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  • Reminder #43: Obama Really Doesn’t Believe that America has a Right to Exist

    11/28/2014 11:56:22 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 17 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | 11-28-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    November 28, 2014 Reminder #43: Obama Really Doesn’t Believe that America has a Right to Exist By Daniel Greenfield Obama went down to Chicago and continued his usual sneering promotion of amnesty. There was a time when Obama tried to play noble. He’s given that up for smug and condescending until he sounds exactly like his hipster advisers.“I was just traveling in Asia — you go to Japan, they don’t have problems with certain folks being discriminated against because mostly everybody is Japanese,” Obama said. Obama doesn’t seem to know that… 1. There’s plenty of discrimination in Japan, including internal...
  • Traynor: Fixing Free Speech [by abolishing it]

    11/28/2014 10:16:59 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 21 replies
    The Dartmouth ^ | ZACH TRAYNOR
    Free speech is often cited as a cornerstone of American democracy. Individuals or a group have the right to express themselves and say whatever they want with fairly few restrictions. As long as the speech does not imminently incite violence, constitute slander or libel, or have excessively objectionable content, the speech is allowed. This protects crucial kinds of free expression, like criticisms of the government or U.S. policy, the publication of potentially risqué or provocative works and the ability to mock others for comedic effect. It allows for dissenting but respectful viewpoints critical to our system of democracy: people can...
  • American Conundrums

    11/28/2014 5:42:59 PM PST · by xzins · 8 replies
    CHQ ^ | 11/26/2014 | CHQ Staff
    Every day CHQ readers email us all manner of material – comments, news tips, rumors, conspiracy theories, jokes you cannot tell your Sunday school teacher – it all arrives and gets reviewed even though a lot of it doesn’t really fit our “news and commentary from the Tea Party or limited government constitutional conservative perspective” USP. But every so often something comes in over the transom that’s so incisive (and in this case funny in a sad sort of way) that we just have to share it, and such was the case with “American Conundrums” an email forwarded to us...
  • Singapore: A Remarkable Free-Market Success Story

    11/28/2014 1:43:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve written about the success of Hong Kong (particularly when compared to nations such as Cuba, France, and China), but haven’t paid as much attention to Singapore. But it’s time to correct that oversight. I’m motivated to write about Singapore because of a story that reveals one of the unique features of that jurisdiction: The bureaucracy gets monetarily rewarded if the economy prospers. Here are some passages from a Bloomberg report.
  • St. Michael the Gentle Giant, patron saint for the Racially Aggrieved

    11/28/2014 1:29:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | D. W. Wilber
    As Americans sat down to enjoy their Thanksgiving Day repast and give thanks for all the blessings bestowed upon them by this great land in which we live, many in Ferguson made the trek to a small memorial decked out in flowers and teddy bears. A memorial to St. Michael the Gentle Giant, located not in a large cathedral but on a minor side street of this St. Louis suburban community. Around the country people have been expressing their feelings of devotion for St. Michael, who it almost seems is quickly overshadowing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King as...
  • Enviro Meltdown Over “Unpatriotic” and “Irrational” Republicans

    11/28/2014 1:16:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Uh oh… The evil, hate filled, GOP now has control of the US Senate. Clearly the world will soon end. (Lucky for me, I have stocked up on guns and ammo… So I’m feeling better prepared than my Diana DeGette-loving neighbor.) Ben Adler, the former Newsweek.com editor, was among the more frantic examples of post-election meltdown. Appearing somewhat like Chris Matthews during a Republican victory, Ben scrambled to express his frustration at conservative gains with over-the-top rhetoric. He even went so far as to say that conservatives should not be mistaken for “rational human beings” or “patriotic Americans”.Super classy. Adler insisted...
  • Terrorism Risk Insurance: Providing for the Common Defense

    11/28/2014 12:51:56 PM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Peter Ferrara
    Sometimes, those attacking America seem to understand our economy and the source of our power better than we do ourselves. Terrorists plot big, jarring attacks, in part hoping the spin off effects will cascade throughout our economy, pyramiding the ultimate costs. When terrorists hijacked airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center towers, they were hoping not just to murder a few thousand innocent Americans, but to bring down the entire, world leading American economy as well. And they could have, without some careful, pro-growth, national economic policies in response. The hijacking of three, American jumbo jet airliners on...
  • The Gruberization of Environmental Policies

