Responding to R Street on the Carbon Tax: When Does It Make Sense to Advocate the Impossible?

In a recent series of posts (here and here), I amplified some of Oren Cass’s strongest criticisms of the typical case for a US carbon tax. Seeing an opportunity for a zinger, Josiah Neeley at R Street put up a post entitled, “Prominent carbon tax skeptic admits it could increase economic growth.” Although I appreciate being dubbed “prominent,” as we’ll see the R Street post is wrong in both title and in substance. Neeley is referring to my discussion of a capital tax cut offsetting the damage of a carbon tax, but that of course is far from saying a carbon tax could increase economic growth. Beyond that, Neeley’s advice to me to advocate politically impossible outcomes is also dubious.

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

Defiant Bill O’Reilly denies any wrong doing about sexual harassment allegations against him

Disgraced Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has spoken out about being fired over sexual harassment allegations saying it was a ‘political and financial hit job’.

O’Reilly maintained his innocence and denied any wrong doing in relation to the sex harassment allegations made against him during an interview with TODAY on Tuesday.—More…

   
By News on the Net -- Daily Mail- Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

Israel and US open first American military base in Israel

BISLACH AIR BASE, Israel — Israel and the U.S. inaugurated the first American military base on Israeli soil on Monday, which will serve dozens of soldiers operating a missile defense system.

The move comes at a time of growing Israeli concerns about archenemy Iran’s development of long-range missiles. Together with the U.S., Israel has developed a multilayered system of defenses against everything from long-range guided missile attacks from Iran to crude rockets fired from Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.—More…

By News on the Net -- Washington Post- Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

Islamic terrorism—extrinsic or intrinsic?

Since September 11, 2001, there have been 31,722 Islamic terrorist attacks, mostly hitting Muslims. In August, 2017, there were 180 Islamic terrorist attacks in 32 countries, resulting in 1,014 murdered and 1,090 injured.

Christianity is on the verge of extinction in the Middle East. In the past century, over 50% of Middle East Christians emigrated or were killed. According to the May 13, 2015 US House Foreign Affairs Committee testimony, “Christianity could be eradicated from large swaths of the Middle East in the next five years…. In the last decade, the Christian community in Iraq has plummeted from 1.5 million to under 300,000, half of whom are displaced…. [In Muslim countries], there is also real persecution of [Muslim] Yazidis, Turkomen, Shia and Sunni….”

By Yoram Ettinger - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

CNN Reports FBI Wiretapped Trump Campaign Manager Manafort, NYT Reports Manafort Could Be Indicted

Whoa.

In an obvious Divine attempt to inject maximum chaos into the American political system just days before the supposed end of the world on September 23, CNN reported on Monday that investigators “wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret orders before and after the election.” Furthermore, CNN says, Manafort was tapped when he was having conversations with Trump — and Manafort had a residence at Trump Tower, so it’s utterly unclear whether the FBI tapped him at that location.


Recall that President Trump accused the Obama administration of tapping Trump Tower in January 2017.—More…

By News on the Net -- Daily Wire- Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

St. Louis Police Reportedly Chanted, ‘Whose Streets, Our Streets,’ After Arresting Prote

Police officers in St. Louis reportedly chanted, “Whose streets, our streets,” after arresting protesters early Monday morning, according to a video and several accounts from journalists on the ground.

The video shows a large group of what appears to be police officers clad in navy blue uniforms chanting, “Whose streets, our streets,” surrounded by police cruisers.—More…

By Breitbart News - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

The Federal Reserve is setting America up for economic disaster

I recently had the opportunity to read the ‘Creature from Jekyll’ Island by G. Edward Griffin, a prodigious tome dealing with the circumstances surrounding the creation of the U.S. Federal Reserve system. I was taken aback by some of its provocative assertions.

• America joined World War I largely to help a few bankers profit off the war (despite a long-standing Monroe doctrine that prohibited our involvement in European affairs)
• The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 was supported by international financial interests in order to destabilize Russia and steal the wealth of the Russian people; and
• So-called ‘foreign aid’ is merely a clever means of shifting the bad debt incurred by banks and wealthy financiers to American taxpayers. —More..

By News on the Net -- The Hill- Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

Ontario’s $15 minimum wage threatens jobs for young people and low-skilled workers province-wi

TORONTO—Raising Ontario’s minimum wage to $15 an hour—a staggering 32 per cent increase over the current minimum wage—will lead to job losses across the province for Ontario’s young and low-skilled workers, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Economic conditions are not the same across Ontario, so the negative effects of a $15 minimum wage—namely job losses for young and low-skilled workers—will be more severe in some areas of the province,” explained Ben Eisen, director of the Fraser Institute’s Ontario Prosperity Initiative and co-author of Ontario Enters Uncharted Waters with a $15 Minimum Wage.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

Wife of Jailed Saudi Blogger to Address U.N. Rights Council With Saudi Ambassador Present

GENEVA — The wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi—the world’s most famous political prisoner—will address the United Nations for the first time in a Human Rights Council speech on Tuesday that will take place in the presence of Ambassador Abdulaziz Al-Wasil, the representative of Saudi Arabia, whose government controversially sits on the 47-nation body.

Raif Badawi is currently four years into a 10-year prison sentence, convicted for “insulting Islam” after he published a blog calling for a free society in Saudi Arabia.

