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

Ethanol mandates: cleaner air? At what price?

Mark Perry is another common-sense economist with whom I often agree. He raises, and then answers, questions about the intelligence involved in mandating ethanol to be added to gasoline. He’s an economics professor at the University of Michigan and wrote this for the mlive.com blog:

Among all the problems that have surfaced as a result of using ethanol as an alternative to gasoline, one is especially troubling. 

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Here’s one reason why Obama’s gun grab will fail.

Time is running out. So says liberal college professor Robert Spitzer at the New York Daily News. Obama knows that time is not on his side. He knows that with each passing moment the fake, phony, hyperenergized rantings from his kept media will

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Aaron Swartz, Internet Freedom Activist, Dead by Suicide at 26

Aaron Swartz, a software prodigy and an internet freedom activist, was found dead in his New York City apartment on Friday, an apparent suicide at age 26.

Swartz had a brilliant mind and an activist spirit that lead him to create numerous breakthroughs in technology that allow internet users to

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Some more reasons why conservatives don’t trust Republicans

There are lots of reasons. But no one sums them up as well as John Hawkins. Hawkins says true conservatives don’t “trust the establishment Republicans as far as you can throw them.” And for good reason.


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Here’s how a liberal interprets history of gun control

Gary North put me onto this. He used it as a way to introduce the idea that liberal thinking is not logical and as a result attempts to change their thinking simply won’t work. A friend and I tried recently to explore the thinking of a liberal before an audience of 50. We succeeded only in concluding that it’s difficult, often impossible, to communicate with them.

Here’s an example that will give you a headache. After reading it several times, it gave me one.

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President Obama Challenges Congress on the Debt Ceiling

At President Obama’s final press conference of his first term held on Monday, he made clear his intentions not to negotiate with the Congress over the debt ceiling. Said the president, “We are poised for a good year if we make smart decisions … and as long as Washington politics don’t get in the way…”

His position on the debt ceiling issue is

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Wounded Knee and disarming citizens

Two caveats here: I don’t normally comment on articles written anonymously. I want to know who wrote it and what his or her agenda might be. Secondly I don’t normally link to websites that I’ve never heard of before. This time I’m breaking both rules because

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Krugman the fool

As Dr. Kenneth McFarland said many years ago, people should write a column only when they have something to say.  Unfortunately, Dr. Paul Krugman has to meet a deadline and therefore must write an article even if he doesn’t have anything to say. Sometimes it’s worse:

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Gold Standard Arguments Being Promoted Again

Two years ago Steve Forbes, two-time candidate for nomination for president by the Republican Party and Editor of Forbes magazine, predicted “a return to the gold standard by the United States within five years … [because it would] help the nation solve a variety of economic, fiscal and monetary ills.” It’s now two years into his prediction and articles explaining how such a return would work, and why, are beginning

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Head Start Doesn’t Give the Kids a Head Start

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Photograph of Lady Bird Johnson Visiting a Classroom for Project Head Start, 03/19/1966 (Photo credit: The U.S. National Archives)

Here’s how the cancer of government grows. Head Start began in 1965 as a summer program. It didn’t work. An apologist who edited content at Wikipedia said “Experience showed that six weeks of pre-school couldn’t make up for five years of poverty.” And so the program, which failed, was – you guessed it – expanded in 1981. It grew further in 2007. It is, according to Wiki, “one of the longest-running programs to address systemic poverty in the United States.” More than 22 million kids have “participated.”

The Department of Health and Human Services finally decided to see if there were any positive results after spending $180 billion: they finished collecting the data in 2008 but the results were so

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New Gun Control Laws Will Go Nowhere

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It takes awhile, but eventually reality sets in. Biden’s attempt to enact new restrictions on gun ownership will die ‘aborning. It took Reuters (a liberal paper in Great Britain) to see that reality.  From Reuters,

Even some congressional Democrats indicated that a bill to revive the U.S. assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 would have a difficult time winning passage in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Democratic-led Senate.

Liberal Democrat Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia, who sports a dismal Freedom Index rating of just 35 out of 100, won’t be voting for it: “An assault weapons stand-alone ban – on just guns alone … in the political reality that we have today, will not go anywhere.” What’s interesting is that, when it comes to guns and the Second Amendment, Manchin is taking the NRA’s position, most likely for political survival purposes. He also happens to be

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More Good News from the Gun Control Front

Where do successful mass shootings occur?

Where do successful mass shootings occur? (Photo credit: KAZVorpal)

Prohibition of anything, it appears, just doesn’t work. In the U.S. prohibition of alcohol started with the Volstead Act in January 1920 which was intended to enforce the Eighteenth Amendment. It took just a little over 13 years before prohibition was repealed with passage of the Twenty-First Amendment in December, 1933 with the simple words: “The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.”

