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  • 5 Ways Capitalist Chile is Much Better Than Socialist Venezuela

    05/26/2016 5:27:20 PM PDT · by russbart · 19 replies
    The story of Chile’s success starts in the mid-1970s, when Chile’s military government abandoned socialism and started to implement economic reforms. In 2013, Chile was the world’s 10th freest economy. Venezuela, in the meantime, declined from being the world’s 10th freest economy in 1975 to being the world’s least free economy in 2013 (Human Progress does not have data for the notoriously unfree North Korea).
  • "We the People," once America's sovereigns are now her subjects

    05/26/2016 8:56:50 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/26/16 | Doug Book
    "The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." Thomas Jefferson For more than a century, members of Washington DC's political ruling class have treated the American people--the true sovereigns of this nation--like subjects, useful only on Election Day and for the payment of unsustainable obligations. These self-anointed patricians have abused the authority of their office while dramatically expanding the size of a government whose power the Founders had sought to define and constrain....
  • Is America Becoming More -- or Less -- Free?

    05/25/2016 6:54:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2016 | Terry Jeffrey
    Speaking this week in Ho Chi Minh City in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam -- at what the White House billed as a "business and entrepreneurship event" -- President Barack Obama complained about the lack of cooperation he gets from the U.S. Congress. The president was responding to a question posed by a Microsoft Vietnam executive who wanted to know what Obama would do to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal -- which Microsoft endorses -- approved in the United States. Toward the middle of his long answer, Obama gave the audience in Ho Chi Minh City his assessment of...
  • Religious Freedom in an Age of Secularism

    05/25/2016 5:31:14 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 5/25/2016 | Star Parker
    The late Claremont Institute scholar, Harry V. Jaffa, opened an essay he wrote called "The American Founding as the Best Regime," discussing the meaning of the words of the preamble to our Constitution. Included in those words, laying out the purpose of the Constitution is the phrase, to "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity." Jaffa says that "No words of the Constitution reveal the intention of the Constitution," more than these. "What is a blessing?" asks Jaffa. It is "what is good in the eyes of God," he answers. Jaffa then turns to the closing words...
  • In celebration of liberals.

    05/14/2016 10:55:40 PM PDT · by Eisenhower Republican · 9 replies
    Eisenhower Republican | Eisenhower Republican
    In celebration of America. True liberalism is weighing everything on its merits.
  • Dear Government: Leave Me the Hell Alone (UBI)

    05/13/2016 10:21:39 AM PDT · by blam · 18 replies
    TDR ^ | 5-11-2016 | Michael Covel
    May 11, 2016 Michael Covel An insidious new fantasy is blooming in Washington, D.C, academia and the media… Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders dreams about it in between bong hits. It’s lovingly endorsed by “off the wall” left-wing economist Paul Krugman. And the ultra-progressive Huffington Post calls it “the idea that could revolutionize the 21st century.” The hype surrounding this “revolutionary” idea will soon be an everyday talking point. And if you’re a hard-working citizen who takes care of your own responsibilities, you should pay extra close attention… Because you’re about to get fleeced and forced to enjoy it… Utopian...
  • WYOMING JUDGE FACING OUSTER OVER STANCE ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

    05/10/2016 1:38:51 PM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    AP ^ | May 9, 2016 | Ben Neary
    Some current and former Wyoming lawmakers as well as national religious groups are supporting a municipal judge who faces a dismissal petition before the Wyoming Supreme Court for saying she would not preside over same-sex marriages. The Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics is recommending the court remove Municipal Judge and Circuit Court Magistrate Ruth Neely of Pinedale. The commission started investigating Neely after she told a reporter in 2014 she would not perform same-sex marriages because of her religious beliefs.
  • Donald Trump supporters, opponents clash on UW campus

    05/10/2016 11:19:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Q13 Fox TV ^ | 5/9/16
    At a pro-Donald Trump rally at the University of Washington, some anti-Trump opponents also showed up. On the university’s Red Square, Trump supporters built a makeshift red brick wall, a symbolic rendition of Trump’s proposed wall to enforce the nation’s immigration policy on the southern border with Mexico. At the same time, Trump opponents surrounded it with a 30-foot banner that said, “No tolerance for walls or hate.”
  • Tow truck driver said he refused service to woman because she supports Bernie Sanders

