March 10, 2018

Liberal Crackers

Timothy Birdnow

Michael Gerson compared Donald Trump to Groucho Marx, and my brother Brian asked if he was Rufus T. Firefly or Otis B. Driftwood. I wonder; if Trump is either of them, what was Obama?  Well, Captain Spalding comes to mind. 

So I wrote this little ditty with few changes from the original: more...

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March 09, 2018

Case Against Gov. Eric Greitens Collapsing

Timothy Birdnow

I wanted to give everyone an update on the Eric Greitens case. The former Democrat Missouri Governor has been charged with a felony invasion of privacy after it was disclosed he had an illicit affair with a woman and allegedly photographed her as political insurance without her knowlege. The indictment came out of a City of St. Louis Grand Jury, the very citadel of liberal Democratic party machine politics.

The apparent political nature of the case, and the fact that prosecutors were trying to get an early November trial to coincide with elections, makes this thing smell. But now we have the kicker: Prosecutors do not have the photograph.

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Once again, if it weren't for hypocrisy and lying, liberals would have no redeeming values

Wil Wirtanen

Obama continues to lie about school shootings and guns.

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How the FBI turned to FIB

7lb Dave forwards this:

By Joseph E. diGenova
Former U.S. Attorney via Imprimis:

Over the past year, facts have emerged that suggest there was a plot by high-ranking FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials in the Obama administration, acting under color of law, to exonerate Hillary Clinton of federal crimes and then, if she lost the election, to frame Donald Trump and his campaign for colluding with Russia to steal the presidency. This conduct was not based on mere bias, as has been widely claimed, but rather on deeply felt animus toward Trump and his agenda. . . .

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We've been hearing scary news about the primaries in Texas

Dana Mathewson

Well, we needn't have worried.]This is a fun article.

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March 08, 2018

Free Trade Merchantilism and the Trump Tariffs

Timothy Birdnow

Everyone is quite upset with Donald Trump's plan to impose increased tariffs on foreign commodities, and yet I doubt anyone has really thought this whole thing through for either good or bad. There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth largely because Trump suggested it, and because it does not comport with modern internationalism, and because some people take the gospel of free trade as absolute, holy writ. But are these opponents of the plan considered all aspects of it?

The first tariff in the u.S. was passed in 1789 and was the primary source of revenue for the Federal government until the Constitution was amended to allow for an income tax. America has always hada love/hate relationship with tariffs; the Revolution was fought in no small part because of British tariffs on foreign commodities, which cost the colonists a lot of money and helped prevent them from successfully competing against foreign businesses.

See, in the 17th and 18th centuries the dominant theory of economics/governmental organization was Merchantilism. This system originated with the invention of the Nation State, and it sought to create a self-sustaining economic system whereby a nation would be capable of providing everything it needed for itself and at the same time it would maximize it's economic power by imposing tariffs on foreign goods to thus increase the national treasury. The Encyclopedia Brittanica describes it: more...

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Those fraudulent climate litigation shakedowns

Paul Driessen

One of the craziest – and potentially far-reaching and harmful – lawsuits in recent memory is wending its way through our legal system. Filed by several California and New York cities and counties, the legal action asserts that major oil companies are causing rising seas, floods, repeated climate and weather disruptions, and an "existential threat” to humanity and our planet.

The oil companies have known about these risks for decades, the litigants continue, but failed to disclose the information in annual reports, stock offerings and other documents. The litigants seek compensatory damages, abatement of the alleged threats, attorneys’ fees, punitive damages and disgorgement of corporate profits. As my article explains, it is a classic shakedown … by cities and counties that have collective unfunded pension obligations in the hundreds of billions of dollars.


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Klavan - Contrasts of Left and Right

Dana Mathewson

Andrew Klavan gets it right -- again -- as usual.

Fay Voshell adds:

Well; well. Approval of destruction of careers and smothering free speech because of differing opinions. Now that's bold, even for the Left.

"progressives are getting better and more aggressive at silencing dissenting behavior. All sorts of formerly legitimate opinions have now been deemed beyond the pale on elite campuses. Speakers have been disinvited and careers destroyed... There are a number of formerly popular ideas that can now end your career: the belief that men and women have inherent psychological differences, the belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, opposition to affirmative action."

