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  • The unconscionable act committed by Senate Democrats

    12/19/2014 6:42:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 18, 2014 | Ken Allard
    Once a Constitutional Republic famed for its pragmatism, the United States has lately become a country notorious for its inconstancy, no longer recognizing that actions have finite and foreseeable consequences. In this space, for example, I recently argued that the release of the “torture report” by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence came perilously close to the constitutional definition of treason by “giving Aid and Comfort” to America’s enemies. Admittedly, that was a tough assessment. But barely a week after the report’s release, the Huffington Post published an article linking those revelations with their most immediate effects on our allies....
  • Surrender to Cuba? Why Didn’t We Think Of That?

    12/19/2014 1:06:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison “Obama gives the Castro regime in Cuba an undeserved bailout.” Was that a headline from Ronald Reagan’s favorite conservative weekly, Human Events? Or, perhaps a stiff rejoinder from the up-to-the-minute reporting of the Weekly Standard? No!. That’s the headline on an editorial in—can you believe?—the Washington Post!It gets better. The Post flays President Obama’s rationale for lifting the embargo on Cuba (the incoming GOP Congress will have something to say about this) and it dissects the President’s White House statement. The administration’s policy is so bad that even the Washington Post...
  • Does Anyone Even Understand the President?

    12/19/2014 12:51:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | John Ransom
    Look if you can’t screw up the economy in this country anymore, the least you can do is help out the one remaining Stalinist regime in the Americas. That’s the take away I get from Obama’s phone and pen ploy to “normalize” relations with Cuba. Since he’s failed at creating jobs here, maybe he’ll do a better job creating jobs in communist Cuba, an economy he better understands. After all, Cuba has all those old cars, and Obama loves those Cash for Clunkers. Or maybe it’s just this: Obama really hates Hillary so much that he’s willing to throw away...
  • Cold War Replay: This Time We Lose

    Has there ever been a president more eager to make concessions to vicious regimes than Barack Obama? The opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba is the latest and, one fears, not the last in a string of preemptive concessions. Obama, with his blend of hard-left prejudices and vaulting solipsism, has sought throughout his presidency to atone for what he and his party view as America's past sins. That was the essence of the "reset" with Russia, which included betraying two of America's European allies, Poland and the Czech Republic, who had been scheduled to receive ground-based antiballistic missile systems. Though...
  • More 'Tolerance' From Stalinist Universities

    12/19/2014 12:13:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Honestly, sometimes leftist thought police surprise even me, not so much with their unreasonableness, extremism and tyrannical tactics but with their brazenness in openly showing who they are. Each new day's headlines trump yesterday's. A few weeks ago, Fox News' Todd Starnes reported on a Marquette University student's encounter with his ethics instructor. The professor, Cheryl Abbate, was leading her "Theory of Ethics" class in a discussion about the application of philosophical theories to controversial political issues. Among the issues listed on the blackboard were gay rights, gun rights and the death penalty. Professor Abbate removed gay rights from the...
  • Homer Simpson Could School Obama On Castro

    President Obama's deal to normalize relations with Castro reminds us of a fantastic 1998 episode of the long-running animated series The Simpsons, "The Trouble With Trillions." In that episode, we learn that Montgomery Burns had made off with the $1 trillion bill that President Truman printed in 1945 to pay for Europe's postwar reconstruction. When the FBI finally uncovers Burns' deception, he flees the country, looking for an island to buy, and, flying over Cuba, decides that it "has 'freedom' written all over it." Burns, with Homer accompanying him, goes to see Castro, who just moments before was about to...
  • No Superheroes In 'The Interview' Capitulation

    12/19/2014 7:34:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    The first issue of Captain America came out on December 20, 1940. It shows Cap slugging Adolph Hitler in the mouth. Good stuff, but note the date. America wouldn't enter World War II for about another year. At the time, many Americans wanted to stay out of another European war. And here was an American superhero punching the leader of a sovereign nation in the kisser. Subsequent issues kept pitting Captain America against Hitler and his goons. The angriest reaction came from the German American Bund, Hitler's stooges in the U.S. They harassed Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, the creators...
  • Are There No Media Ethics On Hackers?

