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  • The Wisdom of Bastiat, as Revealed by Great Moments in Federal, State, and Local Government

    01/31/2015 11:10:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    >I’ve periodically cited the great 19th-century French economist, Frederic Bastiat, forhis very wise words about the importance of looking at both the seen and the unseen when analyzing public policy.Those that fail to consider secondary or indirect effects of government, such as Paul Krugman, are guilty of the “broken window” fallacy.There are several examples we can cite.A sloppy person, for instance, will think a higher minimum wage is good because workers will have more income. But a thoughtful analyst will think of the unintended consequence of lost jobs for low-skilled workers.An unthinking person will conclude that government spending is good...
  • Eurozone, Including Germany, in Deflation

    01/31/2015 10:47:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    Eurostat released HICP Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices statistics today. In spite of promising that deflation would not hit again, here we are, and for the second month too. Euro area annual inflation is expected to be -0.6% in January 2015, down from -0.2% in December 2014 according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. This negative rate for euro area annual inflation in January is driven by the fall in energy prices (-8.9%, compared with -6.3% in December). Prices are also expected to fall for food, alcohol & tobacco (-0.1%, compared with 0.0%...
  • Austerity and Buy Signals

    01/31/2015 10:40:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Charles Payne
    Austerity American-style; is it too early to change the course? Obama wants to ditch sequestration, and he will use the typical talking points. On the White House website, sequestration is being blamed for cuts in after-school programs that will affect 1.2 million kids, along with the elimination of 30,000 teaching jobs, meals for more than four million homebound seniors, and less funding for first responders in local communities.Of course, the administration does not like to talk about any cuts to spending – spending that includes attempts to make emergency unemployment insurance a permanent fixture. The left-leaning Economic Policy Institute correlated...
  • Social Media is Making Us Anti-Social

    01/31/2015 10:06:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Christine Rousselle
    Like many others, I have jumped on board the Timehop train. Timehop is an app that presents itself as “a time capsule of you,” and digs up social media activity from years past on that day from connected apps—Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Normally, these posts are funny or cringe-worthy—let’s just say I was a big fan of posting song lyrics as Facebook statuses during my teen years—but today I saw one that gave me pause: My first thought was, “wait…who do I know that died six years ago today?” Eventually I figured it out: it was a patient I had...
  • Getting the Couch Potatoes Back to Work

    01/31/2015 9:51:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Peter Morici
    In 2014, GDP growth bounced back in the spring and summer from a tough winter but in the fourth quarter, fell off to 2.6 percent. History indicates the country should be doing a lot bettersimply, too many prime working age Americans are despondent and have permanently dropped out of the workforce. After a deep recession, Ronald Reagan posted 4.7 percent annual growth over 22 quarters and employment jumped 13 percent, whereas President Obamas recovery has accomplished half that progress. Were the economy firing on all cylinders as it did in Reagans time, it would create more than 500,000 jobs a...
  • Cheap Laughs: A Weekly Review of The New York Times

    01/31/2015 9:44:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Mark Nuckols
    This week Charles Blow single-handedly serves up enough cheap laughs for this weeks review of vapid and ridiculous nonsense from the op-ed pages of the New York Times. In his Monday column titled Library Visit, Then Held At Gunpoint, Blow breathlessly announced that his son had been momentarily mistaken for a burglar and detained at gunpoint on the campus of Yale University, where he is a third year student. Blows column was originally titled By The Numbers, and was purportedly going to be in depth and original statistical analysis of current trends and events in America. Well, it became painfully...
  • Lost Words, Lost Worlds

    01/31/2015 9:17:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    It's a slim little book that had a powerful impact as this country and the rest of the world hovered on the edge of war in 1939: "Mrs. Miniver" by Jan Struther, which began as a collection of short newspaper columns in the Times about the daily life of an English household in suburban London. Then it became a popular novel, and eventually a classic movie (Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon). The movie was soon recognized by both British and American leaders -- Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill -- as an invaluable aid in mobilizing American opinion in favor of entering...
  • Richard Sherman, Be There For Your Son: Marry His Mom

