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  • The airbrushing of Hamas’ history

    07/23/2014 9:23:51 PM PDT · by blueplum · 3 replies
    Union-Tribune San Diego ^ | July 23, 2014 5pm PST | U-T San Diego Editorial Board
    In his commentary for Wednesday’s Opinion page, UC San Diego communications professor Gary Fields rebukes those who talk or write about what is happening in Gaza while offering “a very simple picture of Hamas as an implacable aggressor, and the state of Israel as an innocent victim of terror.” But nowhere in his essay does Fields detail why Israel has acted as it has in Gaza since it bulldozed Jewish settlements and withdrew soldiers from the 140-square-mile territory in 2005. The narrative he ridicules — of Israel feeling compelled to defend itself against a terrorist neighbor bent on Israel’s destruction...
  • Rely on deterrence, not on understandings with Hamas

    07/23/2014 5:51:00 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 7 replies
    YNet News ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Nahum Barnea
    Here's an idea the cabinet may find interesting: Within two or three days, when the IDF completes its work on the tunnels leading to Israeli territory, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon will announce that Operation Protective Edge has ended, and that a new operation is underway. From now on, Israel is taking initiative into its own hands: It is removing the ground forces, but if Hamas continues to launch rockets, it will pursue and even intensify the Air Force bombings, or the artillery fire. When it wants to, it will send ground forces back into Gaza....
  • The Odds of a GOP Wave Are Increasing

    07/23/2014 3:03:16 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 32 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 22, 2014 | Josh Kraushaar
    When writing about politics, it's all too frequent to use terminology that often obscures more than elucidates. That's especially true when it comes to the word "wave"—shorthand for a landslide victory for the winning party. I've argued before that the likelihood of 2014 being a wave election has been rising, given the president's consistently low approval ratings and the fact that Republicans are running evenly on the generic ballot (which usually translates into a clear GOP edge) and that the right-track/wrong-track numbers are near historic lows. All these big-picture signs are ominous for the party in power.
  • Putin’s bloody hands

    07/23/2014 2:37:03 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    tbo.com ^ | July 23, 2014
    Vladimir Putin has blood on his hands, and all the explaining in the world cannot remove the stain or restore whatever lingering respect he may have enjoyed outside his own tarnished sphere of influence. There’s no other reasonable conclusion, given the available evidence about Russia’s role in the horrible shooting down of that Malaysian airliner over Ukraine late last week. The Russian leader has tried to persuade critics that Ukraine bears responsibility because the missile that destroyed the airliner was fired from what is technically Ukrainian soil. That won’t fly, although it may find traction with the Russian people whose...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 12 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • Right Again! The Modern Environmentalist Movement is the Home of Communism

    07/23/2014 1:53:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Hey, if anybody out there in the audience happens to be from the Sullivan Group's opinion auditing firm, you need to take account of this. One of my Undeniable Truths of Life, written in an afternoon -- in an idle afternoon while seeking a column's topic. I needed to write a column for a local newspaper, and I had writer's block. So I started jotting down one-sentence beliefs hoping to inspire an idea for 750 words. After I got to about 200 words, I said, "You know what? This would be a good column itself. So I...
  • MH17: By defying the West, bully-boy Vladimir Putin could lead Russia to ruin

    07/23/2014 11:57:11 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 48 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | July 22, 2014 | Con Coughlin
    The most important thing for European ministers to remember during this crisis is how little they actually have to fear from Mr Putin – for Russia needs the West far more than the West needs Russia. Indeed, there is every possibility that denying Moscow access to the global capital markets, which is the strategy at the heart of Washington’s latest sanctions initiative, could ultimately result in Mr Putin’s downfall. For a start, thanks to the mismanagement and corruption that have dogged Russia’s economy since Mr Putin came to power, the country has nothing much else to offer other than its...
  • FAA extends ban on US flights to Israel by 24 hours

    07/23/2014 11:28:03 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 13 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Niv Eli's
    Lufthansa, Delta, US Airways extend flight bans to Israel along with US Federal Aviation Administration along with most European airlines. The FAA on Tuesday said it told US carriers they were prohibited from flying to or from Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv for up to 24 hours, citing "the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza." The FAA later extended the ban by another 24 hours on Wednesday evening. The decision to halt flights to Israel follows the downing last week of a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine with nearly 300 aboard. Germany's Lufthansa on...
  • Judge Uses Pizza to Defend Recent Pro-Obamacare Ruling

