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    Culture Call: Help the Detroit Project

    Culture Call: Help the Detroit Project

    Earlier this year saw the release of my film, Bankrupt: How Cronyism and Corruption Brought Down Detroit. It was a few months of production but was really years in the making. As a victim of the 2008 recession, I had lost everything financially speaking on the same timeline that GM & Chrysler had seen billions of dollars go towards bailing them out. As my own | Read More »

    Why I Said I’d Have Shot Michael Brown in the Face

    Why I Said I'd Have Shot Michael Brown in the Face

    I strongly believe twitter is a platform which is every bit a part of “real life” in that things said there can have huge consequences (see Anthony Weiner for example). And while I also believe Michelle Malkin is correct that social media “democratizes influence,” I’m of the opinion that there is a bubble of sorts in which some with less influence are treated as though | Read More »

    World Health Organization Priority is Taxes, not Ebola Crisis

    World Health Organization Priority is Taxes, not Ebola Crisis

    I wrote last week about the WHO’s plan to push for a massive, de facto global tobacco tax at a big confab in Moscow (because, obviously, there’s nothing more pressing – cough, cough, EBOLA, cough, cough – that the WHO should be focusing on than people smoking). Well, from Russia comes word that at the conference, that plan was passed, after members of the public, INTERPOL, people | Read More »

    World Health Organization Can’t Wait to Tax You

    World Health Organization Can't Wait to Tax You

    Next week, the World Health Organization (WHO), a group of incompetent nanny-statist bureaucrats who failed miserably to prevent the Ebola crisis from getting out of hand in West Africa (something that falls into the category of “WHO’s primary mission”), plans to double down on a failed scheme it first tried to put into place a couple years ago. At a meeting that begins on Monday, they’re | Read More »

    World Health Organization Wants in on Bloomberg’s Sweet, Sweet Cigarette Tax Money

    World Health Organization Wants in on Bloomberg's Sweet, Sweet Cigarette Tax Money

    Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s most enduring legacy is that of the ultimate nanny stater. In addition to his failed Big Gulp ban, ban on trans fats, and ban on e-cigarette use in public places, Nanny Mike also pushed a range of anti-smoking policies including a ban on smoking in public places and a really massive tobacco tax hike that drove the price | Read More »

    Mitch McConnell Doesn’t Help Republicans Look Anti-Cronyism

    Mitch McConnell Doesn't Help Republicans Look Anti-Cronyism

    Did you happen to catch this story the other day at National Journal? “Only one week after Sen. Mitch McConnell took the CEO of Delta Air Lines to breakfast in the exclusive Senate Dining Room last month, the airline executive and his wife wrote $10,000 worth of checks to help fund McConnell’s political operation. The donations, which were reported to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, made Rick and Susan Anderson | Read More »

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Bilks Taxpayers out of Millions

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Bilks Taxpayers out of Millions

    Just over three years ago, subsequent to the Dodd-Frank financial “reform” bill passing, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau came into existence. As Elizabeth Warren’s intellectual baby, it should be no surprise to conservatives that the CFPB is an exercise in the biggest kind of government. However, in the third year of the CFPB’s existence, a bevy of stories have broken that underline that the bureau | Read More »

    On Brutal Truth

    On Brutal Truth

    There has been no shortage of discussions around recent comments and articles written in the wake of the tragic suicide of actor Robin Williams. From Rush Limbaugh to Matt Walsh, there’s obviously a lot of emotions built into agreement or disagreement with one another on the question of suicide. In light of this, it would be hard to deny that suicide is something that affects | Read More »

    How A Film With A Message Is Made

    How A Film With A Message Is Made

    To try to capture all of the horrible fictional films out there that have a “message” and put them into one post would be a viral listicle on its own. The reason is simple: these films don’t exist to entertain, they exist to push a point of view. This rarely works in my experience. Books like “Atlas Shrugged” and “1984” are timeless classics because they | Read More »

    Obama’s Own Stimulus Predictions Show We’d Have Been Better Off Without It

    Obama's Own Stimulus Predictions Show We'd Have Been Better Off Without It

    Upon arriving late (as usual) to his press conference, Obama launched into a tirade about the obstructive Republican party that has gotten in his way so often that the world is now on fire as a result. This was, in part, a way of using the bully pulpit to remind Americans how awesome the Recovery Act (Stimulus) was and that it is the reason for | Read More »

    General Motors Continues to Invest American Tax Dollars Overseas

    General Motors Continues to Invest American Tax Dollars Overseas

    The World Cup ended in a tight contest between Argentina and Germany on Sunday, but even after what was by most accounts an exciting tournament, the American enthusiasm gap between football and futbol remains considerable. It was noteworthy, then, when the iconic American car brand Chevrolet inked a $70 million sponsorship deal with English Premier League giant Manchester United. The Chevy logo will now grace the front of | Read More »

    VIDEO: Obama is a Foreign Policy Failure

    VIDEO: Obama is a Foreign Policy Failure

    It’s hard to look around at the world today and feel as though we’re safer than we were before President Obama took office. Yet, this is exactly what he promised would happen when he ran for the office in 2008. The Daily Signal released a new video today highlighting the condition of the world in stark contrast to the lofty promises made by then candidate | Read More »

    President “Uh”

    Yesterday, President Obama gave a press conference promising that no more boots would be put on the ground in Iraq leaving us to assume the 300 special ops folks he’s sending are wearing sneakers. The press asked some very important questions that I think must be addressed regarding the tense and deadly situation in Iraq. And while there’s nothing funny about the atrocities being committed | Read More »

    Thad Cochran is Wasting GOP Resources by not Conceding

    Thad Cochran is Wasting GOP Resources by not Conceding

    Conventional wisdom is descending on the McDaniel vs. Cochran run-off that was kicked off last night when neither candidate pulled in over 50% of the votes in the Mississippi primary. The wisdom goes something like this: Cochran is a safe bet with high name ID in Mississippi and therefore will be able to spend his energy and resources fighting back against a lesser known Democrat | Read More »

    With Abortions & Crime At All Time High, Detroit Approaches Third World Status.

    With Abortions & Crime At All Time High, Detroit Approaches Third World Status.

    Detroit is often heralded by small government proponents as a perfect example of an over-involved government pushing themselves into the culture of a successful city and creating a state of dependence which eventually collapses in on itself. In other words, a great example of why big government fails. But this is really only a partial explanation of the issue. The real issue in America and the | Read More »