OPINIONS: Obama has shut down access to one third of America’s oil supply (HE IS DOING THINGS TO DESTROY AMERICA. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO STOP HIM?)
We Must Not Fear the Tyrants of Tripoli
Joel B. Pollak
The idea that America ought to fear the reaction of an embattled dictator is so feeble, and so contrary to 200 years of U.S. military tradition, that one wonders whether Obama believes it. More
The Entitled Party
President Obama and the left wing of the Democratic Party think they are entitled to win. From our narcissistic President to screaming union organizers, they are puffed up with self-righteous zeal. More
Sharpton and Obama Ignore Planned Parenthood’s Racist Underbelly
M. Catharine Evans
Reverend Al Sharpton called a press conference this past week to denounce an anti-abortion billboard, buying into Planned Parenthood’s targeting blacks for abortion. More
Bury Keynesianism, not Cash in Coal Mines
John Maynard Keynes once suggested that the government could create jobs by burying bottles full of money in coal mines, covering them with trash, and encouraging people to dig them up. More
NY Times finds Islamophobia in Malmo, but blind to rampant Jew-hatred in Sweden’s anti-semitic capital
February 28, 2011
When it comes to the plight of Jews in Malmo, the New York Times goes AWOL. More
by Joseph Klein
The administration lags embarrassingly behind the United Nations — and abandons leadership….
by Rich Trzupek
Labor leader Richard Trumka gives the nod of approval to the violent, hateful rhetoric in Madison. …
Helena, Montana’s school district has decided to ignore public outcry and proceed with its plans to teach sex education to young students. But parents and state lawmakers are still fighting the initiative.
A financial expert, author and radio host does not think congressional Republicans and conservatives should worry about proposed budget cuts costing them their re-election bids.
PHOENIX – The 2,400 delegates attending the last night of the Tea Party Patriot American Policy Summit cheered on speakers who promised to keep pushing until constitutional government was restored in America.
A California lawmaker has proposed a measure that would ban Wal-Mart and similar retailers from the state. But a former congressional hopeful thinks it is just a way to protect unions.
The publisher of a website that advances the arguments of climate skeptics is criticizing a new grant that will allow schools to teach climate change.
In response to a Los Angeles school sending a six-year-old boy to a psychiatric ward against his mother’s wishes, parental rights advocates are suggesting that a constitutional amendment be adopted to protect parents’ liberties.
The former commander of the USS Cole says it is inappropriate for U.S. Navy sailors to join Army units to perform ground missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As legislators haggle over whether they should defund Planned Parenthood, one California lawmaker has contributed a personal story to the debate.
According to the latest figures from a notorious abortion provider, business is still booming.
A program to fund a higher blend of ethanol may not live to see the light of day.
An Australian political and defense analyst does not believe a recent report about Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi’s responsibility in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing is completely accurate.
Several black pro-life groups are joining together today to recognize the National Day of Mourning for the Unborn.
The Alliance Defense Fund has sued a university in Canada for blocking pro-life expression on campus, even though the handbook claims the school protects its students’ freedom of speech.
In light of the turmoil currently plaguing the Middle East, one California-based advocacy group says Christians in that region need special help.
PHOENIX – Nearly 2,400 delegates from across the U.S. attended the Tea Party Patriot American Policy Summit to hear ideas about restoring America’s greatness.
A congressman wants to take a small step to reduce child access to pornography — but a major assault against illegal porn is what’s needed, says one family advocate.
PHOENIX – A “banner of bold colors” was unfurled on the opening night of the Tea Party Patriots American Policy Summit in Phoenix, Arizona. The phrase is from a Ronald Reagan speech encouraging conservatives not to settle for watered-down ideas of pastel, but to boldly put forth the principles that can lead the U.S. back to greatness.
by Ron Radosh
If anything, given their position on the recent UN resolution, J Street is worse on its position towards Israel than the Obama administration itself. (And if you missed Ron’s take on the first session of J. Street’s 2nd National Conference, click here.) UPDATE: No Kosher food at Jewish J Street conference!
According to an inside source, the military collaborations between Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the Gaddafi government date back to 2006.
