OPINIONS: Obama’s Ongoing War on Inspectors General (BUT THEY ARE FIGHTING BACK)

February 1, 2011
By CMAC

Obama’s Ongoing War on Inspectors General
Ed Lasky
One after another, inspectors general have been reporting that Obama’s stewardship of taxpayer money has failed. More

Overachievers with Low Self-Esteem
Tom Roberson
America is up to its eyeballs in people concerned with saving us from their demons. More

Obama’s Rathole Moment
Robert Weissberg
President Obama got matters exactly backward when he addressed education last week before a joint session of Congress. More

Obama’s Standing Army of Regulators among Us
Geoffrey P. Hunt
The victims of today’s excessive government regulatory zeal face the same enemy confronted by the nation’s Founders: unconstrained centralized power. More

Stop the Fraud — Freeze the Debt Ceiling
Monty Pelerin
The debt ceiling is a key to stopping the political insanity. More

Court Rules ObamaCare Mandate Unconstitutional

The Entire Act Must Be Ruled Void

The Editors

Judge Vinson has ruled Obamacare unconstitutional. Read his well-reasoned ruling to find out why. Judge’s Decision: ObamaCare is Unconstitutional

Time to Reform Denmark’s Anti-Hate Speech Law

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, Aylana Meisel

A Danish reporter was accused of hate-speech and taken to trial, for private comments he made about Muslim honor killing. Such obstruction of free speech is worrying and dangerous.

Fear the Muslim Brotherhood

Andrew McCarthy

The Muslim Brotherhood is not the peaceful group it pretends to be – it is behind the terrorists of Hamas, and its motto is “jihad is our way.” Why are politicians tolerating it?

Ignoring China’s Military Buildup At Our Own Peril

James Carafano, PhD

Today, China’s economic rise ought to be cold comfort for those laboring to keep Washington and Beijing off a collision course.

Waiting and Watching Egypt

Alan Caruba

Many Westerners know little about the culture or history of the Middle East. To understand the current crisis in Egypt, one must look at its recent history.

Egypt: Does it Affect Our Afghanistan policy? It Should!

John Bernard

With Iran supporting revolutionaries, and the Muslim Brotherhood even advising the American administration, Egypt is beyond U.S. control. What does this say about U.S. Afghan policy?

Freedom or the Seeds of a Caliphate?

Alfredo Kuilan

There is something alluring about watching underdogs standing up to authoritarian regimes, but in the current Egyptian drama, the players and their ultimate aims are still unknown to us…

The Islamic World

Ed Koch

The whole Islamic world is rippling from the effects of insurrections and world peace is on the line.

Denial On The Nile

We Can’t Dictate Egypt’s Future

Ralph Peters

We have to deal with on-the-ground reality. And the reality is that Mubarak’s finished. So stop worrying about the Muslim Brotherhood and start supporting the Egyptian people…

Ronald Reagan: The One Man Tea Party

Ruth King

In five days time, it will be the Centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth. His forthright and maverick conservative views prefigured the Tea Party.

Egypt: Obama’s Iran

John Howard

Americans of a certain age did not think it possible that any president could accomplish the level of incompetence and destruction wrought by Jimmy Carter…

Abbas Reveals His True Agenda

Herbert London

Mahmoud Abbas has revealed himself as an anti-Semitic bigot, declaring he would not allow even a single Jew to live in his dreamed-of Palestinian state….

From Bonhomme Richard to the Space Shuttle Columbia

Military History, W. Thomas Smith, Jr.

Commemorating this week’s anniversaries of defining events in American Military History.

Today’s Hot Topics

We choose, you peruse.

  1. Judge Rules Health Care Law Is Unconstitutional (FOX)

  2. Egypt braces for ‘march of a million’ (MSNBC)

  3. ‘The Entire Act Must Be Declared Void’ (DC CALLER)

Middle Eastern Moment of Truth »

by P. David Hornik

Israel soberly prepares to stand alone in a sea of hate. …

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1979, 1989 or 2009? »

by Alan W. Dowd

Gauging the nature of Egypt’s Revolution — and the urgency for America’s response. …

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Why Coptic Christians Fear a Revolution »

by Robert Spencer

If the Muslim Brotherhood takes power in Egypt….

