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  • In Defense of Empire

    11/25/2015 9:21:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    A new political party of the center and right, Ciudadanos, has arisen in Catalonia -- and delivered an impressive performance at the polls in Spain's regional elections back in September. It's as if a Unionist party had arisen in Mississippi back in 1860 to declare its support for this country's unity and integrity. Would it had! Think of how welcome, indeed saving, its influence might have been. In that respect, Catalans are proving more farsighted than Southerners did as the Union broke apart. Today's secessionist fever in Europe represents a clear and more and more present danger not just to...
  • Paris and Turkey: NATO Shadow Wars

    11/25/2015 8:59:34 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | Austin Bay
    Less provocative and deadly incidents than the latest Paris terror massacre and the November 24 Turkey-Russia aerial incident have ignited very large and destructive wars. Both incidents are serious, both involve U.S. NATO allies and both have already produced chain reaction political consequences. Review the headlines. On Nov. 13, NATO member France suffered a devastating terror attack by terrorists connected to an enemy organization, which claims it is a state. France has mulled invoking NATO Article 5. On Nov. 24, NATO member Turkey shot down a Russian SU-24 fighter-bomber that had violated its air space. In response, Moscow ordered a...
  • Dealing With Evil Empires

    11/25/2015 8:44:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    Why did the Marxist atheists who controlled the Soviet Union tear down the Berlin Wall? Did the Western leaders who forced Soviet communism to collapse shrink from proclaiming the truth of the Bible or the fact that free societies are based on a rule of law rooted in the natural law that God engraves on every heart? In 1983, when President Reagan told the National Association of Evangelicals that the Soviet Union was an "evil empire," he described the conflict with communism as a religious one. He did not argue that America was perfect or deny the wrongs of our...
  • The Death of Free Speech

    11/25/2015 8:09:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    Four in 10 young Americans have no idea what America is. That's the takeaway from a new Pew Research poll showing that 40 percent of Americans aged 18-34 say that the government should be able to prevent people from making "statements that are offensive to minority groups." This same group of young people has granted broad awareness to the culture of "microaggression" -- unintended slights taken as grave insults by their victims; they've also called for "trigger warnings," alerts that certain communications may dredge up unpleasant past memories or ideas. With such ghoulish cruelties haunting the most privileged generation in...
  • Syrian Refugee Policy Raises Serious States' Rights Issue

    11/25/2015 7:57:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | Bob Barr
    The flood of refugees from Syria and other Middle East countries that the Obama Administration is preparing to distribute to communities across the nation raises very real and understandable security concerns among government officials at the state and local levels, and among the citizenry generally. It is, of course, facile for President Obama to proclaim piously that he "is not a afraid." With the full protection of the U.S. Secret Service, the armed forces, and every law enforcement agency in the country protecting him, why should he fret? The rest of us are not quite so lucky. Whether we, or...
  • Too Late for Carson to Catch up on Homework

    11/25/2015 6:39:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    A little over a year ago, when Ben Carson was gearing up to run for president, I questioned in this space whether he was ready for what lay ahead. We now have our answer: No. Carson had a great number of things going for him: his amazing life story, charm, professional accomplishments, eloquence and courage. I had only one major concern: "While he speaks eloquently and passionately about the importance of doing homework in his own life and for children everywhere, it's not obvious he's taken those lessons to heart when it comes to politics." It's now obvious that he...
  • Thank Liberals for Today's Chaotic and Dangerous World

    11/25/2015 6:22:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | Star Parker
    We're in a world today increasingly defined by chaos. At home it's on our college campuses. Abroad it's spreading across the Middle East and spilling over into Europe. Who do we have to thank for it all? Liberals and moral relativists in power in our country and Europe. Liberals have led the way to destroy all sense of moral clarity in our nation, all objective sense of right and wrong and all sense of authority. What's the common ground of these distant and seemingly totally disconnected worlds -- American college campuses and a chaotic Islamic Middle East? In both places,...
  • The New York Times Book Review Cheaters

    11/25/2015 6:16:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    Editor's Note: This piece was coauthored by Tim Graham.The Bible is the best-selling book of all time, but The New York Times would have to consign it to the ghetto for "Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous" books. That's what "The Gray Lady" has done to David Limbaugh and his new book, "The Emmaus Code: Finding Jesus in the Old Testament." Paul Bedard at The Washington Examiner revealed that on the newspaper's Nov. 29 best-seller chart, the Times didn't put David Limbaugh's book at No. 8 on the nonfiction list, where it belonged. They set it aside in the "Advice, How-To and...
  • Free Speech

