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  • Turmoil and repression increase in Venezuela

    05/16/2014 9:55:27 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | May 16, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The ill-fated talks between befuddled opposition leaders and the Chavista regime have collapsed and the repression of protesters has increased."Dialogue" with ChavistasThe Chavista regime has not engaged in meaningful dialogue with the opposition and will continue to evade it. The regime has also increased its attacks on those who demonstrate against its repression. According to The Devil's Excrement, Venezuela’s Dictatorship No Longer Cares About Appearances. For two and a half months, the Venezuelan Government had been extremely careful with the students and their protests. While it was aggressive and repressive at attacking those protesting in the streets, it had been respectful of the student...
  • Venezuelan opposition leader interviewed in English by Al Jazeera

    03/22/2014 12:08:30 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 22, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Maria Corina Machado, a not-yet-arrested Venezuelan opposition leader, is well spoken, understands how to respond effectively to question and knows what she, the people -- and the opposition in general -- want.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9Qgnu-e76c?feature=player_detailpage] Video linkPlease watch the entire twenty-five minute video -- her English is as excellent. Is it too much to hope for that some of our own opposition "leaders" will watch and learn from her? Many of them could profit from doing so; if they do, the rest of us would too. I have often written about the worsening mess in Venezuela here, here, here, here and elsewhere over the...
  • Enjoy Julia Lipnitskaya's Performance? A Leading Russian Oppositionist Thinks That Makes You A Nazi

    02/11/2014 10:46:28 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/11/2014 @ 7:40AM | Mark Adomanis
    It’s still relatively early in the Sochi Olympics, but the star so far has been Julia Lipnitskaya a diminutive fifteen year old figure skater from the Urals. While the adoration hasn’t been unanimous, most people have, understandably, been awed by her performances. Lipnitskaya combines technical proficiency in skating with the sort of mind-warping flexibility one usually associates with elite gymnasts. She performed on an entirely different level from her competitors, and while the individual competition hasn’t yet started in earnest, Lipnitskaya now appears to be the odds-on favorite to win an individual gold medal. To sum things up, an awful...
  • Republicans Begin Laying Ground Work to Walk Away From Obamacare Opposition

    01/16/2014 7:28:22 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 276 replies
    Red State ^ | 1/16/2014 | Erick Erickson
    Conservative and Republican affiliated groups have started the 2014 assault against Democrats who support Obamacare. At the very same time, it is increasingly clear Republicans are laying the groundwork to abandon their opposition to Obamacare. The Business Roundtable, which has a great relationship with Republican Leaders, is now listing Obamacare as an entitlement worth preserving. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former economic advisor to John McCain and who opposed passage of Obamacare, has started a think tank premised on keeping, but fixing, Obamacare. Holtz-Eakin has the ear of Republican leaders. In 2009, Mitch McConnell appointed him to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission....
  • IRS writing regs that allow it to suppress the tea party

    01/13/2014 10:45:05 AM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 61 replies
    DC Independent Examiner ^ | January 12, 2014 | James Simpson
    The IRS got caught with their pants down last year. So now they are writing regulations that will allow them to do legally what they were doing illegally before. Every time you think these people can sink no lower, they go out of their way to prove you wrong. A cabal of leftist groups sued the IRS demanding they adopt these regulations, whereupon the IRS went out of its way to comply. This is a classic set up. It was probably agreed to in advance between the IRS and the plaintiffs. Now that they are complying, the leftists have magically...
  • Chamber of Commerce Launches $50 Million War on Tea Party

    12/27/2013 7:13:52 AM PST · by righttackle44 · 78 replies
    Newsmax ^ | December 27, 2013 | Cathy Burke
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is ready to take on the tea party in 2014 Senate primaries and elections with a deep-pocketed boost of establishment and business Republican candidates. "Our No. 1 focus is to make sure, when it comes to the Senate, that we have no loser candidates," Chamber strategist Scott Reed told The Wall Street Journal. "That will be our mantra: No fools on our ticket."
  • The Obamacare ‘Shotgun Wedding’—Marry or Lose Your Home

