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  • ‘Dear kitten: Regarding friendship’: It’s clear why this video has taken the Internet by storm
    Posted August 8, 2015 at 2:16 am by Oliver Darcy

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    BuzzFeed released the third video this week in its “Dear Kitten” series and it has amassed nearly half-a-million views in the 24 hours since it was published.

    Watch and see why:

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  • How to get a free taco every time Trump says ‘Mexico’ in tonight’s debate
    Posted August 6, 2015 at 12:32 pm by Liz Klimas

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    Don’t want to make dinner tonight? No problem, you don’t have to courtesy of Donald Trump, in a way.

    You can get a free (sorta) taco every time the GOP presidential candidate says “Mexico” during the debate tonight.

    Here’s how.

    Eat24, the online food delivery service, said it will issue a coupon every time the country’s name comes out of Trump’s mouth during the first Republican primary debate.

    One taco? Coming right up. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    One taco? Coming right up. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    “The first Republican presidential debate is taking place this Thursday, August 6th…which can only mean one thing: Time to sit back and watch the best entertainment on TV this summer, Donald Trump,” Eat24 wrote on its blog.

    Eat24 quipped that, “after reading a few articles on TMZ,” it noticed Trump’s affinity toward talking about Mexico.

    “All you need to do is watch the first GOP primary debate (Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on Fox News) and wait for Mr. You’re Fired to say ‘Mexico.’ Yup, every time (every. single. time.) Donald Trump says ‘Mexico,’ Eat24 will post a coupon code on Twitter @Eat24 for $5 off* your order of $10 or more on or the Eat24 app,” Eat24 wrote of it’s engaging marketing ploy. 

    For those of you in the Eastern time zone banking on this as dinner, it means you’ll need to hold off on eating until well into the evening hours or you’ll have to consider it your midnight snack.

    And you don’t have to order a taco either — Eat24 was just keeping within the Mexican theme. It says you’re more than welcome to use your coupon on whatever type of cuisine you so desire.

    “We believe in freedom of the belly, so it’s totally up to you,” the blog post read.

    (H/T: Wired)

  • Waiting for his new baby to arrive, TheBlaze editor pens an emotional ‘first letter’ to his daughter
    Posted August 5, 2015 at 8:28 pm by Mike Opelka

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    This Wednesday, August 5, 2015 brings great joy to TheBlaze family as Faith editor Billy Hallowell and his wife, Andrea, welcomed Lilyana, their second child, into the world.

    Image source: Facebook

    Image source: Facebook

    Before the Hallowell’s new daughter arrived, Billy penned a note to the young lady as he waited (not so) patiently.

    “As I sit in delivery room awaiting arrival of my daughter, I’m jotting down life lessons I want her to cherish,” Hallowell posted on Facebook.

    The special “life lessons” and “sentiments” in Billy’s heart:

    1. You are made in God’s image. Never forget that.

    2. The Bible will and should always light your path.

    3. The world’s standards are so very rarely the same as God’s. Always abide by the latter.

    4. You matter. Even when life feels difficult and the task insurmountable, you have value and can do anything through the Lord.

    5. People’s opinions only matter as much as you want / allow them to.

    6. Embrace compassion. Locate others’ struggles and needs, recognize the blessing you’ve been given and lend a helping hand.

    7. Listen more than you speak. (daddy struggles with this one, actually)

    8.  Set standards for yourself. Base them on God and never fear standing by them.

    Love, Daddy

    Image source: Billy Hallowell / TheBlaze

    Image source: Billy Hallowell / TheBlaze

    As we publish this post, mother, baby, older sister and daddy are all doing just fine.



  • The reason Glenn Beck STILL isn’t back
    Posted August 3, 2015 at 11:30 am by Erica Ritz

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    Glenn Beck fans were likely disappointed when Beck didn’t return to his radio and television shows on Monday, after a month off resting his vocal cords at the instructions of his doctor.

