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We live in a society driven by debt.
Cars, for example, have become hugely expensive (even on the low end) relative to what people can afford – because of the easy availability of credit. Which is the nice word used to speak about debt, intended to encourage us to get into it.
It takes at least $15,000 or so to drive home in a “cheap” new car, once all is said and done. And the “cheap” car will have to be registered, plated and insured.
It runs into money. Continue reading
A couple of friends of mine have proposed lists of economic reforms that Trump would be wise to follow.
This list is from Joe Salerno. I have known him since 1974. He is a sensible economist.
This list is from John Mauldin. He used to be my business manager in the mid-1980’s. He is a sensible newsletter publisher.
The question is this: Which of these reforms could Trump get through Congress? He might get one. He won’t get two. Continue reading
I consider myself a historian of sorts. For the past decade and a half I have been collecting every document I could find from the period which saw our Republic come into existence. Over the past few years I have expanded my search to include documents relating to the period most commonly known as the Civil War. Over the course of this journey of mine there has been a question that has been repeating itself with increasing frequency: Why wasn’t I taught this in school?
I am from the generation known as the Baby Boomers and I graduated from high school in 1976; the year of our nation’s bicentennial. I can honestly say that 90% of the data I have collected was never taught in any of my history or civics classes. Continue reading
The typical homeschool mom has been told this: “Beware of online education. Computers are bad!”
This is the sales pitch of homeschool curriculum producers that did not see what the Khan Academy would do to education. They do not know how to respond. They have “bet the farm” on Gutenberg, not video-based education. They are going to lose this bet.
So are the children of the mothers who stick with textbooks.
Homeschool moms are as blind to what makes for advanced education as are the members of the public school teachers’ union. They also use textbooks.
UPPER DIVISION UNIVERSITY COURSES
Here is what homeschool moms never do. They do not look at the reading lists of any upper-division college course in the social sciences and humanities. They would find that there are no textbooks. There are monographs. There are primary source documents. There are journal articles. There are classic modern books in the discipline. But there are no textbooks.
Why not? Because upper division courses are taught by senior professors, not low-paid assistant professors who are assigned the freshman courses. Textbooks are for freshmen, not upper division students. Upper division courses are designed for students who have gone through the grunt-work, “weed-them-out” freshman course. They are ready for serious work. Continue reading
“Progressivism started out as a social movement in response to the injustices of the industrial revolution and government corruption. Like many such movements, Progressivism began as a worthy cause. But the Democrats saw a political opportunity and adopted Progressivism as their party platform. It then evolved into a means to an end ….. perpetual political power. It further evolved into European-style socialism, which it is today. Ignorant, weak Americans bought Progressive-style government dependency hook, line and sinker and they liked it. All that ‘free’ stuff only cost them a vote for the providers-in-thief ….. and their liberty.“ ~ Ron Ewart
THE NUMBER 1 PUNCH:
There were two polar-opposite happenings created out of the industrial revolution. First, capital was created at an unprecedented rate and the using of that capital for political purposes became commonplace, leading to massive corruption. Some have said that there was so much capital in the hands of an elite few, they could buy the presidency ….. or have one assassinated. Second and far worse, workers were being treated inhumanly, as if they were beasts of burden. Continue reading
Smart Diversity, Smart Governance, Smart Arming the BLM, Stealing elections, Coming for your Guns and Freedoms
Having failed in their sickening, carnivorous raid on the last redoubt of Truth, Justice, and the American Way—the god-cursed, flesh-eating bacteria Democrats, and their filthy banshee demons and thieving succubi—they are now going to Plan “B”?
Foreign trillionaire, Plan “B”?
Having lost the Election—are they now openly trying to steal it? They’re gonna “recount” the votes, until somebody finds another 500,000 hanging chads in a mail sack out behind Democrat headquarters? They’re gonna threaten the lives of Electors and scare them into voting for a stupid, accomplishment-free, physically ill, apparently demented criminal? They’re gonna bring in paid brownshirts to riot and burn down your streets?
Really? Continue reading
4 employees at VA facility resign, charges being considered
Four employees at an Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs facility have resigned after a resident with a maggot-infested wound died while under their care.
Vietnam veteran Owen Reese Peterson, 73, initially came to the Talihina Veterans Center with an infection, but ended up with sepsis and died on Oct. 3.
Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection that can damage the internal organs, causing them to fail.