    12/19/2013 7:07:25 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 39 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | December 19, 2013 | Edward Morrissey
    The problem with solutions is that few of them tend to be perfect, even if they act in a mostly benign manner. Actions produce reactions, a principle as true in politics as it is in physics, and those tend to multiply when solutions increase in complexity. The nature of these unintended consequences changes dramatically when complex “solutions” turn out to be poorly designed and incompetently administered. The rollout of the Affordable Care Act has provided many real-world examples of this, but perhaps none so “unintended” as the consequences discovered by the Seattle Times this weekend. Carol Ostrom, The Times’ health...
  • Pittsburgh Diocese Wins Delay Against Affordable Care Act

    11/21/2013 5:04:07 PM PST · by MarkBsnr · 24 replies
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ^ | November 21, 2013 | PITTSBURGH (KDKA)
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A federal judge in western Pennsylvania says Catholic groups don’t immediately have to comply with mandates in the federal health care overhaul law. The Diocese is challenging its participation in the health care program because it would be required to provide its employees with contraceptives. There were strong words earlier this month from Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese leader Bishop David Zubik as he testified in federal court on the issue. Bishop Zubik told the court: “The issue with the services in the mandate is that they either go against preservation of human life or involve the actual taking...
  • Reid: 'Anarchists have taken over' in Congress (Video)

    09/12/2013 9:34:27 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    Reid: 'Anarchists have taken over' in Congress (Video) By Ramsey Cox - 09/12/13 09:49 AM ET Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday said “anarchists” have taken over Congress. Reid (D-Nev.) said Tea Party Republicans are preventing progress on an energy efficiency bill by offering amendments on ObamaCare and other unrelated issues. “We’re diverted totally from what this bill is about. Why? Because the anarchists have taken over,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “They’ve taken over the House and now they’ve taken over the Senate. “People who don’t believe in government — and that’s what the Tea Party is...
  • US aid to Syrian opposition tops $1 billion mark

    09/02/2013 10:57:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | 9/2/13 | Jordan Schachtel
    According to USAID (United States Agency For International Development), the federal agency in charge of distributing the vast majority of foreign aid monies to other countries, United States taxpayers have paid for over one billion dollars in foreign aid packages to help support the “Syrian Humanitarian Response." Despite the threat of continued chemical attacks against the Syrian people that has served as the focal point of rallying cries for advocates of US military intervention (including the Obama administration), The Daily Beast reported that gas masks were not among the items
  • Defunding Obamacare - If We Had a Proper Opposition Party

    08/23/2013 6:35:08 AM PDT · by mononymous · 4 replies
    https://mononymous1.wordpress.com/ ^ | 8/22/2013 | Mononymous
    A proper opposition in this country would not only follow through with defunding this abominable law (while funding the rest of the government unless, of course, the President declines to do so) it would hold hearings on the gross damage the law is doing to people’s lives, jobs and the economy, in general. A proper opposition would call on the President and the Democrats to finally read their bill – it was passed, you know – and tell the rest of us what other items in the “pile of dung” (Tom Harkin, that is), needs to be scaled back, postponed,...
  • Opposition says as many as 1,300 killed in gas attack near Damascus

    08/21/2013 6:59:15 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/21/13 | Dominic Evans
    (Reuters) - Syria's opposition accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of gassing many hundreds of people - by one report as many as 1,300 - on Wednesday in what would, if confirmed, be the world's worst chemical weapons attack in decades.
  • Report: Israel Bombs Another Syrian Weapons Convoy

    07/28/2013 12:02:03 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/7/13 | Gil Ronen
    Israeli air force jets bombed trucks carrying Syrian missiles bound for Hizbullah's warehouses in Lebanon, according to Syrian opposition sources. The sources, were cited Sunday by Voice of Israel radio's Arabic-language service, which was quoted by i24 News. The Friday night bombing reportedly targeted a Syrian military base near the town of Quneitra, not far from the Golan Heights cease-fire line. This was the fifth known Israeli attack this year on Syrian weapons bound for Hizbullah. Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad reportedly wants to send the weapons to Hizbullah for safekeeping, out of fears they will fall into the hands of...
  • Liz Cheney: Republicans, Get Over the 2012 Loss—and Start Fighting Back

