August, 2017

Trump nixes Obama rule that required employers to submit massive reports on who gets paid what

This and many other Obama policies like it were pure and simple harassment. Their purpose was to intimidate businesses into complying with left-wing notions of what the workplace should be like while providing the federal government with lots of information it could misuse to justify the further creep of the regulatory state.

Before Obama, companies of a certain size (and all federal contractors) already had to provide the feds with certain data points about their workforce - on average 180 data points per company, which sounds substantial because it is. Obama ratcheted that up, just a tad, to where companies had to submit an average of 3,660 data points. And that included data about what they pay, broken down by race, sex . . . all the usual things Democrats wax on about. It was a hunt for anecdotes about racism and sexism, as well as a massive usurpation of businesses’ time, money and other resources.

 

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Full Story

New York Times v. Good America

Nothing says “cultural divide” quite as succinctly as the differences in media coverage of natural disasters.

Liberals see every glass half-empty. When natural disasters occur, they buy themselves $7 cold-drip coffees at industrial-chic coffee houses and bang away indignantly on their expensive laptops about greedy and evil American bourgeois not caring if poor people drown.

By BombThrowers -- Tina Trent- Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Full Story

Ryan Bundy Holds the Key

On January 26, 2016, several people, in two private vehicles were on their way to a scheduled meeting in John Day, Oregon.  While in a forested area, with extremely poor, if not non-existent, cell phone coverage, they were set upon by modern day highwaymen (highwaymen were people who stopped travelers and robbed them).  The driver and passengers of the second vehicle submitted to the demands of the heavily armed interlopers, at gunpoint, to leave the vehicle and sit on the side of the snow-covered roadway.

The driver of the second vehicle, a white pick-up truck, following the exit of one of the passengers, sped away, seeking the assistance of a peace officer, Sheriff Glenn Palmer, of Grant County, Oregon.  However, within a couple of miles they found that the highwaymen had set up a barricade across the road, barring passage.  The highwaymen, hidden behind their vehicles, began firing shots at the white truck.  This forced the truck off the road, where some rather adept driving may have saved one of the highwaymen’s life, by swerving, at the last moment.

By Gary Hunt - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Full Story

Republican spokesmen aren’t very good Republicans

Another dispatch from the dusty, dangerous political trail by Clint Carson

Since Inauguration Day, Republicans and (some) conservatives have decried the relentless media assault on the Trump administration. From Russia to Charlottesville, members of the Fourth Estate have almost without exception given this nascent presidency no quarter.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the so-called Russian collusion investigation highlights the enduring problem (in fact, fatal weakness) of Republican administrations since Reagan—there is a dearth, if not an outright lack of existence, of Republican communicators who articulate the philosophical underpinnings and principles that define the Republican Party.

By BombThrowers -- Clint Carson- Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Full Story

Why Are Unions Against the Right-to-Work?

I come from a union family. I grew up in a union home. The good pay and benefits gained by one of America’s greatest unions provided for my room and board every day that I lived at home. My father and my uncles were all proud union members. My brother and some of my best friends spent their entire careers as union workers and the unions are providing them with generous pensions and great benefits. I myself was at one time the Vice President of an International Union. For all of this I am grateful.

The right to organize is a time honored American tradition and one that I believe is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Peaceable assembly is the hallmark of American union organizing.

By Dr. Robert R. Owens - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Full Story

Limiting access to language, water and air in Harvey’s aftermath

As much as these issues may appear to be unrelated, it’s time the parallel was examined.

When we look at the devastation of Harvey, blowing in and out, up and down the Gulf Coast, water is not just overwhelming neighborhoods, it is an abundant commodity (that’s how government views this essential of life). The storm, in all its configurations, has pounded the Texas shore with over a trillion gallons of water (3.06 million acre feet) according to some sources. Mind numbing as that appears, the amount is hard to comprehend for those of us not in the throes of dealing with the water and the loss it has caused.

By A. Dru Kristenev - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Full Story

TRUMP’S PRESIDENTIAL GRACE AND CLASS IN TEXAS

President Trump’s visit to flooded parts of southern Texas went off without a hitch yet he has been besieged with scathing attacks by rabid left-wingers and their media allies desperate to find fault with him and treat his every action as a crazed assault on the time-honored political norms of the country.

Despite what you may have seen on CNN or heard on NPR, from this writer’s perch, Trump did more or less everything right. The trip, which didn’t take Trump into devastated Houston proper, was ordinary and comforting. In a word it was presidential. The president wasn’t there to rescue babies or house pets from flood zones – he was there to reassure the victims of Hurricane Harvey and let the nation know that the dire situation there was being handled properly, which, apparently, it is. Federal aid is flowing to the region, he said.

In defense of Joel Osteen on every point . . . except the one that really matters

It gives me no joy to defend Joel Osteen on any matter, but truth is truth and right is right. You wouldn’t think piling on a public figure would be something that could take hold when the flood waters are still rising and people need to be rescued. But this is America 2017, and this is what we do.

Osteen is an easy target for the simple reason that almost everyone on all sides can find a reason to dislike him. Many Christians don’t like him because what he preaches isn’t, uh, the Gospel. We’ll get to that. Non-Christians don’t like him because he self-identifies as a Christian, and he’s rich, and he leads a megachurch, and he’s everything they imagine the smarmy cartoonish celebrity pastor to be.

