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  • The Role of Memory on Memorial Day

    05/28/2016 8:54:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 27, 2016 | Sherry Mandell
    You might have a hard time relating to Memorial Day, like I used to. Even though my grandfather and father were soldiers in the two World Wars, ours was not a military family. I didnt know any soldiers, none of my friends were and nobody I knew in my community was one either. Vietnam was over by the time I was in high school. It was a time of relative peace and quiet. Then I moved to Israel in my twenties and got married. Now my own children are soldiers. All of their friends are soldiers. Everywhere I look I...
  • Janet Yellen says Fed could raise rates in coming months

    05/27/2016 4:16:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2016 4:08 PM EDT
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that an interest rate hike would be appropriate in the coming months if the economy keeps improving. While economic growth was relatively weak at the end of last year and beginning of this year, it appears to be picking up now based on recent data, Yellen said during a discussion at Harvard University. She said she expects the Fed to gradually and cautiously increase its key interest rate and probably in the coming months, such a move would be appropriate.
  • 10 Japanese Atrocities From World War II

    05/27/2016 9:12:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 70 replies
    listverse.com ^ | May 6, 2014 | staff
    The Rape of Nanking and the evil human experiments done by Unit 731 usually come to mind when we think of Japanese war crimes. Unfortunately, those awful incidents werent isolated cases. Fueled by racism, fanaticism, and finally desperation as their defeat seemed inevitable, the Japanese in World War II perpetrated several acts on par with Nazi war crimes. 10Laha Airfield MassacreFebruary 1942 This ghoulish event, which killed more than 300 Australian and Dutch POWs, followed the Japanese capture of the Indonesian island of Ambon. Allegedly as an act of reprisal after the Allies destroyed one of their minesweepers, the Japanese...
  • Pope Francis might jettison idea of a just war

    05/27/2016 6:26:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    AP ^ | May 26, 2016 | Maria J. Stephan
    Developed in the fifth century A.D. by St. Augustine, the doctrine of a just war empowers rulers to wage war only as a last resort to confront grave wrongs. As Augustine wrote: Peace should be the object of your desire; war should be waged only as a necessity. Later, the Summa Theologica, written by St. Thomas Aquinas in the 1260s and 1270s, clarified that war could only be waged by a properly instituted authority like the state, that it could not occur for purposes of self-gain, and that attaining peace must be its central aim.
  • Obama at Hiroshima: 'Death fell from the sky'

    05/27/2016 3:46:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 111 replies
    AP ^ | May 26, 2016 | Nancy Benac and Foster Klug
    Barack Obama on Friday paid tribute to the "silent cry" of the 140,000 people killed by the world's first atomic bomb attack and sought to renew attention in his unfulfilled vision of a world without nuclear weapons, as he became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima. "Death fell from the sky and the world was changed," Obama said, after laying a wreath, closing his eyes and briefly bowing his head before an arched monument in Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park that honors those killed on Aug. 6, 1945, when U.S. forces dropped the bomb that ushered in the nuclear...
  • The Merchants Of War Sell Their Wares At Tampa Convention Center

    05/25/2016 3:56:42 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 18 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | May 24, 2016 | Howard Altman
    TAMPA Packed with robots and trucks and guns and drones, the Tampa Convention Center's exhibition hall this week has been transformed into a showroom for the latest in war gadgets. It's all part of the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, a major annual confab that brings military commanders together with defense contractors to figure out what commandos need in a dangerous and ever-changing world. The anchor, of course, is U.S. Special Operations Command, which has an annual budget of several billion dollars to spend on commando-specific goods and services. This year, about 350 companies set up shop at the...
  • Am I the only one upset by this...

    05/23/2016 8:53:04 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 75 replies
    Me | May 23, 2016 | HarleyLady27
    This to me, is a total disgrace to America and our Veterans that served during Viet Nam. We have a wall with names of fallen Veterans that served this Country for it's freedoms and making it safe, and this President goes there and offers them weapons and other things... Maybe I am upset because a lot of people I knew served there, people I grew up with, boys that I dated, men that I rode with, that never came back home... I was privledged to see the "Viet Nam Wall" when I went with the Rolling Thunder out of PA....
  • Did the Battle of Jutland Really Matter?

