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Israel Confirms Iran Stockpiling Ballistic Missiles

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Via IMRA: Israel is keeping a “very sharp eye” on Iran’s modernized ballistic missile arsenal and will be “ready to respond” should the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) attempt to export the new Fateh 313 to Lebanon- or Syria-based proxies, a defense official says. “We assess that Iran has begun to stockpile them,” the official said of the 500-kilometer-range, solid-fueled […]

Obama Lets American Journo Rot in Iranian Jail While Negotiating with Islamic Republic

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Iran prepares fateful verdict on Jason Rezaian #JPost #MiddleEast — The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) August 30, 2015   The Jerusalem Post reports: A verdict has been reached in the trial of American journalist Jason Rezaian, the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network reported on Sunday. “The verdict on Jason Rezaian has been issued, […]

‘Shirley Temper’ and the Reality of Pallywood Hits Mainstream Media

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

We present the Tamimi family. A well known Pallywood activist family who ambushed the soldier for publicity. — IDF Elite (@idfelite) August 30, 2015   The UK Daily Mail has finally caught on to the reality of Pallywood, the nickname for the professional Palestinian activists who pose in suffering mode for social media and […]

Police Seek Help Finding the ‘Portland Pooper’

Friday, August 28th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

Portland, Oregon, is one of those “anything goes” kind of towns. The newest evidence of Portland’s, um, uniqueness is the latest crime wave sweeping one area of town: a man has been seen defecating in public in certain areas of town. And now police want the public’s help in catching the “Portland Pooper.” Officers say […]

Much Needed Reminder About the Perils of ‘Routine’ Police Work

Thursday, August 27th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

It’s dangerous out there. A Louisiana police officer responding to a call of a man stabbing women was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. One of the women who was stabbed also died, Deputy Sheriff Paul DiCapo of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Cops have been getting beat up in the press a […]

For a ‘Silenced’ Journalist, Jorge Ramos Sure Is Getting a Lot of Air Time

Thursday, August 27th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

I must confess. A couple of days ago, I had no idea who Jorge Ramos was. I imagine many others were likewise unfamiliar with the Univision newscaster before Donald Trump made him famous by kicking him out of a press conference. Among several media appearances since the confrontation with Trump on Tuesday, Ramos was on […]

Black Lives Matter Finally Publishes a Policy Agenda

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

To my black libertarian mind, the greatest tragedy of the Black Lives Matter movement has been a missed opportunity to foster constructive change in public policy. The year since the shooting death of Michael Brown has seen plenty of rabble-rousing about alleged problems and little to no meaningful discussion of proposed solutions. For many observers, […]

North Carolinians Spot Cloaked Figure Roaming Their Town

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

It’s not unusual to see odd things happening in a small town, but what residents of one North Carolina town saw on Sunday has set them on edge. Several Bessemer City residents spotted a mysterious cloaked figure reportedly dropping raw meat onto a playground. A picture of a cloaked person posted online sparked a Facebook […]

Guy Who Jumped White House Fence in March Shot Dead in PA Court

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via ABC News: A man who once jumped the fence at the White House was shot and killed at the Chester County Justice Center by a sheriff’s deputy on Tuesday after attacking another deputy with a knife. The suspect is identified as 34-year-old Curtis Smith of Coatesville, Pa. Investigators say Smith entered the Justice Center […]

ESPN Suspends Curt Schilling for Tweet Comparing Muslims to Nazis

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

If the tweet fits… ESPN has suspended Curt Schilling after the pitcher and network analyst tweeted, and subsequently deleted, a picture that compared Muslims to Nazis. “Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective,” ESPN said in a statement on Tuesday. “We made that point very strongly to Curt and […]

Carly Fiorina Pushing Anti-Privacy Bill

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Still basking in the glow of a favorable debate performance, which arguably benefited her more than any other candidate, Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has been making the talk show rounds. On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” she called upon Congress to pass the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. The bill would immunize companies like Google from […]

Poll: Most Blacks Prefer ‘All Lives Matter’ to ‘Black Lives Matter’

Monday, August 24th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Democrats who allow themselves to be cowed by the “Black Lives Matter” movement do so at their own peril according to a Rasmussen poll released last Thursday. The group’s motto is not nearly as popular as they pretend it is. Two out of three blacks prefer the term “all lives matter” to “black lives matter,” according […]

