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Happy World Intellectual Property Day!

Happy World Intellectual Property Day!

It's no secret that private property rights constitute a natural human right, as well as the foundation for prosperity and innovation across time and geography.  And among the forms of private property, it's important to recognize that intellectual property (IP) constitutes a core component.

For proof, look no further than the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's annual International IP Index, which year after year confirms the cause-and-effect relationship between IP protections and prosperity:

The most up-to-date data on the benefits of IP protection reveals that IP is, in fact, a critical instrument for countries seeking to enhance access to innovation, grow domestic innovative output, and enjoy the dynamic growth benefits of an innovative economy.  …[more]

April 26, 2017 • 10:37 am

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61 Hillary's Climate of Hate

Who are the haters? Who are the autocrats? Who are the serial abusers of power? Only one presidential candidate has wielded the sledgehammer of government against personal enemies. Only one presidential candidate has exploited a spouse's public office to exact revenge on political dissenters. Only one presidential candidate has a quarter-century…

62 Hillary Clinton's Dishonesty Was on Display in Final Debate

The third and mercifully final presidential debate also turned out to be the most conventional. Fox News' Chris Wallace did a solid job pressing the candidates on issues in Las Vegas, giving them space to spar but not enough space to get out of control. Of course, not even a strong moderator will deter candidates from misleading, lying and prevaricating…

63 Obama's 2016 Budget Deficit Exceeds Total Military Spending

The glaring failures of Barack Obama that the watchdog media and celebrity culture have hypocritically excused or completely ignored are countless.  Candidate Obama of 2008, as one example, promised to elevate America's global standing with his "citizen of the world" speeches and Berlin rallies.  Today, however, there's no spot…

64 The Left and the Masses

The greatest moral claim of the political left is that they are for the masses in general and the poor in particular. That is also their greatest fraud. It even fools many leftists themselves. One of the most recent efforts of the left is the spread of laws and policies that forbid employers from asking job applicants whether they have been arrested…

65 Words Versus Deeds

Donald Trump's gutter talk about women shows yet again that he is bad news. The problem is that Hillary Clinton is far worse. Trump's talk is indefensible. But Hillary Clinton's actions as Secretary of State, carrying out the Obama administration's foreign policies, have cost many lives in many places, including the American ambassador and others…

66 Will Illegal Foreign Voters Steal the Election?

"It could all come down to Colorado." That's the latest conventional wisdom from presidential poll watchers. But it may not be legal American citizens in my adopted home state who choose the next commander in chief. Instead, it could very well be foreign noncitizens voting illegally in the Rocky Mountains — and in other crucial…

67 Why Didn't the FBI Give Hillary Clinton Immunity and Spare Us the Drama?

Rather than striking immunity deals with virtually every person who had intimate knowledge of Hillary Clinton's illegal private server and emails, the Justice Department would have saved everyone some time by offering Clinton protection instead. FBI Director James Comey, who testified in front of two congressional committees this week, still maintains…

68 Hillary, Interrupted

Whatever happened to "I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar"? Whither "Girl Power"? When did Rosie the Riveter's "We Can Do It!" give way to Hillary the Haranguer's "We Can't Handle It"? It's 2016, and the Democrats' feminist heroine running for commander in chief is whinnying about being — wait for it —…

69 Clinton's Failure at Foggy Bottom

Hillary Clinton boasts that her experience traveling to 112 countries as secretary of state qualifies her to be president. Don't believe it. At the end of her taxpayer-funded audition on the world stage, she came home empty-handed, with no meaningful gains for the United States. Voters are too smart to be wowed when she rattles off names of Islamic…

70 CFIF Supreme Court Quiz

Take CFIF’s 10-Question Supreme Court Quiz and test your knowledge of our Nation’s Highest Court. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. How many Justices comprise the U.S. Supreme Court? a. Five b. Six c. Nine d. Eleven 2. How many times has Congress changed the number of justices comprising…

71 'Favors' to Blacks

Back in the 1960s, as large numbers of black students were entering a certain Ivy League university for the first time, someone asked a chemistry professor — off the record — what his response to them was. He said, "I give them all A's and B's. To hell with them." Since many of those students were admitted with lower…

72 Hillary Clinton Would Rather Blame Free Speech Than Islam for Terrorism

It's one thing to watch liberals euphemize "Islamic terrorism" into a vacuous, politically correct word salad. It's quite another to hear them blame free expression for Islamists' actions. And they do it often. When Hillary Clinton accuses Donald Trump of giving "aid and comfort" to ISIS and other extremists because of his crude…

73 Hillary's Never-ending White Bronco Chase

Throughout Bill and Hillary Clintons' four decades of public life, their apologists have met every new scandal with the same alibi ad nauseam:  You have no direct proof of guilt.  In some cases, of course, that defense was subsequently refuted with direct evidence.  As just one example, recall the revelation of Monica Lewinsky's blue…

74 Mulan vs. the Diversity-Mongers

Let's get down to business. The casting kerfuffle over Disney's live-action remake of the 1998 animated hit "Mulan" brings honor to none. It's a politically correct tempest in a Chinese teapot. More than 90,000 angry activists have now signed a petition "to tell Disney that we demand to see them cast an Asian Mulan." The lead instigator…

