Sarah Palin: But… Wait… The Good Guys Won’t Win With More Crony Capitalism

palin_kentucky_091610Young Conservatives – Gov. Sarah Palin, 12:52pm December 2, 2016 – I am ecstatic for Carrier employees! Their bosses just decided to keep shop onshore. What a relief for hundreds of workers. Merry Christmas Indiana!

We don’t yet know terms of the public/private deal that was cut to make the company stay, but let’s hope every business is equally incentivized to keep Americans working in America.

Foundational to our exceptional nation’s sacred private property rights, a business must have freedom to locate where it wishes. In a free market, if a business makes a mistake (including a marketing mistake that perhaps Carrier executives made), threatening to move elsewhere claiming efficiency’s sake, then the market’s invisible hand punishes. Thankfully, that same hand rewards, based on good business decisions.

But this time-tested truth assumes we’re operating on a level playing field.

When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent. Meanwhile, the invisible hand that best orchestrates a free people’s free enterprise system gets amputated. Then, special interests creep in and manipulate markets. Republicans oppose this, remember? Instead, we support competition on a level playing field, remember? Because we know special interest crony capitalism is one big fail.

Politicians picking and choosing recipients of corporate welfare is railed against by fiscal conservatives, for it’s a hallmark of corruption. And socialism. The Obama Administration dealt in it in spades. Recall Solyndra, Stimulus boondoggles, and all their other taxpayer-subsidized anchors on our economy. A $20 trillion debt-ridden country can’t afford this sinfully stupid practice, so vigilantly guard against its continuance, or we’re doomed.

Reaganites learned it is POLICY change that changes economic trajectory. Reagan’s successes were built on establishing a fiscal framework that invigorated our entire economy, revitalized growth and investment while decreasing spending, tax rates, over-reaching regulations, unemployment, and favoritism via individual subsidies. We need Reaganites in the new Administration.

However well meaning, burdensome federal government imposition is never the solution. Never. Not in our homes, not in our schools, not in churches, not in businesses.

Gotta’ have faith the Trump team knows all this. And I’ll be the first to acknowledge concerns over a deal cut by leveraging taxpayer interests to make a manufacturer stay put are unfounded – once terms are made public.

But know that fundamentally, political intrusion using a stick or carrot to bribe or force one individual business to do what politicians insist, versus establishing policy incentivizing our ENTIRE ethical economic engine to roar back to life, isn’t the answer. Cajole only chosen ones on Main St or Wall St and watch lines stretch from Washington to Alaska full of businesses threatening to bail unless taxpayers pony up. The lines strangle competition and really, really, dispiritingly screw with workers’ lives. It’s beyond unacceptable, so let’s anticipate equal incentivizes and positive reform all across the field – to make the economy great again.

-Sarah Palin

Source: http://www.youngcons.com/sarah-palin-but-wait-the-good-guys-wont-win-with-more-crony-capitalism/

Fremont – I do not agree with giving anyone a break in taxes or regulations UNLESS Everyone else gets them too.

Alcoholic Euthanized in the Netherlands — Where Is This Going?

e2fa265fd02b89b350de0f529a29a2b5The New American – In the Netherlands, the government will kill you at your request, if you are an alcoholic. Perhaps officials believe it is cheaper than paying for rehab.

More than 5,500 individuals were euthanized under the euthanasia laws of the Netherlands last year, including a man who considered himself a hopeless alcoholic and another who suffered from chronic depression after having been a victim of sex abuse.

Fiona Bruce, a member of the British Parliament, told the Daily Mail that it was “deeply concerning and yet another reason why assisted suicide and euthanasia must never be introduced into the UK.”

Sadly, however, the concern expressed by Bruce, a member of Britain’s Conservative Party, can also apply to the United States. A growing number of Americans believe that euthanasia and assisted suicide are positive solutions to many different “problems.”

Bruce added, “It is once again a troubling sign of how legalized euthanasia undermines in other countries the treatment and help the most vulnerable should receive.”

