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  • How ‘Star Wars’ Will Blow Up The Record Books With A $615M+ Global Opening

    08/27/2015 6:21:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | August 26, 2015 | Anthony D'Alessandro and Nancy Tartaglione
    When Disney revives the long slumbering Star Wars franchise on December 18, The Force Awakens will take the global tentpole opening to a history-making high. How high? Many are already predicting a record $615M worldwide opening, and they have plenty of reason to be confident in that number. The first Star Wars in 1977 gave birth to the blockbuster era of filmmaking — and grosses.
  • Wicket the Ewok Is Coming Back in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Whether You Like It or Not

    06/09/2015 9:38:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    The Mary Sue ^ | June 8, 2015 | Dan Van Winkle
    Lots of Star Wars fans hate marketing-friendly Ewoks from Return of the Jedi with a passion (related: lots of Star Wars fans apparently hate everything that is good in life) and were likely holding out hope that Warwick Davis’ return in The Force Awakens didn’t necessarily mean that Ewoks would be back. But they’re about to be disappointed: new promotional materials indicate that Davis will reprise his role of Wicket the Ewok.
  • Why Has America Stopped Winning Wars?

    06/02/2015 10:11:55 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 59 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 2015 | Dominic Tierney
    ~snip~ Why does the United States struggle in war? How can it resolve a failing conflict? Can America return to victory? Today, these are critical questions because we live in an age of unwinnable conflicts, where decisive triumph has proved to be a pipe dream. ~snip~ The price of military triumph was often immense. In the Civil War alone, there were around 750,000 American fatalities—more than the deaths in every other U.S. war combined. But if the costs of conflict were staggering, so were the benefits. The Civil War saved the Union and emancipated the slaves. World War II ensured...
  • The Left's Dumb and Dumber Wars

    05/26/2015 9:16:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown
    Reports coming out of Ramadi, Iraq and Palmyra, Syria convey hundreds of dead and burned bodies littering streets and thousands of people displaced and on the run. Loss after loss, setback after setback, the White House remains resolved: The president's Islamic State [ISIS] strategy is an "overall success," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest on May 19. A success for the ISIS, maybe. Lest we forget, less than a decade ago, nearly 1,300 Americans died fighting in Ramadi. Soon after, the U.S. returned control of that city, which had become one of Iraq's safest, to Iraqi forces. A few...
  • Star Wars: The Nostalgia Awakens

    04/21/2015 10:05:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 21, 2015 | David Sims
    J.J. Abrams, the director tasked with bringing Star Wars back to the top of the crowded franchise heap, has always been happy to borrow. When he set out to make a new Star Trek and drag that moribund cinematic franchise back into blockbuster territory, he cheerfully swapped in some very familiar visual language to help it over the hill. Early on in the film, James Kirk (Chris Pine), nursing a desire to transcend his farmboy life, rides a motorcycle to see the U.S.S. Enterprise being built at a shipyard, and gazes up at it longingly. Star Wars fans would connect...
  • Could 'Star Wars' Open at $500 Million? The Force Is Strong

    04/21/2015 9:56:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 21, 2015 | Pamela McClintock
    As one executive puts it, if Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn't score the biggest debut ever when it hits theaters Dec. 18, he'll "run up and down Sunset Boulevard naked." So how high could J.J. Abrams' reboot fly? The top U.S. opening is The Avengers, which launched to $207.4 million in May 2012 from 4,349 theaters. Disney's sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1), could become the new champ, but many believe Force Awakens has every chance of outrunning them both, even with the distraction of Christmas. Globally it could rake in nearly $540 million, topping the three-day record...
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2

    04/16/2015 1:16:07 PM PDT · by grundle · 35 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 16, 2015
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngElkyQ6Rhs
  • It’s real and it’s spectacular: The new “Star Wars” trailer is out (2nd Teaser Trailer)

