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  • [April 6, 2006] FBI Interested in Texas “Doomsday” Ecologist who said Ebola Sol

    10/04/2014 2:44:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | April 6, 2006
    AUSTIN, April 6, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Ebola, a form of hemorrhagic fever in which the internal organs of the victim liquefy, has one of the highest rates of fatality of any known contagious disease at approximately 80-90% and is one of the most contagious diseases known to medical science. It is also high on the list of possible bio-terror weapons of concern to international law enforcement and military security agencies. Tom Clancy’s thriller novel, Rainbow Six describes a group of radical environmentalists that wants to rid the world of people using a modified version of Ebola. All of which is...
  • What Will Happen to Officer Darren Wilson?

    08/22/2014 5:35:34 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 50 replies
    American Spectator ^ | August 21, 2014 | Aaron Goldstein
    A grand jury has convened to determine what charges, if any, will be brought against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown earlier this month. Over at The New Republic, Yishai Schwartz argues that a conviction against Wilson is impossible because of Missouri's self defense laws [Snip] If Wilson isn't indicted by the grand jury or is acquitted at trial, the Brown family will most certainly file a wrongful death lawsuit. I also wouldn't be surprised if Eric Holder were to pursue a case against Wilson for federal civil rights violations. But that will...
  • [VANITY] Why the IRS Emails Were "Lost" - The Smoking Gun

    06/20/2014 7:08:17 AM PDT · by tom h · 42 replies
    Spectator,org ^ | June 20, 2014 | Various
    When the news trickled out a year ago that the head of the IRS union, Colleen ("fat and ugly") Kelley, met with President Obama the day before the agency began targeting the Tea Party, I finally saw the link. The story was picked up by many news sources on the right but did not develop any further. It's my opinion that this is the connection that the "lost" emails are trying to hide. And it's a big connection -- the White House, the POTUS, the union boss, and the government agency all collaborating, and conspiring, to thwart the actions of...
  • Meet Sylvia Burwell, the Titanic’s New Captain

    04/14/2014 5:25:38 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 15 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4/14/2014 | David Catron
    The replacement of Kathleen Sebelius by Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the Secretary of Health and Human Services has been portrayed by the legacy “news” media as a new lease on life for Obamacare. The party line is that Sebelius was mortally wounded by GOP exploitation of a single uncharacteristic mistake—the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov—while Burwell is a brilliant Beltway veteran unsullied by controversy and possessing the very administrative skills needed to save Obama’s “signature domestic achievement.” … This tale fails to conform to the facts, however … The vessel is taking on water at an alarming rate, and Sylvia Burwell’s...
  • UKRAINE: WHAT WOULD REAGAN DO?

    03/18/2014 11:38:18 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 86 replies
    American Spectator ^ | March 17, 2014 | By Peter Hannaford and Robert Zaposochny
    Russian takeover of the Crimea, as well as many of our problems in the Middle East, was funded by high oil prices. Since there is no military solution to the Crimea conflict, President Obama should look closely at the successful pages of the Reagan playbook. Before the Reagan and Gorbachev Summits could begin, Reagan needed to rebuild our defenses to bring the Soviets back to the bargaining table. The Kremlin was pressured to end the Cold War on America’s terms because of President Reagan’s policies of supporting the mujahedeen in Afghanistan, deploying Pershing cruise missiles in Western Europe (to counter...
  • Terry McAuliffe's Gift

    08/15/2013 11:05:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2013 | Emmett
    WASHINGTON -- It is called the Taranto Principle, having been named after he who coined the principle, the inimitable James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal. According to the Taranto Principle, the left-wing media, in their fawning treatment of left-wing politicians, only encourage the pols' worst instincts: encouraging Jean-Francois Kerry's sophomoric wind-surfing during his presidential race or Howard Dean's blood-curdling scream upon losing the Iowa caucuses. And then there is President Barack Obama. At his press conference the other day, he finally commented on the traitor Edward Snowden. Obama said, "You know, if I had a son, he'd look like...
  • Desperation in the Benghazi Coverup

