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  • Democrats face narrow path to retake Senate in 2016

    07/07/2015 4:07:11 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 32 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 6, 2015 | Steven Shepherd
    Democrats can take back the Senate in 2016 after a stinging, nine-seat defeat last year — but their path is narrow, and any gains could be fleeting. The party needs to capture four or five seats — depending on the results of the presidential election — next November. While the 2016 map is favorable, flipping control of the Senate would require winning most of the toss-up races and defeating several well-funded GOP incumbents in pricey swing states that will also be crucial in the race for the White House.
  • Anyone Remember the War on Women?

    07/07/2015 2:43:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: There's just a lot of confusion out there today, folks. I guess there's confusion every day. But I mean today there's really a lot of confusion out there. What in the name of Sam Hill is Bill Cosby doing? Now, help me out here. In all of these allegations that he's raped all of these women he's never admitted anything, right? Or have I missed something? Now, I know that the statute of limitations -- that would be "statue" of limitations, for those of you in Rio Linda -- on a lot of those has run out. But have...
  • The Most Idiotic Comment in Presidential History

    07/07/2015 2:34:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 8, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, President Obama spoke about his new strategy to take on the terrorist entity Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In doing so, he explained that the battle against that terrorist group — a group he had once termed "JV" — would amount to a "generational struggle." Why would defeating a ragtag army of primitives take generations? Because, Obama explained, "This is not simply a military effort. Ideologies are not defeated by guns. They're defeated with better ideas." To cap off this airsickness bag of gobbledygook, Obama then concluded, "We will never be at war with Islam." So let's...
  • Editorial: Marijuana growers are wrecking California

    07/07/2015 11:22:33 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 93 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 6, 2015 | By The Bee Editorial Board
    <p>Acres of ancient trees are disappearing and illegal marijuana farms are popping up in their place. Streams and rivers are being sucked dry, diverted sometimes miles away through plastic pipes into tanks. Several species of fish, along with a rare breed of wild rodent, are on the verge of extinction.</p>
  • The Unsoundness of Judicial Supremacy [MUST READ]

    07/07/2015 11:13:08 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 15 replies
    The Witherspoon Institute - Public Discourse ^ | July 8th, 2015 | Paul R. DeHart
    "Decisions of the Supreme Court that go beyond power delegated to the judicial branch or are contrary to the Constitution are null and void. To protect our constitutional republic, citizens, states, and the other branches of the federal government must resist any such decision." The Supreme Court looms large in American politics. In fact, many accept the claim—made by the Court and others—that the Supreme Court gets the final say as to what counts as law under our system of government. Judicial review is now bound together with the doctrine of judicial supremacy, crafted by Chief Justice Roger Taney in...
  • Where Are the China Hawks?

    07/07/2015 10:30:26 AM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 03 June 2015 | Peter Beinart
    On Monday, Lindsey Graham announced his presidential candidacy in a speech devoted mostly to foreign policy. He mentioned variations of the word “Islam” six times. He said “the nuclear ambitions of the radical Islamists who control Iran” constitute the “biggest threat” to the United States. He twice emphasized his devotion to Israel. And once, about halfway through his remarks, he mentioned China. In American politics today, especially in the GOP, Graham’s priorities are typical. Two years ago, during Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel’s contentious seven-and-a-half-hour grilling by the Armed Services Committee, senators mentioned Israel 178 times and Iran 171...
  • Destroying Religious Freedom to Save It

    07/07/2015 9:54:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Robert Knight
    Even before the U.S. Supreme Court announced the previously unknown constitutional “right” to impose same-sex “marriage” on all 50 states, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was readying its next volley. For two decades, the ACLU has cited the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as a defense of religious liberty in various worthy and some not-so-worthy cases. No more. The ACLU has decided that the unalienable right to religious freedom embodied in the First Amendment must give way to newly coined claims by newly empowered groups. In a Washington Post column, ACLU Deputy Director Louise Melling called on Congress...
  • Be On Guard

