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  • Blacks Must Confront Reality

    08/26/2014 6:21:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Creators ^ | August 26, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    In 1950, female-headed households were 18 percent of the black population. Today it's close to 70 percent. One study of 19th-century slave families found that in up to three-fourths of the families, all the children lived with the biological mother and father. In 1925 New York City, 85 percent of black households were two-parent households. Herbert Gutman, author of "The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom, 1750-1925," reports, "Five in six children under the age of six lived with both parents." Also, both during slavery and as late as 1920, a teenage girl raising a child without a man present...
  • Green Monster

    08/27/2014 3:29:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | John Stossel
    Thanks, Environmental Protection Agency! You've required sewage treatment plants, catalytic converters on cars and other things that made the world cleaner than the world in which I grew up. Good work. Today, America's waterways are so much cleaner that I swim in New York City's once-filthy Hudson River -- right beside skyscrapers in which millions of people, uh, flush. The air we breathe is also cleaner than it's been for 60 years. In a rational world, environmental bureaucrats would now say, "Mission accomplished. We set tough standards, so we don't need to keep doing more. Stick a fork in it!...
  • The Islamic State Has Nothing to Do With Islam?

    08/27/2014 3:21:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 8/27/2014 | Robert Spencer
    Whatever they may disagree about, Western leaders are in complete agreement about one thing: the new self-styled caliphate, the Islamic State, has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam. It’s a comforting, reassuring vision for Western non-Muslims facing a massive influx of Muslim immigrants and jittery about the prospect of Islamic terrorism, except for just one problem: it’s entirely false.Barack Obama has made it clear: “ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents.” David Cameron intoned: “What we are witnessing is actually a battle between Islam on the one hand and...
  • Asian-Bashing Dems and Doormat Minorities Who Enable Them

    08/27/2014 3:15:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Harry Reid is a bigoted Beltway corruptocrat with an interminable case of diarrhea of the mouth. The feeble-minded coot stuck his foot in that mess of a mouth again last week at the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. But as mortifying as the Senate Majority Leader is, there's an even worse spectacle: Asian-American liberals who keep giving top Democrats and their partisan operatives blanket passes. Reid clumsily offered his assessment of the success and intelligence of business leaders of Asian descent at the gathering. "I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us...
  • Same-sex Adoption: Not as Harmless as Portrayed

    08/27/2014 3:11:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8/27/2014 | Enza Ferreri
    You may often see articles in the media claiming that "research has shown" that children of same-sex couples are thriving, in fact are physically and psychologically doing just as well as, or even better than, children of couples who are -- let me use this currently underused word -- normal. Are these works reliable? In July such a study, carried out in Australia, was much trumpeted by that pillar of "progressive" thinking, the Washington Post, under the headline "Children of same-sex couples are happier and healthier than peers, research shows". Researcher Simon Crouch and his team at the University of...
  • The Welfare State

    08/27/2014 3:07:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/27/2014 | Michael Tanner
    One hundred ten million! That’s how many Americans now live in households that receive some form of means-tested welfare benefit from the federal government. According to a report from the Census Bureau released last week, that’s the highest absolute number in American history, and it represents 35.4 percent of the American population. Think about it — more than one out of every three Americans live in households that are now on welfare. Looked at another way, America’s welfare state now has nearly three times the population of the largest actual state. Because many of these households include more than one...
  • A former AP correspondent explains why reporters get Israel so wrong

    08/26/2014 4:56:31 PM PDT · by varialectio · 12 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Matti Friedman
    The lasting importance of this summer’s war, I believe, doesn’t lie in the war itself. It lies instead in the way the war has been described and responded to abroad, and the way this has laid bare the resurgence of an old, twisted pattern of thought and its migration from the margins to the mainstream of Western discourse—namely, a hostile obsession with Jews. The key to understanding this resurgence is not to be found among jihadi webmasters, basement conspiracy theorists, or radical activists. It is instead to be found first among the educated and respectable people who populate the international...
  • Vladimir Putin's pointless conflict with Europe leaves it a vassal of China

