OPINIONS: Iran: America Too Depleted to Attack Even if We Make the Bomb!

July 21, 2011
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Blacks Cannot Be Blamed For Barack Obama
J.R. Dunn
The system that put Obama into office is a system constructed by white liberals for white liberal purposes. Obama merely learned to create the perfect persona to take advantage of it. More

Iran: America Too Depleted to Attack Even if We Make the Bomb!

by ‘Reza Kahlili’

Because of the Obama administration’s weakness, the Revolutionary Guards think they can win.

The 70-Million-Check Constituency
Michael Filozof
Obama and the left have a massive constituency of tens of millions who do not comprehend the true meaning of money, only caring that the government check is in the mail. More

 

What Republicans Must Do to Win in 2012!

by Ron Radosh

The GOP must show it has the interests of average Americans at heart and favors growth in the domestic economy that benefits them, not just large corporations.

Reminder: Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope Not How-To Guide

by Ed Driscoll

Leopold and Loeb and Mobius Loop.

Hacks: The Left’s Lilliputians Try To Take Murdoch Down

by Mike McNally

All the hypocrisy in the world can’t destroy his media empire. Also read Mike’s latest about the BBC and the phone hacking scandal at the Tatler.

Islamic Supremacism Trumps Christianity at Ground Zero
Pamela Geller
While those of us who oppose the Islamic supremacist mosquestrosity at Ground Zero are routinely called bigots, it is St. Nicholas Church at Ground Zero that is encountering actual bigotry. More

Bebé Glotón and the Gender Benders
Jeannie DeAngelis
Bebé Glotón, the doll that teaches non-lactating seven-year-olds how to nurse, is back in the news. More

 

July 21, 2011

The Futility of the Gang of Six Budget Plan

The “Gang of Six” senators has released an outline of budget reforms that would supposedly reduce deficits by $3.7 trillion over 10 years. Revenues would rise by at least $1 trillion, while spending would be theoretically trimmed by various procedural mechanisms. The plan promises to “strengthen the safety net,” “maintain investments,” and “maintain the basic structure” of Medicare and Medicaid. Cato scholar Jagadeesh Gokhale is not impressed: “[The plan] achieves few real and significant budget savings today. …On balance, it’s likely to lock us into a worsening fiscal and economic condition during coming decades.”

Dodd-Frank a Missed Opportunity

It’s been a year since President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street bill, yet little has changed for the better in our financial markets — and much has changed for the worse. Not only has Dodd-Frank failed to end too big to fail; it has extended the federal safety net. Cato scholar Mark A. Calabria comments, “Our financial system is now more concentrated and more vulnerable than before 2008. Dodd-Frank was a missed opportunity to address the public’s demand to end bailouts, while also providing a more rational system of financial regulation.”

20 Years of Economic Reform in India

A foreign exchange crisis in 1991 induced India to abandon decades of inward-looking socialism and adopt economic reforms that have converted the once-lumbering elephant into the latest Asian tiger. However, India continues to be hampered by poor business conditions and misgovernance. In a new paper, Cato scholar Swaminathan Aiyar argues that India’s governance reform lags far behind economic reform and is crucial to sustaining and promoting further economic reform.

Are Hispanics For or Against Illegal Immigration?
Patrick Osio
Knowing that I am an American of Mexican descent, you ask me, “Are you against illegal immigration?” More

Liberals Launch Christian Witch Trials
Peter Heck
Break out the pitchforks and light the torches! This time the target isn’t those who blaspheme against the Christian religion, but rather those who practice it. More

 

Missed Opportunity
Mark A. Calabria on Dodd-Frank financial regulation in Politico.

 

There Is No Alternative
Michael D. Tanner on proposed budget plans in National Review (Online).

Sauce for the Gerrymander
Rosslyn Smith
Funny how North Carolina Democrats suddenly discovered the evils of gerrymandering when they no longer got to draw the maps. More

 

The Fear-Based Economy

by Tom Blumer

Further tax increases could bring an already frightened, sputtering economy to a standstill.