    08/05/2013 8:02:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 5, 2013 | Jed Babbin
    A congressional select committee could offer immunity to the CIA’s dispersed, intimidated survivors. You can always tell the depth of an event’s illegality by the measures people take to cover it up. By that measure, the conduct of President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and David Petraeus leading up to the terrorist attack that killed four Americans on 9/11 2012 must be must be so sufficiently wrongful that, if revealed, they could lead to the president’s impeachment.How else can we gauge what is apparently the most energetic coverup in modern history? We know, from several sources, that the survivors of the attack —...
  • The Lawless President

    07/10/2013 8:20:09 AM PDT · by safetysign · 26 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 0710/2013 | Peter Ferrara
    It’s not so much that he thinks he’s above the law as that he thinks he is the law. The duties of the President of the United States are spelled out in Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution, which states, inter alia, that the President “shall take Care that the laws be faithfully executed.” As Stanford Law Professor and former federal judge Michael McConnell explained in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, “This is a duty, not a discretionary power. While the president does have substantial discretion about how to enforce a law, he has no discretion about whether to do...
  • A Man Without a Tribe - Why Anthony Weiner will get beaten hard.

    06/03/2013 5:22:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 53 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 6.3.13 | Ryan James Girdusky
    Anthony Weiner had it all. Had. And will never have again. As a powerful progressive congressman who never had a serious election challenge before 2010, he was considered the heir to Senator Chuck Schumer’s throne. He also had an early lead for the 2013 mayoral election–a position he had been vying for since his 2005 defeat in the Democrat primary. And with one tweet it was all gone. Despite Weiner’s ambition to rise again to become New York’s mayor, the electoral and demographic math simply isn’t there... --snip-- What Weiner and all the other non-Quinn candidates are hoping for is...
  • FreeKate? Movement to Normalize Pedophilia Finds Its Poster Girl (Kaitlyn Ashley Hunt)

    05/23/2013 1:47:19 PM PDT · by drewh · 117 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5.23.13 @ 10:09AM | By Robert Stacy McCain
    In January, Rush Limbaugh warned that there was “an effort under way to normalize pedophilia,” and was ridiculed by liberals (including CNN’s Soledad O’Brien) for saying so. But now liberals have joined a crusade that, if successful, would effectively legalize sex with 14-year-olds in Florida. The case involves Kaitlyn Ashley Hunt, an 18-year-old in Sebastian, Florida, who was arrested in February after admitting that she had a lesbian affair with a 14-year high-school freshman. (Click here to read the affidavit in Hunt’s arrest.) It is a felony in Florida to have sex with 14-year-olds. Hunt was expelled from Sebastian High...
  • Not Wanting to Write About Nothing Good

    04/30/2013 1:25:41 PM PDT · by Twotone · 11 replies
    American Spectator ^ | April 30, 2013 | Quinn Hillyer
    I just don’t wanna. I don’t wanna write about whether to treat homosexual relationships as “marriage,” and I don’t wanna see lawmakers do anything about it. Just a quarter century ago, just about nobody had even dreamed of such a thing as “gay marriage.” Why don’t we leave the law alone as it is, leave people free to do what they want to do behind closed doors as long as no innocents get hurt (and as long as they don’t “scare the horses”) — and have everybody, including heterosexuals, stop talking in public about what they do in the realm...
  • Bob Woodward Takes Down Obama

    10/14/2012 10:35:52 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 34 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10.14.12 @ 12:39PM | By Quin Hillyer
    Very strong stuff from Bob Woodward criticizing The One's administration regarding Libya. These (the first link and this one) are two excellent videos. In the second, Woodward concludes that "anyone in the intelligence community knows that [Obama's brags about having hobbled al Qaeda] are not true." [T]hose in the know have always said that Woodward has always had particularly good sources in the intelligence community, going back some 40 years. Plus, as the perfect leading indicator for Washington conventional wisdom, Woodward signifies very bad news for a liberal if he comes down as hard on said liberal as Woodward did...
  • Mideast in Flames -- And Obama Still Can Do No Wrong