    Beck’s radio co-host Stu Burguiere said Beck is now just “normal person sick,” after a month of recuperating from his more specialized ailment.

    “I mean, it’s a crazy thing,” Burguiere said. “Glenn has been promoting for weeks that he’ll be back today, and give you the big update and we’re going to push toward 8/28. … So he flies back, and then he just gets normal person sick.”

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    Though Beck posted about his return on Facebook Sunday, saying he would discuss Donald Trump, Planned Parenthood, the terror in Tennessee, Cecil the lion, radical Islam, hope and action the next day, Beck said he knew he needed at least another day when he woke up on Monday.

    “I got up just before 5 a.m. and actually left the house for work, but had to turn around,” he wrote. “It is killing me to miss today. I will be there tomorrow.”

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  • ‘I’m a conservative because poverty is what I care about the most.’ A conservative leader’s impassioned case for the morality and magic of capitalism.
    Posted July 31, 2015 at 11:02 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    The president of one of the nation’s leading right-leaning think-tanks has a message for conservatives:

    If we want to pull the next two billion people out of poverty, we need to be warriors for free enterprise, and shout this from the rooftops. No more of the materialistic nonsense. Talk about saving the poor, and then let’s watch ourselves win.

    This is a central argument from American Enterprise Institute (AEI) president Arthur Brooks’ new book “The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America.”

    In one particularly compelling portion of our in-depth conversation with the optimistic and impassioned Mr. Brooks in connection with “The Conservative Heart,” we had the opportunity to discuss the inherent morality and miracle of capitalism — a miracle that to date Brooks feels many have failed to appreciate, to the detriment of not only conservatives but the world. When I asked Brooks to expound upon the morality of capitalism, here is what he said:

    Yea, this is actually the reason I’m a conservative. I’m a conservative because poverty is what I care about the most. This is very central to me with my Christian faith, but also … in my secular life as just an ethical individual. I care most about people who have been left behind.

    And when I started studying in my twenties — I didn’t go to college at the ordinary time, I dropped out of college when I was nineteen — I wound up finishing my college education when I was thirty, which was a great advantage because I was studying without being brainwashed. I was a grown up.


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    And when I was studying economics, I was shocked to learn that in my quest to figure out what could solve poverty, that poverty, starvation levels of poverty around the world have decreased by eighty percent since I was a child. And in looking for the reason — two billion people by the way have been pulled out of starvation level poverty since I was a kid. I didn’t know that. I thought things were worse. They’re better. Much, much better.

    So in trying to figure out how you save the next two billion people, and how you can bring all that progress more to the United States where, the poor — it’s better to be poor in America than in the Third World — but we’ve stagnated. And the poor are being left behind. So the progress isn’t as good. I started looking at the reasons. Why is it that these people have been pulled out of poverty? And the answer is basically: Globalization, free trade, property rights, the rule of law, and American style free enterprise. And by the way, in places like the Pacific Ocean, the American military, that’s kept sea lanes safe for world trade.

    For the very first time in human history, it was American conservative ideas of free enterprise and American leadership that pulled billions of people out of poverty. That is the most impressive important humanitarian achievement. It is a great moral good. And it’s been done by American ideas and we didn’t even know it. That was working while we were sleeping.

    If we want to pull the next two billion people out of poverty, we need to be warriors for free enterprise, and shout this from the rooftops. No more of the materialistic nonsense. Talk about saving the poor, and then let’s watch ourselves win.

    During the interview, which you can listen to in full below, we also had a chance to discuss several other critical topics including:


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  • A baby elephant chasing birds is just about the cutest thing you’ll see today
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 12:04 pm by Liz Klimas

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    Need a pick me up today or for this week? Heck, even if you’re having a good week, how about making it even better?

    Because baby animals frolicking can brighten even the darkest of days.