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Executive truth-tellers about Obama’s disastrous policies
July 21, 2011
Normally cautious big business CEOs are so appalled they are starting to speak out, in numbers. More

News Corporation head Rupert Murdoch arrives at his Fifth Avenue residence, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, in New York. Emerging relatively unscathed from a British parliamentary hearing on the phone hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch returned to the United States on Wednesday, where his company faces a host of financial and legal challenges. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

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There Is An Urgent Need to Change Course – John Taylor, Wall St. Journal
Tea Party Extremism Endangering Nation – E.J. Dionne, Washington Post
Bonuses for Billionaires – Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
This White House Not Serious About Cutting Spending – Paul Gigot, WSJ
How to Understand Obama’s Chances in 2012 – Michael Barone, American
Bachmann’s Very Rough Road Ahead – Ed Kilgore, The New Republic
Romney Sticks to Playing It Safe – Zeleny & Medina, New York Times
Too Late to Save the European Titanic? – Steven Erlanger, Foreign Policy
Why We’ll Have 10% Unemployment Very Soon – Jeff Reeves, MarketWatch
An Intransigent President – George Neumayr, The American Spectator
“Cult Fringe” Holding Up Debt Ceiling Increase – Sen. Tom Harkin
Unsustainable Spending Threatens America’s Future – Rep. Paul Ryan
The Murdochs: Power Without Responsibility – D.D. Guttenplan, Nation
Home Depot Co-Founder: Obama Is Choking Economy – John Merline, IBD
We Face Eurogeddon & Dollargeddon – Timothy Garton Ash, The Guardian
Space Shuttle Ends Its Final Voyage and an Era – Donna Leger, USA Today
The World Is Not Overpopulated – Alex Berezow, RealClearScience

Editorials

The ‘Gang of Six’ and Signs of Sanity in Congress – New York Times
Latest Plan Is More Washington Smoke & Mirrors – Washington Examiner
The House Republicans Are The Problem – Los Angeles Times
Trillions More in Taxes Not What U.S. Needs – Investor’s Business Daily

1. VIDEO: Emotional Moment: 9/11 Fire Truck Lowered Into Ground Zero Site Memorial
2. VIDEO: MSNBC Anchor and Rep. Brookes (R) get into Economic Policy argument. Contessa Brewer viciously asks the Congressman if he has a degree in economics…PRICELESS!
3. VIDEO: “Concerned Women for America” launches parody ad attacking government spending
4. Media Coverage of Fiscal Debate is Discouraging
5. VIDEO: Attorney takes leave from Ft. Hood terrorist shooters defense
6. VIDEO: Man Buys $300K House for $16
7. State cuts push colleges to hike tuitions
8. VIDEO: Salon’s Liberal Joan Walsh Compares Obama [D] to Reagan [R]
9. R.I.P. Cursive Writing
10. VIDEO: Former Marine to Receive Living Medal of Honor

Obama Poised to Win Budget Battle and Slash Defense

Cliff Kincaid

The Cut, Cap, and Balance Bill, which has been portrayed as draconian and fiscally conservative, will raise the debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion but will reduce actual spending on defense.

Looking For Peace in India

Vin Ienco

India is officially secular, but conflicts between Islamists and Hindus continue the cultural rift that began when Muslims first invaded and subjugated the native population.

The Love of Scandal

Alan Caruba

The British political response to the Murdoch press scandal could eventually mean that “another liberty will have been sacrificed to the lust of the state.”

Western Recruits to Al-Qaeda-linked Terror Group

Steve Emerson

An essay by a fighter with Somalia’s al-Shabaab terrorist group shows that western recruits to the group range in age from 18 to 60 years.

Indiana Abandons New Immigration Law, Bows to Federal Pressure

Immigration News Update

Illegal Indian immigration is on rise, Senator calls for immigration reform, Feds stamp on state migration law, and immigration costs are not mentioned in debt debate.

Today’s Hot Topics

We choose, you peruse.

