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  • Donald Trump Says He Is Troubled By Tulsa Police Shooting

    09/21/2016 10:04:07 AM PDT · by Behind the Blue Wall · 38 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 21, 2016 | Tim Hains
    DONALD J. TRUMP: Well as you know, I am a tremendous believer in the police and the law enforcement, because we need that for ourselves, we do, we really do. And I have gotten the endorsement of so many different police groups. And they are great people, they are great people. Now, great people, you always have problems. Somebody in there that either makes a mistake, that is bad, or that chokes. I must tell you, I watched the shooting in particular in Tulsa, and that man was hands up, that man went to the car, hands up, put his...
  • We Didn't Humanize Markets, Markets Humanized Us

    09/09/2016 3:58:47 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 12 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | Thursday, September 08, 2016 | Steven Horwitz
    Over Labor Day weekend, I saw many friends arguing that labor unions and government intervention ďhumanized capitalismĒ by giving us the 8-hour workday, the 40-hour workweek, ending child labor, and so forth. Unfortunately, these folks have their history backward. We didnít humanize capitalism, it humanized us. The wealth produced by capitalism allowed us to indulge our humanitarianism in ways not possible when so many were living on the edge of survival. You canít have 8-hour workdays, 40-hour work weeks, and no child labor, until the material conditions exist to make such changes feasible for a large number of people. Workers...
  • Even Monetary Authorities Think We're In a Depression

    09/09/2016 3:55:45 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 33 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | September 9, 2016 | Jeffrey Snider
    You probably aren't aware because it isn't a topic that gets discussed much if at all on the outside, but increasingly even monetary policymakers are coming around to the idea that we are in a depression. What choice do they have, really, since practically any chart of any economic account in any economy shows as much. The gathering in Jackson Hole late last month was really an internal discussion in how to think about keeping current central bank frameworks alive in such a world. Earlier this week, San Francisco Fed President (and CEO) John C. Williams spoke in Nevada on...
  • What If Chaos Were Our Middle East Policy?

    08/31/2016 3:25:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies ^ | August 31,2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sum up our failed Middle East policy in a nine-letter word starting with an S. Stability. Stability is the heart and soul of nation-building. Itís the burden that responsible governments bear for the more irresponsible parts of the world. First you send experts to figure out what is destabilizing some hellhole whose prime exports are malaria, overpriced tourist knickknacks and beheadings. You teach the locals about democracy, tolerance and storing severed heads in Tupperware containers.
  • Obama Vindicates 8 Years Of Foreign Policy Critics In One Week Photo of Saagar Enjeti Saagar Enjeti

    07/17/2016 10:39:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    daily caller ^ | 7/17/16 | saagar enjeti
    Two recent foreign policy announcements from the White House signal possible vindication for critics of current Middle East policy. First, on July 6, President Barack Obama announced he would keep 8,400 troops in Afghanistan past the end of his presidency. Then, he announced on July 11 that he would send 560 additional troops to Iraq, adopting a strategy of U.S. engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan his critics have been advocating since he took office in 2008. ďThis period of unprecedented chaos coincides with a period of unprecedented U.S. disengagement in the region,Ē former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan Ryan...
  • A Cross-Cultural Immigration Compatibility Index ~ vanity

    06/29/2016 12:22:32 PM PDT · by GraceG · 10 replies
    Is this an idea who's time is here? here is my idea, you determine how many people from a country can come over per year based off the country's " cultural compatibility index" Well how is such a thing calculated, well it is simple, you ask on a scale of 0-10 certain questions about how people within that country are treated based off the predominate culture of that country and the laws of that country. ============================ Example: How does a country treat their women? 0 = No rights or severely limited rights, treated as chattel, treated as less than man...
  • Repost By Request: How A Sane, Virile Leader or Leaders Would Handle the Musloid Problem

    06/18/2016 3:10:53 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 45 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | 06/15/2016 | Ann Barhardt
    THIS is how the musloid problem should be faced and solved. It isnít difficult. 1. Formally declare islam a POLITICAL SYSTEM, and in no way a religion or falling under any religious protections whatsoever. 2. Criminalize islam in every form. 3. Formally recognize the islamic caliphate as a political entity. Define as Islamic Suzerainty ANY NATION that tolerates its existence or engages in any diplomatic negotiations or dialogue with any part of the Caliphate as defined above. 4. Declare war on the islamic caliphate and all of its Suzerainties. 5. Nuke Mecca and Medina to glass after generously, mercifully giving...
  • Middle Eastern Americans Should Reconsider Trump