    01/31/2015 6:27:01 AM PST · by DWW1990 · 49 replies
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 1-31-15 | Trevor Thomas
    I dont like the two weeks between the end of the NFL conference championship games and the Super Bowl. Two weeks is far too long for todays sports media to keep my attention while talking about only two teams. In this case, its two teams about which I couldnt care less. If only they both could lose. Given this much time to cover one sporting event, the media coverage frequently devolves into witless trivial minutia about things like who can make the best crude joke while talking about deflated footballs, or what line will Marshawn Lynch next use when he...
  • Hard Times for Hezbollah

    01/31/2015 6:24:20 AM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 2, 2015 | Lee Smith
    Is Irans Lebanese client losing its grip? Last week Hezbollah buried one of its princes, Jihad Mughniyeh, the 22-year-old son of the late Imad Mughniyeh, a legendary Hezbollah commander implicated in such infamous operations as the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut. The assassination of the elder Mughniyeh in Damascus in 2008, typically attributed to Israel, is regarded as one of the organizations most traumatic blows. However, some in the Shiite community here say that Israels January 18 strike on a three-car convoy in the Golan Heights near the Syrian town of Quneitrawhich killed the younger Mughniyeh...
  • Michael Moores Long Tradition of Defaming Heroes

    01/31/2015 5:25:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    The “military hero as coward” motif has a long tradition with Michael Moore. But his earlier oinkings in this regard--well before the release of American Sniper-- were aimed at much safer targets. “Wimps,” writes Moore in Downsize This. “These Cuban exiles, for all their chest-thumping and terrorism, are really just a bunch of wimps—that’s right: Wimps.”In a manner that would instantly arouse and mobilize the politically–correct police (were it any minority group except overwhelmingly Republican Cuban-Americans) Moore was dissing Cuban-Americans in general but singling out the Bay of Pigs freedom-fighters for special spite and scorn. “Ex-Cubans with a yellow stripe...
  • If You Received a Higher Obamacare Subsidy Than You Were Eligible For, You Dont Have to Pay...

    01/31/2015 3:59:48 AM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 1/30/15 | Andrew Kloster
    If You Received a Higher Obamacare Subsidy Than You Were Eligible For, You Dont Have to Pay It Back This Year **SNIP** However, the IRS will waive the 2014 late payment penalty for those who received an excessive premium tax credit. The IRS has now granted these recipients of excessive federal benefits a one-year holiday. Even though they clearly owe the overpayment for 2014, they will effectively not have to, and no doubt wont, pay the money back because they will not face any penalty if they do not pay it immediately. If the Obama administration delays the payment again,...
  • Ramirez Editorial Cartoons

    01/30/2015 9:11:48 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 18 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 1/30/15 | Michael Ramirez
    01/30/2015 Michael Ramirez Cartoon
  • Snyders Road Tax Reforms is a Bad Path for Michigan

    01/30/2015 6:09:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30,2015 | Gannon LeBlanc
    After the 2014 midterm elections, a lame-duck session of lawmakers got together to strike one final blow against the citizens of Michigan who voted them out. They are pushing for a new tax reform that would tie Michigan for having the second-highest state sales tax in the country at 7 percent. The lawmakers claim that the revenue is needed to fund government services like and local schools and roads despite the fact that it would also double Michigans fuel tax, making it the highest in the country. For the sake of the Great Lake States economy, Michiganders should reject such...
  • Chinese Approaching Arms Dominance, Pentagon Warns

    01/30/2015 10:55:57 AM PST · by raptor22 · 50 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 30 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Arms Buildup: A senior weapons developer tells Congress that Beijing's massive defense buildup, emphasizing precision-guided and other advanced weapons, has placed the U.S. and its shrinking military at serious risk. 'I am very concerned about the increasing risk of loss of U.S. military technological superiority," Frank Kendall, deputy undersecretary for acquisition, said Wednesday. "We're at risk, and the situation is getting worse." He was testifying before the House Armed Services Committee at a hearing on the subject of defense and technological change. The Chinese were paying attention to U.S. military dominance in the early 1990s after we won the arms...
  • State Legislators Renew Battle Against Same-sex Marriage Decrees

    01/30/2015 12:08:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | January 30, 2015 | Jack Kenny
    In what has been described as a new front in the battle over same-sex marriage, legislators in several states under judicial orders to confer marital status on same-sex couples have introduced bills to forbid state or local officials from issuing marriage licenses to couples of the same gender. The bills would also strip the salaries of employees who issued the licenses, the New York Times reported Thursday.The bills have been introduced in the legislatures of Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, with South Carolina also considering a bill that would allow officials to opt out of issuing such licenses if it...
  • Speaker Boehner's State of Union Guest Is an Ex-Political Prisoner From Cuba; Will Media Ignore?

