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Notes on spinoff pages:

All the material about judicial vacancies, filibusters in the Senate, and lawyers in general, has been moved here.

All the material about The Minimum Wage and Organized Labor Issues now appear on their own pages.  (Splitting up these larger pages makes it easier for you to get to the information you want without having to wait for an enormous page to load.)

Also there is a page about the 2004 election, its aftermath, and the lessons to be learned, and (obviously) a newer one about the 2006 election.

There is also a new page about The Great Wall Street Bailout of 2008.

There is a special subsection at the bottom of this page about Caroline Kennedy and her attempt to get a seat in the Senate based entirely on her family's wealth and influence.

There is also a subsection about MADD, which is an organization that apparently spends its time and effort on a lot of issues unrelated to drunk driving.

Note:  All the material about domestic spying, normally seen in this spot, has been moved here.

And now there is a new page about Term limits for Congress.



The temporary hijrah subsection has moved to a page of its own, located here.





What is Hollywood going to do about this serial sexual harasser?  Obviously, the sexual abuse scandals that are now roiling Hollywood did not start recently.  But how far back do they date?  To answer that question, this investigative reporter tracked down the most flagrant and notorious of Hollywood's sexual predators.  I refer, of course, to that undeniable stinker, Pepé Le Pew.  Unashamed and uninhibited, Pepé Le Pew actually filmed his serial assaults.  True, many of his victims were of his same stripe, but on more than one occasion his arrogance and recklessness led him to cross the species-line.

Rebellious Jurors Make the World a Better Place.  After criticism by some local officials of a new program that refers people caught with four ounces or less of marijuana for fines and community service, El Paso, Texas, Police Chief Greg Allen turned out to be a surprise defender of bypassing the usual criminal justice rigmarole of booking, mug shots, and jails.  While careful to emphasize that he's no fan of drug legalization, Allen says it's a waste of his officers' time to put hours into an "an arrest that has no end result of a conviction because of jury nullification."  This is only the latest evidence that rebellious jurors are putting limits on how badly government officials can treat the rest of us.

Pearl Harbor:  Hawaii Was Surprised; FDR Was Not.  On Sunday, December 7, 1941, Japan launched a sneak attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, shattering the peace of a beautiful Hawaiian morning and leaving much of the fleet broken and burning.  The destruction and death that the Japanese military visited upon Pearl Harbor that day — 18 naval vessels (including eight battleships) sunk or heavily damaged, 188 planes destroyed, over 2,000 servicemen killed — were exacerbated by the fact that American commanders in Hawaii were caught by surprise.  But that was not the case in Washington.  Comprehensive research has shown not only that Washington knew in advance of the attack, but that it deliberately withheld its foreknowledge from our commanders in Hawaii in the hope that the "surprise" attack would catapult the U.S. into World War II.  Oliver Lyttleton, British Minister of Production, stated in 1944:  "Japan was provoked into attacking America at Pearl Harbor.  It is a travesty of history to say that America was forced into the war."

100 Years of Communism, 100 Million Deaths, and the Morally Bankrupt Death Cult of Che Guevara.  It's time for the final installment of my series commemorating the evil impact of 100 years of communism. [...] Today we're going to wrap up the series with a look at Che Guevera and contemplate how a mass-murdering racist and homophobe became a cultural icon.

Leftwing Evangelicals:  An Oxymoron?  Donald Trump has been president for a year, yet my social media newsfeed and email inbox still overflow with stupefied leftwing evangelicals who hate Trump (literally) and loathe the conservative Christians that voted for him.  So then, where was the outrage from the same better-than-thou Chardonnay-swirling leftwing evangelical crowd when Christians voted for Obama?  It's obvious that their condemnation has less to do with evangelicalism or Christianity and more to do with their political leanings.  Otherwise, when Obama was in office, they would have expressed a little of that righteous indignation they currently can't control when Obama's policies harmed Christian bakers and nearly sent the Little Sisters of the Poor to the poor house.

If Roy Moore wins.  Senate Republicans will have decisions to make.  First, they must decide what to say.  Members who believe the most serious allegations against Moore and don't think the passage of nearly 40 years matters should feel free to say Moore is unfit for the Senate and thus should resign.  Once they say so, they will have done as much as Democrats did to John Conyers and Al Franken.  And much more than they did to Bill Clinton.  But if they declare Moore unfit, they should be prepared to explain why they consider Donald Trump fit for the presidency.  The allegations of sexual assault against Trump were much more recent than those against Moore.

A Time for War:  The Gathering Storm.  [Scroll down]  All the really bad stuff that is happening is happening to those who are conjuring the storm onto Trump, and not so much the other way.  This guy Strzok?  He has destroyed himself, his credibility, and his career.  Along with his FBI honeypot.  It appears that Andrew Weissman has done the same thing.  Look at James Comey.  He's losing.  Andrew McCabe is as well.  The FBI will be purged.  The Clintons have lost their power.  They are no more than a corrupt, ugly footnote to history.  No power, with little future.

Washington Post Against Enforcing Logan Act Before It Was For It.  The Washington Post, whose pages include numerous articles supporting the idea that President Donald Trump or his advisors violated the Logan Act before his inauguration, once dismissed the law in an editorial as an irrelevant atavism when used to criticize the acts of prominent Democratic officeholders. [...] The government has never successfully prosecuted anyone for violating this law.

10 Characteristics of False Flags.  In this video, Melissa Dykes of Truthstream Media breaks down the 10 common characteristics of false flags to help better understand why the official story of Vegas shooting is suspect at best.  [Video clip]

The Editor says...
The video clip is 20 minutes long, but well worth your time.

Ted Kennedy Made Secret Overtures to Russia to Prevent Ronald Reagan's Re-Election.  Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy had "selfish political and ideological motives" when he made secret overtures to the Soviet Union's spy agency during the Cold War to thwart then-President Ronald Reagan's re-election, a Reagan biographer said in an interview with The Daily Signal.  When they came to light years later, Kennedy's secret contacts with the Russians through their KGB spy agency in the early 1980s didn't cause nearly the tizzy that Russia's alleged interference with this year's election has for President-elect Donald Trump among liberal activists and reporters.

Obamacare Mandate Repeal Is the Most Important Civil Rights Victory in Years.  After the humiliation of failing to keep their defining promise to repeal Obamacare, the Senate turned to tax reform, which also looked sketchy due to deficit projections.  But then the clouds parted and the stars aligned with the discovery that repealing the Obamacare mandate would save the government this $340 billion.  Talk about a win-win.  Here was a way to kill the most hated (and crucial) part of Obamacare and pass tax cuts.  And that is exactly what happened — the American people won a sweet two-fer:  lower taxes and freedom from a fascist mandate.

Roy Moore and the Fire This Time.  What began as a targeted hit on Roy Moore in his Senate race against a faceless Democrat with the generic name of Doug Jones has now turned into a blazing ammo dump, littered with the bodies of Hollywood celebrities and politicians in both the United States and Britain.  And yet, despite the best efforts of Gloria Allred, Moore is not only still standing, he is probably again leading in the race.  A pair of recent polls has Moore up over Jones by anywhere from two to seven points, and only Democrats will be surprised if Moore wins on Dec. 12.

Freedom Is a Right, Not a Gift from the Government.  We use the term freedom in political, economic, social, and religious contexts.  But what exactly does it mean to be free?  The answer to this question is crucial because different conceptions of liberty entail different political ideals, and different models of government.  A good starting point to explore what it means to be free is with the distinction introduced by the early 19th century intellectual Benjamin Constant.  In an 1819 work titled "The Liberty of the Ancients Compared with that of the Moderns," Constant offered two antagonistic ideas of what it means to be free.

Void the Non-Disclosure Agreements That Conceal Congressional Misconduct.  Our public officials are supposed to be accountable and transparent, especially when they are expending public money.  It is thus outrageous that Congress has made this cozy arrangement to sweep under the rug malfeasance by members of the club.  There is no legal or policy reason to refrain from legislation that would out the lawmakers involved in misconduct settlements — regardless of the type of misconduct (I wouldn't limit it to sexual episodes).  To the contrary, the other parties — I prefer to describe them as "victims" rather than "survivors" — should be permitted to speak publicly if they wish to do so.  If not, their privacy ought to be respected.  We can argue about what procedures should apply in the future; but to the extent that these existing non-disclosure arrangements guarantee confidentiality, it ought to be up to the victim whether or not to remain anonymous.  Meanwhile, the growing assumption of secrecy in government operations is very disturbing.

Alabama Sen. Candidate Roy Moore's Vietnam Army Buddy Knew Him to Be 'An Altogether Honorable, Decent, Respectable, and Patriotic Commander and Soldier'.  A man who served in Vietnam with Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore said in an editorial published the day after Thanksgiving that he knew Moore to be one of the better men with whom he served.  In what YellowHammerNews termed "an open letter to the voters of Alabama," former Army officer Bill Staehle of Asbury Park, New Jersey told Alabama voters just what sort of person he feels Moore is, based on his close personal relationship during one of the most trying times in their lives — a time of war.  Mr. Staehle, who was a captain in the 504th Military Police Battalion in the 1970s, begins his testimonial with a strong endorsement of Moore's character, at least as he knew him 45 years ago.

Shaky Allegations Against Roy Moore Are Not Enough to Disqualify Him.  Any commentary I have thus far made about the Roy Moore scandal has been on social media, and that has centered primarily on mocking the media's hypocrisy while also noting my thoughts on individual aspects of the story.  The big question, though, the question of whether or not the allegations add up to something serious enough to knock Moore out of Alabama's Senate race, I have saved until now.  It may no longer be fashionable to wait for all the facts before expressing an opinion, but when it comes to something as deadly serious as a man's reputation and allegations of child molestation, call me a fuddy-duddy.

"Stealin' Be Ok, No Big Deal" — LeVar Ball Showcases Mentality Behind His Son LiAngelo Ball Shoplifting in China.  After watching this bizarro interview with his father I can completely understand why LiAngelo Ball thought it would be perfectly okay to shoplift in China and live a life beyond the boundaries of ordinary moral behavior.  Somehow this guy thinks he's making a point that will benefit his son — epic fail.  The father of the UCLA basketball player who was arrested in China for shoplifting sunglasses appears on CNN to explain why he feels President Trump did nothing to help his son get released from Chinese authorities.

Time to Give Thanks to White Males.  While every other demographic group is coddled by the media, it is still PC to ridicule white males, partly because they are a benign majority who don't complain much.  This Thanksgiving seems an opportune time to give them thanks for forging a country that beckons the world's tired, huddled masses, and to appreciate their overall magnanimity in sharing our abundance.  The loony left, forever futile in foisting the discredited socialist tenet of equal outcomes upon unequal contributors, purports that white privilege explains discrepancies in achievement.  Actually, through their invention, brilliance, and industry, whites wrestled comfort and plenty from nature's tight grasp.  Guilt-ridden apologists, effete elites, and the race-hustling grievance industry may discredit Western Civilization and rewrite American history, but through our beneficence America's poor are comfortable, compared to the most of the earth's population.  Our bottom 99 percent comes "surprisingly close" to being in the top 1 percent of household incomes worldwide.

The Ultimate Argument for Roy Moore.  The reason why the bipartisan ruling class of officials, corporate executives, educators, the media, entertainment, etc. demand Roy Moore's political scalp is that it fell on Moore to be the focus of a pivotal effort to detach the Republican Party from that ruling class.  It has nothing to do with what he may have done four decades ago, and everything with the threat that his election now poses to their power to run the country while de-legitimizing the rest of Americans and their culture.  Had it been anyone else, the degree of hostility would have been the same, the charges possibly different but just as fiery and equally beside the point:  which sector of the population shall have its power enhanced, and which diminished?

McConnell doesn't get to play Roy Moore's judge, jury and political executioner.  American jurisprudence is well-known for its basic premise of "innocent until proven guilty."  In a court of law, a criminal defendant must be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to be convicted of a crime.  That defendant walks into the court presumed innocent until that presumption is rebutted by evidence that a judge or jury finds convincing beyond a reasonable doubt.  A political campaign may not be a courtroom, but nonetheless Americans have an innate sense of fairness and due process.  Americans believe that due process is a precept applicable in many walks of life, including the workplace, which is why unions, for example, negotiate contracts that include binding arbitration clauses.  Why?  Because we want to believe that in most every aspect of life there is a semblance of due process.

Moore yearbook signature fraud.  [Scroll down]  The rest of the add-on is numbers or printed text, which cut down the forger's work, but the numbers, particularly "77," are a dead giveaway that the sentiment and the lighter blue add-on text were written by two different people.  Also, does the story behind this inscription pass the "smell test"?  If you saw the yearbook of a charming waitress on the countertop, would you pick it up and start writing in it without being asked to?  For a waitress you knew only in a business environment, would you write a really mushy compliment and end it with "Love"?  Instead of signing it with only your first name, which would be appropriate with the familiarity that goes with "love", would you sign it with your full name and abbreviated title, then print (not write cursively) a date that duplicates the date in the message, followed by the location?  Would you identify yourself as a "D.A." when you are only a deputy district attorney?

A Fair Hearing by a Jury of His Pervs.  On Twitter, Thomas Wictor has made a credible analysis establishing that the one piece of non-testimonial record against Moore, a yearbook notation purportedly by Judge Moore in 1977, is a forgery made with two different inks, and the "D.A." after his name (at a time when he was not district attorney) are the initials of his law clerk, who signed the court paper used as the forgery template.  Gloria Allred, notorious for sitting with unpersuasive sobbing women as she daubs their tears and peddles incredible tales, repeatedly refused to answer Wolf Blitzer's questions about whether the signature was a forgery and has said she never even asked her client, Mrs. Wilson, whether she actually saw Judge Moore sign it.  Moore has demanded the yearbook be turned over for forensic examination and Allred says she'll turn it over only to a (nonexistent) Senate Committee for its investigators to study.

A special counsel must investigate the Russia dossier, explain why Obama's FBI was involved.  For the past year, as our government has been mired in both an aimless and fruitless investigation into accusations of collusion between the Russian government and the 2016 Trump Presidential campaign, Democrats have insisted that Congress follow where the evidence leads in this investigation.  My Democratic colleagues are absolutely right.  Congress should follow where the facts lead.  However, they're leading in a very different direction than the mainstream media narrative might suggest.  With regard to the original purpose of the investigation, Congress has held multiple hearings and interviewed dozens of witnesses looking into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  There is nothing there.  It's time to move on.

Attacking Judge Moore's Morality Is a Dirty Leftist Trick.  Judge Moore is hated by Leftists and establishment Republicans because he is an outspoken, character-driven Christian conservative; a faithful courageous defender of our Constitution, principles and values which have made America great.  Moore elected to the U.S. Senate would be extremely helpful to Trump draining the swamp and making America great again.  Judge Moore's unwavering commitment to biblical morals and support of Trump's agenda makes Moore the last person fake news media, Hollywood, Democrats and RINO Republicans want to see in the U.S. Senate.  Therefore, it is not surprising that Leftists and RINOs are clamoring for Moore to drop out of the race; claiming Moore is morally unfit to serve.  These same people told us president Bill Clinton['s misbehavior] in the White House was none of our business.

The Real High Ground in the Moore Case.  [Bill] Clinton of course was guilty.  He admitted it.  But Democrats — and many Republicans — defended him, and the Senate refused to convict him for perjury and suborning perjury after his impeachment.  Now some senators want to expel Moore before the election.  Phooey.  That's virtue signaling.  Absent an admission of guilt between now and Election Day, he deserves the support of every Republican and of every conservative.  Vote for Moore and be a conservative, or vote for someone else and be a liberal.  Anything else is nonsense.

Judge Moore's Wife Kayla Moore:  We Are Gathering Evidence of Money Being Paid to Accusers.  Judge Roy Moore is running for US Senate in Alabama to replace Jeff Sessions.  Judge Moore has NEVER been accused of inappropriate sexual conduct in his 38 years of public service before the charges this past week. [...] On Monday [11/13/2017] Roy Moore's wife of 30 years Kayla Moore wrote that they are gathering evidence the accusers are being paid to speak out against her husband.

Are We Sure About Roy Moore, Or Do You Just Hate Him?  The swiftest pile on over Roy Moore has come not from Democrats, but from a bunch of Republicans who have hated his guts for years.  And now it's pay back time.  Look, I know I'm going to get set on fire for this piece, but I think it needs to be said.  If the allegations are true, Roy Moore needs to step aside.  But how do we know?  I have to tell you that this seems like a political miracle for the Democrats with a most convenient timing and most convenient pile on.  To listen to most, if Roy Moore is guilty he needs to step aside and if he is innocent he needs to step aside and clear his name.  Moore's opponents have constructed the argument in such a way that the only way forward is for him to get out of the race.  That's awfully convenient for a lot of people who hate him for political reasons.

With or without a trial?
Senate GOP campaign chair:  Moore should be expelled if elected.  Senate Republicans escalated their calls for embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to leave the race — with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying he believes the women who have accused Moore of sexual misconduct and the chair of the GOP's campaign arm endorsing an effort to expel Moore should he be elected next month.  "I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office," said Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.  "If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate."

The Persecution Of Judge Roy Moore Shows Why The GOPe Must Be Defeated.  Former Democrat pollster Pat Caddell has referred to Republicans and Democrats as, respectively, 'the stupid party' and the 'corrupt party.' That labeling gets more appropriate every day, as evidenced by the way the dysfunctional GOP establishment is helping along the persecution of Judge Roy Moore, its Alabama Senate candidate.  As you'll remember, Judge Moore ran in the Alabama Primary against one of Mitch McConnell's swamp creatures, Luther Strange.  McConnell and his fellow New Tories spent $30 million dollars on the campaign (an absurdly large amount in Alabama) to get him in, but the people of Alabama knew exactly who Judge Roy Moore was, and weren't impressed.  And he won by a substantial percentage.

Trump is the Next Target after Roy Moore.  There's a reason why President Trump says that the fate of Senate candidate Roy Moore will depend on whether the charges against him are proven to be true.  Trump knows that if they get rid of Moore, using charges that obviously cannot be proven, he's their next target.  Sex-gate will follow Russia-gate.  In this atmosphere, women charging sexual harassment are easy to find, even if their charges cannot be proven.  The men are assumed to be guilty as charged.  One can argue that everything but the kitchen sink has already been thrown at Trump and he has survived nonetheless.  But since the election we have seen that the allegations of sexual harassment have been cast as a major blight on American society, making it more likely that "new" accusers against Trump will be found and that a new variation of the "scandal" will be used to cast a pall over the presidency.  The same members of the GOP establishment lined up against Moore will be called upon to dump Trump.

Roy Moore for Senate?  I agree with Paul [Mirengoff] that the Washington Post's allegation that Moore tried to seduce a 14-year-old girl 38 years ago is more likely false than true, particularly given the gaping hole in the accuser's story that has been attested to by her own mother.  Beyond that, I question whether a newly-surfaced, 38-year-old allegation should ever — short of murder or something nearly as heinous — be grounds for defeating a political candidate.  There is a reason why our criminal laws include statutes of limitation.  After decades have gone by, it is often impossible to prove (or disprove) an allegation.  The accuser in the present case remained silent for 38 years, during most of which time Moore was a prominent figure in Alabama politics.  Now, a few weeks before a U.S. Senate election, at the importuning of a team of reporters from the Washington Post who are obviously determined to bring down the candidate, she sees fit to accuse Moore.  One of the kinder words we apply to this sort of conduct in the law business is "estoppel."  It is much too late to dredge up an accusation from the 1970s.

Troy Has Fallen.  Don't Let Helen Trick You.  Today, we Americans find ourselves sinking into swamp after swamp of institutional corruption, from Washington's Russia eruptions to Hollywood's frisky lust to academia's sheer madness.  A question repeats ad nauseam:  How do they get away with this stuff?  How did gropers and pederasts run amok in our nation's media for decades without being challenged?  How did a web of state operatives, lobbyists, agents, and propagandists fool so many people with disinformation for so long without being caught?  And at last, how did colleges that were conceived as lights of reason and character formation plummet into such unreason and depravity with nobody to stop them?  It isn't the wickedness that staggers the mind, since most people understand the existence and reality of evil.  It is the evasion of justice.

JFK murder is a mirror maze that won't be solved by a few more documents.  Last week we came close to a milestone as President Trump released all but the last few hundred public documents related to the Kennedy assassination.  Considering that the assassination took place 54 years ago, and we live in what is touted as a transparent society in which the people are sovereign, it's not really much to be proud of.  But, on the other hand, when you realize that the Warren Commission had originally sealed many of the documents from its original investigation for 75 years, people my age are lucky we didn't have to live till 2039 to see what the government thought we couldn't handle.

Dems Are Loath to Weaponize Russia Probe Indictments.  The indictment of Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and the guilty plea entered by a former low-level foreign policy adviser seemed to hand Democrats a weightier cudgel with which to club the president's party this week.  But even though special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia collusion probe is picking up steam, Democratic strategists and campaign operatives are urging party members to tread carefully.  Research in the form of focus groups, polling, and on-the-ground conversations conducted by various Democratic groups suggests that reaction to GOP policy will drive their voters more effectively than the ongoing Russia investigations, however newsworthy they have become.  Democrats figure that the eventual conclusions reached by Mueller and congressional committees will speak loudly for themselves.  In the more immediate term, many Democrats argue the party will be more successful in its electoral efforts by focusing on economic issues that matter to everyday voters.

What is Mueller Investigating?  And Why?  This morning's Minneapolis Star Tribune reported, in a story that doesn't seem to have gotten a lot of national attention, that Robert Mueller's ever-widening investigation has ensnared Vin Weber, a former Minnesota Congressman and long-time Washington lobbyist: [...] Mueller's operation is leaking on a more or less daily basis.  Isn't that illegal?  Aren't grand jury proceedings supposed to be secret?  Maybe the Attorney General should appoint a special counsel to look into possible crimes associated with leaks by Mueller's staff.

The Cunningness Of The CIA's JFK Assassination Cover-Up.  [Scroll down]  It was one of the most brilliant and cunning ruses in history.  They get the body out of Parkland by force, in violation of Texas law, and put it in the hands of the military in Maryland, which conducts a secret fraudulent and bogus autopsy.  Lyndon Johnson telephones Dallas District Attorney Henry Wade on the night of the assassination and orders him to shut down any investigation of a conspiracy because it might lead to nuclear war.  As soon as Oswald is assassinated, the FBI orders Wade to turn over all his investigative files to the FBI.  At the same time, Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach and FBI Head J. Edgar Hoover both write secret memos and reports saying any further investigation must stop immediately.  Lyndon Johnson gets Earl Warren and Sen. Richard Russel to join the Warren Commission by telling them that the assassination could lead to World War III.  Johnson appoints former CIA Director Allan Dulles, who Kennedy had fired as a result of the CIA's regime-change operation at the Bay of Pigs, to the Warren Commission, thereby guaranteeing that there will be no investigation of the CIA.  Then keep all the records secret for decades, when many people won't care anymore who killed President Kennedy.

It's Starting To Look Like Putin's Real Goal Was To Drive Americans Crazy — And Guess Who's Helping.  Here's a thought experiment.  What if Russia's goal in its machinations before the November election wasn't to get President Trump elected, but to sow discord and dissent in the U.S.?  If that's the case, Russia's investment has paid off handsomely, and blame for that rests not with Trump, but his political enemies.

Harvey Weinstein Set Off The Left's Version Of The Televangelist Scandal.  It didn't stop with Harvey Weinstein.  Of course it didn't.  We all knew he was just the tip of the iceberg.  The scandal of powerful men using their position to force their attentions on young women in more or less disgusting ways hasn't even stopped in Hollywood.  It is now spreading to the political media, where it is about to cause a similar devastating loss of moral credibility. [...] Here is just a partial list of the miscreants who have been outed in the past few weeks.

Of Course It Matters That Team Clinton Funded the Dossier.  [Scroll down]  My sense is that Russia was playing both sides in the 2016 presidential election.  Its goal was not to influence the outcome — an achievement the Russians understood to be beyond their capability.  Rather the goal was to undermine the credibility of our democratic system and, in the words of James Comey, to "freak people out." [...] The Russians have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, thanks to the unwillingness of Hillary Clinton and her backers in the mainstream media to live with the result of last November's presidential election.

Swamp Central:  U.S. State Department.  In the long process of draining the D.C. swamp, the executive department to watch is State, whose leadership has long enjoyed a revolving-door relationship with the Bush and Clinton political dynasties, the CIA and the Department of Defense.  For the swamp draining to be real and lasting, changes must be reflected not just around the edges, but in the heart of the swamp as well, and it must not simply pander to domestic populist priorities like immigration; it must restore respect for the common foundation of all civilization: authentic marriage and the natural family.  The true litmus test for making America — and the world — great our response to the culture-destroying "gay" agenda, and the true measure of our national sanity is whether we stop trying to force the world to normalize it.

Roger Goodell Fell for Mainstream Media's Fake Reality and Destroyed NFL (Possibly Forever).  Thanks to George W. Bush's terrible second term, two unbelievably awful Republican opponents in John McCain and Mitt Romney, not to mention the charisma and impressive political skills as the most leftwing senator in the country, Barry O won two national elections and did so by impressive margins.  The problem is that America's so-called Smart People misread these victories.  And by "Smart People," I am, of course, sarcastically referring to Democrats, the imbecilic Republican establishment, and the corrupt national media — all of whom deluded themselves into believing that Obama's victory meant that the country had not just moved to the left, but to the far left.  Buoyed by this mistaken belief, not only did the Democrat Party move to the far-left (Warren, Bernie, Hillary 7.0, etc), so did the media.

America Has Built the Most Comfortable Civilization in the World.  Agatha Christie in "At Bertram's Hotel" makes a comment about Americans liking their rooms warmer in winter, and needing air conditioning in the summer.  There was a faint sneer to the words.  Americans, you know, like to be comfortable, and aren't hardened, easy-going travelers like the rest of the world.  They don't put up with discomfort and inconvenience with a smile.  For some reason, this is held against us.  The thing is, you stack all your cathedrals, all your palazzos, the broad expanses of European plazas, of arches and columns and ancient paintings, and they're all very fine, very impressive, very worth seeing.  But you can't have them and ease and comfort in the same day.  Because nowhere in Europe, no matter how much you're paying (unless you are at the very top of the tree and paying multi-millionaire type of money) will you find the consistent comfort and ease of American life.

The Mythical Far Right.  Few ideas are as silly or destructive as the idea that there is an "ideological spectrum" that has at one extreme Nazis and fascists and at the other end communists.  There is no "far right" that connects in any way with conservatism.  The communists and Nazis are not simply totalitarians, but totalitarians who believe in almost identical values.  That is why Orwell in 1984 could describe an Inner Party that everyone understands but fits nowhere on an "ideological spectrum."  Moving too far in the direction of Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater never, ever leads to totalitarianism, but moving too far in the direction of Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi always leads to totalitarianism.

America Divided: It Starts With the Democratic Party.  Five political worldviews are currently vying for supremacy in the public square:  identity politics, progressive class-based redistributionism, libertarian anti-statism, reform conservatism, and Trumpist populism.  Despite some tensions, the first two co-exist in the Democratic Party.  The other three are jostling for control of the Republican Party.

Are the California wildfires Jerry Brown's Katrina?  Nobody knows with certainty the cause(s) of the Northern California wildfires that have overwhelmed the capacity of governments to in any way contain them.  A few theories exist.  NASA blames lightning, but I am not sure how much credence NASA deserves.

The Editor says...
If the wildfires were caused by lightning, why are they confined to California?  Is there no lightning in Mexico or Oregon?

Congress warned that NoKo EMP attack could kill 90% of Americans.  The House Homeland Security Committee heard expert testimony yesterday on the effects of a high-altitude nuclear detonation that could knock out the U.S. electrical grid for up to a year, resulting in the deaths of 90% of Americans.  A nuclear attack from space would generate an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, that would "inflict devastating damage" on the U.S.

The Editor says...
When people talk about news media sensationalism (and click bait), the article above is the kind of thing they're talking about.  News media outlets thrive on fear and uncertainty, as do politicians.  But let's step back and look at this EMP threat for a moment, since the whole issue is hypothetical at this point.
  [#1]  North Korea can just barely get a rocket off the ground and splash it in the ocean.  If they could hit a specific target, they would aim for the biggest U.S. city they could reach, which would either be in Hawaii, Alaska or Guam.  In doing so, they would have to understand that it would likely be a suicidal act.
  [#2]  Even if North Korea could deliver an H-bomb to North America, they wouldn't waste their first strike on an EMP pulse over Kansas.  They would hit Los Angeles or New York with it, hoping the U.S. Congress would be reluctant to retaliate in kind.
  [#3]  If an EMP attack is so destructive, why hasn't the U.S. used such a weapon in the Middle East, and why hasn't Russia done it to Ukraine, etc.?  Nobody has ever attempted an EMP attack, yet everybody seems 100 percent sure it would be 100 percent effective, the first time it's tried (by the most technologically primitive nuclear power in the world).
  [#4]  The central processor in a computer is on a chip, inside a grounded metal case, which is usually inside a grounded metal box.  The energy from a pulse unleashed over Oklahoma would not be sufficient to cut through the shielding, in my opinion.  Maybe your modem would be fried, and your memory chips would be flaky, but then again, maybe not.  There might be a momentary surge on your power line, but if your entire house goes up 1000 volts and back down, that's not an issue, as long as the whole house floats up and down.  In other words, damage would be done by differential voltage rather than common-mode voltage.  Unless your cell phone is connected to a charger, the entire device is floating.
  [#5]  The power grid, as I've said before, has widely-distributed protection against lightning, not to mention the unavoidable resistance of the wires, which would go a long way toward protecting against (other forms of) pulsed energy from the sky.
  [#6]  If the event of a missile attack on North America, NORAD should be able to provide the utilities with at least 10 minutes warning, which would be time enough to open every switch in the system, so induced energy wouldn't sweep through the whole grid.
  [#7]  If an EMP attack wipes out all the cell phones and televisions, we would be back to 1948, when America was a superpower.  Americans watch too much TV anyhow, and most people with cell phones pay entirely too much attention to the phone.  It doesn't take much high-tech to get radio stations back on the air.  It doesn't take much training to learn to use a map (or a dictionary or a newspaper or a cookbook or the post office) instead of the phone. 
  [#8]  There are more generators installed in the U.S. than anyone realizes, and power would be systematically restored within a matter of days.  I can't imagine that a single pulse from 1,000 miles away would burn up a 10,000-amp generator at the power station.
  [#9]  Other countries around the world would be happy to assist with our recovery and reconstruction.  Unless they've been hit, too.
  [#10]  If an EMP attack is even moderately successful, and American resilience and ingenuity gets all the lights back on in two or three weeks, obviously another EMP attack will occur at that time.  If it's such an effective weapon, other countries will likely pile on.
  [#11]  If I'm wrong about all the above, then we'll just have to use our wits, adapt, improvise, and live like the pioneers for a while (and the pioneers didn't have canned food and bottled water).  The people who are most hysterical about the EMP threat are the same people who preach "survival of the fittest" in the public schools.
  [#12]  In the aftermath of a wholesale power outage, life will be more difficult, especially if we're all rounded up and "housed" for our own protection.  I'm a lot more wary of big government tyranny than reckless enemies with nukes.

Who Would You Want For A Boss — Mike Pence or Harvey Weinstein?  This isn't a difficult question.  Unless you live in Hollywood, and you were willing to accept this sexual abuse because it was Harvey Weinstein.  So long as he said all the right things, gave the right people money, and supported all the right causes, he continued to prey on women.

Humanity and Mr. Killer Paddock.  First of all, I keep reading that somehow it's unique in human history that men gather innocent human beings together, pen them up, and then slaughter them in large numbers.  The tragic fact of human nature is that mass killings of totally innocent human beings are not at all unusual.  Genghis Khan swept across Europe and Asia killing by the hundreds of thousands when it had to be done by hand and not by machines.  His victims were as innocent as could be.  In World War II, the Nazis killed Jews and Russians by the millions, making no distinction at all between the men and the women, the children and the adults.  A common way for them to do this was to unload cattle cars filled with Jews, line them up in fields, make them dig their own graves, then machine gun them.  The earth would still be rising and falling for days after the "burial."  Even before that, in World War I, the Turks killed one and a half million Armenians by shooting and starvation and exposure, and the world said nothing.  The Führer was inspired.  Stalin killed by the tens of millions, almost all civilians.  Not only did no one stop him, but many in the elite circles in the West thought of him as a hero.

An Unreal Existence.  At the end of the 20th century people believed in the truth.  While they had several truths, — liberalism, conservativism, classic Communism of the kind once espoused by Che Guevara and in places a naive form of apocalyptic Islam — at least each believed the world's problems could be solved if their truth should triumph over the rest.  The clash of civilizations since September 11, 2001 has left every culture wounded and guilty in its own way.  Western civilization, dominant through the modern era appears to be destroying itself in self-hatred, literally choosing extinction.

Stephen Paddock's 'secret life'.  My guess is that the "secret life" [Stephen] Paddock led was part of a life plan he absorbed from his father, who twice lived a life on the run from police under phony identities he manufactured.

False flag in Vegas shooting?  Stephen Paddock, 64, has been named as the Las Vegas shooter.  He is dead.  He killed 58 people at a concert and wounded 515 others.  In the Congress, calls are rising for new gun control laws..."  But, as it turns out, the evidence suggests there were multiple shooters in the Mandalay Hotel.  Paddock may or may not have been one of them.  The overall operation was designed to invoke widespread horror and fear, and usher in new restrictions on gun ownership. [...] [T]he background of the purported shooter, Stephen Paddock, gives no indication of any competence with auto weapons, gives no indication he could have dealt with the problems and challenges of using such a weapon — and on top of that, his state of mind at the time, as an non-professional, would have been unstable, to say the least.  Any reasonable law-enforcement group investigating this mass shooting would certainly keep its options open, regarding other perpetrators.  But that is not what is happening here.  The books are closed on this case.  There is no going back.  The desired result has been achieved.  One shooter, mass killings.  End of story.  Objective achieved.  That rush to judgment and "closure" is also a prime feature of the false flag.  It has to be.

The bitter fruit of Hefner's life's work has helped poison American families.  Hugh Hefner didn't invent pornography, and it would no doubt be thriving today even if he hadn't founded Playboy magazine those many years ago.  After all, man is fallen, and somebody would have filled that depraved niche in American life.  Hefner, however, played his part, and the part he played was immensely destructive to our nation's cultural, moral, and spiritual fabric.  Hefner mainstreamed porn, he put it in millions of homes, and he even glamorized it — recasting one of America's most pathetic industries as the playground of the sophisticated rich.  He then grew to a ripe old age, consorting with women young enough to be his granddaughters.  He was America's most famous dirty old man.

Hugh Hefner Was A Creepy Old Pornographer.  So Why Are Leftists Celebrating Him?  Let's be clear about one thing:  Hefner's attempt to glorify the "swinging" lifestyle was a dressed-up version of pure hedonism.  While he said he liked to listen to jazz, talk about Nietzsche, and be surrounded by beautiful women, he's only famous because of the last element:  without publishing pictures of bare breasts, Hugh Hefner would have been a nearly-anonymous, seedy-type trying to hit on women who could pass for his granddaughters.  Hefner is iconic only because our culture has been so degraded. [...] The media may pretend that Hefner's "sophistication" is the reason they're praising him today, but it's his obscenity and his open hatred of traditional morality that really turned them on.

Tom Cruise's Latest Film Fabricates History to Attack President Reagan.  Ronald Reagan, we were told in the 1980s, brought to the White House a worldview suffused with America-boosting Hollywood cliché and informed by dodgy facts.  Liberals blanched when Tom Cruise amplified this voice in the Reaganite Top Gun.  Three decades on, the charge is being trotted out again, only this time it is Cruise who is making it, in a film suffused with America-bashing Hollywood cliché and informed by dodgy facts.  Cruise plays Barry Seal, a real-life Louisiana TWA pilot-turned-drug smuggler for the Medellin Cartel who got rich in the 1970s and 1980s before he was eventually busted.  Desperate, he volunteered to turn informant for the DEA and earned the wrath of the drug lords after photographing some of them with cameras the CIA had installed on his plane.  All of this is shown in American Made, but as far as I can tell, most of the rest is fabricated.

Igor, bar the door.  Shared values can't exist in a world where each ever splintering group seeks its own "safe space" only a step ahead of the pursuing harpies of cultural appropriation.  "Divide and conquer" couldn't live in the same town as "we are the world" forever.  Sooner or later the global project had to square off against identity politics and it looks like the hyphens are winning.

That Shooting At Georgia Tech Was Suicide By Cop.  What with all of the other rioting going on all over the country, you're to be forgiven if you missed the latest mayhem breaking out around Georgia Tech this week.  It resulted from the shooting of a student there by the name of Scout Schultz on Saturday night [9/16/2017].  Schultz reportedly "identified as neither male nor female" but based on the pictures and some of the local reporting I'm going with male because I can't be bolloxed with writing an entire column while dancing around the use of pronouns. [...] Since it was a student being shot by the police, the New Normal dictates that people have to immediately take to the streets.

The NDAA is Fatally Flawed and Threatens National Security.  Looking at some of the early Christmas gifts buried deep on the National Defense Authorization Act for both liberals like Elizabeth Warren and our enemies like North Korea and Iran, it's almost hard believe Republicans won an election in November.  Somehow, deep in the fine print almost no one in Washington ever reads, are a series of provisions snuck in to the NDAA by Senator Warren and Obama Administration holdovers at the Defense Department that will actually make America less safe and grow government bureaucracy.

Is Google attempting to cover up an inconvenient hurricane truth?  Since nobody else seems to want to stick their neck out, this old fool might as well do it and point out the obvious: those who have shouldered the heavy lifting in the disaster and rescue work in South Texas and South Florida during our hurricane events have been — with plenty of exceptions, of course — those hated white males the left loves to disparage. [...] If you care to take the time to review the endless stream of videos out there from these disasters, particularly of the widespread flooding from Harvey, one truth quickly jumps out at you: the Americans driving those boats and operating other rescue vehicles are far and away mostly white males, and a disproportionate number of those being rescued are people of color.  Yes, there are numerous Hispanics and some blacks among the rescuers, but the undeniable reality is that the bulk of that huge rescue team was lily-white — and, even worse for liberals, Southerners, which represents a truly inconvenient truth for all those rabid progressives who would have the world believe that Southern White Males are all vicious racists, most of whom have freshly laundered white-sheet KKK attire hanging in their closets.

Flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in the history of the world.  My independent atomic elemental analysis of flu vaccines, published in the summer of 2014, proved that flu vaccines contain over 50 ppm mercury, an extremely toxic heavy metal linked to kidney failure, birth defects, spontaneous abortions and neurological damage.  This finding has never been refuted by anyone.  In fact, it was affirmed by vaccine proponents who insisted that it is perfectly safe to inject pregnant women, young children and senior citizens with mercury even though the flu vaccine insert itself readily admits there is no scientific evidence whatsoever to support the safety and efficacy of the vaccine in such groups.  Believe it or not, there are still millions of people, doctors, pharmacists and even journalists who do not yet realize there is a very high concentration of mercury in influenza vaccines given to pregnant women, children and senior citizens.  Most people, you see, have been lied to by the media which has stated over and over again that mercury was removed from all vaccines.  That's simply not true.

Electing to Investigate Voter Fraud.  Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes' non-efforts to prevent voter fraud are typical of Democrat officials.  She sounds like your run-of-the-mill, corrupt Democrat capo from Philly or Pittsburgh whose primary objective is maintaining Democrats' power without regard for the rule of law or maintaining a civil society.  Both social norms and the Constitution are targeted by the nihilist, communist left/Democrat Party for annihilation. [...] Leftist apparatchiks like Snipes are vital to the Joey Stalins of the Democrat Party, the malevolent Schumer and abortionist Pelosi.  Snipes most likely considers Antifa to be a community organizing group; in fact, it is — like ACORN and Black Lives Matter — violent, anti-American, communist, and darlings of the mainstream media.

Climate Change Sermon at Hurricane Relief Concert.  Last night our favorite celebrities held a benefit concert for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  So kind, right?  Well it didn't take long for those self-righteous stars to turn a charity night into a political statement because, why let a good tragedy go to waste, right?  [Video clip]

Houston, We Have a Problem.  Houston / Harris County has two enormous "dry reservoirs," along with several hundred (regular) reservoirs, bayous, stream beds and other infrastructure designed to collect the water of torrential rainfalls to prevent flooding.  The two dry reservoirs, being dry, do not help the city survive periods of drought, as the rest of the system does.  They are only to temporarily hold the waters of massive rainfalls.  One of these two dry reservoirs is Addicks Reservoir, within which is Harris County Bear Creek Park.  Normally, the land of this reservoir is used for recreation.  For example, park land.  Also, athletic fields.  The other dry reservoir is Barker Reservoir.  Within this reservoir is George Bush Park.  This park offers a mix of amenities similar to that offered by Bear Creek Park.  The two dry reservoirs and the rest of the water control system were put into place following the floods of 1935.  The system was supposed to contain the rush of water associated with massive downpours perhaps even the size of Hurricane Harvey.  But, over time, the city sold pieces of land constituting its reservoir system, reducing the capacity of the system and, of course, the city failed to maintain its (mere earthen) dams.  So, over time, the capacity of the system to absorb torrential rainfall was severely diminished.

Flashback — Admitted Occultist Sally Quinn Ridiculed Sarah Palin's Christian Faith.  Back in 2009, when journalist/socialite Sally Quinn used the pages of the leftwing Washington Post to blast former-Governor Sarah Palin's Christian faith, all we knew about Quinn was that she was a committed atheist (this is someone the Washington Post thought should run its religious section).  What we did not know about Quinn, because she did not want us to know, is that while The Queen of Pro-Science could not bring herself to believe in God, what she did believe in was the occult, the dark arts, voodoo, and the power of the hex.  Quinn believes so strongly in her own witch-like powers, she is certain that she is responsible for the deaths of three people, three innocent people who died after Quinn hit them with a hex.

The Real Reason the US Navy Keeps Hitting Merchant Vessels.  [Scroll down]  Our Navy should now be something like I described back in 2000 — lots of drones, surface, subsurface and air, being controlled by nodes which take the info back quickly to centralized areas for decisions on action.  The weapons can be delivered by drones as well.  Why we are still dropping iron bombs on top of targets before they are softened up is beyond me.  Iron bombs have their place, and so do manned aircraft, but they are truly expensive to lose.  We need to do better.

With Hurricane Irma, Private Volunteers — Not Gov't — Again Lead Way In Relief.  As with Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma has severely tested Americans' generosity and willingness to help their fellow human beings in a time of need.  And they have once again passed the test with flying colors.

The Great Hate Flood of 2017.  [Scroll down]  Who knew?  Apparently not the legions of leftist fanatics who openly salivated at the idea that thousands of white redneck bigots would be drowning in Texas last week.  So eager were they to revel in the idea of a PMS-enraged Goddess punishing these inbred racists with a hurricane and flooding, they didn't check to see that the area getting walloped went solidly blue in the 2016 elections.  The blood-red parts of Texas — where all those foul-spirited subhuman Republican white rednecks live, the ones who put Trump over the top and gave him the nation's second-largest electoral prize, those morally retarded mutant throwbacks who live and breathe on pure fumes of hatred — were mostly untouched by Harvey's destruction.  Can you imagine these progressive sadists' bitter moral agony when informed that there would be no rainbows in Houston until the storms had taken a rainbow coalition of human lives?  Can you picture the tears that fell sadly to the ground when they realized that not only white people would be dying?

Stop Blaming Houston's Libertarian Zoning For Hurricane Harvey's Destruction.  The media is determined to blame Houston's urban developers for the hurricane's devastation.  That isn't a comprehensive, balanced understanding of the situation.

Did Joe Arpaio receive a fair hearing from an unbiased judge?  My position on the pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio is that it was a reasonable exercise of the president's pardon power.  Not pardoning the sheriff would also have been reasonable, in my opinion.  Indeed, as I said in my post on the subject, I don't like presidential pardons.  Absent overwhelming evidence that the person getting the pardon did not commit the offense for which he was convicted, my preference is no pardon.  The Arpaio pardon does not meet that standard.  However, Arpaio's offense arises from his efforts to combat a serious problem of lawlessness — illegal immigration — that the federal government refused to take seriously.  Arpaio was filling a void created by the feds, a void that inflicted hardship on the people Arpaio was elected to serve.  In addition, political animus by those who opposed Arpaio's efforts to fill the void left by the feds appears to have driven the legal case against him.

Warning: The Race War Is Being Engineered.  [T]he corporate media (which is owned by a handful of corporations) have the power to influence your thinking and, as a result, keep you afraid or angry.  The media (and the people behind it) are working together to create conflict.  To stir the pot.  To stoke the flames.  In reality, for the average American these issues truly represent a small slice of the issues which are of immediate threat to their freedoms and livelihood.  While I believe all people should oppose low-level, primitive thinking such as racism and bigotry, we should be hesitant to let these stories and pundits play on our fears and push us into violent action.  Also, we should remain skeptical and be aware there are infiltrators and provocateurs involved with promoting these fears.

Does the Left Know Something's Coming Involving Guns?  This sounds a little "out there," but we live in a time when what is going on beneath the surface dwarfs what we see as the end result of someone's planning.  So what if the discordant calls for gun control are because those politicians, anarchists, and activists (though I repeat myself) have foreknowledge of some kind of planned escalation of their brand of "protest" and are setting the stage for disingenuous "I told you sos'?  What if they have something of a timeline along which they either believe that things will happen or will make things happen, to escalate the blitzkrieg of media and hysteria by which they effect "change" — meaning a coup?  What if they and the media are in bed together on this, too, and have prepared their stories and narratives ahead of time? [...] Seeing the unprecedented dishonesty we have seen over the last nine years, practiced by unethical zealots who see their opportunity to gain full control over the wealth of an entire nation, is this too ridiculous to imagine?

The Insatiable Left.  Steve Bannon, the wily provocateur who helped push President Trump across the finish line in the bloody 2016 presidential contest, has resigned from his position as White House Chief Strategist. [...] Democrats are quicker to hop on opportunity than rats looking for scraps in a dumpster.  But even some Republicans couldn't help jumping on the "fire Bannon" band wagon.

The human cost of hate, and the high price of love.  If life were as simple as the mainstream media makes it out to be, then we would have the luxury of never having to think about anything.  We could all march in lockstep from birth to death, never disagreeing, never finding nuance, never having to worry about the other side — because there wouldn't be another side.  Of course, there are such simple societies, but come to think of it, they are simply horrible.  I'm talking about the nations, cultures and religions that don't tolerate diversity of opinion, ethnicity or religion.  I'm talking about Germany under Hitler, China under Mao, Russia under Stalin, Cambodia under Pol Pot, the Islamic State under al-Baghdadi, Korea under the Kims.  In each of those cases, the people have been told what to think — and variance from those instructions often has meant a death sentence.

Navy's Report on Fitzgerald Collision Is Evidence Of Corruption.  Two months after the USS Fitzgerald's June 18 collision with a freighter in the Sea Of Japan, the Navy announced that the ship's commanding officer, executive officer, and senior enlisted man were being relieved of their positions. [...] The Fitz's damage control fiasco may be a small reflection of the OOD's failure on the bridge.  What was that officer doing before the collision that so diverted his/her judgment, and after the collision that it took him/her 14 minutes to sound General Quarters?  Drugs?  Sex?  What kinds of people and policies are in at the controls in today's Navy?  Unfortunately, the Navy is giving us one more example of how America's ruling class deals with its failures:  indict formal scapegoats, issue long reports that sidestep the key issues, and close the matter by promising to "continue the investigation."  That is why serious persons assume that official reports are cover-ups.

Apple Funds Left-Wing Hate Group.  As has been documented many times, the Southern Poverty Law Center is a left-wing hate group that has blood on its hands.  I don't know whether [Apple CEO Tim] Cook shares SPLC's hateful agenda, or whether he is just a naive stooge.  Either way, Apple has aligned itself with some very bad actors.

The Left Is Doing Exactly What White Nationalists Want.  It wasn't long ago that Americans were being told repeatedly not to overreact to Islamic terrorism, because that would only serve as a terrorist recruiting tool.  That's worth remembering now, in the wake of the white supremacist attack in Charlottesville, Va. [...] Liberals and the press should know that wildly exaggerating the size and influence of these racist miscreants only serves as a powerful recruiting tool for more disaffected whites to join their ranks.  Ignoring these idiotic marches, in contrast, will starve these people of what they want more than anything else — attention.

One Easy Way Democrats Can Stop Neo-Nazis.  In Dallas, a black nationalist activist shot and killed 5 police officers at a Black Lives Matter anti-police rally.  Instead of condemning BLM, Barack Obama defended a racist hate group whose role model is Assata Shakur, a wanted black nationalist cop killer, at the funerals of the murdered officers.  The left killed civil rights and replaced it with black nationalism.  The racial supremacism of black nationalism that killed those officers is everywhere. [...] But racism is a two-way street.  So is violence.  Extremists feed into each other.  You can't legitimize one form of racism without legitimizing all of them.  The media may advance this hypocritical position.  Obama used the shameful "reverse racism" euphemism that distinguishes between black and white racism.  But propaganda and spin don't change the physics of human nature.  Either all racism is bad.  Or all racism is acceptable.

Trump Was Right to Condemn Violence on 'Many Sides' in Charlottesville.  President Donald Trump reacted to Saturday's [8/12/2017] violence in Charlottesville by condemning violence "on many sides."  His critics pounced, saying that he should have specifically condemned violence by white supremacists, and that by not doing so, he in fact condoned such violence.  The critics are guilty of a double standard, and of exploiting the violence for political gain, widening America's divisions at a time when national unity is the only proper course.

Is Charlottesville What's Really Going On in the USA?  [Scroll down]  [T]he Klan, although it's the most famous and features the ever-popular David Duke, is not the only organization of wretched white supremacist nut cases.  There are a number of others.  So for the sake of argument, let's say there are as many as 100,000 white supremacists in America today. (This is undoubtedly a vast exaggeration, but let's use it, as I said, for the sake of argument.)  Meanwhile, since the 1920s, our population has more than tripled to some 325 million.  Using the figure of 100,000 white supremacists (not many of whom made it to Charlottesville fortunately), this puts the percentage of white supremacists in the U.S. at a puny 0.03%.  Terrible people, yes, but no epidemic by any stretch of the imagination.

Skokie and Charlottesville:  Compare and Contrast Nazi marches.  Those who have followed the origins of the Charlottesville riot know that this same Supreme Court decision [National Socialist Party v. Skokie] was held to apply there, too, as the ACLU once again rode to rescue of the rights of Nazis to the same free speech protections as groups favored by public sentiment.  The two marches are linked in their DNA by a common ancestor, the ACLU.  So what was different this time?  Clearly, it was the fact that unlike 40 years ago, the Left is prepared to violently prevent the exercise of First Amendment rights.  Yes, the Nazis are repugnant.  They were repugnant forty years ago, too, and if anything, more so because they targeted a community that was home to many Holocaust survivors.

Celebrate the WWII Ending Atomic Bombs for the Millions of Lives Saved.  Like their soldiers on these islands [Saipan, Iwo Jima, Tarawa, Guadalcanal], the 73 million Japanese prepared to defend to the last man, woman, and child their almost 146,000 square mile homeland.  Everyone who could fight was being trained and armed; even children were taught to fight with spears.  The death toll promised to be horrendous.  The American forces anticipated 1,000,000 casualties including at least 150,000 dead.  The atomic bombs convinced the Japanese to surrender saving American lives and avoiding the extinction, or near extinction of the Japanese people.  While the death toll from the atomic bombs was high, Hiroshima 80,000 and Nagasaki 40,000, they were not extreme in WWII.  The March 9-10, 1945 bombing raid on Tokyo took about 100,000 lives, the raids on Hamburg took about 42,000 lives, the raids on Dresden took 25,000 lives, raids on London took perhaps 50,000 lives.  Compared to the perhaps 60-70 million Japanese that might have died in the invasion of Japan, the death toll from the atomic bombs was low and a small price to pay for the lives saved.

Silencing ALL opposition voices:  Inside The Media Matters Playbook.  Even to casual observers, it has been obvious for months that the left is orchestrating a tightly-coordinated campaign to undermine and delegitimize the current presidential administration.  As an extension of the decades-long campaign to wrestle the narrative away from conservatives, independents and centrists, they're smearing right-leaning commentators with anything they can find. [...] So, what exactly do they want?  Nothing less than complete control over political discourse in America.

While Trashing Trump, Apple Is Selling Its Soul To Do Business In China.  Tech giant Apple Inc. is increasingly caving to the demands of communist China in order to stay in a market where it is losing ground and advancing authoritarian objectives in exchange for short-term profits and, potentially, long-term losses.  China is Apple's second-largest market and could eventually become the company's biggest market, but Apple's China sales are declining.  As the company struggles to maintain a share of the Chinese market, it has increasingly kowtowed to Beijing, delivering blow after blow to internet freedom, human rights causes, and fair-market practices.  At the same time, its leadership continuously criticizes the American president while harping on progressive causes at home.

Is America on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown or Civil War?  [Scroll down]  Can the Deep State co-exist with an awakened populace, even a partially awakened one?  Increasingly, beneath all the leaks and counter-leaks, the missing emails and accusations, what we are looking at is a sclerotic system that has become increasingly built on self-preservation and not on the people's will, in fact is largely disinterested in and disconnected from that will.  Call [Michael] Savage an extremist or whatever you want, but the truth is we are clearly on the edge of something explosive.  The number of leaks is astronomical and they seem to come from everywhere, including our intelligence agencies, the FBI, and inside the White House.

Sanctions, Smoke and Mirrors from a Kindergarten on LSD.  The latest US sanctions and the Russian retaliatory response have resulted in a torrent of speculations in the official media and the blogosphere — everybody is trying to make sense of a situation which appears to make no sense at all.  Why in the world would the US Senate adopt new sanctions against Russia when Russia has done absolutely nothing to provoke such a vote?  Except for Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders, every single US Senator voted in favor of these sanctions.  Why?!  This is even more baffling when you consider that the single biggest effect of these sanctions will be to trigger a rift, and possibly even counter-sanctions, between the US and the EU.  What is absolutely clear is that these sanctions will have exactly zero effect on Russia and I don't think anybody is seriously expecting the Russians to change anything at all in their policies.  And yet, every Senator except Paul and Sanders voted for this.  Does that make any sense to you?

Stop Calling Jesus a Socialist.  To make Jesus of Nazareth a socialist is to give credence to an alternative account in which he is useful only when he speaks of someone else's finances.  The socialist structure demands giving without first inspiring generosity and getting without gratitude, but as for the Kingdom of Heaven, the object of its judgment is the inner life, ignoring status, and calling to account the conduct of the slave as a slave and the master as a master.  It is her witness to this judgment that makes the church a body of grave opposition to those like Bernie Sanders.

We All Need to Admit that America Has a Tattoo Problem.  If America can be divided into those who don't have tattoos and those who do, the two groups seem to be rapidly approaching equilibrium.  About one in five Americans have tattoos, and among 18-29 year-olds the latest figures peg those with ink at 40 percent.  Speaking of percentages, the Air Force is so hard up for recruits that it recently eliminated its "25 percent rule."  Like all military regulations, the 25 percent rule is painfully exact, but loosely stated, it meant that you weren't eligible to serve, much less join a bomber crew ferrying around nuclear weapons, unless you were capable of exercising good enough judgment not to cover more than a quarter of your body in tattoos.  Back in the good old days, the problem was getting tattoos after you joined the military.

Why No Warning Label on Marijuana?  The federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires all drugs in the United States to be shown safe and effective before being marketed in the United States.  Now that the manufacture and sale of marijuana is legal in Colorado, California, and six other states, why hasn't the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required warning labels on marijuana?  The FDA has plenary powers, including the outright prohibition of the marketing of unsafe drugs.  It has similar statutory authority to issue an order recalling drugs, although recalls are normally done voluntarily by drug manufacturers.

Procter & Gamble's Identity-Politics Pandering.  Once upon a time, brothers-in-law William Procter and James Gamble sold candles and soap.  Their 19th-century family business grew into the largest consumer goods conglomerate in the world — launching the most recognizable brands on our grocery shelves, including Tide, Pampers, Crest, Nyquil and Old Spice.  Now, Procter & Gamble want to conquer a new market:  identity-politics pandering.  Industry marketers aren't satisfied with selling useful products people want and need.  They're hell-bent on transforming successful businesses into social justice busybodies.

That's Just Your Opinion:  Moral Relativism and the Death of Liberty.  The protection of individual liberty is the core purpose of American government, built into our nation's framework.  As I've aged, I've come to believe that this is the fundamental distinction that separates the American idea from the rest of the world.  And I've come to understand that to destroy our notion of individual liberty requires the institution of this silly notion of moral relativism, where your opinion and mine are equal simply because we have opinions and a vote.

Russian dossier operator Fusion GPS in business of doing dirty deeds for corrupt dictatorships.  The secretive Washington firm that commissioned the sensational anti-Trump campaign research dossier also advised corrupt Venezuelan officials accused of conducting a lucrative money laundering scheme, a respected international human rights group told lawmakers probing the Russian election-meddling scandal.  Thor Halvorssen, head of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, told the Senate Judiciary Committee in written testimony that Washington-based political intelligence firm Fusion GPS operated a campaign against journalists who threatened to expose a multibillion-dollar fraud involving faulty South American electric power plants, the laundering of its proceeds in U.S. banks and a kickback scheme to pay off Venezuelan officials.

Combat Veteran:  War Is No Place For The Gender Confused.  Combat veteran J.R. Salzman said Wednesday morning [7/26/2017] in the wake of President Donald Trump's military transgender ban that a war theater is no place for the gender confused.  In a tweet series, Salzman recounted his experiences in Iraq in 2006, when he was stationed at an isolated firebase in the blazing heat and experienced constant stress from the intense nature of his job.

The CBO's Cryptic Approach To Scoring Laws Undermines Public Confidence.  Efforts by Republican lawmakers to repeal the Affordable Care Act in recent months have repeatedly collapsed after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored the various bills using a closely guarded analytic process done entirely behind closed doors.  As Republicans released proposed legislation, the CBO announced its views about its effect on the federal budget and how it would affect the number of people without health insurance but didn't provide a clear account of how those numbers were reached.

David Axelrod, son of communists, suddenly worried about Trump's meeting with Putin.  David Axelrod, President Obama's former political strategist, is stroking his chin about President Trump's supposed "second" conversation with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, coming at the G-20 in Berlin a while back. [...] Would that be the same David Axelrod whose family was found by journalist Paul Kengor to be full-blown, card-carrying communists when young David was growing up in Stuyvesant Town on Manhattan's Lower East Side?  The same ones who were Soviet dupes, as Kengor found, and in tight with now revealed KGB agent I.F. Stone?  Communists so tight in the inner circle of communists that they were buddies with Obama's Communist Party mentor, Frank Marshall Davis?

Mueller's Investigation Must Be Limited and Accountable.  How much goalpost moving should be tolerable in the Trump-Russia collusion investigation? [...] The investigation is a moving target because of its slippery vocabulary.  It has been discussed and analyzed through the prism of "collusion" and "counterintelligence."  When we think of an "investigation," the connotation is a criminal proceeding — crimes, penal law, grand juries, subpoenas, warrants, arrests ... prosecution.  In that thicket, the terms "collusion" and "counterintelligence" are outliers.  The former is a vague term that blurs the legally salient lines between mere association and conspiracy — that is, the difference between innocence and guilt.

Philly Archbishop Decries Vatican Article Attacking U.S. Christians as 'Willfully Ignorant'.  In a hard-hitting essay, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has joined the dozens of Christian leaders who have denounced the ignorant and insulting article published last week by the Vatican-vetted journal, La Civiltà Cattolica.  The essay by papal confidants Father Antonio Spadaro SJ and Rev. Marcelo Figueroa paints an offensive caricature of conservative Christians in the United States as politically ambitious racists who promote an "ecumenism of hate" and long to impose a theocratic state. [...] The Archbishop also makes the politically incorrect but undeniably accurate observation that the goal of much gay activism today goes beyond mere equality for the same-sex attracted and extends to a desire to "punish those who oppose the LGBT cultural agenda," something publicly acknowledged by gay activist Tim Gill last month.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer Releases NAFTA Objectives.  It cannot be overstated how critical this is.  Please, please, understand.  There are trillions of dollars at stake.  All political opposition to President Donald Trump will increase in exponential severity as the dates of these renegotiated trade deals draws closer.  There are trillions of dollars at stake.  The entities outlined below will throw everything at the current administration in an effort to secure a better financial outcome for their interests.  Multinational Corporations, Wall Street interests and Multinational Financial stakeholders (mostly banks and foreign governments), have lobbied DC politicians for decades to create trade outcomes favorable to them.  It is, at its core, the financial and policy cancer that has distributed America's physical and financial wealth globally.  Additionally, multinational corporate media are part of this entire process and are stakeholders in the outcomes.

Trump-Hatred Is All About Islam.  One and a quarter billion people, roughly a fifth of the world's population, cannot make the leap from tribal society into the modern world.  Their anguish and rage is a source of continuous instability and an occasional threat to the security of Western countries.  Western leaders from George W. Bush to Pope Francis I struggled to avoid a clash of civilizations, praising Islam as a religion of peace.  Trump, by contrast, told Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia May 21 that the onus was on them to extirpate terrorists from their countries and mosques.  Trump isn't seeking civilizational war.  He's giving Muslim leaders fair warning and a chance to avoid it.  That is what the whole kerfuffle is about.

Fox News Takes a Sharp Left Turn.  If any doubts remained that the Fox News channel is continuing to swerve from its conservative roots, they were erased on July 16, 2017 when Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., a principal architect of Obamacare and a barely hinged spin doctor for the Democrat socialist left, appeared on the channel's signature weekly program Fox News Sunday in his new role as a paid contributor.  During the program, the ever arrogant Emanuel jumped on the Resist Trump bandwagon and suggested that President Trump is worthy of being impeached.  Hired last February primarily as a health policy analyst (he is a physician and professor, after all), Emanuel is now providing opinion not only on medical subjects but on political ones, as well.

Russia Didn't Interfere In U.S. Election To Help Trump, But To Destabilize America.  A still unidentified Democratic Party donor paid for the factually challenged dossier that almost sunk the Donald Trump campaign.  The dossier was created (and perhaps written) with the support and assistance of unregistered foreign agents of the Russian government, according to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The offer by an obscure music publicist to Donald Trump Jr. to share compromising information on the Clinton campaign was, as will be shown below, most likely a Russian operation.  I conclude that Russia's interference in the 2016 election was not to help Trump but to throw the American political system into chaos and threaten its foundations.  Russia boasts one of the most effective and ruthless political operations in Washington.  A flamboyant man-about-town ambassador sits at the top hobnobbing with the American political aristocracy.  Russia's diplomats, spies, and PR experts lobby Russian interests and recruit the powerhouses of American political influence to plead their cases and use hired guns to sling dirt and promote "disinformation" about opponents.

Were Democrats Working With The Russians?  Because of left-wing outrage and media obsession, the nation has focused on whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russians to influence the American election.  In the hype and hysteria, we have been distracted from an obvious issue.  If, as the Obama Administration claimed, the Russians merely wanted to undermine American trust in the democratic process, would not they work both sides against each other?  It is looking more and more like that may be the case.

This isn't Watergate.  This isn't treason.  And there's still no smoking gun..  Russia did not swing the election to Trump.  He won because Americans, including hundreds of thousands who had voted for President Obama eight years previously, thought he was a more compelling candidate than Clinton.  Trump did a better job speaking the language of solidarity to the working class.  Get over it, and pick a better candidate next time.

The Next Right-Wing Populist Will Rise to Prominence by Attacking American Higher Education.  Republican voters may disagree on policy and principle, but they can agree on whom they don’t like:  Radical professors, race-obsessed provocateurs, gender-studies grifters, anti-Israel fanatics, weak-kneed administrators, disgusting libertines, angry feminists, and illiberal student protesters.  Conservatives can get on board with this critique.  They have long railed against the liberal bias of colleges and its effect on America’s young.

Thanks to the Constitution, the left's biggest problem is the American people.  In this country, voters and juries decide, not government officials.  Or media.  Or pundits.  That's by design.  The Founders' design.  Politics has always been a blood sport.  More than a few of the things in the Constitution (some more are most of the Bill of Rights, the prohibition on ex post facto laws, and the bar against bills of attainder and corruption of the blood) were expressly put in there specifically to prevent things from getting out of hand — such as when one faction got control of the executive branch of the government.

Global Warming Skepticism is Part of the Final Phase of the American Revolution.  [Scroll down]  Marshall McLuhan's global village was realized through the electronic village of the Internet.  The power of the Internet and thereby its threat to the power elite who want total government control.  The mainstream media and their political masters were end run by the people ignoring them and seeking facts evidence and information from fellow citizens.  Internet success and power were confirmed when the power elite and media tried to participate by creating websites. [...] For the first time in history, the people had access to and control of information.

How Did Trump Earn an Unprecedented Progressive Backlash?  It may not be traditionally presidential, but the Trump mode is to nuke those who first attacked him, in an effort to create a sort of deterrence.  CNN, to take one example, or Barack Obama to take another, at least knows that their smug, chic Trump putdowns will receive a reply in a manner that is neither smug nor chic.  Trump in Samson fashion is quite willing to pull the temple down on top of himself, if it means his enemies perish first.  Trump's agenda so far is an encapsulation of various conservative initiatives of prior presidents.  Remember, Trump did not promise to make "America great" but rather "American great again."

The Democrats' Latest Plan:  Commit Political Dissidents Like Trump to "Psychiatric" Disposal.  The former Soviet Union possessed many imaginative mechanisms to deal with the problem of enemies of the people who obstructed the path to socialist utopia — now known as "social justice."  One of those mechanisms was the practice of confining individuals who were thinking the wrong thoughts to insane asylums.  Indeed, if you caused any trouble for the commissars, a good inoculation of neuroleptics (powerful drugs used to "quiet" the symptoms of schizophrenia), forcibly administered through a tube in the nose, could do wonders in bringing your politically incorrect behavior to a halt.  Dissidents such as Natalya Gorbanevskaya, Pyotr Grigorenko, Vladimir Bukovsky, Alexander Esenin-Volpin and Joseph Brodsky were all among the brave freedom-fighters who bore the brunt of the Soviet practice of institutionalizing dissidents in mental hospitals and force-feeding them mind-shattering drugs.

CNN Is Breeding a Post-Millennial Generation of MAGA-Loving Rebels.  It has become crystal clear that CNN still has no clue why Hillary and the establishment lost.  Much of the post-election reflection has focused on Trump's popularity with the white working class, with whom the president's populism and protectionism resonated.  Most, however, have ignored the reactionary post-Millennials who, despite holding liberal values on many issues, voted en masse for Trump.

Masterpiece Cakeshop Is Fighting for the First Amendment.  For one thing, no matter how many times people repeat it, the case isn't about discrimination or challenging gay marriage.  But when the news first broke, USA Today, for example, tweeted, "The Supreme Court has agreed to reopen the national debate over same-sex marriage."  The headline (and story) on the website was worse; it read, "Supreme Court will hear religious liberty challenge to gay weddings."  Others similarly framed the case.  (And, don't worry, "religious liberty" is almost always solidly ensconced inside quotation marks to indicate that social conservatives are just using it as a facade.)  There is an impulse to frame every issue as a clash between the tolerant and the closed-minded.  But the Masterpiece case doesn't challenge, undermine or relitigate the issue of same-sex marriage in America.  Gay marriage wasn't even legal in Colorado when this incident occurred.

Making It Up As You Go Along.  Ten years ago one could predict what the official (and unofficial) story would be in any situation.  By contrast today's headlines are often absolutely contradictory, a situation that has made it hard for pundits to write anything intelligent about current events.  Some have given up or seemingly had a nervous breakdown.  This randomness is telling because it is indicative of a narrative in disarray.

Don't Read Too Much into the Drop in Refugee Arrivals Under President Trump.  A sharp decrease in FY 2017 refugee admissions under President Trump compared to those under the Obama administration has been reported recently.  The drop could easily be interpreted as a sign of policy change and tougher screening measures brought about by Obama's successor.  But the numbers are not quite as telling.

Trump Russia probe gets special counsel but not Hillary, not IRS? Time to investigate the investigators.  The American people want justice to be blind.  They want equal justice and equal protection for everyone.  But Mr. Comey's actions continue to call his impartiality, and the impartiality of the Holder and Lynch Justice departments, into question. [...] Throughout 2015 and 2016 there were calls from Congress for a special counsel in the Clinton email scandal.  Again the Justice Department refused, even after it was revealed that Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with Bill Clinton less than a week before the FBI interviewed Hillary Clinton.  No special counsel was established, even after some unusual Justice Department immunity deals were revealed, including those designed to protect Secretary Clinton's chief of staff Cheryl Mills, and Bryan Pagliano, who set up the email server in the first place.  This is the type of unequal justice that Americans despise.  No special counsel in the IRS targeting investigation.  No special counsel for the Clinton email investigation.  But if it's about protecting Mr. Comey's reputation and hurting President Trump, then of course there has to be a special counsel.

The Environmentalists' Human Shields.  What was it that took humanity out of a life that was "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short?"  It was cheap power.  It was the ability to heat your home AND cook your food, not having to choose between the two, on a modest income.  Not filling your lungs with smoke from burning wood or animal waste.  Not having to spend back-breaking hours chopping and carrying that wood.  Not losing days from your work and years off your life through those poisonous inhalations and hard labor.  Cheap power is what made modern life possible.  It made everybody's life better, but especially the poor (which is the case for so many other life-changing achievements of capitalism).  It is truly remarkable that "liberals" and "Progressives" champion the most regressive energy policies imaginable.  Higher energy prices generally and electricity prices specifically mean deprivation, hunger, suffering and even death.  And it means these things especially for the poor because the rich are, well, rich.

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience.  My own local Whole Foods is just a block away from the campus of Duke University.  Like almost everything else near downtown Durham, N.C., it's visited by a predominantly liberal clientele that skews academic, with more science PhDs per capita than a Mensa convention.  Still, there's a lot in your average Whole Foods that's resolutely pseudoscientific.  The homeopathy section has plenty of Latin words and mathematical terms, but many of its remedies are so diluted that, statistically speaking, they may not contain a single molecule of the substance they purport to deliver.

That Was Quick:  Reports Say Mueller Granted Comey Full Immunity Even Before Investigation Began.  Thus far, over the course of the utterly fraudulent "Russian Colusion" investigation, Democrats have accidentally uncovered crimes by Obama's attorney general Loretta Lynch and his FBI director James Comey.  And, as an added bonus, they may have also instigated brand new investigations of Hillary Clinton's suspicious activities.  So, by all means, let's continue this charade.

The Curse of Our Times.  The reign of electoral politics in our lives — the endless talk about things that aren't going to get done, and likely wouldn't get done right if they did get enacted through maneuvering and compromise — is the curse of the times.  The whole political system under which we live and obsess may have to crash for us to get the point.  And if that happens, we still may not understand, so inveterate are our habits of reaching out to the political fraternity for resolution of every grievance, the fulfillment of every hope.  We don't understand that politicians are people just like the rest of us:  no smarter as a class, no better tuned in to the realities of the day for having attended law school.

The Treasonous Secession of Climate Confederacy States.  After President Trump rejected the Paris Climate treaty, which had never been ratified by the Senate, the European Union announced that it would work with a climate confederacy of secessionist states.  Scotland and Norway's environmental ministers have mentioned a focus on individual American states.  And the secessionist governments of California, New York and Washington have announced that they will unilaterally and illegally enter into a foreign treaty rejected by the President of the United States.  The Constitution is very clear about this.  "No state shall enter into any treaty."

Russia's Last-Minute Hacking Was Meant to Burn President Hillary.  To the disappointment of Trump's biggest haters, the NSA leak provides no evidence that Russia changed any votes.  And that makes sense, as Russian altering of the tally in favor of their preferred candidate Donald Trump would be sufficient justification for war — one Russia would lose against the U.S.  The Kremlin sought instead to create the perception among Americans that the election may not be authentic in order to push their secondary election effort:  Undermine the mandate of Hillary Clinton to govern, should she win.

Should a liberal gun control activist have a Navy warship named after her?  Hillary Clinton plans to attend the launching ceremony of a warship.  And not just any warship, but the USS Gabrielle Giffords, named for the liberal congresswoman who was shot in the head.  For Hillary, every decision is still about wimmen and grrrls.  But her decision raises the larger question about whether it is appropriate to name a warship after Giffords.  After all, Giffords was viewed as a helpless victim.  That doesn't make for a very intimidating name for a warship.  Giffords is called a hero because she survived.  Does surviving make her a hero?  I think surviving makes her a survivor.  I think Giffords would have been a hero if she had been shot while doing something heroic.  But Giffords was just giving a liberal speech.

'Free' Government-Funded Health Care.  [W]hat should government-supplied healthcare target?  This is hardly hair-splitting if government must pay for curing "an illness."  What makes this question so timely is that "illness" has been expanding so that what was once a non-medical, purely personal infirmity is now a "sickness" that deserves medical attention.  Indeed, countless "sins" now warrant government-paid doctor treatments.  Examples of this expansive "medicalization" include obesity, sexual dysfunction, multiple addictions — gambling, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual behavior such as exhibitionism and child molestation — and crimes such as shoplifting (kleptomania). Millions of youngsters once chastised for being fidgety are now diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and medicated with Ritalin or Adderall.  How about people who experience episodic but not debilitating depression?  Surely occasional "being blue" is common but does everyone now have an unalienable right to Prozac?  Even violent criminal behavior can be a genetic disorder and thus possibly reversed by brain surgery, not incarceration.  Innumerable mental conditions may be troublesome, but are they "illnesses" demanding treatment?

Thinking the Unthinkable Regarding Germany.  Without deploying a single division of panzers, today's Germany has succeeded in what no previous German regime has done: unifying Europe into a single economic and political entity; one, moreover, dominated by Germany.  In so doing she has extended her economic and social policies across the continent, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, Baltic and Black Seas.  With every incremental encroachment on their national sovereignty, other European nations have been compelled under threat of sanction to open their borders, to accept unprecedented and destabilizing refugee flows from the Middle East and to acquiesce to economic rules and restrictions dictated by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels, under the increasing control of Berlin.  Today the United Kingdom is threatened with economic reprisals for daring to leave the European Union.  What will happen, once the EU has its own army, to European nations who wish to leave in the future?

Self-Government Not Climate at Issue in Paris Agreement.  For our purposes here, it is less interesting to debate whether or not climate change is natural or man-made, or whether the worst-case scenarios offered about its supposed effects are realistic.  Those are questions of judgment and they are not the issue at hand.  Instead, we want to focus on the legitimacy of these kinds of international agreements and how they are made under the United States Constitution.  In other words, who gets to make the judgments discussed above?  And who decides what the United States should do in response to potential climate change?

Ted Kennedy Created USSR Back Channel To Help Negotiate Against President Reagan.  While the MSM obsesses about Russia trying to set up a back channel through Jared Kushner in order for National Security Adviser-designate General Flynn to talk to Russian Generals about Syria.  This is not the first time a president-elect has opened a back channel. [...] President elect JFK sent his brother Robert Kennedy to establish a back channel with the Kremlin via a Russian spy operating out of the United States.  Even before he was elected Richard Nixon sent Robert Ellsworth, a longtime aide and personal friend, to relay Nixon's thoughts on non-profileration and geopolitical issues to Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin and Soviet Charge d'Affaires Yuri Cherniakov.

Something Is Deeply Wrong in the U.S. Intelligence Community.  Many high-profile Trump critics, irresponsibly in our view, have been giddily cheering the onslaught of leaks designed to damage the Trump administration.  Reasonable people can debate the merits of leaking in certain circumstances.  But the recent unauthorized release by U.S. intelligence services of sensitive information relating to the Manchester bombings has no imaginable justification.  As Leonid Bershidsky writes in Bloomberg, it can only be understood as the product of a dangerously arrogant and unaccountable intelligence community.

The Democrats' Second Secession & America's New Civil War.  The idea that creates the identity "American" is summarized in America's official motto:  e pluribus unum — out of many, one.  It took a Civil War and two hundred years of sacrifice and struggle to achieve a polity that approached this ideal.  If one political faction is now able to redefine the ideal to conform to its own sectarian beliefs, the country we have known will cease to exist.  But that is just what the current creed of the Democratic Party — "identity politics" — entails, and is why the current divisions in our political life seem so intractable.  Identity politics is, in fact, the antithesis of the American idea.  It is a reversion to tribal loyalties.  It regards diverse origins — colors, ethnicities, genders and classes — as primary, and proposes a hierarchy of privilege based on them, which it justifies as a reversal of past oppressions.

Strong Enough.  Trump voters are far greater in diversity of class, background, and concerns than the left believes.  Most Trump voters decided their vote for a host of reasons, but high among them was given to his being strong enough.  The one thing the Democratic/media collusion is misjudging is this: they aren't changing the minds of Trump voters.  Polls show this conclusively.  MSNBC just did a piece in North Carolina and were shocked to learn Trump voters haven't been swayed.  For all the breathless daily Trump gotchas, the ones where they think they have Trump in full retreat, they aren't changing the electorates' mind.  Trump voters are staying the course.

The Real Constitutional Crisis is the Appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  Rod Rosenstein's appointment of Robert Mueller to investigate wholly unsupported claims of "links and/or coordination between the Russian government and ... the campaign of President Donald Trump" poses the most serious threat to American constitutional government and domestic peace since the Civil War.  The only reason anyone is still talking about this subject, let alone investigating it pursuant to an order originating at the highest levels of the United States Justice Department, is that the media propaganda arm of the Democratic Party has refused to stop headlining it, despite a total lack of evidence of criminality after continuous investigation for over half a year by multiple agencies of the United States government.

Oops: Looks like Robert Mueller has a major conflict-of-interest issue as special counsel.  Jenna Greene, writing at Litigation Daily (subscription required), describes a significant hurdle faced by former FBI director Robert Mueller in serving as special counsel in the nonsensical "Russian collusion" investigation.

Not On Our Soil.  Video of the incident is jaw-dropping.  About a dozen people protested Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — arriving at the ambassador's residence after a White House visit — from across the street, separated by police from Erdogan's forces.  Then guards suddenly rushed en masse past the D.C. cops to beat up the demonstrators.  The neutral language of press accounts can obscure the truth of what happened.  The two sides didn't really "clash" or "engage in a violent confrontation," as is often reported.  There was an overwhelming aggressor — the thuggish security personnel of the head of state of, amazingly enough, a NATO country.  The guards repeatedly kick in the face a man who had been thrown to the ground.  They put a woman in a headlock.  Dressed in black suits, they behave like drunken British soccer hooligans or anti-fascist agitators.  Clearly, assaulting innocent people is a core competency.

