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  • The Irrelevant Majority

    02/26/2015 5:38:07 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 12 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 25 Feb 15 | Matt Ward
    A constant refrain when discussing issues of radical Islam is that the overwhelming majority of Muslims are not radicalized. I agree completely. The vast majority of Muslim men and women are people who just want to live their lives, bring up their families and make the most out of the short time they have available to them. Almost all Western intelligence agencies are unanimous in their estimates that anywhere between 15-25 percent of Muslims worldwide are radicalized. That means there are between 180-300 million radicalized Muslim men and women in the world today. It is quite right to point out...
  • In Israel’s hour of need

    02/26/2015 5:01:50 PM PST · by SJackson · 48 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2-26-15 | Carolyn Glick
    Netanyahu is coming to Washington next week because Obama has left him no choice. It is hard to get your arms around the stubborn determination of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today. For most of the nine years he has served as Israel’s leader, first from 1996 to 1999 and now since 2009, Netanyahu shied away from confrontations or buckled under pressure. He signed deals with the Palestinians he knew the Palestinians would never uphold in the hopes of winning the support of hostile US administrations and a fair shake from the pathologically hateful Israeli media. In recent years he released...
  • Shut Down the Department of Education, End Federal Government Involvement and Intervention

    02/26/2015 2:42:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    To save the nation from a future Greek-style fiscal meltdown, we should reform entitlements.But as part of the effort to restore limited, constitutional government, we also should shut down various departments that deal with issues that shouldnÂ’t be handled by the central government.IÂ’ve already identified some low-hanging fruit.Get rid of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.Shut down the Department of Agriculture.Eliminate the Department of Transportation.We need to add the Department of Education to the list. And maybe even make it one of the first targets.Increasing federal involvement and intervention, after all,is associated with more spending and more bureaucracy,but NOT...
  • H&R Block Helped Shape Obamacare, Now Set For Gigantic Payday

    02/26/2015 2:33:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Nick Sorrentino
    What isn’t there to love about Obamacare? It was moved through Congress in hurry-up mode to head off Scott Brown coming into the Senate and was never really reviewed. It was crafted to funnel tax dollars to the healthcare industry and indeed stock prices for the health insurers have done nicely since the law’s passing. (One of the main reasons Obamacare remains in place.) It’s shutting out small doctors offices because of the regulatory burden. (The codes these offices must deal with we are told are mind boggling.) Many people’s insurance costs have gone up, in some cases doubled or more. And...
  • Rudi Was Right

    02/26/2015 2:12:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | D.W. Wilber
    We can’t say that Barack Obama hasn’t warned us. While running for his first term as president he clearly told us that he intended to “fundamentally transform” the United States of America. The naďve among us took that proclamation to mean something positive. Those who looked at Obama’s history with a little more discernment were very uncomfortable with exactly what Barack Obama intended to do if elected. Promising to “fundamentally transform” was a rather vague and ambiguous statement, unless one took a close look at who he associated with throughout his life. It then quickly sent chills down one’s spine....
  • It's Witchcraft

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

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

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

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

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

    02/26/2015 9:14:31 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 315 replies
    Washington Examiner2-26-2015 ^ | 2-26-2015 | Paul Bedard
    It’s started. As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is putting the ban on 5.56mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.
  • The Challenge: Understanding Repentance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    02/25/2015 5:24:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- The new Republican Congress is just getting started, and the American people are waiting to see how lawmakers deal with the issues they care about most. Anyone who's followed the polls over the course of the Obama administration knows that the economy and jobs have been among our strongest concerns. The Gallup Poll reinforces this in its latest survey, asking people what they think are the biggest problems facing our country. "Economic problems" was, not surprisingly, their top concern -- mentioned by nearly 40 percent, followed by unemployment/jobs generally, the budget deficits and the federal debt, in that...
  • Enemy Without a Name

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

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

    02/25/2015 3:21:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    This week, the media broke news that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said, at an event attended by prospective Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, that he does not believe President Barack Obama "loves America." This isn't news. Barack Obama doesn't love free enterprise, believes founding philosophy was fatally flawed and sees the American people as rubes with antiquated religious and racist tendencies. Sure, we can all agree that Obama likely loves America's scenery; perhaps he loves America, but doesn't like her very much. But that's not what Giuliani was talking about, and everyone knows it. But in...
  • Decoding Obama: Muslims Didn't Found America