    04/16/2015 1:12:04 PM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 16, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Voiceover by Luke Skywalker? Cameo by gray-haired Han Solo? Another cameo by the black Stormtrooper? Not gonna lie. I plotzed.
  • Star Wars VIII gets a May 2017 release date as spinoff Star Wars: Rogue One begins shooting [tr]

    03/13/2015 8:20:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 12, 2015 | Heidi Parker
    Two pieces of Star Wars news were confirmed on Thursday during Disney’s shareholder meeting in San Francisco. Star Wars VIII will be released on May 26, 2017, and will be written and directed by Rian Johnson of Looper fame. The film continues the saga after the events of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Disney's Bob Iger also revealed the spinoff movie Star Wars: Rogue One will start shooting this summer.
  • Since 9/11, The U.S. Has Been Involved In More Than 5 Wars … And They’ve All Been Disasters

    02/22/2015 7:05:35 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 50 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Feb. 20, 2015 | "George Washington"
    Below, we demonstrate that the U.S. keeps “losing” war after war. There are 3 potential reasons this might be happening: •Is this chaos an intentional way to implement regime change and grab resources? •Or is this a sign of the decline of the American empire … and we just can’t win a war anymore? •Or do those in charge just not really give a damn about winning … and are they just focusing on one short-term goal after another?
  • 'They didn't use any of my ideas': George Lucas says new Star Wars film is not how he envisioned it

    01/21/2015 12:57:30 PM PST · by C19fan · 78 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 21, 2015 | Shyam Dodge
    George Lucas had already been planning to make a seventh Star Wars film before he sold his company Lucasfilm to Disney. When the auteur handed over his iconic franchise he also gave the studio his plotline for Star Wars: Episode 7. Disney, however, did not use any of the 70-year-old filmmakers ideas for the new installment.
  • Star Wars: A New Hope--A Treasure Trove Of Wisdom

    12/15/2014 8:29:44 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 15 replies
    n/a ^ | December 15, 2014 | yours personally
    "Charming to the last. You don't know how hard I found it, signing the order to terminate your life. Leia: [sarcastically] I'm surprised you had the courage to take the responsibility yourself. Tarkin: Princess Leia, before your execution, I would like you to be my guest at a ceremony that will make this battle station operational. No star system will dare oppose the Emperor now."
  • Of Course There Are Black Stormtroopers in Star Wars

    11/29/2014 7:28:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 28, 2014 | Kriston Capps
    Earlier today, it seemed like #BlackStormtrooper might actually eclipse #BlackFriday as a trending topic. That’s because the official trailer that aired Friday for the next film in the Star Wars saga—The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams and scheduled for release in December 2015—opens on a black man wearing a stormtrooper’s uniform. The man, who is played by John Boyega (of Attack the Block), pops into view perspiring and panting hard. He is surrounded by desert: in all likelihood the rolling dunes of Tatooine, the homeworld of both Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. And he appears to be in trouble.
  • 'There has been... an awakening': Explosive Star Wars Episode VII teaser reveals new cast-members

    11/28/2014 7:56:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 28, 2014 | John Chester
    It is maddeningly short, but the first official glimpse of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens serves as a fitting reminder that a galaxy far, far away is actually much closer than we thought. While returning cast-members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are absent from the 88-second montage, fans are given a first look at the younger generation of cast-members to feature in this, the first of three planned sequels. Opening some 30-years after Return of the Jedi, the teaser kicks off with British actor John Boyega racing across a desert landscape dressed in full Storm trooper...
  • May the fakes be with you: The phony trailers for the new Star Wars film that have been fooling fans

    11/28/2014 6:22:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 28, 2014 | Ted Thornhill
    The first clip from the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens will be shown in the US on Friday… but some fans have been taken in ahead of its release by cleverly made fake trailers. A teaser trailer for The Force Awakens will be shown in at least 100 theaters across America. It’ll be the first ever glimpse of J J Abrams' blockbuster. However, lots of people thought they’d already had one.
  • It's here! A trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens will be released in at least 100

