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  • Rogue US Policy: Obama to Sanction Islamic UN resolution Declaring Jewish Homes in Israel illegal

    01/23/2011 12:26:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 54 replies
    atlas shrugs ^ | 1/23/11 | Pamela Gellar
    Barack Hussein Obama is conceivably the most anti-Israel president the United States has had since the State of Israel was formed, yet American Jews voted in large numbers for him. In a stunning, shameless act of naked hate and bigotry, Barack Hussein Obama will align with the Organization of the Islamic Conference at the UN to ethnically cleanse Israel of the Jewish people. This would be the first time a US President did not veto a critical resolution in what is now an interminable stream of Islamic anti-semitic resolutions introduced by an increasingly Islamicized United Nations. Anyone with even so...
  • 'I made a mistake': Al Gore's U-turn on corn ethanol as he admits the food-vs-fuel competition...

    11/22/2010 10:14:42 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/23/10
    'I made a mistake': Al Gore's U-turn on corn ethanol as he admits the food-vs-fuel competition is real By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 4:43 AM on 23rd November 2010 Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said support for corn-based ethanol in the United States was 'not a good policy', weeks before tax credits are up for renewal. U.S. blending tax breaks for ethanol make it profitable for refiners to use the fuel even when it is more expensive than gasoline. The credits are up for renewal on December 31. Total U.S. ethanol subsidies reached $7.7billion last year according...
  • Obama's foreign policy needs an update

    11/22/2010 5:37:47 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 4 replies ^ | 11/22/2010 | Jackson Diehl
    For help understanding the foreign policy headlines of the past week, let's return, briefly, to the spring of 1983, when Barack Obama was a student at Columbia University. What were the burning international issues of that time? Well, first was the "nuclear freeze" movement, which was prompting mass demonstrations around the world by people worried about the standoff between the Soviet Union and the United States. Obama published an article about it in a campus magazine in which he invoked the vision of "a nuclear free world." The Middle East, meanwhile, was still reeling from the 1982 Israeli invasion of...
  • Tax Factor Is Key to Making Investment Decisions

    11/16/2010 12:25:35 PM PST · by Bigun · 6 replies
    Money ^ | Monday, November 8, 2010 08:35 AM | Denis Kleinfeld
    If no one knows what tax rate will be applied, or even what will be taxed (and it certainly doesn’t appear to be anyone in Congress or the president), it’s difficult for an investor to make confident investment decisions. With the tax factor unknown, what can be said with certainty is that there is a lot of real money at risk on any investment. Clearly, tax uncertainty doesn’t seem to make up much of the analysis by those who make their living brokering investments or investment services.
  • Obama's Lost Decade

    11/11/2010 4:39:31 PM PST · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 6 replies ^ | 11/10/10 | Peter Andrew
    President Barack Obama and his economic team have decided to follow Japan’s economic path… the same one that resulted in Japan’s “Lost Decade!” Obama wants to be re-elected so badly, that he and Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve Bank are proceeding with methods they think will improve the economy quickly. That’s the catch though, this quick fix (if it even works) leads to long-term nightmares. Obama gains, U.S. pains. …On Dec. 29 of that year, the Nikkei 225 Index topped out at 38,957.44, before closing at 38,915.87. By the following September, it had nearly been halved – and there...
  • US Policy 'Clueless': German Finance Minister

    11/05/2010 8:56:05 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 7 replies
    CNBC ^ | Nov. 5, 2010 | Reuters
    . . . Germany has pushed for a replacement of the programme, which expires in 2013, and increased economic coordination in the EU — a goal advanced last month when plans it put forward with France to make limited changes to the bloc's treaty and tighten budgetary rules gained approval. France and Germany should maintain their leadership role in Europe, Schaeuble said, especially in order to harmonise its economic policy and bolster stability given current economic uncertainties. These are being worsened by reckless policy in part from the the United States, Schaeuble said, sharpening his criticism of the Federal Reserve's...
  • Bernanke Speaks: What to Expect From Fed Chairman

    10/14/2010 7:59:56 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-14-2010 | Jon Hilsenrath
    Bernanke Speaks: What to Expect From Fed ChairmanOctober 14, 2010, 8:19 PM ET By Jon Hilsenrath Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gives an important speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Friday morning on monetary policy in a low-inflation environment — important because it comes just a few weeks before the Fed’s next policy meeting and because the time is ripe for him to lay out his thinking on the Fed’s next steps more clearly. Here’s our best guess about some of the issues that we think are on his mind: Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke –Quantitative Easing: Even though...
  • Don't expect us to pay benefits for unlimited babies, says minister

    10/07/2010 9:05:46 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4:19 PM on 7th October 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    A Cabinet minister was branded 'abhorrent' today after saying that the state should not provide limitless support to benefits claimants with large families. Campaigners reacted with fury after the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt savaged the policy of sizeable handouts totalling more than the average household earns. Mr Hunt claimed that the Government's proposed cap on benefits reflected the need for claimants to 'take responsibility' for their children.

