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  • Reproductive ‘Justice’ [Of course, abortion is part of it; but there’s much, much more]

    07/23/2014 3:29:25 AM PDT · by markomalley
    National Review ^ | 7/23/2014 | Ian Tuttle
    It is not hard to tell what kind of persons penned the University of Chicago’s “abguide,” given passages like this: *While this guide may refer to “women” when discussing study results or use female pronouns in some instances, we recognize that individuals seeking pregnancy counseling or abortion may not identify as women. We encourage readers to keep this in mind and provide sensitive counseling and care. Abguide.uchicago.edu is the University of Chicago’s online abortion guide, “Accessing Abortion in Illinois: A Guide for Health Care and Social Service Providers,” and the above sentences appear on the homepage, presumably to prevent visitors...
  • Is Anything Obama's Fault?

    07/23/2014 3:12:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/23/2014 | Randall Hoven
    President Obama blamed the recent influx of unaccompanied children crossing our southern border on violence in Central America. I expected the usual media suspects to support Obama’s narrative, as well as the ever-popular Blame-Bush excuse. I did not expect the usually more rational Wall Street Journal, and specifically Mary Anastasia O’Grady (whom I had admired), to support them. “Well, I think, Paul, what you have is a combination of factors, both push-and-pull factors. So from Central America, you have lots of crime and violence… the effect of the war on drugs in Central America has created chaos and a breakdown...
  • Chasing Hillary

    07/23/2014 3:03:58 AM PDT · by markomalley
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7/23/2014 | Daniel Halper
    Among Democrats who hope Hillary Clinton doesn’t run—and their number is larger than one might think—the complaints are familiar. Age and stamina are the obvious considerations. “Look at Obama’s hair color, just like George Bush’s,” says a prominent Washington insider. “Somebody who’s seventy shouldn’t be president. And I think that’s going to be an interesting issue against her, but who in the Democratic Party is going to have the guts to take on that machine?” A former Clinton campaign adviser is equally blunt. “This is gonna sound superficial”—which is an understatement—“but men do age better than women,” he says. “At...
  • [PCUSA] Presbyterian Church Slams Israel —- Ignores Christian Persecution

    07/23/2014 2:21:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 7/23/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Days before the recent Israel/Hamas conflict erupted, the Presbyterian Church in America withdrew $21 million worth in investments from Israel because, as spokesman Heath Rada put it, the Israeli government’s actions “harm the Palestinian people.”Soon after, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and was asked if he was “troubled” by the Presbyterian Church’s move.Netanyahu responded: It should trouble all people of conscience and morality because it’s so disgraceful. You know, you look at what’s happening in the Middle East and I think most Americans understand this, they see this enormous area riveted by religious hatred,...
  • Will John Roberts Decide a 'State' Is Not a 'State'?

    07/23/2014 2:00:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/23/2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Supreme Court may soon need to decide whether the federal government can be considered a "state" in our federal republic in the same sense that Iowa, Wyoming and Wisconsin are states. On the face of it, this question may seem absurd. In fact, given any level of reflection, it is absurd. The federal government is not one of the states. But this absurd question was at the heart of Halbig v. Burwell, decided this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and it could soon become a defining issue in American life. Section 1311...
  • Anonymity comes with a trade-off [to Josh Earnest over his tantrum about WaPo migrant story]

    07/23/2014 1:45:31 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    Times Union ^ | July 22, 2014 | Ruth Marcus
    Let us now praise anonymous sources. The new White House press secretary got into a familiar old spat with the White House press corps the other day over the use of anonymous sources. Josh Earnest — has there ever been a more perfectly named spokesman? — was a bit off in his timing. He lit into The Washington Post — and noted its reporters were absent from the briefing — for its alleged overuse of unnamed sources. This critique came as the White House was emailing reporters about a background briefing that very afternoon. Featuring, yes, unnamed senior administration officials,...
  • Russian Totalitarian Impulse Is A Feature, Not A Bug

