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  • Malkin: Deport the Tsarnaev Sisters

    09/02/2014 6:17:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 3, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    The Sisters Tsarnaev have been nothing but trouble. Double, bubbling trouble. While their Boston Marathon bomber brother Dzhokhar awaits trial this month for the bloody 2012 attacks that killed three and injured hundreds, his elder Chechen immigrant siblings Ailina and Bella remain on the loose in the U.S. after their own frequent run-ins with the law. Last week, Ailina was arrested in Harlem after allegedly threatening "to blow up her live-in lover's baby mama," as the New York Post reported. Police charged Ailina, 23, with aggravated harassment and released her. Will the legal system learn? Ailina's time in America sends...
  • Russia’s Leader Is Neither A Realist Nor A Nationalist

    09/02/2014 5:19:55 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | September 2, 2014 | Tom Nichols
    Americans have been grasping to find explanations for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s serial aggressions in Europe. We keep searching for bumper stickers we can understand, so we gravitate to simple explanations like “geopolitics” or “nationalism,” not least because such notions promise solutions. (If it’s about geopolitics, cutting a deal with Putin will stop this; if it’s about nationalism, it’ll burn itself out when Putin has recaptured enough ethnic Russians around his borders.) And, of course, there’s always “realism.” In this month’s Foreign Affairs, John Mearsheimer argues the Russo-Ukraine war is basically the West’s fault. (We expanded NATO, we supported the...
  • State Dept. Spokeswoman "Not Going to Put Any Labels"

    09/02/2014 3:40:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Earlier today in their second direct message to America, the terror army ISIS beheaded American journalist Steven Sotloff. "I'm back Obama," an ISIS executioner says in the newly released video. Two weeks ago in their first direct message to America, ISIS did the same to American journalist James Foley. The video showing his execution was titled "Message to America." Despite video evidence of the gruesome acts and masked men issuing direct challenges to the United States, the Obama administration still has no strategy for dealing with these savages. Adding insult to injury during her daily briefing Tuesday afternoon, State Department...
  • The Summer of Obama's Disconnect (Hawkish or weakish? Americans don't like either in a president.)

    09/02/2014 9:37:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 2, 2014 | Ron Fournier
    Wow. That was some summer. The Islamic State that President Obama dismissed as "JV" proved to be a virulent varsity—gobbling up gobs of the Middle East, beheading an American journalist, and threatening the United States. Russia invaded Ukraine. Ferguson burned. Obama shrugged. "The truth of the matter is that the world has always been messy," the president told Democratic donors between meetings of his national security team and rounds of golf. "In part, we're just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through." No, that's not it....
  • The Punitive Economic Cost of Class-Warfare Taxation

    09/02/2014 9:14:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    IÂ’ve already shared a bunch of data and evidence on the importance of low tax rates.A review of the academic evidence by the Tax Foundation found overwhelming support for the notion that lower tax rates are good for growth.An economist from Cornell found lower tax rates boost GDP.Other economists found lower tax rates boost job creation, savings, and output.Even economists at the Paris-based OECD have determined that high tax rates undermine economic performance.And itÂ’s become apparent, with even the New York Times taking notice, that high tax rates drive away high-achieving people.WeÂ’re going to augment this list with some additional...
  • Joe Biden Declares war on Prosperity While in Detroit

    09/02/2014 8:37:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Apparently the White House decided to let Joe Biden out of his padded room for the long weekend. The incorrigible gaff machine was spotted in Detroit, speaking to labor unions, liberal activists, and Democrat campaigners in what used to be Tiger Stadium. Amazingly Biden managed to navigate himself through his remarks without any painfully obvious “foot-in-mouth” moment… Well, at least not anything worse than normal Democrat talking points; but those were probably intentional.Standing among the ruins that were once a shining example of American prosperity, the Vice President championed the values of organized labor and liberal economic policies. (Ya know…...
  • If the GOP takes the Senate in November, Jeff Sessions for Majority Leader

    09/02/2014 8:32:19 AM PDT · by xzins · 58 replies
    NNC ^ | August 2nd, 2014
    If the GOP takes the Senate in November, Jeff Sessions for Majority Leader Hear, hear!Sessions actually seems to know something about political tactics and strategy (and what commenter “eric” would call “the activist game”). Which is more than I can say for most of the GOP.And although I’m not all that familiar with Sessions, so far I’ve very much liked what he has to say about the illegal immigration/alien crisis.Sessions did something rather extraordinary yesterday. He helped to unite the warring Republicans behind a bill that actually seemed reasonable, and he did it in record time. But perhaps more...
  • Who is Rand Paul?

