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  • In Scotland, 'Aye' Means No to England

    09/16/2014 9:11:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Should Scotland be an independent country?" reads the referendum on which Scotland will vote Thursday. Voters have two choices -- yes or no. Queen Elizabeth II went so far as to tell Scots on Sunday, "I hope people will think very carefully about the future." The queen was savvy to urge Scots to look ahead, not behind. The Scottish Parliament building opened in 2004 after the Scotland Act 1978 allowed for local control. It is a marvel of modern architecture located off Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Its open architecture and use of glass, oak and sycamore display a determination to root...
  • The Great Unraveling

    09/16/2014 8:26:28 AM PDT · by Baynative · 27 replies
    NYT ^ | 9/15/14 | Roger Cohen
    It was a time of beheadings...It was a time of aggression...It was a time of breakup...It was a time of hatred.... It was a time of weakness. The most powerful nation on earth was tired of far-flung wars, its will and treasury depleted by absence of victory. An ungrateful world could damn well police itself. The nation had bridges to build and education systems to fix. Civil wars between Arabs could fester. Enemies might even kill other enemies, a low-cost gain. Middle Eastern borders could fade; they were artificial colonial lines on a map.
  • Ted Cruz's Speech to Arab Christians

    09/16/2014 8:13:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    Last week at the inaugural summit of the organization, In Defense of Christians, founded to help the most persecuted religious communities in the world today, Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the Muslim world, Senator Ted Cruz was heckled and booed, and decided to walk off the stage. This is how he began his speech: "Today we are gathered at a time of extraordinary challenge. Tonight we are all united in defense of Christians. Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews." All of 117 words -- about the killing of Christians -- later, Senator Cruz...
  • Hillary's "Steak" is Not Well Done

    09/16/2014 7:43:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Prior to his annual steak fry, retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said this about Hillary Clinton to Dan Balz of The Washington Post: "...she is much more progressive in her thoughts and her inclination than most people may think." Liberals have embraced the word "progressive" because it sounds more forward-looking than "liberal," which has a track record voters periodically reject when the ideology doesn't live up to its declared goals (think Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern, Michael Dukakis, John Kerry, John Edwards and Al Gore, among others). There is much we know about Hillary Clinton by whatever label she chooses to...
  • Record Ice Coverage More Proof that Weather Still Exists Despite Obama's Attempt to Ban It

    09/16/2014 7:37:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | John Ransom
    Record ice in Antarctica is more proof that Obama is a failure. Despite claiming to control the weather with both his genius intellect and the power of his superhuman Nobel prize, it's been apparent he is not succeeding. And weÂ’ve all noticed it for some time now.No matter the circumstances, every weather event is blamed on global warming in an attempt to cover up Obama's nefarious plot failure.Cold temperature? Global warming. Hot temperatures? Global warming? Snow? Global warming. Drought? Global warming. Hurricanes, tornadoes or the lack thereof? Global warming. There was even an attempt by a ditzy news anchor on...
  • Prickly Narcissist

    09/16/2014 7:28:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Mona Charen
    "Oh, it's a shame when you have a wan, diffident, professorial president with no foreign policy other than 'don't do stupid things.'" So griped President Obama to a select (and loose-lipped) group of dinner guests the other night. The president is annoyed that critics cannot see the wisdom in his prudence. "I do not make apologies for being careful in these areas, even if it doesn't make for good theater." Obama's tendency to caricature his critics -- in this case suggesting that they're looking for "theater" rather than solid accomplishment -- may be remembered as one of his most damaging...
  • Obama Forced by Events to Reverse Course --- and Disillusion Base

    09/16/2014 7:01:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16 | Michael Barone
    Iraq, immigration, inversion. On all three of the issues referred to, President Obama finds himself forced by events to do something he dislikes -- and he's in trouble with much of his Democratic Party base for doing so. Obama seemed ill at ease before the camera and teleprompter on the evening of Sept. 10. Sending troops into Iraq and Syria is probably the last thing he expected to do when he set out running for president in 2007. He still insists that he will send in "no ground troops," though it appears that hundreds of U.S. military personnel are literally...
  • Thousands of American troops headed to Africa to fight… Ebola?