    09/20/2010 9:54:40 PM PDT · by · 14 replies ^ | 20 SPT, 2010 | ACRITICALOBSERVER.COM
    Chicago... according to the Wall Street Journal, "Federal authorities charged a 22-year-old man with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, saying he placed a backpack he thought contained explosives on a crowded street near Wrigley Field. The suspect, Sami Samir Hassoun, plotted for months to terrorize Chicago, unaware that his associate in the scheme was cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a 25-page federal indictment filed Monday.Officials said Mr. Hassoun placed the backpack, which authorities had loaded with harmless materials, in a trash can near a sports bar just after midnight last Sunday near...
  • ICE Proposes New Policy That Would Let Illegal Immigrants Go Free

    09/10/2010 3:18:48 AM PDT · by Son House · 27 replies ^ | September 09, 2010 | By Jana Winter
    The proposed changes in ICE policy state: “Immigration officers should not issue detainers against an alien charged only with a traffic-related misdemeanor unless or until the alien is convicted." The ICE proposal would prevent law enforcement officers from reporting illegal immigrants identified during the course of a traffic-related stop or arrest to federal authorities unless: they are a convicted felon; they are wanted for a felony; they are part of an existing investigation; they were involved in an accident involving drugs or alcohol, or they fled the scene. The draft proposal was posted on ICE's website last month with a...
  • Faber - Bernanke's Policy is driving Jobs to Asia

    09/09/2010 12:11:56 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 9 replies ^ | 98 Sep 2010 | Julie Crawshaw
    Doom, Gloom and Boom publisher Marc Faber says Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's monetary easing policies are creating many more jobs outside the U.S. than in it.

"It is a fallacy to believe that easy money and the purchase of Treasuries will boost economic activity in the U.S.," Faber told Bloomberg. "Over the last two years, we eased massively in the U.S. and where did the growth take place? In Asia."

"So when we talk about job creation, do you think that Intel or a small businessman will hire more people in the U.S. because of further monetary printing?"

"No! They will build...
  • Policy shift may allow some illegal immigrants to stay

    08/27/2010 2:30:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 2+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/27 | Tim Gaynor
    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A shake-up in immigration policy may lead to deportation proceedings being dropped for thousands of aliens who entered the United States illegally but are applying to stay in the country, officials said on Friday. They said the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) seeks to end deportation proceedings against detained illegal immigrants who have applications pending to become legal U.S. residents, if agents determine they have no criminal history and do not present a security threat. The policy shift emerged from an internal memorandum ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton sent last week to the agency's principal legal...
  • When Economic Policy Became Social Policy

    08/23/2010 8:24:01 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 7 replies
    The American ^ | Aug 21, 2010 | Peter J. Wallison
    In 1992, Congress gave Fannie and Freddie a “mission” to promote affordable housing, and directed them to study a few very new ideas to accomplish this goal: “establish a downpayment requirement for mortgagors of 5 percent or less; allow the use of cash on hand as a source of downpayments; and approve borrowers who have a credit history of delinquencies if the borrower can demonstrate a satisfactory credit history for at least the [most recent] 12-month period.”
  • A Revolution Of the Mind

    08/01/2010 1:26:57 PM PDT · by casuist · 2 replies · 3+ views
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | July 30th 2010 | Trevor Butterworth
    The question: In the coming days and weeks, the Hamptons, the Vineyard and all the other August escapes from workaday life will likely see a bull market in pessimism as financiers and powerbrokers reach into their summer book bags to relive the recession or look ahead to even greater disaster. "Lofty geo- globaloney tomes on the future of the world" is how the economist Nouriel Roubini has described his summer reading list. Alan Greenspan has said that he will delve into "Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World," which sounds more like a penance than poolside pleasure. Which...
  • Tech Thread Flame War Cease Fire Declared (vanity)