From Tim:

Look at the rage by the Left toward the black lists of communists back in the '50's. The Left has smeared that era as the epitomy of closed mindedness and oppression of just about everyone because of the black lists, and yet they are joyfully blacklisting anyone who disagrees at all with them. What hypocrisy!

And again Dana:

You ask me, David Brooks is upset because Trump's pants aren't pressed as well as Obama's were. Kinda goes to show just what impresses leftists, as opposed to rightists.

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March 07, 2018

What's Driving the Opioid Crisis? Star Parker nails it.

Dana Mathewson

Star Parker is a keen observer of social problems, because she's been "down and out" herself, pulled herself out of it (without government help) and now can and does write lucidly about such things. Here on Townhall   she talks about the opioid crisis, and includes some surprising numbers.

I particularly like her clarity when she writes:

"...I see an interesting parallel to the gun debate.

That is, the center of the deadly problem is with the disturbed user or perpetrator, rather than with the instrument -- whether it is a gun or a drug. The instrument is the result rather than the cause.

The first impulse, particularly in a highly materialistic and secular culture like ours, is to see the problem in the thing rather than the person, because that's the easiest approach."

End excerpt.


Indeed she does nail it. I think it interesting, too, in the era where we are warned against "toxic masculinity" that it is the despised men (particularly white and uneducated) who are most at risk. You can only beat a dog so long before you beat any spirit out of it. The feminists have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.

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The Bad Shepherd

Brian Birdnow

See what the CBC says about Francis...pretty much we've been saying all along since 2013!

From the article:

Pope Francis is sowing confusion and division in the Church, and he has made no headway in reforming the Vatican's dysfunctional bureaucracy or resolving the sex abuse scandals.Instead, the Pope is laser-focused on advancing a radical agenda at odds with Church doctrine and marginalizing anyone who gets in his way.

That's what Philip F. Lawler, editor of Catholic World News, argues in his bold new book Lost Shepherd: How Pope Francis Is Misleading His Flock.

Pope Francis "is engaged in a deliberate effort to change what the Church teaches," Lawler warns."We have grown accustomed to looking to Rome for guidance. Now we cannot."

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Why the Fed Causes Inflation - and Wants to Strangle the Recovery

Timothy Birdnow

The Federalist Patriot has an editorial arguing that government intervention is the primary driver of inflation rather than an "overheated economy" and that if the government truly wanted to Whip Inflation Now it would stop sticking it's enormous snout into the free market rather than manipulate interest rates to slow growth.

I concur.

From the article:

"Much of the recent volatility in the stock market can be attributed to growing fears over the Federal Reserve enacting interest-rate hikes due to concerns over increasing inflation. On the subject of inflation, however, it is the government’s meddling in the market that tends to be the greatest contributor. Economist Mark Perry, who has tracked changing prices for over two decades, has noticed a common trend with the price of various goods and services — costs have increased over the inflation level for those goods and services that have lacked competition. This should be no surprise to conservatives."

End excerpt.

An "overheated" economy may see minor inflation of certain items since the demand rises above the supply temporarily. But in a thriving economy you would see supply rise to meet the demand, since that is money in the bank for businesses and they are losing money by failing to provide it. Higher prices are not the goal of most businesses - greater market share is. The notion that greater demand means higher prices is predicated on an economic model of a neo-fascist variety, where businesses are static things in partnership with the government. It ignores the role of competition. more...

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"Racial Dog Whistling" is Telling the Truth to a Liberal

Dana Mathewson

THIS is why we can't have a "conversation."

Because when somebody -- in this case a Republican, surprise, surprise -- brings up inconvenient truths, he's accused of "racial dog-whistling." We won't be able to have a conversation until we refuse to accept this.

I keep getting requests to contribute money to this fellow's campaign. If it weren't for the twin facts that (1) I don't have any money to give any politician and (2) I think it's really immoral, if not sort of illegal, to give money to the campaign of a politician who's not from my state, even if I think he/she is the greatest thing since single-malt Scotch. But now that I've heard this guy talk about something more than just "Help me beat Tim Kaine," which I admit was almost enough to begin with, I REALLY wish I had a few thousand shekels to send his way!

David Dickinson adds:

...and all of the fainting couches in the Chamber were occupied.

From Tim:

The left are the biggest dog whistlers of them all, from "sensible gun regulations" to "marriage equality" to "Dreamers", everything they do is a dog whistle to some group that wants power and their hands in our pockets. They have some gall.