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Full Story

Morning Joe: ‘What happened? Dems have no message, no leaders’ - here’s why he’s wrong

Today on Morning Joe, hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski led their panel in an exercise. It began with a summation of the Dems’ current status as a drastically weakened bi-coastal organization that can’t seem to gain traction in “flyover country,” and it ended with oft-repeated concerns that the left has no leadership and no message.

That’s partially true.  The Dems are at their lowest level of power since the 1920’s and I’ve previously referred to them as rudderless.

By Robert Laurie - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Full Story

Second quarter growth was better than first believed, now revised to 3.0 percent

The nation doesn’t put much emphasis on economic growth. It should. The expansion of the economy in the form of productivity is the single-greatest thing that can happen to alleviate our debt situation, manage the entitlement problem and raise people’s standards of living.

The greatest failure of the Obama presidency - and for sure you have a long list to pick from - was the failure to average better than 2.0 percent annualized GDP growth. It was the worst post-recession economic performance since before the Great Depression. The usual snapback you get from a recession simply never materialized as the Democrats choked off growth with punitive taxes, regulations and artifically inflated labor costs.

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Full Story

ANTIFA DEMANDS THE U.S. BE DESTROYED

Video has surfaced showing masked Antifa thugs in Berkeley, California, last weekend calling for the destruction of the United States.

“No Trump, no wall, no USA at all!” the large gathering of cowardly black bloc-style protesters chanted at a conservative “No to Marxism” rally.

By Matthew Vadum - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Full Story

FBI rejects FOIA request for Hillary documents, claiming there’s not enough ‘public interest’ to war

Oh sure, you THINK you have a vested interest in seeing FBI documents related to investigations of Hillary Clinton’s infamous email server, but you don’t.  Or, if you do, it’s not a sufficient interest.  At least, that’s the word from the FBI which is currently refusing to comply with a 2016 FOIA request because - get this -  no one has demonstrated a public interest in releasing the material.

FBI rejects FOIA request for Hillary documents, claiming there’s not enough ‘public interest’ to warrant release

By Robert Laurie - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Full Story

Berkeley, CA Mayor: UC Berkeley should cancel conservative ‘free speech week’ to avoid/appease Antif

I’m no fan of Milo Yiannopoulos.  Regardless of his politics, I think he’s a crude, insufferable, provocateur who’s more interested in the shock value of his persona than his supposed conservative principles.  All of that is fine. If he wants that to be his brand, and he’s not getting violent, he’s perfectly within his rights to be “that guy.”  I may not be into it but we have a little thing called the 1st Amendment, and it guarantees his right to say whatever he wants.

It also protects the rights of free assembly for those who wish to listen to him.

By Robert Laurie - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Full Story

The Wrong Way to Save Nuclear Power

Earlier this month, Jeremy Carl and David Fedor of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, released a book showcasing the dire state of America’s nuclear energy industry. Keeping the Lights on at America’s Nuclear Power Plants highlights the problems facing the beleaguered power source and offers a range of proposals to save America’s nuclear reactors. And while some of their proposals would make meaningful headway toward transforming nuclear power into a viable power source, others would merely make the nuclear energy industry dependent on government largesse and raise costs on consumers in the process.

As I discussed in my previous article, the authors support reforming the federal government’s expensive licensing restrictions which make it harder for newer and cheaper reactors to reach the market. In particular, they call for ending the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s requirement that nuclear developers complete a decade-long application before any approvals are made. In its place, they support shifting the NRC’s licensing process towards a “test-then-license” system in which the commission would grant companies faster step-by-step approval as they wade through the process.

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Full Story

FEDERAL JUDGE DENIES CHICAGO MOTION IN SAF-BACKED GUN SHOP CASE

BELLEVUE, WA – A federal court judge in Illinois has denied a City of Chicago motion for summary judgment and refused to dismiss a case challenging a ban of firearms sales within city limits that is backed by the Second Amendment Foundation.

It is the latest in a string of court battles between Chicago and SAF, causing SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb to observe, “We’ve already beat Chicago three times, in the McDonald case before the Supreme Court, and both Ezell 1 and Ezell 2 before the federal court of appeals. I’m reminded of the folk song by Peter, Paul and Mary that asked, ‘When will they ever learn’?”

By Second Amendment Foundation - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Full Story

SPLC Should Rename “Hate Map” to “Groups We Hate Map”

ORLANDO, FL - The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) admitted its fault and removed a town from its “Hate Map” this week. That map irresponsibly mixes religious organizations with violent hate groups, and this time it included the town of Amana because an unknown source alleged some people who might have been associated with The Daily Stormer met one time in a restaurant for coffee. This is one of many inaccuracies and gross over-characterizations that can be found on SPLC’s map. Amana, an innocent town, was then blacklisted by the SPLC. People living there were brought under a cloud a suspicion because of the improper, sweeping accusation of the SPLC. The SPLC makes wide generalizations and then seeks to harm those within its self-proclaimed classification of others. In a similar manner, the SPLC targets anyone who disagrees with them on issues related to the LGBT agenda. Then it claims civil disagreement as “evidence” for falsely classifying a peaceful organization as “hateful.” To do so is just as wrong and even more harmful than the SPLC’s mischaracterization of the city of Amana.

By Liberty Counsel - Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Full Story