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

Tag Archives: common sense

Will the Robotic Revolution Make Your Job Obsolete?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, March 28, 2016:  

More than two dozen massive bright red robots move 20-foot-long shipping containers at the Los Angeles terminal developed by TraPac, cutting costs by between an estimated 30 and 50 percent. A new terminal, being built at the Port of Long Beach, will be able to handle nearly half of that port’s entire volume, moving and stacking more than three million of those shipping containers every year.

But the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands has more automated delivery terminals than the entire United States, thanks to delays by Luddite unions in America determined to

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Another Keynesian Failure: Brazil

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, March 28, 2016:  

John Maynard Keynes Русский: Джон Мейнард Кейн...

John Maynard Keynes

Boiled down to its most crude elements, Keynesianism, according to Antony Mueller at the Mises Institute, is “the economic policy doctrine of growth by spending.” Since 2003, when the current political party in Brazil, first headed up by Lula and now by Dilma Rousseff, came to power, it installed it in spades. For a while it seemed to work: demand for Brazil’s raw materials: oil, iron ore, and agricultural products grew as China (also pursuing the “growth by spending” mantra) also grew.

But the boom, which at one point included Brazil as one of the BRIC (Russia, India, and China) nations that would soon overtake the developed world, went bust.

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Media and the President Ignore Mass Shootings that Never Happened

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, February 24, 2016:  

Looking southwest from N. Edwards Street in do...

Looking southwest from N. Edwards Street in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. Round-topped towers are the Radisson Plaza hotel.

The media’s rush to support the president’s call for more gun controls following the shooting in Kalamazoo on Saturday was breath-taking. Sunday morning the Washington Post editorial board hurriedly issued this predictable homily:

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Following Kalamazoo Shooting, Obama Calls for More Gun Laws, Again

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, February 23, 2016:  

Compact Glock 19 in 9x19mm Parabellum.

Compact Glock 19 in 9x19mm Parabellum.

Predictably, President Obama saw another opportunity to inveigh against guns following the Kalamazoo shooting last Saturday. On Monday Jason Dalton, the Uber driver charged with the murder of six, waived his right against self-incrimination (his right under the Fifth Amendment) and admitted that he “took people’s lives.”

The same day, while addressing the National Governors Association, the president said:

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Maduro’s Venezuela: Proof that Socialism is a form of Mental Illness

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 19, 2016:  

Craig Andresen, writing for the National Patriot, described socialism as a mental disorder:

Socialism is a disease. It’s a mental affliction and it causes those infected with it to lose their minds.

 

It’s also contagious.

Now there’s proof positive:

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Venezuelan President Maduro Raises Gas Prices 6,000 percent, Devalues Bolivar

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, February 18, 2016:  

During a five-hour TV speech on Wednesday that turned into a harangue against capitalism and President Obama, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro exercised the powers granted to him in January to deal with the country’s economic crisis. He did what most socialists do when their policies don’t work:

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Low Oil Prices Are Tempting Politicians to Raise Gas Taxes

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, February 8, 2016:  

The White House announced Thursday that the president would be asking Congress to raise taxes on imported oil by $10 a barrel to be used to fund what the Wall Street Journal describes as “new green transportation projects.” The new taxes to be levied on oil companies will be passed down to motorists who will enjoy the opportunity to help the president fund those new projects by 22 cents per gallon every time they fill up.

The danger isn’t that the president’s bill has any chance in the Republican-controlled Congress, this being an election year and all. What is dangerous is that

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Question: What Happens when Socialists and Marxists Are Put in Charge?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 5, 2016:  

Nicolas Maduro

Nicolas Maduro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer: Venezuela.

The Marxist president (and student of Venezuela’s previous president Hugo Chavez) Nicolas Maduro has just administered the coup d’état: ordering the printing of so many bolivars that his own country’s printing presses could not handle the order. So he went to Germany, France, Canada, and the United Kingdom to place it. The initial supply – five billion of them! – arrived late last year in the holds of 36 Boeing 747 cargo jets, with another

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Second Amendment Momentum Builds; More Law Officers Urge Gun Ownership

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 18, 2016:  

An increasing number of law enforcement officials are publicly encouraging citizens to take personal responsibility for their own safety.

Florida Sheriff Grady Judd was blunt in speaking to criminals considering invading any citizen’s home in Polk County: “If you are foolish enough to break into someone’s home, you can expect to be shot.”

In speaking to his constituents, he was equally blunt:

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Ohio National Guard Centers No Longer “Gun-Free Zones”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, December 30, 2015:  

English: U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, na...

Nidal Malik Hasan,

On the Friday before Christmas, Major General Mark Bartman, adjutant general of the Ohio National Guard, restored some common sense by announcing that all 72 of the state’s guard facilities will allow members to carry firearms. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the shift to common sense followed a “security review” ordered by Governor John Kasich following the July 16 shooting at a Naval Reserve center in Chattanooga.