    12/19/2014 7:27:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    The widespread reporting on hacked emails from Sony Pictures -- spurred by the upcoming release of an allegedly funny movie about assassinating North Korean despot Kim Jong Un -- might encourage some gloating from people who would like to bring Hollywood down a peg. But hold the schadenfreude. The media's ethics -- or seeming lack of ethics -- are troubling. Take CNN "Reliable Sources" host Brian Stelter in an interview with the program "Access Hollywood." His ethical position? Anything goes, as long as the journalists aren't the hackers. "It would be wrong and it would be illegal for the journalists...
  • Nonstop Appeasement

    12/19/2014 5:46:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Weekly Standard TWS ^ | December 29, 2014 | Stephen F. Hayes
    "..........This systematic pusillanimity is not a new phenomenon. Other examples: the refusal by the Obama administration to criticize the Iranian regime when it put down the “Green Revolution” in 2009; the administration’s eagerness to “reset” relations with an increasingly hostile Russia; its secret negotiations with the Taliban even as the group continued its attacks on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan; the refusal to meet with any Egyptian opposition groups other than the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama is hardly the first president to seek rapprochement with our adversaries and reconciliation with our enemies, of course. But his determination to make nice—even in the...
  • There They Go Again

    12/19/2014 4:50:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    With metronomic precision each year, the national press corps begins running columns by "religion scholars" who wish you to know that Jesus Christ is a fictional character. Mind you, no newspaper of note in the world is brave enough to run a similar story about the Prophet Muhammed... The latest comes from a "lecturer in religious studies" from Australia named Raphael Lataster. The Washington Post felt compelled to run this so the godless heathens in Washington, D.C., can continue on with no consequence. According to Mr. Lataster, "There are no existing eyewitness or contemporary accounts of Jesus. All we have...
  • Jeb and Hillary: Dynastic politics in America?

    12/19/2014 4:46:17 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/18/2014 | Michael Barone
    Earlier this week Jeb Bush announced he was setting up a political committee to explore a presidential candidacy. Hillary Clinton has been exploring a presidential candidacy for months and perhaps years. Polls show Clinton with a wide lead for the Democratic nomination and Bush as a leading competitor for the Republican nomination. All of which leaves many people, some of them admirers of one or both potential candidates, queasy. Out of 319 million people in America, will our 45th president be the son of the 41st and brother of the 43rd or the wife of the 42nd? The United States...
  • From Cuba to Sony, Tis' The Season For Surrender

    12/19/2014 4:34:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | Mark Davis
    As we prepare to enjoy the blessings of Christmas, it is hard to underestimate the enormous gifts we have given to two of the world’s most pernicious dictators. Under Kim Jong Un’s tree, a free pass to run the American movie industry. And in Raoul Castro’s fancy basket, the gift of normalization: an American embassy, millions in trade, maybe even a removal of his regime form our list of terror-supporters. Both gifts were made possible by the sad spectacle of capitulation— a colossal give-up on the principles that make America great— or did for a while. Let’s begin with Cuba,...
  • Obama adds Cuba to his list of sellouts

    12/19/2014 4:33:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 18, 2014 | Donald Lambro -
    President Obama continues to embrace low-tier, go-it-alone executive actions to pad the last two years of his mistake-filled, empty-agenda presidency in a hopeless hunt for a legacy. His arrogant decision this week to re-establish diplomatic relations with communist Cuba is the latest example of a president desperately searching for something do without having to deal with Congress. You can comb through all of the polling data for the top concerns of the American people, and renewing U.S. relations with Cuba's evil Castro dictatorship is not among them. With his job approval ratings in the basement and his political party toppled...
  • The Evolution of an American Patriot – From the Battlefield to Capitol Hill to Policy Development

    12/19/2014 4:22:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | Allen West
    I have been granted a rare opportunity to embark on a new endeavor as CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a national think tank headquartered in Dallas. After serving my country for 22 years of honorable active duty service in a military career and a term in US House of Representatives, I now have a new mission: leading one of America’s premier public policy research centers into its fourth decade. Our objective is to create the preeminent free-market, public policy group in America. My years in and following elected office have brought me to a deeply held conviction:...
  • The Reagan Void and 2016

