TODAY IN POLITICS: 2010: The Year of Islamist Infiltration

December 30, 2010
By CMAC

2010: The Year of Islamist Infiltration

by Patrick Poole

Appeasement and outreach are no match for the enemy’s civilizational jihad.

Democrats Force ‘Birther’ Issue to Rise Again: What Gives?

by Kyle-Anne Shiver

I believe that the president was born in Hawaii. But am I the only curious cat who thinks it’s rather odd for that state’s newly-elected governor, plus Chris Matthews of MSNBC, both liberal Democrats, to have just forced the “Birther” issue to rise again?

Model Student, Sports Star Suspended for Paring Knife Mix-Up (Updated: School Responds)

by Bryan Preston

Zero tolerance common sense. UPDATE: School responds, I Google.

The Ground Zero Mosque’s Imam: Now On Tour!

by Ryan Mauro

Brace yourself for a slick sensitivity roadshow.

Is There a Cure for Liberalism?

by Bryan Preston

Yet another study says biology may lurk in our political beliefs.

Is the Three-Day Holiday a Right?

by Michael Swartz

Roll back the government worker three-day weekend bonanza.

The Obamas Police Food and Football (Updated)

by Bryan Preston

Why their comments on Michael Vick and school lunches make us queasy.

How Did All That Happen?

by Victor Davis Hanson

How did villains become heroes, global warming become “climate change,” and the most liberal senator become a “bipartisan” president?

Question Insanity: What to Ask Progressives

by Oleg Atbashian

An ex-Soviet immigrant goes Socratic on his liberal American critics.

Merry Christmas: Obama Engineers the Death Panels’ Return

by Bryan Preston

You know who predicted all this…

Taqiyya: WikiLeaked Docs Reveal Syria’s Role in the Cartoon Riots

by Bryan Preston

Orchestrated chaos to serve political ends. Plus: Taqiyya: The Movie!

The Two Essential Questions Regarding Palestinian Statehood

by Moshe Dann

Will it be a force for peace and stability? What do Palestinian leaders really want?

Krauthammer to GOP: Don’t Defund ObamaCare

by Bryan Preston

Bad idea.

In the Future, Everyone will Be Edward R. Murrow for 15 Minutes

by Ed Driscoll

The New York Times dubs Jon Stewart the next Murrow. And why not? In recent years, seemingly everyone on cable TV has been compared to the venerable broadcast pioneer.

Durban III: Time for the U.S. to Defund the UN?

by Roger L Simon

Durban has more in common with the Wansee Conference than human rights. We elected the new Congress to cut the budget—when they arrive in January, they should start with the UN.

Everyone Knows…

by Herbert London

When “everyone knows…,” dissent is beside the point.

When Reason Fades — From Illegal Immigration to Jeffrey Sachs

by Victor Davis Hanson

Of illogic, tribalism, and ad hominem character assassination.

The 25 Percent Solution

by Ed Driscoll

“Only 4% of American films are made by women. In Iran it’s 25%,” an ad by international banking firm HSBC claims. But HSBC’s bizarre ad propping up the mullahs is but one of a growing number of overtly politicized ads from once-staid financial institutions.

A Faux Compassionate Christmas, Courtesy of the Left

by Tom Blumer

America’s stubbornly liberal leaders keep millions looking for work.

PJM Political: Christmas in Poliwood

by Ed Driscoll

A special Christmas-themed edition of PJTV’s Poliwood, featuring Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd. Plus the return of the prodigal blogger, Bill Whittle, to the virtual set of Trifecta. And Joe Hicks on the Pigford Settlement. Hosted by the VodkaPundit himself, Stephen Green.

’Tis the Season to Be Politically Correct

by Roger Kimball

If we cannot defend our culture, we are doomed to lose it.

In Defense of the Filibuster

by Rick Moran

Despite its use to obstruct the will of the majority, the filibuster fills a critical role in the Senate: it encourages prudence in making law.

Casino Jack Depicts Abramoff as Flawed but Human

by Christian Toto

Casino Jack entertains first and foremost, something most other recent hyper-liberal Hollywood polemics couldn’t be bothered to do.

