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One American Died Every 15 Hours, on Average, in Operation Iraqi Freedom

By Patrick Goodenough, International Editor


Members of the U.S. Air Force honor guard prepare to fire a 21-gun salute at a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery on March 11, 2009. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley)

(CNSNews.com) – One U.S. soldier, Marine, airman or sailor died every 15 hours, on average, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, which officially ends on Tuesday — almost seven-and-a-half years after U.S.-led forces invaded to topple Saddam Hussein’s regime.

The Defense Department puts the U.S. death toll for the conflict, which began on March 20, 2003, at 4,421 fatalities, 3,492 of them in combat (including nine civilian DOD employees)

Of the 89 months of the mission, the deadliest was not during the escalation that prompted the troop “surge” of 2007 but in November 2004, when 139 troops were killed in combat, according to a CNSNews.com database of U.S. fatalities in Iraq.

Other particularly costly months were April 2004 (125 combat deaths), December 2006 (106 combat deaths) and May 2007 (121 combat deaths).

The worst sustained period ran for nine months between October 2006 and June 2007, when 805 troops died in combat…read more CNSNews.com

Obama to Speak Tonight on Troop Transition In Iraq — Unclear Whether He’ll Give Bush Credit for 2008 Agreement on Troop Withdrawal

By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer


President Barack Obama announces that U.S. combat operations in Iraq will end on Aug. 31 in a speech to the Disabled American Veterans national convention in Atlanta on Monday, Aug. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak tonight about the drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq to 50,000 and the transition of the troops remaining there from a combat mission to one of diplomacy. While the drawdown and transition were put in place by the Bush administration in 2008, it is not clear whether Obama will refer to that deal, known as the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).

At an Aug. 2 convention of disabled veterans, Obama said he expected all combat troops to leave Iraq by Aug. 31. In mentioning that exit-date, Obama did not reference the troop-withdrawal timeline set by the SOFA.

The Status of Forces Agreement was signed by U.S. and Iraq officials on Nov. 16, 2008. The Iraqi parliament approved the deal on Nov. 27, 2008. President George W. Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki signed the agreement on Dec. 14, 2008.

The agreement, which had been in negotiation since 2007, set a timetable calling for most U.S. troops to leave Iraqi towns and cities by June 30, 2009, with about 50,000 troops left in place until the final withdrawal of all U.S. military forces by Dec. 31, 2011….read more CNSNews.com

Obama Administration Submits Arizona Immigration Law to U.N. Review, Reviving Questions About U.S. Engagement With Human Rights Council

By Patrick Goodenough, International Editor


The U.N. Human Rights Council in session in Geneva. (U.N. Photo by Jess Hoffman)

(CNSNews.com) –  The Obama administration’s reference to Arizona’s immigration law in a report to the U.N. Human Rights Council has caused a stir, but its decision to engage with the body in the first place has drawn criticism for a lot longer.

During discussions in 2005-6 about creating a replacement for the unwieldy, scandal-ridden U.N. Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR), the Bush administration pushed strongly for a small (preferably 20 member) body with strict membership criteria, including a clear exclusion for any country placed under U.N. Security Council sanctions for rights violations or terrorism.

But the U.S. was negotiating at the time with 190 other U.N. member states, and the end result was a 47-seat council “open to all” countries.

The resolution creating the Human Rights Council (HRC) said members were merely expected to “uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights,” but there was no way to…read more CNSNews.com

Conservative Black Leaders Praise Glenn Beck Rally at Lincoln Memorial, Criticize Al Sharpton’s Counter-Rally

By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer


Alveda King, niece of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., spoke at the Aug. 28, 2010 rally at the Lincoln Memorial hosted by radio and TV personality Glenn Beck. King said the event honored her uncle’s legacy and his dream of people being judged by their character and not the color of their skin. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – Conservative black leaders who participated in the rally hosted by radio and TV personality Glenn Beck at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday said the event honored the legacy and vision the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech on the same date and at the same place 47 years ago.

The event, the leaders said, was designed to honor people based on the content of their character and not the color of their skin, the very idea Dr. King spoke of in his speech at the Memorial almost half a century ago.

