Seven books currently on Glenn Beck’s nightstandPosted October 1, 2014 at 11:48 am by Benjamin Weingarten
Recently, Glenn Beck posted a note to Facebook, in his insomnia, in which he shared with readers seven books he is currently reading.
Below are the diverse selection of titles on Glenn’s list, which provide a window into his current thinking:
1. American History Stories, Volume III by Mara L. Pratt
2. Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews, A History by James Carroll
3. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Watch: Montel Williams’s emotional plea for President Obama to save Sgt. TahmooressiPosted October 1, 2014 at 11:45 am by Pete Kasperowicz
TV and radio host Montel Williams, who is also a retired Navy lieutenant commander, delivered an emotional message to President Barack Obama on the need to quickly bring U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi home, and ensure others with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are given proper care in the United States.
Tahmooressi has been held prisoner in Mexico since March, after he mistakenly crossed the border with guns in violation of Mexican law.
Author: American whitewashing of Islamic supremacism parallels WWII-era Communist coddlingPosted October 1, 2014 at 10:18 am by Benjamin Weingarten
Author Diana West delivered an address at the Center for Security Policy’s National Security Action Summit, the core assertion of which has been largely ignored in the media and academia since Sept. 11, 2001.
West argued, consistent with her bombshell “American Betrayal,” that America’s whitewashing of Islamic supremacism — reflected in George W. Bush’s calling Islam a “religion of peace” in the aftermath of Sept. 11, the Obama administration line that the Islamic State “is not Islamic” and the official public separation of Islam from jihad and sharia law — parallels what occurred during and after World War II in America’s treatment of Communism and the Soviet Union.
Just as today’s opinion makers seek to divorce Islam from its impact — for example brutal conquest, forced conversion, religiously-sanctioned sex slavery, beheadings — past opinion makers worked equally hard to divorce communism from its impact — for example, brutal conquest, forced collectivization, concentration camps or gulags, mass murder.
And this worked.
…Unlike Nazism, Communism has never been judged guilty or even held responsible for the carnage and suffering it has caused. On the contrary, it remains a source of liberal, statist ideas, such as Obamacare.
She continued [link ours]:
This double standard [of rejecting Nazism but not repudiating Communism in toto] not only enables collectivist policies to strangle our remnant republic, but also explains why American college students can find a drink called ‘Leninade‘ emblazoned with a hammer and sickle for sale…at the University of Maryland.
It’s also why very expensive silk screens of Warhol’s “Chairman Mao,” history’s top mass murderer, are sought after items in the homes of the wealthy. There are no such trendy portraits of Hitler, and who would want one? Who would want to swing a bottle of ‘Hitler Pop’ emblazoned with a swastika?
…Not only does the stench of death not follow the Communist murder cult, the brand lives.
Barring a tsunami of common sense, I’m predicting that Islam, the brand, will remain separate in the public mind from the violence and repression it causes and has caused for more than a millennium. That’s certainly the direction that leaders from both political parties have been relentlessly herding us in for over a decade — insisting against all reason, insisting against all sacred Islamic texts, that Islam is peace.
Thus, while contending with this cycle of expansionist jihad — a recurrence that should be familiar to us from Islamic history, were it too not subject to whitewash — we must simultaneously withstand a campaign of lies designed to subvert our understanding of how Islam (more…)
Senate Dems want Kroger to ban guns from its supermarketsPosted October 1, 2014 at 8:54 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Three Democratic senators are asking a major supermarket chain to stop allowing people to openly carry firearms in their stores.
Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Tuesday wrote to Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen to warn that Kroger’s current policy has led some people to display a wide range of weapons in Kroger stores.
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GOP lawmaker says VA full of ‘pep talks and empty platitudes’Posted September 30, 2014 at 4:41 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) on Tuesday criticized the Department of Veterans Affairs for continuing to talk tough about employee discipline, but refusing to fire anyone involved in the VA health care scandal.
Coffman wrote just a day after the VA announced it had settled three cases involving retaliation against VA workers who blew the whistle on corruption and shoddy practices at the VA heath center in Phoenix. While the VA said it doesn’t tolerate retaliation against whistleblowers, it gave no indication that it will actually fire or do anything else to discipline the retaliators.
