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  • US envoy regrets timing of Israel criticism

    01/25/2016 7:48:33 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 1/15/16 | staff
    U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro told Army Radio on Monday that he regretted the timing of remarks he made last week that were critical of Israeli policies in Judea and Samaria. Shapiro made the controversial remarks at the Institute for National Security Studies conference in Tel Aviv last Monday. Earlier the same day, Israeli terror victim Dafna Meir had been laid to rest in Jerusalem after being stabbed to death by a Palestinian assailant in Otniel the previous day and another Israeli woman, Michal Froman, was wounded in a stabbing in Tekoa. In his speech, Shapiro said, "Too many...
  • US criticism of Israel reaches boiling point

    01/18/2016 9:01:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    inn ^ | 1/18/16 | Cynthia Blank
    US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro voiced a particularly sharp attack against Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria on Monday, accusing Israeli authorities of holding them to different standards of law. He expressed the unusually harsh criticism during a speech at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) conference in Tel Aviv. Shapiro condemned two brutal stabbing attacks on Sunday and Monday as "barbaric acts of terrorism," before launching into a critique of Israel's policies concerning the communities in Judea-Samaria. "We are concerned and perplexed by Israel's strategy on settlements," Shapiro stated. "This government and previous Israeli governments have repeatedly...
  • House Democrats Push Resolution to Condemn “Hate Speech” Against Muslims [John 5]

    12/30/2015 12:37:12 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 32 replies
    Washington Standard ^ | 12/30/2015 | Tim Brown
    Once again, Congressional representatives overstep their Constitutional bounds and advance a resolution that condemns free speech, something protected in the First Amendment, which is part of the very Constitution these anti-Americans swore an oath before God to uphold. Oh, I know, they claim it is “hate speech,” but it really is targeting those who tell the truth about the religion of pieces, Islam. House Resolution 569 was introduced by Rep. Donald Beyer (D-VA), along with 82 co-sponsors introduce the resolution to condemn “violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.” The usual gang is involved in this,...
  • Labour MPs who criticize Jeremy Corbyn online to be 'silenced'

    11/23/2015 10:21:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:18PM GMT 23 Nov 2015 | Michael Wilkinson
    Labour's ruling body will silence MPs and party members who criticize Jeremy Corbyn on social media. The National Executive Committee has agreed to create a new code of conduct to tackle the "very harmful leaks to the media" and curb the "very damaging way in which social media is being used". It comes after Mr. Corbyn's first 10 weeks as Labour leader have been dogged by open criticism by his own MPs. ...
  • Donald Trump Releases Statement Pushing Back Against Apoplectic Politically Correct Criticism.

    07/06/2015 3:03:34 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 40 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 7-6-2015 | sundance
    Since Donald Trump announced his candidacy, and pointed out the criminal behavior of illegal aliens such as MS13 gang members, he has been inside a firestorm of media-spun, PC-fueled hatred, directed specifically to tear him down. Today Trump responds with a rather long press release; and in whats sure to create a stir, The Donald points out the infectious disease issue. Heres the full statement:
  • CIA Director: Criticism of Iran Nuclear Deal 'Disingenuous'

    04/07/2015 10:17:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    inn ^ | 4/7/15 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    CIA director John Brennan gave a staunch defense of the framework nuclear deal with Iran on Tuesday, calling some criticism of the accord "disingenuous" and claiming Tehran had made considerable concessions. In his first public remarks since the outline agreement was announced last week, the spy agency chief said the deal would impose a litany of restrictions on Iran's nuclear work, reports AFP. "I must tell you the individuals who say this deal provides a pathway for Iran to a bomb are being wholly disingenuous, in my view, if they know the facts, understand what's required for a (nuclear) program,"...
  • Critical Sharks Part IV: Fear of Apple

    03/26/2015 7:55:34 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 3 replies
    Critical Sharks ^ | March 24, 2015 | Eli Schiff
    There is an unfortunate climate of fear in the software community today. It is primarily in ephemeral video interviews and podcasts that we get any semblance of coherent criticism and even then it is reticent. Worse than the fact that this criticism is relegated to verbal discussions is that it is later renounced by the very same designers and developers when they are interviewed in the more permanent-seeming medium of the written word. In written interviews, these fair-weather critics go on to reverse their opinions and praise the products of modern minimalist UI design because it is more convenient not...
  • American Sniper Complaints Grow in Hollywood: Should Clint Eastwood Be Celebrating a Killer?

