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  • The Great War Novelist America Forgot (Herman Wouk turns 100 today)

    05/27/2015 10:26:24 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 17, 2015 | David Frum
    On May 27, the American novelist Herman Wouk will attain the prodigious age of 100. Over his long career, Wouk has achieved all the wealth and fame a writer could desire, or even imagine. His first great success, The Caine Mutiny (1951), occupied bestseller lists for two consecutive years, sold millions of copies, and inspired a film adaptation that became the second highest-grossing movie of 1954. Wouk’s grand pair of novels, The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, likewise found a global audience, both in print, and then as two television miniseries in the 1980s. Wouk won a Pulitzer...
  • Holy Warriors of the Left and Right

    05/27/2015 9:31:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Mike Huckabee doesn't have a lot of prominent defenders, and I am not volunteering for the job. Huckabee has always struck me as a right-wing populist-progressive. A deeply religious -- and by all accounts decent -- man, Huckabee nonetheless has a view of the state that would have jibed almost perfectly with such forgotten titans of the Progressive Era as Richard Ely, Josephus Daniels and even William Jennings Bryan. Ely, a mentor to Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt and the founder of the "Wisconsin school" of progressivism, believed that "God works through the state in carrying out His purposes more...
  • Virginia's False 'Centrist' Advertising

    05/27/2015 9:26:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    The latest scorecard from the American Conservative Union is out, and the voters of Virginia might want to file a complaint about truth in advertising with the press corps. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner have routinely been portrayed in news reports as "moderates" and "centrists." But after two years in the Senate, Tim Kaine has a perfect zero on the conservative scale. Mark Warner has a lifetime score of 10.33 percent conservative, but his last two annual scores have been a 4 and an 8. They could be mistaken for Barbara Mikulski. Far-left is middle of the road on...
  • Josh Duggar, atheists, and pedophiles

    05/27/2015 8:02:37 AM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 31 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 27, 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    By now, many readers have probably heard about the recent revelation that Josh Duggar, the oldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting fame, has admitted to molesting some young girls a decade ago when he was a teenager. The information about this came out recently when a heavily redacted police report from 2006 was released by In Touch Weekly detailing the incidents. Duggar has since apologized for the acts, even as the scandal has grown and the Duggar's television show has been pulled from TLC. I have no interest here in defending Josh Duggar...
  • The Differences Between Left and Right: Part I

    05/27/2015 8:01:51 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 5-27-2015 | Dennis Prager
    Most Americans hold either liberal or conservative positions on most matters. In many instances, however, they would be hard pressed to explain their position or the position they oppose. But if you can’t explain both sides, how do you know you’re right? At the very least, you need to understand both the liberal and conservative positions in order to effectively understand your own. I grew up in a liberal world — New York, Jewish and Ivy League graduate school. I was an 8-year-old when President Dwight Eisenhower ran for re-election against the Democratic nominee, Adlai Stevenson. I knew nothing about...
  • Segregationists never went away: We just call them “small-government conservatives” now

    05/27/2015 7:19:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    Salon ^ | May 27, 2015 | Brittney Cooper
    Black freedom & opportunity in America has always required the very federal intervention the right wants to destroy The continuing decline of public sector jobs at local, state, and federal levels is having an abysmal economic impact on African Americans, for whom steady, stable government employment opportunities have provided a sure path into the middle class. The New York Times reported yesterday that “roughly one in five black adults works for the government, teaching school, delivering mail, driving buses, processing criminal justice and managing large staffs.” Because Black people hold a disproportionate number of government jobs, cutbacks that affect everyone...
  • OPINION: Bernie Sanders is Hillary's leftward advance man

    05/27/2015 6:09:48 AM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies
    Is Bernie Sanders pulling Hillary Clinton to the Left? No, for the same reason a canoe doesn’t pull an aircraft carrier. The Vermont socialist running in the Democratic presidential race is currently at 7.4 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of national polls, versus Clinton’s 64.2 percent. Clinton is in fact moving leftward on issues like immigration, gay marriage, inequality and more, but it’s not because she’s feeling the heat from a little-known competitor. Still, Sanders is staking out a role as the forward scout of the Democratic Left,
  • Why John Nash Matters