    08/26/2014 4:07:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | August 6, 2014 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The Kremlin is counting on acquiescence from the BRICS quintet as it confronts the West, and counting on capital from China to offset the loss of Western money. This is a pipedream. China's Xi Jinping drove a brutal bargain in May on a future Gazprom pipeline, securing a price near $350 per 1,000 cubic metres that is barely above Russia's production costs. Pieties aside, the two countries are rivals in central Asia, where China is systematically building pipelines that break Russia's stranglehold. China has large territorial claims on Far Eastern Russia, land seized from the Qing Dynasty in the 19th...
  • Israeli teenagers: Racist and proud of it (barf alert)

    08/26/2014 3:35:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 12:20 23.08.14 | Or Kashti
    “For me, personally, Arabs are something I can’t look at and can’t stand,” a 10th-grade girl from a high school in the central part of the country says in abominable Hebrew. “I am tremendously racist. I come from a racist home. If I get the chance in the army to shoot one of them, I won’t think twice. I’m ready to kill someone with my hands, and it’s an Arab. In my education I learned that … their education is to be terrorists, and there is no belief in them. I live in an area of Arabs, and every day...
  • Chris Matthews Plots Strategy With Dems on How to Use Ferguson Unrest for Midterms

    08/26/2014 3:07:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | August 26, 2014 | Scott Whitlock
    It's not surprising that MSNBC's Chris Matthews would frame the racial unrest in Ferguson through a political lens. The liberal host on Monday brought on two prominent Democrats to plot strategy on how the fallout from the Michael Brown shooting could be appropriated. After pointing out that the teen's death "might have political implications this coming November," he wondered, "...Could anger over the Brown case motivate more African-American voters to turn up this November?" To discuss this, Matthews, a former Democratic operative, brought on Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings and Democratic pollster Margie Omero. It wasn't hard to figure who he...
  • CNN Runs Wild with Alleged Shooting Audio

    08/26/2014 2:53:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I mentioned in the previous busy broadcast hour that out of the blue a forensic audiologist has discovered a new audiotape of the incident in which the gentle giant was shot. This audiologist has been all over CNN all morning long and CNN's been all over the story, and if I had to summarize CNN's coverage, it would be "the gap is the thing." See, apparently, folks, there's a gap. The first six shots, then there's a gap, and then there are four other shots. And I guess this actually surfaced last night. We have a portion...
  • The Great Pretender (Platters Song)

    08/26/2014 2:49:39 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 11 replies
    Politizoid ^ | Unknown
    Nice parody of Obama http://safeshare.tv/w/fHyHhEzssd
  • Obama Lied, IRS E-Mails Didn't Die (Surprised, Anyone?)

    08/26/2014 2:27:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This is The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, Shannon Bream was filling in talking with Judicial Watch president, Tom Fitton. And Shannon Bream said, "Tom, tell us what you found out, and were you surprised to now hear somebody with the agency saying these e-mails may never have been missing at all?" FITTON: A Department of Justice attorney told a Judicial Watch attorney on Friday that it turns out the federal government backs up all computer records in case something terrible happens in Washington. They say it would be too hard to go get Lois Lerner's e-mails...
  • Eugene Robinson: Being black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes

    08/26/2014 1:21:15 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 110 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 08/26/2014 | Eugene Robinson
    WASHINGTON -- To be young, male and black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes. Forgetting this, as we've seen so many times, can be fatal. The case of Michael Brown, who was laid to rest Monday, is anomalous only in that it is so extreme: an unarmed black teenager riddled with bullets by a white police officer in a community plagued by racial tension. African-Americans make up 67 percent of the population of Ferguson, Mo., but there are just four black officers on the 53-member police force -- which responded to peaceful demonstrations by rolling out military-surplus...
  • If Obama's Bombing of Libya Was Legal, His Bombing of Syria Would Be Too

    08/26/2014 10:27:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    How intelligible is American foreign policy? Not very as Guy explained in his post yesterday: “During last summer's debate,” he wrote, “we were discussing strikes against the Assad regime. Today, we're talking about entering the country to defeat ISIS, which is intent on overthrowing the Assad regime and expanding its Islamist caliphate. The butcher we threatened to bomb last year now stands to benefit from our anti-ISIS campaign.” This of course makes any discussion of expanding military airstrikes into Syria all the more complicated. On the one hand, if the president approves intervention, he could insulate and embolden Syrian President...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Ferguson Postmortem