    05/21/2016 6:33:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 100 replies
    National Interest ^ | May 20, 2016 | Robert Farley
    A century ago, the two greatest fleets of the industrial age fought an inconclusive battle in the North Sea. The British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet fielded a total of fifty-eight dreadnought battleships and battle cruisers, ships over the twice the size of most modern surface combatants. Including smaller ships, the battle included 250 vessels in total.
  • New Defense Bill Will Boost War and Tyranny

    05/18/2016 4:57:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2016 | Ron Paul
    For many of us concerned with liberty, the letters NDAA have come to symbolize Washingtons ongoing effort to undermine the U.S. Constitution in the pursuit of constant war overseas. It was the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2012 that introduced into law the idea that American citizens could be indefinitely detained without warrant or charge if a government bureaucrat decided they had assisted al-Qaeda or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States. No charges, no trial, just disappeared Americans. The National Defense Authorization bill should be a Congressional mechanism to bind the president to spend...
  • Mark Mobius: Here's why Trump won't actually start a trade war

    05/15/2016 6:06:51 AM PDT · by central_va · 17 replies
    yahoo finance ^ | May 15, 2016 | Julia La Roche
    Emerging markets fund manager Mark Mobius doesnt think there will be a trade war if Donald Trump is elected president. Trumps positions on tradeincluding raising tariffs on Chinese imported goodshave raised concerns that we could end up in an all out trade war between the US and China. Speaking at the SALT Conference in Las Vegas on Friday, Mobius, the executive chairman of Templeton Emerging Market Group, said it wont come to that. He thinks Trump will get deals done. When people ask me, I say, I dont like what he says, but I like the way he says it,...
  • Libyas Oil Exports Could To Go To 0 bpd Within One Month

    05/10/2016 11:57:07 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | Libya oil
    Libyan officials attached to the government in Tripoli are warning that the country will have to halt the majority of its output from southeastern fields within a months time as the Hariga port remains under blockade over an export dispute between rival governments. Fields in the south-east which provide the majority of the Libyan oil output will be shut down in a month unless blockade on the Mediterranean Sea terminal Marsa el-Hariga if lifted, officials in Tripoli have warned on Tuesday. Factions loyal to the eastern government in Tobruk, and the parallel National Oil Company in Benghazi, have been in...
  • Huffington Post Posts Vicente Fox Giving Donald Trump the Finger ("We can jump walls")

    05/10/2016 9:19:56 AM PDT · by ghosthost · 88 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-10-2016 | Joe Pollak
    The Huffington Post has published a photograph (above) of former Mexican president Vicente Fox giving Donald Trump the finger, taken a day before Fox apologized to Trump in an interview with Breitbart News. He also said some of Trumps proposals could lead to war. Dont play around with us, Fox said. We can jump walls. We can swim rivers. And we can defend ourselves.
  • Kentucky Confederate monument to be removed after 120 years

    04/30/2016 4:57:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    AP ^ | April 29, 2016 | Dylan Lovan
    A Confederate monument capped with a statue of Jefferson Davis will be removed from a spot near the University of Louisville campus where it has stood since 1895. The stone monument honoring Kentuckians who died for the Confederacy in the Civil War will be moved to another location, University President James Ramsey and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said during a surprise announcement Friday.
  • Could Sabotage Cause A Surge In Oil Prices?

    04/26/2016 3:22:22 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 12 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 26-04-2016 | Dwayne Purvis
    Hidden among the ballyhoo about a collaborative freeze in production growth, a less visible but far more effective dynamic has affected, and likely will affect, oil supply and price: military intervention. There have always been three routes out of the unsustainably low prices: natural decline/growth of supply/demand, collaboration constraints on supply, and military conflict. Since January, while the talk of a growth freeze had no effect whatsoever on actual supply, the natural decline/growth did reduce the overhang by a couple of hundred thousand barrels of oil per day. Meanwhile, two little-discussed and less-understood military interventions took a combined 900,000 bopd...
  • Obama: 'We Are Fortunate to Be Living in the Most Peaceful...Era in Human History'

    04/25/2016 9:43:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 25, 2016 | 6:44 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    President Barack Obama, speaking in Germany on Monday, said were fortunate to be living in the most peaceful era in human history. [] That may surprise young people who are watching TV or looking at your phones, he said, and it seems like only bad news comes through every day, but consider its been decades since the last war between major powers. [] Around the world were more tolerant, with more opportunity for women and gays and lesbians as we push back on bigotry and prejudice, he said. (He notably did not mention transgenders, a topic that is making headlines...
  • When Swiss Used to Mean Badass

