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Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.” Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT: James Bacchus, Former U.S. Representative, Professor of Global Affairs at the University of Central Florida, and Adjunct Scholar at Cato Institute: Free Trade and Destiny;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: John Hannah, Senior Counselor at Foundation for Defense of Democracies: US-China Relations;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Quin Hillyer, Contributor to the Washington Examiner and Author: Happenings Inside the Beltway;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Andrew Och, First Ladies Man and Author: The Legacy…[more]

December 10, 2018 • 03:51 pm

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On Google, Facebook, and the 'Creepy Line':
 
 

"The documentary The Creepy Line takes its name from a shockingly unguarded remark by the former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. He is smiling and relaxed in a conference as he explains that Google has (had?) a nickname for excessive invasiveness. 'Google policy on a lot of these things,' Schmidt says, 'is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.'

"How is that going so far? The Creepy Line, a terrifying and important 80-minute documentary now streaming on Amazon Prime, is an attempt to answer that question.

"The film delves into some of the troubling habits of our two Internet masters, Facebook and especially Google. An early segment of the film, produced and partly narrated by the journalist Peter Schweizer, illustrates how your search history gives Google an enormous, permanent cache of information about you, everything from what things you like to buy to what you like in bed. Naturally Google uses the data mainly to fine-tune ad sales. But what else might they do with it? Who knows?

"Google, noticing that people would leave the search engine to roam the Internet, came up with a browser, Chrome. Now everything you do online through Chrome is logged by Google. But Google wants to know what you're doing even when you're not online. Hence: Android. As soon as you log on, Android uploads a complete picture of everywhere your phone has been that day. 'These are all free services but obviously they're not,' notes professor Jordan Peterson, another talking head in the doc. It's a surveillance business model. Google Maps, Google Docs, Gmail . . . Google knows more about you than your spouse does. It even has drafts of emails you didn't send. Oh, and they have the power to block information from reaching you too. Just by bumping undesirable stuff to the second page of search, Google can more or less make it disappear. Hey, good thing Google doesn't have any overt political or cultural preferences you might not agree with, right? Peterson says Google shut off access to his Gmail and his YouTube channel when the corporation decided it didn't like what he was saying. Ten minutes into the movie, you'll pause it and switch all of your devices to non-Google search engines. (Try DuckDuckGo, which vows not to track you and also promises unbiased search results.)"

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Kyle Smith, National Review
— Kyle Smith, National Review
Posted November 26, 2018 • 08:06 am
 
 
Happy Thanksgiving:
 
 

From our table to yours, we wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

 
 
— The Board of Directors and Staff of Center for Individual Freedom
— The Board of Directors and Staff of Center for Individual Freedom
Posted November 22, 2018 • 08:01 am
 
 
On Election Fraud on LA's Skid Row:
 
 

"A forged signature swapped for $1 -- or sometimes a cigarette.

"The crude exchange played out hundreds of times on L.A.'s skid row during the 2016 election cycle and again this year, prosecutors said Tuesday as they announced criminal charges against nine people accused in a fraud scheme.

"Using cash and cigarettes as lures, the defendants approached homeless people on skid row and asked them to forge signatures on state ballot measure petitions and voter registration forms, the district attorney's office said. The defendants -- some of whom were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday -- face several criminal charges, including circulating a petition with fake names, voter fraud and registering a fictitious person.

"The charges, which were filed three weeks ago but made public Tuesday, followed a Los Angeles Police Department crackdown on suspected election fraud on skid row earlier in the year."

 
 
— Hannah Fry and Marisa Gerber, The Los Angeles Times
— Hannah Fry and Marisa Gerber, The Los Angeles Times
Posted November 21, 2018 • 08:05 am
 
 
On the Contest for the Next Speaker of the House:
 
 

"There is a fight now for the soul of the Democratic Party.

"That fight runs through the contest for the next speaker of the House, between former speaker and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and the former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio.

"While only as many as 20 incoming and incumbent House Democrats have said that they will oppose Pelosi, this maneuvering within the party does raise the possibility, under the arcane voting rules by which representatives can vote for a candidate or simply vote as present, that Pelosi may be denied the votes necessary to reclaim the speaker's gavel.

