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How do we cut the price of a pill from $13.50 to $1? By letting a corporation raise the price to $750 and letting the free market work its magic.

There was a recent win for religious freedom, but it seems to depend on what religion you are. But a win is a win, and hopefully others can point to it as a precedent.

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Ex-Hedge Fund Manager Who Jacked Up Price of Drug by 5,000 Percent Gets Lesson in Free-Market Capitalism

Muslim Truck Drivers Who Refused To Haul Alcohol Awarded $240,000 In Religious Discrimination Suit

Obama admin helps Muslims win big religious liberty lawsuit; why not Christian bakers?

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Seen this too many times

Seen this too many times

It does make sense that the more guns you have in an area, chances are the more gun violence you’ll see. But my issue with these kinds of studies is that they just count guns, as if it’s the guns acting on their own.

But consider this. If you compare the number of guns in gangland Chicago vs the number in a quiet suburb of gun-loving Texas, you’d see pretty quickly that just counting numbers of guns is misleading. It depends on who has them. And what has been clear from what we see is that highly restrictive gun control law shift the balance from the good guys to the bad.

And what of the root causes of all these mass shootings? Are there socio-economic reasons for them, or does it go deeper than that?

Mentioned links:

Harvard Injury Control Research Center

Largest Gun Study Ever: More Guns, More Murder

‘Good Guy With A Gun’ Was On UCC Campus At Time Of Massacre

Yes, Mass Shootings Are Occurring More Often

Proverbs 29:15-18 [MSG]

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The Nobel ... Encouragement?

The Nobel … Encouragement?

Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, after barely warming the seat in the Oval Office. The intent was to encourage him to be a peace-maker, but is that what the award is for? The committee is now having regrets over politicizing the prize. Yeah, they ought to.

An Office Depot site turned down business , of a religious nature, because of a corporate policy. Is this any different than doing so for religious reasons? No, it isn’t, although certainly the response to that has been quite different (i.e. virtually ignored).  Wonder why?

Mentioned links:

Newsmax’s Top 50 Conservative Podcasts

Obama’s Nobel peace prize didn’t have the desired effect, former Nobel official reveals

List of Nobel laureates

Office Depot Refuses Pro-Life Woman’s Print Order Because It “Persecutes” Pro-Abortion People

IS THE LEFT LOSING THEIR HOLD ON POP CULTURE?

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Religious Freedom? Not so much.

Religious Freedom? Not so much.

Kim Davis, the county clerk for Rowan Count, Kentucky, got the media and the Left in a frenzy when she asked, like others in similar situations, for an accommodation for her religious beliefs. In other circumstances, she may have received it, but there are just some political issues on the Left that trump First Amendment rights.

Is what she did within the bounds of religious freedom, or is she grandstanding? Do oaths of office mean something, or does something supersede them? And what of other government officials who have decided which laws they will comply with? Why aren’t they in jail? These and other questions are addresses in this episode

Mentioned links:

When Does Your Religion Legally Excuse You From Doing Part of Your Job?

Stand Up for Religious Beliefs and Get Thrown in Jail… But What Law Was Broken?

County Clerk Jailed for Contempt, Hypocrisy Abounds

Judge Orders Defiant Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Be Released From Jail, Mandates What She ‘Shall Not’ Do

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Irony, or ignorance?

Irony, or ignorance?

There is no religious test to hold governmental office in Colorado, but the Denver City Council wants to institute one for business owners. If you don’t have the right beliefs, they don’t want your jobs.

A study has pointed out just what caused the housing market crash and recession, which hurt the poor so much. Of course, it’s a government program that was supposed to help the poor. Unintended consequences, indeed.

And another drive-by graphic, proving how little Democrats really understand the ideas they say they are against.

Mentioned links:

Chick-fil-A location at DIA paused after Denver Council cites chain’s LGBT stances

No Religious Test Clause [Wikipedia]

Robin Kniech (Denver City Council)

New study confirms economy was destroyed by Democrat policies

“Consider This!” Facebook page for the “Drive-by Graphic”

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It's all Greek to him

It’s all Greek to him

There are lessons to be learned from the tragedy in Greece. The question is, will the people of Greece learn them? Oh, and I guess a second question is, will we in the US learn them? Why did Greece keep pursing policies that kept their boat sinking, and why is one major US presidential candidate who is a socialist gaining so much support?

And the American Civil Liberties Union has finally shown where it will draw the line. Turns out that it will defend any civil liberty except the religious kind. You know, one that is spelled out clearly in the Constitution?

Mentioned links:

Greece Given Until Sunday to Settle Debt Crisis or Face Disaster

Greece’s IMF Collapse Shows America what Default Looks Like

Greek socialism and EU imperialism are both to blame for the euro crisis

Greek deal in sight as Germany bows to huge global pressure for debt relief

ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal ‘religious freedom’ law

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The victims of the Charleston massacre

The victims of the Charleston massacre

The killings at the Charleston Emmanuel AME Church shocked the nation with its example of the evil of racism raising its ugly head for all to see. It’s not about guns or flags; it’s about evil.

It seems, though, that equally as shocking was the reaction of the families of the victims, but certainly a different kind of shocking. Love and forgiveness were readily available to the killer from those he hurt. Why is that? Where does love like that come from? I’ll explain.

Mentioned links:

$1M bond on weapons charge for shooting suspect, bond not set on murder charges

Emotional response to SC victim testimony

The powerful words of forgiveness delivered to Dylann Roof by victims’ relatives

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Three years old!

Three years old!

This is the Consider This podcast, which recently passed its third anniversary, bringing you conservative commentary, and your feedback, in 10-minute-or-less chunks, since June 14th of 2012. I’ve left the terrible twos and am entering the thrilling threes! And just like the 1st and 2nd anniversaries, the time limit might just take a holiday for this episode.

I’ve got kind of a general topic for this anniversary. I’m going to explain, not why I’m conservative, but why I’m not a liberal. The launching point for this will be what seems to me the Liberal Utopia society would be, and why it doesn’t really work or why I believe that some features are really problems.

Mentioned links:

List of countries by energy consumption per capita

Consumption by the United States

The top 1% and what they pay

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How much news is really opinion?

How much news is really opinion?

Another media reporter, Lisa Meyers, has spoken out on the problem she sees in her former profession; journalism. While she may not have al the same issues as Sharyl Attkisson had, her concern is very similar. The media are taking sides.

Some might consider that Fox News is the major culprit, but Sharyl was from CBS and Lisa is from NBC, and both speak primarily to what they experienced themselves. And if you’re peeved at how Fox does news, there’s a way to fix that, which involves building a better “fox-trap”.

I discussed the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act last time, but this time I have a great example of what RFRA is not going to protect. Actual discrimination against people is not covered. Refusal to participate in an event might still be. Two very different things.

Mentioned links:

Lisa Myers: TV journalism deteriorating

Fox News is the most trusted national news channel. And it’s not that close.

Michigan Auto Shop Owner Faces Backlash After Declaring He Won’t Serve Gays

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Once hailed, RFRA now considered bigoted.

Once hailed, RFRA now considered bigoted.

Indiana has come under intense fire from the Left for passing a law just like one that Bill Clinton signed in 1993, and was supported by conservative Christian groups, the ACLU, and People for the American Way, among other unlikely allies. More interestingly, it was supported in a huge way by Democrats.

That was then, this is now. What happened in the intervening decades? I explain it in this episode, as well as what RFRA really means. (Hint: it is not open season on gays.)

Mentioned links:

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Explained

Remember When Democrats Used To Support Religious Freedom?

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACTS

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