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: Joe Biden

What Would the Apostle Paul say About the Minimum Wage?

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

One can surmise from his instructions to believers in the church in Thessalonica: “When we were with you, we gave you this rule: Whoever will not work should not be allowed to eat.” What’s less clear is: what if government mandates keep one from working, or keep employers from hiring those willing to work?

St. Paul assumed that people had the freedom to contract out their labor, to sell the one primary thing they possessed: their time and effort in exchange for money. He also assumed that employers, given the opportunity, were free to hire someone who could add value to their businesses.

Minimum wage laws abrogate that essential freedom, with all manner of negative results. One,

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The Fix Is In for Hillary, Says DNC Official

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, October 16, 2015: 

According to a committeewoman in the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the fix is in for Hillary Clinton to be the Democrat Party’s presidential nominee. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, she spoke with the British tabloid the Daily Mail immediately following the Democrat debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday. She listed the women in key positions at the top of the DNC, including Debbie Waserman Schultz, Donna Brazile, and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, calling them a “female cabal” who have decided to make things easy for Clinton to win the party’s nomination. She said:

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Nate Silver and the 2016 Presidential Election

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, April 15, 2015: 

Canary jokes are back in fashion. Where does a 500-pound canary sit? Anywhere he wants. What does a 500-pound canary say? Here, Kitty, Kitty!

Nate Silver is a 500-pound canary. When he speaks, everyone listens. With pundits, prognosticators, and odds makers coming out of the woodwork to predict the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, Silver is calmly putting down their efforts, examining their claims and finding them wanting, and instead calling the election a 50/50 proposition.

Of course Hillary will win the Democrat Party’s nomination. There’s nobody else even close. But the election is another matter entirely, says Silver. He

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Black Friday Gun Sales Outstripping Government’s Ability to Keep up

This article first appeared at the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 1, 2014: 

Leaving a meeting with Vice-President Joe Biden, NRA official Jim Baker told The Daily Caller that Biden said the government simply couldn’t keep up with tracking, following, and monitoring Americans buying guns:

Regarding the lack of prosecutions for lying on the [gun registration] Form 4473s, we simply don’t have the time or [the] manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form, who checks a wrong box, [or] who answers a question inaccurately.

That was before Black Friday virtually inundated the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System (NCIS). According to the FBI, on Friday background checks were running at

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Gun Sales Triple on Black Friday

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, November 30, 2104:

The national media were full of reports from retailers of Black Friday consumers driving sales to record levels, with some retailers estimating sales jumping 15 to almost 40 percent over last year. Consumers not only took advantage of specials being offered the day after Thanksgiving, but in many cases even shopped on Thanksgiving Day, perhaps foregoing a little turkey and football in the process.

It’s called Black Friday for a very good reason:

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Illegal Immigrants Charged With Murdering Border Patrol Agent

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, August 7, 2014:

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Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park, Texas. The river forms the border to Mexico across on the opposite bank. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Sunday afternoon, Border Patrolman Javier Vega was enjoying some time off by fishing for gar in Santa Monica, Texas, along with his wife, three children, and his father, Javier, Sr. Two Mexican nationals approached Javier after he tied up his boat and demanded money. The conversation became heated and one of the nationals pulled a gun. Javier was shot once in the chest, fatally wounding him. His father, who was armed, returned fire, disabling the criminals’ vehicle. They were later arrested and charged with seven counts including capital murder, attempted capital murder, aggravated robbery, and tampering with evidence.

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Obama Issues Two More Anti-Gun Executive Orders

At the swearing-in ceremony at the White House on Thursday of Todd Jones as the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), President Obama’s point man on gun control, Vice President Joe Biden, announced that the ATF was issuing new rules concerning the re-importation of US military surplus weapons. Where such importation was previously allowed only with government approval, now all requests for such importation will be

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County Sheriff in California Strips Forest Service Agents of Law Enforcement Powers

The CBS affiliate in El Dorado County, California, expressed surprise when it reported that County Sheriff John D’Agostini stripped agents of the U.S. Forest Service of their law enforcement powers in his county.  Wrote D’Agnostini:

I take the [standard of] service that we provide to the citizens of El Dorado County and the visitors to El Dorado County [which includes Lake Tahoe] very seriously, and the style and manner of service we provide.

The U.S. Forest Service, after many attempts and given many opportunities, has failed to meet that standard.

The writer covering the story, Laura Cole, asked a law professor, John Myers, if D’Agostini could actually get away with this. Said Myers: “It looks to me as though the sheriff can do this.”

This isn’t the first time D’Agostini has written such a letter.

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More gun myths exploded

There are many gun myths out there, and as soon as one pops up it gets mowed down by researchers armed with facts. But right behind it another one pops up. Kyle Wintersteen is one of the mowers.

