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  • Pentagon To Scrap Warplane The Islamic State Fears

    01/26/2015 10:13:33 AM PST · by raptor22 · 49 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 26, 2016 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense Spending: The venerable A-10 Warthog, designed to stop Soviet tanks, and the perfect weapon to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State, as President Obama promised, faces a budgetary chopping block. We have noted the irony of how Obama was going to war against the Islamic State with weapons systems he had scrapped, ending the production runs of the F-22 Raptor and Tomahawk cruise missiles. They were dismissed by the administration as relics of the Cold War even as Russia was rearming and trying to reassemble the old Soviet Union. We've also mentioned the phasing out of the A-10 Thunderbolt,...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    01/26/2015 1:13:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 27, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: Who says President Obama doesn't promote bipartisanship? His complicity in Iran's moving toward nuclear bombs has alarmed some top Senate Democrats enough to get them to join Republicans in opposition to the Obama administration's potentially suicidal foreign policy. Before the current measles outbreak, measles was once almost wiped out in the United States. But an article in a medical journal more than a decade ago had many parents afraid to have their children vaccinated, for fear that the vaccine causes autism. After scientific studies refuted that claim, the medical journal repudiated the article, and...
  • Media take the distraction bait again

    01/26/2015 12:24:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Cain TV.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Herman Cain
    But we won't.Today, we are not going to talk about "Deflategate", the green lipstick woman that most normal people have never heard of, the unfounded controversy about an American hero portrayed in a movie, the administration being ticked off that Speaker John Boehner actually did something constructive to maintain our relationship with Israel, or a State of the Union speech that was so out of touch with reality that even liberal Obama stalwart Chris Matthews said so.None of those distractions will do a thing to stimulate the economy, increase the income of working Americans, create jobs, reduce the national debt,...
  • Don’t Run, Mitt. Don’t Run

    01/26/2015 12:18:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Shawn Mitchell
    Mitt Romney, you're an honorable and accomplished man. You would have been a good president and infinitely better than Obama as a steward of the economy and national security. But, Mitt, we need to talk. You don't get it. You don't really get the basic proposition that freedom works better than government by experts. Sure you believe the concept generally, but there are all those details and exceptions. You hired Jonathan Gruber to guide your health plan. You believe global schemes to reduce carbon will help the climate rather than enrich and empower global elites. You endorsed raising the minimum...
  • Occupy the syllabus (More Berkley lunacy)

    01/26/2015 10:55:18 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 30 replies
    The Daily Californian ^ | 1/20/2015 | Rodrigo Kazuo and Meg Perret
    We are calling for an occupation of syllabi in the social sciences and humanities. This call to action was instigated by our experience last semester as students in an upper-division course on classical social theory. Grades were based primarily on multiple-choice quizzes on assigned readings. The course syllabus employed a standardized canon of theory that began with Plato and Aristotle, then jumped to modern philosophers: Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Weber and Foucault, all of whom are white men. The syllabus did not include a single woman or person of color. We have major concerns about social theory courses in which...
  • Syriza Trounces New Democracy; Greeks Stop Paying Taxes; Run on Greek Banks Escalates; Get Out!

    01/26/2015 8:11:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    As late as yesterday I read numerous mainstream media reports that Syriza would win by three to five percent and would need to form an unstable coalition to rule. In contrast, here was my January 19 prediction (and rationale): Expect a Blowout Win by Syriza in Greece. Syriza Trounces New Democracy The final votes are not counted, but exit polls show a blowout, with incumbent party New Democracy going down in flames. The Wall Street Journal reports GreeceÂ’s Radical Leftist Syriza Party Poised to Win Election, Exit Polls Say. Syriza appeared set to win between 35.5% and 39.5% of the...
  • Why ‘Gay Marriage’ is Evil

    01/26/2015 8:02:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Matt Barber
    Logic is the cognitive pathway to truth. While to err is human, when we objectively apply logic to the question at hand, we at least endeavor, if done so in good faith, to arrive at the truth of the matter. Jesus is the spiritual, and the very narrow, pathway to Truth, which is Himself. He invented logic. It’s a tool that helps us to observe, study and to otherwise uncover the many mysteries veiled beneath His awesome natural order. Truth is universal. It applies to everyone, including to the relativist who might prefer wandering aimless and far removed from logic’s...
  • I.O.W.A.

