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  • Column One: From Amman to Jerusalem

    12/06/2017 11:41:54 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | December 1, 2017 | Caroline B. Glick
    ...if terrorists are motivated to act in the wake of a US decision to move the embassy, Jordan will hold a significant share of the blame.
  • Trump is right -- Israel's capital is Jerusalem

    12/06/2017 11:32:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Fox News. com ^ | December 6, 2017 | Kenneth Bandler
    President Trump’s declaration Wednesday that the United States formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city is an acknowledgement of historical fact and current reality. As Israel’s closest ally, as the principal facilitator of Arab-Israeli peacemaking, and as the pre-eminent global leader, the U.S. initiative in taking this step is of critical significance. The president has acted wisely. Bold actions can prompt new thinking and stimulate initiatives to advance peace. Twenty years ago last month, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat flew to Israel. He became the first Arab head of state to visit and he addressed the Knesset (parliament) in Israel’s capital...
  • It’s Time to Believe These Silence Breakers Concerning Sex Harassment and Abuse

    12/06/2017 10:30:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Operation Rescue ^ | December 6, 2017 | Cheryl Sullenger
    Houston, TX — It was 2013. Kermit Gosnell had just been convicted of murder and illegal late-term abortions when Operation Rescue released its shocking report on similar behavior at a Houston, Texas, abortion facility based on eye-witness accounts of several clinic employees. Making headlines were the sensational allegations that abortionist Douglas Karpen had twisted the heads nearly off late-term babies who survived abortions done beyond the legal limit. Yet, the credible allegations of sexual harassment and abuse also made by these same women were missing from the reporting.It was actually the sexual harassment of female clinic employees that prompted one...
  • Obama’s Failed Stimulus Still Fleecing Taxpayers

    12/06/2017 10:34:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2017 | David Williams
    It’s not healthy to dwell on the past. But, for the taxpayers across the country, it is important to learn from past mistakes. The continued problems with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), aka Stimulus Plan, is a good lesson as to what not to do. The nearly trillion-dollar spending package, passed on a party-line vote in 2009, was supposed to rocket the economy out of the recession. The law funded absurd projects such as a snowmaking facility in Duluth, Minn., math and literacy coaches for North Carolina’s public school teachers, and a $3 million tunnel for turtles in...
  • The Net Neutrality Noise Machine Turns Violent

    12/06/2017 10:16:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2017 | Phil Kerpen
    The perpetual outrage mob on the left has adopted an unlikely target of late – the brainy, affable head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Chairman Ajit Pai. Pai is now flanked by a Homeland Security protective detail everywhere he goes because of a deluge of specific, credible threats of violence toward him and his young children. He's also facing an onslaught of racist smears and attacks too obscene to quote – including an image asserting that Pai is Osama bin Laden after shaving his beard.Members of Congress are coming under similar attack for supporting Pai's signature proposal. The most...
  • STRAY STRZOK THOUGHTS

    12/06/2017 9:58:53 AM PST · by mojito · 28 replies
    PowerLIne ^ | 12/6/2017 | Scott Johnson
    [....] 9. Strzok’s text messages are the reason given for his removal from Mueller’s team. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz brought the text messages to light in the course of an investigation that the Times vaguely describes: “The inspector general’s office at the Justice Department said that as part of a larger inquiry it was conducting into how the F.B.I. had handled investigations related to the 2016 election, the office was ‘reviewing allegations involving communications between certain individuals, and will report its findings regarding those allegations promptly upon completion of the review of them.’” 10. None of the...
  • Chris Christie's Situational Federalism

    12/06/2017 9:52:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2017 | Jacob Sullum
    As a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Chris Christie promised to stop states such as Colorado from legalizing marijuana. As governor of New Jersey, Christie insists that the federal government has no business stopping his state from legalizing sports betting -- an argument that got a mostly friendly reception at the Supreme Court on Monday. The most likely explanation for Christie's situational federalism is that he does not mind if people bet on sports but cannot abide pot smoking. But there is a legal rationale for Christie's apparent inconsistency, and it says a lot about the extent to...
  • Pearl Harbor and Why We Stand

