Michelle Malkin: Uncovering the Camp Bastion Cover-Up - A formal internal investigation into lax security at Camp Bastion — a British-run NATO compound that adjoins our Marines’ Camp Leatherneck — is now under way. The Taliban waged an intricately coordinated, brutal attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan last fall — three days after the deadly siege on our consulate in Libya and after months of prior security incidents and warnings. This led to the most devastating loss of U.S. airpower since Vietnam. Families of heroic Marines who were killed in the battle have learned that their loved ones were left vulnerable to attack by military leaders who outsourced watchtower security on the base to soldiers from Tonga.
Anthony Bradley: What Can Save Chicago? – Chicago is in serious trouble. There has been a rash of crime over the past few weeks that has brought attention, yet again, to a city that cannot seem to make much progress. According to police, up to 80% of Chicago’s murders and shootings are gang-related – with a city-wide estimate of 70,000 gang members. These gangs tend to be made of men who come from homes where there is no father. The great tragedy is that the cycle of fatherlessness will not likely be broken anytime soon. The crisis in Chicago is not a call for government solutions because government cannot teach men how to love their children and seek the good of the city. This is a call for the government to get out of the way and let mediating institutions, like the church, help save the city. The most powerful weapon against the current pathologies in Chicago are morally formed, virtuous men and women.
Ken Blackwell: President Obama’s Belfast Blarney – During President Obama’s recent trip to the G-8 Summit in Belfast, Northern Ireland, he criticized Catholic and Protestant schools and compared them to segregated schools in the U.S. when he was a boy. His remarks were hailed by British atheists. They took his speech for what it was: an attach on faith-based education everywhere.
Bill Randall: Obama’s remarks about Catholic schools in Ireland spark debate - President OBama’s remarks stunned his Belfast audience. It is not the president’s place to lecture another nation on religious liberty and religious divisions within its borders. The best thing that he can do for religious liberty and peaceful relations between faiths in the rest of the world is to set an example in the United States.
Linda Chavez: Keys to staying young – I haven’t been young in decades. And middle age passed me by without my ever embracing it. I’m fortunate to have had a mother who lived to 90 and a grandmother who lived to 95. The most important thing both my grandmother and mother did to keep themselves young was to remain cheerful. They didn’t complain or feel sorry for themselves. They were grateful for life’s simple pleasures. Perhaps it wasn’t their accessorized outfits or coifed hair that made them seem so young, bu the smiles on their faces, smiles earned by being kind and giving to others.
Lloyd Marcus: Amnesty: Danger, Danger, Will Robinson! Calling All Tea Partiers! – The passing of the Amnesty Bill is the Tea Party issue of our times. The reason and urgency to pass amnesty are rooted in a lie. Amnesty for over 12 million illegals will usher in the end of the Republican Party, create mega-millions of new democrat voters, and secure a new socialist/progressive America.
Ruben Navarrette: John Morton’s ICE legacy is a complete mess – John Morton — director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement — has held one of the toughest jobs in Washington. Some of this is because he has two bosses — President Barack Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano — who send conflicting messages. Obama is the good cop, telling Hispanics that some illegal immigrants will no longer be deported. Napolitano is the bad cop, imposing deportation quotas and bragging to Congress about how many illegal immigrants have been removed. The administration’s immigration policy is harsh. It is Morton’s job to serve it up and make it look like caviar.
Christina Martin: Life of the Week: Rapper’s heartbreaking video on regretting abortion has 6+ million views – The Video for the “Happy Birthday” single was uploaded to YouTube in November 2009, but receives continual feedback and increasing views. The song is about a man apologizing to the child he aborted. The haunting song is about regret over making a mistake that cannot be changed and the loss of a child who was never known.
Deborah Simmons: Drawn-out justice in Sean Taylor’s death stills stings – The tragic killing of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor during a break-in at his Florida home and the fact that justice is moving agonizingly slow is a difficult tragedy. America’s judicial system is the best and fairest on this planet, but it’s easy to understand why the defendants also don’t want to rus a reckoning and run up against St. Peter.
Ellis Washington: Happy 65th birthday, Justice Clarence Thomas – Justice Thomas was born 65 years ago this day. For 23 years now, Justice Thomas has almost single-handedly upheld a reverential respect, reliance and expertise for the original ideals and intent of the constitutional framers that is tantamount to the transcendent.
Danny De Garcia: Why President Obama needs a new nuclear strategy – President Obama’s renewed commitment to eliminating America’s nuclear arsenal has the political right worried about national security. The emerging security narrative among conservatives is that a “new” doctrine of American weakness-by-design has begun under the Obama Administration. What might shock the right is that America’s current model of minimal deterrence and calculated ambiguity actually owes its evolutionary origins tot he George H.W. Bush presidency.
Humberto Fontova: “Happy” Birthday, Che Guevara – June 14th marked Ernesto Che Guevara’s 5th birthday. Yet amazingly no celebrations were reported by the Obama campaign precinct-captain who in 2008 decorated her Houston office with his famous visage. Pictures subsequently surfaced of Obama campaign worker Maria Isabel at several Obama campaign functions; arm in arm with Barack, in a bear hunt with Michelle Obama, and apparently, very heavily involved in the Obama campaign.
Silvo Canto, Jr: IRS sent tens of millions in refunds to illegal aliens in Atlanta – Guess what government agency needs a little “mail room quality control”? or what agency doesn’t seem to care just how much they spend on postage? The IRS mailed 23,994 refund checks to the same address in Atlanta. At some point, the IRS will have to come clean and admit that there are some real operational problems.
Reihan Salam: Immigration Enforcement Trade-Offs – Matt Yglasias argues that increased spending on border enforcement will do very little to reduce unauthorized immigration, as the cruz of the problem will be temporary immigrants who enter the country legally, yet who choose to overstay their visas. My preference would be for much more stringent behind-the-border security and for the elimination fo the guest-worker program, but my preferred policy option has many serious downsides, e.g., the enforcement measurements it would likely require would be expensive, draconian, and potentially intrusive.