    02/25/2015 3:07:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Bethany Blankley
    Obama recently claimed, “Islam has been woven into the fabric of America since its founding.” This is both true and false. It is true in the sense that Islam posed a threat to America’s early existence. The North African Islamic Barbary Pirates proved to be a significant impetus towards uniting a divided colonial delegation to sign the Constitution and strengthen their Navy and Marine Corps. The early Americans knew full well world history, which meant they were well aware that their new enemy had been invading the West since the 7th Century. The Barbary Pirates had been attacking the West...
  • Obama’s Amateur-Hour Foreign Policy Endangers America and Our Allies

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

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

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

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

    02/25/2015 1:28:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Is Hillary Rodham Clinton a McDonald's Big Mac or a Chipotle burrito bowl? A can of Bud or a bottle of Blue Moon? JCPenney or J. Crew?" That was the opening question of a front-page Washington Post story on Clinton's effort to figure out her "brand." To that end, she has recruited a team of corporate marketing specialists to "help imagine Hillary 5.0." "It's exactly the same as selling an iPhone or a soft drink or a cereal," Peter Sealey, a longtime corporate marketing strategist, told the Post. "She needs to use everything a brand has: a dominant color, a...
  • Look Who's Making an Issue of Obama's Religion

    02/25/2015 1:02:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, attending a meeting of the National Governors Association, was  asked by two Washington Post reporters whether President Obama is a Christian. "I don't know," Walker candidly replied.He has plenty of company.During the president's reelection campaign in the summer of 2012, the Pew Research Center polled a national sample of registered voters: "Do you happen to know what Barack Obama's religion is?" More than one-third of the respondents — 36 percent — said they didn't know. Only 45 percent identified the president as a Christian; 16 percent said he's a Muslim.That was the seventh time in a little...
  • Obama Criticism Should Be Banned? (He Needs To Get Knocked Off His High Horse)

    02/25/2015 12:44:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    Editor's note: Tim Graham coauthored this piece.Some might insist Barack Obama is a lame duck, but our national media elite still think of him as a very graceful swan. When this man comes under criticism, journalists are incapable of any sense of objectivity, balance or fairness. The accuser must be forced to withdraw the criticism, or be punished. First, Rudy Giuliani said at an event for Gov. Scott Walker that the president doesn't love America like previous presidents did. That might be a little unfair. Jimmy Carter also loved to get up in front of a podium and lecture about...
  • ‘Everyone Must Reject Giuliani’s Comment’ - The media's ideological ritual of denunciation and purge

    02/25/2015 12:36:33 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    NRO - National Review Online ^ | February 25, 2015 | Ira Straus
    In principle, there is no point at which the purge can stop — not until the entire discourse space has been purged, and people throughout it have been set eternally on edge to denounce any reappearance of the expurgated thoughts. ‘I do not believe that the president loves America.” So said the mayor who stood for America in the days after 9/11. It would be worth asking how many Americans think Giuliani’s observation is true, and discussing whether, and to what extent, it is in fact true. It is plainly a legitimate question. It would be dangerous for the fate...
  • There's a new mortgage crisis brewing [Richard Bove]

    02/24/2015 4:49:11 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2015 February 23 | Richard X. Bove
    In 2008, the nation entered into a financial crisis widely believed to have been caused by excesses in the residential mortgage industry. By 2010, the nation thought it had put in place a series of measures that not only would resolve the crisis but would insure that it never happened again. Yet, here we are in 2015 looking at another potential mortgage crisis. Only this time it is different. In 2008, funds flowed in waves into the mortgage industry. In 2015, it appears the funds are drying up. The solutions to the problem in 2010 and thereafter included: Suing and...
  • Applauding an Elegant Conservative

    02/25/2015 7:22:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Dr Ben Carson
    Recently, I was temporarily placed on the Southern Poverty Law Center's watch list for extremism simply because I vocally support traditional marriage. I remember thinking: When did advocating for lifelong love between one man and one woman become a hate crime? Fortunately, the group saw the folly of its ways and apologized, removing me from the list. It was a small battle, a blip in the daily life of someone who has entered the political arena. And I enjoyed the support of many who rallied in the conservative media to my cause to help reverse such a silly distinction. But...
  • Kochs and Unions