Alveda King, a niece of Dr. King, said the purpose of the rally was “to focus on honor and on the content of our character, and not the color of our skin,” echoing the words of her uncle’s famous speech of 1963.

“We’re here to honor Uncle Martin,” she said, surrounded by black clergy and gospel singers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. King further said that her uncle would have approved of “Restoring Honor,” which was billed by Beck as a non-political gathering to honor America, Americans like King, and the military men and women who have made great sacrifices for the freedoms that U.S. citizens enjoy today…read more CNSNews.com

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FDA: Obamacare’s Calorie-Count Mandate Now In Effect—But Not Enforceable

By Chris Neefus


President Barack Obama speaks in Seattle on Tuesday, August 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(CNSNews.com) – A mandate buried in the health-care bill President Barack Obama signed in March is now confounding not only the vending-machine operators who are supposed to follow it but also the federal regulators who are supposed to enforce it.

The Food and Drug Administration has ruled that the provisions in Obamacare that mandate that restaurant owners and vending-machine operators disclose the calorie contents of the foods they sell retroactively took effect on the day Obama signed the bill.

The FDA, however, has not been able to give vending-machine operators complete and final guidance on how they should make their machines comply with the law, thus causing “confusion” and “frustration” in the industry, and leading the agency to refrain for now from enforcing the provision.

Section 4205 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) says companies with 20 or more restaurants or vending machines must disclose nutrition content for standard menu items, and that for vending machines in particular, the company “shall provide a sign in close proximity to each article of food or the selection button that includes a clear and conspicuous statement disclosing the number of calories contained in the article.”…read more CNSNews.com

Education secretary urged his employees to attend Sharpton’s rally

By: Lisa Gartner
Examiner Staff Writer
August 30, 2010

A Department of Education e-mail sent Wednesday encouraged workers to join Education Secretary Arne Duncan, above, at a rally led by the Rev. Al Sharpton. (AP file photo)

President Obama’s top education official urged government employees to attend a rally that the Rev. Al Sharpton organized to counter a larger conservative event on the Mall.

“ED staff are invited to join Secretary Arne Duncan, the Reverend Al Sharpton, and other leaders on Saturday, Aug. 28, for the ‘Reclaim the Dream’ rally and march,” began an internal e-mail sent to more than 4,000 employees of the Department of Education on Wednesday.

Sharpton created the event after Glenn Beck announced a massive Tea Party “Restoring Honor” rally at the Lincoln Memorial, where King spoke in 1963.

The Washington Examiner learned of the e-mail from a Department of Education employee who felt uncomfortable with Duncan’s request.

Although the e-mail does not violate the Hatch Act, which forbids federal employees from participating in political campaigns, Education Department workers should feel uneasy, said David Boaz, executive vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute…….read more washingtonexaminer.com

Fed agents frustrated by judges’ immigration decisions

By: Sara A. Carter
National Security Correspondent
August 31, 2010

In March, Jose Manuel Gonzalez-Sandoval — who had committed serious crimes in the United States since 1998 — stood before Florence, Ariz., Immigration Judge Bruce Taylor on a deportation hearing. That day the judge canceled his removal proceedings, allowing him to stay in the United States.

Four months later, Sandoval was arrested again on an outstanding warrant but was released. Three days after that release he led police on a 100 mph car chase. Then in August, in response to a 911 call from his family, he shot at Arizona deputies who came to his home. That night, he escaped. He later turned himself into authorities after they began a public manhunt for him.

Sandoval, who had resident status, is only one example of a legal system that lacks working mechanisms for deporting criminal aliens, said Rep. Ted Poe, a Texas Republican and former judge…Read more washingtonexaminer.com

Carbon Dioxide Riches Disappear

By Alan Caruba  Tuesday, August 31, 2010The headlines report the way the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been lying and some, myself included, are calling for an end to this snakes’ nest of global deception.