    09/19/2012 6:58:38 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | September 19, 2012 | ANDREW B. WILSON
    Mideast in Flames -- And Obama Still Can Do No Wrong ANDREW B. WILSON on 9.18.12 In the eyes of a worshipful press, of course. The Middle East is in flames, our embassies are under attack, and four American diplomats have come home in coffins. So who is to blame? It's time for the MSM to round up all the usual suspects -- and to exonerate a president who cavorts with Hollywood celebrities and goes on the David Letterman show to demonstrate his famous cool under fire. Perhaps he will do a Top Ten list on why the U.S. should...
  • A Second Term Will Be Terminal: Another four years and Argentina will be crying for us

    07/12/2012 11:12:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 12, 2012 | Peter Ferrara
    With a second term for Obama, the world-leading America we have known and hoped to leave to our children will be gone. Last Friday's jobs report confirms that Obama is well on his way to transforming America into a third world country, with declining living standards and perpetual economic stagnation. Argentina enjoyed the world's fourth highest per capita GDP in 1929, on par with America at the time. But then the nation lost its way in embracing a leftist, union allied government, which took control of the economy and imposed wildly irresponsible taxes, spending, deficits, and debt. After World War...
  • Romney's Tom Dewey Moment

    07/06/2012 8:25:55 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 27 replies
    Obamacare tax confusion a warning sign: the peril of playing it safe. Thomas E. Dewey. The president who might have been. The Romney campaign's stumble over Obamacare (it's a penalty…no…wait…it's a tax! Yes! Yes! We're sure now…it's a tax!) was both unnecessary and avoidable. If the Romney campaign isn't careful (as our friends at the Wall Street Journal noted here), the morning after the 2012 election they may well find themselves linked forever to the famously hapless 1948 campaign of Tom Dewey. The campaign everyone expected to be a hands-down winner -- which turned into the greatest upset in American...
  • A Nation of Breitbarts Rallies for Rush

    03/06/2012 4:43:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 6, 2012 | Jeffrey Lord
    Now that the Rally for Rush is in full swing -- and winning the day -- let's focus on four things. Lifelock. Transgendered persons. The Washington Post. You. Huh? Say what? Stick with me. Let's start with Lifelock. Rush fans know it well. Lifelock -- the company's "About Us" section found here is all about protecting their customers from identity theft. A decidedly big deal in the day and age of cyber pick pocketing of entire lives. In a way one suspects the Lifelock people could never have possibly conceived a mere week ago, their symbolic image of the little...
  • UW-Madison teaching assistants plan anniversary of "I ♥ UW" rally

    02/13/2012 11:02:39 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 2-13-12 | Deborah Ziff
    For the second straight year, members of the UW-Madison Teaching Assistants' Association will express their love for the university on Valentine's Day. The teachers' union plans to hold an "I ♥ UW" rally, marching from the Memorial Union to the state Capitol at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday. Last year's rally by the same name touched off a series of historic protests in opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to curb the power of public employee unions. In August, the T.A.A. chose not to seek state certification under the new law, which curtails collective bargaining for most public workers. The T.A.A. is...
  • Welcome To 2012--Fasten Your Seatbelts

    01/03/2012 3:55:33 PM PST · by Dysart · 14 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1-2-2012 | Ross Kaminsky
    2011 was a year of worldwide turmoil and great change. I expect -- and to a certain degree fear -- that last year was the warm-up act to 2012 which, both internationally and domestically, seems likely to be one of the most consequential years in recent history. *BREAK* On the global scene, some of 2011's most significant events pose very different short- and long-term results. For example, the Arab Spring initially appeared to be a move toward freedom in an historically repressive part of the world but is now drifting toward other forms of tyranny. The Middle East remains likely...
  • Is Newt Gingrich America's Churchill?

