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  • Mark Steyn: Can Obama plug leak in his support? (Steyn at his best alert)

    06/18/2010 12:01:06 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 77 replies · 2,461+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | June 18, 2010 | Mark Steyn
    I believe it was Jean Giraudoux who first said, "Only the mediocre are always at their best." Barack Obama was supposed to be the best, the very best, and yet he is always, reliably, consistently mediocre. His speech on oil was no better or worse than his speech on race. Yet the Obammyboppers who once squealed with delight are weary of last year's boy band. At the end of the big Oval Office address, Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews and the rest of the MSNBC gang jeered the president. For a bewildered Obama, it must have felt like his Ceausescu...
  • 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,...
  • Why Celebrity Op-Eds Suck

    12/07/2009 8:31:39 AM PST · by AreaMan · 14 replies · 814+ views
    Gawker ^ | 7 Dec 2009 | Ravi Somaiya
    Why Celebrity Op-Eds Suck Pretty much anything Bono or Sean Penn write is a festival of crap that would never be tolerated from another contributor. Even James Franco sounds like a moron in today's Wall Street Journal. Here's why: Celebrities sell newspapers: which apparently makes it fine to abandon your journalistic standards and give them tacit copy approval to get their name on the cover. Here's what one copy editor, who wanted complete anonymity because everyone gets all angry where celebs are concerned, said of working on a rambling diatribe by a famous columnist for a British newspaper. When it...
  • Don't let the "magician" distact public opinion

    11/13/2009 7:29:26 PM PST · by friendlyfred · 2 replies · 192+ views
    With the announcement of Guantanamo detainees being brought to NYC for trial, the news has shifted to that subject. I believe this is an intentional effort to distract the public from Health Care, Cap and Trade, and Global Warming bills. Public opinion clearly is against those actions by congress. Obama is trying to divert attention away from those subjects rather than have them be exposed to the light of day.
  • The Obama Record After 10 Months (Vanity)

    11/08/2009 12:16:59 PM PST · by RobaWho · 25 replies · 1,027+ views
    Rob Cunningham, Atlanta, GA | Sunday, November 8, 2009 | Rob Cunningham
    The Obama Record After 10 Months10.2%........Unemployment Rate & Rising (Up 42% from Inauguration Day)17.5%........Total Underemployment + Unemployment Rate (Worst in 27 Years) $787...........Billion “Stimulus” (95% Pork Barrel Spending, Waste & Corruption) $700+.........Billion TARP Bank Bailout (Crony Capitalism)$1.6+..........Trillion 2009 Budget Deficit (6,000+ Political Earmarks)$10+...........Trillion in additional deficit spending (Next 10 Years)15%+.........Hike in Individual Federal Income Tax Rates in 2010 (Bush Cuts Rescinded) HOSTILE...Government Takeover of General Motors & Chrysler (ZERO ROI) HOSTILE...Government Takeover of Sallie Mae (Student Loan Industry) HOSTILE...$2.4 Trillion Government Takeover of Healthcare Industry (Socialism) BOGUS......$3 Trillion Cap & Trade House Scam (Junk Science to Kill Capitalism)40+..............Radical, Anti-American, Far...
  • US Must Plan for Nuke Wars

    10/28/2009 8:32:37 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies · 856+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 10/28/2009 | Colin Grant
    Perhaps more than any other open-source outfit, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments has put serious intellectual muscle into examining the implications of waging war in an environment where potential enemies don’t just threaten to use nuclear weapons, they actually detonate a nuclear device. While nuclear disarmament remains a noble aspiration, the world is going in the other direction, that is, more states with more nukes, says CSBA President Andrew Krepinevich in a new report, US Nuclear Forces: Meeting the Challenge of a Proliferated World. From four nuclear states in the 1960s, there are now double that number (adding...
  • For First Time Under Obama, Majority Says U.S. Is on Wrong Track

    10/28/2009 5:02:22 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 3 replies · 613+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | October 27, 2009 | Bruce Drake
    While the stock market has picked up and the country appears to be pulling out of the recession, a majority of Americans - for the first time in the Obama presidency - says the U.S. is headed down the wrong track, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted Oct. 22-25. Fifty-two percent say the country is on the wrong track compared to 36 percent who say it is headed in the right direction with 9 percent saying conditions are mixed and 3 percent undecided. While there have been pluralities saying the U.S. is on the wrong track in...
  • Report: UN concluded Zelaya removal legal

    10/14/2009 9:51:04 AM PDT · by opentalk · 12 replies · 601+ views
    Hot Air ^ | October 14, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    The Obama administration has insisted that the removal of Manuel Zelaya from office violated Honduran and international law and amounts to a military coup. According to one report this morning, though, the United Nations has reached an entirely different conclusion. Hondudario, translated by Google, reports that the UN’s Department of Political Affairs concluded that the removal of Zelaya from office was legal and justified
  • America's Next Great Pundit--Win a Weekly Opinion Column from WaPo