    06/07/2016 5:26:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 7, 2016 | Slater Bakhtavar
    With Trump having a serious shot at becoming the next President of the United States, it is important for Americans of Middle Eastern descent to evaluate the impact his theoretical administration would have on their community Ė just as they should with any serious candidate. And despite the alarmist warnings of those who profess otherwise, Donald Trump is a solid friend of Middle Eastern Americans. This fact is understood by the American-Mideast Coalition for Trump. As its name implies, the AMCT is a group of Americans descended from Middle Eastern nations who have realized that Donald Trump is in fact...
  • Coward Muslim guy beats Dutch girl. His friend then kicks her in the head

    06/06/2016 3:38:09 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 18 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 7/6/2015 | Bruce Luxembourg
    Video of a vicious beating outside.
  • Hillary Clinton To Portray Donald Trump's Foreign Policy Positions As Dangerous

    06/02/2016 6:36:12 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 39 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 2, 2016 | Amy Chozick
    Hillary Clinton plans to deliver a scorching assessment of Donald J. Trumpís foreign policy prescriptions on Thursday, casting her likely Republican rival as a threat to decades of bipartisan tenets of American diplomacy and declaring him unfit for the presidency.
  • Trump 'won't pressure Israel' to act against its interests

    05/30/2016 3:00:09 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/5/16 | Uzi Baruch
    Attorney David M. Friedman, one of Donald trump's two advisors on Israel, told Arutz Sheva in an exclusive interview that Donald Trump has assured him he will not pressure Israel into "peace processes" and concessions that it does not want. ďIíve known Donald Trump for about 15 years," he said, in a conversation with Dr. Joseph Frager. "I met him in the context of being his lawyer, and weíve become friends over the years. He know how much I love Israel, and hopefully people who read Arutz Sheva know how much I love Israel because I write a column for...
  • Obama 'engagement' policy 'enabled Boston, San Bernardino attacks'

    05/29/2016 2:00:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    wnd ^ | 5/29/16 | Paul Bremmer
    In 2008, the trial and conviction of five leaders of an Islamic charity for funding the terrorist group Hamas exposed the vast Muslim Brotherhood network in the U.S. and its stated aim, according to FBI evidence, to ďdestroy Western Civilization from within.Ē Along with the convictions, the Department of Justice named 300 unindicted co-conspirators in the plot, which included many of the nationís most prominent Muslim Brotherhood-related organizations. Among them were the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America and the North American Islamic Trust. Nevertheless, just one year later, Department of Homeland Security officer Philip B....
  • Trumpís ĎAmerica Firstí Crusade Is a Win with Voters: Poll

    05/06/2016 11:18:19 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 33 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | May 6, 2016 | Eric Planin
    Put America First- rings true with voters. As they continue to size up billionaire Donald Trump and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, American voters appear highly conflicted on questions of national defense and foreign policy......... The conflict makes odd political alliances
  • A First: GOP Leaders Like Trump Speech

    04/28/2016 6:01:29 AM PDT · by RayofHope · 36 replies
    RealClear Politics ^ | 04/28/2016 | Rebecca Berg
    If Donald Trump has begun to refer to himself as the ďpresumptiveĒ Republican nominee, the positive reaction Wednesday by some party leaders and strategists to his foreign policy address seemed to affirm that notion. Speaking from prepared remarks in Washington, D.C. ó an unusual format and setting for the bombastic outsider candidate ó Trump described U.S. foreign policy under President Obama and, by extension, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as ďa complete and total disaster.Ē
  • Saudi Arabia warns of economic fallout if US Congress passes 9/11 bill

    04/17/2016 6:46:44 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 31 replies
    NYT News Service ^ | 4/16/2016 | Mark Mazetti
    WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of US Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of American assets held by the kingdom if lawmakers pass a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the September 11, 2001, attacks. The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the bill's passage, according to administration officials and congressional aides from both parties, and the Saudi threats have been the subject of inten se discussions in recent weeks between lawmakers and officials from the...
  • Whatís Happening at the University of Wisconsin Is a Worst-Case Scenario Come to Life