    11/15/2011 6:31:37 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 82 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November 15, 2011 | Jeffrey Lord
    The thought startles. Is Newt Gingrich America's Winston Churchill? The former Speaker has repeatedly dazzled in the ongoing series of GOP presidential debates. He is "the adult in the room," the man Republicans keep saying they would like to see on the debate stage with Barack Obama. The latest polls (Wall Street Journal, CBS, and Marist) have him vaulting into a tie with Mitt Romney behind Herman Cain or leapfrogging Cain to barely trail Romney. This video of a Frank Luntz focus group that appeared on Sean Hannity's TV show following a recent GOP debate is typical of the changing...
  • Obama Under Water

    10/25/2011 8:12:12 AM PDT · by pabianice · 16 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10/24/11 | Gannon
    Living in housing he (and we) can scarcely afford. If President Barack Obama were a legal document, he'd be a sub-prime home loan. The nation's housing crisis seems an apt metaphor for the president and his political position one year before he stands for re-election. Like nearly a quarter of the mortgage loans outstanding on U.S. homes, Obama is under water. His poll ratings are low and sinking. Gallup records 43 percent approval, 49 percent disapproval. Three-quarters of American voters think the country is on the wrong track under his leadership. In moving into the White House -- a very...
  • The Missing Piece of 9-9-9

    10/13/2011 5:19:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 369 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | October 13, 2011 | Green Lantern
    Herman Cain's "9-9-9" tax reform is attracting enough attention to become the focus of this week's Presidential debate. As a plan for overhauling revenues and unleashing the private sector, it's a bold gambit that shows Cain is willing to take chances and shake up the Capital. The 9 percent business tax is a stroke of genius. It would give us the lowest business rates in the world and would make us the "tax haven" for investment from everywhere. The stock market would barely be able to stay abreast. The 9 percent personal income rate would eliminate all the deductions and...
  • Odious Conservatives

    04/03/2010 12:52:26 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies · 670+ views
    http://spectator.org/archives/2010/04/01/odious-conservatives ^ | April 03nd 2010 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    Odious Conservatives By R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. WASHINGTON -- A major proposition that I advance in a book that will be published later this month, After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery, is that there exists an odious subgroup of conservatives who since the beginning of the conservative movement have made their way to prominence in the mainstream media by a cheap act. They disparage with great melodrama other conservatives. Liberals love it -- and for a while love the disparagers. In the late 1990s Arianna Huffington exploited this instrument of self-promotion brazenly. For several years David Frum has...
  • Obama in Rude Denial (CEOs: He's Clueless!!!)

    03/29/2010 11:56:06 AM PDT · by teddyballgame · 108 replies · 5,006+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 3/29/10 | The Prowler
    <p>"Most of these people [in the Administration] have never had a real job in their lives. They don't understand a thing about business, and that includes the President," says a senior lobbyist for one of the companies that announced the charge. "My CEO sat with the President over lunch with two other CEOs, and each of them tried to explain to the President what this bill would do to our companies and the economy in general. First the President didn't understand what they were talking about. Then he basically told my boss he was lying. Frankly my boss was embarrassed for him; he clearly had not been briefed and didn't know what was in the bill."</p>
  • LEAKED: Dems Plan Response to Tuesday ObamaCare 2.0 Protests

    03/15/2010 7:25:37 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 34 replies · 1,933+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | MARCH 15, 2010 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Tea Party activists are planning a major rally Tuesday on Capitol Hill, with protesters planning to visit their Congress members' offices to ask them to vote against the health-care bill. Blogger Adam Brickley obtained an e-mail from a staffer in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, telling Democrats how to deal with the protesters: As many of you have read, tomorrow, Tuesday, March 16, 2010, tens of thousands of conservative and Tea Party activists will be on the Hill as part of what they are dubbing a "Surge Against Obamacare." . . . Many of the conservative activists are not opposing...
  • White House Accused of Federal Crime in Specter, Bennet Races