    07/24/2010 5:49:03 PM PDT · by dayglored · 203 replies · 2+ views
    (self) ^ | 2010-07-24 | Dayglored
    Jim Robinson has laid down the law with regard to tech thread flame wars. I am motivated to make sure we tech-thread-heads are aware of this. This vanity is a heads-up with regard to Jim's comments last night, and I've added a few thoughts of my own as an observer. Here's what Jim said: To All: [That goes for everyone.] I don’t see any reason whatsoever to be having flamewars on FR over computer products. Those who have a problem with Apple should just not buy the product and that takes care of that. Don’t come to FR to flame...
  • Despite Awful Policy, The U.S. Is Not Doomed

    07/19/2010 6:48:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/19/2010 | John Tamny
    The great political writer John Podhoretz recently asked in a column,"How should a self-described patriot think, act and talk about the United States if that self-described patriot believes the elected leadership of the United States has led the country into a ditch that threatens to expand into a bottomless chasm?" Podhoretz is not alone among right-of-center thinkers who feel that President Obama's love of tax increases, nosebleed spending, and desire to heavily regulate large portions of the economy will send us down a path we can't recover from. Not to defend Obama's policies for one second, but all this worrying...
  • Vital National Interests - comments requested

    07/13/2010 8:32:23 PM PDT · by jagusafr · 4 replies
    Just a Guy blog ^ | 13 Jul 10 | Dana D. Jacobson
    Some thoughts I've had lately while seeing how stretched our military (and especially the reserve component - which includes the Guard - has been over the last 6 years). Please comment - I'm really in a quandary. Colonel, USAFR
  • Zickar: Time to Reconsider a Sunset Commission

    07/06/2010 3:59:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 7-6-10 | Lou Zickar
    “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” — Warren Buffett “The American people are slow to wrath, but when their wrath is once kindled, it burns like a consuming flame.” — Theodore Roosevelt One of the first things they teach you in business school is the concept of the value proposition. Simply stated, value proposition is the benefit a consumer receives from purchasing a good or service. Value proposition has always been a key component of any business. But in tough economic times, the concept has become even more important. With budgets tight, people are justifying their...

    07/04/2010 9:46:58 AM PDT · by Stayfree
    Business Roundtable ^ | June 21, 2010 | Business Roundtable
    With a massive new health care law and financial reform legislation looming, companies are more worried than ever about the impact new regulations and legislation will have on their operations and their bottom line. Not knowing what to expect from these pending regulations, businesses are acting cautiously to forestall any negative impact. These actions are squelching economic growth and job creation, as companies are forced to freeze investments and hiring until they understand how they will be affected by these new mandates.

    07/01/2010 6:44:46 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 38 replies ^ | 07/01/2010 | Gary P.
    Speaking at Freedom Fest in Norfolk, Virginia Sarah Palin laid out her very aggressive agenda for the nation. This is a powerful indictment of the Obama regime, and the corrupt “lamestream media” as well. Fresh from her speech at California State University, at Stanislaus, where she spoke of American exceptionalism, and the need to get back to the basics in education, and raised more money for the university than any other speaker in history, Sarah came to Virginia ready to take on the big issues that we face. With every passing speech, every new appearance, Sarah Palin looks more powerful,...
  • It's Time To Bring Back Jobs (Focus must be on better long-run policy, not short-term fixes)

    06/30/2010 6:50:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Forbes ^ | 06/30/2010 | Lee Ohanian
    If you define a recession as a period of declining real income and output, then it ended more than a year ago. But despite the fact that income and output are rising, with rapid productivity growth and declining labor costs, private employment today is about a million jobs less than a year ago. Why aren't private sector jobs coming back, and what can be done about it? There are two economic views on this. What I would call the "older" view does not have much to do with economics at all, given that incentives rarely enter the discussion. This view...
  • Why is Obama Changing “Freedom of Religion” to “Freedom of Worship”?

    06/29/2010 1:45:00 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 90 replies
    David Horowitz News Real Blog ^ | 6-29-10 | Paul Cooper
    Words matter. Words often hold great meaning. That is especially true when it comes to the words of our founding documents like the Bill of Rights in our Constitution. Those words are especially cherished. Yet in the past year it appears the Obama administration has been changing one key word in that sacred scroll. Last month the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s 2010 report revealed grave concern about both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rejecting the term “freedom of religion” for the term “freedom of worship” in public pronouncements. Why the change when the First Amendment...
  • Will President Barack Obama listen to anyone?