    07/23/2014 8:08:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit invalidated a major provision of Obamacare, ruling 2-1 that participants in health exchanges run by the federal government in 34 states are not eligible for tax subsidies. No doubt, cheers went out from the anti-Obamacare crowd. However, just a few hours later, the Richmond Appeals Court ruled 3-0 the opposite way, citing pizza in its explanation. Conflicting Rulings The New York Times reports Courts Issue Conflicting Rulings on Health Care Law. Two federal appeals court panels issued conflicting rulings Tuesday on whether the government could subsidize health insurance premiums for people...
  • Mocking the IRS with Reason TV

    07/23/2014 7:57:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    In some sense, there’s nothing remotely funny about the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party organizations. It is disgusting that a powerful arm of the government became a corrupt vehicle for illegal partisan politics. But it’s better to laugh rather than cry, so let’s enjoy this new video from Remy at Reason TV.
  • The Hashemite Kingdom is Threatened by the Islamic State — and the Islamic Republic

    07/23/2014 7:41:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cliff May
    AMMAN – The terrorist army formerly known as ISIS has conquered about a third of Syria and much of western Iraq. What are these jihadists going to do next? Assuming they can’t go to Disneyland -- and, trust me, that’s high on their bucket list -- Baghdad would doubtless be their destination of choice. But despite a series of bombings last weekend that killed more than two dozen people, the predominately Shia capital is unlikely to fall easily as did such Sunni-majority cities as Mosul. So the question being asked is whether these warriors will turn their lethal attentions toward...
  • The Perils of Mixing Politics and Business

    07/23/2014 7:34:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    When I was a small child, one of the most dramatic and effective business boycotts in the history of America occurred. This, of course, was the Montgomery bus boycott. By refusing to ride the bus, blacks who were being discriminated against were able to terminate many discriminatory practices not only in Alabama, but throughout the South. The white-owned businesses were clearly being unfair, and the public transportation system was no better. The actions taken were appropriate and in many cases heroic. The power of the purse, particularly in a capitalistic society, is mighty, and business boycotts are a potent tool...
  • British arms sales to Russia are embarrassing, hypocritical and morally repugnant

    07/23/2014 7:25:10 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    telegraph ^ | July 23rd, 2014 | Tim Stanley
    Let’s start by stating the obvious: the revelation of continued British arms sales to Russia is both embarrassing and morally repugnant. A report by MPs has found that out of 285 export licences to Mother Russia from the UK, just 34 have been cancelled following the annexation of Crimea – despite William Hague’s pledge to end any shipments that could be used to oppress the Ukrainian people. Sure, the Foreign Office did put a block on components for air-to-air missiles and warships, but UK manufacturers were allowed to continue to supply “weapons sights, sniper rifles, bomb-proof suits, unmanned aerial vehicles,...
  • Lies, Damned Lies, and Missing Hard Drives

    07/23/2014 7:22:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Ken Connor
    If ever a federal agency has made ineptitude into an art form, it has to be the IRS. After months of stonewalling and grandstanding and Fifth Amendment privilege-pleading before congressional committees, Lois Lerner and the IRS are now the subject of a federal lawsuit. In response to charges that they unfairly impeded the tax-exempt application of the organization "True the Vote," for political reasons, the IRS is invoking "the dog ate my homework" defense In sworn affidavits filed in court by top IRS muckety-mucks, the IRS maintains that Lois Lerner's computer was sent out to be fixed by a private...
  • Top Dems Can Solve Immigration Housing Crisis

    07/23/2014 7:04:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Robert Knight
    Attention, illegal immigrant children, gang members and drug smugglers who are still pouring over the border into Texas: If you’re looking for a place to stay while President Obama figures out a way to turn you all into welfare-dependent Democrats, I have just the place. Actually, several. First, head for San Francisco. It’s beautiful this time of year. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) recently proclaimed in Texas that not only was the border between Mexico and the United States meaningless (“It’s a community with a border running through it”) but that she wishes she could take all...
  • The Brilliance of Obamanomics

