OPINIONS: Another day, several more Obamacare waivers/Over 1100 and climbing, # Can Murder Ever be an Acceptable Response to Book Burning?, # Arab Revolts Improve Al-Qaeda’s Strategic Position, # Paul Ryan’s ‘controversial’ $4 trillion in cuts:, #
The Perils of a Birth Certificate
Take my birth certificate for example. It is a fake, but a legal fake. It was created out of whole cloth some 8 (plus or minus) years after I was born. More
Hey, Whoopi: It’s Not About Skin Color
Even Obama, at least when he’s disconnected from his own secrecy, agrees that “[t]he only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.” More
Ryan Budget: A Huge Opportunity to Improve Health Care
Michael F. Cannon on KaiserHealthNews.org.
April 4, 2011
On Tuesday, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan is expected to put out his 2012 proposed budget resolution. Ryan’s plan reportedly will propose overhauling Medicare and Medicaid and rolling back discretionary spending to 2006 levels. Cato scholar Daniel J. Mitchell is encouraged by what he’s heard: “Ryan’s proposals would simultaneously address the long-run threat of bloated government and put in place tax policies that will boost growth and improve competitiveness.”
- “Congressman Ryan’s Budget Is a Big Step in the Right Direction,” by Daniel J. Mitchell
- “Ryan Budget: A Huge Opportunity to Improve Health Care,” by Michael F. Cannon
- “Bankrupt: Entitlements and the Federal Budget,” by Michael D. Tanner
When the U.S. military is assigned a mission intended to serve national security, the right to intervene inheres in the U.S.’s responsibility to defend this country, our people and our way of life. But Washington has adopted too loose a definition of national interest. And as Christopher A. Preble points out, “By launching a war of choice against Libya, President Barack Obama perpetuates the unrealistic expectation that U.S. troops will be deployed on missions that have no plausible connection to national security interests.”
Goldstone is gone — but NY Times steps into the anti-Israel breach
April 04, 2011
Hammering away at the victim of a blood libel even after the libeler has retracted his gross lies, More
Another Ethics Problem?
April 04, 2011
“Another Obama appointee with ethics problem” screams the headline. Missed it? So did I. Actually, the headline buried on A14 of my Sunday paper is far more sedate More
Every part of your home is lethal, according to one new book. But don’t worry, one Dutch study suggests that if we all ate insects, we would reduce our carbon output…
by Ryan Mauro
But was it handed over by the government? …
600 Royal British Marines on standby for Libya intervention….
The anti-Israel jurist retracts his lies about the Jewish State, but is it too late to undo the damage? …
Radicals conspire to create another banking crisis and spread economic despair. …
Glenn Beck asks why our administration sides with all those who stand against the Jewish state….
The president needs more Hispanic enthusiasm to stand a chance at re-election. …
With threats of more riots and unrest, Arab leaders are trying to achieve peace by promising social reforms and concessions.
The global communities who gain the most from Western governments’ military support are usually those who have assets that can be used for profit.
Anti-energy activists who continue to oppose hydrocarbon, nuclear and hydroelectric power generation, in favor of wind and solar systems, only perpetuate poverty in Africa.
In politics, census numbers matter. Yet they are a measure of demographics that changed in the previous 10 years, not numbers that change demographics.
The nuclear disaster at Fukushima in Japan is not so far away. Almost a quarter of American nuclear reactors are similar, and some could be at risk from earthquakes.
The regime in Iran is promoting a movie about how it is spearheading the advent of Armageddon, where Iran invades Mecca and paves the way for the “Mahdi” to return.
Three Middle Eastern men make hateful comments and terroristic threats towards Marines before driving onto Camp Pendleton without authorization. They claim they were just lost…
The media seems to blame Terry Jones for the recent deaths in Afghanistan. Burning a book is one thing – murder is entirely different, and the murderers should take all the blame.
President Assad wanted Syrians to wait a further three weeks for a debate on reforms. The people are not prepared to wait a day longer.
When will “moderate” Muslims and “advocacy groups” declare that the life of a human being, irrespective of religion, should always be worth more than a mass-produced book?
The lack of an agreed budget could cause a shut-down of almost all the major branches of government. Peter Huessy analyzes the motives of the conflicting parties.
The most transparent administration in American history had a transparent congressional; debate about war in Libya – What? You Missed it?
