May, 2016

Life is precious and is not just another commodity

In February 2015 the Supreme Court tossed out prohibitions against assisted suicide and euthanasia, saying that such prohibitions “unjustifiably infringe” Charter rights (section 7) of the individual, which are the rights to “life, liberty and security of the person.” So how does forcing physicians to kill their patients not break down the all important physician-patient trust relationship or in any way enhance the “life, liberty and security” of Canadian citizens? Where in the world do the rights of the vulnerable or the moral conscience of physicians fit into this perverse notion?

By Guest Column - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Full Story

The Twisting Noose

When I think about the slow and inexorable—but, of course, inevitable—political demise of Hillary Clinton, I am reminded of T.S. Eliot’s poem, “The Hollow Men,” which ends with this haunting refrain:

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

Hillary’s whimper, it seems clear, will come with an impotently furious last gasp, as the noose that Barack Obama has placed around her neck tightens and tightens and tightens until all we hear is her spasmodic cough, a few hoarse protestations, and a final pitiful bleat—and not the ear-splitting assault of “that voice,” which I described in a previous article.

By Joan Swirsky - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Full Story

Regarding Sharron Angle: I Got Angry the Other Day

Folks, I got angry the other day. Mary and I were on the road most of this year campaigning for Ted Cruz. We’re back home in Florida. My grass is over a foot tall, neighbors are still polite, and my lawnmower won’t start. I dropped off the lawnmower for Darrell, our mechanic, to fix. But that is not what made me angry.

I got angry thinking about how insane policies mandated by government are becoming the norm in America. We are being forced to accept numerous insane things like allowing men, even dressed as men, to enter girls’ restrooms. All of us folks whose common sense tells us that these government mandates are insane had better keep our mouths shut or be branded bigoted, mean-spirited, intolerant, and haters, and even face prosecution and jail time.

By Lloyd Marcus - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Full Story

Not All The Bad Guys Are Behind Bars

A while back I was invited to tour a newly opened maximum-security prison. My host, an upper echelon officer of the state’s Department of Corrections, drove me to the big gate at the multi-facility prison grounds. Along the way were a half-dozen subsequent checkpoints with mirrored, bulletproof windows that housed the vaguely-silhouetted guards who monitored dozens of cameras. At the huge, brick and concrete ‘New Max’, we walked among twenty-foot-high cyclone and barbed-wire walls topped with concertina wire.

The building’s massive iron door reminded me of a bank vault. The locks surrounding it clunked loudly before another motor opened that. Inside a final security chamber we stood momentarily while the warden signed a clipboard for one of the guards manning a control panel that looked like NASA ground control. In that moment I muttered to my friend, “Man, there must be some really bad people in here!” Looking straight ahead at the warden, he quietly returned, “Well, nobody’s in here for traffic tickets .... But you know what’s even more impressive to me when I look at all this?” I shrugged and shook my head. The thirty-five-year law enforcement veteran looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Most of the really bad ones are still running around loose on the outside. The folks in here were just slow or sloppy enough to get caught.”

By Dave Merrick - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Full Story

Resistance to Tolerance Is Futile

The legions of “tolerance” have crushed another dissenter.

Ron Schneider, owner of Leon’s Frozen Custard in Milwaukee, has been forced to surrender his English–only ordering policy after complaints from ethnic agitators. It started Tuesday, May 17th, when a customer in front of a prickly Hispanic tried to order his custard in Spanish.

The server replied, “I’m not allowed to speak Spanish to you.”

By Michael R. Shannon - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Full Story

And now . . . a message from Katie

I do not know as I sit here today how Katie Couric still has a job in journalism. I guess that’s a question for Marissa Mayer, since Yahoo is the only organization at the moment willing to employ her full-time. Yahoo is not a traditional media organization, so maybe it isn’t familiar with the fairly ironclad rule that if you’re caught knowingly lying in the reporting of a story - you’re gone.

You’ve all heard by now about the anti-gun “documentary” in which Couric and her producers asked a group of pro-gun people a question about background checks, then edited out their answers and instead showed us eight seconds of them sitting their silently - as if they were not only without a response but thoroughly ashamed of themselves as well.

