Monday, May 23, 2016

Bernstein: Modern Reporting Is 'Atrocious,' 'Abdication of Responsibility'

By Nicholas Fondacaro

Host Brian Stelter raised a very important question on Sunday’s Reliable Sources, “Is media to blame for political polarization?” The popular opinion on the panel was yes, the media does deserve blame for the “hyper-partisan” nature of modern politics. But Journalist Carl Bernstein went farther with a scathing condemnation of how reporting is conducted by the media today. “It's been an abdication of responsibility,” he exclaimed, showing his disgust with modern journalism.  Bernstein was upset about how the modern media refuses to delve deep into the lives of candidates’ and their dealings:.....To Read More....

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Sen. Boxer: 'If I Didn't Have a Lot of Security, I Don't Know What Would Have Happened'

By Susan Jones

Far from the insular world of Congress, out in the wilds of Nevada, Sen. Barbara Boxer, a liberal California Democrat, found herself surrounded on Saturday by snarling fellow liberals who support Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

But unlike some of the ordinary Americans attending Trump rallies, Boxer had a security detail. "Fortunately," she said.

"It was a scary situation," Boxer told CNN on Wednesday. "I was there...It was frightening. I had -- I was on the stage and people were six feet away from me and if I didn't have a lot of security, I don't know what would have happened."....To Read More....

My Take - How dare she have a security detail! doesn't she know this is a slap in the face of every good little leftie?  Doesn't she know she should be just like everyone else and be assured people don't need security or guns to protect themselves?  Is this a case of not walkin the talkin?  She's just set leftie efforts to end gun ownership back decades. ...decades I tell you!

Anti-Israel Mob Chases, Intimidates Jewish Student at CA School

Cortney O'Brien

Unfortunately, we have another example of anti-Semitism on an American college campus. This past Wednesday at University of California-Irvine, a Jewish sophomore named Eliana Kopley was on her way to an event to watch a documentary about the Israeli Defense Forces, but an angry anti-Israel mob had other plans.
other plans.
As she arrived at the event hosted by Students Supporting Israel, Ms. Kopley was met by an angry crowd pounding on the doors and windows—engaged in violent chants targeting the Jewish state.
They weren’t done. Soon, the group started chanting anti-Semitic messages.
With the crowd physically forbidding Ms. Kopley from attending the event and chants inciting violence against Jews and Israel such as “Intifada, Intifada—Long live the Intifada!” and “F**k Israel!” Ms. Kopley walked away from the scene.
Kopley was “terrified” during the episode, she said.......College campuses are supposed to be “safe spaces?” Tell that to the Jewish students who are routinely bullied and ostracized. ......To Read More.....

My Take - College campuses are supposed to be “safe spaces” - only if you're a leftist loon.  Freedom of speech?  Only for those spouting lefist insanity.  Insanity has swept America's institutions of higher learning since the 60's.  It's now entrenched in higher education and there's only one solution. Stop funding these institutions.  Let them live or die as private for profit institutions that will be forced by real economics and legitimate competition to teach real courses that prepare young people to be something more than community agitators.  

Tom Brokaw Tells College Students Owning Firearms Leads to Terrorism

Cortney O'Brien

It’s graduation season and thanks to universities’ overwhelmingly tendency to choose liberal speakers over conservatives, college students are being fed a bunch of nonsense right before they enter the real world. The latest case in point: the University of Mississippi had the honor of having NBC’s Tom Brokaw lecture them on guns during last weekend's commencement.
"I'm appalled by the determination of organizations and individuals to arm more people without any appreciation of the consequence of evermore lethal weapons in our midst," he said. "More guns and more firearm tolerance will mean more homegrown acts of terror.” Yes, we have a constitutional right to own guns … but with that right comes a personal obligation to be on guard against the promiscuous use of guns (and) not to pretend that no limits means no trouble,” he said.
At least he admitted the Second Amendment exists?.....To Read More.....

My Take - Brokaw: Another reason why the main stream media is dying. 
Katie Kieffer

They’re coming for your home. Right now. I suggest you save it. I can guide you, but you must do exactly as I say.  Except, this isn’t The Matrix. You’re no actor, like Keanu Reeves, playing a distraught programmer-hacker named “Neo.” Nor am I an actor, like Laurence Fishburne, playing your guide “Morpheus.” This is real life, baby.

Your home or apartment—and the neighborhood in which you live—is under siege. “Agents”—sans black glasses and black business suits—who work for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have written a new regulation called “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH) that rejects your Fourth Amendment private property rights under the guise of fighting “discrimination.”.....To Read More.....

Maybe it's time for NBC to fire Andrea Mitchell

By Kenneth Eliasberg

Do left-wing journalists have any responsibility for checking their facts, or is it okay just to lie to support any of their favored candidates?

Recently, Andrea Mitchell of NBC, in response to Donald Trump's reminding Sean Hannity's viewers of Bill Clinton's assault of Juanita Broaddrick, claimed that Ms. Broaddrick's assertion of rape has been "discredited." I have closely followed Bill Clinton's marital meanderings for over 20 years, with particular regard to Ms. Broaddrick's very serious charge, and I am completely unaware of any authoritative assertion of such a discrediting event.

 Perhaps Ms. Mitchell would be kind enough to provide a scintilla of evidence for her charge. In response to the public airing of one of Bill Clinton's many marital misadventures, David Broder, a then liberal reporter for the equally liberal Washington Post, observed that Bill Clinton doesn't have an inappropriate relationship with women; he has an inappropriate relationship with the truth (a kind and generous understatement, to be sure). Apparently, Ms. Mitchell suffers from the same affliction...... Unless Ms. Mitchell has some bit of information that has escaped the attention of the rest of us, I suggest that she offer Ms. Broaddrick an apology.  Failing to do this, I suggest that NBC fire her......Read more

Leftist groups silent as 51 Islamic states seek to block gay and transgender groups from attending UN AIDS meeting

By Thomas Lifson

It’s another case of the silence of the shams, as the usual suspects for decrying discrimination clam up when Islam is involved. Reuters reports:
A group of 51 Muslim states has blocked 11 gay and transgender organizations from attending a high-level meeting at the United Nations next month on ending AIDS, sparking a protest by the United States, Canada and the European Union.  Egypt wrote to the president of the 193-member General Assembly on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to object to the participation of the 11 groups. It did not give a reason in the letter, which Reuters saw. ......
The diplomats have had their say, but where are all the members of the outrage industry? Apparently focused on bathrooms. Or is it merely that the enemy of their enemy (Western Civilization) is their friend? ......Read more

Surgeon General’s Warning: E-Cigarettes Make Leftists Crazy

By Meg Hansen

In April 2016, the British Royal College of Physicians published a study vindicating the public health value of e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoked tobacco. Demonstrating that e-cigarettes function as an effective aid to quitting smoking and are used “almost exclusively by confirmed smokers,” the report recommends that they should be promoted as a healthier substitute to tobacco-containing cigarettes.  On this side of the pond, however, where the politicization of science continues under the patronage of the Obama administration, leftists are willfully misrepresenting the use of e-cigarettes or vaping (so termed because the user inhales water vapor) as a gateway to tobacco smoking.......Read more

Venezuela Needs a Military Coup

Selwyn Duke

With Venezuela spinning toward chaos, it’s said that U.S. officials fear a military coup. We ought to ask “Why?”  Democracy on the brain can be a dangerous condition. George W. Bush pursued his unwise “nation-building” policies under the assumption that, as he put it, “democracies don’t go to war with each other.” (Note: technically we’re speaking of “republics,” not democracies.) So WWI was the “war to end all wars,” and now there’s the political system to end all wars; hey, if a military solution didn’t change man’s nature, maybe a political solution will? .......

