On Ted Cruz’s Problematic Plan for Retention Elections in the U.S. Supreme Court


Hotels Try to Rent Government Power To Stamp Out Online Competition

It is hard to argue with a straight face that consumers don’t benefit from competition.

Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders is running a campaign for president on income inequality. He said on CNBC “you don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different pairs of sneakers when children are hungry in this country.” He is right, of course, to declare that kids should never go hungry. But it is wrong to argue that competition makes things worse.

Sanders has tapped into a legitimate concern that corporate interests have married government power in a way that stifles competition and stems upward mobility. This is one area where the socialist and the conservative agree – government captured by corporate interests is not good for the American people. Government has helped big corporations in exterminating competition in a way that preserves high profits for the established and well-connected corporation.

Real competition even for such a relatively minor product, like sneakers or deodorant, brings advances in technology, choices and market forces to bear — allowing people to pick the best product at the best price. Sanders is wrong to say that choices are bad because kids are starving, but he is right to be concerned about corporate elites using government to game the system.

Gov. Fallin Correct to Defy OK Supreme Court on Ten Commandments


Between the ignorance of the average American citizen regarding our nation’s rich religious history, and the open hostility by anti-religious Leftists across the country, it seems not a day passes anymore that doesn’t bring with it a story about religious freedoms of ordinary Americans being infringed by those determined to purge every last vestige of Christianity from American life.

A recent example of this came in the form of a ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which ruled that a Ten Commandments monument currently on the grounds of the state capitol violate the Article II, Section 5 of the state’s constitution, which prohibits the use of any government money or property to benefit religion.

After the ruling, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin declared the state’s high court got it wrong, and refused to remove the monument. State Rep. Mike Ritze, whose family paid for the monument in question, points out that the Court, in demanding the removal, ignored its own prior rulings upholding the right to have a 50-foot cross on the state fairgrounds, and many Native American paintings, monuments, and other pieces of art with religious meanings and tones on display at the Capitol and other state properties.


WaPo reporter Jenna Johnson wonders why Gov. Walker why he wants to deport the Flores family, and their best known member, Dora.

Editor’s Note: This was originally published at The Ancient & Noble Order of The Gormogons.


Republicans are evil people who want nothing more than to separate hard-working brown parents from their cute-as-a-button children, at least according to Washington Post “reporter” Jenna Johnson. Today’s WaPo whipping boy is Scott Walker, smeared with innuendo in Ms. Johnson’s Post Politics blog post.

Ms. Johnson shares with her readers Mr. Walker “tells undocumented worker [illegal immigrant – ‘Puter] that immigrants must follow the law.” Oh, the horror! The horror! A candidate for the highest executive office in the land thinks everyone should follow the law! Why, Mr. Walker’s practically a fascist! Ms. Johnson can almost see the torch-lit rallies and jackbooted brown shirts marching.

The Deadly Impact of “Gun-Free Zones”

Editor’s Note: This was originally published at Mitchell’s blog International Liberty.

I proposed an “IQ Test for Criminals and Liberals” back in 2012 which asked readers to imagine that they were thieves.

And I then asked them, as they were planning their crimes, how they would react if they knew that a particular homeowner was armed. Would they:

a. break into the house because you once heard a politician or journalist assert that gun ownership doesn’t deter crime?

b. decide after a bit of reflection about potential costs and benefits that it might be more prudent to find another house to rob?

My goal was to help well-meaning leftists understand that criminals respond to incentives. And even the really stupid ones will seek to maximize how much they can steal while minimizing the risk of bad outcomes.

And if you’re a criminal, one potential bad outcome is getting shot by an armed homeowner.

The same cost-benefit analysis applies to mass shooters. Regardless of whether these shooters are motivated by feelings of inadequacy or Islamofascist ideology, their goal is to kill as many people as possible before being stopped.

A Foreign Policy of Capitulation: Iran Deal and Chattanooga



Like everyone else, I watched the coverge of the Chattanooga shooting yesterday in horror and, frankly, disgust. Sen. Frank Nicely sums up why the latter:

It really does require some acceptance of twisted logic to make that work, right? And since I’ve been trying to write about the recent Iran Deal, it got me to thinking:

Since when is capitulation a reasonable foreign policy strategy?

