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[VIDEO] Son of Hamas Founder Mosab Hassan Yousef: What Does Hamas Want? Conquest. When Do They Want It? Now

“Hamas is not seeking coexistence and compromise; Hamas is seeking conquest and taking over.”

– Mosab Hassan Yousef

This item from NRO‘s Andrew Johnson should clear up any lingering questions about Hamas and its objectives. Johnson writes:

The son of Hamas founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef revealed to CNN that Hamas’s “final destination” goes beyond just the destruction of Israel.

“Hamas does not care about the lives of Palestinians, does not care about the lives of Israelis or Americans.”

“Hamas is not seeking coexistence and compromise; Hamas is seeking conquest and taking over,” said Mosab Hassan Yousef, who has rejected Hamas’s objectives and converted to Christianity. Ultimately, Hamas aims to help create an Islamic caliphate “on the rubble of any other civilization.” Read the rest of this entry »

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The Man Behind the Hong Kong Miracle

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Some of us just write about libertarian ideas. This guy actually made them public policy for millions.

For The FreemanLawrence W. Reed writes: Three cheers for Hong Kong, that tiny chunk of Southeast Asian rock. For the twentieth consecutive year, the Index of Economic Freedom—compiled by The Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation—ranks Hong Kong (HK) as the freest economy in the world.

“Maybe this is why socialists don’t like to talk about Hong Kong: It’s not only the freest economy, it’s also one of the richest.”

Though part of mainland China since the British ceded it in 1997, HK is governed locally on a daily basis. So far, the Chinese have remained reasonably faithful to their promise to leave the HK economy alone. What makes it so free is music to the ears of everyone who loves liberty:  Relatively little corruption. An efficient and independent judiciary. Respect for the rule of law and property rights. An uncomplicated tax system with low rates on both individuals and business and an overall tax burden that’s a mere 14 percent of GDP (half the U.S. rate). No taxes on capital gains or interest income or even on earnings from outside of HK. No sales tax or VAT either. A very light regulatory touch. No government budget deficit and almost nonexistent public debt. Oh, and don’t forget its average tariff rate of near zero. That’s right—zero!

“Over a wide field of our economy it is still the better course to rely on the nineteenth century’s ‘hidden hand’ than to thrust clumsy bureaucratic fingers into its sensitive mechanism.”

– Sir John James Cowperthwaite, 1962

This latest ranking in the WSJ/Heritage report confirms what Canada’s Fraser Institute found in its latest Economic Freedom of the World Index, which also ranked HK as the world’s freest. The World Bank rates the “ease of doing business” in HK as just about the best on the planet. Read the rest of this entry »


[PHOTOS] Japanese Commuters in Tokyo Serenely Endure Panic-Inducing Flesh Compression on Crowded Trains

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Great item, forwarded to me by filmmaker and KTLA reporter Robert Holguin. From The World’s Best Ever  Posted by Tara McGinley at Dangerous MindsPhotos by German photographer Michael Wolf of Japanese commuters in Tokyo. Wolf’s series is called “Tokyo Compression.” See more here.

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ENDING THE GLOBAL PANIC ABOUT BUTTER: Cease Fire Called in War on Fat

"Are you serious? Butter?"

“Are you serious? Butter?”

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For TIMEBryan Walsh writes:

 In 1977, the year before I was born, a Senate committee led by George McGovern published its landmark “Dietary Goals for the United States,” urging Americans to eat less high-fat red meat, eggs and dairy and replace them with more calories from fruits, vegetables and especially carbohydrates.

By 1980 that wisdom was codified. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its first dietary guidelines, and one of the primary directives was to avoid cholesterol and fat…(read more)

[Also see Butter: One of the Great Comeback Stories in U.S. Food History]

[Read more Yes, Saturated Fat is Good: Undoing Decades of Government Misinformation About Health]

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[PHOTOS] Tokyo in Miniature: Tilt-Shift Technology with Photographer Ben Thomas

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[Check out the book "Tiny Tokyo: The Big City Made Mini" at Amazon.com]

[See more: Ben Thomas photographs Tokyo with tilt-shift technology in his book, Tiny Tokyo - SLATE: Jordan G. Teicher]

Tiny-Tokyo-zoom Intersection at night, Oshiage.

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Venice Beach Lightning Strike KILLS a Man


NY Post July 28, 2014: ‘SUPER ZEROS’ Five More Times Square Characters Arrested

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OBAMAGLOBALCARE: ‘Where is my permiso to go north so I can get my medical care?’

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[White House Officials: ‘Very Significant’ Immigration Executive Actions Needed for the ‘Survival of Democratic Party’]

For WND.comJerome R. Corsi writes: “I don’t usually get into the political part of it,” explained Chris Cabrera, now a vice president in the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307, “but I find it odd that their whole thing is, ‘We are going to get amnesty when we get here. Where is my permiso? Where is my permission to go north so I can get my medical care and my schooling and all that? President Obama is going to take care of us and make sure we’re all OK.’

