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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Shapiro: How Democrats learned to stop worrying and love federalism

Shapiro: How Democrats learned to stop worrying and love federalism


 · October 24, 2018  

In today’s polarized political environment, I’m often asked how I think America can come back together. My answer is pretty simple: we learn to leave each other alone. I didn’t like President Obama much; folks on the left don’t like President Trump. I wanted President Obama and Democrats interfering as little as possible in my life; Democrats presumably feel the same about President Trump and the Republicans. So, here’s a solution: the founders’ solution. It’s called checks and balances, federalism and localism.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

NOT JUST EVIDENCE—EMPIRICAL RESEARCH AND DATA MATTER, TOO

NOT JUST EVIDENCE—EMPIRICAL RESEARCH AND DATA MATTER, TOO

Originally published by Townhall on Oct 10, 2018
Written by Sheriff David Clarke 

The Judge Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee has served as many things for self-interested people with an agenda. We have heard that one of the upsides was that it put attention on the issue of rape in America. As if that horrible crime has been ignored in our society. It hasn’t. Others have said it focuses on victims, many who do not report the crime because they won’t be believed. There is no way unfortunately of having accurate data on crimes not reported. Politically, the left has made a cottage industry on using sensitive and explosive issues to hatch a political movement like MeToo, Black Lives Matter (remember hands up, don’t shoot?) and now taking a knee during the National Anthem in the NFL.

Andrew Gillum Truly IS in Bed with the Dream Defenders

Andrew Gillum Truly IS in Bed with the Dream Defenders

October 24, 2018 
Posted on Facebook: Andrew Gillum with Phillip Agnew and Keon Hardemon
It was a telling moment during the recent gubernatorial debate when Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum was challenged for having a more-than-cordial relationship with radical activist group the Dream Defenders. 
“Andrew signed a pledge with the Dream Defenders,” Gillum's opponent Ron DeSantis stated in Tampa Sunday night, “pledging to support this radical manifesto.”
Some Floridians might not understand the Dream Defenders' "manifesto" or the extent of Gillum's interest in it.
This is a radical organization that demands an end to “disaster capitalism,” espouses socialist-style principals, rants against Independence Day and is active in the movement to boycott Israel while promoting anti-Israel conspiracies.
And Gillum and the Dream Defenders have had a long, close relationship which, frankly, has been largely unexplored in the mainstream media. 
The Defenders' agenda is so markedly anti-police and socialist in nature that last week the Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association, the union for Broward deputies -- traditionally as blue as their uniforms -- came out in support of Republican DeSantis.
Jeff Bell, president of the union, explained why.
"When you look at Mr. Gillum's track record, and with his association with groups such as the Dream Defenders, which is an anti-law enforcement, anti-government radical group, which calls for Andrew Gillum to sign a pledge, which he did, to promise if he is elected governor of the state of Florida to divert money away from law enforcement and away from prisons in the state of Florida ... Now, taking away money from law enforcement does not protect the citizens of Florida," Bell said. "It weakens the ability of law enforcement to actually protect the innocents."
During the debate Sunday night, Gillum offered up a wan denial, and then a deflection. The Tallahassee mayor said he had "no idea" what pledge DeSantis was talking about. "The only thing I said is that, as governor, I will not see private prisons operating here in the state of Florida.” 
Gillum was visibly uncomfortable, pivoting instantly to race -- even though it's a subject he said earlier in the campaign "should never" be an issue. He said DeSantis “used to moderate a xenophobic, racist FaceBook page” and reminded CNN viewers the former congressman had attended what was described as a “racially-charged conference” or an “alt-right event.” Apparently the conference was racially charged and alt-right because it was hosted by David Horowitz, deemed racially provocative. 
Never mind that DeSantis had made not a single racially charged comment at this conference, nor were there any examples of controversial talks. And never mind that the event was attended by politicians, prominent African Americans and orthodox-Jewish pundits.
Gillum's pivot was an attempt to label DeSantis a racist to deflect from his Dream Defenders connection. [See the rest.]

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Chief Who Was Fired for Marriage Views Wins Major First Amendment Victory

Chief Who Was Fired for Marriage Views Wins Major First Amendment Victory

Monica Burke /  /  

In a major victory for free speech, the city of Atlanta has awarded former Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran with $1.2 million after violating his First Amendment rights.

Cochran was a highly decorated firefighter who served as the U.S. fire administrator after President Barack Obama hand-picked him for the job. In 2010, he agreed to return to his former position as fire chief of Atlanta at the invitation of Mayor Kasim Reed.

In 2012, he received the “Fire Chief of the Year” award for “pioneering efforts to improve performance and service within the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department.”

But his career came to an abrupt halt in 2015 when Reed suspended him without pay for 30 days and ultimately fired him.

