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  • Think the 2016 GOP presidential primary process favors the establishment? Hugh Hewitt has a surprising argument that it actually benefits this candidate
    Posted June 24, 2015 at 11:04 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Nationally syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt has a new book out titled “The Queen: The Epic Ambition of Hillary and the Coming of a Second ‘Clinton Era,’“ in which the lawyer and political veteran plays Machiavelli to Hillary Clinton, developing a playbook to ensure her dominance while simultaneously exposing what he believes are her fatal flaws.

    One section of Hewitt’s book concerns his scouting reports on the various Republican opponents she may face in 2016, and how she ought to approach them.

    In this context, Hewitt writes something that may be of interest for those who would assume that the Republican primary rules for 2016 might favor candidates from the GOP establishment. Hewitt in fact makes the case that the rules and calendar favor Sen. Ted Cruz above all other candidates.

    During an in-depth interview in TheBlaze’s New York offices in connection with his new book, I had the chance to ask Hewitt to explain his view:

    In February of this year – the “Reince Reforms,” the [Reince] Priebus rules — require that only four states vote, and those are Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

    And Nevada is a caucus state that Rand Paul will win, but which will be dismissed because the Paul supporters there are deep and organized, and caucuses are really false positives, which is important. But he’ll win it. He’ll win some delegates.

    So the three races that matter are Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. And what really matters are New Hampshire and South Carolina.

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    Ted Cruz has an enormous amount of under-the-radar strength in Iowa among young people. I ran 12 mock Iowa caucuses at the Young Conservative Leadership Conference last summer. I’m going to do it again next week. Ted Cruz won a plurality in each of the six original caucuses and a straight out majority in the re-votes after they had argued, reflecting deep ties into social media. He’ll do well in Iowa, he’ll get some delegates. He’ll go to New Hampshire he’ll finish in the top four or five. He’ll go to South Carolina and finish in the top three. And then they go to Texas. And he will win Texas on March 1st.

    Which means that coming out of the first 31 days of voting, the person with the most delegates is gonna be Ted Cruz according to the calendar. He’s also got $37 million in the bank, the Mercer family behind him, and an almost unparalleled ability – Rubio and Carly Fiorina are very good, Marco and Carly are very good as well – those three are among the most able talkers I’ve ever met. And I think he’ll [Sen. Cruz] be able to run the board, if anyone can run the board.

    And it’s highly likely in my view that we’re going to an open convention – a brokered convention at which anything can happen and probably will … It’s gonna be wild and I’m from Northeastern Ohio, so I’m glad the most interesting convention since the won that nominated Lincoln in Chicago in 1860 will occur on the shores of Lake Erie in the city of champions, 2016. We lost this year because Lebron can’t beat five people by himself.

    During the wide-ranging interview which you can listen to in full below, we also had the chance to discuss several other topics including: (more…)

  • A skateboarding, keg-standing and hallucinating ‘Bernie Sanders’ proves he’s not boring in this mock ad
    Posted June 24, 2015 at 8:24 am by Mike Opelka

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    Could this be a good sign for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential hopes?

    Image source: Funny or Die

    Image source: Funny or Die

    The folks at “Funny or Die” (the people who gave us the “Between Two Ferns” video with President Obama promoting Obamacare enrollment in a fake interview with comedian Zach Galifianakis) produced a mock campaign ad starring funny man James Adomian. For over a decade, the 35-year-old comic has made a name for himself impersonating political figures like George W. Bush, Rick Perry and Jesse Ventura.

    Adman recently told Bloomberg’s David Weigel he likes Sanders and had been working on the impression, but was concerned the three-term senator was not recognizable. The campaign appears to have changed everything.

    With Sanders attracting media attention from all the major news outlets and late night comedy, Adman appears to be the front-runner in terms of Bernie Sanders impressions.

    Watch the new video from “Funny or Die”:

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  • NY Times editor admits to bias in climate reporting
    Posted June 23, 2015 at 3:49 pm by Chris Field

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    For most people on the right, the debate over liberal bias in the mainstream media has long been settled. But very few folks receiving a MSM paycheck are willing to admit what conservatives consider obvious: that there is a left-wing slant to news reporting. Editorial pages are what they are, but news reporting should be straight-up — facts are facts, “truth has no agenda,” etc.

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    In a refreshing bit of candor, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan admitted to Media Matters that her paper has taken to using “denier” rather than “skeptic” when reporting on people who don’t buy into man-made global warming:

    New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan believes the paper is making progress when it comes to using the more accurate term “denier” — rather than “skeptic” — to refer to those who reject the scientific consensus on climate change.

    In an interview with Media Matters, Sullivan described “denier” as the “stronger term” and the appropriate label “when someone is challenging established science.” Sullivan said that “the Times is moving in a good direction” on the issue, adding that the newspaper is using the term “denier” more often and “perhaps should be doing it even more.”

    This isn’t the first time Sullivan has addressed the skeptic/denier word-choice fight. In a May 7 blog post, she wrote of a letter she’d received from members of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry — apparently the self-ordained keepers of the word “skeptic”:

    I heard this week from members of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a group of scientists, writers, and academics who “promote scientific inquiry and critical investigation,” and Forecast the Facts, a 170,000-member organization that “supports factual accuracy in climate reporting.”

    They offered praise for The Times’s reporting on climate change but there’s something they don’t like:

    “According to our review of your published content between December 23, 2014 and March 23, 2015, your newspaper accurately described climate change deniers as ‘deniers’ in 18 articles but inaccurately called them ‘skeptics’ in 9 articles. We define climate change deniers as individuals or groups who deny the basic science of climate change: that it is real and it is man-made.”

