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A very high-profile supporter of foreign aid to Africa has had his mind turned around upon learning what capitalism has done for the continent. Aid is a stop-gap measure, not a cure. See if you can figure out who it is before I spill the beans.

The anti-war movement has had its resolve tested by being given virtually identical scenarios about war-making; one with a Republican President and one with a Democrat. The outcry should be the same, if the stance they take is on principle rather than on politics. Listen in to see how they measure up.

Mentioned links:

“Capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid”

George N. N. Ayittey

“Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa’s Future”

Syria: Dozens protest outside White House

Where have all the flowers gone

Bozell Column: The Vanishing Anti-War Left

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Filed under: AfricaCapitalismEconomics & TaxesForeign AidGovernmentPartisanshipWar

Sorry For the Delay

In both the work and family areas of my life, a little bit of turmoil has erupted. (Hmm, can you really have “a little bit” of turmoil? Maybe we’ll just call it “disruption”.) But it’s not bad turmoil/disruption, it’s just that things are not what I might call “normal” at the moment. Whatever you call it, the result is that making time to write a script for, and record, a podcast, a bit more difficult.

Rest assured that I’m not putting away my mic and shutting down the podcast. It’s just that it may be a little time before the next one comes out. I’m shooting for getting one out in the next couple of weeks, if not sooner.

Into each life, a little rain must fall. But enjoy the rain, rather than curse it. When things clear up a bit, I’ll be back.

Filed under: Admin

Episode 52: Bill Clinton and Voter ID

Back in episode 47, I had pretty much said what I thought about the Supreme Court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act. Basically, the act was not struck down or gutted, as some have claimed. Rather, the very common sense decision was made that, if states or precincts were going to come under the pre-clearance section – that is, if any and all changes to voting laws must be pre-cleared with the federal government – then the statistics used to determine who is subject to it ought to be updated, rather than being statistics left over from 40 years ago.

Well, that’s just too much for some folks. Former President Bill Clinton, for example, had to mar his speech at the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech with misinformation, and frankly, one outright lie. I use that portion dealing with voting rights laws as a springboard to clear the air and get to the truth of the matter.

Mentioned links:

“Consider This!” Episode 47: A Look at the Supreme Court Rulings; Voting Rights Act, Defense of Marriage Act, and California’s Proposition 8

CLINTON: CONTINUING RACISM MEANS HARDER TO VOTE THAN BUY ASSAULT WEAPON

Despite voter ID law, minority turnout up in Georgia

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Filed under: Race IssuesVoter ID

Episode 51: Now Who Could Have Anticipated That?

This episode features a series of “shocking” revelations, that really shouldn’t be shocking at all.

The liberal magazine The Nation, after getting after other businesses to raise their pay, is finally going to pay their own interns the federal minimum wage. That’s great, right? More money into the economy? Except that they’re now going to hire fewer interns. Now who could have anticipated that?

A Daily Kos writer is peeved that she’ll have to pay huge premiums for a high deductible health insurance plan, thanks to ObamaCare(tm). Now who could have anticipated that?

The NSA, contrary to their own previous statements and those of the President, is actually collecting even more information on us than previously understood. Now who could…oh, you know the drill.

Mentioned links:

Liberal Mag Inadvertantly Proves Conservatives Right On Minimum Wage While Attacking Walmart

Argus Hamilton

Another rube wakes up

Lawmakers Probe Willful Abuses of Power by NSA Analysts

Episode 44, The One-Year Anniversary: What Edward Snowden’s Revelations Really Reveal About Government

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Filed under: Economics & TaxesGovernmentHealth CareMinimum WageSurveillance

I’m at half a hundred episodes with this one. Another big milestone.

The lawmakers who passed the bill and the unions who promoted the bill all want exemptions from complying with the bill. “The bill”, of course, is ObamaCare(tm). But I thought that the more people who were a part of it, the better it would be for everyone! The fact that they want out of it should be telling.

Free-market capitalism, even for things like “essential services”, is working hard to make Detroit safe. And it’s working, even (and especially) for the poor. The profit motive works, for all of us.