    11/25/2015 5:28:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    Recent events at the University of Missouri, Yale University and some other colleges demonstrate an ongoing ignorance and/or contempt for the principles of free speech. So let's examine some of those principles by asking: What is the true test of one's commitment to free speech? Contrary to the widespread belief of tyrants among college students, professors and administrators, the true test of one's commitment to free speech does not come when one permits people to be free to express those ideas that he finds acceptable. The true test of one's commitment to free speech comes when he permits others to...
  • Self-Defenseless

    11/25/2015 5:12:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | John Stossel
    What might have happened if a few of the 1,500 concert attendees in Paris' Bataclan theater had guns? The terrorists had time to kill, reload and kill again. The police unit didn't come for more than a half hour. If a few people in the theater were armed, might they have killed the killers? We'll never know. France's guns laws say you may not carry a gun unless police certify that you are "exposed to exceptional risks of harm" to your life. Few people even bother to apply. Fortunately, in America, laws in every state now allow adults to carry...
  • Have a Happy, Politics-Free Thanksgiving

    11/25/2015 4:59:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Many people naturally assume that since I work in political journalism, I must breathe, drink and eat politics 24/7/365 -- including on the Thanksgiving holiday. The thought of it gives me indigestion. Self-absorbed creatures who have no life outside the Beltway world are the most tiresome ogres. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest advised Americans "sitting around the Thanksgiving table" to talk about gun control. The left-wing National Memo published "5 Things To Tell Your Republican relatives at Thanksgiving." And The New York Times served up its own version of "How to Talk to Your Relatives About Politics at Thanksgiving,"...
  • Why Does Global Warming Only Turn Muslims Into Terrorists?

    11/25/2015 4:06:01 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 29 replies
    Erick On The Radio ^ | 11/22/2015 | Erick Erickson
    Global warming is the cause of terrorism in the Middle East and around the world according to Martin O'Malley, Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama, and other Democrats. Let's add in the Prince of Wales. With a straight face they make this claim, ignoring any and all other evidence to the contrary. But if that is so, if global warming causes terrorism, then I think the Democrats need to answer this question: why does global warming only turn Muslims into terrorists? There are Jews in the Middle East and Africa. There are Christians in the Middle East and Africa. There are animists,...
  • The Case Against Woodrow Wilson at Princeton (NYT)

    11/25/2015 1:01:37 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 24, 2015 | By The Editorial Board
    Student protesters at Princeton performed a valuable public service last week when they demanded that the administration acknowledge the toxic legacy of Woodrow Wilson, who served as university president and New Jersey governor before being elected to the White House. He was an unapologetic racist whose administration rolled back the gains that African-Americans achieved just after the Civil War, purged black workers from influential jobs and transformed the government into an instrument of white supremacy. The protesters’ top goal — convincing the university to rename the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the residential complex known as...
  • Emanuel holds others accountable on police shooting video, not himself

    11/25/2015 12:23:58 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 24, 2015 | By John Kass
    he mayor of Chicago talked a lot about accountability just before he released the police video showing Laquan McDonald gunned down by a cop. But what of the mayor's accountability? He sat on the video for months. If voters had seen it, he wouldn't have been re-elected. So it all worked out for him. And where is the accountability of African-American politicos and others like the Rev. Jesse Jackson, so loud now, pointing their fingers and organizing meetings and demanding accountability from others? When it mattered, they were silent. They didn't demand that the video be released. Why? Because this...
  • The Intifada Comes To Austin - hateful disruption of a lecture and its litigious aftermath

    11/25/2015 12:14:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Front Page ^ | Phyllis Chesler
    But how will UT-Austin handle the lawsuit that Nabulsi and others in his group are now threatening to bring? Yes, the aggressors are potentially suing for having been..."offended?" "Violated?" Predictably, Nabulsi's group is not only threatening to sue, they are whining that they-the bullies-in-chief-no longer feel "safe" on campus.They are enacting the role of both the persecutor and the victim, just as Palestinian Jihadists do. They-the Jerusalem jihadists and the American students in their image-initiate the violence and then insist that the world count them as "victims."Earlier this month, on November 13th, twelve members of a group calling itself...
  • Marco Rubio And the GOP Establishment Take Aim At Ted Cruz

