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  • Bipartisanship is Alive and Well, but not in the Obama White House

    08/01/2014 6:53:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Bipartisanship is dead. That's the conventional wisdom, and there's a lot of evidence to support it. But there's evidence to the contrary as well. On two important issues, veterans' health and job training, congressional Republicans and Democrats have, with little notice, reached constructive bipartisan agreements. These are both issues on which everyone agrees government should be involved. The country certainly owes something to veterans. And no one's proposing to eliminate job training programs altogether. But government is also not doing a good job on either. The Veterans Affairs Department scandals have revealed a culture of lying and incompetence that comes...
  • August Arrives

    08/01/2014 6:24:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Sextili had been the name of the eighth month, but only because it was the sixth month in the Roman calendar. Wikipedia notes that "it became the eighth month when January and February were added to the year before March by King Numa Pompilius, who also gave it 29 days." Julius Caesar put in two additional days. Sextili became August eight years after the birth of Christ to honor Emperor Augustus. While August may have worked out well for Augustus, for American politicians August tends to be a month of scandal and trouble. Congress leaves for its August recess....
  • Obama and the U.N.’s Alternate Universe

    08/01/2014 5:02:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 1, 2014 | Bruce Thornton
    Obama and the U.N.’s Alternate UniversePosted By Bruce Thornton On August 1, 2014 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments Barack Obama has managed to push American foreign policy into an alternate universe in which everything the human race has learned over the past 2500 years about human nature, aggression, and its deterrence has been stood on its head. He is not solely to blame for this. For 150 years the West had indulged the illusion that human nature is progressing away from our violent past toward a world of reason in which conflict can be resolved and negotiated...
  • Defund the UNRWA

    08/01/2014 5:00:44 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 1, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Defund the UNRWAPosted By Daniel Greenfield On August 1, 2014 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments The UNRWA is on the front lines of the Hamas War in Gaza. In the headlines, its schools are forever being fired on or found to be stockpiling rockets. If individual Gazans are being used as human shields, the UNRWA often seems as if it is one big organizational human shield.But the UNRWA isn’t Hamas’ human shield. The UNRWA is Hamas.The “UN” part of the UNRWA, the blue logos and symbols, fool us into thinking of it as an international...
  • America Stands with Hamas against Israel

    08/01/2014 4:59:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 1, 2014 | Ronn Torossian
    America Stands with Hamas against IsraelPosted By Ronn Torossian On August 1, 2014 @ 12:10 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments The Obama Administration stands with Hamas – an organization which is a designated foreign terrorist organization in America, Canada, the UK and most other civilized countries. Despicable and simply amazing that America is standing with an organization whose leadership and people is anti-American. Shameful, horrible, awful conduct. Clearly, the alliances in the Middle East have changed – Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Israel stand against Muslim extremist fundamentalists – and lining up on the other side is...
  • The Bitter Taste of Jesse Ventura vs. Chris Kyle

    08/01/2014 4:29:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Mark Davis
    There were two things Jesse Ventura was never supposed to win: the 1998 Minnesota Governor’s race, and his just-ended trial seeking a big payday from a hero’s widow. But he was indeed a one-term Governor of an actual state, and now he has prevailed in another improbable arena— a courtroom where he asserted that one of America’s most admired war heroes lied about him on purpose. The $1.8 million dollar judgment from a ten-person jury voting 8-2 is a direct raid on the family budget of Chris Kyle’s widow Taya and their two children. The first half-million will be covered...
  • The Environmental Corruption Agency

    08/01/2014 4:04:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    The lofty motto of the Environmental Protection Agency is "protecting people and the environment." In practice, however, EPA bureaucrats faithfully protect their own people and preserve the government's cesspool of manipulation, cover-ups and cronyism. Just last week, Mark Levin and his vigilant Landmark Legal Foundation went to court to ask federal district judge Royce Lamberth to sanction the EPA "for destroying or failing to preserve emails and text messages that may have helped document suspected agency efforts to influence the 2012 presidential election." The motion is part of a larger Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit to force EPA to...
  • The Evil Mind of John Kerry

