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-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: 2012 Elections

Baseball and the Electoral College

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Montage of Mazeroski’s 1960 World Series winning home run (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Monday night I enjoyed a presentation by Rick Green on “Understanding the Constitution” using Mike Holler’s workbook, “The Constitution Made Easy.” Rick is affiliated with Wallbuilders, founded by David Barton. I was happy to see about 50 people in attendance, thanks to the efforts of local freedom fighter Michelle Morin.

Rick related the story of the 1960 World Series (he is a rabid baseball fan) to explain why we have an Electoral College and why getting rid of it would be an unmitigated disaster. In that series, which wasn’t decided until late in the seventh game, the Yankees scored 55 runs to the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ 27 – two-to-one – and yet they lost the series, four games to three.

The series was notable for several reasons: It was Casey Stengel‘s last World Series (he said, “I’ll never make the mistake of turning 70 again.”) claiming that

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Can Obama Postpone the Election?

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

Can Obama postpone the election? Rush Limbaugh thinks he just might try, using Hurricane Sandy as an excuse. Limbaugh quoted articles appearing in Slate, Politico and The Atlantic urging the president to postpone the election. Here’s what Alex Guillen wrote in Politico:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is preparing for Hurricane Sandy to  disrupt next week’s elections, agency Administrator Craig Fugate said Monday  afternoon.

“We are anticipating that, based on the storm, there could be impacts that  would linger into next week and have impacts on the federal election,” Fugate  said on a conference call with reporters.

Limbaugh’s reaction:

Really? How’s FEMA preparing for Hurricane Sandy to disrupt the elections?

What’s FEMA got to do with it? FEMA doesn’t have anything to do with this. ‘We are anticipating that, based on the storm, there could be impacts that would linger into next week and have impacts on the federal election,’ said Craig Fugate, the FEMA administrator.

He can ‘anticipate’ all he wants, but FEMA’s got nothing to say about this. Congress sets the date of election. The states have to get their re-elects in by the middle of December. They’ve got 34 days to have their electors vote. States don’t set the Election Day; the Congress does.

According to Politico:

Federal law requires presidential elections to be held on the  Tuesday after the first Monday in November, but it also provides that if a state “has failed to make a choice on the  day prescribed by law, the electors may be appointed on a subsequent day in such  a manner as the legislature of such State may direct.”

As far as postponing the election, it’s far from clear who can decide, and under what authority:

“Whether the election can be postponed or not is a legal black hole,” said Adam  Winkler, a law professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. “There’s very little precedent for such an act.”

In case of emergencies that threaten to disrupt voting, the federal Election Assistance Commission advises state election officials to “review existing State  law to determine if the Governor has the power to cancel an election or  designate alternative methods for distribution of ballots.”

In any event, Limbaugh appears to be right: President Obama himself couldn’t postpone the election. Unless, of course, he creates another Executive Order.

Political Problems for the Final Jobs Report

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Obama sick and tired of someone dawdling about jobs? (Photo credit: porchlife)

On Monday the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said it was doing everything it could to make sure that Friday’s jobs report – the last one before the election – would come out on time, despite Hurricane Sandy.

The BLS is still smarting from attacks over its last report which showed an increase of 114,000 jobs in August, and a consequent drop in the unemployment rate from 8.1% to 7.8%. This was just too convenient to many observers. Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, tweeted “Unbelievable jobs numbers…these Chicago guys will do anything…can’t debate so change numbers.” Welch was referring to the volatility of the month-to-month reports from the BLS and the clear suspicion that, under the influence of his Chicago network (see Trevor Loudon’s Barack Obama and the Enemies Within) Obama was manipulating the numbers to offset his

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Obama’s Coattails are Shrinking

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It was OK in 2008 to hitch your wagon (if you were a Democrat) to Obama’s star and ride his momentum into office. Today? Not so much. Writing in the Washington Times, David Sherfinski says that, downstream, those same Democrats are putting some distance from Obama this time around:

President Obama’s hope-and-change coalition powered his party to wins up and  down the ticket in 2008, but the campaign this year has taken on a far more  self-serving focus, as both Mr. Obama’s  campaign and his fellow Democrats see benefits in keeping their space from each  other.