    07/22/2014 8:07:38 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    investors.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | DENNIS PRAGER
    First, Vladimir Putin suppresses — sometimes violently — virtually all dissent in Russia. And most Russians are apparently entirely comfortable with it. Not just comfortable — supportive. Second, there is widespread nostalgia among Russian citizens for Stalin. One has to wonder if there is any other example of a large body of people pining for a leader who murdered tens of millions of their own people. Third, there is increasingly little difference between the Russian media and the Soviet media. Both were/are saturated with lies. Anne Applebaum, foreign affairs columnist for the Washington Post, reports that "Russia's state-controlled mass media...
  • The Middle East Disease is Anti-Semitism

    07/22/2014 6:53:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, this is typical, sadly typical. I had a staff member, my trusted and loyal chief of staff, H.R., just said to me during the break, "My God, there's no law! Nothing means anything! Oh, my God, I'm depressed!" I said, "H.R., I've been where you are for five years." Ever since this guy was immaculated. Everything that's happening here I had a total -- I was like Nostradamus. I knew, not specifically, but I knew this kind of thing was going to happen. Remember the discussion yesterday, talking about Middle East peace and the Ukrainian situation,...
  • Flashback 2012: We Predicted Subsidies Would Trip Up Obamacare

    07/22/2014 6:47:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, back on July 3rd, 2012. You can go look it up, with our brilliant exhaustive search feature at RushLimbaugh.com. "These 'State Exchanges' Are a Health Care DMV," is the slug line of the segment, and I am just gonna read to you excerpts of what I said that day, July 3rd, 2012. "[Michael Tanner]: 'One last wrinkle: It is those subsidies that trigger the penalty,' or the tax, whatever you want to call it, 'under Obamacare for employers who fail to provide workers with insurance. So states that don't set up exchanges could also escape the...
  • A Huge Day for the Rule of Law

    07/22/2014 6:40:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Yeah, it's big. It's very, very big, but what the heck? Obama could just rewrite the law again if he wants to. He's already done that 71 times. That's the official count. It's either 41 or 71. I'm not sure, one of the two, probably 71. All the waivers, all the delays, all the rewrites, 71 executive changes to Obamacare, if you count the IRS and their interpretation of things. Anyway, it's a big ruling, if it holds, ladies and gentlemen. How are you? Great to be back with you. Rush Limbaugh here at the Limbaugh Institute...
  • You Blew It! TSA Literally Becomes a Joke

    07/22/2014 4:33:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Mark Skousen
    You Blew It! TSA Literally Becomes a Joke “TSA is the gold standard of airline security.” – John Pistole, director, TSA (Thousands Standing Around) Last week, roughly 2,000 people joined me for the annual FreedomFest conference in Las Vegas, and it offered an opportunity to poke fun at the TSA, a federal agency that seems to probe and prod a bit too aggressively even when encountering innocent and harmless passengers. We performed a modern-day version of Camelot as our featured entertainment during Saturday evening’s gala and included a humorous scene of Sir Lancelot trying to arrive from France to aid...
  • HuffPo Attacks Companies for Making Too Much Profit

    07/22/2014 3:33:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The Huffington Post is beside itself with indignant rage over companies moving their headquarters overseas to avoid paying the highest corporate income tax in the industrialized world. Feeling that Secretary Jack Lew was onto something when he accused companies of being economic traitors for reducing their tax burden, the HuffPo let loose a string of economic illiterate ramblings about the indecency of corporate profits.Early last week, the drug firm Mylan stomped on the Stars and Stripes as it ditched America for the Netherlands. Then, on Friday, the drug company AbbVie similarly renounced America. For 30 pieces of silver, it will...
  • A Simple Solution to the Highway Trust Fund Deficit

    07/22/2014 3:20:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m a big believer in federalism, both as a matter of policy and politics. So you won’t be surprised that I’ve called for the abolition of the Department of Transportation. On more than one occasion. But when you’re trying to convince politicians to give up power and money, it takes a lot repetition. So, to paraphrase what Ronald Reagan said to Jimmy Carter, here we go again. Dan Mitchell Urging Abolition of Department of Transportation I want to emphasize one part of the interview. I’m agnostic on the issue of whether America as a whole needs more infrastructure spending, but...
  • Getting Away With Murder