    05/27/2015 5:56:33 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 9 replies
    Five Thirty Eight ^ | 8:47 AM May 25, 2015 | Benjamin Morris
    John F. Nash Jr. is widely known as the subject of the Oscar-winning film “A Beautiful Mind,” but his contributions to the advancement of human knowledge are far greater. Nash paved the way for game theory to spread from a collection of toy cases in mathematics to a generalizable theory applicable to virtually anything — board games, economics, politics, international relations — to the point where now it’s practically a mode of critical thinking in its own right. On Saturday, the 86-year-old mathematician and his wife, Alicia, were killed in a car crash in New Jersey. There have been...
  • A Delusional and Dangerous National Security Strategy

    05/27/2015 5:33:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Allen West
    When I was commissioned as an Army officer in 1982, one of the books listed on our mandatory reading was Sun Tzu’s “Art of War.” I willed my original copy to a young subordinate officer years ago. However, I still maintain a copy in my office at the NCPA. One of the memorable quotes from that seminal strategic work is, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither...
  • Don't Go!

    05/27/2015 4:47:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | John Stossel
    It's graduation time! Have we learned much? No. College has become a scam. Some students benefit: those with full scholarships and/or rich parents so they don't go deep into debt, those who love learning for its own sake and land jobs in academia and those who get jobs that require a college credential. But that's not most students. Half today's recent grads work in jobs that don't require degrees. Eighty thousand of America's bartenders have bachelor's degrees. Politicians such as Hillary Clinton promote college by claiming that over a lifetime, college graduates "earn $1 million more." That statistic is true...
  • Bernie Sanders' Foul Socialist Odor

    05/27/2015 4:37:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Socialist genius Bernie Sanders has figured out what's really ailing America. Our store shelves have too many different brands of deodorant and sneakers. Just look at all those horrible, fully stocked aisles at Target and Walgreens and Wal-Mart and Payless and DSW and Dick's Sporting Goods. It's a national nightmare! If only consumers had fewer choices in the free market, fewer entrepreneurs offering a wide variety of products and fewer workers manufacturing goods people wanted, Sanders believes, we could end childhood hunger. Nobody parodies the far left better than far-leftists themselves. In an interview with financial journalist John Harwood on...
  • Walker: We’d Be Sending in Navy to Stop Illegals if They Were Swarming Our Sea Ports..

    05/26/2015 11:40:32 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 26, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Exclusive — Walker: We’d Be Sending in Navy to Stop Illegals if They Were Swarming Our Sea Ports Like They Do Southern Border [SNIP] ".........Since former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush—one of amnesty’s biggest proponents—has now backed off his previous support for citizenship for illegal aliens (he wants to give them amnesty via legal status), that means Rubio is the only candidate who still stands with the AFL-CIO and their brothers in the Chamber of Commerce wanting to give illegal aliens full blown American citizenship. That means Walker, the anti-special interest union battler, has an even better opportunity to fight Rubio—who’s...
  • The 4 percent-plus solution

    05/26/2015 6:04:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 25, 2015 | Richard W. Rahn
    Of those running for president, who will give this speech? “Ladies and Gentlemen, my administration will implement a series of economic policies to cause the economy to grow at an average rate of 4 percent or more a year. Growth of 4 percent-plus per year will create jobs at a faster rate than the growth in the labor force and provide hope for those who had despaired of finding a good job again. At a growth rate of a little over 4 percent per year, real incomes for all of our citizens will double in only 17 years. (At the...
  • A little good news about Ebola

    05/26/2015 5:49:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 25, 2015 | Wesley Pruden
    The news from Africa and the Third World is seldom good, and much of the bad news is about disease born of ignorance, superstition and primitive sanitation, news dispatched by a media addicted to tales of unrelieved gloom, certain doom and inevitable disaster. We were all supposed to be dead by now from strange diseases reduced in the public prints to acronyms and bold initials — AIDS, SARS, MERS, swine flu, avian flu and most recently Ebola. These diseases are rightly feared, but in most places they’re diseases only of a tiny part of the population of a country or...
  • Obamacare advocates seek to fix problem they made worse