    11/28/2014 11:57:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Call it the Gruberization of America’s energy and environmental policies.Former White House medical consultant Jonathan Gruber pocketed millions of taxpayer dollars before infamously explaining how ObamaCare was enacted. “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” he said. “It was really, really critical to getting the bill passed.” At least one key provision was a “very clever basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter.” The Barack Obama/Gina McCarthy Environmental Protection Agency is likewise exploiting its lack of transparency and most Americans’ lack of scientific understanding. EPA bureaucrats and their hired scientists, pressure groups and PR...
  • Congress Can't Break Highway Gridlock

    11/28/2014 11:04:21 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 26, 2014 | Michael Needham
    “I don’t want to say they’re unsafe, but they’re dangerous.” That was how President Obama’s former transportation secretary Ray LaHood described America’s roads and bridges in a pre-Thanksgiving interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes. The high-profile story left viewers with the distinct impression that America’s roads and bridges are crumbling, and politicians were to blame. First, let’s dispense with the notion that travel in America is a life-jeopardizing experience. According to the Federal Highway Administration’s own 2013 report, the number of structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridges has decreased every year since 2000. This same report also shows that fatalities and...
  • Get Ready for a Two-Year Brawl Between GOP Congress, Obama, and the Last of the Left

    11/28/2014 9:37:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - If you thought the bare knuckled, no-holds-barred, midterm elections were rough, the last two years of Barack Obama's presidency will make that look like a Sunday school picnic. Frustrated by the slow, plodding pace of democracy, the Constitution's checks and balances, and the pertinence of Republicans to want a say in their government, Obama's preparing for all out war in next year's GOP Congress. He has taken to writing his own immigration laws, and by implication, erased Article I, Section 1 of our governing document that says "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress...
  • Picking Up the Slack For Women

    11/28/2014 9:26:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Kathryn Lopez
    St. Vincent's Hospital went from lifesaver to bankrupt to closed to construction site for luxury condominiums in what seemed the twinkle of an eye in lower Manhattan. Its end created a void. It was a place of births, last breaths, long and grueling nights, close calls and emergency care. Its closure is made no less traumatic by the memory of words spoken by St. John Paul II when he visited these shores in 1987. He told Catholic health care workers: "Your health care ministry ... is one of the most significant services which the Catholic Church offers to society in...
  • Cosby's Message Survives Personal Disaster

    11/28/2014 9:01:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    What's fascinating about the coverage of the persuasive accusations against Bill Cosby, now 18 and rising, is that race doesn't dominate. There's an outcry at the abuse of women, and he's shredded the healthy black father family man image he carefully cultivated on his sitcom, but you don't read or hear notice taken of the fact that the women who say he drugged and raped them were usually white. Nor is the culture called racist for having turned Bill Cosby into an angry black man who spent his aggression against those vulnerable white women. There's anger at a celebrity's abuse...
  • The Blackest of Fridays Planned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara

    11/28/2014 5:36:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    “We must keep our hatred (against the U.S.) alive and fan it to paroxysm!” raved Che Guevara in his Message to the Tri-Continental Conference in 1966. “The imperialist enemy must feel like a hunted animal wherever he moves. Thus we’ll destroy him! We must bring the war to the imperialist enemies’ very home, to his places of work and recreation.”Fortunately on Nov. 17 1962, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI foiled the “war” Castro and Che had planned for us—and in some of some of our very favorite “places of recreation.” To wit: In those days Macy’s got around 50,000 shoppers on...
  • The New G.O.P. Showdown Threat (NYT editorial)

    11/28/2014 5:24:12 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 27, 2014
    Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama announced with great gravity the other day that Republicans had decided not to impeach President Obama over his plan to allow millions of immigrants to remain in this country without fear of deportation through his executive authority. But that concession is not the end of the matter. He is planning much more serious mischief: using Congress’s power of the purse to pressure the White House into backing off. Condemning the immigration action as “unlawful,” Mr. Sessions says he and other Republicans may filibuster any attempt to pay for government operations through the full fiscal year,...
  • Pelosi's Grip Seems to Have Weakened

