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

My review of Promised Land

Promised Land  is one of the most slanted, devious, vicious, sophisticated pieces of propaganda that I’ve ever seen. It makes the entire natural gas drilling industry appear to be corrupt, devious, greedy, rapacious and repellent.

Steve Butler (Matt Damon) is introduced as the good guy, earnest, sincere, believing fully in his product – that fracking is safe and profitable to land owners signing leases to Global, Butler’s company (with $9 billion in assets), who wants to drill.

Butler sees it as easy money for the land owners who

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Teachers caught cheating?

Clarence Mumford was merely responding to market demand: teachers who couldn’t pass a qualifying exam to retain their positions hired him to take the exam for them. Business got so good he

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People don’t trust the banks. Here’s why.

In a lengthy and quite remarkable article, two authors at The Atlantic explain why people’s trust in banks is so low: they lie. Their introduction to the article says all you need to know:

Some four years after the 2008 financial crisis, public trust in banks is as low as ever. Sophisticated investors describe big banks as

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Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s Nominee for Defense Secretary, Will be Grilled Severely by the Senate

In reporting President Obama’s pick of former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday, the New York Times also noted that resistance to his selection is mounting in the Senate. Hailing his nominee as “the leader that our troops deserve,” President Obama added,

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Register hammers and clubs!

That’s the answer. According to the FBI, more people are killed each year with hammers and clubs than with rifles. In looking at the stats from 2005 through 2011, the number of people murdered using hammers and clubs

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Aurora shooter, James Holmes, goes to court today

And he’ll likely plea insanity.  His defense team has been working hard to show that Holmes was loony at the time of the shooting and so must be judged incompetent to stand trial. As Dan Elliott, writing for the Associated Press, put it: “[Holmes] returns to court this week for a hearing that might be the closest thing

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Will Congress force a government shutdown over the debt ceiling issue?

Two bright guys writing for the Washington Times think so. They write that Republicans in Congress are beginning to grow a backbone, that they’re upset about being steamrolled by Obama and mad that now he wants more:

The appetite for a government shutdown is growing among Republicans,  who shied  away from one during the debt and spending fights in the last  Congress but now say one may be needed.

Then they quote various people to

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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?

Baby Colt 3

(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.

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