    05/05/2016 9:51:06 AM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 178 replies
    Fox Carolina ^ | May 4, 2016 | Dal Kalsi
    ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) - A local tow truck driver said he refused to tow a woman’s car after he saw Bernie Sanders stickers on the vehicle. Kenneth Shupe said he was called to pick up a woman stranded on I-26 in Asheville on Monday. When he saw “a bunch of Bernie Sanders stuff” he said he told the woman, “very politely,” that he could’t tow her car because she was “obviously a socialist” and advised her to “call the government” for a tow. "Every business dealing in recent history with a socialist minded person I have not gotten paid,"...
  • The Death of Free Speech: The West Veils Itself

    04/26/2016 7:29:42 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 3 replies
    counter jihad report ^ | 04/26/2016 | Gatestone Institute, by Giulio Meotti
    ◾The West has capitulated on freedom of expression. Nobody in the West launched the motto “Je Suis Avijit Roy,” the name of the first of the several bloggers butchered, flogged or jailed last year for criticizing Islam. ◾Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, sided with the Turks. She condemned the German comedian’s poem, called it a “deliberate insult,” then approved the filing of criminal charges against him for insulting the Turkish president. ◾The West is veiling its freedom of speech in the confrontation with the Islamic world: this is the story of Salman Rushdie, of the Danish cartoons, of Theo van Gogh,...
  • NASCAR Chair Brian France ‘Working Behind the Scenes’ to Change NC Bathroom Law

    04/24/2016 8:08:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 23, 2016 | Trent Baker
    NASCAR has decided to openly oppose the North Carolina bathroom law, according to a Motorsport report. The law forbids people from using the public bathrooms of the opposite sex in government buildings. At this week’s 2016 Associated Press Sports Editors Meeting, NASCAR Chairman Brian France said his sport is “working behind the scenes” to change the controversial law.
  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Statement Condemning Recent State Laws..Targeting the Lesbian [tr]

    04/20/2016 6:21:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights ^ | April 18, 2016 | Staff
    The United States Commission on Civil Rights strongly condemns recent state laws passed, and proposals being considered, under the guise of so-called “religious liberty” which target members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) community for discrimination. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory recently signed into law H.B. 2, legislation blocking local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules that grant protections to gay and transgender persons. The law also repeals existing municipal anti-discrimination laws which protected LGBT people from bias in housing and employment. Critically, the new legislation also forces transgender people to utilize public bathrooms and changing facilities based on...
  • Patriot Volunteers Needed

    04/19/2016 11:09:34 PM PDT · by FreedomIsNotFree1776 · 1 replies
    4/19/2016
    I am a volunteer for the Tim Donnelly Congressional campaign in the San Bernardino. We will be walking house to house in the Victorville, CA area this Saturday 4/23/16. We need and would love to have fellow patriots come out and help talk with voters during the afternoon. The walks are a lot of fun and we really spread the message of protecting our constitutional rights. Tim Donnelly has a great track record of supporting his fellow American and he needs your help to deliver our message to the people in Washington. Please come by and meet Tim and help...
  • Mammon Yes, God No [Corporate Bullies]

    04/19/2016 6:15:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    American Conservative ^ | April 19, 2016 | Rod Dreher
    The New Yorker‘s James Surowiecki writes this week about how Big Business has been a massively effective force for gay rights. He writes that progressives are used to seeing Big Business as the bad guy, but the pro-LGBT activist role corporations have taken on complicates matters. More:
  • Christians and Hindus portrayed negatively by offensive school textbooks in Pakistan

    04/18/2016 12:19:28 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    Christian Daily ^ | April 15, 2016 | Christian Deguit
    Textbooks in Pakistan that are used to teach about 41 million children, negatively portray religious minorities such as Christians and Hindus, referring to them as "nefarious, violent, and tyrannical by nature." (Reuters/Kham)Third-grade level students attend class at the Mashal Model School on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. "Pakistan's public school textbooks contain deeply troubling content that portrays non-Muslim citizens as outsiders, unpatriotic, and inferior; are filled with errors; and present widely-disputed historical 'facts' as settled history," said Robert George in a press release. George is the chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). A study done by...
  • Path to certain failure: NeverTrump + NeverCruz = NeverWin = LostSCOTUS = LostFreedom = LostNation

