September 2nd, 2014



Hillary Clinton’s neocon moment

Even the fondest liberal fantasy can fall before the onrush of reality

By R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. – - Wednesday, August 13, 2014
R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is editor in chief of the American Spectator, a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research and the author of “The Death of Liberalism” (Thomas Nelson, 2012).

Is it not a thing of wonderment that the two leading families of the Party of the Poor and Down-and-Out are ending the summer in Martha’s Vineyard? Both the Obamas and the Clintons are renting spacious mansions, probably from Wall Streeters, on that enchanted isle and playing golf and tennis, and — who knows — croquet, just like the Rockefellers or Vanderbilts. Yet do not expect them to be dining together in the moonlight. In fact, relations between them have turned downright hostile.

Hillary Clinton this week has made it all but final. She is a neoconservative, a genuine, 24-carat, neoconservative. She has all the credentials. Back in the 1970s, Irving Kristol, the official godfather of neoconservatism, defined a neoconservative as a liberal who has been mugged by reality. By that definition, a mere believer in muscular foreign policy pronouncements is no neoconservative. Perhaps he or she is a hawk, but not a neoconservative. To be a true neocon, one has to have once been a liberal — preferably a Trotskyite — and to have come to one’s conversion in fits and starts. Well, Mrs. Clinton certainly fills the bill, complete with fits and starts. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 2nd, 2014



Joe Piscopo’s confessions of a disillusioned Democrat

The party of the working class has sold out to fat cats

By Joe Piscopo – - Thursday, August 14, 2014

Joe Piscopo is an actor, comedian and host of “The Joe Piscopo Show” on AM 970 The Answer in New York.

I’m a Democrat. I’ve been a Democrat my entire life.

I used to utter those two sentences with pride and would shout them from the highest rooftops. Now, I’m almost embarrassed to say those words.

I almost can’t articulate my political affiliation in public (or on the radio) without immediately offering an apology and an explanation.

How did I get here?

I’ve been asking myself that question a lot lately. The more I ask it, the more I come to the realization that I haven’t changed all that much. Sure, I’m a little older … OK, a lot older. I have a few more children (one at every exit in New Jersey). I am also a little closer to collecting Social Security than I might’ve been a few years ago. However, in examining the current state of world affairs and the political landscape, the more I realize that the Democratic Party has changed far more than I have.

Contrary to popular belief, my first exposure to Democratic politicians wasn’t when I played Jimmy Carter in my first episode of “Saturday Night Live.” I’ve always been a political junkie and followed politics, the way my friends followed sports. My parents never told me where they were politically or where I should be. They encouraged an independent streak, a healthy skepticism of authority, coupled with a large dose of common sense and a love of country that was all-consuming.

My father was a proud Italian-American, but the American was second to no other nationality. “Pop” was a World War II veteran and a brilliant lawyer who devoted his professional life representing the working class, particularly new legal immigrants.

I was a Democrat because I believed in civil rights, like Lyndon Johnson. I was a Democrat because while it was clear to me that the Republican politicians were out of touch and cared for only the upper class, Democrats like Franklin Roosevelt cared for the masses and helping the working man. I was a Democrat because I believed in a strong defense and opposed communism, like John F. Kennedy. And I was a Democrat because I loved the fact that Kennedy understood we needed lower marginal tax rates.

By and large, none of these values are represented in the Democratic Party today. From where I’m standing, the party has largely abandoned its commitment to civil rights and instead allows race-baiters to be national power brokers. As spokesman for the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey, I am hurt that there is not one Democrat in Washington who cares enough about the great inner cities of this country to help those in dire distress from poverty and crime. These cities are in worse shape than those countries from which all those illegal “children” crossing our borders daily are coming. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 27th, 2014


NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE          www.nationalreview.com           August 26, 2014 

The Madness of 2008
A nation became unhinged by trivialities like “hope and change.” It has now awakened.
By Victor Davis Hanson

America is suddenly angry at the laxity, incompetence, and polarizing politics of the Obama

administration, the bad optics of the president putting about in his bright golf clothes while the world burns. Certainly, no recent president has failed on so many fronts — honesty, transparency, truthfulness, the economy, foreign policy, the duties of the commander-in-chief, executive responsibilities, and spiritual leadership.

For those who are “shocked” at the present meltdown, of a magnitude not seen since the annus horribilis of 1979, in their defense: Obama certainly did not campaign on a new health-care plan that would force Americans to give up the doctors they liked and their existing coverage, while raising premiums and deductibles, while giving exemptions for insiders and cronies, and while raising the deficit.

Nor did we hear on the campaign trail that Obama would push gay marriage, open borders, near-permanent zero interest rates, six consecutive $1 trillion deficits, and record food-stamp and Social Security disability payouts. He criticized Bush for relatively minor executive orders, suggesting that he would never rule by fiat — as he since has done in matters of Obamacare, immigration law, and environmental regulations. Remember the promise of ending the revolving door and stopping aides from cashing in — and then follow the post-administration careers of Obama’s closest advisers.