    02/25/2015 6:35:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | John Stossel
    Lots of people sure hate the Koch brothers. The Kochs get death threats like this: "If I had a chance to murder a Koch brother in cold blood, I would surely take it." Jim Dean doesn't want to kill the Kochs, but he does want new laws to limit their influence. Dean's brother Howard was a Democratic presidential candidate, and Dean chairs a group called Democracy for America. "Get money out of politics," Dean says on my show this week. But Dean's not just unhappy because the Kochs have money to throw around. He doesn't like their politics. "The Koch...
  • ISIS is the most genuine Islam in the world

    02/25/2015 6:12:27 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 22 replies
    Renew America ^ | February 25, 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    However, if we're going to have a proper understanding of what really and truly is an existential threat to the West, to our western traditions of broad-based liberty, free inquiry, and the rule of law, then we need to face the facts about this alien tradition that seeks to destroy our own. For an in-depth study of these myths about Islam that we are told by the apologists and revisionists, see my online book Ten Myths about Islam in which I address ten of the most common falsehoods perpetuated by those who seek to make Islam seem palatable, and even...
  • The left made Scott Walker a candidate, the press is turning him into a force

    02/25/2015 5:57:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 25, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    While the members of the press are busily congratulating themselves for having “gotcha-ed” Scott Walker on a variety of matters utterly unrelated to his ability to serve as commander-in-chief, the governor of Wisconsin is quietly consolidating the support of Republican voters ahead of 2016. According to a new Quinnipiac University survey of the Hawkeye State, Walker leads a pack of 12 prospective Republican candidates ahead of the 2016 caucuses with a full 25 percent. This is the second poll to show nearly a quarter of Iowa’s Republican caucus-goers backing Walker. Last week, the GOP firm Gravis Marketing found Walker netting...
  • CNN, DHS and SPLC's Blame-Righty Hit Job

    02/25/2015 5:41:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    The Department of Homeland Security refuses to release a report on "right-wing" terrorism that somehow found its way into CNN's hands last week during the farcical White House summit on Don't Say Islamic Extremism. Your tax dollars are once again hard at work -- defaming conservatives, deflecting from worldwide murderous jihad and denying the public access to information they funded. CNN splashed the big scoop on its website: "DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat." The fear-mongering piece featured a huge map of 24 alleged acts of "violence by sovereign citizen extremists since 2010." CNN's Evan Perez and...
  • Don’t Blame Bibi for Decline in Democrats’ Support for Israel

    02/25/2015 5:14:08 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Commentary ^ | 02.23.2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Both Israeli and American pundits have spent the last month abusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his decision to accept an invitation to speak to a joint session of Congress next month about the Iranian nuclear threat. The White House’s effort to spin the speech as a breach of protocol and an unwarranted interference in a U.S. debate about Iran has largely succeeded in rallying a significant number of congressional Democrats to back away from support of the sanctions bill co-sponsored by Senators Mark Kirk and Bob Menendez, as well as getting some to threaten to boycott Netanyahu’s speech. But...
  • Obama’s Leftist Pseudo-Rabbi

    02/25/2015 5:12:36 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 25, 2015 | Steven Plaut
    Obama’s Leftist Pseudo-RabbiPosted By Steven Plaut On February 25, 2015 @ 12:04 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments A few weeks back the US Senate approved the appointment of “Rabbi” David N. Saperstein as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, to head the Office of International Religious Freedom in the United States Department of State, an office that tracks the denial of religious freedom to people around the world.  The Obama administration has been bragging about its high-minded pluralism in appointing a Jew to the office, the first time it was held by a non-Christian.A past leader in the “Rabbis for...
  • Scott Walker drives media to madness -

    02/25/2015 1:47:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | February 25, 2015 | S. E. Cupp
    And when the questions are this far afield, this cartoonish, this ridiculous, Republicans and Democrats alike should commend a politician whose response is, like most of ours would be, “Huh?”As a member of the political press, I have to say, the media’s recent attempts at exposing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as an unsuitable presidential candidate have been nothing short of embarrassing. If you were dropped into America from Mars — nay, Canada! — you’d have the distinct impression that we only elected amateur psychologists, who were required to peer into the soul of some guy named Barack Obama, who is...
  • The Dangerous Candidacy of Scott Walker

    02/24/2015 7:47:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The New Yorker | February 24, 2015 | John Cassidy
    Link only due to copyright issues:http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/dangerous-candidacy-scott-walker