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Inside Egypt »

by Jesse Petrilla

The growing cancer I witnessed during my recent visit….

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To Destroy Israel »

by Frontpagemag.com

A member of the Army of Islam escapes from an Egyptian jail amidst the chaos — and shares his top priority….

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ObamaCare Inches Closer to the Fall »

by Tait Trussell

Florida judge rules that the president’s signature legislation is unconstitutional — what’s next? …

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Free Speech Victory: Lars Hedegaard Acquitted »

by Frontpagemag.com

The battle for freedom is far from lost….

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The Middle East’s Intifada »

by Robert Spencer

The Muslim Brotherhood shrewdly maneuvers its way to power in Egypt. …

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The American Left and the Crisis in Egypt »

by David Horowitz

The Unholy Alliance rears its head once again….

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Dictatorships and Revolutions »

by Nonie Darwish

As an Egyptian Muslim raised during the generation of the 1952 Egyptian revolution, I see history repeating itself….

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Egypt Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images

US message to Arab world matters — and Obama is sending the wrong one

The Christian Science Monitor – Mon Jan 31, 11:35 pm ET New York – Across the Arab world, mass protests have emerged with a ferocity and urgency the world has almost forgotten since the days of the cold war. In Egypt, protesters thronged the streets, defied curfews, and stormed the Interior Ministry building in Cairo, the most powerful symbol of President Hosni Mubarak’s control. Full Story »

Video: Rand Paul Wants Cut Foreign Aid to Everyone

The Atlantic Wire – Mon Jan 31, 9:54 am ET

Are Republicans fed up with the Tea Party?

The Week – Mon Jan 31, 7:08 am ET

  • The Day the Internet Address Died

    The Atlantic Wire – 1 hr 32 mins ago

    WASHINGTON, DC – Remember when telephone companies ran out of phone numbers and forced us all to dial 10 digits to make a call? Full Story »

  • WASHINGTON, DC – According to new documents released by WikiLeaks, the British government secretly aided Libya in securing the release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi. The documents show that a British official instructed Libyan officials on how to apply for Megrahi’s release given Megrahi’s cancer diagnosis. Megrahi had been serving a lifelong sentence for his role in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 that killed 270 people. In 2009, Scotland granted him a compassionate release sparking outrage among the family members of the deceased victims. At the time, there were allegations that the British were aiding Megrahi’s release in exchange for oil dealings with Libya. A sample of the distaste for these revelations: Full Story »

  • Rachel Maddow and NBC Struggle With Satire

    The Atlantic Wire – 1 hr 50 mins ago

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Internet’s finest satirists hooked a big fish in the media world last night. In an embarrassing segment on her MSNBC show, Rachel Maddow slammed conservatives for attacking President Obama’s Egypt policies. Her targets included Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former ambassador to the UN John Bolton and Stephenson Billings at ChristWire.org. Only problem is Stephenson Billings is not a real person. He’s a fictional byproduct of a website that also warns readers that the Xbox Kinect is a terrorist training tool and the Japanese have created scary robot babies which “threaten humanity.”The article that caught Maddow’s eye called for an “American-led invasion” into Egypt and begged former Alaska governor Sarah Palin to lead the war cry. “The escalating crisis in Egypt could become a defining moment for Sarah Palin,” Billings wrote. “Governor Palin needs to speak out publicly and forcibly for an American-led invasion to protect our interests in North Africa.” In the following clip (which MSNBC scrubbed from its website) Maddow falls for the article hook, line and sinker:The fact that ChristWire isn’t a sincere Christian web forum has been a difficult lesson for the mainstream media to learn—especially NBC and its affiliates. The Atlantic Wire first outed ChristWire last July, when NBC’s New York and Los Angeles affiliates published an article about the Christian right boycotting actor Bill Murray. NBC’s Drew Magary linked to a ChristWire article calling Murray a “murderer of lambs” and a “fatal disease” to America’s children. The article’s author? Stephenson Billings. Maybe the company should flag this guy in its employee handbook.Now to Maddow’s credit, her blog acknowledged the mistake quickly after the broadcast aired. Last night, the Maddow Blog tweeted: Full Story »