    07/16/2013 9:59:18 PM PDT · by Bratch · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 28, 2013 | Liz Cheney
    [...] In the face of this reality, it is time for Republicans to get over their loss in 2012. We are all that stands between this president's policies and a damaged and diminished America. It is time to get back in the fight. And I do mean fight. Republicans are being counseled to move the party to the left, but in my experience, those who advocate more liberal policies for the GOP are wrongheaded or Democrats, or both. You can be sure that President Obama would welcome an America in which the Republican Party is preoccupied with remaking itself into...
  • White House Attacks the Drudge Report, as Obama Continues His Effort to Eliminate All Political

    04/03/2013 4:51:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 4/3/13 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: The White House´s Dan Pfeiffer, spokesman for the White House, is complaining again about the Drudge Report and chastising reporters for using it and then asking him about things on the Drudge Report. It´s been a horrible thing to happen to news, the White House says, in America. Yep. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The White House goes after Fox News by name, and the White House goes after me by name, because what the White House wants is to eliminate any opposition --political, media, wherever it is. That is the modus operandi of the president, rather than debate people
  • Is John Boehner the "Neville Chamberlain" of American politics (Vanity)?

    03/26/2013 1:33:16 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 42 replies
    3/26/13 | Me JSDude1
    Is John Boehner the Neville Chamberlain of modern American politics?? YES, JOHN BOEHNER IS THE N. Chamberlain of American politics!: Surrender on The Taxes, Surrender on The Debt Limit, Surrender on VAWA, Surrender on..(Immigration and Guns)??
  • Mursi warning stirs fears in Egypt opposition

    03/24/2013 1:02:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    AL Reuters ^ | 3/24/13 | Tom Perry
    (Reuters) - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi threatened on Sunday to take unspecified steps to "protect this nation" after violent demonstrations against his Muslim Brotherhood, using vague but severe language that the opposition said heralded a crackdown. In remarks following clashes outside the Brotherhood's Cairo headquarters on Friday, Mursi warned that "necessary measures" would be taken against any politicians shown to be involved in what he described as violence and rioting. "If I am forced to do what is required to protect this nation, then I will do it. And I fear that I might be on the verge of doing...
  • Gallup: Opposition to handgun ban hits all-time high

    12/27/2012 9:11:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12/27/12 | Ed Morrissey
    So how would Piers Morgan fare with his proposed constitutional amendment to repeal gun rights? Amazingly, nearly three-quarters of Americans agree on handguns, anyway … but not with Piers Morgan. According to the latest Gallup survey taken within days of the Newtown massacre, a record number of Americans oppose a handgun ban, 74/24: Despite Americans’ willingness to strengthen gun laws in the wake of Sandy Hook and other deadly mass shootings, Gallup finds public opposition to a broad ban on the possession of handguns at a record-high 74%. Conversely, the 24% in favor is the lowest recorded since Gallup first...
  • Syria Falling Apart amid Nationwide Aerial Bombing

    10/30/2012 4:01:17 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/10/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Syria has gone from bad to worse, with nationwide aerial bombings by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s warplanes and more bomb attacks by the opposition. The IDF remains on high alert at the Golan Heights border. Explosions shook Syria's capital on Monday as warplanes launched their heaviest air raids yet and two car bombs struck, an AFP correspondent said. One bomb struck the predominantly Christian and Druze area of Jaramana, just outside Damascus, killing 11 people, according to state-run news agency SANA. The second hit several hours later in the southern Al-Hajar Al-Aswad district, which has seen heavy fighting, causing an...
  • Democrats Used Fairness Doctrine to ‘Challenge and Harass’ Conservative Opposition