    04/13/2016 2:36:02 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 513 replies
    Captain obvious here again, but NeverTrump/NeverCruz is not the way. We all have our favorites, but don't lose sight of the mission. The mission on FR is to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our POSTERITY!! It's a lot bigger than you or me or our personal opinions or egos. It's about the very survival of our nation and the promise of freedom for future generations. Reagan said that freedom is never more than one generation from extinction and he was 100% correct. President Clinton or President Sanders means the end of freedom in America. Do not let...
  • A new ride-hailing service is trying to improve women’s safety — by banning men

    04/12/2016 1:22:03 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    cnbc ^ | 4/12/16 | Emily Crockett
    ....one former Uber driver, Michael Pelletz, decided to create a woman-only ride-hailing service. It's called Chariot for Women, it's based in Boston, and it's scheduled to debut nationwide on April 19. More than 1,000 women have already signed up as drivers. Pelletz, whose wife, Kelly, is the company's president, said he came up with the idea after a scary experience with an unstable passenger. He imagined how much more terrifying it would have been if he were a woman, and remembered that his wife had thought about driving for Uber but was too afraid to.... ....There's also no surge pricing,...
  • The Dutch referendum shows how the internet is taking back power from our Europhile elites

    04/10/2016 3:16:10 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 06 April 2016 | Nigel Farage
    It wasn't triggered by politicians or political parties, but by a determined group of well-organised, highly-motivated individuals. GeenPeil, a project stemming from the popular Dutch blog GeenStijl, collected some 420,000 signed, verified, signatures triggering this referendum. It is an extraordinary achievement that highlights how western democracy is evolving. The internet truly is the gamechanger of our time. A small collection of individuals with an idea can find thousands of other kindred spirits who join them in championing a cause. That develops, becoming tens of thousands and then allowing a message to reach out to millions. This revolution is sweeping Europe...
  • Why Socialism Is A Bad Deal

    04/09/2016 2:50:23 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 31 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | March 23, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Thanks to Bernie and Hillary, Socialism is on everyone’s mind. These politicians, like so many in our media and universities, claim it’s a glorious idea. Usually thought of as an economic philosophy, Socialism is more sweeping than that. It dictates how all of society must be organized. It claims to be fairer; it claims to deliver happiness. Socialism is a philosophy of life that, I’ll argue, steals the life right out of you. The central vision, indeed the central requirement, is that everyone be equal and cooperative. Competition is evil. Striving for success is scorned. In order to obtain the...
  • DHS to change naturalization test for 'freedom of religion'

    04/08/2016 4:11:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Department of Homeland Security officials have agreed to revise their naturalization tests following pressure from a Republican senator who worried they were promulgating a "confined" understanding of religious liberty. "We live in a great nation that allows individuals to live out their faith, or have no faith at all," Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford said Friday. "To protect freedom and diversity, we must carefully articulate this right throughout the federal government." To that end, he pressed DHS to revise immigrant study guides that referred to "freedom of worship" rather than "freedom of religion," which conservative Christians regard as more expansive and...
  • GOP Senator Slams WhatsApp For Turning On Encryption (Cotton-headed nitwittery)

    04/07/2016 6:40:56 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/6/2016 | David McCabe
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is slamming messaging platform WhatsApp for turning on end-to-end encryption for all of its users.... WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook and is particularly popular outside the United States, said on Tuesday that it would start offering encryption for its users as the default setting. That will apply to the different types of messages on the service, which include video and voice. "Every day we see stories about sensitive records being improperly accessed or stolen," WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton said in a post announcing the change. "And if nothing is done, more of...
  • Stevie Wonder says he'll boycott 'stand your ground' states [North Carolina, Stand YOUR Ground!]