    Sullivan admits in that column that word choice in these types of reports “matters a great deal.” And she concludes that this effort to liken skeptics of global warming climate change fearmongering to Holocaust deniers is a significant decision for Times editors:

    [T]he readers are right to watch these choices carefully. The difference between skeptic and denier … may seem minor, but it’s really not. Simply put, words matter.

    But remember, there’s no bias in the Times’ news reporting.


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  • Bernie Sanders kicking Hillary’s tail in first Daily Kos poll
    Posted June 23, 2015 at 2:14 pm by Chris Field

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    Today, Daily Kos released the results of the first of its biweekly Democratic Primary Straw polls.

    The “inevitable” Hillary came in a distant second place to self-avowed socialist candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. The Vermont senator beat the former secretary of State by nearly 3-to-1.

    Self-proclaimed democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont)

    Self-proclaimed democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont)

    The final first-round results:

    • Bernie Sanders: 69%
    • Hillary Clinton: 24%
    • Martin O’Malley: 2%
    • No Freakin’ Clue: 2%
    • Other: 1%

    Don’t forget to get your Bernie gear here. You don’t want to miss your chance to be a part of the movement that, if successful, could bring about the end of the U.S. even faster than anyone on the right could have guessed.

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  • 10 years later, here’s what happened to the land seized and sold to developers in a controversial Supreme Court case
    Posted June 23, 2015 at 11:18 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    As eminent legal scholar and takings expert Richard Epstein notes at National Review, June 23, 2015 marks the 10 year anniversary of one of the Supreme Court’s most controversial cases relating to private property, in Kelo v. City of New London.

    For those unfamiliar with the case, in a five-to-four decision the Supreme Court ruled in Kelo that New London, Connecticut could use the power of eminent domain to seize private property from its owners and sell it to developers as part of a broader economic development plan.

    The property seized from Susette Kelo as of May 2014. (Image Source: Ilya Somin)

    The property seized from Susette Kelo as of May 2014. (Photo Credit: Ilya Somin)

    Specifically, the Court ruled that the development of the property would qualify as a “public purpose,” constituting a “public use,” thereby representing a Constitutional taking pursuant to the Fifth Amendment, given the public benefits to be gained through the developer’s use of the seized land.

    While government has a right to take private property for public use if it provides just compensation, the case proved highly controversial because the government was taking private property — specifically homes — from several parties, and not using it for say a public school or public transportation, but rather selling it to another private party that claimed it could generate greater economic activity from the property.

    In particular, the homes seized by New London in a neighborhood known as Fort Trumbull were razed to make way for a development project that included among other things a $300 million research center for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, along with a hotel, residential and office space.

    Ilya Somin, Professor Law at George Mason University School of Law, adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute, and blogger at the essential Volokh Conspiracy has recently published the literal book on the Kelo case titled “The Grasping Hand: “Kelo v. City of New London” and the Limits of Eminent Domain.”

    On this tenth anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling, it bears noting what has happened to the property seized by the City of New London. Somin writes in his book:

    The only creatures making…use of…[the lots] in… intervening years have been…feral cats
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    As of early 2015, almost ten years after the Supreme Court upheld the Kelo condemnations, the properties that were the focus of an epic legal battle remain empty and undeveloped. Several plans to redevelop these lots have fallen through. The only creatures making regular use of them in the intervening years have been a colony of feral cats.

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    These failures were not simply caused by adverse publicity resulting from the public backlash against the Supreme Court ruling or by the recession and financial crisis that began in 2008. As a 2005 New York Times article noted, the failure was a result of “contract disputes and financial uncertainty” and the unwillingness of investors to commit to a flawed project. As early as 2002, Pfizer had begun to lose interest in utilizing the new facilities expected to be built in the development area. In 2009, the firm announced plans to close down its New London facility and began to transfer the employees working there elsewhere. With Pfizer’s departure, the city lost 1,400 jobs that state officials had attracted to the area by committing to redevelop Fort Trumbull in a way that suited the firms’s needs.

    The city has managed to successfully redevelop the portion of the Fort Trumbull land that was previously part of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center closed in 1995. It is now a leased research and development center. But that property already belonged to the city after the center had closed, and there was no need to use eminent domain to redevelop it.

    Eventually, the condemned land will almost certainly be used for some productive purpose or other. In the meantime, however, it will have stood empty for a decade or even longer, depriving the community of economic benefits of a productive use of the land and the city of potential property tax revenue. Even from the standpoint of economic development, without reference to the constitutional considerations or the intrinsic value of property rights, the Fort Trumbull condemnations have done a lot more harm than good. Governor Rowland was right to predict that Pfizer’s move would “change the landscape of this community,” even if it is not yet clear whether he was also right to predict that the effects will really last “for the next 100 years.” So far, at least, the effects have been very different from those supporters of the project had hoped for.

    For the definitive account of Kelo and its aftermath, be sure to check out Somin’s new book.

     

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  • See What Glenn Beck Said About Rand Paul’s Tax Plan
    Posted June 22, 2015 at 5:31 pm by Sponsored Post

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    “That is unbelievable. That’s the best thing I’ve ever heard from any candidate on the IRS yet. Phenomenal. Rand Paul!”

    That’s what Glenn Beck said today about my bold tax plan to drive a stake through the heart of the IRS and rip up all 70,000 plus pages of our tax code.

    I believe Glenn Beck’s enthusiastic response to my tax plan is exactly how the American people will respond once they hear I’ve proposed the biggest and boldest tax cut in American history.

    Today, I’m counting on you to help me share my tax plan with as many voters as possible in key early primary states.

    So won’t you please add your name and chip in a contribution of $20.16 to help me spread my “Fair and Flat Tax” plan far and wide?

    The American people are sick and tired of the IRS ripping money out of their paychecks each year. They’re frustrated with our more than 70,000 pages of confusing tax code.

