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  • Obama Makes Wars More Likely

    03/04/2014 6:50:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Among the academic set from which President Barack Obama springs, everyone agrees that wars are the result of "arrogance" and bullying by the United States. So concerned was then-Sen. Obama about the potential for U.S. aggression that he declined to vote for 2007 legislation that would have designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization. The IRGC had been involved in training and arming terrorists worldwide, particularly in Lebanon (Hezbollah) but also in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Palestinian territories. But Obama worried that such a vote would be "saber rattling." Our standing in the "world community" (an oxymoron to...
  • Obama Hangs Californians Out to Dry: Fed action could alleviate the drought in California

    02/18/2014 6:57:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/17/2014 | Mona Charen
    There are many reasons that Barack Obama’s presidency has proven so ineffectual even by its own standards — boosting economic growth, improving health care, preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, enhancing America’s world reputation. One reason is that Barack Obama is the most ideologically rigid president in American history. He believes in all the wrong ideas, and holds to them with mulish tenacity. But there’s a second reason that was on vivid display in the past few days — overweening arrogance. This president has no patience with attempting to solve the actual problems that afflict the people he...
  • It Gets So Quiet So Fast

    12/13/2013 8:26:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2013 | Mona Charen
    "Our house is as quiet as a tomb." So said a friend who's at the same stage of life -- that is, a mother of three with only one child still living at home. Her youngest, unlike mine, is an introvert, but like my Ben, he is exceedingly busy in his last years of high school, thus leaving the house echoing with emptiness. As a college sophomore, I visited my academic adviser with a problem. "I don't know what I'm going to do after graduation," I confessed. He cocked his head sideways. "Most people don't come to me with this...
  • Does the US Rank Below Cuba?

    11/15/2013 10:40:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2013 | Mona Charen
    The World Economic Forum has issued its annual report on the gender gap worldwide, and it has received respectful notice from the usual places (PBS, CNN, The Washington Post). But any report that places the United States below Cuba, the Philippines and South Africa deserves a little skepticism. In fact, the WEF places the U.S. 23rd in the world, below the Scandinavian countries, and those just named, but also below Lesotho. What the heck are they measuring? Well, for one thing, the report examines the difference between men and women within countries, not the absolute welfare of women in one...
  • Is Obama Good for Black Americans?

    08/23/2013 6:18:29 AM PDT · by Badabing Badablonde · 15 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 8/23/13 | Mona Charen
    Buried in a New York Times story about the economy was this arresting statistic: Median family income for black Americans has declined a whopping 10.9 percent during the Obama administration. It has declined for other groups as well -- 3.6 percent for non-Hispanic whites and 4.5 percent for Hispanics - but the figure for blacks is huge. This decline does not include losses suffered during the financial crisis and the recession that followed, but it instead measures declines since June 2009, when the recession officially ended. < snip > Would it interest black moviegoers to know that under Ronald Reagan's...
  • The Hookup Hoax. The new brainwashing: Liberated women love casual, meaningless sex.

    07/23/2013 7:51:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/23/2013 | Mona Charen
    Noting the comeback campaigns of Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner in New York, feminist author Hanna Rosin wonders why “50 years into the sexual revolution” women politicians lag so far behind men in the sex-scandal tally. She notes biological and evolutionary explanations only to reject them in favor of the idea that women are just too unused to power to abuse it in that way. She’s cheered, though, by surveys showing that younger women are cheating on their spouses almost as much as men, and confidently looks forward to the not-too-distant day when we’ll “find ourselves willing to look past...
  • The New Brainwashing: Women Like Hookups

    07/23/2013 5:41:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Noting the comeback campaigns of Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner in New York, feminist author Hanna Rosin wonders why "50 years into the sexual revolution" women politicians lag so far behind men in the sex scandal tally. She notes biological and evolutionary explanations only to reject them in favor of the idea that women are just too unused to power to abuse it in that way. She's cheered though by surveys showing that younger women are cheating on their spouses almost as much as men and confidently looks forward to the not-too-distant day when we'll "find ourselves willing to look...
  • How Obama Gets Us to Forget His Failure in Afghanistan