Black Lives Matter Announces Illegal Protest of Minnesota State Fair

Monday, August 24th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Black Lives Matter takes pride in shutting things down. Last year, as the nation debated events in Ferguson, Missouri, the Twin Cities branch of the racial-agitation group illegally obstructed traffic on Interstate 35W. Instead of arresting the offenders, law enforcement officials provided them with an impromptu escort. Later in the year, the group staged an […]

European Train Attacker Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’Terrorism

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

Quick action by unarmed off-duty U.S. servicemen on a high speed train from Amsterdam to Paris narrowly averted tragedy yesterday as they subdued a terrorist gunman before he could begin his rampage. And according to multiple reports, the suspect in custody was known to multiple European intelligence agencies — yet another case of what I […]

CNN Working Hard to Replace the New York Times as the Official Media Wing of the Democratic Party

Friday, August 21st, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

CNN wants to be clear that it doesn’t like any immigration policy that doesn’t conform to the Democrats’ vision of what immigration policy should be. In the past twenty-four hours, they’ve made sure to hit both men leading the GOP polls. First, they found a former Hillary Clinton aide to take a swing at Donald […]

Will Carly Fiorina Make the Cut for CNN’s Debate?

Thursday, August 20th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Carly Fiorina seems to have benefited most from the first GOP presidential debate, catapulting from the also-ran tier to a serious contender. However, her recent boost in the polls may not be enough to warrant inclusion in the CNN debate scheduled for September. From The Hill: The CNN debate methodology, released earlier this year, weighs […]

Pro-Life Groups Release Map Showing Health Clinics That Could Replace a De-funded Planned Parenthood

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via The Daily Signal Sensible people have always known that the argument claiming women will be left without access to affordable health care if Planned Parenthood loses federal funding is a lie, it’s just never been clear how big that lie is. Pretty big. According to data collected by the two groups, there are currently […]

ISIS Threatens Sex Slavery For Kidnapped Assyrian Christian Women

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

Continuing their campaign of unspeakable horror against non-Muslims, ISIS has threatened sex slavery for a trio of Assyrian Christian women whom the group kidnapped in February. These women could be among the large group ISIS kidnapped in February, when 220 Assyrian Christians disappeared from the province of Hassakeh in north-east Syria. A source from the […]

Scott Walker Reveals Obamacare Replacement

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker rallied support in Minnesota on Tuesday after announcing a state campaign team including current and former legislative leaders. He took the opportunity to also unveil a proposed alternative to the Affordable Care Act. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: Walker’s alternative to the law commonly known as Obamacare would include tax […]

Apocalypse Nigh: NBCUniversal Sinks $200 Million into BuzzFeed

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via Techcrunch: If the news sounds a little familiar, that’s because Vox Media announced a similar deal with NBCUniversal last week. At the time, Re/code (now owned by Vox) reported that BuzzFeed had received an investment of the same size, at a valuation of $1.5 billion. As with the Vox deal, BuzzFeed and NBCUniversal say […]

Newsweek Asks ‘Is Trump a Fascist?’

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Nazi comparisons remain a dime per dozen in the political discourse, wielded liberally and often outside historical context. Godwin’s law suggests that any online debate which lasts long enough will result in someone evoking the Nazis. That moment has arrived in our consideration of Donald Trump. Newsweek commentator Jeffrey A. Tucker asks, “Is Donald Trump […]

Not Feeling Your Pain: Federal Employees Get Increases in Travel Per Diem Rates

Monday, August 17th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

It’s only taxpayer money… The General Services Administration released the updated per diem rates for 2016, giving federal employees a little more leeway for meals and lodging when on the road for official business. The new rates — which go into effect on Oct. 1 — give employees a bit more for lodging and update […]

The Pipe Dream Act: Trump’s Immigration ‘Plan’

Monday, August 17th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

This has got to stop. The presidential campaign of Donald Trump has transcended ridiculous, reaching a level of absurdity typically reserved for third party runs. Sunday, Trump unveiled his immigration plan. To sum it up, he’s going to single-handedly rewrite the Constitution (or just ignore it) to deny citizenship to immigrant-born children. Rick Moran has […]

Who Has the ‘JV Team’? Iraqi Army Conducts ‘Tactical Withdrawal’ From Baiji After ISIS Victory

