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  • Election Day is just around the corner. I’m ready. Are you?

    10/19/2018 5:21:52 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 41 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | October 19, 2018 | Lily Eskelsen García, President of the National Education Associ
    I’ll never forget the first time I voted.It was way back in the, ahem, 20th century. I remember how proud I was to finally carrying out my civic duty and vote. I actually decided before Election Day to be a volunteer on one of the campaigns.  A great man, Senator Frank Moss, had led the fight on so many issues I cared about: Medicare, Social Security, assistance for hospice care, money for special education. I signed up to help him.He’d been in the Senate for 18 years. His challenger’s platform was pretty much that 18 years was too long to serve...
  • August 2018: The U.S. is wrong about the Muslim Brotherhood — and the Arab world is suffering for it

    10/19/2018 3:41:17 PM PDT · by detective · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 28, 2018 | Jamal Khashoggi
    During the Obama presidency, the U.S. administration was wary of the Muslim Brotherhood, which had come to power in Egypt after the country’s first-ever free elections. Despite his declared support for democracy and change in the Arab world in the wake of the Arab Spring, then-President Barack Obama did not take a strong position and reject the coup against President-elect Mohamed Morsi. The coup, as we know, led to the military’s return to power in the largest Arab country — along with tyranny, repression, corruption and mismanagement. That is the conclusion that David D. Kirkpatrick arrives at in his excellent...
  • Playing Trump’s game in culture war a losing Dems’ strategy [but they aren’t]

    10/19/2018 3:43:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 19, 2018 6:27 PM EDT | Errin Haines Whack
    More than seven years after President Donald Trump launched his political career by questioning then-President Barack Obama’s citizenship, Democrats are still struggling to find the right strategy to fight back against his racially-charged rhetoric. After years of taunting from Trump, Sen. Elizabeth Warren revealed her DNA results this week proving her Native American roots. If it was an effort to take on Trump directly, it didn’t seem to work. The president continued his mocking references to her as “Pocahontas” and she managed to offend Native Americans who felt their heritage was being used as a political prop. […] As Democrats...
  • Warren Highlights the Danger of Racial Identity

    10/19/2018 11:05:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2018 | Mona Charen
    She was mocked as "Fauxcahontas" long before President Donald Trump began referring to her as "Pocahontas," and frankly, Sen. Elizabeth Warren invited the ridicule. She is a poster child for the pitfalls of basing identity on race, and reminds us of the many furies such self-definition can unleash. What people choose to call themselves shouldn't matter to outsiders. If I want to call myself a post-Jerseyite dog lover, no one would care - unless there is affirmative action for former Jersey residents who can't skip dog videos on Twitter. What made Elizabeth Warren infuriating is that she was gaming the...
  • Leftist Violence Natural Outgrowth of Authoritarian Ideology

    10/19/2018 10:34:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2018 | David Limbaugh
    What do you make of the leftist violence and anarchy all over the country lately? Is it just random and unrepresentative of the Democratic Party and the left as a whole? Or does it logically follow from what the left has become? In Portland, Oregon, in June, a leftist mob surrounded a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office, barricading the exits and blocking the driveway. "Guards" patrolled the doors, trapping biohazard cleanup crew workers inside in stifling heat and with infernal odors. The agitators carried signs calling ICE employees Nazis and white supremacists. The Portland Police Bureau denied assistance...
  • A Long Way From the Arsenal of Democracy

    10/19/2018 5:51:14 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 18, 2018 | Peggy Noonan
    From Saudi arms sales to ‘Horseface,’ the weirdness of the Trump presidency never seems to let up. This may seem small, but I don’t think it is. I know it will seem old-fashioned. It has to do with a great nation’s sense of its own stature on the world stage. In the days after the apparent murder of the Saudi activist and writer Jamal Khashoggi, President Trump was repeatedly pressed about the potential U.S. response if it turned out, as seemed likely, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered the killing. Mr. Trump made it clear his first consideration was...
  • DNA Doesn't Define Who We Really Are

    10/19/2018 5:38:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2018 | Jonah Goldberg
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren's big reveal that she's got a little Native American DNA in her deserves all the mockery it's getting. But I just want to use it as an excuse to explain why I hate the way we talk about DNA and identity.Consider Kyle Merker. You've probably seen the Ancestry.com commercial featuring his story. It begins with him declaring: "Growing up were German.""We danced in a German dance group," he continues. "We wore lederhosen." We then see him doing a little German dance in his lederhosen.Merker signed up for Ancestry.com and noticed very few Germans in his family tree....
  • Can Anti-Trump Hatred Carry the House for Democrats?