    10/03/2009 10:31:32 AM PDT · by rabidralph · 26 replies · 1,080+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Recently | WaPo Op-Ed Page
    Here’s your chance to put your opinions to the test -- and win the opportunity to write a weekly column and a launching pad for your opinionating career! Start making your case. Use the entry form to send us a short opinion essay (400 words or less) pegged to a topic in the news and an additional paragraph (100 words or less) on yourself and why you should win. Entries will be judged on the basis of style, intelligence and freshness of argument, but not on whether Post editors agree or disagree with your point of view. Entry deadline: Oct....
  • Why Are Liberals still Angry?

    09/17/2009 12:53:35 PM PDT · by Admiral_Zeon · 69 replies · 2,329+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 15 Sep 2009 | Frank Fleming
    The liberals were crazy angry while George W. Bush was president. Part of it was that for a time after 9/11, they were made completely irrelevant — when people are dying, who is going to listen to a liberal? But another part of it is that it’s much easier to hate a person than to hate a concept — like conservatism. So they were able to channel all their hate into President Bush. And they were jumping-around-pooh-flinging-biting-each-other angry. I think a number of conservatives were secretly looking forward to the Obama presidency in hopes that liberals might just calm down...
  • A Cardiac Intensive Care Practitioner's Opinion * Vanity

    09/15/2009 5:40:09 PM PDT · by TruthBeforeAll · 8 replies · 585+ views
    Email Correspondence | 9-15-2009 | From A Frustrated Practitioner
    I already agreed waste, fraud and transparency should be addressed first. I mean you have to do that just to save Medicare. How does that help the uninsured. I mean do you really think the private insurance industry is going to lower premiums, or stop canceling people for no reason, or start covering people with preexisting conditions unless somebody makes them...
  • Zogby Interactive: Loss of Democrats' Support Helps Bring Obama Job Approval Down to 42%

    09/01/2009 6:17:17 AM PDT · by Scanian · 13 replies · 1,040+ views
    Zogby International ^ | August 31, 2009 | John Zogby
    Several Core Constituencies Souring on Obama UTICA, New York - President Barack Obama's job approval rating is down to 42%, with a decline in approval from Democrats the leading factor. The latest Zogby Interactive poll of 4,518 likely voters conducted from August 28-31 found 48% disapprove and 42% approve of the job Obama is doing. The poll found 75% of Democrats approve of Obama's performance, a drop of 13 points among Democrats from an interactive poll done July 21-24 of this year. That same poll found 48% of all likely voters approving of Obama's job performance, and 49% disapproving. In...
  • What is your overall feeling about Kennedy? (Poll Question)

    08/27/2009 9:21:17 PM PDT · by OneVike · 71 replies · 2,198+ views
    Aol News ^ | 8/27/09 | AOL
    Here are two poll questions about Ted Kennedy the swimmer.What is your overall feeling about Kennedy?How important is Chappaquiddick to Kennedy's legacy?(Aug. 26) He looks bad already, but I sure would like to see him look a lot worse still. The guy deserves as much respect as he gave Mary Jo on that late night in 69 when he allowed her to die instead of trying to rescue her.If obituaries were written based on Google Trends results, Chappaquiddick would be in the first paragraph of Sen. Ted Kennedy's obituary. "Chappaquiddick" and other search terms related to the car accident on...
  • The party's over for whining 'patriots' (barf alert)

    08/25/2009 3:47:00 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies · 1,444+ views
    South Bend Tribune ^ | August 25, 2009 | Marjory Wood Crawford
    I have yet to read an intelligent letter from the Tea Party "patriots" on the subject of health care reform in America. The Tea Party patriots use slogans, appear together in mob mentality using sound bites from the Big Three — Limbaugh, Hannity and Drudge (WLS/890 AM hate radio). Universal health care reform in America is a fact of our lives. It is going to happen and our taxes will pay for it. Our taxes pay for everything. That is how it is in a free country. That is the cost of freedom and everything else in America. Tea Partyers,...
  • THEIR OPINION Wanted: Real plan for deficit[Congress and President Obama Don’t Seem To Have A Plan]

    08/22/2009 5:06:26 AM PDT · by Son House · 6 replies · 307+ views
    The Free Press ^ | August 22 2009 | The Free Press
    The record U.S. budget deficit poses a serious risk to the U.S. economy, and Congress and President Barack Obama don’t seem to have a plan to deal with it. The risk is that our largest debt holders, the Chinese, seem uneasy about their holdings during a time when the annual deficit is four times larger than last year. In the past 10 months, the federal government has spent about $3 trillion while taking in about $1.74 trillion. Should the Chinese begin to sell some of their holdings, interest rates in the U.S. could increase dramatically. While the Obama administration apparently...
  • What Would Jesus Do? Ask Obama

