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  • The Passing of George McGovern: A Liberal Who Got Mugged

    10/22/2012 3:42:44 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    New American ^ | Monday, 22 October 2012 16:11 | Bob Adelmann
    Monday, 22 October 2012 16:11 The Passing of George McGovern: A Liberal Who Got Mugged Written by Bob Adelmann George McGovern, known for his ultra-liberal stance on issues of his day, passed away on Sunday, October 21st, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at age 90. Active in promoting liberal programs almost from the first, McGovern was convinced that government could be used as an instrument to improve society, especially in providing food for the poor in America and around the world. He saw the American government and the United Nations as tools to promote sustenance for...
  • Hillary At Social Media Summit: "Anyone can be a Diplomat -- Just Hit Send!"

    10/22/2012 10:36:33 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10-22-12 | Penny Starr
    In a video address to the Social Good Summit in New York City on Sept. 22, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said technology makes it possible for “anyone” to be a diplomat. “We are living in a moment when anyone can be a diplomat,” Clinton said. “All you have to do is hit send.” The three-day summit was held during U.N. Week and was sponsored in part by the United Nations Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “The Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking...
  • Philosopher, secular humanist and religion skeptic Paul Kurtz dies at 86 in New York

    10/22/2012 10:01:05 AM PDT · by Joseph Harrolds · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct 22, 2012
    Paul Kurtz, who sought to debunk psychics, astrologers and anything related to the paranormal, has died. He was 86. The secular humanist philosopher died Saturday at his home in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst. His death was announced Monday by the Center for Inquiry, which he founded. His family isn't releasing the cause. Kurtz founded the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and The Skeptical Inquirer magazine, which advocates relying on science and reason to examine everything from alien sightings to homeopathic remedies. He also was a well-known voice for the idea that decisions and behavior should be guided by science and...
  • Argentina: How to Destroy a Rich Country

    10/22/2012 7:04:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/22/2012 | By Mike Konrad
    The next election may determine where America is headed -- to a restoration of its greatness, or to a retreat into the obsolescence of history. Before one casts a vote, an example stands before us of a country that made the wrong choice, warning us what to avoid. The country is Argentina, chiefly unknown to most Americans, apart from its creation of the tango . This ignorance on our part is inexcusable, since Argentina resembles an America that went awry. Argentina's are astounding. Argentina is a little less than half the size of continental United States, with a climate that...
  • Being pro-life doesn't make me any less of a lefty

    10/21/2012 8:22:45 PM PDT · by oneprolifewoman · 19 replies
    New Statesman ^ | Mehdi Hasan
    Listening to fellow pundits on the left react with rage and disbelief to the support by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, for halving the abortion time limit to 12 weeks, I was reminded of the late Christopher Hitchens. “[A]nyone who has ever seen a sonogram or has spent even an hour with a textbook on embryology knows that emotions are not the deciding factor [in abortions],” wrote the Hitch in his column for the Nation magazine in April 1989. “In order to terminate a pregnancy, you have to still a heartbeat, switch off a developing brain . . . break...
  • RYMB Romney you magnificent bastard, tear 'em up!(Vanity)

    10/21/2012 7:14:48 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 18 replies
    Good bottle of wine has me in a mood tonight! Let's go Ronmey, chew the fraud up!!
  • Is Obama a Marxist? (video)

    10/21/2012 2:51:18 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 15 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | Oct 20 2012 | Dave Blount
    The short answer is yes. A longer answer is this video:Is Obama Marxist? A note on the patently phony rhetoric from commies like Obama and Biden regarding the middle class: under the collectivist system they have been incrementally imposing, there will be no middle class — just government-dependent peasants and their wise, all-powerful rulers.
  • Sue Carlton: Of Muslims and protests, schools and religion, church and state

    10/21/2012 1:47:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times | October 17, 2012 | Sue Carlton
    In the latest religious battle in Hillsborough County schools — call it Eastergate -a federal magistrate says a fourth-grader should have been allowed to pass out invitations to classmates for an Easter egg hunt to "learn the true meaning of Easter."And that telling him no violated his right to free speech.I figured this news would have conservative Christian activist and current School Board candidate Terry Kemple — whose group was behind billboards that called the separation of church and state a lie—cheering.Hooray for the First Amendment!Though, actually, what he said was: "It was an accurate ruling."It got me wondering, though....
  • Victims Outraged as Feds Refuse to Call Fort Hood Attack Terrorism