Though the media concentrated more on Libya, a shipment of Iranian weapons, bound for Syria, was found at a Turkish airport.
As a deadline approaches that could mean shutting down the non-essential operations of the federal government, both sides are weighing the potential impact on their political fortunes.
American Jewish opponents of Israel sought to intimidate and demoralize Israelis by saying American Jews would only support them if they capitulated to all the Arabs’ demands.
In the third part of his series, Alan Caruba explains why hysteria has replaced scientific evidence in campaigns to ban the chemical Bisphenol-A.
The United Nations, the European Union, and the United States are consciously allowing Sharia Compliant Finance to evade the sanctions regime imposed upon Libya.
Willie Soon, Barun Mitra
Beware of anti-energy policies claiming to prevent climate change, warn two scientists…
The forces of rebellion in Libya are not all peace-loving democrats…
The nominee tipped to head the corruption-plagued Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is someone who seems to blame legitimate gun shops for gangs’ illicit weapons.
Koran-inspired Libyan rebels ‘as likely to attack the CIA as Qaddafi’
April 04, 2011
Realism from a veteran CIA operative with extensive experience in Libya, More
Vanity Fair Test Marketing the Obama 2012 Campaign Themes
April 04, 2011
The old enemies list is partially resurrected. The drug companies and the rich are demonized just in time for the Democratic Party Campaign Season ritual bashing. More
Prosser vs. Kloppenburg: Wisconsin Supreme Court battle royale
April 04, 2011
They don’t get much bigger. More
Liberals proved spectacularly wrong about traffic deaths
April 04, 2011
They promised a huge increase in traffic deaths because of the increase in the speed limit. So where are they? More
The Week – Mon Apr 4, 8:45 am ET New York – Lawmakers are still locked in talks over federal spending for the next six months, but the GOP is ready to unveil a 2012 budget proposal that slashes Medicare and Medicaid Full Story »
The Weekly Standard – 38 mins ago
Washington (The Weekly Standard) Vol. 016, Issue 29 – 04/11/2011 – Spring isn’t what it used to be. Here, for example, is Robert Browning in 1841: Full Story »
ContributorNetwork – 2 hrs 21 mins ago
Whether it is Rick-Rolling millions of YouTube users or changing the company name, Google has always been an avid prankster on April Fools’ Day. This year is no different, as Google introduced a new motion-sensing program to be used with users’ Gmail account called Gmail Motion. The farce program was supposed to make ” for much more efficient human computer interaction,” according to the Google website. Full Story »
The Week – Mon Apr 4, 10:45 am ET
New York – Officials detain a prominent Chinese artist and activist, drawing comparisons to the brutal aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests Full Story »
The Week – Mon Apr 4, 10:24 am ET
New York – In the latest version of “Madden NFL,” football players who take one violent hit too many will be benched… just like in real life Full Story »
The Week – Mon Apr 4, 9:07 am ET
New York – The state is considering a $50 annual fee for Medicaid patients who are obese or smoke. Is that fair? Full Story »
The Nation – Mon Apr 4, 8:26 am ET
The Nation — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated forty-three years ago today. Full Story »
The Week – Mon Apr 4, 8:19 am ET
New York – Suddenly, the union-busting efforts of Badger State Republicans hinge on Tuesday’s re-election vote for a lone state Supreme Court justice Full Story »
The Week – Mon Apr 4, 7:47 am ET
New York – The troubled star may have turned things around Sunday in Chicago, but Sheen’s inaugural show in the Motor City reveived a critical drubbing. Here, a sampling Full Story »
The Week – Mon Apr 4, 6:35 am ET
New York – At least 22 people were killed by a mob in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, on Friday and Saturday, including seven United Nations workers and four guards. The murderous rioting was tied to Florida pastor Terry Jones, who made international news last fall by threatening to burn a Koran on September 11. This March 20, he made good on his threat and, though the event was sparsely attended and ignored by the U.S. media, video of the Koran burning slowly gained an audience in Afghanistan and other Muslim countries. Jones has said the killings aren’t his fault. But can he wash his hands so easily? Full Story »
Lawmakers are still locked in talks over federal spending for the next six months, but the GOP is ready to unveil a 2012 budget proposal that slashes Medicare and Medicaid
Best opinion:Firedoglake, New Republic, National Review…
April 4, 2011, at 3:13 PMNot only is urban cycling “insane,” argues P.J. O’Rourke in The Wall Street Journal — it’s also just downright un-American
April 4, 2011, at 2:45 PMOfficials detain a prominent Chinese artist and activist, drawing comparisons to the brutal aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests
April 4, 2011, at 2:24 PMIn the latest version of “Madden NFL,” football players who take one violent hit too many will be benched… just like in real life
April 4, 2011, at 1:40 PMAn Iowa journalist reveals that an all-beer diet helped him lose 15 pounds. Here, a look at the various one-food or drink diets that show unusually good results
April 4, 2011, at 12:45 PMLawmakers are still locked in talks over federal spending for the next six months, but the GOP is ready to unveil a 2012 budget proposal that slashes Medicare and Medicaid
April 4, 2011, at 11:47 AMThe troubled star may have turned things around Sunday in Chicago, but Sheen’s inaugural show in the Motor City reveived a critical drubbing. Here, a sampling
April 4, 2011, at 10:12 AMSaif Gadhafi is reportedly shopping a peace deal that would see him replace his dad, Moammar Gadhafi, and then bring democracy to Libya. Could that really work?
