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Apparently, Failing Civics Class is a Media Job Requirement

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The Media Is, As Always,
a Huge Threat

Our public schools have for decades served not as education facilities – but as social services and indoctrination centers. From which the average graduate can’t read the diploma they’re handed – but they can roll a condom on a banana. Where people are brainwashed into preferring failed-everywhere socialism over wealth-producing capitalism – but are blithering, blinkered boobs when asked why.

The late, great comedian George Carlin understood why government does this: “Governments don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. That is against their interests. They want obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept it.”

Most government schools don’t teach – or don’t teach properly – one of the greatest documents in human history: our Constitution. Which produced the most prosperous, egalitarian nation ever. But which government schools by and large impugn as racist and fatally flawed – and thus not worthy of proper consideration.

So concepts like the separation and balance of government powers – are foreign to most government school victims. Concepts like: More

Donald Trump, China, Trade – and Intellectual Property Theft

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Perhaps a Little More
Umph is Required

We are in the midst of a presidential race that is fundamentally changing how many view – and thought they knew – politics. Donald Trump especially is radically altering that map. What many thought were permanent lines – turned out to be drawn on an Etch-a-Sketch. That the presumptive Republican nominee has spent the last year shaking into oblivion.

Much of what Trump has altered – desperately needed to be altered. Change can be a very good thing – especially when terrible ideas and actions have been ensconced and accepted as “the norm” and “that’s how it’s always been done.

That’s certainly the case in many instances with intellectual property (IP). Intellectual property has come to be seen as somehow less than physical property – and thus less worthy of protection from theft. In an ever increasingly digital economy – that’s even less good.

One of the first major purveyors of IP theft was Napster. Launched on June 1, 1999, Napster was a website designed to allow its users to steal digital copies of music. Millions of people downloaded songs – for which they did not pay. These same people – who would never have walked into a brick-and-mortar Tower Records store and stolen the same music on CDs – had no compunction doing the exact same thing digitally. In this way did Napster help begin to artificially, dangerously lessen the perceived value of IP.

But just because you aren’t stealing anything tangible – doesn’t mean you aren’t stealing. By illegally replicating a song (or movie, or book, or….) – you are lessening the value of the legal copies thereof. It is the exact same reason you aren’t allowed to print fake money – because it devalues real money. (Someone please tell the United States Treasury.)

Flash forward nearly two decades – and we have China. Which is Napster on uber-steroids – ensconced as government policy. On May 15 on Fox News Sunday, in defense of Trump’s call for a reanalysis of how we cut trade deals, Republican former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said “When you hear, for example, that the Chinese last year probably stole $360 billion in intellectual property from the United States, I think being tough about that’s a good thing. I think conservatives can be for very tough-minded trade.” More

In Venezuela, Net Neutrality Does In Fact Mean Internet Censorship

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Not a Hybrid
We Should Be Seeking

Venezuela is an official Socialist Utopia disaster area. (It would be nice if Team Bernie Sanders and his Democrat cohorts were paying attention – but who are we kidding.)

The United States State Department issued a travel warning back on September 18 (which still appears to be in place). The news, meanwhile, is chock full of horror stories for the people of Venezuela – the victims of full government’s inexorable conclusion.

Venezuela: How the Socialist Paradise Turned into Debt and Hyperinflation Hell

Venezuelan Economy Collapsing as Debt, Hyperinflation Take Their Toll

Imagine No Possessions, Imagine Venezuela

‘We Are Like a Bomb’: Food Riots Show Venezuela Crisis Has Gone Beyond Politics

What Venezuela’s Food Rationing Tells Us: The Price Of Something Is The Price Of Something

Venezuela, Where a Hamburger is Officially $170

With Socialism, you end up with just about nothing of everything – except government. There’s always plenty of that.

If you think $170 hamburgers are expensive in Government Xanadu – imagine how expensive “free speech” is. A government run amok – that has ruined its nation – can not allow its people to discuss said damage. So you get:

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India: Yet Another Example of Really Bad Government Damaging Really Good Farms

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Never Failed Him. Us – Not So Much

We American conservatives have long loathed our domestic Farm Bill – for many, many very good reasons. It is a Franklin Delano Roosevelt-New Deal collectivism relic – filled-to-the-brim with centralized nonsense that hamstrings our farm sector. Our government forces farmers to spend a lot of time, effort and money doing things that are unproductive and counterproductive.