Will same-sex marriage anywhere mean same-sex marriage everywhere? A judge’s decision in Ohio may allow for just that outcome.

Mentioned links:

IRS employee union: We don’t want Obamacare

Hill gets Obamacare fix

This is What Budget Cuts Have Done to Detroit … And It’s Freaking Awesome

Ohio Officials Ordered To Recognize Gay Couple’s Marriage

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Filed under: CapitalismEconomics & TaxesGovernmentHealth CareJudiciaryLaw EnforcementMarriageSame-sex Marriage

The future?

The future?

Just one topic this time around. I tackle the Detroit bankruptcy and what is has to say about political policies in other cities, in the US, and, actually, any country around the world.

Detroit, Michigan, formerly the auto-making capital of the US, if not the world, filed for chapter 9 bankruptcy protection on July 18th, becoming the current capital of big cities going under in the US. What brought Detroit under water is not really debatable; declining income and spending beyond its means. What is being debated are the causes of the two.

On the spending side, I think it’s no coincidence that the city has had essentially one party rule for the past 51 years. No surprise that the party in question is the Democratic Party. Rather than cutting spending, Detroit ignored the common sense lesson of living within your means, embrace the Paul Krugman idea that austerity kills, and died anyway, spending like there was no tomorrow. Well, there is a tomorrow, and it’s here.

The sooner the voters of this nation come to terms with this, the better off we will all be. It may not sound, to the untrained ear, to be very caring, or fair, or socially just. But Detroit has a 47% illiteracy rate. 60% of its children are living in poverty. Its crime rate is 5 times the national average. The murder rate is 11 times higher than New York City. Is it caring, or fair, or socially just, to pursue policies that led to that?

Mentioned links:

Detroit goes broke

Obama to Detroit: Drop Dead

25 Facts About The Fall Of Detroit That Will Leave You Shaking Your Head

Detroit’s foreseeable bankruptcy: Coming to a nation near you?

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Filed under: Budget & SpendingEconomics & TaxesEntitlementsGovernmentSmaller Government

Can a state government decide what law it will and will not uphold? In Pennsylvania, the state Attorney General has promoted herself to state Supreme Court Justice by refusing to defend a state law’s constitutionality because of her own personal opinion of the law. So then, do we need to keep two sets of laws for the state; one with a Democrat as the AG and one when it’s a Republican? When the US Supreme Court said that the people of California didn’t have standing to try to keep their own constitutional amendment in force, they opened the door to this.

The Left’s “Birthers”: 26% of Obama voters think the Tea Party is a larger terror threat than radical Muslims. Yes, really.

The trial of George Zimmerman riveted the nation’s media attention for weeks, which is understandable when the charges are 4 counts of 1st degree murder and 1 count of 3rd degree murder. OK, I’m playing with you there. It was just 1 count of 2nd degree murder that was on the line for George Zimmerman. Those other charges were against Kermit Gosnell, the abortion doctor, who was ultimately convicted of 3 of the 4 murder 1 counts, and the murder 3 count was reduced to involuntary manslaughter. So how did the coverage compare?

And all the while, in that shining beacon of gun-control, Chicago, hundreds of people, many of them Trayvon Martin’s age and race, are shot dead every year. They don’t get media coverage, or marches, or Attorney General Eric Holder’s attention, or a moment of silence at a Beyonce concert.

Mentioned links:

Pa. attorney general says she won’t defend state’s gay marriage ban

26% of Obama Supporters View Tea Party as Nation’s Top Terror Threat

Fred Thompson’s tweet

Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell convicted of first-degree murder

Top Media in 1st Week of Trials: Gosnell, 5 Stories; Zimmerman, 203 Stories

Trayvon Martin, one year later: When will black-on-black slayings get the attention they deserve?

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Filed under: AbortionGovernmentLaw EnforcementMarriageMediaPartisanshipRace IssuesSame-sex Marriage

I’m a little under the weather this episode, and my voice reflects that. But I’m here anyway to bring you conservative commentary in 10 minutes or less.

