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  • Obamaland: Where Cowboys are Villains and Race-Baiters, Gay Radicals and Marxists are Heroes

    04/19/2014 1:31:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Doug Giles
    Rancher Cliven Bundy looks like he could still be in a heap of trouble for having thoroughly ticked off Fedzilla and the Keebler elf himself, Harry Reid. Being the peacemaking Christian that I am, herewith are ten ways Cliven Bundy could get the Feds off his backside and actually ingratiate himself to the big government droogies of the Left. 1. Bundy should fire his ranch foreman and hire Jay Carney who could effectively lie his butt off about Cliven’s cows. “Eating grass? His cows aren’t eating grass. What are you talking about? These are the most transparent, grass adverse,...
  • Video: Obama signs bill blocking Iranian UN envoy from entry

    04/19/2014 1:10:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | ED MORRISSEY
    Yesterday, Ted Cruz had his first authored bill get signed into law, but the freshman Senator from Texas probably didn’t too excited by the victory. Despite unanimous support in both chambers of Congress for the new law, President Barack Obama sounded less than enthusiastic about enforcing the bill he signed yesterday that would block the proposed Iranian envoy to the UN from receiving an entry visa to the US: It’s the oddest of legislative couples: President Obama and one of his biggest critics, Ted Cruz.Obama on Friday signed a Cruz-backed bill aimed at blocking Iran’s appointed ambassador to the United...
  • Could America Become a Banana Republic? (Aren't we already?)

    04/19/2014 12:47:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 16, 2014 | Norm Ornstein
    photo of Norm Ornstein By Norm Ornstein Follow on Twitter April 16, 2014 Last week, I was in Prague for the third annual World Forum on Governance, which brings together people from countries around the world, including Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, China, Ukraine, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, India, and Bolivia in search of best governing practices. One highlight of the forum—which I codirect with Tom Mann of Brookings and Stephen Davis of Brookings and Harvard Law School—was a conversation with Pietro Grasso, president of the Italian Senate. Grasso is best known as the longtime chief of the anti-Mafia squad,...
  • As Goes North Carolina, So go Republican hopes to take over the Senate

    04/19/2014 12:24:58 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 23 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 18, 2014 | Fred Barnes
    To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While it’s mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that happening are close to zero. For Republicans, North Carolina is necessary. It’s the key to control of the Senate. Obama Hagan It’s number six on my list. That is, there are five states where capturing Democratic seats appears more likely—West Virginia, South Dakota, Montana, Louisiana, Arkansas. Then comes North Carolina. Assuming Republicans don’t lose any of their own seats, those six pickups would give Republicans a 51-49 majority. And with it, the political...
  • A User's Guide to Russian Propaganda

    04/19/2014 12:22:23 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 13 replies
    Trevour Loudon ^ | 4/19/2014 | Brent P
    A User’s Guide to Russian Propaganda Submitted by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton on April 19, 2014 – 3:07 pm ESTNo Comment By: Brent P. Western press and media are having trouble distinguishing facts from Russian propaganda. This is understandable – the Russian propaganda machine is a mature and venerable institution that engages in an art that, for better or for worse, the West simply does not practice as often nor as effectively. The intent of this guide is to help those less accustomed to the ways of the Russian government to discern between reporting and propaganda. There are a few simple tell-tale...
  • How can we negotiate with a pathological liar like Putin?

    04/19/2014 9:42:53 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 39 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | April 15, 2014 | Con Coughlin
    That Mr Putin has difficulties with the truth is already apparent from the transparent lies he told us during the Crimean crisis. Who can forget that stage-managed press conference with a group of carefully-vetted Russian journalists back in March at which Mr Putin said in all seriousness that there were no Russian troops active in Crimea, when the province was in fact already overrun with Spetsnaz Russian forces orchestrating Moscow's annexation of the territory? Now the Russian president is at it again, this time trying to persuade a sceptical President Obama that there are no Russian soldiers or spiesinvolved in stirring up...
  • 'Fox & Friends' mistreats Elijah Cummings on IRS emails story

