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  • Obama Takes a Hard Line Against Leaks to Press

    06/12/2010 7:45:11 AM PDT · by shove_it · 19 replies · 786+ views
    NY Times ^ | 11 Jun 2010 | Scott Shane
    [...] In 17 months in office, President Obama has already outdone every previous president in pursuing leak prosecutions. His administration has taken actions that might have provoked sharp political criticism for his predecessor, George W. Bush, who was often in public fights with the press. [...]
  • Medicare On Life Supports

    06/04/2010 8:10:09 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 149+ views
    Accuracy in Academia Commentary ^ | June 4, 2010 | James F. Davis
    Medicare On Life Supports James F. Davis, June 4, 2010 Commentary: Along with millions of other Americans, I received a glossy letter from the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, titled “Medicare and the New Health-Care Law—What it Means for You.” She wrote “The Affordable Health Care Act passed by Congress and signed by President Obama this year will provide you and your family greater savings and increased quality health care.” This claim is made despite the overwhelming evidence that costs have increased dramatically and quality of service has decreased dramatically in every country in the world...
  • Andrew Sullivan Is Entitled To His Opinion, But Not To His Own Facts

    06/03/2010 11:13:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 439+ views
    big journalism ^ | 6/3/10 | Jeff Dunetz
    Andrew Sullivan is not a huge fan of Israel; he is entitled to his opinion. However, his latest column about the incident in the waters outside of Gaza makes up the facts. Honestly, in the case of most of the posts Sullivan writes about Israel, Andrew is living in his own reality, where truth and facts do not matter. The Atlantic columnist begins his latest example of creative writing begins with the first paragraph. Maintaining the siege and blockade of Gaza (because its citizens elected a government Israeli abhors), and strafing it with military might over a year ago, is...
  • San Antonio's contribution to national humiliation

    05/26/2010 5:12:32 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 7 replies · 473+ views
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 25 May 2010 | Jonathan Gurwitz
    In 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tapped San Antonio lawyer José Villarreal to be the pavilion's commissioner general -- essentially the manager of the U.S. presence and the public face of the U.S. government at the World Expo. . . . While the opportunity to take part in an event that Villarreal's staff modestly calls "the largest event in world history" is certainly understandable, the early reviews of the U.S. pavilion and the U.S. presence are less than stellar.Liberal blogger Matthew Yglesias writes at his Think Progress blog that the U.S. pavilion is "a national humiliation": T]hey really only...
  • Kosovo Remembered

    05/14/2010 8:15:54 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 112+ views
    Kosovo Remembered Alma Lama, May 14, 2010 AJC Commentary: Although it made the nightly news so often in the 1990s that many Americans could name it more easily than they could their states’ capitals, to a generation of news junkies in the United States, Kosovo is simply another foreign locale they would be hard-pressed to pinpoint on a map. With the aid of NATO forces, the United Nations (UN) and the United States (U.S.), Kosovo won independence from neighboring Serbia and its autocratic leader Slobodan Milosevic, now deposed and deceased. Now it is an independent country, recognized by most of...
  • A Concurring (Biblical) Opinion For Secession

    04/26/2010 8:27:11 AM PDT · by justme346 · 10 replies · 254+ views
    The Right News ^ | 4/26/2010 | Chuck Baldwin
    Christians rightly square everything with the principles and precepts of the Holy Scriptures. So, is there Biblical approbation and authority for State secession? Before answering the Biblical question, let me briefly touch upon the Christian reaction to State secession both here in America and overseas. First, overseas. I doubt that there are many Christian pastors and churchmen who would be willing to denounce, denigrate, or declare as illegitimate the nation-state of Norway today. What Christian would advocate cutting off trade or diplomatic relations with Norway? Where is the Christian denomination or Church that would not recognize the right of Norway...
  • Only Time Will Tell On Healthcare Reform Issue

    04/04/2010 9:13:16 AM PDT · by going hot · 37 replies · 742+ views
    River Valley Times ^ | March 31, 2010 | Kathryn Brodrick
    'Only time will tell' on healthcare reform issue Rancho Murieta Commentary By Kathryn Brodrick - Cruelty is the worst of human failings. Brutality, mental or physical, requires that the brutalizer cease to see the target as equally human, but merely as an object. At the same time, it’s a uniquely human trait to find the courage to push aside the urge to be cruel and remain present with the other person as an equal human. Throughout this fight for healthcare reform, we’ve seen a great deal of cruelty. A small minority of those who thought it was a bad idea...
  • What Are You Willing to Sacrifice?