    07/22/2014 3:04:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Mark Nuckols
    Vladimir Putin is hoping to get away with murder. Last week a civilian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a sophisticated anti-aircraft missile system, and 298 innocent people died as a result. Simple logic and all the early evidence to point to Russia as the guilty party, but Putin smugly believes that he will get off scot-free. And he has good reasons to think so. He enjoys strong support from a gullible and fiercely nationalistic Russian public that uncritically believes the Kremlin’s propaganda. The militants who almost certainly brought down Malaysian Airways Flight MH 17 with Russian support...
  • When College Isn't Worth It

    07/22/2014 2:50:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Charles Payne
    Much noise has been made about the growing student loan bubble and what kind of impact it will have on the economy when it goes “boom.” It is a reasonable question, but if you are thinking this is just like the housing bubble, or the tech/Internet- stock market bubble, you are wrong. There is no doubt that the rapid spike in student loans over the past five-years has been alarming, especially since the funding and now the risk comes at the expense of taxpayers. However, being accustomed to getting the short end of the stick when the world is turned...
  • A Day on the Border

    07/22/2014 8:23:03 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/22/14 | Elise Cooper
    American Thinker received a phone call from an irate Arizona rancher, Kelly, who emphatically stated that she is direct proof that Harry Reid is wrong: the border is not secure. Her story is heartwrenching, scary, and eye opening. Americans need to understand that the statements of the Democrats and the Obama administration regarding the border are completely false. It is bad enough that, because of the president’s direct comments and executive actions, thousands of Central American children have been sent to this country, traveling through a porous border. But after reading Kelly’s harrowing encounter below, Americans should be aware that...
  • The Biggest Hypocrites in America

    07/22/2014 2:04:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Bill Kerpen
    Liberal megadonor Tom Steyer, failing to raise any significant outside money for his global warming Super PAC, turned to one of his San Francisco neighbors for a million dollar check. It was Herb Sandler, the subprime mortgage lender at the heart of the housing crisis, and like Steyer a huge hypocrite. Tom Steyer made his fortune as an international coal financier while enticing investors with a tax-avoidance strategy featuring offshore shelters in the Caymans, Mauritius, and Singapore. Now he's using that fortune to support liberal Democrats who want to hike taxes and deny hardworking Americans access to the same...
  • D'Souza's America

    07/22/2014 1:41:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jack Kerwick
    Its friends in the media would have us think that Dinesh D’ Souza’s latest cinematic work, America: Imagine a World Without Her, is worth seeing because of the effectiveness with which D’ Souza demolishes the standard leftist charges leveled against the United States. I come away from this film with a dramatically different response. While D’ Souza is to be commended for establishing, by way of quite a few tidbits that promise to be news to most viewers, America hardly has a monopoly on “oppression,” what he gives with one hand D’ Souza takes with the other: D’ Souza not...
  • An Oath for Obama

    07/22/2014 12:04:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Tom Purcell
    "I say it's high time we update the wording of the presidential oath of office, which is specified in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution." "Update it?" "That's right. Our current president isn't following it much anyhow, so why don't you recite it from the top so we can get to work?" "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." "'I,' you say? Since some want our country to be more...
  • President Obama You Have Crossed A Dangerous, Unprecedented Line

    07/22/2014 11:39:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Michael Brown
    Dear Mr. President, I write to you today as a concerned citizen of our great nation, standing as a witness against your historic actions on the morning of July 21, 2014, actions which I hope you will one day repudiate with deep remorse and regret. I am referring, of course, to your signing an executive order Monday banning “discrimination” by federal contractors against LGBT people, allowing for no religious exemptions of any kind. This was an outrageous act of discrimination against religion in the name of anti-discrimination, an act of bullying people of faith in the name of the prevention...
  • Layoffs Prove the Deceit of Amnesty

    07/22/2014 11:12:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The shocking announcement that Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs is still sinking in. Most of those employees do not have a realistic chance of obtaining as good a job as the one they are losing. In the United States, the number of engineering jobs has been sharply declining. In 2002 the number of electrical engineering jobs in the United States was 385,000, but despite increased demand for technology, the job total dropped to only 300,000 last year. And that number is not even for American workers, because thousands of these jobs are soaked up by the H-1B visa racket,...
  • No holds barred: Israel is being crucified by unchallenged lies

