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  • Obamacare is Affecting Everyone

    08/30/2014 6:38:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Millions of people are out of work and can’t find a job. Many of those who have jobs are being forced to work part-time instead of full-time. And those who have full-time jobs are in for a nasty surprise. Next year’s take home pay is like likely to be smaller than what they earn right now.In all cases the reason is the same: Obamacare.Why can’t people find a job? Three Federal Reserve Banks – in Philadelphia, New York and Atlanta – have released business surveys that confirm what many of us have been predicting. The new health law is discouraging...
  • Terrorists’ Handbook

    08/30/2014 6:37:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/30/2014 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama may not have a strategy for defeating the Islamic State, but the Islamic State has a strategy for the U.S. In fact, that strategy is set out, in part, in an al-Qaeda manual recently translated for the benefit of the U.S. military. A guerrilla war proceeds in phases, according to Abd al-Aziz al-Muqrin’s A Practical Course for Guerrilla War, a strategic and tactical guide to mujahideen intent on establishing “a pure Islamic system free from defects and infidel elements.” It was written after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The first phase is “attrition (strategic defense),” the time...
  • Who Should Be Called To Account In Rotherham? ( Labour Party / Moslems in UK )

    08/29/2014 12:03:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Sky News ^ | 29 August 2014
    Rotherham's council leader has stepped down but there are calls for other heads to roll over the devastating abuse scandal. Many people are asking why no-one in a position of responsibility has been held accountable in the wake of the Rotherham sex abuse scandal. A devastating report revealed at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited over 16 years - between 1997 and 2013 - with girls as young as 11 repeatedly raped by large numbers of men. The inquiry found Rotherham council knew as far back as 2005 of sexual exploitation on a wide scale - mostly by Asian men...
  • Don Surber: Ferguson shows Democrats’ problem

    08/30/2014 2:08:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Charleston Daily Mail ^ | August 27, 2014 | Don Surber
    For years, liberals have pointed to demographic projections with glee.White people seem headed to becoming less than a majority in America. Liberals say this poses a problem for the Republican Party as most white people now vote Republican, providing the party’s base. But the scenes of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, pose a similar problem for the Democratic Party.In recent years, Republicans have diversified without becoming Democratic Lite. Democrats haven’t. Republicans have three Hispanic senators (Democrats have one) a black senator (Democrats have one), two Hispanic governors (Democrats have none) and two governors whose parents were born in India (Democrats have...
  • Obama’s 5 Worst Foreign Policy Decisions

    08/30/2014 1:25:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Since Barack Obama has been the Hindenburg of Presidents on the domestic front, there hasn't been as much commentary as you'd expect about the fact that he has been the Titanic of Presidents on foreign policy. George W. Bush certainly made his mistakes as President, primarily in Iraq, but you did at least get the sense that his administration was full of capable, serious adults sincerely grappling with a new strategic problem for the country. On the other hand, when it comes to foreign policy, Obama comes across like a bored kid playing war because his mother won't let him...
  • John McCain and Lindsey Graham: Confront ISIS Now

    08/30/2014 12:22:52 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 31 replies
    Nerw York Times ^ | AUG. 29, 2014 | John McCain and Lindsey Graham
    AFTER more than three years, almost 200,000 dead in Syria, the near collapse of Iraq, and the rise of the world’s most sinister terrorist army — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which has conquered vast swaths of both countries — President Obama’s admission this week that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to deal with this threat is startling. It is also dangerous. The president clearly wants to move deliberately and consult with allies and Congress as he considers what to do about ISIS. No one disputes that goal. But the threat ISIS poses only grows over time....
  • President Obama Needs To Focus On How The United States Can Meet Global Challenges [Blistering!]

    08/29/2014 11:42:44 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2014
    President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google PlusShare via EmailMore Options Resize Text Print Article Comments 1634 President Barack Obama. (Evan Vucci/AP) By Editorial Board August 29 President Obama Needs To Focus On How The United States Can Meet Global Challenges PRESIDENT OBAMA’S acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president’s goal, to the extent...
  • War in Europe is not a hysterical idea

    08/29/2014 9:38:35 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 20 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 29 at 12:20 PM | Anne Applebaum
    Over and over again — throughout the entirety of my adult life, or so it feels — I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939: The children playing in the sunshine, the fashionable women on Krakow streets. I have even seen a picture of a family wedding that took place in June 1939, in the garden of a Polish country house I now own. All of these pictures convey a sense of doom, for we know what happened next. September 1939 brought invasion from both east and west, occupation, chaos, destruction, genocide. Most of the people...
  • Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress.