    11/24/2015 7:07:54 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 29 replies
    Redstate ^ | Nov 24, 2015 | Streiff
    I posted a bit earlier on the panic the GOP Establishment finds itself in over the rise of Donald Trump and his apparent immunity from traditional laws of political behavior and consequences. They are becoming just as panicked about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100%. Now a Super Pac run by a major Rubio supporter is attacking Ted Cruz for his vote to rein in the data collection efforts by the NSA. Some conservatives have wondered whether Ted Cruz’s support for the USA Freedom Act, which curtailed the National Security Agency’s ability to collect metadata from phone records in bulk, would...
  • College campus protests: This is the generation that will destroy America

    11/24/2015 4:01:26 PM PST · by markomalley · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/24/15 | Todd Starnes
    What in the name of John Blutarsky is happening on our university campuses?A new survey from the Pew Research Center reveals that a shocking number of Millennials support curbing free speech.According to their findings, 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 believe the government should be able to ban any speech that is offensive to minority groups.We have apparently raised a generation of snowflakes so fragile that their psyches can’t handle offensive words or photographs or images.It seems the only free speech this perpetually offended generation supports is speech they agree with.
  • A mismatch made in defense stock heaven (F-16 versus SU-24)

    11/24/2015 2:21:12 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 49 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 24, 2015 | By Jake Novak
    Sometimes it's just too easy and alluring to take advantage of an advantage. That's what may have happened in the skies along the Turkish-Syrian border today as two Turkish F16s shot down a Russian SU-24 bomber. The Turks say the Russian jet was flying into Turkish airspace. The Russians deny that. The political squabbling will go on perhaps for years. But from a military and industrial standpoint, there are things we know now that are crystal clear and they should have an impact on the bottom lines for defense contractors all over the globe. First, I'd like to put this...
  • Obama Says There's Nothing to Worry About from Refugees or Terrorism,

    11/24/2015 2:06:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The president of the United States has told us we've got nothing to fear from ISIS, right? I mean, nothing to fear from these refugees. Oh, by the way, did you hear what Canada has done? "Canada to No Longer Accept Single Male Refugees From Syria." Now, the Canadians just elected a little commie pinko guy. What was he, Trudeau's son, right? "Canada’s Syrian refugee plan will be limited to women, children and families from now on after increased security concerns about single males. ... The government has been silent about what the security screening process looks...
  • Why Does Official Washington So Hate Trump?

    11/24/2015 1:54:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 24, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Folks, I want to pose a question to you. I mean, I've got my own answer to this, but I would be really curious to know what you really think. No cliched responses, please. Why do the mainstream media and the Washington...? Well, it's all the same. Why does official Washington so hate Trump? What is it that they so fear? What is it do you think that explains it? This is irrational. You can have any number of candidates come along over the years that they disagree with and don't like, like a Pat Buchanan or...
  • Le Butt Kiss: Hollande Praises Obama For His Commitment to Fight... Climate Change

    11/24/2015 1:21:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Well, my friends, in one of the biggest, most blatant examples of butt kissing I have ever seen, the French president, Francois Hollande, in a joint presser with Obama just concluded his statement before the media praising Obama for his commitment to fighting climate change. Now, here comes the president of France, arriving here desperately looking for assistance, advice, help, whatever, looking for some muscle in fighting ISIS because of what ISIS did in France and continues to do, and thought that the best way to go about it was to publicly praise Obama's commitment to climate...
  • Turks Shoot Down Archduke Ferdinand's Jet as Obama's Abandonment of Iraq Causes Pain in the Mideast

    11/24/2015 1:01:15 PM PST · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 11-24-2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    Full Title: Turks Shoot Down Archduke Ferdinand's Jet as Obama's Abandonment of Iraq Causes More Pain in the Mideast BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Did you see where Turkey shot down a military jet of Archduke Ferdinand? Archduke Ferdinand's military jet shot down over... (interruption) It's just my way of saying what everybody thinks. You know, it is amazing to me, it really is... How? I don't know, what's the word? Unified? So you have Turkey shoots down a Russian jet, and you look at one place, you look at a hundred places and they say, "This is exactly how World War...
  • Trump Derangement Syndrome Reaches Fever Pitch