Mark Langedijk was killed by lethal injection at his parents’ home recently, because he could no longer go on living with the pain of being an alcoholic. So, Langedijk applied for euthanasia, which was approved by a government doctor working for the Support and Consultation on Euthanaisa in the Netherlands.

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Climate Data Deniers Are Trying to ‘Bork’ Trump’s EPA Transition Leader

ebell-1250x650The Daily Signal – President-elect Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency transition leader, Myron Ebell, is a huge threat to the green gravy train. Now, with billions of crony dollars at stake, the green slander machine is doing all it can to slime him.

Following their standard tactic, advocates of big government cronyism have picked someone to demonize as the face of small-government, pro-freedom ideals.

Ebell is that face, and he’s enduring the left’s vilification for voicing reasonable thought on climate change policy. Though he bears the burden with grace and humor, there is no excuse for the personal attacks, which are designed to distract attention from the high stakes of the debate.

What’s at stake for big green is billions upon billions of dollars taken from taxpayers and consumers and given to green crony businesses. Just for wind energy alone, grants, tax credits, loan guarantees, and other subsidies add up to at least $176 billion.

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They say that Mr. Trump will inherit a economy on the upswing so why are so many not in the workforce?

woman-cryingThe Washington Free Beacon – New Record: Americans Not in Labor Force Breaks 95 Million for First Time. 446,000 more individuals stayed out of the labor force this month than last The number of Americans not participating in the labor force hit a new record in November, exceeding 95 million for the first time, according to the latest numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In November, there were 95,055,000 Americans not in the labor force, an increase of 446,000 people from the previous month.

The bureau counts those not in the labor force as people who do not have a job and did not actively seek one in the past four weeks.

The labor force participation rate, which is the percentage of the population that has a job or actively looked for one in the past month, declined from 62.8 percent in October to 62.7 percent in November.

The unemployment rate for all Americans declined from 4.9 percent in October to 4.6 percent in November. This measure does not account for those individuals who have dropped out of the labor force and simply measures the percent of those who did not have a job but actively sought one over the month.

While the unemployment rate declined this month, the number of Americans joining the labor force declined by 226,000 individuals.

The “real” unemployment rate, otherwise known as the U-6 measure, was 9.3 percent in November, which declined from 9.5 percent in the previous month.

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Somethings, I have noticed is that Black Friday Sales are now lasting for a week or more, more and more companies are offering free freight, larger discounts and emailing different flyers every day, etc. Not a good indicator that all is well. I for one can’t wait for the New President, Administration, and Congress.

Repealing Obamacare Won’t Be As Painful as Everybody Thought

obamacare-fast-convenient-affordableFEE – Many people worry that if Obamacare were replaced in one fell swoop, almost all the people who enrolled in Medicaid due to the law would lose their health insurance. This worry is understandable. Nevertheless, it turns out to be unjustified. Many of the people who were enrolled in Medicaid as a result of Obamacare would lose their insurance. But even a greater number would not. And the evidence for this comes from MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of Obamacare.

There are people in this country who regard Medicaid as welfare and don’t want to go on welfare.

In an April 2016 NBER study that Gruber co-authored with Harvard’s Molly Frean and Benjamin D. Sommers, “Premium Subsidies, the Mandate, and Medicaid Expansion,” NBER Working Paper No. 22213,” the authors show that 60 percent of the increase in coverage due to Obamacare was in Medicaid. That’s a fact that’s now well known and is behind many people’s worry about the effects of repealing Obamacare. But, the authors show, 2/3 of that 60 percent were people who were already eligible for Medicaid before Obamacare began.

That’s good news for those of us who want to repeal Obamacare because it means that this 2/3 would not lose their coverage even if Obamacare were repealed lock, stock, and barrel.

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Health Insurance should be a TRUE free market, meaning the only government involvement is for the State Insurance Commissioner to make sure customer gets what they pay for – nothing more or less. – Fremont V Brown III

Funding to Domestic Programs Being Cut to Fund Illegal Immigrant Minors

illegal_childrenThe New American – The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reports that the Department of Health and Human Services is cutting funding to domestic programs to pay for room and board for illegal alien youths. HHS must come up with $167 million to cover the costs to feed and shelter the unaccompanied minors through December 9 and has turned to other programs, including Medicare, for the money. And while the programs from which the money is being transferred are unconstitutional uses of taxpayer dollars, the move underscores that the American people are not this administration’s priority.