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March 06, 2018

Why the Left Won’t Win the Gun-Control Debate

Dana Mathewson

Another good one from David French at National Review.

2c from David Dickinson:

I love that last line, "...exercising that [2nd Amendment] right helps preserve the most vital right of all, the right to live."

Dana replies:

Just as long as enough citizens realize that and understand the truth of it. There are too many well-meaning liberals who honestly believe that the police are enough to protect us. These people live in places (like Apple Valley) where they are not threatened by the sort of people who are being let into this country by the millions at the behest of the guy they enthusiastically supported at the ballot box twice, in 2008 and 2012.

This from Tim:

I've read the national average response time to a 911 call is eleven minutes. You can achieve orbit from Cape Canaveral in less time than that. Police are best at writing reports after the fact - and calling the coroner to send the meat wagon for your remains.

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March 05, 2018

Will Congress finally get tough on junk science?

Paul Driessen

In recent years, government agencies … and organizations they fund with our tax dollars … have engaged in multiple cases of agenda-driven "science” that replaces the honest, robust, transparent scientific method with data manipulation and other tactics designed to ensure that the "scientific evidence” supports a desired public policy outcome.

Perhaps the best known example is "dangerous manmade climate change.” However, the radical environmental movement’s well-funded campaigns against chemicals has also been relentless. This article summarizes efforts by the US House of Representatives Science Committee to investigate and reform a powerful UN agency that is trying to get an important agricultural chemical banned, by ignoring hundreds of studies that have found the chemical is perfectly safe for humans and the environment.

The question remains: Will Congress finally get tough with this agency – and those that engage in questionable science on climate change?

Thank you for posting my article, quoting from it, and forwarding it to your friends and colleagues.


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March 04, 2018

Bunny Hop

Dana Mathewson

Forwarded to me by Jack Kemp. In the actual article, this "bunny" is holding -- properly, of course -- an authentic "assault rifle."

This makes me want to go out and buy another pistol. For Martha, of course. * winking

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The Last Days of South Africa

Dana Mathewson

Need I point out that this is the sort of thing that happened when blacks took over Rhodesia and renamed it Zimbabwe?

Oh, another thing: This is how easily South Africa's constitution gets amended. And that's the constitution that Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks is superior to the United States Constitution. I wish I could send her this article and ask if she still stands by her evaluation.

From Urgent Agenda:

Now the South African government is turning against the whites, and the result can easily be another Venezuela. From Daily Mail:

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Peak Second Amendment

Dana Mathewson

Hat tip to Eddie Engebretson.

This is not nice to read before supper -- or any time.

The left may be winning after all. Apparently it just takes enough dead kids on TV. I hope the President has not taken leave of his senses.

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Dana Mathewson

From Breitbart:

Andrej Babiš has said there is ‘no way’ the Czech Republic will agree to Brussels’ demand that the nation accept a quota of migrants from the third world.

Speaking in the country’s parliament on Thursday, the recently elected Czech Prime Minister slammed the European Union’s (EU) mandatory quota scheme as "ineffective” and divisive.

"It is certain that we will not accept anyone, and we are fundamentally against anyone dictating to us who should live and work in our country,” local media reported him saying.

"We consider it absurd that the European Commission sues us for something that is nonsense,” Babiš added, regarding the EU’s decision to sue the Czech Republic alongside Poland and Hungary over their refusal to take part in the quota scheme.

Passed in 2015, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the continent’s borders, the controversial rule dictates that asylum seekers who arrive in Europe seeking a new life are "fairly” redistributed across the bloc through a quota system.

Highlighting other contributions the Czech Republic has made to solving the migrant crisis, which includes having sent extra police officers to Hungary and Bulgaria to help protect the external EU border, Babiš pointed to the 35 million euro contribution from Visegrád 4 nations to help Italy crack down on people trafficking from Africa to Europe.

Hat tip; Urgent Agenda

Jack Kemp puts in his 2p:

What do you call someone who studiest the actions of the European Union?

A Urologist.

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Brian continues his fight with Senator Claire McCaskill

Dear Senator,
When you had a chance to strike a blow for your constituents, the citizens of Missouri, in the health care battle, you chose to vote for Obama's health care catastrophe, which your own favorite ex-president called "the craziest thing in the world". Now you pose yourself as a champion of the working class American...again! This is really getting old!

Brian E. Birdnow


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