July, 2018

Freedom of Navigation Doctrine Challenged

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With all the media focus on President Trump’s recent meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, a major event took place last week in the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait, which received little notice.  The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have acknowledged that they fired a missile supplied by Iran from the vicinity of the port city of Hodeida that hit a Saudi Aramco tanker.  In response, even though there was little damage, Saudi Arabia has suspended all its shipping from transiting the Bab al-Mandab Strait. 

By James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret) - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - Full Story

The Danger in Thinking Premier Ford is a Buffoon

The Danger in Thinking Premier Ford is a Buffoon
When campaigning for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Party and then during the provincial election campaign, Ford spent a lot of time saying he was not Donald Trump. True, they are two different people. But politically speaking, the premier and his late brother Rob were Trump years before Trump was Trump.

Part of the problem with the left is it is not a question of disagreeing with politicians like Trump and Ford; they fail to understand them or their supporters. They are simply satisfied to call them names. The progressives laugh when these politicians promise to do something and then have a mental breakdown after they get elected and actually do it.

By Arthur Weinreb - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - Full Story

Planet Fitness Loses Locker Room Case

Planet Fitness Loses Locker Room Case
MIDLAND, MI - A Michigan appeals court has ruled in favor of a former Planet Fitness customer who argued that her rights under Michigan’s consumer protection law were violated when the club did not disclose its unwritten policy and canceled her membership because she complained about a man in the women’s locker room.

By Liberty Counsel - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - Full Story

Eyeroll: Bill Kristol to challenge Trump in 2020 primaries?

Eyeroll: Bill Kristol to challenge Trump in 2020 primaries?
If you’re part of the NeverTrump crowd, you probably think Bill Kristol is a conservative stalwart who’s sticking to his principles via an endless anti-Trump diatribe.  If you’re a Trump loyalist, you almost certainly view Kristol as a RINO turncoat who was eager to destroy the country’s last best hope of stopping a Hillary Clinton Presidency. Whichever camp you fall into, it’s doubtful that you view him as “the next President of the United States.”

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - Full Story

Bishop of Abu Makkar Monastery in Egypt found dead

Tragic loss of Bishop Epiphanius
In the early morning hours of Sunday, July 29, the 63 year old Bishop Epiphanius, head of the Abu Makkar Monastery, was found dead on the ground in a pool of blood. The monks of Abu Makkar discovered the bishop’s body on a path leading to the church with his head smashed. They contacted the pope’s office as well as law enforcement.

By Dr. Ashraf Ramelah - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - Full Story

Media commences all-out campaign against indexing capital gains as ‘tax cut for the super-rich

Media commences all-out campaign against indexing capital gains as ‘tax cut for the super-rich’
We told you several weeks ago that this is under consideration, and we explained the economic benefits of the move. Indexing capital gains for inflation would simply tax the gains in a manner the better reflects their real value given the impact of inflation. It would also free up more capital to be invested in the productive sector of the economy, which would help ensure that 4.1 percent growth we liked so much in the second quarter doesn’t turn out to be a mere blip.

So how have the media decided to treat this potential growth-friendly policy move? Pretty much exactly as you’d expect them to:

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - Full Story

Should Doug Ford cut Toronto city council in half? Yes

Hell hath no fury like a politician being told there will be fewer jobs for politicians.

While certain members of Toronto city council are lighting their hair on fire because they may not have a job for life, Toronto taxpayers should be rejoicing.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - Full Story

Teenager made stupid tweets years ago: Why is this a news story, media?

Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
It’s not news. At all. It doesn’t matter who the teenager is or was. It doesn’t matter if a guy who was a 17-year-old idiot eight years ago is now a 25-year-old major leaguer. His stupid tweet from eight years ago is not something the nation needs to know about.

Why is that the question that needs to be asked? Because it’s important to recognize that the social media rectal exam now being applied to just about every player in baseball – and soon every player in every other sport, and soon we’ll go on from there – becomes a concern to the teams involved only because these things become media firestorms. And that only happens because the news media makes the absurd decision to treat these things as news stories.

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - Full Story

Deranged Democrats Now Promising Their Internal Organs to Justice Ginsberg

  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg  
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Online zombie enthusiasts think Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg could be propped up with other people’s donated vital internal organs just to keep her alive—and all to keep her remaining on the court until a Democratic president is able to replace her.

