | Peter Skurkiss
    The United States is importing people with a religious and cultural propensity to commit horrific acts of hatred and revenge against Western Civilization. This is madness rooted in politics. On November 28, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Somali-born Muslim inspired by ISIS, went on a rampage at Ohio State University. He injured 11 when he rammed his car into a group of students with murderous intent and then immediately went on a knife attack before campus security shot him dead. No soon had this fanatic's body reached room temperature then Stephanie Clemons Thompson, employed as something called an “assistant director...
  • The Problem Isn't the Alt-Right – It's the Alt-Reality

    12/06/2016 5:09:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 6, 2016 | Tom Trinko
    We hear about the alt-right and the alt-left, but the real issue is the alt-reality. Most Americans' perceptions of the world are shaped by information they get from primarily liberal sources such as the media, academia, and government. That's why many Americans live in an alternate reality where Hillary did nothing wrong at Benghazi, abortions occur only due to rape, global warming is supported by 97% of scientists, the economy is doing great, emotions are good and reasoning is bad, Republicans are racists, Castro was a kind and caring man, and Trump is an insane tyrant. The reason liberals have...
  • Why Obama Likely is Secretly Glad Hillary Lost

    12/06/2016 4:21:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 6, 2016 | Doris O'Brien
    Am I the only person who thinks that in Barak Obama’s heart of hearts lies a glimmer of glee now that the Clintons won’t be moving into the White House when he moves out? Roll your eyes in skepticism, if you will. But hear me out before launching a barrage of Bronx cheers. Yes, yes, I know. Obama took time out from his busy presidential schedule to campaign for Hillary. On the other hand, he’s taken time out to play golf, fly off to vacations, fund-raise, and do other things unrelated to the business at hand. Face it: the garrulous...
  • Election Integrity Matters

    12/05/2016 4:18:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | December 5, 2016 | Ken Blackwell
    President-elect Donald Trump blamed his loss of the popular vote on election fraud. While that’s not likely, it doesn’t matter. Vote fraud is a serious problem that can subvert elections. The Trump administration should put electoral integrity at the top of its agenda. What sets the U.S. apart from so many other nations is that the government is accountable to the people, who actually choose their leaders. In the case of Donald Trump, they rejected the virtually unanimous advice of their “betters,” the cultural, business, and political elites who expect to rule. Average folks took back America. The greatest threat...
  • Jerry Brown Farts in General Direction of Dairy Farmers

    12/05/2016 3:55:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | December 5, 2016 | Katie Kieffer
    Holy cow! Dairy farmers are balking at crazy climate change legislation that will rob America’s middle class of affordable dairy products.The Golden State used to be a place you could visit for a relaxing vacation filled with sunshine, palm trees and bayside avocado burgers—and then fly home to live a relatively free life—leaving California residents to cope with the “crazy” aspects of the state, like sky-high taxes. Not anymore. California is America’s largest milk-producing state. Thanks to new regulations from CA Gov. Jerry Brown, one thing is certain: if you love milk and cheese, significantly higher costs are coming your...
  • Dark Horse Picks For Trump: Joe Lieberman And Ted Cruz

    12/05/2016 2:58:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies ^ | December 5, 2016 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Here are two high profile, “outside-the-box,” get-your-attention picks for Donald Trump’s administration: Joe Lieberman and Ted Cruz First, forget Mitt Romney. Lose him like a bad case of the flu. Mitt is bad karma. He didn’t just not vote for Trump, he actively tried to humiliate and destroy Trump. He denigrated Trump. He was jealous, vicious and hateful towards Trump- a very bad combination. He called a press conference with one purpose: to bad mouth Trump. He called Trump a "con man, phony and fraud.” The millions of Americans who believed in Trump…who fought for Trump…who defended Trump against...
  • Laughing At Liberals As They Lose Their Minds

