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  • IRS Admits That Lois Lerner Emails Were Never Lost

    08/27/2014 3:33:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Scandal: Talk of crashed and recycled hard drives, like that Benghazi video, was a distraction from the truth, which is that the missing emails detailing IRS perfidy exist on a system intended for government wide catastrophe. It would make sense that such a system would exist in the event that, say, the Islamic State or some other terrorist entity managed a nuclear attack on Washington D.C. In fact, such a system does exist and contains copies of not only Lois Lerner's missing IRS emails detailing the agency's illegal and unconstitutional activity, but also the entire inventory of government files and...
  • Would it kill you to hire more black cops? (Yes) ... Ann Coulter

    08/27/2014 2:42:34 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 29 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 27 Aug 2014 | Ann Coulter
    As the story of Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson's shooting of Michael Brown begins to look less clear-cut than we were led to believe by Brown's friend, Dorian Johnson, the "voices of oppression" on MSNBC now say the real issue is that there aren't enough blacks on the Ferguson police force. As Brown may or may not have said seconds before his death: I give up. If the Ferguson police are forced to hire more minorities and women for the sake of diversity, the one thing we can be sure of is that more black people will be murdered,...
  • If Britain were a U.S. state, it would be the second-poorest, behind Alabama and before Mississippi

    08/27/2014 3:57:21 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 26, 2014 | Hunter Schwarz
    If Britain were to join the United States, it would be the second-poorest state, behind Alabama and ahead of Mississippi. The ranking, determined by Fraser Nelson, an editor of The Spectator magazine, was made by dividing the gross domestic product of each state by its population, and it took into account purchasing power parity for cost of living. Several other European countries were also included in the ranking.
  • Buffett puts shareholders ahead of patriotism in Canadian deal

    08/27/2014 8:50:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:16pm EDT | Luciana Lopez
    Warren Buffett may be most famous for the billions of dollars he has made from investing, but he is also well known as a cheerleader for the United States. The Oracle of Omaha routinely exhorts investors to put their money in America, “the mother lode of opportunity,” as he wrote in his annual letter this year. So Buffett’s participation in fast-food chain Burger King Worldwide Inc.’s purchase of coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc.—complete with relocation of Burger King’s domicile to Canada—might at first blush raise questions about his patriotism. Investors and tax experts say Miami-based Burger King’s move...
  • The Promiscuous Use of SWAT Teams Is a Bigger Problem Than Armored Vehicles on Our Streets

    08/27/2014 8:07:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Contrary to what you may have heard, the armored vehicles that appeared on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., during the unrest that followed the police shooting of Michael Brown did not come from the Pentagon. "Most of the stuff you are seeing in video coming out of Ferguson is not military," Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Defense Department's press secretary, told reporters last week. "The military is not the only source of tactical gear in this country." In other words: Don't blame the military for militarizing the police. Kirby has a point. Although the Pentagon has played a role by...
  • Don't Be Fooled: This Week's Economic Data Should Be Taken With a Large Grain of Salt!

    08/27/2014 7:39:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - A bunch of economic numbers from the government this week, which should be taken with a large grain of salt, were expected to show the economy was doing much better in the past three months. Well, we've seen these periodic, fragmentary numbers many times before, only to see the economy continue to slowly slog along at its painfully lackluster, jobs-challenged pace for the past six and a half years now. President Obama will recite the exaggerated economic numbers that his cherry-picking speech writers select to prove that he's brought the economy back from the bring of recession. But...
  • Islamic State Threat Is Something That We Have Seen Before

    08/27/2014 7:26:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Stephen Smoot
    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel sounded the tocsin last week about ISIS, saying "they are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of ... military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything we've seen."He also described them as “an imminent threat to every interest that we have.”The threat, however, is not unprecedented. Western Civilization has faced this before. Its failure to quickly kill it led to the suffering and death of tens of millions, although freedom ultimately prevailed.ISIS today looks like the 1919 version of the Bolsheviks. Will ISIS elevate itself, as the Communists did,...
  • Schoolhouse Rock! Revised: Obama Edition

