Silvio Canto, Jr. Friday, December 09, 2016 4:30 AM "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
(My new American Thinker post) The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law December 8, 1993 by President Clinton. It virtually eliminated all tariffs and trade restrictions between Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. It passed because President Clinton got the GOP to finish the agreement President Bush had started. It also passed because it was an agreement rather than a treaty, i.e. no 67 votes 23 years later and NAFTA is good and bad. It depends on who you ask. My sense is that most business people like it on both sides of the border. Thats what I hear At the same time,[...]
Before free agency and big contracts, major league teams used to make trades, big trades. One of the biggest happened today in 1965:"On this day in 1965, the Cincinnati Reds trade outfielder Frank Robinson to the Baltimore Orioles, in exchange for the pitchers Milt Pappas and Jack Baldschun and the outfielder Dick Simpson."Frank joined Brooks Robinson and the Orioles became the best team in the AL. They played in 4 World Series, winning in 1966 and 1970. They lost to the Mets in '69 and Pirates in '71.The Reds thought that Frank Robinson was "old" but he proved them wrong in Baltimore. He won the Triple Crown in 1966 and MVP that year. Tags: Frank Robinson[...]
... laptopless, that is.I ditched the morning laptop session in favor of an (almost) pre-computer lifestyle. That meant coffee, feeding the animals and no laptop-web-surfing. It was great.I spent a few minutes with the smartphone and hit the important sites to see what was what. The phone is a pretty terrible consumption device, so the temptation to make one more click is orders of magnitude less than with the laptop. Instead, I did something a friend of mine has been suggesting for about 2 years. I started a Novena.This one, as a matter of fact.Without the laptop beckoning me to more surfing, I was able to pray and meditate in a calm, peaceful fashion. In addition to prayer, I was able to think more deeply about things I had[...]
K T Cat 12/7/2016 2:37:40 AM Scenario: Your child is 3 years old. He comes to you, crying, and says, "Johnny just called me a poopy head" He then proceeds to throw a fit of Olympic proportions.As a good parent, the proper response would be to give him a safe space with toys and cushions while thoroughly researching the phrase 'poopy head' and hiring an expensive diversity therapist to intervene with the whole family. Family policies would change so that 'poopy head' would no longer be spoken or written by anyone. Any books on your bookshelf with either the word 'poopy' or the word 'head' would be immediately thrown away. The local police would be called in and advised that you will be calling them to the scene if anyone heard or read the phrase 'poopy[...]
Today is Pearl Harbor Day. This will not be a typical looking back seventy-five years to the sneak attack upon the US, which ultimately brought us into World War II, but a look forward. Most of my generation remember Pearl Harbor from the stories we heard from those who were there. The previous generation lived it. The next generation? Who knows?Many of us have seen, with nervous laughter, Jay Leno's Man on the Street, or Watter's World, where young adults and college students are asked very simple questions about historical events that most of my generation learned in grade school. Those interviewed appear clueless, sometimes not able to locate the founding of our country or the Civil War within a century[...]
By Grant DaviesThis morning as I was reading the feed on my Face Book home page I came across a post written by Mark Malter, a guy who understands the number one rule in Henry Hazlitt's book Economics in One Lesson.* His short explanation of the economic impact of the recently announced deal by Donald Trump to "save 1,000 jobs in Indiana" was right on the Malter.(The unedited post is re-published below for those who have a desire to learn what econ 101 never taught them.)Others' observations about the claimed 1,000 jobs being saved that followed made many good points. As Dr. Walter Williams frequently says "let's look at it." Of course I'm a famous blogster so we will look at mine first.My first[...]
W.C. Varones 12/3/2016 8:26:59 AM Joshua Lazerson in The Coast News:An open letter to Darrell IssaI have lived in Encinitas for the past 23 years, so you have served as my representative in Congress for the whole of your Congressional career.Nonetheless, this will be the first time that I have communicated with you, and I am doing so based on the expectation that you will emerge the victor in this seasons congressional district contest.Issa has been in Congress for 16 years, and has had an extremely high national profile as the Chairman of the frequently news-making House Oversight Committee from 2011 to 2015. But he has only represented Joshua Lazerson's Encinitas since 2013 after district realignment in 2012. Lazerson must have been spending much of that[...]