    12/05/2016 2:48:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | December 5, 2016 | Kurt Schlichter
    I reached peak Twitter this week when I was sucked into a tweet battle with a liberal dwarf. True story. Donald Trump’s victory had the militant munchkin fuming. I have to admit that I was a little short with her myself.But I should be smiling – we conservatives should all be smiling – because everything is going our way. For heaven’s sake, our next Secretary of Defense is going to be nicknamed “Mad Dog.” We just spent eight years being ruled by people who would prefer it be someone nicknamed “Hugs N’ Stuff.”The liberals are truly going nuts, and it’s...
  • Trump Right not to Bow Down to China

    12/05/2016 2:31:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 5, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    There once was a time when China was afraid of offending us, but liberal pundits, politicians, and those human equivalents of the dodo bird, career diplomats, are aghast that President-elect Donald Trump took a congratulatory phone call from the democratically elected president of Taiwan Tsai-Ing-wen. Trump acted to “buck diplomatic protocol”, the chattering class harrumphed, and offended China, whose leader, President Xi JinPing, President Obama bowed to in 2014 at the APEC Economic Leader’s meeting in China. Trump’s hyperventilating critics forget that to accept a call from a foreign leader is not conducting foreign policy. President-elect Trump knows full well...
  • Can Trump Push Islam towards Reform?

    12/05/2016 2:06:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 5, 2016 | Jonathan F. Keiler
    The mainstream media and the Obama administration, like the media and governments in many Western countries, goes out of its way to excuse Islamist terror, and actively paints a picture of Muslims in the West victimized by supposed Islamophobia. This tendency is bolstered by the corresponding refusal to acknowledge Islamist terror for what it is, substituting euphemisms or generalities to cover what are clearly murderous acts done in the name of Islam. Most ludicrous of all, is the penchant -- particularly by Barack Obama -- to discourse theologically about the “religion of peace.” In fact, this refusal to accept reality...
  • The DNC Has a Political Death Wish

    12/05/2016 1:53:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 5, 2016 | G. Murphy Donovan
    Experience is the best teacher – or so says the conventional wisdom. In practice, the most common lesson is that too many folks never learn – especially those encumbered by ideology. Or as a philosopher might put it, "what we learn from history is that no one learns from history." Worse still, those who cannot, or will not, learn are prone to repeat mindless behaviors. Call it tone-deaf. Better still, call it political autism. Alas, while Western culture swirls in the crapper, Brussels and Washington political elites still insist on flushing. Social democracies are probative. In Europe, the left learned...
  • K-12: Occupied Territory

    12/05/2016 1:07:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 5, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The U.S. government published the dark truth about K-12 schools in the famous "A Nation at Risk" report of 1983. Here is that truth: if a foreign country created the schools we have now, we would conclude that they were "an act of war" against our children. A Nation at Risk told us that the simplest way to understand the mediocrity and malaise so common in K-12. We shouldn't assume there is anything natural about this decline or anything mysterious. It's a man-made attack by a vicious enemy who infiltrated our schools and made them dysfunctional. But what country would...
  • The 'Taiwan Card' Is a Busted Flush, Beijing Believes

    12/04/2016 2:10:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 4, 2016 | David P. Goldman
    President-elect Trump's brief telephone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen drew a stronger reaction from the American mainstream media than it did from Beijing. The official China Daily entitled its editorial yesterday "No need to over-interpret Tsai-Trump phone call," writing: For Trump, it exposed nothing but his and his transition team's inexperience in dealing with foreign affairs. If he could make the unusual action due to lack of proper understanding of Sino-US relations and cross-Straits ties he will have to recognize the significance of prudently and appropriately addressing these sensitive issues after being inaugurated. Is Beijing just trying to put...
  • Nick Cannon Slams Planned Parenthood As 'Modern-day Eugenics'