Before the Senate bill to expand background checks flamed out, Obama kept saying that 90 percent of the American people were behind such legislation and that only

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The Real Reason Gun Control Failed

In Gabrielle Giffords’ editorial in the New York Times on Wednesday about the failure of Senators to pass the so-called Toomey-Manchin compromise amendment that doomed Senate Bill 649, she expressed her frustration through vituperation without understanding why the amendment, and consequently the bill, failed to pass the Senate on Wednesday. She wrote:

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Background Check Bill for Private Gun Sales is Stalled

The one-two punch of separate pushbacks against any gun control legislation that involves a national database of gun owners has stalled in the Senate, perhaps permanently. First, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn told Fox News on Sunday that any legislation that includes a national registry will kill it. He said that there

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Joe Biden’s defense strategy is further proof that he’s detached from reality

Massad Ayoob could not restrain himself and I gather that in general he is a pretty mild-mannered sort of fellow:

So, the man a heartbeat away from leading the Free World – and who has eagerly taken the point on gun prohibition for his Numero Uno – tells us we

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I now fear the state government more than the federal government

The old bumper sticker, “I love my country but fear my government” used to apply, so I thought, to the federal government. I thought, naively it turns out, that the state government would resist the temptation to become like the federal government: intrusive, overweening, ignoring freedom and individual rights, etc. I was wrong.

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Americans Disapprove of Obama, says Gallup

The night before Obama’s State of the Union speech, Gallup released a sobering poll: most Americans

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Gun control by Executive Diktat?

Here’s another trial balloon, this time from Vice President Joe Biden who, according to the Washington Times, “floated the possibility that President Obama will take unilateral action to impose gun control in the wake of last month’s Connecticut school shooting.” Biden said Obama would do a

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Grover Norquist sells out

Grover Norquist - Caricature

Grover Norquist – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

I really shouldn’t be surprised at this. The Scriptures say not to put my trust in man. But I wanted to believe that, of all people, Norquist – the founder of Americans for Tax Reform,  the creator and promoter of the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” and the author of his famous quote: “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.” – would be the very last person to back down on his pledge not to vote for any – any – tax increases.

Sorry to disappoint. This is from Newsmax:

Grover Norquist, the influential president of Americans for Tax Reform, said he would support a plan, negotiated by Vice President Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, to resolve the fiscal cliff drama.

And the plan?

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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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Thomas Sowell’s Musings

A FRAUD THROUGH AND THROUGH

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When someone as bright, articulate and profound as Thomas Sowell offers his musings “on the passing scene,” I sit up and take notice. There’s bound to be something in there worth reading.

And so there is:

How are children supposed to learn to act like adults, when so much of what they see on television shows adults acting like children?

Example? Joe Biden:

The know-it-all smirks and condescending laughs of Vice President Joe Biden, when Congressman Paul Ryan was speaking during their debate, were a little much from an administration presiding over economic woes at home and disasters overseas — and being caught in lies about both. Like Barack Obama, Joe Biden has all the clever tricks of a politician and none of the wisdom of a statesman.

And this:

Whenever you hear people talking about “a living Constitution,” almost invariably they are people who are in the process of slowly killing it by “interpreting” its restrictions on government out of existence.

And this:

The question to be asked of people in the media, and that they should ask themselves, should be: “Is your first loyalty to your audience or to your ideology?” The same question should be asked of educators, especially those who see themselves as “agents of social change,” even though that is not the job description under which they have been hired and paid.

He saves the best for last:

If there is ever a Hall of Fame for confidence men, Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff will have to take a back seat to Barack Obama. Obama is the gold standard — or, perhaps more appropriately, the brass standard.

I was taught years ago a marketing principle that is finally causing Obama to crater: overexposure. The more you advertise a bad product, the faster it disappears from the shelf. Happily that’s not something Obama can fix. He has been exposed for what he is. I like to think I’ve helped a little in that exposure.

Scranton Can’t Kick the Can, Cuts Salaries to Minimum Wage

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After conferring with the city’s business administrator, Scranton, Pennsylvania, Mayor Chris Doherty announced on Wednesday, June 27, that all 398 city employees would be getting minimum wage, starting with their next paycheck. Doherty said the city doesn’t have the money to pay everyone their full salary:

I’m trying to do the best I can with the limited amount of funds that I have. I want the employees to get paid. Our people work hard…I just don’t have enough money, and I can’t print it in the basement.

Ryan McGowan, Scranton’s business administrator, confirmed the desperate condition of the city’s finances: “We can’t issue a check if the money’s not there, so at this point [we’ll] just be paying individuals [the] minimum wage…”

Doherty’s announcement gave the city’s employees just eight days’ warning. John Judge, the president of one of the three local unions being impacted by Doherty’s decision, said that he usually receives his salary check every two weeks in the amount, after withholding, of about $1,500. Last week’s check was just $600, before withholding. Said Judge:

My members are getting a check for $7.25 an hour. These are people [who] are the head of their households. They have mortgages. They have other living costs. They are now going to have to throw their bills in a hat and randomly pick what gets paid on time.

The three unions, representing the police, the firefighters, and the public workers, went to court and secured an injunction against Doherty for unilaterally violating the unions’ compensation agreements with the city. But the mayor claims 

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Debt-Limit Negotiations: A Game of Chicken Over Chicken Feed

Chicken

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When House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced he was leaving the negotiations over raising the debt limit on Thursday, he made it clear that he felt he was getting pressured by the Democrats to accept tax increases as part of the deal. He said: “Each side came into these talks with certain orders, and as it stands the Democrats continue to insist that any deal must include tax increases. Regardless of the progress that has been made, the tax issue must be resolved before discussions can continue.”

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