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  • Liberals, Islamists Take Same Stand on Free Speech

    01/25/2015 6:11:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | John Ransom
    apzzyk12 wrote: As a comrade (progressive Democrat), I would like to remind the author that it was over the very strong objections of the TEA party that the Democrats passsed the Lilly Ledbetter Act , which allows women to sue at any time, if they have been paid less than the males for doing the same work. The the Federal system, one has some idea of what others make by their GS level, so there is very little discrimination in that system, while in the private sector it remains taboo for employees to compare wages.- Mitt Who?Dear Pzzy,Employees in the...
  • Ukraine Between Two Narcissists

    01/19/2015 4:32:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2015 | John Ransom
    If you think that Vladimir Putin would be dissuaded from his territorial ambitions by a few billionaires more or less being punished in Moscow, then you probably deserve to condemned to a Purgatory that resembles Obama’s White House. Despite assurances that Russia was on the ropes via economic sanctions imposed by the West after the Bear stirred up ethnic conflict in Ukraine, there are no signs but that Russia under Putin is restless. And hungry. New fighting has erupted near Donetsk with Russian supported separatists firing shells resulting in the death of 11 people. Since so-called “peace-talks” are underway between...
  • Being Nadiya Savchenko, American Ally, Hero

    01/14/2015 5:31:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2015 | John Ransom
    If you think that Vladimir Putin would be dissuaded from his territorial ambitions by a few billionaires more or less being punished in Moscow, then you probably deserve to condemned to a Purgatory that resembles Obama’s White House. Despite assurances that Russia was on the ropes via economic sanctions imposed by the West after the Bear stirred up ethnic conflict in Ukraine, there are no signs but that Russia under Putin is restless. And hungry. New fighting has erupted near Donetsk with Russian supported separatists firing shells resulting in the death of 11 people. Since so-called “peace-talks” are underway between...
  • Flexibility: New Russian Military Doctrine Names NATO Key Risk

    01/12/2015 3:44:22 PM PST · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 12, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    New Cold War: A revised Russian military doctrine identifies NATO as Moscow's No. 1 threat, as the Obama administration announced it was returning control of 15 bases in Europe back to the host governments. Russian President Vladimir Putin gave President Obama a lump of coal in his Christmas stocking in the form of a revised strategic doctrine. It re-emphasizes that NATO, notwithstanding President Obama's "flexibility" and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's "reset" button, is the No. 1 strategic threat facing Russia. We are reminded of Obama's rebuke of Mitt Romney in the third presidential debate, when the GOP nominee...
  • Napoleon in the Middle East

    01/08/2015 8:01:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2015 | Cliff May
    A few pages into “Napoleon: A Life,” historian Andrew Roberts notes that the great general regarded himself as “of the race that founds empires.”How odd that sounds to modern ears. But, of course, in the past, people viewed the world differently. Most of us get that. In the present, not everyone sees the world the same way. Many of us don’t get that.And so Secretary of State John Kerry responds to Vladimir Putin’s seizure of Ukrainian territory by exclaiming: "You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text!" And...
  • Putin's Kremlin Losing the Oil Price War -- And That's Good

    12/03/2014 2:03:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2014 | Austin Bay
    Free enterprise is proving to be Russian dictator Vladimir Putin's most potent foe. Moscow's February 2014 invasion of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and its immediate annexation drastically altered international diplomatic calculations. In a year marked by the homicidal rise of the Islamic State and Chinese probes of East Asian maritime borders, Putin's destruction of post-Cold War security arrangements is the most dangerous challenge to global peace. Yet U.S. and Western European attempts to penalize the Kremlin its Crimean theft and blunt its relentless "slow war of moral attrition" in Eastern Ukraine have been erratic. Though France's decision to halt its sale...
  • Too Many to Kill—Even for Us

    11/13/2014 11:05:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2014 | John Ransom
    Throughout history dictators, monarchs and other absolutists have enjoyed very little security. Few die peacefully in their bed. More often than not they are removed by forces either internally or externally in ways not pleasant.Vladimir Putin today is trying to consolidate his position in Russia, which is hardly unassailable, but has been made stronger through the ineffectual counter moves of leaders in the West. “It is astounding how easy democracies make it for us to reach our goal,” Hitler said about Neville Chamberlain and England in the 1930s.Had the “democracies” stood up to Hitler before he had a chance to...
  • Vladimir Putin: Person of the Year in U.S. Gay Magazine

