1. Dr. Gerard Lameiro: Will America Face a Cyber War in 2015?
2. Lowell Ponte: Dismantling JPMorgan Chase Won't Prevent Financial Meltdown
3. Joe Messina: What is Hate Speech?
4. Bill Tatro: Raising Taxes on Gas
5. Wayne Allyn Root: Why is Obama Unable to Call Terrorist Attacks Islamic Terrorism?
6. Joseph Klein: Jihadists' Sword Proves Mightier Than Freedom's Pen
7. John LeBoutillier: This Week on Political Insiders
Will America Face a Cyber War in 2015?
Cyber threats, cyber hacks, cyber attacks, all keep showing up in the news. This week hackers who claim they were associated with ISIS or the Islamic State and that referred to themselves as the "Cyber Caliphate" grabbed control over various U.S. military Twitter and YouTube accounts. They posted phone numbers that were supposed to belong to military officers and they released so-called plans for military conflicts with China and North Korea. They threatened U.S. military personnel with the statement: "American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back." Was this just a cyber prank, or was this a sign of more damaging cyber attacks to come in 2015? [more...]
Dismantling JPMorgan Chase Won't Prevent Financial Meltdown
By Lowell Ponte
Would America's economy be safer if today's "too big to fail" banks like JPMorgan and Chase were broken up into smaller companies? To halt the collapse of these banks during the 2008-2009 financial crisis, taxpayers and the Federal Reserve bailed out, the biggest U.S. and foreign banks by arranging an astonishing $16.115 trillion in loans – more than the entire annual Gross Domestic Product of the United States. CNN/Money reports JPMorgan Chase – which today is America's biggest bank by assets – received $25 billion from the U.S. Treasury's Capital Purchase Program, and $391 billion in “total transactional amounts” from various sources facilitated by the Federal Reserve, as bailouts. [more...]
What is Hate Speech?
By Joe Messina
I posted the statement on social media: "It's already happening in Canada - pastors being arrested for preaching against homosexuality." A follower named Chris responded after I asked people to define "hate speech." I got the usual low IQ responses: "anything that comes out of your mouth," "anything a Republican says," "anything a conservative says," and so on. But at least Chris took an honest stab at it... well, as honest as a left-leaning progressive can: "Hate speech is anything that incites violence... also, specifically it's hate speech when you do things like compare gays to pedophiles and people who have sex with animals. ...if they weren't producing hate speech, there would be no problems." [more...]
Raising Taxes on Gas
By Bill Tatro
The GOP wants to raise taxes on gasoline and my conservative columnist colleagues are all aghast. "Bad character, bad politics and bad policy" one proclaims. "A wet blanket proposal," another chides. Really gentlemen? Are you actually surprised? The tipoff should have come when in the lame duck Congress the President’s budget was approved by both Democrats and Republicans on the premise of never shutting down the government again. Citibank was allowed to insert, verbatim, their position on the derivative market and our taxpayer responsibility in case they lose, not if they win. [more...]
Why is Obama Unable to Call Terrorist Attacks Islamic Terrorism?
As radical Islamic Jihad threatens our countries, our children and our free speech, there is a new Neville Chamberlain. His name is Barack Hussein Obama. The problem is in the words Obama says and doesn’t say. The words he uses to praise Islam and the words he refuses to say to denounce radical Islam are dangerous to America. Ask any general. The key to fighting a war is to know your enemy. In the history of warfare, no one has ever been afraid to say the enemy’s name out loud. Until now. Until Obama. [more...]
Jihadists' Sword Proves Mightier Than Freedom's Pen
By Joseph Klein
The jihadists are succeeding in their campaign to squelch freedom of expression in the West. Many mainstream media outlets have been too afraid to display the offensive images that were said to have triggered the deadly jihadist attack on the headquarters of the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015. Some media have called into question the judgment of the Charlie Hebdo editors in publishing their offensive cartoons in the first place. Others have worried more about the further rise of anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe than the dangers posed by the rising tide of homegrown jihadism. [more...]
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