    11/25/2014 5:47:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 24, 2014 | Heidi Parker
    The film won't be released until December 2015 but already a trailer is going to be presented. On Monday it was announced the first clip from the highly anticipated film Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens will be shown in at least 100 theaters in the US on Friday, a day after the Thanksgiving holiday, according to SlashFilm. This latest installment in the popular science fiction franchise is being directed by JJ Abrams and mixes vets such as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher with new faces like Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson and Lupita Nyong'o.
  • 'Star Wars: Episode VII' has a title: 'The Force Awakens'

    11/06/2014 9:19:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | November 6, 2014 | Anthony Breznican
    If you feel a disturbance in the Force, it’s millions of voices suddenly crying out the new title of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. The reveal comes as the movie finishes its final day of shooting (with many more months of post-production to come.)
  • Versailles in California

    09/22/2014 3:19:42 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9-22-14 | Victor Davis Hanson
    California is run from a sort of Pacific Versailles, an isolated coastal compound of elite rulers physically cut off from its interior peasantry. To understand how California works — or rather does not work — drive over the I-5 Grapevine and gaze down at the brilliantly engineered artificial Pyramid Lake. Thanks to California water project deliveries, even in a third year of drought its level still fluctuates between 90 to 100% full — ensuring, along with its companion reservoirs, plentiful water for the Los Angeles-area municipalities for the next two years. The far distant watersheds and reservoirs that feed Pyramid...
  • John Bolton: ‘The World's Descending Into Chaos’ Under Obama

    08/06/2014 8:56:02 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 8-6-2014 | Bradford Thomas
    Bradford Thomas August 6-2014 On Fox Business Wednesday, former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton declared that under the president’s ineffective leadership, “the world’s descending into chaos” and if America continues to pull back internationally, "you're going to have anarchy increasing." Speaking with host Stuart Varney, Bolton first discussed Vladimir Putin’s hostile strategy in Ukraine and Europe, including increasing the number of Russian troops at the border and conducting cyber-warfare against several European countries—“aggressive” tactics to which Bolton saw no end in sight. Varney then transitioned to the recent WSJ/NBC poll that presents damning numbers about the American people’s...
  • Global War Statistics - Past and Those Which Are To Come!

    08/05/2014 1:37:07 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 11 replies
    IFB ^ | 8/5/14
    We here at the IFB took the liberty of adding to the list of death causalities of human history's wars the HORRIFIC EXPONENTIALLY war statistics that are yet to come as Almighty God's Word so clearly states in the Book of Revelation (Rev. 6-19). We did not add Gog's invasion based on our belief that its death totals are found somewhere here in these two wars spoken of in the Book of Revelation (Ezek 38-39). This world absolutely mocks the Bible and the revealed truths from it. Of a truth these wars will be and great world tribulation will engulf...
  • Marching as to War

    03/22/2014 5:14:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Sweeping through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania this week, Joe Biden reassured all three that the United States' commitment to Article Five of the NATO treaty remains "solemn" and "iron clad." Article Five commits us to war if the territory of any of these tiny Baltic nations is violated by Russia. From World War II to the end of the Cold War, all three were Soviet republics. All three were on the other side of the Yalta line agreed to by FDR, and on the other side of the NATO red line, the Elbe River in Germany. No president would have...
  • Obama's a 'Colossal Sick Joke'

    03/20/2014 4:59:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | John Ransom
    It was just gag gift. A joke. That Nobel Peace prize that the Norwegians, on behalf of the Swedes gave Barack Obama. I always found it ironic that the guy who was a major weapons manufacturer and inventor of dynamite would put up a prize for peace to begin with. But at least he tried to make amends for being known as a merchant of death. Not so with Barack Obama. As wars break out all over the world, our weakest man is stuck saying what he always says: “Who? Me?” This is the same man who so quickly returned...
  • Tune out the war party!

