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20 Apr 2014, 12:00 am

What enabled civil societies to turn over responsibility for their protection to the police and the courts?  The one-word the answer is trust.

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Jonathan Swift meets the Palestinians.

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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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20 Apr 2014, 12:00 am

The mismatch between an agricultural system that can feed 40 million and a population of 84 million. 

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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

Live Crucifixion Display Ordered Down in Florida

In Lehigh Acres, Florida, a crucifixion display that featured a man dressed as Jesus tied to a cross to honor Good Friday was ordered to be taken down and moved elsewhere. The display, which was set up near a busy intersection, caused traffic problems as passers-by slowed down to see what was goin

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Once again President Obama has bowed to his environmentalist supporters and passed on making a decision for or against the Keystone XL Pipeline. But the President's refusal to make a decision has left several Democrats running for re-election stammering to explain to constituents why thousands of
A loud debate about crime statistics is taking place in Chicago as 2014 gets underway. The Police Department is claiming that it has helped lower crime, as statistics are down all across the board over last year. But others claim that the ultra cold and snowy Winter weather Chicago just experience
Organizing for America, which likes to gin up the phony "war on women" rhetoric on behalf of Democrats and President Barack Obama, used the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) of all people in an email on Saturday to encourage supporters to add their names to a list of those who support Obamacare. 

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

Easter Sunday in Photos: Why America Is Exceptional

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

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America has a jobs problem. And we don’t need more economic “stimulus” packages or government solutions. We need Congress and the Obama administration to stop dragging their feet. In a new report, Heritage’s Rachel Greszler says that “The problem with today’s lab


19 Apr 2014, 10:00 am

Forget the Hunger Games. Welcome to the Intolerance Wars. Every day, it seems, someone tries to silence someone else in the name of some higher cause. The forced resignation of Brendan Eich as CEO of the popular Web browser Mozilla Firefox is only the tip of the iceberg. This goes … More The
George Kennan knew a thing or two about how nations treat one another. In 1946, while serving as deputy chief of the U.S. mission in Moscow, he penned “the long telegram.” That assessment of what motivated the Soviet Union shaped U.S. policy toward Moscow for decades. Later, at the new

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

Fund: Reid Calling Bundy Supporters 'Domestic Terrorists' Part of Dems' Effort to Rally the Base

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.

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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
Rand Paul will do his best to charm a group Mitt Romney’s top donors next week at an event facilitated by Romney finance director Spencer Zwick.  The Friday luncheon will take place in Boston at the offices of Zwick’s private-equity firm, Solamere Capital, according to a

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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