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Full Story

Trump rips ‘sleaze’ media as he reads list of veterans charities that received $5.6 Mil in donations

For a while now, Donald Trump’s claim that he raised $6 Million for U.S. Veteran charities has been the subject of rancor among liberals and #NeverTrumpers alike. They demanded to see the list of organizations that received checks, often openly claiming that it never happened. So, today, Trump hosted a press conference where he ripped what he called the “sleaze media” and rattled off a list of outfits that had received donations.

He claims that the money has been paid out to now-vetted outfits which were chosen based the work they do and the percentage per donated dollar that went to their cause. The media, he said, is free to track the checks. It should be easy, since he says they’re “all certified checks, if anyone wants to see the certified checks.”

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Full Story

Univision:So, how about that socialist collapse in Venezuela? Bernie:Let’s talk about something else

Of course, you understand, since Bernie Sanders is running for president of the United States, he has no interest in talking about what’s happening in other countries. None. He doesn’t do that. His focus is on America. So when he was asked on Univision what he thinks of the collapse of socialist Venezuela - a seemingly fair question given his determination to advance American socialism beyond even what’s been put in place by Barack Obama - he didn’t really see why he should answer that. It’s not about America, after all: (video below)

So you understand how this works, then. Bernie doesn’t want to talk about what happens in other countries. Only about the United States.  Well that’s funny, because just last week in California, he said this:

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Full Story

Taxpayers Federation Calls on Wynne to Comply with Independent Financial Accountability Officer&#821

FAO suspects there is “political direction” to block his office’s access to necessary data

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on the Wynne government to comply with requests from the Financial Accountability Officer (FAO) to grant access to the data he needs to do his job holding the government to account.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation --Christine Van Geyn- Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Full Story

Thoughts on the American Freedom Alliance

Two years in a row, I have been invited to the American Freedom Alliance dinner in Los Angeles. This celebratory event recognizes men and women who have fought for the furtherance and survival of Western Civilization,  individual worth and local sovereignty, the pursuit of truth as paramount instead of power, and the respect for the Divine Creator and His objective justice: these values animate the life and worth of the entire world, and the manifold blessings of Western Civilization.

By Arthur Christopher Schaper - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Full Story

HuffPo publishes, then deletes, article announcing Hillary Clinton to be indicted on RICO charges

On Sunday, conservative dreams came true - at least for a little while.  According to a piece at The Huffington Post, the FBI was about to recommend that Hillary face federal RICO charges. The article was yanked almost as quickly as it was posted, and the link now directs to a 404 error. (Image below)

Well, at least the 404 image is accurate. The Huffington Post is hideous. Sadly, the article it replaced contained no such veracity. Their shame is well-earned. Fortunately the internet is forever, so we can still see what all the fuss was about.

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Full Story

Covenant Journey Tour of Israel Impacting College Students

Orlando, FL - This week Covenant Journey begins the second year of experiential summer tours of Israel for Christian college-age students who have leadership potential. Students from over 142 colleges and universities have participated in Covenant Journey. The students are from small and large Christian, private, and public colleges and universities, including Ivy League schools, such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, and more.

The twin goals of Covenant Journey are to strengthen the students’ Christian faith and introduce them to ancient and modern Israel to be a goodwill ambassador for Israel. An alarming number of young people walk away from their Christian faith following high school, and when this happens, they always disconnect from Israel. Covenant Journey immerses students in the land of the Bible and connects them to the roots of our Christian faith. The Bible and Jesus become more real and meaningful. And, of course, in learning about ancient and modern Israel and the Jewish people the students fall in love with and become advocates for Israel.

By Liberty Counsel - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Full Story

House Votes to Turn Vets into Psychotic Potheads

Donald J. Trump says vets are treated worse than illegal immigrants. But help is on the way. The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to make it easier for veterans to get access to officially-approved marijuana. Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), a physician, argues that the proposal is “absolutely insane.”

It is estimated that nearly 30 percent of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. But Rep. Fleming notes evidence that marijuana “enhances psychosis and schizophrenia” in some people with these psychological problems.

Dr. Christine Miller asks, “Does no one remember Eddie Routh, the vet thought to have PTSD, who was diagnosed by psychiatrists for the prosecution with cannabis-induced psychosis, and who killed both Chris Kyle (“American Sniper”) and Chad Littlefield?”