    09/02/2014 8:29:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2014 | Ralph Benko
    For starters, Rand is short for Randal, not an allusion to Ayn Rand, after whom Sen. Paul was not named by his libertarian (not Objectivist) father Ron Paul. Reportedly, growing up he was called Randy … until his wife shortened the diminutive to Rand.Washington, ordinarily, is committed to maintaining the status quo or making, at best, incremental changes. As we struggle with the political consequences of the end of an era of all-out war the old political status quo is ripe for transformation.Paul shows signs of being the key transformational figure. If he himself understands the depth of this proposition he...
  • Europe Moves Closer to Another Recession

    09/02/2014 8:18:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The Markit Eurozone Manufacturing final data shows Eurozone Manufacturing PMI at 13-month low in August. The rate of expansion in eurozone manufacturing production eased to its lowest during the current 14-month growth sequence in August, as companies faced slower increases in both total new orders and new export business. The final seasonally adjusted Markit Eurozone Manufacturing PMI® posted 50.7 in August, down from 51.8 in July, its lowest reading since July last year. The headline PMI was also below its earlier flash estimate of 50.8. National PMI data signalled a broad easing in the manufacturing recoveries underwa y across much...
  • Finding Your Roots' with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    From 1948 to 1961, there was a show called "This Is Your Life," hosted by Ralph Edwards. In it, an unsuspecting celebrity was lured to a place by a friend or family member where Edwards would surprise them. People from the celebrity's past would then come out one by one and tell stories of the celebrity's early life. A modern-day version of that program is "Finding Your Roots," the latest in a brilliant series about race, identity and heritage hosted by Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Scheduled to air September 23 through November 25 on PBS. Check your local...
  • The Islamic Terror Orchestra

    09/01/2014 6:57:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Front page magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Nonie Darwish
    It has been 13 years since 9/11 and the West is still reluctant to link the non-ending parade of jihad groups with Islam. The West is also in denial about the similarities all radical Islamic groups share. It is important for the West to realize that there is a natural division of labor between the different terror groups. Some groups specialize in terror against non-Muslims and Western governments while others specialize in terrorizing Arab governments that refused to follow Sharia. But the truly sophisticated groups are those who reside in the West, calling themselves ‘moderate’ while at the same time...
  • COMMENTARY: Stopping job cuts at Fort Huachuca

    09/02/2014 6:50:46 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    Cochise County and our surrounding region could be losing up to 2,700 jobs unless we change leadership in Congress. The Department of the Army was forced by the Budget Control Act to draft a proposal for massive budget cuts — including a maximum cut of 2,700 positions at Fort Huachuca plus potential cuts in contractors. If these cuts go through, they will have a disastrous impact on our community. Fort Huachuca is the largest employer in Cochise County and a key part of the Sierra Vista economy. The Fort has the biggest economic impact of any base in the state,...
  • Our Freedoms Are Slowly Slipping Away

    09/02/2014 6:44:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    As Americans celebrated Labor Day and the freedom to provide for their families, let’s hope they didn't spoil the holiday yesterday by pausing to consider whether government today is making their lives easier or more difficult. To wit, the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, published by the Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation, which ranks countries based on four main factors – rule of law, limited government, regulatory efficiency, open markets – has the US is headed in the wrong direction. “The U.S. is the only country,” the survey states, “to have recorded a loss of economic freedom each...
  • How to Beat an Evil Empire: Just Do It