[Also see: Young illegals tell Border Patrol: We're coming because we heard about a "new" U.S. law that lets minors stay]

“Whether it’s the adults or the young kids, one thing we consistently hear is, ‘Obama will take care of us,’” he explained.

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He also suggested the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the United States appear to have been coached on what to say when they cross the border. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Tom Rogan: ‘Perception Abroad of Obama Is That He’s Disengaged’

Also see Tom Rogan’s essay at NRO“Words, Just Words”

“… Policy and rhetoric are effective when deployed together in pursuit of a goal. Yet, for the Obama administration, from the Middle East to Ukraine, American policy exists, rudderless, as pure rhetoric…”

“Whether it’s domestic or foreign policy, Obama has failed to build a bridge between words and action. Without such a bridge, the administration will sink in a morass of increasingly pointless speeches…” (read more)

— Tom Rogan is a blogger and a columnist for the Daily Telegraph. He is based in Washington, D.C., and tweets @TomRtweets.

 

 


Progressive Jews, Wake Up

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“For those progressive Jews who have found solace in the myth that anti-Zionism has nothing to do with anti-Semitism, the events across the globe of the last few weeks have been a rude and discomforting awakening.”

For National Review OnlineAbraham H. Miller writes: In the largely Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Chicago’s Petersen Park, residents last Saturday morning found anti-Semitic leaflets on their way to synagogue to observe the Sabbath. The leaflets threatened violence against the community unless Israel stopped the war with Gaza.

For those progressive Jews who have found solace in the myth that anti-Zionism has nothing to do with anti-Semitism, the events across the globe of the last few weeks have been a rude and pal-prot-smdiscomforting awakening. And so they turned to their final recourse, the belief that America was different.

“Hatred is the great unifier. If you are going to hate anyone, hate Jews, because no one cares.”

Sure, there was a pogrom at a synagogue in Paris, but, well, that’s Paris. Muslims and their neo-fascist and leftist allies might walk through the streets of Germany shouting anti-Jewish slogans reminiscent of the Hitler Youth, but, well, that’s Germany.

Then came the pro-Hamas demonstrations in Los Angeles, Boston, and Chicago.

In San Francisco, if not for the police, some 30 pro-Israel protesters would have been brutalized by over 300 people demonstrating on behalf of the genocidal Hamas terrorists. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Pelosi on CNN: Wait, I Was Told I Could Bash Republicans, Why Do We Have to Talk About NEWS? We’re Out of Time?


Surfer’s Despair: ‘Amid the Stench and Decay of a Once-Proud Civilization’

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Surfer’s Despair 
Silver Surfer #1 (1983)
By John Byrne

THE COMICS VAULT


Laws: Maybe We Should Write Them Down

Disdain for the letter of the law is complexly intertwined with the progressive imagination.

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Kevin D. Williamson — no slouch when it comes to precise language himself — has a must-read in this weekend’s National Review, reminding us that the “ancients understood something that has been neglected in recent centuries: Grammar is the foundation of logic.”

There will always be occasions for discretion and interpretation on legal questions, but it is not the case that such discretion should presumptively empower the IRS to do things that the IRS is not legally entitled to do simply because Barack Obama wishes it to be so. If history teaches us anything, it is that a system of law that presumptively sides with political power soon ceases to be any sort of system of law at all. Rather, it becomes a post facto justification for the will to power, an intellectual window dressing on might-makes-right rule.

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The matter addressed in Halbig is hardly the Obama administration’s first attempt to circumvent the law as written — see Hobby Lobby, etc. — nor is it the progressives’ only attempt to impose what they imagine to be enlightened ad-hocracy on the American people. The disdain for the letter of the law is complexly intertwined with the progressive managerial imagination: The law, in their view, is not something that limits the ambitions of princes, but something that empowers them to do what they see fit… (read more)

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From Halbig and Hammurabi

[Also see: Progressives Learn the Hard Way that the Constitution is Obstructionist]

[Kevin Williamson's book "The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure" is available at Amazon]

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[VIDEO] Hubble: Star Explosion Slo-Mo


[VIDEO] Comedy Gold: Liberal Media Panel Blames Ted Cruz, American People for Harry Reid’s Do-Nothing Leadership

At The Corner, Tim Cavanaugh writes: Why has the Senate been unable to pass anything? According to an extraordinary panel of mainstream media personalities, it’s the fault of Republicans, or of the American people.

On a Sunday discussion on NBC’s Meet the Press, host David Gregory railed against the “Do-Nothing Congress” and played a brief clip of Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz pointing out Read the rest of this entry »


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