    04/19/2014 9:40:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | April 18, 2014 | By David Zurawik
    As I watched Tuesday while the anchors on “Fox & Friends” leveled unsubstantiated charges against Rep. Elijah Cummings as if they were facts, I couldn’t help thinking how much more dangerous Sen. Joe McCarthy might have been in the 1950s if there had been a show like this to amplify his reckless allegations. The Fox News morning show was playing one of cable talk’s dirtier games, and the longtime Democratic congressman from Baltimore was its target for his role in the House IRS probe. The lightweight, smiley morning crew — Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade and Elisabeth Hasselbeck — were saying...
  • A New Muslim Renaissance is Here

    04/19/2014 8:53:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 72 replies
    TIME ^ | April 16, 2014 | by Rabia Chaudry
    History is witness to a time past when the Islamic civilization produced globally unparallelled architecture, literature, science, philosophy, theological discourse, and cultural influences – influences so strong it made European nobles want to dress like Muslims. Critics of Islam and Muslims scoff at this romanticism, asserting that Muslims have not produced anything great since the Middle Ages and most likely will never again. The inherent bigotry and even fallacy of that argument aside, for those critics I have to say, look out, a new Muslim renaissance is upon us. In the midst of growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the US since...
  • Idiocy from the Economist on What to Do About Russia

    04/19/2014 6:13:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    In "Insatiable" the Economist says "The cost of stopping the Russian bear now is high—but it will only get higher if the West does nothing". Economist: Mr Putin has used the Ukrainian crisis to establish some dangerous precedents. He has claimed a duty to intervene to protect Russian-speakers wherever they are. He has staged a referendum and annexation, in defiance of Ukrainian law. And he has abrogated a commitment to respect Ukraine’s borders, which Russia signed in 1994 when Ukraine gave up nuclear weapons. Throughout, Mr Putin has shown that truth and the law are whatever happens to suit him...
  • Some Good News on Tax Reform (if You're a Fan of the Flat Tax)

    04/19/2014 5:58:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m ecumenical on tax reform. I’ll support any plan that rips up the internal revenue code and instead lowers tax rates, reduces double taxation, and cuts out distorting loopholes. And as I explain in this interview, both the flat tax and national sales tax have a low tax rate. They also get rid of double taxation and they both wipe out the rat’s nest of deductions, credits, exclusions, preferences, and exemptions. Dan Mitchell Commenting on the Obstacles to Tax Reform for Blaze TV You’ll notice, however, that I wasn’t very optimistic in the interview about the possibility of replacing the...
  • Both at Home and Abroad, Obama's Presidency is Floundering

    04/19/2014 5:48:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama is getting a number of critical report cards on his foreign and domestic policies lately. Here at home, Janet Yellen, in her first monetary policy address as the head of the Federal Reserve Board, said the labor markets were still weak, and that it will likely take two years or more before the U.S. fully recovers from its recession. Ouch. If Yellen's forecast proves right, this means it will have taken Obama's administration nearly eight years to lift our economy out of its long and painful lethargy. She expressed grave concern that the economy's 6.7 percent...
  • The Decline of the West (Cont'd)

    04/19/2014 5:42:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    The latest from the White House is that it has "overwhelming evidence" that Russia is now fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine. You think? How do you suppose our super-sleuths can tell? Maybe it's the busloads of the usual bullyboys being trucked in to take control of police stations, government installations and other key points in Donetsk, Slovyansk, Kramatorsk ... and points all along the next slice of Ukraine the Russians have their eye on. Some of these thugs are in uniform, some without, and many wear St. George ribbons, the unofficial symbol of the old Soviet Union, and they're...
  • Radical Ideology Run Amok

    04/19/2014 5:32:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Kathryn Lopez
    Pope Francis, your honeymoon with the Western press is over. Of course, media accolades and praise were never his motivation. In fact, he's directly warned against the cult of celebrity that is in danger of missing the point: the Gospel of Christ he teaches. But when Rolling Stone put him on their cover earlier this year, the piece inside was actually a secularist libertine warning: Don't disappoint us. Don't be another one of those guys reading from the Catechism. And now the pope, the Holy See, will be appearing before a United Nations committee on torture. The appearance is...
  • What Really Happed at the Bay of Pigs

    04/19/2014 5:24:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    (You always hear and read of a “fiasco,” a “defeat” a “disaster” at the Bay of Pigs, 53 years ago this week. But you rarely hear about the cause. Here it is.) "They fought like tigers," writes the CIA officer who helped train the Cubans who splashed ashore at the Bay of Pigs 53 years ago this week. "But their fight was doomed before the first man hit the beach." That CIA man, Grayston Lynch, knew something about fighting – and about long odds. He carried scars from Omaha Beach, The Battle of the Bulge and Korea's Heartbreak Ridge. But...
  • Why Are The Poor, Poor?