    11/24/2015 12:38:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Holy cow, folks. Trump Derangement Syndrome is spreading. Trump Derangement Syndrome is everywhere. It literally is everywhere. Well, we're not deranged here because we don't get deranged about anything, but, I mean, the Drive-Bys, the Democrats, many in the Republican Party are just beside themselves now. They don't know what to do. For example, from CBS News: "Get Trump Off Ballot, Demands Ex-New Hampshire GOP Leader -- A former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party wants Donald Trump off the state's GOP presidential primary ballot." The guy's name is Fergus Cullen. "Fergus Cullen filed a formal...
  • Daily Kos Writer: Republican Response to Paris Attacks 'More Tragic' Than Attacks Themselves

    11/24/2015 11:32:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | November 24, 2015 | Tom Johnson
    Liberals sometimes say that law enforcement’s approach to the Mafia offers a model for how to deal with jihadists, even though the latter tend not to limit their demands to protection money. This past Sunday, Egberto Willies of Daily Kos claimed that if terrorist attacks were “treated as they should be, like organized crime, it would neuter ISIS. After all…the group is no more powerful than a large band of thugs with weapons.” But crimefighting methods weren’t the main concern of Willies’s piece. Rather, it was his belief that “neocons” wish to exploit fear of terrorism in order to start a war which...
  • What Woodrow Wilson Cost My Grandfather

    11/24/2015 10:55:44 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 65 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 24, 2015 | By Gordon J. Davis
    OVER the last week, a growing number of students at Princeton have demanded that the university confront the racist legacy of Woodrow Wilson, who served as its president before becoming New Jersey’s governor and the 28th president of the United States. Among other things, the students are demanding that Wilson’s name be removed from university facilities. Wilson, a Virginia-born Democrat, is mostly remembered as a progressive, internationalist statesman, a benign and wise leader, a father of modern American political science and one of our nation’s great presidents. But he was also an avowed racist. And unlike many of his predecessors...
  • Is Ted Cruz The New Favorite? (In Iowa)

    11/24/2015 10:28:07 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 42 replies
    Redstate ^ | November 24, 2015 | Leon H. Wolf
    A new FoxNews poll shows that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% has pulled into a virtual tie with Trump in Iowa, as Carson continues to tumble headlong out of the picture. Trump registers 25% in the poll, followed by 23% for Cruz, 18% for Carson, 13% for Rubio, then the also-rans far behind. It looks an awful lot at this point like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% has to be considered the prohibitive favorite in Iowa – he has a ton of money to spend in a state where spending money can actually do you some good, he is building...
  • Just What Did Obama Mean by it? (Excellent Commentary)

    11/24/2015 9:41:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | D.W. Wilber
    Way back in 2008 while candidate Barack Obama was beginning his quest for the White House I recall hearing him during a campaign speech make a statement to the effect that, "we live in the greatest country in the world, join me as we fundamentally transform the United States of America". I recall thinking at the time, if America is the greatest country there is in the world why does it need to be "fundamentally transformed"? When you fundamentally transform something doesn't that mean you significantly change it? So why would we change something that is "the greatest"? A candidate...
  • The "War On" Terror

    11/24/2015 9:11:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | Bill Tatro
    My sympathy and empathy for those in Paris is not without a certain degree of confusion. I must admit that a "War On" and a "War With" brings certain differences that must be explained and hopefully understood. We have been engaged for several years in a "War On" drugs and also a "War On" obesity. Both seem to be sliding off the front pages as it would appear, by simple observation, that the battles are being lost. One could include in that group poverty, ignorance and even ethnic fatherhood. A "War On" something allows the net to be cast far...
  • Lots to Be Thankful For (History Lesson)

    11/24/2015 8:27:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | Tom Purcell
    Do you realize we've been giving thanks for almost 400 years?" "Ah, yes, you refer our country's Thanksgiving tradition, which originated with the very first Thanksgiving in November 1621. But did you know that much of our Thanksgiving tradition is based on a myth?" "What do you mean myth?" "According to The Christian Science Monitor, everything historians know about the first Thanksgiving is based on the accounts of two colonists: Gov. William Bradford and a fellow named Edward Winslow." "Go on." "In 1621, in a letter to a friend, Winslow said that after a plentiful harvest, the 53 remaining...
  • Tis The Season for Black Friday Union Organized Protests