  • The Future of Lab-Raised Meat

    The Atlantic Wire – 2 hrs 13 mins ago

  • Read Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s other articles on HuffingtonPost.com Full Story »

  • The Second Leading Cause of Death in Young Women

    Huffington Post – Tue Feb 1, 11:03 am ET

    Read Mandy Moore’s other articles on HuffingtonPost.com Full Story »

  • The Nation —  Editor’s Note: With this post we welcome Greg Grandin, a frequent contributor to The Nation, to two weeks of guest-blogging on The Notion. Full Story »

  • Google Activates Voicemail Tweeting Workaround for Egyptians

    The Atlantic Wire – Tue Feb 1, 10:32 am ET

    WASHINGTON, DC – Days ago the Egyptian government blocked access to the internet, including social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. In response, Google has announced a little bit of “weekend work” intended to give Egyptian citizens the “the ability for anyone to tweet using just a voice connection” via their new SayNow service: Full Story »

  • Video: Dennis Kucinich, the Olive, the Lack of Dental Insurance

    The Atlantic Wire – Tue Feb 1, 10:29 am ET

    WASHINGTON, DC – The olive pit saga wraps up, as Congressman Kucinich fills in the details behind the litigation-worthy sandwich and answers questions about how he could destroy a tooth one minute and deliver an address the next.Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Full Story »

  • 5 Best Tuesday Columns

    The Atlantic Wire – Tue Feb 1, 9:53 am ET

  • Liberal Activists Target Tea Party Koch Brothers

    The Atlantic Wire – Tue Feb 1, 9:31 am ET

    WASHINGTON, DC – This weekend, hundreds of activists rallied outside a conservative retreat in California hosted by the Koch Brothers, some of the biggest donors to the Tea Party and libertarian causes. Police in helmets held back the protesters, who were chanting about “corporate greed” as conservative donors and lawmakers met inside the Rancho Mirage resort, the Los Angeles Times Rich Connell and Tom Hamburger report. The activists were angry about the Supreme Court case Citizens United, which allows ends limits on the amount of issue advertising companies can fund. Full Story »

  • Second Federal Judge Declares Heath Care Reform Unconstitutional

    The Atlantic Wire – Tue Feb 1, 9:26 am ET

    WASHINGTON, DC – A second federal judge has ruled President Obama’s health care overhaul to be unconstitutional, following a similar decision from a Virginia judge in December. And like that judge, Roger Vinson of Federal District Court in Pensacola, Florida, said the law could remain in effect while the cases make their way through the court system–which could take as much as two years, The New York Times’ Kevin Sack reports. Full Story »

  • Neocons Attack Egyptian Dissident Mohamed ElBaradei, Again

    The Nation – Mon Jan 31, 1:45 pm ET

    The Nation — Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has recently emerged as a leading figure in the Egyptian pro-democracy movement and a credible alternative to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Full Story »

Egypt’s False Prophet »

by Ryan Mauro

Mohamed ElBaradei’s disturbing affinity for the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian Islamic Republic. …