    09/16/2014 6:44:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Africa is rapidly becoming an environment rich in both targets and threats. In Nigeria, the fundamentalist terror group Boko Haram has seized vast swaths of territory and declared the foundation of an African Islamic caliphate. The group known for kidnapping, killing, and enslaving children has embarked on a crusade to destroy the ancient Christian communities in the territory it controls and has imposed Sharia law on locals. In Libya, the Islamist militias which arose after Gaddafi fell have captured the country’s capital. On Tuesday, new mysterious airstrikes were reportedly carried out against positions occupied by the Islamist militia, Libyan Dawn....
  • Up to a Point: A Free Scotland Would Be a Hilarious Disaster

    09/16/2014 6:34:55 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 42 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 9-13-2014 | P. J. O’Rourke
    <p>This coming Thursday the Scots will vote on whether to make Scotland an independent nation. And I hope they do because it will be a disaster.</p> <p>I don’t say this as a prejudiced Irishman. Even though the thistle-arse sheep-shagger Scots swiped Ulster and sent a herd of Presbyterian proddy dogs and porridge wogs to squat on our land and won the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 by using unfair—indeed, unheard of —- organization, discipline, and tactics on an Irish battlefield. We Micks only hold a grudge about such things for 300 years or so.</p>
  • Professors Must Defy Feds To Protect Victims

    09/16/2014 6:23:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Mike Adams
    The federal government is in desperate need of both rape and sexual harassment victims. These victims are needed in order to justify sweeping nationwide changes to the campus judiciary. These changes include holding quasi-rape trials on college campuses using a preponderance of evidence standard, instead of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Also included in these changes is suspension of double jeopardy protection so that women can repeatedly try accused rapists until they achieve the desired result of conviction, regardless of actual guilt or innocence. In order to achieve such an affront to widely accepted principles of due process an epidemic...
  • Heather Has Two Genders

    09/16/2014 5:42:47 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 14, 2014 | MEGHAN COX GURDON
    Once upon a time, there was a red crayon that could only draw blue: blue fire engines, blue strawberries, blue hearts—all things we know to be red he could only draw in blue. No matter how hard the crayon tried, no matter how critical the remarks of others, the crayon couldn't behave in accordance with the label on his side. "He was red, but he wasn't very good at it," Michael Hall explains in "Red: A Crayon's Story," a forthcoming picture book that reads like a fable of gender identity. "I have a girl brain but a boy body," says...
  • The Real Sickness At The Heart Of American Culture

    09/16/2014 5:27:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | John Hawkins
    People don't like to talk about America's culture for the same reason that a man who just had a heart attack doesn't want to discuss the double bacon cheeseburger he's eating. He knows what he's doing is killing him, but it's easier not to deal with it. We’re in the same boat. * We treat success as an accident or a cheat while defending people who make bad decisions, who won't educate themselves or who won't work. * We've allowed pornography to become so accessible that it's practically universally viewed, even among teenagers. * We love victims so much that...
  • America at the Tipping Point (Part 3)

    09/16/2014 5:00:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16 | Chuck Norris
    The CIA reported this past Thursday that the number of Islamic State fighters is actually three times what previous government estimates were, according to Fox News. A spokesperson for the intelligence agency explained that the radical Islamic group boasts between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria. Those numbers fly in the face of President Barack Obama's minimization last January that the Islamic State was not a significant threat to the U.S. or world. He said: "The analogy we use around here sometimes -- and I think is accurate -- is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms,...
  • Will The Swiss Vote to Get Their Gold Back?

    09/16/2014 4:43:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Ron Paul
    On November 30th, voters in Switzerland will head to the polls to vote in a referendum on gold. On the ballot is a measure to prohibit the Swiss National Bank (SNB) from further gold sales, to repatriate Swiss-owned gold to Switzerland, and to mandate that gold make up at least 20 percent of the SNB's assets. Arising from popular sentiment similar to movements in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, this referendum is an attempt to bring more oversight and accountability to the SNB, Switzerland's central bank. The Swiss referendum is driven by an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the...
  • Obama’s Self-Defeating Fight