    01/26/2015 7:56:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Rich Galen
    The best thing about Iowa's self-promoted position as the opening act of the primary season is: It's only four letters long. Thank God the center of the political universe isn't located in a place called Chickasawhatchee, Georgia. I didn't go to the big rollout in Des Moines over the weekend, even though I knew I would pine for that unique feeling of the wind, having started on the eastern slopes of the Rockies, raced across the flat, Central Plains with nothing in its way until it slammed into my butt on Grand Avenue. Next January in Des Moines will be...
  • The State of the Republic

    01/26/2015 7:09:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Terry Paulson
    resident Obama’s State of the Union was a bridge to nowhere. His job-killing tax-and-spend proposals would just increase the deficit and prevent a robust recovery. His definition of bipartisanship remains—join me in doing it my way, or I’ll do it myself! Here’s one citizen’s alternative “State of the Republic.” Contrary to our president’s glowing assessment, the state of the American republic and the principles that sustain liberty and the American dream are deteriorating. Domestically, the economy is improving, but it’s the most anemic recovery in decades. Under his leadership, the middle class he promises to help has been hit hardest....
  • No Lame Duck, but a Lame Dove!

    01/26/2015 6:57:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. President ObamaÂ’s State of the Union Address made it clear he is no Lame Duck. Despite his midterm election drubbing, the President came out swinging. The economy has come off the mat. Ironically enough, he is benefiting from crash of oil prices. But in his case, he did everything he could do to prevent the surge in domestic oil and natural gas production. It reminds us of what Adlai Stevenson once said about Richard Nixon: HeÂ’s the kind of man who would chop down a redwood, then mount the stump to...
  • Physician, Heal Thyself! With Gunpowder

    01/26/2015 6:13:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    Gunpowder is bullet-proof preventative medicine for American physicians. Every doctor should have the option to carry concealed in clinics and hospitals. A 55-year-old man named Stephen Pasceri walked into Boston’s Brigham and Woman’s Hospital last Tuesday and asked for renowned cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Michael Davidson. When the surgeon appeared, Pasceri pulled out a .40-caliber pistol and hit the surgeon twice before turning the gun on himself. Dr. Davidson was rushed to the emergency room and operated on but the gunshot wounds proved fatal. His pregnant wife – also a surgeon – was left to mourn the death of her loving...
  • Economic Death Spiral: More American Businesses Dying Than Starting

    01/14/2015 6:57:05 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 14 Jan 2015 | Wynton Hall
    “for the first time in 35 years, American business deaths now outnumber business births.” Clifton says for the past six years since 2008, employer business startups have fallen below the business failure rate, spurring what he calls “an underground earthquake” that only stands to worsen as lagging U.S. Census data becomes available. “Let’s get one thing clear: This economy is never truly coming back unless we reverse the birth and death trends of American businesses. ... the numbers paint an ominous portrait of America in a dire state of decline. “I don’t want to sound like a doomsayer, but when...
  • Obama Wants to Tax Your Savings...Really

    01/26/2015 4:44:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | John Ransom
    As I have noted previously bond yields continue to go lower, and Investment News reports that it has some bond managers worried that it means that the country will suffer a bout of deflation this year, which mean that the economy, might be, could be, holy cow, a little weaker than expected. Wow. You donÂ’t say? Investment News reports that bond yields are a pretty accurate predictor of which way consumer prices will be going. And in this case the yields are saying consumer prices will be going down. ThatÂ’s good news for those of us who still buy things...
  • Government Housing is a Bad Idea

    01/26/2015 4:32:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Star Parker
    This past week, following the nation’s celebration of the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the U.S. Supreme Court heard an important case related to landmark law enacted during the civil rights era – the Fair Housing Law of 1968. This case highlights how some policies that followed civil rights era legislation – in this case government low-income housing projects – actually have hurt the very communities they were supposed to help. The Court heard arguments in the case Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v The Inclusive Communities Project, a non-profit defining itself as...
  • President Obama, Send Your Deadbeat Supporters to Wash My Car (Excellent Article)

    01/26/2015 4:26:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    My car needs washing, and frankly I’d prefer that the losers who think Obama’s “free” community college idea is super awesome get off their lazy hindquarters and wash it for me for free. Sure, I could pay for it myself, but then I’d have to forgo things I’d rather have. It’s cruel and inhuman and, I’m guessing, both racist and phallocentric, to force me to prioritize how I spend my money. So, Mr. President, I need you to direct your minions toward my reserved parking space because, in the words of noted jurist and personal hero Judge Elihu Smails, I...
  • Obama Takes on His Own Party