    01/18/2015 4:30:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 135 replies
    thewrap.com ^ | on January 18, 2015 @ 3:56 pm | Steve Pond
    But Academy members seem to be paying attention to the criticism that Eastwood and star/producer Bradley Cooper shouldnt be celebrating a man who wrote that killing hundreds of Iraqis was fun. He seems like he may be a sociopath, one Academy member told TheWrap, adding he had not yet seen the film but had read the article, which is being passed around. Neither distributor Warner Bros. nor the filmmakers have responded to TheWraps request for comment, though the studio said they intended to make someone available. A piece in The Guardian by author Lindy West was an early critic of...
  • Life Itself, a Documentary: Life Itself, a Film About Roger Ebert, Airs on CNN (tonight)

    01/04/2015 12:09:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 67 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 3, 2015 | Neil Genzlinger
    A simple biography of the film critic Roger Ebert would have made for a full documentary, but the director Steve James set the bar much higher with Life Itself. The film, receiving its television premiere Sunday night on CNN, covers the life and career of Mr. Ebert, who died in 2013 ...
  • ... GOP staffer ... continued American tradition of trashing black females morality

    12/02/2014 1:35:25 PM PST · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Washington comPost ^ | December 2, 2014 | Mary C. Curtis
    Complete Headline: When GOP staffer put Obama children at a bar, it continued American tradition of trashing black females morality In keeping with the Christian theme of her self-serving apology, Elizabeth Lauten has blessedly resigned from her post as the communications director for Rep. Stephen Lee Fincher (R-Tenn.). She had said prayer showed her the error of her ways, though one would think she would not need a higher power to tell her that trashing Malia and Sasha Obama for dress and demeanor at a turkey pardoning was not the best idea. But tucked into the usual partisan sniping of...
  • Ya'alon Warns Bennett Over Kerry Criticism

    10/18/2014 2:56:01 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/10/14 | Hezki Ezra & Tova Dvorin
    Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon criticized Economic Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) on Saturday night, after the latter issued a fiery response to the words of US Secretary of State John Kerry Friday linking peace talks with ISIS. According to Ya'alon, Bennett's criticism lacks respect for the financial and diplomatic support the US has provided for Israel's right to self-defense against Hamas terrorism. "Relations between the United States and Israel are based on shared interests and values​​, and a dispute or other comments should not cast a shadow over that," Ya'alon stated. "The United States supports Israel in a variety of...
  • Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy

    08/31/2014 2:14:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/31/14 | Andrea Shalal
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine. Republican lawmakers seized on Obama's comment on Thursday when he said, "We don't have a strategy yet" for confronting the Islamic State militant group, saying it suggested indecisiveness. On Sunday, influential Democrats chimed in with their own critiques of Obama's foreign policy, chiding him for being "too cautious" on Syria, and urging him to do more to help Ukraine resist Russian advances.
  • State Department Hits Back at Israeli Criticism Over Kerry

    07/30/2014 3:07:37 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 37 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/7/14
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/static/Resizer.ashx/news/468/282/499773.jpg Israeli attacks against US Secretary of State John Kerry accusing him being of a supporter of Hamas are "offensive and absurd," a senior US diplomat said Wednesday. In a sharp exchange with reporters, deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf hit out against a torrent of abuse from "respected voices in Israel talking about the secretary of state, claiming that he supports Hamas, which is offensive and absurd." The United States had been given Israel "a level of support which has been quite frankly unprecedented in our history, even when we stood alone," she added. Kerry has been the subject...
  • Israeli criticism of Secretary Kerry justified?