    06/25/2010 7:41:12 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 26 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | June 25, 2010 | Examiner Editorial
    There’s a disturbing passage in federal Judge Martin Feldman’s Tuesday decision overturning President Barack Obama’s six-month moratorium on oil and natural gas drilling in all waters more than 500-feet deep. “The [Interior] Secretary’s determination that a six-month moratorium on issuance of new permits and on drilling by the 33 rigs is necessary does not seem to be fact-specific and refuses to take into measure the safety records of those others in the Gulf,” Feldman wrote. “There is no evidence presented indicating that the Secretary balanced the concern for environmental safety with the policy of making leases available for development. There...
  • Presbyterian USA : Misrepresenting Christian Values

    06/17/2010 3:52:52 PM PDT · by Amerisrael · 13 replies · 291+ views
    Ryan Jones, who now writes for Israel Today, wrote an excellent article he posted on his old website back in August 2007 entitled:"Misrepresenting Christian Values"-here is a little of what he wrote:"The peripheral left-wing Christian group Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is calling on American Christians to reclaim what it calls “Christian values” by siding with its un-biblical policy of pressuring the US government to more rapidly implement the division of the Land of Israel. ""Ignoring polls that show the vast majority of Americans side with the Christian Zionist view that a Palestinian state should not be created on Israel’s ancient heartland,...
  • Palin's Didier Endorsement Monumental; Discusses Policy On Freedom Watch

    06/14/2010 6:55:00 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 11 replies · 300+ views ^ | 06/14/2010 | Ron Devito
    Gov. Palin’s Endorsement Monumental to Didier Campaign Gov. Palin visited Clint Didier Saturday, June 12, 2010 at his home in the Tri-Cities. The US Senatorial candidate expressed his gratitude to Gov. Palin for her endorsement, which he attributed to a 106,000-hit spike over 24 hours on his website. “That’s how powerful this woman is,” he said. Didier said the effect of her support on his campaign was “monumental” and that “you could not ask for better support.” News anchor, Terry Chick, of KPER spoke about Gov. Palin putting “her considerable political weight” behind Clint Didier. “It is incredible. She is...
  • The Neomarxist who is helping to influence Obama’s media policy

    06/11/2010 8:32:06 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 541+ views
    the daily caller ^ | 6/11/10 | Mike Riggs
    “Only government can implement policies and subsidies to provide an institutional framework for quality journalism.” Does that statement give you chills? How about this one: “The news is not a commercial product. It is a public good, necessary for a self-governing society. Once we accept this, we can talk about the kind of media policies and subsidies we want.” Or this one? “In the end, there is no real answer but to remove brick-by-brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles.”
  • Analysis: U.N. rebukes of Israel permitted in U.S. policy shift

    06/08/2010 11:01:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 36+ views
    reuters ^ | 6/8/10 | reuters
    (Reuters) - Under President Barack Obama, the United States no longer provides Israel with automatic support at the United Nations where the Jewish state faces a constant barrage of criticism and condemnation. The subtle but noticeable shift in the U.S. approach to its Middle East ally comes amid what some analysts describe as one of the most serious crises in U.S.-Israeli relations in years. Under Obama, the United States seeks to reclaim its role as an impartial Middle East peace broker which critics say it lost during the previous administration of George W. Bush. "Israel became used to unconditional support...
  • Let's End American Dominance (unbelievable)

    06/05/2010 9:16:49 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 23 replies · 732+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 06/06/10 | Peter Beinart
    Many Americans are anxious about the U.S. losing its supreme-superpower status. But in an excerpt from his forthcoming book, Peter Beinart says we need not dominate the world to enjoy it. An excerpt from the conclusion of The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris, forthcoming by Peter Beinart, about learning from American history that America can live safely and profitably in the world without dominating it. What America needs today is a jubilant undertaker, someone—like Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan—who can bury the hubris of the past while convincing Americans that we are witnessing a wedding, not a funeral....
  • The Other Great Debate (NASA AA Garver Put on Hot Seat Over Obama Space Policy)

    05/30/2010 6:45:28 PM PDT · by anymouse · 8 replies · 408+ views
    Space Politics Blog ^ | May 30, 2010 | Jeff Foust
    The so-called “Great Debate” at the National Space Society’s (NSS) International Space and Development Conference (ISDC) in Chicago on Saturday afternoon featuring Mars Society founder Robert Zubrin and former Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart was something of a dud, in part because it wasn’t that much of a debate: after ten-minute opening statements by Zubrin (who opposes the agency’s proposed plans) and Schweickart (who supports them), the floor was turned over to the audience, some of whom asked questions of the two, and others who simply expressed their opinions. Conference organizers explained that the event wasn’t intended to be a debate...
  • How many of you blame the current administration for North Korea's boldness?