GOP pals could be 2012 rivals

By JONATHAN MARTIN | 12/30/10 9:49 AM
Why Americans Oppose Rule by Bureaucrats – Merrill Matthews, Forbes
Rekindling Hope in Liberalism – E.J. Dionne, Washington Post
ObamaCare’s Fate Will Be Decided by ’12 Election – Steve Stark, Boston Phx
What America Has That Its Rivals Do Not – Victor Davis Hanson, NRO
The Uncertain Variables in Afghanistan – David Ignatius, Washington Post
What the Do-Nothing Congress Actually Did – Jim Antle, RealClearPolitics
Rendell Goes Rogue – Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg
The Meaning of Christmas, Day 5 – Walter Russell Mead, American Interest
A Direct, Public Moral Challenge from the Pope – Daniel Henninger, WSJ
Islamophobia is a Major Problem in US – Rachel Slajda, Talking Points Memo
Gov’t Duties vs. Big Nanny Moralizing – Michelle Malkin, New York Post
2010 in Figures: What It All Adds Up To – Tim Harford, Financial Times
Stories We Didn’t Hear Enough About – Eleanor Clift, Politics Daily
No Good Guys in Fight Over For-Profit Colleges – Tim Carney, DC Examiner
World’s Tyrannies Don’t Go On Holiday – Carl Gershman, Washington Post
King Coal’s Staying Power – George Will, Orange County Register
How Deng Xiaoping Defined the Decade – Mallory Factor, NY Daily News
More on RCP: DADT Repeal Could Foreshadow GOP Generational Split

Editorials

Like Thatcher, Cameron’s Task is Cleaning Up British State – Telegraph
The EPA Goes After Carbon – Miami Herald
Gov’t Shouldn’t Start Rationing Health Care – Orange County Register
A Nasty Surprise in Belarus – The Economist

Mitch Daniels (left) and Haley Barbour appear at a fundraiser in Jackson, Miss. | AP Photo

Barbour Swims Upstream Towards a Bridge Too Far

by Kyle-Anne Shiver

The Mississippi governor’s strangely muted recall of the nature of the Citizens Council in his hometown disqualifies him from seeking the presidency.

The New Holocaust

by Michael Ledeen

Michael Ledeen reviews Giulio Meotti’s new book on Jewish and Israeli victims of the post-9/11 killing spree, A New Shoah. And don’t miss Michael Totten’s recent interview with Meotti, online here.

Shellacked Obama Readies His Regulatory Runarounds

by Bryan Preston

Goals and tactics.

Are Opioids the New Religion of the Masses?

by Theodore Dalrymple

Could it be that one of the largest causes of chronic pain among 35- to 54-year-old Americans is access to opioid drugs?

Obama’s George Bush Impersonation

by Gary Wickert

Four more years!

Iranian Chaos: Spontaneous Revolt Against the Regime

by Michael Ledeen

What we already see is confirmation of what I have been saying for some years: the Iranian people do not like their regime, and they are prepared to confront it. Maybe even the feckless Western leaders will see it and support the Iranian people.

Department of Education’s Bullying Prevention Summit

Updated 3 hr., 22 min. ago

Associated Press/Jae C. Hong

Associated Press/Jae C. Hong

This holiday week, C‑SPAN3 continues with encores of previously aired public policy conferences focusing on various aspects daily life.

Today at 10am ET is the Department of Education’s first summit on efforts to prevent bullying in public schools.  Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talks about the creation of a new national strategy to help local communities come up with specific ways to end bullying. Administrators share anti-bullying efforts already established in their schools, such as the Iowa Safe Schools Law, which includes teaching strategies and the use of student groups to hinder aggressive behavior.
More »

Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Capitol Hill

Exiting and Arriving Lawmakers

Updated 1 hr., 49 min. ago

Tonight, C‑SPAN wraps-up a week-long series of conversations with outgoing congressmen and incoming freshmen lawmakers. We present interviews with the Representative and Rep.-Elect from Pennsylvania’s 11th District, followed by a discussion with departing Rep. Michael Castle (R-DE, At-Large). More »

Ten Political Flash Points for 2011

by Richard Pollock

Expect fights over veto power, the debt ceiling, budget cuts, transparency, and the endangered career of Eric Holder. Ready?

Obama’s ‘Shocking’ Recess Appointment

by Bryan Preston

The president still regards al Qaeda as a mere criminal enterprise.

Sarah for President?

by David Solway

There is probably no one more qualified for the White House than Sarah Palin. But is she electable?

Impurifying Our Precious Bodily Fluids

by Ed Driscoll

I can no longer sit back and allow conservative infiltration, conservative indoctrination, conservative subversion, and the national Tea Party conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids!

Half Cocked: Chris Christie Won’t Fight For Gun Rights

by Bob Owens

As far as the Second Amendment’s concerned, he’s no better than a liberal Democrat.

The Five Best Arguments Against Sharia in the United States

by Zombie

I shouldn’t have to write this essay. But a judge in Oklahoma forced me into it.

The Utter Futility of Reducing Carbon Emissions

by Art Horn

Even with the calculations used by the warmists, virtually nothing would happen if man never produced another CO2 molecule.

