GOP Finally Engages Mommy Blogs
Some make fun of the niche, but it’s an influential and driving force in marketing. The GOP has finally figured this out and engaged the mommy blog community, albeit ten-plus years after its explosion. House Republicans are targeting popular “mommy blog” websites in a digital ad campaign beginning Tuesday as part of an ongoing effort to repair the GOP’s image with certain voting blocs — in this | Read More »
Dishonest Environmental Scientists Have Pretty Much Killed Earth Day
It was a damp, rainy Saturday in the land of Global Warming and vapid, rentier capitalism. My little boy and I went to run in his Montessori School’s Annual Spring Zing 5K fundraiser for the school. When I picked up the swag-bag that included my race shirt and number, I found a green-colored water planet that encouraged us all to save the planet in honor of Earth Day. Then I remembered something: it was the first time all week I had heard jack about the !MANDATORY! and creepily ubiquitous Earth Day.
What has happened to America’s faddishly PC !MANDATORY! celebration? Our occasion for compulsory fun has gone from being like a nationwide company picnic you pretend to enjoy if you can’t squirm away from, to being an embarrassment to those who once lauded its !MANDATORY! civic virtues. Earth Day has collapsed under the irresistible weight of its own brave sierra.*
I personally decided that Earth Day had completed its predictable fridge-nuking operation about two winters ago thanks to George Monbiot. His column “That snow outside is what global warming looks like” did the trick.
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States Have a Right to Protect Residents from Illegal Immigration
When the federal government stopped enforcing our immigration laws, a number of states – led by Arizona – began passing laws to do the job the feds wouldn’t do. In 2011, Alabama passed a law (HB 56) authorizing state and local police to check the immigration status of those already apprehended for breaking a law or those caught driving without a license. It also required | Read More »
What You Can Learn from Hipsters
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by James Poulos to discuss the need for bigger families, the Locust Economy and Radicaltarianism.
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NRCC & GOP About to Give Labor Unions a Huge Win
It is an amazing testament to how bad the other candidates were that Mark Sanford ran away with the race in South Carolina’s first congressional district. A deeply flawed man, he was the one guy the primary voters knew wouldn’t go wobbly in Washington. But they, and I, presumed he was over the issues with his ex-wife. Unfortunately, a couple of weeks ago we learned | Read More »
Colorado Violates Federal Law With Passage Of In-State Tuition Rate For Illegal Immigrants
Colorado’s orchestrated shift from 46 years of Republican rule to a progressive “utopia” where Democrats can use the state as a testing ground for policy gained more ground today: Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation Monday to grant in-state tuition for students in the country illegally who graduate from Colorado high schools. The in-state rate is one-third the amount out-of-state students pay. It’s called the | Read More »
New Jersey Bypasses Medical Privacy To Assist Feds In Gun Control Registry
It used to be that medical records were private. Not anymore. The names of hundreds of thousands of current and former New Jersey residents who have been involuntarily committed to psychiatric facilities have been added to an FBI database used to bar firearms purchases by people with criminal records or a history of mental illness. New Jersey court officials said that they began forwarding digital | Read More »
Tech at Night: The terrorists strike back against CISPA. Privacy silliness?
So back on Saturday it came out that CISPA supporters were being threatened, and now today it comes out that Mike Rogers was “SWATted”. That is, the Anonymous-tied anarchists tried to kill him by lying to the police about him.
I said recently that the radicals opposed CISPA, and were lying about it by saying it was the new SOPA, because they didn’t want American networks to be more secure. Sounds like these criminal, radical gangs really do feel threatened. This is why we must pass a similar bill, and the Senate does the nation a disservice by not doing so.
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Entrepreneurs: cartographers of the unexpected
Every now and then, you’ll see an optimistic headline declaring that the entrepreneurial spirit remains strong among our young people. Gallup produced a widely-cited poll along those lines in January, declaring that 43 percent of young people still plan to start their own business. That’s actually down 2 points from 2011, but it was still described as a “high and stable” level of entrepreneurial aspiration. | Read More »
Taking Dead Aim at Joe Manchin’s Pathetic Voting Record
Do you want to know the definition of pathetic? It’s someone who aggressively brandishes his pro-gun credentials in a campaign commercial, and then proceeds to invest his time into expanding gun control laws. In other words, Joe Manchin is pathetic. Just how unpopular is Obama with the voters of West Virginia? He lost all 55 counties last year in the general election, and 41% of | Read More »
Late-term abortion (aka infanticide): bigger problem than typically reported?
Before we get started, let me be clear: the article that Melinda Henneberger wrote makes it clear that her personal answers to both questions were identical to mine, and probably had the same faint taste of vomit in the back of her mouth. But the Washington Post itself? …Yeah, I think that it’s hoping for a different answer for the second one. Are there more | Read More »
Robert J. Samuelson Discusses Risk, Reality and America’s Future
Back when I worked as an Operational Tester for Sam’s Army, I was at Ft. Campbell working in my data shed. I took a break to talk to an LTC on my test team. I was talking to him about things he saw over in Iraq.* It stunned the man that Iraqis cared so little about personal safety. They rode around in flatbed trucks with no headgear or seatbelts. They routinely worked in 100 degree + weather with no shirt, no canteens and probably no suntan lotion. He just couldn’t reconcile this with the safety-first risk-averse mentality of the successful Army Staff Officer. These people actually allowed Negative Chance Deviations.**
The soldier I bantered with while my data forms came in from the test range was a great American. He just didn’t realize something that we all seem to be learning now to our demise. Having the resources, time and knowledge to take the risk out of literally everything is a luxury. It is a luxury that we increasingly no longer have. You don’t have to wear shades anymore. The future isn’t bright enough for you to afford that awesome pair of Oakley’s. If Robert J. Samuelson is accurate; we are entering into a new age of risk. He explains below.
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Is Our Divergent Market About to Crash?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the divergence between a rising market and stumbling economy, what history tells us about what may happen next and if we are forever stuck in a zero interest world.
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CNN: Anthony Foxx to be next Secretary of Transportation.
Anonymous sources have Anthony Foxx being chosen to be the replacement for current Secretary Ray LaHood; I don’t particularly expect much from Foxx, but then I didn’t particularly expect much from LaHood, either, which makes it all good. Foxx, for those who don’t remember, is the first-and-won’t-seek-a-second-term Mayor of Charlotte, NC; he’s apparently being ‘rewarded’ for the his work in hosting the 2012 Democratic convention | Read More »
Breaking Bad and 3 Lessons in Morality
((Mostly) Spoiler Free) Let’s get the review out of the way first: Breaking Bad is the best show on television right now. When it wraps, I may conclude that it is one of the best shows of all time, but I’ll resist waxing hyperbolic now for the sake of some credibility. Suffice it to say, this is a show that warrants your attention both for | Read More »