Andrew McCarthy explains why there is no way to see the recent deal struck in Vienna as anything but a sort of white-flag surrender to an enemy that shows no inclination toward friendship with the US or her allies.

Doctors Out Themselves As Communists in Letters to the NYT’s Editors; ‘Puter Is Not Amused

Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared at The Ancient & Noble Order of the Gormogons.




Dr. Nick Riviera is better qualified to opine on economics than any of these clowns. If the quality of thought in these letters is any indication, Dr. Nick Riviera’s also a more competent physician.


Doctors are the worst.*

‘Puter concluded doctors can suck his big, fat prickly pear after reading the New York Times letters to the editor yesterday.

About eleventy gajillion** doctors wrote in to comment on the New York Times’ article “Medicare and Medicaid at 50.” We are treated to brilliant commentary, insightful analysis, and thoughtful prescriptions*** for America’s healthcare system from the medical profession’s best and brightest.

Dr. Marcia Angell, a “senior lecturer in social medicine at Harvard Medical School and a former editor in chief of The New England Journal of Medicine” from notoriously Right-leaning Cambridge, Massachusetts writes:

The Obama White House’s Job Killing Government Agencies

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This President firmly believes in the “Nanny State”. He’s a Progressive and that ideology wants not to give the people freedom to make their own choices, but to think for them and to decide for them.

Two perfect examples of this public policy train wreck are the over zealous behavior of the controversial Consumer Financial Protections Bureau (CFPB), and certain ongoing overactive behavior of the Department of Justice (DoJ). The actions of these two regulatory agencies of late, taken together, would suggest that Obama’s policy flunkies don’t want you to borrow
money unless you have enough already for a loan from a major bank, but they also don’t want
you to walk around with any money in your pocket.

The CFPB was borne in the chaos of the Dodd-Frank Act and intended to be simply a small office within the financial services regulatory community focused on bridging the gaps between the agencies. The goal was to have government better serve the people. The DoJ oversees not only the FBI and the US Marshals, but also Federal civil asset forfeiture proceedings.

Just a few weeks ago, the CFPB sent yet another out-of-control regulatory train wreck to save
the American people from ourselves. After hamstringing the economy, CFPB is now intent on
removing one of the few safe and legal ways to pay a bill during a personal emergency.
CFPB proposed a rule which will purposely eliminate 80% of the short term lending industry.

Is Independence Day a Useless Relic?

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Independence Day is a relic that has little meaning in America today. It is like the Confederate flag; a symbol of a time far distant that most Americans have long forgotten. Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays, right behind Easter and Christmas, because it celebrated the valor and sacrifice of our forefathers as they embarked on a struggle for liberty, against impossible odds, in order to create the most unique and righteous form of government in the history of mankind.

Rejecting for the first time the Divine Right of Kings, which posited that God had ordained certain men to rule over us, our Founding Fathers declared that all men are created equal, and are endowed with certain unalienable rights simply by virtue of their birth as children of the Creator, and government was just only when acting by the consent of the governed. It cannot be understated just how revolutionary an idea this was.

Our forefathers fought and died to secure this idea of liberty. General George Washington, commissioned by the Founders, led a rag-tag band of ill-trained, ill-equipped farmers and merchants to victory against the far superior British, suffering far more defeats than victory, retreating more often than advancing, yet by the hand of Divine Providence achieved victory, accepting the surrender of Lord Charles Cornwallis and his forces at the conclusion of the Battle of Yorktown.

At this point though, it may be time to just do away with Independence Day celebrations. Considering the level of government tyranny we have accepted, it is farcical to continue to pretend that we are a free nation.

Beg to differ?

Does This Mean Hillary’s Presidency Would Last Eight Seconds?

Via The Hill, here’s presumptive 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee, former U.S. Senator, and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton riffing on people who oppose the government’s many intrusions into private life, and on The Future of American Society™ (emphasis added):

“When people diss the government — we’re really dissing ourselves and dissing our democracy,” Clinton said. “This is my last rodeo, and I believe that we can leave not just the country in good shape for the future, but we can get a deep bench of young people to decide that they want to go into politics.”


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