    01/20/2015 3:45:53 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 20, 2015 | Ken Shepherd
    The State of the Union address this year falls one day after the federal Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. So it's quite fitting that Speaker John Boehner have as his honored guest a black human-rights activist. But alas, said human-rights activist is also a Cuban dissident, a former political prisoner of the Castro regime and a critic of resident Obama's push to normalize relations with Cuba without any concomitant political and economic reforms on the island to empower the impoverished, oppressed people there. We will watch to see what mention, if any, is given by network journalists tonight to Jorge...
  • Shoveling Science

    01/30/2015 9:45:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    Were you hit this week by all the climate change? We here in the Baltimore/Washington area received just a light dusting, but Boston was covered in it. Actually, thanks to the mainstream media, the whole nation was covered in climate change. The only thing missing from the coverage was any proof, but that doesnt stop the alarmists. The science is indeed settled: No one knows whats going on with the climate, and anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something or angling for a government grant. This week gave us more examples of just how clueless and dedicated the...
  • Harvey Weinstein's P.C. Oscar Campaign

    01/30/2015 9:29:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    The Academy Awards is meant to be the world's most prestigious honors for achievement in movies. Politics should have nothing to do with it, but, increasingly, that's not so. Hollywood is now regularly treading beyond "artistic excellence" and letting political overtones sway the outcome. For months now the "diversity" crowd has wailed and gnashed its teeth over the lack of Oscar interest in "Selma," as if Hollywood harbors a racist underbelly. They will not accept that maybe the movie wasn't that good. Even worse, they won't accept that the studio executives at Paramount stupidly screwed up by not sending DVD...
  • The Power of Personality

    01/30/2015 6:17:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    This week marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill, Britain's prime minister during World War II. Churchill took up painting as a hobby in 1915, after the Gallipoli debacle, where 46,000 allied lives were lost over nine months of the campaign. He went on to paint more than 500 paintings during his lifetime. As wartime prime minister, he took a break from painting, focusing instead on the task at hand -- winning the war, no matter the cost.Churchill's output and accomplishments were extraordinary. He "produces more published words than Shakespeare and Dickens combined, wins the Nobel...
  • Resist the Lynch Nomination

    01/30/2015 5:59:52 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/30/15 | National Review Editors
    ......just days after the American electorate gave Republicans strong majorities in both chambers of Congress, President Obama thumbed his nose at several million voters by issuing an executive order effectively granting amnesty to 5 millionplus immigrants residing in the United States illegally. That lawless action was, naturally, supported by Attorney General Eric Holder, whose primary contribution as head of the Department of Justice for six years has been to grant specious legal imprimatur to the presidents various usurpations of legislative power. Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, nominated to be Mr. Holders replacement, has proven...
  • The GOP's Long Love Affair With Schmucks

    01/30/2015 6:11:54 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 91 replies
    Reason ^ | 01.29.15 | Nick Gillepsie
    From Sarah Palin to Donald Trump to Ben Carson, Republicans Just Can't Get Enough of obviously unqualified presidential contenders.
  • Fighting Back Against Jew-Hatred

    01/30/2015 5:14:32 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 30, 2015 | Mark Tapson
    Fighting Back Against Jew-HatredPosted By Mark Tapson On January 30, 2015 @ 12:40 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment Leave France or die. As Bret Stephens noted in the Wall Street Journal recently, it has come down to this choice for French Jews, who are beginning to stream out of the country as violent Islamic Jew-hatred there grows. They may certainly take advantage of Israel’s right of return if they choose, but if they are serious about the vow “Never again,” then it’s time for Jews in France and elsewhere to get serious about defending themselves.Over a hundred years...
  • Our dangerous new McCarthyism:..what the medias not telling you about the new Cold War [barfy]

