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

Oil Market: Lower Gas Prices not the Only Reason to be Thankful

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2014:

When news from Vienna arrived on Wall Street early Thanksgiving morning that OPEC wasn’t going to cut its production quotas to stabilize crude oil prices, those prices immediately fell even further, touching lows not seen in four years. West Texas Intermediate briefly touched $70 a barrel while Brent crude was close behind, at $73.

Oil hit a high of $147 a barrel in July 2008, so Thursday’s drop represents an astonishing 52-percent decline in just over six years. This coincides with an 80-percent increase in crude oil production by the United States over that same period. As economies around the world struggle to regain their footing, thanks to failing Keynesian policies, the demand for crude remains about where it was 10 years ago. With flat demand and increasing supply, it was only a matter of time before prices started to fall.

American consumers are benefitting enormously,

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Ferguson: Grand Jury Does Not Indict Officer Wilson in Brown Case

This article was published by TheNewAmerican.com late Monday night, November 24, 2014, following the grand jury’s announcement:

The Ferguson grand jury turned down all five potential charges brought against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson (shown), with none of them being persuasive enough to garner the nine votes necessary to indict him from the 12-member grand jury.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, heavily criticized for having close ties to law enforcement and therefore allegedly biased in favor of Wilson, announced the decision Monday night in a carefully crafted 20-minute statement designed to defuse nearly all of the potential charges that might be brought against his handling of the grand jury investigation. In the question-and-answer period following his presentation, it was clear that reporters who had already prejudged the verdict had been disarmed by McCulloch’s remarks.

Even President Obama, weighing in immediately following the verdict’s announcement, was hard-pressed to do much more than claim that

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Grand Jury Likely to Declare Officer Wilson Innocent; Conflagration to Follow

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, November 24, 2014:

To no one’s surprise, Rasmussen reported on Friday that fewer than 1 in 4 Americans think Officer Darren Wilson is guilty of the murder of Michael Brown. Almost twice as many think Wilson acted in self-defense on August 9 when he shot Brown during an altercation on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.

Dean Obeidallah is certain Wilson will get off. Writing at the Daily Beast, Obeidallah, a former lawyer and now political commentator, looked carefully at a Missouri statute that will exonerate Wilson and concluded that he will walk. He wrote:

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Blowback Against Washington State’s Anti-gun Initiative Just Beginning

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, November 21, 2014:

Despite opposition from individual gun owners, Washington State sheriffs, the state’s Republican Party, and the National Rifle Association, Initiative 594 passed easily on Tuesday, November 4, by 59 percent to 41 percent, with Bloomberg’s money promoting myths about it.

This makes Washington the seventh state (along with the District of Columbia) to require universal background checks not only on all sales of firearms but on “transfers” as well, even between friends. Washington is the first state to pass such restrictions through a citizen-driven initiative.

Largely unknown to voters, the complex 18-page initiative also greatly expands the state’s handgun registration program, with every sale or transfer of a handgun resulting in

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Israel Considering Relaxing Gun Laws Following Synagogue Attack

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, November 19, 2014: 

Following the horrific attack by two Palestinians on unarmed worshipers at a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, Israel’s public security minister, Yitzhak Aharonovitch, vowed to ease restrictions on carrying firearms for self-defense. The attack by the Palestinian cousins who wielded knives and a gun resulted in four deaths and eight seriously wounded. Police who arrived at the scene killed the attackers but only after the innocents had been slashed, shot, and murdered.

Aharonovitch announced other measures as well, including

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Barack Obama, Bassem Masri, and the Impending Ferguson Riots

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 19, 2014:

In a remarkable revelation, J.E. Dyer, writing for Liberty Unyielding, posted Bassem Masri’s tweets showing not only his invitation to participate in a Justice Department meeting over the tinder box of Ferguson, Missouri, but also its support of the impending firestorm there that will follow the grand jury’s decision.

On November 6, Masri tweeted:

Department of Justice called me yesterday invited me2a meeting today at 6pm on Police Reform want2 hear my ideas….

Later that same day Masri added:

DOJ has appointed a few of us2reform the police in the entire region that should resonate nationwide thats the director intentions….

And then he added the damning comment:

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Missouri Governor Declares State of Emergency

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, November 18, 2014:

On Monday afternoon, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (shown) declared a state of emergency for the entire state to prepare for the anticipated reaction to the expected jury decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson after Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown. Nixon explained why he issued his executive order:

There is the possibility of expanded unrest; and … The State of Missouri will be prepared to appropriately respond to any reaction of [the grand jury’s] announcements; and… Our citizens and businesses must be protected from violence and damage, Therefore … I do hereby declare a State of Emergency exists in the State in Missouri.