    07/07/2015 9:41:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Marvin Olasky
    When leaders of City Church in San Francisco (see “Blindsided” in WORLD, July 11, 2015) recently decided to offer membership to same-sex marriage partners, investment banker Liza Hing says “a lot of people in the church were totally blindsided.” Others see such a change as inevitable. But that’s not the way it has to be, even at churches in cities with large gay populations. Redeemer Presbyterian Church Pastor Tim Keller has shown how to attract thousands of young New Yorkers while remaining biblically faithful. The Acts 29 Network is also attracting many young Christians to the new churches it plants....
  • Marse Robert and the Lynch Mob

    07/07/2015 9:28:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    From across my small office I winked at Marse Robert. He winked back -- so his 7-by-6-inch portrait seemed to suggest -- white-bearded, gray-uniformed, arms folded serenely and confidently. When the nation whose future military leaders you trained at West Point mauls and mutilates the cause in which you trusted, serenity comes hard. Only a Robert Edward Lee type can pull it off, a type of which there aren't many, if any. This type exemplifies the workings of love in combination with moral firmness. It turns out in 2015 that an angry slice of the population has made it an...
  • Don't Give Obama More Power Over Schools

    07/07/2015 9:20:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Phyllis Schlafly
    After spending most of June giving President Obama new authority to negotiate trade deals with low-wage countries in Asia, congressional Republicans are now poised to spend July giving Obama new authority over education in America's public schools. This is a big disappointment for those of us who worked hard to elect a Republican Congress last November. We expected the new Congress to take power back from the president, not give him more. For the past 50 years, the engine of federal control over local schools has been Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. It...
  • My Own Speech Code

    07/07/2015 9:11:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    Now it is The Hon. Barack Obama who has run afoul of the Language Police after using the forbidden word in an interview the other day, even if only to warn against its use. "It's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n----- in public," the president opined. Naturally he drew fire from our instant censors, who demanded that he find a way around the unspeakable word if he couldn't drop it entirely. To quote Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, "I wish he had chosen to say, quote, the 'N' word as opposed...
  • How to Stop Some Feminist Whining

    07/07/2015 9:05:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Liz Harrison
    HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver resurrected piles of news footage on the fact that women are harassed on the Internet. (https://youtu.be/wuLwLhiNb00) Usually this just gets a bored yawn out of me, because it's typically centered on the feminists that are out there trying to draw attention to themselves by playing victim. This time I stopped and really thought about it. Oliver served up the issues with his usual snark and snide humor, but this time I was struck by the fact that there really has been a real answer to the problem of people harassing women (or anyone...
  • Greece's Failed Economics

    07/07/2015 8:57:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Mark Nuckols
    In a desperate bid to save his political career, Greek Prime Minister Alexei Tsipras bet big on both the gullibility of the Greek electorate and the unreconstructed hate the Greek left has for capitalism. He has just won that bet, and will remain Prime Minister until the Greek people realize what they have done. In their defiant vote for “NO" Greek voters naively believed that they were voting for “democracy” and “national dignity.” Unfortunately they are about to find out they actually voted for “poverty, corruption, and a blighted future.” Every conservative intuitively understands TANSTAAFL, There Ain’t No Such Thing...
  • Absurdities and Outrage Rippled Through the Culture

    07/07/2015 8:52:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Suzanne Fields
    That was a strange week, with intersecting conversations between and among Americans trying to absorb mind-crashing events that fed high and lowbrow attitudes, populist and patrician criticisms, sophisticated and naive pronouncements. There were absurdities and abominations, a massacre and amazing grace. Politics was writ large, accompanied by the rumble of rhetoric shaped to fit the emotional tyranny of the moment rather than great truths of the past. The 21st century kaleidoscope was captured immediately on the front pages and the big and small screens, giving everyone a front row view of America on the move, connected electronically. It didn't make...
  • It's All About Big Government Left-Right Differences: Part V

    07/07/2015 8:23:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Dennis Prager
    Clarity is conservatives' best friend. If most Americans were clear about the differences between Left and Right, they would not vote Democrat in nearly the numbers they do. The Left understands this, which is why most left-wing rhetoric is dismissive of conservatives' character -- "sexist," "intolerant," "bigoted," "hateful," "xenophobic," "racist," "Islamophobic," "homophobic" -- rather than conservatives' positions. By focusing on conservatives as people and characterizing them as bad, the Left successfully deflects attention from its positions. This brings me to explaining Left-Right Difference No. Five: How the Left and Right regard the role of the state (or government). This is...
  • Evangelicals Should Return To Core Beliefs