    08/26/2014 8:26:35 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 24, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The backstory of Ferguson was that out of the millions of arrests each year only about 100 African-American suspects are shot fatally by white police. And yet we were falsely and ad nauseam told that Michael Brown was proof of an epidemic. There may well be an epidemic of blacks killing blacks, of African-Americans engaging in the knock-out game against non-blacks or flash-mobbing stores. But as far as rare interracial gun violence goes, in 2014 it is more commonly black on white. Ferguson is an anomaly that did not warrant hundreds of reporters who gladly skipped the real dramas of...
  • Iraq and Syria Follow Lebanon's Precedent

    08/26/2014 7:00:34 AM PDT · by Wuli · 1 replies
    STRATFOR ^ | August 26, 2014 | George Friedman
    Lebanon was created out of the Sykes-Picot Agreement. [snip] [It} reshaped the collapsed Ottoman Empire south of Turkey.[snip] For nearly 100 years, Sykes-Picot defined the region. A strong case can be made that the nation-states Sykes-Picot created are now defunct,[snip] [snip] The states the Europeans created were arbitrary, the inhabitants did not give their primary loyalty to them, and the tensions within states always went over the border to neighboring states. The British and French imposed ruling structures before the war, and then a wave of coups overthrew them after World War II. Syria and Iraq became pro-Soviet states while...
  • The Dead-End Road Called Pre-K

    08/26/2014 6:33:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    After President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address called for a new federal entitlement for taxpayer-funded free preschool or pre-K for all 4-year-olds, we thought his idea would be quickly discredited, not only by its enormous cost, but even more importantly by the overwhelming weight of research proving the lack of any long-term benefit from such programs. Now we are dismayed to learn from Politico that a dozen Republican-governed states are expanding state-based pre-K programs or are planning to do so next year. And in Washington, some Republicans are offering bipartisan support to a pre-K bill drafted...
  • Back from Vacation

    08/26/2014 6:11:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Rich Galen
    The Washington Post runs a little item every Friday entitled: "Who Had the Worst Week in Washington?" It is often a political figure who as said or done something so outrageous that it stands out from all the other outrageous things political figures here have said or done. Sometimes it's a sports figure (The Washington Nationals won in June 2013 when they were 29-30) . Sometimes someone in the media (David Gregory recently won after being fired from Meet the Press). Last week's winner was Barack Obama. The column, like so many on and off the record; Republican and...
  • The Anatomy of Terror

    08/26/2014 5:51:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    The on-again, off-again war in Gaza and Israel is on again, with a massive barrage of rockets fired at whatever targets Hamas can hope to reach in the Jewish state -- Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, anything and everything in between. The Israelis then strike back with an air assault that, by all signs, will be followed by their next land invasion of the Gaza Strip, their third of the decade. Or maybe fourth or fifth. It's not easy to keep count. Once again the casualties, military and civilian, mount -- with many more in the offing. Till the only military objective...
  • Harry Reid's Gaffes Just Keep on Coming

    08/26/2014 5:41:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told the Asian Chamber of Commerce last week: "The Asian population is so productive. I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us you are." In remarks videotaped by the GOP group America Rising, Reid also joked that he has trouble keeping his "Wongs straight." Then followed this apology: "My comments were in extremely poor taste, and I apologize. Sometimes I say the wrong thing." Sometimes? Reid is being far too humble. After the perfunctory apology, then comes the phase when Beltway solons offer explanations for why the Senate's...
  • To Defeat the Islamic State

    08/26/2014 5:23:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    The decisions that determined the fate of the great nations and empires that failed to survive the 20th century are well known. For the Kaiser's Germany, it was the "blank cheque" to Austria after Sarajevo. For Great Britain, the 1939 war guarantee to Poland. For the Third Reich, it was the June 1941 invasion of Russia. For the Empire of the Sun, the decision to attack Pearl Harbor. And for the Soviet Empire, it was the invasion of Afghanistan. As for the United States, historians may one day concur with the late Gen. Bill Odom. For the lone superpower to...
  • On the Death of My Father

