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August 23, 2016 • 09:53 am

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61 Obama's Mosque Speech Was a Dangerous Fantasy

For eight years now, the president has reprimanded the American people for their attitudes about Islam. And Barack Obama's big speech to the Islamic Society of Baltimore — granted, filled with many harmless platitudes — was no different, leaving little room for any honest dialogue about ideology or faith. Many of the president…

62 Senator Cotton Rightly Defends Mandatory Minimum Sentences

At conservatism's core lies a reverence for wisdom accumulated through hard human experience.  Its central logic pleads that we build incrementally upon proven policies and safeguard timeless principles, rather than dismantle them as unfashionable anachronisms under the illusion that human nature somehow changes or that things are "different…

63 The Demand for Villains

The latest tempest in a teapot controversy is over a lack of black nominees for this year's Academy Awards in Hollywood.  The assumption seems to be that different groups would be proportionally represented if somebody were not doing somebody else wrong. That assumption carries great weight in far more important things than Academy Awards and…

64 Mayor de Blasio: Hypocrite Hooked on Hollywood Cash

Because the crime rate is zero, the potholes are all fixed and homelessness has been completely eradicated, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio now has time to focus on what really matters to Big Apple taxpayers: Racial quotas in Hollywood. Social justice warrior de Blasio took to Twitter last week to lambaste the 2016 Academy Awards nominations,…

65 Yes, Partisanship Can Be Frustrating, but It's Better Than the Alternative

"It's one of the few regrets of my presidency — that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better," President Barack Obama lamented in a State of the Union speech packed with rancor and suspicion about his political opposition. What the president probably meant — as most of…

66 Obama's Lawlessness Fuels Civil Disobedience and Record Government Distrust

If Barack Obama refuses to follow the rule of law, how can he expect others to do so?  That's a disturbing but perfectly legitimate question to raise as each day witnesses another scheme by the Obama Administration to circumvent established laws and constitutional mandates, and as an increasing sense of lawless chaos prevails both domestically…

67 What '13 Hours' Teaches

A new movie that touches upon the election prospects of one female candidate for president debuts this week. Will "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" provoke thousands of angry viewers to march on Hillary Clinton's home with torchlights and pitchforks? Doubtful. The film is somewhat oblique. Hillary Clinton's name is not mentioned…

68 Obama's Legacy Is Executive Abuse

Over the winter break, I finally got around to binge-watching "Parks and Recreation." In case you missed the show's seven-year run, it's about a fascistic small-town councilwoman who believes it's a politician's job to impose her notions of morality, safety and decency on everyone, no matter what voters want or what the system dictates. She…

69 The Danger of a 'Right' to Live on the Streets

Across the United States, temperatures are plunging, making it deadly for the homeless who refuse to go into shelters. Each year, hundreds of these vagrants die from exposure on the streets. Yet blinded by progressive ideology, so-called "advocates" for the homeless — including the Obama administration — are defending…

70 Showman-in-Chief

Those who have been marveling at Donald Trump's political showmanship were given a reminder of who is the top showman of them all, when President Barack Obama went on television to make a pitch for his unilateral actions to restrict gun sales and make a more general case for tighter gun control laws. It was beautifully choreographed, like a great…

71 Remembering 2015

How shall we remember 2015? Or shall we try to forget it? It is always hard to know when a turning point has been reached, and usually it is long afterwards before we recognize it. However, if 2015 has been a turning point, it may well have marked a turn in a downward direction for America and for Western civilization. This was the year when we essentially…

72 The Busybody Left

The political left has been trying to run other people's lives for centuries. So we should not be surprised to see the Obama administration now trying to force neighborhoods across America to have the mix of people the government wants them to have. There are not enough poor people living in middle class neighborhoods to suit the political left. Not…

73 CFIF Christmas Quiz

Take our 12-Question Christmas Quiz and test your knowledge of Christmas-related Americana. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. General George Washington crossed the Delaware River on which one of the following nights in 1776 to surprise (and defeat) the Hessian garrison at Trenton, NJ?  a. Christmas Eve b. Christmas…

74 Justice Reform Legislation: Prosecution Should Require Criminal Intent

Before charging an American citizen with a crime, thereby forcing that person to face the weight of federal, state or local power, government should at least allege that the citizen actually intended to commit a crime.  Unfortunately, that's increasingly not the case in America today.  The number of federal criminal statutes now measures…

75 'Nothing to do With Islam'

In the aftermath of Paris and before San Bernardino, Hillary Clinton articulated the forced catechism of the left: "Let's be clear: Islam is not our adversary. Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism." What happens when a major political party becomes so wedded to political correctness that…

76 Deadly D.C.: The Land of No Consequences

In life and leadership, accountability means consequences for bad behavior. In Washington, accountability means yet another congressional meeting about another government scandal perpetrated by tax-subsidized corruptocrats who get away with murder. Literally. This week, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs will hold the 999,999th oversight hearing…