And there have been relatively good military governments. After Chilean strongman General Augusto Pinochet steered his nation toward domestic tranquility and prosperity, he agreed to a restoration of representative government and peacefully stepped down in 1990. Of course, Pinochet was not a saint, and the Left despises him because he emerged from a coup that vanquished a devout socialist, Salvador Allende. But he was wise enough to consult with famed economist Milton Friedman when devising policy, and Milton beats Marx every time.

Admittedly, one big difference between Pinochet’s ascendancy (1973) and today is that the U.S. would aid such men decades ago; we understood that a pro-American, anti-communist dictator was preferable to a democratically elected Marxist or jihadist, that a decent zookeeper is better than a democracy of two lions and one sheep voting on what to have for dinner. Now Western leaders are content to create democratically made sheep as long as they’re fleeced by socialist shears....... To Read More

Hollywood in grip of child sex abuse

'There is a darkness in the underbelly'

Eljah Wood

Actor Elijah Wood, best known for his role as Frodo in “Lord of the Rings,” is spilling the beans on a dark, ugly secret in Hollywood: child sex abuse.  The former child actor said in an interview with London’s Sunday Times that young actors are being sexually abused by high-powered predatory “vipers” in the movie industry. He says the abuse is “probably still happening.”   Wood draws uncomfortable parallels with English television personality Jimmy Savile’s scandalous sexual abuse of young girls. An “atmosphere of fear” at BBC is reportedly how Savile was allowed to commit his sex crimes for decades. Despite years of rumors and innuendo, Savile’s crimes were only revealed after his death, leading to allegations of cover-ups by broadcasting giants and government figures.......
Rumors of widespread child sex abuse have swirled around Hollywood for years. Anne Henry, co-founder of Bizparentz, a group set up to help young actors, said: “Hollywood is currently sheltering about 100 active abusers.”......Read more

My Take - Normally when someone from Hollywood comes out about something there's a hue and cry from Hollywood's leftist loons like Richard Dreyfus or Sean Penn and Danny Glover, who just loved Hugo Chavez - I wonder if they're donating their millions to help feed the people of Venezuela?

Then there're the stunningly stupid Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda, Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon and Janeane Garofalo.  It will be interesting to see who says what.  I would be interesting if this created grounds for a grand jury investigation or even a Congressional investigation.  This is still a crime, and if the federal government can tell you how to go to the bathroom, how much water can be flushed and what kind of light bulbs you must use - can't they actually investigate something that really is a crime?  At least for the time being it's still a crime!  Can anyone say - Slippery Slope?

The 'conspiracy against the people of Venezuela'

Socialism pushing society to brink

William Murray

As Venezuela unravels around him, President Nicolas Maduro continues to look outward for culprits to blame. During a recently televised broadcast, he ripped what he termed a meeting “to conspire against Venezuela” in Washington.  "Washington is activating measures at the request of Venezuela’s fascist right, who are emboldened by the coup in Brazil,” Maduro said, referring to the recent impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

William Murray, chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition, said Maduro’s professed concern about a Washington-led conspiracy is disingenuous.

“There is definitely a conspiracy against the people of Venezuela, but the conspiracy was by [former president Hugo] Chavez and Maduro, not by the government of the United States,” Murray explained.

In his Friday broadcast, Maduro went on to declare a 60-day state of emergency that included the “necessary measures” to protect Venezuela from a foreign attack. Murray doesn’t buy the rationale.
“The only reason he has called a state of emergency is because of his fear of the people of Venezuela rising up against him, not because of any true external factor,” Murray claimed.

Maduro does have reason to be concerned about a popular revolt. Protesters have marched in the streets, demanding electoral authorities allow a recall vote on Maduro. However, according to Reuters, U.S. intelligence officials doubt Maduro will allow a recall referendum against him to proceed. At one protest last week, soldiers fired tear gas at stone-throwing protesters......Read more

My Take - Again - when the privileged classes and the common people feel threatened as a group - governments fall.  Claiming the U.S. is reponsible for all their problems when there's no food on the shelves and the currency is worthless must ring hollow to his people.  Maduro may not have a choice about recalls - they'll revolt and if he's caught, they may shoot him. 

Black Pastors Call Out Obama For Insulting African-Americans With This Statement

 By Constitution.com

The Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) is challenging Obama on his illegal transgender mandate. They recently issued a statement, asserting:
“the Obama administration’s assertion that single-sex bathrooms are discriminating against gender-confused individuals in much the same way that blacks experienced discrimination in the United States is a ‘gross insult’ to all who fought for equality for African-Americans.”
Rev. Bill Owens, president of CAAP, said,
“There is simply no relation between the struggles that Black Americans have faced and the desire of a tiny minority group to violate the dignity and privacy of women and girls. To suggest some sort of equivalence is a gross insult to all of those who marched with Dr. King and faced fire hoses and hatred in the name of equality.”
Further, Owens says Obama and Loretta Lynch’s illegal mandate is “an affront to the Black Community and a theft of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.” And, “Black Pastors will not allow the homosexual and transgender communities to rob Black Americans of their battle for civil rights!”.....To Read More....

Free Trade, the Leftist Issue and the Truth

By Raoul Lowery Contreras

Free enterprise and capitalism are being attacked by both presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Both say they are for “free trade” but are against free trade deals negotiated over the past three decades by the United States. Those trade deals have benefited American consumers, all of them in a macro sense, to the tune of billions of dollars in savings and benefits.

A few Americans have lost jobs in the process in a micro sense. They did not lose their lives, they weren’t taken out and shot like the farmers murdered by Russian Communists in the Ukraine that objected to losing their private farms to the government and/or working on government farms for an equal share of the proceeds in the great communist scheme of life. In the largest sense, the number of lost jobs to trade over the past 30 years is infinitesimal. For example, in the first 20 years of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) a documented 50,000 jobs a year were lost. By contrast, two and-a-half million jobs are lost in the average 18-month recession since 1946.