    10/20/2012 8:52:24 PM PDT · by robowombat · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 19 Oct 2012 04:50 PM | Todd Beamon
    Victims of the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood in Texas that killed 13 people and wounded dozens more are outraged that the U.S. government refuses to classify it as an act of terrorism. About 160 victims and their families released a video on Thursday describing the shooting — in which Army Maj. Nidal Hasan allegedly opened fire on a room full of soldiers — and arguing why it should be classified as a terrorist attack. ...... The U.S. Department of Defense has ruled the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting a case of workplace violence. ...... Hasan consulted by email with top...
  • Soviet propaganda posters show importance of religious freedom

    10/20/2012 7:19:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    cna ^ | October 19, 2012 | Carl Bunderson
    A woman throws icons away in a propaganda poster which states, "The Bright Light of Science Has Proven That There Is No God." Denver, Colo., Oct 19, 2012 / 05:43 pm (CNA).- Some 40 Soviet propaganda posters against Christianity will soon be displayed at Denver’s Catholic cathedral as part of an exhibit dedicated to religious liberty. “These posters remind us that societies can turn very deadly when you have a kind of radical secularism which manifests in an anti-Christian attitude … you see it in all its ugliness through the lens of these posters,” Father Doug Grandon told CNA...
  • What do we actually know about Mohammed?

    10/19/2012 2:05:47 PM PDT · by robowombat · 35 replies
    Open Democracy ^ | 10 June 2008 | PATRICIA CRONE
    About the author Patricia Crone is professor of Islamic history at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. It is notoriously difficult to know anything for sure about the founder of a world religion. Just as one shrine after the other obliterates the contours of the localities in which he was active, so one doctrine after another reshapes him as a figure for veneration and imitation for a vast number of people in times and places that he never knew. In the case of Mohammed, Muslim literary sources for his life only begin around 750-800 CE (common era), some four to...
  • The Kissing Sailor, or “The Selective Blindness of Rape Culture” (Lefty Lunatic Alert)

    10/19/2012 1:01:18 PM PDT · by pabianice · 25 replies
    Crates and Ribbons ^ | 10/10/12 | Leopard
    In pursuit of gender equality The kissing sailor, Greta Zimmer Friedman, George Mendonsa Most of us are familiar with this picture. Captured in Times Square on V-J Day, 1945, it has become one of the most iconic photographs of American history, symbolizing the jubilation and exuberance felt throughout the country at the end of World War II. For a long time, the identity of the pair remained a mystery. It certainly looks passionate and romantic enough, with many speculating that they were a couple – a sailor and a nurse, celebrating and sharing their joy. This year, however, historians...
  • Criminals and the Guns They Carry

    10/19/2012 12:39:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 18 October, 2012 | Greg Ellifritz
    "If you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss." Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu said this over 2000 years ago in his book The Art of War. It's hardly new advice. Yet it is just as useful now as it was so many centuries ago. Armed citizens spend countless hours trying to find the perfect weapon system, combining the best size, accuracy, reliability, and stopping power into one easy-to-carry package. They try friends' guns. They read gun magazines. They study every gun website on the Internet. They are truly taking Sun Tzu's...
  • Fidel Castro suffered a stroke, Venezuelan doctor says

    10/19/2012 11:19:05 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 29 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | October 18, 2012 | Juan Carlos Chavez
    A Naples doctor said former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is near ‘a neurovegetative state’ after suffering a stroke. Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and his state of health is so precarious that he has trouble feeding, speaking and recognizing people, said a Venezuelan physician who assured El Nuevo Herald that he has access to firsthand sources and information. “He suffered an embolic stroke and recognizes absolutely no one,” said José Marquina, a respected doctor who in the past has claimed to have direct information about the illness affecting President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.
  • Eating with Tax Collectors

    10/19/2012 8:11:37 AM PDT · by Father Gillen · 6 replies
    Dominican Friars ^ | October 19, 2012 | Father Gillen, O.P.
    Last night I was invited to dinner by Al Smith IV, the great-grandson of Al Smith, who was a former New York governor and the first Catholic nominated for president. Al shared some jokes while introducing Obama and Romney. He also poked fun at Cardinal Timothy Dolan, a man of considerable girth, who sat between the two candidates. Al joked that they were separated by a “vast expanse.” The banter throughout the night reminded me of another man of great girth, namely G.K. Chesterton. Standing 6 feet 4 inches and weighing around 290 pounds, Chesterton’s size gave rise to a...
  • UK: Guardian 'seriously discussing' end to print edition

