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The Vacant Presidency
 By Obie Usategui

The Vacant Presidency

If you are, like me, in any way addicted to headline news, there is no way in the world you could have missed the highly redundant headline banners featuring Barack Obama’s golf outing charades of the last few weeks.  Topping the story’s serial coverage, however, was Obama giving a speech regarding the beheading of American journalist James Foley by ISIS on August 20th, while just minutes after the speech, he [Obama] heads back to play yet “another round” - a preferred colloquial slang in the golfing vernacular equivalent to playing yet one more time.

How do you define a “More Sedate” “Black Mass”, Oklahoma?
 By Judi McLeod

How do you define a More Sedate Black Mass, Oklahoma

Thousands of TFP Student Action supporting university students are right on the money for lamenting to Oklahoma authorities that… “only Jesus gets no respect”.

Witnessing a Failed Presidency
 By Alan Caruba

Witnessing a Failed Presidency

When we elect someone—anyone—to the office of President, it is only natural that we attribute great political skills, intellect, and judgment to that man. We want to believe we have selected someone with the ability to do what must be done in a dangerous and very complex world.

National Post column: Learn Islam or die!
 By Arthur Weinreb

National Post column: Learn Islam or die

On Aug. 29 the National Post, one of Canada’s two national newspapers, published an opinion piece by Afsun Qureshi, whoever that is.

Putin’s Unchecked Aggression
 By Joseph A. Klein

Putin’s Unchecked Aggression

Russia has expanded the scope of its military intervention in Ukraine. Following on the heels of its illegal occupation and annexation of Crimea and arming of the separatists fighting the Ukrainian government in eastern Ukraine, Russian regular troops have now joined the separatists’ fight.

The Normalization of Jew-hatred at Temple University and Around the World
 By Diane Weber Bederman

The Normalization of Jew-hatred at Temple University and Around the World

Times of Israel
We hear so much today about protecting rights of minorities. But not all minorities. There are 7 billion people in the world, and only 14 million Jews. It seems to me if any group needs protecting it is the Jewish people: the scapegoat for the world’s problems.

It’s A Wonderful Country
 By Lance Thompson
It’s A Wonderful Country

In the 1946 Frank Capra film It’s a Wonderful Life, Jimmy Stewart plays the part of George Bailey whose life challenges–legal, financial, personal–seem so overwhelming that he believes it would be better if he’d never been born.  An angel named Clarence shows him what a world without George would look like.  George realizes that he has affected the world in countless positive ways, and a world without him would be dark, hopeless and cruel.

Shaking, Quaking, and Freezing
 By Alan Caruba

Obama, Global Warming: Shaking, Quaking,  Freezing

Have you noticed how much earthquake and volcanic activity has been occurring lately?

There was a major earthquake in Napa, California, on Sunday, August 24th as well as considerable volcanic activity from Iceland to Papua, New Guinea. August was also a month that set records for colder U.S. temperatures.

Recent CFP Columns
Rights group criticizes UN resolution for giving free pass to Baghdad abuses
 By UN Watch   --World News

GENEVA, – A 21-year-old Iraqi Christian woman made an impassioned appeal today before a UN meeting on ISIS atrocities, speaking on behalf of the Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch, which spearheaded this month’s campaign by rights activists, MPs and Iraqi minority leaders calling for the emergency session, with a rally, press conference and diplomatic marathon featuring Iraqi Christian and Yazidi leaders. (See Maryam Wahida’s testimony below.)

It’s Extortion, Stupid
 By Sarge   --American Politics

A lot of people are getting their bedclothes in a knot because of criticism concerning governmental 
“negotiations” with terrorists. America, under our fearless leader Beaurat Obama and his stooge John “I’m a war hero” Kerry, gave five high-ranking Al-Qaeda operatives to get a misguided/captured/deserted little fella described as seriously ill and in danger of getting worse if he was returned immediately to the loving care of his mommy and daddy.