By Cliff Kincaid - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Full Story

Christians Beheaded and Slaughtered on Easter: Muslim Persecution of Christians, March 2016

Originally published by the Gatestone Institute

On Easter Sunday, March 27, a suicide bombing took place near the children rides of a public park in Pakistan, where Christians were known to be congregated and celebrating the resurrection of their Lord.  At least 74 people—mostly women and children—were killed and nearly 400 injured.  “There was human flesh on the walls of our house,” recalled a witness.  “We claim responsibility for the attack on Christians as they were celebrating Easter,” said a Taliban affiliated group.  In a media statement, it said it had “deliberately targeted the Christian community,” adding that “we had been waiting for this occasion.”

Click here, here, here, here, and here, for numerous examples of similarly lethal attacks on Christians celebrating Christmas or Easter by other Islamic groups and individuals around the world who also “had been waiting for this occasion.”  Even “the terror cell that struck in Brussels [in March, killing 34] was planning to massacre worshippers at Easter church services across Europe, including Britain, intelligence chiefs believe, said a report.

By Raymond Ibrahim - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Full Story

Three Years Of Painful Cuts Sets Markets Up For Serious Supply Crunch

Total global oil production could decline for the next several years in a row as scarce new sources of supply come online.

According to data from Rystad Energy, overall global oil output will fall this year as natural depletion overwhelms all new sources of supply. But the deficit will only widen in the years ahead due to the dramatic scaling back in spending on new exploration and development.

Statoil says that global capex is set to fall for two years in a row, and is on track to fall for a third year in 2017 as more spending cuts are likely. “For the first time in history, we’ve seen cutting of capex two years in a row and potentially we risk a third year as well for 2017,” Statoil’s Chief Financial Officer Hans Jakob Hegge told Bloomberg in a recent interview. “It might be that we see quite a dramatic reduction in replacing the capacity and of course that will have an impact, eventually, on price.”

By -- Nick Cunningham- Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Full Story

Health care spending could consume almost 50 per cent of provincial budgets by 2030

VANCOUVER— Provincial government spending on health care is projected to increase significantly over the next two decades triggering higher taxes, larger deficits, and/or reduced spending on other services, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study, The Sustainability of Health Care Spending in Canada, finds that, in every province, health care spending is expected to consume an increasing portion of total provincial government program spending – growing to an average of 47.6 per cent in 2030 from 40.6 per cent in 2015 and 34.4 per cent in 1998.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Full Story

Meet the Man Who Saves Futures

If information is power, Rob Astorino has enough to shatter the administration’s media halo and send HUD officials slithering behind their stacks of regulations.

Astorino is the County Executive for Westchester County, NY, an upscale community north of NYC that is home to Andrew Cuomo, George Soros, Hillary and Bill Clinton to name a few.

In the name of fair housing, HUD is now implementing the most abusive, property-rights-grabbing, local-rule-neutering regulation since our Founders cast off monarchical handouts for natural rights.

By John Anthony - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Full Story

President omits context in Hiroshima speech

As Barack Obama finishes out the last eight months of his second term as President, he has started working through his bucket list of things to do before he leaves office. This cringe-worthy endeavor has gotten off to a treason-worthy start with his trip to Vietnam highlighted by a photo op with a picture of Ho Chi Minh behind him.

And I can’t think why Obama would have made his trip to Hiroshima except to present his warped vision of history to the world, and right before Memorial Day.

Speaking in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) on May 25, President Obama showed us how little he thinks of the Declaration of Independence when he called it a “story”:

By Rolf Yungclas - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Full Story

Obama’s Ho Chi Minh Trail

On his visit to meet with Communist leaders in Vietnam, Obama criticized the United States for having, “too much money in our politics, and rising economic inequality, racial bias in our criminal justice system.” He praised Ho Chi Minh’s evocation of the “American Declaration of Independence” and claimed that we had “shared ideals” with the murderous Communist dictator.

Shortly after the “evocation” that Obama praised, his beloved Ho was hard at work purging the opposition, political and religious. When Obama references these “shared ideals”, does he perhaps mean Ho’s declaration, “All who do not follow the line laid down by me will be broken.”

Perhaps he means the euphemistically named “land reform” which may have killed up to a million people. Like Stalin and Mao, Ho Chi Minh seized land and executed property owners as “enemies of the state”. The original plan had been to murder one in a thousand. But the relatively modest plan for mass murder was swiftly exceeded by the enthusiastic Communist death squads.

By Daniel Greenfield - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Full Story