    10/19/2018 5:27:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2018 | Michael Barone
    "I have some thoughts on 'enthusiasm' and the election," tweeted Amy Walter, the Cook Political Report's ace analyst of House races. What I and, I suspect, others expected to follow was a discussion of how voters' enthusiasm, positive or negative, tends to determine who wins elections, especially in off-year elections, when turnout is more variable. Democrats had greater enthusiasm in 2006 and won both houses of Congress; Republicans had even more enthusiasm in 2010 and gained the largest number of House seats either party had since 1948. In this off-year election cycle, it's been obvious for months that Democrats...
  • Feminists Against Women

    10/19/2018 5:13:43 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | October 19, 2018 | Phyllis Chesler
    The sordid history of famous feminists shaming victims of sexual abuse. Reprinted from Tablet Magazine. Just yesterday, Hillary Clinton insisted that Bill did not abuse any power when he allowed his intern, Monica Lewinsky, who was half his age, to sexually service him. Hillary’s words are beyond belief and beyond embarrassing. As someone who has studied sexual violence against women for nearly 50 years, I am deeply troubled to see it used for partisan political gain. Doing so inflames anti-feminists, but more important it cheapens the momentum of the #MeToo movement and, I fear, will make it harder, not easier, for the next...
  • Burying Gosnell All Over Again

    10/19/2018 4:59:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2018 | Brent Bozell and Tim Graham
    News is whatever the press wants it to be. When the national media really hate a story, they try to bury it, and if it has the audacity to resurface, they try to bury it all over again. In 2013, Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder for the death of three babies whose necks he snipped after they were born alive. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Karnamaya Mongar, a refugee from Nepal who was overanesthetized, and faced hundreds of lesser counts. He was sentenced to life without parole. To read...
  • Trump Has Freed the Republican Party from the Media

    10/19/2018 4:51:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2018 | John Dempsey
    The media has battled President Trump from the day he announced his presidential bid. They have attacked him the last two years like all other Republicans, but have consistently failed. Trump’s approval ratings have been relatively consistent with a few rough patches; however, he always bounces back stronger. The legacy media cannot destroy what they did not create.Lesley Stahl with CBS News sat down with Trump for a one-on-one interview. She peppered him with questions about several different subjects. Stahl’s inquiries were “gotcha” in nature, but there was one difference. Trump is not a typical Republican president because he pushed back...
  • Left Uses Khashoggi as Latest Vehicle to Tarnish Trump

    10/18/2018 11:00:01 PM PDT · by onyx · 15 replies
    RUSH: Okay. Let me zero in on the situation involving the death of the so-called Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who’s now being referred to as a lovable, little teddy bear-type guy in the New York Times. There is… and I know I went through this the other day. But I am continuing to see it, and this is what makes me suspicious of this story, folks. You know, I read my tech blogs. I read everything. There are still people attempting via their reporting to suggest that there is a recording of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi from his...
  • Why Do Democrats Think the Caravan Will Help Them?

    10/18/2018 5:54:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 18, 2018 | Ruswh Limbaugh
    RUSH: Remember all these times in the past months when people would ask me to react to the latest generic ballot poll on the House races or the Senate races; I would always demur and say, “They don’t mean anything right now. The events that are gonna shape the election haven’t happened yet.” Then the Kavanaugh thing happened, and now there’s this massive caravan heading to the country with the aid of Mexico and Guatemala. Nobody is trying to stop this. Nobody is trying to stop it. It’s up to 4,000 people now. It’s estimated that this is costing somebody...
  • Mowing the lawn in Gaza

    10/18/2018 5:26:57 PM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | October 18, 2018 | Caroline B. Glick
    The main strategic takeaway from Gaza and from Judea and Samaria is that there is no solution, military or otherwise to the Palestinians’ never-ending war against the Jewish state. Wednesday night, the security cabinet convened to discuss the Hamas regime in Gaza’s escalating war against Israel. The current round of war began seven months ago when Hamas terror bosses ordered Gaza residents to the border with Israel. The declared purpose of the mass gatherings was to destroy Israel in what Hamas referred to as “the march of return.” Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar and Ismail Haniyeh promised they would hold a...
  • The Kavanaugh Imbroglio