    03/19/2010 10:34:41 AM PDT · by beericus · 17 replies · 507+ views ^ | March 18, 2010 | Traakon
    We, the proud few who populate this forum with our minds musings, quips, jest, scantily clad women pics and bluster, on whole, speak our views and love of this country in strong and bold voices. But in the end, what have we truly risked in being so expressive? Perhaps some ridicule, an off color comment or should we step so far a field, banishment from this tiny world of interaction. Would our voices be so loud, our opinions so strong if the recourse were loss of our lands, our livelihood, our freedom, the freedom of our wives and children’s and...
  • Are Tea Partiers really conservative?

    03/09/2010 1:39:29 PM PST · by Ronbo1948 · 73 replies · 465+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | March 8, 2010 | John Feehery
    I hate it when David Brooks writes a column on a subject that I have been researching on and planning to write about for weeks. And he did it to me Friday morning, with a great column [1] about “The Wal-Mart Hippies.” His central thesis is that the tea-party crowd is not really conservative at all. “Both the New Left and the Tea Party movement are radically anticonservative. Conservatism is built on the idea of original sin — on the assumption of human fallibility and uncertainty. To remedy our fallen condition, conservatives believe in civilization — in social structures, permanent...
  • PAK-FA, F-35, F-22 and “Capability Surprise

    02/22/2010 6:32:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 52 replies · 1,305+ views
    Air Power Australia ^ | 2/23/2010 | Wing Commander Chris Mills AM, RAAF
    The first flight of Russia's stealthy PAK-FA is the best recent example of the problems examined in the United States Defense Science Board report on “Capability Surprise”, released in September last year. This study is an important step forward in identifying the causes of many past, current and developing strategic failures. A capability surprise arises whenever an opponent makes use of a new capability, or uses an existing capability in a different way, catching the target or victim off guard1. Al Qaeda's use in September, 2001, of passenger laden hijacked aircraft as cruise missiles was a good example of a...
  • How to vote on the Contract From America (Vanity)

    02/17/2010 6:57:05 AM PST · by Tennessean4Bush · 21 replies · 571+ views ^ | 2/17/2009 | Contract From America
    Here is a list of 21 items they are trying to whittle down to a "Top Ten." Idea is to open voting to everyone for a week, take the top 10, and then ask every representative, senator, or those running for one of those offices to sign it from either party. I was impressed with the list, but am having difficulty whittling the list myself. I'd enjoy a discussion on FR to decide on which ones I definitely want in my top ten. DEMAND A BALANCED BUDGET Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds...
  • Obama Should Get Serious About Spending

    02/11/2010 8:43:51 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 6 replies · 145+ views ^ | 02/11/2010 | Kevin Price
    It is that time of the year when Presidents rant and rave about the problem of government spending being out of control and they produce budgets that only add to the waste. Barack Obama is no different; in fact, his budgets are the largest seen in US history. Furthermore, his annual deficits are higher than the national debt was just a couple of decades ago. Rhetoric aside, Obama is operating as if it is business as usual.
  • So The Tea Party had a convention

    02/11/2010 8:21:12 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 6 replies · 295+ views ^ | 02/11/2010 | Ken Lowder
    So the Tea Party had a small convention, or at least one faction did and it finally made the lamestream news stations. I don't think the establishment is taking us for granted anymore. I even see the GOP trying to take us over. Sarah Palin was the keynote speaker on Saturday. I wasn't there so I only got some reports on what she said. I'm sure it was what the tea party members wanted to hear. She is now on the primary campaign trail supporting John McCain in Arizona and Governor Rick Perry in Texas for their re-election bids. You...
  • A stronger alliance

