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Must Reads For The Week 5/19/18

May 20, 2018

Dixon High School Shooting: Officer Saves Lives, Shoots, Wounds Ex-Student, at Good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with gun. There wasn’t much coverage about this attempted school shooting. It doesn’t fit the main stream media narrative about guns.

The Media Coverage Of The Israeli-Palestinian Clash Is Built On Myths, by David Harsanyi, at Excerpt from the article: “No matter how often Hamas tells us that rioters on the Israel-Gaza border are armed, most of the media keeps referring to them as “protesters” and “demonstrators.” No matter how often Hamas acknowledges that rioters are part of a broader “war,” the media simply won’t report it as such. And no matter how often those rioters tell reporters they want to “kill” and “burn” Jews inside Israel, left-wing journalists and pundits still frame Israel as the aggressor.

Global Warming: Media Ignore Sharp Drop In Global Temperatures Over Past Two Years, at What the main stream media doesn’t cover is just as telling, if not more telling, as what they do cover. This doesn’t fit their vision of the world.

Media Hate Trump So Much, They’re Willing To Defend MS-13, by Joey Wulfsohn, at Just another example of the main stream media at work.

The “Fake News” Story Is Fake, at The main stream media has lost its monopoly on the information people have access to. The internet has allowed people more access to information than was ever thought possible. The internet busted their monopoly. So the MSM’s answer to the loss of their monopoly is to just paint themselves deeper into their leftist corner.

Kayne And Dems, by Walter E. Williams, at Excerpt from the article: “West’s support for Trump, along with his criticism of the “plantation” mentality of the Democratic Party, has been met with vicious backlash from the left. The bottom-line sin that West has committed is questioning the hegemony of the Democratic Party among black Americans. The backlash has been so bad that West had to hire personal security to protect him against threats made against his life.”

“Kanye West is not saying anything different from what Dr. Thomas Sowell, Larry Elder, Jason Riley, I and other black libertarians/conservatives have been saying or decades. In fact, West has tweeted quotations from Sowell, such as “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it” and “The most basic question is not what is best but who shall decide what is best.” Tweeting those Sowell  quotations represents the highest order of blasphemy in the eyes of leftist.

Millennial Candidates Embrace Socialism, While Venezuela Chokes On It, by Doug French, at Socialism is not a new idea. It goes back centuries and has been a proven failure. So why do millennials think it is such a good idea? Because our education system promotes socialist central planning and discredits free markets.

Broke Illinois Pension System Leaves Every Resident With $11,000 Debt, at Individuals in State government have created this crisis because they have underfunded these pensions. Why? The incentives of the political system is to cave in to government unions.

Yes, Carbon And Other Taxes Make Gas Ridiculously Expensive, by Robert P. Murphy, at Excerpt from the article: Excerpt from the article:  “Americans should be very suspicious when intellectuals tell them that a carbon tax won’t be very painful or disruptive to the economy. Besides the obvious lessons from history—when has a government ever been modest with raising revenues through a new tax?—we can also point out that the point of a carbon tax is to alter people’s behavior, by making their current lifestyle so expensive that they have no choice but to change it.”

California Kids’ Math Achievement Took A Nosedive After Common Core, by Joy Pullmann, at The Federal Government pushed Common Core. Now look at the results. Bur they will never admit their mistake. They will probably double down.

Stop Calling The GOP The Party Of Small Government, by Veronique de Rugy, at Government has grown under GOP control. The only way to shrink government is to primary out every big government republican in the House and Senate. And replace them with candidates who think like Freedom Caucus members.

More On My Efforts To Advance Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion And End Gender Discrimination In Michigan, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Mark J. Perry is catching the leftest in their own Title IX trap. The University of Michigan is currently reviewing possible violations of Title IX nondiscrimination policies. But this discrimination is against men and gender nonconforming students.

Campus Kangaroo Courts Finally Used Against Women, by Ashe Schow, at A male student has accused a female student of sexual assault. Apparently he was to drunk to ‘consent’ to sexual activity. Just like male students who are wrongly accused, she is suing the University of Cincinnati for violating her 14th amendment right to due process. How absurd is all this getting?

Why Trump Is A President Like No Other, by Victor Davis Hanson, at Victor Davis Hanson reviews Conrad Black’s book about Donald Trump. It gives great insight into why Trump does what he does. I’ve said before that Trump is playing  a different game than the game political, bureaucratic and media insiders have always played. After two years they still don’t understand what game he is playing. It’s as if he is playing hockey on their golf course.

Donald Trump’s Critics Face Blowback, by Victor Davis Hanson, at The “Deep State” is getting caught in the traps that they tried to spring on Trump.











Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson


Must Reads For The Week 4/28/18

April 28, 2018

Democrats Love Unions. Just Not For Their Own Campaign Workers, at When the consequences of what you support affects someone else it doesn’t bother you. But when the consequences affect you…?

The University Of Utah Has A Special Closet For Students To Cry In, by Rob Shimshock, at At first I didn’t believe this. I thought it was an article from the ‘Onion’. Are we enabling a generation of young people who won’t be able to function in the real world?

18 Spectacularly Wrong Predictions Made Around the Time Of First Earth Day In 1970, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Earth Day was last Sunday. How did you celebrate? I held my breath for one minute every hour to lower my CO2 foot print. Here is an excerpt from the article: “By the year 2000…we will be using up crude oil at such a rate that there won’t be any more crude oil”. How about this one: “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”  The environmental movement has been taken over by Socialist central planners. These socialists want to use this issue to gain government power, so they can gain more control over ‘we the people”.