    08/01/2014 2:39:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 1, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    ".....From the moment he burst on the national scene in 1971 as a young Vietnam vet, his family connections and anti-war views landing him a spot testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, right straight through to today as the U.S. Secretary of State, Kerry has demonstrated repeatedly that he is unable to grasp not only serious threats to the United States and the larger world as well. What has been on display again and again in Kerry’s public career is a tone-deafness when it comes to the manifestation of evil. Unless, of course, in the style of that old...
  • OOPS: Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Makes Big Gaffe, Reveals the Truth About Obama

    07/31/2014 7:40:22 PM PDT · by montag813 · 70 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-31-2014 | Jason DeWitt
    by Jason DeWitt | Top Right NewsA gaffe? Or Freudian slip? Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL and DNC Chairwoman) made a stunning comment on Obama's pet network, MSNBC, accidentally revealing the truth about her boss: (House Republicans) will be voting for the first time in American history to sue the President of the United States for doing his job.And doing his job actually less often, and a rate that is lower than any President since Grover Cleveland. Um...sure. Who are we to disagree? WATCH:
  • IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches

    07/31/2014 6:16:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    First Amendment: Government's assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage. A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches' violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit. The FFRF has temporarily withdrawn its suit in return for the IRS's agreement to monitor sermons and homilies for proscribed speech that the foundation believes includes things like condemnation of gay...
  • No home for Israel inside the Democratic Party

    07/31/2014 5:33:25 PM PDT · by SJackson · 35 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/31/2014 | GIDON BEN-ZVI
    Slaves to gut emotion, and averse to rigorous academic research, liberals do not bother to figure out who is right or wrong in any conflict. It's official: the Democratic Party has abandoned Israel to its fate. This development has nothing to do with that most ancient of hatreds, anti-Semitism. Rather, in an age when a compelling narrative increasingly trumps a cold, hard history lesson, Israel's version of the events leading up to Operation Protective Edge, while factually sound, is a snoozer. The results of a recent Pew Research Center poll revealed the largest partisan gap in forty years on the...
  • From Mosul to Jerusalem

    07/31/2014 5:24:31 PM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Mosaic Magazine ^ | July, 2014 | Matti Friedman
    By winning wars and becoming sovereign, the Jews of the Middle East have inverted the regional order of things, and been spared the fate of other native minorities. I was thrilled to have two such outstanding writers and scholars as André Aciman and Aryeh Tepper respond to “Mizrahi Nation,” and I’m grateful to each of them. I’ll offer a few brief comments on their contributions, but I’d like to begin on a different, if related, note. Over the past few weeks, in a part of Iraq that is closer to my home in Jerusalem than Detroit is to New York,...
  • One thought on the war in Gaza

    07/31/2014 5:12:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Perhaps I’m missing something in all of the outcry over the Israeli action in Gaza, but what, really, is Israel supposed to do? What’s the right response to having a country on your border that sponsors – openly – rocket attacks on your territory, and has built a network of tunnels under the border and a whole terror infrastructure from which its operatives can enter the territory and attack your citizens? How would we respond if Mexico did this – not just some rogue band of Mexican “drug lords,” but the Mexican people, acting through their elected representatives? Or to...
  • Democrats: Don't stop talking about impeachment!

    07/31/2014 2:27:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Cain TV.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Herman Cain
    Rally the base. Raise cash.You'd think the last thing any president would do is to constantly bring up his own name in connection with the idea of impeachment. It's not exactly a positive association. But why would that matter to President Persecution Complex? We're way past the point where anyone believed he could govern the nation effectively, so his only political play at this point is to make you feel sorry for him, and the way to do that is make the case that those mean old Republicans want to persecute him. How? By impeaching him! Obama is trying to...
  • Winds of War, Again

    07/31/2014 2:25:27 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 30, 2014 6:56 p.m. ET | DANIEL HENNINGER
    If it's true that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, then maybe we're in luck. Many people in this unhappy year are reading histories of World War I, such as Margaret MacMillan's "The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914." That long-ago catastrophe began 100 years ago this week. The revisiting of this dark history may be why so many people today are asking if our own world—tense or aflame in so many places—resembles 1914, or 1938. Whatever the answer, it is the remembering of past mistakes that matters, if the point is to...
  • Administration's Bias Against Israel Obvious

