I’ve seen the Promised Land. It so outraged me that I couldn’t write a review of it until I cooled down. It took me about an hour to cool down, and then I wrote this.
Gasland is even worse. How do I know?
When three Democrats said they were going to side with Republicans on two of the gun bills being debated in Denver, the Democrats pulled them, claiming victory. By pulling the bills that would have included a gun ban on campuses and another holding firearms owners liable for damages, Democrats claimed victory over those that were left: a restriction on ammunition magazine limits, and universal background checks.
Nothing was said about the Constitutional right to bear arms in Section 13 of the state Constitution, which, just for the record says:
The right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property … shall be called in question…
and precious little had to do with logic. Instead it was all about feelings. Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs)led the way:
Cleansing a sickness from our souls doesn’t come easy.
Mike Johnston (D-Denver) claimed these were “policy” questions, not constitutional ones:
What is before us is not a constitutional question but a policy question.
Mary Hodge (D-Adams County) said:
This bill is merely an attempt to reduce the slaughter.
But Ted Harvey (D-South Denver) took the prize. [Note: please see comments at the end of this article] When Amanda Collins said that if she had had a gun she would have been able to repel an attacker who raped her, Harvey replied:
What we’re trying to do here tonight is not protect ourselves from violent crime … but to protect students and teachers from feeling uncomfortable by you carrying a gun to protect yourself. (emphasis added)
I’m not making this up. You can click this link which will take you to a YouTube video of Harvey’s “explanation” – you’ll find it at the 1:30 point in the video.
Even Governor Hickenlooper is drinking from the same glass, claiming with a straight face that he supports all of the bills and will sign any that reach his desk, but
I’m not in any way an anti-gun person.
That’s really good to know, Governor, as guns don’t have feelings and we certainly wouldn’t want them to be offended, would we?
Note: Readers have asked me to review the Harvey video again, suggesting that I was misreading Harvey’s comments. I have done so and have concluded that I have done the man a disservice in making it appear that he was expressing his opinion about feelings when he was in fact apologizing to Amanda for others in the legislature who were more concerned about their constituents’ feelings than about her right to self defense. For that I apologize.
However, the intent of the article remains intact. Logic is rarely involved by those in the anti-gun camp. History means little to them. Well-founded arguments presented in opposition to their position are ignored, or ridiculed. Feelings are how they govern.
This girl’s in serious trouble. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) just attended a meeting with Fed chairman Ben Bernanke who gave her the inside scoop on the impact of the sequester and she was only too happy to tell us all about it:
Here is the link to the video that explains everything. It is clever, it is simple, it is devastating. No large numbers are involved. But the point is well made: this loser (us) is going to default on what he owes, or else pass the debt on to his kids. Guess what option he selects?
This remarkable young man gave a speech telling his audience how he did it. The video is 9 minutes long. He explains that he had an idea – an inspiration – and then
This is perfect. The governor of New York has, in his infinite wisdom, signed into law a bill restricting firearms magazines to seven rounds. So along comes a company that allows an owner of a 3D printer to
It was just a matter of time. Someone, somewhere, would see what the government is going, and create an app to keep it from happening.
Gallup’s “Confidence in Institutions” poll is quite revealing, especially since it shows how people have changed their thinking over time. It goes back to 1973, and several items stick out.
A 4-minute instructional video just released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), “Active Shooter Situation: Options for Consideration” is filled with numerous suggestions for people confronting an “active shooter” such as
As a response to Promised Land and Gasland, two scurrilous movies about the alleged dangers of fracking for natural gas, one of which I reviewed here, FrackNation was developed. It’s producer, Phelim McAleer, got annoyed with the obvious slant of these two movies, and
Dancing On The Debt Ceiling by Brianna C George (Photo credit: brianna.george)
The Conservative Action Project, chaired by former Attorney General Edwin Meese, sent a “Memo for the Movement” to House GOP leaders meeting in Williamsburg, urging them not to raise the debt ceiling unless cuts in government spending were included. More than 100 conservative leaders signed the memo, including Chris Chocola, President of the Club for Growth, Penny Nance, President of Concerned Women for America, and Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity.