    And while there are various opinions on the exact solution to our convoluted tax code, polls consistently show “fairness” is one of the top goals of Americans when it comes to reforming our tax system.

    Like most folks, I also envision an America where EVERYONE plays by the same rules.

    That’s why I’m proposing to blow up the entire tax code and start over with a fair and flat low rate of 14.5% for everyone.

    It’s an All-American solution.

    And today I’m counting on you to chip in $20.16 to help my campaign blast it out far and wide.

    Your generous support will help me spread my tax plan in key early primary states. And I’m confident my plan will resonate with the American people.

    If passed into law, my tax plan would:

    • End the workers tax: I will end the FICA payroll tax, the largest tax for many working Americans. It’s GONE! Zero. Nothing.
    • Eliminate the headaches and complication in filing federal taxes by allowing every taxpayer to file a simple, one-page return with a low and fair tax rate of 14.5%, saving American families over $2 TRILLION in the first 10 years;
    • End corporate welfare and special tax breaks, eliminating the army of lobbyists and tax lawyers gaming the system. That means no more mom and pop small businesses paying 40% of their income in taxes, while big corporations — armed with armies of slick lawyers — pay zero;
    • Unleash the American economy from the heavy hand of government, growing our economy 22% faster than anything we’ve seen under President Obama.

    Will you add your name and chip in a contribution to help me spread my tax plan far and wide?

    A few weeks ago, when everyone said it would be impossible, in a Sunday Senate showdown I stared down the NSA and ended Barack Obama’s illegal spying program.

    So when the American people hear my plan proposing to blow up the entire tax code and drive a stake through the heart of the IRS — they know I mean business.

    And I’m confident they’ll rally behind my campaign and join our movement to Defeat the Washington Machine. So please stand with me by adding your name and chip in a contribution of $20.16 right away.

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  • Do Americans hate their own founding principles? Economist Walter E. Williams says yes.
    Posted June 22, 2015 at 11:19 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    George Mason University professor and leading libertarian economist Dr. Walter E. Williams has a new book out in which he makes the case that Americans — often times unbeknownst to themselves — harbor hostility towards their own freedoms.

    During an in-depth interview with Dr. Williams, we had the chance to discuss a variety of issues addressed in his must-read “American Contempt for Liberty,” including his defense of the position that Americans have contempt for their own liberty. Here’s what he said:

    Americans have contempt for the founding principles. Now what I mean by that is that I think almost everybody will believe — everybody recognizes that James Madison is the acknowledged father of the United States Constitution. And so James Madison ought to know what’s in it.

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    And in 1794, Congress appropriated $15,000 to help some French refugees, and James Madison stood on the floor of the House irate, and he said, and I’m quoting him: “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution, which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the [sic] objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” James Madison also said “Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”

    Now, where the contempt comes in is that imagine that a presidential candidate … is running today, and he makes the same statements that James Madison made. The American people would run him out of town on the rail, because they have contempt for that particular idea.

    And when you talk about Madison saying “Congress can’t spend money on the objects of benevolence,” if you look at the federal budget, two-thirds to three-quarters of it are for the “objects of benevolence.” That is, you can describe two-thirds to three-quarters of the federal government as follows: That is, where Congress takes the earnings of one American, and gives them to some other American.

    Now I think that people should recognize I’m not making an argument against taxes because everybody ought to pay their share of the Constitutionally mandated functions of government. But no person has an obligation to be forced to give money to some other person.

    During the interview, which you can listen to in full below, we had the chance to touch on a number of other topics including: (more…)

  • Two Salon headlines, side-by-side, are causing quite a stir on social media
    Posted June 19, 2015 at 10:05 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    Take a look and you’ll probably see why:

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    In the most recent tweet, Salon is referring to the deadly shooting that left nine dead on Wednesday after a gunman opened fire at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

    The 2013 tweet referred to the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three and wounded hundreds. It was later revealed that the Tsarnaev brothers, of Chechnya, were motivated by radical Islam.

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death earlier this year for his role in the 2013 bombing. His brother, Tamerlan, was killed during a massive manhunt following the attack.

    (H/T: Weasel Zippers)

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  • Watch this dog’s reaction when he realizes that’s not a rock next to him
    Posted June 19, 2015 at 9:27 pm by Oliver Darcy

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  • Gawker on superheroes: If you hold to traditional values, you’re a ‘f***ing dork’
    Posted June 19, 2015 at 5:33 pm by Chris Field

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    Give them a point for honesty.

    In a piece for Gawker, Sam Biddle has this breaking news: Spider-Man movies are lame because Spidey’s creators gave him positive traits that are contractually enforced.

    Before we get to Biddle’s anti-values screed, let’s look at asininity in the opening.

    Based on information he gleaned from the famous Sony hack, Biddle begins his column:

    Why are the Spider-Man movies so bad? Maybe it’s because the character has become stale, locked down by arbitrary contractual definitions? A leaked agreement between Marvel and Sony shows us why Peter Parker always looks like Peter Parker.

    Only in recent years has the notion that a superhero (or villain) can be something other than a white man (or cyborg) who wants to impress white women — gay heroes have appeared, but only on the margins. Batwoman recently had a gay comic book marriage, as did Northstar, but the onscreen AAA, marquee heroes and villains still generally resemble a Young Republican luncheon.

    First, are the Spider-Man movies really “so bad”? They’re not my cup of tea as far as superhero movies go — in fact, I’m not a comic book fanboy — but they’re fun. That said, my opinion of the franchise is even less important than Biddle’s: He’s the one actually paid to write columns about that crap.

    But let’s examine his claim that the movies are “so bad” — acknowledging, of course, that it’s based on taste. (You don’t like a movie, you don’t like it. What do I care? Unless it’s the original Star Wars or Indiana Jones trilogies, criticism of which should arguably cost you your American citizenship.)

