Monday, August 6, 2012

Democrats Versus Military Voters: Not the First Time

Last Thursday, Breitbart News’ Mike Flynn broke the news that the Obama campaign was suing in the swing state of Ohio to block a law that extends early voting for members of the military for an additional three days. A fierce battle erupted, with Democrats (and a few conservatives) arguing that Obama campaign was simply trying to extend the military’s privilege to everyone else. Regardless of the remedy they seek, Flynn points out, they are suing to end an exemption for military voters. It would not be the first time Democrats–who pretend, in their fight against voter ID, to want more ballot access–have tried to stop the military’s votes from counting. Continue reading

WaPo Fact Checker Goes Full-Orwell: Facts Earn Pinocchios to Protect Obama

Apparently Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler has decided to go the route of the thoroughly discredited Politifact and make a complete and public fool of himself — all, of course, in a crusade to protect Barack Obama.

In today’s Post, Kessler takes on two ads critical of Obama and the attention he has paid (or hasn’t) to Israel, specifically his decision not to visit Israel as president. Continue reading

Sikh Temple Shooting In WI

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: At least four people were shot just before 11 a.m. at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek Sunday morning and a police SWAT team entered the building before noon and brought uninjured people out of the building at 7512 S. Howell Ave. Among those who were shot was the president of the temple. People were in the temple as early as 6:30 a.m. Sunday and many more were arriving for a service that was to begin about 11:30 a.m. There were reports that children were taken to the building’s basement after shots were fired. Someone who sent a text message to a Journal Sentinel reporter shortly before noon said that there were two shooters with children possibly as hostages. And the head priest was locked inside a restroom with a cell phone and that there were as many as 20-to-30 victims.

Con Job: Media Complicit in Harry Reid’s Tax Smear

There’s no question that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is an absolute political genius — as is the Obama campaign and Obama’s Palace Guards in the media.

Having Reid openly and audaciously lie about a Bain investor telling him that Romney didn’t pay his taxes for ten years might be the dirtiest kind of Chicago-style politics we’ve seen on the national stage in awhile, but as we enter into day four of this story, it’s painfully obvious — thanks to the media — that the Obama campaign’s strategy is working brilliantly. Continue reading

Obama Senior Advisor Accepted $100,000 From Firm Doing Business With Iran

We all remember the Iranian uprising in June of 2009, or what became known as the Green Revolution. This was the one citizen uprising in the Middle East President Obama did absolutely nothing to encourage or protect. As the president sat on his hands and voted “present,” we all watched as an opportunity to overthrow the Iranian Mullahocracy slipped away.

What might have been the first and most vital moment in the so-called “Arab Spring,” what might have been our best chance at ending Iran’s nuclear program without an all-out war in the area, was allowed to wither and be massacred. The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Libya, however, would receive all kinds of support from this very same White House. Continue reading

Mark Cuban’s Magnet to Bring Breitbart’s ‘Occupy Unmasked’ to Theatres

“This film is controversial, and that’s exactly the reason we want to ensure it can find its audience prior to the November elections.” — Mark Cuban, co-studio head of Magnolia Pictures

Mark Cuban is a man who, in February of this year, attended a $30,000 a plate Obama fundraiser. Reportedly, as President Obama entered the event, he and Cuban “embraced warmly.” Continue reading

You Didn’t Build That

You Didn’t Build That

President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” statement to successful business owners has created a serious backlash. In rebuttal, his defenders point to his more complete statement for “clarification”:
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
Their defense is that what President Obama said somebody else made happen was not their success, but the teachers, roads, bridges, etc., provided by government, that “gave you some help.” However, that broader statement is still both confused and ominous for America. Continue reading

The Conspiracy of the Equals

The Conspiracy of the Equals

[This article is excerpted from An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought (1995), volume 2, chapter 9: "Roots of Marxism: Messianic Communism," section 3, "The Conspiracy of the Equals." An MP3 audio file of chapter 9, narrated by Jeff Riggenbach, is available for download.]
Inspired by the works of Mably and especially Morelly, a young journalist from Picardy decided, amidst the turmoil of the French Revolution, to found a conspiratorial revolutionary organization to establish communism. Strategically, this was an advance on the two founders, who had had no idea but simple education of how to achieve their goal. François Noël (“Caius Gracchus”) Babeuf (1764–1797), a journalist and commissioner of land deeds in Picardy, came to Paris in 1790, and imbibed the heady revolutionary atmosphere. By 1793, Babeuf was committed to economic equality and communism. Two years later, he founded the secret Conspiracy of the Equals, organizing around his new journal, The Tribune of the People. The Tribune, like Lenin’s Iskra a century later, was used to set a coherent line for his cadre as well as for his public followers. As James Billington writes, Babeuf’s Tribune “was the first journal in history to be the legal arm of an extralegal revolutionary conspiracy.”[1] Continue reading

Gore Vidal and Revisionism

Gore Vidal and Revisionism

[This article is excerpted from Why American History Is Not What They Say: An Introduction to Revisionism (2009).]
Gore Vidal (1925-2012)
One of the forces involved in the recent heating up of the perennial American-history wars was the brilliant critical and popular success, during the 1970s and early 1980s, of the first three books in Gore Vidal’s six-volume[1] “American Chronicle” series of historical novels about the United States. Burr (1973), 1876 (1976), and Lincoln (1984) were enormous successes. They proved beyond any doubt that the public would not rise up in indignation and smite any author who dared to question the motives and the wisdom of even the most venerated American presidents. They proved that there was, in fact, a substantial market for just such skepticism about the glorious American past. Continue reading

What Is Economics?

What Is Economics?

Understanding the Dollar Crisis
It is indeed a great honor to be brought so many miles to speak to you here this week and next. I owe my thanks to Sr. Alberto Benegas Lynch and to the Centro de Estudios sobre la Libertad.
As he has said, I am a student of Ludwig von Mises. I consider him the greatest man of our century. If our civilization, the whole of Western Civilization, is to be saved, it will only be because his ideas come to be more generally accepted than they are today.
In this first lecture I have been asked to talk about the science of economics. Continue reading

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