    01/26/2015 4:03:26 AM PST · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 1-26-2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The theme of Obama’s last campaign was “Forward.” Having thoroughly alienated Republicans in Congress, he is boldly moving forward on his final mission of also alienating the Democrats. It’s no secret that Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader, now loathes Obama. But the conflict between Senate Democrats and Obama is approaching explosive temperatures. Senator Menendez accused Obama of parroting talking points out of Tehran as the Senate approaches a sanctions vote. Obama has threatened to veto bills on Iran and Keystone, along with others, leading to a showdown in which Democrats will have to choose between Obama and electability....
  • Democratic Pickpockets and Purse Snatchers

    01/26/2015 2:14:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 26, 2015 | Ross Kaminsky
    Like walking in a neighborhood full of pickpockets and purse snatchers, living under the Obama administration should leave all Americans worried about what will be pilfered from them next.In one of the most hypocritical moves yet—and that’s saying something—by a man who exhaled a lot of hot air in recent weeks, including during the State of the Union speech, talking about the importance of a college education, President Obama is now proposing to end tax-free withdrawals from 529 college savings accounts, diminishing (or perhaps even eliminating)their attractiveness as savings vehicles and thereby reducing incentives for millions of American families to...
  • Federal gas tax increase needed for roads, bridges and highways

    01/25/2015 11:12:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    The Contra Costa Times ^ | January 24, 2015 | Contra Costa Times
    The president was a conservative's conservative. He had campaigned on reducing taxes and made it his legacy. But when a gas tax increase was proposed, it was a different story. In his weekly radio address, he said, "We simply cannot allow this magnificent (highway) system to deteriorate beyond repair." That was 1982. The president was Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately, the disrepair Reagan feared has come to pass. The federal gas tax of 18.4 cents hasn't been raised since 1993, and the Highway Trust Fund is severely underfunded. A 10- to 15-cent a gallon increase would provide enough money to meet the...
  • Obama’s ugly tantrum could be dangerous to Israel (NY Daily News)

    01/25/2015 4:16:37 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 67 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | January 25, 2015 | Editorial Board
    President Obama’s refusal to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu when the Israeli prime minister comes to Washington in March to address a joint meeting of Congress is a petulant, juvenile snub — one that couldn’t be more badly timed. The Israeli leader “spat in our face,” an unnamed senior U.S. official told Israeli newspaper Haaretz, “and there will be a price.” An unnamed source “close to Kerry” told the Washington Post the House speech “could blunt Secretary Kerry’s enthusiasm for being Israel’s primary defender.” That’s gangster talk, aimed at one of America’s closest allies — all because the Israeli leader dared...
  • The Need for Social Security Reform, as Illustrated by Cartoons

    01/25/2015 11:17:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Political cartoons, if done correctly, are remarkably effective tools for teaching about economics and public policy. In this post from last year, for instance, I put together some of my favorite examples on topics such as Keynesian economics, labor supply incentives, minimum wage, and the welfare state. Today, we’re going to try something different. Using a series of cartoons, we’re going to explain the need for Social Security reform. First, let’s establish that there is a problem. I’ve shared data on America’s long-run fiscal crisis from international bureaucracies such as the IMF, BIS, and OECD. And I’ve explained that demographics...
  • Prince Michael of Liechtenstein Warns "QE a Sign of Helplessness, Will Not Reach Economy"

    01/25/2015 11:08:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    I received an interesting email today from Geopolitical Information Service (GIS) regarding statements made by Prince Michael of Liechtenstein on European QE by the ECB. Let's compare and contrast what Prince Michael has to say with what economic writer Martin Wolf had to say, also from today. QE a Sign of Helplessness, Will Not Reach Economy Please consider European QE Funds Will Not Reach the Economy by Prince Michael of Liechtenstein. The European Central Bank’s decision to introduce a programme of Quantitative Easing (QE) is not a win-win situation but rather an expression of helplessness ... that politicians in European...
  • Official PA daily: Israel was behind terror attacks in France

