http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Into-the-Fray-Bringing-a-knife-to-a-gunfight-Israels-impotent-Right-340662 The abysmal political situation emerging today underscores the inability of a hopelessly naïve and incompetent Right to contend with an unscrupulously malevolent and delusional Left. This is the terrible danger involved in the establishment of a third independent sovereign state [besides Israel and Jordan] between us and the Jordan River… [It] is liable to […]
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/02/07/at-pakistans-taliban-u-jihadists-major-in-anti-americanism/?icid=maing-grid7%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl25%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D440516 A 90-minute drive northwest of Islamabad is an Islamic seminary that is considered the ivory tower of terrorism, a jihadist factory that has produced prominent Taliban fighters and its leadership for decades. Unofficially dubbed “University of Jihad,” Dar ul Uloom Haqqania [House of Knowledge and Truthfulness] counts Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar and Jalaluddin […]
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Hispanic group offers anti-ACA ad
A conservative Hispanic advocacy group will launch a new round of ads Wednesday targeting a vulnerable House Democrat over Obamacare — an effort that highlights the problems that it says Latinos have faced with the health care law.
The ad from the LIBRE Initiative goes after Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) and stars a Latina doctor in southern Florida who cites a handful of concerns she has about the Affordable Care Act — such as higher premiums and canceled insurance policies.
“This law does not put patients first,” the physician, Grazie Pozo Christie, says in the ad. “My patients ask if I will continue to provide care for them, and it pains me to say, ‘I don’t have an answer.’”
The ad closes by urging viewers to express their opposition to the health care law to Garcia. The broadcast and digital ads will run in the lawmaker’s Miami-area district on English-language stations starting Wednesday through Feb. 6.
This is the second series of ads that the LIBRE Initiative has run against the freshman Democrat on Obamacare, and a spokesman for the group said it will have spent more than $700,000 in Garcia’s district alone with the two ads.
“This law is hurting families in Florida and around the nation — and is doing particular damage in the Hispanic community,” the group’s executive director, Daniel Garza, will say in a forthcoming release.
The latest round of ads are part of a broader, seven-figure campaign from the LIBRE Initiative beginning last fall that goes after lawmakers who support the Affordable Care Act. The larger campaign has also targeted Democratic Rep. Pete Gallego of Texas.
Ed Cline is an e-pal- a most astute and articulate writer and observer of our melting national politics and culture. He blogs regularly at http://ruleofreason.blogspot.com/, and his columns appear on http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/.
This is from Daniel Greenfield’s blog http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/…..Read the book….and check out the Sparrowhawk series….
The Black Stone: A Detective Novel of 1930 (The Cyrus Skeen Detective Series) by Edward Cline (Jan 30, 2014)
Edward Cline’s new book, The Black Stone, a detective story set in the 1930s that involves the infamous “black stone” of Islam is out. You can get the ebook at Amazon. And hopefully a print edition will be coming shortly.
Here’s an excerpt
“Mujahideen?” Skeen had queried, slowly pronouncing the unfamiliar combination of syllables.
“Moslem fighters, ‘sacrificers,’ beasts ready to die in the cause of Allah, especially if it means killing Jews. They are an ancient breed. When there are no Jews handy, they will kill infidels with as much fervor and sadistic thoroughness.”
Skeen could only absorb the information with a mental shudder. He had said, “But there are no Arab Moslems in the city here, at least, none that we know of. There are Syrian Christians here, and Lebanese Christians who left the French Mandates. But I know little about Islam.” He had paused to add. “Still, I don’t think there are any Arab Moslems in the whole country.”
Lerner had answered, “You would do well to learn more about Islam, Mr. Skeen. And, you are probably right. The nature of Islam is such that this country, or any Western country, would be inhospitable in regards to the practices and doctrine of Islam. Islam is the most intolerant religion in existence. There are the Sunnis and the Shiites and half a dozen subsects and they are always at each other’s throats. God forbid that this fine republic should ever become hospitable to Islam or Moslems of any national stripe.”
Cline also blogs regularly at Rule of Reason and is the author of the Sparrowhawk series.
If global warming isn’t the Greatest Show on Earth, it’s certainly the costliest and most bizarre. An early act featuring a hockey stick –shaped graph published by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2001 profoundly influenced world energy and environmental policies.
Based heavily upon data taken from tree growth rings on the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia, it indicated that world temperatures which had been stable for 900 years until the 20th century suddenly soared due to human fossil fuel-burning greenhouse gas emissions – at least that was the IPCC’s story.
Fallen Hot Aerialist Returns to Center Ring
Although science behind that hockey stick chart has now been thoroughly challenged, its creator, Dr. Michael Mann, is a harsh critic of skeptics who dare to question the existence of the crisis he has failed to prove. His January 15 New York Times Op/Ed column titled “If You See Something, Say Something” charges that despite an overwhelming consensus among climate scientists that human-caused climate change is happening, a “virulent strain of anti-science infects the halls of Congress, the pages of a few leading newspapers and what we see on TV, leading to the appearance of a debate where none should exist.”
