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  • Homeland Insecurity Alert: Dry Ice and Dry Runs

    10/16/2013 4:16:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Testing, 1, 2, 3, testing. Jihadists never go on furlough. While shutdown theater preoccupies Washington, terror plotters remain on the clock. The question is: Will America keep hitting the post-9/11 snooze button? At Los Angeles International Airport, two dry ice bombs exploded this week, and two others were found in a restricted area of the airport. According to the Los Angeles Times, the devices "appeared to be outside the terminal near planes where employees such as baggage handlers and others work on the aircraft and its cargo." That reminds me: It's been more than a year since watchdogs warned Capitol...
  • Napolitano Leaving DHS Under Cloud of Suspicion

    07/15/2013 5:24:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano suddenly announced last week that she was resigning her position at the embattled agency in order to take a $750,000-a-year job as president of the University of California system. This will more than triple her salary, which was $200,000 at DHS. The timing of her resignation is highly unusual for a member of the president’s cabinet. Most cabinet members who leave after a president’s first term don’t wait an extra six months into the second term. Many believe she abruptly left DHS because of some sordid dealings that are about to be discovered. Her tenure...
  • The Snowden Effect

    06/14/2013 4:19:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 91 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2013 | Mark Davis
    After a week of enduring the crossfire over the relative benefits and dangers of the deeds of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, I am left wondering whether this has been good or bad for our nation. The answer depends on the lens we use for viewing America and the world. I belong to two groups that are not large enough. The first is the portion of America that is very, very serious about fighting terror. I have not forgotten 9/11 or the fact that its hatchers would love to do it again. Stopping them has been an all-consuming pursuit for our...
  • Obama Less Tyrannical Than Bush? (Yeah Right)

    06/12/2013 4:48:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    The unfolding story of the Obama administration monitoring not just telephone records but Internet usage has drawn media coverage with adjectives like "astonishing." No doubt about it, even the pro-Obama press acknowledges it is a scandal. Still, it is laughable that the media would label him a "dictator" or discuss the "I word." That's not what greeted George W. Bush at the end of 2005. Just eight years ago, journalists openly discussed tyranny and the possibility of impeachment. On Newsweek's website on December 19, 2005, Jonathan Alter went ballistic: "We're seeing clearly now that Bush thought 9/11 gave him license...
  • Keep Your Hands off My Cell Phone

    06/09/2013 6:34:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    Scary. Unacceptable. This is not America. Those are some of the comments that I have heard about the revelations regarding government snooping on our cell phones. The statement that one man made that something is wrong with you if you don’t think something is askew here -- that would be about right. If you are not upset about this situation then you are clueless. There is a dangerous extension of government that no true American could possibly endorse or accept. Our government has no right to randomly rummage through our cell phone or email records. If you think that the...
  • Syria's Religious War

    06/05/2013 3:43:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    If there was a moment when the United States could have productively intervened in Syria, it looks like that moment has passed. Shiite militants, including Hezbollah -- partly at the behest of their paymasters in Iran -- are racing to the defense of Bashar Assad's regime. According to a witness account in the New York Times, there were some 11,000 Hezbollah fighters in the besieged town of Qusair alone. A Shiite religious student in Najaf, Iraq, told the Times that his colleagues believe the leader of Qatar, a backer of Sunni Syrian rebels, is a long-prophesied demonic figure who, it...
  • Obama Declares War on Terror Over

    05/29/2013 8:17:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    In a hallmark speech last week, President Obama unilaterally declared the war on terror over. The end of that war, Obama stated, meant we could return to the halcyon days of the Clinton-era law enforcement, during which America experienced a spate of terrorist attacks ranging from the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 to the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996 to the bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 to the USS Cole bombing in 2000. What justified Obama's announcement? Nothing, except his need to pacify his leftist base. With scandals brewing on the...
  • Boston Bombing Demands a Pause in Legislation

    04/30/2013 7:55:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The Boston Marathon Bombing, where three people were killed and 264 wounded, many with legs or feet blown off, continues to be a big media story, but we are still waiting for answers to many questions. How did our government miss so many clues that the Tsarnaev brothers were a deadly danger to Americans? They came into the United States as visitors from Kazakhstan, where many ethnic Chechens live without persecution and then cooked up a claim to be refugees, which was a fraud. After a few years, the father returned to Dagestan, Russia, where he now lives safely. Once...
  • BENGHAZIGATE: Obama’s Secret Gun-Running Program