Here's How Congress Can Fix the Way We Investigate Presidents.  The controversies over President Trump's firing of FBI director Jim Comey, and over the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation, are yet another reminder that our existing process for investigating political figures is broken.  To fix that process going forward, Congress should create a new cabinet-level inspector general charged with handling investigations and prosecutions of political cases, including those involving the president and other high executive-branch officials.  In general, the executive branch needs new cabinet departments like it needs a hole in the head, but this one would actually do some good without significantly expanding the federal government.  And unlike prior innovations in this area, it could be designed to work comfortably within the framework that the Constitution provides for the enforcement of the law.

10 Crazy Conspiracy Theories That Became Conspiracy Facts.  The internet has obviously had a profound effect on conspiracy theories, simultaneously helping and hurting the cause.  While a world of information is at people's fingertips, so too are alternate worlds of manufactured propaganda.  While the Internet may appear to be a democratized, unfiltered path toward facts and truth, it is easily manipulated.  Powerful corporations pay a lot of money to have their dirty laundry buried in the search results underneath contrived puff pieces.  With nearly the entire mainstream media apparatus at their disposal, the government is a maestro at this practice. [...] Unfortunately, there are those who seek to lie and invent fictions for monetary gain and fame.  Disinformation, propaganda, and dishonesty exist at all levels of society.  However, sometimes conspiracy theories turn out to be true.

Guess who is warning the Democrats' base to back off on Russia?  OK, gang, time to move along — other stuff is more important.  That's the logical strategy for the Democratic Party leadership to signal the base that the Russia conspiracy narrative has served its purpose and belongs in the Memory Hole.  You don't want to go farther out on the limb of an unfounded charge dreamed up to explain away the failure of Hillary and her campaign henchpeople to pull off the expected victory.

Huge Arms Sale to Saudis Makes Trump-Russia Collusion Ridiculous.  Why?  It should be obvious but I'll state it anyway.  Not very long ago Ronald Reagan built up U.S. armaments not to go to war with the Soviet Union, but to bankrupt it out of existence.  It worked.  The same thing is going on here, as anyone with the proverbial pulse should notice.  Selling three hundred and fifty billion in advanced weaponry to Saudi Arabia is not just aimed at the obvious target — Iran.  It is also aimed at Iran's big brother Russia.  And there is no way that relatively impoverished oligarchy can possibly keep up, not in the long run anyway.  They don't have the rubles.

The malicious and dishonest media really are, as Trump says, 'enemies of the people'.  The whole point of the Trump campaign was the need for radical but centrist reform.  He was midway between the Sanders left and the Cruz right.  But he mobilized the angry and politically incorrect traditionalists, and much of the working and middle class, and attacked the deferences to both Wall Street and organized labour (especially the teachers' unions), as well as the appeasement of the societally self-hating and faddish academics and Hollywood.  At his heavily attended rallies, he singled out the national political media for its almost relentless disparagement of him and his followers, and for the soft ride it had given to the Obama regime, which — despite the great breakthrough of having a non-white president — was unsuccessful in almost every field.

Why Robert Mueller should resign as special counsel.  Robert Mueller has a serious conflict of interest that should disqualify him from serving as special counsel.  He has had a long and close relationship with someone who will surely become a pivotal witness — James Comey.  No one doubts Mueller's sterling credentials.  That is not the issue.  He is imminently qualified.  The problem arises in his duty to fairly and objectively evaluate the evidence he gathers.  How can Americans have confidence in the results if they know the special counsel may harbor a conspicuous bias?  They cannot.

If the President Is Not the Subject of a Criminal Investigation, Then Say So.  Well is he, or isn't he?  Almost everything in a counterintelligence investigation is classified.  And much of what goes on in a criminal investigation is secret, kept confidential by investigators and prosecutors.  But there is one thing that need be neither classified nor otherwise concealed from the American people:  the status of the president.  Is the president of the United States the subject of a criminal investigation?  If he is not, then the Justice Department and special counsel Robert Mueller owe it to the country to say so.  There is no reason to be coy about it.  In fact, because a president under criminal suspicion would be crippled, his inability to govern detrimental to the nation, it is imperative to be forthright about his status.

By What Right Do We Bear Arms?  The constitution is a covenant by which men have agreed to live together.  We derive our authority to bear arms from God, in whose image we are made, and who Himself made war when necessary, and thus we are to protect that image.  This is His immutable law.  If the covenant within which we live does not reflect God's laws, it is an abomination and dishonors God.  It is null and void.  Second, to the extent that it does, when we fail to live within the framework of that covenant it is null and void.  Therefore, if the government breaks covenant with the people, the government has declared itself null and void before God.

There's something wrong with President Macron.  The problem is this.  So you have an IOU, as it were signed jointly by the 27 members of the EU.  Where would you present it for payment?  Athens, Riga, Bucharest? or Berlin?  Not a difficult question.  The good Germans would pay you and it would then get added to the list of intra Eurozone liabilities, which is called Target 2 and is already out of control.  Italy already owes €400 billion under the Target 2 system, accounting for almost half Germany's creditor position.  If Italy defaulted, Germany would be liable for 33 percent of this figure, assuming it could get others to cough up.  That is €133 billion, before we have eurobonds.  Eurobonds mean borrowings by the unsuccessful countries of Europe guaranteed by Germany.

Protesters spell out 'RESIST' at Trump golf course.  A Facebook Group for the organization describes them as "a group of concerned citizens that realize the Trump administration's agenda will take America backwards, and must be stopped."

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Why yes, I would be delighted if President Trump could "take America backwards," to the years before a multi-trillion-dollar national debt; the era of currency based on the value of gold and silver rather than paper and politicians' promises, and coins were made of genuine silver; the era when construction projects had higher priority than endangered snails and bugs; the good old days when the DDT truck came down every residential street in the summertime and got rid of all the mosquitos; the years when lawyers and prescription drugs could not be advertised on television, and everything on TV was rated G and was broadcast in English; the pre-calculator days when clerks knew how to make change for a twenty; the days when nothing good would happen to you if you sneaked into this country; the days when homosexuals were not allowed in the military; the days when your privately-owned business could not be compelled by the state to participate in a homosexual wedding; the years when tattoos, marijuana, illiteracy, fatherlessness, homosexuality, atheism, food stamps, prostitution and abortion each carried an embarrassing stigma.  Yes, if the country is going off a cliff, let's take it backwards.

It's Time To Tone It Down On Health Care.  Fact #1:  Nothing has happened, nothing at all.  Despite the shock and awe, regardless of proclamations of "insurance for everybody" on the one hand or doomsday on the other, the AHCA has not impacted the health care of a single American in any way, shape, or form.  If you had insurance yesterday, you will still have it tomorrow, and the premiums won't change next month.  If you have a doctor now, that provider will still care for you next weekend.

People Who Don't Believe In The Constitution Think We're Facing A Constitutional Crisis.  If you are a Constitutionalist, and you believe in the original intent of the words written in the Constitution, the Left for the past few decades has been trying to tell you that the document is outdated and that it has to be interpreted as a living document to still be relevant.  It is an annoying argument because it makes something so simple as the meaning of words into an abstract interpretive dance where anything is possible.  So then it only makes sense that these very same people who, let's face it, have no regard for the Constitution or what it's stood for since the founding of our country would now say Donald Trump violates it at every turn.

Follow the Lies.  [Carl] Bernstein is saying that if you want to find the truth, first you've got to figure out who is lying to you.  This goes much deeper than simply calling out false claims in print, a practice I applaud even when it's done poorly, because it's always revealing.  Either a lie gets exposed or the biased reporter does.  You find the roadmap when you go a step further, and realize that one side of a dispute may be lying continually, as a strategy.  It might be a public safety union trying to snow the public about a failing pension.  It might be a prosecutor ruining an official's future with charges motivated by politics.  They're relying on the same thing — superficial news coverage.

Does Anyone In Washington Even Care That We Are 20 Trillion Dollars In Debt?  There has been a tremendous amount of talk about the spending deal that was just reached in Congress. [...] But what nobody is really talking about is that this deal actually increases spending at a time when our debt has been absolutely exploding.  We added more than a trillion dollars a year to the U.S. national debt during Obama's eight years in the White House, and our debt binge actually accelerated toward the end of his second term.  In fact, the national debt increased by more than 1.4 trillion dollars during fiscal 2016.

Trump's Executive Order on Religious Liberty Is Worse Than Useless.  Fresh on the heels of a budget deal that fully funds Planned Parenthood, Donald Trump has signed a religious-liberty executive order that — if reports are correct — is constitutionally dubious, dangerously misleading, and ultimately harmful to the very cause that it purports to protect.

The Myth of the Military-Industrial Complex.  The idea of a military-industrial complex originated with President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who warned in his farewell address of the increasing coziness between the state and vendors of war: [...] Though I like Ike, his warning was way off the mark:  the Democratic-entitlement complex is the real Leviathan threatening the integrity and spirit of America.  In fact, while defense spending as a factor of GDP has steadily declined, welfare and entitlement spending has ballooned to nearly four times what it was when Ike began his second term.  Social Security and Medicare alone consumed nearly three times more money than defense last year.

The "UniParty" Congress Deserves No Quarter.  This is no small thing, to restore a republic after it has fallen into corruption.  I have studied history for years and I cannot recall it ever happening.  It may be that our task is impossible.  Yet, if we do not try then how will we know it can't be done?  And if we do not try, right now, it most certainly won't be done.  The Founders' Republic, and the larger war for western civilization, will be lost.

With This Budget Deal, The Swamp Wins.  Shortly after announcing a $1.1 trillion — with a "t" — spending deal to fund the federal government's domestic and military programs for the next five months, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called it a "very good deal for the American people."  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said it "reflects Democrats' values to protect health care, environment and education."  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that "we now have an agreement that both sides should support," praising the negotiations as "bipartisan and bicameral every step of the way."  The New York Times gushed that the bill "could serve as a template for putting together the next round of spending bills."  When you hear talk like that, grab on to your wallet, because it means big-spending business-as-usual reigns in Washington, which is precisely what voters sent Republicans and Donald Trump to Washington to end.

Is Marine Le Pen a 'Far-Right' Candidate?  [Scroll down]  In other words, those looking to cherry-pick easy comparisons to American politics have their work cut out for them.  Except in one regard.  For decades, critics of America's mass immigration have argued that the social upheaval such policies produce is dangerous and destabilizing.  But the topic became radioactive for reasonable politicians, creating an opening for unreasonable ones among the working-class constituencies most affected by immigration.  This is precisely what has happened in France.  Interviews with Le Pen voters tell this story over and over again.  They bemoan the great "replacement" of not only workers but also customs, traditions, and lifestyles brought by waves of immigrants.

Why We Have a Second Amendment:  Venezuela Plans to Give Firearms to Loyalists So They Can Purge Growing Resistance.  After enduring shortages of food and medicine for years, as well as a total collapse of their currency, the people of Venezuela have had enough.  Last week it was estimated that 2.5 million people marched against the Maduro regime, which had previously tried to strip away the powers of the opposition-led parliament.  It's estimated that as many as 6 million people may have taken to the streets to protest throughout the country.  In the lead-up to the protest, which had been planned for weeks by opposition political parties, President Maduro issued an alarming proclamation that didn't receive nearly enough press.  He promised to expand the nation's armed militia, and hand out firearms to as many as 400,000 loyalists.

The Rise Of Anti-Whiteness.  In his renowned dialogue, Sophist, Plato refers to a common trend in which philosophers intentionally distort the truth so that it appears accurate unless viewed from the proper angle. [...] Liberals are promoting a similar kind of trend today.  Many liberals have even begun to claim that reality is subjective, going so far as to label species, gender and biologically masculine and feminine qualities as social constructs.  Unfortunately for these deluded escapists, reality is not subjective.  No matter what you believe, the mere fact that you believe it does not make it true.  On the contrary, the lens through which you are viewing the world is malformed.

Who Is Obama?  Ex-President Barack Obama is the mystery man of American politics.  Given the absence of a viable paper trail, nobody can say for sure who he is.  He manifests for us as a figure of multiple identities: a Christian, a Muslim, a secularist, a socialist, a humanist, an intellectual, a man of the people.  His lack of definable substance, his inner absence, has been an important political advantage.

Bulk Cash Pays for the Wall.  In the hyper-charged debate over the merits of building "the wall" along the U.S.-Mexico border and its funding impact on a possible government shutdown, I would like to propose a solution.  The focus has largely been on contraband and illegal immigrants going north.  We largely ignore the other side of the equation; i.e. illicit proceeds — mostly in the form of bulk cash — flowing south.  If we could recover just a few percentage points of the tens of billions of profits from the sale of drugs and other transnational crimes (TOC) that annually flow south across the border, we could pay for the wall.  Moreover, targeting the illicit proceeds should be palatable to both Mexico City and Washington DC, and may serve as a basis for enhanced U.S.-Mexican cooperation on illicit trafficking and related TOC.

How Progressives Cherry-Pick Science They Like.  It's hard to think of a better way to undermine the public's faith in science than to stage demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and around the country modeled on the Women's March in January.  The Women's March was an anti-Trump festival.  Fine.  I found it vulgar and demeaning to women, but it's a free country.  Science, however, to be respected, must be purely the search for truth.

Hold the celebrity enablers of Venezuela's hellhole accountable.  What holds Venezuela together these days?  According to the New York Times, this state is held together only by an encircling ring of death-squad gangs, who serve as its enforcers.  These are the community organizers known as 'colectivos' who ride and circle around menacingly on motorcycles, and shoot randomly into crowds to generate terror.  I saw them myself in Caracas in late 2005, and they were scary.  Now, they are engorged with drug cash and legitimized by the state.  Who could have imagined that this tontons macoute situation would be the logical conclusion of Chavista socialism?

A physicist's take on the March for Science.  Like wizards uttering a magical incantation, lobbyists routinely invoke the existence of a "scientific consensus" to lend an aura of infallibility to their political stands. [...] There is enormous room for improving science education in our nation's public schools, colleges, grad schools, media, and — yes — political institutions.  But the March for Science — lobbyists claiming that supporting the scientific method is equivalent to supporting their political agendas — is a very big, very public step in the wrong direction.

Before Demanding Donald Trump's, Let's Look Into Susan Rice's Tax Returns.  Show us the tax returns.  No.  Not Donald Trump's tax returns.  Geraldo Maddow already made a fool of herself with those on MSNBC.  Show us Susan Rice's tax returns. [...] Susan Rice is different.  From 2013 to 2017 her official salary was paid for by taxpayers.  That of course represents a very small portion of her net worth.  When she signed on as Obama's National Security Advisor her net worth was around $20 million.  When she left office somehow her net worth had doubled to nearly $50 million — a succession of pay raises that increased her government salary from $172,000 per year in 2014 to $176,000 certainly doesn't account for the extra $30 million she made as National Security Advisor.

Is America Really Ready for a Second Korean War?  North Korea is a place of tyrannical horror, ruled by a backward regime that oppresses its own people on a scale seen nowhere else in the world.  That regime sustains itself in part by maintaining a permanent war footing, putting its immense but antiquated forces on hair-trigger alert and promising ultimate devastation in the event of conflict.  While we can bomb, say, an al-Qaeda gathering in Yemen without risking immediate catastrophe, any assault on North Korea would represent a gigantic roll of the dice, with the fate of entire cities hanging in the balance.

Same Leftists Who Spent a Century Eroding the Constitution Suddenly Worried About Preserving the Constitution.  Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin wants you to be aware that the Left is starting to notice the headway conservatives are making toward an Article V Convention of States to amend the Constitution.  And liberals are fighting back with lies to block any chance of it.  Earlier this week, Levin addressed a Huffington Post article by Fred Wertheimer, titled "The Battle to Preserve the Constitution," that demagogues an Article V Convention of States as a "constitutional convention" where the Bill of Rights could be repealed ... or some other such nonsense.  The reality is the Left fears any changes to the Constitution that would rein in the massive federal government, and obstruct its agenda.  "We know the Left wants to leave things as they are because the Left wins," Levin said.  "The federal government represents their ideology."  But, as Levin discusses, there are some on the Right who are spreading misinformation about an Article V convention as well.

After Trump's Syrian Attack, China Suddenly Gets Very Concerned About North Korea's Nukes.  Keen observers have noted that the missile attacks on the Syrian air base were launched as President Trump sat down last week to dinner with China's President Xi Jinping.  No doubt Xi immediately recognized that this president, unlike the previous one, acts quickly to make sure bad situations don't get worse.  What does this have to do with North Korea?  Plenty.  Despite their at times rocky relationship, China is the totalitarian communist North Korean regime's main patron and protector, accounting for over half the North Korean nation's trade and much of its food and energy supplies.  Strive as it does for self-sufficiency, without aid from China, North Korea would soon starve.

The Legacy of George Soros Part 11.  Here in the United States, Soros is planning what can only be called sedition.  His plans, if they come to fruition will end in the violent overthrow of our way of government.  Harkening back to his days within the Nazi regime, Soros is financing his present day "brownshirts" — the black clad anitfa crowd.  Nothing more than ignorant thugs, the were created for only one purpose, they are the street animals who will create the violence, the looting, the burning to shut down any other voice.  They realize that law enforcement, academics in charge and others in position of authority will continue to be cowed and allow them to just destroy anything and anyone who gets in their way.  Obama was complicit in this, but it is Soros who is funding the various factions to work together.

The Legacy of George Soros Part 1.  [Scroll down]  Placed in charge of the entire Soros Foundation Network and the Open Society Network was Aryeh Neier.  Neier was one of the creators of the Students for a Democratic Society,(SDS) a large socialist radical group of the 1960's.  The main goal of the SDS was the overthrow of America, its democratic institutions, and the decimation of the culture that the United States was based on.  After leaving the SDS, Neier worked with the American Civil Liberties Union serving some time as the national executive director.  After his time at the ACLU, Neier founded Human Rights Watch in 1978. He spent a great deal of time at both the ACLU and the HRW promoting the idea that the Un9ited States is an oppressive nation, and one of the worst violators of human rights in the world.  The Open Society Institute has given over $100 million to the HRW alone, and over $8 million to the ACLU.  There are other monies that the Open Society Institute has given to those that follow the Soros idea of "open society" including such organizations as The American Prospect, Media Matters, Columbia School of Journalism, National Public Radio, Pacifica Foundation, Pro Publica.  And the Washington Post.  In all Soros has spent more than $48 million funding journalism schools, media outlets, and industry organization such as unions.

The Legacy of George Soros Part 8.  [Scroll down]  In 2004, Soros turned his attention to the United States.  He then made a profit of over $1 billion on the housing trade collapse through a series of bets on the market.  Funneling money through organizations such as the Tides Foundation, Center for American Progress, and The Democracy Alliance to bypass election laws in one way the Soros can fund a myriad of organizations that will give him political power.  Democrats go along with his agenda to continue to receive the assets that Soros provides.  Among the higher politicians that have received funding from Soros are Joe Biden, Barack Obama and the Clintons.

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The Democrats' Weakest Trump Talking Point.  America's role as the world's only superpower does obligate it to act when the international order is threatened by atrocities.  The leader of the free world can and must send a message to rogue regimes that they can't use weapons of mass destruction with impunity.  But this doesn't mean that everyone affected by those governments automatically gets a ticket to enter the United States.

We should be cheering the likely end of the Senate filibuster, not mourning it.  The Senate filibuster is the modern descendant of the Senate's one-time tradition of unlimited debate.  Unlike in the far larger House of Representatives, where every speech is of limited duration, a senator who has the floor can keep it until overcome by exhaustion or an irresistible call of nature.

Winning the Civil War of Two Americas.  When John Edwards touted the "Two Americas" during his presidential campaigns before his political career ended in disgrace, it was still a metaphor.  It stopped being a metaphor at the end of last year.  If you doubt that, you can watch Tom Perez, the head of the Democratic National Committee, yelling that President Trump didn't win the election.  There is a huge difference between opposing the winner of an election and denying that he won it.  It's the difference between opposition and rebellion.  Democrats have not recognized a single Republican presidential victory this century.  There is no real reason to think that they will recognize a third one.  We can safely assume that the third or fourth Republican to win the White House, no matter who he is, will face the same treatment.  A two-party system can't function if one party denies the legitimacy of elections won by the other side.

The Nasty Truth About the CIA.  Why have a war in Central America?  Why invent Daniel Ortega, a liberal politician from Nicaragua as a dangerous dictator?  Could it be because arming "contras" used planes that accidentally came back loaded with cocaine?  When the CIA took over oil operation services in the Gulf of Mexico around that time, the boats that came into New Orleans and other ports, were "tasked" with carrying "medical supplies" to Honduras to support the covert was on Nicaragua.  They came back loaded with, wait for it... cocaine as well.  Every discussion was "cocaine" and how to use CIA technology to avoid police, jam radars, find missing bales of drugs or how to keep America's allies in Colombia from killing each other off and ruining business.  Miami became the center of the drug universe, where the warriors fighting communism sat in hotel lobby's with umbrella drinks, heading to the toilet every few minutes to stoke themselves up on cocaine.  Money moved in trash bags, too tiresome to count, some say they only weighed it.  That money bought Washington and was a key aspect of White House policy, and the cover operation to sell weapons to Iran through Israel and Saudi Arabia, then use this as a front to launder billions in cocaine cash in what became known as "Iran Contra."  There was no "Contra," only cocaine and the cash it brought and the American cities inundated with crack cocaine and a descent into addiction and crime that continues today.

The Sovietization of American Politics.  Strong arm rule, political surveillance and the show trial threatens to replace the orderly alternation at power which characterized elective government.  Watching the Beltway is now disturbingly like watching an unfolding power struggle at the Kremlin.  Richard Arenberg writing in the Hill asks:  "is there any hope of pulling out of the "nuclear option" death spiral before the Senate inflicts permanent damage upon itself and the Supreme Court?"  There's growing concern the acrimony will permanently poison the atmosphere by locking both parties into a cycle of retaliation.

The Watergate-sized scandals rocking the Trump and Obama administrations.  Did Donald Trump collude with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton?  Did Barack Obama politicize law enforcement and intelligence-gathering to spy on Trump and destroy his presidency?  Those are extraordinary questions, all the more so because the race to answer them is happening on parallel tracks.  The usual partisanship has become a winner-take-all war to paint the other side's president as guilty of un-American conduct.

Why We Must Abolish the U.S. Department of Education.  In this video, The New American's correspondent Alex Newman, an educator and the co-author of a book on education, explains why it is essential that the unconstitutional and highly damaging U.S. Department of Education be shut down.  [Video clip]

It's the Democrats who Collude with the Russians.  Vladimir Putin is shrewd, calculating, and fairly predictable.  If he were serious about influencing the outcome of the November 2016 U.S. presidential election, he would not have favored the relatively unknown and impulsive Donald Trump, who had no history of doing favors for Putin or Russia.  It is far more likely Putin would have chosen to help Hillary Clinton — the known, predictable, progressive candidate with a history of helping Russian interests.  By doubling down on drama rather than facts, leaders of the Democratic Party show disdain for nearly half the country who voted for Trump and a seditious inclination to destroy his presidency.

The Russian Farce.  In March 2012, in a meeting with President Dimitri Medvedev of Russia, President Barack Obama thought his microphone was either off or could not pick up the eerie assurances that he gave the Russian president:  "On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved, but it's important for him [Vladimir Putin] to give me space."  Medvedev answered:  "Yeah, I understand.  I understand your message about space.  Space for you ..."  Obama agreed and elaborated, "This is my last election.  After my election, I have more flexibility."  Medvedev finished the hot-mic conversation with, "I understand.  I will transmit this information to Vladimir, and I stand with you." [...] Barack Obama naturally wanted to continue a fourth year of his reset and outreach to Vladimir Putin, the same way that he was reaching out to other former American enemies such as the Iranians and the Cubans.  Yet Obama was uneasy that his opponent, Mitt Romney, might attack him during his reelection campaign as an appeaser of Putin.

Breast Cancer Trends:  Why Do Women in These 5 States Opt for Unneeded Mastectomies?  Doctors agree that too many U.S. women who are diagnosed with breast cancer opt to have both breasts removed.  Now a new study shows where they live has a strong effect on that decision.  Young women in five states — Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado, Iowa, and South Dakota — were much more likely than other women to have preventive mastectomies. [...] Just as other researchers have found, they saw a big increase in the number and proportion of women opting to have the other breast removed, even though there was no sign of cancer in the second breast.

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If you had cancer in one lung, would you have both lungs removed, just to be on the safe side?  Articles like this tell me one thing:  Some people watch too much television.  Especially the syndicated shows that are based on hypochondria.

The Election Wasn't Stolen by Moscow.  The notion that Russian efforts succeeded in stealing the presidential election from Hillary Clinton has no basis in fact.  As both Comey and Admiral Michael Rogers of the National Security Agency affirmed, there is no doubt that the Russians undertook activities designed to undermine faith in American democracy.  It is equally true that the Putin regime preferred to see Trump rather than Clinton elected president of the United States.  But the notion that these dots must somehow connect in a plot between Trump and Putin to steal the election requires faith in the sort of discredited claims (such as the Steele dossier) and conspiracy theories that Democrats laughed at when they were put forward by the far Right against Obama.

Levin: House Intel Committee Asked Comey None of the Important Questions.  "Pointless."  "Useless."  Those are the words Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin used to describe Monday's House Intelligence Committee hearing on investigations into the Trump campaign and its alleged ties to the Russian government.  The Committee neglected to ask the important questions, explained Levin.  He went back, through the media reports that suggest members of the Trump campaign were surveilled by the government, and demanded to know why FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers were not asked about these reports and the source of these leaks.

George Soros's Organizations Foment Political Violence And Use US Taxpayer Dollars To Do It.  [Scroll down]  While the letter is only concerned with USAID funding Soros's money-making ventures, Soros is involved in many areas of conflict.  He has kept the conflict in Ukraine going and has tried to bring down Hungary's government.  His organizations have been banned in Russia... something that doesn't look like a bad idea.  Under the Clinton and Kerry reigns at State, Soros's Open Society became the de facto face of American foreign policy in many places.  It did not serve us well.

Is George Soros On The Ropes?  Although multi-billionaire hedge fund tycoon and international political pot-stirrer George Soros lost big with the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States and the victory of the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom, he stands to lose further ground, politically and financially, as the winds of political change sweep across the globe.  Soros, who fancies himself as the master of placing short put options on stocks, often cleaning up to the tune of billions of dollars in the process when the stock values collapse, has been dealt a few financial body blows.

Precedent: Right After 1992 Election Bill Clinton Fired U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions.  As liberals react in horror over Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to ask for the resignation of 46 Obama-appointed U.S. Attorneys, an inconvenient fact has also surfaced.  Jeff Sessions himself was fired by a newly elected president in 1993 when Bill Clinton won his first term in office.  The Department of Justice announced on Friday that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked for the resignation of 46 U.S. Attorneys who were appointed during President Barack Obama's regime.

Steve King States the Obvious, Unleashes Fury.  Kudos to [Rep. Steve] King for standing up for Western Civilization.  Even if few have the spine to say it, everyone who has spent more than a minute thinking about it understands that a society cannot be sustained by importing massive numbers of foreigners from an alien civilization rather than having babies of its own.  This is especially obvious when that alien civilization has been vehemently hostile for 1,400 years, and the foreigners are ostentatiously uninterested in assimilation.  Just because David Duke agrees with him does not mean he is wrong.  King is in for a storm, and deserves every patriot's support.

Anne Patterson? What Could Possibly Make Secretary Mattis Think That's a Good Idea?  When we first saw the news reports that Defense Secretary Mattis was considering former Obama appointee Anne Patterson for undersecretary of policy we thought it was simply fake news.  However, apparently it is not.  Anne Patterson is a severely toxic entity and was considered the epicenter of dangerous political policy because she gave legitimacy to the extremists within the Muslim Brotherhood.  Specifically due to her role in supporting the Brotherhood's former candidate turned President, Mohammed Morsi in Egypt, Anne Patterson should forever be dispatched into the waste-bin of failed mid-east policy.

What is Going On (Part II)?  Closing the gold window in 1971 and allowing politicians to run up the national debt from $400 billion (34% of GDP) to $20 trillion (106% of GDP), while making $200 trillion of unfunded entitlement promises, has been the result.  Total credit market debt has risen from $2 trillion in 1971 to over $65 trillion today.  Total global debt has surpassed $217 trillion, or 325% of global GDP.  The only way to make these disastrously horrible decisions seem palatable has been to produce inflation at prodigious levels in order to make the debt appear payable.  It's not. [...] Of course, the pliable public has been convinced government debt doesn't matter because we owe it ourselves, or some such nonsense.

Obama Wiretapping?  Trump Colluding?  We Are Headed Down a Rabbit Hole.  When he was Ronald Reagan's secretary of state, George Shultz was once asked about the CIA's disavowal of involvement in a mysterious recent bombing in Lebanon.  Replied Shultz:  "If the CIA denies something, it's denied."  Has there ever been a more dry, more wry, more ironic verdict on the world of espionage?  Within it, there is admission and denial, smoke and mirrors, impenetrable fog and deliberate obfuscation.  Truth?  Ask the next guy.  Which is why my default view of espionage is to never believe anyone because everyone is trained in deception.  This is not a value judgment; it's a job description.

Senator Ted Cruz Wants to Revoke Citizenship of Americans Who Turn to Terrorism — Why Aren't We Already Doing This?  Cruz is talking about the soon to be introduced Expatriate Terrorist Act (ETA) of 2017, which would allow the U.S. government under certain circumstances to revoke the citizenship of Americans who knowingly join or provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations.  Of course, the idea isn't new.  Not only has such a bill been floating around Washington for some time, for over a year President Donald Trump has been talking about better vetting to prevent terrorists from getting into the country in the first place.  But the Texas Senator says that working to prevent Muslim terrorists from getting into the U.S. is only part of the equation of combating terrorism in at home.  The other half of the problem is composed of home-grown terrorists — those the media often erroneously call "lone wolf terrorists — who turn to terror right here inside our own borders.

Conspire With Russia to Swing Presidential Election?  It's Been Done.  The Democrats' allegations against Jeff Sessions, one of the most upright men in Washington, are ludicrous.  I don't understand how anyone can think they amount to anything.  But if the Democrats want to talk about collusion with the Russians, by all means let's have that conversation.  Chris Adams takes us on a walk down memory lane.  In 1983, Ted Kennedy — the "liberal lion of the Senate" — tried to enlist the Soviet Union, our most bitter enemy, in the Democrats' effort to defeat President Ronald Reagan's re-election. [...] If someone is going to investigate the executive branch's relationship with Russia, he should start with Barack Obama's pledge to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that he would sell out the United States in his second term.

The truth (and nothing but the truth) about leaks.  The leaks of confidential communications from within the White House may be a pain in the neck for the president, but they are not criminal.  And generally, a boss can look at an employee's cellphone, as long as the employer of the boss and the employee owns the phone — except when the employer is the government.  The Fourth Amendment insulates government employees from governmental reach into its employees' cellphones.  Absent an employee's waiving his Fourth Amendment rights, the government may not seize work-related (governmental) or personal phones without a search warrant.  Can the media publish these leaks?  In a word, yes.  The media may publish anything that is of material interest to the public, notwithstanding its level of secrecy or how it was acquired.

Why Should it be a Firing Offense to Talk with the Russians?  On the surface, the complaints against [Attorney General] Sessions are the work of an embittered Democrat establishment still desperate to pin something impeachable onto Trump and to punish Russia for what it deludes itself into thinking was a Russian hacking role that secured Hillary Clinton's defeat.  Never mind that Clinton was a bad candidate and that Trump got the votes in the critical swing states. [...] That's the situation we have in Washington as Democrats seek ever new ways to target Trump by hitting Sessions.  They aren't interested in national security, and they never have been.  If they were, they'd have halted the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton, who was found to have committed the Mother of All Security Violations in illegally securing a private server to handle her State Department email.  They didn't.

An Endangered Species:  The Democrats Remain Seated.  Give the Democrats some credit.  They were nimble enough to choose someone who's not going to be running for office again to give the Democratic response to Trump's tour de force.  A truly unenviable assignment.  (The equivalent military assignment would be guarding a dog house in the Aleutians in January.)  I only listened to the first half of what former Kentucky governor Steve Beshear had to say.  It sounded like he had found a copy of a campaign speech Hillary Clinton had delivered in August and was reading it off the teleprompter.  Adding incoherence to irrelevance, at one point Beshear said, "I'm a proud Democrat, but first and foremost, I'm a proud Republican and Democrat, and mostly American."  The only sensible reaction to this is, "Huh?"

In Congress speech, Trump stood to unify while Democrats sat to divide.  The optics could not have been starker — President Donald Trump stood before America with an overarching message of unity.  Meanwhile, Democrats sat firmly planted in their chamber chairs, still seething from their electoral pummeling.  As Trump delivered promises of soaring optimism, Democrats almost appeared disappointed — for their aims of regaining electoral control sunk as hopes for America's future lifted.

Just in time for Trump, George W. Bush lifts embargo on criticizing successors.  George W. Bush broke his policy of not attacking a sitting president.  Bush did not criticize or attack Obama but has joined the Opposition Party (Democrats and mainstream media, aka Fake News Media)'s war against Trump.  Bush acted like a punching bag during his second term.  Obama blamed Bush for every problem, but Bush remained silent. [...] It is disappointing to see that Bush finally ends his silence not to criticize Obama or Bill Clinton, but to criticize Trump because Trump criticized the same media that attacked Bush mercilessly.

The Democrats Became The Party of Hate Tonight.  President Trump gave a good, presidential speech tonight.  It wasn't Reagan.  But it [surely] wasn't The Donald of June 2015 either.  He hit the right message, the right tone, and most importantly, exposed the Democrats as the party of hate.  Democrats behaved like petulant children by sitting and grimacing against public opinion, while Trump gave the most inclusive and bipartisan speech he's ever made.

The intelligence community vs.  Trump.  We're watching a low level coup, America.  Right now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that intelligence agents are withholding information from Donald Trump because they fear it will be given to the bad guys.  The New York Times is reporting Donald Trump is about to send in a friend to clean house.  The intelligence community is concerned.  This is all going to end badly.  Just about all of us were wrong about where 2016 would lead and now we can all see the worst case on the horizon.  The left is in a nonstop state of agitation calling for mass resistance.  Trump supporters are looking to settle scores.  Democrats have every incentive to play up unproven allegations that the Russians tampered with the election.  Republicans have every reason to play up the theory that the intelligence community is out to get the President.

Logan Act Is Too Vague to Prosecute Flynn.  Or Anyone.  The resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn grew out of Department of Justice concerns that he had violated the Logan Act, a law from 1799(!) that bars private citizens from engaging in international diplomacy.  The law as written applied to Flynn even though he was working for the president-elect when he engaged in a phone call with Russian ambassador to the U.S.  But there's a more serious problem, which should be kept in mind in case there's an investigation of whether Donald Trump violated the law:  It is probably unconstitutional.  Enacted by the Congress that brought you the Alien and Sedition acts, the law is too vague for enforcement. [...]If a criminal law doesn't clearly specify what actions would be criminal, it's unconstitutional to apply it.

Danger Signs: 5 Thoughts On NSA General Flynn's Ouster.  [#4] Democrats, As Always, Aren't Interested In Truth.  Democrats are mostly interested in pillorying Trump.  If this same thing had happened under Barack Obama, Democrats would have defended him with alacrity.  They didn't seem to care that UN ambassador Susan Rice lied to the American people, or that someone lied to her; they didn't seem to care that President Obama was happy to parlay with the Russians leading up to an election, and reached out to the Iranians before he took office in 2008.  They're just interested in targeting Trump.

The Oroville Dam in California.  Constructed in 1968, the Oroville Dam in California was built with an emergency spillway; should water levels on the reservoir side rise faster than could be released in controlled fashion, the lower walls of the spillway were designed to allow overflow to be shunted harmlessly to the side of the main waterway.  Until this winter, we have never had to wonder whether or not this spillway was going to work as advertised, because until this winter, the Oroville Dam has not once encountered enough rainfall to test the design.

Why is it okay to silence Betsy DeVos but not Elizabeth Warren?  Either the Left has suffered severe cognitive dissonance or there's an underlying double standard when it comes to sexism.  Judging from the treatment of Republican women in Trump's America, it seems the latter is more likely.

Government May Protect Our Unalienable Rights — It Doesn't Grant Them.  One of the most common misconceptions about the U.S. Constitution is that it grants rights to individuals.  This myth is perpetuated by those who fail to understand the Constitution in context, and by activist judges who proceed from the premise that if the government (through the Constitution) grants rights, then the government can likewise take them away.  This is precisely what the Bill of Rights expressly forbids.  There is a difference between rights and privileges.  Rights, as the Founders recognized in the Declaration of Independence, are those "unalienable" aspects of our humanity that set people apart from all other beings.  These are rights that cannot be sold, bought, abridged, or otherwise infringed at the government's whim — including life and liberty.  The Declaration specifically acknowledges that rights are endowed by our Creator, not our government.

Which is better: a president who criticizes the police or one who criticizes Nordstrom?  President Trump is being criticized for making critical comments of Nordstrom, which just dropped his daughter's product lines.  Nordstrom claims that it is dropping her products due to economic reasons, but it is a big coincidence that Nordstrom, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Neiman Marcus, and other retailers are dropping Trump products just as President Trump took office. [...] One wonders:  if President Obama had sold an Obama-branded marijuana cigarette, would stores in California and Colorado be as quick to drop his product line when he became president?  Probably not.

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That's a bit of a non sequitur, because department stores don't sell cigarettes.  But I believe privately-owned department stores have the right to sell whatever clothing they can, since they have an obligation to the stock-holders to make a profit.  The addition of political turmoil doesn't help sales.  Moreover, in my opinion, the Trump clothing line and all other avoidable exploitation of the Trump brand for profit should have been suspended when Donald Trump won the presidential election, just to avoid the appearance of impropriety.

The Challenge To Trump's Executive Order Limiting Visas is Motivated by "The Money".  President Trump is waging a multidimensional battle against all entities who stand in opposition to American interests.  In addition to the content of Trump's policy, pay close attention to the timing of delivery and the sequencing within the policy delivery.  With the outline of the visa suspension as lead-in toward a security policy, President Trump is also now entering economic policy phase 2.  It is all connected.

Senator Wyden Must Resign.  The shocking revelation:  Senator Wyden has been, for more than a decade, a willing accomplice to a plot to undermine the American political order and to overthrow the Constitution by infiltrating agents of radicalism into the highest reaches of the federal judiciary.  The nefariousness of this undertaking cannot be overstated.  The monsters advanced to positions of power with Senator Wyden's assistance include dangerous extremists whose ideology "represents a breathtaking retreat from the notion that Americans have fundamental Constitutional rights."

How to Create a Fascist Dictatorship.  Creating a fascist dictatorship is far easier than it may seem.  You are watching the rise of fascism in America, although the story the fake news media is telling you isn't the truth.

'Alternative facts': A common legal term.  It has been rather shocking to observe the recent tidal wave of derision hoisted upon President Trump's senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway — shocking not because the derision is the deserved blowback for a foolish, embarrassing utterance, but because the derision has been so spectacularly off base.  The phrase "alternative facts" is used in law and is known to most lawyers.  I presume that this includes Ms. Conway, who received her degree from George Washington University Law School.  It therefore seems eminently possible that Ms. Conway knew exactly what she was saying.  Before we move on to some nonlegal examples of alternative facts, here is but one of many ways the concept can be employed in an actual case.

My Vote for Waterboarding.  Along with President Trump, I too would like to see waterboarding return as a tool for getting information from captured enemies.  My support for this comes from my personal experience of being waterboarded while I was in the Marine Corps. [...] In my humble opinion, waterboarding is not torture.  It is an effective technique, albeit an extremely terrifying and dehumanizing technique, that will make anyone sing the truth like a canary.  Torture, to me is something permanent, like cutting off fingers or dislocating and relocating body joints over and over inducing extreme pain, giving one a disability for life.

Trump's Exclusion of Aliens from Specific Countries Is Legal.  [Scroll down]  Federal immigration law also includes Section 1182(f), which states:  "Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate" (emphasis added). Section 1182(f) plainly and sweepingly authorizes the president to issue temporary bans on the entry of classes of aliens for national-security purposes.  This is precisely what President Trump has done.

Mexico threatens to take your ball and go home.  Mexico is America's third largest trading partner.  The United States last year bought $60 billion more from Mexico than it sold.  On top of that, Mexicans in America — both legal and illegal — sent home $25 billion in what are called remittances.  How much of this is welfare money (which includes food stamps and other handouts) is unknown.  Between trade and remittances, doing business with the United States represents one-quarter of the Mexican economy.  Mexico represents 1.4% of the U.S. economy.

It's No Revelation That Intelligence Agencies Are Politicized.  Furor has arisen over President-elect Donald Trump's charges that our intelligence agencies are politicized.  Spare us the outrage.  For decades, directors of intelligence agencies have often quite inappropriately massaged their assessments to fit administration agendas.  Careerists at these agencies naturally want to continue working from one administration to the next in "the king is dead; long live the king!" style.  So they make the necessary political adjustments, which are sometimes quite at odds with their own agency's findings and to the detriment of national security.  The result is often confusion — and misinformation passed off as authoritative intelligence.

Mayor de Blasio budgets $1B to fix NYCHA roofs, but critics say it's not enough.  Mayor de Blasio will unveil a budget Tuesday [1/24/2017] that includes a promise to spend $1 billion over the next 10 years to fix leaky roofs in public housing across the city.  The preliminary budget also includes more money spent on new school classrooms and millions more to repave miles of beat-up city streets.  De Blasio will reveal his $84 billion budget plan along with a 10-year strategy for longer-term city building projects going forward, paid for by floating bonds.

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In other words, the city will borrow money from 15- or 20-year municipal bonds, to fix potholes and leaky roofs that may need repairs again next year.  This makes no sense.  Would you take out a 20-year loan to fix the leaky roof of your own house?

National unity is no longer possible.
America's Second Civil War.  Liberalism — which was anti-Left, pro-American, and deeply committed to the Judeo-Christian foundations of America, regarded the melting pot as the American ideal, fought for free speech for its opponents, regarded Western civilization as the greatest moral and artistic human achievement, and viewed the celebration of racial identity as racism — is now affirmed almost exclusively on the right and among a handful of people who don't call themselves conservative.  The Left, however, is opposed to every one of those core principles of liberalism.  Like the Left in every other country, the Left in America sees America as essentially a racist, xenophobic, colonialist, imperialist, war-mongering, money-worshipping, moronically religious nation.  Just as in Western Europe, the Left in America seeks to erase America's Judeo-Christian foundations.

Inaugural shows 'The Resistance' is an attack on democracy.  At a time when the nation set out to celebrate the peaceful transfer of authority, activists on the left descended on the nation's capital to show just how fragile that can be.  They rioted from the night before the inauguration until well after Donald Trump's oath of office, all before Trump had a chance to implement even one of his policies.  Any exercise of American freedom must include the right to demonstrate.  Freedom of speech, and the freedom to petition for redress of grievances, come first in our Bill of Rights for a very good reason.  A self-governed nation must have ways to hold elected officials accountable, and the existence of peaceful, law-abiding demonstrations can assure us of the health of our liberty.

President-Elect Trump Should Never Release His Tax Returns.  Last week Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill that would require President-elect Trump and future presidential nominees to release their last 3 years of federal tax returns.  This bill is a partisan ploy — the only co-sponsors are Democrats — and it is clearly meant to shame President-elect Trump, who did not release his.  And there are demands for Trump Cabinet nominees to disclose their tax returns, which will inevitably be leaked.  But it is worth pointing out that the idea that releasing tax returns somehow promotes rational discourse in election campaigns or confirmation hearings is nonsense.  To begin with, the oft-repeated claim that presidential candidates have released their tax returns since Watergate is absolutely untrue.

Abolish The CIA.  Every American who looks at the CIA objectively or in a balanced way and judges it by any number of criteria, such as moral, legal and pragmatic, should reach the conclusion that the CIA should be abolished.  JFK wanted to break it into a million pieces.  Trump is right to dismiss its intelligence reports about DNC hacking.  The CIA war on Trump shows us immediately that the CIA is a rogue organization within the U.S. government and a severe threat to America.  The CIA is an internal threat to the rule of law and to the government that it supposedly serves.

Common Sense — 2017.  Thomas Paine was born in 1737 in Britain. [...] The same common sense Paine used to argue against a tyrannical, oppressive hereditary monarchy applies today when judging our corrupt, authoritarian, co-opted government.  His themes of society as a blessing, government as evil, and revolution as inevitable are as applicable today as they were 241 years ago.  As we approach Trump's inauguration it has become clear the ruling elite feel threatened and are using their control of the media, intelligence services, military, and financial system to try and undermine his presidency before it begins.  As their fake news propaganda falls on the deaf ears of disgusted Americans, their next ploy will be violence, war or assassination.  The vested interests have no intention of relinquishing their power and wealth, just as King George and his Parliament had no intention of allowing the colonies to form an independent republic.  If you thought voting Trump into the office of the president constituted a victory, you are badly misreading historical precedent and the inevitable paths of Fourth Turnings.  The fight is just beginning.

Taxicab Confessions.  The attention given to the opinions of people from the world of entertainment — essentially actors and pop stars — irritates me.  Actors strike me as unlikely gurus because those who spend their lives imitating others are unlikely to have firm principles or even personalities of their own.  In practice, moreover, the opinions of actors and pop stars are drearily uniform:  When it comes to bad things that might cause suffering, they are always against them.  I cannot imagine why anyone should take any notice of what such people say — except, of course, that being kept constantly entertained is the main purpose of many people's lives, and they naturally assume that those who entertain them are therefore of immense importance and authority.

Bogus Vietnam Charges against Nixon.  [Scroll down]  Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger saw that South Vietnam could defeat the Viet Cong if it were powerfully enough assisted by American air power against the North Vietnamese.  In April 1972, between Nixon's historic visits to China and to the Soviet Union, the North Vietnamese made their supreme play and launched an all-out invasion of South Vietnam.  There were only 28,000 U.S. ground forces in-country, and they were used entirely to defend air bases.  But Nixon finally put an end to Johnson's insane bombing halt of March 1968 and launched 1,000 air strikes a day on North Vietnam, moving up to 1,200 a day during his visit to the Soviet Union, so there could be no doubt about his seriousness.  The North Vietnamese failed, decisively defeated by the South Vietnamese, assisted by heavy American air support — which it was always Nixon's intention to reapply when the North Vietnamese violated the Vietnam peace agreement of 1973, which the Soviets and Chinese twisted their arms to sign, so cunningly had Nixon and Kissinger triangulated that relationship.  This was why Nixon submitted the peace agreement as a treaty to the Senate: to secure Senate approval of its enforceability.

Jared Kushner, Beware of Jamie Gorelick.  Some recent highlights.  In 2014, it was revealed that the George Soros-funded Urban Institute had an officially sanctioned role in the vetting of non-profits that seek tax-exempt status through the IRS.  [Jamie] Gorelick was the vice-chairman of the Urban Institute board.  In 2011, she represented Duke University in its attempt to squash a suit by lacrosse team members whose lives had been turned upside down by false rape accusations that the university aided and abetted.  In 2010, Gorelick represented BP in the Deepwater Horizon oil mess.  It gets worse, much worse.  In 1993, as deputy attorney general under President Clinton, Gorelick served as "field commander" for the horrific government assault on a religious community in Waco, Texas, that left more than eighty dead, twenty of them children.  In 1995, she went on to pen the infamous "wall" memo that prevented the FBI and CIA from sharing information in the run-up to September 11.

The Four Key Truths of the WikiLeaks Mess.  [Scroll down]  Fourth, there is still no evidence that the Russians changed the outcome of the election.  It is true that Julian Assange is anti-American.  It's likely true that the Russians worked to disrupt and influence American public debate, and it's possibly true that they did so to elect Donald Trump.  But it's still wildly speculative to claim that Russian actions were decisive.  The Russians didn't hack voting machines.  They didn't change vote tallies.  Any "fake" news stories were lost like tears in the rain of news.  The WikiLeaks revelations were but one small part of an election cycle that sometimes seemed to feature not just a scandal per day, but a scandal per hour.

To the FBI, CIA and NSA: Where Were You When We Needed You?  While failing utterly to provide evidence (let alone persuasive evidence) that Russia intruded into the DNC's email system, today's intelligence report is not without interest.  The most notable sections of the report are those that tie Russia's government to a series of left-wing propaganda campaigns in the U.S.  No member of the Occupy movement, for instance, can read the report without squirming.  If true, it vindicates what we conservatives have been saying for decades, going back to the unilateral disarmament and nuclear freeze movements of the 1950s through 1980s.

Russia "Hacking" and the Intel Credibility Gap.  At a hearing today [1/5/2017], Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana) today said it was "astounding" that anyone would question the credibility of our intelligence agencies.  That comment defies the factual record.  It's not that Americans don't appreciate our many honest, hardworking intelligence professionals.  But there are concrete examples of false information promulgated by some U.S.intelligence officials under Democrat and Republican administrations.  That's why it would be imprudent to blindly accept, without question, everything our intelligence officials say or, for that matter, everything any government claims.  In fact, one need look no farther than a lead witness at today's hearing on Russian election hacking:  Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.  In June 2013, Clapper provided false testimony to Congress denying existence of a National Security Agency (NSA) secret, massive data collection program.

Is Julian Assange Telling the Truth about the WikiLeaks Hack?  Imagine you are Julian Assange and ... [#1] You know for a fact that Moscow was not the source of the WikiLeaks e-mails.  What do you do?  In this case, it seems most likely that you would simply tell the truth, that Russian intelligence was not behind the leak.  [#2] You know for a fact that Moscow was the source of the WikiLeaks e-mails.  What do you do?  That is going to depend a great deal upon your personal commitment to the truth and your integrity. [...] [#3] You don't know whether Moscow was the source.  That does not seem to me implausible, either.

Election Interference? The U.S. Has Done It In 45 Countries Worldwide.  Russia's attempt to sway the 2016 election continues to consume American politics as the Obama administration struck back with a series of punishments targeting Russia's spy agencies and diplomats.  The White House on Thursday [12/29/2016] moved to expel 35 suspected Russian intelligence operatives from the U.S. and impose sanctions on the Kremlin's two leading intelligence services in response for what the U.S. says were a series of cyberattacks conducted by Russia during the presidential campaign.  For the time being, Russian President Vladamir Putin has indicated that he won't immediately retaliate, though that could change.

The CIA's Dirty Tricks Against American Democracy.  There is an easy way to determine who is a faithful Democratic Party hack in the media and who on the left maintains at least some independence from the party line.  Long-time Democrat Bill Moyers thinks it's an open-and-shut case that Russia's Vladimir Putin intervened in the election to help Trump and that our democracy is in peril.  The Intercept thinks the evidence is weak, and that the CIA may have some other reason for "squaring off directly against Trump."  What could that possibly be?  Could it be that CIA Director John Brennan fears that Trump as president could order an investigation into what the CIA has been up to under President Obama?  What could that be?  Could the CIA have been interfering in foreign elections, and if so, could such efforts have provoked Russian retaliation?

I Guess 'Fake News' Only Comes on Facebook and Is Written in Macedonia.  Who did you hear more about in the past few weeks?  Texas elector Chris Suprun, who announced in the New York Times that he wouldn't vote for Donald Trump?  Or Robert Satiacum, the Washington state Democratic elector who announced months ago that he wouldn't support Hillary Clinton?  Did the coverage in the mainstream media leave you with the impression that there would be more faithless Republican electors or more faithless Democratic electors?  Call me crazy, but I think the mainstream media was much more interested in Suprun's preening and Larry Lessig's implausible claims of significant GOP defections than any reports of dissention in the ranks among Democrats.  They overhyped one side of the story and largely ignored another, because one story made them feel good and the other made them feel bad.

Does anybody else notice something odd about this pic?  Don't underestimate body language.

CIA and the Wizard of Oz.  An anonymous CIA official tells The Washington Post and The New York Times that Russia hacked to elect Donald Trump.  Gives zero details.  The CIA refuses to meet with the congressional intelligence committees.  After a week of media echoes that the voters were victims of "fake news" conspiracies including from the Russians, The Hill reports:  "Poll:  More than half of Americans bothered by Russian interference in election." Hence John Podesta, Hillary's campaign manager, formerly President Obama's senior counselor, was on firm public relations grounds when he contended that the 2016 elections were not "free and fair."  Presto:  America's electoral repudiation of the ruling class is on the skids toward delegitimization.

Are Europe's 'Extreme Right' Parties Really So Extreme?  The European left — lost for so many years in a blind, virtue-signaling multiculturalism — now has to come to grips with the fact that maybe all cultures are NOT equal, that some cultures truly are racist, sexist, and homophobic and are governed by a religious ideology that seeks to rule the world with no separation of mosque and state and human rights virtually non-existent, the very things the left claims it abhors.  And those same leftists don't know how to handle this contradiction.  So they blame those who do and call them neo-Nazis.  Ironically, those called neo-Nazis and the like are often the most open-minded people, seeking to preserve Europe's gift to humanity, the Enlightenment.  Such a person is the extraordinary Geert Wilders, recently found guilty of "discrimination" by a Dutch court and now the odds-on favorite to be the next prime minister of that country.  The Dutch are in many ways the most honest people in Europe.  Wilders — no shrinking violet — has already tweeted out in no uncertain terms that Angela Merkel has blood on her hands for what transpired in Berlin.  She does.

America as Animal Farm — Again.  Since his days fighting for the loyalists during the Spanish Civil War, the left-wing Orwell had become an increasingly outspoken enemy of Communism.  After the defeat of Nazi Germany, when Stalin renounced all his wartime assurances and steamrolled Eastern Europe, Orwell came to see state socialism under authoritarian auspices as the greatest threat to human freedom. [...] His 1945 novella Animal Farm — initially difficult for Orwell to publish and deeply hated by Western leftists — was an allegorical warning to liberals of the dangers of left-wing propaganda.  Words and phrases changed their meanings — again and again — to serve a tyrannical agenda.  The assorted creatures of Orwell's fictional barnyard frequently wake up to new commandments posted on the barn wall by their Stalinesque pig leaders, with yesterday's edicts crossed out or modified — and soon to be forgotten.

Of Course Russia Meddles in Our Elections — But the 'Hacking' Claim Is a Farce.  To begin with, it would be shocking if the Russians had not attempted to meddle in our election.  Historically, they've done it countless times (I assume, every time).  That's what hostiles do, they make mischief when and where they can.  Democrats, moreover, conveniently forget that they've historically welcomed such mischief-making — such as when Jimmy Carter pleaded with Leonid Brezhnev for Soviet help in the futile effort to defeat Ronald Reagan in 1980 and when Ted Kennedy pleaded with Yuri Andropov for Soviet help in the futile effort to defeat Reagan in 1984.  If the American intelligence community (IC), after considered chin stroking, had concluded that there had been no Russian attempts to meddle in the presidential election, I imagine most taxpayers would say we want our $50 billion per annum back — a reaction that may be warranted in any event given the IC's propensity to politicize its reports and to miss major developments from Pearl Harbor to 9/11, and from the rise of jihadist Iran to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Exclusive: What If the Convicted "Serial Rapist Cop" Is Innocent?  Today [12/10/2016] is the one-year anniversary of the verdict in the Daniel Holtzclaw case.  I'm reposting my feature op-ed from last week.  Several radio talk show hosts have given me time to make my case (Pat Campbell in Tulsa, Chris Morales in Enid, and Lee Matthews in OKC).  Oddly, local journalists in Oklahoma City have reported on our screening today in Enid — but none of them have reached out to speak with me directly about my findings.  Instead, they keep quoting the accusers' social justice advocates expressing their outrage — and police brass who have denigrated our work ad hominem as a "business project" without addressing a single exculpatory point of fact or evidence that we have introduced.

Street Cop reveals Positive attitude toward Armed Victims.  A Georgia police officer from Atlanta wrote an opinion piece in the Newnan Times-Herald.  The piece vigorously defends armed self defense.  It is clear that the officer is a street officer, and not one confined to his desk. [...] Police are individuals.  They tend to be more cynical than most, probably from dealing with the worst in society as a regular part of their job.  But most of them attempt to do the best they can at their job, most of the time.  Most of them do not see maximizing the number of people in prison as their job.  Most see their job as maintaining order and the rule of law.  Police and armed citizens are natural allies.  Both are pushing to maintain the rule of law.

25 Cities On the Brink of Disaster:  "Don't Be Here When Things Get Violent, Unsafe and Fragile".  Dallas, Texas just suspended pension payments for some of its civil servants, a sign that financial insolvency could create an epidemic during the next crisis.  Several states, like California, have over promised benefits to state employees in the pension programs, without ever planning to pay for them.  If people lose it, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and the whole of the surrounding areas could simply erupt.  Similar problems have left Detroit, Michigan and Puerto Rico, the commonwealth island, extremely vulnerable to bankruptcy and economic apocalypse that could contaminate the nation and global within hours.  If a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, hits the East or Gulf Coast, tens of millions of people could be caught up in traffic, locked in cities without food, and desperate to cling to order and survive.  Likewise, if a major earthquake hit the West Coast, millions could be displaced and left without many options.  That's when things turn ugly.

Ted Kennedy Secretly Asked The Soviets To Intervene In The 1984 Elections.  Earlier this week, 47 Republican senators published an open letter informing the leaders of Iran that any nuclear deal with the United States that failed to be approved by the Senate would likely expire in 2017, once President Barack Obama's term ended.  You can read the full letter [elsew]here.  The letter enraged progressives, who immediately began accusing the senators of treason for having the audacity to publish basic constitutional facts about how treaties work.

Fake News Is Unreal.  Of course, social media didn't win the election for Trump, information did.  Social media was just the vessel, and if your entire foundation is built on lies, information is your enemy.  The phony capitalists at Bloomberg had hoped the free market might correct this horrible problem but now realize "There might be a need for the state to step in."  The president himself has claimed we need a "curating function" to handle this "wild-wild-west-of-information flow."  Later he complained to Rolling Stone that we are getting information from "completely different sources." [...] Barack is ultimately calling for the abolition of facts and suggesting America take up some kind of state-run media the way Britain and Canada have.  "If you're looking for fake news, you might want to check in on the people trying to shut it down."  I've lived in both those countries.  The scariest thing about state-run propaganda is how well it works.

Scientists Should Stop Mixing Their Work with Politics.  [Scroll down]  Leading up to the election, and particularly after Election Day, this tension was exposed in an ugly way, and not one that reflects favorably on the scientific community.  It isn't their political opinions that are objectionable, it is how they abandon the very evidentiary principles that should guide not only their professional conduct but also their political commentary, particularly if they are a taxpayer-funded scientists opining on social media for the world to see.  They make accusations without proof, sweeping conclusions they cannot support, and predictions for a dystopian future that do not reflect reality.

Workers beware:  Here come state-based retirement plans.  Under the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans lost the health insurance they liked.  Now, the same could happen with their retirement savings.  In August, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a little-known rule that allows states to set up retirement plans for private sector workers.  States that do so must also require employers — typically those with five or more employees — that don't offer their own retirement plan to offer the state-based option. [...] But a shift to state-based retirement plans will be bad news for workers and taxpayers.

"Before political correctness, our soldiers were free to fight back."
How American Soldiers Used Pig's Blood and Corpses to Fight Muslim Terrorism.  A century before American soldiers fought Muslim terrorism in the Middle East, they fought it in the Philippines.  Their attackers were Moro Muslims whose savage fanaticism appeared inexplicable.  A formerly friendly Muslim might suddenly attack American soldiers, local Muslim rulers promised friendship while secretly aiding the terrorists and the yellow left-wing press at home seized on every report of an atrocity to denounce American soldiers as murderers whose honor was forever soiled.  Much of what went on in that conflict, including the sacrifices of our soldiers, has been forgotten.  The erasure has been so thorough that the media casually claims that the American forces did not use pig corpses and pig's blood to deter Muslim terrorists.  Media fact checks have deemed it a "legend".  It's not a legend.  It's history.

Force the Media to Win Back Our Respect.  Reforming the media would require more imagination and mostly be a matter of style and protocol.  For reasons of symbolism, Trump should skip the White House Correspondents' dinner.  It has descended into a strange Neroian feast, where left-wing Hollywood celebs and the denizens of WikiLeaks fame meet to treat, and in turn hear, the president as if he were a fellow Las Vegas carnival barker.  It is a relic whose time came and went a long time ago There is no reason in this rapidly changing digitalized world to follow antediluvian customs of rewarding the New York Times or the Washington Post, or NPR, or PBS with blue-chip perks at press conferences or first claims on interviews.  They have not proved disinterested or competent in their reporting and should have to re-earn the esteem that they customarily take for granted.  WikiLeaks reminds us that CNN, the Washington Post, and Politico offer no more disinterested opinion journalism than do Rush Limbaugh or the Drudge Report — though the legacy media do spend far more to reach far fewer.

The States' Trump Card against the Fed.  It's hard, and it's never been done in the 229 years we've had the Constitution — not until now.  By using their Article V power, in 2017, the states, and the people, will, for the very first time, exercise their sovereignty.  And it is full sovereignty, plenary, unlimited. [...] The federal courts do not have jurisdiction over the states when they are exercising their Article V powers, and the president has no involvement whatsoever.  The third branch, Congress, has only a ministerial role to play.  The only discretion Congress has is in selecting the time and place of the Amendment Convention, and of choosing the method of ratification — by the state legislatures or by state conventions.  In order to organize a two-thirds supermajority, the States may choose to meet in a preliminary Convention of States.  This was last done in 1861, in Washington.  State delegations assembled to try to avert the Civil War, but they didn't have enough time, and they failed.

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Here Be Dragons:  Dangers Of A Constitutional Convention.  [Scroll down]  Article Five [of the US Constitution] has no instructions about the workings of a constitutional convention.  It sets forth requirements for calling a convention (two-thirds of the states must ask the Congress for a convention) and how proposed amendments arising from a convention are to be ratified, but that's all.  Article Five's silence practically guarantees lawsuits on every aspect of a convention's operation.  Some say their state legislatures have passed bills that would limit the convention to consideration of certain issues.  However, it's possible that these issues would vary from state to state, plus Congress may choose to add or delete issues in its call for a convention.  And once the delegates are seated and the doors to the convention hall are closed, no-one can predict what will happen on the floor.

Is Pope Francis Resurrecting the Nefarious Liberation Theology?  Instead of finding inspiration in Pope Francis's latest pronunciations, Catholics should be worried.  His latest political and economic ideas are a throwback to the 1970s, when Latin America was in full swing with "liberation theology," a brand of Catholicism inspired by Marxist doctrine.  This school of thought claims that theology must be grounded on more than just philosophy and scripture in order to defend the poor here on Earth, according to Juan Carlos Scannone, an Argentinean priest who greatly influenced the Pope's thinking.

WaPo: Say, maybe Hillary was the boat anchor rather than Trump.  During this past election cycle, the media did their best to Akinize Donald Trump in Senate and House races across the country.  Every time Trump said something outrageous or offensive — and Trump did provide plenty of that material — media outlets would challenge Republicans to repudiate Trump.  The assumption was that, as happened in 2012 with Todd Akin in Missouri, Trump would become a boat anchor for the GOP and lead to massive down-ballot losses.  How'd that work out in 2016?

Awards show?  The AMAs were a political hit job on President-elect Trump.  The music industry suffered a melt down on national television during the American Music Awards — launching into unhinged, profane tirades directed at President-elect Donald Trump and his wife, Melania.  Do not be fooled, folks.  This was not an awards show.  It was a political hit job on the president-elect.

America's real hate-crime epidemic is killing cops.  For all the hysteria on the left about a supposed outbreak of hate-filled violence in the wake of Donald Trump's election, a truly deadly series of hate crimes has prompted precious little outrage.  One police officer was murdered and three others wounded Sunday in four separate ambush attacks in three different US cities.  These weren't violent confrontations that spun out of control:  All but one were shot while sitting in their patrol cars.  The other was gunned down and killed in an ambush outside police headquarters.  As William McManus, chief of police in San Antonio — where Detective Benjamin Marconi, a father of three, was killed in cold blood — said:  "The uniform was targeted."

Here's How the 'Hamilton' Cast Reacted When Hillary Clinton Attended their Show.  The conservative and liberal worlds lit up in a firestorm when Vice President-elect Mike Pence attended a performance of "Hamilton"' on Broadway this past week. [...] No matter where you fall on the topic of the "Hamilton" cast being right or wrong for their actions, it's clear that Democrats received a very different reception from the Broadway cast when they visited during the election.

Some stars of Hamilton haven't voted in years despite clash with vice president-elect Mike Pence.  Some members of the cast of Hamilton, who delivered a message to Vice President-elect Mike Pence about their fears of the new administration, have abstained from voting for years, records show.  There are no records available for this year, so it's unclear if the cast members voted in 2016, but years prior show many were absent on Election Day.

'Hamilton' and the implosion of the American left.  The Democratic Party's alienation from the rest of America was on full display at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Friday night.  And the left seems completely oblivious to how ridiculous it looks to the rest of the United States.  Professors at Yale and Columbia universities and other elite schools postpone exams and cancel classes for students who could not deal with the election results.  Kids in Washington schools cut class with tacit approval from administrators to march in protest of the results of a free and fair election.  School officials in Montgomery County offer grief counselors to "help students process any concerns or feelings they have about the election."  (Funny, I don't recall anyone canceling exams or offering my kids grief counselors when Barack Obama was elected).

Judge Jeanine Scorches Cast of Hamilton:  "Out and Out Reverse Racism and Teed Up Hate".  Judge Jeanine Pirro did not stay silent about how ridiculous the cast of Hamilton acted and treated Mike Pence.  She ripped into them and she held nothing back.  [Video clip]

Tolerance is easier to preach than practice.  The reactions to a couple of news stories last week provided ample evidence of just how divided we are as a nation, and how unforgiving we have become.  Example No. 1 was the front-page story on Wednesday [11/16/2016] about the resignation of Gil Jordan as executive director of the Northwest Montana Historical Society.  Gil had served admirably in that capacity for 12 years, and helped to convert the Museum at Central School from merely a historic building into a building full of history.  Gil and his wife, Kimberly Pinter, who had been office manager for the historical society, announced last week that, following the election of Donald Trump, they had decided to resign and "focus on other priorities."  In a letter they wrote to "friends and family," Gil said that, "I am unwilling to carry on with business as usual as if nothing catastrophic has occurred."  Say what you will about Jordan's politics, it is certainly a rare and thus newsworthy occurrence when someone in the public eye takes such a serious course of action over a national election.  And unlike those national celebrities who said they were going to move to Canada if Trump won, Jordan actually acted on his principles.  Kudos to him for having a core belief system.

The left attacks Jeff Sessions on his past, but excuses Keith Ellison.  President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general.  Expect the left to use Mr. Sessions' past statements on race as ammunition against him, while ignoring his record since then.  Also expect those same people to make the argument that Rep. Keith Ellison's controversial past statements are a non-sequitur in his bid to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee.  Indeed, it's already happening.  The Nation tweeted of Mr. Sessions' AG pick:  "Jeff Sessions was too racist to be confirmed by Republicans in 1985," speaking of his failed confirmation hearings to be a federal judge that year.

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Former Democrat Senator Robert Byrd, who was once an officer in the Ku Klux Klan, was unavailable for comment.

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Massive Stewardship Fail — PepsiCo CEO Tells Trump Supporters to Take Their Business Elsewhere.  This will not end well for shareholders of stocks in PepsiCo.  Macy's business model collapsed after they took a similarly adversarial position toward candidate Donald Trump in 2015.  Now that Donald Trump has won the presidency, PepsiCo is following the same path as Macy's.  Business organizations, and various boards of directorship, who hire these insufferable political activists within their corporations, are fools for allowing their shareholders to be put at risk by their Chief Executive Officers.

Why celebrity endorsements didn't help Hillary at all.  Donald Trump had Scott Baio and a "Duck Dynasty" star.  Hillary Clinton had Jay-Z and Beyonce, Katy Perry and Bruce Springsteen, Clooney and Leo, Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer, among many, many other A-listers who hosted glittering fundraisers, who raised hundreds of millions of dollars for her.  One takeaway:  celebrity endorsements in presidential politics don't matter anymore.  Another, more likely and long-term:  They hurt.

Panic Amid The Department of Richard Windsor.  99.99% of the American electorate have yet to fully grasp of the scope of the 2016 election.  99.99% of Americans have sparse comprehension toward the meaning of 8 years without a federal budget — when contrast with a reality of a $986 billion (that's billion with a "B"), "stimulus" bill that has been re-spent (used as an executive slush fund), and intentionally hidden behind the curtain of the UniParty.  99.99% of Americans have no cognitive concept of what is possible, because the water-carrying media never discussed the ramifications of an absent federal budget.

5 Ways Trump Shows How To Win Elections.  [#2] Media and Celebrities Don't Matter:  The first rule of Republican politics is to look in the mirror and ask, "Are we trying to be Democrats?"  Twice Obama's big glittering machine of celebrities, media and memes rolled over hapless Republicans.  Republican operatives desperately wondered how they could run against Oprah, Beyonce and BuzzFeed.  How were they supposed to survive being mocked by Saturday Night Live and attacked by the media?  The answer was to find voters who weren't making their decisions based on any of those things. [...] The mediasphere matters most when you care about it.  When you don't and when you focus on voters who don't either, then it ends up as weak and impotent as it did in this election.

Roll Up Your Sleeves, Deplorables.  We do not have time to sit on our hands in our basket and bask in the thrill of victory.  We must begin right now to crystalize and articulate what we will demand of our newly elected Republican government — from the White House to the Congress — and be prepared to hold all of their feet to the fire.  Come January, it will be time for them to deliver.  A Supreme Court justice like Scalia?  The end of Roe and judicial games with marriage, "gender," and toilets?  Abolishing the Department of Education?  A patriotic, non-interventionist foreign policy?  A border?  Gun-owner rights?  An attorney general who doesn't persecute state and local law enforcement?  Trade deals that benefit Americans?

Celebrities, Have the Grace to Fulfill Your Promises.  Before any election, some celebrities threaten to leave the country if a Republican is elected.  Barbara Streisand, Whoopi and Cher are perennials, but they always weasel out.  Cher threatened to move to Jupiter — more dramatic, but easier to gainsay.  Miley Cyrus, whose fame results from being the example usually cited when someone speaks of the decay of society and examples of bad taste and no manners.  Samuel L. Jackson is famous for being in every movie ever made.  Other than that, there were some comedians I've never heard of, actors in dramas I have never seen.  All are welcome to depart, they will not be missed, and if they would refrain from giving their political opinions publicly, it would be deeply appreciated.  We really don't care what you think.

Trump's huge election night changes US politics forever.  Of course, we're seeing desperate and pathetic efforts to declare the results illegitimate.  For example, Paul Krugman of The New York Times said last night that Hillary Clinton's loss was due to conscious efforts to suppress the African-American vote.  That idea is beyond preposterous and intellectually deranged.  What we saw was a national wave that turned blue states red, not a case in which voter ID laws and efforts to restrict early voting changed the balance of a state or two. [...] The other facile explanation is that James Comey is at fault for making public his examination of the new e-mails two weeks ago.  If true, the fault goes back to March 2015, when Hillary Clinton's illicit homebrew server became a matter of public knowledge and she began a Nixonian effort to lie and cover up and hide the evidence of her reckless behavior.

The Blackmail State.  This presidential campaign appears at times to be a race to the gutter.  Both Donald Trump and Bill Clinton have been accused of having sexual relations with minors.  These allegations of sexual impropriety have raised some disturbing questions about the level of corruption in our society.  Perhaps more serious than the possible sexual perversion is the undermining or our judicial system.  The case of Jeffrey Epstein, billionaire financier and convicted pedophile, illustrates this point.

If Hillary wins, we'll have chosen our leaders for the rest of our lives.  I don't know who will win, but let's say it's Hillary.  In that case we'll have elected the head of America's natural governing party.  We'll have chosen our leaders not only for the next four years but for the rest of our lives.  It won't matter if from time to time the Republicans hold one branch of Congress, given the way in which Obama has shown how a Democratic president can rule as an autocrat.  And why will the Democrats keep the White House?  Because the Republican Party of the NeverTrumpers, the party of a narrow right-wing ideology, will have died.  It had a good run for 160 years but everything has to come to an end, and the GOP is no exception.  But it's not Hillary that will have killed it, nor Trump either.  Instead, its last gasp was the Romney debacle of 2012.

Columbia Journalism Review's Truth Problem.  While Trump is being criticized for saying he would keep the media and the nation in suspense as to whether he would accept the results of the election, the hard fact is that Al Gore spent two months not accepting the election results.  Florida law provides for an automatic recount.  Gore got that.  It did not go in his favor.  He requested a hand recount in several Democratic counties.  The fight in the courts thus began when Gore resisted obeying the results of the automatic recount.  The Secretary of State certified Bush the winner on November 26th.  The very next day Gore contested the certification in a Tallahassee circuit court.  In other words, ignoring the certification from the duly authorized Secretary of State Harris, Gore did exactly what Trump's critics find so appalling:  he simply refused to accept the election results.

It's official:  Venezuela is a dictatorship.  All this year, as they trudged through an unprecedented economic implosion, Venezuelans have been gearing up for what was meant to be the defining political event of the year:  a referendum on whether to recall our increasingly loathed authoritarian president, Nicolás Maduro.  The tense buildup suddenly ended Thursday as five separate (and supposedly independent, but c'mon now) lower courts approved injunctions to suspend the recall, closing down Venezuela's last best hope for a peaceful solution to its long-running political crisis.  Even for battle-hardened Venezuelans, it all came as quite a shock.

None of the above for president.  Oh, there is a basket of deplorables out there, all right — to borrow a phrase from one of the presidential contenders.  But it's not among the voters.  It's the deplorable presidential choices voters have been handed this election year.  Our political system has over the years been skewed by a host of rules and timetables designed to kowtow to regional sensibilities (Hello Iowa!) and partisan needs (welcome to Super Tuesday).  This year we are paying the price for all of that.  With all the great talent this nation has produced, the voters are left with a choice between two of the most distrusted presidential candidates ever to share space on one political ballot.  Fully two-thirds of American voters have said they distrust both Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her Republican counterpart Donald Trump.  And frankly we can't blame them.

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This year, the voters' two choices are worse than ever.  We can select either an incompetent centrist bloviating "loose cannon," or a lying corrupt left-wing radical baby killer with more accumulated baggage than JFK Airport.  The voters have an important decision to make.  The Boston Herald's noncommittal editorial isn't helpful.

James O'Keefe Says Donna Brazile's Head May Be Next to Roll.  Having already gotten Democrat operatives Scott Foval and Robert Creamer (Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky's husband) to "resign" after the release of the first two parts of his recent sting, James O'Keefe just hinted that he's got bigger fish to fry: [...] The MSM has been dismissing the videos that sunk Foval and Creamer with weak nonsense about them being "low-level" and "unknown," despite the fact that Creamer is married to a member of Congress.  If Brazile is forced to go, look for a lot of unfounded attacks on O'Keefe designed to distract.  Brazile has her current job because her predecessor was forced to step down under scandalous circumstances.

Revolt Against the American Aristocracy.  The current aristocracy in America came to power in the 1960's.  It was a major shift in the power elite, away from the military, captains of industry, and religious leaders.  It became heavily concentrated in media elites, educators, bureaucrats and lawyers.  It was a deliberate infiltration of institutions and the seizure of power from the people and the states; concentrating it in unelected and unaccountable institutions.  The rise of network TV, the fairness doctrine imposed by the FCC, and the takeover of virtually all national media by doctrinaire "progressives" meant that the "progressive" gatekeepers in the media decided who could be nominated, who could win elections, what issues were important and what were not.  The "progressives" decided what candidates were acceptable for the Supreme Court.  The aristocracy had shifted from a limited government with a "military industrial complex" to an unlimited "government/media/bureaucracy" complex.  The new grouping held the military in contempt.  The core of its ideology disdained Christianity, limited government, "consent of the governed", honor, truth, and accountability.  The most desirable things in its value system were celebrity, unaccountable and unlimited sex, wealth and political power.

Blue Lives Matter Is Asking All Americans To Boycott Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.  Ben & Jerry's went beyond making a statement in support of civil rights when they actively accused law enforcement of widespread racism.  By spreading these false and misleading statements, Ben & Jerry's lends an appearance of legitimacy to the baseless claims that police officers are killing men based on the color of their skin.  This message has inspired the assassination and attempted assassination of police officers, and it costs officers their lives.  Black Lives Matter is made up of political organizations with political goals that most of Ben & Jerry's customers would disagree with, including disrupting the "nuclear family" structure (see Black Villages), taxpayer-funded reparations for black people (see Reparations), and the elimination of charter schools (see Invest-Divest.)  If you are unfamiliar with the Movement 4 Black Lives website we linked to, that's the coalition of over 50 Black Lives Matter organizations which is receiving $100 million in donations to push their political goals.

Blue Lives Matter encourages nationwide boycott of Ben & Jerry's.  A week ago, ice-cream makers Ben & Jerry's endorsed the "Black Lives Matter" movement.  On its website, a letter written to their customers, Ben & Jerry's spelled out their support.  In response, "Blue Lives Matter" said they are calling on all Americans to send a message — boycott Ben & Jerry's.

16 Times Democrats Tried To Prosecute Their Opponents.  [#5] Gov. Rick Perry:  In 2013, Rosemary Lehmberg, a Texas district attorney for Travis County and a Democrat, was arrested for drunk driving.  A video of her booking, in which she's visibly under the influence and slurring her words, went viral.  Former Gov. Rick Perry tried to remove her from office by threatening to "veto funding for a statewide public corruption unit that she headed unless she resigned."  Democrats tried to get him prosecuted in retaliation.

Acts of War Cannot Go Ignored.  On Sunday night [10/9/2016], as Americans were transfixed by the spectacle of the second presidential debate, events occurred off the coast of Yemen that remind us of the kind of challenges with which a president must contend.  Two ballistic missiles were fired at a U.S. destroyer in international waters from the part of Yemen controlled by the Houthis, an Iranian-back militia.  The missiles did not hit the USS Mason, although it's unclear if they had some internal defect or whether the ship defended itself with its suite of missile-defense systems.

