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Mike Lupica Gets Teed Off with Obama

By on 8.22.14 | 2:43PM

Over the years, I have seen fit to criticize New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica on numerous occasions be it his criticisms of the Tea Party, opposition to Obamacare, Sarah Palin, and a backhanded compliment to former President George H.W. Bush.

But today I am in 100% agreement with him. Lupica is plain teed off at President Obama for playing golf after making his statement about the beheading of James Foley by ISIS. It's not as devastating as Matthew Continetti's takedown at the Washington Free Beacon, but coming from a liberal like Lupica it will leave a mark:

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The Difference Between ISIS & Hamas

By on 8.22.14 | 12:37PM

Earlier this week, ISIS beheads American photojournalist James Foley.

Now Hamas publicly executes 18 Palestinians accused of "collaborating" with Israel.

ISIS has threatened to kill journalist Stephen Joel Sotloff.

Hamas is threatening to execute more "collaborators".

So what's the difference between ISIS & Hamas?

Hamas has the support of the Obama Administration.

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What Will Happen to Officer Darren Wilson?

By on 8.21.14 | 1:10PM

A grand jury has convened to determine what charges, if any, will be brought against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown earlier this month.

Over at The New Republic, Yishai Schwartz argues that a conviction against Wilson is impossible because of Missouri's self defense laws:

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Obama: “ISIL Speaks for No Religion.”

By on 8.20.14 | 4:10PM

President Obama made a statement in Martha's Vineyard earlier this afternoon condemning the death of photojournalist James Wright Foley who was beheaded yesterday by ISIL.

After Obama paid tribute to Foley, he made the following statement:

So ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt. They may claim out of expediency that they are at war with the United States or the West, but the fact is they terrorize their neighbors and offer them nothing but an endless slavery to their empty vision, and the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior.

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Thoughts on the Beheading of James Wright Foley

By on 8.20.14 | 10:38AM

American photojournalist James Wright Foley was beheaded yesterday by the ISIS. Foley had been missing since November 2012. ISIS stated it beheadd Foley because of the Obama Administration's recent decision to conduct airstrikes in Iraq due to ISIS' genocidal actions against the Yazidis. They have also threatened to behead Stephen Joel Sotloff, another journalist who has been held in captivity for more than a year unless Obama halts U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

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My Interview of Paul Ryan

By on 8.20.14 | 10:35AM

Yesterday I had the chance to interview Congressman (and former VP candidate) Paul Ryan for Colorado's Afternoon News on 850 KOA (Denver.) It was a short interview, but good stuff:


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Don Pardo, R.I.P.

By on 8.19.14 | 12:01PM

Over nearly four decades, performers have come and gone on Saturday Night Live. With the exception of one season in the early 1980's, announcer Don Pardo has been the show's only constant. That is until night. Pardo died in his sleep last night. He was 96.

Although long associated with SNL, Pardo was also the voice on the original versions of both The Price is Right and Jeopardy!

Pardo joined NBC in 1944 and would remain for 60 years. Despite retiring a decade ago, Pardo remained the voice of SNL recording his intros at home.

Here is an audio clip of Pardo on November 22, 1963 informing NBC viewers that President Kennedy had been shot.

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Why the Vatican Backs Airstrikes in Iraq But Not Syria

By on 8.18.14 | 10:51AM

The Vatican, working off Catholic doctrine of just war, has announced that it condones American military intervention in Iraq, the Washington Times reported last week. The Holy See’s ambassador to the United Nations, Silvano Tomasi, is quoted as saying, “Military action might be necessary,” and calling for, “intervention now, before it is too late.”

The move to endorse American airstrikes against the militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, diverges from Vatican policy in Syria. Last year when President Obama considered intervening with airstrikes in the Syrian civil war, the Vatican condemned the plan. It disapproved, too, of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Fear for the safety and freedom of Christians and other minority religious sects in Iraq today has altered the assessment.

Just war theory is perhaps best summarized in paragraph 2309 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It reads:

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