    01/30/2015 4:35:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Salon ^ | January 29, 2015 | Patrick L. Smith
    It is time to attempt that hardest of thingsto see ourselves for who we are, to see what it is we are doing and what is being done to us. Two things prompt the thought. We have the latest news on Washingtons confrontation with Russia, and we have a newly precipitous decline in the national conversation on this crisis. In my estimation, we reach dangerous new lows in both respects. It is always difficult for the living to see themselves as suspended in history. Being up against the rock face of events, being the stuff of which events are made,...
  • Hostility to Tradition

    01/30/2015 4:27:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    In the 90s, the Clinton Administration formed a bipartisan coalition to pass the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. Nineteen states followed suit. The legislation came in response to a Supreme Court decision that had seen an American Indian suffer legally for having used a drug during a well-established American-Indian religious ceremony. RFRA's framework was common sense. "Under RFRA, the government may not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion unless it can demonstrate that the burden is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest, and it is the least restrictive means of advancing a compelling interest." See Perez...
  • Castro Is Now Issuing Demands On U.S. -- Well Done, Mr. Obama

    01/30/2015 4:11:36 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/29/2015 | IBD Staff
    Foreign Policy: Soon after President Obama announced plans to normalize relations with Cuba, Sen. Marco Rubio called him the worst negotiator since Jimmy Carter. Cuban officials are now proving Rubio right.
  • Quit Wasting Time on Moore, Maher & Dean

    01/29/2015 5:51:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Michael Reagan
    Bill Maher called Chris Kyle of "American Sniper" a "psychopath patriot." Michael Moore called military snipers "cowards" who shoot people in the back. Howard Dean said "American Sniper" appeals mostly to angry Tea Party types. So what? Why do we conservatives give two cents about what these lefties and liberals say about "American Sniper" - or anything else? Nothing they ever say is surprising. Nothing they say ever adds to the debate, has any effect on anything or helps us find a solution to a serious problem. The predictable - and wrong -- things these liberals and others on the...
  • Churches Destroyed in Muslim Mob Attack but Bible Survives

    01/29/2015 5:34:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Neal and Danette Childs knew they were in danger.From their compound in Niger’s capital city they could see three churches burning. The smoke was filling their home.“We immediately started packing a trunk, putting in our valuables, our documents, and we loaded up the car,” Neal told me. “There were concerns our family would be targeted.”“Our immediate response — there is that little bit of panic,” he said during a telephone conversation from the West African nation of Niger. “We were ready. We were on guard.”It was Jan. 16 and by the week’s end Muslims had set fire to at least...
  • China Base On Nanji Island Threatens Japan's Senkakus

    01/29/2015 9:54:53 AM PST · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 29, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense: War clouds gather in the East China Sea as China, in one of a series of territorial claims against its neighbors, builds a helicopter base within attack range of Japan's Senkaku Islands, which Beijing claims as its own. When President Obama traveled to China last November, we don't suppose that he discussed with his Chinese counterparts their military buildup in the East and South China Seas and their ambitious territorial claims on island chains such as the Spratly, Paracel and Senkaku. As Bill Gertz reports in the Washington Free Beacon, commercial satellites observed construction of a Chinese military helicopter...
  • High-Schooler Told to Cover Up for Exposing Her Shoulder

    01/29/2015 2:54:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 161 replies
    Yahoo!News ^ | January 29, 2015 | Rachel Bertsche
    When 16-year-old Gabi Finlayson went to Paris with her mother and brother in December, she only bought one thing: a light pink dress with lace overlay that fell just below the knee. She planned to wear it to an upcoming high school dance. I loved it, she tells Yahoo Parenting. It reminded me of Audrey Hepburn. It seemed like a classic dress I could wear forever. So on Saturday night, the Utah high school junior couldnt wait to show up at the dance. Being a 16-year-old girl, its hard to find something that makes you feel pretty and when you...
  • It's 1938, But We Have No Churchill