House Dem suggests higher fence to protect White House from unwanted intrudersPosted September 30, 2014 at 3:34 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) on Tuesday suggested that the Obama administration should consider building a higher fence around the White House in order to deter fence-jumpers and other intruders from entering the grounds.
“I want to know whether you have considered before today simply asking that a higher fence be built, one that, for example, could curve,” Norton asked Secret Service Director Julia Pierson.
Secret Service: White House front door was not hooked up to security systemPosted September 30, 2014 at 1:57 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testified Tuesday that a fence-jumper was able to enter the White House earlier this month through the front door because that door was not connected to a system that allowed it to be locked remotely.
Pierson admitted to this security shortfall in questioning before the House Oversight Committee, which took place in the wake of several press reports about other security failures, including a 2011 shooting at the White House that the Secret Service dismissed as a backfiring car.
There’s one race the GOP deserves to losePosted September 30, 2014 at 1:30 pm by Chris Salcedo
Don’t misunderstand, I want the Republicans to take control of the U.S. Senate in November. They need a net gain of six seats to pull that off. The Real Clear Politics average has the GOP winning a net of seven races. It would seem they have one race to spare. That race needs to be the Senate contest in Kansas.
The establishment’s pick is Pat Roberts. He’s of a mind that the GOP can manage the unwieldy leviathan, that is our government, better than Democrats. To make matters worse, Roberts is getting his rear-end handed to him by a liberal in Independent’s clothing, Greg Orman. This political lightweight would carry all the seriousness, commitment and expertise to his job in the Senate, as Resident Obama brought to the Oval Office. Orman is on all sides of the issues, or chooses not to take sides at all – and he’s winning.
The GOP insisted on their establishment guy in Kansas instead of new conservative blood. Their antiquated way of looking at politics may very well cost them a GOP Senate seat. Where I pray the country doesn’t pay for the Republican’s lack of vision, a GOP loss might remind Republicans that Americans are tired of business as usual.
Kansas is so hungry for new blood, it seems poised to vote for an Obama clone over Roberts. I don’t envy Kansans. Come November they’ll either get an Obama rubber stamp or a go-along-to-get-along career politician who’s rarely in his home state and seems married to his tax payer-funded check and the Washington culture. Some choice!
Cue to 5:47 to hear the reasons why Pat Roberts needs to lose his Senate seat in Kansas:
House Dem tries to blame Secret Service failure on sequesterPosted September 30, 2014 at 12:58 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) on Tuesday argued that the failure of the Secret Service to quickly detain a man who jumped the fence and ran into the White House is related to budget cuts under the sequester of last year.
But Republicans rejected that argument in a House Oversight Committee hearing and said Congress has made sure the Secret Service has received healthy funding levels for salaries and expenses.
This vital 1951 essay on economic intervention demolishes ‘dictatorial,’ ‘anti-democratic’ progressivismPosted September 30, 2014 at 10:38 am by Benjamin Weingarten
Ludwig von Mises, a leader of the free market Austrian School of Economics, wrote perhaps most passionately about his aversion to socialism and reverence for capitalism having witnessed the rise of the Nazis in Germany, and consequently fleeing to America.
In honor of his belated Sept. 29th birthday, below is one of his most insightful essays “The Dictatorial, Anti-democratic and Socialist Character of Interventionism,” excerpted from his 1951 book, “Socialism,” which lays bare the truth about economic interventionism, and in the process refutes practically every major argument you will ever encounter from a progressive.
Many advocates of interventionism are bewildered when one tells them that in recommending interventionism they themselves are fostering anti-democratic and dictatorial tendencies and the establishment of totalitarian socialism. They protest that they are sincere believers and opposed to tyranny and socialism. What they aim at is only the improvement of the conditions of the poor. They say that they are driven by considerations of social justice, and favour a fairer distribution of income precisely because they are intent upon preserving capitalism and its political corollary or superstructure, viz., democratic government.