Columbus Day and what Native Americans really need.  The two million Indians in this country are the poorest racial group.  They have higher rates of gang violence than blacks or Hispanics.  Indian women are raped at 2.5 times the national average.  Indian children are abused at twice the national average.  And suicide is the leading cause of death for American Indian boys aged 10-14. [... But] the reason that American Indians are where they are today is not because of events that occurred 500 years ago or even a century ago.  It is because of policies perpetrated in Washington today.  American Indians are poor because people who live on reservation don't have property rights.  Their land is held in trust by the federal government — which means they cannot buy it or sell it or develop it as they wish.  They can't even get a mortgage to buy a home, which is why reservations that have hundreds of millions of acres also have housing shortages and why people are stuffed into overcrowded trailers.  Indian reservations contain almost 30 percent of the nation's coal reserves west of the Mississippi, 50 percent of potential uranium reserves, and 20 percent of known oil and gas reserves.  Those resources are estimated to be worth nearly $1.5 trillion.  But the vast majority of Indian lands with natural resources remain undeveloped because of federal regulations.  In fact, just about every aspect of the lives of people on reservations is micromanaged by the 9,000 employees at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

About Last Night.  My favorite line of the night came from Megyn Kelly when among the many sins she accused Donald Trump of was "Rating women by her looks."  But isn't that what she does every time she looks into her makeup mirror?  Runner-up was delivered by longtime Clinton operative Paul Begala, when he dutifully played up the Dems' talking point in calling Trump's boorish talk proof of his having committed "sexual assault."  Yet not a word from Begala about the presence of Juanita Broaddrick in the debate hall last night.

Obama Lets Putin Get Away With Anything Except Attacking Democrats.  Here is what the Democratic establishment seems to think:  This time Vladimir Putin has gone too far.  He has dared to publish secrets from the Democratic Party's inner sanctum that are designed to put a Republican in the White House.  Judging from the administration's swift reaction, Obama thinks that Putin's affront is worse than all others.  It cannot go unrecognized and unpunished.  Vladimir Putin has invaded Georgia, annexed Crimea and redrawn European boundaries by force, caused 10,000 war deaths in eastern Ukraine, shot down MH17, pumped secret money into right and left-wing parties in Europe, and bombed relief convoys in Aleppo.  He has suffered few consequences for his international outlawry because the West plays along with his game of plausible deniability.

Clintons playing prude [is] the height of hypocrisy.  Just imagine if every American's private conversations were secretly taped over the course of their lives — without their knowledge or consent — and then they were released to the public in a political smear campaign just weeks before the election.  No one would be able to run for public office.

The Sun Is Setting on America as Founded.  The United States has evolved into a Euro-socialist democracy.  It now has the following in common with the failing states of Europe:  1) socialist and socialist-lite political parties, 2) no checks and balances between the executive and legislative branches, 3) uncontrolled immigration, legal and illegal, with the vast majority of immigrants refusing to assimilate, 4) overwhelming national debt and insolvent cradle to grave social programs, 5) escalating limitations on speech, religion, gun rights and assembly, and most significantly, 6) increasingly secular and agnostic societies.  The republic the founders bequeathed future generations is no more.  But that is what the American populace has chosen.

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Obama: Trump would do 'lasting damage' to the nation.  President Obama is waxing nostalgic for the Republican Party that nominated presidential candidates like Mitt Romney and John McCain, and told Democrats in a new fundraising email that Republicans in the old days wouldn't have sought to reverse as much of his work as Donald Trump.

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Republicans in the old days wouldn't have had so much to repair.

Better internet access won't pull people out of poverty.  A recent report from the Brookings Institution looked at data from the American Time Use survey and concluded that less-educated Americans were spending more time on screens and less time on "active leisure" than their better-educated counterparts. [...] The authors run down a quick litany of the problems associated with screen time:  "Prolonged time spent watching television is associated with poorer health, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Playing computer games, browsing the Internet and other forms of sedentary leisure may contribute to obesity.  Such screen time is also associated with lower grades and lower levels of personal contentment among youth."  The researchers acknowledge that "many of these impacts may not be due to the screen time itself, but to the lack of the activity that it displaces.  More time spent in front of a screen inherently means less time doing other things."

Why No Self-Respecting Woman Can Vote for Hillary.  Hillary Clinton is the very opposite of the smart, independent female role model once hoped-for as the first woman president.  For nearly five decades she has defended her serial predator and accused rapist husband whose despicable behavior she denied while behind the scenes she viciously trashed his victims and often ruined their lives.  Hillary conducted her own personal war on women against the very same women her own husband had already savaged.  And now she wants us to believe her whole life has been about helping women and children.

Clarence Thomas Is Conspicuously Absent In The New Black History Smithsonian.  Justice Clarence Thomas, the second black man to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, is practically absent from the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Anita Hill, the woman who accused Thomas of sexual harassment, however, is given prominent billing in the museum.

Follow The Money, The Trans-Pacific Partnership Payoff.  Of the 262 Companies that lobbied feds on TPP, 82 gave to [the] Clinton Foundation:  The Combined Giving of these companies was between $21,382,082 [and] $67,615,000.

Heather Mac Donald Fact-Checks Hillary Clinton on Systemic Bias and Stop-and-Frisk.  [Scroll down]  [C]avalier claims are being made about stop-and-frisk — an investigative method in which police, upon observing suspicious behavior, stop a person to ask questions and pat the person down to check for weapons.  While Trump endorses the practice, both Clinton and Lester Holt suggested that it has conclusively been found unconstitutional by the courts; and Clinton insists that it is also ineffective.  The claims are based on a ruling by a single, agenda-driven judge (who was actually removed from the case, as Ed Whelan explained at the time).  But, as Heather relates, the Supreme Court sanctioned stop-and-frisk in the 1960s, so "[n]o federal judge would have the power to declare pedestrian stops unconstitutional."  Moreover, Stop-and-frisk remains a lawful and essential police tactic.  Criminologist David Weisburd examined the practice in New York City and found that it reduced crime in shooting hot spots.

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Nailing the networks.  Political cartoonists are in a tough, very competitive business, having to be many more things than just gifted artistically.  They must be politically intuitive in an absolutely up to the minute manner so that their creative gifts can evoke at least a chuckle and more hopefully a gleeful belly laugh from a far more sophisticated audience than those artists who draw for the funny papers.  One of the best of the current lot is Antonio Branco, who has an uncanny ability to come up with imagery that conveys more truth and insight into our current political state than the wisest of political pundits could impart in several paragraphs of sage observations.


It's time to send Muslim terrorists a message:  Deport the Rahami Family.  The Rahami family came to America from Afghanistan as refugees.  They made life miserable for their neighbors.  When the police tried to bring some order, they cried Islamophobia.  Two of the Rahamis have posted in support of the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda and other Islamic terror groups on social media.  The third actually built and planted bombs to kill Americans.  He terrorized two states, tried to kill and maim countless Americans and then shot it out with police.  Ahmad Khan Rahami, the central figure in the terror case, brought his wife here from Pakistan and she departed days before his attack.  His mother left for Pakistan a few weeks before his bombing spree.  The media, eager for a story of redemption, has widely broadcast the claim that Mohammed Rahami, Ahmad's father, told the FBI that he was a terrorist.  But that was years ago.  And Mohammed didn't turn in his son because there was a terror plot, but because he attacked family members.

Prepare For a Massive Racial Onslaught From The Professional Left.  Hillary Clinton is in a complete state of electoral collapse.  Her polling is far worse than what the media is capable of propping up.  Once the professional left cross a particular desperation threshold, what follows becomes predictable; this will be similar to Brexit's "Operation Fear" only with a traditional American-left-wing twist, the use of race to drive the needed division.  Before laying out substance for this tripwire prediction, we cannot emphasize enough how important it is to grasp the scope of what they are going to attempt to pull off.

The Federal Reserve and Its Murky Role in the US Election.  First of all, the financial picture in America today and throughout the world looks much as it did in 2007, just as the global financial crisis was about to hit.  A careless statement by the Fed chair could spark a new crisis.  Second, the US is just about to elect a new president.  Again, a careless word from Yellen could hurt the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.  Although chairs of the Federal Reserve are supposed to remain above the political fray, everyone knows that Yellen is a Democrat and knows how to toe the party line.  Many Americans are troubled by this prolonged lull before the promised hike in the Fed's benchmark rate.

The Two Clinton Nuclear Bombs.  North Korea has let it be known that this test has allowed it to produce standardized nuclear warheads "able to be mounted on strategic ballistic rockets" so that it can "produce at will and as many as it wants a variety of smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear warheads of higher strike power."  Kim doesn't just want a nuke.  He wants a lot of nukes.  And at the rate he's going, he will have them.  And the man to thank for all that is Bill Clinton.

Cashing in on presidential prestige.  The president, as he prepared to leave office, was dead broke.  So broke, in fact, that he had to take out a loan to get him through the transition.  Bill Clinton in 2001?  No, Harry Truman in 1953 — and the resemblance ends there.  Back then, although Truman had only a monthly Army pension of $112.56, he was adamant about not employing his presidential service to cash in.  As biographer David McCullough relates, Truman turned down a new Toyota; a Miami real estate development company's offer of "not less than $100,000" to come on board; an array of consulting gigs.  "I could never lend myself to any transaction, however respectable, that would commercialize on the prestige and dignity of the office of the presidency," Truman later wrote.

The Sinister Side of a Cashless Society.  Some on the left are proposing the elimination of currency bills larger than $10.  This may seem like an insignificant matter, but if adopted, the proposal would be a giant step in the direction of totalitarianism.  By forcing Americans to use an electronic means of payment, government would gain the power to monitor and manipulate every aspect of one's finances.  Washington would know what you buy, where and when you buy it, where you travel and eat, and whom you associate with.  Granting government this kind of power is madness unless you're one of the political elite.  They seem to be lining up in favor of a cashless society.

China's Insult and Obama's Climate Kowtow.  Obama downplayed the insult, telling reporters "not to over-crank the significance."  Maybe that makes sense in the bubble-world of the Ben-Rhodes-foreign-policy narrative, where the tide of war is forever receding, the arc of history bends toward justice, the oceans rise and fall at the command of Obama's pen and phone, and the echo chamber, on cue, applauds.  But China's reception was an insult, pure and simple.  No one need study the tea leaves to understand that this was a gesture of gross disrespect, seen around the world, putting the American president in his place — especially as compared with the warm reception for Russia's President Vladimir Putin.

The Day The Lights Go Out And The Trucks Stop Running.  At some point a major national emergency will strike, and when that day arrives we could suddenly be facing major power grid and transportation disruptions.  Are you prepared for that?

Is the impeachment of the next president an inevitability?  Bizarre and increasingly troubling as this political year has been, the worst may lie ahead:  2016 could come to be known as America's inevitable impeachment election.  Based on their prior and present conduct, there is a high likelihood that either a President Donald Trump or a President Hillary Clinton could end up being impeached and possibly convicted and removed from office.  The country is rushing headlong toward an almost certain constitutional crisis next year.

A Candidate's Death Could Delay or Eliminate the Presidential Election.  The presidential election could be delayed or scrapped altogether if conspiracy theories become predictive and a candidate dies or drops out before Nov. 8.  The perhaps equally startling alternative, if there's enough time:  Small groups of people hand-picking a replacement pursuant to obscure party rules.  The scenarios have been seriously considered by few outside of the legal community and likely are too morbid for polite discussion in politically mixed company.  But prominent law professors have pondered the effects and possible ways to address a late-date vacancy.

How the Clintons Gave American Foreign Policy its Muslim Tilt.  The Clinton role in the rise of Islamic irredentism has now come full circle.  Bill Clinton might get the credit for the original Muslim tilt.  Bosnia (1992-95) set the table for a series of interventions that gave birth to the so-called Arab Spring and any subsequent triumphs of Islamofascism.  Ironically, Bill Clinton could be both righteous about civil wars in the Balkans and oblivious to genocide in Rwanda simultaneously.  Muslim lives matter, Black Africans, not so much. [...] When Donald Trump claims that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton created ISIS, his rhetoric might be figurative, but the underlying truth is literal.

Maybe borders aren't the worst invention ever.  "Borders are the worst invention ever made by politicians."  Those were the words of Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Union's European Commission, at the Alspach Media Academy in Austria last Monday [8/22/2016].  Nonsense, most readers will surely think.  But it's worth thinking a bit more about where Juncker is coming from, and the implications of his statement in what is, in Europe as well as America, a fraught political year.  Juncker comes from Luxembourg, a 998-square mile country wedged between France, Germany and Belgium, where he served as prime minister from 1995-2013.  If you look up Luxembourg in lists of world economic statistics, you'll find it rated No. 2 in gross domestic product per capita.  That's thanks to what Juncker called politicians' worst invention ever, borders.

Why Would Russians Hack Democrats?  It seems dubious that the Russians had anything to do with leaks about Democrats, and we have well-founded hypotheses for the real perpetrators.

The Coming Free Speech Apocalypse.  In America you can say just about any offensive thing imaginable, directed at just about any group or person imaginable, and you'll be okay.  Add to that the strong protections for political speech that statute and Supreme Court precedent have established, and America is almost unique among the nations of the world in terms of freedom of expression.  We have it good.  But that might not always be the case.  In fact in the very near future American free speech may be sharply curtailed.

The Left Refuses to Learn.  People increasingly tend to believe what they see, hear and read in the media without scrupling to perform any fact-checking on their own initiative, in this way contributing to a culture perhaps best described as an amalgam of frivolity and delirium. [...] This sort of thing is going to keep happening and, what is worse, will become customary, if not universal.  It is made possible by the plague of ignorance and intellectual torpidity that has descended like a cloud of locusts on the mental horizon of a once privileged but now vassal culture that no longer wants to think for itself or to work for the truth.  Who wants to work when you can get free stuff, whether cell phones or gratuitous pseudo-knowledge?

Who Got Us Into These Endless Wars?  [Scroll down]  To the CFR, America's role in the world is to corral Russia, defend Europe, contain China, isolate Iran, deter North Korea, and battle al-Qaida and ISIS wherever they may be, bleeding our country's military.  Nor is that all.  We are also to convert Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Afghanistan into pro-Western preferably democratic countries, and embrace "free trade," accepting the imported merchandise of all mankind, even if that means endless $800 billion trade deficits, bleeding our country's economy.  Otherwise, you are just an isolationist.

Gary Johnson's Campaign to Make Hillary President.  This is the summer of Gary Johnson.  The former New Mexico governor who has been steadily drifting left over his career is now doing his best to make Hillary Clinton into President Hillary Clinton.  Back in 1999, Johnson rejected overtures from the Libertarian Party for a presidential run.  "I'm a Republican, and I'm not going to run for President.'"  Both parts of that statement proved to be lies.  Libertarian and non-libertarian supporters see a principled politician in Gary Johnson.  But Johnson has always been a political chameleon, shifting his colors to win elections.  Gary Johnson is now desperately courting Bernie Sanders voters.

Sorry, Tim Kaine Is No Centrist.  Yes, he's reportedly a nice guy who, in interviews, describes himself as "boring." But to call him a centrist is a stretch.  He supports curbs on the Second Amendment.  He likes ObamaCare.  He wants more federal government involvement in education and is OK with income redistribution through the tax code.  He backs the government's unscientific war against "climate change."  And, with Obama, opposed the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline.  These are not centrist stances.

Venezuela Reaches the End of the Road to Serfdom.  A lefty correspondent who believes that I have been unfair to Senator Bernie Sanders — specifically, that I have given insufficient attention to the "democratic" part of his so-called democratic socialism — writes:  "You should write about those millions of souls trapped in the Canadian, Icelandic, Danish, and other democratic-socialist gulags."  But, of course, there are no Canadian and Danish gulags.  Then again, Canada and Denmark are not socialist countries.  This is a truth the Left, and some of the Right, insists on refusing to learn.

We'll Survive.  It's not great to be living through the worst presidential matchup ever.  And it's not a cheerful thought that one of these two horrendous candidates is very likely to be our next president. [...] Trump has shown he has nary a clue as to how to make America great.  Clinton has produced not a whit of evidence that she has ever brought about significant beneficial change.  It is likely to be a rough four years.  But we can and will survive.

Let's Roll:  Why Standing Up to a Terrorist Is Your Best Self-Defense.  After the carnage like we've witnessed in American cities such as San Bernardino and Orlando, and more recently in Europe, the national conversation tends to shift temporarily back toward gun control legislation and how to best protect ourselves in the homeland from future terrorist attacks. [...] This change includes an overdue re-examination of how unarmed civilians should respond during these events, including how federal, state, and local authorities tell the public to respond.

Political elite:  Self-interest disguised as principles, public service for personal profit.  Up until recently, our permanent, professional political class was largely content spending their entire careers living off of taxpayer revenues, while, at the same time, finding new ways of squandering our hard-earned cash on projects and services meant more to ensure their reelection than providing any tangible benefits to their constituents.  Concomitantly, they expanded the reach of the federal government, further limiting our liberty with laws designed to consolidate their power and justify their useless existence.  Apparently, life as public parasites was simply not enough.  The new paradigm for the permanent, professional political class is public service for private profit.

Not Knowing.  [Scroll down]  By striking at Hillary's aura, the Russians may be attempting the same thing.  Democratic voters looked up to her to protect and defend the nation because that's what presidents do.  By hacking Hillary and humiliating her, Putin has sent the message that she cannot even defend herself — and what's the use of a president who can't defend herself?  This is why the Taliban target the chiefs of police and the district heads to show the populace that their leaders are vulnerable, that no protection can be expected from them.  The same threat logic is being applied by Putin.

Democrats admit they have no evidence of Putin link to disastrous leak.  [Scroll down]  Thousands of emails were leaked to Wikileaks Friday [7/22/2016], likely courtesy of a hacker who refers to himself as 'Guccifer 2.0,' who says he's not Russian and is a solo actor.  However, Crowdstrike, the DNC's cybersecurity firm, noted back on June 14 that analysts had discovered that two separate Russian intelligence groups had gained access to the DNC's networks.

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It is entirely possible that one or more entities gained access to these emails, in addition to "Guccifer 2.0" and the Russians.  It is also possible that "Guccifer 2.0" is a Russian or a team of Russians, but even so, hackers are not mutually exclusive.

Lion Ted.  While I have at times been critical of Cruz, in general I am a fan.  I endorsed him in the 2016 election, and nothing from last night causes me to reconsider that endorsement (quite the opposite).  What's more, Cruz's decision shouldn't have been a surprise to anyone paying attention to the post-election statements from either the senator or his team.  In various conversations with people close to the campaign in recent weeks, they were unanimous that they did not expect Senator Cruz to ever endorse Donald Trump, and certainly not at the convention.  And Senator Cruz's team went out of its way when they were given a speaking slot to indicate that an endorsement was not required of them in exchange for it.  Frankly, it was gross political malpractice by the Trump team to allow Cruz to deliver his speech essentially unvetted, yet, given other gaffes made at the convention, it's hardly surprising.

The Long Fall of Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  As Debbie Wasserman Schultz made her unceremonious exit as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, what was most remarkable was what you didn't hear:  practically anybody coming to her defense. [...] Few Democrats will miss Wasserman Schultz, who was widely seen as an ineffective leader.  She was a poor communicator whose gaffes often caused the party headaches; a mediocre fundraiser; and a terrible diplomat more apt to alienate party factions than bring them together.

Florida Woman Causes Disaster.  [Debbie] Wasserman Schultz is very bright, in the sense that the very bottom of Carlsbad Caverns is bright, and very sharp, in the sense that a brass doorknob or a stick of warm butter is sharp.  Her greatest hits are the stuff of legend:  Chris Matthews asked her to explain the difference between being a Democrat and a socialist (such as Bernie Sanders) and she was lost as last year's Easter eggs.  She has suggested that Republicans want to deport all women from the United States.  She tried to use House rules to keep members of Congress from calling Obamacare "Obamacare."  Like Joe Biden, she literally does not know what "literally" means.  She complains that if Republicans who opposed the GM bailout had their way "we would be driving foreign cars."  Her Infiniti SUV was made in Tochigi, Japan.

Flag should not bend to terrorists.  Back on the Fourth of July, the Daily Inter Lake published an Associated Press story about how flying the U.S. flag at half-staff had become a common occurrence.  As the story said, "some have questioned whether the country has lowered the bar on the lowering of the flag."  That got us to thinking about how often we have lowered the flag outside our office over the past six weeks — multiple days for the terror attack in Orlando, again for the ambush and murder of police officers in Dallas, then once again for the terror attack in Nice, and most recently for the police murdered in Baton Rouge.  While all of those instances provided more than enough reason to show mourning and respect for the dead, it has started to seem to us as though lowering the flag every few days is tantamount to a form of surrender to terrorism — both domestic and foreign.  Should we really be acknowledging the sick work of inhuman murderers and terrorists?  Or should we vow to stand tall and unbowed before the threat of bad men?

Why Trump is right about NATO.  As is always the case, NATO is a euphemism for American combat resources, troops and funding.  The 28 countries that comprise NATO are all committed to common strategic goals and safeguarding freedom, but for too long these countries have relied on America's military power and force projection without meeting their own obligations.  NATO imposes a goal on member nations that at least 2 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) goes to support defense — a direct benefit the alliance.  Only five of the 28 countries are meeting that obligation and the United States assumes the disproportionate share of the funding burden at 3.6 percent of GDP.

Engineered Chaos And Fear The New Norm In America As Many Assume The "Reality" Of Staged Events.  There was a time when there was actually a sense of normality all around us and there was a sense of justice and accountability at the government level even if it was mostly the perception of it. [...] There was even a time when you could comfortably plan on traveling pretty much anywhere in the world, especially here in the United States for business or pleasure without having to deal with the prospect of "terrorism" or another psyop mass shooting, terror truck drivers, snipers or lockdowns.  You also didn't have to worry about a violent police state, checkpoints, surveillance cameras, killer robots, government spying and 24/7 fear, death and destruction being put out by the mainstream media news.  There was a sense of order, in other words, that many of us still remember and we remember exactly what it felt like.  Obviously you can't miss something or yearn for the days you've never experienced.  This disconnect that the younger generation has to what some may refer to the good old days is important in the grand scheme of things because this chaos is all they know and it is a grand example of learned helplessness.  For the first time in modern American history we have a generation that doesn't know what order, calmness and peace looks like.

I'm Writing in Ted Cruz's Name for President.  Like many of my fellow constitutional conservatives, I oppose both Hillary Clinton and her old donor Donald Trump.  I oppose a catastrophically corrupt, race-baiting, plutocratic socialist who serially undermined American national security and lied to the faces of the families of Benghazi victims, and I also oppose a borderline-deranged, Kremlin-tainted, quasi-fascistic, fraudulent orange cult leader.  As between Ebola and HIV, I choose neither.  I am firmly both #NeverHillary and #NeverTrump.  In May, I posted a "#NeverTrump Cheat Sheet," which I thought best represented the options available for those of us committed to opposing both of these Big Government jokesters.  It is time to revisit those options.

The War On Cops.  There is no more important book to read right now than Heather Mac Donald's clear-eyed, riveting new work The War on Cops:  How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe. [...] [The book] begins by noting that crime is skyrocketing in cities across the United States as "the most anti-law-enforcement administration in memory draws to a close."  This isn't, however, "the greatest danger in today's war on cops.  The greatest danger lies, rather, in the delegitimization of law and order itself."  If we don't begin to counter the present lies about law enforcement propagated by the Black Lives Matter movement and facilitated by a complicit media and by the "academic victimology industry," Mac Donald concludes, civilized urban life will break down — which we are already beginning to witness.

20 Examples of What It Would Look Like if White Privilege Really Existed.  [#1] We'd see frequent discussions on whether bumbling white dads or negative portrayals of southerners on TV and in movies were unfair to white people. [...] [#5] There wouldn't be an option to press 2 for Spanish. [...] [#8] Every year we would celebrate White History Month and on the final day, we would hold a Miss White America pageant on White Entertainment TV.

New York City needs a leader like Dallas police chief David Brown.  Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton could learn a thing or two from Dallas Police Chief David Brown.  The man is a bona fide leader, someone who has the respect of his officers, his city — and now the entire nation.

Dallas: The Target Is Order.  Dallas was not just another attack by a lone shooter against defenseless civilians.  Rather, it was a highly symbolic act against those who defend order.  The target was order.  The target was the uniforms and badges the officers were wearing.  Those who died were merely representatives of order.  They were the defenders of the principles and institutions around which society agrees to be organized.  Defending this order is made more difficult by the fact that the Dallas massacre was directed against an order of things that is decaying.  As society unravels, the order that once united us as a people is also coming apart.  Our political leadership no longer strongly defends society's core principles.

Obama's Agenda of Anarchy.  To understand what we are witnessing, it must be first made clear that the murderous attacks on the police have little to do with the questionable deaths of black men by police.  Their deaths are being conveniently exploited by individuals and groups whose plans were set in motion decades ago under different pretexts.  We must remember that we've seen this type of "orchestrated chaos" before, specifically in the late 1960s during the radicalization of students and young people across college campuses.  Protests, sit-ins, and armed takeovers of campus offices by the radical left were increasing and blamed, in part, on the Vietnam War.  Other reasons existed as well, including many of the same anti-Capitalist, anti-American sentiments we are seeing today.

What's a Reasonable Number of Blacks to Shoot?  Barack Obama's position on police shootings seems to be that more blacks get shot by police than their percentage of the population tells us is reasonable.  In other words, about 45 a year is okay, any more is racist. [...] This is how insane this discussion has gotten.  Obviously blacks get shot at a higher rate than whites because their crime rate is higher, and not just by a smidgen.  But the liberal elite can never say that, can they?  Because they cannot believe how the police (working class, generally white, maybe college educated maybe not at state schools, often sons of police themselves, military veterans in large measure and frequently seen kneeling on a black guy's head in order to get a pair of cuffs on) cannot be bigoted.  So therefore they must be.  This is called a Divine Fallacy — I cannot imagine how something may be true therefore it's false.

The working classes vs. the smirking classes.  Put it all together and what do people see?  Politicians who send boys into battle mendaciously; who flood the country with immigrants because they want cheap gardeners and nannies; and who force low-income people to rescue wealthy bankers and bondholders from the consequences of their own errors.  Don't get me wrong, I haven't softened in my attitude to Trump.  He remains a vainglorious, dishonest boor, whose policies would do the most damage to the people he promises to help.

American Socialists Are Trying To Start A Race War So They Can Shut Down The Government And Declare Martial Law — Don't Take The Bait.  For the past several weeks there has been a lot of talk about the so-called "Black Lives Matter" protests, and how the protests seems to be growing in violence and less and less being done to deal with them.  President Obama, as expected, appears useless to stop the violence and even siding with the violence by his same refusal.  There is a lot of talk about "racism," "discrimination," and the usual language.  There are even calls for black to take over southern states and create their own country and "kill all the white people." [...] This brings to mind something I learned a long time ago from the Russian communist literature.  That is, the issue is never the issue, but the issue always is the revolution.

It's Déjà vu All Over Again.  The pace of recent events, from the outré presidential election, the "exoneration" of career criminal Hillary Clinton by the FBI, and the shooting of multiple police officers in Dallas during a "Black Lives Matter" protest, is reminiscent of '68; the country barely had time to process one enormity when the next once occurred.

The American Left Has Won.  The Democrats in the House of Representatives recently staged a theatrical sit-in ostensibly demanding that they, as an oppressed and victimized minority, be allowed to vote on additional gun control measures.  This childish attempt to mimic the demonstrations attendant to the union organization drives of the early 20th Century and the civil rights movement of 1960's was produced by myopic fools who do not seem to understand that they have won.  They now control virtually all levers of power in the federal government, dominate one major political party and fully intimidate the other, and are successfully altering society as a whole.  They have defeated "the man."

Our Eternal War For Independence.  There are two visions of how men are meant to live today, just as there were in 1776.  Revolutions and wars may occasionally clarify these visions, but they do not permanently resolve them.  New governments are quick to adopt old tyrannies.  Freedom is a popular rallying cry for rebels.  But few rebels wish to be rebelled against.  That is what made America unique.  That is what still does.  We were not meant to be a society of sinecures for public servants.  We did not come into being to be ruled by bureaucrats.  Our birth of freedom was not meant to give way to the repression of a vast incomprehensible body of regulations administered by an elite political class in Washington D.C.

After "Brexit," Can We Exit a Few Things Too?  Is Brexit the first victory in a larger freedom movement?  Can we get out of a system that creates money out of thin air to benefit the ruling class while impoverishing the middle class?  Can we get out of a central bank that finances the wars that make us less safe?  Can we exit Executive Orders?  Can we exit the surveillance state?  The PATRIOT Act?  Can we exit NDAA and indefinite detention?  Can we exit the US worldwide drone program, that kills innocents overseas and makes us ever-more hated?  Getting out of NATO would be a good first move.  This Cold War relic survives only by stirring up conflict and then selling itself as the only option to confront the conflict it churned up.  Wouldn't it be better to not go looking for a fight in the first place?

Why Our Leaders Won't Name The Enemy.  [Scroll down]  The real reason that our leaders won't name the enemy is that they don't like us and they don't trust us.  Running through their heads are nightmare scenarios like Brexit and Trump.  They see their job as shepherding us away from our "worst impulses" toward a proper role within the global community.  They are quite capable of recognizing Islamic terrorism for what it is.  They may not be terribly bright, but people in their positions have more than enough access to information for the conclusions to be inescapable.  But they are determined not to allow Islamic terrorism to disrupt their larger plans for us.  It isn't another 9/11 or 7/7 that worries them, but a resurgence of nationalism in response to it.  That is why they will lie, mislead and even criminalize any dissent.  Their response to every Islamic terrorist attack is to make us feel responsible, ashamed and helpless by transforming Muslims into the victims.  For these same reasons they will push mass Muslim migration no matter what the terror risks are.  They will champion the hijab, even though they know it harms Muslim women.  Why?  Because these policies undermine our values and transform our countries.  And that is their overriding agenda above all else.  That is what we are up against.

What's really behind the ongoing push for gun control?  All modern governments are organized crime legitimized by the police power of the state.  There is illegal crime and there is legal crime.  We tend to accept government crime because it has made itself politically legal and politically palatable with such propaganda myths as "democracy."  All economic power, political power and religious power are vested in the state.  The state manages the system backed by police power.  Police power is civil and military.  The German state under Adolf Hitler was organized crime protected by visible military power, whereas American so-called democracy is a police state without the jack boots and the swastika.  Police power in a modern "democracy" appears more benevolent because it is more subtle or more invisible.  But police power is ever present.  It normally isolates and prosecutes enemies of the state, radiating its presence through the controlled media for public obedience.  This type of police state is accurately described as benevolent totalitarianism.  Sometimes, however, it misfires and rears its despotic head in actions like Waco and Ruby Ridge.  All national states have one thing in common.  They want all uncontrolled arms of the people confiscated.

That's it.  I've had it.  The United States of America is not a democracy; it is a Constitutional Republic.  However, when we don't teach our history, instead choosing to revise it; when we don't teach civics, instead choosing to create a generation of subjects, mindless drones, and not citizens — we cannot keep the Republic.  The reason is we don't even know what a Republic entails, and as Franklin once quipped, we then get the government we deserve.  We live in a representative Democracy, and our representatives in political office are selected to represent and be accountable to us — that is a Constitutional Republic.  But what happens when we're too ignorant to know the difference between that which we were created to be, and that which we are becoming — a Constitutional Monarchy?  We find ourselves not being governed, but rather being ruled, by a class of political elites enabled by a complicit media and entertainment elites.

Johnson's Rise and Imminent Fall.  After a contentious convention fight, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson has emerged the presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party.  As a successful two-term governor, he is far and away the most qualified LP candidate in decades.  Johnson's vice president, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, shares the gravitas.  With two able governors on the ticket, it feels like the stars are aligning for libertarians.  They've ditched the nerdy book clubs, begun taking hygiene seriously, and attracted two accomplished executives to lead the party.  In a year when both major nominees are loathed, the LP is poised for major gains.  So could this be the year when the duopoly that controls Washington's welfare-warfare apparatus is finally busted?  Don't count on it.

America Needs Nuclear Weapons — and the World Needs Us to Have Them.  Since the end of World War II, it has been axiomatic that nuclear weapons are a central pillar of U.S. foreign policy, enabling America to resist not only far-flung threats to its security but to advance its interests globally.  Upon entering office and throughout his presidency, President Barack Obama in various pronouncements made clear his intention to overturn this link between foreign and military policy.  During a visit to Hiroshima, Japan in May, the president intoned that there needed to be a "moral revolution" to rid the world of nuclear weapons.  Obama's perspective coincides with an era in which the United States is fighting "small wars" against adversaries incapable of inflicting the type of catastrophic damage against the United States or its allies that guided U.S. nuclear policy in the Cold War era.

Libertarian ticket has nothing but good things to say about Obama and Hillary.  [Matt] Welch thinks the error here was in Johnson and Weld straining to seem "nice," which isn't a terrible strategy when you remember that the two major-party candidates this year are widely viewed as dirtbags.  But I don't know.  Johnson has winked at anti-Trump conservatives periodically during the campaign but he seems to be betting bigger on Bernie Sanders's large idealistic progressive minority, emphasizing in interviews how very much he and Bernie have in common.

The Persistence Of Washington Delusion.  Jonathan Rauch has a cover story in The Atlantic — "How American Politics Went Insane" — which is getting positive links from a lot of otherwise intelligent people. [...] The steady decline of confidence in institutions that began with Watergate and Vietnam is due to real failures of the elite leadership class.  These failures undermined confidence not just in capacity to do good but in capability to represent interests.  The list is familiar to you by now:  Impeachment.  9/11.  Iraq.  Katrina.  Congressional corruption.  Financial meltdown.  Failed stimulus.  Obamacare.  Stagnant wages.  Diminished hopes.  But oh, the party establishment was doing good?  These middlemen Rauch puts on a pedestal — they were responding and managing and running things well?  No.  They were looking out for the interests of people other than those they were elected to serve.  They were responding to the donor class and to the party leadership — the very people Rauch views as responsible balances against the populist tendencies of the electorate.  Let's be clear:  Rauch's argument requires you to believe elites were doing just fine running the country until about 2010.  Rauch's darkest day comes in 2011, when earmarking was banned.  But there's no data to support the contention that removing earmarking contributed to any level of American political insanity.

The War on Stupid People.  Few will be surprised to hear that, according to the 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, a long-running federal study, IQ correlates with chances of landing a financially rewarding job.  Other analyses suggest that each IQ point is worth hundreds of dollars in annual income — surely a painful formula for the 80 million Americans with an IQ of 90 or below.  When the less smart are identified by lack of educational achievement (which in contemporary America is closely correlated with lower IQ), the contrast only sharpens.  From 1979 to 2012, the median-income gap between a family headed by two earners with college degrees and two earners with high-school degrees grew by $30,000, in constant dollars.  Studies have furthermore found that, compared with the intelligent, less intelligent people are more likely to suffer from some types of mental illness, become obese, develop heart disease, experience permanent brain damage from a traumatic injury, and end up in prison, where they are more likely than other inmates to be drawn to violence.  They're also likely to die sooner.

The Government's Do-Nothing Approach to EMP Threats.  EMPs — pulses of electromagnetic energy created by natural or manmade causes, such as a terrorist attack — have the potential to critically damage our electrical grid and catastrophically disrupt communications, transportation, emergency services, and food and water supplies, virtually destroying the world we live in today.  Even worse, lives are at stake.  According to Dr.  Peter Pry, the executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, EMPs pose "existential threats that could kill 9 of 10 Americans through starvation, disease, and societal collapse."

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This is a subject that has been largely ignored by akdart.com because The Editor finds it unlikely that the threat posed by EMP is as great as everyone else seems to think it is.  The power grid includes protection against lightning, which would also go a long way toward protecting against EMP.  The brains of your computer are probably enclosed in a metal box, which would shield it against EMP.  Your cell phone might be toast, but you shouldn't have to rely on your cell phone to get back to your house from anywhere.  Maybe you'll realize you shouldn't have given up your POTS line and replaced it with total dependence on cell phone service.  If your TV set gets fried, the enemy will have done you a big favor.  And if the EMP event happens directly over your city, the effects might be severe, but even then I have my doubts.  [#1] If a third-world country or terrorist group develops an atomic bomb, and they only have a prototype, they are far more likely to detonate the device halfway up a skyscraper than out in space, because one requires access to the freight elevator and the other requires an ICBM.  Which one is easier to acquire?  [#2] When the first atomic bomb was detonated out in rural New Mexico, did all the telephones quit working in Alamogordo and Albuquerque?  Did the lights go out?  I remain skeptical.  At the same time, the government isn't talking about this potential threat and going back into the Civil Defense preparedness mode of the 1960's, because to do so would draw attention to the fact that an EMP attack would most likely come from Iran or ISIS, i.e., from Islamic terrorists.  President Barack H. Obama would never encourage any such discussion.

National security profiling is a no-brainer.  While everyone's undies are in a bunch over Donald Trump's proposal for a Muslim immigration moratorium, it is undeniable in a time of "heightened alert" — when violent jihadists have no problem targeting their enemies here and around the world — that national security profiling is imperative to our survival.  Yes, that means taking politically incorrect criteria such as ethnicity, nationality and religion into account when battling radical Islamist throat-slitters, suicide bombers and hijackers who incinerate children on airplanes traveling to Disneyland, plant bombs in their shoes, underwear, soda bottles and belts, and shoot up concert halls, restaurants, malls, Army bases and social services centers.  Yes, that means unapologetic government tracking of Arab and Muslim foreign students, high-risk Muslim refugees, Muslim chaplains serving in the military and in prisons, and Arab and Muslim pilots and flight students.  Yes, that means taking immigration status into account to apply increased, common-sense scrutiny of temporary visa holders from jihadist breeding grounds.

Is the era of big infrastructure over?  One issue where the leading Democratic and Republican presidential candidates seem to agree is the need for improved US infrastructure.  And many economists think that the combination of need and cheap financing makes a big round of new investment a no brainer.  But what kind of infrastructure investment?  Fixing roads, improving an airport here or there, upgrading schools — that kind of thing?  Or is it time for a megaproject ... or two or three?

The Wages of Non-Judgmentalism.  There is a fundamental contradiction at the heart of daily American life.  It's one that undermines the role that citizen sentinels are obliged to serve in the collective effort to combat low-tech aspiring terrorists who may be operating independent of a foreign or domestic extremist network.  At once, Americans are supposed to be vigilant and unafraid to express to authorities their fears when they believe someone is behaving abnormally and may represent a threat.  At the same time, however, society frowns on those who are perceived as judgmental.  Since social pressures to avoid being seen as hypercritical, paranoid, or — worst of all — bigoted are acute, and the rewards for keeping an eye out for the next terrorist plot are virtually non-existent, the vigilant are often inclined to keep their concerns to themselves.

Hillary Born a Female, but What Difference, at This Point, Does It Make?  Could it be possible that an increasing number of voters are tiring of liberals stuffing identity politics down our throats? [...] The left's preoccupation with race, gender, income level and other pet causes necessarily compromises the nation's best interests.  But that's nothing new, from its environmental activism to opposing voter identification laws.  You would think the electorate would be waking up to the dangerous seduction of identity politics as the presidency of the first black president of the United States approaches its long-awaited end.  Americans might want to ask themselves whether it was really worth it.  Did this obsession with skin color justify electing an untested, stunningly divisive ideologue to the highest office in the land?  Wouldn't it have been wiser to elect someone not hellbent on fundamentally transforming America?

Clinton vs.  Trump:  The Best Argument For Limited Government Yet.  Unless something earth shattering happens between now and November, the public's choice for president will be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.  Has there ever been a better case for cutting back the size and scope of the federal government?

No, not Trump or Clinton.  Voters really do have another choice.  The Libertarian Party nominated two socially tolerant but fiscally conservative former governors, Gary Johnson and Bill Weld.  Weld?  Isn't the former Massachusetts governor just another Republican? [...] Johnson added that his running mate was "pro-gay, pro-choice and pro-medical marijuana at a time nobody else was talking about this stuff."  But Weld also supported the Iraq War, saying that George W. Bush had "grown in office."  As Massachusetts' governor, he backed the drug war and restrictions on gun ownership.

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I watched some of the Libertarian Party's national convention on a satellite feed, and it appears to me that the Libertarians are essentially a two-issue party:  They want to legitimize homosexuality and legalize marijuana.  As much as I abhor Hillary Clinton and reject Donald Trump, I still won't vote Libertarian.  The Libertarians don't appear to understand what it takes to maintain liberty.

The existential despair of Hillary Clinton vs.  Donald Trump.  Millions of Americans detest the idea of choosing between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  Perhaps you're among them.  You may think that both presumptive nominees are unfit for office.  You may loathe the way their candidacies are warping the personalities of your friends and family, particularly on social media.  Perhaps you simply feel that each of these candidates is somehow undeserving of the time and energy that is required to vote.  You might also feel some pressure to suck it up and vote for "the lesser of two evils."  Well, I have a simple message for you:  Don't.

The False Comparison of Trump to Hillary.  [Scroll down]  Most obviously, Donald Trump is a private citizen who has never held public office.  He is a businessman in a world where decorum and class often aren't as important as sharp elbows and tough negotiating skills, where making a profit is more important than consistency or sparing people's feelings. [...] Hillary Clinton is in a very different line of work from Trump's.  Her whole life has been spent as what we laughably call a public servant.  In other words, she is supposed to be working not for profit or her own status and enrichment, but for the public weal. [...] But while Trump's character flaws have been assets in his profession, Hillary's arrogant sense of entitlement, relentless money-grubbing, chronic mendacity, and obvious dislike of people other than her minions all undercut her claims to be a public servant, and help explain why she has serially failed at that role.

Muhammad Ali, Tool of Hucksters.  The idea that a professional fighter or a football player is a victim is only true to the extent that many are immature, uneducated, and thus exploitable by schools, coaches, promoters, managers, corner men, fight doctors, and arena entrepreneurs that could care less about a jock's health, especially after the athlete ceases to be a cash cow.  Knowing when to quit required a maturity and wisdom that Mohammed Ali never achieved. [...] Ali could have used his last years to illuminate the hazards of head trauma in sports like hockey, football, and especially boxing where "knockout" is literally the harbinger of senior years as a diminished soul, if not a vegetable.  Ali might also have used his celebrity to condemn the "knockout game" (aka "polar bear hunting"), a popular punk pastime where gangs of black teens punch random white elders to render them unconscious.  Ali did neither, but he did have time for magic tricks and overpriced autographs.

Reflections on Muhammad Ali.  [Scroll down]  Right after winning the title, Ali did something that set his life on a controversial trajectory from which it would never deviate:  [Cassius] Clay announced to the world that he had become a follower of the Nation of Islam religion and had changed his name to Muhammad Ali, rejecting forever, as he put it, "my slave name."  The great majority of people in America had never even heard of Islam or the Muslim religion.  Many were confused by his actions and put off by his angry denouncements of "white" American culture and society. [...] Muhammad Ali was indeed a fascinating and charismatic figure, and perhaps the "Greatest" boxer of all time, as he was only too quick to point out.  But he was a multi-dimensional figure, not all of it good by any means.

PC police are running amok.  The good news is that 58 members of the Mass.  House were willing to go on record last week and publicly declare that it's probably not the wisest idea to allow convicted male sex offenders open access to female toilets and shower rooms.  The bad news is that there are 160 members of the Mass.  House — and 92 of them don't want to prohibit Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from exercising their God-given civil rights to take a bubble bath with your teenage daughter.

Gary Johnson:  I Agree With 73% of What Bernie Sanders Says.  Gov.  Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate for president, said that he agrees with 73 percent of what Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) says, citing that libertarians agree with socialism as long as it's voluntary.  On Tuesday [5/31/2016], a caller from Arkansas on CSPAN's Washington Journal questioned Johnson about Sanders, saying that people she knows want Sanders to win the nomination.  She suggested that Johnson and Sanders could sit down together.  This was after she called Johnson a Republican, and Johnson said he wanted to "draw a line of distinction" between being a Republican and being a Libertarian.

10 Reasons Why You Should Oppose TPP and TTIP.  [#1]  Sovereignty will be lost.  The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership constitute an all-out assault on, and an existential threat to, America's sovereignty and independence.  Even if all of the glowing economic predictions and rosy job promises of the TPP/TTIP promoters were true — and as we show below, there are many good reasons to disbelieve this prosperity propaganda — would it really be worth sacrificing our national sovereignty and independence for these purported benefits?  Would it be worth sacrificing our liberty and our Constitution?  Would it be worth subjecting ourselves and our posterity to the rule of international bureaucrats and judges?  Those are not idle, speculative questions; they go to the core of what the TPP and TTIP are all about.

Leftist Lies on the Decision to Bomb Hiroshima.  The President recently visited Hiroshima Japan, site of the first atomic bomb ever used in combat.  The bombing took place on August 6, 1945.  It was followed three days later by a second bomb on Nagasaki.  Although he was very careful not to explicitly "apologize" for our use of atomic weapons — mindful of the harsh backlash that awaited him should his trip be perceived as yet another "Obama apology tour" — the tenor of President Obama's remarks left little doubt as to where he stands on the issue. [...] The March 1945 firebombing of Tokyo resulted in far greater casualties than either atomic strike in August 1945, yet the modern anti-nuclear war faction has let that one pass completely.

A Leader Without a Moral Compass.  The moral equivalence movement, with its moral relativism, and the fatuous history taught in our institutions of post-secondary (no longer higher) education have come to a head in the obscenity committed by President Obama in Hiroshima.  The atomic bomb was not some kind of "evil" as the president consciously chose to portray it, but the source of victory that brought Japan's barbaric aggression to an end.  Even so, it required two bombs to accomplish this and the putting down of a potential revolt by Japan's young officers who chose to fight on to the death.  Those in their sinecured warrens burrowed in the groves of academe who teach that the bomb was evil have never taken an instant to read the Japanese order of battle on the eve of the atomic attacks.  Our intelligence totally underestimated the strength of the Japanese army in Manchuria or Japan's navy.  An invasion of the islands would have resulted in hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of casualties of military and civilians.

Signals Intelligence Indicates Wall Street Dropping Hillary Clinton.  [Scroll down]  Who the alternate candidate doesn't really matter.  The reasoning we have continually evidenced within expanded explanations about the Congressional Legislative Agenda being dictated by Wall Street interests.
  •   The influences who control the legislative agenda have already put in place, convinced and paid for, the politicians needed to advance their interests (the legislative priorities).
  •   Those interests don't care about who occupies the White House so long as that occupant is incapable of derailing their objectives.
  •   There is only one current candidate who is a risk to that Wall Street goal, Donald Trump.  The second candidate, be it Hillary or Bernie, does not represent the same risk.
  •   Bernie cannot disrupt the legislative agenda because he is external to the party structure who currently control the construct (Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan).
  •   Only Donald Trump can disrupt the agenda because he would also carry an electoral mandate and allegiance with elements inside structure of the party apparatus.

If You Don't Want To Get Nuked Don't Bomb Pearl Harbor.  President Obama has kowtowed to the Japanese and Western liberals by promising at the site of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb "we shall not repeat the evil."  People who agree with this sentiment ought to do two things.  First they should read the essay — Thank God for the Atom Bomb — war historian Paul Fussell wrote on how he felt when, as a 21-year-old second lieutenant in the US army, he and his comrades heard the news that Japan had been nuclear bombed into surrender.

Thank God for the Atom Bomb.  [Scroll down]  The Japanese plan to deploy the undefeated bulk of their ground forces, over two million men, plus 10,000 kamikaze planes, plus the elderly and all the women and children with sharpened spears they could muster in a suicidal defense makes it absurd, says Alsop, to "hold the common view, by now hardly challenged by anyone, that the decision to drop the two bombs on Japan was wicked in itself, and that President Truman and all others who joined in making or who [like Robert Oppenheimer] assented to this decision shared in the wickedness."  And in explanation of "the two bombs," Alsop adds:  "The true, climactic, and successful effort of the Japanese peace advocates ... did not begin in deadly earnest until after the second bomb had destroyed Nagasaki.  The Nagasaki bomb was thus the trigger to all the developments that led to peace."

The Shift To A Cashless Society Is Snowballing.  Love it or hate it, cash is playing an increasingly less important role in society.  In some ways this is great news for consumers.  The rise of mobile and electronic payments means faster, convenient, and more efficient purchases in most instances.  New technologies are being built and improved to facilitate these transactions, and improving security is also a priority for many payment providers.  However, as Visual Capitalist's Jeff Desjardins explains, there is also a darker side in the shift to a cashless society.  Governments and central banks have a different rationale behind the elimination of cash transactions, and as a result, the so-called "war on cash" is on.

I'm Here Because We Bombed Hiroshima.  All-out war is often a choice between something horrific and something even more horrific.  Making these decisions surely weighs upon the consciousness of wartime leaders.  Harry Truman struggled with the decision but ultimately believed he had made the correct call.  Oppenheimer, the physicist who headed the weapon design lab at Los Alamos during the war, was a staunch leftist who later became a peace activist.  Yet, he too went to his grave supporting the creation of the bomb.

Yes, Dropping Atomic Bombs On Japan Was A Good Thing.  Last week, President Obama announced that he would be visiting Hiroshima.  It would be the first time a sitting president has done so.  Of course, we've entered another arena of liberal debate:  were the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ethical/justified/moral?  The answer is yes to all three.

My uncle leveled Hiroshima.  We're not sorry.  Millions of Americans have a personal or family connection to World War II.  One is Salon columnist Camille Paglia who, in answering a letter from a reader in her April 21 column, mentioned her father's service during the war, explaining how he and his Army unit, which was slated for an invasion of Japan, were "spared from certain decimation by the two atomic bombs and Japan's surrender."  Paglia's father was among many thousands spared because of President Harry Truman's decision to launch a nuclear strike against Imperial Japan.  His order to attack Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, was carried out in no small part by my uncle, Maj.  Tom Ferebee.  He was the bombardier aboard the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the first atomic bomb, and that in doing so, ushered in the nuclear age.

This nation does not need the draft.  After 23 years of military service, it is clear to me that a universal draft is not essential, and indeed would be harmful to our national security.  Asking everyone to serve would be a disaster. [...] What are you going to do when 40 thousand people [refuse to serve?]  Are you ready to put thousands in prison if they refuse?  How much will that cost?  What if they run off to Canada again?  What are you going to do?

Researchers believe two mega tsunamis wiped out ancient shorelines on Mars.  According to a new published paper in Nature Scientific Reports by Planetary Science Institute, senior scientist J. Alexis Palmero Rodriguez said some kind of bolide impact triggered the enormous waves and completely wipeout any kind of shoreline features which scientists have been struggling to identify.  "For more than a quarter century, failure to identify shoreline features consistently distributed along a constant elevation has been regarded as inconsistent with the hypothesis that a vast ocean existed on Mars approximately 3.4 billion years ago," Rodriguez said.

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Set aside what the "experts" say for a moment and use your head.  A tsunami involves the sudden movement of a lot of water.  In this case, they say the tsunamis were triggered by "some kind of bolide impact."  What's a bolide?  Google says it's "a large meteor that explodes in the atmosphere."  (What atmosphere?)  And this meteor was so big that it caused two tsunamis.  There was so much water involved that it destroyed every trace of the shoreline.  Then the water disappeared.  It's all gone.  All of it.  So where did all the water go?  Here's my answer, and my answer is every bit as plausible as the article above:  Mars today is exactly the way God made it.  Just accept it, and stop trying to concoct these elaborate, implausible and incredible (i.e., not credible) alternative explanations.

Why Don't Republicans Name the Enemy?  In The Wall Street Journal last week, two influential billionaires — former New York city Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a very moderate Republican, and Charles G. Koch, the libertarian chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, Inc. — wrote an op-ed piece decrying the suppression of free speech taking place at universities across America.  You have to salute their good intentions.  But as well-intentioned and accurate as their critique is, the Bloomberg-Koch column is largely useless.  Why?  Because they assiduously avoid identifying who or what acts are causing our universities to mimic fascist institutions, namely: ruining dissenters' careers; penalizing dissenting students; not hiring dissenting professors; disinviting the few invited speakers with whom the majority differs; shouting down dissenting speakers; students and faculty occupying and taking over college administrators' offices, etc. [...] Why don't Bloomberg and Koch mention the words "left" or "progressive" or "liberal" even once?

Underestimating Missile Defense.  It is exactly things like the ballistic missile defense program that are needed to expose how empty Putin's aggressive rhetoric really is while reassuring out allies in Eastern Europe of American support.  For the reality is that Russia, bellicose threats and all, is increasingly a paper tiger militarily.  With its science and industry in a precipitous decline presently, Russia is forced to import between 80% and 100% of its computer equipment, 95% of industrial robots and 100% of advanced metal-cutting machines and tools.  According to a defense ministry report from the end of 2015, the percentages of Russian forces equipped with 'modern' weapons are as follows:  land forces — 35%, navy — 39%, air force — 51%.  And the situation is hardly better with Russia's nuclear arsenal.  There have been numerous reports by Russian nuclear specialists casting doubts on its very functionality, because the plutonium in their warheads has not been replaced in over twenty years.

Three Problems With the Big Bang.  [Scroll down]  The first is the Horizon Problem.  If we look far out into space, billions of light years away, we see photons with the same temperature — roughly 2.725 degrees Kelvin.  If we look in another direction, we find the same thing.  What a coincidence!  In fact, when astronomers look in all directions, no matter how distant, they find that all regions have the same temperature.  This is incredibly puzzling, Siegel says, "since these regions are separated by distances that are greater than any signal, even light, could have traveled in the time since the Universe was born."  The Big Bang offers no explanation for this fascinating quirk.  Yet another quirk unexplained by the Big Bang is the Flatness Problem.  Almost all the evidence collected by cosmologists indicates that the Universe is flat.  Like a sheet of paper on a desk, spacetime shows almost no curvature whatsoever.  Within the context of the Big Bang, this seems extremely unlikely.

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Seemingly well-educated scientists have gone to great lengths to concoct an explanation for Creation, but even the latest and most refined version of their story has deal-breaking holes in it:  Most obviously, who created the Big Bang?

The Pentagon's Medal Inflation.  [Scroll down]  There has been a jarring addition to U.S. military uniforms since the end of World War II.  Seventy years ago, high-ranking officers wore relatively few ribbons or medals — and awards for valor were rare.  Go back farther to the Civil War, and it was common for officers to not wear military decorations at all.  But for the modern officer, it's now possible to perform one's duties without being a hero and still have a chest full of ribbons that are indecipherable to all but the most dedicated students of phaleristics.  Most of all, the typical Twenty-first Century American general is a walking wall of multi-colored "great job" ribbons, none of which are awards for valor.

Ten Reasons Moderates Should Vote for Ted Cruz.  [#2] Only Ted Cruz Can Stop Donald Trump.  So, GOP voters need to rally around their best candidate remaining, and not surrender to despair.  That means first stopping Trump.  In order to win the nomination on the first ballot at the Republican convention, you need 1,237 pledged or committed delegates.  Only Trump still has a chance to get that — and only Cruz can beat him in the places needed to stop Trump.

The Federal Debt Violates the Constitution.  President Obama has doubled the national debt and added an additional $4.2 trillion to debt through the Quantitative Easing program.  Both of these actions are unprecedented.  The issue that needs to be discussed is the extent to which Federal debt, at any level, is allowed by the Constitution.

Hiroshima and 'Unwarrantable Self-Abasement'.  Next month, Obama will be in Japan for the G-7 Summit.  There are rumors that he will visit Hiroshima and formally apologize for the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on that city and Nagasaki in August 1945.  Maybe that's why John Kerry didn't apologize during a recent visit to the Hiroshima memorial, but merely set the stage for Obama by lamenting the suffering and calling for a "world free from nuclear weapons.  The debate over whether or not Truman should have authorized dropping the bombs is an old one.  And any objective evaluation of the decision shows that it was correct, for it shortened the war and saved millions of Japanese and American lives.  More interesting than rehashing what should be a settled debate is the ideological prejudices and moral incoherence of those who continue to want the U.S. to express regret for swiftly ending a war it didn't start and paid for with nearly 112,000 lives.

The horrors of Hiroshima in context.  [Scroll down]  Tens of thousands of Americans had already died in taking the Pacific islands as a way to get close enough to bomb Japan.  On March 9 and 10, 1945, B-29 bombers dropped an estimated 1,665 tons of napalm on Tokyo, causing at least as many deaths as later at Hiroshima.  Over the next three months, American attacks leveled huge swaths of urban Japan.  U.S. planes dropped about 60 million leaflets on Japanese cities, telling citizens to evacuate and to call upon their leaders to cease the war.  Japan still refused to surrender and upped its resistance with thousands of Kamikaze airstrikes.  By the time of the atomic bombings, the U.S. Air Force was planning to transfer from Europe much of the idle British and American bombing fleet to join the B-29s in the Pacific.  Perhaps 5,000 Allied bombers would have saturated Japan with napalm.  The atomic bombings prevented such a nightmarish incendiary storm.

Everything That HBO Isn't Telling You About the Anita Hill Story.  Mark Paoletta was a lawyer in the Bush White House working on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. [...] "Confirmation" portrays Hill as a reluctant witness who the Senate just finds and contacts out of nowhere.  "Anita is the person, in my opinion, who set this rumor in motion," Paoletta said.  "We know, based on an independent investigation, that she called a friend in Washington who was a well-connected lawyer... and released her to spread this rumor.  It seems that the timing of this movie aligns well with the war on women narrative that many presidential candidates have been campaigning on.  "In my view, it was 'let's drop [the movie] into the middle the 2016 presidential election year and help Hillary Clinton'," he said.

Call it Fascism.  In a few words, fascism is crony capitalism with a suppression of civil liberties.  Labor and proletarian elements are suppressed, but a sop of social legislation is enacted to keep the lower classes from outright revolt.  The degree to which social concessions are made determines whether the fascism is leftist or rightist.  Mussolini was more to the right.  The Peróns ended up being leftist.  In all cases, the philosophy is statist.  Fascism is not the free market capitalism of Adam Smith by any means.  Smith opposed government interference.  Fascism can be viewed as much a form of leftism as rightism — depending on one's point of view.  This is a statist envelope where all groups:  rich, poor, unions, capitalists are brought under state control.

GOP-Passed Solyndra Subsidies Use Enron-Style Accounting to Fuel Federal Housing.  What happens when you mix green energy social engineering with the affordable housing agenda?  You get the worst elements of venture socialism that led to our economic collapse.  You also get a bill from your GOP Senate pushing this very left-wing ideal of central planning.  To begin with, the Republican-led Senate is pushing a dubious energy efficiency bill at a time when they should be focusing on bold and popular conservative legislation, especially pertaining to homeland and national security.

More than just removing the W keys from all the keyboards:
Obama is leaving IEDs for the next President, just as Clinton did to Bush.  When Bill Clinton left office, he left a burgeoning recession on George W. Bush's doorstep.  That wasn't the only thing he left Bush.  He left Bush Osama Bin Laden.  Clinton has openly boasted that he could have killed Bin Laden and chose not to try.  In fact, Clinton had numerous opportunities to kill Bin Laden.  But there's more.  Under Bush Bill Clinton buried an IED.  The IED was a house of cards built upon lousy mortgages and trash securities sold as high value.  And it was all legal, thanks to Bill Clinton.  Clinton pushed Fannie to 51% subprimes, made predatory lending legal and coerced bankers to make bad loans.  Worst of all, bowing to Wall St. he opted not to regulate derivatives on the advice from his Wall St. pal Robert Rubin.  That house of cards finally fell in 2007 when the economy slowed and people began to default on their mortgages.  People still blame Bush, but it was Clinton buried the IED in 1998.

Why There Is No Reason to Believe Facebook's Promise Not to Influence Voters Against Trump.  Gizmodo has revealed what everyone knew already:  that Facebook's employees are biased against presidential contender Donald Trump.  In response, the social network has hurriedly insisted that it's a "neutral" platform and won't use its considerable power to influence the election.  But who really believes them?

Is NATO worth preserving?  NATO is certainly no longer aimed at keeping a huge Soviet land army out of democratic Western Europe, as was envisioned in 1949.  The alliance has been unwisely expanded from its original 12-nation membership to include 28 countries, absorbing many of the old communist Warsaw Pact nations and some former Soviet republics.  NATO may have meant well to offer security to these vulnerable new alliance members.  Yet it is hard to imagine Belgians and Italians dying on the battlefield to keep Russian President Vladimir Putin's forces out of Lithuania or Estonia.  Today's NATO pledges to many of its newer participants are about as believable as British and French rhetorical guarantees in August 1939 to protect a far-away Poland from its Nazi and Soviet neighbors.

Anti-Encryption Bill is an Affront to Privacy, Technological Security.  In recent months, the government has regularly been unable to underscore technological security and privacy in the digital sphere, as more and more tech companies turn to encrypting their data.  From the Apple case to the recent WhatsApp encryption overhaul, individuals have witnessed a glimmer of hope that their privacy may once again be protected from government interference.  However, this consumer privacy is in danger once more as Congress seeks to nullify the system of encryption.

Cruz Isn't Cheating Trump, He's Outwitting and Outworking Trump.  There's something else about these delegate fights that have taken place over the weekend where Cruz has just skunked Trump.  It isn't even a contest.  It is fascinating to watch.  And, of course, the Trump people think that games are being played and that tricks are being pulled.  But that's not happening.  This is just somebody who understands the system using it. [...] Now, what happened in Colorado is, I'm sorry to say, it's not a trick.  What happened in Colorado is right out in the open.  Everybody's known how Colorado runs its affairs.  Everybody has known.  Nobody just chose to look at it.  It's no secret that Colorado was gonna have a convention and they're gonna choose their delegates before the primary.  It's not a secret.  It's just nobody leaked it.  Nobody talked about it.  Nobody bragged about it.  So it was left to be discovered by people who didn't know.  And it turns out that people on the Trump campaign didn't know.

The sugar conspiracy.  Robert Lustig is a paediatric endocrinologist at the University of California who specialises in the treatment of childhood obesity.  A 90-minute talk he gave in 2009, titled Sugar: The Bitter Truth, has now been viewed more than six million times on YouTube.  In it, Lustig argues forcefully that fructose, a form of sugar ubiquitous in modern diets, is a "poison" culpable for America's obesity epidemic.  A year or so before the video was posted, Lustig gave a similar talk to a conference of biochemists in Adelaide, Australia.  Afterwards, a scientist in the audience approached him.  Surely, the man said, you've read Yudkin.  Lustig shook his head.  John Yudkin, said the scientist, was a British professor of nutrition who had sounded the alarm on sugar back in 1972, in a book called Pure, White, and Deadly.

Nullifying the Republican Primaries.  Certain turbo-charged words have been used, such as "steal," as in stealing the nomination from the frontrunner.  But isn't the nomination something that is awarded or conferred, not something that is seized?  Should a nominee think that he "owns" the nomination?  As far as I'm concerned, a party should be able to replace a nominee at any time if he/she proves unfit or unelectable.  Some have said that if convention delegates choose someone other than one of the candidates who ran in the primaries, that the voters would be "disenfranchised."  But the voters exercise their franchise in the general election.  Some have opined that bringing in some "savior" who hasn't run in the primaries would subvert the "democratic" process.  But there's little that is "democratic" in the primaries.  Is it "democratic" to have primaries and caucuses spread out over months?

Americans Aren't The World's Rent-A-Cops.  As Americans have sacrificed blood and treasure to safeguard ourselves against our enemies and defend our interests, we also have protected any number of other nations and served their interests.  Not unfairly, we have looked upon these as "free riders" and thought of ourselves as fostering in them a kind of international welfare dependency.  From time to time, Americans have called for these people to make greater efforts on behalf of common goals and, if they do not, for us either to stop protecting them or to "make them pay" for the protection we provide.

Ted Cruz Thinks Islamic Terrorists Are Actually Responsible For Islamic Terrorism.  There are many factors we can blame for the rise in Islamic terrorism in recent years:  Racism.  Income inequality.  White people.  Offensive editorial cartoons.  Racists.  South Park.  America.  Christians.  Did I say racism already?  Well, that's the main one:  racism.  One thing that is not a factor in Islamic terrorism is the ancient and beautiful religion of Islam.  That has nothing to do with any of this, because #NotAllMuslims run around stabbing and bombing and otherwise inconveniencing non-Muslims.  I blame myself, and you should blame yourself too.  Unless, of course, you're a Muslim.

The War Against Cash, Part III.  Although it doesn't get nearly as much attention as it warrants, one of the greatest threats to liberty and prosperity is the potential curtailment and elimination of cash.  As I've previously noted, there are two reasons why statists don't like cash and instead would prefer all of us to use digital money. [...] In general, they don't talk about taxing our savings with government-imposed negative interest rates.  Instead, they make it seem like their goal is to fight crime.

German Banks Told To Start Hoarding Cash.  German newspaper Der Spiegel reported yesterday [3/3/2016] that the Bavarian Banking Association has recommended that its member banks start stockpiling physical cash.  Europe, of course, has been battling with negative interest rates for quite some time.  What this means is that commercial banks are being charged interest for holding wholesale deposits at the European Central Bank.  In order to generate artificial economic growth, the ECB wants banks to make as many loans as possible, no matter how stupid or idiotic.  They believe that economic growth is simply a function of loans.  The more money that's loaned out, the more the economy will grow.  This is the sort of theory that works really well in an economic textbook.  But it doesn't work so well in a history textbook.

Sweden Begins 5 Year Countdown Until It Eliminates Cash.  How much louder can the "ban cash" calls get?  Recall it was just last year when we catalogued the growing cacophony of crazies for whom banning physical currency is the only way to ensure that depositors can't simply reassert their economic autonomy under a low or zero rate regime. [...] Now, the excuse given for banning big bills is that it combats crime.  And maybe it does.  But in the end the rationale is simple:  if there are no more physical banknotes, people have no economic autonomy.

$500 bill
Suggestions for [the next] Presidency: Issue $500 Bills.  When I graduated high school, in 1969, a $20 bill had about as much value as a $100 bill today.  Inflation has taken a toll.  In 1969, $500 and $1,000 bills were still in reasonably common circulation.  They had been issued up until 1945.  With the turn toward ever increasing government snooping and tracking of financial transactions, the bills were taken out of circulation with an executive order by President Richard Nixon.  It is long past due to bring the $500 bill back into common use.  The European Union issues 500 Euro bills.  Cash is useful for preserving privacy and transportation of value to those who wish to avoid the electronic trail that follows digital transactions everywhere.  All it took to remove the bills from circulation was a simple executive order.  That is all it would take to bring them back.  But more should be done.  The insane tracking of every one's financial transactions should be scaled back.  The forfeiture laws that allow legal theft of property need to be revised or repealed.


An Open Letter to the Conservative Media Explaining Why I Have Left the Movement.  [Scroll down]  I cannot for the life of me understand how conservatives of all people convinced themselves that the solution to the 9-11 attacks was to forcibly create democracy in the Islamic world.  I have even less explanations for how — 15 years and 10,000 plus lives later — conservatives refuse to examine their actions and expect the country to send more of its young to bleed and die over there to save the Iraqis who are clearly too slovenly and corrupt to save themselves.

For Democrats, Immigration Is About Winning Elections.  We have all witnessed the waves of illegal immigrants this administration invites with its brazen defiance of already-on-the-books immigration laws and its abject refusal to secure borders in the name of national security.  To the left, it seems immigration is nothing more than a game and illegal immigrants are the pawns they use to manipulate the system to win elections.  No wonder they vehemently oppose requiring proof of citizenship or even photo IDs to ensure voting integrity.  Even still, here in America there is this thing called the rule of law whereby only citizens get to vote.  Despite what Democrats say, that is not discriminatory nor is it disenfranchising.

Media vs. Democracy: The Case of Poland.  Why is America the cornucopia of invention?  Why did America give birth to modern industry?  Why was it Americans, and no others, that gave the world controlled flight?  Why did an American dream up the assembly line?  What inspired our geniuses to invent electric power and electric lighting, atomic energy, the telegraph, the telephone, electronics, motion pictures, television, transistors, the microchip, cell phones, robots, GPS, weather satellites, and the internet?  Masterpieces of creative art, all.  Who was it that discovered new ways of marketing and of rapidly delivering products anywhere across the continent and across the world?  What took us so rapidly to the moon when we decided it was necessary?  Why do we have overwhelming dominance in science and in Nobel Prizes? [...] One answer to this puzzle lies in a unique combination of peoples and circumstances.  In this nation there has long been a collision of cultures, ideas and genetic stock and a subsequent melding together of these human riches.  All our people were drawn to this nation by the simple idea of liberty.

Why I am Supporting Ted Cruz for President.  I managed to sneak into a Ted Cruz rally Wednesday night [3/2/2016] in suburban Kansas City.  Upon leaving, I no longer counted myself among the uncommitted.  I and thousands of others in this overflow crowd had to be thinking the same thought, "Why would a conservative vote for anyone else?"  That is not to take anything away from the other candidates.  This is easily the best Republican crop in anyone's memory.  Even the remaining go-along, get-along candidate, John Kasich, would make for a better president than the five go-along, get-alongs the Republicans have nominated since 1988.

The Road to Autocracy.  Autocracy is the most natural form of government, and historically the most dominant form of political organization.  There are more democracies in the world today than ever before, but most are autocracies or so-called hybrid governments that cannot objectively be called democratic.  Perhaps the most obvious way that America is exceptional is that there is no real autocratic domestic antecedent to our republican form of government.  The American Revolution took place mostly because the British king had not exerted his authority on the colonies, and we revolted when he did.  America has never truly been under the thumb of an autocratic regime, except for the brief period between the end of the Seven Years War (1763) and the Revolution (1776).

Cash is the currency of freedom.  Former Treasury secretary Larry Summers wants to get rid of the $100 bill.  But I think he has it exactly backward.  I think we need to restore the $500 and $1000 bills.  And the reason is that people like Larry Summers have done a horrible job.  Summers wrote recently in The Washington Post that the $100 bill needs to go.  The reason, he says, is that it's a favorite of criminals, along with the 500 euro note, which is likely to be discontinued.  The New York Times editorialized in agreement, writing:  "Getting rid of big bills will make it harder for criminals to do business and make it easier for law enforcement to detect illicit activity. ... There is no need for large-denomination currency. Britain's top bill is the 50-pound note ($72), which has been perfectly sufficient.  The United States stopped distributing $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills in 1969.  There are now so many ways to pay for things, and eliminating big bills should create few problems."  Reading this got me to thinking:  What is a $100 bill worth now, compared to 1969?

Robert Reich: Ted Cruz is even more dangerous than Donald Trump.  Cruz is more fanatical.  Sure, Trump is a bully and bigot, but he doesn't hew to any sharp ideological line.  Cruz is a fierce ideologue:  He denies the existence of man-made climate change, rejects same-sex marriage, wants to abolish the Internal Revenue Service, believes the 2nd amendment guarantees everyone a right to guns.  He doesn't believe in a constitutional divide between church and state, favors the death penalty, rejects immigration reform, demands the repeal of Obamacare, and takes a strict "originalist" view of the meaning of the Constitution.  [#2] Cruz is a true believer.  Trump has no firm principles except making money, getting attention, and gaining power.  But Cruz has spent much of his life embracing radical right economic and political views.

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Thank you, Mr. Reich, for reminding me of several good reasons to vote for Ted Cruz.  Maybe the reason Ted Cruz "doesn't believe in a constitutional divide between church and state" is because that's not in the Constitution!  Perhaps Senator Cruz "believes the 2nd amendment guarantees everyone a right to guns" because that's exactly what it says!  Senator Cruz isn't an extremist, Mr. Reich.  If you like the IRS and you support homosexual marriage, you are out of step with the American mainstream.

Countering Sanders's College Scheme.  Instead of transferring wealth from taxpayers to colleges, which are top-heavy with administration and overpaid, underworked professors, why not pay any American of any age before retirement for passing proficiency tests equivalent to college degrees in useful areas like science, math, computer science, and languages?  This stipend could be very attractive, even if it were significantly less than what a college degree in that subject might cost.  All Americans, whether working or at home, could have a strong incentive to actually learn, and the education process could be by whatever means is most effective.  This would also encourage lifelong learning, which is really what our nation needs to be competitive in global commerce.

Our Once and Future Caudillos.  History demonstrates that once caudillos come to power, their most likely successors are other caudillos.  Obama is a caudillo.  And so would be Clinton, Sanders, or Trump as president.  It is easy to mock caudillos, whether they hail from Latin America (where the term originates) or other backwaters of the underdeveloped world.  But on balance, this is the model that has dominated international governance since nationalist revolutions between the 18th and 20th Centuries superseded monarchal dynasties.

1924 Newspaper Article Outlines Six Goals of the Illuminati.  Of course, these days the concept of the Illuminati is much less a shadowy secret society bent on world domination than a cruel inside joke MTV has played out with borrowed symbolism.  But back in 1924, people were very worried about the Illuminati's plans to take over the world by destroying it.  [An] article in the June 21, 1924 edition of the Joplin Globe laid bare the six "principles" or goals of the Illuminati:  First, the abolition of government.  Second, the abolition of patriotism.  Third, the abolition of private property rights.  Fourth, the abolition of all rights of inheritance.  Fifth, the abolition of religion.  Sixth, the abolition of the family relations.

Republicans Can Get More Black Votes.  Blacks still do not appear to be buying what the Republican Party is selling.  And the key point is they should be.  Any company selling a product that blacks clearly should be buying, but are not, would make major-league efforts to try and understand what is going on.  This is how Republicans must handle this.  For instance, 26 percent of blacks say that the Democratic Party favors the rich and 65 percent say Democrats favor the middle class and the poor.  In contrast, 80 percent of blacks say the Republican Party favors the rich and 15 percent say Republicans favor the middle class and the poor.  I think the truth is just the opposite.  It is Republicans who are promoting the kinds of ideas and policies needed to help low-income Americans move up the ladder.  Republicans don't favor the rich.  They favor those who want to get rich.  Why is this not getting through?

Yesterday Men.  America is long overdue for an overhaul of its political system.  The yesterday men of both parties are like guests who won't leave.  Eventually, they have to be made to leave.  That's what we're seeing today.  The wrecking ball is swinging, preparing the way for what comes next.  If Trump and Sanders are a clue, the future of American politics may look more like the 19th century than the 20th.

Deranged Central Bankers are Blowing Up the World.  It is now self-evident to any sentient being (excludes CNBC shills, Wall Street shyster economists, and Keynesian loving politicians) the mountainous level of unpayable global debt is about to crash down like an avalanche upon hundreds of millions of willfully ignorant citizens who trusted their politician leaders and the central bankers who created the debt out of thin air.  McKinsey produced a report last year showing the world had added $57 trillion of debt between 2008 and the 2nd quarter of 2014, with global debt to GDP reaching 286%.

Capitalism Is Freedom; Socialism Is Slavery.  Socialism requires the intervention and control of the marketplace by an overwhelmingly powerful centralized government.  It penalizes high achievers, rewards laziness and stifles choice.  Socialism is a government regulation that stops you from creating a successful business.  It's the Bureau of Land Management or the EPA making arbitrary decisions about what you can do with your own land.  It's the IRS taking the money you busted your butt to earn and giving it to people who didn't work as hard as you did.  Almost every socialist policy requires taking resources from someone who's earned them and giving them to someone who hasn't.  Even programs that are supposed to be self-funding rarely are because the juice is never quite worth the squeeze.

Do customers still want landlines? Telecom industry doesn't want anyone to hear the answer.  The deregulation lobby operates on faith — the faith that government regulation is unnecessary because the magic of competition is all that's needed to keep consumer prices under control.  But is it so?  California has been running a sort of laboratory test of this theory since 2006, when the state Public Utilities Commission deregulated telephone landline prices.  The PUC's rationale was that competition from wireless, cable phone service, and voice-over Internet protocol (VoIP) carriers such as Vonage had become strong enough to keep landline rates in check.

Trump and Sanders: The Founders' Worst Nightmare.  As many European and American intellectuals have lamented, no serious socialist or communist party has ever succeeded in the United States.  There is a reason why Bernie Sanders comes from a tiny state and represents a caucus of one.  Our Constitution's separation of powers and federalism raises too many barriers for any movement to take over all of the levers of government and impose an ideology on the United States.  Even if they get too carried away by the latest intellectual fad or passionate anger, the American people have the handbrake of the Constitution to stop them from making a catastrophic mistake.

Ever Looked at Ted Cruz's Resume?  Say what you will about Ted Cruz, but the Senator from Texas is the only man in the current presidential field who has spent his entire life defending the United States Constitution.  He went to the Senate promising he wasn't going there to make friends, but instead pledged to rattle the cages of the establishment.

America is a Nation Headed For a Fall.  [W]hen was the last time America decisively WON a war and achieved all of our objectives?  If we don't count small excursions like Grenada, that would be WWII.  We may have the best military in the world, but our ridiculous rules of engagement and meddling politicians have become more of a problem for our troops than the enemy.  Additionally, the rule of law no longer exists in America in a meaningful way.  Well-connected Democrats like Hillary Clinton can break the law with impunity while Republicans like Scott Walker and Rick Perry have to face politically motivated prosecutions.  Meanwhile, our government openly encourages illegal aliens to laugh at our laws while liberal judges ignore the Constitution and base every ruling solely on their ideology.  Justice is supposed to be blind, not just politics by another means.

Time for Chelsea Clinton's Easy Ride to End.  When precisely did Chelsea Clinton complete her transition from a White House kid whom journalists agreed to treat as off-limits to a public figure deserving of the full scrutiny of the press corps?  The unsettling answer to the question appears to be, "Not yet."  The soon-to-be 36-year-old occupies the status of an American princess — Diana on the Potomac, if you will.  The press covers her, of course, attempting to ask her substantive questions, but mostly she exists to grace the covers of magazines — Fast Company and Elle most recently — and be treated to lighter-than-air puff pieces.

The Peace of Submission.  During the Cold War, the Soviet Union funded "peace movements" throughout the west — because for the Soviets "peace" meant "the absence of opposition".  In our time the new peace movement is Islam.  And so we are told today, from the podium of a mosque with "extremist" "links", that the very word Islam means "peace".  Actually, it means "submission" — ie, the absence of opposition.  The only difference between then and now is that instead of being chanted by scrofulous hippies protesting outside a Nato air base the old line's being peddled to us by the President of the United States.

Sanders has "no social skills, no sense of humor".  "Bernie has no social skills, no sense of humor and he's quick to boil over," said Chris Graff, who covered Sanders for 25 years as Vermont's AP bureau chief.  So he's pretty much the same angry leftist you keep seeing yelling at the screen.

