Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: History

Why Violent Crime Continues to Drop

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, March 30, 2016:  

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Extreme anti-gunner California Senator Dianne Feinstein

As violent crime in the U.S. continues to drop, more and more theories surface that try to explain away the phenomenon while studiously avoiding the real reason. What isn’t in question is how much violent crime has dropped. According to the FBI, incidents of violent crime in 1994 were 713 per 100,000 population. Ten years later it was 463 per 100,000, and by 2012 it had dropped further, to 387 per 100,000.

First, it was the

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Brazil’s Economy Entering Depression

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, March 28, 2016: 

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English: Aerial view of Rio de Janeiro city center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The latest numbers coming out of Brazil confirm what Goldman Sachs said last December: “What started as a recession … is now mutating into an outright economic depression, given the deep contraction of domestic demand.”

Translation: President Dilma Rousseff’s attempt to stimulate the slowing economy via massive insertions of new debt has in fact had the opposite result.

Consumers have cut back by more than eight percent across the board, while investment spending has declined more than 10 percent last year, with cumulative capital spending

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Another Keynesian Failure: Brazil

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, March 28, 2016:  

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John Maynard Keynes

Boiled down to its most crude elements, Keynesianism, according to Antony Mueller at the Mises Institute, is “the economic policy doctrine of growth by spending.” Since 2003, when the current political party in Brazil, first headed up by Lula and now by Dilma Rousseff, came to power, it installed it in spades. For a while it seemed to work: demand for Brazil’s raw materials: oil, iron ore, and agricultural products grew as China (also pursuing the “growth by spending” mantra) also grew.

But the boom, which at one point included Brazil as one of the BRIC (Russia, India, and China) nations that would soon overtake the developed world, went bust.

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A Unique Oil Man in a Tough Business

This article appeared in print in The New American magazine as well as online, on Thursday, March 17, 2016:  

It doesn’t take long to learn that KimRay, Inc., headquartered in Oklahoma City, is a different sort of oil company — a much different sort. Headed up by Tom Hill until his retirement last year (but who still serves as chairman), the company’s mission statement is simple: Take care of customers, take care of employees, and take care of stockholders. But it ends with this:

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GOP Convention Rulebook May Be Tossed in Favor of Robert’s Rules

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, March 17, 2016:  

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Solomon Yue, one of the 168 members of the Republican National Committee (RNC) from Oregon, has promised to present a startling proposal to the RNC Standing Rules Committee when it meets in April: toss the archaic, contentious, 1,500-page RNC rule book in favor of Robert’s Rules of Order: “To make the convention more transparent, I will advocate … adoption of Robert’s Rules of Order to replace the 1,500-page U.S. House rules to govern the convention.”

Yue is already picking up support for the idea, including that of

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Chances for a Brokered GOP Convention Are Rising, Along With Risks

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, February 29, 2016:  

Seal of the RNC

Seal of the RNC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Heading into Super Tuesday, Donald Trump has 164 delegates, while in distant second and third places Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have just 34 and 32 delegates respectively. With Trump leading in polls in 12 of the 13 states holding either primaries or caucuses on Tuesday, the majority of the 664 delegates there could be added to Trump’s total, making him nearly unbeatable in his run for the GOP presidential nomination.

The problem is that Trump could win a majority of the delegates from here on out but

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Will the South Carolina Primary Spell the End for Jeb Bush?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, February 17, 2016:  

In South Carolina, where George H.W. Bush (1988) and George W. Bush (2000) sealed the deal for their presidencies, younger son John Ellis Bush (JEB) is failing and flailing. The average of all polls published by Real Clear Politics shows Bush

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Straight-line Thinking in a Curvilinear World: Natural Gas and Aubrey McClendon

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, February 10, 2016:  

Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic

It’s now apparent that Aubrey McClendon didn’t see the bumper sticker that appeared on cars following the last energy crash: “Please, God, give me one more boom and I promise not to screw it up.”

McClendon, along with a partner, $50,000, and 10 employees, started Chesapeake Energy in 1989. The company grew exponentially as the fracking revolution took off and up until recently the company employed 5,500 people and had annual revenues of $11 billion. Its stock (CHK) soared,

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Stock Market is Predicting a Republican President

Mark Hulbert’s study of correlations between the stock market and presidential elections and Jeff Hirsch’s Stock Trader’s Almanac are making a powerful case that, come November, it will be a Republican occupying the White House for the next four years.

The Hulbert Financial Digest is so highly regarded that

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Is Rex Tugwell’s Brainchild the Cause of Puerto Rico’s Financial Woes?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, February 3, 2016:  

When Columbia law school graduate Franklin Roosevelt became president in 1932 he asked Rexford Guy Tugwell and two other Columbia professors to be his “brain trust.” Although Tugwell could never have been proven to be a member of the Communist Party USA, his fondness for centralized planning and his violent rejection of the free market informed his efforts to develop the New Deal.