    10/17/2012 5:11:57 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/17/2012 | Katherine Rushton,
    The publisher of the Guardian and Observer newspapers is close to axing the print editions of the newspapers, despite the hopes of its editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger to keep them running for several years. Senior figures at Guardian News & Media are seriously discussing the move to an entirely online operation, it has been claimed, leaving Mr Rusbridger increasingly isolated. The longstanding Guardian chief wants to develop the Guardian’s digital-only US operation before pulling the plug on the print edition, in the hope that it will provide a useful blueprint for the online business in Britain. However, trustees of the Scott...
  • The Al Smith Dinner and Our Pro-Abortion President

    10/17/2012 11:52:59 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 3 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 16, 2012 | Jack Fowler
    Turns out that many board members (former NBC boss Robert Wright, developer John Zuccotti, moneyman Peter Kiernan III) of the Smith Foundation are well-heeled, big-time supporters of pro-abortion Democratic lawmakers. This includes good old Al Smith IV, the foundation’s chairman. Records at the Federal Election Commission and OpenSecrets.org show that over the years he has rained campaign cash on every Schumer, Rodham, Clinton, Kerry, Dodd, and Kennedy he could find. My favorite: On June 28, 2007, Smith contributed $500 to the PAC run by ultra pro-abortion Democratic congressman Jerry Nadler, listing on the FEC donation record that his occupation was...
  • Good Catholics can not be Democrats argues Kansas Irish American politician

    10/16/2012 12:36:42 PM PDT · by batmast · 9 replies
    Irish Central ^ | October 16, 2012 | JAMES O'SHEA
    http://www.irishcentral.com/news/-Good-Catholics-can-not-be-Democrats-argues-Kansas-Irish-American-politician-174354601.html?showAll=y Good Catholics can not be Democrats argues Kansas Irish American politician Says Democratic platform on gay marriage is counter to Christ’s teaching ByJAMES O'SHEA,IrishCentral Staff Writer Published Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7:11 AMUpdated Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 9:16 AM Larger TextPrintE-mail50 Comments Steve Fitzgerald, an Irish American Republican candidate for the Kansas State Senate has stated that Catholics should not be Democrats because the party supports gay marriage. "My main point is that the Democratic platform and policies nationally are an attempt to redefine marriage in effect to say what Christ has said about marriage is a lie," Fitzgerald...
  • Knowing What You Know Now, Would You Have Backed Romney From The Primary?

    10/16/2012 10:52:22 AM PDT · by SarahPalin2012 · 146 replies
    Or would you have still backed Cain/Gingrich/Santorum/Christie/Palin (whoever your choice was from before or during the primary). I think it's an interesting question. Mitt wasn't my first choice, but am glad that he is doing so well. Would you now prefer Mitt over another who may or may not have done as well? Of course, I myself am a completely committed supporter of Mitt Romney since the primary was decided.
  • University of CA spends $80k on socialism project

    10/16/2012 7:58:28 AM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 7 replies
    The University of California -- Merced (UCM) spent $80,000 in a self-described attempt to advance ideas of “economic justice.” According to the school’s official website, UCM aims to create a “society in which the distribution of resources is equitable” and promote “cultural awareness.” To bring these goals to term, the university created a special “Social Justice” department which hosts annual events such as the “National Coming Out Awareness” week and a “Multicultural Odyssey in San Francisco.”
  • Election Time

    10/16/2012 7:06:30 AM PDT · by arthurus · 2 replies
    International Man ^ | October 15, 2012 | Jeff Thomas
    "Anybody who wants the presidency so much that he'll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office." - David Broder "If voting could actually change anything, it would be illegal." - Noam Chomsky Generally, I tend not to comment on elections, as I consider them to be largely unimportant. That is, regardless of which candidate is elected, the actual outcome tends to be much the same. In most countries, the higher the office being contested, the less real difference there is between the candidates. First, unlike, say, a beauty pageant, in which...
  • Joe Biden’s Religion: Catholicism or Leftism? Which faith has hold over Joe Biden’s soul?