    06/04/2013 6:41:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2013 | Mona Charen
    In the course of his rambling monologue on national security policy delivered at the National Defense University, President Obama gave only glancing attention to the most significant military undertaking of his term in office -- the Afghanistan war. The president scarcely ever mentions Afghanistan except to note that Bush's war there was "paid for with borrowed dollars." The word Afghanistan is nearly always mouthed in the context of "winding down" or "ending" our commitment. And, of course, because Obama still cannot help himself, he again chastised his predecessor for supposedly "shifting our focus" and prosecuting a war in Iraq. Perhaps...
  • Breadwinner Moms

    05/31/2013 10:23:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2013 | Mona Charen
    The headlines were misleading: "Moms are Breadwinners in Record 4 of 10 Households." Immediate thought: Wow, 40 percent of wives are primary breadwinners. Nope. If you read down to the fifth or sixth paragraph in most stories about the new Pew study, you'd discover that the number of women out-earning their husbands was actually just 22.5 percent of married couples with children under the age of 18. The 40 percent figure includes single-parent households, in which the mom is not the primary, but the sole, earner. They're always lauded, those single moms. Politicians of both parties always append the word...
  • Why We Are Losing Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage

    03/29/2013 12:09:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 86 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Same-sex marriage is probably inevitable in America whatever the Supreme Court decides. That's because the public is clearly leaning that way. That the court is even being asked to impose a sweeping social change on the nation is illustrative of another lost battle -- the idea that the Supreme Court is not a super-legislature and that nine robed lawyers ought to refrain from imposing their policy preferences on the whole nation. Even two liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, have from time to time expressed caution about the Court imposing its will on matters better left up to...
  • Women's Troubles

    03/12/2013 5:49:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2013 | Mona Charen
    If there's one sure way to capture the attention of the usual suspects in the press, it's to highlight the problems of women with high-powered careers, as billionaire Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has done. In her Ted talk three years ago and now in a book that has received lavish attention, Sandberg laments that women "are not making it to the top of any profession anywhere in the world. The numbers tell the story ... 190 heads of state -- nine are women. Of all the people in parliaments in the world, 13 percent are women. In the corporate...
  • Sore Winners

    11/27/2012 4:48:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Mona Charen
    Post-election season is a time for healing, for putting aside the rancor of a long campaign and rediscovering what unites us. It has not been that way this year. Prudence, one would think, if not generosity of spirit, should impel Democrats to be magnanimous in victory. Romney did receive about 48 percent of the vote. A little modesty among the winners would seem to be in order. Instead, the gloating has been extravagant. Worse, liberals have gorged themselves on the same junk food they enjoyed during the campaign and cannot seem to resist under any circumstances -- slandering their opponents....
  • Democrat Hurricanes Versus Republican Hurricanes

    01/08/2013 5:25:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Just a few days after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the New York Times' Paul Krugman crowed triumphantly about the federal government's response to the disaster. "[A]fter Katrina the government seemed to have no idea what it was doing; this time it did. And that's no accident: the federal government's ability to respond effectively to disaster always collapses when antigovernment Republicans hold the White House, and always recovers when Democrats take it back." What a fairy tale. Mature adults understand that earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters are an unfortunate fact of life. They...
  • Rape, God, Life and Liberals

    10/26/2012 5:10:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 26, 2012 | Mona Charen
    Let's stipulate that people, and particularly politicians, can get into trouble by attempting to speak for God. But that's not the moral of the story regarding Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock. Responding to a question about abortion, Mourdock offered a grieved response -- his voice breaking a bit -- on the matter of which exceptions he favored. His Democratic opponent, Joe Donnelly, also pro-life, said that he would permit abortions in cases of rape, incest and to save the life of the mother. Mourdock said he had "struggled with it . . . for a long time," but had come...
  • The Coming Romney Boom

    10/12/2012 5:58:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Mona Charen
    If Mitt Romney is elected and secures Republican control of both houses of Congress, the U.S. could be poised for a vertiginous economic snapback. To understand how, consider that the Democratic explanation for our current malaise is utterly fallacious. Mr. Obama and his allies identify the "Bush tax cuts," "two wars that weren't paid for," and "deregulation" as the causes of America's present economic doldrums. But federal outlays as a percentage of GDP under George W. Bush averaged 19.6 percent. Under Obama, spending has ballooned to 24.1 percent of GDP. Much of Bush's spending was temporary (the two wars, one...
  • Romney Needs a Turnaround Artist [NRO: "Romney campaign has failed to make the case..."]