The attacks on the two top leaders of the Green Movement prove the gravity of the Iranian crisis and the panic at the highest levels of the Islamic Republic.
by Ron Radosh
Hardly a surprise, since the left-wing group’s own statement of principles says it opposes “efforts to demean and fan fears of Islam or of Muslims.”
Despite evidence from our own State Department to the contrary, why does Obama think that this organization would be a positive player in forming the new Egyptian government?
by Dan Miller
Things on the peninsula are getting ever more dire, and we know the president won’t act with any urgency.
Like a hammer that sees every problem as a nail, many politicians think the solution to every problem is legislation that erodes our liberties.
by Marlo Lewis
The “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny” Act could put the kibosh on the EPA’s greenhouse regulatory surge.
It hasn’t made much noise worldwide, but Iran’s rapidly deteriorating relationships with several African countries is huge news across the continent.
We want what we have not earned. We demand the world be the way that it cannot; and we don’t wish to hear “unfair” arguments from “bad” and “mean” people. (And don’t miss: “Unions-vs.-Tea-Party showdown spreads to Denver”)
From FDR to Reagan, history suggests the answer is yes.
King Abdullah is showering his people with cash and releasing political prisoners to stave off protests. What if it doesn’t work?
Best opinion:Wash. Post, Guardian, Independent
February 28, 2011, at 11:32 AMThe former Speaker of the House is on the brink of forming an exploratory committee to run for president. Can he overcome his baggage to nab the GOP nomination?
February 28, 2011, at 7:00 AMA remake of the ’90s box office smash is in the works, and the search is on for the right singer-turned-actress to play the lead
February 25, 2011, at 5:45 PMWhat happened this week? While protests raged in Libya, union showdowns escalated in the Midwest. And the threat of a government shutdown loomed
February 25, 2011, at 5:12 PMThe oldest of NASA’s remaining shuttles is making its final voyage. A tour through the history Discovery has made
February 25, 2011, at 4:12 PMSome say the Republican congressman should have condemned a supporter who questioned him about assassinating the president
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- The ‘Who’s going to shoot Obama?’ incident: Rep. Broun’s controversial response
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Even if the GOP’s spending cuts are larger than Obama’s, they would fritter away the proceeds on tax cuts and repealing health-care reform
The GOP’s economic program is an effort to destroy the architecture of social justice and corporate responsibility in America
Fleeing Democrats have stolen the will of the public and their right to self-governance
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by Salim Mansur
We are creatures of history even as we make history. (Click here for Roger L. Simon’s reply to Salim’s original letter.)
by Ron Radosh
The left-wing Jewish group will feature several Kadima Knesset members at their annual confab while the party back in Israel criticizes their participation.
by Clemens Heni
Fueled by propaganda, the campus push is pernicious, contagious, and wrong.
In the face of Gaddafi’s war against the Libyan people, Obama should align himself with a proud American foreign policy tradition, with both progressive and conservative roots. (Update: Obama finally breaks his silence on Libya.
There is no legitimate role for government unions.
As recent events in Wisconsin and Indiana have shown, when an election doesn’t go their way, the response of the Democrats is to do everything possible to avoid the consequences of the election.
The answer to the first question is yes and the answer to the second is: why? (Also read Michael Totten:“Libya’s Legacy”)
by Jim Jordan
We still have a chance to kick the spending addiction and keep the American Dream alive.
Documents made available to Pajamas Media prove that the Venezuelan strongman has been selling reformate to Iran.
by Ron Radosh
Liberals see the conflict as a battle for power, not income. (And at PJTV, don’t miss: AlfonZo Rachel Reports From Wisconsin.)
Will George Washington’s historic church end up as a saloon, or a mosque? If the Episcopal Church prevails in court, either outcome is a disturbing possibility.
A union protestor in Wisconsin was caught on camera saying he wants to vote for Castro and his clone, Che Guevara. Of course, there’s no kerfuffle from the MSM or Democratic Party.
