The News Stories:
Showdown: U.S. Fleet Warns Iran That Closing Straits of Hormuz ‘Will Not Be Tolerated’
(TheBlaze/AP) — Iran’s navy chief warned Wednesday that his country can easily close the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the passageway through which a sixth of the world’s oil flows.
It was the second such warning in two days. On Tuesday, Vice President Mohamed Reza Rahimi threatened to close the strait, cutting off oil exports, if the West imposes sanctions on Iran’s oil shipments.
In response, the Bahrain-based U.S. 5th Fleet’s spokeswoman warned that any disruption “will not be tolerated.” The spokeswoman, Lt. Rebecca Rebarich, said the U.S. Navy is “always ready to counter malevolent actions to ensure freedom of navigation.”
Just what is Congress illegally downloading?
Lawmakers apparently have little problem with going where they shouldn't be going
The U.S. House was targeted for review since lawmakers are drafting the much-discussed Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, which some fear could be a tool for mass censorship in the name of copyright protection.
Is Constitution optional in Obama administration?
Congressman Gohmert says Obamacare, new security force, 'appeared out of nowhere'
The adoption of Barack Obama's signature legislation, the Obamacare takeover of health care, was in violation of the U.S. Constitution, according to one outraged member of Congress.
But perhaps there shouldn't be any surprise, as Obama previously has advocated that the nation should move beyond the "constraints" of the founding document.
That happened in 2001 when Obama told Chicago radio station WBEZ-FM that the U.S. has suffered from a fundamentally flawed Constitution.
Columnists and Their Commentaries:
Dishonorable lies and stolen valor ~ By Phil Elmore
The law should not protect those who lie about their military service. To question a military claim is not disrespectful. To ask for verification of one's military service is not libel, slander or defamation. If you served, this is the truth. It will out. If you did not serve, your claims to others' valor are the most despicable of lies. These, too, will out – and you will pay for your fictions, your indulgences and your moral lack.
The case for austerity ~ By Andrew Napolitano
Government is not a jobs program, and government is not your caretaker. Government is an arrangement made by free individuals to protect their rights and their property. It doesn't take $3.6 trillion a year to do that effectively in America today. I doubt it takes a trillion. We must swallow the bitter pill of austerity now, on our own terms, while we are still the undisputed leader of the free world and while we still have a Constitution, so that we can restore our prosperity in a way consistent with personal liberty.
A better idea for national defense ~ By Robert Ringer
I don't doubt the courage or patriotism of the young Americans for whom wheelchairs or prosthetics are now a way of life. They acted in good faith and did what they thought was right. They believed they were being patriotic and defending our freedom.
But it makes me angry that their lives have been shattered because corrupt men and women in Washington got them to believe they were fighting for a noble cause. They were not. That will become obvious to all in the coming years as we watch events unfold in Iraq and Afghanistan. But, along the way, a trillion dollars got transferred from the pockets of taxpayers into the coffers of the military-industrial complex.
Liberals, communists, faux conservatives – oh, my! ~ By Erik Rush
Radical Marxists remain the most vitriolic and immediately dangerous of our domestic threats, because there are many of them in positions of power right now. The idea that America – indeed, Western civilization itself – was built on nothing but greed and the bones of innocent indigenous people is uniquely communist dogma. This is what they believe, and intend to use as a rationale for wholesale, drastic and ruthless change.
From the Blogs:
Santorum who? Republican candidate gets timely poll surge
From Andrew Breitbart's Big Government:
(Reuters) - Rick Santorum may be getting his shot at the spotlight -- in the nick of time.
Struggling for months to gain traction in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, the former Pennsylvania senator has moved into third place in Iowa, according to a new poll commissioned by CNN and Time magazine.
It couldn't come at a better moment for Santorum. The social conservative, who has languished in most opinion polls, could use the momentum from a surge to sustain his campaign after January 3, when Iowans choose their nominee.
Just because ~ By Ralph Marston, Jr. on The Daily Motivator
Just because you don’t know how, doesn’t mean you can’t. There is much you can learn by simply getting started, and you have plenty of ways to learn even more.
Just because it’s difficult and complicated, doesn’t mean it’s impossible. For you are able to make a little progress, one step at a time, then make a little more and a little more, until the goal is reached.