    09/02/2014 6:33:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2014 | John Ransom
    As NATO meets to develop a new strategy to follow up with their Obama-led non-strategy on Russia, perhaps they should ponder what the old, successful strategy with Russia was that served NATO so well. “On the one hand,” said the blueprint that helped beat back the Russian threat during the Cold War, NSC 68, “the people of the world yearn for relief from the anxiety arising from the risk of… war. On the other hand, any substantial further extension of the area under the domination of the Kremlin would raise the possibility that no coalition adequate to confront the Kremlin...
  • Immigration Policy by Executive Fiat

    09/02/2014 2:43:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/2/2014 | Fred Bauer
    When the Senate passed its version of comprehensive immigration reform, it aimed to appeal to a coalition dominated by ethnic activists and big business. The Senate immigration package — consisting principally of immediate legalization for millions of illegal immigrants, promises of enforcement, revisions of the legal-immigration system, and the expansion of guest-worker visa programs — would have fulfilled that coalition’s desires for the legalization of illegal immigrants and cheap labor. A popular outcry might have stopped the Senate immigration bill, but perhaps President Obama’s executive orders will gratify this coalition’s appetites after all. In a series of closed-door meetings, representatives...
  • FACING RADICAL ISLAM: What’s the Problem?

    09/01/2014 12:22:58 PM PDT · by Clintons-B-Gone · 56 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | September 1, 2014 | R.G. Yoho
    When is the world finally going to realize that Radical Islam isn’t a religion of peace? It isn’t harmless. It isn’t peaceful. It isn’t friendly. And it will never coexist with freedom and individual liberty. Radical Islam is a religion of depraved male debauchery, human slavery, and ultimately, death. In fact, it isn’t even a religion at all.
  • Obama, Outed: If Only (If he’s bored, we’d be more than happy to let him leave.)

    09/01/2014 10:02:15 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | September 1, 2014 | Quin Hillyer
    SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 Obama, Outed: If Only If he’s bored, we’d be more than happy to let him leave. By Quin Hillyer Just resign already. Go. Be gone. Vamoose. Get out of our lives. More important: Stop endangering all of us with your self-indulgent vacations and self-absorbed dithering, along with unconstitutional domestic power plays while the whole world burns. Barack Obama already is derelict in his duties as commander in chief. He ought to abdicate and just step off his self-made throne. Knowledgeable people were calling for Obama to begin air strikes against the Islamic State barbarians months before Obama...
  • Pressure builds against EPA water proposal

    07/15/2014 9:49:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    California Farm Bureau Federation ^ | June 18, 2014 | Kate Campbell
    Proposed changes to the federal Clean Water Act have roiled farmers across the nation and created an uproar among many other water users—including cities and counties with parks and recreation areas, golf courses and local water agencies. If adopted, the proposed rule changes would expand the definition of "waters of the United States" to potentially allow federal agencies to regulate virtually every area of ground in the nation that gets wet or has flow during rainfall. California Farm Bureau Federation leaders were in Washington, D.C., in mid-May to explain to lawmakers face to face the damage the proposed changes could...
  • Not Gonna Surrender America

    09/01/2014 9:46:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Shawn Mitchell
    The president's press conference last week must have been psychological disinformation to confuse our enemies. It simply couldn't be the case that "we don't have a strategy for dealing with ISIS" and that he would voluntarily announce to the world--and to the bad guys--that "we don't have a strategy yet," and that he'll talk to our allies about hashing out a strategy when they all meet next month, because apparently he doesn't have a telephone to talk to them any sooner. I mean, that just couldn't all be true, right? That's some impressive psy-ops, Mr. President! What a relief. Here...
  • Eurozone Currency Dispute Intensifies

    09/01/2014 9:40:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The currency and fiscal battleground front lines in Europe remains the same. France wants QE, fiscal stimulus, and more leeway on meeting fiscal deficit targets. Germany doesn't. And the fighting has strengthened. The idea that ECB can produce nirvana by devaluing the euro is ridiculous. Yet, that's the battle cry of the day.
  • Laughing about Corporate Inversions

    09/01/2014 9:35:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    There’s lot of criticism of the IRS and the tax code on the Internet. Indeed, I like to think I contribute my fair share. But I’m surprised at (what I consider to be be) the limited amount of humor on those topics. As I look through my archives, I can find only a few cartoons about the overall tax code. Regarding tax reform, all I have is this Barack Obama flat tax that I created. Here are a few cartoons about tax policy negotiations. I found a bit more to choose from on the IRS scandal (see here, here, here,...
  • The Manufactured Crisis of Halbig