"I would argue, though, that the very fact Pelosi is being contested, despite her raising more than $100 million for the party committee this cycle, speaks volumes about the divisions within the Democratic Party.

"Indeed, the RealClear Politics Average puts Pelosi's national favorability rating at a lowly 28.5 percent, and a recent post-election Gallup poll found that an astounding 56 percent of Democrats do not want Pelosi to be the next speaker.

"Put simply, the numbers make it clear that Democrats should move on."

 
 
— Douglas E. Schoen, Political Consultant and Former Pollster for President Bill Clinton
— Douglas E. Schoen, Political Consultant and Former Pollster for President Bill Clinton
Posted November 20, 2018 • 08:06 am
 
 
On the Supreme Court and the 2nd Amendment:
 
 

"If liberals should fear the great contradiction between the Constitution's text and their elevation of an unenumerated right to privacy ... conservatives must confront the same challenge with gun ownership. Despite the text of the Second Amendment, supporters of a right to bear arms have rooted their arguments in a murky pre-constitutional right to self-defense. As a result, the Supreme Court has shied away from halting the spread of federal and state schemes for gun control, for which the cries will only rise higher after the recent mass shootings. Unless the new conservative majority on the Court, solidified by Justice Brett Kavanaugh's arrival, places the right to bear arms on a par with the rest of the Bill of Rights, the coming blue wave of gun-control proposals may swamp what the Framers considered a core constitutional right. ...

"Far too often for far too long, the Second Amendment has been a second-class right, banished to the back of our constitutional bus. Perhaps the day will come when the people will determine that the best way to curb gun violence is to cull the Second Amendment from the Constitution. Until then, the Court's constitutional duty is to keep enforcing the right to bear arms just as it would any other constitutional right. Constitutional rights are legal equals. They should be treated as such."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— John Yoo and James C. Phillips
— John Yoo and James C. Phillips
Posted November 19, 2018 • 08:14 am
 
 
On Restoring Trust in the Press:
 
 

"Reporting the news is difficult and expensive. Grandstanding is more fun and everyone has an opinion. That's why reporters were once taught, often by a stern taskmaster, to leave opining to the columnists and the editorial page, and save their opinions for after work in the bar across the street. This particular affliction -- grandstanding rather than reporting, advocacy rather than observing and distilling those observations before passing them on to press and tube, is the affliction of the modern media. And why not? Talking is cheaper than reporting.

"The symptoms have exacted a considerable long-term cost. The Pew Research Center finds that a mere 21 percent of Americans have 'a lot of trust' in the national newspapers and television networks, 49 percent have only 'some trust' and 29 have 'not too much' or 'none at all.' A startling 68 percent say the national media reports the news with a bias."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— The Editors, The Washington Times
— The Editors, The Washington Times
Posted November 16, 2018 • 07:42 am
 
 
On Florida 'Voting Irregularities':
 
 

"TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Department of State last week asked federal prosecutors to investigate dates that were changed on official state election documents, the first voting 'irregularities' it has flagged in the wake of the 2018 elections.

"The concerns, which the department says can be tied to the Florida Democratic Party, center around date changes on forms used to fix vote-by-mail ballots sent with incorrect or missing information. Known as 'cure affidavits,' those documents used to fix mail ballots were due no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 5 -- the day before the election. But affidavits released on Tuesday by the DOS show that documents from four different counties said the ballots could be returned by 5 p.m. on Thursday, which is not accurate. ...

"DOS officials have repeatedly told the media that the monitors they sent to Broward County saw no election fraud. It wasn't until Tuesday that the office revealed publicly that it had turned over information to federal prosecutors."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Matt Dixon, Politico
— Matt Dixon, Politico
Posted November 15, 2018 • 07:45 am
 
 
On the Present American Revolution:
 
 

"The courts have become revolutionary. They now routinely overturn popular referenda, presidential executive orders, and legislative statutes, mostly on the principle that better-educated, more moral and experienced judges answer to a higher, more progressive calling and know what in the long run is best for the uneducated rabble. From now on out, every Republican-nominated Supreme Court nominee will probably result in a Kavanaugh-like circus, in which protestors in the gallery, disruptive senators themselves, and mobs in the street will attempt to create so much chaos that the wearied public will cave and just wish that conservatives would not nominate such controversial constructionists. ...

