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  • Top Hillary Clinton Advisers Knew Immediately that Assault on Benghazi was Armed Attack

    02/26/2015 11:42:04 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 13 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | FEBRUARY 26, 2015
    First “OpsAlert@State.gov” email at 4:07 PM on September 11, 2012, reports, “… diplomatic mission is under attack … 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well … Stevens in the compound safe haven” Email at 6:06 PM September 11, 2012, states terrorist group, “Ansar al Sharia Claims Responsibility.” (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on February 11, 2015, it uncovered documents from the U.S. Department of State revealing that top aides for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including her then-chief of staff Cheryl Mills, knew from the outset that the Benghazi mission compound was under...
  • Scott Walker woos CPAC by boasting about crusade against Wisconsin unions

    02/27/2015 6:51:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | The Guardian | Steven Greenhouse
    Seeking to wow a crowd of conservative activists on Thursday, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker decided to trumpet what first made him a Republican hero: his crusade against organized labor.In what many saw as a boast that he could handle Islamic State, Walker talked of besting labor and said: “If I can take on 100,000 protestors, I can do the same across the world.”With that red meat line at a gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference(CPAC), Walker won raucous applause about the episode that thrust him on to the national stage–his success in pushing through legislation in 2011 to curb...
  • Oscar's Gem From Across the Ocean

    02/27/2015 6:47:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2015 | Suzanne Fields
    Hollywood can't help itself. The glitteries inevitably use the Academy Awards to push their personal politics, sometimes cheap and occasionally not, rewarding razzle-dazzle over real life. This year the two most important Oscars, for best picture and best director, went to "Birdman," about razzle-dazzle, and not "Boyhood," about real life. The birdman is a faded movie star who tries to redeem his popularity by going on the stage to show he can act before a live audience. Such a tale naturally trumps the everyday concerns of "Boyhood," which follows a divorced couple over 12 years and the trials of raising...
  • GOP Platform: War Without End

    02/27/2015 6:29:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    If the sadists of ISIS are seeking -- with their mass executions, child rapes, immolations, and beheadings of Christians -- to stampede us into a new war in the Middle East, they are succeeding. Repeatedly snapping the blood-red cape of terrorist atrocities in our faces has the Yankee bull snorting, pawing the ground, ready to charge again. "Nearly three-quarters of Republicans now favor sending ground troops into combat against the Islamic State," says a CBS News poll. The poll was cited in a New York Times story about how the voice of the hawk is ascendant again in the GOP....
  • Conservatives Can Step Up Their Digital Strategy With Online Petitions

    02/27/2015 6:20:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2015 | Paul Van Remortel
    It’s no secret that conservatives need to step up their digital game, and despite great strides since 2008, there are still key facets missing from our arsenal for online organizing. One powerful tool often deployed by progressives is the use of online petitions to rapidly garner substantial support. Petitions themselves aren’t a new concept. In fact, they’ve have been used for hundreds of years to influence decision makers across the globe--from pre-modern Imperial China, to the British House of Commons in the 18th and 19th Centuries, to modern-day American politics. However, the rise of the Internet has dramatically transformed this...
  • Bill O’Reilly controversy spotlights partisan media’s growth

    02/27/2015 6:15:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | February 27, 2015 | Don Aucoin
    While jousting with Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly a few years ago, Jon Stewart proclaimed him “the Mayor of “Bull---- Mountain.’’ But that image is imprecise. Fox News, the cable network beloved of conservatives, is less a mountain than a fortress, or maybe a tank. Firmly in the driver’s seat is O’Reilly, who worked at a Boston TV station and attended Boston University and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The network’s operational mode is the furthest thing from serene mountaintop remoteness: Day in and day out, Fox girds for ideological battle with what it sees as the...
  • Questions the Press Doesn't Ask Democrats