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Exhilarated by the Hope in Cairo – Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
The Historic Dilemma in Egypt – Tony Blankley, Washington Times
From Bad to Worse in the Middle East? – Richard Cohen, Washington Post
U.S. Must Not Repeat Carter’s Mistakes – Geoffrey Wawro, The Daily Beast
Washington Looks Clueless on Egypt – Caroline Glick, Jerusalem Post
Federal Judge Rules Health Overhaul Unconstitutional – Bill Mears, CNN
Health Care Ruling Is Blatant Politics – Jonathan Cohn, The New Republic
Left Unprepared for ObamaCare Ruling – Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post
The Real Albany Sham: The Budget – Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York Post
State of the Union: An Excessive Amount of State – John Tamny, Forbes
10 Questions for Gene Sperling – John Harwood, New York Times
Obama’s New Role: Economy’s Cheerleader – Perry Bacon, Washington Post
EPA Cries Over Spilled Milk – Thomas Sowell, Investor’s Business Daily
How to Play Egyptian Unrest in the Stock Markets – Cyrus Sanati, Fortune
Faceoff Over the Debt – Jack Kelly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Axelrod: Obama Staying True to His Values – Lynn Sweet, Politics Daily
Remembering ‘the Great Communicator’ – Mort Zuckerman, US News & WR
More on RCP: Pawlenty, Gingrich Call for Firmer Line on Egypt

Editorials

ObamaCare Unconstitutional – Orange County Register
U.S. Can Influence Outcome in Egypt – Washington Post
Back Democracy, Not Mubarak – Boston Globe
Careful What You Wish for in Egypt – Investor’s Business Daily

Why They Hate Mubarak »

by Frontpagemag.com

“He is supporting Israel. Israel is our enemy…”…

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Arab Revolts

Should Americans fear an Islamist takeover in Egypt?

The Muslim Brotherhood is poised to grab a powerful role if Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak falls. Would that be disastrous for the U.S.?

Best opinion:Haaretz, Wash. Post, Daily Beast

Technology

Flickr's combination of pictures and social networking may have been trumped by Facebook's evolving photo features.

The slow death of Flickr: Is Facebook to blame?

February 1, 2011, at 2:35 PMThe photo-sharing site is steadily losing visitors. Is Facebook moving in on its territory, or did Yahoo just fail to modernize its once-pioneering service?

Health Care Reform

Ultimately, the future of Obama's Affordable Care Act is in the hands of the Supreme Court.

Florida’s health care ruling: Was a ‘Tea Party judge’ to blame?

February 1, 2011, at 2:11 PMJudge Roger Vinson has ruled President Obama’s Affordable Care Act unconstitutional — but the White House claims judicial activism influenced his decision

The U.S. Recovery

Obama, seen here visiting Orion Energy Systems in Wisconsin last week, hopes to promote new jobs in clean energy, technology, and other growth sectors.

Can Obama’s ‘Startup America’ project create jobs?

February 1, 2011, at 1:01 PMThe administration is teaming up with big tech firms to encourage entrepreneurs to launch new companies. Could this really start a hiring boom?

U.S. Opinion

The blizzard that is expected to wallop the Midwest this week (satellite image shown) could rival the 1967 storm that dumped 23 inches of snow over Chicago.

The Midwest’s ‘snowpocalypse’ predictions: By the numbers

February 1, 2011, at 12:46 PMThe worst storm of the season is expected to hit the Midwest in the next couple of days, and prognosticators aren’t stinting on the hyperbole

The Gun Debate

The grainy video of an illicit automatic weapon sale was taken at the Phoenix gun show by undercover New York cops.

Michael Bloomberg’s undercover gun-show sting

February 1, 2011, at 12:28 PMNo background check? No problem. In an eye-opening video, New York City cops reveal how easy it is to buy a gun in Arizona

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Smartphone Wars

Many Android-powered mobile phones such as Verizon's Droid (center) come with Google applications pre-installed.

Will Google own the smartphone business?

February 1, 2011, at 11:29 AMGoogle’s Android has surpassed Nokia’s system to become the leading smartphone platform in the world. Is Android poised for worldwide domination?

Cable News Wars

Rush Limbaugh and cable news giant Fox News have

Why the Left shouldn’t want its own Fox News

February 1, 2011, at 11:16 AMThe Right has won some small victories thanks to Fox’s pursuit of the GOP agenda, says Conor Friedersdorf in The Atlantic, but at what cost?

Parenting Controversies

Under a proposed Florida law, parents who fail to help their kids with test preparation, homework, and even their appearance could get a

Should teachers grade parents?