In Arizona, Richard Carmona, a Democrat, is running against Rep. Jeff Flake, and is happy to see that Obama is otherwise occupied and not

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America Has Always Been Deeply Divided

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Voting (Photo credit: League of Women Voters of California)

George Friedman, writing for Stratfor’s Geopolitical Weekly, puts the humbug into next Tuesday’s doings:

Many say that the country has never been as deeply divided. In discussing the debates last week, I noted how this year’s campaign is far from the most bitter and vitriolic. It might therefore be useful also to consider that while the electorate at the moment appears evenly and deeply divided, unlike what many say, that does not reveal deep divisions in our society…

Surprisingly, most elections over the last two hundred years have been close. Only four presidents over that span won with

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How Many “Fiscal Cliff” Scenarios Are There?

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Car off cliff sign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In his blog at MarketWatch over the weekend, Robert Schroeder reviewed five possible outcomes to the challenge of the “fiscal cliff” and concluded that only one was truly catastrophic:

Simply letting the Bush-era income tax cuts expire and allowing billions of dollars of spending cuts to kick in would actually be the easiest thing to do, inasmuch as that would amount to following the law.

Despite my cynicism about Congress always taking the path of least resistance, I agree with Schroeder that this isn’t going to happen. Too many conflicting interests are invested in that outcome. Such action would suck $600 billion (or more, depending on who does the calculating) out of the economy, about 4% of GDP. With the economy only growing at 2%, it’s easy to conclude that the economy would “go negative”, pushing us back into recession. And Congress can’t stand the heat if that happens. It also violates the pledge that many in the House and some in the Senate have signed not to raise taxes. Letting the Bush tax cuts expire is

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Hurricane Sandy Gives Obama an Excuse to Exercise Presidential Prowess

The latest from the Washington Times spells out just how large Sandy is:

Sandy was headed north from the Caribbean, where it killed more than five dozen  people, and was expected to hook west toward the mid-Atlantic coast and come  ashore late Monday or early Tuesday, most likely in New Jersey, colliding with a  storm moving in from the west and cold air streaming down from the Arctic. The  series of events has created a potentially devastating mix that could affect the  lives of 50 million people from the East Coast to the Great Lakes, forecasters said.

It was Rahm Emanuel who, early in the Obama administration, uttered these chilling words: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” And thus was unleashed the storm of totalitarianism that has flooded the halls of Congress and the main streets of America ever since.

Now that Hurricane Sandy has shut down the stock market and a large part of the economy along the East Coast, Obama is wasting no time: 

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Can We Expect a Carbon Tax from Romney?

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Carbon Tax = SCAM (Photo credit: peace chicken)

In a cogent, persuasive and biting article at Forbes magazine, Marlo Lewis shows that Republican establishment Romney and his Republican establishment friends and advisors want to blur [further, if that’s possible] any distinction between Democrats and Republicans. This will resolve, once and for all, any doubts that the parties are two wings of the same bird of prey.

The issue is “carbon tax.” Explains Lewis:

GOP advocacy of carbon taxes would destroy much of the product differentiation that gives people a reason to vote Republican. The GOP’s first and foremost product differentiator is its reputation as the party that won’t raise taxes. In addition, Gov. Romney and the House Republicans are committed to developing North America’s vast reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas. Consequently, voters have a clear choice between a GOP that is pro-energy and anti-tax and a Democratic Party that is pro-tax and anti-energy. Advocacy of a massive new energy tax would instantly devalue the GOP’s brand name and blur the battle lines.

Let’s review: a carbon tax is a Pigovian tax which is to say: it’s a tax applied to a free market activity that generates (what some say are) negative “externalities,” such as carbon dioxide. Such a tax is designed to correct and balance (and restrict) the use of (in this case) coal.

Lewis explains the impact such a tax would have much better than I can:

Carbon dioxide emissions come from energy use, and energy is the key factor that makes modern economies so much more productive than pre-industrial societies. Taxing CO2 imposes a price penalty on the fuels that supply 83 percent of U.S. energy. The higher the tax, the greater the burden placed on mining, manufacturing, agriculture, transport and data services.

