Cover Stories, News
Did Obama know date of Mandela’s death was June 26, 2013?
By Judi McLeod
President Barack Obama may have already known the real date of Nelson Mandela’s death and studiously planned funeral when he made his June 2013 African trip—and was even able to take the photo he would later Tweet on the day of Mandela’s officially announced death while he was still in South Africa.
How to Solve Detroit’s Pension System Problem in One Easy Step
By Alan Joel
The NY Post had a good piece on Friday by William McGurn on the state of the union (pension system) in Detroit, making the case for Detroit to switch to defined contribution plans for their union workers. McGurn is right on the mark that the such a move is critical for the city’s revitalization.
Obama’s Moment of Truth—-About His Lies
By Alan Caruba
I think the bulk of the U.S. population, particularly likely voters in 2014, have reached the point where they no longer believe anything President Obama says.
Putin vs. Pro-West Ukrainians
By Arnold Ahlert
The massively attended Sunday protest in Kiev, highlighted by the toppling and smashing of the monument to Vladimir Lenin, has apparently forced Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s hand. Yesterday, he called for talks with former government leaders and opposition forces aimed at resolving the nation’s political crisis. It is a crisis ignited by his decision to turn away from Europe and feed Russian strongman Vladimir Putin’s dreams of a Eurasian Union, which is little more than a thinly-veiled effort to restore Russian hegemony over large swaths of Eastern Europe.
An Open Letter to Pope Francis I!
By A.J. Cameron
Pope Francis, hearts of conservatives sank a bit when the report came out about your supposed comment about ‘trickle down’ economics. While your underlying message of unfettered capitalism is correct on the surface, you barely scratched the surface. Doesn’t anything that is unfettered create a problem within society?
We Weren’t Affected
By Jim Yardley
The response of a large plurality of Americans, if not an absolute majority to almost everything Barack Obama has done in the past five years can be summed up in a single phrase: It doesn’t directly affect me, so I don’t care.
Western leaders wearing Winnie’s Necklace to Mandela Memorial
By Judi McLeod
Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, George and Laura Bush will all figuratively wear a necklace at Nelson Mandela’s memorial tomorrow—the Winnie Mandela necklace that is the most grotesque one of all time.
Obama Morphs Mandela
By Alan Caruba
It will be difficult for Obama to be the center of attention when he attends the memorial of Nelson Mandela. Former Presidents Clinton and Bush will be there as well.
Recent CFP Columns
The Alamo: Hallowed American Ground or UN Captive?
By Tom Deweese --American Freedom
In 1836, 150 courageous and dedicated men died defending the Alamo. They fought in opposition to the rise of authoritarian big government as Mexico abandoned its Republic. The men of the Alamo were essentially betrayed and sacrificed by their own Texas government because of indecision and bickering by its political leadership.
Attend a gun show on ‘Guns Save Lives Day’
By CCRKBA --Gun Control - Second Amendment
BELLEVUE, WA – With dozens of gun shows scheduled around the country this weekend, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms suggests that one way a gun owner can observe Sunday’s “Guns Save Lives Day” is to attend a gun show, and network with other firearms enthusiasts to protect the Second Amendment.
For Value, Avoid the Familiar
By David White --Lifestyle-Literature-Arts
‘Tis the season to party.
With 2014 just a few weeks away, holiday party season is in full swing. So hosts everywhere are assembling menus, fretting about guest lists, and blowing their budgets on decorations. Fortunately, selecting wines doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive.
South Carolina may be about to free itself from ObamaCare ...here’s how.
By Robert Laurie --American Healthcare
If there’s one thing Americans do best, it’s problem solving. When they see an obstacle, they find a way around it. As popular support for ObamaCare continues to fall from its already dismal position, it’s become clear to everyone - even former supporters - that the Affordable Care Act is the country’s “problem du jour.” So, people are looking for ways to extricate themselves from the President’s mess. So far, they’ve have limited success, but that may be about to change.
Egyptians to the US: “We Hate You, but We Still Want Your Money”
By INSS --Middle East
On October 9, 2013, the White House announced a partial suspension of military aid to Egypt, and stated that a resumption of aid was contingent on “credible progress toward an inclusive democratically elected civilian government through free and fair elections.” This article outlines various trends in Egyptian public opinion reflected in the extensive discourse on the social networks in Egypt following the United States announcement. The article questions whether this development in US-Egyptian relations constitutes, as the White House called it, “recalibrating our assistance to Egypt to best advance our interests,” or whether a more profound strategic change is involved. Furthermore, at a time when civil society in Egypt is becoming more powerful, will national sentiments overcome economic needs?
The End of Private Property in the Era of the American Police State
By John W. Whitehead --American Freedom
“How ‘secure’ do our homes remain if police, armed with no warrant, can pound on doors at will and … forcibly enter?”—Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the lone dissenter in Kentucky v. King
If the government can tell you what you can and cannot do within the privacy of your home, whether it relates to what you eat, what you smoke or whom you love, you no longer have any rights whatsoever within your home.
Mandela Lied but Communism Never Died
By Cliff Kincaid --World News
Bill Keller of The New York Times admits Nelson Mandela was a communist, but suggests it doesn’t really matter because communism collapsed. But communism never died in South Africa. Mandela lied about his party membership, for the obvious purpose of confusing and deceiving people about what is really going on in South Africa. This deception makes it easier to force U.S. taxpayers to contribute approximately $500 million a year to help the communists in South Africa consolidate and expand their power.
EIA’s Drilling Productivity Report
By Institute for Energy Research --Energy - Environment
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released a new report on drilling productivity that provides estimated changes in oil and gas production for six key oil and natural gas fields depicted.(i) These six regions accounted for almost 90 percent of domestic oil production growth and almost all domestic natural gas production growth between 2011 and 2012.
