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HuffPo's radical drone policy

Mar 7, 2013 1:28 PM PT


The Huffington Post, also known as the Hugo Chávez fan club, is running a lead story, "U.S. Drone Policy," that features a photo of American-born Islamic terrorist Anwar Al-Awlaki amidst several photographs of dead children. The image, which would be right at home on the Arabic version of Al-Jazeera or worse propaganda outlets, could imply that the U.S. military kills children and civilians with drones as a matter of policy.

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Thad McCotter on Castro-Chavez Relationship

Mar 7, 2013 9:12 AM PT

Only McCotter could make this brilliant point:

Yet, such are the perils of a derivative existence: in betting the “over” on the laws of nature, Hugo crapped out and wound up not Castro’s successor but Castro’s submissive; and Hugo’s earthly legacy proved a squalid caution to letting one’s Castro man-crush run amok.

That Hugo played “Joe C” to Castro’s Kid Rock is evident in their political careers’ undeniable and deliberate parallels.

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Lesson of Chávez: Democracy is not self-correcting

Mar 6, 2013 2:11 PM PT

The lesson of Hugo Chávez's 14 years in power is exactly the lesson Alexis de Tocqueville tried to teach us nearly 200 years ago: that democracy's flaws are not self-correcting. A despot who claims the support of the people can rule indefinitely, exercising a kind of tyranny that makes even absolute monarchy look tame.

In the U.S. we have become accustomed to thinking of democracy as a sort of stable state, because the Framers of our Constitution were students of Montesquieu and Locke, and understood both the need for checks and balances, as well as the fundamental importance of individual liberty. But even their system is not infallible.

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What Difference Does It Make?

Mar 5, 2013 6:25 PM PT
Sharyl Attkisson is reporting bits of the documents Obama turned over to the Senate Intelligence committee, at her feed @SharylAttkisson

NY Congressman Praises Hugo Chavez

Mar 5, 2013 3:46 PM PT

It only took minutes for the extreme liberal and socialist-leaning wing of the Democrat party to come out and express their condolences to  Venezuelan Dictator Hugo Chavez, who died earlier today. New York’s Democrat Congressman Jose Serrano stated on Twitter that Chavez was a “leader that understood the needs of the poor.” He ended his tweet with “R.I.P., Mr. President.” Who else will follow his lead? Wait for it….


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No Mas! No Mas! Is Chavez Closer to Death?

Mar 5, 2013 12:40 PM PT

 If communication from Caracas is any indication, it appears that Hugo Chávez’ condition has indeed taken a turn for the worse.  A communication issued by the Information Ministry seems to confirm earlier reports that Chávez was suffering both respiratory challenges and a severely compromised immune system.

It was reported late last week that a new pulmonary tumor was found in 'El Chavez's' lung, and all indications were that the Venezuelan Dictator was on his last leg.

Professor: Obama a 'Dithering, Controlling, Risk-Averse' US President

Mar 5, 2013 10:55 AM PT

Who is this Vali Nasr person, who dares say such things about Dear Leader? Go get 'em Team Marvel! - Burn the witch!

Via The UK Telegraph:

Barack Obama is a "dithering" president whose controlling tendencies and extreme risk-averse attitude to foreign policy has damaged US interests in the Middle East, according to a new book by a senior former State Department adviser.

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Pesos Sent to Islamic Fundamentalist

Mar 4, 2013 3:22 PM PT

So, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is saying that only hundreds, not thousands of illegal immigrants were released from jail because of the sequester spending cuts. Rest assure that even though we didn't have the federal pesos to keep the hundreds of illegal immigrant criminals locked up, we were able to scrape up $250 million to send to a Islamic fundamentalist Egyptian government. Nice.

Why I've lost interest in AIPAC's Policy Conference

Mar 4, 2013 11:39 AM PT

I attended my first AIPAC Policy Conference in 1993, as the official liaison from my youth group to the pro-Israel organization. 

It was a lot of fun. Some of the highlights were: observing the carping between the Republican Jewish Coalition and the National Jewish Democratic Council (which continues until this day); hearing Rep. Newt Gingrich bring the house down after a robotic address by Vice President Al Gore; and meeting a young Debbie Wasserman Schultz, then just an earnest staffer for Rep. Peter Deutsch (D-FL).

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