    03/23/2016 2:10:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Slate ^ | March 22, 2016 | Rebecca Schuman
    This past June, American academia went into an uproar over Gov. Scott Walkerís new budget in Wisconsin,....Specifically,any professor in the systemótenured or notócould be dismissed or laid off by the 18-member Board of Regents using maddeningly vague criteria:ďwhen such an action is deemed necessary due to a budget or program decision requiring program discontinuance,curtailment,modification or redirection.ĒThis,when combined with the facultyís diminished role in governing the universityóand thus determining such things as which programs should continue, be curtailed, or get modifiedóbasically meant that these regentsó16 of whom were appointed by Walkerócould fire anyone,at any time, for any reason.[SNIP]Professors do not want...
  • Former Israeli Ambassador to the US Rejects Obamaís Middle East Policy Claims Made in ĎAtlanticí

    03/10/2016 5:19:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    algemeinr journal ^ | 3/10/16 | Ruthie Blum
    President Barack Obamaís recent claim about the real meaning of his 2009 Cairo speech ďis patently unsubstantiated by the text,Ē former Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren told The Algemeiner on Thursday. Oren, today a member of Knesset with the centrist Kulanu party, was responding to statements Obama made in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg in the just-released April edition of The Atlantic. ďMy argument was this,Ē Obama told Goldberg, ďLetís all stop pretending that the cause of the Middle Eastís problems is IsraelÖ We want to work to help achieve statehood and dignity for the Palestinians, but I...
  • The Plan That Makes Trump President

    03/07/2016 7:00:52 AM PST · by xzins · 53 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Mar 07, 2016 | Wayne Allyn Root
    I was the first national political commentator to see the potential of Donald Trump. I believed Trump could win the nomination when only two people in all of America believed it- me and Trump. I wrote about it at last June. I was the first to compare Trump to Reagan. I was the first to talk publicly about Trumpís appeal to blue-collar working class Americans. So I think I am in perfect position to make some suggestions to the Trump campaign. Hereís my plan to ďclose the dealĒ for the man who wrote "The Art of the Deal." First...
  • Rubio is a Hispanic Obama that Has a "R" by his Name.

    02/04/2016 4:50:36 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 75 replies
    If you like the current condition of our Republic, then vote for Rubio. Rubio and Obama for the most part agree across the board. 1) Illegal Immigration and a Pathway to Citizenship 2) Rigged Trade Agreements that exports jobs overseas 3) Big supporter of H1-B that encourages U.S. companies, through taxes and regulations to fire their American workers and replace them with someone from overseas. 4) Going to war with Syria and endless perpetual state of war. 5) Rubio is in favor of big government. 6) Rubio is for the Police State. He wants to spy on all Americans, but...
  • Prelates masquerading as policy wonks The clergy should stick to issues of faith, not firearms

    01/14/2016 10:03:45 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/13/16 | Nicholas G. Hahn III
    When President Obama announced executive actions that would require that all firearm sales undergo background checks, he did so with the blessing of more than 50 faith communities. Vincent DeMarco, national coordinator of Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, a coalition of Baptists, Methodists, Catholics and Mennonites among others, said, "Since Congress won't do anything, he's doing the best that he can do, and we think that's wonderful." Archbishop Thomas Wenski said the nation's Catholic bishops "welcome reasonable efforts aimed at saving lives and making communities safer." Mr. Obama's move on guns also marked the reappearance of an old friend....
  • The GOP‚Äôs ‚ÄúAbolish the IRS‚ÄĚ Crackpots

    11/29/2015 12:40:23 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 65 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | November 28, 2015 | Larry Walker II
    "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." ~ Benjamin Franklin ::Separating the Wheat from the Chaff:: By: Larry Walker, II ::Each 2016 GOP presidential candidate has proposed to reform the tax code. While seven have offered legitimate proposals, five have advanced theories, which are basically maniacal. Those proposing to abolish, or end, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may be classified as crackpots, because, let's face it, that's never ever going to happen. With taxes of such fundamental concern, it's difficult to take anything else these kooks say seriously. Unless such candidates are willing...
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Obama‚Äôs Strategy on Islamic Extremism ‚ÄėHas Failed‚Äô