    01/29/2015 2:15:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: You know, it's amazing, 1938 is being repeated right before our very eyes, and what we're missing right now is a Churchill. Instead of the Nazis, we have the militant extremists, the militant Islamists. Can't call 'em that, can't refer to them in any way that would be offensive or whatever. Just like back in 1938 nobody wanted to hear how bad the Nazis were. And in 1939, 1940, there was one guy, one man trying to warn everybody in Great Britain what they faced, what was dead ahead, and it was Winston Churchill. They mocked him and they...
  • I Haven't Endorsed Anyone, Folks

    01/29/2015 2:06:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 84 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I've got more on Scott Walker here, but I want to spread this out, spread the Scott Walker stuff out. Let me make something very clear: I haven't endorsed Scott Walker or anybody else, as per usual. I don't endorse, particularly this far out. I mean, we don't even have any real official candidates here. But even if we did, that's not what happens on this program, by policy. There's some things that Scott Walker... I'm getting e-mails, "Hey, you'd better be careful! You know, Scott Walker's not exactly good on immigration, Rush. You don't want to embarrass yourself...
  • New W.H. campus sexual assault guidelines: Still pretty terrible, but a step in the right direction

    01/29/2015 2:04:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 28, 2015 | Ashe Schow
    President Obamas sexual assault task force marked its one-year anniversary last week, and released new guidelines for colleges to develop with law enforcement.Just asking colleges and universities to work with local law enforcement when dealing with claims of sexual assault is a step in the right direction, as the American justice system is far more qualified to handle accusations than schools. Still, as Ive written before, there is a role for colleges to play when it comes to handling sexual assault namely as a support service for accusers as they go through the legal system.But the new guidelines, called...
  • Media Savages Mitt as Hillary Hides Out

    01/29/2015 1:56:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Do you know what the Washington Post is doing today, Snerdley? Well, I don't know if it's today. It might have happened yesterday or the day before, and I was gone. The Washington Post has a piece on Mitt Romney's house in La Jolla, California. Well, I don't know if it's his house in La Jolla. They got a piece on one of Romney's houses and how big it is. It's on the website, and you can plug in the square footage of your domicile, your condo, your apartment, and that will be superimposed over the floor plan of...
  • The Power and Reach of the EIB Network Shines Spotlight on Scott Walker

    01/29/2015 1:32:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now, as you know, ladies and gentlemen, Scott Walker has been championed on this program for, well, years, actually. But in terms of his success, the things that he has encountered, the adversity that he's overcome in being elected governor of Wisconsin and then having to win three more times a couple of recall elections, which were nothing more than disguised efforts by the Democrat Party and their allies to destroy him, and then another standard reelection effort, the guy has overcome every effort the Democrat Party knows to destroy him. His family has stood tall. Scott Walker and...
  • Unions Keep Losing Members -- Can They Reinvent Themselves?

    01/29/2015 9:23:04 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 29, 2015 | George Leef
    The latest figures on union membership from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the long decline has continued to the point where the percentage of Americans in unions is lower now than at any point in the last century. That decline has not been arrested even by the extraordinarily pro-union actions of the National Labor Relations Board (such as this Arkansas case where two-third of the workers have petitioned for an election to decertify an unwanted union, but the NLRB has gone to court to block that) and union efforts at greasing the rails for election victories, as occurred...
  • Adios Al! (Thumbs Up to Last Paragraph)

    01/29/2015 8:22:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | D.W. Wilber
    Now that the dust and ashes have settled in Ferguson following the decision by the Department of Justice not to pursue any criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson for civil rights violations in the shooting of Michael Brown, perhaps its time for some reflection on the part of the media on whether or not they should continue their on-air relationship with one Al Sharpton. As we all remember, immediately following the shooting of Michel Brown in the St. Louis County community of Ferguson Al Sharpton rolled into town with his one-man circus and fanned the flames of racial unrest. Unrest...
  • DEA Planned to Track Cars Parked Near Gun Shows

