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  • U.S. and UK Politics Are Mirror Images

    08/27/2015 9:54:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Cal Thomas
    LONDON -- It's remarkable how often British and American politics resemble each other; often only the accents differ. Following a disastrous defeat at the hands of Prime Minister David Cameron's Tories, the Labour Party appears ready to elect as its next leader one Jeremy Corbyn, a hardcore leftist, self-described socialist and member of Parliament, who recently compared ISIS to the U.S. military and has called the terrorist group Hamas a "friend." Corbyn also wants to renationalize some British industries and increase taxes on "the rich," who are already paying more than half their earnings in income taxes, as well as...
  • The Iran Framework: Devilish Details To Follow

    04/07/2015 2:27:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    Too bad the "framework" of a nuclear weapons deal with Iran didn't come four days earlier on April Fools' Day. It would have been more appropriate. The United States is being asked to foolishly believe promises by a regime that is religiously motivated to eliminate Israel and ultimately the United States, is the premier sponsor of terrorism in the world, has a record of breaking promises, including past promises about nuclear weapons, and still holds American prisoners, including a Christian minister, a Washington Post reporter, a former Marine and Robert Levinson, a retired DEA agent taken hostage in 2007. Did...
  • Indiana And The Culture Wars

    04/02/2015 8:25:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    If I visit a kosher restaurant and order a pork chop, am I being discriminated against when the waiter says they don't serve pork? If an establishment requires that men wear jackets and women dress in what that establishment defines as an "appropriate way," does that constitute discrimination? When I visit the Vatican, the Swiss Guards won't let me in if I'm wearing shorts. They offer a cover-up. It is the same for women, if they bare too much flesh. Is that discrimination? What about the sign "no shoes, no shirt, no service"? Is that bigotry against the shoeless and...
  • Selma Plus 50

    03/10/2015 7:08:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 10, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    I liked the movie "Selma," though it could have done without the rap song during credits that referenced "hands up, don't shoot," a slogan that emerged from the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer whose actions the Justice Department recently determined did not "constitute prosecutable violations" of federal civil rights law. As President Obama marched last weekend in Selma, Alabama, along with others commemorating that seminal civil rights demonstration, it became clear that the time has come to stop focusing on marches and take a sober look at what really troubles the African-American community today and...
  • Cuba Libré! (The Author Is Dreaming)

    12/23/2014 6:50:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Is it possible to hold two seemingly contradictory thoughts about the president's decision to partially end the half-century embargo against Cuba? Can one agree with conservative critics, from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), to Rush Limbaugh about how the Castro brothers are, apparently, getting everything they want and how the U.S. gets nothing but promises from a repressive regime that lies -- and still back the president's decision? I will try. President Obama's foreign policy has been one of retreat and coddling of tyrants with no positive results for the U.S. But perhaps without realizing it, his decision to remove some...
  • Response to Ferguson Rioters: Restitution and Shaming

    12/02/2014 9:59:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    No matter whose side you are on in the upheaval following the killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, everyone should agree on the profound sadness of it all: sadness that an 18-year-old boy-man walked a path that led to his destruction; sadness that a police officer felt the need to defend himself by shooting another human being; sadness over the rioting and looting that followed a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Wilson; and for some, sadness that Wilson was not indicted. Much of the sadness was encapsulated in a sound bite I...
  • Use Mercenaries to Fight ISIS?

    09/25/2014 11:58:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    On his Fox News show Monday night, Bill O'Reilly suggested using mercenaries to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) instead of U.S. ground forces, which President Obama has repeatedly vowed not to deploy. The use of mercenaries is as old as warfare itself. Alexander the Great used them. King George III hired German mercenaries to fight for the British in the American Revolution. Today mercenaries go by other names, like “contractor." The president is to be commended for assembling a coalition that includes Arab states, but why are our European allies not part of it? Britain hasn't sent planes, though British...
  • Media fueling absurdity in Ferguson

    08/18/2014 8:20:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Hutchinson News ^ | August 18, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    It was in a college theater class that I learned about a genre called “Theater of the Absurd.” These were plays written mostly by European playwrights between the 1940s and 1960s, as well as a certain style that flowed from their work. What reminded me of this is now “playing” in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was – select one – a) innocently walking down the street when a police officer shot him to death without provocation, or, b) walking with a friend in the street and told by a police officer to get...
  • Our Arrogant President (Our?)

