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Looks like the first debate did have quite an effect on the views of the public. At one point, Romney was leading in New Hampshire. (Yes, that New Hampshire.)

For the past 16 years, global warming has stopped. Climate alarmists are still finding way to be alarmed, pushing out the goalposts to 20 years to see if they should be worried. (Yes, they’re worried about warming, and when it stops warming, they’re still worried.)

Drone strikes by the Obama administration have quintupled over the eeevil Bush administration. The anti-war Left could not be reached for comment, due to the fact that a Democrat is currently in the White House.

Mentioned links:

PollTracker (from Talking Points Memo)

Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released… and here is the chart to prove it

Obama’s 262 Drone Strikes in Pakistan

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Filed under: Climate ChangeElectionsWar

A single-topic show this time around, one that is designed for you to share on your social networks. The economy is a huge issue in this presidential election, and I give my reasons why I’m voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. There is so much riding on this, and the two parties really differ quite a bit on how they’ve shown they’ll handle it.

And if you’re one of those folks who was nudged this way, thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll subscribe to the podcast, because a) it’s done in 10 minutes or less, and b) no yelling. Really, none.

Mentioned links:

United States Budget Dilemma (video)

More than 400 €1million homes put on the market in Paris since socialist Francois Hollande elected to power

The Truth About Taxes and Redistribution

Senate rejects budget measure containing Medicare overhaul

GOP Rep. introduces Obama budget, measure gets 0-414 drubbing

Instapundit, October 7, 2012

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Filed under: Budget & SpendingEconomics & TaxesElectionsEntitlementsGovernment

Episode 17: An “Interv” with Bruce McQuain

In this episode is the first of (hopefully) many “intervs”. What’s an “interv”?

I’ve been mulling over the idea of doing interviews on the podcast. The main problem, of course, is that I have a self-imposed 10-minute-or-less format, and most interviews just get going in 10 minutes. So I had to set some rules for an interview that you normally wouldn’t have. And thus was born what I’m calling the “interv”; a short, to-the-point, question and answer format. You won’t hear any clever banter or what either of us ate for lunch. It’ll just be 2 or 3 substantive questions and we’re outta’ there.

The first interv is with Bruce McQuain of the “Questions and Observations” blog, and the podcast “Observations”. I ask him about Romney’s debate performance on Democratic voters, and about why it’s Univision, and not the American press, breaking new stories on the Fast & Furious operation.

You can still cast nominations for “Consider This!” for the Stitcher Awards. Just click here to go to the nomination page.

Mentioned links:

The “Observations” podcast

The “Questions and Observations” blog

The “Blackfive” blog

The HotAir Green Room

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Filed under: Bruce McQuainElectionsIntervsMedia

Can you make an informed decision when the people charged with presenting that information share it in a biased manner, or choose not to share some of it based on their preferences? Trust in the press is at an all-time low, and 47% of us think the press is biased one way or the other. That’s a 47% that should be news.

Did warrantless wiretaps and surveillance  quadruple under President Bush? No, but I’ll give you 1 guess under who’s administration they did multiply like that.

The 2012 Stitcher Award nominations are going on now! Click here to vote for “Consider This!” in the “News & Politics” category. I’d really appreciate it. You can vote once a day through October 19th.

Mentioned links:

The Stitcher Awards

U.S. Distrust in Media Hits New High

Majority in U.S. Continues to Distrust the Media, Perceive Bias

Fast and Furious – It takes Univision to “break” it?

ACLU: Bush administration quadrupled warrantless wiretaps. Just kidding. It was Obama and Holder.

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Filed under: GovernmentMediaSurveillance

Can you be fairly represented by someone who doesn’t look like you, or makes more money than you, or isn’t your same age? In a new podcast DecodeDC, Andrea Seabrook (in an otherwise fascinating podcast episode) seems to make the case that, no, you can’t. Let’s look at history to test that theory.

Romney releases his tax information, proving himself “innocent” of paying $0 in taxes some years. So instead of wondering now who Harry Reid’s anonymous source was and why they were so wrong, the Left asks more information from … Romney! It’s like the Birthers who just couldn’t accept a birth certificate from Obama. Thing is, we need a catch name for these tax-insane Democrats. Post your ideas in the comments.

UN Secretary General George Orwell Ban Ki Moon says that freedom of expression should be protected…except when it shouldn’t be, like when certain groups get offended. (Any guesses one what group he’s currently trying to make exceptions for?)

Post a comment here or call me at (267) CALL-CT-0 (that is, (267) 225-5280)  and let me know what you think.

Mentioned links:

DecodeDC Episode One: House of (mis)Representatives

Romneys to Release Taxes

10 Questions Romney Should Answer About His Taxes

U.N. chief says anti-Islam filmmaker abused freedom of expression

WH Silent Over Demands to Denounce ‘Piss Christ’ Artwork

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Filed under: Economics & TaxesFree SpeechGovernmentRace IssuesUnited Nations

Mitt Romney and Barak Obama have two different ways that they want to deal with the current economic situation. Gee, if only there was some was to look at each of their ideas in action before voting for one of them. Well guess what, you’re in luck. Neighbors Virginia and Maryland have had governors taking two different strategies to deal with debt and the economy, and I take a look at how it worked out.

Have you ever wondered why Congress doesn’t reduce spending and balance the budget? That line begins an incredibly informative 5-minute video that explains what the main problem is. If we dissolved the entire federal government, including the military, would we have enough tax revenue to just pay for the promises we’ve made?

And in this episode, I announce that I now have a listener feedback line! It’s as simple as dialing (267) CALL-CT-0 [(267) 225-5280]. (Long distance charges may apply.) Or you can click on the telephone icon on the right. When you click the phone icon, you then enter the phone number you’d like to be called at. Google Voice will call that number, play my voicemail greeting, and then you can leave your comment. Now it’s easier than ever to get in touch. Give me a call today!