And in government, no bad idea goes un-replicated. With the advent of global farm trade – our ridiculous policy has inspired similar ridiculous policy all over the planet. Commodities-exporting countries matching us tariff-for-tariff – and subsidy-for-subsidy. With their stumbling upon all the awful results we get – just about sour-note-for-sour-note.

And as is nigh always the case – government learns all the wrong lessons from its encounters with Reality. To wit – India.

Farm Subsidies Put India in Bind: “The nose-dive in global commodity prices has had an unexpected repercussion in India: a giant new subsidy bill as New Delhi spends billions to mop up wheat, rice, sugar and cotton at government-fixed prices….’This is a crisis of plenty,’ said Harish Galipelli, a trader at Inditrade Derivatives and Commodities.”

(Let us leave aside how close are “New Delhi” and “New Deal.”)

It is inherent human nature: Of anything you subsidize – you will get more. Why have global commodity prices nose-dived? In large part – because governments subsidize their production. So farms don’t grow what the market wants and needs – they grow what governments will pay them to grow. So you end up with over-production: More

Regulations Kill Economies – Obama’s Is the Regulation Administration

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Government – Always a Huge Help

A recurring headline in the Age of President Barack Obama begins with things like “Obama Administration Issues New Rules…” and “Administration Targets…” and various variations on this theme. To wit:

New EPA Regs Issued Under Obama Are 38 Times as Long as Bible

Obama Administration Issues Transgender Bathroom Guidance For Schools

Obama’s New Overtime Rules

After Paris, Obama Administration Changes Visa Waiver Program

Obama Administration Announces Historic New Regulations for Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas

Obama Administration Issues New Rules For Offshore Drilling

Obama Administration Announces New Rules for E-Cigarettes, Tobacco Products

Obama Administration Unveils Federal Fracking Regulations

Obama Administration Unleashed Thousands of New Regulations Before Thanksgiving (2015)

The rolling tally – and the damage done – is devastating: More

Center-Right Groups Sign Letter in Opposition to Senator McCain’s Terrible Military Amendment

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All Opposed…

May 16, 2016

Chairman Mac Thornberry, Chairman John McCain, Ranking Member Adam Smith, and Ranking Member Jack Reed:

Despite costing American taxpayers over $2 billion more than needed (and willfully rejecting the requests made by not only the House Armed Services Committee but also by high-ranking officials in the Department of Defense and in the Intelligence community), the Senate Armed Services Committee–led by Senator John McCain–is seeking to cripple America’s ability to reliably launch some of the country’s most important defense satellites used to secure our nation’s border and track terrorists and drug cartels. Senator McCain’s actions undermine our national security and are the antithesis of good fiscal governance.

America depends on a network of highly sophisticated military satellites to serve as the “eyes in the sky” keeping the Pentagon and our intelligence agencies informed about threats from ISIS, drug smugglers trying to penetrate our borders, and other matters of vital national security.

In order to launch those military and spy satellites into space, the Pentagon needs a reliable launch rocket capable of carrying the heaviest payloads and reaching the ‘high orbits’ where many of those satellites must be deployed. Currently, only one rocket in the space fleet is capable of carrying those heavy payloads and reaching the highest orbits, and unfortunately, though the rocket is built in America, it uses an engine core made in Russia. It’s called the Atlas rocket, and its new American-made engine won’t be ready for three more years. More

Behold Senator John McCain’s Terrible Military Amendment

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Wonder What’s
Behind That Smile?

Arizona Republican Senator John McCain has over his decades in government built a reputation based largely on a few key tenets. As a genuine Vietnam War hero, and as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, he is one of the lead defenders and proponents of all things military. He relentlessly champions “good government” – i.e. spending government money more wisely and well. And he has engaged in a relentless pursuit of “campaign finance reform” so as to allegedly remove the undue influence of political donors on policy decisions.

What the Senator is currently doing calls all of these reputation-al tenets into serious question.