RealClearPolitics.com – Sun Feb 27, 1:00 am ET The term “big labor” is becoming a vestige of a bygone era. Union ranks have not been this thin for 75 years, when the Wagner Act catalyzed the modern labor movement. Labor is today defending its last bulwark, civil service unions. Napoleon once said that an army marches on its stomach. Today’s union battle ultimately concerns how unions feed, or fund, their army–that is, what remains of it. Labor is standing before the breach. Full Story »
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The Atlantic Wire – 1 hr 12 mins ago
WASHINGTON, DC – Are you ready for some SKETCHY NEWS? Last week, The New York Times reported that Roger Ailes, president of Fox News Channel, may have encouraged an employee to lie to federal investigators. Then, over the weekend, blogger Barry Ritholtz updated the Ailes story with a breaking development. A source–Ritholtz identified him only as “someone I spoke with”–claimed that Ailes was going to be indicted, maybe as early as this week. Full Story »
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The Nation — Last week National Journal asked Democratic and Republicans “insiders” in Washington whether a government shutdown would be in their party’s best interest politically. Fifty-six percent of Democrats said yes, while 65 percent of Republicans said no. Full Story »
The Atlantic Wire – 1 hr 35 mins ago
WASHINGTON, DC – Protesters in Oman have set cars, homes, a police station, and a supermarket on fire in a third day of protests. Sultan Qaboos bin Said, ruler since 1970, has tried to mollify demonstrators–who are demanding more jobs–by hiring 50,000 new government employees and offering $390 a month in unemployment insurance. Qaboos has also fired six members of his cabinet, but protesters aren’t satisfied and want more power in parliament, the Christian Science Monitor’s Tom A. Peter reports. Full Story »
The Atlantic Wire – 1 hr 56 mins ago
WASHINGTON, DC – The latest reports from Libya suggest that the country’s ruler, Muammar Qaddafi, is striking back violently against protesters in western cities near the capital of Tripoli, as military defections continue (even Qaddafi’s nurse has left him) and international pressure on Qaddafi mounts. On Monday, opposition forces shot down a military aircraft and captured the crew as the government sought to wrest back control of Misrata, the country’s third-largest city. The U.N. Security Council, meanwhile, has agreed to sanctions on Qaddafi and other Libyan authorities, imposed an arms embargo, and frozen Libyan assets, while NATO allies consider instituting a no-fly zone over Libya and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Obama administration is ready to offer assistance to rebel groups. Full Story »
The Atlantic Wire – 2 hrs 22 mins ago
WASHINGTON, DC – The House will begin debating today a deal that would prevent a shutdown of the government for an extra two weeks. If Republicans and Democrats can’t agree by Friday, many federal employees will be furloughed March 5. But the short-term deal could make a long-term one more difficult, The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid reports. That’s because Republicans are only proposing spending cuts the Democrats feel they can live with in the two-week settlement. But the GOP also wants much broader cuts in funding the government till September 30, the end of the fiscal year and, as Bendavid puts it, going only for the “palatable” cuts in the two-week affair “will make it more difficult to reach a bipartisan agreement on additional cuts when the two sides begin negotiations on a spending measure to fund the government until Sept. 30.” Full Story »
The Christian Science Monitor – Mon Feb 28, 9:05 am ET
Evanston, Ill. – The world has watched and cheered at the peaceful revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. But observers in the West have expressed fears that future autocrats might steal their victories. And citizens in Tunisia and Egypt can still be legitimately concerned about the possibility of an Iranian scenario. Will a populist government ignore the rule of law, steal future elections, and develop an adventurous nuclear program? Full Story »
The Week – Mon Feb 28, 6:32 am ET
New York – The former Speaker of the House is on the brink of forming an exploratory committee to run for president. Can he overcome his baggage to nab the GOP nomination? Full Story »
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New York – Kathleen Parker gets dumped from the CNN show she co-hosted. Was she responsible for the show’s low ratings or is she just taking the fall? Full Story »
The Atlantic Wire – Sun Feb 27, 10:21 pm ET
The Christian Science Monitor – Sun Feb 27, 8:30 pm ET
McAllen, Texas – Last month, the Obama administration finally pulled the plug on the “virtual fence” that was supposed to line the border between the United States and Mexico with cameras and radar towers. Full Story »
The Atlantic Wire – Sun Feb 27, 7:58 pm ET
The Nation – Sun Feb 27, 6:58 pm ET
The Nation — On December 17, when he set himself on fire in Sidi Bouzid, Mohamed Bouazizi could not have guessed that his act would prompt a series of copycat self-immolations or that it would launch the revolutions we are currently witnessing in the Arab world. It is two months later now, and yet the connection between deep personal despair and meaningful political change is being made evident once again, this time in Morocco. Full Story »
The Nation – Sat Feb 26, 11:48 pm ET
The Nation — It began outside the University of Wisconsin Memorial Union. Full Story »
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AP – 52 mins ago
The West moved to send its first concrete aid to Libya’s rebellion in the east of the country, hoping to give it the momentum to oust Moammar Gadhafi. But the Libyan leader’s regime clamped down in its stronghold in the capital, quashing an attempt Monday to hold new protests as residents reported skyrocketing food prices from the crisis. Full Story »
Reuters – 35 mins ago
Foreign powers accelerated efforts to help oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Monday as rebels fought government forces trying to take back strategic coastal cities on either side of the capital Tripoli. Full Story »
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Another stunning political miscalculation. (Also read: “White House now disavowing involvement in Wisconsin protests.”)