As economist David Kreutzer explains, “Whether CO2 is restricted by levying a tax, imposing caps, or by mandating regulations, the associated energy cuts will lead to lost economic activity. The resulting losses in national income will be similar for different approaches even though regulation may not generate government revenues.”

So, in the name of the environment, one of Obama’s chief goals – slowing further the American economic engine – is accomplished. And the Republicans are now

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Layoffs Hit New High

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Bloomberg’s Chris Burritt reviewed the carnage on Wednesday: Ford is closing a car-assembly plant (the first one in ten years for the car-maker, with rumors of a second closing in early 2013), while Dow Chemical, DuPont and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) have laid off 5,500 workers since the first of the year. Since September 1st, North American companies have announced plans to lay off 62,600 more. According to Bloomberg, total firings this year amount to 158,000, 30,000 more than in the same period last year.

That doesn’t sound like economic growth to me.

He quotes Janna Sampson, an investment manager with $3 billion under management:

Companies are saying, “Let’s not build up inventories, let’s be lean and mean until we know until we have a better idea of what 2013 is going to look like. There is a fear now as companies see that the economic recovery is not picking up.”

Third quarter earnings reports aren’t doing well, either. Out of the 204 companies in the S&P top 500 that have reported so far, 120 of them have reported

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Rasmussen Reports Reflect Romney Surge

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Mitt Romney at Caster Concepts (Photo credit: davelawrence8)

Yesterday’s reports from Rasmussen was quite encouraging, if you’re a Romney/Republican fan and are concerned about the depth and breadth of the Romney surge that even the Downstream Media are now being forced to admit.

Here we go:

  1. Who won the debates? 49% say Romney, 41% say Obama.
  2. Arizona Senate: Flake, the Republican: 50%, Carmona, the Democrat: 44%
  3. Nevada Senate: Heller, the Republican: 50%, Berkley, the Democrat: 45%
  4. Swing state tracking: Romney: 50%, Obama: 47%
  5. North Dakota Governor’s race: Dalrymple, the Republican: 53%, Taylor, the Democrat: 39%
  6. Affluent suburbs are moving in Romney’s direction

And on Friday, Rasmussen is putting Wisconsin, a state that Obama won by 14% in 2008, as too close to call: Obama leads by 2%, within the margin of error. And the momentum for Romney continues to build.

The election could be a split decision, according to Rasmussen, with the popular vote going to Romney, but

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Democrats Hate the Second Amendment

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Need proof? This comes directly from the Democrat Party platform:

Firearms

We recognize that the individual right to bear arms is an important part of the American tradition, and we will preserve Americans’ Second Amendment right to own and use firearms.

We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation.

We understand the terrible consequences of gun violence; it serves as a reminder that life is fragile, and our time here is limited and precious. We believe in an honest, open national conversation about firearms.

We can focus on effective enforcement of existing laws, especially strengthening our background check system, and we can work together to enact commonsense improvements–like reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole–so that guns do not fall into the hands of those irresponsible, law-breaking few. (my emphasis)

The intent and purpose are obvious: anything that looks like a military assault weapon, even if it is more accurately described as semi-automatic, is subject to ban, including

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Why I’m Not Voting for Mitt Romney

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Mormons (Photo credit: More Good Foundation)

Something happened back in the fall of 1967 that altered my life immediately and eternally. Since I am the world’s foremost expert on what happened to me, this is my story:

I was 27 years old, married (to my beloved Mary) with two kids and a mortgage. It was a Saturday morning and I was working in my garage when two bright shiny nice looking young men showed up and said: “We bring you greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Now at the time I was a life insurance salesman and I’d never heard an opening statement like that! It got my attention. Then they asked: “Where will you be spending your life in eternity?”

Well, I was deeply concerned about where I was going to spending the next month if I didn’t make the mortgage payment this month, and consequently had given little thought to eternity, to be honest with you.

I invited them in to the house where they began to teach me what I needed to know in order to join the Mormon church. There was a twelve-week lesson plan, with homework. It sounded attractive, with a shiny well-crafted program guide for newbies, and so I

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Billy Graham Endorses Mitt Romney, Sort Of

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Billy Graham “Just Say No” (Photo credit: Dean Terry)

In his political pilgrimage to see evangelist Billy Graham and attempt to secure his endorsement, Mitt Romney traveled to Montreat, North Carolina on October 11th to visit the aging and declining Graham. The statement issued by Graham following the meeting had just enough in it to make it sound like an endorsement:

It was an honor to meet and host Gov. Romney in my home today, especially since I knew his late father former Michigan Gov. George Romney, whom I considered a friend.