He was a pure-bred hard-core collectivist who was enamored with Stalin’s centralization of agriculture in the Soviet Union, saying that

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Massive Washington Post Study Backfires

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, January 11, 2016:  

Given the Washington Post’s politically liberal stance, their study published the day after Christmas seemed perfect: local police had been murdering innocents in greater numbers than ever, and here was the proof.

They assigned two writers to dissect and summarize the study, 2015 Police Shootings Investigation, subtitled “986 people were shot and killed by police this year.” Breathlessly, Kimberly Kindy and Kennedy Elliott reported six important “takeaways” from the 12-month investigation:

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Massad Ayoob Riding the Wave of CCW Permit Holders Wanting Firearms Training

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, January 8, 2016:  

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Massad Ayoob likes to tell people that he’s been carrying concealed since he was 12 years old – that’s 55 years now – and he’s just getting started. Ayoob, whose Arab grandparents immigrated to the United States 115 years ago, worked in his father’s storefront and watched as his father defended himself and his business from criminals. It made an indelible impression on the young man, and he has created an impressive resume in the field of self-defense. He wrote his first book, In the Gravest Extreme: the Role of the Firearm in Personal Protection, in 1980, which continues as a standard reference in the field. A year later he founded the Lethal Force Institute (LFI) in Concord, New Hampshire, which he directed for nearly 30 years. He now directs the

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Freedom Depends on an Informed Electorate

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, January 6, 2016:  

President Obama’s latest incursion into the legislative realm is being met by informed resistance. Without such resistance his Executive Branch would soon become the only branch. Thomas Jefferson knew it: “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people … they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” So did Robert Welch: “All we must find and build and use, to win, is sufficient understanding.”

The Constitution of the United States was built on this fundamental belief:

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Puerto Rico Defaults Today on Part of $1B Debt Payment

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 4, 2015:  

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Both the Puerto Rican flag and the United States flag fly over Puerto Rico

Last June Puerto Rico’s Governor, Garcia Padilla, said his government was out of money and would have to default on some of the bonds issued by various government agencies. It owed some $54 million to the Public Finance Corporation and another $140 million to the government’s Development Bank. By moving some funds around on the government’s balance sheet, Padilla was able to make most of those payments.

Since then Padilla’s financial woes have snowballed.

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“Ferguson Effect” Blamed for Increase in Violent Crime

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 28, 2015:  

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James Comey

In late October FBI Director James Comey said in a speech: “Most of America’s 50 largest cities have seen an increase in homicides and shootings this year, and many of them have seen a huge increase.”

Speaking at the University of Chicago Law School, Comey posed a couple of rhetorical questions for his audience:

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The Gray Lady’s Slip Is Showing, Again

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 21, 2015:  

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New York Times Tower

It took almost a week for Margaret Sullivan, the public editor of the New York Times, to get the story straight. An article published on Sunday, December 13 implied that American immigration officials had failed to vet Tashfeen Malik, one of the San Bernardino shooters. And the implication was that because of that, Americans are dead.

The trouble was, the story was wrong.

Sunday’s article opened:

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Journalistic Infidelity at the New York Times

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 21, 2015:  

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According to the Associated Press Managing Editors (APME), “the public’s right to know about matters of importance is paramount. The newspaper has a special responsibility as a surrogate of its readers to be a vigilant watchdog of their legitimate public interests.” Accordingly,

The good newspaper is fair, accurate, honest, responsible, independent and decent. Truth is its guiding principle.

Poor Margaret Sullivan. As the Public Editor of the New York Times, it seems she just can’t catch a break. First it was the article that the Times published in July stating that Hillary Clinton

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Christopher Booker Remembers the Man Behind the Paris Conference

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 14, 2015:

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Amazon touts Christopher Booker’s book, The Real Global Warming Disaster, by calling it an exposure of “the mother of all environmental scares: global warming.” Booker, a Londoner and one of the original climate change deniers, was surprised to learn who the “father” of global warming was:

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The Legacy of Maurice Strong, the Head of the First Earth Summit

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, December 13, 2015:  

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Maurice Strong

Maurice Strong (shown), the highly influential voice and force behind the global environmental agenda, passed away on November 27, just three days before the start of one of his ideological children: the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. That summit is of course a major milestone in the UN’s long road to building a global green regime that can be traced back to the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro that Strong headed. And it can be traced back even further to the first UN environmental conference in 1972 in Stockholm that was also headed by Strong.

Born in 1929, Strong was a child of the Great Depression, which, he said, turned him into

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Do Only Two Supreme Court Justices Really Understand the Second Amendment?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, December 9, 2015:  

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Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Lip service is often given to the meaning of words, especially those contained in the Second Amendment: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Those recognizing that the Second Amendment is the anchor to the Bill of Rights, designed to keep government in its place, have since the founding of the Republic argued “original intent.” Those who would, for their own reasons, abrogate the Second Amendment, have tried for decades to change that “original intent” into “whatever works for today.”

Witness the efforts by the Seventh Circuit court in its finding for the law passed by the Highland Park, Illinois city council in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting. That ill-conceived law was

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.