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Can We Please Get Serious About Tech Outreach, GOP?

By 8.13.14

Last week the Republican Party began circulating a petition in support of “innovative companies like Uber,” exhorting the faithful to sign up to “stand up for our free market principles, entrepreneurial spirit and economic freedom” against “taxi unions and liberal government bureaucrats” who are “setting up roadblocks, issuing strangling regulations and implementing unnecessary red tape to block Uber from doing business in their cities.”

The circulation of the petition, which looks very much like an attempt to build email lists for future fundraising solicitations, was reported on by the Hill Thursday and snarked upon by Alex Wilhelm of TechCrunch. The latter was unimpressed.

The GOP is cool, guys, and they want you to know it.

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Mugged by Reality, President Puts Up His Dukes

By 8.11.14

With a clairvoyance not unlike that of Mr. Jimmy Carter in November 1979 (memo to the recent history challenged: revolution in Iran, Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, lousy U.S. economy), President Obama woke up one morning a few days ago and noticed that the war he had declared over in Iraq was raging.

Future biographers of the 44th president of the United States may find that he asked his top national security advisers, who happen to be women named Susan Rice and Samantha Powers, why he had been led to believe there was a problem of personnel and political inclusiveness (contemporary term for bipartisanship, including sharing pork and spoils) in Baghdad, but not tens of thousands of displaced persons, ravaged towns, women pressed into sex slavery, mass murder, extermination or subjugation of Christians, and, strategically most ominous, the arrival of the Islamic horde on the marshes of Kurdistan, threatening the one verifiable success of ten years of American sacrifice in Mesopotamia.

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Bullies for Social Justice

By 8.6.14

Social justice, as it is popularly used, is probably the worst threat to freedom of religion in America today. Under the guise of helping the oppressed and uplifting victims of society, progressives, using the rhetoric of social justice as a battering ram, are attacking freedom of religion in America. Social justice is not a coherent concept so much as it is yet another form of social engineering in disguise. (See Michael Novak here and here.)

Instead of addressing the real moral problems of society or working to find solutions to situations involving fundamental injustice, social justice focuses on the popular causes of special interest groups. Often, those who disagree with the social justice agenda are accused of injustice, and their right to freedom of religion is trampled over by social justice advocates demanding the rights of special interest groups.

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Death Threats From Anti-GMO Nuts

By 8.5.14

When all else fails, revolutionaries, being revolutionaries, turn to violence. A new “Monsanto Collaborators” website created by millionaire organic activist Mike “the Health Ranger” Adams charges that hundreds of thousands of deaths have been caused by GMO crops, and that people who support genetically-modified organisms, like myself, Fox News’s John Stossel and the former ABC Newsman Jon Entine, are guilty of mass genocide, and hence deserving of a punishment that befits our crime.

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United Nations: A Reliable Ally for Terror and Oppression

By 8.5.14

For the third time since the Israeli operation in Gaza began, rockets and terrorist instruments were discovered inside a United Nations building. After the first discovery, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) gave the rockets to the relevant local authorities—Hamas. The second time, UNRWA immediately evacuated all staff from the premises, and thus was “unable to confirm the precise number of rockets.” Hamas was then allowed to retake possession of the rockets.

Last week, the absurdity continued; three IDF soldiers were killed by an explosion from a booby-trapped UNRWA building. According to IDF’s Gaza Division Commander Brig. Gen. Micky Edelstein, “They [Hamas] blow [up] the UNRWA clinic on our troops.” This was a health clinic, linked to a series of terror tunnels leading into Israel’s sovereign territory.

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On the Ground in Israel

By 8.4.14

British Airways flight 164 paused on the tarmac at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. The Boeing 777 awaited final clearance for takeoff when the alert came over the phone. The “Red Alert” app screams with an alarm whenever Israel detects a rocket launched from Gaza. The alert read: “Rockets Launched: Tel Aviv.”

Just a week earlier, a similar rocket was allowed to land near an open field near the country’s only international airport, prompting the American Federal Aviation Administration to order U.S. carriers to halt all flights.

A few minutes after the latest rocket warning, BA 164 took off as planned. There would be no closing of the airport this time. The Iron Dome defense system worked. Not long after, however, another rocket was fired into the city of Kiryat Gat. This time, it got through. A house was destroyed and a civilian killed.

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Ceasefire: Under What Grounds?

By 8.1.14

 

We have all been here before. The same movie reruns every few years; only the names are changed to protect the guilty. It features a battle between two squads, two teams, two cultures. One side in this conflict is comfortable with its own identity and does not change names with the seasons: Israel. The other guys are chameleons, adopting new aliases, new tactics, new tricks, but always committed to the maximum in indiscriminate damage: Hamas, Hizbollah, PLO, PFLP, Al Qaeda, Fatah, Islamic Jihad.

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Obama’s Part-Time Nation

By 7.31.14

Vice President Joe Biden recently declared that America's jobs picture is outstanding — historically exceptional, on the plus side.

“Businesses are hiring at historic rates,” Biden stated, “with 52 consecutive months of net private sector job growth."

President Obama reiterated the same point in a recent speech in Delaware. “Our businesses have now added nearly 10 million new jobs over the past 52 months,” he declared.

“By almost every economic measure,” Obama continued, “we’re doing a whole lot better now than we were when I came into office.”

These upbeat assessments about jobs and the performance of the U.S. economy, regrettably, aren’t backed up by the facts or shared by the American public.

A recent Gallup survey, for instance, shows 56 percent of Americans saying the economy is getting worse while 39 percent said the economy is improving.

In his July 13 article, “Full-Time Scandal of Part-Time America,” U.S. News & World Report editor in chief Mortimer Zuckerman provided a more realistic portrayal than Biden and Obama of the actual state of the U.S. economy.

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The Quirks of the Nanny State

By 7.30.14

Under the nanny state, what qualifies as a risk is often perplexing. Its champions usually see risks everywhere, from climate change to oversized sugary drinks to cupcake parties in public school classrooms. They press for more and more safety and healthy regulations in every area of life, demanding that society err on the side of caution. But when topics such as over-the-counter abortifacients and drug legalization come up, proponents of the nanny state suddenly change their tune. Risks are downplayed and freedom is extolled.

The New York Times, which normally favors hyperactive legislation and regulations for imaginary risks, has adopted a dismissive attitude about the real risks of marijuana use. Its editorial board has pronounced marijuana a “substance far less dangerous than alcohol” and declared that pot “addiction and dependence are relatively minor problems, especially compared with alcohol and tobacco.” It continued, “Moderate use of marijuana does not appear to pose a risk for otherwise healthy adults. Claims that marijuana is a gateway to more dangerous drugs are as fanciful as the ‘Reefer Madness’ images of murder, rape and suicide.”

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Hillary’s the One — Until She’s Not

By 7.30.14

Early in the 2008 presidential election season, I was invited to attend a luncheon and panel discussion on the upcoming election at the magnificently restored Willard Hotel. The event was sponsored by one of the large law firms in Washington. Law firms don’t do this kind of thing where I used to practice. But this is the Imperial City.

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