    04/19/2014 4:08:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Have you ever wondered why poor people are poor? It's not as though there aren't plenty of role models around. Millions of people live highly successful, productive lives in this country. So why don't people at the bottom of the income ladder copy the behavior of those several rungs above them and better their lot in life? As I wrote previously, the federal government's own pilot programs established conclusively from the very early days of the War on Poverty that the welfare state encourages people not to be married, not to work and not to invest in human capital. This...
  • Why Not Arm the Jews In Ukraine?

    04/19/2014 3:32:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | John Ransom
    As finger-pointing and accusations tumble out about whether Russian nationalists or Ukrainian nationalist are responsible for flyers in eastern Ukraine demanding that Jews register with local municipalities, the most important thing is being lost in the shuffle. Without Vladimir Putin stirring the embers of Russian nationalism in Crimea and in Ukraine into a flame, it wouldn’t have happened in the first place. "We are skeptical about the flier's authenticity, but the instructions clearly recall the Nazi era and have the effect of intimidating the local Jewish community," U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League Director Abraham Foxman said in a written statement according...
  • Can You Spot The Racist, Homophobic Anti-Semites In This Special 10 Item Quiz?

    04/19/2014 3:15:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | John Hawkins
    As we all know, racism, homophobia and anti-Semitism are very bad and should be condemned. Not only do I condemn all of those things, I'd encourage you to share this quiz to all of your liberal friends so they can wag their fingers right in the faces of the awful people who said all of these terrible things. 1) Who said, "We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it." A) Rush Limbaugh B) Mark Levin C) Laura Ingraham D) Al Sharpton 2) Who said, "That’s just how white folks will...
  • A Nightmare Presidency

    04/09/2014 2:26:35 AM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 29 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4/9/2014 | Ben Stein
    This is a bad morning. I was greeted by a headline in the New York Times that said Defense Secretary “Chuck Mullet” Hagel was planning to submit a budget to Congress to cut the size of the military to a level not seen since 1940, before the U.S. entered World War II. The article went on to say that the Pentagon realized that this would be an inadequate force for even very small wars and certainly would not allow the U.S. to police the world and keep control of contingencies like a North Korean attack on the South or a...
  • PHILLIPS: Where is the conservative establishment?

    04/18/2014 3:41:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Judson Phillips
    Republicans, at least in theory, are better off than liberals. Republicans generally don’t manage to lose by repeating the same old mistakes. Instead, Republicans manage to find new, unique and very creative ways to lose. House Speaker John Boehner has told business leaders and others on a couple of occasions he is going to get immigration amnesty done this year. In one instance, he said he was “hellbent” on getting it done. Amnesty will, of course, destroy the Republican Party. That is why the Left loves it. Corporatists who want amnesty for low wages don’t think beyond the next quarter’s...
  • American Politics: Not Just for White People

    04/18/2014 3:32:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/18 | Jonathan Chait
    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to Bladensburg High School April 7, 2014 in Bladensburg, Maryland. Last weekend, I appeared on Melissa Harris-Perry’s weekend MSNBC show to discuss my cover story on racial politics. It was … not quite what I expected. The segment lasted 12 and a half minutes, and Harris-Perry spent almost half that time on an extended soliloquy about how I am wrong, only allowing me to join the discussion about my story for the second half. There was also a panel following that segment, consisting of four panelists who agree with Harris-Perry and none...
  • Obama Stumbling in Asia, Underestimating Putin, Turning the Middle East Over to the Terrorists

    04/18/2014 12:23:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama is getting a number of critical report cards about his foreign and domestic policies lately -- signs that America is tiring of his presidency. Here at home, Janet Yellen, in her first monetary policy address as the head of the Federal Reserve Board, said the labor markets were still weak, and that it will likely take two years or more before the U.S. fully recovers from its recession. Ouch. If Yellen's forecast proves right, this means it will have taken Obama's administration nearly eight years to lift our economy out of its long and painful lethargy....
  • Want to Abolish Abortion? Privatize It