    01/25/2015 11:05:26 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 17 replies
    Palestkinian Media Watch ^ | Jan. 25, 2015 | Nan Jacques Zilberdik
    Official PA daily: Israel was behind the terror attacks in France because Israel "was the only one to benefit from them" Israeli Intelligence Service Mossad planned the attacks because Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu wanted - to encourage Jewish immigration from Europe - to take "revenge on European governments... because of their positions on the Palestinian cause" Poll: 84.4% of Palestinians think "Israel behind the murder of French [citizens]"   Nan Jacques Zilberdik    Following the terror attacks against the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish store in which Muslim terrorists killed 17 people in France earlier this month, columnists writing...
  • Obama, the Shiite, Goes to Riyadh

    01/24/2015 5:54:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 24, 2015 | Roger L. Simon
    Remember how Richard Nixon told us to watch what he does, not what he says? Good advice. Well, Barack Obama — our POTUS who makes Nixon and Clinton seem like Diogenes — thinks like a postmodern agnostic, professes to be a Christian, but acts like a Shiite. During Obama’s presidency the influence of Ayatollah Khamenei’s Iranian Shiite regime has spread across the world like the proverbial wildfire, reaching from North Africa into Iraq, Lebanon (via Hezbollah), Syria (via Assad whose red line on chemical weapons famously faded into invisibility), Gaza (via improved relations with Hamas) and now into Yemen (via...
  • This Is “Forward”?

    01/25/2015 10:50:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    Progressive politicians and activists, from President Obama to NBC News, love to talk about “moving America forward.” But what does that mean? Forward into what? They never have an answer to that. Or, more accurately, they are never asked that question. But given how things are going in this country in terms of the economy, national security, race relations, etc., it’s a question worth exploring. On the issue of the economy, President Obama spent a good bit of time in Tuesday’s State Of The Union address telling us how well it’s going. The facts, on the other hand, tell a...
  • What Bibi's 'Surprise' Visit Really Means

    01/25/2015 9:34:35 AM PST · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1-25-2015 | Ayal Feinberg
    The reporting on the latest Obama-Netanyahu tiff has failed to explore a decisive geopolitical likelihood: Israel has calculated that Iran absolutely will not develop nuclear weapons during the remainder of the Obama administration. For those who closely follow the relationship between Israel and the United States, specifically the tumultuous rapport between Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and President Barack Obama, it was assumed that the “chickensh*t” fiasco this past October was the climax of the Obama administration’s frustrations with Netanyahu. This assumption was obliterated however when Netanyahu accepted an invitation this week from Speaker John Boehner to address a joint session...
  • But One Life to Give for My Metro

    01/25/2015 8:36:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    “Metro has a reputation for shoddy service and a history of not learning from its mistakes,” Aaron Wiener acknowledged in a recent column for The Washington Post. He then asked, “Why should we reward such a poorly run enterprise with our business, or place our lives in the hands of a system we can’t trust?” Darn good question. Wiener doesn’t answer it. Instead, he merely asserts that we should double down and commit ourselves to Metro. His is a pure and faithful devotion, as indicated in his headline: “Metro’s a mess. All the more reason to ride it.” Spoken like...
  • Liberals’ Zany Logic on Holiday Pay

    01/25/2015 8:03:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    While reading the Washington Post I ran across a column about a proposal by one of my home state’s (CA) legislators regarding people working on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The proposal so appealed to the Left that the proposal (not even a bill yet) was covered on the other side of the country by one of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers. It commanded me to read on to find out what this was about. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez was bemoaning the fact that more and more stores were opening on Thanksgiving and Christmas. When it comes to shopping I agree with Ms....
  • Pelosi's Syriana Versus Boehner's Bibi Invitation

    01/25/2015 7:23:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    "I don't believe I'm poking anyone in the eye," House Speaker John Boehner asserted Wednesday. That was after His Speakership told the media that he had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress about "the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life." Of course it was a poke in the eye. Boehner admitted he did not consult with the White House before inviting Bibi. Netanyahu wants Congress to threaten tougher sanctions against Tehran. During his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama warned Congress...
  • Boom: This Column Contains The Most Epic Takedown Of Michael Moore