    04/29/2013 5:04:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2013 | Katie Kieffer
    Liberals don’t want honest Americans like you to have guns. Liberals just want to arm foreign rebels in crapshoot attempts to “end global violence.” But liberals feign ignorance when the rebels they arm end up being criminals who kill innocent Americans like the late U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens. Why did Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans die in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012? We now know that President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-CIA Director David Petraeus were likely behind a mishandled gun-trafficking program that ended up arming the radical jihadist rebels who...
  • Benghazi Report Revives Troubling Questions

    04/29/2013 3:56:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2013 | Michael Barone
    "What difference, at this point, does it make?" That was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's angry response to a question about the State Department's account of the attack on the Benghazi consulate where Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were murdered on Sept. 11, 2012. Her response was cheered by leftist commentators on MSNBC. Righteous indignation is so attractive. But of course it makes a difference. Hillary Clinton is leading in polls for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and general election. It's always legitimate to examine the performance of a front-runner for the presidency. And of the...
  • Jihad On Our Tax Dollars? Screw That.

    04/28/2013 6:26:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2013 | Doug Giles
    Since the Boston terrorist attack on 4/15/13 we’ve been learning a whole lot about the two Muslim morons who blew up little children and severely injured hundreds of innocent onlookers and merry marathon runners. Speaking of the Boston terrorist attack, how long do you think it’ll be before the Leftists and their co-belligerent compadres, the Muslims, start whining about building a mosque close to the finish line of the Boston Marathon? I’ll give it … eh … six months. One-year tops. Back to getting to know the demonic Frick and Frack brothers. Of the all the revelations spilling out about...
  • Creating Monsters: Terrorism, Welfare and “Celebrating Diversity”

    04/28/2013 5:17:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    To call the Tsarnaev family a “piece of work” is an insult to work. But they are a piece of something, something the editors won’t let me write here (just think of what last night’s dinner is now). Not only were Tamerlan, the Boston terrorist currently burning in Hell, and Dzhokhar, the Boston terrorist soon to be burning in Hell, on welfare, but their whole family was on the government dole. This isn’t as much a case against welfare as it is a case against immigration reform. In their time in this country this family did nothing but take and...
  • A Maginot Line of TSA Screeners and Watch Lists That Are Not Watched:

    04/27/2013 6:11:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2013 | Hugh Hewitt
    "Regular Order" ought to be the way in which the House and Senate conduct their business, but not when highly irregular national security disasters and/or scandals occur, and especially not after an ambassador is murdered by terrorists and a mass casualty terrorist attack occurs on Patriots Day in Boston. Speaker of the House John Boehner has to act even if the president doesn't want to. The country needs to know whether the terrorists in Benghazi represent the future of that country and Syria with its chemical weapons and why our national security services could not protect our ambassador. Even...
  • Droning On

    04/27/2013 5:51:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    Shortly after the terror bombings in Boston last week, two different media people made statements that were alarming to say the least. Two days after the attack, McClatchy reporter Amina Ismail asked White House spokesman Jay Carney: "President Obama said that what happened in Boston was an act of terrorism. Do you consider the U.S. bombing on civilians in Afghanistan ... a form of terrorism?" As usual, Carney didn't have an answer and referred the reporter to the Department of Defense. What Carney should have said is this: "Are you kidding me? U.S. policy in Afghanistan is designed to protect...
  • No Boundaries, Big problem

    04/25/2013 5:26:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 25, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    One of the consequences of abandoning a standard by which right and wrong can be judged is our increasing inability to mete out punishment that fits the crime. In fact, too often we weigh extenuating circumstances rather than guilty actions. In the case of the Boston bombers, observers search for reasons why the attacks occurred. But the failure to view the attackers as anything other than simply guilty and judge them accordingly, is similar to the U.S. government's attitude toward the Middle East, which often sees Israel as the major impediment to peace. There is little expectation that Israel's enemies...
  • The Boston Marathon Bombing and the Dangers of a Bored Society

    04/24/2013 6:20:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    The American public now knows the identity of the Boston marathon bombing suspects. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was a former boxer and Chechnyan immigrant, radicalized in the United States by an Islamist mentor. He turned against the West in liberal Cambridge, Mass. His younger brother, Dzhokhar, 19, was a pot-loving college student at the University of Massachusetts. Last Friday, Tamerlan was killed during a shootout with police after his brother reportedly ran him over with a car. Dzhokhar was captured hours later hiding in a boat. Few who knew Tamerlan seemed surprised at the news that he had masterminded the bombings...
  • Miranda