    07/31/2014 12:45:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Matt Towery
    With every word spoken and every roll of his eyes, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes it clear that the Obama administration is no fan of Israel. So why is it that media will not call the White House on this major shift in American foreign policy? The most convincing evidence was Kerry's hot-mic comment about the accuracy of Israel's "pinpoint" missile launches, which have been an effort to deter Hamas from its never-ending attacks on Israel, including its civilians. Since then his disdain for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been more camouflaged, but evident nonetheless. Perhaps...
  • As a new Cold War looms, it's time to stand up to Russian provocations

    07/31/2014 12:15:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Darrell Issa
    Recently, Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated relations between the U.S. and Russia have reached Cold War levels. Are we seeing the potential start of a new Cold War with an aggressive and resurgent Russia? Recent events should put the world on notice. The takedown of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine is yet another escalation in this already tense standoff between a group of Russian-backed separatists being supplied with heavy arms and training and the rightfully elected government of Ukraine. These types of attacks happen when a powerful country with defunct moral leadership gives modern...
  • WaPo Blogger Undercuts His Own Case against Halbig

    07/31/2014 10:32:09 AM PDT · by SteveH · 3 replies
    The National Review ^ | Joly 30, 2014 | Charles C..W. Cooke
    ... In an attempt to establish intent, Sargent quotes Yvette Fontenot, “a lead Finance staffer who was directly involved in the merger of the bills”: During the merger of the two bills, we layered the HELP Committee language that established a federal fallback on top of the Finance Committee language that included “exchange established by the state.” The result was the tax credits were to apply to all exchanges, both state and federal. Frankly, this smacks of post-rationalization and oversimplification. It is easy to forget this in the heat of political passion, but when the HELP and Finance bills were...
  • Flight Ma17: The Absence Of Truth

    07/31/2014 7:27:00 AM PDT · by OneVike · 12 replies
    The Relevant Christian Magazine ^ | 7/31/14 | Simon Smith
    Australia is grieving the loss of 28 lives taken too soon over the skies of Eastern Ukraine. It reminds us that in each act of war there is also collateral damage and always unspeakable suffering and loss. Behind each act of aggression are soldiers led by commanders who are led by leaders and governments all playing the age old battle for territorial and ideological gain.When thinking about those innocent people shot out of the sky over Eastern Ukraine, we already understand that the greatest casualty in this tragedy, as well as the wider conflict in Ukraine, is always “the...
  • Obama's Playbook: Blame Bush and Then Congress (Especially Republicans)

    07/31/2014 7:01:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    In June, President Barack Obama sent a letter to Congress asking for help to address the surge of illegal crossings at the Texas-Mexico border. Among other items, Obama asked Congress to grant him the legal authority "to exercise discretion in processing the return and removal of unaccompanied minor children from non-contiguous countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador." The administration blamed a 2008 anti-human-trafficking law signed by President George W. Bush for preventing officials from promptly deporting minors not eligible for asylum. House Republicans were happy to oblige. Speaker John Boehner maintained that voters would not accept spending more money...
  • House GOP Leaders' Plan Is Amnesty And We Can Prove It

    07/31/2014 6:45:59 AM PDT · by xzins · 9 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 7/31/2014 | George Rasley
    It looks like the ghost of Eric Cantor still haunts the House Republican leadership as conservatives sound the alarm about the latest plan to pass an amnesty for illegal aliens hidden in the leadership border funding bill. Cantor drew conservative ire on a number of occasions for the tactic of appearing to give Members who were reluctant to support a leadership cave-in an opportunity to vote on a conservative alternative, only to make that alternative meaningless. Think about the “deem and pass” budget plan Cantor cooked-up with Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions to make it look like Republicans were doing...
  • Obama's War on Billionaires

    07/31/2014 5:47:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, | John Ransom
    Obama has a new get-tough policy with Russia. It’s called the War on the Billionaires. The United States is using narrow sanctions against Russian billionaires—private persons presumably-- some of whom Obama supposes supports Russia’s war in Ukraine. And the policy isn’t just bizarre; it’s Obama. He’s seen our war on millionaires here at home, and raised them a war on billionaires in Russia. “The U.S. and Europe are gearing up for a new round of sanctions expected to be announced this week that will impose travel bans and business sanctions against several Russian billionaires with ties to Russian President Vladimir...
  • Rouhani: ‘This Festering Zionist Tumor Has Opened Once Again’