    09/01/2014 8:49:12 AM PDT · by SteveH · 3 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | August 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Taylor
    The two judges in the majority in Halbig focused on the literal terms of isolated language in the ACA and, in so doing, ignored the other provisions that conflict with that literal reading. Those judges are like the mechanic working on an engine who has a few pieces left over and just throws them away, not worrying that the engine no longer works the way it should. We should give the rest of the mechanic's team a chance to put the engine back together properly.
  • Why I Will Start Social Security At Age 62

    09/01/2014 7:52:57 AM PDT · by shove_it · 136 replies
    SeekingAlpha ^ | 26 Aug 2014 | Robert Allan Schwartz
    Summary When should I start Social Security? How will I receive the highest annual income? How will I receive the highest cumulative income? When will I be able to retire? Every year, more than 2 million people turn 62. Many of those people will wonder, "When should I start receiving Social Security benefits?" The earliest age of eligibility is 62. The benefit increases each year you delay starting, until age 70, after which point there is no additional increase. When should I start - age 62 or age 70? [...]
  • Community columnist: The left's shameful exploitation of Ferguson shooting

    09/01/2014 6:19:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Holland Sentinel ^ | September 1, 2014 | By Bob Ashby
    Racism and suffering are powerful tools in the hands of talented opportunists. With a mastery of duplicity, equivocation and guided bitterness, the result is a perfect crusade. The deadly confrontation in Ferguson, Mo., between Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson has been a textbook case. To their great credit, Michael Brown’s parents and Darren Wilson's supporters have navigated their suffering with great dignity. For the left, Ferguson is about winning and conquering the present legal system. It is not about evidence, guilt or innocence. It is simply about power, control and reversed racism. Led by Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Congressional...
  • I Can Destroy Your Reputation and Career in Two Minutes

    09/01/2014 5:21:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    There is a new form of cyberbullying out there and it is scary, because it could derail the professional career of any conservative - even those working in apolitical jobs. Slimy folks like “Busta Troll” are hijacking Facebook pages of conservatives, replacing the content with goats and anti-conservative messages. Some believe a goat is used because it is a Satanic symbol; many of the conservatives are targeted because of their Christian or Jewish views. The conservative Citizens’ Post page on Facebook was hijacked by the “Goatz Alliance,” which also goes by the name “Busta Troll,” by pretending to be from...
  • Planning Only Golf Trips, Vacations & Campaign Speeches

    09/01/2014 5:07:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Hank Adler
    They're rioting in Paris, they're starving in Iraq. There's hurricanes in Florida; ISIS is on the attack. The President is vacationing, he has not a clue. ISIS hates the Christians, Hamas hates the Jew. Turks hate the Kurds, Putin hates the Ukraine. And Obama is on yet another political campaign! But we can be tranquil, and thankful, and proud, For mans' been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud. And we know for certain that some lovely day Someone will set the spark off, and we will all be blown away. They're rioting in Paris, there are nuclear weapons in Iran. And...
  • More Swiss Banks Give Eric Holder One-Finger Salute

    09/01/2014 4:55:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | John Ransom
    More Swiss banks are dropping out of the U.S. banking program that the IRS supposedly uses to prevent American citizens from stashing cash overseas to avoid taxes. Known for 100 years as the original tax haven, free from the prying eyes of governments around the world, Swiss banks have provided banking services that guaranteed anonymity to arms dealers, Nazis, and law-abiding Americans alike.Offshore banks, especially Swiss banks, are not generally used to evade taxes however. The government already has enforcement mechanisms in place to prevent tax evasion by the use of offshore banks by American citizens. No smart rich person,...
  • Paul Ryan Has Answer for Ferguson

    09/01/2014 4:47:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Star Parker
    Economist Milton Friedman said “The economic race should not be arranged so everyone arrives at the finish line at the same time but so that everyone starts at the starting line at the same time.” Those on the left and the right have always contended whether economic outcomes for any given set of individuals is the business of government. But few, on the left or right, dispute that government should work to assure that every American starts the game under fair conditions. It’s the latter point, fairness at the beginning of the game, that defines the motivation behind Republican Congressman...
  • Why Won't Endangered Democrat Senate Candidates Repudiate Their Todd Akin?

