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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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Episode 132: Why I Like the Electoral College

The Electoral College is a good thing

The Electoral College is a good thing

The Electoral College. It’s that institution that comes up for debate every 4 years, during presidential elections. Some people hate it, but I like it. It safeguards our voting rights, and gives minorities (blacks, farmers, Rhode Islanders, whatever) a significant enough voice that they can’t be easily overlooked. And yes, even in instances when the popular vote goes another way.

I link to a paper below that explains the history of the EC, and why it works so well. It ultimately comes out in favor of it, but it does give a balanced view of it (unlike the example episode of a podcast by a former NPR journalist; bias on parade, there).

Mentioned links:

Decode DC podcast: Episode 113: Is the Electoral College broken?

THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE, by William C. Kimberling, Deputy Director FEC Office of Election Administration (PDF)

Election 2000 Notebook

Faithless Lawmakers: Why the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact should die.

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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.

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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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Fox News is mean to me

Fox News is mean to me

Diversity! That’s the call of the progressive Left, as they seek to bring in people of all races and creeds into their circles. But here’s the thing they won’t admit to; their view of diversity is only skin deep.

The CNBC moderators of the recent GOP Presidential debate made themselves more the news story than the debate itself. “Gotcha questions” were the order of the … evening. But the candidates gave as good as they got. President Obama tried to take a pot shot at their umbrage, but his joke fell really flat.

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Academia’s Rejection of Diversity

Obama mocks GOP hopefuls for CNBC snit

Donald Trump’s first debate question: ‘Is this a comic-book version of a presidential campaign?’

Obama To O’Reilly: ‘Of Course’ Fox News Is Unfair To Me

Thank You, CNBC

Police: Concealed carry license holder kills armed gunman

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Thoughts on the 2015 Election Results

No podcast episode coming out  regarding this, but I did want to weigh in.

Not a huge number of results, but some results were huge in this off-year election day.

The “hugest” could be considered the election of a Republican Tea Partier as governor of Kentucky.

Matt Bevin, a Republican political novice, wealthy Louisville businessman and Tea Party favorite, was elected Kentucky’s next governor on Tuesday and swept fellow Republicans into statewide office with him. The stunning victory heralds a new era in a state where Democrats have held the governor’s mansion for all but four of the last 44 years.

In beating his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Jack Conway, by almost nine percentage points, Mr. Bevin, 48, shocked people in his own party, who believed that the climate in Kentucky was ripe for a Republican but feared that Mr. Bevin, a charismatic conservative with a go-it-alone style, was too far out of the mainstream and too inexperienced to win.

A few things about this. First, I have noted before that when Democrats get to run places like the big cities of Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore for decades, with few to no Republicans in that time, and when we see these cities crumbling when they have this free hand, it’s hard to understand why the voters in those cities keep electing folks from the same party over and over. It’s like they think that the same guys who got them into this hole can now dig them out of it using the same shovels. I’m hoping that this signals a change in the voters of Kentucky; that they’ve finally said, “Enough is enough.”

Bevin, as noted above in the NY Times article, was a Tea-Party-type. The Republican establishment was concerned that he was too conservative, or “too far out of the mainstream” to win. It appears that perhaps the “mainstream” isn’t necessarily where those pundits think it is. It may be running more to the political Right.

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Sorry, Charlie.

Sorry, Charlie.

Is it legal to refuse service to someone at a food establishment? Can a business decide who it will and won’t serve? Yes it is. If you are openly carrying a firearm, the Whataburger chain in Texas will kick you out, even though open-carry is legal in that state. That’s their right. Wonder how that  would apply in other cases.

Juan Williams is somehow amazed that black Americans would want to protect their vote. Well, that’s not exactly how he put it, but that’s how it turns out. And that method of protection is supported by 3/4ths of the country. See, we can agree on some things!

And finally, we have a follow-up on the fall-out from the show of support of Charlie Hebdo. Free speech won! Well, for a little while, but, with a whimper, it gives up.

Mentioned links:

Whataburger takes stand against new open carry firearms law in Texas

Indiana pizza shop that won’t cater gay weddings to close

Juan Williams: Dems should not be losing voting-rights fight

Charlie Hebdo waves the white flag

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If Jeb knew then what he knows now...

If Jeb knew then what he knows now…

A number of Republican candidates for President are being asked a question that I’d like to pose to you. This is a hypothetical that is really trying to “Monday morning quarterback” decisions from the past, but let’s try this exercise. I’ll pose the same hypothetical question to you. Or will I?

And once again, it’s time to Name That Quote! Can you guess the person before I reveal it (or before you read it below in the show transcript)?

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United States military casualties of war [Wikipedia]

Singling Stephanopoulos out misses the point

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Getting it wrong

Getting it wrong

The recent election results in the UK have called into question the accuracy of opinion polling, especially since the polling got the election results so wrong. Is polling a legitimate science, or just some black art? Do people often say one thing and do another? How does the enforcement of politically correct speech skew polling, and why does it always seem to be skewed in one direction?

You’ll hear my thoughts, but don’t forget to let me know your thoughts.

Mentioned links:

Conservative Voters Give Pollsters Politically Correct Answers . . . and Then They Vote

Massive NBC Prediction Fail: Network Wrong as Conservatives Surge to Power

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We need to get specific on "violent extremism".

We need to get specific on “violent extremism”.

The Right got upset when the summit was called “Countering Violent Extremism”, not mentioning the very real, global threat we face today; Islamic extremism. What’s in a name? Well, if you won’t call it by name, you run the risk of ignoring the main threat and inflating other, smaller ones. The Administration has done just that.

Do you want a President who didn’t finish his last semester of college, or one that turned a state’s economy around? You can have both, actually.

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DHS Reports: Greatest Threat Is Domestic Right-Wing Extremism, Not ISIS

DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat

Scott Walker, college drop-out or kicked-out?

Howard Dean calls Scott Walker “unknowledgeable” over college degree question

Gov. Scott Walker reveals the secrets to Wisconsin’s $1 billion surplus

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The Verdict

The Verdict

The 2014 mid-term elections have been called a “wave” for the Republicans by some pundits. Call it what you will, it was certainly a great night for the GOP, and much more so than a typical mid-term. By some measures, the change was historic.

I’ll talk about some of the numbers, in the House, the Senate and the gubernatorial races, but also what I think (and I hope) that the people were saying with this election. President Obama himself was the one that put his policies on the ballot. OK then, what will he do now, now that the voters have sent a strong rejection letter?

Mentioned links:

Democrats Sink to Pre–Great Depression Levels in State Legislatures

Wisconsin’s GOP Gov. Walker Wins Re-Election

How Wisconsin Got a Billion Dollar Surplus (“Consider This!”, episode 65)

Republicans sweep to victory in key gubernatorial races

100% of Newly Elected GOP Senators Campaigned on Repealing Obamacare

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KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM CAMPAIGN 2014

GOP takeover: Republicans surge to Senate control

Republicans seize Senate, gaining full control of Congress

Debacle for Obama as Republicans take control of US congress

Joni Ernst Wins Election, First Woman to Represent Iowa in US Senate

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