    11/23/2015 11:05:06 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 23, 2015 | by IAN HANCHETT
    Author and human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali argued President Obama's position on radical Islam is what he believes is strategic, but "it's a strategy that has failed" on Monday's "Hannity" on the Fox News Channel. Ali stated, "I'm always surprised to see people of authority here saying, what we see, these terrorist acts, the subjugation of women, the hatred of Jews and Christians, it has nothing to do with Islam. I mean, I watch that with amazement. I obviously have come to understand that it is a strategic position, that if we say these things, maybe the Islamist extremists...
  • Carson struggles to grasp foreign policy, his advisers say

    11/18/2015 7:27:20 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/17/15 | Trip Gabriel
    Ben Carson's remarks on foreign policy have repeatedly raised questions about his grasp of the subject, but never more seriously than in the past week, when he wrongly asserted that China had intervened militarily in Syria and then failed, on national television, to name the countries he would call on to form a coalition to fight the Islamic State. Faced with increasing scrutiny about whether Carson -- who leads in some Republican presidential polls -- was capable of leading US foreign policy, two of his top advisers said in interviews with The New York Times that he had struggled to...
  • Why Are Global Policymakers So Clueless About Growth?

    11/17/2015 5:44:38 AM PST · by expat_panama · 14 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 11/16/2015 | Editorial
    Economics: Japan is back in recession, the EU is again slumping, once fast-growing nations such as China and Brazil are slowing dramatically, and the U.S. "recovery" looks pretty threadbare. Why are our policymakers so clueless? The second recession in three years for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is bad news not just for his country, but for others as well. Not only is Japan a major world economy, but it has unfortunately recently served as a kind of model for what not to do in economic policy. Following the same failed neo-Keynesian prescriptions of easy money, debt-fueled government spending and heavy...
  • Donald Trump Releases America First Policy Statement On U.S. Trade Deals‚Ķ.

    11/10/2015 10:12:16 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 7 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 11-10-2015 | sundance
    The currently considered TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) trade deal has the potential to be the fulcrum under every plank in the 2016 presidential election. Many people view immigration as the #1 concern underlying further economic issues ‚Äď however, few people recognize that immigration is actually part of the TPP construct. Globalists, via Wall Street international financiers, are determined to get TPP passed into law. Few of the GOP candidates stand in the way; Donald Trump is the primary roadblock to the current globalist goals.
  • Consulting Firm With Clinton Ties Denies Influencing State Department Policy (Teneo)

    11/07/2015 2:06:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/06/15 | Amy Chozick
    The head of a consulting firm founded by one of Bill Clinton's closest aides pushed back against allegations by Senator Charles E. Grassley, the Iowa Republican who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, that the firm had undue influence on Hillary Rodham Clinton's diplomatic work. In a letter to the committee in October, Declan Kelly, the Irish-born chief executive of the firm, Teneo, responded to questions about an agreement that permitted Huma Abedin, one of Mrs. Clinton's closest aides and the vice chairwoman of her campaign, to receive income both from her position at the State Department and as...
  • Presidential Candidates Comparison

    10/28/2015 5:44:16 AM PDT · by Shery · 1 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | unknown | Conservative Review
    PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES COMPARISON Click on a rating to read more.
  • Finding Agreement in Criminal Justice Reform

    10/14/2015 11:29:10 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/13/2015 | Michael Reitz
    The stateís most potent power is the ability to penalize a person for crimes committed. Thus, the manner in which the state administers that responsibility is a fundamental issue of liberty. The fiscal component is of concern as well; every year Michiganís corrections budget consumes nearly 2 billion state taxpayer dollars. The business community, always interested in a talented and vibrant workforce, recognizes the value of training and societal assimilation for former inmates. Finally, it is appropriate to evaluate how free-market solutions can improve the efficiency of the justice system. A focus on criminal justice reform is not new for...
  • Is Jeb Bush ready to embrace his last name?