    09/16/2014 3:44:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 9/16/2014 | Caroline Glick
    The United States has a problem with Islamic State. Its problem is that it refuses to acknowledge why Islamic State is a problem. The problem with Islamic State is not that it is brutal. Plenty of regimes are brutal.Islamic State poses two challenges for the US. First, unlike the Saudis and even the Iranians, IS actively recruits Americans and other Westerners to join its lines.This is a problem because these Americans and other Westerners have embraced an ideology that is viciously hostile to every aspect of Western civilization.Last Friday, Buzz Feed published a compilation of social media posts published by...
  • The Mysterious Moderate Muslim

    09/16/2014 3:40:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/16/2014 | Carol Brown
    What, and who, is a moderate Muslim?Islamic values are codified in the Koran. The idea that some Muslims might interpret those values in a moderate way is like saying there’s such a thing as jihad lite. There’s no getting around the fact that a central tenet of the Koran is mass murder – whether through the directive to kill infidels (non-believers), apostates (those who leave Islam), or hypocrites (Muslims who don’t practice their religion appropriately). In other words, most of civilization is fair game for slaughter. What, pray tell, would be a moderate version of that? And if people try...
  • Another ObamaCare Cancellation Wave Approaches

    09/16/2014 3:38:59 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/16/2014 | IBD Staff
    Last week, Virginia lawmakers learned that 250,000 residents will see their health plans canceled this year, due to ObamaCare. The president's second "keep your plan" promise was as worthless as the first.
  • John Kerry’s Stupid Condescension

    09/15/2014 6:39:56 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 9-15-2014 | Peter Wehner
    John Kerry’s Stupid Condescension Peter Wehner 09.15.2014 - 5:55 PM There is a certain kind of personality that not only can’t admit an error, but becomes stupidly condescending when they are asked to explain their error. Barack Obama is one such person; Secretary of State John Kerry is another.Let me explain what I mean. Face the Nation’s Bob Schieffer asked Secretary Kerry to clarify whether or not the United States is at war with ISIS (also known as ISIL). The reason the clarification is necessary is because the Obama administration, in the course of a few days, has had high-ranking...
  • Isolating the Islamic State(Assembling an allied coalition is difficult but necessary)

    09/15/2014 5:20:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 15, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    It’s good to see President Obama move beyond the “we don’t have a strategy yet” phase in the fight against the Islamic State. On the plus side, he seems to have a good grasp of just how serious a threat the Islamic State poses to the United States and much of the free world. The fact that an attack on the U.S. homeland won’t occur tomorrow is no excuse for inaction today. Waiting until an attack is imminent is foolhardy in the extreme. That’s especially true when you’re dealing with a relentless foe that has demonstrated an alarming thirst for...
  • Walter Williams: Multiculturalism Is a Failure

    09/15/2014 2:31:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 17, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that in Germany, multiculturalism has "utterly failed." Both Australia's ex-prime minister John Howard and Spain's ex-prime minister Jose Maria Aznar reached the same conclusion about multiculturalism in their countries. British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that multiculturalism is fostering extremist ideology and directly contributing to homegrown Islamic terrorism. UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said the United Kingdom's push for multiculturalism has not united Britons but pushed them apart. It has allowed for Islam to emerge despite Britain's Judeo-Christian culture. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the roots of violent Islamism are not...
  • It's Time to Criminalise Serious Scientific Misconduct

    09/15/2014 1:13:19 PM PDT · by lbryce · 59 replies
    New Scientist ^ | September 15, 2014 | Rachel Nuwer
    Why should research misconduct be illegal? After 30 years of observing how science deals with the problem, I have sadly come to the conclusion that it should be a crime, for three main reasons. First, in a lot of cases, people have been given substantial grants to do honest research, so it really is no different from financial fraud or theft. Second, we have a whole criminal justice system that is in the business of gathering and weighing evidence – which universities and other employers of researchers are not very good at. And finally, science itself has failed to deal...
  • TV Show Idea: The NFL Court

    09/15/2014 1:03:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The Minnesota Vikings have announced that Adrian Peterson will play Sunday. He will play against the New Orleans Saints. He was suspended for one game this past Friday because he "whooped" his four-year-old son the way he was whooped when he was growing up. Adrian Peterson has a number of sons. They're not sure how many and they don't know how many women have provided them, have mothered them. One of his sons -- that he only learned last year was his -- died. That's how he learned it was his. It's terrible. Stepfather. At any rate,...
  • Obama vs. the Generals