    08/29/2014 3:06:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2014 | Professor Carol Anderson
    When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer of 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African American male. But that has it precisely backward. What we’ve actually seen is the latest outbreak of white rage. Sure, it is cloaked in the niceties of law and order, but it is rage nonetheless. Protests and looting naturally capture attention. But the real rage smolders in meetings where officials redraw precincts to dilute African American voting strength or...
  • A Labor of Love

    08/29/2014 12:56:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    On this Labor Day weekend, like most Americans, I come to praise labor, not indulge in it. Has there ever been a people that speechified more about the joys and satisfactions of work and the work ethic, yet was so enamored of labor-saving devices? American efficiency, American organization, and therefore American prosperity has been something of an example around the world -- at least since Henry Ford, that half-genius, half-crank and all-American revolutionary, put the world on wheels. And was savvy enough to raise his workers' pay to unheard-of levels so they could buy the Model Ts they were cranking...
  • Ferguson Demonstrations Invoke Che Guevara—OH! The Ironies!

    08/29/2014 12:29:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    When a comedian‘s “brilliant” witticism bombs he'll often complain to the "dumb" audience that: "The irony is lost on you people!" In this spirit of “lost irony” I give you (pro) Michael-Brown demonstrators wearing Che Guevara T-Shirts at the recent Ferguson demonstrations. Why “lost irony” some readers might ask? “Don’t Shoot!” was the Ferguson demonstrator slogan/chant right? Well, upon his very first (and very brief) experience with something properly describable as combat, the world’s most celebrated “guerrilla fighter” actually snuck away from the firefight, crawled towards the Bolivian soldiers doing the firing—then as soon as he spotted two of them...
  • An Honest Conversation on Race

    08/29/2014 11:26:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Linda Chavez
    After weeks of national angst generated when a white police officer shot an unarmed black man on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., perhaps it is time we have an honest discussion about race in America. But if we do so, the voices should not be restricted to those who carry a sense of racial grievance and blame racism as the root cause of all the problems that afflict the black community. Jason Riley, a Wall Street Journal editorial board member and author of "Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks To Succeed," is certainly one man...
  • The Left's Ridiculous Burger King Freakout

    08/29/2014 10:43:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    Burger King plans to merge with Canuck coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons and base the company's headquarters in Canada, where it will enjoy the kind of reasonable corporate tax structure that Democrats continue to obstruct here in the United States. And the move has provoked a fresh round of moral panic, faux patriotism and confusion. It's doubtful, despite much wishful thinking, that there will be much of a real backlash. Nor should there be. Most obviously, the majority of fast-food customers are probably less inclined than the petitioners of MoveOn.org to mistake high tax rates for patriotism. This kind of distorted...
  • The Assembly of a New World Order

    08/29/2014 10:34:50 AM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Henry Kissinger
    The concept that has underpinned the modern geopolitical era is in crisis Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan's young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. To these troubles are added a resurgence of tensions with Russia and a relationship with China divided between pledges of cooperation and public recrimination. The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis. The search for world order has long been defined almost exclusively by the concepts of Western societies. In the decades following World War II, the...
  • Can an Upstart College With no Frills and no Football Challenge the Elites?

