February, 2018

Parkland Kids: The Return of the Grieving Activist

Parkland Kids: The Return of the Grieving Activist
According to many gun-control advocates, 18-year-olds are too immature to handle guns—but are mature enough to advise us on gun policy. Thus we’re told we must “listen to the voices” of the young Parkland shooting survivors. Not only that, we’re not to question or oppose them because they’re young, they’re survivors and, by golly, because it’s absolutely devastating to the anti-gun agenda!

There’s something truly reprehensible about this situation, and it’s not conservatives criticizing the positions of activist Parkland students such as David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez. It’s that liberals are using the students as human props and human shields, letting them throw the punches and then condemning the assailed if they dare defend themselves.

By Selwyn Duke - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Full Story

Political Reforms to Reject, and Political Reforms to Consider

Political Reforms to Reject, and Political Reforms to Consider
There is a populist uprising against the political class in Washington DC. That’s a good thing, in that our power should belong to the federal government, which can decide what they want to do with us.

Our power needs to be restored, and the clear delineation of enumerated powers must be reasserted.

However, one reform suggested by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will not help our problems in Washington DC.

By Arthur Christopher Schaper - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Full Story

Obama’s Genie

Obama’s Genie
Imagine a guy in his mid-thirties walking on a beach in Hawaii and seeing an object that actually looked like the genie lamp he read about in his childhood—the kind of lamp he could rub until a genie popped out and granted his most fervent wish.

Being a pretty ordinary guy—you know, the kind who hung out smoking pot, who slacked off in school, who didn’t get the girl and actually hated and was jealous of the guys who did—he asked for power.

Poof—the Genie granted him his wish, power beyond his wildest dreams.

By Joan Swirsky - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Full Story

VIDEO: Dem candidates unanimously refuse to support Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House

VIDEO: Dem candidates unanimously refuse to support Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, Toxic!
I love Nancy Pelosi and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Whether it’s one of her incoherent press conferences, an unscripted deer-in-the-headlights media hit, or a mid-interview on-air media meltdown, Nancy always delivers.  If democrats are going to push one of their hare-brained schemes, I want Nancy to be leading the charge. Like I said, I’m an unabashed fan.

By Robert Laurie - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Full Story

Trump 2020: Making America Even Greater

TRUMP 2020: MAKING AMERICA EVEN GREATER
A little over a year after he became president in the greatest electoral upset in American history, Donald Trump has officially launched his 2020 reelection campaign and has hired 2016 campaign alumnus Brad Parscale as his new campaign manager, his campaign announced yesterday.

Although Trump filed papers for his reelection effort on Inauguration Day in 2017 and reportedly began spending money on the 2020 campaign during the presidential transition period, hiring someone to lead the campaign is proof that Trump is serious about sticking around in Washington until January 2025. And, to boot, Trump made history yesterday by kicking off his reelection campaign just one year and 38 days into his presidency, the earliest of any American president ever.

Ban Junk Food

The latest suggestion to ban food junk at supermarket checkouts is excellent but what will parents bribe their little darlings with - a fresh health orange just isn’t as attractive to a four year old.

By Guest Column -- Dennis Fitzgerald- Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Full Story

Alien Invasions, Identity Theft and Claire McCaskill

Alien Invasions, Identity Theft and Claire McCaskill
Missouri Senatrix Claire McCaskill is at it again. The Democrat from Missouri is yet again facing a tough re-election battle (nobody likes her here) and once again is trying to fool the Show-Me electorate with her “reasonable” approach to promoting the policies that caused the problem in the first place.

In a blast sent out to constituents “Air Claire” crowed:

By Timothy Birdnow - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Full Story

Obama Now Data Mining President Trump’s Voter Base

Obama Now Data Mining President Trump’s Voter Base
Up for grabs in 2018 Midterms: the voter base of President Donald Trump, about to be confiscated by analytics savvy Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the fighting-their-way-back-from-exile Democrats.

‘Analytics’ is the tekkie word for VOTER TARGETING, and history proves that voter targeting always works.

Analytics, aka voter targeting, is exactly how Obama captured the 2012 election.  The Obama campaign team was able to access massive data, which in turn allowed them to identify the vote, transmit to voters the messages they wanted to hear. 

Analytics is how Obama and his Google-taught number crunchers intend to take back the presidency.

By Judi McLeod - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Full Story

Obama-era officials have until Friday to tell Congress what they knew about misuse of the Steele dos

Or they'll face subpoenas, which could get very interesting
I’ll tell you right now that this is going to be portrayed by the media as a partisan witchhunt by Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and by other congressional Republicans. The emphasis in coverage of the story will be on the notion that Republicans are seeking to distract from “collusion with Russia” and to turn a negative story for President Trump onto the Obama Administration instead.

Do not believe that narrative. That is not what’s happening here. Here’s what is: There is a growing body of evidence that the Obama Administration and the Clinton campaign used a highly questionable dossier - much of it culled from Russian sources - to falsely portray Donald Trump as in collusion with the Russian government to turn the 2016 election in his favor. What’s more, it also appears that after Trump won the election and the transition was underway, the outgoing Obama Administration used this same questionable dossier - which, remember, was bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign - to inappropriately unmask Trump transition officials in wiretap transcripts and otherwise undermine the incoming administration.