    09/15/2014 12:21:02 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 15 at 10:37 AM | By Marc A. Thiessen
    Pity poor Gen. Lloyd Austin, top commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East. Rarely has a U.S. general given his commander in chief better military advice, only to see it repeatedly rejected. In 2010, Gen. Austin advised President Obama against withdrawing all U.S. forces from Iraq, recommending that the president instead leave 24,000 U.S. troops (down from 45,000) to secure the military gains made in the surge and prevent a terrorist resurgence. Had Obama listened to Austin’s counsel, the rise of the Islamic State could have been stopped. But Obama rejected Austin’s advice and enthusiastically withdrew all U.S. all...
  • 'View' Crew to Nicolle Wallace: 'When Did You Want to Pop' Sarah Palin?

    09/15/2014 11:27:58 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 51 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | September 15, 2014 | Scott Whitlock
    In addition to 9/11 truther Rosie O'Donnell, two other hosts debuted on The View, Monday, moderate Republican Nicolle Wallace and liberal actress Rosie Perez. Wallace famously worked for – and then publicly trashed – Sarah Palin. Perez quizzed, "One, what was it like when you first met her? Two, did the winking get on your nerves? And three, when did you want to just pop her?" The former aide to John McCain was all too happy to begin her View tenure attacking other Republicans. Wallace joked, "When I first met her I just had an emergency...root canal. I was on...
  • Sowell: Late-Talking Children

    09/15/2014 10:32:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 16, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Anyone who knows what anxiety, and sometimes anguish, parents go through when they have a child who is still not talking at age two, three or even four, can appreciate what a blessing it can be to have someone who can tell them what to do — and what not to do. That someone is Professor Stephen Camarata of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, whose recently published book, "Late-Talking Children" gives parents information and advice that they are not likely to find anywhere else. And it does so in plain English. Professor Camarata has been researching, diagnosing and treating children...
  • Ted Cruz Takes Tough Stands For Religious Liberty

    09/12/2014 4:39:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Leadership: Say this for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: He routinely takes principled stands on tough issues, even if it puts him at odds with his own party. Case in point: His comments this week in support of nuns and Israel. With the White House filing a new brief signalling it intends to force Catholic Sisters to violate their religious beliefs, the Texas Republican strongly defended religious liberty. Despite its defeat in the Hobby Lobby case, the White House last Monday was back at it, filing a brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado explaining a rule...
  • SELF-EXAMINATION: Are You to Blame for America’s Demise?

    09/15/2014 8:17:53 AM PDT · by Clintons-B-Gone · 33 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | September 15, 2014 | R.G. Yoho
    There’s no doubt this column will anger many of you; however, I also think each one of us must occasionally ask ourselves if our beliefs and actions are not contributing to the ultimate demise of our precious nation. Therefore, I have compiled the following list of items that are increasingly responsible for the undermining of America’s great heritage and traditions. These items are not in any particular order. And they are by no means exhaustive. But I must say this: If you truly believe any more than a couple of the things listed below, then you need to dare to...
  • Why They Behead Us

    09/15/2014 7:42:54 AM PDT · by SJackson · 48 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | September 9, 2014 | Lawrence J. Siskind
    Four American noncombatants have been beheaded by Islamic fanatics, and the videos of their murders brazenly circulated over the internet for the world to witness. Another Westerner – David Cawthorne Haines, a security expert hired by international aid organizations – faces the same gruesome fate. Why do they behead us? The question goes to the method, not the motive, of the madness. Murderers’ motives don’t matter much in the Middle East. In local eyes, there are so many causes to kill for, and so many victims deserving death. But assuming one is inclined to butcher, why do so by the...
  • Big Pens Prepare Coming Political Assassinations

    09/15/2014 7:38:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Shawn Mitchell
    We’re living a failing economy. Job hunters are so discouraged, tens of millions have dropped out. The world is erupting in flames. The terror threat to America is higher than any time since September 10, 2001. Democrats have no successes to point to, nothing positive to defend going into election season. Presidential approval is tanking. Obviously, America is ready for something different. Big government progressives are about to get spanked! Right? Not even close. Look out, conservatives! With the help of ignorant or malicious national Big Pens and Big Hairs who wouldn’t know the benefits of Constitutional freedom if it...
  • Ted Cruz’s a Badge of Honor

    09/15/2014 7:32:29 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 15, 2014 | Joseph Puder
    Ted Cruz’s a Badge of HonorPosted By Joseph Puder On September 15, 2014 @ 12:17 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 10 Comments As one of the 800 attendees at the In Defense of Christians (IDC) Gala Solidarity Dinner Program at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, I was among those welcoming US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) as the keynote speaker. The program brought together a wide range of ancient Eastern Christian denominations from throughout the Middle East. The ostensible reason for the IDC Conference was to give notice of concern over the persecution...
  • Narcissism and Social Media: Where Should Conservatives Draw the Line?