According to Jessica Vaughan, policy director for the Center for Immigration Studies, approximately 255 illegal alien youths have been taken into custody by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) every day this month, resulting in the largest number of illegal alien children in government care. As a result, the ORR is in need of more funding to cover the costs associated with caring for the arrivals and is resorting to taking money from domestic programs to cover current costs. Vaughan explains:

To pay for it, the agency says it will need an additional one or two billion dollars for the next year — above and beyond the $1.2 billion spent in 2016 and proposed for 2017 — depending on how many more arrive. For now, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where ORR resides, is diverting $167 million from other programs to cover the cost of services for these new illegal arrivals through December 9, when the current continuing resolution expires.

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Click here to read: Border Patrol agents warming burritos, babysitting for illegals, chief says

New UN Chief to Europe: Ignore Voters, Open the Borders

hordesThe New American – Incoming United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last week urged European Union politicians and bureaucrats to ignore voters and open up their borders, claiming the growing Islamic tsunami of African and Middle Eastern immigration into the West was “inevitable” anyway. Critics were outraged. Speaking like a committed globalist, the Socialist UN boss also argued that “multi-ethnic,” “multi-religious,” and “multi-cultural” societies would be the only ones to succeed.

On a visit to Communist China this week, though, not a word was said by the new UN chief about the brutal regime’s penchant for kidnapping savagely persecuted North Koreans and sending them back to be tortured and then murdered by the most barbarous totalitarian dictatorship on the planet. Instead, Guterres praised the communist tyrants in Beijing, currently engaged in what experts call the “cultural genocide” of Tibet, and encouraged the regime to continue pursuing its leadership role in what the UN refers to as “global governance.”

At a think-tank conference for European policymakers in his hometown of Lisbon, dubbed “Vision Europe Summit,” Guterres attacked the idea that sovereign nations have a right to control their borders. “The idea that management of migration is a matter of national sovereignty is extremely limited,” he was quoted as saying in European media reports later picked up by Breitbart. “The truth is that in the meantime, the real controllers of international mobility are the smugglers and criminal organizations. It must be recognized that migration is inevitable and will not stop.”

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Faces of the $15 Minimum Wage Victims

minimumwagevictims_miniFEE – s another round of coordinated minimum wage protests occurred the other day around the country, the consequences of minimum wage hikes — including lost jobs, reduced hours, and business closures — are playing out in real time. To bring some economic reality into the national discussion on the #Fightfor15, the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) released four new mini-documentaries today featuring victims of dramatic minimum wage increases. EPI has documented hundreds of these outcomes on its Faces of $15 website. Four of these stories of lost jobs and business closing are featured in the mini-documentary videos below.

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Kellogg Foundation Gave Big to Soros Organization, Tides Foundation

wk-kellogg-foundationBreitbart – The institutional left’s funding behemoth W.K. Kellogg Foundation has partnered with and given major donations tosoros-teaser-3_3 George Soros’s Open Society Institute and the Tides Center as part of its massive push to promote a far-left agenda.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is the nonprofit arm of cereal and sweets giant Kellogg’s, based in Battle Creek, Michigan. The Kellogg Company is chiefly known for its breakfast brands, including Special K™ cereal, Eggo® waffles, and Pop-Tarts®; but its namesake nonprofit W.K. Kellogg Foundation is one of the largest institutional funders in the world and is the seventh largest philanthropic foundation in the United States.

The Kellogg’s website explains the history of the Foundation:

As the United States sunk into the Depression, W.K. Kellogg declared, “I’ll invest in people.” He split shifts and hired new employees to work them. He also founded the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, whose mission — to help children realize their potential — complements that of the Kellogg Company to this day.

In recent years, however, the focus of the Foundation has drifted away from just helping children toward promoting left-wing political issues.

