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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a area of the ocean where garbage, mostly plastics, converges. Where is all this coming from? The answer may surprise you.

I’ve talked about, in the past, the problems that a hike in the minimum wage causes, but the Canadian province of Ontario has figured out a way to make it hurt the disabled even worse.

I’ve also talked about studies that show that those who think it is not the government’s job to take care of the poor are more often the same people who pitch in more of their own time and money to help. Now it turns out that this also holds true for environmentalism.

Mentioned links:

The Podcast Awards

Shocking study reveals 90% of global plastic waste comes from just TEN rivers in Asia and Africa

Great Pacific garbage patch [Wikipedia]

Ontario’s Minimum Wage Hike Has Been Disastrous, Especially for Disabled Workers

CLIMATE SKEPTICS ARE MORE ECO-FRIENDLY THAN CLIMATE ALARMISTS, STUDY FINDS

Instapundit  search results for “I’ll believe it’s a crisis”

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Filed under: CanadaEconomics & TaxesEnvironmentMinimum Wage

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

With the retirement of Supreme court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Left in this country has been very downcast, and understandably so. But today I want to talk about 2 reasons why this should never have been the case. There really shouldn’t be any reason to fear the retirement of a Justice of a different political persuasion if the checks and balances in this country’s government are allowed to work properly.

They haven’t been allowed to for decades, especially with regards to the Supreme Court. I’m going to highlight 2 of these, but both can be summed up in this one statement; the power you grab will be used against you.

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Senate Democrats invoke the nuclear option in 2013

Roe v. Wade [Conservapedia]

Roe v. Wade [Wikipedia]

Obergefell v. Hodges [Wikipedia]

Dale Franks full tweet

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Filed under: AbortionJudiciaryMarriageSame-sex Marriage

The 2018 Podcast Awards Are Here!

The Podcast Awards

The 2018 Podcast Awards are upon us. (For some reason, it always takes me by surprise.) I want to thank this audience for getting me nominated the past 2 years, and it’s time to let your voice be heard again by the podcast community.

Click here to go to the Podcast Awards nomination page. You will need to complete the following steps:

* Create a user for nominations. They clear out all login information each year for security reasons, so even if you’ve created one in the past, you need to do it again.
* As part of the process, it will send you an email with a verification code. You enter that when asked for, and your user will now be verified.
* From there, you can nominate podcasts in some or all of the categories.

For nominating, you can fill in your choices in whatever categories you wish. “Consider This” will be in the Politics & News category.

 

Then don’t forget to hit the “Save Nominations!” button at the bottom. At any time during July, you can log back in and nominate in other categories or change existing nominations.

Please read on for some suggestions as to other podcasts to nominate.

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Filed under: Admin

The sky isn’t falling, you’re just laying an egg

When Sarah Huckabee-Sanders was kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant, that act plus the reactions to it from the Left demonstrated their inconsistent principles. And no, this is not similar to the Masterpiece Cakeshop situation. I’ll explain.

An internal memo from the ACLU shows that defending the constitutional right to free speech will be subject to what they think of the speech. That’s their prerogative, but it may be time for a name change.

And the Supreme Court ruled against coerced speech, saying that the state of California doesn’t have the right to force crisis pregnancy centers to advertise free abortion services elsewhere. If this is a harbinger of things to come, Jack Phillips must be smiling.

Mentioned links:

The owner of the Red Hen explains why she asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave

The ACLU Abandons Its Free-Speech Absolutism

Leaked Internal Memo Reveals the ACLU Is Wavering on Free Speech

US Supreme Court strikes down law forcing pregnancy centers to promote abortion

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Filed under: AbortionFree SpeechGovernmentJudiciaryPartisanship

Who’s in charge here?

The state of Florida stopped doing background checks for gun permits for a whole year. Your government at work…or not. Listen to find out why they didn’t, and what one of the ramifications may have been.

Kids in Connecticut are breaking track records, but not everyone’s happy about that. Listen to find out why, and what they’re doing about it.

Do we let our 4-year-olds decide on their bedtime, or make even bigger decisions about their upbringing? If a new movie out of Hollywood is to be believed, maybe we should let them make life-altering decisions…or not.

Mentioned links:

Florida Didn’t Conduct Gun Background Checks for a Year Because an Employee Couldn’t Log In

Two Transgenders Blow Out Girls In State Meet

Connecticut Parents Launch Petitions To Restrict Athletic Competitions By Birth Gender

‘A Kid Like Jake’: Jim Parsons, Claire Danes Talk Making ‘Honest’ and ‘Relatable’ Story About Young Trans Identity

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Filed under: Gun ControlHollywoodHuman SexualityTransgender

Jack got justice, but for how long?

