Cover Stories, News
The Dice Man Cometh: Would Sheer Chance be a Better Model for Obama?
By Kelly OConnell
Upon the convergence of three evolving and daunting scandals, and in the teeth of repeated policy failures of unusually repetitive and desultory consistency, let’s make a humble request of Barack. If it must be an unending litany of failure, broken promises and unfulfilled visions—might we not try a different tack?
Do Americans Care?
By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
When public virtue is gone, when the national spirit is fled…the republic is lost in essence, though it may still exist in form.” – John Adams to Benjamin Rush, 1808
The Green Enemies of Humanity, Science and the Truth
By Alan Caruba
Among the greatest liars on Earth today is the international organization called Friends of the Earth (FOE). It has engaged in the most scurrilous fear-mongering for decades, along with Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, and the World Wildlife Fund, while all the time they pulled in billions in funding.
Obama’s Secret to Corruption: Never Appoint a Special Counsel
By Fred Dardick
Do you ever wonder how Obama gets away with the most outrageous acts ever perpetrated by a sitting president with barely a nick to his reputation? Did you scratch your head when not a single Justice Department or ATF official went to jail for sending hundreds of guns over the border to Mexican drug lords with the expressed purpose of fomenting violent crime? Do you really think high ranking government officials are going to be held accountable for the now blazing IRS and Benghazi scandals?
By J.D. Longstreet
With Memorial Day and the 4th of July (celebrated as Independence Day in the United States) fast approaching, scribes all over the nation are dutifully dipping their quills into their inkwells to scribble the obligatory few lines on the topic: “What America Means to me”, again this year, as in every year since, well, since 1776, I suppose.
Palestine - Turning Unreality Into Reality
By David Singer
A TV show - “The President” - now being aired on Maan TV - a popular independent Palestinian radio station - presents an opportunity for the election-starved Palestinian Arabs to have their say on what they would do on a variety of subjects if they were elected as the President of Palestine.
The End of Competition
By Daniel Greenfield
The American Dream does not actually require a red, white and blue flag or a dream. What it requires is a willingness to accept messiness.
‘The Incident in the Rose Garden Rain’
By Judi McLeod
Armed by the arrogant confidence that comes via a protective circle of self-serving, back-scratching politicians (including Republican ones), who do nothing to deter his increasing taunts against all things American, President Barack Hussein Obama continues to publicly trash the cherished image of the military.
Recent CFP Columns
A Bee in Their Bonnet
By Paul Driessen --Energy - Environment
Chemophobic anti-pesticide groups are at it again. This time they’re attacking a widely used and safe new insecticide, but their assertions and real agendas are nothing new.
“The Devil We Know” Revisited
By INSS --Middle East
On May 17, 2013, The Times of London quoted “Israeli intelligence sources” who argued that “an intact, but weakened, Assad regime would be preferable for the country and for the whole troubled region.” The paper went on to quote “a senior Israeli intelligence officer” in the north of the country: “Better the devil we know than the demons we can only imagine if Syria falls into chaos and the extremists from across the Arab world gain a foothold there.” We do not know who the Israeli sources were, but the Times story provides a window into the deliberations and disagreements within Israel’s national security establishment as to the country’s priorities with regard to Syria.
Was the 2013 ‘Photo of the Year’ a Photoshopped Fake?
By Warner Todd Huston --Media - Media Bias
At the beginning of the year the World Press Photo of the year was awarded to Swedish photog Paul Hansen whose photo “Gaza Burial” took top honors. But only weeks passed before some in the industry began to wonder if the photo had been manipulated in photoshop. Some even said that it was a composite image. If this were so, critics said, that would violate the spirit of the contest. (Seen below with my little “helping” notation)
Planned Parenthood Approves Boston College Honor to Irish PM Kenny
By Christian Newswire --Christianity - Religion
BOSTON, —Planned Parenthood - the USA’s BIGGEST abortionists - destroyed a record 333,964 Unborn Babies in 2011. Now, Marty (Martha) Walz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, is calling the Pro-Abortion Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny an “appropriate commencement speaker” at Boston College (BC) (Boston Globe, 10/May/13). BC named Kenny as Commencement Speaker to graduates at Alumni Stadium at 10 a.m. on 20/May/2013, when he is to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from BC President Rev. William Leahy, S.J.
Hundreds of criminal aliens secretly released by Obama’s DHS: New data
By Jim Kouri --Immigration- Border Security
On the same day that Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that she will travel to San Francisco and Los Angeles, Calif., on Friday to meet with technology and business leaders to discuss the need for commonsense immigration reform, a report was released on Thursday revealing that hundreds of criminal aliens were released from detention.
This week’s art news - call for sponsorship
By Tim Saunders --Lifestyle-Literature-Arts
High net worth individuals will be attending an exclusive art exhibition in Devon, UK at the beginning of July and an opportunity for sponsorship has arisen.
Gone With The Wind
By Guest Column --Global Warming - Climategate
The event, showcasing the work of renowned wildlife and sporting artist Neil Cox will take place at Kennaway House, Sidmouth between Friday, July 5 and Sunday, July 14.
The leader of the Scottish Government review of landownership yesterday pledged to examine ways of redistributing the cash wealthy lairds make from wind farms to benefit the less-advantaged. Alison Elliot, chair of the Land Reform Review Group (LRRG), said the issue would be investigated amid concerns that aristocrats are benefiting from the renewables revolution while the poor grapple with fuel poverty.—Tom Peterkin, The Scotsman, 16 May 2013
We’ve Seen the Effect of “Amnesty” Before
By Heritage Foundation --Immigration- Border Security
Experts can’t always predict exactly how public policy will affect the nation, despite our best efforts. But when it comes to immigration policy, we have tried many of the types of reforms advocated by today’s Gang of Eight—so we should consider the effects these reforms had in the past.