    09/01/2014 4:40:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    There are a whole bunch of Democrats running for Senate this year, though in this case “running” seems to mean running as far away as possible from failed liberal messiah Barack Obama. You’d practically think they were Tea Partiers by the way they publicly espouse conservative principles like support for the family, protection from crime, and respect for religion. But they can't run away from their duty to repudiate the single most offensive, anti-woman, anti-family, anti-Christian candidate running under their Democrat Party’s banner. Meet Democrat Amanda Curtis. She took over as the Democrat Senate candidate in Montana after Democrat John...
  • U.S. Aids Turkey in Creating an Islamic Caliphate and an Antichrist

    09/01/2014 3:02:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 8/31/2014 | Walid Shoebat
    Obama is sending Defense Secretary Hagel to Turkey to ratchet its efforts to tame ISIS while knowingly is aware that Turkey is a supporter of ISIS! The efforts as they claim is to build what the administration termed Coalition of the Willing.As has been predicted by Shoebat.com, The United States will plead to Turkey to end ISIS.Now Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is being sent by Obama preparing to visit Turkey to intensify the push for an international campaign against ISIS.In his remarks during a briefing on Friday, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said that Hagel will start...
  • Obama’s Miserable Failure

    09/01/2014 2:46:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 59 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 9/1/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    It was always obvious what Obama’s supporters wanted. They weren’t willing to settle for a Hillary, just another politician who would punch the clock, deliver tepid speeches and push their leftist agenda.They wanted someone larger than life. A head made for Mount Rushmore and a body that would be cast in statues across the country. Speeches meant to be studied in classrooms for the next hundred years.They compared him to JFK and Reagan. He was treated as the icon that his backers wanted him to be. His election was supposed to be a watershed moment in American history.Instead it ends...
  • The 12 Worst Shows on Cable News

    08/31/2014 10:18:17 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 53 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 31, 2014 | Mediaite Staff
    Last week we made a few cable news PR flacks happy and listed what we consider the 12 best shows on cable news. And now comes the time to dispose of that good will. Without further ado, here are the 12 worst shows on cable news:
  • Will 2014 be the year that Jews support the GOP?

    08/31/2014 4:37:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    This is a perennial question which has flummoxed Republican strategists for years and continues to defy conventional political logic and planning. While it is impossible – and politically perilous – to attempt to take any American demographic group and treat them as a homogenous block, on the major issues of the day one would think that the GOP would be a natural fit for the majority of American Jews. When you look, in particular, at which party provides the staunchest support for Israel, there really is no comparison. A host of other topics appear to be a good fit as...
  • A Lower Corporate Rate Is a Practical And Good Response to Inversions

    08/31/2014 2:59:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    It boggles the mind to think that the United States now has the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world. But it’s even more amazing that America arguably has the most punitive corporate tax rate in the entire world.Here’s some of what I wrote on the topic for today’s U.K.-based Telegraph. …the United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world (and the highest in the entire world, according to KPMG, if you ignore the United Arab Emirates’ severance tax on oil companies). …The central government in Washington imposes a 35pc rate on corporate income, with...
  • Mary Landrieu And Her House Of Cards

    08/31/2014 2:38:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | Jeff Crouere
    This election has been most difficult for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) with one mistake after another taking her off message. First it was discovered that she was charging taxpayers for at least four campaign flights. Her embarrassing mistakes were not something Louisiana voters should expect from a Senator with so much experience. Mary Landrieu has been in political office since 1979 and has served in the U.S. Senate since 1997. It is inexcusable for Landrieu not to know that taxpayers should not be charged for campaign air travel. Her latest stumble involves residency. When qualifying for re-election, Landrieu used...
  • Obamacare Fine Print: Beware the Medicaid and Medi-Cal Clawbacks and Liens