    09/23/2012 8:40:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    (The following is the third of three excerpts from The Right Frequency: The Story of the Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment, by Fred Lucas; History Publishing Company. The adapted excerpt looks at the Fairness Doctrine.) The Democratic National Committee, with the approval of President Lyndon B. Johnson engaged in an effort that eventually led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Fairness Doctrine. What would have been a major scandal had it been discovered, was revealed years later in former CBS News president Fred Friendly’s book “The Good Guys, the Bad Guys and...
  • Secret Democratic Political Research Files for Twelve 2012 Match-Ups Found via Google

    07/12/2012 10:47:01 AM PDT · by sunmars · 38 replies
    It could be one of the biggest political intelligence coups of the 2012 battle to control Congress. Media Trackers, a conservative investigative watchdog group, discovered nearly three-dozen Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee opposition research notebooks – extensive secretive manuals outlining anything that could be used against a political opponent. Several news outlets have reported that some of the files have been quietly published on the DCCC’s website to facilitate their use by independent expenditure groups. On Thursday, however, Media Trackers published a dozen opposition research books that Democrats have so far managed to keep secret. The twelve unpublished manuals range in...
  • Syrian opposition gets shoulder-fired missiles, Gadhafi's lost supplies also turning up

    05/20/2012 12:18:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    wnd ^ | 5/19/12 | Joseph Farah
    WASHINGTON – There remains frustration in trying to track down up to 20,000 missing shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles taken out of the bunkers during the waning days of the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. Now that they have disappeared, and despite a U.S. program worth tens of millions of dollars to try and relocate them, only 5,000 have been turned in. Concern is that many of them were acquired by al-Qaida elements in Libya and surrounding countries. Increasingly, intelligence sources also are seeing these weapons wind up in the hands of...
  • Beirut: Opposition Targets Hizbullah's Arsenal

    11/03/2011 10:08:49 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/11/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Lebanon's March 14 opposition factions insist any future dialogue to resolve political disputes must include a discussion of Hizbullah's terror militias and munitions. Talk of the possibility of re-launching dialogue resurfaced after Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri announced he would meet President Michel Sleiman to discuss the proposal. Sleiman has repeatedly called for the revival of the dialogue to bridge the gap between lawmakers – who have locked horns in no fewer than five cabinet crises since July – but his calls went unheeded. Future Movement MP Ahmad Fatfat instead reiterated on Thursday that the March 14 coalition would never accept...
  • (Australian Prime Minister) Labor leader has lost public's faith

    10/10/2011 12:50:42 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | 11th October 2011 | Dennis Shanahan
    LABOR may have finally bounced off rock bottom but Australia's oldest political party and its leader are still facing a historic loss of public confidence and electoral failure. A three-point rise in the Newspoll primary vote for the ALP has avoided the unthinkable for the Gillard government of going to 25 per cent or below to have less support than the combined vote for the Greens and various odds and sods, but the broader view of this survey of public opinion about Labor - as well as the personal standing of Julia Gillard - is devastating. The electorate has not...
  • Obama administration encounters opposition to international climate agenda

    08/14/2011 8:05:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/14/11 | Juliet Eilperin
    President Obama spoke of lofty intentions to help the world reduce greenhouse gases when he addressed delegates to United Nations talks in Copenhagen in 2009. “We have charted our course, we have made our commitments, and we will do what we say,” he said. “Now I believe that it’s time for the nations and people of the world to come together behind a common purpose.” But the Obama administration is on track to fall more than $200 million short on its $1 billion pledge to help prevent the cutting and burning of tropical rain forests. Lawmakers have slashed requests
  • Newsweek's Smear

    08/11/2011 4:43:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 11, 2011 | Staff
    Media: Talk about the elite lagging behind a more sophisticated public. Newsweek, trying to overcome its slide into obscurity, thought it could grab attention by smearing Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann. Big mistake. The smear came in the form of this week's cover story, which tried unconvincingly to depict GOP presidential candidate and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann as "The Queen of Rage," with a cover shot that made her look maniacal. But if anything, Bachmann comes across as Thatcheresque in her unmovable opposition to more deficit spending. Question her opposition a journalist may do, but don't make it out as...
  • Syrian Opposition Leader: Israelis Can Remain in Golan