Minnesota Blows Billions Of Dollars On Wind Energy, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Minnesota politicians thought they could reduce energy costs and reduce CO2 emissions by spending billions putting up wind turbines. It hasn’t quite worked out like the central planners planned.

Fear Global Warming? Markets Offer Our Best Chance For Survival, by Ryan McMaken, at Third world countries and socialist countries are literally toilets because they can’t produce enough wealth to clean up their messes. Only wealthy countries have the ability to clean up after themselves. Environmental policies that decrease the production of wealth harm the very environment these policies were designed to help. Here is an excerpt from the article: “…contrary to the global-warming radicals, it is not necessary to smash capitalism, adopt primitivist lifestyles, or revolutionize human society in the image of the central planner. In truth, people already want all the things that would make life both tolerable and enjoyable in a post-warming world. The necessary incentives are already in place. People already want technologies that will increase energy efficiency, cleaner air, and beaches without oil slicks. What many environmentalists refuse to admit, however, is that markets are the driving force behind the technologies that will deliver these solutions.”

The Democrats’ Universal Job Plan Would Be A Socialist Disaster, by David Harsanyi, at Bernie Sanders wants to “guarantee every American who wants or needs one a lifetime government job paying at least $15 and hour, with health insurance and other perks. This new progressive workforce will then build glorious projects throughout the United States that are aimed at addressing priorities such as infrastructure, care giving, the environment, education and other goals.” As with all socialist ideas, it sounds good but it can’t work as planned. Why? Because the laws of economics can’t be wished away. We live in a world of scarce resources and unlimited desires. This means these scarce resources have to be rationed. Scarce resources will either be rationed by Government bureaucrats, or by prices in a free market. More knowledge can be brought to bear in a free market than by socialist central planners. Which means more desires will be met with less waste.

Finland Abandons Universal Basic Income Experiment After Two Years, at This is just a slightly different version of the Democrats ‘Universal Job Plan’. Who decides how the money is spent changes. But the fact that the money is either confiscated from the production of tax payers, borrowed by government or printed by a central bank doesn’t change. These three ways of funding are not economical from the stand point of getting the most value with the least amount of waste.

More Government Spending = Weaker Economic Performance, by Dan Mitchell, at Money gives the holder the ability to go into the market and demand scarce resources. When an individual buys something, he is exchanging what he has produced for what someone else has produced. Money just makes this exchange easier than it would have been if the individuals actually had to exchange what they produced in a barter system. When government spends money it is an exchange of something for nothing. Why? Because government doesn’t produce anything. It just takes or creates money. This is consumption without production. Consumption is the destruction of wealth. Production is the creation of wealth. So the question is; does government spending increase or decrease economic growth?

“The Jesuits Are Essentially Poorly Educated Marxists Revolutionary Wannabes Hiding Behind Priests’ Collars,” at Loyola University Maryland’s faculty frequently quotes Karl Marx. Which probably gives us a clue as to why Loyola won’t allow Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged to be given out to their business school students.

COMING SOON: New Money-Hating Pope Film, at The Pope is a Jesuit. Ergo he is anti capitalist. In one of my posts titled: Pope: “Capitalism Lacks Morals And Promotes Selfish Behavior“, I explain why  growing up in Argentina has shaped the Popes thinking about economics. I’m going to quote myself when it comes to the Pope: “The Pope needs to stick to his ordained mission of mercy and reconciliation and stay away from economics until he reads Mises, Hayek and Rothbard. Until he does, he is speaking from a position of ignorance about economics.

The CDC Study That Anti-Gun Lobby Doesn’t Want You To Know About, by Stephanie Hamill, at There are 2.2 million defensive gun uses a year in the U.S. You would never know about it because the Center for Disease Control (a government agency) has been sitting on this information for years. Why? Maybe because it doesn’t fit the accepted narrative of establishment government insiders (aka deep state). In an unrelated story, The Backfire Continues: NRA Breaks Fundraising Records In Wake Of Gun Control Demands, at We have reached the point where ‘the right’ has compromised all the ground it is willing to give up to ‘the left’ (not just on the gun issue but on all issues). When neither side is willing to back up, why would we be surprised that there is such a high degree of political conflict. The left doesn’t know what to do now that the right is standing its ground.

UK Judge Denies Parents Request To Take Son To Italy For Medical Treatment, by Ed Morrissey, at This is what happens when healthcare decisions are made by bureaucrats in a government-run system, instead of by individuals in a free market system. This should surprise no one, because the Government owns you in a government-run healthcare system. Oh! I forgot. That can’t happen here!

8 Months In Jail UK Has Gone Full Orwell, at This guy flips off government mobile safety cameras and gets 8 months in jail. This is what happens when you cede more and more of your freedom to bureaucratic Government. You must bend your knee to your bureaucratic masters. Oh! I forgot. This can’t happen here!

Parents Can’t Opt Out Of Sex Education Class, by Katie Jerkovich, at California’s Orange County Board of Education has decreed that parents don’t have a “constitutional right” to excuse their children from sex education class if they disagree with any “materials related to gender, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation”. Oh! I forgot. This can’t happen here!

Total Control: New Measures Toward Global Totalitarianism, at The incremental increase in the ability of Governments to survey their citizens is scary. This cartoon about Orwell’s 1984 says it all.