    02/27/2015 6:12:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2015 | Mona Charen
    Gov. Scott Walker has leapt to the top of polls in Iowa. As day follows night, he has moved to the center of the liberal press's crosshairs. This is the world we inhabit: When a Democrat is perceived as popular, the press discovers layers of humor and elan we never suspected. When a Republican is gaining strength, the press sharpens its bayonets. Based on his response to trap-door questions in the past few days, we've been instructed that Walker a) is a crypto young Earther (or, just as bad, a panderer to same); b) that he ought to have answered...
  • Obama's Highhanded Immigration Hypocrisy

    02/27/2015 5:48:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    Honestly, are any of my Democratic friends even slightly bothered by President Obama's habitual and brazen lawlessness and what that could mean for our liberties? Does it bother them that he implemented two new administration programs to halt deportations and allow work permits for up to 5 million immigrants living illegally in the United States after clearly admitting he didn't have the constitutional authority to do so? Does it bother them that after having done so, despite his insincere promise, he has been openly defiant about the decision U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen made in favor of the states trying...
  • Is Liberalism Exhausted?

    02/27/2015 5:39:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Canaries are not very formidable birds, but they have their uses. For instance, coal miners learned over a century ago that when canaries gag and drop dead at the bottom of the cage, it's a sign that maybe there's something wrong with the air in the mine. MSNBC is not a very formidable network, but its wheezing is similarly instructive. MSNBC's slogan is "Lean Forward," which has a robust sound to it. But it turns out the phrase is a more apt descriptor of how the Peacock Network's mini-me is poised to teeter off its perch and plunge beak-first into...
  • Why Political Oscar Speeches Stink

    02/27/2015 5:21:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    The media noticed that this year's Oscars ceremony contained a lot of political tub-thumping, but they didn't notice that these speeches were predictable and obnoxious left-wing screeds. They were just "passionate pleas for equality," according to the Associated Press. Actress Patricia Arquette unleashed a tirade on wage inequality for women. Singer John Legend said more black men were trapped in prison than America had black men trapped in slavery in 1850. There's apparently no difference between Kunta Kinte and Willie Horton. On CNN, Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznican represented the media fog on this one: "I can't really think of...
  • Watch Out for China Winning its 100-Year Marathon

    02/27/2015 5:05:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2015 | Michael Barone
    In reflecting on relations between the United States and China, Henry Kissinger in his 2011 book, "On China," notes that since he and Richard Nixon ventured to Beijing more than 40 years ago, "Eight American presidents and four generations of Chinese leaders have managed this delicate relationship in an astonishingly consistent manner, considering the difference in starting points." Kissinger diplomatically avoids saying that almost every presidential candidate over the years has campaigned against the Nixon-Kissinger policy and is perhaps taking pride in the fact that every president has continued it. Forty-plus years is a long time for a democracy to...
  • Presidential Candidate Guide to "Gotcha" Questions

    02/27/2015 4:35:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2015 | Mark Davis
    Dear 2016 GOP hopefuls: First of all, best of luck. If you are successful, it will be your job to dig the United States out of the eight-year abyss of the Obama presidency. This will take courage, vision, hard work and resiliency. If you have these things, great, but before we get to evaluating your worthiness to fight terror or shrink the government, we’d best see if you have the skills to navigate a couple of annoying questions from reporters. Many of you in the field may be tempted to take all of the questions about evolution and Barack...
  • Tougher Internet rules to hit cable, telecoms companies

    02/26/2015 6:46:30 AM PST · by shove_it · 66 replies
    Rooters ^ | 26 Feb 2015 | ALINA SELYUKH
    (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are poised to impose the toughest rules yet on Internet service providers, aiming to ensure fair treatment of all web traffic through their networks. The Federal Communications Commission is expected Thursday to approve Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed "net neutrality" rules, regulating broadband providers more heavily than in the past and restricting their power to control download speeds on the web, for instance by potentially giving preference to companies that can afford to pay more. The vote, expected along party lines with Democrats in favor, comes after a year of jostling between cable and telecom companies and...
  • Michael Gerson: In matters of faith, Scott Walker’s lack of grace is embarrassing

