Podcast – Surveillance Bill Rushed Through the House – Bring Back the Firing Squad

Late last week the House of Representatives, who represent no one anymore, ramrodded a Bill through the House to effectively mandate tracking devices for people with mental impairments. They broke their own rules and cancelled all debate – silencing any detractors to push this through. Before anyone has a chance to complain, the Bill will be rushed through and Senate and quickly signed into law by Obama. And it’s much worse than it sounds.

Complaints are mounting over the humane treatment of inmates being put to death by lethal injection. It seems the knock-out drug does not do an adequate job, leaving some to struggle and writhe on the gurney for extended periods. This can all be solved, cheaply, efficiently and effectively by bringing back the tried and true firing squad, which works every time. read more

Is the Trump Deal with Carrier a Good Thing

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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“The holidays came early this year for workers at a Carrier furnace plant in Indiana, who learned on Tuesday that 800 of their jobs would not be moving to Mexico after all,” wrote the New York Times.

Trump and VP-elect Mike Pence, who is still governor of Indiana, “cut a deal with Carrier, a division of United Technologies, to keep the jobs in the state.”

Although the deal has been widely publicized, the specific terms have not, beyond claiming that, “the State of Indiana has reportedly offered the company $7 million in tax breaks over 10 years to keep the jobs in the state.”

It’s interesting that, so far, no one on the right appears to be curious about the details of the meeting or the deal – just that Trump saved 800 or so American jobs, while those on the left, like the New York Times, are too busy trying to convince us that the jobs were saved by government.

Those on the right are correct. Without the Trump/Pence intervention, these 800 jobs would be lost. However, as much as it pains me to say that the New York Times is also correct, they write, “In making the deal, Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence have embraced the idea that the government does indeed have a role to play in the free market.” read more

Gun Grabbers are just trying to make Maine a Safer Place

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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On November 4th, the Fiscal Times posted an article filled with hope for gun-grabbers. They began by first bemoaning that the federal legislature, controlled by those waskily Wepublicans, has dropped the ball on gun control. Naturally the reason is because all republicans are beholden to the NRA and the gun lobby – not due to the second most important Amendment in the U.S. Constitution. No – that can’t be it.

But the silver lining according to the Times, is that some States have the opportunity on election day to usurp the feds, and more importantly the Constitution, and pass their own gun restrictions, despite the fact that the Second Amendment holds preeminence over all state gun laws. When has this ever mattered to democrats?

The article states that four such States have their chance to act unconstitutionally. These are California, Maine, Nevada and Washington state. Of course this article wouldn’t state such a thing – I’m just pointing out what the true intent of their ballot initiatives are.

As Maine is right next door, I decided I would concentrate on it. Lucky for me, one of the anti-gun nuts the Times quotes is from Maine. read more

A Letter from the U.N.’s Latest Eco-Conference

from: Craig Rucker at CFACT:

Why does the UN hate your house?

Friend,

After spending two days at the UN’s Habitat III in Ecuador, it is abundantly clear the Greens are not hip on the American dream.

For many gathered here, the notion that it’s a good thing to own a home with a nice front lawn and two car garage is akin to admitting it’s o.k. to smoke cigarettes, drive an SUV, or worse yet … vote for a conservative.

What do they have against the American dream? Well in listening to them it seems to be clear they don’t trust people to be able to make the “right” decisions. They need the UN’s guiding hand to show them the path to eco-topia.

I heard this for myself when attending a briefing today (with what I might say had the somewhat troubling title) called “Metropolitan Governance: Multi-Level Coordination for Comprehensive Territorial and Urban Planning.” One of the leaders of the panel from New York’s New University seemed excited by the idea that he could organize cadres of students to monitor and collect data to turn over to government leaders so they could better manage their subjects.

The chairman of another meeting called “Contextualizing and Inspiring Sustainability in the New Urban Agenda” called for “radical” measures in our cities to change their patterns of behavior in order to fend off climate change.

And yet another conference titled “The Role of Media in Building Better Cities” was all about influencing the power of the fourth estate to spread the message of doom and gloom and move the citizenry to an acceptance of green dogma. CFACT policy analyst Bonner Cohen gives more details in his article on the second day’s events at CFACT.org.

Yes, to those gathered here in Ecuador it’s all about control – whether it’s cramming people into dense urban dwellings, forcing them to use public transportation, or limiting their use of electricity to stop global warming, the leaders of Habitat III want to call the shots.

Of course the record of pursuing a path of heavy-handed government management over human affairs is an abysmal one – whether it’s undertaken in China, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea or the former Soviet Union.. Human liberty and free markets have always provided better results. And while most of those at Habitat III aren’t open to hearing this, the good news is … some are – particularly in the developing world. I look forward to telling you more about that later.

In the meantime, be sure to follow CFACT’s ongoing coverage of the events here in Quitoat CFACT.org.

For nature and people too,

Don’t forget to visit CFACT  for all the news of the wacky enviro-leftists.

 

Bilingual Education is Making a Comeback in California

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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The election is fast approaching. If one were just returning to America from a long space journey, one would think the only thing on the upcoming November ballot was the “binary choice” (who else hates that term) for President between two extremely flawed candidates. The Senate and Congressional races have received relatively scant attention – and still less attention has been paid to the many ballot initiatives, no doubt, in all 57 (h/t Barack Obama) states.