February 1, 2011, at 10:57 AMA Florida legislator wants public school teachers to grade the parents of their students. Does the idea merit an A+ or an F?

Arab Revolts

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood rallied with other Egyptian opposition groups in Cairo last December.

Should Americans fear an Islamist takeover in Egypt?

February 1, 2011, at 10:37 AMThe Muslim Brotherhood is poised to grab a powerful role if Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak falls. Would that be disastrous for the U.S.?

Arab Revolts

Protesters gather on Tahrir Square in Cairo on Tuesday.

Will Egypt’s uprising cause ‘oil Armageddon’?

February 1, 2011, at 10:23 AMOil prices have already risen as investors mull the fate of Hosni Mubarak’s government. Will further turmoil cause prices to skyrocket?

U.S. Opinion

Sens. Joe Liebermann (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) want to give the president the power to shut off the internet in the event of a cyber emergency.

Does Obama need an internet ‘kill switch’?

February 1, 2011, at 7:30 AMAs the world frets about the Egyptian authorities’ censorship of the internet last week, Sen. Joe Lieberman wants to reintroduce a bill allowing the American president the same power

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Health and Science

The bible vs. biology: A recent survey finds that 13 percent of teachers openly advocate creationism.

Why is creationism still being taught in public high schools?

February 1, 2011, at 8:00 AMA new survey reveals that when it comes to evolution, not all biology teachers favor science over religion

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Film+TV

The feathered friends of the popular app

Angry Birds… the movie?

January 31, 2011, at 6:31 PMForget Hitchcock. A movie tie-in version of the addictive mobile-phone game will try to extend its formidable marketing appeal

2011 Oscar Race

The visual effects in

The ‘impressive’ visual tricks behind ‘Black Swan’

January 31, 2011, at 5:58 PMThough the ballet-thriller failed to earn an Oscar nod for Visual Effects, this video revealing the film’s behind-the-scenes trickery makes a case that it should have

The Criminal Truth in Denmark »

by Patt Condell

In defense of Lars Hedegaard. . . .and our civilization. …

  1. Judge uses Obama’s words against him (WT)

  2. Concerns Grow About Security of Suez Canal Shipping Route (FOX)

  3. U.S. issues terrorist warning for citizens worldwide (BREITBART)

  4. Napolitano says border security critics trying to ‘score political points’ (THE HILL)

  5. Nearly 11 Percent of US Houses Empty (CNBC)

  6. WikiLeaks: Britain secretly advised Libya how to secure release of Lockerbie bomber (TELEGRAPH)

  7. MSNBC Declares Bill Clinton ‘President of the World’

What Reagan Meant to America
Bruce Walker
Seven years ago, when Reagan died, millions of Americans waited for hours to share a brief moment with this greatest of contemporary Americans. More

China’s Insight into Human Nature
Bill Costello
And why President Obama misunderstands China’s rise. More

America and the Middle East Food Riots
Steve McCann
Obama policies have driven up food prices, triggering riots. More

South Dakota’s Proposed Gun Ownership Mandate and Constitutional Ignorance
February 01, 2011
There’s no doubt that conservatives’ understanding of the Constitution surpasses that of liberals — unfortunately, though, sometimes not by much. And a recent South Dakota bill brings this to light. More

ObamaCare Un-Constitutional. So What? Gimme the Freebies!
February 01, 2011
The left has seized the education of our kids from kindergarten through college; distorting and/or simply not teaching the enormous price America has paid for freedom More

PBS Documentary Ignores Mosque Controversy
February 01, 2011
In progressive quarters, racial diversity, of course, is a cause to be promoted, but ideological diversity, alas, is a problem to be solved. More

2 million turn out in Cairo: army refuses to use force against protestors
February 01, 2011
Mubarak out of options. More

Sorry, Bill Maher, the NFL is not socialist
February 01, 2011
Bill Maher, the Hollywood Jesus-hater who receives talking points from Playboy Bunnies, is at it again. More

Gun-hating NYT Writer Visits City’s Gun Stores
February 01, 2011
A hilarious encounter More

Egypt in flames; Obama takes it easy
February 01, 2011
While his top advisors were meeting for two hours on the crisis in Egypt, Obama slipped out to watch his daughter play basketball. More

Obamacare roulette
February 01, 2011
Will the president play? More

The Atom in Pakistan

by Richard Fernandez

In Obama’s drive to reduce nuclear weapons, Pakistan, Iran, and North Korea have yet to be bridled, but diplomacy continues apace.