    11/28/2014 3:54:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 28, 2014 | Michael Barone
    No one in Washington much cares what House Democrats do these days. House rules tend to ensure that the main job of members of the minority is to show up, vote "no" and lose. And in the next Congress, Democrats will have fewer seats in the House than they've had since 1929 and 1930. So not too much notice was directed last week at Nancy Pelosi's first major intraparty defeat since she became House Democratic leader in 2003. She won that post by defeating colleague Steny Hoyer (they worked as interns in the same Maryland senator's office in the early...
  • Ferguson, the 'Local Crime Story'

    11/28/2014 3:44:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Last year, Philadelphia abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell stood trial in Philadelphia for the deaths of one woman and seven babies who had their throats slit, but national reporters didn't want to cover it. It's a "local crime story," they said. Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple said that when he asked national reporters about avoiding the Gosnell story, the typical response was "Get out of my face with this agenda-driven stuff, and come back when you have a real story." Ferguson, Missouri, is merely the latest proof that a "local crime story" can be elevated to national news -- when...
  • End the Media Blackout on Gay Rapists

    11/28/2014 12:59:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 27, 2014 | Peter Heck
    "...while decades old rape accusations against a black TV star named Bill are given front page headlines,more credible rape allegations against a Southern white President of the United States named Bill are ignored and the victims are savaged in the press.Liberal politics,not people, matter to our evil media.That’s precisely why they rush to their cameras,microphones and keyboards when news breaks about a pedophile Catholic priest having his way with altar boys.Not because they care about the altar boys,but because they want to discredit the Catholic Church.If you doubt that fact,ask yourself why you haven’t heard much from the Mainstream Media...
  • Why Ferguson Should Matter to Asian-Americans

    11/27/2014 5:05:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jack Linshi
    Ferguson isn’t simply black versus white. A peculiar Vine floated around social media Monday evening following the grand jury announcement in Ferguson, Mo. The short video shows an Asian-American shopkeeper standing in his looted store, with a hands-in-his-pockets matter-of-factness and a sad slump to his facial expression. “Are you okay, sir?” an off-screen cameraman asks. “Yes,” the storeowner says, dejectedly. The clip is only a few seconds, but it highlights the question of where Asian-Americans stand in the black and white palette often used to paint incidents like Ferguson. In the story of a white cop’s killing of a black...
  • The New York Times and Other Members of the Ferguson Hall of Shame

    11/27/2014 4:20:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 25, 2014 | Roger L. Simon
    That the photograph of Walter Duranty — the New York Times Moscow correspondent who deliberately whitewashed Stalin’s 1930s forced starvation of millions of Ukrainians and won the Pulitzer for it — still is on the newspaper’s wall of fame with their other prize winners is apparently no aberration. The New York Times has no moral center. In fact, it’s despicable. On November 24, they published the home address of Officer Darren Wilson. By now most of America knows who Wilson is — the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer exonerated for the murder of Michael Brown, the supposed 6′ 6″, three-hundred-pound “gentle...
  • The Challenge: Thanksmissing

    11/27/2014 2:43:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Editor's note: this piece was coauthored by Hagelin's daughter, Kristin Carey.God “gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike” (Matthew 5:45). Every one of us has been blessed by God, but so few of us recognize His hand on our lives. And those of us who do recognize His providence so rarely take the time to express our gratitude. All too often our thanks is missing. The Bible tells the story of a time when Jesus healed ten men from leprosy at a time. “One of them,...
  • Liberals Willing To Fight To The Last Drop Of Black Blood

    11/27/2014 2:29:54 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 27, 2014 | Ann Coulter
    The riot in Ferguson reminds me, I hate criminals, but I hate liberals more. They planned this riot. They stoked the fire, lied about the evidence and produced a made-to-order riot. Every other riot I’ve ever heard of was touched off by some spontaneous event that exploded into mob violence long before any media trucks arrived. This time, the networks gave us a countdown to the riot, as if it were a Super Bowl kickoff. From the beginning, Officer Darren Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown wasn’t reported like news. It was reported like a cause. The media are in a...
  • What Racially Biased Policing Looks Like