    A bombshell has just exploded in the 2010 elections. For the second time in five months, the Obama White House is being accused -- by Democrats -- of offering high ranking government jobs in return for political favors. What no one is reporting is that this is a violation of federal law that can lead to prison time, a fine or both, according to Title 18, Chapter 11, Section 211 of the United States Code. The jobs in question? Secretary of the Navy and a position within the U.S. Agency for International Development. The favor requested in return? Withdrawal from...
  • White House Accused of Federal Crime in Specter, Bennett Races

    02/22/2010 6:39:37 AM PST · by bogusname · 92 replies · 7,195+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | Feb. 22, 2010 | Jeffrey Lord
    "Whoever solicits or receives … any….thing of value, in consideration of the promise of support or use of influence in obtaining for any person any appointive office or place under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both." -- 18 USC Sec. 211 -- Bribery, Graft and Conflicts of Interest: Acceptance or solicitation to obtain appointive public office
  • Sarah Palin Ain't Ronald Reagan

    02/14/2010 11:35:03 AM PST · by kingattax · 152 replies · 2,276+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 2.13.10 | Doug Bandow
    Sarah Palin has undoubted political skills. In fact, that's what one should expect from someone who defeated an incumbent governor in the primary and a former governor in the general election. But her common touch and winning speaking style do not mean she is a reincarnation of Ronald Reagan.
  • There's Something About Sarah

    02/10/2010 10:17:07 AM PST · by Al B. · 14 replies · 968+ views
    American Spectator ^ | Feb. 10, 2011 | Aaron Goldstein
    It has been nearly a year and a half since Sarah Palin became a household name in America and the world over. Despite the fact she was on the bottom half of a losing ticket and hasn't held public office in more than half a year three cable networks provided live coverage of her address to the Tea Party Convention last Saturday night in Nashville. Is there any other private American citizen who could command that sort of undivided attention? The answer is nobody else could and liberals know it all too well. [...] During Reagan's lifetime he was at...
  • The Kennedy Joke (Patches taking more hits)

    02/08/2010 12:04:18 PM PST · by STARWISE · 30 replies · 1,625+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 2-8-10 | Daniel Flynn
    Rep. Patrick Kennedy has come out swinging against the man who now sits in the Senate seat his father held for 47 years. Telling a blog for the Hill newspaper that Senator Scott Brown was "in the tank for the Republicans," the Rhode Island Democrat called Brown's candidacy a "joke." The putdown is a familiar one for the Kennedy family. Forty-eight years ago, a thirty-year-old Ted Kennedy heard the same taunt from his primary opponent, Massachusetts Attorney General Edward McCormack: "If his name was Edward Moore, with his qualifications -- with your qualifications, Teddy -- if it was Edward Moore,...
  • Scott Brown: Winning Nicely

    01/15/2010 3:50:36 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 49 replies · 2,137+ views
    http://spectator.org ^ | Jan 15, 2010 | By Robert Stacy McCain
    NEEDHAM, Mass. -- Karen Wright stood behind the counter at Mighty Subs and explained why she plans to vote for Republican Scott Brown in Tuesday's special election. "He loves our chicken parm," Wright said, referring to an Italian-style parmesan chicken sandwich that is a house specialty at the diner near Brown's Senate campaign headquarters here. Brown is a regular at Mighty Subs, which boasts of its oversized sandwiches, "Our Small Is Their Large." Wright says of the three-term state senator, "He's a nice guy, very down-to-earth." Brown's nice-guy likeability may be his strongest advantage in the race to fill the...
  • The Politics of Incompetence (Flight 253 a "political issue", not a security problem)