    Since so many critics tout Rotten Tomatoes (it’s a major source of exposure for them in their chosen career of “I’m going to tell people what to think about movies they haven’t seen”) and moviegoers rely on the site for advice on what movies to see (don’t think you do? check the movie-time apps on your phone), let’s see what the Tomatometer says about the five (yes, five) most recent Spider-Man movies since 2002.

    Spider-Man (2002): Critics gave it an 89%; audiences gave it a 67%.

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    Spider-Man 2 (2004): Critics 94%; audiences 81%

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    Spider-Man 3 (2007): Critics 63%; audiences 51%

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    The Amazing Spider-Man (2012): Critics 72%; audiences 77%

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    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014): Critics 53%; audiences 66%.

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    Even with the 53% from critics for the most recent film, that’s not too shabby a run for movies that are “so bad.”

    Second, Biddle claims the movies are”so bad” because the central character is “locked down by arbitrary contractual definitions.” Is there a contractual way that Spider-Man is to appear? Yes. Can you believe that? The creators of the character want to define and stay true to the character of the character they’ve poured their lives into. GASP!

    For Biddle to claim to know better how a character — beloved by tens of millions of Americans for more than 50 years — should act in order to be popular is absurd.

    But his desire to project a left-wing worldview — the only acceptable worldview, by the way — on a fictional character is not the most absurd part of this Gawker twaddle.

    According to the Sony leaks, the deal Sony Pictures struck with Marvel included a bulleted list of “Mandatory Spider-Man Character Traits.” Here’s the list that set off the Gawker writer:

    • Male
    • Does not torture
    • Does not kill unless in defense of self or others
    • Does not use foul language beyond PG-13
    • Does not smoke tobacco
    • Does not sell/distribute illegal drugs
    • Does not abuse alcohol
    • Does not have sex before the age of 16, does not have sex with anyone below the age of 16
    • Not a homosexual (unless Marvel has portrayed that alter ego as a homosexual)

    How did Biddle respond to this list?

    Wow, Spider-Man is a f***ing dork.

    Really?

    What, in the addled mind of a left-winger, makes Spider-Man so f***ingly dorkish?

    It is his refusal to torture or kill? No. “We don’t torture” is one of the left’s mantras. Plus our military, which kills enemies, is bad. And don’t even get them started on capital punishment.

    Maybe it’s Spidey’s refusal to smoke tobacco? Nope. We all know the left’s thoughts on tobacco.

    It could be his anti-drug stance. Since dope-smoking hippies have found a home in the liberal crowd that will take away their old-school tobacco pipes but not their bongs, they aren’t going to be big fans of Spider-Man’s “just say no” attitude. In fact, Biddle makes that view clear at the end of his piece:

    There appears to be one slight, hopeful loophole here: Spider-Man is only barred from selling and/or distributing illegal drugs, which means he’s free to use them recreationally. Give us a bath salt Spider-Man, Marvel, or let the franchise die.

    They might also take issue with Spider-Man’s refusal to abuse alcohol. For obvious reasons:

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    The Gawker crowd certainly does not like the “male” requirement. Down with the Patriachy!

    Judging by the writing you can find in Biddle’s archives and throughout Gawker and pretty much every other left-wing site, a proscription on foul language is just godd**n f***ing ridiculous. Amirite?

    But, really, what is it that most likely makes Spider-Man a “f***ing dork” in the eyes of the Gawker-types

    Answer: He won’t “have sex before the age of 16″ and “does not have sex with anyone below the age of 16,” and he’s “not a homosexual.”

    It’s also worth pointing out that Biddle ridicules Peter Parker (aka Spider-Man in plainclothes) as a “total dweeb” for being contractually required to be “Caucasian and heterosexual.” Whiteness and straightness is bad.

    For the left, sex is sacrosanct.

    You cannot make a moral determination about those who choose to have sex as teenagers.

    Or with teenagers.

    Or with members of the same sex.

    Let’s sum up what we learned from Gawker today:

    • If you refuse to put illegal drugs into your body or refuse to sell illegal drugs for others to put into their bodies, you’re a “f***ing dork.”
    • If you believe that abusing alcohol might not be the best for you, you’re a “f***ing dork.”
    • If you don’t use phrases like “f***ing dork,” you’re a “f***ing dork.”
    • If you hold to any sort of belief that sex is for adults within the bonds of one-man-one-woman marriage, you’re a “f***ing dork.”

    The world as the left would have it is revealed by those superhero qualities Gawker and their cohorts would celebrate (or mock and eliminate).

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  • Can you tell which supermodel this is without her makeup on?
    Posted June 18, 2015 at 2:40 pm by Jonathon M. Seidl

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    Take a look. Can you guess who this is?

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    Not sure? Well, it’s none other than Tyra Banks. Here’s the full post she put on Instagram:

  • ”Ain’t no birds flying, ain’t no people walking’: South Carolina man’s viral rant about the heat wave
    Posted June 17, 2015 at 5:32 pm by Mike Opelka

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    A heat wave cut across the southeastern United States this past weekend, making life miserable for millions.

    South Carolina’s Eric Cornell (aka E. Cornell on Facebook) had his fill of the hot weather and decided to record a short video rant about the heat for his family and friends.

    He posted the clip on Facebook and two days later, it had been viewed more than 300,000 times and shared more than 7,000 times on Facebook.

    Check it out:

    When I tell you that it is Hhottt In Columbia South carolina. .Geesh!!!. Yes I'm a Author, Public Speaker, Singer, Master Image/Hair Stylist and Cre8tive Solutions Coach!..but this heat DWARFS IT ALL…. im delirious and AINT NOBADDY TOLD ME NUTHIN!!