By UN Watch - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

Toys ‘R’ Us Plans Bankruptcy Filing Amid Debt Struggle

Toys “R” Us Inc., which has struggled to lift its fortunes since a buyout loaded the retailer with debt more than a decade ago, is preparing a bankruptcy filing as soon as today, according to people familiar with the situation.

The Chapter 11 reorganization of America’s largest toy chain would deal another blow to a brick-and-mortar industry that’s already reeling from store closures, sluggish mall traffic and the threat of Amazon.com Inc.—More…

By News on the Net -- Bloomberg- Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

Exclusive: US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman

Washington (CNN)US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.

The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.—More..

By News on the Net -- CNN- Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

Varcoe: Don’t count out oilsands to power future global demand

Increasingly, that appears to be more myth than reality.

Two new reports this week illustrate the world needs more oil and Canada is expected to crank up production in the years to come.—More..

By News on the Net -- Calgary Herald- Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

World first: Microchip stores light as sound

Australian researchers have created a microchip that converts light into sound waves and then back again for the first time ever.

The achievement, published in Nature Communications journal Monday, is touted as a huge step towards creating better, faster and more efficient computers.—More…

By News on the Net -- CTV News- Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

CNN’s Collins: Spicer’s Emmy Crowd Size Joke ‘Did Not Sit Well With Me’

On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Wolf,” CNN White House Reporter Kaitlan Collins stated she didn’t find former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s joke about the crowd size at the Emmys funny and said that the joke didn’t sit well with her.

After seeing a clip of Spicer joking that the Emmys had the largest audience ever, Collins said, “I did not find it humorous at all. As someone who sat in that press briefing room every day that Sean Spicer was the press secretary, I just don’t think it’s humorous when the former White House spokesman comes out, at this awards show, with all these Hollywood celebrities that they often rail against, to make fun of the fact — and you know, pretty much admit that he lied to the American people, while he was being paid by the American people to be a spokesman for the White House.”—More…

By Breitbart News - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Full Story

Who is going to tell Black Lives Matter that mobs don’t get to decide trial outcomes?

Before St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was found not guilty on Friday of murdering Anthony Lamar Smith, black activists warned Judge Timothy Wilson that there would be riots if he did not find Stockley guilty. That was a clear attempt to intimidate the judge into tossing aside his assessment of the case on the facts and the legal merits, and to enter a verdict of guilty simply to appease the angry mob that would accept nothing else.

To his credit, Judge Wilson ignored this threat and ruled on the facts of the case as he saw them, and the result of that was that Stockley was found not guilty.

By Dan Calabrese - Monday, September 18, 2017 - Full Story

Will Rickshaw Roshini Ride to the Rescue of Hillary’s Tattered Image?

How could Hillary’s husband former President Bill Clinton say with a straight face at a United Nations ceremony on Saturday, that he was awarding $1 million in seed funding to four Pakistani-American students who created a ridesharing rickshaw startup service to help refugees—especially women— in Pakistan?

Because he’s been a lifelong “Slick Willy” able to weasel out of every political tight spot he’s ever been in.  That’s how!

By Judi McLeod - Monday, September 18, 2017 - Full Story

‘Democratic Party not working’: Bernie won’t run as a Dem in 2018 - rips Hillary’s claim that he did

Earlier, Dan explained how Bernie’s single-payer plan would nearly double the entire, already-unsustainable, federal budget. For anyone else, those numbers might be a sign that your loopy pet project is doomed before it even gets off the ground. For Bernie Sanders, who cares not for reality, they’re irrelevant.  He’s going to push ahead, and continue fighting for his single-payer dream.

But, despite being the man who best represents the leftist-statist mindset, he will not be pursuing his goals as a Democrat.

By Robert Laurie - Monday, September 18, 2017 - Full Story

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By Dag Barkley - Monday, September 18, 2017 - Full Story

Black Lives Matter Targets Jefferson

The vandalization of a statute of University of Virginia founder Thomas Jefferson by students and Black Lives Matter rioters suggests the Left is escalating the ugly Cultural Revolution-style upheaval that President Obama encouraged in office.

This iconoclastic insurrectionism is spreading, as angry left-wing mobs topple statues of figures from the past they dislike. In Chicago, Bishop James Dukes of Liberation Christian Center is demanding that the names and statues of George Washington and Andrew Jackson be removed from parks. Others want Woodrow Wilson’s name excised from buildings and schools because he supported racial segregation. The list goes on and on.


Moral Equivalence in Charlottesvile

Violence is one of the “messy implications of fighting for liberation.” So say the Reverend Traci Blackmon and three other authors in a remarkable op-ed piece in the New York Times that ran in the wake of the recent events in Charlottesville. (NY Times, Sept 1, 2017)

The attitude of Reverend Blackmon and her fellow authors, all Christian ministers, can be summed up as follows: Violence comes with the territory. We don’t condone it, but we understand that it is unavoidable. If our efforts inspire some to commit violence, this will not prevent us from continuing our efforts, and it should not prevent others from joining us. At least our violence is committed in the service of a just cause, which is more than can be said for the right’s violence. (Reverend Blackmon is one of the founders of Black Lives Matter, whose efforts contributed, among other things, to the murder of five police officers in Dallas in July of 2016.)

By Tom McCaffrey - Monday, September 18, 2017 - Full Story