    08/31/2014 2:24:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Obamacare greatly expanded Medicaid coverage, but there is a hidden gotcha that may come back and haunt your heirs for benefits you receive from age 55-64. This is not new news, but few read and understand the "fine print". In a warning about the "fine print" and in response to Moral Dilemma: Should a Libertarian Who Does Not Need Food Stamps, but Qualifies for Them, Take Them? reader "TL" writes ... Hello Mish, Your friend Steven may want to carefully research taking Medi-Cal benefits. Medi-Cal, and many other state Medicaid programs include a ‘claw-back’ provision for recovery of costs incurred...
  • Pulling Back the Curtain on “Phony Scandals”

    08/31/2014 12:39:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    resident Obama claims to be running “the most transparent administration in history.” But even those who knew he was exaggerating must have been surprised when dozens of his own inspectors general revealed what a laughably hollow claim this is. Earlier this month, 47 of the federal government’s 73 watchdogs filed a formal complaint about the “serious limitations” the Obama administration places on their ability to uncover waste, fraud and abuse. It’s an unprecedented charge. “I’ve never seen a letter like this,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said. “And my folks have checked. There has never been a letter...
  • Gay Marriage and the Limits of Tradition

    08/31/2014 11:58:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    In all the bad days that opponents of same-sex marriage have had lately, few compare with the one they had this past week in a courtroom in Chicago. Lawyers defending the bans in Wisconsin and Indiana were buried in an avalanche of skepticism and incredulity. The judges demanded to know what worthy goals the prohibitions serve, and the attorneys had terrible trouble coming up with any. Perhaps the low point for their side came when one was asked why Wisconsin makes it so hard for same-sex couples to adopt and ventured to say, "I think tradition is one of the...
  • Sowell: Irresponsible Choices

    08/31/2014 9:45:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 2, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The latest Gallup poll indicates that 14 percent of the people "moderately disapprove" of Barack Obama's performance as president and 39 percent "strongly disapprove." Since Obama won two presidential elections, chances are that some of those who now "strongly disapprove" of what he has done voted to put him in office. We all make mistakes, but the real question is whether we learn from them. With many people now acting as if it is time for "a woman" to become president, apparently they have learned absolutely nothing from the disastrous results of the irresponsible self-indulgence of choosing a President of...
  • New Face of South America

    08/31/2014 9:39:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    The President has led our country toward a diminished role in the world the last few years and public sentiment has followed. In spite of that, our world continues to get ever smaller. We can ignore the interlocking aspect of the world today as it continues to shrink each day as travel, trade, business and geopolitical affairs affect all of us. My wife and I took our annual trip this year to South America. We have been there before, but we left feeling we do not go there enough. Many Americans travel east to Europe or west to Asia but...
  • Why Back Hamas Homicides?

    08/31/2014 4:33:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.Eliezer Stein, a writer for a Jewish online publication, Hamodia.com, was struck by the same graphic photograph that we were. It was published on the front page of The New York Times August 23rd edition. The photo shows three armed Hamas killers, wearing black tee shirts and black hoods, roughing up three hooded, kneeling men with their hands tied behind them. The Times’ captioned the photograph: “Gazans Suspected of Collaborating Are Executed.” The killers are described in the caption as “militants.” They are said to be “preparing to execute.” There’s a lot...
  • Obama Does Have A Strategy, And It’s Awful

    08/31/2014 4:01:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    On Thursday, President Obama told the world he didn’t yet have a strategy for dealing with the Islamic Front in Syria. Although it’s never good to let an army who beheads your citizens and is hell-bent on your destruction know you don’t know how to deal with them – yet, or otherwise – Josh Earnest, the president’s press secretary “clarified” his comments the next day. We do have a plan, it turns out. And the plan is awful. Before we dive into the new statements, let’s take a look back at some older ones. Back in January, when talking about...
  • Garry Kasparov: It’s a War, Stupid!