What these people fail to realize is that the various measures they suggest are not capable of bringing about the beneficial results aimed at. On the contrary they produce a state of affairs which from the point of view of their advocates is worse than the previous state which they were designed to alter. If the government, faced with this failure of its first intervention, is not prepared to undo its interference with the market and to return to a free economy, it must add to its first measure more and more regulations and restrictions. Proceeding step by step on this way it finally reaches a point in which all economic freedom of individuals has disappeared. Then socialism of the German pattern, the Zwangswirtschaft of the Nazis, emerges.
Mises shows how this process of one intervention begetting another until a market economy no longer exists unfolds, by examining perhaps the most benign possible scenario: government efforts to provide milk to children from poor families.
If the government wants to make it possible for poor parents to give more milk to their children, it must buy milk at the market price and sell it to those poor people with a loss at a cheaper rate; the loss may be covered from the means collected by taxation. But if the government simply fixes the price of milk at a lower rate than the market, the results obtained will be contrary to the aims of the government. The marginal producers will, in order to avoid losses, go out of the business of producing and selling milk. There will be less milk available for the consumers, not more. This outcome is contrary to the government’s intentions. The government interfered because it considered milk as a vital necessity. It did not want to restrict its supply.
Now the government has to face the alternative: either to refrain from any endeavours to control prices, or to add to its first measure a second one, i.e., to fix the prices of the factors of production necessary for the production of milk. Then the same story repeats itself on a remoter plane: the government has again to fix the prices of the factors of production necessary for the production of those factors of production which are needed for the production of milk. Thus the government has to go further and further, fixing the prices of all the factors of production—both human (labour) and material—and forcing every entrepreneur and every worker to continue work at these prices and wages. No branch of production can be omitted from this all-round fixing of prices and wages and this general order to continue production. If some branches of production were left free, the result would be a shifting of capital and labour to them and a corresponding fall of the supply of the goods whose prices the government had fixed. However, it is precisely these goods which the government considers as especially important for the satisfaction of the needs of the masses.
But when this state of all-round control of business is achieved, the market economy has been replaced by a system of planned economy, by socialism. Of course, this is not the socialism of immediate state management of every plant by the government as in Russia, but the socialism of the German or Nazi pattern. (more…)
So far, VA not firing those who retaliated against whistleblowersPosted September 30, 2014 at 9:53 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The Department of Veterans Affairs is refusing to say it will fire employees involved in retaliating against whistleblowers who helped publicize the VA health care scandal, even though it says it won’t tolerate retaliation.
The VA announced Monday that it reached a settlement with three VA employees who were victims of retaliation after they spoke up against shoddy VA practices. But while the existence of settlements indicates that some retaliatory actions did take place, the VA is silent on whether or how any of the retaliators might be punished.
The next big fight: How much direction should Congress give to Obama in the war against the Islamic State?Posted September 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Congress appears to be headed toward a fight over exactly how it should authorize the Obama administration to fight the Islamic State, as a key Republican indicated he wants to hold out the option of ground troops, a provision many Democrats would likely oppose.
When Congress to campaign in the mid-term elections, it did so under a loose consensus that Obama has the right, in the short term, to increase airstrikes against the Islamic State under his own authority. But many Republicans and Democrats said a longer-term authority is needed to keep up a campaign that is expected to last several years, according to the administration’s own estimates.
Dems propose government-funded savings accounts for kidsPosted September 29, 2014 at 2:24 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Two House Democrats have introduced legislation that would set up a new federal government program aimed at helping kids save money, in part by having the government make contributions to those accounts.
Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) introduced the bill, which would create new USAccount Funds for kids under the age of 17. (more…)
The two words conservatives can say to win any argument about climate change, according to Will Cain and S.E. CuppPosted September 29, 2014 at 12:40 pm by Steve Krakauer
The recent climate change march in New York City was well-attended, with a variety of issues presented tangentially to global warming — but largely aimed at targeting climate change deniers. Will Cain and S.E. Cupp of Cain & Cupp on TheBlaze Radio have a simple way to win any argument with a climate change activist: Agree with their premise, that it exists, and then say, “now what?”
Here’s all you have to do, according to Cain:
By giving them the premise that is the purpose of their life, man is causing climate change. I am unconvinced of that fact, by the way, SE. I don’t care. If I confront one of those people, my first thing to say will be, ‘you’re right.’