The Conservative Case for Ted Cruz.  Prior to winning that senate seat with conservative grassroots and TEA Party support and becoming the first Hispanic to serve as a senator from Texas, Cruz was also the first Hispanic — and the longest-serving person in Texas history — to hold the office of Solicitor General of Texas.  Cruz joined the George W. Bush campaign in 1999 as a domestic policy adviser and advised then-candidate and Governor Bush on a wide range of policy and legal matters, including civil justice, criminal justice, constitutional law, immigration, and government reform.  During the Bush administration, Cruz served as associate deputy attorney general at the DOJ and as a policy adviser on the Federal Trade Commission.

Cruz the Moderate.  Here is an outline of Cruz's positions, in the order that the website presents them:
  •   Restore the Constitution and roll back the federal government to the functions the Constitution sets out and return power to the states and the people
  •   Defend the Second Amendment
  •   Secure the border, enforce the immigration laws, prevent any increase in legal immigration while unemployment remains high, and restore state authority to cope with immigration problems
  •   Rebuild our military and defend our national interests, and exert leadership on the international stage
  •   Stand with Israel
  •   Defend religious liberty and resist the pressure to make to non-religion into a compulsory national faith (and, in indirect language, oppose gay marriage and abortion)
  •   On the economic front:  adopt a flat tax, embrace regulatory reform (including reining in EPA power grabs), repeal ObamaCare, use all our energy resources, support a stable dollar and a rules-based monetary regime, and protect Internet freedom
  •   Eliminate large swathes of the Federal government, including the IRS and the Departments of Energy, Education, Commerce, and HUD, along with other special-interest-based governmental units, and undertake a broad program of governmental reforms

The Case for Ted Cruz.  Since Ted Cruz walked onto the national stage, he has been consistent in leading the attack against the corrupt Washington Establishments of both parties.  Redolent of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.  He has done that with a level of articulate intelligence and perception virtually unprecedented in Washington.  I served President Reagan in the White House Office of Policy Development, and I have studied his speeches and writings for years.  Cruz embraces the same three dimensional political and policy framework as Reagan — fearless, consistent, free market economics, Peace through Strength National Defense, and Traditional Values Cultural Conservatism.  On issue after issue, I can see no difference between Reagan and Cruz in any of these dimensions.

Next President Must Flush Out Administrative State.  Picture your dream scenario for 2016:  your favorite Republican candidate becomes president and the more conservative candidates win Senate seats.  For good measure, let's continue dreaming and toss in the resignation of Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan as a viable political outcome for 2016.  We are all set and ready to restore our republic, right?  Not so fast.  First, as we've noted before, the courts will continue to illegally grab power from the other two branches and invalidate many of our priorities, especially as it relates to immigration.  But more fundamentally, the next president will immediately be confronted by the "fourth branch of government" — the administrative state.  Even when Republicans win the White House, the various departments and agencies that actually run government serve as a collective fourth branch and a fifth column countermanding any semblance of the conservative agenda.

Natural Born Citizens and the Presidency.  The recent controversy over the eligibility of Ted Cruz for the office of the Presidency is one of those conundrums embedded in the U.S. Constitution.  That august document is full of ambiguous words and phrases that challenge even the strictest and most principled interpreters.  The phrase "natural born citizen" could mean any number of things.

You Do Not Understand Sarah Palin.  In fact, Sarah Palin's endorsement of Trump makes sense, and fits both her politics and her personality.  Yes, she has been the iconic symbol of conservatism and the Tea Party, whereas Trump seemed perfectly happy to go along with Obama and the Clintons until a few years ago.  But just as Palin has never let herself be defined by the Republican Party, she has never felt bound by ideological checklists, either.  She is a conservative, but she is anti-establishment first.  Palin became the governor of Alaska in 2005 by running against the establishment of both parties.

Sarah Palin Just Threw Away Years of Goodwill as a Principled Conservative.  Much of Palin's popularity with tea partiers and conservative activists comes from her willingness to be a strong voice for conservative principles, and sadly, today's endorsement stands in direct contradiction to many of Palin's own words over the years.

The 'will of the people' means us — this time we must enforce it.  I confess that I haven't watched the most recent GOP debates.  I prefer reading the transcripts online and determine from the responses who impresses me the most.  I loathe the nitpicking and snarky remarks made by both the candidates and the moderators but what depresses me the most is the audience reaction to them.  The hoopla, cheering and booing indicates to me that there is an unserious tenor to the entire process.  Does anybody realize what is at stake if we again choose an even worse president than the one in office now?

Ted Cruz is Natural Born under Originalism.  The people who question whether Ted Cruz is eligible to be president under the Natural Born Citizen clause fall into two categories: the sincere and the opportunists.  This essay is for the sincere.  Those who sincerely believe Ted Cruz is not a natural born citizen may be fed up with the Constitution being violated by the political class.  Fed-up Americans may share my view that the Constitution is America's supreme, paramount and fundamental law governing government, i.e., the law over government itself.  Like me, they may see government as America's biggest lawbreaker — with no close second.

Phyllis Schlafly Makes the Case for President Trump.  In an exclusive hour-long sit down interview with Breitbart News, 91-year-old conservative icon and living legend Phyllis Schlafly declared that Donald Trump "is the only hope to defeat the Kingmakers," and detailed why she believes Trump alone will return the government to the people.  She warned that if immigration is not stopped:  "we're not going to be America anymore."

'Father Of Conservative Activism' Endorses Ted Cruz.  Countering 91-year-old Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly's surprise support for Donald Trump, very much connected to her concerns about the long-term effects of immigration on the American electorate, Leadership Institute founder and president Morton Blackwell has now enthusiastically endorsed Iowa frontrunner Ted Cruz.  In November, Blackwell wrote an article on the influential Red State website contending that "Several candidates now running appear to be more conservative than anyone Republicans have nominated for president since Reagan," yet conservatives "haven't yet come close to uniting."

Every Muslim Will Bow Before Jesus.  It is, indeed, our great hope and prayer that every Muslim — every human being — might surrender self and come to the saving knowledge and grace of Christ Jesus, who, alone, is "the way and the truth and the life."  For, "No one comes to the Father except through [Him]" (see John 14:6).  To be sure, it is the express desire of both God the Father and Christ His Son that each and every Muslim on earth should abandon Muhammad's broad path to perdition, turnabout and move toward Christ's narrow path to eternal life.

The Bitter Clinger Party.  Ask yourself this:  Which side do you want to be on?  The proactive self-defense bitter clingers, or the side that is so delusional it thinks the government can actually protect and care for them?  Yes, it's an easy choice for sane people, for only crazy folks put their faith and trust in the current leadership of the United States.  When you take the liberal media (most all of television, movies, news outlets, and internet influence), the Executive Branch, liberal judges, the recent actions of the Supreme Court, EPA, DOJ, IRS, and other rogue agencies out of the picture — the majority of America is held together by Bitter Clingers!  And while they cling to their guns and religion (and the constitution) they also comprise a force of millions and millions who are near the breaking point of a revolution aimed at not just voting the liars and scoundrels out of office — but ignoring the many unconstitutional directives that have been vomited out of the White House, the SUPCO, and the aforementioned agencies.

Constitutional Scholars Explain Why Ted Cruz Is Eligible to Be President.  Donald Trump says questions about whether Ted Cruz is eligible to be President of the United States could become a "big problem" for the Canadian-born Republican candidate.  But among legal scholars, there's a consensus:  He's eligible to occupy the Oval Office.  The Texas senator, who was born in Calgary, Canada, to an American mother, has been widely viewed as meeting the "natural born citizen" requirement of the United States Constitution.  And most legal experts agree — including former Solicitors General Neal Katyal and Paul Clement.  "An individual born to a U.S. citizen parent — whether in California or Canada or the Canal Zone — is a U.S. citizen from birth and is fully eligible to serve as President," the bipartisan duo wrote in a Harvard Law Review article in March 2015.

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Born Citizen.  Donald Trump must be feeling Ted Cruz nipping at his heels.  Having at one time declared Cruz's birth in Canada a nonproblem, Trump now professes himself troubled by the question of his eligibility for the presidency.  Does Cruz's birth on foreign soil render him something other than a "natural born Citizen" as required by Article II of the Constitution?  Trump now claims to have heard that Cruz's foreign birth to an American mother may raise a constitutional problem. [...] Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother.  If he was born an American citizen, as he was, rather than naturalized, he should be good to go.

Ted Cruz, Natural Born Citizen.  Senator Ted Cruz is wise to laugh off Donald Trump's intimation that his constitutional qualifications to serve as president may be debatable.  The suggestion is sufficiently frivolous that even Trump, who is apt to utter most anything that pops into his head, stops short of claiming that Cruz is not a "natural born citizen," the Constitution's requirement.  Trump is merely saying that because Cruz was born in Canada (of an American citizen mother and a Cuban father who had been a long-time legal resident of the United States), some political opponents might file lawsuits that could spur years of litigation over Cruz's eligibility.  The answer to that "problem" is:  So what?  Top government officials get sued all the time.  It comes with the territory and has no impact on the performance of their duties.  Indeed, dozens of lawsuits have been brought seeking to challenge President Obama's eligibility.

Ryan: Trump or Cruz would 'absolutely' be better than Obama.  Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz would make better presidents than Barack Obama.  When asked by Yahoo News's Katie Couric if the country would be better off with a President Trump or a President Cruz, Ryan replied, "Yeah, absolutely."  "I think any one of these men or women running for president in the Republican primary would be a far better president than Barack Obama.  Absolutely," he said.

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Almost anyone would be a better president than Barack H. Obama, the worst president in our country's history.  For example, Sean Hannity.  Phyllis Schlafly.  Mary Lou Retton.  Anybody!

Vote for the Candidate Both Sides Fear.  It's as Limbaugh says: the left and the establishment right will always tell you who they fear the most.  Sure, they hate both Trump and Cruz.  The hatred for Trump is understandable, from their standpoint.  He makes Republicans look bad.  He's intolerant and generally causes them embarrassment.  But the antipathy for Cruz is born of fear.  They fear the end of the government gravy train if he gets elected.  They fear that with Cruz at the helm, Americans may just discover they don't actually need Washington involved in every facet of their lives.

It Has Come to This.  The United States of America that we grew up in, and in some cases fought for, no longer exists.  I would like to write something stirring in defense of our Constitution, but it isn't under attack.  It is simply ignored.  Some have proposed that we have a Constitutional convention to add new amendments.  What would that accomplish?  Would our present Federal government respect a set of new amendments when they don't respect the old ones?  What good does it do to insist on one's rights as a citizen, when in fact mere citizenship has lost its meaning?  Americans have no rights officials in Washington feel bound to recognize.  Both Republicans and Democrats overrule majority opinion as a matter of course.  They do not doubt for a moment that they are the best and brightest, and that our voting franchise is merely an antiquated inconvenience.  My elected representatives represent no one but themselves.

The sum of all fears.  Many Americans are angry that politicians of both parties seem to have placed their careers ahead of their responsibility to take care of the nation.  As Ronald Reagan said, we are just one generation away from losing it all.  That's because democracy and equal rights are not the norm in the world.  They must be fought for and maintained if we wish to pass them on to our descendants.  Yes, we want immigrants to come to America, but we want them to come respecting our laws (otherwise what are laws for?), to learn English, our history and values and to become — as earlier immigrants did — fully American without hyphens.

These Are The Most Persecuted People in the World.  The most persecuted group in the world today is Christians.  Christians in Nigeria, Egypt, Syria and other nations are murdered, raped, kidnapped, enslaved and persecuted on a daily basis.  The reason for the vast majority of all of this violence is that they are Christian among Muslims.  But their abuse does not stop with the violence.  The perpetrators of violence are measured in the thousands, but the greatest abuse is at the hands of those who should demand that the violence stop.  The silence in the face this persecution is denial and justification.  The persecutors are few, but the deniers are in the billions.

Post-Obama, Cruz is the best candidate to repair our damaged Constitution.  Ted Cruz is the only candidate who has shown absolute fealty to the Constitution.  If anyone is going to repair the damage to each citizen's core relationship with government — which means returning to pride of place the Constitution's checks and balances, thereby limiting the Supreme Court's and the President's increasingly unchecked powers — it's going to be Ted Cruz.  He understands that, as president, his job isn't just to carry out policy, it's to preserve and protect the United States, right down to repairing the tattered constitutional fabric Obama bequeaths to the next White House occupant.

Tom Friedman's Utopia: Breathing the Air in Red China is Like Smoking 40 Cigarettes a Day.  The free market is often blamed for pollution.  The the unbridled greed of capitalists is the reason rivers flow red, forests are felled, and air is made hard to breathe.  And historically speaking there is some truth to this.  However what is often left out of this critique is the degree to which governments encourage environmentally damaging actions.  Almost invariably serious environmental degradation happens as a result of a lack of property rights.  (In one form or another.)  This is not always true by any means but it is generally true.  Those areas where no one has any responsibility, where no one is held accountable, are often the most polluted.  Oceans, rivers, remote rain forests are all commons and as such are abused.  Such abuse can also happen in instances where the responsible party is the government too.

Obama's Phony War Against ISIS.  For good and for ill, fighting from the air has been perhaps the defining aspect of America's warmaking.  We invented "precision" daylight bombing against Germany in WWII. We pioneered firebombing and nuclear bombing against Japan in that same conflict.  We developed laser-guided munitions for use against high-priority targets while fighting North Vietnam, and even more precise GPS-guided munitions for our 21st century wars.  We build the best bombers, the best fighters, and the smartest bombs.

'We are at war with militant Islam!' A rookie senator notes what many fear to say.  Have you felt frustrated, angered, maybe even frightened for yourself and family by the lack of credible leadership — real stand-up, follow-me leadership — from the so-called leaders of both political parties?  Has the thought crossed your mind that the two parties' leading candidates for president are not really up to the deadly serious task of commander-in-chief, of keeping our country safe.  Watch Ben Sasse in the video [in this article].  He's not running for anything.  He voices precisely what so many of us have been thinking and fearing and, occasionally, hoping.  Many in Washington will not like what he says.  Good!  Sasse is not attacking either of the you-know-who's or the other over-sized narcissist who addressed the country Sunday night.  He's a fellow American, simply laying out in clear, unvarnished candor the facts of where we as a nation are.  In danger, serious long-term danger.

The Ugly Truths the Democrat and Republican Establishment Seek to Conceal From Us.  [Scroll down]  They're all indifferent.  The political goal is more power for them and their friends, mostly economic power.  More ability to extract from you by force and threaten you with jail or worse if you try to resist.  More power over your daily life.  More power to tell you that you must bake a cake for gays (because your religious convictions don't matter) but if your religious convictions are Muslim then they do matter and must be protected because that's where one of the big reservoirs of oil and undeveloped people that can be exploited in the future reside.  They literally don't care if you get blown up or shot and it doesn't matter if they're Democrat or Republican.  They don't care if you live under a freeway overpass because your health "insurance" that you are forced to buy covers so little that you have to spend $6,000 before one dime is covered, and you don't have $6,000.  They don't care that a Christmas Party was shot up by a couple of Islamic Nutjobs who they could have identified if they did care and in fact they shut down an investigation on "civil rights" grounds that probably would have identified the shooters years before.

Let's kill them first.  As world leaders grapple with how to respond, just as they did after the recent Paris attacks, they must resist the tendency to further bolster the police state at the expense of individual freedom.  Throughout history, war and the fear of war have been used by governments to expand their power at the expense of citizens' property and liberty.  The American Revolution was a striking exception to this trend where individuals took to defending their property and their liberty from an organized enemy who wanted to take both.  A strategy of engaging individuals in the fight against today's terrorism can be similarly successful.

The kind of president we need.  Many Americans are mad as hell at our political leaders — both Republican and Democrat — and are giving voice to their anger through the likes of Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).  The anger is understandable.  The federal government is paralyzed, unable to tackle any of the major problems facing our country or even accomplish basic functions such as enacting annual budgets for federal departments and agencies.  The anger derives equally from governmental ineptitude, arrogance and corruption, and self-serving politicians more concerned with getting reelected than with the nation's future.  The next president will face major domestic problems, as well as the challenges posed by Iran, Russia, China, North Korea, terrorism and a Middle East in turmoil.  What kind of qualities should we be looking for in a new chief executive?

The Real 2016 Election: The Bipartisan Political-Media Establishment vs. the American People.  The 2016 election is not a contest between the Democrat and Republican ideologies, nor is it a choice among various approaches to address the nation's problems, but something far more fundamental.  It is a battle between the entrenched power of the bipartisan political-media establishment versus the rights and liberties of the American people.  It is a conflict between those who want to adhere to the Constitution and the rule of law and the party leaders and a biased media, who wish to continue the practices of political expediency and crony capitalism.  It is a decadent system the political-media elite created and continues to nurture, one that benefits a few at the expense of the many.  There are only two issues that matter for the 2016 election: the political-media establishment is hopelessly corrupt and, although we have elections, we no longer have representative government.

Paris climate change meetings: Best estimate for progress? Zero.  Highly anticipated international climate negotiations began Monday [11/30/2015] in Paris, aiming to finalize commitments from all countries to reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions.  Countries submitted in advance their final plans (known as "Intended Nationally Determined Contributions," or INDCs), which means the potential progress from a global agreement can be estimated already.  Unfortunately, though claims of success are already pouring in, the best estimate for that progress is approximately zero.

In Memory of a Patriot — Alan Caruba.  In recent years, we have seen greater and greater attacks on freedom and liberty, yet even with the lamp of freedom seeming to grow ever dimmer, there are many even today who work to keep that lamp aglow.  One such person was writer Alan Caruba.  A New Jersey native, Alan's career included public relations and print journalism, and later became quite active writing articles for the internet.

Armed militias and concealed carry: It is Lexington and Concord time.  Thomas Paine wrote in the "Rights of Man" (1791):  "The fact, therefore, must be that the individuals, themselves, each, in his own personal and sovereign right, entered into a contract with each other to produce a government:  and this is the only mode in which governments have a right to arise, and the only principle on which they have a right to exist."  That is, government is a construct of and accountable to its citizens and whenever the actions of government are contrary to their interests and well-being, citizens have the right to defy or dissolve the government.

Dallas Mayor Who Fears White People Lives In 92 Percent White Neighborhood.  Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has said that he is more afraid of "white men" than Syrian refugees.  Despite his fear of whites, however, the mayor manages to get by living in a ritzy neighborhood that is more than 92 percent white and only 1 percent black.  The former CEO of Pizza Hut, Rawlings lives in the prestigious Preston Hollow neighborhood, which D Magazine described as "almost entirely lily white" as part of a feature piece titled "Why are the Best Neighborhoods in Dallas Still Segregated?"

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That's not exactly a mystery.  The best neighborhoods in Dallas are still segregated because if they weren't segregated, they wouldn't be the best neighborhoods in Dallas.  Anybody can move into a 92% black neighborhood (for example, a mile south of the Cotton Bowl) and take their chances.  Houses are cheap in those areas, except for the constant cost of maintaining strong fences, scrubbing graffiti, picking up the neighbors' trash, feeding and training your big hungry dogs, and keeping bright lights turned on all night.  You might also need surveillance cameras, burglar bars, a monthly alarm-monitoring service, and an ample supply of 12-gauge ammo.

When will our leaders face up to the truth that the EU is a gigantic sham?  What is left of the European idea?  Whatever indeterminate reassurances emerge from however many EU "summits" on security and shared intelligence, everybody must know that Paris was the end.  The disastrously uncoordinated response to the refugee crisis had already discredited the notion that this was a unified federation in which all member states had an equal voice.  The grand verbiage of solidarity and cooperation simply dissolved when faced with a global humanitarian disaster — precisely the sort of event which the whole edifice was originally constructed to avert.  And then, with Paris, it became horrifyingly obvious that the open borders policy — the most sacred of the EU founding principles — was unsustainable.

National security issues expose the danger of amateur candidates.  National security has emerged as a central issue in the 2016 presidential election. That's probably bad news for the Republican Party's front-runners.  Ben Carson and Donald Trump have failed to exhibit a command of the issues and have made a series of gaffes on the campaign trail which expose their lack of knowledge and perhaps even call into question their fitness for office.

Anti-Liberty Politicians.  After a terrorist attack, it's natural to ask:  What can politicians do to keep us safe?  One thing they could do is actually focus on keeping us safe rather than devoting so much time, energy and hot air to the many things government does instead of protecting lives and property.

What's Actually in the Trans Pacific Partnership?  Here's a quick summary:
  •   A legislative body superior to Congress
  •   A vehicle to pass Obama's climate change treaty
  •   Increased legal immigration
  •   Reduced patent protection for U.S. pharmaceuticals
  •   Quotas on U.S. agricultural exports
  •   Increased currency manipulation
  •   Reduced U.S. power

The First Amendment Is Dying.  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; Unless we're talking about a white chocolate-paneled cake for a gay wedding or perpetual funding for 'women's health' clinics, because it's the 'right thing to do.' [...] Or of the press; unless the press invades safe spaces designated by mobs or writes about incorrect topics at incorrect times.  And to petition the Government for a redress of grievances; unless they are members of pre-designated special interests groups, they should report to the IRS before doing so.  That's pretty much the state of the First Amendment today.

Black intellectual admits why liberals fear Ben Carson.  There is not too much excitement in the black community for the 2016 presidential campaign.  This time around, the Democrats have given blacks a choice between an old white woman and an old white man.  Boring.  Or they can choose the intelligent, highly successful black neurosurgeon running as a Republican.  In fact, Dr. Ben Carson's life story better aligns with black Americans than does President Obama's.

What Size Cement Shoes Does Jeb Bush Wear?  Jeb is a big government progressive.  He, like his brother, undoubtedly agrees that the federal government cannot do without a single dime, or even one less employee — that the federal budget can never be cut. [...] Jeb and Hillary are like two peas in a pod.  Both candidates are bought and paid for.  It's been said of Hillary thousands of times — big money donors, domestically and internationally, are literally purchasing the White House in the form of the election of Clinton.  The same can be said of Jeb.  These Superpac mega-donors don't give hundreds of millions of dollars because they like Jeb's campaign promises.  They, like the Clinton donors, are buying access and influence.

A Letter To Rand Paul: Stop Using Fake Founding Fathers Quotes.  Four months ago, we brought to your attention that your first two books contained several quotations incorrectly attributed to our founding fathers.  In The Tea Party Goes to Washington, you write eloquently of the need to limit government, quoting Thomas Jefferson as saying, "My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."  But Jefferson never said this.  In Government Bullies (an e-book best seller!), you argue against tyranny and oppression, quoting James Madison as saying, "If tyranny and oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."  There's no evidence Madison ever said or wrote this.

The 20 Best Quotes From Ted Cruz.  Ted Cruz is the living embodiment of what a conservative Republican in Congress is supposed to be.  While the Republican leadership was bowing to Obama, breaking campaign promises and attacking its own supporters, Ted Cruz was at the point of the spear, fighting for the American people.  Cruz is intelligent, eloquent and he has proven over and over again that he's willing to stand up, speak out and fight back.

End the Civil Rights Commission's Reign of Error.  Everywhere you look, someone is accusing governments of abusing the rights of people crossing their borders. [...] If we know anything about the human-rights community, it's that it often combines lofty idealism with dubious anecdotes and shifty statistics that undermine its genuine concerns.  Take the U.S. commission's report:  On close examination, it is a dubious farrago of abuse claims used to lobby for a preferred pro-immigrant and pro-union outcome.

The Democrats' Preoccupation With Inequality.  Material inequality is the predominant concern of the Democratic Party.  Indeed, material inequality has been the predominant concern of the left since Karl Marx. [...] In a free society, wealth is not a pie — meaning that when a slice of pie is removed, there is less of the pie remaining.  And the poorer members of society have the ability to improve their economic lot.  Through hard work, self-discipline, marriage and education — and with some degree of good luck — the poor can join the middle class and even the wealthy class.  The latter is generally the case in America.

Thinking About Giving Some Money to Ben Carson? Read This First.  It's easy to like Ben.  It's a little harder to like John Phillip Sousa IV (yes, the great-grandson), Vernon Robinson, and especially Bruce Eberle.  But they're going to get a hefty percentage of whatever you fork over for Dr. Carson.

Why Socialists Shouldn't Cite Sweden as Success.  When Bernie Sanders and his ilk hold up Scandinavia as an exemplar, they are really thinking of a couple of decades beginning in the early 1970s when Sweden and others got their full Sanders on.  In Sweden, the effective marginal tax rate topped 100 percent in some circumstances.  There is a reason that IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad fled the country in 1973.  Sweden instituted a scheme to confiscate corporate profits and hand them over to labor unions.  The idea was, in the words of a Swedish economist, to have "a market economy without individual capitalists and entrepreneurs."  This was about as logical as it sounded — and delivered predictable results.

A Marxist Farce in Vegas: Commentary on the first Democratic candidates' debate.  [Scroll down]  In fact, I can't find anywhere just how many attended.  It must have been very, very bad.  The attendance was the first thing you saw on the Republican debates.  Only 61 out of 354 seats for the press were filled.  Not even the local press showed, much less national and international.  They didn't want to die from sheer boredom.  I lived in Vegas for over 20 years... drag queen shows had far better attendance.  In fact, I'll bet that's where a lot of the Dems were.

Why Republicans Need to Nominate Ted Cruz.  For years, the most conservative elements of the party have complained about nominees such as Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney, seeing those Republican leaders as pragmatists who didn't deeply hold conservative principles and weren't worthy of the label "Republican."  According to those conservatives, the GOP loses when "squishy" Republican nominees don't offer voters a sharp contrast, and because of that, millions of conservative voters sit at home, unexcited with the choices offered.

Cruz Has a YUUGE Pick for Speaker.  Yesterday [10/12/2015] on the campaign trail, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was asked who he would want to be Speaker of the House.  Unlike Chris Christie, who said it doesn't matter, Cruz put forth a name that conservatives could love.

Restarting the Engines.  Washington seems unable to do anything at present.  The Republican inability to lead an impeachment is matched by the impotence of the president and his party actually get anything done.  Obama's failures have not only created a crisis abroad, they have created a crisis at home in the form of political paralysis.  At least the Republicans are in the process of determining, through the process of rebellion, what the future of their party will be.  The Democrats are a long way from resurrection, having yet to die as a party, though they have managed to rot.  For the moment, both wings of the Washington elite are out of money, credibility and moves.  It will take some time to shake things out.

Let States Build Their Own Highways.  The inability of Congress to come together to pass a transportation package has frustrated the myriad special interests whose lobbyists want assurances that the dollars will keep flowing for years, and not just months, to come.  And the media, which seldom miss an opportunity to push the "crumbling infrastructure" narrative, treat the matter as just another lamentable example of congressional gridlock inhibiting progress.  But the real source of the dysfunction is the fact that Washington is so involved in state and local transportation funding decisions in the first place.

Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Is Complete — Final Agreements Reached Today.  Wall Street wants the TPP deal.  The Obama administration wants the TPP deal.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants the TPP deal. [...] The TPP deal is exceptionally bad for U.S. manufacturing and jobs.

Ben Carson stands firm. What nerve!  Ben Carson has done it now.  First he had the temerity to say that Islam is in conflict with our Constitution.  And now he won't back down.  Doesn't he know Republicans are supposed to cave, cower, and crumble after standing for truth and that anyone, irrespective of their political leanings, must not criticize Islam?  How dare Ben Carson commit blasphemy.  How dare he ignore the president's warning that "the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam!"

Pope Francis' fact-free flamboyance.  Pope Francis embodies sanctity but comes trailing clouds of sanctimony.  With a convert's indiscriminate zeal, he embraces ideas impeccably fashionable, demonstrably false and deeply reactionary.  They would devastate the poor on whose behalf he purports to speak — if his policy prescriptions were not as implausible as his social diagnoses are shrill.  Supporters of Francis have bought newspaper and broadcast advertisements to disseminate some of his woolly sentiments that have the intellectual tone of fortune cookies.

The Pope's Marriage Endgame.  It's been 18 months since Pope Francis invited Cardinal Walter Kasper to raise anew the argument that divorced and remarried Catholics should be allowed to receive communion.  That invitation touched off a civil war within the church's hierarchy, pitting cardinal against cardinal, theologian against theologian; the conflict has reverberated across books, speeches, and op-ed pages, and it's dominated the church's synod on the family, whose second meeting looms this fall.  It's clear that this was all intentional:  That Francis wanted a big internal argument over marriage and communion, that he deliberately started this civil war.  The question that remains unanswered, though, is how the pope intends to finish it.

Why Should We Pay for 'Happy Birthday'?  Believe it or not, "Happy Birthday to You" is still protected by copyright.  It's a lucrative copyright.  Warner Music Group allegedly earns $2 million per year from this 19th-century song.  Whenever the birthday melody is sung on television or a film, or even in a public performance (including restaurants and possibly senior citizen centers), money is due to the copyright holder.  The use of the song in a film is rumored to cost as much as $10,000.  The steep price tag has inspired some filmmakers to look for less expensive alternatives.  Don't be surprised if you see a birthday scene on screen with revelers singing "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" instead.  That song, dating back to 1709, is in the public domain.

America is being bullied into sympathizing with 9/11 attackers.  In the days and weeks following Sept. 11, 2001, we were a nation united in agony.  We bore a common resolve to defeat the forces of evil that hit us, and hit us hard.  "Never again!" we cried in unison.  I remember walking down a New York City street, debris still swirling in the air from the destroyed World Trade Center, and seeing women and even men hugging heroic cops, firefighters and other first responders.  Now, one is just as likely to see a man or woman in uniform spit upon or cursed at by the very people whose lives they protect every day.

Politicians Have Chosen Political Expediency Over Backing Their Police Departments.  As of this writing, there have been 23 police officers gunned down in the line of duty this year.  That is not even taking into account the ones killed in car accidents, injured while directing traffic, dealing with domestic violence, a hostage crisis or any of a myriad of other dangerous situations they face every day.  Police go into neighborhoods where the streets are ruled by violent gangs and the next person they face could be some drug crazed junkie with a knife or some street hardened teenager who wants to make a mark in his upside down world by killing a cop.  Mayors of major cities have chosen political expediency over backing their police departments.

Survival in the Age of EMP.  An EMP attack is within reach for Iran, North Korea, and perhaps a terrorist organization.  These entities are not necessarily rational and may not be deterred by threats of retaliation, assuming we can even identify the source of the attack.  There are lots of ways to harden our infrastructure against EMP at reasonable cost, but the government isn't doing anything, and the Obama administration is studiously ignoring the matter, perhaps because it might make the administration's Iran policy look dangerous or interfere with its clean energy boondoggles.

Hussman: Get Out Before It's Too Late.  John Hussman's weekly letter provides sound advice for anyone looking to avoid a 50% loss in the next 18 months.  The market has been overvalued for the last three years and now sits at overvaluation levels on par with 1929 and 2000.  The difference is that fear has been overtaking greed in the psyches of traders.  The average Joe isn't in the market.  Only the Ivy League MBA High frequency trading computer gurus are playing in this rigged market.  The 1,100 point crash last Monday [8/24/2015] is what happens when arrogant young traders, fear and computer algorithms combine in a perfect storm of mindless selling. Suddenly the pompous risk takers became frightened risk-averse lemmings.

Lessons in disaster for the next Katrina.  Who can you trust when disaster strikes?  Not the media.  And definitely not the government.

The Federal Reserve: A Solution in Search of a Problem.  The Federal Reserve opened its annual symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Thursday [8/27/2015].  Its experts have assembled to discuss "inflation dynamics."  Concurrently, another group of economists and financial experts is meeting just down the road.  They're discussing monetary policy, as well, but they're considering questions never raised at Fed symposia — questions like:  "Do we really need the Fed?"  It's a question worth asking.  America's monetary system is the Achilles heel of the world's economic system.  Something is seriously wrong when trillions of new dollars are created out of thin air to bail out big banks, "stimulate" the economy and buy government debt.  And something is dangerously wrong when the political establishment is afraid even to discuss it.

Why US must keep a close eye on Russia's plans for the Arctic.  "The North Pole is Ours!" read the headline of Rossiiskaya Gazeta — the Russian government daily newspaper of record — on May 20.  In today's circumstances of heightened tensions with the West, Vladimir Putin needs victories, which may also make the country less pragmatic and more concerned about identity politics and symbols.  Against that context, we have the most significant physical event on our planet since the end of the last ice age is taking place today — the opening of the Arctic.  Activity in all the high north is likely to continue to increase, together with fish stocks and pursuing fishing fleets migrating farther north.

Market's wild ride: Are Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders partly to blame?  Everyone is pinpointing China, the Fed, Europe and other international turmoil for the market crash over the past week.  And justifiably so.  China has roughly tripled its debt burden over the last six years to more than $20 trillion.  Investors are starting to suspect a worst case financial scenario that Beijing is starting to resemble the U.S. — circa 2008.  And Janet Yellen is a modern day Hamlet at the helm of the Federal Reserve with her daily wavering:  to raise or not to raise (interest rates).  But another overlooked factor behind the fear mania is the narrative that our major political candidates are laying out to American voters in recent weeks.

The Coming Collapse: Fed Lunacy is to Blame.  Dr. Hussman presents his case against the Federal Reserve as clearly as anything I've ever read.  Bailing out criminally negligent Wall Street banks with taxpayer money, allowing fraudulent accounting to cover up insolvency, printing $3 trillion out of thin air and handing it to the Wall Street banks, penalizing savings while encouraging consumers and corporations to go further into debt, and gearing all of your efforts towards creating stock, bond, and real estate bubbles, is the height of lunacy — unless you are a captured entity working on behalf of a corrupt status quo.

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The Left, Not Fox News, Has Made Us All Crazy.  Since Fox's creation in the mid-90s, the media has become less and less interested in disguising its liberalism, which has, ironically, ensured Fox's continued success.  Certainly, the escalating polarization is lamentable and it seems particularly pronounced among older Americans.  My parents watch a lot of Fox News, as do my in-laws.  Frankly, the majority of people over 60 that I know watch a lot of Fox News.  However, are Fox News viewers victims of a "conspiracy" to brainwash them?

Office Beasts: Venomous Employees a €10 Billion Problem in Germany.  The daily life of the modern office worker is an ordeal with ever-changing trends.  Sometimes workers are overstimulated to the point of burnout.  At others they are understimulated to the point of boredom.  Bookshelves are crowded with literature on employee psychopathology.  But one phenomenon is often overlooked when people research the daily office life that takes place between the meetings and the water cooler:  toxic workers who contaminate the workplace and make things a nightmare.

Hiroshima And Nagasaki: Still Justified 70 Years Later.  Aug. 6 marks one of America's most important anniversaries, remarkable for what happened on that date in 1945 and for what did not happen subsequently.  What did happen was that the Enola Gay, an American B-29 bomber, dropped Little Boy, a uranium-based atomic bomb, on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.  That dramatic act hastened the end of World War II, which concluded within a week of the Aug. 9 detonation of Fat Man, a plutonium-based bomb, over Nagasaki.  These are the only two nuclear weapons ever used in warfare.

In Defense of Incivility.  The elites always talk about civility in politics.  That is a way to control the citizenry, by shaming them into silence when focused anger would serve the Republic better. [...] The last thing we need in American politics is more civility.  What we need is more focused anger.  Anger begets debate and debate begets change.  This is Donald Trump's real contribution to the 2016 presidential contest.  Patrick Henry did not say, "Give me civility or give me death!"  Liberty is often messy and yes, uncivil.

Willingness to Fight: Ted Cruz Has Earned a Second Look From Us All.  I like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) a lot as a Senator, but I have never been a huge fan of his candidacy for President — at least until now.  Generally speaking, I prefer governors to Senators, and I have an especial wariness for first term Senators.  Additionally, I have questions about Cruz's ability as a coalition builder and I know that he is a polarizing figure, even within the conservative movement.  However, episode three billion in the GOP Failure Theater tour, this time featuring Planned Parenthood failure theater, has pushed me into the camp that makes me want, more than anything, to see a Presidential candidate who is willing to fight and show the cowering squishes who run this party how it is done.

Thank God Mr. Cruz is in Washington.  When I lay my head on my pillow at night which candidate winning the White House will cause me to sleep the most peacefully?  Who is most likely to remain true to their promises to We the People; fight to repeal ObamaCare, end the invasion of our borders, defend life and traditional values?  Who believes in Conservatism enough to throw a lifeline of inspiration to those drowning in the treacherous deep dark sea of Obama's welfare state America?  Who will pray as the song says, "Lord lift us up where we belong" as Americans?  Currently, I believe that candidate is Sen Ted Cruz.

Can hipster Christianity save churches from decline?  [H]as the cool-church movement done anything to reverse trends of declining church attendance, particularly among young people?  Most evidence suggests the answer is no.

Is Social Liberalism Winning? Don't Believe The Spin.  The end of the Supreme Court term was depressing for conservatives.  The double-whammy of a 50-state mandate for gay marriage and the upholding of ObamaCare sounded the alarms for religious freedom.  All that unease is measurable.  Credit the Washington Post for doing precisely that.  The polling team has just reported, "Liberals have won a string of victories on gay marriage and health care reform this year, but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a large majority of Americans are unhappy with where the nation is headed on social issues."

The exceptional campaign timing of Ted Cruz's ferocious floor speech.  During a speech from the Senate floor on Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) blasted Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in direct terms on an arcane topic.  "What we just saw today was an absolute demonstration that not only what [McConnell] told every Republican senator, but what he told the press over and over and over again was a simple lie," Cruz said.  "We know now that when the majority leader looks us in the eyes and makes an explicit commitment, that he is willing to say things that he knows are false."

Truth is an existential threat to the US government.  The United States is not a constitutional republic.  It is an oligarchy controlled by wealthy financiers who hire politicians to pass legislation beneficial to them and employ journalists to keep the citizens ignorant and compliant.  Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans believe in democracy.  It is simply an ideological contest between two different forms of totalitarianism based on big government, where they represent only themselves in their pursuit of personal power and profit.  Over the last hundred years, the Democrat Party has moved farther and farther to the left, evolving from populism to Marxism and developing an operational model resembling that of the mafia.  Its leaders are a gaggle of coffeehouse communists and unindicted felons, who seek the lifestyles of the rich and famous while practicing the politics of Joseph Stalin.  The Republicans are democratic only in the sense that they are willing to sell their votes to the highest bidder, where their political power and, ultimately, compensation from their rich donors increase proportionally with the expansion of government.

Why So Many People Regard Obama Positively.  This essay attempts to comprehend why, despite his policy failures at home and abroad, scandals, and lies, many Americans continue to approve of Obama's job performance and regard him favorably as a person.  At least five major factors seem to play a part:  (1) Americans' views of the presidency; (2) Obama's racial make-up; (3) his party affiliation; (4) the mainstream media's (MSM's) bias on his behalf; and (5) Americans' tendency to accord very low priority to politics.

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I would add #7, America's dumbed-down public education system that no longer teaches civics or the contents of the Constitution, and promotes left-wing propaganda including the supposed benefits of affirmative action, and #6, Americans' very short memories and even shorter attention spans.

How to Win a Nobel Prize.  I really haven't the foggiest idea how the Nobel Prize is awarded but it used to make sense.  Now the rules have apparently changed because to win the Nobel Peace Prize, you just have to be the right color.  It also helps if you promote a global warming hoax that will make you a billionaire; and to win this once prestigious award you have to write a convincing bogus autobiography.

Coburn Shreds Opponents of an Article V Convention: We "have a runaway convention right now".  During his time in the House and Senate, Tom Coburn developed a reputation fighting the excesses of Washington.  Now retired from public office and back to living in Oklahoma, he has added his powerful voice to a growing movement urging states to force a convention to amend the Constitution in order to rein in the federal government.  "The Congress, the courts, and the president ignore the Constitution we have today and our Founders knew we would eventually get to that point, and they gave us a method... to amend it to keep the federal government limited in its scope and its jurisdiction," Coburn said in an interview with the Washington Examiner.

Disregard For the Law is America's Greatest Threat.  Barbarians at the gate usually don't bring down once-successful civilizations.  Nor does climate change.  Even mass epidemics like the plague that decimated sixth-century Byzantium do not necessarily destroy a culture.  Far more dangerous are institutionalized corruption, a lack of transparency and creeping neglect of existing laws.  All the German euros in the world will not save Greece if Greeks continue to dodge taxes, featherbed government and see corruption as a business model.  Even obeying so-called minor laws counts.  It is no coincidence that a country where drivers routinely flout traffic laws and throw trash out the window is also a country that cooks its books and lies to its creditors.

The Revenge Of The Lost Boys.  [Scroll down]  But the truth of the matter is that Dylann Roof (at least from what we know) isn't that different from so many other young, mostly white men over the past 30 years or so who have lashed out against their society in different ways.  Although mass killers understandably seize our imaginations and dominate the media, and not all dysfunctional young males are violent and not all of them gain the publicity they crave.  Some are terrorists, others are murderers, and some are merely vandals.  A few are traitors and deserters.  What they all have in common is their gender (male), their race (most are white), and their youth (almost all under 30 at their peak destructiveness).  Beyond this, they seem to share little beyond a stubborn immaturity wedded to a towering narcissism.

Athens on the Potomac.  Financial experts in New York, London, and Brussels have tut-tutted Greece's economic travails as Athens considers its future with the European Union.  Why did they borrow so much money?  How can they ever pay it back?  Do they think that much debt is sustainable?  Instead of pointing fingers at the innumerates running Athens, they should consider our own situation.

Asleep for the last 60 years? Wake up — and brace yourself.  It does not shock me that younger people — let's say those born after 1970 — do not share my nostalgia for a world gone by.  Tantalized by a future that is beckoningly seductive — and about five seconds away — it is not surprising that they do not have time to absorb, analyze or appreciate the "distant past" of the 1940s and 1950s, let alone the five centuries from the dawn of the Renaissance to the rescue of Europe from the barbarism of the Nazis in the Second World War.  But what does surprise me is how easily members of my generation and those older than me have betrayed their own experience, their own history, and their own culture for the sake of instant gratification, avoidance of responsibility, and the exhilarating sense of belonging that come from joining the age-old rebellion against God.

De-Confederatizing the U.S. won't solve anything.  The Civil War was an awful time of American history.  It pitted brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend, and state against state.  Around 620,000 Americans died in the war, more than any other conflict the U.S. has been involved in.  It's something which will hopefully never happen again.  Which is why those calling for the destruction of Confederate monuments are wrong.

The 5 Best Thomas Paine Quotes From 'Common Sense'.  "Common Sense" was a short work but had an enormous impact on colonial America's decision to break its ties with Great Britain.  Paine was an English defector to the American cause.  Born in 1737, he immigrated to America in 1774 after leading a life of disappointment in England.  He initially settled in Philadelphia under the tutelage of Richard Bache, Benjamin Franklin's son-in-law.

Five True Lies Republicans Should Tell In 2016.  Our readers don't really need to see another column, post, or podcast about how the Supreme Court and the Obama administration has wrecked the America we used to know, and we're past the time where we wallow in grief about how the country is lost.  It's not lost.  The fight isn't over until conservatives say it's over.  Are you really going to just sit there and let a bunch of high-school losers who found religion in campus cultural Marxism destroy the greatest society in world history?

America's Destiny in the Balance.  I am an immigrant to this country and a displaced survivor of a war that destroyed a continent.  A war fomented by men, beginning the 1920's, who also adhered to the same basic tenets espoused by Barack Obama and his fellow travelers.  I have seen and experienced the end product of their narcissism and megalomania.  Based on firsthand knowledge I can attest to the existence of God as well as his helping hand.  God has given the people of the United States one last opportunity, through the circumstances of the election of Barack Obama, to rescue the last best hope of mankind.  There will be no divine intervention — it is for the people, in their free will, to decide.  If the citizenry chooses to maintain its present course, God will turn his back on this nation as he has done with much of Europe and the Middle East.

Pope Francis, The Earth Is Not My Sister.  The pope thinks we should view the earth as our sister.  I don't, mainly because I have a sister.  While my sister and I have had our disagreements over the years, I haven't spent my entire life trying to stop her from killing me.  In the opening words of "Laudato si," Pope Francis quotes a prayer of his Namesake-of-Assisi:  "Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs."

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Worshipping the earth is idolatry, which is the forte of the Catholic church.  And if idolatry is their forte, superstition is their five-te.

Is Ted Cruz Too Smart to Be President?  People who question Ted Cruz's "electability" are missing the point.  The question isn't whether or not he can win, but what happens to us if he doesn't.

Mass Insanity is Creating a Snowflake Generation.  Today's children will grow up in a dangerous world in which the forces of order are staging a disorderly retreat before the geopolitical ambitions of dictatorships on the one hand and the pornographic fantasies of blood-crazed religious fanatics on the other.  There are real monsters out there and homework isn't one.  If kids are not taught to manage daily life, they certainly won't be able to face the ordeals that await them as adults.

Port insecurity: Is it going to be terminal this time?  It was 2006, just five years after the 9/11 terror attacks and in the midst of two wars being waged by the United States against two Islamic fundamentalist terror groups — al-Qaida and the Taliban.  Yet President Bush thought it was no problem to put Dubai Ports World of the United Arab Emirates in charge of our major East Coast ports.  Fortunately, Congress said NO in thunder back in the days when Congress still hadn't ceded all or most of its constitutional authority over to the presidential branch.  That, you would hope, would be the end of it, but Mideastern potentates are apparently as persistent as Midwestern liberals.

Panic Before the Herd Does.  When everyone on Wall Street is using the same algorithms in their HFT supercomputers, and John Q. Public isn't even in the market, who will these supercomputers sell to when they all get the sell signal at the same time?  When that time comes, and it won't be long, I'll be munching popcorn and watching the festivities unfold.

Caitlyn Jenner Brought Out the Left's 'Speech Police' in Full Force.  Of all the many aspects of the "Caitlyn" Jenner story which bother conservatives, the one which causes me the most agitation is how the liberal "thought police" have attempted to censor any debate over the many issues related to this extraordinary tale.  It's not just that the vast majority of media coverage has been overwhelmingly celebratory.  That alone is annoying by default.  What is flat-out scary is that the many forces of the left have used media intimidation and political correctness to enforce the notion that enthusiastically honoring Jenner's transformation is the only acceptable reaction.

Why Bruce Jenner can never be a woman.  The celebration of Jenner "becoming a woman" is a fantasy.  It's artificial.  It's make-believe.  It's not authentic at all.  It's a mirage.  Jenner has always fantasized that he's a woman, dreaming of the possibilities of becoming what he imagines himself to be.  But possibilities in life are only fantasies when they aren't rooted in something real.  You can't become a woman without being a girl, complete with XX chromosomes that determine our sex.

Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner Is Asking Too Much.  To me, this conversation is beginning to feel very 1984.  I have been told that I must refer to a man as a woman.  If I decline to do so, however politely, I am demonized as an oppressor, a bigot and a hater.  I have been told that I must use the female pronouns:  she, her, and hers, not the male pronouns, he, his, and him.  If I decline to do so, however politely, I am excluded from decent society.  I am classed with murderers.  I am very wary of any movement that demands that people change their everyday language and that demonizes those who decline to do so.  If we redefine a woman as a person who poses in a corset and shows substantial cleavage on the cover of Vanity Fair, what does that make a woman who has had a double mastectomy and dresses modestly and hasn't access to Vanity Fair?  My question is not rhetorical, it is not a joke, and it is not trivial.  Definitions get to the scaffolding of society and the essence of things.  If we don't answer this question now, it will become less and less of a joke as we proceed down this slippery slope.

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Calling Bruce Jenner a Woman Is an Insult to Women.  Parents, be aware:  soon the magazine rack in the checkout line at the supermarket will feature this profoundly disturbing image of Bruce Jenner.  The picture is plastered right on the cover of the next Vanity Fair issue, and it shows Bruce dolled up in makeup and hair extensions, posing in a corset, with parts of his face, forehead, and throat shaved off for cosmetic reasons, and his chest enhanced by hormone pills, Photoshop, and silicone.  The idea is to make the 65-year-old grandfather look like a college girl, but the effect is that he looks like a distorted version of neither.  What he most closely resembles is a mentally disordered man who is being manipulated by disingenuous liberals and self-obsessed gay activists.  Far from having the appearance of a genuine woman, he reminds me of someone who is being abandoned to his delusions by a culture of narcissistic imbeciles.

Is it Time for Civil Disobedience of Kludgeocratic Bureaucracy?  Is there any way to reverse the trend toward ever more intrusive, bossy government?  Things have gotten to such a pass, argues Charles Murray, that only civil disobedience might — might — work.  But the chances are good enough, he says, that he's written a book about it:  "By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission."  Murray has a track record of making seemingly outlandish proposals that turn out to be widely accepted public policy.  His 1984 book "Losing Ground" recommended the radical step of abolishing all welfare payments.

It's the Obama Record that O'Malley and Sanders are Bashing.  Governor O'Malley made it official.  He is in and running for us, as he told the crowd:  "Our economic and political system is upside down and backward and it is time to turn it around"...  Senator Sanders said something similar a few days ago.  Who's been in the White House for seven years?  Whose stimulus didn't stimulate?  Whose "shovel ready" jobs weren't ready after all?  Who promised so much and didn't deliver?

Phoenix protests Islamism.  [T]he Phoenix protest demonstrated that constitutional America works.  In Baltimore, 486 were arrested; in Phoenix, 0.  In Baltimore, 113 officers were attacked and injured; in Phoenix, 0.  In Baltimore, vandals and thugs inflicted $20 million in damage to their neighbors.  In Phoenix, the vandal damage was precisely $0.  Indeed, it is the best of times, it is the worst of times.

'The News' [is] now planted progressive propaganda.  In October of 2008 Obama and the Dems threw the Fundamental Transformation of America up in garish, jaw-dropping neon lights and the world thereafter was never to be the same.  The communications world now digital gave an about-to-be-jettisoned America its first digital dictator.  Back then David Axelrod astroturfing portrayed Obama's promised Brave New World as an empty screen, one on which Obama could be projected in whatever image folk wanted him to be, history's first free phone and easy food stamp president.

Put ATF Out of Its Misery.  The ATF, as it's known, is charged with overseeing federally licensed firearms dealers, most of which are responsible and law-abiding — but not all.  Criminals know the difference, but even when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has figured it out, it has lacked the resources and leadership to crack down.  A new report by the Center for American Progress recommends that the ATF be merged into the FBI.  It's worth considering.  It would be hard to do worse than the status quo.

Art Activists File First-Amendment Rights Suit Against New York City.  A trio of art activists has filed a federal lawsuit against New York City claiming their First-Amendment rights were violated during a protest last year outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The plaintiffs — Kyle Depew, Grayson Earle and Yates McKee — are members of the Illuminator Art Collective, a group that uses high-powered, mobile video projectors to broadcast images and political messages.  According to the complaint, New York City police officers seized the group's van-mounted projector as it was beaming "political speech" onto the side of the museum during an evening gala for billionaire industrialist David H. Koch on September 9.

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There is a similar group in the Dallas area, projecting left-wing environmental propaganda on the sides of buildings owned by companies they don't like.  The method is made possible by the use of a theater-size projector mounted in a car, which the group is sure to park on public property.  It is a mild form of eco-terrorism:  Just a little light-weight bullying to promote their cause.  It is also a form of vandalism.  Just because their graffiti is in the form of a temporarily projected image that does not leave permanent damage, it still defaces private property for the duration of their protest.

Should Cars Be Recalled Over Peeling Labels?  You may scoff, but this hypothetical is something that actually happened to tens of thousands of owners of Chevy Camaros (model years 2013 and 2014).  General Motors also had to issue a stop delivery order to dealers, notes Diane Katz, a research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and instruct them to inspect the label on each sun visor.  If the label was prone to peeling, the entire visor had to be replaced.  I bring this up as an example of the real-world impact of regulations.  We don't always see it, but they exact a cost.

Save Obama (on trade).  That free trade is advantageous to both sides is the rarest of political propositions — provable, indeed mathematically.  David Ricardo did so in 1817.  The Law of Comparative Advantage has held up nicely for 198 years.  Nor is this abstract theory.  We've lived it.  The free-trade regime created after World War II precipitated the most astonishing advance of global welfare and prosperity the world has ever seen.  And that regime was created, overseen, guaranteed and presided over by the United States.

What Will the G.O.P. Cave On Next?  [Scroll down]  For years — in fact, to this very day — the left's poster boy for the monstrous injustice of the war on drugs was DeMarcus Sanders, whose life was ruined, so the legend goes, just because police found a single marijuana seed in his car.  And then you run a basic Google search and find out that DeMarcus was a known gang member who had already served time for shooting a rival gang member.  After that conviction, DeMarcus was arrested again, for who knows what — but copped a plea to possession of marijuana, the only charge we ever hear about in connection with his name.

Cities On Fire — Dallas/Garland.  How very appropriate that on May Day, May 1st (Commie Day), protests were staged in Dallas, Texas against immigration and police brutality.  Two groups joined forces for the protests:  Mothers Against Police Brutality and the Texas Organizing Project.  Their common stated goal was an end to law enforcement terrorizing their communities.  Translation... the federalization of our police forces.  The protests in Dallas were only violent in message, not deed, but they are setting the country on fire Constitutionally and figuratively.  This is not grassroots — it's staged.  Things are never ever what they seem anymore.

Conspiracy Theory as a Personality Disorder?  The treatment of "conspiracy theories" by the US intelligentsia is reminiscent of the Soviet commissions that labeled political dissidents mentally ill.

The Brains of the Operation.  [Scroll down]  That man is Utah's junior senator, Mike Lee, who is the author of a new and important book, Our Lost Constitution, which should — along with the Constitution itself — be required reading.  Not just for anybody seeking elected office in the United States but for any American who cares about good government, freedom, and leaving a worthwhile country for our children.  The book's subtitle more explicitly diagnoses the disease for which Sen. Lee offers a treatment (if not a guaranteed cure): "The Willful Subversion of America's Founding Document."

Why There Are No ISIS 'Lone Wolves'.  An ISIS call-to-arms posted online nearly two weeks ago mocked the term that the West uses for the terror group's members abroad — a big picture of a lone, grey wolf accompanied the text. [...] A "lone wolf" would be a jihadist taking it upon himself with no direct outside involvement — be it direction or support — to commit an attack.  But recent attacks have shown government's desire to rush to "lone wolf" judgment, be it to placate a nervous public, cover intelligence about wider plots or networks, or just save face for counter-terrorism efforts that let one slip through the cracks.  Government officials use the less alarming terminology that the U.S. suffered an attack from disaffected loners rather than the U.S. suffered an ISIS attack.

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It sounds to me as if the Homeland Security defenses are just for show.  The system appears to be full of holes, despite all the years of groping at the airport, frisking at the courthouse, and wholesale ingestion of everybody's email.  Well... everybody's email, that is, except Lois Lerner, Hillary Clinton, and Huma Abedin.  As far as I know, the only terrorist attacks that have been foiled have been the ones that the FBI set up as sting operations.  Actual terrorists, on the other hand, seem to have very little trouble entering the country or comparing notes at the local mosque.

As Ben Carson bashes Obama, many blacks see a hero's legacy fade.  [Dr. Ben] Carson has been a black icon since 1987, when he became the first person to successfully separate twins conjoined at the backs of their heads.  He was a rare and much-desired role model:  a black man who became known for his intellect, not for telling jokes or shooting basketballs.

Urge Your State Representatives to Support an Article V Convention.  Do you believe Washington, D.C., is broken?  Do you believe those in D.C. are willing or capable of curbing their own power?  Are you looking for a solution to reduce the size, scope and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints and place term limits on federal officials?  A package of constitutional amendments — proposed by an Article V convention of the states and designed to curb the abuses of the federal government — would go a long way toward restoring the rightful power of state and local governments.

Conservative Leadership Project: A President for Such a Time as This.  First, we must be clear about our non-negotiables:  Life should be protected from conception to natural death.  Government should be limited to preserve individual freedom.  Policies that promote economic growth should be promoted.  Just to name a few.  Conservatives should anticipate that most of our potential standard bearers will speak to these principles regularly.  Yet that also creates a dilemma.  How do we differentiate between the candidates when many of them are going to be saying a lot of the same things?

House Republicans try to gut a key American principle.  The Civil War era's 14th Amendment, granting automatic citizenship to any baby born on American soil, is a proud achievement of the Party of Lincoln.  But now House Republicans are talking about abolishing birthright citizenship.  A House Judiciary subcommittee took up the question Wednesday afternoon [4/29/2015], prompted by legislation sponsored by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and 22 other lawmakers that, after nearly 150 years, would end automatic citizenship.

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The Washington Post writer is apparently horrified by this idea, judging by the headline.  I think it's a terrific idea that should have been implemented at least  20  50 years ago.

Smartphones Bringing Barbarians To The Gates?  A European hipster has broken new cultural low ground by defacing America's national parks and posting pictures of his operation on Instagram.  He joins Greenpeace, which was caught destroying the Nazca lines of Peru to create an ad for itself last February.  And further down the food chain is ISIS, which intentionally destroyed ancient artifacts last month to make recruiting videos.  What is it about these vandals that drives them to destroy the irreplaceable and post the images of it on the Internet?

Genocide Begins with Groupthink.  Mass exterminations generally involve two prerequisites:  1) a mandated program by a centralized state power, and 2) a well-coordinated, aggressive propaganda campaign that enlists public support in vilifying the targeted group.  It's also worth noting that war often serves as cover for genocide; the Armenian Genocide took place during the total war conditions of World War I.  Propaganda campaigns to dehumanize the victims are central to virtually every mass killing in history.

Obama Must Honor Armenia's Suffering by Calling it a "Genocide".  President Obama claims to be guided by morality and what he thinks are "American values" in his conduct of foreign policy. [...] However, Obama cannot even claim to seek the "moral path" in foreign policy if he fails to do what he promised during the 2008 campaign, and that is call the genocide committed by the Turks against the Armenians what it is:  a genocide.  Friday [4/24/2015] marks the 100th anniversary of beginning of the slaughter, which killed more than a million people.

For 7th year in a row, Obama breaks promise to acknowledge Armenian genocide.  This week is the 100th anniversary of what many historians acknowledge as the Armenian genocide — the Turkish massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians[.]  And it's also the seventh year in a row President Barack Obama has broken his promise to use the word "genocide" to describe the atrocity.

Obama Literally Edits Out the Genocide, Marks 'Armenian Remembrance Day'.  The White House moments ago issued President Obama's annual statement to mark Friday's [4/24/2015] Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, and as promised there is no genocide to be found.  In fact, the White House press release just called it "Armenian Remembrance Day."

Hose out the sewer
Mark Steyn arrives at the ultimate campaign slogan for 2016.  As of this writing, there is only one candidate in the field who:  (a) is routinely attacked by the establishment fogies of both parties; (b) has never been forced to change his position on critical policy issues; (c) and has proven to be a formidable debater in every venue imaginable.  That man is Ted Cruz.


Mideast Disasters Multiply Thanks To U.S. Power Vacuum.  Iran and Saudi Arabia are spoiling for war in the country the Obama administration not long ago touted as an illustration of its successful policies.  The Mideast minus U.S. power equals mass bloodshed.

Conservative activists target Republican state lawmakers blocking Constitutional Convention.  Conservative activists pushing to amend the Constitution to rein in federal spending are preparing to delve into state legislative elections across the country, specifically targeting Republicans who are standing in the way of a convention of the states.  "Our attitude is if state legislators won't stand against Washington, D.C., then they need to be replaced by somebody who will," Mark Meckler, president of Citizens for Self-Governance and a leader of the state convention movement, told The Washington Times in an interview this week.

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A new constitutional convention: The right's worst idea.  [Scroll down]  The [Washington] Post immediately identified the obvious pitfalls associated with this plan.  The foremost among them for conservatives being the fact that participation in a constitutional convention will not be limited exclusively to those Americans who share their political values.  Liberals, too, will be inclined to litigate their cultural and legal grievances with the system at this convention.  Secondly, the scope of such an affair is likely to broaden extensively in relatively short order.  A balanced budget process will quickly become the least pressing priority for the conventioneers.  Finally, the Founders were so vague as to how such a gathering would operate that it could easily spiral out of the control of those in attendance, and that has the potential to usher in a very real and potentially violent constitutional crisis.

The Constitutional Convention Trap.  A dangerous idea has been circulating over the past few years:  that it is time to call a new Constitutional convention, to remedy the vast overreach of federal power.  But therein lies a treacherous trap:  such a body's powers cannot be limited.  The end result easily could prove the polar opposite of what those seeking revision intended

Downsize the Federal Government.  The size of the federal government has exploded over the last century.  The legislative and judicial branches of government have grown to serve the increased number of states and its growing population.  The size and scope of the executive branch has grown to reflect an expanded role of the federal government over the last 100 years.  Apparently the staffing of fourteen separate cabinet departments were not enough to manage the current executive branch, so Barack Obama felt the need to appoint a number of "czars" to focus on special emphasis areas.

Ted Cruz: 'I Was Not a Community Organizer'.  Ted Cruz is trying to put the comparisons with President Obama to rest once and for all.  "Unlike Barack Obama, I was not a community organizer before I was elected to the Senate," Cruz said during a Sunday appearance on CNN's State of the Union.  The freshman Senator turned Republican presidential candidate has come in for criticism from some in the party who see that résumé as too similar to that of Obama's.

Tom Cotton, tragic hero.  The snarky quip attributed to 19th-century French Foreign Minister Charles Maurice de Talleyrand — "It was worse than a crime; it was a blunder" — has recently been making the rounds to deride a letter written by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and signed by 46 other senators.  They wrote to the Iranian theocracy that any agreement on nuclear proliferation negotiated with President Obama will not constitutionally bind the next administration — unless it is properly ratified by Congress.  Democrats were outraged.  They charged that Mr. Cotton's letter is a crime, a violation of the 216-year-old Logan Act.  That law bars unauthorized individuals from conducting negotiations with foreign governments.

Time to kick Obama Election Campaign Experts Out of Canada.  Fresh out of the Israel election, where they failed to dump Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in spite of millions of dollars, top Obama campaign experts are still in Canada working to topple our staunchly pro-Israel, Christian, conservative prime minister.  Why is the Obama campaign team working Canada?  Primarily because current circumstances make The Land of the Maple Leaf easy pickings.

5 Reactions to the Announcement that Ted Cruz will Campaign for the Republican Presidential Nomination.  Honestly, I'm sick and tired of the establishment (both the Democrat-Media Complex and the old, bloated, sputtering GOP crony capitalists) telling us who our candidates should be.  I support Ted Cruz for President.

Krauthammer for President.  The group I was with grinned at the sight and almost spontaneously said to each other:  "Why not Krauthammer for president?"  And why not?  He probably knows the issues better than any possible candidate on either side of the aisle and could discuss them more coherently.  And when it comes to a life story, does anyone contemplating running for president have one even roughly the equal of Krauthammer's?

Obama's 'Streisand Effect' Presidency.  [Barbra] Streisand hasn't exactly been a pop culture fixture over the last few decades.  In fact, if you're on the younger side, Streisand's fame extends primarily to an internet phenomenon, known as the "Streisand Effect."  In 2003, a photographer trying to document coastal erosion took a picture of Streisand's Malibu home from a helicopter and posted it online.  There was no attempt to specifically draw attention to Streisand's home; it was one of 12,000 pictures of the coast that the photographer took.  Nonetheless, Streisand sued to have the photo removed from the web.  Of course, the silly legal action ended up drawing more attention to the picture of her house than it would have if she'd just left it alone.  It became an internet meme.  People were posting photos of her house, just to spite her.

India Censors a Rape Documentary; the Streisand Effect Goes Nuclear.  We get a lot of laughs out of the so-called "Streisand Effect" — the phenomenon of someone trying to cover up or otherwise limit public knowledge of some already public aspect of their life, and in the process drawing far more attention to the situation than would have been the case if they'd just kept quiet in the first place.  When we're talking about a wealthy celebrity trying to suppress photos of their Malibu mansion — that's what the Streisand Effect is named for, by the way — at least a few chuckles seem entirely understandable.  But when governments unwittingly invoke the Streisand Effect via shortsighted, misguided, hamfisted attempts at censorship of important issues, it's difficult to find any humor on the stage.  So we now have the sorry spectacle of the government of India — at least in theory the world's largest democracy — petulantly and disastrously attempting to suppress the viewing of a BBC documentary exposing a nightmarish culture of rape within India itself.

Americans move government itself to No. 1 on their list of concerns.  Here we are after so many failed fixes and the partial-term senator is older but talking no wiser, recently proposing that the federal government underwrite two years of free college for everyone.  But the Democrat now faces a Republican-controlled Congress.  Little of his overblown liberal hooey is going anywhere legislatively.  And Obama seems to have turned to entertaining himself more, spending $2 million in taxpayer money this week to fly to Los Angeles for an appearance on a late-night show.  And also, of course, to raise some money for the party.

Treason in the U.S. Senate.  The letter to Tehran was written by Tom Cotton, a freshman Republican senator from Arkansas, who wants to prevent Mr. Obama signing an agreement with the mullahs unless he agrees to submit it for approval by Congress, and lays out his reasons why.  The angry Democratic senators and scholars (of dubious scholarship) cry treason, one of the most heinous of crimes.  Mr. Cotton's letter was actually little more than a letter to the editor, perhaps rising to the level of an op-ed, but something far short of a "negotiation."

Senators take a stand for the Constitution.  Just look what happens when a senator starts to act like one!  Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, who has been a U.S. senator for less than three months, rattled the cage of the White House, the Democratic Party, and Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei, all with a single-spaced, one-page letter on the U.S. Constitution.  Addressed as "An Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran," the missive was signed by Cotton and 47 other Republican senators.  The avowed intent of the letter was to educate the Iranians on the nature of the American constitutional system, in particular the role of the U.S. Senate in ratifying treaties negotiated by the president.  The letter is entirely accurate and an appropriate elucidation of the constitutional separation of powers.

The Cotton Letter Was Not Sent Anywhere, Especially Not to Iran.  Before U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and 46 of his GOP colleagues are frog-marched to the gallows and hanged for treason, one vital point of confusion must be cleared up.  Say what you will about the Republicans' open letter "to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran."  The Cotton/GOP letter regarding Tehran's atom-bomb talks with Obama was not sent to the ayatollahs.  Had Cotton & Co. actually delivered their communiqué to Iran's mullahs — perhaps via a Swiss diplomatic pouch or something even more cloak and dagger — their critics would be on less swampy ground in calling them "traitors," as the New York Daily News screamed.  Either through befuddlement or deceit, many of the Republicans' detractors have echoed this gross inaccuracy.

Tom Cotton Proves: History is Wasted on the Old.  Bob Schieffer could barely contain his outrage at Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) for daring to warn the Iranian leadership that any nuclear deal would have to be ratified by the Senate, under the U.S. Constitution, to be binding.  As Cotton explained in his appearance on CBS News' Face the Nation, Iran is clearly not hearing that from the Obama administration itself, which is desperate to achieve "peace at any price," rather than using constitutional constraints as leverage to force a better deal.  It turns out that there is a precedent for this particular dispute — and a troubling one.

3 Charts That Demonstrate American Exceptionalism Remains Alive Despite Barack Obama's Best Efforts.  Pew Research Center surveyed people in 44 countries last spring and discovered that America was exceptional in ways beyond economic wealth and military power.

A war of Obama's making.  There's a war going on between the executive and legislative branches in which Obama has shown contempt for Congress' constitutional powers, and now, in response, Congress is showing contempt for the president's constitutional powers.  It's an unfortunate situation, but it's what Obama has wrought.

It's Time to Kill Daylight Saving.  Like millions of other Americans who have slogged through an uncomfortably cold winter, I'm looking forward to the change of season.  But Daylight Saving Time is an annual tradition whose time has passed.  In contemporary society, it's not only unnecessary:  It's also wasteful, cruel, and dangerous.  And it's long past time to bid it goodbye.

Why the US Southwest is fighting daylight saving time.  Nevada and New Mexico want to stay on daylight saving time, while Texas and Utah want to stay on standard time.

The Death of the American Dream in 22 Numbers.  For decades, the rest of the planet has regarded the United States as "the land of opportunity" where almost anyone can be successful if they are willing to work hard.  And when I was growing up, it seemed like almost everyone was living the American Dream.  I lived on a "middle class" street and I went to a school where it seemed like almost everyone was middle class.  When I was in high school, it was very rare to ever hear of a parent that was unemployed, and virtually every family that I knew had a comfortable home and more than one nice vehicle.  But now that has all changed.

I refuse to take the media's bait.  Americans believe our nation is facing some substantial challenges.  Government spending is out of control.  Terrorists seek to destroy our way of life.  Our economic recovery has been slow.  Our borders aren't secure.  The federal government has usurped powers that rightly belong to our states.  And every day across Wisconsin, and as I travel the nation, I hear from people who share with me their worries about — and their hopes for — our country.

Let's Just Kill 'Homeland Security'.  DHS oversees almost two dozen agencies and groups, including the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Patrol, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), immigration processing and enforcement, the Secret Service, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the brave folks responsible for an endless series of junk-touching, drug-stealing, and kiddie-porn scandals.  Given all those fearsome responsibilities, you'd figure Barack Obama would be sweating gravy over even a partial shutdown of DHS.

Finally Cleared, Zimmerman Should Sue the DOJ.  "In all criminal prosecutions," reads the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, "the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial."  In its dangling of George Zimmerman over the pit of judicial hell for the last three years, the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) violated the spirit of that amendment for no better reason than to pacify the Democrats' increasingly bloodthirsty base.  Finally, on Tuesday of this week [2/24/2015], the DOJ announced that it had found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.  A White House so seemingly appalled by torture had no qualms about torturing Zimmerman needlessly for nearly three years.

Don't Just Shut Down the DHS — Get Rid of It.  The world's most useless government bureaucracy (and the competition is stiff) has got to be the Department of Homeland Security.  From its creepy name to its kluge of ill-fitting departments, this panicked overreaction to 9/11 is a disgrace to America.  Now someone's finally making the case against it[.]

Why is Congress all talk, no action?  Congress as a deliberative body, and as the instrument of the people's power, has for all intents and purposes ceased to exist.  The true function of the Congress today is that of the Lord High Treasurer, and Congress has turned spending money into an art form.  In other sectors this is known by names such as bribery or payoffs, but in Congress it is known as appropriations.  But other than spending money, what is Congress most known for?

The Dean of Snobs.  You don't have to ponder the polls these days to figure out which Republican presidential possibilites are in the ascendency.  All you have to do is see who is being attacked by liberals and the mainstream media.  Their latest target is Scott Walker.  Of course, Governor Walker has been under the gun for four long years by labor unions and their supporters.  But since the phony scandals trumped up by the opposition have not affected his popularity with voters, liberals are getting desperate for dirt that might permanently muddy his image.

A surprising number of presidents never graduated college.  Media and potential opponents are scandalized that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is considering a run for president even though he didn't graduate from college.  But if Walker (who dropped out of Marquette University in his senior year) won in 2016, he would be joining an exalted group that includes the two presidents most frequently named as the favorites of the American people.  Eleven presidents — exactly 25 percent — were not college graduates.  Most prominent on that list are George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, [...]

Why Washington Shouldn't Control Transportation Decisions.  Whether for pipelines, factories, refineries, cell towers, or freight rail, the private sector has demonstrated its prowess in prudent investment and proper management.  Private infrastructure spending is four times larger than all levels of government infrastructure spending put together.  Consumers get cell service, goods delivered, and energy transported when they need them and at a competitive cost.  Even when the private sector fails, as Ford did with the now ill-famed Edsel — it learns from its mistakes and moves on to something that consumers want.  Meanwhile, year after year, consumers of roads, bridges, and other transportation find themselves stuck in traffic or waiting on a delayed train.

Don't Authorize Obama's War.  The authorization for the use of military force against ISIS that the Obama administration sent Congress this week is not worthy of the name.  Its language is far more about what the president won't do against the terrorist army that controls much of Syria and Iraq — limits on ground troops and a sunset provision for the authorization after three years — than what he will do.  Congress should reject it.

Scott Walker Gets College Scrutiny That Media Failed to Give Obama.  David Fahrenthold's examination of Walker's college years in the Washington Post spanned more than 2,000 words, and in the end, there is little mystery.  Walker was an active member of the Marquette student body and has openly said that he decided to leave the university after being offered a full-time job during his senior year. [...] Unlike Walker, who was well known at Marquette and had a group of friends, Obama was a ghost at Columbia.  More than 400 classmates of Obama were contacted during the 2008 election, and not one said they remembered him.  The New York Sun described Columbia just before the 2008 election as a place Obama "rarely speaks about and where few people seem to remember him."  The record on Obama's Columbia years was sealed.

There's Nothing Shameful about Walker's Being a College 'Dropout'.  Already, a search for the words "dropout" and "Scott Walker" reveals the taunt to be a favorite of left-leaning sites that are angry with Walker for his education reform; while Twitter has a sizeable contingent of users who are convinced that the republic will fall if the "uneducated" "dropout" "loser" gets anywhere near the reins of federal power.

The Left Alinskies Scott Walker.  The Left is throwing just about everything in the book at Walker early on, trying to Romneyize him:  define him and put him so far back on the defensive that he can never recover.  With support from the MSM, which is now thrashing about trying to figure out why he left college, the progressive Left is perfectly following Alinky's Rule for Radicals No. 12:  "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."  This is exactly what is happening today.

The Sad Death of Kayla Mueller: A "Useful Idiot" of Hamas.  [Scroll down]  The problem with the tributes, especially that made by President Obama, is that Mueller was not a simple human rights worker.  Nor was she, as Mr. Turnbull said, "the best of the good."  The truth is that Kayla worked in Israel and the Palestinian territories with the International Solidarity Movement, the same group that the late Rachel Corrie was part of.  The ISM placed Corrie in a dangerous situation, and falsely told the world that Israel's IDF had purposefully killed her in order to scare off foreigners coming to aid the Palestinian people.  The ISM, as anyone can easily find out, supports Israel's enemies, including Hamas, Hezbollah, and those in the Palestinian Authority who work for Israel's destruction.

Who Was Kayla Mueller?  A look at the writings of the ISIS victim shows her support and aid to Palestinian Arab terror groups, her acting as a human shield for them, and her active participation in anti-Israel protests.  Rachel Corrie did the same.

Ted Cruz knocks Obama, 'photo op foreign policy' in blistering speech.  Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, said Wednesday [2/11/2015] he hasn't seen a "seriousness of purpose" in confronting the Islamic State terrorist group, as the White House sent a request for the authorization for use of military force to fight the group to Congress for consideration.  In an approximately 30-minute speech at the Center for Security Policy's "Defeat Jihad" summit, Mr. Cruz also methodically picked apart recent comments from the president on religion, free speech and terrorism that have come under fire.

Hating the Duggars.  If you're not familiar with the Duggars, there are, well, 19 of them. The Duggars are devout evangelicals following what they believe is God's plan for their family and fertility.  They have their own reality TV show.  Actually, it's now 19 Duggars and counting, as some of the older children are having little Duggars of their own.  That mere reproductive fact infuriates a large number of very angry people on the left.  But to make liberals' nightmares worse, the Duggars display their lifestyle on a popular TV show broadcast by The Learning Channel (TLC).  That the Duggars have a platform, even as a mere bizarre curiosity to the 99.9% of people who have no desire to produce 19 children, is driving many liberals into fits of rage.  Once again jettisoning their professed sacred cows — tolerance, diversity, open-mindedness, and let's add freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and opposition to censorship — they're insisting the Duggars' show be canceled.  For many of them, this has become an obsession turned into a crusade, as they are hellbent in driving the Duggars off the air.

Dear World, We're Sorry.  We Americans elected and re-elected a used car salesman to the most important office on the planet, and everyone got a lemon.  The first time was because so many of our citizens have been conditioned to feel guilty about wrongs done before we were born; the second was because so many of us are simply stupid.  We have it good here in the United States, and this breeds contentment.  It also breeds ignorance.

The Time Is Right for Cruz Control.  These times call for someone who does not fear the media, the Democrats, oor the Washington/New York Republican establishment.  We need someone who will plant a flag and draw a line in the sand, and mean it.  These times require someone who realizes that the biggest threat to the country today is Washington — a realization that for too long America has been held hostage to "how Washington works," when it's Washington that should operate in light of how America works.

A Pocket Guide to the Liberty Amendments.  While electing a President who is a Constitutional Conservative would be a great start, it is unlikely to reverse a century-long march of progressive radicals bent on centralization of power in Washington.  An Article V Convention process is, in my opinion, the only way out short of civil unrest.

Obama's budget is 'the silliest thing since Monty Python'.  President Barack Obama's 2016 budget proposal is as silly as a comedy sketch, a Senate leadership aide told Daily Mail Online on Monday [2/2/2015].  'This $4 trillion budget is the silliest thing since Monty Python,' the senior staffer said, recalling the British funnymen's 'Ministry of silly walks' routine.  'The only think about it that isn't funny is that the president thinks it's serious.'

Ted Cruz and Climate Change.  If this is the best liberals can do to disparage Ted Cruz, the Texas Senator has a great chance of being our next President.

Fox News and French honor.  Seventeen French citizens are murdered in Paris in cold blood by homegrown terrorists — and the city's mayor expresses her outrage for ... Fox News? [...] So while we're on the subject of apologies, maybe French President François Hollande should offer one for his claim that the gunmen who murdered to avenge the Prophet Mohammed had "nothing to do" with Islam.  Really?  Nothing to do with Islam?  Or how about a larger apology to France's Jewish citizens, whom the government appears incapable of protecting?

A fantasy for tweens.  The state of the union is indeed strong, because even if you're just talking in relative terms, what nation on this planet is in better shape than ours?  Europe remains in crisis.  China is slowing down dramatically and arresting thousands.  Russia is a tinpot empire.  In Japan, more people expired last year than were born — a wildly dangerous death spiral.  Here, our economy is actually growing, oil prices are falling, consumer confidence is rising and if you have a 401(k), you're finally back to feeling pretty good about it due to the stock market explosion.

The Wrong Kind of Market Disruption.  Federal and state governments are using seemingly unlimited tax bases to compete with private businesses, disrupting the free market and even endangering troops, according to a new report.  The Business Coalition for Fair Competition, which represents a broad base of trade associations, released an analysis on Friday morning documenting 10 times public sector entities have hindered the free market by injecting government-backed entities into competition.  The U.S. Postal Service, for example, is looking to enter the grocery delivery business after losing market share to Fed Ex and UPS.  The guarantees of government support mean that it can charge inordinately lower prices, unfairly competing with private sector services, such as Pea Pod, according to the BCFC.