    07/07/2015 8:09:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    In the matter of the "culture wars," evangelical Christians are asking, "what do we do now?" The question is being raised in the aftermath of the Supreme Court's decision striking down state laws reserving marriage for heterosexual couples. The "culture wars," while well-intentioned, were a mistake from the beginning. Evangelical Christians, whose Leader said, "My Kingdom is not of this world," thought they could organize people of like mind and like faith and create a voting bloc to elect people who would impose something resembling that other kingdom on people who do not see themselves as members of that kingdom....
  • I Told You Things Are Getting Crazier

    07/07/2015 7:58:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    Lately I've shared my lament that in America today we are witnessing a surreal transformation of the greatest nation in history. Last week, a spate of headlines made this point better than I could make it on my own. I was minding my business, mind you, surfing the Internet to check out the news and political sites and forums I customarily visit, and these news and column headlines, most from last week, some from a bit earlier and a few from this week, bombarded me. I wasn't looking for trouble. Nor was the satirical website The Onion one of the...
  • 100 Million Americans Not Working!

    07/07/2015 7:31:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    Is America hard at work? Or hardly working? I ask this because Thursday's Labor Department report for June found yet another 430,000 Americans of working age (16 and older) dropped out of the workforce. Over the last year, only 1.3 million Americans of working age have entered the workforce, even as the population of this same demographic increased by more than 2.8 million. Just over 1 million members of this group found jobs. That's right -- of the new additions to the working age population, less than four in 10 found jobs. The newspapers touted the reduction in the unemployment...
  • Redistricting Not Worth the Verbal Footwork

    07/07/2015 7:17:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Michael Barone
    "Words mean what they say," I wrote in my Washington Examiner column one week ago. But, as I added, not necessarily to a majority of justices of the Supreme Court. The targets of my column were the majority opinions in King v. Burwell and Texas Department of Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project. In King v. Burwell, Chief Justice Roberts interpreted the words "established by the state" in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) as meaning "established by the state or the federal government," even though the law itself defines "state" as the 50 states and...
  • For Normal Relations With Cuba, End U.S. Interventionism (Idiot Alert)

    07/07/2015 6:50:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | Ron Paul
    Last week we saw an encouraging sign that the 50 year cold war between the U.S. and Cuba was finally coming to an end. President Obama announced on Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba would restore full diplomatic relations and that embassies could be re-opened in each country by the end of the month. For this achievement, which was resisted by vested interests in the U.S., Obama should be praised. However we shouldn't be too optimistic about truly establishing normal relations until we understand how relations became so abnormal in the first place. The destruction of relations between the two...
  • Will Slippery Slope Follow Confederate Flag Battle?

    07/07/2015 6:24:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 69 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | Byron York
    Some conservatives have seen efforts to remove the Confederate battle flag from the statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, and also from other public places around the South, as the beginning of a slippery slope in which roads and landmarks named after Confederate figures are changed, monuments are removed, and a significant part of American history is obscured from view. "The Left's 21st century agenda: expunging every trace of respect, recognition or acknowledgment of Americans who fought for the Confederacy," tweeted Weekly Standard editor William Kristol on June 23. "It's our own mini-French revolution, expunging history in a frenzy of self-righteousness."...
  • Tolerate Diversity

    07/07/2015 5:38:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Have you ever noticed that you never see signs that say "Tolerate Diversity?" The reason for that is simple. No one wants to be tolerated. Tolerance presupposes a moral judgment. In other words, I must first judge you negatively before I decide to put the judgment aside and tolerate you. And no one has any tolerance for even a momentary act of judgment these days. Just ask the owners of Sweet Cakes, an Oregon bakery that refused to bake a cake for a lesbian couple’s pretend wedding. They were recently fined $135,000 for being willing to tolerate but not actively...
  • Thank Goodness The Stupid, Socialist Greeks Said "No" To A Bailout!

