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Create Your Own Rachel-Free Zone

By on 11.7.15 | 11:55AM

“It doesn't say much for my social life that I had nothing better to do on a Friday night than watch the Democrat Candidates Forum on MSNBC. Somehow I managed to get through nearly two hours of Rachel Maddow.”

Geez, Aaron, has it come to this? You’re right, your social life clearly does need a jolt. You’re in a frightful slough. On a Friday night, or any other come to that, I’d consider watching Rachel Maddow right after having ten-penny nails driven into my eyeballs. I’d like to help a friend so clearly in need. Please see my list below of things to do that are more entertaining, more edifying, and more morally uplifting than watching Rachel Maddow and the trolls running for president on the D side.

1. Flea-powder the cat.

2. Arrange the ties in your closet by width.

3. Try to remember the lyrics to all the Kingston Trio’s songs.

4. Shave the backs of your hands

5. Read the collected speeches of Gerald Ford. (Do not drive or operate heavy equipment for three hours after doing this.)

6. Yodel

I Watched The MSNBC Democrat Candidates Forum Because I Had Nothing To Do On a Friday Night

By on 11.6.15 | 11:01PM

It doesn't say much for my social life that I had nothing better to do on a Friday night than watch the Democrat Candidates Forum on MSNBC. Somehow I managed to get through nearly two hours of Rachel Maddow.

To begin with it wasn't a debate. Rather Maddow interviewed each candidate individually - O'Malley, Bernie & Hillary. Bernie Sanders got more applause for walking on stage than O'Malley did in 30 minutes. I don't think O'Malley should be confused with Jim Webb but when he said he was part of the party of FDR & JFK, I said to myself that that Democratic Party is dead and gone.

The crowd was loving Bernie with ample helpings of the 1 percent, millionaires & billionaires plus the Koch Brothers. He did, however, walk a fine line on gun control.

Most who love Bernie don't hate Hillary. Bernie did not do anything to change this state of affairs. My roomie Christopher Kain summed up Hillary in this way: "We need to do something about this problem because it is an issue." He then went to bed. It might be the most intelligent and sensible I've heard about Hillary in this primary season.

Exxon Under Attack for Exercising Prudence

By on 11.6.15 | 5:34PM

At the behest of radical environmentalists, Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform committee are pushing the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department to investigate ExxonMobil for its views on climate change. Exxon’s crime? During the 20 years the company has employed scientists to analyze the science and potential risks of climate change, some of those scientists concluded humans were causing potentially dangerous warming while others concluded humans were not causing a global warming crisis. Tolerating disagreement and making tough business decisions is not lying, but rather prudence. As Heartland Institute Senior Fellow James Taylor, my colleague, so eloquently put it: 

Keystone Decision Is About Obama’s Position on the World Stage

By on 11.6.15 | 2:52PM

Today, in finally denying the Keystone pipeline, President Obama showed his true colors. We now know, as we’ve long believed, that those colors are the green of the anti-fossil fuel crowd, rather than the color of jobs resulting in economic growth in the hard-hit heartland of the United States. For seven years, he has tried to appease both his union supporters who want the good jobs Keystone would have provided and his environmental allies who declared it a “dirty” project that would add to global CO2 emissions. Now, before the United Nations climate conference, he can wave his green credentials and claim to be a world leader in the fight against global warming—which, I believe, was the whole purpose of the decision and subsequent announcement.

President Obama Officially Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

By on 11.6.15 | 1:23PM

Grab up those shares in Chinese shipping companies, kids! The Canadian tar sands oil is officially headed overseas, as the President has officially rejected the Keystone XL pipeline proposal. 

President Obama announced Friday that he has rejected Canadian energy giant TransCanada's application to build the Keystone XL pipeline, saying that the pipeline was not in the U.S. national interest.

"The State Department has decided the Keystone XL pipeline would not serve the interests of the United States. I agree with that decision," Obama said at a White House press conference.

The announcement caps a 7-year saga that has become one of the biggest environmental flashpoints of Obama’s presidency. It comes just days after the State Department refused to agree to TransCanada’s request to suspend the review process on the controversial project, which has seen enormous opposition from environmental groups.

Thoughts on Christie & Huckabee Being Relegated to the GOP Undercard Division

By on 11.6.15 | 1:19PM

As you know by now both Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee have been demoted to next Tuesday's GOP undercard debate which airs on the Fox Business Channel. Christie & Huckabee were sent down because neither candidate averaged 2.5% or more in the last four national surveys. The GOP undercard debate will feature Christie, Huckabee along with Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal. Lindsey Graham, George Pataki and Jim Gilmore did not qualify for this undercard debate.

Both Huckabee and Christie have made positive contributions to the debates and the two have engaged in an interesting debate over Social Security reform. It is a shame, but the herd must invariably thin.

CNN Scours Ben Carson’s Past, Finds Holes UPDATE: Carson Says Politico Headline a ‘Fabrication’

By on 11.6.15 | 1:08PM

UPDATE: Carson's camp now says that POLITICO itself fabricated Dr. Carson's "admission," and that they misinterpreted the campaign's quote on the subject, leading to a massively inaccurate story. It seems like a mountain out of a molehill. Did he fudge and misremember a few things in a memoir? Maybe. But it really doesn't have much of an impact on his long-term success or qualifications to be President. I mean, it's not like admitted to doing cocaine in his autobiography or anything.

Frankly, this might be the best thing that could have happened to Dr. Carson. After a week of weird sound bites, the story surrounding him is an attack by the media, something conservative candidates should be able to capitalize on and thrive from. 

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I’d Hate to See the McDonald’s Dollar Menu in Venezuela

By on 11.5.15 | 4:13PM

So how bad are things in the socialist paradise known as Venezuela?

An order of french fries at McDonald's will set you back $133.

I'd hate to see the Dollar Menu at the McDonald's in Caracas.

Of course, most Venezuelans who can get their currency from the black market. In which case, the fries only set you back about $1.15. Still, McDonald's is a luxury for many Venezuelans. The average monthly minimum wage is $12.

For nearly a year, you couldn't get fries at McDonald's because currency and price controls imposed first by the late Hugo Chavez and intensified by his successor Nicolas Maduro rendered the importation of potatoes impossible. Now all McDonald's fries are locally sourced. That should make the lefties happy, but this is what happens in a country that runs out of toilet paper.

A Knife Intifada Coming to a Location Near You

By on 11.5.15 | 1:24PM

Responding to the urging of their political and religious leaders, Palestinians have over the last few weeks taken to stabbing random Jews in Israel. This new manifestation of their mass homicidal psychosis has come to be called the “knife intifada.” It’s a suicide attack, this time on a more intimate level. The killer stabs as many passers by as he can before he is shot. He is then celebrated as a martyr by his people, and his family is provided with a large money reward. Many Palestinian mothers openly praise their dead progeny, and it is no wonder. Mom acquires some capital, and she can always produce more children. It’s a gruesome illustration of the law of supply and demand.

Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei recently encouraged these sorts of microaggressions on the theory that if you make life unpleasant enough for people, they’ll eventually move away. It’s the flip side of the continued existence of Palestinian “refugee camps.” Life is not unpleasant there. All necessities are provided by the United Nations, including food, housing, schools and the like. Life would be much harder anywhere else. The “refugees” would be on their own.