HOME/ABOUT  Prayer  SCOTUS  ProLife  BangList  Aliens  StatesRights  ConventionOfStates  WOT  HomosexualAgenda  GlobalWarming  Corruption  Taxes  Congress  Fraud  MediaBias  GovtAbuse  Tyranny  Obama  ObamaCare  Elections  Layoffs  NaturalBornCitizen  FastandFurious  OPSEC  Benghazi  Libya  IRS  Scandals  TalkRadio  TeaParty  FreeperBookClub  HTMLSandbox  FReeperEd  FReepathon  CopyrightList  Copyright/DMCA Notice 

Calling all FReepers: We need to wrap this baby up by the end of the month. If you have not yet made your donation, please do so today. We can do this. Thank you very much!!

Or by mail to: Free Republic, LLC - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794
Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $76,661
87%  
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 87%!! Less than $11.4k to go!! We can do this. Thank you all very much!! Let's git 'er done!!

Editorial (News/Activism)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Stop pretending — Donald Trump is not running for president

    05/30/2015 12:50:53 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 24 replies
    © 2015 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved ^ | May 30, 2015 | 2:05pm | By Kyle Smith
    When Trump declared to the Republican Party of Iowa’s Lincoln Dinner that he is going to make an announcement in June that’s “going to surprise a lot of people,” he wasn’t preparing to launch his long-awaited candidacy. He was simply doing what he always does: Promote the Donald. Generate headlines. Get people talking. His June announcement is guaranteed to raise all of the excitement of such previous bids for publicity as “Donald Trump Announces Men’s Fragrance” (March 24), “Donald Trump Announces Phil Mickelson Villa at Trump National Doral” (March 5), “Donald Trump Announces Florida International University as new Home for...
  • See No Terror, Hear No Terror, Speak No Terror (Obama on Cuba)

    05/30/2015 11:35:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    Today President Obama further opened the financial floodgates from the U.S. to the world’s most notorious deadbeat nation—who is also a “State Sponsor of Terrorism.” Quotation marks are now required around the term “State-Sponsor of Terrorism” when referring to Cuba because just this morning, as the 45 day notification period to Congress expired, President Obama officially removed Cuba from the State Department’s list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, where President Reagan had placed it in 1982. “Laughing all the way to the bank,” hardly does justice to what the multi-billionaire Castro family must be doing this week. The $7 billion...
  • How Dishonest is Barack Obama?

    05/30/2015 6:31:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 30, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    A week ago Friday was an unusual day for the editorial page of The New York Times. An unsigned editorial in the paper lashed out at the president for his public statements about reengaging in Iraq. A Paul Krugman column attacked the administration’s defense of the new trade agreement. Both pieces said the administration was being … (how shall we say it?) … dishonest. Granted, this was nothing like the language Krugman and the Times typically use to describe Republicans. A few days earlier, Krugman accused Jeb Bush of “cowardice and vileness” with respect to his statements about Iraq. In...
  • Let’s see if the Left will punish Bernie Sanders for his ’72 rape essay

    05/30/2015 5:34:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 5/30/15 | Jon Dougherty
    Left-wing Marxist Sen. Bernie Sanders penned a disgusting anti-woman ‘rape’ screed in ’72, but he’ll probably get away with it because, after all, he’s not a conservative It will be interesting to see what the mainstream media will make of an essay written by avowed socialist (and Democratic presidential contender) Sen. Bernie Sanders in 1972, in which he claimed, among other things, that a woman “fantasizes being raped by three men simultaneously.” Here’s a forecast: Sanders, because he’s on the Left side of politics like the mainstream media, will get a pass. Still, his campaign has already begun trying...
  • Baltimore's Marilyn Mosby and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake have blood on their hands