    08/27/2014 6:57:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Todd Gaziano
    "I'm just a bill. Yes, I'm only a bill. And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill." Those who watched Saturday morning cartoons from 1975-85 and 1993-99 will not easily forget the animated character "Bill" and his forlorn song about his "long, long wait" on Capitol Hill, hoping and praying he would become a law. The Schoolhouse Rock! educational video explains that most bills die before they "even make it to committee," and that if the House of Representatives approves a bill, the Senate must do likewise before it becomes a law. Thus, by the age of about eight, children in America...
  • Uber Vs. The Status Quo

    08/27/2014 6:47:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Bob Barr
    Police officials in the beautiful and historic South Carolina city of Charleston have identified a major new public safety menace requiring their immediate attention. This latest threat -- being met by the authorities with an aggressive public awareness campaign and “sting” operations coupled with hefty fines in excess of $1,000 -- is not drugs, gangs, or illegal immigration. The threat posed the good citizens of Charleston is: Uber! Uber is a fast-growing, popular digital app for smart phones that provides consumers in Charleston and many cities across the country and around the world with an alternative to traditional taxi services....
  • Harry Reid’s Kingly Tax Dodge

    08/27/2014 6:19:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | John Ransom
    Harry Reid is in love with one of the easiest tax dodges out there. He’s been buying –-gasp!!—municipal bonds, which of course every investor knows denies federal income tax from being paid to the patriotic hardworking citizens of the United States via the U.S. Treasury on the income created from the interest rate carried on the debenture. I don’t know how long the government will put up with this loophole whereby the federal government allows some citizens, like Reid, to make really stupid investment choices in the name of tax-free investment, but I can say this: If you have reasonable...
  • The Golf Course Is Obama's Faculty Lounge

    08/27/2014 6:10:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Carl Jackson
    His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and his ways are higher than our ways. No, I'm not talking about Jesus Christ, but President Obama's perception of himself. The problem with our president is he views restraint as an absolute virtue, and the golf course as his faculty lounge. The nation was shocked to its core last week as we witnessed the brutal beheading of American photojournalist James Foley at the hand of ISIS. But what followed next left even Liberals like Maureen Dowd of the New York Times (read The Golf Address) with a nasty taste in their mouths....
  • If 'Evil' Doesn't Apply to Islamic State, What Does?

    08/27/2014 5:57:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    I never liked it when George W. Bush used the term "evildoers" to describe al-Qaeda and other terrorists. A lot of other people objected as well, but for different reasons. I didn't like the term because it always sounded to me like he was saying "evil Dewar's," as in the blended Scotch. (This always made some of Bush's statements chuckle-worthy -- "We will not rest until we find the evil Dewar's!") I prefer single malts, but "evil" always seemed unduly harsh. The more common objection to "evildoers" was that it was, variously, simplistic, Manichean, imperialistic, cartoonish, etc. "Perhaps without even...
  • The Media Intifada: Bad Math, Ugly Truths About New York Times In Israel-Hamas War [long]

    08/27/2014 5:54:47 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8-27-14 | Richard Behar
    It’s a “media intifada,” notes Gary Weiss, an old colleague and one of the world’s top business investigative reporters. He is referring of course to the ongoing war in Gaza, where journalists working for American news outlets have, he says, “become part of the Hamas war machine.” As more than a month has passed since Israel began its Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, it’s high time to dig through the carnage that many of my colleagues from major U.S. media outlets are leaving behind—especially the New York Times. On August 11th, the normally Israel-averse Foreign Press Association in Israel conceded...
  • Embracing the Obvious Truth [Israel, Hamas]

    08/27/2014 5:48:15 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 27, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    Originally published by the Jerusalem Post. It isn’t hard to understand the truth about Israel and Hamas. Four-year-old Daniel Tragerman was murdered on Friday afternoon in his home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz by Hamas terrorists. They shot him with a mortar launched from a school in Gaza’s Zeitoun neighborhood. At the time of the launch, the school was filled with civilians who had fled to the school for shelter. They fled to the school for shelter because they were forced to vacate their homes. They were forced to vacate their homes because Hamas terrorists were launching mortars and rockets at...
  • Obama Spurns the 'Optics' Police

