THE collapse of John Boehner's "Plan B" reveals the Republican Party to be in a politically disastrous position.
The media narrative is shaping up to pin the full blame for sending the country over the fiscal cliff on the Republicans. News coverage of Mr Boehner is characterised by a mixture of disdain and pity. The tea-party congressmen who have sabotaged his position are portrayed as delusional zealots unable to connect their professed goals to their actions in a rational fashion. Read The Full Story
A report just released by the US Government Accountability Office explains how the Federal Reserve divvied up more than $4 trillion in low-interest loans after the fiscal crisis of 2008, and the news shouldn’t be all that surprising.
When the Federal Reserve looked towards bailing out some of the biggest banks in the country, more than one dozen of the financial institutions that benefited from the Fed’s Hail Mary were members of the central bank’s own board, reports the GAO. At least 18 current and former directors of the Fed’s regional branches saw to it that their own banks were awarded loans with often next-to-no interest by the country’s central bank during the height of the financial crisis that crippled the American economy and spurred rampant unemployment and home foreclosures for those unable to receive assistance. Read The Full Story
The other day, the Southern Poverty Law Center discovered a set of ideas that had to be stomped out of existence: anarcho-capitalism. That’s LewRockwell.com, of course. But the SPLC will have to get in line behind the rest of the neocons: the NY Times, the Washington Post, National Review, the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, and the rest of the gang – none of them much like this site. Read The Full Story
After Adam Lanza took four guns that belonged to his mother and used them to murder her and dozens of other people, we witnessed an entirely predictable – and repellently opportunistic –escalation of the war on individual gun ownership.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has suggested that gun confiscation might be an option. Some figures – including former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper and British celebrity nitwit Piers Morgan – have demanded the abolition of the Second Amendment.
All of this assumes that firearms, while impermissibly dangerous in civilian hands, are somehow transformed into implements of justice and public safety when they are in the hands of the police. Leaving aside the fact that police routinely use firearms to commit crimes against innocent people, it shouldn’t be forgotten that they also lose control of their weapons, just as Adam Lanza’s mother did. Read The Full Story
Gun-rights advocates in Utah offered six hours of training Thursday in handling concealed weapons for hundreds of Utah teachers in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
The latest effort to arm teachers to confront school assailants was organized by the Utah Shooting Sports Council, which hosted the training session to help educators become eligible for concealed firearm permits. Read The Full Story