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The Egyptian Crisis Continues

by Josh Shahryar

Protesters refuse to stop. Mubarak shows no intention of stepping down.

BREAKING: Federal Judge in Fla declares ObamaCare void and unconstitutional

by Roger L Simon

Initial link at the Tatler. Much more to follow as story develops.

The White House, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Alfred E. Neuman

by Roger Kimball

Pace the Pollyannas that determine U.S. foreign policy, the Brotherhood is about instituting sharia, i.e., Islamic law, by means of jihad.

Want to Save Real Money in D.C.?

by Carey Roberts

Women now compose half the U.S. workforce. So let’s do a victory-lap for gender equality and stop the feminist set-asides and quota-mongering.

Egypt: Please, Not ElBaradei

by Claudia Rosett

It is not at all reassuring to see the former IAEA chief emerging as a potential leader of the opposition in Egypt. (Update: Read Anne Bayefsky at the Tatler: “The Iranian Frontman”)

Egypt: Three Possible Outcomes

by Barry Rubin

It might be the entire Western position in the Middle East that is swept away, and one dictatorship might be replaced by a worse one. I hope this analysis is wrong; I fear that it is accurate.

Who Is Charles Krauthammer?

by David Solway

There’s something cryptic and elusive about Krauthammer, like the coy Waldo in the famous puzzle. (And don’t miss Steve Green on “Krauthammer Correcting Krauthammer.”)

Egypt: What Sauce Will Obama Use When He Eats His Words?

by Roger Kimball

The “unrest” (a polite word for “riots”) we are seeing in Egypt is certainly “popular” unrest. We are supposed to be in favor of unrest when it is “popular,” aren’t we?

WikiLeaks: Catty Embassy Gossip Directed at Azerbaijan’s First Lady

by Norma Zager

A misogynistic attack on Mehriban Aliyeva, an accomplished, independent woman who serves as a stylish role model for young Muslim girls.

Fix Immigration Now

by Jeff Pope

Here’s how to do it.

Al-Qaeda to American Muslims: Kill the Infidel, Make a Living!

by Brian Fairchild

Al-Qaeda is undertaking a new strategy: encouraging American Muslims to become a self-sustaining arm of the international jihad.

Egypt: What’s Happening Now (Updated)

by Josh Shahryar

Mubarak not stepping down. “Down Down with Mubarak!” (Also read Roger L. Simon: “Will Iran reignite?” )

Video: SecState Clinton’s robotic statement on Egypt

by Bryan Preston

The Obama administration’s most detailed comments to date. UPDATED.

Welcome to the Oddball Club

by Victor Davis Hanson

We in the oddball club live two lives, as sort of wandering souls who censor our speech and thoughts hourly.

Obama’s Empty Talk Hides the True State of the Union

by Lisa Fritsch

At this time of great national uncertainty, it would have been better for Obama to be more introspective about the state of our union, rather than the extrovert he was the other night.

The 1998 Rampart Scandal Continues to Reverberate in the LAPD

by Jack Dunphy

As is often the case when government inserts itself where it has no business, the best of intentions can yield disastrous results. For L.A., this means more people will be murdered this year than last. (Also read J. Christian Adams at the Tatler: “Steve Rosenbaum: foe of LAPD, friend of New Black Panthers”)

Tyler Clementi Act a Serious Threat to Free Speech

by Robert Shibley

An anti-harassment bill being introduced in Congress threatens to stifle freedom of expression even more on college campuses.