    04/05/2016 4:45:02 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | July 17, 2013 | Alan Duke
    Musician Stevie Wonder has vowed to stay out of Florida until the state repeals its "stand your ground" law. The law allows people to meet "force with force" if they believe they or someone else is in danger of being seriously harmed by an assailant. "I decided today that until the 'stand your ground' law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," Wonder told the audience at a concert in Quebec on Sunday night. "As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of...
  • Mississippi governor signs law that allows businesses to refuse service to gay couples

    04/05/2016 11:46:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 5, 2016 | Jenny Jarvie
    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a controversial bill into law on Tuesday that could allow businesses and government workers to deny services to lesbian and gay couples. Bryant said in a statement that he was signing HB 1523 “to protect sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions of individuals, organizations and private associations from discriminatory action by state government or its political subdivisions.”
  • TV, film production companies to leave NC over LGBT law

    04/04/2016 8:43:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | April 1, 2016 | Colin Campbell
    Lionsgate and the A+E network say they won’t film TV shows and movies in North Carolina if the state doesn’t repeal its new LGBT law. Along with Fox, Miramax and The Weinstein Company, the entertainment producers have voiced opposition to House Bill 2, which replaces local ordinances with a statewide nondiscrimination law that doesn’t include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories.
  • Georgia Religious-Liberty Fight Reveals Christian Right’s Weakened Influence

    04/04/2016 5:54:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | April 4, 2016 | Elaina Plott
    For evangelical voters, it wasn’t supposed to be this way. Not in Georgia, at least. When Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, first heard that Governor Nathan Deal had vetoed a controversial religious-liberty bill, his phone exploded with text messages. HB-757 was seen by many as a modest attempt to safeguard religious freedoms, stating, for example, that pastors could not be forced to perform same-sex weddings. Naturally, faith leaders across the state were furious, and Moore quickly became a sounding board.
  • PHOTO: Anti-Trumpers hear THUNDER as bad@$$ group shows up at rally to protect supporters

    03/31/2016 9:23:22 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 104 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 3/27/16 | staff
    A group of First Amendment-loving patriots collectively known as “Bikers for Trump” planned to show up in droves at GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s rally in Wisconsin this week to protect both the boisterous front-runner and his ardent supporters — and their arrival on Tuesday did not please the anti-Trumpers one single bit. “Patriotic Bikers, from all across the United States are planning to show up at ALL future TRUMP rallies to make sure that any paid agitator protesters don’t take away Mr. Trump’s right to speak,” the group announced on Facebook. “Or interfere with the rights of Trump...
  • Cash or Digital Money, Personal Freedom or Globalism

    03/29/2016 9:00:44 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/29/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Digital money society or a one-world currency Sweden seemed to be at the forefront of the newest globalist scheme digital money v. cash, advocating a cashless global economy with a one-world currency. A CBS World News article reported in 2012 that a small number of businesses in Sweden accepted only credit cards, including some churches, even though elderly people prefer cash, especially in rural areas. Bjorn Ulvaeus, a former rocker, stated that cash encourages theft, citing his own son who was the victim of armed robbery three times. Cheating and cash theft may have declined in Sweden but cybercrime around...
  • P.J. O'Rourke, Top Quotes on Economics

    03/28/2016 6:42:37 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 19 replies
    The Man Hisself ^ | Various | P.J. O'Rourke
    "If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free." "You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money." "It is a popular delusion that the government wastes vast amounts of money through inefficiency and sloth. Enormous effort and elaborate planning are required to waste this much money." "There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as "caring" and "sensitive" because he wants to expand the government's charitable programs is merely saying that he's willing to try to...
  • WH: Obama ‘Understands’ Capitalism ‘Brings Freedom’

    03/28/2016 4:14:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    cns news ^ | 3.28/16 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says President Barack Obama understands that “capitalism is a system that brings freedom better than any other one.” “The president is making a concerted effort to reach out to entrepreneurs and to innovators because he understands that capitalism is a system that brings freedom better than any other one,” Earnest said during Monday’s press conference.
  • Crane Calls for Special Session to Override Governor’s Veto (Georgia)

    03/28/2016 10:39:51 AM PDT · by Dr. Sivana · 28 replies
    Mike Crane for Congress website ^ | 3/28/2016 | State Sen. Mike Crane
    Crane Calls for Special Session to Override Governor’s Veto March 28, 2016 “Today, we saw exactly why our government needs committed conservatives who never stop fighting to protect the Constitution. The announcement by Governor Deal is another example of how the political class is bought and paid for by corporations and lobbyists. Rather than standing up and protecting the 1st Amendment, the political class would rather sacrifice those rights to keep the money flowing. It is fair to note, that Governor Deal voted in favor of the Federal RFRA when in Congress. A RFRA that is far stronger than what...
  • Free Political fiction book for Kindle at Amazon!

