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

John Calvin Founded America

John Calvin

John Calvin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I like our new senior pastor, Graham Baird. For a young man he is certainly knowledgeable, and way ahead of where I was at his age. But he made an error yesterday in his sermon which I’d like to correct.

He said the Presbyterian Church in American began in 1777. He is just plain flat dead wrong. John Calvin and the Presbyterian tradition not only pre-dated the American Revolution, it was largely responsible for it.

I have enjoyed reading Loraine Boettner‘s The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination several times: it’s one of those wonderful masterpieces that is so filled with profundities that I just never get tired of it. Each time I read it I discover new and fresh insights into my faith.

One of the most profound was how John Calvin’s theology had percolated into the people’s’ lives and beliefs to the degree that Boettner concludes that Calvin was actually the

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One Last Look at the Polls

George Horace Gallup, founder of the Gallup polls.

George Horace Gallup, founder of the Gallup polls. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I promise: this is the last time I’ll comment on the election. But Russ Robert’s analysis of what’s likely to happen on Tuesday is worth reviewing. He starts with a little necessary history and the purpose of polling:

Quick summary: dating back roughly to George Gallup’s introduction of modern political polling in the 1936 election, a pollster seeks to extrapolate the voting behavior of many millions of people (130 million people voted in the 2008 presidential election) from a poll of several hundred or a few thousand people.

But political polling is different:

Not all adults are registered voters, and not all registered voters show up to vote every time there’s an election.

And this is where “scientific” polling becomes a lot less

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Ann Coulter’s True Colors

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English: Commentator and author at CPAC in . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For the most part I enjoy reading Ann Coulter’s columns. True, sometimes she is over the top with her vitriol, but most of the time her targets deserve it.

But her column today betrays her. She makes two mistakes immediately – two incorrect assumptions in my view – and comes out with the inevitable wrong conclusion: Romney is our man!

Assumption number one:

The single most important issue in this election is ending the national nightmare of Obamacare.

If Obamacare if not stopped, it will permanently change the political culture of this country. There will be no going back. America will become a less productive, less wealthy nation. What wealth remains will have to be plowed into Obamacare — to the delight only of the tens of thousands of government bureaucrats administering it.

Has she been away? There is credible persuasive evidence that the slide – the push – into socialism began in 1887 when President Cleveland signed into law the Interstate Commerce Act. Others say it began in earnest under

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Baseball and the Electoral College

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Montage of Mazeroski’s 1960 World Series winning home run (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Monday night I enjoyed a presentation by Rick Green on “Understanding the Constitution” using Mike Holler’s workbook, “The Constitution Made Easy.” Rick is affiliated with Wallbuilders, founded by David Barton. I was happy to see about 50 people in attendance, thanks to the efforts of local freedom fighter Michelle Morin.

Rick related the story of the 1960 World Series (he is a rabid baseball fan) to explain why we have an Electoral College and why getting rid of it would be an unmitigated disaster. In that series, which wasn’t decided until late in the seventh game, the Yankees scored 55 runs to the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ 27 – two-to-one – and yet they lost the series, four games to three.

The series was notable for several reasons: It was Casey Stengel‘s last World Series (he said, “I’ll never make the mistake of turning 70 again.”) claiming that

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America Has Always Been Deeply Divided

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Voting (Photo credit: League of Women Voters of California)

George Friedman, writing for Stratfor’s Geopolitical Weekly, puts the humbug into next Tuesday’s doings:

Many say that the country has never been as deeply divided. In discussing the debates last week, I noted how this year’s campaign is far from the most bitter and vitriolic. It might therefore be useful also to consider that while the electorate at the moment appears evenly and deeply divided, unlike what many say, that does not reveal deep divisions in our society…

Surprisingly, most elections over the last two hundred years have been close. Only four presidents over that span won with

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If Obama Wins, He’ll Be the Lamest Duck in History

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Rutherford B. Hayes (October 4, 1822—January 17, 1893), 19th President of the United States and 29th and 32nd Governor of Ohio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dan McLaughlin, writing at RedState.com on Monday, brought up a very good point: What if Obama loses the popular vote but wins in the Electoral College? He’ll be an emasculated duck.

Barack Obama is trying to do something no president has ever done: get re-elected without winning the national popular vote.  If he were to somehow succeed at this, he would be the weakest elected president since Rutherford B. Hayes, and the lamest lame duck in American history.