Cupp agreed, and had a slogan that gets to the crux of the matter: “Climate change is real, and man is behind it. That’s it. Now what?”
What do you think? Listen here (the conversation starts up at approximately the 42 minute-mark):
Also discussed: 2016 GOP presidential contenders, naked selfies and reality TV senate candidates.
Steny Hoyer slams Ayn Rand: ‘Compromise is not evil’Posted September 29, 2014 at 12:17 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Monday accused Republicans of following author Ayn Rand’s advice that “compromise is always evil,” and warned that letting Republicans take over Congress would only lead to more gridlock and partisanship.
Hoyer delivered a speech in Washington in which he asked voters to elect Democrats who would work with President Barack Obama — instead of Republicans, who he said oppose “anything President Obama presents.” Hoyer accused House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and others as following Rand’s teachings when it comes to operating Congress.
Does school start too early? Dems propose a government studyPosted September 29, 2014 at 10:50 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Three House Democrats are proposing that the federal government conduct a study on whether kids are getting up too early for school, and whether the government should recommend later start times for older kids who need to get more sleep.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced the ZZZ’s to A’s Act, which would require the Secretary of Education to conduct a study that examines the relationship between school start times and student health. The study would include comparisons between students at schools that start at different times.
Five books on WWII and Soviet subversion that challenge Ken Burns’ ‘The Roosevelts’ documentaryPosted September 29, 2014 at 10:46 am by Benjamin Weingarten
Recently we noted that there was little if any dissent when it came to the efficacy of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal policies as portrayed in Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts” series, providing several titles challenging the pollyannaish view put forth. Amity Shlaes, an author of one of the books on our list, “The Forgotten Man,” followed up with two recommendations of her own, including Gene Smiley’s “Rethinking the Great Depression” and “The Great Depression: A Diary” by Benjamin Roth.
In response to our post, one reader, Diana West, Blaze contributor and author of the groundbreaking and highly controversial “American Betrayal,” suggested several books on FDR and his administration during World War II that similarly challenge the perspective put forth in “The Roosevelts.”
The major thrust of the books on West’s list — namely that Roosevelt’s cabinet and much of the federal bureaucracy was filled with Communists, fellow travelers, dupes and “useful idiots,” and that at the very least this influenced an FDR agenda that proved heavily favorable towards “Uncle Joe” Stalin and the Soviet Union, enabling its expansion and increasing its sphere of influence well beyond its borders — leads to a total paradigm shift when thinking about the World War II era. It bears noting that in “American Betrayal,” West herself seeks to draw a parallel between the modern-day whitewashing of Islamic supremacism, and influence of Islamic supremacists internal and external on America’s government, and that of the Communists and their sympathizers in Roosevelt’s day.
Below are West’s five book recommendations, which may challenge your perspective on and interpretation of the major events, figures and policies implemented during World War II. These titles provide context missing from not only Ken Burns’ documentary, but nearly all popular chronicles of this period of American history.
1. Stalin’s Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt’s Government by M. Stanton Evans and Herbert Romerstein (more…)
The State Department just spent more than you make in a year (probably) on ‘award frames’Posted September 29, 2014 at 9:27 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The State Department appears poised to start handing out thousands of framed awards to its employees and others over the next few years, as it just agreed to spend lots of money on “award frames.”
State finalized a contract award of $172,013.50 to an Alabama company for these frames, which the company will supply over the next five years. That amount is more than three times the U.S. median household income, which was just over $51,000 in 2012.
Does this ‘SNL’ sketch rip off a Comedy Central viral video?Posted September 28, 2014 at 6:25 pm by Mike Opelka
“Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.”
Charles Caleb Colton wrote those words in 1820. Was Colton looking ahead to 2014 and the premiere of the 40th season of “Saturday Night Live”?
Another year of “SNL“ kicked off this weekend, and I admit to watching — every single (mostly) unfunny minute of it.
The show has a long history of skewering current events, politicians, and pop culture. Aside from mocking the NFL’s recent spate of domestic violence scandals, this viewer saw very little comedy inspired by current events or politics.
