Donald Trump: The new Rob Ford
By Arthur Weinreb Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Ever since Donald Trump began surging in polls in the race for the Republican nominee for president, the Toronto media has compared his rise to that of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford. The comparison is allowing the Ford haters, of which are many in the media, to say that Trump’s appeal is the same as Ford’s. While some of them “get it,” many have no idea what attracts ordinary people to Ford and Trump and using Trump as an excuse to take another shot at Ford who is no longer mayor.
For example, Boom 97.3 which is apparently a Toronto FM radio station, posted a picture saying, “Dear U.S.A., We feel your pain Sincerely, Toronto.” as if they speak for the entire city that gave Ford an overwhelming victory in the 2010 mayor’s race. Juvenile. They probably couldn’t care less about Trump: just using him as an excuse to bash the former mayor once again.
We Are No Longer A Democracy
By Douglas V. Gibbs Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Recently, in an interview with Thom Hartmann, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said regarding 2010 Citizens United decision and the 2014 McCutcheon decision, “It violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system. Now it’s just an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or being elected president.” Huffington Post goes on to explain that the decisions were rendered by “five Republican judges on the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Planned Parenthood, unequal justice and dark forces
By Doug Hagmann Tuesday, August 4, 2015
As an investigator and in particular, when I was working as an operational asset for the FBI in the 1990s, I was particularly good at securing covert video like that captured by the Center for Medical Progress of Planned Parenthood. In fact, I was used because I could convincingly present myself to the subjects of investigation as someone I was not, and secure the needed evidence that served as the basis for immediate raids, arrests and sometimes later, as courtroom exhibits for a jury to see.
It was common for the audio and video to be remotely monitored in real time by a team of law enforcement officers, including the FBI, in a vehicle usually parked around the corner from where I stood. In those cases, once the necessary evidence was memorialized, I had to mentally brace myself, for I knew what was about to happen.
Killing the planet is Obama’s #1 goal
By A. Dru Kristenev Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Having written on this president’s impervious stance against carbon dioxide, the most necessary component in producing oxygen and keeping the earth green, it’s redundant to say much more. However, as Obama, on Monday, installed yet another regulation to cut CO2 by 32% only one conclusion can be reached…the president is attempting to gut more than the economy, he’s bent on killing life on earth.
Deconstructing the Trump phenomenon
By David L. Hunter Tuesday, August 4, 2015
From the perspective of all of us “average Joes,” I think it is fair comment that virtually anyone running for U.S. president these days is, by definition, a shameless self-promoter—with something of a God-complex—or a loose screw. With the multitude of problems in the world, who would want the pressures that come to bear or that fish bowl existence?
Although likely to flame out as shooting stars are wont to do, Mr. Trump is channeling the very real “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore” sentiments of the unhinged UBS news anchor Howard Beale (a fictional character played to Oscar glory by Peter Finch in 1976’s Network). And the political powers-that-be on both sides of the aisle better take heed: it is not the first time a long-shot political neophyte has caused a populist phenomenon that has led to the White House.
The “Stop Iran Now” Rally in Times Square Sent a Powerful Message
By Roger Aronoff Tuesday, August 4, 2015
President Barack Obama’s disastrous deal with Iran paves the way for this totalitarian regime to attain nuclear weapons, ones which Iran’s dictators could then aim squarely at the United States, Israel, and our allies. But the complicit media repeatedly join the administration in championing the deal, which both falsely claim is the only viable alternative to war.
In order to stifle opposition to this narrative, the mainstream media have mostly offered the public misleading information and punditry. After an estimated 12,000 people gathered in New York City’s Times Square on July 22 to fight the Iran deal, the media did what they do best in the face of inconvenient truths—marginalize the opposition, or ignore the facts.
Dawa at Chautauqua
By Tabitha Korol Monday, August 3, 2015
The Chautauqua Institution, deemed an adult education center, is less education than it is indoctrination to the world of The Left. In the month of July, in an idyllic setting, the Institution invited Islamists who speak of “Love and Justice in a World of Suffering,” hiding the truths about the suffering caused by Islam—both the harsh Sharia law already in effect for its adherents and to establish it in Dar Al-Harb (House of War), the countries not yet under Sharia—until the entire world will writhe under Islamic oppression.