    07/01/2014 1:34:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    resident Obama appears to have forgotten -- or ignored -- why we have elections. One reason is to stop, or slow down, an agenda the public doesn't like. When polls began reflecting buyer's remorse about Mr. Obama in 2010, voters elected a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and might well have done the same in the Senate in 2012 were it not for some weak GOP candidates, especially in Nevada and Delaware. President Obama acts as if elections other than his own don't matter. His attitude seems to be, "I have the power and the rest of government...
  • Why Democrats are winning, Republicans are losing

    06/24/2014 5:53:56 PM PDT · by workerbee · 29 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/24/14 | Cal Thomas
    **SNIP**Democrats have convictions. They know what to do with power when they get it and how to isolate, even punish, any member of their party who dares to take a different position on an issue. Republicans seem to constantly react to the policies of Democrats or slam each other instead of making a case for the superiority of their ideas. It doesn’t help Republicans that they lack the Democrats’ uniformity. **SNIP**
  • U.S. Troops Return to Iraq...Too Little, Too Late?

    06/19/2014 1:44:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 19, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    George W. Bush never claimed to be prescient, but here he is in 2007, warning us what would happen if the United States prematurely pulled its troops out of Iraq before Iraqi forces were sufficiently trained, equipped and motivated to defend the country we gave back to them after the ouster of Saddam Hussein: "To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we're ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al-Qaida. It'd mean that we'd be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It'd...
  • Kathleen Sebelius: Scapegoat

    04/15/2014 6:14:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Dictionary.com offers two definitions for scapegoat: "1. A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place; 2. Chiefly biblical. A goat let loose in the wilderness on Yom Kippur after the high priest symbolically laid the sins of the people on its head. Lev. 16:8,10,26." Both definitions seem to fit last week's announcement of the "resignation" of Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, who presided over the disastrous rollout of the government's website, healthcare.gov, which was supposed to provide easy access for people who wished to sign up for Obamacare....
  • Is Christie the One? (The answer is No)

    11/07/2013 1:13:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    Last August before a closed meeting of Republican leaders in Boston, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey said, "We are not a debating society. We are a political operation that needs to win." Tuesday night, Christie won. Big time. In one of the nation's bluest states, Christie got 60.5 percent of the vote. His Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono, claims she lost because "Democratic political bosses" made a deal with Christie "despite him representing almost everything they're against. ... They did it to help themselves politically and financially." In other words, they voted out of self-interest. Imagine that. Self-interest in politics....
  • Then What in Syria?

    06/18/2013 8:42:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    Two recent newspaper editorials illustrate the double-mindedness some feel about President Obama's decision to provide small arms and ammunition to Syrian rebels. The Washington Post headlined an editorial: "No time for half-measures: Syria's rebels need a robust intervention from the Obama administration." The New York Times took a more realistic approach: "After Arming the Rebels, Then What? President Obama should be careful about being dragged into the brutal Syrian war." I'm on the side of the Times. Some promote U.S. involvement in Syria for humanitarian reasons. That might be sufficient if the outcome advanced humanitarian concerns, but exchanging one tyrant...
  • How to Spell Success

    06/04/2013 7:08:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    The annual ritual known as the Scripps National Spelling Bee came and went last week with kids spelling words that, I suspect, many with graduate degrees couldn't spell. The winner was Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Bayside Hills, N.Y. Mahankali is the first boy to win the title since 2008. There is a lesson to be learned from the success of these young people, including the ones who came close to winning but didn't. It is the value of persistence. Mahankali won this year by spelling the German word "knaidel." He lost the bee three times before and was...
  • Tyranny is no Longer 'Lurking'