  1. Running out of time, President Barack Obama May Okay Stopgap Measure [CBN]

  2. Nicholas Sarkozy holds crisis talks with Angela Merkel in Berlin [TELEGRAPH]

  3. NPR Portrays Muslim Professor as Victim; Omits Sexual Harassment Record [NEWS BUSTERS]

  4. Foreign Aid Bill Would Make Pakistan, Other Nations Pass New Tests to Receive U.S. Funds [FOX]

  5. Flaws Undercut US Efforts Abroad Aimed at Stopping Terrorists From Crossing Int’l Borders [CNS]

  6. Recovery Stalled After Obamacare Passed [HERITAGE]

  7. Sales of previously owned U.S. homes hit a seven-month low in June [REUTERS]

  8. Prominent Holocaust Denier ‘Praises Ahmadinejad For His Key Role In Breaking Taboo On Studying Reality Of Jewish Holocaust’ [MEMRI]

  9. Iran: America Too Depleted to Attack Even if We Make the Bomb! [PAJAMAS]

  10. President is at the middle of a crisis over government borrowing and the national debt because he helped create it [US NEWS]

Patch Won’t Cover Huffington’s Craven Corruption

Gary H. Johnson, Jr.

AOL’s acquisition of the Huffington Post has given a new lease of life for Patch.com, a blogging network that purports to provide local news but actively undermines genuine local news outlets.

Europe Shall Bleed Once Again

Amil Imani

To Muslims, anyone who doesn’t toe the line of Islam, as each sect defines it, is seen as a potential foe. Europe has allowed mass Muslim immigration while ignoring this fact.

Pakistan’s Alleged American Influence Campaign

Steve Emerson

Prosecutors detailed a scheme involving significant political campaign contributions, lobbying and public relations efforts aimed at the U.S., all funded by Pakistan’s notorious ISI agency.

The Gang of Six Budget-Reduction Plan

Frank Hill

This might be our last best shot at a major deficit-reduction package and some semblance of ‘certainty’ – at least as it pertains to the tax code.

You know you live in a banana republic when….
July 21, 2011
A world turned upside down. More

Graph for the Day for July 21, 2011
July 21, 2011
In its life it will create four million jobs – 400,000 almost immediately.” More

Are you ready for the UN’s ‘Green Helmets?’
July 21, 2011
Climate change peacekeepers? More

Hoyer’s unintentional hilarity
July 21, 2011
Demonstrating the gulf between the two parties and their attitudes toward the public purse. More

Authoritative reports on Michelle Bachmann’s migraines
July 21, 2011
She refuses to play the victim. More

Obama’s Deceit on the Debt Default Deadline
July 21, 2011
Three debt “default” distortions being advanced by Barack Obama and his administration lackeys. More

 

The Aug. 2 debt deadline: How ominous is it?

The Obama administration says America faces catastrophe if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling in time. Many Republicans don’t believe it

Best opinion:RedState, Modeled Behavior, CNN

The National Debt  

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and President Obama in London in 2009: The White House has warned that the federal government faces a massive debt crisis if the nation's borrowing limit isn't raised by Aug. 2.

 

The Aug. 2 debt deadline: How ominous is it?

July 21, 2011, at 9:42 AMThe Obama administration says America faces catastrophe if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling in time. Many Republicans don’t believe it

Bankrupt USA  

David Frum

 

David Frum: Government spending is better than no spending

July 21, 2011, at 7:00 AMSlashing government expenditures is great when the economy is growing normally. But when it’s not — watch out

Afghanistan War  

A scan of former football player Ed White's brain: NFL players aren't the only ones at high risk of traumatic brain injuries. A new study suggests U.S. troops are at risk, too.

 

Veterans’ brain injuries: Worse than the NFL?

July 21, 2011, at 6:47 AMExperts fear we’re not doing enough to tackle the growing problem of traumatic brain injury among America’s soldiers

Climate Change  

Children cool off in the Bronx borough on Tuesday: A stifling heat wave has sent temperatures skyrocketing throughout the country.

 

America’s ‘oppressive’ heat wave

July 20, 2011, at 7:05 PMA stifling heat dome’s thick, tropical air sends temperatures skyrocketing across the country

The Apple Universe  

Apple's Mac OS X Lion allows a user to control her view by manipulating her computer's touchpad with the same sort of gestures people use with their iPhones or iPads.

 

Apple’s Mac OS X Lion: Worth the upgrade?

July 20, 2011, at 5:49 PMThe latest Mac operating system promises to make desktop computers work more like tablets. Does it deliver?

Film+TV  

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon at a 2009 event: The duo wowed audiences on Tuesday night with an impressive hip-hop medley.

