Items of notes and interest from the web.
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Queen’s Speech 2015: UK Energy Bill To Boost Oil And Gas Production- May 28, 2015
The UK aims to maximize domestic oil and gas production and curb the spread of onshore wind farms as the government leans toward maintaining energy security over cutting carbon emissions. The measures form part of an Energy Bill announced by Queen Elizabeth II in a speech to Parliament in London on Wednesday that outlines the first legislative program of Prime Minister David Cameron’s majority Conservative government.
Takeaway of Reform: It’d Be Harder for Authorities to Take Away Your Cash, Property- May 28, 2015
The Internal Revenue Service seized $107,702 in company profits from Lyndon McLellan just because agents didn’t like the size of the convenience store owner’s bank deposits. If a bipartisan proposal before Congress had been the law of the land, though, the IRS could not have justified the money grab.
Examining Trans Pacific Partnership- May 28, 2015
On Constitution Radio with Douglas V. Gibbs on May 23, 2015, over KMET 1490AM, the topic of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement moseyed its way into the arena of discussion. During the conversation a rare instance in the many year history of the radio program, and on the Political Pistachio blogsite for that matter, emerged where JASmius (my longtime co-host, staff writer, and dear friend) and I disagreed.
The Hillary Enigma- May 28, 2015
Does it strike anyone as strange that the only candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination to be the next President of the United States is the wife of a former President? There is no historic precedent for this, no way to measure this against how Americans have selected Presidents in the past.
Governments missing the mark on energy and environmental regulations- May 28, 2015
TORONTO—Policymakers have encumbered Canadians with superfluous and needlessly costly environmental regulations that do little to improve the environment, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
Obama Amnesty Stays Shut Down- May 28, 2015
President Obama’s unilaterally imposed immigration amnesty plan will remain suspended for the time being, thanks to a federal appeals court ruling that serves as a desperately needed reminder to Americans that the United States is not supposed to be a one-man dictatorship.
On Tuesday two members of a three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit allowed an injunction to remain in place that blocks Obama from moving forward with his immigration plan.
EPA decides that pothole full of water on your property just might be a wetland- May 28, 2015
No act of Congress is involved here, but since when is that significant when we’re talking about the Obama Administrative State? The Clean Water Act of 1986 gives the EPA authority to claim jurisdiction over wetlands, and the language in the act leaves a bit of room for interpretation concerning just what a wetland is.
Vox Features Yet Another Climate Science “Denier”- May 27, 2015
As an economist studying climate change policy for several years, I often feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone. To listen to the constant drumbeat of catastrophic predictions based on the so-called scientific “consensus,” and to witness the scathing denunciation of the “deniers” who are supposedly selling out humanity for money, you would certainly think that the periodic reports issued by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) would back up the alarmist rhetoric.
People aren’t born stupid- May 27, 2015
There is many a liberal who has taken up the cause of ignorance. It is futile arguing with any of them if you hope to win, because logic for them is negated by their emotion over fact; and a country cannot survive under that circumstance.
Pro-Life Senator Rick Santorum Launches Republican Campaign for President- May 27, 2015
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a pro-life stalwart, made his bid for the Republican nomination for president official today. The Catholic former elected official says he will make working families the hallmark of his presidential campaign.
ISIS Burns 80-Year-Old Christian Woman to Death for Alleged Sharia Violation- May 27, 2015
Reports from Iraq indicate the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) burned an 80-year-old woman to death after she failed to obey Sharia law.
Parents walk out of grad speech when principal attacks cops for “killing young black men”(video)- May 27, 2015
A Missouri high school principal sent some parents toward the exits last week when he made a disparaging remark about police “killing young black men” during a graduation speech.
Full Disclosure For All!- May 27, 2015
Our government has pushed food labeling to the extreme. Demanding that calories, fat, sugar and other ingredients be fully visible to the public in order for them to be able to make informed decisions about the food they eat. But what about informing the public about the news they receive on a daily basis?
SAF Seeks Contempt Against DC For Stall In Wrenn CCW Case- May 27, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation is asking the federal court to force the District of Columbia to abide by a May 18 ruling requiring the city to drop its requirement to show a “good reason” before issuing concealed carry permits, or find the city in contempt.
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Senate Passes Anti-Sharia Law Bill- May 27, 2015
AUSTIN, TX – The Senate has overwhelmingly passed an anti-Sharia law bill that many on the far left are referring to as Islamophobia.