What free trade critics never mention is the jobs allegedly lost to trade relative to the number of jobs that are created by trade. Over time, certain jobs classifications are more affected than others. Manufacturing, for example. Though fewer Americans work in manufacturing, the U.S. is producing more manufactured goods with fewer people. Technology and automation are responsible. At the same time, when trade grows so do attendant jobs. The United States Chamber of Commerce estimates 14 million people work in trade with Canada and Mexico alone. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars estimates six million in trade with Mexico alone.......To Read More....

My Take - I think reading the comments is worth your time.  I will be the first to admit I've been ambivalent about all of this.  In principle I like the idea of free trade, but the reality of those agreements concern me.   The degree of uncertainty is high for me and I think for most others.

Carpenter Bees

By Rich Kozlovich


Picture courtesy : Kansas State University Research and Extension
There has been a lot of carpenter bees flying around this year.  In some of the cases I could see why and act accordingly.  In other cases there was no observable evidence of nesting.  Let's talk about that.

The size of carpenter bees varies between 1/2 inch to 1 inch.  They resemble bumble bees, but normally larger with the posterior being black and shiny, with yellow "hair" on the thorax.  Bumble bees are the opposite.  Hair on the posterior and a black thorax.  The male has a yellow face. The females face is black and play an important role in plant pollination. 

Now that we've gotten that out of the way let's deal with the problems they cause homeowners. 

Carpenter bees can drill an almost perfectly round hole about 3/8  inch in diameter, usually on the face of boards - behind and in front - of decks, fences, fascia boards and any location where there's bear wood,    leaving sawdust below the drilling location.   Untreated nests can be used year after year.  

In the spring we see a lot of carpenter bees flying amount because they've emerged and want to mate.  Unlike other bee species the male/female population is 50/50, and the males have no stinger.  I've not been stung by them, nor do I know anyone who has.  Males are territorial and will confront you if you enter their territory through intimidation - and do an excellent job of it - remember the males can't sting. 

Females will drill out a few inches to as much as 18 inches and start laying eggs.  They fly back and forth with pollen attached to their legs which they leave in the egg chamber.  When there's enough they will form it into a round ball to leave as a food source for the larva when they hatch, seal the chamber and then repeat the process anywhere up to as much as 8 times.  The female carpenter bee can squeeze through incredibly tiny places to bore into untreated wood, even under siding. 

Normally they drill in and then make a right hand turn.  But they're just as capable of drilling to the left, and even up and down in porch pillars.  Not typical, but it's done causing a lot of damage, including woodpeckers pecking even larger holes in order to eat carpenter bees and their larvae, even if it's a old no longer used nest, just in case it's still active.

So what to do?

First and foremost we have to understand they're job is to help clean up the dead trees in the forest.  If you have untreated, unpainted wood on your house, even if it's untreated cedar clapboard, they view it as dead wood...not your house.  I see a lot of stained rough cut wood as siding on homes.  They immediately recognize that as 'dead' wood and attack, even on homes with heavy stain.

Corrective steps to prevent long term damage to a home involves painting wood surfaces.  Although they will attack painted wood, it's less frequent, and any bear wood treated with oil or polyurethane bases will help substantially.  Siding is a good thing, but not fool proof as I've stated. 

Once they've gotten started a pesticide treatment is necessary when they get started and possibly in the fall, then I recommend caulking the following spring.  Why spring.  Carpenter bees emerge from the nest in reverse order to when they were laid.  The last egg laid is the first egg to hatch, otherwise they would have to eat through the other unhatched chambers or chew through the chamber wall exposing the nest to the environment.   That means there can be an unhatched chamber left over for the spring, even if pesticides have been applied earlier in the year.  If nothing emerges in the spring then caulk and paint the surface.
   

Notwithstanding Keynesian Fantasies, Redistribution Does Not Stimulate Growth

May 22, 2016 by Dan Mitchell

Back in 2010, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi actually claimed that paying people not to work would be good for the economy.


Wow, that’s almost as bizarre as Paul Krugman’s assertion that war is good for growth.

Professor Dorfman of the University of Georgia remembers Pelosi’s surreal moment and cites it in his column in Forbes, which debunks the Keynesian assertion that handouts create growth by giving recipients money to spend.

It is true, of course, that the people getting goodies from the government will spend that money, which also means more money for the merchants they patronize.
People who favor redistribution for other purposes often try to convince others to support them on the grounds that their favored policies will also create economic growth. …let’s review the story as told by those in favor of redistribution. When the government provides benefits to people without much income or spending power, those people will immediately go out and spend all the money they receive. This spending creates an economic multiplier effect as those who get the dollars re-spend some of them… There is nothing particularly wrong with the above story as far as it goes. Economic spending does create more spending as each person who gains income then spends some of that income somewhere else.
But there’s always been a giant hole in Keynesian logic, as Prof. Dorfman explains.
The redistribution advocates always forget to consider one part: where did the money handed out in government benefits come from? …There are three possible answers to that question: the money was raised in taxes, the money was borrowed from an American, or the money was borrowed from abroad. The fact that the money came from someplace is the key because for the government to have money to hand out it must first take it from somebody.
I would add a fourth option, which is that the government can just print the money. But we can overlook that option for the moment since only true basket cases like Venezuela go with that option. And even though we have plenty of policy problems in America, we’re fortunately a long way from having to finance the budget with a printing press.

So let’s look at Dorfman’s options. When governments tax and borrow from domestic sources, all that happens is that spending get redistributed.
If the government raised the money in taxes, then the people paying the taxes have less money to spend in the exact amount that is going to be handed out. …somebody’s spending power was reduced by the exact amount that somebody else receives. …If the money is borrowed from an American, the same thing happens. The person lending the money now either doesn’t spend the money or cannot save the money. When money is saved, banks lend it out. That borrower intends to spend the money (otherwise, why borrow?). When the money is lent to the government instead of being put in the bank, the loan and associated spending it would have created disappear.
And the same is true even when money is borrowed from foreign sources.
…the final hope for economic growth from government transfers would be if the government borrowed the money from abroad. This could work, as long as the money otherwise would not have appeared in the U.S. economy. For example, if China sells us products, they end up with dollars. The question is: if they don’t use those dollars to buy Treasury bonds, what will they do instead? The answer is that the dollars generally have to end up back in the U.S. Even if China turns those dollars into euros and buys German bonds instead, somebody else now owns those dollars and will spend them in the U.S. in some fashion (buying products, companies, or investments).
Prof. Dorfman explains that Keynesianism is merely a version of Bastiat’s broken-window fallacy.
…the claimed economic stimulus from giving money to the poor is offset by the lost spending we do not get from the original holder of the money. …this is a classic example of a famous economic principle: the broken window fallacy. In the fallacy, townspeople rejoice at the economic boost to be received when a shopkeeper must spend money to replace a broken window. What they miss is that absent the broken window, the shopkeeper would have bought something else with her money. In reality the economy is unchanged in the aggregate.
Well said, though allow me to augment that final excerpt by pointing out that the economy actually does change when income is redistributed, albeit in the wrong direction.