Now that Qaddafi is in the fight of his life, it’s a good time to take another look at just how awful he is.
by Rand Simberg
Forget comparing what’s happening in Madison right now to Greece, Egypt, Guernica, or Jutland. Think Gettysburg.
The government unions’ corrosive behavior now taints Wisconsin’s medical profession. Also read Charlie’s follow-up post, Naming Names, at the Tatler.
by Myra Adams
In or out, it’s all about the Power of Now.
It’s not surprising that Nir Rosen felt he could get away with making offensive remarks about Lara Logan’s attack in Egypt. This time, though, he happened to have hit on a subject that was offensive to leftist sensibilities.
by Phil Boehmke
No longer basking in the glow of the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl victory, my friends on the other side of the Illinois/Wisconsin border are positively beside themselves at the insane behavior of their public servants.
by Dan Miller
The synchronized dancing and swimming demonstrations were remarkable as was the evident rapture of the appreciative spectators.
by Art Horn
The budget battle has come to NASA, where a massive amount of money is being spent on something that has nothing to do with NASA’s mission.
Serving up Israel when the going gets tough is what Arab dictators and demagogues do at regular intervals. The United States should not join them. (Update: US vetoes resolution condemning settlements.)
by Bruce Bawer
When I learned that liquor can be sold in Louisiana all day and night, I was stunned. But then, I’ve lived in Norway so long that I’ve forgotten what it’s like to live like an adult.
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The culture of contempt for America’s brave defenders is so embedded that a wounded veteran was jeered at Columbia, the same university that hosted Iran’s war-mongering president.
Zachary Chesser, the man who threatened South Park’s creators, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison Thursday. Was all this really about a cartoon?
Ronald R. Cherry, MD
While our Constitution and Bill of Rights are the greatest secular laws ever written – it must be acknowledged that our secular Constitution has a sacred mandate – The Declaration of Independence.
Is the administration’s failure to practically support calls for freedom in Iran and Libya a sign of hypocrisy, or is America now Europe’s simpering poodle?
The American Association of University Professors has gone abroad to authoritarian regimes and overboard to try to suck the air out of critiques of academia. And on Israel? Well…
The Muslim Brotherhood continues its machinations with acts of arson in Israel, forcible gender segregation in Gaza and setting up a political party in Egypt…
Is it really delusional to argue that American democratic precepts have a natural place as “universal principles” in a culture grounded in Shariah principles?
While excoriating Obama and the US, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is actively wooing Hamas. On Wednesday, the PA accepted the legitimacy of Hamas control over Gaza.
How is the madness of Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi different from the madness of other dictators?
British fanatic Anjem Choudary and his Islamist buddies want to demonstrate outside the White House to call for the overthrow of democracy and for America to be ruled by Sharia.
The uprisings in Wisconsin and now Indiana and Illinois bring to the forefront what a ‘public servant’ really is. Elected leaders are ‘cowards’ for running away from the debate…
A former Muslim argues that the American people must hear the truth about Islam continually until they are completely aware of its dangers.
Hitler is one “infidel” Egypt’s Qaradawi applauds….
According to USDOJ, the alleged would-be terrorist was in America on a student’s visa, planned to make a bomb and seems to have wanted to kill George W. Bush.