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29 Aug 2014, 7:01 am

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29 Aug 2014, 6:37 am

(Scott Johnson)Ammo Grrrll concludes her series on her high school reunion in a column she titles “50th Reunion, or, How Did I Get This Old?” She writes: You know those beautiful young ladies in high school back when you were a nerd who could never date them (if you were a boy) or BE the

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What’s better than the Ice Bucket Challenge? These six steps for thoughtful charity giving.

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Concerns about are using moral clarity as a pretext for unwarranted aggression are often misused, not for prudent self-examination, but for moral paralysis.

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The American Spectator

The Streets of San Francisco

San Francisco If you want to film a zombie movie on the cheap, San Francisco offers a ready-made location overflowing with extras. The mentally ill, addicted, and homeless find a home in the City by the Bay as they do nowhere else in North America. In this walkable Western metropolis, one walks a g

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29 Aug 2014, 3:00 am

Slava Gelman emigrated to America from the Soviet Union when he was only a child. Though the rest of his family lives in South Brooklyn, he barely sees them; he lives alone in an almost empty apartment on the Upper East Side, where he desperately attempts to strip himself of his Russian Jewish root


29 Aug 2014, 3:00 am

Wisconsin has created a new type of political supervillain by combining the most reprehensible attributes of this nation’s two most infamous ogres of the last century — Joseph McCarthy and Richard Nixon. Start with McCarthy’s reckless and unsubstantiated allegations against random


29 Aug 2014, 3:00 am

Slava Gelman emigrated to America from the Soviet Union when he was only a child. Though the rest of his family lives in South Brooklyn, he barely sees them; he lives alone in an almost empty apartment on the Upper East Side, where he desperately attempts to strip himself of his Russian Jewish root

The Federalist

Spontaneous Charity Is Good; Thoughtful Charity Is Even Better

What’s better than the Ice Bucket Challenge? These six steps for thoughtful charity giving.

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Concerns about are using moral clarity as a pretext for unwarranted aggression are often misused, not for prudent self-examination, but for moral paralysis.


29 Aug 2014, 6:29 am

How non-Hispanic elites decided they were in charge of what ‘Latinos’ are called.
History shows leftist policies, not racism, have decimated the African-American community. Here’s how to reverse that and end race disparities.

The Washington Free Beacon

FBI National Domestic Threat Assessment Omits Islamist Terrorism

The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans.

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29 Aug 2014, 4:00 am

F-16s grounded. Blackhawks covered in foam. Just two Army brigades combat ready. Half the cruiser fleet rendered inoperable. New nukes delayed—for two years. The percentage of the economy devoted to defense at pre-9/11 levels. Bipartisan experts terrified of the consequences. America’s d
Early on in The Trip to Italy, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon—a pair of British actors playing fictionalized versions of themselves—note that a sequel is never as good as the original.
Iranian military leaders say that they have begun weapons deliveries to Palestinian terrorists in the West Bank and elsewhere in the region after months of promising increased military support for Israel’s enemies, according to regional reports.

Big Government

Democrats More Afraid of Global Warming Than ISIS

Democrats are more afraid of global warming than the threat posed by the Islamic State terrorists, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. The poll shows that 68 percent of Democrats believe that global climate change is a major threat to the United States, compared to just 25 percent o

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Douglas Carswell has joined UKIP. About bloody time; this is a long awaited move. Carswell has been in closer political alignment to UKIP than to the Conservatives for years; on Europe, on climate change, on localism, on restoring public faith in politics… and his assurances that a move to
UKIP may already have a next wave of defectors ready to cross the floor should Douglas Carswell find success in his by-election bid, with party leader Nigel Farage boasting that he has spoken to both Labour and Conservative MPs who support UKIP behind closed doors. UKIP’s wealthy backer, bus
South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright is still refusing to resign following the Rotherham Child Abuse Scandal, despite his deputy quitting yesterday. Wright was Rotherham Council's cabinet member for children's and young people's services from 2005 to 2010, during which time t

American Thinker

Why Karl Rove and the GOP Establishment Will Lose Again

Rove and the GOP elite need to put down their pizzas and get out of the focus-group lab and into the real world a little bit.