    04/18/2014 11:59:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Gabriella Hoffman
    The Left’s favorite holiday has thankfully come and gone. As Americans filed their taxes this year, many were astonished to discover certain medical expenses now qualify for tax deductions. When going through the list, one can find birth control pills and abortion listed. The IRS form reads, “You can include in medical expenses the amount you pay for a legal abortion.” Is human life so expendable it can be written off? For a movement that begrudges tax deductions, this is ironic and equally alarming. Undoubtedly, the Obama administration is favorable to the abortion lobby and eager to fund them through...
  • Where We Are Now

    04/18/2014 11:41:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    The news is too much with us late and soon, and watching and listening we lay waste our powers. Flashing endlessly by, the unceasing flow of BREAKING NEWS seduces and betrays, mainly by pretending to be new. Even though, as the Preacher said, what has been will be. The particulars of the story may change, but not the human condition. The names may be new, but the stories remain remarkably the same, just as weapons change but war remains the bloody same. Yet here and there in the familiar murk of the news there comes a sudden shaft of...
  • Why the EU is Not Your Father's Europe

    04/18/2014 11:23:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Diana West
    The important-sounding Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union has recently reiterated "its strong support for Ukraine's unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity." Poor, destabilized, post-putsch Ukraine is to be congratulated for receiving something none of the 28 countries that actually belongs to the EU ever does: support for its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. ("Unity" is a more complicated matter, given the EU's reflexive pox on separatist movements that might prefigure the breakup of the EU itself.) As the world's pre-eminent transnational entity since the breakup of the USSR, the EU is all about eradicating its members' sovereignty,...
  • Contraception after Conception? Some common contraceptives can kill embryos, not just keep them...

    04/18/2014 11:18:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 18, 2014 | Donna Harrison
    Some common contraceptives can kill embryos, not just keep them from forming.This is not an article about the morality of contraception. This is an article about a very specific scientific question: What happens to embryos formed while the mother is using modern methods of contraception? This information is of importance to some women choosing contraception. And, unlike 20 years ago, today’s science has much to say about the conditions that embryos face when they are formed in women using contraception. All methods of contraception can fail to prevent a recognized pregnancy. Statistics on how often a method permits a recognized...
  • The Problem with Dartmouth

    04/18/2014 11:18:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Linda Chavez
    Dartmouth College has a problem. Protestors occupied the president's office at the Ivy League school a couple of weeks ago and demanded more "womyn or people of color" faculty, coverage of sex-change operations on the student health plan, and "gender-neutral bathrooms," among other things. Now Dartmouth President Philip J. Hanlon has responded with a call "to end the extreme behaviors that are in conflict with our mission." But Hanlon's aim seems focused almost exclusively on the campus fraternity system, and his solution -- a committee to look into "high-risk drinking, sexual assault and inclusivity" -- appears more a way to...
  • Hillary's Campaign for Student Body President

    04/18/2014 10:56:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    Everything Hillary Clinton does and says looks and sounds like she's running for president of the student body, collecting testimonials, Valentines and staying out of everything remotely controversial. The liberal consensus is that she's the inevitable president. Who's to stop her? But she was "inevitable" once before. This lady's not for burning or even for getting singed by questions about her past and the lack of solid accomplishments of her own. She gives every evidence of wanting only to glide in triumph into Bubba's old office with neither bumps nor bruises, or even a hair out of place. She seemed...
  • NED's Chickens Come Home to Roost

    04/18/2014 10:42:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    When Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Empire an "evil empire," the phrase reflected his conviction that while the East-West struggle was indeed a global geostrategic conflict, it had a deep moral dimension. If Americans did not see the Cold War as he did, a battle between good and evil, Reagan knew that they would indefinitely sacrifice neither the wealth of the nation nor the blood of its sons to sustain it. That is in the character of Americans. Jimmy Carter had sought to remove that moral dimension by declaring, "We have gotten over our inordinate fear of communism." But with...
  • Good Friday in 7 Good Words