No one I know would dispute that climate changes, or would argue that we humans have absolutely no influence (even if it’s far too tiny to measure.) But then he goes on to claim that a survey shows about 97 percent also agree that “we must respond to the dangers of a warming planet”. As discussed in my July 10, 2012 column, there is no survey showing consensus regarding warming as a “danger”.
Having already concluded not only that global warming is dangerous, but also that human emissions pose that threat, Mann then urges “mainstream scientists” (presumably all of those who agree with him) to get directly involved in remedial technology and policy activism. Such involvement includes determining whether to go “full-bore” on nuclear power, whether to invest in and deploy renewable wind, solar and geothermal energy on a huge scale, and whether to price carbon emissions through cap-and-trade legislation or by imposing a carbon tax.
Mann refers to the late Stanford University Professor Stephen Schneider, a fellow man-made global warming advocate, as a good example. Incidentally, this is the same Stephen Schneider who authored The Genesis Strategy, a 1976 book warning that global cooling risks posed a threat to humanity. Schneider later changed that view 180 degrees, serving as a lead author for important parts of three IPCC reports.
Blurring the divide between objective science and political science, Schneider once said: “On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method. On the other hand, we are not just scientists, but human beings as well. And like most people, we’d like to see the world a better place, which in this context translates into our working to reduce the risk of potentially disastrous climatic change. To do that we need to get broad-based support, to capture the public’s imagination. That, of course, entails getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have.”
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http://www.steynonline.com/6079/yes-we-can-say-that I’ve always been in favor of freedom of expression, but lately I’ve become a free-speech absolutist. It takes all sorts to make a world and I’ve met a lot of them over the years, and I can stand pretty much anything anyone says about anything — until someone says to me, “You can’t say […]
“Eutopias — good societies, not perfect ones — do exist. We live in one as a matter of fact. That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. There always is, and always has been. But when you’ve got a good thing, there is almost by definition, no need to “fundamentally transform” it into something else. The utopian can never fully accept this because the good is always the enemy of the perfect. And it’s true that the perfect is better than the merely good in every respect, save one. It doesn’t, and cannot, exist. And dreaming of things that have never been and asking “Why Not?” won’t change that.”
Dear Reader (Including wage slaves for whom this “news”letter is like a window through the pressboard walls of your veal-pen cubicles to the free world of unemployment outside),
A few years ago, I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die. But that’s not important right now. Around that time, I also wrote a piece for the magazine about the new utopianism of American liberalism. In short, I think you can judge every progressive “ism” by its Utopia. What’s vexing about contemporary liberalism is that it doesn’t admit its Utopia forthrightly. The Marxists were honest about the dream of the classless society blooming from the withered-away state. The Social Gospel progressives openly promised to create a “Kingdom of Heaven” on earth (Obama did once slip and say that we can create a “Kingdom here on earth,” but he’s usually let his followers fill-in-the-blank about why, exactly, we are the ones we’ve been waiting for). To their credit, the transhumanist types are honest about their utopianism; that glorious day when we can download our brains into X-boxes and Vulcan mind-meld with the toaster.
But liberals are annoying in that they have the itch to immanentize the eschaton but neither the courage nor the vocabulary to state it openly. Now, in fairness, the urge usually takes the form of Hallmark-card idealism rather than soul-crushing collectivism. The young activist who recycles Robert F. Kennedy’s line “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why . . . I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” has no idea he’s a walking, talking cliché, a non-conformist in theory while a predictable conformist in fact. But he also has no idea he’s tapping into his inner utopian.
‘The House should sharply reduce IRS funding until the agency is more responsive.” Well, I’d have omitted everything after “funding” but this was still an astute observation, offered at the conclusion of Thursday’s excellent Wall Street Journal editorial. I’m grateful to have smart guys on the team, even if slumming with us power-of-the-purse radicals may get them booted from the GOP’s “We’re only one-half of one-third” circle of submission.
The editors were exercised over the revenue agency’s latest shenanigans, which include covering up its past shenanigans — the willful targeting of conservative groups in order to frustrate their opposition to Obama-administration policies. And now, in the ultimate act of chutzpah, the IRS is attempting to codify the abuse as standard operating procedure.
While the country partied pre–Super Bowl, President Obama got in the spirit by hilariously claiming that there was really “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS’s politicized harassment of his political adversaries. Now it’s true that, five years in, the president’s Most Memorable Mendacity Cup runneth over. Yet the “smidgen” may take its place alongside such faves as “If you like your health-care plan, you can keep your health-care plan”; “We’ll lower premiums by $2,500”; “Al-Qaeda has been decimated”; “the most transparent administration ever”; “shovel-ready jobs”; “You didn’t build that”; and the claim that the Benghazi massacre was triggered by “the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video.”
http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/ Muslim Speaker at Holocaust Memorial Day Likes Hitler, Gas Chambers, Killing Jews CELEBRATE WORLD HIJAB DAY The Koranic verse that mandates covering states, “O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks all over their bodies that they may thus be distinguished and not molested” […]