    09/15/2014 7:06:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    We live in an era today where practically everyone is “famous.” It’s not just reality stars anymore; anyone can have their own blog at no cost, and use social media for free, where their every word and photo is broadcast to the entire world. Activists all across the spectrum have taken to these platforms, utilizing them to influence politics. If that is where the younger generations are hanging out, it makes sense to reach out to them there. Organizations like Americans for Prosperity were ahead of the curve several years ago, encouraging and teaching activists on the right how to...
  • Why Farmers Need Keystone XL

    09/15/2014 6:35:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    It’s harvest time! But oil shipments out of the Bakken are causing dangerous and costly rail delays for farmers. The oil boom in the Northern Plains is a boon to the U.S. economy, creating thousands of jobs and increasing our supply of American energy. With nearly 3 million Americans out of work, the Bakken is like a pool of cool water in an arid desert. However, our railroads do not have the capacity to transport unprecedented levels of crude oil as well as the fall harvest. Farmers are understandably frustrated with the railroad companies, yet the railroad companies say they...
  • A Christian Federation in the Middle East

    09/15/2014 2:43:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 9/15/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Middle East as it exists now has no future. Its borders were drawn by European colonial powers for their own purposes. The political agendas behind those borders are long dead. The kings and coalitions they were meant to protect have vanished.ISIS is determined to tear apart the borders of the region and it’s not alone. Iraq and Syria are caught in cycles of violence because their national borders are prisons trapping incompatible religious and ethnic populations in multicultural tyrannies. The world has spent a lot of time trying to redraw Israel’s borders when it should have been redrawing the...
  • Not a ghost of a chance

    09/15/2014 2:02:39 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 7 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 14, 2014
    Someone is pulling our leg. This has to be a joke. And the government needs to call their bluff on it. The Public Service Alliance of Canada has come forward with some pretty tall demands for their employees. These include an extra week of paid holiday every year and one cent for every hour worked by their members to be contributed to a “social justice fund” that the union would control. The government must say no to these. But they’re not even the headline material. They’re just the opening act. No, the real doozy is they want employees to be...
  • 'Star-Spangled Banner': Anthem was once a song of drinking and sex

    09/14/2014 5:18:53 PM PDT · by shove_it · 59 replies
    LATimes ^ | 13 Sep 2014 | Michael Muskal
    ~snip~ Key was on a British ship, part of a U.S. delegation to negotiate a prisoner release. He was kept on board to prevent the American forces from being tipped off about the forthcoming bombing by the British. He was allowed to return to Baltimore on Sept. 14 and was so inspired by the U.S. pluckiness that he wrote a poem, "Defence of Fort M'Henry," which he published on Sept. 20, 1814. ~snip~ Neither Key's early hymn nor the Barbary War is widely taught in American schools anymore (except for the reference in the Marines’ Hymn: “To the shores of...
  • Politico Lead Story: 'Is It Time to Ditch the Star-Spangled Banner?'

    09/14/2014 4:44:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | September 13, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    There is apparently no more important story or issue right now at the Politico than Ted Widmer's question about our national anthem: "Is It Time to Ditch the Star-Spangled Banner?" It is currently the lead item at the web site, complete with a huge picture of the American flag. The "beheading by ISIL of a British aid worker" and Wisconsin's court-granted ability to implement voter-ID in the fall elections are both apparently less important. - See more at: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2014/09/13/politico-lead-story-it-time-ditch-star-spangled-banner#sthash.B4XsZOqY.dpuf
  • Me The Press? No 'Meet' in New MTP