    09/18/2012 1:26:50 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 78 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/18/2012 | Mona Charen
    One of Romney’s great skills is the ability to turn around failing enterprises. He did it with private firms while he ran Bain Capital, he did it for an indebted Massachusetts, and he did it for the Olympics. He needs to do it for his campaign now. Neil Newhouse, Romney’s pollster, attempted to soothe worried Republicans last week by stressing that the race remains extremely close. But the fact that Romney’s pollster isn’t worried is itself worrying. By rights, Romney should be ten points ahead. His campaign seems to think the bad economy will automatically win this race for the...
  • America Hater

    06/22/2012 7:36:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2012 | Mona Charen
    They always get the benefit of the doubt, these America haters -- from our enemies, of course. But also from our celebrities, our "mainstream" press and other organs of liberal opinion. The case of Julian Assange, would-be scourge of America, is depressingly typical -- if slightly surprising because the administration he sought to embarrass and discredit was Obama's. There's discomfiting news about Assange this week, which we'll get to, but first, a review. Remember the respectful treatment the Wikileaks founder received? After publishing 250,000 confidential documents obtained by an Army private -- some of which provided names and addresses of...
  • Don't Pick Rick

    02/25/2012 1:20:13 PM PST · by WPaCon · 104 replies
    NRO ^ | 2/24/2012 | Mona Charen
    Wish I had a nickel for every conservative who confidently predicted that the Arizona debate would, of course, feature obnoxious questions about birth control and the devil aimed at Rick Santorum. As it turned out, CNN’s John King did not ask “gotcha” questions and, for the most part, conducted a fair and informative debate. The debate moderated by King, along with other events of the past week, has resolved a question that has been swirling since the Missouri, Colorado, and Minnesota primaries: Why not Santorum? There is much to like and admire about Rick Santorum. He did fine work enacting...
  • Students Share Penn State Shame

    11/22/2011 5:00:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 22, 2011 | Mona Charen
    The initial shock of the child abuse scandal at Penn State was disturbing enough, but what came later may have been even more so. That Joe Paterno, other coaches and members of the administration failed in a straightforward, utterly uncomplicated moral task -- to protect defenseless children from rape -- is almost mind numbing. No weighing of competing interests or complex variables was required. On one hand, you had children being abused and, on the other, the reputation of a hugely profitable football program. They chose the football program! In a condign coda, they've done far more damage to the...
  • Booing the Character Issue - We should care if the accusations against Cain are true.

    11/11/2011 5:56:26 AM PST · by TBBT · 276 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/11/2011 | Mona Charen
    I think I understand why the audience at Wednesday’s CNBC debate booed Maria Bartiromo’s question to Herman Cain about sexual-harassment allegations. They don’t believe there is any truth to them. They suspect, along with the candidate, that the women concerned are part of a liberal lynch mob out to smear another strong, conservative, black man. They know that accusations of sexual harassment are often nebulous and PC. If I guess correctly, they also believe — with considerable justification — that the press is less interested in the dry details of policy than in salacious tales of misbehavior. They resent being...
  • Blame the Sexual Revolution, Not Men

    10/28/2011 5:09:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 259 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 28, 2011 | Mona Charen
    Kate Bolick stares out at the world from the cover of The Atlantic magazine. She's wearing a black lace evening dress. "What, Me Marry?" asks the headline. She isn't smiling. In fact, she isn't smiling in any of the photos that accompany her several thousand-word essay on singleness, marriage and the changing nature of dating and mating in America today. Bolick, 38, is groping toward accepting the idea that she may never marry. She badly wants to convince herself -- and us -- that older ideas about "unhappy" spinsters are silly cultural baggage best dropped off at the curb. And...
  • Obama's Weakness Invited Iran's Plot

    10/14/2011 3:58:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2011 | Mona Charen
    If the Iranian government doesn't frighten you, you haven't been paying attention. The regime in Iran has been killing Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan for many years and has sworn countless times in the past 30 years to preside over the destruction of the United States. If it wasn't for a lucky break, Washington D.C., this autumn, would have been the scene of a massive explosion detonated at a high-end restaurant, with scores and perhaps hundreds killed and maimed. The principal target of this terror attack was to be the Saudi ambassador to the United States, but as one of...
  • How the Democrats Nearly Destroyed the Economy

    06/24/2011 5:16:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2011 | Mona Charen
    History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. -- Winston ChurchillThere is history -- a chronicle of human events -- and then there is perceived history. So often, the two are wildly at odds. In 1963, a popular Democratic president was assassinated by a Marxist named Oswald, who had actually defected to the Soviet Union and returned to the U.S. with a Soviet wife, was an active member of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, and had attempted to assassinate a right-wing general named Edwin Walker earlier in the year. Yet those who write history found...
  • Who Won in Wisconsin?