    11/11/2014 3:08:54 PM PST · by juliosevero · 16 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Vladimir Putin: Person of the Year in U.S. Gay Magazine By Julio Severo The Advocate, the oldest homosexual magazine in the U.S., has sarcastically announced that its 2014 Person of the Year is Vladimir Putin, seen by Patheos, an American atheist website, as “the horrifically homophobic president of Russia and a committed opponent of all things pro-LGBT.” The magazine cover even illustrates the Russian president as Adolf Hitler. The Advocate got a lot of attention last year when it made Pope Francis its Person of the Year because of his less conservative comments on homosexual issues. In no way...
  • Where a Liberal Underestimates Putin Again

    11/02/2014 7:26:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 2, 2014 | John Ransom
    Dosborne wrote:And yet the Berkeley Earth group (funded in part by the Koch brothers) found that there is in fact a anthropogenic factor involved in the current climate change we are seeing. As far as oversight and regulations in the drug industry. Despite all of the oversight. New and sometimes lethal side effects result in drugs being pulled off the market every year. But what you and others here seem to be suggesting is that we reduce the oversight and regulation of new drugs. Leading to more people being injured by or even dying as a result?--How Obamacare Could Kill...
  • Putin: Autocrat of All the "Russias"

    10/20/2014 11:44:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 20, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is moving with a steady pace to establish his total control over Russia. He’s now pushing a law to help him deal with the last pesky parts of the post-Soviet period of Russian history—that annoying free press. In this Washington Post story, we see that President Putin is doing in Russia what Sen. Harry Reid and fifty-three of his Senate colleagues attempted to do recently with a constitutional amendment to limit free speech. Putin knows he is fairly free to act on the world scene and at home. President Obama is distracted. His administration is perplexed. Having...
  • Putin’s Soviet Style Kremlin is Too Much for “JV” Team Obama

    10/15/2014 10:10:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Vladimir Putin is quietly toiling away at reestablishing last century’s utopia-on-earth, known more commonly as the Soviet Union. Aside from rolling some T-72 tanks into Crimea, and giving a helping hand to the Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine, he’s also been ramping up efforts to remake modern Russia into a more 20th century image. Putin’s Justice Ministry (I’m not sure, but it is possible that they took that agency’s name straight from the pages of a George Orwell book) is trying to shut down one of Russia’s oldest civil rights organizations.I know, I know, I know... You’re thinking “so what?”...
  • What Do You Call War By Any Other Name? Defeat

    10/02/2014 5:32:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | John Ransom
    Consumer spending went up last month but paradoxically consumer confidence in the interim has plunged to lowest level since May. Consumer spending was up 0.5% in August, above expectations, reports the Commerce Department, while the Conference Board reports that consumer confidence has plunged to 86 for September.What accounts for the paradox?War, that’s all.Previously consumer confidence posted the 92.4 for the previous month of August, a seven-year high. “Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said high equity values, rising home prices, and falling gasoline costs indicate that ‘confidence should be rising not falling,’" reports the Wall Street Journal. Well...
  • Neville Chamberlain Would Have Been a Perfect Fit for Obama’s Foreign Policy Team

    09/30/2014 2:13:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    On this day, in 1938, the British and French Prime Ministers signed the Munich Pact with Adolf Hitler in an effort to avoid the onset of another world war… Spoiler alert: It didn’t work. Someone once said that history doesn’t always repeat itself, but that it often rhymes. Well, brace yourself for some poetry:By fall of 1938 Hitler had already managed to annex Austria into Germany, and was already trying to “stand up” for the Russian German speaking portions of Ukraine Czechoslovakia. The eventual conquest of Czechoslovakia was a part of Hitler’s grand plan to reestablish the “greatness of Germany”;...
  • Push Back against Putin’s Preposterous Policies

    09/14/2014 5:40:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Paul Dykewicz
    World and corporate leaders should look for alternative business partners to minimize the fallout from trade barriers that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin may erect against countries that impose trade sanctions against his nation in response to his ill-conceived plot to send Russian fighters into neighboring Ukraine.Former KGB agent Putin has proven that he cannot be trusted and his willingness to adopt foreign policies that are detrimental to the economic interests of his people are telling. Nor will his legacy as Russia’s leader escape damage in the wake of his support of armed gunman from his country who infiltrated Ukraine to...
  • What If Chevy Volts Were Mortgages? (Long Article)