Why American Sniper Is One of the Greatest War Movies Ever.  It is a timeless American war movie that explores the necessity of having men who are — and bear the burden of being — really really good at killing bad guys.  In fact, this is easily one of the ten best American war movies of all time.

Pro-War on Terror Films Crush Anti-War on Terror Films at Box Office.  Anti-American films are costly box office bombs at a rate of nothing less than 100%.  On the flip-side, pro-American films make money.  Many are outright blockblusters [sic].  Moreover, almost every the anti-American film produced over the last decade has also been an artistic failure, while many pro-American films have garnered positive reviews.  Let me boil this down for the leftwing-impaired:  Lies make for lousy art and can't be sold to the public.  And here's another lie Hollywood was spreading a few years back — the lie that in an international film market, Americanism doesn't sell.

American Sniper Has Created a Cultural Moment: Here's Why.  At 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night [1/17/2015], a packed theater in Franklin, Tenn., was completely quiet.  As the credits rolled, some folks were filing out, but many more were standing, still looking at the screen, honoring the man whose life they'd just seen portrayed on the silver screen.  Before the movie, I'd never seen the parking lot so crowded.

Scott Walker, the un-academic?  In 1990, Scott Walker left Marquette University before graduation.  He is reportedly hoping to complete his degree now, but if he doesn't, he could become the first president since Harry S Truman to enter the White House without a college degree.  Some think his lack of degree could cost him his chances to get there, but we tend to think otherwise.  Considering the current state of most colleges (and of their graduates) this could be a point in his favor.  It might even make his career.

Thank gridlock for economic turnaround.  [I]f activist policies really have as big an impact on our economic fortunes as Washington operatives claim, I only have one question:  What policy did President Obama enact to initiate this astonishing turnaround?  We should definitely replicate it.  Because those who've been paying attention these past few years may have noticed that the predominant agenda of Washington has been to do nothing.  It was only when the tinkering and superfluous stimulus spending wound down that fortunes began to turn around.  So it's perplexing how the same pundits who cautioned us about gridlock's traumatizing effects now ignore its existence.

Time to stand up to a corrupt Congress.  Congress has recently shown that it does not have the ability, or the desire to govern properly and reduce excess spending.  The U.S. debt is steadily climbing due to a lack of congressional and executive self-control.  The burden of this debt will be carried by our children and our grandchildren.  This is a threat to our nation.  How can a country successfully compete with other nations if they cannot financially support themselves?  It is time to stand up to the corruption of Washington, letting the Legislative and Executive branches know that "We the People" are fed up with their egregious spending.

Hate Speech Leads to Hate Crimes.  Literally thousands of inciters have propagated a dishonest storyline of widespread police violence against blacks.  And what we've seen in recent months is only the current instance in a long history of incitement against the West.  A view of the West as enemy is cultivated in universities across the country as the cutting edge of moral thinking, with full rein given to a very un-academic manner of speech, replete with the colorful language of vilification.  From these heights, the same attitudes inevitably seep into other venues, including textbooks for much younger students.  The bulk of journalists and teachers do not believe in the full range of anti-Western ideology, but they accept it as an orienting guide.

Meet Bill Nye, The Anti-Science Guy.  I've never been a fan of Bill Nye "the Science Guy." Partly it's because I'm from a different generation.  I grew up with Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan as my introduction to science, and Nye always struck me as a cheap substitute.  I find something condescending in his hyperkinetic manner, as if science couldn't actually be interesting and exciting in its own right, as if it could only be interesting if the guy trying to explain it to us is bouncing off the walls.  It all seems like Science for People with Attention Deficit Disorder.

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Almost all of the Saturday morning "E/I" television shows for pre-teens appear to be tailored for kids with ADHD.  It makes one wonder whether the frenetic TV shows are the response to ADD or its cause.

Should You Believe What They Tell You or What You See?  I'm sure my blood pressure would be lower and my mood better if I just accepted everything I was told by my wise, sagacious, Ivy League educated, obscenely wealthy rulers as the unequivocal truth.  Why should I doubt these noble, well intentioned, champions of the common folk?  They've never misled us before.  They would never attempt to use two highly publicized deaths as a lever to keep black people and white people fighting each other and not realizing all races are now living in a militarized police surveillance state supported by the one Party.  They would never use their complete control over the financial, political, judicial, and media organisms to convince the masses that voting for one of their hand selected red or blue options will ever actually change anything.  They would never engineer the overthrow of a democratically elected government, cover up the shooting down of an airliner, and attempt to blame their crimes on the leader of a nuclear power in their efforts to retain a teetering global empire.  They would never overthrow or wage economic warfare on countries that don't toe the line regarding the continued dominance of the petrodollar in global commerce.

CIA interrogation report: Democrats want to punish America, blame Bush.  In its ideological zeal to punish America, the outgoing Democratically-controlled Senate, plans to make public a report that, according to Fox News will examine "the alleged use of torture by the CIA."  Although the 6,000 page full report will remain classified, the 500 page summary is expected to be released to the public in coming days.  According to press reports from those who are familiar with the study, it is expected to portray the American intelligence community in the worst possible light.

I keep finding a new reason to love Ted Cruz every day.  In an era of Oligarchs and partisan mush, Cruz is a beacon of hope.  The Framers would be proud.  We need a Constitutional conservative with some testicular fortitude in the White House in 2016.  I see only three viable contenders at the moment:  Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, or Scott Walker.

A Government of Wolves.  [Scroll down]  It really doesn't matter what you call them — the 1%, the elite, the controllers, the masterminds, the shadow government, the police state, the surveillance state, the military industrial complex — so long as you understand that while they are dealing the cards, the deck will always be stacked in their favor.  Incredibly, no matter how many times we see this played out, Americans continue to naively buy into the idea that it's our politics that divide us as a nation.  As if there were really a difference between the Democrats and Republicans.  As if the policies of George W. Bush were any different from those of Barack Obama.  As if we weren't a nation of sheep being fattened for the kill by a ravenous government of wolves.

Congress [should] not invite Obama to give his next State of the Union.  Remember what Barack Obama said in his State of the Union message earlier this year?  Of course you don't.  No one does.  State of the Union reports may be required by the Constitution:  The president "shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union."  But that doesn't mean they have to be good, useful, relevant or can't degenerate into pathetic political polemics as Obama has transformed them in recent years.  The Great Uniter even turned one into a direct attack on Supreme Court justices sitting just feet in front of him.  The words "Obama" and "class" both have five letters.  But that's as close as they get.

Is It Time for an Anti-Federalist Party?  No wise and serious American, whatever his notional ideology, trusts the federal government. [...] It is the nationalization of standards that often creates the problem.  Anti-Federalism is the tonic.  The message of Anti-Federalism to voters in states with differing cultural values is simple:  do you want the voters of your state to decide policy, or do you want federal politicians making those decisions?  Politicians represent states, and which politicians can face voters and say that politicians from other states are better judges than they are for what is good for their state?  Anti-Federalism also taps into the simmering anger voters feel toward both political parties at the national level.

Britain's energy policy is a national disgrace, but Germany's is even worse.  In a shocking assessment, National Grid last week said that Britain's cushion of spare generating capacity had sunk to just 4pc, down from 17pc three years ago and its lowest level in five years.  And that's despite a series of emergency measures, including incentives to business to use less power, to deal with the looming blackout problem.

The Rule of Memo.  Turn now to the President's "executive action" on immigration.  What did he do?  According to a wide variety of media sources, the President issued an executive order. [...] Wow. Some executive order.  Except there isn't one.  Check the White House web site under the section "Presidential Actions."  The most recent executive order is one from October 17, on consumer financial transactions.  What the President signed on Friday, November 21 were two memoranda, setting up a task force and directing government officials to recommend improvements in the immigration system. [...] An executive order has the force of law.  The Office of the Federal Register assigns it a number and publishes it.  There is a permanent record; a place to go to find it.  None of this applies to the memo.

Thank a White Male.  Biting the hand that feeds is a core principle of Leftists.  For 150 years, they've sought to concentrate power in their own hands by exploiting the resentment of ignorant people against a system that has finally enabled mankind to spring the Malthusian trap.  Multiculturalism, with its simple-minded relativism, has broadened the scope of the party line.  Not only shadowy "capitalists" are vilified, but whites and males.  Ignorant people can now think well of themselves by opposing "racism" and "the patriarchy" — and by voting for an unqualified and deceptive poseur because, though a male, he is not white.  The first step parents can take to help spare America from being "fundamentally transformed" is to insist that history be properly taught.  This means, among other things, recognizing the accomplishments of a few men who've found cures for or relieved the symptoms of diseases that have killed and tortured humans for millennia.

More reason to love Mike Rowe.  Mike Rowe is a hero of mine, a tireless advocate of practical skills and knowledge who urges Americans to acquire a trade, rather than mindlessly go to college and acquire debt and a possibly useless degree.  The host of former cable TV hit Dirty Jobs and current CNN hit Somebody's Got to Do It, Rowe celebrates those who work hard and perfect their art at manual trades.

10 Examples Of The Social Decay That Is Eating Away At America Like Cancer.  It isn't just our economy that is crumbling.  Something is happening to America that no amount of money will be able to fix.  Everywhere around us we can see evidence of the social decay that is systematically eating away at the foundations of our society.  It can be found on the streets of our inner cities, in dark basements in extremely rural communities, in the most prestigious boardrooms on Wall Street, and definitely in the halls of power in Washington.  Bringing in an entirely different crop of politicians or printing gigantic mountains of money is not going to solve this problem, because it exists in the hearts of millions of ordinary men and women.  The truth is that we really need to take a good, long look at ourselves in the mirror, because we need to take a 180 degree turn as a nation.

Should Republicans Embrace The Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine?  [Scroll down]  The Environmental Protection Agency, as now operated, probably does more harm than good.  A Republican president could suspend enforcement of all federal environmental laws, thereby putting the EPA out of business, and remit all environmental regulation to the states and to private actions sounding in nuisance and trespass.  This would result in a major improvement in the nation's environmental policies.  Or, if he preferred, the president could single out for non-enforcement some, but not all, environmental laws.

Cheating Aids the Ratchet.  Since the indignities of the Great Depression swept Franklin Roosevelt and his crack team of social engineers into the highest offices in the land, the Left's primary political strategy has been to pass as big an expansion of government as is feasible in their brief moments of ascendancy and then to dare the dissidents to take its fruits away when, eventually, they get back into power.

Don't Let Lame Ducks Spend Your Money.  On November 4, voters fired the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, replacing it with a GOP majority that campaigned against Obamacare and big spending.  But the Democrats who lost are still running the show.  These lame ducks lack the moral authority to govern.  They shouldn't be allowed to do any more than the bare minimum to keep government operating until January, when the new Congress meets.  Allowing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to ram through an omnibus spending bill for the coming year, or make other key decisions, would be like letting your ex-spouse keep using your checkbook.  One of the first acts of the next Congress should be to outlaw lame duck sessions.

Welcome to EbolaCare — but the Website is Down.  A well known phenomenon in the animal kingdom is that when taking over a new pride, a lion will sometimes kill all the cubs.  We don't know exactly what kind of feeling drives him in this bloody act, but there's obviously a lack of attachment.  Suffice it to say the problem can be summed up thus:  it's not his family.  America's pride is falling.  And few things illustrate this better than the open-borders mentality that has allowed foreigners to bring diseases — most notably Ebola but also EV-D68 and others — into our country.

Lankford: Gruber's Comments Show 'Arrogance of Centralized Government'.  Sen.-elect James Lankford (R-Okla.) told "Fox News Sunday" that Obamacare architect and MIT professor Jonathan Gruber's comments reflect an "arrogance of centralized government."  "I think Gruber's comments show what is consistent in Washington, it's this arrogance of centralized government.  This administration really believes they're smarter than everyone else and they need to just create the policy and impose the policy, and states exist only to be able to carry out their wishes from the central government.  And I think that's exactly backwards," he said.

Muslim Brotherhood Overruns National Cathedral In DC.  100 years ago today, the last Caliph, or emperor of Islam, declared the last Jihad against the infidel — and today is the first time ever that the National Cathedral in the nation's capital will host Muslim prayers.  Most American's will have no idea that, as part of World War I, the then-Caliph of the Ottoman empire declared a Holy War against infidels, as was his right within sharia law and Islamic theology. [...] That statement by the last sitting head of what was the theocratic empire of Islam was the catalyst which led to religiously-fueled genocide against Christian Armenians and Assyrians.

Rev. Franklin Graham: Muslim Prayer Service at National Cathedral 'Sad to See'.  Reverend Franklin Graham, son of world renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said the Muslim prayer service on Friday at the Washington National Cathedral, an Episcopal church established under a charter granted by Congress more than 100 years ago, is "sad to see" because the church should only open its door for worship of "the One True God of the Bible."

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A church should open its doors to every drunk and prostitute and Muslim in town, but not to take over positions of leadership, even for a day.

Three reasons why the Rick Perry indictment must be dismissed.  A lot of us among the uneducated hoi polloi found the original indictment of Rick Perry over the use of his veto powers to be silly and unlikely to do well in the courts.  But at least in my case, I couldn't quantify exactly why.  It didn't sound right, but I'm not a lawyer and the courts often get up to all manner of monkey business which makes no sense to me.  But this week, constitutional scholar Eugene Volokh has done the hard work for the rest of us and identified three entirely separate reasons why this indictment isn't worth the paper it's printed on.

Bipartisan group of lawyers call for dismissal of Rick Perry's felony charges.  In the amicus brief filed at a court in Austin, the lawyers argue that two-felony count indictment against the Republican governor is constitutionally flawed.  "Reasonable people can disagree on the political tactics employed by both Governor Perry and his opponents.  But to turn political disagreement into criminal prosecution is disturbing," the brief said.

6 bills the GOP should pass.  The problem for Republicans is that because they do not have a veto-proof majority, they can pass bills but can't get them past President Obama.  It doesn't mean that they're doomed to futility.  They can pass three kinds of bills:  those Obama will want to sign; those he won't want to sign but will have to; and those he'll veto, but where a veto is unpopular.

Abandoned by party, is Mary Landrieu dead woman walking? Or is GOP overconfident?  [Scroll down]  Now, as Landrieu heads to a Dec. 6 runoff with Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy, Democrats have already lost control of the Senate — a reality that won't be affected by the outcome of the runoff.  So while Landrieu still has a chance to win, one thing is absolutely certain:  She will not chair the Senate Energy Committee.  The entire rationale for her campaign collapsed on primary day.

Give Back the Senate.  The Seventeenth Amendment made the Senate utterly redundant.  Now it's kind of a retirement home for lifers; the House of Lords with six year terms that get further and further away from the people that elected them and who sit in a sort of royal court being serenaded by special interest groups in DC steakhouses.  The Senate was designed to protect the power of the states because the more power the states have, the less power the Federal government has — and vice versa.

Did Voters Really Choose Compromise And Conciliation?  [Scroll down]  Yet, though this was a referendum on Obama and his policies, and though both were repudiated, some pundits are claiming that America voted for an "end to gridlock" and a new era of compromise and conciliation.  How so?  If the American people were truly saying that, why did they vote to turn the Senate over to Mitch McConnell?  Why did they vote to send more Republicans to strengthen the hand of John Boehner and those in the House who had "shut down" the government?  Did America vote for the GOP to go back to Washington and work with Obama?  Or did America reward the GOP for promising to return and continue to oppose Obama's policies?  Is the answer not obvious?

The Republican Wave Debunked Four Myths About The Obama Era.  [#1] Sorry, Voters Don't Hate 'Obstructionism.'  If we're to believe the media-authored account of the last six years, the GOP has made rigid obstructionism of Barack Obama's policies its sole agenda item. [...] Where exactly have Republicans suffered?  After endless analysis of the Kentucky Senate race, Mitch McConnell, the architect of obstructionist strategy in the Senate, won re-election easily.  The reality is that Republicans have been generously rewarded from their tenacity in stopping post-Obamacare progressive policy.

Yes, Ted Cruz Can Be Born in Canada and Still Become President of the U.S..  Since our last article we published garnered such a big response, I thought I'd put forth another article on Ted Cruz that also looks at his eligibility.  Now before anyone gets the idea that we are endorsing Senator Cruz in a bid for the nomination for Republican Candidate for President of the United States, we here at CH2.0 will entertain any well written, thoroughly researched articles that purport his ineligibility.

The shiny object election.  The short-attention span generation has birthed the shiny-object election.  The theme of the 2014 midterms — to whatever extent one is discernable — has been an explosion of one crisis after another, each of which demands an enormous amount of media attention before fading for the next one.  From the Secret Service to ISIS, Ebola to immigration, mistreated veterans to Ferguson and race relations, candidates and the president have been forced to react to the controversy du jour.

When facing threats, we are unfortunately on our own.  The multiplying missteps by the Obama administration with regard to the Ebola "crisis" exposes a deep, dark secret our federal government keeps from you.  That secret is this:  Should the worst happen, you and your family are basically on your own.  As our government and its power to intrude into our lives and hamper our personal liberty escalates unchecked, its ability to protect us in a crisis is equally diminished by the growing weight of the bloated, entrenched and self-serving bureaucracy.

The Devil's Christianity.  It might be prudent to confess, before getting too far along with this essay, that I have nothing against Pope Francis except his politics.  It isn't that he's rude or selfish or uninspiring; anyone with half a brain knows that Pope Francis is one of the kindest and most exciting public figures we've had in a while.  I simply have a problem with him saying horrible things, like that he knows many good Communists.

Throwing the Intelligence Community under the Bus.  Earlier this month, President Obama asked the American people to use the midterm election as a referendum on his policies.  His comment:  "I am not on the ballot this fall... But make no mistake:  these policies are on the ballot."  He is completely correct, and looking at his failed policies toward combating terrorism, people should vote to send a message of opposition to the president.  Throughout his administration President Obama and the Democrats have made wrong decisions and have constantly thrown the intelligence community under the bus, while deceiving Americans.

Did you miss 'Indigenous People's Day'?  The man who made perhaps the most consequential voyage of discovery in human history is being buried in a wave of guilt about exploiting his find.  Christopher Columbus is one of the most unlovely characters in our history books.  But whatever his faults — and they were legion — he should be honored for opening an entire continent to settlement and resource exploitation.

You Can't Stop Genocide Without Killing Civilians.  By the time World War II was over entire cities had been devastated and hundreds of thousands of civilians had been killed by the Allies in one of the last wars whose virtue we were all able to agree on.  The civilians were not limited to enemy German and Japanese civilians, but included French civilians in occupied territory, Jewish prisoners and numerous others who were caught in the war zone.  To the professional pacifist these numbers appear to disprove the morality of war, any war, but they were the blood price that had to be paid to stop two war machines once they had been allowed to seize the strategic high ground.  There was no other way to stop the genocide that Germany and Japan had been inflicting on Europe and Asia except through a way of war that would kill countless civilians.

If Your Pastor Has A $60k A Year Clothing Allowance, You Probably Should Leave That Church.  As a 51-year-old I've had it with the Christian Glitterati obsessed with "success" using ministry as a means to get rich, wear Rolexes and play like they're Ryan Seacrest.  Our world is going to hell and the last thing we need is a preening pastor with a histrionic personality disorder.

On Nov. 4, Joe Biden Could Become the Most Powerful Man in the World.  Vice President Joe Biden is a complete idiot.  That truth, reinforced by a string of recent foreign policy gaffes, is supported by evidence too great to summarize in one article.  Suffice it to say that Uncle Joe's incompetence is stipulated by all political parties.  He apparently believes he still has a shot to be President.  There is no chance of that — but on Nov. 4, Biden could suddenly become the most powerful man in the U.S., and therefore the world.

The real scandal is a President who is so complacent about protecting Americans.  There is a theory in politics that once a leader has fired 50 or more people from his or her administration, he or she is finished. [...] Obama went a lot further than firing 50 people.  He managed to single-handedly alienate 200,000 employees in the American intelligence agencies by going on 60 Minutes and ruthlessly chucking them all under a bus over the rise of terror group ISIS.

No firing squad for these deserters, just EBT cards.  They used to deport illegal aliens. They used to shoot deserters.  But that was then and this is now.  So the three Afghan Army deserters who fled Camp Edwards and, after a short sojourn at a local strip club, took off for Canada, are now begging for political "asylum."  And we all know what political asylum means — instant welfare, forever.  Instead of going in front of a firing squad, or at least being sent back to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban, the deserters are likely to score EBT cards, MassHealth, WIC vouchers, Section 8 housing, free translators — the full Tsarnaev, in other words.

The Only Way Out: An Article V Convention of the States.  Former Comptroller General of the United States, David M. Walker, has been sounding the clarion call of economic disaster for the nation if spending is not reined in, and politicians refuse to deal with fiscal realities of unabated spending. He describes America as a "sinking ship" in a sea of our own debt. [...] Something must be done before the dollar and our entire economic system collapses entirely due to our calamitous accumulation of debt.  And the solution could be nestled in Article V of the Constitution.

The Obama Family Is Not From Chicago.  A few days ago Omar Gonzalez vaulted over the White House fence and made it all the way into the front door of the residence. [...] But the front door of the White House was unlocked.  The only possible conclusion is that the Obama family is not from Chicago.

Rand Paul vs. The Cowards.  If arming Syrian rebels is such a great idea, why was everyone in D.C. so terrified of a standalone vote on the issue?  Before Senators voted 78-22 to pass a continuing resolution that would fund government through Dec. 11 and avoid a government shutdown, Rand Paul asked that question — and some other uncomfortable ones — on the floor.  Call him is an isolationist if you like, but it'd be nice to hear some coherent answers.

The time may be right to salvage states rights.  States enraged by an Obamacare provision denying them subsidies unless they created insurance exchanges shouldn't have been surprised.  Congress routinely uses the power of the purse to twist states' arms until they submit.  It's worked for decades.  When states wanted federal highway funds in the 1970s, they first had to lower their speed limits to 55 mph.  A decade later, states were prodded into raising the drinking age to 21.  In the 2000s, federal education grants were made contingent on states adopting standards included in such programs as No Child Left Behind and Common Core.  Now, however, states increasingly are complaining and pushing back or ignoring federal laws and mandates they say are out of touch, excessively burdensome, or unconstitutional.

Ex-CIA director predicts US to have 5,000 ground troops in Iraq by December.  Former CIA Director Michael Hayden told Fox News Sunday [9/14/2014] that up to 5,000 American troops will be in Iraq by the end of the year.  He's basing that estimate on the number of support troops it will take to carry out the air campaign against ISIS.

Rick Perry could get rick-rolled again.  Hey, did you hear about the Republican governor running for president in 2016 who just hired two of the GOP consultants conservatives loathe the most? [...] One of the most respected thinkers in the conservative movement is Morton Blackwell at the Leadership Institute.  One of his tried-and-truisms is "personnel is policy."  If Mr. Blackwell is right, then what Mr. Perry has done here is very wrong.

Ron Paul: US Involvement in Iraq Made Things Worse.  The United States made things worse in the Middle East when it decided to go to war with the Iraq in 2003, especially in light of the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS), says former Texas Rep. Ron Paul.  "I've taken my cues from our early presidents and our constitution," Paul told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Friday [8/29/2014].  "They preached the gospel of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other nations, not to get involved in international consequences and that's all we've been doing," he explained.

Texas Democrats Are Pretty Happy About Depriving Gov. Perry of Some of His Firearm Rights.  Democrats even in Texas hate guns, and they really really hate Rick Perry, so the malicious indictment of him is a win-win.  Anyone under felony indictment is deprived of certain gun rights, and that now includes the governor of Texas. [...] Don't think they would be any less happy about depriving you of yours, if you happen to disagree with them.  The Democrats would indict every single Republican in the entire state if they thought they could get away with it.

What Cops Really Do.  [L]et us suppose that you, the reader, are an average white cop in, say, Washington, DC.  Let us further agree that you are not swatted-out, do not have ninja fantasies.  You are not evil and do not want to hurt anyone.  Evil cops exist, but you are not one of them.  You are just a real cop in the real city — not the city as imagined by the humid orchids who write editorials at the New York Times.  How will the world seem to you, a new cop just out of the Academy?

Valerie Jarrett: President Obama 'Doing His Job' Handling Ferguson Unrest.  President Obama is doing his job, according to White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who is now defending his handling of the Ferguson shooting and the civil unrest that has followed.  "He's doing his job and there's no magic wand," she said.  "And there are no words that he can speak, alone, that will stop the violence."

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Really?  Obama puts a lot of stock in his speeches, like the time he claimed that his inauguration was "the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow."  Obama's supporters include those who say he is "a sort of god," and Mr. Obama is happy to let them say such things.  That can be dangerous (Acts 12:22-23).

The Upper and Nether Millstones.  Ironically Michael Brown and the paramilitarized Ferguson police department are two sides of the same coin.  They are the joint product of the politics of grievance and the growing expansion of government.  The taxes that made the mobs dependent also armed the paramilitary police that contain them.  You have one government department handing out Obamaphones and another handing out MRAPs to the cops.  HHS gives out Obamacare and the IRS enforces it.  A giant bureaucracy tasked with providing all "positive rights" rumbles on, even as progressive politics unleashes more 'community organizers' while erecting a giant political machine to meet those same growing expectations.  It calls to and answers itself.  The result on a community scale is Ferguson.  The result on a national scale is Barack Obama.

Texas Governor Rick Perry's Indictment [is] The Work Of Soros-Funded Minions.  Drape corruption charges around the neck of a successful governor and, however false, let them dangle there until the case gets dismissed, as it surely will.  And the aim?  To derail his plans to run for president.  It's a trick so old and practiced by the group that brought the complaint to the district attorney last year, Texans For Public Justice, that it took all of a minute to find the sordid template on a Google search.  According to Washington Post's Marc Thiessen, the group pulled this on another Texas governor, George W. Bush, as he prepared to run for higher office in 2000, and then on Perry in 2011.

Women and Children First?  To Hamas, women and children are expendable as casualties.  If the Israelis don't kill them, Hamas will.  And the Israelis have (wrongly) gone out of their way to avoid "civilian" Gazan casualties.  They don't seem to remember that but for the carpet- and fire-bombing of German and Japanese cities during WWII, the war might have gone on indefinitely.  Aside from destroying an enemy's capacity for making war, tens of thousands of Germans and Japanese civilians perished from Allied bombings.  The purpose of those bombings was also to destroy the enemy's morale and willingness to continue fighting.  The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki cost nearly 150,000 Japanese civilian lives.  But those bombings brought the Pacific War to an abrupt end.  The alternative was to invade Japan with conventional forces and incur even more horrendous casualties on both sides.

Washington is divided because it has abandoned federalism.  It may sound pedestrian to point out, but it's critical to restate why it's so important that our nation is called the United States of America, and not simply America.  The full name emphasizes that the Founders viewed the nation not as one monolithic entity but as a union of sovereign entities delegating limited powers to a central government.  To preserve this balance, the Founders put a number of checks in the U.S. Constitution, most notably creating the Senate, which allows for equal membership from every state, thus preventing states with larger populations from running roughshod over the interests of smaller ones.

Regulating the Roads, and Everything Else.  Aside from liberals in Washington and some at the New York Times, most economists agree that increased regulation strangles economic growth. [...] State planning that involves the coordination of tens of thousands, or millions, of different factors invariably fails.  As the ludicrous rollout of ObamaCare demonstrated, not even the most powerful computers can make provisions for the varying needs and circumstances of tens of millions of individual consumers.  Only the free market can do that.

I Aim To Misbehave.  The UK's top public doctor says the failure to find a cure for Ebola represents underscores "the moral bankruptcy of capitalism".  Does that mean we can expect an Ebola vaccine from a socialist country any day now?  Or one developed by the public doctor's public system?  That's not what he means.  What he might be referring to is the dramatic recovery of two missionary healthworkers in Liberia following the administration of the experimental Zmapp serum.

The Nuking Of Japan Was Tactically And Morally Justified.  About a year after the war ended, the "was it necessary?" Monday-morning quarterbacks emerged and began to question the military necessity and morality of the use of nuclear weapons on Japanese cities.  Since then, there have been periodic eruptions of revisionism, uninformed speculation and political correctness on this subject, perhaps the most offensive of which was the Smithsonian Institution's plan for an exhibition of the Enola Gay for the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.  In a particularly repugnant exercise of political correctness, the exhibit was planned to emphasize the "victimization" of the Japanese, mentioning the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor only as the motivation for the "vengeance" sought by the United States.  (The exhibit as originally conceived was eventually canceled.)

President, Business Groups Defend Money-Losing Export-Import Bank.  Rarely do some of the nation's most powerful politicians and businesspeople laud banks that report big profits when in fact they have lost billions of dollars.  But we're witnessing this spectacle on behalf of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which for many decades, and for good reason, has been called by its critics "The Bank of Boeing." [...] Boeing's customers include both domestic and foreign airlines.  Because of the loans and guarantees the Export-Import Bank gives to overseas buyers of Boeing airplanes, those overseas airlines often end up paying less for Boeing planes than domestic airlines pay.  In helping Boeing, the Export-Import Bank can end up hurting domestic airlines.  Boeing in 2012 received more than 80 percent of the Export-Import Bank's largesse.

Ted Cruz: The Export-Import Bank is a 'Corrupt Crony-Capitalist Fiasco'.  Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) encourages his fellow Republicans to kill the Export-Import Bank in a USA Today editorial, in which he describes the bank as a "corrupt crony-capitalist fiasco" that does a good deal of deliberate harm to American companies.

Obama backs corporate welfare.  Contrary to the values that keep America strong, safe and free, the Export-Import Bank has facilitated lending to governments in Congo and Sudan, countries with horrific human rights records.  It has financed Chinese power plants and backed Russian billionaires buying luxury planes.  And, it has provided lots and lots of financing to oil companies in Russia, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia that compete directly with America's energy companies.  Americans shouldn't be forced to finance those who are actively working against them, as a basic matter of prudence.  The Export-Import Bank operates outside of commonsense.  There's nothing inherently wrong with big business — and President Obama is wrong to constantly demagogue them — but they don't need special handouts from government.  Especially when the government favors hurt other U.S. businesses and jeopardize American jobs.

Do Corporations Rule America?  When in 1911 the federal government broke up the Standard Oil Company, a monopoly that it permitted partially to reform in 1998 as ExxonMobil, who was the boss?  When in 1969 the federal government sued IBM, the dominant computer company, on anti-trust grounds, who was the boss?  When in 1982 the federal government broke up AT&T, who was the boss?  When in 1998 the federal government and 19 states sued Microsoft on anti-trust, who was the boss?

Fighting parasitic bureaucracies and crony capitalism.  The federal bureaucracy head count is not significantly larger than it was 50 years ago.  But the federal impact is much greater, through entitlement programs, subcontracted welfare provisions and regulation that favors entrenched interests.  Thus the Dodd-Frank Act gives favored financial institutions too-big-to-fail status that enables them to muscle aside potential competitors.  The Export-Import Bank provides special favors to a few giant corporations.  But there are few loans to start-up businesses.  Government subsidization of health care, even before Obamacare, and of higher education creates huge dysfunctional bureaucracies that vacuum up supposed benefits to patients and students.

Free Countries Mock Their Presidents.  Chief Justice John Jay's 1795 treaty with the British was so wildly unpopular among the Jeffersonians that Jay reported being able to travel from Boston to Philadelphia by the light of his burning effigies.  Later, during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln was subjected to the treatment. [...] During his two terms, George W. Bush was the object of considerable opprobrium, his likeness being frequently hanged, knived in the forehead, and even assassinated on prime-time television.  At the height of the Left's umbrage, progressive heroes Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield went so far as to take a twelve-foot effigy of Bush on a national tour, setting fire to it at each stop to the audience's hearty cheers.

Germany is Hardly a U.S. Ally.  The Washington Post reported, "In ordering the CIA station chief to leave, Germany resorted to a form of retaliation that is occasionally employed by espionage adversaries such as the United States and Russia, but rarely by such a close ally."  But where is the evidence that Germany under Merkel is such a close ally?  The paper fails to cite the evidence that Merkel is regarded with suspicion because she came out of East Germany, when it was a Communist state, and hid a very important aspect of her early life — as a propagandist for a communist youth group.

Fed up: Anger rising across America.  There is a new dissatisfaction blowing across the country.  As it was in the 1770s, the movement is not coming from the seat of power or among those who make the laws.  It's coming from the "little people," who live outside the Beltway.

Long-building conservative anger at Export-Import Bank reaches boiling point.  What began as a pet issue for a handful of conservatives is now turning the GOP on its head.  The fight over the obscure agency has pitted traditional lawmakers backed by big corporations against tea party conservatives, who, still fuming over bank bailouts of 2008, insist that supporting free markets is not the same as supporting business interests.

Army vets blast PC police for attacking Apache, Chinook helicopters as racist.  Veterans aren't happy with a recent op-ed by the Washington Post, which charged that the Apache, Comanche, Chinook, Lakota, Cheyenne and Kiowa military vehicles were a "greater symbolic injustice" than the NFL's Washington Redskins' name.  "Even if the NFL and Redskins brass come to their senses and rename the team, a greater symbolic injustice would continue to afflict Indians — an injustice perpetuated not by a football club but by our federal government," Simon Waxman of the Boston Review wrote for the Post on Thursday [6/26/2014].  He added that the helicopter names were "propaganda" that needed to end, because Native American life expectancy statistics indicate the "violence is ongoing, even if the guns are silent."

The U.S. military's ongoing slur of Native Americans.  In the United States today, the names Apache, Comanche, Chinook, Lakota, Cheyenne and Kiowa apply not only to Indian tribes but also to military helicopters.  Add in the Black Hawk, named for a leader of the Sauk tribe.  Then there is the Tomahawk, a low-altitude missile, and a drone named for an Indian chief, Gray Eagle.  Operation Geronimo was the end of Osama bin Laden.

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The Indian tribes, whose members -- at the time the White Man arrived -- had never built a city or discovered such things as wheels, should be flattered that the most effective and complicated military weapons in the world are named after them.

Hank Paulson: As Wrong about Climate Change as he was about The Crash.  [Scroll down]  There's a desperate logical fallacy, here, Hank — and you, of all people, ought to be able to see it.  You talk about the "economic risks of doing nothing."  But what if the economic risks of doing something are even greater?  C'mon, Hank.  You should know.  You were the guy who used trillions of tax dollars to bail out the zombie banks, with effects we are still ruining to this day.

Dems Are To Blame For Political Polarization.  A Pew study finds the country more polarized than ever, and naturally Republicans are catching the blame.  Truth is, it's Democrats who've lurched to extremes.

Richard Mourdock Warns America is Heading the Way of Nazi Germany in a Dramatic Farewell Speech.  In the 1930's during the Great Depression and under the pressure of the Treaty of Versailles, the National Socialist Party showered the poor with bread and put millions of unemployed to work with government programs before leading the entire world into war.  "Over the next several years, every time a program began to fall apart, Mr. Hitler's party was very, very good at dividing Germany by pointing to this group or that group," Mourdock continued.  "First they went after their political opponents.  Then they went after the aristocrats.  Then they went after the trade unionists.  And ultimately, of course, they went after the Jews.

Chomsky: Obama 'Determined To Demolish The Foundations Of Our Civil Liberties'.  Progressive hero Noam Chomsky is terrified of the surveillance state that has developed during the tenure of President Barack Obama, calling it a grave threat to our fundamental civil liberties.  In a column published Monday, Chomsky writes that the documents revealed to the public by Edward Snowden show a system that is flagrantly violating the principles of the Constitution.

We are in a golden age for journalism.  The news from the world of journalism has been almost unrelievedly bad for as long as I have been a journalist. [...] But I would argue that maybe it's not that bad, that maybe all the things that people have savaged the Internet for — speed, carelessness, chaos, the destruction of the daily newspaper — are actually creating a golden age for journalism.

Disastrous Afghanistan Trip For President Obama.  In a trip that was supposed to be a simple Memorial Day visit to the troops, President Obama's Afghanistan visit was marked by miscues and mistrust.  Afghan President Harmid Karzai refused to meet with President Barack Obama during Mr. Obama's visit to the country, and the White House hinted they would simply wait for Karzai's successor.  In addition, White House press materials outed the CIA's top spy in the country, and blamed the military for their mistake.  Since the White House didn't trust Mr. Karzai with the information that Mr. Obama would be coming to Afghanistan, it forced the White House to deliver a last-minute invitation to meet.  Karzai declined to meet with Obama, to return the diplomatic slight.

How to Save the Republic: Throw the Bums Out!  Apparently everyone hates Congress, but no one hates their congressperson. [...] Congress just watered down a bill that would start to begin the process of maybe thinking about re-establishing our Fourth Amendment rights.  Guess we don't need those after all.  But aside from our eroding civil liberties, the economic situation is even more dire.  There's a reason only 28 percent of Americans think the country is moving in the right direction.  Here's the problem.  Our elected officials have been writing checks to voters without the cash to back them up.

Ted Cruz's Dad Slams Obama, Lois Lerner, And Eric Holder With The Bible.  Cruz cited an Old Testament passage in which Jethro discussed choosing the right leader with his son-in-law, Moses.  God spoke through Jethro, he explained, and "gives four qualifications:  able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness."  Expounding on those concepts, Cruz concluded that the guideline is still relevant in today's political culture.

A Conservative Candidate of Character, Conviction, Knowledge, and Leadership.  Gary Palmer, who is seeking a House seat in Alabama, is a unique candidate.  Until this year, he'd never run for political office.  Yet he has a long and impressive record in politics. [...] And it's a candidate's record that matters most.  It tells voters two things.  If a candidate has a history of accomplishments, it's evidence that he's capable and qualified, even gifted and talented.  And if the candidate's record is in sync with his campaign pitch, all the better.  That candidate can be counted on to pursue in elected office what he says he will.

Where is the innovation in health care?  Health care in the United States is stuck in a rut.  Americans are spending more on the same old care.  The disastrous Obamacare rollout creates more problems than the administration can spin that it "solves."  We have simply grown to accept rising prices and stagnating service as a fact of life.  It doesn't have to be this way.

The Freedom Index:.  A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements.

War for Oil.  The New York Times reports "when Russia seized Crimea in March, it acquired not just the Crimean landmass but also a maritime zone more than three times its size with the rights to underwater resources potentially worth trillions of dollars."  And you thought it was America that went to war for oil.

These Guys Use 'Small Business' to Get Their Way in Washington.  Saying that something helps small businesses is a great way to gain public support for your cause.  Except when it's not true.  Take, for example, claims about the government-run Export-Import Bank, which subsidizes U.S. exports by providing discount loans to foreign governments and businesses to purchase American goods.  According to bank Chairman Fred Hochberg:  "Helping small businesses... grow and compete on the global stage is at the heart of the Bank's mission."  Boosting the fortunes of mom-and-pop businesses certainly sounds noble — and much more likely to win support from Congress.  But the real beneficiaries aren't exactly what most people would consider "small."

FBI's Huge Hacker Bust Could Be Bogus.  The 16 governments bringing charges may have a tough time with their cases if they were arresting people for possession of the software package. [...] Despite the shocking list of features highlighted by the FBI press release, Blackshades was technically no different than any other remote desktop tool.  There is nothing sinister about RATs as a kind of program.  Remote Access Tools are a ubiquitous feature of networks and the internet, allowing for administration and control without being physically present with the computer.

Dr. Ben Carson Slashes Obama's Presidency With Facts, Reason And Common Sense.  It's no wonder the White House wanted Carson to apologize after his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast; he spoke the truth, and the truth is offensive to Obama.  Whether he runs for president or not, one thing is clear:  Carson isn't afraid to speak truth to power.

Voters are giving up on fixing Washington.  The question is simply, "Compared to previous elections, are you more enthusiastic about voting than usual, or less enthusiastic?"  The acceleration of the number of respondents who are less enthusiastic to vote is a direct reversal of attitudes from just four years ago when the Republicans took back control of the House in the Tea Party election.  Now, both sides face an enthusiasm gap with Democrats trying to find the prescription to cure Obamacare depression and Republican leadership successfully using every media and legislative opportunity to beat their base into submission.

The Number of Innocent People Murdered by Governments.  People suspicious of coercive power have been on the defensive recently — or, more accurately, their opponents want them to be on the defensive.  The latest argument spouted by fans of a government potent enough to give you all you could want and give it to you good and hard is that any eyebrows raised at the prospect of such an expansive state are evidence of racism.  Don't try to follow the logic; you might trip over the twists and turns it takes.  But here's the honest truth:  Not just skepticism toward state power, but a strong antigovernment sentiment, are natural and logical results of taking a close look at the state and its works — its bloody, heavy-handed works.

What Conservatives Want from Washington.  Washington has become an exclusive province of leftism, a place in which all variety of conservative positions and values are subverted, corrupted, or compromised.  Is there any aspect of established leftism that could survive without the power centers of Washington?  No, there is not.

Hollywood Actor and Comedian Says What He Really Thinks.  In a recent interview with Talk Radio 120 WPTH, Hollywood actor and SNL alum Rob Schneider shared his opinion on where he thinks the country is headed and what it is like to work in a politically biased industry.  Schneider shared his thoughts on how he thinks the Obama administration is doing with the economy.  Unfortunately, not all of his comments are funny.

It is time to choose our side.  Today in America, there are an increasing number of men and women who see the ominous parallels between the pre-Revolutionary War days and the present day. [...] Only those buried deep in denial or their own normalcy bias refuse to see the increasing oppression against the citizens of America by their own government.  Only those who are completely clueless or complicit cannot see or vociferously deny that the clouds on the horizon are not storm clouds, but the dust clouds of an approaching enemy selected and elected to retake our freedoms.  Only those who have been effectively brainwashed believe that those currently in power reflect the true will of the people.

Conservatives' Moment to Stand Against Cronyism.  Most Americans know that our revolutionary history began when a handful of brave patriots tossed crates of tea into Boston Harbor to protest unfair taxation.  But what they might assume incorrectly is that our forefathers did so in response to increased taxes.  In fact, the Tea Act of 1773 actually lowered taxes on imports.  What truly offended the colonists was that it only lowered them for one corporation, the politically connected East India Company, giving it an unfair, artificial advantage over smaller, local American competitors.  Thus, not only was the American idea hatched in protest to a government that was too big and too intrusive, but also protesting a government that was willing and able to unfairly benefit favored special interests at the expense of everyone else.  Today, it's commonly known as "cronyism" and represents a uniquely malignant threat to American exceptionalism.

Guns And Abortion: States Starting to Rebel Against Federal Control.  It is easy to imagine that the founders would have already started shooting at and/or tar and feathering government officials by now, but the tide of this un-American control from the top is starting to show some signs of collapse.  A bloodless revolution seems to be forming.  Starting in the 1980s with the election of Ronald Reagan, Americans began a long process of falling out of love with Obama-styled communism.  Sure there is a long, long way to go before we denude Washington of power and get back to the representative republic we are supposed to be, but you can see that there are some examples that the states are starting to rebel against Washington.

'Hurricane' Carter Was Wrongly Convicted, But He Wasn't Innocent.  I have no doubt that Paterson, N.J., was stuffed to the gills with racists in 1966, but I still have suspicions that Hurricane's versions of events and the ubiquitous media claim that he was "wrongly" convicted isn't exactly true.

Does the Triumph of Faith Films Matter?  I'm glad there are movies being made about faith and I'm glad people like them and go to see them.  Since a huge majority of us have some kind of belief in something, I don't see why that part of the human experience should be edited out of the arts simply because it threatens the teeny-tiny-minded worldview of certain coastal reviewers.

Michael Bloomberg: 'I Have Earned My Place in Heaven'.  Former New York City mayor is pledging to spend $50 million this year to push gun control, the New York Times reports.  For this and other deeds (such as taking on obesity and smoking), Bloomberg believes he's going to heaven.  "I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I'm not stopping to be interviewed.  I am heading straight in.  I have earned my place in heaven.  It's not even close," Bloomberg told the Times.

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Mr. Bloomberg is in for a deep disappointment, because he obviously does not understand God or the Scriptures.  He will someday discover that all his wealth and his good works amount to exactly nothing [Isaiah 64:6], and instead he will find himself without any justification to enter Heaven.  This will be made abundantly clear to him, and it's not going to be pleasant.  But really, why would he waste his breath boasting about his guaranteed place in Heaven if he isn't even convinced that there is a God?  Mr. Bloomberg (or you, or I, or anyone else) has only one hope of eternal salvation, and that is to accept by faith the payment for sin that has already been made by Jesus Christ [Romans 10:9-10].

Michael Bloomberg: I've 'earned my place in heaven' for anti-gun crusade.  Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, said it's his work for more gun control — along with his anti- smoking and healthy eating campaigns — that have won him God's favor and a sure spot behind the Pearly Gates.  His exact words, made in context of discussing his smoking cessation and anti-obesity pushes, as well as his concerted crackdowns on private gun ownership, to the New York Times were:  "I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I'm not stopping to be interviewed.  I am heading straight in.  I have earned my place in heaven.  It's not even close."

Democrats Lose Two More Special Elections They Didn't Expect To.  Democrats downplayed last week's losses, but they are beginning to form a pattern, starting in February with the San Diego mayoral race and continuing with a special U.S. House election in Florida and a state legislative race in Virginia last month.  Democrats are dispirited with the record of the Obama administration and aren't turning out.  Energized Republicans are.

The Twilight of Abundance.  Baby boomers enjoyed the most benign period in human history.  The superpower nuclear standoff gave us fifty years of relative peace.  We had cheap energy from an inherent over-supply of oil.  Grain supply increased faster than population growth.  And the climate warmed due to the highest level of solar activity for eight thousand years.  All those trends are now reversing.  We are now in the twilight of that age of abundance.

Meet the 2016 Republican Nominee.  This hypothesis is that America has reached a stage of progressive soft despotism in which the only important family feud in national politics is between the fundamentally allied factions of the Washington establishment itself.  The great advantage of despotism is its predictability.  In nations whose leaders have forsaken the manners and morals of representative government, the future can mean only two things:  the present, continued, or the present, escalated.

Poverty and Income Inequality.  There is an immense amount of income inequality here and everywhere.  I am not sure why that is a bad thing.  Some people will just be better students, harder working, more clever, more ruthless than other people.  Some people will have better family connections than others.  Some people will have richer parents than others.  Unless we want to do away with property rights — a surefire route to dictatorship — we will have a lot of men and women who are rich by inheritance.  Frankly, I feel sorry for them.

Is the U.S. stock market rigged?  This month marks the fifth anniversary of the current bull market on Wall Street, making it one of the longest and strongest in history.  Yet U.S. stock ownership is at a record low and less than half of Americans trust banks and financial services.  And in the last two weeks, the New York attorney general and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission in Washington have both launched investigations into high-frequency computerized stock trading that now controls more than half the market.

Can We Get Some Americans Out of Jail?  An unlikely alliance is forming between conservatives and liberals rightly asking whether it makes sense that America has the highest incarceration rate in the world.  One out of every 100 American adults is behind bars, according to The Washington Post.  Besides the tremendous cost of housing an inmate in a maximum-security federal prison — pegged at around $33,000 per year — the sheer volume of the U.S. prison population warrants a closer look.  Why are so many people behind bars?

Jeremiah Denton.  It is one of the most astonishing film clips in American history. [Jeremiah] Denton, then a commander in the United States Navy, had been shot down in Vietnam on July 18, 1965, and thrown into a communist dungeon.  The following May, the Communists tried to use him in a propaganda exercise, and arranged for him to be interviewed on camera by a Japanese correspondent.  It became the broadcast that confirmed what everyone feared.

Is Ted Cruz eligible to serve as president?  The answer is yes.  Here's why.  Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, in 1970.  His mother was American and his father was Cuban.  Before his birth, Cruz's parents moved from Houston to Canada to take jobs in the Alberta oil industry.  The family returned to Texas in 1974.  Although born abroad, Cruz received U.S. citizenship at birth.  The reason is because in 1970 federal law extended citizenship to foreign-born children of any American parent who had lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years before the child's birth.  In addition, the law required that five of those years come after the American parent turned 14.  A similar law remains on the books today.

Does America need a surgeon general?  It's not a glitzy job.  In fact, it's kind of boring.  But these days, the Office of the Surgeon General is at the center of a political storm — as Republicans stall the president's pick for the post of America's top doc.  The controversy over nominee Vivek Murthy, though, raises two questions: Who would he replace, and does America even need a surgeon general anymore?

A glimpse inside the dysfunctional federal bureaucracy.  We are governed by an arrogant, dysfunctional, self-serving organization that couldn't care less about us.  The federal bureaucracy, which increasingly behaves as our overlords, regulating what we may or may not do, prosecuting (or declining to prosecute) alleged wrongdoers, and spending roughly one dollar of every four in our economy (up from one in five in just a few years) is out of control and dangerous.  And it is only "extremists" like tea partiers who propose to do anything about it.

Why is it so expensive to build a bridge in America?  [Scroll down]  The fact that both left- and right-aligned institutions (public employee unions and private contractors, respectively) are implicated here is evidence that this isn't a typical left-right situation.  And if we look internationally, both Singapore (very free-markety) and Sweden (unembarrassedly socialist) manage much cheaper building costs than America.  This is basically about our greedy and opaque political culture.  Every American infrastructure project features a scramble on the part of all parties to skim as much for themselves as possible.  This leads to a self-defeating cycle in which voters are reluctant to pay for new stuff, so elites try to fund new projects in a duplicitous way, which only leads to more cost overruns.

Legal 'standing': Obama's executive branch escape hatch.  President Obama's proclaimed strategy to "bypass Congress" — most conspicuously his broad rewriting of the Affordable Care Act — has given unusual prominence to a fairly arcane legal doctrine:  standing.  Standing is what is preventing a potential blizzard of litigation against the president's unilateral decrees, and ironically, it's a doctrine liberal jurists have long decried.  To challenge the government in federal court, it isn't enough to simply believe that the government's conduct is illegal or even unconstitutional.  Federal courts can hear only specific disputes about the law as applied to particular people.  To be heard in court, a person must have a concrete complaint that he or she has suffered or will suffer a distinct injury stemming from the government action.

Uncontested and contested arrivals.  In a juvenile bureaucratic effort to disguise the Russian invasion of the Ukraine, the administration airbrushed it as an "uncontested arrival".  I suppose that might make some not very bright people think the customs and immigration desks in the Crimean ports of entry were unmanned.  Or was the administration simply signaling it would provide cover for a later claim by Russia that (as Russia claimed in Syria ) it had intervened at the behest of the local government to protect lives and peace?  To me it is obvious that Sarah Palin was right when she warned after watching Obama's lame response to the Russian invasion of Georgia that if he were elected Russia would invade the Ukraine.  It is amazing what and who the media thinks is stupid, isn't it?

U.S. assessment of Crimea: This isn't an invasion, it's an ... "uncontested arrival".  My mistake. I thought the White House might try to make all of this go away by accepting Putin's phony pretense that it's a domestic uprising among ethnic Russians in Crimea, not an invasion by Russia.  In fact, says the White House, there is a foreign element to the new troop presence — but it's all good so far because Crimea isn't resisting.  In other words, to save face over the fact that there's nothing much we can do to stop this, the official U.S. line is that this can't be an invasion if the Russians are being ... greeted as liberators.
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Banning the American Flag and Reconquista.  A federal court has ruled that an American school student has a right to free expression — unless that American might be threatened for that expression by others, in which case state officials have the right to quash the offending expression to appease potential aggressors.  Which, ipso facto, means Americans have no right to free expression at all.  For if it's not the government's role to protect expression that is thought to be offensive by a vicious mob, what purpose does the First Amendment have?  "Safe" expression needs no protection, after all.

The Democrats Are Apparently Terrified of Scott Walker.  This is a lot like what happened with Sarah Palin a while back.  Democrats think that a large number of emails are bound to reveal some criminal activity.  Once they have access, they begin frothing and assuming they will unearth something criminal.  This is probably because the same would be true if you were perusing thousands of the average Democrat's emails.

One Election Away from Losing Our Freedom.  Putin's little fingers in the Ukraine, Cuban agents in Venezuela and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt all remind us how uniquely vulnerable democracy is totalitarianism.  In the United States, cities aren't burning and streets aren't filling up with bloodied bodies, but the government of phone and pen also shows us that we are always one election away from losing our freedom.

The Fairness Fraud.  When statistics show that sons of high school dropouts don't become doctors or scientists nearly as often as the sons of Ph.D.s, that is taken as a sign that American society is not "fair."  If equal probabilities of achieving some goal is your definition of fairness, then we should all get together — people of every race, color, creed, national origin, political ideology and sexual preference — and stipulate that life has never been fair, anywhere or any time in all the millennia of recorded history.  Then we can begin at last to talk sense.

All In The Communist Family.  Leave it to the Communist Party USA to ride to the Marxist rescue for the November elections.  They are intent on keeping the Senate in the hands of Progressives and fighting back hordes of Tea Party, right wing extremists.  But as vampires shun the Cross, Commies fear the Constitution and freedom and they are about to get the subject lesson of their red lives.

Here's What 'Income Equality' Would Look Like.  President Obama has talked a lot recently about reducing income inequality.  Yet he neither acknowledges how much money the government is redistributing, nor how much more would be needed to close the income gap.  Perhaps that's because the project would require redistribution on a staggering scale.  That's the upshot of two separate studies published in November 2013 by the Congressional Budget Office and the Tax Foundation.

Stuff Bush Didn't Do.  One good way to force the Left to confront President Obama's own responsibility for his conduct in office is to compare his abuses of office with the record of President Bush 43, who was reviled by by his opposition as a dictator-wannabe, Constitution-abusing, moronic ogre straddling the line between simian and human.  Doug Ross of Director Blue has produced an amusing comic-book approach toward explaining the differences between the two men.

Is It Over, and We Just Don't Know It?  The failure by the U.S. Senate to convict Bill Clinton after his impeachment by the House was the first signal that the rule of law might not matter any more.  These days, the law seems to be whatever Barack Obama and Eric Holder want it to be.  President George W. Bush's formation of the mammoth Homeland Security Department and mission creep at the National Security Agency after the 9/11 terrorist attacks consolidated awesome and disturbing powers in very few hands.  Now both outfits are out-of-control monsters.

Article V Of The Constitution: An Emergency Solution, Hidden In Plain Sight.  [Scroll down]  Since the government has tried to reach into our homes, medical care, and pockets, frustrated citizens have talked of rebelling against the government or even secession.  But this extreme reaction ignores the fact that the founders saw this day coming and gave us a Constitutional tool which allows us to restrain the out-of-control federal government.  Knowing human nature, the founders knew the federal government would eventually grow like a fungus and try to cover every aspect of our lives.  That's why there's a modern-day interest in Article V.

The Final Constitutional Option.  Article V establishes the amendment process as a two-phase affair:  proposal, followed by ratification of three fourths of the states.  The states have no way to ratify that which has not first been proposed.  From the beginning, the states have relied on congressional super-majorities to do the proposing.  But the founders knew that Congress would be loath to propose anything that would limit federal power, so they included a way for the states to propose amendments in an ad hoc assembly Article V styles as "A Convention for Proposing Amendments."

Article V Convention: Path of Least Resistance.  In what is taking shape as a sort of Great Awakening, state legislators have begun to learn that they hold equal status with Congress when it comes to proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution.  Indeed, a handful of state legislators from each state, as yet unknown, are destined for the annals of American history the moment the nation's first Convention for Proposing Amendments is gaveled to order.

The US Chamber of Commerce versus America.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a politically entrenched synod of special interests.  These fat cats do not represent the best interests of American entrepreneurs, American workers, American parents and students, or Americans of any race, class or age who believe in low taxes and limited government.  The chamber's business is the big business of the Beltway, not the business of mainstream America.  If you are a business owner who believes your country should strictly and consistently enforce its borders and deport illegal immigrants who violate the terms of their visas, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce doesn't represent you.

Poverty, White Privilege and Short Memories.  Although the part of Appalachia I live in is not as deeply mired in poverty, the pathologies remain the same.  Welfare is ubiquitous, drug abuse is rampant and there is little hope for a better life for many of the young because of chronically poor school systems.

Jahi McMath is Alive.  There are thirty different criteria for "brain death," which differ from state to state and institution to institution.  In the wake of early enthusiasm for heart transplantation, "brain death" legislation was passed in the 1970's in all fifty states in the USA, to allow for death to be declared by neurological criteria, rather than the cessation of cardiac activity.  This permits surgeons to remove hearts from "brain dead" donors and not be charged with homicide.  Despite claims that there has never been a case of a person diagnosed with "brain death" having a partial or full recovery, this is not true.  There are in fact examples of this type.

The Outlaw Campus.  Colleges have gone rogue and become virtual outlaw institutions.  Graduates owe an aggregate of $1 trillion in student debt, borrowed at interest rates far above home-mortgage rates — all on the principle that universities could charge as much as they liked, given that students could borrow as much as they needed in federally guaranteed loans.  Few graduates have the ability to pay back the principal; they are simply paying the compounded interest.

The Trillion-Plus Heist.  Government produces nothing.  It creates no wealth.  Yet the District of Columbia is ranked as the richest area in the nation. [...] D.C. is the richest area in the nation not only because an annual salary of $174,000 is paid to congressional members, 261 of whom are millionaires, not only because most of the appointed cabinet secretaries are multimillionaires, but also because federal employees are paid salaries over three times what the average taxpayer earns.  The source of all that money is taxes levied on production.

Liberals Win Only If We Refuse To Fight Back.  Demanding that Americans hide their religious beliefs.  Banning dissenting views on the climate change scam.  Slandering people with charges of the kind of racism pioneered and perfected by the Democrat party.  Those are just some highlights of the concerted campaign by the goose-stepping freaks of the left to silence us, to shut us down and leave the culture open to their domination.  But the organized left is only a small cadre of sociopaths — its strength comes from the apathy and cowardice of those who won't stand up to them.  They win only when we surrender.

The Counter-Revolution Begins.  As 2013 comes to a close, two important developments have the potential to turn the tide against Obama's "fundamental transformation" of the United States. [...] These two seemingly unrelated developments were dramatic indications that the American people are beginning to understand that their country is being transformed in ways that run directly contrary to their best interests and values.

Impeachment, 15 Years Later.  Fifteen years ago today, the House of Representatives impeached a president for only the second time in history — and the first in well over a century.  At some point, some fair-minded historian should go back and publish a thorough account of that year-long controversy, just to set the record straight.  Some may argue over whether Clinton's perjury and obstruction of justice amounted to "high crimes or misdemeanors," but the case needs to be established for the record that Clinton did, without a doubt, perjure himself and obstruct justice.  (I believe he also suborned perjury, among other misdeeds.)

Why Mandela's Communist Party membership is important:  On the day of Nelson Mandela's death the South African Communist Party chose to reveal a fact that it had long denied:  that he was a party member.  Indeed, at the time of his arrest he was on the Central Committee.

Nelson Mandela and the Dangers of Deification.  [Scroll down]  But Mandela was also a terrorist leader associated with the Communist Party during his early career.  His ANC was responsible for violence and murder against both military and civilian targets. [...] He remained close with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro ("Long live the Cuban revolution.  Long live comrade Fidel Castro"), personally supported Libyan thug Moammar Gadhafi ("It is our duty to give support to the brother leader"), sold tanks to the Syrians and backed the terrorist Palestinian regime of Yasser Arafat ("There are many similarities between our struggle and that of the PLO").  Mandela said:  "If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.  They don't care for human beings."

Ted Cruz and Mike Lee being vindicated on shutdown.  The GOP establishment is loath to admit it, but the government shutdown is turning out to be a brilliant political chess move on the part of Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.

To Propagandize The West, Lenin Recruited A Corps Of "Useful Idiots.  Contrary to what you might have heard, there really was a world communist conspiracy.  Its purpose was not just agitation but propaganda.  To bring it about, V.I. Lenin recruited a special corps of propagandists for what was to become the Communist International.

Income, IQ, and Effort.  Liberal media bon pensants are in a huff over remarks delivered by London's Mayor Boris Johnson suggesting that IQ and effort have something to do with income. [...] The time for left wing fantasies about social justice is ending.  It is time everyone admitted that talent and effort count.

For Obama, Everything Is About Politics.  Telling Americans that you cannot honor Lincoln's words 150 years later because you have to fix a website that you botched and a Democratic Party that you unraveled — but you can honor the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech — is disturbing.  First, without the former, you would not have had the latter.  And, second, what you are telling Americans with such a decision is that politics is everything to your presidency.

What's in CIA's secret JFK files?  Among the material that remains classified are the files of a number of long-deceased CIA officials who are believed by researchers to have had knowledge about the movements and actions of Lee Harvey Oswald, the president's assassin, in the months before Dealey Plaza.  Some of these officials are also believed to have helped the CIA conceal this knowledge from the staff members of the two major official probes into the assassination:  the Warren Commission, which concluded in its 1964 report that Oswald was the sole assassin; and the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA), whose final report in 1979 determined that there was a "high probability" that two gunmen fired at the president that day.

Final word: Lee Oswald either did it or he didn't.  The JFK assassination may never be solved completely.  Too much time has passed and too many witnesses are dead.  But there is also far too much evidence of a conspiracy to ever conclude decisively that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing President Kennedy. [...] Lots of the evidence against Lee Harvey Oswald makes perfect sense when viewed through the prism of a high-level conspiracy intended to cut down the president without drawing attention to the conspirators.

Is Kerry the Worst Secretary of State Ever?  During his first term in office, President Obama was criticized by conservatives for conducting what they dubbed apology tours in which he always seemed to find something in American history for which he felt compelled to make amends.  To his surprise, neither apologies nor the magic of his personality and historic status were able to conceal the fact that he was far better at alienating America's traditional allies than winning new friends.

Mining Policy Designed to Benefit Our Own — Mighty Rare.  While most people don't give REEs [Rare Earth Elements] a thought, we all use them in our modern lives as they are an essential part of what makes cell phones, flat screens, and computer chips work. [...] America's REE resources and potential production and refining give us a strong global advantage — but we must accelerate and streamline the permitting process.  It is time for our government to make policy that is designed to benefit America.

Grand Theft Obama: The Biggest Heist in U.S. History.  Our nation is being stolen before our very eyes.  The American people are being robbed of their livelihoods, their security and their freedom.  President Obama makes grand sweeping gestures and delivers soaring rhetoric about helping the poor and achieving fairness.  But he merely draws our attention away from the hand that is reaching deep into our pockets.  Such is the nature of his extremist legislative agenda.

The Conservative Alternative to ObamaCare.  It's not a secret that Obamacare is wreaking havoc on the health-care sector, and this is prompting many Americans to ask for an escape.  However, we wouldn't want to go back to the health system as it existed before the Affordable Care Act.  Recognizing this, the Heritage Foundation last week released a definitive compilation of health-care solutions that make patients the primary decisionmakers.  Our common[ ]sense solutions are based on five principles: [...]

Federal Bailouts For Cities Would Reward Bad Behavior.  Advocates for cash-strapped municipalities want Washington to clean up their mess.  Detroit's July bankruptcy filing, prompted in part by its huge worker-retirement debts, has led to calls for a federal bailout of the beleaguered city — and also, by extension, of retirement debt in other fiscally squeezed municipalities.

The Emmanuel Goldstein-ing of Ted Cruz.  David Corn leads the Emmanuel Goldstein-ing of Ted Cruz, but the hate is clearly coming straight from the Democratic Party leadership, as the second section shows.  It's not accidental.  It's a party strategy to single Cruz out and pour hate on him, make him radioactive and unelectable.  Democrats successfully did the same thing to Sarah Palin, and will do the same to any genuine leader who emerges among the GOP.  Why would [Harry] Reid really care if a Cruz nomination hurts the GOP? [...] It's a strategy to destroy Cruz.  If Reid really thought Ted Cruz would be bad for the GOP, he would shut up and hope that Cruz wins the nomination in 2016.

Forget the apologies — fire Sebelius and delay ObamaCare.  At the beginning of his first term, President Obama embarked on a famous "apology tour," where he traveled the world describing all the various ways he imagined America hadn't lived up to its ideals.  When it came to condemning the actions of others the president was front-and-center.  But now — when it comes time to apologize for his administration's incompetence and misconduct — the apologies come from his subordinates. [...] Apologies without accountability are meaningless.

How do you simulate physical attacks during emergency drills?  We'll know the results of simulated cyberattacks during "GridEx 2" instantly.  It's called no power.  But how do you simulate physical attacks, and will we ever read the results about any simulated physical attacks gone wrong?  What about terrorists planning a takedown of the grid.  Would November 13-14 appeal to them on the basis that their terrorism could be conveniently blamed on the "GridEx 2" massive simulation?  How do thousands of utility workers, business executives, bureaucrats communicate with each other if their simulation exercise actually takes down large parts of the power grid in Canada, the United Sates or Mexico?

How immunize our kids against Obama's victim mentality.  It seems tragic to admit it is time to tell our children that the person elected to lead the free world is urging them toward less free will, but denying that reality would be to compound the tragedy.  Directly explaining what is happening will insulate our kids, in some measure, from the worst of what could happen — the subtle, chronic, steady erosion of their belief in themselves.  Some of our children may ask how this could be?  How could the president of the United States be a force that is disempowering Americans?  The answer is this simple:  At the time we elected this president, we were doubting ourselves.

The Liberal War on Scientific American.  Scientific American, like many older publications, wanted to get into the blogging game.  Unfortunately Scientific America was not too picky about whom it let through the door.  And it made the mistake of having Danielle Lee write a blog called The Urban Scientist.  Urban is liberal code for Black.  Obviously Scientific American was looking to push some minority friendly stories.  But its focus was on science.  It didn't realize that identity politics and science go together about as well as phrenology and science or as well as Scientology and science.

Democrats Need an Election Bailout.  [W]ith Obamacare cost over-runs, taxes, rapidly escalating premiums, and employment conversions to part-time becoming a major drag on the economy, the Democrats fear a potential rout in next year's elections.  The left is getting desperate for another $100 billion in "targeted" spending or more monetary stimulus to produce election year jobs.

Ted Cruz Won.  It has become clear after the government shutdown that if Obamacare isn't destroyed now, it will be with us forever.  Waiting until after a series of elections to try to kill it is a fool's errand.  There will never be more support for ending Obamacare than there will be in the next few months.  Once the dependency class hooks up their Obamacare IV, it's game over.

In Just One Month, Politicians Prove the Power To Govern Is the Power To Destroy.  "The power to tax involves the power to destroy," wrote then-Chief Justice John Marshall in 1819.  The man lacked vision.  As we've seen time and again, and was emphasized this month with all of the subtlety of Joe Biden on a bender, government can destroy in all sorts of ways beyond taxation.  In fact, everything the coercive and yet incompetent institution touches is put immediately at risk of collective disaster from stupid or petulant political decisions.

Thanks To New-Gen Legislators, There's Still Hope For America.  To this day, the underlying causes of the housing bubble and the systemic risk caused by government favoritism have not been addressed, or even acknowledged, by most legislators in Washington.  Many of the worst actors on Wall Street were rescued, and are bigger today because they "played ball."  The Federal Reserve now holds those trillions of dollars in toxic assets on their books, monetized with multiple tranches of "quantitative easing."

How Cruz, Lee and Paul shut down Obama's agenda.  After Republicans drifted for years without a pilot, Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have taken the helm of the GOP, steering their party and its grassroots into a much-needed, head-on battle with the Democrats.

Columbus Day: Still a Day Worth Celebrating.  Few holidays are as "politically incorrect" as is the day that Americans reserve to commemorate the birthday of Christopher Columbus.  Such is the ferocity of the smear campaign to which Columbus has been subjected for decades that he has been made into a villain among villains in the rogues' gallery of history.

25 facts about Christopher Columbus and his disputed holiday.  Was Columbus a bad person?  Was he responsible for the decimation of the natives in the lands he discovered, both through disease and warfare?  Did he discover America?  Is his place in history that of a man of myth or a man of legend?  Here's a look at the famed navigator, the voyage to the New World, the history of today's holiday and other interesting facts that have helped drive the conversations and controversy surrounding Christopher Columbus.

Civil disobedience in the Internet age.  Before exploring tactics for small group action, are you writing, calling and e-mailing your Representatives, imploring and demanding they vote your way, insisting on a written response?  It does work.  Constitutionalists have proven it several times this year, defeating the Toomey-Manchin gun-grab, the bloated Farm Bill, the aptly-named Law of the Sea (LOST) Treaty, and others.  In politics, no idea is dead unless the other side gives up.  Pestering politicians must become your regular habit.

Shutdown of Government Starts To Feel Like Sequester — a Surprise Success.  If there's an upside to this shutdown, it is the opportunity it provides to take federal government services that are assumed to be necessary and put them under new scrutiny.  Can we do without them?  Are these things that can be done better, or as well, by state or local government or by the private sector, either for-profit or not-for-profit?  These are questions that are asked too little in Washington and in the rest of the country in normal times.

Harry Reid and the Constitution: the power of the purse.  Congress was given what is commonly known as the power of the purse, and at the Constitutional Convention it was decided that the House of Representatives should hold more of that power than the Senate because the House "was more immediately the representatives of the people, and it was a maxim that the people ought to hold the purse-strings."  Aside from this balancing of fiscal power somewhat in favor of House over Senate, another goal was to make sure the executive did not spend money without congressional authorization.

The Government Is Closed, But America Is Still Open.  It's time to realize just how much of government can be permanently furloughed. [...] We hear of how most federal agencies are being forced to prioritize because of the shutdown.  But shouldn't they be doing that when the government is open too?

Rich, Arrogant, and Stupid.  Whether it's foreign policy, managing the economy, or teaching the young, our leaders institute policies that violate the traditional wisdom accumulated by generations of human experience.

GOP Shouldn't Run From Shutdown — It Should Own It.  The Republican Party didn't blink, and as a result non-essential aspects of the federal government are shutting down.  Republican politicians and members should cheer, as the "Stupid Party" actually revealed a political and economic savvy that will serve it well in 2014 and beyond.  The Republican Party now has a brand that says it's willing to stand athwart the obnoxious growth of Leviathan.  Its decision to allow a shutdown of the federal government, and ideally let it remain shut through the 2014 elections absent substantial concessions from the Democrats, is both good politics and economics.

A Global Slaughter of Christians, but America's Churches Stay Silent.  Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity.  One would think this horror might be consuming the pulpits and pews of American churches.  Not so.  The silence has been nearly deafening.  As Egypt's Copts have battled the worst attacks on the Christian minority since the 14th century, the bad news for Christians in the region keeps coming.

Senator Ted Cruz stands up to the liberal Left with real conservative leadership.  Ted Cruz may not be a household name in the UK, but he is a rising star in the American conservative movement, and a key figure to watch for the 2016 presidential race.  The Princeton and Harvard-educated Senator from Texas is making waves in Washington, with his marathon speech on the floor of the Senate against Obamacare.

U.S. economy on schedule to crash March 2014.  Any wishful thinking that America is in a "recovery" and that "things are getting better" is an illusion.  The problem is not Medicare, which won't quit on us for another six or seven years.  Nor is it Social Security, which will not be fully bankrupt for another 15 years or so.  The crisis is much more immediate and much more serious.  The central problem is that America is the bank of the world.

The Havoc of Prosecutorial Misconduct.  With the exoneration of Tom Delay in Texas yesterday, yet another high-profile case of prosecutorial misconduct has emerged.  This follows such other cases as that of Ted Stevens in 2008, and the notorious Duke Lacrosse case.  But these were all cases in which top-flight legal talent was able to uncover the misconduct.  There are many more that go unrecognized.

Guess Who Can Go to Heaven.  Hey, good news for all you atheists.  When you stop breathing you can still get into heaven.  That's right, even if you don't believe in God, you can enter the pearly gates, as long as you're a good person.  To my conservative Christian friends:  Please don't send your angry emails to me.  I'm just your humble messenger.  Send them to the pope.  That's right, The Pope!  He's the one who said it, in an open letter published on page one of an Italian newspaper — big news that's getting play all over the place.

Pope Francis assures atheists: You don't have to believe in God to go to heaven.  In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences.

Pope Francis reaches out to atheists and agnostics.  The Pope has struck a surprisingly conciliatory tone towards atheists and agnostics, saying that God will "forgive" them as long as they behave morally and live according to their consciences.

The definition of heresy

Pope: Stance on abortion, gays massive threat to church.  Pope Francis said today that the Roman Catholic church has become "obsessed" with abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he is done talking about it.  In remarkably blunt language, the man with the world's biggest bully pulpit appeared to be setting a new tone, telling followers that the church should be a "home for all" and not a "small chapel" focused on doctrine and moral castigation.

The Editor says...
Sometimes moral castigation is entirely appropriate.  The Bible quite clearly says, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."  Reproof and correction are part of a priest's job.  Candy-coating the truth is not.

Pope warns church must find new balance or fail.  Signaling a dramatic shift in Vatican tone, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become obsessed by "small-minded rules" about how to be faithful and that pastors should instead emphasize compassion over condemnation when discussing divisive social issues of abortion, gays and contraception.

Pope Bluntly Faults Church's Focus on Gays and Abortion.  Pope Francis, in the first extensive interview of his six-month-old papacy, said that the Roman Catholic Church had grown "obsessed" with preaching about abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he has chosen not to speak of those issues despite recriminations from some critics.  In remarkably blunt language, Francis sought to set a new tone for the church, saying it should be a "home for all" and not a "small chapel" focused on doctrine, orthodoxy and a limited agenda of moral teachings.

The Editor says...
The Pope sounds like an external critic of the Catholic church, rather than its patriarch.  Sounds like he's more of an activist than a clergyman.  In fact, he sounds more like a community organizer than a competent leader.  That sounds familiar, doesn't it?  If your faith is based on whatever the Pope says, your house is built on the sand, and the sand just shifted.

Pope Francis Said What?! Actually, No, He didn't.  [Scroll down]  But Francis never said "You don't have to believe in God to go to heaven."  In fact, he never used the word "Heaven" in what was a 2688-word letter even once.  What the pope said that the media is spinning was, "God's mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart.  The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience."

The Editor says...
The most notorious mass murderers and the most infamous criminals in history obeyed their own consciences, to the exclusion of any other guiding principle, and I wouldn't want to spend eternity with any of them.

Aaron Alexis and the costs of false religion.  CNN, among other media outlets, expressed shock that a Buddhist like Alexis could be responsible for the Navy Yard massacre.  "When I learned he was a practicing Buddhist, when I learned he spent so much time vacationing in Thailand, it was not the profile of who I expect to pick up a weapon and kill 12," offered CNN host Ashleigh Banfield.  Fellow anchor Chris Cuomo chipped in that "You know, it is a very defined philosophy.  And being someone who has a violent tendency and appetites does not square with the philosophy involved there."  Their prattle assumed that Buddhism is a religion of peace and rationality.  But if one follows the argument of John Paul II that it violates human nature and denies God, one can see that it is really not.

Bloggers are the only true journalists left in America.  Thank heavens for the First Amendment that gives us the right to free speech.  Without it, we'd be a dark, corrupt, hell-hole of tyranny.  Like California.  And thank heavens even more for the Second Amendment that protects all the other freedoms in the Constitution because tyrannists in Washington are hell-bent on killing off the only purveyors of truth left in America — bloggers!

It's Pretty Bad When Dilbert's Mom Whacks Federal Agents.  Scott Adams comments on government intrusion.

Twelve Years Later  ... we are still at war with the Muslim world, and it most certainly is still at war with us. [...] in addition to the 3,000 souls lost in 2001, more than 5,000 soldiers have perished in the "War on Terror," and for absolutely no strategic purpose or effect.

America: Not Shining but Burning.  America is now a nation ruled — and that is the correct word — by a self-appointed elite of ignorant snobs and power-mad degenerates to compete with the worst ruling castes of the civilized world.  The U.S. federal government has, through the deliberate deteriorations of a century, finally dispensed with all but the flimsiest pretense of the principles of limited government and the rule of law that virtually defined America's historic political achievement.

What I Learned from the Zimmerman Trial.  [Scroll down]  So pervasive was its messaging in the Zimmerman case that it persuaded even eyewitnesses to believe that big was small and up was down.  Republican strategists who soften policy to appeal to those who don't pay attention will only succeed in alienating those who do.

War on Syria Means Victory for Al-Qaeda.  President Obama's proposed military strike means, practically speaking, that the U.S. will intervene on behalf of al Qaeda in Syria.  Why is this dangerous proposal being taken seriously by Congress?  If the proposal were somehow designed to save the Christians and other minorities in Syria, that would be one thing.  But there has been no announced intention to do that.

Rush: Could Al Qaeda Be Framing Assad?  On his Tuesday morning [9/3/2013] program, Rush [Limbaugh] asked the provocative question:  "What if Bashar didn't do it?  What if Bashar is being framed?"  ["]The rebels nerve gassing their own people to create exactly what is happening — us mobilizing to get rid of Bashar.  They use chemical weapons on their people — it gets blamed on Bashar.["]

Obama's Half-Assad War.  In Obama's 2002 speech against the Iraq war, he scoffed at "armchair weekend warriors" who pursue "dumb" and "rash" interventions.  As if to punctuate that he has become what he once opposed, Obama went golfing on Saturday right after announcing his plans to bomb Syria.  Not even Wag the Dog captured that level of presidential cynicism.

Natural born Citizens: Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz.  I believe Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz to be "natural born Citizens" and eligible to be President.  Here's why.

Is every nation on earth besides the United States "isolationist?"  Only in America is the word "isolationist" used to describe reluctance to initiate wars of choice.  In every other context, that word has a far different meaning.

Obama's 2014 calculation: Let's have a war.  Make no mistake:  The president couldn't care less about the plight of Syrians, the 1,500 gassed to death — including nearly 500 children.  It's all about 2014.  Win the House, reign supreme.  Consider this:  Mr. Obama made his dramatic Rose Garden statement on Saturday — then headed to the golf course.

The Myth of a Runaway Amendments Convention.  The Founders provided, in Article V of the Constitution, for a "convention for proposing amendments."  They did this to enable the people, acting through their state legislatures, to rein in an abusive or runaway federal government.  In other words, the Founders created the convention for precisely the kind of situation we face now.

Stop privileges for government officials.  All over America, government officials enjoy privileges that ordinary citizens don't.  Sometimes it involves bearing arms, with special rules favoring police, politicians and even retired government employees.  Sometimes it involves freedom from traffic and parking tickets, like the special non-traceable license plates enjoyed by tens of thousands of California state employees or similar immunities for Colorado legislators.  Often it involves immunity from legal challenges, like the "qualified" immunity to lawsuits enjoyed by most government officials, or the even-better "absolute immunity" enjoyed by judges and prosecutors.

