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The past four years or so have been extremely frustrating for investors like me who have structured their portfolios around the belief that the current experiments in central bank stimulus, the

Evangelicals should return to core beliefs

In the matter of the “culture wars,” evangelical Christians are asking, “what do we do now?” The question is being raised in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision striking

Networks Blame Guns for Violent Fourth of July Weekend in Chicago

While it may have been surprising that all three broadcast networks covered on Monday evening the deadly violence in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend, what wasn’t surprising was that they looked to blame guns for the violence and advanced the cause of more gun control (as opposed to gang violence or the need for better policing).

Bloomberg Reporter Bases 'Factories Making a Comeback' Story on a Survey

As I was looking for news coverage of Thursday's horrid factory orders report from the Census Bureau late last week, I came across an incredibly optimistic Blomberg News report by Victoria Stilwell. The headline of her story on July 1, the day before that factory orders release, read: "Factories Making a Comeback as U.S. Show More Summary

I Told You Things Are Getting Crazier

Lately I've shared my lament that in America today we are witnessing a surreal transformation of the greatest nation in history. Last week, a spate of headlines made this point better than I could make it on my own.

DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BERNIE SANDERS: REAL UNEMPLOYMENT IN DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT OBAMA’S …

DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BERNIE SANDERS: REAL UNEMPLOYMENT IN DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT OBAMA’S AMERICA IS 10.5 PERCENT: Naturally, the above soundbite will gain zero traction on the evening news: Two term democrat president – Economy is growing Democrat presidential candidate – No it's not it's worse. Nothing to see here media. Show More Summary

Liberals Gush on PBS: Obama Eulogy 'One of the Great Moments Anyone Has Ever Seen'

Only on PBS would it be considered part of a Fourth of July celebration to have the editor of The New Yorker gush over Barack Obama’s most “progressive” accomplishments. It’s also quite like PBS to have this journalist conclude thatShow More Summary

The Problem With Bold, New Thinking: Its Rather Old and Worn Out

Jeffrey Taylor in The Atlantic reviews Jerry Coyne’s new book, Faith Versus Fact and has this to say: …Primarily, though, Coyne focuses on the epistemological. He notes that religion has always advanced hypotheses about the cosmos and the origins of… Continue reading ?

THE TERRORISM/WELFARE CONNECTION: Cleric said to be behind Tunisian beach massacre is living on ben…

THE TERRORISM/WELFARE CONNECTION: Cleric said to be behind Tunisian beach massacre is living on benefits in Britain; Hani-al-Sibai, described as a ‘key influencer’ of Tunisian terror group, lives in a £1 million house on a leafy street in fashionable west London. Egyptian-born al-Sibai, 54, reportedly lives on £50,000 a year in handouts, disability living allowance, […]

COMMUNISTS DON’T LIKE HIM? NY TIMES GIVES RUBIO CANDIDACY MORE HELP: “By publishing a piece that…

COMMUNISTS DON’T LIKE HIM? NY TIMES GIVES RUBIO CANDIDACY MORE HELP: “By publishing a piece that focused on the reactions to Rubio’s candidacy in Cuba from the communist government’s functionaries or ordinary people whose only knowledge of the senator is from Castro regime propaganda, the Times has once again given him an unwitting boost.” Related: […]

JUST IN TIME, AS THE SHIRTS WERE GETTING QUESTIONABLE: Reaching Pluto, and the End of an Era of Pla…

JUST IN TIME, AS THE SHIRTS WERE GETTING QUESTIONABLE: Reaching Pluto, and the End of an Era of Planetary Exploration. “On July 14, we are to clear the last of the big hills. After a journey of nine and a half years and three billion miles, the New Horizons spacecraft is to go past Pluto, […]

Tragedies (Greek and American)

Mona and I have done a Need to Know podcast, with an apt guest: Desmond Lachman, of the American Enterprise Institute. He is an expert on international finance, and informed to the gills about Greece. He has all the details, but he has...Show More Summary

Overnight Open Thread (7-6-2015)

Will Russia Revoke Recognition of Baltic Independence? Russia Rehearsed a Takeover of Danish Island in March NATO Forming a Baltic Rapid Reaction Force But geography and force attrition work against them. NATO has long been dependent on the USAF (and...

Paging Ted Cruz. Paging All the Candidates. Take on the Vichy Republicans.

Marshal Pétain came to power to make peace with Nazi Germany. Somewhere along the way, he no doubt resigned himself to Nazi occupation and muttered "we can now move on to the important things." He has a kindred spirit in John Feehery, who has spent his career in Washington climbing the ladder. Show More Summary

A QUESTION FOR EVA LONGORIA: If Words “Create Emotional Poison,” Then Why is Male-Bashing Ok? …

A QUESTION FOR EVA LONGORIA: If Words “Create Emotional Poison,” Then Why is Male-Bashing Ok? Because it’s male-bashing. Duh.

Lethargic Politico Labor Reporter Demands Union Shop

To the barricades! Or rather, to the virtual barricades since that requires much less effort. And in the case of lethargic Politico labor reporter the less real effort the better since according to his "work" schedule, Elk has produced...Show More Summary

Lefty Blogger Jonathan Chait: ‘The Father of the Modern Republican Party’ Was a Democrat

Boldly combining the investigative techniques of David McCullough and Maury Povich, New York magazine’s Chait has done a little historical paternity testing and determined that Andrew Jackson “is, clearly, the father of the modern Republican...Show More Summary

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