    04/23/2016 6:12:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 23, 2016 | Robert Bateman
    The Eidgenossen matter. The who? What? Why? OK, let me back up. Two weeks ago, while talking about the Battle of Crecy I mentioned the concept of a Revolution in Military Affairs. At that time I gave a fairly simple definition. A better, or perhaps just more complete definition of a Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) might go like this: A fundamental change in the practice of warfare
  • For Whom the Bell Still Tolls

    04/19/2016 4:16:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2016 | Paul Greenberg
    Don't look for any happy ending here. Or any ending. The debate over the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) can be expected to last as long as there are isolationists and interventionists arguing over American foreign policy -- that is, approximately forever. Few if any conflicts illustrate the tragic nature of history so well, for there were no simple choices in Spain. There were more than enough heroes and villains, not-so-innocent bystanders and gawkers galore -- along with an endless supply of impossible choices. No one's hands were Ivory Soap clean, but curiously enough none were hopelessly dirty. Time, the great...
  • Obama's Nuclear Contrition; Drastically increasing the chance of nuclear war.

    04/15/2016 8:14:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Front Pge Magazine ^ | 4/15/16 | Caroline Glick
    On Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Hiroshima. While there meeting with this G-7 counterparts, Kerry strongly hinted that his visit was a precursor to a visit to the site of the first nuclear bombing by President Barack Obama next month. The irony of course is that for all his professed commitment to ridding the world of nuclear weapons, Obama is responsible for drastically increasing the chance of nuclear war. Indeed, Obamas own actions lend easily to the conclusion that he wishes to do penance for Americas decision to attack Hiroshima and Nagasaki with nuclear bombs, (and so...
  • Brutal: Former Defense Secretaries Openly Slam 'Inexperienced' Obama White House War Micromanagement

    04/07/2016 11:00:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    For years the Obama administration has been accused of micromanaging the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from inside the White House. Now in an astonishing report from Fox News anchor Bret Baier, three former Obama Defense Secretaries are openly slamming him for his distrust of the military, his failure to lead and they're exposing his inexperienced and closest advisors for second guessing senior field commanders with phone calls to the battlefield. "President Obama, he's one of the youngest presidents we've ever had. One of the most inexperienced presidents we've ever had. He has a staff around him that is very...
  • 'Full ceasefire': 19 Ukrainian servicemen killed, 128 wounded in March

    04/03/2016 6:52:24 AM PDT · by tlozo · 3 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | Apr. 2, 2016
    Russian-backed separatist forces continue shelling Ukrainian positions despite truce agreement Despite the ceasefire granted by Minsk peace accords, the war in eastern Ukraine continues. In March, at least 19 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 128 were wounded, according to Ukrainian Deutsche Welle service. On March 31, one servicemen was killed and eight wounded as a result of armed hostilities in the Donbas region. Four Ukrainian servicemen were killed on March 20 and 25. However, not all casualties were a result of fighting. One soldier was killed in a traffic accident on March 29, according to the report released by ATO...
  • ISIS 'Crucifies Catholic Priest on Good Friday'... "

    03/28/2016 7:36:05 AM PDT · by milford421 · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/28/16 | Sara Malm
    "It was reported last week that several religious groups had received threats that Father Thomas would be crucified on Good Friday, but this was denied by his church in hometown of Bangalore. However, the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schnborn, told a congregation gathered in St. Stephen's Cathedral in the Austrian capital that the priest had been crucified." "It is not known how the Archbishop became aware of Father Thomas' alleged fate, but his confirmation of the crucifixion during Easter Vigil Mass was reported in Austrian media. "
  • The Sorry State of Our Militry: Is it Happenstance or Design?

    03/22/2016 4:02:33 PM PDT · by Benny Huang · 24 replies
    Freedom Daily ^ | March 22, 2016 | Benny Huang
    How it must have pained Marine Corps General John Paxton to tell Congress that his service might not be prepared for war. Last week, the Assistant Commandant, who has racked up 42 of honorable military service, candidly admitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee that the US Marine Corps isn't what it used to be. "I worry about the capability and the capacity to win in a major fight somewhere else right now," said the general. He fretted over inadequate training and equipment particularly in the fields of communications, intelligence, and aviation. Cynics might see Paxton's testimony as a plea...
  • Hillary: "Dangerous" To Imply We Are At War With An Entire Religion