    07/31/2014 4:06:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7/31/2014 | Adam Kredo
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at Israel in vitriolic terms on Wednesday, referring to Israel as a “festering Zionist tumor.”Rouhani, who has been championed by Western media as a moderate reformer who could change Iran’s extremist ways, appears to be adopting a violent tone similar to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has advocated for the complete destruction of Israel in recent days.“Today, this festering Zionist tumor has opened once again and has turned the land of olives into destruction and blood and littered the land with the body parts of Palestinian children,” Rouhani was quoted as saying in a...
  • Is the President Incompetent or Lawless?

    07/31/2014 5:15:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    It has been well established under the Constitution and throughout our history that the president's job as the chief federal law enforcement officer permits him to put his ideological stamp on the nature of the work done by the executive branch. The courts have characterized this stamp as "discretion." Thus when exercising their discretion, some presidents veer toward authority, others toward freedom. John Adams prosecuted a congressman whose criticism brought him into disrepute, an act protected by the First Amendment yet punishable under the Alien and Sedition Acts, and Thomas Jefferson declined to enforce the Acts because they punished speech,...
  • Father of Obamacare Makes a "Speak-O"

    07/31/2014 5:06:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Larry Elder
    Last week, by 2-1 vote, a Washington, D.C., appellate panel ruled that the Obama administration unlawfully changed Obamacare. Meanwhile, on the same day, on the same question, a panel from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the other way. This issue is headed for the Supreme Court. Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute, is -- according to CNBC -- the "intellectual godfather" of what is perhaps Obamacare's most serious court challenge. Cannon says when Congress drafted Obamacare, they made it clear: Tax credits, grants and other subsidies would be available only to those enrollees...
  • Obama and the Road Not Taken

    07/31/2014 4:29:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Obama administration often denies any responsibility for the current global chaos or claims that it erupted spontaneously. Yet most of the mess was caused by, or made worse by, growing U.S. indifference and paralysis. Over the last five and a half years, America has had lots of clear choices, but the administration usually took the path of least short-term trouble, which has ensured long-term hardship. There was no need to "reset" the relatively mild punishments that the George W. Bush administration had accorded Vladimir Putin's Russia for invading Georgia in 2008. By unilaterally normalizing relations with Russia and trashing...
  • Republicans -- Future Versus Past

    07/31/2014 4:20:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    As I wrote in last week's column about Georgia's U.S. Senate race between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue, it will all boil down to turnout -- who turns out to vote. While the Republican candidates are being fair when they tie the Democratic nominee to the Obama administration, they must do more than hope that Democrats can't persuade voters to go to the polls. The Republican candidates need to create and communicate a clear, compelling message for all voters -- that will give them a reason and the passion to turn out and vote Republican this fall. The...
  • Case Against The D.C. Court's Halbig Ruling Crumbles

    07/31/2014 4:15:25 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/30/2014 | IBD Staff
    The more ObamaCare backers try to attack the D.C. Circuit Court's decision that limits subsidies to state-run exchanges, the more it looks like the two judges on that panel got it right.
  • The Islamic State’s Death TV [They a slickly produced, horrific video operation]

    07/31/2014 4:12:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/31/2014 | Tom Rogan
    Ramadan ended this week, and the video-production team for the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, has just released another video. Here’s what it shows. The video begins with a message from the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Next, Islamic State lieutenants offer a standard call to arms: The assembled fighters present their weapons to reinforce their raison d’etre of violent jihad. We see captured Humvees, littered bodies, and pickup trucks full of Islamic State fighters seizing Iraqi government buildings. Under the narration of a high-pitched, crying psychopath, we hear celebrations of the killing of unbelievers (essentially, anyone who isn’t with the Islamic...
  • Islamic Jizya: ‘Protection’ from Whom?