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The messages that the Bulgarians, Ukrainians, Czechs, Poles, and the rest of Russia's neighbors are sending to their self-appointed Big Brother are clear


29 Aug 2014, 12:00 am

Duke University is building a circle of academics whose suspect scholarship and lack of objectivity make them apologists for Islam’s unsavory aspects.
Within the past few days, two events neatly capture the bloodthirsty Russian bear in action. 

Heritage Foundation

The Government Is Controlling Private Property to Save Frog Species Not Seen in 50 Years

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is seeking to protect the dusky gopher frog on the Endangered Species List by designating over 1,500 acres... Read More The post The Government Is Controlling Private Property to Save Frog Species Not Seen in 50 Years appeared first on Daily Signal.

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After escaping a terrorist-besieged Iraqi town with his family, 2-year-old Hassan was wounded when a suicide bomb went off near a mosque. The blast in the... Read More The post Tot Is Family’s Sole Survivor as ISIS Terrorists Target Iraqi Town appeared first on Daily Signal.
An education option that better targets resources, empowers parents, and tailors a student’s learning experience specifically to his needs—while also enabling families to save for... Read More The post Education Savings Accounts: Enabling Customized Learning appeared first on Daily Sign
States are ill equipped to detect and report food stamp fraud in the digital age, including attempts to sell benefits for cash, alcohol and other... Read More The post In Digital Age, Government Fails to Trace Food Stamp Fraud Online appeared first on Daily Signal.

Townhall.com

Lower Tax Rates vs. Targeted Tax Credits, Part II

I wrote a column for the Wall Street Journal last week about the policy debate over whether its better to lower tax rates or to provide targeted tax cuts for parents. I wasnt surprised to learn that not everyone agreed with my analysis.

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28 Aug 2014, 11:01 pm

Almost everyone recognizes the importance of planning.
The hedge fund industry is enduring yet another difficult year. Once renowned for risk-loving cowboy trading and double-digit percentage returns, hedge funds have failed to live up to their reputation as money-making machines.
A mob is a mob...

The Corner

Advice from a Pro

Last year in Salzburg, I interviewed Marko Feingold, who was then 100. (For the two parts of this interview, go here and here.) He has vivid memories of World War I (and terrible memories they are). In the next war, he survived a grand total of four concentration camps. He has been known to quip, &

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29 Aug 2014, 6:20 am

August 29th, 2:14 AM: Skynet Becomes Self-aware. The Most Amazing Lie in History – the rather fascinating story of the guy who convinced the German army that D-Day wasn’t going to happen at Normandy. Heh – Customer Has Hilarious Norse Mythology-Themed Chat with an
“Jesus Christ, our Saviour, offers his light and his hope to all those who promote the sciences, the arts, letters and the numerous fields developed by modern culture,” St. John Paul II wrote in 1989. “Therefore, all the sons and daughters of the Church should become aware of


28 Aug 2014, 8:16 pm

Some words from a pastor in Washington, D.C.

Red State

What Leading From Behind Looks Like

I do not think Barack Obama is a closet sympathizer of muslim Jihadists bent on our destruction, but God help me I suddenly understand how some have arrived at that conclusion. To stand up and tell the world that we are going to do zero to help Ukraine and have no strategy to defeat ISIS is just in

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Meet Robin Partello. And who is she?  Well, she was someone who was featured as a Republican offering praise for Annie Kuster in a recent campaign ad for New Hampshire’s Second District. Just one, small, teeny-tiny problem: Woman in @RepAnnieKuster ad claims to be Republican, but Nashua
The Montana Senate race has been perhaps the most interesting contest thus far in the 2014 Senate election cycle. Original nominee, and sitting interim Senator, John Walsh was busted for plagiarism on a 14 page (!) Master’s thesis*. Sensing that this might be a liability on the campaign trail
Garrett Epps, writing yesterday in The Atlantic, unleashed a nakedly partisan and brazenly inaccurate attack on the Supreme Court that is transparently designed to sway the way the Justices decide the Halbig case. The headline of Epps’ piece blaringly decries “The Ex
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