    08/30/2014 8:50:50 PM PDT · by Semper911 · 69 replies
    Time ^ | 8-30-2014 | Garry Kasparov
    As Russian troops and armored columns advance in Eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian government begs for aid from the free world it hoped would receive it and protect it as one of its own. The leaders of the free world, meanwhile, are struggling to find the right terminology to free themselves from the moral responsibility to provide that protection. Putin’s bloody invasion of a sovereign European nation is an incursion, much like Crimea — remember Crimea? — was an “uncontested arrival” instead of Anschluss. A civilian airliner was blown out of the sky just six weeks ago –—remember MH17? — and...
  • Walter Williams: Things I Don't Understand (Great read)

    08/30/2014 4:40:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 72 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 3, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    There are things that really puzzle me. Some life insurance companies charge lower premiums if you haven't made a life-shortening lifestyle choice. Being a nonsmoker is one of them. Actuarially, that makes sense because the life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers. Insurance company policies charge higher premiums to those who are obese. The National Institutes of Health reports that those with a body mass index greater than 40 have a six- to 14-year lower life expectancy. Again, actuarially, that makes sense. Indeed, there's a strong advocacy for higher life insurance, as well as...
  • Extreme Austrians Advocate “Do Nothing” to Stop the 2008 Meltdown

    08/30/2014 1:34:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Mark Skousen
    “Doing nothing new and simply working with pre-existing [federal bankruptcy] procedures would have been much better than anything we’ve done so far.”–Harvard Professor Jeffrey Miron, “The Case for Doing Nothing,” July 10, 2009I’ve been a big fan of the Austrian school of economics and have written books on the subject, including “The Structure of Production” and the first purely “Austrian” textbook, “Economic Logic.” The ideas and policies of giants like Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek have much to offer the world. They are better than other schools in identifying the imbalances in the global economy that can cause trouble...
  • An Italian Doctor Joins the Bureaucrat Hall of Fame

    08/30/2014 1:10:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    In April of 2013, I introduced a Moocher Hall of Fame to “celebrate” some very odious examples of welfare dependency.Since that time, I keep thinking that it’s time to do something similar for government bureaucrats. This compilation from last December would be a good place to start, though I’d have to figure out whether to have group memberships so that we could include the bureaucrats at the Patent and Trademark Office who get paid to watch TV, as well as the paper pushers at the Department of Veterans Affairs who got big bonuses after creating secret waiting lists that led...
  • Holder’s Justice Dept Uses Bank Settlements to Fund Democrat Nonprofits

    08/30/2014 12:29:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Once again, our Chicago-style Attorney General has proven that corruption is the basic foundation upon which the modern Democrat Party is built. Eric Holder, the nationÂ’s top extortionist officer, has been running around the financial sector suing banks for anything (and everything) he can get away with. Ally Bank paid millions for alleged racist lending practices (an allegation the DOJ made without ever looking at loan portfolios), JP Morgan has shelled out billions for various anti-Obama comments regulatory infractions, and Bank of America just paid a $16.6 billion fine for their government-mandated role in the financial crises of 2008.Aside from...
  • Rep. Peter King on ISIS crisis in America (MUST SEE)

    08/30/2014 11:12:19 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 30, 2014
    See video: Rep. Peter King on ISIS crisis in America
  • Militarization of Police II

    08/30/2014 11:03:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Jack Kerwick
    There’s a notion, popular among self-avowed “libertarians,” that among the largest threats facing our nation is that of “the militarization” of the police. This idea has been expressed quite a bit as of late, particularly in the wake of the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In a recent article of mine, I argued against it. I am profoundly sympathetic to libertarianism. Indeed, I consider myself a libertarian of a sort, a conservative libertarian, as it were, a libertarian who recognizes the need to emancipate libertarianism from the abstract, rationalistic excesses with which it is all too...
  • Minds in the Dumps

    08/30/2014 10:57:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Charles Payne
    “We don’t want to put the cart before the horse.”- President ObamaOur Commander-in-Chief explaining that there is no current plan for dealing with the terror group, ISIS, beyond our containment efforts is the kind of thing that hurts the overall mood of the nation. But is disappointment with our elected leaders and slow recovery enough to explain why Americans are so glum? We are really down in the dumps, and it’s not just the fact summer is almost over.The market is rocking, housing is coming back, and unemployment is plunging… those are common headlines from the New York Times and political...