If we are to believe Intrade, here’s how things will look next Wednesday: House of Representatives solidly Republican, Senate solidly Democratic, and Obama as president. But if he loses the popular vote (Intrade doesn’t distinguish between the two), he’ll be frozen into place – emasculated is a good word – unable to

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George McGovern Wins Plaudits from a Conservative

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Senator George McGovern speaking into a microphone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cal Thomas has been a fixture in the conservative landscape for years. A prolific writer and an activist, he was vice president of the Moral Majority from 1980 to 1985 and then wrote a book, Blinded by Might, explaining its failure to transform society through political action.

In preparation for an article I wrote for The New American on George McGovern, I found something entirely distasteful about him that no amount of gloss from Thomas can hide. Thomas said:

I will remember him for something other than his politics. George McGovern was a friend.

After his Senate re-election defeat in 1980, McGovern and I debated on college campuses and in other venues. These debates were always civil because McGovern was a gentleman. After one debate at Butler University in Indianapolis, a fellow conservative invited me to dinner.

“Thank you,” I said, “but George and I have dinner plans.”

“How can you eat with a man like that?” he said with an equal mix of surprise and disgust.

“Easy,” I said. “He’s a friend of mine.”

Here’s what I learned about McGovern that Thomas ignored (he must have known about it as well): McGovern was a fellow at

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George McGovern: The Liberal Who Got Mugged

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Senator George McGovern speaking at the Richard M. Nixon Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California during his book tour (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

George McGovern, known for his ultra-liberal stance on issues of his day, passed away on Sunday, October 21st, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at age 90.

Active in promoting liberal programs almost from the first, McGovern was convinced that government could be used as an instrument to improve society, especially in providing food for the poor in America and around the world. He saw the American government and the United Nations as tools to promote sustenance for them. He helped create the United Nations’ World Food Program which distributed U.S. food “surpluses” to needy people abroad, and issued the McGovern Report, which set up nutritional guidelines for Americans.

He served as U.S. Ambassador to the UN agencies for Food and Agriculture, and was appointed the first UN Global Ambassador on World Hunger in 2001.

But he is primarily remembered for

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What’s Missing from the Debates?

I do not like thee, Doctor Fell

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Once you get through his sarcasm and occasionally funny caricatures of Romney and Obama as Alpha Males in a Cage, Jerry Bowyer makes some very good points.

But let’s start with this:

Setting aside the nostrum that this election is unique in modern times and probably the most important of our lifetimes, a trope which is repeated every four years, what you and I saw on Tuesday had almost nothing to do with genuine philosophical differences. This was not Cato vs. Caesar, Adams vs. Jefferson, or even Lincoln vs. Douglas. This was incumbent alpha vs. challenge alpha in a chest thumping display of dyadic conflict designed to determine who will occupy the top position in a dominance hierarchy.

The first debate was all Romney as the

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The Entitlement Society: Caviar with Chains

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Cropped screenshot of Charlton Heston from the trailer for the film The Ten Commandments. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pastor Chuck Baldwin nails it: the entitlement society destroys morality. We are enjoying the fruits of the Stockholm Syndrome which is where the prisoners fall in love with their captors.

As a preacher, Baldwin can’t resist the temptation to reach into Scriptures to tell us that we’ve been here before:

There is an Old Testament story that parallels with what is going on in America today. The story is found in Numbers chapter 11. God had delivered His people from great bondage. They witnessed His mighty hand of power and deliverance in defeating their oppressors and leading them toward a land of promise and liberty. He even dropped “angels’ food” (called manna) from Heaven to sustain them.

But after being delivered from bondage, they began to yearn for a return to Egypt. In verse 5 of that chapter, the people are recorded as complaining, “We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick.” (KJV)

Return us to slavery! At least then we have security and predictability and someone else providing for us. This eliminates our need to

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Tax Cuts for the Rich or Tax Relief?

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It’s all about how you frame the question, isn’t it? The issue appears to be tax cuts for the rich: should we or shouldn’t we? By framing the question that way, discussion is limited. By re-framing the question, it changes the answers. Thanks to Investors Business Daily for pointing this out.

