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20 Apr 2014, 12:00 am

The image of the Redeemer follows us down the ages.

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A testament to Big Government.

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20 Apr 2014, 12:00 am

Does anyone suppose that Democrats -- the chief American statists, class warriors, multiculturalists, and internationalists -- are any different than their European counterparts?

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The American Spectator

A Fresh Start for Ike

The New York Mets have traded first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named later.  The Bucs acquired Davis after designating Travis Ishikawa for assignment. Davis’ stats aren’t that much different from Ishikawa's

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Several years ago, in 2007, I wrote an account of my visit to Shanghai which focused, primarily, on the city’s and China’s astounding economic boom, then achieving 11 percent growth in GDP for the third straight quarter. This torrid pace has throttled back a bit to 7.4 percent. I noted
Several years ago, in 2007, I wrote an account of my visit to Shanghai which focused, primarily, on the city’s and China’s astounding economic boom, then achieving 11 percent growth in GDP for the third straight quarter. This torrid pace has throttled back a bit to 7.4 percent. I noted


18 Apr 2014, 11:53 am

“Sorry to bother you, but haven’t we met before? Aren’t you…what’s his name?” “I doubt you’d know my name,” he said. “Nobody does these days.” There was a trace of bitterness in his voice, just enough to prod my curiosity. On the wh

The Federalist

Weekend Cocktail: The Barton Special

If you don’t like the taste of liquor then this weekend cocktail isn’t really for you.

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Will news of Chelsea Clinton's baby have an impact on the 2016 presidential elections?
It's no surprise the President isn’t more circumspect when touting Obamacare enrollment numbers. But he should be.
Is there more to feminism these days than embarrassment about female traits or is that pretty much it? This week's example: The supposed "confidence gap."

The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Says Plane at Airport Leased to Ghana After U.S.-Flagged Plane Sighting

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran says that a plane which landed in Tehran airport flying the American flag was leased to Ghana's presidential office and carrying a business delegation from the West African nation.

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran on Wednesday dismissed as "unacceptable" U.S. government reservations about Tehran's choice of Hamid Abutalebi as its new U.N. ambassador, the official IRNA news agency reported.


19 Apr 2014, 9:38 am

Big Government

Willie Nelson: Martial Arts Expert

Willie Nelson fans might think of him as a peace loving hippie, but behind closed doors he's a dangerous killing machine, according to a recent interview with his sensei, Grand Master Sam Um, on the Walton and Johnson radio program. On April 28 in Austin, Texas, Nelson will receive a fifth degree

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A fourth grade class assignment left parents in Pasodale Elementary stunned. A worksheet that was assigned in class came home only because some of the students did not finish the assignment. It was not a typical fourth grade worksheet.  One of the students in the class was the 10 year-ol
I’m running for Railroad Commissioner because I want Texas to lead the way to American energy independence.  Many politicians use the phrase “energy independence” but they don’t truly understand what it means or how to achieve it.  I’m not a politician, I do
The ‘Texas Miracle’ is the envy of the nation.  Texans are keenly aware that Texas is doing better than the rest of the nation, but few understand the driving force behind our robust economy. While God has blessed Texas unlike anywhere else with abundant natural resources that co

American Thinker

Rogue Hall Monitors

IN HIS 1951 book God and Man at Yale, the document that, to simplify only a little, launched the conservative movement, William F. Buckley, Jr. lamented what he later called “the phenomenon of the somnolent college trustee.” Looking back in 2007, Buckley concluded that little had change

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11 Nov 2013, 5:09 am

President Obama’s foreign policy record remains intact. Across the world from which he is withdrawing American power and influence, governments are recognizing that where once a superpower resided, now only a shadow remains. First it was left to the Communist Chinese to admonish us against sp
It is wrong, of course, to take pleasure in the misfortune of others. Still, I must confess that I have derived no small amount of schadenfreude from news stories about Obamacare advocates who have been adversely affected by the not-so-Affordable Care Act. It would take a stronger man than yours tr


