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  • I Was RFK’s Speechwriter. Now I’m Voting for Trump. Here’s Why.

    09/22/2016 3:28:51 PM PDT · by x · 15 replies ^ | September 21, 2016 | Adam Walinsky
    The Democratic Party has become something both JFK and RFK would deplore—the party of war. I was a Democrat all my life. I came to Washington to serve President John Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy. When the president was murdered and his brother struck off on his own, I joined his Senate campaign and staff as his legislative assistant and speechwriter, until his presidential campaign ended with his own assassination. I ran on a (losing) Democratic ticket in the New York state elections of 1970. When I was working to enact my own program of police reform in the...
  • Obama paid $400M ‘ransomÂ’ to Iran

    08/03/2016 2:38:19 PM PDT · by x · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 3, 2016 | Natalie Musumeci
    The Obama administration quietly shipped $400 million stacked on wooden pallets in an unmarked plane to Iran in January — just as Tehran was releasing four Americans who had been detained there, according to a report. The huge cash load represented the first payment of a $1.7 € billion debt that Iran, at an international tribunal in The Hague, claimed it was owed over a failed 1979 arms deal signed before the fall of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal Tuesday night.
  • Why our prep-school diplomats fail against Putin and ISIS

    03/15/2015 12:27:25 PM PDT · by x · 39 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 15, 2015 | Ralph Peters
    Why do our “best and brightest” fail when faced with a man like Putin? Or with charismatic fanatics? Or Iranian negotiators? Why do they misread our enemies so consistently, from Hitler and Stalin to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliph?
  • Four Factions, No Favorite

    03/09/2014 1:31:54 PM PDT · by x · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MARCH 8, 2014 | Ross Douthat
    ... We’re accustomed to a narrative of Republican politics that pits the Tea Party against the establishment, the right against the center right. But that has always been an oversimplification, and in a wide-open presidential campaign, it’s likely to fit political reality more poorly than usual. A better framework is suggested by Henry Olsen, writing in The National Interest, who argues that Republican presidential campaigns are usually defined by four factions rather than two. One faction is centrist (think John McCain’s 2000 supporters, or Jon Huntsman’s rather smaller 2012 support), one is moderately conservative (think the typical Mitt Romney or...
  • Unpopular, sarcastic Obama 3.0 2nd term will not be pretty picture

    10/30/2012 3:35:48 PM PDT · by x · 3 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Tuesday, October 30, 2012 | Tobe Berkovitz
    Shakespeare was right when he wrote, “What’s past is prologue.” The Bard’s quote provides a solid road map for predicting how Obama will run his presidency if re-elected. During his 2008 campaign and subsequent four years in office there have been three iterations defining the man and his approach to governance. Obama 1.0 is the mythic figure and the now crumbling foundation for understanding how the president was presented by the media and perceived by the public. Candidate Obama circa 2008 was calm, collected and cool — smooth as silk. The mainstream media and much of America were captivated by...
  • Nothing New Under the Sun

    10/17/2010 12:19:05 PM PDT · by x · 1 replies
    The Superfluous Man ^ | Wednesday, October 06, 2010 | John Markley
    Contemporary American politics makes a great deal more sense in light of the realization that Barack Obama's most devoted fans and fiercest critics are united by a shared delusion: the belief that Obama is really, really interesting. How this manifests among his supporters is apparent enough in the starry-eyed adulation he been able to inspire in so many people. How this manifests among his opponents was especially driven home recently by the now somewhat notorious Dinesh D'Souza article in Forbes, in which D'Souza argued that Obama's politics are the result of the anti-colonialist ideology of Obama's Kenyan father. As D'Souza...
  • Woodrow Wilson's third term

    03/13/2010 1:27:20 PM PST · by x · 9 replies · 446+ views
    New Hampshire Union-Leader ^ | Thursday, Mar. 11, 2010 | George Will
    There are legislative miles to go before the government will be emancipated from its health care myopia, but it is not too soon for a summing up. Whether all or nothing of the legislation becomes law, Barack Obama has refuted critics who call him a radical. He has shown himself to be a timid progressive. His timidity was displayed when he flinched from fighting for the boldness the nation needs -- a transition from the irrationality of employer-provided health insurance. His progressivism is an attitude of genteel regret about the persistence of politics. Employer-paid insurance is central to what David...
  • Karl Woodgett offered bogus degrees in return for spanking sessions

    02/03/2010 3:59:49 PM PST · by x · 12 replies · 504+ views
    The Times of London ^ | Simon de Bruxelles | Simon de Bruxelles
    A university registrar offered bogus degrees in return for spanking sessions in a hotel, a court was told yesterday. Karl Woodgett, 37, former registrar at the University of Surrey and the University of Bath, already had a lucrative sideline selling degrees to African women when he came up with a way of satisfying his sexual desires at the same time.He told the women that his name was Dave and that he could offer them a degree in return for their help with a “pain management study”. The spanking sessions with two women from Cameroon were videotaped.
  • A Most Uncomfortable Parallel: What Clement Attlee Can Teach The Right About Barack Obama.