    03/22/2016 12:42:33 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 76 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 22, 2016r | Pam Key
    Tuesday on CNNs Wolf, while discussing the terror attacks in Brussels at the Maalbeek Metro station and and Zaventem airport, which resulted in deaths of at least 31 and hundreds injured, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said the accusations from politicians on the right that part of the problem is President Barack Obama wont even say the words radical Islamic terrorism is dangerous because it would imply we are at war with an entire religion.
  • Obama tells Cubans he comes to bury a last remnant of Cold War

    03/22/2016 7:59:52 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 35 replies
    Reuters via CNBC.com ^ | March 22, 2016 | Reuters Staff
    Sitting next to Cuban President Raul Castro (R), US President Barack Obama (L) gestures during the state dinner at the Revolution Palace in Havana on March 21, 2016. Adalberto Roque | AFP | Getty Images Sitting next to Cuban President Raul Castro (R), US President Barack Obama (L) gestures during the state dinner at the Revolution Palace in Havana on March 21, 2016. U.S. President Barack Obama declared on Tuesday that he had come to Havana to "bury the last remnant" of the Cold War in the Americas as he spoke directly to the Cuban people in a historic speech...
  • The Meatgrinder of World War I [Verdun]

    03/19/2016 9:04:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | March 19, 2016 | Robert Bateman
    There is no quick route by which one may approach Verdun. No superhighway passes through this sleepy town, nor do any of Frances fabled Trains de Grande Vitesse stop here. There is only the local line, and even that humbled creaking route terminates in Verdun. In the end, one can only come to this hallowed ground slowly, by a small four-car train or by narrow two-lane road. This is as it should be. Some 250,000 men died in these few square miles of turf, and one should not rush into a graveyard.
  • THE THREAT OF ISLAM IS REAL AND IT'S HERE!

    03/09/2016 7:27:07 AM PST · by Dick Bachert · 15 replies
    Vanity ^ | 3 9 2016 | Dick Bachert
    (The two links herein MAY have to be copied and pasted by any who care to visit those sites.) Today's radio show (aka "rant") with Dr. Lori Wilson out of WLBB in Carrollton, Georgia. I succeeded in dragging Lori kicking and screaming into a discussion of the most serious domestic threat we face today: Islam and why Trump is probably the only candidate to effectively deal with it! If you have an interest in listening, go to this link http://www.gradickcommunications.com and the center "PODCASTS" Menu and click on "The Wednesday Show with Dick Bachert" for the current program. How come...
  • Poll: If There Is a Brokered Convention, Who Is Your Top Choice for Republican Nominee?

    03/07/2016 12:19:16 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 125 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/07/16 | NR Staff
    If no candidate arrives in Cleveland with a majority of delegates, resulting in a brokered convention, who would be your top choice to be the Republicans nominee? Take NRs latest poll and let your voice be heard.
  • Russian Air Force pulverizes ISILs oil transport routes near the Palmyra Triangle

    03/06/2016 7:59:37 AM PST · by PIF · 27 replies
    Almasdar News ^ | 06/03/2016 | By Leith Fadel
    The Russian Air Force is taking no prisoners in the eastern Homs countryside and they are certainly not willing to allow ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) to use the roads that lead north towards the Al-Raqqa Governorate. For two straight days now, the Russian Air Force has relentlessly targeted ISILs primary oil transport routes in the deserts of northeastern Homs, striking the aforementioned terrorist groups positions at the villages of Al-Zarayah, Wadi Al-Dhakara, Al-Sakhanah, and Arak.
  • Cold-Rolled Steel From China Slapped With 265% Anti-Dumping Duties

    03/04/2016 8:12:03 AM PST · by mac_truck · 43 replies
    Metal Miner ^ | 3/2/2016 | Jeff Yoders
    The Department of Commerce today announced its affirmative preliminary determinations in the anti-dumping duty investigations of imports of cold-rolled steel flat products from Brazil, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia, and the United Kingdom. In the Brazil investigation, mandatory respondent Companhia Siderurgica Nacional received a calculated preliminary dumping margin of 38.93%. The second mandatory respondent, Usiminas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais, did not respond to all of Commerces requests for information, and therefore received a dumping margin based on adverse facts available. Usiminas and all other producers/exporters in Brazil also received a preliminary dumping margin of 38.93%. China Receives Heavy Duties...
  • Battle Without End: The casualties of Verdun