This is because many redistribution programs give people money, but only if they don’t work or earn only small amounts of income. And less labor in the economy means less output.

In effect, redistribution programs create very high implicit tax rates on being productive, which is why welfare programs trap people in government dependency.

Last but not least, let’s preemptively deal with a couple of Keynesian counter-arguments.

They often argue, for instance, that redistribution is good for growth because lower-income people have a higher “marginal propensity to consume.”

That’s true, but irrelevant. Even if other people are more likely to save, the money doesn’t disappear. As Prof. Dorfman explained, money that goes into the financial system is lent out to other people.

At this point, a clever Keynesian will argue that the money won’t get lent if overall economic conditions are weak. And there is some evidence this is true.
But those weak conditions generally are associated with periods when the burden of government is climbing, so the real lesson is that there’s no substitute for a policy of free markets and small government.

P.S. Here’s the video I narrated for the Center for Freedom and Prosperity about Keynesianism.


P.P.S. Advocates of Keynesian economics make some very weird arguments to justify more government spending.

Families of Brit 9/11 victims due £69million EACH in compensation, says lawyer

By Peter Walker

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner believes the families of the 2,977 World Trade Center fatalities could each receive $100m (£69m) in what could be the costliest lawsuit in history.   It means the families of 67 Brit victims could receive a combined £4.6billion.  The potentially humungous legal action moved once step closer to reality on Tuesday when US bigwigs passed a terrorism justice act. "It will be huge," said Ms Darshan-Leitner, speaking to Daily Star Online.

Based on previous cases it's usually millions of dollars, perhaps $50m to $100m per family."  The award-winning Israeli attorney and human rights activist said that parents, children and siblings of victims would each be awarded compensation and "loss of support" money.  She continued: "The compensation for the victim depends on the pain and suffering they experienced before they died.  "And obviously in the case of the 9/11 terror attack their suffering was horrible, horrible.  "And if they were injured, then it depends on the time they spent in hospital.".....To Read More....

The mutiny of the masses

By Barry Casselman

The Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset wrote many brilliant books before his death in 1955, but his most famous book still is pertinent almost a century after it was written in 1928. Its title is The Revolt of the Masses, and it chronicles in elegant Spanish prose (which translates well into English) a long-term pattern in human behavior beginning with the Renaissance in Europe and culminating in post-World War I Western civilization – namely, the gradual and unrelenting coming to power of the masses as they overthrew the ancient institutions of feudal and imperial rule.

What makes The Revolt of the Masses so remarkable is its prophetic account of the rise of totalitarian fascism and communism. Ortega predicted in 1928 the rise of Hitlerian Nazism and Stalinist communism, and the consequences, well before these totalitarian upheavals murdered tens of millions of persons and violently disrupted the lives of hundreds of millions more.......

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The Dreadful Kagan Clan——Hillary’s Warmongers In Waiting

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The U.S. is heading straight for a fiscal calamity in the next decade. Even if you believe the CBO’s Rosy Scenario projections——-which assume that we will go 207 months thru 2026 without a recession or double the longest expansion on record and nearly 4X the normal cycle length—–we will still end up with $28 trillion of national debt and a $1.3 trillion annual deficit (5% of GDP) by 2026.

But that’s the optimistic case!  As I demonstrated recently, if you get real about all the enormous headwinds down the road—-including the virtual certainty that the Red Ponzi will have a crashing landing and take the global economy down with it—- you end up with a truly dismal picture.

To wit, just assume economic performance during the next ten years is no better or worse than the average of the last ten years, including the last decade’s 2.5% growth rate of wage and salary income.
The result is that by the out-years CBO has over-estimated taxable income by more than 20% or $2 trillion per year; and that means, in turn, that CBOs current forecast is built on massive phantom revenues, given that under current law the payroll and income tax take from wages and salaries is just under 35%.  

Accordingly, with sober economic assumptions and existing policy, the annual deficit is heading for $2-3 trillion per year by the middle of the next decade. This means the nation will accumulate an incremental debt of $15 trillion or more in the interim, and that by 2026 the national debt will reach $34 trillion or 140% of GDP.......

My Take - Strange article but thought provoking, and as you read this article I think it's important to understand Russia has seven defensive gaps they must defend.  They only have the manpower to defend three and two of them are around the Ukraine.  I also think it's important to realize no matter who's elected we've come to an end of the Bretton Woods era of thinking of so much foreign involvement, including military involvement,  because we're broke, and this continued deficit spending is going to take us down the drain whether the President and Congress want it to or not because the world is broke.....and for the same reasons.  The EU is doomed, they will be in a civil war soon and that will bankrupt all of Europe.  When that happen swhat's left of Russia's economy will collapse and China will nose dive because their economy is based on exports and full employment - not profitability - and is incapable of being self-sustaining and their banks are a bigger mess than ours were during the housing collapse.  The asylum is being run by the inmates....and there's no way any of this will be avoided. 

Left-Wing Site ‘Salon.com’ Pushes Pedophilia As The Next Civil Right

 By William Stauff

The whiplash from the Slippery Slope stung many in the LGBT community this week.  Conservative Review highlighted a very creepy video from Salon that shows a man who’s an admitted pedophile saying that he’s born this way and people need to understand it.  The reaction from some in the LGBT community has been interesting. Can you say Slippery Slope?.....To Read More....

The Charge of the Transgender Brigade

By The Common Constitutionalist

Ours is not to wonder why – ours is just to do or get fined. Okay – that’s not exactly accurate, unless you are one of the 600 left to oppose the Left’s new civil right – the rights of transgenders or “gender-non-conforming people.”  For all these years close minded conservatives have been under the misconception that a person’s sex is synonymous with their gender. Silly backwoods bumpkins.

It’s time we were dragged from the dark ages to the 21st century where all gender is fluid.   And just to make sure we comply – federal, state and city governments will force us into the proper genderless state of mind......To Read More....

Who Will Protect Our Children’s Privacy?

By Gary Curtis 

President Obama is in his final months in office and pressing to continue his promise to “fundamentally transform” America. This time, rather than use his “pen and phone” and Executive Orders, he had his Department of Justice and Department of Education issue strong-armed “guidance” to public school districts across America, requiring them to accommodate self-proclaimed “transgendered” students, under the intimidating threat of lawsuits and a loss of federal funding.