Under that order he created a “Unified Command” consisting of

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Pressure Building to Repeal Two Laws Keeping Oil and Gas Prices High

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 17, 2014:

Senator Lisa Murkowski

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski

Alaskan Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, soon to chair the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, is already setting the table for a serious conversation about getting rid of at least one archaic law dating back to the mid-1970s: the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975.

That law bans the export of crude oil (with some minor exceptions) and could endanger the oil shale boom as a result. Said Murkowski:

The price American drivers pay for gasoline at their local station is linked to the price of oil set by the global market.

 

Exporting U.S. oil to our friends and allies will not raise gasoline prices here at home and should, in fact, help drive down prices.

As the price of crude oil drops, it increases the chances that smaller marginal crude oil producers will be forced to close unless they are allowed to find buyers outside the United States willing to pay more for their product. One of the bottlenecks has already been opened:

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The President is Rapidly Becoming Irrelevant

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, November 17, 2014:

Matthew Dowd, George W. Bush’s campaign strategist, saw it coming almost a month before the midterms, telling ABC News on September 15th that the president is “fast becoming irrelevant in Washington” and noting further that Obama was at precisely the same point George Bush was in 2005:

That point in time it was basically the beginning of the end of President Bush’s presidency.

 

I think the president [Obama] is a very big fan of history. He watched that go on with [Bush]. Unless the president changes his trajectory, he is on the road to irrelevancy.

He hasn’t, and he is. The Baltimore Sun used the “R” word (relevance) in its review of the demolition of the Democrats on November 4th:

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House Votes to Approve Keystone, for Ninth Time

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 17, 2014:

Keystone XL demonstration, White House,8-23-20...

Keystone XL demonstration

In the first major vote in the House during the current lame duck session, on Friday a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline passed by a vote of 252-161. In an ironic twist, the bill — the ninth one approving Keystone — was sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy, the Louisiana Republican facing Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu in a runoff election on December 6. Landrieu has been moving heaven and earth in the Senate to approve Keystone in an attempt to salvage her career.

Said Cassidy:

Here we are on the ninth attempt. It has been 539 days, about a year and a half, since the House first sent a Keystone approval bill to the Senate in this Congress. We are going to make it as easy as possible for the Senate to finally get a bill to president’s desk.

And there it will die, if it makes it that far, as President Obama has repeatedly stated. Which raises the question:

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Obama Offers Extended Visas to Chinese at APEC Summit

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, November 13, 2014:

In an effort to shore up his shrinking political influence following the shellacking the Democrat Party took in last week’s midterm elections, President Obama offered a modest bouquet to China’s “paramount leader” at the opening of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing on Monday. He touted the tentative agreement he and China’s President Xi Jinping had come to concerning visas issued by each country.

As of November 12th, the United States will start granting visas to Chinese visitors that are valid for up to 10 years instead of just one. That this was just an opening bid in the game populated by card sharks was clear from Obama’s initial remarks:

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Colorado State House Candidate Receives no Help from GOP, Destroys Democrat Opponent Anyway

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 12, 2014:

English: Great Seal of the State of Colorado

Great Seal of the State of Colorado

Gordon Klingenschmitt, the Navy Chaplain who was fired for praying in Jesus’ name while wearing his uniform, is used to abuse. He had to withstand attacks from the far-left LGBT gang and a complete and utter lack of support from establishment Republicans in Colorado.

But it didn’t matter. Relying on volunteers and modest financial support from friends and supporters, Klingenschmitt blew away his Democrat opponent in last Tuesday’s mid-term election, 70 percent to 30 percent, and will be sworn in as Colorado House District 15’s representative in January.

A modest, humble, and unimpressive-looking man, Klingenschmitt revealed his true character when confronted with Navy rules that abrogated his First Amendment rights. He chose the latter, and paid the price,

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New Colorado State Rep. Infuriates Establishment

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, November 11, 2014:

Insignia of the United States Navy Chaplain Corps.

Insignia of the United States Navy Chaplain Corps.

Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain and host of his own TV show, Pray In Jesus’ Name, rolled over his Democrat opponent last week in Colorado’s District 15 race 70-30. Klingenschmitt, referred to by friends as “Chaps,” celebrated his victory by supporting everyone’s right to an opinion even if he doesn’t agree with it:

I owe a great debt to our volunteers and donors, and I am humbled by the voters’ support.

 

As perhaps the only ordained minister elected to our state Republican caucus, I will work hard to represent all [the] people of my district, regardless of political or religious belief.

 

As a Chaplain, veteran and PhD in Theology, I will defend everybody’s First Amendment rights.

