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Take Pity on Ted Turner

Saturday, October 24th, 2009 - by Lorie Byrd

Like a lot of Americans, the former CNN owner is suffering. The guy is down to his last "couple of billion" dollars.

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Health Cooperatives Are Not the Answer

Saturday, October 24th, 2009 - by Kacie Marano and Jeremiah Norris

Their poor record has not stopped the Senate Finance Committee from putting forth $6 billion to help restart them.

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Boston Terror Suspect: Just Another ‘Typical American Kid’ with Terror Aspirations

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 - by Rusty Shackleford

An exclusive report on the recent arrest of American Tarek Mehanna and the author's online monitoring of his jihadist activities.

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Obama to tax ICDs, pacemakers

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

I just read a href=”http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/64493-obama-taxes-pacemakers-heart-valves”this story over at The Hill:/abr /br /blockquoteThe more the fiscal details of the healthcare bills emerge, the more appalling they seem. The Senate Finance Committee bill includes a broad provision taxing all manner of medical devices. This tax includes such frivolous luxuries as pacemakers, stents, artificial heart valves, defibrillators, automated wheelchairs, mechanized artificial limbs, replacement hips and knees, surgical gurneys, laparoscopic equipment and the like./blockquotebr /br /Funny, I just now finished reading physician David Gratzer’s new book,a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594034605?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1594034605″span style=”font-style:italic;”Why Obama’s Government Takeover of Health Care Will Be a Disaster/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1594034605″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / which states that if Barack Obama has his way, the American health care system is headed for a train wreck. The train wreck is here, folks, and if we don’t continue to fight back, a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2005/10/more-than-you-wanted-to-know-about-my.html”those of us/a with severe medical problems will pay the price.

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Boston Terror Arrest: Media’s Whitewashing of Islam Continues

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 - by Phyllis Chesler

Sometimes I wonder if the New York Times is on al-Qaeda’s payroll.

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It’s Time for a Commitment to Victory in Afghanistan

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 - by Ron Radosh

It is my deepest fear that President Obama will not stand by his early assertion that it is a “war of necessity.”

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Barack’s Socialist Mop

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 - by Rand Simberg

The crowd loved Obama's (faulty) mop metaphor, as it played well to the willfully uninformed partisan.

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There May Be No Coping with Copenhagen

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 - by Tom Blumer

Obama’s signature on a climate treaty in December could irretrievably compromise American sovereignty.

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What Does Russia Hope to Gain By Being Soft on Iran?

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 - by Joseph Puder

Putin is looking to use the Iranian nuclear situation to reposition Russia as a superpower.

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The Big ‘Doc Fix’ Flop

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 - by Rick Moran

Restoring Medicare cuts to doctors while maintaining them as "savings" in reform bills proved too much for the Senate to stomach.

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A Space-Saving Sound Revolution

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 - by Scott Budman

The FleXpeaker — a speaker made of paper that can literally fit anywhere — hits America.

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Is shouting the new spanking?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

The span style=”font-style:italic;”New York Times/span a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/22/fashion/22yell.html?_r=2ref=instapundit”has an article/a about shouting being the new spanking (via a href=”http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/87144/”Instapundit/a):br /br /blockquoteOne study that did take a look at the topic — a paper on the “psychological aggression by American parents” published in the Journal of Marriage and Family in 2003 — found that parental yelling was a near-universal occurrence. Of 991 families interviewed, in 88 percent of them a parent acknowledged shouting, screaming or yelling at the kids at least once (though it didn’t specify how many did it more often) in the previous year.br /br /“We are so accustomed to this that we just think parents get carried away and that it’s not harmful,” said one of the study’s lead authors, Murray A. Straus, a sociologist who is a director of the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire. “But it affects a child. If someone yelled at you at work, you’d find that pretty jarring. We don’t apply that standard to children.”br //blockquotebr /br /Call in the troops, 88% of parents in a study dared to shout or yell at a kid at least span style=”font-style:italic;”once/span in a previous year. Does anyone out there find the extreme concern over this behavior by parents concerning itself? While yelling or shouting in an inconsistent manner is not a good way to discipline, yelling to show displeasure once in a while is hardly a sin. Screaming just to scream is not helpful but asking in an angry tone why a child did something wrong seems, well…normal. A parent’s displeasure can sometimes teach little Jane or Johnnie how to act–and sometimes, gasp! that might call for a displeased tone. br /br /Spanking is considered child abuse, now shouting is frowned upon. Is there anything parents can do to correct their child that places like the span style=”font-style:italic;”New York Times /spandon’t despise, besides timeout which merely teaches a child that hitting his or her sibling gets the same lame punishment as making a mess on the floor?br /br /Update: The Last Psychiatrist a href=”http://thelastpsychiatrist.com/2009/10/shouting_vs_spanking.html”has more on Shouting vs. Spanking./a

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Some good news…

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

a href=”http://www.examiner.com/x-12866-Domestic-Violence-Examiner~y2009m10d22-Shreveport-Times-recognizes-domestic-violence-is-not-a-gender-issue”Trudy Schuett: /aShreveport Times recognizes domestic violence is not a gender issue.

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Is the White House Gang as Dumb as They Seem?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 - by Roger L Simon

The cluelessness is absolutely mind-boggling. When does the housecleaning start?

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 - by Victor Davis Hanson

Little hope, less change, lots of uncertainty, and Democrats who went from revolutionary fervor to the boring Ministry of Truth in less than nine months.

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Video: ‘Expanding The Operation’: Tim Pawlenty At WCPAC

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

Minnesota's Gov. Tim Pawlenty explains how he's governed as a conservative in the state of Mondale, Wellstone, and Franken.

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Big Voting Rights Drama in Small Town

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 - by Clarice Feldman

Another inexplicable decision from the Holder Justice Department.

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‘Why Islam’: Reaching Out and Preaching Hate

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 - by Joe Kaufman

An organization that says it is a harmless religious group has a poll on their website asking "Is Osama bin Laden innocent?" Guess what the results were ...

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What Is ‘Social Justice’ Anyway?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 - by Herbert London

In actuality, the words don't have any real meaning.

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Scozzafava Candidacy: Not the Fault of DC GOP

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 - by Dan Riehl

If conservatives want good candidates to vote for, they must show up and do the work necessary to make a difference.

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Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

a href=”http://www.denverpost.com/harsanyi/ci_13603656″David Harsanyi: /a”…if this administration can’t handle one cable station’s opposition, what does that tell the American people about its mettle on issues that matter?”

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Onion Parody or UN Human Rights Report? You Decide

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 - by Ron Radosh

Political correctness run amok as the Human Rights Commission reaches the level of complete absurdity.

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Giving Credit to Obama When Credit Is Due

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 - by Ryan Mauro

Love him or hate him, the president actually has improved America's image in the world.

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Response to School Violence Is Inadequate

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 - by Joanne Jacobs

The issue heats up in the wake up of 16-year-old Derrion Albert's murder in Chicago.

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National Sovereignty, Climate Mysticism, and You

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 - by Roger Kimball

The upcoming Copenhagen climate treaty will have rich countries compensate poor countries because the rich have allegedly done more to insult the environment. Will Obama sign it?

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