OPINION: WHY HAVE Senate Democrats refused to propose a budget for three years?

January 24, 2012

A Thousand Days of Failure


by Roger Morse

Senate Democrats have refused to propose a budget for three years.


Brace Yourself for the Anti-Mormon Slime Machine
Kyle-Anne Shiver
If you thought that aggravating race- and wealth-based divisions was as low as the Obama machine could get, just wait for the religious bigotry that will be unleashed on Mitt Romney if he obtains the GOP nomination. More

Newt Gingrich Is Shameless
Christopher Chantrill
Is shamelessness the #1 skill you need to be a successful elected politician? For decades the Democrats have been the naughty party and Republicans the uptight party. What if the parties are changing their positions? More

Fidelity: Should It Matter?
Vaughan Starr
Should marital fidelity matter in a political candidate? And yes, I am talking about Newt Gingrich. More

He’s No Damn Good
John W. Howard
It is not about sex at all, and it is not about adultery. It is about cheating. It is about lying. It is about integrity. More

Obama’s Social Justice Capitalism
Jesse Weed
Much has been made of the firms that get government capital having made contributions to the Obama campaign. That misses the point. Obama is motivated not just by kickbacks. More

A Generation Losing Hope: The Shattering of the American Dream
Frank Ryan
Before our very eyes, a generation of Americans is losing faith in the American dream and adopting attitudes and behaviors that emphasize living for the day, not planning to take care of their own futures. More

Takers Taking Over
Jeffrey Folks
Ominously, the percentage of takers, those who collect benefits and pay no federal income tax, now sits at 49%. Anything beyond that and the country is lost forever. More


Barack Obama Is the Food Stamp President

by Tom Blumer

Saying so is factual, and certainly not racist.

Pissing Away the War on Terror

by Andrew Klavan

Good job, Barack.

In Praise of Worry

by Belladonna Rogers

Why, much as we’ll always love MAD magazine, “What Me, Worry?” isn’t a great motto for life.

How Sparkly Nail Polish Doomed the Green Bay Packers

by Ed Driscoll

Then: Run to Daylight. Now: Run to Prozac!

Drunkblogging Tonight’s GOP Debate

by Stephen Green

With tightening polls, it’s make or break time for Mitt. Plus, which journalist will Newt Gingrich cheerfully defenestrate? Tune in tonight at 9:00 PM eastern.

Why Romney Lost, Part III: The Mood of the Country

by J. Christian Adams

They want a general who uses language to inspire them for the fight. And so far, Mitt Romney hasn’t found it. Also see Part I and Part II.

When Calls for ‘Transparency’ Go Too Far

by Jazz Shaw

Gingrich and Romney trade demands to release potentially damaging documents. (Also read: “Mittens Takes Off the Gloves“)

The 2012 Election Circus — The Acts, The Players, The Hype

by Victor Davis Hanson

Given the flaws of all the candidates, from Gingrich to Romney to Paul to Obama, step right up to the craziest show on earth.

Paul’s Privilege Against Detention

by Hans A. von Spakovsky

Unanswered questions about the senator’s incident with the TSA

Romney, Gingrich & Obama: The World, The Flesh, and The Devil

by Belladonna Rogers

How a 15th century morality play sheds light on our 2012 political drama.

U.S. Defense Cuts Hobble Allies, Embolden Enemies

by Morgan Lorraine Roach

A cut-rate approach to national security.

Obama Wins Shameful NBC Debate
January 24, 2012
Winner: Barack Obama, by omission. More

Gingrich up 5 in PPP poll
January 24, 2012
Did Romney stop the bleeding last night? More

Romney releases tax returns; Gingrich publishes Freddie Mac contract
January 24, 2012
I’ll show you mine if you show me yours. More


Featured Topic

2012 Presidential Race

The GOP’s Tampa debate: Did a ‘defiant Romney’ deflate Gingrich?

A newly aggressive Mitt adopts the pose of a fighter, launching a full-on “kitchen-sink attack” on his surging rival

Best opinion:Amer. Conservative, TPM, Tampa Bay Times …

Iran’s Threat  

An oil tanker anchored near the Strait of Hormuz: In response to the EU's planned oil embargo, Iran has threatened to close the critical Persian Gulf oil passage.