Klingenschmitt was probably thinking specifically of the right of the Colorado GOP to distance itself from his campaign, both financially and ideologically. GOP Chairman Ryan Call had told the Denver Post,

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The UN Arms Control Treaty Meets the Gallup Poll

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, November 10, 2014:

John Lott

John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime

Last Friday, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs announced that its totalitarian Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will become effective on Christmas Eve. The good news is that the treaty has no chance of being ratified by either the lame duck Senate this year or the 114th Senate next year.

Its terms are positively evil:

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Judge Approves Detroit’s “Grand Bargain” to End Bankruptcy

 

English: City seal of Detroit, Michigan.

City seal of Detroit, Michigan.

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 10, 2014:

 

 

The party began immediately after bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes approved the plan to get Detroit out of bankruptcy last Friday. Rod Meloni, a local journalist who has been following Detroit’s woes from the beginning, was there:

There was nothing short of a party atmosphere around the federal courthouse….

Attorneys hugged, shook hands, slapped backs, promised to get together soon and said goodbye.

The only thing missing was the signing of yearbooks!

This was evidence of the rule that no matter who takes a haircut in a bankruptcy, the attorneys always get paid first, one hundred cents on the dollar. As of October 2013, those fees had mounted to

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West Virginia a Microcosm of the National Republican Sweep

English: Official Congressional portrait of Co...

English: Official Congressional portrait of Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, November 7, 2014:

For the first time since the policies of Republican President Herbert Hoover so enraged West Virginia voters that the state shifted to the Democrats, newly enraged voters there have tossed the Democrats out in favor of the Republicans. While the shift was seismic when it comes to party labels, in political ideology, not so much, but an improvement nonetheless.

The first observation from West Virginia, when viewed as a microcosm of the national election on Tuesday, is the power of an enraged electorate in determining political outcomes.

Before the election, Republicans in the state’s House of Representatives trailed Democrats by six seats. After the election, Republicans now hold a 30-seat majority, a monumental shift of 36 seats.

In the state Senate, the shift was just as remarkable.

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Harry Reid’s Final Infliction

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, November 7, 2014:

Criticisms of Harry Reid fill one-and-a-half pages of his own Wikipedia entry. Imagine how many others he failed to mention. He earmarked funds to build a bridge close to land that he owned while calling it “incredibly good news for Nevada.” He failed to note that it was also incredibly profitable for himself.

He used campaign funds to buy Christmas gifts for the staff at the condominium where he lives. He pressured regulatory agencies to promote the business interests of one of his business partners, Harvey Whittemore, who also just happened to be a major campaign contributor.

And so on.

His final infliction on the American people is likely to take place over the next couple of months

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The Dangers Lurking in the Upcoming Lame Duck Congress

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, October 6, 2014:

In anticipation of the Republican sweep in the elections on Tuesday, Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in September warning him not to offer any significant legislation during the lame duck session following the elections. Knowing Reid, they presumed the worst from him:

Presumably, a lame duck session would be used [by you] to try to pass partisan, unpopular bills in November or December that might be indefensible before the … election….

 

Deliberately planning to reconvene the Senate in a lame-duck session to address major new legislation would subvert the will of the American people, lessen accountability and do lasting damage to the dignity and integrity of this body’s proceedings.

Libertarian economist Donald Boudreaux no doubt thinks Lee and Cruz have understated the danger:

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GOP Midterm Victories: The GOP’s Plan and Path

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, November 5, 2014:

Thanks to a groundswell of unhappiness over the economy, healthcare, a porous southern border, and increasing distrust of government in general, Republicans who were swept into office run the risk of thinking that Tuesday’s nearly complete sweep was a vote for them and their policies. As the Wall Street Journal noted, “Many voters said they cast [their] ballots more in opposition to one candidate than [in] support for the other.” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, got it right: “The president took a beating last night!”

Republicans used the president’s increasing unpopularity to connect their opponents’ support for his policies like a millstone, dragging them down to defeat. This marks two mid-term defeats that, according to the Journal, “rank among the

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51 OECD Countries Sign Tax Evasion Treaty

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 3, 2014: 

Last Wednesday’s agreement among 51 countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Berlin to share tax information across borders in a continuing effort to crack down on tax evasion was announced with great excitement but precious little logic.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told the group at a meeting entitled the “Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes” that the agreement is “a joint contribution to more transparency and fairness in our globalized 21st century.” Britain’s Finance Minister George Osborne added, “Tax evasion is not just illegal, it is immoral. You are robbing from your fellow citizens and you should be treated like a common thief.” Said Osborne, the new treaty “strikes a blow on behalf of hard-working taxpayers.”

A careful look reveals that the new treaty in fact is designed to benefit tax collectors, not taxpayers.

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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.