    09/22/2015 5:32:59 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 09/22/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    He didnít plan to say it. But two hours into the second Republican presidential debate, Jeb Bush took a firm stand. ďHe kept us safe,Ē he said. The quick and simple defense of his brother, former president George W. Bush, earned one of the loudest rounds of applause of the night. Aides said it was an impromptu decision spurred by an attack from Donald Trump, the GOP front-runner. But those four words refocused a campaign in desperate need of a ďmoment,Ē and signaled the extent to which Jeb Bush has become comfortable ó even eager ó to highlight rather than...
  • Donald Trumpís Policy on The Second Amendment

    09/21/2015 9:59:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 September, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Donald Trump has put his Second Amendment position on his web page for the 2016 election cycle.† The positions put forward are not new or bizarre.† They follow the Donald pattern of political positions that are enormously popular, but which have been declared ďnon-viableĒ by political correctness and the Washington Cartel. Donald Trump, once again, ignores the political taboos created by the ruling elite to prevent the electorate from enacting changes that the electorate desires, but the elite fears. Here is a summation of the Donaldís Second Amendment positions.† You can go to Trumpís site,, and read them yourself....
  • The October Surprise

    09/19/2015 10:34:48 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 45 replies
    The Stumbling Block ^ | 9/19/15 | Elizabeth Yore
    Former Senator George Mitchell famously said that,ďGod does not take sides in politics.Ē Mitchellís observation might be about to change in the upcoming 2016 election. The highest ranking Catholic in government, Vice President Joe Biden is rumored to be considering a presidential run. The timing of his announcement is reportedly in late September. With the critical 25% swing Catholic vote at play in this election, Biden may find a powerful, and surprising ally in his presidential bid. As they say, politics make strange bedfellows, and this upcoming fall, Biden will have a powerful compadre in his presidential election bid: a...
  • Can We Grow At 4% Clip? Sure, With Right Policies

    09/04/2015 4:09:47 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 47 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 09/03/2015 | ANDREW ATKESON, LEE E. OHANIAN AND WILLIAM E. SIMON JR.
    It is no secret that the recovery from the recession that ended in June of 2009 has been virtually non-existent. More striking, however, is the impact that this recession and its aftermath have had on the conventional wisdom in Washington regarding America's long-term economic future. This is clearly seen in current forecasts of America's future economic potential from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) which predict that a large portion of America's economic potential has been permanently lost. We believe that this remarkably pessimistic forecast is wrong. An economic policy agenda aimed at... [snip] The CBO's June 2015 estimate of America's...

    08/16/2015 11:07:00 PM PDT · by WilliamofCarmichael · 22 replies
    Donald Trump ^ | Aug. 16, 2015 | Donald Trump
    This is a HTML LIST version of full text of IMMIGRATION REFORM THAT WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN [Full text of Trump's Immigration plan]. Personally I find it easier to get information when the entire document is in a kind of outline format.
  • Amnesty approves policy to decriminalize sex trade

    08/11/2015 12:30:56 PM PDT · by wtd · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/11/2015 | AP
    Amnesty approves policy to decriminalize sex tradeLONDON (AP) ó Amnesty International has approved a controversial policy to endorse the de-criminalization of the sex trade, rejecting complaints by womenís rights groups who say it is tantamount to advocating the legalization of pimping and brothel owning. At its decision-making forum in Dublin on Tuesday, the human rights group approved the resolution to recommend ďfull decriminalization of all aspects of consensual sex work.Ē It argues its research suggests decriminalization is the best way to defend sex workersí human rights.
  • Trump Deserves a Darwin Award

    08/04/2015 2:23:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/30/2015 | Spengler
    My inbox is full of emails touting Donald Trump‚Äôs ‚ÄúTime to Get Tough‚ÄĚ book, now with Rush Limbaugh‚Äôs endorsement. He blames most of America‚Äôs problems on a ‚Äútidal wave‚ÄĚ of illegal Hispanic immigrants and unfair Chinese trade practices. He reminds me of H.L. Mencken‚Äôs classic one-liner: ‚ÄúFor every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.‚ÄĚ One might add, ‚Äúdangerous,‚ÄĚ because Trump appeals to our desire to blame someone else for problems we created. If you want something to worry about, have a look at the math questions that Chinese high school students have to...
  • The Washington Post Has Insistently Asked If Obama Is A Christian FOR OVER 8 YEARS

    08/02/2015 11:53:07 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 2, 2016 | Eric Owens
    Seven long years into the presidency of Barack Obama, The Washington Post continues its obsessive quest to suggest that Obama may be lying when he professes to be a Christian. The latest fringe assertion from the Post about Obamaís religion emanated this weekend from national political correspondent James Hohmann. A previous instance occurred in February. Both recent times when the Post raised questions about Obamaís private religious beliefs, the newspaper also focused on Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker. The reasons that the Post has used reporting about Walker to channel its bizarre questions about Obamaís Christianity remain unclear. At a...
  • Hillarynomics is an unoriginal mess of bad policy