    09/14/2014 3:34:32 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 14, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    MEEEEEEE!!!!! Okay, we get it, Chuck Todd. You are the new host of Meet The Press but does that mean you will now hog every interview? After all, the president of NBC News, Deborah Turness, promised a return to the original format of MTP in which the guests would be interviewed by a panel, not just the host. Therefore your humble correspondent was disappointed when he watched Chuck interview the guests solo today while the panel merely chit chatted among themselves. Here is the unkept promise of a MTP format change made by Turness:
  • Paths to War, Then and Now, Haunt Obama

    09/14/2014 9:47:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 09/14/14 | PETER BAKER
    He made clear the intricacy of the situation, though, as he contemplated the possibility that Mr. Assad might order his forces to fire at American planes entering Syrian airspace. If he dared to do that, Mr. Obama said he would order American forces to wipe out Syria’s air defense system, which he noted would be easier than striking ISIS because its locations are better known. He went on to say that such an action by Mr. Assad would lead to his overthrow, according to one account.
  • Obama’s ship is sinking

    09/14/2014 5:04:38 AM PDT · by Liz · 113 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 9/14/14 | MICHAEL GOODWIN
    --snip-- Obama's disjointed ISIS speech was about saving his presidency. He is sinking fast... It may already be too late to save the SS Obama......teeming w/ second term disasters....the toxic brew of his Obamacare lies, middling economic growth and violent global breakdown.... ....the public has tuned him out...they no longer trust him and don’t think he’s a good leader.....a tsunami of recent polls amount to a vote of no confidence.....his plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegals was put on hold to try to protect Democratics from voter wrath in November. He has been wrong about virtually every major...
  • America On The Edge

    09/14/2014 11:54:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Jeff Crouere
    Today our country is in the midst of a battle for survival. We face a well armed and well funded terror army, Islamic State, which has grown to 31,500 fighters, including 2,000 from Western nations. In his recent national address, President Obama outlined a more aggressive approach to attack the terrorists in Iraq and Syria. Unfortunately, battling the terrorists in the Middle East is not enough. Due to our open border, there is little doubt the terrorists have infiltrated this nation. While the President talks tough about bombing Islamic State terrorists, he will not address the border crisis. Because of...
  • China Industrial Growth Slows, Power Generation Negative 1st Time in 4 Years

    09/14/2014 11:46:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    China's Economic Numbers Industrial Output: +6.9%Power Generation: -2.2%Retail Sales: +11.9%Fixed Asset Investment: +16.9%Mortgages issuance: -4.5% End of the Line for China's Growth That set of numbers should raise concerns about overheating, not worries over economic slowdowns. Yet, "The government must take forceful policy measures to stabilize growth," said Li Huiyong, an analyst at Shenyin & Wanguo Securities in Shanghai. It's time to be realistic. China cannot and will not grow at 7% forever. Stimulate Now, Crash Later Calls for more stimulus with the above set of numbers is beyond ridiculous given China's vacant malls, massive pollution problems, unused rail lines,...
  • Was the $1 TRILLION spent on the Dept. of Homeland Security a total waste or only a partial one?

    09/14/2014 11:15:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    I have always hated the term “homeland security.” What are we part of Bismark’s Germany? That aside the name of the agency isn’t the only thing wrong with the agency. There’s the whole “that it exists at all” thing. Don’t misconstrue what I am saying as a belief that terrorism isn’t a legitimate threat. I think that it is. I actually buy that we are in a protracted battle, but that it is a low grade one with periodic flare-ups. Terrorism is not an existential threat to the USA. (The reaction to terrorism may be however.) The threat of a...
  • Birth Control, Third-Party Payer, and the Politicization of Health Care

    09/14/2014 11:04:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    America’s health care system is a mess, and we can assign almost all the blame on government. Simply stated, we don’t have functioning and efficient markets because Medicaid, Medicare, tax-code distortions, and other forms of regulation and intervention have created a system that is crippled by a third-party payer crisis. There’s no logical reason to expect consumers to be smart shoppers, after all, when they’re only responsible for directly paying just 11 cents for every $1 of health care they consume. And providers have little reason to be efficient when they know that consumers are largely insensitive to price. Let’s...
  • Obama's Forgotten "N" Word