    02/08/2010 11:12:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 401+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 01/08/2010 | JoongAng Daily
    United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made some provocative remarks at a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee last Wednesday. He said that as the U.S. military is deeply involved in Iraq and Afghanistan, it will not be able to come to South Korea in a timely manner, and that the Navy and Air Force will fill the vacuum left by a delay in committing ground forces in Korea in case of an emergency. Under “Operations Plan 5027,” a scenario for a war of aggression against North Korea, Washington is committed to dispatching some 690,000 troops to the...
  • Space systems and missile defense in 2010

    01/18/2010 9:33:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 478+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 1/18/2010 | Taylor Dinerman
    The recent Chinese missile defense test is just one of many signs that anti-ballistic missile systems are the “must have” military fashion accessory of 2010. For China the need for such weapons is obvious: the only neighbors they have who lack a real or potential short- to medium-range missile capability are Laos, Burma, and perhaps Mongolia. All of their other neighbors, especially Russia, North Korea. and India, have been building up their rocket forces at a rapid rate. For both Europe and China, any effective BMD requires space-based early warning sensors similar to the US Defense Support Program satellites based...
  • Possible Space Wars In The Near Future

    01/17/2010 8:42:29 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 24 replies · 943+ views
    RIA Novosti/Space War ^ | 1/18/2010 | by Ilya Kramnik
    The U.S. media suspects China and India of developing anti-satellite weapons. An article to this effect has been published the New Scientist magazine. Until recently, only the Soviet Union, its legal successor Russia and the United States were capable of developing anti-satellite weapons. U.S. analysts now think that China and India are acquiring similar capabilities. To what extent are such fears justified? It is hard to overestimate the role played by military satellite systems. Since the 1970s, an increasingly greater number of troop-control, telecommunications, target-acquisition, navigation and other processes depend on spacecraft which are therefore becoming more important. At this...
  • Poll: Obama still very popular among African-Americans, but 'thrill is gone'

    12/29/2009 2:12:15 PM PST · by Zakeet · 82 replies · 11,480+ views
    Chicken Noodle News (CNN) ^ | December 29, 2009
    African-Americans are extremely supportive of President Obama, but their enthusiasm appears to have dramatically dropped from earlier this year, according to a new national poll. The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey, released Tuesday, also indicates that Obama's presidency appears to have made blacks more optimistic about race relations, but less than one in five believe the new president has ushered in a new era of race relations in the country. More than nine in 10 blacks questioned in the poll approve of the job Obama's doing in the White House, far higher than 42 percent of whites who approve of...
  • MSNBC drops daytime opinion format

    12/29/2009 5:24:36 AM PST · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 10 replies · 1,006+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/29/09 | David Bauder
    Opinionated talk is big business on cable news networks when the sun goes down. During the day, though, it's the opposite. MSNBC is shuffling its daytime lineup early next year because its strategy of spreading personality-driven programming throughout the schedule isn't working. The new approach will emphasize a fast-paced review of the day's big stories as they break.
  • The Terry Anderson Show - LIVE Thread

    12/27/2009 8:08:10 PM PST · by AuntB · 16 replies · 886+ views
    The Terry Anderson Show ^ | Dec. 27, 2009 | Terry Anderson
    THE TERRY ANDERSON SHOW "Articulating the popular rage!" Sundays - 9 PM Pacific Time KRLA - 870 AM - L.A. --KDWN - 720 - Las Vegas KFNX - 1100 AM - Phoenix -- KCBQ - 1170 AM - San Diego "If You Ain't Mad, You Ain't Payin' Attention!" Call-In Number - (866) 870-5752 Listen Online via KRLA or on the RBN Network at
  • Unlocking Russian Interests on the Korean Peninsula

    12/21/2009 2:27:57 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 450+ views
    U.S. Army Professional Writings ^ | 10/2009 | Major John Bauer
    The close relationship that once existed between Moscow and Pyongyang is a relic of the Cold War. In fact, there is reason to believe that the two neighbors now share little in common. Yet decades ago, the Soviets exercised tremendous influence over the North Korean regime, anecdotally evidenced by Kim Il-sung's fateful request to Josef Stalin asking to invade the South in 1950. Stalin, after much consternation, finally gave his approval.1 By deferring to Stalin, Kim Il-sung sought continued Soviet support, which he received for roughly 40 years until the breakup of the Soviet Union. In the early 1990s, however,...