    02/27/2015 2:37:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 87 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | February 26, 2015 | Michael Gerson
    When Scott Walker pronounced himself agnostic about President Barack Obama’s patriotism and Christian faith, it must have seemed like a clever formulation. “I’ve never asked him, so I don’t know,” he said. And about Obama’s Christianity: “I’ve never asked him that.”Walker quickly found his pitch unequal to the presidential big leagues. His argument can’t be generalized into a rule. I have never met Billy Graham, for example, but I’m pretty sure what he believes. As political attacks go, this one is particularly heavy-handed—the equivalent of saying: As far as I know, my opponent is not a swindler and a degenerate....
  • The Irrelevant Majority

    02/26/2015 5:38:07 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 19 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 25 Feb 15 | Matt Ward
    A constant refrain when discussing issues of radical Islam is that the overwhelming majority of Muslims are not radicalized. I agree completely. The vast majority of Muslim men and women are people who just want to live their lives, bring up their families and make the most out of the short time they have available to them. Almost all Western intelligence agencies are unanimous in their estimates that anywhere between 15-25 percent of Muslims worldwide are radicalized. That means there are between 180-300 million radicalized Muslim men and women in the world today. It is quite right to point out...
  • In Israel’s hour of need

    02/26/2015 5:01:50 PM PST · by SJackson · 53 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2-26-15 | Carolyn Glick
    Netanyahu is coming to Washington next week because Obama has left him no choice. It is hard to get your arms around the stubborn determination of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today. For most of the nine years he has served as Israel’s leader, first from 1996 to 1999 and now since 2009, Netanyahu shied away from confrontations or buckled under pressure. He signed deals with the Palestinians he knew the Palestinians would never uphold in the hopes of winning the support of hostile US administrations and a fair shake from the pathologically hateful Israeli media. In recent years he released...
  • Shut Down the Department of Education, End Federal Government Involvement and Intervention

    02/26/2015 2:42:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    To save the nation from a future Greek-style fiscal meltdown, we should reform entitlements.But as part of the effort to restore limited, constitutional government, we also should shut down various departments that deal with issues that shouldnÂ’t be handled by the central government.IÂ’ve already identified some low-hanging fruit.Get rid of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.Shut down the Department of Agriculture.Eliminate the Department of Transportation.We need to add the Department of Education to the list. And maybe even make it one of the first targets.Increasing federal involvement and intervention, after all,is associated with more spending and more bureaucracy,but NOT...
  • H&R Block Helped Shape Obamacare, Now Set For Gigantic Payday

    02/26/2015 2:33:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Nick Sorrentino
    What isn’t there to love about Obamacare? It was moved through Congress in hurry-up mode to head off Scott Brown coming into the Senate and was never really reviewed. It was crafted to funnel tax dollars to the healthcare industry and indeed stock prices for the health insurers have done nicely since the law’s passing. (One of the main reasons Obamacare remains in place.) It’s shutting out small doctors offices because of the regulatory burden. (The codes these offices must deal with we are told are mind boggling.) Many people’s insurance costs have gone up, in some cases doubled or more. And...
  • Rudi Was Right

    02/26/2015 2:12:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | D.W. Wilber
    We can’t say that Barack Obama hasn’t warned us. While running for his first term as president he clearly told us that he intended to “fundamentally transform” the United States of America. The naďve among us took that proclamation to mean something positive. Those who looked at Obama’s history with a little more discernment were very uncomfortable with exactly what Barack Obama intended to do if elected. Promising to “fundamentally transform” was a rather vague and ambiguous statement, unless one took a close look at who he associated with throughout his life. It then quickly sent chills down one’s spine....
  • It's Witchcraft

    02/26/2015 2:07:29 PM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Charles Payne
    Those fingers in my hairThat sly come-hither stareThat strips my conscience bareIt's witchcraftAnd I've got no defense for itThe heat is too intense for itWhat good would common sense for it do?-Frank SinatraThe Frank Sinatra standard could have been the theme for Tuesday's session where stocks hung on every word from the Fed Chairman. For many, the sway Janet Yellen has over the market is akin to witchcraft and there is no defense for it, but then again, the rub is that too few want that come-hither to be broken. Of course, one day, the Fed will raise rates and they...
  • Roy Moore, a Man for All Seasons