    05/26/2015 4:33:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 25, 2015 | Byron York
    Back in 2009, when Congress was debating the Affordable Care Act, many liberal Democrats felt it did not go far enough — that it should be even more sweeping, even more expansive, even more costly. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, one of the Senate's most liberal Democrats and a veteran of many legislative battles, urged his colleagues on the Left to go ahead and pass the bill. "The key to this is that this modest home, we can put additions onto it in the future," Harkin told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow in December 2009. "But if we don't have the starter home, we're...
  • An Obama Crime Wave Spreads Across America

    05/26/2015 4:12:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    Investors.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | IBD Editorial
    Lawlessness: Fueled by this president's anti-police policies and race-baiting rhetoric, thugs are attacking cops and terrorizing major cities. Horrible violence is breaking out all over. We are witnessing a national crime wave. Law enforcement expects to see an escalation in criminal activity over the summer. Already we've seen a disturbing trend in May, including: • The deadliest month Baltimore has seen in more than 15 years, with almost 30 shootings and nine deaths just over the holiday weekend. That makes well over 100 murders this year, compared with 71 at this time last year, the fastest the city has reached...
  • How to Focus America on Hillary's Libya Failure

    05/26/2015 3:27:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Let's go to Hillary and Libya. Now, we all know about Mrs. Clinton's e-mail snafus and we all know about her problems, and we all know about Hillary's genuine general incompetence as secretary of state and the fact she didn't achieve much and the fact that all the relevant e-mails have supposedly been deleted and are gone is evidence of this, we think. Okay, so how do we nevertheless tie Mrs. Clinton to the boondoggle that's Libya? Benghazi's in Libya, for those of you in Rio Linda. And that's a boondoggle. It was a disaster. Four Americans dead. An...
  • The decline of Rand Paul

    05/26/2015 3:22:00 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 52 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Dana Milbank
    Rand Paul took a left turn on his journey to the Republican nomination, and now his hopes now seem to be headed south. The libertarian senator from Kentucky’s new book, “Taking a Stand,” came out Tuesday, and it is chock full of lines that would position Paul well — if he were running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. On the environment: “You’ll find I’m a tree hugger, literally…I’m a Republican who wants clean air, clean water, and the life-extending miracle of electricity. I compost.”
  • Drive-Bys Salivate Over Impending Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare

    05/26/2015 3:11:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Speaking of which, have you heard the latest in Obamacare? This is so good. The left, Tom Harkin and Baghdad Jim McDermott, that's who it is, right? (interruption) Is it Baghdad Jim McDermott or is it Jim Moran? One of the two -- and Tom Harkin, they're wringing their hands over the fact that Obamacare -- well, they're not using the term "Obamacare." They're complaining about all of the people who are underinsured, all the new signatories, all the new sign-ups for Obamacare, but they're underinsured. And you know what the problem is? They've all signed up and they've...
  • Bob Woodward: Bush Didn't Lie

    05/26/2015 3:00:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: The Republican presidential candidates are being hit with, "Well, knowing what you know now, would you go back into Iraq?" And they've mostly accepted the premise that Iraq was a big boondoggle, a huge mistake, Bush lied, we shouldn't have done it, and they're answering on that basis. Well, on Fox News Sunday, which I didn't see, during the group panel discussion, Chris Wallace speaking with Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, Wallace said, "The politics of Iraq have gotten a lot of attention the last couple of weeks with Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, bunch of others, and these...
  • The Conservative Counter-Culture

    05/26/2015 2:41:35 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 10 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 05/26/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    George Orwell wrote in his preface to Animal Farm that “Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban…At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question, anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness.” This prevailing orthodoxy defines the ideology of the contemporary Left of today. Motivated by abstractions and a vision of a utopian future based upon that which has never existed but which they are convinced they can create, the...
  • Obama Declares Wars Are Ended to No Applause

    05/26/2015 2:36:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Grab audio sound bite number two -- did you see over the weekend that the war in Afghanistan's over? (interruption) Yeah. Yeah. I remember on Friday, if you recall, if you were here, you might not have been because it's a big travel weekend, but I want to revisit something. Grab sound bite number one. Let's go ahead and play audio of me last Friday as we headed into the Memorial Day weekend, 'cause this sets up this Afghanistan comment. RUSH ARCHIVE: This, to me, is one of the most important Memorial Days, and they're all important, even that...
  • Welcome to All You Self-Brainwashers!