    07/31/2014 4:03:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 7/31/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Is jizya—the money non-Muslims historically paid their Muslim conquerors—meant to buy them “protection,” including from outside enemies, as modern Western academics maintain?  Or was it simply extortion money meant to buy non-Muslims their lives, as Islam’s scriptures mandate? The word jizya appears in Koran 9:29: “Fight those among the People of the Book [Christians and Jews] who do not believe in Allah nor the Last Day, nor forbid what Allah and his Messenger have forbidden, nor embrace the religion of truth, until they pay the jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued (emphasis added).”In the hadith, the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad, regularly calls...
  • The Bullies Wake Up as America Goes to Sleep

    07/31/2014 3:59:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/31/2014 | Brian C Joondeph
    Remember what it was like in high school, or middle school, with roving school bullies. They had a knack for identifying the weakest kids and picking on them, sometimes mercilessly, supplanting learning for survival for the kids getting bullied. Fortunately in most schools, teachers and principals were attentive to bullying, catching it early and reining in the bully before they caused much harm. Many schools had little tolerance for bullies, offering them the simple choice of stopping or leaving the school. Bullies exist on a world stage as well. Since World War II, America has played the role of school...
  • It's End of the Month Payday. Quit Putting Freep-a-Thon Off and Give. You Know You Will, Anyway

    07/30/2014 5:43:40 PM PDT · by xzins · 39 replies
    Vanity | 30 July 2014 | Xzins
    Let's not beat around the bush. You give to Free Republic. But you wait....and wait....and in the 2nd month you pull the trigger. Then you feel better, because when it comes down to it you understand the value of Free Republic. It is the lone conservative voice out there that gives average Joes like us a voice to combat the BS of the media, the politicians, and the robots. The election is upon us...3 short months away, give or take a few days. The early days of the campaigns are important days. We all know it. Obama has gone into...
  • Oklahoma AG Cites Jonathan Gruber To Rebut Government Expert Jonathan Gruber (Pruitt v. Burwell)

    07/30/2014 7:28:13 PM PDT · by SteveH · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | Michael F. Cannon
    ... Yesterday, the State of Oklahoma filed a motion to apprise a federal judge of Gruber’s remarks. Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt was the first to challenge the Obama administration’s illegal taxes and subsidies way back in September 2012 (Pruitt v. Burwell). Solicitor general Patrick Wyrick noted Gruber’s remarks are highly relevant, because the government itself has repeatedly relied on Gruber as an expert in these cases: Defendants themselves relied on evidence from Professor Gruber in an attempt to show the supposed “implausibility” of Congress having made something as important as the subsidies hinge on the States’ willingness to establish...
  • Israel, Hamas and Obama’s foreign policy

    07/30/2014 5:08:30 PM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/29/2014 | CAROLINE B. GLICK
    Americans need to be alarmed by what Obama’s actions on behalf of Hamas reveal about the general direction of American Middle East policy under his leadership. When US President Barack Obama phoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday night, in the middle of a security cabinet meeting, he ended any remaining doubt regarding his policy toward Israel and Hamas. Obama called Netanyahu while the premier was conferring with his senior ministers about how to proceed in Gaza. Some ministers counseled that Israel should continue to limit our forces to specific pinpoint operations aimed at destroying the tunnels of death that...
  • Into the fray: Why Gaza must go

    07/30/2014 5:06:10 PM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/24/2014 | MARTIN SHERMAN
    The only durable solution requires dismantling Gaza, humanitarian relocation of the non-belligerent Arab population, and extension of Israeli sovereignty over the region. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind.... You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny... That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: victory; victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror,...
  • UNRWA Gives Rockets to Hamas; Why is U.S. Still Funding It?

