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Inexplicably, the U.S. Senate this week narrowly moved to restore 2015 Obama Administration Federal Communications Commission (FCC) crony capitalist internet regulations.  Here's the effect that Obama FCC regulation immediately had on mobile broadband investment.  It's now the duty of the House of Representatives and the Trump Administration to kill this mindless Obama-era attempt to regulate the internet, and we encourage everyone to contact their Representatives and the White House to demand that action.

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May 18, 2018 • 12:09 pm

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On the Democrats' Anticipated November Blue Wave:

"The blue wave that Democrats are counting on to win the day in November, and the Congress with it, just can't seem to break out of the swamp. This week's party primaries were counted on to produce candidates moderate enough, or at least sane enough, to restore credibility to Democratic prospects. It didn't happen quite that way.

'Tuesday,' observes The Washington Post, the house organ of the party, 'was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for Democratic moderates. The success of very liberal candidates in primaries across four states is causing a new bout of heartburn among party strategists who worry about unelectable activists thwarting their drive for the House majority.'

Indeed. It's going to take more than Alka-Seltzer to relieve that heartburn. The Democrats start with a severe handicap in the Senate. They hold 24 of the seats (plus two independents who caucus with them) up for election this year, and Republicans have to defend only 9. With a 51 to 49 split, every seat matters, and the results on Tuesday were good news for the president and his party.

Democratic prospects in the House of Representatives are better, but still muddy. The Democrats should gain seats, as opposition parties almost always do in the midterms, but Republicans now have a few things going for them this year. The economy is going gangbusters, with unemployment below 4 percent. The generic ballot polling shows that the Democrats hold only a 3-point lead over the Republicans, down from double digits several months ago. ...

It's not yet summer, but this year the Democrats have, so far, cornered the market on terrible, horrible, no good, very bad doofus candidates."

— The Editors, The Washington Times
— The Editors, The Washington Times
Posted May 18, 2018 • 08:17 am
On Media Falsely Accusing Trump Of Calling Immigrants ‘Animals’:

"The media falsely accused President Donald Trump of referring to immigrants as 'animals' on Wednesday.

"The falsehood started because of a selectively edited clip posted by CSPAN that showed the president saying, 'We have people coming into the country ... You wouldn't believe how bad these people are. These aren't people. These are animals.'

"A number of journalists and media outlets fell for the idea that Trump was referring to all immigrants as 'animals,' including MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, The New York Times, the Associated Press, CBS News and The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin.

"However, the full video shows that Trump was specifically referring to members of MS-13, a violent gang whose motto is 'rape, control, kill.'"

— Amber Athey, The Daily Caller
— Amber Athey, The Daily Caller
Posted May 17, 2018 • 08:01 am
On American Novelist, Journalist and Social Commentator Tom Wolfe:

"What really drove the Left crazy about Wolfe was his habit of wicked, ruthless noticing of the foibles of so many of their most cherished icons, and how he trained his satiric force on them. For half an American century he scythed through folly, from the Merry Pranksters on the West Coast to the Pantheristas in Leonard Bernstein's penthouse on Park Avenue. It's a commonplace to say he was our Zola, our Trollope. But he was also our Mencken."

— Kyle Smith, National Review Critic-at-Large
— Kyle Smith, National Review Critic-at-Large
Posted May 16, 2018 • 08:08 am
On the Most Recent Violence at the Gaza Border:

"The world's double standard against the Jewish state helps explain the decision by Hamas leaders in Gaza to mix armed terrorists and unarmed civilians and urge them to crash through the border fence. This was murder, and not by Israeli soldiers defending their country against a mass invasion.

"The blood of the dead and wounded is on the hands of the merciless Hamas thugs who sent their people on a suicide mission that had zero chance of military success.

"But, of course, military success was not the goal. The goal was to get the headlines and pictures the world is seeing, the bloodier the better.

"So when The New York Times writes that 'Israel Kills Dozens and Wounds 1,700 at Gaza Border,' it's mission accomplished for Hamas.

"Success is getting the usual suspects to gang up on Israel. Indeed, the statements condemning it for a 'disproportionate' response didn't even need to be written anew."