    07/07/2015 5:29:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | John Hawkins
    “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.” – Margaret Thatcher Greece is liberal economics on steroids, Detroit writ large, and a place where the "takers" outnumber the "makers." In other words, if you want to know what the end road is for the sort of economics pushed by people like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Paul Krugman, Greece is it. According to the World Bank, Greece’s labor participation rate is only 53%. It’s hard for private industry to take advantage of an underemployed populace because government regulations and powerful unions make it difficult...
  • Kennedy's New 'Right to Dignity' Could Trump the Right to Free Speech and Religion

    07/07/2015 4:34:43 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/06/2015 | John Merline
    When President Obama was first running for office in 2008, he promised that he'd go about "fundamentally transforming" America once in office. But it wasn't the 47-year-old Senator from Illinois — who went on to win two presidential elections — who'd bring about such a transformation. It was a 78-year-old unelected Supreme Court justice from California named Anthony Kennedy.
  • Should SCOTUS Limit the Power of Public-Sector Unions

    07/07/2015 1:56:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 7, 2015 | Gary Shapiro
    My father was a sixth-grade teacher active in his teacher union’s leadership. He instilled in me the value of unions. They helped our nation lead and prosper. Unions got laws passed limiting child labor, ensuring safe working conditions and compensating workers with a defined workweek and overtime pay. The strong, positive legacy of unions, runs counter to news the Supreme Court will hear a case next term that “could wipe out public-sector unions,” according to a recent report in Slate. I can’t help but wonder, however, if the dissolution of public sector unions would be such a bad thing. For...
  • Insufficiently Independent to Hold an Independence Day Parade- Mark Steyn

    07/06/2015 2:03:00 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 10 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 6 July 2015 | Mark Steyn
    So, no, since you ask, I didn't have that Glorious a Fourth. I almost wrote about it yesterday, but was too sad to find the appropriate tone. I'm still very sad, so if you want to cut to the chase and get on with your day, the takeaway is America might as well hang a sign on its door saying, "Final Three Days! Everything Must Go!!! Ultimate Storewide Blowout!!!!!" As readers may know, the Steyn worldwide corporate headquarters is located in Woodsville, which is part of the township of Haverhill, New Hampshire. Actually, the only reason readers would have any...
  • A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO “DIGNITY” [More Liberal PC Garbage Alert]

    07/06/2015 7:29:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Instapundit ^ | 7/6/15 | Elizabeth Price Foley
    A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO “DIGNITY”: Jonathan Turley has an intriguing oped in the Washington Post, discussing why Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion in the same-sex marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges, may portend a much broader and more nefarious right to “dignity”: In reality, he has been building to this moment for years, culminating in what might now be called a right to dignity. In his 1992 Casey decision, he upheldRoe v. Wade on the basis of “personal dignity and autonomy [that] are central to the liberty protected by the Fourteenth Amendment.” Kennedy wove this concept of protected dignity through a series...
  • A gay Jewish president? Dreaming big, post-Supreme Court decision [Barf Alert]

    07/06/2015 6:53:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 7/6/15 | Brian Schaefer
    During Pride festivities in the United States last weekend, tears flowed as freely as the celebratory libations, and pure joy mixed with utter disbelief following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country – an accomplishment that seemed preposterous only a few years ago. The victory, of course, derives from decades of struggle and strategy, pain and persistence.“As a marriage equality activist since the 1980s, I prayed and worked to see this day,” said Rabbi Denise Eger, the founding rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, California, and the newly appointed, first openly gay president of...
  • Pro-Marxist Sells Greece to Moscow

    07/06/2015 6:19:07 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Accuracy In Media ^ | July 6, 2015 | By Cliff Kincaid
    The coverage of the economic disaster in Greece, a strategic NATO country, has mostly ignored the role of Vladimir Putin’s Russia in the growing global turmoil. Reports continue to circulate that a new European Union (EU) bailout deal with Greece is possible, as Yanis Varoufakis, a self-described “erratic Marxist,” has resigned as finance minister. But these developments appear to be for the purpose of diverting attention away from the fact that Greece has already become, in effect, a satellite of Moscow. The Greek regime is a Moscow-backed left-right coalition led by Alexis Tsipras, the pro-Marxist and pro-Russia head of Greece’s...
  • TRUMP AND THE GOP BORDER WAR

