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: Politics

Obama Ramping up the Rhetoric on gun Control

This article appeared in the October 8, 2015 issue of the New American magazine:


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Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California

Ever since Barack Obama first surfaced in public, he expressed opposition to the private ownership of guns by American citizens, and has been working ever since to limit that ownership with the goal of eliminating it altogether.

In 1996 when Obama ran for the Illinois State Senate, he was asked if he supported legislation to “ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns.” He answered simply: “Yes.” He also wanted to ban “assault weapons” (semi-automatic firearms) and supported mandatory waiting periods, along with background checks, in order to make it more and more difficult for Americans to exercise their gun rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

In his third term in the Illinois Senate, he

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Obama Wants US to Emulate Australia’s Gun Laws

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 7, 2015:  

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Frustrated with the failure of his frontal attack on the Second Amendment, President Obama has chosen another approach: the United States should emulate Australia’s gun laws. A year ago, Obama said:

A couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting, similar to Columbine or Newtown. And Australia just said, Well, that’s it, we’re not doing … we’re not seeing that again, and basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws, and they haven’t had a mass shooting since.


Our levels of gun violence are off the charts. There’s no advanced, developed country that would put up with this.

In June he iterated the meme:

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Thousands of Residents to Protest Obama’s Visit to Roseburg, Oregon

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 7, 2015:  

Following the massacre of students at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, last Friday, President Obama issued a statement of condolence and reiterated his determination to press for more gun laws.

On Monday he announced that he would visit Roseburg to console the families of the victims. But apparently this was not by invitation, and resistance to his unwelcome intrusion is building.

In last Friday’s remarks, the president made clear his agenda:

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“Gaswork”: Josh Fox’s Latest Film Called a Hoax

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 5, 2015:  

Josh Fox, the independent filmmaker who made a name for himself in the anti-fracking movement with his controversial film Gasland, introduced a new anti-fracking film last Thursday called Gaswork: The Fight for C.J.’s Law on the MSNBC show All In With Chris Hayes.

The “C.J.” of the film’s title is C.J. Bevins, a 23-year-old roughneck who was working at a gas drilling site in Smyrna, New York, in May of 2011 when a forklift accidentally pinned him against a trailer, causing his death. When Fox learned of the tragedy, he knew he had his next assignment: reviewing the safety and health of workers in the oil and gas fracking industry.

Although Bevins died in a freak accident, Fox instead used his death to focus on the alleged dangers of fracking chemicals, claiming:

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Is this Another Reason MSNBC’s Ratings are so Abysmal?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, October 5, 2015:  


Even the liberal Huffington Post was embarrassed at just how bad MSNBC’s ratings are. The network cancelled three shows in July, and brought back the discredited Brian Williams. Wrote Larry Atkins:

The changes had come as a result of MSNBC’s plummeting ratings. MSNBC’s Nielsen ratings for the second quarter of the year dropped five percent in total viewers and 17 percent in the key adult demographic 25-54. Its primetime lineup’s ratings dropped by 10 percent. It was a continuation of a long time trend.

Last Thursday’s farcical interview by Chris Hayes of Josh Fox proved the point. Touting his latest attack on fracking, Fox was allowed to promote his latest “documentary” Gaswork: The Fight for C.J.’s Law, allegedly all about safety and health issues being ignored by the energy development industry. Hayes never asked about credibility issues raised by detractors of his previous efforts, Gasland and The Sky is Pink. In Gasland it was the “flaming faucet” incident about which Fox was publicly challenged by Irish filmmaker Phelim McAleer. That exchange can be seen on YouTube, despite efforts of Fox and his lawyers to have it removed. In it McAleer got Fox to admit that methane in water was common, with flaming water incidents dating back to 1936, but claiming weakly that this was “not relevant” to his purposes inGasland.

In The Sky is Pink Fox claimed that breast cancer was linked directly to fracking activities in the Barnett Shale region in Texas, claims which were later successfully refuted by credible national experts looking into the matter.