    05/30/2015 5:31:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/30/15 | M Catharine Evans
    Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, once tagged "the worst mayor in America" by an online transportation blog, is a complete incompetent tool , personally responsible for the post-riot reign of violence now engulfing her city. (Watch her get her groove on here.) Rawlings-Blake needs to be impeached, charged, and indicted for incitement of looting and destruction of property along with her partner-in-crime, Baltimore City state's attorney Marilyn Mosby. These two have blood on their hands – the blood of Baltimore residents. Instead of working to keep violent criminals off the streets, Mosby and Blake gave rival gangs carte blanche to wreak...
  • This Way Comes

    05/30/2015 5:05:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 30, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    "The difference between Bush's mistakes and his disappointments may just be that he hasn't yet taken ownership of the latter," Massimo Calabresi wrote in Time as he covered President George W. Bush's final press conference in January of 2009. Four years earlier, left-wing journalist John Dickerson had begun a trend among the Bush White House press corps, demanding from the president a recognition of his mistakes. Dickerson, now like George Stephanopoulos, plays an objective Sunday news program questioner, and he, along with the circle of jerks who pose as objective reporters of the Obama administration, would rather blame Bush for...
  • Prepare Your Homes And Neighborhoods For The Violence That Is Going To Sweep America

    05/30/2015 4:41:16 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 78 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 5/27/2015 | Michael Snyder
    The thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted on a daily basis is beginning to disappear, and a new era of chaos and anarchy is coming to our cities. I don’t know if you have noticed, but violence is increasing on the streets of America. Over Memorial Day weekend, 29 people were shot in Baltimore and 55 people were shot in Chicago. But of course the trend that I am talking about is much broader than that. According to the FBI, the number of police officers “feloniously killed” in the line of duty rose by an astounding...
  • Arizona State has doubled tuition, finds $500K to give to Clintons

    05/30/2015 12:18:01 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 5/28/15 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    While Arizona State University has almost doubled its tuition over the past 10 years amid claims that it needs more state money, the school somehow had the funds to give half a million dollars to the Clinton Foundation. According to The Arizona Republic, the public university paid $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation to host the former president-Bill Clinton; former-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and their daughter, Chelsea, during a Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) event in 2014. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Bill’s wife, is the current front-runner for the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential race. Mark...
  • FIFA President Celebrates Reelection to the Amazement of Wolf Blitzer

    05/29/2015 6:35:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Hey, Cookie, Cookie, Cookie, you gotta get me something. The FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, was just reelected as the president of FIFA, and give me like the last couple of minutes of his acceptance, maybe three where he's (imitating Blatter), "You can thank God or maybe if you like Allah, you can thank Allah, whatever your God, I promise you, we will have a FIFA that when my next term is completed, it will be in a strong position." Anyway, it was hilarious. And when it was over, Wolf Blitzer goes to the reporter, said (paraphrasing), "Does this guy...
  • The Clinton Crime Family Fraud

    05/29/2015 6:28:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: In the meantime, there's a little story here at PJ Media: "I just thought I’d contribute a detail to the latest news about the Clintons’ byzantine financial arrangements, specifically the limited-liability company Bill Clinton used to channel his 'consulting' profits." This is something we learned yesterday, he's got a shell corporation, a pass-through, and he was using that to hide money. He was using that to shelter money. He started a consulting business, in addition to everything else, the Crime Family Foundation, the Clinton Library and Massage Parlor, the charitable foundation, all these things, he then added a consultancy...
  • Castro's Long Record On Terror, Lawlessness And Killing

    05/29/2015 4:51:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Investors.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | IBD Editorial
    Politics: President Obama removed Cuba as a state sponsor of terror Friday, forgetting the dictatorship's long record of killing, smuggling and, yes, terror. If this is the new standard, why not just scrap the list entirely? The lifting of Cuba from the list of nations that support terrorism was a farce that may well come back to the haunt the United States. After all, the ruling Castro regime that benefits from it in the name of normal relations with the U.S. and new access to World Bank loans is the same regime that once tried the first 9/11, aligning itself...
  • US Double Standard: Probing FIFA Instead of Clinton Foundation - Analyst