    03/03/2014 7:32:33 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 67 replies
    WND ^ | March 3, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    With Vladimir Putin’s dispatch of Russian troops into Crimea, our war hawks are breathing fire. Russophobia is rampant and the op-ed pages are ablaze here. Barack Obama should tune them out and reflect on how Cold War presidents dealt with far graver clashes with Moscow. When Red Army tank divisions crushed the Hungarian freedom fighters in 1956, killing 50,000, Eisenhower did not lift a finger. When Khrushchev built the Berlin Wall, JFK went to Berlin and gave a speech. When Warsaw Pact troops crushed the Prague Spring in 1968, LBJ did nothing. When, Moscow ordered Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski to smash...
  • Obama Makes Wars More Likely

    03/04/2014 6:50:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Among the academic set from which President Barack Obama springs, everyone agrees that wars are the result of "arrogance" and bullying by the United States. So concerned was then-Sen. Obama about the potential for U.S. aggression that he declined to vote for 2007 legislation that would have designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization. The IRGC had been involved in training and arming terrorists worldwide, particularly in Lebanon (Hezbollah) but also in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Palestinian territories. But Obama worried that such a vote would be "saber rattling." Our standing in the "world community" (an oxymoron to...
  • ‘Star Wars’: Adam Driver to Play the Villain (From "Girls")

    02/27/2014 9:06:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Variety ^ | Fenruary 26, 2014 | Justin Kroll
    Adam Driver is ready to travel to a galaxy far, far, away. Sources tell Variety that while no deal is done yet, the “Girls” actor is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader. Driver, 30, is the first cast member to be revealed for Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm’s highly-anticipated “Star Wars” installment, which will open in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.
  • 2014 Federal Budget in Pictures

    02/13/2014 9:34:00 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 20 replies
    Federal spending and debt are out of control If America does not change course, the future will be dramatically worse. Now more than ever, it is crucial that Americans understand what our nation's spending, taxes, and debt mean for them and their families. The Heritage Foundation's Federal Budget in Pictures offers a unique tool to learn about the federal budget in a clear and compelling way.
  • Why Certainly: Obama for Peace Brings Us War

    02/04/2014 6:47:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2014 | John Ransom
    The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. Psalm 55:21 There are many things that are difficult to explain about the Obama administration. An apparently free and independent people not only elected him president of the United States, but also re-elected him even as it was apparent that his administration was mostly a miserable failure-- even by the measure of liberals. Historians will long ponder how a president who spent as much money and legislated as much produced very little that actually...
  • Senior UK Defense Advisor: Obama Is Clueless About ‘What He Wants To Do In The World’

    01/16/2014 2:03:22 PM PST · by MarkBsnr · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 01.15.14 | Nico Hines
    Sir Hew Strachan, an expert on the history of war, says that the president’s strategic failures in Afghanistan and Syria have crippled America’s position in the world. President Obama is “chronically incapable” of military strategy and falls far short of his predecessor George W. Bush, according to one of Britain’s most senior military advisors. Sir Hew Strachan, an advisor to the Chief of the Defense Staff, told The Daily Beast that the United States and Britain were guilty of total strategic failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Obama’s attempts to intervene on behalf of the Syrian rebels “has left them...
  • Democrats, Republicans Failing To Live Up To Brands

    11/22/2013 6:23:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 22, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    If the Republicans can't fight wars and the Democrats stink at socializing medicine, what good are they? That would not be an altogether unreasonable question for a typical American today. No doubt spokesmen for the respective political parties would offer all sorts of objections to that summation. And many of those objections would be fair. A defender of George W. Bush's stint as commander in chief would point to the quick toppling of Saddam and the Taliban. He or she might argue that the Democrats undermined a wartime president and fomented defeatism. As for the Democrats, a partisan might...
  • Little Wars Turn Messy Because of Politics on the Ground