    Take a gander at the full video of this baby elephant trying to chase down some birds in Kruger National Park in South Africa:

    “With this week being so sad after the loss of a great animal, Cecil the lion, we thought we would cheer everyone up with a video that will make you cry of happiness, rather than sadness,” the description accompanying the video stated.

  • Watch: Hillary Clinton dodges questions over…and over…and over again
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 8:56 am by Mike Opelka

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    Getting a politician to answer a question can be a challenge — many successful candidates are skilled at taking a question and either dodging it or twisting it to meet their agenda.

    Former secretary of state and leading Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton’s habit of avoiding answering questions from reporters or voters caught the ear of the Washington Free Beacon, which is out with a new supercut of her playing “dodgeball”:

    Listen to the topic discussed on TheBlaze Radio.

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  • A Blaze Books exclusive excerpt from the new political thriller just in time for 2016, ‘What Makes it Worthy’
    Posted July 28, 2015 at 8:40 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Here at TheBlaze Books we enjoy a good political thriller as much as anyone, and frequently more than the political theater created by our real-life representatives.

    Along those lines, one of our colleagues tipped us off to a new book we are currently digging through that may be of interest titled “What Makes It Worthy,” a new novel from political journalist David Paul Kuhn.

    What Makes It Worthy

    Kuhn, a seasoned political veteran who has written for practically every major media institution from The Wall Street Journal to, covering four presidential campaigns and countless other beats, has written a novel that has both a human interest angle as well as House of Cards-like intrigue.

    Check out a Blaze exclusive excerpt from the book below: (more…)

  • Are these some of the ‘dumbest political comments’ in recent memory?
    Posted July 24, 2015 at 5:36 pm by Erica Ritz

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    Before leaving for a week of vacation, TheBlaze Radio’s Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere went through the archives of what they believe to be the “dumbest political comments” in recent memory.

    Some of them have been played “over and over again,” Burguiere said, and some are “just little brief flashes that may have escaped your memory.” All of them, he said, are entertaining.

    Gray and Burguiere counted down the gaffes on The Glenn Beck Radio Program Friday, beginning with Vice President Joe Biden saying: “Now is the time to heed the timeless advice from Teddy Roosevelt, ‘speak softly and carry a big stick.’ … I promise you, the president has a big stick.”

    “Joe Biden is on here, like, five or six times,” Burguiere said with a laugh.

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  • AUDIO: Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle shares life lessons from her time behind the deli counter to the bar
    Posted July 23, 2015 at 11:15 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle’s rise did not start out in front of the camera. In fact, it all began behind a deli counter.

    Indeed the success of the co-host of The Five, panelist on Outnumbered and frequent guest on shows like The O’Reilly Factor was forged in jobs as diverse as delicatessen manager to assistant district attorney. Guilfoyle shares how she was able to pursue her passions and achieve such success — and how we can apply her lessons to our own lives both professional and personal — in her new book, “Making the Case: How to Be Your Own Best Advocate.”

    We had the chance to sit down with Guilfoyle in her midtown Manhattan office and talk about the lessons of a career that took her from the deli counter, to the bar and now the top of the world of political media. Below is a particularly poignant portion of our in-depth interview:

    With the whole idea of being able to make the case and be an advocate, my father said … “Pursue those goals. Pursue those dreams.” So whether it was me applying for a job working in a delicatessen with Mr. Kim where I had to make the case that I would be the best choice for a manager of a deli that was brand new that opened — it was in a really nice supermarket that had opened in a great area — even though I had had no prior experience working in a deli … But I had been making sandwiches all kinds of places, especially raising and taking care of my little brother after my Mom died.

    So then I went in there and I put forward this whole thing — my Dad loved it. He goes, “Do your research. Do your homework. Look at the other delis.” So I wrote down all the prices. I lowered my prices by five cents, by a nickel, which at the time seemed to be good so that “Hey, come to me. Our sandwiches taste better and they’re more affordable.”