    12/19/2014 4:14:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Hugh Hewitt
    We all have to suspect that neither Truman nor Ike would have let the Castro brothers write their own ticket as President Obama did Wednesday. We know with certainty that neither JFK, LBJ, RN, Ford, Carter, Reagan, either Bush nor Bill Clinton would have done what President Obama did vis-a-vis Cuba because none of the last nine presidents did so, even though all were confronted with essentially the circumstances: a communist dictatorship exporting revolution throughout Central and South America (and during Carter's years, throughout Africa) while brutally oppressing their own people with complete disdain for basic human rights. We can...
  • Mrs. Obama's Tall Tales of Racialized Victimhood

    12/19/2014 4:07:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Oh, woe is she. In an "exclusive" interview with People magazine this week, first lady Michelle Obama lamented the "sting" of "racist experiences" that she and her husband allegedly still suffer. My message for America's Marie Antoinette? Cry me a river. To show how she's down with The Struggle of post-Ferguson agitators, Mrs. Obama cited a supposedly horrifying incident at a Target store where she was treated, in her paranoid mind, as a subservient. "Even as the first lady," she bemoaned, "not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked...
  • Obama gives the Castro regime in Cuba an undeserved bailout

    12/18/2014 5:23:00 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 17, 2014 | By Editorial Board
    IN RECENT months, the outlook for the Castro regime in Cuba was growing steadily darker. The modest reforms it adopted in recent years to improve abysmal economic conditions had stalled, due to the regime’s refusal to allow Cubans greater freedoms. Worse, the accelerating economic collapse of Venezuela meant that the huge subsidies that have kept the Castros afloat for the past decade were in peril. A growing number of Cubans were demanding basic human rights, such as freedom of speech and assembly. On Wednesday, the Castros suddenly obtained a comprehensive bailout — from the Obama administration. President Obama granted the...
  • Jeb Bush Must Explain His Support For Common Core

    12/18/2014 3:39:23 PM PST · by raptor22 · 45 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 18, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Election 2016: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush embraces one-size-fits-all national education standards that would turn schools into re-education camps for the left. His decision could cause trouble with GOP primary voters. As is the tradition these days, Jeb Bush, brother of one former president and son of another, has announced via social media that he is preparing to run for president, setting the stage for another Bush-Clinton contest in 2016 should former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton get the Democratic nomination. To be the Republican nominee, Bush must run a gauntlet of primaries where he'll need to persuade Tea Party...
  • Liberalism: The Most Gutless Choice You Can Make

    12/18/2014 2:56:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Liberalism is the most gutless choice you can make, and I mean precisely that. When I say that conservatism is an applied process or behavior, I know that sounds confusing because you may think that I'm saying conservatism isn't natural, it is. But liberalism is the dominant belief system in our culture today because of the media. Pop culture is populated by people who think that way, and it's considered to be what's hip, and that's what everybody wants to be. Everybody wants to be hip and cool, and most people aren't hip. Most people aren't cool. But everybody...
  • Obama Condemns Torture, Then Props Up Cuban Regime Infamous for Torture

    12/18/2014 2:39:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I checked the e-mail during the break. Somebody said, "I don't understand what you mean that liberalism's a gutless choice. You need to explain that." I'll give you a story here in just a second. I'll explain, after the break coming up at the bottom of the hour. It's about my first trip to Hollywood and being pitched on the possibility of hosting my own TV show. It's a fascinating story. I've told it before, but it's so long ago, you've probably forgotten it. If you have not forgotten, if you remember, you'll find it fascinating anyway. It makes...
  • Artificial Intelligence Isn’t a Threat—Yet

    12/18/2014 2:38:44 PM PST · by presidio9 · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 11, 2014 | Gary Marcus
    “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” —Stephen Hawking, Dec. 2 Does artificial intelligence threaten our species, as the cosmologist Stephen Hawking recently suggested? Is the development of AI like “summoning the demon,” as tech pioneer Elon Musk told an audience at MIT in October? Will smart machines supersede or even annihilate humankind? As a cognitive scientist and founder of a new startup that focuses on “machine learning,” I think about these questions nearly every day. But let’s not panic. “Superintelligent” machines won’t be arriving soon. Computers today are good at narrow tasks...
  • This Is What America Has Become

    12/18/2014 2:30:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Okay, what do you want to start with? You want to start with Cuba? Or you want to start with the Sony/North Korea hack? You want to start with showbiz first? All right. Because you know they're linked. They are intertwined. I'll be happy to explain it. I just hope -- well, let me just say at the beginning, my purpose here is not to dispirit anybody. It's quite the opposite in fact. I'm not trying to depress anybody with the take that I'm gonna have on this today. I'm trying actually to wake people up. Not...
  • Famous Today, Forgotten Tomorrow (We've forgotten Hope & Crosby. Will we forget the Beatles?)