    07/29/2014 11:47:44 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/29/2014 | Fox News
    Jul. 29, 2014 - 4:32 - Amb. John Bolton weighs in on cease-fire negotiations
  • Obama's Critics aren't Communists, Russia isn't the Soviet Union

    03/26/2014 6:12:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- There's no faster or easier way to shut down legitimate debate than to slap an undesirable label on someone based on their views. Criticize same-sex marriage and you're a bigot. Take issue with immigration policy and you're dismissed as a racist. In the latest incarnation of this phenomenon, any conservative who dares to criticize U.S. President Barack Obama's stance against Russia on the issue of Ukraine runs the risk of being called a Putin-loving communist. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid suggested this week that Republican lawmakers may have helped Russia annex Crimea by delaying a vote on aid...
  • Kerry 'Protests' to Prime Minister Over Criticism from Ya'alon

    03/19/2014 1:12:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    inn ^ | 3/19/14 | AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
    In a rare move, Secretary of State John Kerry protested to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday over Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's strong criticism of US foreign policy, according to AFP. Ya'alon slammed the US and the West on Tuesday for its "soft" approach toward the possibility of a nuclear Iran. "Everyone knows Iran is lying," Ya'alon stated. "But the pampered West is satisfied with postponing conflict [with Iran over the nuclear program]." Ya'alon's comments made headlines in Israeli media Tuesday evening over his perceived change of heart regarding the Iran issue - and apparently have also drawn the...
  • Martin Gottfried, Theater Critic and Author, Dies at 80

    03/08/2014 7:57:23 PM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 7, 2014 | Daniel E. Slotnik
    Martin Gottfried, a drama critic and the author of several biographies of entertainers and playwrights as well as two influential studies of the Broadway musical, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 80.
  • Woodward: White House Blames Me For Starting Obama Criticism

    11/11/2013 9:44:44 AM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 11/10/13 | Staff
    Bob Woodward appeared on Media Buzz with Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz Sunday to talk about his book The Price of Politicsand the issues facing the Obama administration in its second term. Woodward claimed that people inside the White House are blaming him for the recent wave of criticism directed at the Obama administration. As for the mood inside the White House after the failed rollout of Obamacare, Woodward stated, the temperatures going up right now as theres more and more criticism on the presidents comments on Obamacare.
  • Obama Rejects Criticism of Shifting Syria Policy: 'I'm Less Concerned About Style Points'

    09/15/2013 9:36:06 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/15/13 | Devin Dwyer - abc news
    WASHINGTON - President Obama says a tumultuous month as commander in chief, when his policy toward Syria took a number of unexpected turns, may not have looked "smooth and disciplined and linear," but it's working. "I'm less concerned about style points. I'm much more concerned with getting the policy right," Obama told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview on "This Week." Obama said his surprise announcement on Aug. 31 that he would seek congressional authorization for U.S. military strikes against Syria, then the abrupt cancellation of a vote this week and pursuit of a diplomatic plan led by the...
  • The White House Beatings to Continue Until Moral [sic] Improves

    06/24/2013 4:39:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2013 | John Ransom
    You can always count on the White House to react strongly to internal threats. Yes, the folks who could care less who is blowing up whom in Syria, Libya or Boston, takes people who snitch on them very seriously. Their newest weapon is a program called Inside Threat, which, according to McClatchy, is designed not to just to clamp down on classified leaks, but rather to make sure ANY unauthorized disclosure of ANY information that make them look bad will leave a mark on the miscreant leaker. Given the proclivities of the administration to impale themselves on the sharp edge...
  • IMF to Filmmaker: No Criticism of Russia Allowed

    03/19/2013 3:31:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/19/13 | CJ Ciaramella
    The director of a documentary on fracking has withdrawn from a conference hosted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Oxford University after organizers refused to screen a clip from his film that was critical of Russia. Phelim McAleer, the co-director of FrackNation, was scheduled to screen clips from his film at a conference on international commodity prices being held Wednesday and Thursday at IMF headquarters in Washington, D.C. However, organizers informed McAleer that one of the clips concerning Russias manipulation of Eastern Europes gas supply would not be shown. McAleer withdrew from the conference as a result and told...
  • McCain tweet on Iran draws criticism