    07/22/2014 11:00:48 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/22/2014 | SHMULEY BOTEACH
    I recently received an email from a reporter asking me to comment on questions of the “when did you stop beating your wife” variety. I receive these near daily from anti-Israel and anti-Semitic publications who accuse me of everything from supporting genocide against Palestinians, to lending my name to African regimes that slaughter their people (they’re referring to my friend President Paul Kagame, who actually stopped the genocide in Rwanda in 1994), to abandoning Michael Jackson. But this one came from a Jewish publication and included these gems: Do I disappear for days, sometimes weeks, into a room where I...
  • America’s curiously selective moral calculus vis-ŕ-vis Israel

    07/22/2014 10:56:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/22/2014 | MICHAEL FREUND
    In most such cases, the US does not even acknowledge its responsibility for its own lethal drone attacks, let alone issue an apology. With a predictability that is rapidly becoming mind-numbing monotony, various US officials from the president on down have been stressing the need for Israel to exercise restraint in its counter- terror operation in Gaza so as to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties. In addition to President Barack Obama, this concern has been voiced in recent days in one form or another by none other than US Secretary of State John Kerry, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, as...
  • Russians Have a Totally Different Understanding of What Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

    07/22/2014 9:40:35 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 25 replies
    New Republic ^ | 7/20/2014 | Julia Ioffe
    Did you know Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was full of corpses when it took off from Amsterdam? Did you know that, for some darkly inexplicable reason, on July 17, MH17 moved off the standard flight path that it had taken every time before, and moved north, toward rebel-held areas outside Donetsk? Or that the dispatchers summoned the plane lower just before the crash? Or that the plane had been recently reinsured? Or that the Ukrainian army has air defense systems in the area? Or that it was the result of the Ukrainian military mistaking MH17 for Putin’s presidential plane, which...
  • Do Blacks Need Favors?

    07/22/2014 7:40:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | July 22, 2014 | By Walter Williams
    Earlier this month, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act was celebrated. During the act’s legislative debate, then-Sen. Hubert Humphrey, responding to predictions, promised, “I’ll eat my hat if this leads to racial quotas.” I don’t know whether Humphrey got around to keeping his promise, but here’s my question: Is it within the capacity of black Americans to make it in this society without the special favors variously called racial preferences, quotas, affirmative action and race-sensitive policies? What might a “yes” answer to that question assume and imply about blacks? Likewise, what would a “no” answer assume and imply?...
  • SHOT UP: Udall Losing In NYT Predictive Model For First Time

    07/21/2014 2:57:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | July 21, 2014
    For the first time this entire election cycle The New York Times Senate forecast at The Upshot predicts Udall has a greater chance of losing reelection than winning (53%-47%). This is a huge deal, as The Upshot tries to go beyond just the polls and factor in other intangibles about a race, such as, incumbency, fundraising, a state’s past election history among others, who the liberals at the NYT want to win. All those factors in The Upshot model lean heavily Udall’s way. Yet, despite this inherent, built-in advantage, Udall can’t overcome one thing: the people of Colorado feel he...
  • Are the Gazans Who Voted for Hamas Ever Responsible for their Actions?

    07/22/2014 6:03:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 19 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 21, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Are the Gazans Who Voted for Hamas Ever Responsible for their Actions?Posted By Daniel Greenfield On July 21, 2014 @ 8:14 pm In The Point | 13 Comments Hamas didn’t just take power. It won an election. There was never any doubt then or before what its favorite tactics involved.The media acts as if the Muslims in Gaza are in a category apart from Hamas, but they’re no more separate than the Japanese were from their government or the Germans were from their government. Less so since Hamas did win an election.That’s the question that Thane Rosenbaum raises. The...
  • Immigration ‘Reform’: Engineered Destruction of the Middle Class