Five Reasons Why a Constitutional Convention Is a Better Idea than Just Electing More Republicans.  Mark Levin's new book The Liberty Amendments proposes that state legislatures use their Article V power to call a convention to propose new constitutional amendments for state ratification.  The unorthodox process seems impractical at first — it's never been used, it's off the mainstream political radar, few people even know it exists, etc. — but a closer look reveals transformative advantages over the prevailing political strategies of the day.

Is Article V in Our Future?  The only power the states have under Article V is the opportunity to submit an "application" (petition) humbly beseeching Congress to call a convention.  Hundreds of such applications have been submitted over the years, with widely different purposes and wording, many applications were later rescinded and some purport to make the application valid for only a particular amendment such as a federal balanced budget or congressional term limits.  Article V states that Congress "shall" call a convention on the application of two-thirds of state legislatures (34), but how will Congress count valid applications?  We don't know, and so far, Congress has ignored them anyway.

Was Kennedy murdered by his own vice president?  [Scroll down]  It would appear significant, therefore, that after JFK was shot Johnson was in a tearing hurry to be sworn in.  He insisted it be before they left Dallas and aboard Air Force One, the presidential plane.  It was not unnoticed that it was insisted by "someone in authority" that the body of President Kennedy was not, under any circumstances, to be left in Texas for autopsy.  Government agents virtually wrenched the body from the Dallas doctors in Parkland Hospital who had tried everything they knew to save his life.  In doing so those agents broke the law which placed the responsibility for autopsy on Texas.  There is more.

When Everything is Public, Then No One is Free.  Since every activity between two people will in some way "leak" beyond them... everything is public.  The government isn't only in the bedroom, but in the kitchen and the living room and everywhere else.  That is how we got Obamacare and there is no limit to it.  We end up in a 1984ish sphere where there is no longer a private sphere, because even the individual and his activities affect others because Carbon has been declared a pollutant and any form of consumption naturally affects others.

Propaganda: Key To The Communist Takeover In Russia.  It was astonishing that a ragtag, uncouth band of conspiratorially inclined communists, led by V.I. Lenin, managed to topple the mighty czar of Russia and the weak social democratic government that followed him, decisively taking power in the October 1917 revolution.  But much of it can be explained by their mastery of propaganda, which was stronger, simpler, more centralized, more national and more quickly delivered than that of any of their socialist rivals.

Napoleon Invented the Modern Idea Of Public Relations.  [Scroll down]  "It has been noted that Bonaparte's military genius was not that of an originator, but rather lay in his status as one of the most able 'scramblers' or adapters in history," wrote [Wayne] Hanley.  The author added:  "The same is true of his genius for propaganda.  All the techniques and tools of propaganda used by the young general — the popular press, propagandistic art and even medals — already existed; he merely employed them on a scale and in ways never before attempted, proving himself to be among the first masters of the art of image-making."

Mark Levin: A Modern-Day Constitutional Prophet.  Mark Levin is a modern-day constitutional prophet whose purpose is not to revamp the Constitution.  It is to revive it and refurbish it — to restore the cracks in its foundation caused by lawless officials through the years who were more interested in guaranteeing outcomes than they were liberty.

Time to say good-bye to the Star-Spangled Banner?  Has the time come to replace Francis Scott Key's "Star-Spangled Banner" as America's national anthem?  Certainly the phrase "land of the free" no longer applies to this country.  I'm beginning to wonder if "home of the brave" is also anachronistic.

How Comanche Indians butchered babies, roasted enemies alive and would ride 1,000 miles to wipe out one family.  S C Gwynne, author of Empire Of The Summer Moon about the rise and fall of the Comanche, says simply:  'No tribe in the history of the Spanish, French, Mexican, Texan, and American occupations of this land had ever caused so much havoc and death.  None was even a close second.'  He refers to the 'demonic immorality' of Comanche attacks on white settlers, the way in which torture, killings and gang-rapes were routine.  'The logic of Comanche raids was straightforward,' he explains.

Time for a New American Revolution?  The United States of America was born in revolution.  The Declaration of Independence asserted that people have a right of revolution. [...] The Declaration acknowledged that people should not, and will not, seek to overturn "long-established" governments "for light and transient reasons."  After "a long train of abuses and usurpations," however, which are clearly aimed at establishing "absolute Despotism," people have not only the "right," but the "duty," to "throw off such Government, and provide new guards for their future security."

What Has Mark Levin Wrought?  In The Liberty Amendments Mark Levin has delivered more than advertised.  He promises a credible agenda for reinvigorating constitutional government based on an approach to the amendment process which avoids the liabilities of better known options.  What he delivers, though, is a vast, potentially game-changing political arsenal that can be drawn upon by everyone from had-it-up-to-here Tea Partiers to Republican candidates at least sentient enough to know they need something more than budget and deficit talk.

The American Right to Revolt Against Tyranny: Part A — Ancient Roots.  The American Republic was founded upon Revolution.  Talk of resisting King George's tyranny had long been in the air in the colonies.  When the crown refused to take heed of the colonists complaints, the Americans decided they had a right to take up arms in their grievance.  Most importantly, the naturally religious Americans found biblical warrant for their armed resistance against tyranny in the ancient world and also in great theologians like Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Johanne Althusius and Samuel Rutherford.

Time For Third Party.  Most Americans love this nation.  The current level of bipartisan-induced rancor only accrues to the legions of government officials who create the very same problems they tell us can only be solved by more and more of their intervention.  This vicious cycle has gone on long enough.  Ronald Reagan once said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."  So is tyranny if we choose to eradicate it.  Let's eradicate it.

Government Fiddles, Our Nation's Forests Burn.  Wildfires are an entirely natural phenomenon.  However, the size, intensity and harm caused annually by the past two decades' forest fires have been greatly enhanced by human activities and inactivity — federal mismanagement of our national forests is to blame.  The simple fact is, when forests aren't allowed to burn periodically, fuel — trees and brush — builds up which results in more fires burning at hotter temperatures.

Is Obama 'Insuring' Softball Questions?  [Scroll down]  American media executives, and American journalists, might have political positions with which we cannot agree, and they might not even appear sensible, but for the most part, they are still intelligent people.  And they remember a lot of what they hear or read.  They see how this administration has approached dealing with those it might view as "enemies."  They have heard how a president's choice for the FCC views control of the media. [...] So perhaps we should view these media "softball" questions as a pre-emptive defense position.  That would be the most charitable view we could take.  Otherwise, we would have to conclude that the mainstream media are acting in collusion with the administration to undermine the Constitution of the United States of America.

Seoul Long.  Pyongyang is a great international mystery.  What makes the system of monarchical communism tick?  How are decisions made?  What are the chances for change?  But there is a bigger question much harder to answer.  Why is the U.S. still involved on the peninsula, threatening and threatened by the North?

How Not to Debate What We Should Be Doing at Movie Theaters.  On Monday [8/5/2013], tech guy Hunter Walk wrote a blog post saying that movie theaters should offer screenings with brighter lighting and WiFi, where people who want to can tweet and text and do all kinds of other "second screen experience" things.  Many people found this proposal appalling.  Or, if not appalling, certainly a little depressing.  Then this morning, another tech guy, writer and self-described entrepreneur Anil Dash, wrote a smug, scolding piece about priggish "shushers" and their obstinate refusal to let other people enjoy movies the way they want to enjoy them — meaning talking, texting, tweeting, tromboning, whatever.  It's a gruesome read.

State Seizes Two-Year-Old Child From Parents Because They Smoked Pot, Child Dies in Foster Care.  Statistics on child abuse in foster care are, perhaps unsurprisingly, hard to come by, but children in foster care may be up to 10 times more likely to die than children in the care of their own parents; one estimate places the number of children who die in foster care in the US every year at about 1540.

The Real J. Edgar Hoover?  [Scroll down]  I can further confirm that Ed Miller's eyes swelled with tears and he choked up as he talked glowingly about his old boss.  It was an intense admiration for a man who did not deserve the trashing he received in life and (even more so) in death, when he couldn't defend himself.  In fact, that's another thing typical of the left, and especially communists:  they destroy the reputations of the dead, who can't defend themselves.

Can the world cope with a trigger-happy Fed?  [Scroll down]  Bernanke is a "creditist", not a monetarist, so perhaps he really believes his own implausible hypothesis.  He thinks QE works by pushing down long-term interest rates, that is to say by manipulating the price of credit.  This is a total departure from orthodox monetary theory, whether you wish to go back to Gustav Cassel, Ralph Hawtrey, Irving Fisher, the early Keynes, Milton Friedman, Clark Warburton, and many other of the great monetarists of the last century.

A Living Document? Well, that Depends.  Our glorious President, and his almost equally glorious Attorney-General, miscellaneous members of his exalted cabinet as well as numerous members of the amazing Democrat politicians in the House and Senate are constantly reminding us that the Constitution of the United States is a "living document."  To be fair, there are a number of RINOs that try to help with their agenda as well.  By "living document" they, one presumes, mean that they are able to discern the true intent of those who drafted the original Constitution and put their intentions down on paper in clear, reasonably simple English, which are opaque to the rest of us.

Justice For Zimmerman Came From Trial By Jury, Not By Racialized Mob Rule.  'No justice, no peace" chants the telegenic mob.  In a civilized society, however, where the mob doesn't rule, justice is defined by the verdict that follows a fair trial.  It's the best that humans can do.  And in the case of George Zimmerman, we have a verdict.  It followed a trial every minute of which was seen by the world.  Nothing secret, nothing hidden.  Where in the trial was there racial bias?  What evidence of the case being tilted toward the defendant because the victim was black?  What sign of any racial animus in the jury?

Obama paints himself into a corner over Trayvon Martin.  Despite White House efforts to distance the president from the department's investigation, Obama inevitably will have to answer for how his administration proceeds.  The White House can ill afford to give critics more ammunition as the administration fends off attacks about the IRS' targeting of conservative groups, the postponement of a major part of Obamacare and the Justice Department's spying on journalists.

Zimmerman prosecutor Angela Corey may face a reckoning.  If she is put under a microscope, Angela Corey is going to be her own undoing.

Zimmerman Verdict: Race, Guns, and Baloney.  As the unnecessarily divisive and horribly overblown Zimmerman trial and its aftermath begin to fade into memory, it behooves us to gather our thoughts and ponder the notion that there are lessons to be learned from our folly, so that somehow, we can avoid the madness the next time a racially charged incident sears the consciousness of black people, reminding them of past — and present — injustices.  A folly, indeed.  The incident that led to the death of Trayvon Martin and the trial of George Zimmerman is pregnant with counterfactuals, any one of which, if they had come to pass, might have allowed us to avoid the bitterness and sense of betrayal felt by so many.

Addicted to hate.  Demagogues figured out that if you treated people like dogs they behaved exactly like them.  In the mid-20th century there was much interest in its use as a means of controlling the "masses of people".  They were taught what to like, and most especially they were taught what to hate.  And boy did it work.  For much of the middle of last century these techniques of conditioning convinced millions to kill millions.

Shut it down, Mr. President, shut it down.  Trayvon Martin was not shot while walking home.  He was shot after sucker-punching George Zimmerman, breaking his nose, knocking him down, jumping on top of him, beating him martial arts style and banging his head on a concrete walk, while Zimmerman screamed again and again, "Help me, help me."  This is what George Zimmerman said happened.  It is what the sole eyewitness to the fight, John Good, says happened.  It is what Sanford police believed.  It is what the defense proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

Zimmerman juror: Travyon 'played a huge role' in own death.  Juror B-37 says Trayvon Martin "could have walked away and gone home" after he was followed by George Zimmerman.

Injudicious Criminal Justice in Florida.  The trial of George Zimmerman should be taught in law schools and elsewhere as a prime example of one of the most mishandled and politically motivated prosecutions in recent U.S. history.  If we want to reserve the criminal-justice system for deciding guilt or innocence rather than for playing out social and racial grievances, it's important to review the spectacle we just witnessed.

What Federal Law Has Zimmerman Violated?  Why should the federal government intervene in murder, the prosecution of which is the job of the states?  The main civil-rights laws are targeted at defendants who deprive others of their federal rights acting under "color of law" — i.e., acting on behalf of the state.  That is the whole point of the Reconstruction Amendments, which the civil-rights laws implement:  to prevent states from depriving their residents of their constitutional rights.

Propaganda Through The Ages Has Been The Enemy Of Reason.  In an open, democratic society such as ours, freedom of speech and what John Stuart Mill called "the marketplace of ideas" are huge benefits.  They enable all of us, even the most marginalized, to make our case to the public, to be heard.  They allow reason to be inserted into public debate as an essential part of the checks and balances of the democratic process.  This is a healthy thing, vital for our republic.  But for those who would rule absolutely, such liberties are intolerable.  Rather than ensure a free and open discussion of ideas, philosophies and politics, they seek to monopolize the conversation.  And they do it with propaganda.

Why the Zimmerman Prosecutors Should Be Disbarred.  The State's job is to make the case for the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  Fifty years ago, in Brady v. Maryland, the U.S. Supreme Court established that a prosecutor's responsibility was "to seek justice fairly, not merely win convictions by any means."  In the case at hand, this meant that the State of Florida had the responsibility to share promptly all exculpatory evidence with the defense.  It did not.  One substantial block of evidence that it kept to itself until a whistleblower alerted the defense was the content of Martin's cell phone.

Take cameras out of the courtroom.  As a courtroom junkie since my early reporting days, it is at great personal sacrifice that I suggest the following:  It may be time to get television cameras out of the courtroom.  Or at least, judges might be encouraged to exclude electronic media from high-profile trials.

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That horse is already out of the barn and it cannot be recalled.  Now that the public has sampled "courtroom drama," this facet of the perceived "right to know" will never be withdrawn.

A Case Of Corrupt Justice In Florida.  It's come out in the George Zimmerman murder trial that the state of Florida withheld key exculpatory evidence in its arrest affidavit and charged Zimmerman under false pretenses.  Forty-four days after local police released neighborhood-watch captain Zimmerman from custody, ruling he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self defense, a special state task force set up under pressure from the Obama administration decided it was murder — with no grand jury input.

The End of Obama's Brotherhood Crush.  The end of the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt is a blow to the cause of radical Islam.  The rise of the Brotherhood and the now deposed President Mohamed Morsi was a disaster for Egypt as well as for the West. [...] The even better news is that the Egyptian Army didn't listen to the Obama administration when it asked them not to launch what is, for all intents and purposes, a military coup that toppled a democratically elected government.

A crisis in competence.  The reason the Saudi-backed boys will get a seat at the table is simple.  Only the kingdom has the money to save Egypt from imminent starvation.  The Egyptian military can hardly turn to Obama.  Spengler notes, "Obama is all talk and no money ... the administration cannot squeeze meaningful sums out of Congress for Egyptian aid.  The only prospective rescuer with deep enough pockets to keep Egypt from disintegrating is Saudi Arabia."  He's all turban and no camels.

The Camelot Fraud.  We are coming up fast on the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy.  While it is good and proper to respectfully note the assassination of any political leader in America, the establishment left in America has tried since November 1963 to bleat, blame, and badger their countrymen into accepting the false notion that Kennedy was a great president or, indeed, a good man.

Racialized prosecutorial indiscretion in the Zimmerman case.  [Scroll down]  The prosecution also serially struck whites from the jury, leading the Judge to overrule two of the strikes.  The prosecution also is obsessed with showing that Zimmerman "followed" Martin as part of "profiling" even though that has no legal significance under the law as Zimmerman was permitted to follow whomever he wanted.  The legal question is who commenced the physical altercation and what the status of that physical altercation was at the time of the use of deadly force.  On that point, the evidence in the form of physical injuries and eyewitness testimony points to Trayvon Martin as the aggressor under the law and Zimmerman having a plausible case of self-defense.

The Zimmerman trial is already over.  The tragic thing about the case is how many people jumped to conclusions before they knew the facts.

Federal Regulation Has Left America A Poorer Nation.  Some people, it seems, live to rail against free markets and free enterprise, holding them responsible for flat wages, lack of opportunity, income gaps, middle-class stagnation, poverty and economic listlessness.  They're convinced private greed holds back the government's ability to improve conditions.  But it's the government that's done the most damage to economic growth, new research shows.  America is now more of a regulatory state than a haven of free enterprise — a development that has not come without measurable cost.

The Glue Holding America Together.  Few Americans seem to worry that our present leaders have lied to or misled Congress and the American people without consequences.  Most young people cannot distinguish the First Amendment from the Fourth Amendment — and do not worry about the fact that they cannot.  Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln are mere names of grammar schools, otherwise unidentifiable to most.  Separatism is believed to bring dividends.  Here in California, universities conduct separate graduation ceremonies predicated on race — sometimes difficult given the increasingly mixed ancestry of Americans.  As in Rome, there is a vast disconnect between the elites and the people.

Church without God — by design.  It's Sunday in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a rapt congregation listens to a chaplain preach about the importance of building a community.  A few dozen people sit quietly for the hourlong service.  Music is played, announcements are made and scholars wax poetic about the importance of compassion and community.  Outsiders could be forgiven for believing this service, with its homilies, its passing of the plate, its uplifting songs, belongs in a church.  If so, it's a church without one big player:  God.

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I once went to a funeral at a place like that.  It was an unforgettably creepy hour, spent among the most hopeless people on earth.

The assault on the First Amendment.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gave an important speech at AEI this morning on the continuing assault on the First Amendment.  Senator McConnell is an expert on the First Amendment and he has seen the assault of which he speaks up close.  [Video clip]

Government gone wild.  With each passing week comes more proof that President Obama's government is out of control.  The past couple of months alone have produced a long list of scandals. [...] As scandal after scandal unfolds, however, Mr. Obama acts as though nothing is his fault.  The buck never stops with him.  He insists it's not his fault — the government is too immense for him to know everything that's going on.  He always finds someone else to blame.

Nancy Pelosi agrees!
Pelosi: 'To Be an Amateur is to Cast Blame on Everyone Else'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the definition of an "amateur" is to "cast blame on everyone else" and "to not take responsibility for what you are responsible for."

Why Liberals Kill.  The communist Khmer Rouge promised Cambodians peace, equality and prosperity, but then proceeded to kill off a third of them between 1975 and '79.  The Soviet Bolsheviks adopted the slogan "bread, peace and land," but then purposely starved to death nine million people during the "Great Famine."  Mao Zedong pledged to give the Chinese a better life but only delivered a quicker death, exterminating 60+ million of his countrymen.

The Regulated States of America.  In "Democracy in America," published in 1833, Alexis de Tocqueville marveled at the way Americans preferred voluntary association to government regulation. [...] Tocqueville would not recognize America today.  Indeed, so completely has associational life collapsed, and so enormously has the state grown, that he would be forced to conclude that, at some point between 1833 and 2013, France must have conquered the United States.

Law means nothing without the will to enforce it.  [Scroll down]  The left continually proves this.  The Defense of Marriage Act is law, but Barack Obama simply refuses to enforce it.  We have long had sanctuary (i.e., lawless) cities and those that refuse to obey federal drug laws.  And, of course, there are literally thousands of more obscure laws on the books that are routinely ignored by states and localities, and our government has been trampling much of the supreme law of the land — the Constitution — for 100 years.  Even more to the point here, the Obama administration has refused to enforce immigration laws already on the books and has granted a form of amnesty by executive order.  So why suppose that a few more immigration laws would make a difference?

The Sheep Look Up.  Most ordinary people — those not directly involved in politics — pay little attention to government scandals beyond their limited entertainment value. [...] But there exists a certain class of scandal that defies all the rules, that breaks down the barriers between the Beltway and the country at large.

It's better to take our chances with the Muslim terrorists than to forfeit our liberty.
Are you Willing to Die for your Freedom?  [Scroll down]  I'm willing to die for my freedom.  I'm certainly willing to take the slightly-increased risk of dying in a terrorist attack that ostensibly will result from the government not sifting my email and monitoring all my calls and banking activity and who knows what else.  At this point, I'm becoming convinced it's not worth it.  We're groping children and Korean War vets in airports as part of an expensive show of security.  We're teaching our kids to put up with government intrusion into our lives.  On my most recent flight, I saw a father help his 5-year-old son remove his shoes and show him where to put them, how to remove his belt, how to wait his turn, how to go through security and comply with routine government searches.  It's not worth the toll on our freedom and our veneration of freedom.

Surveillance and Its Discontents.  The ObamaCare mandate-tax that commands Americans to buy a private product is far more offensive to the Constitution than NSA reading the emails of terrorists overseas.  The regulatory agencies claim — and use — the power to seize property and control individual conduct.  The very administration of the entitlement state depends on tracking (Social Security numbers), data-processing (Medicare benefits) and individual scrutiny (tax audits).  The IRS knows far more about American citizens than the NSA does, and while there is much speculation about the potential for surveillance abuse, we now have real evidence of corruption at the IRS.  So which is the greater scandal?

The Obama Scandals and the Limbaugh Theorem.  [T]he Obama tactics have been successful only because of the confluence of three factors that came together at a right moment in American history.  The first is the long-term and intentional dumbing down of the American people.  The second, the incarnation of a celebrity culture as a byproduct of the ill-education of the citizenry as well as the concurrent decline of morality and denigration of religion.  The third is this nation's unhealthy obsession with race.

Federal Kudzu Is Strangling This Great Nation.  Today, despite distractions proffered by the President and his media minions, many citizens are correctly focused on alarming scandals that serve to underscore how this administration has flouted the rule of law and abused the trust of the American people. [...] Yet a related, not so obviously ominous, phenomenon also deserves our attention:  the radical over-federalization of our lives and institutions.  This now manifests itself in the view, common among our ruling elites, that every conceivable "problem" must be met by a "federal government" response.  Every issue, no matter how local or personal it once may have seemed, is now of national import and simply cannot be left to state and local government, much less to individuals or to an unregulated marketplace.

Wake Up!  Conservatives — while you are (rightly) excited about NSA snooping and partisan IRS corruption, the Congress is about to change America in a more profound, permanent way right under your noses.

Reining in Fascism.  If fascism exists in America — and the IRS targeting the Obama Administration's political and religious foes, Department of Justice spying on AP reporters, labeling a Fox News journalist a felon, and the NSA collecting millions of Americans' phone records indicate it does — how could it be changed to the republic established by the Constitution?

How much more will Americans take?  The "fundamental transformation" of America proceeds apace.  The erosion of our freedoms and traditions, once incremental and barely perceptible, accelerates daily.  Armies of bureaucrats commanded by political ideologues remarkable mainly for their galactic incompetence intrude on ever more aspects of our lives — aspects both large and small.  They tell us what light bulbs we're allowed to use and how much water we may flush.  They stick swabs in our mouths to collect our DNA and order us to buy health insurance we don't want.  They can seize our land if they think they know how to use it better, or stop us from using our land because a favored amphibian might live there too.

Press shield has holes.  In response to the acknowledged abuses of his own Justice Department, President Obama has urged Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to reintroduce legislation for a "journalist shield law."  And in typical Washington fashion, the proposed act would do nothing to prevent the abuses that supposedly make the law so necessary.  We saw a similar response to the horrible Connecticut school shootings last December — a raft of laws that wouldn't have prevented the tragedy in the first place.  It seems that whenever government fails to do what it is supposed to do with the laws already on the books, the answer is to give the government even more power.

A Government's Targeting of Conservatives and Pregnant Women.  Government targeting of conservatives is not confined to a couple of federal departments, as demonstrated by the events in a small District of Columbia employee relations board.  A letter obtained by PJ Media documents open racism and hostility toward pregnant and conservative employees in the D.C. Public Employee Relations Board (PERB).  The letter also demonstrates that lawless hostility toward conservatives is a characteristic of all levels of government.

One Man's Hitler Fascination.  Here's a story you probably haven't heard, unless you read Drudge or Breitbart.  The Independent in the U.K. has published a story, as have a couple of Jewish outlets.  That's all I can find.  You tell me if it qualifies as "news" that the "news " media should be covering.  It involves a young man who would someday become one of the best-known and most powerful men in the world.  A new book is out.  It explores recently uncovered diaries kept by this young man.  The journal entries document his fascination with Adolf Hitler and Nazism.

Author: Soviet agents subverted US in 1930s.  Syndicated columnist Diana West says the ultimate conclusion of her new book shocked even her.  "Americans have been betrayed ... by our leaders going back to FDR's administration in the 1930s because we were penetrated by Soviet agents to such an extent that our policies and, indeed I argue, our character as a nation was subverted," she explained in an interview with The Daily Caller's Ginni Thomas about her book, "American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character."  "I don't believe we won World War II," West added.  "I believe that we were actually carrying out Soviet strategy due to this penetration."

Scandals usually lead to reform. Maybe not this time.  Put aside the politics, and the question of who-knew-what-when.  There are two policy problems highlighted by the controversies at the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice.  The first is the growth of 501(c)(4) groups into vehicles for anonymous and unlimited political spending.  The second is the Obama administration's overzealous prosecution of leaks.  Unfortunately, for those who would like to see these policy problems resolved, the wrong party is angry about them and the wrong party is complacent.

Don't Blow the Opportunity Obama Has Handed Us.  The American founding fathers understood that government expands and becomes tyrannical not because it is inherently corrupt, but government, because of its unique role in the affairs of a nation, can easily be transformed into an overwhelming instrument of oppression and self-aggrandizement. [...] This process, while slowly evolving over the past eighty years, has hit the crisis point with the most corrupt and ideological administration in American history, coupled with the massive infiltration of government agencies andf [sic] the mainstream media by those motivated by ideology, greed and narcissism.

Five reasons why focus on scandals is unlikely to backfire on GOP as in 1998.  As multiple scandals have simultaneously engulfed the Obama administration, a number of political observers have cautioned Republicans against overreaching.  Liberal blogger Greg Sargent writes over at the Washington Post that, "the current scandal-mania gripping the GOP risks bringing about a rerun of 1998, when the frenzy amid the Monica Lewinsky revelations led the GOP to overreach, resulting in backlash."

A Crisis of Authority.  Democracy is in peril:  That is an emerging theme of the liberal left's response to the Obama scandals.  The argument misses the point, no doubt deliberately.  What we are witnessing now is not a crisis of democracy but a crisis of authority.  The administrative state, in thrall to a decadent cultural elite, has lost the consent of the governed.

Obama's Scandals Reveal the True Face of Government.  I take a bipartisan approach to Washington, DC's political scandals and find myself savoring them all, regardless of the party that is in control of the White House.  Any sane person would conclude that all administrations and bureaucracies essentially are corrupt given that they thrive on the exertion of power of other people.  We know about the corrupting influence of power, and DC has become like ancient Rome that way.  It's a magnet for those seeking favor, money, or a big title administering some pointless program.

The Lying King.  At a dinner not long ago someone described the wonders of a new product which uploaded your vital signs to the Cloud, a process that was so much more accurate than having to take it yourself and write it down on a piece of paper. [... But] The American economy increasingly runs on information.  That also means that it increasingly runs on trust.

In Praise of Schadenfreude.  Why is anybody surprised by the tactics of this administration?  Starting with the 2008 campaign, some of us have been warning about the fundamental nature of a crew whose explicit goal was the fundamental transformation of the United States of America.  Today, as scandal piles upon scandal, the press finally seems to be waking up to the fact that it's been had.

O's scandals take nation by storm.  As a metaphor for big government, it is hard to top the Justice Department's seizing of journalists' phone records from The Associated Press.  Unless, of course, you think the best example is the Internal Revenue Service turning the screws on groups it viewed as conservative and, therefore, unworthy of fair treatment.  Or maybe the winner is the sneaky spreading of ObamaCare's tentacles, with insurance companies now predicting the law will drive up the cost of individual premiums by as much as 400 percent.  There are no losers in this race to the bottom — except the American people.

A Dangerous Mind.  [Scroll down]  In fact the worst recorded cases of modern terrorism never used a firearm.  The attackers on September 11 used box cutters.  Jim Jones used a poisoned Kool-Aid.  Shoko Ashara manufactured Sarin.  Timothy McVeigh's weapon of choice was fertilizer.  The Boston Bombers wreaked their mayhem with nothing but pressure cookers and black powder.  Their real weapon was not the box cutter.  It was knowledge.  For a choice of enemies pick a paranoid illiterate holed up in a mountain cabin with a rifle and six cases of beans over an MIT engineering graduate out to kill the world any day of the week.

Furlough ObamaCare Folks, Not Air Traffic Controllers.  The administration furloughed federal workers whose absences would cause the most pain to the public.  ObamaCare officials, meanwhile, are still at work, though they should have been the first ones sent home.

Selective Constitutional Deafness.  Often a phenomenon of bad marriages, "selective deafness" is when one hears only what is convenient.  The same failing manifests itself in government when politicians and judges hear the Constitution talk only when it sings their tune.  Worse still, sometimes these people behave as if the document says things it doesn't.  This is the equivalent of hearing things.

Clarence Thomas: Obama 'Approved By The Elites' Because He Says What They 'Expect From A Black Person'.  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas ripped the media and took a subtle dig at President Obama during an CSPAN interview dated from April 9th.  When asked about how he felt about the nation's first black President, Barack Obama, Thomas said he always knew it would have to be a person who was "approved by the elites and the media" because if it was someone who they didn't agree with, that person would be picked apart.

Flying the Government Skies.  Start with the Federal Aviation Administration, better known as the Postal Service without the modern technology.  Flyers directly fund two-thirds of the FAA's budget through 17 airline taxes and fees — about 20% of the cost of a $300 domestic ticket, up from 7% in the 1970s.  Yet now the White House wants to make this agency that can't deliver what passengers are supposedly paying for even more dysfunctional.

The Corruption of Big Spending Democrats.  A sad fact is that few of the votes cast by our Senators and Congressmen are cast based on the merits of the main bill.  Instead they are cast to get give-aways paid for courtesy of the American taxpayers.  The best reform movement our government could make, one that would help cut the size of government, is to initiate a movement to have stand-alone bills where the only amendments allowed are those that pertain directly to the subject of the bill.

[The] Air Traffic Slowdown is [a] Manufactured Crisis.  So the sky is not falling, the government is beginning to see higher revenues, the deficit appears to have shrunk a little and Social Security checks are going out on time.  But over at the Federal Aviation Administration, they're playing a different game, hitting the air-flying public and air freight industry where it hurts the most:  lengthy delays that cost time and money.  FAA officials say sequestration cuts have forced them to sharply reduce the number of air traffic controllers and that they had no other options.

Demonizing Ted Cruz.  Ted Cruz has made quite an impression in just three months in the Senate.  Like Marco Rubio, he is the son of a Cuban exile.  He is a extraordinarily talented guy.  Unlike Barack Obama, he had a stellar record both in academia and in the practice of law:  he was national debating champion, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, clerked for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, was named by American Lawyer magazine as one of the 50 Best Litigators under 45 in America, served as Solicitor General of the State of Texas and authored more than 80 briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court.[...] So it is not surprising that, just as Cruz has quickly become a hero on the right, the Democratic Party is out to destroy him.

Media Chorus to Silence Ted Cruz Growing Louder.  The complaints are all quite familiar by now:
  •   "He has already turned the Senate's ancient seniority system upside down and is dominating his senior Republican colleagues."
  •   "Cruz is 42, the same age Joe McCarthy was when he amassed power in the Senate with his allegations of communist infiltration.  Tail-gunner Ted debuted in the Senate this year with the insinuation that Chuck Hagel, now the defense secretary, may have been on the payroll of the North Koreans.  Cruz also wrote in Politico that "Hagel's nomination has been publicly celebrated by the Iranian government."
  •   "Now Cruz is turning his incendiary allegations against fellow Republicans."

Silence of the Lambs in America.  As Americans, we are witnessing the systematic dismantling of our country by the incremental erosion of our liberties and rights by methods that are shaking the very foundations upon which this country was founded.  We've seen this before, as history is filled with examples of our current predicament; but somehow, today, things seem different to those who are paying attention.

Liberals accomplish massive changes through innocuous incremental steps.  Note the steps:
  •   Ask for more than you know you can achieve.  In fact, ask for something you don't even want.  Then everyone will be focused more on that than on your real goal.
  •   Use all media and educational tools to inculcate your view in the public and low-information voters.
  •   Develop your own lexicon, redefine words, and then keep pounding those words into the psyche each time you speak.
  •   Attack your opponents not on logic or facts, but by name-calling and emotion, and accuse them of being "obstructionist."
  •   When you concede, always be sure you've moved the marker a little farther toward your goal.
  •   Reset the measures so that the new position is now considered "normal," which makes it impossible for anyone to argue against or reverse.

A Primer for Understanding Obama's Budget.  Congress can misrepresent the effects of any given piece of legislation in complex ways.  It does not do so by entering, say, $800 million when the correct number is $900 million.  Instead, Congress enacts certain tax and spending measures as "temporary" when it has no intention of allowing the provision to lapse; or it assumes legislative provisions in current law that would cut spending will be made, when Congress knows they never will.

We need an IQ test for politicians.  While politicians talk about expanding background checks for gun owners, I'm starting to think that what we really need are IQ tests for political officeholders.  The only problem is, that might leave us with a lot of vacancies in Congress and America's statehouses.

They pay less, so you pay more.
Understanding the Many Costs of Corporate Welfare.  Beneficiaries of the various special tax treatments and exceptions include owners of NASCAR speedways, companies in American Samoa, rum producers, businesses on Indian reservations, railroads, Hollywood moviemakers, and green-energy firms, including wind-power equipment producers. [...] Corporate welfare is a way for politicians to maintain the façade of a free economy while rewarding some activities and punishing others.

You are among the last weeds in the Marxist Garden.  If we do not eradicate the parasites from our Society, then our society will collapse.  We can tolerate some quantity of parasitic leeching, but not the level we have today.  According to recent reports half of the households in America receive some sort of parasitic benefit, and a third of our population are suffering one STD or another, half of all marriages end in divorce, our literacy rate and cognitive abilities of our young are in the toilet, homosexuality is accepted to be on the same moral plane as matrimony, and the number of Americans today who genuinely subscribe to Jefferson's Rightful Liberty is probably under 3% of the population.

When the government goes bankrupt.  [Bankruptcy] rarely happens to the government.  That's because the government, which has no competition, creates no wealth, doesn't produce anything of value and needn't attract clients, has a monopoly on the use of force with which it can extract what it needs to pay for its mistakes in the form of higher taxes.  These extractions, of course, are not voluntary transactions as when you buy gas for your car or food for your table.  They are mafia-style transactions: Pay us more, or else.

Long knives for Ben Carson.  Among the people who "do more before breakfast than most others do all day," Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins is atop the list.  What he does really is brain surgery, and not just brain surgery, but brain surgery on infants, the most delicate of patients.  His steady hands and quiet manner in the operating room will be excellent training for his latest challenge:  withstanding the verbal slings and arrows of black leaders who don't like his political views.

Why Freight Rail Pays and Passenger Trains Flunk.  The past 40 years have seen a laboratory experiment on how to revive railroads.  Government has gotten out of freight rail, while passenger rail has become largely a public sector function.  We've had a chance to see which works better and to understand why.

When Men Forsake God, Tyranny Always Follows.  The prophetic words of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn resonate like thunder across the history of man.  "Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened." [...] Godlessness is always the first step to the concentration camp.  Tragically, that same process is now at work in America and many other parts of the world.  Too many refuse to see it or believe it.

Why America should have elected Gary Johnson.  Republicans who wanted change or saw something wrong couldn't criticize George W. Bush when he was in office because it would have been disloyal to their party.  Democrats now can't criticize President Barack Obama because of the fear that they will be castigated for disloyalty to their president.  But who, if anyone, speaks today with loyalty to the people, to the Constitution and to our Republic?

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Perhaps America should have elected Barry Goldwater, but there's no point in speculating about it now.

Bread and Circuses: The Last Days of the American EmpirePan et Circenses (Bread and Circuses) famously described the relationship between the Roman Emperor and his people in the decadent years of the Empire, and they seem fairly applied to America today.  We have, in line with our technological advancement, upgraded (if that is the term) to food stamps (47.5 million and counting) and sports, but the broad scenario hasn't changed.  The Romans devalued their denarius by reducing its silver content; we devalue our dollar by issuing more of them against an unchanged amount of real wealth.  To wit:  Gas was 20 cents a gallon in the early 1930's; a new 1937 Chevrolet could be had for $725 and a 1940 haircut was $0.50.  Imperial Rome failed to manage its finances; imperial America's debt, deficits and inflation are just an updated rerun.

Trouble is Brewing in America.  Ordinary American citizens may need guns and ammunition to defend themselves and their families in the not-so-distant future.  That's why they are buying AR 15s and other scary looking weapons in record numbers.  Like me, they can see the writing on the wall, and they are preparing for what might happen.

One of the nastiest and most immoral political acts in modern times.  People who rob old ladies in the street, or hold up security vans, are branded as thieves.  Yet when Germany presides over a heist of billions of pounds from private savers' Cyprus bank accounts, to 'save the euro' for the hundredth time, this is claimed as high statesmanship.  It is nothing of the sort.  The deal to secure a €10 billion German bailout of the bankrupt Mediterranean island is one of the nastiest and most immoral political acts of modern times.  It has struck fear into the hearts of hundreds of millions of European citizens, because it establishes a dire precedent.

Jane Goodall's Troubling, Error-Filled New Book, 'Seeds of Hope'.  Last week famed primatologist Jane Goodall was found to have plagiarized parts of her new book, but a deeper look reveals a work plagued by rampant copying, obvious errors, and ominous junk science.

Can It Happen Here?  The decision of the government in Cyprus to simply take money out of people's bank accounts there sent shock waves around the world. [...] The economic repercussions of having people feel that their money is not safe in banks can be catastrophic.

NASA's Chinese Spy Problem.  Looks like NASA is suffering from a massive infestation of Chinese spies.  So, let me get this straight (and I'm not being funny here):
  •   We've got radical Islamists in our government, committing a soft coup from within.  Check.
  •   We've got Commie radicals in our unions, schools and major institutions.  Check.
  •   We've got Commies, radical Islamists and spies in our political ranks.  Check.
  •   We've got Commie spies from China throughout our scientific communities.  Check.
The only surprise here, is that we haven't been totally destroyed from the enemies within yet.

Liberty and Self-Government: California or Texas?  This week America took a step toward Texas, and away from California.  On the same day the Alamo fell 117 years ago, the historic filibuster of Rand Paul scored, with an assist by Senator Ted Cruz.  It did so because these men understand that the leadership America has achieved in military, economic, scientific and cultural arenas is not due to its size or population.  Nor is its unheralded dominance the result of an accident.  With only five percent of the world's population, America is dwarfed.  But its founders were giants.

Escape From Spending Hell.  So it looks like we've all been sentenced to spending at least two more years in budget hell with Barack Obama.  Under the rules of budget hell set the past four years by the prince of Pennsylvania Avenue, you're not allowed to do anything real about federal spending.  You can only fight over federal spending.  Forever.

The Escape and Roundup of the Sheep.  Of all of the stupid things we do, changing our clocks each spring and fall, has to rank near the top.  The anarchists of Arizona don't recognize the spring forward, fall back national stupidity that occurs twice a year at 2 a.m. on a Sunday morning.  In fact, Arizona seems to do just fine without that bi-annual disruption.  Odd.  The question I have isn't whether or not the time change is useful — clearly it is not.  The real fun occurs when we ask ourselves, "How do we get rid of it?"

Is it time to end Daylight Saving Time?  [Scroll down]  In any case, the United States formally instituted Daylight Saving Time in 1918 to place work and school schedules within daylight hours to save electricity.  But now lighting accounts for a small amount of energy consumed by the country, and the savings are minimal, argues Bora Zivkovic, a chronobiologist.  Moreover scientists are beginning to understand good reasons why changing our clocks back and forth is not at all good for humans.

Death to Daylight Saving Time.  This morning you were required to get out of bed an hour earlier than you rose last Monday.  If you are like most people, you did so in the same spirit of resignation with which you endure winter rain, believing that there are benefits to be gained from Daylight Saving Time that outweigh its discomfort and inconvenience.  This belief, however, has no basis in reality.  Unlike cold rain, which at least provides sustenance for the land and its inhabitants, DST offers no benefit whatsoever.  Indeed, evidence is mounting that it actually constitutes a threat to your health and adds substantially to the cost of American medical care.

Surviving the coming collapse.  Based on my investigation, numerous interviews and hours upon hours of extensive research, one thing appears to be certain.  The collapse of the U.S. dollar is a mathematical certainty, it merely a question of when.  No one seems able to answer the timing aspect of such an event, although they all comfortably believe it will be sometime within the next 18-24 months at the "outside."  Quietly, however, they have murmured that they don't think we have that much time.

Why Florida Persists in the Zimmerman Prosecution.  Prodded by a president with a weakness for racial agitation and enabled by a politically complicit media, the State of Florida persists in a prosecution that can come to no good end.  The defendant is neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman.  The charge is the second-degree murder.  The potential outcomes range from major injustice, if Zimmerman is convicted, to mayhem in the streets, if he's acquitted.

The media's approach to Rand Paul's filibuster: pretend it never happened.  During his filibuster odyssey, Paul demonstrated that he is a lucid speaker, who still managed to make sense after almost twelve hours on his feet.  No wonder the Young Gun Republicans in the Senate soon rallied to his cause.  (And no wonder the Old Gun Republicans went off to enjoy an expensive dinner with Barack Obama.)  In one staggering feat, Rand Paul demonstrated he is contender material for the 2016 presidential election.

Bradley Manning is lucky he's not charged with treason.  Army Pfc. Bradley Manning pleaded guilty Thursday [2/28/2013] to 10 charges related to the misuse of federal documents.  He will likely spend 20 years in prison for these offenses.  He may face further charges, and we hope the military prosecutes him on as many of them as possible.

Big Government Likes To Inflict Pain To Avoid Cuts.  Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this:  Imagine a government agency with only two tasks:  (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children.  If this agency's budget were cut, what would it do?  The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children.  Why?  Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored.  If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of Benedict Arnold in the first place.

Fighting the Real Enemy.  [Scroll down]  That is our situation today.  We have a federal budget law which is simply ignored, and immigration laws are not enforced.  The Tenth and Ninth Amendments, intended to preserve the autonomy of states and of individuals, have been scrubbed out of the Constitution.  We have no "government" in America at all any longer; we have a regime of intimidation whose real masters do not hold public offices.

The Democratic Majority Is Doomed.  [Scroll down]  More recently, leftists took to calling themselves "progressives" to avoid what was seen as the pejorative term "liberal."  And just over two years ago, the Democrats took a drubbing in the midterm elections.  Today, with the real-time flow of unfiltered information via blogs, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc., and more Americans self-identifying as independents and able to shift their support rapidly to either party, lasting coalitions will be difficult to maintain.

Repeal the 17th Amendment!  [T]he American system was deliberately designed to balance power between the various branches of government and to guarantee individual rights against majority rule, thus protecting the people from tyranny whether they liked it or not.  The United States government was arranged in this way as a permanent bulwark against federal encroachment.  "Changing times" was no more a strong justification for the undoing of this system in 1913 than it is now.  And whatever the Wilson-era progressives might have held, the federal government was not intended to be a wholly separated layer of government.  Instead, it was to be intertwined with the states to such an extent that it could not ride roughshod over their interests without pushback.

The Tyrant in Your Television.  When conservatives point to the obvious contradiction between Barack Obama's words and actions on spending, taxes, healthcare, the free market, Benghazi, and almost everything else, they merely reveal their naïvité.  Obama, like [Bill] Clinton, is not a president, or even a human, in the old sense of those terms.  He is a TV-president and a TV-human; his words need not match any reality beyond the media apparatus in which he "exists."  He is to be judged according to whether his TV-presidency is interesting and entertaining.  When the greater public gets bored of the show, they will switch channels and watch a different show.

"We Have An Entitlement Problem" And One Day The Fed's Hamster Wheel Will Stop.  The media was more concerned about the fiscal cliff and what might happen to the economy over the three months than the big picture which is the debt which is going to swallow our kids in 15 or 20 years.  They totally take a pass on entitlements which is the problem.

The Decline of America.  Americans have never led such affluent material lives — at least as measured by access to cell phones, big-screen TVs, cheap jet travel, and fast food.  Obesity rather than malnutrition is the greater threat to national health.  Flash mobs go after electronics stores, not food markets.  Americans spend more money on Botox, face lifts, and tummy tucks than on the age-old scourges of polio, smallpox, and malaria.

The audacity of Ben Carson.  [President] Obama is not used to being challenged, especially in public, even if indirectly and without being specifically named.  From the look on his face, it was obvious Obama was none too pleased with Carson's message or with his "presumptuousness" in presenting it in that forum, while he had to sit still and — remain silent.

Confederalism.  Confederalism also allows people to choose to live in states which reflect their values.  Those people truly interested in "diversity" ought to delight in this aspect of Confederalism.  Those states that wish to recognize gay marriage, under the principles of Confederalism, can do that.  Those states that wish to have prayer in public school can do that, too.  As with any market-driven system, everyone wins.  If Confederalism is the tonic our nation needs, what can we do about it?

We, the Grand Jury.  The education citizens gain by participating in the grand jury process — and it is estimated that one-third of Americans will serve on some sort of jury in their lifetime — isn't only about their criminal justice system.  It's also about their community.

A Perfect Contrast.  The revelation here is not that Barack Obama is a PC thug who intends to transform the fabric of America, or that he makes victims of women rather than empowering them, or that he subscribes to a Marxist's notion of fairness by coercion, or that his healthcare solution is a muddled, hopeless mess sold on Utopian dreams.  We already knew all that.  No, the real revelation is that at this year's prayer breakfast, so often only a pious ritual, his exact opposite stood and spoke in sharp contrast to our president.

Don't give up rights without a fight.  Somehow, in 237 years, we have gone from declaring the necessity of dissolving political bands with England and explaining proudly why we must do so ... to the current pusillanimous acquiescence to tyranny which we are assured by the villains in Washington, D.C, is better than the alternative.  Don't you believe it.  The alternative, ladies and gentleman, is freedom.

Do We Live in a Post-Truth Era?  "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts," the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.) famously quipped.  But when it comes to social and environmental problems nowadays, nearly everyone thinks he is entitled to his own facts, and an army of experts is on hand to manufacture and promote the carefully curated truths they require.

The Super Bowl Veers Left.  During Sunday's Super Bowl, the advertising and programming executives in Hollywood and New York graced us with their version of what we want to see.  And if it's any reflection of reality, we're becoming a coarser, stupider, and less value-oriented nation.

Hijacking Rights.  Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the "hidden" confiscation of wealth.  Gold stands in the way of this insidious process.  It stands as a protector of property rights."  Fiat money is a credit con game.  It borrows money from you today which is paid by money it will borrow from you tomorrow.  This con game has now run up a debt of $16 trillion and an unfunded liability of $100 trillion.

Unite or Perish.  Americans who value the Constitution and the Founders' vision must set aside their differences and unite upon common ground or we all can continue to watch American freedom perish.  It is time to regroup, re-engage, and organize and, most importantly:  Unite or perish.

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I'm so sick of this "set aside your differences" nonsense.  "Americans who value the Constitution and the Founders' vision" don't have any major differences.  Differences exist between true conservatives and so-called "big tent" people — godless centrists who want to include abortion, same-sex marriage, open borders, women in combat, and global warming battles into the Republican platform.

Dangerous Times: Gimme a General Who Won't Fight!  Lincoln's first generals fought desperately hard, but not hard enough to win.  In the upshot, the Civil War dragged out to became our bloodiest war ever, 600,000 dead — mostly white folks.  And yes, it was triggered by Christian Abolitionists who made slavery morally intolerable to half the nation.  Lincoln was therefore forced to find generals who would fight, and he found Sherman and Grant, who wreaked terrible destruction on the South.  He could see no alternative.  Soldiers who survived the Civil War lived with their painful wounds for the rest of their lives.  They had no modern painkillers, no antibiotics, just liquor, morphine and silent suffering.

Big Government Is Bad Government Because Power Attracts The Corrupt.  It's a good bet that no matter where you are on the political spectrum-liberal, conservative, libertarian or something else-you want men and women in government to be honest, humble, fair, wise, independent, responsible, incorruptible, mindful of the future and respectful of others.  But you may be holding profoundly contradictory views without realizing it.  This is the bottom line:  The bigger government gets, the less likely it will attract men and women who possess those traits we all say we want.

Good Sense and Gun Control.  In the early 1980s, transit officials in Washington couldn't figure out why traffic on the Beltway would grind to a near halt every day around the exact same time.  The usual explanations didn't fit.  Then it was discovered that a single driver was to blame.  Every day on his drive to work, this commuter would plant himself in the left lane and set his cruise control to 55 mph, the posted speed limit, forcing those behind him to merge right, and you can imagine the effects.

What Happened to Our Country?  A yearning exists for the days when children rode their bikes to schools, which were open with flowing green fields where they frolicked under minimal supervision.  Now children are escorted by grownups to their schools, which are fenced in and then locked down.  Remember even at Sandy Hook the school was locked down at 9:30 each morning, just as almost all elementary schools are today.  What does it say to the children of our country that they have to be escorted everywhere they go?  Are they left to think that wherever they go there are people in uniforms providing security and their parents are on a constant vigil watching them?  What kind of country have we passed to them?

A Revolution is Part Anger and Outrage, and This is Revolution.  When the peasants revolt, they can often be tricked into going home with some false promises and free beer.  It worked more often with the serfs in European history than you would think.  It's the middle class that you really have to watch out for. [...] The most dangerous people are the ones who have tasted enough freedom and prosperity to want to keep it.

Flip of a $1 trillion coin.  The Obama administration has finally put to rest the absurd plan to mint a $1 trillion coin to evade spending limitations, but the idea remains a sad sign of the times. [...] This year will be the fifth in a row in which the federal government has spent $1 trillion more than it took in.  It's a relief that the Treasury has finally ruled out this shell game, but at the same time it is an apt symbol of how Washington has grown so out of control that such a plan could be entertained.

A land less free.  The United States is no longer a beacon of freedom to the world.  Countries once looked to America for inspiration on how to escape poverty and embrace prosperity, but now they can find better examples to follow. [...] U.S. economic policy has broken faith with the Founding Fathers, who preached the value of property rights, sound money and the rule of law.  Our government has traded the frugality of Benjamin Franklin for a habit of spending $1 trillion more than it takes in each year.  Profligate lawmakers use public funds to bail out Wall Street banks and Detroit labor unions.

Congress Must hold Hearings into the Al Jazeera Deal.  If Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) lets the Al Jazeera-Al Gore deal go through without scrutiny, then every broadcast entity or communications facility in America is ripe for the plucking by any of our nation's enemies and adversaries.  For those who haven't been paying attention lately, the government of Qatar has announced a deal through Al Jazeera with former Democratic Vice President Al Gore for his Current TV cable channel, in order to transform it into an arm of its Jihadist or "Terror TV" network, once known as a mouthpiece for mass murderer Osama bin Laden.  They are planning to call it "Al Jazeera America," when the oil money for the transaction is coming from abroad.

Allen West: The only gun control is your index finger.  West believes that it just won't fly with the American people and he doesn't believe that Obama has the populous mandate that he things he has.  West says we're not talking about the real issues anyway, we're just talking about a political agenda.

America Is Reaping From Its Moral Collapse.  How could America have become such an alien place, where bedrock principles of the Constitution face imminent threat and the nation's finances careen towards implosion, with Washington oblivious to the scope of the problem?  How could an event as horrendous as the Sandy Hook shootings be so shamelessly exploited by politicians who clearly have no interest in addressing its root causes or achieving workable solutions, yet are happy to wield it as a means of bludgeoning their political opposition?

It's about more than guns.  Today, we find ourselves at the precipice of a tyrannical takeover and the complete destruction of our Republic, best illustrated by the talk of disarming the American populace.  The assertion is that the it's for the children when, in fact, the children are being used as political capital to advance the political agenda of American disarmament, loss of liberty, sovereignty, and the rights bestowed on our Republic by God as enumerated by our Constitution.  Notice how there is a war not only against gun owners, but a parallel war against the very Judeo-Christian principles on which this country was founded.

Limbaugh Asks CNN: How Would You React If Bush/Cheney Tried To Use Executive Order On Abortion?  "If George Bush, and Dick Cheney, and Alberto Gonzales got together and decided too many people were dying because of abortion in this country, and said that they were looking at ways to curb abortion, and one of the things they were doing was using executive orders on abortion," Limbaugh said to CNN in particular, "what do you think your reaction would be?  I'm telling you:  outraged panic would set in."

Why Americans cannot discipline their children.  The ultimate reason that Americans are unable to discipline their children is that they have no authority over them.  The American state, together with private industry, especially the "helping professions," have usurped their authority in loco parentis, thus empowering physicians, psychologists, judges, social workers, dentists and other health workers by, in effect, reducing people to parental incompetence.  American children run amuck, throw tantrums in the "terrible twos" and "fearsome fours," and commit indignities against their parents and maliciously disobey them such as to shock the rest of the world.

The right to shoot tyrants, not deer.  There have been practical historical reasons for the near universal historical acceptance of the individual possession of this right.  The dictators and monsters of the 20th century — from Stalin to Hitler, from Castro to Pol Pot, from Mao to Assad — have disarmed their people.  Only because some of those people resisted the disarming were all eventually enabled to fight the dictators for freedom.  Sometimes they lost.  Sometimes they won.  The principal reason the colonists won the American Revolution is that they possessed weapons equivalent in power and precision to those of the British government.

Democrat Hurricanes Versus Republican Hurricanes.  Mature adults understand that earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters are an unfortunate fact of life.  They further know that government agencies are, by their very nature, slow and lumbering animals.  [Paul] Krugman was right about one thing, though.  Sandy would not be Obama's Katrina because the press is on his side.  President Obama parachuted into New Jersey after the storm and declared that he would not tolerate "red tape" or "bureaucracy" by the government.  He then hopped back aboard Air Force One and resumed his campaign schedule.

20 Ways America Has Begun to Reap What It Has Sown.  [#8]  We allow communists, terrorists, and people who hate America to be public university professors in this country; then we're surprised when our college students graduate without understanding how this country works and what made it great in the first place.

The real Obama returns.  "Why," asked The Washington Post on the eve of the final "fiscal-cliff" agreement, "is the nation's leader not embracing and then explaining the balanced reforms the nation needs?"  Because he has no interest in them.  He's a visionary, not an accountant.  Sure, he'll pretend to care about deficits, especially while running for re-election.  But now that he's past the post, he's free to be himself — a committed big-government social-democrat.

Can You Imagine King George III Telling Our Nation's Founders They Couldn't Have Muskets?  From Hollywood's heavily armed guarded elite to the radical, anti-gun commie rag Journal News, peaceful and upright average Joes are being isolated and concentrated on as the bane of America's existence just because we righteously and lawfully keep and bear arms.  Hollywood has even cobbled together a little tsk-tsk black and white video demanding our government do something about gun violence.  That would be the very gun violence they have glamorized on the big screen for the last few decades.

Who's 'Dangerous'?  The case for locking up the dangerous usually proceeds from three assumptions:  (1) that any person who commits atrocities such as the Newtown or Colorado shootings must be mentally ill (and thus, a proper subject of psychiatric treatment); (2) that "dangerousness" is a quantifiable entity which can be accurately identified and measured, like flour or sugar; and, (3) that involuntary civil commitment on grounds of dangerousness poses no threat to individual rights because it does not risk a criminal conviction or imprisonment.  All three assumptions are demonstrably wrong.

Who Would Dare Veto the Sandy Bill?  In the late 19th century we had a president empowered by the same Constitution we have now, who felt its limitations mattered.  Today's politicians, judges, academia and mainstream media are unashamed to openly defy the Constitution, circumvent it, or declare it outdated and irrelevant — while at the same time seeking to publicly shame those who strive to adhere to it, or at the very least hesitate to spend what our treasury doesn't hold.

O's cloud over us all.  More than ever, the "invisible hand" of free markets is being replaced by the visible hand of bureaucrats.  The political class is the new master of the universe. [...] That's because the tax-and-spending drama in Washington, as pathetic and infuriating as it is, threatens real-world consequences for every American.  How could it be otherwise when Big Government is getting bigger?

Guns are dangerous, but people are more so.  Guns are dangerous, but only in the hands of dangerous or irresponsible people.  Guns also represent safety when they are in the hands of those who know how to use them correctly, and those whose hearts are pure.  But now, it appears that Sen. Diane Feinstein, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and numerous other legislators are intent on shaming those responsible people who have guns, rather than focusing on trying to find ways to make society safer by making sure that crazy people get treatment and evil people go to jail — before they make their suicidal last stand.

Guns Are Not the Problem, People Are.  In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, there has been a flurry of calls for gun control.  Senator Diane Feinstein has called for national gun control legislation, which is supported by President Obama.  Bob Costas and Piers Morgan have made condescending remarks on TV towards those who do not support gun control. [...] However, gun control is not and will never be the answer to ending violence.  Using the tragedy at sandy hook [sic] as a catalyst for more Government control over our lives and actions will only compound violence in our society.

Has Obama's Big Spending Also Bought American Silence On Chinese Prison Camps?  Despite a slew of laws to the contrary, it looks as though America's vaunted trade relationship with China — the one hailed by the Obama administration and praised by CEOs from Siemens, Bayer, Coca-Cola, Citibank, and General Electric — remains what it always has been:  a great slave empire.

The Politics of Gun Control.  If we are going to take effective action against events like the Newtown massacre, it's not our freedoms that should be limited.  We've protected the dangerous mentally ill so well that it's extremely difficult under most states' laws, to take them off the streets.  And even where — as in Connecticut — the laws provide the means to do so, those laws are not used effectively.  Their freedoms are trumping our right to safe schools, movie theaters, and shopping malls.

The Worst School Massacre In American History Was 'Gun-Free'.  It was the unspeakably horrible, evil act of a man who had become insane.  Of a man whose heart was so cold that he could no longer sense any difference between right and wrong.  Against such people, no law passed by Congress will ever prevail.  Only the final judgment will.

Does the Promise of Media Coverage Encourage Mass Murder?  What are the guaranteed promises the media makes to those willing to go on a shooting-spree targeting innocent people?  The answer is simple:
    1. The media will make you famous.
    2. The media will ensure your crime controls the national conversation for days, even weeks.
    3. The media will try to make your crime relevant when it comes to national policy.
    4. The more awful your crime, the more attention you'll receive.
    5. The media debate and push for political impact will be so great, the president of the United States will talk about what you did, books will be published, and movies will be made.

"Progressive" talk radio station shuts down, feels betrayed.  From the website of WVKO 1580AM in Columbus, "Ohio's Progressive Talk":  ["]It is with great sadness I must inform WVKO's listeners that once again, Progressive Talk will be silenced on the Columbus airwaves.  Our one-year lease on the station is about to expire, and at this time there is no way that we can continue operating the station.["]

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Left-wing talk radio has been tried many times and has never been commercially successful, because (1) there aren't that many leftists, partly because they feel free to abort their offspring, (2) if you've heard one episode of a left-wing rant program, you've heard them all, (3) advertisers won't support tax-and-spend anticapitalists who are trying to put those advertisers out of business, or under the control of the government, and (4) the message from left-wing talk radio is tiresome and disheartening:  There is never anything uplifting in the extemporaneous rant of a baby-killing totalitarian marxist.  A lot of late-night right-wing radio is tiresome, too, but at least it's punctuated with pride in our country, love of freedom, and faith in God.

Our Financial Crisis Is Government-Created.  Suppose you saw a building on fire.  Would you seek counsel from the arsonist who set it ablaze for advice on how to put it out? [...] But that's precisely what we've done:  turned to the people who created our fiscal crisis to fix it.

Printing Weapons.  Like it or not, the seed of printing weapons has been planted, and the idea is sure to gain momentum through hobbyists in the near future — until federal laws are enacted to gain control over the issue.  It's only a matter of time before a printed weapon is used in a crime.

Let Teachers Carry A Weapon.  After 9/11 there was a push to allow airline pilots to carry weapons to protect themselves.  This was based on the idea that there are times when bad people get into restricted areas and needed to be dealt with via lethal force.  Classrooms are no different, in my opinion.  Before you freak out, I'm not talking about the open carrying of weapons in schools.  My suggestion is that teachers should be able to have weapons in their classrooms and in offices that are securely locked with limited access.  If an event were to happen, teachers could get to their weapons and help to diffuse a situation and minimize casualties.  And perhaps twisted people would think twice about entering a school if they knew that they might meet resistance.

The Dumbing Down Of Americans.  Superficial thinking has made many Americans vulnerable to demagogues, thieves and just plain liars.  Unfortunately, the media and our government are full of the latter.  What's behind this intellectual indolence?  Is it drugs, our poor educational system, the instant gratification addiction induced by the technological advances in our culture or is it all the above?

Race With the Devil — Is America Converting to Marxism?  Only fanatics believe that any negatives are acceptable simply because they are delivered by a Democrat, instead of a Republican.  Yet this is the strange territory we are now traversing.  Further, the relentless and implacable leftist nature of America's army of journalists, entertainers, academics is now mirrored by the voting public.

Stalinism Lives in South Africa: Was Nelson Mandela a Secret Communist?  Last week, a book review appeared in the Wall Street Journal by South African journalist Rian Malan, a man from the Afrikaner family who ran the apartheid regime but broke with them and became an opponent of apartheid. [...] Mr. Malan refers to the fact that all the contemporary black South African leaders, from Mandela on, have sung the praises of leftist dictators such as Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, and among other things have been vigorous opponents of Israel.  Led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, they all depict Israel, as Tutu recently put it, as a state even worse than apartheid South Africa.

Welcome to the Catacombs.  The nation is now divided.  Not between or among the classes promoted by the Democrats who have routinely sorted groups by race, income, wealth, digital access, and a thousand other sub-classes in their unending search for victims to label, save, and subjugate.  No, not talking about all those.  Because there are only two classes now:  "Christians" and "Romans".

Laughing Out Loud at Obama.  We might all love a farce when viewed from afar, but a tempest in a teapot is dangerous when we all live in that teapot.

Will We Ever Get Our America Back?  Our problems in America are not taxes and revenue; our problems are spending and the immoral class warfare that allows it all to continue without end.

$80 Trillion In Unfunded Liabilities The True Noose Around Our Necks.  The course that we are on right now has been tried many times throughout history and each time it has failed.  You can look at how Weimar Germany attempted to print and inflate their way out of the morass it faced and how it led to totalitarianism, or you could look here at home how FDR tried to spend his way out of the problems he faced at the time.  Both examples did not work, they only delayed the inevitable as in the case of FDR in his second term he faced a second recession instead of recovery just as we are facing today.  They found out that spending did not help employment levels and left them further in debt as a result.  Many of the things started under that administration and later under LBJ has led us to the real cliff of $80 trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities.

What We Should Care About.  The Founding Fathers did not risk their lives and their fortunes to get richer, although that is what Marxist professors teach our kids.  Men like Washington hoped our new land would prosper over time, but their purpose in creating a new nation was liberty.

Did the U.S. Constitution Promise a Chicken in Every Pot?  [In the Federalist Papers,] Publius writes about the hardworking farmer, the active mechanic and the industrious manufacturer.  So it looks like the founders knew about small business and they realized they were the backbone of the country and its commerce.  And the main purpose of the federal government was to make sure that commerce was free to flow.  If Commerce was free to flow than there would be more money in circulation.

Showing Liberty the Door.  It is a sad irony at this time when Thanksgiving Day is being celebrated in America, that one of the things Americans had to be most thankful about — their liberty — is going away.  It is not simply in danger of going away, as it was throughout the last century and over the last thirteen years; it is on its way out.

Losing the Battle to Spin the War.  Republicans never identified Obama as a liar as Joe Wilson might have or a communist as Allen West might have or as an incestuous lover with a corrupt media as Newt Gingrich might have.  By not identifying Obama as a collectivist and a statist, no motive could be given to the center showing that his destructive agenda flows from his Progressive values and his anti-American character.  Once Obama was painted as the well-meaning incompetent, Republicans could never portray him as the saboteur.  And the Republicans always stuck to the script.

These Truths Are Not So Self-Evident, After All.  As a nation we are rapidly running out of gas, cash, and credit — but most damaging we are running low on attention span and comprehension.

The Republican Party is a Political Insane Asylum.  [Scroll down]  In their post-election analysis, many of these same "experts" are giving poisonous advice to a party in serious trouble.  They are recommending the party move in the direction of Democrats on issues such as illegal immigration, gay marriage, drug use, taxes, abortion to name a few.  Following such advice would be the death knell of the Republican Party.  To succeed, the GOP must stand for principles that are starkly different from the Democratic Party; otherwise there is no compelling reason for any voter to support the Republican Party.

A post-election warning to liberals and conservatives alike.  Now that the election is finally over, our long national nightmare can finally begin again.  President Obama will implore us to "come together."  In theory this soundbyte has heretofor meant that conservatives should shut up, abandon their principles, and agree with him.

A thank you note from an average American.  Thank you, America. Thank you for re-electing Barack Obama. [...] Thank you for making sure we'll never find out about how we lost a brave border agent who was shot by a gun from a government gun-running operation.  Thank you for making sure we won't find out about why our president lied about the circumstances surrounding the death of an ambassador.  Thank you for seeing to it that we won't find out that the government's response to Sandy was worse than its response to Katrina.

The U.S. Election is a Referendum on Civilization.  That the election of November 6, 2012, has the potential to be a definitive moment in American history is now almost a truism.  This conception may sound overblown to the ignorant and disengaged, but in fact it is a great understatement.  As America is the only nation left in which freedom is still on the ballot, this definitive U.S. election means even more, in truth, than most voters may realize.  It is a referendum on the survival of modern civilization.

It's Not Over.  Does anyone believe that when Barack Obama loses on November 6, he will go quietly?  This election is shaping up to be a landslide loss for the president, and by the ever-present look of desperation on his face, he knows it.  The nation should be preparing for how he might react when it happens — there is nothing more dangerous than a cornered god.

The Real Choice.  We're coming down to the wire now for the 2012 elections, but if you think that this choice is between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, you haven't been paying attention. [...] The choice is between restoring America or watching our nation become, in perpetuity, a larger version of the beleaguered European Union.

Here's The Reason Why The Military Still Has Horses And Bayonets.  Caisson platoons typically staff only former infantry troops, who practically live, eat and sleep with their horses until both are ready for ceremony.  The Army built caissons originally in 1917 to help tow artillery guns, but now the artillery is removed, leaving a flat space for the caskets.

Pelosi's Divine Comedy.  At the core of the Obama campaign is the insistent message that his failures should be discounted because of the overwhelming economic mess he inherited from George W. Bush.  It is befuddling that so many Republicans (including Mitt Romney, it seems) are so quick to concede a point that is demonstrably untrue.  Track the ebb and flow of our economy through the years, and it is stunning how frequently the bad times coincide with Democrat control of Congress, the White House, or both.

Four Reasons Black Christians Should Not Vote for Obama.  Outspoken and passionate in his faith, Maryland Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr. tells it like it is.  Speaking to his congregation last Sunday in Baltimore, the outspoken man of faith declared his reasons for opposing the re-election of Barack Obama this November 6th.  In fact, he offered four compelling reasons to make a stand against the first black president that may resonate strongly in the black Christian community.

Big Bird: A Metaphor for Obama.  There is a suggestive resemblance between the Big Bird character and the President of the past four years.  Each seems to follow the same successful formula and also share certain characteristics.

Buying Thomson Is About Closing Gitmo, No Matter What They Say.  This administration lies whenever lying is expedient in a scheme it is trying to accomplish or an accusation it is trying to dodge.  Its current suspect claims, rationalizing its just-announced purchase of Thomson state prison in Illinois — namely, that it understands and respects the will of Congress that enemy-combatant detainees at Gitmo not be brought into the United States; that it has no present intention to transfer those detainees into the U.S.; that its sneaky, unprecedented method of buying Thomson has nothing to do with its previously floated proposal to house the Gitmo detainees there; and that it is just trying to deal with a purported crisis in federal prison overcrowding (which crisis apparently could not be dealt with while the body expected to pay for new prisons, Congress, was in session) — are incredible.  This president's record, moreover, does not warrant our giving him the benefit of the doubt.

The Sure Cure for Voter Fraud.  There is one sure cure, which sounds draconian and maybe even weird, but which is simple, clear, fair and pure.  We ought to [...] restore the public ballot.  The way it should happen is that when we cast a ballot in an election, we do it in the open, with a photo taken and mailing address recorded at the time our vote is cast.  The secret ballot was an Australian, not an American, creation, and the rationale was that this way, employers and landlords could not punish those who voted against the interests of the rich.  It has not worked, and it no longer makes sense for several reasons.

Are Radical Imams Going to Redefine Freedom of Speech?  There is nothing good that can be said about the low budget film.  It has little redeeming social value and the world would be a better place if it had never been made or shown.  Nevertheless, it would be wrong, and under American law unconstitutional, to censor or punish such despicable expression.  Freedom of speech means freedom for those who you despise, and freedom to express the most despicable views.  It also means that the government cannot pick and choose which expressions to authorize and which to prevent.

If Moderate Voters See This Video, It's Over for Obama.  This is a stunning thirteen minute video that shows Obama in his own words, with commentary from mostly mainstream media sources.  If this video goes viral and reaches moderate and independent voters, it would be a big blow to the Obama re-election bid.

Teach your kids to recognize liberal spin.  Beware — during this heated election season, liberal self-styled "public interest" organizations might try to fool you.  Even though they advance larger government, more taxes, pro-abortion policies and the liberal candidates that support them, you can't always tell by their ads.  Many of these groups even have neutral or civic-oriented-sounding names.  Because they sound neutral, their messages often effectively reach new voters who don't recognize the hidden agendas.  And through it all, our children — the future voters — are watching.

Constitution Day: 225 Years in Passage of Time; Light Years in Loss of Liberty.  Every day our Republic moves more distant in many ways from that day 225 years ago when 39 of the original 55 delegates signed the Constitution they had begun crafting nearly four months earlier.  No matter how ardent a nationalist, there wasn't a single representative present at that convention who could have either imagined or approved of a federal government of the size and scope of the present one.

Romney Locks Up 53% of the Vote.  Mitt Romney recently said that 47% of the population pay no taxes while still receiving government benefits.  This likely alienated the 47%, who Romney rightly noted are mostly voting for Obama.  But it thrilled the 53% who do pay taxes.  Because that 53% are sick and tired of moochers calling the shots.  Every statement any politician makes inspires some percentage of the population while alienating the rest.  This is unavoidable.  The trick is to find the right balance — the sweet spot is to aim somewhere above 50% and below 90%.

The Romney Video: Whoever Shot It Broke The Law in Florida.  Candidate Mitt Romney got caught in Boca Raton at a $50,000-a-plate private gathering where he thought he could express his real beliefs about "his America" and what he perceives as the 47% of the country that are freeloading, lazy, handout-addicted citizens with whom he not only cannot relate but for whom he has no time.  In a few sentences he confirmed earlier statements in the campaign; that he was not interested in the poor.  But his unvarnished candor, caught by someone who captured the moment on a video recorder or smartphone, presents a more interesting issue; the legality of such recordings.

Rodeo clown media frantically distract from Obama's foreign policy disaster.  [Scroll down]  Romney already has trouble relating to the public and convincing people he cares about them.  Now, he's been caught on video saying that nearly half the country consists of hopeless losers.  Meanwhile, the film and literary communities, so eager to defend Andres Serrano's "P*** Christ" and anti-Mormon Broadway hits, remain silent over the detention of a film maker by police over the content of a film he made.  I commend Mitt Romney for not backing down from his comments.  Let us have a debate over the fact that half of us bear no income tax burden, and half of us are getting checks from the government.

Mitt video: '47 percent' dependent on Obama.  Mitt Romney held a hastily arranged press conference here to engage in damage control hours after a video surfaced that showed him at a private May fundraiser describing 47 percent of the country as "dependent upon the government."  The GOP nominee for president defended his remarks — first printed in the liberal magazine Mother Jones — while conceding they were not "elegantly stated."

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What did Mr. Romney say that isn't true?

The stonewalling has begun.
Obama State Department to Media: Stop Asking Questions About the Libya Mess.  There's an "open investigation" underway, you must understand, so they're "not going to be in a position" to talk to reporters about the who, what, where, when, or why of the disastrous security meltdown that left four US diplomats and two servicemen killed in Benghazi.

Middle East Mayhem: Congrats Obama, You Built That.  Remember back in the beginning of 2011 when Obama told us about the freedom lovers in Egypt and Libya living under the oppression of dictators and needing our immediate help to establish democracy in their fair lands? [...] Yep, these "yearners for democracy" turned out to be radicals of radicals who'd like nothing more than to eradicate the U.S. and Israel and establish a global bounce house for all things Muslim.

Elizabeth Warren is Right — The System is Rigged.  Today, our founders' worst nightmares are reality — the system indeed is rigged.  The government's share of the economy has exploded to 25 percent, dampening the private sector as powerful politicians allow favored beneficiaries to feed at the federal trough.  The negative returns from these policies [Elizabeth] Warren calls "investments" have pushed America down the global-competitiveness rankings — from No. 1 in 2008 to No. 7 today, according to the newly released World Economic Forum report that blames unsustainable debt, cronyism, regulation and economic stagnation for the fall.

The Whole Foods Hustle.  There is no discernible nutritional difference between food from the farmer's market and food from the supermarket, scientists report.  But there is a dramatic price variation, and that status separation was the point all along.  People don't pay for better-for-you.  They pay for better-than-you.

Double-Minded Republicans.  After a first term that has been historically abysmal, President Obama stands a good chance of being reelected.  How can that be?  Here is the blunt explanation:  We have lost a third of the country and, as if that weren't bad enough, Republicans act as if it were two-thirds.  The lost third cannot be recovered overnight.

Barack's free pass.  A new poll by the Hill found that 52 percent of respondents think President Obama does not deserve a second term, while 40 percent think he does.  With economic growth stalled, unemployment climbing and record numbers of Americans on food stamps, the question is not why the re-elect number is so low but why Mr. Obama's support is so high.  Millions of Americans seem content to give Mr. Obama a pass on his wretched economic record.

The GOP Goes Alinsky on Obama.  [Scroll down]  This has become the centerpiece of the Romney campaign — forcing Obama to live up to his own standards, his own book of broken promises from 2008.  The keystone of Romney's speech was that he won't lower the oceans or heal the Earth, but instead will help hurting American families.

There's Much More than just the Federalist Papers.  True, The Federalist is among the greatest works of political science ever composed.  But The Federalist represents the views only of three (admittedly very influential) authors among the scores, perhaps hundreds, who published on the Constitution.  The Federalist would not even be my first choice for introducing students to the Constitution's meaning.

What 40 Years of Gold Confiscation by the US Government Looks Like.  [H]olding gold in "authorized" bank safes is about the dumbest thing one can do the next time the US government decides to devalue the dollar, and change the rules.

An imperial presidency in the making?  Ever since 9/11, both political parties in Washington, D.C., have placed America in a state of perpetual war.  This fact alone puts the federal government in a position to become America's oppressor. [...] At this point, I do not believe there is any way to avoid it:  a showdown between freedom-loving states and the federal government is inevitable.  But not only is it inevitable, it is absolutely necessary!  The central government in Washington, D.C., is quickly morphing into a monarchy — or at the very least an oligarchy.  And neither the Donkeys nor the Elephants inside the Beltway are willing to do anything to stop it.

Bill Clinton and Legitimate Rape.  President Obama, after a considerable absence, abruptly appeared in the White House pressroom the other day to address Congressman Todd Akin's wildly offensive comment about "legitimate rape."  In the President's own words:  "Rape is rape.  And the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn't make sense to the American people and certainly doesn't make sense to me."  In a stroke the President — not to mention his allies on Capitol Hill, in the media and left-leaning interest groups — resurrected one of the most divisive moments of the 1990's.  That moment?  What NBC reporter Lisa Myers was said in the day to have called the "very credible" allegation that Bill Clinton raped a Clinton campaign worker named Juanita Broaddrick.

Dems Better Put Some Ice on That 'Rape' Talk.  You'd think the Dems would forgive [Todd] Akin his ignorance on rape.  He does not have anywhere near their hands-on experience.  Bill Clinton, by contrast, always knew what to tell a rape victim:  "You better put some ice on that."

Congressman Paul Ryan's voting record on energy issues.  Looks good to me.

Capitalism Did It.  [Scroll down]  Between 1958 and 1961, an estimated 30 million Chinese died of starvation.  It wasn't a natural disaster, but an entirely political death toll.  Mao Zedong had forcibly collectivized agriculture and then imposed farming practices that defied experience and logic.  He insisted that "in company grain grows fast; seeds are happiest when growing together."  China's farms were accordingly obliged to sow seeds at five to 10 times the normal distribution — resulting in widespread crop failures.

'The Corruption Chronicles' tells the Judicial Watch story you never heard.  There is a tremendously feisty, extraordinarily effective and yet mostly unheralded conservative non-profit advocacy group whose work over the past three decades has exposed many of the most controversial corruption stories in the nation's capital.  It's [sic] name is Judicial Watch and a strong case can be made that it is among the best friends ever of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and of the public's right to know how its business is being conducted.

Who Really Invented the Internet?  It's an urban legend that the government launched the Internet.  The myth is that the Pentagon created the Internet to keep its communications lines up even in a nuclear strike.  The truth is a more interesting story about how innovation happens — and about how hard it is to build successful technology companies even once the government gets out of the way.

Where There Are Sheep, Wolves Will Always Thrive.  [Scroll down]  The fact is that postmodern society has created an "artificial reality."  Americans, and residents of other Western nations, live in air-conditioned buildings, eat processed foods, drive instead of walk, wait for the government check to come in the mail, and glut themselves into morbid obesity.  They hire out a handful of volunteers to fight wars for them, and they hire out illegal aliens to mind their children and do their gardening.  They walk around zombie-like, faces glued to iPhones; they fly around at 35,000 feet at 600 mph above the clouds where it's forty below zero — and they get bored and [complain] about the airplane food.  Evil thrives on vulnerability, and we're vulnerable because we're so detached from actual reality.

Sen. Tom Coburn: How Both Parties Bankrupted America.  "Both parties have equally participated in abandoning the limited role of the federal government," says Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), whose new book, The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting Our Economy, argues that Republicans and Democrats together have brought the U.S. to the brink of fiscal calamity.  First elected to the house in 1994 as part of the "Republican Revolution," Coburn is a staunch fiscal and social conservative, who's been outspokenly critical of members of his own party for compromising their principles out of political expedience.

The Establishment Hates Ted Cruz, You and Me.  The most difficult thing to explain to your average Republican voter is how people like David Dewhurst, Charlie Crist and all the establishment, ladder-climbing, [obsequious], near permanent political staff flacks who grow up to be lobbyists they put around them literally hate you, me, and conservative fighters like Ted Cruz.  And newsflash — it's not just Washington, but in state capitols throughout America, just like Austin.

