by Sarah Palin:
There is a new street art poster that’s being emailed around and will no doubt eventually be spotted on a street corner near you. It’s a gritty black and white image of Andrew Breitbart looking both battle-worn and ever vigilant with the caption: “BREITBART IS HERE.”
Those three words express the instant connection many of us feel for our fallen friend. They express our identification with him, and our need to continue his fight for the good of our republic.
With the death of Breitbart, the conservative movement didn’t just lose a General – we lost an entire Special Forces Division
by Ben Shapiro:
Yesterday, we explored President Barack Obama’s teachings at the University of Chicago Law School from 1996. We explored the first question (and answer) of his December 1996 final exam. Today, we move on to the second question.
To recap: question 1 revealed that President Obama does not believe that “tradition” is an important justification for laws; that he thinks childbearing and childrearing have almost nothing to do with marriage; and that legal realism is the way judicial decisions get made – i.e. that judges make decisions according to their own politics, rather than based on statute or law.
Question 2 is even more interesting, and sheds light on how deeply Obama was influenced by Derrick Bell’s Critical Race Theory.
Wonder how the left was able to mobilize so quickly on the Rush Limbaugh boycott? According to the architect behind it, Media Matters online strategy director Angelo Carusone, the project was actually created in 2009, but stayed inactive until the Sandra Fluke controversy boiled over (via Legal Insurrection):
I started Stop Rush in 2009, 2010, and when I went to register the domain, I saw that Rush owned StopRush.com….
The Beck work was working, and I kind of froze the Rush work, and experimented with it a little, to get a sense of who Rush’s advertisers were and what their comfort level with him was. It was definitely valuable, and I am glad I spent some time doing it. It has informed the work I am doing now.
Legal Insurrection’s William Jacobson connects the dots on the story most of the media missed: that the entire Limbaugh boycott was pure, undistilled Astroturf.
Eighteen years ago, this fellowship of Evangelical and Catholic pastors, theologians, and educators was formed to deepen the dialogue among our communities on issues of common concern, to explore theological common ground, and to offer in public life a common witness born of Christian faith. Since our founding in 1994, we have addressed, together, such important public policy questions as the defense of life, even as we have proposed to our communities patterns of theological understanding on such long-disputed questions as the gift of salvation, the authority of Scripture, and the call to holiness in the communion of saints. We hope that this collaboration has been a service to both Church and society; it has certainly drawn us closer together as brothers and sisters in Christ, and for that we are grateful to the Lord of all mercies.
At the beginning of our common work on behalf of the gospel, it did not seem likely that religious freedom would be one of our primary concerns. The communist project in Europe had collapsed; the commitment of Christian believers to defeat totalitarianism through the weapons of truth had triumphed; and throughout the world, a new era of religious freedom seemed at hand.
We are now concerned—indeed, deeply concerned—that religious freedom is under renewed assault around the world.
Scene A suburban Washington DC street some sunny afternoon in July. Little Sandra and her friend Mark arrive at the house of Mr George. Little Sandra pushes a manual lawn mower, the kind where the blade spins by pushing the wheels, and Mark holds a broom.
Little Sandra Excuse me, sir. Would you like your grass mowed?
Mr George Well, hello there. Trying to drum up a little business, eh? But aren’t you two a trifle old for this?
Little Sandra Yes, sir, we are. Trying to earn money, I mean. We’re both college students and our stipend of fifty-five-thousand isn’t enough to make it through the whole year. So in the summers we cut grass to make something extra on the side.
ht LIMDA [Who remarks: “Those who say that this isn’t an employer/employee relationship – just think California, and poor parents trying to hire a babysitter… it’s not a stretch.”
By Lee Duigon:
A publicity-hungry feminist lawyer has called for Rush Limbaugh to be arrested, prosecuted, and (hopefully) fined or jailed for besmirching the good name of “a young law student” (30 years old) who told Congress she needs free contraceptives. Apparently there is an antique statute in Florida that makes it a first-degree misdemeanor on anyone who “speaks of and concerning any woman, married or unmarried, falsely and maliciously imputing to her a want of chastity.”
Gee—maybe they could sentence Limbaugh to a day in the stocks, or a ride on the ducking stool. Where is the local witch-finder when you need him?
Obviously it never occurred to Rush that this 30-year-old hardened activist might have wanted the contraceptives for her goldfish, or as ammo for her pea-shooter. How could someone who can’t keep herself supplied with contraceptives possibly have given the impression of a want of chastity?
But this lawyer is missing a bet; in fact, she’s all wet. If her objective is to create a national climate wherein no one dare impugn the virtue of a left-wing blabbermouth who demands public assistance to finance her sexual adventures, she has only to peek across our northern border.