    10/29/2013 4:40:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 29, 2013 | Michael Barone
    "The examination of war from an exclusively military perspective, isolated from its social and political context, leads to false conclusions and poor strategy." That is the conclusion of Emile Simpson, a former infantry officer in the Royal Gurkha Rifles, who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan, in his book, War From the Ground Up. The book has won extraordinary praise from the veteran British military historian Michael Howard, who wrote in the Times Literary Supplement, calling it "a work of such importance that it should be compulsory reading at every level in the military." Howard compares Simpson's book to...
  • Obama’s Welfare Cost More than Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Combined

    10/23/2013 10:00:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/23/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    America isn’t a warmonger. It’s a welfare-state monger. Liberals like to talk about how much money we could spend on welfare if we weren’t fighting all those wars. The good news is we’re already spending more on welfare than war.Average estimates of the cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars come out at under 4 trillion dollars. The 2011 Costs of War estimate put it at under 3 trillion dollars.Meanwhile the cost of the welfare state easily tops that. New research from the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee shows that over the last 5 years, the U.S. has...
  • Is the Sun Peeking Through the War Clouds?

    09/20/2013 8:31:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Prussian Chancellor Otto von Bismarck is sometimes credited with the proverb, "God has a special providence for fools, drunks and the United States of America." Observing the unfolding of the Syrian crisis, the Iron Chancellor was an insightful man. In August, we were hours away from missile strikes on Syria and involvement in its civil war with the possibility that Hezbollah, Iran and Russia would be drawn in. Seeking a way out of the box into which he gotten himself with his "Assad Must Go!" and "red line" bluster, President Obama announced he was going to Congress to get its...
  • Burping John Kerry

    09/16/2013 4:07:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | September 16, 2013 | Katie Kieffer
    John Kerry burped. Excuse him. That’s how he does foreign policy. Don a burping pad before asking him questions; you never know whether he will spit out war or peace. Last Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry held a press conference. CBS reporter Margaret Brennan asked Kerry how Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avoid a U.S. air strike on Syria. MARGARET BRENNAN: “…is there anything at this point that his government could do or offer that would stop an attack?” SECRETARY KERRY: “Sure. He could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the...
  • When Is a War not a War?

    09/10/2013 8:14:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Barack Obama accelerated his political ascent in 2002 by positioning himself firmly as the voice of anti-war Democrats. Unlike Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Edwards and John Kerry, then-Illinois state Sen. Obama announced that he opposed the effort to topple Saddam Hussein, not because he opposed all wars, but because he resisted what he called "dumb wars." What was "dumb" about the Iraq War? Sen. Obama didn't say precisely, but he inveighed against "the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats ..."...
  • What if Assad Wants the US to Bomb Syria?

    09/10/2013 3:51:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    While President Barack Obama and Congress pontificate over whether Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons on his own people and whether a limited U.S. attack on Syria would be justified, what Washington needs to realize is this: Assad launched sarin on its citizens in hopes of moving the U.S. like a chess piece into his civil war and deeper onto the Middle East war map. According to New York University political scientist Alastair Smith, Assad's use of chemical weapons is in reality "a brilliant play internationally" on the global field of politics and power -- if, of course, you're...
  • The Warmongering President

    09/09/2013 3:54:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2013 | Rachel Alexander,
    Who would have guessed that liberal Democrat Barack Obama would end up being one of the biggest warmongering presidents in history. It is suspected by many that his decision to militarily intervene in Syria is being done to deflect the public’s attention away from Obamacare, the IRS targeting of conservatives and the NSA surveillance scandal. Intervening on behalf of the Syrian rebels is unpopular because it is not clear that the rebels, who have been infiltrated by al Qaeda affiliates and Iranian-backed militias, are any better than President Bashar al-Assad's Shiite-controlled government, and toppling the regime may lead to instability...
  • Defend Veteran Lorance

    09/09/2013 3:24:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2013 | Katie Kieffer
    Lt. Clint Lorance needs your help. He is an American war hero who was unjustly sentenced to 20 years confinement, forfeiture of all pay, and dismissal from the U.S. Army because the Obama administration is apparently trying to appease the Afghan government. The day he turned 18, Lorance walked into the Greenville, Texas recruiting station and enlisted in the U.S. Army. The U.S. had recently invaded Iraq and he felt an obligation to serve his country. Before long, Lorance was thriving. Two years into his military career, Lorance was already a Sergeant. Throughout the 10 years he served in the...
  • Obama About to Suffer Glorious Defeat in Congress?