    12/04/2016 1:25:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | December 4, 2016 | Leah Barkoukis
    Musician and actor Nick Cannon slammed Planned Parenthood on Friday, calling its abortion practices “modern day eugenics.” Cannon was doubling down on recent comments he made saying the abortion giant was committing a “real genocide” against black Americans. “Hillary was sneaking and cheating,” Cannon said in an interview with New York’s radio show, The Breakfast Club. “Think about all the stuff they did with Planned Parenthood and all that type of stuff. That type of stuff is to take our community — and forget gentrification, it’s real genocide, and it’s been like that for years. This system is not built for us.” He...
  • Ha: Fidel Castro's Funeral Vehicle Broke Down Mid-Procession

    12/04/2016 1:10:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies ^ | December 4, 2016 | Christine Rousselle
    An almost amusing sight at Fidel Castro's funeral procession: the car carrying his remains reportedly broke down and had to be pushed by soldiers. The vehicle was reportedly Russian-built. Pictures of the scene quickly spread on Twitter, with people calling it a "fitting metaphor" for the Castro regime: blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">Look no further for Cuba metaphors - Fidel's final journey ends with a breakdown via @franciscome— Mark Urban (@MarkUrban01) December 4, 2016 How fitting: The jeep carrying Fidel Castro's ashes broke down and soldiers had to push it the rest of the way to the cemetery. #castrodeath— Tim...
  • Amnestarian Lindsey Graham: Another Reason Why We Elected Trump

    12/04/2016 10:40:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | December 4, 2016 | Arthur Shaper
    President-elect Trump is quickly assembling his Executive cabinet. Key leaders in Congress are ready to repeal Obamacare and the disastrous Iran deal. But on immigration, legislators in Congress are already moving against his long-term plans--and the will of the people. It’s not so much that I’m surprised, as astonished—at the rank stupidity or suicidal arrogance of some elected officials—Sen. Lindsey Graham specifically—and he’s at it again. During the primary, Trump punked Graham by releasing his phone number to the public. Undeterred, Graham desperately tried to break into the first-tier. He cut one commercial: 18 Ways to Destroy Your Phone, or...
  • My Experience with the Alt-Right

    12/04/2016 10:22:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 144 replies ^ | December 4, 2016 | Bruce Bialosky
    During the last election campaign all of a sudden I kept hearing about the Alt-Right. Since I thought I was pretty well read and had never heard of them, I considered them to have the same social relevance as a Miley Cyrus song. I decided to investigate this supposed social phenomenon as soon as the election was over and I was done writing about real issues important to the campaign. I started by sending emails to mainstream Republicans asking them if they knew anyone who considered themselves members of the Alt-Right. The answer was a universal no. Then I sent...
  • The Unpopular Truth About The Popular Vote

    12/04/2016 10:06:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | December 4, 2016 | Derek Hunter
    Just like the “recount” is a naked attempt to discredit Trump’s victory, this “smart take” is a deliberate deception designed to keep the unshowered angry. The Nation magazine put it this way, “The preliminary count had Democratic Senate candidates gathering 46.2 million votes to 39.3 million for Republican candidates.” That and $2.50 will get you a cup of coffee from the aforementioned unshowered, probably with earlobes stretched to the size of Frisbees and an impromptu lecture on the “justice” of fair trade coffee beans.But it’s a fraud.Those numbers aren’t a lie, per se, but how the left is using...
  • Vicious Palestinian Politics

    12/04/2016 9:40:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 4, 2016 | Michael Curtis
    The mills of democratic politics in Palestinian organizations grind slowly, if they ever grind at all. This was borne out once again at the 7th General Congress of the Fatah section of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) held in Ramallah, the capital of the West Bank, on November 29, 2016, the anniversary of the day in 1947 when the UN General Assembly approved the Partition of Palestine. This was the first such conference since 2009. It was attended by 1400 delegates compared with 2355 in 2009. The main function of the Congress was to elect the leader of Fatah, the...
  • 2017: Cycles and Food for Thought

    12/04/2016 9:01:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 4, 2016 | Mike Konrad
    I am not one given to prognostication; I have seen too many predictions fall flat on their face. But next year, 2017, will be the anniversary of a number of major historical events concerning religion and the Mideast. That these would all converge on year is surely cause for speculation and remembrance, even if nothing comes of it. Anyone who ever took higher math knows that when waveforms are added together the result can be something altogether unexpected. For example: the addition of certain harmonic sine waves can produce a square wave. From smooth curves one can create catastrophic change....
  • Winning the Jihad War