    12/06/2017 9:23:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2017 | Rebecca Hagelin
    We were having an 8 a.m. coffee with family in their home on the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam when the music started.Ringing through the morning, as happens every day here and on U.S. military bases around the world, was the melody of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”“O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,“What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming …”As the song plays, people strolling through the neighborhood freeze in their steps, cars pull to the side of the road, and even children stop playing and stand tall, exactly as they have been taught, to honor...
  • The 'Two Big Wars At Once' Threat Returns With A Vengeance

    12/06/2017 9:05:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2017 | Austin Bay
    A quick scan of existing and emerging threats to the U.S. and its vital interests ought to end any lingering debate. The Pentagon must prepare to fight two simultaneous wars in two widely separated geo-political theaters. Right now, I don't think we can do it. During the Cold War, the U.S. prepared to fight globally, but the Asia-Pacific region and Europe were the primary theaters. As the Cold War faded, "two major regional contingencies" became a buzz phrase for large regional wars. Planners often added the word "conventional." In a "conventional contingency," the U.S. did not expect the use of...
  • Will GOP Congress Fund 'Humanized Mice' Made From Aborted-Baby Organs?

    12/06/2017 8:27:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2017 | Terry Jeffrey
    If you pay federal taxes, you have been funding the creation of "humanized mice" implanted with tissues taken from aborted babies. Publicly available medical journals, written in the technical language of specialized researchers, describe experiments and projects the National Institutes of Health has funded over the years to create and use these mice. On Sept. 24, 2007, for example, the National Institutes of Health sponsored "The New Humanized Rodent Model Workshop." AIDS Research and Therapy published a summary of it in its journal. One federally funded scientist attending it described the "SCID-hu Thy/Liv mouse model." A chart in the summary...
  • Trump Needs a Better Test for Healthcare Advisers

    12/06/2017 8:16:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2017 | Mytheos Holt
    As we get ever closer to the one year anniversary of President Trump’s unexpected (and refreshing) rise to power, several of his campaign promises have come into sharper relief than others. Some, the President obviously isn’t interested in compromising on, such as immigration enforcement, nominating conservative judges, or a general refusal to apologize for cultural conservatism and America’s “deplorables.” Others, the President has treated more like opening offers in an ongoing negotiation, such as his stances on trade with China, or war with Afghanistan. And still others, the President has shown every willingness to execute but has been blocked...
  • 'Digital Shouting Matches' Undermining Rule-Making Process

    12/06/2017 7:33:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2017 | Bob Barr
    The “internet poll” has become a familiar device with which to solicit reader feedback and drive engagement on topics from sports and entertainment to law and politics. But, with obvious flaws in polling methodology (e.g., random sampling, representative samples), not to mention vulnerability to fraud, the results of such polls carry little if any scientific value. They are a marketing tool only; except, it seems, when it comes to formulating federal regulations.Providing a public comment period before federal regulations can be finalized is a legal and long-standing component of federal rulemaking. Typically the window for public comments is 30 to...
  • Politicians Are Selective About When Debt and Deficits Matter

    12/06/2017 7:00:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2017 | Jonah Goldberg
    If you're a normal person who pays attention to politics, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Washington can't decide whether deficits are bad or not. Well, I have one easy trick that will help you make sense of it all. In Washington, when you hear people complain that this or that piece of legislation will "explode" the deficit, what they are really telling you is that they don't like the legislation. It's really that simple. Good legislation, like good food, movies, novels and pretty much everything else except for dogs (they're all good), is in the eye of the beholder....
  • A Wedding Cake and the Blessings of Liberty

    12/06/2017 6:50:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2017 | Star Parker
    This week, the Supreme Court hears Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Jack Phillips, proprietor of Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused to create a wedding cake ordered for a same-sex marriage on grounds that it would force him to create a cake expressing a value opposed to his Christian convictions. The gay men who ordered the cake filed a sexual orientation discrimination claim against him with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and the Commission ruled against Phillips. It was clear that this was not a matter of Phillips refusing to do business with these men because they are gay. He offered...
  • Brian Ross Should Be Fired