Our Big Fat Moroccan Wedding

by Michael Ledeen

Michael’s son, a lieutenant in the USMC, is in the midst of week-long events that will culminate in a Moroccan-style wedding ceremony tomorrow in Jerusalem.

David Remnick of the New Yorker joins the Israeli Haters

by Ron Radosh

Today’s New York intellectuals are but a pale imitation of their ancestors.

College Censors, Get Ready to Open Your Wallets

by Robert Shibley

If you can’t appeal to a public official’s sense of responsibility towards the Constitution, appealing to their self-interest is the next best option.

Defend America? Relax, We’ll Be Fine!

by Mike McDaniel

Just where does defense rank among the Obama administration’s priorities?

Putin’s ‘Justice’ a Nightmare for One American Citizen

by Kim Zigfeld

Arkady Gontmakher, an American citizen from Seattle, is languishing in a Russian jail even though he has been acquitted of the crime they re-arrested him for.

Turn the Screws on Iran, but Ease Pressure on Hamas?

by P. David Hornik

Behold, the world’s schizophrenic policy towards two virtually equal, and related, situations.

No Three-Week Vacations for the Hajj? Don’t Worry, the DOJ’s On It

by Mike McDaniel

The DOJ throws its weight behind a middle-school teacher who claims her rights were violated when she wasn’t allowed the time to go to Mecca.

Why Americans Oppose Rule by Bureaucrats – Merrill Matthews, Forbes
Rekindling Hope in Liberalism – E.J. Dionne, Washington Post
ObamaCare’s Fate Will Be Decided by ’12 Election – Steve Stark, Boston Phx
What America Has That Its Rivals Do Not – Victor Davis Hanson, NRO
The Uncertain Variables in Afghanistan – David Ignatius, Washington Post
What the Do-Nothing Congress Actually Did – Jim Antle, RealClearPolitics
Rendell Goes Rogue – Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg
The Meaning of Christmas, Day 5 – Walter Russell Mead, American Interest
A Direct, Public Moral Challenge from the Pope – Daniel Henninger, WSJ
Islamophobia is a Major Problem in US – Rachel Slajda, Talking Points Memo
Gov’t Duties vs. Big Nanny Moralizing – Michelle Malkin, New York Post
2010 in Figures: What It All Adds Up To – Tim Harford, Financial Times
Stories We Didn’t Hear Enough About – Eleanor Clift, Politics Daily
No Good Guys in Fight Over For-Profit Colleges – Tim Carney, DC Examiner
World’s Tyrannies Don’t Go On Holiday – Carl Gershman, Washington Post
King Coal’s Staying Power – George Will, Orange County Register
How Deng Xiaoping Defined the Decade – Mallory Factor, NY Daily News
More on RCP: DADT Repeal Could Foreshadow GOP Generational Split

Editorials

Like Thatcher, Cameron’s Task is Cleaning Up British State – Telegraph
The EPA Goes After Carbon – Miami Herald
Gov’t Shouldn’t Start Rationing Health Care – Orange County Register
A Nasty Surprise in Belarus – The Economist

Mitch Daniels (left) and Haley Barbour appear at a fundraiser in Jackson, Miss. | AP Photo

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Immediate ObamaCare repeal unlikely

poll vote button 2A California-based law group says the freshmen legislators who will soon enter Congress will not be able to repeal the healthcare bill in the next session.

Future FSA, HRA charges to fund ObamaCare

A public policy expert is weighing in on the IRS’s decision to back away from its ban on using flexible account debit cards to purchase over-the-counter drugs.

NYC mayor ‘rhetorical cheerleader’ for mosque

Two conservative legal groups recently released documents revealing that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office has played an active role in helping the developers of the controversial “victory mosque.”

Redistricting may diminish liberal leaders

The head of an Ohio-based political action committee is pleased that Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich could lose his congressional seat under a Republican redistricting plan.

‘Menu police’ coming to California

The Golden State stands to be the first in the nation to impose “caloric consciousness” by requiring restaurants to reveal to customers the number of calories in meals — a step one critic says insults Americans’ intelligence.

Hush-hush on high prices

Larry Elder smallThe White House’s silence over the recent price run-up for a gallon of gas is yet the latest example of left-wing hypocrisy.

Honor for George Beverly Shea

The longtime, well-known, 101-year-old gospel singer will be honored by The Recording Academy during February’s GRAMMY Awards.

Persecution a sign of end times

One Christian author says believers will soon be persecuted in their workplaces for proclaiming their belief in Christ.

‘No room in the inn’ for pro-lifers

The Illinois town of Rockford has not been hospitable to a pro-life mobile sonogram unit that is trying to serve the city.

