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Sci-Fi’s Pod People

By 4.10.15

The controversy over the Hugo Awards contains elements of a good dystopian science fiction story. Unfortunately, the media brat-fit over the successful effort to rescue escapist fantasy literature from its political pursuers comes not from the pages of Brave New World but from Slate, Salon, and Entertainment Weekly

Like sports, video games, and cake baking, science fiction strangely finds itself in the crosshairs of ideological killjoys. Perhaps it was only a matter of time and space before the genre obsessed with time and space became a culture-war battlefield.

“To many of the people involved in this industry, politics and message trump entertainment or quality,” Larry Correia, a New York Times-bestselling bard of monster stories, tells The American Spectator. “But most people buy entertainment because they want to be entertained. Many longtime readers fell away because they were tired of being preached at or having their values insulted.”

Economics

The Costly Lie Called the Corporate Income Tax

By 4.10.15

You now know, or will soon know, what your individual (or joint) tax liability was for last year. However, you’re paying considerably more income taxes than you probably realize. How much more? That’s impossible to say, and that is a major flaw in our tax system. What you don’t know can hurt you and, in fact, is hurting us all in numerous ways.

The revenue collected for 2014 from federal personal income taxes will be roughly $1.4 trillion. The federal corporate income tax will generate an estimated $.32 trillion for the same period. Politicians would like for to believe that corporations bear the burden of that tax.

Economists, however, absolutely agree on one thing regarding corporate taxes—corporations don’t pay them. Corporations write the checks, but that means next to nothing. The tax in no way allows humans to avoid taxes any more than taxing cows would. In this context, corporations are really nothing more than the treasury’s collection agency. The corporate income tax is a public policy lie, pure and simple.

Another Perspective

Republican Heart Throbs

By 4.10.15

Well, Washington, D.C. is Oz of course, everybody knows that, yet the debate rages on whether it is the book version or the movie version. In the book Oz is a real place, but in the movie it is just a dream. Is Washington, D.C. as destination for people looking to accomplish things a realistic vision or a quixotic fantasy?

Indeed old Washington hands, particularly manicured ones, understand perfectly the controversial lyric by America:

Oz never did give nothin’ to the Tin Man
That he didn’t, didn’t already have
And cause never was the reason for the evening
Or the tropic of Sir Galahad.

The Obama Watch

Will Obama Welcome the 12th Imam?

By 4.10.15

Above is the image tweeted Wednesday by the Administration to mock a poster Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used in his address to the UN on September 27, 2012 (which you can see here).

Why does President Obama think that the prospect of an Iranian nuclear bomb is funny? Does he remember what happened after he called ISIS a J.V. team? After he drew a red line in the Syrian sand? After he declared Yemen a success story? I could go on, but what’s the point? Everyone except Obama is cognizant of his duplicity and his many foreign policy failures.

Another Perspective

The Left’s State of Disrepair

By 4.10.15

It’s often said there’s an Eleventh Commandment in conservative politics: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any Republican.” This edict is usually attributed to Ronald Reagan, though it was actually coined by then-California Republican Party chairman Gaylord B. Parkinson in 1965. Since then many conservatives have treated it as constitutional law, deriving from it interpretive statutes about how the right should behave.

Campus Scenes

Churchill’s Enduring Legacy

By 4.9.15

Jacqueline Kennedy offered a touching and durable vision of the White House ceremony on April 9, 1963, when President Kennedy bestowed honorary U.S. citizenship on Sir Winston Churchill.

Aged 88, Churchill was represented by his son, Randolph, who was a bundle of nerves. In the Oval Office beforehand, the first lady recalled,

Randolph was ashen, his voice a whisper. “All that this ceremony means to [Randolph and President Kennedy],” I thought, “is the gift they wish it to be for Randolph’s father.”

Randolph stepped forward to respond: “Mr. President.” His voice was strong. He spoke on, with almost the voice of Winston Churchill, speaking for his father.

Sir Winston’s message, so ably delivered by his son at that honorary citizenship ceremony 52 years ago, calls to us again across the years, amidst fresh challenges to the survival of liberty:

Amelia’s Kitchen

RECIPE: Ted Cruz’s Lonestar Tea Cookies

By 4.9.15

Finally we’re getting somewhere.

Well ahead of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz became the first candidate officially to throw his hat in the ring. None of this nonsense “will he or won’t he” for him. Ted’s not one to tiptoe around the fact that he is in this race to stay — and win. With a wide base of Tea Party support, his main challenge is to get the hapless GOP Establishment on board. But how?

One way to shut their opposition down is to tickle their sweet spot at afternoon tea time.

So I give you: Ted Cruz’s Lonestar Tea Cookies, far and away the smartest treats in politics. Ted, as we know, carries his cookbook in his brain. The rest of us will need to see the recipe in print.

Here’s what you’ll need:

A Further Perspective

Rand Paul Helps the Republican Party

By 4.9.15

Rand Paul’s entry into the 2016 Republican presidential primary is good for the GOP. I won’t proclaim that Paul, 52, has the gravitas or character to occupy the Oval Office — that remains to be seen — but I do believe that all the other Republican hopefuls should watch and learn from Kentucky’s junior senator. His take on issues could make independents and Democrats take a second look at a party where they have not felt welcome.

Paul describes himself as “libertarian-ish.” He’s not an apologist for the GOP. “It seems to me that both parties and the entire political system are to blame,” Paul said in his campaign kickoff speech in Louisville on Tuesday. “Big government and debt doubled under a Republican administration. And it’s now tripling under Barack Obama’s watch.” Many Republicans wonder why they send to Congress candidates who promise to reduce the size and scope of government yet government keeps growing. This rhetoric plays with the party’s base.

Political Hay

Bill Buckley Was Right: America in the Grip of the Liberal Mania

By 4.9.15

The list grows longer.

The three most recent entries the Rolling Stone rape-at-the-University of Virginia story. Ferguson and the “hands up don’t shoot” business. Indiana and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. 

From cries of “racist!” to shrieks of “rapist” (to borrow from Kevin Williamson over there at National Review) over and over and over again liberals — liberals in the media and out of it — are repeatedly plunging the country into manic frenzies over stories that eventually turn out to be flat out false or in serious dispute at best.

Why is this? 

Political Hay

Will the Wings Carry Both Parties in 2016?

By 4.9.15

In 2016, America may have its widest political spectrum in recent presidential history. The usual course of presidential elections is to “contest the center,” as each party seeks to maximize its chances for victory. However, America currently sees both parties pulled toward the edge of their political range — and so strongly that neither may be able to run toward the middle next November.

Unlike many other countries, the U.S. has only one national election, its presidential one. Also unlike many other nations, our national election is really 51 separate elections, which determine the allocation of 538 electoral votes — a majority of which is needed to win.

Because these electoral votes are overwhelmingly awarded on a winner-take-all basis, each party’s incentive is to run as much toward the center of the political spectrum as it can, in order to maximize its chances of overall victory. The party that fails to do so — or equally importantly, is perceived not to do so — is almost invariably the loser.

However, next year, the historical trend may not hold.

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