    07/29/2015 5:12:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    New York Post ^ | 07/29/2015 | Charles Gasparino
    Hillary Clinton thinks quarterly earnings reports are bad. She believes something called ďshort termismĒ from activist investors like Carl Icahn is the root of all economic evil. And therefore, according to Hillary, if we all just focused on the long term by jacking up capital-gains taxes, the country would return to those economic halcyon days when she and her husband were running things out of the White House. At least thatís what Clinton proposed Friday in a speech at NYU, in which she strained to sound populist about Wall Street lest she get out-demagogued by Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren....
  • Can We Please Dispense With the ďPolicy Via Wishful ThinkingĒ Approach?

    07/20/2015 12:40:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | July 20, 2014 | Michael Hausam
    In the world of politics and legislation, the phrase ďbest-case scenarioĒ used to be that which we hoped would occur. We wanted to be pleasantly surprised by an outcome but we did not count on it. We certainly did not organize our laws, plans, policies, and procedures around it. That has now significantly changed and the consequences are Ė and will likely continue to be Ė massive. Unfortunately, there are many examples. The first thing that comes to mind is as a result of James Holmesí guilty verdict in Colorado yesterday. His horrific act of mass murder was the result...
  • Teachers granted power to Ďconfiscate and destroyí unhealthy school lunches

    07/02/2015 9:06:32 AM PDT · by W. · 27 replies ^ | 2 July 2015 | Kyle Olsen
    LONDON Ė The British government is urging school leaders to use their ďcommon law powersĒ to search student lunches and potentially confiscate any items they deem ďunhealthy or inappropriate.Ē Education minister Lord Nash tells Express, ďSchools have common law powers to search pupils, with their consent, for items. ďThere is nothing to prevent schools from having a policy of inspecting lunch boxes for food items that are prohibited under their school food policies. ďA member of staff may confiscate, keep or destroy such items found as a result of the search if it is reasonable to do so in the...
  • Ben Carsonís Wonk Deficit: How Quickly Can He Get Up to Speed on Complex Policy Issues?

    05/13/2015 6:21:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/13/2015 | Jim Geraghty
    How quickly can Dr. Ben Carson get up to speed on the details of the complex policy issues that command a presidentís attention? Thatís the make-or-break question surrounding Carson, a brilliant neurosurgeon who had never run for office before announcing a presidential bid last week, and who remains a rookie in most policy realms other than health care. For those who wonder whether Carson has done his policy homework, the bad news is that Carsonís campaign team has few staffers specifically focused on hammering out a detailed policy agenda for the campaign. Carson hasnít yet assembled a ďkitchen cabinetĒ of...
  • ĎWí rips ĎOí. Whatís wrong with that picture?

    04/27/2015 9:04:54 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/27/15 | Judi Mcleod
    Stand up for America, Mr. Bush. As any bona fide American would, you owe the country relief from the willfully destructive Barack Obama ĎSilent No Moreí: ĎW rips Oí is the big news of the day. What took George W. so interminably long to come bursting through the cobwebs? Seven years of Marxist misery under the anti-American Obama administration is an insufferably long, long time. With what will possibly go down as the best anti-Islam zinger of all time, former President George W. Bush warned Jewish donors at a closed-door meeting on Saturday night: ďJust remember the guy who slit...
  • In call, Obama tells Netanyahu he will reassess US policy on Mideast peace

    03/19/2015 5:06:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies ^ | 3/19/15
    The United States has been forced to reassess its policy regarding the Middle East peace process, US President Barack Obama told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call on Thursday, after Netanyahu suggested earlier in the week he had abandoned the cause. According to a White House official, speaking to The Jerusalem Post, Obama told Netanyahu that the US "will need to reassess our options following the prime ministerís new positions and comments regarding the two-state solution." "They also discussed Prime Minister Netanyahuís comments about Israeli Arabs," the official added. Netanyahu said in an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell...
  • Lessons from Twenty Years in the Freedom Movement