    05/29/2015 3:06:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 5/29/15
    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US authorities should probe the Clinton Foundation instead of going after FIFA officials abroad, Wall Street financial analyst Charles Ortel told Sputnik. “The FIFA prosecution is outrageous. It reflects a complete double standard,” Ortel said on Thursday. “The first thing that the United States should do is to get its own financial house in order.” **SNIP** Ortel, who is investigating the financial records of the Clinton Foundation, argued the US government should investigate institutions based within the country with suspect financial records rather officials in Zurich-based FIFA.
  • Barack Obama’s Anti-Semitism Test

    05/29/2015 2:15:32 PM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 29, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    Barack Obama’s Anti-Semitism TestPosted By Caroline Glick On May 29, 2015 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 10 Comments [1]Originally published by the Jerusalem Post [2]. Is US President Barack Obama an anti-Semite?This question has lingered in the air since his first presidential bid in 2008. It first arose due to the anti-Semitic sermons that Jeremiah Wright, his pastor for more than 20 years, made as Obama and his family sat in the pews.Throughout the six-and-a-half years of his presidency, Obama has laughed off the concerns.But he has not dispelled them. And this failure has hurt him.So last week, Obama...
  • If Hillary becomes president, who will make her obey the law?

    05/29/2015 2:00:34 PM PDT · by lbryce · 35 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 28, 2015 | Staff
    Last year, before Hillary Clinton's secret email system became publicly known, Congress passed a law to keep presidents from trying the same trick. If Clinton wins the White House, the law could well be put to the test. The statute is the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014. It recognizes that government officials sometimes (or in Clinton's case, all the time) want to use private email accounts — in the words of the law, "non-official electronic messaging accounts" — to conduct government business. Such communications are still federal records, Congress declared, and must be preserved in accordance with...
  • Gov. Scott Walker: Rand Paul is 'wrong' on ISIS [transcript of Cavuto's interview]

    05/29/2015 1:25:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 29, 2015 | Neil Cavuto's Interview with Scott Walker
    NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Then there were 100. All right, I'm exaggerating, but talk about a crowded field, the latest Quinnipiac poll showing that five Republican candidates are all tied at the top at 10 percent of voter support, include Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who told me moments ago he is not at all worried. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) GOV. SCOTT WALKER, R-WIS.: Well, as a kid, I ran track. So my coach always used to say a lot of times I would win by whipping around the end that last quarter lap there and... (CROSSTALK) CAVUTO: Me too, me too, although I...
  • What a Field the Democrats Have!

    05/29/2015 1:19:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: What a field of potential presidential candidates the Democrats have. We've got Bernie Sanders, a socialist who fantasizes about women fantasizing about being gang raped. Well, that's what he did. I mean, he's fantasizing. He says that men fantasize about whatever while they're -- oh, it's a family show here. Can't even talk about what the Democrats do on a day-to-day basis on a family program, but that's what he says. He fantasizes about women fantasizing about being gang raped. Can you imagine if a Republican said that, which I want to get into in a minute on this,...
  • Economy Contracts; White House: Everything’s Still Cool

    05/29/2015 12:29:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | May 29, 2015 | Keith Koffler
    The White House today downplayed news that the economy contracted 0.7 percent during the first quarter of the year, arguing “the most stable components of GDP” were growing quite nicely. The new number was a downward revision of the previous estimate that GDP had increased by a mere 0.2 percent. From White House Council of Economic Advisor Chairman Jason Furman: Today’s downward revision to GDP growth was entirely accounted for by revisions to inventory investment and net exports, with other changes being small and neutral on balance. The first-quarter slowdown was the result of harsh winter weather, tepid foreign demand,...
  • The US Economy Is Shrinking

    05/29/2015 12:20:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: You see the stories on the US economy, the first quarter. I predicted this. I predicted there'd be a revision. What was the original report of the first quarter? Two percent, .2% growth or something. I said it's not gonna be that when they revise it. They're gonna revise it three or four months from now when everybody's forgotten it. Here it goes. The US economy fell. It went backwards. It slowed down, 0.7% growth rate. That's not growth, folks. That's a contraction. "The US economy shrank at a 0.7% annual rate in the first three months of the...
  • The Millennials: A Generation That Will Reject What They've Been Bequeathed?

