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December 2013


Forecasts reveal growing irrelevance of Europe to the progress of the world economy. China’s population will grow to be more than twice that of Europe’s and India’s will be more than 2.4 times. Europe will make its position worse by continuing with high energy prices, relatively high taxes, and an excess of poor regulation http://www.thecommentator.com/article/4514/why_europe_will_be_outpaced_by_asia_and_america […]


http://www.thecommentator.com/article/4513/obama_s_2013_appalling_could_2014_be_better This year has not been good for President Obama. Dr. James Boys takes a look at Obama’s stunning 2013 policy fumbles, which look even worse in light of the promise brought by his re-election barely one year ago. From domestic to foreign policy, it’s been something of a nightmare. How could 2014 possibly be […]


  http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/america-a-christian-nation It is a great regret that arrogant atheists attack Christmas at this time of year and that too many institutions from schools to stores feel intimidated enough to remove mention of it. It is one thing to deny the existence of God, but the attacks are intended to undermine the faith of millions […]

America’s Bright Fuel Future Faces a Hostile White House by WILLIAM C. TRIPLETT II

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/americas-bright-fuel-future-faces-a-hostile-white-house?f=puball The International Energy Agency (IEA) made a mistake. Formed in 1974 at the behest of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and headquartered in Paris, the IEA was designed to be the organization for energy-consuming countries, countering OPEC, the organization representing the producers. It never really had much of a political role, and these days, […]

Mariah Carey Gives Her All to Angolan Dictator By Bruce Bawer

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/bruce-bawer/mariah-carey-gives-her-all-to-angolan-dictator/print/ Millions love her music, look up to her, indeed worship her not only as a musical artist but as an exemplary human being. But on December 15, in return for a hefty payout, Mariah Carey held two performances in Angola that were – as the New York-based Human Rights Foundation (HRF) revealed four days […]

A New “Animal Farm” Targets Capitalism By Mark Tapson

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/mark-tapson/a-new-animal-farm-targets-capitalism/print/ Actor Andy Serkis is set to direct an upcoming movie adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel Animal Farm. But there will be a slight deviation from the story’s original focus: rather than serve as a cautionary tale about Communist totalitarianism, this updated version will address Hollywood’s predictable, go-to embodiment of evil, the Darth Vader […]

2013: Year of the Scandals — on The Finch Gang


2013: Year of the Scandals — on The Finch Gang

This week’s Glazov Gang, hosted by Michael Finch, the Freedom Center’s Chief Operating Officer, was joined by Mark Vafiades, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, Dr. Karen Siegemund, Founder of Rage Against the Media and Orestes Matacena, a Hollywood filmmaker and actor.

The Gang gathered to discuss 2013: Year of the Scandals. The guests also shed light on Freedom vs. Security, The Hero of the Year, and Predictions for 2014.

Watch both parts of the two-part series below:

Part I:


http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/lynching-free-speech/ The end of free speech will not necessarily come when there are soldiers in the streets, secret police in the alleyways and a mustachioed man screaming at you on a television set that can’t be turned off no matter how hard you turn the knob or click the buttons. Some of these things existed […]



South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley got just what she wanted for Christmas — a nice, new handgun.

The Republican governor, who is a fierce advocate of the Second Amendment, revealed on her Facebook page that one of the gifts under her tree was a Beretta, according to South Carolina’s The State.

Haley, who has a concealed gun permit, posted a picture of the weapon on the social media site and said, “Our family had a wonderful Christmas together! I must have been good, Santa gave me a Beretta PX4 Storm.” The posting had received 86,000 “likes” by midday on Thursday.

On the official “On the Issues” governor’s website, Haley declared that she’s a strong advocate for the right to bear arms. “Few things are as clearly defined as the right of individual Americans to own and use firearms,” she wrote under the headline, “Make Concealed Weapons Permits Easier.”

She added, “I hold a Concealed Weapons Permit myself, and in this state we have issues that make it difficult for CWP holders to carry. As governor, I will continue to fight against any government infringement on the Second Amendment.”

Just before the holidays, the governor’s husband, National Guard Capt. Michael Haley, returned from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan, where he had narrow escapes in two bomb scares.

The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley was swept into office on a tide of tea party support in 2010 when she was a junior state legislator. She is standing for re-election next year. Democrat state Senator Vincent Sheheen is expected to be her main challenger.

Environmentalism as Fundamentalism By Dan Dagget see note please


Read more on this subject: Roosters of the Apocalypse: How the Junk Science of Global Warming is Bankrupting the Western World (New, Revised… by Rael Jean Isaac (Nov 25, 2013)

Most environmentalists I know consider themselves non-religious, even anti-religious. A few subscribe to “new” religious denominations such as Unitarianism, which I have heard described as “church for atheists with children.” None, as far as I know, would take kindly to being described as practitioners of fundamentalist, Bible-thumping, “ol’ time religion”.

The irony, here, is that contemporary environmentalism and fundamentalist religion have so much in common.

Take the most basic assumption of contemporary environmentalist doctrine. Individual environmentalists and environmental organizations, alike hold that the one and only way to solve the problems they address is to “protect” the environment. Who they would protect it from, of course, is us, based on the further assumption that everything that goes wrong with the environment — desertification, species extinction, invasion by non-native plants, etc. — is the result of human misuse or overuse or just plain use of “nature” or the ecosystem, or whatever you choose to call our surroundings.