From the category archives:

Social Unrest

Trouble at the Border

June 10, 2014

How in the hell do tens of thousands of unaccompanied children end up swamping the Mexican border, creating an impending humanitarian crisis? As far as I can tell, there are two reasons:  1) negligent border security efforts and 2) the impression in many Central American countries that an amnesty is coming. So, the Obama Nation [...]

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Bundy Ranch Standoff Ends

April 13, 2014

Hopefully you’ve been paying attention to events happening in Nevada regarding rancher Clive Bundy’s conflict with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) — it says a lot about what is bubbling beneath the surface in DC and across the nation. The case is simple: Bundy has to pay grazing fees to the federal government since [...]

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Crimea Secedes, Russia Succeeds, Ukraine Pleads, America Won’t Lead

March 18, 2014

The last week or so has seen an acceleration of events between Russia, Crimea, and Ukraine which seemingly could spiral anywhere. Russian-occupied Crimea voted the other day to secede — I’m not sure how “legal” the vote was until one thinks, of course, that there is no such thing as international law, just international norms [...]

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Ukraine on the Brink

February 23, 2014

It was hard to ignore all the craziness coming out of Ukraine this week — the violent protests and police crackdown, the President fleeing, the parliament transferring presidential authority, the East/West showdown renewed, talk of the final battle of the Cold War. Phew!  When revolutions happen, events move fast.  The key concern for national leaders [...]

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Shades of Orange in Ukraine

December 9, 2013

It’s been nearly a decade since Ukraine’s “Orange Revolution,” the massive uprising against a fraudulent election in 2004 which put the ruling elite on notice that pro-Western, pro-democratic waves were still reverberating in Eastern Europe after the Soviet Union’s collapse. Well, the ruling elite are apparently at it again.  The Ukrainian people have wanted to [...]

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Obama: Fueling the Racial Flames

July 21, 2013

Friday, while few were paying attention, President Obama made these remarks regarding the George Zimmerman verdict.  Here’s a short clip: Any observer of this administration can see, clearly by now, that the Justice Department and now Obama himself, are involved in a major media head fake, stoking the flames of discontent regarding this duly adjudicated [...]

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George Zimmerman Acquitted

July 14, 2013

Last evening the six-member jury deliberating the guilt of George Zimmerman found him not guilty, acquitting him for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  The Blaze has great coverage of the last 24 hours, as this story keeps developing. Having been on a million juries (that’s what I get for voting in every election!), [...]

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Egypt’s Revolution Turns Again

July 1, 2013

The Arab Spring, which is still bloodying the Mideast, continues in Egypt.  In early 2011, the Mubarak regime capitulated to angry crowds (and Washington pressure) with relatively little blood as the military took over to maintain stability.  After initial passions subsided, the military yielded to popular elections, which brought the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood to power, [...]

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The Cost of Big Government Higher than Dollars and Cents

June 19, 2013

The Wall Street Journal ran a piece today by Harvard history professor Niall Ferguson called “The Regulated States of America” which looks into the dollars and cents behind the cost of our massive regulatory state and how it impacts our culture. According to the numbers, the Administrative State (our unelected Fourth Branch of government) costs [...]

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Talking with Taliban and Syrian Rebels Evoke Shades of the Cold War

June 18, 2013

In our not-too-distant past, America clearly stood for freedom and free markets around the world, as those concepts were in our best political and economic interests. Then the Cold War came and we had to do business with sketchy people in order to out-maneuver even more sketchy people bent on world domination.  Yet, we promoted [...]

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Biden: Some Gun Control By Executive Fiat

January 9, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden made it clear today that the President has many options in the upcoming gun control debate saying, “There are executive orders, executive action that can be taken.”  He went on to imply that action is key to getting things done: “it’s critically important that we act.”  The word “action” struck me, [...]

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It Wasn’t Michgan’s Right-to-Work Bill that Struck Steven Crowder

December 11, 2012

We all love Steven Crowder’s sass and sarcasm, but reporting outside the Lansing, Michigan, union protest of a new right-to-work bill which passed the legislature today, this happened: We hope Steven and everyone else in those tents are OK. Quotes from top Michigan Democrat legislators threatening that “there will be blood, there will be consequences” [...]

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An Oracle in Athens

November 8, 2012

Yesterday, more of America’s impending entitlement state future played out on the streets of Athens as Greece’s parliament passed a new round of austerity measures: The problem when you’re in so much debt is that your freedom as a nation is seriously diminished.  Shouts of “Fight!” and “They’re drinking our blood!” echoed in the streets [...]

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George Will on the Perils of Our Entitlement Culture

October 29, 2012

Occasionally, staunch Republican establishment-types like George Will get it right.  In his latest OpEd, Will makes the case that our entitlement culture is out of control because it is essentially “mugging” our descendants to pay for the debts we compile now.  In fact, he blames both parties, particularly those Republican administrations after the Great Society [...]

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New Austerity Riots Ravage Greece and Spain

September 26, 2012

The latest round of austerity measures in Greece sparked an outburst of violence over the last 48 hours: Similar-type measures in Spain produced a similar reaction: Of course, international markets weren’t too pleased at these developments either. Why wouldn’t they be spooked?  There’s social unrest all over the world:  the Arab Spring, Libya, Syria, Iran, [...]