    05/24/2010 1:36:03 AM PDT · by ICE-FLYER · 23 replies · 501+ views
    May 24, 2010 | Ice Flyer
    Leading from a position of weakness emboldens enemies. It has been the case throughout history. When a leader of a powerful nation is weak his enemies do what they want and suffer nothing for it. North Kore KNOWS China will do nothing really except talk condemnation...but clearly they think that the US will do nothing too. They, currently, are right. At this point the only reason that the current Administration will do anything is out of reaction to the rest of the world...not its own people. Shows you how much this man disobeys the will of the people. Every day...
  • Op-Ed: Palin's policies reflect Americans' spirit on Israel

    04/18/2010 4:38:54 PM PDT · by opentalk · 43 replies · 1,451+ views
    JTA ^ | April 18, 2010 | Benyamin Korn
    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) -- The Obama administration's tilt against Israel, its tacit acceptance of a nuclear-armed Iran and its weak approach to combating Islamic terrorism all pose a direct challenge to Jewish Americans. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has described the "Obama doctrine" in U.S. foreign policy as "coddling our enemies while alienating allies." Palin has emerged as the leading public voice in opposition to President Obama's dangerous new direction. For these reasons, my colleagues and I are launching a national organization of Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin, supported by the new Web site -- Home Page for Jewish Independents....
  • Summers on Demand (Pay people for not working, and more people will work!)

    04/16/2010 6:47:48 AM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 1 replies · 329+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 15, 2010
    Even when we disagree with Larry Summers, we've long thought of him as a better economist than politician. But after reading his nearby letter to the editor, we may have to reverse our judgment. The senior White House aide is abandoning his former economic views to serve the Democratic Party's current political purposes. Earlier this week, we quoted an essay by Mr. Summers published in 1999 in which he explained that unemployment insurance creates an incentive for workers to delay going back to work. The share of America's jobless out of work for 27 weeks or more reached a new...
  • Why Does Obama hate Israel?

    04/15/2010 5:53:12 PM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 16 replies · 508+ views
    The Silent Majority ^ | 04-15-10 | Robert Ehrenkaufer
    It may be impossible to peer into President Obama's soul and parse his motivations but his actions and associations speak volumes. President Obama's motivations not withstanding one thing is sure: America's relationship with Israel appears to be dying on the vine under the care of President Obama. The roots of the problem likely go back to Obama's early formative years. I will leave such an exhaustive investigation to those more equipped to handle it. I will pause here only to point out Obama's association with Reverend Jeremiah Wright Jr. Obama spent years absorbing the fiery, anti-Semitic rants of Wright in...
  • How long do my posts have to be approved?

    04/10/2010 7:57:59 PM PDT · by Stumpy911 · 132 replies · 2,289+ views
    4-10-2010 | Stumpy911
    So do posts always have an approval period? It kinda sucks when you're trying to keep up with the current events. If not, how many post before my post will show immediately?
  • Proper posting Q&A? - Posting Help

    04/06/2010 2:49:24 PM PDT · by OR Patriot · 18 replies · 411+ views
    Hey all. I am relatively new to posting at Free Republic although I have donated and read posts for years. Ironically I have posted to blogs and all other types of groups but I have not had much luck getting my posts published on FR. Is there some guidance I can follow that will help me better place my posts? I can't find a Q&A or other guide. For example, if you a referencing a news article should you post it only under News or under other topic headings as well. Finally, do all the posts end up in the...
  • Obama to limit use of US nuclear weapons

    04/05/2010 9:01:34 PM PDT · by DTAD · 39 replies · 813+ views
    WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama plans to place new restrictions on the use of atomic weapons as part of a major US nuclear policy overhaul, a senior administration official said. In an interview with The New York Times, Obama said he would make exceptions for "outliers like Iran and North Korea," but stress non-nuclear deterrence and eliminate Cold War ambiguities about when such weapons could be used. Obama unveils his strategy on Tuesday, two days before signing a treaty with Russia to slash stockpiles of long-range nuclear warheads by a third, and less than a week before hosting world leaders at...
  • Obama Chooses Health Policy Scholar as the Director for Medicare and Medicaid

