Al Qaeda’s peace offering
It was a relief when al Qaeda affiliated Syrian rebels belonging to Jabhat Al-Nusrah released American freelance writer Peter Theo Curtis. Curtis has been held captive for nearly two years. Jabhat Al-Nusrah has been designated by the US State Department as an affiliate of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), the group founded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The New York Times hints that Curtis may have been | Read More »
More Voices Warn of ISIS Threat
This weekend we saw a distressed retired Lt. General McInerney issue a dire warning of a possible 9/11 style ISIS attack on, or around, September 11 2014. In addition to McInerney we also saw warnings from Rep. Mike Rogers – Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morel, and Rep. Michael McCaul – Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, on not only the possibility | Read More »
Congress Demands Answers over IRS’s “Collusive” Attempt to Target Churches for Angry Atheists
Earlier this month, I wrote about a disturbing new attempt by the IRS to target and monitor churches.
Now Members of Congress are demanding answers from the IRS about their apparent collusion with an angry atheist group to target the Church.Read More »
Today’s Feminism Isn’t About Empowering Females
Happy 19th Amendment day! Ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote—a right known as woman suffrage. At the time the U.S. was founded, its female citizens did not share all of the same rights as men, including the right to vote. It was not until 1848 that the movement for women’s rights launched on | Read More »
Pessimism is the New Black
I don’t often say this, but this Op-ed in the New York Times by Frank Bruni is really good, and you should read the whole thing. Bruni lays out a fairly significant amount of evidence that the characteristic optimism of Americans is not just suffering a temporary setback, but rather may have sustained a mortal wound: Much of this was chillingly captured by a Wall Street | Read More »
Thom Tillis Versus Kay Hagan on Crony Capitalism
Even if Republicans take control of the Senate in 2014, it’s difficult to imagine much of substance that they’ll be able to accomplish with Obama still holding the veto pen. That said, stopping bad ideas can be as important or more important than implementing good ones. And one thing Republicans can do is kill one of the worst symbols of crony capitalism in the Federal | Read More »
A Question of Optics: Rand Paul vs. Barack Obama
If you think that President Obama can provide you with health care, let him take a scalpel to your eye. I dare you – Kevin Williamson, NRO There is something genuinely tiresome about the tone of a lot of political commentary regarding how medical doctors spend their time caring for people in other countries. There is also something utterly profane, inhumane and despicable about how | Read More »
Andrew McCarthy on Eric Holder’s Racial Profiling in Missouri
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Andrew McCarthy to discuss his piece on Eric Holder’s involvement in the shooting death of Michael Brown, if Holder is really seeking justice or just stirring the political pot and the rising threat of ISIS.Read More »
When Your Base Becomes Your Enemy
Throughout primary season, the National Republican Senatorial Committee in alliance with groups like the Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Partnership have treated the Republican base as their enemy. Running scorched earth campaigns, they have attacked conservative groups, they have attacked conservative activists, and they have funded third party campaigns to paint the tea party and its candidates as racists. They have been able to | Read More »
Playing the Game Badly
President Obama has been really great at winning his own election. We have to give credit where it is due. He has beaten our side twice. But it really is rather spectacular just how bad he is at so much of the rest of the game of politics. And, on this point, I think it should be said that it is not really him, so | Read More »
Tech at Night: We must act decisively against international Anarchy
Anarchy is back. The last time anarchy was a noticeable political movement in the world, bomb throwing anarchists were killing heads of state and government leaders, as part of their scheme to take the whole system down, and impose socialist rule. Of course they claimed socialist rule didn’t really count as rule, because ideology.
Well, these days world leaders are much better protected, so instead the anarchists are going after websites and just trying to disrupt, particularly online. We must be mindful of this, create cybersecurity policies that let government and industry share information (through bills like CISA), and make sure to investigate and prosecute these crimes.Read More »
Mark Pryor’s (D-INC, Arkansas-SEN) attempt to squeeze votes from the turnout turnip.
Note that this is not about spirit, not about organization, and not about wanting it more. This is about math.Read More »
A Society Without Standards
I would sooner be dragged through the fires of hell twice than watch any of the ridiculous, self-congratulatory Hollywood awards shows, so I did not see the Beyonce performance everyone is talking about today. I gather from Mollie Hemingway’s excellent article that Beyonce, a woman who has made a fortune by a) looking pretty, b) singing, and c) dancing on stage with women dressed up | Read More »
Colorado’s Governor Hickenlooper Explores Depths of Indecision on Death Penalty
Hickenlooper has moved from not making a decision, to holding even the public discussion of his inability to make a decision hostage.Read More »
From The Mailbag: I’m a Token!
It took a bit longer than I expected, but the inevitable happened – someone got banned for making a nasty comment on my diary on Racism, Voting and Ferguson, and they responded thusly: From: xxxxxxxx Subject: Your moderator is a racist Date: August 25, 2014 at 5:42:57 AM MDT To: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com> Bill S, listed as a moderator, who has been posting very non-conservative replies | Read More »
Mary Landrieu Draws a Prominent Democrat Challenger
The Hayride comes some dire news for embattled incumbent Mary Landrieu (D-LA), as she has drawn a challenger from the left who may siphon away some of her more reliable voters: A bad month for Sen. Mary Landrieu just got a bit worse in the wake of qualifying for her reelection attempt last week. Down in the aggregate in polls entering the month, during it she began falling behind | Read More »
The Problem with Leftist Professors in the New York Times: ISIS IS Evil
Leftist university professor Michael Boyle of La Salle University took to the pages of the New York Times to condemn all of us who refer to ISIS as “evil” or a “cancer.”
With complete moral clarity, I can say he’s wrong.Read More »
Quote of the Day, Of COURSE Gary Peters (D-CAND, Michigan-SEN) Is Still A Misogynistic Hypocrite edition.
I really should have expected that, honestly. Former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, R-Byron Center, went first by slamming U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, claiming he is a hypocrite, flip-flopper and beholden to President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “Whenever men tell me about a war on women, I’m suspicious,” she said to a packed house at the Suburban Collection | Read More »
John Foust (D-CAND, Virginia-10): yet another Democrat who sneers at stay-at-home parents.
What *is* it with Democratic politicians and pundits on this topic, anyway?Read More »