    11/27/2014 2:21:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 76 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    Black anger that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was not charged for killing Michael Brown stems partly from the fact that blacks in America often face much worse treatment from cops than whites do. Only rarely do whites get an unpleasant taste of what minorities have to swallow. A few years ago, when my middle child was in college, he had a summer job in New Mexico. Returning home to Illinois, he drove into Oklahoma, where he was pulled over by a highway patrolman. He said my son was going 57 mph in a 55 zone, asked him to get...
  • Thanksgiving 2014 - Rainbow Shiny

    11/27/2014 2:06:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Rich Galen
    It was the day before Thanksgiving; crisp and clear. I was giving the Mullmobile it's quarterly treat: A professional car wash. At Andy's Car Wash in Alexandria, you drop your car off, then go inside to pay. A woman and a little girl - about three-and-a-half - were paying ahead of me. It was a cold day, so the little girl was bundled up in the way little girls are on a cold late-Autumn day. Ignoring the advice of The Lad, ("Dad, just because you CAN talk to everybody in the world, doesn't mean you HAVE to talk to everybody...
  • When The Enemy of The States is The State

    11/27/2014 1:55:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Diana West
    When St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch explained that some exonerating testimony in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, came from several African-American eyewitnesses who described Brown as having charged police officer Darren Wilson before he fired the fatal shots, it was a powerful moment. Such testimony was consistent with physical evidence establishing that Wilson had not fired at Brown's back as repeatedly and poisonously alleged. Indeed, it would seem that the aggressor in this fatal encounter was not Wilson, but rather Brown. According to evidence the grand jury sifted and assessed, it seems that Wilson...
  • Let's Give Thanks; The Nation Is on the Rebound

    11/27/2014 12:33:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Matt Towery
    Yes, there were the predictable riots in the streets of Ferguson, as thugs took advantage of the situation to loot stores and destroy property. And yes, our nation has suffered both from ill-conceived domestic policies and no real foreign policy over the past six years. Most of us haven't felt any personal "economic recovery" in our own pockets. But contrary to my often doom-and-gloom outlook, I have reason to suggest that we give much thanks this holiday season, because things are looking up for America. First, we have only two more years of Barack Obama. The American people have booted...
  • Will President Obama’s Immigration Policy Hurt America’s Unemployed?

    11/27/2014 10:49:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Paul Dykewicz
    resident Barack Obama tried to put a positive spin on his decision to issue an executive order to give several million illegal aliens clemency but his move also may have an unintended consequence of creating heightened job competition for America’s unemployed. Despite President Obama’s historic role as the country’s first African head of state, his new policy actually may hurt unemployed African Americans as much as any segment of the U.S. population. The addition of nearly 5 million people into the mainstream workforce to seek employment will increase competition for jobs and put downward pressure on wages, at least in...
  • This Thanksgiving, Have an Attitude of Gratitude

    11/27/2014 10:20:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    If Thomas Jefferson could be faulted for one thing in composing the Declaration of Independence, it might be his inclusion of the words "the pursuit of happiness" in the text. Happiness is a vapor that cannot be grasped; a temporary feeling based on transitory circumstances akin to the euphoria of a full-on sugar rush. Happiness is good for a time, but it cannot last. Life invariably intervenes. So many seem so unthankful about so much these days. Turn on the TV or read a newspaper and you will find complainers. Democrats complain about Republicans and the reverse. The poor complain...
  • Those Ungovernable Colonists

    11/27/2014 10:13:45 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 11-26-2014 | Kevin D. Williamson - Commentary
    Those Ungovernable Colonists Our founding fathers knew when to build, and when to fight — and what to build, and what to fight. By Kevin D. Williamson Detail of The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth (Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, 1914 The American colonies must have been an unruly place, full as they were of religious fanatics and slave traders, second sons and fortune hunters, criminals and former political prisoners, and all manner of people in between. The first settlements hugged the coast, where one set of adventurers looked seaward while another looked to the interior wilderness. It was, in retrospect, almost inevitable...
  • Annoy a Liberal Today: Ask Them To Be Thankful

    11/27/2014 9:38:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | John Ransom
    On this Thanksgiving Day I am truly thankful.IÂ’m thankful for my son Liam, my dog Lexie, the best sister and brother a guy could have, plus their families, niece and nephews all. IÂ’m thankful that, for me at least, Christmas runs from Thanksgiving to Three Kings Day. IÂ’m thankful too for living in San Diego, on the ocean, and for having lived in Denver, Palm Beach, Washington, DC, and Chicago. IÂ’m thankful that I get to write for a living. IÂ’m the luckiest guy I know. When I was 14 I knew what I wanted to do with my life,...
  • What To Be Thankful For?