Did Hayes ask Fox about any of this? Did he ask Fox about the “flaming faucet” incident that brought the wrath of McAleer in his rebuttal, FrackNation? Did he ask Fox if he was ready to admit that his claim in The Sky is Pink was false? Did he ask Fox if he was ready to apologize to the women and their families living over the Barnett formation for scaring them half to death over his discredited claims?

Of course not. In the 4 ½ minute segment that ran Thursday night Hayes jumped in bed with Fox, providing him with nothing more than an echo chamber reflecting the network’s anti-fracking position.

McAleer learned about Fox’s latest attack in time to launch his own rebuttal, GasHoax, also on Thursday, at Brietbart.com. It’s as if McAleer has found his niche: tracking down Fox and demanding answers to questions that Hayes wasn’t willing to ask.

For instance, in speaking about The Sky is Pink, McAleer said:

Fox’s breast cancer film was widely reported by the mainstream media but has since been dismissed as nonsense by every respected cancer expert in the region.


Fox has never corrected the record or apologized for scaring women and families.

Fox’s most recent attempt to smear the fracking industry is based upon the tragic accident that resulted in the death of C.J. Bevins, a 21-year-old oil field roughneck who was crushed against a trailer by a forklift back in 2011. Ignoring the fact that it was an accident, and had nothing to do with chemicals, Fox managed to twist the narrative to support his agenda: the fracking industry’s use of chemicals is putting workers’ lives at risk. In his film, said Fox:

We interview many workers who have been asked to clean drill sites, transport radioactive and carcinogenic chemicals, steam-clean the inside of condensate tanks which contain harmful volatile organic compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and other chemicals, and have been told to do so with no safety equipment.

Fox claims to have interviewed workers who were ordered to cover up toxic chemical spills, that the industry is paying them to “poison their own communities in order to feed their families” and that “if you get hurt, you’re on your own.”

In the same manner as FrackNation, McAleer rebuts Fox’s claims in Gaswork, interviewing experts who state that there is no increase in health or safety claims due to fracking. Although neither film is available yet in theaters, their trailers can be found under Sources below.

McAleer concluded:

Josh Fox is an unethical journalist. Everyone knows that, except Chris Hayes and MSNBC, apparently. They need to ask him tough questions, not give him a platform so he can scaremonger and spread fear.

But that didn’t happen. Instead MSNBC continued its slide into irrelevancy by giving Josh Fox airtime to its steadily shrinking audience.



MarcellusDrilling.com: Phelim McAleer to Release GasHoax Ahead of Josh Fox’s GASWORK

Gashoax trailer 4:30

EcoWatch.com: What the Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know About Fracking

Trailer for Gaswork  2.39

Background on Gasland

Background on FrackNation

Bio on Josh Fox

Bio on Phelim McAleer

Link to Vimeo: The Sky is Pink (2012)

EmergyinDepth.org: Debunking GasLand

YouTube: Gasland director hides full facts

Chris Hayes’ interview with Josh Fox on MSNBC

Huffington Post: MSNBC’s Changes Are Needed, But It Needs to Keep Its Liberal Voice

Just how Disruptive are Uber and Lyft?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, October 2, 2015: 

According to three college professors, the answer is “very.” After interviewing 32 drivers and users of Uber, Lyft, and conventional cab services in London and San Francisco, the Uber and Lyft drivers and customers were the clear winners. The drivers had more freedom to select their working hours, many of them driving part-time to supplement their full-time work. The ride-sharing customers not only paid less than they would have for regular taxis, they felt safer, they knew more about the driver and his ratings from previous customers, and could track and follow the driver as he wended his way towards their location.

They also enjoyed getting to know their Uber or Lyft driver, discovering that they were just like them – ordinary people making a living and enjoying the process. Wrote the professors:

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Oregon Shooter Had Firearms Despite State’s Latest Gun Law

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, October 2, 2015:

When Eugene, Oregon’s Mayor Kitty Piercy announced that Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety would be spending tens of thousands of dollars on television ads to urge Oregonians to comply with the new background check law that became effective on August 9, she said, “Background checks are good for public safety. Closing this loophole makes it harder for criminals to get guns.”

