Terrible picture, but a great "State of the State" update from Tennessee Secretary of State, Tre Hargett, yesterday in Nashville.
Here's a man who has cut his office's budget from over $30-million per year in 2009, to $27-million today—AND, they're returning over $2.2-million to the treasury, effectively cutting about 17% of spending since he took over, while we all know the price of everything has been going up.
[See also, “Half of Residents Say They Wish They Could Move Out of Illinois.”]
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Why do I think Rick Perry has done brilliant work in response to the charges brought against him? Let's think about it.
Advertising costs money. The only exception is the occasional viral video or link, but you can’t just make something go viral. You end up paying someone to produce clickbait every day and hope that something works. Again, that costs money.
The best advertising isn’t only something that spreads for free. The best advertising actually generates revenue for you.
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The big banks are putting the finishing touches on their plan to rip off their own depositors to cover their stupidity, instead of taxpayers. How nice.
Via Reuters: “G20 edging towards deal on 'bail-in' bond cushion for banks
Government leaders are expected to agree in November that the world's top banks must issue special bonds to increase the amount of capital which can be tapped in a crisis instead of calling on taxpayers to come to the rescue, industry and G20 officials said.
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Just looking at the surface of the illegal immigration problem, a reasonable mind would come to the conclusion that America is suicidal.
Although we have laws in place designed to stop unfettered immigration, we don't enforce them on orders from our elected leaders who hand down "policies" that virtually guarantee that any illegal immigrant, including one previously convicted of a major felony, caught by the Border Patrol or ICE is going to be set free.
Those who get across the border without Read more [...]
Other experts are beginning to agree with their predictions, but not many people give credence to the Farmer’s Almanac. It makes predictions based on a secret method, but we are told that they use sunspot activity in making their calculations.
Imagine that: some people believe the sun affects the earth’s temperature.
The Associated Press reports, “Shivery and shovelry ahead: Farmers' Almanac predicts another bitterly cold, wet winter.”
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From the Federalist addressing whether or how democracy produces oligarchy:
How is it that in a hyper-egalitarian age a purportedly democratic ideology has produced the seemingly-intractable oligarchic ruling class that dominates American politics?
THAT... is a great question.
Alexis de Tocqueville provides a clue in Democracy in America: “Democratic nations often hate those in whose hands the central power is vested, but they always love that power itself.” Whereas democratic equality Read more [...]
Well, lo and behold... despite sworn testimony before Congress saying they DON'T exist, Lois Lerner's emails magically DO exist in a backup. Or... at least they did, before all of these delays gave a criminal Administration time to go selectively wipe those backups, right?
Here is part of Judicial Watch’s statement, quoting their president, Tom Fitton:
Department of Justice attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service told Judicial Watch on Friday that Lois Lerner’s emails, indeed all government Read more [...]
Scientific American now admits that fluoride in drinking water may reduce the intelligence of the drinker. To evade the impact of this admission, they misdirect readers to be concerned about wells in Maine rather than about any other drinking water in the United States that is contaminated on purpose by local governments.
Even though I think fluoride in drinking water could be a problem, let me first point out that article does not hint that there are any discrepancies in health between Main residents Read more [...]
The story has been circulating that Harry Reid made a joke about an ethnicity.
This is supposed to be some great scandal. But, because Harry Reid is a Liberal Democrat ruler, he only has to apologize and there is no longer any scandal.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is apologizing for comments he made in “poor taste” about Asian people.
The apology was prompted by remarks he made Thursday to the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas and after video was posted by Read more [...]
The Merck hit list story shows us how crony capitalism degrades business. The new way of succeeding in business is to get in bed with government. Then you have a textbook "protection racket" to continue growing, and lock-out competition.
According to CBS Market Watch, “Merck Created Hit List to ‘Destroy,’ ‘Neutralize,’ or ‘Discredit’ Dissenting Doctors.”
Merck made a "hit list" of doctors who criticized Vioxx, according to testimony in a Vioxx class action case in Australia. Read more [...]
How should we think of Bank of America crimes? Pretend for a moment that you're a master-criminal, or a major national or international banker (but I repeat myself), and you make trillions of dollars from swindling others. Then, the big, bad sheriff Eric Holder comes to town--ropes you into court--and hits you with a $17-billion fine, but no jail time.
Think you'd change anything about how you do "business"? Of course not.
[See also, “Sorry ‘Distressed Borrowers,’ Politicians Steal Read more [...]
There is reduced gun violence in Chicago. Why? If the Liberals who wanted a police state in Chicago had gotten their wish, and the crime rate had sunk, they would have been claiming a direct cause-and-effect relationship. But that’s not what happened.
The Washington Times reports:
An 86-year-old Illinois man with a concealed carry permit fired his weapon at an armed robbery suspect fleeing police last month, stopping the man in his tracks and allowing the police to make an arrest.
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