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75 Years of Pearl Harbor Lies – David Swanson

grande-pearl-harbor05122012SCOOP – Pearl Harbor Day today is like Columbus Day 50 years ago. That is to say: most people still believe the hype. The myths are still maintained in their blissful unquestioned state. “New Pearl Harbors” are longed for by war makers, claimed, and exploited. Yet the original Pearl Harbor remains the most popular U.S. argument for all things military, including the long-delayed remilitarization of Japan — not to mention the WWII internment of Japanese Americans as a model for targeting other groups today. Believers in Pearl Harbor imagine for their mythical event, in contrast to today, a greater U.S. innocence, a purer victimhood, a higher contrast of good and evil, and a total necessity of defensive war making.

The facts do not support the mythology. The United States government did not need to makeJapan a junior partner in imperialism, did not need to fuel an arms race, did not need to support Nazism and fascism (as some of the biggest U.S. corporations did right through the war), did not need to provoke Japan, did not need to join the war in Asia or Europe, and was not surprised by the attack on Pearl Harbor. For support of each of these statements, keep reading.

This week I’m testifying at an Iraq Tribunal about the Downing Street Minutes. In U.S. thinking the 2003-2008 period of the decades-long war on Iraq is somehow worse than World War II. But when it comes to lies, bad decisions, and levels of death and destruction, there is just no comparison: World War II stands unchallenged as the worst thing humanity in general and the U.S. government in particular (as well as numerous other governments) have ever done. There’s even a parallel to the Downing Street Minutes.

On August 18, 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill met with his cabinet at 10 Downing Street. The meeting had some similarity to the July 23, 2002, meeting at the same address, the minutes of which became known as the Downing Street Minutes. Both meetings revealed secret U.S. intentions to go to war. In the 1941 meeting, Churchill told his cabinet, according to the minutes: “The President had said he would wage war but not declare it.” In addition, “Everything was to be done to force an incident.”

Indeed, everything was done to force an incident, and the incident was Pearl Harbor.

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Germany Submits to Sharia Law

german-shariaGatestone Institute – “A parallel justice system has established itself in Germany”. A German court has ruled that seven Islamists who formed a vigilante patrol to enforce Sharia law on the streets of Wuppertal did not break German law and were simply exercising their right to free speech. The “politically correct” decision, which may be appealed, effectively authorizes the Sharia Police to continue enforcing Islamic law in Wuppertal.

The self-appointed “Sharia Police” distributed leaflets which established a “Sharia-controlled zone” in Wuppertal. The men urged both Muslim and non-Muslim passersby to attend mosques and to refrain from alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, gambling, music, pornography and prostitution.

Critics say the cases — especially those in which German law has taken a back seat to Sharia law — reflect a dangerous encroachment of Islamic law into the German legal system.

In June 2013, a court in Hamm ruled that anyone who contracts marriage according to Islamic law in a Muslim country and later seeks a divorce in Germany must abide by the original terms established by Sharia law. The landmark ruling effectively legalized the Sharia practice of “triple-talaq,” obtaining a divorce by reciting the phrase “I divorce you” three times.

A growing number of Muslims in Germany are consciously bypassing German courts altogether and instead are adjudicating their disputes in informal Sharia courts, which are proliferating across the country.

“If the rule of law fails to establish its authority and demand respect for itself, then it can immediately declare its bankruptcy.” — Franz Solms-Laubach, Bild’s parliamentary correspondent.

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Overnight Regulation: GOP crafting list of regs for Trump to roll back

the hill 2THE BIG STORY

House Republicans are drafting a list of 200 or more regulations President-elect Donald Trump can do away with once he takes office.

In a statement to The Hill, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said the goal is to identify which regulations can be axed in order to help the new administration “hit the ground running on day one.”

“Many of the federal regulations from the Obama administration are crushing small businesses, hurting working families and placing significant burdens on taxpayers,” he said.

“We want to waste no time in helping get government off the backs of Americans and get our country back on a path to liberty, safety, and prosperity for all.”

Meadow’s spokesman, Ben Williamson, said the Labor Department’s controversial overtime rule is on the list.