    05/26/2015 2:23:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I certainly hope everybody had a great weekend. We're back. I certainly did, I hope you did, and we're off and running, folks, with a brand-new week of broadcast excellence right here on the ever important, increasingly popular, growing-by-leaps-and-bounds Rush Limbaugh program, where it has just been stated that you who listen to this program are self-brainwashing. Have you heard that? You are self-brainwashing. And if you watch Fox News, you are self-brainwashing. If you listen to this program, and if you watch Fox News, do you know what it also means? It automatically means you do not watch...
  • Marine court-martialed for refusing to remove Bible verse

    05/26/2015 1:50:25 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 59 replies
    Foxnews.com/opinion ^ | 5-26-2015 | Todd Starnes
    A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer – a verse of Scripture the military determined “could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline.” The plight of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling seems unbelievable – a member of the Armed Forces criminally prosecuted for displaying a slightly altered passage of Scripture from the Old Testament: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” Sterling, who represented herself at trial, was convicted February 1, 2014 in a court-martial at Camp Lejune, North Carolina after she refused to obey orders...
  • Every Day is "Opposite Day" with President Barack Obama

    05/26/2015 11:58:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | May 26, 2015 | Mark Langfan
    Obama has done exactly the opposite of what should be done in the Middle East for his entire term. Israel had better ignore his advice. Following Obama's speeches is like watching Sesame Street’s “Opposite Day”, the Sesame Street episode where everything is “opposite.” ‘Up’ is ‘down,’ ‘left’ is ‘right,’ and so on and so forth. It's like Berra saying "It's deja vu all over again." With Obama, for the past seven years, every day is “Opposite Day.” Everything he says sounds upside-down and backwards, and is proven, in the short-term, to be just that. Instead of being chastened by reality,...
  • Floods in Texas, Flood Mapping, Flood Dollars [never let a crisis go to waste]

    05/26/2015 11:36:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Climate Lawyers ^ | May 25, 2015 | J. Wylie Donald
    Floods on the Rio Blanco these past few days demonstrate the link to climate change, but not in the way you think. It was a horrible Memorial Day weekend in Hays County, Texas. At least three people died from the worst flooding seen since 1922. The Rio Blanco crested at 43 feet, 30 feet over flood stage. Over 400 homes were destroyed and the interstate (I-35) was under water. The flood warning posted on the San Marcos, Texas website identifies the areas of evacuation. One area is that in the Blanco Vista neighborhood nearest to the river. Police officers and...
  • Why Israel’s retreat from Lebanon marked the birth of today’s Middle East

    05/26/2015 10:33:56 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | May 25, 2015 | Mitch Ginsburg
    The May 2000 withdrawal seemed to be part of a larger land-for-peace trend; instead it raised the curtain on the wars of the 21st century Standing before the microphone, looking like he was delivering a eulogy, Shaul Mofaz, the commander of the Israeli army on May 24, 2000, told the citizens of Israel that after 15 years in the Security Zone in South Lebanon, the IDF had withdrawn. He called the move “historic.” He said the “boys had been brought back home.” There was no mention of victory. After the invasion of Lebanon in June 1982, Israel had departed in...
  • Legitimizing Anti-Semitism [Obama]

    05/26/2015 10:20:15 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    New York Sun ^ | May 22, 2015 | May 22, 2015
    ‘And so I think it is not at all contradictory to say that there are deep strains of anti-Semitism in the core regime, but that they also are interested in maintaining power, having some semblance of legitimacy inside their own country, which requires that they get themselves out of what is a deep economic rut that we’ve put them in, and on that basis they are then willing and prepared potentially to strike an agreement on their nuclear program.’ * * * That is the sentence that jumps out at us in respect of President Obama’s latest interview with Jeffrey...
  • Driving With the Crazies

    05/26/2015 9:21:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 98 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | John Warren
    So Memorial Day is over. You had a great time with whomever, but let me guess—it was not so great on the highway, when about 100 million others joined you on the asphalt jungle. In just about six weeks, we’ll get to do it again for Independence Day, an apt name for any day on the roadways when the morons amongst us demonstrate just how independent they can be. My email inbox recently gave me the “Bill of Non-Rights” with stuff like (“You do not have the right to a free house…,” etc.), and so, here’s my stab at a...
  • The Left's Dumb and Dumber Wars

