Russia and the West– On the Cusp of a New Cold War
I’ve never been a Robert Gates fan. I’ve always seen him a more of a pale, man-in-a-gray-flannel-suit-type apparatchik. My lack of enthusiasm for Gates and all his works was made more acute when he agreed to stay at Defense as a beard for Barack Obama’s decidedly un-masculine vision of the military. My views shifted a bit when his memoir hit the streets and refreshingly confirmed | Read More »
Charlotte, NC Mayor Arrested For Theft, Corruption
This has been a bad day for politicians without a party. From the Charlotte Observer, Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon arrested on corruption charges Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested Wednesday on federal public corruption laws after a four-year investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte announced. Cannon was charged with theft and bribery after an FBI sting operation, said Anne Tompkins, U.S. attorney for the | Read More »
The Court Case That Could Save You $700 Billion
America may be on the verge of a giant tax cut. A tax increase created illegally by the Obama IRS when interpreting ObamaCare may come to an end, struck down as unconstitutional overreach. Oral arguments Tuesday showed judges leaning toward forcing the administration to follow the law as written. In Halbig v Sebelius, a group of citizens and businesses is challenging the authority of the | Read More »
State Senator Arrested on Bribery and Corruption Charges
Sad news from the Golden State. A State senator has been indicted on charges of corruption and bribery. Via the San Jose Mercury, State Sen. Leland Yee indicted for public corruption in major FBI operation SAN FRANCISCO — State Senator Leland Yee has been indicted for public corruption as part of a major FBI operation Tuesday morning spanning the Bay Area, according to law-enforcement sources. | Read More »
What Does America 3.0 Look Like?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Michael Lotus to discuss his new book, America 3.0, what the next phase of America looks like and how the rapid growth of technology will impact our society.
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Boehner’s Bootlickers Continued: The Louisiana Liberal
This is a continuation of our series highlighting members who hail from red districts, yet represent the priorities of House Speaker John Boehner and leadership instead of conservatives. Part 1 can be viewed here, part 2 here and part 3 here. When leadership wants an obscure face to carry their water in the media, to whom do they turn? When they want someone to say | Read More »
Faith and Work
There are moments when I am reminded that there are two Americas. Increasingly those Americas are divided by faith and lack of faith — or at least ignorance of faith. Yesterday was one of those days when a friend emailed me this tweet by Brian Beutler of the left-wing trolling site Salon (though soon to be at the credible left-wing site The New Republic). Beutler | Read More »
The Downton Abbey Democrats And The New American Class War
Sing ye the noble praises of sustainability, equality and diversity! They are wonderful Post-Modern virtues that wealthy, upscale, SWPL liberals inflict on anyone other than themselves. When we speak of sustainability, we take things away from people. Al Gore’s private jets and heated swimming pools get sustained. Your heating bills go through the roof. When we speak of equality, we cancel the honors classes in | Read More »
The G8 Suspends Russia: Too Little, Too Late or a Good Start?
Yesterday, the West took a small step towards recognizing Russia for what it is: a rogue state that will operate outside international norms to aggrandize power and territory to itself. The G8 officially suspended Russia from membership because of its ravaging of Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. “International law prohibits the acquisition of part or all of another state’s territory through coercion or force,” | Read More »
Illinois Democrat’s Home Raided In Child Pornography Investigation
When Illinois Democrat Keith Farnham resigned from the State Legislature last Wednesday citing “health reasons” no one suspected his “health” problem was kiddie porn. At this writing, Farnham has not been charged with kiddie porn possession or arrested for having child pornography. The only indication of his guilt is that the FBI raided the house of a member of the state legislature looking for evidence | Read More »
Barack Obama torpedoes changes to NSA program.
Ostensibly, he’s doing something completely different: “The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal for a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency’s once-secret bulk phone records program in a way that — if approved by Congress — would end the aspect that has most alarmed privacy advocates since its existence was leaked last year, according to senior administration officials.” “If.”
Iowa Senate Candidate Bruce Braley Insults Iowa Farmers
You won’t believe what Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley was caught on tape saying about Iowa farmers: Braley, the presumptive Democratic nominee for an open and hotly-contested Senate seat in Iowa, is a lawyer, and a former president of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, and he’s speaking here to fellow lawyers at an out-of-state fundraiser, presumably blissfully unaware that things said at fundraisers could be videotaped | Read More »
The Faith of a Corporation
A few weeks ago, Apple held its shareholders meeting and a shareholder pushed Apple CEO on the issue of global warming. The individual wanted to know if Apple would stop doing thing that put the environment, etc. ahead of profits. Tim Cook rebutted him forcefully, and rightly, that if the guy didn’t like Apple’s commitment against climate change the guy could ditch the stock. The | Read More »
Hobby Lobby’s Challenge of Obamacare Goes to SCOTUS
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Andrew Walker to discuss Hobby Lobby’s challenge of Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate that will be argued before SCOTUS today, the basis for the company’s challenge and what may happen to Hobby Lobby should they lose the case.
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