Thankful for the Little Things

By Elisha Smith,,
Center for Rural Affairs

 I don’t usually reflect much on the abundant amenities of where I live. Generally I take the wide open spaces, fresh air, breathtaking sunsets and a myriad of other things for granted.
But a recent Rural Housewives ( article reminded me of the many benefits that small town and rural living provide that are easy to overlook. There are the obvious things like beautiful landscapes, bright stars at night, friendly people, knowing your neighbors and ..... more


Where Is America's 'Force Protection' from Refujihadis?

​                              By Michelle Malkin

Back in May, with ISIS ascendant, the Obama Pentagon ordered U.S.military bases here at home to raise their force protection condition status(FPCON) to "Bravo" amid a "general increase in the threat environment."
FPCON is the military's security posture to protect troops, their families, civilian employees, information, equipment and facilities against terrorist threats. FPCON Bravo -- the third-highest threat level on a five-tier scale used by the Department of Defense -- signals a climate in which "increased and more predictable threat[s] of terrorist activity" and "probable violence" exist, requiring higher security measures ranging from vehicle inspections, stricter ID checks and increased guard presence.
In September, with Syrian Muslim refugees flooding Europe and moving into areas near U.S. military bases and housing, the Army rightly raised alarms again about the threat such mass resettlement poses to ..... more

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Political Translations


                                  By Thomas Sowell

It is amazing how many different ways the same thing can be said, creating totally different impressions. For example, when President Barack Obama says that defeating ISIS is going to take a long time, how is that different from saying that he is going to do very little, very slowly? It is saying the same thing in different words.
Defenders of the administration's policies may cite how many aerial sorties have been flown by American planes against ISIS. There have been thousands of these sorties, which sounds very impressive. But what is less impressive -- and more indicative -- is that, in most of those sorties, the planes have not fired a single shot or dropped a single bomb.
Why? Because the rules of engagement are so restrictive that in most circumstances there is little that the pilot is allowed to do, unless circumstances are just right, which ..... more