    03/04/2016 8:33:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 14, 2016 | Geoffrey Norman
    There is something hard, cold, and brutal about the structure. It looks like a concrete airplane hangar and rising above it is what is called the Lantern of the Dead." The shape suggests, appropriately, an artillery shell. When you walk around the outside of the building you find small windows, and when you look through them what you see are bones. Human bones and skulls. Piles of them. They are the remains of more than 130,000 men who were killed here and whose bodies could not be recovered or identified and so remained in the mud, blown apart again and...
  • Rules of Engagement for the 21st Century Battlefield

    03/01/2016 6:54:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2016 | Allen West
    Rules of Engagement (ROE) is defined as a directive issued by a military authority specifying the circumstances and limitations under which forces will engage in combat with the enemy. In the history of warfare we have seen an incredible metamorphosis of the rules of engagement. Long ago, armies presented themselves upon the battlefield in open areas away from civilian populations. The fact that weapons were limited to that which was carried, sword and spear, meant that fighting the enemy meant close-quarter engagement. The rules then were quite simple: engage the enemy, defeat them, and pursue to bring about their ultimate...
  • The Pentagon Readies Backup Island in Case of Chinese Missile Onslaught (Blast from the Past)

    02/25/2016 6:31:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 25, 2016 | Robert Beckhusen
    The United States can no longer count on its Pacific air bases to be safe from missile attack during a war with China. On the contrary, a 2015 paper from the influential RAND Corporation noted that in the worst case scenario, “larger and accurate attacks sustained over time against a less hardened posture could be devastating, causing large losses of aircraft and prolonged airfield closures.” Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, due to its relative proximity, would be hardest hit. To up the stakes, China in September 2015 publicly revealed its DF-26 ballistic missile, which can strike Andersen Air Force Base...
  • Saudi Arabia declares oil output cut 'is not going to happen' (Shows Hand - Warns US Shale)

    02/24/2016 5:22:59 AM PST · by xzins · 31 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 23 Feb 16 | Gregory Meyer in Houston and Anjli Raval in London
    Saudi Arabia has ruled out a deal by major producers to cut oil output and warned high-cost operators such as US shale drillers to trim costs or go bust in a stark message that triggered fresh pressure on crude prices. Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi said a lack of trust between the world's biggest producers meant a cut in production "is not going to happen". He said the kingdom would instead push for a co-ordinated production freeze to help balance a market swamped with an excess of crude which has taken oil prices to their lowest level in more than...
  • Syria: Dozens killed as bombers strike in Homs and Damascus

    02/21/2016 11:20:35 AM PST · by Vostok-1 · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | 1717 GMT (0117 HKT) February 21, 2016 | Yousuf Basil and Tim Hume
    Dozens of people were killed in separate car bomb and suicide attacks in Homs and southern Damascus on Sunday, Syrian state media reported, citing local officials and security sources. ISIS claimed responsibility for the Sayyidah Zaynab and Homs attacks via the Telegram messaging app.
  • War, Peace and the Next President

    02/21/2016 10:22:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2016 | Steve Chapman
    When President Woodrow Wilson ran for re-election in 1916, as Europeans slaughtered each other on an unprecedented scale, his slogan was, "He kept us out of war." If Barack Obama were allowed to run for re-election, he could use this slogan: "He kept us out of Syria." Will his successor? Given that the United States has been continuously at war for more than 14 years, you might think this topic would be a focus of the presidential campaign. But it's been largely ignored. Military involvement in foreign conflicts is no longer unusual enough to warrant much attention from the candidates...
  • Turks and Saudis know any Russia fight will be lonely one

    02/19/2016 2:59:33 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 38 replies
    http://gwynnedyer.com/ ^ | 9:32 AM Wednesday Feb 17, 2016 | Gwynne Dyer
    Gwynne Dyer: Turks and Saudis know any Russia fight will be lonely one 9:32 AM Wednesday Feb 17, 2016 Between last Thursday and Monday, the Turkish government, in league with Saudi Arabia, made a tentative decision to enter the war on the ground in Syria - and then got cold feet about it. Or more likely, the Turkish army simply told the government that it would not invade Syria and risk the possibility of a shooting war with the Russians. The Turkish government bears a large share of the responsibility for the devastating Syrian civil war. From the start, Turkey's...
  • In 2002, Donald Trump Said He Supported Invading Iraq