    07/30/2014 4:11:56 PM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    Commentary ^ | 7.20.2014 | Evelyn Gordon
    Last week, the UN refugee agency dedicated exclusively to Palestinians admitted that 20 rockets had mysteriously turned up in one of its schools in Gaza, thereby confirming a claim Israel has made for years: that UNRWA facilities are frequently utilized by terrorists. This week, the organization announced that it has turned the rockets over to “the local authorities” in Gaza, aka Hamas. In other words, a UN agency funded almost entirely by American and European taxpayers handed rockets over to a terrorist organization that is shooting them at Israel. And that isn’t even the most outrageous part of the story....
  • The Obamacare Chimera

    07/30/2014 2:38:57 PM PDT · by SteveH · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 30, 2014 | James Taranto
    ... In other words, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a chimera--a monster made up of parts of multiple ordinary creatures. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (metaphorical rendering) Getty Images Let's call it half man, half snake, to match the illustration we found. The administration's claim is that it has the power to alter Congress's creation by ignoring the snake half and deeming the chimera to be all man. (Note here the rapidity with which Halbig's critics have abandoned any claim that the plaintiffs are wrong about what the law actually says.) That is a stunning...
  • From Andropov to Putin: The Last Spasm of a Decrepit Dictatorship

    07/30/2014 12:42:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Vladimir Tismaneanu
    Years ago, the Soviet dissident Yuri Glazov, one of the most lucid interpreters of the Soviet experience, diagnosed Andropov’s neo-Stalinism, more sophisticated but no less repressive than Leonid Brezhnev’s, as the last gasp of the nomenklatura’s squalid rule. The same can be said about Putinism, this latter-day incarnation of the Andropov model. .... Putinism meant imposing a disguised dictatorship of the KGB’s successor, the new/old secret police known as the FSB. The FSB’s “ethos” is deeply rooted in the tradition which began with the Cheka and the entranced Polish-Russian Bolshevik, Feliks Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky. .... Putin’s propaganda has gone once more...
  • Obama needs to work on his foreign policy, not his golf game (L.A. Times)

    07/30/2014 12:38:23 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 36 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 29, 2014 | By Max Boot
    Nero fiddled while Rome burned. On Saturday, President Obama played golf while his foreign policy, and that of the nation he leads, was going up in smoke. Literally. Saturday was the day the State Department ordered the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Libya. Only three years ago, Obama helped NATO allies overthrow Moammar Kadafi as part of his “lead from behind” doctrine, but he has done little to help the resulting democratic government secure its authority. Not only did the U.S. not support sending international peacekeepers, it didn't mount a serious program to train a new Libyan army. The...
  • Our world: Israel, Hamas and Obama’s foreign policy

    07/30/2014 11:49:27 AM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    JPost ^ | 7/30/2014 | Caroline Glick
    When US President Barack Obama phoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday night, in the middle of a security cabinet meeting, he ended any remaining doubt regarding his policy toward Israel and Hamas. Obama called Netanyahu while the premier was conferring with his senior ministers about how to proceed in Gaza. Some ministers counseled that Israel should continue to limit our forces to specific pinpoint operations aimed at destroying the tunnels of death that Hamas has dug throughout Gaza and into Israeli territory. Others argued that the only way to truly destroy the tunnels, and keep them destroyed, is for...
  • Truth On Our Side?

    07/30/2014 11:48:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Erica Wanis
    One of the primary critiques of religion popular among New Atheists and secularists generally is that it is arrogant and close-minded for any group to claim a monopoly on Truth. The idea that a divine creator had a plan and ordered things a certain way, that he (or she, or it) revealed the Truth to an elect group and that all mankind will be judged by how closely they aligned their lives with the Truth... nothing could be more offensive to the secular progressive worldview. On the contrary, secular progressives claim the mantle of open-mindedness and tolerance. They understand that...
  • Forget the Shakedown and Look to Rosie and Florence

    07/30/2014 11:36:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Charles Payne
    The old poverty pimps and entities with vested interest in stirring the pot and limiting hope are pushing in overdrive these days. In today’s USA Today, Jesse Jackson is claiming that the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley is a sign of racism and sexism. He is calling on President Obama to do something about it. “There is no talent shortage. There’s an opportunity shortage.” Jesse Jackson What he has done is actually cite the fact that Silicon Valley is hip and put out neat gadgets as the reason it gets a free pass for being one of the most...
  • America: The Land of Debt

