Brussels Attacks Prove PC Police Will Not Defeat Islamic Terrorism

The sun had not yet begun to creep up over the horizon on Tuesday morning when my alarm clock went off, and I was awakened to the somber voice of a news reporter describing the scenes of carnage in Belgium after a series of Islamic terrorist attacks rocked the city of Brussels just a hours earlier as Belgians were on their way to work.

Initial reports indicate that passengers at the Brussels international airport heard gunfire around 8AM local time, followed almost immediately by an explosion at a passenger check-in desk. Moments later, as passengers panicked and fled the area, a second explosion hit inside the terminal. Within minutes rescue operations had begun. Just over an hour later, at 9:10AM local time, a third explosion hit a train at the Maelbeek Metro subway station, near the European Union headquarters. At least one of the explosions has been determined to be the result of a suicide bomber.

Trump, Sanders, and Political Humor

Originally published at International Liberty ~ Ed.

 

After yesterday’s ponderous and detailed discussion of tax compliance, it’s time for some levity.

So let’s have some fun with Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

And we’ll start with the crazy Senator from Vermont. I’m surprised that I haven’t seen more Sanders-specific humor. I’m probably missing some examples, but a quick look through my archives reveals only the cartoon at the bottom of this post and the satirical poster included in this post.

A guy this crazy deserves more attention.

So here’s the Sanders version of the monopoly game, courtesy of Mark Perry, the must-read economist at the American Enterprise Institute.

The best part of the game is the description of how everyone decides the best option is to stop being productive and wait for handouts.

Puerto Rico Needs Free Market Prosperity, Not Soros-supported Bankruptcy

After years of excessive government spending, inefficient and corrupt state-run enterprises, and a tax and regulatory structure that stifles business development and economic growth, it is clear that precisely what Puerto Rico needs is a strong cocktail of free market economic and financial reforms. Congress will soon take up this debate, and on one side, the government of the Commonwealth, the Barack Obama Administration and many liberal or progressive Democrats in Congress support some form of bailout and bankruptcy for Puerto Rico, while many Republicans and conservative groups see reform as key to a prosperous future, and solving the current crisis, for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Wealthy investor and far-left political activist George Soros has weighed on this issue as well, siding firmly with his support for bailout and bankruptcy for Puerto Rico. Mr. Soros tweeted, “In debt-ridden Puerto Rico, cuts to vital services are affecting many of the most vulnerable there.”

Dodd-Frank: A Wall Street-Supported Law Imposing Heavy Costs, Enabling Future Bailouts

Politicians specialize in bad policy, but they go overboard during election years.

It’s especially galling to hear Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton compete to see who can make the most inane comments about the financial sector.

This is why I felt compelled last month to explain why the recent financial crisis had nothing to do with the absence of “Glass-Steagall” regulations.

Today, I want to address Dodd-Frank, the legislation that was imposed immediately after the crisis by President Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress.

I’m tempted to focus on the fact that the big boys on Wall Street, such as Goldman-Sachs, supported the law. It’s galling, after all, to hear politicians claim Dodd-Frank was anti-Wall Street legislation.

But there are more important points to consider, including the fact that the law doesn’t prevent or preclude bailouts.

Writing for today’s Wall Street Journal, Emily Kapur and John Taylor identify key problems with the Dodd-Frank bailout legislation.

America, the Broken-ful

Originally posted at The Ancient & Noble Order of the Gormogons ~ Ed

America’s broken, and it’s not the rabble’s fault. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Who broke America? Smug bureaucrats, smirking media types (print, radio, and TV), condescending professoriate, and detached politicians of both parties broke it.

How did they break America? They broke America by forgetting the most important term of America’s social contract: leave me the f**k alone.

Up until the 1960s, America had pretty much held true to this fundamental principle. Sure, Democrats went batsh*t crazy in the 1930s, passing big government program after big government program to beat the Great Depression, but few if any of them intruded into the private lives of Americans.*

Civil rights activists convinced America in the early 1960s the only way to end state-sponsored racial discrimination was to use federal power to force states to jettison the not-quite-slavery-but-still-pretty-awful Jim Crow laws. The civil rights activists were morally correct, but unleashing federal government to usurp states’ Constitutional prerogatives had unintended consequences.

Dirty, nasty hippies and other Boomer miscreants leaped at the chance to use federal power to cram down all manner of intrusive laws on Americans.

“Hey, man, Earth Day was a great excuse to get stoned, be a lazy sack of dung, and strum my out-of-tune guitar on the quad. Let’s have Earth Day every day!” Goodbye states’ rights, hello EPA (and the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, RCRA, and CERCLA).

Home Brew Server Has Hillary In Hot Water

It is difficult to understate the lasting damage to our republic that would occur if the American people, in a fit of pique, were to elect a dishonest, authoritarian, divisive, immoral, liberal New York Democrat as president. I am, of course, referring to Hillary Clinton (you thought I was talking about the other one, didn’t you?).

Hillary Clinton has long ago proven that she will say and do whatever it takes to acquire, consolidate, and conserve political power into her hands. For example, though she claims to be the champion of women, she has tormented and character assassinated the victims of her serial rapist/abuser husband, Bill, on whose coattails she clung tightly to ensure her own advancement.