    11/27/2014 9:17:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    What if the government is designed to perpetuate itself? What if the real levers of governmental power are pulled by agents and diplomats and bureaucrats behind the scenes? What if they stay in power no matter who is elected president or which major political party controls Congress? What if the frequent public displays of adversity between the Republicans and the Democrats are just a facade and a charade? What if both major political parties agree on the transcendental issues of our day? What if they both believe that our rights are not natural to our humanity but instead are gifts...
  • Ferguson Too Complicated for Easy Allegory

    11/27/2014 7:35:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    On Tuesday, the day after it was announced that Officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in the slaying of Michael Brown, the president for a second time called for calm. His statement was measured, careful and responsible. He condemned violence and looting while acknowledging the legitimate concerns animating the protestors. He wasn't all that moving or eloquent, but this might have been one of those times when swinging for the rhetorical fences wasn't what the moment needed. One theme he hit repeatedly, and correctly, was that the passions of many protestors are rooted in something very real. The "frustrations...
  • Ferguson Obscures Much Bigger Problems in the 'Black Community'

    11/27/2014 7:15:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Larry Elder
    From the very beginning, this was much ado about an aberration, a tragic aberration to be sure, but an aberration nonetheless. Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. Immediately, according to St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, witnesses began to give different versions of what happened. The apparent would-be star witness, Dorian Johnson, was with Brown when the shooting occurred. He gave a dramatic account of a trigger-happy bigoted cop who shot "my friend" in the back and gunned him down despite the victim attempting to surrender by placing his...
  • Judging By The Choices For Time’s Person Of The Year, 2014 Was An Awful Year For Humans

    11/27/2014 6:09:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Every year at this time, Time magazine starts teasing their “Person Of The Year” issue by releasing the “short list” of finalists. They allow readers to vote on their website for who they think should win, but much like President Obama’s reaction to the midterm shellacking he just took, the votes don’t matter – the editors decide. So who gets nominated doesn’t matter, who readers pick doesn’t matter, and ultimately who wins doesn’t matter because who cares what the editors of Time think outside of the New York/Washington, DC bubble? No one. But who makes the short list is interesting...
  • An Inconvenient Law

    11/27/2014 4:55:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 27, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There is a humane, transparent, truthful -- and constitutional -- way to address illegal immigration. Unfortunately, President Obama's unilateral plan to exempt millions of residents from federal immigration law is none of those things. Obama said he had to move now because of a dawdling Congress. He forgot to mention that there were Democratic majorities in Congress in 2009 and 2010, yet he did nothing, in fear of punishment at the polls. Nor did Obama push amnesty in 2011 or 2012, afraid of hurting his own re-election chances. Worries over sabotaging Democratic chances in the 2014 midterms explain his inaction...
  • Your Presence as Your Present

    11/27/2014 4:46:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent. It is the season that marks the expectation, the waiting and the preparation for Christmas, the celebration of Christ's birth. It also marks the beginning of the church year, when the readings and the rituals observed throughout the year start anew. However, what I like most about this season is the repetition of things past. Our family traditions include decorating the Christmas tree, making cookies and chocolate treats, cooking a breakfast strata for Christmas morning and Southern dressing for Christmas Day. It's also the time for family Christmas parties, Advent wreath making and...
  • The Real Lessons of Ferguson

    11/27/2014 4:23:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | Mark Davis
    “As a black man, I was disappointed in the grand jury’s decision.” This was one of the first sentences I heard from talk radio callers Tuesday morning, less than twelve hours after the announcement that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted. The gentleman’s first four words are a perfect indicator of the worst racial problems we face in 2014. He observed the story not through facts or evidence, but through the lens of his own blackness. His ethnicity, not testimony heard by the grand jury, guided his opinion on a case that cried out for objectivity and...
  • Economic and Religious Freedom: Mutually Reinforcing