    03/26/2016 7:04:22 AM PDT · by 1pitech · 11 replies
    No Compromise Media ^ | 03-26-16 | Paul Ibbetson
    I wanted to share my father's full length political fiction book, "Run to the Phantom." It's free for the next few days for kindle so please enjoy it and share it with your friends. I know he would appreciate some reviews. He is a conservative as am I. So, no cost. Just enjoy the story for FREE and thanks for the review.
  • Netflix Will “Move Our Productions” Out Of Georgia If Anti-Gay Bill Becomes Law; Amblin [tr]

    03/25/2016 8:32:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 75 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | March 24, 2016 | Dominic Patten
    5th UPDATE, 6:25 PM: Now Amblin Partners has joined the anti-Georgia chorus over the state’s pending religious liberty legislation. “Amblin Partners is committed to diversity and inclusion for all,” the company led by Steven Spielberg. “We would be disappointed to see our pipeline of production end at the Georgia border because of this legislation. While we are aware that Governor Deal has not yet made a decision, we stand with our industry colleagues in strongly urging him to veto this bill.”
  • Justices, Attorneys Hash out Religious Freedom Issue in Contraceptive Mandate Case

    03/24/2016 2:19:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aletelia ^ | March 24, 2016 | John Burger
    The Chief Justice of the United States seemed to show sympathy with the Little Sisters of the Poor and others in a case challenging an Obamacare provision when he agreed that the government is “hijacking” their health care plans.Chief Justice John Roberts presided over oral arguments Wednesday in Zubik v. Burwell, where faith-based employers claim that signing a form or letter requesting exemption from the requirement to provide contraceptive coverage for their lay employees actually triggers the coverage and makes them complicit.Roberts said he finds the faith-based groups’ use of the phrase “hijacking” to be an “accurate description of what the government...
  • Mickey Rat

    03/24/2016 2:12:43 PM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies
    American Conservartive ^ | March 24, 2016 | Rod Dreher
    Used to be that the Republican coalition was made up of free marketers, libertarians, social and religious conservatives, and national security hawks. Their commonalities, versus the Democratic Party’s coalition, made it possible for them to elide their differences. Besides, when it got right down to it, most religious and social conservatives (wrongly) didn’t see any particular threat to their values from capitalism.
  • Time Warner, Lionsgate, 21st Century Fox, the Weinsteins join ‘religious liberty’ bill protest

    03/24/2016 12:18:27 PM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Atlanta Journal and Constitution ^ | March 24, 2016 | Rodney Ho
    Over two days, virtually every major Hollywood production house has come out against Georgia’s “religious liberty” bill, calling on Gov. Nathan Deal to veto the legislation that passed last week. New York-based Time Warner, which oversees Atlanta’s Turner Entertainment and CNN operations, said the bill “clearly violates the values and principles of inclusion and the ability of all people to live and work free from discrimination.” The Weinstein Company – known for its array of Oscar-winning films – said it “will not stand behind sanctioning the discrimination of‎ LGBT people or any American.” Others who have jumped in against the...
  • Time Warner Joins Georgia Anti-Gay Bill Debate; Wants Gov. To Veto

    03/24/2016 7:34:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 24, 2016 | Dominic Patten
    One day after Disney announced that it would take its business elsewhere if Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signs into law a bill that would permit faith-based groups and organizations in the state to discriminate based on sexuality, one of the Peach State’s biggest media players has stepped into the debate. Today, Time Warner urged the Republican Peach State official to stop the Free Exercise Protection Act in its tracks.
  • Disney To Boycott Georgia If Gov. Signs Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill

    03/23/2016 9:58:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | March 23, 2016 | Dominic Patten
    Disney has made big movies like the upcoming Captain America: Civil War in Georgia, and with the state’s lucrative tax incentives likely has planned to make more – but maybe not now. “Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law,” said a Disney spokesman today over a bill that the Georgia legislature has passed that would permit faith-based groups and organizations to discriminate based on sexuality.
  • The long and winding road: A one-time activist reflects on his journey out of the gay lifestyle

    03/22/2016 6:59:07 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 3/22/16 | James Parker
    I grew up believing myself to have been born gay having always, and only, had the most powerful, all-consuming, erotic attraction towards my own sex.Teenage years were hell. I often thought of suicide, occasionally self-harmed and had a growing problem with alcohol. I lived in a rural mining community in the north of England believing I would never be accepted among my own as a gay man, particularly as I watched a male cousin some ten years older than me – now deceased from a drug overdose – struggle to find his place as a gay man in the late...
  • Candidates Should Start Thinking About Taiwan

    03/20/2016 6:11:09 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 16 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | 15 Mar, 2016 | Eric Gomez & Trevor Thrall
    During a presidential election campaign, candidates tend to dumb down the issues, delivering sound bites instead of nuanced policy prescriptions. That’s bad enough, but it’s even worse when candidates completely ignore looming challenges. Such has been the case with Taiwan. Despite the fact that Taiwan is a major flashpoint for U.S.-China relations and the situation there is getting tense, Taiwan has been mentioned only once so far in the nineteen Republican and Democratic primary debates. Politically speaking, the lack of discussion on Taiwan is understandable. Although in the long run China’s rise presents the most critical challenge to U.S. national...
  • Why Innovation Requires Economic Freedom

    03/19/2016 4:45:26 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 8 replies
    Quillette ^ | 18 Mar, 2016 | Aaron Tao
    Recently, I read a review of a new book, Lysenko’s Ghost: Epigenetics and Russia, by MIT science historian Loren Graham. The book surveyed Lysenko’s scientific legacy and “whether new developments in molecular biology validate his claims.” (Spoiler: They do not). Having studied evolutionary biology as an undergraduate, I was familiar with the story of Lysenkoism, a tragic episode of politicized science in the Soviet Union. For those who don’t know this history, a Soviet biologist named Trofim Lysenko explicitly rejected Mendelian genetics in favor of a pseudoscientific hypothesis propagated by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck. Here’s a brief summary of Lysenko’s career as...
  • The Splintering of the Conservative Media

    03/18/2016 2:45:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 86 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 18, 2016 | Steve McCann
    Over the past 28 years there has been a sea change in the media. Not only has the monopoly of the so-called mainstream media been shattered but the phenomenal rise of conservative media has been truly stunning. It began in 1988 with the national syndication of Rush Limbaugh and his distinctive brand of conservative political commentary espoused in an entertaining and captivating way, which opened the flood gates for other conservatives, together with Rush, to dominate the talk radio airwaves. In the 1990’s the internet, through hundreds of websites, gave voice to journalists to report stories either ignored or downplayed...
  • Three Cheers for Free Trade

    03/17/2016 1:15:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 180 replies
    The American Specator ^ | March 16, 2016 | Ross Kaminsky
    Donald Trump and his fellow liberals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are lambasting free trade as the scourge of the American working man. How odd it is that an economic activity so beneficial to almost every American, indeed to the vast majority of the human race, suffers such attacks with only half-hearted defenses raised by politicians who should know better and economists who do know better. I stipulate: in trade, as in any economic endeavor, there are losers in the short run. Capitalism is, after all, fundamentally a system of creative destruction. But if there is any area of agreement...
  • Understanding Freedom, Or Not

    03/16/2016 8:02:29 AM PDT · by AuntB · 3 replies
    Charlie Daniels Soapbox ^ | Mar. 14, 2016 | Charlie Daniels
    Recent events on college campuses and political rallies have brought about questions concerning freedom of speech. What does our constitution really mean when it says we have the freedom to verbally express ourselves in whatever way we see fit, without fear of retribution from people or organizations that disagree with us? It seems that some people interpret it to include intimidation, shouting down dissenting opinions or disrupting gatherings where differing ideas are being espoused. To literally go up on a platform and take the microphone away from a person making a speech and have to be forcefully removed. That has...
  • John Kasich Touts Voting for Assault Weapons Ban on The View