    01/29/2015 7:53:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    Are you starting to forget just how creepy government agencies can be when they decide to spy on average (law abiding) citizens? Well, this should help refocus your distrust of big government. According to AP News:The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates near gun shows in the United States to investigate gun-trafficking, the agency's chief said Wednesday.Um, good… Also: “What the heck?”So the DEA was planning on tracking everyone that went to a gun show? Wow… Nothing like being innocent until proven guilty, right? It might be time to start borrowing...
  • Prediction: Gridlock for the Next Two Years, but thats Better than the Alternative

    01/29/2015 7:27:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    There’s a lot of navel-gazing analysis in Washington about whether to expect some sort of bipartisanship over the next two years.I find such discussions very irritating because they assume that you automatically get good results when Republicans and Democrats both agree on a policy. My reaction, to put it mildly, is “these people are f@*&#^@g crazy!!!”Was it progress when Republicans and Democrats conspired to bail out their contributors on Wall Street with TARP?Was it progress when Republicans and Democrats joined hands to impose Bush’s no-bureaucrat-left-behind education scheme?Was it progress when the first President Bush broke his read-my-lips promise and sided...
  • The Truth About the Cuban Embargo

    01/29/2015 5:41:01 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 29, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    The Truth About the Cuban ‘Embargo’Posted By Humberto Fontova On January 29, 2015 @ 12:44 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments Low information voters are bad enough. But maybe low information presidents, pundits, and legislators contribute to the problem. To wit:“In Cuba, we are ending a policy that was long past its expiration date. When what you’re doing doesn’t work for fifty years, it’s time to try something new. (President Obama, Jan. 21, 2015.)“The permanent (Cuba) embargo was imposed in 1962 in the hope of achieving, among other things, regime change. Well. Regime change — even significant regime modification...
  • Occupying the White Male Syllabus at Berkeley-an authentic inability to think

    01/29/2015 5:38:48 AM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 1-29-2015 | Jack Kerwick
    Upon witnessing the trials of Nazi war criminals in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt remarked that they shared in common one salient feature: it was not stupidity, she said, but a curious, quite authentic inability to think. This inability or refusal to think is on full display in a student editorialOccupy the Syllabusthat was recently published by The Daily Californian. Rodrigo Kazuo and Meg Perret are Berkeley students who are none too pleased bysurprise, surprisethe lack of gender and racial diversity among the canon of assigned authors in most humanities and social sciences courses. In short, there are just too many white...
  • The Five-Point Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan

    01/29/2015 5:25:49 AM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 29, 2015 | Mordechai Nisan
    The Five-Point Israeli-Palestinian Peace PlanPosted By Mordechai Nisan On January 29, 2015 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments The Oslo theory and policy was tested and failed. Inasmuch as the Israeli-Palestinian War has not been resolved, and the Oslo Accords could not overcome the multiple obstacles on the path to peace; Considering the adamant Palestinian refusal to recognize the legitimacy of the Jewish state of Israel, while demanding massive refugee return, terrorizing Israelis and murdering them, and spewing out hate education;Conscious of the repressive discourse of peace with its agenda for Israeli capitulation and destruction that camouflages...
  • Kathleen Parker: The sacrifice of Sarah Palin

    01/28/2015 10:22:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 27, 2015 | Kathleen Parker
    When Democrats were looking for evidence of a Republican war on women, they overlooked Exhibit A Sarah Palin. This isnt to say that Palin was part of the war on women, though many Democrats would say so. Rather, she was one of the wars most conspicuous victims fragged, you might say, by her own troops. And yet, shes back again. And yet again shes assuming her default position of presidential tease. Yes, shes seriously interested in running for president. As evidence, she gave an utterly befuddling speech last weekend in Iowa, where other likely candidates were...
  • Conservatism Is Now Everywhere

    01/29/2015 4:50:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- There is a problem with the Internet. Its commentary is too often dominated by pinheads. H.L. Mencken used to complain that only idiots write letters to the editor. That might have been true of his day -- the 1920s and 1930s -- but in our time writers of letters to the editor of newspapers and even of websites are occasionally quite well-informed and even lucid. But others, I am afraid, are indeed pinheads, sitting in their underwear back home, foaming at the mouth, believing that the whole world is profoundly interested in their every word, until the authorities...
  • Shooting Itself in the Foot