Will Europe’s Iranian oil embargo backfire?

January 24, 2012, at 10:17 AMThe EU’s vow to stop buying millions of barrels of oil a day from Tehran could have a devastating effect on Iran’s economy

Budget Battles  

Nearly 700 congressional staffers owe a combined $10.6 million in unpaid 2010 taxes.

World War

Dr. Michael Ledeen

The President said this month that the “tide of war is receding.” This may be true in some areas, but overall, we are closer to a major global conflict than we have been for decades.

‘Islam Is Islam, And That’s It’

The Arab Spring was not hijacked.

Andrew C. McCarthy

The Muslims of the Middle East take no note of our reimagining of Islam, being, in the main, either hostile toward or oblivious to Western overtures.

Why the President Should Speak Out Against Religious Persecution

Raymond Ibrahim

On January 24, during his State of the Union Address, the president of the United States has a chance to expose the plight of religious minorities living in Muslim majority nations.

DHS Drops Deportation Cases

Immigration News Update

The U.S. Homeland Security Department urges closing more than 1,600 deportation cases, claiming it wants to focus more on dangerous and criminal illegal migrants.

Quote of the Day – January 24, 2012

FSM: Quote of the Day

“Why weep like a woman for what you couldn’t defend like a man?” – Will this be the epitaph of the West?

The Murder of Muslim Women and Girls by Islamists

Dave Gaubatz

So-called “honor killings” happen most commonly in Islamic societies. A global problem, already young women and girls have been murdered in America and Canada.

The Point of No Return

Mark Silverberg

With each passing day, it becomes more apparent that sanctions against Iran have failed to stop the mullahs’ quest for nuclear weapons. Israel can no longer rely on others for help…

Giving Nuclear Secrets Away Preemptively

Herbert London

Choosing to share nuclear defense secrets with the Russians does not create a safer world, nor does it promote trust. Such actions can only weaken America’s future standing in the world.

American Laws for American Courts

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.

Shariah law is in opposition to human rights and democracy. Neither shariah nor any other form of foreign or transnational law should ever be allowed to trump constitutional rights.

Nation of Immigrants

Leslie Sacks

Immigration has always benefited America. But currently, immigration is in a mess with little attempt to control or regulate the manner in which people arrive in the United States.

Tax dodgers on the federal payroll: By the numbers

January 24, 2012, at 9:55 AMNearly 100,000 government workers owe a collective $1 billion in unpaid 2010 taxes — including employees at the Treasury Department and Government Ethics Office

2012 Presidential Race  

The four remaining Republican presidential hopefuls went all out Monday night for their 18th round of finger-pointing, in what was a particularly aggressive debate in Tampa, Fla.


The GOP’s Tampa debate: Did a ‘defiant Romney’ deflate Gingrich?

January 24, 2012, at 9:35 AMA newly aggressive Mitt adopts the pose of a fighter, launching a full-on “kitchen-sink attack” on his surging rival



Stats of our lives

January 24, 2012, at 7:00 AMOn America’s roads, the typical car is more than a decade old — and more in our collection of surprising facts and figures


A glass case contains human remains that have been turned into beads, a practice that is growing in popularity in densely populated South Korea.


Turning the dead into beads: South Korea’s ‘odd’ new trend

January 24, 2012, at 6:30 AMForget “creepy” burial urns. One company allows clients to memorialize the dead by turning their remains into colorful, caviar-like stones

The Gingrich Campaign  

If the 2012 presidential race pitted President Obama against Newt Gingrich, the debates would be both epic and entertaining, some politicos say.


3 reasons to root for an Obama-Gingrich matchup

January 24, 2012, at 6:15 AMNewt is on a roll, and Mitt Romney no longer appears to have a lock on the GOP presidential nomination. Should political junkies root for Newt?

Barack Obama  

Paul Brandus


Paul Brandus: Obama’s top 5 successes

January 23, 2012, at 6:38 PMThe president will surely boast of his accomplishments during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. So what exactly are they?



Record-breaking solo teen sailors: A visual timeline


Record-breaking solo teen sailors: A visual timeline

January 23, 2012, at 6:31 PM7 teenagers who have braved storms, pirates, and severe loneliness to earn a rare nautical distinction

The Romney Campaign  

Mitt Romney is attacking GOP rival Newt Gingrich as a "failed leader" who had to "resign in disgrace" as speaker of the House in the late '90s.


