Archive for December, 2011

Non-daily Digest

December 29th, 2011 No comments

Thomas Sowell, Townhall — Republican Voters’ Choices

Forbes — Even the Warmists Don’t Believe In Global Warming

Investor’s Business Daily — Defend Mideast Oil, But Refuse To Build Keystone?

Would we rather get our oil from Canada and North Dakota or from the Middle East through the Strait of Hormuz?


NY Times — Bishops Say Rules on Gay Parents Limit Freedom of Religion

I haven’t read the law, but from news analysis I’ve seen, it doesn’t appear the bishops have a real First Amendment case here. The law does not prevent the church from denying adoptions to gay couples—it denies them state funding if they choose to do so. But in my opinion, the church should not—on principle alone—have taken government funding for its adoption program to begin with. What goes unmentioned is that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services instituted this policy knowing a priori that it would bring about the closure of the Catholic adoption agencies—and putting the desires of gay adults over the needs of the children the agencies served.

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Non-daily Digest

December 28th, 2011 No comments

Walter E. Williams, Townhall — Gullible Americans

Fox News — Obesity Linked to Older Adults’ Risk of Falls

“People who are obese may have a harder time with balance,” said Himes, of Syracuse University in New York.

And when they lose their footing, she told Reuters Health, obese older adults may be less able to react quickly and stop a fall.

Really? We needed a study to tell us this?

AP — Preventive care: It’s free, except when it’s not

What? You mean Obamacare wasn’t really thought out very well before it was passed? Who’da thunk it?

BBC — Walmart Moms: America’s next big voting bloc

Michelle Malkin — The Year in Obama Scandals — and Scandal Deniers

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Non-daily Digest

December 27th, 2011 No comments

Thomas Sowell snippets

Nothing illustrates the superficiality of our times better than the enthusiasm for electric cars, because they are supposed to greatly reduce air pollution. But the electricity that ultimately powers these cars has to be generated somewhere — and nearly half the electricity generated in this country is generated by burning coal.

What do you call it when someone steals someone else’s money secretly? Theft. What do you call it when someone takes someone else’s money openly by force? Robbery. What do you call it when a politician takes someone else’s money in taxes and gives it to someone who is more likely to vote for him? Social Justice.

Of all the arguments for giving amnesty to illegal immigrants, the most foolish is the argument that we can’t find and expel all of them. There is not a law on the books that someone has not violated, including laws against murder, and we certainly have not found and prosecuted all the violators — whether murderers or traffic law violators. But do we then legalize all the illegalities we haven’t been able to detect and prosecute?

Those wacky Canadians. Apparently drinking alcohol increases the likelihood of “unsafe” sex. Who knew?

Andrew Puzder, CEO, CKE Restaurants (Carl’s Jr/Hardee’s) — Job Creation Is Price for New U.S. Health Law

LA Times — A vast child obesity gap between affluent city, lower-income one

“We are trying policy-wise to make changes, but we can’t dictate what parents do in their homes,” said city recreation director Pam Wasserman. For parents on tight budgets, she said, healthful food isn’t always the least expensive option. “It is hard for us to compete with 10 tacos for $10.”

Wrong. I can very easily put together a very large, healthy salad that will feed a growing family for less than $10—and it doesn’t take significantly more time than running out for “fast food.” The obesity problem isn’t caused by poverty, but by choices. Cut the cable TV and the trips to McDonald’s and Taco Bell and buy healthy food.

BBC — Third arrest made after Anuj Bidve shot dead in Salford

But don’t they know guns are illegal in the U.K.? In that peaceful land they’re supposed to use knives. (Of course that begs the question of what she was supposed to use for self-defense.)

Michael Graetz, Wired — Energy Politics Is Lose-Lose

A thoughtful article, though I disagree with (among other things) his conclusions.

Although our government has enacted thousands of pages of energy legislation since the 1970s, it has never demanded that Americans pay a price that reflects the full costs of the energy they consume.

The problem is that it’s very difficult to convince Americans that we should pay more for energy when we know we have vast reserves of cheap coal, natural gas, and oil. Graetz wants us to pay for the cost of “green” energy, which is currently only marginally viable even with huge subsidies—which he correctly opposes. The American public isn’t convinced of the “global existential threat” posed by climate change, and we’re even less convinced we should pay through the nose for it.

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Yet Another NY Times Attack on Concealed Carry

December 27th, 2011 No comments

The NY Times has yet another hit piece on gun owners. It quite naturally begins with an unarguably illegal use of a handgun by a CCW holder. It also contains many of the hallmarks of the typical anti-gun screed, including this gem:

Gun advocates are quick to cite anecdotes of permit holders who stopped crimes with their guns. It is virtually impossible, however, to track these episodes in a systematic way.

This is, of course, followed by the citation of a few specific incidents in which CCW holders committed murder or manslaughter. (Including at least one in which the CCW had no relevance—a husband killed a man he caught with his wife. Hello? What does his CCW have to do with that?) So it isn’t permissible to cite known instances where a CCW holder successfully and legally used his weapon, but you can trot out the stories that support your side?