New Silicon Graffiti Video: ‘Steer the Coverage’

by Ed Driscoll

From Kennedy to Katrina, the prefab media template that accompanied the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords was far from the first time the MSM bent the facts like a pretzel to build a narrative around an emotionally-charged event.

The Gray Lady Goes to (Spy) War

by Michael Ledeen

Why has the New York Times gotten so obsessed with Duane “Dewey” Clarridge, a retired CIA Operations Officer? Michael Ledeen dusts off his battered Ouija board and contacts the late head of CIA counterintelligence, James Jesus Angleton, for answers.

Uncle Sam’s Dangerous Deterioration

by Tom Blumer

The state of the union is financially weak, and getting weaker.

What Obama Didn’t Mention in His SOTU Speech

by Richard Pollock

Climate change? Osama bin Laden? The housing crisis? (Also read “SOTU reax” and “One way to save money: abolish the SOTU” at the Tatler.)

State of the Union Blues

by Roger Kimball

I’m not watching tonight. I’m not quite ready for the 2012 campaign kickoff. (Also read State of the Union coverage by Amy Holmes and Richard Pollock, among others, at the Tatler.)

Bernie Sanders Doth Protest Too Much

by Howard Nemerov

The Vermont senator used the Tucson shooting to fill his reelection campaign coffers. But campaign finance data challenges his veracity.

Don’t Cry for Olbermann

by Kyle-Anne Shiver

His tacky little adolescent temper tantrums, euphemistically called Countdown, may be reincarnated somewhere else.

HuffPo’s Peter Dreier takes on Radosh and Fails

by Ron Radosh

If you don’t have the facts, invent them and/or pound the table. Dreier does both.

The Push to Create Palestine

by P. David Hornik

As Arab regimes fail, misguided countries seek another.

Is the Leftist Media ‘Fair and Balanced’ on Christian Persecution?

by Raymond Ibrahim

Isn’t the MSM supposed to be out to help the “underdog”?

What Can We Learn from 2010 in 2012?

by Myra Adams

Did the 2010 midterms turn “blue” states “red” in time for the 2012 presidential election?

Before Talking About Gun Control, First Learn Something About Guns!

by Bob Owens

Robert Creamer’s latest in the Huffington Post displays the same level of ignorance that certain congressmen and advocates have assaulted law-abiding Americans with for decades.

Free Speech on Trial in Austria … and Europe

by Soeren Kern

The trial of Austrian anti-Sharia activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff for “denigrating” Islam has major implications for free speech in Europe. (Also read Michael Ledeen: “Islamophobia”)

Get Ready for an Obama Victory in 2012

by Roger L Simon

The good news? Gridlock, courtesy of a GOP Senate in 2012. The bad news: Well, legacy journalists are busy writing their “Comeback kid” articles even as we speak, and are prepared to go all-in once again next year.

Israel’s Left Cracks Up

by Barry Rubin

Will Netanyahu emerge stronger from this pivotal moment?

China: The First Mature Fascist State

by Michael Ledeen

For nearly ten years, I have been arguing that China may well be the first example of a mature fascism in power. The highest praise imaginable has been bestowed on this theory, by the People’s Republic itself.

ObamaCare DOA in the Senate? Not so Fast …

by Bryan Preston

Repeal’s chances may be better than they seem.

The War Against Palin Goes On and On and …

by Victor Davis Hanson

Palin is scary to the left not so much for 2012, but because she could be around for a long time to come.

Patience Not a Virtue as Our Problems with China Grow

by William Hawkins

Our relationship is based on the notion that China is always right, the U.S. is always wrong, and important problems should be ignored.

Hu Jintao ‘Showing His Tail’: Visit Will Encourage Further Belligerence

by Gordon G. Chang

The White House needs to send out a disinvite. They are feeding Hu’s arrogance and making him more difficult to deal with in the future.

The Post-Tucson Era

by Victor Davis Hanson

Will Obama 2.0 work? Perhaps, especially if conservatives ornate the Clinton ’96 analogy with their own Bob Dole in 2012.

Introducing…the Tatler (Updated)

by Bryan Preston

Pajamas Media and PJTV’s new group blog.