    01/29/2015 4:32:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    Ali Saleh al-Marri is a convicted conspirator who entered the United States before 9/11 in order to create a dreaded sleeper cell here that might someday launch an attack on Americans similar to what we witnessed earlier this month in Paris. When the feds woke from their slumber on 9/11, they wisely began to search immigration records for persons who came here with no discernible purpose from places known to spawn terrorist groups and who had overstayed their visas. Al-Marri was one such person. The feds arrested him, originally on the visa violation, and then, after connecting the dots, on...
  • Obama, Ignoring Realities, Sticks to His Comfort Zone

    01/29/2015 4:22:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    A week after his State of the Union address, political observers are still trying to figure out what President Obama's game is. That's because rhetorically and substantively, he seems to be in another world. In his State of the Union address, Obama refused to even take note of the GOP's historic midterm gains and the fact the House and Senate are now both under Republican control. On foreign policy, Obama talked as if everything was going swimmingly abroad, prompting even the Washington Post's Dana Milbank to marvel at Obama's "disconnect" from what is happening in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Russia....
  • Divide and Conquer Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walkers divisive message for winning the White House.

    01/29/2015 2:55:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Slate ^ | January 28, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    By the somewhat tamer standards of the Midwest, Scott Walkers speech to the Iowa Freedom Summit last Saturday was a smorgasbord of red meat. In just 20 minutes, the Wisconsin governor shed the persona that brought him to the stagethe stern but affable accountantand re-emerged as a conservative warrior who defeated the unions, defunded the abortionists, and beat back the liberals to win three statewide elections for governor. His message, in short, was that he was effective, unwavering, and uncompromising. There was no need for outreach or a big tent. With the right conservative message, Republicans could win electionsand win...
  • Spare the Blogger and Lash us Instead

    01/29/2015 2:31:27 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    ON JAN. 9, the government of Saudi Arabia publicly whipped a liberal Muslim writer, Raif Badawi, flogging him 50 times outside a mosque in Jeddah. It was the first installment of the 1,000 lashes to which Badawi had been sentenced — in addition to 10 years in prison and a fine of more than $250,000 — for the crime of "insulting Islam" on his former website, the Saudi Free Liberals Forum.Two days later, following the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the Saudi ambassador to France joined in the great Paris solidarity march in defense of freedom of expression.Such hypocrisy was more than...
  • NFL Tough Guys Need Dads, Too

    01/29/2015 2:25:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Larry Elder
    "What do you think you missed not having a dad around?" Marshawn Lynch, the grumpy, often-fined National Football League star for the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, was asked that question. Lynch, raised on the mean streets of Oakland, California, by a single mother, said: "Nothing. My mama played both parts." When asked, however, why he finds it difficult to "trust" people, Lynch tells a story about his father: "I think it started earlier, when Mom would (take me over to my dad's) house. And when I get there, my dad like, 'Oh, OK, I be right back,' and...
  • Can Israel Survive?

    01/29/2015 2:18:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. Eight million Israelis are surrounded by some 400 million Muslims in more than 20 states. Almost all of Israel's neighbors are anti-Israeli dictatorships, monarchies or theocracies-- a number of them reduced to a state of terrorist chaos. Given the rise of radical Islam, the huge petrodollar wealth of the Middle East and lopsided demography, how has Israel so far survived? The Jewish state has always depended on three unspoken assumptions for its tenuous existence. First, a democratic, nuclear Israel can deter larger enemies. In the Cold War,...
  • Teacher Pensions Going To Kill Us All

    01/28/2015 5:49:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 27, 2015 | Blake Neff
    Teacher pensions are a huge and growing crisis waiting to explode without major reforms, warns a new report released Tuesday by an educational think tank.“Do the math on teacher pensions and it just doesn’t add up,” argues the National Council on Teacher Quality in its report, Doing the Math on Teacher Pensions. Total unfunded teacher pension liabilities in 2014 were a whopping $499 billion dollars, the group found. That amount is surging rapidly; in 2012, the total was just $394 billion, meaning that pension debt is growing by over $50 billion a year.Some states are in a particularly huge hole....