The Great Unwinding of the Grand Old Party

Written by Jack Kerwick on Monday, 19 August 2013. Posted in Opinion, Kerwick, Jack

Unless the GOP poses a genuine alternative to what the Democrats are offering, its base will continue to erode. Its platform aside, it has shown itself time and time again to be, at best, but a lighter version of its rival.

The Great Unwinding of the Grand Old Party

George W. Bush left the White House with an approval rating hovering around 30 percent.  Courtesy of his tenure, and his second term specifically, by 2008 large numbers of conservatives ceased to identify themselves as “Republican,” such was their shame. At least one million of them refused to vote for John McCain. But two years before this, their enthusiasm had already begun to wane considerably, for the Democrats hammered Bush’s party, regaining control once more of both chambers of Congress. By 2012, even fewer conservatives showed up at the polls to pull the lever for Mitt Romney.

John Maynard Keynes: Where’s The Genius?! (Part 1)

Written by Ilana Mercer on Monday, 19 August 2013. Posted in Opinion, Ilana Mercer

John Maynard Keynes was undeniably one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, and one of the most polarizing. A new book investigates his impact on "The Battle of Bretton Woods." Ilana Mercer interviews the author.

John Maynard Keynes: Where’s The Genius?! (Part 1)

The following is the first part of my conversation with Benn Steil. Dr. Steil is senior fellow and director of international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. His latest book is “The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order.”

Five Questions for Glenn Beck

Written by John Kirkwood on Monday, 19 August 2013. Posted in Opinion, John Kirkwood

Glenn Beck has been a great crusader for liberty. But even Glenn has a few blind spots.

Five Questions for Glenn Beck

First, let me say that I think the world of Glenn Beck. He is on my Mt. Rushmore of Conservative Heroes along with Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh and William F. Buckley Jr. as the four men who have done the most to secure the republic in my lifetime. One of the things that I love about Glenn is that he loves to learn as much maybe even more than he loves to teach. As a matter of fact, while I think he approaches teaching as a duty, I suspect he actually finds it, at times, burdensome. 

The Incredible Shrinking Evangelical Church in America

Written by Luke Hamilton on Monday, 19 August 2013. Posted in Opinion, Luke Hamilton, Guest Column

This nation is increasingly reminiscent of the ancient civilizations of Judah and Israel, turning deaf ears to God’s word while slavering over the ear-ticklers who offer reassurance when there is none.

The Incredible Shrinking Evangelical Church in America

A good friend of mine frequently asks, “Where are all the Evangelicals?!?” This friend is active in a number of pro-life, pro-family groups and says that without fail, the groups are populated almost exclusively with Catholic brothers and sisters and he often finds himself the token Evangelical participant. While remaining thankful for the large number of stalwart Catholic brethren on the front lines, I have to echo his question and wonder just where all of the Evangelicals are during these crucial opportunities to engage. Where is our coalition of leaders who have aligned to stand against the intrusion of government into our lives and liberties, as the Catholic bishops have done? Where are the lawsuits from prominent Evangelical congregations, filed to halt the degradation of religious liberty in America? Aside from Hobby Lobby, the silence is deafening.

Egypt's Islamic Chaos, America's Islamic Threat

Written by Alan Caruba on Monday, 19 August 2013. Posted in Books, LifeStyle, Opinion, Alan Caruba

The Muslim Brotherhood has been a destablizing influence in the Middle East. It aims to extend that influence to America.

Egypt's Islamic Chaos, America's Islamic Threat

The President who, in 2009, said he thought it unseemly to “meddle” in the affairs of Iran when protesters against its regime were being shot dead in the streets of Tehran, announced to the world on August 15, 2013 that he was angered by the killing of civilians in the streets of Cairo as the Muslim Brotherhood was busy burning Christian churches and homes when they weren’t firing on the Egyptian military that was attempting to end its efforts to impose Sharia rule.

Crisis: Danger or Opportunity

Written by Bradlee Dean on Monday, 19 August 2013. Posted in Opinion, Bradlee Dean

President John F. Kennedy once stated, “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger – but recognize the opportunity.

Crisis: Danger or Opportunity

“The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer.” – Barack Hussein Obama

Test Drive: 2014 Lincoln MKZ

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 19 August 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The new MKZ is the first Lincoln in years that’s got a real shot at reclaiming some of the cachet the brand has lost over the years – if enough people give it a look-see.