    05/29/2015 12:15:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I had a story that arrived in the third hour of the program yesterday, and I decided to save it until today because we were well into other things yesterday. But this, too, will help you understand. And a lot of other people understand what's happening with the economy. It's from Business Insider. Let me set this up with something. You steady listeners, those of you who have been around for the duration or at least 20 years might remember that over the course of this program I occasionally have asked, and I did go out and find out...
  • What Republicans Don’t Get About the LGBT Movement

    05/29/2015 8:55:35 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 34 replies
    The Daily Signal via Newsweek ^ | May 28, 2015 | Sean Fieler
    In less than two years, transgender rights have gone from a non-issue to non-negotiable in the Democratic Party. Rather than dismiss this change as a politically irrelevant story that belongs in the tabloids, Republicans should view it as a case study in the political power of principle. For it was principle, not a political campaign, that has advanced transgender rights so far so fast. If Republicans would likewise put principle before policy, they would not only have the power to win elections but also the power to bring America back into fidelity with our country’s founding vision.
  • The Bin Laden Papers Show Obama to be a Fool

    05/29/2015 7:33:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Larry Kelley
    Stephen Hayes and Tom Joscelyn recently reported that after four years of “fierce internecine battles and inexplicable delays,” the intelligence community released a few documents (roughly 100) obtained in the raid which killed bin Laden. This number of documents now becoming public is far overdue and paltry, given that Tom Donilon, Obama’s then national security advisor, bragged days after the raid, that the collection was equivalent to a “small college library.” The extremely late and tiny release of what may be one million documents begs the question—what are they hiding? Hayes and Joscelyn go on to report that no less...
  • Should America be the World's Policeman? (5 min video)

    05/29/2015 7:31:03 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 25 replies
    youtube ^ | 5-25-15 | Bret Stephens
    Should America be the world's policeman? Does the world even need a policeman? Or would humanity be better off if America weren't the dominant military superpower? Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and foreign affairs expert Bret Stephens weighs in.
  • Now the Post Office Wants to Be Your Bank

    05/29/2015 7:25:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Justin Sykes
    The economically beleaguered United States Postal Service (USPS) is now considering expanding from its core mission of delivering mail to providing banking services. What is concerning about this is that the USPS, which has proven financially incapable of keeping its head above water (even with a government backed monopoly and $18 billion in annual subsidies), could be putting taxpayers further on the hook for this new million if not billion dollar gamble. According to a white paper released this month titled The Road Ahead for Postal Financial Services, USPS is assessing approaches it could take to offer financial services in...
  • Does a Young Rubio Frighten an Older Hillary?

    05/29/2015 7:13:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Suzanne Fields
    The Grand Old Party suffers an embarrassment of riches, with a surplus of experienced candidates with formidable resumes. Hillary Clinton is an embarrassment with riches. She has lots of experiences, not all of them good. Many of the Republican wannabes have been on center stage in their home states for years, but none as long in the public eye as Hillary. She has moved from first lady in Arkansas to first lady in Washington to senator from New York to international flyer as secretary of state. But as Carly Fiorina described her last occupation, "flying is not an accomplishment; it's...
  • When Will Climate Scientists Say They Were Wrong?