    07/06/2015 6:01:40 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 41 replies
    WND ^ | 7-6-15 | PATRICK J. BUCHANAN
    In the 2016 race, June belonged to two outsiders who could not be more dissimilar. Bernie Sanders is a socialist senator from Vermont and Donald Trump a celebrity capitalist and legendary entrepreneur and builder. What do they have in common? Both have tapped into what the bases of their respective parties believe is wrong with America. Bernie is the Willie Nelson of national politics, a leftist voice of a working class whose jobs and factories have been exported and whose wages have stagnated as banksters and the Davos-Doha crowd amass mammoth fortunes by playing games of three-dimensional Monopoly. The 73-year-old...
  • Marco Rubio Hammers NY Times for Claiming He's Cuba's 'Least Favorite Son'

    07/06/2015 5:00:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | July 6, 2015 | Randy Hall
    On Monday, soon after the New York Times slammed Florida senator Marco Rubio as Cuba's “least favorite son,” the 2016 GOP presidential candidate fired back, accusing reporter Jason Horowitz of using the “Castro regime's propaganda” in his article, which was entitled “Marco Rubio Is Hardly a Hero in Cuba. He Likes That.” In a Twitter message, Rubio asserted that the newspaper was following up its “scoops” attacking him for getting 17 speeding tickets -- most of which were actually received by his wife – and its article accusing him of owning “a luxury speedboat” that is only one-third as long...
  • AP Admits: Obamacare Is a Likely Factor in 'Increasing Part-Time Employment'

    07/06/2015 4:32:44 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | July 6, 2015 | By Tom Blumer
    Though the Associated Press is now basically admitting it, we all knew it. Obamacare's 30-hours-per-week definition of a "full-time employee" for employer health insurance coverage purposes has been responsible for one of the fundamentally negative changes in the American workforce — a noticeable move away from full-time to part-time employment. In a report with a current Saturday morning time stamp at the AP's national web site which originally went up on Friday, the wire service's Christopher Rugaber and Josh Boak covered the "new normal" in the job market. This writeup will receive yours truly's fuller attention later. But for now,...
  • Sowell: A Legacy of Cliches

    07/06/2015 2:56:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 7, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Discussions of racial problems almost invariably bring out the cliche of "a legacy of slavery." But anyone who is being serious, as distinguished from being political, would surely want to know if whatever he is talking about — whether fatherless children, crime or whatever — is in fact a legacy of slavery or of some of the many other things that have been done in the century and a half since slavery ended. Another cliche that has come into vogue is that slavery is "America's original sin." The great Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said that a good catch...
  • Thomas Sowell: Looking Back (85th birthday)

    07/06/2015 1:52:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 7, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    After my 85th birthday last week, I looked back over my life and was surprised to discover in how many different ways I had been lucky, in addition to some other ways in which I was unlucky. Among the things I did not know at the time was that I was adopted as an infant into a family with four adults, in which I was the only child. All sorts of research since then has shown how the amount of attention and interactions with adults a child gets has a lot to do with the way the child develops. But...
  • Why Ted Cruz is defending Donald Trump

    07/06/2015 1:00:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 6, 2015 | Philip Bump
    For the most part, the response from 2016 Republicans to Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican illegal immigrants has been uniform: tempered outrage. Rick Santorum was happy with the fact that Trump raised the issue, although not the words Trump used. (In case you didn’t hear the words — welcome back to Earth! — Trump said that "when Mexico sends its people," it sends people who are "bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.") Marco Rubio called the comments "offensive and inaccurate." Rick Perry was similarly offended. Jeb Bush deemed them "extraordinarily ugly." But there’s a notable exception: Ted Cruz. Shortly...
  • The Pope’s Encyclical Exposes Real Agenda Behind Global Warming

    07/06/2015 11:57:26 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 5, 2015 | Dr. Tim Ball
    Many times quotations are truncated to change the original meaning. When the larger quote is examined, a very different meaning often emerges. For example, most say, “Money is the root of all evil” when the full quote of Timothy 6:10 is “The love of money is the root of all evil”. This addition creates a very different emphasis and perspective. Lord Acton’s quote that “All power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely” is similarly altered by the sentence that follows, “Great men are almost always bad men.” A frequently used quote in the climate debate quotes in “Science Under...
  • Bankruptcy is the only way Greece can fashion a new beginning