I keep waiting for some environmental group to announce that the Earth is running out of oxygen. It’s the kind of huge lie that environmentalists of every description engage in. There’s plenty of oxygen and, despite the latest lies about carbon dioxide (CO2), the great oceans of the world are not turning into reservoirs of acidity. Together these two gases are the basis for all life on Earth…read more Canada Free Press

The Mosque Controversy

Thomas Sowell

The proposed mosque near where the World Trade Center was attacked and destroyed, along with thousands of American lives, would be a 15-story middle finger to America.

It takes a high IQ to evade the obvious, so it is not surprising that the intelligentsia are out in force, decrying those who criticize this calculated insult.

What may surprise some people is that the American taxpayer is currently financing a trip to the Middle East by the imam who is pushing this project, so that he can raise the money to build it. The State Department is subsidizing his travel.

The big talking point is that this is an issue about “religious freedom” and that Muslims have a “right” to build a mosque where they choose. But those who oppose this project are not claiming that there is no legal right to build a mosque near the site of the World Trade Center…read more Townhall.com

Obama’s Cronkite Moment?

Cal Thomas

President Obama may have experienced his Walter Cronkite moment over the economy.

Responding to Cronkite’s reporting from Vietnam four decades ago that the only way to end the war was by negotiating with the North Vietnamese, President Lyndon Johnson was reported (though never confirmed) to have said, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”

Now President Obama appears to have “lost” New York Times liberal economic columnist Paul Krugman. Krugman, who enthusiastically supported the president’s redistributionist and stimulus plans, has bowed to the reality that they are not working. In a recent column titled “This is Not a Recovery,” Krugman took issue with the president and Vice President Joe Biden that we have experienced a summer of economic recovery. “Unfortunately, that’s not true,” he wrote. “This isn’t a recovery, in any sense that matters. And policymakers should be doing everything they can to change that fact.”

A constitutional amendment for every occasion? Congress seems to think so

Only 27 constitutional amendments have been adopted in US history, meaning that most proposals are forgotten with time. That doesn’t stop members of Congress from introducing dozens every year, though.

By Peter Grier, Staff writer

Washington

Amending the U.S. Constitution is like cleaning out the basement: It’s a task often contemplated, but seldom done.

Since 1791, members of Congress have proposed more than 10,000 constitutional amendments, according to “Amending America: If We Love the Constitution So Much, Why Do We Keep Trying to Change It?” by historian Richard Bernstein, with Jerome Agel.

Of those 10,000, 27 were adopted, and six others were approved by Congress but not ratified by the states. That’s a success rate of about 0.27 percent, for those keeping score at home.

“Not only do these numbers indicate how difficult the amending process is to use, but they also suggest how high the stakes are when we consider using it,” write Bernstein and Agel.

Enactment of an amendment to the Constitution requires a two-thirds “yea” vote in the House and Senate, plus the approval of three-quarters of the legislatures of the 50 states…read more CSMonitor.com

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Sarah Palin to visit Iowa: Think you know what that means?

Sarah Palin will headline an annual GOP dinner in Iowa on Sept. 17, a move sure to feed media speculation about her plans for the 2012 presidential campaign. Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses are 18 months away.

By Dave Cook, Staff writer / August 31, 2010

Washington

Sarah Palin will headline the Sept. 17 annual Ronald Reagan dinner and state GOP fundraiser in Iowa, a move sure to feed media speculation about her plans vis a vis the 2012 presidential campaign, given that Iowa holds the first-in-the-nation caucuses on Feb. 6, 2012.

The Iowa appearance is yet another high-profile event focusing attention on the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee of the Republican Party. Last weekend, Ms. Palin was a featured speaker at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

Palin, a Fox News contributor, has played down speculation about her own political future. She told Fox News on Monday evening that she is currently focused on helping to elect conservative Republicans in the November midterm elections, according to a report on the broadcast by The Hill…read more CSMonitor.com