    09/07/2014 6:52:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | John Ransom
    Truth001 wrote: No John GWB destabilized the region by marching into Iraq in the first place all in the name of Oil. Obama was only trying to clean up the mess President Bush and VP Cheney left behind. Remember "mission accomplished" 10 years later, 4000+ soldiers dead and 1.5 trillion dollars later. Obama has been trying to avoid another Iraq disaster like every since he has been in office. - The Foreign Policy of the Three StoogesDear Comrade Pravda,How do you explain the destabilization of Libya, then? Or Afghanistan? Or Pakistan? Or Egypt? Or Ukraine? Were those all George BushÂ’s...
  • Putin Seeks to Rebuild Evil Empire While Obama Speaks Softly and Carries No Stick

    09/05/2014 5:02:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - We live in a dangerous and chaotic time when terrorism is rapidly spreading across the globe, Russian troops occupy Ukraine, and America has lost its influence abroad. President Obama's handling of foreign policy is coming under increasing criticism at home, from friends and foes alike, for its timidity, impotence and bungling. As the months race by, Russian President Vladimir has daringly stepped up his invasion of Eastern Ukraine, after seizing and annexing the Crimean Peninsula, threatening at one point to take over the country entirely. The former Communist KGB agent casually told his top advisers he could take...
  • Applying Smart Power Versus Don't Do Stupid Stuff

    09/04/2014 3:54:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 4, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    What a difference a year makes. Last September, the Obama administration and the media were cheering happenstance as victory. A quick review of last year's events: the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government on civilians, tough talk by President Barack Obama, an administration push for a congressional vote for use of force, Secretary of State John Kerry's off-the-cuff remark regarding Syrian giving up chemical weapons, Russian President Vladimir Putin leveraging the remark into action, the Obama administration claiming a great solution. The events led the administration to believe that letting a situation play out, thereby leading to a...
  • Vladimir Putin: The Return of the CommuNazi

    08/28/2014 2:09:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Austin Bay
    In August 1939 -- 75 years ago this week -- Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin signed the Hitler-Stalin Pact. In the wake of the Russo-German alliance, newspaper wits coined the term "ComunNazi." Communist-Nazi. Yes, "red" and "brown" entwined as the dictatorships they are. The two dictators' legions of liars hailed the deal as a peace treaty. Peace? Eastern Europeans in the dictators' gun sights scorned the falsehood. "Peace in our time, " Neville Chamberlain had proclaimed after the wretched Munich deal of 1938, which gave Hitler permission to annex slices of Czechoslovakia. Of course, when given a slice, Hitler annexed...
  • Nothing Says “Freedom” Like a Hammer and Sickle

    08/13/2014 2:45:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The Russian dictator humanitarian, Vladimir Putin, is sending some much needed food and water to those poor oppressed rebels in Eastern Ukraine. After already having shown his penchant for helping individuals who suffer under the tyranny of democratic freedom in the semi-autonomous Peninsula of Crimea, Putin has decided to lend aid to a “rag-tag” group of Pro-Russian separatists… Because if the 20th Century has taught us anything, it is that nothing says “freedom” like a hammer and sickle. In justifying his “humanitarian aid”, the Bond Villain Putin explained that his humanitarian mission was endorsed by the Red Cross… Surely he...
  • Will NATO End With a Whimper?

    08/07/2014 9:51:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Aug 07, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    ISTANBUL -- April marked the 65th birthday of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, formed at the height of the Cold War to stop the huge postwar Red Army from overrunning Western Europe. NATO in 1949 had only 12 members, comprising Western Europe, Canada and the United States. Its original mission was simple. According to the alliance's first secretary general, Lord Hastings Ismay, NATO was formed "to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down." Western Europeans were terrified of the Soviet Union, which had just gobbled up all of Eastern Europe. They feared that the American army...
  • A Silly Excuse for a President

    08/03/2014 5:47:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2014 | John Ransom
    Tacitus X wrote: Silly excuse for a column. It doesn't take any more "guts" for a politician to send others to fight than it does for him to show "compassion" by giving someone else's money away.-- Rand Paul and the Gutless Generation Dear Comrade X, It takes a lot of guts for the president of the United States to send kids off to die. Look how much trouble Obama-- a silly excuse for a president-- had in sending the Seals in to kill Bin Laden: a no-brainer if there ever was one. Obviously, Obama’s not a pantheon to courage, and...
  • Obama Unfriends Putin on Facebook – Then Gives Him Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