McCain, McCarthy Team Up to Ban Russian Rocket Engines: “Two Republican powerhouses (Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain [Ariz.] and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy [Calif.]) teamed up Wednesday to introduce a bill that would stop U.S. military reliance on Russian-made rocket engines (RD-180) for its national security space launches.”

Except you can’t actually end our reliance on Russian rockets – unless you have a viable alternative ready to go. The United States does not. As McCain’s Senate colleague Richard Shelby (R-AL) points out: “Given the current volatility of our relationship with Russia, our nation needs to develop a reliable, American alternative to the RD-180 as soon as possible. Unfortunately, that may not be for another four to five years at best.”

How important to what we do is the RD-180? “Today, approximately two-thirds of our military, intelligence community, scientific and weather satellites are launched into orbit on the Atlas 5, which uses the Russian RD-180 rocket engine.” More

Government Spontaneously, Dramatically Changing the Rules is Terrible for Business

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Welcome to Government

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “Certainty” as: “The quality or state of being certain especially on the basis of evidence.” As we know, evidence abounds that the world is inherently a very un-certain place.

Given all the naturally-occurring uncertainty that exists, the last thing we need is unnecessary, artificial uncertainty thrown on to the pile. Unfortunately, that is what our government incessantly insists on doing.

Which is a violation of its mission statement. Ensuring certainty is one of the main reasons our Founding Fathers set up our government the way they did. Laws are written by the Legislative Branch – by representatives elected by and directly accountable to us. And are, by design, systemically difficult to pass (the Senate as “cooling saucer”).

The Executive and Judicial Branches are only to execute and adjudicate laws written by the Legislative – they are not themselves to create law. Because Executive Branch bureaucrats are elected by – and thus accountable to – no one. And judges receive lifetime appointments – and are thus accountable only to the Grim Reaper. If bureaucrats or judges start writing law – it is unilateral tyranny, antithetical to our Constitutional system. More

Oh Look – Three More Examples of Obama Administration Cronyism

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Or Consumers.
Or Conservative IRS Filers. Or….

President Barack Obama is a Cronyism Machine. No Administration in our history has done more to punish its enemies and reward its friends. In fact, while engaging in rank identity politics – another Divider-Not-Uniter moment in seven-plus years full of them – the President his own self said exactly this:  “We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.”

Cronyism candor from the Commander in Chief. And this promise – he has kept. On steroids.

But three more of the latest examples are some unequal-protection-before-the-law fiats from the President’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Except because they are fiats from three un-elected Democrat bureaucrats, it’s more like unequal-protection-before-the-Politburo.

Cronyism Part I: The FCC is about to legalize theft – not for everyone, of course, just for its Cronies. The Commission’s three Donkeys are on the verge of ramming through a mandate that opens tons of copyrighted content to Cronies – without the Cronies having to pay for the tons of copyrighted content.

That content – is television programming. Cable television providers spend a LOT of coin negotiating a LOT of deals with the people who make TV shows and movies. These are very intricate negotiations that include many vital agreements. Like the cable companies being legally obligated to protect the content. Like the cable companies agreeing to place the channels where on the dial the content creators want them. (For instance, ABC doesn’t want its Disney Channel right next door to the Spice Channel.)

The FCC is about to mandate that Crony companies (shocker: like Google) can now offer up these shows and movies – without having to pay for them. And without having to adhere to the carefully negotiated agreements – because they didn’t carefully negotiate them. More

The Koch Brothers Don’t Want Government Cronyism – Google Does

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Endless Applications for Government Cronyism

It is an incessant refrain – from Leftists and the media (please pardon the redundancy). This annoying gaggle whines and moans that the quintessential, awful faces of corporate influence over government are those of Charles and David Koch.

Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid said of them on the Senate floor “These two brothers are about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine.” Uber-Leftist “green” billionaire (and MUCH larger political donor than both Kochs combined) Tom Steyer said of David Koch: “Just a famously evil person.”

Not at all over-the-top or vitriolic. Thanks for the substantive critique of these men and their political perspectives.

It is true – when the private-sector-uber-successful libertarian duo isn’t donating massive coin to people and things like criminal defense lawyers, hospitals, the arts and black colleges, they do contribute to people and political entities seeking to deliver us less government than the massive amounts with which we are currently afflicted. More