    05/29/2015 7:06:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Patrick Michaels
    Day after day, year after year, the hole that climate scientists have buried themselves in gets deeper and deeper. The longer that they wait to admit their overheated forecasts were wrong, the more they are going to harm all of science. The story is told in a simple graph, the same one that University of Alabama’s John Christy presented to the House Committee on Natural Resources on May 15. The picture shows the remarkable disconnect between predicted global warming and the real world. The red line is the 5-year running average temperature change forecast, beginning in 1979, predicted by the...
  • Secularists vs. Suicide Bombers

    05/29/2015 6:32:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    "What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight. ... We can give them training, we can give them equipment; we obviously can't give them the will to fight." Thus did Defense Secretary Ash Carter identify the root cause of the rout of the Iraqi army in Ramadi. Disgusted U.S. military officers say the 1,000 ISIS fighters who overran Ramadi were outnumbered by the defenders 10 to 1. Why did the Iraqi army run? And what motivated the fighters of ISIS to attack a city whose defenders so vastly outnumbered them? According to battle reports,...
  • Obama Not Offended Enough by Anti-Semitism

    05/29/2015 6:24:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Mona Charen
    What to make of President Obama's interpretation of the Iranian leadership? Challenged by The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg to account for the seeming inconsistency of relying on the rationality of a regime that holds a profoundly anti-Semitic worldview, the president denied that the "venomous anti-Semitism" (his words) of the mullahs is a barrier to rational decision making: "Well, the fact that you are anti-Semitic, or racist, doesn't preclude you from being interested in survival. It doesn't preclude you from being rational about the need to keep your economy afloat; it doesn't preclude you from making strategic decisions about how you stay...
  • Some Race Activists Are Harming Their Own Cause

    05/29/2015 5:45:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    There was a mostly minority-on-minority bloodbath in Baltimore over the Memorial Day weekend, with 26 people shot and nine dead, and the main reaction we hear from the left is "racism." How do perpetual race activists ever expect to be viewed as credible when they react to every incident, irrespective of the facts, as racially motivated? Take Ferguson, Missouri, for example. Though a grand jury refused to return a criminal indictment against police Officer Darren Wilson in connection with what authorities concluded was his legally justifiable shooting of Michael Brown, racial activists continue to cite the tragedy as if it...
  • Absence of a Smoking Gun Doesn't Equate to Innocence

    05/29/2015 5:39:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Let's say, just for kicks, you murdered your husband (or wife). Your neighbors have been suspicious ever since your nightly arguments suddenly stopped, right around the time you put something large in your trunk and drove off in the middle of the night. Now they see you driving his car and putting his suits and golf clubs up for sale on eBay. The police find your explanations implausible and contradictory, and then you tell the cops to direct all future questions to your lawyer. The good news is that you have fans. Some neighbors think you're the cat's pajamas. They...
  • Colleges and Universities Have Grown Bloated and Dysfunctional

    05/29/2015 5:31:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Michael Barone
    American colleges and universities, long thought to be the glory of the nation, are in more than a little trouble. I've written before of their shameful practices -- the racial quotas and preferences at selective schools (Harvard is being sued by Asian-American organizations), the kangaroo courts that try students accused of rape and sexual assault without legal representation or presumption of innocence, and speech codes that make campuses the least rather than the most free venues in American society. In following these policies, the burgeoning phalanxes of university and college administrators must systematically lie, insisting against all the evidence that...
  • Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge?

    05/29/2015 4:47:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    How many times have you heard President Obama and his minions pat themselves on the back for their noble "investments" in "roads and bridges"? Without government infrastructure spending, we're incessantly reminded, we wouldn't be able to conduct our daily business. "Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive," Vice President Joe Biden infamously asserted. "Private enterprise," he sneered, lags behind. As always, the Beltway narcissists have it backward. Without private enterprise and free-market visionaries, public infrastructure wouldn't exist. Take the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, which...
  • The Left’s Reign of Terror Continues in Baltimore