    08/27/2014 5:24:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    In some prominent corners of the liberal media, the grousing has begun about President Obama's habit of hitting the golf course during crises without any concern for looking cavalier. Everyone knows he joyfully hit the links at Martha's Vineyard five minutes after a nationally televised address expressing his disgust at the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by ISIS extremists in Syria. He played nine rounds during this most recent vacation in a year filled with vacations. On the front page of The New York Times, they reported "a firestorm of criticism erupted over what many saw as a...
  • The Governor’s Primary in New York (NY Times won't endorse Cuomo in Dem Primary)

    08/27/2014 5:22:41 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/26/2014 | NY Times Editorial Board
    More than four years ago, while announcing his campaign for governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo stood in front of the Tweed Courthouse in downtown Manhattan and said Albany’s antics “could make Boss Tweed blush.” New York had had enough corruption, he said, and he was going to put a stop to it. “Job 1 is going to be to clean up Albany,” he said, “and make the government work for the people.” Mr. Cuomo became governor on that platform and recorded several impressive achievements, but he failed to perform Job 1. The state government remains as subservient to big...
  • Blacks Must Confront Reality

    08/26/2014 6:21:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    Creators ^ | August 26, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    In 1950, female-headed households were 18 percent of the black population. Today it's close to 70 percent. One study of 19th-century slave families found that in up to three-fourths of the families, all the children lived with the biological mother and father. In 1925 New York City, 85 percent of black households were two-parent households. Herbert Gutman, author of "The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom, 1750-1925," reports, "Five in six children under the age of six lived with both parents." Also, both during slavery and as late as 1920, a teenage girl raising a child without a man present...
  • Green Monster

    08/27/2014 3:29:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | John Stossel
    Thanks, Environmental Protection Agency! You've required sewage treatment plants, catalytic converters on cars and other things that made the world cleaner than the world in which I grew up. Good work. Today, America's waterways are so much cleaner that I swim in New York City's once-filthy Hudson River -- right beside skyscrapers in which millions of people, uh, flush. The air we breathe is also cleaner than it's been for 60 years. In a rational world, environmental bureaucrats would now say, "Mission accomplished. We set tough standards, so we don't need to keep doing more. Stick a fork in it!...
  • The Islamic State Has Nothing to Do With Islam?

    08/27/2014 3:21:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 8/27/2014 | Robert Spencer
    Whatever they may disagree about, Western leaders are in complete agreement about one thing: the new self-styled caliphate, the Islamic State, has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam. It’s a comforting, reassuring vision for Western non-Muslims facing a massive influx of Muslim immigrants and jittery about the prospect of Islamic terrorism, except for just one problem: it’s entirely false.Barack Obama has made it clear: “ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents.” David Cameron intoned: “What we are witnessing is actually a battle between Islam on the one hand and...
  • Asian-Bashing Dems and Doormat Minorities Who Enable Them

    08/27/2014 3:15:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Harry Reid is a bigoted Beltway corruptocrat with an interminable case of diarrhea of the mouth. The feeble-minded coot stuck his foot in that mess of a mouth again last week at the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. But as mortifying as the Senate Majority Leader is, there's an even worse spectacle: Asian-American liberals who keep giving top Democrats and their partisan operatives blanket passes. Reid clumsily offered his assessment of the success and intelligence of business leaders of Asian descent at the gathering. "I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us...
  • Same-sex Adoption: Not as Harmless as Portrayed

    08/27/2014 3:11:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8/27/2014 | Enza Ferreri
    You may often see articles in the media claiming that "research has shown" that children of same-sex couples are thriving, in fact are physically and psychologically doing just as well as, or even better than, children of couples who are -- let me use this currently underused word -- normal. Are these works reliable? In July such a study, carried out in Australia, was much trumpeted by that pillar of "progressive" thinking, the Washington Post, under the headline "Children of same-sex couples are happier and healthier than peers, research shows". Researcher Simon Crouch and his team at the University of...
  • The Welfare State