The Daily Wire has hit the zenith of surrealistic with today’s headline: ‘People are offering to donate their organs to Ruth Bader Ginsberg to keep her alive’. (Daily Wire, July 30, 2018)

By Judi McLeod - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - Full Story

It’s Time To Leave ‘CNN Land’

It's Time To Leave CNN Land
People are beginning to wake up to the fact that the biggest and most seditious ‘collusion’ in our nation today is the collusion between leftist politicians and the liberal media. I have written several articles about that partnership - collusion - between the liberal media/entertainment empire and leftist politicians. But people, being the sheep that we are, are slow to catch on. Nevertheless, here is one great way of understanding most all the current confusion politically and socially here in America. It really is just this simple: Leftist politicians love to hype ‘socialism’ as the cure for every problem of society. Why? Because in socialism the government holds all the cards. In socialism the government controls the money, and that is where leftist politicians want to be. It makes them all bankers. Ever notice that so many wealthy leftist politicians came into their wealth after they came into their offices? It’s true. Socialism can be compared to a big bucket of milk fresh out of the cow. All the cream floats to the top. That’s where leftist politicians want to be - on top with the cream. Of course liberal media wants to be there, running the show with them.

By Dave Merrick - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - Full Story

Technology Revolutionizing the Oil Industry

Technology Revolutionizing the Oil Industry
First, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling made the shale oil industry economically viable; now new technology and smarter design are about to make the offshore oil industry competitive with it.

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - Full Story

China High in Renewable Capacity, But Not in Production Efficiency

China High in Renewable Capacity, But Not in Production Efficiency
The growth of China’s economy and electricity demand have slowed in recent years. Yet, its construction program has continued for all types of generating plants, making them run at much lower capacity factors than their design capability. In particular, by the end of 2017, China had over twice the wind and solar capacity that the United States had, but the capacity factors of their solar and wind units were about half that of similar technologies in the United States, making China one of the least efficient renewable energy generators in the world.

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - Full Story

Questions We’re Often Asked: Wasps

questions about wasps
Wasps get a good and a bad rap. Initially they prey upon other arthropods. Many of these, bugs, caterpillars, flies and others, are considered garden pests. These they chew up to feed their larvae back at their nest.

Unfortunately, when wasp colonies stop breeding new workers in late summer, the existing workers search for the sweeter things in life. These are often supplied by humans, especially in the shape of soft drinks and fruit.

By Wes Porter - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - Full Story

Health-care costs for typical Canadian family hit nearly $13,000 this year


VANCOUVER—A typical Canadian family of four will pay $12,935 for health care in 2018, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Health care in Canada isn’t free—Canadians actually pay a substantial amount for public health care through their taxes, even if they don’t pay directly for medical services,” said Bacchus Barua, associate director of health policy studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of The Price of Public Health Care Insurance, 2018.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - Full Story

Farmers Want a Hand-Up not a Hand-Out

Farmers Want a Hand-Up not a Hand-Out
I live in farm country.  The northwest corner of Iowa is the “reddest” part of the state, having cast massive majority votes for the current president in most of the counties in this region.  The economy is dominated by corn, soybeans, ethanol production and massive livestock operations focused on eggs, poultry, pork and beef.  To thrive in this part of the state one has to be able to speak “agriculture” with all the boys at the local cafes and diners scattered in the small towns that dot the region.  When one does join the locals for coffee, one is not likely to hear too many positive things about the proposed $12 billion “farmer bailout” proposed by the administration.  These folks do not want a hand out—they want government out of their lives.  If any investment is to be made, then the government ought to focus on the long game—investing in developing human capital to sustain agriculture into the next half century.

By Dr. Sam Clovis - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - Full Story

Trump Derangement Syndrome Another Name for Trump DIDN’T Win Syndrome

Trump Derangement Syndrome
They don’t talk much about the social diseases that can send them running to the doctor’s office, but the victims of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS)  are now so prolific that they even have have their own Wiki entry.

The Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) is another name for Trump DIDN’T Win Syndrome (TDS), and there ain’t no cure for all of those refusing to return to reality.

Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first person to come down with it, and she infected millions with the incurable TDS.

By Judi McLeod - Monday, July 30, 2018 - Full Story

All on the Road to China

All on the Road to China
The Green-ants said “You can’t burn coal” – so we sent our coal to China. Then our factories and our smelters closed and followed the coal to China.

The Green-ants said “You can’t eat beef” – so we sent our beef to China. Then burger chains and canneries closed and followed the beef to China.

The Green-ants said “Protect the trees” – so our grasslands went to weeds. Then China’s wool cheques disappeared and graziers went on welfare.

By Viv Forbes - Monday, July 30, 2018 - Full Story