    05/29/2015 4:26:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 5/29/15 | Matthew Vadum
    As Maryland’s largest city grieves for a mother and her 7-year-old son found shot to death, it is becoming clear that criminals emboldened by left-wingers are terrorizing the people of Baltimore like never before.The city’s radical, left-wing, thug-loving mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), has emasculated the local police she despises and abandoned her constituents by giving criminals a green light to do as they please. Police officers have been ordered not to do their jobs which is just as well because many of them are quite justifiably terrified of doing their jobs in the current environment. Mobs of as many as...
  • Schweikart Reviews Overdue Account of America’s True History

    05/29/2015 4:24:56 AM PDT · by iowamark · 30 replies
    Heartland Institute ^ | May 27, 2015 | Nancy Thorner
    The final Heartland Author Series event before The Heartland Institute moves its headquarters from One South Wacker Drive, #2740, to its new facility in Arlington Heights was held on Thursday, May 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Featured was Larry Schweikart, who along with co-author Michael Allen, wrote the newly released 10th anniversary edition of “A Patriot’s History of the United States: From Columbus’s Great Discovery to America’s Age of Entitlement.” It is irrefutable that during past three decades, many history professors have allowed their biases to distort the way America’s past is taught. These intellectuals have searched for instances of racism, sexism,...
  • Baltimore Has Descended Into A State Of Lawlessness – And More Cities Will Soon Follow

    05/29/2015 4:09:22 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 90 replies
    World View Weekend ^ | 5/29/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Did you really think that Baltimore would return to normal after everything that has happened? On Thursday, a mother and her 7-year-old son were both shot in the head in a double murder that has shocked the entire nation. Police believe that the son may have been shot in order to prevent him from identifying the individual that shot his mother. So is this what America is turning into? A place where 7-year-old kids are executed in cold blood? That mother and son were the 37th and 38th murder victims in the city of Baltimore so far this month. That...
  • Erdogan vs. the New York Times, and Democracy

    05/29/2015 4:06:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | 5/28/15 | Abigail R. Esman
    For 13 years, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has worked to impose his Islamist vision on Turkey's proud secular democracy, reshaping the country into a neo-Ottoman republic. His success can be credited in no small measure to his manipulation and intimidation of the press, and the occasional censorship of social media and the Internet overall. Now, in a gesture that betrays either Islamist imperialism, sheer ignorance of Western democracy, or both, Turkey's president and former prime minister is expanding his reach, raising his fist – and, he hopes, his influence – at the West, using the New York Times as his target.Infuriated...
  • Obama Is Suspending the Law Designed to Deter Illegal Immigration

    05/29/2015 3:17:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/29/15 | Ian Smith
    A key part of the Fifth Circuit’s decision to keep the freeze on President Obama’s amnesty programs was the 25-page dissenting opinion written by the panel’s lone Obama appointee. Not only does it point to how the bloc-voting liberal justices of the Supreme Court will ultimately treat the case, it almost wholly focuses on the threshold issue of “prosecutorial discretion”: an executive-branch power that, if expanded to include mass grants of amnesty, would remove the last vestige of authority that Congress and the courts have in preventing immigration anarchy at our nation’s southern border. The “essential point of disagreement” that...
  • Islamic Jizya: Fact and Fiction

    05/29/2015 3:06:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 5/29/15 | Raymond Ibrahim
    The Return of JizyaMuslim demands for non-Muslim “infidels” to pay jizya on pain of death are growing, even as the West fluctuates between having no clue what jizya is and thinking that jizya is an example of “tolerance” in Islam.In the video where the Islamic State slaughters some 30 Christian Ethiopians in Libya last April, the spokesman repeatedly pointed out that payment of jizya (which the impoverished Ethiopian migrant workers could not render, nor the 21 Copts before them) is the only way for Christians around the world to safeguard their lives: But whoever refuses [to pay jizya] will...
  • Chemical Warfare in Syria Continues, Unpunished