    08/27/2014 3:07:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/27/2014 | Michael Tanner
    One hundred ten million! That’s how many Americans now live in households that receive some form of means-tested welfare benefit from the federal government. According to a report from the Census Bureau released last week, that’s the highest absolute number in American history, and it represents 35.4 percent of the American population. Think about it — more than one out of every three Americans live in households that are now on welfare. Looked at another way, America’s welfare state now has nearly three times the population of the largest actual state. Because many of these households include more than one...
  • A former AP correspondent explains why reporters get Israel so wrong

    08/26/2014 4:56:31 PM PDT · by varialectio · 15 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Matti Friedman
    The lasting importance of this summer’s war, I believe, doesn’t lie in the war itself. It lies instead in the way the war has been described and responded to abroad, and the way this has laid bare the resurgence of an old, twisted pattern of thought and its migration from the margins to the mainstream of Western discourse—namely, a hostile obsession with Jews. The key to understanding this resurgence is not to be found among jihadi webmasters, basement conspiracy theorists, or radical activists. It is instead to be found first among the educated and respectable people who populate the international...
  • Vladimir Putin's pointless conflict with Europe leaves it a vassal of China

    08/26/2014 4:07:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | August 6, 2014 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The Kremlin is counting on acquiescence from the BRICS quintet as it confronts the West, and counting on capital from China to offset the loss of Western money. This is a pipedream. China's Xi Jinping drove a brutal bargain in May on a future Gazprom pipeline, securing a price near $350 per 1,000 cubic metres that is barely above Russia's production costs. Pieties aside, the two countries are rivals in central Asia, where China is systematically building pipelines that break Russia's stranglehold. China has large territorial claims on Far Eastern Russia, land seized from the Qing Dynasty in the 19th...
  • Israeli teenagers: Racist and proud of it (barf alert)

    08/26/2014 3:35:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 12:20 23.08.14 | Or Kashti
    “For me, personally, Arabs are something I can’t look at and can’t stand,” a 10th-grade girl from a high school in the central part of the country says in abominable Hebrew. “I am tremendously racist. I come from a racist home. If I get the chance in the army to shoot one of them, I won’t think twice. I’m ready to kill someone with my hands, and it’s an Arab. In my education I learned that … their education is to be terrorists, and there is no belief in them. I live in an area of Arabs, and every day...
  • Chris Matthews Plots Strategy With Dems on How to Use Ferguson Unrest for Midterms

    08/26/2014 3:07:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | August 26, 2014 | Scott Whitlock
    It's not surprising that MSNBC's Chris Matthews would frame the racial unrest in Ferguson through a political lens. The liberal host on Monday brought on two prominent Democrats to plot strategy on how the fallout from the Michael Brown shooting could be appropriated. After pointing out that the teen's death "might have political implications this coming November," he wondered, "...Could anger over the Brown case motivate more African-American voters to turn up this November?" To discuss this, Matthews, a former Democratic operative, brought on Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings and Democratic pollster Margie Omero. It wasn't hard to figure who he...
  • CNN Runs Wild with Alleged Shooting Audio

    08/26/2014 2:53:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I mentioned in the previous busy broadcast hour that out of the blue a forensic audiologist has discovered a new audiotape of the incident in which the gentle giant was shot. This audiologist has been all over CNN all morning long and CNN's been all over the story, and if I had to summarize CNN's coverage, it would be "the gap is the thing." See, apparently, folks, there's a gap. The first six shots, then there's a gap, and then there are four other shots. And I guess this actually surfaced last night. We have a portion...
  • The Great Pretender (Platters Song)

    08/26/2014 2:49:39 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 11 replies
    Politizoid ^ | Unknown
    Nice parody of Obama http://safeshare.tv/w/fHyHhEzssd
  • Obama Lied, IRS E-Mails Didn't Die (Surprised, Anyone?)