To do this, these federal departments had to re-interpret the 1972 Title IX educational amendment terminology to say that “sex” no longer means only “male or female,” but also included a new category, “transgender.” Now, according to this administration, federally funded schools are obligated to provide students access to restrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities and activities in accordance with their self-proclaimed gender identity......To Read More....

Girl Scouts in Upstate NY Will Now Allow Transgenders to Join Their Troops

By Michael Ware

We should have seen this coming. There is no doubt that this was the next logical step. Once the Gender Dysphoria camel had his/her/it’s nose inside the tent, we could expect nothing less than the whole camel.  Now, as there is a battle over where people can use the restroom heating up, a mainstay in the development of girls has now decided that it would denounce the specialness that is womanhood. WNYT reported last month.....To Read More....

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The United States, NATO, and Russia

By Michael Curtis

Will Cold War II begin because of bananas? The Obama administration has made it clear, “Yes, we have no bananas, we have no bananas today.” Nevertheless, the distinguished Russian champion figure skater and now politician Irina Rodnina, who lit the Olympic flame at Sochi in February 2014, disagreed. Earlier, on September 2013 she had tweeted a racist picture of President Barack Obama, his mouth full of food, with a hand in the foreground waving a banana at him.

The banana warfare continued. In the Russian city of Perm, a number of posters appeared addressing the U.S. President as “Banan-Obama.” On them were images of bananas labeled “Ukraine,” and the message “don’t choke.” At a festival in Moscow in 2015 a playful competition featured four participants in blackface alongside an Obama impersonator chasing a banana.

Ben Rhodes, the spin doctor at the White House, has not yet misled us about the eating habits of President Obama. However, we do know the next U.S. president has to contemplate Putin’s political and military appetites, and plan accordingly. Will the next president agree with President George W. Bush who in June 2001 thought, after a “good talk” with the Russian leader that he had a good sense of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s soul? .....To Read More

My Take - Montenegro is a Balkan country by the way.  The author's facts are compelling but his conclusions are all wrong.  Putin has no desire, no economy and no stable military to become a world power once again.  Everything he's done, and is doing, is what Russia has always done.  Create buffer zones between the ethnic Russian population and everyone else. 

Russia is a harsh low capital generating nation resulting in bad infrastructure, education, market formation. This means low productivity and the effectiveness of the military. Furthermore it's a hordesland nation with seven defensive gaps they need to defend.  They only have the manpower to defend three of them, and two are around the Ukraine. Russia is breeding itself out of existence and suffers from a serious level of alcoholism, “HIV and milti-drug-resistant tuberculosis, and are fast losing the capacity to man a military, maintain a sizable missile fleet and to even keep it's roads and rail system in working order. The ethnic Russians may be a minority in their own nation by 2040.”

“The Russian demographic decline is so steep, so far advanced, and so multi-vectored that for demographic reasons alone Russia is unlikely to survive as a state, and Russians are unlikely to survive as a people over the next couple of generations.”

Putin isn't looking to dominate the world. Russia as a nation is in it's twilight – he knows it, and he just wants to survive.

Let's not make the same mistake as Europe!

Trump Muslim ban doesn't go far enough

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You do not have to be well-educated, and most of our populace regrettably is not, to realize that ancient Rome fell after it stupidly allowed barbarians though its gates. Sure, there were social and political issues contributing to the fall of this great empire, but it was the rot from within – exacerbated by the barbarians – that put the nail in Rome’s coffin.........Now is not the time for political correctness. There is no constitutional right for non-citizens or non-permanent residents to immigrate to our shores, much less remain in our country if they are regrettably already here! And, that is why Trump’s plan to deport illegal aliens also makes sense, and why Obama’s attempted blanket amnesty to over 5 million illegal must be legally put to an end.....Read more

Primed to fight the government

A fast-growing U.S. movement armed with guns and the Constitution sees a dire threat to liberty
 
Kevin Sullivan        
                                           
B.J. Soper took aim with his AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and fired a dozen shots at a human silhouette target. Soper’s wife and their 16-year-old daughter practiced drawing pistols. Then Soper helped his 4-year-old daughter, in pink sneakers and a ponytail, work on her marksmanship with a .22-caliber rifle.   Deep in the heart of a vast U.S. military training ground, surrounded by spent shotgun shells and juniper trees blasted to shreds, the Central Oregon Constitutional Guard was conducting its weekly firearms training.......
 
Law enforcement officials call them dangerous, delusional and sometimes violent, and say that their numbers are growing amid a wave of anger at the government that has been gaining strength since 2008, a surge that coincided with the election of the first black U.S. president and a crippling economic recession.......
 
Law enforcement officials and the watchdog groups that track the self-styled “patriot” groups call them anti-government extremists, militias, armed militants or even domestic terrorists. Some opponents of the largely white and rural groups have made fun by calling them “Y’all Qaeda” or “Vanilla ISIS.”.......Shortly after the Bundy ranch confrontation, two of Bundy’s supporters who had been at the ranch, Jerad and Amanda Miller, killed two police officers and a civilian and also died in a Las Vegas shooting rampage. Police said the couple left a note on the body of one the officers they had shot point-blank.
 
It said: “This is the beginning of the revolution.”......To Read More.....

My Take - All revolutions are initially started by those who create the intellectual argument for resistance to those in charge.  But it's the extremist within those ranks (who the intellectuals wouldn't cross the street to talk to, just as Thomas Jefferson could go on unendingly about the glories of the common man but wouldn't speak to on the street because he had nothing in common with them at all) who actually start the revolution, and it was the same in the American Revolution. 

There are only two groups in any human society.  The privileged and the common people.  The privilege only care about maintaining their privileges.  The common people only care about security.  If either of these groups feels threatened as a group - governments fall.  Currently the privileged feel threatened as do the common people.   They may be divided depending on which philosophical side of the street to which they subscribe to - but it's my belief the majority of each group believe we're doomed if we continue down the current path of destruction by an overwhelmingly large, tyrannical and incompetent government. 

The left has dominated mankind to it's detriment for decades and now their works are coming to fruition in all parts of the world.  The EU is doomed, Europe is doomed, and Russia will collapse as will China.  The American economy will take such a massive hit the world as we know it will disappear within ten years, and probably closer to five.  I dread what I see on the horizon!  And it's coming , disabuse yourself of any delusions to the contrary. 

Men: You, not the state, must protect your family

'God's Laws trump human laws: “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” – 1 Timothy 5:8

By Charl van Wyk

The last thing I want to do is discourage any women from reading this, but know from the beginning: This message is specifically addressed to my brothers in Christ.
 
Men, we need to talk.
 
(And yes, I know that particular turn of phrase sounds eerily similar to what your wife announces when she has something to share with you that usually involves some behavior modification on your part. I’m a husband, too!)
 