    02/04/2013 9:35:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2013 12:55 PM EST
    Republican Sen. John McCains tweet comparing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a monkey is drawing criticism from a fellow GOP lawmaker (Justin Amash) as racist. On Monday, McCain wrote, So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in spacewasnt he just there last week?
  • Glenn Beck Dunks Obama Bobblehead in Pi$$ Calls It Art

    11/27/2012 7:29:30 PM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 137 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 9:09 PM | Jim Hoft
    Surely, progressives will celebrate the artistic genius in this exhibit. Or, will they cry out that their savior has been defiled?
  • Romney and McCain slam Obama

    11/15/2012 3:11:11 PM PST · by Arthurio · 16 replies
    November 15, 2012 Romney and McCain slam Obama As President Obama spent his first post-election press conference saying that he wanted to reach across the aisle to work with Republicans, he found himself debating two former GOP presidential contenders: Mitt Romney, who blamed his defeat in part on Obamas gifts to supporters, and Sen. John McCain, who pledged to block a possible nomination of Susan Rice as secretary of state. NBCs Chuck Todd reports.
  • Judith Crist, a Blunt and Influential Film Critic, Dies at 90

    08/08/2012 9:13:59 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 7, 2012 | Douglas Martin
    Judith Crist, one of Americas most widely read film critics for more than three decades and a provocative presence in millions of homes as a regular reviewer on the Today show, died Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 90.
  • Criticism of Photographer Behind U.S. Olympic Team Portraits

    07/03/2012 3:52:42 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 56 replies
    Digital Photographer ^ | 7/2/2012 | Allison Gibson
    Photographer Joe Klamar has become the target of much scrutinyand in some cases, ireever since the series of portraits he shot of U.S. Olympic team athletes was published by CBS News. The criticism is that the photographs fall short: theyre underwhelming both visually and from a technical point of view, especially when you consider that the occasion they represent (the Olympic Games!) has likely been a lifelong dream for these athletes. Not that you can tell from these awkwardly lit and posed shots. Also, note the torn seamless paper.
  • Andrew Sarris, Village Voice Film Critic, Dies at 83

    06/21/2012 4:44:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 20, 2012 | Michael Powell
    Andrew Sarris, one of the nations most influential film critics and a champion of auteur theory, which holds that a directors voice is central to great filmmaking, died on Wednesday at St. Lukes Hospital in Manhattan. He was 83.
  • NC TEACHER SCREAMS AT STUDENT: ITS CRIMINAL TO CRITICIZE OBAMA

    05/20/2012 9:56:00 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 185 replies
    Big Government ^ | May 20, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    A YouTube video uploaded on Monday afternoon apparently shows a schoolteacher from the Rowan-Salisbury school district in North Carolina informing a student that failing to be respectful of President Obama is a criminal offense. The video shows a classroom discussion about the Washington Post hit piece about Mitt Romney bullying a kid some five decades ago. One student says, Didnt Obama bully someone though? The teacher says: Not to my knowledge. The student then cites the fact that Obama, in Dreams from My Father, admits to shoving a little girl. Stop, no, because there is no comparison, screams the teacher....
  • Op-Ed: Grass: Let's Be Brave Poets, Not Fearful Puritans

    04/09/2012 4:38:48 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/4/12 | Scott Krane
    It took me until now to respond to the poem, What Must Be Said, by Gnter Wilhelm Grass. I, a literary critic, am not as quick on the draw as Shas' Eli Yishai who declared the Nobel Prize winning octogenarian a persona non grata. Instead, I like to think about the lyric, let it soak in. See where it takes me. Given, the language in this particular piece does not induce much philosophizing. First I had to consider the genre under which the writer is commonly filed: Vergangenheitsbewltigung, an artistic movement seeking to make sense of Deutschland's confusing past. It...
  • Judge Napolitano Slams Obamas SCOTUS Criticism: No Pres. Has Questioned This Since Andrew Jackson!

    04/03/2012 10:16:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 4/3/12 | Mediaite
    Video at link
  • What do you think of people in your own life that are unwilling to listen to criticism?