    04/22/2013 12:21:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2013 | Rich Galen
    Suddenly, every cable news anchor, every pundit, every Sunday show guest, and every waiter in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia has become an expert on whether or not Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be informed of his Miranda rights. Let's assume, for the moment, that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has never watched a single episode of "Law & Order" in any of its manifestations and, thus, does not know he can ask for a lawyer - or refuse to answer any questions with a lawyer or without. Just so I can catch up (I know you already know this), the whole Miranda thing stems...
  • America's Empty Slogan: "See Something, Say Something"

    04/17/2013 5:32:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    In brief remarks to the nation yesterday on the Boston Marathon bombings, President Obama said that "we all have a part to play in alerting authorities. If you see something suspicious, speak up." In Washington, D.C., electronic signs urged commuters to be on guard. Law enforcement, big-city mayors and security experts all echoed that famous post-terrorism refrain: "If you see something, say something." But who really means it? In post-9/11 America, the truth is that our politically correct guardians only want you to see, say or do something if it can't be construed by grievance-mongers as racist, sexist, Islamophobic, homophobic,...
  • Individual Liberty - 3, Government Power - 0

    03/21/2013 7:00:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2013 | Bob Barr
    The seemingly omnipresent storm clouds hanging over the Constitution often make it hard to find a silver lining. Every day, the front page of The Drudge Report is littered with stories of government assaults on our civil liberties -- from local government officials all the way up to the Oval Office. Even heroic actions, such as Rand Paul’s recent filibuster in opposition to the unchecked use of drones on U.S. soil, are met by scornful catcalls from Grumpy Old Guard politicians who long ago seemed to have lost even the most basic understanding of our Bill of Rights. But,...
  • Excuse Me, Your Illogic Is Showing: Orwell’s Vision Emerges In California

    02/17/2013 5:28:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2013 | Austin Hill
    In the 1940’s and 50’s, famed Author George Orwell surmised that both the English language and civilized society were in decline. After a press conference held last week by Emeryville, California Police Chief Ken James, it’s easy to see a decline in both language and critical thinking skills in our country. And as Orwell thought, indeed civilized society may very well be in jeopardy. It happened on February 14th. Taking to the microphones and cameras in his suburban San Francisco community, Chief James stood at a podium with the requisite group of serious-looking, professionally dressed, pouty-faced people standing behind...
  • Why Are We Still on the DMZ?

    02/15/2013 6:18:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    North Korea has just pulled off an impressive dual feat -- the successful test both of an intercontinental ballistic missile and an atom bomb in the 6-kiloton range. Pyongyang's ruler, 30-year-old Kim Jong Un, said the tests are aimed at the United States. So it would seem. One does not build an ICBM to hit Seoul, 30 miles away. Experts believe North Korea is still far from having the capability to marry a nuclear warhead to a missile that could hit the West Coast. But this seems to be Kim's goal. Why is he obsessed with a nation half...
  • Where is the Left's Uproar Over Obama's Secret Warmongering Drone Policy?

    02/11/2013 6:26:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    Who would have guessed that one of the most warmongering presidents would be a liberal Democrat who was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize? Obama has gotten away with a secret escalating drone war because the left and their fifth column in the media have mostly turned a blind eye, just like they have with Obama's expanded ground war in Afghanistan, not wanting to criticize a fellow leftist in power. Obama is not the pacifist he pretends to be. The executive branch's escalating drone strike program has been taking place in secret now for over 10 years, all ostensibly justified...
  • Why Non-Torture is More Honorable Than Assassination

    02/10/2013 6:55:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Kevin McCullough
    Astoundingly we have seen the media turn into hypocrites in recent days. Shock of shocks... how can it be? But when the President that an overwhelming majority of media members voted for, was running for President, they parroted his message of compassion, and American humility, and the need for us to talk to our enemies instead of torturing them. Being in the solid minority of media members who held that we either kill the guys who are trying to kill us, or at the very least, extract information about when they are next going to try to kill us, I...
  • Military and Society Threatened by Women in Combat

    01/25/2013 2:31:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Mark Davis
    The first line of attack in political battles is language. Getting people to phrase things your way is the first step to getting them to think your way. In the foggy mess of the debate over women in combat, you will see media references to a “ban” being “lifted.” Bans are bad. Lifting bans is good. Therein lies the bias strangling this issue in the dominant media culture. Am I “banned” from the women’s restrooms at work? No, I’m just not supposed to be in there, so that word doesn’t come up. The left has commandeered combat as a rhetorical...
  • Do We Want Better Enforcement of Misguided Gun Restrictions?

