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Sep 16 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Joseph Puder
As one of the 800 attendees at the In Defense of Christians (IDC) Gala Solidarity Dinner Program at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, I was among those welcoming US Senator Ted Cruz (R–TX) as the keynote speaker. The program brought together a wide range of ancient Eastern Christian denominations from throughout the Middle East. The ostensible reason for the IDC Conference was to give notice of concern over the persecution of Christian minorities in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq, Syria, and to a lesser extent, Egypt. Among those in attendance were a few pro–Hezbollah Lebanese Christians affiliated with General Michel Aouns’ faction that is part of the March 8 coalition led by Hezbollah. Seated at a table across from us was a group of Syrian nationalists.
Sep 16 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Daniel Greenfield
The Middle East as it exists now has no future. Its borders were drawn by European colonial powers for their own purposes. The political agendas behind those borders are long dead. The kings and coalitions they were meant to protect have vanished.
Scotland
Sep 16 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by DOUG BANDOW
Polls show a close vote over Scottish independence. It is a momentous decision, but why is President Barack Obama bothering the Scots with his opinion?
Russia news
Sep 16 2014 - Forbes.com by Paul Roderick Gregory
When I wrote on August 28 that “Western sanctions are strangling the Russian economy,” I had second thoughts about using such strong language. Events of the last two weeks convince me, however, that I understated the case, especially with the introduction of new sanctions on Friday. The Russian economy faces a severe liquidity crisis, collapsing investment and a severe recession. Putin has jeopardized his “safe” European gas market and faces legal problems that he cannot avoid. His sanctions against the West have simply made his own people worse off.
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America
Sep 16 2014 - Daniel Pipes by Daniel Pipes
In a eyebrow–raising 4,000–word exposé, "Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks" published in the New York Times on September 7, Eric Lipton, Brooke Williams and Nicholas Confessore look into the novel issue of foreign governmental financing for American think tanks.
Property rights
Sep 15 2014 - Ludwig von Mises Institute by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
In the most fundamental sense we are all, with each of our actions, always and invariably profit–seeking entrepreneurs.
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Capitalism
Sep 16 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Marvels Of Capitalism: A German research organization has found that life expectancy for those from the former East Germany has been increased by reunification. A large lesson is to be learned here.
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Hillary Clinton
Sep 16 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Benghazi Scandal: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised "unfettered access" to the Benghazi Accountability Review Board. But it turns out that promise may be as much a lie as the inflammatory video story.
Sep 16 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by EUGENE ROBINSON
Judging by her weekend appearance in Iowa, it looks as if Hillary Clinton is indeed running for president. Now she has to answer one simple question: Why?
“It is true, I am thinking about it,” she said Sunday at the final Harkin Steak Fry, an annual cholesterol–boosting fundraiser that retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin has hosted for 37 years. Given the context, this was pretty close to an announcement of the Clinton 2016 campaign.
President Obama
Sep 15 2014 - The Political Insider by Rachel Mullen
Michael Foley, the brother of James Foley who was beheaded by ISIS terrorists, was very critical of the Obama Administration last night on an appearance on The Kelly File with Megyn Kelly on Fox News. Foley said the State Department not only interfered with their attempts to rescue his brother, but they actually threatened the family.
Sep 15 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by RUTH MARCUS
Congress has a duty — to itself and the country — to debate and authorize President Barack Obama's military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Failing to do so would be bad practice and a worse precedent.
Editor's Comments:
Another blame Obama for tactics, but not the policies that got us here. bbm
Sarah Palin
Sep 15 2014 - Town Hall
In the September issue of Townhall Magazine, where this article originally appeared, S.E. Cupp explains why the Left still doesn't understand Sarah Palin's connection to real Americans.
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Sep 15 2014 - Ludwig von Mises Institute by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
In the most fundamental sense we are all, with each of our actions, always and invariably profit–seeking entrepreneurs.