    07/22/2014 5:34:00 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 22, 2014 | Michael Cutler
    Immigration ‘Reform’: Engineered Destruction of the Middle ClassPosted By Michael Cutler On July 22, 2014 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments Periodically so-called “buzz words” and “buzz phrases” become fashionable.  Of late, the concept of “wage equality” has been bandied about by members of the administration, politicians and some media personalities.In point of fact, on July 15, 2014, the publication “Mail Online” published a report with a self- explanatory title:  “America’s 1 percenters are even richer than we thought: Richest actually control 37 percent of U.S. Wealth”It has been said that “beauty is in the eye of...
  • Texas to Take Action on Obama’s Border Crisis

    07/22/2014 5:31:44 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 22, 2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    Texas to Take Action on Obama’s Border CrisisPosted By Arnold Ahlert On July 22, 2014 @ 12:53 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments Texas Governor Rick Perry announced Monday afternoon that he is sending 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard to the U.S.-Mexican border. “Over the years I have repeatedly called on the federal government to live up to its responsibility of protecting this great nation by securing the border,” said Perry, who added that he will “not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor.”Under assault might be...
  • Moral Equivalence Is Usually Moral Negligence

    07/22/2014 4:16:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Efforts to proclaim moral equivalence are not always misguided; sometimes each side is equally at fault or close enough. But these efforts are often misguided and unhelpful -- and sometimes harmful. Throughout my life, there has been an increasing trend to attach moral equivalence to all kinds of disputes and conflicts, such as Israel vs. Hamas, which is the subject of a future column. I assume this is mostly an outgrowth of our culture's descent into moral relativism, but it's also a product of our intellectual laziness. We see it everywhere. It is a common practice in describing marriages gone...
  • Obama Dragged Down by Chaos at Home and Abroad, not by the Economy

    07/22/2014 4:08:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Michael Barone
    "Why do you think President Obama's job rating is falling, even though the economy is recovering?" the interviewer asked. It's a fair question, even though the economy declined 2.9 percent in the first quarter, even though most jobs created in June were part-time, and even though labor force participation remains low. The fact is that the economy is growing, however slowly; jobs are being created, and the unemployment rate is heading down toward what economists consider full employment. And still the president's job rating languishes. What's wrong with the question is an assumption embedded within it, that what voters seek...
  • What America Needs Now

    07/22/2014 4:01:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    Forty-five years ago, there was a day like few others that rallied Americans and changed America forever. Yet I could find but one or two news stories about that momentous occasion and triumph. Do you remember what it was? It's the type of event that America needs now, maybe more than ever before. If you're old enough, you remember July 20, 1969, when 123 million of roughly 200 million Americans were riveted to their televisions, watching astronaut Neil Armstrong 240,000 miles from Earth. As he stepped off the Eagle -- the lunar landing module -- to become the first human...
  • At Last — Someone Did Something - Gov. Perry sends in the guard

    07/22/2014 3:56:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 22, 2014 | William Murchison –
    So, then, what are we supposed to think when the governor of Texas dispatches National Guardsmen to the state border with Mexico in order to deflect the onrush of illegal border-crossers? What are we supposed to do? Do? A strange concept these days. Do something about the Russians and their depraved allies for shooting down a passenger plane? Do something about the depraved crowd of terrorists who provoked Israel into assaulting the tunnels in which they skulk? Do something about those equally depraved Iraqi terrorists now rounding up and expelling Christians from their midst? Do something about the kidnappers of...
  • What the Media Won't Report About Flight MH17

    07/22/2014 3:53:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Ron Paul
    Just days after the tragic crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine, Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said. President Obama held a press conference to claim - even before an investigation - that it was pro-Russian rebels in the region who were responsible. His ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, did the same at the UN Security Council - just one day after the crash! While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event,...
  • ObamaCare´s Shrinking Geography

    07/22/2014 3:39:50 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 4 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/21/2014 | IBD Staff
    Reform: Probably hoping no one would notice, regulators late last week exempted from ObamaCare five U.S. territories where it was failing. Will they do the same once it´s obvious ObamaCare is failing everywhere else? When the geniuses in Congress and the White House were writing the ObamaCare legislation, they made a slight mistake. The law imposed ObamaCare´s guaranteed issue and community rating insurance mandates on the five territories — which have a combined population of more than 4 million — but it exempted them from the individual mandate and didn´t offer any subsidies. Not surprisingly, the insurance markets quickly collapsed...
  • Diversity for Thee, but Not for Me

