Tools of jihad: Protective Edge edition

26 Jul 2014, 7:49 am

(Scott Johnson)BBC Middle East editor Paul Danahar happened to be on hand in Gaza for the opening of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012. When the son of Danahar’s BBC Gaza colleague Jihad Masharawi was killed at the outset of the operation, Danahar all but accused Isra

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Change Mark Udall doesn't want to believe in

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26 Jul 2014, 6:36 am

(Scott Johnson)Islamic toilet etiquette specifies an elaborate protocol that goes well beyond our immediate need to know. (Warning: You also really don’t want to know.) Fortunately, however, it seems not to require clean underwear, at least not directly. In an update on the failure of Umar Far

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Complexity is why ObamaCare, the Federal Register, and the federal income tax code are all so damned ugly.

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The American Spectator

Why Abortion Will Never Be Mainstream

In 1996, President Bill Clinton stated that "abortion should not only be safe and legal, it should be rare." The far left has since changed its tone with a campaign to normalize and de-stigmatize abortions. The new website Notalone.us, founded by Emily Letts, the woman known for posting a video of

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The Federalist

How Vodka Conquered America

How did vodka conquer America? Neal Dewing interviews author Vic Matus about vodka's rise to become America’s top-selling spirit.

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One of Obamacare's architects was caught off message this week. Way off message. Defenders didn't handle it so well.
Obamacare isn't the only major typo in American history. We did some digging and found 5 more typos in landmark laws.
Does Earth-2 Jonathan Gruber also love birds?

The Washington Free Beacon

Paul Ryan: Safety Net Necessary for Upward Mobility

Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) is calling for a new vision of the social safety net that would give struggling Americans a hand up during tough economic times.

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Former Rep. Ron Paul (R., Texas) said it was “too early to tell” whether his fervent support for the Kremlin will hurt his son Sen. Rand Paul’s (R., Ky.) potential 2016 presidential candidacy, BuzzFeed reported on Friday.
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The Obama administration is calling on Congress to fully repeal the war authorization in Iraq to ensure that no U.S. troops return to the country, which is under siege by the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS). White House national security adviser Susan Rice petitioned S

Big Government

FIFA Not Backing Down from Awarding 2018 World Cup to Bellicose Russia

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is refusing to back down on its decision to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia despite Russia's untoward lobbying effort and its illicit invasion of Ukraine. With the decision by the soccer commission to award the 2018 Wor

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He can be Johnny Football. He can be the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. He can't be both. That's the message from Mary Kay Cabot's lengthy report at Cleveland.com. Head coach Mike Pettine initially looked to have an open competition for the top of the depth chart at quarterback. B
Stephen A. Smith starts conversations for a living. On Friday's First Take, he started a shouting match. Talking domestic violence in the wake of the NFL's two-game suspension of Ravens running back Ray Rice, the ESPN host called abusers "wrong" and “criminal” and deserving of “
HBO's VICE News has released a chilling trailer for its new documentary "From ISIS to the Islamic State: Inside the Caliphate," showing young children pledging their allegiance to the ISIS leader Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi's Caliphate. VICE News journalist and filmmaker Medyan Dairieh had

American Thinker

Israel's Perplexity: Scipio or Samson?

How far do we bend before we break; and when we defend our hearth and home, how long can we proceed down that avenue of justice and retribution before we are deemed monsters?

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Which famous general will Rick Perry imitate here – hard-charging Patton or dithering McClellan?
Without rewards, fewer students develop the drive or grit needed to achieve high levels of skill.  But this is not the stuff of "self-esteem"; it's more concrete than that.
It seems a shame to waste more money on peacemakers who cannot seem to make any peace.

Heritage Foundation

Dodd-Frank Confusion Highlights Its Failure

This month marks the 45th anniversary of man landing on the moon, and the fourth anniversary of the signing of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform... Read More The post Dodd-Frank Confusion Highlights Its Failure appeared first on Daily Signal.

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Just before the 4th of July, the Pew Research Center released a fascinating study of Americans’ political beliefs, dividing them into seven categories from “steadfast... Read More The post Conservatives: Societal Change Comes Best From Individuals, Not Government appeared first on Daily
Could the radical-Green movement in America make mankind’s future resemble a science-fiction Earth ruled by apes? Recently I went to the see the blockbuster movie... Read More The post What Would America Be Like If the Radical Green Movement Won? appeared first on Daily Signal.

Townhall.com

Deadliest Ever Islamic Attack on Tunisian Army

The past few weeks, from France to Gaza, have seen many Islamic attacks. A record for the deadliest attack in Tunisia was also set last week.

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We featured FXI, a general Chinese exchange-traded fund (ETF), a little more than a month ago, and that fund’s upward climb warrants us looking at other ETFs focused on that huge emerging market.
The tiny community web site of the tiny town located on the northwest corner of Long Island, New York announced that a 13-year old Northport Middle School student had applied a principle found in trees that could improve the performance of solar panels...
President Obama was beating the drums on Thursday in Los Angeles regarding corporate tax deserters, companies that move headquarters or tax shields to another country in order to escape high US tax rates.

The Corner

Top House Dem: Obama's Immigration Orders are More Important than Vulnerable Dems

Representative Raul Grijalva (D., Ariz.) thinks that President Obama should pursue his immigration goals unilaterally, even if it hurts vulnerable Democrats in the 2014 midterms.  “That’ll always be the case,” the Congressional Hispanic Caucus co-chair told National Rev

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Charles Krauthammer thinks that a two-year-old video of one of Obama’s chief architects is proof that the denial of subsidies through federal exchanges was not a drafting error.  The 2012 video showed MIT professor Jonathan Gruber saying that that if states don&rsq
Anti-Redskins mania has moved north of the border. Bass Coast, a music festival in Canada’s British Columbia that will take place August 1–4, has banned attendees from wearing “feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them.” Per a statement on its website: W


25 Jul 2014, 5:00 pm

Over at First Things, Pete Spiliakos, who also blogs at NRO’s very own Postmodern Conservative, turns to the topic of bad-faith open borders. Spiliakos suggests that a workable course of immigration reform would include the following: “making sure that internal immigration enf

Red State

Halbig’s Critics Hoist By Their Own Petards

This has not been a good week for defenders of Obamacare and their scorn for the legal arguments challenging whether the statute provides subdsidies for buyers of health insurance policies on the federal Helthcare.gov exchange. On Monday, a divided panel of the DC Circuit ruled in Halbig v Burwell

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While we’re all having a good time with the concentrated stupidity of ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber (who allegedly holds some sort of advanced degree from a major institution) claiming he repeatedly made “verbal typos” when clearly stating that only state-run exchanges would
Via CNN.com today comes this truly astounding article that purports to leave the question of whether Hamas is using human shields in Gaza up in the air. The opening four paragraphs here set the stage for the accusation that Israel is using the “human shield” argument as a PR ploy of que
Dear God but the Left is going to hate that term by the time we're done with it. The post Another 2012 Jonathan Gruber ‘speak-o,’ apparently. #obamacare appeared first on RedState.
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