    12/18/2014 2:10:08 PM PST · by presidio9 · 127 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 9, 2014 | Jim Fusilli
    Tributes to two of the most famous American entertainers of the 20th century serve as a reminder of how fame flees. The entertainers are Bing Crosby and Bob Hope; the reminders are the documentary “American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered,” which had its premiere last week (and will run again on Dec. 26 ) on PBS, and “Hope: Entertainer of the Century,” a new biography by Richard Zoglin. Neither Crosby nor Hope have much cachet with contemporary consumers of art and culture, but the accounts of their careers make convincing cases that their contributions still influence their respective fields, even if...
  • Charming Story Mrs. Obama Told Two Years Ago, She Now Casts as Racist Incident

    12/18/2014 1:02:10 PM PST · by servo1969 · 64 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 12-18-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Yesterday we made mention of the fact that Barack Obama was running around talking about the fact that one time, that time long ago, he was insulted that somebody thought he was a valet. Not when he was president. Over seven years ago, somebody thought he was a valet, and that meant the United States was racist. That meant that he had a legitimate chip on his shoulder, and his wife was running around saying (summarized), "Yeah, I went into Target, and I was first lady. Now, I was in disguise, but I went into Target and somebody asked...
  • Romney urges Sony Pictures: Fight back and release “The Interview” for free online

    12/18/2014 10:13:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    By gum, he sounds like presidential material to me. Your move, Jeb. .@SonyPictures don’t cave, fight: release @TheInterview free online globally. Ask viewers for voluntary $5 contribution to fight #Ebola.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 18, 2014 More than 13,000 retweets as I write this. Clearly there’s a demand for countermeasures among an American public that doesn’t like the idea of foreigners, especially savages like the Kim cabal, holding veto power over their culture. (Too bad China, Kim’s chief patron, already sort of does.) Am I right, though, in thinking that no major Republican pol aside from Romney has said anything...
  • The Fed Continues to be Blind

    12/18/2014 9:23:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The Fed made its much awaited FOMC Announcement. Pundits poring over the statement have generally concluded as does the Financial Times, that Fed Signals Tightening by Mid-2015. Why? Because the Fed dropped its forecast that it will keep low interest rates for a "considerable time". Now the Fed says it can be "patient" in judging when to start raising rates. The Financial Times claims the "new language is designed to reassure markets that rate rises are not imminent." If rate hikes are not imminent, what difference does the change make? Three Dissents Hawk: Richard Fisher objected because "improvement in the U.S....
  • Good News on Young People and Gun Control

    12/18/2014 9:10:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I periodically share polling data on issues ranging from which nations most support capitalism to the degree to which government is a leading cause of stress.Or how about the poll of Americans on the best and worst Presidents since World War II, or the survey data on what share of government spending is wasted.Today, weÂ’re going to expand on that collection by reviewing some potential good news about attitudes of young people and attitudes about guns. But this isnÂ’t about how young people owning guns, or how they feel about guns.Instead, weÂ’re going to review two separate pieces of information,...
  • You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet (Obama vs Grand Juries?)

    12/18/2014 8:59:13 AM PST · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 12-17-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I was just asked a question, ladies and gentlemen. Does this mean that you can now go to Canada and buy a Cuban cigar and bring it back home? I don't think it means that yet. We are still here trying to figure out what happened. And, by the way, I need to remind you all of something. This is chump change compared to what's gonna happen the next two years. I have warned all of you people, I have warned you that these last two years of the Obama administration are gonna actually be what he would have...
  • A Chubby North Korean Dictator Brings Free Speech to a Halt

