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

I said this. Ashley Herzog just says it better.

The mainstream media is slanted, biased, prejudiced and has its own agenda. Ashley Herzog has been a journalist for years and therefore wasn’t surprised when the MSM derided Wayne LaPierre’s sound bite – “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” – by trying to turn it into a

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Idaho to allow private online classes to teach the kids

This is a wonderful breakthrough:

Starting next fall, Idaho students could have the option of taking math, history  and other online classes provided by the Khan  Academy, the online content nonprofit that provides courses free to anyone,  anytime and anywhere.

Eric Kellerer, a spokesman for Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), tried to downplay the implications:

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A Rand Paul/Mike Lee Ticket for 2016?

Bernie Quigley, writing at the Pundit’s Blog for The Hill on Wednesday, considered the fiscal cliff bill that became the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) as a “touchstone…a benchmark…to mark the progress of history.” He considers the law as a

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How a Republican Apologist Explains the Fiscal Cliff Deal

Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt (Photo credit: jdlasica)

In his latest column Hugh Hewitt rolls out argument after argument about why the GOP was forced to go along to get along on the fiscal cliff “deal” that no one likes. First, Boehner thought he could trust the president to be forthright:

The Speaker always seemed to assume the president was negotiating in good faith, even as the campaign events continued, and even as he was pummeled day and night by the president and his surrogates in the MSM.

Second, the GOP tried to do a backroom deal and it failed:

The collapse of the Speaker’s and the GOP’s ability to make an argument was complete when the silly “Plan B” stunt unfolded and then crashed and burned in front of the country last week.

And that was exacerbated by the internet, with which the GOP is

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Who Will Pay the Taxes?

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(Photo credit: xopherlance)

This is one of the key questions raised by the Pew Research Center in its November report on the U.S. birth rate. Pew reports that “the overall U.S. birth rate…declined 8% from 2007 to 2010…[and is] the lowest since at least 1920.”

My first question is why? Why such a sharp drop? Did it have anything to do with the Great Recession? It appears to Pew that it does:

This report does not address the reasons that women had fewer births after 2007, but a previous Pew Research analysis4 concluded that the recent fertility decline is closely linked to economic distress. States with the largest economic declines from 2007 to 2008, as shown by six major indicators, were most likely to experience relatively large fertility declines from 2008 to 2009, the analysis found. (my emphasis)

That seems logical to me. When Mary and I discovered in 1972 (I was 33 years old and Mary was 30) that we

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The San Antonio Theater Shooting the Media Ignored

Non Violence Gun Sculptute. Caen Memorial (3)

Non Violence Gun Sculptute. Caen Memorial (3) (Photo credit: Gouldy99)

At approximately 9:25PM on Sunday night, December 16th, just two days after the horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Jesus Manuel Garcia, age 19, entered the China Garden restaurant across the mall from the Santikos Mayan Palace 14 theater complex in San Antonio, Texas, looking for his ex-girlfriend. Angered that she had just broken up with him, he sent her a text message that he planned to go to the restaurant where she worked and “shoot somebody.”

Before she could warn patrons at the restaurant Garcia entered and started shooting. One bullet slightly wounded one patron while others scattered out the exit doors and headed for the safety of the theater lobby across the mall. Garcia chased them and continued shooting.

This got the attention of an off-duty security guard, Bexar County sheriff’s Sgt. Lisa Castellano, who chased Garcia to the back of the theater where he ducked into the men’s room. When he emerged, Castellano shot him four times which immediately and effectively ended the threat. Garcia was handcuffed with the help of another off-duty officer and was taken to the hospital where he was listed in stable condition. Garcia was charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and his bail was set at $1 million.

In reporting the incident, the local CBS affiliate tried to link the shooting with

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New York Times: Let’s Toss the Constitution

Signing of the Declaration of Independence

Signing of the Declaration of Independence (Photo credit: perpetualplum)

This is breathtakingly audacious. The Constitution – what little remains of it – ought to be chucked out the window altogether. If such a suggestion appeared on Facebook or Twitter, I’d just delete it as the ramblings from a disaffected ignorant leftie who hasn’t done his homework.

But the author, Louis Michael Seidman, tells us (proudly) that he’s taught constitutional law for 40 years:

As someone who has taught constitutional law for almost 40 years, I am ashamed it took me so long to see how bizarre all this is. Imagine that after careful study a government official — say, the president or one of the party leaders in Congress — reaches a considered judgment that a particular course of action is best for the country. Suddenly, someone bursts into the room with new information: a group of white propertied men who have been dead for two centuries, knew nothing of our present situation, acted illegally under existing law and thought it was fine to own slaves might have disagreed with this course of action. Is it even remotely rational that

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Conservative British Journalist William Rees-Mogg Dead at 84

With the passing of British writer The Right Honourable The Lord Rees-Mogg, a voice that for more than 60 years resonated in the freedom firmament was stilled.

Upon graduation from Oxford in 1951 (as president of Oxford Union), William Rees-Mogg began his journalism career at The Financial Times in 1952. He moved to the Sunday Times in 1960 where he

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The economy isn’t like a pizza, Mr. O.

P. J. O’Rourke has a way with words. The author of 17 books including the one he’s perhaps most famous for, “Don’t Vote! – It Just Encourages the Bastards“, he has enough backbone to

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Ron Paul’s Congressional Resolutions for 2013

He says it about as well as anyone I know: freedom can be restored by simply following what they agreed to follow – the Constitution. If they don’t, they’re guilty, and enemies of freedom:

In just a few days, Congress will solemnly swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

They should read

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Debt Ceiling Debate Now Set for February 2013

The debt ceiling is expected to be reached, officially, on Monday, December 31st, when the national debt reaches $16.4 trillion. Unofficially, with various “extraordinary measures” employed, the Treasury won’t bump into the real limit until early February.