The Week – Mon Apr 4, 6:12 am ET
New York – Saif Gadhafi is reportedly shopping a peace deal that would see him replace his dad, Moammar Gadhafi, and then bring democracy to Libya. Could that really work? Full Story »
The Week – Mon Apr 4, 2:45 am ET
New York – At Rutgers University, the orange-hued Jersey Shore star bags a bigger speaking fee than Beloved author Toni Morrison. Oh, the humanity Full Story »
The Nation – Sun Apr 3, 12:45 pm ET
The Nation — We have suffered a great loss in the passing of Professor Manning Marable. As my Nation colleague John Nichols wrote yesterday, the coming weeks will be filled with tributes to Manning’s life and work. He was, as John says, “one of America’s truest public intellectuals.” Full Story »
The Nation – Sat Apr 2, 8:46 am ET
The Nation — Proposed budget cuts have spurred widespread national resistance in the form of protests, and in some cases, hunger strikes. Yesterday, several leaders of progressive organizations, including executives of MoveOn.org, SEIU, the Center for Community Change and ColorOfChange.org, announced that they too will be joining the group of 6,000 participants in a fast to oppose austerity. Full Story »
Special thanks to Kenosha’s public sector union protesters
April 04, 2011
Things were pretty dull until the protesters showed up. More
Their parasitical behavior obliges governments, through taxpayers, to subsidize their adopted country’s own destruction.
by Moshe Dann
The question brings us to an examination of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Red Cross, and reveals an uphill battle against law and reason for those who want the settlements gone.
For them, truth doesn’t work like it does for you and me.
If we want to maintain our innovative mojo, the one thing we cannot do is continue down the road we are on of socializing the whole system.
by Ron Radosh
A partial apologia, but one that comes at the right time!
If the United Nations consulted their own research, they wouldn’t be promoting their global civilian disarmament agenda.
by Gary Wickert
A close look at Wisconsin law shows that Judge Sumi is wrong and the suits are simply buying time, hoping the state senate flips next election cycle.
A review of Bruce Thornton’s The Wages of Appeasement. A timely and necessary book, as we flounder in Libya.
by John Boot
The new film rethinks Groundhog Day as a thriller, posing the question: what if, instead of covering a lame news story, Bill Murray had to stop a terrorist strike?
If Hispanics don’t vote for the GOP, it’s Republicans’ fault. But if they don’t vote for Democrats, they’re “fickle.”
The Syrian first lady’s haute couture fashion notwithstanding, given a choice between Imelda Marcos and Asma al-Assad, I’d take Imelda any day. Bad as it was, the Marcos dictatorship was a puny affair compared to the 40-year totalitarian depravities of Syria’s terror-sponsoring Assads.
by Ron Radosh
As with the reasons given by the administration to go into Libya, the response from the right has been all over the board as well. Let’s try to separate the flak from the chaff.
Should a lawyer who has participated in unprofessional conduct be awarded with a judgeship? Consider the nomination of Justice Department official Donna Murphy to be a superior court judge in the District of Columbia.
by Joseph Puder
What we have here is a failure to communicate.
Gaddafi and the rebels trade territory while Americans wonder: Where is this all going?