Do we need an amendment to protect our liberty?  Just when you think there is no possible solution to the mess facing our country, you discover that the solution has been around for more than half a century. [...] Here's the text of this remarkable philosophical construct, which now is like a vestigial appendix that merely reminds us of what once was and what could have been:  "The government of the United States shall not engage in any business, professional, commercial or industrial enterprise in competition with its citizens except as specified in the Constitution, nor shall the Constitution or laws of any state, or the laws of the United States, be subject to the terms of any foreign or domestic agreement which would abrogate this amendment."

Choose your Poison, Communism or Other Dictatorship?  I live under the dreaded Home Owner Association rules. [...] I moved away 8,000 miles to escape communism and now, this communist organization, the HOA, composed of die-hard Obama fans, was telling me that I could not move into the house my husband and I have built from our hard work until we signed such a contract.  We paid the fee every month for the "privilege" of having our trash picked up twice a week, a swimming pool that we never used, and snow removal that seldom happened.  I thought we had choices in a free country but I was wrong.  We moved as far away from the metro area as possible to escape HOA.  We could have bought a parcel of land in the woods somewhere, but I am sure, EPA regulations would have made it impossible since everything is close to marshland.

Constitution's Limits Threaten in an Obama Second Term.  Most provisions in the Constitution fall into two categories.  The first are authority provisions, explaining the structure and powers of government.  The second are liberty provisions, declaring certain rights of the people.  The original Constitution had only the former, because the latter were regarded as superfluous.  If something was not found in a specific authority clause, it was automatically illegal and beyond the purview of the federal government.  Political backlash from the Anti-Federalists and others led to some states threatening to withhold ratification unless a Bill of Rights was promptly added.

Barack Obama: A rights-denying machine.  The constitutional role of government is not to give things away — nor is it the function of the president or Congress to use the promise of what amounts to gifts as a means of graft to have things their way, to ensure their re-election or to entrench a particular political party.  The constitutional role of the government is to establish a system of currency, defend our shores, deliver the mail and protect our individual rights.  It is important to note that government is to protect our individual rights.  It is not the constitutional role of government to give us rights.  It is not the constitutional role of government to decide what those rights are, and it certainly is not government's role to deny our individual rights.

Heading Toward National Insolvency.  Americans don't need to go to the movies to see a horror picture show.  The Congressional Budget Office's latest report on the federal budget should scare everyone.  Not that Washington seems to have noticed.  For the fourth year in a row the federal government is running a deficit in excess of $1 trillion.

Open Letter to David Dewhurst.  As you know, Americans are actively engaged in a debate of enormous consequence — will our nation continue down a road paved with more government spending, more government control over private citizens, more deficits and debt — or will we reduce the size and scope of the federal government to the limited role envisioned by our Founding Fathers?

Time to form a third party?
If the GOP Cavalry Doesn't Come.  [Scroll down]  If there is to be a "fourth revolution," as [James] Piereson predicts, it may need to stand up against the Democratic Party not from atop the Republican Party platform, but from an alignment of like-minded grassroots organizations across the nation — organizations who trace their ideological ancestry back to a group of Bostonians who dressed up not like Cavalry, but like Indians.

The Need For Speed and Detail On the Pledge of Repeal.  Do you trust the Congressional GOP to do everything they can to repeal Obamacare if Mitt Romney wins the presidency and if at least 51 GOP senators are elected and the House GOP majority maintained?  Do you trust them to move as quickly as possible to do so? [...] Millions of voters worry that the old line "party of appropriators" will take their time in the spring of 2013 and cut deals just like the Democrats did in the run-up to the passage of Obamacare.

Supreme Disconnect.  We need to stop acting like the Constitution is a complicated document when it's a simple thing that any normal person could understand.

Want to keep AC on?  Bury power lines.  The sweltering heat wave that roasted the eastern United States was accompanied by terrible storms that have knocked out power lines up and down the seaboard.  While you enjoy your air conditioning, you might want to take a minute to consider:  Why do Americans tolerate such outages?  Outages are not inevitable.  The German power grid has outages at an average rate of 21 minutes per year.

Ever Wonder Why We Even Bothered?  The Constitution, as written, is a loud and strong declaration that We the People do not trust the government that we, ourselves, created.

Conservatives to Mitt: Quit Now If You Won't Fight!  The Obama campaign has seized on remarks made by Romney adviser Eric "Etch-A-Sketch" Fehrnstrom this morning on MSNBC, to the effect that the individual mandate in Obamacare (and Romneycare) is not a tax.  Fehrnstrom allowed Chuck Todd to push him off message — and re-ignited the fears that conservatives have long had about Romney's will and ability to fight.

Sinister Sites — Rockefeller Center.  This complex of 19 commercial buildings is situated between Fifth and Seventh avenues in New York City and is famous for its Art Deco style.  It is one of the last building projects in the United States to have incorporated a program of public art.  The submissions chosen all fit a particular philosophy and some artists have been asked to change their work so it fits the theme of the Rockefeller center which is:  Luciferianism. [...] Luciferianism constitutes the nucleus of the ruling class religion.  It accounts for the longevity of many of the oligarch's plans, i.e. the New World Order.

The Occult Symbolism of the Los Angeles Central Library.  The Library's tiled pyramid, two sphinxes, celestial mosaics and other details turn this public space into a true occult temple.  Furthermore, the library is definitely built with an elitist state of mind.  The true meaning of the art on display seems to be solely intended for initiates of secret societies and not the masses.

Left can protest all it wants, but it can't use government to silence conservatives.  The benefits of having friends on the inside are well illustrated by a freedom of information request filed with the FCC by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), an organization handsomely funded by left-wing billionaire George Soros.  CREW requested a pile of documents concerning Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., which includes Fox News.  The FCC, otherwise known for responding slowly and withholding many documents under exemptions for privacy and the like, delivered CREW's documents in less than a month.  CREW is also urging the friendly FCC to revoke 27 broadcast licenses held by News Corp's FOX Broadcasting Company.  CREW cites phone hacking by News Corp in Britain, which didn't involve FOX Broadcasting.  Of course, CREW's real concern is not ethics abroad, but ideology at home.

No One Left to Pander To.  In 1999, Christopher Hitchens penned an acid reflection on the presidency of Bill Clinton, titled No One Left to Lie To.  The verdict on the presidency of Barack Obama, at least during this campaign season, might be "No One Left to Pander To."  In three and a half years, we've gone from the "audacity of hope" to the "shameless palm grease."

The Socialist Mask of Marxism.  History usually repeats itself, and if you have lived two lives, as I have done, you have a good chance of seeing that re-enactment with your own eyes.  In 1978, I paid with two death sentences from my native Romania for helping her people rid themselves of their Marxist dictatorship, carefully disguised as socialism.  Thirty years later I witnessed how the same Marxism, camouflaged as socialism, began infecting the shores of my adoptive country, the United States, which had just won a 44-year Cold War against Marxism and against its earthly incarnation, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Energy Abundance vs. the Poverty of Energy Literacy.  Despite periodic power outages or equipment breakdowns, Americans are generally blessed with pretty reliable energy systems.  Most of the time, when you reach for an energy-dependent device, the energy is there for you on demand, 24/7, to cook your food, light and heat your home, bring entertainment and important information to a monitor near you, and take you where you want to go in a speedy, comfortable, and generally safe manner.  That's not the case for much of the rest of the world.

Ready or Not, Stagflation Is Here.  Stagflation is one of the worst economic conditions a country can be in, and the United States just entered it.  It has actually been responsible for revolutions and uprisings in developed countries around the world.  Most recently Greece, Spain and Portugal are experiencing severe doses of this dreaded economic condition.  It is extraordinarily difficult to work through and often destroys wealth for generations.

Dangerous misreading of the Constitution.  [Scroll down]  In fact, the Constitution is quite clear in this area.  It should be.  It was built on the foundation of a rebellion that was, in turn, inspired by a tax revolt.  That is one reason why Article I of the Constitution firmly vests the power of the purse in the elected representatives of the people in Congress.  The power to tax, spend and, yes, even to borrow are all vested in Congress, which shall have the power "To borrow money on the credit of the United States."  Pretty clear, you might think.  Neither the executive nor the judiciary has that power.

Is Al Qaeda Setting Forest Fires in U.S.?  [Scroll down]  Like most people, the thought that the fires might be terrorist attacks never entered my mother's mind.  However, it's at least ironic that just before these various fires began, Al Qaeda's Inspire magazine called for operatives to set forest fires in the United States.  The 9th issue of the magazine "contains information about how to construct remote-controlled explosives [and to] set off an ember bomb in a U.S. forest."

Party Loyalty and the Future of America.  Does loyalty to a political party trump the well-being of a nation?  That question now confronts many Democratic Party activists, financial contributors, and elected politicians, particularly because Barack Obama has no loyalty to the party he leads.  In 2008, the Party went on a blind date with someone they did not know and made no effort to investigate. [...] Once in office, the real Barack Obama surfaced.  The blind date has turned out to be a disaster for the Party and the country.

Democrats squirm at Solyndra vs. Bain questions.  Republicans are scoffing at Democrats' attempts to explain why President Barack Obama's failed green-tech investments are unimportant but Mitt Romney's few failures at Bain Capital, an otherwise wildly successful private equity firm, are a scandal.

Keep Politicians Out of the Sanctuary.  [U.S. Representative Debbie] Wasserman Schultz and the Democrats are representing this as an attempt to prevent her voice from being heard and an instance of Republicans injecting politics into the situation.  But the truth is just the opposite.  As the congresswoman says, constituents should be able to hear their representative, but the Reform synagogue is not in her district.  Even if it was, inviting an intensely partisan figure such as the DNC chair to speak at a religious service during an election year is inappropriate.  Sabbath services should not be turned into rallies for the Democratic Party or President Obama or occasions for trashing the GOP, because we all know all too well that is what happens every time DWS opens her mouth.  The same principle would apply were it House Majority Leader Eric Cantor being imposed on the congregation.

Fixing the GSA.  [Scroll down]  The longer a person is in an organization, the more he/she identifies with and accepts the norms and values of the organization.  Over time, people lose much of the objectivity they may have once had.  A new broom sweeps clean, and it is better to made radical changes early than to attempt incremental changes over time (i.e., make deep cuts first and reconstruct later).

Romney Is Wrong on Wright.  According to the [New York] Times, the Romney team has decided not to assail Obama's "likability," for fear personal attacks will backfire with independents.  Message to the Republican establishment:  do not muzzle those of us who want to focus on Obama's troubling history with angry Marxists, black and white, including Reverend Wright and Bill Ayers.  This is not about race.  It is about knowing who Obama is, understanding what he has already done to our country, and what he is capable of doing.

ALEC And The Left's War On Free Speech.  If you want an insight into today's left, look at its multifront war against the American Legislative Exchange Council for committing the grave sin of pushing free-market bills in state legislatures.

It Will Be Hot in Texas This Summer.  Texas, the most energy-intensive state in the nation, could be facing a severe electrical shortage this summer.  How could such a thing happen?  Mainly, it's the result of a long series of federal interventions that have finally left the state turning in circles about what to do next.  First, the gory details.  Last summer the state was hit with a heat wave in which the temperature was over 100 degrees for almost a month. [...] Aggravating all this was the state's new complex of windmills with 10,000 MW of "nameplate" capacity, nearly all of which proved virtually useless during the crisis period.

'Paycheck Fairness' Will Mean a Pay Cut for Men.  Team Obama calculates that its road to victory is paved with the votes of women, so the American people are now subject to a coordinated effort to cast GOP opposition to expanding government power as an assault on the weaker sex.  But few women view public policy as a battle between the sexes.  Women whose husbands, brothers and sons are struggling to find jobs find no comfort in women's comparatively low unemployment rate.

Homeowners associations share the worst aspects of bureaucracy.
The evils of 'Little Brother'.  It's not always true that the form of government closest to the people is best.  In some cases, it can be the worst.  Unchecked by sufficient legal restraints, private homeowners associations (HOAs) have a reputation for going too far when it comes to upholding unnecessary and intrusive community rules.  In a current case in East Texas, an Army captain deployed on the battlefields of Afghanistan was sued by his HOA over a swing set he had built for his children before leaving.

'Press 9 for More Options'.  One of the deep mysteries of modern life is why, in a nation with some 14 million unemployed people, it has become nearly impossible to call a store, a business or a government agency and speak to a live human being. [...] Putting people on hold for five or 10 or 30 minutes is the antithesis of the philosophy that the customer is king.  It's the height of rudeness.  It is telling your customers:  Our time is more valuable than yours, so we are going to make you wait and wait and converse with a computer.

Research suggests Cinco de Mayo created by American Latinos.  Cinco de Mayo — the unofficial U.S. holiday long believed to have been imported, with celebratory beer, from Mexico — isn't a Mexican holiday at all but rather an American one created by Latinos in the West during the Civil War, according to new research by a California professor.

Work 'til You Drop: Is that such a bad idea?  In the early 1900s, nearly 80 percent of Americans over the age of 65 had a job.  Dora Costa, an economic historian at UCLA, says people stopped working only if they were no longer physically able to.  They expected to work as long as they lived.  Is that really such a terrible idea?

The Great China Crackup?  Chinese leaders were secure as long as no one revealed how the game works or if they played it together.  Now they are divided, and are in a trap.  They can keep making payoffs for loyalty, to the security services or to the military, but the public knows how corrupt the system is, and many more people are in a position to describe the payoffs.

Obama has held more re-election fundraisers than previous five Presidents combined.  Barack Obama has already held more re-election fundraising events than every elected president since Richard Nixon combined, according to figures to be published in a new book.  Obama is also the only president in the past 35 years to visit every electoral battleground state in his first year of office.  The figures, contained a in a new book called The Rise of the President's Permanent Campaign by Brendan J. Doherty, due to be published by University Press of Kansas in July, give statistical backing to the notion that Obama is more preoccupied with being re-elected than any other commander-in-chief of modern times.

With 'Tyranny of Clichés,' Jonah Goldberg Delivers a Second Triumph.  Everything conservatives will be looking for is on every page of "Tyranny."  Just as he did with "Liberal Fascism," Goldberg uses scholarly history, damning logic, pop culture, and laugh-out-loud humor to connect the dots that expose the Left as the vacuous, dishonest, State-addicted mercenaries they really are.

The 2012 Election Is Bush-Kerry in Reverse.  The parallels between this year's presidential election and the one we had eight years ago are striking.  Incumbent president with middling approval ratings faces rich guy from Massachusetts with a reputation for flip-flopping.

The Election Should Be All About Barack Obama's Record.  The central problem with Barack Obama's presidential record is that it is chock full of records — almost all of them painful, harmful, or both.

2012: The Art of Intimidation.  What a joy it was to watch the Romney campaign executing on the Hilary Rosen flap, launching Ann Romney on Twitter in a heartbeat.  And then the Romney war room followed up with the dog-meat play.  Liberals thought that the dog-on-the-roof scandal had legs.  But it turned out that the legs were Indonesian roast pooch.

No More "Mr. Obama Is a Nice Guy".  In 2008, Arizona Sen. John McCain rode the "Barack Obama is a nice guy, but vote for me" wave to crashing defeat.  In 2012, McCain's endorsee, Mitt Romney, has made "Barack Obama is a nice guy but in over his head" a standard stump-speech talking point.  Conservatives of good will who've watched President Obama brutalize his enemies have one question for the nice-guy niceties:  Why, GOP, why?

On Earth Day, I Expanded My Carbon Footprint.  [Here is] the essential dichotomy that the country faces:  We won't get out of the economic slump while we have leaders who think that everything has to be rationed except for other people's money.  This is especially true about energy.  Energy quite literally is the fuel on which our economy runs.  More fuel, better performance.  Let's have a plan that stops rationing energy and instead uses much, much more energy.

Bolton: Don't give Obama credit for Osama death.  John Bolton, one of President Bush's ambassadors to the United Nations, declared that President Obama does not deserve credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden.  "Osama bin laden was killed while Barack Obama was president," Bolton said at the National Rifle Association annual meeting today [4/13/2012].  "He was not killed because Barack Obama was president; and the rest of the world knows that."

Don't do business with progressive appeasers.  Activists on the left are free to exercise their rights of speech and assembly to boycott businesses whose politics they oppose.  Conversely, activists on the right are free to exercise the power of their pocketbooks and refrain from supporting businesses that shun their values.

Lynch Mob Justice In Florida.  From time to time the U.S. is engaged in its popular, charming pastime, following criminal cases. [...] The latest episode is the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman one, a story that shows how a media rife with malpractice and incompetence, a black grievance industry supported by a corrupt Attorney General, and a special prosecutor in a difficult re-election fight can twist facts and put to jeopardy a man already cleared of wrongdoing despite the lack of persuasive, dispositive new evidence sufficient to meet the state's burden of overcoming a claim of self-defense.

Problems with the Zimmerman Affidavit.  I spent twenty years working Colorado law enforcement, followed by nearly two years as an investigator for the Colorado State Public Defender's Office.  Ten of my twenty-two years in the criminal justice arena were in the area of criminal investigations, complex and simple.  I just read the arrest affidavit in the Florida v. George Zimmerman case.  I'm pretty certain that I would have been laughed out of any judge's chambers in Colorado, had I brought in a piece of evidentiary matter so poorly written.

Where's the 'Probable Cause'?  The charges brought against George Zimmerman sure look like prosecutorial misconduct.  The case as put forward by the prosecutor in the "affidavit of probable cause" is startlingly weak.  As a former chief economist at the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I have read a number of such affidavits, and cannot recall one lacking so much relevant information.  The prosecutor has most likely deliberately overcharged, hoping to intimidate Zimmerman into agreeing to a plea bargain.  If this case goes to trial, Zimmerman will almost definitely be found "not guilty" on the charge of second-degree murder.

Walking Papers? The Incredibly Thin, Speculative Zimmerman Affidavit.  Last week, Florida prosecutor Angela Corey stunned many within the legal establishment when she announced her office was filing a second-degree murder charge against George Zimmerman. [...] Not one paragraph into the "meat" of the affidavit, Corey's team already made two unsubstantiated claims.

George Zimmerman Lynching Further Unravels.  George Zimmerman has been the subject of the most transparent and vicious media and law enforcement lynchings since the FBI tried to blame hero security guard Richard Jewell for the 1996 Olympics bombing carried out by Eric Robert Rudolph. [...] Despite erroneous media claims, George Zimmerman's next-day account tracked well with both the physical and medical evidence recovered at the scene of the shooting and with the recording of the non-emergency call he made the night before.  An underreported fact of the investigation:  the almost foolishly transparent way Zimmerman cooperated with police, refusing to obtain an attorney until long after he'd completed his interviews and follow-up interviews with the Sanford Police's investigators.

GOP Rep. Hartzler 'doubts' Obama's birth certificate is real.  Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) said she "doubts" that the birth certificate produced by President Obama is legitimate.  "I have doubts that it is really his real birth certificate, and I think a lot of Americans do, but they claim it is, so we are just going to go with that," Hartzler told the Sedelia Democrat.

The Editor says...
This is an example of what's wrong with the Republican Party:  This Republican Congresswoman apparently believes Obama is committing fraud, but she is afraid to do anything about it.

What's So Likeable About President Obama?  Everyone seems to think that Barack Obama is such a "likeable guy," but is there really a reason to think so?

What has America become?  Has America become the land of the special interest and home of the double standard?

The virtue of questioning 'science'.  [Scroll down]  It is not that Christians reject science, but that they, who are lovers of truth, increasingly recognize that what is sold as "science" — a search for truth — really isn't any longer; it's bogus post-normal science.  That is what conservatives and Christians distrust, and what anyone who cares about science should also distrust.

Top 10 Overrated Songs of All Time.  [#1]  Imagine, by John Lennon. [...] This could be the Barack Obama campaign song — but it would express too clearly what the redistributionist left wants for the world: no borders, no God, no meaning, no values, and no wealth.  And it's being penned and sung by one of the richest people on the planet.  Despicable as art; despicable as politics.  Imagine the world without it.

Lone Star State Of Mind: Could Texas Go It Alone?  It's a popular idea in Texas that the Lone Star State — once an independent republic — could break away and go it alone.  A few years ago, Texas Gov. Rick Perry hinted that if Washington didn't stop meddling in his state, independence might be an option. ... Imagine airports without the Transportation Security Administration; gun sales without the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; land development without the Endangered Species Act; new congressional districts without the Voting Rights Act; and a new guest-worker program without Washington gridlock over immigration reform.

The Editor says...
The article above is on the National Public Radio web site, and as you might expect, the writer makes an effort to make Texas independence sound like a dangerous half-baked idea.  The implication is that life is impossible without the almighty federal government "regulating" every aspect of our lives, and it is futile to even consider it.  But the formation of a new independent country (such as Texas) would be an opportunity to eliminate many of the problems that are hopelessly embedded in the United States government.

The Only Thing George Zimmerman Didn't do is Play Lacrosse.  If only Zimmerman — a Spanish speaker registered as a Democrat — had been marching in a La Raza protest or a Mexicans Without Borders demonstration.  Then national Democrats, including the President, would be happy to claim him as their own.

An Open Letter to Senator Marco Rubio.  The fact is that you're NOT eligible to run for the Vice Presidency or the Presidency.  The fact that Obama got away with his hoax doesn't in any way negate the language of The Constitution on this matter.

The Total Power of the Mandate.  Every government program justifies another one.  Every government intrusion justifies another one.  When a program fails, it's because not enough resources have been thrown at it.  The only way to fix the problem is to compel total participation, total accountability, total compliance and, eventually, total failure.  It is the total part that is so vitally important.  Whether it's Obama insisting on the Mandate, or Buffett insisting on a public school mandate, the system needs everyone on board because the goal isn't really success, it's managed failure.

Obama and the Left Poison Zimmerman Jury Pool.  There is little hope, given the President's emotive declaration that Martin looks like the son he never had, the crowds whipped to a frenzy by Sharpton, or the guilty murder verdict delivered in advance by Santorum, that George Zimmerman can ever receive a fair trial.

The Strange Case of Sergeant Bales: Enemy Agent in the Ranks?  We are told that Sergeant Robert Bales navigated his way through Taliban-infested areas and killed 17 Afghan civilians, including women and toddlers.  Then he took time out from shooting to stack up several of the bodies and light them on fire.  One might expect that such a shooter would be running from any angry mob who identified this obvious intruder in their midst, if not be pinned down in a battle with the local Taliban.  Instead, we are told that he walked back alone and calmly surrendered.  How could he have done this by himself?

End the Drug War, Mr. President.  [Scroll down]  The primary reason for this ongoing conflict between blacks and the police is the War on Drugs.  The War on Drugs is what has made it normal for black children to grow up in single-parent homes, their fathers away in prison for long spells.  The War on Drugs discourages young black men from seeking legal employment, with selling drugs an ever tempting alternative for someone with a poor education.  The War on Drugs brings firearms into black lives:  Policing turf for selling drugs entails using guns, which then go on to become tools for general maintenance of pecking order.

What You Lose When You Sign That Donor Card.  Organ transplantation — from procurement of organs to transplant to the first year of postoperative care — is a $20 billion per year business.  Average recipients are charged $750,000 for a transplant, and at an average 3.3 organs, that is more than $2 million per body.  Neither donors nor their families can be paid for organs.  It is possible that not being a donor on your license can give you more bargaining power.  If you leave instructions with your next of kin, they can perhaps negotiate a better deal.

The growth of government is phenomenal.  Today, at the federal level, there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) as in all of manufacturing (11.5 million).  More Americans work for the federal government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining, and utilities combined.  The danger of a growing government that it is paid for by fewer and fewer taxpayers.  While it is true that government employees pay taxes, they seldom (if ever) pay enough taxes ($11,378 in 2008, calculated from Table 482, as an average for all taxpayers) to offset their salaries and benefits ($123,049 in 2009).  At some point, this unsustainable fiscal model will collapse.

Another Brutal Dictator Chooses Gun Control.  The Drug War doesn't work, and it is the ultimate example of Mitchell's Law since it has spawned bad policies such as asset forfeiture and anti-money laundering rules.  Time to "just say no" to big government.

Liberals and the Suborned Media Employ Hegel's Dialectic.  We are at a dangerous time in our Republic's existence.  The warning signs are there and the Cultural Marxists have almost destroyed our national culture and society, the final brick in the foundation of a Marxist totalitarian state worse than that created and ruled by Uncle Joe Stalin.

This is the best endorsement of Santorum so far:
McCain says he 'did not get along with' Santorum in Senate.  "I'm not sure that he's too extreme, but I did not get along with him when I was in the United States Senate," said McCain on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" Wednesday [2/29/2012].

Socialism without Guns.  As their economic orgy fades to its inevitable end, the people of Greece find themselves in a country that resembles more of a debtor's prison than a representative democracy.  The Greeks have sold their freedom for a mess of pottage.  If the United States is not careful, we could soon find ourselves in a very similar situation.

SEC joins running for worst rogue agency.  The alphabet-soup federal bureaucracies seem to be engaged in a contest to see who can do the most to steamroll the legitimate legislative process and compromise freedom and economic growth.  To date it has been a neck-and-neck race between the EPA, which is pursuing a head-spinningly aggressive anti-energy and anti-development agenda, and the NLRB, which is rewriting federal labor laws to allow union bosses to force workers into unions and infamously sued Boeing for locating in a right-to-work state.  Of course, the FDA, HHS, IRS, FCC and the rest also have been in the act.

Why Doctors Die Differently.  Doctors don't want to die any more than anyone else does.  But they usually have talked about the limits of modern medicine with their families.  They want to make sure that, when the time comes, no heroic measures are taken. During their last moments, they know, for instance, that they don't want someone breaking their ribs by performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (which is what happens when CPR is done right).

The Rising Fever of Despotism.  Nowhere in the Constitution do we find that Executive branch appointees, such as those comfortably ensconced at HHS, EPA, or Treasury may write laws that the people are expected to obey.  Congress and her law-writing committees were once responsible for actually writing all the Federal laws and regulations, down to the smallest detail.  Now Congress passes two thousand pages of overview legislation that specifically permits the unelected, unappointed, and unconfirmed bureaucrats to add cauldrons full of the devil brew to the details of new legislation.  The Founders of this country would be aghast at the powers so easily forfeited by Congress and hoarded by the Executive branch.

Never let law profs near the Oval Office.  Obama is the fourth former con[stitutional] law prof to serve as president, joining William Howard Taft (University of Cincinnati Law School), Woodrow Wilson (Princeton and New York Law School), and Bill Clinton, (University of Arkansas Law School).  Taft did comparatively little damage, but the rest hardly inspire confidence that familiarity with constitutional scholarship encourages fidelity to the national charter.  Wilson was a constitutional horror show...

My choice: Rick Santorum.  In my estimation, Santorum is the last consistent conservative standing, and the only one both promoting the conservative agenda and campaigning as a conservative in the race.  That doesn't make Santorum perfect; he lacks the executive experience I'd like to see, and some of his positions in the past and present give me pause.  However, compared to the heterodoxies of his competitors in the GOP race, Santorum has a superior record on promoting conservative policies and values.  Even more than that, though, Santorum has demonstrated a level of personal integrity in this race that outshines the rest of the field.

Has Congress Cut Any Spending Yet?  It's been a year since Republicans assumed control in the House in the wake of the 2010 elections, which were powered by Tea Party concerns about massive federal spending and deficits.  With the more conservative House, has Congress made any progress on spending cuts yet?

Newt Struck Gold, Promptly Abandoned Mine.  America as founded is being ripped out from under us in broad daylight, and this rip-off is being propelled and celebrated by our education, entertainment, and media elites.  Far deeper than the "economic versus social" meme debated by shallow and isolated strategists and pundits, something much more foundational is going wrong, and so few are willing to confront this fact.

For Santorum.  Rick Santorum opposed TARP.  He didn't cave when Chicken Littles in Washington invoked a manufactured crisis in 2008.  He didn't follow the pro-bailout GOP crowd — including Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich — and he didn't have to obfuscate or rationalize his position then or now, like Rick Perry and Herman Cain did.  He also opposed the auto bailout, Freddie and Fannie bailout, and porkulus bills.  Santorum opposed individual health care mandates — clearly and forcefully — as far back as his 1994 U.S. Senate run.  He has launched the most cogent, forceful fusillade against both Romney and Gingrich for their muddied, pro-individual health care mandate waters.

Is Rick Santorum the logical conservative alternative?  [Scroll down]  The candidate actually making the conservative case on the campaign trail is Rick Santorum.  Santorum scored points off of Romney in both Florida debates, especially the last one, because Santorum hasn't ever backed an individual mandate as a health-care solution and doesn't have to defend that position.  He's never backed TARP, either.  That doesn't make Santorum a perfect conservative candidate, but he seems to be the only one who's focusing on the actual conservative agenda.

Sixty-Five to One: It's Not That Complicated.  As my friend Jim Galloway notes at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Mitt Romney ran 65 ads for every 1 ad run by or for Newt Gingrich.  Ron Paul and Rick Santorum were shut out altogether.  If you win the air war that significantly, you are going to win the election.

Santorum Can Beat Romney.  There's not much that Obama can really use to destroy Santorum.  There is plenty to use against Gingrich.  There is plenty of room for somebody like Santorum to grow in popularity, because most voters still are getting to know him.

If Bloggers Aren't Journalists, Neither Are Many Members of the MSM.  In the past, many famous and well-respected journalists had no formal training but honed their craft on the job, in many cases beginning their careers as copy boys/copy girls.  Walter Cronkite, once cited as the most trusted man in America, was a college dropout who had a series of newspaper jobs reporting news and sports.  Eric Sevareid, Chet Huntley, and David Brinkley started their careers as broadcast journalists but never had journalism degrees.  Dan Rather did receive a degree in journalism, and we can see how well that turned out once he decided to switch to advocacy journalism instead of the traditional who, what, when, where and how protocol of traditional journalism.

Our Elective Despotism.  Both the Republican and Democratic establishments are composed of hopelessly corrupt, procrastinating control freaks, who seek fame and fortune through over-spending money they didn't earn and enthusiastically crushing any spontaneous outbreaks of democracy among U.S. citizens, for example, the Tea Party.

1,000 Days Without a Budget: Facts on the Senate's Failure.  Tuesday, January 24, will mark the 1,000th day since the U.S. Senate has passed a budget — an egregious dereliction of duty on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) watch.  By enacting continuing resolution upon continuing resolution (short-term measures to keep the government running, spending money at the current rate), the Senate has taken a pass on leading, all to the detriment of the poor and middle class.

The Self-Destruction of the Mainstream Media.  For the past forty years the mainstream media has become increasingly liberal and more overt in promoting the policies of the Democratic Party.  This evolutionary process reached its zenith in 2008 when the media were instrumental in Barack Obama being elected President.  Many journalists dropped any pretense of objectivity and became not only cheerleaders but active de facto members of the campaign. ... Thus they appear willing to sacrifice their own future and standard of living by actively campaigning for Obama's re-election rather than honestly report on the lies and machinations of this regime and their devastating impact on future generations.

Time to Purge the Republican Party.  Unlike the Democratic Party, which is largely united around certain key issues — gay marriage, comprehensive sex education, abortion, higher taxes, more spending — the Republican Party is all over the place.  The Republican Party includes high-tax deficit hawks, and it includes low-tax supply-siders.  It includes high-spending compassionate conservatives, and it includes low-spending small government types.  It includes pro-gay marriage libertarians and pro-traditional marriage religious voters.  It includes hard-line, anti-immigration believers and open-borders free marketers.

Memo to GOP: Make Obama Pay for Keystone Failure.  For all its alleged prowess, the Obama political team makes its share of tin-earned decisions -- whether it's pursuing an unpopular healthcare power grab in the midst of a jobs crisis, throwing lavish parties at inopportune times, or taking legal action to block supermajority-supported immigration and voter ID laws.  The Keystone decision might take the tone-deafness cake, however, and the GOP should exploit it to inflict maximum political pain on the White House.

Mark Levin: Egalitarianism creates hell on earth.  Besides the ruling elites, egalitarianism has made North Koreans all equally poor.  And the case isn't specific to North Korea either.  As radio talk show host and author Levin points out in his latest book, Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America, the utopian dream, wherever it is implemented, always leads to misery and widespread destitution.

Mark Levin's 'Ameritopia'.  Mark Levin's hard work in researching, organizing and writing his new book, "Ameritopia," will be a blessing for all who read it.  Countless books chronicle the forward march of the liberal agenda and attempt to deconstruct the fallacies in modern leftist thinking.  Many critique the statist policies the left has imposed on us the past half-century and their disastrous effects on our culture, our economy and our national security.  Few modern books, however, direct our attention to first principles, perhaps assuming people implicitly understand the philosophical and ideological underpinnings of conservative thinking, and even fewer truly explore the anatomy of the liberal vision.

Welcome to the Plantation.  Much has been written about the Democrat plantation.  On this Democrat plantation, it is said that today's American blacks are slaves to the Democratic Party, much as their ancestors were slaves to their antebellum plantation masters.  Then, as now, they were given scraps compared to their masters.  Then, as now, running away or any disobedience by an individual was severely punished.  Conservatives who have any exposure to "conservative" media are quick to point this out.  What they fail to realize is that they, too, are on a plantation.

Obama versus U.S. Constitution: Which is Dispensable?  Do we now have a self-proclaimed king on our hands?  Is the Constitution really necessary anymore?  In all of our wisdom, have we now evolved beyond the need of a Constitution?  Have we advanced beyond the need of checks and balances that were set in place by our Founding Fathers to curb the egotistical pride of any one man or woman?  The answer, respectively, is "maybe", "absolutely", "an indisputable no", and "a resounding thumbs down!"

Why We Need A Constitutional Conservative Candidate.  Our debt and spending have reached catastrophic proportions in the context of global financial difficulties and political upheaval.  Consequently, by the end of 2012, America will either have taken a decisive step toward socialistic collectivism in the name of "equality" and "social justice," where businesses and owners are punitively taxed to "pay their fair share," or America will take a major step in the direction of returning to our Founders' constitutional government, restoring the rule of law, federalism, free enterprise, and individual initiative and responsibility.

End Romney's Inevitability Myth.  All of Romney's money, organization, and five plus years of stumping Iowa could only wring a photo-finish with back-of-the-pack candidate Rick Santorum.  It's the Republican establishment that's playing the perceptions game, folks, and they're doing a pretty effective job spinning Romney as a done deal.

If GOP Goes Easy on Obama, It'll Be a Fatal Mistake.  In 2008, John McCain refused (and refused to allow his surrogates) to discuss almost anything from Obama's scandal-ridden personal life, from his associations with domestic terrorists to his longtime membership in the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church.  Even mentioning Obama's middle name was off-limits.  Meanwhile, the Obama campaign was busy portraying his opponent, John McCain, as too old, hot-tempered and out-of-touch to lead the country.

Foreign Interests Paying Millions to Sabotage Canada's Energy Industry.  Leftist environmental groups again carry water for Islamic supremacists, trying to make sure Canada stays dependent on Middle Eastern oil instead of developing its own.

Top 10 Ways Hollywood Can Win Its Audience Back.  [#10]  The Lousy Theatre Experience:  Talkers, cell phones, ticket and concession prices.  You've got to fix this.  Right now, unless you're the one doing the obnoxious talking, going to the theatre is a stressful and miserable experience.  Moreover, you're charging us too much for tickets, and the theatres are absolutely gouging us for food and drink...

So Many Outrages, So Little Time.  The Catholic Advocate explains in [a] short online video, and writes in another forum the following:  ["]Think about some of the policies that have taken root since Obama entered the White House:
  •   No longer defending the Defense of Marriage Act;
  •   Forcing private insurers to provide contraception like the morning after pill to women at no charge;
  •   Reversing the ban on federal dollars from funding stem cell research;
  •   Taking away health care providers' rights of conscience.
Other than the controversial spending and tax bills, these policies are the highlights of what the Obama administration has accomplished.["]

America's Greatness Will Defeat Obama.  This century will be an American century, much like the last one.  Despite what President Obama believes, we are not one nation among many, we are the United States of America, the greatest nation on earth, and the last best hope for humanity.  The only thing standing between the United States and continued exceptionalism is the dreary delirium of Barack Obama, whose dismal socialist policies have been a spectacular disaster for the nation.

Throw 'Em All Out... And Good Riddance!  Crony capitalism is the most serious current danger to the American community, a threat not simply to government or the economy, but to our very way of life.  It is the worst such threat since the trusts and monopolies of the early 20th century, and in much the same way.  Cronyism is one of the major forces behind the establishment of the corrupt pseudo-aristocracy that has been taking shape in this country over the past two decades, a synthetic privileged class made up in large part of politicians, hustlers, and hangers-on who have become expert in exploiting the rest of us.  The legacy media, for some obscure reason, tends to bury discussions about this group.

Who is 'The Press' in the First Amendment?  What does "the press" mean in the First Amendment's guarantee "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of... the press"?  The Mainstream Media or collection of reputable Internet, print, TV, and radio journalists, right?  Bloggers, too, if you're feeling generous?

Central Control Caused USSR's Collapse — And May Cause Ours.  Even today, almost exactly 20 years after it happened, Westerners asked to explain the rapid collapse of the Soviet Union tend to serve up theories that flatter preconceived ideological biases.

Congress plays charades with insider trading.  [Scroll down]  That's because the STOCK Act is just theater, not good governance.  This bill might make Congress look like it got something done, but it won't stop many of the trades Congress has been making.  To prevent members of Congress and their staffs from cashing in on their positions while in office, a law needs to require them to report all financial transactions in real time, on the date they are made and prevent them from capitalizing on any nonpublic information they receive from any source gathered in the course of their public service.  The proposed STOCK Act has enough loopholes to drive a truck through.

Rats in the Kitchen: A Parable.  Once, there was a man who had to deal with rats when he had a major infestation in his home.  The rats' normal environment became unable to support them all, and they began coming down from the hills looking for new digs... and decided they liked the man's house.  They were perfectly happy to hunker down in the attic, garage and basement with free access to the goodies in the kitchen and pantry.  And once they had moved in and saw what rich booty was to be had, they were determined to take over.

Our Marxist Wizard of Oz.  Here is what really happened.  Those Bush tax cuts quickly ended the 2001 recession, despite the contractionary economic impacts of 9/11, and the economy continued to grow for another 73 months.  After the rate cuts were all fully implemented in 2003, the economy created 7.8 million new jobs and the unemployment rate fell from over 6% to 4.4%.  Real economic growth over the next 3 years doubled from the average for the prior 3 years, to 3.5%.

What Line Must Newt Gingrich Cross for Conservatives to Disown Him?  [Scroll down]  Gingrich had teamed up with Al Sharpton on Obama's behalf on an education stint during which Gingrich piled heaps of praise upon Obama for his wonderful stance on education.  Who in his right mind would choose Al Sharpton, from the entire country, as the "education professor" who will help reform the broken system?  Where was Al when Obama closed the voucher program in D.C. which had helped poor, struggling, mostly minority students get a better education at a cheaper cost?  Admittedly, there are some other education professionals such as terrorist Bill Ayers who are equally disqualified.  However, that is not reason enough to dismiss Sharpton's acts of terror, which have NYC trembling in their boots from fear.

The USS Karl Marx.  The Senate version of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act includes an amendment proposed by Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican, to "require a report on the policies and practices ... for naming the vessels of the Navy." ... The catalyst for the amendment was the announcement last spring that the newest supply ship in the Navy's inventory would be named after labor leader Cesar Chavez.  This radical served briefly in the Navy after World War II but did not accomplish anything noteworthy while in uniform.  His claim to fame was solely from organizing migrant laborers and agitating for the rights of illegal immigrants.

How the Left is Sucking the Life out of the Private Economy.  The current financial debacle in Europe and the near-bankrupt status of the United Sates have been brought about by an obsessive loyalty to statist doctrine and an inability to admit failure — traits common to the left on both sides of the Atlantic.  The current dilemma is the end-product of decades of uncontrolled spending and economic policies promoted not to benefit the people in the long term, but to maintain the power base of the dominant governing class.  The path to insolvency taken by the countries of Europe and the United States has been on a parallel track.

Mitt Romney: Tom Dewey All Over Again.  By their fruits, you shall know them.  Our largest employer used to be General Motors.  Now it's Wal-Mart.  The siren song of free trade has carried off the best of American jobs and creativity.  Our institutions of higher education are increasingly educating foreign students who go back home and create companies that beat American businesses with American training and know-how.  Our government borrows and spends to create jobs, adding to deficits and tax burdens that kill jobs.  We rescue businesses "too big to fail" with the money of people too small to count.  And Mitt Romney is okay with that.

Memo to the Occupy protesters:
Here are ten things we evil capitalists really think.  Obviously, I don't expect to turn my Leftie readers in a single post; still, they might get a clearer idea of what we actually believe.

Not Your Grandfather's Republican Party.  At one time, the bastion of balanced budgets and no free lunches, 70% of gross public debt through the last fiscal year was accumulated under the last three Republican presidents who ran deficits twenty out of twenty years averaging 3.9% of GDP.  Having inherited a budget surplus from Bill Clinton, George W. Bush presided over a doubling in federal debt, simultaneously cutting taxes while running two wars on credit.  Railing against domestic spending, the same administration implemented a large new unfunded prescription drug benefit.  Yet now, as the opposition party, Republicans pontificate about the dangerous levels of gross public debt (now at 101.1% of GDP) and last summer set about playing chicken with a possible default on our financial obligations.

Superfrauds.  Our government has the time to worry about school lunch menus in Boise, Idaho, but the Senate hasn't found the time to pass a budget in Washington, D.C., in nearly three years.  H.L. Mencken famously wrote that every decent man is ashamed of his government.  This one gives you little choice.

Superfrauds.  The supercommittee's failure is victory because any so-called compromise would have meant the institution of tax hikes, and spending cuts would only be as good as the next Congress' emergency or new priority.  But everyone understands that this entire process was theater.  If members of Congress, with a $15 trillion debt and a trillion-dollar yearly deficit, can't find $1.2 trillion to cut in 10 years, the only reason is they aren't serious.

Failure or Success?  Many people are lamenting the failure of the Congressional "Super Committee" to come up with an agreement on ways to reduce the runaway federal deficits.  But you cannot judge success or failure without knowing what the goal was.  If you think the goal was to solve the country's fiscal crisis, then obviously the Super Committee was a complete failure.  But, if you think the goal was to improve the chances of the Obama administration being re-elected in 2012, it was a complete success.

They didn't fail — they succeeded in doing nothing.  The supercommittee triumphed in accomplishing what it was truly intended to accomplish.  It was created to kick the can down the road.  The only thing that mattered was that it come into existence, and it did.  Its invention made increases in the debt ceiling possible through the end of President Obama's term.

The Super Committee Was Not So Super — Exactly As Planned.  When the 12 member super committee was dreamed up by Obama and his freakish liberal zombies in Washington, there was no intention for the "bi-partisan" group to pull off the spending cuts that they were tasked with figuring out.  The triggers were supposedly put into place to encourage them to do their job, but in reality failure is exactly what the liberal democrats wanted.  The trigger gives them a chance to gut the military, and cut programs like medicare... for the soul [sic] purpose of blaming the republicans and touting their belief that we dearly need ObamaCare.

Time to Break Apart the United States?  The infiltration, infestation, and indoctrination of America's culture by elements inimical to decency, truth, and honor, has been going on for so long that a sizable percentage of the American public is, in effect, treasonous.  I do not consider them to be my fellow countrymen, or women.  I find listening to them a "fingers across a chalkboard" experience, and would just as soon live on a different planet, let alone in a different country.  Compare the typical OWS mob to the people found at your average Tea Party rally, and you will have an idea of the sort of ideological divide that I am talking about.

Why Live in a Salad Bowl?  There has been much talk in segments of the Patriot community, regarding the notion of some red States seceding from the overbearing Union once again, in order to re-institute proper Constitutional government.  Wouldn't it be much easier to simply dissolve the Union entirely, and allow everyone start over? ... Free of the oppressive mandates, regulations, court rulings, debt, and taxes of the erstwhile Federal government, each State would be able to offer capitalists the world over, an environment conducive to moving their production facilities there, to create a thriving economy again.  Local natural resources could be easily exploited again, absent absurd EPA regulations, and unemployment would virtually be nil in any State that truly wished it to be so.

Throw Them All Out — Including Politico.  Here's some news for Politico:  though there's little that unites the Tea Party and Occupy movements, they do share a disgust with Washington, and the way it has betrayed our nation's democratic hopes and principles.  Left and right, the desire to "Throw Them All Out" is widely shared.

Obama Abandons (Private) Labor.  The decision by the Obama administration to "delay" building the Keystone XL pipeline is a watershed moment in American politics.  The implication of a policy choice rarely gets more stark than this.  Put simply:  Why should any blue-collar worker who isn't hooked for life to a public budget vote for Barack Obama next year?

The Bases of Mathematics are Intelligently Designed.  The bases of mathematics with which this article is concerned are the natural things that mathematics is used to determine, such as power, acceleration, speed, and distance traveled.  Also is explained is how even the simplest mathematics such as in arithmetic, like 2 + 2 = 4, and simple multiplication and division, merely reflect actual things in nature.  They are facts of nature.  The article lists a number of the greatest mathematical geniuses in history, including some modern ones, who have recognized intelligent design in nature and attributed it to God, although I consider it merely evidence of intelligent design in nature.  Mathematics and intelligent design is a combined field of importance today.

The Cain - Kopechne Ticket.  We are in a deadly serious, perhaps existential contest for the future of our country.  The full apparatus of the left knows this.  It is not coincidence that they have tried to destroy first Palin, then Bachmann, then Perry and now Cain.  Enough!  It is time to bloody some noses and put the left on notice that we shall fight for every inch of political turf.  It's time to remind the American people that nobody drowned at the National Restaurant Association.

Will Someone Tell Us What Herman Cain Did?  Since breaking the sexual harassment story about the presidential contender in late October, Politico alone has published more than 100 dispatches.  TV networks aired a whopping 99 stories in the first nine days.  And the Cain saga continues to merit front page treatment at major newspapers.  Yet with every news outlet working overtime to keep the Cain story alive, we still know next to nothing about what Cain allegedly did.

Occupy Wall Street's Declaration of Dependence.  [Scroll down]  I have a much, much simpler proposal:  get the government out of the economy.  This means forbidding the government to fund anything but national defense and the courts and the bare minimum expenses of operating Congress.  Abolish all subsidies to private enterprises and companies.  Abolish most of the Cabinet, especially the Departments of Education, Energy, Agriculture, Commerce, Interior, Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Transportation.  None of these offices and attendant bureaucracies has any legitimate purpose in a limited government.  Keep the Copyright and Patent offices; they perform legitimate, rights-protecting functions.  Abolish all civil service unions.  Abolish 99% of the various rights-violating, regulatory bureaucracies. ... The goal of all this abolishing would be to discourage any political ambition but the desire to protect and uphold life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness.

The FDA Kills.  The FDA makes it so expensive and difficult to sell drugs that there isn't an eager pack of companies rushing to the fill the gap.  The free market would provide that, but government intervention, such as low Medicare reimbursement, strangles it.  So people suffer.  Does the FDA say it's sorry for its part and back off?  Of course not.  Regulators almost never do that.  In fact, the FDA wants more power.

Is Herman Cain Experienced Enough to be President?  If all we care about is "experience," note that Benito Mussolini had a tremendous amount of it in 1939.  Moammar Gadhafi had even more after his 42-year rule, but we nevertheless helped author his demise.  With his half century of service, Fidel Castro is the most experienced non-royal leader of modern times.  And next November, Obama will have more presidential experience than whoever will be running against him.  Is he any better a statesman now than he was in 2008?

Where Keynes Went Wrong.  It is generally recognized that the conceptual underpinnings for so-called stimulus programs lie in the theory developed by John Maynard Keynes in the 1930s.  That the practical results of these programs in recent years have been negligible, if not negative, while their costs have been high, may be sufficient grounds for avoiding them in the future.

Define Sexual Harassment.  What exactly constitutes sexual harassment?  [Herman] Cain mentioned in an interview that he may have occasionally complimented a woman on the way her hair looked, or some other innocuous observations.  Isn't that what men have been doing since the dawn of time?  When did it become obnoxious to recognize and comment on a woman's looks?

Supercommittee's insuperable timidity.  Does anyone really believe we can't find massive budget savings in a government that is awash in wasteful spending and rampant duplication; programs that are rife with corruption, fraud and inefficiencies; and agencies that are outdated, outmoded, unworkable, unneeded and, most important, unaffordable?

No Mitt, No Más.  Sometimes it seems as if the GOP Establishment is sleepwalking off a cliff.  In 1996, having scored the stunning victories of the off-year congressional elections, the GOP suits dutifully lined up behind the impossible Bob Dole.  From the moment Americans realized their choices would be Clinton or Dole, "Bubba" was never behind one day in the polls.  It's looking like déjà Dole all over again.  Mitt Romney is the proverbial GOP next-in-liner.

Herman Cain's Missing Crucial Fourth "9".  Herman Cain has proposed a brilliantly simple 9-9-9 Plan for funding the Federal Government.  This tax plan is a combination nine percent "flat" income tax, a nine percent sales tax (VAT) and a nine percent corporate tax rate.  There is, however, one glaring oversight. ... The problem is that Mr. Cain is one "9" short.  That "9" is incorporating a Nine Year phase-out and repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment.  This is crucial to the long-term success of his plan and to America's prolonged recovery from the failed politics of "Redistribution".

Government the Job Killer.  The transcontinental railroad lost tons of money.  The government never covered its costs, and most rail lines that used the tracks went bankrupt or continued to be subsidized by taxpayers.  The Union Pacific and Northern Pacific — all those rail lines we learned about in history class — milked the taxpayer and then went broke.  One line worked.  The Great Northern never went bankrupt.  It was the railroad that got no subsidies.

Hyperinflation: Can It Happen Here?  In the middle of 1914, just before the war, a one pound loaf of bread cost [the equivalent of] 13 cents [in Germany].  Two years later it was 19 cents.  Two years more and it sold for 22 cents.  By 1919 it was 26 cents. ... In 1920, a loaf of bread soared to $1.20, and then in 1921 it hit $1.35.  By the middle of 1922 it was $3.50.  At the start of 1923 it rocketed to $700 a loaf.  Five months later a loaf went for $1200.  By September it was $2 million.  A month later it was $670 million.  The next month it hit $3 billion.  By mid month it was $100 billion.

How Did Steve Jobs Do It without Obama?  How did Steve Jobs create so many outstanding products without Barack Obama's investment?  In barely three decades, Jobs helped create a tech revolution — from product to infrastructure — without a dollar of federal help.  While snake-oil salesmen Obama claims to know the future and blow taxpayer dollars on it, Jobs and his peers hatched ideas that attracted billions of dollars of private capital.  The result is a digital infrastructure that spans the globe totally independent of government subsidy.

Taking Cain Seriously.  [Scroll down]  None of this can be put across in the televised debates' explain-everything-in-30 seconds format.  Nor is there any chance to elaborate his Sept. 7 debate remark that he admires Chile's private-public social security system.  Or his flat-tax "9-9-9" proposal.  (Or any of the candidates' policy ideas for that matter.)  So voters get nothing, and Mr. Cain flounders.

On the other hand...
The Case Against Raising Cain.  He is our Obama.  An untested candidate with a golden tongue; a blank slate upon whom we can hang our dreams -- and fantasies.  Social conservatives, be wary.

Nine Reasons Why Republicans Ought to Nominate Herman Cain.  Herman Cain has demonstrated that he is a man who carries himself with a sense of humor, dignity, modesty, responsibility and gratitude towards the country that allowed him an opportunity to succeed.  Does he know everything he needs to know to be President?  No.  But Cain is a quick study.  He possesses the diligence necessary to turn whatever weaknesses he might possess into strengths.

The Tea Party vs. The Establishment.  The stars are aligned for Mitt Romney. ... The Republican Party bigwigs, including key funders on Wall Street, are throwing their support to him.  There's only one problem:  He'll lose the general election.  He'll lose the general election for a very simple reason:  Nobody in the conservative base is excited about him.  While the so-called GOP opinion leaders wax on about how super-electable he is, they fail to recognize that it is precisely that logic that gave us the unelectable John McCain.

Five Ways the Internet Is Ruining Our Culture.  Everyone seems to be able to tell you about what makes the Internet great, but the ways that it negatively impacts us seem to be slipping under everyone's radar.

Abolish the Education Department? Abandoned Idea Gets New Life.  [Scroll down]  Indeed, every year from 1980-2000, Republicans included in their platform the plank:  "The federal government has no constitutional authority to be involved in school curricula or to control jobs in the market place.  This is why we will abolish the Department of Education," read the 1996 platform that accompanied the presidential nomination of then-Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole.

Does Romney Truly Embrace Tea Party Principles?  Any Republican is a thousand times better for America than Obama.  Obama is a mean-spirited, divisive man willing to sacrifice national black-white race relations to further his anti-America, socialistic, some say communist agenda.

Science for Stupid Idiots.  Recently, Texas Governor Rick Perry took a lot of grief for the statement that "evolution is a theory" with "some gaps in it." ... There are gaps in every theory scientists have.  The opposite of saying there are gaps is to say there are no gaps.  Who in their right mind would say there are "no gaps" in any theory you could name?  Rick Perry is simply in his right mind.

'How did we get here?' Finally, here's the answer.  The state can no longer provide the services it has promised.  The private sector can't provide jobs.  The public sector, which picked up the slack, has overextended itself with jobs that can't be afforded, unemployment benefits that never end, health care that can't be paid for, and debts growing at an unsustainable pace.

Prosperity starts with Americans, not Uncle Sam.  Never before in history has such overwhelming evidence failed to convince the smart-set governing class of the obvious: Government cannot create wealth.  Instead, our rulers bitterly cling to the notion that the government can spend your money more wisely than you can. ... Mr. Obama did not invent the big-government annexation of our economy — he only accelerated it.

Perry Vs. Gore.  Perry was Gore's Texas campaign manager in 1988, a fact that many purists say should disqualify him for the GOP nomination.  Back then, Perry was a Democrat and Gore was a relatively conservative Democrat who had not yet invented the Internet or beheld an Earth hanging in the balance.  Perry has seen the error of his ways.  Gore has not.

Tighten the Web on Flash Mobs.  Social media-incited disorder has erupted spectacularly across Britain, and flash mobs that loot and plunder are rampant in the U.S. ... Do we really want the freedom to have our shops looted as Internet-savvy delinquents tweet the next hapless target?  If not, then British Prime Minister David Cameron's call to "stop people communicating via these websites... when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality" seems entirely prudent.

Expect a Third-Party Candidate in 2012.  The United States is in the midst of what we would both call a prerevolutionary moment, and there is widespread support for fundamental change in the system.  An increasing number of Americans are now searching beyond the two parties for bold and effective leadership.

The Tyranny of Crackpot Idea.  [John Maynard] Keynes tried to make people believe that transferring money from one pocket to another made you wealthier, that destroying productive capacity of the economy made it healthier, and that lowering price of labor and other goods would not result in a higher demand for those goods.  Keynes was a clever propagandist.  But his principles have not survived the test of time.

The Government Has Rights?  The government has one purpose and one purpose only and that is to protect our rights, not to jam laws down our throats for the "common good."  The only thing that is good is what is good for the individual and what is good for the individual is to protect his right to his life, his liberty and his pursuit of his own happiness.

Rick Perry not a true conservative.  One area where Perry's positions are virtually identical to Bush is immigration.  When I ran for president in 2008, I tried to pressure the Republican candidates to take a hard line against illegal immigration.  For this, Perry called me a racist.  When he first took office as governor in 2001, Perry went to Mexico and bragged about his law that granted "the children of undocumented workers" special in-state tuition at Texas colleges, the first state in the nation to do so.

The Wasted Valor of the Navy SEALs.  Last week, 30 American service personnel, including 22 Navy SEALs, died when their helicopter was shot down by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. ... The fact is that the SEALs died in vain, and their valor was squandered by a nation led by incompetents and craven political hacks that have no idea how to win the war in Afghanistan after a decade of trying.

The War on Senator Pearce.  Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce (R) is not yet a household name.  Most Americans are unaware that he is one of the leaders fighting to have states enforce the rule of law regarding illegal immigrants.  He has been at the forefront of this issue for the last twenty-five years but currently is facing a recall battle.

A titanic fiscal mistake.  When the captain of the Titanic was warned repeatedly of icebergs ahead, he nonetheless made the decision not to slow down or stop the ship for the night.  He was, after all, the captain of a ship that "God himself could not sink."  With the passage of the debt-raising agreement, it makes a guy wonder if the Fedzillacrats in Washington believe they are in charge of a country and an economy that even their boneheaded economic policies cannot sink.  They are wrong.

Take a Stand Against Rand.  Democrats have not gained much white evangelical support on healthcare and environmentalism.  In 2008 they successfully used guilt over segregation to elect the first African-American president, but that may not work again as concern over Obamanomics trumps the ghosts of generations past.

Debut of Made-in-China Social Security Checks.  Discretionary spending refers to the budget appropriated each year.  The discretionary budget is one third of the federal budget.  Congress directly sets the level of discretionary spending ($1.24 trillion) and can choose to increase or decrease any programs.  In 2012, 57 percent of the federal discretionary budget will be national defense.  The rest will include education, health programs, and housing assistance.

What 'constitutional conservatism' means to me.  I believe our founders knew what they were doing when they designed a limited government with specific, enumerated powers.  I'm also convinced that many of our problems result from the federal government's insatiable — and unconstitutional — grab for power and money.  On issues ranging from light bulbs to bailouts, to the Dodd-Frank banking legislation, Washington has been on a destructive spree of bureaucratic empire-building. It's time for that to stop.

Ten Lessons From Federal Spending.  For more than the first 140 years of the country's existence, the federal government got by on about three cents out of every dollar.  Yet somehow it sustained an army and a navy.  We also had police, a judicial system, public education, roads, and railroads.  We even had trolley cars and libraries.  (I know the federal government did not pay for many of those government functions, but that is the point.  Federalism used to mean something.)  And through that same time, the country prospered and grew.

In Government, First, Do No Harm!  A friend recently sent me a list of the "panics," "crises," "recessions," or "depressions" that have taken place in the United States and elsewhere since 1776.  There was something that struck me immediately upon looking at my friend's list. ... Most of these economic "crises" were of short duration, and the government(s) at the time took no significant action.  However, in the cases of the Great Depression (1929-1939) and the Financial Crisis of 2007 to 2010, the governments at the time took very significant actions, and the crises lasted longer than normal.

Federal spending doesn't work.  Federal spending has soared over the past decade.  As a share of gross domestic product, spending grew from 18 percent in 2001 to 24 percent in 2011.  The causes of this expansion include the costs of wars, growing entitlement programs, the 2009 stimulus bill and rising spending on discretionary programs such as education. ... America's strong growth and high living standards were historically built on our relatively small government.  The ongoing surge in federal spending is undoing this competitive advantage that we have enjoyed in the world economy.

Who Is Gary Johnson?  Someone was missing from last week's Republican presidential debate, and that's too bad.  He's an announced candidate who was a two-term governor of New Mexico, and he makes a case for strongly limited government.  Who is he?  Gary Johnson.  He was left off the platform because the sponsors say he didn't meet their criteria:  an average 2 percent showing in at least three opinion polls.

Where do we go to get our reputations back?  In 2008 having elected and given immense power to a person with no experience, no school records, no verifiable birth certificate, and paying lawyers millions to keep these details of his history secret.  What kind of a people or country born in freedom would be so careless as to take such a risk?  How do we explain these errors in judgment to our children and grandchildren, and the world?  We have let this man and his group of revolutionaries harm this nation and the entire world in no small way.  How do we make amends for letting such things happen?

Politicians who refuse to resign.  The failure to honorably resign by criminal, embarrassing, ineffectual, or physically incapacitated elected officials is a growing problem, symptomatic of ever-increasing amounts of power instilled in our federal government, the lust for retaining their share of that power by Washington, D.C., insiders, and ever-decreasing levels of personal integrity in American politics.

Taxation without representation:
Giffords Should Resign or Get Back to Work.  It's unfortunate that Gabrielle Giffords was shot, but the people of Arizona's Eighth district deserve a Congressman.  Right now, they don't have one because Gabrielle Giffords is either too incapacitated to work or too busy writing a book while they pay her salary.  I'm not sure which it is, because there are news stories about both.

Rep. Giffords should resign her seat.  Even from the limited information that has been made available, we know that for the near term Giffords cannot carry out her committee assignments, debate on the floor of the House, and, most importantly cast a vote. ... Isn't the obvious solution for her to resign and allow Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to call a special election to fill her seat?  I know that this sounds cruel and heartless.  After all, not only is Gabrielle Giffords not responsible for what happened to her, but in a sense she sacrificed herself, having been attacked while performing the quintessential democratic act of meeting with her constituents.

A Bill Inventors Cannot Afford.  A bill before Congress threatens to stifle technical innovation coming from small business.  Under current American patent law a crucial grace period exists providing intellectual property protection between the time an invention occurs and the time a patent is filed. ... HR 1249, the America Invents Act, abolishes this grace period, replacing it with one that creates unacceptable risk of loss of patent rights that no small business can afford.

Time for government attorneys to stand up to Obama.  President Nixon ordered Archibald Cox fired from the job of "special prosecutor" on Oct. 20, 1973.  Rather than follow the order, first Attorney General Elliot Richardson and then Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus quit.  Richardson and Ruckelshaus had both told members of Congress that they wouldn't interfere with Cox's investigation, so they turned in their keys and in a stroke established a very high bar for government lawyers confronting their superiors on matters of principle.

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As I recall, the next guy in line was Robert Bork, and he fired Archibald Cox.

Shakespearean Tragedy, Talmudic Comedy.  Congressman Anthony Weiner has announced his resignation.  Had he done so at any time during his prior thirteen years of service, I would have been overjoyed.  No one has opposed him more consistently than I, ever since Charles Schumer groomed him as his replacement.  In truth, Weiner never was a Congressman; he served as proxy for Schumer who was serving as a Senator and Representative simultaneously.  I defy any eager beaver researcher to find me a single instance of Weiner voting differently than Schumer on any bill.

The Right TV: 12 most conservative TV shows ever.  [#5]  Dragnet (1951-59, 1967-70):  Dragnet was based on a simple, conservative premise:  Cops are good, criminals are bad, and crime must be punished.  Los Angeles detective Sgt. Joe Friday (Jack Webb) was the hard-nosed and efficient policeman tracking down the bad guys.  The show never got its due for its realistic portrayals of crime and detective work.  Every show ended with the perpetrator caught and sentenced.  The remake of the show from 1967 to 1970 was decidedly conservative as well, standing up against the hippie idiocy of the period.

Voting for Huntsman?  You might as well vote for John Kerry.
Jon Who?  A former governor of Utah, Huntsman is a multimillionaire from a very wealthy family who has styled himself as a so-called "moderate," supporting certain measures considered by conservatives as not in the least acceptable.  Notably, he has supported "marriages" between homosexuals, and so-called "cap and trade" legislation designed to deal with so-called (and non-existent) global warming, but in reality shoveling taxpayer funds into the hands of liberal groups and individuals to prevent something that isn't happening.

Voting for Romney?  You might as well vote for Al Gore.
Romney is What's Wrong With the Republican Party.  The so-called science of global warming is more media hype and Wall Street attempts to profit on trading carbon credits than it is real science.  The scientific community is split on the topic with some climatologist predicting a new mini ice age.  Mitt Romney's gullibility on this issue helps us understand why he has been so wrong on most of the vital issue of the last decade.

The political kiss of death:
Al Warms To Mitt.  GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has a new, not-so-welcome friend:  Al Gore, who extolled the candidate's promise to fight hard against global warming.  Does Gore think Romney can't win?

Does President Obama Want to Live in a World Without ATMs?  There's no doubt that human employees are increasingly being replaced by machines, which don't need health insurance or pensions and never send passive-aggressive e-mails.  It's been the story of industrialization for more than a century, and the incentives for using technology over sentient beings have only grown since the recession.

Republicans Flicker On Light Bulb Ban Repeal.  The Republican House is flinching on passing the simplest and most symbolic piece of legislation this term:  repeal of the incandescent light bulb phase out.  Amidst great fanfare and promises to restore limited government, the new majority is proving it isn't much different than the old majority.

More about mandatory fluorescent light bulbs.

Worse than an Affair.  Let us imagine that some congressman had walked onto the House floor in his underwear.  I think it is fair to assume that just about every Democrat and Republican in the country would demand his resignation.  But why?  That action is not illegal, and it certainly does not constitute a form of infidelity to his wife.  The reason people would demand his resignation is that such behavior would disgrace the House of Representatives.  That is the issue here.

The lying double standard.  Corporate executives and directors are often forced to resign after making untrue statements about the businesses they oversee and are sometimes subject to both civil and criminal penalties, including jail.  Many public officials who engage in far more damaging untruths are rarely forced to resign, let alone face civil and criminal penalties.  Is it not time the double standard ended?

Are Our Politicians Stupid or Evil?  That man is a fallen creature has never been more clearly demonstrated than by the behavior of our elected politicians in Washington.  Most of them are highly educated lawyers who have studied American history in their universities, and yet have acted so stupidly as to have brought this great nation to the brink of financial disaster.

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Obama's Road to Nowhere.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median period of unemployment is now nine months -- the longest it's been since they've been tracking the numbers.  Long-term unemployment is worse than in the Depression.  Life goes slowly waiting for a fast-food job to open up.  This is Main Street, Obamaville:  All bumps, no road.

You might as well vote for Al Gore.
Romney: Climate Change is Real, Man Made.  Presidential candidate Mitt Romney reiterated Friday [6/3/2011] that he thinks man has contributed to climate change and urged a reduction of greenhouse gasses -- a stance he has taken before, but one that nonetheless remains highly controversial within the Republican Party.

Romney reaffirms stance that global warming is real.  In the first town hall of his freshly announced presidential campaign, Mitt Romney yesterday reaffirmed his view that global warming is occurring and that humans are contributing to it, a position that has been rejected in recent years by many Republicans as the issue has taken on a greater partisan tinge.

A Texan Riding To Republicans' Rescue?  [Governor Rick] Perry and Texas are at war with the Obama administration, a war in which the White House literally let Texas burn as wildfires consumed millions of acres and endangered countless lives even as the president was flying Air Force cargo planes to Mexico where a few hundred acres were ablaze.  Perry's Texas has led the fight against ObamaCare on the grounds that it is an unconstitutional usurpation of states' rights.

Obama's ineligibility: The U.S. government must be purged.  The Obama issue is about complicity, negligence, avarice and cowardice.  There are likely many who are complicit in a cover-up, many who were derelict in their duty to screen Obama and many selfish individuals who love their power and privileges more than their country.  Smoking out Obama will be a tough and dirty business.  None of our professional politicians want to soil their hands.

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Obama's Worst Enemy:  Obama's worst enemy is Obama, and his downfall will commence when voters awaken to the fact that many of his current "crises" — and all the most critical ones — are self-inflicted.  They don't simply come out of nowhere, in the form of "events," unforeseen and random, but are generated through acts of omission or commission by none other than Obama himself.  This creates an opening that must not be overlooked by the GOP candidate, whoever that may be.

Dirty Pictures of Osama bin Laden.  We are at war with a ruthless, barbaric enemy.  The steps we took to extinguish Osama bin Laden were entirely justified — as is releasing the proof of his death, which Obama went to such great pains to obtain.  Secreting the photo in the president's desk drawer is not going to win us any brownie points with the death-to-America crowd.  Announcing the results of a DNA test is not going to satisfy the pics-or-it-didn't-happen crowd.

OBL's Death a Victory for the Adults.  First, it is instructive that candidate Obama campaigned against the idea of even killing bin Laden.  Now he's taking credit for masterminding the entire op and the military hating leftists are now ready to call him the return of Patton.  But let's look at some background.  What really happened is that the intel trail that ultimately culminated in Sunday's events started in 2007 at Guantanamo Bay. ... Obama is the beneficiary of tactics he campaigned against — that were performed at a location he campaigned against.

Debt Ceiling? It's Time for GOP To Let Chips Fall.  The governing class in Washington has no excuse for not having addressed our spending issues and formulating a comprehensive federal debt retirement plan before we approached another debt ceiling threshold.  At every possible opportunity, politicians convince themselves that it's always better to kick the can down the road — Democrats because they aren't remotely serious about debt reduction, Republicans because they're afraid of their own shadow.

The Biggest Legalized Theft of Middle Class American Wealth.  The Federal Reserve and Department of the Treasury financial institution bailouts are nothing more than a legalized Ponzi scheme, bailing out irresponsible behavior by the banks, and the cost to middle class Americans dwarfs our spending on entitlements, Medicare/Medicaid, defense and everything else.  Unfortunately, most of the American public does not realize exactly what the banks are doing and getting away with.

Eliminating the U.S. Department of Education:  The Department of Education was established to promote "student achievement and prepare them for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and insuring equal access."  Since 1979 when the Department of Education was created and with the passage of laws regulating education, such as the No Child Left Behind, the result has been an education system where compliance with laws becomes the rule of the day rather than the primary focus being quality education.

Will It Take A New Political Party to Save America?  It is painful to even consider the possibility that America is moving into its Sixth Party System, as a new, conservative political party emerges to, eventually, replace the Grand Old Party.  Yet events suggest this may be in the cards. ... We live in an era of American history when we should not discount even the highly unlikely as being impossible.

$4 Trillion In Cuts Is Just A Start.  Who's the real extremist here?  The one who recognizes that $10 trillion-plus in expected deficits over the next 10 years is a serious problem?  Or those who insist there's no budget problem so bad that more spending and a massive tax hike on all Americans can't fix it?  Truth is, our long-term fiscal problem is so severe that, absent immediate corrective action, our country's political and economic future is imperiled.

On the Road to An Idiocracy.  If we are to avoid killing off all our brain cells we need to start asking "why" more often than we do.  Why do we have to replace incandescent light bulbs with ones that contain toxic mercury?  Is it because they are made in China?  Where is the word "abortion" in the Constitution?  The taxpayers fund Planned Parenthood abortions — why?  The constitution does include the right to bear arms so why are there so many laws against them?  Why do we spend so much money on bottled water when our city has the best tasting water anywhere and is perfectly safe?  Who's making money off of these health scares?

Trump shows lightweights how to pound Obama in 2012.  [Donald] Trump is doing the one thing all the other candidates are terrified of:  Going straight at Mr. Obama.  He doesn't believe the oft-repeated claim by the MSM that Mr. Obama is "unbeatable" in 2012.  He doesn't think Mr. Obama is the greatest orator since Cicero (you don't see Mr. Trump with a teleprompter).  And he thinks voters will understand when he lays out the complexities that America now faces.

End the War on Drugs Now.  Despite federal and state expenditures of billions of dollars per year, severe punishments, and frequent unconstitutional raids on private homes, the War On Drugs is a failure.  Since this futile war began, the number of drug users in the US has grown rather than shrink, and the rate of drug usage has grown along with the profits of drug cartels.  America's Southern border has become very dangerous as a result of the War, and Mexico is a failing state because wealthy, well-armed drug cartels can afford to fight a regular war in that country and bribe (or assassinate) its officials.  By any objective measure, the War On Drugs is a disastrous failure.  It's time to end this madness now.

Big government crushes American standard of living.  I am happy that Smith-Corona went bankrupt and that Western Union was forced to abandon its old business practices.  If the government had bailed out these companies, we'd still be banging out papers on manual typewriters and communicating by telegram.  Instead, the typewriter has been relegated to museums and messaging is done over phones that are smarter than the people who keep bailing out failing companies.

Will Ignorance Lead to a Second Obama Term?  In the face of a dishonest and complicit mainstream media, it is up to all thinking Americans to make efforts to educate themselves, their neighbors, friends, colleagues, and family as to the dangers of four more years of Obama as President.  For while the world can withstand four years of incompetence in the White House, eight years will likely result in a world forever changed, with America reduced to mediocrity and powerlessness, Islamic fundamentalism on an unimpeded rise to triumph over the West, and liberty and freedom replaced in many more parts of the world by tyranny and human rights abuses.

A Requiem for Detroit.  Notwithstanding its failures, government continued to grow while city services — e.g., police and fire protection — continued to decline.  Whites moving to the suburbs took much of the tax base out of the city in the 1960s.  The latest census numbers show that blacks are now following in the path of the whites before them.  Apparently they don't like crime and the lack of decent schools for their kids either.  What's left is the city so embarrassingly exposed by the census figures, a place that people are fleeing as fast as they can.  Think of all the dysfunctional measures you can:  poverty rates, unemployment, crime, failing public schools, falling home values.  Detroit has them all, and most of its indicators rank among the worst in the nation.

The Editor says...
Wherever socialist Democrats are in control, prosperity evaporates.

Postmaster:  Dogs are attacking Detroit carriers.  Postmaster Lloyd Wesley says there were 59 attacks by dogs last year, compared to 74 in Los Angeles and 10 in New York, both much larger cities.

A Hidden History of Evil.  In the world's collective consciousness, the word "Nazi" is synonymous with evil.  It is widely understood that the Nazis' ideology — nationalism, anti-Semitism, the autarkic ethnic state, the Führer principle — led directly to the furnaces of Auschwitz.  It is not nearly as well understood that Communism led just as inexorably, everywhere on the globe where it was applied, to starvation, torture, and slave-labor camps.  Nor is it widely acknowledged that Communism was responsible for the deaths of some 150 million human beings during the twentieth century.  The world remains inexplicably indifferent and uncurious about the deadliest ideology in history.

Fascism Is Not Conservatism.  Both communism and Nazism are evil totalitarian systems characterized by enormous power in the central government.  It's true that in theory, Karl Marx predicted the eventual withering away of the state and the "dictatorship of the proletariat," when the people would rule, which was sheer fantasy because it was based on grossly erroneous assumptions about human nature, as history would repeatedly demonstrate.  But no one can deny that communism, in practice as well as theory, is a form of socialism, as evidenced, among other things, by the Soviet Union's proud self-identification as a "socialist republic."  Likewise, Nazism and fascism, by definition, are socialist systems, with the state owning or controlling the major means of industry and production.

Why you should see — and then read — 'Atlas Shrugged':  The movie may not be particularly artful; neither is the book.  Indeed, the popularity of the book defies typical expectation for what causes a book to be read — it is neither a melodramatic potboiler, nor a brilliantly conceived artistic masterpiece.  It is instead what is called a "novel of ideas" — and typical of the genre, it is talky, preachy and pedantic. ... But let us be clear.  Whatever the artistic faults of "Atlas Shrugged," the book is eminently readable — exactly because of what it is — a book full of ideas.

On the other hand...
Shrugging off Atlas ShruggedAtlas Shrugged is, to put it bluntly, vastly overrated both as literature and philosophy. ... As literature the novel is sophomoric, more like a Marvel comic book than a novel.  The heroes and villains who inhabit the pages of Atlas Shrugged are not so much characters as caricatures, and they are so predictable that they are boring.

Why I Am Not a Neo-Conservative:  The Obama Administration, in my view, is the most dangerous administration in American history, and conservatives need to be very clear about the limits and objectives of American power so that they can lead the battle to restore our government to health.  To accomplish this, neo-conservatives need to admit they were wrong, and return to the drawing board.  They should give up the "neo" and become conservatives again.

Why is there no looting in Japan?  Perhaps even more impressive than Japan's technological power is its social strength, with supermarkets cutting prices and vending machine owners giving out free drinks as people work together to survive.  Most noticeably of all, there has been no looting, and I'm not the only one curious about this.

Tepid Tea.  [The House Republicans'] pathetic excuse for federal budget cuts betrays the 2010 electoral mandate of the American people ... If John Boehner's tears are shed only for his personal climb out of poverty into power, then he should retire from public service and go sit on his laurels somewhere.  The American people are outraged at what the "elites" are doing to this country, and if John Boehner and his coterie of Republican followers haven't got the stomach to stand up to them, then they should get out of the way of people who do.

When emergency strikes count on yourself and never the government.  In a state of emergency, the school gymnasium or sports arena in Small Town North America, or anywhere in the world for that matter, could be a more sustainable port in the aftermath of the storm. ... Governments big on nanny states are against stockpiling and some require public panic for ultimate control.  But the custodians of schools, the managers of arenas could stockpile life-sustaining items on the QT.

Obama's two most useful idiots.  Proof positive that Republicans who cross the bi-partisan aisle too many times come back as Democrat dupes:  Senator John McCain and "Independent" Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman.  In their newfound state of 'civility' the senators are flying not Old Glory but are white flagging orchestrated democracy movements in the Middle East.

Barry Goldwater's Rock-Solid Constitutional Stand Resonates Today.  In his 1964 presidential campaign, he talked about the need for smaller government.  His view was considered quaint.  Today the choice appears to be between smaller government and bankruptcy.  When Goldwater said Social Security was actuarially unsound, many scoffed.  Today few economists deny the problem.  In October 1964, he voted against Medicare.  Today the program is rapidly becoming the fiscal mess that Goldwater said was intrinsic to central planning.  Plenty of his other ideas, once dismissed as too radical, are reality.

Runaway Trains of Bureaucracy.  Government programs succeed through failure.  A program that actually "solved" whatever problem prompted its creation would be wiped out.  A bureaucrat who runs a tight ship, and brings his operation in under budget, will be "rewarded" with a smaller budget.  Every single organ of our federal government is working tirelessly to solve a problem that is much worse than originally anticipated, and therefore requires increased funding.  When was the last time you heard of a big federal program that was shut down ahead of schedule and under budget, because it completed its mission?

Cuts That Shock.  The House has passed a bill that trims $61 billion from roughly $3.8 trillion in spending in the current fiscal year.  If the GOP can't even get this small cut through, will Washington ever get serious about the debt?

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If it were up to me, I'd cut out all federal funding for the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, HUD, the Department of the Interior, the EPA, NPR, PBS, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Planned Parenthood, Amtrak, windmill generators, ethanol, the United Nations, NASA, the Office of the First Lady, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, the African Development Foundation, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Farm Credit Administration, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Federal Housing Finance Board, the Women's History Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Legal Services Corporation, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, the National Education Goals Panel, the National Skill Standards Board, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, the Office of Personnel Management, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Peace Corps, the President's Interagency Council on Women, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Selective Service System, the US Agency for International Development, the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, the US International Development Cooperation Agency, the US Trade and Development Agency, the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security, the Government Information Locator Service, the National Consortium for High Performance Computing, the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, the Arctic Research Commission, the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries, the Marine Mammal Commission, the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, the Office of Disability Employment Policy, the Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, and the U.S. Institute of Peace.  Then I'd cut about half of the money being spent on AFDC, TANF, WIC, Medicaid, SCHIP, Head Start, school lunches and food stamps.  And then I'd reduce the minimum wage by about half, and after that I'd eliminate or privatize most of the Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture, the Department of Transportation, the FCC, the EEOC, OSHA, the FDA, the TSA, and the Postal Service.  So, if you like big expensive government, don't vote for me!