Tell that to the families of victims at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.

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Uber, Lyft Continue to Upend Taxi Cartel and Its Lenders

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, October 1, 2015: 

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On September 18, Montauk Credit Union in Montauk, New York, was taken over by the state after examiners found “unsafe and unsound conditions” in its investment portfolio.

The credit union had more than 98 percent of its investments in taxi medallions, which have dropped precipitously in value since ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft entered the market three years ago.

Taxi medallions were established decades ago by New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission as a way to limit the number of cabs. At present there are slightly more than 13,000 taxis in the city, and most of their medallions are owned by investors who saw their opportunity: If supply were limited by government mandate, and demand increased with population, then the price of each one would inevitably rise.

And they did. Investors hired managers (much like property managers in real estate) to collect the lease payments from taxicab companies, which derived their income from fees they charged drivers to drive their cabs.

But in the past couple of years the market has shifted.

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Utah Congressman has Drunk Washington’s Kool-Aid

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, September 30, 2015: 

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It has been said that someone with a reputation as an early riser can sleep ’til noon with impunity. So it appears to be with Jason Chaffetz, first elected to the House of Representatives from Utah’s 3rd congressional district in 2008. In the 111th Congress, he scored 92 out of 100 in the John Birch Society’s Freedom Index, which rates congressmen based on their adherence to the constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements. In other words, the FI is a shortcut to seeing just how closely any congressman comes to keeping his oath of office.

In the 112th Congress, Chaffetz slipped to

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Internet Gambling Ban to Apply to Guns?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 29, 2015:  

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Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz

With the simultaneous reintroduction of the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) in the Senate by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and in the House by Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), concerns about federal sanctions against Internet gambling are raising constitutional issues once again. If enacted, the bill would violate the 10th Amendment’s guarantee that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, shall be reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” It could also be extended to violate the Second Amendment: If gambling online can be prohibited by the federal government, why couldn’t the sale of guns and ammunition as well?

The RAWA would

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Brazil Teetering on the Edge of Recession, or Worse

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

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President Dilma Rousseff

Brazilians are facing a bleak future. The combination of last week’s downgrade of the country’s government debt to junk, along with downgrades on the debt of many of its major industries, and the unfolding “Operation Car Wash” scandal at Petrobras (the massive government-owned oil company), all spell trouble for an economy already in decline.

Brazil’s currency, the real, was once pegged to the dollar, but

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Poll: Majority of Americans Oppose Govt-Mandated Health Insurance

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

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English: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior staff, react in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the health care reform bill.

A recent poll by Rasmussen revealed that just 37 percent of likely U.S. voters believe the government should mandate that every American have health insurance, down four percentage points from its previous poll and the lowest level of support since December 2013. In addition 52 percent of Americans now oppose government-mandated health insurance, the highest it has been since that December 2013 poll.

U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer’s decision back on September 9 to allow the House Republicans’ lawsuit against President Obama to go forward should bring comfort to that majority of Americans who,

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“Operation Car Wash” is Sinking Petrobras, and Brazil as well

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 28, 2015:  

Like flies attracted to honey, Brazilian politicians saw their opportunities and took them. Initially a money laundering investigation in Brazil focused on just one company, a manufacturer of electronic components that was being used by a criminal ring to hide and whitewash its illegal gains. The owner, Hermes Magnus, apparently discovered the activity back in 2008 and notified local police.

By March 2014 the investigation had spread to more than 230 individuals, including

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House Speaker John Boehner to Step Down, Leave Congress

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, September 25, 2015:  

House Speaker John Boehner — second in the line of succession to the presidency — announced through an aide Friday morning that, effective the end of October, he would resign his position as speaker of the House and vacate his seat in Congress. Said the aide:

The speaker believes [that] putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution.


