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.
Law Read more [...]
The idea that Janet Yellen would raise interest rates was nothing more than a useful deception. The Federal Reserve doesn’t want to publicly admit that they have absolutely no idea about how to help the economy other than shove interest rates to zero and beyond.
So we get contradictory statements. On the one hand, Yellen assures us that we are going to keep pumping out new money and keep interest rates zero and sub-zero. But to seem like they are thoughtful, intelligent people who are implementing Read more [...]
If you remember, one of the most telling revelations about the NSA was that agents had used their powerful tools to stalk romantic interests. The only reason they were ever discovered is because the NSA offered amnesty to people who confessed (so we have no idea how else the system was abused). We have a similar story (albeit, on a much smaller scale) with the police department of the city of Fairfield.
As the CBS Sacramento station reports:
Court documents show that Fairfield Police Officers Read more [...]
I am willing to hear arguments for young dependents from other countries being granted refugee status and being raised here to become citizens, but instead we get war on terror blackmail. Can we please stop using stupid nonsense in our political speeches?
From the Daily Caller,
Democratic State Representative and candidate for U.S. representative Pat Murphy said Tuesday that if the underage migrants who have come to the U.S. from Central America aren’t given a “pathway for citizenship” Read more [...]
Question: What's the difference between ISIS or the Islamic State and the California Department of Managed Health Care?
Answer: The average age of the victims who get knifed.
Via the Christian News: “California Requires Insurance Companies, Faith-Based Employers to Cover Abortions.”
The California Department of Managed Health Care has issued a letter requiring insurance companies in the state to cover abortions, forcing all faith-based employers to likewise offer abortion coverage Read more [...]
Thomas Sowell on Ferguson nails it, on several sides.
Our education system excels at telling students what to put on a test, but rare is the modern American who actually uses his God-given gift of reasoning. Has a generation ever been so easily manipulated by unthinking talking-points?
Where are the leaders who are willing to carefully use their time at the microphone to explain these realities, rather than leverage a tragedy for political ends?
Those of us who admit that we were not there, Read more [...]