77 Have a Happy, Politics-Free Thanksgiving

Many people naturally assume that since I work in political journalism, I must breathe, drink and eat politics 24/7/365 — including on the Thanksgiving holiday. The thought of it gives me indigestion. Self-absorbed creatures who have no life outside the Beltway world are the most tiresome ogres. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest advised…

78 Paris Attacks Reframe Arguments Over 2nd Amendment, Israel

Habitually exploiting tragedy for potential political gain, sermonizer in chief Barack Obama made the following claim on June 18 of this year:  "Sometime as a country, we'll have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence doesn't happen in other advanced countries."  Actually, it happens fairly frequently. …

79 Snowflakes or Fascists?

There was a much-beloved quote circulated among leftists, often attributed to Sinclair Lewis, that "when fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." In light of recent episodes of mob action on American campuses, the quote needs updating: When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in "diversity…

80 Military and Professional Sports: Who Pays for What?

When it comes to discussing the relationship between the Department of Defense and professional sports, Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake have fumbled the ball. Over the years, I have helped organize nearly 20 Military Appreciation Days hosted by the New York Mets, New York Islanders, New York Jets and Houston Texans, as well as events at MLB All…

81 Who's Burning Black Churches? Oh.

Here we go again: another liberal narrative burned to a crisp. Over a two-week period in October, an arsonist targeted seven churches in the St. Louis area — including several in Black Lives Matter protest hotspot Ferguson, Missouri. The Atlantic magazine, invoking the "long history of terrorism against black churches in America,"…

82 CFIF Veterans Day Quiz

Take CFIF’s 21-Question Veterans Day Quiz and test your knowledge of the brave men and women who defend our freedoms. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. Veterans Day is celebrated annually on November 11th for which one of the following reasons? a. The Treaty of Versailles was signed on that date b. The WWI armistice…

83 Put Not Your Faith in Princes or Pollsters

Republicans had a pretty good Election Day, all things considered. As the Washington Post put it, “The 2015 election tightened the Republican stranglehold on state government.” Which doesn’t sound very good, but that’s the Post for you. It’s surprising because the polls leading up to many of these contests seemed to suggest…

84 Demonizing Police, Rising Crime and Increasing Support for 2nd Amendment Rights

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James B. Comey delivered a chilling speech this week regarding something sinister underway across America:  "Something deeply disturbing is happening all across America.  I have spoken of 2014 in this speech because something has changed in 2015.  Far more people are being killed in…

85 Unions Endorse Clinton, But Rank and File Love Her Not

Hillary Clinton remains the odds-on favorite to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for president next year. Sure, most voters dislike her personally and find her untrustworthy, but the “inevitable” candidate of 2008 looks to be seriously inevitable now that Vice President Joe Biden has opted out of the race and U.S. Sen. Bernie…

86 Hillary 2.0

Many people may share Senator Bernie Sanders' complaint that he was tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton's e-mails. But the controversy is about issues far bigger than e-mails. One issue is the utter disaster created by the Obama administration's foreign policy in Libya, carried out by Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. An even bigger issue…

87 Requiem for an Irish Lightweight

Vice President Joe Biden seemed so close to jumping into the 2016 presidential race. Washington had been abuzz this week with rumors that the three-time failed presidential candidate was certain to jump in the fray, that he was ready to go, that it was practically a mortal lock. So much for rumors. Looks like the fourth time won’t be the charm…

88 Stop Obama's War On Watchdogs

In the sadistic era of fraudulent Hope and Change, inspectors general inside the federal government have been kicked, neutered and starved of the authority and information they need to do their jobs. It's transparently clear: President Obama loathes and fears independent watchdogs. Accountability is an empty talking point without whistleblower protection…

89 Open Season on the Police

In recent months there have been a series of cases reported in the media, where some teenage thug — white, black or Hispanic in different cases — has been stopped by a policeman for some routine violation of the law and, instead of complying with lawful instructions, such as "show me your driver's license," chooses instead to…

90 Democratic Party: Not for Grown-ups

Think of today's Democratic Party as the little village of Hamelin. A piper called Bernie Sanders toots his socialist tune, and all the little Democrats skip along behind him to ... where exactly? According to the medieval legend, the Pied Piper of Hamelin led the children away and drowned them. "Socialist" was once an epithet in American…

 
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"This is the week that the steady drip, drip, drip of details about Hillary Clinton's server turned into a waterfall. This is the week that we finally learned why Mrs. Clinton used a private communications setup, and what it hid. This is the week, in short, that we found out that the infamous server was designed to hide that Mrs. Clinton for three years served as the U.S. Secretary of the Clinton…[more]
 
 
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