What she really wants is something like Canada’s hilariously misnamed “human rights” commissions and tribunals. These are the answer to every soft-core Stalinist’s dream. Here’s how they work.
by Simon Plosker:
Our guest post from the IDF revealed how a photo, allegedly depicting the results of Israeli air strikes in Gaza in recent days, has been proven false.
The offending photo was originally tweeted by Khulood Badawi.
by Ibrahim Sayyed:
It is not clear at this stage when and if new presidential and parliamentary elections will ever be held in the Palestinian territories: The two major Palestinian parties, Fatah and Hamas, have yet to end their power struggle and agree on the formation of a Palestinian unity government that would pave the way for long overdue elections.
But if anyone is hoping that the elections will see the rise of moderate and charismatic leaders to power, then he is living in an illusion. In our Palestinian culture, it is more important if one “graduates” from an Israeli prison than from the most prestigious university in the world.
In our society, people like Prime Minister Salam Fayyad do not get many votes because they did not spend time in an Israeli prison. Fayyad’s chances of winning would be higher if he had killed a Jew or sent his son to carry out a suicide bombing in Israel.
Folks, seriously, at some point, entities like the New York Times will simply have to admit to being dhimmis because no other explanation fits. Last week, the Grey Lady ran a virulently anti-Catholic ad in its paper. Seeing the opportunity to prove a point, Atlas Shrugs’ Pamela Geller submitted an ad that virtually mirrored the one submitted by the atheist group whose ad was published by the Times.
Via Fox News:
By Michael Yon / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS:
The mass murder in Afghanistan was predictable. Twice in the past three weeks, I published that it was coming. Why was I able to write this with sad confidence? I’ve spent more time with combat troops in these wars than any other writer: about four years in total in country, and three with combat troops.
About 200 coalition members have been killed or wounded from insider attacks. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is tantamount to being Taliban and has not bothered to apologize. Instead, Karzai whips up anti-U.S. fervor at every opportunity. Twice, Karzai has threatened to leave politics and join the Taliban.
Even our most disciplined troops — not the few problem troops — have lost all idealism. They have not lost heart for the fight. Mostly, they just don’t care. They fight because they are ordered to fight, but they have eyes wide open. The halfhearted surge and sudden drawdown leave little room for success.
We face a discipline collapse. The bulk of our force is solid — then there’s a small fraction, probably a sliver of a percent, who might be crushed by the pressure.
It’s not like we didn’t know this already but when a convicted terrorist admits to it under oath, fewer people can avoid realities like this one, which is exactly what far too many people seem to do. The latest example comes courtesy of convicted terrorist, Abdurrahman Alamoudi.
by Charles C. Johnson:
The story of Cassandra Butts is an important example of how Critical Race Theory and its adherents continue to shape President Barack Obama’s worldview and his administration.
At Harvard Law School from 1988-1991, Butts was one of the student advocates of Professor Derrick Bell’s strike for “faculty diversity.” She was also a fast friend of Obama’s, whose career she has helped to promote from the halls of the Harvard Law Review to the White House.
Her role in the Obama White House is not a mystery. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. noted on MSNBC on January 22, 2009–shortly after Obama’s inauguration–that Butts is “a dear, dear friend of the president” who “will watch his policy back,” and “will be willing to sort of reach out into Washington and sort of delve deeper and try to find some serious public policy answers.”
But just what sort of “policy answers” does Butts support? Her relationship with her mentor, Bell, yields some answers.
by Jonathon M. Seidl:
A lot has been said about President Obama’s impromptu Al Green song that he belted out for a fundraiser last month. The video went viral, and even the president’s critics recognized the president can sing. And if you were watching “American Idol” on Wednesday, you would have seen it all over again.
That’s because one of the contestants, Elise Testone, chose the Al Green song that Obama resurrected, “Let’s Stay Together.” And during a pre-taped segment, one of the guest mentors, Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, couldn’t help but note that Obama had belted out the tune. He suggested a sing off, and seconds later, the show was playing Testone and Obama side-by-side. Here’s how it went down:
That raised the eyebrows of some. Noel Sheppard over at Newsbusters didn’t like it:
In an election year?
Now, the reality is this should be wholesome, brainless fun, right?
But for eight years, the media bludgeoned Americans with how awful President George W. Bush was.
This man couldn’t mow the lawn at his ranch in Texas without being criticized for doing so.
Now, you can’t turn on a musical competition – in an election year! – without images of how marvelous the man in the White House is.
Can’t Americans spend a couple of hours watching television with their families without having propaganda about the president jammed down their throats?