    Posted by Eric Cornell on Sunday, June 14, 2015

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  • Don’t like Sweet Baby Jesus? Fine. How about Smiling Irish Bastard?
    Posted June 17, 2015 at 2:25 pm by Chris Field

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    TheBlaze Faith Editor (and infamous consumer of large quantities of alcohol) Billy Hallowell has the latest product outrage that many people of faith are tripping over themselves to criticize and demand it be pulled from store coolers.

    I have a suggestion for a replacement brew — one I learned of last week on The Mike O’Meara Show.

    Think Smiling Irish Bastard, an ale from Geaghan’s in Bangor, Maine, would appropriately raise the dander of the righteous?

    Smiling Irish Bastard beer

    Cheers.

  • This is how newspapers in NYC reacted to Trump’s campaign announcement
    Posted June 17, 2015 at 8:46 am by Mike Opelka

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    The morning after Donald Trump announced his 2016 presidential dream to the world, the newspapers in New York reacted.

    The New York Post and the New York Daily News (NYC’s leading tabloid papers) gave Trump prime real estate on their front pages. The Post referred to Trump’s announcement as a “fiery, take-no-prisoners speech.” The Daily News imaged him as a clown, with a headline announcing, “Trump throws rubber nose in GOP ring.”

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    The New York Times was not so generous, barely mentioning the Trump announcement. In fact, the news appeared in the final item on the bottom of the left column of the front page. The Times’ coverage was also buried, 16 pages into the paper.

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    The Post and Daily News dedicated a two-page spread to the billionaire’s announcement, covering pages 4-5 in both papers.

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  • This video of elephants listening to live violin music might be just what you need today
    Posted June 16, 2015 at 12:31 pm by Mike Opelka

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    It’s just a simple clip showing two violinists, reportedly from Belgium’s Royal Chamber Orchestra, playing some classical music for a family of elephants.

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    Pairi Daizazoo, a zoo in Belgium, uploaded the video to its Facebook page. It has racked up over 200,000 views on at least one social media site.

    The private concert happened last Friday, as the zoo was about to close. The classical music site, ClassicFM.com said the zookeepers were interested in seeing the elephants’ reaction to the music. That reaction? They appeared to sway in time with the music.

    Proving musical tastes among wild animals can be as different as it is among humans, Buzzfeed reports a zoo spokesperson told them, “The lions didn’t appreciate it, and one monkey climbed on the instruments to stop the musician playing.”

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    Proving musical tastes among wild animals can be as different as it is among humans, Buzzfeed reports a zoo spokesperson told them, “The lions didn’t appreciate it, and one monkey climbed on the instruments to stop the musician playing.”

    This weekend, the Pairi Daizaoo will be featuring different styles of music, played live for the animals and visitors.

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  • Hugh Hewitt: 5 bold reforms Hillary Clinton should champion to devastate the GOP and ensure a long ‘Clinton Era’
    Posted June 16, 2015 at 9:55 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Playing the role of modern-day Machiavelli, lawyer and nationally syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt has just published a book in which he seeks to provide political foe Hillary Clinton with a playbook to not only win the presidency in 2016, but ensure Clinton dominance for years to come.

    In “The Queen: The Epic Ambition of Hillary and the Coming of a Second ‘Clinton Era’,” perhaps Hewitt’s most provocative suggestion concerns an agenda that he believes Clinton ought to push in order to unite and energize her base while peeling off money/influence typically found on the Republican side.

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    Here are Hewitt’s five proposals for Clinton:

    1. A constitutional amendment abolishing the Electoral College and substituting in its place a direct election of the president by popular vote.

    2. A constitutional amendment abolishing the two term limit on the presidency.

    3. A constitutional amendment mandating that 5% of GDP be spent on the Pentagon’s budget, with safeguards that the money actually be spent on soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines and the equipment they need, and not on absurd “tack-ons” like “green energy” production for military bases. Rebuild the military and detach it from the GOP, and do so before a coup becomes a reality in the next forty years.

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    4. An ironclad commitment to massive development of our own energy resources, via fracking onshore and select development of new offshore resources, via out-of-sight platform drilling. Campaign on authorizing the Keystone XL Pipeline, once you have the nomination. What is Mr. [Tom] Steyer going to do? Disown you? The left will think you’re posturing. Some in the center will be seduced. Cite the statistic that for every energy job created, four are generated downstream of it. Sell the true statement that “Energy is freedom,” and cite the knowledge you gained as Secretary of State of the Third World’s desperate need for energy to alleviate poverty and power growth.

    This will be the hardest of all the backflips you must accomplish, a full-throated embrace of the fossil fuels you are on record as saying are destroying the planet. And like Canadian figure skater Kevin Reynolds’ first ever “double quad” on ice in a competitive event in 2010, it will be unprecedented and very difficult to seize a GOP core position and persuade your side it was necessary and indeed worth doing.

    5. A near-complete amnesty for all illegal immigrants coupled with an ironclad commitment to the immediate construction of a long, double-sided, high fence covering at least half the length of the 2,000-mile, Mexican-American border. The GOP has long failed to understand how to make this dual commitment work, to see in it the easiest way to hit the sweet spot. To your supporters on the left assure them the gate in the fence will be wide. Open it soon after construction is complete. Then close it prior to 2020. Then open again thereafter. With the majorities you build in your demographic surge you can put forward the Constitutional amendment removing term-limits on the presidency.

    Hewitt goes into great detail on the rationale behind each of these proposals in “The Queen,” summarized as follows: (more…)

  • Blaze TV commentator brutally mocks ex-Spokane NAACP president in way that he says will make ‘liberal heads explode’
    Posted June 15, 2015 at 11:24 pm by Jason Howerton

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    On Monday’s episode of “Dana” on TheBlaze TV, commentator Lawrence Jones took the mockery of Rachel Dolezal, the former president of the NAACP’s Spokane, Washington, chapter who has been pretending to be black, to another level.