Government yard sale could help bring down national debt.  The federal government reportedly owns more than one fourth of the land in the United States.  According to the "Budget of the U.S. Government for FY2010," at the end of FY 2008, the federal government held $767 billion in land, and $421 billion in "mineral rights."  In addition to land, the Office of Budget and Management reports that Uncle Sam also owns more than $1.17 trillion in fixed reproducible capital (things like buildings and machinery) and $290 billion in inventory.

Time to Stop Making Excuses When It Comes to Fighting Piracy.  If we are serious about this threat, all we need to do is to authorize the Navy to sink any suspected pirate vessels that are sighted unless they surrender immediately; and if they do surrender, to bring back the suspected pirates for trial in the U.S. even if they have not menaced a U.S.-flagged vessel.  This does not require a major military commitment.  All it requires is making more effective use of the force already in place and making use of legal authorities that have been in place for hundreds of years.  Piracy, after all, is the original international crime.

Four problems that can only exist if Big Government creates them.
What Big Government Can Do.  [Scroll down]  Government, for example, is indispensable in the creation of high unemployment.  Left to their own devices, people will generally find uses for each other's talents.  Every individual is both a producer and consumer, employee and customer.  The United States is rich in knowledge and natural resources.  Given stable currency, reliable access to credit, and basic consumer protections, business ventures will be created to fill the needs of any given population.  Large groups of people create opportunities merely by existing.  The heavy hand of Big Government creates massive distortions in this process.

A sinking ship and a rising tide of red ink.  What if you had a choice between trying to be a hero and possibly dying ... or doing nothing and almost certainly dying?  What would you do then?  That is essentially the choice facing the Congress of the United States — and by extension the rest of us — as we look into the maw of a $15 trillion national debt.  Survival or death?

Note To Republicans: Don't Just Rein in the EPA, Abolish It.  It's clear that President Richard Nixon's goal in creating the EPA was to put an agency in place that would fill a research and advisory role for both himself and future presidents.  There was no indication that he intended an ideologically driven juggernaut that not only researched but actually took unto itself the power to mandate the most stringent of eco-centered, blatantly anti-capitalist environmental guidelines and regulations imaginable.

Defund the EPA.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has hit the ground running with its greenhouse-gas regulations.  But congressional Republicans are just getting around to introducing well-intended, but futile legislation to stop the agency.  There is another way.  The GOP could rescue us from the EPA as soon as March, but it won't.  Does the GOP have a secret strategy?  Has it forgotten the election?  Or is it afraid of the EPA?

More about the EPA.

A Modest $500 Billion Proposal.  My proposal would first roll back almost all federal spending to 2008 levels, then initiate reductions at various levels nearly across the board.  Cuts to the Departments of Agriculture and Transportation would create over $42 billion in savings each, while cuts to the Departments of Energy and Housing and Urban Development would save about $50 billion each.  Removing education from the federal government's jurisdiction would create almost $80 billion in savings alone.  Add to that my proposed reductions in international aid, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and other federal agencies, and we arrive at over $500 billion.

The 'rational' exuberance of spending other people's money.  To sink or swim?  That is the $15 trillion question.  It's now up to the American people to decide whether the American experiment in self-government will stay afloat through reason and sacrifice or else sink into oblivion as a result of self-deception and greed.

A Sputnik Moment?  From a strategic point of view, Sputnik was a Soviet blunder of the first magnitude.  If the Americans had gone first, it would have given Russia a chance to demonize all space operations as imperialist aggression in the heavens.  Every U.S. satellite launch would have been denounced as a crime against humanity.  The U.S. space program in both its civil and military aspects would have been crippled.  But from a propaganda point of view, Sputnik was a triumph, and in this they were aided and abetted by America's Democrats.

Stop the Fraud — Freeze the Debt Ceiling.  Cuts are not politically viable in our democratic welfare state.  Generations have been conditioned to "gimme" politics.  As a result, no politician can run and win on a platform of "vote for me and this is what I will take away from you."  That is why cuts never come and spending rises inexorably.  That is why the debt limit will be raised again (and again and again) until the dollar and economy collapse.

Digital Dark Age Ahead?  [Scroll down]  The danger is that as more and more of our lives is committed to digital, only some portions of that data will be transferred to new media, and the losses will compound with each successive generation.  Eventually you are left with a gaping hole in history, a vast ocean of unrecoverable information rotting away in obsolete machines.  Of course, if, instead of saving your college novel on a floppy disk, you had typed it out on paper and stuck it in a drawer, you could easily pull it out again and start working on it twenty years later — no translation software required.

Fear of a Red Planet.  I often hear talk radio hosts and politicians condemn China's nefarious role as the largest stakeholder in American debt.  How is it China's fault that Washington spends $1 trillion more than it takes in in revenue?

Can Our Union be Saved?  The spending path that Congress has chosen for the last half-century is unsustainable and will end up with economic collapse but little or nothing can be done about it unless I'm grossly wrong about the American people.  Americans who detest our country and those who love our country are hell-bent, wittingly or unwittingly, on destroying it.

Report Card on Obama's First Two Years.  Two years ago today, Barack Obama was inaugurated as president of the United States.  Are you better off today than you were two years ago?  Numbers don't lie, and here are the data on the impact he has had on the lives of Americans.

What's so scary about Sarah?  If you don't like Sarah Palin, that's your business.  But if you try to shut her up, that's everybody's business.

Laughter as the Cure for Liberalism.  "Liberal" and "unfunny" are perhaps the two best words to describe most political cartoons.  But a rare conservative series is helping to change this.  Diversity Lane is a political cartoon series that follows the exploits of a hyper-liberal family and their eight-year-old conservative daughter.  Since 2008, Diversity Lane has been the only conservative cartoon series that continually and convincingly skewers the PC left.

What Congress Should Cut.  Since 2007, Congress has been on an unprecedented spending binge.  That means a first and obvious budget-cutting step would be to return discretionary spending to the baseline before things got so out of control.  If Congress returned to the baseline before the supposedly "temporary" stimulus bill of 2009, $177 billion per year would be saved, according to calculations by FreedomWorks based on figures from the Office of Management and Budget and the Congressional Budget Office.

China: Danger Before the Doom?  With Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Washington, there's a lot of talk about the rise of China as an economic and military power.  But the Chinese may have only a small window in time to assert global dominance — and Chinese leaders have to know it.  China is, perhaps, twenty years from the start of a demographic implosion, one that will cause enormous internal strains, economically and socially.  Could awareness of the hard demographic realities that lie ahead for China drive the Chinese to advance their interests militarily, if need be, before China is hampered by an aging population?

Free the Dictionary.  Control words and you control truth.  George Orwell understood this so well that he believed one of the first things every totalitarian ideology does is redefine the words in a language, purposefully, forcefully and relentlessly.  In his novel 1984, he called this artificial language of totalitarianism Newspeak.  Orwell knew that, as someone once said, "you will not prevail just because you are right.  If you know something but cannot communicate it, it's as though you don't know it."  Take away the words and you take away the power to express a contrary thought.  And the best way to do this is to torture words until they meant what the narrative said they should say; by changing meanings until only the allowable meanings were left.

Allan West is an American hero.  Allan West, former Army lieutenant colonel, is a great American who consciously chose doing the right thing over furthering his 22-year long military career.  He is a role model for all patriotic Americans.

87% Of Congressional Reps Supporting Comcast/NBC Merger Got Money From Comcast.  If our elected officials are going to accept large donations from companies and then legislate in their interests, it would make sense to require those elected officials to wear patches indicating who's funding them, a la Nascar uniforms.

The Next Obama Disaster.  In any other administration, Obama's energy policies would be dominating the political debate.  It is only because the administration has pursued so many disastrous policies — government medicine, bailouts, faux stimulus, unheard-of deficits — that energy has taken a back seat.  It will not be long, however, before rising energy costs are again in the forefront of economic anxiety and political debate.

Travesty in Texas.  With Texas judge Pat Priest imposing a sentence of three years in prison on former House majority leader Tom DeLay, it is not an exaggeration to say that this is the culmination of an undeserved, unjustified, and unconscionable act of political persecution.  It is the result of an abusive prosecution that exemplifies the drive to criminalize politics and to make the ordinary processes of raising and spending funds for political campaigns a crime.

Washington DC is a police state.
Walled-Off Washington.  It's hard to remember, but Washington wasn't always a city of walls.  Thomas Jefferson held a public reception at the White House after his second inaugural, and citizens were able to freely wander through the building to personally ask presidents like Abraham Lincoln for jobs and other favors.  Harry Truman took long walks around Washington each morning protected by just a handful of Secret Service agents.  Capitol Hill had no roadblocks or barricades, and cars and trucks passed directly in front of the White House as they drove down Pennsylvania Avenue, one of the city's busiest thoroughfares.

The GOP's last stand.  If the Republicans do not adhere to their principles, the party will be swept into the dustbin of history — just as were their predecessors, the Whigs.  Republicans insist that they have changed their big-government spots.  Great Society Republicanism is out; Goldwater-Reagan conservatism is in.  Call me skeptical.

Socialism by Other Means.  As I pondered the direction our government had taken over the previous year, I looked at the definition of socialism by typing "define: socialism" into Google.  The first definition presented was from Princeton's wordnet and read as follows:  "a political theory advocating state ownership of industry."  The definition feels woefully lacking.  Ownership denotes control, and the state is certainly getting into the business of controlling industry.  Our government has exerted control over enterprise via legislative fiat more over the last year than at any other time since FDR's power-grab during the Great Depression.

Why the Constitution is Better Than Marx.  In 1787, the Constitution proclaimed a political philosophy that has led to greater well-being and happiness for more people over more centuries than anything Europe's totalitarians ever did.  But precisely because the Constitution limits the greed of the power-hungry, it is always under assault.  Every generation needs to understand that because human nature has not changed since 1800.  Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler are alive somewhere today, because greed for absolute power is part of human nature.  Look at the absolute dictators around the world; they are no different.

Republican Congressman: Ban Funding of Obamacare in Every Appropriations Bill.  Rep. Steve King (R.-Iowa) says that House Republicans should include language that prohibits any funding for implementation of Obamacare in literally every appropriations bill that passes the House of Representatives this year, thus forcing a showdown on the issue with the Democratic majority Senate and President Barack Obama.  "Somebody's going to blink," King told CNSNews.com.  "It'll be President Obama or it'll be House Republicans.

To Win, Obama Has to Fool Some Folks All the Time.  The hot-stove league in national politics is in a tizzy about whether President Obama will move to the center in the next two years.  Most in Washington say he will because he must.  I say he won't because he can't.  You have to be a centrist to really move to the center, and if the last two years prove anything, it is that Obama's definitely not a centrist.

Government as a Criminal Enterprise.  The so-called Stimulus Act was nothing more than Representatives and Senators throwing every state and local project into a huge spending bill and then claiming it would create jobs.  As has been the case for decades, the only jobs that get created from such largess are government jobs, while businesses large and small are required to waste thousands of hours and thousands of dollars filling out government forms.  There's a word for that.  It's called communism.

Finding Reverse Gear in the New Year.  The incoming 112th Congress has a lot of work to do... and several important things to undo.  President Obama has already used his first weekly radio address of the new year to declare Democrats and Republicans have a "shared responsibility to move this country forward."  On the contrary, the Republicans have a duty to make 2011 the year America finds its reverse gear.

The Editor says...
Obama is trying to share the blame, not the responsibility.  The citizens have made it abundantly clear that they don't want the country to go "forward" on Obama's road to socialism.

Moscow's Blizzard / New York's Blizzard.  [Russia's prime minister Vladimir] Putin now hires and fires governors and mayors at will.  He owns and operates all the national television broadcasters, he executes journalists who do not toe his line, and he jails anyone, like Khodorkovsky, who stands even the slightest chance of challenging him politically.  Slowly but surely, he is abolishing civil rights throughout the criminal justice system, and using any sign of disorder as an excuse for further and more draconian crackdowns.  Yet for all that, Putin is vulnerable just as were his Soviet ancestors, because his misguided policies undermine economic and political stability.  Yet Putin has found himself with the great good fortune of Barack Obama's election as president.

Congress's Monstrous Legal Legacy:  The historians will long be fighting over the legislative legacy of the 111th Congress.  As to its legal legacy, the only real question is whether this just-finished Democratic Congress was the most unserious in decades, or the most unserious in history.  That much is clear from the recent ObamaCare court proceedings.

Kudzu:  A Lesson in Big Government Failure.  Wherever you may go in the southeastern United States, you will see a vine swallowing whole buildings and forests.  It is as relentless as Sherman, destroying whole areas of the South.  Chances are you've seen the plant before, even if you don't know exactly what it is.  The vine is called kudzu, and it symbolizes all that is wrong with Big Government.

'Compliance': The Word That Sunk a Million U.S. Jobs.  Costs not related to the quality of the end product — costs created entirely by overbearing government — have destroyed our manufacturing sector.

Buh-Bye Ms. American Pie.  For the past year, masterful Canada Free Press researcher Sandy Williams has been probing the Spider's Web of the corporate and government world underworld by joining the dots to show through research how a few people interacting together through a network of well-funded organizations control the lives of ordinary Americans.

Kill The Lame Duck.  It is an anachronism a constitutional amendment tried to kill.  It lets defeated legislators wreak political and economic havoc without consequence.  Like the dodo, the lame duck should be extinct.

A death panel for government:  Ronald Reagan observed that a federal program is the nearest thing to eternal life on this Earth.  With President Obama's budget forecasting nearly doubled expenditures by the year 2020, governmental red ink appears equally immortal.  Next year, Congress should pilfer an idea from the Texas state legislature that would give wasteful departments the dignified burial they have long deserved.

Obama's double bubble.  Americans have lost more than $4 trillion in assets since the housing market collapsed in 2006.  Risky government mortgage lending regulations helped inflate prices beyond reason, but those policies have not gone away.  Instead, they've just moved into a new home, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

The Only Thing That Will Save Us Now Is Fear Itself.  Our government is bankrupt, its deficit is insurmountable, and at both the federal and state levels, we've run up more debt than can possibly be repaid.  This isn't a political thing; it's a numbers thing.  Either everything I've ever learned about math and economics is wrong, or we're on the verge of going down.  The only possible way to come through safely — and even so, the odds are against us — will be to frighten ourselves so badly that we'll be willing to do things that in normal times we simply could not imagine doing.

Repeal the 26th Amendment!.  Adopted in 1971 at the tail end of the Worst Generation's anti-war protests, the argument for allowing children to vote was that 18-year-olds could drink and be conscripted into the military, so they ought to be allowed to vote.  But 18-year-olds aren't allowed to drink anymore.  We no longer have a draft.  In fact, while repealing the 26th Amendment, we ought to add a separate right to vote for members of the military, irrespective of age.  As we have learned from ObamaCare, young people are not considered adults until age 26, at which point they are finally forced to get off their parents' health care plans.

Why Barack Obama doesn't much care for Britain:  Let's review the evidence.  President Obama received from Gordon Brown a pen-holder made from the timbers of a Royal Navy anti-slavery vessel, and reciprocated with DVDs.  He silkily downgraded the UK from "our closest ally" to "one of our allies".  He gave the Queen an iPod full of his own speeches.  He used the Louisiana oil spill to attack an imaginary company called "British Petroleum" (it has been BP for the past decade, ever since the merger with Amoco gave it as many American as British shareholders).  He sent a bust of Winston Churchill back to the British Embassy. ...

Who runs America?  The nation, the media tells us, is all agog over the results of the presidential election.  What they won't tell the American people is that the outcome won't make a dime's worth of difference — the president-elect will simply march to the tune of those wonderful caring folks who stand behind the scenes and pull the strings.  This is not simply my opinion.  You read what FDR wrote about the people who ran things when he was around, and they continue to run things today.

Book review:
Poor Lenin's Almanac.  Instead of attacking the left, its mentality, and its preconceptions head-on by way of dates, the historical record, and ideological analysis, [Bruce] Walker has instead chosen an oblique approach.  With Benjamin Franklin's original work as a model, he utilizes a series of twisted maxims representing typical leftist ways of thinking to present us with a much clearer map of the leftist psyche than we might otherwise see.

How America got lost:  A look back at the past 50 years.  [Scroll down]  Today, everything has been turned on its head — and what's worse, plenty of people are glad of that.  Our weaker economy has been a boon to the Third World and those who promote "social justice" at the expense of the American worker.  Our weakened families have been a boon to government control of our personal decisions.  Our weakened morals have allowed liberty to be mistaken for license, resulting in an ever more narcissistic culture than panders to appetites instead of aspiring to greatness.  Our weakened military gives strength to those who would leave us at the mercy of their misguided conception of the goodness of human nature.  Our weakened education system has compounded all of this by failing to teach our citizens the truth, leaving them untethered from their own heritage and adrift in a sea of moral relativism.

God Bless Barack Obama.  In literature, deus ex machina refers to a plot device which resolves what appears to pose an intractable problem.  And, as I explain, I think Obama is ours — a character who appears out of nowhere with a cast of appointees so preposterous and an agenda so irrational and offensive to Americans that he has shocked us out of our torpor, inducing millions of us out of our comfy chairs and to the barricades.

Is Illegal Immigration Moral?  If a guest ignores the law — and thereby often must keep breaking more laws — should citizens also have the right to similarly pick and choose which statutes they find worthy of honoring and which are too bothersome?  Once it is deemed moral for the impoverished to cross a border without a passport, could not the same arguments of social justice be used for the poor of any status not to report earned income or even file a 1040 form?

In Plain Sight.  Communists no longer hide what they're doing.  Now they boldly spout their anti-American rhetoric at every opportunity.  In fact, some of them are openly calling for an armed revolution now, to bring down our Republic — while hiding behind the very Constitution they seek to destroy. ... So brace yourselves.  No matter how we try to avoid it, armed conflict is coming — because our enemies will deliberately bring it.  They WILL get violent, because that's what Communists do.  That's the standard next phase of a Communist take-over, and the only "peaceful resolution" they want is your surrender.

Conservatives Should Not Be Celebrating the Election Results.  [Scroll down]  The ruling elite is still composed of self-styled aristocrats who know what is best for you, your family, and your children.  They still look down on the masses as unwashed and slightly stupid.  They still possess the same arrogance that allowed them to pass TARP and the auto bailouts over such huge numbers of people in bipartisan opposition.  The bribery and corruption is still there and as virulent as ever.  Furthermore, the aristocracy in Congress still exempts itself from laws it imposes on the serfs.

Filibuster in Danger in Lame-Duck Session.  Liberals don't like the filibuster.  They want to rid the Senate of it in the next few weeks so newly re-elected Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) can exclude Republicans from all aspects of the legislative process.  Conservatives should watch closely to see if Reid tries to exterminate the filibuster from the Senate rules without a fair vote.

We Won — Now What?  Even the sparse wins the subversive left managed to pull out on Tuesday were riddled with chicanery, cheating, union payoffs, and the buying of votes with "free lunches."  Harry Reid's systemic corruption garnered a win funded by millions of dollars from public-sector unions.  It was all in the game.  Same for California — a state from which decent, hardworking Americans (aka Republicans) have been fleeing, a state destroyed by a union choke hold. ... But despite the voter fraud, the SEIU/ACORN thugocracy, and the illegitimate tactics, the people spoke, and the people won.  Now what?

Desert Storm vet explains decision to leave Air Force after 22 years.  I never expected to write this letter, but my Mom e-mailed me to get information about my career for a writeup on Veterans Day, and as this is the first such holiday in 22 years when I will not be on active duty, I felt compelled to let you know why I decided to quit.

Vote as if your children's and grandchildren's future depend on it.  'The Campaign That Never Ended on November 4, 2008', comes to an abrupt, merciful and undignified end tomorrow night.  Most of the Democrats have been greedily picking the pockets of the poor, begging — on an almost daily basis — breaking the backs of the most vulnerable:  the poor they claim to represent.

A Stark Choice Between European Model Or the American Way.  Dramatic developments in Europe in the past few weeks have graphically demonstrated the importance of America's upcoming November 2 elections.  Coming midway through President Obama's term, there is little doubt these elections constitute a referendum on his philosophy, policies and performance.  Any U.S. citizens who doubt the significance of their impending votes need only contemplate Europe to see the consequences of further pursuing the Obama agenda.

Democrats Call Lisa Murkowski A Liar.  It was troubling when Murkowski broke her word to voters and refused to abide by the results of the Republican primary as promised.  If these accusations are legitimate, all in all, it does not speak well of Lisa Murkowski's character.  And character does matter.  She has invoked the name of the late Ted Stevens on her behalf.  He can't speak for himself.  However, it appears some individuals Murkowski has claimed endorse her candidacy can — and they are flatly denying it.

Obama's October Surprise?  [Scroll down]  He has a couple of options.  First, he can hope that a national security crisis erupts that will put him in a positive light as a decisive leader.  Second, he can try to manufacture a success or try to force a success before November.  Now would certainly be a great time to capture or kill Osama bin Laden.  The other option is to quietly push for foreign help by encouraging a country like Iran to feign an interest in real peace.

Proud To Be a Republican.  The quality of many Republican senatorial and congressional candidates in the 2010 election is the highest in modern memory.  So angry are many Americans at what the left is trying to do to America that spectacularly bright and accomplished individuals from every walk of life have decided to leave their professions and run for office.

If the Chilean Mine Had Been in Colorado:  What if Copiopo was located on the western slope of Colorado?  Would the story have played out in the same manner?  Would the spirit of the American citizen have been dampened by the wet blankets of bureaucracy and political correctness?

Capitalism Saved the Chilean Miners.  If those miners had been trapped a half-mile down like this 25 years ago anywhere on earth, they would be dead.  What happened over the past 25 years that meant the difference between life and death for those men?  Short answer:  the Center Rock drill bit.  This is the miracle bit that drilled down to the trapped miners.  Center Rock Inc. is a private company in Berlin, Pa.  It has 74 employees.  The drill's rig came from Schramm Inc. in West Chester, Pa. Seeing the disaster, Center Rock's president, Brandon Fisher, called the Chileans to offer his drill.  Chile accepted.  The miners are alive.

Rules for Radical Conservatives Will Help Us Save America.  [Saul] Alinsky took his material from neighborhood bullies who got the better of him throughout his childhood.  He then moved up to getting lessons from thuggish big labor and the Capone gang in Chicago.  [Michael] Walsh, on the other hand, used the inimitable Christian giant, C.S. Lewis, and John Milton, of Paradise Lost brilliance, to conceive his all-American answer to Alinsky's luciferian treatise.

Congress On Steroids Slinks Out Of Town.  In 2008, rather than face the looming housing crisis, with the potential for a broad market crash that would shortly devastate a generation, Congress dropped everything to have an investigation into steroid use in baseball. ... If this same Congress cared 1% as much about the debasement of the dollar, the sagging economy and the federal budget deficit as it did about the reliability of baseball statistics, we could all relax.

Blacks still love Obama, others not so much.  Since Obama's name is not on any ballot Nov. 2, the proportions of Americans who like or dislike the fellow on Oct. 1 of a midterm election year shouldn't matter, in theory.  However, history indicates otherwise.  Presidents with approval ratings below 50% at midterm time see their party suffer substantial losses in its congressional membership, regardless of how much explaining and blaming the president attempts in the campaign leading up to what becomes, in effect, a referendum on the president.

The Editor says...
Of course the mid-term election is a referendum on the incompetent * President who can't utter a coherent sentence without the aid of a teleprompter*.  It is also a referendum on ACORN,* the Black Panthers,* the EPA,* mandatory socialized medicine,* abortion,* illegal immigration,* a President who detests America,* a President who bows down to King Abdullah,* gun control,* Nancy Pelosi,* Elena Kagan,* czars,* Nationalizing General Motors and Chrysler,* the illegal firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin,* Obama's lethargic response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill,* granting INTERPOL immunity from U.S. law,* revealing the exact number of nuclear warheads in the U.S. arsenal,* fraternizing with dictators in other countries,* using the National Endowment for the Arts as a propaganda tool,* putting a guy in charge of the IRS who owes $34,000 in taxes,* and it is about saving this country from intentional destruction at the hands of a "community organizer"!*

Echoes of the Great Depression.  This may not be your grandfather's Great Depression, but many aspects of today's situation would remind him of the 1930s.  If the recession that officially ended a year ago feels uncomfortably surreal to you yet familiar to him, it's probably because the recovery went missing.

The long, but necessary, road back from big government.  What on earth did we do before government?  How did we manage?  Who helped the sick, the poor, the needy and the incapable?  Who stepped in when disaster struck?  Only older people have any memory of a world with much less government.  Nobody born after World War II in Europe, Russia, or North America has any experience of less government.  National governments existed for one purpose, to defend the people from attack.  Income tax was introduced as a temporary measure to fund this role.  The tax still exists and the government is using the money for almost everything but defense.

Stop Printing Money.  The nearly $1.7 trillion in new money printed by the central bank to ease the financial crisis didn't do much good, and its new plan for "quantitative easing" won't work much better.

Two Words for Republicans to Remember:  'I Won'.  Certainly most people reflexively consider Adolf Hitler to be the epitome of evil.  Yet in the historical annals of genocidal maniacs, Hitler doesn't even place second.  His murder of six million Jews, along with five million others, relegates him to third place among the world's all-time butchers.  Communist Russia's Josef Stalin comes in second with a total of twenty million killed, although some historians contend it might be twice that number.  And then there's Chinese Communist Mao Zedong, who's literally in a class by himself:  he gets "credit" for between forty and seventy-seven million exterminations.  So why is Nazism utterly reviled even as Communism gets a historical pass?

A People of Life.  From the sermon at Barbara Olson's funeral:  ["]What did Americans do when they heard the shocking news and saw the devastation?  Did they take to the streets with signs and placards, marching with fists upraised, saying, "Death to terrorists!"  No, they did not.  What did they do?  They took to the streets — in search of places to give blood.  In fact, in some places so many of them that there was a seven-hour wait to give blood.  They took to the streets to bring food to those who were rescuing people.  They took to the streets to go to church, to hold candlelight vigils, to pray.["]

Everything, literally, depends on this election.  We will be choosing whether to stand up and fight for the America of liberty and law conceived by our founders, or to stand down and allow our "shining city upon a hill" to be demolished.  We will decide whether to preserve and strengthen the American Dream for our children and grandchildren or to abandon our descendants to unexceptional lives in a gray socialist welfare state.

Documentary to Reveal the Extent of 2008 Voter Fraud.  I am a documentary filmmaker, a Democrat.  During the 2008 primaries, I was asked by a former congressional investigator to watch for and document any voter fraud occurring in the Democratic Party caucuses.  Complaints had been filed, claims that Hillary Clinton had won the popular vote but lost the caucus vote.  What I witnessed in Texas — and later in many other states — were things I could never forgive.

Transcending the Becklash.  It's remarkable that one man with a microphone talking about God and American values could inspire such paranoia.  Yet, many on the Left didn't bother to listen to what Glenn Beck had to say on Saturday [8/28/2010] during his "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., instead allowing their fear and loathing of the popular political commentator decide what his real message just had to be.  Glenn Beck tried to stretch out a hand across the political divide and liberals smacked it aside.

Defining Conservatism Up:  Part I.  Conservatives are in danger of defining conservatism down so that they can win big in the next election (and the next), casting away essential principles in order to hustle ever more disgruntled bodies into the big Republican tent.  This big-tentism is a big mistake.

Defining Conservatism Up:  Part II.  If we are spiritual and material creatures made in the image of God with a defined moral good we will set ourselves up much differently as a society than if we are mere ephemeral bodies accidentally contrived by a mindless cosmos with no moral goal other than the pursuit of physical pleasure and the avoidance of physical pain.  In large part, the history of the Western slide downward is essentially one of increased secularization; that is, a slide from the first view to the second.

Taking Back Our Constitution.  Americans, the Constitution of the United States of America doesn't belong to us anymore.  We have let our guard down one too many times with regard to our constitutional responsibilities, rights, and liberties, and now elected politicians control the document. ... It took a long time for Congress and the government to amass these powers that they have taken from us, and they certainly won't relinquish them as easily as we gave them up.  But with unflinching purpose, we must begin to take the Constitution back, as well as reimpose limits on congressional powers, for the sake of future Americans.

Democrats, Please Follow New York Times' Advice.  Liberals' derision of "people of faith" as weak, anti-intellectual, anti-reason and anti-science is ironic beyond measure, given their stubborn adherence to their own discredited views on the thin thread of faith alone.  New York Times editors' "In Search of a New Playbook" provides a perfect illustration.  They not only don't apologize for President Obama's failed policies but also insist that Democrats run proudly on his record.

The Republican Party has one last chance to move to the right.
How A GOP November Victory Could Bring Its Death.  If the GOP gains control of one or both Houses of Congress in the November midterm elections, and then does not make good on its promises to reverse and counter the Democrats' socialist agenda, we could hear the death knell that signals the end of the Grand Old Party.

Desperate Economic Action Ahead?  Inflation is not an economic event.  Short of an inept Central Bank, inflation is always a political event.  It is never a solution to an economic problem.  It is employed out of desperation.  When economic and political problems are intractable, the political class is apt to do anything to retain power.

Why we need to let states go broke.  Federal Band-Aids won't cover the fiscal problems of such states as New York, California, Michigan and Connecticut forever.  State bankruptcy and fundamental restructuring of state and local finance — and labor relations — is at hand.

U.S. Is Bankrupt and We Don't Even Know.  Let's get real.  The U.S. is bankrupt.  Neither spending more nor taxing less will help the country pay its bills.  What it can and must do is radically simplify its tax, health-care, retirement and financial systems, each of which is a complete mess.  But this is the good news.  It means they can each be redesigned to achieve their legitimate purposes at much lower cost and, in the process, revitalize the economy.

1913 Was a Very Bad Year.  Prior to 1913, there was no federal income tax.  The states had rights and representation in Washington DC, there was no Federal Reserve Bank, and the federal government lived under the enumerated powers afforded within the US Constitution.  What a difference one year can make.  Almost a hundred years later, it's clear that the policies established in 1913 must be revoked in order to restore power to the people and the states.  But can the American people stuff the Genie back in to the bottle?

The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate.  The world has been turned upside down:  Socialism is on the rise in the U.S. and capitalism is on the rise in China.  The former is a result of an uneducated electorate that fails to understand socialism's history of producing poverty; the latter is a result of pragmatic leadership able to put aside communist ideology to embrace capitalism because it produces prosperity.

The Timeless Principles of American Prosperity.  Several times in the last 100 years, whenever the nation's economic policies adhered to the timeless principles of economic growth and prosperity, our economy has boomed.  When it has departed from those policies, it has fallen into stagnation, or worse.

The Key to a Real Revolution.  Until 1919, debate in the Senate was unlimited.  There was no Senate Rule which allowed for cloture, or limiting debate.  A determined Senate minority could effectively stop any congressional bill, any presidential appointment (which required Senate confirmation), and any treaty.  When Democrats have had that combination of power, they have used it to radically change America.  FDR had four consecutive Congresses in which Democrats could do virtually anything they wanted, because Senate Democrats could pass a cloture motion.  Democrats also had filibuster-proof Senate majorities from 1963 to 1967, the years in which LBJ's Great Society program was passed.

Go For Broke Or Get Out of the Way.  Considering the fact that one of the most crucial elections in the history of the country is coming up in November, it's getting hard to believe that Republicans haven't produced anything remotely resembling the 1994 "Contract With America" that drove liberals and their media lapdogs crazy — and produced Republican majorities in both houses of Congress for the first time in forty years.  What's up?  Politically calculated cynicism of the first order:  the bet here is Republicans think they can beat something — with nothing.

The Party of Despair.  [Scroll down]  After reading the bios of today's liberal Democrats, it's hard to distinguish Washington, D.C. from Jurassic Park.  For example, here are a few facts about some of our leading Democrat dinosaurs:
  Nancy Pelosi:  70 years old, in Congress for 23 years.
  Harry Reid:  71 years old, in Congress for 27 years.
  Charles Rangel:  80 years old, in Congress for 39 years.
  Barney Frank:  70 years old, in Congress for 28 years.
  Barbara Boxer:  70 years old, in Congress for 28 years.
  Steny Hoyer:  71 years old, in Congress for 29 years.

Under Obama, the business of America is government.  The problem for a president and a Cabinet lacking business experience is that they don't understand what the private sector is all about.  President Obama believes its purpose is to "create jobs."  The folks out in nongovernment America believe the goal is to make money.  If jobs are created, fine.  If jobs are eliminated, so be it.  It's the money that matters.

How to exploit Obama's crisis.  The Obama administration came into power with the political winds at its back, the media at its feet and Americans open to major change.  The White House even had a slogan:  A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.  The logic behind the axiom is unassailable.  As Robert Higgs documented in his libertarian classic, "Crisis and Leviathan," it's crisis — not merely war — that is the health of the state.  Crises melt frozen politics.  They create opportunities.  They give the government room to maneuver and grow.  And for a while, it worked that way.  Democrats steamrolled the most ambitiously liberal agenda in at least a generation.  Yet liberals are miserable.

Ratcheting to Ruin.  The U.S. government moves closer to a debt death spiral. ... With no spending restraints, the economy moves inexorably toward its date of collapse.  The excesses and imbalances created by the explosion of debt over the last thirty years virtually ensure a depression, regardless of what policy actions the government chooses.  That was determined before Obama took office.  His spending only accelerated the debt spiral, never had any chance of success and sped up our date with economic destiny.

Robert Reich is Clueless.  [Scroll down]  People are highly concerned about the level of debt being created by the various governmental levels.  Reich would have to consider the political furor to be borne from ignorance in order to come to the conclusion that more governmental debt is the only solution to our economic woes.

The Democrats' worst nightmare if the GOP takes over the House?  Investigations.  If the Democrats lose the House, they may very well lose not just that sword but also the shield that has prevented inquiring Congressmen from investigating the shenanigans of the Obama administration and its minions in Congress.

The October Surprise Is Coming.  The 2008 Democrat October Surprise that ushered in the first hardcore radical post-American president in American history was the "economic collapse."  Oh yes, that was a beaut.  The time before that, the moochers and the looters tried to fake Bush documents — except that the conservative blogosphere caught them red-handed, so they missed their mark.  But the party of haters, infiltrators, anti-capitalists, the party that is anti-freedom and anti-individual rights, is going to have to pull off something really catastrophic to stay in power this November.

Magical Education and the Slide into Third-Worldism.  Third-worldism might be viewed as a communicable illness, a situation often witnessed when nice neighborhoods almost overnight slide into crime-infested, trash-filled slums.  So how can we spot the early warning signs of creeping third-worldism?  Diligence is required, and while some outcroppings are clear — e.g., crushing government debt to fund make-work public jobs — other early manifestations are less visible.  Let me therefore play public health official and highlight a situation in Detroit that has all the earmarks of an "outbreak" of plague-like third-worldism.

Are Establishment Republicans Allergic To Leadership?  [Scroll down]  The standard operating procedure should be no mystery by now.  At any given moment, public opinion is driven by media coverage.  At this juncture, the standard media presentation is that Obama is a saint, who is coming to the rescue of the beleaguered coastal region.  Yet the facade is crumbling.  And when it does, all of Obama's antics, including the shakedown of BP, will be seen in their true light.  It is appalling that Boehner and Cantor have so completely forfeited this chance to demonstrate the ugly nature of the Obama Administration.

The Character Deficit.  When the framers of the United States Constitution completed their work in 1787, they acknowledged that the success and future of the republic as established by that document was dependent on the honor and integrity of its leaders and citizens.  As John Adams wrote:  "Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."  Today, the Obama administration, the majority of the members of Congress, much of the Judiciary, academia, and the media represent the culmination of the degradation of ethics and character, which has put the United States in the nearly inevitable position of joining the annals of the rise and fall of great nations.

Smiling for Dollars.  [Scroll down]  The assertion that God is a conservative may sound strange to some.  But I'm completely serious.  A conservative is simply one who believes that man is born with a propensity to do evil things and that this propensity has important implications for the way we govern.  For example, the conservative believes the hedonistic tendencies of all men require a strong emphasis on family values.  Children must be taught such values at an early age lest their hedonistic tendencies translate into criminal conduct.  This is just one of the many ways that religion and politics intersect.

Buying the lie:  'Something for nothing'.  It's time for Americans to return to the principles of thrift and industry that made us great and turn our backs on the socialism, Marxism and communism that pretend to offer easy solutions to every problem.  Greed in the service of hard work is one thing; greed in the service of theft is quite another.

Does the Internet Make You Dumber?  Today, the Internet grants us easy access to unprecedented amounts of information.  But a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the Net, with its constant distractions and interruptions, is also turning us into scattered and superficial thinkers.  The picture emerging from the research is deeply troubling, at least to anyone who values the depth, rather than just the velocity, of human thought.

Does the Internet Make You Smarter?  [Scroll down]  This issue isn't whether there's lots of dumb stuff online — there is, just as there is lots of dumb stuff in bookstores.  The issue is whether there are any ideas so good today that they will survive into the future.

Homo Politicus.  It used to be that education simply guided the acquisition of knowledge and skills; that film, television and music diverted us from the problems of life; that our system of justice was proudly independent of politics; that churches and synagogues provided an elevation above worldly things; and that professions and their organizations concerned themselves with integrity rather than pandering to the powerful.  Now politics has become the superstructure of life.

Flotillas and Falsehoods.  The effort to destroy the Jewish state has many fronts.  One front is in Iran, where the maniacal regime that has repeatedly promised to "wipe Israel off the map" marches inexorably toward a nuclear bomb.  Another is in Gaza, from which Hamas has lobbed 10,000 missiles into Israeli cities.  Yet another front, the most insidious, is comprised of the propaganda arm of the Palestinian movement.  And this front thrives for only one reason — the complicity of the world press and the so-called "international community."

Knives, batons and attempted lynchings.  Don't you just love 'peace activists'?  Looking at the papers, I'm still trying to work out why the media seem to think the attempted lynching of Israeli military personnel is the behaviour of "peace activists"

Peaceful, Humanitarian, Civilian Flotilla Had an Arsenal.  New footage shows the weapons captured from the "aid" boat Mavi Marmara, which was the scene of an attempted lynching of IDF commandos.  Lots of knives, gas masks, body armor, night-vision equipment, homemade slingshots with "Hezbollah" and "Hamas" written on them (arts and crafts are a good cure for boredom on the high seas), and my personal favorite, electric chop saws, which were used to cut off sections of the ship's railings so they could be used as clubs.

'Peace convoy'?  This was an Islamist terror ambush.  [Scroll down]  And now we can see that the real purpose of this invasion — backed by the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), a radical Islamic organization outlawed by Israel in 2008 for allegedly serving as a major component in Hamas's global fund-raising machine — was to incite a violent uprising in the Middle East and across the Islamic world. ... The notion — uncritically swallowed by the lazy, ignorant and bigoted BBC and other western media — that the flotilla organisers are 'peace activists' is simply ludicrous.

Ayers, Dohrn helped organize flotilla group.  Former Weather Underground leaders William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, as well as Code Pink founder Jodie Evans, helped organize the Free Gaza Movement, which launched the six-ship flotilla from Turkey to Israel that ended in a violent clash with Israeli Defense Forces, BigGovernment.com reported.

Debunking Flotilla Lies, One by One.  Based on the information available three days ago, honest people of goodwill might truly have believed that Israeli soldiers perpetrated an atrocity on innocent peace activists aboard the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara.  The information that has since emerged precludes any such belief.  Anyone who still believes, for instance, that these "peace activists" actually had peaceful intentions should study new video footage uploaded by the Israeli army yesterday [6/2/2010].

Rand is right!  Rand Paul told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that he thought the Civil Rights Act might have gone too far when it required private businesses to serve all comers.  He said he supported the Civil Rights Act, that government had every right to require non-discrimination in public facilities, but the government should not have the power to dictate to whom private business owners must provide services.  An individual who uses his own resources to invest in a risky business should have the absolute right and authority to decide to whom he will provide services.

The Euro:  This Marriage Can't Be Saved.  At the time of the euro's launch in January 1999, Milton Friedman declared that the euro would not survive the first major European economic recession.  He believed that the member nations would pursue their own fiscal policies, which would be inconsistent with a common monetary standard.  The debt crisis in Greece shows just how right he was.

Splitting America at its seams.  I hate to be so pessimistic, but I truly believe that in just a few decades the United States will be the exact opposite of what its very name suggests.  Rather than being united, it will be as divided as the Balkans.  In decades, not centuries, we will split apart like the Soviet Union into a loose confederation of autonomous states.

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Bring it on!  Better to have a few states survive than to have the welfare state bring down all fifty.  Or 51.

Holder's Got To Go.  An appearance before the House Judiciary Committee last week illustrates the problem.  Holder told the panel that Justice Department decisions "are done in a political way."  Thanks for the honesty, but that's not what the job requires.  This may explain why Holder could question whether Arizona's new law on illegal immigrants is "unconstitutional" and imply that those who drafted the bill were racist, and, in the next breath, admit that he hadn't even read the 17-page bill.

The End of La Dolce Vita.  Protected by the United States through a half-century of Cold War, Europe cut back on defense and ratcheted up spending for La Dolce Vita.  All of Europe adopted universal health care.  All voted in a shorter workweek, a higher minimum wage, greater job security, earlier retirements and munificent pensions.  As the cradle-to-grave welfare states rose, an ever-increasing share of the labor force left the private sector for the security of the public sector.

Leadership.  A well-known political commentator and author once told me there are only two types of people in political office.  Those who say they have ideas to help the country and those who have ideas to help themselves.  The ratio is the only thing that changes and right now we have a predominance of the latter.  But who would run for political office today other than those who see great personal financial gain?  More important, why would anyone put their head on the media chopping block?

Strategic Relocation.  [What if] a major earthquake or other natural disaster suddenly upset the natural social order for months at a time?  Could you get out of harm's way if massive social unrest erupts in the wake of a crisis? ... [What if] the "unthinkable" happens — nuclear war?  Or have you thought about the potential of a major terrorist attack on a U.S. city with chemical or biological weapons?  It's easy to dismiss these threats during times of peace and prosperity, but they are real.

The Communist Experience in America.  [Scroll down]  The more I studied communism and the CPUSA, the more conservative I became.  It was fully as responsible as fascism for the most blood-soaked century in human history.  Individual communists were often motivated by the highest ideals and yet they helped to create and perpetuate many of the worst horrors in human history.  Writing about communists meant I also had to contend with many writers and intellectuals who apologized for or excused these atrocities — even as more and more information about them became available.

The Corrupt Party and the Stupid Party.  Guess who the stupid party is?  For many years I have heard this headline phrase in different incarnations and it has never been truer than it is today.  The Democrats are laying down a pair of deuces and telling the Republicans that it is a royal flush.  What is so silly is that Republicans fold with a full house after the Democrats play the deuces.

Constitution guarantees freedom, not a cushy life.  In the years after the Revolutionary War, our Founders had specific goals when they wrote our Constitution.  Chief among those was certainly "a more perfect union."  It also was, however, to ensure that Americans would never again be ruled by their government.

What Made the U.S. Government So Big?  If you're going to argue that the size of government is the defining debate in modern politics, you should probably explain why the government is so big.  It's not because of new laws.  It's because of old laws.

The Fossilization of America.  [Scroll down]  Bureaucrats gain control of government programs by feeding on ideals.  No doubt the program I was involved in began, as most do, as an attempt to reflect the sincere ideals of the American public.  However, when bureaucrats implement programs, ideals are their first victims. ... This self-preservation ethic leads to increasing organizational size and a corresponding growth in government.  The larger the organization, the less likely it is that the original ideals generating programs will be attained.  In fact, attaining these ideals would be counterproductive as this would result in the termination of the program.  Organizational inertia is the ultimate result and the actual goal of all bureaucrats.

It's the Constitution that's Radicalizing Our Politicians.  [Scroll down]  Before the passage of the 17th Amendment, members of the Senate were chosen by state legislatures to be the agents of those sovereign governments in Washington, D.C., much like ambassadors today at the United Nations.  While a member of the House would represent the intemperate passions of the people as citizens, a senator would represent the very different interests of the people's state governments.  The interests of the two bodies were purposefully not aligned — their constituencies were different.  The 17th Amendment allowed for the direct election of senators by the citizens of each state.  What the U.S. had prior to 1913 was a bicameral legislature competing bill-by-bill for the direction and scope of the federal government.  Now that both representatives and senators have an identical interest (pandering to the citizenry), Congress is one herd of cattle in two pens.

Diary of April 16, 2010.  [Scroll down]  I hear a similar outrage in the attitude of some of our left-wing friends for the tea-party movement, as when Peter Beinart in The Daily Beast writes that "they're the second coming of what Robert Kuttner called 'the revolt of the haves,'"and that they "aren't standing up for the little guy; they're standing up to the little guy."  Wrong!  They're standing up to the little guy's phony champion, the mega-state, which pretends to be historically inevitable and decrees that that makes it OK to take whatever it wants from them in the name of the little guy.

Call to action for a Constitutional Convention.  The government is broken, I know it, you know it, and your neighbors know it, so let's do something about it.  Issues such as abortion, term limits, line item veto, a balanced budget and many others flounder and go unresolved.  Congress is part of the problem as evidenced with their passing of Obamacare and the Supreme Court is unreliable as it often legislates from the bench.  What we need to do is go around them and that is why I am issuing a call to action for a Constitutional Convention.  Although we call it a Constitutional Convention, what we really are calling for is an Article V convention which is used for proposing amendments to the Constitution.

On the other hand...
Good Advice Against a Con Con.  Madison reminded us that the first Constitutional Convention "assembled under every propitious circumstance."  Those propitious circumstances included having George Washington as convention chairman.  Somehow, we don't see any George Washington or James Madison today, and we don't want to put our fate in the hands of men who think they can improve on the work of George Washington and James Madison.

Powerful Forces Now Calling for a Constitutional Convention.  Today there is massive ignorance among the American people about the Constitution.  Worse, there are powerful forces who consider that document to be antiquated and a hindrance to their vision of an all powerful government.  These things, and more, make today the worst possible time in our nation's history to mess with the greatest governing document of all time.

What Have you Done?  An open letter to Americans:  As a Canadian, I've been observing for some time now, with great concern and even greater disbelief, the political farce enacted day after day in your country.  And I keep asking, what have you done?  For it seems to me, and to many others as well, that you have embarked upon a truly destructive course that may eventually bring the United States to the brink of ruination.

Out of Control.  Our Founding Fathers designed a constitutional system based on the rule of law to protect the individual from an overbearing federal government.  The government was to do only that which was both right and necessary; the rest was to be left up to the states and individuals.  An American's freedom is based on individual, God-given rights guaranteed by the Constitution, and also on economic liberties that allow us to provision our families and pursue our own happiness.

Christophobia:  Anti-Christian bigotry is the last fashionable hatred.  Christianity is dying.  It was once the bastion of Western civilization.  Now, Christianity is a pitiful remnant of its former greatness.  Across the West, it is in full retreat. ... The Anglican Church has been eviscerated, losing members as it succumbs to the liberal winds of female ordination and gay rights.  Many Protestant denominations are abandoning their beliefs and fervent missionary zeal, embracing chic environmentalism and watered-down socialism as a cheap substitute for the traditional Gospel.  Europe, the ancient stronghold of Christendom, has been transformed into a secular neo-pagan culture.  For Europeans, God is dead; He has been replaced by materialist man.

The unelected government.  Students of modern government should absorb this lesson:  there are two governments in Washington.  One comprised of the individuals you elect, and the other to whom they surrender most authority.  Your elected officials can be found nightly on television, usually mouthing platitudes on the importance of democracy, equality and freedom, as if they were actors auditioning for an HBO miniseries on the American Revolution.  The other government, the unelected tenants housed within Federal Agencies, will never ask for a vote.  They don't have to.

America's Quiet Anger.  There is a quiet anger boiling in America.  It is the anger of millions of hard-working citizens who pay their bills, send in their income taxes, maintain their homes and repay their mortgage loans — and see their government reward those who do not.  It is the anger of small town and Middle American folks who have never been to Manhattan...

Without Lies, What Could Obama Say?  [Scroll down slowly]  Barack Hussein Obama, if you are able to, please pay attention.  We don't want a new country.  We really liked the old one.  Actually, the majority of us really loved the old one.  What we don't love, or even like, is you.  And we feel the same way about the progressive 'elites' whom you have installed in our Executive branch buildings to help you in destroying this nation that the American people cherish.  And this, Mr. President, is true no matter how many veracity-challenged, teleprompted speeches that you increasingly ineffectively give.

Congress and the incredible shrinking Constitution.  What is the purpose of the "permanent crisis" theory of government?  First, folks in crisis are unlikely to attack the government.  Second, it's a great way to liquidate enemies.  Third, crises bring a lot of confusion and allow the government to focus on other strategic goals while the people are trying to survive.  This is especially effective when the government is trying to shrink the middle class and reallocate assets.  Of course, given the inevitable arrogance and lack of education by the typical communist tyrant, at times its hard to know which programs are willfully stupid versus accidentally so.

We've Landed in Alice's Wonderland.  It appears America has become that mad land Alice stumbled upon down the rabbit hole.  There is so much about American society that no longer makes any sense. ... Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent purchasing foreign oil while domestic oil fields lie fallow.  In Congress, the term "cut" is not a decrease in spending but is instead only a slight reduction in an expected spending increase that is well-beyond the inflation rate.  Government employees are among the most handsomely compensated in America even though the public sector is the most dysfunctional and inefficient component of our economy.  The President appoints as the nation's "Safe Schools" Czar a lifelong activist advocating the sexual exploitation of children.

The Looting of America:  [Scroll down]  Our enemies aren't necessarily Democrats, and our salvation doesn't automatically reside with Republicans.  Our enemy is corruption, and both parties have a demonstrated spectacular lust for it.  That corruption is enabled by the enormous power concentrated in our oversized, unconstitutional federal government.  Our only hope is fielding and electing candidates determined to drive the federal beast back into its constitutional cage.  The "Roman holiday" is over.  Either we turn away from our porn, drugs, and games and restore our republic, or we board the cattle cars to the gulag.

Perspectives Of A Russian Immigrant (No. 7):  One seminal figure in the struggle for freedom in the USSR was Andrei Sakharov (1921-89), the leading figure in the development of the Soviet hydrogen bomb.  A member of the Soviet elite, he enjoyed a better quality of life compared with most of his fellow citizens.  Yet he witnessed the grotesque treatment of citizens who dared question government policies.  From the early 1960s, he became a leading spokesman for human rights in the Soviet Union.

Progressives and Conservatives.  When the Founders were drawing up plans for the Republic they looked at the history of past republics and concluded that democracy was the least problematic form of government but that it posed the danger of a populist tyranny.  So they instituted a system of checks and balances to guard against tyrannies of the majority and to provide the public with a cooling off period in which their emotion driven agendas could be corrected by reflection.  Progressives, by contrast, ... have in their heads an image of what the future should look like based on emotion (hope and change), and they discount the experience of past and present as products of ignorance, prejudice and selfish interests, which they are determined to overcome.
This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart
The Media, Extremists and Conspiracies, Part One.  [Scroll down]  To begin with, as we all know, political conspiracies do exist.  That is why scandals happen. ... Communism was and is a conspiracy.  Without commenting on every charge made by the [John Birch Society] or its leaders over the years, its central claim — that U.S. leaders are working with the communists and others to lay the groundwork for world government — cannot be dismissed out of hand.  Objectively speaking, one has to admit that talk of global taxes and world government is frequently in the news and cannot be said to be the fantasies of the "black helicopter" crowd. ... Critics of the JBS have to concede the organization has been on the right track about an emerging world government.

Blacks, Youths, and CPAC:  At CPAC, I saw an army of young, brilliant, and enthusiastic conservatives waiting in the wings for their opportunities to fight.  I met proud, grateful black Americans who did not drink the Obama Kool-Aid and instead are eagerly pursuing their dreams.

The War on Truth:  The greatest danger to our wealth, our liberties, our values, and our safety today comes from the deconstruction of truth.  We live in a world driven by information.  Almost all real wealth today is based upon information and knowledge.  Almost all real power today is based upon mass communication, education, and entertainment.  Even military power relies upon data and intelligence, not brute force.

RINO alert!
Lindsay Graham Seeks to Bail Out General Electric and Rescue Obama's Energy Policy.  Graham is working with GE lobbyists to draft the "Clean Energy Act of 2009" -- legislation to establish a federal mandate requiring that an increasing amount of electricity must be derived from so-called "clean energy" sources over the coming decades.  Specifically, the draft bill demands that 20 percent of electricity come from "clean energy" sources by 2020 and 50 percent by 2050.  Coincidentally or otherwise, Graham's definition of clean energy matches GE's business strategy in clean coal technology and renewable and nuclear energy.

Obama's Clean Energy Ploy a Sucker's Game for GOP.  Reports out of Washington have Senator Graham, an on-the-record supporter of the global warming myth, deep in talks with liberal Democrats John Kerry and Joe Lieberman to concoct an energy bill compromise acceptable to some Republicans and most, if not all, Democrats.  The trouble with this sort of grand bipartisan compromise means that the Democrats get what they want, bigger government, but not quite as big, though with a clear opening to grow government in the coming years.

The Fourth Rail:  Entitlement programs or, more specifically, reforming them before they bankrupt the nation, is considered the Third Rail of Politics.  We now have, however, a Fourth Rail, just as pernicious, doing just as much damage to our national financial well-being and perhaps threatening our liberty even more than Social Security and Medicare.  That Fourth Rail is the growth of the public sector work force, i.e. employees of federal, state, and local governments, and the massive money- and power-hungry unions which represent them.

Newly-Elected Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli:  Activist!  During his campaign for Attorney General of Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli committed himself to acting with an aggressive conservative agenda.  He promised voters that he would the office to aggressively fight governmental overregulation and interference wherever he could find it. ... Keep an eye on this guy.  He means business.

When Did the Concept of Celebrity Jump the Shark?  Somewhere over the last 25 years, the idea of what constitutes a "celebrity" changed from a person with some kind of history of achievement to pretty much anyone with a pulse who manages to get his, her or its mug splashed across a TV screen.  Actually, as the wailing and gnashing of teeth surrounding the death of Michael Jackson demonstrated last year, the pulse is now optional.

Colin Powell's Endorsement of Barack Obama Will Live... in Infamy.  For more than a year after Barack Obama became president, there was no word from Colin Powell about a man he described as having "great insight into the challenges we're facing of a military and political and economic nature."  Today, Powell broke his silence.  Did he have the courage to admit his mistake, his blunder, his betrayal?  No.

Sen. DeMint:  'America Is Teetering Towards Tyranny'.  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) told a standing-room-only crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday [2/18/2010] that Democrats in Congress and the White House are the inspiration for a revolution that he and fellow conservatives hope is sweeping the nation ahead of the 2010 mid-term elections.

Why Did Rome Fall — And Why Does It Matter Now?  [Scroll down]  What made American culture boom through much of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries were traditional American values like the Protestant work ethic, family thrift, limited and stable government, equality of opportunity rather than result, lower taxes, personal freedom, opportunity for advancement and profit, and faith in American exceptionalism.  But the cloning and spreading of this system after WWII ("globalization") did two things...

Book review:
Intellectuals and Society.  An auto mechanic who can't fix transmissions is bound to go out of business, just as a civil engineer who designs a bridge that collapses is apt to suffer some problems with his career.  Not so with intellectuals.  "Not only have intellectuals been insulated from material consequences, they have often enjoyed immunity from even a loss of reputation after having been demonstrably wrong."

Just Say No to Democracy.  Actually, "democracy" is not only messy but also immoral and unworkable.  The Founding Fathers saw that coming, as well.  So we don't live under a system of simple majority rule for a reason, as most readers already know.  The minority political party, luckily, has the ability to obstruct, nag, and filibuster the majority's agenda.  Otherwise, those in absolute power would run wild — or, in other words, you all would be living that Super Bowl Audi commercial by now.

Give Me Back My Party.  At one time, the GOP was the party that fought for open government, term limits, reductions in spending and less government intrusion.  When I was involved in the Republican Party, we wanted the IRS disbanded and the Department of Education either reduced, made useful, or abolished.  We believed in the goodness of an individual and the greatness of individualism.

Ending Corruption in Washington.  [Scroll down slowly]  The only way to get rid of such corruption is to deprive Congress of its vast regulatory powers.  There is truly no reason why politicians should superintend any portion of the private sphere.  Finance, health care, energy, housing, farming, and all the rest should be left wholly to the market, since the market invariably delivers goods and services in the most economical and cost-efficient manner.  Every time politicians decide to regulate, they only make matters worse.

Haiti Needs to Be Built, Not Rebuilt.  Haiti is by far the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.  Some 98% of the country is deforested.  It lacks many of the fundamental institutions necessary for a vibrant economy, such as a reliable police force, protections for private property, and schools that boost literacy rates.  Just 50% of Haiti's population is literate now.  Haiti also lacks a culture that encourages a strong work ethic, the accumulation of capital, and the passing of assets on to future generations.  Realistically, building an economic base for Haiti will take generations.

The riddle of Chuck puppet Gillibrand.  What to do about Kirsten Gillibrand?  The in-over-her-head upstate legislator (read: hot hick), whom Gov. Paterson foolishly catapulted into the Senate, cannot be kicked.  She might cry.  And she can't be reasoned with.  Her skull might explode.  To say Gillibrand has failed in the year she's spent warming New York's unofficial "woman's seat," a perch formerly occupied by the cravenly ambitious Hillary Rodham Clinton, is too kind.

The Causes of Unemployment.  Since 2000, the U.S. manufacturing sector has lost nearly 25 percent of our total manufacturing workforce.  Many of those jobs have gone to Communist China, where toys for the U.S. market are made in sweatshops by workers paid as little as 36 cents per hour, and many white-collar jobs have gone to India, where telephone operators can be hired for $1 an hour.  Leading economists are becoming willing to admit that their devotion to free trade was misplaced.

Another Entitlement That's Unsustainable.  Inside the House and Senate health care bills lurks a ticking time bomb — a new federal entitlement, under the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, which would allow Americans to buy into a voluntary federal long-term care insurance program.  The main problem, as Josh Gordon, policy director for the fiscal-watchdog group the Concord Coalition, noted is that CLASS, which has passed "below the radar" of most Americans, is a poorly designed "gimmick."

Hurry up and slow down.  Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) being chided for insisting on the reading of a healthcare reform amendment on the Senate floor is interesting.  Reading legislation is something I'd like to hear a bit more of by our elected officials — certainly not on every proposal, but on the big ones.  Perhaps if they did this on a relatively regular basis, we could stop lamenting it as a "stunt" or "delay tactic" and begin instead to insist on it.

Obama's vote-buying dilemma.  The Obama Administration reportedly entered office with an FDR model in mind.  One of FDR's successes was spending money in places where voters could be converted.  While this strategy did not end the Depression, it was political genius in the sense that it ensured dominance for the Democrat Party in national elections for several decades.

Obama's War of Words.  "Nobody remembers "Tear Down this Wall" because I did an OK job of stringing the words together," says my speechwriter friend, Peter Robinson.  "We remember the speech because Reagan meant it, because it expressed the principles that he acted on, and because history proved him right."

Spare Us Another "Stimulus".  Businesses must spend money to make money.  It's expensive to invent, test and develop new products, and it can take years before they pay off.  Government doesn't work that way.  Washington, D.C. spends money to hire people to enforce laws and regulations.  Years, even decades later, those federal employees will still be toiling away on Uncle Sam's dime (that is, yours and mine as taxpayers), even if the problem they were hired to address has ceased to exist.

ObamaJobs:  Uncle Sam's Hiring Hall.  Every serious person should welcome the president's proposals to lift the dormant economy and reduce unemployment.  Not because every serious person would agree with them but because they are a clear test of how a left-wing government would run the American economy.  If this works, hats off to them and we become France.  If not, Americans may finally dump left-wing economics into the ash heap of history, starting next November and then in the next presidential election, which can't come soon enough.

Orwellian Nightmare:  Science Is Whatever 'the Party' Says It Is.  The Party — the political class of the world — does not want God to exist.  Therefore, if the laws of physics and the laws of mathematics say He does, then the laws of physics and the laws of mathematics must be changed to whatever the Party wants.  Therefore, God does not exist.  He must not be mentioned, must not be prayed to in class.  The Party wants the Earth to be warming, so that its members can establish their power over every aspect of our lives.  The Earth has not warmed in a decade, in fact it has gotten colder.  But the Party says warmer, and further, says that the warming is due to human addition of CO2 to the atmosphere.

Community Organizing in Afghanistan.  The problem is that both the Bush and Obama administrations have sought national Afghani solutions in a country that has had little or no national cohesion.  Tribal communities are fiercely independent because they have always had to be to survive.  With no historically reliable centralized government, true national unity is little more that a pipedream mired by corruption and an overwhelming lack of trust.

Thanksgiving links between the internet and freedom.  This Thanksgiving, I'm grateful for the Internet and the opportunity it affords for free expression.  Granted, filth is just a click away, but the opportunity to exercise free will in ways that bring harm has been present since the Garden of Eden.  Time will tell whether the Internet's positive contributions will outweigh its negative ones, but I'm betting that it will.

Giving Thanks For The Internet.  Tis the season to be thankful, and this year one thing stands out as something to be particularly grateful for... the Internet.  Thanks to the Internet, and the Army of Davids it has empowered, the mainstream media no longer possess a strangle hold on information.  They no longer get to decide what we know about the people and organizations that effect [sic] our daily lives.

The Libertarians' Chance to Matter.  While Theodore Roosevelt, Strom Thurmond, George Wallace, and Ross Perot generated considerable heat, they were populist flares who soon burned out.  Every four years the Libertarian Party picks a presidential candidate who tallies meager vote totals.  In 2008, former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr received 523,686 votes — 0.4% of the national total.

Change We Can Believe In.  The idea that we could ever cut outright the budget seems long ago impossible — given the culture of complaint and the melodramatic rants about starvation and murder if another entitlement is not granted.  Still, some sort of leadership is required to remind the American people that much of what their government does is not just unnecessary, but counter-productive and they would be better off without it.

Americans Deserve a Transparent Fed.  For nearly a century the Federal Reserve has operated in the shadows, away from the prying eyes of Congress, journalists and the American people.  Created in 1913, the Fed was given enormous responsibility to protect the value of our currency.  Yet in the last 96 years the U.S. dollar has lost more than 95% of its purchasing power.

The Great Mystery.  The country can return to the path of economic and social prosperity and relegate the Left to the background of the nation's politics, where they belong, once and for all.  The key is time, and time is something we have little of.  The 2010 elections will be the most important midterm election in our history.

Reminding Caesar of God's Existence.  I hope that President Obama will understand that the signatories to the Manhattan Declaration are determined to defend the sanctity of human life, the dignity of marriage, and respect for religious freedom.  On these issues, they cannot compromise, and they will not remain silent.

They're ALL Communists.  Back when people were tippy-toeing around the "s" word ("socialist"), and before he was elected, I called out Obama's basic political inclinations for what they are — communist.  Though plenty pooh-poohed this, and called it extreme or unsubstantiated, there was ample proof in Obama's own writings, his interviews, and the political leanings of his mentors (Saul Alinsky, Frank Marshall Davis), his pastor (Jeremiah Wright) and his friends.  It's absurd to hear people say now that Obama is governing differently than he campaigned.  If you think that, you weren't listening.  But those who still harbor any doubts need only look at his team of "advisors."

Obama and the Cult of Youth.  [Scroll down slowly]  The Roman state degenerated from liberty to tyranny as it came to value youth over age and wisdom.  I think about all of this often when I hear of the "youth vote," so prized and pursued in contemporary American politics. ... Last November ... the "youth vote" turned out in record numbers for Barack Obama. ... These young people will not know the ruin they have brought until they are older and wiser and it is too late.

A Generation of Sociopaths.  Glenn Beck gets it. ... He understands that the downfall of America will not come from the outside.  It will come from the inside.  It will happen because we failed to pass on to our children the values that made our nation great — and to remind them to pass those values on to their children.

A Tale of Two Community Organizers.  Jim Jones could round up crowds of protesters and door to door campaign workers on demand.  Admired and enabled by San Francisco Democrats and media moguls, Jones gathered emotionally and economically needy people around him, pretending to be a minister to their needs.  He forced them to drain their bank accounts, sign over their homes and their welfare and social security checks.  Jones gave their money generously to the Democrat liberal elite and stashed millions in illegal overseas accounts.  When Democrats needed a crowd of thousands, Jones provided his willing flock.

Saving America:  "What Can I Do?"  How do we fight out-of-control spending, Green Fascists, and the Nagging Nazi Nanny State? ... How do we stop the destruction of America's middle class, the devaluation of the U.S. dollar, the insane government spending, and the ceding of America's sovereignty to a Global Elite via the U.N.?  How do we stop the indoctrination of our children, and the "dumbing down" of America?  How do we get God back into our government, culture, and lives?

Why the Federal Government Should Get Out of Education.  Most Americans want less government, smaller government and lower taxes.  The only way to accomplish this is by abolishing federal departments and bureaucracies.  As far back as the Reagan administration, Republicans promised to abolish the Department of Education.  They couldn't do it then because they lacked a majority in Congress.  But whatever happened to the plan to abolish the Department of Education when Republicans became the majority?

Freedom is Hard Work.  The Founders were endlessly concerned about giving ordinary Americans an unprecedented measure of liberty as offered by the Constitution they were drafting.  They wondered if regular folk could muster the sophistication necessary to make rational, intelligent decisions at the polls... Fast forward to 2009 and it's easy to see why the Founders were so worried.  In spite of various streams of round-the-clock news and data, most of our electorate is misinformed, blissfully ignorant or simply apathetic with respect to the means by which they are governed.

Why I Became A Conservative.  In early 1992, I heard five words that were to drastically alter the course of my life.  H. Ross Perot was on TV.  He held up a toilet seat and said "The government paid $700.00 for this toilet seat."  He then stated, "And this is public knowledge."  Huh?  Perot then went on to outline more fascinating nuggets of information for which I had absolutely no knowledge.  He pulled out charts and graphs and proceeded to inform me of a world of facts to which I had never been exposed.

The Only Way to Beat Obamanism:  Elect More Republicans.  For those Americans who want to fight back against the menacing expansion of government and the insanely irresponsible spending of the Obama administration, there is only one way to succeed:  electing more Republicans to high office.  If the public fails to elect GOP candidates for the Senate, the House, governorships, state legislatures and, ultimately, the presidency there is simply no way to derail the leftist agenda that menaces liberty and prosperity.

Horsepower Sure Beats Horses!  In New York City alone at the turn of the century, horses deposited on the streets every day an estimated 2.5 million pounds of manure and 60,000 gallons of urine, accounting for about two-thirds of the filth that littered the city's streets.  Excreta from horses in the form of dried dust irritated nasal passages and lungs, then became a syrupy mass to wade through and track into the home whenever it rained.

Michelle Obama is not immune to criticism because she does stuff like this:
Michelle Obama turns Breast Cancer Awareness Month into attack on insurance companies.  First Lady Michelle Obama took part in a White House event this afternoon [10/23/2009] to mark National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  While such events have been mostly noncontroversial in the past, Mrs. Obama used the occasion to launch an extended attack on the insurance industry, the Obama administration's current target in the ongoing battle over national health care legislation.

We Need a Bigger House.  Except for a brief effort to accommodate Alaska and Hawaii, the size of the House has been frozen at 435 members since 1911.  A 1929 law, driven in part by a desire to keep immigrants underrepresented, has kept it that way.  But there's nothing sacred about the 435 number.  In fact, the Founders would be aghast at the idea that the "peoples' house" is filled with pols speaking for hundreds of thousands of citizens.

More Government Does Not Equal 'Reform'.  The president and his followers may disseminate the buzz phrase that "the status quo is unsustainable," but the only thing life has taught us is that it is government programs that are unsustainable.

Honest Citizens Put in the Dock as Thugs Go Free.  Britain continues its descent into a socialist hell, devoid of any justice or morality.  We now live in a sub-Marxist world where the ultra-politicised institutions of the State wield arbitrary power, bullying the decent members of the public while dangerous criminals walk free.

Medical Care is a Successful and Growing Industry, not a Liability.  There is still an industry that is growing and successful, that produces 17% of the Gross Domestic Product, and that employs over 10% of all American workers.  The medical industry incorporates more than 820,000 businesses ... Suddenly, it seems that brisk industrial growth, creation of new technologies, expansion of employment, healing of once-fatal illnesses, prolongation of life, and prevention of pain are not even success, but a just terrible fiscal burden that our overlords deeply resent.

This Will Never Be A Euro-Socialist Country.  The Obama Administration, the Democrats in Congress and the media are shocked and surprised by the depth of reaction to the proposed overhaul of the health care system and the tax and spend policies of this government.  They had assumed that since the President had garnered over 69 million votes in the past election (53% of the votes cast), the American people had given him and his party a free hand to transform the country.  Never mind that the votes Mr. Obama received only accounted for 30% of the voting age population in the country and that many voted for him thinking he was the moderate he proclaimed to be during his campaign for President.

Utopia Versus Freedom:  The big question is whether we are prepared to follow any politician who claims to be able to "solve" our "problem."  If we are, then there will be a never ending series of "solutions," each causing new problems calling for still more "solutions."  That way lies a never-ending quest, costing ever increasing amounts of the taxpayers' money and — more important — ever greater losses of your freedom to live your own life as you see fit, rather than as presumptuous elites dictate.

Tell The Government:  'Out Of Our Light'.  President Obama and his supplicants in Congress are offering the citizens of the United States, if not anything, then quite a lot.  They are offering "affordable" health-care for all.  They are offering a world without "climate change."  All that they require in return for living in such an Eden?  A little liberty, is all.  The ghastly cap-and-trade legislation will tell you when and how much energy you can use to pursue your dreams; it will tax almost all productive human activity.  The Obama-Pelosi health-care racket will slowly starve the private insurance market, leaving you with exactly one choice for your medical care — the government.

The Capitalist Manifesto.  From the current economic crisis through third-world poverty to global warming, capitalism has been blamed for nearly every major problem of our day.  Accused of fostering discrimination, exploitation, environmental destruction and a host of other ills, it looms as a popular villain in the contemporary western psyche.  But this viewpoint could hardly be more unfair, argues Robert Murphy in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism.

Congratulations, President Ahmadinejad.  The American administration is now wholly complicit in the brutal travesty that was June 12 in Iran. ... American exceptionalism, that concept Obama doesn't grasp, is founded upon the belief that all people have the right to freedom.  It is a conviction consecrated in our founding documents and one that's been defended with American lives.  When we authenticate the rule of freedom's enemies, we become the hollow jingoists they say we are.

Texas proves limited government works.  After regular, 140-day legislative sessions every two years, Texas lawmakers go home to live under the laws they pass.  Limited time at the Capitol not only requires state leaders to focus on the essentials, it also reduces the mischief unrestrained government can do.  Limiting state government in Texas has led to balanced budgets, low taxes, a predictable regulatory climate and a fair legal system.

Obama-Care, Euthanasia, and The Boiled Frog Syndrome.  A bloodless fascist coup has been successfully staged against the United States of America.  It is our duty, our right, and our privilege, to stand up and deny our wanna-be Fascist overlords, the successful implementation of their plans for us.  We must act, and we must act now.  The time for being "asleep at the wheel" is over.  We simply must get involved, or our precious freedoms are forfeit.

Avoiding the Next Obama.  The move towards the Euro-style imperialist socialism that has taken over this country has been a long time coming.  For decades, oblivious youth have been indoctrinated at American universities to sympathize with far-left values; the entertainment industry is filled with leftist blowhards who wear the mask of intellect; liberals of all stripes have become unselfconscious in mocking (Christian) religious customs, and the juggernaut that is the left-stream media has been sealing the deal for years, helping to make this Republic increasingly vulnerable to demagoguery and despotism.

Obama's best and brightest.  There's a lesson here, and Barack Obama should heed it.  The lesson was neatly summed up in a 1972 book, David Halberstam's "The Best and the Brightest," which told how President John F. Kennedy recruited some of the nation's top minds for his administration, people who then got us involved in a war in Vietnam we ended up losing at horrific cost.

'Fight them over there vs. over here' a false choice.  Unfortunately, our foreign policy is undermining our security.  We have more than 700 military installations in 135 countries around the globe.  We have 50,000 troops in Germany, 30,000 in Japan, and 25,000 in South Korea.  Worse, we have our brave men and women bogged down occupying Iraq and Afghanistan in the midst of ethnic strife and civil war.  We spend more than $1 trillion per year on our foreign policy, and our military is stretched thin.  We can no longer afford to be the world's policeman.  We must bring our troops home from around the world, cut overseas spending and strengthen our national defense.

Behind Hugo's Harassment Of Honduras.  The recent actions of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez say a lot about what's really at stake in the Honduras debacle.  It's not about democracy or constitutionality.  It's about preserving a tyrant's empire.

Let's Hear It for the Rainbow Tour.  [Scroll down]  So when my agent got a call from a major studio the other day, asking whether I was available to tackle an updated version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita, you can bet I jumped at the chance. ... Act One.  "Barry," a mysterious Community Organizer with multiple names and an indistinct past, suddenly appears in Chicago.  His consummate mastery of the brown-nosing techniques he learned at Harvard (where the "Obamamometer" was invented to measure the audacity of taupe) quickly wins him the patronage of American patriots/guys in the neighborhood like William Ayers and his lovely wife, Bernardine Dohrn.

Obamanomics Supporters — Cracks in the Dike.  President Obama and the Democratic Party's congressional supermajority represent nothing less than a grave and gathering threat to that which made America great — free enterprise, competition, allowing people to keep as much of their own money as possible, and the assumption that people know better how and on what to spend their money than does government.  The Republicans — who, remember, supported the first bailout, under Bush — are only slightly better.  The first President Bush signed into law the Americans With Disabilities Act, telling private employers under what circumstances they should hire and "accommodate" those with "special challenges."  Republican Richard Nixon established the Environmental Protection Agency.  The second Bush signed the prescription benefits bill for seniors.  And on and on it goes.

Zelaya's Removal: Necessary and Proper.  Yesterday [7/7/2009], Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met privately with former president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya.  Afterward, she announced that the crisis in that nation would now be mediated by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, saying, "We hope at the end of this mediation there will be a return of democratic constitutional order that is agreed to by all concerned."  It's time to take off the gloves:  Mrs. Clinton is lying.  "[D]emocratic constitutional order" has in fact already been returned to Honduras, no thanks to her boss, Barack Obama.  And then only because Manuel Zelaya was impeached and removed from office by the Honduran Congress, and his attempt at rewriting the nation's Constitution halted by the Supreme Court.

62 Million Voiceless Americans.  Is it still called debate when only one side controls the conversation?  That's the question the 62 million Americans who didn't vote for Obama are asking themselves. ... Why hold a conversation?  The left is in control and there is no need to consult with the people they were elected to govern.  The politicians and the experts know best.

How long till Obama is booted?  I'm wondering how long it will be before the word "impeachment" starts being bantered about?  The list of reasons to expel Obama keeps getting longer and stronger, and this is only five months into his reign.

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I've been wondering how soon the I-word would came into play.  It is entirely possible that Obama will be impeached, but only after the 2010 election rectifies the imbalance of power, of course.

Joint Strike Fighter Doesn't Need an Alternate Engine.  The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps need Lockheed's F-35 joint strike fighters now, and in large numbers.  What they don't need is an alternate engine for them.  President Barack Obama singled out the alternate engine for the F-35 as an example of wasteful spending last month, but advocates are pushing their supporters to continue the funding.

Celebrating the End of American Independence.  Even those who see what is happening live in a state of illusion, hoping against hope that it is all just a mirage.  They believe that America will simply rebound, as it always has.  But they overlook the reality that all of the founding principles and values that made it possible for our country to prosper and even dig itself out of tough times, have been systematically destroyed.  The mechanisms needed to rebound, no longer exist...

Brother, Can You Spare a Decade?  Not surprisingly, everyone from Wall Street to the halls of Congress is worried that the current recession will turn into the dreaded D, and has seized on desperate rescue measures.  But was the Great Depression all bad?  Did anything good come out of the 1930s?  I started doing some research and was amazed to find a bright side to the gloomy '30s — a lower cost of living, great new inventions and other technological advances, new forms of entertainment, more sports and reading, and a return to sober social behavior.

The Slow Quicksand Of Corruption.  Commencement speakers and their speechwriters strain during graduation season to find new ways to deliver the same message:  Follow your passion, volunteer, seek joy in small things and recognize that fortune is an illusion. ... [But] No one will caution ambitious young men to stay out of politics.  They should.

Keep Libel Laws out of Science.  It has been a stressful and frustrating twelve months since I published my article on chiropractors and their attempts to treat children with conditions such as asthma.  The British Chiropractic Association's decision to sue me for libel has been an enormous drain on my time and energy. ... [But] everyone agrees that there is something fundamentally wrong with the English libel laws, which have a chilling effect on journalists, whether they write about science or anything else, whether they live in Britain or anywhere else.

The Incredible Shrinking Clintons.  [Scroll down]  Both Clintons are effectively muzzled and cannot criticize Obama even as he reverses President Clinton's free market proclivities and budget balancing discipline.  Hillary, the supposed friend of Israel, must sit by quietly and watch Iran get the bomb while trying all the while to stop Israel from preventing it.

Obama continues Bush's 2nd term — badly.  Conservative foreign and national-security policies do not need remaking, rebranding or remessaging.  They need not be escorted by prefixes or adjectives, nor do they need "moderating."  Conservative foreign policy is unabashedly pro-American, unashamed of American exceptionalism, unwilling to bend its knee to international organizations, and unapologetic about the need for the fullest range of dominant military capabilities.

How Newt Gingrich Sabotaged The "Gingrich Revolution":  [Scroll down]  Reagan was no posturing follower.  His "Big Tent" did not result from any pathetic attempts to pander his way into the hearts of the American people.  Rather, he unabashedly offered starkly defined conservatism as the best course for the nation, and in so doing convinced many in the "middle" to dispense with their own petty differences, and join him as he sought to better the country. ... Reagan had no place in his plan for the double-minded treachery exhibited by Colin Powell, and was unafraid to alienate such people.