    12/31/2009 5:49:19 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 93 replies · 4,525+ views
    American Spectator ^ | December 31, 2009 | The Prowler
    <p>On December 26, two days after Nigerian Omar Abdulmutallab allegedly attempted to use underwear packed with plastic explosives to blow up the Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight he was on, and as it became clear internally that the Administration had suffered perhaps its most embarrassing failure in the area of national security, senior Obama White House aides, including chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod and new White House counsel Robert Bauer, ordered staff to begin researching similar breakdowns -- if any -- from the Bush Administration.</p>
  • Washington Knows Best

    12/30/2009 5:40:33 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies · 746+ views
    American Spectator ^ | December 30, 2009 | Peter Ferrara
    The health policy atrocity that Washington Democrats are now finalizing represents an ugly new turn in American politics. From almost the founding of the Republic, we have seen demagogues seek to sway public opinion in their favor with crass arguments appealing to base motives in the electorate, from racism to class warfare to xenophobia. But that is NOT what we are seeing in Washington today, on issues from health care to "global warming" to federal deficits, spending, taxes, welfare, energy, and beyond. What we are seeing in Washington today is much worse. What this mob currently in power is telling...
  • Why Is No One Laughing?

    11/22/2009 7:18:58 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies · 1,074+ views
    Spectator.Org ^ | November 22nd 2009
    Why Is No One Laughing? By R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. WASHINGTON -- What would the mainstream media's response be if former governor Sarah Palin described China's economic growth to an audience of students in Shanghai as "an accomplishment unparalleled in human history"? That is what the most inexperienced president in modern American history said in Shanghai this week. I wonder if any of the assembled journalists choked. President Barack Obama makes such unhinged pronouncements with the kind of frequency that if he were anyone else he would be set down by the media as a boobie. I take that back....
  • Anita Dunn : Mao Tse Tung Fan ?

    10/16/2009 8:56:13 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 35 replies · 1,662+ views
    American Spectator ^ | October 16, 2009 | Joseph Lawler
    Here's a video from Glenn Beck which seems to show interim White House communications director Anita Dunn listing two of her "favorite political philosophers" in a speech: Mother Teresa and... Mao Tse Tung.
  • Who Is College Material?

    09/28/2009 4:27:05 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 104 replies · 4,031+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 9.28.09 | Mark Goldblatt
    Several years ago, I discovered a curious phenomenon among the diverse freshmen in the developmental English classes I teach. These are students who fail the placement exam and are forced to take a reading and writing refresher course before moving on to basic composition. In one of their grammar exercises, the name Charles Lindbergh appears. What I discovered was that roughly 90% of the developmental students didn't know who he was. That in itself would be unremarkable. More remarkable was the fact that when I mentioned the name to my honors students, roughly 90% knew that Lindbergh was a pilot,...
  • Meanness-Tested Program

    08/18/2009 1:50:30 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 14 replies · 1,024+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 8-18-09 | Jay D. Homnick
    Meanness-Tested Program August 18, 2009 Jay D. Homnick [EXCERPT] The Republicans in Congress are within an ace of winning a huge victory on the issue of health care, a spectacular triumph which can resonate across the countryside. If handled correctly, this success could resound clearly even above the media din. But it would require their doing the one thing they have always held back from, playing the trump card from the inside pocket. That is, to call the Democrats what they are: mean-spirited.... Now is their chance to strike back in kind, to teach a truth in an arena where...
  • Expelled From the New York Times (Ben Stein)

    08/10/2009 5:11:48 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies · 2,276+ views
    American Spectator ^ | August 10, 2009 | Ben Stein
    My sister nailed it many years ago when she said, "Your basic human is not such a hot item." Keep that filed in your head as I tell my little tale. About five or six years ago, roughly, I was solicited to write a column every two weeks for the Sunday New York Times Business Section. I was really thrilled. I have written for the Washington Post (when I was a teenager), for the Wall Street Journal edit page under the legendary Bob Bartley, for Barron's, under the really great Alan Abelson and Jim Meagher, for my beloved American Spectator,...
  • Mary Robinson's Disgraceful Medal--Obama administration is no friend to the Jewish people