    07/23/2014 6:56:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Brace yourself… Skepticism, doubt and criticism of Obamanomics (all of which are, undoubtedly, based in racism) will be cast aside. Why? Because, according to the 20-something-year-old White House intern that is in charge of the official White House twitter account, “Our businesses have added nearly 10 million new jobs over the past 52 months.” I know, right? Pretty awesome statistic. (Gloss over the fact that the President is referring to private enterprise as “our businesses”.) But before you rush out to slap an Obama ‘16 sticker on your car (are those stickers available yet?), you may want a little bit...
  • The Export-Import Bank Bill Exposes the DC vs. America Divide

    07/23/2014 6:47:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Tom Borelli
    The current political battle over the bill to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank reveals the immense influence the big business lobby has over both political parties. It also explains why this special interest group has declared war on the Tea Party. Big business political influence boils down to financial support for any politician who is willing to bestow huge benefits on certain companies. The Export-Import Bank is a prime example. The Export-Import Bank boosts sales of U.S. multinational corporations by providing government-backed loans, loan guarantees and other credit mechanisms to countries and international companies around the world. The bank is a...
  • Detroit Residents of All Colors Need to Pay Their Water Bills

    07/23/2014 6:35:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Crystal Wright
    There’s nothing in the United States Constitution stating Americans have the right not to pay their bills. In fact, the Declaration of Independence, which gave birth to our nation, notes the only unalienable rights we have are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Yet thousands of Detroit residents think they have the right not to pay their water bills and demand their water remain on. About 80,000 residential water accounts are past due to the tune of $43 million. The audacity of freeloaders! Detroit is an $18 billion bankrupt mess, struggling quite literally to keep the lights on and...
  • President’s Secret to Handling Criticism? Focus, and No TV

    07/23/2014 6:24:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 21, 2014 | By PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — President Obama had to laugh. He had just been asked how he deals with criticism, and something about the question just struck him as funny. Maybe it is because criticism is one thing he sees no shortage of these days. Addressing an audience largely made up of African-American boys and young men, Mr. Obama turned serious and gave a long, thoughtful answer about how, over the years, he has learned to focus on what is important to him and keep fixed on “the north star that steers you” no matter what others may say. “And then I just...
  • Quick, Hide the Past

    07/23/2014 6:23:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    "Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past." --Party slogan, "1984" It is an essential part of the totalitarian mentality -- excuse me, not mentality, but to use today's neo-non-word, mindset. As if approved ideas could simply be poured into the mind to set, the way concrete is. And any trace of what was once there will be covered, effaced, smoothed over. For the past must not only be hidden but, to the well-trained mindset, it never existed at all. It's an approach as old as the French Revolution, which was not only...
  • The absurd and amoral disproportionality charge

    07/23/2014 6:13:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/22/2014 | GIL TROY
    ‘A democracy cannot, therefore, allow its soldiers to fight with blinders, handcuffs and leg irons.’ Tel Aviv House in poor part of south Tel Aviv where rocket shrapnel crashed through roof Photo: BEN HARTMAN CNN’s Wolf Blitzer recently asked if Israel was “overreacting” in Gaza. Rebuffing this new, trendy disproportionality argument, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu mocked those who say “yes, you have the right of self-defense, as long as you don’t exercise it.” Simplistic, voyeuristic media coverage spreads “Palestinian porn” – obsessed with exhibitionist victimization, not sex. Exploiting their dead, Palestinians seek to arouse the world’s guilt – while deflecting...
  • Mowing the grass in Gaza

    07/23/2014 6:11:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/22/2014 | EFRAIM INBAR, EITAN SHAMIR
    Those who forlornly ask “when is this going to end?” and use the cliché term “cycle of violence” have psychological difficulties digesting the facts that there is no solution in sight. Gaza Israeli soldiers stand atop a tank at a staging area, near the border with the Gaza Strip Photo: REUTERS The Israeli military offensive in Gaza reflects the assumption that Israel is in a protracted intractable conflict. It is unlikely that Israel can purge Hamas from Palestinian society, nor is a political solution likely to be achieved. Instead, Israel is acting in accordance with a “mowing the grass” strategy....
  • Obama to the rescue – of Hamas