Supplication for suffering Somali Christians

Southern Somalia’s largest and most comprehensive Christian library has been destroyed by Islamic militants who continue to threaten and persecute believers, so one organization is encouraging Americans to take prayerful action.

Selection of ‘gay’ leader no step toward Christian unity

A Christian renewal group says by electing an open homosexual to be its leader, an alliance of North Carolina churches has undermined its own purpose.

Catholic Church silent at wrong time

An advocate for America’s fighting men and women says she’s disappointed the Catholic Church didn’t take a stronger stance against the recent lame-duck Congress’s reckless decision to repeal the law that banned homosexuals from military service.

Story contains results from Wednesday’s poll

Medicare reg resurrects ‘death panels’

Medicare regulations have revived discussion of the “death panels” that were loudly opposed during the healthcare reform debate earlier this year.

‘New world order’ still in flux, says author

A Bermuda-based author and diplomat has written a lengthy position paper on the progression of the “new world order.”  The article’s conclusions may surprise those who follow this movement.

Terror plots numerous, unsuccessful … so far

Terrorism expert Robert Spencer says it was very fortunate that British authorities were able to thwart a terrorist plot that planned to target, among other things, the U.S. embassy in London.

ACLU on the prayer prowl again

Liberty Counsel wants to help a New Jersey city council fend off threats from the American Civil Liberties Union.

In praise of marriage

Dr. David Aikman smallWhy is marriage getting such a bad rap these days? God created it to be a good thing — and that ought to be good enough for most of us.

Routing America’s Iran Policy Past the Arab Street

by Daniel Mandel

In dealing with the mullahs, put U.S. interests first.

Israeli Public Opinion and the Peace Process

by Jeremy Sharon

While the notion of a two state solution still receives majority support, there is no desire to rush into an agreement with rockets falling on Israeli soil.

Christmas Greetings, and the World Is Insane

by Dan Miller

This agnostic has had just about enough of PC Christmastime.

The Palestinian Agenda: End Israel, Not Found a State

by David Solway

Understanding the real goal explains the missed opportunities.

Coming Soon: Live from New York, It’s Durban III

by Claudia Rosett

The anti-American, anti-Semitic UN roadshow, which last year starred Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is coming to Manhattan, just in time for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Calling Tom Hanks: (Almost) Brain Dead in Seattle

by Roger L Simon

An 11th hour Solomonic decision by King County transit authorities narrowly averted a series of anti-Israel ads from appearing on the sides of Seattle-area buses.

See No Sharia

by Andrew G. Bostom

“Mindslaughter,” historian Robert Conquest’s term for delusive Western apologetics regarding the ideology of Communism, is an apt term for today’s Western sharia apologists.

Iran Just Shipped Missiles to Venezuela. Hello? Is This Thing On?

by Mike McDaniel

A massive security threat just blossomed, and you’d be hard-pressed to find an MSM or administration official who cares.

Sachs’ Attack: MSNBC Slurs PJM’s Victor Davis Hanson

by Ron Radosh

Jeffrey Sachs’ vicious hit airs without condemnation; Ron Radosh believes Joe Scarborough and MSNBC owe VDH an apology.

Global Warming Died; Women, Children, Al Gore Hardest Hit

by Ed Driscoll

Was 2010 the year that “Global Warming” died? (And don’t miss the new post at the Belmont Club, hunkered down in anticipation of “Ice Age 6.”)

Should Conservatives Give Haley Barbour a Blank Check?

by Ron Radosh

In one fell swoop, Haley Barbour effectively eliminated himself from being a serious contender for the Republican nomination as the GOP’s presidential candidate in 2012.

American Leftists Refuse to See the Handwriting on the Wall in Europe

by Jeff Durstewitz

Our domestic lefties have been pushing for decades to turn us into the type of society that is now crumbling before our eyes in Europe.

A Better Economy for Palestinians, But Worse Enmity for Israel

by Dennis Mitzner

Improved living conditions aren’t shifting political attitudes.

Western Media Silent as the Iranian People’s Struggle Continues

by Ryan Mauro

The huge demonstrations may be a thing of the past, but numerous protests on Ashura Day went unnoticed by the Western press.

The Rules of the Game

by Richard Fernandez

Just what is inappropriate in modern society is a matter of intense debate. Some people say that anything goes. But a cursory glance around shows that moral judgments refuse to go away. In fact, they are more pervasive than ever.

What Do the ‘Holiday Terror Warning’ Targets Have in Common?

by Bob Owens

All are places where some states have outlawed concealed carry, which has saved plenty of lives in Israel and elsewhere.

‘Compliance’: The Word That Sunk a Million U.S. Jobs

by Jeff Pope

Costs not related to the quality of the end product — costs created entirely by overbearing government — have destroyed our manufacturing sector.


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