Obama promised to halve the deficit — not run up more red ink than almost all prior presidents combined. Indeed, he once as a senator voted against raising the debt limit and blasted Bush for borrowing from China. He once sermonized to us that the presidency is serious stuff, that it entails inordinate personal sacrifice and even a virtual absence of downtime and vacation — and then he became just the sort of president he was critiquing. But those deceptions were simply politics as usual, and it was logical for the hard leftist Barack Obama to try to appear to be a moderate, given that no Northern liberal had won the presidency in the half-century since John F. Kennedy.

The antidote to the great madness of 2008 would have been, instead of focusing on what Obama claimed or hedged, simply to recall what he had done before he ran for president and to notice what he did during the campaign. Had America done that, there would never have been a President Obama to surprise us now. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 27th, 2014


Aug. 13, 2014 
The “no blood for oil” crowd has piped up with surprising speed and noisiness in the short hours since President Obama recommitted U.S. forces to the fight in Iraq.

Steve Coll, a writer for the New Yorker, suggests in a piece posted on the magazine’s website that “Kurdish oil greed,” whose partner Mr. Obama now becomes, has been a primary factor in making Iraq a failed state. That’s apparently because of the Kurds’ unwillingness to reach a revenue-sharing deal with Baghdad. For good measure, he refers readers to a Rachel Maddow video, featuring Steve Coll, that argues that the U.S. invaded Iraq to gets its oil in the first place.

John B. Judis, a veteran editor of the New Republic, in contrast is relatively sane under the headline “The U.S. Airstrikes in Northern Iraq Are All About Oil.” While nodding toward Mr. Obama’s stated humanitarian justifications, he insists oil “lies near the center of American motives for intervention.”

There are a few problems with this argument. Oil exists in the hinterland of Erbil, all right, the capital of a stable, prosperous and relatively free Kurdistan that President Obama now is trying to protect from the Islamic murderers of ISIS.


Guarding refinery equipment near the Kurdish capital of Erbil, July 14. AFP/Getty Images

But oil also exists in northwestern Iraq—in fact, vast amounts of oil around Mosul, whose fall did not trigger Obama intervention. Oil is in Libya, where the U.S. quickly took a hike after the fall of Gadhafi. Oil is in Canada, where Mr. Obama, who just fatally risked his legacy with his core admirers by dispatching forces to the Mideast, can’t bring himself to choose between his labor and greenie constituents by deciding to approve or veto the Keystone pipeline.

Oil apparently explains nothing except when it explains everything. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 24th, 2014



Philip TerzianMr. Terzian, literary editor of the Weekly Standard, is the author of “Architects of Power: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and the American Century,” (ReadHowYouWant

Aug. 21, 2014
The gradual disintegration of Iraq has prompted any number of backward glances: At President Obama and his policies; at the stewardship of Iraq’s now ex-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ; at the forces of religion and tribalism. My own backward glance is to January 2008, and the early stages of the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. At a town meeting in New Hampshire, candidate Sen. John McCain was asked to comment on President George W. Bush‘s assertion that American troops might have to remain in Iraq for 50 years.

“Maybe one hundred,” Mr. McCain replied. “As long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed, it’s fine with me and I hope it would be fine with you if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where al Qaeda is training, recruiting, equipping, and motivating people every single day.”

All hell broke loose in the media. Democratic candidates then-Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama swiftly condemned what was widely regarded as a gaffe. On CNN Mr. McCain felt obliged to clarify. “It’s not a matter of how long we’re in Iraq,” he explained, alluding to our military presence in Japan, Germany and South Korea, “it’s if we succeed or not.”


Sen. John McCain (R., Az.) while speaking at a town hall meeting in Salem, N.H., in 2008. Getty Images

In retrospect, Mr. McCain was correct: He predicted that setting a timetable for withdrawal would mean “chaos, that means genocide, that means undoing all the success we’ve achieved.” This is now happening. But the press consensus, then as now, was that the American people were war-weary and a President McCain would perpetuate Mr. Bush’s “failed” policies. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 24th, 2014



» Schoolhouse open for stream of illegal alien children

» Fresh Ink — GOPUSA

EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE:  While illegal aliens can obtain a free education anywhere they go in the United States, Washington points out that it’s illegal for Americans to send their children to a better school district due to residency laws.

nogales_aliensPublic schools will be strained if tens of thousands of illegal alien children are allowed to enter, predicts a study released by a conservative black organization.

The vast majority of illegal alien children don’t speak or read English, and that will cost taxpayers more per pupil than American-born children, says Stacy Washington of Project 21.

She tells OneNewsNow: “That per-pupil expenditure assumes that your child is not on free or reduced lunch, that your child is on grade level, that they’re immunized and relatively healthy, and that they’re not going to need a whole lot of special circumstances.”

A press release about the impact on public schools can be read here.

Approximately 90,000 unaccompanied illegal alien children may enter the United States during the 2014 fiscal year, which ends September 30, according to a draft memo written by a Border Patrol official and obtained by The Associated Press.

That number is expected to expand to 142,000 in 2015 and that will obviously impact schools across the country.