    10/16/2012 5:32:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/16/2012 | Dennis Prager
    In the vice-presidential debate, the two candidates, both Roman Catholics, were asked about their religious beliefs, about how those beliefs impact their political positions, and specifically about abortion. This was the response of Vice President Joe Biden: My religion defines who I am. And I’ve been a practicing Catholic my whole life. And it has particularly informed my social doctrine. Catholic social doctrine talks about taking care of those who — who can’t take care of themselves, people who need help.With regard to abortion, I accept my church’s position on abortion as a — what we call de fide...
  • Will your child attend LGBT 'mixer' at school?

    10/15/2012 11:40:43 AM PDT · by Neoliberalnot · 36 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | October 15, 2012 | WND Exclusive
    Parents are being advised to keep their children home from school on Oct. 30 if their local education officials are allowing the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Mix It Up” day to be held on campus. The advisory comes from the pro-family American Family Association, because of the pro-homosexual message that is expected to be delivered during the events. “The Southern Poverty Law Center is using this project to bully-push its gay agenda, and at the same time, intimidate and silence students who have a biblical view of homosexuality.” “This is the same organization that launched hateful and malicious rhetoric toward...
  • Random Thoughts

    10/15/2012 10:25:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 16, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: Not since the days of slavery have there been so many people who feel entitled to what other people have produced as there are in the modern welfare state, whether in Western Europe or on this side of the Atlantic. Economist Edward Lazear has cut through all of Barack Obama's claims about "creating jobs" with one plain and inescapable fact — "there hasn't been one day during the entire Obama presidency when as many Americans were working as on the day President Bush left office." Whatever number of jobs were created during the Obama...
  • Florida Poll: Ryan clear winner over Biden

    10/15/2012 6:58:59 AM PDT · by pabianice · 7 replies
    SurveyUSA ^ | 10/15/12
    Tampa Area Adults React to VP Debate: 1,000 Tampa area adults were interviewed by SurveyUSA about last night's Vice Presidential debate. Of the adults, 704 watched the debate. Results of debate watchers: * 38% say Joe Biden clearly won the debate. * 42% say Paul Ryan clearly won the debate. * 20% say there was no clear winner. 13% say they changed which candidate for President they support as a result of the debate. Of those who tell SurveyUSA they changed their mind: * 44% switched from the Obama ticket to the Romney ticket. * 29% switched from undecided to...
  • Biden's Abortion Blarney

    10/15/2012 6:28:58 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 15, 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    When Joe Biden was asked about abortion in the vice-presidential debate last Thursday, he replied with what, in part, has become boilerplate. "I accept my church's position on abortion..." he said. "Life begins at conception; that's the church's judgment. I accept it in my personal life; I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the congressman [Paul Ryan]." The personally-opposed, no-values-imposed (PONVI) argument is nothing new. For instance, consider the following version of a typical pro-abortion appeal: If each person will only agree to mind his own business, and leave his neighbors alone, there will be...
  • Do the debates unfairly shut out third parties?

    10/15/2012 4:52:35 AM PDT · by teflon9 · 35 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 15, 2012 | Brian Montopoli
    The presidential and vice presidential debates are sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonprofit corporation that mandates that a candidate have at least 15 percent support in national polls to participate. Since the CPD took over running the debates in 1988, only once has a third party candidate been allowed to participate: In 1992, when Ross Perot joined Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush on the debate stage. The dominance of the two major parties at the debates has critics charging that the system is effectively rigged to shut out other voices. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee...
  • The Left After Communism - Marxism failed because it had been inserted into a hostile environment

    10/15/2012 4:07:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | October 15, 2012 | David Horowitz
    The Stalinist historian Eric Hobsbawm has been the subject of a lot of fatuous eulogies since his death a few weeks ago. Ron Radosh asks whether an intellectual – a man of ideas — who dedicated his whole life to the defense of the most murderous regime on human record, and to lying in defense of that regime – can be a good historian. The question, if put right, is self-answering. Yet even worthy conservatives like Niall Ferguson apparently get it wrong. Hobsbawm may have been a brilliant writer and an intelligent man. Yet he was morally defective, and that...
  • Cranmer: The consummation of gay marriage