    05/21/2013 4:38:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    Given last week's revelation that the IRS targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, it's worth recalling President Obama's Ohio State University commencement address. The president decried "voices" warning "that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner." It's no longer lurking. It's here. Testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee by the outgoing acting IRS commissioner, Steve Miller, as well as numerous statements by individuals claiming they have been harassed and intimidated by IRS agents, reveal a government agency out of control, or more precisely, under the control of political hacks. It's doubtful this was a freelance operation. J....
  • No Boundaries, Big problem

    04/25/2013 5:26:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 25, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    One of the consequences of abandoning a standard by which right and wrong can be judged is our increasing inability to mete out punishment that fits the crime. In fact, too often we weigh extenuating circumstances rather than guilty actions. In the case of the Boston bombers, observers search for reasons why the attacks occurred. But the failure to view the attackers as anything other than simply guilty and judge them accordingly, is similar to the U.S. government's attitude toward the Middle East, which often sees Israel as the major impediment to peace. There is little expectation that Israel's enemies...
  • Unhappy Anniversary

    03/26/2013 9:40:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    Last week, politicians who helped craft the Affordable Care Act (ACA) celebrated in self-congratulatory style the third anniversary of that monstrosity which will soon extinguish health care as we've known it. The president's promises about the ACA saving money and allowing you to keep your existing health plan are proving false, as many predicted. The Department of Health and Human Services maintains the law will make health care more affordable and accessible. The Wall Street Journal, reminding readers of that claim, reported last week that health insurers are privately warning brokers: "premiums for many individuals and small businesses could increase...
  • CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY MARCH 12, 2013 THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH THIS WEEKS BEGINS THE PROCES

    03/13/2013 8:11:02 AM PDT · by opbuzz · 269 replies
    CalThomas.com ^ | March 12 2013 | Cal Thomas
    THE IDEA OF A POPE IS BASED ON A FALSE INTERPRETATION OF SCRIPTURE, THAT JESUS WANTED TO BUILD HIS CHURCH ON PETER, INSTEAD OF HIMSELF. WHY WOULD JESUS BUILD HIS CHURCH ON A SINFUL MAN?
  • Ben Carson Owes No Apologies

    02/18/2013 4:48:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2013 | Star Parker
    According to Cal Thomas, well-known nationally syndicated columnist, Dr. Ben Carson owes President Obama an apology. Carson spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC this past week – a bi-partisan annual event held since 1953, attended by members of Congress and usually the President. President and Mrs. Obama were present this year and Thomas feels that Dr. Carson was out of line for including in his remarks comments about areas considered public policy – our national debt, our tax system, our publics schools, and health care. According to Thomas: “Our politics have become so polarized and corrupted that...
  • GOP: R.I.P.?

    01/29/2013 5:49:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 69 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    Some political commentators are dancing on what they believe to be the grave of the Republican Party, claiming that the only way the GOP can have a viable future is for them to behave like Democrats. Last weekend, National Review magazine sponsored a "conservative summit" in Washington. They should have held it elsewhere. Prior to speaking at that event, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal addressed the Republican National Committee's annual winter meeting in Charlotte, N.C., where he proposed a new strategy for Republicans and conservatives that begins, not in Washington, but at the state level. Jindal said the Republican Party...
  • The Most Famous Woman You've Never Met

    10/12/2012 6:03:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    The hottest ticket on Broadway continues to be "The Book of Mormon," a musical that pokes fun at the Mormon faith in particular and Christianity in general. It is also full of profanity and blasphemy. If there was a show called "The Book of Muhammad," the Eugene O'Neill Theatre probably would have been burned down by now. New Yorkers are selective when picking their targets. Now there's a new musical called "Scandalous," about a colorful, some would say corrupt, evangelist named Aimee Semple McPherson, founder of the Foursquare Church. In the early part of the 20th century, Aimee was more...
  • Cal Thomas: A Black President 'Can Divide Racially in This Country' and Get 'Free Pass