The rule, which was temporarily blocked by a federal judge earlier this month, forces employers to pay overtime to most salaried workers earning less than $47,476 annually. The salary cutoff for overtime pay now is $23,660.

When the rule was finalized in May, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called it an “absolute disaster” for the economy.

Williamson said the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule, the Labor Department’s rule for financial advisers and the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules made the list, too.

So did Obama’s existing immigration program, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. DACA allows certain people who came to the U.S. illegally as children to stay here and obtain a work permit.

Trump has pledged to make drastic cuts to regulations.

In his first 100 days, he’s planning to issue an executive action to create a two-for-one policy that would require two rules to be eliminated for every new rule created. http://bit.ly/2gNQ4Yi

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Why the Durham Recount Matters

Voter_Integrity_Project_NC[Note: VIP interviewed numerous party and election officials, along with eight Chief Judges from Durham County for this report, but the names will be withheld in order to prevent retribution by county and state election staff.]

12-1-2016 RALEIGH — To understand what’s at play in Durham county, we have to understand how the Jim Crow Democratic party controlled North Carolina for more than 100 years.

Before going to prison, a man named Zeno Ponder, ran something the LA Times called a “irtual fiefdom” in Madison County. Having a brother who was the Sheriff, Ponder operated above the law and among the Ponder Clan’s many talents, they could deliver any number of votes the folks in Raleigh needed in order to win a statewide election.

According to an unnamed (retired) badge bearer from the Attorney General’s world, Madison and Robeson were the last two counties to report the votes on Election Day. That way, the corrupt candidate for Governor could call up those two county bosses and get whatever number of votes.

“If the Governor told Zeno he needed 3,000 votes,” my source said, “then that’s how many Madison County would deliver.”

The problem in this year’s election was that both Robeson and Madison have changed. Ponder went to prison, as have a bevvy of politicians in Robeson County, since the “good old days” of Jim Crow Democrat domination in NC.

The key to stealing an election is to know the margin needed and to have a corrupt county standing by, willing and able to deliver the votes needed by their candidate; but the problem is finding a large enough county with a plausible excuse to be the last one to report their results.

Hello Durham County.

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Just a Wee Bit of History from A History of Irish Surnames: Is Yours Here?

wouldyouliketoknowmoreaboutAncestry.com – The earliest known Irish surname is O’Clery (O Cleirigh); it’s the earliest known because it was written that the lord of Aidhne, Tigherneach Ua Cleirigh, died in County Galway back in the year 916 A.D.

In fact, that Irish name may actually be the earliest surname recorded in all of Europe.

Until about the 10th century in Ireland, surnames were not passed down from generation to generation. Instead, surnames were patronymic, or based on someone’s father’s name. A person was identified by his given name plus “mac,” meaning “son of,” followed by his father’s name.

For instance, Brian mac Colum was Brian, son of Colum. Brian’s son might be Finnian mac Brian (Finnian, son of Brian).

The female form of “mac” is “nic,” shortened from the Irish iníon mhic.

Alternatively, the prefix “o” was sometimes used in place of “mac” and meant “grandson of” or “descended from.” If Colum was well known, his grandson might have gone by the name Finnian O Colum.

There were no fixed surnames, so a surname changed every generation or two. That can make tracing your family tree a bit more complicated!

But even without hereditary surnames, those names still hold clues. For example, that person named O’Clery or O Cleirigh (or Ua Cleirigh) was the grandson or descendant of someone named Cleirigh. (“Ua” was an earlier form of “O.”)

It was around the 1100s, as the population was increasing, that people in the upper social classes started taking hereditary surnames (those that remain fixed over the generations); others didn’t need surnames, or even get around to them, until the 1500s.

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What happens when a bureaucracy becomes too big and has too little to do?

3204179-female-student-learning-piano-with-teacher-in-classroomFEE – Piano Teachers, Beware: The Feds Are Onto You. Johannes Brahms is regarded as one of the greatest composers in history. I never tire of his sonatas for violin or cello, and his piano works are pure magic. I go through whole periods of listening and marveling at his capacity for melodic development. I can’t read enough biographies. Beyond his incurable love for Clara Schumann – I’m convinced his over-the-top adoration of her acted like a narcotic that fired up his creativity to generate such astonishing melodies – one strange fact stands out to me.