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted May 15, 2018 • 08:02 am
On the Phony Debt Rhetoric of Tax Reform Opponents:

"The tax cut law is proving more popular by the day, and for good reason. It's been a boon to workers and families. So if you're a Democratic senator who opposed tax reform, how do you justify your no vote to constituents?

"Simple: You reinvent yourself as a deficit hawk.

"Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., declared the bill would 'explode' the debt. 'It will put nearly $1.5 trillion on the country's credit card, passing those costs on to our children and grandchildren,' she said.

"Her words were echoed by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., who said he voted against the tax bill because the added debt would be 'paid back with interest by our children and grandchildren.'

"And Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., similarly stated she could not support the bill because it 'explodes our deficit.'

"Yet just a few weeks after voting no on tax reform, those same senators voted 'yes' on the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2018, a package that not only blows a huge hole in the deficit but also contains billions in special interest tax giveaways.

"At $1.5 trillion, the cost of the budget deal would be roughly equal to what the Joint Committee on Taxation, the official congressional scorekeeper for tax legislation, said tax reform would cost over that same period."

— Nathan Nascimento, Freedom Partners Executive Vice President
— Nathan Nascimento, Freedom Partners Executive Vice President
Posted May 14, 2018 • 08:00 am
On the U.S., Israel and Iranian Aggression:

"One of the great and enduring mysteries of American foreign policy is the ongoing, bipartisan tolerance for Iranian efforts to kill Americans by the hundreds. Iran has been waging an undeclared war against the United States since the Hostage Crisis of 1979-1981. Its hostile acts against the United States are almost too numerous to list, but the lowlights include the Beirut Marine barracks bombing, the Khobar Towers bombing, a successful Quds Force plot to kidnap and kill American soldiers in Iraq, and the hundreds of American deaths and injuries due to Iranian-designed and -supplied explosively formed penetrators, the most deadly form of IED in Iran.

"Yet time and again the American response has been muted at best and downright meek at worst, as in the case of the Obama administration's dreadful Iran deal, when the world's most powerful nation went hat-in-hand to the jihadist enemy that was killing its soldiers and actually empowered that enemy's violent expansionism. ...

"But Israel is not the United States. It has far less patience with threats to the lives of its citizens, and the Trump administration's support allows it greater freedom of action to meet such threats vigorously.

"Witness what happened last night: Iran attacked Israel, and Israel responded with devastating force. Utilizing its military assets close to the Israeli border, Iranian forces launched 20 rockets at Israeli positions in the Golan Heights. The Israelis claimed that the attacks were ineffective; the rockets either were intercepted or fell short of the border. Rather than respond tit-for-tat, the Israelis escalated, launching comprehensive attacks against Iranian positions in Syria. In the words of Israel's defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, 'If there is rain on our side, there will be a flood on their side.'"

— David French, National Review
— David French, National Review
Posted May 11, 2018 • 08:36 am
On President Trump’s Jerusalem Stand:

"Here in West Los Angeles, it's social suicide to suggest that our president has done anything right or noble or good. But in moving America's embassy to Jerusalem next week, President Trump managed all three. And he signaled to the world that Israel's capital should no longer be treated as Jews' private delusion.

"Next to the other events of this presidency, the U.S.-embassy move can seem like a footnote. Jerusalem has long functioned as Israel's capital -- home to the Knesset, the supreme court, residences of Israel's president and prime minister. And yet, barring a miraculous breakout of peace on the Korean Peninsula, the Jerusalem-embassy move is a strong candidate for Trump's most enduring presidential achievement.

"As a technical matter, the move represented no great change in U.S. policy. With overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both chambers, Congress directed the American embassy to be moved to Jerusalem back in 1995. But the Jerusalem Embassy Act contained a waiver, allowing each president to welch if he chose. Every president for 22 years so chose.

"Common knowledge in Washington among cognoscenti has long been that regardless of what our law says, Israel is different. Israel is always different. Recognizing this sovereign nation's choice of capital simply could not be done. What would the neighbors say? Such a move would enrage Palestinians, inflame the region. Following the will of the American people, in this instance, was something a president just couldn't do.

"That is, until we had a president who bristled at being told what he just couldn't do."