    01/25/2015 6:24:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | Doug Giles
    Two well known lovelies in Hollywood went in full, Anti-American-Doofus-Mode, this past week over American Sniper; a movie that celebrates our military, patriotism, Christianity and killing terrorists, via a sniper who could bust a jihadist’s noggin at well over one click. Hollywood hates that type of tale and you can tell they do by how rarely such a film like that tumbles from Tinseltown. Indeed, in today’s sassy milieu, Hollywood hails only as a military “hero” someone who turns against our armed forces, steals our secrets and sells them to an albino Australian, then gets a sex change and starts...
  • A smarter war against Obamacare (Michigan's medical retainer agreements)

    01/25/2015 6:20:08 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/24/15 | Judson Phillips
    **SNIP** Gov. Rick Snyder just signed a new law that says medical retainer agreements are not insurance. What does this mean in plain, non-lawyer English? Under the Michigan law, individuals and doctors may enter into retainer agreements. The customer pays the doctor a monthly retainer and in exchange for that, the customer gets access to a menu of routine services at no additional charge. These agreements, under Michigan law, do not constitute insurance therefore are not subject to all of the laws, rules and regulations that apply to insurance. This is a great idea. For starters, it gets the insurance...
  • Liberals, Islamists Take Same Stand on Free Speech

    01/25/2015 6:11:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | John Ransom
    apzzyk12 wrote: As a comrade (progressive Democrat), I would like to remind the author that it was over the very strong objections of the TEA party that the Democrats passsed the Lilly Ledbetter Act , which allows women to sue at any time, if they have been paid less than the males for doing the same work. The the Federal system, one has some idea of what others make by their GS level, so there is very little discrimination in that system, while in the private sector it remains taboo for employees to compare wages.- Mitt Who?Dear Pzzy,Employees in the...
  • Far from ‘outsiders,’ Europe and Islam have long been intertwined

    01/25/2015 5:47:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Globe and Mail (UK) ^ | January 25, 2015 | by H.A. Hellyer
    In the wake of the most recent attacks in Paris, the airwaves have been full of myths about Muslim communities in Europe. However, history tells a rather different tale: Muslims are far from alien from European culture; in fact, they are central to it. The links between Europe and Islam date back to the very first generation of Muslims. We know of the famed rule of Muslim Iberia (now known as Spain and Portugal), which created a thriving multi-religious society, something that was then a novelty in Europe. Several hundred years earlier, after Muslim Spain had begun, you might have...
  • Rolling Stone writer is too white and privileged for American Sniper

    01/24/2015 5:42:13 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 48 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 24, 2015 | By M Catharine Evans
    Now that the movie bio of Chris Kyle’s life, American Sniper, is on track to set the record for having the biggest second-week box office for a January release, Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone has come undone. Evidently, the film is so over the target, it’s got some vile, hate-filled progressives running for cover and others like Taibbi doubling down. In Taibbi’s latest Rolling Stone commentary, “American Sniper Is Almost too Dumb to Criticize,” the writer felt compelled to use the “ludicrous and idiotic” politics of the blockbuster film as a springboard for – what else? – a ludicrous and...
  • Cheap Laughs: A Weekly Review of the NY Times

    01/24/2015 9:31:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | Mark Nuckols
    I have been a loyal reader of the New York Times for decades, and I rely upon The Grey Lady for the news. Although it is the flagship paper of American Liberalism, it is also the paper of record, and at least in their international reporting their reporters usually get the facts straight. But the editorial pages of the Times are an entirely different story. I read the op-eds neither for edification nor for enlightenment (as their authors surely expect I should) but rather for cheap laughs. And in that spirit I want to offer Townhall readers a weekly...
  • The ‘House Rich” movement, and the woe of aftermath

    01/24/2015 9:26:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | Nick Sorrentino
    Where I live they are building houses again. The neighborhood beside me should have been built 5 years ago and finally the bulldozers are in motion again. But don’t call it a recovery. There is no vibrance in the market. Just a subset of people escaping places like California with solid state jobs at the University.But even here there is concern. 2 years ago the builders began again, thinking the market had finally turned. But after a brief uptick things settled down again. The all cash buyers disappeared and all that was left were regular people who actually needed mortgages.And getting...
  • “Islam-on-Christian Persecution Around the World”

    01/24/2015 9:19:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jack Kerwick
    Since at least the time of the outset of the Iraq War—and quite possibly well before then—there has been much debate among those to the right over why Islamic militants have set their sights upon America and the West. George W. Bush expressed the consensus among most Republican politicians and commentators when he remarked that they hate us because of our values. Ron Paul, in contrast, represents most libertarians when he attributes to America’s enemies a hatred of, not American liberties, but American foreign policy. Both groups are both right and wrong. For failing to see this, they argue past...
  • Come Now, Let Us Reason Together: An Open Letter to the Pro-Life Movement