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    … And then when I went to go apply for the [San Francisco] DA’s office. Same thing. How could I distinguish myself? There was an internship program that was the narcotics prosecution. Then that program became full. But I was able to connect, and penetrate, and make a connection with one of the men that was top DA in the office, Michael Hartmann, who went on to be a UN War Crimes prosecutor. And I just went everywhere with him. I mean he knew how passionate I was about being a prosecutor. So I didn’t give up. “Oh this program’s full? Let me try another way.” You’ve gotta be able to pivot. You’ve gotta be able to try. You can’t sit there and be worried about “Oh I’m embarrassed I didn’t get this.” Or, “I don’t want to fail.” “Oh, what will people think or say.” No, what will you think and say about yourself if you didn’t even try?

    And you can have those impactful moments in life where you connect with someone and they can tell. They can feel your passion and your desire about how much you want that position. How much you want to be there to learn, to grow, from them, and have that mentoring position.

    So I started working in district attorneys’ offices when I was in college at UC-Davis. I volunteered at the Yolo County District Attorney’s office. I was a consumer fraud intern. And I went in there and I took that job very seriously. I also had a full load — full load of academic units, plus I was working at the local Clothestime store to make money so that I could also do the internship that I like.

    That’s the kind of thing I was doing. My father encouraged me to do that. He wasn’t like “Well maybe you’re taking on too much.” He knew that I would be able to make a value judgment about how far I was extending myself, and also about passing up opportunity. Some of these things they pass in front of you: Don’t assume that ship is gonna pass right in front of you again and you can get on. You’ve got to max it out. And you’ve gotta always be like my military friends always talk about … on target … I always think about moving, getting to the “X,” what it is that I want to achieve, and what are the steps specifically that I need to take to be able to make that happen. It’s that type of thing that I think about every day.

    During our conservation, we also had a chance to discuss a number of other topics including: (more…)

  • Why You Shouldn’t Be ‘Googling’ Someone You Find Suspicious
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  • Here’s your step-by-step analysis of the Greek debt crisis
    Posted July 22, 2015 at 9:07 pm by Erica Ritz

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    Though the Greek debt crisis has been dominating the headlines in recent weeks, it can be difficult to remain up to speed on every development. Some may even not know how the crisis began, but TheBlaze’s Dan Andros and Jason Buttrill on Wednesday broke down the situation from its origins.

    You can watch their complete analysis, below.

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  • Must see moment when this six-foot water balloon with a grown man shoved inside pops
    Posted July 22, 2015 at 1:06 pm by Liz Klimas

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    Like an ode to the water balloons of summer, the Slow Mo Guys on YouTube have a new viral video.

    “There’s no instructions to this, no? I’ve got my leg in and it just seems painful,” a six-foot tall man said as he began shoving himself into a large, red, rubber balloon.

    Painful? Maybe. Totally worth it? Definitely.

    Image source: YouTube

    Image source: YouTube

    The Slow Mo Guys put one of their own — Daniel Grunchy — inside a six-foot balloon, filled it with water and then waited for it to pop. Fellow Slow Mo Guy Gavin Free called it “one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen,” later saying he looked like Jabba the Hutt from “Star Wars,” a slug and a “human-sized womb.”

    Just as the pair were joking around, waiting for the balloon to fill to max capacity, it broke, surprising them both and flooding the yard.

    Image source: YouTube

    Image source: YouTube

    Image source: YouTube

    Image source: YouTube

    If you want to skip the filling and go straight to the slow-motion footage, fast forward to 3:30 (Note: Grunchy does strip down to his underwear to get inside the balloon):

    Their video of the feat posted Tuesday has already amassed over 1 million views.