    08/29/2014 10:33:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    Thousands of moms and dads, following the script written into an autumn ritual of the middle class, are preparing to say farewell to the sons and daughters they've loved, nurtured and tried to civilize for two decades. They're sending the next generation off to college and saying goodbye to a considerable chunk of the family savings. We've been told so many times that college is an investment to ensure a prosperous future, that nearly everybody believes it. But it's an investment with risks. The cost of a college degree runs as high as $60,000 a year at the elite schools...
  • Steinberg: Dumb arguments against same-sex marriage don’t hide bigotry (A POT-AND-KETTLE CLASSIC)

    08/29/2014 10:26:38 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 15 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 29, 2014 | Junior Marxist Neil Steinberg nsteinberg@sun-times.com
    You know what I admire about bigots? I’m referring to the real wackos, the warped, scary, neo-Nazi, open Klansman, proudly sign-their-name haters. You know what’s kinda great about them? At least they’re candid.
  • ISIS has shocked America back to its senses

    08/29/2014 8:58:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 29, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Americans are deeply apprehensive about President Barack Obama’s strategy, or his admitted lack thereof, for tackling the threat posed to Western interests by the Islamic State militants. Just one year ago, the president was marshalling support among Americans and around the world for strikes in Syria with the aim of punishing Bashar al-Assad for gross crimes against humanity. He found that the public was deeply skeptical of his proposed military solution in Syria. Today, however, the opposite is true, and the public thinks the U.S. is not doing enough to protect its interests around the world through military force....
  • Build Better Teachers

    08/29/2014 8:31:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Mona Charen
    For the past half-century, and particularly since the 1983 "Nation at Risk" report, Americans have been heaving great sacks of money at schools. Federal spending alone has tripled since the 1970s. The New York Times calculates that the federal government now spends $107.6 billion on education yearly, which is layered over an estimated $524.7 billion spent by states and localities (source: National Center for Education Statistics). Reformers have urged -- depending upon where they stand ideologically -- smaller class sizes, more accountability, merit pay for teachers and educational choice. Each year seems to bring a new fad: child-centered learning, new...
  • Obama's Logical, Fanatical Foreign Policy

    08/29/2014 7:16:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | John Ransom
    After World War I the third rate minds who brought us the conflict to begin with came up with another stupid idea: They decided to divide up former German, Austrian and Turkish empires into separate countries, like Czechoslovakia, and create makeshifts, like the Danzig Corridor. Germany lost territory to Poland to create a land corridor to Danzig that gave Poland access to the sea.Never mind that it cleaved a country in two. It was these territorial wedges-- wedges that diced up ethnicity-- that Hitler used to gain legitimacy in the eyes of Germans. By cutting up countries in defiance of...
  • Good-Bye, Treaty - a non-binding climate-change accord

    08/29/2014 7:15:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | August 29, 2014 | Rupert Darwall
    I am speaking on behalf of the United States of America because my negotiators cannot,” Abigail Borah, a youth delegate to the 2011 Durban climate negotiations, yelled from the conference floor. “I am scared for my future,” she cried, silencing Todd Stern, the Obama administration’s chief climate negotiator. “We need an urgent path to a fair, ambitious, and legally binding treaty.” Now the Obama administration is signaling that there will be not be a new climate treaty. According to a report in Wednesday’s New York Times, the path to a treaty has come to an end, 14 months before the...
  • The Obama economy means fewer jobs, lower wages

    08/29/2014 6:52:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 8/29/2014 | Jon Dougherty
    During his entire first term and beyond, President Obama and his sycophantic defenders blamed “the bad economy” on George W. Bush, as if his policies alone were the cause of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. But Bush has been out of office now for nearly six years, and for certain has had zero influence on the country’s economy during that period.In short, then, Obama now owns the economy and has for quite some time. So kind of shape is it in? Not good. According to the latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), a report that...
  • Exploiting the 'Sex Box'

    08/29/2014 6:46:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    We recently came across a rather new TV network, Me-TV. It's great stuff for old fogies (like one of us) -- reruns of the best of television from the '60s and '70s. "Twelve O'Clock High" never looked better. You probably missed this network in all the TV clutter. Few Americans have ever heard of the cable channel WE tv. Apparently, one way to remedy that is to put on a new show in 2015 called "Sex Box." It's another attempt to "help" Americans with their alleged puritanical reluctance to talk about sex. The Hollywood Reporter described it as a show...
  • School lesson urges students adopt Black Panthers’ demands in response to Ferguson shooting