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Full Story

Morneau’s ‘Seinfeld’ budget punts on the big issues

Morneau's Seinfeld budget punts on the big issues
It’s a budget about nothing.

That’s one way to sum up Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s third federal budget. Despite taking up a full 282 pages, there’s just not much substance to it.

That’s both good and bad.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director, CTF- Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Full Story

California’s Exploding Homeless Population Result of Failed Democrat Policies

California's Exploding Homeless Population Result of Failed Democrat Policies
Democrat policies and politics going all the way up the ladder to California Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature, on up to the Obama administration, and the Obama-Holder prison reform program which subverted the law as well as Congress.

The so-called reforms succeeded in promoting crime by decriminalizing many crimes, and reclassifying violent crimes as “non-violent.” Gov. Jerry Brown’s A.B. 109, “realigned” California’s overcrowded prison system, shifting responsibility of repeat, newly classified “nonviolent” offenders from state prisons to county jails. Those released were assigned county probation officers rather than state parole officers. Those newly “non-violent” criminals let out of county jails due to overcrowding are living on the streets, living on our parkways, rivers, and canals, and using the streets as their toilets.

By Katy Grimes - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Full Story

In apparent effort to increase sales at local mom and pop gun shops, Dick’s Sporting Goods decides n

Don't make the mistake of buying your guns from Dicks
If you’re a person who pays attention to guns, gun ownership, or 2nd Amendment issues, you’ve probably heard the (allegedly) big news.  Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the nation’s largest sporting goods chains, is no longer going to sell “assault weapons.” If you really pay attention, and have a good memory, you might be experiencing a bout of Déjà vu.

That’s because you’ve heard this news before.  Dick’s enjoyed widespread publicity when it made basically the exact same announcement about 6 years ago.  In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, Dick’s said it would no longer stock “scary looking weapons that are functionally the same as less-scary weapons” - also known as “assault rifles.”  For a while, they were true to their word.

By Robert Laurie - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Full Story

Tiny Town Crimes vs Big VA Criminal

Tiny Town Crimes vs Big VA Criminal
Fellow Veterans and Friends of Veterans:

Yesterday, I attended a hearing at the Los Angeles Federal Court for the formal guilty plea of VA bureaucrat Ralph Tillman at the Honorable Judge R. Gary Klausner’s Courtroom.

Judge Klausner is a Vietnam War Veteran and it was indeed a very professional and productive hearing.

By Robert L. Rosebrock - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Full Story

From compost to composites: An eco-friendly way to improve rubber (video)


The concept of “from trash to treasure” holds true for the world of composting, where food waste is recycled into fertilizer for gardens. But what if compost could go beyond fertilizer? Now, one group reports in ACS Omega that by collecting the gases produced during the compost process, they can combine it with rubber to make optimized electronic sealants and sensors.



By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Full Story

Home theatre not rumbling enough? Here are some ways to tweak your system

Home theatre not rumbling enough? Here are some ways to tweak your system
You’ve shelled out good, after tax disposable income on a home theatre setup but instead of that room-rattling bass you’ve been promised you’re only getting a thin gruel oozing its way to your ears. Did you get ripped off?

That’s always a possibility, but even an inexpensive “home theatre in a box” can deliver good, room filling sound with chest thumping low frequency effects, so before you box it up again and toss it back across the counter at the retailer from whom you purchased it, take a while to do some tweaking to ensure it’s performing to the best of its capabilities.

By Jim Bray - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Full Story

‘Electric-ish’ BMW X5 is a fine ride that could save you some premium fuel

'Electric-ish' BMW X5 is a fine ride that could save you some premium fuel
BMW’s first SUV - though they refer to it as an SAV - has been given the plug-in hybrid treatment and the result is a large utility (er, Activity, in BMW-speak) vehicle that might even save you some gas money.

The X5 xDrive40e is the first plug-in hybrid production model from BMW’s core lineup. Starting at an estimated MSRP of $74,950 CAD, before options, it’s a darn fine vehicle and equipped well even at that trim level (it’s a premium vehicle, after all). And BMW seems to be listening to some of the folks who’ve whined about its interfaces in recent years. That would include me, who has muttered maledictions about the iDrive system, the complexity of merely storing a radio station preset and the annoying folly of having to pull door handles twice to get out of the vehicle and the start/stop button twice to get the thing to actually shut down.

By Jim Bray - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Full Story

Repealing the RFS Is Still the Best Answer

Repealing the RFS Is Still the Best Answer
Following a meeting on Friday, reports are that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt have put together a four-part proposal to address some of the damaging effects of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The proposal seeks to resolve a months-long standoff between Senators like Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), who represent states harmed by RFS mandates, and the small coalition of Midwestern Senators whose biofuel manufacturers subsist because of this illogical, market-distorting program.

A jolt to get this proposal put together came last month with the bankruptcy of Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), a Philadelphia-area refiner who blamed the prices of RINs (Renewable Identification Number) for their bankruptcy. RINs are the compliance mechanism for the RFS: in order to meet mandated levels, every refiner must collect sufficient RIN credits, whether by producing biofuel or purchasing RINs from other sources. RIN prices have increased in recent years, putting strains on refiners. For example, in its bankruptcy announcement, PES noted that the company spends more on RINs (meaning compliance with government edict) than it does on all payroll costs for its employees.

By Institute for Energy Research - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Full Story