    11/24/2015 7:57:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2014 | Ashley Pratte
    No surprise here. The Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) is planning their annual Black Friday strike at Walmart centers around the country with a twist. This year, more than 100 Walmart workers plan to fast for 15 days prior to protesting on Friday, in what's sure to be an interesting PR stunt, but what's dramatically different this year is that it's unclear who is captaining the ship. OUR Walmart has been in disarray for months, torn apart by internal bickering and conflicting leadership. Originally, OUR Walmart was established by the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW)...
  • Obama’s new counter-terrorism guru

    11/24/2015 7:47:39 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11-24-15 | Carolyn Glick
    All anti-Western movements - including jihadist movements - are legitimate responses to what Obama perceives as the crime of Western power. Since the Islamic State attacks in Paris on November 13, we have seen the development of a new, and strange justification for the Obama administration's insistent refusal to jettison its manifestly failed strategy of contending with IS specifically and with Islamic terrorism generally. In broad terms, Obama's strategy for dealing with radical Islamic terrorism and jihadist movements is to ignore their motivating ideologies, take minimal action to combat them, criticize other governments for failing to destroy IS and its...
  • A tale of two traitors

    11/24/2015 7:44:15 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11-24-15 | Jeff Barak
    As Israel continues to treat Vanunu as harshly as it does, our politicians are in no position to demand that the United States should act any differently in the case of Pollard. The post-prison restrictions on the released Israeli spy are indeed draconian. Although the highly classified intelligence he once possessed is decades old, and despite his desperate desire to leave his country and start a new life, the authorities are spitefully continuing to punish him, regardless of the fact that he served his time, including a shocking 11 years in solitary confinement. No, we’re not talking Jonathan Pollard here....
  • Tolerating the Intolerant

    11/24/2015 7:15:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | Robert Knight
    If, as Franklin Roosevelt said, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself," we might have to redefine "fear." To the progressive Left, "fear" means taking common-sense precautions to protect our citizens, such as the House's 289 to 137 vote on Thursday rejecting President Obama's Syrian refugee plan. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has assailed the more than 30 governors who don't want Syrian migrants placed in their states, accusing them of "fear mongering." In a press statement, the ACLU said that, "For more than 75 years, the Supreme Court has made it clear that the federal...
  • On Liberty and Thanksgiving

    11/24/2015 6:52:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    The first Christmas tree on our block popped up the day after Halloween. Soon enough, garlands of white lights began to adorn neighborhood trees and doorways. It's Christmas -- except that it's not. From what I can see, Thanksgiving has yet to be acknowledged, much less observed. I have no particular observations to make concerning our new habit of compressing all our October-December commemorations into "The Holiday Season." I'll remark only on the eclipse of Thanksgiving, which could be due to a number of factors. Perhaps it's the lack of compelling decorating themes, as contrasted with Halloween and Christmas. Another...
  • Governors Say "Not in My State!"

    11/24/2015 6:28:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Defying the wishes of the American people, President Obama remains determined to import tens of thousands of poorly screened Muslims as refugees from the civil war in Syria, and scatter them in communities across America. Taxpayer-funded agencies are ready to help the refugees gain access to welfare programs and enroll their children in local public schools. After FBI Director James Comey told Congress on Oct. 22 that his agency is unable to vet Syrians adequately, the House of Representatives voted by over two-thirds (289 to 137) to add an extra layer of screening to the refugee resettlement process. Almost two-thirds...
  • Entry Without Inspection = Entry Without Vetting

    11/24/2015 6:27:28 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | November 24, 2015 | Michael Cutler
    Entry Without Inspection = Entry Without Vetting The dire threat to our national security and public safety. November 24, 2015 Michael Cutler In the wake of the horrific November 13th terror attacks in Paris, coming on the heels of the downing of the Russian Metrojet airliner on October 31, 2015 in Egypt, many of America's political leaders are finally coming to the inevitable realization that we need to be careful as to who we let into the United Statesbecause of the clear and present danger posed by ISIS and other terror organizations. However, even as many of these...
  • Sound and Fury: A Tale Told by a Populist