    08/29/2014 6:36:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    EAG News ^ | 8/29/2014 | KYLE OLSON
    If you think the teachable moment from the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri may be how to foster racial reconciliation, that’s not what some educators have in mind.The activist group “Teaching for Change” thinks students need a little more Black Panther in them.“As the new school year begins, first and foremost on our minds and in our hearts will be the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri,” a lesson writer for the group, Julian Hipkins, says.The lesson then suggests “a few ideas and resources for the classroom to help students think critically about the events in Ferguson and ways...
  • Obama's Segue From Constructive Tax Proposals to Low-Grade Demagoguery

    08/29/2014 6:35:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Michael Barone
    "The tax system should be simplified and work for all Americans with lower individual and corporate tax rates and fewer brackets." That's from the Obama administration's 2009 proposals for tax reform, straight from whitehouse.gov. "Because our corporate tax system is so riddled with special interest loopholes," the document goes on, "our system has one of the highest statutory rates among developed countries to generate about the same amount of corporate tax revenue as our developed country partners as a share of our economy." That is still accurate except that, now that Japan has lowered its corporate tax rate, the U.S....
  • The Continued Farce

    08/29/2014 6:28:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Just last week, the temperatures in Middle Georgia, where I write, were over 100 degrees. This week, they are struggling to get to 90. But, as say climate change advocates, that is called weather, not climate. Of course, this is the second year in a row Georgia has experienced a milder than normal summer. The data shows, rather inconveniently, that there has not been a warming trend in 17 years. Climate change alarmists say that is wrong. Just a few months ago, the alarmists claimed the world is still warming. The Pacific Ocean, they claimed, is acting as a heat...
  • Small Vermont Town Latest Sad Example of Oversensitivity Epidemic

    08/29/2014 5:52:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Mark Davis
    Here is a snapshot of a series of truly ridiculous things that happened in a small New England town this week, followed by an extended examination of how it represents a deep societal pathology. In Winooski, Vermont, a small town northeast of Burlington, a restaurant was awarded a sign placement for its participation in a beautification project. Proud of its bacon (among other things, I’m sure), Sneakers Bistro chose a sign that said “Yield for Sneakers Bacon.” A Muslim woman, fond of neither pork nor free speech, complained online, garnering a sufficient contingent of busybodies to pressure the restaurant...
  • Bloodstained Hypocrisy of Hollywood's Violence Profiteers

    08/29/2014 5:27:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Did you miss Tinseltown's latest political correctness powwow? Preening celebrities showed their solidarity with Ferguson, Mo., at the MTV Video Music Awards show this week. Rapper Common led the convocation, preachifying about the positive impact of hip-hop music on society as a "powerful instrument of social change" and "truth." Cameras showed drug-addled gangsta rapper Snoop Dogg bowing his head and flashing a peace sign during a "moment of silence" for Ferguson. MTV President Stephen Friedman aired public service announcements plying social justice messages. "It's a call to action to our audience that we have to confront our own bias head-on...
  • Why Karl Rove and the GOP Establishment Will Lose Again

    08/29/2014 4:18:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8/29/2014 | C. Edmund Wright
    Karl Rove is at it once again. The so-called “strategist” is again confusing strategy with tactics, and is about to blow easy Senate pickups in Arkansas and North Carolina. This is not merely snatching defeat from the jaws of victory -- this is snatching defeat from the bowels of victory -- in astonishing tone-deaf fashion. There is absolutely no excuse for not winning these two races. So how is the one-time “boy genius” doing this? By running ads attacking Senators Mark Pryor and Kay Hagan from the left. Yes, you heard that right. Rove’s Crossroads GPS PAC is insisting in...
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: America’s Dark Obsession With Vigilante Justice

    08/29/2014 12:46:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | August 27, 2014 | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Our belief that the government wants to help us achieve fairness is lower than ever—leading to fantasies of lawless revenge. The events in Ferguson and elsewhere across the U.S. have launched a heated national dialogue that questions our faith in the benevolence of government institutions — especially police, judiciary, and politicians. Dead black bodies always makes us wonder whether they really have the best interests of the American people at heart, or just the best interests of some American people. Sometimes in the dense fog of passion and tear gas it is hard to see what values a country as...
  • Recession Poll Shows Blaming Bush Worked

    08/28/2014 7:32:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Remember the exit polling data in the 2012 presidential election. The first wave, and there was a question, that when I saw the results of the exit poll, I said this election is over and Romney's been beat and there's no hope. It was that well over 60 percent of people that voted blame Bush for the economy. Okay. This morning on the Fox Business Network, Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo, Sandra Smith was filling in as hostette. She spoke with Fox Business Network overseas editor Ashley Webster, a male, about a new poll on American attitudes...
  • Democrat Amnesty Strategy: Shutdown!