    05/26/2015 9:16:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown
    Reports coming out of Ramadi, Iraq and Palmyra, Syria convey hundreds of dead and burned bodies littering streets and thousands of people displaced and on the run. Loss after loss, setback after setback, the White House remains resolved: The president's Islamic State [ISIS] strategy is an "overall success," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest on May 19. A success for the ISIS, maybe. Lest we forget, less than a decade ago, nearly 1,300 Americans died fighting in Ramadi. Soon after, the U.S. returned control of that city, which had become one of Iraq's safest, to Iraqi forces. A few...
  • Obama Gives Green Light to Force Palestinian Statehood?

    05/26/2015 8:33:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 26, 2015 | Joseph Klein
    Obama Gives Green Light to Force Palestinian Statehood?Posted By Joseph Klein On May 26, 2015 @ 12:06 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 16 Comments [1]President Barack Obama visited an influential conservative Washington D.C. synagogue on May 22nd with the avowed purpose of assuring his audience of about 1000 people that his “commitment to Israel’s security is and always will be unshakeable.” Donning a yarmulke and speaking from the synagogue sanctuary’s bimah where the Torah is recited, Obama claimed that “no U.S. President, no administration has done more to ensure that Israel can protect itself than this one.” Carried away by...
  • The Decline of Christian America

    05/26/2015 8:18:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    "This is a Christian nation," said the Supreme Court in 1892. "America was born a Christian nation," echoed Woodrow Wilson. Harry Truman affirmed it: "This is a Christian nation." But in 2009, Barack Hussein Obama begged to differ: "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation." Comes now a Pew Research Center survey that reveals the United States is de-Christianizing at an accelerated rate. Whereas 86 percent of Americans in 1990 identified as Christians, by 2007, that was down to 78 percent. Today only 7 in 10 say they are Christians. But the percentage of those describing themselves as atheists,...
  • Millionaire Ex-Presidents Can Pay Their Own Way

    05/26/2015 8:00:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    THE AVARICE of Bill and Hillary Clinton is a wonder to behold. They crave wealth, it seems, even more than they crave power, and display no qualms about exploiting their political stature to amass it. According to a required financial disclosure filing last week, the former president and his wife have collected more than $30 million since January 2014, most of it from speaking engagements for which they charged an average of $240,000 each. To put that figure in perspective, what the Clintons earn per speech is nearly five times what the median US household earns per year. Since leaving...
  • The Assisted-Suicide Movement Goes on Life Support

    05/26/2015 7:17:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 22, 2015 | Aaron Kheriaty
    [subtitle] A George Soros-backed effort in California has stalled, the latest sign of weak backing for the deadly practice. In the past 20 years, more than 100 campaigns to legalize assisted suicide have been introduced in various states. All but three have failed. In 2012 the same Massachusetts voters who elected Elizabeth Warren and re-elected Barack Obama gave the thumbs down to doctor-assisted suicide. Compassion & Choices -- the "death with dignity" organization formerly called the Hemlock Society -- saw a 40-point lead in Massachusetts polls evaporate on election day, despite millions of dollars in campaign spending. Bills this year...
  • Bank Bashing, the Modern Nero's Fiddle [Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.]

    05/26/2015 7:09:30 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 22, 2015 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    Received wisdom about the 2008 financial crisis has not been faring well lately. Peter Wallison, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, demonstrates in a new book that the subprime housing boom was fostered mainly by federal housing politics and policy, not by the rampant "deregulation" that many have imagined out of whole cloth. Another revelation: The New York Fed staff, as we belatedly learned last year, prepared an analysis showing that Lehman at the time of its collapse was theoretically solvent after all... OK, what about "too big to fail"? Nobody has found an email from a CEO saying,...
  • Differences Between Left and Right: Part I

    05/26/2015 6:31:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Dennis Prager
    Most Americans hold either liberal or conservative positions on most matters. In many instances, however, they would be hard pressed to explain their position or the position they oppose. But if you can't explain both sides, how do you know you're right? At the very least, you need to understand both the liberal and conservative positions in order to effectively understand your own. I grew up in a liberal world -- New York, Jewish and Ivy League graduate school. I was an 8-year-old when President Dwight Eisenhower ran for re-election against the Democratic nominee, Adlai Stevenson. I knew nothing about...
  • Coakley is Wrong to Champion 'Chip and PIN' Fits-All-Solution