    01/23/2013 8:21:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    "The single most important thing we can do to prevent gun violence and mass shootings," President Obama said last week, "is to make sure those who would commit acts of violence cannot get access to guns." Toward that end, he wants to require background checks not just for sales by federally licensed firearms dealers (as under current law), but for all gun transfers except those between relatives. This idea seems to be the most popular of Obama's gun control proposals, supported by nine out of 10 respondents in a recent CBS News poll. Yet it is unlikely to stop mass...
  • Al-Qaida Franchises Continue Terror War on the World

    01/23/2013 6:16:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2013 | Austin Bay
    Four years ago, as his first term began, President Barack Obama ditched the name Global War on Terror (GWOT). Instead of fighting Al-Qaida-inspired terrorism around the world, the U.S. would conduct "overseas contingency operations" (OCO). Obama's act of oratorical magic -- poof, the global war has ended -- became an awkward problem, however. Real world events subsequently demonstrated that the word "overseas" was at best misleading, if not outright wrong. Detroit, New York and Portland, Ore., certainly aren't overseas, yet militant Islamist-inspired terrorists tried (and fortunately failed) to bomb all three -- Detroit on Christmas 2009, New York's Times...
  • What Happened to Our Country?

    01/21/2013 8:08:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 154 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    When people reminisce about what America used to be like, some act scornfully toward us. They say living in a Donna Reed world was great for a few, but that there were many suffering souls. The way our country is today makes some of us long for those days which seemed so innocent compared to the harsh, cruel, coarse, and sometimes murderous days we exist in today. Yet most would argue that there were still injustices when we were growing up fifty years ago. Black people who had been freed a century before were still not treated equally in most...
  • Darby Rides Again

    01/16/2013 10:52:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    They were not to be called Commandos. The Brits had dibs on that name. And they had earned it. Our special forces would train in Northern Ireland at the start of the Second World War, and while they might have British trainers and instructors, they'd have to be called something else. The brass would choose a name. They chose Rangers. This outfit would also need a commander. More than a commander -- a leader, one who understood that this special force would have to be, well, special. Its members would always take the offensive, springing on the enemy as if...
  • Look to Egypt for Clues about Obama

    01/13/2013 9:56:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2013 | Michael Youssef
    Why doesn’t President Obama—who claims to be a Christian—ever defend the cause of the harassed and persecuted Christians around the world? Examining his dealings with Egypt during the past two years may give us some clues. Clue #1: When vast street demonstrations opposed former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Mr. Obama was quick on the trigger to publically call on Mr. Mubarak to resign. Mubarak was a secular dictator who promoted capitalism. There was plenty of corruption, to be sure. But that is cultural; the increase—not decrease—in corruption under the Islamic dictator who replaced Mubarak has proven that. Then, when the...
  • San Francisco's Dangerous Policy on Unlicensed Drivers

    01/13/2013 5:52:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials detained Roberto Galo on Wednesday morning. Galo is a legal immigrant but an unlicensed driver who, on Nov. 16, 2010, took a left turn at Harrison and 16th streets in San Francisco. His car struck law student Drew Rosenberg. Witnesses later testified that Galo then backed over Rosenberg, who died. The law student's father, Don Rosenberg of Westlake Village, Calif., has been waging a crusade ever since. He's angry at San Francisco's policy, announced by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2009, that shielded unlicensed drivers from an automatic 30-day impoundment of their vehicles. He's furious...
  • Jerry Brown Says to the Feds, Back Off

    01/10/2013 11:05:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    "It is now time to return the control of our prison system to California," Gov. Jerry Brown declared at a news conference Tuesday morning. Amen to that. Federal lawsuits and federal judges have taken over the state's prison system. Unelected judges don't have to worry about paying for what they command. Nor need they worry about losing their jobs should they incite the public's wrath. Thus, judges have ordered massive increases in inmate health and mental health spending. Those orders have driven up the annual cost per inmate to more than $55,000. About $17,000 of that sum goes toward health...
  • A Petty Decision by Obama

