December, 2010

David Dastych widow lonely without him

imageA handwritten letter and Christmas wishes arrived in my mailbox today from David Dastych’s widow, Sophie in faraway Poland.

David died at age 69 on September 12.  The letter arriving only this afternoon was a long time in coming,  but Sophie needed help with English to write it.

David’s many friends had understood that he died from cancer.  But his death was the result of some kind of infection that developed during a bronchoscopy.

By Judi McLeod - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story

Allen West for Senate

Florida seems to be a treasure trove of political hope for Republican conservatism.  Marco Rubio, nearly every pundit agrees, is going to be on the Republican ticket at some point.  Sooner, I hope, than later.  Washington “experience” is rarely the sort that makes an elected official closer to the people or more principled in his policies; it is rather than the amount of “experience” that a husband hopes his wife has had before marriage or the dreary and familiar process of bright talents going to Hollywood and ending up mired in the moral muck of chic Leftism.  Allen West, as most conservatives who follow the news know, is a retired and decorated war veteran who is about as direct about his conservative principles as we could expect of any politician. Like Congressman-elect Tim Scott of South Carolina, West is also black.

By Bruce Walker - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story

Seventy five climate scientists think humans contribute to global warming

By Lawrence Solomon

How do we know there’s a scientific consensus on climate change? Pundits and the press tell us so. And how do the pundits and the press know? Until recently, they typically pointed to the number 2500 – that’s the number of scientists associated with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Those 2500, the pundits and the press believed, had endorsed the IPCC position.

By News on the Net - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story

Incoming

This week, Washington’s political balance of power will shift when the Republicans establish a decisive majority in the House of Representatives, and erase the filibuster-proof Democrat majority in the Senate. Conservatives hope this means a major course change for the ship of state, but we are waiting to be convinced. In that regard, let me offer some unsolicited advice for the Republicans in Congress.

By Lance Thompson - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story

Wa Post Editorialist Admires Members of Taliban’s Armies, Are Just as Good as U.S. Soldiers

Does anyone on the left understand right and wrong? Do any of them understand that some things humans do are morally reprehensible or is everything relative? If we could find one that understands it, it certainly won’t be Colman McCarthy. We can say this because this week the former Washington Post columnist and current director for the farcical Washington-based “Center for Teaching Peace” said that he “admires” people who “join armies” and, revealing his moral ignorance, he said he even admires those that join the Taliban’s “army.”

By Warner Todd Huston - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story

TSA Christmas memo defies facts

A memorandum dated 24 December 2010 signed by TSA Director John Pistole and Deputy Administrator Gale Rossides was sent to all Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents, praising the advances made by the TSA this year. Not all federal agents who received this memo were in agreement with the reported strides made by the TSA as Pistole alleges, with some calling the memo “pure propaganda” and “boldly inaccurate.” One problem, according to the federal officials interviewed about this memo, is that Pistole and Rossides misrepresented the facts to his employees about the public support the TSA has received about their enhanced screening procedures.

By Doug Hagmann - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story

Bye 2010 and a Tentative Welcome to 2011

The year that ends at midnight was, like all years, a mixed blessing. On the good side, it was a year that saw the Republican party win control of the House in the incoming Congress, while on the bad side it saw aberrations such as Obamacare squeeze through Congress, saddling the nation with a massive and expensive health care program we can’t afford.

By Philip V. Brennan - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story

Help ‘Public’ Broadcasting Kick the Habit

It’s time for tough love in Virginia. We’ve got a group of squatters living in the basement, enjoying a subsidized lifestyle paid for by hard–working adults. And at a time when even former DC Mayor Marion Barry has come to the conclusion there should be an absolute time limit on the collection of welfare benefits, there is no excuse to continue supporting the Culture Queens.

By Michael R. Shannon - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story

Obama’s Cole appointment creates Beltway firestorm

In a Legal Times column by written by James Cole he refers to the 9/11 attacks as “criminal acts of terrorism against a civilian population.” Cole went on to state that the United States has faced “many forms of devastating crime,” from the drug trade to organized crime to rape and child abuse, adding that “the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were horrible, but so are these other things.”

By Jim Kouri - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story

2011:  A Year That We Can Reject Those Who Want To Divide Us

In 2011 we have to reject the tactic of divide that is being used by the Left. Race baiting and how it continues to attempt to take the high ground when their own history tells a different story. The Tea Party is not Racist and to have a United front in preserving our Republic we cannot allow for these tactics to be used, or to fall into the trap of having to defend ourselves time and again because we disagree with the policies of the current administration.

By Robert Rohlfing - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story

Times Defends Clinton Lawyer’s Work for Killer

In a story about the unsavory clients of former Clinton White House official Lanny J. Davis, The New York Times found a silver lining—his “clearly altruistic causes” included “the death-row inmate in California, Kevin Cooper, whom he has been helping, on a pro bono basis, to try to get clemency from the governor.”

By Cliff Kincaid - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story

Ignore Climate Fakirs and Shamans

Queensland has wasted millions on the global warming industry. Residents would be better off had they spent it on water storage, flood gauges and flood-proofing of highways, railways and airports.

By Viv Forbes - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story

NTM-I graduates 749 Iraqi Federal Police

BAGHDAD - Members of the IFP and Zerevani, Kurdish regional govt police forces, graduated from a specialized NATO Training Mission-Iraq (NTM-I) training course, Dec. 19, at the Federal Police Special Training Academy at Camp Dublin. They join more than 9,400 members of the IFP that have graduated since its initiation in 2007.

By Guest Column - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story

Regime Change in Iran-Nothing Less is Acceptable

On Saturday December 25th 2010 I attended a protest in Toronto which was organized by the Committee for Defence of Political Prisoners in Iran, to protest against the death sentence of a Kurdish student activist Habibollah Latifi who was scheduled to be executed on Sunday December 26th by the Islamic Regime in Iran.

By Sayeh Hassan - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story

New Year’s Eve Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Style

From: “J.B. Poersch” .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Date: December 31, 2010 10:19:42 AM EST
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Subject: quick note

quick note: we’ve got a deadline at midnight tonight, and we only need $7k more. The tea party GOP is still stinging from our victories on the START treaty and repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. but if we fall short, they’ll use it as a sign that they’ve got momentum going into the new year.

By News on the Net - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story

Buy One Get One Free - Companion Tickets

As families wind down after the holidays, de-stress from day-long shopping sprees and find ways to relax after too much time with their in-laws, Vision Airlines offers a special sale for travelers on one of its recently launched routes.

By Guest Column - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story

New Year, Old Ways

At the stroke of twelve old TO will radiate good-cheer,
as we whoop it up and celebrate the birth of a brand-
New Year.

By William Bedford - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story

Social Security’s Woes tied to Murder

Americans who get their annual statement from Social Security will notice that the SSA is adamant about the Trust Fund being a sort of arrangement between generations. The working generations are really paying the benefits of the retired.

By Dave Macy - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story

Reviewer Protests American Library Association Youth Media Award for Books Advocating Homosexuality

A charter member of the National Book Critics Circle and editor of Bookviews, a monthly Internet report about new fiction and non-fiction, Alan Caruba has issued a protest of the forthcoming American Library Association Youth Media Award called The Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award for books that focus on homosexuality and bisexuality.

By News on the Net - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story

Reevaluating Free Trade with China

The voters who elected the new Congress expect it to cast off unconstitutional and discredited policies such as Keynesian big-spending and judicial grabbing of legislative prerogatives. We also hope Congress will shake itself loose from the dishonest, anti-American trade policies of other countries, especially Communist China.

By Phyllis Schlafly - Friday, December 31, 2010 - Full Story