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An American Life

Saturday, July 24th, 2010 - by Michael S. Malone

As my mother lay dying, 4th of July fireworks were exploding beyond her hospital window. That seemed appropriate, as hers was a quintessential American life, the likes of which, in our very different world, we are unlikely to ever see again.

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Can Charles Rangel Be Saved?

Saturday, July 24th, 2010 - by Jazz Shaw

Rangel's ethical woes have cast doubt on the 40-year veteran's future in the House.

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Obama’s Solar Energy Fantasy

Saturday, July 24th, 2010 - by Jeff Perren

In true postmodern fashion, objective facts have vanished in the mist of a progressive wish.

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Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) Asks for Special Counsel to Investigate DOJ/New Black Panther Scandal

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

The congressman asks that the special counsel also look into "whether the Department has adopted a policy of enforcing voting rights laws in a racially discriminatory manner."

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The Dark at the End of the Tunnel

Friday, July 23rd, 2010 - by Stephen Green

Wish the Gang of Four Democratic senators opposing the president the best of luck. Because we’re all going to need it.

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JFK Airport Bombing Trial Gets Underway — Anyone Home at the NY Times?

Friday, July 23rd, 2010 - by Michael Ledeen

The Times sees fit to cover the momentous trial ... but in the Local News section. With a vague headline that buries the story further still.

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Leftists Aren’t the Only Perpetrators of Anti-Semitism in the World

Friday, July 23rd, 2010 - by Carol Gould

In England, it is the pro-capitalist Tories who practice anti-Semitic Jew-baiting.

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Time to Be Bored with Race

Friday, July 23rd, 2010 - by Roger L Simon

Not surprisingly, Eric Holder had it all wrong when he said we don’t have the courage to talk about race. It’s the reverse. We don’t have the courage to not talk about it.

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States’ Inherent Authority to Enforce Immigration Law

Friday, July 23rd, 2010 - by La Shawn Barber

What is it about stopping illegal immigration that draws such misguided indignation?

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Top Muslim Cleric Urges Western Muslims to ‘Liberalize’

Friday, July 23rd, 2010 - by Raymond Ibrahim

Outwardly, anyway: Yusuf al-Qaradawi expounds the doctrine of taysir, which allows Muslims to practice a more “relaxed” version of Islam — so long as their hearts cling to the more “uptight” version.

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The Lottery Makes a Strong Statement About Charter Schools

Friday, July 23rd, 2010 - by Christian Toto

An interview with the flimmaker behind the new documentary that highlights the desperation of parents and children affected by school choice — or the lack thereof.

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GOP Playing with Dynamite on ‘Anchor Baby’ Issue

Friday, July 23rd, 2010 - by Ruben Navarrette Jr.

There was a time when Republicans knew better than to handle radioactive material.

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Donald Berwick, the Pro-Gun Control Lobby, and Paternalism

Friday, July 23rd, 2010 - by Paul Hsieh

Berwick and gun control advocates share a flawed view of human nature and a disdain for the rationality of ordinary men. Thus, their paternalistic desire to restrict our freedoms.

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Did I Get ‘Journolisted’?

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 - by Lenny Ben-David

After writing an expose of J Street, I was the target of character assassination from Journolist members — including a violent threat from Spencer Ackerman.

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Zombie Presents: This Week in Racism!

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 - by Zombie

In a week when "Accusations of Racism" became a new category of news — sorry, "Sports" and "Weather" — Zombie breaks down the most prominent incidents and assigns each the proper "Level of Actual Racism" score.

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How the JournoList Reacted in Lockstep When McCain Picked Palin

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 - by Ed Driscoll

Back in the 1920s, H.L. Mencken wrote that "It is the prime function of a really first-rate newspaper to serve as a sort of permanent opposition in politics." Almost a century later, his would-be successors see it as part of one party's "non-official campaign."

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Mel Gibson: Misogynist, Racist, Anti-Semite — and Great Actor

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 - by Phyllis Chesler

As with earlier artists, we should praise the work but not confuse it with its terribly flawed creator.