    Here’s the original six-foot water balloon video by the Slow Mo Guys filmed back in 2011, which inspired them to put a human inside for the second go around:

    (H/T: Reddit)

  • Fore! Golfer’s horrible drive earns him a ‘birdie’ (literally)
    Posted July 22, 2015 at 12:06 pm by Mike Opelka

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    You’re about to see a very rare golf shot. The man standing on the tee box, with a driver in his hands, is about to score a “birdie” with just one swing.

    Image source: YouTube

    Image source: YouTube

    It’s not really fair to say he “scored” a birdie. It would be more accurate to say, he nailed a birdie, actually a seagull — with his drive.

    Image source: YouTube

    Image source: YouTube

    With more than 1.2 million views in a day, this ten-second clip might be the shortest viral video we have seen.


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  • Unlikely film has such a conservative message, Blaze host is asking: ‘How did this movie get made?’
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 7:42 pm by Erica Ritz

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    TheBlaze’s Stu Burguiere saw “Kingsman: The Secret Service” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Firth over the weekend, and said he was so shocked by the premise he was asking himself: “How did this movie get made?”

    “It goes against every single successful Hollywood formula ever created. It was, I think, kind of conservative!” he said while guest hosting The Glenn Beck Program.

    In the movie, the villain plans a horrific genocide of all but the super-elite in order to save the world from climate change.

    Though conservatives aren’t accusing liberals of genocidal plots to avert potential climate change, Burguiere said “real people with real status, like scientist Paul Ehrlich, have actually claimed that population control was the only answer in equally terrifying terms.”

    “Again, how was this movie made?” Burguiere asked.

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  • Spider going after prey caught on live weather cam during meteorologist’s report
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 1:45 pm by Liz Klimas

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    Meteorologist Garry Frank with WXMI-TV out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was commenting about the smudges on a live weather camera Tuesday morning when something far more interesting crossed the lens.

    While many might have been squeamish seeing a large spider crawl across the screen, Frank was enthralled, especially when it became clear the spider was going after a meal.

    Image source: WXMI-TV

    Image source: WXMI-TV

    “Get him. Yeah!” Frank said when the spider went for its prey. “Got him.”

    Watch the footage:

  • Is America ‘enabling the enemy’ in the Middle East?
    Posted July 20, 2015 at 9:23 pm by Erica Ritz

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    Is America “enabling the enemy” in the Middle East? That’s the question Glenn Beck’s head writer and chief of research asked in a mini-series that aired during The Glenn Beck Program.

    “The French foreign minister said not too long ago — he kinda let it slip,” Jason Buttrill, the chief of research, remarked. “He said that we cannot have a stable Iraq without a political transition first in Syria. I think that was a huge mistake and I think that shows what they’re trying to do. … They’re trying to push ISIS back into Syria.”

    Buttrill said President Obama’s strategy is “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” and right now, he wants to use the Islamic State to attack Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    “We’re making the same mistakes that we’ve always made,” he said. “We should not be playing that game.”

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  • Image of this NFL player’s courageous, cancer-fighting daughter with her ESPY award will melt your heart
    Posted July 17, 2015 at 8:44 am by Mike Opelka

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    Thursday night, Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still posted a photo of his five-year-old daughter Leah holding the ESPY award honoring the young lady and her dad on his Instagram account. The trophy for the Jimmy V awards was handed to Leah’s dad during Wednesday’s night ESPN awards ceremony.

    Image source: ABC News

    Image source: ABC News

    The NFL star brought tears to the eyes of many in the audience as he shared stories of his daughter’s ability to fight her cancer. Still’s emotional acceptance speech also thanked God, his fiancé Asha, and the Bengals organization for allowing him to stay on the payroll as he spent time with his young daughter.

    When Still arrived back home, he handed the award to Leah and posted the picture online with the following statement.

    “This ESPY might have both of our names on it but this is Leah’s trophy! Like I said last night, what I do is easy, she has the hard job. Like a true fighter she showed true perseverance throughout her battle with cancer and I couldn’t be any prouder.”

    In case you missed it, here is Devon Still’s powerful acceptance speech from Wednesday night.