    08/26/2014 5:14:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    My father, Max Prager, died last week. Here are some thoughts on the death of a parent. 1. Longevity Parents who live long are very lucky. Not only for their longevity, and not only because they get to see their children grow into adulthood, and not only because they may see grandchildren, but for all those extra years to reconcile with their children. Had my father died when I was a teenager, we would not have had the decades since then to get closer. 2. Age at death My father was born on July 18, 1918 and died on August...
  • The Lie Behind the Lynch Mob

    08/26/2014 5:06:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | John Perazzo
    The Lie Behind the Lynch MobPosted By John Perazzo On August 26, 2014 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments Sunday in New York City, Al Sharpton led at least 2,500 marchers in a rally condemning “a society where police are automatically excused” for wrongdoing. At issue was the recent death of Eric Garner, a black New Yorker who resisted arrest and subsequently died from what a medical examiner described as an interplay between a white police officer’s chokehold and Garner’s multiple chronic infirmities. A featured speaker at Sunday’s demonstration was the mother of Amadou Diallo, a black man...
  • If ISIS Attacks Again, What Will U.S. Do?

    08/26/2014 5:05:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    The Obama administration is reportedly considering airstrikes in Syria against the terrorist group ISIS. The New York Times quotes "a top national security adviser" to the president as saying the U.S. is "'not going to be restricted by borders' to protect its interests..." What about American cities? If ISIS attacks one or more U.S. cities, as it has threatened to do, what then? We can't bomb ourselves. How would we counter a nosedive in the stock market or the ensuing chaos and fear? The U.S. and Europe are vulnerable because of a false belief that we can somehow "convert" ideological...
  • The Mideast Through the Eyes of a Lebanese Expat

    08/26/2014 5:01:59 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Joseph Puder
    The Mideast Through the Eyes of a Lebanese ExpatPosted By Joseph Puder On August 26, 2014 @ 12:05 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Lebanese born Joseph Hakim is a patriotic American who is deeply involved in community affairs. A successful businessman who came to America with less than $500 in his pocket, he has built a multi-million dollar business. It is not money however, that excites Hakim and gets him going. He is devoted to a single cause, which is saving the ancient Christian communities in the Middle East. Toward that end, he has assumed the presidency of...
  • Michael Brown Funeral: Cop-Lynching Pep Rally

    08/26/2014 4:54:50 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Matthew Vadum
    Michael Brown Funeral: Cop-Lynching Pep RallyPosted By Matthew Vadum On August 26, 2014 @ 12:58 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments An Al Sharpton-led memorial service yesterday for Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old thug who gave a white Ferguson, Mo. police officer a severe head injury while trying to seize his handgun, became the grotesque political rally some observers feared it would be.The distinctly anti-police tone of the service was proof that the lie that Brown tried to surrender to white police officer Darren Wilson, rather than trying to beat the life out of him, won’t die. The racial-grievance industry,...
  • The Republican Racist Myth

    08/26/2014 4:29:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Mona Charen
    The unsinkable Charles B. Rangel appeared on C-SPAN over the weekend. Why unsinkable? Well, the House of Representatives censured the New York Democrat in 2010 by a vote of 333 to 79 (when the body was still majority Democrat) for violating 11 ethics rules and "bringing discredit to the House." The New York Times called it a "staggering fall" for the senior Democrat. But fall-schmall, he's since been reelected and will retire at his leisure. While chatting with Brian Lamb, Rangel dropped a few falsehoods as casually as cigar ash. This isn't to pick on Rangel. He's just illustrative. His...
  • Obama's Staggering Blindness to Growing Terror Threat

    08/26/2014 4:08:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    One does not need to be Sun Tzu or George Patton to know that a nation must recognize an enemy before it can develop a strategy to defeat it. But one apparently does have to be someone other than President Barack Obama. Since he took office, Obama has spent considerable energy trying to convince us how peaceful and magnificent the religion of Islam is and how exceptional acts of terrorism springing from it are. He has also been telling us in words and deeds that such terrorism can best be prevented by overtures of peace and good will toward Islam,...
  • A Decent Lawyer Should Tell Liberals They're Damned Fools and Ought to Stop