    03/13/2016 5:51:05 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 67 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/7/15 | The View
    John Kasich Touts Voting for Assault Weapons Ban on The View Video at link
  • LIBERALS WANT YOUR CAR KEYS

    03/11/2016 7:09:11 AM PST · by gridlock · 132 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/9/16 | Daniel Gelernter
    Can computerized cars drive better than we can? The cover story of Time’s March 7 issue makes “the increasingly compelling case for why you shouldn’t be allowed to drive,” claiming that computerized cars are (or, it is hoped, will be) safer drivers than humans, and so the logical thing is to ban humans from driving altogether. The plan is simple and familiar: First you use behavioral economics (higher taxes) to discourage a certain behavior — think of smoking — and once it’s gotten really unpopular, you ban it. Before you know it, you can’t smoke in Central Park.
  • Watch Bernie Sanders Openly Praising Fidel Castro. Trashing Freedom…

    03/10/2016 5:23:26 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    Louder With Crowder ^ | 03/10/16 | Steven Crowder
    Ah, the million dollar question. The difference between Bernie Sanders’ brand of socialism and Fidel Castro’s brand of socialism? Not even Bernie Sanders knows the difference. No seriously. They tried to get him to explain. Is this Bernie Sander’s “David Duke” moment? When asked to differentiate his brand of social from the communist leader Fidel Castro, Sanders had little to say. The Univision/CNN/Facebook debate featured video of then Mayor Sanders explaining why he believed the Cuban people had not staged an insurrection against Cuba, and why then President Ronald Reagan was wrong to think that Nicaraguans would do the same...
  • The Limits of Capitalism with Communist Characteristics

    03/09/2016 6:43:08 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 6 replies
    Project-Syndicate ^ | 4 March, 2016 | BRAHMA CHELLANEY
    NEW DELHI – As US President Barack Obama prepares to embark on an historic visit to Cuba, the future of the communist-ruled island is the subject of widespread speculation. Some observers are hoping that the ongoing shift toward capitalism, which has been occurring very gradually for five years under Raúl Castro’s direction, will naturally lead Cuba toward democracy. Experience suggests otherwise. In fact, economic liberalization is far from a surefire route to democracy. Nothing better illustrates this than the world’s largest and oldest autocracy, China, where the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) maintains its monopoly on power, even as pro-market reforms...
  • A Sunday Song - [Jihad] "It's Just an Excuse"

    03/06/2016 2:04:27 PM PST · by wtd · 1 replies
    Gates of Vienna, Vimeo ^ | March 6, 2016 | Dymphna
    Dagobert Gimel: It's Just An ExcuseIt's just an excuse to draw a veil over Muslim ambition of world domination. Is that what Jihad really means? Are you ready to submit? From the album Imagine Jihad Pt.1 - To turn captions on or off press CC.
  • It Shouldn't Matter Who the President Is

    03/03/2016 5:30:12 PM PST · by rey · 7 replies
    FEE ^ | 3 Mar. 2016 | Jeffrey Tucker
    Freedom lovers everywhere are biting their nails during the election season, wondering how the damage can be limited. Depending on who gains control, we could have trade wars, nationalized health care, the pillaging of Wall Street and Main Street, more wars in the Middle East, a VAT tax, surveillance of your smartphone, mass deportations, internment camps, and worse. Read that sentence slowly in a deep voice and it sounds like the trailer to a dystopian film. Another Way Let’s take a step back and ask whether it has to be this way. What if the power of government were so...
  • Happy Texas Independence Day

    03/02/2016 4:48:57 AM PST · by GregoTX · 11 replies
    Texas State Library ^ | March 2 1836 | Texas State Library
    When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted, and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression. When the Federal Republican Constitution of their country, which they have sworn to support, no longer has a substantial existence, and the whole nature of their government has been forcibly changed, without their consent, from a restricted federative republic, composed...