    07/30/2014 9:52:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Seriously. Things are beginning to look kinda pathetic for the Kerry/ Obama foreign policy doctrine. Just this week Russia violated an arms treaty by testing a new type of cruise missile; and Obama’s response was to send a letter to Vladimir Putin (not joking) explaining his disapproval. Future ramifications might include a new hashtag campaign, unfriending Putin on Facebook, or sending angry text messages late at night. And, really, given the West’s reaction to Putin’s acts of aggression in Ukraine, it only makes sense that the former KGB agent would feel emboldened to disrespect an obscure Reagan era treaty. Vladimir...
  • Cash for Russian Clunkers

    07/30/2014 5:06:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | John Ransom
    Something stinks here. And it’s more than just wastewater from the marshy ground in and around Washington, DC. When a commercial airline is shot out of the sky it immediately triggers a number of questions. What kind of projectile? Where did it come from? Who fired it? All of these questions are answered by spy satellites. But getting one of these expensive satellites into orbit requires we launch a rocket. At present, the United States is buying rocket engines from Russia for these critical national security launches . That is right. Even while a domestic supply of launch vehicles is...
  • Putin, Obama and Flight 17

    07/26/2014 9:49:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Herb London
    Against mounting evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin supplied the SA11 missile system that shot Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 out of the skies, the world is drawing inevitable comparisons between the former KGB operative in Moscow and his counterpart, the ex-community organizer in the Oval Office in Washington. The contrast is anything but reassuring to a world in turmoil. Russia provided both the SA11 missiles and the training or the personnel to deploy them. The blood on Putin’s hands is that of 298 innocent people (including 80 children) whose lives were snuffed out while traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lampur....
  • Like a Hotel Burglar . . .

    07/26/2014 5:16:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Our president and his crew of Great Minds have managed to "reset" relations with Russia, all right -- all the way back to Cold War times. With an America sick of all those entangling alliances once known as the Free World, and turning its back on old friends and the world in general, the stage was set for Moscow to start grabbing pieces of other countries again. First came a nibble of Georgia, then the whole Crimean peninsula, and now the swath of eastern Ukraine just across what used to be an international border. Emerging from hibernation, the Russian bear's...
  • Putin Robbed Blind in Cuba

    07/25/2014 12:13:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Russian president Vladimir “Teflon” Putin is on a roll—or so we’re led to believe by the media. The Russian president combines the slick machismo of James Bond, the cojones of George Patton and the craftiness of Cardinal Richelieu. Actually, in his dealings with Cuba, Putin looks more like Barney Fife. We’re not accustomed to seeing Mr Macho-Cool Vladimir Putin made an international jackass. But many Cuba-watchers snickered as the hapless Russian President met with the Castro brothers on July 11th and “wrote off” their $32 billion debt to the Soviet Union. “That old thing? I never liked it anyway,” Cuba-watchers...
  • Is Putin Worse Than Stalin?

    07/25/2014 11:10:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    In 1933, the Holodomor was playing out in Ukraine. After the "kulaks," the independent farmers, had been liquidated in the forced collectivization of Soviet agriculture, a genocidal famine was imposed on Ukraine through seizure of her food production. Estimates of the dead range from two to nine million souls. Walter Duranty of the New York Times, who called reports of the famine "malignant propaganda," won a Pulitzer for his mendacity. In November 1933, during the Holodomor, the greatest liberal of them all, FDR, invited Foreign Minister Maxim Litvinov to receive official U.S. recognition of his master Stalin's murderous regime....
  • Obama’s Anti-Energy Policies Help Russia, Not America

    07/24/2014 6:29:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Christopher Prandoni
    When president Obama announced last week that he would be imposing of a new round of sanctions on Russia, he made sure to stress that the package was designed to inflict “maximum” damage on Russia, “while limiting any spillover effects on American companies.” Left unmentioned: the fact that, earlier that same day, officials from the European Union called to inform our State Dept. that they wouldn’t be able to follow suit. If the administration wanted to go forward, they said, it would need to do so unilaterally. Less than a week before, a State Dept. official testified before the Senate...
  • Why Vladimir Putin Is Kicking Barack Obama's Behind