    09/08/2013 5:59:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    The coalition of the willing is now down to the US alone as France now wants to wait for more data on alleged gas usage. Yet, President  Obama rejects G20 pressure to abandon Syria air strike plan. Obama Plans Full Court Press  Inquiring minds note that Obama plans a 'full-court press' to sway Congress  and a speech to US citizens on September 10. Obama's address to the nation from the White House on Tuesday will be part of a rejuvenated lobbying effort on Syria as Congress returns to Washington next week. A Democratic congressional aide said the administration is planning...
  • What Syria Means for Future U.S. Influence

    09/07/2013 7:12:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2013 | Linda Chavez
    It is increasingly likely that President Obama's punt on Syria will doom effective action. Since announcing a week ago that he would seek congressional support for a U.S. military response to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons against its own people, he's actually lost votes from those who appeared willing to back a strike. By Friday, "no" or "leaning-no" senators slightly outnumbered those favoring action, while nearly half of House members were either firmly against or leaning against U.S. intervention, with only 24 clearly in favor. And Democrats are generously represented among those opposed. Of course, the president could...
  • Hannity and Allen West: Bomb Iran Instead

    09/07/2013 3:54:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2013 | Cortney O'Brien
    Sean Hannity and Col. Allen West were in agreement last night that an isolated military strike on Syria is not the best course of action, fearing, among other outcomes, that the attack could spark an Iranian retaliation against our ally Israel. Hannity voiced his distrust of Iran and why he thinks a strike on the nation would be a better option. Their ideology is - they are the modern day Nazis. They want a modern-day Holocaust. So if you agree with me that they are the proxy here, wouldn’t it make sense that if we really wanted to have an...
  • War, War, What is it Good For?

    09/06/2013 4:09:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2013 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    President Obama's request for express congressional authorization for a limited aerial invasion of Syria raises profound legal and constitutional questions. For starters, there is simply no legal basis in international law to support an American invasion of Syria. Yet, notwithstanding that, federal law permits the president to commit U.S. military forces anywhere he wants for up to 90 days, without express authorization from Congress. So, why did Obama ask for the authorization he surely knows he already has? Since March 2011, Syria has been in the throes of a civil war. Those seeking to oust the government of President Bashar...
  • 0-for-4 Obama Underdog in War Against…Syria?

    09/05/2013 3:31:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 5013 | John Ransom
    The culprit always returns to the scene of the crime. That’s why Obama headed to Sweden to um, well…I guess it’s kind of a cross between a layover and a wartime pep-rally for him. “President Obama is in Sweden on Wednesday,” reports USAToday, “preparing for a global summit and seeking support for a military strike on Syria…. The Sweden trip is a late addition to the president's schedule. The president had planned to fly to Moscow for a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but canceled that meeting after a string of disputes between the two nations that has...
  • The Vanishing Anti-War Left

    09/04/2013 2:12:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 4, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    Barack Obama ran for president as the last of the red-hot pacifists, so it might have sounded preposterous to predict that after a few security briefings at the White House, President Obama would follow in the same policy footsteps of horrid warmonger George Bush, with his anti-terrorist wars and strategies. So where is the anti-war movement now? "What anti-war movement?" former Congressman Dennis Kucinich asked when called for comment last week. Medea Benjamin of the radical group Code Pink agreed: "The antiwar movement is a shadow of its former self under the Bush years." Cindy Sheehan quipped, "The 'anti-war left'...
  • Poisoned Minds, Poisoned Bodies in Syria