    08/04/2011 10:21:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/8/11 | Hillel Fendel
    Farid Ghadry, leader of the opposition Reform Party of Syria (RPS) that has never had a chance to actually strike roots in Syria, says that Israelis should remain in the Golan even though it must return to Syria. Ghadry, 57, has not lived in Syria since he was 10; his family moved to Lebanon in 1964, and then to the U.S. in 1975. He and other Syrian-Americans started the RPS in 1991, formulating a comprehensive program to bring regime change to Syria based on democracy, prosperity, freedom of expression, human rights and open borders with all neighboring countries including Israel....
  • Syrian opposition: Anti-Israel rioters paid $1,000

    06/05/2011 9:07:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 6/5/11 | Staff
    Protestors for hire? Demonstrators along the Syria-Israel border were paid thousands of dollars by President Bashar Assad's regime to take part in Sunday's riots, Syrian opposition activists charge. Israeli officials later reinforced the claims, accusing the Syrian regime of encouraging protests along the northern border. Sunday’s riots were an attempt "to divert attention away from the massacre in Syria,” one official charged. "The Syrians will be held accountable for these events.” (Snip) Opposition activists noted that such tactics were previously used by Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein when the Ba'ath Party leader offered a $25,000 reward to the families of Palestinians
  • Media Matters developing ‘opposition research’ on Fox, has list of ‘every single person’

    03/26/2011 10:34:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 119 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/26/11 | Steven Nelson
    Politico published an eye-opening report on Saturday by Ben Smith about “Media Matter’s war against Fox.” Smith wrote that the organization continues to transform itself into an exclusively Fox News-battling group.Media Matters founder David Brock told Politico that his organization’s activism has developed into a “strategy of containment.” This strategy includes extensive work to compile intelligence on the employees of the cable news channel. (Snip)“Somebody in that organization is giving us primary source documents.”
  • Where's Julia?

    03/13/2011 9:39:56 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 12 replies
    Quadrant Online ^ | March 12, 2011 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    Saturday afternoon: I’m just back from the No Carbon Tax Rally outside Julia Gillard’s energy-hungry office. The rally was a peaceful, gender inclusive-friendly, multiracial event with some thought-provoking signs. Fun fact: Gillard’s office is located near “Big Brothers Pizza”. [Photos below]
  • Obama Embraced the “Racist Opposition” Meme

    03/03/2011 9:31:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    verum serum ^ | 3/3/11 | John
    Ace put up a post about this a couple days ago: Since 2007, Hillary Clinton partisans were complaining that while Obama pretended to be post-racial, in fact he was sending out his minions to make the bitterly racist attacks, while he floated above it all, clean. They couldn’t actually prove their case — well, they knew Obama’s supporters were making these bitterly-racist arguments on a daily basis, and that Obama did little to restrain them, but they couldn’t prove he directed such attacks. Same thing in the general election, of course — Obama spoke behind closed doors about “bitter clingers”...
  • Egyptian opposition figure: Rethink Camp David Accords

    02/13/2011 4:56:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    jpost ^ | 2/13/11 | OREN KESSLER AND AP
    Cairo's envoy to US: Treaty is a main element of Egypt’s foreign policy; Supreme Council dissolves parliament, suspends constitution. An influential Egyptian opposition figure and likely presidential candidate called Sunday for Cairo’s peace treaty with Israel to be reassessed, the first sign since former president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster Friday that the 32-year-old agreement may be in jeopardy. Ayman Nour, a former lawmaker and chairman of the Ghad (Tomorrow) party, told an Egyptian radio station that the 1978 Camp David Accords were no longer relevant, and said the country’s leadership should at least rethink the terms of the framework agreements that...
  • Iranian opposition defies warning, calls for rally