    05/28/2015 5:48:43 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 26, 2015 | By Elliot Abrams
    In September 2013, the Obama administration congratulated itself on an agreement, brokered by Russia, that supposedly ended the use of chemical weapons (CW) in Syria. For the killings by using sarin gas, Syria’s president Assad was not punished in any way, but he was supposedly going to turn over all his CW and the possibility of a recurrence was thus ended. President Obama said this: "I welcome the progress made between the United States and Russia through our talks in Geneva, which represents an important, concrete step toward the goal of moving Syria’s chemical weapons under international control so that...
  • Climate Change: Mr. Obama, 97 percent of Experts is a Bogus Number

    05/28/2015 5:40:40 PM PDT · by lbryce · 25 replies
    Fox ^ | May 28, 2015 | Richard Tol
    Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: Climate change is real, man-made and dangerous. President Obama tweeted that, and it has been repeated by countless others. It is tempting for a politician to claim that 97 percent of experts agree with you. But do they? The 97 percent claim was taken from a study paper by Australian John Cook, Climate Communications Fellow for the Global change Institute at the University of Queensland, and his colleagues, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters in May, 2013. The paper says nothing about the would-be dangers of climate change and it counts the number of...
  • How Can This Happen in San Francisco?

    05/28/2015 4:05:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Somebody needs to help me understand this. "Black Women in San Francisco Arrested Way More Often Than White Women, Report Shows -- Black women in San Francisco are disproportionately arrested compared with their white counterparts, according to a new analysis of state arrest data from the Center on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Black women represent 5.8% of the city’s female population, but accounted for --" are you ready? "-- 45.5% of all female arrests in 2013." Now, they've got my mind trained on this kind of stuff. So when I see, for example, a story that shows the black...
  • They're Worried Silly Over Mrs. Clinton

    05/28/2015 3:58:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Mrs. Clinton, much as I try to relegate Mrs. Clinton to the outer regions of this program, it's becoming more and more difficult because she just keeps forcing her way. I mean, she does things that we just can't ignore. Things happen with Hillary and Bill Clinton that we in good conscience just can't ignore. But one of the latest is we've learned that the Clinton Crime Family Foundation has been paying Sidney Blumenthal $10,000 a month to go out and do their dirty work. In and of itself it's not a big deal, but when you add it...
  • Hillary Clinton’s not like the rest of us? Good!

    05/28/2015 3:42:08 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 5 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | ‎May‎ ‎28‎, ‎2015 | Matt Bai
    After more than 200 years of contributing pretty much nothing to American democracy other than some inspired ice cream and a buffer against Canadian aggression, Vermont has apparently decided that once a decade it should send out some scrappy, leftist presidential candidate who will take it to the elitist Democratic establishment. This time it’s Bernie Sanders’s turn. In an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood this week, Sanders assailed the party’s presumed nominee, Hillary Clinton, for having accumulated the kind of wealth that can “isolate you from the reality of the world.” He said she probably spent hundreds of dollars on...
  • Planets, Priests and a Persistent Myth

    05/28/2015 3:31:18 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 13 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 21, 2015 | Stephen Barr and Dermott Mullan
    Last week NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, after a voyage of about eight years, captured incredible video of two bright spots on Ceres. Ceres has an interesting history, labeled for decades a planet, then an asteroid (or minor planet), and most recently a dwarf planet, a category that includes another erstwhile planet, Pluto. Ceres was discovered through the dedication of a Catholic priest, Giuseppe Piazzi (1746-1826), who obtained the best astronomical instruments of his day, and positioned them where they could be used to best effect. When he was 19, Piazzi joined the Theatine Order of clerics, which supported his doctoral studies...
  • One Step Closer to Government-Run Health Care -- And You Pay for All of It