    08/28/2014 7:13:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The Democrats have concocted a strategy to save the Senate, and that is to have Obama do his executive order on immigration and amnesty-ize five million of 'em, six million of 'em. Luis Gutierrez is now backing off just a little bit on when Obama's gonna do this and just how extensively Obama's gonna do it. We have tape. He was on with Cavuto yesterday. He's backing off just a little. But the Democrats are urging Obama to do this, because they know, they hope that it will goad the Republicans into what? Shutting down the government....
  • Luis Gutierrez and the Amnesty Stack

    08/28/2014 7:00:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: There's a Pew Research Center survey. "As Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto travels across California and declares America to be 'the other Mexico' --" You know, this is strange. Have you seen the story today, Al-Qaeda has a magazine? Al-Qaeda has a magazine. TIME Magazine is losing subs. Newsweek is out of business. US News is barely holding on, and Al-Qaeda has a magazine. (interruption) Oh, yeah, I know. And in the latest issue of Al-Qaeda Today are targets in America, bomb targets, car bombs. They are laying out targets, they are making threats, and they are...
  • Soap Opera: Awaiting Obama's Decision

    08/28/2014 6:52:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | Auugust 28, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: It's amazing how these cycles repeat themselves. It's amazing how everybody behaves according to the script. It's amazing how the formula, once put into place, seems to be followed precisely. So right now, the Drive-Bys are breathlessly -- see, they moved on from Ferguson, they moved on. Even CNN's back to trying to find the jet. They moved on from Ferguson for a while, and now the Drive-Bys are breathlessly awaiting Obama's decision on ISIS. What's Obama gonna do on ISIS? (panting) Is the president gonna do anything on ISIS? (panting) And the graphics on the TV...
  • CBO: Our Best Days are Behind Us

    08/28/2014 6:41:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I had an audio sound bite about an hour ago, an hour and a half ago, and it was a survey out of Rutgers. It basically said that a majority of Americans think the recession permanently damaged the US economy. Remember that? It might have been two hours ago. It might have been in the first hour of the program where, if you weren't here, I apparently totally depressed everybody. But I fixed it in the next hour 'cause I didn't intend to do that. But there was an audio sound bite, polling data, I think it...
  • In Rush to Condemn Burger King, 'Hardball' Host Makes Whopper of a Factual Error

    08/28/2014 6:39:40 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 9 replies
    newsbusters ^ | august 27, 2014 | ken shepherd
    In his rush to flame-broil Burger King as an unpatriotic fast-food joint looking to skip out on paying its taxes to Uncle Sam, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews sought to enlist the famously pro-free market, pro-capitalism Wall Street Journal. The only problem is his claim is 100 percent Grade A baloney. "The Wall Street Journal lead editorial today came out against it.... The lead editorial today, surprisingly, attacked this tax scheme," Matthews insisted to guest David Corn of the leftist Mother Jones magazine. In point of fact, the Journal editorial board slammed not corporate "inversion" schemes but the current U.S. tax code, which...
  • DOJ ‘Chokes’ Off Due Process [Operation 'Choke Point']

    08/28/2014 6:23:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/28/2014 | Jeffrey H. Joseph
    It’s no secret that there are plenty of policymakers who would love to see soda and sugary snack food banned altogether. But what if instead of Congress voting to pass laws against the products directly, federal agencies simply acted on their own to pressure stores to stop selling such products altogether, “choking off” the manufacturers’ ability to do business?Sound like executive overreach? A case of the federal government serving as our “national nanny?” While the U.S. Department of Justice isn’t going after food manufacturers through retailers yet, it has targeting legitimate businesses by pressuring banks not to process their financial...
  • The Dangers of Soccer