    08/26/2014 3:52:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Michael Barone
    "About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists in telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and should stop." So supposedly said Elihu Root, New York lawyer and secretary of war and of state, and U.S. senator from 1909 to 1915. Today it seems that many liberal "would-be clients" are in desperate need of what Root called "a decent lawyer." Take Texans for Public Justice, the so-called public interest group that has been pushing for the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry by a grand jury at the urging of special prosecutor Michael McCrum. The basis for the indictment...
  • Dear Millennials: Hollywood, Your Favorite Bands, and Your College Professors

    08/26/2014 3:42:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | John Hawkins
    I feel sorry for Millennials. We are leaving them an almost insurmountable debt, an American Dream that seems tarnished, and chances are, they're not going to have it as good as their parents. However, we've done something even worse to these kids. We've left far too much of their education in life to Hollywood, musicians, and college professors who've passed on a skewed view of the world. Not only have most of these kids never been told the truth about how the world works, they've been told that anyone who even tries to tell them the truth should be immediately...
  • Smoke and Mirrors from HHS

    08/26/2014 3:14:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/26/2014 | L. Martin Nussbaum
    On Friday, the Obama administration announced — again — that it wants to achieve a “balance”: It will keep its commitment to give women free “contraceptive services” through their employers’ health plans while “respecting religious beliefs” of employers that conscientiously object. Its solution was one new regulation and the draft of another. These regulations, the seventh and eighth on this subject since 2011, are not balanced, and they are not respectful of those with sincerely held religious beliefs.First, let’s be clear about language. The administration, as part of its “war on women” rhetoric, describes its employer mandate as one for...
  • Michael Brown Funeral: Cop-Lynching Pep Rally

    08/26/2014 3:07:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 8/26/2014 | Matthew Vadum
    An Al Sharpton-led memorial service yesterday for Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old thug who gave a white Ferguson, Mo. police officer a severe head injury while trying to seize his handgun, became the grotesque political rally some observers feared it would be.The distinctly anti-police tone of the service was proof that the lie that Brown tried to surrender to white police officer Darren Wilson, rather than trying to beat the life out of him, won’t die. The racial-grievance industry, egged on by President Obama, won’t let it go. The Left’s narrative that the nearly 300-lbs. Brown, who had just robbed...
  • Obama Demonstrates Fear, not Courage

    08/26/2014 3:04:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8/26/2014 | Doris O'Brien
    Challenging times call for extraordinary courage. But at the risk of sounding indelicate, the only cojones associated with President Obama are the ones lined up on the putting green, where his frequent appearances have given rise to a new meaning of the term “stay the course.” You’d think the so-called leader of the free world would at least sound courageous. But at recent press conferences, Mr. President has sauntered in, often late, leaned nonchalantly on the podium, and delivered a lackluster “lecture” in a tone of voice more peremptory than somber. His record for ambiguity and dullness reached a nadir...
  • Obama, the Islamic State and Christian Crucifixions (Part 2)

    08/26/2014 2:39:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    Last week, I built a case for how the Islamic State's monstrous brutalities include the summary killing of men, women and children, including by crucifixion. That was before the world heard of the beheading of courageous U.S. journalist James Foley, which demonstrated just how psychotic and cruel the Islamic State is. Today I will build further on the Islamic State's horrors and crimes against humanity and then conclude by explaining why President Barack Obama's laissez-faire mentality toward U.S. enemies is not only emboldening them but also drawing the U.S. closer and closer to another world war. Reuters reported last week,...
  • Ferguson: The War Comes Home

    08/26/2014 2:32:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Ron Paul
    America's attention recently turned away from the violence in Iraq and Gaza toward the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of Michael Brown. While all the facts surrounding the shooing have yet to come to light, the shock of seeing police using tear gas (a substance banned in warfare), and other military-style weapons against American citizens including journalists exercising their First Amendment rights, has started a much-needed debate on police militarization. The increasing use of military equipment by local police is a symptom of growing authoritarianism, not the cause. The cause is policies that encourage police to see Americans...
  • Welcome To Gunfighter School