    08/04/2009 6:22:11 PM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies · 538+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 8-4-09 | Robert M. Goldberg
    The Obama Adminstration -- is it just President Obama -- seems to delight in provoking the Jewish people by either honoring or appointing individuals who have done one or more of the following: 1. Sided with Israel's enemies in diplomatic or military theaters, thereby giving them both political and strategic support. 2. Provided Israel's enemies with a forum for advancing anti-Semitic or anti-Israel propaganda or have willfully engaged in propagandizing themselves. 3. Singled out Jews and Israel as the primary obstacle peace in the Middle East and have advanced the argument that a Jewish or Israel lobby has created that...
  • Congressional Report: ACORN Involved in Organized Crime

    07/23/2009 3:27:01 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 32 replies · 2,304+ views
    American Spectator ^ | July 22, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    A new congressional report accuses the radical activist group ACORN of organized criminal activities. I will have a full article here on the American Spectator website in the morning about it. The report, called "Is ACORN Intentionally Structured As a Criminal Enterprise?" comes from minority staff on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The ranking member on the committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California), is appearing on the "Glenn Beck Program" on Fox News today to discuss the report. The report, available here, contains information about the ACORN network's interlocking directorates, various unethical and possibly unlawful activities, and the shocking...
  • Video Shows ACORN Founder Wade Rathke Plotting America's Downfall

    07/29/2009 7:29:30 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 24 replies · 2,277+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 7.29.09 @ 8:23PM | By Matthew Vadum
    Rathke is a pioneer of the so-called welfare rights movement that aims to get Americans on welfare. He devotes an entire chapter of his book to what he calls "The 'Maximum Eligible Participation' Solution." It is a strategy for orchestrated crisis that savvy leftist groups across America are likely to embrace. Rathke confirms ... that he is pursuing this strategy that calls for all Americans eligible for welfare payments to pursue every penny the law "entitles" them to. He urges people to "make sure that other people in the community" are actually getting their due from the government. The Maximum...
  • More Media Follies

    07/23/2009 4:31:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 588+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2009 | Emmett Tyrrell
    What follows is a column adducing still more evidence of the trivial nature of the contemporary American news media. The other morning, I was lying in bed recovering from minor surgery, my body heaving off the residual effects of a powerful anesthetic, Proposal. Believe me; it is a powerful anesthetic. It thrust me into the utmost darkness for 40 minutes, according to my doctor. It could have been for eternity. I would have had no idea. I cannot imagine why people abuse such charmless drugs. Why not just pull the trigger as Hemingway pulled the trigger and enter the darkness...
  • Mayo Clinic Blasts House Democratic Health Care Bill

    07/20/2009 1:30:43 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 28 replies · 1,748+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 7.20.09 @ 3:28PM | By Philip Klein
    The Mayo Clinic, which President Obama has touted as a model for the rest of the health care system, has delivered a blistering critique of the House Democratic health care bill: "Although there are some positive provisions in the current House Tri-Committee bill – including insurance for all and payment reform demonstration projects – the proposed legislation misses the opportunity to help create higher-quality, more affordable health care for patients. In fact, it will do the opposite."
  • Honduras -- Riding Tigers

    07/08/2009 11:09:51 AM PDT · by FromLori · 10 replies · 729+ views
    A warning to President Obama from John F. Kennedy. President Obama has denounced the actions taken by the Honduran Congress, Supreme Court and military, all actions taken under the rule of law -- Honduran law -- in the nonviolent arrest and removal from office of strongman (caudillo) Manuel Zelaya. President Obama's denunciation was based, using Jay D. Homnick's apt phrase, on "standard collegiate peacenik rhetoric." Joining in this shame are the UN General Assembly that approved a resolution by consensus without a formal vote on June 30 (p The General Secretary of the OAS is José Miguel Insulza. He is...
  • Obama Wants to Let Those Pesky Geezers Die

    06/25/2009 11:43:36 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 110 replies · 3,396+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 6.25.09 @ 2:36PM | By Matthew Vadum
    In a rare moment of candor, President Obama explained to an audience how government-run healthcare would work in America....Obama suggested at a town hall event Wednesday night that one way to shave medical costs is to stop expensive and ultimately futile procedures performed on people who are about to die and don't stand to gain from the extra care.
  • ACORN International Changes Its Name. Why?