    12/04/2016 8:28:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 4, 2016 | James Lewis
    With Trump's excellent team, such as USMC (Ret) General James Mattis in charge, the U.S. government has all the battlefield expertise it needs to win the Jihad War. We can start by keeping in mind that the U.S. military won every engagement it wanted to win in Iraq -- the ones we lost are due to our dreadful civilian bumblers. Nevertheless, losing naval control of the Gulf, for example, still puts us in a damned awkward position. Vladimir Putin has put on an almighty show of military fireworks, most obviously when Assad invited Putin into Syria to fight against American-backed...
  • Buzz Aldrin, Apollo, and America’s Spirit

    12/04/2016 7:42:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 4, 2016 | Robert Charles
    America’s Apollo astronauts -- 24 of whom travelled to the moon, 16 of whom walked on the moon, all of whom made mankind’s moon steps possible -- are a sobering lesson in patriotism and risk-taking, not to mention lifetime stamina. The topic arises – a teaching moment, as they say -- because Buzz Aldrin was recently evacuated to New Zealand from a South Pole expedition. First word is, he is okay -- if still intrepid. Aldrin, one of the first two humans to walk on the moon, Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 11, is now 86. You would not know...
  • Trump's Carrier Is Not Obama's Solyndra

    12/04/2016 6:44:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 4, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    No sooner had president-elect Trump announced a deal had been reached with air conditioner manufacturer Carrier to keep 1,100 manufacturing jobs in Indiana rather than being shipped to Mexico, the usual suspects began chattering about “corporate welfare”, “crony capitalism”, and the hypocritical picking of winners and losers. Carrier is an established business, not a pipe dream like the green energy failures President Obama subsidized like Solyndra. It is one of many U.S. businesses struggling to survive in the Obama era of high taxes and oppressive regulation. Trump has promised to cut corporate taxes and eliminate oppressive and job-killing regulations, but...
  • The Left Elected Trump...and May Again

    12/04/2016 6:25:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 4, 2016 | Robert Franklin
    The American left elected Donald Trump. They've been voting for him for decades, and at last they've succeeded. If the left's post-election behavior is any indication, they intend to keep doing so. I write metaphorically, of course. Few leftists actually voted for Trump, but as sure as the sunrise, they elected him. The fact is hardly debatable, as principled leftists like Noam Chomsky, Joan Williams, and Chris Hedges have said. Here's one example of the process in action: shortly before Election Day in 2000, polls had Green Party candidate Ralph Nader garnering 5%-9% of the popular vote. He got 2.7%....
  • I’m Fighting the Left’s Culture War One Bagel at a Time

    12/04/2016 4:50:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 4, 2016 | Clarice Feldman
    At first I dismissed the Democrats' subsidized street riots and vandalism, moronic election recount demands, and perfervid attacks on Trump and his supporters in the press as a demonstration of their juvenile, narcissistic refusal to accept defeat. Then I read the brilliant essay by Angelo Codevilla It’s a bit long and I know your Sundays are busy but if you can’t read it all at once, I’ll summarize what I think are the most significant points in the hope that if the topic is of interest you’ll read it all. He traces the notion of political correctness from the 1930...
  • Breaking: Green Party withdraws PA recount demand

    12/03/2016 5:01:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Hot ^ | December 3, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    Looks like Jill Stein has run out of cash. CBS’ Pittsburgh affiliate reports that the Green Party can’t raise the $1 million bond for the Pennsylvania recount, and has withdrawn their demand. And with that, the election is well and truly over: The Green Party is dropping its court case seeking a recount of Pennsylvania’s Nov. 8 presidential election. It had wanted to explore whether voting machines and systems had been hacked and the election result manipulated.The Green Party’s filing came Saturday, saying it couldn’t afford the $1 million bond the court had set. A Commonwealth Court hearing had been...
  • Democrats Remain Stuck On Stupid