    07/23/2014 5:48:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, four days after Vladimir Putin's minions in Ukraine shot down a passenger airliner carrying 298 people, including an American citizen, President Barack Obama emerged from the White House to issue a statement. Scowling at the camera, Obama stated: "Russia has extraordinary influence over these separatists. No one denies that. Russia has urged them on. Russia has trained them." Finally, after fulminating for several minutes about the nastiness of the Russian government, Obama approached the predictable climax: threats of action. Except that there were none. Instead, Obama explained that if Russia were to ignore his warnings, it would "only...
  • A Policy So Bizzare, So Obama

    07/23/2014 4:45:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | John Ransom
    Obama has a new get-tough policy with Russia. It’s called the War on the Billionaires. The United States is using narrow sanctions against Russian billionaires—private persons presumably-- some of whom Obama supposes supports Russia’s war in Ukraine. And the policy isn’t just bizarre; it’s Obama. He’s seen our war on millionaires here at home, and raised them a war on billionaires in Russia. “The U.S. and Europe are gearing up for a new round of sanctions expected to be announced this week that will impose travel bans and business sanctions against several Russian billionaires with ties to Russian President Vladimir...
  • Is There a Russian Conscience? A European?

    07/22/2014 8:35:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    When I was a graduate student at Columbia University's Russian Institute, there was a great debate: Was the communist Soviet Union an organic Russian development or was it largely a cancer imposed on it? Those who held the organic view argued that the change from czar to commissar was only one of degree. Both were tyrannies, the latter more tyrannical than the former. I agreed with the second view, that communism was something radically new, not a logical, let alone inevitable, Russian path. The czars were autocrats, not genocidal totalitarians. I have to admit that in recent years, I...
  • Putin Channels Obama on MH17: Ukrainians Cling to Guns and Borders

    07/22/2014 4:25:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | John Ransom
    The strongman of the Soviet, er, Russia is getting kind of wimpy. Caught in the act blowing up a civilian airliner, he’s pointing the finger at someone else, and condemning the world’s political calculations, all the while calculating politically. He must watch a lot of MSNBC because this is the type of thing we’ve come to expect from our own weak-willed presidents. Russia, says Putin, did not shoot down that jetliner. Listen to him very carefully. There is no inappropriate Russian relationship with that missile. It was caused by a bunch of bitter Ukrainians who cling to their guns and...
  • Why The Russians Are Panicking Over Flight 17

    07/22/2014 4:41:54 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 28 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 21, 2014 | Tom Nichols
    The one emotion most of us who study Russia never associate with the men of the Kremlin is panic. They’re not the type. They’re more like mobsters, prone to say “we have a problem” rather than to freak out. They think everything has a solution, although sometimes that solution might mean someone has to take nine grams of lead behind the ear. They do not raise their voices—my experience is that most Russian tough-guys are mumblers, not yellers—and they get things done, even if the final outcome might lack a certain, say, elegance. That’s why it’s unusual to see the...
  • Evidence: Russia Implicated in MH17 Attack, Europe Weighs Tougher Sanctions

    07/21/2014 5:58:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Officials at the US Embassy in Kiev took the extraordinary step of releasing to the public a great deal of intelligence on the downed airliner attack this weekend, which clearly points the finger at Moscow. The case against Russia was built in a strikingly candid and prosecutorial blog post on the embassy's official website. Damning: We assess that Flight MH17 was likely downed by a SA-11 surface-to-air missile from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine. We base this judgment on several factors. Over the past month, we have detected an increasing amount of heavy weaponry to separatist fighters crossing the...
  • A Teachable Moment

    07/19/2014 4:34:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Hank Adler
    This week there was an exchange of classified and confidential e-mails between Russian leaders and our Administration. Ultimately, if necessary, the Administration will claim executive privilege over the e-mails that were immediately provided to the Internal Revenue Service for safekeeping. The e-mails have been leaked through a source currently resident in Moscow. Russian: Look, we need some help. We are really sorry, and I mean that, but one of our guys thought that the Malaysian airplane was carrying Ukrainian troops. He is an idiot, our idiot, but yes, an idiot and trust me, we won't give him the keys...
  • Humanitarianism Can Be an Effective Disguise for Profiteering