President Obama warned that GOP hopeful Mitt Romney’s proposed income-tax  cuts will “cost” the government revenue and repeat Bush policies that he says  blew up the deficit.

“The centerpiece of his economic plan are tax cuts,” Obama said at Tuesday’s  presidential debate in New York. “That’s what took us from surplus to deficit.”

The mantra from the Obama camp is annoyingly repetitive and consistently wrong:

The Obama camp has strenuously opposed Romney’s pro-growth strategy, arguing  that tax breaks, especially for the wealthy, “rob” programs for the middle class  and poor because they don’t raise revenues and don’t “pay for themselves.”

“It has never been done before,” Vice President Joe Biden insisted in last week’s debate with Romney running-mate Paul Ryan.

But history has shown that when entrepreneurs are allowed “relief” – to keep more of what they earn – they earn more. What a surprise!

The historical tables in the back of the latest “Economic Report of the  President” show that the Bush tax cuts generated more, not less, federal  revenues — a phenomenon that also held true for Presidents Clinton, Reagan and  Kennedy.

All four leaders, two Republicans and two Democrats, slashed taxes for top  individual earners or investors. And once these rate reductions took effect and  began stimulating economic activity, record individual income-tax receipts  poured into the U.S. Treasury.
A great example is what happened when President Kennedy, against the advice of his Keynesian advisors, cut tax rates on

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Obama Honors Cesar Chavez, Naturally

Duncan West speaking with Cesar Chavez. The De...

Cesar Chavez (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CNN reported that President Obama has dedicated a monument to Cesar Chavez:

Describing it as a “day that has been a long time coming,” President Barack Obama made modern history Monday by announcing the creation of a monument to honor the late labor and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez…

The president spoke at a ceremony in Keene, California, on land known as Nuestra Senora Reina de la Paz, where, from the 1970s until the early ’90s, Chavez lived and led his farm worker movement.

Decades ago, Obama said, when Chavez began his farm worker movement, “no one seemed to care about the invisible farm workers who picked the nation’s food — bent down in the beating sun, living in poverty, cheated by growers, abandoned in old age, unable to demand even the most basic rights.”

“Cesar cared,” the president said. “In his own peaceful and eloquent way he made other people care too.” Chavez’s organized labor marches and other protests, including a boycott of table grapes, led to “some of the first farm worker contracts in history,” Obama said. “Let us honor his memory, but most importantly let us live up to his example.”

Obama wasn’t alone in singing Chavez’ praises. Joining the chorus was Ken Salazar, Obama’s Secretary of the Interior and former Senator and State’s Attorney General from Colorado. Salazar called Chavez “one of the heroes of the 20th Century.”

Of course he would. Let’s look for a quick moment at Chavez’ background, courtesy of

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New Obama Campaign Slogan Reveals Communist Ties

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For ? (Photo credit: Paul Wicks)

This article from the Washington Times just confirms what I and many other writers and researchers have confirmed: not only is Obama a confirmed socialist and communist, but he is determined to continue to promote his ideology in full view. His advisers, in other words, don’t care who knows – the path ahead is “forward”:

The Obama campaign apparently didn’t look backwards into history when selecting  its new campaign slogan, “Forward” — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism.

Victor Morton, the WT writer, didn’t have to look very far to prove the point. He went to Wikipedia:

Wikipedia has an entire section called “Forward (generic name of socialist  publications).”

“The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and  other left-wing newspapers and publications,” the online encyclopedia  explains.

The slogan “Forward!” reflected the conviction of European Marxists and  radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move  forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism.

That’s an interesting way of phrasing it: “move forward past capitalism.” Actually Obama intends to destroy capitalism and replace it with the form of socialism called

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What Makes Obama Tick?

A FRAUD THROUGH AND THROUGH

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After hitting No. 2 on the New York Times’ best-seller list in early September, “Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream” author Dinesh D’Souza was asked why he was surprised at the success of both his book and the movie based on it: “2016: Obama’s America”. He said: “It shows a real hunger for information on Obama. There’s a sense [that] we haven’t got the full story on this guy.”