    09/14/2014 10:56:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Kevin McCullough
    resident Obama is a Christian. What he means by that no one has ever been very sure. But it is what he claims nonetheless. When callers to my radio shows claim, "He is a Muslim." I remind them--quickly--that he has only ever said that he is a Christian. This usually then incites various discussion points about the validity of his claim vs. theirs. Frequently the conversation will dwell upon the fact that his name is Islamic. To respond to this I simply point out that many former Muslims still carry their given name upon conversion to Christianity. They may say,...
  • Obama's Unnecessary, Unpromising War

    09/14/2014 10:41:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    resident Barack Obama said Wednesday night the United States is going to war "to degrade and ultimately destroy" the group known as the Islamic State. So right off you know one thing we will not do: destroy it. The only thing more reliable than the habit of American presidents of starting wars is the inability of wartime presidents to achieve their goals. President George W. Bush went into Afghanistan pledging to wipe out al-Qaida and the Taliban. He invaded Iraq to eliminate Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, while promising that the creation of "free Iraq" would be "a watershed...
  • The color of privilege, the color of doubt (FERGUSON ALERT)

    09/14/2014 10:38:53 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 54 replies
    Southtown Star (Chicago) ^ | September 14, 2014 2:13AM | David McGrath mcgrathd@dupage.edu
    When I was pulled over by police many years ago on a remote stretch of Illinois 171 at 1 a.m., I was the same age as Michael Brown. Brown was the 18-year-old black teenager shot and killed Aug. 9 by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, sparking weeks of street protests against Ferguson police. It was on another August night when my 21-year-old brother and I spent time at the Bluefront Lounge near Willow Springs, listening to our favorite country-and-western band. Later, I drove us home in my brother’s 1962 Chevrolet Impala with the convertible top down, while he sang...
  • How ISIS' Perceived Strengths Could Also Be Their Undoing

    09/14/2014 10:31:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Stephen Smoot
    The West and moderate Middle Eastern states fear ISIS and rightly so. It combines terror techniques with territorial ambitions more effectively than any group since the Bolsheviks. While many focus on the ISIS’ strengths, they neglect to point out that concerted effort could annihilate them. ISIS currently has the weaknesses of both a sovereign state and a terror organization. This could change rapidly as they coalesce, but right now, they are very vulnerable. Age old strategies established by Sun Tzu and others will work. In Art of War, the ancient Chinese master strategist wrote that to defeat an enemy, find...
  • Maureen Dowd: Throw the Bums Out: Roger Goodell, Ray Rice and the N.F.L.’s Culture

    09/14/2014 10:13:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 13, 2014 | Maureen Dowd
    When Roger Goodell was growing up here, he had the best possible example of moral leadership. His father, a moderate New York Republican appointed by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller to Bobby Kennedy’s Senate seat after the assassination, risked his career to come out against the Vietnam War... The two legacies from his dad, Bryan Curtis wrote in Grantland last year, could well be “a measure of his dad’s idealism, his contrarianism, his stubbornness. And I bet we’d also find a kind of defense mechanism that develops when you see your dad destroyed on a public stage. An instinct that makes you...
  • President Obama's War . . . er, Speech

    09/14/2014 10:02:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    The words “strategy” and “speech” both begin with the letter “s.” Usually, that’s where their similarities end. Yet, President Obama’s so-called strategy for defeating ISIS or ISIL or the Islamic State (shouldn’t we all agree on a single name for these cutthroats?) seems to consist in little more than the giving of a speech. And that’s done, delivered Wednesday from the Oval Office. The general tenor of the address appeared all that mattered to its presenter: it sounded sufficiently engaged in foreign policy, and it echoed popular sentiment that the brutal beheadings of American journalists is a bad, bad thing....
  • Profit or Prejudice? Race Sensitivity Creates New Marketing Risks

    09/14/2014 9:49:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Autry J. Pruitt
    When Pepsi-Cola President Walter Mack recognized his company could sell more product to black Americans in the 1940s, he initiated a racially-targeted marketing effort to increase sales. It worked and the company’s market share rose dramatically in just a few years. The strategy was so successful, some inside the company were concerned it might be off-putting to white consumers, prompting Mack to declare that Pepsi would not, “become known as a n----r drink.”This infamous racial slur, unapologetically stated in the presence of African-American ad executives, ran through my mind after reading media reports about the racist emails from Atlanta Hawks...