    07/22/2014 3:35:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/22/2014 | Jim Yardley
    The Progressive mantra of “diversity is our strength” is one of the most honored catchphrases of the left. Like all slogans, it is a test to see if common folk are “gun-toting, Bible-clinging” Neanderthals or are they part of the enlightened, educated elites to whom the rest of us must surrender our individual beliefs, opinions, and thoughts. But as with all that the Progressives say, the meaning of the words being used is warped and misrepresented. For example, think about what Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz is saying in the following: Diversity on the bench is critical. As practitioners, you need...
  • Obama and Putin’s Savage World Order

    07/21/2014 2:17:07 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 8 replies
    Front Page ^ | July 21 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Whether it’s Obama sneering “Sue me” to critics of his abuses of power or Putin shrugging at yet another atrocity, we are no longer in the civilized urbane precincts of law and government. What both men have in common is a hard left background which has taught them that the only defining principle in politics is Lenin’s “Kto-Kovo”. Kto-Kovo or Who-Whom reduced all interactions to warfare. The Bolsheviks ushered in the end of rules, decency or honor. All that mattered was who would be able to destroy whom. It didn’t matter whether you had justice on your side, but what...
  • Putin Revealed

    07/21/2014 2:15:47 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Kim Zigfeld
    No amount of Kremlin propaganda can hide the fact that Putin has poured gasoline on a raging fire in Eastern Ukraine. Once seen as a smooth and effective administrator, Putin now stands exposed as a clueless bungler. And that brings us to Obama’s so-called “reset” policy with Russia, perhaps the single most odious and disastrous foreign policy since Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler. Obama’s weakness and appeasement on Russia encouraged Putin to believe he was nearly omnipotent in post-Soviet space and could do as he pleased. Last week, it cost nearly 300 innocent lives. Yet Obama didn’t apologize or even acknowledge...
  • Why The Russians Are Panicking Over Flight 17

    07/21/2014 1:32:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 39 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Tom Nichols
    <p>Putin, I’m sure, was briefed ahead of time and told that such an accident could never happen.</p> <p>No, Mr. President, we will sweep any Ukrainian military jets from the sky. Yes, Mr. President, we will control their airspace, and paralyze them, until they accept partition, as we did with Crimea. No, Mr. President, we are professionals and there is no chance of error or detection. We have trained to fight Americans, this will be a piece of cake.</p>
  • Sowell: Bordering on Madness (Good Read)

    07/21/2014 12:11:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 67 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 22, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by some Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, "We are as good as you are!" One of the things that make the history of clashes over race or ethnicity such a history of tragedies around the world is that — regardless of whatever particular issue sets off these clashes — many people see the ultimate stakes as their worth as human beings. On that, there is no room for compromise, but only polarization. That is why playing...
  • Israel holds moral high ground in Gaza

    07/21/2014 12:01:39 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7-21-14 | Charles Krauthammer
    Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking. "Here's the difference between us," explains Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "We're using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles." Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral clarity. Yet we routinely hear this Israel-Gaza fighting described as a morally equivalent "cycle of violence." This is absurd. What possible interest can Israel have in cross-border fighting?...
  • Democrats losing moral clarity on Israel

    07/21/2014 12:00:12 PM PDT · by SJackson · 25 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 7-21-14 | Jeff Jacoby
    The Pew Research Center last week released a new survey of American attitudes in the Middle East. The results weren’t surprising. In the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, 51 percent of Americans say they sympathize more with Israel. Only 14 percent feel greater affinity for the Palestinians. Pew’s findings demonstrate the strength of pro-Israel feeling in the United States. The poll was conducted amid the current fighting with Hamas, but the bottom line hardly changed from Pew’s last survey in April, when it reported that in the 36 years it has been sampling public opinion, “sympathy toward Israel has...
  • Media Anti-Semitism on the March-In solidarity with academia and the political world.

