Latest Articles: Opinions/Editorials
The War on Some Drugs
Post Date: 2017-09-09 11:55:31 by Deckard
Drugs are a charged subject everywhere. Theyre a hot button topic. Everyone has a strong opinion, often irrational, that seems to come from deep in the most reactive recesses of their collective minds. Longtime readers know that although I personally abstain from drugs and generally eschew the company of abusive users, I think they should be 100% legal. Not just cannabis. All drugs. The most important reason is moral and ethical. Your primary possession is your own body. If you dont own it, and dont have a right to do whatever you want with it, then you in fact have no rights at all. Thats the main reason why the drug war itself is criminal, and morally ...
Orwell or Huxley? Or both?
Post Date: 2017-09-07 10:53:17 by redleghunter
When Postman wrote the introduction to his important book Amusing Ourselves to Death, he set forth the stance he adopts by contrasting the warnings of George Orwells 1984 and Aldous Huxleys Brave New World: Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxleys vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity, and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think
. What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted ...
Trump Quietly Promises Billions in New Nuke Contracts
Post Date: 2017-09-03 18:18:46 by Hondo68
This could trigger a new arms race with Russia and China. Baker Shot, part of Operation Crossroads, a nuclear test by the United States at Bikini Atoll in 1946. Credit: U.S. Department of Defense/Public Domain. Americans of a certain age remember things about their youthBert the Turtle and the ditty Duck and Cover (1951), Pat Franks apocalyptic novel Alas, Babylon (1959), and Sidney Lumets film Fail Safe, from Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheelers novel of the same name (1964 and 1962, respectively). There was a Turtle by the name of Bert, and Bert the Turtle was very alert; that song was whistled by kids like myself, ironically ...
Worst Box Office In 25 Years: Hollywood’s Problems Are Permanent & Deep [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2017-09-03 06:17:58 by Tooconservative
Even before this catastrophic Labor Day weekend is factored in (more on this below), the domestic 2017 box office is in hideous shape. This year is 6.3% behind 2016 and continues to fall behind 2015, 2013, and 2012. If you figure in inflation, those numbers are even worse. For example, in 2012 the average ticket cost $7.96. Today it is almost a full dollar more at $8.89. Yeah, things are that bad and will look even worse on Tuesday. With no apparent faith in their own product, this is the first Labor Day in 25 years where a new title has not been released on more than 1,000 screens. Over this weekend last year, the box office hauled in nearly $130 million. This year will do about a ...
Why Today’s Conservatives Are Useless Debaters
Post Date: 2017-08-27 16:31:03 by Anthem
They don't have the grit nor guts to make coherent arguments. In a recent commentary in The American Conservative, editorial assistant Maria Biery made it clear who won the annual CATO (libertarian) vs. Heritage (conservative) interns debate earlier this month: Conservatives should take notes from the libertarians at this debate. Their speeches were filled with hard, fact-based evidence, and they drove their core points home repeatedly. The conservatives were taking a roundabout approach to get to the central thesis of their arguments, and the fleeting references to philosophers that most young people have not read did not help. If conservatives in the future figure out how to better ...
Trump's lack of decorum
Post Date: 2017-08-23 08:40:04 by IbJensen
Leftists constantly point out Donald Trumps lack of decorum. They ask if the rest of us doesn't think his tweets are beneath the dignity of the office. Heres my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency. We tried statesmanship. Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized collegiality as John McCain? We tried propriety has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney? And the results were always the same. This is ...
Post Date: 2017-08-23 08:27:57 by IbJensen
Conundrums: "A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one. You'll probably never need one again." The definition of the word Conundrum is: something that is puzzling or confusing. Here are six Conundrums of Socialism in the United States of America : 1. America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is subsidized. 2. Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims. 3. They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the government. 4. Their representatives run the government - yet the poor keep getting poorer. 5. The poor keep getting poorer - yet they have things that people in other Countries ...
Under Trump, Homeland Security actually gets around to securing the homeland
Post Date: 2017-08-10 17:53:32 by Tooconservative
Are you tired of winning yet? In the long march to remaking American greatness, President Trump has certainly attracted plenty of scorn and ridicule from all the predictable and boring corners over all the predictable and boring nonissues. Russian roulette doesnt really work without at least a single bullet. Without a bullet, the gun will never be found smoking. But as ever among lazy leftists ignorance of guns and how they work is celebrated as the highest virtue. Yet amid the cacophony from the swamp, a few uncorrupted observers are starting to notice something shocking to them. Despite all the Sturm und Drang from the crazy political press, President Trump is ...
