The War on Men

    On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by author Helen Smith to discuss her new book, modern society’s war on men, and how the women’s lib movement impacted the role of men.

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    Problems with the Cornyn Amendment

    The so-called Cornyn amendment, though touted by some as a “poison pill” to the Gang of 8’s S. 744, is little more than a fig leaf for the toothless border security measures in the underlying bill. Despite some improvements, the Cornyn amendment adopts the same framework (and, in many cases, the exact language) of the Gang of 8 bill–granting legalization before border enhancements, encouraging more | Read More »

    CBO’s Unicorn Cost Study on Amnesty

    Repealing Obamacare will increase the deficit by $109 billion over 10 years. That was a headline from a CBO report in May when Republicans voted on full repeal of Obamacare.  Somehow, when it comes to ascertaining the costs of wrongheaded policy, CBO wants us to engage in willing suspension of disbelief.  The most costly entitlement will actually reduce the deficit, they claim.  In Washington, up | Read More »

    Morse Recall Supporters Clear Major Hurdle In Colorado Recall Effort

    Morse Recall Supporters Clear Major Hurdle In Colorado Recall Effort

    In an afternoon press release, the Colorado Secretary of State has verified that the effort to recall Senate President John Morse (D-SD11) will proceed. Colorado Springs activists who were concerned with Morse’s leadership and votes in the 2013 session gathered over 16,000 signatures to initiate a recall, after a verification process conducted by the Secretary of State the total number of valid signatures was 10,137, | Read More »

    The beauty queen view of modern America

    Who knew that a beauty pageant could be brimming with so much socio-political insight?  The Miss USA pageant on Sunday gave us not one, but two, remarkable observations on the state of the Union. First, here’s Miss Alabama, Mary Margaret McCord, offering her thoughts on the surveillance state: “I think the society that we live in today, it’s sad that if we go to the | Read More »

    Open Borders Politicians Responsible for More Illegal Immigration

    The real issue with the immigration debate is not a question of what to do with those illegals already here; it is a question of what to do with the next wave.,.and the next wave….and the next wave. While everyone is focused on the past – what to do with those already here – and the future – whether the promises of more enforcement will | Read More »

    Alaska’s LT GOV Mead Treadwell to run for Senate in 2014.

    Well, this should be interesting: Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) announced Tuesday that he will officially challenge Sen. Mark Begich (D) in 2014, transitioning from an exploratory committee to a full-fledged campaign. “This intense exploratory effort has convinced me that I have the support necessary to build a winning campaign,” Treadwell said on his Web site. “Today I’m taking the next step by announcing | Read More »

    CONFIRMED: Georgia Right to Life Opposes Legislation to Prohibit Abortions

    With friends like these…Life News confirms Georgia Right to Life is opposed to one of the most pro-life pieces of legislation to come out of Congress since the partial birth abortion ban. While the rest of the pro-life movement lobbies today for the ban on abortions from 20 weeks to the point of birth, one pro-life organization is apparently calling members of Congress to oppose | Read More »

    Oppose A Feel-Good Intervention In Syria

    It is a funny thing about American foreign policy. The Democrats are the peacenik party until they have an opportunity to send American soldiers off to die for no reason other than to make them feel good about their higher morality. This scenario is playing out again in Washington as the Democrat foreign policy elites begin beating the drums for a US intervention in Syria. We need to oppose any intervention in Syria as the outcome would mean sacrificing national interests and our values for the sake of a feel good moment.

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    Has The Prudent Man Lost His Mind in Post-modern America?

    Amidst the buzzwords, bull-feke and innumerable” Powerpoint masterpiece” slides, you will find a kernel of indisputable truth in the Lean Six Sigma pile of pony poop. Take any process with random variation affix its mean result to an acceptable value and then limit variations to the point where they are miniscule. This will yield a consistent and reliable acceptable result that people can trust and store value in. It works best in the mechanized environment of the modern fabrication plant but it can be and has been applied to numerous environments across at least two centuries of history* with a reasonable likelihood of success. This was true because there was always an identifiable standard by which we could tell what right looked like.

    If you are fortunate enough to have read The Metaphysical Club** by Louis Menand, then you are well aware of one man’s attempt to apply a primitive version of Lean Six Sigma to Jurisprudential Thought. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes was heavily influenced by Charles Darwin’s Origin of The Species. In this book Darwin famously argues that natural variations occur in a random pattern from a pre-established mean and that the most suitable adaptations enable an organism to out-reproduce similar organisms with less effective mutations. Another influence on Holmes’ legal views was the outcome of an 1830 court case Harvard College vs Armory. This case was one of the first adjudicated through application of The Prudent Man Rule which roughly reads as stated below.

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    10 Questions for Obama’s Nominee to Chair FCC

    From the diaries by Neil…

    Today, the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing (at 2:30 EDT) on President Obama’s nomination of venture capitalist Tom Wheeler as FCC Chairman (hashtag: #FCC). As we progress into an increasingly digital economy, the FCC will play a central role in determining the size and scope of government in our lives.  Here are the top ten questions Senators should ask Wheeler:

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    Terminate The Ex-Im Bank’s Charter

    Last week, Senator Mike Lee and Representative Justin Amash proposed legislation that would repeal the Export-Import Bank in its entirety. As Senator Lee stated, “The Ex-Im Bank has outlived its usefulness … It’s time to end the Bank’s market distortion and political cronyism.” This is a smart observation from the Utah Senator – one that many of his colleagues and predecessors have pointed out as | Read More »

    Alieta Eck on Her Run for US Senate in New Jersey

    On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Dr. Alieta Eck to discuss her run for US Senate in New Jersey, how her status as a physician can help her in the healthcare debate, and how she can win this short sprint to the ballot box.

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    Wasting the House Majority on Dumb Suspension Bills

    As part of the GOP Pledge to America in 2010, they made the following observation regarding suspension votes during the Pelosi Congress (page 34): The number of House legislative days devoted to action on noncontroversial and often insignificant “suspension” bills is up significantly in this Congress by comparison with the past several Congresses, wasting time and taxpayer resources.  Of the bills considered under the suspension | Read More »

    How Many Kids Will Die Before Pro-Lifers Are Willing to Move the Ball Toward Life?

    How Many Kids Will Die Before Pro-Lifers Are Willing to Move the Ball Toward Life?

    House Republicans have the opportunity to save the lives of children and put the Democrats on defense all in one turn. They are set to consider legislation that would prohibit abortions in the United States after 20 weeks, which is the point a child in the womb can feel pain. In light of the Kermit Gosnell horror story, you would expect a majority of Americans | Read More »