    11/24/2015 6:11:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    The Wall Street Journal calls it populism ("Populism Rises in GOP Race," Page 1, November 12, 2015), but you could just as well describe populism as what it has always been since it was all the rage -- and I mean rage -- as it swept the Great Plains in the wilder years of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. How begin to describe the wild mix called populism? Among its many ingredients: know-nothingism, conspiracy theories, anti-Catholic and anti- Semitic feeling, and the xenophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-foreigner, and just about anti-everything else. Except the kind of anti-Us feelings fueled by...
  • Four Reflections on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

    11/24/2015 6:04:04 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | November 23, 2015 | Michael Brown
    Many Christians are torn between a desire to help those in need and a desire to keep our nation secure. Perhaps these reflections will prove helpful as we seek to navigate a difficult and divisive issue. 1) The government should major on security; the Church should major on compassion. I don't mean that the government should be harsh or that the Church should be foolish, but it is not the primary job of the government to care for the needs of refugees and it is not the primary job of the Church to provide national security. The government should do...
  • The Russians had it coming to them

    11/24/2015 4:44:33 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 56 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 24 Nov 15 | Con Coughlin
    If anyone is to blame for the shooting down of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border it is Vladimir Putin. Ever since the Russian President came to power, we in the West have become used to the Russian military adopting an ever more aggressive stance towards the Nato alliance. Starting with the invasion of Georgia in 2008, which was launched in response to Tbilisi’s desire to join Nato, Russia’s military has been indulging in a clumsy attempt to intimidate Nato and its allies.
  • Thanksgiving: Are You Thankful That God Has Provided Free Republic? [FReepathon]

    11/23/2015 10:24:58 AM PST · by xzins · 173 replies
    FReeperEd ^ | 23 Nov 15 | Xzins
    Thanksgiving: Are You Thankful That God Has Provided Free Republic? It's a simple question. It can be answered immediately with a yes or a no. If yes, then let me encourage you to support this site that offers you a chance to have your say unhindered by the establishment trolls found on most other websites. Why thankful to God? Of course, we're thankful first for His providing us with salvation, with abundant blessings, with families, with freedom to practice our faith. But, you know, and I know that Free Republic does not infringe on any of those blessings but actually...
  • Will Europe Man Up?

    11/24/2015 5:06:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    If the purpose of terrorism is to terrify, the Islamic State had an extraordinary week. Brussels, capital of the EU and command post of mighty NATO, is still in panic and lockdown. "In Brussels, fear of attack lingers" was Monday's headline over The Washington Post's top story, which read: "Not since Boston came to a near-standstill after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 has the life of a major Western city been brought to a halt this way by the fear of terrorism." Below that is this headline: "After Paris, a campaign changed by fear." That story is about what's...
  • Who Created These Campus Whiners?

    11/24/2015 4:45:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    Remember the campus unrest in the 1960s? Whether or not you agreed with the students, they were protesting about things of great consequence -- civil rights, the military draft, the Vietnam War. They had chants such as "Hell no, we won't go." Those were the good old days. Now we are witnessing whiny college kids marching in the streets, screaming obscenities or taking over the university president's office, and for what? Feeling slighted? Having their feelings hurt? Talk about rebels without a cause. I've traveled to many campuses in recent weeks and experienced the melodrama of student grievances firsthand. To...
  • Campus Follies - The current rage will subside, if not the anti-white animosity

    11/24/2015 4:40:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November 24, 2015 | Gilbert T. Sewall
    ".....At dozens of schools nationwide, a small but vocal number of students insist an intolerably hostile racial atmosphere permeates campus life. An activist corps no more authentic than the Occupy Wall Street movement stirs the hate pot, pushed forward by cheering media. To wide dismay, faculties and administrations applaud Black Lives Matter-style indictments and cower before student insults. The accusations are vague and often delusional. The phantom of "white privilege" marks claims of supremacy, institutional racism, and indelible race-based injustices. These follow on recent campus outrages over rape culture and sexual violence, heteronormativity and transgender rights, climate change, and any...
  • Which Party Will Emerge From Its Gathering Storm?