As many as 70% of California’s doctors are boycotting ObamaCare
By Robert Laurie --American Healthcare
Ah, California. “Planet Cali.” America’s great liberal playground, and home to all those movie star junkies who just love to tell you how you should be living your life. If there’s one place that (despite its imploding economy) Democrats love to view as their Mecca, it’s the Southern half of the left coast.
Ezra Klein: What Obama meant was if you lose your plan you can get another one
By Dan Calabrese --American Healthcare
I never cease to be amazed by the thinking among the punditry that Ezra Klein is some sort of whiz kid. It seems to be one of these ideas that gained momentum for an unknown reason and just snowballed. You read his “Wonkblog” in the Washington Post, you see his TV appearances, and he comes off as that smug, prissy liberal who is always raising his hand in Political Science 305, and is way more impressed by his own rudimentally knowledge than he ought to be. But everyone keeps muttering about how “bright” he is even as you shake your head and wonder what’s making them say that.
Caveat on Nelson Mandela
By Humberto Fontova --World News
A Martian visiting earth this week, coasting TV channels and perusing papers, would have to conclude that among the items that most interest this planet’s news bureaus is the plight of former political prisoners, especially black ones.
UK Carbon Tax Threatens Blackouts
By Guest Column --Global Warming - Climategate
Britain’s unilateral carbon tax should be scrapped before it causes blackouts, pushes up household bills and makes the UK uncompetitive, ScottishPower argues. Keith Anderson, chief corporate officer, warns that the “carbon price floor” (CPF), which taxes companies for burning fossil fuels, will make Britain’s remaining coal plants “largely uneconomic by around the middle of the decade”. With Britain’s spare power margin already forecast to fall as low as 2pc by 2015, the carbon tax will force more closures and “threatens to make us even more vulnerable to the risk of blackouts”, he warns.—Emily Gosden, The Daily Telegraph, 9 December 2013
By Sarge --Global Warming - Climategate
Jack Frost, a whimsical character but can be a mean little nipper. His image personifies crisp, cold, winter weather like his grandpa Old Man Winter. This past week, “old Jack” has trampled the Midwest and Northeast with a devilish delight. I hope to NEVER endure it again in my life.
Melissa Perry Harris: The word ‘ObamaCare’ was invented by rich white racists
By Herman Cain --Media - Media Bias
Melissa Perry Harris of MSNBC has weighed in again, which means I have my daily dose of entertainment. ObamaCare is now about race, you see. Not the law. The term. Did you know this? The term “ObamaCare” apparently has coded racial implications. Oh my goodness, this woman is hilarious:
Is Salafist Jihadism Making Inroads into the Israeli-Palestinian Arena?
By INSS --Middle East
Two noteworthy incidents that were reported recently in Israel involved operatives connected to al-Qaeda and Salafist jihadism who were engaged in terrorist activity in Israel and the West Bank. These reports emerged against the current background of concern in Israel about the possibility of another intifada in the West Bank. The question that arises is whether elements belonging to Salafist jihadism, which is identified with al-Qaeda and global jihad, have also begun to play a significant role in possible escalation to violence on a wide scale.
How to Help Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions
By Heritage Foundation --American Healthcare
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a health problem.
Rebrand ObamaCare all you want: A bad product is still bad
By Herman Cain --American Healthcare
During one of his many speeches trying to defend ObamaCare and its problems, President Obama said recently, “We obviously are going to have to remarket and rebrand, and that will be challenging in this political environment.”
Harry Reid saw the potential (dollars in green energy) before anyone else
By Marita Noon --Energy - Environment
We are weeks away from being fully immersed in the 2014 election cycle. Predictions abound, likening the 2014 cycle to 2010—when the House flipped from Democratic to Republican. Only this time, it is the Senate that has the potential to change. Twenty of the 33 seats up in 2014 are currently held by Democrats—more than half of whom are in trouble.
The Ocean Thermometer reveals Global Warming Lies
By Viv Forbes --Global Warming - Climategate
The UN IPCC and others with a vested interest in the global warming scare have not bothered to check what sea level evidence says about global temperature changes.
UK Independence Party councillor smeared by British Press Mail on Sunday claim of a ‘racist ra
By David C. Jennings --Europe
The headline in Britain’s Mail On Sunday, its lead story, shows a key leader of the right-wing UKIP party saying “send them all back home”. UKIP councilor Victoria Ayling is speaking on immigration matters. But The Mail incorrectly identifies this as a racist rant and falsely states that Ayling wants to repatriate all immigrants.
The USAF Band Holiday Flash Mob at the National Air and Space Museum 2013
By News on the Net --Military
Obamacare – removing voters from government decision-making
By Rolf Yungclas --American Healthcare
Once the federal government has all of us purchasing government-sanctioned health insurance, we’re only a short step away from government controlling every aspect of health care, where there is not even a semblance of free market capitalism, with it all being managed by the federal government.
The Vatican and the Poor
By Jonathon Moseley --Christianity - Religion
The Vatican Insider newspaper in Italy reported my comments responding to Pope Francis that “Jesus Christ is weeping in heaven hearing Christians espouse a socialist philosophy that has created suffering and poverty around the world. It is impossible to love one’s neighbor as yourself without fighting against socialism,” I hope to explain further and propose solutions.
Egyptians’ right of protest is now regulated or obstructed?
By Dr. Ashraf Ramelah --Middle East
Egypt’s new protest law went into use last week. The law has been divisive. Muslim Brotherhood thugs and Islamists are flat-out against it preferring chaos and spontaneity. Families are pleased because it safeguards their well-being. Pro-democracy protesters see the value in a law to protect citizens and don’t appear to be threatened, but there is disagreement.