By law the illegal youths must be educated if they enroll in public school, a law that Washington says the Obama administration is enforcing.

“Rather than trying to get it changed,” she says.

While illegal aliens can obtain a free education anywhere they go in the United States, Washington points out that it’s illegal for Americans to send their children to a better school district due to residency laws.


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August 23rd, 2014


August 21, 2014
Time to Stop ISIS
The Islamic State has grown because it seemed unstoppable. Our air strikes have changed that.
By Charles Krauthammer

Baghdad called President Obama’s bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister.

They did. He responded.

With the support of U.S. air strikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces have retaken the Mosul dam. Previous strikes had relieved the siege of Mount Sinjar and helped the Kurds retake two strategic towns that had opened the road to a possible Islamic State assault on Irbil, the capital of Kurdistan.

In following through, Obama demonstrated three things: the effectiveness of even limited U.S. power, the vulnerability of the Islamic State, and, crucially, his own seriousness, however tentative.

The last of these is the most important. Obama had said that there was no American military solution to the conflict. This may be true, but there is a local military solution. And that solution requires U.S. air support.

It can work. The Islamic State is overstretched. It’s a thin force of perhaps 15,000 trying to control a territory four times the size of Israel. Its supply lines are not just extended but exposed and highly vulnerable to air power.

Stopping the Islamic State’s momentum creates a major shift in psychology. Guerrilla armies thrive on a sense of inevitability. The Islamic State has grown in size, demoralized its enemies, and attracted recruits from all over the world because it seemed unstoppable, a real caliphate in the making.

People follow the strong horse over the weak horse, taught Osama bin Laden. These jihadists came out of nowhere and shocked the world by capturing Mosul, Tikrit, and the approaches to Kurdistan, heretofore assumed to be impregnable. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 22nd, 2014



ICE Releases Zip Codes ‘Associated With’

Released Aliens Convicted of Homicide

by        21 Aug 2014, 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released the zip codes associated with the Obama administration’s release of 169 immigrants convicted of “homicide-related” offenses who were awaiting deportation proceedings.

EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE:  “The public needs to know when a person is in the country illegally, and who has been convicted of a homicide, is released into their communities,” Grassley said in a statement. “We’ve introduced legislation that would reverse the court case that the Obama administration is relying on to excuse its irresponsible release of thousands of criminally convicted aliens.”

Grassley’s office noted that he has introduced legislation that would “close the legal loophole created by” the 2001 Supreme Court Case Zadvydas v. Davis, which requires the government to release aliens if they are not accepted for deportation by their home countries within six months.

ICE released the new information about the 169 immigrant convicts to Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley. The senator pressed the Department of Homeland Security for answers in June following confirmed reports that, in 2013, ICE released 36,007 immigrants convicted of nearly 88,000 crimes (including murder, kidnapping, and sexual assault). All were awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings.

Thursday, Grassley released the information provided to him from ICE about the 169 released immigrants convicted of homicide. Thomas Winkowski, ICE’s principal deputy assistant secretary wrote in a letter to Grassley:

Of the 169 detainees with a homicide-related conviction who were released from ICE custody in FY 2013, 131 have been issued final order of removal. Of the remaining 38 aliens who have not been issued a final order of removal, one was granted voluntary departure by an immigration judge and subsequently departed within the permitted timeframe. Further, 154 of the 169 were released pursuant to court order due to Zadvydas.

Winkowski subsequently listed the more than 130 zip codes, he wrote, were “associated with the detainees.” Read the rest of this entry »

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August 18th, 2014

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August 18th, 2014


Book review;  POLICE STATE USA


 “Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare is Becoming our Reality” is a compelling chronicle of the rapidly increasing pace of America’s march toward tyranny.

Police State USA by Cheryl Chumley - Photo used with author's permission

Police State USA by Cheryl Chumley – Photo used with author’s permission       Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. She writes about politics and government for various newspapers, Internet news sites, and think tanks. She also is a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation



WASHINGTON,  July 3, 2014 – In her new book, “Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare is Becoming our Reality”, Cheryl K. Chumley describes the events and attitudes that are leading America toward the state of absolute governmental control described by George Orwell in “1984”.

The erosion of liberty

Citing a myriad of examples from recent press reports, regulations, think tank studies, and historical works, Chumley makes the case that liberty is precipitately fleeing the American landscape. It is being replaced by a “Big Brother” nanny state that seeks to decide for us and our posterity what we shall have, do and think.

She contrasts the ideas of the founding generation with the laws, events, and attitudes of the last several decades. In so doing, she reveals a stark relief between what the founders saw as God-given rights, and a culture which seeks to eradicate God in favor of a divine government.

Beginning with that contrast, Chumley covers the environmental movement’s encroachment on private property, the flourishing confiscation of personal data by both government and business, the rise of the militarized police, the seizure of private property without due process, the chilling effect political correctness has on free speech, and the devastating consequence a complicitous media has on the public’s willingness to stand up for liberty.

Chumley notes in the book, “Without property rights, all other constitutional rights crumble.”

Elimination of God from society Read the rest of this entry »

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