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  • Attention fanboys: The next big thing from Apple
    Posted July 15, 2015 at 1:34 pm by Chris Field

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    Palette cleanser from my very creative and talented 16-year-old cousin Caleb Carr at RaceCarr Films.

    Don’t laugh. You know people would buy it.

    As the semi-brilliant and almost always in-touch Billy Hallowell noted:

    Well done, Caleb. Be sure you get a patent on your idea before Apple swipes it: You’ll want your cut once the lemmings get wind of this.

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  • Keynes v. Hayek: A leader of the conservative movement on the epic battle past and present for prosperity
    Posted July 15, 2015 at 8:24 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    James Piereson, president of the William E. Simon Foundation and senior fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute think tank has a new book out in which he makes the case that the political, ideological and cultural consensus that has enabled the last seven decades of American growth and prosperity is coming apart at the seams.

    Part of his new “Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America’s Postwar Political Order” deals with two economic titans whose philosophies animate the two sides that Piereson sees as currently at loggerheads in America: John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek.

    We had the chance to conduct an in-depth interview with Piereson, during which we asked him to expound upon the impact of these two figures both on the past and present. Here is what he said:

    I spend a couple of chapters on Keynes, and a chapter on Hayek. And I don’t really attack Keynes in the book – I try to elucidate his ideas, and I try to explain why Keynes’ ideas probably don’t work in the current period for political reasons, not economic reasons.

    I got some of my ideas from Keynes frankly. Keynes wrote a book on World War I called “The Economic Consquences of the Peace,” in which he basically argued that the events of World War I destroyed the 19th century economic order of free markets and limited government. And he said that for a lot of reasons: One, the European economies were wrecked. All the gold in the world — a lot of it — had moved to the United States. The capital that had been accumulated in that period was destroyed. And he felt that the states and governments in the future would have to take [a] much greater role in guiding economic growth and investment than in the past. And he had a lot of reasons for that.


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    What I suggest is that in a period in which government spends a great deal — and we’ve had 70 years of it going back to the ’30s and ’40s, and interest groups have organized around the state to get that money — Keynesian stimulus policies don’t work that well because all the money goes to entrenched interests, many of which are trying to block economic growth to begin with. They’re trying to get tax breaks. It goes to public employee unions who don’t want to see any change. And so therefore, in this context, stimulus spending only creates more roadblocks to growth, when what in fact we need to do is break up the interest group system and free up our economy.

    Hayek of course attacks all these Keynesian ideas. He didn’t think planning was possible. And he thought the Keynesian remedies would simply lead to more inflation. He’s been partly right on that — I’m not sure he’s been totally vindicated — but what happened in the wake of the financial crisis was that Keynes came back full bore as if he had never been discredited. People thought his theories had been discredited in the 1970s. But Barack Obama came back with stimulus packages and all sorts of things designed to stimulate demand. And it hasn’t worked very well.

    For a theory that is as influential as Keynes’s, it’s got a very mixed record. Japan of course has tried all sorts of Keynesian stimulus remedies — since 1990, has not worked out very well. Great Britain tried them in the 1960s — they failed. Jimmy Carter tried them in the United States in the 1970s — they failed. One could point to the 1960s — Kennedy and Johnson, especially Kennedy’s tax cut as a success — but of course he did that via tax cut, not by spending. FDR’s policies were too experimental and episodic to be chalked up to Keynesian remedies.

    But these two things continue to battle — the two political parties represent the different prongs of these two theories. The Democrats want to stimulate growth by more spending; the Republicans by freeing up the economy. And at the end of the day the voters will decide.

    I’ve stated in the book where I stand. I don’t think the Keynesian remedies will work in our circumstance, even though I think we’ll continue to try them.