    03/15/2011 5:48:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2011 | Mona Charen
    Who won the battle of Wisconsin? Republican Gov. Scott Walker got a legislative victory. On the other hand, Democrats, with a wary eye on 2012 and noting the worrying drop in support for President Obama in union-heavy states like Pennsylvania and Michigan, claim to be delighted that Walker has picked this fight. "Republicans have done organized labor a great favor by putting the movement back in (the) labor movement, creating a level of passion and activism for workers' rights that hasn't been seen in generations," crowed Democratic strategist Mike Lux. Maybe so. Though the three-week tantrum by union protesters in...
  • Why Does the Media Love to Pick On Palin?

    11/30/2010 3:22:43 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 30, 2010 | John R. Lott Jr.
    The media just loves to hate Sarah Palin. And, if polls are to be believed, the constant media bombardment has hurt her standing among many independents. Unfortunately, over the last couple of weeks, even conservative media pundits such as Mona Charen, Peggy Noonan, George Will, Joe Scarborough and Matt Labash see these attacks and warn that she can’t win the presidency. They even buy into the attacks on her judgment, intelligence, and competence. But what these conservatives don’t appreciate is that Palin is being attacked because she is smart and effective, not because she is dumb. For just how far...
  • Another Mysteriously Motivated Attack

    11/30/2010 11:11:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2010 | Mona Charen
    A couple of weeks ago, on the occasion of the annual hajj, in which 2.5 million Muslim pilgrims fulfill their obligation to travel to Mecca, prominent Muslim clerics from Asia, Africa, and Europe, along with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, Indonesia, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq denounced violence in the name of Islam and issued a manifesto, signed by all, declaring that "murder of innocents is never justified and violates the teachings of Islam." If you haven't heard about this, it's because it never happened. I conjured it to clarify the nature of the problem. Well-intentioned non-Muslims never tire...
  • The Rev. Jones and Both Sidesism

    09/10/2010 6:24:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2010 | Mona Charen
    For once, I'm with Hillary Clinton. Regarding the Rev. Terry Jones, would-be Quran igniter, the secretary of state said, "It is regrettable that a pastor in Gainesville, Florida, with a church of no more than 50 people can make this outrageous and ... disgraceful plan and get the world's attention, but that's the world we live in right now." "Get the world's attention" is putting it mildly. The until-recently justifiably obscure Jones is now famous on seven continents. He is doubtless far better known in the Muslim world than, say, N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has carried water for the...
  • Mona Charen: Obama's use of TARP insulates people (and himself) from bad decisions

    08/27/2010 3:24:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/27/2010 | Mona Charen
    President Obama has a weakness for thinking in categories. For someone who provokes swoons among liberals for his great intellect, he has repeatedly evidenced an unsophisticated, one might even say simple-minded, view of the world: Workers good; bosses exploitative. Borrowers good; lenders bad. Patients good; insurance companies bad. Again and again, the president and his spokesmen have justified their expansions of government power as efforts to help those who "through no fault of their own" find themselves in difficulties. Many politicians traffic in this kind rhetoric during campaigns, but Obama has institutionalized it in policy. One of those reifications --...
  • The Anti-Obama? [Is Mitch Daniels the Guy To Beat Obama?]

    02/27/2010 5:05:15 PM PST · by Steelfish · 26 replies · 972+ views
    National Review ^ | February 27, 2010 | Mona Charen
    MONA CHAREN FEBRUARY 26, 2010 12:00 A.M. The Anti-Obama? Mitch Daniels might challenge Obama in 2012; the GOP would be lucky to have him. On the morning of November 5, 2008, the world rocked to news that the United States had elected Barack Obama to the presidency. That same morning, Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana, joined the list of those most often mentioned as potentially defeating President Obama in 2012. In what may be a sign of unusual mental health and emotional balance, Daniels persistently declined to be considered a candidate. Among his many reasons, he told C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb,...
  • Your Negro, My Macaca

    01/12/2010 4:54:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 1,388+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2010 | Mona Charen
    Welcome to America's longest running hit show -- the race farce, in which feigned shock and outrage lead to fawning apologies and bumbling explanations to all the wrong people. Taking offense has been reduced to low comedy in America -- as hypocrites play out their assigned parts. S. Harry Reid was quoted in a new book as enthusing in 2008 about Obama's candidacy because he is "light-skinned" and speaks without a "Negro dialect, unless he wants one." Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post called it "beyond stupid" to use the word Negro in 2008. Liz Cheney labeled Reid's words "fairly...
  • Whose Fault Is It?