 

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon’s ‘marvelous’ history of rap

July 20, 2011, at 4:22 PMLightning strikes twice, with the duo’s entertaining sequel to last year’s infectiously amusing hip-hop medley

Google’s World  

A large poster comprised of many individual employee photos adorns a wall at Google HQ: The company's new social networking site is reportedly in the market for celebrity users.

 

The ‘obviously smart’ Google+ ‘celebrity acquisition plan’

July 20, 2011, at 4:09 PMWatch out, Twitter. The new social network is looking to get Hollywood on its side

News Corp. Hacking Scandal  

A man wearing a Rupert Murdoch mask protests outside Britain's parliament on Tuesday: Some commentators believe News Corp. should force Murdoch to step down as CEO in the wake of a phone-hacking scandal.

 

Time for Rupert Murdoch to resign?

July 20, 2011, at 3:44 PMRumors are flying that News Corp.’s board may try to move past a disastrous phone-hacking scandal by picking a new leader

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Film+TV  

The suits behind "The Hunger Games" film, starring Jennifer Lawrence, will hit theaters in March 2012, are positioning it as a big-event movie and the anchor for a franchise.

 

The ‘fierce’ Hunger Games poster burning up the internet

July 20, 2011, at 3:15 PMThe first promotion for the buzzed-about movie literally crackles with anticipation — and ambition

U.S. Business  

While the bankrupt Borders is closing all of its remaining stores, rival Barnes & Noble has (so far) managed to adapt to tumultuous changes in the book industry.

 

Why Borders failed and Barnes & Noble hasn’t: 4 theories

July 20, 2011, at 2:54 PMOne mega bookseller is shuttering all of its stores, while the other has found its Nook

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Cable News Feuds  

MSNBC is reportedly mulling handing over its 6 p.m. time slot to the controversial Rev. Al Sharpton.

 

Should MSNBC give Al Sharpton his own show?

July 20, 2011, at 2:29 PMCraving a bonafide new star, the cable news channel might put the controversial liberal activist in a high-profile time slot

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Music  

The Beastie Boys perform at the MTV Latin Video Music Awards in Florida: In their third decade, the group is still producing buzzed-about music videos.

 

The Beastie Boys’ ‘epic’ new music video

July 20, 2011, at 1:55 PMIn a cheeky, 11-minute clip for the rap group’s latest single, “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win,” toy soldiers do not fare well at all

Wall Street  

A rusted Wall Street sign on the Lexington Avenue subway line in New York: Several giant banks have reported disappointing quarterly results.

 

‘Bankageddon’: 4 reasons Wall Street is struggling

July 20, 2011, at 1:33 PMThe nation’s biggest banks are unveiling their quarterly earnings, and some of the numbers are downright ugly

The Battle over Smoking  

Most teens whose hearing has been damaged by exposure to second-hand smoke don't even realize it.

 

The ‘surprising’ link between secondhand smoke and hearing loss

July 20, 2011, at 1:07 PMKids exposed to secondhand smoke have a higher risk of cancer, heart disease and, according a new study, hearing loss

Arizona Republicans Launch Website to Raise Funds for Border Fence
July 21, 2011
According to a new bill, prison labor can be used. More

The Bicycle Overlords
July 21, 2011
When utopians control government planners, utopia never results. More

Report pinpoints frozen job market
July 21, 2011
A statistical correlation between the passage of Obamacare and a freeze in hiring. More

A NY Times reporter who gets Israel right (and one who doesn’t)
July 20, 2011
Miracle of miracles! An article in the New York Times that actually gets Israel right — without any of the usual pejorative spins and tendentious innuendos about the Jewish state. It didn’t set a pattern. More

The Space Shuttle Program’s Ignominious Conclusion

by Ed Driscoll

“For NASA, ‘The Right Stuff’ takes on a softer tone.”

Ortega’s Cynical Strategy

by Jaime Daremblum

The Sandanista leader has combined economic pragmatism and authoritarian tactics to bring the country to heel. (Read this article in Spanish here.)

Options Limited in Debt Ceiling Mess

by Dan Miller

The “unexpected” debt limit mess has persisted far too long for anything better than the least bad outcome to be anticipated.


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