    10/18/2018 5:01:47 PM PDT · by SJackson · 28 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | October 18, 2018 | Isi Leibler
    There is no disputing that liberal Jews were concerned that Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court represented a threat to their cherished interests. Although I am not American, I must confess that I was glued to the screen watching the Kavanaugh hearings in the US Senate. With the hindsight of time, I will attempt to provide a retrospective analysis, including the role of Jews. Let me first state emphatically that I am not ambivalent about rape, which I consider almost equivalent to murder, and those violators must be punished mercilessly with the full rigor of the law. Justice Brett Kavanaugh...
  • Democrats can’t shake the Ghost of Clintons Past

    10/18/2018 4:40:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 18, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    The messaging strategy of the Democrats during this mid-term cycle has been clear. They’ve become disillusioned with the old, moderate, centrist tone taken by party leaders in the past. (Or at least what they perceive as moderate, anyway.) They’re ready for fresh blood and new leadership, lifting up a generation of proudly liberal, largely young, female and minority voices. In short, they are once again ready to “move on.” But will Hillary Clinton let them?That seems to be the underlying question our friend Liz Mair poses in a new column at the Daily Beast. Dear God, Hillary. Please just go....
  • Opinion: America Already Has a Centrist Party. It’s Called the Democrats.

    10/18/2018 1:06:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 77 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | October 18, 2018 | By Eric Levitz
    If your only source of information about American politics in 2018 were the GOP’s campaign ads, you would think that the Democratic Party was a radical left-wing organization, whose principal constituents were anarchists, misandrists, literal terrorists, and acolytes of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro. If you supplemented those 30-second spots with Donald Trump’s stump speeches, and Fox News’ prime-time lineup, you might further conclude that Nancy Pelosi was the chair of The House Antifa Caucus. In other words: The GOP’s message-makers are working round-the-clock to collapse the distinctions between the Democratic Party and the most radical activists at the far-left fringes...
  • Our Revolution’s Logic

    10/18/2018 10:31:56 AM PDT · by mojito · 7 replies
    The American Mind-Claremont Institute ^ | 10/18/2018 | Angelo Codevilla
    The primary objective of any people who find themselves in the throes of a revolution is to find ways of diverting its logic from its worst conclusions. [....] The logic that drives each turn of our revolutionary spiral is Progressive Americans’ inherently insatiable desire to exercise their superiority over those they deem inferior. With Newtonian necessity, each such exercise causes a corresponding and opposite reaction. The logic’s force comes not from the substance of the Progressives’ demands. If that were the case, acquiescing to or compromising with them could cut it short. Rather, it comes from that which moves, changes,...
  • Why White Supremacists Are Chugging Milk (and Why Geneticists Are Alarmed)

    10/18/2018 9:30:38 AM PDT · by Theoria · 55 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 17 Oct 2018 | Amy Harmon
    Nowhere on the agenda of the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, being held in San Diego this week, is a topic plaguing many of its members: the recurring appropriation of the field’s research in the name of white supremacy. “Sticking your neck out on political issues is difficult,” said Jennifer Wagner, a bioethicist and president of the group’s social issues committee, who had sought to convene a panel on the racist misuse of genetics and found little traction. But the specter of the field’s ignominious past, which includes support for the American eugenics movement, looms large...
  • Doctors in Milan successfully treat spina bifida in unborn baby

    10/18/2018 8:37:37 AM PDT · by Salman · 5 replies
    The Local ^ | 18 October 2018 | The Local
    In the first operation of its kind in Europe, the San Raffaele hospital in Milan has used new technology to correct the congenital defect, which affects some 20,000 babies worldwide. Doctors in Milan have successfully used a new technique to correct spina bifida in an unborn baby at 22 weeks. A team of gynecologists and neurosurgeons at the city’s San Raffaele Hospital have successfully performed the "complete neurosurgical correction of spina bifida in utero," local media reports. The condition was diagnosed at the 19th week of pregnancy, and the operation, which lasted just over two hours, was carried out three...