The code is not a mandate, but a statement of a common practice in the industry. It is a matter of courtesy, really.Brahms’s main source of income was revenue he earned from teaching piano lessons. He invested his meager income in the stock market and this was the only reason he lived a financially comfortable life in old age. As for his compositions, forget it. Their aesthetic value as musical creations is indisputable; their economic value in his life, however, was very low.

Even as a performer, he could never make a go of it. His true love Clara travelled all over Europe – even though she was the mother of eight kids! – and packed the concert halls. People paid her astonishing amounts of money to play. The crowds went wild. But Johannes? No such luck. He never achieved any fame as a performer. No, he was a piano teacher. He knew it, and he was sad about it.

As a teacher, however, he also produced some incredible books of student exercises. You look at them today and wonder how anyone could play them at all given their technical demands. It just goes to show you that no matter how phenomenal you are, you can never stop practicing, doing exercises, and studying under the great masters.

I point out this tiny snippet from musical history to observe this: as difficult as it is to believe, it all happened without the Federal Trade Commission!

Harassing Teachers

Of course any student can change teachers at any time.What’s the FTC got to do with it? Well, early in 2016, the agency took it upon itself to intervene heavily in the market for piano teaching.The FTC sent a small nonprofit – the Music Teachers National Association – a letter accusing it of promoting anticompetitive trade practices. This is all because their manual discourages teachers from aggressively poaching students from other teachers.

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Obama administration bans smoking in low-income housing

no-smoking-signThe Hill – The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Wednesday it will ban smoking in public housing units in an effort to protect millions of low-income tenants from the effects of secondhand smoke.

The smoking ban will apply to more than 940,000 homes that are subsidized by the federal government.

“Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, healthy home free from harmful second-hand cigarette smoke,” Housing Secretary Julián Castro said in a statement.

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Keith Ellison’s Saudi Arabia Trip Included Meetings With Radical Cleric, Bank That Funds Suicide Bombings Trip was funded by Muslim Brotherhood-tied organization

us-congressman-keith-ellison-with-asharqia-chamber-president-abdulrahman-al-rashed-in-dammam-on-wednesdayThe Washington Free Beacon – Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) during a 2008 trip to Saudi Arabia met with a radical Muslim cleric who endorsed killing U.S. soldiers and with the president of a bank used to pay the families of Palestinian suicide bombers.

Ellison, now a leading candidate to head the Democratic National Committee, was brought to Saudi Arabia for a two-week trip by the Muslim American Society (MAS), a group founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood to act as its “overt arm” in the United States.

Details of Ellison’s religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia are scarce, but photographs discovered by the Washington Free Beacon show that Ellison met with controversial figures during the trip.

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WARNING! Islamists Won: Charlie Hebdo Disappears!

Gatestone Institute – “The newspaper is no longer the same, Charlie is now under artistic and editorial suffocation.” — Zineb el Rhazoui, French-Tunisian intellectual and journalist, author of Destroying Islamic Fascism.

“We must continue to portray Muhammad and Charlie; not to do that means there is no more Charlie.” — Patrick Pelloux, another cartoonist who left the magazine.

“If our colleagues in the public debate do not share part of the risk, then the barbarians have won.” — Elisabeth Badinter, philosopher, who testified in court for the cartoonists in the documentary, “Je suis Charlie.”

After the Kouachi brothers slaughtered Charlie Hebdo’s journalists, they ran out into the street and cried: “We have avenged Muhammad. We killed Charlie Hebdo.” Two years later, it appears that they won. They succeeded in silencing the last European magazine still ready to defend freedom of expression from Islamism.

Over twenty years, fear has already devoured important pieces of Western culture and journalism. They all disappeared in a ghastly act of self-censorship: the cartoons of a Danish newspaper, a “South Park” episode, paintings in London’s Tate Gallery, a book published by the Yale University Press; Mozart’s Idomeneo, the Dutch film “Submission”, the name and face of the US cartoonist Molly Norris, a book cover by Art Spiegelman and Sherry Jones’s novel, “Jewel of Medina”, to name just a few. Most of them have become ghosts living in hiding, hidden in some country house, or retired to private life, victims of an understandable but tragic self-censorship.