    02/18/2016 7:52:05 PM PST · by JediJones · 30 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 2/18/2016 | Andrew Kaczynski
    For months, Donald Trump has claimed that he opposed the Iraq War before the invasion began — as an example of his great judgment on foreign policy issues. But in a 2002 interview with Howard Stern, Donald Trump said he supported an Iraq invasion. In the interview, which took place on Sept. 11, 2002, Stern asked Trump directly if he was for invading Iraq. "Yeah I guess so," Trump responded. "I wish the first time it was done correctly." Trump has repeatedly claimed that he was against the Iraq War before it began, despite no evidence of him publicly stating...
  • What would happen if the Second Amendment is repealed?

    02/18/2016 4:30:47 PM PST · by Elderberry · 129 replies
    Josh Blackman's Blog ^ | 2/16/2016 | James Boice
    Last week, author James Boice interviewed me for a Salon essay about what would happen if the Second Amendment is repealed. With Justice Scalia gone, the vitality of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms is in doubt. Here are a handful of quotes from the article. Besides, "if the Second Amendment were repealed tomorrow, very little would actually change right away. Chicago and D.C. might try to reinstitute their handgun ban, but virtually every state constitution carries a provision upholding the right to keep guns," says Josh Blackman, a constitutional law expert at the South Texas College of...
  • Obama’s ‘Moderate’ Syrian Deception

    02/17/2016 5:15:35 PM PST · by marvel5 · 18 replies
    Consortium News ^ | February 16, 2016 | Gareth Porter
    Exclusive: President Obama, who once called the idea of “moderate” Syrian rebels a “fantasy,” has maintained the fiction to conceal the fact that many “moderates” are fighting alongside Al Qaeda’s jihadists, an inconvenient truth that is complicating an end to Syria’s civil war, explains Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter Secretary of State John Kerry insisted at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday that the agreement with Russia on a temporary halt in the war in Syria can only be carried out if Russia stops its airstrikes against what Kerry is now calling “legitimate opposition groups.” But what Kerry did not...
  • RAF Typhoon jets scrambled to intercept Russian bombers

    02/17/2016 1:37:26 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 21 replies
    plymouthherald.co.uk ^ | February 17, 2016 | WMNDavidWells
    RAF Typhoon jets scrambled to intercept Russian bombers By WMNDavidWells | Posted: February 17, 2016 Read more: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/RAF-Typhoon-jets-scrambled-intercept-Russian/story-28754813-detail
  • Trump is Right, America Doesn’t Win Wars Anymore

    02/16/2016 8:08:37 PM PST · by pboyington · 29 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | February 16 2016 | Ray Starmann
    JOE SCARBOROUGH: “Have we wasted too much money over the past decade fighting wars? Has that been one of the biggest?”– Trump – “Well, I’ll tell you what, I don’t mind fighting, but you have got to win and number one, we don’t win wars, we just fight, we just fight. It’s like a big — like you’re vomiting, just fight, fight, fight. We don’t win anything. I mean, if you’re going to fight, you win and you get back to rebuilding the country. We don’t win. It’s really a terrible thing. I mean, our country used to win all...
  • Why Leftists Want to Draft Women

    02/16/2016 12:54:02 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 27 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 2/16/2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Hillary Clinton had endorsed forcing women to register for a draft. Now the issue is taking on new urgency. Despite the left's anti-draft posturing, it has fond memories of its protests during the Vietnam War and it is the biggest supporter of bringing back the draft. Proposals to move to a draft army invariably come from Democrats in Congress and left-wing pundits who believe that a draft will create a higher barrier to any future conflict. Forcing women to register raises the barrier even higher. And anything that makes it harder for the military to function properly is also part...
  • ‘Millions’ of Republicans Say Iraq War was a ‘Disaster’: Laura Ingraham Supports Trump

    02/15/2016 2:38:30 PM PST · by AuntB · 181 replies
    Impulse today ^ | Feb.15, 2016 | Derek Flynn
    Laura Ingraham, who is a conservative radio host, gave a warning to the GOP presidential candidates that they should stop defending the actions of President George W. Bush because "millions and millions" of Republican voters believe the Iraq War that he got the United States into was a mistake. During the CBS hosted GOP Republican presidential debate last Saturday night, GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump accused George W. Bush of lying about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction. "Obviously, the war in Iraq was a big, fat mistake, all right?" Trump said. "They lied. They said there were weapons of...
  • Trump: If GOP Doesn’t Admit Iraq War Was a Mistake, We’re Not Going to Win the General Election