    12/16/2011 2:20:09 PM PST · by Colofornian · 24 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | Dec. 5, 2011 | Aaron Shafovaloff
    One of the oddest things about modern culture is the tendency to criticize others for the act of criticism. Imagine a man sitting on the end of a tree branch. He looks around at others, telling them that they shouldnt cut off their branches. Meanwhile, this man is sawing his own branch off. That is the image I have in mind when people criticize others for criticizing others, or judge others for judging others, or tell people not to believe in telling others what not to believe. It is very odd and confusing. Its like watching people drive a car...
  • Republicans step up criticism of Obama's jobs plan

    09/13/2011 7:15:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/13/11 | Laura MacInnis and Thomas Ferraro - Reuters
    COLUMBUS, Ohio/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama warned Republican lawmakers on Wednesday against delaying action on his jobs plan until the 2012 elections even as they intensified criticism of his $447 billion proposal. "The next election is 14 months away, and we don't have the luxury of waiting that long," Obama told 3,000 people in Ohio, home state of House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican. Obama and the Republicans are now fighting their third major budget battle of the year, after a near-government shutdown in April, heart-stopping talks that produced a last-minute deal to avert a government...
  • Angela Merkel Comments on Bin Laden Killing Draw Criticism (For being glad about killing)

    05/04/2011 2:33:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 05/04/2011
    On Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was "glad" about the killing of Osama bin Laden. Now, though, criticism of the comment is mounting -- even within her own party. German Foreign Minister Westerwelle, meanwhile, is calling on the West to be careful in its reaction to the news. As the news broke late Sunday night that the world's leading terrorist, Osama bin Laden, had been killed during a US raid on a compound in Pakistan, Americans took to the streets to celebrate the demise of the figurehead behind the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which left more than...
  • (Freepers Respond) Critcism Of Palin Based On Non Issues As The Nation Is On The Brink

    03/17/2011 3:37:24 PM PDT · by USSR Didnt Fall · 60 replies
    Rant | March 17,2011 | PRV
    I just posted a challenge for Freepers, to come up with one substantive policy that they disagree with Governor Palin. Just as I thought, very few if any came up with a criticism of her stance on any one policy. And the ones that did, were not fully informed. For example Palin is against illegal immigration and for securing the border. She stood with the state of Arizona and Governor Brewer against the DOJ, the Obama administration and the nation of Mexico's law suit. In most cases it was based on polling, her support of Mccain, leaving office early and...
  • Why I Changed My Mind About Unions

    02/21/2011 4:11:51 AM PST · by Scanian · 32 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 21, 2011 | Michael Filozof
    The organized tactics of intimidation by the public employee unions in Wisconsin last week came as no surprise to me. I'm from New York, one of the most union-friendly states in the country, and I've seen the negative effects of unions my entire life. I dislike unions. But I didn't always feel that way. My first job as a 16-year old grocery store shelf-stocker was a union job. I grew up in a union household; my father was an employee of one of the Big Three automakers. Although he wasn't active in union politics, he worked in a "union shop"...
  • Decoding Donnie Darko Esoteric Analysis

    11/10/2010 7:36:31 PM PST · by JayDanza · 9 replies
    By: Jay Donnie Darko is, on its most basic level, a film that is homage to 80s culture. Its a cult classic (like many 80s films!) that references other 80s films, uses popular 80s film themes, and is set in 1988. But that is not all Donnie Darko is about. The film also makes statements about the socio-political and cultural developments of the late 80s, the reversal of family roles, etc., as well as being a superhero film, or more properly, an anti-super-hero narrative. Its also a film that presents the age-old debate about predestination and free will; it posits...
  • Bush rejects accusations of racism over Katrina

    11/03/2010 12:53:34 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 51 replies · 1+ views
    reuters ^ | Wed Nov 3, 2010 | Steve Holland
    Former President George W. Bush says criticism from some, including prominent rapper Kanye West, that his handling of the 2005 Hurricane Katrina showed he did not care about black people represented "an all-time low." In his memoir, "Decision Points," to be released next Tuesday, Bush writes that charges flung at him that he was a racist during the Katrina crisis "was the worst moment of my presidency." In excerpts of an interview of Bush by NBC's "Today" show, the former president was asked about West's comment that "George Bush doesn't care about black people." The accusation arose because many blacks...
  • Archbishop Dolan Slams New York Times for Bias

