What the National Pamphleteers don't Report:
NRA Gains 100k New Paid Members IN 18 DAYS
by Charlie Spierling,
The Washington Examiner
January 10, 2013
The National Rifle Association reveals this morning that it has gain over 100,000 new paid members in the past 18 days as their membership has jumped from 4.1 million to 4.2 million.
“Our goal is to get to 5 million before this debate is over,” [....]
The New Power Class Who Will Profit From Obama’s Second Term
by Joe Kotkin,
January 18, 2013
When President Obama takes the oath of office for the second time, he will also usher in a new era in American power politics. Whereas the old left-wing definition of “who rules” focused on large corporations, banks, energy companies and agribusinesses, the Obama-era power structure represents a major transformation.
This shift stems, in large part, from the movement from a predominately resource and tangible goods-based economy to an information-based one. In the past, political struggles were largely fought over how to divide up the spoils generated by the basic productive economy; labor, investors and management all shared a belief in the ethos of economic growth, manufacturing and resource extraction.
In contrast, today’s new hegemons hail [....]
Israel: America's Model for Reducing Violent Crime (Part 1 of 2)
by Chuck Norris,
January 22, 2013
This past week, I made an audio recording endorsing the re-election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel's general election Tuesday, Jan. 22.
I explained in the endorsement: "You might think I'm a tough guy in my films, but in a rough neighborhood like the Middle East, Israel has its own tough guy. His name is Bibi Netanyahu."
Netanyahu's leadership and strength were evident as far back as 1967, when he was a part of the Israel Defense Forces' elite commando unit, Sayeret Matkal. And they were just as obvious in his public service through the years, as I added in my endorsement: "Bibi brought the pressing issue of Israel's security to the world, speaking loudly and clearly at the United Nations and in Congress, bringing the world together to put sanctions on Iran. He has raised a wall along the whole southern border of Israel, stopped the missiles raining on Israel and showed Hamas it will not be tolerated. He also made the bravest decision in securing the release of Gilad Shalit," an Israeli sports columnist and former soldier who was abducted inside Israel by Hamas militants.
I concluded the audio recording by encouraging Israeli citizens, "So vote for Benjamin Netanyahu, because a strong prime minister is a strong Israel."
As our ally, Israel is also [....]
Our Cars’ Weight Problem
How government is making our cars lighter, and more dangerous
by Robert E. Norton,
January 8, 2013
As we emerge from the long holiday season chasing new resolutions, many of us find ourselves focusing on watching our waistlines and taking off some extra pounds. As more Americans are diagnosed as obese, this renewed attention to health and weight can only be seen as a good thing. But America is also struggling with another weight problem — and what you don’t know about it just might kill you.
During the first term of the Obama administration, much was made of the bailout of the automotive industry. Common belief to the contrary, [....]
Bursting the University Bubble
by Suzanne Fields,
January 18, 2013
The last of the college applications have been rewritten, tweaked and polished, and at last entrusted to the tender mercies of the U.S. Mail or the Internet. Fretting over deadlines morphs into waiting, and yearning, wishing and praying for coveted letters of acceptance. This is the annual crisis in thousands of homes with ambitious high school seniors -- the high school seniors and their parents who still believe that college is the route to the American Dream.
But wait. While they play the conventional game of aspiration, certain scholars and economists, and hundreds of thousands of "concerned citizens" have initiated a different debate, and the debate is growing.
They're talking about the changes in university life and whether we should continue up the garden path worn bare over the decades. The debate is over the "higher education bubble," a phrase popularized by Glenn Reynolds, a distinguished professor of law at the University of Tennessee, who compares what's happening in higher education to [....]
The Stench of Fascism
by Bob Livingston,
Personal Liberty Digest
January 21, 2013
Whether you rejoice or are disappointed when a member of Congress is defeated, you should never feel sorry for him. He still has a lucrative career ahead. Same for Congressional staff and upper-level bureaucrats who move back and forth between K Street and various Federal alphabet soup agencies. They are the true 1 percent.
More than 80 House and Senate members found themselves out of work when the 112th Congress closed its session on Jan. 3. They quickly lined up for lucrative positions on K Street: jobs paying six- and seven-figure salaries. Good for them, you say? Yes, it is, but not for you.
“They are attractive,” Julian Ha, practice leader for government affairs at the executive search firm [....]
The Geico Gecko Hates the Second Amendment
by "Bungalow Bill,"
January 23, 2013
Most people don't realize the insurance company the cute gecko with the English accent advertises for is the Government Employees Insurance Copmpany--or GEICO. Apparently GEICO and its gecko hate the Second Amendment and guns [....]
Part 2 MAY follow....