This time around, I’m taking a look at 3 landmark rulings from the Supreme Court last week; striking down a portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, striking down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and telling California voters that they can’t defend their own constitutional amendment if their politicians won’t do it themselves.

Is 50-year-old data better than current information when trying to determine who should come under the Voting Rights Act? Have we learned nothing from the mistakes of the past? The four liberal Supreme Court justices, Attorney General Eric Holder, and President Obama would answer No to both those questions, at least based on the outrage they feigned over the ruling. They can’t seem to bring themselves to believe that progress has actually occurred. Or they’re pandering to their base. Either way, to call requiring these stats to be updated “turning back the clock” is cognitive dissonance of the highest order. The request is that the clock be turned forward, and Democrats are against it. Or they are pretending to be against it, and hoping that their base isn’t paying attention.

Regarding DOMA: Basically, now that states decide what marriage is, the logical end of this is that marriage will mean what anyone wants it to mean, which means it will be meaningless. Since states were redefining an already well-defined term, it fell to the federal government to bring a little order and common sense to this chaos. I didn’t like it, but didn’t see any other good way out of it.

Regarding Prop 8: While I’m against true direct democracy (the ol’ “two lions and a sheep voting on dinner” analogy), the proposition feature of California law has a high enough bar to clear to get something on the ballot to safeguard that. But now the people’s will can be simply ignored, with the ruling of a single judge, and we, the people, have no standing to challenge it at the Supreme Court. Wow.

Mentioned links:

Supremes to Congress: Update the Voting Rights Act

Voting Rights Progress

Three at Last: What almost everyone is missing about the Voting Rights Act decision

SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN PORTION OF DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT, THROWS OUT PROP 8 APPEAL

Thoughts on DOMA and a Reaction Roundup!

Behold: The Democratic Process

Episode 38: What Marriage Is, Why It Matters, and the Consequences of Redefining It [Consider This podcast]

California ballot proposition

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Filed under: ElectionsJudiciaryMarriageRace IssuesSame-sex Marriage

How could conservative groups be targeted for unfair treatment at the Environmental Protection Agency? I couldn’t quite understand that when I first heard of it, but indeed the EPA was able to do just that.

Liberals have been lifted by the news that groups with the words “progressive” or “occupy” were also targeted at the IRS. However, the level of scrutiny they received was an order of magnitude easier than it was for conservative groups. Listen in to see…er…hear the difference.

With all the scandals going on these days, the cable news networks have seen some changes in their viewership numbers. But for one network, that’s not good news. Care to guess which one?

Mentioned links:

TVTalk show for “Under the Dome”

EPA stonewalled records requests by Republican-led states

Twelve different IRS units nationwide targeted conservatives

‘Lookout List’ Not Much Broader Than Originally Thought, Contrary to Reports

TV Ratings: MSNBC Falls Below HLN in May, Rachel Maddow Hits Lows

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Filed under: Benghazi AttackEconomics & TaxesGovernmentMediaPartisanship

Would you support a baker who refused to bake a cake with a Swastika on it celebrating a pair of loving neo-Nazis who were getting married? Would the ACLU come down on the side of the baker, or the couple? Now, listen as I make one small change to the situation and see if all of a sudden, things change drastically.

Would you believe that there is media bias in how the same-sex marriage issue is portrayed and reported? Well, a Pew Research study proves it, and the NY Times reports it as actual news. (Which it is, but it may really be news to NY Times readers.)

George W. Bush, far from being the anti-science neanderthal he was portrayed as, believed science could research its way out of the ethical dilemma of using already-frozen embryonic cells as a source for stem cells. Now we’re producing embryonic cells from skin.

Mentioned links:

TVTalk – Under the Dome

Colo. gay discrimination alleged over wedding cake

Florist sued again for refusing to provide flowers for gay wedding

Christian Photographer Who Refused Gay Wedding Lost Lawsuit

Study Finds Supportive Tilt to Gay Marriage Coverage

Researchers make embryonic stem cells from skin

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Filed under: MarriageMediaSame-sex MarriageScienceStem Cells

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