    10/14/2012 3:13:06 PM PDT · by MegaSilver · 17 replies
    Cranmer ^ | Friday 16 March 2012 | "Archbishop Cranmer"
    His Grace apologises for this post, but it is as unavoidable as the decline and fall of the Coalition. What two grown men or two grown women get up behind closed doors in the privacy of their own homes is not, of course, a matter for the Conservatively-inclined. But, thanks to the Government’s intention to legislate for same-sex marriage, it will, at some point very soon, be a very public matter for the courts to consider and the media to pore over in salacious detail. His Grace is merely prematurely jumping on a future bandwagon hereby foreseen and foretold with...
  • A day of judgment for liberal bishops - "Marxism and carbon-neutral platitudes"

    10/14/2012 2:03:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | October 12, 2012 | Damian Thompson
    ........Once the old, routine churchgoers have died off, and now that “None” is the default position for liberal-minded young people, what will the churches of the future look like? We’re beginning to find out. More to the point, the clapped-out Anglican and Catholic bishops of the English-speaking world are finding out, too–and it’s giving them nightmares. Those youngsters who once went to church out of obligation are now spending Sunday mornings in the supermarket or the gym (body worship is a flourishing faith). That means that the only young people in the pews are true believers who really want to...
  • If Romney Wins, Here's Who He'll Have to Thank

    10/13/2012 2:51:31 PM PDT · by oblomov · 20 replies
    Barrons ^ | Jim McTague
    An analysis by a savvy demographer points to the states Romney is likely to take—and why he's on the path to victory. Sizing up population growth in key GOP states. The presidential race has grown closer since Mitt Romney and Barack Obama squared off in the first of three debates, with the Republican challenger edging ahead in the polls in several key states. But Romney never was the underdog depicted by the mainstream press, and Obama's path to victory is much steeper than his campaign team appreciates; they've long felt they have it in the bag. Former GOP demographer John...
  • Out with colour: Islamists force Timbuktu women to wear black veils

    10/13/2012 9:49:21 AM PDT · by WVKayaker · 16 replies
    France24 ^ | 9/24/2012 | Mahaman Dedeou
    To avoid being whipped, mutilated, and jailed, women in Timbuktu now have to wear black veils and loose-fitting clothing. Radical Islamists, who took control of the city months ago, are laying down their law – Sharia law – and for the first time since they’ve arrived, they’re specifically targeting women. Over the past few weeks, Islamists from two armed groups – Ansar Dine and Mujao, who took over northern Mali in April – have increasingly made use of corporal punishment against the local population. This includes whipping, amputations, and even stoning people to death who do not obey Sharia law....
  • Biden: 'My Religion Defines My Life;' Pope: 'There Is a Grave & Clear Oblig to Oppose' Leg Abortion

    10/13/2012 7:42:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 56 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 12, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Vice President Joe Biden gestures during his debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky., C with Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate. (AP Photo/Rick Wilking) (CNSNews.com) - Vice President Joe Biden said in Thursday night’s vice presidential debate that life begins at conception, that he accepts the Catholic Church’s position on abortion, and that he believes abortion must be legal. The Catholic Church's teaching is not only that abortion is always wrong, but also that Catholics in public office have a grave duty to oppose legalizing it while speaking out clearly against it.The position Biden took on abortion...
  • Woman Tells Chris Matthews Obama Is a ‘Communist’ on Live Television: ‘He’s a Communist, Buddy’

    10/12/2012 2:22:59 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 46 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/11/12 | Jason Howerton
    MSNBC’s Chris Matthews confronted a woman outside Centre College in Danville, Ky., the location of Thursday’s vice presidential debate, who yelled out that President Obama is a “communist” while he was interviewing people about the presidential race. “Who said communist down here?” Matthews asked, locating the woman and asking her why she believes Obama is in fact a communist. “All you have to do is study it out. Just study it out. And you’ll see. You haven’t done your homework, buddy,” the woman told Matthews. “And what do I need to study?” he replied. “He’s a communist,” she said again....
  • The Conscience of Kansas radio program- Doug Giles

    10/11/2012 2:01:01 PM PDT · by 1pitech
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 10-08-12 | Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson
    In this episode of the Conscience of Kansas radio program we talk about several bits of Kansas news including a liberal artists in Lawrence Kansas angry that his painting of Gov. Brownback burning in hell was removed from a local business. Doug Giles, author of the book, "Raising Boys Feminists Will Hate" will be on the show to talk about his new book. We invite you to listen and comment.
  • Key Taliban Accounts Active On Blogging Site Twitter