It’s not only sickening but Obama is always cast as so intelligent but he won’t release his academic records and he once said there are 57 states. In the meantime Bush was a fighter pilot with MBA from Harvard.
by The Right Scoop:
Another excellent clip from Zo, where he tries once again to help us disarm the left and expose their racist tactics against the black community and the Republican Party. And he uses the wacko Derrick Bell film to do it:
by The Right Scoop:
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry says that she remembers sitting in Jeremiah Wright’s church the week after 9/11 and listening to him preach an anti-war sermon, one that she completely agreed with: (via Radio Equalizer):
by David Meir-Levi:
On this past March 2nd and 3rd, Harvard University hosted the now infamous “One-State Solution” conference, recently analyzed and critiqued by the present writer. The character and content of the conference, described as an anti-Israel hate fest by Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz, generated considerable controversy, to which the Harvard Kennedy School Dean David Ellwood responded with a limp and lackadaisical cookie-cutter disclaimer:
“Let me emphasize that Harvard University and the Harvard Kennedy School in no way endorse or support the apparent position of the student organizers or any participants. We would never take a position on specific policy solutions to achieving peace in this region, and certainly would not endorse any policy that some argue could lead to the elimination of the Jewish State of Israel.”
But wait! “…not endorse any policy that some argue could lead to the elimination of the Jewish State of Israel?” How can Dean Ellwood make such a statement? Is he not aware of Harvard’s Middle East Outreach Center?
by Larry Elder:
“Meet the Press” host David Gregory asked his panel “where civility has gone in our public discourse.” Incredibly, one panelist urged people to be more “mature” and not “poison the atmosphere.”
I say “incredibly” because this panelist was none other than the race-hustling, anti-Semitic “civil rights activist” and MSNBC talk show host, Al Sharpton. For some reason, Sharpton’s own struggles with civility never came up. Nor did any panelist behave so rudely as to bring up Sharpton’s role in one of the most hideous, disgusting and cynical uses of the race card this side of the O.J. Simpson case. And Sharpton, unlike Rush Limbaugh, refuses to apologize.
While this raises little or no concern to MSNBC or its advertisers, Sharpton became famous by falsely accusing a white man of raping a black teenage girl. Tawana Brawley, then 15, told authorities that white racists abducted, raped and sodomized her — scrawling the initials “KKK” on her in human feces.
A grand jury later found the entire incident a complete hoax. This did not stop the Rev. Al Sharpton, who had accused Steven Pagones, then an assistant district attorney in Duchess County, N.Y., of the crime. After Sharpton’s accusation, Pagones received death threats, and his young daughter was later threatened.
“We stated openly that Steven Pagones did it,” said Sharpton. “If we’re lying, sue us, so we can go into court with you and prove you did it. Sue us — sue us right now.”
Pagones did sue.
by Humberto Fontova:
“I love Cuba!” bellowed comedian Jim Belushi last week from a Havana stage. The comedian, who cashed-in on his comedian brother’s name, was giving a stand-up routine as guest of honor of a regime whose “constitution” mandates two years in prison for any subject overheard cracking a joke about Belushi’s host, Fidel Castro.
Jim Belushi was basking as master of ceremonies of Cuba’s Cigar Festival, which—while auctioning cigars to millionaire and billionaire businessmen from around the world — raised over one million for the regime that jailed, exiled and murdered most of Cuba’s businessmen. Fidel Castro’s son Tony was chuckling from a ringside seat.
What a moron.
By Andrew Schwartz:
Put simply, content-based underinclusion is a term signifying that the government (at any level) has entered into the social arena and has picked winners and losers based on their content. It can be practiced through punitive legislation — imposing fines or penalties upon the individual or group — or it can be practiced through subsidiary legislation — granting awards or incentives to an individual or group. A very simplified example of the former, being applicable to the First Amendment, would be punishing or criminalizing the public display of any nudity — unless the depiction is female. Conversely, an equally simplified example of the latter would be subsidizing all displays of nudity — unless the depiction is female.
The former suppresses expression, but “under-includes” nude females[*], based on content, and therefore does not suppress all expression (though it could); the latter incentivizes expression, but, again “under-includes” nude females, based on content, and therefore does not subsidize all expression in this category[†].
But how in the world does, or can, this apply to contraception?
In order to understand the argument, we must first frame the question with imperative premises.
by Bridget Johnson:
The toasts at last night’s State Dinner were flowing as readily as the wine specially paired with each of the four courses to honor visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron.
“I’ve learned something about David,” President Obama said. “In good times and in bad, he’s just the kind of partner that you want at your side. I trust him. He says what he does, and he does what he says. And I’ve seen his character.”
It probably would have been more succinct to say that Obama has finally seen the strength of the U.S.-UK special relationship.
Or, more accurately, the president is waking up to the ways in which he needs that relationship now.
by Stacy Drake:
It has been well established that HBO’s anti-Sarah Palin movie, “Game Change,” is full of distortions about the former vice presidential candidate.