Mitt Romney’s attacks on Newt Gingrich: Will they backfire?

January 23, 2012, at 6:15 PMAfter a double-digit loss in South Carolina, Romney pummels his surging rival as a “failed leader.” Some politicos don’t think that’s such a hot idea

2012 Oscar Race  

Out of his three 2011 performances, Ryan Gosling's best chance of an Oscar nod is his turn in "The Ides of March."


2012 Oscar nominations: 5 burning questions

January 23, 2012, at 6:13 PMAhead of Tuesday’s unveiling of this year’s Academy Award nominees, Oscarologists debate Bridesmaids‘ Best Picture hopes, Ryan Gosling’s odds, and more

U.S. Opinion  

After setting off a full-body scanner and refusing a pat-down, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was detained by one of his nemeses: The TSA.


Good day, bad day: January 23, 2012

January 23, 2012, at 4:26 PMChina’s version of Twitter breaks the tweets-per-second record, while Rand Paul is detained by the TSA — and more winners and losers of today’s news cycle


The feds have shut down the online file-sharing mecca Megaupload, which reportedly raked in $175 million in 2010.


The massive federal crackdown on Megaupload: A guide

January 23, 2012, at 4:05 PMThe Justice Department takes down a file-sharing site with 150 million users. With that kind of power, who needs tougher anti-piracy laws?

Penn State Scandal 

Remembering Joe Paterno: Will Penn State’s sex-abuse scandal ruin his legacy?

January 23, 2012, at 2:46 PM The late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno after a 1974 win: Despite his record-setting 409 victories, the beloved coach's reputation may be forever tainted by a sex-abuse scandal that unfolded on his watch. JoePa may be the greatest college football coach ever, but will the “sordid” controversy that defined his final months overshadow his glory?

A Thousand Days of Failure

by Roger Morse

Senate Democrats have refused to propose a budget for three years.

Politically correct weather forecasts
January 24, 2012
Do they know the difference between climate and weather? More

Why is Mitt Romney timid on taxes?
January 24, 2012
Newt Gingrich is the only candidate that eliminates taxes on investment, makes our corporate tax rate competitive with the rest of the world, and flattens and lowers the personal income tax rate for everyone. More

Unhappy anniversary
January 24, 2012
It’s been 1000 days since the senate Democrats have passed a budget. More

Higher Education Needs a Complete Overhaul
January 24, 2012
Our colleges and universities are too expensive, and far too many of our college graduates have proven that they can’t compete at the global level. More

Another Obama State of the Union: Let Us Count the Lies
January 24, 2012
A trip down Memory Lane to review fibs in O’s previous addresses to Congress. More

One more sign that Obama is helping Gingrich
January 24, 2012
Obama allies are stepping in to help Gingrich’s campaign because they are confident — with reason to be so — that he will go down in flames against Obama More

Newt and the base
January 24, 2012
Does it make sense to vote for someone just because he has good ideas, can articulate them and would be great in a debate? Isn’t that what so many conservatives had against Obama? More


An Unmemorable Debate, Barely Won by Mitt Romney

by Bryan Preston

No game changer.

‘Arab Spring’ Leaves a Weakened Hezbollah

by Jonathan Spyer

If Bashar Assad does not survive in Syria, Hezbollah will be confronted by rising Sunni enemies.

Overexposed: Lana Del Rey, Saturday Night Live, and How Indie Music Hype Cannibalizes Its Young

by Jonathan Sanders

After a disastrous SNL performance, the YouTube star has to sink or swim among the indie critic sharks who thrive on destroying every “next big thing.”

Egypt-Israel Peace Agreement Is Dead Even if Treaty Still Exists

by Barry Rubin

With Egypt’s parliament now 75% Islamist, the treaty is a dead letter.

Steal This Book!

by Ed Driscoll

The Occupy Handbook is due out in April. We have a few helpful suggestions that might flesh-out this important work…

The unofficial end of global warming?
January 24, 2012
Global warming must is now be passé in Hollywood. More

The old grey mare
January 24, 2012
Has feminism reached horse breeding? More

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