    08/26/2014 2:27:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Bob Owens
    “This is a fighting school, not a shooting school.”Rangemaster John Hall set the tone as he welcomed us to the 250 Pistol class is that is the core of the “Gunsite experience.” The 19 students in the class paid close attention as Hall introduced us to the concepts that Jeff Cooper introduced in the Arizona desert for the first time 38 years before. Nineteen of us were taking part in a five-day class to learn how to fight with a pistol, using methods that have become the standard by which all other forms of handgun fighting are judged.Our four...
  • RAHN: Obama’s bad news for blacks (for all those who call you racist)

    08/25/2014 3:36:35 PM PDT · by Baynative · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/26/14 | Richard W. Rahn
    If you knew nothing else about President Obama other than looking at the data, you might conclude that he was insensitive to blacks, given that they have done far worse economically under his administration than Hispanics or whites. What is striking is that the president and his advisers still seem to be clueless about which economic policies work and which don’t work. Despite his (at least for this week) emphasis on the economy, he persists in being the anti-Reagan, with anti-growth policies. In his speech Wednesday in Illinois, the president came up with no new pro-growth proposals, just more of...
  • Sowell: Facts vs. Visions

    08/25/2014 1:28:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 26, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The political left has been campaigning against the use of force since at least the 18th century. So it is not surprising that they are now arguing that heavily armed or aggressive police forces only inflame protesters and thus provoke violence. Statisticians have long warned that correlation is not causation, but they have apparently warned in vain. There is no reason to doubt that heavily armed police in riot gear may be more likely to show up where outbreaks of violence are expected. But when violence then breaks out, does that prove that it was the appearance of the police...
  • The prosecution: The next Ferguson flash point

    08/25/2014 12:03:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | August 25, 2014 | Henry J. Waters III
    Now that the potential prosecution of Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson is at hand, circumstances are custom-made to produce another round of anger on the streets. Flash point No. 1 is the presence of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCullough, who has a good reputation among peers but whose family has long ties with the police. McCullough is white. Years ago his father, a police officer, was killed in a confrontation with a black suspect. Protesters from the predominantly black community are not likely to believe anything from McCullough other than an all-out prosecution of the white officer who...
  • The Islamic State and the land of lost gods

    08/25/2014 12:02:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 23 Aug 2014 | Tom Holland
    From the dawn of civilisation, the Fertile Crescent has been a cradle to strange and fascinating sects. Not any more As the fighters of the Islamic State drive from village to captured village in their looted humvees, they criss-cross what in ancient times was a veritable womb of gods. For millennia, the Fertile Crescent teemed with a bewildering variety of cults and religions. Back in the 3rd Christian century, a philosopher by the name of Bardaisan was so overwhelmed by the sheer array of beliefs to be found in Mesopotamia that he invoked it to disprove the doctrines of astrology....
  • Why Is It So Hard for Employers to Fill These Jobs?

    08/24/2014 6:54:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 177 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 23, 2014 | Stephen Moore
    America has a deficit of workers. Willing workers. Capable workers. Skilled, or at least semi-skilled workers, who can do a job and do it well. There are at least one million jobs that go begging day after day if only employers could find workers to fill them. This probably seems hard-to-believe. After all, how can America have a worker shortage when we have about 18 million Americans who are unemployed or underemployed? When the real unemployment rate is 12 percent? Well certainly the economy isn’t creating nearly as many jobs as it should – in large part because of regulatory...
  • The War on Drugs is Destroying My Country

    08/25/2014 9:24:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 90 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Luis Barrueto
    Having grown up in Guatemala, IÂ’ve witnessed my countryÂ’s dramatic increase in crime due to the War on Drugs first hand. For most of my life, drug cartels used Guatemala as a natural pitstop for their smuggling routes. Unattended regions in the north provided the perfect space to refuel their vehicles and airplanes before transporting their products to major consumers in the north like the United States. This route had remained the same since the beginning of the Drug War, but recent developments over the past ten years has diverted even more narcotics and violence to my back yard, highlighting...
  • An Open Letter to the False Church