With the exception of a brief mention of Obama’s lack of popularity during the lackluster “News” sketch, political humor was nowhere to be found. Instead the show was filled with inane, sophomoric sketches devoid of comedy that relied on forced punch lines and that “applause” sign flashing to the studio audience to create endings to any number of wandering sketches.
But in the final half-hour of Saturday’s show, a short video made me laugh a little. However, about 30 seconds into it, I felt as if I’d seen it before.
The video made of fun of the player introductions often seen before televised games. In this case, instead of the players announcing the school’s they represented, these “NFL” pros announced their criminal histories.
Here’s the sketch from “SNL”:
As I mentioned before, the sketch, while entertaining, felt a little familiar.
Then I recalled a very funny and massively popular sketch from Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele.”
More than two years ago, “East/West College Bowl” was uploaded to Comedy Central’s YouTube channel and has since generated more than 25 million views.
Like the “SNL” video, “Key & Peele’s” starts with an animated graphic, cuts to two announcers with a football field behind them, and then cuts away to players from one team introducing themselves.
The video returns to the announcers who then toss it back to the montage of players from the opposing team.
The only difference between the two sketches is that one makes fun of the players’ criminal records while the other mocks crazy names some players go by.
Watch the “Key & Peele” video from 2012 here:
To my eye, the two videos are nearly identical
Both use an animated opening graphic, two sportscasters with the football field behind them, and cutaways to players for punch lines.
They are even very close in length: SNL’s video is 3 minutes while Key & Peele’s is only 15 seconds longer.
If I were Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, I might be asking Lorne Michaels and his crew for an apology and residuals.
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Dempsey again raises possibility of U.S. ground troops fighting Islamic StatePosted September 26, 2014 at 4:24 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
President Barack Obama’s top military adviser on Friday insisted that ground troops will be necessary to fully defeat the Islamic State in Syria, and warned again that he would not hesitate to recommend U.S. forces for the job.
However, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey indicated his preference would be that forces from other countries take on that role.
GOP senator says Obama favoring illegals over Americans for military servicePosted September 26, 2014 at 3:11 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Friday accused President Barack Obama of favoring illegal immigrants over U.S. citizens by allowing them to join the U.S. military, and said the move is a blow to the thousands of Americans who are being forced to leave the military.
“The president is launching a new effort to recruit illegal immigrants and visa overstays for the military at a time when thousands of career military personnel are facing layoffs — meaning that the president’s recruitment program will directly displace American military personnel,” he said. “Military service is a high calling, and a noble career, and is most certainly not a job Americans won’t do.”
Paper money that can be read by the blind likely delayed until 2020Posted September 26, 2014 at 2:11 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Government Accountability Office released a report Friday that said the Bureau of Engraving and Printing has fallen behind in its plans to produce U.S. paper money with raised bumps on them than visually impaired people can read behind.
The Bureau’s quest to produce these “tactile features” on U.S. current stems from a 2002 law suit against the Treasury Department by the American Council of the Blind. As a result of that suit, a Washington DC court ordered Treasury to make its currency more accessible to the blind and those with vision problems.
Dem proposes federal grants to video record all police interrogationsPosted September 26, 2014 at 12:56 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) has proposed legislation that would create new federal grants that states would use to ensure all interrogations by police are video recorded.
Her Custodial Interrogation Recording Act doesn’t mention any specific incident as a motivating factor, but many members have proposed legislation in the last few weeks aimed at reining in the police in the wake of the shooting of an unarmed black student by police in Ferguson, Missouri, and the police response to the protests that followed. The trend of filming police in action during traffic stops and other encounters also seems to have picked up, partly as a result of the events in Ferguson.
Eric Holder says voter fraud problem ‘doesn’t exist’Posted September 26, 2014 at 10:24 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Just a day after announcing his resignation as Attorney General, Eric Holder told the Congressional Black Caucus that voter ID laws are an answer to a problem that “doesn’t exist,” implying that he does not believe voter fraud is a problem.
Many Republican states have reported voter fraud, and have imposed voter ID laws in part to ensure that illegal immigrants aren’t able to vote. But Holder indicated Friday that he believes those claims are exaggerated, and have led to laws at the state level that can end up disenfranchising voters.
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