    01/01/2010 6:33:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 682+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2010 | Mona Charen
    It may not be President Obama's fault that our multibillion-dollar Homeland Security apparatus is more Keystone Kops than "24," anymore than it was President Bush's fault that city, state, and federal agencies failed to respond adequately to Hurricane Katrina. The federal government is (alas) a vast ungovernable enterprise. And the bigger it gets, the less effective it will become. Still, the entire Democratic Party -- led by Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, and Harry Reid -- swarmed over President Bush like piranhas as the waters rose in 2005. "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" entered the lexicon as one...
  • Why Won’t We Face Iran’s Evil?

    12/01/2009 7:56:14 AM PST · by nuconvert · 19 replies · 543+ views
    NRO ^ | Dec. 1, 2009 | Mona Charen
    We must overcome our self-delusions about the enemy. When tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets last spring and braved the most brutal repression the regime could inflict, Michael Ledeen was the least surprised man in Washington. In season and out, Ledeen has chronicled the profound weakness of the mullahocracy and its deep unpopularity with the Iranian people. Impatiently, year after year, he has identified opportunities for the United States to help the people of Iran replace their sinister and menacing rulers. After each new post on the subject, Ledeen signed off with, “Faster please.” In Accomplice to...
  • Democrats May Regret 'Pass Anything' Strategy

    11/13/2009 4:05:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies · 1,372+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2009 | Mona Charen
    Former President Bill Clinton visited Capitol Hill recently to deliver a pep talk to Senate Democrats. "It's not important to be perfect here. It's important to act, to move, to start the ball rolling," he reportedly told senators. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel sounded a similar theme in an interview with the New York Times. "I'm sure there are a lot of people sitting in the shade at the Aspen Institute ... who will tell you what the ideal plan is. Great, fascinating. You have the art of the possible measured against the ideal." So the strategy on...
  • Tide turns in D.C. - 2010 elections could be painful for Democrats

    10/18/2009 7:22:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies · 1,472+ views
    News OK ^ | 10/18/09 | Mona Charen
    Tide turns in D.C.2010 elections could be painful for Democrats By Mona Charen Published: October 18, 2009 As Obama, Pelosi and Reid rush to transform America into a European-style social democratic state, they must be nervous; they must feel the sand sliding under their feet. The 2010 elections are just over the horizon and the omens are not encouraging for them. Thomas Jefferson warned that "Great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.” Maybe so. But the Democrats may be calculating that a slender majority is better than an anorexic majority, or no majority at all. In 2006, it...
  • Who Needs Religion?

    09/29/2009 6:00:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies · 1,435+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2009 | Mona Charen
    Well, that's one way to look at it. Writing in Haaretz, Orna Coussin praised Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement that began Sunday night and ended Monday night) as the ultimate green holiday. Coussin is a secular Israeli and was expressing her appreciation for the fact that everyone is obliged to travel by foot on Yom Kippur. All traffic stops in Israel. No cars, busses, trains, or taxis clog the streets on that day. The shops and offices are closed and the city is given over to pedestrians. "Last year, on Yom Kippur," she exults, "carbon monoxide levels fell...
  • Remembering the Darker Side of Teddy Kennedy

    08/28/2009 3:30:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 1,948+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2009 | Mona Charen
    The death of Sen. Edward Kennedy, we are being told, should strengthen our resolve to act in a bipartisan fashion. Many of the tributes, from former presidents and Republican colleagues, have stressed the late senator's willingness to find "common ground." Well, since ancient Rome we've been exhorted not to speak ill of the dead. But neither should we completely disfigure the truth. Before offering some less than hagiographic reflections on the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (may he rest in peace), one pleasant memory: About a decade ago, I was late for a party in northwest Washington D.C. -- a neighborhood...
  • Can We Succeed in Afghanistan?