    08/25/2014 8:51:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Matt Barber
    “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.” – 2 Timothy 4:3 Dear false prophets, false teachers and Christian apostates of every stripe: We’ve all heard this phrase: “You know who you are!” It’s an expression typically levied in the context of some corrective admonition, intended for some person or persons, busy about some misbehavior. While sent via certified mail, this is one of those rare open letters to whom the preponderance of intended recipients have, somehow, managed to convince themselves,...
  • Convicted Drunk Driver Indicts Perry

    08/25/2014 8:38:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    The country is reeling - especially within the political realm - over the gross abuse of power demonstrated in the indictment of popular Texas Governor Rick Perry. The whole scenario is so bizarre it is almost laughable. There is plenty of corruption in government, but usually it is the garden variety kind, like theft, lying, nepotism, etc., which is corrected with prosecution. This rises to a more disturbing level, because it is the prosecutor who is corrupt. How do you fix that? Rooting out corrupt Democrat lawyers is more difficult than prosecuting regular Americans, due to the incestuous relationship between...
  • E Pluribus Discidium-Identity Politics Unleashed

    08/25/2014 8:07:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Terry Paulson
    Michael Brown was a college-bound, black teenager who no longer has an opportunity to forge a future he could be proud of. He is dead, allegedly killed execution style after a confrontation with a policeman. Darren Wilson is a white police officer, who after six years of blemish-free service to his community, used deadly force to allegedly defend himself in an escalating confrontation with an unarmed teenager. Do you know which version is closer to the truth? The search for justice is always difficult. In the rush for judgment in Ferguson, Missouri, it has become all but impossible. As coverage...
  • Study: You Have 'Near-Zero' Impact on U.S. Policy

    08/13/2014 6:29:13 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 12, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    A startling new political science study concludes that corporate interests and mega wealthy individuals control U.S. policy to such a degree that "the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy." The startling study, titled "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens," is slated to appear in an upcoming issue of Perspectives on Politics and was authored by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Professor Benjamin Page. An early draft can be found here. Noted American University Historian Allan J. Lichtman, who highlighted the...
  • Destroy the ‘Islamic State’ [John Bolton]

    08/25/2014 6:01:20 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/25/2014 | John Bolton
    The recent military successes of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, and the ongoing disintegration of Iraq’s “central” government have created a strategic crisis for the United States. Barack Obama’s belated, narrow authorization to use military force against the Islamic State does not constitute a coherent response, let alone a comprehensive one. The president seems curiously inactive, even as American influence in the region collapses and, not coincidentally, his political-approval ratings suffer. From the outset of the Islamic State’s campaign, his policies have been haphazard and confused, especially the halting, timid decision to intervene militarily. And, based...
  • Nixon and the Tube; “Sock it to me?”

    08/25/2014 6:31:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Roger Stone
    Editor's note: this column is an excerpt from "Nixon's Secrets"No American President had a more tortured relationship with television than Richard Nixon. As a Vice Presidential candidate Nixon salvaged his career with the televised “Checkers” speech to defend himself from charges of corruption. His poor appearance in the first 1960 debate with John Kennedy is credited with losing him that close election.Key to his political comeback in 1968, Nixon found more innovative ways to utilize the medium of television and soften his image. It was twenty-eight-year-old Roger Ailes who transformed this image through the remarkable use of television. Ailes knew television....
  • War Is Hell

    08/25/2014 6:23:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    Raechel Richards walked into her Jacksonville, FL home on August 13 to find the love of her life, retired Marine sniper, Sgt. Robert Richards, lying dead on their floor. He was only 28 years old. Rob Richards was too young to die. Strong, smart and kind—he had enormous talent and potential. He gave everything he had during his repeat deployments to Afghanistan during which he suffered severe IED-inflicted wounds and incurred TBI. Tragically, the cause of his death appears to be an adverse reaction to the drugs treating his pain and PTSD. Most Americans have never heard Rob’s full story....