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Those Who Go Unsung
  27 Aug 2014     12:04 am

The vast majority of Americans have never met Phil Weinberg.
But that isn’t because he’s unimportant. It’s because he is important. Like millions of Americans who toil largely in anonymity, participating daily in acts of courage and generosity, Phil has never been on CNN or Fox News; while he subscribes to The Wall Street Journal, he’s never had his picture dot pixelated. That’s because he, like so many other Americans, is too busy making the country work.

Phil was born at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston in 1951, just down the block …

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The Great Racial Disconnect on Police
  20 Aug 2014     12:04 am

On Monday, Rasmussen released a poll of Americans regarding the guilt or innocence of Officer Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot unarmed 18-year-old black man Michael Brown six times in Ferguson, Missouri. Those polls show that 57 percent of black adults think that Wilson should be found guilty of murder; 56 percent of whites, by contrast, are undecided on the matter. The latter position is the correct one. Witnesses, including one Dorian Johnson, claim that Brown was pulled over by Wilson, attacked by him and pulled into the car, …

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Let’s Get Serious About Mental Illness
  14 Aug 2014     12:02 am

Robin Williams’ suicide this week shook up people across the political spectrum — and for good reason. When a highly successful, incredibly popular figure from our culture decides to take his own life, it feels as though suicide could happen to anyone.
It can’t.

Robin Williams reportedly suffered from mentally illness. He stated during an interview in 2006 that he hadn’t been formally diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder, but stated, “Do I perform sometimes in a manic style? Yes. Am I manic all the time? No. Do I get sad? Oh …

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How the Media Craft Victory for Hamas
  6 Aug 2014     12:04 am

On Tuesday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer hosted Hamas spokesman Osama Hamden. The week before, Hamdan labeled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “a new image of Hitler” on the network. But now, for some reason, Blitzer stumbled into a random act of journalism: He asked Hamdan about comments he had made suggesting that Jews used Christian blood in matza. Hamdan stumbled around and blamed the Jews for their action in Gaza.

Blitzer called Hamdan’s comments an “awful, awful smear.”
The very fact that this represented a unique moment in the media coverage of the …

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Obama: Troll Hard With a Vengeance
  30 Jul 2014     12:04 am

This week, as I have been predicting for months, President Barack Obama announced that he would be considering unprecedented executive action to provide legal status for millions of illegal immigrants. His goal is not to solve the immigration crisis — you don’t grant legal status to 5 million illegal immigrants, then leave the back door wide open if you’re interested in solving the problem. His goal is not to help illegal immigrants — he instead leaves them in limbo by granting them temporary work permits, rather than blanket amnesty.

His goal …

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Why Vladimir Putin Is Kicking Barack Obama’s Behind
  23 Jul 2014     12:04 am

On Monday, four days after Vladimir Putin’s minions in Ukraine shot down a passenger airliner carrying 298 people, including an American citizen, President Barack Obama emerged from the White House to issue a statement. Scowling at the camera, Obama stated: “Russia has extraordinary influence over these separatists. No one denies that. Russia has urged them on. Russia has trained them.”

Finally, after fulminating for several minutes about the nastiness of the Russian government, Obama approached the predictable climax: threats of action.
Except that there were none.
Instead, Obama explained that if Russia were …

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Bloodguilt Over Jews Leads to Blood Libels Against Jews
  16 Jul 2014     12:04 am

If there’s one place on Earth that should understand the danger of Jew hatred, it is Frankfurt, Germany. In 1933, boycotts targeted Jews; by 1938, Germans were burning synagogues down. Between 1933 and 1945, the Jewish population of the city was decimated, dropping from 30,000 to 602. Few Jews, most of them Soviet expatriates, live in the city now.

So Frankfurt seems an odd place for a new blood libel against the Jews. Nonetheless, this week, 2,500 protesters, including Muslims and neo-Nazis — allied once again — showed up downtown to …

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Never Let A Self-Produced Horror Show Go To Waste
  9 Jul 2014     12:04 am

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, once infamously stated. He never bothered to spell out the unspoken corollary to that appalling statement: And if there is no serious crisis available, manufacture one.

The American left has followed that pattern for generations. The left destroyed the nuclear family by incentivizing women to give birth out of wedlock. When out-of-wedlock births exploded, they used that as an excuse to elevate federal spending, elevate taxes and disestablish marriage between a man …

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The Jew-Hating Obama Administration
  2 Jul 2014     12:04 am

On Monday, three Jewish boys were found dead, murdered by the terrorist group Hamas: Eyal Yifrach, 19; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Naftali Frenkel, 16. Frenkel was an American citizen. The three were kidnapped while hitchhiking some three weeks ago. In the interim, President Barack Obama said nothing about them publicly. His wife issued no hashtags. His State Department maintained that $400 million in American taxpayer cash would continue to the Palestinian unity government, which includes Hamas.

Presumably Frenkel did not look enough like Barack Obama’s imaginary son for him to give …

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Welcome To The Executive Dictatorship
  25 Jun 2014     12:04 am

The Constitution is dead. Long live the executive dictatorship.
There is almost nothing the president of the United States cannot do. This week, we found out President Barack Obama’s IRS not only targeted conservative nonprofit applicants with impunity but then destroyed the emails that could have illuminated the process behind such targeting. Meanwhile, the attorney general — the executive officer charged with fighting government criminality — continues to stonewall an independent prosecutor, maintaining along with his boss that there is not a “smidgen of corruption” in the IRS.