    01/24/2015 9:13:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | Steve Deace
    For the past several years there has been a divisive tactical debate within our movement that essentially boils down to this question: how much should we compromise what we believe on behalf of political expediency? I have been an active participant in this debate. In fact, IÂ’ve been on all sides of it over the years as my views have changed. But I must admit that at times my passion for this issue has gotten the better of me, and I havenÂ’t always been respectful of my fellow pro-lifers who disagreed with me. IÂ’ve also been on the receiving end...
  • Tsunamis Most Often Come Without Warning

    01/24/2015 9:05:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | John Browne
    On Thursday, January 15th, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) discontinued its three year effort to maintain its minimum currency floor of the Swiss franc. In a single day the move sent the Swiss Franc (SWF) climbing a massive 21% against the U.S. dollar and 41% against the euro. The move sent shockwaves of unprecedented ferocity through the massive foreign exchange (FX) market, which is by far the largest, and most highly levered, trading market in the world. The monetary tsunami threatened both FX participants and even their brokers. But more importantly, even as the rest of Europe looks to suffocate...
  • "World Running Out of Positive-Yield Bonds"

    01/24/2015 8:58:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    In the wake of ECB's €60 billion a month QE madness (see "QE already Working" Says IMF Lagarde; Ho-Hum Details Announced; Gold the Place to Be), one might be wondering what it may do to European bond yields. German 10-Year Bond Yield image: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-of_KecAryfU/VMKLTNvRyfI/AAAAAAAAcFk/6Kswiqag_hg/s400/German%2B10-Year%2Bbond%2Byield.png click on chart for sharper image Since September of 2013, yield on the German 10-year bond has plunged from around 2% to 0.367%. ECB Risks German Bonds Mismatch Exceeding 100 Billion Euros With €720 billion annual asset purchases, a huge portion of the bonds the ECB buys will be German. Bloomberg explains ECB Risks German Bonds...
  • Strangelove and the End of the World

    01/24/2015 8:51:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | Charles Payne
    The conflicting messages from Wall Street and the end of the world collided Thursday. Wall Street’s Odd Way of Showing LoveVirtually, all firms on the street are bullish in 2015 for a variety of reasons that include economic momentum, wage growth, an accommodative Fed (even a rate hike would be infinitesimal), and a strong dollar.Yet, every single day this year, there have been more stock downgrades than upgrades. In fact, year-to- date, it is almost a two to one ratio. This morning, the ratio was almost 4 to 1, with only 11 upgrades. Analyst Rating Changes Yesterday Year to Date Upgrades...
  • Are Easy-Money Policies an Obstacle to Genuinely Needed Pro-Growth Reforms?

    01/24/2015 8:42:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Everyone, it seems, is worried about global economic stagnation.And there is good reason to be concerned. Europe is in the doldrums. Japan is stagnant. The developing world is hampered by intervention, corruption, and absence of property rights. And the United States is stumbling through an abnormally weak recovery.But what’s the solution to this economic malaise?The international economic policymaking elite seems to think easy money is the right elixir. The Wall Street Journaleditorial page is underwhelmed by this approach. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi announced a plan to buy what amounts to €50 billion ($56.84 billion) a month in government bonds...
  • Methane Deceptions

    01/24/2015 6:27:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    First they came for the coal mining and power plant industry, and most people did not speak out because they didn’t rely on coal, accepted Environmental Protection Agency justifications at face value, or thought EPA’s war on coal would benefit them. In fact, Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon gave the Sierra Club $26 million, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave the Club $50 million, to help it wage a Beyond Coal campaign. The Sierra Club later claimed its efforts forced 142 U.S. coal-fired power plants to close, raising electricity rates, threatening grid reliability, and costing thousands of jobs...
  • Life and Love on the March

    01/24/2015 5:43:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | Kathryn Lopez
    "I wouldn't have even considered abortion if it weren't legal." A woman was speaking about her own experience in front of the Supreme Court on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the decision that made abortion legal in the United States. The rally was organized by a group called Silent No More. And as the young people who, on Jan. 22, flooded the nation's capital for March for Life, coming from North Dakota, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Florida, and all over the Northeast, got back on their buses to head home, her testimony echoed. This year, for...
  • A Tale of Two Black Political Prisoners Who Visited the U.S.