— Abigail Shrier, Writing in National Review
— Abigail Shrier, Writing in National Review
Posted May 10, 2018 • 07:44 am
On President Trump's Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal:

"President Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal is the greatest boost for American and global security in decades.

"If you think that is an exaggeration, then you evidently think the Obama administration's injection of well over a hundred billion dollars -- some of it in the form of cash bribes -- into the coffers of the world's leading state sponsor of anti-American terrorism was either trivial or, more delusionally, a master-stroke of statecraft.

"Of course, there's a lot of delusion going around. After repeatedly vowing to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons (with signature 'If you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance' candor), President Obama, and his trusty factotum John Kerry, made an agreement that guaranteed Iran would obtain a nuclear weapon.

"They rationalized this dereliction with the nostrum that an unverifiable delay in nuclear-weapons development, coupled with Iran's coup in reestablishing lucrative international trade relations, would tame the revolutionary jihadist regime, such that it would be a responsible government by the time the delay ended. Meantime, we would exercise an oh-so-sophisticated brand of 'strategic patience' as the mullahs continued abetting terrorism, mass-murdering Syrians, menacing other neighbors, evolving ballistic missiles, crushing domestic dissent, and provoking American military forces -- even abducting our sailors on the high seas."

— Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review
— Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review
Posted May 09, 2018 • 08:02 am
On the Resignation of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman:

"The resignation of Eric Schneiderman Monday night was a foregone conclusion given the devastating specificity of the brutality described by women who detailed it to the New Yorker's Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer.

"By their account, Schneiderman was a monster, and a monstrous hypocrite, in his private life. ...

"In fact, in the wake of Schneiderman's resignation, police and prosecutors -- including Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, who, in a case of the snake eating its own tail, was being probed by Schneiderman himself, at Gov. Cuomo's request, for failing to prosecute Harvey Weinstein in a forcible-groping case -- will be duty-bound to consider whether they have a criminal case to press.

"These are not just indiscretions the women are describing; they are violent violations of the law. ...

"Schneiderman has only himself to blame. He treated women like garbage, and in the end, he was the trash to be taken out."

— Josh Greenman, New York Daily News Opinion Editor
— Josh Greenman, New York Daily News Opinion Editor
Posted May 08, 2018 • 07:41 am
On Former Secretary of State John Kerry and the Iran Nuclear Deal:

"According to the Boston Globe, Mr. Kerry has been spotted in New York City, conspiring with our sworn enemies to undermine U.S. foreign policy.

"Mr. Kerry doesn't have anything positive to claim from his years as President Obama's secretary of state. So, instead, he clings to the sewage barge of his diplomatic career: the rotten deal he helped cut with Iran.

"Based on lies from a theocratic terrorist nation hellbent on destroying the United States and Israel, Mr. Kerry's 'deal' gave Iran hundreds of millions in taxpayer cash, plus billions more to fund the country's terror efforts around the globe. It requires only the flimsiest of sham inspections and basically puts Tehran on a glide path back to building a nuclear bomb in less than 10 years.

"If Teddy Roosevelt spoke softly but carried a big stick and President Trump talks loud and also carries a big stick, then Mr. Kerry speaks loudly and carries a tiny stick. Or maybe no stick at all. Or if he even has a stick he gives it to his enemy.

"The man is a diplomatic, political imbecile."

— Charles Hurt, The Washington Times
— Charles Hurt, The Washington Times
Posted May 07, 2018 • 07:35 am
Question of the Week   
During which one of the following conflicts was U.S. paper money first printed by the Department of the Treasury?
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Quote of the Day   
"The blue wave that Democrats are counting on to win the day in November, and the Congress with it, just can't seem to break out of the swamp. This week's party primaries were counted on to produce candidates moderate enough, or at least sane enough, to restore credibility to Democratic prospects. It didn't happen quite that way.'Tuesday,' observes The Washington Post, the house organ of the party…[more]
—The Editors, The Washington Times
— The Editors, The Washington Times
Liberty Poll   

Do you believe media reporting that President Trump called immigrants "animals," without checking his full statement clearly referring specifically to "MS-13 gang members," was intentional or unintentional?