    06/22/2009 8:39:47 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 20 replies · 941+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 6.22.09 @ 9:21PM | By Matthew Vadum
    ACORN may be about to embark on a huge rebranding effort in order to reinvent itself...disgraced ACORN founder Wade Rathke has renamed ACORN International, which is ACORN's international consultancy....Rathke is trying to dissociate the ACORN affiliate from the oceans of bad ink ACORN has received in the U.S. over the last year. The new name for the international affiliate is Community Organizations International.
  • On OJ Simpson and Barack Obama (2 birds of a feather: heros that fall down with a smash)

    06/22/2009 5:30:26 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 10 replies · 624+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 6/22/09 | James Lewis
    No, I don't think Obama is another OJ Simpson. The two men could not be more different. It's a common marketing strategy that links them. White guilt and that ache for black vindication were a huge part of OJ's celebrity campaign. That's also what got Obama elected over Hillary and then McCain. David Axelrod as a PR maven had obviously studied the opinion polls about black celebrities. They knew that a black man who looked and sounded good on TV could roll over the opposition; the media wouldn't dare to examine his background. OJ had demonstrated it, along with Oprah...
  • Fiends With Benefits

    06/20/2009 3:55:14 AM PDT · by Zender500 · 14 replies · 987+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 6.19.09 | George Neumayr
    Thursday's Washington Post contained comprehensive coverage, three stories no less, of Barack Obama's presidential memorandum that decrees in these dark days of recession new "benefits to partners of federal workers." But don't worry, your scarce hard-earned tax dollars won't go to all domestic lovers. Just homosexual ones. The memorandum "does not cover domestic heterosexual partners," reports the Post. And who largely drafted the memorandum? John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, who is "the highest-ranking openly gay person in the administration." Heterosexual sinners need to hire better lobbyists, or hope that Obama soon finds in his impressively massive...
  • Liberals Push Panic Button on Health Care

    06/18/2009 9:49:34 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 23 replies · 1,185+ views
    American Spectator ^ | June 18, 2009 | Philip Klein
    After yesterday's news that the Finance Committe would be delaying its health care legislation while they try to slash $600 billion from a draft of the bill that was priced at $1.6 trillion by the Congressional Budget Office, liberal journalists are getting nervous.
  • Obama's Iran Blunder

    06/17/2009 6:11:18 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies · 853+ views
    American Spectator ^ | June 17, 2009 | Peter Ferrara
    On its current course, the Middle East is headed for nuclear war. The only question is whether someone will act to take history off that course. That won't be the left wing extremist/narcissist we now have in the White House, who is lost in his own dream world. Like Adolf Hitler, the theocrats who run Iran have told us exactly what they plan to do. They plan to build nuclear weapons, and use them to "wipe Israel off the map." They have said this plan is rooted in their fundamental religious beliefs and doctrines regarding the return of their God...
  • Dear Leader Obama Wants to Seize More Companies

    06/16/2009 4:26:03 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies · 514+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 6.16.09 @ 6:17PM | By Matthew Vadum
    President Obama is demanding dangerous, sweeping new powers to seize financial services companies. [T]he proposal expected to be unveiled tomorrow will be "the most significant new regulation of the financial industry since the Great Depression, including a new watchdog agency to look out for consumers' interests." The plan would give the government "new powers to seize key companies -- such as insurance giant American International Group Inc. -- whose failure jeopardizes the financial system." The news report notes that "[c]urrently, the government's authority to seize companies is mostly limited to banks."