"The mob is becoming in some ways as powerful as the French rabble who cheered on the guillotine, or the adolescent crowds that spoiled affluent kids such as Bill Ayers and Jane Fonda once used as demonstration fodder. Instead, it is vast and global -- and linked by instant communications on social media and the Internet, and it remains often anonymous. Post or say one wrong word, and the electronic turba comes out of the shadows, swarming to demand career-ending confessions, or offering amnesty on promises of correct reeducation. One's entire life can be accessed in nanoseconds to root out past thought crimes and counterrevolutionary speech. Be deemed a right-wing obstructionist or activist, and everything -- from one's cell-phone number and email address to private residence and office -- can become known to 7 billion. ...

"Almost everything we have seen in just the last three months -- the Kavanaugh chaos, the 'caravan,' the ongoing Mueller octopus, recounting election results until they are deemed 'correct,' the Beto and Gillum neo-socialism craziness, the swarming of a Fox News anchor's home, driving public officials out of restaurants, the media circus at presidential press conferences -- are symptoms of revolutionary America. In this conflict, one side believes it is not only not fair but also not allowable that it lacks the necessary power to make us all equal -- but equal only in the eyes of a self-anointed elite."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Posted November 14, 2018 • 08:14 am
 
 
On the 2018 Broward County, Florida, Recount:
 
 

"Conspiracy theories are bad for civic life.

"So are conspiracies.

"I wonder if there is one mentally normal adult walking these fruited plains -- even the most craven, abject, brain-dead partisan Democrat -- who believes that what has been going on in Broward County, Fla., is anything other than a brazen attempt to reverse the Republican victories in the state's Senate, gubernatorial, and (not to be overlooked) agriculture commissioner's races. I cannot imagine that there is, but it is really quite something to see partisan Democrats -- the same people who pretend to believe that the 2016 presidential election was invalid because Boris and Natasha posted something on Facebook -- watch not only utterly contented but with joy in their hearts as the rolling crime wave that is Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes and her coconspirators try to actually steal an election or three.

"Boxes of ballots magically showing up in the trunks of rental cars in the Fort Lauderdale airport -- cars last rented by Democratic operatives? What is this, a Coen Brothers movie? At least Saddam Hussein had the good taste to be amusing when he was stuffing the ballot boxes.

"That voting fraud that our Democratic friends insist never happens happens quite a lot under Snipes's watch. She has allowed disenfranchised felons and illegal aliens to vote; sent out mail-in ballots in which a proposed constitutional amendment was simply omitted; secretly opened ballots to thwart oversight. Her team doesn't seem to be able to add up votes very quick -- except when they add them up too quickly: In one truly banana-republic shenanigan, her office posted a final vote tally while the polls were still open. Rick Scott's team has detailed much of this in its legal complaint against her."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
Posted November 13, 2018 • 08:19 am
 
 
On the 100th Anniversary of Veterans' Day:
 
 

"The United States of America remains the land of the free because we are still the home of the brave. The men and women who've served in our armed forces are those brave, and today all of us should do our part to honor their service and appreciate their sacrifice.

"So on this 100th Veterans' Day, I encourage every American to thank a veteran. Outside the grocery store, at your place of worship, or maybe over the backyard fence, I urge you to extend your hand, look them in the eye, and say those words that every veteran deserves to hear: 'Thank you for your service.'

"To all of those who've worn the uniform, on behalf of a grateful nation, Happy Veterans Day."

 
 
— Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States
— Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States
Posted November 12, 2018 • 08:10 am
 
Question of the Week   
The son of which one of the following U.S. politicians currently serves as a Marine aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush?
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Quote of the Day   
 
"The failures of Comey's remarkably turbulent and short tenure as FBI director were on display again Friday on Capitol Hill, when he was interviewed in a closed-door session by two House committees. Republican lawmakers were aghast at his sudden lack of recollection of key events.He didn't seem to know that his own FBI was using No. 4 Justice Department official Bruce Ohr as a conduit to keep collecting…[more]
 
 
—John Solomon, Award-Winning Investigative Journalist and The Hill Executive Vice President for Video
— John Solomon, Award-Winning Investigative Journalist and The Hill Executive Vice President for Video
 
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