    When pushed based on comments from the likes of the New York Times’ Paul Krugman to the effect that the federal government has not thrown enough money at “stimulus” programs to make Keynesianism work in modern-day America, Piereson continued:

    We’ve thrown an enormous amount of Keynesian style stimulus at this problem without a great deal to show for it

    I think that’s absurd … the idea that the United States has followed a policy of austerity is not accurate. We ran up in ’08, ’09 and 2010, we ran up annual federal deficits of 10 to 15 percent of GDP — a trillion dollars. That’s enormous amounts of “stimulus.”

    The Federal Reserve has been buying up bonds — not only government bonds but bad mortgages and all sorts of things. The balance sheet of the Fed is now up to $4 or $5 trillion — unprecedented amounts. And of course we’ve had interest rates at basically zero for six or seven years.

    So, we’ve thrown an enormous amount of Keynesian style stimulus at this problem without a great deal to show for it, and this again gets back to the problem. We need to find a way to generate private sector growth. We’re gonna run out of Keynesian ammunition pretty soon if we haven’t run out of it already.

    During the interview, which you can listen to in full below, we also had the chance to speak with Piereson about several other topics including: (more…)

  • The 2015 Wimbledon champion you probably never heard of — and he’s an American
    Posted July 12, 2015 at 9:19 pm by Mike Opelka

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    LONDON — I have seen the future of men’s tennis…and his name is Reilly Opelka. (See the above editor’s note about about my complete lack of impartiality.)

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    As the men’s final was heating up Sunday on Centre Court, the boy’s championship match was wrapping up on Count 1, the venue adjoining Wimbledon’s biggest stage.

    It was on Court 1 that 17-year-old Reilly Opelka, an unseeded junior appearing in his first Wimbledon tournament, completed an unlikely week that saw him knock off the number-10 seed, the number-3 seed and the number-1 seed en route to beating the number-12 seed, Mikael Ymer of Sweden, 7-6, 6-4.

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    The junior division win was important for American tennis, as this was the second consecutive year an American junior won the boy’s division at Wimbledon. Last year, Noah Rubin took home the title.

    These junior titles often are considered indicators of future success in the men’s divisions. Earlier this year, American Tommy Paul won the French Open junior title, yet another signal of a resurgence in American men’s tennis.

    Opelka’s parents, George and Lynne, along with his sister, Brenna, were on hand to witness the big win for the young man from Palm Coast, Florida, who stands 6 feet 10 inches tall.

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    Image source: TheBlaze/Mike Opelka

    Early Sunday, Opelka’s mom Lynne reminded her Facebook friends of the time in 2007 when a younger (and much shorter) Reilly met one of his tennis idols, Roger Federer, at a tournament in Cincinnati.

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    Tennis icon Roger Federer (left) with Reilly Opelka. (Image source: Lynne Opelka)

    Then after Reilly’s big win and Federer’s loss in the men’s final Sunday, the pair reportedly connected again in the Wimbledon player’s lounge. “He was very kind and very gracious, even though you know he was upset that he lost,” Opelka told of his chat with Federer.

    My favorite moment from today’s tennis action (not including his triumph) was the moment immediately after Reilly’s match had been decided. As my nephew watched his opponent’s shot sail wide, giving him the win, his next move was quite telling: There was no brash celebration, no screaming. Instead Reilly spun on his heels and immediately looked up into the stands where his mother, sister and father were seated. He smiled broadly, pumped his fist and gave them a “thumb’s up” sign.

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    Image source: YouTube/Wimbledon

    In addition to scoring his first grand slam win in singles at Wimbledon, Opelka and his doubles partner, Japan’s Akira Santillan, made it to the finals in that group as the fourth seeds. About ninety minutes after winning the boy’s singles title, Opelka took the court with Santillan — but the pair lost to the 8th seeds in straight sets, 7-6, 6-4.

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    Image source: ESPN

    What’s next for Opelka? According to his parents, the immediate future includes stops at an upcoming tournament in Michigan and the U.S. Open in late August.