75 CFIF Constitution Day Quiz

Take our 17-Question Quiz to test your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. Constitution Day is observed annually on September 17th because on that date in 1787: a. The first state ratified the Constitution b. The last state ratified the Constitution c. The Constitution was sent…

76 Misleading Statistics

Mark Twain famously said that there were three kinds of lies — "lies, damned lies, and statistics." Since this is an election year, we can expect to hear plenty of all three kinds. Even if the statistics themselves are absolutely accurate, the words that describe what they are measuring can be grossly misleading. Household income…

77 Hillary Clinton's Illicit Plan

Unless you're a high-ranking government official, it's hard to get a meeting with any secretary of state. But during Hillary Clinton's tenure, there was another way: Pay up. A staggering 85 of the 154 private-sector people who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton donated money to the Clinton Foundation. That looks highly improper,…

78 Hillary Clinton's Felonious Friends in Virginia

Terry McAuliffe is a Hillary Clinton pal. He fronted $1.3 million for her house in Chappaqua, New York. We should all have such friends. Thanks to the Republicans who shut down the government in 2013, McAuliffe is now the governor of Virginia, a swing state, and thus in a position to help Clinton get another house — on Pennsylvania Avenue…

79 A Clash of Police Policies

Amid the rioting in Milwaukee, there is also a clash between two leading lawmen there — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and the city of Milwaukee's Chief of Police Edward Flynn. They have very different opinions about how law enforcement should be carried out. Chief Edward Flynn expresses the view long prevalent among those who emphasize…

80 Hillary Clinton Interview Betrays Contempt for 2nd Amendment

Following her recent interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace, Hillary Clinton suffered justified ridicule for falsely claiming that FBI Director James Comey declared her private email server explanations truthful.  Unfortunately, what received far too little attention were Clinton's damning contradictions regarding Americans' Second Amendment…

81 Hillary's Headhunter: Sleazeball Ken Salazar

The Loathsome Cowboy rides again. Ken Salazar, President Obama's disgraced ex-interior secretary and former U.S. senator from Colorado, was named Hillary Clinton's White House transition chair on Monday. The pick confirms that a Clinton presidency would not only be Barack Obama's third term ideologically, but also culturally. As in the Democratic…

82 The Moral of the Simone Biles Story

We know that America is feeling like a cancer patient at the moment. Doctors explain that there are only two options: amputate a limb or go through chemotherapy, which might save the limb, but also might kill us. We shuffle around in a daze, scarcely believing that there are no good exits from this house of mirrors. So, in the spirit of escapism from…

83 Old Lies

We expect to hear a lot of lies during an election year, and this year is certainly no exception. What is surprising is how old some of these lies are, and how often they have been shown to be lies, years ago or even decades ago. One of the oldest of these lies is that women are paid less than men for doing the same work. Like many other politically…

84 Not All US Muslim Soldiers Are Equal

Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient Captain Humayun Khan died heroically. But his exceptional courage in Iraq and his Muslim father's post-Democratic convention histrionics on TV do not erase the security threat posed by killer warriors of Allah infiltrating our troops. Don't take my word for it. Ask all the forgotten Gold Star moms and dads who…

85 #BlueLightFriday: From the White House to Your House

When you need something done, call a retired cop. That's how Blue Light Friday at the White House came together last week. Unlike the lame duck occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., I have little experience as a community organizer. So I asked retired New York Police Department officer John Cardillo if he could help me turn out his law enforcement friends…

86 Black Votes Matter

  Black votes matter. If Republicans could get 20 percent of black votes, the Democrats would be ruined. This is highly unlikely, given the approach used by Republicans. However, the point is that Democrats must not only continue to get nine-tenths of black votes, they also need to get a high turnout of black voters on election day. People who…

87 Have Faith in America

I think it's time to clear the air. For those of you who still don't seem to understand my job, let me make it perfectly clear: I do not work for a political party. I work for America, its ideals and our Constitution. It's not my job to be the cheerleader for a party or an individual. It's my job to protect America and defend its principles. And frankly…

88 Irrational Unease Over "Militarization of Police"

In harrowing and tragic detail, recent murders of police officers across the nation illustrate the mortal risks that our nation's police officers face every single time they leave for work.  In Dallas this month, a deranged racist thug brutally murdered five officers who had ironically been providing safety and security for a "Black Lives…

89 The Dumbest Idea

If there were a contest for the most stupid idea in politics, my choice would be the assumption that people would be evenly or randomly distributed in incomes, institutions, occupations or awards, in the absence of somebody doing somebody wrong. Political crusades, bureaucratic empires and lucrative personal careers as grievance mongers have been…

90 How Obama Divides America

At the funeral service for five slain Dallas cops, President Barack Obama delivered another one of his needlessly politicized lectures. As is customary these days, those who were critical of his rhetoric were branded racists and unthinking haters. That's one theory. Another one is that people may be put off by Obama's grating habit of turning every…

 
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"A full decade after voting to construct a secure barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico, Congress continues to refuse to lay out the money required to build the damned wall. This, even after the stunning upset in last year's elections by the juggernaut presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump, who won the presidency on a clarion vow to voters that he would once and for all build a wall along the…[more]
 
 
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