Jack Phillips and the Masterpiece Cakeshop won the day in the Supreme Court. The news articles called it “narrow”, but they weren’t talking about the 7-2 vote; they were referring to how narrowly the ruling itself was. The Supremes basically said that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission treated Jack’s religious views in a way incompatible with how government should; with contempt rather than dispassionately. What does this mean for the future of the ruling?

And the White House recently released a list of 60 promises that President Trump has kept in his first 500 days in office. Most of the items are simply reporting statistics that show how good things have been going; there are more objective milestones mentioned than subjective goals. But if you’ve not heard about them, that’s understandable. The media aren’t really into giving credit where credit is due these days. I wonder why.

Oh, and Bill Clinton still thinks he was the victim in the Lewinsky scandal.  Really.

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Bill Clinton: I wouldn’t have done anything differently in Lewinsky scandal even in #MeToo era

U.S. Supreme Court backs Christian baker who spurned gay couple

Supreme Court sides with Colorado baker who refused to make wedding cake for same-sex couple

In Masterpiece Cakeshop, Justice Kennedy Strikes a Blow for the Dignity of the Faithful

Trump Releases List of 60 Promises Kept; Media Ignores

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Filed under: Free SpeechGovernmentJudiciaryMarriageMediaReligionSame-sex MarriageTolerance and Diversity

Still feels like being unemployed

This time out, I tackle a couple of “why” questions. These are things I’ve asserted in the past, but here are some of the reasons they are true.

Socialism has failed every time it’s been tried. But why is that? Is it inherent in the economic model, or is there something else involved? I mean, it sounds like a good idea to so many people, but are there any assumptions that these folks make that make it sound better than it is?

You’ve heard me talk about how unemployment numbers can be misleading, but why is that? I first tackled this issue way back in episode 21, and this time I come armed with…charts and graphs! Oh no!

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Another ‘Win’ for Socialism in Venezuela

THE TRUMP ECONOMY RISES: Unemployment Drops To Under 4%, Lowest In 17 Years

United States Labor Force Participation Rate (Click on MAX under the chart to see the trend line. Also, you can click on Unemployment Rate on the right sidebar to get the trend line for that.)

And here’s the graph I created that I mention in the show:

How labor participation affects the unemployment rate (click for a full-size version)

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Filed under: Economics & TaxesSocialism

“We don’t serve your kind here”

When you have a high school senior, your schedule at the end of the school year is frenetic. But I’m back in the saddle again.

A Manhattan court recently ruled that a bar could refuse to serve someone wearing a MAGA hat. I agree with that ruling. Why I agree, and the difference between freedom of speech and freedom from discrimination, is what I talk about this episode.

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Judge: Bars are allowed to throw out Trump supporters

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Filed under: Free SpeechGovernmentTolerance and Diversity

Alfie Evans, off life support

Alfie Evans, like Charlie Gard before him, has lost his case against the British National Health “Service” and was given a death sentence. Rather harsh for an almost-2-year-old, and rather ironic for a socialized medicine system that sells itself as creating better health outcomes. When you replace individual choice with a bureaucracy, this is what you get.

Also, states are running out of money because of 2 large line items in their budgets that are political lightening rods. So when they’re in debt, that have to cut other places, like education and infrastructure.What are those line items?

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Alfie Evans Survives for 15 Hours After Hospital Yanks His Life Support and Oxygen [as of the writing of these show notes, it’s been over 3 days]

Why Are States So Strapped for Cash? There Are Two Big Reasons

And this is the song mentioned: “What’s It All About, Alfie”, sung by Dionne Warwick. Lyrics below the fold.

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Filed under: Budget & SpendingEntitlementsGovernmentHealth Care

Is the IRS really paying for this?

The IRS is paying a penalty for targeting conservatives. Except that it’s a rather small amount. And nobody got fined, fired, or jailed for it. And you, the taxpayer will be footing the bill. And the damage was already done. But hey, they are paying!

Deerfield, Illinois is determines to learn the exact wrong lesson from Kennesaw, Georgia. Whereas Kennesaw required homeowners to own a gun, Deerfield is banning them. Kennesaw saw their crime rates drop in subsequent years. I wonder what will happen in Deerfield.

What would be next after strict gun control if it were enacted here? Knife control? Don’t laugh. That’s exactly what’s happening in London.

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Federal judge approves $3.5 million settlement in IRS tea party targeting

Village Bans Semi-Automatic Weapons, Residents Must Remove From Home Or Face Up To $1,000 Fines — Per Day

London murder rate beats New York for month as stabbings surge

London’s murder rate surpasses New York’s for 1st time ever

London Mayor Sadiq Khan enacts ‘knife control’ policies to crack down on stabbing epidemic

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Filed under: Economics & TaxesGun Control

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