    08/21/2009 11:32:37 AM PDT · by thefoundersrock · 15 replies · 379+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 21, 2009 | David Harsanyi
    This week, President Barack Obama claimed his version of health care reform is "a core ethical and moral obligation," beseeching religious leaders to promote his government-run scheme. Questioning the patriotism of opponents, apparently, wasn't gaining the type of traction advocates of "reform" had hoped.
  • A Harbinger: Please Assist With An Interpretation

    08/11/2009 3:57:41 PM PDT · by madison10 · 26 replies · 1,018+ views
    Self | August 11, 2009 | madison10
    Nap time today-about 3:21 pm: Scene was an old-style Western that as a dreamer I came upon to witness. A man with a cloak was beating up on an elderly woman. At first he just punching her body, then he starting kicking her body and she crumpled to the ground. She didn't make much sound. She was gone, or near gone, but on he went. Now kicking her in the head. Then, to my shock he brought out a whip he had hidden in his cloak and started using that. There was another person witnessing the activities--This gentleman was standing...
  • Dear Freepers, Oppose Obama on the issues, not his alleged legitimacy (he really is legit)

    08/05/2009 6:40:35 AM PDT · by Edward Watson · 194 replies · 3,632+ views
    Aug 5, 2009
    In my personal opinion, Obama is a disaster for America. I believe future historians will describe this period as the OBAMA CATASTROPHE - the time when America collectively lost its mind and voted for a man and a group of leftists who quickly destroyed the nation in favor of socialism and income redistribution. However, if people want to save the American nation and way of life - the best and most benevolent society in human history; opposition must be passionate and RATIONAL. The entire legitimacy or birther issue is indeed passionate but definitely not rational. It has been frustrating to...
  • “Cash For Clunkers” Doesn’t Utilize Junkyard Efficiency

    08/03/2009 7:48:43 PM PDT · by KentuckianaHeadhunter · 8 replies · 463+ views
    New Geography ^ | 8/2/2009 | Andrea Gregovich
    My father owned and operated a junkyard in Tucson for a number of years, and I learned a lot about the auto recycling industry helping around the office and as a delivery driver. So as a junkyard enthusiast, the “Cash For Clunkers” program naturally caught my interest lately. Though it looks to be the product of good intentions, I don’t think the legislation understands that junkyards already comprise an efficient, well developed recycling system for salvaging vehicles, with a beneficial result for the environment overall. I’m skeptical that ...
  • The New Imposters: J Street

    07/21/2009 6:43:20 AM PDT · by MestaMachine · 3 replies · 379+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | July 17, 2009 | Moshe Kempinski
    Throughout Jewish history the embattled people of Israel have developed conditions and neuroses very similar to They have eschewed uniqueness and national identity. victims of abuse. At times, they have begun to blame themselves for the hatred that they have experienced hurled against them. At other times, they have begun to assume that if they would adopt more universal ideals and become more connected to the greater whole they would cease to be persecuted. As a result of such a desire they have eschewed uniqueness and national identity for the safe anonymity of "sameness". There is nothing inherently wrong in...
  • Bonnie Henry : Etiquette and table manners appear ready to skip this generation

    07/19/2009 7:17:12 AM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 1,073+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Bonnie Henry
    The command from his father was gruff, but not unduly so: "Stand up. Put your hand over your heart." Quickly, the boy, I'd say about 7 or so, jumped up from the curb and did just that as several men, all no doubt older than his grandpa, marched by. One played the bagpipes. Another carried the American flag, slowly fluttering in the midday mountain air. All was quiet, save for the bagpipes, as the men strode by. Yet another Fourth of July parade in small-town America. Every year, we go to Show Low for a few days on either end...
  • BBC interviews Hondrurans about Zelaya

    07/08/2009 9:47:32 PM PDT · by watusa1775 · 9 replies · 548+ views
    BBC ^ | 7/8/09 | Watusa1775
    Honduras views: Presidential crisis In Central America's worst crisis in a decade, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was sent into exile on Sunday amid a dispute over his proposals to change the constitution. Some Hondurans share their thoughts on the deposed leader with the BBC's Stephen Gibbs in Tegucigalpa: ARGENTINA DOMINGUEZ, Retired President Zelaya deceived us. He talked about democracy but then got too close to [Venezuelan President Hugo] Chavez. What hurts me most is that four years ago, I voted for him. But look at what he has done. We have become a haven for drug-runners. We have some of...
  • Obama's slip is showing: The public likes his big plans much less than it likes him

    06/21/2009 3:23:56 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies · 952+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | June 21, 2009 | Michael Goodwin
    One of President Obama's favorite words is "unsustainable." It also happens to be the perfect description of his standing with the American people. Polls consistently find he is personally more popular than his major policies. That situation is unsustainable - something has to give. The first law of politics says the two must eventually get in sync. Bet that Obama's popularity will give. In part that's because, even if he wanted to, he can't undo the big policies the public doesn't like, especially his adding to the deficit and his aggressive push to get government more involved in private industry....
  • Will the GM bailout be Obama's tipping point?