    02/13/2011 9:53:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/13/11 | Nasser Karimi - ap
    TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's opposition on Sunday renewed its call for a rally in support of protesters in Tunisia and Egypt despite a government warning of repercussions if demonstrations take place, a reformist website reported. In a statement published on Kaleme.com, the opposition urged its supporters to rally on Monday in central Tehran and accused the government of hypocrisy by voicing support for the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings while refusing to allow Iranian political activists to stage a peaceful demonstration.
  • Tehran will bar opposition rally

    02/12/2011 8:24:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/12/11 | Robin Pomeroy - Reuters
    TEHRAN (Reuters) – Tehran will refuse permission for a reformist opposition rally in support of the uprising that toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a government official was quoted as saying Saturday. "These people are fully aware of the illegality of their demand and they know they will not receive a permit for staging a riot," Mehdi Alikhani-Sadr, deputy director of the Interior Ministry's political bureau, was quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency as saying. It had always been highly unlikely the government would permit the rally organized by groups it considers seditious. Mehdi Karoubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, who...
  • Poll: Massive majority opposes raising debt limit

    02/08/2011 2:43:38 AM PST · by Scanian · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | February 07, 2011 | Rick Moran
    It's only one poll - The Hill's survey of likely voters - but it could mean trouble for President Obama and the Democrats: "Only 27 percent of likely voters favor raising the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, while 62 percent oppose it, according to an exclusive poll for The Hill. The poll found solid opposition from Republicans and also from independent voters, who are critical to President Obama's re-election in 2012. "Seventy-seven percent of likely GOP voters and 64 percent of independent voters said they don't want the debt ceiling to be raised. Even among Democrats, more oppose raising the...
  • Strong Orthodox Opposition to Palestinian State

    11/25/2010 11:24:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    inn ^ | 11/25/10 | Hillel Fendel
    Orthodox Jewry in the United States is "fairly solid" in its opposition to a PLO state in the heartland of Israel - though a slight crack has been noted. For instance, the National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) has urged American political leaders to reconsider its "two-state solution" policy. The NCYI also initiated a grass roots effort aimed at “enlightening” U.S. leaders regarding the dangers of pushing for an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. In late 2007, when the future of the Jerusalem appeared to be on the table at the Annapolis talks, a broad coalition of Orthodox organizations wrote...
  • Venezuela election loosens Chávez's grip on power

    09/27/2010 8:16:37 AM PDT · by SeattleBruce · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/27/2010 | Rory Carroll
    Opponents of Hugo Chávez today made major gains in legislative elections that could weaken the president's dominant power in Venezuela. The opposition overturned Chávez's two-thirds majority in the national assembly, and claimed to have won most of the popular vote. If confirmed, the result would mark a milestone. The Democratic Unity coalition won at least 60 of 165 seats in the assembly – well short of a majority but enough to end Chávez's ability to appoint judges and other officials and to push through major laws. The opposition said it had won 52% of the popular vote, but that controversial...
  • Rauf on the Ropes

    09/14/2010 6:30:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    City Journal ^ | 09/13/10 | Judith Miller
    Rauf on the Ropes An Islamic community center at Ground Zero seems increasingly unlikely. 13 September 2010 The white flag hasn’t reached the top of the flagpole yet, but Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf all but surrendered on Monday morning in his battle to build a Muslim interfaith community center with a prayer room two blocks from Ground Zero. At an unusual meeting Monday morning at the Council on Foreign Relations in midtown Manhattan, Rauf said that he wanted to find a “solution” to the furious imbroglio over the planned center, which opponents say is inappropriate, insensitive to the memory of...
  • Ron Paul: Ground Zero Mosque Foes Beat Hateful Drum