    11/27/2014 2:49:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 27, 2014 | Samuel Gregg
    If there is one thing we have learned over the past 6 years in the United States, it is the mutually reinforcing nature of different expressions of freedom. No form of freedom--religious, civil, political, or economic--is of course absolute. But unjust infringements (intentional or otherwise) on one freedom can easily result in damage being inflicted upon other spheres of freedom.This is indisputably true, for instance, of religious and political freedom. All totalitarian and most authoritarian regimes usually end up seeking to severely restrict religious liberty. Sometimes this is for ideological or religious reasons. Some religions, for instance, embody very weak...
  • Op-Ed: NYT Editorial Actually Condemns the World, not Israel

    11/26/2014 10:06:12 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/11/14 | Hillel Fendel
    The New York Times published a most unfortunate editorial on Tuesday based entirely on an inaccurate premise.... "It is heartbreaking," the paper's editorial board wrote, "to see the Israeli cabinet approve a contentious bill that would officially define Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, reserving 'national rights' only for Jews." The paper implicitly refers to the bill as one that "diminishes the rights of [Israel's] people" and "[denies] full rights to minorities." The proposed bill does neither of these. By granting the Jewish People exclusive "national rights" in Israel, the new bill does not deny civil or democratic...
  • Ferguson Is the Wrong Tragedy to Wake America Up [groan]

    11/26/2014 8:38:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | November 24, 2014 | Professor John McWhorter, Columbia University
    For many, the main lesson of the Ferguson verdict is that Michael Brown would still be alive if he were white — that Darren Wilson’s gunshots were the spawn of the racism always just beneath the surface of the white American soul. However, in light of what we heard last night, I feel that the Ferguson incident is instructive to America in a larger sense. The key element in the Brown-Wilson encounter was not any specific action either man took — it was the preset hostility to the cops that Brown apparently harbored. And that hostility was key because it...
  • Civilizing barbarians (Ferguson and the decline of schools as a civilizing influence)

    11/26/2014 7:15:49 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 19 replies
    Chaos Manor ^ | November 26, 2014 - 12:44 am | Jerry Pournelle
    At least one black leader, a State Senator, has declared that we are now in a race war, blacks and their sympathizers vs. everyone else. She has no authority to declare any such thing, and she certainly does not speak for anything like a majority of African Americans, nor, I suspect, for anything like a majority of liberal intellectuals, but it is an astonishing thing to say. We are not in a race war, but there are similarities to a barbarian invasion. We have a barbarian culture within the United States. The most common cause of death of black males...
  • Civil Disobedience in Ferguson Was Planned and Choreographed Beforehand,

    11/26/2014 3:14:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I tried yesterday to make a point about this business in Ferguson, and I did not spend enough time actually thinking about how I wanted to say it in order to be the most clearly communicable and understood. The artificiality of this, and I do mean artificiality. These were not riots. These were planned, staged, predicted, counted on incidents of civil disobedience. This was not a riot. This did not happen spontaneously. It did not happen because of something that happened unexpectedly that caused people to lose their mind. They planned it. It was a strategic plan,...
  • Obama Gives Up the Ghost on Amnesty, and Says He Will Only Abide Native-Americans

    11/26/2014 1:27:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Obama's kind of given up the ghost here in a way. He's in Chicago and he had a lot of things to say in Chicago yesterday. He got heckled by pro-amnesty people, and he didn't understand it. He even admitted it, hey, I just changed the law, giving up the ghost on that. What are you getting mad at me for now? I did what you want. I just changed the law. But that's not what I'm talking about. He admitted, he told this crowd in Chicago that Americans have no right to oppose immigration. Americans have...
  • The Next Amnesty

    11/26/2014 10:09:43 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 26, 2014 | David Frum
    President Obama’s executive action last week is only an interim step. More amnesty is coming, much more. It must. More amnesty is coming, first, because the president’s action creates an unsustainable status quo. Millions of people are about to obtain work permits and Social Security numbers—but not (or so the president says) any right to health coverage or other social benefits. What happens if they get sick? What if they lose their jobs? Suffer a debilitating injury at work? According to Obama, these people are “as American as Sasha and Malia” except for the small technical complication of lacking “the...
  • "If You Like Your City, You Can Keep Your City"