    07/23/2014 6:09:58 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/22/2014 | CAROLINE B. GLICK
    Chances that Kerry will secure a cease-fire in near future are small; government will likely be able to buy time needed to complete mission in whole or large part. Operation Protective Edge is now two weeks old. Since the ground offensive began Thursday night, we have begun to get a better picture of just how dangerous Hamas has become in the nine years since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip. And what we have learned is that the time has come to take care of this problem. It cannot be allowed to fester or grow anymore. We have known for...
  • Palestinians’ Prize for Terror

    07/23/2014 6:04:57 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 23, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    Secretary of State John Kerry – who was heard last Sunday on an open mike between Sunday TV appearances disparaging Israel’s efforts to limit civilian casualties in Gaza – arrived in Cairo on July 21st to frantically cobble together an immediate ceasefire. Seeking the help of Egypt and the United Nations, and even the Hamas-friendly countries of Turkey and Qatar, Kerry is looking for some kind of consensus by the major players in the region for a peace-at-any price formula. He is insisting on a premature ceasefire before Israel is able to find and destroy all the tunnels built under...
  • Penalize Putin and His Culpable Kremlin

    07/23/2014 6:04:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Austin Bay
    Ultimate responsibility for the massacre of the 298 people aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 begins and ends in the Kremlin office of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Even if the triggermen who fired the missile turn out to be Donetsk locals, the so-called pro-Russian separatist militia fighters are armed and advised by Russian intelligence officers. Until this latest outrage, Putin's KGB-type agitation-propaganda campaign had provided timorous Europeans and Americans with enough anecdotal deceit to give his militia proxies media cover. MH17's fatal interception has opened eyes. For several good reasons, to include photos of SA-11 mobile launchers departing Ukraine for Russia,...
  • Why Vladimir Putin Is Kicking Barack Obama's Behind

    07/23/2014 5:48:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, four days after Vladimir Putin's minions in Ukraine shot down a passenger airliner carrying 298 people, including an American citizen, President Barack Obama emerged from the White House to issue a statement. Scowling at the camera, Obama stated: "Russia has extraordinary influence over these separatists. No one denies that. Russia has urged them on. Russia has trained them." Finally, after fulminating for several minutes about the nastiness of the Russian government, Obama approached the predictable climax: threats of action. Except that there were none. Instead, Obama explained that if Russia were to ignore his warnings, it would "only...
  • Beau Bergdahl’s Duty—And Ours

    07/23/2014 5:29:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Beau Bergdahl has been returned to “active duty.” Apparently, that means a desk job while the Army considers what should be done with this young enlisted soldier. Bergdahl was held for five years by the Taliban since walking away from his post one night in 2009. President Obama greeted Bergdahl’s relieved parents in Rose Garden at the White House in a move widely criticized. And that was even before Americans learned that the Obama administration had traded young Bergdahl for five of the most murderous Taliban detainees from our facility at Guantanamo Bay. Duty. There seems to be much confusion...
  • Border Patrol: 'This is The Dream of Every Terrorist in the World'

    07/23/2014 5:20:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    The Transportation Security Administration is strongly denying accusations that it has been allowing illegal immigrants to board American jetliners without proper identification. The National Border Patrol Council, a union representing thousands of Border Patrol agents, accused the TSA of letting illegals board airplanes with a “Notice to Appear” document instead of a passport or official government identification card. Union leaders said illegals were allowed to board jetliners without proper identification at airports in El Paso and Laredo, Texas. The story was first reported by Breitbart News. “This is the dream of every terrorist in the world,” Shawn Moran, vice president...
  • Palestinians Chose Hamas and the Mass-Murder of Civilians — Including Their Own

    07/23/2014 5:10:44 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7-22-2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    I argued in Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy that the illusionÂ’s signature feature is a fantasy: By holding free elections, a people is choosing freedom: joining modernity, adopting pluralism and tolerance, rejecting revolutionary violence and totalitarianism.Today, we are yet again being inundated with tales of Palestinian woe after HamasÂ’s familiar barbarism has provoked an Israeli military response. It thus bears remembering that the Palestinian people chose Hamas. What ever happened to all those Democracy Project paeans to self-determination? Hamas is Palestinian self-determination. Hamas was not forced on Palestinians. Hamas did not militarily conquer Gaza. No, Hamas swept parliamentary...
  • Federal Court Ruling Cracks IRS Stonewall

