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Monday, January 31, 2011

Waiting and Watching Egypt
Middle East item by Alan Caruba

It took several weeks for word of the British defeat at Yorktown to reach the king and parliament. Not long after the end of the American Revolution, the government led by George Washington dispatched diplomats to London to negotiate a trade treaty. Today we watch events unfold in far off places often in real time. What we lack, however, is context. Most Americans and, I suspect, others in Western nations are frequently at a loss when it comes to knowing anything about the culture and history, past and recent, of nations in the Middle East, Africa, or Asia.

Crisis in Egypt and the Official Demise of American Exceptionalism
Middle East item by John W. Lillpop

Thanks to social networking phenomenon such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as “old school” notions like cable television, hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, of people around the world are witnessing first-hand as the Land of Pharaohs is torched by tens of thousands of angry malcontents in Alexandria and Cairo.

The Nanny Staters at Life’s Dangerous Intersections
Nanny State item by Selwyn Duke

Increasingly, our government reminds me of a certain old Star Trek episode.  It was titled “I, Mudd,” and in it the Enterprise explorers found themselves in the grip of seemingly perfect androids determined to serve man.  The automatons informed the crew that humans were “self-destructive,” needed their “help” and couldn’t be trusted with freedom.  One of the mechanical masters concluded by telling Captain Kirk, “we shall serve them [humans] and you will be happy…and controlled.”

Crucial Mid-East Questions
Middle East item by John LeBoutillier

1) President Hosni Mubarak is a goner. The only question is: does he leave on a private jet to enjoy the American aid money he undoubtedly squirreled away overseas for his private use – or does he try to hang on and thus leave in a body bag?

‘Who could Oppose “Clean Energy”?’
ClimateGate item by Dennis T. Avery

President Obama didn’t mention carbon constraints in his State of the Union message. Such carbon constraints would force the nation to give up most of the energy that currently keeps us warm and productive. Instead, the President proposed a new “clean energy” program—which would force the nation to give up most of the energy that currently keeps us warm and productive. A study by the Beacon Hill Institute in Boston estimates the President’s “clean energy” proposal might well cost the economy $4 trillion over 20 years, and force huge numbers of U.S. jobs overseas.

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Audacity Of Dope
ObamaNation item by Larry Wilke

It seems like just yesterday that the communist confetti was being washed from the grimy streets of Chicago..  Just a short time ago the Bolshevik bunting was being removed from the grandstands where the wrinkled relics of the left all tried to sidle up near as they could to the aura emanating from the progressive potentate..  Those then became the heady halcyon days of liberal “supermajorities”, takeovers and bailouts..

Hu’s on First
Asia item by Dr. Robert Owens

A cliché is defined as a trite expression.  It’s often a figure of speech whose effectiveness has been worn out through overuse and excessive familiarity.  Yet a cliché is also a type of short hand: an instantly recognizable illustration that carries a wider meaning in a shorter phrase.  The recent triumphal visit by the Chinese President Hu Jintao has left many Americans wondering if Hu’s on first.

Civility? What Channel
Progressivism item by Frank Salvato

What’s all this talk about civility taking hold in the American political arena? Evidently, Progressive talker Stephanie Miller, who, I guess, has a syndicated radio show – amazing what passes for talent these days on talk radio – didn’t get that memo…strange, too, as her leader, Pres. Obama took to the airwaves after the Tucson tragedy to admonish everyone who was throwing rhetorical bombs under the guise of “political debate.” Yet, for Ms. Miller, it’s full speed ahead with the name-calling and the deprecating jokes.

The Pet Rock versus Obamacare
ObamaCare item by Paul Ibbetson

In 1975 advertising executive Gary Dahl had one of the simplest and most rewarding marketing ideas of the decade. He placed a shiny little rock in a box decorated as an animal carrier and offered it to consumers to buy and keep as a “pet.”

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Demonizing Bisphenol-A: The BPA File, Part One
Junk Science item by Alan Caruba

In July 2010 I wrote a commentary about Bisphenol-A, more commonly called BPA. It is a chemical that has been in wide, safe use for over 50 years, but has come under a horrendous and unrelenting attack by a variety of specious environmental and consumer groups.

Identifying Our Friends
Freedom and Liberty item by Chuck Baldwin

To a packed out crowd of over 500 Montanans who had assembled in minus zero weather to hear me speak, I made the statement, “Not all Christians are our friends, and not all non-Christians are our enemies.” Indeed, being able to identify our friends is more than half the battle.

Laws, Stupid Laws, and Lawmakers
Law item by Thomas D. Segel

In the year 2011 we have more than 200 new federal laws to endure that did not even exist just months ago.  When state laws, county laws and laws written specifically for cities, towns, and unincorporated areas are added to the mix there are so many laws in the United States that it is impossible to live without being in violation of some specific statute.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Study Affirms Natural Climate Change
Climate Change item by Dennis T. Avery

It’s nice when people validate your work. Fred Singer and I—co-authors of “Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Years” - are currently basking in the glow of a new paper that affirms the earth’s long, moderate, natural climate cycle. The study is by Dr. U.R. Rao, former chair of India’s Space Research Organization. He says solar variations and cosmic rays account for 40 percent of the world’s recent global warming.

Gingrich Conniving, Obama Shrugging & Baldwin Auditing: Headline Potpourri #18
General item by Frederick Meekins

Newt Gingrich is conniving to pass a law essentially allowing a state to declare bankruptcy in order to get out of paying pension benefits to retirees.  Before it ever went into affect, the former Speaker should be compelled to renounce every last penny and future benefits accruing to his name as a result of his tenure in the House of Representatives.  Failing to fulfill promised obligations to those having reached a certain age seems to be a modus operandi for Gingrich.  He dumped two wives before they ever got the chance to be as fat and gray as he has become.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Media Must Demand Answers About “Mystery Missile”
National Security item by Guest: “Sen. Bob” Smith

On November 8, 2010, while conducting normal news coverage in the skies of Los Angeles, California, a helicopter from a local station (KCBS-TV) filmed the trajectory of a “mystery missile.” What was this mysterious object flying through the sky? Nearly three months later, the public has still not been informed. Officially, the projectile remains a mystery. There was a brief flurry of requests for information from the local CBS affiliate and for three or four days a few stories were seen in the national news.

Republican and Marxist Date Night in D.C.
RINO's item by Sher Zieve

Never before has a State of the Union address drawn such attention for such an absurd notion. The capitol is atwitter over who will sit with whom on their first official Congressperson-to-Congressperson dates. What should I wear, will I clash with what he/she is wearing? Who will drive? Is it okay for me to wear cologne/perfume? Should I place my arm in his/hers or should we just hold hands and sing “Kumbayah?” So many questions for such an expected giddy whirlwind of a night! And why all of this excitement? For the first time in four years the Republicans have control of one of our Congressional houses—so the Marxists (aka “former Democrats”) have pulled out one of the myriad weapons from their still-growing arsenal.

Rick Warren introduces “The Devil Plan”
Religion item by Marsha West

Pastor Rick Warren continues to work at “fulfilling people’s needs.”  His latest endeavor is “The Daniel Plan,” a 52-week health and fitness program. Pastor Rick has decided it’s high time to lose 90 pounds. But there’s more to his health plan than meets the eye.

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