    08/18/2012 1:39:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | August 18, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas made a statement on Saturday's Fox News Watch that is guaranteed to raise a few eyebrows. "An African-American president can divide racially in this country - as I believe this one has done quite effectively - and he gets a free pass from the media" (video follows with transcript): A Black President 'Can Divide Racially in This Country' and Get 'Free Pass From the Media' JON SCOTT, HOST: And then there’s this guy Toure, he likes to go by one name, Toure Neblett on MSNBC. He’s the expert on race there apparently, and co-host of The...
  • Romney-Ryan: Real change

    08/14/2012 4:33:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    Last Thursday's Wall Street Journal editorial "Why Not Paul Ryan?" made the case for his selection as the Republican vice-presidential nominee in this statement: "Romney can win a big election over big issues. He'll lose a small one." After Ryan's serious proposal to restructure Medicare -- which virtually everyone knows must be reformed -- the response from Democrats was an unserious TV ad, which showed a Ryan look-alike pushing an old woman in a wheelchair over a cliff. If Ryan and Romney can effectively respond to such silliness, they will not only win the election; they will actually accomplish something...
  • The West must guard against infiltration

    07/29/2012 12:47:18 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 12 replies
    dispatch.com ^ | 27JUL12 | Cal Thomas
    According to many commentators, the spirit of commie-hunter Joseph McCarthy has inhabited Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. In several letters to high-ranking government officials, Bachmann has raised questions about Huma Abedin, a Muslim-American who is deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Bachmann’s concern is Abedin’s relatives in the Middle East, some of whom — such as Abedin’s mother — she claims “are connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations.” Abedin’s job, according to Bachmann, “affords her routine access to the secretary and to policy-making.” And, as a result of that access, says Bachmann, “The State Department, and...
  • Bait And Switch on Obamacare

    06/30/2012 6:57:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    When is a tax not a tax? When President Obama says it isn't, or when the Supreme Court says it is? Obamacare was sold on several fraudulent lines. The president knows the country doesn't want to pay higher taxes, given the deplorable way their government spends the money. And so the administration packaged it as something different. That's called bait and switch, which is defined as "an illegal tactic in which a seller advertises a product with the intention of persuading customers to purchase a more expensive product." And Obamacare, if it is not repealed, is guaranteed to be more...
  • A Sincere Apology

    03/08/2012 12:55:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    he first apology by Rush Limbaugh, posted on his website over the weekend, sounded forced, qualified, almost defensive. The second, broadcast live on his Monday show, sounded sincere and heartfelt. Rush Limbaugh did something not usually associated with either himself or bombastic talk radio. He apologized for calling a woman a "slut" and a "prostitute." The woman, 30-year-old Sandra Fluke, a law student at Georgetown University, wants the Catholic school to pay for contraceptives in its insurance policy because, she says, she and her friends cannot afford the cost otherwise. Apparently Fluke is not aware that contraceptive pills, according to...
  • Penn State's Shame - and Ours

    11/15/2011 6:24:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    "Success with Honor" is the motto of Penn State's athletic program. They got it half right. The alleged sexual abuse of young boys by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is disgusting, outrageous, and immoral. That so many at the school's highest level allegedly engaged either in covering up serial abuses, or turned a blind eye to them in order to maintain the "integrity" of the football program and its legendary coach, Joe Paterno, adds insult to unfathomable injury. Baseball may still be called the national pastime, but football has become the national religion. College football is played on Saturday, the...
  • Surprise! Iran Has Nukes

    11/10/2011 8:24:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 10, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    If ever there was a time when "see, I told you so" was warranted, it is now as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports this week that Iran is close to developing a nuclear weapon. That so many in the State Department over several administrations could deceive themselves into believing claims by the Iranians that their intentions are nothing but peaceful and their sole objective is to develop more sources of electricity for their country reminds me of the Munich Agreement of 1938. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain met with Adolf Hitler, thought they had an agreement concerning Czechoslovakia,...
  • If Israel Disappears

    09/20/2011 9:17:43 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | Sept. 20, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    The world -- or at least the large part of it that hates Israel and wishes it would go away -- moves a step nearer that goal this week when the United Nations votes on whether to recognize a Palestinian state. The vote violates the Declaration of Principles signed by the PLO in 1993, which committed the terrorist group and precursor to the Palestinian Authority to direct negotiations with Israel over a future state. This violation is further evidence the Palestinian side cannot be trusted to live up to signed agreements and promises. Caroline Glick, whose column appears in these...
  • From the left, a new wave of bigotry?