    08/28/2014 6:11:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 28 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, you talk about cutting edge of societal evolution, have you seen the story? "Soccer joined the growing legal debate over head injuries Wednesday after FIFA and some of the sport's governing bodies in the United States were made the target of a lawsuit seeking new safety rules." You know what it is? Concussions. I warned everybody, started a public interest group, Keep Our Own Kids Safe. We have PSAs and everything. Doubting Thomases called here about it, that football was the big danger back then, but I said soccer. There are just as many concussions and...
  • A pro-Hamas left emerges

    08/28/2014 5:36:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Powerline ^ | 8/28/2014 | Scott Johnson
    The historian Jeffrey Herf writes at the American Interest of the emergence of a pro-Hamas left: On July 31, 2014, a group of left-leaning historians called “Historians Against the War” posted an open letter to President Obama denouncing Israel’s actions in the Gaza War and calling for a cut-off of American military assistance to Israel. On August 13, the letter was posted on the website of the History News Network. On August 13, the signers reported that “in less than twenty-four hours over two hundred US, based [sic] historians had signed the letter.” This remarkable turnout depended on the mobilization...
  • Paul Krugman Accidently Got Something (Almost) Right

    08/28/2014 4:33:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Full body shiver… I really loath the sentence I’m about to type. In fact, I hate it so much, I’ve retyped it almost a dozen times; and there is no better way of articulating the disturbing truth: Paul Krugman was right.Okay. I’ve showered. Also, I have slept on this thought. And yet, it’s still haunting me. The Left’s most adored “economist”, who has managed to turn being wrong into a career option, actually stumbled across a small kernel of truth in an otherwise typically inarticulate column. The King-of-Keynes managed to write a completely, and unavoidably, coherent thought last week. I...
  • Inversion Controversy Is about Whether Company Profits Should Flow to Shareholders or Government

    08/28/2014 4:24:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Since I’ve been in Washington for nearly three decades, I’m used to foolish demagoguery.But the left’s reaction to corporate inversions takes political rhetoric to a new level of dishonesty.Every study that looks at business taxation reaches the same conclusion, which is that America’s tax system is punitive and anti-competitive.Simply stated, the combination of a very high tax rate on corporate income along with a very punitive system of worldwide taxation makes it very difficult for an American-domiciled firm to compete overseas.Yet some politicians say companies are being “unpatriotic” for trying to protect themselves and even suggest that the tax burden...
  • IMF Chief Under Investigation in French Fraud Case

    08/28/2014 4:00:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    IMF chief Christine Lagarde Under Formal Investigation in French fraud case. IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been put under formal investigation by French magistrates for alleged negligence in a political fraud affair dating from 2008 when she was finance minister. Lagarde was questioned by magistrates in Paris this week for a fourth time under her existing status as a witness in the long-running saga over allegations that tycoon Bernard Tapie won a large arbitration payout due to his political connections. Under French law, magistrates place a person under formal investigation when they believe there are indications of wrongdoing, but that...
  • Simple Solution To Corporate Inversions: Cut Tax Rates

    08/28/2014 3:59:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    The Obama administration is highly exercised about "inversion," the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from lower tax rates abroad. Not fair, says Barack Obama. It's taking advantage of an "unpatriotic tax loophole" that hardworking American families have to make up for by the sweat of their brow. His treasury secretary calls such behavior a violation of "economic patriotism." Nice touch. Democrats used to wax indignant about having one's patriotism questioned. Now they throw around the charge with abandon, tossing it at corporations that refuse to...
  • Another Bad War in Iraq

    08/28/2014 3:01:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    In fighting disease, aggressive action is not always advisable. Two years ago a federal panel recommended against routine use of a test for prostate cancer because it carries "a very small potential benefit and significant potential harms." Some men get false positives, and many true positives lead to risky surgery for cancers that grow so slowly as to pose no threat. Then there is power morcellation, which uses a device to shred uterine fibroids. The Food and Drug Administration has warned against its use in hysterectomies because "there is a risk that the procedure will spread the cancerous tissue within...
  • Golf Is Not the Answer