    01/24/2015 5:30:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    When a recently-freed political prisoner who was foreign and black (and a former communist terrorist by his own admission) visited the U.S. in 1990 to request economic and diplomatic sanctions against the segregationist government that jailed him the U.S. media and political establishment went absolutely bonkers with acclaim and adulation. “The hero of oppressed people everywhere!" (hailed ABC.) "A larger than life figure!" (gushed CNN) "A virtual symbol of freedom!" ( heralded CBS). "His name has a mystical quality--a worldwide hero!" (rhapsodized Dan Rather.) “A Hero in America!” (headlined Time magazine.) Other reports compared Nelson Mandela to the Pope, Jesus...
  • A Legacy of Retreat, Shame, and Betrayal

    01/24/2015 5:14:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | Karen and Billy Vaugn
    Tuesday’s State of the Union speech was yet another glaring reminder of just how out of touch our president seems to be with reality and the true threat of radical Islam on the West. Our son Aaron was a U.S. Navy SEAL. He’d seen the enemy our president refuses to acknowledge face-to-face. His heart had been seared by the blackness of those who exist solely to discharge the terror of Jihad not only on America, but the entire globe. After returning from a deployment in 2010, he uttered hauntingly clear words to his father, “Dad, they hate us, but they...
  • The Jerk(s) are Pouting

    01/24/2015 5:04:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | John Ransom
    Obama’s pouting again. The jerk’s in a snit because the media is finally being critical of Obama in a way nobody on the Left side of the aisle has ever been. It would be funny, if it weren’t so serious. “There was a general tone of suspended disbelief when he started talking about foreign policy,” said NBC’s Richard Engel in regard to Obama’s State of the Union Speech. “There are not a lot of success stories to be talking about in foreign policy right now. And the general tone, which was, moving on, starting again, starting a new chapter, moving...
  • Obama to the Nation: Debt, Debt and more Debt

    01/24/2015 4:51:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    "The shadow of crisis has passed," President Obama told us on Tuesday night. “The State of the Union is strong," he added. But is it really? If you had accumulated a debt that is more than 20 times the size of your household income, would you say your household finances were in good shape? Well, that’s where we are as a country. Under about a dozen federal entitlement spending programs, we have made promises that we haven’t been willing to pay for. In the process, we are leaving an enormous financial burden for our children and grandchildren. So what did...
  • Christians Are Hypocrites And God Bless Them For It

    01/24/2015 4:44:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | John Hawkins
    All you then have to do is keep out of his mind the question, “If I, being what I am, can consider that I am in some sense a Christian, why should the different vices of those people in the next pew prove that their religion is mere hypocrisy and convention?” – C.S. LewisMoses murdered an Egyptian and hid his body in the sand. David had a loyal soldier killed in battle to cover up his infidelity with the man’s wife. Peter denied Christ three times before the cock crowed even though he knew He was the Messiah. These were...
  • Does Europe Have No-Go Zones?

    01/23/2015 5:28:33 PM PST · by SJackson · 26 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | January 23, 2015 | Daniel Pipes
    Comments by Steven Emerson on Fox News have prompted a heated debate over whether predominantly Muslim “no-go zones” exist in Europe. On Jan. 11, Emerson said they “exist throughout Europe … they’re places where the governments like France, Britain, Sweden, Germany don’t exercise any sovereignty. .. you basically have zones where Shariah courts were set up, where Muslim density is very intense, where the police don’t go in, and where it’s basically a separate country almost, a country within a country.” Although Emerson, whom I admire for his moral courage and investigative skills, immediately apologized for his “terrible error” of...
  • Iran and the State of Obama-Land

    01/23/2015 5:25:57 PM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | January 23, 2015 | Ruthie Blum
    In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, US President Barack Obama painted a ‎rosy picture of America’s condition at home and abroad, presenting a delusional list of his ‎own accomplishments since taking office six years ago. ‎ A careful dissection of each of his falsehoods — which were nearly as numerous as the ‎standing ovations he received from the Democrats in the room every time he punctuated a ‎sentence — could fill the pages of a lengthy book. But the abridged version is as follows: ‎Everything would be even rosier if the Republicans were to stop opposing his...