    06/02/2009 6:11:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies · 1,128+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 1, 2009 | Byron York
    Observers across the political spectrum have marveled at Barack Obama's ability to maintain a high job approval rating even as the public grows skeptical about some of his key policy initiatives. There's a feeling, among Republicans at least, that sooner or later he’s going to reach a tipping point between his personal popularity and the unpopularity of his proposals, and that his job approval rating will suffer. That moment will come when Obama has to actually stand behind specific proposals -- when he has to put his name on a health care plan that will lead to the rationing of...
  • Has everyone had a chance to give Zero some ideas?

    06/01/2009 6:55:04 PM PDT · by SirFishalot · 6 replies · 281+ views
    All you need is an email address and a few minutes to give ideas to the President. Apparently he has run out of office space for more Czars and Blue Ribbon Panels to tell him what the US needs.
  • Christians who made good Jewish leaders

    06/01/2009 9:48:11 AM PDT · by BGHater · 5 replies · 469+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 30 May 2009 | RAFAEL MEDOFF
    At the height of the campaign to free Soviet Jewry in the 1970s, Yossi Klein Halevi, today a contributing editor of The New Republic, in those days a young Jewish activist, wrote an article criticizing those American Jewish leaders who were wavering in their support for the Jackson Amendment - legislation linking US trade benefits to Soviet Jewish emigration. He characterized Sen. Henry Jackson, sponsor of that bill, as "the only Jewish leader left in America." Halevi's column came to mind recently when I heard the news that eight Long Island University basketball players, at least three of them Christians,...
  • Freep this poll (quickly) (Bill O').

    05/27/2009 5:14:56 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 55 replies · 2,303+ views ^ | May 27, 2009 | Bill O'
  • Sarah Palin signs up for Twitter (the Telegraph slant)

    04/30/2009 7:10:19 AM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 33 replies · 1,200+ views ^ | Apr 30, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    Perhaps this is a tipping point for Twitter - conservative icon Governor Sarah Palin is now tweeting. Under the moniker @AKGovSarahPalin (not very snappy but there are, by my reckoning, already 32 Sarah Palin twitter accounts) the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate has plunged into the social networking maelstrom... ...In the 14 hours or so since she's signed up she (or whichever staffer is tweeting for her) has sent three tweets. But there's certainly an appetite out there for all things Palin - in that time she's already gained 2,012 followers. While the first tweet reads ominously corporate (declaring this is...
  • The black-white divide in Obama's popularity

    04/29/2009 9:30:23 AM PDT · by Lou Budvis · 20 replies · 1,379+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 29, 2009 | Byron York
    On his 100th day in office, Barack Obama enjoys high job approval ratings, no matter what poll you consult. But if a new survey by the New York Times is accurate, the president and some of his policies are significantly less popular with white Americans than with black Americans, and his sky-high ratings among African-Americans make some of his positions appear a bit more popular overall than they actually are.
  • The Dangers Of The Drinking Age

    04/16/2009 2:05:18 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 63 replies · 1,222+ views
    Forbes ^ | Apr 15, 2009 | Jeffrey A. Miron and Elina Tetelbaum
    For the past 20 years, the U.S. has maintained a Minimum Legal Drinking Age of 21 (MLDA21), with little public debate about the wisdom of this policy. Recently, however, more than 100 college and university presidents signed the Amethyst Initiative, a public statement calling for "an informed and dispassionate public debate over the effects of the 21-year-old drinking age." SNIP Our research compares traffic fatality rates in states before and after they changed their MLDA from 18 to 21. In contrast to all earlier work, however, we examined separately the impact in states that adopted an MLDA21 on their own...
  • Pundits escalate attacks against Obama

    04/09/2009 9:49:44 PM PDT · by thecodont · 35 replies · 1,461+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Thursday, April 9, 2009 | Carla Marinucci,Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writers
    Pundits escalate attacks against Obama Carla Marinucci,Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writers Thursday, April 9, 2009 PRINT E-MAIL SHARE COMMENTS (1905) FONT | SIZE: It took fewer than 100 days for conservative critics to start lobbing the F-bomb at President Obama. "F" as in "fascist." Take Glenn Beck, the bombastic Fox News host, who in recent weeks has repeatedly used the term - along with references to Mussolini and pictures of Hitler and Lenin - to describe Obama's efforts to revive struggling banks and automakers. The American Spectator, a conservative publication, earlier this month ran an essay on Obama titled "Il...