    02/26/2015 1:57:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Jerry Newcombe
    In my career as a TV producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing all sorts of movers and shakers within modern Christendom. I’ve seen them on camera and off camera. One leading example of such is the Hon. Roy S. Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. From 1995 to 2003, I traveled to that state about ten times with a TV crew for Roy Moore-related cases. Now he’s in trouble again---for sticking to his guns. I’ll get to that in a moment. When I first met Roy Moore in 1995 and interviewed him...
  • Scott Walker: I will not take the media's bait [Politico’s Glenn Thrush's head explodes]

    02/26/2015 10:53:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 26, 2015 | Kelly Cohen
    Gov. Scott Walker refuses to let the media dictate the conversation. “There has been much discussion about a media double standard where Republicans are covered differently than Democrats, asked to weigh in on issues the Democrats don't face," the potential GOP presidential candidate wrote Wednesday in an op-ed for USA Today. "As a result, when we refuse to take the media's bait, we suffer." The Wisconsin Republican's commentary comes on the heels of comments made by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who questioned whether President Obama “loves America” during a private dinner featuring Walker. Since then, the media...
  • Changing Out “No Gun” Signs for “No Jihad” Signs

    02/26/2015 10:39:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    Following a terror threat from Al Shabaab, the Mall of America has reposted signs reminding patrons of the shopping center's “no gun” policy. Yeah… Welcome to the new America: Where bigger “no gun” signs are considered an adequate anti-terror policy. Someone should fill Copenhagen and Paris in on our strikingly crafty strategy to fight radical Islam.And, yes… The Mall of America is a gun-free zone. Samuel Colt’s .45 caliber marvel may have helped us win the West, but you have to leave it at home when you go to The Gap. Personally, I think the mall should forget about the...
  • America, Love It Or Leave It

    02/26/2015 9:48:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- When former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he did not think that "the president loves America," was he right? Of course he was. The record is strewn with President Barack Obama's statements of contempt for America. In a quieter setting, I think Professor Obama would agree. He would then go on to brag about his love for higher things: for humankind, for the world community, for the planet, the green planet. Recall in 2009 when Obama told a European audience, "There have been times when America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive toward" Europe. I...
  • Obama to ban bullets by executive action, threatens top-selling AR-15 rifle

    02/26/2015 9:14:31 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 356 replies
    Washington Examiner2-26-2015 ^ | 2-26-2015 | Paul Bedard
    It’s started. As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is putting the ban on 5.56mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.
  • The Challenge: Understanding Repentance

    02/26/2015 8:57:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Editor's note: This piece was co-authored by the author's daughter, Kristin Carey. If you showed up at an Ash Wednesday service last week, chances are you heard the word “repentance” quite a few times. It isn’t a term we often use outside of a church context. It’s one of those scary-sounding “Christianese” words that few of us feel comfortable with, probably because it conjures up images of crazy old men standing on street corners, holding picket-signs and yelling at people as they pass by. Look it up in the dictionary, and you’ll find explanations like “to feel sorry,” “conscience-stricken,” and...
  • The Black Family in 1965 and Today

    02/26/2015 8:52:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    The breakdown of the black family is a sensitive topic, though it's not new and it's not in dispute. President Barack Obama, who grew up with an absent father, often urges black men to be responsible parents. Nor is there any doubt that African-American children would be better off living with their married parents. Kids who grow up in households headed by a single mother are far more likely than others to be poor, quit school, get pregnant as teens and end up in jail. But these facts were once inflammatory. Fifty years ago next month, a Labor Department official...
  • Why the Left Hates Scott Walker: Wisconsin Goes Right-to-Work

    02/26/2015 8:02:58 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 02/26/2015 | John Hayward
    Pursuant to my earlier point about why liberals hate Governor Scott Walker with supernova fury: the Wisconsin State Senate passed a right-to-work law on Wednesday, sending it on to near-certain passage in the Assembly and signature by You Know Who.
  • [Scott] Walker v. Congress (on Act 10 Reforms)