Mr. President, what about a campaign-style push to talk up America?
 By Marita Noon   --Global Warming-Energy-Environment

He’d air ads in Germany encouraging them to buy American coal—after all, ours is cleaner burning than theirs (and Germany is very concerned about the environment); we have plenty of it (especially since we won’t be using so much after his policies shut down coal-fueled power plants); the price has dropped (while natural gas has gone up); they can get it from a friendly supplier (unlike the natural gas and coal Germany gets from Russia); and most importantly, Germany needs it (and apparently, he thinks we don’t).

Another Casualty of the Third Gaza War: US-Israel Relations
 By INSS   --World News

The third Gaza war in less than six years has added a new dimension of tension to US-Israel relations, and especially between the leaders. Yet despite the strident friction over the latest conflict in Gaza, Israel must prefer American leadership, even if it is tacit, in the political processes between Israel and the Palestinians. To this end, an Israeli-US summit involving the President and Prime Minister is in order, to address the most urgent regional and bilateral issues as well as possible solutions that meet the new reality in the region. Prime Minister Netanyahu would do well to take the initiative to suggest such a summit, which is necessary if only for the need to prevent the further deterioration of relations between Israel and the United States.

How Cities and Counties Can Free Workers from Bullying Unions
 By Heritage Foundation   --American Politics

Under the National Labor Relations Act, states may pass right-to-work (RTW) laws. In jurisdictions without these laws, unions can force workers to pay dues (although they cannot force them to actually join the union). Almost half of all states have passed worker-friendly RTW laws to protect workers from union coercion.

Republican leadership lies about being conservative
 By Rolf Yungclas   --American Politics

Making the same mistake they made during the 2012 Presidential campaign, Republican leadership is still not going on the offensive against voters’ dissatisfaction with the Democrats. Why? Because the Republican establishment, busy trying to retain power in the bureaucracy of big government, are fighting with all their might to oppose grassroots-inspired candidates who threaten entrenched Republicans. Their biggest political enemy, whom they have the gall to call “divisive,” is their fellow Republicans!

Climate Change Claims on the Cheticamp River
 By Sierra Rayne   --Global Warming-Energy-Environment

No matter what the issue today, climate change is to blame. Your car broke down? Blame climate change. Slight breeze out of the southwest? Blame climate change. Slip in the bathtub? Blame climate change. Blaming climate change has become as much a part of the Canadian lexicon as “how’s it going, eh?”

Three moments that define Obama’s unserious approach to Russia
 By Herman Cain   --American Politics

As Russia marches into Ukraine – in complete defiance of western condemnations and the recognized order expected in civilized society – I can’t help but recall three moments that seem to define where we’ve come to in the U.S./Russian relationship:

Video: Horrifying ‘plague of locusts’ invades Madagascar; people seem to not notice
 By News on the Net   --World News

Peterson Vazquez, My Hispanic Patriot Brother Hero
 By Lloyd Marcus   --American Politics

Quoting the Pointer Sisters, “I’m so excited!” Peterson Vazquez is a conservative Republican running for the New York State Assembly.

“No bended knee for me” - the Charge against Robert Beecher
 By Gary Hunt   --American Freedom

The charge against Robert Beecher is not based upon the malicious allegations made by FBI Special Agent Stanley H. Slater that Robert Beecher was involved in an operation, known as “Operation Mutual Aid”, to kidnap and torture a DHS agent.  In fact, it seems that the threat implied by Agent Slater has, well, just disappeared. The only charge is “Felon in Possession of a Firearm”.

Leave a Chair for the Angel
 By Father Paul Nicholson   --Christianity - Religion

Divide and Conquer: A Game of Thrones?
 By Leigh Bravo   --American Politics

I recently attended my monthly book club group, which is comprised of women from differing political persuasions, including but not necessarily limited to conservatives and liberals.  We can have some interesting discussions, as you might expect, especially when the topic broaches anything political.