    05/28/2015 3:27:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I told you, folks. You know, I hate to come here with this know-it-all attitude. I don't mean to portray that. But, I mean, this is a giant nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah, see, I told you so. And it's not something difficult to predict. All it took was the courage to do so. In fact, the first time I made this prediction goes all the way back to Hillarycare. Back in 1993-1994, I made the prediction, a prediction based on what the whole purpose, the real long-term purpose of Hillarycare was, and I made the same prediction again once Obamacare surfaced. And...
  • CRB Killed the Radio Star

    05/28/2015 3:20:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Jerry Rogers
    It’s the Buggles and 1979 all over again. Except this time it’s not video killing the radio star, it’s the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) threatening to kill Internet radio. “I heard you on the wireless back in fifty two Lying awake intent at tuning in on you If I was young it didn't stop you coming through” Why does it matter? Well, as my teenage daughters made clear to me over the holiday weekend, their favorite Internet radio platform is with them all the time, wherever they go, on whatever device. Don’t mess with their music. After church this past...
  • Conservative Christians Miscount

    05/28/2015 2:42:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Michael Reagan
    I don't care how popular the Duggar family and their TLC reality show "19 Kids & Counting" is with Christian conservatives. I don't care how many Republican presidential hopefuls Josh Duggar posed with in Iowa, or how important his celebrity was to the Family Research Council, the conservative Christian lobbying group. When the Duggar family's oldest son admitted he had molested and fondled five little girls - including some of his own sisters - when he was 14, it was time for conservative Christians to hold Josh and the Duggar family accountable for their actions. Most didn't. Also, I...
  • The Longest Hatred

    05/28/2015 12:42:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Cliff May
    Robert S. Wistrich, who died suddenly last week, was considered the foremost scholar of anti-Semitism, which he called “the longest hatred,” one that appears to be metastasizing in the current era. Writing about Nazi anti-Semitism ruffles no feathers within academia and other elite circles. Mr. Wistrich, however, had been warning that “anti-Semitism has undergone a process of growing ‘Islamicization,’ linked to the terrorist holy war against Jews and other non-Muslims with its truly lethal consequences.” This “new” anti-Semitism,” he added, targetsIsrael, the only state with a Jewish majority: “the collective Jew.” “New” is a relative term: It was 40 years...
  • A Modest Proposal for Education Reform

    05/28/2015 12:37:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Before he passed away recently, John M. Templeton, the distinguished physician and philanthropist, questioned: "Should we tolerate a public educational system with its entrenched self-interest which virtually every inner-city parent knows is destroying any hope or possibility of their children achieving meaningful opportunity in a 21st-century economy?" A growing number of parents say no. Now critics of the public school system are coming forward with alternatives to it, and many of them are parents, often parents of disadvantaged students, usually parents that fear for the fate of their children in schools in the inner city. Stephen Moore, an...
  • The Costs of a $15 Minimum Wage

    05/28/2015 11:15:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    In the 1970s, when oil prices jumped, most liberals embraced a simple solution: price controls. It should be illegal, they thought, to sell oil or gasoline for more than a certain amount. Americans should be able to drive without being fleeced by oil companies and foreign governments. The impulse was understandable. Gasoline is an essential commodity for most people. When the cost rises, it imposes a heavy burden on consumers, most of whom have few transportation options. In 1971, in an attempt to tame inflation, Republican President Richard Nixon imposed controls on almost all prices. By 1974, he had lifted...
  • Condi Isn't Running: Get Over It

    05/28/2015 10:54:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    One of my ongoing political passions is the California US Senate race. For the greater part of my life, I have lived in a state languishing under two of the more liberal and/or worst US Senators in modern history. Dianne Feinstein, the senior senator by a few months, won her latest reelection by 30 points. She had deftly refused to debate her last opponent, arrogantly confiding to one reporter: “I’m running my own campaign.” Feinstein is barely tolerable compared to her ultra-liberal, retiring counterpart. Junior US Senator Barbara Boxer, a progressive figurehead, claimed that a “baby is a baby when...