    03/28/2010 11:34:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 444+ views
    NYT ^ | 3/28/10 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — President Obama will soon name Dr. Donald M. Berwick, an iconoclastic scholar of health policy, to run Medicare and Medicaid, the programs that serve nearly one-third of all Americans, administration officials said Saturday. Dr. Berwick, a pediatrician, is president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Mass. He has repeatedly challenged doctors and hospitals to provide better care at a lower cost. He says the government and insurers can increase the quality and efficiency of care by basing payments on the value of services, not the volume. Mr. Obama plans to nominate Dr. Berwick to be administrator...
  • Official Details New Recuperation Leave Policy

    03/22/2010 5:15:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 195+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 22, 2010 – Some deployed servicemembers will not be charged for rest and recuperation leave under a new Defense Department policy. The new policy allows servicemembers in designated areas to go on rest and recuperation leave without charge to their leave accounts. “So in a sense, it is an administrative absence and that’s up to 15 days,” said Sam Retherford, the Defense Department’s director of officer and enlisted personnel management. In the past, the leave was charged to servicemembers’ accounts, though travel time from the theater to the airport closest to their destinations was not charged, Retherford said....
  • CAIR Attacks the Foreign Policy Research Institute

    03/16/2010 6:14:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 167+ views
    front page ^ | 3/16/10 | Daniel Pipes
    CAIR’s Philadelphia chapter is holding a press conference tomorrow (Wednesday, March 17) at which it plans “to announce the launch of a nationwide campaign to challenge anti-Islam bias in a series of children’s books that the Washington-based Muslim civil rights group says promote ‘hostility toward Islam and suspicion of Muslims’.” The reference is to a ten-volume series for middle-schools and high schools titled the “World of Islam” produced by the Foreign Policy Research Institute and published by Mason Crest Publishers. (For the record, in 1986-93, I served as director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute; I had no role in...
  • Obama's Iran Policy Collapses to the Accompaniment Of Mockery Around The Globe

    03/08/2010 10:20:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies · 101+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 3/9/10 | Joel J. Sprayregen
    Barack Obama, in his first press conference after his election, called Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons ''unacceptable.'' He repetitively offered Iran ''engagement.'' He set a deadline of year-end 2009 for Iranian compliance, now unilaterally extended another three months. (Snip) Obama's Iran policy is collapsing to the accompaniment of open mockery around the globe. Obama assured us that his ''engagement'' would make it easier to enlist other countries to stop Iran. The result is the opposite: Virtually every country Obama approached has rebuffed him.
  • Keep America Safe Statement In Response To President Obama’s New Role In The KSM Debate

    02/13/2010 4:08:24 AM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 7 replies · 512+ views
    911FamiliesForAmerica ^ | February 12, 2010 | Keep America Safe
    We welcome President Obama’s decision to engage on a matter of vital national security. The process by which 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be tried, and the location of the trial, require the urgent attention of our Commander in Chief. We also welcome the administration’s newfound openness to prosecuting KSM in a military commission. Military commissions, which have been used since the beginning of American history, have been authorized by Congress and are the appropriate way to deal with war criminals during wartime. Moreover, they support bedrock principles of international humanitarian law that afford privileges to those who adhere...
  • No Compromise on Enemy Combatants; We’re winning because we should be winning

    02/13/2010 4:00:52 AM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 7 replies · 445+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 12, 2010 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    This is how we ought to think about rumors swirling around that the Obama administration is looking for a deal on enemy combatants and that some GOP types are listening. The compromise would be: KSM gets a military commission, but Republicans agree to close Gitmo and bring the combatants to stateside federal prisons. This would be a terrible sell-out of our national security. It would also be unnecessary. The American people strongly support military commissions for enemy combatants — not for all terrorism cases, but for all unlawful alien enemy operatives who have no right to be tried in our...
  • Cap & Trade; The Demise of Science- Based Policy Development

    02/07/2010 3:51:03 PM PST · by shockwaver · 4 replies · 222+ views ^ | June 25 2009 | shockwaver
    The earth may or may not be warming. If the earth is warming, that may or may not be due to human activity. But I can assure you that the present public discussion on this subject is not a scientific debate. Rather it is predominately political and emotional. Special interest groups are driving the agenda, skeptics are treated like heretics, contrary evidence is ignored, and nonsensical solutions to the supposed problem are being proposed while obvious remedies are not pursued. I fear that the good name of science and the ability of science to impact policy in a beneficial way...
  • Obama says...