    08/28/2014 2:39:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Immediately after his telephone call consoling the Foley family on their son's grisly murder at the hands of Islamofascists, President Barack Obama took a powder. He headed for the golf course. Yes, the golf course! He had golfed eight times in 11 days, as the world was in tumult the likes of which we have not experienced since the late 1930s. There is something very odd about this man. He seems to think he can duck his obligations by lolling on the golf course. Does he believe no one is looking? In his brief life, my guess is,...
  • Vladimir Putin: The Return of the CommuNazi

    08/28/2014 2:09:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Austin Bay
    In August 1939 -- 75 years ago this week -- Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin signed the Hitler-Stalin Pact. In the wake of the Russo-German alliance, newspaper wits coined the term "ComunNazi." Communist-Nazi. Yes, "red" and "brown" entwined as the dictatorships they are. The two dictators' legions of liars hailed the deal as a peace treaty. Peace? Eastern Europeans in the dictators' gun sights scorned the falsehood. "Peace in our time, " Neville Chamberlain had proclaimed after the wretched Munich deal of 1938, which gave Hitler permission to annex slices of Czechoslovakia. Of course, when given a slice, Hitler annexed...
  • When Political Correctness Took Over in Yorkshire

    08/28/2014 11:36:10 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 2:08 p.m. ET | Brendan O'Neill
    Perfect storms don't come much more perfect than the Rotherham child-abuse revelations currently rocking the U.K. Everything modern Britain is famous for fretting over—from class to race, pedophiles to official incompetence—is implicated in this sordid story of abuse in and around a northern English town once known for producing steel. All eyes have been on Rotherham since a report into child sexual abuse there was published on Tuesday. Commissioned by Rotherham Borough Council and wrote by Professor Alexis Jay, the report makes grim reading. It says that from 1997 to 2013, 1,400 children and teenagers were subjected to "appalling abuse"...
  • The attack on bad teacher tenure laws is actually an attack on black professionals

    08/28/2014 10:37:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 72 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 28, 2014 | Dr. Andre Perry is the founding dean of urban education at Davenport University
    After the Vergara v. California decision in California’s state Supreme Court, which held that key job protections for teachers are unconstitutional, anti-union advocates everywhere began spawning copycat lawsuits. But while reformers may genuinely want to fix education for everyone, their efforts will only worsen diversity in the teaching corps. The truth is that an attack on bad teacher tenure laws (and ineffective teachers in general) is actually an attack on black professionals. If the Vergara clones succeed, black children will lose effective teachers and the black community will lose even more middle-class jobs. Black workers are most likely to hold...
  • Please Don't Shoot the Pollster

    08/28/2014 9:49:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Matt Towery
    If memory serves me, I have to write some variation of this column every election cycle. Just 10 years ago, public opinion surveys for elections were a mysterious mix of science and technology. It held little interest except to the political campaigns that lived and breathed by its numbers. But in the last decade, political polling has become a sport. Make that a blood sport. Some readers will recall the late TV sportscaster Howard Cosell. He was brilliant, but as he put it in the title of his own autobiography, "I Never Played the Game." These days, for every one...
  • Should Union Organizing Be A Civil Right?

    08/28/2014 9:31:40 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 28, 2014 | George Leef
    [T]he NLRA sometimes comes in for criticism from leftists, who argue that it doesn’t do enough to tilt the playing field in favor of unions and collective bargaining. The common complaint is that although the NLRA does make it illegal for employers to discriminate against workers because of union advocacy, the legal processes under that statute are too slow and weak to deter employers from telling workers, “I don’t want to deal with a union and if I find you agitating for one, you’ll be fired.” To remedy that purported defect in the law, Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MN) and John...
  • A Modern Day, High-Tech Lynching of a Police Officer

    08/28/2014 9:27:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Damn the facts. President Obama and Attorney General Holder are railroading an innocent police officer to fit their narrative of racism in America. The President needs an indictment and conviction to please his last remaining group of supporters - black Americans. Remember polls show that Obama is now considered the worst president since WWII- lower rated than even Nixon or Carter. Yet in the last election Obama received 93 percent of black votes. That’s precisely why we are witnessing a modern-day, high-tech political and media lynching of an innocent police officer who clearly acted in self defense…if Michael Brown's supporters...