    Jones walked onto the set in “whiteface,” jokingly telling host Dana Loesch that he has identified as a white man for his entire life.

    “Is it crazy that I want to identify with white people now? Is it crazy that I have felt white my entire life and my skin just came out black?” Jones asked mockingly.

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    Jones said he donned whiteface knowing that it would likely make “liberal heads explode.” This author also appeared in the segment.

    Watch the edgy, comedic segment via TheBlaze TV below:

  • Whoopi on Dolezal: ‘She wants to be a black woman? Fine.’
    Posted June 15, 2015 at 6:01 pm by Chris Field

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    On “The View,” the ladies took a look at the fake-black-lady-Rachel-Dolezal controversy.

    Near the end of this clip, Whoopi Goldberg was asked if she was mad about Rachel Dolezal posing as a black woman.

    Quoth Whoopi:

    I’m not mad at anybody. Look. Just like people say, “I feel like I’m a man. I feel like I’m a woman. I feel like I’m this,” she feels like a black woman.

    She wants to be a black woman? Fine. Everything that comes with that, she is prepared for. OK?

    Allahpundit’s take on it was spot on:

    [Whoopi's] fine with Dolezal’s new identity so long as she’s prepared for “everything that comes with that.” I asked that question this morning. What if Dolezal is prepared for it? What if she prefers to live as a black woman even if that means experiencing prejudice? If race is a social construct and the touchstone of that construct in America is oppression, why shouldn’t a white woman who’s willing to endure it because of her appearance, with no intention of changing that appearance, be treated as authentic?

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  • ‘Bad idea of the day’ — Putting a nest of red ants in your underpants.
    Posted June 14, 2015 at 10:15 am by Mike Opelka

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    It’s not exactly the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” And we sincerely doubt the idea of putting a nest of red ants in your underpants and making a video of the experience is going to catch fire.

    However, it did happen at least once – reportedly in Rayong, Thailand.

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    After stripping off all his clothing except his underpants, a teenager — with “help” from his friends — had a nest of red ants placed in the front of his underwear.

    It did not go well. In less than 10 seconds, the young man began screaming in pain.

    His friends responded with a hose, attempting to wash off the biting insects.

    Watch it all unfold in under one minute.

    For the record, these red ants a well-known food source in this part of the world.

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    The ant eggs are routinely harvested and used in the making of “ant egg soup.”
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  • Brad Thor’s message for Pamela Geller’s critics: You are pansies
    Posted June 12, 2015 at 10:46 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Author Brad Thor is not one to mince words when it comes to defending free speech and challenging jihadists.

    So it should come as no surprise that during an in-depth interview in connection with his forthcoming “Code of Conduct,” when the topic of Islamic supremacism versus the West came up — and in particular the Garland, TX shooting — sparks were going to fly.

    Listen to what Brad had to say below, and for a sneak peek at the creepy enviro-globalist agenda at the heart of “Code of Conduct,” Brad’s assessment of the threats to the homeland and how to take it to Islamic supremacists and his endorsement for president in 2016, you can skip to the full interview here.

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    The First Amendment exists to protect speech you don’t agree with. It actually is there — if all that was worthy of protection was speech everybody agreed with, we wouldn’t need the First Amendment. OK.

    So you don’t have to agree with what Pamela Geller is doing, but my G-d, Pamela Geller is doing more to help reform Islam than any pansy on the left or right who is criticizing her.

    And I don’t care who criticized her. I don’t care who it is: You are weak, and you’re a pansy for not standing behind her.

    It makes no sense to me that you would not support someone who is trying to bring about reform in one of the most dangerous ideologies since Nazism. And it actually predates Nazism, so I can’t say it’s since Nazism.

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    This idea that Pamela Geller somehow deserved what they got — and she’s making it worse for people. You know I heard people say “Well why provoke all Muslims?” She’s not trying to provoke all Muslims. She’s trying to provoke a discussion.

    And moderate Muslims should not be offended by the depiction of their Prophet Muhammad. They can say it’s in their book … Islam is the only major world religion that has not had a reformation. Judaism has. Christianity has. Islam has not.

    And … I would encourage you to please link to probably one of the best articles ever written about the West and how we are pandering to fundamentalist Islam. It was actually — I don’t know that you do a lot of links to the Huffington Post — but it was on the Huffington Post and it was written by Sam Harris, who is on Bill Maher a lot. And Sam’s an agnostic.

    And Sam wrote a great article called “Losing Our Spines to Save Our Necks.” And he talks about the fact that we have allowed a protected space to be carved out in the public square where every other group is expected to debate rationally on the playing field of ideas, except for Islam.

    We can go ahead and talk about Catholicism, Mormonism, Buddhism, Hinduism, but we can’t critique and discuss the tenets of Islam. And that’s because we are hamstringing ourselves.

    And Islam needs more attention, more criticism, not less. If we don’t criticize Islam and put pressure on Islam, how do you expect reformers and again moderates to have the wind at their backs, the wind in their sails to have them do the work that needs to be done? Because we as non-Muslims can’t affect any change.

    All we do, like I said, we get our civil liberties eroded.

    It’s longer lines at TSA for those of us who can’t reform Islam.

    We need to do everything we can to help reform it. And reforming Islam means we have to draw attention to all its failings.

    It’s only when people are shown “Hey, the house is full of termites,” that maybe they’re gonna stop spending money on cable and tons of beer, and start applying the money to fixing their own house.

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  • LISTEN: Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson check Elizabeth Warren’s privilege
    Posted June 11, 2015 at 10:08 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson are out with a timely new book titled End of Discussion: How the Left’s Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).