Those measures will give the Treasury some $200 billion in “headroom” and since the government is borrowing $100 billion every month, the math is easy. The question then becomes:

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Newsweek’s last Print Issue is December 31st

The Wall Street Journal noted the end of an era with the final print edition of Newsweek magazine coming out on Monday, December 31st. It will transition to an online-only format with plans to charge subscribers for its content after the first of the year.

The end has been coming for some time. On October 18th, Tina Brown, Newsweek’s editor, announced the change on the same day that she

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The “fiscal cliff” is a red herring, says the New York Times. I agree.

The New York Times – whose motto “All the News That’s Fit to Print” has morphed into “All the News That Fits” – is willing from time to time to let a little light shine on taboo subjects, to let something be printed that doesn’t fit their establishment mold, something that conflicts with their primary ideology. It was refreshing to read.

The title is hardly a catcher: “Stabilization Won’t Save Us.” What? How much better would be what Nassim Taleb wrote in his opening paragraph: “The cliff is really just a red herring.”

First, a word about Taleb.  He is the author of the best-selling book, “The Black Swan“, about the impact of random events on society, and how they are more common than people think. He’s also an advisor to the anti-freedom, pro-world-government International Monetary Fund. But, interestingly, he doesn’t appear to be a Keynesian. He is more a realist and, more remarkably still, he is willing to stake his reputation on being outside the mainstream.

He says the fiscal cliff discussion is just so much hot air and persiflage – one of my favorite words that means treating a serious subject with frivolity – in order to hide the real import from being considered:

The fiscal cliff is not really a “cliff”; the entire country won’t fall into the ocean if we hit it. Some automatic tax cuts will expire; the government will be forced to cut some expenditures. The cliff is really just a red herring.

Nor will any “solution” save us from the consequences (being hidden) of decades of deliberate overspending:

Likewise, any last-minute deal to avoid the spending cuts and tax increases scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1 isn’t likely to save us from economic turmoil. It would merely let us continue the policy mistakes we’ve been making for years, allowing us only to temporarily stabilize the economy rather than address its deep, systemic failures.

I told you it was refreshing!

The “solutions” proposed by Keynesians – whose ideology has gotten us into the mess we’re in – will only make the problem worse:

Stabilization, of course, has long been the economic playbook of the United States government; it has kept interest rates low, shored up banks, purchased bad debts and printed money. But the effect is akin to treating metastatic cancer with painkillers.

He has much more to say, of course, but just this brief “lifting of the corner of the rug” under which our problems have been swept was refreshing.

Obama Administration to Ramp up Limits on Gun Ownership

Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, President Obama confirmed his intentions to infringe on peoples’ Second Amendment rights in his eulogy for the victims on Sunday night following the attack:

We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We can’t accept events like this as routine.

Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom? Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm?

If we’re honest with ourselves, the answer is no. We’re not doing enough. And we will have to change.

To the Washington Post writers covering the event, this was a

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World New Daily gives first Lifetime Achievement Award to Jeremiah Denton

I was glad to see this. Denton has faded from the public consciousness, unfortunately, and I’m glad WND decided to give him this award while he is still alive (he is 88).

He became famous after being shot down during the Vietnam War and then being held at the Hanoi Hilton for eight years. During his capture he endured unimaginable indignities and suffering, and is remembered for

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Obama reveals his agenda, again

An average soul perusing the headlines from yesterday would most likely miss Obama’s use of words to indicate where he wants to take us. Listen to what he said about the negotiations over the fiscal cliff:

Everybody’s got to give a little bit in a sensible  way. We move forward  together, or we don’t move forward at all.

Uh huh. We have to “move forward.” What’s that all about?

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Will Rogers was right

A friend sent me this link containing some pithy and profound quotes from a master: Will Rogers. He was quite remarkable, and yet he never considered himself either a celebrity or a comedian. He just commented on life as it happened, and people responded, usually with a smile. He made 71 movies, wrote more than 4,000 columns (I’ve written just 1,100), and was the highest paid movie star in the 1930’s.

Here are some that moved my needle:

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The cost of a new washer and dryer in 1959 versus today

Mark Perry has written about this before, but today’s analysis is startling. If there had been no improvement in these appliances over the last 53 years, it would cost nearly $3,500 in today’s money to buy a washer and dryer!  Instead,

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Senator John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State

When Susan Rice, the United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations, withdrew her name from consideration for the post of Secretary of State last week, rumors abounded that next in line would be Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.). That rumor was confirmed on Friday, putting in place the first change in President Obama’s second term as Kerry replaces Hillary Clinton as Secretary.

This is a position that Kerry has coveted ever since Obama was elected in 2008. It was Kerry who first

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How likely is gun confiscation in the US?

Gary North thinks it is highly unlikely, for several excellent reasons. In his comments at The Tea Party Economist (which he unashamedly uses to promote his subscription service, GaryNorth.com), North reminds his readers that he’s been watching efforts to confiscate guns fail to gain significant traction for more than 40 years:

I have watched the gun control movement become a major voice against gun ownership over the last 40 years. What has most impressed me is this: this movement has been unsuccessful in disarming Americans.

He notes, as I have, that whenever there is a mass shooting like the one in Connecticut

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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.