    08/19/2011 7:44:36 AM PDT · by caroline2005nc · 7 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | August 19, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    As defined by Collins English Dictionary, a bigot is "a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, especially on religion, politics, or race." In contemporary culture, those who claim to tolerate everything are intolerant of ideas that come from perspectives other than their own, especially when those ideas are rooted in conservative politics or evangelical faith.
  • Rick Perry 's Prospects Look Good

    08/03/2011 6:54:15 PM PDT · by Clairity · 75 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 2, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    Perry's job creation record is formidable. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 32,000 new jobs were created in Texas in June, more than in any other state. Proving his policies were not a one-off, between June 2010 and June 2011 Texas added 220,000 new jobs, again more than the other "57 states," as President Obama might say. Perry is no "let's all get along" conservative. He wants to make a political difference, mentioning the revival of the 10th Amendment, which guarantees states' rights, as the way to reduce encroaching federal power: "America is not going to move forward until...
  • Justice Has Been Done

    05/03/2011 5:23:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    "Ding dong the witch is dead!" As crowds gathered outside the White House, at the site of Ground Zero, and in other public places to cheer news of the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama said in a late Sunday night address from the White House, "Justice has been done." To one man justice has been done, but not to the terrorist movement itself, which is bigger than any one man and whose franchise headquarters appears to have moved now to Yemen. At the end, bin Laden died a coward, hiding in a fortified mansion in Abbottabad, Pakistan. This...
  • Cal Thomas: Voters shouldn't buy into a Donald Trump candidacy

    04/24/2011 9:39:32 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 84 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | April 25, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    In bridge, a trump card is held in reserve for winning a trick. In politics, Donald Trump is anything but reserved and appears to think he might trick enough voters to win the next presidential election. There's plenty to draw on when critiquing a possible Trump candidacy. His multiple marriages (three) and affairs provide fodder for the media and contrast poorly with President Barack Obama's "family values" image as husband of one wife and father of young daughters, whom he clearly loves. In recent weeks, Trump has been trying to gain a toehold in the evangelical community, which is especially...
  • National Pathetic Radio (Fitting Title)

    03/15/2011 5:04:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    If the resignations at National Public Radio continue at last week's pace, there may be no need for Congress to defund the aging dinosaur, because there will be no one left there to turn the lights on. The latest is Betsy Liley, NPR's director of institutional giving. Conservative activist James O'Keefe secretly recorded phone conversations between Liley and a man masquerading as a potential donor from a fictitious group called the Muslim Education Action Center, which the man said had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The fake donor said his group was worried about a government audit. Liley told him...
  • The 40th President at 100

    02/03/2011 7:40:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    On the centenary of Ronald Reagan's birth, I pause for another historic event: agreement with President Obama, who says of his predecessor in USA Today, "Ronald Wilson Reagan was a believer ... he recognized that each of us has the power -- as individuals and as a nation -- to shape our own destiny. He had faith in the American promise; in the importance of reaffirming values like hard work and personal responsibility; and in his own unique ability to inspire others to greatness." Precisely! I suspect Reagan would be embarrassed by the attempts to elevate him to political sainthood....
  • Egypt Aflame

    02/01/2011 4:51:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    The turmoil in Egypt must not be seen in isolation from other events in the world. Neither is it an aberration. It is the next scene in a long-running play whose final act is the domination of the world by radical Islamists. The Obama administration has been delusional in its belief that dictators and religious fanatics can be coddled. It has also been dangerously wrong in thinking exposure to our way of life will make them more like us. In fact, such exposure has confirmed what they have been taught: that America and the West are secularists who mock God,...
  • Fair, balanced, stupid: Joseph Farah deflates hot air from weekend talking-heads, shows