The bottom line is that Israel can hardly count on Germany as a friend. It’s been behaving recently more like an enemy.
Now that Obama has proclaimed himself open to arming the rebels, the equation on the ground may change.
by Ryan Mauro
The West has an opportunity to cause Assad enormous stress, or even to topple him. (Also see today’s Tatler coverage on Syria.)
by Ed Driscoll
Chicago’s African-Americans face 21.4% unemployment. Newsweek notes that “the city has lost 200,000 inhabitants in the past decade.” So other than Rahm Emanuel and other Obama cronies now running the show, what is it about this failed city that the magazine considers “finally hip”?
The alternative is a more dangerous Gaddafi than ever.
The supposed “responsibility to protect” has taken America into a war on the side of the ultimate killers of innocents: al-Qaeda. (See also “Rebel Libya: ‘Brothers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, now is the time to defend your land!” on the Tatler.)
The Iranian version of The Triumph of the Will, or in this case, the triumph of the Twelfth Imam, now playing at PJTV. (Click here to watch. Also, Reza Kahlili and Michael Ledeen will be giving a press conference on the video Tuesday at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in DC.)
by Ron Radosh
2011 is far away from 1911, but that hasn’t stopped the MSM from attempting to triangulate the plight of pre-WWI factory workers toiling in Dickensian-conditions with 21st century government employees, who in comparison, live (and earn) like potentates.
by Myra Adams
Candidates who are chosen for high office largely based on their gender, ethnicity, age, or race (GEAR) usually ruin their careers.
A primer on how radiation exposure is actually measured so that you can judge for yourself whether the figures coming from Fukushima are worrisome or not.
Our Sphinx-like president is now faced with a riddle: how to maintain stability in the Middle East, in the midst of, ironically enough given his campaign slogan, tectonic change.
Latinos are getting restless.
by Soeren Kern
In the absence of American leadership in Libya, Europeans are looking more and more like the Keystone Kops. It would be funny if it were not so serious.
“Kinetic military action” and “overseas contingency operations,” indeed: future historians, looking back on this era, will marvel at its capacity for linguistic evasion.
The Syrian town of Deraa was once the site of a key battle against the Ottoman Empire led by the famed Lawrence of Arabia. Today we are even luckier to be led, not simply by the competent and daring, but by leaders who understand the true battlefield potential of postmodern linguistics. (For more on Syria, don’t miss Michael Ledeen and Anne Bayefsky at the Tatler.)
by Rich Baehr
Findings were skewed to show better performance from countries with socialized health care systems.
In 2010 the tea party had its hands full with various domestic issues. Those haven’t gone away, but I reckon we’ll be hearing a lot about our North African adventures in 2012.
We need a constructive and fact-based debate about Muhammed’s life and his meaning for society today.
I am a subject in a kingdom of lies. At age 57, I have grown up with decades of untruth — advanced for the purposes of purported social unity, the noble aim of egalitarianism, and the advancement of a cognitive elite in government, journalism, the arts, and the universities.
The only thing weird here is the lingering admiration for the president.
One man makes a shocking confession.
Western leaders must invest not in military hardware, but in Egypt’s nascent civil society, which is clearly under threat.
by Ed Lasky
Sadly, it may be too little and too late. (And don’t miss Roger L. Simon at the Tatler: “Will Goldstone’s semi-apology be a wake up call?”)
The Obama administration is now conjuring the narrative that Congress actually did approve a Libyan no-fly zone before the president signed onto the project with the United Nations.
Documents show that Spanish police tipped ETA terrorists to a raid while also apologizing for the “accident.”
A look back at the origins of the Libyan insurrection shows that a victory by the rebels could be a victory for Islamist-inspired blasphemy laws and a defeat for freedom of expression. (Also read: Endgame? Libyan Rebels Call for Ceasefire at the Tatler.)
by Peter Roff
But will political embarrassment cause them to cave?
Paul Baran helped invent the Internet; but in the end, he also taught us how to live our own lives, from beginning to end, in the Internet Age.
The terrorists are reaping the benefits from the chaos.
by Dan Miller
We must stop using them lest intelligent life on Earth be further endangered!
After almost two weeks, the questions about our mission in Libya still have not been asked much less answered — and there are lots of questions.
The cutting-edge weapon faces trial by fire.