Gov. Rick Perry Blogs the Opening of the Texas Legislature’s 82nd Session at the Tatler

by Gov. Rick Perry

Over at PJM’s new Tatler blog, Texas Gov. Rick Perry joins the fray, blogging the beginning of the Lone Star State’s 82nd legislative session. Gov. Perry will appear in the Tatler once in a while to update us on news and issues of importance to the state and the nation.

Shooting in Tucson

by Ed Driscoll

A horrific shooting incident on Saturday has left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) critically wounded, Federal Judge John M. Roll and five others dead, and 11 others wounded. For Pajamas Media’s coverage of the incident, don’t miss:

Happy Birthday, Pajamas Media

by Roger L Simon

Pajamas Media makes it to five years old … with mistakes and some successes too.

The Rest of the World Has Gone Mad — Why Shouldn’t Egypt?

by Barry Rubin

Obama is openly calling for the downfall of a 60-year-old regime that has been allied with the U.S. for about 40 years in the most important country in the Arab world. What could go wrong?

Egypt, Liberty, and the Filling Pump

by David Solway

A conversation with an Iranian expatriate.

On the Left, It’s Fake Sophisticates, Real Snobs

by Bernard Chapin

Who will come to liberals’ emotional rescue?

Watching Egypt Burn: An Israeli Perspective

by Benjamin Kerstein

What is happening now in Egypt has immediate and potentially disastrous consequences for the Jewish state. (Also read Roger L. Simon at the Tatler: “Cluless Israel wakes up on PR (sort of)”)

Egypt: Mubarak and the Shah

by Michael Ledeen

There are some eery similarities between Egypt 2011 and Iran 1979, and some of them are unfortunately about American leadership.

The New American Fans of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

by Ron Radosh

Let’s avoid counsel from those who would accept and appease radical Islamists who appear in sheep’s clothing.

After Tucson, Getting Involuntary Commitment Right

by Mike McDaniel

We must reverse the damage done by the radical ’60s view of mental illness.

What’s the Matter with Egypt?

by Victor Davis Hanson

The same thing that is the matter with most of the modern Middle East.

Egypt: The Race for the Keys

by Richard Fernandez

As the Mubarak regime goes into the last stages of existence, the race is on for the real treasures of a great state.

The British Disease, Coming Soon to a Bureaucracy Near You

by Roger Kimball

Executive Order 13522 presages another giant engorgement of an insatiable anti-democratic bureaucracy that is teetering out of control.

Egypt and Iran: Will We Again Fuel the Fires of Revolution?

by Abraham H. Miller

If Obama emulates the horrendous decisions Jimmy Carter made during the Iranian revolution, radical Islam will spread through the region like a forest fire.

Remembering the Iran-Al-Qaeda Link

by N.M. Guariglia

The connection that Western intelligence agencies fear to make.

Egypt: Revolution? By Whom? For What?

by Michael Ledeen

Egypt’s destiny will be determined by a fight among Egyptian people, some of whom wish to be free and others who wish to install a tyranny worse than Mubarak’s. (Also read Richard Fernandez: “Mubarak Obama”)

Should You Kick Your Dog Out of Bed Tonight?

by Julia Szabo

Irresponsible reporting on the chances of your pet giving you a life-threatening disease does far more harm than good.

Barak’s Exit Reveals Weakness of the Israeli Left

by Benjamin Kerstein

Israeli liberals have never recovered from the failure of the Oslo Accords and the carnage of the second intifada.

The energy technology breakthrough the media won’t tell you about
February 01, 2011
Because the media is pushing uneconomical “green” technologies, you probably haven’t heard of the discoveries which promise to make electricity cheaper More

Bandow’s False Flag Budget Debate
February 01, 2011
Will cutting the defense budget leave us vulnerable? More

Gender Gap at Wikipedia
February 01, 2011
Uh oh! What’s a prog to do? More

Administration itself sank ObamaCare
February 01, 2011
Incompetence or worse. More


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