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Gun control legislation
Sep 15 2014 - TownHall by Michael Schaus
Chicago Liberals have decided to do what they do best: kill businesses and ban firearms simultaneously. The new gun laws proposed by the city of Chicago are being described (by admitted leftists) as the “smartest in the Nation.” Needless to say: They’re pretty dumb.
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Health care debate
Sep 16 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Disruption: Last week, Virginia lawmakers learned that 250,000 residents will see their health plans canceled this year, due to ObamaCare. The president's second "keep your plan" promise was as worthless as the first.
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Foreign Policy
Sep 15 2014 - The Desert Sun by E.J. Dionne
There was a moment in the last quarter–century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove.
Editor's Comments:
We can sermonize that politicians should always vote their consciences and should never, ever think about their own fates or the fate of their party. But to say this is to demand a degree of selflessness from men and women in the political trade that we never ask of anyone else — with the exception, of course, of our soldiers in combat."
That is done every day in other enterprises. It is just not done in politics. bb

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Voting fraud
Sep 15 2014 - In These Times by David Sirota
Republicans are once again drumming up fear of a nearly non–existent crime: “voter fraud.”

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It is only non–existent because it is so hard to catch and the damage to any one voter is minuscule. Stealing a penny is hard to worry about but stealing an election with a million pennies is what happens. bbm
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Campaign money
Sep 15 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by New York Times editorial:
There are 48 Democratic senators sponsoring a constitutional amendment to restore congressional control to campaign spending that is expected to come up for a vote later this week. They are not under the illusion that it will become the 28th Amendment. Their willingness to undertake a difficult effort shows the importance they attach to restoring fairness to American politics by cutting the influence of big money.
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Wrong. Cut government and you won't need to worry about the money. bbm
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Campaign for President
Sep 16 2014 - Front Page Magazine by David Horowitz
Paul Ryan is a smart man, and probably represents the mainstream thinking of the Republican Party, though like every ambitious politician he likes to position himself as a critic of the crowd. But in a recent interview with Matthew Continetti, Ryan started out well by complaining about the GOP consultant class. “The consultant class always says play it safe, choose a risk–averse strategy. I don’t think we have the luxury of doing that.” But then when called on to provide a non–risk averse strategy, he comes up with this: “We need to treat people like adults by offering them alternatives.” But what Republican consultant would tell his candidate not to offer alternative policies and ideas? There is none.
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Sep 16 2014 - Ludwig von Mises Institute by Gary Galles
On my first day back in the classroom this fall, I was reminded that entrepreneurial alertness applies to ideas and insights as well as profits.
Economic Regulation
Sep 16 2014 - American Enterprise Institute by Peter J. Wallison
The Financial Stability Oversight Council announced last week that it had preliminarily designated MetLife, the nation's largest life insurer, as a systemically important financial institution, or SIFI. This means that the FSOC, established after the financial crisis by the 2010 Dodd–Frank law, believes the financial distress of MetLife could threaten the U.S. financial system.
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Tax rates
Sep 15 2014 - Economic Policy Institute. by Thomas L. Hungerford
On an almost weekly basis, a U.S. corporation announces that it is merging with a small foreign firm and re–incorporating in the foreign country, in what is known as a corporate inversion. Corporate executives and their apologists argue that the main cause of corporate inversions is the anti–competitive U.S. tax environment. For proof, they point out that, at 39.1 percent, the United States has the highest statutory corporate tax rate in the developed world. The average statutory rate for 16 other economically advanced countries (weighted by their relative economic importance) is 29.6 percent.
Editor's Comments:
Wrong. What business does is count the marginal rate. After all the deductions which should be eliminated in the first place, they make decisions on what the next dollar of revenue will yield in profit. High tax rates often foil the calculation even though the average rate paid might be lower. That obviously stifles expansion. bbm
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Workers
Sep 15 2014 - Economic Policy Institute. by Brady Meixell and Ross Eisenbrey
Millions of Americans struggle to get by on low wages, often without any benefits such as paid sick leave, a pension, or even health insurance. Their difficult lives are made immeasurably harder when they do the work they have been hired to do, but their employers refuse to pay, pay for some hours but not others, or fail to pay overtime premiums when employees’ hours exceed 40 in a week.