Laws Named After Victims Are Always Well-Meaning, and Usually Bad Policy
Post Date: 2017-08-06 04:55:55 by Tooconservative
More than a few times in recent years, tragicand seemingly preventabledeaths have led to bills and legislation named after the victims. Megans Law gave us problematic sex-offender registrations. Kates Law was a failed attempt to deter illegal immigration. Such proposals are frequently bad policy that the government shouldn't be engaged in. And now we have Karis Law." It's based on a Texas law, and sponsored in Congress by the political odd couple of Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) in the House, and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) in the Senate. It's a bill that would "require multi-line telephone systems to have a ...
Assumption of US dominance in the world has ended, inevitable imperial decline is looming [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2017-08-02 17:33:16 by Hondo68
© Erik Hildebrandt / Reuters In his new book about the decline of US global power, historian Alfred McCoy writes, that faced with a fading superpower, incapable of paying its bills, other powers will begin to provocatively challenge US dominion in the seas and skies.This is happening already with what appears to be increasing regularity, although perhaps provocative is not the right adjective to describe it.The American military has been the chief provocateur in the seas and skies for decades, entering foreign airspace and territorial waters with impunity, expecting no retaliation. Now, powers like China, Iran and Russia are more actively challenging the ...
Trump Speech to Scouts Draws Ire of “Fake News” Media
Post Date: 2017-07-26 23:11:56 by Anthem
The infamous swamp and its fake news media organs were foaming at the mouth after President Donald Trump's Monday speech at the National Scout Jamboree. From fury over Trump's defense of Merry Christmas, to manufactured outrage about the president's alleged politicking in front of children, the establishment press was in full meltdown mode as anti-Trump hysteria masquerading as news flooded the wires. No doubt the swipe against ObamaCare or the half a dozen references to God annoyed the press, too. Perhaps what most infuriated the swamp and its increasingly discredited mainstream media, though, were Trump's repeated ...
Big Military Spending Boost Threatens Our Economy and Security
Post Date: 2017-07-19 20:44:49 by Hondo68
On Friday the House overwhelmingly approved a massive increase in military spending, passing a $696 billion National Defense Authorization bill for 2018. President Trumps request already included a huge fifty or so billion dollar spending increase, but the Republican-led House found even that to be far too small. They added another $30 billion to the bill for good measure. Even President Trump, in his official statement, expressed some concern over spending in the House-passed bill.According to the already weak limitations on military spending increases in the 2011 sequestration law, the base military budget for 2018 would be $72 billion more than allowed.Dont ...
Tucker Carlson Goes to War Against the Neocons
Post Date: 2017-07-17 09:30:22 by Tooconservative
Though the word was actually never uttered, Fox News primetime host Tucker Carlson cemented himself this week as the Rights most prominent critic of neoconservatism. To be sure, Carlson rejects the term neoconservatism, and implicitly, its corollary on the Democratic sideliberal internationalism. In 2016, the reigning Republican foreign-policy viewyou can call it neoconservatism, or interventionism, or whatever you want to call it was rejected, he explained in a wide-ranging interview with the National Interest Friday. But I dont like the term neoconservatism, he says, because I dont even know what it ...
Nevada's pot problem - what's happening in Vegas won't stay in Vegas
Post Date: 2017-07-14 11:51:01 by Gatlin
Nevada has a problem. The supply of marijuana available for sale for recreational use has run out, with retailers simply running out of inventory. Demand has far exceeded what state officials forecasted. Faced with this quandary, Governor Brian Sandoval is marshalling legislative resources to ease regulations on which entities can sell marijuana, so that liquor wholesalers may be able to distribute it for sale, as well. Well, Governor, I promise you that Nevada will have another problem, toorampant marijuana dependence. I have now treated enough marijuana addicted teenagers and adults to know, for sure, with 100 percent certainty, that marijuana is highly addictive. I have seen ...
A History Lesson: Wake Up America!
Post Date: 2017-07-11 12:02:41 by IbJensen
In 732 A.D., the Muslim Army, which was moving on Paris, was defeated and turned back at Tours, France, by Charles Martell. In 1571 A.D., the Muslim Army/Navy was defeated by the Italians and Austrians as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to attack southern Europe in the Battle of Lepanto. In 1683 A.D., the Turkish Muslim Army, attacking Eastern Europe, was finally defeated in the Battle of Vienna by German and Polish Christian armies. This nonsense has been going on for 1,400 years! The sad thing is that more than half of all politicians do not even know any of this. If these battles had not been won, we would most likely be speaking Arabic. And Christianity ...
Why Do the Europeans Hate Trump?