Obama’s Energy Power Grab
By Douglas V. Gibbs Monday, August 3, 2015
The expansion of the federal government, and more specifically the expansion of the executive branch, has been the daunting storyline of the Barack Obama administration, be it taking control of the auto industry; inserting heavy federal regulations on the banking and credit industries; hijacking the health care industry with Obamacare (and modifying the law through executive orders when legislative authorities belongs to Congress); gun control measures; seizing control of the internet through an expansive reach of the FCC; declaring its own definition of marriage through a Supreme Court judicial ruling; calling a treaty with Iran an “agreement” to avoid the constitutional mandate of Senatorial ratification; disregarding immigration law and then using executive fiat to create new amnesty-style laws; providing waivers so that the friends of the Democrats can be exempt from various laws; rewriting the Service Contract Act of 1965; or unilateral military decisions after accusing Bush of not having the constitutional authority to do so. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) has argued that the worst is yet to come. “These are not lawful actions. These are the power-hungry actions of a president who refuses to work with Congress.”
The Banality of Evil
By Arnold Ahlert Monday, August 3, 2015
The “banality of evil” became part of the cultural lexicon following the publication of German-born author Hannah Arendt’s 1963 book “Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.” The book recounted the trial of Nazi Adolph Eichmann, who was chief of operations for the Gestapo-run Department for Jewish Affairs, and responsible for the deportation of three million Jews to extermination camps. Arendt hypothesized that people who carry out such barbarous crimes may not be inherently evil, but instead fairly ordinary individuals who simply accept the premises under which they operate.
On Courts and Constitutionality in the Kentucky Resolution of 1798
By Tim Dunkin Monday, August 3, 2015
One of the most common complaints of constitutionalists against the conduct of our federal government is that the judiciary at all levels routinely oversteps its boundaries, intruding into those areas that are beyond its constitutional reach. Though this is largely accepted by most Americans because of its long practice, this does not mean that what we see in Washington with respect to the judicial branch should be be tolerated or allowed to continue. As with unconstitutional actions by the other branches of government, our Founders provided a way for violations of our founding compact to be rectified by the states when the federal government refuses to use the system of checks and balances that was built into our constitutional system.
Liberal Seattle CEO who instituted minimum salary of $70,000 finds that doesn’t work so well
By Dan Calabrese Monday, August 3, 2015
In a way, I have to admit, I have some sympathy for Dan Price and his quixotic quest to battle “income inequality” by instituting a minimum salary of $70,000 for all employees of his company. Not for the cause itself, which is merely the latest trend in left-wing economic illiteracy, but I too once ran a business in which I thought I could do amazing things by paying people way more than their experience levels or qualifications would earn them anywhere else.
It didn’t work for two reasons. First, a business can’t survive when employees can’t generate enough value to give you a big enough return on what you pay them. And if they can’t do that because you paid them too much, that’s not on them. It’s on you. Second, people don’t appreciate what they haven’t really earned. You think they’re going to be grateful and loyal to you because you were so good to them. It doesn’t work that way.
Surrender Like a Boy Scout
By Selwyn Duke Monday, August 3, 2015
There has been much written about the Boy Scouts of America’s recent acceptance of openly homosexual scout masters. The organization has been raked over the coals by the right and accused of offering only a half-measure by the left. But few appreciate what the BSA has actually done — and the BSA has no idea what it has done to itself.
Scouting has never been just about tying knots and learning survival skills, but about instilling virtue and building character. And part of having character means standing up for what you believe is right.
God, protect our babies from both president and pope
By Judi McLeod Sunday, August 2, 2015
Unless his intention is to radically change or convert President Barack Obama, when Pope Francis descends on America next month, he will in essence be paying open homage to the world’s top champion of partial birth abortion.
The pope will meet with Obama on Sept, 23 as part of his first trip to America as the head of the Roman Catholic Church.
Obama Stopped Being a Christian American Upon Election to POTUS
By Jerry McConnell Sunday, August 2, 2015
January 20, 2009, was the date; the infamous date when the destroyer of the country called the United States of America began his crusade to kill off as many citizens as possible, and as many symbols and patriotic sayings as he possibly could annihilate. If some took actual lives with his deadly thrusts, the happier he was and the more he enjoyed being the “Messiah” of doom.
Marxist Populism in Latin America: Why not Name and Shame?
By Guest Column Sunday, August 2, 2015
In the current criticism of the ‘Bolivarian’ Governments in Latin America (Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Brazil) corruption is strongly emphasized as if it were the main cause of the current misguided economic policies.