    08/21/2009 5:09:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 891+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2009 | Mona Charen
    He was certainly brave, but was he crazy? That's what I wondered when I picked up Rory Stewart's "The Places in Between," an account of the Scotsman's 2002 solo walk across Afghanistan. That's right, he walked. Many Afghans doubted he would survive the journey. Just weeks after the fall of the Taliban, in the dead of winter, in some of the most remote and difficult terrain in the inhabited world, he went from village to village on foot. Relying on the tradition of hospitality, Stewart found welcome, sustenance, and shelter (mostly, but not always) graciously offered by people who had...
  • Mr. Oblivious To Evidence: Obama Should Be The Last Man To Talk About Keeping Others Honest.

    07/28/2009 8:41:00 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 2 replies · 348+ views
    National Review ^ | July 28th 2009
    July 28, 2009 Mr. Oblivious to Evidence Obama should be the last man to talk about keeping others honest. By Mona Charen The final moments of President Obama’s press conference last week have gotten the most attention, and some of the president’s supporters have wondered whether his big-footed interference in the Harvard professor’s melodrama has overshadowed his push for health-care reform. But the president’s response to Gatesgate actually sheds a lot of light on his approach to health care and other issues, for this reason: Obama adopts his positions before knowing what he is talking about. To be fair, Obama...
  • Gatesgate

    07/24/2009 5:51:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 710+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2009 | Mona Charen
    There were so many examples of presidential mendacity on view Wednesday night that I had planned to itemize a few in this column. But since even the New York Times is challenging a number of presidential whoppers -- for example, Obama's assertion that "If we had done nothing, if you had the same old budget as opposed to the changes we made, the deficit over the next 10 years would be $2.2 trillion greater" is pure deception. OK, the Times didn't use that word, but reporters Peter Baker and Robert Pear did say, "In fact, $1.5 trillion of those 'savings'...
  • Help: They Are Talking About a New Stimulus!

    07/10/2009 6:03:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 476+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2009 | Mona Charen
    Obama economic adviser Laura Tyson has suggested that the U.S. should consider a new economic stimulus package because the $787 billion bill enacted in February was "a bit too small." Right. That $787 billion came just months after the Bush stimulus of $150 billion (how quaint it seems in retrospect), the $700 billion TARP program, the $60 billion auto bailout, and a $3.6 trillion budget for the next fiscal year among other spending orgies. President Obama has declined to rule out another gargantuan transfer payment from the future to the present. Other Democrats, Roll Call suggests, are less enthusiastic. "Bailout...
  • Could the U.S. Ban the Burqa, Too?

    07/07/2009 2:45:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies · 1,770+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2009 | Mona Charen
    The French Republic is not blessed or burdened with a First Amendment. So when President Nicolas Sarkozy recently suggested that France ban the wearing of the burqa in all public places, the Chamber of Deputies took it up. Unlike the headscarf, which covers a woman's hair but leaves her face visible, the burqa is a head-to-toe covering that makes walking draperies of women. Some, like the chador worn in Afghanistan, feature a mesh covering for the face. The Saudi version usually sports a slit for the eyes. Here's an online catalogue's description of one: "Khimar and niqab set made of...
  • Shame Is Deader Than Dead

    06/28/2009 2:36:20 PM PDT · by dr_who · 38 replies · 1,898+ views
    nationalreview.com ^ | June 26, 2009 12:00 AM | Mona Charen
    "The author is ending her marriage. Isn’t it time you did the same?” So The Atlantic provocatively introduces its July/August feature “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” It comes at a propitious moment. This seems to be the week for TMI — too much information. South Carolina governor Mark Sanford has told more, much more, than we needed to know about his mistress (how he met her, how their relationship ripened), his views on God’s laws, on the Appalachian Trail, and on forgiveness. Why must wayward American public figures stage these auto autos-da-fé — these self-immolations on TV? Dignity, which...
  • Shame Is Deader Than Dead

    06/26/2009 5:35:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 789+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 26, 2009 | Mona Charen
    "The author is ending her marriage. Isn't it time you did the same?" So the Atlantic Monthly provocatively introduces its July/August feature "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off." It comes at a propitious moment. This seems to be the week for TMI -- too much information. South Carolina's Gov. Mark Sanford has told more, much more, than we needed to know about his mistress (how he met her, how their relationship ripened), his views on God's laws, on the Appalachian Trail, and on forgiveness. Why must wayward American public figures stage these auto autos da fe -- these self-immolations on...
  • Mousavi: The Man of the Hour

