The United States of Corporatism
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Andrew Quinn to discuss crony capitalism, the high economic cost of corporatism and the tyranny of small decisions.Read More »
America is not a Dumping Ground
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on issues related to immigration and border security. There is probably no department through which Obama has pushed his lawlessness more than Homeland Security, as he has completed shredded our immigration laws and erased our borders. Republican members of the Judiciary Committee should make this hearing the beginning of a sustained | Read More »
Tech at Night: No privacy regulation until we see evidence people want any.
We missed Tech on Monday because of Memorial Day, but I was sick anyway so it wasn’t happening. Still getting over my cold though, so this tech is about 2 hours late.
Here’s your periodic reminder that kids and teenagers shouldn’t be online unsupervised. Adult sexual predators are actively hunting them to take advantage of them.
Keeping data Internet-accessible is inherently dangerous to your privacy. Internet security is spotty but still users don’t actually quit services that gather their data, as their outrage is always short lived. People want convenience and innovation so I reject calls for bigger government to try to use FTC to enforce a privacy few actually want.Read More »
Bipartisan Corruption in the Texas Legislature the Media Mostly Ignores
Wallace Hall is a University of Texas Regent appointed by Gov. Rick Perry. He is presently facing impeachment and possible jail time for uncovering what looks and smells like systematic corruption in the enrollment process of the University of Texas system due to interference from members of the Texas legislature. The Speaker of the Texas House is implicated. The Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee | Read More »
The Caged Bird Sang to Me
It is a little frustrating these days to decide whether or not someone is worth liking because of their politics. It is even more frustrating to see people who think nice things cannot be said of people on the other side of the aisle. I am pretty sure that Maya Angelou and I would disagree on much politically, but I’d stand still on a hot | Read More »
Orrin Hatch Speaks for the French Republicans
I’m sure Senator Orrin Hatch would have had the courage to make the following statement in 2012 during his contentious primary challenge: Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch says it’s obvious that gay marriage will become legal across the country sooner or later. Hatch said people who can’t see what’s happening aren’t living in the real world. He made the remarks Wednesday onKSL-Radio’s Doug Wright Show. Hatch | Read More »
How The VA Bureaucracy Does Evil To The Veterans
They Are Owed More and Better “I always knew that Phoenix was better than us at playing the numbers game.” (HT:The Daily Beast) Playing the numbers game….Scientific Management, Operations Research…Leaven them please with the fine yeast of ethics or never, and I mean never, practice them professionally on behalf of a US Government agency. I work for that government, and care | Read More »
Obama’s Speech at West Point: Lies, Deceptions and Delusions
Today Barack Obama gave the commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point. While the address was billed as his “foreign policy vision” it was vintage Obama: banal, deceptive, self-serving, and partisan to the very core. Sort of a metaphor for them man himself. He led off by proclaiming success. He trotted out Osama bin Laden’s putrescent corpse for effect. He claims, | Read More »
The Democrats’ Tactical Retreat
The Democrats have been signalling for a while now that they really have no intention to truly fight, as a party, against the Republicans. Going into the political season, they had two strategies they could have chosen from, and they chose to play it safe. Generally, we all get the idea of “divide and conquer,” and there is room for both governing parties to do | Read More »
Veterans Affairs Police brutality alleged in wrongful death case.
This is one of those stories that you actually hope to God never happened, because of course you’d prefer that somebody lied to you about a veteran getting beaten by cops than for it to actually have happened. But it’s being reported in local news, too: the short version is that the widow and family of Jonathan Montano claim that Veterans Affairs Police essentially beat | Read More »
Sudan: Torturing and Executing a Woman for Her Faith Is No Big Deal
The Embassy of Sudan has release an official public statement that torturing and executing a woman for her Christian faith isn’t “violating human rights.”Read More »
JR Salzman on the VA Scandal and His Experience as a Wounded Warrior
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by JR Salzman to discuss the VA scandal, his efforts to shine a light on the terrible bureaucracy of care America’s veterans face and his personal experience after being seriously wounded while serving in Iraq.Read More »
The Online Off and the Offline On
Were one to follow Texas campaigns for the last few weeks, it would seem Ken Paxton, RedState’s choice for Texas Attorney General, was destined to lose. The stars had aligned against him because he made a small mistake his opponent had seized on. The Texas establishment had rallied to his opponent. Paxton was doomed. Twitter said so. Facebook said so. Email said so. Congratulations to | Read More »
Don’t Mess With Texas
The Tea Party and grassroots conservatives have come back to life from the dead more times than any of us can count. The media keeps missing the point; whenever our candidates can raise money and get their message out to the voters before they are defined by the smear machine, they will win every time. And especially in Texas, where we have done a better | Read More »
Why Haven’t I Committed Mass Murder?
Why haven’t I committed mass murder? It is an interesting question considering my background. You see, I have a few things in common with many of the recent mass murderers. I came from a broken home. I didn’t really have many dates, if any, in high school. When I began the 9th grade I was only 4’6″ tall. I was only 5’4″ when I graduated. | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ Karl Rove (and other e-Repubs) butt in California gubernatorial race, too
In a bizarre attempt to maintain control of the Republican Party in California, Karl Rove’s hubris is beginning to take on almost paranoid features as he insists that if the Tea Party favorite — Tim Donnelly — wins the gubernatorial primary, it will tarnish all Republicans everywhere: Karl Rove, the prominent Republican strategist, said Friday that Tim Donnelly will be a liability for Republicans nationwide | Read More »
Reparations and perpetual shame
Reparations made it back into the news briefly last week, thanks to Ta-Nehisi Coates writing an Atlantic cover story on the subject. Kevin Williamson at National Review did a great job of deconstructing Coates’ argument, which was itself made with greater care than racial activists generally employ. Even someone wholeheartedly and unalterably opposed to reparations can find some food for thought in how Coates describes the lingering effects of | Read More »
Christian Woman Sentenced to Death in Sudan Gives Birth to American Girl in Prison
Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian woman sentenced to death by hanging for her faith, has reportedly just given birth to a baby girl in a Sudanese prison.
This newborn girl – a U.S. citizen through her American father, Miriam’s Christian husband – is now languishing in harsh prison conditions alongside her 20-month-old American brother.Read More »
John McCain proposes reform of the VA
The ongoing scandal that is our nation’s best answer to veterans health care continues to gather steam. In addition to firing a lot of people, we should also take the time to look at what exactly veterans should expect from a health care system. John McCain offers a good proposal: Memorial Day is a sacred observance in America’s democracy—the day that the nation honors and | Read More »
Planned Parenthood president: Say ‘yes’ to life…if you make it out of the womb
Ah, irony. From Cecile Richards’ commencement speech to Barnard College, an all-women school: These women didn’t wait to be asked. They just jumped headfirst. To borrow some wisdom from Lena Dunham, “Don’t wait around for someone else to tell your story. Do it yourself by whatever means necessary.” If you hold out for an invitation, chances are good you’ll miss the party. And by the | Read More »