    12/18/2014 8:23:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2018 | Michael Schaus
    When did Sony get bought out by the French? Sony has decided cancel the theatrical release of their newest comedy after an apparent North Korean threat. “The Interview”, a Seth Rogen comedy about two inept journalists who are recruited to kill North Korea’s leader, found itself at the center of an international cyber-attack on Sony Entertainment earlier this month. Mountains of data from Sony’s secure records have been leaked by assumed North Korean sources, along with a rather chilling warning:“The world will be full of fear,” the message reads. “Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep...
  • Humbug Narratives

    12/18/2014 7:47:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Will Rogers, the late American humorist and corn-pone philosopher, once said, "All I know is what I read in the papers." That statement earned him a place in Bartletts's Familiar Quotations. Were he alive today it would most likely be inviting widespread derision. Today's newspapers abound with bogus stories. Most of us only know of the stories that are soon exposed. Doubtless there are many more. For instance, news stories of GDP growth or inflation rates usually have to be revised but they are taken at face value when they first appear. Are there any newspaper readers...
  • White Heat? Another Liberal Bashes Caucasian Males

    12/18/2014 7:31:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Brian Birdnow
    Last Sunday, in the hallowed pages of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the paper’s chief editorial writer Kevin Horrigan penned a piece entitled “Cheney or McCain?” along with the subtitle “Torture: The Incredible Burden of Being an Old White Guy.” The OP-ED could have been a lighthearted piece about growing older in a changing nation, or it might have been a more serious consideration of the thorny problem of America, her enemies, and the line between tough interrogation and torture, either of which would have been welcome under varying circumstances. Unfortunately, Mr. Horrigan used the recent torture revelations as a teaser...
  • When the Big News Isn't News

    12/18/2014 6:56:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Last week the papers were overflowing with stories about a Senate committee's report on the Central Intelligence Agency's use of torture to extract information from terrorists -- known or just suspected terrorists. Those stories were shortly followed by others reporting the responses of CIA types and other knowledgeable sources critical of the Senate committee's report. Plus a few words from unhelpful types like Dick Cheney, our former vice president who is still playing word games, and John Yoo, who wrote the notorious Torture Memo(s), and is still defending their torturous language. Torture? That ain't torture, to hear Messrs. Cheney and...
  • Why Trump Should Run

    12/18/2014 6:48:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Matt Towery
    The elite media will scoff at a potential Donald Trump candidacy for president. They will consider it a publicity move and a bluff. The Washington insiders will write off Trump as completely unqualified to be a presidential candidate, much less president. And as usual, they will be wrong. I have no earthly idea if Trump could actually win the GOP nomination or defeat the likes of Hillary Clinton in the general election. Certainly Jeb Bush's decision to "explore" a presidential run makes him the likely candidate of the GOP establishment, cutting Mitt Romney off at the pass. But neither big...
  • Global Warming, Empty Gestures

    12/18/2014 6:37:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    I have a theory as to why Americans don't worry all that much about global warming: High-profile purveyors of climate change don't push for reductions in greenhouse gases so much as focus on berating people who do not agree with their opinions. They call themselves champions of "the science" yet focus on ideology more than tangible results. Their language is downright evangelical. Recently, science guy Bill Nye joined other experts who objected to the media's use of the term "climate skeptic." They released a statement that concluded, "Please stop using the word 'skeptic' to describe deniers." Deniers? Like Judas? Why,...
  • The Rules of War Need Updating

    12/18/2014 6:20:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    The attack on a cafe in Sydney, Australia, by a self-described Islamic cleric with a long police record, left two hostages dead, along with the cleric, one Man Haron Monis. He was an Iranian refugee who enjoyed the hospitality and protection of the Australian government. That incident, which was televised worldwide, was quickly eclipsed by the murder of 145 people at an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan. Many of the dead were children. Press reports said Pakistani Taliban fighters burned a teacher alive in front of children and beheaded some of them. A Taliban spokesman said they were exacting revenge...
  • The Military’s Rough Justice on Sexual Assault

    12/18/2014 5:17:28 AM PST · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 39 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11/26/2014 | Robert Draper
    Col. Don Christensen, the chief prosecutor of the United States Air Force, sat in economy class on a flight to Venice and studied the folder of the sexual-assault case that would ultimately end his career. It was August 2012, and he was en route to Aviano Air Base to try a court-martial. Looking over the case, he could see why the judge advocate general, or JAG, at the base had requested him. Christensen had prosecuted more sexual-assault courts-martial than any other lawyer in the Air Force, and this case called for someone with experience. There would most likely be generals...
  • Is Government Faithful to the Constitution?