    10/25/2010 8:59:12 AM PDT · by stocksthatgoup · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10/23/2010 | Don Weil
    New York City Archbishop Anthony Dolan offers scathing criticism of The New York Times for its positive reviews of a play and art exhibit that he says are offensive to Catholics. The art exhibit, showing in Cambridge, Mass., includes a poster showing the late Cardinal John O'Connor next to a condom. The exhibit was created by AIDS advocacy group ACT UP. The play, "The Divine Sister," is a comedy about nuns that is playing in New York City.
  • Businesses step up criticism of Obama's agenda

    07/11/2010 12:01:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/11/10 | Caren Bohan and Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Some business groups, upset about budget and regulatory policies they say are costing jobs, are accusing President Barack Obama of pursuing an agenda that is hurting the U.S. economic recovery. The criticism comes amid a tepid pace of private-sector job creation and the White House is responding by saying a lack of regulations triggered the economic crisis and that a balance is needed to protect Americans. The issue could give Republicans a potent weapon in the November elections in which they hope to overturn the dominance in the Congress of Obama's Democrats. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce,...
  • Public Servants

    07/04/2010 3:39:30 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel
    Criticism by Ari Bussel No one likes to be criticized. When the critique is constructive and aimed at improving, a person must separate ones emotions from the practicality and wisdom of the criticism and view it with a sense of detachment. Critique can be used as a tool for improvement, yet most government employees will do everything possible to quash it when aimed in their direction. In a recent meeting with a government representative, I pointed out there are complaints that telephone calls and e-mails sent to his office remain unanswered. Impossible, was the adamant reply, It is against regulations....
  • Big Government Lawmakers Deserve Criticism-Even If They Are Republican

    06/28/2010 10:44:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    big government ^ | 6/28/10 | Veronique de Rugy
    The debate agitating many in New Jersey right is whether or not the states Governor, Chris Christie, is actually doing much to reform the state as it needs to be. I have to say that I wasnt impressed with him during his campaign for the Republican nomination against Steve Lonagan. Having no interest in the politics of politic, he sounded like a big government Republican to me. With that in mind, I was nicely surprised by the turn that Christies campaign against Corzine took and by some of his policies. He talked about small government, the need for reforming New...
  • Ragging rights: Guy's first to get Obama mad

    06/24/2010 2:52:01 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 23, 2010 | Charles Hurt
    WASHINGTON -- Gen. Stanley McChrystal may be dumber than BP's Tony Hayward when it comes to media strategy, and his powers of judgment might rank down there with Lindsay Lohan's. But you got to hand it to the guy for managing to accomplish one thing nobody has ever been able to do: He genuinely pissed off President Obama. We are talking snapped anger, the kind where you demand that a four-star general fly halfway around the globe on a dime to face a furious and vengeful war council that he has just insulted in the most public, creative and unkind...
  • {Anti-Death Penalty, SF DA Kamala} Harris feeling heat as A.G. primary nears

    05/31/2010 9:58:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 223+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/31/10 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    Sacramento -- Attorney General candidate Kamala Harris is battling increasing criticism of her performance as San Francisco district attorney both at home and on the campaign trail with only eight days left before the primary. On May 20, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo ripped into Harris, saying she violated defendants' rights by failing to disclose to defense attorneys damaging information about a police drug lab technician who's under investigation for allegedly skimming cocaine from evidence files. Problems intensified for Harris last week when The Chronicle disclosed that a toxicologist at the San Francisco coroner's office had been labeled...
  • Obama ramps up criticism of Ariz. immigration law

    05/19/2010 11:17:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 923+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/19/10 | Julie Pace - ap
    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama stepped up his criticism of Arizona's controversial immigration law Wednesday, calling it "misdirected" and warning that it has the potential to be applied in a discriminatory fashion. Speaking at a joint news conference with Mexico's President Felipe Calderon, Obama called for overhauling the nation's immigration laws and said that can't be done unless Republicans support it. The controversy over the Arizona law, which would make it a state crime to be in the country illegally, hung over Calderon's visit. Both leaders oppose the law, with Obama directing the Justice Department to review it for possible...
  • Which Government Is Us?