    07/21/2014 11:51:04 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 7.19.14 | Ben Stein
    July 18, 2014 Well, this has been a depressing day. The smoke here in Sandpoint is like soup. A short walk through the city beach left my lungs on fire. Apparently the forest fire in Washington state blowing our way is one of the biggest forest fires in decades. Close to 200,000 acres burned so far. At times, the breeze blows away the smoke but then it comes back and it’s oppressive. The fire is zero percent contained. Smokey, gritty Sandpoint isn’t the Sandpoint we know and love. But I love it anyway. I slept late, as always when I...
  • It’s Another “Death to the Jews” Weekend

    07/21/2014 11:46:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 21, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    From Berkeley to Boston and from Paris to Sydney, the season is upon us again. Hipsters twirl Keffiyahs from some Shanghai factory around their necks, don army surplus jackets and Decembrist t-shirts and head to the nearest Israeli embassy to scream about a new Holocaust. Shiites and Sunnis temporarily put aside their blood feuds and entire families of Syrian Alawites and Turkish Sunnis stand in London or Berlin screaming “Death to the Jews”. Joining them are elderly Trotskyists and aging Stalinists, normally as mutually hostile as Shiites and Sunnis, who put aside their differences to feebly wave cardboard signs about...
  • Ron Paul is Putin's New Best Friend

    07/21/2014 11:32:01 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 14 replies
    National Journal ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | Lucia Graves
    It used to be that blaming America for crisis abroad was largely the province of liberals. That folk wisdom appears to be changing—just ask Ron Paul. In the days after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the former House member has been quick to attack the West and President Obama for pointing any fingers in the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Sebastian Gorka: Christian Holocaust Underway in Iraq, USA and World Look On

    07/20/2014 7:16:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 19 Jul 2014 | Robert Wilde
    When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, there were at least 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Over the last ten years, significantly in the last few months with the emergence of ISIS, that figure has dropped to about 400,000. In a region where Christians predate Muslims by centuries, over one million Christians have been killed or have had to flee because of jihadi persecution, while America is basically standing by and watching. This is the sad news that Breitbart’s National Security Editor and one of the world’s leading experts on asymmetric warfare, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, brought to Breitbart News Saturday,...
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin’s brutality should not come as any surprise

    07/21/2014 11:02:08 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    heraldsun.com.au ^ | July 22, 2014 | ALAN HOWE
    AMONG the daft things uttered by George W Bush while he was president of the United States — and there were plenty — his 2001 assessment of Russia’s then new leader, Vladimir Putin, was the dumbest. Mastering that familiar expression of simian incomprehension, Bush said that he “liked the look of the man”. “I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy, and we had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul.” Bush said he saw in Putin a man committed to his country and its best interests. But before him that day...
  • No Taxing Our Way Out of Looming Health Spending Crisis

    07/21/2014 10:55:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Mallory Carr
    The fiscal train wreck that Obamacare and other health care entitlements will inevitably cause is quickly approaching—and no amount of tax increases can save us from the crash. Although the “Eat the Rich” and “Tax the one percent” way of thinking is currently in vogue, these catchy sound-bites remain nothing more than pithy slogans. Not only can the “rich” not pay it off, but if Congress does not act, the rich, the middle class, and the poor together will not be able to cover the tab. Making matters worse, taxes are scheduled to increase significantly on earners in all income...
  • Remember the Space Race?

    07/21/2014 10:14:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | George Mano
    July 20, 2014, will mark the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, the first time humans had ever set foot on another part of the universe. Besides being a tremendous scientific achievement, it was also an important political statement, a battle victory for the US and the West over the Soviet Union and the Communists in the Cold War, a battle known as the Space Race. During World War II the technological leaders in rocket science were the Germans. After the war, with the Cold War underway, the US and the USSR each tried to...
  • Speaking of Gaza: The Left Hates Hitler...and His Victims

    07/21/2014 10:05:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Shawn Mitchell
    Please explain how the national and international Left accomplished this bipolar feat: The two most hated national identities in the world are Hitler's Germany, and the tiny, beleaguered state the international community birthed in 1948 to harbor the survivors and refugees from Hitler's campaign. Tell us, Leftists. Can history's worst villains really be the Uber Predator and the determined, watchful. prospering remnant of the Predator's victims? I used to think populists who criticize the existence of public education were a little wacky. But here's the thing--the difference in world views and values among citizens is becoming sharper. And harsher. Bitter...