In that incident Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez committed a drive-by shooting at a recruiting center and then drove seven miles to a U.S. Naval Reserve center to continue his attack. Four marines were killed before the attack was stopped by local police.

In a staggering understatement, General Bartman admitted that “We must take necessary action to protect our members.”

Because members of the Ohio National Guard work on state property, they were not allowed to carry firearms under state law. But now, thanks to Kasich, they are.

The cultural shift towards sanity started perhaps with the November 5, 2009 Fort Hood, Texas, shooting by Major Nidal Hasan, who shot and killed 13 soldiers and injured more than 30 others, none of whom was armed. The concept that soldiers trained to defend freedom were not allowed (by laws passed during the Clinton administration) to defend themselves was, and remains, ludicrous.

Even more unbelievable is the fact that though the shooter was sentenced to death more than three years after his attack, he remains alive today. On August 23, 2013, Hasan was found guilty on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder, and was sentenced to death on August 28, 2013.

But, thanks to the intricacies and political motivations of the military service, Hasan remains confined to the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, where he is likely to remain, at taxpayers’ expense, until he dies of natural causes.

Those barracks also house five other soldiers on Death Row waiting out their sentences. But the military hasn’t executed anyone since 1961, and it isn’t likely to make an exception for Hasan. As Christopher Swift, an adjunct professor of national security studies at Georgetown University, explained: “Hasan will probably spend his life on death row because there’s no incentive [to carry out his sentence]. I haven’t seen any indication that the Army posture is such that they want to expedite this one.”

The reason? The Army doesn’t want to make him a martyr: “Executing him … [would suggest] that someone who engages in this kind of self-mobilizing criminal act for terrorist motives can become a soldier for Islam, and it’s not something [they] want, creating propaganda opportunities.”

On the other hand, absent the Clinton administration ruling that military bases are now “gun free zones,” if just one of Hasan’s victims had been armed, it’s reasonable to assume that the massacre would have been nipped in the bud. But thanks to those gun-free zones, taxpayers enjoyed the privilege not only of continuing to pay Major Hasan his salary while he was appealing his sentence (estimated at some $300,000), but also of providing housing, nutrition, and medical support (he lives in a wheelchair, having suffered permanent damage when the police finally intervened to end the massacre) for him for the rest of his life.

That gun-free zones don’t work has now been established beyond all doubt, thanks to the work of John Lott, founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC). In July 2014 Lott published The Myths about Mass Public Shootings, in which he revealed the results of his study: “Since 2009, only 8 percent of mass public shootings have occurred in places where civilians are allowed to defend themselves.”

Translation: 92 percent of mass shootings take place in “gun-free zones.

Ohio Governor John Kasich is to be commended for allowing National Guardsmen in his state to carry while on duty. May this be the first olive out of the bottle, and other governors awaken to their responsibilities to protect those who are trained to protect them.

What they’re likely to find is that the more guns are allowed to be carried, the less likely any of them will be needed.

Did France’s Strict Gun Control Contribute to the Paris Bloodbath?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 16, 2015:  

Just seven terrorists — trained, armed with illegal fully-automatic Kalashnikov AK-47 rifles and explosives — managed, in less than 30 minutes, to kill or wound nearly 500 citizens on Friday night. That’s a ratio of nearly 70 victims for each shooter.

How is that possible? How could that have happened?

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Detroit Report Card: Students Failing but Teachers “Highly Effective”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 2, 2015:  

Detroit’s public schools have been a tremendous failure. Four emergency managers (one of whom, Roy Roberts, is shown above) have failed to reverse staggering enrollment declines … nor are the students learning what they should. Detroit Public Schools’ students are performing far below the state average in every area measured: math, reading, writing, science and social studies.

But while Detroit’s schools have been failing to give its students even the most basic skills needed just to exist in today’s society, its teachers have supposedly been doing very well. Out of 171 members of the “leadership corps” of the DPS — superintendents, assistant superintendents, administrators, principals, and assistant principals — only one was judged to be “ineffective,” with the others getting grades of “effective” or “highly effective.”

Tom Gantert at Michigan’s Mackinac Center wrote:

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The Upside-Down World of Detroit’s Public Schools

This article was published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, November 2, 2015:  

Cover of "News from Lake Wobegon: Spring/...

Garrison Keillor has become an icon by reporting the news from Lake Wobegon on his radio show A Prairie Home Companion. He opens with, “Well, it’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, my hometown, out there on the edge of the prairie.” He refers to it as “the little town that time forgot, and the decades cannot improve” while he closes his show with “Well, that’s the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”

Charming but, of course, impossible. Just like Detroit’s public schools, which just celebrated the latest bad news from the Nation’s Report Card as unadulterated good news.