    06/19/2009 4:05:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 520+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 19, 2009 | Mona Charen
    Someone few Americans had ever heard of one week ago now stands poised to alter history. His name is Mir Hossein Mousavi and his case utterly debunks the school of historians who insist that history is made by large impersonal forces rather than by key individuals. While it is certainly true that Iran's current crisis had many antecedents, it is equally true that the decisions of this one man will play a decisive role in the outcome. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accepted the congratulations of Syria's Bashar Assad and Russia's Dmitri Medvedev on his wonderful victory. Many people find it...
  • Obama's Jewish problem ( Treason Alert)

    05/18/2009 5:13:45 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 149 replies · 3,899+ views
    Renew America ^ | 18 May 2009 | Joan Swirsky
    In times past, coalminers working in the depths of the earth took along caged canaries. As long as the canaries warbled, the miners knew they were safe from the methane and carbon monoxide that would kill them in minutes. But when the tiny songbirds stopped singing, the miners knew to run for their lives. Jews have always been the canaries in the coal mines of civilization, serving as a warning of impending doom to those who believed, as Churchill said, that the crocodile — of tyranny — would eat them last. The Jews of Hitler's Germany who listened carefully to...
  • Obama’s Signal to Israel: Submit

    05/12/2009 6:12:50 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 35 replies · 1,337+ views
    National Review ^ | May 12, 2009 | Mona Charen
    In early April, Vice President Biden was asked if the administration was concerned that Israel might strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities. “I don’t believe Prime Minister Netanyahu would do that,” Mr. Biden replied. “I think he would be ill-advised to do that.” A few weeks later, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explained the administration’s solution to the threat of an Iranian bomb: “For Israel to get the kind of strong support it’s looking for vis-à-vis Iran it can’t stay on the sideline with respect to the Palestinians and the peace efforts . . . they go hand-in-hand.” And on May...
  • Useful Idiots Caucus

    04/12/2009 8:09:54 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies · 665+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 4-13-09 | Mona Charen
    Six members of the Congressional Black Caucus traveled to Cuba last week and were delighted with their reception. They met with Raul Castro for four hours (including dinner). Three lucky members of the delegation were even entertained by Fidel at his home. As the Miami Herald reported, the representatives found Castro, to be "very engaging, very energetic . very talkative.'' Imagine. The dictator known for his five-hour speeches. Who could have guessed?
  • Apologizing for America

    04/07/2009 5:02:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 945+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2009 | Mona Charen
    One of President Obama's first official acts was to grant an interview to Al Arabiya, the Arabic language network that broadcasts worldwide. It signified, aides explained, the new page that Obama meant to turn in relations with the Arab and Muslim worlds. Just as he did last week in Europe, Obama began the conversation by criticizing America. Asked about relations between Israel and the Palestinians and the appointment of George Mitchell as special envoy, President Obama said " ... what I told (Mitchell) is start by listening, because all too often the United States starts by dictating -- in the...
  • Responsibility -- If Only

    02/06/2009 4:22:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 515+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2009 | Mona charen
    In his inaugural address, President Obama promised to initiate a "new era of responsibility." These heights were to be scaled following a successful campaign to transcend the "old politics" of Washington, D.C. Two weeks is a short period of time on which to judge an era, so let's just say it hasn't gotten off to a roaring start. The hallmark of this new era is apparently the cap on executive compensation for banks taking bailout money from Uncle Sam. This makes Democrats giddy, as they despise high salaries for executives, except when those executives are Democratic former members of Congress,...
  • Where Is Free Market Economics When We Need It Most?

    01/27/2009 8:22:50 AM PST · by dbz77 · 4 replies · 239+ views
    TownHall ^ | January 27, 2009 | Mona Charen
    "Lending Drops at Big U.S. Banks," reports the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Even those banks that have just received an infusion of $148 billion in taxpayer dollars as part of the TARP saw their loans drop by 1.4 percent between the third and fourth quarters of 2008, the paper reports. The economy seems to be shedding jobs like a dry fir tree losing needles. People speak of a "consensus" that only a huge stimulus plan by government can save us. Certainly President Obama seems supremely confident that the federal government, in his own capable hands, can tackle...