    02/26/2015 7:49:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 26, 2015 | Arthur Schaper |
    In the last two months, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has gone from marginal to mainstream, failed to fascinating in the eyes of prospective voters, and inconsequential to intriguing to the ears and mouths of talking heads looking for another Republican Presidential contender to dissect then disintegrate. Critics are faulting him for his non-answers to dubious questions from reporters. They also quibble about his lack of foreign policy experience and long-term immigration strategy. Liberal and conservative partisans still hanker for some right-wing version of President Obama, full of hope and change, charisma in place of principle. Before judging Walker's skills as...
  • Amnesty Beneficiaries Could Claim More Than $35K In Tax Benefits In First Year

    02/26/2015 6:18:37 AM PST · by illiac · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/26/15 | Breitbart
    Illegal immigrants who are able to obtain Social Security Numbers and work permits as a result of President Obama’s executive amnesty could claim tens of thousands of dollars in back tax benefits, a new Congressional Research Service memo obtained first by Breitbart News reveals. The report comes following the Internal Revenue Service’s confirmation that once illegal immigrants are granted Social Security Numbers — as a result of Obama’s executive actions — they will be able to file back tax returns and obtain up to four years of tax benefits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax...
  • Rubio And Rokita's RAISE Act Restores A Little Bit Of Freedom In Labor Relations Law

    02/26/2015 5:58:34 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 25, 2015 | George Leef
    Should workers have the freedom to make their own contracts? Long ago, they did. Back in 1905, the Supreme Court held in Lochner v. New York (which I discussed recently on Forbes) that the state could not dictate to bakery employees how many hours they were allowed to work in a week. Unfortunately, freedom of contract is one of those rights that “progressives” and collectivists regard as unimportant – one that legislators and bureaucrats can whittle away as long as they claim that doing so somehow advances “the public good.” One of the many federal statutes that interfere with freedom...
  • H&R Block Set to Reap Windfall from ObamaCare Law It Helped Design

    02/26/2015 4:58:34 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/26/2015 | John Merline
    Anyone wondering why ObamaCare requires enrollees to file ridiculously complex tax forms might just have found their answer.
  • Why Rudy and Walker Were Right

    02/26/2015 4:56:14 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 26, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    This week, the media broke news that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said, at an event attended by prospective Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, that he does not believe President Barack Obama “loves America.” This isn’t news. Barack Obama doesn’t love free enterprise, believes founding philosophy was fatally flawed and sees the American people as rubes with antiquated religious and racist tendencies. Sure, we can all agree that Obama likely loves America’s scenery; perhaps he loves America, but doesn’t like her very much. But that’s not what Giuliani was talking about, and everyone knows it. But in...
  • What if the Government Fears Freedom?

    02/26/2015 4:42:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    What if the current massive spying on Americans began with an innocent secret executive order signed by President Reagan in 1986? What if Reagan contemplated that he was only authorizing American spies to spy on foreign spies unlawfully present in the U.S.? What if Reagan knew and respected the history of the Fourth Amendment? What if the essence of that history is the colonial revulsion at the British use of general warrants? What if general warrants were issued by a secret court in London and authorized British agents in America to search wherever they wished and to seize whatever they...
  • Hollywood Hypocrites Demand 'Wage Equality'

    02/26/2015 4:34:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Larry Elder
    When actress Patricia Arquette won an Oscar, she pled for "wage equality" for women: "To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen in this nation: We have fought for everybody else's equal rights. It's our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America." Days later, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said, "I think we all cheered at Patricia Arquette's speech at the Oscars, because she's right -- it's time to have wage equality." Back in April 2014, Hillary Clinton sent out this tweet: "20...
  • Illiberal Approach to Immigration Only Invites More Acrimony

    02/26/2015 4:27:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A federal judge has temporarily blocked President Obama's executive order that overrode existing immigration law. The result is more acrimony and chaos. It is a good time to remember that there are more than just two types of immigration -- legal and illegal. There also exist liberal and illiberal approaches to immigration. Take liberal immigration. It is governed by laws passed by Congress and signed and executed by the president. Nearly all Americans accept that no individual can pick and choose which federal statute he chooses to obey, depending on his own perceived self-interest. Liberal immigration would be entirely legal,...
  • Truth Matters