    02/05/2010 6:38:22 PM PST · by syc1959 · 15 replies · 650+ views
    Nobarack08 ^ | Feb 5, 2010 | syc1959
    The illegal undocumented alien says… I don’t question your faith. I already know your a Muslim. You yourself admitted it on ABC, George Stephanopoulos had to correct you. Your apology tour that started in Cairo, where again you lived as a Muslim in not one, not two, but three countries. Where you lied about America being a Muslim nation. You lied again, you prayed at the Mosque in Turkey. Religion is not something that normal people lie and decieve about. God will not be mocked! Read the rest and see the video's
  • Poll to Freep: Should the U.S. military let homosexuals serve openly?

    02/02/2010 8:24:49 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 55 replies · 1,402+ views ^ | February 2, 2010 | steelers 6
    Yes69%23174 No31%10472 Total votes: 33646 This is not a scientific poll
  • Principles, not polls, should dictate policy debate

    01/13/2010 6:16:38 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 1 replies · 146+ views ^ | 01/13/2010 | Kevin Price
    Every day I see another poll stating support or opposition to policy positions. Some times they are being mentioned by major media -- Fox News, the Washington Post, Newsweek Magazine -- or other source. Other times they are being promoted by major organizations; groups who are for or against guns, groups that are for or opposed to socialized medicine, people who want tax increases and those who want to dump tea because of them. Today, polls dominate public policy debate. I believe that those who live by the polls -- especially people who claim to support liberty -- will die...
  • “No Despot Fears The President And No Demonstrator In Tehran Expects Him To Ride To The Rescue”

    12/31/2009 11:57:13 AM PST · by Starman417 · 7 replies · 540+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-31-09 | Curt
    I don't think you will find a better article on the foreign policy of Obama other then Fouad Ajami's stuff at the WSJ. In it he gets right to the meat of the matter. No despot fears the president and no demonstrator in Tehran expects him to ride to the rescue. After a year in office the world knows what to expect. A bunch of "soaring" rhetoric about democracy and freedom but NO action whatsoever. In essence, Obama is intending to stay about it all and withdraw from any and all action on the world stage. With year one drawing...
  • A Cold-Blooded Foreign Policy

    12/30/2009 9:34:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 531+ views
    WSJ ^ | 12/30/09 | FOUAD AJAMI
    No despot fears the president, and no demonstrator in Tehran expects him to ride to the rescue. With year one drawing to a close, the truth of the Obama presidency is laid bare: retrenchment abroad, and redistribution and the intrusive regulatory state at home. This is the genuine calling of Barack Obama, and of the "progressives" holding him to account. The false dichotomy has taken hold—either we care for our own, or we go abroad in search of monsters to destroy or of broken nations to build. The decision to withdraw missile defense for Poland and the Czech Republic was...
  • Terror Suspect Wasn't Considered Threat

    12/27/2009 8:11:49 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 18 replies · 625+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/27/2009 | Catherine Herridge/AP
    Despite mounting evidence of a sophisticated international plot to bring down a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, the man charged in the thwarted attack — who was on U.S. officials' radar for years — was never considered a sufficient threat to keep from flying. The alleged Christmas Day terrorist had been in one of the U.S. government's largest terror databases since November, when his father brought him to the attention of embassy officials in Nigeria. But Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab came to the attention of intelligence officials months before that, according to a U.S. government official involved in the investigation. The...
  • Georgetown County (SC)school district to revisit concealed weapon ban(Video)

    12/19/2009 8:26:13 PM PST · by greatdefender · 1 replies · 384+ views
    SC Now ^ | December 18, 2009 | Aisha Khan, WBTW Reporter
    The issue of concealed weapons has stirred up debate in Georgetown County. S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster said the county’s ban on concealed weapons on school grounds does not comply with state law. School district officials they will re-think the policy, which prohibits the possession of concealed weapons on school grounds even if the owner has a permit. The attorney general’s office said state law requires the permit holder to lock a weapon in a trunk, a center console or glove box of a vehicle. The district’s plan to work its policy has some families concerned. “If you have your...