    10/11/2012 1:19:24 PM PDT · by pabianice · 3 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 11/10/12 | zabihmujahid
    In recent years Taliban militants have been using the micro-blogging service Twitter to spread their message against the U.S. Following are some of the key Taliban accounts active on Twitter. Some Twitter accounts established in the names of Taliban leader Mullah Omar and Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri are not listed here, as they do not appear to be authentic. @zabihmujahidThis is the official Twitter account of Zabihullah Mujahid, one of the two main spokesmen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban's shadow government). It has 197 followers as of September 19, 2012.
  • Advisor To Hamas Government In Gaza: Israel Must Disappear

    10/11/2012 1:13:50 PM PDT · by pabianice · 3 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 10/10/12 | 'Obeid
    In an October 8, 2012 article in the Hamas newspaper Al-Risala, Kana'an 'Obeid, an advisor to the Hamas government in Gaza, urged this movement to refrain from emulating the PLO in making political concessions and adopting pragmatist policies. Instead, he called upon Hamas to declare that it was created to eliminate the state of Israel. The following are excerpts from the article:[1] Kana'an 'Obeid "The deterioration of the Palestinian cause occurred in a series of steps. Initially, there were slogans such as 'eliminating Israel' or 'bon appétit, oh fish in the sea!', and the PLO slogan, 'we will not relinquish...
  • Unrest doesn’t spell the death of the Arab Spring (Arab View)

    10/11/2012 1:03:58 PM PDT · by pabianice · 4 replies
    Arab News ^ | 10/10/12 | Ben Hamida
    BY now, most people with access to the news have heard that once again, the Arab world is in major turmoil. The events that took place on Sept. 14, when mobs of protesters attacked the US embassies in Tunis, Cairo, Khartoum and Sanaa, have undoubtedly undermined the transformative democratic wind blowing in the region. The tragic loss of a distinguished American diplomat and three members of his staff in Benghazi — the Libyan city that came to symbolize a new approach to American foreign policy in the Arab world — has tarnished the image of the fledgling Arab Spring. Later,...
  • Be prepared Mr.Romney - False perception bipartisanship

    10/11/2012 12:04:39 PM PDT · by indianyogi · 5 replies
    New York Times
    Here are the questions somebady raised! Mr. Romney must have an answer ready for these. "Obama should counter this false perception of Romney bi-partisanship with Romney's actual record in Massachusetts."
  • Reagan A Time for Choosing -- Memo to Ryan: Try Channeling This Tonight

    10/11/2012 8:11:27 AM PDT · by Gothmog · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10/27/64 | Reagan
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXBswFfh6AY Astonishing how Reagan could say many of the same things today and still be topical. Ryan copies Reagan's haircut, can he he deliver the same message tonight? If Ryan could that would be crucial as the next Presidential debate will be a townhall meeting where the importance (per Rove, whom I agree w/ on this issue) will be focused mostly on empathizing with the questioner rather than stating firm policy positions and articulating stark philosophical differences.
  • MSNBC panel -- Ryan will lie but Biden will shine in VP debate

    10/10/2012 12:16:43 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 08, 2012 | Dan Gainor
    <p>MSNBC is so focused on building false narratives they should hand out hard hats to their on-air staff. This time it was the gang of unknowns on Melissa Harris-Perry‘s Sunday show depicting Vice President Joe Biden as a statesmen and GOP veep hopeful Paul Ryan as a liar.</p>
  • Yoko Ono awards Lady Gaga peace prize in Iceland

    10/10/2012 12:06:56 PM PDT · by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10-10-2012 | Omar Valdimarsson
    REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Pop star Lady Gaga was awarded a peace prize by Yoko Ono in a ceremony in Iceland on Tuesday. Peace activist Ono said the LennonOno Grant for Peace, established in the name of her late husband, former Beatle John Lennon, rewarded Lady Gaga for combining stardom with activism and changing "the mental map" of the world. "Lady Gaga is in a position of number one as a singer songwriter," Ono told Reuters Television. "And when you are number one you don't want to risk yourself. And she did."
  • Rami Levy: Govt. Bigger Monopoly than Business