    02/26/2015 4:19:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    A New York Times article this past Tuesday titled, "Teenage Girl Leaves for ISIS, and Others Follow," by Kimiko[1] de Freytas-Tamura, struck close to home for me. The three young women who left London to enlist in ISIS in Syria were 16, 15 and 15. My daughter is 15. "The apparent trend of studious, seemingly driven young women leaving home to join violent jihadists has become disturbingly familiar," according to Freytas-Tamura. They were possibly recruited by another woman who had fled England for ISIS in 2013, Aqsa Mahmood. "The young women -- Kadiza Sultana, 16; Ms. Begum, 15; and Amira...
  • Our Illiberal Immigration Policy Leads to Chaos

    02/26/2015 2:50:15 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    NRO - National Review Online ^ | February 26, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>A federal judge has temporarily blocked President Obama’s executive order that overrode existing immigration law. The result is more acrimony and chaos.</p> <p>It is a good time to remember that there are more than just two types of immigration — legal and illegal. There also exist liberal and illiberal approaches to immigration.</p>
  • My Scott Walker Column (And A Response To Ed Morrissey)

    02/26/2015 1:16:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    DC - Daily Caller ^ | February 24, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis, Senior Contributor
    ".......More to the point, I take issue with his suggestion that I think “Republicans had better work with the media.” It is true that I don’t believe the media are inherently evil or “out to get you.” But I also think — and this is important for candidates to know — that the press are not your friends. Ed’s framing, I think, implies I support what might be thought of as collaboration or appeasement. But what Walker did was (inadvertently) work with the media — in the sense that he played right into their hands. He made this an irresistible...
  • Why Obama Is So Autocratic About Environmental Policy [that's what dictators do]

    02/25/2015 11:07:11 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Slate ^ | February 25, 2015 | Alec MacGillis
    After President Obama’s veto this week of legislation demanding the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, congressional Republicans are charging him with once again flouting the will of the duly elected legislative branch. The charge has the ring of truth when it comes to energy and environmental matters, given how much the Obama administration has sought to circumvent Republicans with regulation and executive orders in that arena, most notably with the rules announced last year limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants. But there is a reason that Obama has chosen to go it alone on energy: The GOP’s...
  • Soros, Ford shovel $196 million to 'net neutrality' groups, staff to White House

    02/25/2015 11:19:29 AM PST · by W. · 55 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 25 Feb 2015 | Paul Bedard
    Liberal philanthropist George Soros and the Ford Foundation have lavished groups supporting the administration’s “net neutrality” agenda, donating $196 million and landing proponents on the White House staff, according to a new report. And now, as the Federal Communications Commission nears approving a type of government control over the Internet, the groups are poised to declare victory in the years-long fight, according to the report from MRC Business, an arm of the conservative media watchdog, the Media Research Center. “These left-wing groups not only impacted the public debate and funded top liberal think tanks from the Center for American Progress...
  • Many Americans Still Struggling In Dismal Obama Economy

    02/25/2015 5:24:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- The new Republican Congress is just getting started, and the American people are waiting to see how lawmakers deal with the issues they care about most. Anyone who's followed the polls over the course of the Obama administration knows that the economy and jobs have been among our strongest concerns. The Gallup Poll reinforces this in its latest survey, asking people what they think are the biggest problems facing our country. "Economic problems" was, not surprisingly, their top concern -- mentioned by nearly 40 percent, followed by unemployment/jobs generally, the budget deficits and the federal debt, in that...
  • Enemy Without a Name

    02/25/2015 5:17:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    Last week our president and commander- in-chief responded to the latest wave of terrorist attacks around the world by -- calling a seminar. It was a seminar in the style of your college sociology textbook: full of abstract generalities with no particular relevance to any specific, real-life social reality. The international confab produced reams of banalities, platitudes, cliches ... there are as many words to describe that kind of boilerplate as there are to say the obvious. And bores, even when they're presidents of the United States, seem to repeat every one of them. Last week's grand talkfest was billed...
  • Remembering Iwo Jima