    09/30/2003 11:13:10 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 8+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, October 1, 2003 | Joseph Farah
    I don't often watch the weekend talk shows. When I do, I'm usually shocked by what passes as conventional wisdom. It's as if some of the pundits on these shows spend the week in a sound-proof, thought-proof room, then are programmed with inanities 15 minutes before the red light goes on. There's no escaping it. ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and, yes, Fox, too. Let me give you just one example from this past weekend. On Saturday, I listened in amazement to Jane Hall of American University say the following on "Fox News Watch" in explaining why she thought the...
  • Ground Zero Sum Game

    08/17/2010 9:14:31 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8/17/2010 | Cal Thomas
    After months of dithering by the White House about the "Ground Zero Mosque" in lower Manhattan, President Obama endorsed the project at an Iftar dinner Friday night. The president said, "...as a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances." After a torrent of criticism, the president on Saturday tried clarifying what he meant. "I was not commenting and...
  • Cal Thomas: Helen Thomas retires not a moment too soon

    06/08/2010 8:21:43 AM PDT · by billorites · 25 replies · 50+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 8, 2010 | Cal Thomas
    Anti-Semite: "a person who discriminates against or is prejudiced or hostile toward Jews." Some prejudices are tolerated by elites in this country. Examples: One can regularly smear political conservatives as know-nothings, Evangelical Christians as believers in a fantasy, Roman Catholics for their church's stand against abortion and birth control and Republicans as greedy people who care only about profit and power. Bill Maher regularly serves up a menu of these prejudices on his HBO program. Comedy Central is working on a cartoon series mocking Jesus Christ but altered a sketch featuring the Prophet Muhammad for fear of a Muslim backlash....
  • From the Right: Sinking ‘climate change’ (Cal Thomas)

    06/06/2010 12:30:35 PM PDT · by PROCON · 12 replies · 711+ views
    ivpressonline.com ^ | June 6, 2010 | Cal Thomas
    Three modern myths have been sold to the American people: the promise of a transparent administration (President Obama); the promise of a more ethical Congress (Speaker Pelosi); and the myth of “global warming,” or climate change. The first two are daily proving suspect and now the third is sinking with greater force than melting icebergs, if they were melting, which many believe they are not.
  • The President's Michigan Speech

    05/06/2010 5:58:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 444+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2010 | Cal Thomas
    President Obama has returned to a theme he used effectively during the 2008 campaign: politics is too divisive; name-calling isn't helpful; labeling people doesn't solve problems. In his commencement address to University of Michigan graduates last Saturday, the president said, "We've got politicians calling each other all sorts of unflattering names. Pundits and talking heads shout at each other. The media tends to play up every hint of conflict, because it makes for a sexier story -- which means anyone interested in getting coverage feels compelled to make the most outrageous comments." All true. In our 2008 book, "Common Ground:...
  • Who is Rashad Hussain?

    02/18/2010 4:20:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 449+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2010 | Cal Thomas
    President Obama's appointment of Rashad Hussain, his deputy associate counsel, as special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations, charged with safeguarding and protecting "the interests of the Muslim world," should be of serious concern to Congress and the American public. Especially since Hussain, a devout Muslim, has a history of participating in events connected with the Muslim Brotherhood, according to the Chicago Tribune, "the world's most influential Islamic fundamentalist group" whose goal is to create Muslim states throughout the world. In 1991, a memo written by Mohamed Akram...
  • A Disturbing Double Standard (Democrats have the biggest racist on their side, KKK Robert Byrd)

    01/11/2010 5:22:02 PM PST · by tobyhill · 4 replies · 422+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1/11/2010 | Cal Thomas
    That a double standard exists for Republicans, for religion, for even whites and blacks and what they say on race and other subjects is a given. The media treat such comments differently depending on the policies of those who utter them. In fact, Democratic Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia can utter the phrase "white nigger" and it barely raises an eyebrow in liberal circles. Rarely is Byrd's background as a former leader in the Ku Klux Klan mentioned in polite liberal company. As long as the speech offender is a liberal who favors the social and political policies of...
  • A Disturbing Double Standard - Now it's Harry Reid's turn to be washed in the absolution...