    07/23/2014 4:55:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Bob Barr
    Judge Susan Dlott may not be a household name among conservatives; but the federal judge’s decision last week allowing a lawsuit against the IRS to move forward might make her one. By rejecting the demand from federal government attorneys that the case be dismissed, thereby allowing some of the charges to continue to trial, Dlott has struck a meaningful blow in support of those of us in America still committed to the pursuit of the truth and the rule of law. Her ruling is by no means a slam-dunk for the Tea Party groups involved in the lawsuit; but it...
  • A Policy So Bizzare, So Obama

    07/23/2014 4:45:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | John Ransom
    Obama has a new get-tough policy with Russia. It’s called the War on the Billionaires. The United States is using narrow sanctions against Russian billionaires—private persons presumably-- some of whom Obama supposes supports Russia’s war in Ukraine. And the policy isn’t just bizarre; it’s Obama. He’s seen our war on millionaires here at home, and raised them a war on billionaires in Russia. “The U.S. and Europe are gearing up for a new round of sanctions expected to be announced this week that will impose travel bans and business sanctions against several Russian billionaires with ties to Russian President Vladimir...
  • Defining Life

    07/23/2014 4:37:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Sometimes people approach me and say that they are personally pro-life but pro-choice as a matter of public policy. In other words, they oppose abortion because they believe it is murder but wouldn't want to force their view on others who might disagree. Over Independence Day weekend, a young man from Boulder approached me and expressed a similar view but with a slightly different twist. Our constructive exchange inspired the present column. It is very easy to correct someone who thinks that abortion is murder but is reticent to "impose" that view on others. The proper thing to do...
  • Hillary's Bullying the Media

    07/23/2014 4:31:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Hillary Clinton's $35 doorstop of a memoir is a flop. It was a best-seller to hard-core Democrats, but her advance is estimated at $14 million, which means Simon & Schuster is taking a bath in the hopes of publishing a future president. Worse yet, The Washington Post reported that according to an Amazon.com measurement of which electronic books are most-read, Clinton's book came in dead last among recent political books. Every time people highlight something in a book on their Kindles, Amazon records that data. By that measure, most readers barely started it. "The deepest into 'Hard Choices' the popular...
  • Policing America

    07/23/2014 4:20:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | John Stossel
    I want the police to be better armed than the bad guys, but what exactly does that mean today? Apparently it means the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security equip even the tiniest rural police departments with massive military vehicles, body armor and grenade launchers. The equipment is surplus from the long wars we fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. To a hammer, everything resembles a nail. SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams were once used only in emergencies such as riots or robberies where hostages were taken. But today there are more than 50,000 "no-knock raids" a year. It's...
  • The Left's Dark Money Managers: Meet Philip Gara LaMarche

    07/23/2014 4:14:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Philip Gara LaMarche is a secretive political operative who funnels billions of dollars from undisclosed donors to nonprofits and astroturf groups. But you won't hear unhinged Harry Reid railing Queegishly about him on the Senate floor. Why? Here's why: LaMarche is a militant leftist philanthropist. He's a protected elite -- Columbia University grad, former ACLU leader and Human Rights Watch official -- with ready access to the White House. He and the left's other dark money managers preach transparency and openness, while plotting behind closed doors to secure power at every level of government. LaMarche currently heads the shadowy...
  • America Invites Calamity Through Weakness - Putin learns who he can push around

    07/23/2014 4:02:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    Witness the latest fruits of modern leftist foreign policy, as embodied in this instance by the much ballyhooed Obama/Hillary Clinton “Russian Reset”: 298 people who booked a flight on Malaysian Air’s Flight 17, now dead. Brutally slaughtered by those thugs supplied and inspired by Vladimir Putin — the ex-KGB agent who has come to view the president of the United States and his secretary of state (make that secretaries of state, in the plural) as, in the vernacular, wimps. Leaving him free to do anything and everything from invading Crimea to supplying anti-aircraft missiles to his favored thugs prowling the...
  • Reproductive ‘Justice’ [Of course, abortion is part of it; but there’s much, much more]