    04/18/2014 8:19:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Stuart Epperson, jr
    The stage was set. The night was dark. The forces of evil, visible and invisible, viciously swarmed upon One Man. Not just any man, but the One who carried the weight of the world on His back. He is the only Man who with just one word could have instantly eradicated all His foes—for He was the One Person who had the Word of God naturally flowing through Him. In fact, He was the very Word of God (John 1:1). But He opened not his mouth. Not a single sermon from the Greatest Teacher of all time who taught for...
  • Snitchgate — Sharpton Is Still Lying

    04/18/2014 6:16:19 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 18, 2014 | Larry Elder
    If the Rev. Al Sharpton, the bigoted, anti-Semitic, non-tax paying race-hustling poverty pimp, had any credibility left, it just vanished. The beneficiary of a lifetime of passes from our race-conscious mainscream media, Sharpton ran into an outlet not afraid of him — The Smoking Gun. They obtained material that exposed Sharpton as an FBI “informant.” Sharpton, of course, denies that this constitutes “snitching.” No, he says he “volunteered” to “cooperate” with the FBI — and for the most honorable of motives. Why would the government-hating “civil rights” leader cooperate with the feds? Sharpton told Joe Scarborough, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning...
  • The Disappearance of US Will

    04/18/2014 6:15:15 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 18, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US’s indifferent response to it. In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America’s most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades. As Gordon Chang noted at a symposium in Los Angeles last month hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, since President Barack Obama entered office in 2009, the Chinese have responded to his overtures of goodwill and appeasement with intensified aggression against the US’s Asian allies and against US warships. In 2012, China seized the Scarborough Shoal from the...
  • Anti-Semitic Violence, Neo-Nazis and the Anti-Israel Left

    04/18/2014 6:14:07 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 18, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Anti-Semitic Violence, Neo-Nazis and the Anti-Israel LeftPosted By Daniel Greenfield On April 18, 2014 @ 12:56 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments The Nation Institute’s headquarters in a classic twelve story building just off Manhattan’s pricey Union Square is a long way from Frazier Glenn Miller’s digs in Marionville, Missouri.The Southern Poverty Law Center, which spent a great deal of time monitoring Miller, would never have thought to watch an institute whose board of trustees include a former New York Times editor, a music industry executive and a president of the Center for Constitutional Rights.They would be even...
  • Time Bombs in Democratic Coalition

    04/18/2014 5:38:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Mona Charen
    The Republican Party is roiling with internal conflicts, say the analysts. The tea party is confronting the establishment. The noninterventionists are at war (forgive the expression) with the interventionists. The libertarians would like the party to endorse same-sex marriage. Fair enough. These conflicts will play out during the primaries in 2016, and we'll discover whether they are serious fault lines or merely squabbles. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party, supposedly the firm fortress of the middle class, minorities and women, is actually showing some internal stresses as well. Little fissures are snaking through the crust, perhaps reflecting tectonic movement beneath. The...
  • First Fire Sebelius, Now (Forcibly) Retire Who Else?

    04/18/2014 4:25:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | John Ransom
    Well I can say this much for Janet Yellen, she sure learned how to jawbone the market, a skill that was notably lacking in her predecessor Ben Bernancke. On Wednesday the market gapped open, only to follow a recent pattern of the gap gains eroding. But then Janet stepped in. In a speech to the Economic club of New York, Yellen acknowledged that while the economy has made some strides towards recovery the jobs market is at least, if not more than, two years away from healing. That means that stock market types, whatever else may be happening on...
  • Feminist Thought Police vs. Feminine Kirsten Dunst

    04/18/2014 4:16:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    The left's tyrannical suppression of opposing views would be less farcical if leftists weren't such pseudo-champions of tolerance and freedom of expression. In our leftist-dominated culture, the permitted categories of speech are becoming ever more restrictive. If, for example, you are a conservative radio talk show host, you must always remain vigilant because the left wants to resurrect the Fairness Doctrine to suppress the opposing viewpoint and re-establish its major-media monopoly. If you own a small catering company and same-sex marriage violates your religious beliefs, the left wants to force you to provide food for same-sex marriage ceremonies. If you...
  • Obama's Diplomatic Dance with Putin is a Sad Sock Hop