    01/11/2010 4:42:40 PM PST · by delacoert · 14 replies · 624+ views
    FOX News ^ | January 11, 2010 | Cal Thomas
    That a double standard exists for Republicans, for religion, for even whites and blacks and what they say on race and other subjects is a given. The media treat such comments differently depending on the policies of those who utter them. In fact, Democratic Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia can utter the phrase "white nigger" and it barely raises an eyebrow in liberal circles. Rarely is Byrd's background as a former leader in the Ku Klux Klan mentioned in polite liberal company. As long as the speech offender is a liberal who favors the social and political policies of...
  • Columnist Cal Thomas joins Examiner opinion lineup

    01/08/2010 2:24:28 PM PST · by RatherBiased.com · 2 replies · 140+ views
    Cal Thomas, America's most widely syndicated political opinion columnist, is joining The Washington Examiner's growing stable of top-notch commentary writers. More than 500 daily newspapers currently publish the veteran conservative commentator's twice-weekly columns, which are syndicated by Tribune Media. "In a very short time, The Washington Examiner has gotten the attention of an increasing number of Washingtonians." Thomas said. "From its news coverage, to its opinion, editorial and sports pages, The Examiner has become a newspaper that must be paid attention to. I am delighted to now have my column running there twice a week." The Thomas column will begin...
  • Jesus The Socialist

    12/24/2009 7:12:51 AM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 41 replies · 1,597+ views
    World Mag ^ | 12/24/09 | Cal Thomas
    Apparently not content with his congressional majority that wishes to force Americans on a long march to healthcare disaster, President Obama has invoked the name of Jesus to broadcast his gospel of spreading the wealth around. Speaking Monday afternoon to a group of children from the Washington, D.C., Boys and Girls Club, the president delivered a mini sermon on “why we celebrate Christmas.” He asked the children if they knew. One piped up and said, “The birth of baby Jesus.” One can imagine the reaction of the media and other elites had a Republican president asked such a question. That...
  • Media Eager to Rip Bush for Abu Gharib Reluctant to Criticize Obama for Navy SEAL Charges

    11/28/2009 8:57:32 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 17 replies · 1,027+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | November 28, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    It's a night and day difference between the media's scrutiny of former President George W. Bush and the current command-in-chief, President Barack Obama. And the coverage of three Navy SEALs now facing a court martial that captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq, who allegedly was the mastermind of the murder of four Blackwater contractors in Fallujah in 2004, is proof. John Scott, host of "Fox News Watch" noted this story on the show's Nov. 28 episode and asked why there hasn't been more coverage about this. "Pretty outrageous story came out, in my view, this week," Scott...
  • U.S.S.A.

    11/24/2009 9:44:33 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 10 replies · 857+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 11/24/2009 | Cal Thomas
    Not all revolutions begin in the streets with tanks and guns. Some advance slowly, almost imperceptibly, until a nation is transformed and the public realizes too late that their freedoms are gone. Such is the revolution now taking place in America. The '60s crowd has emerged from the ideological grave and is about to impose on this country a declaration of dependence in the form of government-run health insurance and treatment. It matters not what facts are known about this "coup," because to those from the '60s -- whether they lived in that decade or were born later and adopted...
  • Clever Analogy: Cal Thomas Likens White House Attacks on Fox News to Soviet Union Censorship Tactics

    10/24/2009 8:34:50 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 7 replies · 754+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | October 24, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    There's little doubt that at hand is an ongoing effort by the Obama White House to marginalize the Fox News Channel - especially after the administration attempted to leave Fox out of the White House pool last week. That is something conservative columnist Cal Thomas said is eerily comparable to Cold War tactics of the old Soviet Union. On the Fox News Channel's Oct. 24 "Fox News Watch," Thomas alluded to an Oct. 21 column he wrote, which he compared what the Soviets did with radio signals that penetrated the Iron Curtain to deliver a message of freedom from Western...