    01/09/2013 5:13:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    It's official. President Obama has named former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as his nominee for secretary of defense. Hence, we may be in store for the worst defense secretary nomination fight since George H.W. Bush's failed appointment of Sen. John Tower (R-Texas) more than 20 years ago. The interesting question is, why? Why waste the political capital? Why pass over more qualified candidates who would sail through confirmation, including Michele Flournoy -- who'd be the first female defense secretary? The most ridiculous answer is among the mainstream media's favorites: bipartisanship. According to Politico, the choice "appeals to Obama's bipartisan spirit."...
  • The Blind Sheik and Our Mute President

    01/09/2013 12:07:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Egypt's terror-coddling President Mohamed Morsi has repeated his arrogant demand that America free convicted 1993 World Trade Center mastermind Omar Abdel-Rahman. I'd like to report that President Obama repeated his unequivocal rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood leader's entreaties. But as of this writing, no such public statement or restatement yet exists. That's right. Obama has kept mum about Morsi's vociferous lobbying on behalf of Abdel-Rahman, the "blind sheik," who is serving a life sentence at a maximum-security prison in North Carolina for seditious jihad conspiracy. The commander in chief's silence speaks volumes. Morsi started publicly haranguing the U.S. to have...
  • Blacks Should Embrace NRA Gun Proposal

    12/30/2012 10:43:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2012 | Star Parker
    What is the essence of freedom? Property and a gun. I never met my grandfather, but that's the lesson I took from his life. He was one generation out of slavery and bought property and guns. It's so predictable that today's discussion on gun control is similar to the noise we hear from liberals every time there is a mass shooting. What is new this time is that the NRA, under the direction of Wayne LaPierre, David Keene and Asa Hutchinson, has put forth a concrete plan that most American parents should appreciate will keep children safer at school. Why...
  • Western Leaders Keep Silent on Afghanistan Murders

    12/28/2012 11:11:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | Diana West
    Early in 2012, I opened a column with this question: "Is there a single public official who is examining -- who cares about -- the murder spree by Afghan security forces against Western troops and security contractors in Afghanistan?" Nearly one year has passed, during which 62 Americans and other Westerners have been killed by Afghan forces "inside the wire." The president has yet to call for "meaningful change"; in fact, he has said nothing about it. The Congress has said nothing about it. During the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney said nothing about it. Such silence is a national disgrace,...
  • North Korea's Wakeup Call

    12/25/2012 7:22:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Townhall.com | Phyllis Schlafly
    It should have been a loud wakeup call in December when North Korea successfully launched a three-stage rocket delivering a payload in orbit around the globe. This event was North Korea's boast that it now has basic intercontinental ballistic missile technology. North Korea's test was a surprise to Americans, to the Obama administration and to Congress because its last couple of tests had been failures. More alarming was the fact that the launch was a surprise to our intelligence community, which didn't know the North Koreans had perfected this technology, and didn't anticipate a launch. There should have been an...
  • Good Laws Will Never Abolish All Evil

    12/20/2012 4:26:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Jeff Jacoby
    IT IS REMARKABLE how confident so many people are that they know what causes – and just how to prevent – horrific massacres like Friday's bloodbath at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. In a TV interview over the weekend, one observer insisted that the mass-murder in Newtown was all too predictable, given America's failure to implement an obvious and desperately overdue reform. "Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?" this individual demanded, showing no hint of uncertainty about exactly what needs to be fixed. Who was that? Was it Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel,...
  • Flash Suppressors Do Not Kill People

    12/19/2012 5:32:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Jacob Sullum
    "These tragedies must end," says President Obama, referring to Adam Lanza's horrifying assault on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last Friday. Although it is hard to disagree with that sentiment, the measures Obama favors cannot reasonably be expected to prevent such thankfully rare but nevertheless appalling outbursts of senseless violence. After the massacre, press secretary Jay Carney reiterated Obama's support for reinstating the federal "assault weapon" ban that expired in 2004, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., promised to introduce a bill aimed at doing so next month. But we know for sure that an "assault weapon" ban...
  • Media Oddly Silent on WikiLeaks Proceedings

    Some thoughts about Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's pretrial hearing, which concluded this week. Manning, of course, is charged with leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks and, at his trial in March, will be pleading guilty to certain charges while rejecting the military's contention that he "aided the enemy" in doing so. Manning was in court this month seeking dismissal on the grounds that since his arrest in May 2010, he has been subjected to unlawful pretrial punishment. Certainly the conditions Manning and his civilian lawyer David E. Coombs described in often dramatic testimony were...
  • T-Ball War in the Middle East