The official narrative is that President Barack Obama is a graduate of Harvard Law, the first African-American president, whose father is from Kenya and his mother from Kansas. As D’Souza takes great pains to point out, the official narrative hides an enormous amount of background from view. D’Souza exposes some of that background and then claims that Obama adopted his father’s “anti-colonialism” – the doctrine which Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara called “a world system, the last stage of capitalism [which] must be defeated in a world confrontation” – which maintains that the West, primarily America, got rich by invading, occupying and looting poor countries to obtain their mineral wealth. As D’Souza noted in Forbes magazine in September 2010:

Barack Obama, Sr.

Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From a very young age and through his formative years, Obama learned to see America as a force for global domination and destruction. He came to view America’s military as an instrument of neocolonial occupation.

He adopted his father’s position that capitalism and free markets are code words for economic plunder. Obama grew to perceive the rich as an oppressive class, a kind of neocolonial power within America.

In his worldview, profits are a measure of how effectively you have ripped off the rest of society, and America’s power in the world is a measure of how selfishly it consumes the globe’s resources and how ruthlessly it bullies and dominates the rest of the planet

As a result, Obama seeks “a smaller America, a poorer America, an America unable to exert its will, an America…in decline so that others might rise…America needs to be taken down a notch.”

There are at least two problems with D’Souza’s thesis: one, Obama never

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The Passing of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, former Publisher of the NYT

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New York Times newspaper publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates introducing the Times Reader software at an American Society of News Editors (ASNE) conference in Seattle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The passing of the former publisher of The New York TimesArthur Ochs “Punch” Sulzberger, at age 86 on September 29 was noted by editors and publishers in the mainstream media in the most favorable terms. Associated Press President Gary Pruitt claimed that “Punch Sulzberger was a giant in the industry, a leader who fought to preserve the vital role of a free press in society and championed journalism executed at the highest level,” while his son, the Times’ current publisher gushed:

Punch, the old Marine captain who never backed down from a fight, was an absolutely fierce defender of the freedom of the press. His inspired leadership in landmark cases such as New York Times v. Sullivan and the Pentagon Papers helped to expand access to critical information and to prevent government censorship and intimidation.

The White House duly issued its statement commemorating Sulzberger:

Michelle and I were saddened today to hear about the passing of Arthur Sulzberger. Over the course of more than 30 years, Arthur helped transform the New York Times and secure its status as one of the most successful and respected newspapers in the world.

He was a firm believer in the importance of a free and independent press — one that isn’t afraid to seek the truth, hold those in power accountable, and tell the stories that need to be told. Arthur’s legacy lives on in the newspaper he loved and the journalists he inspired.

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger assumed the role of publisher in 1963 when the Times had a weekly circulation of 714,000 and $100 million in annual revenues. By 1992 its circulation had increased to 1,100,000 and its revenues (adjusted for inflation) had increased fourfold.

At present, the Times is suffering both financially and credibly. Its stock price has dropped from $55 a share in early 2000 to under

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Old Smear Tactics Leveled at the “2016” Movie

Gerald Molen – First They Ignored Us, Then They Called Us Names, Now We’re The #2 Political Documentary Of All Time; My Response To My Movie 2016 Being Labeled “Racist”

It deeply offends me to read reviews labeling me and my fellow filmmakers as racists or bigots or comparing us to Nazis. Their obvious hatred and bias seemingly overwhelms their ability to write a negative review without resorting to the lowest of degrading observations.

Molen is the producer of the film “2016 Obama’s America” which is making the rounds across the country, and is beginning to catch the attention of the left. Molen has produced five films with Steven Spielberg, including “Schindler’s List.” He is no lightweight or late-comer.

And yet he is offended, which indicates that he, even now, doesn’t understand the enemy bent on destroying the country. That enemy, and the mouthpieces and useful idiots enlisted in the cause, have no interest whatever in being “fair” or “objective” or “transparent.” Their goal is to besmirch the man, and thus his movie, so that the average Joe decides not to see it. And that’s the point.

I’m very familiar with this tactic. When I joined the John Birch Society back in 1967 I had to work my way past the attacks on the JBS which was accused of being filled with “racists,” “haters,” “Nazis” and “anti-Semites.”  The attackers, I soon found out, had no interest in the facts. One fact in particular stands out: the JBS had a Jew on its board of directors, and friendly relations with the Jewish community in general. But I found that iterating that provable fact meant nothing to the society’s detractors.

Molen refuses to admit to the obvious:

It raises the question “why are some on the left of the political spectrum so indoctrinated by their masters that they lose all sense of decency and/or intelligent reasoning?” This is such a loss for journalism.