    07/30/2014 10:07:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The Urban Institute has an interesting 14-page synopsis on Delinquent Debt in America. By percentage, the number of people in collections is largely concentrated in the South, while amount owed shows no geographic pattern. The Urban Institute uses 2013 credit bureau data from TransUnion to measure how many Americans are reported as at least 30 days late, not including late payment of mortgages. The institute also examines how many Americans have debt in collections and the amount of this debt. In order to have credit card debt, one first must have credit. However, some without traditional credit show up as...
  • Obama Unfriends Putin on Facebook – Then Gives Him Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

    07/30/2014 9:52:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Seriously. Things are beginning to look kinda pathetic for the Kerry/ Obama foreign policy doctrine. Just this week Russia violated an arms treaty by testing a new type of cruise missile; and Obama’s response was to send a letter to Vladimir Putin (not joking) explaining his disapproval. Future ramifications might include a new hashtag campaign, unfriending Putin on Facebook, or sending angry text messages late at night. And, really, given the West’s reaction to Putin’s acts of aggression in Ukraine, it only makes sense that the former KGB agent would feel emboldened to disrespect an obscure Reagan era treaty. Vladimir...
  • Power Plays

    07/30/2014 9:39:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Rich Tucker
    The United States is awash in energy. “U.S. production of crude oil, along with liquids separated from natural gas, surpassed all other countries this year with daily output exceeding 11 million barrels in the first quarter,” Bank of America reports. Our country became the biggest producer of natural gas four years ago. Only one thing may stand in our way: Experts. Last year, Forbes contributor Juston Gerdes lauded a proposal by a legislator in California aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The proposal would create a board that is, itself, awash in experts. “The board would include representatives from the...
  • Rand Paul's Theft Protection Plan

    07/30/2014 9:03:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    In 2003, a Nebraska state trooper stopped Emiliano Gonzolez for speeding on Interstate 80 and found $124,700 inside a cooler on the back seat of the rented Ford Taurus he was driving. Gonzolez said the money was intended to buy a refrigerated truck for a produce business, but the cops figured all that cash must have something to do with illegal drugs. Although there was not much evidence to support that theory, under federal forfeiture law the government managed to keep Gonzolez's money based on little more than a hunch. A bill introduced last week by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.,...
  • American Voices

    07/30/2014 8:56:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    Barack Obama's foreign policy disasters are about what one might expect from a leftist community organizer elected to be leader of the free world. So many of the countries this administration has touched -- Ukraine, Libya, Iraq -- have descended into acute civil war on Obama's watch. It's worth asking why, exactly, this has been the case. It's not quite as simple as "the left sucks at war." French Socialist President Francois Hollande, for example, isn't too bad at it. He's been successfully running a series of ongoing foreign interventions in Africa. So what does a French Socialist have that...
  • Same-Sex Marriage vs. Motherhood

    07/30/2014 6:22:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    The movement demanding legal recognition for same-sex marriage has made a radical and profoundly uncharitable assumption. It is this: Adult homosexuals need and have a greater right to same-sex marriage than babies have to their mothers. You cannot simultaneously claim babies have a right to their mothers and two men have a right to marry each other. Nor, of course, can you simultaneously claim babies have right to their fathers and two women have a right to marry each other. Notably, advocates of same-sex marriage do not argue that babies have a either a right or a need for a...
  • Obama’s Muslim Founding Fathers

    07/30/2014 5:38:46 AM PDT · by SJackson · 49 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 30, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Obama’s Muslim Founding FathersPosted By Robert Spencer On July 30, 2014 @ 12:24 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 8 Comments In his message to Muslims on their holiday Eid al-Fitr, issued Sunday, Barack Obama asserted that “Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.” He did not, unfortunately, provide even a single example of these “many achievements and contributions” that Muslims have made to “building the very fabric of our nation,” but he said that there were many, so they...
  • Federal Judge Raps DC Government In Gun Control Case

    07/30/2014 5:15:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Bob Barr
    Alexander Herzen, an 18th century writer from Russia, once quipped, “There is nothing in the world more stubborn than a corpse: you can hit it, you can knock it to pieces, but you cannot convince it.” Today, such a description could apply to unconstitutional gun control laws, which received what should have been a death sentence in 2008 with the Heller decision, only to languish on despite being knocked to pieces in court in the half dozen years since that seminal decision. In Heller, one of the most important rulings for liberty in recent American history, attorney Alan Gura successfully...