The reason? Cochran’s beliefs about marriage.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Electing a Governor in Florida

While a Governor does not have the authority to impose these types of changes unilaterally in Florida, the turmoil in Tallahassee would be epoch.

Read the economic analysis of the James Madison Institute HERE.

Then, make sure you take the time to vote. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Justice Kavanaugh and the path of the law

Justice Kavanaugh and the path of the law

OCTOBER 8, 2018 | BY MARK MILLER | SENIOR ATTORNEY

Over the the last several months, I repeatedly have been asked what a Justice Kavanaugh would mean both for PLF cases specifically and the law in general. Now that the possibility has become reality, let’s consider the answers to those questions and a few other questions posed by his recent Senate confirmation.

READ the entire post at PLF  

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Kavanaugh, Cold Anger and The Reckoning….

Kavanaugh, Cold Anger and The Reckoning….


They’ve gone too far.  “Donald Trump’s supporters are angry“, or “uneducated”, or “unenlightened”, or (fill_In_The_Blank). This hate-filled sentiment is clear within the latest vile,… nay,… evil and horrific smears directed toward Judge Brett and Ashley Kavanaugh and their cherished children.  Now the media narrative controllers are fully engaged along with their political brethren.  Do not look away.
The vulgar lies and filth are now extreme as the ideological entities utilize their microphones in a brutal attempt to tear down the Kavanaugh family.
As we bear witness, anyone trying to convince us this entire assembly of our union is headed in the right direction, well, they might want to revisit their proximity to the 2018 election ballpark. Because they’re not just out of the city – they’re also out of the same state the election ballpark is located in….. Then again, the media know that.
READ THE ENTIRE POST AT: TheConservativeTreehouse.com 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

America First at Home and Abroad

America First at Home and Abroad

June 18, 2018  by Alan Tonelson
Trump's case for America First must refute internationalism’s root strategic assumptions and transform the nation’s definition of foreign-policy success.

IT’S INCREASINGLY OBVIOUS that Donald Trump is talking a much better America First foreign policy game than he’s playing.
Like his campaign and his inaugural address, his presidency so far has featured plenty of rhetoric lambasting the “globalism” of his predecessors, and threatening a decisive break with their diplomatic approach. Some important policy decisions do seem consistent with the inward-looking America First approach that was taken by the United States before Pearl Harbor, and that was marked by the grim, classically realist view that all the world’s countries are condemned to struggle for power and wealth, and that allies are much less long-lasting than interests. The leading examples are Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, the Paris climate accord, and the Iran nuclear deal; his crackdowns on illegal immigration and on refugee admissions from allegedly dangerous countries; and his relative indifference to human rights abuses abroad.

But in security affairs, the president has also reaffirmed America’s major European and Asian alliance commitments—including the nuclear risk they create. He has continued a Middle East policy that assumes Washington can use military force skillfully enough, and is supported by reliable regional partners, to end the Islamic terrorist threat to the region’s stability and to the United States. Trump and senior aides have repeatedly endorsed the standard globalist view that the nation’s security and prosperity depend critically on maintaining its “global leadership.”
Economically, his administration has signaled considerable willingness to grant U.S.-based businesses trade protection, and has certainly rattled Canada, Mexico and many American companies by playing hardball on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. But he’s so far refrained from imposing or supporting sweeping tariffs (e.g., to punish China for currency manipulation or intellectual property theft, or to discourage production offshoring via the border adjustment levy included in the Republican House’s original version of the recently passed tax bill). He’s worked strictly, though aggressively, within the existing U.S. trade law system to deal with most corporate complaints. And his aides speak of reforming, not leaving, the World Trade Organization (WTO).
In fact, President Trump has even engaged in a practice that he’s described as being as characteristic of globalism (which most analysts call “internationalism”) as it is dangerously shortsighted: “trading away its security for prosperity.” What other explanation could there be for his offer of better trade deals for China if it helps Washington resolve the North Korea crisis?
All told, far from rejecting post–World War II internationalism either conceptually or operationally, Trump’s foreign policy seems focused on improving its core arrangements from the standpoint of hard-pressed Main Street Americans. In this respect, Trump’s positions evoke nothing so much as the policies of a White House predecessor whose internationalist credentials are rarely questioned: Richard Nixon. Ironically, though, the current president has (so far) done far less damage to postwar institutions than Nixon’s New Economic Policy, which actually brought down the Bretton Woods international monetary system.
READ THE ENTIRE ESSAY AT The National Interest...