Mr. Molen, sir, it has nothing to do with decency or reasoning. It has to do with the war we are involved in. It does no good to blame these attacks on lack of good judgment or loss of journalistic ethics. It has to do with tactics of war: if it works, do more of it.

Entitlement Reform is No Longer the Third Rail!

Ken Blackwell: Romney-Ryan Forces Americans to Finally Face Looming Fiscal Doom

American politics has crossed the Rubicon on spending and entitlements, and these issues will at long last complete the journey from a forbidden third rail to a central element of national politics.

The former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell

The former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is very important. Ryan’s entry into the electoral process is bending the conversation—very late in the game—around to talking about entitlement reform.

I went on a speaking tour 25 years ago for The John Birch Society to talk about the unsustainable Social Security program. It was obvious even back then, and the story was compelling. At least I thought so. But the tour was cancelled after just a few talks: no one was coming out to hear it! Those who did, didn’t want to hear about it. They just wanted assurance that their checks would continue. When I told them that, yes, your checks—for the time being—would continue, they lost interest, and left. I mean they got up in the middle of my presentation, and walked out!

Ryan is like a magnifying glass: providing focus on the problem. Here’s what Blackwell notes:

Congressman Paul Ryan is best known for his budget, the Ryan Roadmap, which ties together the two sides of our fiscal-crisis coin: First, the major entitlements of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid will soon be bankrupt and unable to provide for millions of beneficiaries. And second, our growing $16 trillion debt will result in an unprecedented economic disaster if not balanced and then paid off.

It takes a crisis to get peoples’ attention. And the message is finally coming through: if something can’t continue, it will stop. And the folks are getting it.

It’s happened before:

Beginning in 1783, national leaders like John Jay corresponded with George Washington—the recently-retired commander-in-chief of the Continental Army—about the need for structural change in American government. They made the case that the Articles of Confederation had failed, and the national governing document must be fundamentally overhauled.

This eventually led to the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. But before reaching that point, as late as 1786, Washington agreed that young America teetered on the edge of an abyss, but that a critical mass of American citizens had not yet reached the same assessment. Things would get worse before they could get better, Washington concluded. Then things got worse with Shay’s Rebellion, and change came.

George Washington intuitively understood that major change in a democratic system must be driven by the people. We will not reform entitlements and balance the budget until they become kitchen-table issues for ordinary citizens, which takes time and visibility. Democrats simply pretend there is no problem. Now Republicans can make these points so central to national discourse that they become unavoidable and undeniable.

The big question remains: will anything substantial be done? Or will it just be talk? If we wait long enough, the problem will solve itself: the checks will stop.

Kim Dotcom of Megaupload Fights Back!

The Daily Bell: Kim Dotcom Resists, Pussy Riot Protests and the Insane Clown Posse Sues … Internet Reformation Rolls

As the power elite that wants to run the world continues to race against time more and more brutally, what we call the Internet Reformation becomes ever more visible.

It is becoming more visible because as the elites shove the world toward global governance, people being shoved, some of them, push back.

In the past week, we’ve seen three high-profile instances of this sort of resistance. Kim Dotcom, CEO of destroyed Megaupload, has launched a website to proclaim his innocence and begun releasing surprisingly tuneful pop music to plead his cause and shape his public image.

Megaupload and the Twilight of Copyright

Megaupload and the Twilight of Copyright (Photo credit: mikesolita)

Sometimes Anthony Wile goes on a tear, trying to cover way too much to support his point: the internet is generating pushback. But his reference to Kim Dotcom is useful.

Kim’s arrest by police on January 20th this year made headlines around the world. The excessive use of police power simply went beyond describing. Wikipedia’s brief mention of “armed officers arriv[ing] in helicopters and dropp[ing] into the Dotcom mansion courtyard” just barely suggests the ferocity of the attack on him. And for what? Copyright infringement!