But in seriousness, my brothers, all throughout scripture, the Lord speaks to men about what He calls us to do. We’re to honor Him; love and honor our wives; love, instruct and admonish, when necessary, our children. And we’re to protect them, with our very lives if necessary.
When political leaders and lawmakers make it impossible for us as dutiful husbands and fathers to act – in the biblical sense – as protectors of those whom God has entrusted to our care, then we have no obligation to obey them......Read more

Austrian election could produce first EU far-right head of state

By Francois Murphy and Michael Shields

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria could elect the European Union's first far-right head of state on Sunday, with support for Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer buoyed by a migration crisis that has heightened fears about employment and security.  Opinion polls suggest the presidential race between Hofer and former Greens leader Alexander van der Bellen will be close-run. A far-right victory would resonate throughout the 28-member bloc where migration driven by conflict in the Middle East and Africa has become a major political issue.
 
Austria took in 90,000 asylum seekers last year, more than 1 percent of its population, many of them shortly after it and neighboring Germany threw open their borders last autumn to a wave of migrants including refugees from Syria's civil war. The government has since clamped down on immigration and asylum, but that about-face only fueled support for the far right, which was already capitalizing on widespread frustration with the country's two traditional parties of government.  Sunday's run-off election comes four weeks after Hofer unexpectedly won the first round with 35 percent of the vote......To Read More....

Venezuela: how the socialist paradise turned into debt and hyperinflation hell


Venezuela, where a hamburger is officially $170


But of course no merchant is pricing at the official rate imposed under currency controls. It's the black market rate of 1,000 bolivares per dollar that's applied.  But for Venezuelans paid in hyperinflation-hit bolivares, and living in an economy relying on mostly imported goods or raw materials, conditions are unthinkably expensive.  Even for the middle class, most of it sliding into poverty, hamburgers and hotels are out-of-reach excesses.

"Everybody is knocked low," Michael Leal, a 34-year-old manager of an eyewear store in Caracas, told AFP. "We can't breathe."......To Read More.....

A Part-time Law Lecturer vs. the Constitution

By Clarice Feldman

It’s a lie often repeated that Obama was a Constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago law school. In fact, he was just a lecturer there for a short time who never much impressed his colleagues. Watching this administration in action one wonders what, if anything, he understands about the Constitution at all. His is an administration based on flouting it.  It’s true that the judicial process moves slowly and such conduct can continue for a while until halted, but repeatedly the courts are catching up.   In fact, the Supreme Court has ruled unanimously against the administration 20 times. As Ted Cruz noted:........Read more

USDA Awards $746,827 to Improve ‘Shopping Practices of Adolescents’

By Eric Scheiner

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Thursday six universities have been awarded nearly $3.8 million in funding by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for programs designed to help fight obesity.

The USDA’s program descriptions for the six grants include:
  • --$746,827 to the University of Kentucky for the testing of the program “Smart Shopping.” According to the program description, Smart Shopping is “aimed at improving the shopping practices of adolescents with the ultimate goal of increasing fruit and vegetable intake.”
  • --$797,995 was awarded to the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine for the “Supermarket Science: Multipronged Approaches to Increasing Fresh.....To Read More.....

The Clinton’s Have Received Nearly $85 MILLION From Islamic Gulf States

 By Constitution.com

Anyone else would be in prison by now. Yet for some reason, Hillary Clinton has eluded prison and is still running for president.

Bob Amoroso at the U.S. Herald writes that, “the American political system thanks in part to leaders like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, has quickly become the largest ‘crime syndicate’ the world has ever known.”

He references the backroom deals made in Congress and the national banking ponzi schemes, which are now considered acceptable, because the general public assumes that politicians blatantly lie to voters with “reckless abandonment and without fear of recrimination or accountability.”

He’s right; which is perhaps why Hillary Clinton remains unscathed from the numerous conflicts of interests and scandals that became exposed from her dealings as Secretary of State and the money donated to the Clinton Foundation from Islamic Gulf states........If Hillary can use the political system for her financial benefit, lie about Islam, and abuse her role as Secretary of State, and still elude prison? Why should anyone else who breaks the law go to prison? The law should either apply to everyone equally, or to none at all. Clinton, if anyone, has shown that she holds herself above the law and is justified in doing so........To Read More.....



National Park Service Director Makes MIND-BLOWING Comments About Trees Being Racist

 By Constitution.com

Forget the fact that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are racist. Or that “whiteness” should be eliminated. Now, liberals are suggesting trees in national parks are racist.

Mickey Fearn, the National Park Service’s (NPS) Deputy Director for Communications and Community Assistance stated that trees remind blacks of lynchings during the days of slavery. Despite the fact that Yellowstone National Park, America’s first national park, was created several years after the end of slavery in 1872, and that Wyoming was never a slave state, this NPS director thinks a forest will offend blacks.

Fearn, a black man, says, “African American people feel safe in cities and less safe in nature. Preserving wild places is a white concept, going back to Rome.”

While this is comical to most, and proves that liberalism is a mental disorder, what Fearn misunderstands is that trees can’t think or discriminate like people can. In fact, Fearn’s statement is in itself racist and bigoted............If trees are racist, they must also be sexist and/or “homophobic.” Maybe even some trees identify as bushes or grass, stating they were born as the wrong tree. They really aren’t trees at all.

This is the insanity that proves liberalism is a mental disorder........To Read More.....

New York Times, Washington Post and Pravda: Oh My!

Graduates face a big challenge

When they go into the Real World, college and high school grads will actually have to THINK
 
Paul Driessen
 
As they don caps and gowns, endure commencement speeches and take their diplomas, many high school and college graduates face bleak prospects in an economy that grew a dismal 0.5% the first quarter.
 
The United States added a meager 160,000 new non-farm jobs in April, a paltry 4,000 of them in manufacturing. First quarter 2016 averaged just 203,000 jobs per month. The labor force participation rate remains stuck at an abysmal 63% – meaning 93 million working age Americans are still unemployed.
 
Many who are working hold multiple jobs to make ends meet, while others are toiling at temporary, part-time or “gig” jobs, at lower pay, with few benefits and little job security.
They and the graduates may be hoping that Donald Trump will “Make America great again,” Hillary Clinton will “revitalize” our ailing economy, or Bernie Sanders will “invest” trillions of tax dollars to train and employ millions of young Americans in a 100% clean energy economy.
 
Like the candidates, they may be blaming our economic woes on China, climate change, Wall Street, the one percent, Mexico, inadequate supervision of greedy capitalist corporations, unpatriotic companies fleeing to foreign shores, or insufficient tax revenues to support essential government programs.
 
All are appealing excuses, but the real answer is much closer to home and involves multiple self-inflicted wounds. Most legislators and regulators are loath to admit any responsibility for our economic woes, and most graduates will find it hard to analyze the problem. However, the analytical process is essential.
 