    05/26/2015 5:51:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Neil McCabe
    Martha Mary Coakley, recently hired at the liberal Boston law and lobbying firm Foley Hoag, has come out swinging for mandatory “Chip-and-PIN” systems for debit and credit cards. Although, she must be desperate for a win, it is hard for me to pity Coakley or agree with her. When I was a reporter in Somerville, Massachusetts, a small city bordering Boston, I knew of three instances, where she declined to pursue sexual assault charges against politically connected suspects, as the Middlesex County District Attorney. This was before she lost a Senate race to Republican Scott P. Brown in 2010 or...
  • The Center Is Not Holding (From ISIS at Ramadi to riots at home, nothing is going right)

    05/26/2015 3:09:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/26/15 | Victor Davis Hanson
    “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” – W. B. Yeats, “The Second Coming” Things are starting to collapse, abroad and at home. We all sense it, even as we bicker over who caused it and why. ISIS took Ramadi last week. That city once was a Bastogne to the brave Americans who surged to save it in 2007 and 2008. ISIS, once known at the White House as the “Jayvees,” were certainly “on the run” — right into the middle of that strategically important city. On a smaller scale, ISIS is...
  • So the GOP Must Embrace Evil to Survive. Really?

    05/26/2015 2:35:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/26/15 | Lloyd Marcus
    A black liberal columnist made the point in his article that the future of the GOP rests on it getting rid of its conservatives. Then, the GOP can modernize, attract more young voters of color by embracing open borders, amnesty, abortion, and all the other filth coming out of the Democratic Party. Embracing this strategy is tantamount to embracing evil.Many consultants and sadly, GOP politicians concur with the columnist's strategy. In essence, we are being told that the only way the GOP can win future elections is to embrace an anti-God and anti-righteousness agenda. I cannot and will not embrace...
  • The Republican campaign to destroy the poor stoops to a new low [helping payments last longer]

    05/25/2015 10:49:19 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    http://www.salon.com/2015/05/25/the_republican_plot_to_destroy_the_poor/ ^ | May 25, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton, trying to mimic Joan Walsh
    Last week my colleague Simon Maloy caught us up with the latest on Kanses Gov. Sam Brownback’s famous Arthur Laffer “petri dish” experiment, in which he slashed taxes and government programs in order to usher in a Republican free market economic utopia. The experiment looks like it’s blowing up the lab: [T]he Brownback/Laffer tax scheme hasn’t goosed the Kansas economy and it doesn’t look like it will any time soon. It has succeeded marvelously, though, in redistributing wealth to the top of the income ladder, while, at the same time, screwing over the people at the bottom. While the rich...
  • The long, legal road to marital anarchy

    05/25/2015 6:54:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 24, 2015 | Robert Knight
    As the calendar slips toward the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, there’s a storm cloud hanging over America that will release its thunder in late June. That’s when the U.S. Supreme Court is widely expected to declare a constitutional right to same-sex “marriage.” We are at a moral precipice. America’s Founders could scarcely have imagined a handful of people in black robes becoming so powerful and arrogant that they could defy natural law with the stroke of a pen. The question is: Will they do it? The drive to radically redefine marriage didn’t happen overnight. It’s the rotten fruit...
  • In Harm’s Way: The Forgotten Service of Military Chaplains

    05/25/2015 6:14:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    CE.com ^ | 05-25-15 | George J. Galloway
    In Harm’s Way: The Forgotten Service of Military Chaplains George J. Galloway In Otto Preminger’s 1965 classic movie In Harm’s Way, starring John Wayne as “Rock Torrey” and Kirk Douglas as “Commander Paul Eddington,” there’s an interesting dialogue that ensues after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the subsequent return of the cruiser Swayback to the lagoon-shaped sanctuary, now burial ground for thousands of American sailors, in Oahu. It’s a direct reference to a famous quote from John Paul Jones: “I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm’s...
  • Forgotten WW2 soldier, lost more than 70 years, is finally honored