    11/24/2015 4:35:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Each of our two political parties, ancient by world standards, seems to be facing a gathering storm. Part of the gathering storm for Republicans is Donald Trump's candidacy and his persistent lead in most primary polls. He is given to outlandish proposals and lacks the temperamental ballast and government experience that general election voters usually seek in a president. As a confident (overconfident?) autodidact, he gains no benefit from the serious policy thinking of many congressional Republicans and conservative think tanks. Candidates who take such matters seriously are, for the moment anyway, overshadowed. The Republicans' congressional party has been in...
  • Jersey Sure (Mark Steyn 'Pinocchios' the Fact Checkers on Muslim 9/11 Celebrations)

    11/24/2015 4:08:12 AM PST · by kristinn · 46 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Mark Steyn
    I have a strong dislike of the current fashion among American's decrepit and unreadable newspapers for "fact-checker" columns, because the practice attempts to cloak run-of-the-mill hacks in an aura of dispassionate authority that they do not, in fact, possess. Case in point: The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler, who has awarded "four Pinocchios" to Donald Trump, for claiming to recall seeing "thousands" of Jersey City Muslims celebrating on September 11th 2001. Mr Kessler wrote: Trump says that he saw this with his own eyes on television and that it was well covered. But an extensive examination of news clips from that...
  • York: Obamacare troubles a gift to 2016 GOP candidates (Pelosi knew)

    11/24/2015 4:04:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Your Houston News ^ | 11/23/15 | Byron York
    There have been many articles in the last year with some variation of the headline "GOP Surrenders on Obamacare." The stories mostly concern a tendency among some Republican policy elites to adopt the Washington conventional wisdom that Obamacare cannot be repealed because it has already become deeply entrenched in American life. Those Republicans might want to reconsider. A series of developments in recent days suggests the Affordable Care Act is in perilous condition and could become even more troubled in months to come. **SNIP** That's an enrollment rate of about 35 percent of those eligible for subsidies. Think about it:...
  • A note on equating the Crusades with ISIS: Don't.

    11/24/2015 3:49:51 AM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/24/15 | Drew Belsky
    Yesterday on these pages, Barry Shaw ruined a perfectly good treatment of Islamic terrorism with a dollop of vicious anti-Catholicism. Referring to Islam's campaign against the infidel, Shaw wrote: It is their version of the Christian/Catholic Crusades that not only set out to conquer the Holy Land, slaughtering non-believers along the way.  It also drove out and slaughtered the Jews of Spain, Portugal, Britain, and other European countries.  It conquered and converted much of Africa, Central and South America, and spread into Asia. What was done on the name of Christ is now being done in the name of Mohammed...
  • American Universities Begin to Implode

    11/24/2015 2:36:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/24/15 | Dennis Prager
    For over half a century, American universities, with few exceptions, have ceased teaching and begun indoctrinating. In the past few weeks, this downhill spiral has accelerated. The university is now a caricature of an educational institution. It is difficult to come up with an idea or policy that is more absurd than the ideas and policies that now dominate American campuses. The University of California, once an elite public institution, now circulates a list of “microaggressions” that students and faculty must be careful to avoid lest they engage in racism and bigotry. Some examples: “There is only one race, the...
  • Feminist Teacher's Lesson Plan: Discriminate against Boys

    11/24/2015 2:32:26 AM PST · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11-24-2015 | Selwyn Duke
    War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength. And inequality is equality - at least in the mind of Karen Keller, the Bainbridge Island Review, and their enablers. Reported recently was that Keller, a kindergarten "teacher" at Captain Johnston Blakely Elementary in Bainbridge Island, Wash., was refusing to let the boys in her class play with Legos during free play time. As the Bainbridge Island Review (BIR) wrote: In Karen Keller's kindergarten classroom, boys can't play with Legos. They can have their pick of Tinkertoys and marble tracks, but the colorful bricks are "girls only." "I always tell the...
  • Byron York: A brief theory of Trump's outrageousness

    11/24/2015 1:49:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 23, 2015 | Byron York
    Donald Trump says a lot of things a lot of people consider outrageous. What is he doing? The first thing to remember is that many of Trump's supporters, and a large part of the American public in general, support the very statements others consider outrageous. Deport 11 million illegal immigrants? Many Americans, including almost everyone in the media, think that's crazy. But many other Americans agree with Trump. The recent brouhaha over whether Trump did or did not suggest a federal government database of all Muslims in the United States is another example. Trump didn't actually suggest it - the...