It took just 518 days for deficit spending to reach the debt ceiling which was raised in the summer of 2011 midst acrimony and disagreement. That debt ceiling crisis was triggered in May, 2011, when the House voted down a “clean” debt ceiling bill – one without conditions – by a vote of 318 to 97. The Republicans wanted to use the debt ceiling issue as leverage to get the Obama administration to agree to spending cuts on entitlements (and no increases in taxes) to begin to close the deficit and to address the long-term issue of the country’s accelerating national debt. After two months of wrangling, a last-minute deal was reached and the
Aaron Swartz, a software prodigy and an internet freedom activist, was found dead in his New York City apartment on Friday, an apparent suicide at age 26.
Swartz had a brilliant mind and an activist spirit that lead him to create numerous breakthroughs in technology that allow internet users to
Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association (NRA), explained his delay in responding to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in Friday’s press conference that “Out of respect for those grieving families, and until the facts are known, the NRA has refrained from comment. While some have tried to exploit tragedy for political gain, we have remained respectfully silent.”
LaPierre then said:
They’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this. Now that the election is over, the real anti-gun politicians are showing their true colors, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who was endorsed by the National Rifle Association. In his speech on the Senate floor earlier this week, Reid said:
As President Obama said last night, no one law can erase evil. No policy can prevent a determined madman from committing a senseless act of violence, but we need to accept the reality that we are not doing enough to protect our citizens. In the coming days and weeks, we will engage in a meaningful conversation and thoughtful debate about how to change laws and culture that allow violence to grow.
It’s revealing that not only does he want to “change” the laws but also the culture. I wonder how he intends to do that?
Reid isn’t alone.
When I first learned of the shooting, I became angry: angry that such a horrid thing could happen, angry that it gave gun-grabbers another opportunity to wrest essential rights from the rest of us. Then I became frustrated that there is so little I could do, so little I could have done, to prevent such a tragedy.
I have not read anything more than the headlines. I have not read what other people think about the matter. So consider the following
English: at CPAC in . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It was brought to my attention yesterday that I’ve been perhaps too generous in my praise of Grover Norquist. the founder of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and the man responsible for getting huge numbers of Representatives and Senators to sign his Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Indeed I, like many others, have enjoying quoting his most favorite saying: “I’m not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.”
I also like what ATR stands for: it “opposes all tax increases as a matter of principle.” So if so many credible people over such a long period of time think Norquist is OK, then who am I to argue?
Except that I’ve discovered there’s more to the man than just what is published at Wikipedia, although that’s a good place to start. Wiki states that he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) about which I know more than the average bear, having read several exposes of it and have watched its influence expand over the past 40 years. I agree with those who consider the CFR the center of the Anglo-American establishment that Carroll Quigley has written about, as well as James Perloff.
Wiki also notes that Norquist founded something called the Islamic Free Market Institute where Wiki provides us with this chilling bit of information:
Lincoln (Photo credit: ehpien)
Suzanne Fields thinks every school child ought to rush out to see the latest Lincoln movie:
Every school child with enough smarts and curiosity to get beyond the latest video game of “Call of Duty” ought to go see “Lincoln,” the movie, and check out the references and his own attention span. It requires patience, but it shows through dramatic action how a self-taught rustic from the deep backwoods had the emotional and intellectual discipline to overcome poverty and grow up to be a president to rank among the greatest.
She even praises him while he’s riding through a battlefield filled with the corpses of young men who “died for freedom”:
The most poignant evocation of war shows Lincoln riding through a field of ripped and rotting corpses, and Lincoln takes off his stovepipe hat in homage to the dead, North and South and Americans all. This is not a hymn to “arms and the man” so much as a long mournful dirge played on the strings of banjos, fiddles and the keys of a parlor piano. It’s as gritty and earthbound as the America of Mark Twain.