    12/06/2017 6:37:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2017 | Brent Bozell
    When you're the source for "breaking news" but it turns out to be "faking news," you're in trouble. ABC News "chief investigative correspondent" Brian Ross reported on retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn's plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller by claiming that Flynn is "prepared to testify that President Trump, as a candidate, Donald Trump, ordered him, directed him to make contact with the Russians which contradicts all that Donald Trump has said to this point." It was a nuclear explosion. Within minutes, the stock market plunged 350 points. It quickly became clear that was flat-out wrong. Later, ABC News...
  • Cohen: Smoking gun of FBI’s bias

    12/05/2017 6:38:23 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 05, 2017 | Adriana Cohen
    The FBI must release the texts. All of them, between Peter Strzok, the top FBI investigator that special counsel Robert Mueller removed from the Russian investigation in August, and his colleague Lisa Page, so voters can examine for themselves whether the probe is what many, including our president, believe it is ... a partisan witch hunt. Without seeing the politically biased texts — the FBI has been stonewalling Congress for months on that and other document requests — one can safely assume the missives must have been highly problematic to prompt a dismissal. So what political biases did agent Strzok...
  • Independence Hypocrisy

    12/06/2017 6:29:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2017 | Walter E. Williams
    Officials in Catalonia, Spain's richest and most highly industrialized region, whose capital is Barcelona, recently held a referendum in which there was a 92 percent vote in favor of independence from Spain. The Spanish authorities opposed the referendum and claimed that independence is illegal. Catalans are not the only Europeans seeking independence. Some Bavarian people are demanding independence from Germany, while others demand greater autonomy. Germany's Federal Constitutional Court ruled: "In the Federal Republic of Germany ... states are not 'masters of the constitution.' ... Therefore, there is no room under the constitution for individual states to attempt to secede....
  • How Trump turned tide of illegal immigration in first year: Border crossing hits 45-year low

    12/06/2017 6:27:30 AM PST · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dec 5, 2017 | S.A. Miller
    Illegal border crossing tumbled to a 45-year low and interior arrests of illegal immigrants soared in 2017, according to data released Tuesday that showed President Trump’s enforcement crackdown netted tangible results during his first year on the job. The numbers, released by the Department of Homeland Security, reflected a stunning turnaround from the nearly nonexistent interior enforcement of immigration laws under President Obama. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 310,531 apprehensions nationwide in fiscal 2017, which ended Sept. 30, a decline of 25 percent from a year earlier and the lowest level since 1971. Nearly all of the Border Patrol...
  • Fiscal Responsibility or Lower Taxes?

    12/06/2017 6:16:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2017 | Ben Shapiro
    This week, Republicans in the Senate finally passed their long-awaited tax reform plan. It lowers individual income tax rates across the board, although it does claw back some government revenue in the form of elimination of state and local tax deductions. It drops corporate tax rates as well. It is, in other words, a significant but not atypical Republican tax cut designed to boost economic growth by allowing Americans to keep more of their own money. The tax cut will almost certainly increase the deficit, however. Even with dynamic scoring -- the assumption that the economy will grow at...
  • Pyongyang on the Prairie, Part I

    12/06/2017 5:20:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2017 | Michelle Malkin
    A criminal justice system that operates in the dark is arbitrary, unjust and criminal. In Oklahoma this year, a Kafkaesque set of sealed motions, secret orders and closed-door hearings completely shut out a criminal defendant, his public defenders and the public. A trial judge served as handmaiden for the prosecutors, even failing to notify the defendant and his lawyers of the kangaroo court proceedings until after they had occurred. The defendant, who is appealing his convictions and maintains his complete and actual innocence, was denied an opportunity to challenge the state's legal arguments for hiding information about a crime lab...