Now the fools who dominate the discussion in Washington want to prohibit guns. No news there. They’ve wanted to eliminate private ownership ever since the National Firearms Act of 1934. Some would point to even older history: the Dred Scott decision in 1857. But with the ratcheting up of gun (people) control, thanks to the media’s incessant drumbeat in coordination with the Obama administration, some people are scared that guns will

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The Top 10 Things Liberals Hate

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I want to give John Hawkins full credit for these. He came up with 25 and I just picked the top ten, for your enjoyment. With some slight modifications, they are:

  1. Guns, which allow all those poor innocent criminals to commit crimes they didn’t intend to, but it’s the economy, and…
  2. The Founders – those old dead white slavers who founded America with their ridiculous and outdated Constitution that doesn’t mention global warming or limits of soda size anywhere.
  3. Nosy and noisy voters who keep asking, “What change?” “Why?” “Forward to where, exactly?”
  4. Young entrepreneurs who want to sell lemonade from lemonade stands without getting government’s permission.
  5. Sarah Palin, who far too many think of as a role model instead of Hillary who was far more successful in finding her “soul mate” in Slick Willie.
  6. The “right-wing” internet media which insists on telling the truth about what politicians actually do instead of concentrating on what they say.
  7. Minorities who think Democrats will make their lives better with other people’s money and then get noisy when they don’t.
  8. “Patriots” who love their country and keep grousing about the feds not following the Constitution.
  9. People who judge Obama’s administration on the basis of what it has actually accomplished.
  10. People who think they should be allowed to buy any light bulb they please.

Amazing Nullification News from Wyoming

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A modest little bill, H.B. 0104, called the “Firearms Protection Act” has the potential to re-ignite the whole states’ rights issue that  many think was long settled by the Civil War. All it says is this:

Any official, agent or employee of the United States government who enforces or attempts to enforce any act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government upon a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in Wyoming and that remains exclusively within the borders of Wyoming shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be subject to imprisonment for not less than one (1) year and one (1) day or more than five (5) years, a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or both.

That’s all. Simple. Easy. Clear. And profoundly important in the freedom fight. Alex Newman, writing for The New American, says it exactly right. This is “nullification legislation that would void unconstitutional infringements on the right to keep and bear arms, even providing prison time for any federal agents who may try to enforce Washington, D.C., gun control in the state.”

The key word here is

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Obama’s good friend Bill Ayers takes a swing at Teach for America

At least these people are consistent. Their Marxist ideology drives them to saying stupid things about good works others are doing because somehow those good works threaten their status quo. Teach for America was founded by a young idealist, Wendy Kopp, when she graduated from Princeton back in 1989. TFA’s mission is to

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Pro-Life Movement Gaining Momentum

They've Been Losing Ever Since | Jan. 14, 2013When Trevin Wax wrote in Baptist Press News back in July 2011 that “the pro-life movement is winning,” he likely had no idea that Time magazine would one day agree with him.

With the cover of its current issue declaring that “40 Years Ago, Abortion Rights Activists Won an Epic Victory with Roe v. Wade, They’ve Been Losing Ever Since,” Kate Pickert backs up the claim by noting that 24 states have adopted more than 90 new restrictions on abortions just since 2010, and then adds,

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How likely is a government shutdown over the debt ceiling?

Not very, if David Harsanyi is correct. Harsanyi used to write for the Denver Post and I took a writing class from him several years ago. He referred to the newsroom at the Post – Denver’s liberal paper – as “the collective.” That brought a lot of laughs.

He says that Washington faces three more “cliffs” – the “debt ceiling” cliff, the “sequestration” cliff, and the “balanced budget” cliff. He thinks that the idea of shutting down the government over the debt ceiling cliff is

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Congress won’t allow Executive Order to stand on guns

This is most encouraging. Seth McLaughlin of the Washington Times has done his homework and has found two worthies who think any attempt by Obama to issue limitations on gun ownership by executive order will be met with fierce resistance by the House. It will

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James M. Buchanan, Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, passes at 93

With the passing of economist and scholar James M. Buchanan, a voice of insight and understanding in a tumultuous world has been stilled.

Born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 1919, Buchanan built his understanding of how the world works with degrees from the University of Tennessee and the University of Chicago (the “Chicago School”). He taught at a number of universities from 1950 to 1969 after which he served as Distinguished Professor Economics at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute – Virginia Tech – where he

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How I’m learning to love Mayor Bloomberg and Senator Schumer

And it’s not because I’m originally from the east coast, either. As my bumper sticker used to say: “I’m not a native but I got here as fast as I could.” No, it’s because their actions are wonderfully self-defeating. Bring it on!

They want to ban guns. More precisely they want to keep private citizens from

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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.