The definition of terrorist is much like the definition of “criminal” in relation to the political class: they have a motive to enlarge it.
No one described this fact more dramatically than Ayn Rand in her novel, Atlas Shrugged, where she has a government bureaucrat lecture CEO and entrepreneur Hank Reardon:
“Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up Read more [...]
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As the Gaza conflict shows us again: one of the problems with the Obama Administration is that the people who should be doing their jobs are on perpetual vacation, and the people who should just go play golf are at their jobs making a bigger mess of things.
While King Putt's absentee imperial presidency seems to have been left to roll along without Barack Obama's physical presence, Secretary of State John Kerry should just sit down and take a break from trying to bring peace to the Middle East.
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Obamacare is not making voters love the Democrats.
A half century ago or so, the United States found they had overreached in Viet Nam. The Soviet Union discovered the same thing in Afghanistan. I suspect that someday we will talk about Obamacare as Liberalism’s “Viet Nam.”
The Washington Examiner reports:
Eighteen percent of Americans, or fewer than one in five, say they or someone in their family is better off because of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new poll by CNN. Nearly Read more [...]
Joe Biden was boasting in the great economy we are now experiencing. I can only hope and pray that all Democrats join him. NPR left much of that part of Biden’s message out of their report on job training. So perhaps they realize how much his upbeat delusions would alienate him from the public.
Breitbart was happy to share Biden’s sunshine message with us—for our amusement:
On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden declared that America's jobs picture is brighter than ever.
"Businesses are Read more [...]
In light of how Bob Allen described “two theocracies” in his post on Islam and Liberal Progressivism, I now dub Portland, Oregon, the Progressive version of Dearborn, Michigan—only worse. The city where an ice cream parlor celebrated baby-killing is up in arms over a Christian group doing child evangelism.
World Magazine reports,
Child Evangelism Fellowship’s Camp Good News focuses for a week or two in different cities each year. During the school year, the group rents public school Read more [...]
NPR thinks they are reporting on a feel-good, non-controversial, non-partisan story: “Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads To Jobs.”
Something pretty remarkable happened Tuesday afternoon in a small windowless auditorium next door to the White House. President Obama signed a new law: the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
It streamlines and updates the nation's job training programs and was 11 years overdue. The bill got overwhelming bipartisan support in both Read more [...]
What an amazing set of "coincidences." "Failed" computers, prematurely "retired" equipment, dumping the IT backup vendor just after the investigation began: these guys make Watergate look like knocking off a kid's lemonade stand.
As the Daily Caller reports,
Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s computer hard drive was “scratched” and the data on it was still recoverable. But the IRS did not try to recover the data from Lerner’s hard drive, despite recommendations from in-house IRS IT experts Read more [...]
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I’m not saying Congress is doing a great job, but they would still be doing nothing if Edward Snowden hadn’t decided to blow the whistle. This interesting piece by NPR (“The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA's Secretive Work.”) contains an amazing admission about how Snowden empowered Congress:
Again and again, the leadership of the intelligence community has said one thing in public and done quite another in private," laments Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who's also on the Senate intelligence Read more [...]
A sincere shift in plans, or a shrewd move to buy time? We shall see.
From Yahoo! News:
Vladimir Putin opened a special meeting of the Kremlin's Security Council today with an odd statement: "There is no direct military threat to our country’s sovereignty or territorial integrity at present," he said.
To a Western ear, that might sound like belaboring the obvious. For a Russian audience today, it's a jarring note for their leader to strike.
Mr. Putin's statement flatly contradicts what the Read more [...]
Australia was recently condemned by Al Gore for pulling back from its carbon taxes. Now, the Daily Caller reports that South Korea is showing signs that it may follow Australia’s lead. We can only hope that other nations throw off their shackles.
But Democrats in the United States are doubling down. Even with the possibility of losing the Senate they are openly promising to attempt to impose a new tax on the American people after the elections.
According to CNS News:
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When Colorado legalized marijuana, the idea was to give people freedom and let them make their own choices. But sometimes rhetoric and reality are two different things.
The problem is that we are not a free country; we are a welfare state. We live in a society where people are not free, but rather obligated to pay for other people’s lives. In that context, it is pretty obvious that legalizing marijuana could easily lead to the same outcome.
Thus, the National Review reports,
For the past Read more [...]