    10/10/2012 1:33:34 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/10/12
    Speaking to Arutz Sheva, businessman and supermarket chain owner Rami Levy criticized politicians who blame corporations for increases in the cost of living. “I always argue that the public sector is more of a monopoly and more centralized than the private sector,” he said. “The bureaucracy it creates makes the cost of living more expensive by 15-20 percent,” he added. “When it comes to water, electricity, and property taxes...there’s no competition.”
  • Study: Young Americans Dumping Religion at Rapid Rate

    10/09/2012 3:25:25 PM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 54 replies
    The New American ^ | 09 October 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    According to a recent study, religion is dying in America. And it’s a trend that has grave implications for our politics, culture, and the fate of our civilization. Ben Fearnow of CBS News reports on the story, writing: ...The study also posits some theories for this burgeoning irreligiosity, which, writes Fearnow, “run the gamut from a backlash against the entanglement of religion and politics to a global relationship between economic development and secularization.” Now, I don’t know if that “gamut” includes the obvious, but these two theories miss the mark. Question: Do we wonder why Pakistan is spawning jihadists when...
  • Protestants no longer the majority in US, study says

    10/09/2012 1:52:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 9, 2012
    NEW YORK –  For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study. One reason: The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise. The percentage of Protestant adults in the U.S. has reached a low of 48 percent, the first time that Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 percent. The drop has long been anticipated and comes at a time when no Protestants are on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republicans have...
  • Obama: Some people wonder why I’m so ‘even-keeled’

    10/09/2012 4:50:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 69 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 9, 2012
    “I’m not going to spend a long time making a speech,” President Obama explained last night during a fundraiser in San Francisco last night, signalling that he would answer questions instead. “Most of you have been great friends for many years. Many of you supported me when I was running for the United States Senate, much less running for President. And so I think you know who I am and you know what I care about.” Instead, Obama began reminiscing about growing up in Hawaii, after he was introduced by a childhood friend, Pam Hamamoto. “It’s true that actually the...
  • US elections 2012:Indian Americans help raise millions for Romney Campaign

    10/08/2012 7:20:53 PM PDT · by Rabin · 16 replies
    Samaylive ^ | 07 Oct | not listed
    WASHINGTON: Away from the public glare, prominent Indian Americans supporting Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney are believed to have raised between USD 15-20 million for his presidential campaign... The 'Indian American Coalition' (over 200 prominent Indian Americans) established in November 2011 has produced the desired results, Indian American supporters say, "Everyone has contributed funds, bundled money or held an event that has raised a minimum USD one million,... appalled by the incendiary anti-India rhetoric coming out of the Obama campaign with numerous ads attacking India for loss of American jobs... They are unanimously supporting Mitt Romney for President because...
  • Race Cards (Sowell on Coulter's book 'Mugged')

    10/08/2012 12:52:37 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 9, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    If you are sick and tired of seeing politicians and others playing the race card, or if you are just disgusted with the grossly dishonest way racial issues in general are portrayed, then you should get a copy of Ann Coulter's new book, "Mugged." Its subtitle is: "Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama." Few things are as rare as an honest book about race. This is one of the very few, and one of the very best. Many people will learn for the first time from Ann Coulter's book how a drunken hoodlum and ex-convict, who tried to attack...
  • Judge: No Jail for Newborn’s Killer Because Abortion is Accepted

    10/08/2012 12:19:55 PM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 23 replies
    The New American ^ | 08 October 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    When the great philosopher G.K. Chesterton said, “Let all the babies be born. Then let us drown those we do not like,” he wasn’t advocating infanticide but was just making a point. Unfortunately, though, we’re getting closer to a time when people would take his words literally. An example of this is a judge’s decision in Canada that a woman who strangled her newborn baby shouldn’t be incarcerated because Canadians’ failure to criminalize abortion indicates that they “sympathize” with the mother. ...So Justice Veit’s decision seems to make no sense whatsoever; that is, unless you look beyond the facts of...
  • A Fantasy Election, an Imaginary Man

    10/08/2012 9:06:23 AM PDT · by yoe · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | October 5, 2012 | Andrew Klavan
    Even before his inauguration, Barack Obama was an imaginary man, the creation of his admirers. Think back to the 2008 Time magazine cover depicting him as FDR, the Newsweek cover of the same year on which he was shown casting Lincoln’s shadow, or the $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize awarded to him “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”—this in 2009, less than a year after he had taken office. It was not that Obama had done nothing to deserve these outsized comparisons and honors—it was not just that he had done nothing—it was that...