Mentioned links:

McDonnell ahead of O’Malley

United States Budget Dilemma

Top 10 Percent of Earners Paid 71 Percent of Federal Income Taxes

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Filed under: Budget & SpendingEconomics & TaxesGovernment

Not one for the kiddos, just an FYI. I’m keeping my PG rating, but it’ll be more PG than usual.

An international symposium in Dublin, Ireland of medical experts put out a statement saying that abortion, on its own, is never medically necessary to save the life of the mother. This should have far-reaching implications in the abortion debate.

After last week’s topic on the normalization polygamy, this week we have a story showing support for calling pedophilia a “sexual orientation”. While the act is still frowned upon (for now), if you change the vocabulary, you change the culture. Homosexual activists have been insisting that sexual orientation is akin to being left-handed or blue-eyed. If you’re born that way, no one can criticize it. Well, if that’s true, where are we heading with pedophilia?

Mentioned links:

Forum in Dublin on maternal health

Born This Way: Sympathy and Science for Those Who Want to Have Sex with Children

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Filed under: AbortionHuman SexualityPedophilia

Just two topics this time around. I got a little wordy.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is another international treaty to come out of that august body that, while it is ostensibly one with good intentions, allows the UN to override national sovereignty. Want to homeschool your disabled child? A UN committee might decide otherwise.

In 2004, President of the Human Right Campaign Cheryl Jacques was asked why her groups advocacy for same-sex marriage would not lead to polygamy. Her well-considered answer was, “I don’t approve of that.” Well, what she doesn’t approve of has happened, and the liberal paper The Guardian is asking about the next stop down the slippery slope; why not marriage of 3, or 4, or 17? Slippery slope arguments are worthless, except when they aren’t.

Mentioned links:

UN Treaty Dangers are Real: A Response to Sen. Rockefeller

Reject The UNCRPD

Another U.N. Convention That Poses Threats to U.S. Sovereignty

Polygamy Is Dead End for Homosexual Advocates

Why shouldn’t three people get married?

My personal blog’s entries on Polygamy

First Trio “Married” in The Netherlands

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Filed under: MarriagePolygamyUnited Nations

This time, I’m back with a variety of topics, all coming to you in 10 minutes or less.

Todd Aiken talked about “legitimate rape”, and certainly got his 15 minutes (actually, 48 hours) of fame. Conservative and liberal pundits pilloried him for it. But when a liberal tried to make the exact same distinction, conservatives tried to point that out, while liberals … well, let’s just say they were considerably less outraged (i.e. hardly noticed). For the Left, it’s always political.

A study in 2006 of the charitable giving habits of conservatives vs. liberals showed that if you believe it’s your job to help take care of those who can’t help themselves, you will give more of your money and time to charities. Likewise, if you think it’s the government’s job, you’re less likely to be so giving. A new study has come out looking at this issue, and the results are, well, shall we say “unsurprising”.

Do you need a government permit to be charitable? I’m not even talking about running a soup kitchen; I’m talking about handing out free water. Apparently, in Phoenix, Arizona, yes, you do.

What do you think about Todd Aiken, charitable giving, or intrusive government. Leave a comment and join the conversation.

Mentioned links:

The View’s Whoopi Goldberg on Polanski: ‘It Wasn’t Rape-Rape’

The View’s Whoopi Goldberg on Polanski ‘It Wasn’t Rape Rape’ (video)

Smashing the Charity Stereotypes

Who Gives and Who Doesn’t?

Study: Red states more charitable

Valley woman told she could not hand out free bottled water in summer heat

Phoenix Christians Forbidden to Give Out Free Water

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Filed under: CharityEconomics & TaxesElectionsMediaPartisanship

Episode 10: The Paul Ryan Pick

Welcome to episode 10 of “Consider This!”, something of a milestone (if only a psychological one). Thanks for listening for lo these…2 months.

In this episode, I’m focusing on the choice of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate. I’m thrilled with the choice, and this episode explains why.

Romney has had some issues with his conservative credentials, but Paul Ryan, if he’s allowed to shine and if Romney picks up on his economic themes (since, after all, Romney is the top of the ticket), this will be a great campaign, and a great presidency. The economy is the main issue, and Ryan has done his homework.

Of course, Democrats are grading that homework all over again. The Ryan budget plan has gone through a few changes, even some bipartisan ones, but it’s still constantly demagogued by opponents. They’re trotting out some of the same misinformation they did when it was first proposed, particularly regarding Medicare, and I go down a list of talking points that, by now, have been debunked.

And William Galston, writing at The New Republic (a left-leaning magazine/website) points out himself that, even though he doesn’t like the Ryan plan, demagoging Medicare changes will only mean that, should Obama win, he won’t be able to touch it. That’s not a good thing because, as Galston realizes, something has to change or it will either bankrupt us or go bankrupt itself. It must be on the table.

What do you think of the Paul Ryan pick? Let me know as a comment here or e-mail me at considerthis@ctpodcasting.com.

Mentioned links:

Paul Ryan Takes Apart Obamacare in 6 Minutes

It Begins: Democrats Repeat ‘Lie of the Year’ on Medicare

Networks Falsely Paint Ryan as Spending Cutter Who Could ‘Destroy’ Medicare

Romney’s right: Obamacare cuts Medicare by $716 billion. Here’s how.

Obama In November 2009: Right, One-Third Of ObamaCare Funding Comes From Cuts To Medicare

Why Demogoguing Paul Ryan is Bad For Democrats

Federal Spending: Ryan vs. Obama

 

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Filed under: Economics & TaxesElections

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