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I’m back!

It’s been a few months, but I’m back. And it’s good to be back.

So, anything happen while I was gone? Yeah, one or two things. I’ll hit a few highlights in this episode to catch up on some of the stories that happened during the hiatus. Some you might not have even heard of.

Mentioned links:

Dismantling False Assumptions on ISPs and Net Neutrality

Bella Hadid joins Jerusalem demonstration in London after fury at Trump embassy move

Another U.K. Hospital: NO to Baby Transfer + End Life Support

Who is Alfie Evans, what do we know about his mystery illness and what did the High Court say about life support?

As the Dossier Scandal Looms, the New York Times Struggles to Save Its Collusion Tale

The author of the explosive new Trump book says he can’t be sure if parts of it are true

Argus Hamilton

And here’s the deceptive Burger King Net Neutrality video I mention in the show.

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Episode 156: Thoughts on a Debate, Part 2

The first Trump/Clinton debate

The first Trump/Clinton debate

This is the second part of my analysis of the September 26th debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. As I wrote last time, there was just so much to get into (because we finally got to compare the candidates side-by-side) that I couldn’t fit it all into one episode.

And with the next debate between them coming very soon, I had to get this out before that, which is why you’re getting 2 episodes in one week. But hey, it’s just 10 minutes! 🙂

And you should probably listen to part 1 first. Click here for the audio and the transcript.

Mentioned links:

The first Trump-Clinton presidential debate transcript, annotated

Economic assistance to countries in the Middle East and North Africa

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Out from under the thumb

Out from under the thumb

I’ve been on vacation for a few weeks, and one of the things that happened in my absence is that the British voted to leave the European Union. It was a historic vote, and its effects will be felt for quite some time, but in essence it was a victory for small(er) government over yet another layer of massive, unthinking bureaucracy. I’ll explain why.

And I’ll touch on a few of the other events of the recent past, as well.

Mentioned links:

TheReligionOfPeace.com

At least 4 killed in suicide blast near one of Islam’s holiest sites in Medina

From Orlando to Bangladesh, A Blood-Soaked Ramadan

‘Assault Weapons’ Ban, Firearms Licensing Did Not Stop Terrorist with AK-47 in Istanbul Airport

What Brexit IS and IS NOT About

Media Pushes ‘Ban’ On Old People Voting After Brexit

EU bans claim that water can prevent dehydration

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Why wasn't this bigger news?

Why wasn’t this bigger news?

Why do Democrats continue to push for economic policies that have failed in the past (and the very recent past at that)? Well, I will say that it does play well on the campaign trail. It just doesn’t work in real life.

The Republican’s front runner for President says outlandish things. The Democrat’s front runner is under investigation by the FBI. Your choice. Choose well.

My question to any of you that wanted to just bring in Syrian refugees without doing what is normally done, and vet them before they come to our country, are you prepared for a situation like they just experienced in Cologne, Germany? Do you know what happened? Germany tried to cover it up or minimize it, so it’s understandable that you wouldn’t know.

Mentioned links:

Student Loan Subsidies Cause Almost All of the Increase in Tuition

Forty-Nine of 50 States Will See Premium Hikes in 2016

Hillary’s EmailGate Goes Nuclear

Cologne, Germany: Hundreds of sexual assault charges from New Year’s Eve

Cologne mayor’s ‘arm’s length’ advice to avoid sex attacks draws ridicule

SEX CRIMES ACROSS GERMANY: THE COVERUP UNRAVELS

‘We told you so,’ Eastern Europe tells Germany

Mass shooting stopped by responsible gun owners in Iowa

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Drill, baby, drill! It worked.

Drill, baby, drill! It worked.

How about those low gas prices? Who can we thank for them? Well, a number of people, none of which, however, are in the Obama administration. The “Drill, baby, drill” policy of the states have worked; something that Obama said was a lie.

But first, a follow-up on a story last episode about the Atlanta fire chief that published a book with his Christians views, and was docked a month’s pay and suspended. Upon returning from that suspension, he was promptly fired. Another shot on the religious liberty front.

And finally, we have a bounty on the head of a terrorist that we used to have in Guantanamo. I think it might have cost less just to keep him incarcerated.

Mentioned links:

Reed: Atlanta fire chief terminated following book controversy

Klobuchar says U.S. is world’s No. 1 oil producer

Saudi Arabia’s $750 Billion Bet Drives Brent Oil Below $54

Fracking Debunks Obama’s ‘We Can’t Drill Our Way Out’

Oops! U.S. Offers $5 Mil Reward for Al Qaeda Terrorist it Released From Gitmo

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Episode 87: Going Back to Iraq

Back to Iraq

Back to Iraq

The President has, in the past, said some things about the situation in Iraq and some of the players that he’s had to take back recently (or at least ignore). Now, we all know that Presidents can’t be perfect prognosticators. They have aids that specialize in different areas who try to anticipate issues before they get out of hand. But there is someone that perhaps President Obama should’ve hired who made a prediction back in 2007.

Obama has proclaimed over and over, over the course of years, about how he promised to end the war in Iraq, and he did. The question is, was it a good promise to make?

And I ask the question again; where’s the anti-war crowd? They’ve been conspicuously absent while a Democrat has been in the White House. What do they think about this new “surge”, so to speak? Their silence speaks volumes.