The Department of Education’s National Center for Education Services (NCES) just released its latest study of how Detroit’s students are performing:

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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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Freedom to Choose Includes the Freedom to Move

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 11, 2015: 

Free to Choose

Milton and Rose Friedman published their work Free to Choose – A Personal Statement 35 years ago when it became a best seller, topping best seller lists for five weeks. Ten years later PBS created a telecast with Dr. Friedman interviewing, and often debating, experts from across the political spectrum, including Walter Williams on the right and Frances Fox Piven on the left.

In the video chapter “The Power of the Market” Friedman makes the point that the free market’s greatest benefit is the power of options: where to live, where to work, whom to marry, how to worship, and on and on.

Walter Wriston, considered by many to be the single most influential commercial banker of his time, serving as chief executive of Citibank from 1967 to 1984, condensed Friedman’s chapter into one pithy quote that reverberates today:

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Seattle Progressives Prove Certain Economic Laws Cannot Be Repealed

This article was published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, August 14, 2015:  

Peter, Paul & Mary

By changing the meaning of the word “flowers” to “businesses,” the lyrics from Peter, Paul & Mary’s anti-war song applies perfectly to the new Seattle under its new minimum wage mandates: Where have all the businesses gone?

Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?”
Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the flowers gone?
Young girls have picked them everyone.
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

And when will Mayor Ed Murray and his gaggle of progressives who unanimously passed the anti-business, anti-employment minimum wage law last summer ever learn: you cannot fool Mother Nature, and you cannot repeal economic laws.

In Murray’s case the economic law still to be learned is:

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Seattle’s Minimum-wage Increase Starting to Cost Jobs

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, August 13, 2015:

Jodi Hall, owner of Cupcake Royale, a small th...

Jodi Hall, owner of Cupcake Royale

The Seattle city council mandate that business owners must raise the minimum wage they pay to their workers to $11 an hour (on the way to $15 an hour over the next few years) is already having its predicted effect: In the first six months of this year, 1,300 restaurant workers in the city have lost their jobs, according to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

In the single month of May, one month after the $11 mandate kicked in on April 1, 1,000 workers lost their jobs which, according to AEI economist Mark Perry, “was the largest one month job decline since … the [start of] the Great Recession.”

In simple terms, thanks to the progressives running the city council, Seattle restaurant workers are suffering their own recession.

To add salt to the wound, statewide (not including Seattle), restaurant employment has increased by 3.2 percent, adding 2,800 jobs over that same period.

This wasn’t supposed to happen,

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Doing the Right Thing – and Paying the Price

This article was published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 5, 2015:

English: Slide 49/50 of The Koranic World View...

English: Slide 49/50 of The Koranic World View As It Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military, a presentation made by Nidal Malik Hasan during a symposium of U.S. Army physicians at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White knew exactly what he was doing. After 13 years in the Navy, being responsible for those under his command and knowing the increasing threat from jihadis who have increasingly targeted US military personnel and facilities, he decided it was more important to do what was right even if doing it might jeopardize his career.

That’s why he was carrying a personal firearm on duty as commander of the Naval service center in Chattanooga at 10:30am on Thursday, July 16, when jihadi terrorist Muhammad Abdulazeez (referred to from here on either as the “attacker” or as “MA”) rammed his rented silver Mustang through the gates and starting shooting.

White saw him coming, pulled his firearm, and returned fire. The autopsy report to be released shortly will show whether or not any of his rounds hit MA. But one thing is certain:

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Celebrating Second Amendment Victory May Be Premature

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 3, 2015:  

Last Friday the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRAILA) chortled that “anti-gun doctors may need to get their own blood pressure checked after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit again upheld Florida’s Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act.”

The ruling was the second one for the court and was decided by a three-judge panel, with one of them writing a lengthy and blistering critique of the majority opinion.

At issue is the law passed overwhelmingly in June 2011 by the state of Florida which, on the surface, seemed tame enough:

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It Was Bound to Happen: The First Amendment Versus the Second

This article was published by the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, August 3, 2015:  

Seal of the United States Court of Appeals for...

Seal of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

It’s a proverb: silence is golden. It’s in the Bible. Ecclesiastes 3:7b: “[There is] a time for silence and a time for speech.”

For Sir Thomas More, however, his refusal to speak about why he refused to sign a letter asking Pope Clement VII to annul King Henry VIII’s marriage cost him his life. For Amber Ullman the consequences weren’t nearly as severe.

Ullman, a 26-year-old mother of 4-month-old Temperance living in Summerfield, Florida, had just taken her child to her pediatrician for a checkup and shots when her doctor asked:

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