    08/31/2010 5:10:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Newsmax ^ | August 31, 2010 | John Rossomando
    Ground zero mosque opponents are pounding a “drumbeat of hatred” and ignoring the conservative principles of private property and religious freedom, Texas Rep. Ron Paul says. In an exclusive Newsmax.TV interview, the 2008 GOP presidential hopeful alleged that conservative opponents of the mosque and cultural center two blocks from the World Trade Center site in New York City are blaming all Muslims for the Sept. 11 attacks instead of focusing their ire on al-Qaida, the actual perpetrator. Paul’s stance has placed him at odds with many Republicans, including his son, Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul, who voiced his opposition...
  • NY vs. the mosque

    08/06/2010 2:41:58 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 06, 2010 | Editorial
    When the Landmarks Preservation Commission this week gave the green light for a 13-story mosque blocks away from Ground Zero, Mayor Bloomberg lauded the decision as a testament to New Yorkers' "spirit of openness and acceptance." But, as is increasingly the case on such matters, Bloomberg seems largely to have been speaking for himself. Recent poll results certainly suggest that New Yorkers aren't feeling particularly accepting of the undertaking. It's hard to blame them. According to a Siena Research Institute survey released yesterday, 56 percent of city residents -- and 61 percent of respondents statewide -- oppose construction of the...
  • Rwandan opposition journalist shot dead: police

    06/25/2010 11:42:48 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/25/10 | AFP
    NAIROBI (AFP) – A Rwandan journalist who accused the regime of attempting to assassinate a dissident general in Johannesburg was gunned down in Kigali, police said Friday, fuelling tensions ahead of August elections. Jean-Leonard Rugambage's colleagues and media watchdog Reporters Without Borders alleged Thursday's killing was linked to reports alleging the involvement of President Paul Kagame's services in the assassination bid. "He was killed in front of his house when he was going home at 10 pm last night," police spokesman Eric Kayiranga told AFP by telephone, adding that the "unknown gunman" responsible for the attack had fled. Rugambage ran...
  • There Will be War (Iran)

    06/22/2010 5:46:24 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Forbes ^ | June 21, 2010 | Reza Kahlili
    Last week, Iran's opposition leaders Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi canceled anti-government demonstrations timed to commemorate the anniversary of last year's disputed presidential election. Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton called the cancellation "regrettable," but missed the larger point. The reform these two men offer is not what the majority of Iranians want: They want an end to the current Islamic regime. One year ago, the Obama administration missed an opportunity to support Iran's uprising. They mistakenly calculated that back-door negotiations with Iran's clerics and promises made by its rulers would bring cooperation on the nuclear issue. The Americans were...
  • Bear that bit hiker euthanized despite Facebook opposition

    05/21/2010 5:30:13 AM PDT · by don-o · 25 replies · 484+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | May 21, 2010 | Nash Armstrong
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials euthanized a 60-pound female black bear Thursday afternoon that attacked a hiker and ended up becoming an Internet cause celebre. Wildlife biologists determined the young bear that park rangers captured May 13 bit the foot of an unidentified man who got too close with a camera as he was hiking along the popular Laurel Falls Trail the day before. Park spokeswoman Nancy Gray said park policy dictates that all animals who attack humans must be euthanized. The bear was put down "in a humane manner," according to a National Park Service news release Thursday.
  • See You In November

    03/30/2010 5:57:34 PM PDT · by bethtopaz · 18 replies · 685+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 30, 2010 | Thomas Lifson
    Democrats and their media allies are counting on voters forgetting the intensity of their opposition to ObamaCare and other elements of the state takeover of parts of American life formerly safely in private hands. "Six months is an eternity in politics," goes the mantra they chant to reassure themselves that retribution at the polls will not be so terribly bad for them, because, after all, the common folk are pretty stupid and unable to carry an idea for very long. Dr. Chris Link disagrees. Laughter is a potent remedy to forgetfulness. He has produced, with his family, a charming video...
  • Borking, Its Not Just For Judges Anymore