To further support its slant, the Times pats itself on the back for having “examined the permit program in North Carolina.” Their study uncovered 8 convictions for murder or manslaughter with a handgun by concealed carry permit holders in North Carolina over a five year period (2006-2010). Since 1995 there have been 228,072 CCW permits granted by NC (almost 60K in 2007 alone). The NC permit is good for five years, so not all of those are current, but permits have reportedly been increasing. Suppose there are only 150,000 CCW holders in NC (I’d bet that’s low, but it skews the numbers against me). That works out to 0.005% of CCW holders being convicted for some form of gun-related wrongful death. Now, in 2005-2009 there were 7,515 vehicular fatalities in NC. Now North Carolina has 6,536,601 licensed drivers. So deaths caused by vehicular accidents occur at a rate of 0.115% per licensed driver—twenty-three times the rate of gun-related deaths caused by CCW holders. North Carolina’s entire population is 9.5 million and if every one of its citizens were a driver, the rate of vehicle deaths per driver would still be 0.079%—almost 16 times the “kill rate” of CCW holders.

So using real-world numbers—even when skewed against the “gun lobby”—which is a bigger threat to public safety, CCW holders or drivers? Only when you have a clear anti-gun agenda can you answer the former, but I have yet to see a Times piece clamoring for more stringent vehicle licensing. Now that’s good journalism.

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Non-daily Digest

December 13th, 2011 No comments

Thomas Sowell, IBD — Will Gridlock Save Obama White House From Itself?

WSJ — The Church of Kathleen Sebelius  

Mike Adams, Townhall — African American Listed

NY Times — Canada Announces Exit From Kyoto Climate Treaty

CNN — In U.S., right to vote still threatened

Yes, according to the Left, it is entirely unreasonable to require voters to demonstrate that they are actually eligible to vote. Liberals have such a low opinion of minority, young, and elderly Americans that they believe they aren’t competent to obtain or provide an ID.

LA Times — U.S. asks Iran to return spy drone

U.S. officials say they don’t expect Iran will comply.

Duh. Maybe if President Hopey-Changey just said, “Pretty please.”

Fox News — Issa: $400G in Stimulus Funds Stomped On at Occupy D.C. Park

Can you imagine the liberal and media outcry if the Tea Party had done this? But what I really want to know is why we wasted $400G on landscaping as part of “stimulus” in the first place. Other than a temporary boost to one contractor’s books, how did that stimulate the economy?

Washington Times — Obama’s Keystone cop-out

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Non-daily Digest

December 9th, 2011 No comments

Daniel Henninger, WSJ — Obama’s Godfather Speech

Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post — Obama’s campaign for class resentment

Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard — Bobby, We Hardly Know Ye: Governor Jindal’s unheralded success story

“Conservative ideas don’t just sound good,” he says. “They actually work. That’s the secret of our success.”

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OWS: Next on the Agenda—Seizure of Private Property

December 9th, 2011 No comments

In an opinion piece at CNN, Sally Kohn defends mob seizure of private property. Don’t act so shocked. OWS and its media pimps have shown precious little regard for the wanton destruction of property—public and private—and damage to local business that have characterized the movement. This is but the next logical step in the collectivist mind of the entitlement throng.

Help people stay eviction notices? Sure. Help them fend off foreclosure? Great idea. But in a society of law, you can’t just take what you want—even what you need—from others without ushering in anarchy. I’m increasingly afraid that’s exactly what they want.

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NY Times Continues Attacks on Christian Conservatives

December 9th, 2011 No comments

No real surprises here. Yet another hit piece to brand Christian Conservatives as knuckle-dragging bigots. There’s nothing quite like sprinkling your piece with phrases such as,

So long as a candidate makes bland, predictable affirmations of religious faith, he or she has adequately punched the religion card.

to make your bias crystal clear. And the author’s portrayal of many Christians’ view of Mormonism betrays his ignorance of Christianity. Mormonism is a cult, and Mormons are not Christians. You can decry that statement as “utterly distasteful” but that won’t change its inherent truth.

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Non-daily Digest

December 8th, 2011 No comments

Ben Shapiro, Townhall — Where Have Our Cojones Gone?  

WSJ — Debit-Fee Cap Has Nasty Side Effect

When will the Left quit meddling with the market? (My best guess is: never.) The law of unintended consequences strikes again. Liberals in Congress rammed through the Dodd-Frank financial bill, one part of which capped card fees. So what do the card issuers do? Read on…

Real Clear Markets — We Pay for “Free” Health Care, Obama Gets the Thanks

Money quote:

From our perspective-the perspective of those unseen folks who pay the bills-it looks an awful lot like President Obama just bought her vote with our money.

Spot on.

Fox News — Lawmakers Blast Administration For Calling Fort Hood Massacre “Workplace Violence”

And well they should. This was not just a day at work gone bad—it was a terrorist act, pure & simple.

InfoWars — Could FBI’s New Definition of Rape Outlaw TSA Pat Downs?

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Non-daily Digest

December 7th, 2011 No comments

Hot Air — New e-mails: ATF officials discussed using Fast & Furious to … push gun control

Pat Buchanan, Townhall — Did FDR Provoke Pearl Harbor?  

Not one to quote Buchanan as a rule, this piece isn’t an opinion piece…more a book review of George Nash’s just-released “Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath.” I’m definitely going to have to give it a read.

WSJ — Obama and the Hezbollah Terrorist

Fox News — North Carolina Principal Forced to Retire After Suspending Nine-Year-Old for Calling Teacher ‘Cute’

And good riddance. Sorry, but if you can’t display better judgment than that after a 44-year career, you simply shouldn’t be anywhere near kids, much less a principal.

Fox News — Indiana 2008 Presidential Primary Election Fraud Probe Heats Up

Now what happens if it can be proven that Obama illegally appeared in the Indiana primary? It’s not like he cares about ethics enough to resign.

American Thinker — ATMs v. Obama’s Economic Ignorance

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