On the southern border, …

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How Fatherhood Made Me a Better Person
  18 Jun 2014     12:04 am

My baby daughter has ruined me.
I’m not typically known for being the most openly emotional person. On the incredibly rare occasions in which I find myself crying — typically when the last track of “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” pipes through the car stereo (why would you leave the Hundred Acre Wood, Christopher Robin, you dolt?!) — my wife revels in it. The first time it happened, she turned to me, grinning gleefully, and exclaimed, “You (SET ITAL) do (END ITAL) have feelings!” At least, that’s how it …

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Prosecute the President
  11 Jun 2014     12:04 am

President Barack Obama believes he is above the law.
That’s because he is.
This week alone, Obama announced that he would unilaterally change student loan rules, allowing borrowers to avoid paying off more of their debt; he signaled that he would continue his non-enforcement of immigration law, even as thousands of children cross the border; he defended his non-disclosure of a terrorist swap to Congress.

And, he said, more such actions were in the offing. “I will keep doing whatever I can without Congress,” Obama explained.
This is not just executive overreach. In many …

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Barack Obama, Judge of Life or Death
  4 Jun 2014     12:04 am

On Sept. 30, 2011, two American Predator drones based out of a Saudi Arabian CIA facility swept into Yemen and fired Hellfire missiles at a car containing terrorist and American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. He was killed. So, too, was terrorist buddy Samir Khan, an American born in Saudi Arabia. President Barack Obama promptly announced the kill: “The death of Awlaki is a major blow to al-Qaida’s most active operational affiliate. He took the lead in planning and directing efforts to murder innocent Americans … and he repeatedly called on individuals …

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Does Obama Care About the Troops?
  28 May 2014     12:04 am

On the day before Memorial Day, President Barack Obama secretly flew into Afghanistan for a surprise visit to the troops. “We’re going to stay strong by taking care of our wounded warriors and our veterans. Because helping our wounded warriors and veterans heal isn’t just a promise, it’s a sacred obligation … I’m here to say that I’m proud of you,” he stated.

But he wasn’t in Afghanistan out of mere pride for the troops. As usual, Obama was using the troops for political purposes. Whether he’s taking credit for their …

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Will Detroit Be Healed by Searching for ‘Subtle Racism’?
  22 May 2014     12:02 am

Just off of the James C. Lodge Freeway in Detroit is Eight Mile Road. The stretch near the freeway is just east of the famed area that provided the basis for the Eminem film of the same name. To its north lie predominantly white suburbs — over 77 percent of those who live in Oakland County are white — with median family income in excess of $65,000. Married couples comprise approximately half of households, with fewer than 15 percent of households led by a single female. Since 1990, the population …

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How the West Won the Great Hashtag War of 2014
  14 May 2014     12:04 am

This week, a picture emerged of Islamist terror group Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau holding a machine gun in one hand and a piece of paper in the other. On that paper was scrawled: “#WeSurrender.”
Thus came to an end the Great Hashtag War of 2014.

Led by the bravery of First Lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Democratic women of the United States Senate, the West tweeted Boko Haram into submission. When Obama released the H-bomb of twitter — a sad duck-faced picture of herself in …

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The Left’s Phantom Wars
  7 May 2014     12:04 am

On Monday, as Vladimir Putin waged an actual war in Ukraine, Bashar Assad waged an actual war in Syria, and a Nigerian terror group waged an actual war on underage girls, President Barack Obama announced his own war on “climate disruption.” White House adviser John Podesta explained on Monday afternoon that Obama would be acting alone to push new regulations under the Clean Air Act to combat climate change. That announcement came in the wake of an 840-page report from the federal government suggesting that the globe is on the …

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Of Donald Sterling’s Racism and the Rise of Thoughtcrime
  30 Apr 2014      12:04 am

In November 2009, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling settled a lawsuit in which the Department of Justice alleged that Sterling had discriminated against Hispanics, blacks and families without children in his rental properties. The lawsuit contained testimony that Sterling had suggested Hispanics were poor tenants because they “smoke, drink, and just hang around the building,” and that “black tenants smell and attract vermin.” The settlement cost him and his insurers $2.73 million.

The NBA and the national media said virtually nothing. That same year, the NAACP gave him a Lifetime …

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Why Bundy Ranch Is Just the Beginning
  24 Apr 2014     12:02 am

This week, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, whose standoff with the federal government over taxes and land-use rights has captivated the nation, announced, “I don’t believe I owe one penny to the United States government. I don’t have a contract with the United States government.” His legal case is problematic; the Bureau of Land Management certainly has jurisdiction over the federal lands on which his cattle graze. But his moral case is significantly stronger: paying taxes to a government that uses those tax dollars to restrict your activities on land your …

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Why Conservatives Win Elections and Lose the War
  16 Apr 2014     12:04 am

On April 1, 2014, President Barack Obama triumphantly announced that 7.1 million Americans had selected a health insurance plan through Obamacare. In doing so, he nastily labeled his political opposition uncaring and unfeeling. “Why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance?” Obama asked. “Why are they so mad about the idea of people having health insurance?”

That night, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert sat behind his desk at “The Colbert Report,” playing his version of a conservative: vicious, mean and cruel. “I wish I could come to …

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