    11/26/2014 9:37:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | Wayne Allyn Root
    That split screen of President Obama talking while Ferguson burned was the perfect image of the Obama presidency. On one side of the screen, Obama was asking for calm and praising his Attorney General Eric Holder for the work he did to promote peace and calm. On the other side, Ferguson was under attack- being looted and burned. That’s “the money shot”- the iconic image of the Obama presidency. It was almost as if Obama was saying to Ferguson, “IF YOU LIKE YOUR CITY, YOU CAN KEEP YOUR CITY.” Obama's Ferguson speech turned out to be as truthful as the...
  • Hagel Dismissed, But Not Missed

    11/26/2014 9:01:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. Nearly two years ago, these writers urged President Obama to “Chuck Hagel.” Today, it seems, the hapless Secretary of Defense is on his way out. We wish him no ill. And we certainly don’t rejoice in his forced resignation. The timing of his dismissal could hardly be worse. It comes on the eve of another “deadline” in our dealings with an Iran bent on acquiring nuclear weapons. Secretary Hagel never overcame his stumbling debut. A recent poll of national security personnel gave him an abysmal 26% approval rating. And while we...
  • Maybe President Obama is Just Trolling?

    11/26/2014 8:34:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    For those who don't know, in Internet parlance, trolling is an effort to elicit outrage from a specific group or the public generally. As the always useful -- but not always G-rated, or spell-checked -- Urban Dictionary explains, "Trolling requires deceiving [sic]; any trolling that doesn't involve decieving [sic] someone isn't trolling at all; it's just stupid." (Pro tip: When spelling "deceiving," remember it's "i before e except after c.") The definition continues: "As such, your victim must not know that you are trolling; if he does, you are an unsuccesful [sic] troll. I don't like the president's executive action...
  • Time to Stop the Moderator Masochism

    11/26/2014 7:30:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    On an interview tour for his new book on President Obama, NBC's Chuck Todd told Larry King that his conversations with Obama are "very nourishing." Even after six or seven years of adoration, reporters still sound like then-NBC reporter Lee Cowan admitting in 2008 that being assigned to the Obama campaign made his "knees quake." He wondered if "he could do the campaign justice," since it was "truly historic." With conservatism on the ascent again and Obama's legacy in tatters, it doesn't take psychic powers to guess the 2016 presidential cycle is going to be another brutal campaign for GOP...
  • Thanksgiving Story: The Pilgrims, Collectivism, and Free Markets

    11/26/2014 7:08:25 AM PST · by dleeper47 · 12 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | Nov 23, 2014 | David Leeper
    The undertold story of how the Pilgrims tried hard to live under what we could call communism and nearly starved to death. In 1623 they abruptly switched to private property and free markets and never went hungry again.
  • How Big of a Problem Is Susan Rice?

    11/26/2014 5:39:00 AM PST · by SJackson · 53 replies
    Commentary ^ | 11.25.2014 | Seth Mandel
    Chuck Hagel’s unceremonious dismissal as secretary of defense has refocused attention, once again, on the insularity of President Obama’s inner circle, its suspicion of outside voices, and its distaste for dissent. But it has changed in one way: this time, the concerns about secrecy, enforced groupthink, and high school clique behavior don’t center on Valerie Jarrett. Instead, the name that keeps surfacing is that of National Security Advisor Susan Rice. It’s true that this isn’t the first time we’re hearing of the toxic atmosphere and mismanagement at Rice’s National Security Council. But it’s striking how clearly the battle lines appear...
  • Obama and the Roots of the Ferguson Rage

    11/26/2014 5:19:31 AM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 26, 2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    Obama and the Roots of the Ferguson RagePosted By Arnold Ahlert On November 26, 2014 @ 12:56 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 11 Comments And so the whirlwind, cultivated by Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, the mainstream media and the army of thugs they enabled, is now being reaped. As the result of a St. Louis County grand jury refusing to indict officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, Ferguson, MO has become Ground Zero, in what irresponsible Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadali referred to on MSNBC as “St. Louis’s race war.”One of the race war’s architects pleaded for calm shortly after...