    03/18/2015 9:07:12 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | 3/11/2015 | Joe Lehman
    Twenty years ago I quit my perfectly good engineering job to join the save-the-world business. Two decades at anything prompts retrospection. Here are a few things I know now about public policy and the freedom movement that I did not know in January 1995. Itís better to be for people than against things. Iíll admit to blatantly taking this language from the American Enterprise Instituteís president, Arthur Brooks. The Mackinac Center and our movement in general must reorient around this idea. Good ideas are not inherently persuasive. Even brilliant ideas must be sold. Without persuasion, ideas are merely academic. Persuasion...
  • Take Daylight Saving Time. Please

    03/12/2015 10:29:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 78 replies ^ | March 11, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    AS A card-carrying American exceptionalist, I don't share the presumption that a US policy should be changed just because it puts America at odds with the prevailing world view. From ultra-free speech to capital punishment to birthright citizenship, America frequently marches to the beat of its own drummer ‚ÄĒ and that's OK with me. But that doesn't mean we never err, or that there aren't times when good sense requires pulling the plug on an obsolete practice, and admitting that other nations may have a better approach. Take Daylight Saving Time. Please. Last weekend most Americans set their clocks forward,...
  • Bad Policy, Bad Politics

    02/03/2015 4:54:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | Michael Barone
    Word comes that Barack Obama's budget will, not surprisingly, call for ending the sequester spending limits now in effect. That's not surprising. White House aides proposed the sequester, but Obama thought it wouldn't go into effect because Republicans couldn't accept its sharp limits on defense spending. But with voters recoiling against foreign military involvement, they could and did. At the time, Keynesian economists predicted that the sequester -- "austerity" -- would squelch economic growth. And they predicted that Republicans' failure to continue extending unemployment benefits beyond 26 weeks would result in mass misery. The Keynesian predictions have proven unfounded. The...
  • Brilliant speech by Robert Spencer - What US foreign policy should be on combating global Jihad.

    12/21/2014 9:11:10 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 13 replies ^ | December 21, 2014; 10 hours ago | unknown
    Mr. Robert Spencer at Restoration Weekend 2014, at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
  • NBC/WSJ poll: By large margin, Americans want GOP, not Obama, leading on policy

    11/20/2014 2:06:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/20/2014 | Guy Benson
    Perhaps the White House will rationalize these results as yet more evidence of the American public‚Äôs ‚Äústupidity:‚ÄĚ The American people don¬ít want President Barack Obama to take the lead on enacting policy, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll out Wednesday‚ĶBy a clear 56% to 33% margin, those surveyed don¬ít want Mr. Obama to take the lead role in setting policy, preferring that Congress take the lead role¬ÖThe 56% who now want Congress to take the lead role in policy making is a high water mark in the poll¬ís history. The WSJ/NBC poll found Americans are pleased...
  • Tea party favorite to head Dallas think tank (LTC Allen West)

    11/08/2014 6:55:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | November 7, 2014 | Jim Landers
    Tea party favorite Allen B. West was named Friday to be the new CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas think tank that has focused on market-based solutions for health care and tax and fiscal policy. West, 53, is a former Republican congressman from Florida and a retired Army lieutenant colonel. He is expected to boost donations to the think tank, which sagged after the forced departure of founding CEO John Goodman in June. Since leaving Congress in 2013, West has been a commentator on Fox News, a blogger and a fundraiser for conservative veteran and minority...

    10/28/2014 12:56:17 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 74 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 28, 2014 | By Wynton Hall
    Top Democratic strategists are blasting President Barack Obama for putting the Democratic Party in a precarious position heading into the midterm elections. "It's puzzling--and to the Kay Hagans of the world, infuriating--the number of times President Obama has stepped in it, repeatedly reminding voters that a vote for Hagan is a vote for Obama's policies," Democratic strategist Christy Setzer told The Hill. Another individual whom The Hill describes as a "top Democratic strategist" groused about Obama golfing this past weekend instead of helping Democrats. "He and his team could have made it clear a long time ago that there's nothing...
  • EBOLA suggestions

    10/03/2014 6:31:51 AM PDT · by outinyellowdogcountry · 51 replies
    This is an open letter to Texas public health officials: I am a software engineer, who it happens, has been working the last 10 years developing an health-care system for developing countries. In part, my goal was to stem outbreaks. Accordingly I know more about outbreaks generally, and Ebola specifically than one would expect. Engineers think differently than physicians do. I've found that difference in most cases proves beneficial, but not always. Software engineers in particular, tend to focus on the exceptions. This is how things generally work, but what are the ďgotchasĒ that COULD happen, and then we prepare...