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Israel Asks, ‘Who Is a Jew?’

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 - by Stephanie L. Freid

Israel’s conversion bill debate rears its head yet again.

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More Muslim Riots in France

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 - by Ryan Mauro

Muslim youths have taken to the streets of France once again, rioting against perceived abuses at the hands of police in their "special urban zones" that separate them from the rest of society.

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What Are We Doing in Afghanistan?

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 - by Bob Owens

Was Ann Coulter right when she criticized Michael Steele's detractors?

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It’s Not Health Care ‘Reform’; It’s Exploitation

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 - by Brian T. Schwartz

To stop health care exploitation we must address the root issue: the nature of rights and the purpose of government.

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Wanna Fight? How About Sushi at Three Paces?

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 - by Michael Ledeen

On the JournoList, Spencer Ackerman wrote, "Let’s just throw Ledeen against a wall. Or, pace Dr. Alterman, throw him through a plate glass window." Not surprisingly, Michael proffers a much more civilized counter-proposal, instead — which Ackerman accepts. Update: Or not.

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Dissenting with Paul Mirengoff: New Black Panther Case Should Not Have Been Dismissed

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

Former DOJ Civil Rights Division lawyer Hans A. von Spakovsky rebuts a post by our esteemed colleague.

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Fiction for those who like non-fiction and what is it with vampires?

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

One of the great things (among others) about being a blogger is receiving advanced copies of books in the mail. Yesterday, Lawrence Kane, the author of such non-fiction books as a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594391297?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1594391297″span style=”font-style:italic;”The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1594391297″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594390711?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1594390711″span style=”font-style:italic;”Surviving Armed Assaults/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1594390711″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / sent me his new work of fiction, “Blinded by the Night,” that comes out soon.br /br /I must admit that I am not much of a fiction reader. As a psychologist, I find truth to be stranger and more interesting than fiction, but I decided to give Kane’s book a try. I am still not finished and plan on taking it with me on vacation, but I must say, so far that it reads like non-fiction and held my interest with the intriguing characters. I like the fact that Kane himself is a martial artist, and works in the security field as this insight gives real life to his characters, mainly in the form of officer Richard Hayes who is a Seattle cop. br /br /The book opens with the reader learning about Hayes’s life and what is going through the mind of a cop as he works with various predators. This is the stuff I’m interested in. At some point, Hayes goes hunting for a serial killer, and then the book runs more into metaphysical fantasy when he finds out that “the vampire he destroyed was the ruler of an eldritch realm…By some archaic rule, having defeated the monster’s sovereign in battle, Richard becomes their king. Now he is responsible for a host of horrors who stalk the night, howl at the moon, and shamble through the darkness.”br /br /Now, normally, here is where I would drop out of the book, figuring that the fiction aspects would bore me, but Kane’s use of psychological insight and his knowledge of the inner world of cops and martial arts has kept me reading. It’s quite insightful and full of information about how this particular cop span style=”font-style:italic;”thinks/span about violence, which has piqued my interest.br /br /Anyway, I’ll stop here and read some more but I do have one question to ask of readers: Why are these darn vampires, like those in a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Furl%3Dsearch-alias%253Dstripbooks%26field-keywords%3Dtwilight%2Bseries%26sprefix%3DTwili%26ih%3D23_6%5F4%5F0%5F2%5F0%5F0%5F0%5F0%5F1.10%5F157%26fsc%3D-1tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=ur2camp=1789creative=9325″the span style=”font-style:italic;”Twilight/span series/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=ur2o=1″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / so interesting to consumers of fiction?

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Universities and Government Bureaucracies: The Left’s ‘Chokepoint Charlies’

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 - by Tom Blumer

The communists had their checkpoints. Leftists have their chokepoints. At the nation's universities and in government bureaucracies, they have the power to end careers and control people's lives — and they do abuse it.

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