    04/18/2014 4:00:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    President Obama is right. He told Major Garrett of CBS this week that "Mr. Putin's decisions aren't just bad for Ukraine. Over the long term, they're going to be bad for Russia." I believe that Putin's adventures in Russia's "near abroad" are a mistake. Indeed, they are part of a whole tapestry of wrongheadedness. It's also bad for the Kremlin to crush dissent, censor the news and hobble the economy by handing it over to oligarchs and a kleptocratic bureaucracy. Putin's scapegoating and demonizing of gays isn't only morally wrong, it's not in Russia's long-term interests either. That Putin prefers...
  • 'Close Observers of History' Hate Ollie North

    04/18/2014 3:50:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Tim Graham. For its second season, the creators of the FX series "The Americans" have chosen a new source for insight into the Cold War during the Reagan years -- one Lt. Col. Oliver North. It's a dramatic reversal from the first season, and it has infuriated some hard leftists. The show began with the shocking promise from creator Joel Weisberg that the series' heroes would be KGB agents: "We're making them the sympathetic characters. I'd go so far as to say they're the heroes." It quickly became apparent that these characters could...
  • Obama Must Defend NATO's Red Lines From Putin's Aggression

    04/18/2014 3:32:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Last week, masked men in camouflage garb with no insignia, dressed and equipped like Russian special forces, started taking over police stations and other government buildings in the Donets basin in Eastern Ukraine. They appeared to be working in tandem with local militias in defying the Ukrainian government. This week, the Ukrainian government has responded by sending in military forces to counter these actions. There has been shooting and violence. But Ukraine's military doesn't seem capable of asserting control. So Vladimir Putin's Russia, with some 40,000 troops massed just outside Ukraine, seems to have taken effective control of a significant...
  • The Common Core Conundrum

    04/18/2014 3:14:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Common Core State Standards could be the under-the-radar issue of the 2014 campaign. Business leaders and politicians had their hearts in the right place. We are a highly mobile society. People are likely to move more than once for jobs. Often they move their whole families to new school districts. Sometimes families move across the country. Children, particularly children whose parents are in the military, are prone to be disadvantaged in education if they move around. A school in one part of the country may be ahead of, behind or on altogether different subjects than a former school is. Because...
  • USA Today Stealth-Edits on the Ukraine Leaflets Story

    04/17/2014 9:45:25 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 9 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | April 17, 2014 | Ace
    I quoted the story as it was written some hours ago. But they've changed it, without acknowledging the change. WAS: Pushilin acknowledged the flyers were distributed by his organization but he disavowed their content, according to the web site Jews of Kiev, Ynet reported… NOW IS: Pushilin acknowledged that fliers were distributed under his organization's name in Donetsk but denied any connection to them, Ynet reported in Hebrew. This is a major change in reporting -- from Pushilin admitting his men to handing them out, to a mere acknowledgement that he's aware of leaftlets purporting to come from his organization....
  • Putin's Plan for Overturning the European Order

    04/17/2014 5:32:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 58 replies
    Real Clear Wordl ^ | April 16, 2014 | Ivan Krastev
    Russia's willingness to violate Ukraine's territorial sovereignty is the gravest challenge to the European order in over half a century. The conflict pits a vast nuclear power against a state equal in size to France, an autocratic regime against a revolutionary government. The Russian intervention in Ukraine raises questions about the security guarantees that the West made to Ukraine after the country gave up its nuclear weapons in 1994, and it flies in the face of many Europeans' belief that, in recent years, a continental war has become all but impossible. The end result may be the emergence of a...
  • The tragedy of Venezuela

    04/17/2014 4:33:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    CainTV.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Dan Calabrese
    Where leftist dreams have all come true.Barack Obama and the Democratic Party insist they are not really socialists, because in socialist countries the government controls all the means of production. My rejoinder to that would be that U.S. Democrats have a goal at all times of controlling as much of the economy as they can - definitely including the means of production (what do you think "climate change" is really all about?) - and if you want to examine what the result would be if all their policy goals were realized, I present to you, the wonderful but tragically troubled...
  • Repeal of Obamacare Would Increase the Deficit—Seriously?