    In “End of Discussion,” Ham and Benson chronicle the war against free speech and spirited dissent from leftist orthodoxy in America, and offer several antidotes based on the likes of figures as diverse as the late comedian Joan Rivers and likely presidential candidate Scott Walker.

    Particularly staggering is their discussion of the labyrinthine and ever-growing thicket of unwritten (but sometimes written) laws governing what one can and cannot say on college campuses.

    During our in-depth interview with Ham and Benson, this led to a discussion about the concept of “privilege” — which has seeped from college campuses out into the mainstream — identity politics, and in particular how they were hypocritically abused by Sen. Elizabeth Warren to aid and accelerate her ascension.

    Here is that part of our exchange:

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    Guy Benson: In “End of Discussion” we have a really fun, very short portion of a chapter that deals with this whole nomenclature on college campuses of “trigger warnings” and “privilege” — there’s a whole list of them. “Microaggressions” is a big one.

    And towards the end of this chapter on academia we examine the very interesting case of Elizabeth Warren, who is a white woman. That is – the science is in, and she is a white woman. Yet for years, she identified, self-identified wrongly based on family folklore that she was a Native American. And she benefited tremendously on her career trajectory by checking the box to say “I’m a very small, sought after minority,” and finally stopped self-identifying as a Native American once she had tenure at Harvard Law School at the peak of her career.

    And we’re like “Woah!” The privilege checking community is so obsessed with checking your privilege — this is a woman who invented a privilege.

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    Mary Katharine Ham: Invented a privilege set aside for minorities who do not enjoy her alleged white privilege. It’s all privilege!

    Guy Benson: It should be a high crime to these people — like the highest of thought crimes.

    But because she’s on their side, and scratches their belly the way they want to be scratched ideologically, they’re willing to set that aside and instead drop the hammer on conservatives with all this privilege nonsense because it serves their partisan and ideological ends. Which is another central element of “End of Discussion.”

    Mary Katharine Ham: By the way, according to the Senator Warren rubric, I am “Native American commentator Mary Katharine Ham.”

    Guy Benson: And why is that?

    Mary Katharine Ham: We have the exact same amount of uh, Native American … which is not any documented.

    Ben Weingarten: You should put that on every job application from here on in.

    Guy Benson: “Native American author Mary Katharine Ham: Buy the book, or you hate these tribes.” It’s worse than the Washington Redskins.

    During our conversation, which you can listen to in full below, we also had a chance to address many other topics including: (more…)

  • Even MSNBC guest laughs off Melissa Harris-Perry’s proposal for Women’s World Cup
    Posted June 10, 2015 at 12:00 am by Mike Opelka

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    MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry made a claim Sunday during a segment on Women’s World Cup Soccer that even her guest laughed off.

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    After pointing out the discrepancy between the money paid to male and female professional soccer players — men average over $200,000 a year while women earn between $6,000 and $30,000 for a twenty-week season — Harris-Perry showed a full screen graphic illustrating the difference between what the Men’s and Women’s World Cup winners were paid.

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    Then, Harris-Perry pitched her idea.

    “In 2016, we go completely dark on all media coverage of men’s sports,” she said.

    The MSNBC host proposed a ban on all men’s sports from all media for a full year. No television, no radio, no print coverage of men’s sports for a full year.

    Brianna Scurry, a former member of the U.S. women’s soccer team, and Harris-Perry’s guest responded with a polite, “I’m not so sure the major sponsors would want to agree with that whole plan…”

    Watch the clip.

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  • The humorous reason Glenn Beck called comedian Jim Gaffigan one of his heroes
    Posted June 9, 2015 at 3:53 pm by Erica Ritz

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    Glenn Beck called Jim Gaffigan one of his heroes while interviewing the comedian on Monday, saying he is “the funniest man in America now.”

    “But what I really admire, you’re a hero of mine because you have just surrendered,” Beck said, laughing. “You’ve just said, ‘I’m going to be fat and lazy and I’m OK with that.’”

    Gaffigan jokingly thanked Beck, but kindly corrected his interpretation of his lifestyle. As much as “we all want to lie in bed all day and eat bacon,” Gaffigan said, “we can’t.”

    Glenn Beck speaks with comedian Jim Gaffigan on June 9, 2015. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

    Glenn Beck speaks with comedian Jim Gaffigan on June 9, 2015. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

    “I’m not proposing that people consume the way I talk,” Gaffigan remarked. “I do everything with my wife. And when we wrote Food: A Love Story, she was very insistent that we had a disclaimer in the beginning that said or more or less, ‘This is no way to lead your life.’ I was like, ‘I think you have to give people credit. They know I’m joking!’”

    “I have to tell you, Jim. You’re crushing me,” Beck responded. “You are my hero up until about 45 seconds ago. I thought you did lay in bed all day and eat bacon.”

    “I wish I could,” Gaffigan agreed. “But unfortunately, you know, I’ve got a lot of kids. And I say ‘a lot’ of kids because I don’t know the real number because there’s so many. … I have an 11-year-old, a 9-year-old, a 6-year-old, a 3-year-old, a 2-year-old. … I have to make some money.”

    You can hear the complete audio of the interview, below:

  • Pic shows a man sitting in a chair with a long line of elementary school kids in front of him. Once you realize who he is and what they’re waiting for, you’ll be smiling
    Posted June 5, 2015 at 12:54 pm by Liz Klimas

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    Many parents and staff members have reached out to me and said the man in this picture is a custodian at Alan Shepard Elementary School in the Bourbonnais Elementary School District in Illinois.

    According to a Facebook post accompanying the viral photo on June 3, the man, Steve “Mr. Steve” Weidner, “reached Rock Star status as he autographs yearbooks for his ‘fans’!”