I have followed Mitt Romney’s career in business, the Olympic Games, as governor of Massachusetts and, of course, as a candidate for president of the United States. What impresses me even more than Gov. Romney’s successful career are his values and strong moral convictions. I appreciate his faithful commitment to his impressive family, particularly his wife Ann of 43 years and his five married sons.

It was a privilege to pray with Gov. Romney—for his family and our country. I will turn 94 the day after the upcoming election, and I believe America is at a crossroads. I hope millions of Americans will join me in praying for our nation and to vote for candidates who will support the biblical definition of marriage, protect the sanctity of life and defend our religious freedoms.

Of course this is what Romney wanted: just enough of an endorsement to push those few remaining undecideds who still think religious values have some meaning in secular America to his side on November 6th.

The only problem with this whole charade of course, is that

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The Battle for the Senate is Not Going Well

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Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings of John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Scott Rasmussen’s “Political Commentary” on Friday, he expressed his opinion, based on his own polls, that the GOP would not gain control of the Senate. Earlier this looked very do-able, with so many vulnerable Democrat seats available for the taking. But now? Not so much:

When 2012 began, the presidential race looked too close to call, but most analysts thought the Republicans had a good chance to win control of the Senate. The numbers were just too daunting for the Democrats. They had too many seats to defend and too many vulnerable incumbents.

Now, 10 months later, the race for the White House remains very close. But as Mitt Romney’s prospects have improved in recent weeks, it is the Democrats who are favored to end up controlling the Senate.

I have been watching the Senate races with rather more than passing interest, primarily because of the likelihood that whoever wins the presidency will have the opportunity to appoint some Supreme Court justices with “the advise and consent” [see Article II, Section 2] of the Senate. It’s the Senate Judiciary Committee that

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What’s Missing from the Debates?

I do not like thee, Doctor Fell

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Once you get through his sarcasm and occasionally funny caricatures of Romney and Obama as Alpha Males in a Cage, Jerry Bowyer makes some very good points.

But let’s start with this:

Setting aside the nostrum that this election is unique in modern times and probably the most important of our lifetimes, a trope which is repeated every four years, what you and I saw on Tuesday had almost nothing to do with genuine philosophical differences. This was not Cato vs. Caesar, Adams vs. Jefferson, or even Lincoln vs. Douglas. This was incumbent alpha vs. challenge alpha in a chest thumping display of dyadic conflict designed to determine who will occupy the top position in a dominance hierarchy.

The first debate was all Romney as the

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Libya Coverup Pours Gasoline on Obama’s Funeral Pyre

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Judge Andrew Napolitano has, bless his soul, added to our understanding of what happened in Libya on September 11th. And it adds considerably to the evidence that Obama is corrupt, and that he has surrounded himself with similar types.

Initially Obama (his state department, intelligence network, etc.) blamed the attack on our ambassador and the other three staffers who were murdered on a group of unruly, undisciplined thugs who were upset over the showing of a YouTube video about their prophet Mohammed.

This was a deliberate coverup, says Napolitano:

The clip shows actors in dubbed voices portraying the prophet Mohammed and  others in an unflattering light. The Obama  administration seized upon the temporary prevalence of this clip to explain the assault on the consulate. Indeed, the administration sent U.N.  Ambassador Susan Rice to represent it on five  Sunday morning TV talk shows on September 16th, to make the claim that the  attack on the consulate was a spontaneous  reaction to the YouTube clip, that it could not  have been anticipated, and that the perpetrators were ordinary Libyans angry at  the freedom moviemakers in America enjoy.

Soon, U.S. intelligence reports were  leaked that revealed that the intelligence community knew the attack was not as  described by Ms. Rice…

The Obama administration has publicly  rejected the intelligence leaks and insisted as recently as last week during the  vice presidential debate that “we” did not know the assault was an act of  terrorism against American personnel and property.