    05/01/2010 10:38:21 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 10 replies · 376+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 05/01/10 | CaroleL
    President Barack Obama is not famous for a stoic ability to take any amount of criticism, let alone the level heaped upon anyone who is fortunate enough to win the job he has and wanted. So it really comes as no surprise that he used his commencement speech at the University of Michigan today to address his critics instead of the graduates. The surprise, albeit a mild one, was that he tried to use the founding principles of the country to do it.
  • Obama's plans for NASA changes met with harsh criticism

    03/09/2010 7:27:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies · 553+ views
    WaPo ^ | 3/9/10 | Joel Achenbach
    Harrison Schmitt's credentials as a space policy analyst include several days of walking on the moon. The Apollo 17 astronaut, who is also a former U.S. senator, is aghast at what President Obama is doing to the space program. "It's bad for the country," Schmitt said. "This administration really does not believe in American exceptionalism." Schmitt's harsh words are part of a furious blowback to the administration's new strategy for NASA. The administration has decided to kill NASA's Constellation program, crafted during the Bush administration with an ambitious goal of putting astronauts back on the moon by 2020. Obama's 2011...
  • China slams US criticism of Internet controls (GoogleGate)

    01/22/2010 9:19:31 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 331+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/22/10 | Christopher Bodeen - ap
    BEIJING Beijing issued a stinging response Friday to U.S. criticism that it is jamming the free flow of words and ideas on the Internet, accusing the United States of damaging relations between the two countries by hoisting its "information imperialism" on China. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu defended China's policies regarding the Web, saying the nation's Internet regulations were in line with Chinese law and did not hamper the cyber activities of the world's largest online population. His remarks follow those made by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who in a speech Thursday criticized countries engaging in...
  • Criticism Of Obama vs Criticism Of Bush

    01/08/2010 9:53:01 PM PST · by CaroleL · 6 replies · 663+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 01/09/10 | CaroleL
    In his address to the nation on Thursday in which he outlined his administration's latest approach to terrorism, President Obama said, "Instead of giving into cynicism and division, let's move forward with the confidence and optimism and unity that defines us as a people. For now is not a time for partisanship, it's a time for citizenship. A time to come together and work together." Setting aside the hypocrisy of those words being spoken by one of the harshest and most partisan critics of the Bush administration's prosecution of the War on Terror, let's look at the difference between the...
  • President Obama takes the heat President Bush did not

    12/29/2009 8:54:06 PM PST · by Saije · 60 replies · 2,494+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/29/2009 | Josh Gerstein
    Eight years ago, a terrorist bombers attempt to blow up a transatlantic airliner was thwarted by a group of passengers, an incident that revealed some gaping holes in airline security just a few months after the attacks of September 11. But it was six days before President George W. Bush, then on vacation, made any public remarks about the so-called shoe bomber, Richard Reid, and there were virtually no complaints from the press or any opposition Democrats that his response was sluggish or inadequate. That stands in sharp contrast to the withering criticism President Barack Obama has received from Republicans...
  • Walking Away From Islam

    11/03/2009 7:27:12 AM PST · by myknowledge · 7 replies · 749+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | November 1, 2009
    Opposition to the clerical dictatorship continues to grow, both from inside the leadership, and at the grassroots. An increasing number of senior clerics are openly criticizing the "Islamic Police State" that has become increasingly harsh in the way it suppresses real, or imagined, opposition. Many senior clerics are aghast at the growing corruption among the clerics who run the government, and the pretense of democracy, with elections rigged so that only pro-dictatorship candidates can even run. At the grassroots, most young Iranians are fed up with the dictatorship. It offers no jobs for the poor, and few opportunities for the...