The difficulty for students and graduates is that most were not taught how to think. Their teachers too often present mostly liberal-socialist ideology as unassailable fact, discourage or prohibit discussion and debate, and shelter sensitive snowflakes via speech codes, safe zones and bans on verbal microagression.
 
While raking in millions of taxpayer dollars for climate research, a cabal of RICO-20 university professors has gone even further. It has asked US and state attorneys general to launch racketeering prosecutions of anyone who disagrees with alarmist views on “dangerous manmade global warming.”
 
World-renowned physicist and Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman’s admonition has been largely discarded in the halls of academia. “I would rather have questions that can’t be answered,” he said, “than answers that can’t be questioned.” Sadly, answers that none dare question now dominate classroom life.
 
And so, as you and graduates in your family or circle of friends leave those institutions of rote learning, and go into the Real World, you will have to undertake your greatest challenge: learning to think.
 
Examining, questioning, discussing and challenging hypotheses, assertions and accepted “facts” are always absolutely essential for scientific, technological and societal progress. In this election year, it behooves us all to demand details from candidates, honestly assess whether their proposals will improve or worsen our economic situation, insist on and participate in rigorous debates, and cast informed votes.
 
As you try to understand why our economy has been so anemic, why so few jobs are being created, and why one in three young American voters supports socialism as better than free enterprise – here are just a few realities to ponder.
 
God gave Moses Ten Commandments. The federal government has given us tens of thousands of commandments, enforced by millions of nameless, unelected bureaucrats who have nearly unfettered discretion to interpret and administer their rules. Complying with them costs American families and businesses $1.9 trillion per year. That’s more than the entire Russian economy, more than the IRS collected in corporate and personal taxes in 2015, and $15,000 in hidden costs for every family.
 
The Obama Administration has been publishing 80,000 pages of new regulations per year – and is preparing to unleash 3,000 more rules before it leaves office. Small businesses are hurt most, as they cannot possibly read, comprehend and comply with this regulatory tsunami. They thus live in fear that any unknown or inadvertent violation will result in massive fines or even jail time. Indeed, more than 4,500 federal rules carry criminal penalties, and lack of knowledge or intent is no defense.
 
Coupled with the highest corporate tax rates in the developed world, new hourly wage and overtime rules, and mountains of state and local regulations, these federal edicts dramatically impair hiring and growth.
 
This unintended job and economic destruction has shrunk middle class family incomes by more than $1,000 per year during the Obama era, sent 3 million more families into poverty, and added over 600,000 black Americans to the overall poverty number. The intentional damage is even more insidious.
 
The Obama EPA’s war on fossil fuels has contributed greatly to the loss of nearly 50,000 coal industry jobs since 2008. Mrs. Clinton has made it clear that she will “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business,” if she is elected. Like Senator Sanders, she also wants to eliminate most US oil and natural gas production – while ignoring the fact that fossil fuels still provide 82% of all US energy.
 
That would mean vastly more land-intensive, heavily subsidized wind, solar and biofuel substitutes. It would send electricity and motor fuel prices skyrocketing to levels now found in California and New York, or even in Britain and Germany: double, triple or quadruple what most Americans now pay.
 
For hospitals, factories, school districts and other major energy users, that would bring thousands to millions of dollars per year in higher costs – and thus countless more lost jobs and closed doors.
 
President Obama, Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Sanders, most Democrats and even some Republicans justify these self-inflicted wounds by saying they are necessary to prevent catastrophic global warming and climate change. But even if plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide is a primary culprit – and thousands of scientists say it is not – even shutting down all US fossil fuel use would bring no benefits, amid tremendous pain.
 
China alone accounts for 80% of the entire world’s increase in coal consumption so far this century. It now consumes as much coal as the rest of the world combined. The 155 new coal-fired power plants it is currently planning to build will burn twice as much coal as all of Germany’s existing plants do. Coal generates 67% of China’s electricity, oil and natural gas 23%, hydro 10%, and wind and solar combined only 2 percent. Nearly a billion Chinese still exist on less than $5 per day, and the Middle Kingdom will be burning fossil fuels for decades to improve their living standards.
 
India, Indonesia, the rest of Asia, all of Africa and much of Latin America are in the same situation. All are burning coal, oil and natural gas to lift billions out of abject poverty – and will continue doing so.
 
America’s political classes always protect themselves. It is poor, minority, middle-class and blue-collar families that will suffer – along with most of you graduates – from these all pain/no gain climate policies.
 
Politicians always like to show they care, by giving other people’s money to worthy causes, their favorite voting blocs and their campaign contributors. They are far less charitable with their own money. Joe and Jill Biden raked in $333,182 in 2009 – and gave just $4,820 to charity; during the previous decade, they averaged $369 annually. Between 2007 and 2014, the Clintons “earned” $139 million; they gave $14,959,450 to charity – but 98.7% of that went to the scandal-ridden Clinton Family Foundation.
 
Socialist and anti-energy policies boil down to strangling jobs and wealth creation … making the economic pie smaller and smaller … taking money from hard-working taxpayers and giving it to “less fortunate” people who aren’t working but will likely vote for politicians who promise them “free stuff” … and ensuring “more equitable sharing” of ever greater scarcity, poverty and misery (for non-ruling elites).
 
As to telling poor countries to stop using fossil fuels, it is an unconscionable crime against humanity to impose policies that pretend to protect Earth’s poor, malnourished and energy-deprived masses from hypothetical climate chaos – by perpetuating poverty, malnutrition and disease that kill millions of them every year, right now.
 
Think about all of this as you take your diploma, evaluate candidates, and head to the polls.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power - Black death.

Will Venezuela Be Forced to Embrace the Dollar?



The country of Venezuela is dangerously approaching hyperinflation. At 2015’s year-end, official figures had yearly inflation at or above 180 percent (some private sector sources estimated it at 330 percent). The technical definition of hyperinflation is when inflation is at 50 percent or more per month, meaning that Venezuela is not yet at this point, but does seem to be approaching at an accelerated pace. The South American country finds itself with inflation rates at their worst in its history (1996 saw 103 percent yearly inflation) and the highest in the world (Ukraine is second with 50 percent yearly inflation).......Most certainly, Venezuela finds itself in hyperinflation for which there exist only two solutions; drastically reduce spending and the deficit and execute monetary reform or lose the bolivar and adopt the dollar. Both are equally unpopular for the government of Venezuela, but the difference is that if the first option (the deficit) goes unattended, the second (dollarization) is inevitable. Then, one of the most anti-US governments in the world will have to accept the US dollar as its only remedy against hyperinflation........To Read More.....