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Genetically engineered crops
Sep 15 2014 - Hoover Institution. by Bruce Thornton
For four decades genetically modified organisms (GMO) have been vilified and caricatured as “Frankenfoods,” the abominations of mad scientists meddling with nature and putting the human race at risk. Currently, over sixty bills have been introduced in over twenty states that will require food labels indicating if the product contains GMO. Globally, over sixty countries restrict or ban GMO outright, including eight E.U. nations and countries in Africa suffering from famine and malnutrition that could be alleviated by genetically modified crops.
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News / Environment / Global Warming
The Global Warming Hoax?
Sep 16 2014 - New York Post by Tom Harris and Bob CarterSeptember 14, 2014 | 8:25pm
In the runup to the Sept. 23 UN Climate Summit in New York, Leonardo DiCaprio is releasing a series of films about the “climate crisis.”
The first is “Carbon,” which tells us the world is threatened by a “carbon monster.” Coal, oil, natural gas and other carbon–based forms of energy are causing dangerous climate change and must be turned off as soon as possible, DiCaprio says.
But he has identified the wrong monster. It is the climate scare itself that is the real threat to civilization.
Sep 16 2014 - TownHall by John Ransom
Record ice in Antarctica is more proof that Obama is a failure. Despite claiming to control the weather with both his genius intellect and the power of his superhuman Nobel prize, it's been apparent he is not succeeding.
Sep 15 2014 - In These Times by NICK ENGELFRIED
The climate justice movement is preparing for what could be its biggest mobilization yet. The stakes couldn’t be higher.

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Iran's nuclear programs
Sep 16 2014 - American Enterprise Institute by John R. Bolton
ran's nuclear weapons program, now operating largely outside Barack Obama's attention span, is still making steady progress. While Ukraine's crisis and the creation of the menacing “Islamic State” in the ruins of Syria and Iraq have dominated international headlines, Tehran has been hard at work strengthening both its nuclear infrastructure and its bargaining position as new negotiations with the U.N. Security Council's five permanent members (plus Germany) reopen.
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Our Own Hundred Years? War
Sep 15 2014 - usnews.com by KORI SCHAKE
Last night President Barack Obama addressed the nation, ostensibly to describe a strategy for dealing with the burgeoning threat of the Islamic State. He claimed his administration has “consistently taken the fight to terrorists,” an assertion which failed to explain how the problem of the Islamic State burgeoned into such a threat. He was dangerously short on specifics and did not answer serious questions about what this effort will entail, how we will afford it or what will constitute victory. As has become customary for this president, he gave his own review, saying “[t]his is American leadership at its best.” But it is not. It is instead a lack of seriousness that will embolden our enemies.
Sep 15 2014 - Reason by Jacob Sullum
Do the Islamic State's crimes justify Obama's new war?
Sep 16 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
War On Terror: Has our strategy against IS been "lost in Washington ... even before the first American units were deployed," to quote a famous explanation of our Vietnam defeat? We hope not, but it might be so.
Sep 16 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Robert Spencer
As the Islamic State beheads a third hostage and the world recoils in horror and reassures itself that all this has nothing to do with Islam, it is useful to remember that jihad activity continues in the United States – although hardly anyone notices amid the rush to dissociate Islam from the mounting violence committed in its name and in accord with its literal teachings.
Sep 15 2014 - The Daily Beast by Nick Gillespie
Before we commit to a third Iraq War, can we at least get real about what we’re actually up against?
More than a dozen years after the horrors of 9/11, we find ourselves in a Groundhog Day–style nightmare. We wake up yet again to find ourselves terrified of a radical Islamist group that shows no compunction about barbarically killing American civilians and gets off on issuing apocalyptic warnings about a coming age of Allah uber Alles. These days, ISIS is wired; al Qaeda is tired; and Saddam Hussein and Qaddafi expired.