    12/18/2014 5:02:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    When the government is waving at us with its right hand, so to speak, it is the government's left hand that we should be watching. Just as a magician draws your attention to what he wants you to see so you will not observe how his trick is performed, last week presented a textbook example of public disputes masking hidden deceptions. Here is what happened. Last week was dominated by two huge news stories. One was the revelation by the Senate Intelligence Committee of torture committed by CIA agents and contractors on 119 detainees in the post-9/11 era -- 26...
  • Has the West Lost the Will to Live?

    12/18/2014 5:01:21 AM PST · by SJackson · 30 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 18, 2014 | Mark Tapson
    Has the West Lost the Will to Live?Posted By Mark Tapson On December 18, 2014 @ 12:38 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments When it became too obvious to deny that the hostage crisis in Sydney, Australia was an act of Islamic terrorism, Prime Minister Tony Abbott asked Aussie citizens for calm, saying, “The whole point of politically motivated violence is to scare people out of being themselves. Australia is a peaceful, open and generous society – nothing should ever change that. And that’s why I would urge all Australians today to go about their business as usual.” That’s...
  • Obama’s Bailout for Communist Dictators

    12/18/2014 4:59:10 AM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 18, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama’s Bailout for Communist DictatorsPosted By Daniel Greenfield On December 18, 2014 @ 12:44 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 7 Comments The Soviet Union did not have to fall. If Carter had won a second term and Mondale had succeeded him, the Communist dictatorship might have received the outside help it needed to survive.And we would still be living under the shadow of the Cold War.Carter couldn’t save the Soviet Union, but he did his best to save Castro, visiting Fidel and Raul in Cuba where the second worst president in American history described his meeting with Castro as a...
  • 'Racial' Cop Stories That Didn't Make the Cut

    12/18/2014 4:48:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Larry Elder
    In 2012, according to the CDC, 140 blacks were killed by police. That same year 386 whites were killed by police. Over the 13-year period from 1999 to 2011, the CDC reports that 2,151 whites were killed by cops -- and 1,130 blacks were killed by cops. Police shootings, nationwide, are down dramatically from what they were 20 or 30 years ago. The CDC reported that in 1968, shootings by law enforcement -- called "legal intervention" by the CDC -- was the cause of death for 8.6 out of every million blacks. For whites the rate was was .9 deaths...
  • GOP establishment should fear a Cruz run (Must read)

    12/18/2014 4:34:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Washington Jewish Week ^ | December 17, 2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Senator Ted Cruz just gave a major foreign-policy speech at the Heritage Foundation critiquing the disastrous nature of what he labeled as the “Obama-Clinton” approach to the subject. His desire to lay out his foreign-policy views in detail at such a venue as well as his focus on Clinton was a clear indication of something that is not exactly a secret: he’s planning on running for president in 2016. Members of his party’s establishment, which generally despises him as much as his fellow senators and the liberal media, do not take Cruz’s ambition too seriously. But as much as it...
  • Black Abortions Matter

    12/18/2014 4:32:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Mike Adams
    A friend sent me a recent news article showing that Planned Parenthood had decided to join in the protest of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. He was curious to know why Planned Parenthood was interested in the case. After all, they provide abortions. What is their interest in preventing the death of people like Michael Brown? Before I answered his question, I told him to take a couple of hours to watch Maafa 21 – a documentary on the roots of Planned Parenthood in the eugenics movement. Some interesting statistics are revealed in the film. For example:...
  • Progressives Can’t Help But Exploit Tragedy

    12/18/2014 4:23:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Few things upset progressives like a terrorist attack by Islamo-fascists. Not the act of terror itself, mind you, but the perceived “backlash” against Muslims that follows. The progressive activist site Huffington Post was quick to cite an increase in “hate crimes” against Muslims in September “linked” to a public transit ad campaign it deemed “Islamophobic.” It wrote, “The rise of the Islamic State this summer, as well as the conflict in Gaza, Sarsour said, have contributed to the recent spate of violence against Muslims in New York City. Since July 1, there have been at least 14 hate crimes against...
  • Holidays and a Mother's Love