11 Nov 2013, 5:08 am

Private “Rondi” Rondinoni had been in B Company for a little more than one hitch (three years). He had reached the rank of Private First Class (PFC), but was busted back to buck private for repeated fractures of discipline. It didn’t matter to Rondi. He just enjoyed being a soldie

Heritage Foundation

Market Pricing, Solving Problems

In medical care, you have to get the diagnosis correct. But if you want to solve the problem, you’ve also got to get the treatment right. At the Vox website recently, reporter Sarah Kliff posted a blog titled: “Our Health Spending Problem is All About Prices.” That diagnosis is on

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As a working woman and mother of four young children, I strongly support fairness in the workplace. And that is why the Paycheck Fairness Act worries me. It would unintentionally harm working women by taking away some of the freedoms and choices we currently enjoy. The Paycheck Fairness Act seeks &
Historically speaking, April 15 has never been a day marked by good fortune. The Titanic sank on that day in 1912 (after striking an iceberg shortly before midnight on April 14). Abraham Lincoln died after being mortally wounded the day before. And, of course, there’s Tax Day. “The inco
People often say the United States is the best country in the world. But sometimes, it’s hard to remember why. In 1981, Ronald Reagan offered this reminder, and his words still hold true today: Throughout our history Americans have put their faith in God and no one can doubt that … Mor

Townhall.com

Obamaland: Where Cowboys are Villains and Race-Baiters, Gay Radicals and Marxists are Heroes

Rancher Cliven Bundy looks like he could still be in a heap of trouble for having thoroughly ticked off Fedzilla and the Keebler elf himself, Harry Reid.

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To challenge the monster is to challenge the way of life of many who have long ago made peace with (in some cases) or cozied up with (all too often) the beast.
Criminals are generally despised, and cops are not universally beloved. But one participant in the criminal justice system has no enemies: victims of crime. They're the Sara Lee of American politics. Everybody doesn't like someone, but nobody doesn't like victims.


19 Apr 2014, 11:01 pm

In the "Star Trek" movies, San Francisco serves as headquarters of Starfleet Command. This cracks me up to no end, as I cannot imagine the Board of Supervisors approving construction of Starfleet Academy or the oddly shaped high-rises you see in the background.

The Corner

"At the going down of the sun and in the morning..."

In a powerful and beautifully written piece for the Sunday Telegraph, Dan Hannan, well, I’ll let him explain:  In 1925, Rudyard Kipling wrote an uncharacteristically restrained and sombre short story called The Gardener. It tells of a woman’s search for her illegitimate son, who

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Be sure to check out John’s most recent piece — “The United States of SWAT?” — on government agencies’ military-style units, such as the one used by the Bureau of Land Management at the Bundy ranch.


19 Apr 2014, 4:08 pm

Here’s a thought-provoking take on, if you like, “Vladimir Putin, conservative”, from John Schindler. The piece covers too much ground to be summarized in a few excerpts, so I’ll focus on just one aspect of it, the way that Putin is looking to base the legitimacy of his regi


18 Apr 2014, 9:37 pm

Like everyone else I read One Hundred Years of Solitude in college. The magical realism — the sister, was it? with the tail, the other one who ascended into Heaven — seemed like cheating. Another way to put it is that Garcia Marquez was like Faulkner only worse. Yet some expre

Red State

The Good Friday Show

At 4:00 pm ET, I will start my annual Good Friday radio show. This is a show a lot of RedState readers have tuned in to over the years. You can listen live here and later will be able to get a download of the show. You can call in at 1-800-WSB-TALK as well if you’d like to participate. The sh

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One of the marks of a civil society is the relegation of political disputes to the political realm and not criminalize disagreements. This has historically been the downfall of third world countries as they attempt to move from totalitarianism or despotism to a more democratic form of government. I
And Jimmy entered the temple and invited in all who sold and bought in the temple, and he set up the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of politics,’ but you make it a den of rich
  Nine years ago the US Supreme Court, in an opinion authored by noted Second Amendment authority John Paul Stevens, eviscerated the “takings” clause of the Fifth Amendment. That decision, Kelo v. City of New London, essentially eliminated property rights so long as someone more po
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