    01/24/2010 1:19:33 PM PST · by x · 24 replies · 1,542+ views
    National Review | Jan 12, 2010 | Andrew Stuttaford
    LET'S just agree that if you are looking for someone with whom to compare Barack Obama, the mid-20th-century British prime minister Clement Attlee does not come immediately to mind. Some might opt for FDR, some the Messiah, others the Antichrist or, harsher still, Jimmy Carter. Attlee? Not so much. To start with, there's the whole charisma thing. Attlee was the Labour leader who humiliated Winston Churchill in Britain's 1945 election, but that victory (one of the most sweeping in British history) was more dramatic than the victor. No Obama, the new prime minister was shy, understated, and physically unprepossessing. Balding,...
  • It's not just foreigners who find Britain a foreign land

    03/10/2001 9:32:38 AM PST · by x · 170+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 10 March 2001 | Minette Marrin
    THE past is a foreign country, according to one of the most famous first lines of English literature. Now William Hague tells us that the future will be a foreign country, at least if the Labour Party wins the election. But for many people, it is the present that is the foreign country. That must be so, in the nature of things; all those who have reached middle or old age will inevitably feel that the country of their youth was different; "brought up in the culture and mores of one place, they are involuntary immigrants to another". I ...
  • A Typical New York Times Article

    01/01/2001 10:12:59 AM PST · by x · 36+ views
    New York Times ^ | 1/1/2001 | Gustav Niebuhr
    January 1, 2001 As Zoroastrians Enter a New Era, Assimilation Becomes a Concern By GUSTAV NIEBUHR HOUSTON, Dec. 29 — The cities listed on name tags worn by men and women at a hotel here offer evidence that a highly international gathering is taking place. People have come from Toronto, Los Angeles, London, Bombay and Tehran, Iran. Yet they share a common bond as Zoroastrians, members of a monotheistic faith whose long history includes centuries of glory as the religion of classical-era Iran. The geographic diversity at the Seventh World Zoroastrian Congress indicates a new chapter in an ancient faith, ...
  • Religion & Politics

    11/28/2000 9:58:16 AM PST · by x · 25+ views
    New York Press ^ | 11/28/2000 | Peter Eavis
    Religion and politics don’t mix. You’ve heard it a thousand times. You probably even believe it. Think of the civic peace that would occur if religious voices retreated from the political battlefield. No more heartland scolds. Unhindered state-funded abortion. An end to those dubious welfare schemes set up by faith-based charities. Down that road lies a godless utopia, surely? If the secularization of American politics continues, you may get your way. But be warned: that utopia already exists–in Western Europe, where political players almost never invoke the Almighty. And you know what? Politics there can be as dreary as hell. ...

    06/06/2000 10:45:08 PM PDT · by x · 22+ views
    Drudgereport ^ | Tuesday June 06 2000 21:43:07 | Matt Drudge
    XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX TUESDAY JUNE 06 2000 21:43:07 ET XXXXX COLD-BLOODED: MIRAMAX/TALK BOOK PROJECT EXPLORES SEX LIVES OF TINA BROWN'S OWN 'FRIENDS' **Exclusive** "Why, Tina? Why?" demanded a supporter and close friend of TALK editoress Tina Brown after learning he was a subject in a project commissioned by Brown's new book imprint. Best-selling author Chris Buckley [son of William F. Buckley] expressed complete outrage that his sex life is being explored in a book being financed by DISNEY's TALK/MIRAMAX. "Tina appears to be throwing her friends out with the bath water," said a publishing source who worked with ...
  • “I'll Take Gomorrah, Thank You”