    03/25/2010 8:06:53 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 9 replies · 536+ views
    03/25/10 | Reaganesque
    Remember when the Left proudly create their weapon of personal and political destruction: "Borking?" They successfully opposed the nomination of Judge Robert Bork by throwing out every wild and unfounded allegation they could at Judge Bork in hopes that some of them would stick. They gave no consideration to the truth of the charges, the charge was simply made to create a perception of Mr. Bork that would damage his chances of being elevated to the Supreme Court. When President Reagan withdrew the nomination, the Left strode to the microphones to proudly proclaim that they had created a new form...
  • Health care foes 11 votes shy of defeating bill

    03/16/2010 4:23:33 PM PDT · by americanophile · 66 replies · 2,588+ views
    CNN ^ | March 16, 2010 | Charles Riley and Jeff Simon
    Washington (CNN) -- Five more House Democrats said Tuesday that they will vote against Senate health care legislation, which puts opponents of reform just 11 votes shy of the 216 needed to prevent President Obama from scoring a major victory on his top domestic priority. An ongoing CNN analysis shows that opposition in the House to the Senate health care plan has reached 205 members. A total of 27 House Democrats, including nine who supported the House plan in November, have indicated that they would join a unified Republican caucus in opposing the Senate plan, which passed in that chamber...
  • Obama vows to beat 'blizzard' of opposition on health care(vows crusade on GoP-held StoneWallistan)

    02/06/2010 3:26:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 615+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/6/10 | Stephen Collinson
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama vowed Saturday to salvage his health reform drive and crusade for change despite a "blizzard" of opposition, as he left a snow-buried White House to rally wavering Democrats. Obama motorcaded through deserted Washington streets during a historic winter storm to fire up a party rocked by panic and disaffection after the president's reform drive hit a roadblock ahead of mid-term polls in November. "(It's) good to be among friends. So committed to the future of this party and this country ... a blizzard ... Snowmageddon here in DC!" Obama told Democratic National Committee members...
  • Support Of Obamacare At All-Time Low

    01/19/2010 11:51:06 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 8 replies · 421+ views
    The Lid/Rasmussen/Pollster ^ | 1/19/1 | The Lid
    As the Democratic party tries to conjure up new procedural monkey-business to ram Obamacare down our throats should Scott Brown be declared winner of today's Special Massachusetts Election, Rasmussen is reporting that support of the Democratic plan is at an all time low. The latest Rasmussen poll on the Democratic party initiative reports that just 38% of voters nationwide favor Obamacare, a tie for the lowest level ever . Fifty-six percent 56% of voters oppose the plan. As has been the case throughout the debate, those who feel strongly about the issue are more likely to be opposed. Just 18%...
  • Iranian nuclear physics professor dies in Tehran bomb blast - reports (regime blames opposition)

    01/12/2010 2:14:03 AM PST · by SolidWood · 40 replies · 2,301+ views
    BBC ^ | 12 January 2010 | BBC
    An Iranian nuclear physics professor has been killed in a bomb attack in the capital Tehran, Iranian media say. They say that Masoud Mohammadi died after a remotely controlled bomb exploded near his home. Iranian media describe him as a "devoted revolutionary professor" killed by "anti-revolutionary" groups. It comes at a time of heightened tension in Iran, following June's disputed presidential election and mass protests against the government. Prof Mohammadi of Tehran University "was killed in a booby-trapped motorbike blast" in the city's northern Qeytariyeh district, Press TV said. It showed pictures from the scene of the blast, saying windows...
  • Voter Attitudes Towards Health Care Plan Harden--58% Opposed

    12/30/2009 9:50:50 AM PST · by timesthattrymenssouls · 10 replies · 600+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 12/30/2009 | Scott Rasmussen
    Voter Attitudes Towards Health Care Plan Harden - 58% Opposed Wednesday, December 30, 2009 Many have questioned whether those who favor or oppose the health care plan in Congress really know what’s in it. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey suggests that they have a decent understanding of the bill and that voter attitudes towards the legislation have hardened. While several individual components of the plan are popular, reminding voters of what’s included in the plan has virtually no impact on support for the overall legislation. This suggests that there are not major surprises in the legislation that will...