    04/17/2014 2:44:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Ashley Pratte
    According to Obama, repealing Obamacare would increase the deficit. You’re probably just as shocked as I am to hear this bold statement seeing as the public relations for Obamacare alone cost taxpayers millions of dollars more than anticipated and states such as Maryland are completely overhauling their websites—a huge waste of taxpayer dollars. Somehow the White House continues to spin Obamacare in a positive light—as a money saver rather than a job crushing law that has caused nothing but hardship for millions of Americans. It is important to point out that for years before Obamacare took effect, taxes had been...
  • Easter Hope---Based on Facts of History

    04/17/2014 2:37:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Jerry Newcombe
    Jesus sells. That’s why they have cover stories on Him in magazines and TV specials, even if some of them offer strange theories to try to explain away things like the original Easter. I’ll never forget the evolution of a famous TV newsman, the late Peter Jennings, the anchor ABC’s nightly news broadcasts. In 2000, Jennings hosted a special, “The Search for Jesus.” He never found Him because he relied almost entirely on liberal Bible scholars who dismissed the reliability of the Gospel accounts. The special, though well done, needlessly cast doubt on all the basics about Jesus. But in...
  • There's Austerity in Spain? Where?

    04/17/2014 2:28:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    EL Pais reports Spanish Public Debt Threatens to Exceed 100% of GDP in 2014 Via translation General government debt accumulated through February was 987.945 billion euros, an amount that represents 96.5% of gross domestic product (GDP). This represents a new record in the amount of money the state, communities, and the municipalities have to return to financial institutions and investment funds. In February alone, the government liabilities increased by 8.130 billion, up 8% from the previous month. The debt problem is not just that you have to pay, but the difficulty to stop the frenzied pace to growing-has risen from...
  • Yes, Its Safe for Conservative GOP Christians to Come to Vegas

    04/17/2014 2:11:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Heidi Harris
    I heard a rumor that some sensitive folks on the religious right are concerned about the possibility of the GOP 2016 convention being held in my beloved hometown, that den of iniquity known as Las Vegas. I have to admit, I’m puzzled. Sure, there’s sin in Vegas, but last time I checked, there was sin in Dallas, Cleveland and even (gasp) River City. Believe it or not, there are hundreds of churches and hundreds of thousands of Christians in Vegas. We can and DO live the same lives people live anywhere. We work, go to school and church, take...
  • The World According to Obama and Holder Boils Down to Race

    04/17/2014 1:38:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Crystal Wright
    Listening to Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama address Al Sharpton’s National Action Network 16th annual convention last week, one would think Americans were living in the year 1964 not 2014. Holder pulled the race card blaming Republicans for criticizing him and Obama, merely because they’re black. Speaking prior to Obama, Holder suggested to the all black crowd that both he and the president had been treated badly by Republicans because they are black. “It has nothing to do with me, forget that. What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president...
  • The Only Way to Make Money is to Take a Stand

    04/17/2014 1:30:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Bill Tatro
    I was listening to a financial guru/talking head of one of the local radio money shows recently. He was pontificating about the opportunities that were being presented in the stock market if only you knew where to look. What caught my attention, however, was his pronouncement about the problem with recent IPO offerings, most notably Ally (formerly the bankrupt GMAC). He kept warning people away from this stock which put him in my camp. However, when a caller asked him if they should short the stock he immediately went to my “Are you kidding me?” list. It wasn’t whether...
  • Will Taxpayers Be Forced to Bail Out Union Pensions?

    04/17/2014 1:21:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    As a supporter of genuine capitalism, which means the right of contract and the absence of coercion, I don’t think there should be any policies that help or hinder unions. The government should simply be a neutral referee that enforces contracts and upholds the rule of law. Similarly, I also don’t have any philosophical objection to employers and employees agreeing to “defined benefit” pension plans, which basically promise workers a pre-determined amount of money after they retire based on factors such as average pay and years in the workforce. After all, my money and property aren’t involved, so it’s not...
  • The Air is Full of Sound

    04/17/2014 1:11:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Charles Payne
    On the first part of the journey I was looking at all the life There were plants and birds and rocks and things There was sand and hills and rings The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz And the sky with no clouds The heat was hot and the ground was dry But the air was full of sound.-America The year 1985 saw the beginning of a new dawn in technology, which would see the exploitation and evolution of a defense department project, develop into the worldwide web - the Internet. Building out the pipes and...