    06/02/2000 6:59:57 PM PDT · by x · 21+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 6/02/00 11:20 a.m. | Mike Potemra, NR Deputy Managing Editor
    Fareed Zakaria has a fascinating essay in The New Yorker on the state of conservatism today. He points out that the modern conservative movement began when William F. Buckley Jr. founded National Review and gave it the mandate to “stand athwart history yelling ‘Stop!’” Zakaria then asks, what should conservatism do, "now that history is going its way?" He says that victory in the Cold War — and the triumph of free markets — leave conservatives with basically a social agenda, which, he says, they sometimes promote in exactly the wrong way: “When conservatives couch that case in fiery terms ...
  • Valhalla of the Idiots Savant

    05/29/2000 9:16:33 AM PDT · by x · 12+ views ^ | May 1, 2000 | Robert Locke
    I recently moved from Manhattan, which I assumed to be America's zenith of solipsism, materialism and arrogance, to California’s famed Silicon Valley. I have been surprised. Don’t get me wrong: people here are nice. But the flip side of this is a thin skin that makes you guard everything you say. People freak out if you are aggressive or sarcastic. Worse, they seem to have forgotten what sarcasm is and take you literally. And they are arrogant - indeed more arrogant than New Yorkers, though differently. New York arrogance is an investment banker who thinks he's better than the rest ...
  • Joe Sixpack's Revenge

    05/19/2000 2:16:36 PM PDT · by x · 20+ views
    The Atlantic Unbound ^ | May 17, 2000 | Christopher Caldwell
    The Republicans are the party of the rich and the Democrats of the working class, right? It's time to rethink that assumption. Running on the strongest economy in living memory, as the handpicked heir of a popular President, Al Gore is lagging alarmingly in the polls even though his campaign so far has been diligent, disciplined, and skillful. He has improved as an orator. The issues -- health care, the environment, guns -- run heavily in his favor. And the financial position of the Democratic National Committee is stronger than it's been for several election cycles. Yet Gore is tied ...
  • The Rise of the FU Movement

    03/14/2000 8:37:49 AM PST · by x · 20+ views
    Spectator (London) ^ | March 4, 2000 | Mark Steyn
    CONSERVATISM is doomed. True, in the Eastern bloc, in its conclusive demolition of the Berlin Wall, it won the battle of ideas. But in its own Western bloc, it's lost the battle of process, and that's likely to prove decisive. In the United States, George W. Bush is opposed to same-sex marriage. So is John McCain. But whichever one of them becomes president will have little say over whether or not, in Vermont and elsewhere, justices of the peace (and, indeed, clergy) find themselves uttering the words, 'I now pronounce you man and husband.' On almost any issue you care ...
  • Diss Establishment

    02/16/2000 9:13:37 AM PST · by x · 21+ views
    NY Press ^ | 2-16-2000 | Christopher Caldwell
    Diss Establishment You had to feel bad for Bush. McCain’s complaints about the role of money in politics were proving so magical that even New Jersey Senate candidate Jim Florio–than whom no one has less standing to complain about rigged political processes–wanted a piece of the action. Florio gave a lecture at Princeton in which he attacked his primary opponent Jon Corzine simply for having more money than he did, and promised to "wreck the system that is currently in place that is putting so much emphasis on money." Like most charismatic political crusades, McCain’s antiestablishment shtick either sings to ...
  • McCain's Money

    02/16/2000 8:51:46 AM PST · by x · 13+ views
    New York Press ^ | 2-16-2000 | George Szamuely
    The Bunker McCain’s Money There is something deliciously appropriate about William Kristol’s hysterical embrace of Sen. John McCain. Kristol and McCain have for some time been two of the most pernicious figures in American politics. They fell in love last year as the bombs were dropping on Belgrade. Every 15 minutes or so one or the other would be on the box demanding the death of yet more Serbs and the introduction of "ground troops." For some years now Kristol had been searching for some larger-than-life man who would succeed in realizing his puerile dream of "national greatness." McCain clearly ...
  • In the Evil Compound

    02/06/2000 2:27:50 PM PST · by x · 19+ views
    New York Press ^ | 2-6-00 | Asla Aydintasbas
    In the Evil Compound "It seems the Council will not discuss Iraq today," an annoyed journalist from the Middle East said to me as I made my way to the United Nations Security Council chamber. It was Jan. 20, and Sen. Jesse Helms was visiting the Security Council at the invitation of Richard Holbrooke, the smooth-talking U.S. ambassador to the world body. "They are having a voluntary inquisition session led by an old man." Helms–who lunched with top UN officials at the Waldorf Astoria after addressing the Council–has of course been the Senate’s most outspoken critic of the UN and ...