    05/25/2015 2:37:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    It’s difficult to describe anything as a “feel good story” on a day when we are commemorating the Honored Dead, but I suppose this story comes as close as any. CBS News is providing the details of a tale which took place long ago in a small village a bit to the north of where I live, in Gowanda, New York. They have a war memorial in their town just like so many other places around the country. But for the lifetime of most of the current residents, one name has been missing. Carroll Heath was a young boy born...
  • Let's Say No to 'Fast Track' and Get on a 'Pro-American' Track

    05/24/2015 7:13:54 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 73 replies
    Christian Post ^ | May 12, 2015|8:59 amris | By Phyllis Schlafly , CP Op-Ed Contributor
    Congress, led by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), is preparing to betray American workers, and the grassroots should rise up and say, "No, you don't." The secretive underhanded deal is called Fast Track, and that's an appropriate title because, indeed, it puts Americans on a fast track to lower wages and fewer available jobs. Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/lets-say-no-to-fast-track-and-get-on-a-pro-american-track-139015/#ylD1c6oBpMiKKJ67.99
  • A drug cartel’s power in Venezuela

    05/25/2015 11:36:33 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 24, 2015 | By Jackson Diehl
    Venezuela is afflicted with the world’s highest inflation, its second highest murder rate and crippling shortages of food, medicine and basic consumer goods. Its authoritarian government is holding some 70 political prisoners, including the mayor of Caracas and senior opposition leader Leopoldo López, and stands accused by human rights groups of illegal detentions, torture and repression of independent media. All of that is now pretty well known, and it is finally beginning to gain some attention from Latin American leaders who for years did their best to appease or ignore Hugo Chávez and his “Bolivarian Revolution.” What’s less understood is...
  • Sowell: Graduation Gifts

    05/25/2015 11:20:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 26, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    This is the season of college graduations, and many people may be wondering what kinds of gifts would be most appropriate for young people leaving the world of academia and heading out to face the challenges and opportunities of adulthood in the real world. Given the narrow range of left to far left views of the world on most college campuses, and the vast ignorance of other views, even among graduates of elite academic institutions, one valuable gift might be a book giving a different perspective on the world. The recent publication of "American Contempt for Liberty" a hefty, 417-page...
  • Memorial Day 2015: An Open Letter to My Fellow Veterans of the Global War on Terror

    05/25/2015 11:17:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | Steve Yen
    To my comrades, fellow veterans of the Global War on Terror (GWOT): on this Memorial Day I call you to action. Do not let others define our generation and our service. Define yourselves. In a time where victimhood is celebrated, where discourse is dominated by ineffectual and verbose liberal academics, and society led by inept deceivers – we alone showed the world for the seven years after 9/11/01 that America was the indisputable world super power and that darkness could never put out the light. To the contrary, the light would come with insurmountable power to punish its enemies. We...
  • Do Americans Really Want to Remember Their War Heroes?

    05/25/2015 10:21:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | David Smith
    Do Americans really want to remember their war heroes? If by saying “remember,” we mean it in the same sense in which we remember things like the 2004 World Series, the television show Cheers, or the Ford administration, then sure, we can take some time to think of those who have given their lives in war. But in reality, Memorial Day ought to involve something more substantive than merely remembering. What the day really calls for is commemorating, but very little in our contemporary culture is particularly attuned to having the orientation toward history that would make this truly...
  • Memorial Day Is Anything But A Holiday

    05/25/2015 10:11:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | Gretchen Hamel
    This Memorial Day, in-between the water balloon fights at the backyard BBQs and roasting of marshmallows around the camp fire, it's important to remember what this day is really about. Of course it is great if you are lucky enough get off from work to spend time with family. It the unofficial start of summer and for so many it's a day of fun and celebration. But the day also has a somber meaning that we as Americans just cannot ignore. It's a time to remember those brave men and women who fought and died in every American war. From...
  • Finding Redemption in the Josh Duggar Story

    05/25/2015 10:05:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 248 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | Michael Brown
    I have no desire to pile on with more comments about Josh Duggar, who appears to be a very serious and committed Christian who has made no excuses for the sins of his youth and who deeply desires to make a positive impact for the Lord in the years ahead. I simply want to share some redemptive thoughts, supplementing some of the excellent statements made by others, including former governor Mike Huckabee and Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore. 1. Jesus really does change people. While critics of the Duggar family want to indict them (along with other, evangelical Christians, especially...