Monday, August 17th, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

The Islamic State has scored at least a temporary victory in the critical city of Baiji — Iraqi forces conducted a “tactical withdrawal” over the weekend from areas around the town. Several key Iraqi Army and militia leaders were reportedly killed in the fighting around the city, home to the largest oil refinery in the […]

Israeli Leaders Unite Across Political Divide Against Iran Deal

Sunday, August 16th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

A delegation of congressional Democrats, 22 in total, was flown into Jerusalem this past week by AIPAC and told in no uncertain terms by a bevy of Israeli politicians that a vote in favor of the Iran deal is a vote against Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was joined by left-wing Zionist Camp leaders Tzipi […]

Iranian Spokeswoman Openly Mocks Obama’s Pro-Deal PR

Sunday, August 16th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Via IMRA: Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham on Thursday deplored US President’s recent anti-Iran remarks, saying that Barack Obama does not consider the realities inside Iran. In a recent interview with NPR, Obama had claimed that it is possible Iran starts making different decisions on regional issues and toning down its anti-Israel rhetoric. In reply, Afkham described the […]

UPDATE: Israeli Air Force Wants to Expand, Not Cancel Military Drill with U.S.

Sunday, August 16th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Last week it was reported that Israel would potentially cancel a joint military exercise with the United States in the wake of the potential deal with Iran. The story went viral in the Israeli and Jewish presses. This week the Israeli Air Force is telling a different story: …despite Israeli press reports, the Israeli military wants […]

Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson Cuts State Contracts with Planned Parenthood

Friday, August 14th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Little by little… Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on Friday canceled the state’s contracts with Planned Parenthood, making his the third Southern state to do so since anti-abortion activists released a series of videos that they say suggests the organization sells fetal tissue. “It is apparent that after the recent revelations on the actions of Planned […]

Heads Up, Ladies of the Night: Secret Service to Hire 1,100

Friday, August 14th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via Reuters: Facing accusations that it cannot adequately protect the White House, the U.S. Secret Service plans to hire 1,100 more officers and agents for an agency besieged by embarrassing scandals and security lapses, two law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the plans said. The addition of 700 uniformed division officers and 400 agents […]

Pistol-Whipped Cop Hesitated Using Force Because of ‘Media’

Friday, August 14th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

The inmates have the keys to the asylum. A Birmingham, Alabama, police detective who was pistol-whipped unconscious said Friday that he hesitated to use force because he didn’t want to be accused of needlessly killing an unarmed man. “A lot of officers are being too cautious because of what’s going on in the media,” said […]

Conservatism Is Alive and Well in America: Mark Levin’s ‘Plunder and Deceit’ Dominates the NYT Bestsellers List

Friday, August 14th, 2015 - by Michael van der Galien

As principled conservative readers know, Mark “The Great One” Levin has written a new book. Plunder and Deceit was published on August 4; that’s Barack Obama’s birthday. The radio talker says he wasn’t aware of this when the date for the publication was set, but it’s of course extremely ironic: he’s one of the most outspoken […]

#BlackLivesMatter Obstructs Minneapolis Transit

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Taking advantage of the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown along with fresh violence in Ferguson, Missouri, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and something called the Black Liberation Project staged a sympathy protest in the Twin Cities. From the local NBC affiliate KARE 11: At one point during the “Shut it Down” demonstration, […]

Rand Paul Takes Lead in Assault Against Trump

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

No doubt seeking to distinguish himself among the many GOP presidential contenders who are not Donald Trump, Senator Rand Paul has this week taken an aggressive stance against the frontrunner’s campaign. From Time, reporting on a conference call Paul had with journalists: Paul explained his decision to go aggressively negative on Trump, the reality television […]

Obama Orders Creation of Faster Supercomputer

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Make faster computers! That’s the charge of a new National Strategic Computing Initiative formed by executive order from President Barack Obama. The Wall Street Journal reports: [The goal is] building a supercomputer that can deliver 100 times the performance of current 10 petaflop systems and improving technologies used for data analytics. The order also calls for […]

Bernie Trumps Trump …Among Christian Kids?

Monday, August 10th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Forget the showmanship apparent at last week’s Republican debates. The pomp, circumstance and condemnation of the Obama era has left millennial voters exhausted and ready to opt out of the 2016 election over a year ahead of schedule. And can you blame them? Primed by the vicious anti-W. demonstrations, millennials associate nothing but derision, deadlock […]