The Undeniable Fact of Moose Jaw’s Unchanging Climate
 By Sierra Rayne   --Global Warming-Energy-Environment

As an editorial in the Moose Jaw Times Herald claims, “Climate change is happening, and it won’t be denied.” Without any irony, the article states that “without an ounce of hyperbole, climate change is the single greatest issue the generations of age have to drive change and have to address right now.” No hyperbole?

California Gov. Brown’s Unwelcome Welcome Mat
 By Arthur Christopher Schaper   --American Politics

Reporting on a recent meeting between Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and California Governor Jerry Brown, theLA Times announced:

The GAO’s Whitewash on the Social Cost of Carbon
 By Institute for Energy Research   --Global Warming-Energy-Environment

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released its report on the Obama Administration Working Group’s development of “social cost of carbon” estimates. As we at IER have explained in extensive detail—in our formal comment submitted to Office of Management and Budget (OMB), at our conference last summer, and in testimony before the Senate—there are serious problems with the procedure by which the Administration derived these estimates. Yet the GAO report conveniently ignores all of these problems, at times actively misleading the innocent reader.

CCRKBA Chief says Bloomberg, Billionaires trying to buy freedom one right at a time
 By CCRKBA   --Gun Control - Second Amendment

BELLEVUE, WA – Today’s revelation that Michael Bloomberg’s “Everytown for Gun Safety” lobbying organization has donated another million dollars to the already-swollen Initiative 594 campaign war chest confirms that a “handful of billionaires” are intent on buying the November election, and along with it, the privacy rights of Washington State citizens, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said.

Obama Works to Provide Invaders with Free Attorneys, While ISIL Plans Attack from Mexico!
 By John Lillpop   --American Politics

On the heels of Barack Obama’s mind-numbing admission concerning the lack of a “strategy” for dealing with ISIL in Syria, even worse news is breaking:

Nail Polish and Date Rape
 By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser   --Science-Technology

The Hindustan Times reports a new use for women’s nail polish: as an indicator for the chemical rohypnol, commonly known as the “date rape drug.” The idea, said to be an invention of four students at North Carolina State University, is still in the development stage.

How New York’s New Gun Control Law Is Working Out (Hint: Not Great)
 By Heritage Foundation   --Gun Control - Second Amendment

Which state has the largest National Rifle Association chapter in the nation? No, it’s not Texas. As a matter of fact, it’s not located anywhere near the Wild West or the south.

Judge Richard Posner is Wrong on Marriage
 By Liberty Counsel   --American Freedom

Washington, DC – Judge Richard Posner of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has become a superstar to the homosexual rights movement after Tuesday’s appeals court hearing on Indiana and Wisconsin’s natural marriage amendments.

Heartbreaking and Horrifying: 13-year-old recounts atrocities witnessed in ISIS children’s training
 By Robert Laurie   --Crime-Terror-Security

As ISIS rolls through towns and villages, the radical Islamic organization likes to “recruit” children as young as 10 to fight for their cause.  “Recruitment” usually goes something like this: “Bring your kids to the ISIS children’s camp, or we’ll behead you in front of them. Then we’ll take them anyway, so you might as well come willingly.”

Sarah Palin predicted a weak Obama would enable the ‘invasion’ of Ukraine
 By Robert Laurie   --American Politics

At yesterday’s tan suit presser, President Obama said a whole lot of nothing. After informing our ISIS enemies that he has no idea what he’s going to do about them - if anything - he turned his attention to Russia. It’s should be obvious to every clear-thinking man, woman, and child that, if over a thousand troops, tanks, and paratroopers drop into a foreign nation, it’s being invaded. Unfortunately, it seems that it’s not obvious to Barack Obama. ...Because the word “invasion” has magically disappeared from his vocabulary.

Russia now marching full-bore into Ukraine
 By Dan Calabrese   --World News

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is full-speed ahead these days, as Vladimir Putin seeks to establish a “land bridge” between Russia and the Crimean Peninsula that will eliminate the need to supply Russians in Crimea by air. But don’t worry! The New York Times reassures us that Barack Obama is downplaying the whole thing and is on top of the crucial task of managing our expectations that he will do a damn thing about it.

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