These state initiatives can be quite important and some may have eventual carry-over to other states, and nationwide. One such proposal in California is Proposition 58, otherwise known as the “LEARN” initiative. It is being promoted  as “yet another step towards righting the wrongs growing out of a wave of anti-multicultural sentiment during the 1990s.”

You might be thinking – so what – I live on the East Coast. What do I care what those whacky Californians do. Well, like many of the most ludicrous federal proposals – they began at the state level and progressive California, as ground zero for wackiness, is often the tip of the spear, so to speak.

Proposition 58, builds upon another bill which was passed in 2014, called the “The California Education for a Global Economy Initiative,” which “empowers parents ‘to choose a language acquisition program that best suits their child’ and requires districts with sufficient numbers of English language learners (ELLs) to launch the multilingual programs.” read more

Washington State’s New Wealth Distribution Tax

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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There is a ballot initiative coming up for vote this November. It’s the only one of its kind in the entire country – but hey – things must begin somewhere. I suppose it’s possible that other states are taking a wait-and-see approach – to allow Washington to be the guinea pig before jumping on the bandwagon.

Like all Western States, Washington has suffered with drought and wildfires for quite sometime now. Evidently the only thing that can put a halt to these environmental catastrophes in a Carbon Tax. Yes –a carbon tax.

According to ThinkProgress, the people of Washington State “will have the rare chance to vote on whether the state should tackle climate change by going after the root cause: rampant atmospheric pollution of greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide.”

Ballot initiative 732 is directly modeled after what the article calls the “successful and widely popular carbon tax in British Columbia (BC).” read more

Flint Lead Problems Just Got Worse

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Flint, Michigan is known for one thing these days – lead poisoning.

In 2014 Flint began drawing its drinking water from the local Flint River while they waited to connect to a regional water source. Residents began complaining about the water quality and in 2015 it was discovered that some children in Flint had increased levels of lead in their blood. The Flint River water apparently had elevated lead levels and the children had ingested it.

It was all over from that point, for we all know that lead poisoning is very serious as it affects brain function, etc.

Now the residents of Flint have another health problem – and this time it’s real. I’ll explain the second half of that sentence in a bit.

It seems that the people of Flint have been sufficiently frightened to death by the lead scare that they are afraid to bathe or shower in the “contaminated” water. They are instead using baby wipes to clean themselves. The wipes are evidently not getting the job done. Because of this lack of basic hygiene, 53 Flint residents, so far, have been infected with Shigellosis, which causes bloody diarrhea, fever and nausea. There are a total of 84 victims of this highly infectious disease throughout the surrounding Genesee County. read more

Podcast – Obama Administration puts the Screws to Small Business – A Third Secret Agreement with Iran is Revealed

Obama’s labor department has decided it cannot wait for Congress to act, so it has enacted a rule to demand all employers, who have federal government contracts or who work on federal property, be forced to provide up to seven paid sick leave days per employee. Whether the employers can afford it is not the government’s problem. It’s part of what they claim is a social compact between government and the people.

It was well publicized that the U.S. paid a large ransom to Iran to release the hostages they snatched in January. It was part of two agreements secretly signed in Geneva, Switzerland. What most don’t know is that was another – a third agreement signed and the details have just recently surfaced. read more

The Clintons Caused the 2008 Collapse

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Last night, pitching great and Boston Red Sox hero, Kurt Schilling, was on Fox with Neil Cavuto. As he is running to displace current socialist hack Elizabeth “Fauxahontas” Warren in the Senate in Massachusetts, there was very little baseball discussed, beside the fact that Cavuto is a Yankees fan. Anyone familiar understands that the Red Sox and Yankees are one of America’s greatest sports rivalries. The two teams, and their fans, are not fond of one another.

As Schilling is also a Trump supporter, the discussion centered on the presidential race, the debate, and Hillary Clinton to be precise.

Schilling is plain spoken and not afraid to speak his mind. He said, in effect, that Hillary is the gift that keeps on giving – that it is easy to catch her in a lie because that’s pretty much all she does.

The discussion turned to the economy and Schilling reiterated what Trump had said during the debate regarding Hillary having 30 years to fix the economy, but has apparently waited until now to do anything about it.

Both he and Trump are absolutely right to bring this up. The problem is that Trump doesn’t appear to have a grasp on specifically why. And if he does, he declined to share it with 84 million viewers. read more

Democrats Created Institutional Racism

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Oh Colin. Do we have to keep talking about Colin Kapernick, the bench-warming back-up Quarterback of the hapless San Francisco 49ers? I guess it’s this or the most momentous debate in the history of humanity, or any species – terrestrial or otherwise.

As I’m writing this on Monday evening for publication on Tuesday, I really can’t comment on the debate, as it hasn’t happened yet. Short of Hillary collapsing on stage or having some sort of seizure, I don’t predict anything too momentous coming out of it anyway. I will predict that both Hillary and The Donald clearly won the debate, according to CNN (Hillary) and Fox News (Trump). That’s a pretty safe prediction.

Back to Kapernick. According to the American Spectator, we are once again a nation divided along racial lines and Kapernick appears to be the new poster boy for this apparent black-separatist movement. The Spectator cites a poll conducted recently by E-Poll Market Research, which showed that Kapernick was liked “a lot” by only 16 percent of blacks just two years ago, but that it has rocketed to 42%.

Blacks are angry and evidently see him as a beacon, shining a light (but not a white light) on American institutional racism, of which we know there is none. Actually, that’s not entirely true and I’ll get to that in a moment. read more