    07/09/2014 1:10:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- Billionaire Hungarian-American oligarch George Soros is an extremely concerned humanitarian who can be counted on to put his considerable bank balance where his concerns are. Lately, those concerns have included Ukraine and other former Soviet satellite states; Syria; immigration rights in America; the U.S. banking system; and the Great Lakes region of Africa, where all the mining opportunities just happen to be. Perhaps he could lay off the generosity long enough for us to recover from it all. Humanitarianism and charity can't always be taken at face value, if only because there is no better front for...
  • Terrorists Moving Toward Baghdad And Russian Tanks Rolling Across Ukraine As

    06/18/2014 5:13:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - While al-Qaeda renegade armies were seizing Iraqi territory over the weekend and closing in on Baghdad, President Obama was jetting into Palm Springs, Calif. for 18 holes of golf. The blood-soaked, terrorist rampage across Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was drawing close enough to the Iraqi capital to force the administration to begin withdrawing some of our U.S. embassy staff there. While Obama was lining up his shot on the green, our country was in a full blown, foreign policy-national security crisis, one of many that confronts his failed presidency. Russian tanks, ordered...
  • Eurasian Economic Union to Restore USSR

    06/04/2014 5:11:02 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 11 replies
    The New American ^ | 04 June 2014 | Christian Gomez
    Presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia sign historic agreement establishing the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union, a EU-like economic zone that resembles more the old USSR. Eurasian Economic Union to Restore USSR The New American 04 June 2014 On May 29, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian and Kazakh counterparts, Alexander Lukashenko and Nursultan Nazarbayev, met at the Kazakh capital, Astana, where they signed a treaty creating the Eurasian Economic Union, comprising Belarus, Kazakhstan, and the Russian Federation. “The just-signed treaty is of epoch-making, historic importance,” Vladimir Putin said. According to Putin, the new treaty will...
  • Putin Wants to Control the Internet and Obama Wants to Let Him

    05/18/2014 9:50:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2014 | George Landrith
    Beginning in the 1960s, shortly after the Russians shocked the world by launching Sputnik, America launched its drive to put a man on the moon. While we were racing towards the moon, we were also developing the Internet. It started out as a military project, but transitioned to academic use and then to public use. By the earlier 1990s, we began to see the Internet that we now know as the world’s largest and most accessible source for information — the world's mega-library. You’ve likely heard that the Obama Administration plans to surrender US control of the Internet to...
  • What Do the Putins of the World Want?

    05/08/2014 4:25:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Vladimir Putin's Russia is a disaster of a declining population, corruption, authoritarianism, a warped economy and a high rate of alcoholism. Why, then, would Putin want to ruin additional territory in Crimea and Ukraine the way that he has wrecked most of Russia? Doesn't Russia have enough land for its diminishing population? Are there not enough minerals, timber, gas and oil for Putin's kleptocrats? In the modern age, especially since Karl Marx, we rationalize the causes of wars as understandable fights over real things, like access to ports, oil fields, good farmland and the like. Yet in the last 2,500...
  • Misrepresenting the Libertarian Position on Putin

    05/05/2014 2:54:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Despite the complete failure of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, war-mongers and even self-proclaimed libertarians don't understand what is going on in the Ukraine, why it's none of our business, or even how the civil war in Ukraine started. A friend sent me an article today from the site Conservatives for Liberty called Confused libertarians are Supporting Putin by Gabriele Stakaityte. Supposedly the site is an "independent libertarian, free market and socially liberal campaign group". It is difficult to judge a site on the basis of one article, but there is a difference between supporting Putin and saying Ukraine...
  • Taiwan: Beware!

    05/03/2014 5:59:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall. com ^ | May 3, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. The world has watched in dismay as Russia’s ruler, Vladimir Putin, has gobbled up Crimea. Now, he seems bent on dismembering Ukraine. Much of our attention has been focused on Putin and his next targets. Perhaps Taiwan is next. In the East, China’s Communist leaders are watching, too. They pay close attention to the actions of this former KGB agent. Putin is increasingly popular in Russia as he seeks to restore some of the power and prestige of the old USSR. For its part, China has been rattling a saber over...
  • How the Russian Intelligence Mind-Set Differs from America's