    08/26/2014 2:27:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This is The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, Shannon Bream was filling in talking with Judicial Watch president, Tom Fitton. And Shannon Bream said, "Tom, tell us what you found out, and were you surprised to now hear somebody with the agency saying these e-mails may never have been missing at all?" FITTON: A Department of Justice attorney told a Judicial Watch attorney on Friday that it turns out the federal government backs up all computer records in case something terrible happens in Washington. They say it would be too hard to go get Lois Lerner's e-mails...
  • Eugene Robinson: Being black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes

    08/26/2014 1:21:15 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 113 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 08/26/2014 | Eugene Robinson
    WASHINGTON -- To be young, male and black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes. Forgetting this, as we've seen so many times, can be fatal. The case of Michael Brown, who was laid to rest Monday, is anomalous only in that it is so extreme: an unarmed black teenager riddled with bullets by a white police officer in a community plagued by racial tension. African-Americans make up 67 percent of the population of Ferguson, Mo., but there are just four black officers on the 53-member police force -- which responded to peaceful demonstrations by rolling out military-surplus...
  • If Obama's Bombing of Libya Was Legal, His Bombing of Syria Would Be Too

    08/26/2014 10:27:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    How intelligible is American foreign policy? Not very as Guy explained in his post yesterday: “During last summer's debate,” he wrote, “we were discussing strikes against the Assad regime. Today, we're talking about entering the country to defeat ISIS, which is intent on overthrowing the Assad regime and expanding its Islamist caliphate. The butcher we threatened to bomb last year now stands to benefit from our anti-ISIS campaign.” This of course makes any discussion of expanding military airstrikes into Syria all the more complicated. On the one hand, if the president approves intervention, he could insulate and embolden Syrian President...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Ferguson Postmortem

    08/26/2014 8:26:35 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 24, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The backstory of Ferguson was that out of the millions of arrests each year only about 100 African-American suspects are shot fatally by white police. And yet we were falsely and ad nauseam told that Michael Brown was proof of an epidemic. There may well be an epidemic of blacks killing blacks, of African-Americans engaging in the knock-out game against non-blacks or flash-mobbing stores. But as far as rare interracial gun violence goes, in 2014 it is more commonly black on white. Ferguson is an anomaly that did not warrant hundreds of reporters who gladly skipped the real dramas of...
  • Iraq and Syria Follow Lebanon's Precedent

    08/26/2014 7:00:34 AM PDT · by Wuli · 1 replies
    STRATFOR ^ | August 26, 2014 | George Friedman
    Lebanon was created out of the Sykes-Picot Agreement. [snip] [It} reshaped the collapsed Ottoman Empire south of Turkey.[snip] For nearly 100 years, Sykes-Picot defined the region. A strong case can be made that the nation-states Sykes-Picot created are now defunct,[snip] [snip] The states the Europeans created were arbitrary, the inhabitants did not give their primary loyalty to them, and the tensions within states always went over the border to neighboring states. The British and French imposed ruling structures before the war, and then a wave of coups overthrew them after World War II. Syria and Iraq became pro-Soviet states while...
  • The Dead-End Road Called Pre-K

    08/26/2014 6:33:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    After President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address called for a new federal entitlement for taxpayer-funded free preschool or pre-K for all 4-year-olds, we thought his idea would be quickly discredited, not only by its enormous cost, but even more importantly by the overwhelming weight of research proving the lack of any long-term benefit from such programs. Now we are dismayed to learn from Politico that a dozen Republican-governed states are expanding state-based pre-K programs or are planning to do so next year. And in Washington, some Republicans are offering bipartisan support to a pre-K bill drafted...
  • Back from Vacation

    08/26/2014 6:11:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Rich Galen
    The Washington Post runs a little item every Friday entitled: "Who Had the Worst Week in Washington?" It is often a political figure who as said or done something so outrageous that it stands out from all the other outrageous things political figures here have said or done. Sometimes it's a sports figure (The Washington Nationals won in June 2013 when they were 29-30) . Sometimes someone in the media (David Gregory recently won after being fired from Meet the Press). Last week's winner was Barack Obama. The column, like so many on and off the record; Republican and...
  • The Anatomy of Terror

    08/26/2014 5:51:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    The on-again, off-again war in Gaza and Israel is on again, with a massive barrage of rockets fired at whatever targets Hamas can hope to reach in the Jewish state -- Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, anything and everything in between. The Israelis then strike back with an air assault that, by all signs, will be followed by their next land invasion of the Gaza Strip, their third of the decade. Or maybe fourth or fifth. It's not easy to keep count. Once again the casualties, military and civilian, mount -- with many more in the offing. Till the only military objective...
  • Harry Reid's Gaffes Just Keep on Coming