Peterson had apparently been at the facility for just a few weeks, and the time frame between the gruesome discovery of the maggots and his death is unclear. Continue reading
In his new article, my young Ugandan mentee Steven Lyazi makes a passionate appeal, asking that African and global leaders do much more to make fossil fuels and electricity available for poor families, nations and communities around the world. Only in that way, he convincingly argues, can the world’s poor improve their lives, living standards, health and life spans. ~ Paul Driessen
Poor countries have a right to use fossil fuels and will no longer let anyone stop us
Our planet is blessed with abundant resources that can generate enormous energy, provide raw materials for wondrous technologies, and build modern homes, roads and other structures – to support every man, woman and child on this earth. But can and will political powers make them available to the people who need them?
Of all these resources, energy is the most important. Nothing happens without energy. Continue reading
“Any fool can make a rule… And any fool will mind it.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
The problem with many people today is that they have been conditioned to believe that anything anyone in a position of authority says or does is gospel and they are obliged to obey. If our government enacts a law we do not like we simply shrug our shoulders and obey it. We are told to support those in agencies whose sole job is the enforcement of the laws government and society passes, regardless of whether the laws are just or not. It has gotten so bad that our national motto needs to be changed from In God We Trust to Do Not Question; Just Obey.
When the United States sought to create the National Seal various phrases were suggested with E Pluribus Unum, (Out of many one) being chosen as the final motto for the seal. That alone is worthy of an article; but it will have to wait for another day; however it is not the subject I intend to discuss right now. Among the suggested mottos was the following: Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God. Although it was not chosen for the National Seal, Thomas Jefferson liked it so much he incorporated it into his personal seal. Continue reading
There has been a common misconception about the nature of American political spectrum. In a naive man’s view, the American electorate is like a coin with its two opposing sides, the Left and the Right. At times of elections, one of the two sides of the coin ends up on the top and the respective party prevails, just like in a football game when one team wins and another loses. After the game, the teams and their fans go home and life returns to normal until the rematch during which the losing side has a chance to recover its loss. That familiar pattern, typical for sportsmen-like competitions, is supposed to describe the American elections, according to the said misconception. Continue reading
Courtesy of Mister Gaddy…
Because I am a “lifer” in the military, I’ve seen the impact of a president more than many of you can imagine. I enlisted with LBJ and saw just what a Democrat clusterflock was all about. I went to Vietnam and saw how we were constantly and incessantly bombarded with micromanagement from Washington that got thousands of military people killed. I sometimes wonder if I’ll get to heaven, but if I go to hell, I’m sure I’ll still be a few hundred floors above that bastard Robert McNamara , LBJ, John Kerry, Jane Fonda, and yes, even the “hero” John McCain. Continue reading
From the early Middle Ages until just a few decades ago, every educated person had to study the history of Greece and Rome. There’s a reason for that, and there’s a reason why it’s a shame we no longer do so.
It’s not just that history holds important lessons. It’s that we live in a time built by dead men who preceded us. America is a constitutional republic. Its governing institutions were imagined and bequeathed to us by a number of men, and all those men studied the history of Greece and Rome, as did the philosophers and writers and statesmen they took inspiration from, and those that these men took inspiration from. This democracy we live in is like a piece of foreign machinery we are supposed to operate. If you’re not a mechanic, you wouldn’t try to fix your car without first trying to read some sort of instructions. In order to understand how our republic works, we need to understand the thoughts of the people who built it. We have to understand where they were coming from. Continue reading
This day started out pretty much as any other. My aging father walked to the end of the driveway in his pajamas and bathrobe to retrieve the daily big city newspaper delivered 120 miles from city center to my parents’ house at great expense and for no real reason. Most of the content in the Dallas Morning News is not really relevant to those of us here in the sleepy little East Texas town of Kilgore – except for sports news about the Cowboys, Aggies, or Longhorns. Mom and Dad have never really embraced anything ending in “dot com” as a source for relevant or accurate information. Continue reading
Once, when a completely irrational relative did something commendable which was totally out of character, my grandfather declared that “even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while.” It would appear to the unjaundiced eye that the state of California has found the proverbial acorn and a committee or whatever the people to the left of Marx and Engels in that state call it, have hit upon the idea of secession. They did though take one giant step back in declaring such a move would require an amendment to our Constitution. We must excuse them for this mental lapse considering most cultural Marxists know little to nothing of history, much less the Constitution.
People who seem to know everything there is to know about how to extricate themselves from a failed marriage do have issues attempting to remove themselves from a government from which they have lost that loving feeling. Continue reading
I don’t know how many of you have seen the 1978 remake of the classic 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but there is a scene at the very end that I can relate to. In the scene I am referring to, Veronica Cartwright’s character see’s Donald Sutherland’s character Matthew and approaches him with a hesitant smile.