B-Daddy 11/17/2016 10:11:19 PM Some of my friends stopped talking to me about politics as I have made a journey from libertarian to right-wing nationalist. I owe my friends an explanation. Everyone else is welcome to read of course, but if I don't know you, I may not publish your comments. First, I want the same things that I always wanted for this country; limited government, liberty, the rule of law, entrepreneurial culture, and an expanding economy. I came to realize that although libertarians and even conservatives claim to want those things as well, the way they pursue those ends undermines their goals. It's a little like happiness, if you want to be happy, you don't pursue material possessions and[...]
B-Daddy 11/1/2016 7:45:01 PM My TrumpNation Guide To San Diego Ballot Propositions.In a previous post on California ballot measures, I mostly recommended voting NO. I am repeating this same recommendation for local ballot initiatives in San Diego. There is all sorts of disguised skullduggery afoot, as I explain below; so if you don't know, Vote NoMeasure A. 1/2 Cent Sales Tax for SANDAG. NOThey say they will fix potholes with the money; maybe they will maybe they won't. They can spend the extra money however they want within the listed priorities.Measure B. Lilac Hill Development near Escondido. YESThe developers are having troubles with the seemingly endless regulation needed to build a project of this size. So I say[...]
Doo Doo Econ Tuesday, January 19, 2016 6:08 PM Doo Doo Economics are the policies of overspending, printing money, neglecting the key economics issues, bad science and promoting entitlement programs which all add up to higher taxes during a recession and economic unsustainablility.
Once again Americans are facing questions about the definition of a Natural Born Citizen (NBC).This is the simple and indisputable definition: Two citizens who have a child, naturally create a new citizen. This is a Natural Born Citizen.There is absolutely no expert either legal or historical who will argue to the contrary. They may argue to include additional citizens, but this is the core of the definition.Two people who have a child in a location, have a citizen who is native to that land. This is a Native Born Citizen. Thus, terms like "Native American" which imply a location and not an allegiance to a country.A person can be both Natural Born and Native Born, or in the United States we also have Naturalized[...]
Do you remember the headlines when Obama apparently declared America a Muslim country on French television? Taken from an Islamic perspective this statement is dangerous. It sounds as if the President of the United States sees America is a Muslim nation. When you consider translations, this may presented to the masses as exactly that, American President Hussein (an exclusively Islamic name) Obama declares America to be Islamic. Thus America would be "al-Islam", or territory which may never be ceded to non-Muslims.Semantics, right? Over-reaction, right?Except, this is a long standing meme from not only the President, but also his staffers. [...]
Dean 11/11/2015 9:22:09 AM Over the weekend, Salon writer, DAVID MASCIOTRA, caused quite a dust-up on social media with his own salute to the troops ahead of Veterans Day . Here is the headline, followed by the sub-headline and then followed by the first paragraph of the piece:You dont protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracyIt's been 70 years since we fought a war about freedom. Forced troop worship and compulsory patriotism must endPut a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly childish trait, of a childlike culture, that insists on anointing all active military members and police officers as heroes.If you desire, you can read it[...]
Theres no denying that over the last few decades most all on-field rules changes made by the NFL have been exercises in increasing offense and scoring. This has created an arms race in a sense where the pendulum swings back and forth between the NFL offenses and NFL defenses whereby the offenses get aided by rules changes and the defenses counter with a combination of innovative schemes and superior athletes. To wit, for years, its been conventional wisdom that the best athletes in the world were in the NBA. Now days, we would add NFL defensive backs and possibly outside linebackers/rush ends into that mix (you dont think dudes like Richard Sherman, Darrelle Revis and J.J. Watt can ball a little?).But[...]
In reality, the tea party was defined by none of those values. (And in fairness, few Republicans are.) As I wrote, in these virtual pages, in October 2011: The Tea Party is/was composed primarily of religious conservatives, seniors worried about Obamacare ...
This years presidential election orbited around a handful of themes. Among the most significant was change. Millions of voters chose Trump because they thought he signaled change actual change. He may be ideologically vacuous and dangerously ...