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By on 4.5.16 | 1:52PM

New York’s voluble U.S. Senator, Chuck Schumer, ever alert to real or imagined threats to public safety that he can proclaim on, has announced himself worried that a Minnesota company plans to market a gun that looks like an iPhone.

Never mind that there are already small and easily concealable guns on the market (or that the first letter of proper nouns should be upper case, not the second), Schumer says these new two-shot babies could be a real threat and has asked the federal Department of “Justice” and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco (is that still legal?) and Firearms to look into what can be done to thwart this new menace.

Brad Wall Leads Saskatchewan Party to 3rd Consecutive Majority Government; Will He Become Canada’s New Conservative Party Leader in 2017?

By on 4.4.16 | 11:54PM

Some good news for conservatives in Canada tonight. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and his Saskatchewan Party have won their third consecutive majority government. They are elected or leading in 49 of 61 seats with a staggering 63% of the vote as opposed to 12 seats and 29.4% of the vote for the NDP. The Liberals and Greens will be shut out as usual.

Keep in mind that Saskatchewan is the cradle of Canadian socialism going back to the CCF days under Tommy Douglas. This is the first time in over 90 years a non-socialist party has won three consecutive majority governments in Saskatchewan. This makes Brad Wall the most popular conservative in Canada.

Rerun: A 2011 Open Letter to Donald Trump

By on 4.4.16 | 2:26PM

Here’s an open letter that I wrote (and posted here at Cafe Hayek) to Donald Trump in February 2011. The questions I ask in this letter remain relevant and as yet unanswered:

Open Letter to Donald Trump

11 February 2011

Mr. Donald Trump
New York, NY

Dear Mr. Trump:

Congratulations on your successful talk at the recent CPAC gathering. Please, though, indulge me as I ask you a few questions.

You promise that, as U.S. President, you won’t raise taxes. But you also promise to obstruct trade between Americans and the Chinese, presumably by raising tariffs. Because tariffs are simply taxes on imports, you can’t avoid raising taxes if you raise tariffs. So will you or will you not raise taxes?

Why Obama WH Criticism of Trump’s Nuclear Proposal Isn’t Credible

By on 4.1.16 | 11:35PM

Let me state that at the outset that I don't agree with Donald Trump's proposal that Japan and South Korea should develop their own nuclear weapons given our existing security arrangements with the two countries.

White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes stated, "It would be catastrophic were the United States to shift its position and indicate that we support somehow the proliferation of nuclear weapons to additional countries."

Yet given the eagerness and enthusiasm with which the Obama Administration entered into a nuclear agreement with Iran, Rhodes' statement is lacking in credibility. Should Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf Arab states develop nuclear weapons then the Iran nuclear deal will have served as its primary impetus.  

Even if it less than ideal for Japan and South Korea to develop nuclear weapons if given the choice of countries I'd like to see to develop such systems which countries would you rather see enrich uranium? I would suggest that most people would place Japan and South Korea much higher than Iran.

Obama White House Censors French President Hollande Over Use of Term “Islamist Terrorism”

By on 4.1.16 | 10:50PM

The Obama Administration is notorious for its refusal to link terrorism with Islam in any way, shape or form and have banned terms such as Islamic terrorism.

Evidently, heads of state aren't allowed to utter those words in the same sentence.

During a bilateral meeting between President Obama and French President Francois Hollande in DC today, the White House saw fit to silence the audio during Hollande's use of the term "Islamist terrorism" and even the English language interpreter saw fit not to translate those words.

Outside of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, no Western head of state understands the Islamist nature of terrorism better than President Hollande given the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, Hyper Cacher and, of course, the attacks in Paris last November. 

When Hillary Clinton Yells at Someone The Media Barely Makes a Sound

By on 4.1.16 | 3:43PM

Hillary Clinton really lost her cool with a Greenpeace activist yesterday who asked her during a campaign stop at SUNY Purchase if she would reject campaign contributions from fossil fuel companies. Hillary angrily responded by repeatedly pointing at the questioner and saying, "I am so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me. I am sick of it."

But when Hillary Clinton yells at someone, the media barely makes a sound.

To the extent the mainstream media is commenting about the incident, it is to suggest that Hillary was "justifiably annoyed" with the question.

We all know that if a Republican presidential candidate had behaved in that manner it would be top story in the world right now. The mainstream media has a vested interest in making Ted Cruz look bad when he acts goodly and Hillary Clinton look good especially when she acts badly.

Words Matter, Donald Trump, Even Yours

By on 3.31.16 | 4:50PM

Donald Trump may have cost himself some delegates or, at the very least, created an unnecessary headache over delegates, with his denouncement of his previous pledge to support the eventual nominee of the Republican Party.

South Carolina requires a loyalty pledge to be on their ballot, you see. And now Trump has officially reneged, stating unequivocally in the CNN Town Hall on Tuesday that he does not vow to support the nominee. This is a big problem for the state of South Carolina, and for the fifty delegates Trump won there.

Let’s state the obvious: Trump never meant it in the first place. Anyone who believed him was fooling himself and others. He wanted to win in South Carolina and, in Trump fashion, simply promised whatever convenient promise would get that win for him. It’s his modus operandi. Unfortunately for him, in South Carolina, a promise is actually a promise, and that may cost him

Ronnie Corbett, R.I.P.

By on 3.31.16 | 4:25PM

British comedian Ronnie Corbett, best known for being one half of The Two Ronnies, passed away today at the age of 85.

Although Corbett only stood five foot tall, he was a comedic giant especially when paired with Ronnie Barker. They met while working on The Frost Report alongside the likes of future Monty Python stars John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Michael Palin. Barker and Corbett were drawn to each other's working-class backgrounds and the fact they didn't have movie star looks. The Two Ronnies was one of Britain's most popular comedies during the 1970's and 1980's. Barker passed away in 2005.

Andy “Thunderclap” Newman, R.I.P.

By on 3.31.16 | 1:41PM

Andy "Thunderclap" Newman passed away yesterday at the age of 73. No cause of death has been released at this time.

Newman was the pianist in the band that bore his name. Thunderclap Newman was put together by Pete Townshend of The Who and his manager Kit Lambert. They were a motley mix to say the least. Although Speedy Keen looked like a prototypical rock singer, most bands did not have 15-year old lead guitarists. Thunderclap Newman did with Jimmy McCulloch (who would later be a part of Paul McCartney & Wings). As for Newman himself, his white hat, coke bottle glasses and suit made him look anything but rock 'n roll. But put them together and you have "Something In The Air", a Transatlantic hit in 1969 which still has something to say nearly half a century after it was recorded.

The band would break up in 1971, but Newman would revive Thunderclap Newman in 2007. Unfortunately, Keen and McCulloch had passed on. Now there will be a reunion in rock 'n roll heaven.

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