    Watch highlights from Opelka’s championship match.

    See more of TheBlaze’s coverage of Wimbledon here.

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  • What happened to Jeffy on ‘Pat & Stu’ that has audience members concerned
    Posted July 9, 2015 at 8:28 pm by Erica Ritz

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    During an “ask the staff anything” episode of The Glenn Beck Program Thursday, one audience member had a question about whether Jeff Fisher, better known as “Jeffy,” was alright.

    Jeffy had guest hosted Pat & Stu with Pat Gray the day before, and was sweating so profusely Pat stopped the show to ask whether he was alright.

    Jeff Fisher guest hosts 'Pat & Stu' on July 8, 2015. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

    Jeff Fisher guest hosts ‘Pat & Stu’ on July 8, 2015. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

    “I can’t stop sweating. I think I’m getting sick,” Jeffy admitted. “I’m serious. I don’t feel good all of the sudden.”

    Later that day, Glenn’s executive producer Tiffany Siegel said they started hearing “screams” that Jeffy needed ginger ale.

    “We’re still waiting for the 24-hour Ebola diagnosis to come through,” Jeffy joked.

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  • Stop everything: Video shows how kittens and puppies react as they meet for the first time
    Posted July 8, 2015 at 1:08 am by Oliver Darcy

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    A video produced by BuzzFeed shows a group of kittens and puppies meet for the first time.

    Amassing more than 300,000 views since it was published to YouTube, the footage shows the two groups of animals curiously, but cautiously, check each other out.

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  • Fab Four insider answers: Did Yoko Ono really break up the Beatles?
    Posted July 6, 2015 at 2:44 pm by Chris Field

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    “You’re giving her too much credit.”

    That’s the response a longtime friend and record label manager of the Beatles has for the belief that Yoko Ono was responsible for breaking up one of the greatest—if not the greatest—rock bands of all time.

    For decades, Beatles fans have debated the role Yoko played in the Fab Four split. And much blame has been laid at the feet of John Lennon’s widow for bringing about the end of the group that brought the world “Hey Jude,” “Revolution,” “Eleanor Rigby” and much more.

    But is it accurate?

    In an in-depth interview with The Church Boys, Ken Mansfield, who was the U.S. manager of the Beatles’ Apple Records label, as well as the band’s U.S.-U.K. liaison, says no.

    Listen to the Yoko Ono clip of the interview below:

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    Asked his thoughts on Yoko, Mansfield, who was friends with all the boys from Liverpool, laughed and said, “When Yoko was in the room, you always knew she was there.”

    According to Mansfield, “The problem with Yoko was, when I first started working with them, I was working with four guys, and then one day, I’m working with five people.”

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    Photo credit: Emka74/

    Not only was her presence an added level of pressure and conflict, she also had serious influence over Lennon. “She did really take over John in a very powerful way,” Mansfield said. “And you knew that, when you said something to John, it went back home with Yoko, it went through her thought process, and then came back through John to you. It wasn’t really John speaking to you anymore—you felt like it was more like Yoko. She got him pretty riled up in some areas. He was very cynical.”

    “It just kind of ruined everything in a way,” Mansfield added.

    What about persistent question about the part Yoko played in breaking up the band?

    Mansfield has an answer: “People say, ‘Well, Yoko broke up the Beatles.’ I say you’re giving her too much credit. There were too many things going on that broke them up. But Yoko didn’t help.”

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  • Donald Trump, Obama and Megyn Kelly get the ‘Songify’ treatment in latest installment of ’Songify the News’
    Posted July 3, 2015 at 6:18 pm by Jason Howerton

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    Donald Trump’s controversial “rapists” comment about illegal immigrants, Megyn Kelly’s interview with Mike Huckabee on the legalization of gay marriage and President Barack Obama’s “you’re in my house” exchange with a transgender protester at the White House make up the latest installment of the popular “Songify the News” YouTube series:

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