    04/30/2014 9:49:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- A Cold War is purely an intelligence war. If you go on a Ukrainian geopolitical bender in front of a former KGB chief like Russian President Vladimir Putin without having a firm grasp of the opposition's mind-set, you risk launching yourself into a wall like some kind of drunken frat bro on a Slip 'n Slide. Here are a few handy tips for understanding the Russian intelligence modus operandi and how it differs from America's. HUMINT vs. OSINT: Russia has higher standards and capacity for espionage and intelligence operations than the West, placing a greater value on reliable...
  • Putin's Creeping War of Aggression Will Continue Unless the West Responds

    04/30/2014 8:46:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | Austin Bay
    On April 28, around noon, according to one report, Mr. Gennady Kernes, mayor of the eastern Ukraine city of Kharkiv, went for a cross-training jog in a city park. En route, an assassin shot the mayor in the back. According to his bodyguards, a sniper fired at Kernes from long range. Hitting the back of a running man at a distance -- the upper body mass, to use the lingo -- indicates a crack sniper fired the shot. But even at close range, a running man can be a tough target. Bullet to the head, bullet to the heart --...
  • US Plans Sanctions on Putin's Inner Circle, Russia's Third Largest Lender, and Gazprom

    04/28/2014 8:09:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Today the US announced more sanctions on individuals, businesses, banks and Gazprom. The one person not targeted is Putin, the alleged perpetrator of the crisis
  • Ukraine.com? Better Hurry

    04/28/2014 6:28:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2014 | John Ransom
    The smart money on Wall Street is betting that the fix is in on Ukraine. Even with a shooting war brewing between Ukraine and Russia, the markets are shrugging off the news as of little consequence. A telltale that the fix is in was that we sent vice president Uncle Joe Biden to Ukraine to calm matters and show our moral support for them--which was obviously meant sarcastically. Did I say vice? And the vice president brought with him $50 million, which may seem like a lot, but is nothing compared to the $50 billion problem they have over there....
  • Putin Gets No Pushback From Obama and the Feds, but Americans Do

    04/21/2014 8:05:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2014 | Morgan Brittany
    Doesn’t it seem odd that Obama and the Federal government are going full force after rancher Cliven Bundy and his cattle grazing issue, but they basically bend over backwards to diplomatically deal with Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Crimea and now Ukraine? It seems that the Obama administration and the Democrats like Harry Reid are hell-bent on persecuting, harassing and demonizing American citizens while foreign dictators, aggressors and terrorists get little, if any pushback. Why is that? I understand the issue with rancher Bundy.Yes, he is taking a stand on what he believes to be right and perhaps he could have...
  • Why Not Arm the Jews In Ukraine?

    04/19/2014 3:32:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | John Ransom
    As finger-pointing and accusations tumble out about whether Russian nationalists or Ukrainian nationalist are responsible for flyers in eastern Ukraine demanding that Jews register with local municipalities, the most important thing is being lost in the shuffle. Without Vladimir Putin stirring the embers of Russian nationalism in Crimea and in Ukraine into a flame, it wouldn’t have happened in the first place. "We are skeptical about the flier's authenticity, but the instructions clearly recall the Nazi era and have the effect of intimidating the local Jewish community," U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League Director Abraham Foxman said in a written statement according...
  • NED's Chickens Come Home to Roost

    04/18/2014 10:42:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    When Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Empire an "evil empire," the phrase reflected his conviction that while the East-West struggle was indeed a global geostrategic conflict, it had a deep moral dimension. If Americans did not see the Cold War as he did, a battle between good and evil, Reagan knew that they would indefinitely sacrifice neither the wealth of the nation nor the blood of its sons to sustain it. That is in the character of Americans. Jimmy Carter had sought to remove that moral dimension by declaring, "We have gotten over our inordinate fear of communism." But with...
  • Obama's Diplomatic Dance with Putin is a Sad Sock Hop

    04/18/2014 4:00:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    President Obama is right. He told Major Garrett of CBS this week that "Mr. Putin's decisions aren't just bad for Ukraine. Over the long term, they're going to be bad for Russia." I believe that Putin's adventures in Russia's "near abroad" are a mistake. Indeed, they are part of a whole tapestry of wrongheadedness. It's also bad for the Kremlin to crush dissent, censor the news and hobble the economy by handing it over to oligarchs and a kleptocratic bureaucracy. Putin's scapegoating and demonizing of gays isn't only morally wrong, it's not in Russia's long-term interests either. That Putin prefers...