    12/03/2016 11:10:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies ^ | December 3, 2016 | Jeff Crouere
    In the aftermath of another devastating electoral loss, Democrats have not learned their lessons very well. In the U.S. Senate, Democrats elected 66-year old Chuck Schumer of New York as their Minority Leader, replacing the outgoing Harry Reid of Nevada. Schumer will offer more East Coast liberal leadership to a party that desperately needs to move ideologically to the center and geographically to the country’s heartland. In an even worse move, House Democrats re-elected super liberal Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco as their Minority Leader. Pelosi has been leading House Democrats since 2003 and has been at the helm...
  • Return White House Drug Czar to Cabinet

    12/03/2016 11:02:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | December 3, 2016 | Robert Charles
    Many critical issues tied to fundamental bureaucratic reform and redirection of federal policies await the Trump/Pence cabinet. But one cabinet pick, often forgotten and vital to redirecting national policy at a time of crisis, is the so-called “Drug Czar.” Formally, this post is known as the White House Director of the Office of National Drug Control (ONDCP). This position has never been more important, nor has any president been better positioned to shape the future with such an appointment. Opiate addiction has skyrocketed, leading to a breathtaking loss of 47,055 lives last year. Deaths by synthetic drugs quintupled in some...
  • Improving Environmental Programs

    12/03/2016 10:34:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | December 3, 2016 | Paul Driessen
    Donald Trump plans to “roll back progress” on climate change, energy and the environment, activists, regulators and their media allies assert. The claim depends on one’s definition of “progress.” These interest groups define “progress” as ever-expanding laws, regulations, bureaucracies and power, to bring air and water emissions of every description down to zero, to prevent diseases that they attribute to manmade pollutants and forestall “dangerous manmade climate change.” Achieving those goals requires controlling nearly every facet of our economy, industries, lives, livelihoods and living standards. If we are talking about halting and reversing this unbridled federal control, President-Elect Trump has...
  • Don’t Be Played By The Liberal Media: An Open Letter to All Minorities

    12/03/2016 10:21:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | December 3, 2016 | Harry R. Jackson, Jr
    After President Donald Trump’s shocking defeat of Hillary Clinton, you would think members of the mainstream media would take a good look in the mirror to begin to evaluate how they got the outcome so wrong. Instead, the same people who promised us Trump had no chance of victory are hysterically insisting that the world is coming to an end. For months, we were told that a Clinton victory was inevitable, and nearly every poll seemed to confirm this viewpoint. Of course Clinton did end up winning the popular vote, as many national polls projected, but her losses in...
  • From Mao to Castro: Tyrants Die, But Bad Ideas Live On

    12/03/2016 8:24:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | December 3, 2016 | Helen Raleigh
    My dad told me that after Mao passed away on September 9th, 1976, the entirety of China fell into a forced month-long mourning period. Thousands of make-shift memorial services were set up throughout the country. Government agencies, factories and stores all closed their doors so people could pay their respects to their "great leader." Everyone understood that the unofficial command was that you must cry, and the louder the better. It was dangerous to fake it, because someone standing next to you was just as eager to do the government's evil bidding by policing your display of emotions. In addition...
  • Trump's Cabinet: Character and Ability, Not Politics

    12/03/2016 6:22:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 3, 2016 | Jeffrey Folks
    Obama's cabinet picks had one thing in common: they were all ideological leftists who fell in line with the president's thinking. Most of them not only thought like Obama, but shared the same background. They were so-called intellectuals educated at elite universities in the Northeast, held advanced degrees, and had no idea whatsoever how the real world operated. The ineffectual Obama cabinet included Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. After bringing chaos to Libya, Syria, Egypt, Bahrain, and Iraq and executing a failed "reset" with Vladimir Putin, Clinton was replaced by the equally inept John Kerry. Both Clinton and Kerry...