Why States Are Leaving Common Core in Droves

Why States Are Leaving Common Core in Droves

Jude Schwalbach /  

After less than 10 years in the classroom, Common Core could soon be on its way out.
The Obama administration introduced Common Core in 2010, imposing burdensome new standards and tests in an attempt to create uniform educational content across the nation. Despite loud objections from parents, teachers, school leaders, and state officials, 46 states ultimately adopted the standards due to a combination of funding carrots and regulatory sticks.
But over the past few years, states have begun to reclaim their authority to set educational standards. Approximately a quarter of participating states have either downgraded their participation or withdrawn completely from the two new testing consortia introduced by Common Core.
One of those consortia—the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career—once had 20 state participants but now has fewer than four. Florida, for instance, an early adopter of Common Core, withdrew from the test consortium after finding that, among other issues, testing would occur over a 20-day period.
READ THE ARTICLE AT The Daily Signal... 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Six Reasons Conservatives Should Believe the Defeat of Amendment 8 Was Correct

Six Reasons Conservatives Should Believe the Defeat of Amendment 8 Was Correct

September 11, 2018
As the Florida Supreme Court considered and ultimately removed Amendment 8, the education constitutional amendment, from the November ballot, there was a debate occurring among Florida conservatives over both the wording and the merits of the proposal.
Part of the amendment allowed entities other than duly elected school boards, to authorize education alternatives, charter schools being chief among them. Some well-meaning conservatives have been arguing that opposition to Amendment 8 was limited only to liberals. These conservatives also said that opposition to Amendment 8 was a “vote for the status quo” where half of students, especially poor students, can’t read at grade level.
The truth is that there were many Floridians who opposed Amendment 8 specifically and are concerned about the rapid expansion of charter schools for conservative reasons. Here are the six most important:

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Why Technology Favors Tyranny

Why Technology Favors Tyranny

Artificial intelligence could erase many practical advantages of democracy, and erode the ideals of liberty and equality. It will further concentrate power among a small elite if we don’t take steps to stop it.
Excerpt:
"Currently, humans risk becoming similar to domesticated animals. We have bred docile cows that produce enormous amounts of milk but are otherwise far inferior to their wild ancestors. They are less agile, less curious, and less resourceful. We are now creating tame humans who produce enormous amounts of data and function as efficient chips in a huge data-processing mechanism, but they hardly maximize their human potential. If we are not careful, we will end up with downgraded humans misusing upgraded computers to wreak havoc on themselves and on the world."


https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/10/yuval-noah-harari-technology-tyranny/568330/?utm_source=digg&utm_medium=email

Ed: This article is a brilliant analysis of the technocracy threat that is now being handled by all the forces we mistrust for the exploitation of our markets.  

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Washington Has Never Seen Anything Like Donald Trump

Washington Has Never Seen Anything Like Donald Trump

by Rush Limbaugh - Aug 17,2018

Excerpt: 
The liberal order which still dominates the American pop culture and the American media, it’s decades old, and it has had no opposition. These are the people that have — to one degree or another — been running the country. And they are embedded throughout the bureaucracy that is Washington, D.C. They’re everywhere in there. And many of them are career people. And their loyalty is to that. Their loyalty is to that — even military people. You know, we’ve discussed this.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Diane Feinstein’s Deep Relationship To China

Diane Feinstein’s Deep Relationship To China

Photo David Lee / Flickr

Monday, August 6, 2018

(What’s Left of) Our Economy: Trump Metals Tariffs Coverage has Just (Again) Been Exposed as Largely Fake News

(What’s Left of) Our Economy: Trump Metals Tariffs Coverage has Just (Again) Been Exposed as Largely Fake News


Sunday 05 Aug 2018

In case you still think that President Trump’s charges of fake news-peddling by the national news media are fake news themselves, consider this: For the second time in two months, if you decided to hold your breath till you found a Mainstream Media item reporting that the America’s metals-using industries have been major job-creation leaders, not laggards, you’d have died.
Such omissions are especially important because since the Trump administration began imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports (in March), the media has been filled not only with predictions of massive employment and production losses in metals-using manufacturing (because the prices of two noteworthy inputs for these industries was bound to rise), but with accounts of actual economic damage that numerous companies in these sectors have already suffered. (See hereand here for just two examples.) 
READ THE REST OF THE POST AT RealityChek...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

CLEAR CHOICES IN FLORIDA…

CLEAR CHOICES IN FLORIDA…

WRITTEN BY DAVID DICRESCENZO

I really dislike politics at all levels for obvious reasons.  However, just like those in the past, this election cycle has some interesting races happening of which I am focusing this article on two that are taking place on my home turf.
At least for me, the race for Florida Governor ended on Thursday, June 28, 2018 during the televised debate; Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4.  I have to admit that I hadn’t really been following it too closely and for no reason that I can point my finger at, I had been leaning towards Adam Putnam.
Where does one begin..?  I guess I should start with Adam’s siding up with “Big Sugar.”  While I understand the economic importance of “Big Sugar” in Florida, I detest and abhor the thought of any politician being beholden to any corporate interest.

READ THE POST AT Ultimate Success America... 
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