When Truth Itself Isn’t What Matters

Armstrong Williams

In this modern era, in the United States, we often find ourselves, as voting adults, faced with a choice between the lesser of two evils. Take, for instance, the high-profile Senate race in Nevada where one of the most unpopular sitting elected officials in the nation, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, is neck and neck with someone whose only real selling point is that she’s – well, it’s simple: she’s not Harry Reid. I don’t mean to disparage Sharron Angle. I’m only saying that Nevadans don’t seem particularly high on her. Nevada independents and moderates – who usually decide general elections – are not rushing to vote for a woman who wants to abolish the Department of Education, privatize Social Security, and who recently told a radio station she believes she was called of God to run for the Senate. (It’s important for me to note here, especially given my unabashed belief in the importance of faith in public life, that I am not mocking or ridiculing Angle’s belief that God called her to run for the Senate. I am merely commenting on the effect her claim might have on her chances of eventually capturing Reid’s Senate seat. And I, as do most Christians, understand what she was probably trying to say, which is that she feels God’s will for her is to run for the Senate seat, win or lose. After all, many people feel, after long prayer, that God blesses their desires to be, say, a school teacher. I, as a matter of fact, believe God has answered my prayers in allowing me to use the talents he’s blessed me with in my own career. The prudence of making such a claim on the campaign trail is another matter entirely, and it’s one that, instead of making her the presumptive Senator-elect from Nevada, has made her “the lesser of two evils” in the minds of key Nevada voters.)..read more Townhall.com

Can the Tea Party Deliver?

Pat Buchanan

“There are only two men in America who can fill Yankee Stadium on three weeks’ notice,” a friend instructed me years ago.

“Billy Graham and Louis Farrakhan.”

Indeed, a decade ago, Black Muslim Minister Farrakhan’s “Million Man March” brought a throng of hundreds of thousands to the Capitol.

But, last Saturday, Glenn Beck packed the Mall with a crowd that could have filled Yankee Stadium to overflowing five times over. As it stretched from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument, the estimates of its size ran to half a million.

This was twice the size of the crowd that heard Martin Luther King Jr. 47 years ago and matched the antiwar demonstrations of 1969.

Wisely, Beck dropped partisanship to convert his gathering into a God, country and Constitution rally, with speakers honoring the courage and sacrifice of America’s military. Said Sarah Palin, a rally star, “Say what you want to say about me, but I raised a combat vet, and you can’t take that away from me.”….read more Townhall.com

Here’s a Concept: Let’s Not Talk About Race

Mona Charen

On a regular basis, we are enjoined, usually by a leading Democrat, to overcome our reticence — or, in Attorney General Eric Holder’s formulation, “cowardice” — and engage in a hearty national conversation about race.

No, thanks. As anyone with eyes can see, we are far from avoiding the subject — in fact, it often seems that we are unable to talk about anything else. With our national debt ascending like Jack’s beanstalk, our economy coughing blood, a maniacal, extremist regime in Iran close to getting the bomb, a loose worldwide network of Islamic fanatics trying to blow us up, violence flaring along our southern border, the after-effects of a massive oil spill hobbling the Gulf region, and a government in Washington determined to implement a social Democratic agenda despite vigorous public opposition, we are talking, of course, about race…read more Townhall.com

Obama’s health care law getting less popular

Posted by Richard Wolf

President Obama’s health care overhaul is getting less popular as time goes on.

After a slight uptick in June and July, the law’s popularity sank to 43% in a Kaiser Family Foundation poll this month, while 45% said they opposed it. Just last month, 50% of Americans favored the law in the same poll…read more USAToday

Gospel not ‘just Fox News at prayer’: Theologian

By Eileen Blass, USA TODAY

Glenn Beck’s new role as talk show theologian is drawing reaction from all directions, including a Southern Baptist theologian who says the gospel must be “”more than just Fox News at prayer.”

The commentary is on the blog of Rev. Russell Moore, dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. (Hat tip to Ken Shepherd of Newsbusters for leading me to “God, the Gospel and Glenn Beck“)

Moore is “sad to see so many Christians confusing Mormon politics or American nationalism with the gospel of Jesus Christ.” He says……read more USAToday

Covering up for George Soros

By Ed Lasky

The sinister, omnipresent moneybags of the American left, George Soros, knows that distraction and misdirection make for a good defense. So do his many lackeys and sympathizers in the American media.