He is proud of what this majority has accomplished, and his speakership, but for the good of the Republican Conference and the institution, he will resign the speakership and his seat in Congress, effective October 30.

When Senator Marco Rubio (R–Fla.) told attendees at the Values Voter Summit of Boehner’s decision, the crowd erupted with cheers and claps.

Boehner had originally planned to leave the post in 2014, but the surprise upset of Eric Cantor, then serving as the House Majority Leader, in the primary in June caused him to “recalculate” that decision.

Long challenged and chastised for taking positions that weren’t supported by conservatives in the House, Boehner initially became speaker in 2011 with a unanimous vote, but he was only narrowly reelected in 2013, as disenchantment with his willingness to compromise with Democrats and the White House became more and more obvious.

His votes for the Trade Promotion Authority (TPP) and the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) were just two of many sour notes on his voting record

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Putting the Shuck on the Rubes: Today’s Letter from John Boehner

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 25, 2015:  

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U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Speaker of the House John Boehner

The very day that John Boehner announced his resignation as Speaker of the House and his intention to vacate his seat, his fund-raising letter arrived in the mail. It positively dripped with sincerity:

This past January I was sworn in as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and I reaffirmed my promise to continue leading our Republican House Majority in listening to you and following your will.

Whatever problems there might be in Washington, they’re all the Democrats’ fault:

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China Demands High-level Silicon Valley Attendees at Seattle Conference

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, September 24, 2015:  

The Chinese invitation extended to senior executives at major Silicon Valley firms was no invitation but a command: Be there, or lose any chance to exploit business opportunities in China.

The annual Seattle conference in the past has been primarily directed to midlevel management at companies such as Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook. But this year, taking advantage of China’s President Xi Jinping’s planned visit with President Obama, the date of the conference was moved up, and the invitation/command was extended to the senior executive officers. The carrot offered was a presentation by Xi himself.

The threat was reiterated, for anyone who didn’t get the message, in an interview the Wall Street Journal did with Xi:

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The Consequences of Sleeping with the Enemy


Xi Jinping 习近平

Xi Jinping

When Roger Ebert reviewed the film Sleeping with the Enemy upon its release in 1991, he called it “a slasher movie in disguise, an up-market version of the old exploitation formula where the victim can run, but she can’t hide.”

When the Chinese government invited top executives from 15 Silicon Valley companies to attend its annual Seattle conference, those executives most likely didn’t consider themselves victims, but honored guests. They would shortly learn their error:

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Pope, Others Call for Addressing Climate Change Now

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 23, 2015:  

It didn’t take the Pope long to bring his message about the threat of climate change back into the news. Speaking at the White House on Wednesday morning, the pontiff, who apparently views carbon dioxide as a pollutant causing runaway global warming, said:

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Latest Poll Rejects Republican Politicians, Favors Newcomers in Presidential Field

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, September 23, 2015: 

One had to read well into CNN’s latest poll on the Republican contenders to discover a startling fact: Republicans, for the first time in memory, are rejecting Republican politicians en masse in favor of three who never have held political office. Here are the numbers from last week: Trump: 24 percent; Fiorina: 15 percent; Carson: 14 percent.

Much ado was made over Fiorina’s leapfrogging over Carson, and Trump’s fading by eight percentage points. But, deep into the report was this: “In a jam-packed GOP presidential field, the leading candidates are the only ones who have never held political office.” Here’s the math: those three are favored by 53 percent of Republican voters polled, leaving the remainder with the crumbs.

Gary North, an observer of the political scene ever since he worked as an assistant to Congressman Ron Paul in his Washington office in 1976, has never seen anything like it. In his members-only newsletter, North wrote:

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Scott Walker Calls It a Day, Ends His Campaign

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 22, 2015: 

English: Scott Walker, 45th Governor of Wisconsin

On Monday Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, called it quits in his effort to gain the party’s nomination for president:

Today, I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of the field. With this in mind, I will suspend my campaign immediately.

He then took a shot at the current frontrunner without mentioning Trump’s name:

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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.

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