    07/23/2014 3:29:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/23/2014 | Ian Tuttle
    It is not hard to tell what kind of persons penned the University of Chicago’s “abguide,” given passages like this: *While this guide may refer to “women” when discussing study results or use female pronouns in some instances, we recognize that individuals seeking pregnancy counseling or abortion may not identify as women. We encourage readers to keep this in mind and provide sensitive counseling and care. Abguide.uchicago.edu is the University of Chicago’s online abortion guide, “Accessing Abortion in Illinois: A Guide for Health Care and Social Service Providers,” and the above sentences appear on the homepage, presumably to prevent visitors...
  • Is Anything Obama's Fault?

    07/23/2014 3:12:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/23/2014 | Randall Hoven
    President Obama blamed the recent influx of unaccompanied children crossing our southern border on violence in Central America. I expected the usual media suspects to support Obama’s narrative, as well as the ever-popular Blame-Bush excuse. I did not expect the usually more rational Wall Street Journal, and specifically Mary Anastasia O’Grady (whom I had admired), to support them. “Well, I think, Paul, what you have is a combination of factors, both push-and-pull factors. So from Central America, you have lots of crime and violence… the effect of the war on drugs in Central America has created chaos and a breakdown...
  • Chasing Hillary

    07/23/2014 3:03:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7/23/2014 | Daniel Halper
    Among Democrats who hope Hillary Clinton doesn’t run—and their number is larger than one might think—the complaints are familiar. Age and stamina are the obvious considerations. “Look at Obama’s hair color, just like George Bush’s,” says a prominent Washington insider. “Somebody who’s seventy shouldn’t be president. And I think that’s going to be an interesting issue against her, but who in the Democratic Party is going to have the guts to take on that machine?” A former Clinton campaign adviser is equally blunt. “This is gonna sound superficial”—which is an understatement—“but men do age better than women,” he says. “At...
  • [PCUSA] Presbyterian Church Slams Israel —- Ignores Christian Persecution

    07/23/2014 2:21:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 7/23/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Days before the recent Israel/Hamas conflict erupted, the Presbyterian Church in America withdrew $21 million worth in investments from Israel because, as spokesman Heath Rada put it, the Israeli government’s actions “harm the Palestinian people.”Soon after, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and was asked if he was “troubled” by the Presbyterian Church’s move.Netanyahu responded: It should trouble all people of conscience and morality because it’s so disgraceful. You know, you look at what’s happening in the Middle East and I think most Americans understand this, they see this enormous area riveted by religious hatred,...
  • Will John Roberts Decide a 'State' Is Not a 'State'?

    07/23/2014 2:00:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/23/2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Supreme Court may soon need to decide whether the federal government can be considered a "state" in our federal republic in the same sense that Iowa, Wyoming and Wisconsin are states. On the face of it, this question may seem absurd. In fact, given any level of reflection, it is absurd. The federal government is not one of the states. But this absurd question was at the heart of Halbig v. Burwell, decided this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and it could soon become a defining issue in American life. Section 1311...
  • Anonymity comes with a trade-off [to Josh Earnest over his tantrum about WaPo migrant story]

    07/23/2014 1:45:31 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    Times Union ^ | July 22, 2014 | Ruth Marcus
    <p>The new White House press secretary got into a familiar old spat with the White House press corps the other day over the use of anonymous sources.</p> <p>Josh Earnest — has there ever been a more perfectly named spokesman? — was a bit off in his timing. He lit into The Washington Post — and noted its reporters were absent from the briefing — for its alleged overuse of unnamed sources.</p>
  • Russian Totalitarian Impulse Is A Feature, Not A Bug

    07/22/2014 8:07:38 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    investors.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | DENNIS PRAGER
    First, Vladimir Putin suppresses — sometimes violently — virtually all dissent in Russia. And most Russians are apparently entirely comfortable with it. Not just comfortable — supportive. Second, there is widespread nostalgia among Russian citizens for Stalin. One has to wonder if there is any other example of a large body of people pining for a leader who murdered tens of millions of their own people. Third, there is increasingly little difference between the Russian media and the Soviet media. Both were/are saturated with lies. Anne Applebaum, foreign affairs columnist for the Washington Post, reports that "Russia's state-controlled mass media...
  • The Middle East Disease is Anti-Semitism