    11/29/2012 4:01:19 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Classical explanations of conventional wars run something like this: An aggressor state seeks political advantage through military force. It has a hunch that the threatened target will likely either make concessions to avoid losing a war, or, if war breaks out, the resulting political gains will be worth the military costs to achieve victory. Wars then are prevented only by a balance of power and military deterrence: aggressors have to be warned that it would be stupid to start a war they will likely lose. If there are miscalculations or if emotions run high and logic is ignored, then...
  • Groundhog Day: Middle East Version

    11/20/2012 5:06:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 20, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    In the film "Groundhog Day," Bill Murray wakes up each morning and relives the previous day. A similar scenario is playing out in the Middle East between Israel and her enemies. The deadly "movie" always goes like this: Israel is shelled or attacked by terrorists groups, often called "militants" by the media, each one with the same goal: Israel's elimination. After demonstrating considerable restraint of the kind that would never be tolerated by any other nation, Israel fires back. Suddenly, the world awakens from its indifference. World leaders, who said little when Israeli civilians were wounded and killed, now urge...
  • Camp Bastion Families Want Answers About Afghanistan

    11/14/2012 3:48:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    While Secretary of State Hillary Clinton boozes it up in Australia and the Pentagon grapples with more floozy eruptions, outraged military families are still waiting for answers about the forgotten 9/14 attack on Camp Bastion. Muckrakers and distraction engineers are having a front-page field day with the so-called "sex scandal." But for surviving relatives and colleagues of heroic Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Raible and Sgt. Bradley Atwell, it's the national security scandal at Afghanistan's Camp Bastion that deserves headline coverage. There's been a virtual blackout of the alarming story in the national press. As I reported last month, the meticulously...
  • Who Is White House Visitor Hisham Altalib?

    09/26/2012 3:46:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    On Friday, March 30, 2012, Hisham Y. Altalib visited the White House. According to visitor logs, Altalib was received by Joshua DuBois, the director of President Obama's Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Four days later, White House officials welcomed a foreign delegation of the radical Sharia-enforcing Muslim Brotherhood from Egypt. The White House meeting with overseas Muslim Brotherhood leaders was reported in April by a few mainstream journalists and questioned loudly by conservative media. But the White House confab in March with U.S.-based Altalib -- which appears to be a prep session with the global Muslim Brotherhood's American...
  • TSA: Training Sky-bound Illegal Aliens

    07/20/2012 5:53:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    When it comes to soldiers, breast-feeding moms, toddlers and grannies, the Transportation Security Administration is not just hands-on, it's hands-all-over. But when it comes to illegal alien pilot trainees, our homeland security bureaucracy's policy is still stuck in pre-9/11 mode: Hands off, blinders on. This week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report on the airline security agency's "process for ensuring (that) foreign flight students do not pose a security risk." In short, there isn't much of a "process" at all when it comes to checking the immigration status of flight school students. While the GAO report may be...
  • The Designated Leaker

    06/14/2012 4:15:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2012 | Michael Reagan
    Glory be to the commander in chief. Everyone in the Washington-New York Axis of Evil knows that's why there has been a string of White House national security leaks. Each of the leaks has been a transparent attempt to pump up President Obama as a tough warrior who deserves re-election because he's been intimately involved in the killing of Osama bin Laden, the cyber-sabotage of Iran's nuclear program, and choosing which specific terrorist gets blasted to heaven by a U.S. drone. Everyone also knows the leaks have damaged our ability to operate our future military and counter-terror operations, and they...
  • What Will Obama Give Russia If He's Re-elected?

    03/28/2012 6:56:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2012 | Terry Jeffrey
    President Barack Obama would like to do some things for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and President-elect Vladimir Putin that he does not want American voters to know about before they decide whether to re-elect him in November. That was the intended-to-be-secret message Obama gave Medvedev in South Korea on Monday. But Obama was caught delivering the message on tape -- and, no matter how the liberal media try to spin it, the moment is destined to become emblematic of Obama as a man and as a president. "On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved. But...
  • A December to Remember

    12/01/2011 1:39:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    Seventy years ago this month, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and brought America into a war that had begun in Europe in 1939. In his masterful new book "December 1941: 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World," Craig Shirley takes readers back to a very different America. Through hundreds of stories and advertisements culled from newspapers, Shirley not only transports us back to that tumultuous time, but reminds this generation that denial about an enemy's intentions can have grave consequences. Each chapter in the book deals with a single day of December 1941. We go to the movies...