Donald Sutherland, having been replaced by an alien pod version of himself recognizes her as being human and lets out this ear piercing shriek. It is the look on Nancy’s, [Cartwright’s] face that I relate to more than the scream. The horror she must be feeling at that moment, realizing that she is utterly alone amongst mindless zombies is what gets to me every time. Continue reading
I am so sick and tired of reading and hearing the **F** word – it matters not what web site – what station – what person is having a conversation – the **F** word is used as if it is *and* – *the*- *hello* – rather than the super offensive word it is. To hear those we are supposed to look up to – those we are supposed to respect – use this word and then to read this word in BOLD **** HEADLINE**** with !!!! and ______ marks – I have to ask, what has this country come to? This is the result of the watered down education – the failure to teach manners – the failure to teach it is wrong to be OFFENSIVE in the things we say or do and the words we choose to use over decent and acceptable words. Why is it that even Trump finds it acceptable to choose the *F* word to express himself? He certainly knows it is a horribly offensive word so why use it. Continue reading
Dawn was breaking over the Circle P in Western Wyoming. The Sun had just barely broken above the East horizon and the growing light cast an eerie pinkish glow on the Grand Tetons. A few puffy clouds lingered at the top of the peaks but would soon disappear from the Sun’s rising heat. The sky was not yet blue. The deciduous trees on the hillside had already turned to several shades of yellow and orange but appeared in dark tones because of the early morning light. Winter was just around the corner.
The valley below the ranch house was still shrouded in a low ground fog. A horse’s rump and head without any legs and a hundred fence-post tops in a row appeared above the fog, like a pastel picture only half painted… Continue reading
Dear President-elect Trump:
Aware Americans want the federal government out of our healthcare, out of our schools and away from our property rights and community rule.
President-elect Trump, we are tired of politicians’ lies. That is why we voted you into office.
The Nazis did not coax Jews into boxcars by telling them they were going to gas chambers. They told them they were meeting their families and would soon be freed.
Hitler seduced Germans into passively accepting his abominations by plying them with food stamps, free healthcare, and free college. He provided government jobs repairing the infrastructure, preached the dangers of cigarettes and the value of organic farming. Continue reading
The bleeding at the borders must be stopped while other immigration matters are decided. If we don’t stop the bleeding, more Americans will bleed.
Each year about 500,000 illegal aliens cross into the U.S. with many carrying drugs, disease, and destructive plans for our nation. In recent months, Border Patrol agents have contracted various diseases, lice, and scabies. The Washington Post reported that Virginia State health authorities announced that “tuberculosis continues to rise” and that “immigration is fueling the spread.” Continue reading
Speaker of The House Paul Ryan is Alluring, Funding And Protecting Illegals Regardless of Innocent Americans
Why is it that the American people have not come to the realization that these politicians know exactly what they are doing when they are doing it? And why it is that the American people, instead of dealing with the treasonous self-serving criminals, give them a pass over and over again only to suffer another abuse of power… (Continue to full article)
Nearly 1,500 Illegal Aliens Caught Each Day Crossing The Border – New Facility Opened to Detain Them
The numbers of illegal immigrants continuing to surge across our Southern border is threatening to swamp our immigration enforcement capabilities. In October alone, almost 50,000 illegal aliens were caught sneaking into the USA illegally (which doesn’t account for the tens of thousands more who weren’t caught)… (Continue to full article)
Illegal Immigrant Sexually Assaults 12-Year-Old More Than Dozen Times
Police started an investigation when the girl’s parents reported that their daughter was being sexually assaulted by Ramirez while she attended services at Redemption Episcopal Church in Southampton… (Continue to full article)
Immigration Battle: Amnesty International vs. Kobach
In a Daily Beast article about the potential for the Trump administration to implement tough anti-terrorism measures including stopping the flow of Syrian refugees, “extreme vetting questions,” and a plan that “all aliens from high-risk areas are tracked,” Amnesty International USA’s Naureen Shah said, “We will create the public pressure and international community pressure to make these kinds of proposals untenable.”… (Continue to full article)
‘Sanctuary City’ Philly Released Alien Accused of Child Rape
From the City of Brotherly love – where the Bruthas don’t even love each other. An accused child rapist and Dominican national was released out of custody by Philadelphia police, ignoring federal immigration officials’ request to hand over the man… (Continue to full article)
Deportee Connected to Florida Deputy’s Death Re-Entered in Texas
The illegal alien reported to be responsible for the death of a Florida sheriff’s deputy had been previously deported and illegally reentered through Texas… (Continue to full article)
Texas Congressman Urges Obama Admin to Resume Aerial Border Patrols
The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must continue to use National Guard aviation assets funded through Operation Phalanx… (Continue to full article)
Report: 99% of Pot and Meth Comes from Mexico
Most illegal substances are crossing through the area known as the Rio Grande Valley in Texas and through the Arizona border… (Continue to full article)
Border Patrol Agents Assaulted at Texas Border
While most Americans were having Thanksgiving Dinner with their families, the Border Patrol agents were at work patrolling the Rio Grande River border with Mexico in South Texas. As the agents moved along the river near Hidalgo, Texas, Mexican nationals on the Mexico side of the river began throwing rocks at the agents… (Continue to full article)
BUILD THE WALL: It Will Save Americans Trillions of Dollars
n the words of my family’s old power company when I was a kid, “Electricity cost less today you know…” Inhumane you say? Tell that to the victims of these perpetrators!… (Continue to full article)
Each year, illegal Mexican migrant workers send $24,000,000,000.00 (billion) back to Mexico in cash transfers. American employers paid them under the table and off the books with fraudulent identification. They never paid taxes, FICA or Social Security on that money. Their employers wrangled financial murder for the past 40 years.