Mentioned links:

Podcast Shoutout

A President Whose Assurances Have Come Back to Haunt Him

President George W. Bush’s chilling warning on Iraq in 2007

Obama, in Speech on ISIS, Promises Sustained Effort to Rout Militants

Another Obama lie. I ended the war in Iraq – I didn’t end the war in Iraq.

Carr: Anti-war crowd stunningly silent on ISIS plan

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New Hamas recruit

New Hamas recruit

The state of the conflict between Hamas and Israel was well-described over half a century ago, and it still rings true. Rather than being simplistic descriptions of what might be a complex problem, I think that it’s tough to deny the truth of those sayings. It’s worth considering.

The US now has the best calculation of how many people in its borders are gay, and the number might surprise you. What the result of this may be on leglation and funding is anybody’s guess, but perhaps it bears reconsideration.

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Golda Meir [WikiQuote]

Benjamin Netanyahu [WikiQuote]

20 missiles found in UN-run school in Gaza

Wanting-To-Hand-Out-Sweets 16

Health survey gives government its first large-scale data on gay, bisexual population

The FAIR Foundation (Fair Allocations in Research), NIH Statistics

CDC: HIV DOWN IN GENERAL POPULATION BUT SURGING WITH GAY, BISEXUAL MALES

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Tens of thousands marched in a huge anti-abortion protest in Washington, DC. You’re forgiven if you didn’t know about it. ABC and CBS couldn’t be bothered to mention it at all. (NBC did give all of it 15 seconds, so there’s that.)

The “Affordable Care Act” is turning out to be, well, rather unaffordable. The experts both outside and inside of the President’s own administration are saying, yes, costs are going to go up. Surprise! (We had to pass the bill so we’d know how much it would cost, right, Nancy Pelosi?)

And gun violence continues in the nations’s school, including suspensions for having a picture of a gun, and terroristic threats with a “Hello Kitty” bubble gun. Yes, over-reacting is still rampant.

And a bonus. Let’s send Ahmadinejad into space. Hey, he wants to!

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 ABC and CBS Spike Huge Pro-Life March, Yet Highlight Puny Pro-Gun Control Protest

Some Nerve: NYT Finally Covers March for Life, Only to Bury It Under Story Chiding Marchers for Not Being Anti-Gun

Obama concedes: Obamacare didn’t do anything for rising health care costs

I’M BEGINNING TO THINK THAT PUTTING YOUR KIDS IN PUBLIC SCHOOL IS PARENTAL MALPRACTICE

Newtown Security Vision Discussion

Ahmadinejad wants to be Iran’s first astronaut

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How can something like this be prevented?

How can something like this be prevented?

This past December, the issue of gun control was again pushed to the fore when a shooting at an elementary school 11 days before Christmas killed many 6- and 7-year-olds and their teachers. It was a tragedy which most of us can’t even begin to understand.

To have a conversation about guns –a dialog — we need to consider all possible options. And to do that, we need to find out what works. Not just in theory; we need to know what has worked well over a long period of time. Perhaps we should do what the President does to keep his girls safe. I’d also like to look at the history of school shooting deaths in Israel.

“Israel?”, you might say. “What can a nation with a population of 8 million tell the US, a nation of 300 million, about gun laws?” What indeed. Let’s look at their history of school shooting deaths. What did they do to completely stop school shooting deaths for more than 30 years?

A city in the metro Atlanta area, Kennesaw, GA, passed a law in 1982 that all heads of households were to own a firearm. The law is never really enforced (it has enough exceptions in it if you really don’t want to), but it’s on the books.

What happened in Israel to stop school shooting deaths? What happened in Kennesaw after the  mandatory gun ownership law? Listen in to find out.

Mentioned links:

The SciFi Christian

Wikipedia: School shooting

Wikipedia: Ma’alot massacre

Wikipedia: List of school shootings in the United States

Wikipedia: Gun laws in Illinois, History

Chicago Homicides Exceed U.S. Iraq Deaths: Is It News?

2 teens on West Side among 15 shot, 3 fatally, on New Year’s Day

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In this, the last episode for 2012, I have a special treat.

First, as the countdown to the Fiscal Cliff continues, tax increases seem to be the only way Democrats in Congress think that we can close the deficit gap. But Michael Barone points out that, no, tax increases alone will never be enough. It’s not the panacea that Democrats claim it to be. Another point is that higher tax rates don’t typically produce more tax revenue. So, what is the solution?

And the special treat is a guest contribution by Meryl Yourish. She and I contributed to the late, lamented Shire Network News podcast. She’s now a published author, but she agreed to do a special segment for my podcast. Meryl’s often noticed the many double standards that are applied to the country of Israel that don’t apply to its neighbors. That’s right; it’s Israeli Double-Standard Time!

Mentioned links:

Why tax hikes will never be enough

Federal Debt, Revenue and Expenditures as a Fraction of GDP

Video–Obama in 2009: ‘You Don’t Raise Taxes in a Recession’

October 2012 Employment Report – Not Particularly Good News

75 Percent of Obama’s Proposed Tax Hikes to Go Toward New Spending

Meryl Yourish – This Writing Life

Yourish.com

Darkness Rising: Book One of The Catmage Chronicles

Regarding the above-mentioned double standard (Yourish.com)

Bibi and the world’s double standard on Israel (Yourish.com)

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