    12/18/2014 4:15:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    This is my second Christmas season without my mother, and so far it's been harder than the first. I had known that the first year would be hard, and all I really cared about was surviving it. Activity was my friend: My sister Kathy and I spent the fall wrapping up her estate, selling her house, sharing her prized possessions with family and friends. We talked every day. Much of our connection was activity-based: Was her account closed? Were the papers signed? It was hard, but I had known that it was going to be hard -- so I accepted...
  • When Police Violate Our Values, 'Ferguson' Happens

    12/17/2014 7:51:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | December 17, 2014 | Stuart Muszynski, Founder and CEO, PurpleAmerica.us
    The outcries throughout our country -- protests, demonstrations, disruptions of traffic, and riots -- that have dotted our collective landscape since white Ferguson police office Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown isn't just about Ferguson, the city. It's about the hundreds and thousands of "Fergusons" throughout our country where black youth are by-definition disadvantaged in their relationship with police simply because they're black. It's about the fact that police throughout our country have systematically violated our shared American values, which instruct us to have respect, provide equality, live together as community, and do the right thing....
  • ANALYSIS: Hillary Clinton Is a Terrible Politician

    12/18/2014 4:02:26 AM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 17, 2014 | Andrew Stiles
    Celebrity homeowner Hillary Clinton is a terrible politician, a Free Beacon analysis has found. This is one of many reasons why some observers have concluded she will never be president. [Snip] Clinton’s favorability numbers are trending down. She can’t sell books. She can’t sell magazines. She can’t draw crowds at universities. Most worrisome for the professional public speaker is the finding that 71 percent of registered voters want the next president to “take a different approach than Barack Obama has,” compared to just 23 percent who want a similar approach. ... (Context: Hillary Clinton was a member of the Obama...
  • Should Jeb Bush Switch Parties? - A Ruling Class ticket: Hillary and Jeb in 2016

    12/18/2014 2:10:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    Listening to all the stories about Jeb Bush and his angst over the conservative base of the Republican Party, the question occurred: Why doesn’t Jeb ease his conscience and his donors' wallets and just switch parties? Go now, become a Democrat—and then form an alliance with the wife of the man the Bushes affectionately call their “brother from another mother.” That being the woman George W. Bush has dubbed as being “like my sister-in-law”—Hillary Clinton.After all, the Bush/Clinton alliance has already been on display, as I unknowingly noted in this column when Governor Bush presented former-Secretary Clinton with the Constitution...
  • Castro, 1; Obama, big zero!

    12/18/2014 12:47:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 18, 2014 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    My cell phone has been going off for hours with messages and angry conversations with fellow Cuban-Americans and conservatives in the U.S. I hear this question over and over: what did the U.S. get out of this deal? The answer is nothing, unless you are one of those who believes that the Castro regime is about to reform the economy, allow an independent media, and hold multi-party elections. I have a unique perspective on this issue. I can address it as a Cuban-American and as a U.S. citizen. In other words, I want the best for those on the island...
  • Krauthammer’s Cuba Take: ‘Is There No Tyrant in the World Obama Will Not Appease For Nothing?’

    12/17/2014 5:03:30 PM PST · by Steelfish · 56 replies
    National Review ^ | December 17, 2013
    Krauthammer’s Cuba Take: ‘Is There No Tyrant in the World Obama Will Not Appease For Nothing?’ By NRO Staff December 17, 2014 Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer lamented the Obama administration’s decision to open formal relations with Cuba on Wednesday, pegging it as part of a broader trend and wondering whether there’s any tyrannical or anti-American regime to whom he won’t grant one-sided concessions.
  • Everybody Hates Ted? Cruz Doesn’t Care.

    12/17/2014 6:56:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | December 17, 2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Yesterday at a lunch attended by members of the Senate’s Republican caucus, Ted Cruz reportedly made an unsolicited apology to his colleagues for ruining their weekend. It’s not clear whether most of his fellow GOP senators accepted the apology. As mad as some of them were for having to cancel their plans in order to stay in the Senate over the weekend, many were also furious about the way Cruz’s decision to oppose a deal that would have passed the Cromnibus on Friday led to weekend sessions that also gave Democratic leader Harry Reid the opening that he used to...