Michelle Malkin: Lying Liar Anthony Weiner’s Underage Girl Problem – Despite Team Anthony Weiner’s best efforts at political rehabilitation, there’s just no way to shore up his sorest scandal spot. All the celebutante fashion photo shoots with wife Huma Abedin can’t insulate Weiner for the truly trashy truth. Trolling habits die hard. And all the sex therapy in the world can’t cure pathological skeeviness. Middle-class New Yorkers who value decency, honesty, and safe work and online environments for your young daughters, speak now or forever hold your peace.
Reihan Salam: Urban Bauble-Chasing – David Brooks’ latest column draws on the argument that power is shifting from the national government to municipal governments, which are less ideologically constrained and more closely tied with the day-to-day lives of citizens. There is much to e said for municipal governments, and for the principle of subsidiarity. But my sense is that many municipal governments are wasting time on industrial policy efforts when they ought to be upgrading transit, K-12 education, and crime control and encouraging density while limiting congestions cost (via road-pricing, etc.) – policies that facilitate “superlinear scaling.”
Star Parker: Normalization of homosexuality through the Boy Scouts - As homosexuality in our culture is mainstreamed by liberal activists, parents now must use extra caution with their children when they’re around other children of the same sex. With the normalization of homosexuality through the Boy Scouts, younger scouts are vulnerable to older, experienced homosexual boys. We would never allow two teen children of the opposite sex to share a tent or bathroom at the same time — it should be no different when allowing open homosexuality in the Boy Scouts.
Linda Chavez: OPM Is the Problem, Not the IRS – What went on at the IRS is built into the system. It’s not an IRS problem. Its a problem when individuals are free to spent Other People’s Money (OPM). The more removed those who spend OPM are from those whose money they’re spending the greater likelihood for corruption. The IRS junket scandal amounts to no more than a few crystals on the iceberg of government waste, fraud, and abuse. Where is the outrage when government waste amounting to hundres of billions of dollars is built into public policy? The bigger government gets the more it does, and the more of our money it spends the greater likelihood we’ll see these scandals repeated. It’s all about spending other people’s money.
Crystal Wright: Mrs. Obama Doesn’t Do Hecklers Well - It seems America’s first black president — as well as his wife — have gotten so used to the coddling from the mainstream media that they believe they’re above criticism or heckling. When a protester disrupted Michelle Obama at a fundraiser, the First Lady got perturbed — really perturbed. In fact, she got in the heckler’s face. If former First Lady Laura Bush spoke to a heckler the way Michelle Obama did, the mainstream media would have been relentless in its finger wagging at Mrs. Bush. Apparently neither the president nor Michelle is used to being treated like their predecessors — and it’s making them angry, as evidenced by the First Lady’s outburst.
Anthony Bradley: Socialism Will Not Save Europe – Last night in Dublin I was having a conversation with a 65-year-old man who was ranting about the high unemployment rate in the European Union, which in the 17-nation currency area rose to 12.2 percent in Arpil. For my Irish friend this data justifies a call for socialism as a solution, but he does not see that the EU’s socialistic planned economies created a Europe where 26 million young adults have no employment prospects in the future and are despairing about life in general. What we all want is a world where everyone has an equal chance to have a good life. So the central question is not about how we distribute resources but how freely people are to exchange their resources for everyone’s benefit.
Jennifer Oliver O’Connell: Villaraigosa’s last days: A grand exit for a mediocre mayor – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa plans to leave his mayoral legacy by celebrating with parties and private events throughout the month. Over his two terms as mayor, Villaraigosa has been no stranger to the party seen or jetting around the globe in self-promotion. As he makes his exit, he is putting less emphasis on tying up loose ends and more on going out in style. It is as though he is saying, “Here’s the bill, Los Angeles. Thanks for the memories.”
Christina Martin: Ravens football player rejects White House invite because of Obama’s support of Planned Parenthood – The Ravens were invited to take a tour of the White house and meet PResident Obama this past Wednesday. Matt Birk is a committed Catholic who unashamedly stands for the pro-life cause. Birk said: “I have great respect for the office of the presidency, but about five or six weeks ago, our president made a comment in a speech, and he said, ‘God bless Planned Parenthood.’” Birk continued,”Planned Parenthood performs about 330,000 abortions a year. I am Catholic. I am active in the pro-life movement, and I just felt like I couldn’t deal with that. I couldn’t endorse that in any way.” Way to go Matt! Men do have a right to speak out against abortion and Matt’s boldness to speak out against it is encouraging.
Ron Miller: PRISM-Is it Our Fault? – While most Americans understand and accept that the interception and analysis of foreign communications is essential to developing effective intelligence, the internet is a game changer. Because much of this information travels through U.S.-based servers, intelligence agencies require permission from the U.S. owners of these assets to monitor them. This program, however, is legal under the Foreign Information Surveillance Act in 2007, and is on the public record. Why the outrage now? Is this issue, ultimately, a matter of trust, or the lack thereof?
Allen West: Allan West ponders NSA records data mining. Here are his thoughts - Can someone explain why we weren’t listening to Anwar-al-Awlaki and his conversations with Major Nidal Hasan? Why didn’t we pay attention to warning signs of Abdul Mutallab (underwear bomber) with a one-way ticket and little baggage traveling from Nigeria to America? We’d rather carpet bomb Americans to cover our cowardice in confronting Islamic extremism.
Deborah Simmons: Nation has come a long way on voting rights - All eyes and ears are on Washington, D.C., where this month, the Supreme Courte is expected to rule on challenges to the seminal Voting Rights Act of 1965. Generally speaking, the Voting Rights Act prohibits voting practices that discriminate on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority group. However, everyone is paying attention to the preclearance doctrine, which mandates the Justice Department approval of states’ and localities’ proposed voting changes. This changes could range from voter ID laws to precinct changes to redistricting. If the Supreme Court doesn’t nix or call for modifications to the much-debated sanctions of the Voting Rights Act, then America is in deep trouble.
Antonio Garza: Fix the Debt to Secure the Border – The reality is that border security, immigration and our country’s budget problems ar inextricably linked. If we hope to enact successful immigration reform, we must make sure that our country is on firm enough fiscal ground to properly enforce new policies. Our ability to control our borders is even now being threatened by sequestration. In order to ensure that our borders are secure and our immigration policy works, we need to give the agencies tasked with those duties the stable political environment and resources required to do the job. We need a comprehensive fiscal plan that stabilizes our economy for the foreseeable future, and we need to replace sequester cuts with smart deficit reduction from all sides of the ledger.
Cristy Li: Is Obama Illegally Spying on Congress Too? - On Thursday, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) asked Attorney General Eric Holder if the National Security Agency monitored calls placed from Capitol hill? Holder claimed there was no intention to “spy” on Congress and said that he would not be able to go into details on the calls in a public setting. After further questioning, Holder still would refuse to deny that the Obama Administration is not monitoring Members of Congress phone calls.
Kenneth Durden: Bill Cosby Takes on “A Plague Called Apathy” - Cultural crusader Bill Cosby is back and he is attacking apathy. From diet, to smoking, to drinking, drug use, to parenting and education, Mr. Cosby covers all the bases. While his message is for the nation as a whole, Mr. Cosby is speaking to black people, who seem to be going in reverse on gains made decades ago. The revolution must be made at home. Sadly, many people who need to hear Mr. Cosby’s message will not pay attention to it.