The “we” was uttered by the imbecile Biden, and rejected by

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Tax Cuts for the Rich or Tax Relief?

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It’s all about how you frame the question, isn’t it? The issue appears to be tax cuts for the rich: should we or shouldn’t we? By framing the question that way, discussion is limited. By re-framing the question, it changes the answers. Thanks to Investors Business Daily for pointing this out.

President Obama warned that GOP hopeful Mitt Romney’s proposed income-tax  cuts will “cost” the government revenue and repeat Bush policies that he says  blew up the deficit.

“The centerpiece of his economic plan are tax cuts,” Obama said at Tuesday’s  presidential debate in New York. “That’s what took us from surplus to deficit.”

The mantra from the Obama camp is annoyingly repetitive and consistently wrong:

The Obama camp has strenuously opposed Romney’s pro-growth strategy, arguing  that tax breaks, especially for the wealthy, “rob” programs for the middle class  and poor because they don’t raise revenues and don’t “pay for themselves.”

“It has never been done before,” Vice President Joe Biden insisted in last week’s debate with Romney running-mate Paul Ryan.

But history has shown that when entrepreneurs are allowed “relief” – to keep more of what they earn – they earn more. What a surprise!

The historical tables in the back of the latest “Economic Report of the  President” show that the Bush tax cuts generated more, not less, federal  revenues — a phenomenon that also held true for Presidents Clinton, Reagan and  Kennedy.

All four leaders, two Republicans and two Democrats, slashed taxes for top  individual earners or investors. And once these rate reductions took effect and  began stimulating economic activity, record individual income-tax receipts  poured into the U.S. Treasury.
A great example is what happened when President Kennedy, against the advice of his Keynesian advisors, cut tax rates on

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The Second Presidential Debate: Duel of the Dunces

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made in china (Photo credit: mandiberg)

I didn’t watch the second presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Obama. I had something more important to do: ironing pillowcases and doing some laundry.

But my friend (I’ve never met him but I like him) Donald Boudreaux did. And he just had to write a letter to The Wall Street Journal to vent:

Yesterday’s presidential debate further exposed Messrs. Obama’s and Romney’s economic illiteracy (“China a Punching Bag in U.S. Presidential Debate,” Oct. 17).

Each man insists that America’s economy can be harmed by inexpensive imports – in other words, harmed by opportunities for voluntary exchanges that lower Americans’ cost of living.

He starts with Romney:

By promising to raise taxes on Americans who buy Chinese-made goods, Mr. Romney again promised to break his campaign promise to not raise taxes.  That he is unaware of the contradiction isn’t promising.

I must interject here: Romney is following the advice of

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Romney Widens Electoral College Lead Over Obama

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Obama vs. Romney 2012 (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

The forecast of the 2012 presidential election by Michael Berry and Kenneth Bicker, political science professors at the University of Colorado, that was released in August has been updated with more current economic information, and the result is the same: a Romney win as the economy continues to falter.

It takes 270 Electoral College votes to win the presidency, and Berry and Bicker are projecting that Governor Mitt Romney will win 330 of the 538 votes up for grabs in November, while President Obama will receive just 208, down from the 213 they predicted in August.

It’s the economy. The model developed by the two professors has an uncanny track record, correctly predicting each presidential election since 1980, often with startling accuracy. In their paper originally published in August by the American Political Science Association [APSA] along with 12 other studies, it differed in its predictive “model” by looking at two essential pieces of the economic puzzle: changes in real per capita income — that is, net, after-tax, spendable income — and unemployment rates. But their model doesn’t just rely on the national numbers provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which has been heavily criticized recently for its inexplicable drop in the unemployment rate while real jobs in the economy aren’t even reaching maintenance levels. It relies also on

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Wayne Allyn Root: Romney Will Win in a Walk

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Wayne Allyn Root (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wayne Allyn Root is the former Las Vegas oddsmaker with an uncanny record of calling the shots, both athletically and politically. Back in December, he predicted Romney would win the Republican nomination, and then would go on to win the presidency this November.

He also predicted the G.W. Bush victory in 2004 and that the GOP would get slaughtered in 2006. He also predicted a win for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in his recall election in June.

Now, he’s making his prediction in the November election crystal clear

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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.