    07/22/2014 6:53:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, this is typical, sadly typical. I had a staff member, my trusted and loyal chief of staff, H.R., just said to me during the break, "My God, there's no law! Nothing means anything! Oh, my God, I'm depressed!" I said, "H.R., I've been where you are for five years." Ever since this guy was immaculated. Everything that's happening here I had a total -- I was like Nostradamus. I knew, not specifically, but I knew this kind of thing was going to happen. Remember the discussion yesterday, talking about Middle East peace and the Ukrainian situation,...
  • Flashback 2012: We Predicted Subsidies Would Trip Up Obamacare

    07/22/2014 6:47:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, back on July 3rd, 2012. You can go look it up, with our brilliant exhaustive search feature at RushLimbaugh.com. "These 'State Exchanges' Are a Health Care DMV," is the slug line of the segment, and I am just gonna read to you excerpts of what I said that day, July 3rd, 2012. "[Michael Tanner]: 'One last wrinkle: It is those subsidies that trigger the penalty,' or the tax, whatever you want to call it, 'under Obamacare for employers who fail to provide workers with insurance. So states that don't set up exchanges could also escape the...
  • A Huge Day for the Rule of Law

    07/22/2014 6:40:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Yeah, it's big. It's very, very big, but what the heck? Obama could just rewrite the law again if he wants to. He's already done that 71 times. That's the official count. It's either 41 or 71. I'm not sure, one of the two, probably 71. All the waivers, all the delays, all the rewrites, 71 executive changes to Obamacare, if you count the IRS and their interpretation of things. Anyway, it's a big ruling, if it holds, ladies and gentlemen. How are you? Great to be back with you. Rush Limbaugh here at the Limbaugh Institute...
  • You Blew It! TSA Literally Becomes a Joke

    07/22/2014 4:33:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Mark Skousen
    You Blew It! TSA Literally Becomes a Joke “TSA is the gold standard of airline security.” – John Pistole, director, TSA (Thousands Standing Around) Last week, roughly 2,000 people joined me for the annual FreedomFest conference in Las Vegas, and it offered an opportunity to poke fun at the TSA, a federal agency that seems to probe and prod a bit too aggressively even when encountering innocent and harmless passengers. We performed a modern-day version of Camelot as our featured entertainment during Saturday evening’s gala and included a humorous scene of Sir Lancelot trying to arrive from France to aid...
  • HuffPo Attacks Companies for Making Too Much Profit

    07/22/2014 3:33:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The Huffington Post is beside itself with indignant rage over companies moving their headquarters overseas to avoid paying the highest corporate income tax in the industrialized world. Feeling that Secretary Jack Lew was onto something when he accused companies of being economic traitors for reducing their tax burden, the HuffPo let loose a string of economic illiterate ramblings about the indecency of corporate profits.Early last week, the drug firm Mylan stomped on the Stars and Stripes as it ditched America for the Netherlands. Then, on Friday, the drug company AbbVie similarly renounced America. For 30 pieces of silver, it will...
  • A Simple Solution to the Highway Trust Fund Deficit

    07/22/2014 3:20:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m a big believer in federalism, both as a matter of policy and politics. So you won’t be surprised that I’ve called for the abolition of the Department of Transportation. On more than one occasion. But when you’re trying to convince politicians to give up power and money, it takes a lot repetition. So, to paraphrase what Ronald Reagan said to Jimmy Carter, here we go again. Dan Mitchell Urging Abolition of Department of Transportation I want to emphasize one part of the interview. I’m agnostic on the issue of whether America as a whole needs more infrastructure spending, but...
  • Getting Away With Murder

    07/22/2014 3:04:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Mark Nuckols
    Vladimir Putin is hoping to get away with murder. Last week a civilian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a sophisticated anti-aircraft missile system, and 298 innocent people died as a result. Simple logic and all the early evidence to point to Russia as the guilty party, but Putin smugly believes that he will get off scot-free. And he has good reasons to think so. He enjoys strong support from a gullible and fiercely nationalistic Russian public that uncritically believes the Kremlin’s propaganda. The militants who almost certainly brought down Malaysian Airways Flight MH 17 with Russian support...