Tom DiLorenzo takes a vastly different view, and he has done his homework. It’s too bad that Fields apparently isn’t aware of how slanted and disingenuous Spielberg’s movie really is. Here’s what DiLorenzo thinks about the movie. He
Like cosmetic surgery, or veterinarian services. Cato scholar Daniel Mitchell has found a video, 6 minutes long, that explains how surgeons are publishing their prices online so people can make more intelligent choices. It’s worth viewing:
He says it’s so powerful that he now refers skeptics to it rather than get into a long intellectual defense of the free market with them. And he says we should go and do likewise: “You should share this post with any and all fuzzy-headed friends and colleagues and tell them this is how smoothly the market would work if the government would simply get out of the way.”
Dr. Keith Smith, an anesthesiologist, co-founded the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, and decided to publish his rates online. For example, the center charges just $2,750 for a carpal tunnel syndrome surgery instead of some $7,400 charged by local hospitals. When a person is spending their own money, or using their HSA, they make better decisions. What a concept!
They’ve been posting their schedules online for three years. For June Wiskowski, using the local hospital would have cost her about $5,000 out of her pocket. But using the Surgery Center instead, she is able to use her HSA instead, meaning no out-of-pocket costs to her.
Conclusion: it is possible to offer high quality health care at – ready? – competitive free-market prices!
I liken the free market solution to providing health care to how we buy veterinarian services. Mary and I have a great dog, a LabraDoodle named Happy (which she is!). When she gets an ear infection, Mary takes her to the vet. The vet not only prescribes the medicine, but sells it to her while she is there – no waiting, no standing in line at the drug store, no “discount” cards, no prescription cards under Medicare. The vet gives her the bill which she pays when she leaves. Period. End of transaction.
Lord help us if the government ever decides that health care for pets is a human right that needs to be provided for by the government!
And well they might. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is running up huge deficits (sound familiar?) and making its employees nervous (again, does this sound familiar?). At least he’s willing to talk about it. Here’s the link to his latest video of pacification and explanation to those nervous employees:
He says “You will get paid.” If you’re a contractor, “you will get paid.” Why? “Because the mail must be delivered.”
He also thinks the long-run problem of chronic deficits will be solved. “We are working on it.” On what? On getting the federal government (I thought the USPS was a private corporation – isn’t that what we’ve been told? My bad.) to bail them out. He hopes that the lame duck session will do something before the end of the year, to keep those paychecks coming.
He wants to cut services – no Saturday deliveries. He wants “freedom” to add new services, new products that would fit into the present business “model”. The only problem is: the model is broken and can’t be fixed. How do we know? Because it’s a government agency and is not driven by the profit-making model. It’s clueless, by design. It can’t know if it’s working without the free market telling him it’s working, or not.
So he’s going to punt the issue to Washington: the ultimate bailout strategy. Until Washington runs out of money.
The official emblem of the European Parliament. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Anthony Wile is at it again. While most were caught up in the national election and the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy and General Betrayus, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, explained what the implosion in Europe is all about. In speaking to the European Parliament last Wednesday, she shed all cover and told all who would listen what’s really going on:
Of course the European Commission will one day become a government, the European Council a second chamber and the European Parliament will have more powers – but for now we have to focus on the euro and give people a little more time to come along.
Wile has been saying this for years. That’s part of why his blog has grown so rapidly: he sees with a view and an insight that truth seekers appreciate. Out of 644 million active websites Alexa ranks www.thedailybell.com at 16,991 in the United States. More than 6,700 people come to his Switzerland-based website every day. And his readership has grown 60% just in the last three months.
He’s like the 500-pound canary: when he speaks, people listen!
He notes that the European Union was always, from the very beginning, designed with
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