Editor's Comments:
This is not at odds with my War Against Islam: http://www.cavemannews.com/WarAgainstIslam.htm
It just doesn't go far enough. We are going to be threatened by Islam time and again until we figure out how to counter it or change it. The article is an argument against getting involved in skirmishes across the Islamic world. bbm

Sep 15 2014 - Reason by Brian Doherty
Libertarians who take their ideas seriously have always judged even purported political allies by tough standards, and rightly so.
Sep 16 2014 - American Enterprise Institute by Frederick W. Kagan, Kimberly Kagan, Jessica Lewis
The Islamic State poses a grave danger to the United States and its allies in the Middle East and around the world. Reports that it is not currently planning an attack against the American homeland are little comfort. Its location, the resources it controls, the skill and determination of its leaders and fighters, and its demonstrated lethality distinguish it from other al–Qaeda–like groups. Its ability to offer safe–haven and support to terrorists planning attacks against us is beyond any terrorist threat we have ever seen. The thousands of American and European citizens who are fighting alongside the Islamic State and Jabhat al–Nusra in Iraq and Syria constitute an unprecedented threat to our security regardless of whether those groups intend to attack us. The Islamic State is a clear and present danger to the security of the United States. It must be defeated.
The Present Global Culture War
Sep 15 2014 - Campus Watch. by Andrew Harrod
He's the head apologist," read a note passed to this reporter from a liberal friend during Georgetown University professor John Esposito's August 28 address on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) at Washington, D.C.'s National Press Club. The Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim–Christian Understanding (ACMCU) founding director reiterated his hackneyed arguments, long dominant in academia and government, that Islamic radicals' depredations stem from societal ills, not Islamic doctrine.
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Russia
Sep 16 2014 - American Enterprise Institute by John Yoo, John R. Bolton
Russia's attacks on Ukraine are consistent with its efforts to re–establish hegemony in the former Soviet Union. Strategically, however, newly revealed Russian intermediate–range nuclear weapons are just as dangerous, and may be worse. Either way, Moscow's arms–control treaty violations give America the opportunity to discard obsolete, Cold War–era limits on its own arsenal, and upgrade its military capabilities to match its global responsibilities.
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Police actions
Sep 16 2014 - Foundation for Economic Education by DANIEL J. BIER
Why are police arming for war in a time of relative safety?
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Immigration legislation
Sep 16 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by Phyllis Schlafly
The strategists who base their political advice on public opinion polls have just had a surprise. A new poll reports that the American people are now more likely to trust Republicans to handle immigration and less likely to trust Democratic plans to offer illegals a path to citizenship (aka amnesty).
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NFL
Sep 16 2014 - Renew America by Sylvia Thompson
Everybody knows that if Ray Rice, the football player who is being systematically destroyed by leftists, were a homosexual who had decked another homosexual male (of any color), this fiasco would be played out vastly differently. The leftist media and sports industry would be doing everything that they could to justify the behavior – lobbying for counseling, calling for sympathy, shielding the perpetrator in every possible way. Excuse, excuse, excuse – that would be the mantra. But Ray Rice is not a homosexual man, so he suffers the full wrath of the holier–than–thou leftist mob (and all the misguided people who follow them).
Sep 16 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by LESLIE MORGAN STEINER
Just before I fell in love with a man who abused me, I spouted off to my New York City roommate that I’d never be stupid enough to stay with a man who hit me. Like most people who are naive about the complexities of relationship violence, my dismissal of the dangers of abusive love cost me dearly.
When I see footage of Ray Rice knocking his then–fiancée, Janay Palmer, unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator — and her subsequent defense of Rice — I recognize how hard it can be to leave a violent relationship.
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America the stingy
Sep 15 2014 - Time by Condoleezza Rice, Robert Gates
Now, as then, we should be conscious and intentional about all the elements of American power and influence
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