But he is fighting back. Having secured a judgment from a New Zealand High Court judge that the warrants used in this raid were unauthorized—see this from Wikipedia:

On June 28, 2012, New Zealand High Court Justice Helen Winkelmann found the warrants used did not adequately describe the offences to which they were related. “These categories of items were defined in such a way that they would inevitably capture within them both relevant and irrelevant material. The police acted on this authorization. The warrants could not authorize seizure of irrelevant material, and are therefore invalid.” Justice Winkelmann also ruled the FBI’s cloning of the seized hard-drives invalid. This judgment calls the admissibility of the evidence in later extradition hearings into question. (My emphasis)

Dotcom is fighting back. He has launched a website proclaiming his innocence in advance of his trial, hoping to influence public opinion in his favor. And the PTB (Powers That Be) can do little to stop him.

And that’s the point of Wile’s article:

But as we long ago predicted, the Internet Reformation is fairly unstoppable at the moment. The European Union is falling apart, the global warming scam is unraveling, the war on terror has not gone as planned in Afghanistan and many other elite promotions have been exposed in detail on the Internet.

The ancient power elite, that evidently wants to run the world and uses its control of central banks to fund its mania, is in no sense defeated but it is facing challenges that it has not faced since the Gutenberg Press itself began exposing the power structure 600 years ago.

May those challenges, like those of Mr. Dotcom, continue and multiply.

A Different Take on Global Warming

Cafe Hayek: An Open Letter to CBS News Radio Commentator Dave Ross

In your segment “What happened to global warming being a hoax?”—aired during today’s 1pm hour on Washington, DC’s, WTOP radio—you played a clip of U.C.-Berkeley scientist Richard Muller saying that “all of this warming over the last 250, 260 years has been caused by green house gases emitted by humans.”

Being no physical scientist myself, I accept Mr. Muller’s claim.  But contrary to most people’s reaction to this news, my reaction is “What a deal!”

Global Warming 1/2

Global Warming 1/2 (Photo credit: lamazone)

Now there’s a different point of view. Rather than contesting the belief (and that’s what it is) that human behavior has raised temperatures, Boudreaux instead accepts the premise and then says “So what?”

I just wrote about a global warming scientist who has, honorably, found that the data doesn’t support the thesis (surprise, surprise) and now declaims it. Here’s the link to my article from The New American.

But Boudreaux says that even if temperatures did rise, a little, it’s more than justified by the enormous increase in human well-being over the past couple of hundred years!  Here he is:

In exchange for slightly warmer global temperatures, humanity gets off-the-charts benefits never before enjoyed by ordinary men and women – benefits that began to flow only 250, 260 years ago.  In industrialized countries, these benefits include a near-tripling of life-expectancy; a growth in average real per-capita income to a level at least 30 times higher than it was a mere three centuries ago; an end to famine and plagues; abolition of the multi-millennial-old institution of slavery; widespread literacy; and an unprecedented expansion in women’s rights and opportunities—all these wonders, and more, from bourgeois commerce and industry powered in part by fossil fuels.  Has humanity ever gotten so much at such a puny price?

I love it when someone comes along and challenges my perception of reality.

 

Just How Important is the Vice President, Anyway?

Dan McLaughlin: The Vice Presidential Stakes

Ten of the last twenty presidents, dating back to 1900, have been forced from office or come close: one was forced to resign (Nixon), one was impeached (Clinton), two were assassinated (Kennedy and McKinley), one was shot (Reagan), one was shot at twice in three weeks (Ford), two died in office of natural causes (FDR and Harding), one was incapacitated by a stroke (Wilson), and one nearly died of a massive heart attack (Eisenhower).

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Romney – Ryan 2012 (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

I’ve been staying away from the presidential election for all the obvious reasons: the contenders are part of the same group that’s been leading us into slavery for years: two wings of the same bird of prey, as some wag cleverly stated. Besides, the real action is in the House and the Senate, in my opinion, as well as on the state and local levels.

So I could care less about who Mittens picks for vice president. It won’t matter anyway as the vice president never gets to influence policy.

But McLaughlin has challenged me to consider the chances of the vice president taking over the presidency. That possibility gets me excited. And the statistics are quite remarkable. After iterating additional statistics to show how important the vice president position could become, McLaughlin sums it up:

All of which is a way of saying that Mitt Romney’s choice of a running mate could have very important repercussions whether or not that choice makes much impact on the outcome of the 2012 election.

Romney seems to be a man of unusual health, vigor and personal ethics, and so less likely than most to leave the Oval Office before his term is out if he’s elected, but he’s also 65 years old; things happen.

Indeed, they do.

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