    Superintendent Daniel Hollowell told TheBlaze in an email the picture was taken during the second grade recess by teacher Carrier Doig.

    The school’s principal Shirley Padera told WGN-TV Mr. Steve “pays attention to the kids … he knows who they are.”

    “He goes above and beyond,” Padera told the news station. “He’s loved by all the students and the teachers. He’s great!”

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    I don’t know who, I don’t know where and I don’t know when. Heck, I don’t know if it’s even real, but if this really is the line at an elementary school for having the school custodian sign your yearbook, I know that it’s just about the sweetest thing I’ve seen all week.

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    Often under appreciated members of school staff, custodians play a vital role in keeping things tip-top and shipshape.

    In this case, the photo shared on the social news site Reddit, which quickly made it to the top of the site’s front page, being voted up by readers, appears to show the most popular person at the school.

    “I think it’s awesome an employee with no obligation to be a part of these children’s lives has made such an impact they’re willing to wait in line just for his signature. I would like to know how many teachers had students line up for their signature. What a guy,” a Reddit user going by gagewhite wrote.

    This isn’t the only sweet instance of students treating custodial staff right recently. In California, a custodian retiring after 25 years at his post was given an epic sendoff:

    If you know who, where and/or when this took place, I’d love to learn more backstory about the touching photo. I can be reached at lklimas@theblaze.com.

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  • What can toilet paper and the air conditioner teach us about capitalism and Friedrich Hayek? Michelle Malkin explains. (Audio)
    Posted June 5, 2015 at 10:42 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Michelle Malkin’s new book, “Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs*” is not only a powerful rebuke of President Barack Obama’s “You didn’t build that” remark, but a celebration of the virtues of free enterprise, providing a series of valuable and entertaining lessons on entrepreneurship, innovation and markets through compelling individual stories.

    We had the chance to sit down with Malkin to discuss “Who Built That,” and in one particularly interesting part of our in-depth interview discussed “I, Toilet Paper,” a chapter the author based on the essential Leonard Read essay “I, Pencil,” the development of the air conditioner, and how these stories give us insight into capitalism and free market economist Friedrich Hayek.

    Here’s that part of our conversation:

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    I remember reading this ["I, Pencil"] early on as a young conservative — this essay that used the pencil to illustrate the magic of not only the mundane (you know just this lowly little consumer product), but also as an illustration that there is no federal edict, no central command in the world that could produce a pencil. That in fact it takes many many people around the world pursuing their own self-interest — whether it’s the rubber makers in India who supply the rubber for the eraser, or the timber mill operator in Oregon, who doesn’t give a hoot about the people in India, who is simply pursuing his own profit. And somehow they all magically are able to cooperate to produce one single pencil.

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    And so I adapted that concept with the roll of toilet paper, which is just as mundane and just as lowly as a pencil. And I walk through the entire sort of family tree of capitalists who helped produce toilet paper.

    It’s funny because this exact chapter was the target of smearing mockery by the book reviewer at the Washington Post this week, who engaged in a lot of literal bathroom humor when he was trying to mock my book. And all of his liberal journalist friends all ate it up. And I think that’s quite a shame. And it actually kind of illustrates exactly why I wrote this book, because I am trying to immunize kids against that kind of smugness. I mean, [it's] so out of touch.

    I think it’s cool, I think it’s a miracle when you hold up a roll of paper and you think of — all the way back to the Revolutionary Age, the colonial times when our Founding Fathers were the first investors in paper mills all up and down Pennsylvania, who, you know, had no imagination, no vision of thinking that … when you’re sitting in the bathroom, that they were helping you. They didn’t care about us, they didn’t care about our backsides, they cared about their own bottom lines. And that’s a good thing.

    Our interview continued:

    Ben Weingarten: One real takeaway from “I, Toilet Paper,” “I Pencil,” anything else which shows you how you pull together all of these different processes and resources, and no one person’s coordinating it but it all comes together, is that that really undermines all elements of central planning, and government’s roll in an economy in and of itself.

    You know I was reading an article in the Wall Street Journal recently, and they were talking about the Federal Reserve. And without getting into the specifics of it, they talk about how the Fed has a computer system that has thousands of variables or hundreds of variables in it, and they tweak the different assumptions to see what the right interest rate should be.

    And when you think about “I, Pencil” or “I, Toilet Paper,” it shows you that no one person and no one computer could ever figure out what the ideal price of anything is, whether it’s an interest rate, or an iPad or any other product. It is people working together and through, you know sort of spontaneous harmony — to speak to something like [Friedrich] Hayek, “spontaneous order” — that’s how the world works.

    Michelle Malkin: Yes, yes. And I love the invocation of Hayek, because of course the other concept here is the idea of “The Fatal Conceit” — that these central planners know all. And to your point, it’s not merely that these people — that they fail to know what the proper price of anything is, but what the proper use of anything is. And I think that the chapter — I did chapter 2 on “The Wizards of Cool,” the Carrier Corporation — Willis Carrier and Irving Lyle, and their band of brothers — who brought these massive innovations in cooling and then eventually heating to America. And when they initially started out it was really to help a print company that was having problem with humidity in New York City kind of in the middle of one of these early 20th century heat waves. And the ink was running and so they needed somebody to solve that problem.

    Well, you know eventually the air conditioning and the coolant systems that they introduced really are responsible for Hollywood and the movie industry, malls, the entire development of the Southwest and the South for that matter on the East Coast, hospitals. Vaccines wouldn’t exist without a lot of their innovative breakthroughs.

    But they could have not imagined when they embarked on that journey that it would lead to all of those things, and it shows you that — the contrast between just the utter lack of vision that government bureaucrats have, and what’s possible when you give individual profit-seekers the opportunity to pursue their ends as far as they can go.

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