Media to Obama: Do whatever you want to the rest of the country, but leave us alone!
By Dan Calabrese --Media - Media Bias
This is pretty sickening. The New York Times is outraged. The Washington Post is incensed. USA Today is scandalized. The Detroit Free Press is fit to be tied.
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Visit to Russia
By INSS --Middle East
Shortly after his return from China, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Russia for a hastily arranged visit with President Vladimir Putin. The catalyst for the visit was the significant increase in activity around the Syrian issue, including the attacks against Syrian targets attributed to Israel, high level visits to Russia by leading international figures, and Russia’s announcement of its intention to supply Syria with S-300 missiles.
Syria receives fresh Russian arms, Cameron looking like Neville Chamberlain!
By David C. Jennings --Europe
They stood together at a press conference at the beginning of the week talking about the Syria situation. President Obama announcing in his commonly cool demeanor that the United States and won agreement for a peace conference. Prime Minister Cameron had arrived in America from Russia, having met with and received assurances from Russian leader Vladimir Putin, assurances to work together on the situation. Ho, ho, ho!
California: Energy Death Valley
By Institute for Energy Research --Energy - Environment
California is rich in both conventional and renewable energy resources. It is the country’s most populous state and has the second largest energy consumption in the nation, second only to Texas. California has large energy resources, but also one of the lowest per capita energy consumption rates in the country. The state is frequently hailed as a leader on energy policy and California’s policies are leading to higher energy prices.
Pope Francis to ‘Launch’ New Mobile App Entitled MISSIO
By Christian Newswire --Christianity - Religion
ROME, —On the Friday before Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis is set to “unlock” a new media initiative of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States—MISSIO App.
TANZANIA: Two Killed and Over 50 Wounded in Church Bombing
By News on the Net --Christianity - Religion
Sources: International Christian Concern, BBC
St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Tanzania’s northern city of Arusha was bombed on Sunday, May 5th. At least two people are confirmed dead as a result of the blast. As many as 50 people were wounded, 44 of whom received serious injuries and have been rushed to nearby hospitals. The church was bombed during its official opening, with the bomb thrown into the building from someone on a motorcycle.
Chris Matthews: No Longer “Glad” for Hurricane Sandy and Reelection of Obama?
By John Lillpop --Media - Media Bias
Chris Matthews is one of the major reasons that the US media is regarded with such contempt and disrespect by enlightened voters.
Doctors already are fleeing a federalized system that doesn’t value their worth
By Guest Column --American Healthcare
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Among President Obama’s broken promises, there is this gem of June 15, 2009: “…no matter how we reform healthcare, we will keep this promise: if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.”
CTF Calls for end to the $1.6 Billion Gas Tax-on-Tax
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation --Financial, Business, Economy
- $80 million in tax-on-tax collected from Albertans this year
- Alberta families pay $787 in gas taxes every year
CALGARY, AB: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) held its 15th annual Gas Tax Honesty Day today as it called on the federal government to end the practice of charging tax-on-tax for gasoline and diesel.
BioHug offers hug therapy in an automatic vest
By Guest Column --Science
Most of us have moments when we could really use a hug – when we’re sad, lonely, scared or stressed. The therapeutic value of a good squeeze for emotional wellbeing is well documented.
Leaders of Prayer Walk to Keep Ireland Abortion Free Considering Flying to Rome to Invite Pope to Ir
By Christian Newswire --Europe
MEDIA ADVISORY, —Historic prayer walk, from Belfast to Dublin, to keep Ireland abortion free enters the Republic of Ireland.
Knot for You
By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser --Energy - Environment
The Ashley Book of Knots is an interesting tome with detailed descriptions of knots and how to tie them. First published in 1944, it lists close to 4,000 different knots with some 7,000 illustrations. From fancy nautical (or should that be knotical ?) braids to the hangman’s knot , they are all in there. So, which knots are the most important to know?
There is only one knot that I think you absolutely need to know: the Bowline knot.
Al-Qaeda affiliate assassinates Christian church leader in Nigeria
By Jim Kouri --War on Terrorism
Members of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Boko Haram allegedly assassinated a Christian leader on Tuesday in Nigeria’s northeast Borno State, according to an Israeli police intelligence analyst who monitors African Islamist groups.
Elderberry: Herb of the Year for 2013
By Wes Porter --Gardening
Thanks to the International Herb Association, since 1991 in the week proceeding Mother’s Day, we celebrate National Herb Week. This draws attention to herbs, their uses and herbal businesses and history. Such was the success that four years later, the IHA decided to add a Herb of the Year and this year on 5 May a National Herb Day.
Has Chris Matthews lost the tingle?
By Robert Laurie --Media - Media Bias
Two days ago, as the IRS targeted audit scandal widened, Chris “Tingles” Matthews portrayed it as the kind of red meat sure to delight the right-wing crazies. He suggested that Obama should immediately punish the low level, not-connected-to-the-White-House-in-any-way, embarrassments as quickly as possible.
By Guest Column --Middle East
Dear Professor Stephen Hawking,
I heard this morning on the radio that you decided to cancel your attendance in Israel’s president conference, and joined the academic boycott against Israel. You could not chose a more appropriate date then May eighth, the day Nazi Germany surrendered in 1945 and the day I joined the occupation army of Israel in 1985, to speak out loud and clear against occupation and oppression.