    08/30/2013 5:04:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    "Humane killer" appears to be an oxymoron that startles with contradiction. Yet talking of war is a way of drawing a fine distinction, not a contradiction. The civilized world clarifies an understanding of how a civilized man can kill an enemy while separating human from inhumane. When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad turned poison gas against the rebels and their families, everyone could agree that even in a civil war -- where passions burn hottest -- that's inhumane, and it's not forgivable. The harsh and mechanical reporting of war rarely invites poetry to make a correspondent's points, but a reader with...
  • President Obama's Iraq, His Other Iraq and His Third Iraq

    08/28/2013 10:17:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    President Obama has made his entire career off of not being George W. Bush. During his shockingly fast political rise, he differentiated himself by claiming that he had stood alone against the warmongers who wanted to depose Saddam Hussein (never mind that he wasn't in Congress at the time). During the 2008 campaign, he claimed that he wouldn't be the kind of president who would enter America into open-ended conflicts without true American interests at stake. Iraq, he said, was the bad war; Afghanistan was the good war. Well, so much for that. For a man who sees the war...
  • The Spirit of 2776 Violations of Civil Liberties

    08/28/2013 4:11:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2013 | John Ransom
    The great unifier, and Healer of Nations, has done it again. Like the man He most wishes to emulate, Jesus H. Christ, Barack H. Obama is a man of peace. Yet, in His wake He brings war. He divides this house against itself: brother against brother, father against son and daughter against mother. And now as His Team America, World Police gets ready to swing into action again-- now in Libya, now in the Sudan, now in Syria-- He has not forgotten the war on the Pharisees and the Scribes at home. The all-knowing “Eye in the Sky” penetrates everything...
  • Meaningless Concessions

    08/01/2013 12:52:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    Egypt is in turmoil again. Syria is embroiled in civil war. Iran continues building a nuclear device. Militants in Iraq have killed more than 4,000 people so far this year, more than 800 of them in July alone, according to the aptly named Iraq Body Count. And what is Secretary of State John Kerry's focus? It is the never-ending Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Again facing U.S. pressure, Israel has agreed to renewed peace talks. It rejected demands from the Palestinian side for withdrawal from "occupied" lands and the freezing of new "settlements" as preconditions, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did agree to...
  • 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...
  • How Many Wars Is the U.S. Fighting Right Now? (Chickenhawk-in-Chief Has U.S. in 4/5 Wars)

    05/03/2013 4:34:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Friday, May 3, 2013 | Joshua Keating
    The answer might seem obvious: one, at least since the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. But Harvard's Linda Bilmes and UCLA's Michael Intriligator argue that it's at least four: In addition to these two large-scale conflicts the US is also fighting a number of unannounced and undeclared “wars”. These unannounced wars are fought mainly with air power and increasingly with drones rather than ground troops. If we define war to include conflicts where the US is launching extensive military incursions, including drone attacks, but that are not officially “declared,” then the US is directly involved in at least three...
  • Report: Lego To Stop Production Of ‘Star Wars’ Set Due To Anti-Muslim Backlash

    04/02/2013 5:45:54 AM PDT · by Third Person · 40 replies
    CBS Connecticut WTIC 1080 ^ | April 1st, 2013 | Staff
    ENFIELD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) — Lego will reportedly cease production of a popular “Star Wars” toy set after Muslim communities complained about the product. The Independent reports that several Muslim groups in Austria claimed “Jabba’s Palace” was anti-Muslim as it showed popular “Star Wars” character Jabba the Hut in a mosque-like lair with a hookah, guns and an imprisoned Chewbacca. “This sort of thing does not belong in a child’s bedroom,” Melissa Gunes, spokeswoman for Austria’s Turkish Cultural Association, told The Independent. “The game is pedagogical dynamite. It depicts Muslims as terrorists.” RT News reports that Muslim critics felt “Jabba’s...