    08/26/2014 5:41:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told the Asian Chamber of Commerce last week: "The Asian population is so productive. I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us you are." In remarks videotaped by the GOP group America Rising, Reid also joked that he has trouble keeping his "Wongs straight." Then followed this apology: "My comments were in extremely poor taste, and I apologize. Sometimes I say the wrong thing." Sometimes? Reid is being far too humble. After the perfunctory apology, then comes the phase when Beltway solons offer explanations for why the Senate's...
  • To Defeat the Islamic State

    08/26/2014 5:23:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    The decisions that determined the fate of the great nations and empires that failed to survive the 20th century are well known. For the Kaiser's Germany, it was the "blank cheque" to Austria after Sarajevo. For Great Britain, the 1939 war guarantee to Poland. For the Third Reich, it was the June 1941 invasion of Russia. For the Empire of the Sun, the decision to attack Pearl Harbor. And for the Soviet Empire, it was the invasion of Afghanistan. As for the United States, historians may one day concur with the late Gen. Bill Odom. For the lone superpower to...
  • On the Death of My Father

    08/26/2014 5:14:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    My father, Max Prager, died last week. Here are some thoughts on the death of a parent. 1. Longevity Parents who live long are very lucky. Not only for their longevity, and not only because they get to see their children grow into adulthood, and not only because they may see grandchildren, but for all those extra years to reconcile with their children. Had my father died when I was a teenager, we would not have had the decades since then to get closer. 2. Age at death My father was born on July 18, 1918 and died on August...
  • The Lie Behind the Lynch Mob

    08/26/2014 5:06:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | John Perazzo
    The Lie Behind the Lynch MobPosted By John Perazzo On August 26, 2014 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments Sunday in New York City, Al Sharpton led at least 2,500 marchers in a rally condemning “a society where police are automatically excused” for wrongdoing. At issue was the recent death of Eric Garner, a black New Yorker who resisted arrest and subsequently died from what a medical examiner described as an interplay between a white police officer’s chokehold and Garner’s multiple chronic infirmities. A featured speaker at Sunday’s demonstration was the mother of Amadou Diallo, a black man...
  • If ISIS Attacks Again, What Will U.S. Do?

    08/26/2014 5:05:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    The Obama administration is reportedly considering airstrikes in Syria against the terrorist group ISIS. The New York Times quotes "a top national security adviser" to the president as saying the U.S. is "'not going to be restricted by borders' to protect its interests..." What about American cities? If ISIS attacks one or more U.S. cities, as it has threatened to do, what then? We can't bomb ourselves. How would we counter a nosedive in the stock market or the ensuing chaos and fear? The U.S. and Europe are vulnerable because of a false belief that we can somehow "convert" ideological...
  • The Mideast Through the Eyes of a Lebanese Expat

    08/26/2014 5:01:59 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Joseph Puder
    The Mideast Through the Eyes of a Lebanese ExpatPosted By Joseph Puder On August 26, 2014 @ 12:05 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Lebanese born Joseph Hakim is a patriotic American who is deeply involved in community affairs. A successful businessman who came to America with less than $500 in his pocket, he has built a multi-million dollar business. It is not money however, that excites Hakim and gets him going. He is devoted to a single cause, which is saving the ancient Christian communities in the Middle East. Toward that end, he has assumed the presidency of...
  • Michael Brown Funeral: Cop-Lynching Pep Rally

    08/26/2014 4:54:50 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Matthew Vadum
    Michael Brown Funeral: Cop-Lynching Pep RallyPosted By Matthew Vadum On August 26, 2014 @ 12:58 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments An Al Sharpton-led memorial service yesterday for Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old thug who gave a white Ferguson, Mo. police officer a severe head injury while trying to seize his handgun, became the grotesque political rally some observers feared it would be.The distinctly anti-police tone of the service was proof that the lie that Brown tried to surrender to white police officer Darren Wilson, rather than trying to beat the life out of him, won’t die. The racial-grievance industry,...
  • The Republican Racist Myth