    07/06/2015 11:52:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 5, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    Almost every option facing debt-drenched Greece is bad, but there is only one that will end this Greek tragedy for good. Let Greece go bankrupt. Then let this once-rich nation, hit the restart button to rebuild its economy. What I’m suggesting for Greece is what might be called the Detroit option. Put Greece under receivership and let these new authorities figure out how to manage the debt and decide who will take a haircut and how big. Pensioners, bondholders, welfare recipients, government workers, the International Monetary Fund, all will have to settle for less — maybe a lot less. It’s...
  • If You Liked Baghdad Bob, You’ll Love Iran’s Chief Nuclear Negotiator, Javad Zarif

    07/06/2015 10:29:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 5, 2015 | Claudia Rosett
    But he's much more dangerous. Here's why... At the Iran nuclear talks, one of the chief fixtures has been Iran’s foreign minister and chief negotiator, Javad Zarif. He’s the bearded fellow you’ve seen in the endless photo-ops of the murk-shrouded talks. He usually shows up flanked by dignitaries, in various permutations, of the six world powers, including the U.S., who in the current incarnation of the nuclear talks have been haggling with Iran over its nuclear program since cutting an interim deal in Nov. 2013. That was more than 19 months ago, which in terms of the amnesiac modern 24-hour...
  • Walter Williams: Fiddling Away the Future

    07/06/2015 10:18:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 8, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    Let's list major problems affecting black Americans. Topping the list is the breakdown in the black family, where only a third of black children are raised in two-parent households. Actually, the term "breakdown" is incorrect. Families do not form in the first place. Nationally, there is a black illegitimacy rate of 72 percent. In some urban areas, the percentage is much greater. Blacks constitute more than 50 percent of murder victims, where roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered each year. Ninety-five percent of the time, the perpetrator is another black. If a black youngster does graduate from high school, it is...
  • Is the World Becoming Fed Up?

    07/06/2015 9:50:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 5, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Faster, please: A great pushback is awakening here and abroad, but its timing, nature, and future remain mysterious. Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow…Given European socialism, and given its therapeutic culture that assumes morality is relative and situational, it is quite stunning — especially to the Greeks — that suddenly debts are to mean not endless negotiations, haggling, blame-gaming, and contextualization, but are reduced to something akin to Calvin Coolidge’s snarky alleged quote, “They hired the money, didn’t they?” Aside from the threats of Vladimir Putin and the wobbling of the European Union, Europe is being overrun with illegal immigrants from...
  • Sen. Cruz: SCOTUS 'Stopped Being an Umpire...They Put on an Obama Jersey'

    07/06/2015 7:21:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 6, 2015 | Susan Jones
    By trying to resolve policy matters, the U.S. Supreme Court "stopped being an umpire," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. Cruz said the justices have become team players: "They put on an Obama jersey, they got out the eraser, they erased terms in the (Obamacare) statute and rewrote it, joining the Obama administration. ... In a period of 24 hours, we had two decisions in the Supreme Court where a majority of the justices violated their judicial oaths," he told NBC's Chuck Todd. "In one, they ignored the text of federal law -- they rewrote...
  • Welcome to Hooverville, California

    07/06/2015 9:26:41 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 57 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 6, 2015 | By HÉCTOR TOBAR
    LOS ANGELES — A GENERATION ago, this West Coast metropolis became a “third world city.” At least in the rhetoric of certain East Coast thinkers. A 1991 book by David Rieff cited visitors who were stunned by “seeing nothing but brown faces, hearing nothing but Spanish on the streets.” The arrival of coffee-colored Latino masses (like me and my Guatemalan-American family), together with the spread of Mandarin and Korean logograms on street signs, led Mr. Rieff to call this the “capital of the third world.” As a native of the city, I was offended to hear it tagged with such...
  • Droning On

    07/06/2015 6:29:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | D.W. Wilber
    Chalk up another bad guy for the Obama Administration as reports indicate yet another terrorist leader bites the dust as the result of an American drone attack. While no one sheds any tears over one more extremist taking a well-deserved dirt nap, the administration’s policy of almost exclusively fighting the War on Terror using aerial drones does little to protect us, and has little effect on leading us to victory over our terrorist enemies. Nor does it instill fear or respect in our other adversaries Iran, Russia or China. Much of the intelligence that leads our efforts against the difficult...
  • Paul Ryan’s Thin Gruel?