Recently, the left has built up two conservative billionaire brothers as their latest bogeymen. I am referring to the libertarians Charles and David Koch, who fund, among other groups, Americans for Prosperity. First Barack Obama lambasted them, and his minions in the media dutifully followed. Jane Mayer’s 10,000-word article in the New Yorker, titled “Covert Operations: the billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama,” has been widely cited in other liberal media…read more American Thinker

Obama’s Foreign Policy Flies in the Face of Reason

By Lauri B. Regan

A person does not need to be a military expert or have a Ph.D. in foreign affairs in order to understand the disastrous implications of Obama’s foreign policy for America’s national security. And while it was certainly clear that Americans were not electing a neo-con as their Commander-in-Chief, I would venture a guess that those who voted for him believed that he would implement policy that would protect the country…read more American Thinker

The Liberal-Islamist Alliance

By Daniel Greenfield  Monday, August 30, 2010

The Ground Zero Mosque debate is only the latest in a long series of incidents in which liberals have chosen to side with Islamists, while denying their victims a fair hearing or any hearing at all. Opponents of the mosque are painted as “Islamophobic Extremists” representing nothing but bigotry and hate. This is much the same way that the liberal cultural elite has placed the blame for over a thousand years of Muslim persecution of Jews on “Zionist Extremism”. While a Koran in the toilet becomes a front page story, the ongoing persecution of Hindus, Zoroastrians and Christians in Muslim countries is only a footnote in the State Department’s human rights report…read more Canada Free Press

Restoring Honor 8-28-10

By Dr. Robert R. Owens  Monday, August 30, 2010

To say that climbing on a bus with fifty strangers to join a caravan of hundreds of other buses jostling our way up the yellow-brick road to Oz put this Historian out of his comfort zone would not be an understatement; it would be a gross understatement….read more Canada Free Press

A.R.M.– JULY4PATRIOT is back!!(The right to defend freedom)

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Ron Paul’s Shocking Message To The Tea Party

Ron Paul has some surprising news for the Tea Party:

You’re being taken for a ride.

At least this is what many libertarians like Ron Paul believe when they see someone like Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin trying to lead the Tea Party at the “restoring honor” rally this weekend. In fact, Ron Paul believes, if you’re looking for real freedom, you should really go back to the core of the constitution and the bill of rights, which Beck and Palin do not fully endorse when you really look at their beliefs. Whether it be Palin’s support for starting more wars or Beck’s beliefs on paying the private Federal Reserve MORE interest on our money by means of a VAT tax…read more DCM.com

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What Mission Was Accomplished?

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In his Oval Office speech tomorrow night, President Obama will proclaim the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom, an end of American combat operations in Iraq. Obama will take credit for living up to a campaign promise by ending operations in Iraq, but he is doing no more than was required by the Status of Forces Agreement the Bush administration negotiated with the Iraqis.

More than 4,200 American lives have been lost in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. Already, about 100,000 American troops have been withdrawn from Iraq. But nearly 50,000 remain, and more Americans will die in Iraq before all our troops are withdrawn at the end of next year…read more The American Spectator

Joe Miller, RINO Killer

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Joe Miller’s ascent to political stardom has been astonishingly sudden. When I first interviewed Miller in early July, he was “Joe Who?” After last Tuesday’s stunning upset — defeating Sen. Lisa Murkowski by 1,668 votes in the Alaska Republican primary — he has become a hero to grassroots conservatives nationwide.

That Miller has beaten Murkowski is something the incumbent has not acknowledged. After coming up short on Tuesday night, the senator said she would not concede until the absentee ballots had been counted and then held a Wednesday press conference where she declared, “It ain’t over.”…read more The American Spectator

AZ Border Sheriff: ‘I Have About As Much Regard for the U.N. as I Do the Vermin’

(CNSNews.com) – Sheriff Larry Dever, whose officers patrol Cochise County along the border between Arizona and Mexico, said he finds it “amazing” that the U.S. State Department would refer the recently passed immigration law in his state to the United Nations Human Rights Council for review.

“Well, it’s just amazing to me,” Dever told CNSNews.com. “Course, I have about as much regard for the U.N. as I do the vermin that hides in the rocks around my house here and reaches out and tries to bite me every now and then.”..read more CNSNews.com

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