    08/26/2014 4:29:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Mona Charen
    The unsinkable Charles B. Rangel appeared on C-SPAN over the weekend. Why unsinkable? Well, the House of Representatives censured the New York Democrat in 2010 by a vote of 333 to 79 (when the body was still majority Democrat) for violating 11 ethics rules and "bringing discredit to the House." The New York Times called it a "staggering fall" for the senior Democrat. But fall-schmall, he's since been reelected and will retire at his leisure. While chatting with Brian Lamb, Rangel dropped a few falsehoods as casually as cigar ash. This isn't to pick on Rangel. He's just illustrative. His...
  • Obama's Staggering Blindness to Growing Terror Threat

    08/26/2014 4:08:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    One does not need to be Sun Tzu or George Patton to know that a nation must recognize an enemy before it can develop a strategy to defeat it. But one apparently does have to be someone other than President Barack Obama. Since he took office, Obama has spent considerable energy trying to convince us how peaceful and magnificent the religion of Islam is and how exceptional acts of terrorism springing from it are. He has also been telling us in words and deeds that such terrorism can best be prevented by overtures of peace and good will toward Islam,...
  • A Decent Lawyer Should Tell Liberals They're Damned Fools and Ought to Stop

    08/26/2014 3:52:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Michael Barone
    "About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists in telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and should stop." So supposedly said Elihu Root, New York lawyer and secretary of war and of state, and U.S. senator from 1909 to 1915. Today it seems that many liberal "would-be clients" are in desperate need of what Root called "a decent lawyer." Take Texans for Public Justice, the so-called public interest group that has been pushing for the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry by a grand jury at the urging of special prosecutor Michael McCrum. The basis for the indictment...
  • Dear Millennials: Hollywood, Your Favorite Bands, and Your College Professors

    08/26/2014 3:42:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | John Hawkins
    I feel sorry for Millennials. We are leaving them an almost insurmountable debt, an American Dream that seems tarnished, and chances are, they're not going to have it as good as their parents. However, we've done something even worse to these kids. We've left far too much of their education in life to Hollywood, musicians, and college professors who've passed on a skewed view of the world. Not only have most of these kids never been told the truth about how the world works, they've been told that anyone who even tries to tell them the truth should be immediately...
  • Smoke and Mirrors from HHS

    08/26/2014 3:14:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/26/2014 | L. Martin Nussbaum
    On Friday, the Obama administration announced — again — that it wants to achieve a “balance”: It will keep its commitment to give women free “contraceptive services” through their employers’ health plans while “respecting religious beliefs” of employers that conscientiously object. Its solution was one new regulation and the draft of another. These regulations, the seventh and eighth on this subject since 2011, are not balanced, and they are not respectful of those with sincerely held religious beliefs.First, let’s be clear about language. The administration, as part of its “war on women” rhetoric, describes its employer mandate as one for...
  • Michael Brown Funeral: Cop-Lynching Pep Rally

    08/26/2014 3:07:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 8/26/2014 | Matthew Vadum
    An Al Sharpton-led memorial service yesterday for Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old thug who gave a white Ferguson, Mo. police officer a severe head injury while trying to seize his handgun, became the grotesque political rally some observers feared it would be.The distinctly anti-police tone of the service was proof that the lie that Brown tried to surrender to white police officer Darren Wilson, rather than trying to beat the life out of him, won’t die. The racial-grievance industry, egged on by President Obama, won’t let it go. The Left’s narrative that the nearly 300-lbs. Brown, who had just robbed...
  • Obama Demonstrates Fear, not Courage

    08/26/2014 3:04:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8/26/2014 | Doris O'Brien
    Challenging times call for extraordinary courage. But at the risk of sounding indelicate, the only cojones associated with President Obama are the ones lined up on the putting green, where his frequent appearances have given rise to a new meaning of the term “stay the course.” You’d think the so-called leader of the free world would at least sound courageous. But at recent press conferences, Mr. President has sauntered in, often late, leaned nonchalantly on the podium, and delivered a lackluster “lecture” in a tone of voice more peremptory than somber. His record for ambiguity and dullness reached a nadir...