While illegal alien workers transfer THAT much money annually, all legal and illegal immigrants account for $120,000,000,000.00 (billion) sent back to Mexico, South America, Africa and Asia. In other words, immigrants from all countries bleed America financially to death. Continue reading
Gun control nuts of the Left are pushing for the national registry of gun owners. It’s a “common sense” measure that, according to the anti-gun zealots, is worth of imposing it on America if only one life can be saved by it. Never mind that those who are targeted with the registration are law-abiding individuals, for otherwise they would not have passed the background check that is required for lawful acquisition of a firearm. Never mind that gangsters and criminals do not show much desire to comply with the law and are not going to register their tools of trade. Never mind that the right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed by Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and registration of all those who wish to exercise their Constitutionally-protected rights smells like an invitation of oppression and enslavement. Continue reading
CLAY, W. VIRGINIA ~ Not much happens in this sleepy little town of W. Virginia. That is until recently. The entire quiet area encompasses 0.62 square miles, hosting a population of 8,910, all who live below the poverty line. So it is not a place that draws national interest or attention.
However, after Donald Trump’s election as president, Pamela Ramsey Taylor, who was director of the Clay County Development Corp., posted on social media, “It will be so refreshing to have a classy, beautiful dignified First Lady back in the White House.”
So far, so good. BUT she added this; “I’m tired of seeing a ape in high heels.” Uh oh!
I have been writing publicly ever since 1958.
Over the years, I have received my fair share of letters from crackpots, really stupid people, and people so far beyond the fringe that I wonder how they function.
Nevertheless, I have received an email from a man who puts them all to shame.
I wrote an article on a system of informing that would get illegal immigrants into a federal data base. I called it Trump’s Squeal-a-Thon. With a title like that, you might conclude that I was not altogether serious. Continue reading
The Real Goal is, Eliminate the Electoral College
Many seem bewildered by the anti-Trump riots and demonstrations. And many keep trying to find a reasonable response. Give it up. You can’t reason with them with words.
Here is my take. They know full well that they aren’t going to overturn the election. These privately funded forces are being used to create pressure to destroy the Electoral College so they won’t have to deal with it next election. This is how the Left operates. Make a big deal over here to force the hidden agenda over there. The plan is to make enough trouble that Congress will move to abolish the EC to get some peace. Continue reading
From demz datz brought-choo, “Gett-O Chistmas”
A guy looked at my Corvette the other day and said I wonder how many people could have been fed for the money that sports car cost.
I replied I am not sure, it fed a lot of families in Bowling Green, Kentucky who built it, it fed the people who make the tires, it fed the people who made the components that went into it, it fed the people in the copper mine who mined the copper for the wires, it fed people in Decatur, at Caterpillar who make the trucks that haul the copper ore. Continue reading
Shortly before posting this excellent observation by Neal Ross, I saw the headline, Trump Announces Pro-Common Core Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. Nothing has changed, and nothing will. ~ Ed.
Donald Trump is unique in the history of American politics and I’m curious as to how the history books will record his ascent to the presidency and his time as president. Although Trump ran on a Republican ticket, I don’t think Trump is actually a Republican. In fact, I don’t think Trump has any loyalty other than to Trump himself.
To understand what we just witnessed you have to understand Donald Trump as the man. Trump, first and foremost, is a showman; an exhibitionist who likes to stir up a ruckus. He may be thoughtful, logical even; but that’s not why people pay attention to him. People pay attention to Trump because he is outspoken and, often, abrasive. People pay attention to Trump for the same reason millions watched American Idol for Simon Cowell and his brash rudeness. Continue reading