Test Drive: 2014 Lincoln MKZ

Elvis did it in ’68 – maybe Lincoln will pull it off now. You know, make a comeback.

What is Racism and Who is a Racist? An Original Analysis

Written by Jack Kerwick on Friday, 16 August 2013. Posted in Opinion, Kerwick, Jack

We've been encouraged by the Obama administration to have a national conversation about race and racism. For a philosopher like Jack Kerwick, this is an invitation to ask questions about our terminology and our assumptions.

What is Racism and Who is a Racist? An Original Analysis

If, as Eric Holder claims to want, we have ourselves an honest discussion of race, then we should determine, or at least try to determine, what it means for one to be a “racist.”

A View Down The Road

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 16 August 2013. Posted in Opinion, Eric Peters

The entire legal system is now premised on the concept of prior restraint – on the idea of controlling people who haven’t yet done anything in order to prevent them from possibly doing it.

A View Down The Road

A few weeks ago, I wrote a story about Ford’s creepy MyKey system (see here), now standard equipment in all new Ford vehicles, and the ugly possibilities for controlling how we drive by controlling how the car can be driven. This week, I’m test-driving one of the latest Lincolns (the new MKZ) and it’s got some more of the same:

Citizen Journalist

Written by Alan Caruba on Thursday, 15 August 2013. Posted in Books, LifeStyle, Opinion, Alan Caruba

If you are wondering why Obama, despite scandals growing like mushrooms, despite his outright lies about Obamacare and the Benghazi attack, continues to go largely unchallenged by the mainstream press, O’Keefe provides a pithy answer.

Citizen Journalist

“The beauty of video, especially amplified by the Internet, is to allow a handful of citizen journalists working on a shoestring to end-run the biggest news organizations in the world.”

NASA Introduces New Blueprint for Transforming Global Aviation

on Thursday, 15 August 2013. Posted in Aerospace, Business

NASA's director Pearce: "We believe that in order for our nation to remain the aviation leader in the world, we have to change our approach as well or we are not going to be in a position to take advantage of these expected new global opportunities."

NASA Introduces New Blueprint for Transforming Global Aviation

There's something new in the air at NASA.

Based on a fresh look at the future of aviation – as well as global trends in technology, the environment and economics – the agency's aeronautical innovators have chartered a new strategic vision for its aviation research programs.

Garage OPSEC

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 15 August 2013. Posted in Crime, U.S.

Remember that thieves are hyenas – they like to prey on the weak and helpless. If you’re obviously neither, the odds are good they’ll try elsewhere.

Garage OPSEC

If you’re a gearhead, you’ve probably got a lot of stuff in your garage. Expensive stuff. Collectible cars. Bikes. Tools and equipment. There might be more value in your garage than inside your house. But ironically, the garage is often the least secure part of the house. Thieves are well-aware of this.

It's Not Your Father's Republican Party Anymore

Written by Alan Caruba on Wednesday, 14 August 2013. Posted in Opinion, Alan Caruba

One thing is sure. The Republican Party today is not your father’s GOP that elected Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. Those halcyon years are over.

It's Not Your Father's Republican Party Anymore
I went out into the rain on Tuesday to vote in the special primary election for the candidates who will oppose one another in November to be New Jersey’s next U.S. Senator. The election was occasioned by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, surely one of the most liberal senators to have ever represented the state.

Obama Administration To Investigate Itself Over Surveillance Scandal

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Tuesday, 13 August 2013. Posted in Opinion, Publisher's Corner

In the wake of the surveillance scandal unveiled by leaks delivered by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the administration has now announced that it will investigate itself.

Obama Administration To Investigate Itself Over Surveillance Scandal

On August 12, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper posted a brief statement on the Director of National Intelligence Website announcing the formation of a "Review Group On Intelligence and Communication Technologies."

The Babe and the Cynic

Written by Selwyn Duke on Tuesday, 13 August 2013. Posted in Opinion, Selwyn Duke

The irony of cynicism is that while it is the belief that all people act out of selfish motives, it is motivated by a desire to protect the self.

The Babe and the Cynic

A certain very erudite and always entertaining social critic remarked recently that he always thought the worst of people. He went on to say — perhaps, at most, half jokingly — that he was always right about them, too. He then revealed that he actually had been very trusting as a boy, that he believed everyone and often got taken advantage of. He certainly doesn’t get taken advantage of much now, I’m sure. But what he doesn’t know is that in one significant way he hasn’t changed at all.

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