The NASDAQ Flash Freeze
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss yesterday’s three hour NASDAQ trading freeze, what it says about the markets today and what Microsoft may look like when Steve Balmer retires.
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God Will Demand An Accounting
The American Jesuit scholar Father John Courtney Murray once said that “Anyone who really believes in God must set God, and the truth of God, above all other considerations.” Here’s what that means. Christian public officials who take God seriously cannot support laws that attack human dignity without lying to themselves, misleading others and abusing the faith of their fellow Christians. God will demand an | Read More »
Losing the Battle. Winning…
My friends, the case of Elane Photography v. Willock has been decided. As I tell you regularly, you will be made to care.The case centered around Elaine Huguenin, a Christian in New Mexico who owned a photography business. She was asked to provide services to a gay commitment ceremony between two lesbians, Vanessa Willock and her partner. Ms. Huguenin and her husband declined to provide | Read More »
Al Gore Channels Nigel Tufnel
In a “lightly edited”* interview transcript with the Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein, Former Vice President and Nobel** Laureate Al Gore puts climate deniers on the same moral plane as supporters of slavery and apartheid. (Clear logical connection there, Mr. Vice-President.) Then Al disgorges this little chestnut of wisdom: Would there be hurricanes and floods and droughts without man-made global warming? Of course. But they’re stronger | Read More »
GOP Leadership Plan for CR/Obamacare: Meekness or Malice
At some point, rank-and-file conservative activists will have to confront an inconvenient reality. The Republicans in Washington are not just dumb or spineless – they are the problem. They don’t share our values and seek to undermine our beliefs. The only way that will change is if we return the favor and thwart their political careers. Earlier this evening, Speaker John Boehner announced his grand | Read More »
“Not Familiar” With The Christopher Lane Killing?
If President Barack Obama had a son he may well look like the guy who blew a hole in Australian Christopher Lane because he was “bored.” Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller describes the senseless killing below.
James Edwards, 15, Chancey Luna, 16, and Michael Jones, 17, have all been charged as adults in Lane’s death. Lane, a 22 year-old student from Melbourne, was out for a jog last Friday evening when the three teens began following him in a car and shot him “just for the fun of it,” according to Duncan officials.
Soon after the horrible Trayvon Martin shooting, there was a generous 20% off sale on Obama 2012 College-style Hooded Sweatshirts. (AKA “Hoodies.”). Amping up the racial outrage was seen as a ticket to getting strong Obama supporters to fill coffers and flood the polls. To what extent that worked has never been mathematically evaluated. I only point out that The Obama Campaign’s merchandising team was Johnnie-On-The-Spot after George Zimmerman shot Martin. As for Christopher Lane, the White House Propaganda Flack is “not familiar” with the event.
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John Boehner Is Scared Conservatives Are Gaining Momentum
John Boehner is scared conservatives are beginning to gain traction on the issue of defunding Obamacare. How do I know?David Winston is rigging a poll to get some desired results.Winston is a John Boehner adviser and his preferred pollster. In fact, internally, some Republicans grouse that Beohner uses Winston to direct his lead on issues instead of just . . . well, you know. . | Read More »
The Moral Dilemma of Syria: Heart and Mind Go To War
A lot of really bad things are being done in Syria. People are eating people. People are possibly gassing other people the way an entomologist gets rid of a hive of bugs. If over 1,300 really died from a gas attack in Ghouta, Syria, this would be the most widespread use of toxic gas against civilians since before the US Military overthrew Saddam Hussein. This would morally motivate us to make this madness stop. We don’t want to rewind and replay the Rwandan Massacre. But on the other hand, could we stop this and should we stop it?
To determine if we could stop this we should first figure out what set of actions would create a set of conditions necessary and sufficient to ending the barbarism currently rife throughout Syria. To determine if we should engage in these activities requires us to weigh the unavoidable evil and long term damage to American interests that would result from our involvement in another Middle Eastern Civil War. Figuring these two things out could empower us to make the proper decision as to whether to conquer Syria*, manipulate events in Syria**, or to stay out of this mess*** and perhaps duck all negative externalities.
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#Obamacare Watch: University of Virginia to cut spousal benefits.
Shocking (please note that I am being sarcastic): The University of Virginia said Wednesday that it will stop offering health insurance to some employees’ spouses because of rising costs under ObamaCare. The university said the Affordable Care Act will add $7.3 million to its healthcare costs next year. It indicated that it could face additional costs in the future because of the law’s tax on | Read More »
Erick Erickson on the Delta and UPS Reactions to Obamacare
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Erick Erickson to discuss reactions by Delta and UPS to new Obamacare costs and how the defund efforts look in the House and Senate.
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Manning is attempting to game the political system
Upon being sentenced to 35 years in prison and losing his rank, Private Manning chose this moment to announce “I am female.” Manning claims that the name Bradley is no longer to be used. Chelsea Manning is the name we are to use. Manning’s lawyer are all over this, too, claiming that it is now a right to begin hormone therapy on the taxpayer dime.
Everything about this stinks, though. There’s no evidence of a medical diagnosis. The timing is all too perfect. The political effects are undeniable, in that Manning will get a new group of people who will reflexively give defense because of this newly claimed status.
I’m convinced this announced self-diagnosis by Manning is an attempt to win over new supporters on the Internet, the land of the politically polarized, and the home of the self-diagnosed. It may also be a last-ditch attempt to avoid prison.
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Not Good Internals for Mitch McConnell in Kentucky
am not sure I would have released the internal polling Mitch McConnell just released in Kentucky. He has it McConnell 68 and Matt Bevin at 21%That superficially sounds good. But consider that this outperforms both Marco Rubio against Charlie Crist at this point in 2009 and Ted Cruz against David Dewhurst at this point in 2011. Likewise, consider that Matt Bevin’s name identification in Kentucky | Read More »
Get Ready for Torrent of Job-Killing Regulations
There’s nothing like a new batch of environmental, labor, healthcare, and financial regulations to jump start a lethargic economy, right? As The Hill reported yesterday, with Obama’s cabinet in place for his second term, the rogue agencies are ready to rule by executive fiat. These radical new executive nominees are chomping at the bit to regulate our economy to death, over and beyond what has | Read More »
Tech at Night: Bradley Manning only gets 35 years
So, the top story is of course that anti-American anarchist hero Bradley Manning got 35 years. The bad news is with parole he could apparently be out in 10.
The hacker of “Palestine” who broke into Facebook is now getting money raised for him. One wonders if any laws are being broken sending money to someone like that, in a place like that.
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Delta Airlines and the $100 Million Costs of Obamacare
Republicans in the United States House of Representatives and Senate claim they will vote to defund Obamacare, but they won’t actually fight for it. What they want to fight for is just a delay of the individual mandate. That’s it. But there is so much more that is so much more onerous about Obamacare. Delta Airlines, in a letter it prepared back in June, outlined | Read More »