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Occupy Wall Street Celebrates First Anniversary … with 181 Arrested

September 18, 2012

The useful idiots in the Occupy “movement” were back and in predictable form as the rubes descended on Wall Street once again to mark the first anniversary of their spectacle.  Surprisingly, only 181 were arrested by the NYPD as of last night on a variety of charges, including disorderly conduct.  A mob is still a [...]

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Romney vs. Obama on 9/11 Embassy Attacks

September 12, 2012

Yesterday, the US embassy in Egypt and the US consulate in Libya were attacked, leaving four dead including our ambassador, and tarnishing American prestige even more in the region. These events are still in flux as more information seems to be coming out by the hour.  The catalyst for the violence is a 14-minute film [...]

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Chicago Teachers Strike Making Union Look Terrible

September 10, 2012

This morning Chicago’s teachers union decided to go on strike.  The sticking points which led to today’s action revolve around changes to teacher evaluation, health insurance, and job security, even though the teachers would still get a 16% raise over the course of the contract. That’s better than I’m getting and I also have to [...]

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Egypt Still in Flux

June 14, 2012

Democracy in Egypt, huh?  Not quite yet. After months of trying to get a popularly-elected parliament organized, Egyptians faced a complication earlier today.  Egypt’s clearly Jeffersonian-sounding “Supreme Council of the Armed Forces” ruled that nearly 1/3 of the seats in parliament were invalid! Coincidentally, their presidential election run-off is only a few days away and [...]

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Greek Troubles Beginning to Spiral

May 15, 2012

Greek troubles are reaching a tipping point.  The new government couldn’t form a governing coalition willing to deal with their financial woes as the leftists are unwilling to be forced into unpopular austerity measures.  So, a new election must be held with the populist left riding an anti-austerity wave.  Not good. But events are moving [...]

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Greek Suicide Stokes Protests

April 5, 2012

It’s not just young people going to extremes in Greece as apparently a 77-year-old man shot himself due to the government’s austerity measures.  In a completely, totally, absolutely shocking development, there were protests on the streets of Athens: Suicide is a cowardly act.  On top of everything else, this man was an anti-austerity activist whose [...]

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Occupy Wall Street Needs Cash

March 11, 2012

Occupy Wall Street has around three weeks left before they potentially run out of bail, kitchen, and medical money.  So, a sporadically violent group of otherwise privileged unemployed useful-idiot agitators is running out of cash?  I’m shocked! Perhaps there are a lessons in all of this:  when people live beyond their means, times get tough [...]

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“Occupy” Rhetoric to Haunt Dems

November 19, 2011

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) used “occupy” rhetoric on Thursday to express her will that entitlements be taken off the table during the ill-fated Super Committee negotiations to deal with the deficit.  Tina Korbe, writing for Hot Air, did an excellent job exposing the many obvious problems with Mikulski’s argument. However, not only is Mikulski’s argument [...]

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Oakland Police and “Occupiers” Clash Again

November 3, 2011

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan set these events into motion by treating her city’s “Occupiers” with kid gloves after they rioted last week: Luckily, no one was killed, but a few protesters and police were injured.  Some protesters broke into buildings and began setting fires, so the police had no choice but to respond with tear [...]

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Greece at a Crossroads

November 2, 2011

Greece has been in economic and social turmoil for nearly 18 months because of the crumbling of their welfare state.  Facing possible expulsion from the eurozone, Greece has a choice — accept the bailout and the severe austerity measures which come with it, or become an economic pariah. Yesterday, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou announced [...]

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Oakland’s Mayor Appeases Occupiers

October 28, 2011

The Occupy movement conjures up many images:  grungy libs, animus against police (including car poo), mass arrests, ACORN‘s murky involvement, and people demanding the property of others be given to them. When a full-fledged Occupier riot broke out in Oakland the other night the police came out and cleaned up the streets, dispersing the mob.  [...]

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Protest Anger Grows in Greece

October 19, 2011

Greece sucks on many levels nowadays given their debt crisis and the economic and social impact it’s had on the nation.  While a beautiful and history laden country, its people, spoiled by their own welfare state teet, are in the midst of a 48-hour general strike, which has (no surprise) turned violent: Let’s hope we [...]

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Harassing the Christians in Egypt

October 10, 2011

Say one thing about Hosni Mubarak:  being ensconced all those years by American bucks also allowed him be cool with Israel and the Coptic Christians in the Mideast’s most populace Muslim nation.  Not so much with the current interim military junta!  Here’s the latest, this time against the Copts: Full coverage here.  Seems to me [...]

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The “Occupy Wall Street” Contagion

October 3, 2011

I haven’t posted on the “Occupy Wall Street” movement yet simply because I thought it would be a mere flash in the pan, but since September 17th the rubes have stuck with it, even getting arrested trying to “occupy” the Brooklyn Bridge.  It was those 700 arrests that have seemed to galvanize this boiler-plate anti-capitalist [...]

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Egyptian Protesters Attack Israeli Embassy

September 10, 2011

Seven months since the American-condoned ouster of long time Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak, the people are restless.  The country has no planned elections and a military junta still reigns over the Earth’s largest Arab nation.  With a sense of rising expectations, small incidents take on deeper severity. It is in this context that Egyptian protests [...]

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