For more than a quarter century, Bill and Hillary have proven to be as tough and as slick as Teflon, skating free of the consequences of scandal after scandal, often throwing underlings to the wolves to ensure their own survival. Let’s recap:

Pay-for-play bribes at the Clinton Foundation. Benghazi. Cattle futures pay-outs. The missing Rose Law Firm documents. Whitewater. Stealing furniture from the White House. Filegate. Vince Foster. Selling technology secrets to China in exchange for Democrat donations.

The list is seemingly endless, but as Hillary would say, “What difference, at this point, does it make?!”

Who deserves Trump?

There are over 100 delegates up for grabs today, as voting in Michigan, Mississippi, Idaho, and Hawaii begins. And, as is his way, Trump has been adamant the only state that matters is Michigan (plot twist: he’s polling far ahead in that state). Of course, this is nothing more than his preference for used-car-salesman tactics. “Everyone knows that the hottest, best-selling, sexiest car on the road — the one that’ll have all the ladies begging for a ride — is the Mitsubishi Lancer*. Cruz and Rubio don’t know that and are trying to sell you a Mercedes or an Audi. Losers. They should drop out.”

And people are showing up to the lot and driving away in the Lancer. No one could have predicted the voting public’s desire for a not-terribly-attractive, less-than-reliable new car that looks a lot like a 70s model and probably runs like it, too.

And yet, as the pundits have been (sometimes gleefully) reporting (job security and all that), the GOP race, if Rubio and Cruz (I don’t like to talk about Kasich) stay in the race and keep racking up delegates, could go to a brokered convention. And all those Lancer drivers are going to be SO MAD the GOP will fracture and split and the fabric of the party will never survive the tear.

In short, the pundits are sure there’s a civil war coming within the ranks of the GOP. And, frankly, there may well be. I say: let it come. But let me tell you why…

Alright Trump: Let’s Make CSPAN Great Again

Or How Congress is Poised to Make Donald’s Presidency a Nightmare and we might just get our Republic back.

Brace yourselves. A President Trump is poised to bring out some of the best theatrics we’ve seen on Capitol Hill in generations — and it will come from both sides of the aisle. You think Rand Paul’s anti-drone filibuster was yuge? With the thumping that Trump is giving to the rest of the GOP field, it’s apparent that The Donald is going to wrap up the nomination in March. He’s even putting the fear in the Democrats with his performance in Massachusetts and polling in deep blue states. Check your Facebook and Twitter feeds: You’re sure to see plenty of posts declaring moves to Canada, bemoaning the death of the GOP, or even tears shed over the decline of America.

Hogwash, the great American Experiment could be rejuvenated if both parties in Congress remember what their job is — and who they work for. For too long we’ve been in a bitter partisan age where the only shred of bipartisanship was when we handed out freebies, corporate welfare, or unchecked power to Presidency to engage in undeclared wars overseas or trample on our privacy here at home. This slow moving trainwreck is exactly why we’ve got a federal government that is far too big and too expensive. Maybe, just maybe, Congress will start to reign in the power of the Presidency when both parties abhor the Combover in Chief.

Definitely-Not-Super Tuesday 2016: The night the GOP tapestry was torn in two

lol

I was going to write a detailed post comparing the final polling averages of the Super Tuesday primary states with the final election results. Decision Desk HQ is a brilliant grassroots resource for live updated results at a glance, and Real Clear Politics’ polling data is second to none. But then I realized, as we all have at some visceral level this year, that lol nothing matters.

But Rubio won a state! lol nothing matters. But my candidate can unite the party at the convention! lol nothing matters. But Trump dramatically underperformed in several states! lol nothing matters. But thresholds were reached and delegates split, keeping Trump from sweeping! lol nothing matters.

The polling data has been decoded, analyzed, spun, and compared to primary and caucus results in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada to try to justify various candidates’ continued viability in the wake of the Trump juggernaut. It’s beyond apparent that it all amounts to slightly less than Ben Carson’s chance of being elected to anything ever.

As of this writing, Marco Rubio has won a single caucus state (not just tonight - ever), Ted Cruz has added Texas and Oklahoma to his previous Iowa victory, and Donald Trump has won literally everything else. Every debate, every candidate exit, every Twitter campaign, every attack ad, every PAC strategy has failed to slow the budding fascist’s momentum.

Will Trump Nomination Cost GOP the Senate?

With the Trump train barreling through the South on Super Tuesday, racking up an impressive number of delegates and solid wins; it is safe to say that while the GOP presidential nomination is not yet secured, it is at this point Trump’s to lose.

What makes The Donald so formidable is that, unlike other Republican candidates, whose past comments, positions, and histories are dissected on a molecular level for evidence of ideological impurities which render them unfit for the nomination, nothing Trump has ever said or done seems to affect the support of his loyalists.

Three marriages? He loves diversity! Bragging about serial adulterous affairs. Oh, isn’t that so “Donald”? Health care more socialized than ObamaCare? At least people won’t be dying in the streets! Support for partial birth abortion and Planned Parenthood? He’s changed! Trade war with China? Bring it on! Appointing leftists like his uber-liberal federal judge sister to the Supreme Court? He wouldn’t do that. Legalizing millions of illegals? Not on Trump’s watch (though he has said repeatedly that he will do just that). A Christian who claims he has no need to ask God for forgiveness? Well, people interpret the Bible many ways…

Yet his support is strong because an angry Republican base thinks he will be different, and that he will “win”.

 


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