Post Date: 2017-07-10 19:06:13 by Tooconservative
America, the New York Times groans (chortles?), was "ostracized" by the other G20 countries at the recently concluded meeting in Hamburg. And with Angela Merkel leading the band of ostracizers. And on not one but three issues: immigration, climate change, and trade. These are all worth examining in turn. Let's start with immigration. Led by Chancellor Merkel (and contrary to the wishes of many members of the European Union) Germany welcomed 1 million largely Muslim immigrantsmany with no identification, some with forged passports, most in need of all the welfare state could provide. The resulting clash of civilizations has made it unsafe in major German cities for ...
This man's pursuit for sexual identification
Post Date: 2017-07-09 12:53:17 by redleghunter
Journo Whose Husb. Drives Garbage Truck: Media Need More Socioeconomic Diversity
Post Date: 2017-07-09 09:38:53 by cranky
The elitist legacy media need more socioeconomic diversity, according to a journalist whose husband, who is a garbage man, worries that his blue-collar job will embarrass her when she socializes with other reporters. Journalist Heather Bryant, a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford, recently described a conversation she had with another journalist at a conference in which she was asked what her husband did for a living: Hes a truck driver and a mechanic.
Oh. Yeah, right now he drives for a trash company. That must be
an interesting perspective to have around. While they didnt explicitly say it, the person was very ...
What the Declaration of Independence Said and Meant
Post Date: 2017-07-05 13:19:40 by Anthem
The Declaration of Independence used to be read aloud at public gatherings every Fourth of July. Today, while all Americans have heard of it, all too few have read more than its second sentence. Yet the Declaration shows the natural rights foundation of the American Revolution, and provides important information about what the founders believed makes a constitution or government legitimate. It also raises the question of how these fundamental rights are reconciled with the idea of the consent of the governed, another idea for which the Declaration is famous. Later, the Declaration also assumed increasing importance in the struggle to abolish slavery. It became a lynchpin of the ...
Republicans Craft the Next Great Healthcare Failure
Post Date: 2017-07-05 13:02:41 by Anthem
Those who claim that the Senate Republican proposal to replace Obamacare will kick millions of people out from health insurance coverage are dead wrong. Yes, it will cause the number of insured people to decline, but that will happen because millions of healthy individuals will be incentivized to voluntarily opt-out of traditional health insurance. For those people, the law will make traditional insurance a sucker bet. Instead of buying comprehensive health insurance policies, as they are currently known, they will either go without insurance for as long as possible or purchase a new type of low-cost insurance that the new proposals will likely create if they become law. Lets be ...
What Is Wrong–and Right–With the Alt-Right
Post Date: 2017-07-04 23:58:29 by Anthem
Prior to Hillary Clintons attack on it in her acceptance speech at the Democratic Party Convention last year, few Americans had heard of the alt-right. Hillarys dramatic disquisition tried to conjure up nightmarish specters of radical anti-Semites, goose-stepping neo-Nazis, Klansmen in white robes, and of course the closet white supremacists at Breitbart.com. While the alt-right has attracted a few disreputable characters, the white nationalism defended by, say, Richard Spencer who coined the term alt-right, strikes me (if I may say so without the roof caving in) as somewhat more modest. As I understand the basic idea, the alt-right takes the view that whites (especially white ...
Mika and Joe, It's Time For Y'all To Go.
Post Date: 2017-07-02 14:24:37 by A K A Stone
How artificial wombs are creating a genderless, family-free future
Post Date: 2017-06-30 17:43:20 by Anthem
Wed Jun 28, 2017 - 8:00 am EST June 28, 2017 (Public Discourse) In 1971, the Manifesto of the Gay Liberation Front was published in England. The unashamedly radical document boldly declared, The oppression of gay people starts in the most basic unit of society, the family. . . . The very form of the family works against homosexuality. Under the subheading We Can Do It, we learn that further advances are on the point of making it possible for women to be completely liberated from their biology by means of the development of artificial wombs. According to the document, we had nearly reached a stage at which the gender-role ...
Blue State Blues: America’s Divisions are Not Political — They’re Religious
Post Date: 2017-06-30 07:17:58 by cranky
As we approach the Fourth of July, Americans remain deeply divided. But those divisions are not political. They are religious. On one side, there is a political party operating as a millenarian religious movement clinging to long-discredited beliefs, obsessed with sex, afraid of science, determined to impose its bizarre views on others, and insisting that the government must control every hidden corner of private life. On the other side are the Republicans. Broadly, the Republican Party is concerned about governance. That is why, for example, repealing and replacing Obamacare is taking so long. The Republican leadership in Washington seems genuinely concerned about passing ...
You just want people to die
Post Date: 2017-06-28 21:27:54 by Hondo68
Poster Comment:The political philosophy of Republicans and Democrats: scaremongering
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