Vanity Fair Sees the Spending Binge and Knows Something is Wrong

stock market crash I wouldn’t often turn to Vanity Fair for real news but the magazine seems to have some insight into our dire financial situation. Here’s a taste: This start to 2016 comes off the worst year for markets since 2008. Hedge funds lost an average of nearly 4 percent in 2015, according to estimates from hedge-fund research firm HFR Inc, as even top fund managers had their most terrible years in history. Billionaire financier George Soros, speaking at an economic forum last week, told an audience that Read more [...] Continue reading →

Government Plus Media: Double Bad Food Messages

classic food pyramid It’s time for us all to be told how much we’re eating wrong. Of course, it turns out that the government was wrong because the guidelines have changed. But the above Associated Press story, for no apparent reason, only gives voice to one extreme critic, The Center for Science in the Public Interest. Yes, the organization has the word “science” in their name. So does Scientology, and with about as much justification. What is this organization’s track record that earned them the Read more [...] Continue reading →

This Is How Intensely Trump Is Trying to Win

donald_trump In my opinion the news media is covering this wrong. Newser.com summarizes: While other candidates have made Iowa their home away from home, spending the night in hotels and motels before America's first caucus, Donald Trump has taken a different approach. Trump flies home to Manhattan in one of his private planes or copters so he can snooze in his own bed in Trump Tower every night, reports Reuters. For instance, Trump attended eight campaign events in Iowa in November and December, and he hightailed Read more [...] Continue reading →

Merkel Talks Tough but Still Affirms "Right to Asylum"

merkel phone Reuters is claiming that Angela Merkel is changing her stance on immigration. Here's an excerpt: Merkel's remarks on Saturday were in stark contrast to her earlier optimism about the influx to Germany, which has taken in far more migrants than any other European country. Her "we can do it" slogan irritated many Germans, uneasy about the mass arrival. "The right to asylum can be lost if someone is convicted, on probation or jailed," Merkel said after a meeting of the leadership of her Christian Read more [...] Continue reading →

Marine General: Standards Are Going to Be Lowered

2016-01-10 I wrote in December about how the Marines are actively pushing back against the political forces that are trying to get them to lower their standards. But they weren't yet (as far as I know) speaking out against it. Now, that seems to have changed. According to CNS News: "General Warns: Military Will Face 'Great Pressure' to Lower Standards for Women in Combat to Please ‘Agenda-Driven’ in D.C." Marine Gen. John Kelly, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, said at a Pentagon press briefing Read more [...] Continue reading →

This Is What Happens When the Government Disarms You

nypd This story enrages me. FOX 2 reports: "Horrific playground gang rape has NYPD asking public for help." Another crime in a gun free zone. New York police are looking for five men who forced a father at gunpoint to leave his daughter behind so they could take turns raping her, according to a press release. The 18-year-old female was with her father at the Osborn Playground in Brooklyn around 9 p.m. Thursday when they were approached by five men, according to a press release from Read more [...] Continue reading →

When Politicians Make Spending Decisions: Neglected Hidden Infrastructure

newyork-under-water CBS News New York published an investigative report, "Experts Say Decaying Gas Lines Are A Ticking Time Bomb Below City Streets." From the city to the suburbs, thousands of miles of some of the country’s oldest and decaying gas mains lay just below the surface of our streets. As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported, experts said the consequences could be dangerous or devastating. In the early 20th century, there were new roads, rails, and an underground system delivered gas to buildings around Read more [...] Continue reading →

Consumers Put the Brakes on Obama's Fuel Goals

car_in_wall NPR published an interesting story: "Is Obama's Hope For Better Fuel Economy Sputtering Out?" The story begins by telling us that the automobile manufacturers are claiming that Obama's bailout was a "success." There were high-fives this week from Detroit to Washington, D.C., as carmakers celebrated record auto sales. Americans bought 17.5 million cars and trucks in 2015. That's a huge turnaround from 2009, and the Obama administration cheered the rebound as vindication of the president's Read more [...] Continue reading →

Another Islamic Attack, Another Round of Denials

crimeShooting Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett was sitting in his patrol car late Thursday night when a man approached, looking like he was going to ask for directions. Instead, the man, identified as Edward Archer, pulled out a gun that had been stolen from police more than two years ago and opened fire, pumping about a dozen rounds into the driver side window. By some miracle, Hartnett survived despite taking multiple hits and was able to get out of his car and chase after the fleeing suspect, Read more [...] Continue reading →

Not Only Germany: Helsinki, Finland, Hit with "Unprecedented Sex Harassment"

islam_will_dominate_world1 At Yahoo News there is a headline: "Unprecedented sex harassment in Helsinki at New Year: police." Finnish police reported Thursday an unusually high level of sexual harassment in Helsinki on New Year's Eve and said they had been tipped off about plans by groups of asylum seekers to sexually harass women. Helsinki deputy police chief Ilkka Koskimaki told AFP: "There hasn't been this kind of harassment on previous New Year's Eves or other occasions for that matter... This is a completely new phenomenon Read more [...] Continue reading →

Why We Need More Guns: ISIS Attacks

police sidearms If you watch the video above you will see the mayor denying the attack was terrorism or had anything to do with Islam. It reminds me of the way German politicians responded to coordinated sexual assaults by immigrants. [See also: "Another Islamic Attack, Another Round of Denials."] But it also points to the need for the populace to be armed. We obviously can't count on the terrorist-inspired shooters to only target cops. From the Washington Times: The man who opened fire on a Philadelphia Read more [...] Continue reading →

No, Mr. President, a Gun Is the Responsibility of the Owner

obama with gun Barack Obama makes the collectivist premise of his New York Times editorial clear in the headline: "Guns Are Our Shared Responsibility." Why? The Second Amendment directly contradicts what Obama claims. It says that Congress may not share responsibility for guns. They must keep their hands off of privately-owned firearms. THE epidemic of gun violence in our country is a crisis. Gun deaths and injuries constitute one of the greatest threats to public health and to the safety of the American Read more [...] Continue reading →