    07/06/2015 6:21:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 5, 2015 | Brian Birdnow
    Last week, Wisconsin Congressman and recent Vice-Presidential aspirant Paul Ryan appeared on the venerable CBS-TV program “Face the Nation” and stated that the Obamacare battle is temporarily over, and that the other side won. He stated that Obamacare was a bad policy and would “…collapse under its own weight” and that our side needs to settle in and wait for this eventuality to come to pass. Congressman Ryan was not, as some have supposed, counseling surrender in the health care fight. He was advising the conservatives that they must take the long view, and give the Obamacare architects enough time, and...
  • Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner: Stands Ground in Shut-down Showdown

    07/06/2015 5:47:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    While New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced his run for President with bold promises and brash rhetoric, he balanced truth and compromise as though they could coexist as two sides of a marred coin. In troubling budgetary times, when socialist-minded state legislatures refuse to recognize that they have run out of other people’s money, or that middle class makers have elected to leave their home state rather than pander and enable more takers, compromise is not the watchword. Conviction and confrontation must be the mainstay, and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, the only Republican gubernatorial candidate to unseat a liberal incumbent...
  • Oregon Declares War On Christian Faith

    07/06/2015 5:27:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | Michael Brown
    In one of the most egregious anti-Christian acts committed by a state official in recent memory, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian not only upheld the ridiculous $135,000 fine levied against Aaron and Melissa Klein for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian commitment ceremony, but he ordered the Kleins to “cease and desist” from making any public comments about their religious convictions relative to this case. This is an outrage and a travesty, and it must be rebuked and resisted. Who does Mr. Avakian think he is? The fine itself is unconscionable, as the amount of $135,000 was determined...
  • It's All Greek To Me

    07/06/2015 5:16:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | Rich Galen
    Let me say, at the outset, that I am so far out of my depth in this issue that if I look up all I see is a sea of numbers. If I were you I would roll my eyes, sigh loudly, hit the DELETE key, and return to a close examination of this morning's postings by your Facebook friends. If you're still with me, hang on. Voters in Greece, yesterday, rejected an austerity program that would have allowed the European Central Bank (the European Union's Fed) to lend money to Greek banks so they would have enough Euros to...
  • SCOTUS Turns Down Former Rep. Rick Renzi’s Appeal of Legal Assault

    07/06/2015 5:08:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    A week ago the Supreme Court turned down an appeal from former Republican Congressman Rick Renzi, who began serving a three-year prison term in February. In 2006, a left-leaning U.S. Attorney in Arizona saw an opportunity to take out the popular, charismatic conservative Congressman by going after him over a confusing and complicated land deal. Renzi was an easy target because the facts were so complex there was little chance the general public would figure out how the law was being manipulated to selectively target him. This type of targeting has become a common pattern by the left; similar tactics...
  • Battle Lines for Religious Liberty and Same Sex Marriage Set

    07/06/2015 4:52:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Kelly ShackelfordÂ’s debate with Evan Wolfson on Fox News Sunday highlights the battle lines for religious liberty in America now that the Supreme Court has grossly overstepped its authority by declaring same sex marriage a constitutional right. The issue is whether religious liberty extends to how you earn your living, get an education, and run a business. For years to come, the fight for many Christians will be on whether their right to the free exercise of religion includes the right to earn a paycheck without violating their conscience. Televised debates need to focus on the fierce debate over whether...
  • I Know What Lois Lerner Did Last Summer

    07/06/2015 4:46:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    I know her secret, I know she’s scared, and I know what she did last summer. If you need something lighthearted to pick yourself up and get back into work after a long holiday weekend, I’ll give you a column that would more humorous if it weren’t so close to the truth. It’s the story about what Lois Lerner and her new bestie, Hillary Clinton, did last summer. The 4th of July reminded me of the 1997 horror-thriller, “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” where a girl gets attacked on the 4th of July. Which then reminded me of...