My Take - Actually - the need to turn Northward to the United States for help is as inevitable as the turning of the day.  Venezuela's government wasted untold amounts of money from their oil reserves promoting insane leftist schemes in and around South America.  That oil is very crude  and filled with all sort of contaminates requiring expensive refining.  The fact is no one really needs their oil and the price has dropped like a stone.  They can't just sell it everywhere as there are only a few refineries capable of refining it.....and most if not all are in the U.S. 

On the other hand shale oil from fracking isn't just sweet and light - it's ultra sweet and ultra light and is easily refined into products like gasoline.  The day is coming when Venezuela may be the only oil producing nation that can't sell it's oil to anyone.

Venezuela is geographically bound to their neighbors in the North because there is little infrastructure to the South....no roads, no rail system and the  tropic geography is very difficult to their South, and very thinly populated.  They are incapable of integrating to the South.  Even roads to their neighbor Columbia to the West are at best crude.   This is a country that's so broke it can't even afford to buy the paper to print their money.  Welcome to Bernie's world!

Venezuela is part of America's backyard.  They will eventually have to abandon their own independence in order to survive and they will beg the U.S. to save them....right after the current regime is overthrown and possibly executed.  That's as sure as the turning of the day!  However - the U.S. may not be financially able to save them when that day comes.  And quite frankly - I don't care!

We've our own leftist lunatics destroying our economy, and that needs to be dealt with, but who knows....maybe Sean Penn and his fellow  lunatic Hollywood leftists - who praised Chavez and his followers - will step up to the plate and give Venezuela the millions they will need to feed their people.  They're waiting Sean!!!!  Where are you?

How Bugs Bunny and ‘Kill the Wabbit’ Inspired a Generation of Opera Stars

The cast and crew of the Washington National Opera’s Wagner Ring cycle we call the influence of ‘What’s Opera, Doc?,’ the Warner Bros. romp through the musical canon
 
Many of the people involved in the Washington National Opera’s production of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle say their first exposure to opera came from the same source—Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd cartoons. Photo: Warner Bros./Everett Collection

By Michael M. Phillips


Long before she became an opera star, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop believed that Brünnhilde, the heroine in Richard Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung,” was actually named Bwünnhilde.   Only years later did she realize she thought so because Elmer Fudd can’t pronounce his R’s.   Like many other singers and crew staging the 17-hour, four-opera Wagner extravaganza at the Kennedy Center, Ms. Bishop got her first taste of opera from a cartoon rabbit and his speech-impaired nemesis.

“I could sing you the entire cartoon before I knew what opera really was,” says Ms. Bishop, who performs the part of Fricka, wife of Wotan, king of the gods.....To Read More.....

Advocacy, Trucking Group Lawsuit Challenges EPA Committee Appointments

Clarissa Hawes
An energy advocacy organization and a large trucking association filed a lawsuit challenging the validity of an Environmental Protection Agency panel that is writing regulations to control particulate matter pollution.The lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C., claims that most of the members of the independent scientific review committee are not independent. The suit said that 22 of the 26 members received a combined $192 million in EPA grant money and are dependent on the agency for research funds.......“The EPA is obligated to appoint an independent committee to provide advice and recommendations to the administrator of the EPA every five years,” according to the lawsuit.  The lawsuit claims that of the 84 EPA grants that “have produced thousands of published studies” on particulate matter, the institute isn’t aware of any that have challenged the agency’s stance on the harmful health effects associated with exposure to PM2.5......To Read More....

Paul Krugman Beclowns Himself…Again

May 21, 2016 by Dan Mitchell

I sometimes feel guilty when commenting on Paul Krugman’s work.

In part, this is because I don’t want to give him any additional attention, but mostly it’s because it’s too easy. Like shooting fish in a barrel.

His advocacy of Keynesian economics, for instance, makes him a very easy target.
And it’s always amusing to cite his words when exposing horror stories about the U.K.’s government-run healthcare system.

That being said, I feel obliged to write about Krugman when he attacks me or the Cato Institute.
Now he’s attacked Cato again and he looks like an even bigger fool.
Here’s some of what he wrote on May 15.
David Glasner has an interesting post about how the Cato Institute suppressed an old paper of his, refusing either to publish it or release it for publication elsewhere, not for a few months, but for decades. What Glasner may not know or recall is that Cato has a long-standing habit of trying to send inconvenient history down the memory hole.
When I first read that, I wondered why this was a bad thing. After all, should Cato be obliged to publish articles if we don’t fully agree with them?

But perhaps we had made some sort of commitment and were guilty of reneging. That certainly wouldn’t reflect well on us. So was Cato indeed guilty of spiking a paper we had promised to publish?

Nope.

On the same day that Krugman published his attack, Mr. Glasner published a correction. After emailing back and forth with the relevant person at Cato, he acknowledged that “my recollection of the events I describe was inaccurate or incomplete in several respects”  and that “Cato did not intend to suppress my paper.”

Since Krugman wrote his attack on Cato before Glasner wrote his correction, one presumably could forgive Krugman for an honest mistake. After all, surely he would immediately correct his column, right?

Nope.

On May 19, Jonathan Adler wrote about Krugman’s unseemly behavior in the Washington Post.
Krugman’s charge is false… As Glasner recounts in an update to the post that Krugman cited, the initial allegation was based upon a misunderstanding. Cato had not sought to suppress Glasner’s paper. Indeed, Cato had offered to publish it, albeit not as quickly as either Cato or Glasner had hoped. Once this was cleared up, Glasner forthrightly acknowledged the error. “Evidently, my recollection was faulty,” Glasner wrote. Krugman, however, has yet to update his post.
Wow. That doesn’t look good for Krugman.

But perhaps Adler’s comments had an impact because Krugman did add an update to his post.
In an amazing bit of chutzpah, however, he said it didn’t matter.
Glasner has retracted, saying he got his facts wrong. Unfortunate. It has no bearing on what I wrote, however.
Wow again.

I can understand that it’s no fun to admit mistakes. I’ve had to do it myself. More than once.
But you own up to errors because it’s the right thing to do.

Ethical behavior, however, is apparently not necessary if you’re Paul Krugman.

By the way, Krugman also attacked Cato in his column for supposedly trying to “pretend that they had never used the term privatization” when writing about Social Security personal accounts.
 
I’m not sure why this is supposed to be damning. All groups try to come up with terms and phrases that work best when trying to advocate particular policies.
 
Heck, I recently wrote about whether advocates of economic freedom should discard “capitalism” and talk instead about “free markets” or “free enterprise.”
 
So if Cato people decided to write about Social Security personal accounts instead of Social Security private accounts, the only crime we were guilty of is…gasp…marketing.

P.S. I’ve had some fun over the years by pointing out that Paul Krugman has butchered numbers when writing about fiscal policy in nations such as France, Estonia, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

P.P.S. In addition to defending Cato, I’ve also had to explain why Krugman was being disingenuous when he attacked the Heritage Foundation.