    02/25/2015 3:58:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Austin Bay
    From Feb. 19, 1945 (when U.S. Marines assaulted its beaches) to March 27 of that year (the day combat officially ceased), the island of Iwo Jima was hell on earth. In 2009 I began writing occasional columns commemorating the 70th anniversary of key WW2 battles and events. I dedicated them to the WW2 generation. Twenty-year-old Marine vets of February 1945 are now 90, if they are still among us. Iwo Jima was on my list of must-cover subjects. By sheer coincidence, my wife and I spent this past weekend in Dallas, Texas, with the sister of a Marine F4U Corsair...
  • Why Rudy and Walker Were Right

    02/25/2015 3:21:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    This week, the media broke news that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said, at an event attended by prospective Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, that he does not believe President Barack Obama "loves America." This isn't news. Barack Obama doesn't love free enterprise, believes founding philosophy was fatally flawed and sees the American people as rubes with antiquated religious and racist tendencies. Sure, we can all agree that Obama likely loves America's scenery; perhaps he loves America, but doesn't like her very much. But that's not what Giuliani was talking about, and everyone knows it. But in...
  • Decoding Obama: Muslims Didn't Found America

    02/25/2015 3:07:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Bethany Blankley
    Obama recently claimed, “Islam has been woven into the fabric of America since its founding.” This is both true and false. It is true in the sense that Islam posed a threat to America’s early existence. The North African Islamic Barbary Pirates proved to be a significant impetus towards uniting a divided colonial delegation to sign the Constitution and strengthen their Navy and Marine Corps. The early Americans knew full well world history, which meant they were well aware that their new enemy had been invading the West since the 7th Century. The Barbary Pirates had been attacking the West...
  • Obama’s Amateur-Hour Foreign Policy Endangers America and Our Allies

    02/25/2015 2:39:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Bob Barr
    Shortly after the Iraqi city of Fallujah fell to the Islamic State (ISIS) in January 2014, President Obama was interviewed by The New Yorker. When asked about the loss of such an iconic city from the U.S. war in Iraq, Obama responded with his usual glibness: “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.” Less than six-months after he made those comments, Obama’s “jayvee team” would establish an Islamic “Caliphate” spanning two countries, with an estimated 31,000 fighters from all over...
  • A different cluetrain

    02/25/2015 2:16:24 PM PST · by RightCenter · 2 replies
    Charlie's Diary ^ | February 25, 2015 | Charles Stross
    A different cluetrain By Charlie Stross Right now, I'm chewing over the final edits on a rather political book. And I think, as it's a near future setting, I should jot down some axioms about politics ... 1. We're living in an era of increasing automation. And it's trivially clear that the adoption of automation privileges capital over labour (because capital can be substituted for labour, and the profit from its deployment thereby accrues to capital rather than being shared evenly across society). 2. A side-effect of the rise of capital is the financialization of everything—capital flows towards profit centres...
  • The Real Crimes By Obama: Against Blacks

    02/25/2015 2:09:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | John Ransom
    Three years later and even the Obama administration has to admit that George Zimmerman committed no crime when he shot Trayvon Martin. “The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday it will not file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman,” reported Reuters, “concluding its investigation three years after the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.” So even the low bar of hate crime status couldn’t be cleared. Let’s make this clear right now: Was Zimmerman wrong? Yes, I think so. I would not have shot and killed Trayvon Martin. I am certain of this. But there...
  • Giuliani Was Right, Of Course President Obama Doesn't Love America

    02/25/2015 1:36:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Carl Jackson
    If the president's policies are indicative of his love for America, let's pray he begins hating our nation soon. When former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said "I do not believe that the president loves America" at a dinner featuring Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker last week, my response was, "No duh!" So why were Republicans so quick to back away from his words? Whatever their reasoning, I assure you they do so at their own peril. If the GOP stands a chance of winning the White House in 2016 they'll need to learn to reframe the left's messaging. For...