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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Jonah Goldberg: Identifying the Problem

Identifying the Problem

By  | December 7, 2018 

Climate change is crowding out concern for, and resources from, all sorts of other problems that have far more immediate effects.

So, as often happens, a weasel crawls up your tailpipe (I mean of your car, sicko). It then gets caught in the doohickey connecting the thing to thing that goes mmmm-chicka. And now your car is busted. The mechanic says it will cost $5,000 to de-weasel your diesel engine.

But you don’t have five grand lying around. So what do you do?
Obviously, you ask the mechanic how to raise $5,000. I mean, he’s an expert on how to fix your car, he must also be an expert on how to pay for it. Right?
Of course not.
My point here — or at least my first point — is that expertise doesn’t necessarily transfer over from one field to another.
A second point: READ THE ARTICLE HERE...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

SSN: Understanding Nationalism

Understanding Nationalism

November 21, 2018
Guest Column
I find the vilification of nationalism to be appalling. It is being depicted as some sort of Fascist, racist, unpatriotic institution. The reality is, nothing could be further from the truth.
Nationalism is being characterized as such because it doesn’t fit in with the progressive/socialist agenda, nor other global developments, such as climate change, immigration, and defense.

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



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.

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.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Justice Kavanaugh and the path of the law

Justice Kavanaugh and the path of the law


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.
"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."


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

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.) 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Understanding the War against the West

Understanding the War against the West

Written by   | June 28, 2018

As we celebrate the 242nd anniversary of this nation’s declaration of independence from Great Britain, perhaps it is useful and productive to reflect on some issues that continue to deeply affect us as a country in 2018.

Read the article at The Remnant Newspaper... 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

SSN: Maggy Hurchalla Drops a Bomb in Lake Point Appeal

Maggy Hurchalla Drops a Bomb in Lake Point Appeal

June 20, 2018 
Environmental activist Maggy Hurchalla's appeal of a $4.3 million judgment by a Martin County jury on Feb. 14 has not gone well for her. At least, not until now.
Now Hurchalla, a former longtime county commissioner and one of Martin County's most prominent citizens, says she has evidence the jury foreman in the Lake Point Restoration tortious interference case against her was not a Martin County resident, as required by law -- grounds for a mistrial.
The Fourth District Court of Appeal has denied or dismissed most of Hurchalla's motions, including a previous request for a new trial, in case she lost in Martin County Circuit Court.
READ THE ARTICLE AT Sunshine State News... 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Imprimis: “Our Greatest Inheritance”—2018 Commencement Address

“Our Greatest Inheritance”—2018 Commencement Address

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Federalist: Jordan Peterson Lights Up The Right With Rational Explanations Of Why Tradition Matters

Jordan Peterson Lights Up The Right With Rational Explanations Of Why Tradition Matters

What makes Jordan Peterson’s message importantly different and provocative is not the content of his advice and rules, but rather the manner and strength of his rationale. 

Please read the commentary at The Federalist...

ZeroHedge: The American Empire & Its Media

The American Empire & Its Media

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Editor: It's a real shame that essays of this importance on this subject seem to attract the most questionable "intellects" in the commentary section of their Blog post. It makes one think that there is some sort of strategy afoot to de-ligitimize the thoughts behind these posts. But that in itself surely smacks of "conspiricy theory." Maybe a reluctance to swallow the party line is common to both the extreme fringe and the patriot. 

We firmly disavow any and all of the anti-semitic rants exhibited in the comment section.