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Fifty Years Since Winston’s Death

By 1.24.15

It is a few weeks past 140 years since a boy christened Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was delivered at England’s Blenheim Palace. He survived the trenches of France, political reversals, and even being struck by a New York City driver to lead Britain from its greatest peril in May 1940 to victory over Nazism five years later. This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of his death. In the age of radical Islam, can we draw inspiration from his career?

Yes, but only, it seems, from his finest hour. Until his moment arrived in 1940, Churchill was frequently dismissed even within his own party as an imperialist adventurer with baroque ambitions, a throwback to an earlier epoch, an author of military debacles, out of touch with a supposedly emergent world of international comity. In short, he was regarded then as most contemporary liberals might view Ted Cruz or Benjamin Netanyahu today.

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Free McCollege for All!

By 1.23.15

President Obama offered in this week’s State of the Union address that too few young Americans attend community college. If only more twentysomethings parlayed their GEDs into course work at Walla Walla Community College, judged the nation’s best by one account, then we might once again boast the most well-educated people on the planet.

One need not possess a B.A. from Columbia and a J.D. from Harvard Law to harbor skepticism.

Taking a utilitarian approach to higher education, President Obama cites jobs requiring degrees and the daunting price tag for them as rationalizations for his scheme. “That’s why I am sending this Congress a bold new plan to lower the cost of community college,” the president announced, “to zero.”

You get what you pay for.

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The Hillary Watch

Madame Hillary’s Foreign Policy Achilles’ Heel

By 1.23.15

Hillary Clinton’s serial foreign policy blunders over Libya, Syria, China, or otherwise as secretary of state should torpedo her presidential ambitions. 

She stupidly scorned the foreign policy wisdom in the long-headed Farewell Addresses of Presidents George Washington and Dwight D. Eisenhower.  They warned against entanglements abroad and the influence of the military-industrial complex towards objectless wars.

Clinton, however, championed a virtually lunatic “humanitarian” conflict against Libya’s Col. Muammar Gaddafi, and a military entanglement to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that would strenghthen the Islamic State or the equally terrorist-minded Al-Nusra Front.

In pre-war years, Libya’s Gaddafi had renounced support for international terrorism, abandoned weapons of mass destruction, and paid compensation for the Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. He was an ally in opposing  al- Qaeda and radical Islam.  He was unthreatening to the United States.  Secretary of Defense Robert Gates testified that Libya was not a “vital interest.” 

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A Further Perspective

Big Man on Campus

By 1.23.15

Expecting it to be another campaign speech, I sent this to several friends ahead of Tuesday’s State of the Union address:

Recipe for Watching Obama’s State of the Union Speech Tonight:

1—Build and light a fire in the fireplace
2—Put some Mozart on the stereo
3—Pour a highball or a glass of wine
4—Open a good book
5—Enjoy

We spent a pleasant evening and, as it turned out, President Obama ran true to form.

After six years we know that the only thing he enjoys doing and at which he is good is making campaign speeches. When he gets restless dealing with issues that require statesmanship, he goes on a campaign swing, getting friendly audiences to smile and laugh at his jibes at Republicans, whom he despises.

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The Obama Watch

Delayed Reaction

By 1.23.15

It took me a couple of days to summon the strength to watch President Obama’s seventh State of the Union Address (the sixth if you don’t count his 2009 address to a joint session of Congress); the speech was an hour-long exercise in deception, hypocrisy, and narcissism — which is to say it was more of the same from the most insular and self-absorbed politician of our generation, a man who never stops campaigning.

Within the first seconds of his long-winded address, the president, missing only a cone-shaped hat and a magic wand in his attempt to recast reality, said that while the first part of the 21st century was replete with terrorism and economic turmoil, “tonight, we turn the page.”

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Faux News

President Obama to Propose Free Churros for Everybody

By 1.23.15

CAPITOL HILL (United British Press) — President Barack Obama intends in weeks ahead to outline a proposal to provide every American with fresh delicious churros at no cost, according to White House sources, who say the president has been "obsessed" with the idea since tasting one of the fried pastries for the first time earlier this month. The president intially wanted to include the proposal in his recent State of the Union Address, the sources say, but he was dissauded by his political advisers, who felt that Obama would be left open to Republican attack if, coming so soon after his call for free community college, he suggested a plan for universal dessert coverage.

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Ben Stein's Diary

Obama’s Tax the Rich Theatrics

By 1.22.15

Wednesday
A Perfect day here in Rancho Mirage, and I am ruining it by thinking about Mr. Barack Obama… and in particular one big fact of life: You do not make the poor richer by making the rich poorer.

Our President, Mr. Obama, wants to raise taxes on the rich, or what he calls the rich, supposedly to raise money to help the lower and middle classes. His proposals are complex, but largely they call for an increase in the capital gains rate, changes in the way inheritance is taxed, and a limit on IRAs for high net worth people. The middle class would get a boost in the Earned Income Tax Credit, really a subsidy to lower middle class people, and massive forgiveness of student loan obligations, and a few other bells and whistles.

May I offer a few respectful points?

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Another Perspective

Obama Croons: I Did It My Way

By 1.22.15

As President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, I saw all of 2015 flash before my eyes. It was a smart speech that wisely stuck to “middle-class” values and was shrewdly short on details. I saw another year of the president not compromising. For Republicans, it was Groundhog Day — an endless loop of the president talking up bipartisanship without practicing it.

“Bold Call to Action in Obama’s State of the Union, Even if No Action Is Likely,” read one headline. And below it: “Obama Speaks as Though His Party Won the Midterms.” Both headlines hail not from a conservative rag but from the New York Times.

“Watching an emboldened Mr. Obama, it would have been easy to forget that he was standing there just two months after the biggest electoral repudiation of his presidency. Indeed, with economic indicators on the rise and his own poll numbers rebounding slightly, he made no reference at all to the midterm elections, offered no concessions about his own leadership and proposed no compromises to accommodate the political reality,” wrote Times reporter Peter Baker.

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Political Hay

President No Comes Into His Own

By 1.22.15

Call him President No. He doesn’t want to cut taxes. He will veto any attempt to overturn the mess of Obamacare. He is adamant about opposing anyone who wants to undoing his executive order on amnesty, or his sudden turnabout of U.S. policy on Cuba. He won’t say yes to the Keystone XL pipeline. And hell will freeze over before he utters the words “radical Islamic terrorism.”

Now the White House is furious that Speaker John Boehner has issued a February 11th invitation for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, this just hours after the president made it clear that he would say no to any new sanctions on Iran. “But new sanctions passed by this Congress, at this moment in time, will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails  —  alienating America from its allies; and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again,” Obama said. “It doesn’t make sense. That is why I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress.”

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Reflections on Roe: When Margaret Sanger Spoke to the KKK

By 1.22.15

As liberals excoriate Republican Congressman Steve Scalise for speaking to a group with a reported connection to David Duke, former KKK member, I’m reminded today—on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade—of a moment that liberals will never dare acknowledge: a 1926 speech to the KKK by one of their most revered ideological darlings, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger.

Unlike Scalise, Sanger did not unwittingly speak to a group with a link (direct or indirect) to the KKK through a member. No, Margaret knowingly went directly to the Real McCoy—straight to the dragon’s mouth. In May 1926, a hopeful spring day, this progressive icon, this liberal hero, this founding mother of one of liberalism’s most sacred organizations, Planned Parenthood, an organization that liberals demand we fund with tax dollars, went directly to a KKK meeting and spoke at length to the faithful.

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