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Charlie Hebdo, after Islamist terrorists murdered much of its staff in 2015, announced it would “no longer draw Mohammed.” Instead, the magazine now focuses on attacking critics of Islamism, and mocking the Judeo-Christian God.

Why a Gilmore Girl Can’t Get a Job

gilmore-girls-season-1-19FEE – Spoilers of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life below.

In Gilmore Girls, Rory Gilmore graduated as the valedictorian of Chilton, a prestigious high school, where she wrote articles for the Franklin. As the winner of the chastity challenge, she received college acceptance letters from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. Upon reflection, she rejected her Harvard dream and instead attended her grandfather’s alma mater, Yale, a university close to home and even more prestigious than her high school. At Yale, she was the editor in chief of the Yale Daily News, and she graduated with a degree in journalism. If the world still treated credentials as guarantees, Rory would be doing great.

What happened to Stars Hollow’s brightest, Rory Gilmore?In Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, almost a decade after graduating from Yale, Rory in her early thirties has experienced some success, having published freelance articles in the Atlantic, Slate, and the New Yorker. Yet, the New Yorker article that represents her journalistic career’s apex is short enough to fit onto the back of a menu at Luke’s Diner and of such vague significance that its content remains undiscussed. Much like her high school and college diploma, Rory treats her New Yorker article as another credential to flout.

Despite her modest successes, Rory’s career is going badly. She has no full-time job and few options. Her attempt to write a biography for the British crazy rabbit Naomi Shropshire ends abruptly. She does not express any plans to start a business or otherwise grow her journalistic reputation through blogs or other personal initiatives. She is in a 30-something rut without a gang.

The dramatic divide between her prospects and her circumstances makes one wonder: what happened to Stars Hollow’s brightest, Rory Gilmore?

A short-cut fictional answer is loosely just “I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.” Since leaving Yale, Rory has not had drug abuse or other serious life issues that explain her minuscule success. Her one encounter with the criminal injustice system after stealing a yacht led to a moderate amount of community service instead of a felony conviction with years of incarceration because, unlike more disadvantaged criminals, the criminal injustice system often treats wealthy, well-connected people like the Gilmores and the Huntzbergers relatively leniently. Without an oppressive state or other notable life obstacles, Rory should be doing much better than she is– but drawing her successful would not make her story as interesting.

Nevertheless, albeit exaggeratedly, Rory’s unsuccessful journalistic career illustrates the education system’s shortcomings. Receiving a piece of paper from a university no longer guarantees success as a growing number of degrees reduce their incremental value and as technological changes make personal aptitude more significant.

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House Freedom Caucus Elects Board Members, Meadows to Run for Chairman

meadows-trump-rally-10-21-003Rollcall – The House Freedom Caucus elected three new board members Tuesday night, as North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows announced he plans to run for caucus chairman.

Current caucus head, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who has led the conservative group since it’s inception in early 2015, told Roll Call he does not plan to seek another term as chairman.

The nine-member Freedom Caucus board has to accept Meadows’ candidacy and formally nominate him before he can be elected by the full caucus. He is not expected to be challenged for the position.

“I’m hopeful to earn the support of the board in carrying on the fine work that Chairman Jim Jordan has demonstrated over the last two years and put a real focus on a policy-driven agenda that will truly represent the will of the American people,” Meadows said.

The Freedom Caucus holds an election for chairman every year, as well as three of the nine board positions, which are on a rotating election schedule.

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EVEN A BLIND HOG…

blind-hogThe Rebel Madman – Once, when a completely irrational relative did something commendable which was totally out of character, my grandfather declared that “even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while.” It would appear to the unjaundiced eye that the state of California has found the proverbial acorn and a committee or whatever the people to the left of Marx and Engels in that state call it, have hit upon the idea of secession. They did though take one giant step back in declaring such a move would require an amendment to our Constitution. We must excuse them for this mental lapse considering most cultural Marxists know little to nothing of history, much less the Constitution.