    02/15/2016 12:28:07 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 192 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/14/16 | Pam Key
    Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump warned if the Republican Party isn’t willing to admit the 2003 invasion of Iraq was a mistake, then the party will be defeated in the upcoming general election. Trump said, “The Iraq war was a disaster. It was a mistake. We spent $2 trillion, thousands of lives, thousands of lives, wounded warriors who we love all over the place. What do we have? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Iran is taking over Iraq as sure as you’re sitting there. And that’s the way it is. We get nothing. They get...
  • Trump Wrote Iraq WMDs Were Threat Year Before Bush Took Office

    02/14/2016 10:17:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | February 14, 2016 | Andrew Kaczynski
    Trump's old line about his opposing the Iraq War: "I'll give you 25 different stories." His new line after no one has found proof he actually opposed it: "I wasn't a politician so people didn't write everything I said." Donald Trump offered a new reason for why, after exhaustive searches, no one has found proof he opposed the Iraq War before it began: People didn't write everything he said. The comments are a stark difference from what The Donald said at a Republican debate in September of last year, when said he could provide 25 stories showing his early opposition...
  • Donald Trump Turned the GOP Debate Into a Cage Match

    02/14/2016 9:48:44 AM PST · by xzins · 213 replies
    Slate ^ | Feb. 14 2016 | Jamelle Bouie
    If you watched Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, you saw a calm, wonky, and civil discussion between two presidential candidates. If you watched Saturday's Republican debate, you saw the opposite. You saw a brawl. And the instigator -the man who turned a debate about leading the country into a cage match - was Donald Trump. If you were watching the Republican debate to get a read on policy and plans, you were disappointed. The entire occasion - all two hours - were consumed by this death match of a presidential debate. With that said, this night of combat wasn't a waste....
  • How Republics Perish

    02/12/2016 10:45:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | Pat Buchanan
    If you believed America's longest war, in Afghanistan, was coming to an end, be advised: It is not. Departing U.S. commander Gen. John Campbell says there will need to be U.S. boots on the ground "for years to come." Making good on President Obama's commitment to remove all U.S. forces by next January, said Campbell, "would put the whole mission at risk." "Afghanistan has not achieved an enduring level of security and stability that justifies a reduction of our support. ... 2016 could be no better and possibly worse than 2015." Translation: A U.S. withdrawal would risk a Taliban takeover...
  • North Korea's new satellite cruised over Levi's Stadium after Super Bowl 50

    02/08/2016 5:50:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 83 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | February 8, 2016 | Nicole Hensley
    North Korea's new satellite cruised over Levi's Stadium after Super Bowl 50 BY Nicole Hensley / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / Monday, February 8, 2016, 5:29 AM Kim Kwang Hyon/AP North Korea's satellite, which was launched on Feb. 7, passed over the Super Bowl 50 game. Pictured is the country's Unha 3 at the Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang in 2012. A "Shining Star" was watching over Levi's Stadium after the Broncos 24-10 win. As football fans poured out of the Bay Area stadium, North Korea's observational satellite zipped by the field at an orbit 300 miles above the Earth at...
  • The Road to Utopia: The "Greenest" Nation on Earth Is a Nightmare

    02/07/2016 9:19:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 7, 2016 | James Wanliss
    The North Koreans appear to have successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb in January 2016 and promise more excitement to come. Immediately after the bang the government news agency bragged that the nation was now "capable of wiping out the whole territory of the U.S. all at once."This only slightly distracted mainstream politicos in other nations. North Korea might have gotten a bigger, badder reaction had it elected instead to drive steamrollers over groups of homosexuals or Muslims or women. At least Bernie Sanders, though closer in kinship to the North Korean brand of monarchical socialism than to, say, Ronald Reagan, noticed the bomb. World leaders only pause long...
  • Is This Game Over For Assad’s Enemies?

    02/06/2016 9:35:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | February 6, 2016 | Nancy A. Youssef
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could make his biggest gains in the country’s long civil war—and potentially tip its outcome in his favor in a matter of weeks—by wresting control of the city of Aleppo from opposition forces, two U.S. military officials told The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity. If government forces are able to successfully encircle the city and hold it, and control the province around it, “the war is essentially over,” said one of the senior defense officials.