People who seem to know everything there is to know about how to extricate themselves from a failed marriage do have issues attempting to remove themselves from a government from which they have lost that loving feeling.

Of course, there is no mention of secession in our Constitution for the people of our founding era were well acquainted with the concept having just seceded from Great Britain and the Articles of Confederation. Perhaps that is why Thomas Jefferson in his First Inaugural Address, being fully cognizant of the ill will his election had created in the New England states with those of the Federalist persuasion, stated the following: “If there be any among us who wish to dissolve the Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed, as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.” Notice, if you will, Jefferson said nothing of raising an army to invade those states or killing hundreds of thousands of folks to prevent secession from occurring.

One can be reasonably sure that the newly elected President Jefferson was also aware of the document his home state of Virginia had signed when they had ratified the Constitution in the summer of 1788. That document read in part, click here to read more.

Fidel Castro: Death of a Murderous, Communist Dictator

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The New American – Fidel Castro is dead, but the communist tyranny he imposed on the Cuban people lives on. Unfortunately, much of the American media are trying to bury the truth about his murderous regime — and those in America who helped Castro come to power — with him.

In its coverage of Castro’s passing on Friday, the increasingly discredited mainstream media is downplaying or ignoring Castro’s crimes against humanity — and generally refers to him as the “former Cuban leader,” as opposed to a dictator, which he was. He was also a mass murderer, and his brutal oppression of the Cuban people caused many of his fellow citizens to risk their lives to flee their island homeland in rafts and whatever else might float.

Castro was 90 years old at his death, having turned over power to Raul nearly a decade ago, due to Fidel’s declining health. News of the death of the tyrant touched off celebrations in Miami’s Little Havana in south Florida.

Despite the glossing over of inconvenient facts about the Castro brothers by most of the American media, the Cuban community of exiles in Miami know the truth. That is why they or their ancestors fled their Cuban homeland at some point since Castro’s seizure of power in 1959.

Castro was born August 13, 1926, the son of a Spanish immigrant who was a sugar plantation owner. In contrast to those who mistakenly believe communism is a product of the “exploited” working class, Castro was not drawn to the ideology of Marx and Lenin by toiling in the cane fields. He was introduced to the ideas of communism while a student at the University of Havana, where he received a social science degree.

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The Hill Overnight Regulation

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The Supreme Court has asked the Department of Justice to weigh in on the lawsuit New Mexico’s brought against Colorado after three million gallons of toxic sludge containing lead and arsenic spilled into a tributary of the Animus River last year.

The Hill’s Timothy Cama reports:

New Mexico filed the lawsuit in June that asked for unspecified damages for the August 2015 mine waste spill at Gold King Mine.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took responsibility for that spill, since its contractor caused it by breaking the abandoned mine. Colorado state officials, however, were also involved in the planning for the cleanup operation that led to the spill.

It’s unlikely that the Justice Department and acting Solicitor General Ian Gershengorn will be able to fulfill the Supreme Court’s request before President Obama leaves office on Jan. 20, kicking responsibility for the filing to the administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

The river that suffered the burnt of the spill leads into the San Juan River, which enters New Mexico.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas (D) wrote in the complaint that Colorado’s actions leading up to the spill were “reckless” and called it “the coup de grâce of two decades of disastrous environmental decision-making by Colorado, for which New Mexico and its citizens are now paying the price.”

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman (R) called her neighbor’s lawsuit “unfortunate” and said it was unclear how it furthers “the states’ mutual goal of holding the EPA to its promise to ‘take full responsibility’ for turning our rivers yellow.'”

Legal conflicts between states typically go directly to the Supreme Court, unlike other lawsuits, which start in lower courts and can eventually be appealed to the high court.

Calls for the views of the solicitor general usually signal that the justices are seriously considering allowing the lawsuit to proceed to oral arguments.

New Mexico sued the EPA in May over its responsibility for the spill, and the Navajo Nation, whose reservation includes the San Juan River, has also sued the federal agency.

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